Here a few updates from our weekend:
One of my friends had her baby. It's not hard to remember what having a newborn is like since it was only 3 months ago for me. I remember how nursing took up my entire life those first few weeks, and I found myself never having the time to even feed myself. My husband and toddler would usually eat dinner together while I nursed. But then my milk supply would struggle if I wasn't constantly eating. So I decided rather than take my friend a meal, I would take her a “snack pack” for munching on in-between feedings, or during those horrid middle-of-the-night feedings. 🙂 If you'd like to do something similar, you can find the printable at the end of this post (Once again, for things like this it is best to print while you see it, and file it away so that you have it when you need it).
We also had the chance this weekend to go to a soccer game (yes, all of us). I spent the last game sitting outside the stadium because our 3-month old hated the noise. So I invested in a pair of kid's earmuffs. Best. Things. Ever. She didn't even flinch amidst all the cheering and chanting. I'm keeping these on hand for next year's fireworks as well! I also kept her in my infantino baby carrier for the entire game. If you want my advice, don't spend a lot of money on a baby wrap. They are great for the newborn stage, but the newborn stage passes so quickly and the wraps are just too expensive. I can face my baby on her front or back in this carrier and I can also carry her on my front or back. And it's only like 15 bucks. I have NO IDEA why the baby bjorn's cost so much! I've used both and I didn't notice the Bjorn being any better than this one. If anything, I like the infantino better!
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I also invested in a fun “poke a dot” book to entertain the toddler for the 2-hour drive there. Love it. I originally bought it for church, but since the dots make a little bit of noise, we saved it for car rides.
We also got around to finally posting some of Offspring #2's newborn pics. Our experience went a little different from expected.
Newborn Photo Shoot: Our Experience
Okay, I have NO idea how so many people end up with such adorable and perfect newborn pictures. Photo shoots with both of our babies just ended up kind of being….unexpectedly…memorable. Here are some reasons why:
First, she cried through the entire thing.
Second, we tried to get a “sister photo” of her with her older sister who just shoved her right off her lap. Luckily both survived.
Third, we finally decided to just scrap the whole thing and get one family shot together….that's when she peed all over me.
Here's a photo summary of it all, proof that life isn't meant to be “Pinterest-perfect”:
We decided to start out with the classic newborn photo: nakie style. However, what happened next was something neither of us were prepared for: Diaper bum marks. And weird positioning.
We weren't sure
how to make them go away, and our angelic newborn was quite distraught that we were taking pics of her in her birthday suit, so we finally just moved on (but not before she got the chance to pee all over me).
The next photo I wanted to do was inspired by photos like THIS. However, our newborn photo turned out like this:
I thought maybe I could very gently wisp the binkie from her mouth and get a cute close up, but she was violently opposed to the idea:
I calmed her down and thought maybe I could get older sister to pose with her on her lap. Epic fail. It may appear from the picture that offspring #1 is enjoying this photo opp with her little sister, but she is only smiling because she is about to shove her off the chair in a not-so-gentle sort of way.
At this point I am still covered in pee and realizing the photo shoot is nearing the end. But I desperately wanted a mother/daughter shot. So here is my attempt to calm her down once again:
I promised her all the rubies in the world for one magical mommy/daughter photo. Here is what she thought about attempted bribery:
Here are a few of the photos that survived the whole ordeal. And if you see any smiles, don't be deceived. Secretly we are all hoping to be done. 🙂
This one ended up being my very favorite (lucky dad)!
I have to give the girl credit though. This has got to be the most horrible thing to experience and forced into just weeks after birth. And at least she didn't poop all over me.
Anyone else have experiences like this or does everyone else in the world end up with picture-perfect newborns? 🙂
Here is the free “snacks” printable: