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Water Bug

31 Aug

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Parker completed his first series of swim lessons this week! Like I assumed, he loved it. As soon as we’d get in the water he would start splashing. No tears or fits once. When holding him on his belly to chase after toys he would kick like a champ. He didn’t mind water in his face or ears at all. The only thing we didn’t participate in was the underwater dunking. Neither of us were ready. The instructor said when you blow in their face it should cause them to close their eyes and hold their breath long enough for a quick dunk, but every time I blew in his face the opposite would happen and his mouth and eyes would get big and open. So we’ll wait on that. He was also too little to understand the concept of blowing bubbles in the water, but he liked it when I did! Since it is practically September I think we’re going to wait until spring to start up again since he won’t be swimming anytime soon and since he seems (at least for now) to not have a fear of water. We’ll just keep practicing during bath time and hopefully next spring we’ll be ready for dunking. Just keep swimming….just keep swimming….

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Goodnight Too Soon

26 Jun

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Goodnight too soon Goodnight too soon
Goodnight coming home sleeper with the cow jumping over the moon

Goodnight onesies and swaddles that no longer provide room
Goodnight first jeans Goodnight first holiday themes

Goodnight tops with funny words written and Goodnight warm wooly winter mittens

Goodnight PJs with a fox and Goodnight itty bitty socks

Goodnight unworn shoes and Goodnight baby blues

Goodnight handknit hats and Goodnight outfits with baseball bats

Goodnight stripes and plaids that made everyone gush

Goodnight snaps and buttons that caused a fuss and Goodnight size newborn that turned mama to mush

And Goodnight to the daddy whispering for her to “hush”

Goodnight as she reflects and stares Goodnight as she tucks and folds with care

Goodnight precious memories everywhere

Based on Goodnight Moon, I dedicate this to moms everywhere that can’t help but sigh at the realization their baby can no longer straighten their legs in their sleepers that just fit, like yesterday.

On this Episode of Cribs….

29 Apr

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Last night was Parker’s first night sleeping in the crib in his nursery. Thus far he had been in a pack n play in our room. But for all of April he had been sleeping through the night (about 10:30ish until somewhere in the 6-8am range) and so we decided it was time. Plus that baby is a LOUD sleeper! Even though he slept through the night I can’t tell you how many times I was still waking up thinking he was about to wake up and be hungry based on all his grunts and groans. Plus there had been a few times when Eric got ready for work around 6am that had woken him up or Knuckles shaking causing his dog tags to jangle. Parker’s room is right next door to ours so honestly we don’t even need a baby monitor because I would definitely hear him cry, but we have one so I used it anyway so I could see him and just turned the volume down. Because no point in still hearing every little grunt and groan.

We were out and about last night so he didn’t take his last feeding until midnight. After that I swaddled him and laid him down. Eric and I went to bed and watched the monitor for a little bit. Saturday night movie, yay! After being asleep for only like 20 minutes he let out a series of sneezes and so when I looked at the screen Parker had started dolphin kicking his swaddled legs and trying to roll back and forth and we could tell his eyes were open, but he wasn’t crying so we left him. We then realized his Giraffe Sound Machine had timed out and so Eric snuck in his room and turned it back on and he was asleep again in a few minutes. He then stayed asleep until he cried out around 5am. I went in and he again was trying to break out of his “straight jacket.” He seemed more uncomfortable than hungry so I gave him his pacifier and that worked for a few minutes and then he was angry again so I ended up picking him up and putting him back in his bed in our room and he went back to sleep instantly and actually is just now waking up as I type this (about 10:30am). I’m sure any parenting book would advise you not to move them back in your room but I need my sleep and Parker is such a great sleeper, which I think helps him to be such a happy baby during the day that I didn’t want to compromise that. So we’ll try again tonight and hope he’ll stay asleep longer. A couple things I think will help is getting a white noise machine, or downloading an app on my iPad, that will stay on all night and not be on a timer. Another thing is maybe turning our heat up a bit. All the body heat when we shared a room made the temperature much warmer. I noticed when I went in his room at 5am it felt a little cool. And finally I think he needs a bigger swaddler. I think it’s getting to the point where he’s having a hard time stretching his legs and so that makes him uncomfortable. So trial and error that’s all you can do!

New Chapter

18 Apr

Today was supposed to be my first day back to my 40hr-away-from-home job that I’ve had for the past (almost) five years. But early last week a new opportunity came up that would allow me to work from home full time. Eric and I still weighed the pros and cons even though it was pretty clear what was best for our family. I loved my old job. It was the first (and only) job I had since graduating college. Up until finding this new job I fully intended on returning no matter how hard it was going to be because we need two incomes. We could get by on one but it would definitely add stress and we do hope to move to a bigger house sometime in the near future. We also like to be able to add to our savings each month and we plan to start a college fund for Parker. Prior to looking for a new job Eric and I started looking up day care and realized how much a trustworthy, clean, friendly place would cost. Basically it would pretty much eat up almost all of my paycheck. So I decided to explore other options because why work just so I could pay someone else to watch my child?

And I just feel so incredibly lucky to have found this new job in a relatively short amount of time (especially considering the job market). The new job is even doing something similar to what I was already doing – working in Member Services and it is very flexible schedule wise. Basically it’s answering member emails and each week I have a minimum quota I have to reach. But the more I answer the more I get paid. So it’s just kind of up to me and my weekly schedule on how much and hard I want to work. I can also work on emails 24/7 so that opens up my evenings and weekends when Eric is around to get more done. The other nice part is that since Eric is home over the summer I could take my laptop to a coffee shop a couple full or partial days a week and really get some solid work in if needed.

And besides the obvious plus of not missing a moment with Parker I am really happy to be able to keep my resume fresh and have a career too. Once our kids are school age I definitely plan on working outside the home again so it was important to me to not lose any professional skills that I’ve gained.

But it’s still weird for me to think that I’m not going back to my old job. It was like the end of college when I realized I wouldn’t have any more tests to study for or classes to attend. “Now what am I going to do with all my free time!?!” I kept wondering.

Well I think that’s pretty obvious in this scenario. And I think he is pretty excited too.

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Rinse and Repeat

16 Apr

Babies and schedules, schedules and babies. That’s the number one tip I think every new parent hears. “Get your baby on a schedule and parenting will be much easier!” Well here is a peek inside the daily Mattingly schedule via a little montage of photos. It starts with playtime…..

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Once he wakes up it’s time to eat and then the cycle repeats. It’s funny how something so repetitive doesn’t get old….at least after 10 weeks it hasn’t….check back with me in another 10 🙂

Saturday Ramblings

24 Mar

1. If girls get dresses and skirts as the ultimate “cute factor,” I’m claiming overalls for boys. I mean does it get cuter than this? Even if the bib kept hiking into his chin and mouth all day, I’m pretty sure he had never felt manlier. He kept asking to go chop wood and even offered to change my oil. Such a sweet little guy to help his momma like that.

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2. In “unmanly” news I got him to fall asleep by playing the soothing voice of Vince Gill. Don’t be ashamed Parker, it happens to the best of us.

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3. I’m really starting to regret learning that “lapneck trick” I wrote about earlier this week. It’s like I could hear Parker’s thought process, “So now that I know I can let it rip without worrying mom is going to get poop in my face I’m going to really show her what I’m made of.” I’ve had to use the trick no less than 4 times since learning of the tactic last Sunday. I actually don’t mind the clean up part…it’s the part that means I have to do laundry again that gets me.

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4. Baseball season for Coach Dad is officially in session and Parker and I couldn’t have been more proud to attend his debut as head coach. Parker got all decked out and was completely content the entire 4 hours we were there (it was a scrimmage and it was rather long). Can’t wait for the first official game this coming week!

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5. I always considered myself a pretty good multi-tasker but then last week I figured out how to bottle feed Parker while pumping (both sides, no less) and checking/responding to email on the iPad all at the same time and was like, “No Melissa, you are actually a multi-tasking master.”

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6. Until having a kid I also didn’t realize how good I am at making up songs. They may not make sense or be a vocal dream, but they damn well rhyme every time.

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7. Doctors say they don’t know why exactly newborns like to smile when they are drunk with sleep, but I think it’s to make those middle of the night awakenings completely worth it.

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8. Later this afternoon Eric is taking charge of Parker (All! By! Himself! for the first time) so momma can go see the Hunger Games. This will undoubtably be the best “me time” I’ll have all maternity leave. Katniss I’m coming!!!! But I’ll sure miss those baby blues while I’m gone..

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The More You Know…

20 Mar

Have you ever learned something seemingly random, but then only a short time later (usually a few days, maybe a week) something occurs where that information becomes futile and you feel so lucky that you stored whatever tidbit it was away? For example, soon after Eric and I got engaged we went to a Home Show and at the show each booth has all these sign-ups where you can win home related things. As we were signing up and I saw Eric write down his cell number over and over the thought occurred to me that maybe I should memorize it. The only phone numbers engrained in my head at the time where mine, my parents and childhood friends pre cell phone era. So for whatever reason I made myself memorize it that day. Then later that week I was almost on empty and forced to get gas at a shady gas station. As luck would have it while I was pumping I locked everything inside my car (purse, keys, cell phone). I go inside the station and the attendant must have thought I looked trustworthy enough because she allowed me to use her cell and had I not memorized Eric’s number I would have been forced to call a locksmith and pay the high fee instead of him using his AAA and meeting me at the gas station.

Another such occurrence happened this week and I thought I would share in case this tidbit is useful to you too. My sister-in-law found out from her best friend that has two kids why onesies and other baby clothes have lapnecks. Have you ever thought about what their purpose is? Here is a picture below in case you didn’t even realize they were called “lapnecks” and have no idea what I’m talking about.

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Well besides maybe being a baby fashion statement I thought they were designed to fit easily over babies usually big, yet delicate heads. And while this may be true another, more important, reason is so when they have a diaper blow out or messy spit up session you don’t have to lift the onesie or shirt over their head. Instead the lapneck provides enough room so you can slide it down off their shoulders and thus not getting crap in their face & hair. Pretty genius if you ask me! So I stored that info away and as luck would have it we had our first major blow out yesterday. Through the diaper, through the onesie, through the shirt that was over the onesie and through the pants! Had I not learned about pulling both shirts down over his shoulders the clean up job would have been much messier than it already was. And much harder too since right after it happened Parker decided he was absolutely starving so he was screaming through all of this. Which is why he got to eat sans clothes shortly thereafter….

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Anyone else not know that bit of info? I really feel this is something they should have covered in our Newborn Basics class! Hope it helps someone out, after all it’s a good way to prevent pink eye 🙂