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Happy 9 months baby girl!!!

9 months ago today the most beautiful baby girl entered this world and I became a Mommy. 

Motherhood is the biggest responsibility, blessing, and privilege I’ve had. Every morning my heart swells and grows with so much love and excitement for the day ahead with her. And every night my heart breaks a little because we’ll never have that day again. 

Every day she keeps me living in the moment and reminds me about what is so important. 

Sometimes I look at her and I simply can’t believe she’s mine!!! 

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Opposites Attract

Being a good wife is hard. I think we are all good at many things. We all juggle multiple things a day and wear many hats so were bound to be good at some, maybe even a lot of things. I wish I could pick the things I’m good at. I mean I know you can always work on certain aspects and things but it’s so hard to remember that during the day. I mean I’m a mother, wife, daughter, sister, Dog mommy (that’s a real thing), cleaner of the house, home chef, etc…how can I remember everything I want to change/improve? And being a good wife should be easy, right? 

I made a post around New year’s that I wanted to focus on being a better wife and sometimes I don’t know if I’m doing any better. Let me start off by saying I love my husband. Love him so very much. He’s my best friend. Now that I’ve stated that…. He can drive me absolutely bonkers. I mean bat shit crazy. We’re very different. The saying opposites attract couldn’t be a more accurate description of us. I grew up in the suburbs, him the country. I am a homebody, he can’t sit still (for more than a few minutes I swear). I’m all about family and spending every moment with them, he is very career focused.

We bicker about everything like a couple that’s been married for 50 years. To the outside world they probably think we don’t like each other half the time, but it’s all in fun.

The biggest difference between us I’d that I’m a planner, organizer, more serious person (I don’t think I’m very fun because I’m always thinking about the next thing or the consequences/results). He’s laid back, non planner, non organizer, and not serious about anything. There is nothing more frustrating than a serious person communicating with the jokester. I can get so frustrated about something and then he’ll do/say something funny and I’ll laugh. “See, you’re not upset” that”s the next thing off his tongue. O. M. G. Soooo not the case!!!

After the day is done or he leaves for work I kick myself because I know I should be able to laugh about what he says or does. “Why did I get so frustrated about something so dumb? Why couldn’t I just relax?” Why is it that as soon as he leaves or I’m falling asleep I can let it go but when I’m face to face with him I can’t? How can I remember in the moment not to flip out on him?

The question I really want to ask is why can’t he just realize I’m like this and not drive me crazy? That would’ve easy because I wouldn’t have to change anything. Ha! Oh well a girl can dream. Seriously though, I know it would take both of us to be aware and in the moment.

I don’t think I’m a bad wife but I definitely want to be better. Tomorrow’s a new day and another day to try!

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Big day!! No more bottles… We hope!!!

Yesterday was a big day in our household. My daughter tried organic puffs for the first time. I don’t know who was more unsure about them but I know one thing…she sure did not like the taste at all. Actually gor a video of her spitting it out which was pretty comical.

I didn’t push it I just gave her a few tries and we stopped for the day. At dinner time I gave her a few banana pieces to see if she would like that better; I think she just enjoy playing with the pieces more than trying to eat it. I anticipated she would want to play with her food first which I’m totally fine with I know that’s how they learn. It’s actually really cute to watch.

I also noticed that yesterday I could see the top two teeth and the ones beside them actually starting to show in the guma. I decided that we might want to start transitioning from a traditional bottle to the next step. We’re going all in and trying the spoutless cup instead of using a traditional sippy cup; this should be exciting (and messy). I bought munchkin brand the 360° spoutless cup and I absolutely love it.

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If you’re in the process of using something other than bottles or about to look into it. I found it at the babies r us. I think you can also find them at Target. Walmart sells a different brand I believe it’s called the ‘wow cup’. It’s the same concept. As with anything you can also order from Amazon as well. I played around with her drinking from other cups a while ago but I got lazy because well let’s face it I can get a lot of things done while she’s feeding herself. However I need to just suck it up and teach her.Bring out the bibs and the towels to clean up the mess around her face. She hasn’t grasped the concept that she can’t gulp down like she does with the bottle.

Today was the day!! I started with no bottles and we made it! Overall it was a little frustrating at times but we made it. I have found that if I make it into a game she likes it better.

We also tried those puffs again and while she didn’t want to feed herself when I fed them to her she seemed to like it. During snack time she was drinking out of a cup and chewing on puffs and I immediately went back in time when I first held her. She was so small and helpless. With each day she is growing and getting smarter. Of course I’m so proud of her! Today after she would take a sip of water out finish a puff she would look up to me as if she was saying “look Mom I did it”. I love that look! I guess I should be used to that lump in my throat and feeling in my heart but I’m not sure if I will ever be used to that feeling. This child has made me an emotional mess!

And just when I didn’t think it could get better she looked and reached up to me, when I pulled her up she gave me the biggest hug. At that moment she was that little baby that needed her mommy!!!

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Nothing Fancy Here, just Realness

I love finding ways to save money. Not necessarily for any other reason than it feels good to get a bargain. When I decided to make my daughters food and researched about it all I saw were baby bullets, baby processors, steamers…. etc. All of these devices and storage containers for baby. I found myself thinking “what am I going to do with all this ‘baby’ stuff after I don’t have a baby?” So I decided to do it my own way; and I found other blogs, videos, articles of people who did the same thing. I mean I’m doing this to get a bargain not spend money on something I’ll use for a small amount of time.

What I did was designated a cutting board just for baby food, got a good sharp knife, freezer bags, ice cube trays (this was actually harder to find), Sharpie, steam basket, food processor. I had everything I needed except ice cube trays and a good processor. When I went to the store looking for ice cube trays I found ‘fancy’ ones for $9.99. I WAS NOT going to spending that much on ice cube trays; luckily the dollar store had 2 for a $1. Score! I tend to make big batches so I have about 20 trays. Do you have points on a credit card that you never use? Well, I did and so I used my points for a kitchenaid 3.5 cup food chopper…. YAY for FREE stuff!!!! I’ve also used my nutribullet for some but the food chopper works AMAZING!!!

YAY for free stuff! This works AMAZING! I haven't had an issue at all with this. I will however probably buy a bigger one as I start making bigger batches; but I'll use it for my own food as well.

YAY for free stuff! This works AMAZING! I haven’t had an issue at all with this. I will however probably buy a bigger one as I start making bigger batches; but I’ll use it for my own food as well.

Everything has worked out perfectly! I just have to be careful because I could just cook, cook, cook but I would have no where to keep it!! I just need a bigger freezer!!!

I almost need a separate freezer for baby food. But this has green beans, oatmeal, apples, peaches, sweet potatoes, kale, peas, and carrots! :)

I almost need a separate freezer for baby food. But this has green beans, oatmeal, apples, peaches, sweet potatoes, kale, peas, and carrots! 🙂

Ever do something and you just feel good about it! That warm feeling inside! Making her baby food does that to me!

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My daughter may turn orange

My daughter has loved all the foods I have made her so far but she really loves carrots and sweat potatoes. Let’s see if she turns orange! 🙂 I made carrots on Monday while my daughter had her bottle!

Just hanging out watching mommy make carrots!!

Just hanging out watching mommy make carrots!!

Here is how I make her carrot puree in a very simplistic way (which I don’t know if it can get simpler honestly)! In the time it will take me to put this post together I would have been almost done with making this puree! 🙂

I clean, peel,  and cut off ends! Step 1 complete

I clean, peel, and cut off ends! Step 1 complete

Once fork tender, blend/puree to the consistency you want for your baby. My daughter is starting to have her few a little chunkier so I didn't add water but you may need to if you need your baby's food smoother

Once fork tender, blend/puree to the consistency you want for your baby. My daughter is starting to have her few a little chunkier so I didn’t add water but you may need to if you need your baby’s food smoother! Step 2 complete

I cut into fairly small yet even pieces (this makes it simpler to puree and cook faster)

I cut into fairly small yet even pieces (this makes it simpler to puree and cook faster) Step 3 Complete

scoop into ice cue trays. I used to do this very neatly but now I just scoop with spoon and dump! :) Step 4 complete

scoop into ice cube trays. I used to do this very neatly but now I just scoop with spoon and dump! 🙂 Step 4 complete

wrap with foil, freeze overnight, transfer to freezer bag (date and label) step 5 complete

wrap with foil, freeze overnight, transfer to freezer bag (date and label) step 5 complete

A 2 lb bag of carrots made about 24-26tbsp. Did I mention that the carrots cost $1.96!!!! WHAAAAAT!! That’s a deal!!!

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Pretty lamp or healing instrument???

A couple weeks ago my mom brought me my birthday present. Now this present is a very early birthday present because my birthday is not until the middle of May, but she wanted me to be able to use it beforehand.

My mom and I are pretty addicted to HGTV and really any remodeling shows. A couple weeks ago we watched one where a family installed A Himalayan salt wall. We were immediately intrigued by the salt wall and the supposed mind and body benefits. It was beautiful and seemingly peaceful. While it is not practical to install an entire wall my mom purchased a Himalayan salt lamps for myself and her. I’ve been using it for about three weeks now. It really is beautiful and has a soft orange-red glow. I am still unsure whether all the health benefits are true but nonetheless it’s beautiful. I have noticed that I’ve had fewer headaches but I don’t know if that’s just coincidence.

I’ve never been one that has been into the more holistic techniques and remedies. I have always tended to go more on the side of science; I guess because of the easy proof. I mean I have a headache I pop a few pain killers (nothing drastic or extreme).

Yet again…another thing that has changed about me since becoming a mother is the fact that I look more closely at what goes into not only my daughters body but mine. I wish there was an easy way to learn more about holistic techniques and remedies for different situations but right now the only resource I have is the Internet which I generally do not believe what I read. I’m really interested in the use of essential oils, especially since I am in the house every day.

I guess until I learn more or believe more I will enjoy the lamp for it’s ambience and hope that the mind and body benefits actually exists.

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Cry it out or pick her up?!?!

I think we have officially been in the 9 month sleep regression or whatever you want to call it. It’s been two weeks and it seems like every other night my daughter wakes up crying. And it’s a constant struggle to whether I should go in her room or let her put herself back to sleep.

She’s been sleeping 10-12 hours a night for a little over 5 months, so I do consider myself lucky. But it makes sleepless nights harder because I’m not used to it. And she’s always done really well putting herself to sleep. I’m at a lost as to how to handle this “disturbance” with what’s comfortable for me as her mother.

I’m afraid that if this little sleep regression thingy is only temporary I don’t want to create bad habits by going in her room. At the same time I don’t want to avoid her if she truly needs me.

Every night she wakes up crying I go through thoughts like:

1. “Is she hungry?” But she hasn’t had a nighttime feedings and she was just over three months,so no I don’t think she’s hungry.

2. “Did she bump her head and hurt herself?” Doesn’t seem like her cry indicates pain so maybe she didn’t hurt herself. She doesn’t sleep still so I think when she moves constantly she wakes herself up. But when she is crying she is typically laying in the position she sleeps in so I keep thinking maybe she’ll put yourself back to sleep

3. “are you teething and in pain?” This one is the hardest for me to answer because I feel like she’s been teething nonstop but not in a terrible amount of pain. I hate using medicine if she’s not really teething or in pain.

All of these thoughts/questions and then some leave me laying in bed thinking to myself “do I go in there and pick her up or do I let her cry it out.” I’ve also pulled out good ol Google to read articles about how to handle this sleep regression (because we all agree Google is the know all lol). The only thing I really found as I could last anywhere between 3 to 6 weeks. We’re about to hit week three so maybe were almost done.

I just never know what I want to do about it. She doesn’t wake up every night right now it’s about every other night but when she’s up she’s really crying for about 30 minutes to maybe an hour. Not constantly I should say, she’ll settle down for a few minutes and start back up and do that for maybe an hour.

The first night I heard her it startled me because I’m not used to her waking up so I jumped out of bed and ran into her room. I quickly grabbed her and calmed her down. Then I realized that I couldn’t put her back down and I struggled for almost 4 hours putting her back to bed. She’d fall right to sleep in my arms so I know she was tired but would scream so hard when I tried to lay her down. I eventually had to just let her cry it out. I was crying listening and watching the baby monitor. She’s also getting very clingy with only me which I know is pretty common so I don’t want to enhance that by keeping her up at night and creating bad sleeping habits.

If anyone who reads this has suggestions that worked for them I’m all ears.