1. That you can't go up or down stairs for 6 weeks postpartum.
2. That you will be chained to your couch (or bed) breastfeeding nonstop for the first 3 weeks (but it does get better!).
3. Don't plan on cooking a meal for at least 3 months.
4. Your husband will forever take a backseat to your child.
5. Same with your dogs.
6. You will become very attached to the doctor (and nurses, and CNA's, and food service people) that are there when you deliver your baby.
7. When the doctor tells you that your baby doesn't have to come back for another 2 months you will have a full-blown panic attack.
8. Suddenly co-sleeping (which you have been adamantly against pre-baby) doesn't seem like such a bad idea, in fact you secretly prefer it.
9. You will actually begin to love nursing once all the pain subsides.
10. You will become obsessed with any and all information you can get your hands on relating to babies and their eating, sleeping, and pooping habits. I get every parenting magazine on the market and I've read every parenting book at my local library.
11. Suddenly shopping for clothes loses its luster unless it's for your baby.
12. It will be hard to relate to your friends who are still childless.
13. Don't plan on your labor and delivery going as planned.
14. Your bed will become your dining room table, office, and couch.
Wednesday, April 28, 2010
1. That you can't go up or down stairs for 6 weeks postpartum.
Tuesday, April 27, 2010
My summer project is to convert my craft room into a play room for Jackson. Here are some of the ideas I've pulled together so far:
Saturday, April 24, 2010
Since my return to work I have become VERY greedy with my time and it is now only reserved for Jackson. We tend to spend a lot of time snuggling in bed, exploring the neighborhood, or playing with his favorie toys (currently anything soft and plush and able to be stuffed in his mouth). He has become a very content baby who loves to go on walks with mommy or daddy carrying him and feel the wind blowing in his face. He's very curious and loves to take in all the activity around him while he's safe in someone's arms. I live for the weekends and spending time with him.
Tuesday, April 20, 2010
Saturday, April 17, 2010
1. Jackson's grins
2. Getting US magazine in the mail on Fridays.
3. Fridays in general.
4. Checking for updates on my favorite blogs (Enjoying the Small Things, Georgie Girl, Baby Dickie, etc.).
5. 3:05pm on Mondays-Fridays
6. Cuddling Jackson while he sleeps.
7. Eating semi-cooked cookie dough.
8. Jackson's happiness in the mornings.
9. A glass of wine when I get home from work.
10. Watching "Sixteen and Pregnant" (ridiculous, I know)
11. Clean sheet Sundays.
12. Laying in bed all day and hanging out with my baby.
13. Nursing Jackson to sleep.
14. Reading a good book (currently "Let the Baby Drive")
15. Getting a pedicure (which I'm doing today to reward myself for making it through this week)
Friday, April 16, 2010
Wednesday, April 14, 2010
Tuesday, April 13, 2010
Can't say I'm happy to be back at work. The only thing I missed was my wonderful team, who are the most supportive, caring group of women you could ever ask for. I owe a lot to them! It's been a huge adjustment going from pseudo stay-at-home mommy to working mother. Lack of sleep, rushing through the morning, the stresses of work, and rushing to get home. Cook dinner. Bathe baby. Shower self. Go to sleep. Repeat. My first day was awful. I cried all day and had to really fight to hold it together in front of the kids. I was exhausted emotionally and physically and aching to be with Jackson. Today was much better. I went in with the attitude that I was just going to do my best and forget the rest, which made it much easier to get through the day. The only problem is that Jackson gets so worn out at the sitter that he falls asleep around 6pm! I'm hoping he'll stay up later once he adjusts to our hectic schedule. I just try and get as much cuddling in before he falls asleep as possible. As I write this he's snoozing in my arms while I type one-handed. Six and a half weeks left until summer and it can't come soon enough!
Saturday, April 10, 2010
Friday, April 9, 2010
Please give me some hope that this will all work out. That Jackson won't forget me. That I'll make it through the day and still have something leftover for him. I desperately want to be one of those people who looks on the "bright" side, but sadly I'm not. Right now I'm sad and angry that I have to leave my child and sorry, no amount of positive thinking is going to make this any easier. I am so envious of other moms who get to stay home and enjoy all of the firsts. They actually get to raise their kids instead of dumping them off on other people to do it for them. I am not looking forward to leaving Jackson and I am definitely not looking forward to returning to a job full of stress, pressure, and criticism. I need some hope to get me through this but so far there's nothing on the horizon.
Thursday, April 8, 2010
- in size 2 diapers for a few weeks now
- has outgrown all of his 0-3 month clothes
- sleeping 12 hours at night with only one wake-up to eat (around 2:30am)
- weighs almost 14 pounds
- grabbing everything and stuffing it in his mouth
- sitting with support (in his Bumbo chair or the boppy)
- "walking" by holding onto our hands (he bends his knees and everything!)
Tuesday, April 6, 2010
Thursday, April 1, 2010
1. Ergo Baby
- rolling from his tummy to his back both ways!
- lifting his head off the bed when laying on his back
- rolling from his back to his left side
- putting both legs straight up in the air
- sitting without support for a few seconds
- wanting to sleep in mommy's arms for any and all naps
- sleeping 5-6 hours in a stretch at night
- chewing on his hands constantly
- laughing more and more
- smiling constantly
- loves going on walks and feeling the wind on his face
- letting mommy cook dinner while he watches from his bouncer!
I am addicted to reading other people's baby/mommy blogs! It's nice to hear that other people are going through the same things as you and get a glimpse into their lives. Here are some of my favorites:
1. Georgie Girl (http://www.georgiegirlnyc.com/)- Living in NYC with a cute boyfriend, adorable dog, and fabulous, amazing life AND she's expecting a baby girl any day now! I love reading her posts about books she's read, places she's gone, adorable maternity outfits she puts together, and ways they are preparing for baby. I only wish my life could be as perfect as hers!