What 2011 Taught Me

As 2011 comes to a close, I’ve been pondering the life lessons that this year has taught me.  Do you also find yourself reflecting on the past year?  If so, what are some things that you have learned?

1. Becoming a parent is life-changing.  Even though you have the entire pregnancy to prepare for parenthood, the actual transformation is almost instantaneous.  Shortly after I had gotten my epidural in the hospital, Hubster went out to get himself dinner.  We knew there was a long night of labor ahead of us.  I’ll never forget how I shocked my nurse by choosing to lay in silence instead of turning on the television.  I told her that my life would never be that quiet again and I wanted to relish in it.  Wow, was that the truth.  Leaving our home as a couple and returning as a family was an amazing experience for which I don’t think we could have emotionally prepared.

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Adoring My Little Boy

After C woke up for a night feeding, I just sat there adoring him instead of putting him back to bed right away.  I was just sitting there staring at his little face and holding his soft little hands, thinking about how awesome he is.  Here are some of my thoughts on what I love most about my little C…

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My Friend Had a Baby!

I heard via the wonderful world of Facebook yesterday that my friend was in the hospital to have her baby!  Maybe having C made me a softie, but now whenever a friend of mine announces a pregnancy or has a child, I get teary-eyed.  It’s a mixture of happiness, nostalgia from a flash of fun memories and excitement because I know the joy she’s about to experience.

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Teething

Do kids spit up more while they’re teething?  C’s now on his third outfit of the day, and I’m rocking some spit up in my hair.

I know he’s teething, but I’m wondering if this could be part of it.  Please weigh in with your experiences in the comments!

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My Life Now Revolves Around My Washing Machine

My dad recently mentioned to me that I’m doing laundry every time he visits – for the entire time he’s here.  He doesn’t only come on my laundry days and, since we live in different states, he is here for more than a short visit.  He’s right.  I do A LOT of laundry.

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This Week’s Photos

Look at those bright, blue eyes!

 

Splish Splash

 

His new best friend

 

Sneaking a peek over Mama's shoulder

 

Laughter

 

Straight up Gangsta, Baby!

 

Caption This!

5:30? 5:30??!!!

Apparently C has decided that instead of the more palatable wake-up time of 7 or 8, he would prefer to wake up at 5:30am.  FIVE THIRTY IN THE MORNING.  Naturally, he insists on continuing two night feedings, the second of which is typically between 3:30 and 4:30.  Thus, he leaves me with somewhat of a “cat nap” before getting up for the day.

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The Battle of the Nap

Two sides, equally strong-willed and determined, face off in an epic battle of sleep.  A refusal to give into slumber is met with an equal dedication to enforce the rules of nap-dom.  Screaming and a theatric conflict of wills ensue.  There can only be one victor.

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Myth: Being a Stay-At-Home-Mom is Easy

Over the past week, someone said to me that they’d love to be able to “just” stay at home with their kids.  (They emphasized the “just.”  This person did not have children.)  Inwardly, I was outraged that this person thought that life at home with children was so easy.  Outwardly, all I could do was smile politely at their ignorance.

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Get Me Outta Here!

Ever have one of those days that make you want to run far, far away?

Yup, it’s one of those days.  And it’s only 12:48pm.

C has been crying constantly for hours.  He’s been fed twice, changed multiple times, rocked, put in his bouncy seat, etc. etc. etc….

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Infant Massage

Have any of you tried this?

I can’t imagine C putting up with this.  He hates being naked.  HATES it.  I’m not talking about totally naked in the bath type of naked.  I mean, unzipping his sleeper to change his diaper naked.   Like, any skin exposed.  He screams.

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The Nap Trap

Every time C takes a nap in the afternoon, I never know how long he’s going to sleep.  The first things I get done are the essentials – pumping, washing bottles, laundry.  If he’s still sleeping, I check my email, Twitter, Facebook.  If he’s still sleeping, I start to think about the things I need to do that take more time – work, cleaning the counter, filing the stack of papers on the desk.  By the time I get to that point, I’m always afraid to get started on those projects.  I think he’ll wake up as soon as I begin.

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To Wake a Sleeping Baby or Not…

…this is my dilemma.  I’ll let you in on the mental conversation I’ve been having with myself for the past 20 minutes:

It’s starting to look like it might rain and I was really hoping to go for a walk with C today.

But he’s been napping for the past 2.5 hours.  I know I shouldn’t wake him.  He’d cry, right?

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Sampling Different Bottles

One thing that I wish I would have known before we started using bottles is that they’re not “one-size-fits-all.”  Your baby might get gas from or simply not like a certain type of bottle.  In fact, you might end up trying several different bottles before finding the one that is best for your baby.

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Motherhood Is…

…waking up in the pre-dawn hours to pump and wash bottles.

…realizing that having time to shower is a luxury.

…being so busy with formerly mundane tasks (i.e. dishes, laundry) that the days fly by and you don’t know where the time goes.

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C Has Colic…

…but at least he’s healthy.  The pediatrician did a head-to-toe check of C today and told us that we have a normal, healthy, fussy baby.  It will only get worse before it improves.  Apparently, research shows that babies peak in fussiness at about 2 months of age.

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Owen

I found Owen’s story through a college friend’s Facebook page.  Owen is her nephew, a 6-month-old triplet who has been fighting for his life after he was found not breathing in his crib.  His mom is a blogger who has been detailing their difficult and heartbreaking situation.  I am blown away by her faith, strength and outlook.  Please follow the link below to read Owen and his family’s story, and pray for them.  I can’t imagine being in Mel’s shoes.

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C’s Experiencing Male-Pattern Baldness!

Usually babies lose some hair on the back of their heads, where they rub against their cribs while lying down.  C, however, is losing hair on the top of his head.  In fact, it is starting to resemble a receding hairline.  He likes to rub against us while being held, so I think that explains the vanishing hair…

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Off to the Pediatrician Tomorrow…

My poor little C has been crying A LOT in the past two days.  I don’t know if it’s a reaction to his Zantac, an ear infection, or something else.  It’s strange to us that he’s having a difficult time calming down when we hold him.  That’s usually what he wanted when he cried.  He loves being held.

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Infant Acid Reflux?

It’s so difficult watching your 2-week-old baby look at you with a pained expression while he’s crying inconsolably.

I think C has acid reflux, and it seems to get worse every day.  He has a desperate pain cry after eating and arches his back in pain.  He cries for a long time and his pain often wakes him up.  He’s most comfortable sleeping on our chests because he can be upright.  He gags, vomits and gets the hiccups all the time.  I want to cry when he’s crying.  It’s so sad that I can’t make it better.

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The Rise and Fall of Superwoman

I totally felt like Superwoman yesterday.  Today…not so much.  Now I understand what people mean about the highs and lows of caring for a newborn.  Early this morning, I came down with either the flu or some kind of food poisoning, so I’m not at my best today to begin with.  I have to admit, heaving less than two weeks after a c-section is quite painful.  :-/

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A Bottle Dilemma

Since I purchased the Philips Avent Isis breast pump, I also decided to go with the Avent bottles.  While I love how easy they are to use (and convenient, considering the pump is the same brand), C seems to be swallowing a lot of air.  It breaks my heart when he gets his “gas cry” after eating.  I want to make it go away!  I read about Tommee Tippee bottles, which are supposedly great for breastfeeding and gassy babies.  I ordered them through Amazon Prime and they should be here on Wednesday – I wish they’d get here even sooner!

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Car Seat Safety

Hubster and I attended a car seat safety class this week, sponsored by our local medical clinic.  I was dreading two hours of boring info about laws and facts.  It was actually really informative and I’d highly recommend any parent or soon-to-be parent to attend one of these classes.  Next week, we’ll even be able to have our car seat checked for proper installation.

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Holy Crap – I'm Going to be a Parent!

Did you have one moment where it hit you like a ton of bricks – the realization that you’re going to be responsible for a whole other little person?  For life?!

I feel like I’ve had multiple mini-moments like that, but yesterday it hit me a little bit harder than normal.  Like WHOA.  I don’t think that I’ll fully understand what that responsibility and life change will feel like or really mean until we’re actually holding our baby in our arms.  At the same time, though, it’s so strange to think about how our life will be changing forever.

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Yet Another Study Encourages “Back to Sleep”

An Australian study finds that babies who sleep on their stomachs have lower levels of oxygen in their brains than those who sleep on their backs.  This is yet another study that supports the Back to Sleep campaign that encourages parents to put their babies to sleep on their backs.  The incidence of SIDS increased between 1960 and 1980 when parents were encouraged to have their babies sleep on their stomachs.  The Back to Sleep campaign became popular in the 1990s and the occurrence of SIDS has since decreased.

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Back to Sleep

I saw this article from Planning Family today that I thought I’d share.  It’s about the SIDS prevention “Back to Sleep” campaign.  It’s a reminder that it’s important to put babies to sleep on their backs and keep all blankets and other items out of their cribs in order to prevents the occurrence of SIDS.  Since the “Back to Sleep” campaign started in the early 1990s, the incidence of SIDS has been reduced by 50 percent!  That is an awesome indicator that back sleeping is the only way to go for infants. :)

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