How did September get here and so darn quickly? Wasn’t it just June yesterday? With Summer vacation and kids out of their normal daily routines things sometimes need a little bit of assistance getting back in order. We need to re-train and practice our daily schedules and re-visit all the areas that need a little […]
are you bringing home a newborn and getting all geared up to continue your regular schedule. after all how hard can it be? all you have to do is lug the baby carrier or bucket car seat with you, right? the baby can sleep anywhere, right? you can still go out to dinners and stay out late because the baby can go with you, right? well, sorry to burst your bubble, but not really! yes, for the first few weeks you can do this. your freedom to some degree can continue. granted, you will need to meet every need of your new baby while you’re out doing what used to be done in such a glamorous and speedy fashion. now you must stop to feed your baby, burp your baby, change your baby, and anything else that goes along with your new little package.
quality versus quantity is something that all of us debate within many areas of our lives. is it better to spend lots of time at work or less time in a more productive manner? is it better to spend lots of time exercising at a moderate level or kill it for 30 minutes? is it better to spend lots of time with our kids where we may be reading the paper and them watching TV or less time where we are fully engaged with them? all of these questions, along with many more, each have an answer. everyone’s answer to them may vary, but for me the quality is way more important than the quantity in each and every area!!
well, i’m back to give you the final synopses of diana and ryan’s sleep training. for all my followers, readers, and anyone else who happens to stop by i think you will be thrilled to know that once again mommy secrets’ sleep training has been a success. i’m happy to say that ryan is no longer feeding in the night, naps 2 solid naps each day in his crib, without motion. no more car naps, buggy naps and no more 3rd cat nap in the evening. i love when my clients see results and have a sleeping baby!
there is a very fine line between nice and too nice. between tough and too tough. between firm and too firm. these fine lines are lines you, as parents, have to distinguish and stick to through trial and error. ultimately you have to parent how you feel is right. discipline in ways you feel are logical and fair. in ways that work for you and your family. no one, me included, can tell you how to parent. nor, should anyone tell you how to parent. this is your job! they are your kids, your responsibility and it is all up to you how you decide to take this journey.
flexibility isn’t really a choice when it comes to parenting. it’s more like a must! without the ability to be flexible, parenting can become a much more difficult job than it has to be. your capability to be flexible in certain circumstances will make everyone in your family feel daily success, rather than pure defeat. as a parent you want your day to go as smoothly as possible. this is why we have schedules and routines in place. with these schedules your days run like a smooth oiled machine. without, it’s a crazy form of chaos. the schedules allow you to be organized, which is a pertinent key to having happy kids. schedules are your general guide, but it doesn’t mean you can’t stray from it from time to time. by having strict routines and schedules in place it will allow you to go off of them occasionally without insane melt downs from your little ones. you have to be flexible because life happens. you also have to be flexible because every time you have a schedule in place it seems your child than has a schedule change. goes from one nap to two. needs a later bedtime. wakes earlier and therefore naps earlier. there are many scenarios beyond these that come about, forcing you to be flexible.
summer is vacation is either here for your kids or quickly approaching! now the question for parents is…what am i going to do with them all summer long? i find myself asking this same question, but also being excited to have my little man home from nursery school to spend some good quality time together. hudson is so much fun to have around. like his teacher said in his report card, “morning chats are like tea time with a best friend!” she is exactly right in her description and i couldn’t agree more. therefore, i want to keep hudson busy enough this summer, while still allowing relaxation and time to just hang! we all need a break from the routine and business. time just to do sporadic activities, play with friends, and hang with the family.
freedom or happy kids…. i have to admit this is a complete toss up! although, the decision for me is an easy one. i definitely go with happy kids. sure, i would love to just go where i need to go and do what i want to do when the time was convenient for me. […]
newborns and baths…some parents find this time of the day to be a relaxing one, as their infants lay back and relax. others find this time extremely stressful as their tiny new baby, flails around wet, shivering and flat out pissed! as a first time parent everything can be somewhat awkward as you are trying to get the hang of so many new things. simply trying to organize when to bathe the baby can be trying enough, let alone the actual handling of the slippery baby both in the bath and getting them out. with lots of practice and a very useful tip from a nurse when i delivered my first i have been able to get the wailing whale to stop and relax! once i got the hang of everything, had a schedule/routine in place, bath time was something i, and my baby, looked forward to each evening. it took me a little bit of time to master the art of newborn bathing with my first. poor hudson was the guinea pig and had to struggle through my learning and therefore, little becks definitely got the good of the stick with this one! as you can see from the photo just 1 1/2 weeks old and loving every minute of his bath. so much that he actually fell asleep! priceless!
well, i’m back from my sister’s long weekend away to california! the kids survived, my husband barely (lol!), and i’m refreshed and ready for anything! good thing, since both boys decided to come down with a nasty cough, nose, and fever gig! needless to say trying to adjust to the 3 hour time change, while listening to the orchestra of coughs throughout the night and dealing with 5 am fevers, i can officially say i’m back to where i was before i went! only kidding! it’s not that bad and i am so happy that i had the chance to get away from my groundhogs day routine and have a little adult time; white wine lunches, shopping and wondering the streets with a latte and no ‘snack traps’ or ‘sippy cups in hand!’