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Late.

28 Aug

Oh. My. Gosh. I have really dropped the ball on blogging. But, hey, that’s what happens when your 6 (now 8) month old decides to get mobile! I spent a good 90% of my day chasing her around. And Abbie has decided that naps are a thing of the past so…yeah. No breaks for me these days(and if there are breaks, you better believe I’m sleeping right along with her)!
Currently, she is sitting next to me in her high chair being entertained by a spoon. We will see how long this lasts….
But enough excuses.

We have a lot to catch up on! Too much to go over now (a spoon can only entertain for so long). So I’ll give you the cliff notes and elaborate later.
Abbie has started crawling, pulling up on EVERYTHING, and walking along every piece of furniture she can get her hands on. There is a lot of “house-proofing the baby” happening over here. I have a feeling she will take her first steps on my birthday (October 3). I took my first steps on my brother’s 3rd birthday and he still hasn’t forgiven me for stealing his three-year-old thunder. Maybe Abbie will keep with up the trend? ūüėČ Who knows. Either way, I’m pretty sure she will be walking in the next couple of months….craziness!
My mom came to visit us for Abbie’s 6 month celebration and Justin’s mom just left town the other day to see Abbie turn 8 months old. It was her first time meeting Abbie so that was special. Other than praying that the hurricanes dodge us here in Florida, not much exciting has gone on this summer. Just staying busy chasing around a baby all day!

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Product Love #2: Boppy

1 Apr

Abbie chillin' on the Boppy pillow

I could talk about breastfeeding for hours. The trials, the joys, the annoyances (leaky boobs? what?)…yep…I’ve become one of¬†those moms that has no boundaries when it comes to anything related to babies or bodily functions. When the day comes that I start talking about Abbie’s poop on here, we’ll all know I’ve gone off the deep end.

But I digress. Back to breastfeeding.

Personally, breastfeeding has been a struggle (and still is sometimes) but I thank God that I haven’t given up and we’re still going strong. While I could go on and on talking about the many health benefits that go along with it or how it saves SO much money (yay for free food!), I really want to talk about the importance of being comfortable while nursing.

Let me say this right off the bat: I used to hate my Boppy. Obviously that has changed (hence, the ‘Product Luurve #2’).¬†So let me explain…

After Abbie was born, feeding her was pretty difficult we couldn’t find a good position at all. I tried the Boppy when she was a newborn but she would only eat in the “football hold” and I couldn’t maneuver her in that position PLUS try to get the Boppy to fit around my huge stomach that still looked pregnant (pretty picture, eh?).¬†¬†When it comes down to it, I think Abbie and I were just trying to get the hang of breastfeeding and everything was frustrating us at that point. I¬†remember sitting in bed with FIVE pillows trying to get both of us into a comfortable position. I wanted to give up and switch to formula so many times (praise God I didn’t!).

It wasn’t until she was a few weeks old that I fell in love with my Boppy. My stomach was smaller, she was bigger, and everything just seemed to work better. Now, I can barely nurse without it! It puts her at the perfect height and allows me to have a hand free that would normally be holding her up to me…I seriously wish they made a blow-up “travel size” version to stick in my diaper bag. I should patent that idea in case they read this blog hehe.

Here’s the break down:

Pros

  • allows mom to be hands-free while nursing (eating¬†chips carrot sticks and channel surfing¬† reading timeless literature, woot!)
  • comfy for baby and mom- sometimes that is where Abbie takes her naps if she falls asleep in my lap after nursing
  • easy to use
  • multi purpose: pillow, nursing pillow, helps baby sit up, great for tummy time
  • slipcover comes off for easy washing
  • many stylish, cute slipcovers available

Cons

  • difficult to use when mom is bigger
  • no travel-size available

“So Happy Together”

30 Mar

Before Abbie was born, Justin and I had so many plans and expectations of what we were/ were not doing as parents. No pacifiers, No bottles, Sleeping in the crib, Set a schedule by 3 months, Vaccinating via our¬†Pediatrician’s recommendation,¬†¬†Cloth diapers, etc.

Boy, oh boy, has that list changed. I’ll eventually get to each and every one of those topics, but today I want to talk about co-sleeping because as I sit here and type away, Abbie is preciously asleep in my arms (multi-tasking mom for the win!).

I’m not even sure how our co-sleeping adventures began. I’m pretty sure that even when we left the hospital we were thinking Abbie would start out sleeping in her pack and play by our bed, and then eventually move to the crib. She has probably only slept in that pack and play a total of two times, lol.

I think it started out because Abbie would only fall asleep when being held as a newborn. Once we put her down she would wake up about 30 minutes later, I’d nurse, and the whole saga would start over again. But we found that if I nursed her to sleep and laid her next to me, she slept for a few hours at a time! Sleep, glorious sleep! I remember when she was just days old Justin, Abbie, and I would all sleep on the futon in our guest room because the mattress was so firm I wasn’t worried about rolling over onto her lol.

Now that she is three months old, we still co-sleep (although we are in our bedroom now in the King-sized bed) and I love it. She sleeps 6-9 hours every night! I know it is because she is at peace and knows we are near. Sometimes she will stir at night and stretch out like a starfish until one of her limbs touches me and feels that I’m there– could she melt my heart any more?!

I have done a lot of research through websites, books, blogs, etc and here is a list of some benefits of co-sleeping. I got most of the following from Dr. Sears (who I love for the most part. You should read his books. All of them.) :

  • Parents and baby sleep more peacefully–¬†Research shows that co-sleeping infants virtually never startle during sleep and rarely cry during the night, compared to solo sleepers who startle repeatedly throughout the night and spend 4 times the number of minutes crying¬†. Startling and crying releases adrenaline, which increases heart rate and blood pressure, interferes with restful sleep and leads to long-term sleep anxiety.
  • Stable Physiology–¬†Studies show that infants who sleep near to parents have more stable temperatures¬†, regular heart rhythms, and fewer long pauses in breathing compared to babies who sleep alone.
  • Decreases risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome-¬†Worldwide research shows that the SIDS rate is lowest (and even unheard of) in countries where co-sleeping is the norm, rather than the exception. Babies who sleep either in or next to their parents‚Äô bed have a fourfold decrease in the chance of SIDS¬†. Co-sleeping babies actually spend more time sleeping on their back or side which decreases the risk of SIDS. Further research shows that the carbon dioxide exhaled by a parent actually works to stimulate baby‚Äôs breathing.
  • Long term emotional health-¬†Co-sleeping babies grow up with a higher self-esteem, less anxiety, become independent sooner, are better behaved in school, and are more comfortable with affection. They also have less psychiatric problems.

If you’re interested in learning more, there’s a good link here¬†here¬†and here

Who wouldn’t love waking up to this? :

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