Wednesday, July 23, 2014

My little party animal...

Landry seriously cracks me up.  I hear him crying around I of course pick his cute ass up from the crib and comfort him.  Shhing him until he quiets, and then taking him to my bed to nurse him.  He nurses for a strong five minutes until his belly is content.  Pops off  the boob and starts to squeal and giggle, kicking his legs in delight, flapping his arms like a baby bird while simultaneously smacking me in the face.  Waking up his daddy, who can't help but flip over to face the little ball of love and laugh right along with him.  I could care less that this baby has been up every two hours since midnight...he's seriously everything I could have ever wanted in a child.  His (gummy) smile is the light of my life.  I never understood pure joy until Landry arrived.  I mean, yes, I have had a happy life, but's honestly indescribable.  The miracle that he is...I'll cherish these memories of his squeals at 3:30am, his flapping little arms and the kicking of his chubby little legs.  I'll cherish every second forever.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Sleep...or lack there of...

Wait, your baby is how old?  He’s not sleeping through the night yet? Have you tried…..

     Honestly…I’ve heard that line more than necessary.  You know what is more frustrating than not getting any sleep?  Listening to everyone else’s magical tale of how they got their baby to sleep through the night.  When are people going to understand that having a baby is not a cookie-cutter type of situation?  Every baby is different, every parent is different, and for pete’s sake, every baby’s sleeping, eating, pooping, and playing pattern is different.  So just zip it already!
     I’m totally all for getting advice, WHEN I ASK FOR IT.  But if you yourself are a mom and know what it feels like to be sleep deprived, why on Earth would you give unsolicited advice about how to put a baby to sleep so that they sleep through the night?  You’re just going to end up the making the overly exhausted mother feel like an even bigger failure.
     On that note, Landry had his first night where he didn’t exactly sleep through the night,  but he also didn’t wake every two hours to eat.  No, I’m not going to list here step by step what we did to make that happen because guess what,  no matter what I say, your baby is different and you might get different result.  On the other hand if you’re interested, just ask, I don’t mind sharing.
     All I really wanted to tell you is that we all have been there and you aren’t alone.  Nothing can prepare you for the exhaustion you are going to experience as a mom.  Or guilt, but that’s a whole ‘nother blog post.  I just hope you find comfort in knowing that those bags under your eyes and your hair that hasn’t been washed in four days, is all very normal and accepted here in mommy-land. As hard as these nights and days can be, just embrace it, because all too soon that baby that we are getting up for, won’t be a baby anymore and you’ll miss the late night hours of mommy-baby time.
     Ending this blog post with my true feelings…there is nothing that compares to the love I have for my son…I’d stay up every single hour of every single day if I could just to soak up every little ounce of him.  I’m beyond blessed and I’ll never forget the struggle I endured to conceive such a miracle.  I’ll sleep when I’m dead :)

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Slacker McSlackerson

Oh my gosh...I can't believe how badly I have slacked at updating my blog!  Welp...better late than never, right?  Landry is 14 weeks old.  He is seriously the light of our lives.  He brings us so much joy it's truly incredible.  The highlights of his third month are jumping in his bouncer and giggling.  He loves attention and will actually make a fuss if he's not getting any.  He wants to make sure you are watching him have fun (just like his daddy).
Landry celebrated his first July 4th holiday this month.  He slept through the LOUD fireworks going off right next to our house.  He also transitioned into the crib that very same night.  He did amazing!  And to be 100% honest, he sleeps so much better in his crib.  His sprawls out and is loving all the space he has.  I guess the bassinet was getting a little tight, but I didn't want to move him to his crib until we an AC unit in his room, which we do now.  Its been quite hot, especially on the 2nd floor of our house.  Having a nice cool room for him to sleep in has helped him stay asleep longer (or so I like to think, because I sleep better when it's cool instead of hot).
My little sister had her baby on June 24th and I am an aunt once again, but this time I have been blessed with a NIECE!  She's beautiful.  Her name is Kellie Grace and I'm smitten.  I can't wait to babysit in the near future.  It's so nice having a sister that was pregnant while I was and now has a little baby.  We swap stories and advice and it is comforting to both of us knowing we are in this together.