Tuesday, November 13, 2012


I just finished Sh*tty Mom: The Parenting Guide for the Rest of Us , and it is hilarious.  It is a quick read, and if don't take yourself too seriously, I think you'll enjoy it!

Sh*tty Mom: The Parenting Guide for the Rest of Us

The next book I want to read is Waiting for Birdy: A Year of Frantic Tedium, Neurotic Angst, and the Wild Magic of Growing a Family by Catherine Newman.  I believe I read about it on A Cup of Jo , and after reading the preview pages on Amazon.com, I know I will enjoy it.  I especially like the author's attempt to describe the overwhelming emotion a mother has for her child as found below.

"Until it happened to us, I didn't understand that having a baby would feel like falling in love, but like falling in love on a bad acid trip.  With an alarm clock a pooping alarm clock.  I wasn't prepared to lie awake by the sleeping babe, my heart pounding audibly and so swollen with passion that I could barely breathe. ... Nobody mentioned the way my heart would be brought to its knees, a thousand times a day, by my love for the baby."

How Fast Time Flies

1 Month

Loves to eat
Sleeps 3-4 hours at night, eats, and sleeps for another 3-4 hours
Naps throughout the day


2 Months

 Loves to eat
Sleeping a little longer between feedings!
Interested in books

 3 Months

Still loves to eat
Tries to "watch" TV
Loves the sound of her voice
Sleeps all night - 10 pm - 6/7 am!

4 Months

Eating like a champ - only breastmilk
Actively grabs toys and brings to mouth
Recognizes Mom and Dad
Rolls over from tummy to back
Smiling all the time!
Sleeping all night (approximately 8/9-6/7)
Short naps during the day

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Children's Books

Since I've finished college, I have started to enjoy reading more.  I even started a book club with some friends, but it disbanded as members moved away (and summer plans got in the way.)  When Avery was a newborn, I would just read her my "adult" book aloud instead of selecting from her bookshelf as she didn't pay attention to the pictures anyways.  But now, I have replaced my books with her books as she LOVES to read.  Last night, we were reading Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse by Kevin Henkes, and Avery sat in my lap smiling at each page.  I don't think I've ever enjoyed reading a book more than I did last night.

For my shower, the hosts requested everyone to bring a favorite childhood book.  It was a great way to build a library for Avery and share memories of childhood at the shower. I strongly recommend it if you're hosting a shower!

Friday, September 21, 2012


My baby sleeps all night.  Maybe it is too early to celebrate, but Avery is sleeping from about 9:30 to about 6:00 - sometimes it is 5:45, sometimes 6:30 because I wake her up!  At daycare, she takes short naps usually only 1 hour or less, but the workers say she is happy and alert when she's not sleeping.  I started reading a book about teaching your child to sleep all night as I thought it might have some useful tips, but I quickly discovered she has been sleeping all night for several weeks now by most standards (which is 12-5).  I am so blessed to have such a sweet bean that let's me sleep all night.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Recent Readings

15 Ways to Stay Married for 15 Years by Lydia Netzer

I LOVE #5; one of the best feelings in the world...especially if speaking about parenting skills when you're feeling less than confident as a new parent.  Husband is a wonderful Dad. 
Our Wedding Rings as photographed by Shawna Noel.
Planet Parenthood: The Funny, Helpful, Absolutely Essential Survivor's Guide to a Strange New World by Julie Tilsner

I've read only a few chapters in this book, but I love the author's sense of humor. It is nice to know others worry about the same things like making sure your baby is still breathing if she's been quiet for more than 3 minutes while you're in the other room.  Avery has had a stuffy nose since last week. I hate how it sounds so uncomfortable for her when she is first falling asleep (eventually she clears it enough to breathe silently), but I do like the reassurance that she is, in fact, still breathing when listening to her fall asleep each night.

Friday, September 14, 2012

Newborn Noises

Avery is the first grand baby for both my family and Husband's family, so I haven't been around many newborns - just my cousins' babies.  I had no idea how loud tiny newborns can be.  The first few nights at home, Husband and I couldn't believe the loud noises she made.  And even more alarming was the fact that we couldn't distinguish from what end some of those noises were coming!  We frequently refer to her as a little elephant as she makes this adorable, loud elephant noise. I am not sure how she does it as I have been unable to replicate it.

She also makes some very obnoxious, not so adorable noises with her other end at inappropriate times.  Avery was five weeks old at the first wedding she attended.  I was nervous that she would start crying in the middle of the ceremony, so I had her pacifier ready and sat in the back of the church to make a quick exit if needed.  She was sleeping peacefully in my arms as the bridal party began to enter the church.  "A nice quick wedding, and we'll be out of here without any disruptions" I thought.  As the groomsmen and maids were walking down the aisle, Avery started a stream of gas that seemed to last the entire length of the processional.  Husband and I were crying with laughter.  Even the couple in front of us got to enjoy the "music." Stinky bean.

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Back to Work

Last week, I returned to work.  I was very blessed to have 10 weeks at home with the little bean.  I enjoy working, but I really enjoy snuggling my baby.  I was anxious Sunday night and feeling sorry for myself that I had to leave her.  Thankfully by Monday morning, I had changed my outlook. At this point, I need to work to provide her (and Husband and me) with the lifestyle we desire.  So even though I miss her, I am working to benefit her.  Drop off went while with no tears! The daycare staff even commented that I was doing well for a first time drop off.

This week has been a different story.  I've caught up on all my work from leave, so I have more time to think about her and to miss her.  When I dropped her off today, there were four adults in the baby room.  They started talking about her - how cute she is, all her hair, and her adorable outfits. I wanted to stay in that room and admire her all day too.  I am jealous of those workers.  I spent most of my college days working at daycares, and I never realized how hard it must have been for those parents to leave their babies with me.

This picture is my background at work, and it fills me with warmth every time I see it. I love her so much.