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

Bye bye showers

You remember a time when taking a shower was just as easy as brushing your teeth? Well, that has become a thing of the past for me.

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First time I tried to shower with no one in the house… Picture this… Humm baby is asleep. I’ll jump in and take a quick shower.
I’m pretty much done with shower, just removing conditioner out of my hair and I think I hear the baby cry… I turn off the water and yes… HE IS. I panic a little and try to talk to him… I’m almost done baby… Hang on as if he cares what I’m doing. I get out of the shower half wrapped in the towel (I wouldn’t dare having the towel touch my nipples) hair dripping wet and pick up the baby… He cries even louder….I sing, I rock him… And he doesn’t let up… Maybe he’s hungry? It hasn’t been that long but if all else fails stick a boob on him (works like a charm) by this time my towel has fallen off… Hair is still dripping and baby at my boob. So I sit down naked & wet and begin to call my husband … Are you almost here? I explain the story and he says 10 minutes. 
So ok… I try to take Nicolas off the breast and he cries again… I just wanted to dry myself I was gonna feed him some more but nooooo… Stay put lady.  Husband arrives and looks at me and says ” I’m going to jump in the shower and then I’ll get him” —- ummmm are you kidding me? But yep. That happened. 
I ended up swearing to my child I would never shower again. His first broken promise. We’re gonna have a rough road ahead. Sorry kid.
Got any shower horror stories? Let me know below.
Hope you’re enjoying reading these posts. I’m having a blast writing about them.

Stay tuned for more. Giveaway coming soon!

Laundry everyday

Not kidding!

This little person uses between 2-5 onesies a day… Unless he’s in those  sleep n play outfits. 
2 would be a normal day without incidents and 5 would be spit up, poop or pee. 
I myself go through a couple of shirts a day.
And then there are socks, burp cloths, bibs, blankets. In the end, you’ll do one load of laundry everyday. I have enough of these items where I can do a load for him every couple of days. But it’s not a big deal. It’s not like we’re washing things by hand. 
Forgive me for my absence… Nicolas has caught a bit of a cold and is congested. And only wants mommy to carry him, I’m too tired to stop and write posts. But soon he’ll be better! 
Thanks for stopping by!

Lights, camera, action? Not yet.

Expect to be late.

You’ve given the baby a bath, fed him, he seems content? Good… Now it’s time for him to explode out of his pants, spit up all over you and himself.
Got a doctor’s appointment? You wanna show up with a clean baby right? Have the doc tell you what a great job you’re doing…baby will most likely arrive with poop in his diaper. They like to do things when they’re in the car. 
There’s never just a quick trip anywhere. I have left the house alone 3 times people… That’s 3 times in 2 months. Not because I didn’t want to… I have wanted to plenty of times but it just takes too much effort.  Gotta leave him him fed, clean and rested. Pack all of his things, get the stroller and bag in the car. Place kid in car seat, but this has to all come together without a hitch. But sometimes the spit up happens.. So now you gotta change him. Sometimes he didn’t sleep so now he’s cranky and crying while you’re trying to get everything done, so you feel bad and pick him up instead. 
And there’s also YOU! You gotta shower, change, eat…. You have a limited amount of time to get all of this prepared.
By the time you’re done and out the door. It’s time to do it all over again. So my advice is stay home if you can. The hassle is just not worth it. Pick your battles.
Do you have any tips on getting out of the house with baby? Let me know in the comments below. 

Sleep deprived?

Just a little. 

Woke up at 7:20 am with baby making noises… I thought to myself did I forget to feed him at night when he woke up at 3 am? Apparently I thought I hadn’t slept enough and kid was still squirming over his 3 am feeding. God help me.
It all started like this:

Baby Nico gave a real hard time last night. I gave him a bath, went for a walk around the neighborhood and fed him and he just wouldn’t sleep soundly which in turn made him fussier. He was in my arms being rocked for a good two hours at least… And he would squirm and put his arms and get annoyed when his movements made his pacifier come out of his mouth. I’m officially the paci police. 
By this time he was hungry again, I breastfed him this time thinking it would lul him to sleep – IT DID NOT. He was exhausted but would not really fall asleep. He finally stopped fighting it at 11:10 pm (Insert Hallelujah song here).
Finally, the kid is down and I can shower. I did not wash my hair, I really just wanted to sleep. I prepared his bottles and finally went to bed. 
I guess his sleeping patterns are changing and he’s getting annoyed.
Trust me kid I know the feeling. 

I’m gonna try to nap with him. Leave me sweet dream comments below!

I made dinner last night… Gasp!

Can you believe it? For those who don’t know .. I haven’t made any meals for as long as baby has been here and a couple a weeks before he arrived.  It’s not that I haven’t wanted to… I was just so tired. Granted my angel of a mother was with me for over a month and made all of our meals! Thanks MOM!!!!

Now that she’s gone I’ve had to fend for myself – boohoo poor me :(. Children apparently have “witching hour” in which they get fussy.. And that falls under the time I need to prepare dinner. So it’s been hit or miss. But last night baby Nico was calmer and daddy was able to hold him and put him to sleep (good job daddy.. He usually hands him over when he starts to cry)

Did you know babies cry cause they want to sleep?? I mean just go to sleep. You have that down to a T. How hard is that? Well.. I didn’t know this. I’ve had very limited amounts of baby time under my belt so hang in there guys.

As you might have noticed by the copious amounts of photos I’ve been posting (you can follow me on Instagram at ellen83 for your daily dose of baby cuteness) I’m holding the heck out of my child.. I mean — come on.. He’s only this little now. But that also means I have limited amount of time to do anything else i.e brush teeth/hair. 
He took some great naps yesterday.(might I add… In his big boy crib.. I usually keep him in his bassinet
I was able to even create this cute little logo… Btw,What do you guys think?? 
Well last night I made one of my go to meals – rice, beans, ground beef & potatoes with an arugula salad.  I missed eating my food, it was good. Hubby was happy, he has been saying to me lately if I remember how to cook.. Clever little guy. 
He just had a friend arrive from Brazil that’s staying with us so I suppose I have to be a good host and start making some  meals. 
How about you? When did you regain your cooking superpowers? Slow poke like me or right off the bat? You superwoman you!!
What was your first family meal? Want me to share my recipe, let me know in the comments below. 
Until next time!
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Breastfeeding? Of course.. It’s only natural. Well.. Not to this mama. Ironically.. I’m writing this as I’m nursing, but It was not like this in the beginning.

Warning- might get too descriptive!
Baby Nico did not latch on correctly and gosh… Was that painful!!! Imagine pieces of flesh coming off your nipples… Not pretty and frankly made me rethink the whole breastfeeding thing. But I persevered… Began to pump instead and also formula fed… Once the nipples were healed I tried again… Sometimes it worked sometimes it didn’t. I don’t pump all tha often now… But I do formula feed to give my breasts a break and to allow my hubby to feed him as well… Especially since I’m seldomly pumping (who am I kidding? It’s been at least a week and a half
My mother stayed with me for over a month and helped me tremendously… I used to wake up between 2-4 am to feed Nico then head over to the living room to pump… This little ritual would last about 1:30 to 2 hours… What I pumped was good for two morning feedings which my mother took care of while I slept a few more hours. Well.. She’s gone home now sadly so I haven’t pumped anymore.  I’ve been trying more and more to breastfeed more often. It’s not easy but I’m trying.  You know what? It does get better! 
What doesn’t get better is how annoying it is to wear a bra all day… Let alone with a breast pad, You don’t want to leak everywhere and Nipple cream is a must.. Who knew?. Showers are a God sent.
Share your nursing stories..easy? Hard?

I use Lansinoh products – Nipple cream and breast pads.  I haven’t tried any other ones.  Any recommendations?