This Baby Staple Is The Worst, Trust Me

October 5, 2016

When you’re pregnant, there are a lot of things to think and worry about. Is the baby kicking enough? Should I be doing kick counts even though my doctor told me not to? When should we register? What should we register for? Why is everything so expensive? That was me literally thinking about pregnancy and baby prep for all of 30 seconds.

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When you have the baby, there is never ending worry coupled with advice on advice on advice on everything! From sleeping to eating to clothing. Trust me. I feel I have read it all. But there is ONE thing that really really pisses me off, mom friends. Yeah I’m calling ALLLL of you out! Why didn’t you warn me about this? Why did you let me spend money on this? Why did you get me gifts of this? WHYYYYYYYYY? 

Snap pajamas are #TheWorst AND they should be in the 8th circle of hell

Think I’m being dramatic? Okay, let me play out a typical scene in my house during most nights (with a snap PJ as the star of the show).

buymemeIt’s 7:15pm and we just got done with a favorite, bath time. YAY! It’s followed by the oh so delicious bottle. All smiles and happiness. Then we put on the lotions and the ointments (baby eczema is no joke, people). Then it’s diaper time. By this time she’s not so happy anymore. Who wants to wear a diaper when you can just be naked? I get it sweetie pie, but you gots to wear the diaper! So now we get to the part where I put nice, warm pajamas on my sweet little four month old. And she loses it. 

  1. The damn snaps take forever. We are talking like a minute and she’s crying even with the pacifier in her mouth.
  2. If you miss one or two snaps you have to start over.
  3. You might just say “F*ck it” and hand her to dad with misplaced snaps.
  4. You might then decide one night that those snap PJs make a wonderful fire starter.

I digress.

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We’ve put a no-snap ban on our household. Screw ’em AND whoever invented them! #LongLiveTheZipper

If you are pregnant, don’t get them. If you are getting a gift for a pregnant or adopting family, get ZIPPERS! For the love of God, GET ZIPPERS!

This PSA brought to you by a sleep deprived mom. And, for real, it’s mostly a joke. But I really do prefer zippers!

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Sleep: A Mother’s Dream

September 29, 2016

When I had Grace, I knew that I wouldn’t sleep as much. Everyone knows this about babies. You just don’t get as much sleep. However, I also know that I don’t do “well” without sleep. After the first week of Grace’s life, Breon and I concocted a shift plan for sleeping. I had 5:00am – 8:00pm and he got 8:00pm – 5:00am. I got wonderful, glorious sleep… well sort of. Either way, Breon is a night owl and would be up anyways and I am a morning person, so it worked out.

Now that little miss sleeps pretty decent (8-11 hours, 1-4 wakes a night) we (Breon and I) are in a much better place. But the one thing that I truly love is our casper bed. It’s the best thing we bought since we moved into our house. It’s sooo comfy. And now that I am working out again (YAY) and trying to lose weight, getting quality sleep is so important. How important? I’ll let Casper explain…

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As Grace gets close to the dreaded 4-month sleep regression, I can only hope that I will continue to get my restorative sleep.

I can’t recommend Casper mattresses enough. They are so comfy. I’m sure this sounds like an ad but it’s really not. I love how soft yet firm it is. Sure, it took me a week to get used to it but now I fall into like it’s a cloud. And you can’t go wrong with a 100-day return policy. YAY! If you’d like more information on their mattresses check them out here!

*Some of the above are affiliate links. But I still 100% stand behind this great company/mattress.

Letter To My 3-Month Old

September 14, 2016

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Dear Sweet Baby Grace,

I can’t believe you’ve been on this earth for over 3 months! And in that short amount of time you’ve gone from being super small and sleepy to energetic and alert (trust me, you don’t even want to take naps – that’s how alert you are). My favorite quote about this time with you is one I learned first in french:

“Je t’aime plus qu’hier moin que demain.”- Rosemonde Gérard

(I love you more than yesterday, but less than tomorrow.)

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I’ll be honest with you, sweetie, the first weeks were SO hard. It’s not that you were difficult (you were so  cuddly) but being thrust into a completely new life can be hard on new mamas. I don’t know if you know this about your dear mom but she doesn’t do so well with change. And oh the baby blues, don’t get me started on that.

And even though you slept most of the time, we struggled with breastfeeding. At the hospital we couldn’t get you to latch properly and because of that you didn’t eat much and I left badly bruised. We visited with two lactation specialists and I struggled mentally with what they wanted me to do. I wanted to breastfeed you but it was going to be a lot of work on my part non-stop, all day. I was looking for something that would work for us that didn’t involve me only resting for 20 minutes before restarting the process.

gracie-week1Alas, a dear friend (and your Grandma Chris) told me if I needed permission to use formula, that I had it. And so you became a formula baby. You love the stuff so it worked out well. We struggled through gas and fussiness but after my first AMMA new mom group, I realized we were NOT the only ones. Your little digestive tract was figuring itself out.

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I’ll never forget the days of you eating and then falling asleep on me while I got to watch 2 episodes of LOST. I will miss skin-to-skin time snuggles, tummy time which turned into sleep, walks around the lake with Grandma and your Uncle Tony while playing Pokemon Go, and your long lost love for the mamaroo (which you decided to hate at 2 months).

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You are getting better at being set down to entertain yourself every day but I stay close so I can give you new tools to play with and new interactions with your senses. Yesterday we smelled basil, you didn’t get it. It’s okay, you’re new.

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Being a new mom can be crazy hard. New mamas worry, love, get sad, have loads of joy, and fear (oh the fears). I hope that google search histories will never be made public… becuase the world and probably you would think I’m crazy.  But what I think is REALLY crazy is that one day (if you so choose and are able) will have one of your own and I will watch you go through this and there might not even be a google. OR a world. #zombieapocolypse

But if there is a world (and I’m guessing there will be…) then I hope you know that I love you with all my heart and you are the best thing that ever happened to your dad and I. We are so excited for the next phases of your babyhood and life. Next up, 4 month sleep regression.

I love you, sweet Gracie.

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Love,
Mom

Grace’s Newborn Photos

August 8, 2016

In only two days, I am returning to work. And while I am excited to be back in the world of coffee without interruptions, solving business problems, and being around adults who don’t need drool wiped off their mouths… I will miss this little angel. She is the most beautiful happy baby and I love her so much. And not to be able to spend as much time with her is going to seriously bum me out (to say the least). I know she will be cared for well by Grandma (which is a GODSEND). Here is the beauty in her newborn photos…

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