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I’m Dreaming of a KY Christmas

I apologize that you haven’t heard from me lately, and you probably won’t until the beginning of the year.  The weeks have been full of getting everything together and squared away for our 10 day trip back to the Cincy area for Christmas.  I’m so excited for the rest of our families to meet our sweet little guy.  I’m not excited about the 30-40 degree temperature difference, but maybe it will be exciting for little J to see his first snow.

Anyway, to make up for my goneness, here’s a picture overload:

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christmas 147 option 1  Happy Holidays, and we wish you a fantastic (and possibly fertile if you wish) New Year!

Oh, and let me know if you get any crazy baby products as gifts 😉




Why Do I Do This To Myself?

I joined the month/year baby group on FB today. It’s nice to connect with mommys that have babies the same age, but there are definitely things you have to keep in mind.
I try to skim over the pregnancy announcements.  One lady had a miscarriage in September. “Aww,” I think.  Although dang, didn’t you just give birth two months before?  Oh, but she’s pregnant again now…..just move on….
Your baby can already sit up?!?  We just started sitting with support and they’re doing it unassisted?!?  We aren’t even rolling over yet. I just got him to do tummy time, but he still melts down over it after 5 minutes.
Ok, girl, calm down. Every baby learns at their own pace. You can’t compare him to every other baby or you’ll go crazy. Just move on.
Then I read a post about how a mommy is concerned that her baby doesn’t interact with toys on her own. That when she leaves her to do housework she just sits and stares off into space. She doesn’t fuss, she just watches her……She feels bad that she doesn’t interact with her more……
Here comes my crazy person laughter. Are you f-ing with me?  This is how I know my baby is not normal and high needs.
I WISH he would stare off into space or quietly watch me do chores. If I leave him for more than 2 minutes he loses his mind. All I do all day is interact with him, or nurse him. Its exhausting!
All this baby does is fuss and cry. He wakes up crying, he goes to sleep crying.
Don’t get me wrong. I LOVE my baby. I came to an acceptance that this is his who he is.
Its not always easy though. Do I wish things were different?  That I had a more “normal” baby?  Sometimes. But there’s always someone who has it worse, and in those moments when we’re nursing in bed, he pulls off, smiles up at me and babbles happily, I couldn’t be more joyful.
  I’ll stay with the group, but I need to be easier on myself and not compare us so much to the others. We’re finding our own way. We’re still defining ourselves as a baby, mother, and family. It changes, grows, and morphs every day.




Bubble Baby as of May this year is still under production, but I can’t imagine we’ll be seeing this thing in BabiesRUs anytime soon.  Why?

Bubble Baby from designer Lana Agiyan is a vacuum-thermoformed and blow molded acrylic baby bed, which was inspired by a traditional Russian tumbler-toy called a Nevalyashka. The transparent bed can rock in any direction up to a 17 degree angle, but will return to an upright position thanks to a 15-kilogram (33-lb) plexiglass weight center.

In short, it rocks.  Are you kidding me?  How many products have been recalled because of baby tipping it over (Bumbo, Nap Nanny), and this thing wants to do it on purpose?  How am I supposed to sleep thinking my baby is going to weeble his butt right out of it?

Oh, and it gets better:

One of the most unusual aspects of the Bubble Baby is the liquid polymer containing a nano-titanium dioxide coating, which the bed has been treated with. Created in conjunction with Estonian-based firm Nanoformula, it is claimed to improve optical transparency and to ionize the bed, making it self-cleaning and odor-eliminating.

The photocatalytic effect of the titanium dioxide nanoparticles means the bed begins to degrade dirt and air pollution when exposed to sunlight. The coating also “heals” potentially germ-harboring scratches in the bed, making it safer for little sleepers – it is also said to be eco-friendly, and certified for use in the EU.

I don’t know.  It says eco-friendly, but do I trust something with so much chemicals in it?  And where are the vents on the side?  This thing is just screaming death trap to me.

But it looks cool.  That’s all that matters, right?  😛

4 Months

74745_10151192446154473_560198767_n  I’m a little late, oh well.  The second round of immunizations went about as well as the first, but his growth is right on.  He’s at 15 lb 6 oz and 24 and 3/4 inches long.

As usual, we have good days and bad days.  Sleep is getting better, although not really because of anything.  I think he was just going through a growth spurt/regression and things are starting to settle down.  He’s only waking up 3-4 times through the night rather than 8-10 times.  I call that a win.

Oh, that reminds me.  So at the Pedi I mentioned the sleeping, and that neither sleep training or CIO (we broke down and did it one night.  He cried for 2 hours straight and made himself hoarse before I gave in and nursed him) seemed to be working.  Her solution?  Hold him to sleep…….You got to be kidding me.  Did she just have no other advice?  If you have nothing good to say, don’t say it.


I take him out on little trips more.  I do this right after his late morning/early afternoon nap, but he still only lasts maybe an hour before he gets fussy again.  I planned such an excursion this past Tuesday and I’m happy to say that it was a success:

10173720121204_0005  Happy Santa Photo!!!!!!  YES!!!!  I can’t tell you how thrilled I was that it worked out.

We also got invited this past weekend to the next door neighbor’s daughter’s 1st birthday.  We didn’t really know anyone, but little J was good and we got to meet some other neighbors and their children.  We had a great time.

Other than that we’re just getting everything ready for Christmas in the OH/KY.  We’re driving up so that I can bring whatever I want.  Which probably means that I’m going to overpack 😉

Ok, baby fussing and I can’t think straight.  Nap Time!