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Wednesday, March 5, 2014
This week, as part of Sometimes Sweet journal day, Danielle ask us to take another look back, but this time, just look back 12 months. What would we tell ourselves, and what advice would we give?
The photo above is me roughly 12 months ago. I was very pregnant, as you can tell, but still had about 6 weeks until my due date. At this point I was blissfully unaware of what life with a newborn would be like. All I knew was that I wanted her out- now. She definitely needed to bake a little longer so I waited until she was ready. Well, if you read her birth story, you know we nudged her out a little early for health reasons.
Looking back, there are so many things I wish I would have known. There is so much advice I wished someone had told me. If there are any soon-to-be new mamas out there, this list is for you.
1. Do not stop trying to breastfeed. I lasted 9 days before I gave up. It was hard. Nora would have eaten 24 hours if I let her. A lot of the time she wasn't even eating, just latched on, but if I tried to move her she cried. The only way I could get any sleep at night was to give her one of the pre-made formula bottles our hospital sent us home with. She really has done fine on formula, but there was always that nagging feeling that she would have been a little bit better off if we kept up with breastfeeding. If you have your heart set on breastfeeding- do it, no matter how hard it is. I have been told that it does get easier.
2. If someone offers to watch the baby so you can nap- take the nap. I did this about half the time. Newborns are exhausting. To keep your sanity, you need sleep. Who cares if the house is messy! The baby certainly doesn't. The baby needs you to be well rested and attentive, she doesn't need you to clean the kitchen.
3. PUPPS. No one told me about this and I wish someone had so I would have been prepared. My initial postpartum recovery was super easy. I had almost no pain and no complications. Then, about a week later, I got hit with the PUPPS. If you never get this consider yourself lucky. It started as a small rash, but it quickly spread to my entire body. It was the itchiest I have ever been, all over, nonstop for almost a month. AWFUL. Nothing worked to alleviate it, until we finally resorted to a soap we read about online. Apparently, Grandpa's Pine Tar Soap is a miracle worker. The rash cleared up quickly once I started using it. Just keep it in mind, because this is something no one is going to tell you about and you don't want to be blindsided by it like I was.
4. The weight does not just "come right off," so try not to eat so many cheeseburgers.
5. Don't be afraid to ask for help. It's very easy to get overwhelmed and there is no sense in letting that take over when there are people in your life who are willing and able to help.
6. Buy a baby wrap carrier. You'll be able to keep a sleeping newborn close, but won't be confined to the couch. We picked up the Happy Baby wrap when Nora was starting to get a little too big for the newborn hold. The few times I did use it, I loved it. At least we have it now for any future little ones.
7. You don't need to buy everything right away. We received a lot of newborn essentials from our hospital and didn't even end up using some of the ones we bought ourselves. For example, the nasal aspirator the hospital sent us home with was a million times better than the newborn one we bought on our own.
8. Get a swing with an AC adapter. If you have a colicky baby, like we did, you do not want to see the day when the batteries in your swing die and there is nothing you can do to get your baby to stop crying.
9. On that note, know that the crying will stop eventually. Hang in there, mom.
10. And finally, don't eat Burger King on the way to the hospital to get induced. I think this one is pretty self-explanatory.
Hope you found these tips helpful! What do you wish someone told you before you had your first child?
Monday, March 3, 2014
10 months is a really exciting time. Nora is truly coming into her own and we see more of her personality every day. She is a sweet, funny girl who loves to explore. She waves and gives kisses. She has said "mama," "dada," "hi," "tiger," and "circle." I think we just passed a growth spurt because she has gotten SO tall. Barely any of her sleeper onesies fit her anymore because her legs have grown so much. I have a feeling she's going to get he dad's height gene and tower over me like he does.
She loves to be outside. Here she is intensely surveying the front yard. Going for walks around the neighborhood is one of her favorite activities, especially when we see dogs.
Nora loves her daddy so much. No one can make her laugh the way he does. Her face lights up whenever he comes into the room and she immediately does a speed crawl over to him.
She spends a lot of time crawling through this table...
... And standing at our makeshift baby gate. Also- sock in the pocket. I thought it was hilarious.
She loves music. We have a ukulele and an upright piano in the house and she loves to "play" them. It's mostly just slapping but the sounds excite her. We might get her a couple new instruments for her birthday. Nora loves to dance too, she's got the baby booty shake down.
The days with her just keep getting better and better. I am so lucky to be her mom.
Saturday, March 1, 2014
I was talking to Madison the other day about my new office. We've been discussing my new desk and how to make it work for my needs. I really wanted to get a light box for tracing, and my mother-in-law had a great idea for creating a desk top that was a light box itself. How cool would that be? I'll be sure to post a DIY once we get into it. As I was telling Madison about this idea I became overcome with the fact that I haven't sketched anything in so long. I went to school for fashion design and retailing, and one of my classes was fashion sketching. I've always been a creative and artistic person, but drawing has never been a strong skill of mine. Well, this class totally changed my idea about that, mainly because my professor was amazing, but also because we used croquis to trace our designs on top of. This one thing was so revolutionary for me because my fashion sketches actually looked like fashion sketches! I've been designing clothes since I was 10 years old and in one class the quality of my work increased tenfold.
That class created a new found passion for sketching that I had lost for a long time. Even now, it has been probably a year and a half since I sketched anything seriously. As I was talking about my light box desk, I began to think about how important it is to stick with your passions once you find them. After I graduated, I no longer had access to a light box so the convenience of sketching with ease was gone. For this reason, as well as a new job, a pregnancy and a baby, I let my love for sketching slip away from me.
I plan to make a serious effort to sketch more. It makes no sense to give up on something you love just because it isn't convenient anymore. This is my promise to myself, and I hope that you all feel inspired to keep up with the things you are passionate about. I know that life and responsibilities can get in the way, but you need to make time for yourself and the things you love.
To further inspire myself and you, here are a few of the sketches I did in that class. Leave me a comment letting me know what you are going to make more time for.
Friday, February 28, 2014
Wednesday, February 26, 2014
Hey! I got new shoes! Here's a fun fact, this is my first new pair of running shoes since high school. I felt you all cringe. My husband did too, which is why he took me shopping the other day. I told him I really wanted to get serious about my fitness journey and I needed a good pair of running shoes, since he already made me throw away my old pair, may they rest in peace.
Funny story about actually obtaining these bad boys. If you've been following along, you know I got into a car accident last month. Well, my car was totaled and we have not been able to get a new one yet. So for the time being we are a one car family. We decided to go shopping, so we packed up the baby and went outside to start Madison's car. But it didn't start, just our luck. Madison had no idea what was wrong with it (figured it out the next day though!!) so he suggested we walk to the store since we were ready to go. We live close to a major shopping area, only about a mile and a half away. So I walked- in cheap, heeled combat boots. Big mistake. My feet hurt so bad! Don't ask why I didn't wear sneakers, I have no idea.
Anyway, we made it to the store and I found these Nike Flex Experience running shoes. They are so comfortable! A huge improvement over my old high school gym sneakers. I have not gone running yet because I don't want to further injure my arm, but for walking they are perfect. They are super comfortable, and fit really well. Is fit even an issue with running shoes? I told you, it's been a while.
I love the accent of pink and blue. They aren't as obnoxious as the fluorescent yellow Nike Frees I was considering at first.
If admitting I needed to get in shape was step 1, then this is step 2 of Hello Fitness. We're on the road, people!