Growth spurts, Hiccups, and Blowouts Oh My

It is a total understatement to say that I love being a mom.  It’s the best, most amazing thing ever.  Somehow, even when I barely get any sleep, am covered in spit-up, am constantly changing diapers, and am walking around for HOURS soothing hiccups and trying to get Quinn to sleep, the good still manages to outweigh the challenging.

An unhappy Quinn

And the last couple of weeks have definitely been challenging!  There have been a lot of “frequency days” full of nursing, as often as every two hours some days.  Diapers have mostly succeeded, but there have been a few really messy failures.  And her hiccups are the worst.  Internet research and the dozens of baby books we have all say that hiccups don’t really bother babies and will go away on their own.  Well, they bother our baby and I have a hard time believing that she is the first.  They often last 30-40 minutes and are usually uncomfortable enough to lead to crying and fussing. It also turns out that the fussy evenings (the legendary “witching hour”) are not just a rumor; they’re real.  We’ve only threatened to put her up for adoption a couple of times, which given the challenges, I think is pretty good.

A much happier Quinn

Fortunately for all of us, she has matched all of the challenges will some serious cuteness.  She is now flashing adorable smiles, complimented by heart-melting gurgles and coos.  I’m not historically a sentimental sort, so who knew that I could be such a sucker for the baby cuteness, but I’ve fallen hard for this little bean with monk hair.

Our continued happiness may hinge on being able to find a cure for the hiccups though, if a cure exists.  If you have any ideas- please let me know!

TGFG (Thank Goodness for Grandma)

My mom has been a godsend.  Seriously.

First, I got mastitis.  I was in a fever-haze for a couple of days while I figured out what was going on and while the antibiotics kicked in.  Mom swooped in to provide extra help with Quinn so that I could literally just sleep and feed Quinn.  Then, the hubs was out-of-town for work the following week and mom saved the day again, coming to stay with us for four days.  Could be the extensive baby-soothing experience, or just the willingness to do whatever needs to be done.  Could be that there is nobody like your mother to take care of you when you need it.  Either way, grandma is super helpful and great to have around.  Let’s hope that she comes back real soon.  And thanks, mom.  You’re the best!

New BabyLegs Mom

BabyLegs’ guest blogger this month is…well, not really a guest.  Maternity leave has provided me a few extra minutes for me to share some new mom thoughts with you and ramble about BabyLegs some too.  I know that there are about a bazillion mommy blogs out there, so this is hardly new ground I’m breaking here.  It’s just another account by another new mom about how amazing motherhood is.  There.  There’s my disclaimer.  :)

Newborn Quinn

With that said, what a week!  Quinn was born a week ago on August 31st.  I was fortunate to have had a relatively “easy” birth, with no real complications or drama, and yet it was completely crazy what a challenge it was.  And, as you know, the birth itself is just the tip of the iceberg- the feeding schedule and around the clock care is every bit (and more) grueling than I had envisioned.  Not whining here, as it has been totally worth every moment, just pointing out that moms are amazing.  Yay moms! 

I have also gained an appreciation this week for a handful of modern inventions that have made my life easier.  If you are having a baby, or know someone who is, think seriously about stocking up or gifting these :

  1. My new iphone 4 generally, and the Baby Connect application more specifically.  The iphone has helped me make the most of feeding time, which is now almost a third of my day and night.   Last night I read the NY Times, ordered two nursing tanks from Zulily.com, and caught up on facebook- all in the middle of the night from my phone while nursing.  The technology is blowing my mind.  And my mom loves the photos and videos I keep sending her.  Baby Connect is crazy for tracking feedings and diaper action.  I’m not getting enough sleep to remember all of this stuff and Baby Connect is the best $5.99 I’ve ever spent.  More info here.

    Sprinkled Pink

  2. BabyLegs Newborn.  Do you know how many diapers we changed today alone?  And she hates to have her legs yanked in and out of the sleepers.  Onesie, gown and BabyLegs Newborn is the current go-to for us.  Quinn is modeling the Sprinkled Pink in the photo at right.  Check them out on our site if you haven’t already.
  3. Gel wound dressing that I got from the hospital for sore nipples.  Yes, I’m talking about this here, it’s that helpful that I’m willing to mention it in front of everyone.  I am told that Soothies gel pads by Lansinoh are similar, although pricey.  Sweet relief.  Ask for some at the hospital and/or stock up ahead of time on the Soothies.  More info here.

Hope you all had a happy labor day, which despite the intended meaning to celebrate all laborers, given the holiday’s name and its timing I will forever think of the birth of our daughter instead.  Sorry creators of labor day, I’ve commandeered your holiday for my own devices and will be celebrating moms instead, myself included.  Two holidays per year isn’t asking for too much given everything that moms do, seriously.  Do something nice for yourself to celebrate belatedly.  You deserve it.  :)

-Amy