Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Scared for Nothing!

So last night was the night.

The night my little cherub moved from sleeping right next to my side of the bed to sleeping in his crib.

I was scared to death of this night for a couple of reasons. First, I didn't know how Ryder would handle being in a different room, a different bed, etc. I had tried putting him in his crib a couple of times when he was napping and he would be okay for about 15-20 minutes and then he was done with it. And secondly, I didn't know how I would handle Ryder not being in the same room as me.

Who wouldn't want to sleep between these two cuties every night? (Well, except for when they both get snoring at the same time!)

We also started a new bedtime routine. Truth be told, we haven't had a bedtime routine until last night. Gasp! I know, I know...but it has worked for us so far. We are both night owls, and Michael doesn't go to work early, so we just kind of did whatever worked each night.

And that was fine, but I go back to work soon and have to get up early for work...and even earlier now that I will be dropping Ryder off at the sitter each morning. So we began a routine last night so that we are all used to it before I start back. (And will try it again tonight, hopefully it will work just as well!)

It was the basic bath, sleeper, nursing and book, then bed routine and we started it at 9:00. Ryder was in bed a little before 10:00 That doesn't mean Mommy got to sleep though. Mommy was wide awake watching her Infant Optics Video Baby Monitor . The best part about this little gadget? It has night vision! Woohoo! That means Mommy can lay in bed and watch our little Nugget's every move. Without it, I am positive I would have been up and down the entire night checking on him.

Truth be told...I didn't see the need for a video monitor. How our house is set up, Ryder's crib is on the other side of the wall that our bed is on. I figured a sound monitor would be just fine. My in-laws, however, were kind enough to buy us this monitor and I LOVE it! I had used it a few times before through the day and the color picture quality is great as well. For night time though, it is a life saver.

I'm not sure if I had the monitor completely charged or not last night, but it didn't last without being plugged in. I charged it today, so I'm looking forward to finding out if it will last the night on a full charge.

Okay...back to the crib story.

He slept from before 10:00 until 4:45! THEN after we fed him and got him back to bed, he slept until I don't know when...because when I woke up, he was cooing happily in his crib! I got up and started getting ready and he didn't make a peep until 8:30!


My sister had told me to try it out, and that I might be surprised and how well he does. Yet I was scared. Welp, once again big sister knows what she is talking about. Just don't tell her I said that. ;)

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Friday, August 24, 2012

Explosive Mornings

Mornings usually go something like this...

Wake up, change Ryder, feed Ryder and then it is play time until Ryder gets tired and is ready for his morning nap.

It is a good routine. I like the routine. It usually goes really smoothly.


The other morning, Ryder and I woke up and went to his nursery to change his diaper. It was quite full as he had just had a few bowel movements. I know better than to change it immediately after the first movement because he doesn't just have one, there is usually another one or two within 5-10 minutes.

I proceed to clean his little bottom up. Once I have his little bottom all fresh and clean, I move the old diaper out of the way and go to grab the new diaper.

That's when it happens. He have another bowel movement. And there is FORCE behind it. It shoots out of his little bootie at least two feet and hits the side of his cube shelves...and it keeps coming and coming.

I just stood there as it happened with my jaw dropped. I was in shock. I didn't know whether to laugh or wilt. Then it starts running down the side of the shelves toward the off white carpet. I quickly try to catch it in a baby wipe before it hits the carpet, but there was just too much...and as I start to look around, I realize that it hit WAY more than the shelves. 

So picture me with a hand on Ryder so that he doesn't roll off the changing pad and wiping poop off of the shelves, the wall, the air vent cover and down IN the air vent, his dresser and random splatters on the carpet.

It was crazy.

I don't think that Michael grasped exactly what I was telling him when I explained what happened. So, fast forward a week.

Michael was in the nursery with Ryder and I that morning. It was basically a repeat of the above story, BUT I had the genius idea to try and block the stream of poop shooting out of my dear boy with the diaper.

Big. Mistake.

Not only was it on the shelves, wall, carpet, air vent cover and dresser, it was on the glider's foot stool, the window, window seal, blinds and more. Ugh! Michael was in stunned silence. Again, I chose to laugh and started cleaning.

After I got everything cleaned up and Ryder changed, Michael was feeding Ryder a bottle of pumped milk, and I was pumping. I ran my fingers through my hair. I felt a couple of strands stuck together. I smelled them, but didn't smell anything. I then started feeling my hair on that side more and found a bigger clump of hair stuck together.

Oh no.

I smelled the larger clump of hair.


Poop in my hair!


Of course, when I told Michael what was in my hair, he thought it was histerical and immediately called my Poopy Hair. Yep. We are mature like that around here.

Just one more way that my little baby boy has initiated me into being a Mommy. Before him, I guarantee you that I would NOT have handled having poop in my hair and sprayed across a room in my house so well. But, he's just so darn cute.

Don't you think? :)

So tell me...am I the only Momma who has been through this?

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

9 New Mommy Must Haves

Being a new mommy has turned my world upside down. (Understatement of the year!) With this new life that I have begun is a whole list of things that I (at this point) can’t live without. Most of these things were not even a THOUGHT in my “old life” let alone something that I used on a daily basis. Here they are in random order…  

1. Flour sack dish towels – These are AWESOME at drying bottles and breast pump parts.  They are thin and HUGE, which means I can stuff a ton of it down in the small opening of the bottle and dry the inside thoroughly and get into all the nooks and crannies of the pump parts.  And when I am done and hang it up, it dries very quickly. LOVE them!  

2. Moses basket & stand

Truth be known, until my shower, I had never even heard of a Moses Basket outside of well…the FIRST Moses Basket that belonged to dear Moses. I see it at my shower and ask my sister what in the world it is and what do you do with it. She gives me the big sister look that says she can’t believe I am asking her such questions and explains. Well, I LOVE it! It moves from the bedroom to the living room daily and can also go with us when we visit some place. It makes it so that Ryder can sleep in the same bed no matter where we are. I LOVE the rocking base. When he is just a tidbit fussy in the middle of the night, I can reach over and gently rock him back to sleep without either one of us getting up and going to the rocker. Fabulous!

3. St. Ives Moisturizing Lotion – I wash all our dishes by hand now. (I hate the film that the dishwasher inevitably leaves on everything, and since I am already washing bottles, why not?! Yes…I know I am weird.) AND I wash bottles and my pump parts CONSTANTLY! All of this is done in extremely hot water leaving my hands to dry and crack and hurt like crazy. Then I started using my St. Ives lotion all the time and my hands are clearing up! Woohoo!

4. Fisher-Price Infant-To-Toddler Rocker

This was another gift from my mom and sister that has proven essential. About two weeks into little Ryder’s life Aunt Cris was visiting. I was discussing with her how at times I couldn’t put Ryder down without him crying like crazy. She asked me where my vibrating chair was. I thought for a second and said in the box in the closet. Cris immediately told me I was crazy and to get that thing out and put together. (I have NO idea how we missed this one…we put EVERYTHING else together, but somehow missed this one. Lesson learned though!) It is one of Ryder’s FAVORITE places to hang out. He doesn’t even need the vibrations on part of the time. He just likes to be sitting up and looking around. Everyone needs one of these!

5. Kick and play mat

Ryder LOVES this play mat! He is happy as can be laying on his back kicking his feet and batting his hands at the toys or just staring up at the bright colors.  

He also LOVES it for tummy time. This is where he has developed the strength to hold his head up on his own AND where he first rolled over! We are big fans all the way around on this one.

6. Baby Trend Expedition Jogging Stroller - Pre-baby I was a runner. So I knew that I wanted a jogging stroller to enjoy my runs with Ryder.  Due to some extended complications from delivery, I haven't been able to fulfill that dream just yet...BUT we have used it to go on many walks. Ryder loves it, as does Mommy and Daddy. It is a great ride for Ryder and is incredibly easy to steer and push for Michael and I.  

7. Terry burp cloths - These are a life saver when Ryder decides to revisit his last meal. I have a few different kinds, but the terry cloth ones are absorbent and soft. They also work great for making sure that I don't get milk everywhere when pumping.  

8. Fisher-Price Rainforest Bath Tub

This was great when Ryder was so teenie. The cloth insert was perfect for letting him be in the water, but not too much. As he has grown, we still use the headrest part. He LOVES bath time and enjoys sitting up "by himself" (always monitored closely by his hovering Mama...trust me!).  

9. The paci

We use the Soothie pacifiers, but I don't know that they are superior to any other. They were the kind that the hospital and our pediatrician gave us. He took it. End of story on picking out a pacifier. Without them, life would be a LOT harder. We have two on hand at all times.  

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