This entry is part 32 of 33 in the series Baby Days
1 in 5 are unplanned. For our first baby I prepared to have her naturally (or as naturally as possible). I read the books, prayed a lot, and psyched myself up for the big day when I.would.birth.a.human. Then as the day approached our little surprise was breach – laying patiently on her side for the day of her (overdue) arrival. We did all the things we could to try to turn her. And she did!! I felt her flip the night before the big day. We got to the hospital and they did the ultrasound – she had flipped and was now sitting up straight – even more breach than before.
We made the decision: a C-section was necessary.
And suddenly we were in a whole new world. We had no idea about what to expect, what to know, nothing. We were just walking through the motions for the next few days with a new baby as new parents, me recovering from a major surgery.
Here is a bit of our story, told to illustrate the simple things I have learned about post-cesarean recovery. Continue Reading
I have been on an extended run of diaper duty: SEVEN YEARS (!!) with no end in sight! Four kids under 7, means A LOT of diapers and A LOT of, ahem…smells. I know I am not the only homemaking mama that has tried it all to make sure that when welcoming guests into her home, they are not immediately tipped off to the fact that my day is full of diaper duty. Because, let’s be real:
It took me almost 5 full years of diaper duty to discover the real-deal solutions to the diaper stink problem in my home, and I know you are going to want to know this, too!
We currently have two little ones in diapers. Ugh… and I have been working on this problem since long before we had our second baby. We discovered some things along the way that helped; but I solved the entire diaper stink problem.
First: You are Doing it Wrong!!
I was, too! Don’t worry, you can fix it! Here are the common STINK situation problems and how to remedy them. Continue Reading
This entry is part 30 of 33 in the series Baby Days
We joke around that babies are SO sweet…until they start to say, “NO!” But there is a short period of time in baby’s life when she simply doesn’t have words (not even, “No”). The inability of our little ones to fully communicate what is going on in their heads can lead to various outbursts that look like tantrums or frustration. But it IS the earliest form of communication for them – we just can’t quite understand them.
Figuring out a way to communicate effectively with baby at this crucial early time in her life is life-changing! If you are like me as a mom, you cherish the littlest moments with your sweet child; savoring each “Goo” and “Gah.” But, you often struggle when it comes to the not-so sweet moments. The grunts and the growls, the screams and screeches are likely the last thing you were looking forward to while gently caressing your pregnant tummy and dreaming of mommy-hood.
That is why I am so thankful for baby sign language.
I am not a child development expert and I have no credentials other than being a mom of four. But I highly recommend learning some very basic baby signs and teaching them to your little ones, starting at a very early age. We have practiced simple baby sign language with all four of our little ones with great success. Continue Reading
This entry is part 33 of 33 in the series Baby Days
Sharp, searing pain bringing screams and screeches to a little one who cannot communicate through anything else. Or maybe it is a dull, driving pain that produces a headache that won’t wait. I really don’t know what it is like to struggle through teething. I think God knew what He was doing when He gave us teeth in our early years – so we wouldn’t remember the pain that came with it! But as parents we need some serious teething tips to help get us through it!
Our kids have never been the up-crying-through-the night-teething-babies. And we have 4 (I have to say that to myself every now and again to let it sink in)! All of them have been able to sleep through the pain with a little help from us. I thought the process we had for our kids was pretty customary – pretty much the way all parents dealt with it. But a little while back I posted a picture on my Instagram feed of our current teether with a tip I had not discovered until baby #4 and people commented that they had never heard of treating teething that way. So, I thought I would share the wisdom I have gained as a result of shepherding 4 kids through the nightmare that is teething. Continue Reading
This entry is part 1 of 33 in the series Baby Days
This post was sponsored by WaterWipes as part of an Ambassador Program for Influence Central. I received complimentary products to facilitate my review. As always, all opinions are mine.
Baby skin is SO soft and so sweet. I am not sure exactly when it loses that special baby-soft quality, but I know it disappears. I have had friends want to smell my children, touch their whisper soft cheeks and soak in the sweet baby-ness that only lasts an instant. Our sweet little man (AG) still has it – he is 8 months old – and I am soaking it up while I can.
Soon the snakes and snails and puppy dog tails will take over. Our sweet little cuddle-bug will be running around jumping in mud puddles. Those milestone first foods will become first messes! For now the messes are staying quite contained. Continue Reading
This entry is part 13 of 33 in the series Baby Days
Communication with babies can often be difficult. They can’t tell you with specificity what is bothering them. So as parents, we come up with a working knowledge of each cry and scream, decoding the various tones and volumes and hypothesizing about what their needs are. The earlier we can communicate with them and have them communicate back, the better. That is why I am so thankful for baby sign language.
I am not an expert with sign language. But I have used it successfully with our FOUR babies at early stages. I wrote Simple Effective Baby Sign Language where I shared the most basic and most necessary baby signs. If you are just starting out with baby sign language, I would start there with the most basic baby signs.
But I wanted to go a step further to help moms (and dads) by giving you Five Tips for Making Baby Signs Work for YOU! Continue Reading