Well, we had another week jam-packed with firsts. I guess that tends to happen when you have a new baby, right? Anyway, it all began on Monday when Charlie and I both woke up not feeling so hot. Or, I guess I should say we were feeling too hot…literally. I had to work, even though it was MLK day, and I could feel that I had a slight fever. Charlie’s temp never got over 99.7, but still a low-grade fever. I had a bit of a sore throat. Charlie had a cough, was sneezing a ton and had some pretty funky looking boogies. Over-share? What, you’re not used to me doing that by now? We thought maybe it was the dry air overnight; our Rinnai heater likes to act up on us sometimes, shutting off in the middle of the night. Or the middle ... Read the full post.
Crying over Spilled Breastmilk
Well, it finally happened. I knew it was just a matter of time, and last night I was proven right. Every couple goes through some “growing pains” when a baby arrives and they become parents for the first time. It’s true, what they say, the dynamic of relationships change. It is inevitable. So, let this post serve as a message warning to all fathers and future fathers alike that hope to keep their relationships in tact… Never, if you wish to keep the hand with which you poured it, dump any quantity of pumped breast milk down the sink!!! That sh*t doesn’t grow on trees. You might already know, but Tristan is just about the most mellow, calm guy that ever existed. Not much frazzles him, including an 8 lb mini-hu ... Read the full post.
We’ve had quite a few firsts this week! It all started on Sunday night, when Charlie went to sleep at around 11pm…and didn’t wake up until 6am! That’s right, you heard it here first folks, he slept through the night. We have been insanely lucky that Charlie is such an easy baby, and a really good sleeper. His usual schedule is: asleep by 10:30pm, up at 3:30am to eat, up at 5:30am for a fresh diaper and a snack, then up for good at 8am. Maybe it’s because he knows his Mama is a biatch without her beauty rest, who knows, but whatever the reason – I’m glad we’ve got a sleeper on our hands! On Monday, we had the C-Man’s 2 month check up. Wouldn’t you know, he’s up to 11 pounds, 4 ... Read the full post.
Two Months Old
A new list of mommy-isms, after 2 months on the job. 10. Yup, still getting excited about the farts, poops and burps. “What color was it?” is now a completely normal topic of conversation between you and your husband. Additionally, you have no problem taking a big whiff at your child’s nether regions to find out if he has made you a little gift. Even in public. 9. It is becoming increasingly difficult to hold back the mommy advice to pregnant friends. That’s not because you think you know everything, but because newborns can be such a puzzle you just want to share the wealth when you’ve connected two pieces. 8. Mommy brain has set in…it’s not your fault that you completely forgot to the family Chris ... Read the full post.
Cuddling
It has arrived – my last day of maternity leave. Tear. It is a bittersweet day for me. On one hand, I enjoy my job. I work for a great company doing a job that I actually studied for in college. I have great benefits, and I work from home. Can’t really beat that. On the other hand, I would give up anything in the world to not miss a minute of Charlie’s childhood. If it weren’t for the fact that I’d like to do things, such as clothe, feed and provide a home for him to live in, ‘anything’ would probably also include my job. I’m not sure if you know this or not, but most pregnant ladies get highly offended by various things you say and do to them. For example, did you know that saying “Wow, ... Read the full post.
This Christmas season has already proven to be way more fun – mostly because we already received the best gift ever! (And he has the onesie to prove it…see right.) Trust me, it says “Best Gift Ever”! Having a child during the holidays makes you remember how much fun Christmas used to be when you were little. I mean, yes, the true meaning behind Christmas is Jesus, etc. etc. But, for those not-highly-religious folks like us – remember, when Santa was real, you’d be up before the sun in anticipation (if you even actually fell asleep), and when your Christmas List didn’t consist of items like a toaster and a Bissell SpotBot? Oh, and, when you used to get so excited that you’d sneak out t ... Read the full post.
Charlie and Dexter
Here are my top ten’s after just about one month of Mommyhood: 10. You never thought it possible to get so excited about farts, burps, pees and poops – but it is. Oh, it is. 9. After pregnancy, your body will never be the same – although, that doesn’t have to be a bad thing. While my body is different (my hips are wider, and my boobs are way, way bigger), I’m already fitting into pre-pregnancy jeans that didn’t even fit me before I was pregnant! 8. Showering daily is not always a necessity. 7. Yes, that sour milk smell IS coming from your hair. 6. No, it doesn’t matter if it was just gas, that baby just smiled at you! 5. Now you understand why most of the women told you why labor “isn’t ... Read the full post.
If I could have planned it differently, I probably would not have chosen November as Charlie’s birth month. And that’s not just because there are already numerous Fall birthdays in the family, two major holidays and the prevalence of flu season. We always spend Thanksgiving and Christmas with our families and friends – but it is tough with a newborn. As much as you want to spend time with people, as a parent you’re secretly wondering how many of your loved ones are germ factories that didn’t get their flu shots, how you can tactfully eat and run so you don’t have to whip out a boob in front of everyone, and are preoccupied trying to calculate how much the little adventure is going to screw up the nighttim ... Read the full post.
Still in Labor
Charlie’s birth story actually began on Monday, November 7th, around 4 am. I had been having false labor for a week or so – feeling what I thought were contractions, but wasn’t really sure being that this was my first baby. But, I should have known these pains were different, considering I couldn’t sleep through them. And, I can sleep through just about anything (including, at times, a crying baby – but more on that another day.) So, I got myself out of bed at 4 am, in the dark, before our dogs would even get out of bed. I didn’t really feel that “nesting” urge that lots of women tend to get before labor…but that’s maybe because I always feel the urge to nest and clean our house. S ... Read the full post.