Saturday, March 20, 2010

Mia's crawling!!

Time to babyproof the house!! So this week was quite an eventful week. Mia started the week by waking up at night every 5-10 minutes from rolling over in her crib (Something she did a few times at 6 months then forgot about). The next day she had been practicing rolling the other way so that night, she spent the WHOLE night rolling back and forth from tummy to back, back to tummy. I was starting to get worried! Will she not sleep through the night again? I was completely exhausted!

Then Mia start crawling backwards and getting from tummy position, to sitting position. The very next day, she started to crawl! She just decided that she was sick of sitting in one position.

Today I was on the computer for a sec and turned around to find Mia completely standing up and holding on to her toy basket! Then she decided to cruise around her leap frog table today...

WHEW! I'm exhausted just thinking about this week!

Monday, March 8, 2010

MUST have baby Items!!!

I was reading a blog today and it stated these ten things that you don't need:
1. Diaper Pail
2. Glider
3. Changing Table
4.Crib Bedding Set
5. Nursery Paint and Decor
6. Monitor
7. Diaper Stacker and Diaper Warmer
8. Bassinet
9. Brand New Layette
10. Toys

I agree with some of these things, but totally disagree with others.
Here's my list of things we couldn't live without!
1. Diaper pail!!! Have you smelled what solid food poop smells like?!! I love my daughter more than anything in this world, but the smell of that makes me gag! We LOVE the diaper champ because you don't have to open a lid and you can use normal trash bags without having to buy special bags like you do for the diaper genie.

2. Boppy Pillow: I used it for feeding Mia, she slept in it for a while because she had mild reflux and it elevated her head, and when she was learning to sit, it helped to prop her up. A total MUST!

3. Changing table: Have you tried lifting a 18 pound baby from the floor? I can't imagine the blowouts that would have stained other surfaces if we didn't having a changing table! I think it's a great idea to use a dresser with a changing pad on top. Whatever it's so much easier changing them on a higher surface than on the ground!

4. Monitor: We have a small condo, but I still want to know when she wakes up...When Mia wakes up in the morning, she quietly coos and plays in her crib. Being the deep sleeper I am, that poor baby would be in her crib forever if I didn't have a monitor!

5. Baby Bathtub: I know some people think that they can just wash their babies in the sink or in the bathtub, but I feel like that's just not safe. Mia loves to lounge, put her feet up on the side of the tub and enjoy her bath. She likes to sit up and splash around. We have the euro tub and we LOVE it. It has a side where she can lay down and a side where you can sit up.

6. Glider or Rocking Chair: We have a huge comfy and trendy looking rocking chair that I got an AWESOME deal on. That's where I feed Mia every night and read her her bible stories and books before bedtime. That's where I rock her and hold her when she's having a bad night. So many memories are made in that chair...

7. MIRACLE BLANKET!!! I can't repeat this enough! GOOO GET ONE! Mia got to a point around 4 weeks old when she would bust out of her normal swaddles and for a while this was ok because she liked to sleep with her hands by her face. After a while her hands would startle her and wake her up CONSTANTLY. This made for difficult sleepless nights. I got the miracle blanket and at first she HATED it, but after a few times she started to calm down when she saw the blanket. It really helped her sleep. She used it after her first surgery and we didn't having to use her arm restraints when she was sleeping.

8. Shoulder Sling & Sleepy wrap: Mia loved being close and being held. She was a pretty sleep deprived and fussy baby. For the first 3 months she lived in the shoulder sling that my friend Min got me and when she outgrew that, I used the sleepy wrap. This is how she napped, how I got house work done, and what we used to calm her when she was out and about.

9. Breast Pump: I have a love hate relationship with my pump...I love it because it has sustained Mia for the past 8 months of her life, but I hate it because I am completely attached to it. I used to pump every 3 hours around the clock!! Can you imagine?!!! I've pumped in church parking lots, in the car, at friend's houses, at the hospital during Mia's surgeries. I'm proud that I've made it 8 months...only 4 more months to go to meet my goal of breastfeeding her for a year!

10. A hip trendy diaper bag! I know...You'd be appalled if you heard what I spent on my diaper bag, but I love it. It's by purse, it's my carry-all. For the time that I have small children, this will be the bag I carry everyday so I felt like it was an investment. I wanted something I loved. I have a Mia Bossi bag and I adore it!

11. Halo Sleep Sacks: The Fleece ones are amazing and warm. I put Mia in a sleeper and zip her up. I don't have to worry about a blanket getting tangled around her. Although she now loves to sleep with a soft blanket by her face. She scrunches her blanky with her hands and holds it by her face.

Friday, March 5, 2010

Spring Consignment Sale Season!!

Atlanta has amazing consignment sales for baby and kids products. Twice a year, churches around Atlanta host these consignment sales and I pick up amazing deals for Mia! The bargain hunter in my jumps with happiness!! Here are some of today's deals:

Leapfrog Learn & Groove Musical Table:
Original price $40
I GOT IT FOR $4!!!!

Playskool Step and ride:
Original Price $30

White Burberry Dress: $8!!

Gap Stripped Leggings: $1

Carter's Brown Plaid Romper: $3

I LOVE CONSIGNMENT SALES! We're going to hit up another one tomorrow because Saturday's are always 50% off.

Monday, March 1, 2010

Teething Woes...

Teething has started...Well, it actually started a while ago, but we had no idea. I guess I can kiss good-bye to Mia sleeping through the night! For the past week, Mia was sleeping from 6:30pm-6:30 am straight...

We visited the plastic surgeon for a follow-up to her palate surgery and when he looked in her mouth, he surprisingly informed us that Mia had a big old tooth! Most kids get their first tooth on the bottom, but our little Mia has a canine tooth to the left of her cleft!

Today she woke up with a mild fever and has been cranky and clingy all day. As soon as her feet touch her playmat or her jumperoo she starts to cry because she just wants to be held. She's become so active and independent that when she lays her head on my shoulder quietly playing with my hair, I know she's REALLY not feeling well. She hasn't been feeding really well too and is refusing her favorite gerber puffs and avocado pieces...She cries when the bottle goes in her mouth.

I hope this is teething and not something else...We'll see.