Monday, July 27, 2015

Being his mom: the good + the less than fun

So we've been doing this mom + baby thing (out of utero) for over six months now. We're on the tail end of a big developmental leap which means the past week has been ROUGH over here. It's like someone stole my mild tempered baby and replaced him with a child who never wants to sleep, or be put down, or be looked at the wrong way. So the to-do lists last week went out the window and we just slowed down a bit. There was a lot of snuggling, plenty of walks, and between the wanting-to-pull-my-hair-out, there was a good dose of remembering that I truly love being this boy's mama.

I need to remember that right now (always?), this is my primary job. The cleaning can wait. The emails can pile up. The meals can be ordered. But no one else is going to be his mom, and no one else is ever going to love him as much as I do. I also bet no one else is ever going to find as much joy in his little smile or his contagious giggle. No one will quite crave holding him while he dozes like I do and no one will glean the same satisfaction from soothing his cries.

While I'm at it, no one else will change more of his dirty diapers, or spend more midnight hours feeding him. No other woman will lose as much hair or sleep over him (I hope). No one will ever spend as much time dressed in his spit up or soaked in his drool.

This hump was a great reminder to slow down and appreciate all of it because while I love a well-checked to-do list and a beautifully clean home, my real formula for happiness is his smile, his fingers wrapped around mine, or his sleepy head resting on my shoulder.

It's also a good night's sleep so I signed up for this consultation and have my fingers crossed for results.

Thanks, little one, for being the most darling of babies we could have imagined. Thanks for lighting up my day with your wide eyes. And thanks for not crying the whole two and a half hour drive back from Cincinnati yesterday. You're the best, we love you so, and my headache really appreciated it. 

^I told him he was stuck with me forever ;)

Friday, July 24, 2015

When it Rains it Pours

Alternate titles for this post:
  • Baby's first rainstorm
  • Thank heavens for weather sealed cameras
  • Caught in the rain
  • The widest eyed baby ever
  • Bipolar weather 
Our weekly Sunday walk was a bit more eventful last weekend. When we started it was partially cloudy (when we had decided to go on a walk 20 minutes earlier it was sunny), halfway through it got very dark, a few minutes later it started sprinkling, and within seconds we were in a torrential downpour. Lincoln took his first rain storm like a champ...and it was fun to watch him confused by all of the rain :)

^before the rain started.... taking the time to snap a picture of my new favorite shoes 
^if you look closely you can see it had started raining here

^and then it was pouring
^taking cover on the front porch 

^I'll keep photographing these pink roses off our front porch till they all die

Here's to sunnier weekends this time around! Happy Friday :) 

my shoes (select sizes also on sale here)  // my dress: GAP (old) // baby wrap

Thursday, July 23, 2015

In My Diaper Bag: 6 Months + Summer Edition with Target

Thanks to Target for sponsoring today’s post and for being awesome.

This summer I’ve been much better at getting out of the house with this little babe. Each time I swear it gets a bit easier and a little less intimidating (although he does seem to be able to sense when we’re going to leave the house and reserves the messiest of his activities for about six minutes into each trip).

It makes the day go by infinitely more quickly when we have an outing between naps (I measure my life in “wake periods” these days) and he seems to sleep better too (both vital for my sanity).
Often we’re just out to pick up some groceries, enjoy story time at the library, or take a long walk, but sometimes we’ll load up for a longer adventure (usually on a weekend when we can bring Ben along). It is also not unusual for me to load him up just to go wander through a store looking for nothing in particular. I wear him in the baby wrap, we chat about things we can see, undoubtedly people stop us to talk about the cute little baby who really isn’t so little anymore. Lincoln loves looking out at everything and I can usually find an excuse to pick up a few fun little things ;)

A few times I’ve made the mistake of thinking ‘I’ll just be out for twenty minutes, I can get by without the diaper bag.’ Mistake.

Even if we’re just running to the grocery store, I’ll bring the full bag and just leave it in the car. Because  Murphy’s Law seems to be even more applicable when you have children (or a singular child in this case).

Here are the staples that I’ve stocked up on from Target to keep in my diaper bag this summer:

  • up & up wipes, whatever  diapers we’re using at the moment, and a travel thing of diaper cream.
  • Changing pad - you don’t even want to know all of the places I have changed diapers in the past few months…
  • Plastic bags - I either have Ziplock bags in my diaper clutch (their term, not mine) in case I have a dirty diaper and no trash can or if he manages to get something on his clothes and I need somewhere to store the dirty ones.
  • up & up face + hand wipes - I used to just use regular wipes for anything else I needed to clean up but now that Linc is starting to eat solids, I like keeping these around.
  • Enfamil on-the-go travel packs - these are awesome! When I was still pumping I would carry these around just in case and now I love them for the convenience of making a bottle on the go. I’ll usually fill up the bottle with water before we leave and then if he needs it while we’re out, I can just dump in one of the little packets and shake it up. I’ve found them at Target but not other places that carry Enfamil.
  • Baby Sunscreen - now that  it’s warm enough that Linc is usually in short sleeves and shorts (or just a onesie), I try to keep this baby sunscreen on hand because a sunburned baby is one of my worst nightmares.
  • up & up Sweet Potato Puffs - he’s still a bit hesitant when it comes to food other than purees (which he’s obsessed with), but I like having something I can let him snack on, especially if we’re going to be eating because when that baby sees anyone else eating, he wants food pronto.
  • A swaddle blanket - this acts as a toy, a blanket, a burp cloth, a changing pad (if somehow I forgot mine), or a car seat cover. Linc loves the black and white animal prints on this one and he’ll play peekaboo  or just stare at it for minutes (and sometimes minutes  are all you need).
  • A toy or two - He really loves the yellow sand dollar for chewing and  it’s relatively small so  it’s almost always in my bag.
  • Snacks for me - In the beginning I was so good at getting everything packed for Linc that I’d often forget things for myself. You can see the fruit leather + Archer Farms chocolate covered nuts (both have been on repeat for the past few weeks in my bag ... and around the house).

What’s your #TargetRun?


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