Saturday, January 30, 2010

Ramblings part 3

  • There are some days when you can only be thankful you didn't get spit up in your mouth
  • Spit-up does NOT taste good.
  • Eau de baby puke can be found anywhere. Your hair, your shirt, the cleavage of your boobs.
  • Speaking of finding baby puke, the smell is not pleasant after it has been lingering on your clothes...or hair, or said boobage.
  • A mom has to do what a mom has to do. If that means your child will only sleep in his swing during the day, then BE IT!
  • When baby gets sick, momma finds a good old remedy for herself called WINE. It is very effective if given to the affected mom in the biggest dose possible.
  • A sick baby is the most pitiful thing in the world. Babies shouldn't be allowed to be sick, even if it is only a cold, their FIRST cold. A sick baby with a cough is even more pitiful.
  • Just when you have your baby figured out, he goes and changes the game.
  • No matter what that baby always know when you just sat down to eat.
  • Taking your happy baby out to eat for your MIL's b-day sounded like a good idea till you got there and he screamed the whole time. The second you walk in the door at home, he;s an angel....
  • Babies R Us is like a black hole. You go in and come out to find that 4 days have past, and you are out $120.
  • Shopping is so much more fun with a baby....and expensive. I have to remind myself that i am not independently rich, and Brady doesn't need 92 pairs of cute jeans.
  • How in the hell do i become independently rich? This working thing has to go.
  • There is no other place that I'd rather be on a Saturday morning (even if he wakes me up at the butt crack of dawn) is snuggling up with the tiniest little bed hog.
  • How in the world do you love one tiny being so much? I ask that and find that I love him more everyday.
  • A sleeping baby is my favorite kind. They are much easier to stare at and make all your worries disappear.

Friday, January 29, 2010

Children are miraculous.....

Seen here on Marvelous Kiddo.

This made me smile. Go find elephants and kiss them! Love that!
Stop yelling? Amen.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

3 months has flown by

Dear Brady,

The past three months you have grown right before our eyes. You came into the world such a tiny little soul with big lungs.

Three months ago you came into the world, and each day that I have spent with you is a blessing. Each day I get to watch you discover something new.
You don't care for tummy time all that much, but you are so good at holding that cute little head up. You look at me with those big blue eyes of yours, and my heart melts in a thousand pieces.

You have a new friend. He soothes you to sleep sometimes, and you could watch him for hours. Mommy knows you love her more but it's cute to see you explore new relationships :)

You laugh everyday, and now my life in full of laughter. You make me smile everyday, and that is a big gift you bring.
You are showing us new expressions and your personality is unfolding before our eyes. By the way, you don't like getting OUT of the tub very would splash for hours until your toes turn to wrinkly little raisins if I let you!

Watching you explore the world is a beautiful thing! We love you little man!
Happy 3 months!

Monday, January 25, 2010

This is why babies need so many clothes.

That pile looks awfully big doesn't it. Remember that baby clothes are SMALL!

Don't believe me?

Well, this pile contains....
23 shirts/outfits
16 sleepers
8 blankets
2 sheet sets (not pictured)
1 changing table cover
14 burp cloths (that we actually used, this doesn't count the clothes that I had to wash)
9 bibs (we decided using bibs would help with keep spit up off his clothes, and thus need to do less....yeah, it's working really well, lol)

This is why babies need so many damn clothes. This is a weeks worth of clothes. Not even a full SEVEN DAYS WORTH since I did this on a Sunday. Sunday's didn't count....

I always chuckled at the thought of having so many clothes in his closet, and now I am thinking we need more.

Thank you reflux.

I guess you could say that Tide thanks you too (oh, and the water company--they are getting quite rich off of us.)

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Motherhood has been good to me.

I had yesterday off and I am finding it to be exceptionally hard being away from my little pork chop today.

Looking back at the past three months, I already find it hard to remember how he was as a newborn. He was so small, and he is growing more everyday. For those of you with newborns, or ready to pop (ahem, Lisa, and Kristal), enjoy every moment that you have because that stage is gone before you know it. I am glad I took some days just to cuddle, and now I wish I could have those days that I didn't back once again.

My mindset is different now that I am a mom, especially since I am back at work. I love every moment I have with him and do not take a second for granted. I hope that in ten years I can say the same.

I made a call the other day about something (i think it was insurance related) and found myself laughing when I said, 'my son.' It's funny because after 12 weeks, it is still weird to me that I am a mother, that this magnificent little being is here, and more so that I created him (well, i guess i had a little help.)

Someone the other day told me that motherhood has been good to me. That made me smile because they are right but not in the way they think. Motherhood has opened my eyes a bit brighter, and the sides of my mouth curl a little wider. I get excited about the little things in life, and don't take for granted the bigger things. There is more laughter in my life, and in my home. Family has become closer, and all of our hearts have grown. I laugh everyday, and my heart melts with each tiny smile he gives me. I am selfless and blessed. I am a mom, and am thankful for that everyday.

Sunday, January 17, 2010

General Mills: Lower Sugar!

I am a cereal fanatic. Seriously. I have like 6 boxes in our pantry and it was something I craved like crazy when I was pregnant. It makes me happy to hear that General Mills is going to lower the sugar in cereal marketed towards kids (those are the yummy ones!) Their goal is lower it down to single digits grams of sugar per serving!

That is great news for parents, and us cereal lovers too! I know I am new at the mom thing, but have worked with kids for years and find that sugar is everywhere in kids diets these days and childhood obesity is at an all time high. This is a great start! I eat cereal all the time. Sometimes I call it dinner, sometimes I eat it right out of the box. The giant box of Honey Nut Cheerios and Lucky Charms did not last long at this house! Now, I can still enjoy them and feel better about it!

You can find a coupons here for $1 off one of four General Mills cereals. Find information on how cereal can health benefits here!

I was not compensated for this post. General Mills provided coupons for product samples and information through MyBlogSpark.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

You know your a mom

You know you are a mom when in the course of a day you have been thrown up on, accidentally tasted your own breast milk, and had to clean poop out of a baby bathtub without batting an eye.
Your ideal new years is snuggling on the couch with a chunky little baby and a good movie.

You become more obsessed with finding the right diaper bag rather than a new purse.

You write a book of instructions for sitters. That is 439 pages long. and typed, with a table of contents. (just kidding...or am I, lol)

You are obsessed with his booger sucker outer thingy and refuse to let the poor kid have any in his nose.

You have irrational fears of dropping your child on his head. Not dropping him in general but dropping him on his head.

You swear you hear the baby crying only to forget you are not with him....and that damn song his swing plays haunts my dreams.

You might also worry that his first word is going to be something that would get him kicked out of preschool.

You actually get used to not sleeping, and wonder what it feels like to sleep uninterrupted for long periods of time. I would say you dream about it, but you don't have time to dream :)

You worry that letting him cry for more than a few minutes will scar him for life, or the outfit you put him in gets him laughed at by other babies.

You refer to yourself as mommy but forget you are in public, at a meeting.

You complain about smelling like baby puke and the lack of sleep, only to find that when you go back to work you actually miss that smell and enjoy those middle of the night feedings.

You find yourself smiling throughout the day just at the simple thought of his smile.

Your favorite part of the day is the parts with him in it.

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Working hard for my money

First of all, I have to greatly apologize for the typos/spelling errors in my last post! Sleep deprivation can do silly things to you!

The first day back wasn't too bad. The hardest part of my day is saying good-bye to him. The 2nd day was harder because when I got home on Monday he was asleep. He woke up shortly to eat and went right back to sleep. He didn't even want to stay up for his bath, and that is my favorite time with him (and he loves it!) He just kicks, laughs and smiles the whole time, and really shows his adorable personality. I felt like I did not see him. Mornings are 'our' time and he was still kind of sleepy on Tuesday.

Last night, I got home and he was snoozing and I was thinking of waking him but left to grab a humidifier since he has been so stuffy. I came back and he was eating and he looked up at me and smiled! It surely brightened my day! He stayed awake to play a bit and splash in the tub. Then, it was bedtime and he woke up at 1:30 to eat. I now don't mind getting up with him because it's more time with him, and time that I appreciate. If anything, going back to work has made me appreciate him and cherish this time in his life just that much more, and hold him just that much closer.

This morning was great! I got him dressed, fed him and we just cuddled. I feel so much better today knowing that I got that time in. I don't think it will every be easy to leave him.

I am contemplating moving to Canada where they get a YEAR OF MATERNITY LEAVE????? Who is with me?

This is where I really feel we fall short as a society. We do not value parenting as we should. I have always felt that way, as those that work with kids. Teacher, social workers (coming from a fellow social worker who constantly feels under appreciated, underpaid and overworked.) It's sad that those that care for and shape the minds of the young are not given credit where it is due.

I really have a new appreciation for moms everywhere but mostly working moms. We really do work hard for our money.

We work hard to juggle our careers, our homes, and our children.

We work hard to not think about the time we are missing with our child, and the firsts that we might miss.

We work hard to not miss them every second.

We work hard to get through the long commute so we can get home in time for those smiles that make it all worth it.

So, for me, please give your child an extra little hug tonight, and never take any moment for granted!

Monday, January 4, 2010

The end is here

Today is the day I have dreaded since I found out I was pregnant. As you read this, I am probably driving through rushhour traffic, answering a phone call, or unpacking my office (we moved while i was gone, lol.) all while thinking of my little man at home. Today, my maternity leave ends, and reality begins again. I am grateful for the time I have had with him but sad to return to the ins and outs of everyday life. The past two months really felt like a long weekend and like I was in a dream world. It's really all the way I can discribe it because it didn't feel like my life. Going back to work is reality and that is life....

I know I will cry more tears than he will but it doesn't make it any easier.

I don't think it really hit me until today when I found myself crying hysterically several times. I know he is in good hands (my mom is watching him most of this week, she took off!) but I'm a mom and my job is to worry!

I actually don't think tomorrow will be as bas as Tueday. Tuesday it will sink it this is real and I'm not staying home anymore. I have already told those that are watching him to never tell me something he did for the first time.

Now...pumping is going to be interesting tomorrow since we moved to a new office while I was on leave and I have no idea where I'm going to go. I was in a private office and now forced out into a CUBICLE! Oh my! :)