Friday Morning

Today is Friday guys, and although many are probably singing it's praises, I'm kind of dreading it today. I'm sitting here typing away as Amaya sleeps a foot away from me in her rock n' play sleeper and I just keep glancing over at her in her peaceful slumber. It took a little fussing and fighting this morning but she finally got off mommy's chest and went down into her sleeper. You see, we've been having a rough couple of nights over here. I preface this by saying that I am damn sure other mamas are having it worse but for us, our little lady has been out of sorts which in turn is throwing us off. I have a couple concerns that I want to address with the doctor today, so we will see if we can get some answers and take it from there.

Oh, I forgot to mention....today is immunization day. (insert sad face)
My poor little bean will be getting poked and prodded and I will have to play bad mommy while they stick here. I'm such a sap, but my heart is already hurting for her. I hate to see her scream and cry and that pouty lower lip....well, strike me dead...because it kills me. Her appointment isn't till 10, but I've been up since 5 playing and tweeting on my phone and right now, a quick nap isn't in my cards so I decided to whip out my big girl camera and show a little of our Friday morning here at the Little Home.

- There is Amaya sleeping away in her rock n' play sleeper. She's starting to move around but I'm hoping she'll drift back to la-la-land so Mommy can eat a quick breakfast and do the dishes. I'd also like to mention that this girl is a swaddle escape artist. No matter what we do, she is always Incredible Hulk'n herself out of the damn swaddle so she can break an arm free. I will be investing in a couple that the girls on Twitter recommended. I'll try anything to keep her tiny little hiney asleep throughout the night.

- What do you mean your breast milk doesn't chill on top of your waffles?!? L'ego my Eggo? Umm....more like L'ego my liquid gold. I've been pumping like a beast lately to try to build up a supply to send her to daycare with at the end of March. So far I have about 120 oz. put away but we are quickly running out of room amongst all our meats and frozen veggies. If you are a breastfeeding mama and are/or will be returning back to work, how many ounces did you save up? I don't want to go overboard but homegirl eats like a champ and I want to have enough to send her with until I can figure out my pumping schedule at work. Oh, and let's not talk about me returning to work yet and having to send her to daycare. I'm already a blubbering mess. I can't think about not spending my days with her. *cue tears*

- Oh, just last nights dinnner (shrimp alfredo if you must know) and some dishes and bottles that need to be washed before we head out for the day. I don't know about you but I can't stand leaving the house with a sink full of dishes. It makes me dread coming home when I know I have housework to do. Okay, who am I kidding...I always have housework to do but I atleast like having a empty sink to come home to.

- Little notes we leave for Daddy on the fridge in the morning, along with our meal plans and sonograms. Our fridge is a catch all of my nephews artwork, vacation magnets, and sharpies to write on A's milk storage bags.

How's your Friday morning looking?!?
Hope everyone has a great weekend and I'm sure I'll be bullshitting with some of you via Twitter during the Oscars on Sunday. I must admit, awards nights are my favorite for social media. I love being a Judge-y McJudgerson with everyone else while we all (well most) watch the same show. Bryan has been warned and has made alternate plans for the evening.


Tubby Time

Have I become a mommy blog?!
Tell me the truth, I can take it.

Well I guess technically I would have to blog regularly to be considered any type of blogger, but I feel lately all I do is post about my daughter and I'm okay with that. To be honest, before I was pregnant and a mom, it irked me when a blog would take the dive into mommy-dom and all other blog fodder got thrown to the wind. What happened, I'd question...what soon as you pop a human out of your hoo-ha all you have to talk about is diapers and Dora?!?

And then it happened to me...a little bitty human made their way into my world and she has now become my world. I get it now. I get that the little smiles are the best parts of my days and I find myself obsessing over how I can increase my milk supply so I can have enough to send to daycare with her. My mind has now shifted from shots on a Saturday night to schedules and nap times on a Saturday afternoon. Instead of heading home from the bar at two in the morning, I'm now up at that time nursing Amaya and having Twitter conversations with other mamas about which swaddle is best for our beastly babies.

My mindset has shifted and gone are the selfish thoughts of what I want to do or what I want to buy or what I need to do. Now, it is all about her and my decisions and my blog are going to reflect that. This blog has always been a reflection of me and the little life I created and I'm excited to share the bits and pieces of Amaya's little life too.

And with that I want to share her first tubby.
I never thought I would be so excited about washing somebody else's butt, but here I am.

She wasn't a fan at first but she eventually came around and I'm happy to report she has been a fan ever since...

Mommy tested....Amaya approved!!!


I Fail As A Pinterest Mom.

I tried to be a Pinterest mom....and I FAILED! 
I failed hard guys. 

Way before I was ever pregnant I dreamed of the days where a holiday would roll around and I would create this adorable holiday themed craft from my child to give to their daddy. It would be equal parts adorable and crafty and Bryan would give me a gold star for being such an awesome fucking mom. It would magical, I tell ya. 

Reality sets in though when you're elbow deep in red and pink washable paint trying to smush your sweet 6 week daughters balled up fist and wiggly toes into the paint and make it onto the canvas with some sort of resemblance of the above anatomy. 

"I'm not so sure of this Mom..."

Look at the face. Poor thing didn't know what washable paint based torture she was about to endure.
I wanted to recreate one of those Pinterest Valentine's Day craft where you take the babies feet, dip them in paint, and make their feet look like a 'heart'. It was supposed to be cutesy and I was going to add...Daddy has my heart (insert feet) and it would be theeee best but obviously that didn't happen. She was a champion though and through some tears we were able to create a little something something.

We'll call it abstract art, yes?!?

We tried and even though it didn't come out originally as planned, I'm happy with my girls first attempt at artwork. For the first more paint filled one, we tried the whole heart feet thing and failed so we just tapped and rubbed her feet on the canvas. Later on that day, my mom helped me get the actual footprints for both canvases. They're not 'pinterest worthy' but her daddy was thrilled with his gift and mama knows her limit when it comes to crafts from the internet.


Zombie Mom...First Month Must Haves

I'm a new mom, a first time mom....a novice at this whole mommahood thing you ladies like to refer to. I'll be the first to admit that I walked into this whole thing completely blind and didn't know really know what the 'best' was for my baby. You hear from this mom that 'this is the best' and then another mom completely contradicts that and says 'no...this is the best.' It's a whole trial and error thing but I didn't want to start my first days and weeks possibly effing up my child.

Take the rest of this post with a grain of salt, but these were the few things that helped me ease my way into motherhood in the first month.

First Month Must Haves

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1. Swaddle Me Blankets - These were touch and go for awhile but we have finally got to a place where they work for us. I am absolutely horrible when it comes to making a swaddle with a regular receiving blanket so these have been a God send when it comes to those late night feedings when I have to wrap her back up to go to bed. Velcro baby burritos, sign me up. 

2. Avent Pacifiers - These are the pacifiers that they initially give you in the hospital and even though I didn't plan on giving her a paci so soon, these have worked and are Amaya's favorite. I am breastfeeding right now and worried about nipple confusion but so far, so good in that department as well. They take over her whole face but baby likes what baby likes. 

3. Dr. Brown Newborn Natural Flow Bottles - As I mentioned above, I am for the most part exclusively breastfeeding but decided around 3 weeks that I wanted to start to introduce bottles. There are lots of talk on forums and research saying when you should introduce bottles and for the most part they don't recommend it within the first month, until you establish a good breastfeeding routine. But we decided that since I will have to go back to work within the next few weeks that we should try it out. I went out for 3 hours one day and while I was gone, Bryan introduced the bottle and I'm happy to say it was a success. Again, I was scared of nipple confusion and of how she would handle the flow of the bottle but she has been rocking the bottle anytime I have had to run out since. 

4. Fisher Price Rock N' Play Sleeper - The first night we were home from the hospital was kind of a nightmare for Bryan and I, I hate to say. Being first time parents, we were frazzled and a mess when it came to putting her to bed that first night. We tried the bassinet, FAIL....Rock n' play sleeper, FAIL...Carseat, FAIL....and finally our arms....WIN! That set up only worked the first two weeks because after awhile we both realized that we were setting ourselves up for bigger problems down the road if we continued to let her sleep in our arms throughout the night. So we tried the bassinet again and besides a few naps during the afternoon, homegirl hated it with a passion at night. We moved onto the rock n' play sleeper and with a few bumps in the road, we finally found a winner that has worked for afternoon naps and for nighttime sleeping. She has been comfy cozy in there and has been sleeping 3-4 hours at night which is a blessing for this mama. 

5. Chicco Boppy Pillow - This is such a great product to have. It's multipurpose and works for our little girl. We use it to prop her up while I breastfeed and also for her to lounge on as we chill on the couch. Little lady is a fan and I'm also glad that this is something I will get use of over the next year as she starts to balance herself and will move with us into the following months. 

So there you have it. 
The A team of what's working for our little lady in our little home. 
I know there are alot of new moms and mommas in general out there and I'm curious to know what worked for you. I'm always open for new options, so throw 'em at me.