Friday, May 14, 2010

baby wearing and baby feeding

Peter is still his usual not crying self. He's a fusser not a crier. Another thing why is it such a big deal in this country if your baby cries? The question, "Does he cry a lot?" ummm no "Oh well he's such a good baby then." ummmm actually I don't really think that makes him a good baby, just an easier going one. To be good or bad you would need to know that you are doing something wrong or right for that matter and do it. Whatever, just a little annoyance. Anyway he doesn't cry or wail for anything more then two minutes if he does start wailing. The boy definitely can, gave us a nice dose of that last night. Mostly because he wanted to be outside for a good hour and neither me or Travis would spend that time outside with him. Sounds like our problem. :-D

Peter has his own little routine. Wake up early, start fussing til I get my lazy butt out of bed, change his diaper and play with him. Then until about noon he spends the morning in a state of eating and cat naps. The entire morning is eat for thirty minutes, cat nap for thirty, then back to eating. Afternoons are for play times and cat naps. Evenings are long stretches of feeding and walking outside. Always outside. Must be walking. About nine o'clock he is ready for sleep. Why don't we give the kid what he wants? I really do try to go off his cues. Sadly I know what he wants by his noises. Nearly every time I can tell you what he wants, it's just whether I want to do it or not. Pathetic really. By the end of the day aka = 5pm I am done literally, I don't want to be walking or holding him or anything. I want to not be holding a warm sweaty baby and I definitely don't want to be walking around outside. I'm tired my legs hurt and please don't make me bounce on that stupid ball anymore. But I do. Generally. Except last night so instead I listened to him cry for five minutes or so while I cleaned the bathroom. Why for goodness sake can someone else not do that?

Thus I have come to the conclusion that community living/tribal living is awesome. Was anyone truly meant to take care of babies by themselves? I don't really think so. I think we were meant to have the support of our moms, aunts, sisters and cousins. I think that children were probably meant to grow up in a environment surrounded by many people caring for them and their mother's being there to keep an eye on things and be the ultimate and obvious first choice for food, comfort and love. Probably would reduce postpartum depression. Whatcha think? helping me pack!

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Genetian violet

Yesterday I was on the phone with my mom and was talking about Peter and how he never seems to get rid of all the milk in his mouth and how disgusting it looked. Kind of like curdled milk all over his tongue. Never thinking he might actually have thrush. Turns out he does. On further inspection he had the white spots all over the inside of his mouth, on his cheeks, gums and inside of his lips. Super difficult to wipe off and bleeds slightly when you do. Ooops. I think he's probably had it well over a week now. :-o

So Travis picked up some genetian violet from the drugstore came home, I put it on and tried to feed Peter. The result was quite a mess since someone cannot eat without bobbing his head back and forth and to and fro. Just check it out for yourself!



Bathtime can be scary. Actually he likes baths unless he hears the water running. Then you get this face.

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Lesson of the Day

Never apply hair remover cream without making sure Peter has a full tummy. You will end up with a rash and burning sensations or listen to your child scream and cry uncontrollably. I opted for the rash. Folks there is a reason why the bottle states DO NOT leave on more then 10 minutes. Oops.

On a happier note; Peter is now 23 inches long. Crazy that he grew 3 and a 1/4 inches in 5 weeks! We spent a very chill day running to the new house to let the GE guys in with our washer and dryer. Then came home chillaxed. Tried to pack. Wrote a couple thank you cards and went to Home Depot. We stocked up on some paint supplies and other things we will need out at the house and hopefully we'll take them over there tomorrow. Tomorrow Grandma comes. Tomorrow I will finally have a clean apartment again. YAY!

Now if I could only get Peter off my lap for five minutes so I could go take the towel off my head and brush my hair. Probably won't happen so when Travis gets here in an hour and a half I'll probably still have my hair in a towel. Lovely how fast you move with a baby. :-)

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

co-sleeping and our sleep issues



Fox news did a story on co sleeping after a baby died sleeping on the couch with his mother. Interesting video. Isn't Dr. McKenna great?


Our sleep issues mostly stem from Peter being such a loud obnoxious night baby. I mean really loud, un-naturally loud. The child grunts. He's not hungry trust me I've tried to silence him with the boob. It doesn't work, much to my aggravation. :-P He's still on his own little schedule but at times he'll spend a good hour, after he is done eating just fussing. He doesn't like to be rocked or held or patted, he just grunts and stretches and groans and fusses until eventually he falls asleep. Maybe he's just sleeping too much during the day. I know that when they are first born it didn't matter how much you kept him up during the day he wouldn't sleep any more at night. Now that he's a little older I'm going to see if I can get him to just take naps in the day time and sleep a little sounder at night. I don't want him sleeping beyond the four hour mark but I do want him being tired enough to go back to bed when he's done eating. Little stinker.

We've drug the baby pen close to the pen and the past couple mornings I lay him in there after he passes out milk drunk and pat him back to sleep. He sleeps good and sound for about an hour or so and I can get some heavier sleep. So now we're just waiting for the side car. Should be here before too long.

Tuesday, May 4, 2010


Peter getting his clothes changed. What a face!

<--- our new bedroom

<----- lovely workable kitchen. notice we have counters!
<--- living room, dining area
<---- living room, front entry

Monday, May 3, 2010

Our Anniversary

yesterday was our first anniversary as a married couple. we started the morning off by getting our wedding cake out and having that with coffee for breakfast. it surprisingly still had a lot of flavor and was pretty tasty. yesterday was a great day just spending it here with travis and peter. we went out in the afternoon to ikea and to dinner. ikea was great, peter slept through the entire store but once we got to dinner it was a different story. let's just say that travis and i didn't get to sit down together throughout our entire dinner. lovely.

it's been a great year. people have constantly told us how hard married life will be and that the first year is the hardest. so far, so good. for us it's been easier together then apart. there were definitely things this year that took getting used to and we had some adjusting to do. minor differences but no real fights. i'm so happy to have travis coming home every day and cooking dinner for us. he's such a good cook and i rarely cook anything for us anymore. i wanted to write some other things but peter is fussing.