Does the Geneva Convention address snot?

So this is me trying to wipe Leia’s nose – 1x08 SayidAin'tNice.jpg

 

Not really, but seriously how do you clean a baby’s nose? I seriously have to hold her down kicking and screaming, and it is even worse with the mechanized snot sucker! I really feel like Sayid at times, but it is for her own good. Leia came down with a cold our last day in Hawaii, she doesn’t seem too sick but her nose is a mess and sometimes I just have to hold her down and wipe. She also acts slightly less dramatic when being wiped off after meal times or sometimes getting clothes changed. Other than that she is a happy go lucky girl, something about getting cleaned off brings out the inner drama queen.

In other news Hawaii was a great trip! I had my longest time apart from her while David and I enjoyed out Lost tour (if the pic above isn’t a clue, David and I are HUGE fans, we still watch the show, read books about it, and will always love it like Jin loves Sun). The tour was 8 hours and she stayed with friends who also brought a baby on the company trip. No melt downs were reported! I thought I was gearing up for our first overnight seperation at the end of March, but as it turns out those travel plans fell through (apparently American airlines doesn’t allow for stop overs anymore?) and I admit I am pretty relieved  I will face the first overnight challenge later (maybe in July but this time Daddy would keep her).  It is important to me not to mother out of fear and we definitely plan on attending the next rep trip next Feb. sans Leia, but right now I am glad to hold it off a bit longer 🙂 Maybe on kid two or three I will sing a different tune?

Regarding travel three things I have learned-

The older your baby gets the harder airline travel is, but still totally worth it!! Especially for the stay at home Mom, any trepidation of getting on a plane should be weighed against the idea of a week out of your house with no cooking or cleaning!!

Disposable diapers foster poopsplosions! When I leave the house for more than two nights I break down and do disposables.  I had a theory that cloth diapers do better against poop disasters, after another week of disposables for me this is confirmed. The only time I have poopsplosions is when we wear disposables, something about them seems to just push the stuff up the baby’s back?! Yuck. Gross I know but true and you know me I love singing the praises of cloth diapers.

I love my Beco baby carrier! I don’t know how I would live without it especially when I travel. It helps keep her contained on a plane and many times helps her sleep both on planes and when we are out on vacation during nap times or past bedtimes.  I love having my hands free and it keeps her pretty happy while we do whatever.  I am sure some other brands like Ergo are just as lovable, for any new moms I def recommend splurging and getting one of the expensive baby carriers (ie not one you can put on your target registry sorry) so worth it in my opinion, a baby item I really really use!

 

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Slow down baby!

Leia is ten months old now. She could walk anyday (I try to not pressure her, but she has been “cruising” for a couple months now 😉 She eats more and more normal food and less and less purees. She plays with toys and is getting closer to saying real words (so hard to tell at this age, did she actually say mama or not? Once I really thought she said nana as in banana while she was eating one, but I could never get her to repeat it so I think it was just baby babble). She is exceptionally good natured, so far no real separation anxiety, she seems to smile and go towards anyone, her sleep is pretty good, not perfect but good. With the exception of this one month or so of fussiness and sleep issues when she was around 4 months, she has been a dream! (boy that month felt longer than a month though)  She is doing so great and we love her so much,and watching her develop and grow is so fun and amazing, but the thing is she is almost not a baby anymore!!

She will be a year old in a couple months and I want to be excited about that, but I am kind of dreading it. I have so enjoyed my baby girl. It goes so amazingly fast, and I did the best I could to cherish every moment, I really did try and be mindful at how fleeting it all is while I enjoy the journey, but I think this is probably one of the hardest things about being a Mom, the whole growing up thing! It definitely makes me sure I want more kids!!!! I think this is an area I most need the Lord’s help, how to let them grow and actually move into the directions they need to go away from me. The love of a mother for her child, so strong, a miracle in itself, distinguished by selflessness, and yet can so quickly become self serving. I can even make loving and giving to my child all about me if I am not careful! I am reminded of C.S. Lewis’ The Four Loves, even those loves that seem pure and perfect can be twisted.

Steps to combat becoming crazy possessive Mom as opposed to healthy empowering Mom:

Pray! On every list for anything I guess, but so easy to not really dig in and do the thing!

Be a wife first. I don’t say put David first, just because presumably he will be around after the kids, but because I know it is best for Leia and whoever else comes along 😉 I want to give my kids the gift of living in and around a healthy marriage and I can love them so much better when I love David the way I should. Kids need so much it can be easy to blur the lines between husband and kid roles in your life, but even in the midst of the crazy baby and diaper years I have to find a way to put my relationship with David in the right place.

Be joyful in the Lord. Thank God for my life and go about all my work rejoicing and passing that joy on to my kids. Be in a relationship with my God, lose myself in him, not my kids.  That is really a relationship they need to see healthy and vibrant. David and I have been reminded how we need to really dig in to our faith anew so our kids can see it real and lived out!

Yikes, such a lofty calling! So much easier to write than to do. Oh and one other thing about Leia growing up, it is impossible to eat around her and not share anymore. She just stumbles over to you and begs for whatever you are eating, you can either share or give her something else and hope it appeases her. I admit she has had a bit of cookie due to this new development (homemade of course, and with wheat flour and flaxmeal, but still)