Monday, December 28, 2009
Thursday, December 24, 2009
Saturday, December 19, 2009
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
Monday, November 16, 2009
Sunday, November 15, 2009
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
Friday, October 30, 2009
I hope everyone has a great and safe Halloween...I'm looking forward to seeing the pictures on the other "mom" blogs!!!!
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
Monday, October 19, 2009
Friday, October 16, 2009
Thursday, October 15, 2009
Wednesday, September 9, 2009
First, I would like to say HAPPY BIRTHDAY to my Dad :) He is 57 today, and is the greatest father EVER!!!
Secondly, LO had her 4 month check-up today! She was offically 4 months last Friday, but as of today she is in the 90th percentile for weight and 95th for height!!! The pediatrician was quite impressed that she was rolling over, and said she is doing perfectly! The doctor also said I could start her on cereal (with a spoon) whenever we felt like it, but usually babies start around 5 months. LO has been getting cereal in her bottle already, I'm so excited about feeding her food from a spoon though! She's growing up SO fast...not sure when we will actually start with the food, maybe once we make a decision on a highchair. ha!
Tuesday, September 8, 2009
They range from 70 bucks to 300!!!!! I just can't seem to justify to myself spending 300 dollars on a highchair, However I know I want something that will last so that I can use it again with future children. I DON'T want a cloth cover on the seat because that just means I will have to throw it in the washing machine everyday. I want something that's easy to clean and wipe down, and sturdy, and if it's cute that's a plus! There are so many to choose from though, my head is spinning, I'll let you know once I've made a decision...any suggestions are welcome!
Saturday, September 5, 2009
Not too much to report, other than LO is officially rolling over now! The past few mornings when I had been going into her room she was laying on her stomach, but she wasn't rolling over during the day, so me and OH hadn't seen her roll yet. Sure enough, Tuesday she rolled over on her play mat and has become quite the pro at it now! The downside to rolling over, is her night time routine though. She's rolling over so much in her sleep, she's waking herself up...which means I'm up at least 4 times a night getting her back to sleep! It's like having a newborn all over again! Any suggestions???
My bulldog's cherry eye, popped back out! Yea, 5 days after surgery which means he had to have surgery AGAIN this past Monday to completely remove the gland! Why they couldn't have done that in the first place is beyond me! So this past week has been busy with mobile baby and doped up bulldog, but happily things are starting to level out again!!!
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
I have been dealing with a sick puppy! Oscar, our bulldog had to go to the vet to have eye surgery on his "cherry eye" and have his hotspots treated. Bulldogs are A LOT of work, but he's worth all of it :) He came home Saturday, and I have been taking care of the little guy. He has an e-collar (the lampshade) and lots of meds, so It's been a job in itself just keeping him on track!
He's doing great though, and will be back to normal in no time.
So, My New Mom Tip this week has to be....pick your battles.
This was especially true for me this weekend. It is impossible for you to hold your baby ALL the time. There are things you HAVE to get done. I know I try to get my laundry going, and clean, and catch up on dishes while my LO is sleeping, because of course when she is awake I try to give her lots of attention! However, sometimes you just have to put them down, even if they scream their head off, and get what you need to get done, done. This weekend, I had a whole house to clean, LOADS of laundry to catch up on, and a sick dog, who has about a million meds, and was unable to control his bladder because of the anesthesia from his surgery. So, I had a lot to deal with, and I HAD to let my baby cry it out until I was able to get her and play with her to calm her down. It's never easy to hear your baby cry, but I just had to keep telling myself, it's not going to cause any permanent damage and the quicker I can get these things taken care of, the quicker I can get her and comfort her. Sometimes you just have to pick your battles, and surprisingly, babies are pretty clever, and learn to self-sooth and entertain themselves, and instantly forgive you when you show up to scoop them up in your arms!!!!
My favorite things:
Smiling!!!! It's not a product this week. This weekend (as I said) has been incredibly hectic. LO has been waking up a lot in the middle of the night because she has a little cough that is making her really uncomfortable. Even though it's so hard and draining to be woken up by crying in the middle of the night/early, early morning. It stops being hard when I get to her crib and we lock eyes. She immediately stops crying and a huge smile spreads over her face and she gives me a little giggle. Genuinely happy to see me! Nothing can beat that feeling! That's why her sweet smile, is DEFINITELY my favorite thing!
Saturday, August 22, 2009
Sorry, I missed the new mom tip yesterday. It was a crazy hectic day..our bulldog Oscar, had to have surgery on his cherry eye :( I was on pins and needles until I heard from the Vet...but everything is okay, and I'm picking him up within the hour! yay!
Now, on to the tip!
Everyone knows how important it is to wash the bottles and nipples etc. I use Dr. Brown's Bottles AND the Playtex drop-ins. The drop-ins are great when I'm out and about because I can just throw away the mess instead of carrying around a dirty bottle. I religiously clean my Dr. Brown's bottles, and if you use these bottles, then you know that you not only have to clean the bottle and the nipple but also the stems. No big deal, I have a pretty good system down, and I have the drop-in as back up if I'm running all my bottles through the washing machine. So that being said, I never use the tops of the bottle (the top that covers the nipple). I guess they are used mostly when you travel with the bottles but as I said I use the drop-ins when I travel. I can not even tell you the last time I put a top on a Dr. Brown bottle but I seriously think it has to have been in the earlier stages of when LO first came home from the hospital. I'm horrified to admit I have NEVER washed the tops to the bottles!!!!
I never think about it because I never use them. They have been sitting on the top of my window ledge above my kitchen sink FOREVER. Well, I was cleaning up the other day and noticed the tops...I picked them up and was just going to toss them in the trash and that is when I saw IT. MOLD! Ewwwwwwwwww.......EFFING GROSS!
I immediately washed them out and THEN threw them away! Ha, don't ask me why I needed to clean them before I threw them in the trash, but I did! So, I figured this was an excellent tip for all of those moms who actually USE the tops to their bottles ....remember, they need to be cleaned regularly as well!!!! Uggh...I shutter to think how disgusting and awful it would have been if I randomly decided to use one of those tops without looking inside of it....yuck! So, hopefully my yucky mistake will benefit everyone else! WASH THOSE TOPS!!!!
Monday, August 17, 2009
So, this Monday's segment is not going to be about favorite things for my LO, but a favorite thing of MINE!
If you are anything like me, your stretch marks came around the last month of your pregnancy and have been around ever since! Mine, are still the purple squiggly line looking ones. I picked up some bio oil because one of my friends recommended it, and I LOVE IT!!! I've been using it for about 2 1/2 weeks and can already see a difference. You can use it on scars, and uneven skin tone too. I use it twice a day and don't know how I've been this long without...I wish I had known about it DURING my pregnancy, but oh well, better late than never! Check it out if you haven't already!
Friday, August 14, 2009
I figured I do two new mom tips today since I missed one last week. Both of these tips are going to be about formula!
Tip #1 Hoarding isn't a bad thing!
Formula is expensive. When I had my baby I tried to nurse and pump but the reality was, eventhough I was nursing and pumping I still had to supplement with formula from time to time. I found the ready to feed was the easiest in the early days. You just pop it in the fridge and pour it in the bottle when you need it. I especially liked the ready to feed more than the powder because in the first few weeks LO was only eating 1-2 oz. every 2-3 hours, so for me, it was easier to just dump the already made mixture in the bottle and be ready to go. I use the powder now, but no matter which type you choose they are all pricey. Eventhough I was hell bent on breastfeeding my child, I wish I had stocked up on formula BEFORE I had her. The powder especially lasts a long time. As long as you don't open the package, the powder is good for 3 years! If you know you are going to go the formula route, you really should stock up on formula throughout your pregnancy. Once the baby comes there are about a million other things you will be buying, so it's nice if you already have a stockpile of formula. If you know you are going to try and breastfeed, stocking up on formula isn't jinxing yourself. It's good to always be prepared, and if you are one of those people who are able to breastfeed your child exclusively for the first year, more power to you, but there's no harm in having an emergency stash around! So, stock up now...it will be easier on you in the long run!
Tip #2 Convenience is EVERYTHING!
This tip is inpired by my recent 14 hour road trip (I still shutter when I think about it). Traveling is an ordeal anyways but add an infant into the mix and it can be down right extremely overwhelming! I touched a little bit on the ready to feed formula in my Tip#1, but for traveling the ready-to-feeds are a MUST! I used the ready-to-feed bottles, where all you have to do is shake, attach a nipple (to the actual container the formula comes in) and you're ready to feed your baby. They come in 8 oz. packages, so although I only used 5-6 oz. out of one of the bottles, the convenience was worth the wasted 2 oz.! I just had to shake the container, attach a nipple, and throw what I didn't use, away. No worrying about mixing, and washing while on the road....one less thing to think about! So, if road trips or any kind of traveling are in your future, I highly reccommend you check these ready-to-feed bottles out!
Monday, August 10, 2009
I just got one of these last week and LOVE IT! More importantly though, LO loves it too. Once your baby is able to support their neck and head you can put them in the bumbo. It allows babies who have head control but aren't able to sit yet on their own, sit! It works really great, and offers an alternative to me holding her, her swing, or her play mat :)
They also sell trays that snap on the front, for toys, and even for snacking. I didn't buy the tray because I wanted to make sure LO would actually use the bumbo, but she loves it, so I'm def. going to go get the accessory tray. It's made out of this soft but stiff foamy kind of material and is really easy to wipe down and clean, which is a MAJOR plus for me! Check the Bumbo out, if you haven't already!
Thursday, August 6, 2009
Wednesday, August 5, 2009
Came home 2 days early from our cape trip. We were homesick, and honestly a vacations isn't much of a vacation with an infant. We were able to get her out on the beach one evening and got some great pics, she loved the ocean breeze and the sound of the waves! We accomplished all we wanted to with the trip, the main goal was to introduce LO to OH family and they all got to meet her! Happy to be home in my OWN house though :)
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
Sick baby...that's what happens.
LO woke up around 2 a.m. this morning, which is unusual because she has been sleeping through the night for about 3 weeks now. She was inconsolable. Usually the pacifier helps her fall right to sleep, but it didn't work, so I rocked her, that didn't work either. So, I figured maybe she's going through a growth spurt, I'll feed her. LO takes 5 oz, and I usually burp her half way through the bottle and once she is finished. So half way through, I am patting her back and a HUGE burp comes out...along with the last 3 oz. of formula she just ate! Eww. I had to put new pj's on her, she would not take the rest of the bottle, so I just held her close and rocked her until she fell asleep. She woke up around 7 a.m., I of course prepare her bottle for her and begin feeding her...about 3 oz. in she spits the nipple out of her mouth and spews it all out!
What is going on! She then proceeds to have, hands down, the nastiest bowel movement EVER! Poop always stinks, but this stinky diaper was intense! I just took her temperature and it's 99.9.
I don't think it necessarily warrants a freak-out meltdown but I called the Dr. anyway....I'm waiting to hear back. I don't think an infant is considered to have a fever until their temp is over 100.4 BUT she's not keeping anything down, and it is EXTREMELY unusual for her not to want to eat.
Hopefully it's just a little stomach ache that will work its way out by the end of today. No sick babies are allowed on 11 hour car drives to the Cape. Obviously if LO is sick, we will postpone our trip OR not go at all ( which I wouldn't really mind....I'm dreading the 11 hour car ride).
So, I'm just hanging out and taking a break from the packing until I hear from the Doctor.
There is never a dull moment when there's a baby in the house!
Monday, July 27, 2009
Friday, July 24, 2009
I love to read, and am a strong believer in reading. We have been reading to my daughter since Day 1.
When I got home from the hospital and was still in my "out of it" phase, my mom would read to my daughter. Her favorite book is "The Saggy Baggy Elephant". Which happens to be the first book my mom read to her. My daughter will be 12 weeks on Monday. How does a 12 week old have a favorite book??? I know, it sounds weird, but she really does. I read to her all the time, and whenever I show her the cover of "The Saggy Baggy Elephant" she starts kicking her legs, smiling, and cooing...yup, she loves it!
I know, babies love the "reading voice" the soft soothing sounds we inevitable make when we are reading a story to a baby. Although, I know she does not understand WHAT I am saying, she IS trying to figure it out. She literally coos more than any 3 month old I have ever been around, and everyone who is around her tells me that! I really think, it's from all the books. She talks along with me when I read, and she loves looking at the vibrant colors on the pages, and it's so much fun for me to see how much she enjoys it!
So, I think one of the best tips EVER is, read to your baby! Not only is it helping them developmentally, but it is also an amazing bonding experience to have with your child, no matter what age they are!
Monday, July 13, 2009
We are having a reception afterwards at my Parent's house, sooooo I will be a mad woman this week getting things done! On top of it, a few family members are coming into town this week for the event, so of course on top of getting all the arrangements done, I'll have to be visiting and fitting people in to my schedule in the middle of it all.
I've decided to just small finger foods, and I'm making it all myself.
Cheese and Cracker Tray
Cupcakes, Sugar Cookies
Wine, Beer, Sodas
I haven't figured out quite what I am doing for my centerpieces or IF I am even going to bother making favors. Any suggestions?
Thursday, July 9, 2009
My mom is coming over and watching LO. I'm so excited :) As great as it is having a baby and being a mom, I miss being able to just go out and catch a drink with a friend on a random week night, or happy hour on Friday after a long week at work, and I miss being able to go to a restaurant and not have to worry about whether or not my baby may or may not have a meltdown!
It's going to be great to put on a cute summer dress, and not have to worry about packing bottles, formula, diapers and wipes in the diaper bag or frantically triple checking that we haven't forgotten the pacifier! Although, life has somewhat lost its spontaneity, I wouldn't change anything. Eventhough I'm totally pumped about going out tonight, I know that while I'm out, I will just be counting down the minutes until we are home and I can kiss and hug on my sweet baby!
Wednesday, July 8, 2009
Well for our upcoming Cape Cod trip, the car has won out! OH originally wanted to take a plane, which I, of course, was against. I just didn't want to take the chance of hurting her ears, or having her scream the whole trip, which would inevitably mean EVERYONE on the flight would be giving me the evil eye...I don't need that kind of bad karma!
Anyways, I'm not sure if everyone remembers, but 2 airbus planes have crashed over the past month, soooo after that, the plane was DEFINITELY out of the picture. Then I had my heart set on a train. I mean, trains are so romantic aren't they?? They remind me of a Humphrey Bogart movie, minus the baby of course! At least on a train though, if LO is fussy we can get up and walk around with her. So what happened to the train idea? A train actually derailed in D.C.! I'm not a superstitous person, but c'mon...I'm considering taking a plane and 2 planes crash, I'm considering taking a train and a train derails...I'm definitely thinking someone is trying to tell me that the car is the better option. So, car it is! It's about a 10 hour drive, so our game plan is to leave Richmond around 3 a.m. LO will probably be up around then to eat anyway, so the plan is to feed her and then pack her up and get on the road, so hopefully we can get a good 4-5 hours on the road while she is hardcore sleeping! I think it sounds like a pretty good plan of attack, but we will find out for sure in a couple of weeks!
Tuesday, July 7, 2009
She also had to get 4 shots in her legs today :( It was not fun, thank goodness my mom came to the dr. with me and held her while she got her shots, I would have been a wreck if I had to be there by myself. The doctor said a low-grade fever was a normal side effect of the vaccines, and sure enough, she has 100 degree temp right now! classic. Luckily though her fever doesn't seem to be affecting her mood, she is still happy and smiley!
Friday, June 12, 2009
My little one is backed up, BAD. I went to change her diaper before putting her down to sleep last night and noticed some poop trying to come out, she was trying so hard to push it out but she just couldn't. It was pitiful. I put her to sleep, hoping it would just come out on its own. This morning, she was in so much pain. She was pushing so hard that her face was turning red, her stomach was so hard and tight, and of course the crying was AWFUL. The poor baby just couldn't get the poop out at all, she's always has loose stools, so this hard poop was just too much for her.
So I called the Pediatrician to see what I should do. They told me to take a rectal thermometer and stick it in her butt to stimulate her to push. Umm, excuse me??????
Does that NOT sound right to anyone else? I was like, " I can't do that!"
So, of course I'm standing at the changing table with the rectal thermometer in my hand, and my daughter is looking at me like she knows exactly what is about to happen. Then, my doorbell rings....thank god. It was my cousin, who happens to be an RN (hallelujah)! She was stopping by to bring an outfit she had bought for the baby, so I told her about my dilemma.
She laughed in my face. Not cool.
She said, that was normal and it was nothing to freak out about. She also suggested taking one of those dental syringes and putting some water in it and squirting it in her butt to soften her stool. I'm sorry, what is wrong with the medical community?? The best part, she said that if my daughter didn't go to the bathroom, that the Pediatrician may want me to manually "un-impact" her.
"How do you do that?" I asked.
"With your finger", she replied as she laughed out loud at my horrified expression.
I know, being a mom can be a messy business, but I never expected to EVER have a conversation remotely like this with my cousin! So, we sat there while I fed my baby, and I was praying that she would just poop so that I wouldn't have to prod it out of her. After she ate me and my cousin took her into the nursery and plopped her on the changing table, I opened her diaper and....EUREKA, poop! Thank goodness! She was still straining to get it all out, but the important thing was it WAS coming out!
I'm pretty sure she heard and understood every word of our conversation :)
Monday, June 8, 2009
Last night was our first "grown-up" night out without the little one. My mom watched her, while we went to a friend's engagement party. This wasn't my first experience drinking since having my daughter, I've enjoyed the occasional glass of wine at home, and drank beers by the pool while we were at the beach, but last night was my first time socially drinking with all my friends. And everyone knows, you drink more when your friends are around.
I had a baby 5 weeks ago, my tolerance isn't quite what it use to be. Don't worry, I didn't embarrass myself or anything like that (thank god) but after about 8 beers (no, I'm not kidding) my head started pounding. I basically passed out the second I got home, but naturally still had to get up for those middle of the night feedings, which was SO HARD. I'm one of those people that sleep really well when I'm drunk, when I'm out, I'm out. But, the second I heard my daughter crying for her bottle I snapped right up...it's like something in you just snaps into gear. The night wasn't as bad as I thought it would be, but 6 a.m. definitley rolled up much faster than I thought it would. My daughter's morning nap though, literally saved my life because I was able to go back to sleep as well!
So, basically my tip to all new moms out there, is DEFINITELY take it easy, or at least save the heavy drinking for a night when your baby is with the grandparents and THEY have baby duty for the night!
Saturday, June 6, 2009
Anyways, now that my baby is almost 5 weeks old, I am definitely ready to start getting this weight OFF. However, I haven't been able to work out at all because I had a c-section (so frustrating). I had my follow-up doctor's appointment and I'm happy to announce that I've already lost 20 lbs and that's without doing ANYTHING (besides labor) and my doctor gave me the go-ahead to start working out, but no heavy lifting of weights and crap like that. Who cares about weights, I'm more than happy to put my fat-ass on the treadmill or elliptical, anything to start getting the rest of the 33lbs OFF!!!
So, although it's only been 2 days, I'm 2 for 2 and totally proud of myself. I went to the gym yesterday and today, and have strictly been ONLY drinking water..no more sodas for me. I'm excited and really hope I can stick to a work out schedule (because let's face it, working out IS work, and I've never enjoyed it before)! I really hope I can get back to my pre-baby weight, I've never really been a big exerciser and never had to really watch what I ate, so I know this is going to be quite a challenge for me, but I'm up for it, and so help me god I will definitely be back in my bikini....at least by NEXT summer :)
Friday, June 5, 2009
There has been one issue though that has bothered me throughout my whole pregnancy as well as now that my baby has arrived. Breastfeeding.
I'm sorry, but I don't think my breasts or what I do with them for that matter are anyone else's business but mine. It's amazing how many people ask "Are you breastfeeding" or when I was pregnant, " Are you going to breastfeed?" It's one thing to have that sort of conversation with my mother, but when people I barely know ask me that question, it makes my skin crawl.
Why is it that pregnancy and new babies seem to make people forget manners and etiquette?? The breastfeeding question is the most annoying, but there are other instances where my privacy has been thrown out the door. After delivery for example, people feel like they can come visit you in the hospital and just stay there for as long as they want. Hello? When you have a baby, things are still messy, getting up and going to the bathroom takes a lot of work, and having to do it while someone is sitting there watching you is so annoying. Not to mention your hormones are crazy, and if you are trying to nurse, you have to feed your baby every 2 hours, and some people don't even have the sense to offer to step outside when it's time for your baby to eat, they wait for YOU to tell them to leave.
My ultimate peeve though, is people who just show up without calling. When your still in the hospital that's one thing, you have to accept that people are going to be dropping in, and thats fine, but when you get home and you are trying to adjust to life with a new baby and someone has the nerve to show up at your house and lay on the doorbell without even calling to see if it would be okay to stop by (which they probably didn't call because they KNEW it wasn't okay to stop by but wanted to anyway) that is TOTALLY uncool!
AND when it comes to breastfeeding, don't make someone feel guilty about not doing it. In my case, I tried to nurse, and then I pumped. Whether I nursed or pumped I still had to supplement with formula every now and then because my body just couldn't keep up with the ounces my little one was taking in...so now, she is strictly on formula, and yes I felt guilty when I made the switch. Oddly enough, I can't even say why I felt so guilty, I think as a woman it is drilled into us that breastfeeding is so good for your baby, and I know the lactation consultants at the hospital where crazy about coming in and lecturing me about nursing, and staying patient (because believe it or not, nursing is hard work). The fact that everyone and their brother felt the need to ask me the breastfeeding question, and then give me "the look" when I answered with "No, not anymore" didn't help either.
Oh well, my baby is thriving and that is all that matters. But honestly, the ridiculousness of some people can just drive you crazy!
Thursday, June 4, 2009
We went to the beach for a family reunion, and the house was packed with uncles, aunts, and cousins and of course my parents as well. Everyone loved Juliette (naturally) :) It was nice to have so many people (mostly my aunts) fuss all over her, and although it was still a lot of work taking care of a 4 week old, I was able to lay out for a few hours everyday by myself while my dad or my mom or aunts watched her in the house. However, a mom never really gets a break, and being a new mother only makes me appreciate my own mom that much more! It's hard work, nevermind we literally packed the whole house up for the trip- play mat, swing, pack and play, blankets, swaddles, clothes, bath lotion, bouncy chair ( you get the idea) and eventhough it was a "vacation" that word no longer includes the option of "sleeping in" anymore.
I really shouldn't complain too much, she's only getting up once a night, usually around 3 or 4 a.m. and then she usually gets up around 7, not bad at all especially since she usually goes back down around 9 a.m. for a pretty good nap which gives me the chance to pass back out :)
The ride back was great as well- she slept! Our next big trip we have planned is going up to Cape Cod- the dilemma= how do we get there? It's about a 13 hour drive (yuck) so my wonderful other half wants to fly. I am totally against this idea...have you ever been on a plane with a screaming baby? NOT PLEASANT! So, I have suggested taking a train, it will still be a long trip but at least we can get up and walk around if the baby is fussy...other half is against the train idea, of course. Normally I wouldn't even bother making a trip like this with an infant, but other half's family lives in Cape Cod, so it's important for us to get up there...we will see whether car, train, or plane wins out!
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
Changing a baby's diaper can be hard enough, and it's almost impossible to keep control of their "frog legs". The best advice ever though, don't move the diaper! I've made the mistake, it already seems like a million times, I take off the dirty diaper and throw it in the diaper genie and before I unfold the clean diaper and put it under my baby she has gone to the bathroom all over the changing pad and all over herself! My solution, I have the clean diaper unfolded and ready to go before I even undo the dirty diaper. I leave the dirty diaper under my baby while I wipe her down, once she's clean, I move the dirty diaper to the side and immediately put the clean diaper on her, THEN I close up the dirty diaper and toss it! That way if she goes, she goes in the clean diaper. I never would have thought, I would have to put so much thought into how to change a diaper!
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
I look forward to sharing stories!!!