Sunday, January 30, 2011

Dear Coffee

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Dear Coffee,

You know just how to start my morning off right. When Caitlyn has a sleepness night and an early morning you are there to keep me awake and sane.  I love to sip you on cold winter mornings, while Caitlyn sits back and plays.

Thank you for smelling and tasting so darn good. You really know how to keep a new mommy happy when she's extra sleepy.

Love,
Tired Mommy

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Thank you for keeping my mommy awake while I learn to crawl and play with all my toys.

Your friend,
Caitlyn

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Caitlyn Might be Calling

If you follow me on Twitter or are a real life friend on Facebook, you've probably already seen this video however I felt the need to share on the blog as well for anyone who might have missed it.

It is so freaking cute! I can't stop watching and I hope you like it too!

To everyone who's being innondated with this video for the third time I'm sorry but I just couldn't help myself.



Hope you had a great weekend!

Friday, January 21, 2011

Mommy Advice

The baby boom is on. So many of my friends and family are having babies for the first time. I'm selfishly excited about this because I know that Caitlyn will have lots of little playmates around her age. I'm happy for the parents too of course.

I saw a blog prompt from Social Moms asking what two pieces of advice I would have for new parents. It got me thinking about what I would say to new parents if they asked. 

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Thinking back to when Caitlyn was first born, I remember getting all kinds of unsolicited advice. I ignored most of it and even now when I'm trying to think about what some of the bits were I can't really recall. The one that does stick in my mind the most was when Caitlyn was around 2 or 3 weeks old. I was given the "don't be an overprotective mom" speech. I said "really, she's a couple of weeks old, what would you have me do take her outside and roll her around in the mud, or perhaps bring her into a smoke filled room" it might have been those pregnancy hormones that caused the sharp reply but sheesh give me the overprotective speech when I'm actually being overprotective.

There are so many other standard pieces of advice that it seems like every mom hears for example:
"Don't pick her up every time she cries, you'll never be able to put her down"
"Don't let her sleep in bed with you, she'll never leave"

The only time I actually listened to people's advice was when I specifically went searching for it. For example I once posted on Facebook
My poor baby appears to have an eye infection. Can't get into the Dr's until tomorrow. Any suggestions from my facebook mommy friends??
Here were the responses
  • warm washrag compress....best done when she's sleeping :-) 
  • my kid gets them all the time. I agree with the warm cloths just watch that you don't move eye to eye with the same one or it will spread to both eyes. Call me if you want to, my kids are sick so it is looking to be a long night..
  • breast milk in the eye! Seriously!
  • eye and ear polysporin drops you can buy it right off the shelf. I'm pretty sure it says for children 2 and up but it wont hurt to give her one dose until you can get her in to the DR'S...I'm going through the exact same thing with my little one
Now that is what I call helpful advice! Luckily the infection went away without treatment because I couldn't bring myself to put breast milk in Caitlyn's eye.

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Now that I'm a mom I'm personally guilty of giving unsolicited advice. I do tend to share my personal experience with other moms especially if they seem to be having a hard time with whatever.  Its something that I consciously try not to do unless asked but slip ups happen.

So onto the real purpose of the post two pieces of advice for new moms. Disclaimer: If you read beyond this point you are acknowledging a request for advice and therefore this is not unsolicited ;)

1 - Do what works for you and your baby. Breast vs bottle, cloth diapers vs disposable,  crib vs family bed, organic or not. Everyone has opinions about all of these things but really none of it matters if you and your baby are miserable.

2 - Listen to your intuition. Deep inside you have feelings about what's right for your baby and sometimes you'll feel pressured to go against those feelings.  From experience know that more often than not your intuition is not leading you down the wrong path. Just trust yourself.

Well that's it folks, take it or leave it, either way is fine with me. Like I said I've been known to leave other people's advice behind and do my own thing and I encourage you to do the same when you need to (crap, I think that might have been a third piece oops).

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Thursday, January 20, 2011

My baby's growing up

My maternity leave is over in just 2 months. I can't believe she's been with us for almost a year already. I've been stressing about finding daycare and dreaming about work. I just know the next 2 months are going to fly by when all I want is for time to slow down just a little. I just want to soak up all the time I can with her.

I feel like she's growing up too fast.

Look at her standing at her table, looking so big.

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She plays so well with other babies. We have all kinds of fun these days when we have our play dates. She's much more interactive and pays attention to the other children around her.

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It blows my mind that just a few months ago we would get together for a play date and the kids would just lay there and ignore each other, playing with their own toys. But now she's so interactive, she pays attention to what kids are doing around her and makes an effort to get closer and be involved. Its incredible.

Going back to work will definitely be bittersweet. I suppose I better stop worrying about it and just enjoy the time I have left.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

What goes through her mind?

Sometimes when I have the camera out and am just shooting random pictures of Caitlyn I manage to catch all sorts of facial expressions. It makes me wonder what is really going on in that head of hers.

"I've got a surprise in my diaper for you"
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"I pooped and you have to clean it, sucker"
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"What? I thought you liked it when I poop"
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"Come on, you know I'm cute"
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"Fine, I'll smile you know I love the camera"
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Monday, January 10, 2011

January Family Day

This weekend we had family day as part of my 2011 goals. Brock, Caitlyn and I spent the day together just the three of us. 

We went to our local Children's Museum and I have to admit that I had a lot of fun. Even though Caitlyn was too little for most of the activities she did get to play around with a few things.  I feel so lucky that I get to be there to watch her experience new things for the first time.  Her excitement and curiosity is incredible.

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She's becoming a little more consistent with her "hello" waive

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My good little student, someday she'll get straight A's

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The winning activity was the sandbox. At first she gave me a "what the hell am I sitting in" look

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then she discovered what sand felt like and loved it.

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I think I'm really going to enjoy this New Year's goal. Hoping to find a different activity for each month in the year. This way we'll be adding lots of family memories to the scrapbooks.

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Playtime

Everyday our living room turns into a playground for babies

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and apparently a bed for kitties


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I've been trying to get Caitlyn to crawl lately with very little success. I've tried the putting toys out of reach trick and the tummy time trick but she prefers to just lay back and stay in one spot. Then the other day she appeared to master the art of going backwards.

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Oh and guess who pulled herself up to standing the other day. Yup that was my girl, I tried to get a video of it but my camera obsessed daughter would only sit and stare at the camera once I pulled it out. Maybe next time...

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Have a great weekend!

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Thoughts on Health

I truly believe that to be the best mom I can be, I need to be well rounded and healthy. So when I set my 2011 goal of focusing on my health, that is what I had in mind.

I've been thinking a lot about how my focus has changed from being a healthy person to worrying less about my own well-being and more about my daughters (that will probably never change). If I'm completely honest with you I have to admit that this little break from healthy living is a direct side-effect of having SO much focus on my health and that of my daughters during my pregnancy. I'd do anything to ensure my daughter's health so this is by no means something that I regret or think shouldn't have been a focus point.

A little background if you will (this is my 2nd attempt to keep this short and sweet)

I have type 1 diabetes, what this meant for my pregnancy was that I had A LOT of extra focus placed on my disease and A LOT of pressure on me to keep my blood sugars under control. High blood sugar = bad for baby. I've always been well in control of my diabetes however pregnancy does funny things and as a result it got a bit harder. By the time Caitlyn was born I was very tired of thinking about my blood sugars and health in general. So I decided to take a little break from that for a while and just enjoy my daughter.

Besides not paying as much attention to my diabetes as I should, I've also not been focusing on other aspects of my health and well-being such as:

  • Taking time out for myself to do things I enjoy often
  • Eating healthy well-balanced meals and avoiding junk
  • Being active in general

So its been a 9 month break and with the new year comes change. My plan is to refocus and rethink how I approach life day to day so that by the end of 2011 healthy living is once again my lifestyle rather than just a goal to achieve.

As always, for those of you who come to check out pictures of my favorite model here she is at her swimming lessons.

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Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Sensory Bin Fun

One of Caitlyn's Christmas gifts was a sensory bin.

The sensory bin has things like oatmeal, flour, salt, wooden spoons, measuring cups and more. The idea is that you have edible stuff with different textures that kids can play with.

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We got into it for the first time and I discovered that Sensory Bin is actually code for Great Big Mess. I chose the oatmeal and mixed it with water and some green food coloring.

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Caitlyn really enjoyed the spoon and liked to try and eat both ends. Then she got the oatmeal in her mouth and decided it was very tasty.

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She was concentrating so hard that I actually managed to get a picture without her looking at the camera.

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She squished it, ate it and threw it on the floor. The oatmeal got EVERYWHERE, in all the crevices of the high chair, all over the floor and of course all over Caitlyn.

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We headed straight for the bathtub after this. I tried really hard to prevent her from getting her messy hands all over me, that was a big fail.

This whole adventure lasted about 20 minutes then it took me 45 minutes to clean up. Overall I think it was worth it to see Caitlyn's happy face, she had a ton of fun.

Sunday, January 2, 2011

2011 Goals

In the spirit of the new year, like so many others I will be setting goals and outlining some things that I want to accomplish in 2011.

I'm trying to stay away from resolutions like, lose 10 pounds or go the gym 3 times a week. I want realistic goals that are somewhat fluid and allow me to achieve them by doing a variety of things. After all, this is my first new year as a mom and who knows what my life is going to be like once I go back to work. At the end of this year, I want to feel like I've achieved something and not failed at completing my resolution as I have every year in the past.

So here we go:

1 - Plan for one Saturday a month to be dedicated to Brock, Caitlyn and me. I find so often that our weekends get filled up with this or that event and then we don't get to spend quality time together as a family. 2011 is going to be about making family time a priority.

2 - Focus on my health. I'm not talking weight loss and diets. I'm talking overall heath! Mind, body and soul.  I want to make sure that I don't forget about my own well-being in 2011 like I have for most of 2010 (more about that in a future post).

3 - Learn a new skill. I'm not sure what skill that will be but I definitely want to make sure I learn something new in 2011.

I think three goals is a good number, not too overwhelming. Now to start planning on how I'm going to achieve them.

With this face to encourage me, how can I possibly fail :)



Do you set resolutions/goals at the new year? What are your plans for 2011?