One Giant Leap

One Giant Leap

 

Last night we took a giant leap. Some might call it a baby step. It IS a step with our baby but it’s a leap I tell you. LULU SLEPT IN HER OWN ROOM FOR THE FIRST TIME! Yes, she did. I kind of want to keep her in the cradle forever. Can’t you just see a five year old sitting up in the cradle at the foot of our bed? Creepy. Hey, at least I don’t sleep with her… often.

I know, I know. It’s time to let go a little, right? She did just fine. It’s not Lulu that I was worried about. It’s her dad. No wait, it’s me. It’s okay though, I had the ability to watch her all night on my laptop, or my iphone. And, maybe I did!

 

On Photos

On Photos

 

We had Lulu’s three month photos taken two weeks ago, twice. Once we went to Portrait Innovations and another time we went to a local photographer. Why twice and with two different people? Did one take such terrible photos that we had to do it again? NO! I mean, we are talking about the cutest baby ever! She could never be in a bad photo!

Lulu was given a gift of a newborn photo shoot plus a photo shoot at three, six, nine and twelve months. With the exception of the newborn shoot, one photo from each session would be placed in a framed photo collage at the end of the year and be given to us. So, since we never went anywhere else to get photos taken when she was a newborn, we got suckered into paying $70 for two 5×7 photographs of our baby. Robbery, right? Well, it’s worth it. They were great photos and our baby was adorable.
Being smarter this time, we went to an inexpensive-print it right there-lure you in with a $9.99 special but you’ll spend eleven times as much in reality kind of place. We love the photos and so yesterday we took her to the “expensive” place. We went to the other place first so that we wouldn’t be tempted to swoop up anymore $70 5×7’s of the cutest baby in the world.
I mean really, look at her!
Just look!
Adorable, right? Right? RIGHT?! 

Sleep? Yes, please!

Sleep? Yes, please!

Lulu is three months now and we’ve started getting 6-10 hours of sleep out of her every night. We tried Babywise and it didn’t work really well for us because our life has no rhythm to it. The one thing I did adopt from it was to not let her sleep after eating. That time is play time (except for the final feeding). This helped with a regular feeding schedule. Plus, Lulu is NOT really into napping AT ALL unless someone is holding her. Now we’re reading Happiest Baby on the Block and hoping to gain some wisdom from that book.

The biggest breakthrough for us has been the swaddling. We’ve always swaddled but we kept her hands out because she fought it. Once we read to make sure we wrap those bad guys in there, everything changed. I guess they move around a lot at night and end up slapping themselves in the face. So, as long as her hands stay in, she sleeps. Once she breaks out, she’s awake. We double swaddle to help keep those arms in. First, we use a swaddling blanket that has the Velcro and then we follow it up with a super huge receiving blanket that a friend made me specifically for this. It’s just a big piece of that soft fabric and she finished the edges. Sometimes we use other blankets instead but that one works the best.

Also, we go to bed really late. Like 11 or 12. Generally we’ll try to keep her up until then and then let her crash on our laps after the final feeding or after story time. Another thing, we wear her out during the day. Lots of playing, we take her everywhere with us, we pass her around to other people that might stimulate her, we go swimming, walks, and again, rarely do we have naps.

And, time has just helped. We had terrible nights until about 8 or 12 weeks. I was desperate before that. I went back to work at 4 weeks and all I wanted was a good night’s sleep!

Swaddling with the arms IN, best recommendation ever!


 

 

Mums the Word – Okay, that was a lame title, too cutesy and I’m not even cute.

Mums the Word – Okay, that was a lame title, too cutesy and I’m not even cute.

Oh my gosh it’s Fall. No, it’s not really. However, I have my mums planted early this year. Why? Because the condition of my front yard (and my back yard and the inside of my house) has led people to wonder if we even live here anymore or if maybe our house has been repo’ed and/or abandoned. It’s too late to plant anything else in my planters so I went with mums a month or two too early.

I spent two days (in between working and entertaining a 3 month old), pulling a whole summers worth of weeds out of the four front flower planters. I dug a few holes and now it looks decent. Currently, we are wondering how to get our grass back and rid the front lawn of the weeds. Our front lawn cannot even be called a front lawn anymore; it’s 90% weeds and the other 10% is just dead.
At least my neighbors might all think I’ve finally “got it together” since I have flowers planted. I assure you, I will never have it “together” again. Ever. 

What I Love Right Now

What I Love Right Now

It’s funny because my previous “What I’m Loving Now” lists have been things like cosmetics, women’s clothing, vacations, cars, etc. Today it’s mostly about baby stuff. I wonder why?

Right now I’m lovingthis lunch box. I don’t have one but it’s so awesome! You can microwave the containers, refrigerate them and it is compact and most importantly, cute! Also important, it’s on clearance sale!
 
 
Also part of the Serena and Lily clearance sale is the bedding that I’ve wanted so badly for Lulu’s crib. I still haven’t bought it but I’d love to own it and it is half price right now! This is the bedding ad that I’ve modeled Lulu’s room after. My inspiration room if you will.
And my final Serena and Lily love is this rug. It’s dirt cheap! And perfect! Serena and Lily is one of my favorite online destinations. It’s my new Kate Spade: too expensive for my wallet but something I lust and drool over often. With these sales, I can totally deck out my home.
Lulu was given one of these awesome creations by her Auntie B . It’s called a Baby Zabu. It has gone everywhere with us this summer: the park, grandma’s house, the babysitter’s house. New York, Virginia, New Jersey, Wisconsin, hotels, floors, everywhere! It lays flat like a padded blanket (tummy time), rolls up for compact travel, the sides tie up to become a portable crib/sleeping place/play area AND it fits right into the pack and play or a crib (think icky hotel room loaners). I thought we’d take the pack n play everywhere we traveled but we haven’t needed too! This fits the job at this age.
I put the Baby Zabu next to a screen shot of Big Brother because BB has also gotten me through late nights. When I wake up to nurse Lulu, she ends up dozing off and when that happens, I’m bored to tears! So, since BB episodes are shown THREE times a week, this gives me more entertainment than most shows. I watch them all online at CBS.com.
 
Disclaimer: All items showcased above are chosen by me. I am not affiliated with ANY of these products and I don’t even own most of them! No one paid me to say anything nice or otherwise.

Hershey’s Chocolate World

Hershey’s Chocolate World

On our way to New York City, we had the opportunity to stop in at Hershey’s Chocolate World in Hershey, Pennsylvania. I’ve always wanted to go and never had the opportunity so we took the 15 minute detour and stayed for a while. Parking was free and admission was free. We rode around on a tram for a simulated factory tour. It was great! Everything looked and smelled realistic!

Lulu fell asleep right in the beginning of the free 15 minute tour. Jay and I enjoyed ourselves, decided to wait to do anything that cost money until Lulu was older and could enjoy it with us. Well, we waited to do anything that cost money EXCEPT buying chocolate! We purchased some freshly made peanut butter fudge and a cute Hershey’s shirt for the little one. You’ll see her sporting it in photos next summer.

The stop at Hershey’s Chocolate World was a nice little break from the two day car trip to NYC.

THREE MONTHS ALREADY!??!!!??

THREE MONTHS ALREADY!??!!!??

 

This week my baby is THREE months old! This scares the crud out of me. Even now I still have daily moments of, “Wow! You are MY baby. I made you. You’re mine.” It’s still hard for me to grasp. I wonder if most moms go through that or if I am alone. I’ve never heard any of my friends talk about that part so it makes me wonder if because of my traumatic pregnancy experience, I’m delayed on ending my disbelief.

I wonder if most women get through that during the pregnancy but since I was just trying to so hard to stay pregnant and I wasn’t really convinced that I really would have a baby, let alone a HEALTHY baby, maybe I didn’t get the chance to understand that I indeed was growing this baby in my belly.
Although she is three months old, Lulu had her two month shots today. Being the crazy brain that I am (back to work and all), I wrote down her appointment time and date incorrectly so we had to wait a month for another appointment with the Clown Doctor.
Lulu was so brave. The nurse gave her an oral medicine and she just smiled and downed it. Next, the nurse pulled her by her feet to the edge of the table. Lulu thought this was hilarious and gave the BIGGEST smile ever. Then, the nurse swabbed her legs with alcohol wipes. Lulu also thought this was hilarious. THEN, the nurse gave her three shots, one after the other.
With the first shot, Lulu just flinched. At the second injection she scrunched up her face, opened her mouth, turned bright red and then purple as the silent cry started. Following the final shot, Lulu let the loudest wail out as the nurse ducked out of the room. Luckily, she only cried for about 30 seconds and then she was fine. Tonight however, she had been letting out the occasional burst of tears, even amidst her sleeping.
Lulu is in the 25th-5oth percentile for weight (11lbs, 11oz) and for height (23inches). Her head is in the 75th percentile (I forgot…). She is cooing a lot (but not enough to make me tired of it – I wish she did it more). She’s already trying to sit up, she’s doing crunches. She tracks her mobile around and around and of course she smiles so beautifully!

 

Tears Shed

Tears Shed

So here we are at 3 months or almost 13 weeks. I went back to work full-time when Lulu was four and a half weeks old. It wasn’t too hard going back to work because I love my job AND I knew that Lulu was doing well staying with family and friends three days a week. That said, I LOVE the days that I get to work from home and be with her. I also have cherished the few days off that I’ve had since then. Lulu has been a great laundry folding companion and dishwashing friend. Mostly, because she makes it impossible for me to do any of those things! We read books, visit friends, nap and lay around kicking our feet and looking at our hands.

I’ve loved being a mom so much so far. Sometimes my heart is so full of emotion that tears just spill out of my eyes. It’s like there’s no room left in my heart and so the tears are liquid emotion just pouring out of my heart by way of my eyes. I’ve also had tears of disbelief. Since day one I’ve struggled with the idea that there are children in the world who don’t have someone feeling the same amount of love towards them as I do towards Lulu. This makes me so sad.
These thoughts started a few days after my baby was born – locally we had several big headline stories about people killing or majorly injuring their own babies. Then I thought of the orphans in the world and I was just so sad. My days have been filled with tiny moments of prayer for those children. It feels so impossible that someday we as a world can repair these problems but in addition to my tiny prayers, I’ve also spent moments channeling some of my love towards children who are nameless and faceless to me. I know they’re out there and it just makes me so sad.
What continues to make me so sad is that when people like Queen Bee have failed opportunities to share their love beyond their current family structure. 

Why I Went to Blogher

Why I Went to Blogher

 

Blogher.

I went. WE went.
I haven’t blogged in who knows how long because I stopped feeling badly about it sometime back when I was placed on bed rest and couldn’t type a sentence to save my life.
Why would I blog? I mean, for a long time I didn’t write to all of you dear people because I wasn’t doing anything except sitting on my bottom (with my feet up, of course), laying on my side or going to the bathroom (bathroom privileges only, ya know?). And now, now there is a beautiful distraction in my life. Between my job and baby Lulu, I haven’t a single moment left in most days.
My hope is that Blogher will bring me back to the blog. It’s not that I need inspiration. My life is inspired enough. I just need to find balance and time. I needed to see other full time working, mommy types who can also find time to blog. I needed to ask, “HOW? How do you do it all?”
THAT is why we went to Blogher.

Did I find what I was looking for? I can probably answer with a confident, no. However, I did find some wonderful people and learn about some wonderful causes. 

Blogher

Blogher

It’s Tuesday at 6:30 and the car is finally packed. We wanted to leave the house at 2 or 3pm but obviously that didn’t happen. We’re on our way to Blogher. It’s my second year at the conference that throws me into the petting zoo of female bloggers. Maybe it’s not really the petting zoo I described it as last year. It’s more like a regular zoo, or a circus. After all, I may not have the opportunity to pet my fellow bloggers.

As much as I’m disappointed that we didn’t leave at the planned early afternoon time, I can’t be too upset; we are leaving a day sooner than we planned. After a particularly rough time on the job front the past few days, I decided that my vacation needed to start a little early.
This year I am absolutely thrilled that I get to bring my husband, Jay and my little baby Lulu. It’s a good thing we’re driving the 12 hours and not flying. We would need a small jet all to ourselves for the arsenal of baby stuff we’ve loaded into our tiny mini-SUV. Oh yes, it’s all baby stuff. AND a suitcase dedicated solely to shoes, my shoes. Another one for my clothes, another for my husband’s clothes another for toiletries, another for the baby clothes. Then there’s the electronics collection we’re taking and the stroller, baby bed and so much more.
I’m not even worried about posting on my Facebook status, tweeting, blogging or anything else about the fact that we have left the state. ALL of our valuables are with us. In this tiny car.
It’s not until after a stop at the bank, a stop at JC Penney and a stop and Qdoba that we’re finally on the road. BLOGHER, here we come! New York City, here we come!