Sitting Up

1st – Congratulations to Oliva who won the Naturepedic mattress and cover.  I actually virtually know Oliva through our work over at Rookie Moms.  I promise, I randomly selected a winner through Rafflecopter but it was fun that I actually knew the winner. And thank you to everyone else who entered the giveway.  I loved reading all of your comments!

Now, onto today’s post.  Just a quick little fly-by to talk about how Garrity sat up for the 1st time today.  She’s been sort of sitting up for a while now.  But really wobbly, not very long and someone had to constantly be there to support her.  But today, she did it all on her own.  I had just gotten out of the shower and my mom told me to come into the nursery to watch.  I guess she’d been sitting up with my mom but she made sure to come get me to watch.  It made going back to work just a little bit easier because I was at least home for a big milestone for my little girl.

So at 5 months and 3 days Garrity sits up.  She definitely prefers this over laying down and now is getting fussy anytime we lay her down (like to change her diaper). It’s so crazy how fast time goes.  How is my little girl this big??

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PS, on a completely unrelated note.  I am freaking sick of this hot weather in Portland.  Enough already!  The only room with AC is Garrity’s and I’m freaking melting.  I’ve had it.  I would kill for some rain right now.

I survived my first day back at work

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Well, I did it. I survived my 1st day back.  It wasn’t as bad as I thought but walking out that door this morning was probably one of the hardest things I’ve ever had to do. Leaving my daughter and knowing that her mama wasn’t going to be there to comfort her.  Well, it just kills me.  Thankfully my mom watched her today.  Seriously, I don’t know what I would have done without her.  I just kept telling myself “Garrity is just spending the day with Granny”.  I’m also fortunate to have a job that I could work a couple hours instead of a full day.

We’ve got some serious work to do on Garrity’s schedule.  Normally, she eats at 5 and then goes back to bed until 8 or 9.  Today she woke up at 3, ate and I got her back to sleep in our bed.  I cuddled with her until 6:15 when I drug myself out of bed and showered while Chris cuddled with her.  I’m switching up the beauty routine for a bit and wearing my hair curly.  I’ve straightened my hair every day for work for a good 6 years but I want those extra minutes back to spend with my girl so curly it is for a while. Garrity woke up at 7 and I took her out to the kitchen and we played while Chris got ready.  He left and I stayed a bit longer…feeding her and rocking her to sleep.  The minute I put her down in her crib she woke up, it’s like she knew something was going on.  And after watching her on the monitor for a few minutes I drove to work.

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And after a couple hours I came home to my girl.  I can’t say enough good things for my mom.  The two of them were outside playing in our little pool.  Garrity had wet hair and a smile on her face :)  The two of them were obviously having fun.  Garrity however, did not eat while I was gone.  My mom got about an ounce down her but that was it so I got home and nursed her quite a bit.  I’d heard this was common when mom goes back to work so we’ll see what happens tomorrow.

And then I spent the rest of the afternoon with my girl.  Every time I’d get her asleep in my arms I’d lay her down in her crib and she’d wake up.  She just wouldn’t let go of me so I knew she knew something was weird.  And she just wanted her mama.

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And then we had dinner, Granny and I gave her a bath, Chris read her a book and I nursed her.  She again fell asleep in my arms but fought going down in her crib.  I finally got her down and she’s been there for 2.5 hours.  I’m pumping now (enjoying a much deserved glass of wine) and then will head in to dream feed her at 11.  And then tomorrow I will do it all again.

Image 8My tips for getting through the 1st day?

Get everything ready the night before.  I had all my bags (computer, pump, gym, lunch) backed before.  I’d laid out my outfit and I’d set all my alarms.

Just take it one step at a time.  I started out saying I just had to get to work.  Then I just had to be there for one hour.  Then one more hour.  Then one more…. I’d been gone for 5 months.  No one was expecting me to change the world on my 1st day back.

Go back part time. Again, I’m lucky that I have this option.  I’ll go back on reduced hours for a couple weeks to help with the transition.

Double check your pump bag.  This one I almost botched.  I went to pump and realized I’d forgotten lids! So I’d pumped 6 glorious ounces of milk but realized I didn’t have lids for the bottles.  I just about died.  Thankfully I’d packed some extra storage bottles to leave at my desk and they had lids.  Tonight I made sure to pack the lids and toss in some extra bottles so I don’t deal with this in the future.

Don’t think about it.  That was my biggest one.  Any time I think about leaving Garrity I start to bawl.  Like ugly cry.  So I just tried not to think about.  I just want to work and tried to make it no big deal.  I didn’t seek out anyone.  Didn’t write any big, “I’m back” emails.  I even asked my boss not to do any sort of welcome back breakfast.  I wanted the day to be as low key as possible.

Have an awesome support system.  Again, my mom was amazing.  When I was feeding Garrity, she’d loaded all my bags into the car.  She even packed me a note and some hersey kisses in my bag which I didn’t find until I got to work.  And Chris sent me flowers.  Seriously.  Having these two today was huge.

Image 4Today sucked.  I mean it was as good as it could be for what it was but it still was awful.  I will never get over the fact that me leaving my daughter this little is completely unnatural and if there was any way I didn’t have to go back to work, I’d do it.  But I don’t have that option so this is our new normal.  And for the 1st few weeks it’s just family watching her until she goes to daycare and then I’ll have another transition to deal with.  We both will.  And while I might be a little more used to leaving her, I think daycare will be a huge change for her.  And it makes me too sad to think about so for now I’m just taking it day by day.  One hour at a time.

Anyone else have any tips for going back to work?

Naturepedic mattress + protector pad review & giveaway

Ok, I have been waiting to share this post because I didn’t want to jinx what’s been going on at our house.

Garrity has been sleeping through the night.  In her crib.  In her own room.

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Eeek. My baby is growing up.

Ever since she was born she has been in our room in her Rock & Play which we started her in because of her reflux but then kept her in it because she was happy and was sleeping almost through the night (one wake-up to feed around 3am).  We even rented a RNP in Maui.  We tried moving her into a Pack & Play (still in our room) when we got back to get used to the flat bed but it didn’t go so well.  She was teething and fussy with the all transition so we gave up. But after 4th of July when she slept in the PNP at the beach for 3 nights we decided to just go cold turkey and put her in the crib.  We were all prepared for some rough nights but cross your fingers and knock on wood, it hasn’t happened yet.  For the past 3 weeks she’s gone down easily at 8 and slept to 5 or 6, waking up to eat and then going back to bed for a bit.  I, on the other hand, have been a nervous wreck.  Checking the monitor all night long and not getting any sleep.

I definitely miss having my little girl next to me all night long but I know it’s for the best so I’m trying to get used to it.  I still hate the fact that she’s on the other side of the house but I do feel a little better knowing she’s sleeping on a great mattress.  When I was preggo, a good mattress was one of the things I obsessed about.  Like majorly obsessed. Reading review after review and even subscribing to Consumer Reports just so I could get their take on it.  I had a lot of friends who just said get a reasonably priced mattress but I just couldn’t do that.  My daughter was going to be sleeping on this thing for quite a while and I just didn’t want chemicals that close to her.  So after hours of online research and multiple in-store trips we went with the Naturepedic MC22: Organic Cotton Classic 150 Coil Seamless.

I was sold on Naturepedic because all of their mattresses are:

  • CERTIFIED ORGANIC – by OTCO to the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS)
  • GREENGUARD® CERTIFIED – Regularly tested for chemical emissions
  • Designed to be free of harmful chemicals and allergens
  • Designed to meet CPSC firmness recommendations and fit snugly in U.S. standard size cribs
  • Feature strong edge support for use in toddler beds
  • Are proudly Made in the USA with a Limited Lifetime Warranty

Her particular mattress is also made from organic cotton waterproof fabric with an organic cotton filling.  It’s free of latex and wool and there is a built-in bed bug/dust-mist barrier.  And…the absolute biggest thing for me in a mattress is that it passes all federal and state flammability standards without the use of any fire retardant chemicals or flame retardant barriers!!  I knew I wanted coil over foam for more stability and I didn’t get a dual sided mattress (firmer for infants, softer for toddlers) because I didn’t know how long Garrity would be in the crib and figured this mattress would work no matter how long she was in there.

Along with my mattress I purchased the Naturepedic flat, waterproof protector pad.  My best friend swears by the trick where you layer sheets and waterproof pads to avoid having to change things in the middle of the night and while she said get any waterproof protector, I wanted Naturepedic.  I’d researched and heard so many good things about their brand and I just didn’t want any random fabric that close to my baby’s head.

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So still preggo, I set up the crib.  I put the flat mattress protector on the mattress followed by sheet #1, Then I tossed on the fitted mattress protector and then sheet #2.

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And the bed looked so cozy.  But no matter how often we tried getting Garrity in their for naps she wouldn’t have it.  That poor, beautiful, safe bed stayed empty.  Until 3 weeks ago!  I still can’t get her to nap in there but she doesn’t really nap anywhere so I’m not going to fight it.  I figure she’ll nap there when she’s ready.

As far as her bedtime routine – we give her a bath around 7:30 then put her jammies on and Chris reads her a story.  After that I nurse her in the rocking chair and then put her in her crib.  Most of the time she falls asleep when I nurse her and I’ve read all sorts of books about how she needs to go to bed awake to teach herself to sleep and maybe that’s why we can’t get her to nap in there…but whatever.  Right now, I nurse my baby to sleep.  Oh well.  It’s what works for us.  I come back to her room around 11 and dream nurse her (nurse her while she’s still asleep) and if she actually eats then I can usually count on her making it all the way to 5-6 before she wakes up to eat again.  If she doesn’t eat well during the dream feed then she usually wakes up around 3 to eat and then goes right back to sleep.

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So here’s hoping this new sleep routine stays put.  I go back to work next week so we’ll see what happens.  All in all, I am so glad I spent so much time obsessively researching mattresses and even though I still miss having my little girl right next to me in bed, I feel so much better knowing she’s not breathing in any crazy chemicals or sketchy materials.

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And because the folks at Naturepedic are so awesome, they are letting me give away the same mattress I have and your choice of either a fitted or flat mattress protector.  How cool is that??

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FYI I paid for the mattress and the flat sheet on my own.  Naturepedic offered me a flat sheet to review.  As always, all opinions on this blog are my own.

Donating Breast Milk – Eats on Feets

So I have been blessed with a ton of milk.  Like I feel like I’m a dairy cow.  Seriously.  I am so happy that I’ve been able to exclusively feed Garrity because I know how many mama’s out there struggle with this.  I’ve also been building up a freezer stash of milk for when I go back to work just in case my supply drops or something.  I’ve really only been pumping once in the morning and once at night but have been able to add at least 10oz a day (or more) to my stash (we rarely give Garrity a bottle mostly because I hate having to pump instead). Recently our freezer started to get a little crowded.  And mind you, this is our spare freezer in the garage.  Chris uses the fridge for his kegarator so besides the wedding cake from our wedding (almost 4 years ago) the freezer was barely empty.  Even though I’m worried about my supply dropping when I go back to work I felt confident that I wouldn’t need everything in the freezer so I started looking into ways I could donate my breast milk.  I’d heard of mom’s using donated breastmilk at hospitals and I just thought it was a really cool thing that I could do.  Help another baby eat…

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So through my research I found Eats on Feets, a community based breastmilk sharing organization.  This is their facebook page. I just posted on FB that I had some milk to donate and ended up connecting with a super nice lady in my neighborhood who’s daughter is apparently doing great on my milk.  We’ll see how my supply does after returning to work but if I still have enough I’ll definitely donate again.

No sponsorship here. Just want to tell any other mama’s out there about a cool thing to do for other babies.  Also you can post on the FB page if you have a need for breastmilk.

Anyone else out there every donate breastmilk?

 

 

 

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