January 26, 2011 § 1 Comment
It’s official: I’m Nadi sleep obsessed. I read about it. I write about it. I talk about it. I worry about it. My Husband will tell you I’m a worrier regardless of whether there is actually something to worry about. Now that breastfeeding isn’t a worry (and man was that a worry!), now I have to find something else to worry about. I guess sleep is it b/c it stresses me out and here’s why.
My girl is wee. As mentioned previously, she’s in the 5th percentile for weight. I repeat: wee. The Doctor also mentioned when we saw him 2 weeks ago that Nadi looked tired. I replied, “Well, you’d be tired too if you were 4 1/2 months old and wouldn’t nap during the day unless every star in the universe aligned at the precise moment that you were neither too awake nor too sleepy to fall asleep.” Or something like that. In any case, you get my drift the wee kid does not nap.
There were a few posts earlier on where I gloated that I was updating my blog while by baby napped. Those opportunities have come and gone as it seems we are experiencing a nap regression whereby what if any progress we were making on this issue seems to have been kicked to the curb and we’re sleepless in Victoria yet again.
I don’t need Nadi to nap for my sake. I’ve had 5 months to adjust to not having any time to myself during the day. I’m cool with it now. She and I get on just fine and I’m genuinely happy to hang out with her all day. I really feel like Nadi needs to nap to GROW. I want her to GROW. I’m tired of people looking at me like I’m not feeding my child. Sometimes I just want to whip the boob out and latch her on as if to say “See? See? I FEED HER!!!!!!” So I guess I do need her to nap for me, lol.
Anyhoo, for the most part she sleeps great at night for which I am mega grateful (so please God or universe or whomever or whatever is in charge of all things, please don’t take this away from me. I REALLY am grateful. REALLY I am. GRATEFUL.) My neighbour popped by the other day and told me that her first son napped but didn’t sleep in the night. Her second, slept in the night but didn’t nap. She told me you can’t have it all. Well, obviously I can’t but I’m pretty sure I’ve read some Mommy Blogs whereby they were having it all and quite enjoying it. Good for them. I’m happy for you. I REALLY am. HAPPY.
So here’s my new nap induction plan. Nadi will fall asleep under these conditions: you put her in a carrier (either wrap or Baby Bjorn will do) and you walk for about 30 minutes. So b/c the Hus works at home, he takes her for an AM walk/nap around 10 and then I take her for her afternoon walk/nap around 2. This way, (a) she gets some much needed day sleep, (b) we get exercise and fresh air, (c) the Hus gets some bonding time with our girl and I get some ‘me’ time, (d) Nadi can get used to napping at the same two times a day so maybe eventually we can get her to nap in the house at some point down the road (only so that when the weather is atrocious we can still get her to sleep). Sound like a plan? I know you experienced mothers have something to say on this. Please say it. I need all the help I can get.
I have a new Macbook. It’s cool. Here’s a neat pic of Nadi and I that my computer (whose name is Shirley btw) took.
Peace out Mommas and bellies and babies.
January 20, 2011 § 1 Comment
Today was one of those days for me where absolutely everything was beautiful (even my mop of a hair do!). The Hus was home for most of the day as we bounced ideas back and forth about his new business. I put the baby down for a nap around 10AM and when I emerged from her nursery, he’d put together a lovely breakfast of crusty buns, spicy red pepper homous, laughing cow cheese, hot peppers and a light cuke and tomato salad with vinegar, lemon and sel et poivre. Delish!
The baby woke around 10:45AM (little bugger) but was in good spirits so we let her stay up. The Hus left around 1-ish to run errands and do some writing (his thesis is due on Friday!). Nadi and I did a load of laundry and then she did some tummy time on her mat. I noticed a really big difference in her during tummy time today. She was able to keep her head up much higher and didn’t tire as easily. I was so proud!
Also exciting is that Nadi tried to roll over on her own today! She’s not been showing any interest in rolling over to date and certainly doesn’t do anything physically to suggest that she’s close to trying. My girl is cautious and I’ve been gently turning her over now and again during our playtimes so she would get the feel for it and not be afraid to give it a try. Today while I was folding laundry on our bed, I put her face down over a small bolster pillow she immediately (b/c it is perfectly round and almost as little as she is) rolled over onto her back. She looked at me with eyes wide and I clapped and smiled and tickled her in encouragement. We did it another 10 times or so and then I brought her out onto her mat and put her on her tummy and… she almost did it on her own! She had one leg propped up and her opposite arm tucked in close to her body and she was gently rocking herself back and forth. I shook a toy in the direction it looked like she would go and she looked at it but wouldn’t go further. Well not today at least! I’ll try again tomorrow.
By now its 2PM and Nadi’s getting pretty darn tired given she’s only had a 45 minute nap since rising at 7:30AM. I feed her and try to put her down but she won’t have it. So I pack her up and put her in the Moby Wrap (which we LOVE btw) and this is what happened:
There are two things of note in this picture: (1) my Nadi is asleep and (2) you can see why I included a search for a new hairstyle in my last post. Holy shaggy and shapeless Batman.
Anyhoo, we had a lovely walk in the rain (I had an umbrella shielding my Nadi from the misty rain that was falling) and she was out like a light. I walked around until it was almost dark b/c she was sleeping so peacefully but eventually had to come home. When I did, she woke up as if on cue when I stepped into the driveway and was smiling and happy when I unwrapped her and delayered her. A little brunette angel I tell ya.
The Hus arrived shortly thereafter with qeema for dinner- a Persian eggplant, lentil and beef stew. Oh God. If you’ve never had qeema, you must must must try it. It is sooooooo delish. If you happen to live in Victoria, we get ours from Side Dish Restaurant (Langley and Broughton).
My poor baby was beyond tired tonight and was yawning by 530PM. I showered with her (part of our nightly routine now as we both enjoy it so much) and slathered her with lotion and got her in her jammies. We read The New Baby Calf and had Time for Bed in the cue but little Nadi could take no more so Daddy swaddled her, I prepared her room and turned on the heating pad in her crib (which I remove before putting her down of course) and settled in to nurse her. And that is the end of the story and of a most beautiful day.
Peace out bellies, mommas and babies of the world.
June 20, 2010 § Leave a comment
Ok so we’re T-6 days until my tiny peanut’s party! Next Saturday, my glorious girlfriends are throwing my peanut her baby shower so my fave women and I can celebrate the life in my belly.
One of my closest girlfriends from high school, C, can’t make it. Boo. After going to share in the experience that is Sex and the City 2 together the other night, C said she had my shower gift in her car. Excitedly, I watched her pop her trunk and it came into view. It was… a Petunia Pickle Bottom (aka PPB) diaper bag. Sigh. My bag isn’t really like this (it’s dark brown with gorgeous reddish pink flowers embroidered on it) but the style is the same. C said she wanted to buy me something I wouldn’t have bought myself. Double sigh. I cried all the way home.
Last night, after consuming a stupendous beef stew I made I went to meet another of my besties, E, for ice cream (at Dairy Queen of course). Before wolfing down our respective blizzards, E surprised me with another early gift- a diaper bag she’d had made especially for me at HotMama Handbags! It looks just like this and is altogether fabulous! At first, I have to admit, I was a bit confused as to what I should do. E couldn’t return hers b/c it was custom but maybe C could return hers and I could get something else? After a thorough discussion with E, it was decided that both were actually essential. They were in totally different colour palettes and as such, would go with different outfits. E went through two identical diaper bags in her first year of being a Mama so it was agreed I would just rotate these two beauties which would make both of them go further. Now that’s my kind of decision!
My Mom arrived yesterday afternoon in advance of the shower. She’s volunteered to weed my garden and plant the annuals we bought today in advance of our garden party next Saturday. How fantastic is that? I love my Mom. Like a lot.
Also I feel the need to update the below stroller-related post. After much thought, we’ve decided against the Bugaboo Chameleon and are, instead, choosing the Phil & Ted’s Vibe. The double seat really sold us and my very practical husband really appreciated the ease with which it folded (even with the double seat attached) and the turn-on-a-dime maneuverability. This is our final answer.
All in all, another fantastic week in the life of Rhiana. Oh and I told my beautiful stepson today that his baby sister’s first party was next weekend. He said: “Oh! You got her out already?” Heh. Not quite little man, not quite.
Big big love to all those swollen, swaying bellies out there!
June 17, 2010 § Leave a comment
Boy time flies when you’re growing a person! I’m 26 weeks and 5 days pregnant today and am pretty sure I “popped” again over the weekend. I’ve deduced this from the wide eyes of my colleagues who happened to see me semi-waddling into work this past Monday morning. I’m looking very… round… these days.
The other thing I am looking these days, according to my dear friends and the odd stranger, is radiant. For the most part, my weight gain (about 15 lbs total, give or take a bowl of ice cream…or two…here and there) has remained moderate and for the most part has been isolated to my belly, hip and thigh area. While normally I wouldn’t be thankful for weight gain, I know that it means my baby girl is getting what she needs and I am super fortunate that A-line skirts, gauchos and black dresses were invented as they make me feel significantly less… round.
Other than round and radiant, I’ve really been enjoying feeling my girl moving around in my belly. She’s very active in the morning while I’m sipping my tea on the couch and have my first snuggle of the day with the Hus and she also really loves to boogie woogie while I’m semi-horizontal and reading just before bed. In the last week or so, she’s taken to shaking a tailfeather while Mama is sleeping at night. My naive hope is that she’s just giving moon dancing a trial run and that she will eventually agree with me that nighttime is for sleeping! Realistically though, she’s probably preparing me for what is to come in just a few short months: sleeplessness! Either way, I feel so incredibly blessed to be carrying this baby and I can hardly wait to see her beautiful face.
Speaking of faces, I think mine is shrinking. I sort of feel like my belly is sucking my head down through my neck, making it smaller and smaller each day. Does the baby need my head too? She’s already got my entire abdomen, my rear end, and as of today, my ankles (which are slowly becoming less separate from my calves). Now my head?? C’mon peanut, cut Mama a break!
Well I’ve had a doozy of a week (as is indicated by that last paragraph) so I think I’ll leave the post there for today. Sending my love to all of those beautiful bellies out there.