How it’s going

by Kim on September 3, 2014

Wow—it’s crazy to me that newborns sleep so much, and yet still somehow take up so much time!

It seems like every time I sit down to blog, with Joshua sound asleep, he’ll somehow always wake up within minutes of me writing my first sentence, needing to be fed (again?!?) or changed or burped…

How does that happen??

See, he’s confused about it too.

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Let’s see how far I can get into this post!

I don’t know about you guys, but my Facebook feed has been flooded with adorable back to school pictures the past few days. Today, it was our turn—we had our own “back to school” morning with Mason as he headed off to his first day at his new preschool.

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…Along with his sweet new light-up airplane lunch box (SWOON).

Even though he’s only 2 1/2, we had a list of “school supplies” to pick up (glue, play-doh, markers, etc.), which made the whole thing feel very grown up and serious. It also made me feel very nostalgic and emotional, as I was frantically grabbing all the items on the list at (a very picked-over) Target last night.

Sighh. Before we know it, it’ll be HIGH SCHOOL. (Right parents?)

As for the little guy, he’s possibly the best baby on the planet, and I couldn’t be more grateful. He sleeps well, eats great, and barely spits up (<—that one is HUGE for us after all the vomiting poor Mason endured in his first months, when we didn’t know about his food allergies yet). He’s a super content baby, in general, and pretty much only cries when he’s hungry or needs to be burped. (Again—SO grateful!)

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Even the nights have been cake, and I’ve hardly felt sleep deprived at all, which I attribute 99.9% to the awesomeness of the Rock n’ Play. People: this thing is a MIRACLE. It allows babies to sleep semi-upright, instead of flat on their backs, which newborns love, and it’s especially helpful for babies with acid reflux issues. I’m hesitant to say this, because it might make other new moms hate my guts, but Joshua slept 6 hours straight in it when he was 3 days old (the day my milk came in), and only woke up because I woke him up to eat. (We’re lucky that he’s a big boy and we don’t have to wake him up to eat every 3 hours—but 6 was pushing it even for him!)

Anyway. I’m officially an RnP junkie, and I’m going to start recommending it to every new mom I meet (I mean, if they ask…what’s more annoying than unsolicited baby equipment advice??). I know we’re probably going to have a struggle transitioning Josh to a crib eventually, but getting adequate sleep in these first few weeks is so precious to me that who cares??

As for me, my recovery is still going beautifully. In only a week, the hernia and vericose veins I struggled with through my whole pregnancy have all but cleared up, and my stomach is down to a little first-trimester-sized pooch. Isn’t the body amazing?

I’m *almost* ready to get back to a normal blogging schedule (I honestly can’t wait—so much to talk about!) and some normal non-baby-related topics.

Thanks for hanging in there while I adjust to my new life with a family of 4!

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Moms of multiple kiddos: did you notice significant differences in your kids as babies?

Anyone else with a kiddo starting school, or starting school yourself?? Tell me how it’s going!

 

xoxo

Kim

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Katie @ Daily Cup of Kate September 22, 2014 at 4:22 pm

Ahh I havent been able to read many blogs lately with all of the wedding stuff going on- but Joshua is so adorable!!! xoxo
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Kim September 23, 2014 at 1:22 pm

Thanks Katie :)

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Presley @ Run Pretty September 4, 2014 at 8:02 pm

I am so happy for you (on the baby front and the sleep front haha)! We need to chat when you ever have a few minutes, so I can gush over your child in a non-public setting. Saying things like “OMG I WANT TO EAT HIS CHEEKS” seems a bit over the top for a basic comment… :)
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Kim September 5, 2014 at 3:03 pm

I think that’s totally appropriate. :) I usually want to eat your child’s cheeks too–guess I might as well be open about that.

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Jenny September 4, 2014 at 12:58 pm

Congrats again, hon – you truly have such a beautiful family <3

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Kim September 5, 2014 at 3:03 pm

Thank you :) :)

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Annette@FitnessPerks September 4, 2014 at 12:53 pm

Congratulations on your darling little boy! <3
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Kim September 5, 2014 at 3:01 pm

Thank you Annette!

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Fiona September 4, 2014 at 12:01 pm

Girl you look amazing!!! (sorry if this gets posted twice) I don’t know how you do it but you make it look easy!!!

Loved all the pics this week of kids going to school for the first time!

Love see how awesome things are going!

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Kim September 5, 2014 at 2:44 pm

Thanks Fiona! :)

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Fiona September 4, 2014 at 11:58 am

Girl I don’t know how you do it, but you make it look easy!!!!!

My facebook had so many cute pics of kids going back to school! So precious! You look amazing !!!

You go girl!

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Katie September 4, 2014 at 10:06 am

I would love to hear your opinion about the reviews of the RNP. They are so scary, how they say it isnt for sleeping at night, and so dangerous, etc. It forces them in a deep sleep when they arent ready, and they are supposed to be on their back, and it is a soft pillow, etc. I may be a worrywart, but it makes me a nervous wreck! My baby sleeps so well in it, but the stress keeps me up at night!

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Kim September 5, 2014 at 2:43 pm

I’ve pretty much accepted the fact that everything related to infant care is controversial, and you have to find what works for you and go with it. You can almost always find someone who will say that you’re endangering your child or doing something wrong–as if parenting isn’t anxiety-inducing enough! I have read the RnP reviews, and honestly, I didn’t find anything that felt legit enough to deter me. No one knows what causes SIDS, and those recommendations are not backed by super solid research (plus, they have their flaws too–I used to worry so much with my older son that he would choke on his spit-up while lying on his back!). Personally, I don’t understand how we expect babies to go from the womb to a flat, hard surface, and actually sleep! I have watched my baby sleep in the RnP, and I trust it completely. That said, I don’t plan to let him sleep there for nights for too long–I’ll probably transition him to the crib within a month. I could maaaybe see how an older baby could turn his head into the pillow, although that still seems like a stretch!
Whatever you decide to do, I hope you’re able to find peace (and sleep!). That night stress is so tough!

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Em @ Love A Latte September 4, 2014 at 5:10 am

I can’t agree more about the rock n play!! My baby boy has reflux and it’s been so good. Our neighbor recommended it when he was 2 weeks and I’m so thankful! I haven’t gotten 6 hours of sleep though – jealous!

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Kim September 5, 2014 at 2:21 pm

To be clear: that was just one night. Haha. The rest of the nights have been 3-4 hours tops. :) Glad you found something that works for your kiddo!!

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Kristin @ A Mom on the Run September 3, 2014 at 9:17 pm

My kids were polar opposites as babies! My first was very high maintenance and my second was seriously the easiest baby I’ve ever met. Now though, my oldest is so laid back and easy and my little one is.. well, we’ll call her opinionated :)

Congratulations on the new little guy, he is adorable!! <3
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Kim September 5, 2014 at 3:04 pm

That’s so funny! I wasn’t sure if it was actually his personality or the fact that I’m a second time mom and way more relaxed…maybe both?

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Giselle September 3, 2014 at 5:43 pm

I LOVE hearing that the second one is super easy since The Love Nugget was quite the handful at first. He cried constantly but most of that was because the poor kid was starving. I had those milk supply issues I mentioned and poor guy wasn’t getting enough. But I think on top of that he was just a fussy little guy. So it gives me hope to hear the second is a piece of cake!
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Kim September 5, 2014 at 3:06 pm

I think part of it might be that I’m much more relaxed as a mom now… I don’t have a heart attack every time he cries, like I did with Mason. :) Plus there’s the fact that this one doesn’t seem to have allergies–I think that was a huge reason for our struggles the first time around!

Your second will be a total angel. I’m calling it now. :)

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char eats greens September 3, 2014 at 2:26 pm

I wouldn’t even care if every blog post was filled with baby Joshua!! I am SO happy to hear that everything is going so well!! Geez, you make having a second child sound enticing (which is not the easiest thing to have happen to me haha).
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TheSoulJah September 3, 2014 at 2:00 pm

Hello KIM
Wow!!! The picture of these babies are so cute. I am so happy to see that, things are happening great with you. Wish you a happy life. Keep blogging.
Thank you.
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Ashley @ My Food N Fitness Diaries September 3, 2014 at 2:00 pm

I hope I have the same easy transition as you’re experiencing when the time comes for #2! You are giving me high hopes! ;)

We have a bouncer seat which I thought was basically the same as a RnP, but now I’m wondering if I’m wrong? Ours is like this one: http://www.target.com/p/fisher-price-deluxe-bouncer-my-little-snugapuppy/-/A-14588566?ref=tgt_adv_XSG10001&AFID=google_pla_df&LNM=14588566&CPNG=Baby&kpid=14588566&LID=9pgs&ci_src=17588969&ci_sku=14588566&kpid=14588566&gclid=CjwKEAjw-JqgBRCAyqjoic27nlQSJABBTpFEsxrb-nq-T_nlJmZGcyv9vR3bfrfls_GL81_xRdDj-xoCPNjw_wcB (whoa, sorry for the long link) Hunter slept in the swing constantly when he was first born, but I’m curious about the RnP for future kids when the time comes. Wondering if a bouncer and RnP are pretty much the same or if we should just go for a RnP? They seem so similar to me. P.S. I swear I’m not pregnant. I’m just a crazy planner freak. Haha.
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Kim September 3, 2014 at 9:37 pm

I guess, to me, the RnP feels a little safer for night because it’s deeper and a little more reclined–I don’t feel like I have to strap him in or anything. With our bouncer, I’ve noticed that Josh tends to wiggle his way down and get slumped at the bottom, especially if the vibration thing is on, so I’m constantly going over and pulling him up. In the RnP, he can’t really move since his legs are higher than his butt, and it just seems like the perfect angle for sleep. But that’s just my opinion–I’ve never actually tried the bouncer for night sleep!

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Amanda September 3, 2014 at 1:16 pm

So glad to hear that you guys are doing well and even better to hear that Josh has been an easy baby!! I love the pics…so keep them coming!
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Katie September 3, 2014 at 1:07 pm

Look at your guys go! Wow! Keep up the good work!
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Katie @ running4cupcakes September 3, 2014 at 12:46 pm

a dusty crophopper backpack – super cool. Luke would LOVE that!! And I am so glad things are going so well for you 4. . . and I have heard magical things about that rocker – will totally have to get one for the next one. . . :)
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