Life

When your dad first told me that he was going to be leaving for two weeks of annual training I was worried. As the time for him to leave came closer, I grew more and more worried. After all, I am a first-time mom and I’ve never had to do this before. I’m used to being at home with you pretty much all day, but at the end of the work day your dad comes home and I’m no longer alone. I’ve never had to be without him for more than a couple of days tops, so this has been a change.

Thankfully, your grandparents, your aunt, and your uncle have come by many times to keep me company and I am grateful to them for that. I was especially thankful for their company when a major storm hit and caused a power outage. After a couple of days being alone, my mom came all the way from Georgia to visit for a bit. She was so excited to see you again and you seemed super excited as well. Sadly, on the night of her return, you were very colicky and you cried up a storm. It took us a while to get you to sleep and I was so saddened by your cries. I am so glad she was there with me when this happened because I would’ve cried along with you. On a happier note, you learned to roll from back to belly and since then you have been a little ball of energy.

Although I wasn’t completely alone, it was not the easiest experience and I give major props to all of the single moms out there. They are alone day in and day out and have to raise their child by themselves. Your dad was only going to be gone for two weeks and I did not know how I would do. I can’t imagine what it is like to be alone every single day. Of course, since he is in the Military, there may come a time when he will leave for much longer so I will have to accustom myself to this.

When you get married to someone you can only imagine what your life with them will be like, but you never truly know how life with them will play out. I knew it wouldn’t be the easiest life being married to a Soldier in the Army, but I was willing to take that chance with him. I can truly say that I am beyond happy to have married your dad and have taken that chance. Life is not always the easiest and it never will be, but I am okay with that. I am proud of him and how far we have come as a family.

 

Our first trip to the water park!

Our first trip to the water park with you went much smoother than we expected! Since we had planned on going the day before and it started to rain, we had everything that we needed. All we had to do was pack up and go. On our way there you fell asleep in your car seat so we just popped you into the stroller and you continued sleeping for a good while. It took a while for your grandma, aunt, and uncle to arrive and by the time they did arrive, an hour had already passed! Your dad had gone on the slides about 3 times and I just sat and waited for them. More people were starting to come in so I had to keep people from taking our chairs.

Anyways, when you finally woke up we changed you into your little swim trunks, water diaper and headed over to the little children’s area. You’d think that they would warm up the water for the little kids to be warm, but no. We sat you down in the water and you started to cry! The water was cold and you didn’t like it at first, but it didn’t take you long to get used to it… We decided not to let you sit there for too long as the sun was beating down on our backs. The risk of you getting a burn was not worth the fun. Other than that, we all enjoyed ourselves and I can’t wait until we go to the pool again when you’re older.

On another note, it is important when you are taking your baby out in the sun to take the proper precautions to prevent sunburn. A baby’s skin is more delicate than ours so it needs more attention! I am no pediatrician, just a mom who likes to research a lot and you should always talk to your pediatrician about what is good for your child, and from there you decide what is right for them. Based on my research, I have read that it is important to put sunscreen on your baby (if they are 6 months or older) before they go outside. Otherwise make sure that they wear a long sleeve cotton shirt, pants and a hat when going out in the sun. Personally, I like Babyganics as it is an organic sunscreen and has good coverage! Also, this hat for boys and this cute little hat for girls is perfect for protecting your bundle of joy from the sun’s harsh rays. If you really want to add some more protection why not add some sunglasses as well?

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First of Many

Regretfully, I haven’t been writing as often as I have wanted, but I am still trying to figure out a writing schedule. Sunday though, I chose not to write because it was the weekend and it’s when all three of us spend time together! Since it was a day filled with lots of new firsts for you, I decided to write about it today.

Anytime that we venture outside of our home to a store or a relatives house I am worried about your comportment. Usually, you are in a good mood, but sometimes you’re cranky and we have to run our errands in a hurry or we have to leave someones home earlier than we intended. Yesterday though, you were in a good mood because you were able to nap before going out. It was an interesting day as you got to try applesauce for the first time! We haven’t been giving you any fruits just yet because I heard that you won’t like vegetables if we try to give you something sweet first. Although I do not know how true that is, I wanted to try it for myself. So far, it seems to have worked as you seem to like the few vegetables we have given you. We haven’t really introduced you to much food yet, as you are not quite yet 6 months old. The pediatrician told us that you were ready to eat foods, but I have heard that it is actually recommended to wait until a baby is 6 months before introducing any food. I do not wish to have any sort of debate on that issue and I’m only feeding you baby food here and there and not every single day.

In addition to trying a new food for the first time, you actually slept the whole night in your own crib! Usually, we have you in the bassinet next to us (that our kind friends bought for us), but you are growing out of it! Honestly, I was more dispirited than excited that you were going to sleep in your own room for the first time… Being one of those people who likes to google search everything, I had a hard time sleeping, thinking about you. According to what I have read, it is recommended for your baby to sleep in the same room as you for the first 6 months of their life so I wasn’t ready for you to leave the comfort of our room just yet… Setting up the baby monitor in your room though, gave me a bit of relief knowing that I could watch you from our own room with the parent device.

Baby monitors are a must have for any new or expectant mother to have. The one that we have has a camera that goes into your room and the one with the screen that shows us a live video with sound goes into our room. When we were creating our registry we put a monitor that had no camera only sound, but now that I have experienced using a baby monitor with a camera I believe it is the way to go. That way we can check up on you without actually going into the room and disturbing you. This monitor is the one that we had on our baby registry, but this is another one (currently on sale, which I wish we had) where you can view your baby on a smart phone, tablet or computer.

Of course, it is a great achievement for you, but it just makes me realize how fast you are growing and how my cuddling days are limited. When you are older you probably won’t want to cuddle as much anymore and I’m going to reminisce about the days you were a baby. If it were up to me, I would’ve kept you in our room as long as possible, but your dad suggested that it was time for you to begin sleeping in your crib. Hopefully tonight you will sleep as peacefully as you did last night!

 

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Being Mom

As a mom, there are many things that you have to decide on. All of the decisions that you make affect the life of your child and so you have to be conscious of everything that you do! Today, I have decided to take a break from my phone (I know being on my laptop is probably not any better, but I’m trying to make a living out of it and blogging helps me to open up). I decided that I don’t want to be glued to my phone when you’re sleeping in my arms. I decided that I don’t want to be staring at a screen when I could be staring into your blue eyes. I decided that I don’t want to miss out on your life because of my phone! Of course, I am going to have to use it to text people every once in awhile, but I don’t want it to be like how it is now. I want to have control over my phone, not my phone over me.

It will be interesting to see how my life will play out now that I plan to use my phone less. Will I be more open in talking to people when I’m waiting in line at the grocery store because my phone isn’t covering my face? Will I be able to see the world around me more? I really do not know, but I plan on figuring out! For now, I plan on spending more time on watching you grow than watching my notifications grow.