Avoid at all costs

Okay ladies, dressing a baby is not an easy task.

I’ve thought on a few occasions of cutting the outfit off his body, I kid you not. Why did I insist on putting this on him?

I mostly have baby Nico in onesies and socks, onesies with pants that have socks on them and the occasional sleep n’ play (pj looking thing for us newbies). You’ll go through quite a few during the day so you want something easy and fast to put on and remove.

Now what type you should get? Light and stretchy. Try putting a onesie over a baby’s head without stretch, you will leave them naked..Make sure the sleeves are also stretchy and give the baby enough arm space (baby Nico is getting quite chunky) I’ve been noticing how hard it’s becoming to put certain clothes on him. So I’m retiring some of them already.
Trying to put a Ralph Lauren outfit on a baby is not cool mom. Fabric doesn’t stretch, baby gets aggravated and so do you. There’s only so much bending a baby will do. I know they are cute but don’t buy them… Thankfully mine were gifts (sorry!)
Let’s not even begin to talk about girls clothes. And those bows? Poor girls.
Sorry mamas, but your baby hates them.
Have any other advice for dressing your little ones? I’d love it if you shared.

It’s a dirty job I’ll tell ya

If you don’t have spit up, pee or poop somewhere on you at some point during the day you brought home from the hospital another life form. That ain’t no baby, lady.

And if you don’t accept this fact with humor you will get frustrated.  I’ve learned to just laugh at all of this.
Let’s change the baby? Sure…

{Although this happened once I had a laughing fit.}

I had Nicolas on our sofa and I’m changing his diaper, just pee. But he has another thing coming. Seriously, dude explodes on me, shoots some quite fast poop at me. Thankfully my face wasn’t close. He got me on belly though. Talk about projectile pooping. 
If there was Olympic event for this Nico would win hands down or ass up. Whatever you wanna call it. What distance! What sound, seriously my kid sounds like a truck driver. 
He doesn’t stop there, he begins to pee one more time. And I’m laughing like a maniac. Poop all over myself and now I’m trying to hold down the leak. 
That was too funny though.  
So don’t worry. If you decide to wear your favorite outfit one day. Just be warned, it might not be your favorite anymore. I suggest waiting for a baby free moment. 
I wear mostly my husbands old t shirts– all day.  Not the most attractive but my clothes are safe and honestly you won’t care what you’re wearing. If you bathed that day… It’s been a success!
Good luck mamas!!!

How about you? Any funny explosions happen in your life? Let me know in the comments below.

Sleep training? You buy it? Here are my thoughts.

I can across an interesting article, you can read it here, and share your thoughts. 

So, Nicolas had his last feeding at 9:00 pm, but not a lot. I’m not entirely sure, because I breastfed and formula fed 2 oz. 5 oz is what I’d like him to drink to sustain him thru the night. So I went to sleep thinking he might get hungry early. He woke me up at 1:42 am, he had come out of his swaddle and was tossing his arms around, I swear… Babies are the swaddle Houdini’s. Though he was still asleep, I picked him up, rocked him until he stopped all that moving around and swaddled him again. And voila… He “woke” up at 6:15 am, he was again tossing around and not “awake” but I decided to get him up to nurse.
This is the second time I’ve done this. And it seemed to work beautifully. He is now 13 weeks so he can handle longer stretches at night. I didn’t attempt to this earlier because I thought he should get all the nourishment he wants. 
Here’s hoping he’ll get the memo and sleep without getting out of his swaddle and we can all rest!! Lord knows I need it. 
How about you? Any advice? What are you doing for your baby to stay asleep? Let me know in the comments below.

My Birth Story (Unplanned C-section)

My Birth Story (Unplanned C-section)

What to expect when it’s time to go into labor. Although’s every woman has an experience of their own, every one of them as a birth story to tell.

It all started with my doctor telling me I could pick a day to be induced. I was not expecting that.  I was looking forward to the day but afraid of the unknown. I thought about it and decided to go ahead. I was going to be 39 weeks on Tuesday, January 14 & induced Monday night.

Sunday night we as a family had a whole discussion about naming the baby, until then we hadn’t made a decision. I had a long list of names and the name chosen was not on it.  I lost the name battle BTW, I wanted baby Vincent but baby Nicolas was victorious.

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Guess who has the wet pants now?

Short post but so worth it.

Super thirsty but I have a crying baby on my hands. 
But I grab myself a bottle of water and sit down on the bed with the little one and try to calm him down, and begin to nurse him. He quieted down and I continue drinking water. 
Between my leg it goes and I stroke my baby’s head.
I move the bottle to the side of my thigh and it falls but I take my sweet time to pick it back up….. Because of course I out the cap back on, right? Nope.
Freezing cold water, A LOT of it is now beneath me and all I can do is sit still since baby is nursing. After a good 20 minutes I get up since baby is now full & asleep and place him in his bassinet. 
Upside to this story::: I was on my husbands side of the bed which was now wet. Sorry babe.
Hope you’ve had a good laugh!! 
Got a similar story? Share in the comments below!
Here’s a little pic of my little man for a dose of cuteness.

The Aftermath

Don’t do it!

My son was not used to all that car riding.  When he was asleep it was fine but he wouldn’t stay asleep for long then would cry.  He was not a happy camper and I felt terrible for putting him through that.

Sunday night he wouldn’t stop crying. We were going to drive home and my husband decided to stay another night. So we booked a hotel. (We were staying at his aunts apartment) Nothing I did would calm him down. I had already bathed him, he was fed but he was tired and when babies are overly tired they cry and cry and cry. 
It truly is heartbreaking to watch, especially since it’s my fault,I did say yes to going.  I rocked him, gave him his pacifier, covered his face with a blanket and nothing….so I decided to swaddle him.  At first there was some hesitation on his part but I picked him up and started shushing loudly in his year along with rocking and IT WORKED! I read about the 5 S’s by Dr. Harvey Karp. (See below)

I was so relieved, my poor little guy fell asleep.

In conclusion, I would not take a 2 month old on an overnight trip. Maybe your child is different but I would not recommend it.
I will try again when he’s older and see how he behaves.

Dr. Karp’s “5 S’s System.” According to Dr. Karp, to sooth a crying infant, recreating the womb environment helps the baby feel more secure and calm. Dr. Karp recommends:

  • Swaddling: Tight swaddling provides the continuous touching and support your baby is used to experiencing within the womb.
  • Side/stomach position: The infant is placed on their left side to assist in digestion, or on their stomach to provide reassuring support. “But never use the stomach position for putting your baby to sleep,” cautions Karp. Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) is linked to stomach-down sleep positions. When a baby is in a stomach down position do not leave them even for a moment.
  • Shushing sounds: These imitate the continual whooshing sound made by the blood flowing through arteries near the womb.
  • Swinging: Newborns are used to the swinging motions within their mother’s womb, so entering the gravity driven world of the outside is like a sailor adapting to land after nine months at sea. “It’s disorienting and unnatural,” says Karp. Rocking, car rides, and other swinging movements all can help.
  • Sucking: “Sucking has its effects deep within the nervous system,” notes Karp, “and triggers the calming reflex and releases natural chemicals within the brain.”


Until next time

First trip with baby

I’m thinking.. Yay! We’re going to Orlando. It’s about a three hour ride. But Not so fast, in reality I’m just switching my work over to another location.  No such thing as a vacation. So far it’s just been extra work.  Making sure I have everything for baby Nico. I’m not sure what to expect.  Little guy hasn’t been in a car seat for that long but I’m in no hurry to get anywhere so I’m sure we’ll have a few stops.

Wish us luck!!! And hope I didn’t forget anything. But I do need to buy diapers!!
Any tips?
Btw– baby Nico turned 2 months yesterday. Yay! Love him