TGIF


Daddy Win

So let me refresh your memory about what it takes to get Nellie to nap.

1. She must be swaddled.
2. She must be relatively full.
3. She must have a pacifier in her mouth.
4. She must be held/rocked until she falls asleep.

If all four of those criteria are met, then and only then will you have a prayer of transferring her to her crib. However, you then have to go through this ritual:

1. Wait until she has fallen asleep on you.
2. Slowly take the pacifier out of her mouth. If she remains asleep, great. If not, pop it back in there – QUICKLY – before she throws a fit.
3. If she stays asleep, you then must let her sleep on you for at least 10 minutes – usually more like 15 – to make sure that she stays asleep sans paci.
4. THEN, you have to transfer her from her laying position to one where she is resting against your chest. This makes it easier to just lean her over the crib and deposit her onto the mattress with minimal jostling.
5. Creep into her room, do the baby transfer like I described, hold your breath, and hope it takes.
If she wakes up, you have to go back to step 1 and repeat until it takes.

This makes for a very difficult and LONG naptime/bedtime routine.

Well, daddy was on baby duty yesterday and texted me at one point and announced that she napped.

FOR THREE HOURS. Cue me “WTF”ing. I asked him what he did, and he sheepishly replied that he let her sleep in the bed with him.
Surely not. No. It can NOT be that easy.

Ever the skeptic, I tried my old nap methods until I was finally ready to try daddy’s. I just couldn’t believe it would be THAT easy. Today when I got home from work, I let her stay up for a little bit until I decided it was time for an evening nap. I swaddled her, lay her on the bed and popped a paci in her mouth. I snuggled up next to her, and patted her when she fussed a little bit. She kept fussing and I thought that it was because she had a paci that wasn’t her favorite, so I slid off the bed and went to retrieve her normal one. I was hunting for a few moments when I realized she hadn’t started screeching when I left. Curious, I tiptoed back into the bedroom and do you know what I saw?

A sleeping baby.

SHE GOT HERSELF TO SLEEP. I didn’t have to rock her, and I didn’t even lay next to her that long.

WHAT THE HELL!!! I was amazed. I am not amazed that Josh figured it out, but I am amazed and baffled at the difference just a simple switch of location made. I mean.. How is our bed so different than her crib? I just don’t get it. I would understand if she fussed when we got out of bed with her, and quieted down upon our return but no.. She’s perfectly content lying there alone, as long as it’s on our bed.

This child never ceases to amaze and mystify me. Also, my hubby is a rock star for figuring out a nap solution!

That is.. Until Nellie decides to throw us for yet another loop and change her ways, which is pretty much what happens every three weeks or so.
😉

My Baby Is So Chunky..

How chunky is she?!


She is SO chunky that when I put her in her brand new Bright Starts Cradle & Sway swing (that I won from a blog athankyouverymuch) and tried to start it, it kept stopping. I kept trying and trying and it kept stopping and stopping. Josh and I were scratching our heads, reading and then re-reading the instruction manual wondering what we were doing wrong.
  • Turn on switch – Check.
  • Select desired speed – Check.
  • Gently push swing – Check.
  • LED light will stop flashing when swing mechanism kicks in -Check.

Only.. Moments after the LED light stopped flashing the swing would slowly stop. This happened repeatedly. Josh and I stood there, looking at our brand new (very large), swanky baby swing and were befuddled and frustrated. Nellie sat in the seat staring at us, unimpressed and mildly disgusted at our incompetence. Josh had to go lay down to keep his sleep schedule normal so I battled the swing alone. I kept on and kept on trying until finally I was ready to pitch my brand new (very large), swanky baby swing out the front door to become a brand new (very large), swanky decoration on our front porch when something occurred to me. I scooped Nellie out of the swing and tried to start it without her in it.
It worked like a charm. I looked at my baby, who had successfully crammed almost her entire fist into her mouth and was drooling on me. I put her back in the swing, and set it to the highest setting it could possibly go.

And it worked.

Apparently, my massive chub of a bunny is too heavy for the slower settings. Now, this swing is supposed to accommodate babies up to 25 pounds and while I haven’t weighed Nellie Bean in a while, I KNOW that she isn’t 25 pounds. This swing should come with the disclaimer:

“May not work if your child’s thigh rolls exceed three per leg.”

Big girl, you are beautiful!

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Houdini! The Matrix! America’s Next Top Model: A Photo Story Starring Nellie Rose

One fine March evening, Mommy and Daddy were spending some quality time together. Baby Girl was asleep in her crib, the monitor was turned on and the adults were enjoying their favorite Wednesday night TV shows.

All of a sudden, there came a curious noise across the baby monitor. A sudden tearing sound amidst the white noise of the fan that Mommy and Daddy keep running in Baby Girl’s room. With sideways glances to one another, Mommy and Daddy asked each other what in the world that sound could have been. Moments later, fussing from the Baby Girl told them she was awake.

They slowly opened the door to her room and turned on her lamp. They approached the crib on tiptoe just in case she was still asleep, peered over into the crib and do you know what they saw?

Baby Girl, escaped from her Kiddopotamus!

She was very happy to see Mommy and Daddy.

Quite happy, indeed!

Mommy and Daddy decided to let her loose. She immediately began re-creating a scene from the Matrix.

I know Kung Fu!

Then, she began practicing for America’s Next Top Model: Baby Edition


She tried the pouty look:


And she realized that she wasn’t Smizing, so she rectified the situation:


But you know, doing all of these things and being 8 weeks old are very, very tiring and taxing on a girl so she eventually passed out on Daddy:


And all was quiet once more in the family apartment.

The End!

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My Baby Made A Liar Out Of Me

Hey, remember a while back when I was gushing about what an easygoing baby I had? How she slept in blissful 2 hour increments in her cradle and didn’t make a peep?

She decided to make me a dirty, fat liar. Because now she has developed a sudden aversion to both her cradle and her swing.

Last week, we had a great routine down. Feed every two hours, mom and daddy slept the 2 hours in between feedings.. Daddy would go to work in the morning and mommy would feed Nellie, put her in her swing and Nellie would immediately pass out. Mama would do laundry, clean, do dishes, eat, etc. By the time that was all done it was pretty much time to wake the baby again and feed. It was great. Sometimes, mommy even caught a midday snooze while baby slept.

Well that’s all in the past. Now Nellie will not sleep in her swing or her cradle for anything. By the way she screams when she wakes up discovering she’s anywhere but on mommy or daddy’s chest, you would think that her cradle and swing were filled with snakes that were hissing, squirming, and biting her on her tiny little butt. I mean she SCREAMS. Red-faced, swinging her arms and crying the injustice to the universe. HOW DARE YOU PUT ME DOWN, she wails in her babyspeak. Nothing will quiet her except being picked up and cuddled. Oy vey. It’s really crazy. This means, of course, almost zero sleep for mama. Daddy is now officially working 12 hour shifts at his job, so he is gone from 7 PM to 7 AM several days a week. Last night I think I got 2-3 hours of sleep total. The only way I was able to get any rest was to prop myself up in a semi-reclining position on the couch, put her on her belly against my chest, wrap the Boppy around her legs so I wouldn’t drop her and snooze that way. It’s not the worst way to sleep, but for one I don’t like her sleeping on her belly and for two, I don’t get very restful sleep with her noisy little baby snores! But I did what I had to in order to get some rest. I was seriously bursting out into tears every failed attempt to put her in her cradle.

Hopefully this is a phase and it, too, shall pass. Right now I am typing on our new laptop (our desktop computer was almost 5 years old and had contracted a virus that was so nasty I literally could not open a single thing on my computer – not even a system restore. So with our income tax refund, we managed to snag an Acer 5532 for right around $330. Not too shabby. It’s taking some getting used to, especially since while typing my fingers keep bumping areas on the mousepad and moving my cursor places I don’t want it to go.

Okay, now I have to go because my kid is screaming in my ear. Apparently not even laying on my chest works to calm her now. Awesome.

Two Weeks!

Nellie Rose is two weeks old today! Things I’m noticing about Nellie:

  • More alert
  • Smiling! (you can say it’s gas, I say it’s smiles.)
  • Holding her head up better
  • Eating like a madwoman (growth spurt?)

Here’s Nellie’s weekly video!

Two Weeks!

Nellie Rose is two weeks old today! Things I’m noticing about Nellie:

  • More alert
  • Smiling! (you can say it’s gas, I say it’s smiles.)
  • Holding her head up better
  • Eating like a madwoman (growth spurt?)

Here’s Nellie’s weekly video!

Oh What a Lucky Girl She Was

Pinch me.

Seriously, pinch me.

I have got to be dreaming, because Nellie is the World’s Easiest Baby. I don’t know if it’s because she’s still newborn, or if she just has an exceptionally sweet temperament… But my baby is easy, ya’ll. She and I had a rough first few nights as we were getting to know one another and as I was struggling to find a sleeping solution that I felt comfortable and safe with. But we’ve gotten into a nice little routine and I feel as though I’ve won the Baby Lottery.

I breastfeed her every 2 to 2 1/2 hours. I’m not as crazy-vigilant about feedings as I was late last week/early this week. Let me backtrack a little. We took her to the doctor Sunday (yes, our pediatrician’s office takes Sunday visits. It’s cool to be jealous, I understand.) and her birth weight had dropped from 7lbs 2oz to 6lbs 5oz. She also hadn’t had a dirty diaper since Friday and wasn’t wetting regularly. We were wrought with worry, of course and told the doctor so. I had been having a really huge issue getting Nellie to latch on to my right breast. It was extremely engorged and swollen and painful; hard, and she just could not latch. She was screaming, I was crying.. It was ugly. The doctor suggested we supplement with one ounce of soy formula after each feeding to get her birth weight up, and to get her pottying like she should. He made us an appointment with a lactation consultant at the hospital we delivered at….

And she worked her magic. She showed me how to actually express “backward” to soften up an engorged breast long enough to get baby to latch. Nellie has a very good latch, and she nursed on that side in the LC’s office for almost 30 minutes which relieved mama very much. Ever since then, she’s been nursing like a pro and I rarely supplement anymore.

So anyway, I wake Nellie up to feed every 2-3 hours. In the evenings I usually end up feeding her somewhere in the area of 8 and 10 PM. After this feeding, I change her diaper if it’s needed, I dress her for bed (usually in a long-sleeved footed onesie, or a long-sleeved gown, and her Halo Sleep Sack) and put her in her crib. I will turn on her Sleep Sheep (which is a little sheep you attach to the crib and it makes a bunch of different soothing noises) heartbeat sound, kiss her goodnight and tiptoe out. More often than not if she is well-fed, dry, and cozy… She will drift off to sleep. I will get into bed and sleep. She will sleep the entire 2-3 hours in between feedings, and honestly if I didn’t wake her up to eat she’d probably sleep longer. Seriously, is this normal? Or am I just really lucky and in for a rude wake up call when she gets a little older?

I don’t mean to brag, or sound like I’m rubbing in the fact that I have an easy baby so far. I’m honestly wondering if all newborns are like this or if Nellie just has a sweet disposition. I always imagined she’d be a sweet, easygoing baby because she was very laid back in the womb. She never, ever kept me awake with kicks or woke me up.

We had a rough couple of first nights, but we have a wonderful routine now. I will admit, sometimes when I’m feeling tired and in need of sleep I have the tendency to feel frustrated and weepy with her if she’s taking a long time to nurse, or if her latch is taking a few tries. That’s my signal that I’m in need of sleep.. When I get some rest and wake, I feel like a different person.

Motherhood is amazing. I’ve never been around babies in my entire life.. Nellie’s dirty diapers are the first I’ve ever changed and yet, I find myself in this natural rhythm with her. It’s like breathing in and breathing out to me now. Taking care of my daughter is the most natural thing in the world to me. I love her so much. More than I ever fathomed ws possible.

Singing Praises

Items that I’ve found to be worth their weight in gold thus far:

  • Lansinoh nipple cream. HOLY EFF, BREASTFEEDING HURTS. Lansinoh helps.
  • Halo Sleep Sack Swaddle. Wearable blanket, cozy baby, unworried mama.
  • Kiddopotamus Swaddler. Makes swaddling SO EASY.
  • MOBY WRAP. This, by far, is the best baby product we have used in the (almost) week we’ve been together.
Nellie in her Moby

Nellie wouldn’t sleep in her crib for more than one 2 hour stretch last night. I used that 2 hour stretch to eat instead of nap. I was desperate for sleep, and also desperate for a way to use the bathroom without having to stick her in her car seat and listen to her scream until I picked her up again (daddy was working a 12 hour shift and mommy was alone) so I decided to give the Moby a whirl. I put it on, and slipped her into the Newborn Cradle Hold. She was fussy at first, but gave into the comfort. I was so desperate for sleep at this point, I decided to retreat to my Fortress of Breastfeeding (more on that later) and sit in a semi-reclining position with my feet up on an ottoman and see how I felt about trying to nap while wearing her. I’m not big on co-sleeping; I’m afraid something will happen and I think it can lead to bad habits later, but I was seriously desperate for sleep. So I lay my hands across her so I could feel her breathing, rested my head back…….. And we both slept for almost the entire two hour in-between feeding time. It was amazing. Nellie’s cozy and secure (I can’t drop her), her breathing is unobstructed and I can get some shut-eye when she refuses to be put down in her crib. Amazing.

We have gotten this breastfeeding pretty much down. We had some issues at first and I’ll blog about that later. For now, I’m going to get some things done before it’s time for another feeding. That’s another beauty part of the Moby; I can actually do things without worrying about finding a spot to put her! Score.

Lessons from New Mommyhood

Things I’ve Learned in 5 Days of Motherhood

  1. Breastfeeding is really difficult, but when your baby latches and your milk starts coming in, you feel like a superhero. Also, it’s really weird when your breasts leak.
  2. Sitting comfortably with stitches from a perineal tear is impossible.
  3. Eating is a luxury unless you have guests over to hold the baby. You will find yourself hunkered over a plate, shoveling leftover lasagna in your mouth at 4:00 in the morning in a hurry before the baby needs to eat again.
  4. Engorged breasts hurt like a MOTHER.
  5. When your child pees or poops in their diaper, you feel like throwing a parade.
  6. Speaking of poop, the term “holy crap” takes on a whole new meaning.
  7. Baby monitors are simultaneously the most wonderful, and nerve-wracking inventions ever made.
  8. Kidoppotamous Swaddlers, and the Halo Sleep Sack deserve the Nobel Prize for peace.. And I need about 5 more of each.
  9. I am fairly certain that I will never catch up on all the blog posts I’ve missed, and I apologize.
  10. This is the most amazing this that’s ever happened to me.