Friday, March 28, 2014

Flashback Friday - A letter to Pip.


Dear Pip,
This is the story of your life.  You came into this world two weeks early. Boy! Were you a surprise to mama and daddy, but we were so excited to finally get to hold you in our arms.

From the moment mama got pregnant you were a handful.  Mama was REALLY sick the first 3 months and lost 7lbs. By 15 weeks she was already feeling you ninja kicking her and you never stopped, a few times mama thought you were going to kick your way out. You wouldn’t let mama touch chicken but you sure did love tacos and brownie with chocolate frosting. The Tuesday before you were born mama finally hit the 20 lbs mark.

Mama’s water broke at 9:30pm on Thursday March 1st.  Our plan was to stay home as long as possible to make sure you could come into this world as natural as possible.  Thinking you would take your time and we would have 18-24 hours before you got here daddy decided he would start “nesting”  He started a load of laundry (we hadn’t packed our hospital bags yet), vacuum the floor and clean the bathroom. Mama wasn’t having contractions yet so JoAnn, our midwife told mama to get some rest and if they didn’t start by morning to come in the office.  Well within an hour back labor started and was 8 minutes apart. Daddy continued to clean and mama yelled at him “It’s all about me! Focus on me!” In actuality it was all about you sweet boy. Within the next hour the contractions went from 8 to 5 to 3 minutes apart.  JoAnn told us to get to the hospital. 

Pop Pop was there and had to drive us because Mama needed daddy in the backseat to try and help her feel comfortable.  Pop Pop took corners on 2 wheels, ran red lights and cut off the security guard at the hospital.  Grandma and Pop pop left us and we went to check in.  The nurse at the front desk asked if she could help us. “YES! I’m in labor” Another nurse ran out and helped me to a tub room.  Our intentions were to have a water baby but you weren’t giving us any time for that.  JoAnn came in, nurses hooked mama up to monitors and JoAnne told me I was ready to start pushing. “Really!” After an hour and a half of pushing the monitor started going off.  Your heart rate was dropping.  JoAnne said we couldn’t wait for the next contraction mama had to push.  There you were with the cord wrapped around your neck twice.  It was scary but Mama and Daddy were so blessed to have a beautiful, healthy baby boy.  You are truly a miracle.        
                                                         
We love you little man!

 

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Wordless Wednesday - My whole heart

 
 
 


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Tuesday, March 25, 2014

I'll try again tomorrow

When Pip was born I nursed on demand and let him fall asleep while nursing. I never looked at this as a bad thing. I loved every moment of nursing, we'll almost every part, not the part of only sleeping a few hours a night and Pip not being able to fall asleep on his own.

After his first birthday I talked to my midwife and she mentioned how she was able to get her little girl to fall asleep on her own within 3 days. I was desperate for some sleep so I gave it a try.
The first day I laid him in the crib and rubbed his back until he finally fell asleep,which took a long time because he kept sitting up and making sure I wasn't going to leave him. 

The each night you are suppose to move further from the crib and just shush him until you are completly out the door, we'll that didn't work so I had to keep rubbing his back. Finally, after about a week he was able to fall asleep on his own. That lasted until, well, we moved.

Pip is now two and I have to rock him until he's completely asleep, which can sometimes take an hour. As much as I love this kid, I don't want to be rocking an eighteen year old to sleep and he needs to be able to put himself to sleep again but it seriously breaks my heart when I lay him in bed and he's bawling asking me to rock him. So I pick him up and we'll try again tomorrow. 

How did you get your kid to go to sleep on his own?  I'll try anything.

Erika

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Ugh!!

Seriously, Why can't I keep up with this thing?  I just want to be a blogger like all the cool kids.  I want to be able to post all the amazing things my little Pip does on a daily basis, all the great things my husband is accomplishing and all the amazing crafty things I wish I did.

Unfortunately, I just don't have the time or the energy. 

I am a mama to an energetic 2 year old and a average wife to an amazing husband.  I'm up at 5:30 to leave the house by 6:45, drive 23 miles to get to work by 8, work until 5, sometimes without a lunch break and sit in yet more traffic to get home between 6:15 and 6:30. I would love to have more time to spend with my little family but right now that's not an option.

By the time I get home, cook dinner and get the Pip bathed and ready for bed there's not much left for anything else, before it's off to bed to repeat for the next 4 days until the weekend approaches.  I cannot wait until everyday is a weekend.  Who am I kidding, I'm a wife and a mama that's never going to happen. There is lots of praying going on that one day soon I will be a stay at home mama and will be able to spend more time with Pip, be able to make yummy healthy meals and snacks and hopefully squeeze in some crafting time. But until then I will just dream and post irregularly.


Erika