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10 tips for a smooth transition

In Daily schedule, Nursing on May 27, 2011 at 4:07 pm

A few things that made our new household of 3 run more smoothly:

  1.  As many naps in his crib in the first few days home the better, it’s very helpful when night time rolls around.
  2. Always refill the diaper bag when you get back home from a trip out. You’ll be ready to go for the next outing.
  3. Tucking a burp cloth under your bra during feeding helps to keep your clothes milk free if your little one doesn’t keep all the milk in his mouth.
  4. Don’t cut baby’s nails fresh out of the tub, they are too soft and it’s hard to tell between skin and nail. A glass nail file works well too.
  5. Take a picture of your little one every day. It is easy in the beginning to think that you won’t forget a second but as time flies by, as it does, you can forget those first few days and weeks.
  6. Drinking lots of water helps in more ways that I can count.
  7. Just relax; baby doesn’t know if you’re doing something “wrong” he loves you no matter what
  8. As soon as you put your little one down for a nap remember to, 1. Use the rest room and 2. Get something to eat. It’s easy to forget and only remember again once they wake up.
  9. Sleep when baby sleeps, an oldie but goodie.
  10. If you’re breast feeding make sure that your husband has his daddy only duties too. In our house, Ted is the one that gets up first and soothes Evan before he gives him to me to be fed. Ted is also the one that gets him ready for a bath while I run the tub. We both have our things we do so that Evan knows his routine and who does what… he loves it and anticipates the next step now.
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Hectic Dinner Out

In Daily schedule, Eating Out, Food on May 24, 2011 at 10:37 pm

So today was particularly hectic, my husband thought it would be nice to surprise me with a mid-week dinner out. Well as we all know with kids it takes a little more planning but I was excited for the no clean up aspect of this offer. So in the time it takes me to drive home my husband had to get fully prepared for dinner out. Toys, food, snacks, sippy cup, you know the drill.

He did it!

Carrabbas was pretty empty when we got there, have you ever been on a Tuesday night? Well before we arrived it was a quite place that people were enjoying dinner. Evan is learning what he can do with his vocal cords. Whenever my husband and I are talking he wants to join in. So we are “shhhhhh-ing” him a lot these days. It was fun however and not overly distracting for the other people around us.

From there we headed over to Evan’s great grandma’s house for dessert. Evan’s great aunt Linda was there too and we had a great time. Evan had a snack and played on the floor in the kitchen while we ate dessert and chatted. It’s so great that Memaw (Evan’s great grandma) lives so close, he just loves her to bits.

Before you know it we had passed bath time and had to rush out of there, home, quick bath, milk and bed for little Evan. This left me enough time to research printers for Evan’s first birthday bash invitations, get the invitations resized by the designer that created them (found her on Etsy and she’s great!) and now invitations are ordered and signs are in the works. Oh and did I mention that I worked all day today, a little over 9 1/2 hours to be exact!?

Need to start the planning for tomorrow… another day to see Evan’s smiling face, boy is he a happy boy in the mornings. Looking forward to that first cuddle of the day.

My 10 month old is eating real food, now what?

In Cooking, Food on May 24, 2011 at 1:14 am
So Evan is a great eater. We started him off at about 6 months and we’re working our way through the produce department. Now, up until I got pregnant I ate “domestic” fruits and veg but I made a decision that, within reason, I’d venture into the organic section. I’ve tried the regular Publix by my house and their options are very limited. I have tried The Fresh Market and I wasn’t overly happy either. So I’ve settled on Whole Foods. They have a really great selection and there are several items on sale each week. The Publix Greenwise was also an option because there’s a new one (well fairly new) close to my work. But still Whole Foods wins. I go on my lunch break and stock up, it’s a nice break in the day and a way for me to connect with Evan even when I’m not with him.
 
So now that I’ve told you about my shopping habits how about cooking? Well a friend of mine just had her second baby about 5 months ago, when I told her that I had been making Evan’s food the first thing she asked was “when do you do it?” Great question, Saturday mornings. I stock up when I go to the store and I make lots of it on the weekends. I vary the recipes so Evan doesn’t get bored (more on those later) and just make enough for the week in the freezer. I feel so great knowing that although I’m not around to feed him breakfast and lunch I can still be a part of it since I made the meal.

Let’s Get Started

In Welcome on May 24, 2011 at 12:58 am

So I’ve been thinking about venturing in to the world of blogging for a while now and so today is the day. I’m excited to share my stories and life as a working mum.

I’m a wife and a mummy to a 10 month old. My husband Ted and my son Evan are my world and I am very proud and blessed to have them in my life.

I have lots of mummy friends and I’m excited to share their stories too (I’ll ask them first of course) hopefully you’ll see yourself in the stories of my life.

Enjoy!

Baby is asleep now the work begins

In Daily schedule, Food, Nursing on May 23, 2011 at 10:10 pm

Evan goes to bed at 8:30 pm and as any mum know’s that’s when we kick into gear. My husband is a huge help! After bath time I nurse Evan and he goes in his bed. He does love his bed and has always been a great sleeper. While I’m enjoying quite time with my baby, my wonderful husband cleans up after dinner. We have started leaving the dishes until Evan goes to sleep since we have so little time when we get home from work. He’s so great that by the time I’ve fed Evan and got him to sleep he is usually done with cleaning the kitchen. I know, he’s a keeper.

So then starts the rest of the cleaning up, toys away, laundry away, bottles and pump sterilizing for the morning, lunch prep, coffee prep, shower and bed. And that’s the basics, we all know there’s always more to do. Like right now, I could really do with running the vacuum around but it’ll have to wait until tomorrow.

It’s amazing how much sleep I don’t get any more! I am so tired all the time that I’m surprised that I function as well as I do. I have to say that seeing Evan’s smiling face when I get home really helps. He is so happy to see me it gives me all the energy I need to get down on the floor and play for 2 hours.

I have a lot of help at my house but I’m still surprised at how efficient I can be. A trait that every mum should have of course but I think we underestimate ourselves sometimes.

So with the laundry waiting to be put away and food in the Beaba, love this thing, waiting to be mixed and frozen I’m logging off for the night and will get back on it tomorrow.

From Nursing to Solids

In Food, Nursing on May 23, 2011 at 9:30 pm

When Evan started eating “real” food at 6 months we started off with the basics. Rice Cereal, Earths Best Organic Whole Grain Rice Cereal, was the first thing we tried. We gave it to him on a Saturday morning for breakfast. Then Sunday morning and then waited 3 days to make sure he didn’t get stopped up or anything. Once we knew everything was OK in that department we switched to every day. But as a working mum I wanted to be involved, this was a huge step since he’s been soley breastfed since birth (more on that later). Since I work he of course gets a bottle but still my milk because I pump at work (more on that later too). So we started with Dinner. The three of us ate together every night and we still do, it’sgreat. But then I had to let go and add in a second meal. It went better than expected. He loves his food and now has breakfast, lunch and dinner. And I’m only around for dinner but we make it fun, he helps in the kitchen by hanging out with me and snacking on his Happy Baby Organic Puffs.

He’s now on a great schedule that consists of milk at 6:30 am, breakfast of Oatmeal, Earths Best Organic Oatmeal mixed with the fruit that I’ve made for the week (around 8 am), milk around 10:30. Lunch is something savory mixed with Oatmeal (noon-ish), followed by another bottle of milk around 3 pm before I get home for dinner (another savory dish with oatmeal). The last treat of the day is milk from mummy before bed at 8:30 pm. It’s a full day of yummy treats. We have snacks in there too of course, Yo Baby Yogurts are a fav right now, Banana is his favorite. Although he hasn’t turned anything down yet.