Maternity leave is a wonderful time. A time to bond with your new baby, while also being able to enjoy the rest and relaxation needed for you and your body after your labor and delivery.
You got a positive pregnancy test! So exciting. You have told your significant other and you are both excited and nervous. Now, let’s talk about what to do when you find out you’re pregnant. This is a big stage in life where all the preparations can be a big part of the fun.
I remember how excited I was my twins started sleeping through the night. I felt like a mom rock star! Sleep deprivation? Ha! I had conquered bedtime and I was feeling amazing! But, you know how people say not to jinx a good thing? Well, I met my match when my boys turned four months old and hit the wonder weeks. All those nights of lovely sleep? Gone. We were back to square one.
I called my friend, an infant sleep consultant, and cried tears of frustration. I had done everything the books told me to do. I’d swaddled, I’d rocked, I’d nursed, I’d held…and it was like none of that had ever even happened. What had I done wrong? And, more importantly, how could I fix it?
I had just drifted off to sleep when it happened again. The cry on the baby monitor jolted me awake and, fumbling in the dark for my slippers, I made my way into the nursery. My daughter was not a good sleeper which, in turn, led to a very sleep deprived set of parents even after 6 months. It wasn’t that we didn’t want to try sleep training, we just didn’t know when to start sleep training or how to do it. Was it too soon? Was it too late? We were so exhausted that even the idea of trying to figure it out was overwhelming.
Every night at 12:48am, like clockwork, my daughter would wake up crying to be fed. Even though she had fallen asleep soundly at 8:30pm, those 12:48am feedings were becoming way too routine. I was desperate to find a way to help her (and me!) sleep through the night. That’s when a friend introduced me to the idea of a dream feed.
Every new mom does it. Just when you are falling asleep you get scared about SIDS and you feel the urge to go check if your little one is still breathing. All the hormones are going crazy in your body and you feel super protective. Good news! There is finally a baby heart rate monitor that helps us sleep better.
You have offered your baby countless foods and used all sorts of silly tricks like “Open up for the airplane!” but your baby is still refusing to eat anything besides their bottle and maybe some puffs. Frustration sets in and you want to pull your hair out. When your baby won’t eat solids it is hard to find the patience to figure out the problem.
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The fact that October is RSV awareness month brings back scary memories in our family.
In February of 2010 my sons were both sick with what we thought were colds. One of my sons was worse than the other. The new symptom he had that I had never seen before was fast breathing. Talk about scary. I started using Dr. Google and thought, “oh no, is this a symptom of RSV”?
Do you get nervous when the clock is inching closer to evening (aka the witching hours)? That nervous energy builds up as the afternoon passes by and you start thinking, “How bad is it going to be tonight?? Is mine the only baby fussy at night?”
I used to walk in circles around the house from 6:00PM until 9:00PM. It was the same loop through the kitchen and into the dining room every night. The loop was the same and so were the questions I’d ask myself: Am I good mom? What else could I try???
Walking into the grocery store, I am super excited that my youngest is still asleep in her car seat. I am looking at possibly grocery shopping at a leisurely pace. My older 2 are in preschool. I have performed the miracle of getting her from the car into the store without waking her up. And within 2 minutes an older lady comes up to me and grabbed her foot while she is sleeping and says “What a cutie!”. Eeek!!
I am super non-confrontational but this almost had me screaming. Seriously…I am about to be able to grocery shop in peace and she is waking up my baby!