The Obligatory Cloth Diaper Post

It seems like every mom in the blogging world that does cloth diapering has to write a post about it. Most (the really thorough ones) will include a video, as well.

I want to take a moment to thank all of these moms. Seriously. You all inspired me to try cloth diapering for myself (that, and the fact that it is going to help us save the big bucks on disposable diapers)!

So, while my post is not going to be nearly as detailed and enthusiastic as some of those other moms out there, I figured since I’m giving cloth diapers a try, I have to write “the obligatory cloth diaper post.”

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Baby Proofing a Power Strip- My First DIY

The other day, I looked around my house with a critical eye. You see, Baby Girl is starting to become mobile. This means, it’s time for baby proofing (I’ll be posting a longer post all about that soon)!

While there are the obvious things to worry about- sharp corners, cabinets with cleaning supplies, anything down on her level she can put in her mouth- there was one are of my home that was particularly bothersome to me.

What in the world was I going to do with that power strip?! I couldn’t put it under the chair because the cords leading to the TV weren’t long enough to reach.

What I needed was something to put over it. That’s when I had an idea!

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I’m turning into a DIY mama!

Being a mom has really brought out parts of me I never knew existed.

True story: My husband was worried I wouldn’t be nurturing enough to have a baby. I’ve always been a big “tough love” kind of person. And while that’s not a bad thing at all, hubby did have a good point that babies need a little more “soft love” than I typically dish out. Well, now that our little bundle of wiggly joy is here, my hubby is amazed with how “motherly” I have become.

Honestly, I’ve even surprised myself.

Not only have I become a goo-gooing, roll on the floor, blow kisses on your belly kind of mom, I’ve also acquired some other new traits.

I’m suddenly conscientious. I love cloth diapers (post coming on that soon), and not just for the money they save me!

My obsession with healthy eating has gone into overdrive (for her, at least. I still have my Mc Donald’s from time to time… let’s be serious here, people). I want to know exactly what goes into her growing little body and I’ve already started playing around with making my own baby food.

And, what is probably the most surprising of all–I’ve become crafty!

I guess all those years watching my mom down in her craft room, sewing, quilting, and making all types of different things stuck with me. She always told me (after my constant protesting that I didn’t want to do learn to sew and I didn’t want to learn to make whatever it might be) that one day, I would want to know how to do all those things.

Well, dear blogging community, that day has come. It hit me while I was pregnant. It came out of nowhere.

One day, I was googling “Shark Nursery” ideas. There are some cute ones out there. But, nothing quite like what I was looking for. I did find some things that inspired me, though.

And as I sat there, scrolling through Pinterest, it hit me.

“I could make this.”

And there’s been no looking back since.

I’m saying all of this as a way of introducing a new element to my blog: Crafts!

Now, I don’t know all the words. I had to have my mom help me with some things and my dad help with some others. More than anything, I needed their tools. Cuz, I live in an apartment… and I don’t have room to store drills and sanding thingys and Cricut machines and all the fun stuff one can find in the crafting haven that is my parents’ home.

So, while my posts on crafting aren’t 100% meant to be a DIY step-by-step direction sort of thing, they are meant to inspire all you other mamas and daddies out there wanting to make things for your baby. You might not want to make exactly what I did, but seeing what I made might give you that “Aha!” moment like I had scrolling through Pinterest almost a year ago.

So, if you’re interested in crafty things, check back in in a few days to see what I’ve been up to as a newfound DIY mama!

In Honor of World-Wide Breastfeeding Week

I wanted to write a quick post about breastfeeding.

I haven’t blogged about breastfeeding in awhile. A couple of months ago, that was all I blogged about.

That’s because a couple months ago, that was all I thought about. It consumed my life. It wasn’t just the fact that, as a newborn, Norah needed to be fed constantly. It was the fact that no matter how much I wanted to, I couldn’t feed her. My body wouldn’t let me. Breastfeeding was NOT working for us.

Fast forward to today, when I had said this exact thing to my hubby:

“I don’t know how we’re ever going to get her to take a bottle or eat solids. I feel like there needs to be consistency. I need to just pick a meal every day and stick with it. But, it’s so much work. Breastfeeding is just so much easier.”

Honestly, if you would have told me I would be saying something like that back in March, I would have laughed in your face. Then I would have cried. Just because, back then, pretty much everything made me cry.

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Cry It Out: My Baby, My Method, My Way

Let’s be honest with ourselves here. Who, as a parent, hasn’t let their baby cry for a little bit while they were trying to get something done, go to the bathroom, eat, regain some sense of sanity, etc.?

We can’t do it all. We only have two arms for a reason. And, maybe that reason is so that we have to put baby down every now and again in order to be a functioning person. It’s evolutionary. Right? Maybe?

Maybe babies are meant to be left alone every once in a while.

As I’m saying all of this I can hear the collective groans of parents around the world who are completely against the Cry It Out (CIO) method. But, before you go and verbally slay me in the comments, give me a chance to explain what I’m really talking about.

I promise, it’s not as heartless as it might seem.

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Working Mama: Tips for Making Working Work

Working full-time is hard. Period. End of statement. The end.

Well, not really the end. Because now, not only are you working full-time but you’re a mom!

Being a mom is hard. Period. End of statement… You get it.

Working is hard, and being a mom is hard. That means that being a working mom is very hard. It’s hard physically; it’s hard emotionally; it’s hard to be away; it’s hard to be home. It’s just plain hard.

Well, as one working mama to another, I’m here to share with you some tips that have helped me (or would have helped me if I had thought of them sooner…) survive my life as a working mama.

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Norah’s New Friend

This blog serves a couple different purposes:

  • A place for me to share tips or advice I’ve learned as a first time mom
  • A place for me to share my general experiences with life as a first time mom
  • A place for me to record different moments and memories with my baby girl.

This post is going to be one of those “memory” type posts. Just something to remember the different moments and milestones in Norah’s life, how I feel, how she’s doing, yadda yadda yadda.

So, dear reader, if you care to join me in this post, I’m going to talk about something that was probably a bigger deal for me than it was for Norah.

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Musings From a First Time Mom- Four Months In

Well, I’m a little late with this post. I know I’ve been absent from blogging lately. And, I could bore you all with reasons/ excuses and ramble on about work/life/yadda yadda yadda. But, that’s not why you came here today, now is it?

So, I won’t go into all that. I will say that soon (very soon!) I will be back to my old blogging self.

In the mean time, here are some musings I have to share. For you, from me, a first time mom, four months in.

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Married with Children

It’s good to be aware of the new stresses that are going to bombard your relationship and to come up with a plan of attack for how to handle them when they do.

Are you ready for a cold, hard dose of truth? I’m warning you:

DO NOT READ ON IF YOU WANT TO REMAIN BLISSFULLY UNAWARE OF THE REALITY OF BEING MARRIED WITH CHILDREN.

To start this off nice and terrifyingly, let’s read a quote from one of my favorite books Brain Rules for Baby by Dr. John Medina:

“We now know that this long-term erosion is a regular experience of married life, starting in the transition to parenthood. Marital quality, which peaks in the last trimester of a first pregnancy, decreases anywhere from 40 to 67 percent in the infant’s first year. More recent studies, asking different questions, put the figure closer to 90 percent… Indeed, one-third to one-half of new parents display as much marital distress as troubled couples already in therapy trying to save their relationship.”

What’s more, that stress and distress felt in a marriage is also felt by the baby. Dr. Medina goes on to explain:

“Infants younger than 6 months old can usually detect that something is wrong. They can experience physiological changes–such as increases in blood pressure, heart rate, and stress hormones–just like adults. Some researchers claim they can assess the amount of fighting in a marriage simply by taking a 24-hour urine sample of the baby.”

I can hear your internal screams and worries now:

WHAT DOES IT ALL MEAN? HOW DO I STOP IT? IS IT INEVITABLE?

I had the same thoughts, fears, and panic. I love my husband. I love my family. What do you mean I have a nearly 50% chance of becoming miserable just because I had a baby? That can’t be!

Well, four months into parenthood, I can tell you, it can be. I’m not saying that it is. Hubby and I are actually doing really great. But, that’s because we sat down before our baby girl arrived and talked about all of this stuff. I’m not saying that we’re relationship gurus over here, and that our marriage is perfect. Far from it.

What I am saying, though, is that it’s good to be aware of the new stresses that are going to bombard your relationship and to come up with a plan of attack for how to handle them when they do. Dr. Medina, in his book, goes on to discuss the biggest struggles new parents will face and how to prepare for them. And yes, we have faced them. We’re still facing them.

But, we were prepared.

And, my hope with this post is to help you and your partner get prepared, as well. Our way may not work for you, but hopefully this will spark you to start having these conversations and figuring out your way to prepare for, handle, and make it through all the troubles of being married with children.

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It’s Saturday Morning…

And as I’m sitting here, watching my baby on the monitor, I can’t help but think, “wow, this is going by so fast.”

Currently, Norah is perched up on her left side, so so so close to rolling over from back to front for the first time. She’s been doing this for about a week now, taunting me and my husband, getting a little closer each time, and then flopping back to her starting position.

She’s also hitting the four month sleep regression. Hence why she’s back in her crib, supposed to be napping, at 7:30am. I think we’re lucky, though, because she’s only getting up twice a night (so far). So, I won’t complain… too much…

She’s also started this thing where she yells at the top of her lungs. It’s adorable. I’ve read where some moms want to stop their babies from doing this, afraid it will cause “bad behavior.” Not me. I absolutely love it. And you know what? I yell right along with her. And we laugh. And a great time is had by all.

It’s crazy to think that one year ago tomorrow we found out I was pregnant. Father’s Day 2018. It’s been such a whirlwind of a year. There have been lots of ups and a fair amount of downs. But, at the end of the day (or the beginning of the day, I suppose) as I sit down and reflect on all of it, I can’t help but smile. I love my life right now. I love my family.

So, while I usually try to have some “point” to my posts, or accomplish something, I guess all I’m really trying to accomplish with this one is to freeze this moment. To remember what she’s like right now, at 16 weeks 3 days old. Because tomorrow she’ll be different. And next week she’ll be doing something new. And it’s all going to go by so fast. It’s already going by so fast.