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Everyone has told me that now that I have a child it's ok if my house isn't as clean as I would like it to be. It's ok if the laundry is built up. Dishes in the sink? Ok.
But I am having a hard time with this. I am not saying my house has ever been spic and span (I have an 80 pound yellow lab. This means there is dog hair. Everywhere.) But lately it hasn't even been up to my standards. Now that Nan is on the move I feel like I should be doing more to make sure things are in order. But I find myself spending most of my time on the floor with her.
I do find that at night after she goes to bed I can get a little done but not much. I need to get some sleep too. Stephen is helpful with cleaning when I know we are going to be having company and the crazy cleaner in me comes out.
So what's my point you ask? I'm looking for word of wisdom from other Moms. How do you get things done? I read blogs of Moms with multiples and I am just in aw. I admire you all.
I know they are different and maybe that's what I like about them. They are called Sweater Socx made by Beba Bean. What a great idea for a baby that isn't quite in need of shoes with the hard sole. I like they come in different styles too.
It is hard to believe that November is 1 week away. I guess the saying time flies when you are having fun really holds true.
Incase you are not aware November is Prematurity Awareness Month. Prematurity is the number one cause of death in newborns. The number of babies that have died because of this has increased by 31% since 1981.
As you are aware Hanna was born at 35 weeks and 1 day. She is considered by the March of Dimes as a Late preterm infant. Hanna spent 11 days in the ICN and while I do know that there are other preemies that have had a more difficult journey then Hanna, the ICN (NICU) is still the ICN and it is difficult on everyone.
On November 17th I encourage you to write a blog about prematuity. Visit Bloggers Unite to join the cause and to grab a button to post on your blog during the month of November. For more information on prematurity visit the March of Dimes.
I thank you, Hanna thanks you as well as all of the other premature babies.
Hanna has tried everything we have given her and liked (most of) it. I still get nervous that she may choke but I have been making the pieces rather small. (I have been told they are too small!)
Just a few of the items that were on the menu the past two weeks include flounder, beef, pork, chicken, carrots, peas, green beans, corn, pasta, rice, eggs and toast. (Ok, ok maybe that's more then a few!)
We are so pleased with the progress that the Nan is making. Dinner time is really enjoyable now that we can all eat at the same time.
At the same time that Hanna has begun eating big girl food, she has also nearly mastered the sippy cup. Water in the sippy cup is her favorite. I tried making it with a drop of apple juice and she didn't want anything to do with it. Hey...I'm not fighting her on it.
I was contacted by CSNbaby to review a product of my choice. I selected the K's Kids "Julia" Mom's on the phone toy. I was pleasantly surprised when I received it as I don't normally purchase things online.
I will tell you that my husband and I couldn't wait to record a message for Hanna. First we went with the usual "Mommy and Daddy love you" but that only lasted a few minutes. A few days prior I had mentioned that Hanna was still only saying "Da" and that I was ready for a "Ma". My husband recorded on the phone "Ma Ma Ma" and within a week or so I heard my first "Ma". Call it coincidence if you want but I think the phone recording is what did it.
I love when she is crawling around playing with her toys and she crawls on it making the recording play. She stops immediately and looks at it. It is very cute.
The phone it self has a soft dolly head, 4 number keys that beep, a music button and pre-recorded "bye-bye". The buttons are all large and easy for little fingers to press. Hanna particularly enjoys chewing on the dolly head.
There is one and only one thing that I do not care for. On the back is the button that you press to record your voice. The button sticks out slightly on the back of the phone making it easy to be pressed accidentally. Within minutes of giving the toy to Hanna she had managed to erase the recording.
CSNbaby has a lot of great items to offer. Definitely check them out for your holiday shopping!!
I have been very nervous about giving Hanna food other then purees. I think it is the choking factor but can you blame me?! The woman who watches Hanna gave her Gerber Puffs a few weeks ago and she LOVES them. So much so that she would make a meal out of them if I let her. The pediatrician told us it is time to start giving her other foods. So I have been doing a little research and thought I would share what I have found.
Finger foods should be introduced when your child is between 8 and 9 months old. Be sure to follow babies lead to determine if he/she is ready for new foods. Children should always be seated and supervised when eating. Place 4 or 5 pieces of food on the highchair tray or shatter proof plate and let your child explore.
* Cheerios are a much healthier option then the Puffs but don't get me wrong, we still love the Puffs. We don't eat much cereal in our house so we are going to have put Cheerios on the list.
* Veggies should be baked or steamed and cut into bite size pieces. Be sure not to give baby the skin. Veggies to try include sweet potatoes, white potatoes, carrots, peas, green beans and squash.
* Good fruits to try are bananas, peaches, pears and mango. Remember to remove the seeds/pits.
* Dices of chicken, beef, fish or turkey. Using a puree as a sauce is a good way to introduce this new food to baby. We have a little flounder lover in our house :)
* Scrambled egg yolks are also a good option.
* Soft cooked pasta such as elbows or wheels. Make sure to cut them into small pieces and that the pasta is fully cooked.
* Toasted bread - whole wheat is best but be sure to remove the crust. Bagels are also an option.
* Plain rice cakes, regular graham crackers (non-honey) are good snacks for baby.
Finger foods to avoid include nuts, popcorn, uncooked raisins and foods high in sodium.
I am not an expert so use discretion when following the above. I'm just a first time Mom who is learning as I go!
There is an annual Fall Festival parade that begins in our town the first Saturday of October. Every year. Unless it rains. Then it's the 2nd Saturday.
I have always dreamt of the day when I would have a child of my own to take to the parade. Technically Hanna was there last year she just didn't know it and couldn't see it.
The parade also happens to fall around my birthday (just another day if you ask me!) When I was younger I used to think it was for me. (My sister used to think they closed school for her birthday - it was actually Martin Luther King Day!)
Hanna and Mommy
Aunt Kathy, Hanna and Grandmom
Mommy and Hanna
This is my new favorite picture
Hanna and her Godfather, Brandon
For the parade this year we were joined by a friend and her son. I haven't seen this friend in nearly 10 years and it is so great to have reconnected with her. I hope we have many more great nights like this with our children Jac!
Growing up my parents always took our picture at the front door on the first day of school. As a matter of fact, the day I got married we had the photographer take a picture of my sister and me at my parent's door. It was symbolic.
So in keeping with tradition, we took Hanna's picture on her first day with her new sitter. I know it isn't "school" but I couldn't resist.
I hope that there will be many other traditions that we had growing up that we will be able to pass on to Hanna.
I feel as though I am an awful blogger. It isn't that I have don't have new Hanna pictures or things I want to blog about, it's just that I am tired at night. And most nights the last thing I can think about doing is blogging. There for I am a bad blogger.
I have some specific posts I want to do but I think I may throw in some picture filled posts too. Don't say I didn't warn you!! ( I know that the new pictures will make some Grandmoms very happy!)
Hanna had her 8 month check up this morning. I was excited to go because we were seeing a different doctor. Sometimes I felt like Hanna was being held back because she was a preemie so I was excited to see another doctor and hear what she had to say.
Well for starters Hanna is now in the 75th percentile for height (she is 28 inches) and she is still in the 50th percentile for weight (18 pounds, 14 ounces). We always knew she was going to be tall! I am excited that my little tiny baby is now in such a great height percentile.
The doctor also told us it is time to start giving Hanna meat and fish (no shellfish though). How exciting! She said mash potatoes and other things that are soft are okay too. I had a feeling she was nearing this point because she is becoming an expert at feeding herself puffs.
In other exciting news this is my 200th post. It is hard to believe that I started this fairly early in my pregnancy and Hanna is now almost 9 months old. Time flies when you are having fun!
I have many many photos to post - once I find the time to get them off of the camera. Hanna is kind enough to play with her musical toys long enough for me to post this. Thanks Nanner!
...to me the things that children pick up from being with other children.
I will admit that I was a bit uneasy about sending Hanna to a stranger's home while I went to work. (For the record, she is not a complete stranger..she was recommended by some friends, some of which also send their children to her) I felt like I was starting back to work with all of the anxiety I was having. But every week Hanna is proving to me that she is more then capable of hanging with the other children.
The first week she came home and started crawling. The second week she came home and was pulling herself up on the bottom step, the couch, really anything she could. This week...she came home and climbed two steps. I also heard that she is really good at holding the bottle all by herself. (We are still waiting for her to do it for us!)
When I picked Hanna up that first day, I laughed when the sitter told me that she thought Hanna would be walking by the end of October. At the rate she is going....I'm not laughing anymore!!
You could say that my outlook on life has changed since baby girl was born. Things I used to find comical may not be as funny now. Things that used to not bother me may bring me to tears now. It is just how it goes. And I am adapting.
In tradition we went to the annual Fall Festival Parade this weekend and had a great time. It was baby girls first time to this parade and there were many people that love her with us. She enjoyed the lights, the music and even the sirens on the fire trucks. (The cool air was nice too!)
There was just one disturbing moment that I can’t stop thinking about. There was a local volunteer fire company that had put a truck in the parade. Some of the firemen were dressed in their gear, which I think is good for children to see. What bothered me was that they were all wearing scary (to kids) masks that covered their faces. We try and teach our children that firemen (or women) are good people and that they are there to help us. What does it do to our children when these “good people” are wearing scary masks that send them into tears?
It bothered me even more that this occurred during Fire Prevention Week. I know that in our town the fire companies visit local schools and let the children try on gear and spray water from the hose. What happens to the child who saw the fireman in the scary mask at the parade? How hard do the fire fighters visiting the school have to work to earn back that child’s trust?
Maybe the people wearing the masks don’t have children and don’t realize the affects of the masks. Or maybe they do and they just don’t care.
On a side note – check the batteries in your smoke detector! (Do I sound like the wife, daughter, niece, granddaughter of fire fighters?!)
One thing I have struggled with since Hanna was born is finding people that can relate to me. Yes there are plenty of people I know that have children. Plenty of people I know that have girls. But not many people I know that have preemies. And while every child is in fact different, having a preemie (at times) can be very different.
I am very glad that we have had it fairly easy with Hanna since she was born. She only spent 11 days in the NICU (while some babies are there at least a month). We were fortunate enough not to have to deal with any surgeries but she did spend 3 months on a heart monitor. I am finding it hard to find someone who can relate to this.
Developmentally Hanna is moving right along. I will admit that there are times when I hear about a baby close to her age that has moved on to an even greater milestone and I get a bit jealous. I feel as though it will take us so long to get there. But I love my daughter more than life itself and I know that she will conquer each new milestone wonderfully and in her own time.
Sure there are plenty of on-line support groups but it is nice to have human interaction. I keep thinking that once Hanna's age catches up (her actual age and adjusted age) then I may not feel this way. I don't ever want to forget what our journey has been though.