I Joined Periscope

A hundred and one ideas for blog posts, and no time to actually write them. That’s how I feel at the moment.

So…I joined Periscope.

I didn’t know what Periscope was until a couple of weeks ago — new social media platforms are coming out left and right, I feel like I can’t keep up sometimes — but now that I have the app, I like it.

It reminds me of FaceTime, except that instead of seeing each viewer’s face, you are interacting with text messages as you “scope.” The Periscope website says, “While there are many ways to discover events and places, we realized there is no better way to experience a place right now than through live video. A picture may be worth a thousand words, but live video can take you someplace and show you around.”

I think it’ll be a nice way for me to get my thoughts out and interact with others when I don’t have the time to type out a post. Also, it takes me out of my comfort zone — I’m not a fan of watching (or hearing) myself talk, and that’s what this platform forces you to do.

I encourage you to download the app and join me! It’s a fun way to interact with friends, bloggers and social media enthusiasts throughout the day.

My handle is @happynotperfect. Hopefully, I’ll see you there soon!

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Baby Must-Haves: 0-3 Months

Thank you so much for the comments on last week’s post. The reality is, there is no perfect solution when it comes to balancing work and motherhood. Every mom — whether a stay-at-home mom, work-from-home mom, or working (outside of the home) mom has their struggles, and it’s okay! Last week I had of those days where I needed to vent, and I appreciate you listening :). I’ve been able to get out of the house AND work out every day since then, and it’s made me feel so much better. I need to make sure I do that everyday, because it makes for a much happier mommy and baby.

So, I’ve been meaning to publish this post for months. When I was registering for baby items, I didn’t really know what I was doing. I ended up with some things that I’ve rarely used, and some things that I can’t get enough of. How do you decipher between the two when you’ve never had a baby before? It can be hard. In the first three months, babies don’t need much. A safe place to sleep, milk to drink, clean diapers, warm clothes and a car seat are all they can really ask cry for. Everything else is a bonus, but these bonus items quickly became my must-haves…

  • Fisher Price Rock n’ Play: Amelia loved this thing from the first day we brought her home. As a new mom, I felt guilty putting her in this for long periods of time because it’s essentially a bassinet on an incline, but now I know that newborn babies aren’t very interested in playing anyway, and the pattern on the fabric was enough to entertain her. It’s lightweight, portable, washable, and it came in handy when Amelia was sick and needed to sleep at an incline. However, now that she’s older, she gets bored in it and she tries to climb out of it by pushing her legs on the end of it. This is one of those things that would be good to borrow from a friend, because they do outgrow it quickly.
  • Bibs and burp cloths: Because I don’t want to change Amelia’s outfit five times a day, bibs are very necessary. Around the time she turned three months old, she started drooling like crazy, and it’s not uncommon for us to go through at least three bibs a day. I’d recommend stocking up on these and burp cloths — I’m pretty sure we have around 20 of each, and we use all of them!
  • Halo SleepSack Swaddle: Amelia slept in her crib from day one, and because I’m pretty paranoid about safe sleep, I knew I wanted something that would keep her warm but not interfere with her airways. Enter the Halo SleepSack. We own five of these now and love them. Amelia never let us swaddle her with her arms in, but with these, we can swaddle her with her arms out and she’s still warm and cozy. They also zip from the bottom, which makes middle-of-the-night diaper changes much easier in those early days! 
  • GumDrop Pacifiers: Besides her Wubbanubs, these are the only pacifiers that Amelia will take. We keep one in her crib, one in the family room and one in the diaper bag at all times. Every baby is different and has their own preference, but I like these because the whole thing is made of latex-free silicone (there’s no hard plastic). The pacifiers she uses are advertised for 0-3 months, but Amelia is still loving them at five months. She doesn’t have any teeth yet, so I don’t think it’s a problem! 
  • A stroller:

stroller walks_2We have the Baby Jogger City Mini GT Single Stroller. From walks around the neighborhood to trips to the store, I’ve used this stroller almost everyday since I had Amelia — and I live in Indiana where it’s cold right now; that’s how much I love it! I have the car seat attachment that allows me to snap Amelia’s Britax car seat into the stroller when we’re running errands, but when we go for walks, I put her in the main part of the stroller with the seat reclined, and she can take a nap or look around. This is probably my favorite baby item, as it makes running errands so much easier (I actually prefer my stroller to a cart), and I love that we’ve gone on so many walks together.

  • A baby carrier:

solly wrap_one week oldIf you think you’ll enjoy baby wearing (I love it, and thankfully Amelia does too!), a carrier is great to have. I have the Solly Baby Wrap and the Baby Bjorn carrier. Both are great for different reasons. The Solly Wrap was great for the newborn days when we were out with other people and I wanted her close, or during her particularly fussy times. Now, it’s comfortable for wearing Amelia around the house. The Baby Bjorn offers more support and is good for long walks and running errands. It took Amelia some time to enjoy sitting in the Baby Bjorn, since her legs and arms are out, but by about two months, she was used to it.

  • A Boppy pillow: There are a lot of different pillows out there, but this is the one I registered for and it worked well during the first three months, both for feedings and for holding a tiny newborn baby. I stopped using this around four months, so I think this might be another thing that you could borrow from a friend (the cover comes off just like a pillowcase, so it’s easily washable).

I’m sure I could add a few more things, like a baby bathtub and a tear-free shampoo (we love this one), but a lot of things are a personal preference.

In another month or so I’ll be back with my 4-6 months favorites, and it’s amazing how different that list will look, now that she’s not just a little lump who’s content laying down :)!

Would you add anything to this list?

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An Honest Moment

I wrote this yesterday, in the midst of a tiring week.  You hear a lot about transitions back to work for moms who work outside of the home, but you don’t often hear about the transition for a work at home mom. I’m grateful to do what I do, but it doesn’t mean it isn’t difficult. 

It’s 10:41 am and Amelia just went down for her second nap of the day. I’m sitting on the couch, still in my pajamas and robe. I just ate a handful of m&ms for my mid-morning snack.  This week has drained me. I love being a mom, and I like my job, but this week, I feel like I can’t manage to balance the two.

According to The Wonder Weeks app, Amelia is going through a leap right now, and it’s showing. She’s learned how to roll over onto her tummy in her crib and does it often now. I’m so proud of her (like the cheesy parents we are, Jordan and I clap every time she does it)! The problem is, she’s not used to sleeping on her tummy and isn’t quite sure what to do once she rolls over, which results in frustration and tears, especially when she’s already overtired. So, I end up going in her room, flipping her back over, and we start her bedtime routine all over again. Last night, it took us two hours to put her to bed. I was ready to crawl into the crib with her at that point.

And work. The reason I’m still in my pajamas (and have been more often than I’d like to admit this week), is because the second Amelia is down for a nap, I run to my computer to work, and the second she’s up I run to her crib to get her, and we continue that pattern all day long. The past two nights, I’ve worked until 9:30 pm. I need a nap. And I need to get out of the house!

I say all of this not to complain, but to show you that motherhood isn’t everything you see on Instagram. There isn’t a pretty picture that sums up “I’m feeling overwhelmed today,” and it isn’t one many of us would like to post anyway.

This is real life. Hopefully, I’ll get a good routine down one of these days!

I worked late again last night so we can get out of the house today. We NEED it. We will most likely go where all of the other overwhelmed moms go…Target :).

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Amelia Grace: Five Months Old

Ahh…five months. We’re one month away from Amelia’s half birthday. Time is going too fast!

ameliagrace_fivemonths_editedLength: 25.5 inches   Weight: 14 lb. 10 oz.

Amelia was weighed and measured during her sick visit last Thursday, so these are her stats as of then. She’s wearing size 1 diapers and 3-6 month clothing and pajamas. She’s somehow still wearing 0-3 month onesies — she has a short torso and long legs like her mama, I think!

Likes:

– Observing everything around her

– Jumping in her Jumperoo

– Playing with the toys on her bouncy seat

– Reading books with Mommy

– “Talking” and laughing with Mommy and Daddy

– Sleeping in her crib

– Lying in her Rock n’ Play

– Going for walks in the stroller or carrier

– Cuddling with Mommy and Daddy

– Standing on our laps

– Sucking on her thumb, fingers, bibs, burp cloths, etc.

– Playing with her cloth doll

Dislikes:

– Getting out of the bathtub

– Sitting in her car seat for a long time

– Loud noises

– Being held by unfamiliar people

– Lying down for too long

– Being tired

Places she visited:

– Lowe’s

– Mommy’s work

– Olive Garden

– Our favorite Mexican restaurant

Baby Update:

ameliagrace_fivemonths_2_editedBetween my cold and Amelia’s cold and a lot of being cooped up in the house, this month went by surprisingly fast. One big thing that changed is Amelia’s sleeping habits. Her cold has thrown her off schedule, and for the past week she’s been sleeping in her Rock n’ Play in our room. She hasn’t liked sleeping in there since she was two months old, so I’m surprised at how much she’s loving it right now. I’ve loved having her in our room, but once her cold is better (and it almost is!), I want to start transitioning her back to her crib. I feel like it could be hard to break the habit if we don’t do it soon.

She’s still sleeping about 13 hours at night and taking three naps during the day. We experienced some of the four month sleep regression with much earlier than usual wake up babbles, but that has gotten better the past couple of nights. She’s eating four times a day, sometimes five if she gets up earlier or stays up later. Next month, we plan to start feeding her purees.

This month, Amelia celebrated her first New Year’s, experienced her first cold, and got her first cut because Mommy cut her finger with the nail clippers for the first time (traumatizing!). On a happier note, she laughs all of the time now — sometimes out of nowhere — and is constantly babbling which makes me wonder if she’ll be an early talker.

She’s rolled over once from front to back, and once from back to front, but she prefers rolling to her side and scooting in circles when she’s on her back. 

No signs of teeth yet, but still tons of drool!

Mommy/Daddy Update:

I think this may be the first month where I didn’t think about being a mom — I just was one. That might not make sense to everyone, but it’s a good thing! I did go into work and clean out my cubicle, which felt a little sad. My calendar was still turned to August 2015 and it felt like I was stepping back in time, yet Amelia was there in her stroller with me. It was fun to see my co-workers, and I’m thankful that I can stay connected with everyone while working from home.

We are able to play together more often as a family now, and I love it. On the weekends, the three of us will just lie on our bed and Jordan and I will sort of play a game of “Who can make her laugh first?” We can tell that she’s already developing a sense of humor (she thinks it’s hilarious when I do my workout DVDs or dance in front of her…and when I hurt myself and say “ouch”), and we love seeing her personality come out.

I’m excited to celebrate Valentine’s Day with my little valentine next month!

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Surviving Baby’s First Cold

Two and a half weeks ago, I caught the first cold I’d had in years. I was overdue for one (ha), and I dealt with it. My biggest fear, though, was giving the cold to Amelia. I’m already that over-paranoid mom who avoids bringing her out in crowds and letting people hold her without washing their hands, so I did my best to let Jordan take over when/where he could, and I washed my hands even more than usual.

Unfortunately, last Saturday night, Amelia woke up in tears with a stuffy nose, and I knew she’d caught my cold. Or I’m assuming it was from me — I guess there’s no use in pointing fingers.

I thought it was hard taking care of a baby while I was sick, but I’ve gotta say, taking care of a sick baby is harder (emotionally) — it’s so sad to watch her when she’s even more helpless than a baby already is! Thankfully, she hasn’t had a fever and she still wakes up smiling from her naps, so I know it’s just one of those things that will take time to get over.

Thank goodness for the NoseFrida and the Rock n’ Play! The NoseFrida is gross, but it works! And the Rock n’ Play has been great for allowing Amelia to sleep with her head elevated — we spent the first night of her cold up every couple of hours because she was laying flat in her crib, and it resulted in a very tired and sad mommy and an unhappy baby. The past few days, she’s slept in the Rock n’ Play for all naps, and next to our bed at nighttime, and it’s been so much better.

Today is the first day since Saturday that she’s napped in her crib and she hasn’t cried yet. I’m so thankful that she’s starting to feel better! This week has worn us both out, so I’m powering through my work this morning so we can enjoy snow day cuddles this afternoon :).

How is your week going? If you have kids, how did you feel when they got sick for the first time?

 

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