Thursday, August 29, 2013

animalistic

We took Lars to the Austin Zoo last weekend and aside from sweating through my clothes and the sweat dripping down the middle of my boobs (ewwwwww) it was super fun :)

We love this zoo because it's all rescue animals and it's shaded (thank baby jesus)! Lars had a blast! My best memory is Lars was standing at the fence of the large turtles and a little girl (19months old) walked up and Lars reached out his hands and I thought oh here we go...he's about to take her to the ground but NO he reached out his chubby little arms and wrapped them around this little stranger and gave her the sweetest most gentle hug ever.  I about lost it! The mother of the little girl was just in shock of the sweetness that had just occurred. It. Was. Outrageous! They then engaged in the this 10 minute long toddler conversation about 'nurnules' (turtles) it was the most precious thing i've ever seen!  Lars has a tendency to be a little rough so this made me very happy!!! I wish I could have gotten it on camera but I was so taken aback that all I could do was stand and go Oh My gosh...Oh my gosh

a monkey in a tree! what happened to my baby? 


his bff. he talked to this guy for a long time and kept snorting




we finally hung up his swing. one happy boy


my love boat

our evening stroll. that boy got swagga!


Thursday, August 22, 2013

a hairy situation

Well it happened. I did it. Lars got a haircut! I had serious reservations about it at first and was regretting it after it was cut.  I just love that long hair! But he looks insanely cute and his hair no longer sticks to his face when's outside playing. And of course he looks older and I'm not quite sure how I feel about that just yet.  

look at those luscious locks!! 

bye bye hair


he did such a great job!! he got a new book and frozen yogurt

that face makes me crazy!!
first ice cream cone!!!
you will notice in this picture his busted lip.  he had his first big boo boo last week. busted his lip open while playing outside.  It was all better with the help of some tlc and a popsicle.  has anything ever NOT been cured by a popsicle?











Wednesday, August 14, 2013

moments in time

There are so many moments in the day that I try and store mental images or videos of our lives.  I just don’t want to forget these special moments.  Like when Lars comes and lays face up on my lap, grabs my hand and puts it in the air because he wants to play tickle monster….so I tickle him and that contagious wonderful belly laugh starts and my heart just melts. Or when he falls asleep in my arms or when ‘dream kisses’ this is when he’s fast asleep in your arms and he starts going, muuuaah, muah and gives kisses in his sleep.  It’s insane.  Or when he dream sings…this is when I hear him softly singing in his sleep over the monitor. Or when him and Bob are playing and Lars tries to copy what he’s doing.  Or when he puts our hands on his head so we will scratch or rub it. There’s just so many, but one that I've just started really cherishing is the 5 or so minutes after his bath when Bob and I get him ready for bed in his room and he request a certain song that we sing.  It’s usually baa baa black sheep or row row your boat.  Then him and Bob get entirely too wound up for bed by playing and laughing and then he lays with me the rocking chair and we talk and sing. Or he tries to get me to laugh because he thinks it funny to lay on my stomach and bounce up and down while I laugh.  It’s a beautiful thing really.


Lars has been talking so so much lately.  He’s learning so many new words.  I can’t believe this was my tiny 6 lb baby not that long ago. 

he's just learning how to 'smile' when i say smile :) 

his morning check on the 'deer deer'

he would lounge back and actually sigh like he was relaxing. we were cracking up uncontrollably

lars vs the plum.  you can see how it turned out.....

found these two hanging out

our fish faces

this is actually him 'calling' the deer to the bedroom window. he makes this face and clicks his toungue

who doesn't like to swim in a bucket? 

THAT FACE!!!!!! 

Friday, August 2, 2013

if i could have known then what i know now

There are so many things that I wish I could go back and tell my 'new mom' self that would have made life quite a bit easier but I guess that's just life right? Gotta go through the trenches otherwise you can't claim to have those wise life experiences :) 

Things I wish I would have known (or perhaps I did know but was too sleep deprived to actually understand)

- This to shall pass
- sleep is eventually GOING to happen
- i promise it's normal for a baby to want to nurse literally 24 hours a day....I PROMISE!!!
- no one cares if the house is clean, really no one cares ash
- you know your baby best
- you're gonna f-up but most likely it won't mean he's gonna be scarred for life and become a sociopath  
- let it go...just let it go
- trust your instincts.....they're probably right
- don't read so many baby books, read books to the baby
- relax
- learn to drink coffee...not necessarily like it but learn to tolerate it
- cry...it's ok, really every new mom does it
- you're doing a good job
- this stage of life is going to seem like cake in a few years
- you can NEVER have too many pictures
- the weight will come off, just takes time
- bob knows how to hold a baby, he also knows how to feed him, bathe him and take care of his general needs, no need to hover. 
- mommy guilt..it's just part of the game. learn to let it go

the most beautiful silhouette ever 



I read this great and funny article that I wanted to share.  It is literally exactly how I felt. I could have written it. Here it is. It's lengthy but oh so worth the read! 

You shouldn't sleep train at all, before a year, before 6 months, or before 4 months, but if you wait too late, your baby will never be able to sleep without you. College-aged children never need to be nursed, rocked, helped to sleep, so don't worry about any bad habits. Nursing, rocking, singing, swaddling, etc. to sleep are all bad habits and should be stopped immediately. White noise will help them fall asleep. White noise, heartbeart sounds, etc., don't work. Naps should only be taken in the bed, never in a swing, carseat, stroller, or when worn. Letting them sleep in the carseat or swing will damage their skulls. If your baby has trouble falling asleep in the bed, put them in a swing, carseat, stroller, or wear them.
Put the baby in a nursery, bed in your room, in your bed. Co-sleeping is the best way to get sleep, except that it can kill your baby, so never ever do it. If your baby doesn't die, you will need to bedshare until college.
Use the same cues as night: cut lights, keep the house quiet and still. Differentiate naps from nightly sleep by leaving the lights on and making a regular amount of noise. Keep the room warm, but not too warm. Swaddle the baby tightly, but not too tightly. Put them on their back to sleep, but don't let them be on their backs too long or they will be developmentally delayed. Give them a pacifier to reduce SIDS. Be careful about pacifiers because they can cause nursing problems and stop your baby from sleeping soundly. If your baby sleeps too soundly, they'll die of SIDS.
Don't let your baby sleep too long, except when they've been napping too much, then you should wake them. Never wake a sleeping baby. Any baby problem can be solved by putting them to bed earlier, even if they are waking up too early. If your baby wakes up too early, put them to bed later or cut out a nap. Don't let them nap after 5 pm. Sleep begets sleep, so try to get your child to sleep as much as possible. Put the baby to bed awake but drowsy. Don't wake the baby if it fell asleep while nursing.
You should start a routine and keep track of everything. Not just when they sleep and how long, but how long it has been between sleep, how many naps they've had per day, and what you were doing before they slept. Have a set time per day that you put them to bed. Don't watch the clock. Put them on a schedule. Scheduling will make your life impossible because they will constantly be thrown off of it and you will become a prisoner in your home.
Using CIO (crying it out) will make them think they've been abandoned and will be eaten by a lion shortly. It also causes brain damage. Not getting enough sleep will cause behavior and mental problems, so be sure to put them to sleep by any means necessary, especially CIO, which is the most effective form. Extinction CIO is cruel beyond belief and the only thing that truly works because parents are a distraction. The Sleep Lady Shuffle and Ferber method are really CIO in disguise or Controlled Crying and so much better than Extinction. All three of these will prevent your child from ever bonding with you in a healthy way. Bedsharing and gentler forms of settling will cause your child to become too dependent on you.
Topping the baby off before bed will help prevent night wakings. When babies wake at night, it isn't because they are hungry. If the baby wants to nurse to sleep, press on the baby's chin to close its mouth. Don't stop the baby from nursing when asleep because that doesn't cause a bad habit. Be wary of night feeds. If you respond too quickly with food or comfort, your baby is manipulating you. Babies can't manipulate. Babies older than six months can manipulate.
Sleep when the baby sleeps. Clean when the baby cleans. Don't worry. Stress causes your baby stress and a stressed baby won't sleep.



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