Thursday, February 17, 2011

"Mommy Time"

It is so easy to get caught up in everything baby these days, sometimes I'll catch a glimpse of myself in the mirror and just shudder at the sight: spit up on various parts of my shirt (that I may or may not have been wearing for two days straight lol), hair a tad on the greasy side because I just wanted to crash the night before and not wash it before going to bed and sometimes the odd milk leak or two on my shirt during the tossing and turning at night (gee, I sound so lovely don't I lol) 

But I do have to admit, now that Elliott sleeps in pretty much most mornings until 8:30/9 am from the night before, I have gotten some much needed "me" time in the mornings before he wakes up - I'll throw on a little makeup and "do" my hair, and eat some breakfast while catching up on the morning news.  I've really come to enjoy my mornings to myself but the best part still is, when I hear Elliott wake up and call for me.  Literally, the boy sounds like he's saying 'eh' - eh moom! LOL 

I also love the once and awhile, on the weekends, I'll get a few hours of "me time" outside of grabbing groceries.  Last weekend, I went to Star.b.uc.ks and bought a tall decaf half sweet extra hot caramel.mach.iatto and just sat there (fer reals) and enjoyed every last sip of it, while chatting on the phone with my sister.  Afterwards did a bit of shopping and by the time I got home I was recharged and refreshed again.  It was just glorious. 

How do you spend your "me time?" ;) 

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Napping woes

At this very moment, it has been 20 minutes since I put E down for a nap and he is still screaming at the top of his lungs.  I am feeling so so guilty for hearing him cry but I am trying to let him fall asleep on his own and break out of the rock to sleep that we unfortunately started doing every now and then.  It is SO hard and I don't know how else to help him sleep. I watched for his cues: the fussiness, rubbing eyes, and put him down during the 'window'...ugh this crying is killing me!

He doesn't do this at night thankfully, but it's the daytime naps that are always so tricky. I've tried the white noise and the blankets, but not really helping. I know the key is to be consistent but I can't stand hearing my baby cry - ughhhhh I feel like a terrible mom!

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Year of the Rabbit

Happy (1ST) Chinese New Year E!

The outfit is way too big for him (my parents brought it back from Hong Kong a few months ago and it's more for a 1 year old but we couldn't resist!) 
Last year around this time we were just given the 'green light' to start trying again after a round of testing and a mandatory break. What a difference a year can make! Praise God!

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Belated - Maternity pics

We recently got our maternity pics from our friend N who took them for us just a week before Elliott was born - she did such an amazing job and we were so blessed to have such a sunny October fall afternoon :) 

Hope you all are doing well - I am still catching up on blogs but I am thinking and praying for all of you often.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Time, precious time

Hi ladies! 
Seriously - where is the time flying these days? Another blink of an eye and my baby boy is now 3 months old! We are doing great these days, he is cooing more each day and talks up a storm and last week even started to laugh! Well, I consider it a laugh but it kinda sounds like a baby terradactal. 

Our days are spent eating, burping, playing, tummy time and napping. He's been a real champion sleeper (knock on wood) - in the last few weeks he's been going to sleep 11pm (our last feed starts around 10/10:30) and then he will wake anywhere from 7-9 am - and the last few days have been closer to 9 am and it's been AMAZING - I get to brush my teeth, do my business, eat some breakfast and drink some tea before he starts stirring.  I'm just bracing for him to start waking up early again as his next shot is next's hoping it won't affect him too much this time!

Napping during the day has been a challenge - this boy will not nap for more than 30 mins - unless we go out to the mall or when we're out - he can sleep for 2 hours in the stroller! Which makes my 'free time' in between feeds at home a bit strained. Most of the time I will have to hold him during the naps and then put him down - I am so scared even to sneeze and wake him up! 

The other day we were at my parent's house for dinner and we had him in the car seat next to us and while there was a lull in conversation, we all heard him say 'mommee'! He never said it again but I think I'll count that as his first word - even though he didn't know what he was saying I'd like to think that Mommy was it! 

I'm so glad that our lil' man loves to socialize.  He isn't clingy (yet) and loves attention and doesn't seem to mind being passed from person to person when we've been out at baby showers, dinners and get togethers.  Every day I still look at him and say a word of thanks for this beautiful blessing.  I can't wait to see what milestones the next month will unfold - he is growing up way too fast and I'm getting sad that he won't be my teeny tiny baby much longer!