Going places.

A friend of mine suggested I write a blog about prepping for outings with the baby. I hope this doesn’t read obnoxious, especially because I am by no means an expert on anything much less motherhood and/or babies. This is just merely what works for me now. It will change and grow right along with Henry. But maybe it well help some anxious new mothers like I was/am/always will be. All you more veteran mothers, please leave any other tips for traveling with baby, especially flying, which I have to do later this year. Across the country. NERVOUS.

When I first had Henry, the thought of even taking him to the grocery store by myself gave me dry heaves. But over time, and with experience, I’m not afraid to take him anywhere anymore. Not even quiet museums. Been there, done that. Plus, I have to leave the house for my own sanity. I’ve decided that in order to combat this postpartum anxiety I’ve been suffering, I have to live life. I have to keep doing things I like to do and just incorporating baby into that. Otherwise, I’ll probably descend into depression and no one wants that. Or maybe someone wants that, but I do not. It’s easy taking Henry places anyway. It’s all a matter of preparation.

Tip number one: Get a huge diaper bag (or in my case, a very oversized purse). I do not believe you can over pack when you have a baby. I’d also suggest keeping a stash of diapers/wipes/change of clothes in your car, just in case. When we went to Santa Fe, I packed everything but his crib. Sound machines, several blankets, medications (just in case), and even a rectal thermometer. Don’t judge me! If he had a fever, I doubt concierge at the hotel would have a rectal therm handy, ok?

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A lot of things stay in the diaper bag permanently: baby wipes, boogies wipes, sunscreen, socks, a onesie (I switch them out occasionally), a hand sanitizer (or two – yes, I’m a little compulsive), extra pacifiers, and baby sunglasses. I just replenish the diaper supply and add a bib, burp cloth, toys, extra set of clothes, and food. When my mom is babysitting, I put his entire tub of formula and a bottle in the bag (along with some baby food – peas are pictured below). When we’re going out somewhere, I’ll put together a couple bottles (powder only) and bring a couple bottles of water. I’ve yet to have to feed him in public. We try to feed him before we leave, which gives us a good 3-4 solid hours before he’s hungry again.

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Honestly, getting myself ready before we leave the house is more challenging. This morning, I laid him on the floor so I could rinse off very quickly in the shower. I can’t lay him on any sort of elevated surface anymore because he flips onto his tummy and heads for the edge quickly. Because I stopped and decided to fold and put away a mountain of laundry, I also didn’t have time to put on makeup. Oh well. My boss doesn’t care and I don’t have any other co-workers so screw it.

photo 3Oh, hey Matt Lauer.

photo 4Mama and little boogs. 

Putting Henry in the car seat takes about 32 seconds and then we’re out the door! Don’t forget his toys or he’ll let you know about it. Loudly.

photo 5“Like, seriously? Stop taking my picture for a second. Just a second. Please.”

And look, all babies are different and have varying temperaments. I realize I have a kid who doesn’t fuss too much, which makes it easier. He likes to just take in the sites and is content to just sit back and look around for long periods of time. If he wasn’t this way, who knows. I’d probably stay home a lot more. But either way, it’s good to try it out. See how they act at restaurants (pick a noisy family restaurant for your first trip). You’ll probably be surprised.

I’m going to enjoy it now before he’s a toddler and throwing grade-A tantrums in public. Not too excited about that.

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Portable blogging.

I guess I am going to start writing blogs on the iPhone/iPad from now on. Otherwise, I might never blog again. With the exception of my new part-time job, I am never on a computer. And with a baby who can no longer sit in a bouncer without trying to escape and on the verge of crawling, it will get infinitely more difficult. Let’s see how this goes. Autocorrect, don’t you screw this up for me!

Henry is changing every day. It’s amazing. Babbling, scooting, acrobatics, eating A LOT, sleeping all the way through the night (8 pm – 6 am), sitting on his own pretty well, and just generally doing more stuff. I look at him in his high chair and think, “whoa. I have a baby.”

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Working a few hours a week and getting out of the house has done a world of good for my anxiety. I’m starting to feel like the old Katy again. It also helps that my hair is growing back quickly from that pesky postpartum hair loss episode. I’ve also lost 6 pounds in the past week from eating less sugar, mainly. But my cravings for anything sweet are KILLING me. Wish me strength.

There are the crappy days too, where I think I don’t know what the eff I’m doing. Today was one of those days. I decided to make Chris a nice dinner and after putting the boiled potatoes into the kitchenaid mixer and turning it on to make mashed potatoes, the potatoes went a-flying. All over the kitchen. Meltdown ensued. I’m laughing about it now, but I was not then. I had just fed Henry so he was fussing to get down (also turned out he had a full diaper) which didn’t help my nerves. Chris came home and calmed me down (he’s good at that) and the evening resumed as normal. But I wonder how moms with multiple children do it? How will I ever get a meal cooked or clean a room when we have another one? Anyway, my meatloaf came out great, so it worked out. I’ll get the hang of it by the time Henry’s in college, at least. Maybe.

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Trying to escape and getting side tracked by his toes.

Updates and other things.

Wow. What a month it’s been.

Henry is almost 5 months old (!!!) and is changing every day. Here are some things he’s doing now:

  • Pulling himself up from reclined to sitting (not from flat on his back)
  • Sitting unassisted for a few seconds, but getting better!
  • Laughing a lot. He’s got a great sense of humor.
  • Staying awake for longer periods of time, and taking longer naps.
  • Holding his own bottle (still hasn’t completely mastered this yet either)
  • Entertaining himself for longer periods of time

After his immunizations last month, he was really clingy. The teething didn’t help either. Therefore, he would only nap either in my arms or next to me on the couch (with his legs touching my legs). He would also lay down and nap with me, which has been great. But I was being held hostage by a cute little drool monster, so I had to put an end to it. There are things mama needs to do! I put him down in his crib today for his afternoon nap and within 10 minutes, he was out. There were a few tears (which I soothed by rubbing his head) but other than that, easy. He slept almost 2 hours. I really hope he keeps that up. Bedtime is still easy peasy and he’s still sleeping 6-8 hour stretches before needing a feeding.

I feel like I’m finally hitting my stride with this parenthood thing. I feel more confident, I’m enjoying it a hell of a lot more, and I don’t stress out over the little things. I guess getting more sleep helps, but so does having an easy going baby who you can take in public without tantrums and crying fits and who is extremely predictable and easy to please. I said it. I have an easy baby. I was blessed.

henrymirrorCheap entertainment.

But, full disclosure, I’m feeling ok now, but I had severe anxiety attacks for a few weeks there. I would lay awake at night panicking over the future, the uncertainties, afraid to leave the house even at times…it was bad. But I’ve been working on it and I feel so much better lately. I’ve realized the best thing I can do for Henry is live life to the fullest and not worry about things I can’t control. I don’t want him to be afraid of the world or worry about little things because his mother is a lunatic. I’m gonna say the hormones did it to me.

I’ve loaded a bunch of vids onto our YouTube page. Check them out when you get bored. I tried to watch our wedding video again tonight but had to stop it. It makes me weepy!