Monday, July 30, 2012

Motherhood Monday-Taking a Break

I've been feeling a little burned out lately.  I certainly don't want time AWAY from my baby.  I miss him terribly when I'm not with him.  But, a Mommy needs some alone time, every now and then.  Lately, I've been trying to give myself some.  Even if it just means running to the store by myself.

Today, I called my man to let him know I wasn't going to our softball games.  I wasn't feeling well, likely from not getting enough sleep lately.  So, he wonderfully suggested that I go home after work, and he would take the baby and let his mom watch him during his softball game.

I didn't go home and sleep, but I did get some time vegging out in front of the TV, and I intend to go to bed just as soon as my loves get home and my baby is snuggled sweetly in his crib.

Are you a parent?  What do you do when you are in need of a little break?

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Motherhood Monday-My Talking Pale Guy

Went to the pediatrician for our 4 month checkup (we are about a month behind...oops).  He told me to be sure to continue using sunscreen, then looked at Baby and called him "Mr. Pale Guy".  Hahaha.  I found so much humor in that, although I certainly can't figure out why he would call him that. :)

Pale?  This guy?

Later that day, Baby started talking a lot and has hardly stopped since.
Man! I love him!!!

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Motherhood Monday-Eating and a Bumbo

Sorry I missed you for Motherhood Monday, yesterday.  No worries...I'll fill you in, now.

Baby turned 5 months!  I can't believe it.  It's gone so quickly and so slowly, all at the same time.

We also tried food for the first time.  Granted, it was 1 Tbs of rice cereal to 5 Tbs of milk (I call it Baby Soup), so it wasn't much food...but it was a milestone, nonetheless.  He didn't eat much, which is to be expected.  I need to talk to the pediatrician to figure out how to start incorporating foods the right way, but until then...Look how cute he is with his food face.

I borrowed a Bumbo from a friend, and so far...I think I love it!  Since I borrowed it, yesterday, it has helped me have 2 peaceful(ish) dinners, start a load of laundry, and type this blog post.  Here's Baby helping me write.

"Got writer's block, Mommy?"

Note:  I know....I'm not supposed to put a Bumbo on anything but the floor.  So...don't do that.

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Present Parenting

Baby was being fussy.  I found myself sitting on the couch, rocking him back and forth.  I was feeling a tad frustrated.  Brandon looked at me and said (in his baby imitation voice), "I so many love my Mommy".  Then he told me, "You're not going to be able to do that forever."  Wow.  Perspective change.  My moment changed quickly from a time of frustration to a time to cherish.  I don't want to miss these moments that I will soon wish back.

I want to be a present parent.  I want my son to know I am here for him, and that he is my priority.  I want to experience the little moments of his life.  I don't want him to remember me constantly doing.  I want him to remember me constantly being.

How exactly is this accomplished?

~I am so blessed to work at a company that values family and is flexible to accommodate that.  I only go in to the office 3 days a week (I work a few hours from home the other 2, but am mostly just home with Baby).

~When I really need to get stuff done, but Baby really wants me, I wear him and he is typically quite content.

~I just sort of gave up.  I didn't give up being a present parent.  I gave up trying to get it all done.  If Baby wants me, I try to let him have me.  I don't worry quite so much about getting everything else accomplished.  A clean house can wait.

~When I simply can't be right with him (i.e. driving or showering), I try to talk to him or sing to him, if he seems lonely.

~In The Resolution for Women, Priscilla Shirer reflects on the fact that she wishes she had simply enjoyed each stage of her life and her children's lives, rather than wishing and planning for the next "better" stage.  When I find myself hoping for a different stage, I stop myself.  I remember that I don't want to rush Baby's life and I am thrilled with the stage we are in.

I want to be Present.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Motherhood Monday-Baby's New Toy

I promised you a video of Baby's new toy.  Did you make any guesses about what it is?  Yup!  It's a jumper.  He's such an active baby.  He stands in my lap and jumps away.  I knew he needed something like this.  Check him out!

Did you notice the box lid?  He's not tall enough to reach the floor, yet.  :)

P.S.  Any bloggers out there know why my videos always post fuzzy?  It's not fuzzy before I upload it.

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Happy Birthday to Me!

Today is my birthday, but we celebrated, yesterday.  It was so much fun!  My mother-in-law made Italian food (my FAVORITE!).  Then, we went outside and played on the slip 'n' slide.
Look at that form!
Even Baby got to play!

Sweet Gifts for a Sweet Girl

Remember the sweet little friend, Baby Boy met in this post?  I made her some gifts before she was born.  Take a look!

Every girl needs little headband, right?  This is just a simple elastic ribbon with some ribbon rosettes that I made.

I made myself one of these hand sanitizer holders for my diaper bag and loved it so much, I made one for this sweet girl (or her Mommy, I guess).  I used this tutorial.

I love making little Bible verse plaques for babies.  They are so fun.  Here's the one I made for this little one.

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Cuter Flip Flops

Remember when I told you that I craft with a couple of my old friends, periodically?  We had our first craft day since I had the baby.  We cutified flip flops.  Check em out!

These were $1 flip flops from Dollar General...just plain and basic.  I wrapped them with some ribbon, added some beads, and voila!

I love them!