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Beautiful Mama Blog Award x2

Beautiful Mama Blog Award

I’ve been nominated for the Beautiful Mama Blog Award again, twice! This time by Amanda at The Coers Family. and Victoria at Home Making With Heart I feel so blessed to have been nominated again, and by two different people. So, in order to accept this wonderful award(s) I need to do a few things. I get to tell you three things I love about motherhood and nominate some very deserving Mom’s to pass on the award. If you would like to view my acceptance post for the first time I got the award, you can find it here.

Three things I love about motherhood: (6 since this was a double nomination)

  1. I love cuddling in bed on lazy mornings with little man.
  2. I love being able to breastfeed little man. It’s created such a bond between us.
  3. I love watching my husband play with our son. I like playing too but seeing them together is awesome!
  4. I love being able to comfort my son when he is scared.
  5. I love it when my son is able to communicate with me using sign language.
  6. I love it when little man makes his “dad face”. It’s a facial expression that his dad did when he was a baby and I’ve never seen anyone else ever do it.

Nominations:

To accept the award, please do the following things:

  • Click the above award image, save it and use it in your acceptance post.
  • List 3 things you love about motherhood.
  • Nominate other deserving mamas; you may choose as many as you like. (And let them know of the nomination)

Beautiful Mama Blog Award

Beautiful Mama Blog Award

I’ve been nominated for the Beautiful Mama Blog Award by Valerie at Atlantamomofthree! I am honored to have been nominated for this award. Becoming a Mom is one of the best things to have ever happened in my life. Marrying my husband is the other best thing to have happened. So, in order to accept this wonderful award I need to do a few things. I get to tell you three things I love about motherhood and nominate some very deserving Mom’s to pass on the award.

Three things I love about motherhood:

  1. I love getting hugs from little man!
  2. Little man’s laughter can brighten any situation! It’s also contagious!
  3. The joy on little man’s face when he does something new!

Nominations:

To accept the award, please do the following things:

  • Click the above award image, save it and use it in your acceptance post.
  • List 3 things you love about motherhood.
  • Nominate other deserving mamas; you may choose as many as you like. (And let them know of the nomination)

Infant Massage

wpid-2013-01-10-21.23.16.jpg While little man is not a tiny infant anymore, we went to an infant massage class today anyway. We had been many times previously, but took about a month off for the holidays. I started doing infant massage with little man when he was about 2 months old. The first few times were rough but he soon learned to love and enjoy each massage. This helped to strengthen the bond between little man and I while it was still new. We learned some gas relieving techniques which were much-needed. And, most importantly, we learned how to calm down little man. The massages make him feel secure, loved, and relaxed.

Would you like to do infant massage? If so, here’s what you need to get started:

  • Baby safe oil or lotion (I use baby oil)
  • Blanket to lay baby on (to make a cushioned surface that’s ok for oil to get on)
  • A quiet space
  • A few infant massage moves / techniques
  • Time (our class runs about 30 minutes long but even 15 minutes can be great)

Here is a quick guide to infant massage moves you can do at home for you to download. (File from baby.com) If you have an infant, I encourage you to look to your local community for a nearby class. It’s great to get together with other moms and babies. It’s also nice to have a scheduled time to do infant massage since sometimes the day can get away from us and don’t always take the time.

Do you do infant massage? Or have you done it with your kids before? I’d love to know!

Dog Raises Boy

If Little Man Were Raised by the Dog

The Good

  • Little man would be clean all the time (Dog loves to lick his hands and face)
  • Little man would alert me of strangers
  • Little man would shake hands
  • Little man would always want to play
  • Little man would sit by the food when he is hungry
  • Little man would sit by the door when he had to go to the bathroom
  • Little man would help clean the floors (Dog licks the floors clean when we drop something)

The Bad

  • Little man couldn’t cut his own nails
  • Little man couldn’t feed himself
  • Little man couldn’t go to the bathroom on his own
  • Little man couldn’t be discrete when farting (Dog farts a lot)
  • Little man couldn’t say “I love you”
  • Little man couldn’t dress himself (But what man really can?)
  • Little man couldn’t ever live on his own

The Truth

I’m glad that little man isn’t raised by the dog. I’m glad that he’s raised by Dad and I. Because we raise him and not the dog, he will grow into a strong, well rounded man that can cut his own nails, feed himself, go to the bathroom on his own and clean it too! He won’t fart in public and he will say “I love you” and he’ll at least be able to put on his own clothes. He’ll grow up and move out where he can have a dog of his own and teach the dog to do the things that dogs do.

What’s in my nursery?

I thought I would share with you the products that I have for my son. I know that it was hard to decide on some items for my son so I’ll let you on on what works, what doesn’t, and what I can’t live without.

What works
Crib by Graco
Pack ‘n play by Graco
Swing by Graco
Glider
Pacifiers by Avent
High chair by Graco
Exersaucer by Evenflo
Nursing bras by Bravado
Nursing pads by Avent
Diapers – Pampers Swaddlers
Wipes – Pampers
Diaper rash cream – Beudreaux’s but paste
Crib mirror

What doesn’t / I didn’t need
Teether toothbrush – hate
Nursing cover – not needed
Nursing tops – not needed

What I can’t live without
Glider
Nursing bras – Bravado
Nursing pads – Avent
Pacifiers – Avent

OUCH! Tears from a sad little man

Lately little man has been teething a lot. We noticed the first sign of an actual tooth about a week ago. It kind of raised up but wasn’t showing that bright white you see when it fully comes through. He loves to run his tongue on this bit of tooth. I imagine it’s because it is a different texture. Anyway, our day had gone on as usual and during a feed (he is still mostly breastfed), it finally happened. He bit me! I never imagined it would hurt that much. Such a sharp pain. So, when his not so pearly white practically pierced me, I screamed. I yelled out OUCH! and jerked away a bit. All completely reactionary. I certainly didn’t plan on yelling, or pulling away from him but I did. Then he looked at me with such big eyes and I knew I’d scared him. He started crying and I felt like doing the same. So out came the pacifier and it was cuddle time until he had calmed down. We re-approached eating about an hour later and haven’t had another bite since. [crosses fingers]

For all the other moms out there, have you ever been bitten? And did you keep breastfeeding or was it once bitten, twice shy?