Thursday, October 23, 2008

Touching base

Long time, no blog, I know. I think I'm going to do a "day in the life of a new mom" post soon, but the short version is: a little sleep, a little crying, wet/dirty diapers, lots of eating - repeat.

Yesterday I bought a used swing from Craigslist. It got great reviews on Babies R Us, and I liked the idea of saving some money (and one less swing eventually ending up in a landfill). I found one in perfect condition basically for half price, and not far from our place at all. It also matches the vibrating chair we got at our shower. And Em seems to really enjoy it -- she's passed out in it now. (Although I must admit that seeing her so content and so angelic while sleeping just makes me want to pick her up and gobble her up - nom, nom, nom!)

I was going to take Em for her first shopping trip yesterday to 3rd Street Promenade. I thought that mid weekday would be perfect as there wouldn't be any crowds and I could get some walking in. When I got to the Promenade, though, I realized that it was the popular Farmer's Market day, so the parking structures were full. Not to mention there was some crazy construction going on, and some random old man honked at me and called me a bad driver, which was totally not the case. If I didn't have my beautiful baby girl in the backseat, I would have considered flipping him off, but my mom side reminded me that people can be nuts so I was better off just ignoring him. With all of that going on, I postponed the shopping trip for another time.

Last night Em's umbilical chord stump fell off, much to the horror of Brent, who discovered it when he went to check her diaper. So now we can transition from sponge baths to full-on baths. We'll see about giving Em her first real one tonight.

Today I took her for a stroll to the nearby coffee shop, only to discover that despite the calender that says it's officially fall, it was more like the surface of the sun outside. Today's high in our normally comfortable beach town is 94 degrees! I cut my walk short because it was too hot for me, so I imagine it was waaay hot for Em.

Ok, and since I started this entry earlier today, I just tried the Moby Wrap that Jami gave me at my shower. I was really looking forward to putting it to good use, but actually using it is even more awesome than I expected! My hands are free to do all sorts of stuff yet keep Em close to me. She's still passed out, which is always great. Brent is excited to try it for himself, too. (To hold Em, that is. Brent's a little too big for me to carry around in it.)

And to end this somewhat random post, here's an extra random bit for ya - every time Em wakes up crying in the middle of the night, usually to be fed, for half a second I think that I forgot to put her back in the Pack N Play where she sleeps and think that I fell asleep with her in the bed while doing the previous feeding. I'm extra scared of falling asleep while nursing her because 1) I'm afraid she'll roll off of the Boppy in my lap where I have her propped up and tumble onto the floor or 2) I'll somehow roll over and crush her. This happens at least once a night, and I'm looking forward to a time when I'll stop giving myself panic attacks over it.

"If you didn't wake me up, I might've had a nightmare and it would've woke me up. Then, I could've woke you up and we would both be awake. But since you did wake me up, I can't wake up from this nightmare so i can't wake you up! So we're both still asleep." - Little Dog, 2 Stupid Dogs

24 comments:

  1. Love your blog! I am a mom of two (10 and 8 yrs), had forgotten about the "worst case" nightmares . . . It's like when you're in college and dream you can't find the room to take your final! But worse because it's your baby falling, lost, etc.! Those first few months are tough, I remember someone told me "the days are looooong, but the weeks fly by", and it's true! Take any help you are offered. I hated leaving my newborns, but you really do need time to be you and be a wife! Okay, I'm done with unasked for advice, but couldn't help myself! Good luck and good sleep!

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  2. The panic will subside ... a little. :-) Our daughter just turned 7 and we still use the baby monitor. We're on opposite ends of the house now and I love that I can hear her roll over, snore and get up to go potty.

    I love your new mom posts!

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  3. thanks for the shout out :-)
    can't wait to see Em in it!

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  4. i'm glad that you guys are still doing well. :) i hope you stop giving yourself panic attacks, too, poor thing!

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  5. when you two are ready for that trip to the 3rd st promenade, let me know if you want company! As you now know...I don't have anything else to do! Love ya.

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  6. Ahh! How I wish it wasnt 34 degrees here!! Lucky dog!

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  7. I'd love it if I could be carried in a moby wrap myself! Love to hear that everything is going great. I hear ya on the weather, it just now started to dip a little in Texas, our fall is a 80 degree high and I'll take it over the scorching heat.

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  8. We have the same swing...different pattern, but same swing...I love it so much more than the traditional type I had with LG.

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  9. You are so funny, Nanette! They don't sell extra large Moby Wraps? Too bad for Brent!

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  10. From what my sis tells me the panic feeling subsides. You are an amazing mother already no doubt.

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  11. aw you sound like such a great mom, panic attacks included. and seriously, i am so over this heat too and i bet little em is just as much :)

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  12. I have became a huge fan of your blog! Congrats on becoming a new mom! I am sixteen weeks pregnant and due in April. I am terrified and excited for motherhood at the same time! Also, congrats on your Craiglist find!

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  13. I would pay to see you try and strap Brent into a moby. Even more if you could make it work. ;)

    The beginning can be rough with the sleeping and weird thoughts about accidentally crushing your baby. Hang in there! They will subside eventually.

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  14. Poor hot baby! I'm glad it's cooling down for her. And I would definitely like to see B in a moby!

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  15. Stop giving yourself panic attacks! You're doing a great job as a mom :) Please post some more pictures soon!

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  16. Glad to hear you have taken so well to Mommyhood... welcome to the club :D And yes, the panic will eventually subside, but I can't say anytime soon. My son is 6 months and I still randomly check the video monitor to make sure he is breathing. Every 4 hours now, as opposed to 1 :D

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  17. I do the same thing! In the middle of the night I feed her and it's like whoa I'm surprised she didn't roll off the bed! I took summer out in the first few days. I was not going to be stuck inside!

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  18. We just bought A New Patio Set off of Craig's List!

    Alas, although it is Quite Comfortable, the set doesn't match anything that Vibrates.

    xoxo,
    TDR

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  19. More than once I woke up in the middle of the night when Ben was crying and yelled at John to find Ben. I had thought the same as you -- that I accidentally forgot to put him back and he had rolled off our bed and was screaming on the floor. After scaring myself and my hubby, we realized he was fine & in his crib. I think once you start getting a bit more sleep you will stop the hallucinating! :)

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  20. awww i get so excited when new posts pop up about em!!! this is great for chicks like me who may think about babies in the next few(+) years :)

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  21. just trust your mom's intuition -there is no way you'll crush your most precious one.
    I hear you on moby wrap -I think baby wraps are the best, although my preference by far is the sleepy wrap
    (www.sleepywrap.com)

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  22. Yay - I love the Moby too! It's really a wonder worker, isn't it?

    And I totally feel you on the "crushing baby" fear. That's why I get up and feed Maya in the rocker and bring her back to her bassinet afterward. The one morning she was in bed with me, I kept waking up in a panic thinking I had rolled over on her. No bueno.

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  23. did you ever see the pic of me strapping the teen in our moby wrap? comedy, i tell you.

    so, did you save the stump? because i might have. and the hub might have been really grossed out when he found it in the diaper drawer.

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  24. I used to have the same wake-up panic moments with Wyatt. They do pass... but I think it's not until you start getting bigger blocks of sleep. Or at least, that was my experience. But the good news is: the older she gets, the more sleep you'll get! Yeah for improvement!

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