Wednesday, August 24, 2011

You Know You're A Mom When....

I thought it would be fun to post something that I will continue adding on to. This list in particular is 'You Know Your A Mom When..." because it's amazing what jolts you back into reality making you realize that  (cue happy- go-lucky voice of a middle aged guy from the 1950's) 'this is your life'.

You Know You're A Mom When......

1. You find in your purse while trying to find a pen during a meeting at work:
- A folded up diaper
- A baby rattle
- A baby toy that makes music when you press the center (yeah, I got a strange look and a smirk for that one....)
- Vitamin D drops
- A pacifier
- A packet of Desitin (unfortunately, it was opened....and with all that stuff in there,
I couldn't have at least had a baby wipe to clean up the mess...)

2. You don't notice the smell of spit-up on the clothes you wear anymore (You definitely  notice when in a store, that no one will stand next to you, but still have no clue it's because of your new fragrance ....just kidding.)

3. You are shopping without your baby, but when you hear a child cry in the next aisle over, you immediately turn around to where you thought you put your baby, and realize yours (thank goodness) is safely at home with your husband and not with you (and hopefully not crying).

4. The American Academy of Pediatrics website, among other baby related site have become the most visited websites in your browser history..

5. You have found that the AAP highly recommends keeping babies out of the sun until they are 6 months of age (reduces skin cancer and severe burns to their delicate skin)  so everytime you take your baby (under 6 months) outdoors, you make an 'Escape Route' and map out all of the shady areas to run under as you make your way from your car, through the parking lot, with your baby covered under a blanket in the stroller while it is 100 degrees outside, as if you are housing a vampire who will disintegrate if he sees the light of day,  or the evil sun has declared war on your innocent child and you are dodging fire balls that are about to be thrown.

6. You are pretty much right handed, but while out to a sushi dinner, your baby starts crying so you play with him while eating and discover you have a new talent of eating with chopsticks with your left hand.

If anyone has any to add, post them in the comments area! I will be adding more as I think of them! :-)

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

The Outback

The outback behind my home, that is! Bryan and I just purchased our first home at the end of May, and have been living here for about a month and a half. There are lots of projects to do around here and we are slowly but surely getting them done (when Brendan will let us!). We do have a nice backyard, but I must admit it needs some work. Our spa sits atop a wooden deck. A termite damaged wooden deck. We plan to remove that at some point. We also have a nice little pond with a rock waterfall, which could be nicer if we got rid of the mosquito larvae, and removed some of the bamboo plants and weeds.

 We may even just fill it in and add more grass for Brendan to play on, and for our dog. (Oh, I guess I should say we don't have a dog yet. A puppy is in mind for the not too distant future, though! The house was left vacant for 4 months before we moved in, also meaning nothing was maintained. Our yard jungle is quite a site, and some small creatures besides our bad little mosquito larvae have taken residence! Bryan and I are huge animal lovers and while others may be ready to evict creatures, we embrace them; as long as they are not poisonous or harmful!  

Striped Garden Spider, who has made its web near the waterfall of our pond

Red Dragon Fly, who hovers around the pond on a daily basis

 We also get several types of birds that fly into the yard, but sadly I don't have pictures of them! I believe we have a family of roadrunners living in the bushes nearby. Bushes we were going to cut, but now I am afraid of scaring the little roadrunner family. We also have an amazing pair of bright yellow birds who love to sit in our lemon tree. I guess they feel camouflaged or something. Our neighborhood also inhabits squirrels, chipmunks, opossum, and just a few weeks ago, Bryan, Brendan and I were on our way home from dinner when Bryan spotted a skunk running across the road. Neither of his had ever seen a skunk before, so this was pretty interesting! Skunks don't run fast, so Bryan basically had to slam on the brakes to stop from hitting it. Good news, everyone! The brakes work, and we avoided hitting the skunk! That could have been a mess, but it turned out for the best for us, and the skunk, too.

With that glorious skunk story and a tale of our jungly outback, I leave you with a quote I find absolutely appropriate to keep in mind while fixing up our yard!

"Gardening requires lots of water - most of it in the form of perspiration."  ~Lou Erickson

Monday, August 15, 2011

Feed Me!!!!

Well, what can I say. Brendan is a HUGE fan of eating. I guess it is safe to say that he takes after his daddy and all of the men in both of Bryan and my families. I feel like sometimes he has just finished eating and before I can turn around, he's ready for more! To answer your question, Brendan receives his meals by breast ( and he has begun rice cereal, but I'll save that for another blog post).. For some time, I did give him bottles and breast, but now he just likes breast! (He's a boy....just kidding) I have never heard of a baby not wanting to switch to a bottle and only preferring the breast, because bottles are easier to eat from for babies. Strange kid.
     On that note, when I decided to buy bottles, I looked at the Playtex Vent Aire brand. These bottles are supposed to help reduce the amount of air that the baby swallows when drinking. In addition to using this type of bottle, they also come in different nipple sizes, like regular ones, and ones that are made specifically for babies that switch between breast and bottle (They resemble a breast, no seriously they do!). Bingo, the bottle shopping was over! These sounded awesome!  My honest opinion of these bottles is that they probably aren't any better than the other bottles out there. I am sure the Avent brand is better and Dr. Brown brand as well, but for a little less money, Playtex is good enough. I think the nipples are a pretty great idea, too!

I have a confession to make.... I don't like breastfeeding. There!! I said it! I just don't enjoy it! Am I the only mom out there who feels this way? Now you might be asking why I stick with it? Trust me, this question crosses my mind everytime I am about to leave the house with Brendan and, BOOM!! He explodes with a piercing cry that could shift the Earth (Ok, that was sounds good though, no?). Wouldn't you know it, the boy is hungry.! Everytime I am about to eat a meal, he says it's time for him to eat, too! So, I find the Boppy, sit myself down and let Brendan eat. The answer is, it is best for the baby to have what a mother's milk provides, rather than what formula can. The American Academy of Pediatrics states this fact and I really try to raise my son based on the information that is provided from them. Well, lets say 97% of what they say....just to be fair! Also, I always have his meals in tow, without the added weight of a bottle! ( Honestly, breasts get pretty heavy when they are filled with milk! Can you say 'future breast lift'?) But without a doubt, I would do just about anything for Brendan's well being because I love him that much. He is the best gift I could ever ask for!

Mama Grizzly, signing off......

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Buh-bye Maternity Leave, I will miss you.

After 5 months of maternity leave, I am sad to say that it is over. As I write this, I am looking over at Brendan, who just turned 4 months old on July 29th and can't help but wonder, where has the time gone?? It seems like only yesterday I was waddling my tired and very pregnant body around at work! Brendan is such a joy and absolute delight. He has been the best little baby and everyone who meets him comments on his wonderful little disposition. It's true, he really is always so happy and rarely cries (no, I am not just another biased mom, he really is pretty awesome!) and I feel extremely lucky to have this amazing little guy in my life. Now that I am going back to work part time, I am so sad to leave my little buddy at home! I know he is of course in safe hands with Bryan, who thankfully works at home, but I don't want to miss any of Brendan's moments! Brendan is currently doing 'tummy time' on his Boppy between Bryan and I on the couch. His little arms are getting stronger!  As he happily lays there babbling and sucking his hand, he has no clue how much I am going to miss him and his adorable little smile (He really is cute, but that probably is the biased mom coming out of me here! ;-)) I know millions of moms do it everyday, and I am sure things will work out for the best. I am positive it will get easier as time goes on. So in the words of the Seven Dwarf's, "Hi Ho, Hi Ho, it's off to work I go....."