Monthly Archives: January 2012

What Every New Mom Needs

1. Water. Lots of it, preferably the sparkling kind.

2. Leggings- My go to stable most every day since you’ll be peed, spit up on and/or need to get ready in 2.5 seconds flat.

3. sling

4. a swing

Annnnnndddd 5. This bag

Because a mama has got to be fabulous too right? Even if this designer bag is full of cloth diapers, wipes and a binkie.

Daily

Londyn’s waking hours are increasing more and more. It makes day time much more interesting and busy to say the least (cant always count on a nap everyday). But, it’s fun to see him explore the world around him and play with my man. Somethings, though, he doesn’t even need me for the entertainment factor.

Exhibit A:

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That’s Londyn (yes in his car seat again) engrossed with the skylight above. Love his wide open mouth!

Here Goes Nothin’

We were very lucky to get so many cloth diapers as baby shower gifts. It was something I really wanted to do because its cheaper (and greener!) in the long run, but the diapers are more costly upfront.

A friend told us to wait until Londyn was 4-6 weeks old before starting to use cloth diapers because 1. The volume of diapers is massive in the beginning and 2. There’s so much to get used to in the beginning cloth diapers is one less thing to have to learn.

Well today we are taking the plunge. Being that it’s the weekend, we are just hanging around the house today, and that I have Jake’s help I thought that it would be a great time to get started. **have I mentioned that my little dude is busting out of his newborn disposables?!?! Whatthewhat????

Londyn’s in a great mood today too and the sleeping in the car seat at night thing is making nights pretty great. And by pretty great it means I get a few good solid hours of sleep at a time. That’s all a new mama bear could ask for. So here goes nothin’….

(cue obligatory photo shoot)

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Too cute!!!

….well it’s not full of anything yet 😉

One Month

Mr. Londynpants (thanks lizzie for the nickname) is one month old today so we laid down for a mini photo sesh. Annnnddd because newborns have their own schedule and couldn’t care less what a proud mama bear had on mind this is what I got….

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and for now I’ll settle for this…

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Not what I dreamed our first month pictures would look like, BUT there’s always tomorrow!

What’s new with the little man?

We’ve had a bunch of visitors come and stay with us since Londyn has been born which has been amazing to say the least. We both have our proud mama and papa bear moments as we share our little dude with family and friends. Now that there’s been a lull in that area were starting to have a routine (of some sorts) around here. Our nights are definitely not the same anymore and heck, our days aren’t too much either. Thankfully Londyn loves a good walk and enjoys the outside because we’ve been hitting up Town Lake and walking the neighborhood with our Bob (that’s our stroller for all of you non parent folks).

…words still out on whether or not Londyn looks like me or Jake. His hair is getting more reddish. I’m thinking it might be a strawberry blond in the end? I’m going to see if I can find some baby pictures of Jake and I and do a comparison of all 3 of us.

…His favorite time of the day is the morning right after he wakes up. He’s so bright eyed and content I can’t help but falling in love with him all over again. We nurse and then we take a ride in our swing (a must need for every new parent in my book) while I sing cheesy songs and talk his ear off while I try and sneak in making my own breakfast, sometimes I can even quickly get ready if I’m lucky. I wish all day could look and feel like the mornings but then again that’s probably why I love it so.

…Ahh the noises! Completely obsessed with his grunts and coos. I already miss his newborn noises and cry he used to make when he was just born. Perhaps only a sound a mama could love but I totally do!

…sleep movements. Whenever he’s napping in his swing (did I mention this is a MUST have for every new parent???) he randomly moves his arms into the air holding them here like he’s fist pumping on the Jersey Shore. O.M.G I die every time and could watch him for hours.

…Bath time is another favorite we’ve got goin’ on in this house. Perhaps he takes after his mama and her love of relaxing in the tub, but it’s fun for both mom and dad to hop in the tub and get this boy cleaned. I would probably stay in there for much longer than we do but bedtime or a much needed afternoon nap await us.

…perhaps Londyn’s nickname should be gassypants instead? His farts literally wake us up put of sleep (see sleeping arrangements below). And that smirk he gets after, priceless.

…We’re still teetering between co-sleeping and the bassinet in our bedroom. This last weekend we started to have him in his bassinet so we could have more room in bed and because I would wake up at every squeak and grunt. So far, most of the nights he starts off in his bassinet and moves into our bed in the middle of the night because he’s been getting acid reflux and it’s way easier to soothe him in bed rather than getting up a million and one times. Also gotta say it’s super sweet to wake up next to a newborn, kinda makes the late night wakings much more bearable. But since a tired mama doesn’t make nice, we just resorted to nights in his car seat and have given up on the Swaddle (for now…) because that seemed to bug the dude more than soothe him at night.

…Londyn is still so tiny when I look at him,but he’s definitely starting to fill out- why hello little double chin!! AND the newborn diapers are def a squeeze, perhaps just in time for us to begin our cloth diapering adventure next week.

That all being said, LOVE being a mama!!! The fact that he is most always instantly calmed when he enters my arms makes a girl feel pretty darn good if you ask me. Although my life has completely been flipped upside-down being a parent is a truly amazing experience. Its so cool to know that you have this little human that 100% relies on you to care for them and just love them. And even though it’s a lot of work, at the same time it makes things just that much more fun. Wishing I was in Cali to share this amazing time with our friends and family on a regular basis though!

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I was talking to my brother about Londyn and he suggested that I take a photo of him in the same place every day since he’s going through so many changes every day. He said he would help me put together a montage of photos after awhile. This coming from the guy who made that amazing video I posted the other week, of coarse I’m in. Im excited to see how it turns out once it’s put all together and know it will be a great keepsake as well. I’ll be posting the photos via Instagram (meetthevances is my user name), come follow me if you’d like!

Here’s to a good night’s sleep and sunshine for a redo photo session 🙂

Hmmm…

I’ve been nursing for almost a month now (wait, what? Where did the time go???) and in between pumping and nursing I’ve also been reading some books about setting up a healthy sleeping habits amongst other newbie parent books.

I plan on breastfeeding for at least 6 months, hopefully a year. I know that eventually ill begin supplementing Londyn’s diet with solid foods ad came across something really interesting via a blog, That Wife, that I follow. Here’s some food for thought

I was already planning on using Tyler Florence recipes because it went quite well with our already veggie diet, but Im definitely going to be planning on introducing solid food much differently now and will be skipping the “rice cereal” altogether… What do you think??

Precious Cargo

I’ve been feeling much back to myself (physically) that it’s time to get out and get moving. Not only does it feel good to get outside and enjoy beautiful days, but I have a little bit of baby weight that I’d like to lose. I’m not stressing out about the weight by any means but I’m itching to get more active and I’m not sure I’m feeling ready to get back into yoga quite yet (waiting until the mr. is a month old and then I’ll start heading over to mommy and me yoga).

So here’s my “workout partner”….

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He tends to fall asleep on the job, but he’s super cute so I don’t mind!

A have an Ergo (too small still) and a Moby (how the heck do you do this thing?!?) but this sling that a friends mom made is super easy. I also have my hands and in today’s case i could head into the library to pick up a new book. I decided to walk to the library since it was such a nice day out and Londyn fell asleep… Winner on both counts!

Family

My brother made an awesome video from their trip to Atx over the holidays just had to share….

Love, love, love.

Daytime Naps

I’ve never been one to enjoy naps… Well, that’s not entirely true. During my senior year of high school I enjoyed many a nap each afternoon. But that was over 10 years ago fueled by late nights with friends and a school that started waaayyy to early for a teenager.

This my friends, is what my days consist of…

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Ahhh I can’t get enough of this sweet faced boy. Look at that leg!!! Love love LOVE my naps once more except this time around I have a milk drunk boy breathing on my neck. Might not sound lovely to everyone but this is my kind of wonderful these days.

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Happy New year y’all! We had a couple of friends over last night {they brought us pizza and dessert} to eat dinner and watch a movie. I didn’t make it to the new year {pretty serious about getting my beauty rest in between feeding}, but Jake made sure he took Londyn and danced with him while the ball dropped. I’m happy that some people in our household got to welcome the new year.

The Mr. and I have one more day off together before my maternity leave officially starts and his time off ends. We have a nap on the schedule, lots of cuddle time, a walk through the neighborhood, and a trip to do a return or two {and perhaps score a nice after Xmas deal}. Haven’t made any resolutions yet but I plan on putting together a post later this week on that.