February 28, 2012 FirstTimeMomandDad.com 0 Comments
I am SO freaking flattered. It really is the greatest! Even if I only have 4 votes... I HAVE FOUR VOTES!! Holy Crap! Thank you again to whoever you are, my heart is all warm and fuzzy for you! XX
Tips to change newborns sleep habits from day to night.
February 28, 2012 FirstTimeMomandDad.com 1 Comments
- Have your new one nap in a well-lit room during the day and DO NOT tip toe around or turn the TV down. Carry on as you normally would.
- At night turn the TV down, limit loud noises and do not stimulate your baby at all! For example do not do the things my husband does… for starters if the baby is asleep don’t go in there and rub his back and ask, yes ask the newborn, "are you an ok little guy,” or “ was that a massive fart or did you shit in your nappy?” followed by, “Do you need mummy to change it?” PLEASE do not do that or you will be sorry. Or DO NOT go into the nursery EVERY FREAKING TIME YOU HEAR THE BABY MAKE A PEEP! DON’T BLOODY DO IT! Sorry little animosity there… and last DO NOT pick the baby up every time he makes a grumble and then insist you need to hold him until he goes back to sleep… because again it is night he has NO DESIRE to go back to sleep!
- Start working towards the ever-popular "routine" by turning the lights low at the first night time feeding, possibly right after a nightly bath, feed, rock baby to sleep and then gently place baby in the crib and sneak away. I’ve been told to start early at the nighttime routine, even if it is just a fleeting idea in your own head.
- Remember, nothing is going to be a magical over night fix. I have just now given up expecting the sleep fairy to come and sort my son out. Trust me She is not coming, so stick to patience and perseverance.
- This Too Shall Pass… your baby will not be having an all night party in the crib forever. I can already see some changes, it’s just working one night to the next. Plus, they only sleep for a few hours at a time anyway at this point, so regardless you will be up all night for the first couple of months anyways.
Post Delivery OH HELL NOs!
February 27, 2012 FirstTimeMomandDad.com 4 Comments
- Nurse: “here is a stool softener, you will need this.”
- Still at hospital…
- At my post partum follow up appointment, a week after leaving the hospital my doctor asked how I was doing.
- Again at my postpartum follow up appointment.
- I was going to the bathroom around 4am, so all was quiet in the house, when I heard a super loud fart. I can honestly tell you that I was not sure if it was my husband or my newborn son. Both sound alike! Total “OH HELL NO!” moment.
- At my son’s one-week “well baby” check up, I had a couple of questions for the doctor. 1. My son smiles already! It’s the sweetest thing. I thought babies didn’t smile so soon? 2. My Son will be sound asleep and then wake up with a loud scream, then fall right back to sleep? To both he said, “It’s Gas.” Now, for those of you who read my pregnancy Blog you know I had a list of five questions early on for my doctor that were all answered with, “It’s Gas.” “OH HELL NO!” Is my family just a pile of Gassy Asses?
- Apparently there is something called a growth spurt that happens around 3-4 weeks, again at 6 months and then at 9 months. When this happens to baby at 3-4 weeks breast fed babies will want to eat every hour. “OH HELL NO!” I cannot take the every 2-4 hour feedings. A set every hour feed will do me in, and my boobies too!
- EVERY time I sit down to eat a hot meal, baby wakes up. “OH HELL NO!” Please let mommy eat.
- A breastfeeding mom needs to drink a large glass of water at EVERY feeding to stay hydrated. Yes, this means I’m peeing like I am pregnant again! “OH HELL NO!”
- Shit, the pregnancy amnesia is setting in. I’m even looking back on my actual C-Section surgery fondly! “OH HELL NO!” I can already tell I am totally going to do this baby thing all over again..
Breastfeeding... Want to give up? DON'T DO IT!
February 24, 2012 FirstTimeMomandDad.com 7 Comments
I decided early on in my pregnancy to breastfeed,or to at least give it a try. Then throughout my 10 months of baby growing, I heard all kinds of horror stories about breastfeeding-- babies not latching, milk not coming in, being too painful to continue because your nipples feel (and look) like they wen through a meat grinder... and so on. So by the time I delivered I had pretty low expectations of actually succeeding at nursing.
I wrote this post just 21 days after Ollie was born... That was 13 months ago!! The time has flown by, and it will for you too! Relish every moment with your sweet baby, because soon your baby will be a toddler... Trust me, the time FLYS!!!
As for me and breastfeeding... I am still at it! Oliver never had anything but breast milk until he was a little over one, I let him try cows milk....
It was not an easy road at first... I had supply issues and had to see a lactation consultant. Thanks to her, I powered through my short supply by pumping every 2 hours and even 5 minutes on each side AFTER nursing Ollie for 48 hours straight. I don't know how I made it through that, but I did. By 6-weeks nursing was almost second nature. And now, today, I am so proud of myself for making the sacrifices and sticking with it. Oliver is super healthy, over the past year he has not been sick, had any ear problems, or seen the doctor for anything but well baby check-ups. He is bad ass and my boobies made him that way! So stick with it girlfriend, it is so incredibly worth it!!
Lessons Learned during Week 3 of parenthood
February 23, 2012 FirstTimeMomandDad.com 5 Comments
Lessons learned during week two of parenthood
February 22, 2012 FirstTimeMomandDad.com 3 Comments
Mom's top ten list
1. Just when I thought I could not get anymore tired... Surprise, I can! I can even function in some strange sort of way on only two consecutive hours of sleep. Granted function means, feed baby, feed me, bathe baby, bathe me. If I did anything else during week two I don't remember.
2.The older and bigger my son gets, the stronger the stream and further the reach of his fire hose.
3. Breastfeeding gets easier in the second week. However, it still is not fun, awesome, or easy. My nipples are still sore little mountains of shreded pain. But, I can see how maybe with time and practice breastdeeding will not suck.
4. Now that my husband and I have changed 44 poopy diapers each, we yell "not it" when the time comes for changing. There is no more Mr. Nice guy in my house. If we could train the cat to change the baby we would. Hell if we could train the baby to use the litter box, that would be epic!
5. While it's becoming more of a chore to shower and eat everyday, I do feel 250% better every time I do. Everyday I force myself to do it, even if it is right before I go to bed at night.
6. If I don't eat I try to kill my husband with words and dirty looks.
7. Unfortunately, I am falling back into that frustration and annoyance with my husband that I harbored during pregnancy. I'm working on it... he doesn't deserve it. I'm just jealous that he gets to sleep at night.
8.My son hates sponge baths! He screams and yells and wants his clothes back on STAT! I feel so bad hearing him scream and cry, but all I can think is that if I don't he will have an itchy booty and then he will really be mad at me.
9. I know why we get 6-8 weeks for maternity leave... thanks to the sleep deprivation, crappy diet and constantly feeding baby, there is no way on earth we could accomplish anything that requires serious brain power.
10. My son gets more adorable everyday and I miss him when I am not holding him. I LOVE being a Mom!!!
Dad's top ten list
1. Discover the "Baby Aisle" in the supermarket and buy crap that you will never need just cause it's 4am - Handy hint! - It's usually near the feminine hygiene products and the other useless aisle that nobody goes to with all the health foods.
2. When the diaper containment unit is full...put your hand in a plastic bag and "Fist" those diapers down until you have more room. Feels nice like a giant squishy stress ball.
3. Remember to check your back and shoulders in a mirror before going into public...1 in 5 chance of a big streak of baby spew that you forgot about from earlier in the day is crusted on like a dirty great bird-shit.
4. Diapers have a numbering system apparently...N means "newborn" not "night-time" and 1, 2, 3, means months...not years - smartarses!
5. Follow the wife around and check that the seventy or so electronic swings, mats, pads, sleepers, bouncers, light-show thingos etc etc are in the OFF position when she's done with them so you can minimize the weekly battery budget from $100 to $10.
6. When changing your son and he's naked between diapers THEN he starts to whizz and dump at the same time...quickly put the shitty old diaper back on and don't waste the new one!
7. When the wife has gone somewhere for an hour or so, take the baby into the bathroom and leave it on the mat in front of you while you take a dump. It's probably not 100% hygienic but the sense of revenge is very satisfying.
8. Forget about the Playstation3...it is DEAD to you...probably forever! Don't even bother thinking about it. Your wife is itching to explode in fury if you even glance at the controller AND then you'll have to listen to the "you don't see ME playing games" lecture ! Whewww!
9. The myth of babies having soft heads is bullshit! When burping watch out for the casual head-butt...trust me...that head can loosen a tooth!
10. Have fun when buying your wife suppositries, an enema kit and other sundry anal products...I enjoy watching the check-out chicks' faces when I slam them on the conveyer-belt...grimace, groan and then slowly plop an obscenely large cucumber, pineapple or summer sausage down then give 'em a cheeky wink!
Lessons learned during week 1 of parenthood
February 20, 2012 FirstTimeMomandDad.com 4 Comments
1. While I wish I could have delivered via natural child birth, the C-section allowed us to have 4 days, 4 much needed days, in the hospital. Those 4 days provided us with nurses, a nursery, a lactation consultant, a cook, a drug dispenser, doctors and most of all answers to all of our questions! We really needed a month, but those four days gave us a supervised crash course in caring for our brand new baby human.
2. Our son, while he is the cutest and sweetest little baby boy we have ever seen, is a massive poop and pee machine. He pumps that stuff out by the buckets full! Oh how I wish I had a picture if my husbands face when he saw that first black tar poop! Scared the crap out of him!
3. Silly me, I thought breast feeding was this natural easy thing baby would be a pro at. Ok, maybe he was/is and I'm just the fool who could not get him in the right position. Either way, "easy" is not a word allowed near breastfeeding in my opinion.
4. My son has invisible piranha like teeth, really he does! My nipples had the marks and cuts to prove it!
5. By the third night of not sleeping for more than 3 hours straight the world stopped moving and I just became full-time baby feeder with short naps and half ass meals in between. I was quickly informed that this would continue you for the next four months and to suck it up.
6. Babies can create world peace with their scent and angelic faces. I think we need to send babies to the next world summit to cut through the bullshit and make the talking heads coo in delight like new parents do.
7. My husband and I thought we had an idea about how little we knew about having a baby, but it wasn't until we got home that we realized just how hopeless we were. We are also pretty sure our son has figured that out too and thats why he cries.
8. Our son already smiles! I know the professionals say it's gas, but we say not! He likes us, or at the very least finds us amusing!
9. It's true, if you feed them, change them, love them and bathe them, babies are happy chaps! It's just a matter of doing all of the above often enough that can be challenging! Sometime we have to change before AND after a feeding! I'm telling you my son is a crap machine!
10. Babies can projectile poop and pee, especially boys! Always have the diaper open in the ready position when switching from dirty to clean.
11.ALWAYS make sure the boys fire hose is pointed down in the off position nestled safely in the center of the diaper. If not you will have leaks every freaking time! It's embarrassing how long it took hubs and I to figure that out! Just because diaper is on, it does not mean it's going to do it's job.
12. Having a fully hands on husband is not always a great thing... Especially when it's nap time and he won't put the baby down or take his hands off of him. Over stimulated baby is very real and will sabotage your...er his nap time!
13. A new born will sleep up to 22 hours a day! Seriously! I thought something was wrong with him! Unfortunately it's not for more than 2-4 hour stretches.
14. No one told me this but a new born looses weight once they are born! My son went from 8.4 pounds to 7.8 pounds before we left the hospital! They can loose up to 10% without it being an issue.
15. If you are going to breastfeed get used to whipping your tit out at the hospital in front of total strangers, family and even the person who brings the food in at meal times. It's weird but for some reason I always did it and like a pole dancing pro! Baby needs to eat, you will oblige and innocent bystanders will watch.
16. Mothers instinct is very real and shows up quickly! I would even wake up 5-20 minutes before he would wake for a feeding. (I still do) it's amazing how it all works. The only problem I have is actually listening to my instinct. Please learn from my mistakes and go with your gut!
17. New borns only need a sponge bath until the cord falls off and only every other day at the most. Cotton balls with warm water are awesome for face. Beware those first sponge baths are difficult and babies HATE being cold.
18. The eyes kind of float around in his head at first, it's VERY freaky but normal. I kept turning his head and saying mommy is right here. I told you I was hopeless!
19. I thought my son was going to be a little eating, sleeping, pooping slug for the first 6 weeks of his life... Not even! He is filled with sweetness, good smells, smiles, a beautiful face and fingers that already squeeze! While there is not a lot of interaction there is still enough to melt my heart and fill my world with bliss and love!
20. I was terrified my whole life about becoming a mother. So much so, I just never wanted to be a mother. Now, I cannot and do not want my life to be any other way. I LOVE being a mommy to Ollie!
Observations Of A First-Time Mom At 3-Weeks.
February 20, 2012 FirstTimeMomandDad.com 2 Comments
That's me! A first time, I have no clue what I'm doing or should be doing. I read so many books on pregnancy while I was pregnant. I never thought to read one about what happens after pregnancy.
So, consider this tip #1 from me, read at least one book about becoming a mother, or at the very least baby's first month. I am living proof that there is some sort of "mothers instinct" because my son is still alive! Better yet, he is fat, happy, dry and well rested... Unfortunately, I cannot say the same for myself.
My son was born via C-section weighing in at 8pds 4oz and 20 inches long. I am now entering into my 3rd week of mommy-hood. It's actually been really great, tiring but great. My husband is hopeless as well, but a fully hands on dad. Which, is not always a good thing. My husband cannot keep his hands off of our son! I am constantly trying to explain over-tired and over-stimulated baby to him, but of course he has to learn the hard way. Which is me throwing him out of the nursery and rocking our son BACK to sleep!
I was terrified of becoming a mother. I am an aunt to four beautiful boys, so I do have limited experience with babies and with boys for that matter, but still its true, NOTHING can prepare you for parenthood. Granted I'm only 3 weeks in, tired as hell and slightly cranky, but I do love it. My son is the greatest thing that has ever happened to me! Funny I thought being pregnant was one of the worst things ever (see: www.tiredofbeingpregnant.com), but now it was beyond worth it!
He is here!!
February 05, 2012 FirstTimeMomandDad.com 0 Comments
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