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Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Gowns versus Footed Pajamas


I have been meaning to write about this for a while.  There are a few clothing options out there for your baby in the pajama department.  Every mom has her own opinion on these.  Here is mine.  I do not care for gowns at all!  They ride up.  The majority of these just have elastic around the bottom.  Some of them have a drawstring but I don’t recommend these either because the baby could get the string wrapped around themselves.  The elastic doesn’t do a good job of keeping the gown around the baby’s feet, especially if you have an active baby.  I have gotten up in the middle of the night and the gown was around my daughter’s waist.  The positive side to these is they make it easier to change a diaper (this is important when you are sleep deprived).  You just pull them up, change the diaper and pull them back down.
Footed pajamas are in my opinion better.  They don’t ride up and don’t require socks that could fall off in the middle of the night leaving cold piggies.  The majority of these have the hand covers (so do gowns) which are important when you have a newborn.  I didn’t mind unsnapping the pajamas in the middle of the night to change a diaper.  I did get up some mornings and they were snapped up unevenly! 
If you just had a baby or are about to before you buy a bunch of one try one of each to see which one you like better. 

Thursday, June 24, 2010

A few things I have learned thus far as a new Mom


Wait to undress your baby until after the bath water has been drawn.  While sitting on the side of the tub holding my sweet naked baby, waiting for the bath to fill up I felt something warm all over my pants….. Yep you guessed it I got peed on!  The sad part is this has happened to me two more times.  You would think I would have learned my lesson.
If you need to check to see if your baby has gone poo don’t stick your finger in his or her diaper.  If they have then guess what????  You have a dirty finger!
Little nose Big Boogie.  Although babies noses are small they can grow some enormous boogers!  I am not sure if this is true for all babies but it sure is true for mine.  She has bunnies in her nose all the time.  They are like an iceberg, they look small until you actually suck them out then see how big they really are!
Finally, the best part of waking up isn’t Folgers in your cup, it is a good night sleep,…… no for me it is waking up to my sweet ray of sunshine smiling and cooing at me, even if it is 6:30 and I just went back to sleep 2 hours before (but I am not complaining…. a lot).  I am so thankful that I have been able to enjoy the first 3 months (yes she is already 11 weeks, I can’t believe it) of her life without any interference.  She continues to amaze me more each and every day.


Monday, June 21, 2010

Absentminded Mommy


So yesterday, Father’s Day, I met my daughter’s dad to drop her off.  My Mom was with me and we were in her car.  We dropped her off and went back to my house.  That day my sister was having a get together for our Dad’s at her house.  When my Mom and I were leaving my house to head to my sister’s, I suggested we take my car.  After a fabulous meal and my Mom’s Best Chocolate Cake ever (seriously that’s the name and it is).  It was getting time for me to get my daughter from her dad.  Mom and I loaded the car with leftovers, my breast pump, purses, etc. and headed out.  My mom went with me because her car was at my house.  We get to the meeting spot and everyone gets out of the car.  We say our hello’s, I ask my questions about eating, pooping, sleeping and my daughter’s father went to put her in her car seat and asked, “Amy, where’s the car seat?”.  OMG!!!  I totally forgot her car seat!  The funny part of all of this is neither my Mom nor me noticed the car seat was missing.  The only thing that was in the back seat was the base!  I felt so stupid.   
He let me use his car seat so I wouldn’t have to pull a Britney Spears and drive around with my daughter on my lap.  
 The moral of this story is sleep deprivation will make you stupid and forgetful.  I don’t know what my Mom’s excuse was…….but we will blame it on old age!


Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Poo Poo War!

Before I had my daughter everyone told me that all babies do are eat, sleep and poop. This seemed to be true up until this past week when my daughter stopped pooping. If you recall (I think I blogged about this…….but then who knows I don’t remember much these days {this is a side effect of the sleep deprivation experiment}) I have never been so excited about a poopy diaper before. Poopy diapers = a well fed baby. That is one problem about breast feeding; you can never really tell how much breast milk your baby is getting because your breasts aren’t transparent. (Well, maybe they are on the inside ; ) …..but not on the outside.) When my daughter went one day without pooping I thought perhaps skipping a day was normal. Then 1 day turned into 2 days, then 3 days, and at the 4th day I began to panic! What was wrong? Was she not getting enough to eat? Was she sick? Did she have an intestinal problem? Were her bowels backing up causing her to be full of poop literally?!?!?!?!? I called the doctor and the nurse said for me to give her a glycerin suppository. Those of you who have children know exactly where I am going with this……..
For those of you who don’t know, here is what happened. I gave her the suppository and within 5 minutes I heard a sound that would make an old man who ate beans for dinner blush. Thinking she might not be finished doing her “business” I waited another 5 minutes. Approximately 10 minutes after giving her the suppository I took her into her nursery to change the poopy diaper that I had been waiting for. I removed the now full diaper and bent down to get a clean diaper from underneath the changing table. In this split second I heard another explosion and saw poop flying!!! There must have been some serious force behind this poop because it splattered all over the wall, the bedroom door, the diaper jeanie, the trash can and of course the carpet. The furthest distance was 4 feet 7 inches, no I am not kidding. I was so busy laughing that I nearly forgot to cover up the area before she blew again!
After all that I could tell she felt much better and the 45 minutes I spent cleaning poop from the walls and carpet was worth it. However, I have learned my lesson about glycerin suppository’s….don’t use them unless you are prepared for war!

Monday, June 14, 2010

Swaddle your Baby!!!!!


Swaddle Me- “The Swaddle Me soothes infants and reduces symptoms of colic by recreating the familiar, soothing snugness of the womb. It also reduces the incidence of the startle reflex, allowing babies to sleep for longer periods of time. The award-winning Swaddle Me has revolutionized the way babies and parents sleep around the world and it has forged an international renaissance in swaddling. New studies show that swaddling may help reduce the risk of SIDS by promoting a safer level of sleep and by providing better sleep when infants are on their back.” (Babies R Us website). 
I used a Swaddle Me the first week I brought my daughter home.  She was up every 2 hours so I thought it wasn't working, and I felt like I was putting her in a straight jacket!  She also liked to sleep with her hands up by her face (like she was making a goal post with her body).  I tried swaddling her in a blanket like they do in the hospital but eventually she would work her way out of it and I would worry about the blanket smothering her.  This past week a friend’s mom told me both of her grandchildren slept through the night in a Swaddle Me.  Did someone say SLEEP?!?!?!?!?  Oh I am all for re-trying the Swaddle Me.  That is exactly what I did.  The first 3 nights she slept 7 hours.  Hallelujah!!!!!  So guess who is in a straight jacket every night????

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Socks that look like Shoes

Shoes for babies are cute but much like hats…….they don’t stay on! The cutest alternative is socks that look like shoes. They stay on the baby’s feet and keep them warm but also give them the look of shoes. With a variety of colors you can’t go wrong. I bought a pack of 6 for $25.00 at a high end boutique, but have found them on Amazon.com for $13.99. Your baby’s feet grow so fast don’t waste your money on shoes, buy socks! They make them for boys and girls.

Monday, June 7, 2010

SWINGS!


Swings- I have always been a big fan of swings.  I have had a swing at my house since I was little.  I have enjoyed playing on them as a child and having Sunday morning coffee on them when I grew up.  However, the swings that I am LOVING this week are not for me but for my daughter.  She has 2 swings.  One is in my living room and the other is in the bedroom.  During the day the swing in the living room keeps her occupied.  It turns so she can look out the window and swing back and forth, or she can watch me as I do yoga and swing right to left.  The swing in my bedroom was a gift from my BFF Sophia after her daughter grew out of it.  It is a new concept swing that not only swings but it also glides.  The seat is shaped is like a cradle and can be adjusted to sit up or recline.  It plays music and has a mobile.  The greatest feature is that it can plug into the wall!  So your baby can swing all night.  This is where my daughter sleeps.  I find that the slight incline helps her to spit up less (unless she has already done so in my bed).  If you have a baby a swing is a must have!  Something about the motion makes them happy, quiet and most importantly helps them sleep!  YAY!!!!

Friday, June 4, 2010

The Sleep Deprivation Experiment Continued


It has been nearly 9 weeks since I have had a decent night sleep.  It is amazing what lack of sleep will do for you.  I have bags under my eyes, am having trouble finishing sentences, seeing spots (not really but it adds to the drama) and am TIRED!  I go to sleep when my daughter does.  She is sleeping more during the night, but my brain is so over stimulated that I lay in bed going over my to do list for the next day, recap that day’s events, think about situations that have happened, play out scenarios that haven’t happened and have Lady GaGa’s latest tune or some jingle from a commercial play over and over in my head.  I then wake up with every whimper that I hear.  So the sleep that I am getting isn’t good sleep that I desperately need.
When I first brought my daughter home from the hospital up until she was about 6 weeks old, I would bring her into the living room, sit in my rocking chair, play lullaby music and nurse her back to sleep.  This would happen 2 to 3 times a night.  My friend Laura asked me if I had tried nursing her in bed…..what?!  This can be done????  You can actually be somewhat asleep and nurse!!  So guess what I have been doing since?  You got it!  When she wakes up and wants to nurse I stumble to her swing, (yes she sleeps in a swing (I will write about that next week)) pick her up, stumble back to the bed and let her nurse.  This has been working out wonderfully!  Sometimes I will wake up and she will be right there in my arms and I am thinking….awww how sweet…..I got to some sleep ; ) 
This past week all of the things above routinely happened except after she nursed I sat up, put her over my shoulder and burped her (yes I am a responsible mother and don’t let her fall asleep in the bed with me…often).  After she burped I got up and put her back in her swing and crawled back in the bed.  As soon as I laid down I felt something cold and wet on my back…..yeah that’s right I was lying in spit up!  Guess what I did????  I stayed right where I was and went back to sleep, fighting the songs of Lady GaGa.
That is tired!!!!

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If this is your first time visiting my blog WELCOME and Thank You for taking an interest. Please review some of the earlier post and my profile to get caught up on what my blog is all about. Please know that all of the names of friends have been changed for privacy purposes and I will not post pictures of my daughter for the same reason. There are a lot of NUTS out there!!! I would love comments and feedback either on the blog or on my facebook page.

Again Thanks for visiting and ENJOY!!!

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Moms in Suburbia


Last week was the first time my General Council was all together since my shower.  It was so nice having Claire, Sophia and Laura all together, like my own version of “Sex in the City”.  Except this version was Moms in Suburbia (still trying to figure out which one of us would play the role of Samantha……guess that would be me considering my story).  We met for dinner, had some wine (ohhhh wine how I missed you!) did some man bashing, shared what was going on in our lives and reminisced about the good ole days.  Then the inevitable happened…. we all began to talk about our children.  I was never fond of the people that always wanted to show you pictures of their kids, tell you about how little Johnnie was doing at little league, or how smart little Susie is.  Guess what???????  I have turned into one of these people!!!!  I will show you a picture of my daughter in an instant and tell you how advanced she is (she really is.....!)  The good news is I was in good company, with my best friends who also wanted to talk about their children as well. 
It is funny how we change.  Sophia called me yesterday and had been with some of her other friends for the Memorial Day weekend.  She was looking forward to some R & R on the beach, away from her husband and kids.  Since the weather wasn’t all that great sunbathing on the beach was out.  The only other thing for she and her friends to do was drink.  Sophia being a responsible mother paced herself so she wouldn’t be a drunken mess at the end of the day, but her single childless friends did not.  You know how it is to be around a bunch of drunken people, even if you have a buzz their behavior will sober you right up.  She asked me if we were old.  We are not old, just changed.  Our days of getting drunk are not over, but must be well planned (like a weekend in Vegas while the kids are with Nana).  The reason, unlike the childless people who can go home and pass out we have to go home change diapers, make bottles, pack diaper bags, have bath time and play time. 
So as it happens in life, we change.  We can’t stay 23 forever….well I can at least in my mind.  Different things become important to us, as opposed to when we were in our 20’s and THE absolute most important things in all of our lives are our children!   
Still, a weekend in Vegas does sound like fun ; ) and what happens there stays there....RIGHT????
It was great being with my best friends.  As I have said before friends are so important.  I am blessed with many and hope you all know how much I appreciate you and love you!!!!