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Growth Spurts

We are upon the infamous two week growth spurt with sweet baby #3. That time in development where your sweet babe turns into a constant eating, fussing, pooping and then eating again fixture stuck to your body. (If you're lucky - you won't notice they aka the Internet says).  

All joking aside - growth spurts are a real thing. And they are a real challenge for parents. It seems that your perfectly content sweet pea all the sudden is no longer satisfied. You may wonder if you, as a nursing mom, are eating something that is bothering baby or if your milk supply is enough. As a bottle feeding mom, you may be stressed that your feeding schedule isn't sufficient for your baby, or if your baby is reacting to his or her formula.  

Baby is FINE. You're doing everything right. This will pass - and if fact shows that baby is right on track developmentally. Take it in stride sweet mama (and papa).  

At least SOMEONE is getting some sleep in - growing is exhausting!  

At least SOMEONE is getting some sleep in - growing is exhausting!  

This is the time to utilize those "happiest baby on the block" techniques. This is the time to have extra grace for yourself - watch your shows while baby feeds constantly - baby wear while you do light work around the house. Remember that the bond you are forming with your infant lasts a lifetime.  

Get a break in if you need it - pass baby off to a support person for a feeding while you take a long shower. Get out of the house (if you can) and do something to distract you from baby's neediness.  

Walk - breathe deeply - be in a place of appreciation for this gift the universe has given you - of a new life that needs you completely; of an opportunity to grow and change to be a more selfless person, and at the same time more self- aware.

Take care of yourself so that you can take the best care of your baby! 

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Grossness Factor

With our first baby, my husband once said, "I had no idea so much gross could come out of something so small!"

It's true - it seems like babies are a factory of grossness. They somehow manage to always puke, poop, and get the hiccups at the same time - and particularly right after they have had a bath or you have finally changed them into that perfectly cute outfit for the day!

Don't get me wrong - even with all of the gross, babies are still the sweetest thing ever, (particularly MY babies)! However, all the cute has to be there to balance the projectile body fluids.

With our first son, it was an explosive poo that managed to shoot all over my unsuspecting self in the wee hours of the morning on my husband's first day back to work. Talk about trial by fire into the whole parenting thing! My husband's immediate response was gagging - followed by a demand that I shower immediately.

Second son, a similar experience occurred - although this time I was ready with a diaper wipe to at least deflect the explosion away from myself. I still had to get up in the middle of the night to change sheets, wash baby, etc etc.....

Fast forward almost four years to our now THIRD baby (yes - we are gluttons for punishment), and the infamous baby poo explosion strikes again! After playing musical beds between my own bed and my needy almost four year old's need to "nuggle" aka snuggle in the middle of the night last night, I was more than a little tired. I started to change sweet baby number three and as soon as the wet diaper came off she started to pee -- in my delusional exhausted haze, I grabbed the diaper I had waiting hoping to keep the bed and myself safe from whatever else was to come -- "Not this time!" I thought to myself with pride.

Apparently, pride comes before the......poo.......YUP.....unfortunately, she wasn't done working on her diaper before I changed her -- and the diaper I had skillfully put in place to stop the mess? Yes - it was inside out -- the NON-absorbent side up against sweet princess.

At this point, I just resigned to the fact that the mess was everywhere - the sheets of my bed were wet - her night clothes were soaked - my clothes were dirty, and she needed a full bath.

Husband asked what was happening - and then proceeded to roll over and go back to sleep on his warm, dry and clean side of the bed (read: third time parent!). What was I to do?? What any good, self respecting exhausted parent does........get a clean towel - place it over the mess on my side of the bed - give baby a quick (but thorough) wipe bath - and then change beds to try to catch another wink of sleep before the day begins.

Baby Poo 3 -- Mommy 0