Thursday, August 6, 2009
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
He got an Exersaucer as a baby shower gift. I remember how my nephews loved playing in theirs for hours so I thought great put him in there he can play and I can get some housework done. He'll go in for all of 5 minutes maybe 10 and then he's crying to get out! He also got a Jolly Jumper as a baby shower gift. I used to be able to put him in there and he would jump for a good while, sometimes up until an hour. He loved it!! It was great I could get my housework done, cook dinner etc. Now when I put him in and he will only last 10 minutes and he is whining again to get out. I know babies have a small attention span, but I didn't realise it was going to be this small. At least it's improving my imagination skills in trying to find new and exciting things for him to do.
Mamma Bear Tips:
- Garage sales are a great place to get cheap toys when your baby bear get's bored of his/hers
- Household items make great substitutes for toys
Monday, July 20, 2009
It all started a few weeks when my little baby bear got his very first tooth, followed a few days later by his second tooth! I was expecting him to be a Grouchy Gus and be up all night, however he took it like a little champ. I have to admit he was a little crabby and did wake up a few times at night for some Tempra, but other than that he was as good as pie.
Last week he surprised me again. Baby bear will usually pull himself up by holding onto my index fingers. He will then let go, fall on his bum and do it all over again. Last week he let go and I thought he would just fall on his bum like he normally does, but not this time. Oh no, this time he stood there laughing. Standing up all by his little ol' self, I couldn't believe it. It only lasted about 5 seconds, I was sure it was just a fluke, but he keeps on doing it. He won't stop! he just loves it. Now he can stand without falling for about 20 seconds. I'm still waiting for him to take a step, I'm sure it will be sometime before he's walking, he hasn't even started crawling yet. Mind you this afternoon baby bear was rolling around on the floor and found himself on his tummy. I watched while he was trying to get a toy which was out of reach. He got himself on his hands and knees and took two crawling steps! (don't know what you would call that, creeps??) I couldn't believe my eyes!! I think I may have shed a tear. I am so proud of him!!
I think it may be time to baby proof the house.
Thursday, July 16, 2009
He takes two naps a day. His first nap is from 9 - 10 a.m. This nap really isn't as big a problem. Baby bear will usually will fall asleep after only 15 mins. of crying, and will usually sleep the full hour. His afternoon nap is where the biggest problem lies. Ideally it would take place from 1-3 p.m. however, this is never the case. I will put him down at 1 p.m. and he will usually cry for at least 1/2 hour before giving in and falling asleep. Then he will wake up after 20/30 mins and start crying again! I know he is still sleepy, he will still be yawning and rubbing his eyes. Plus he is very very cranky. I usually wait about 10 minutes before I go check on him to see if he will fall back asleep on his own. Sometimes he will, but for the most part he is still crying. I hate! hate! hate! listening to him cry but I know it is the only way he is going to learn how to self soothe and fall asleep on his own. I try to be persistent at it but I will admit if he is crying up to an hour I will give in and pick him up.........and as soon as I do he will fall asleep in my arms. That little bugger! He is such a smart little cookie, he knows if he cries long enough mommy will give in and pick him up. But how long should I let him cry for?? Does anyone else have this problem??
Monday, July 13, 2009
Thursday, July 9, 2009
Mamma Bear Tip......
Wow! is formula ever expensive!! For a mother on maternity leave I wanted to find out what I could do to cut the costs. A friend of mine tipped me off to a great way to save $$$$. If you go on the formula company websites you can sign up to get coupons and free offers in the mail!! Baby bear uses Similac formula so we went to their website and signed up for their Welcome Addition Club and they sent us free samples in the mail and checks for $5, $10, & $15 off! What a bargoon!! So then I signed up for all the baby websites, Heinz, Johnson & Johnson, etc. and I am saving so much!
So I pass this tip on to all you new momma bears, sign up for these baby clubs!! You'll be rolling in the savings.
Tuesday, July 7, 2009
I am a new mother or a new "momma bear" as I like to be called to a beautiful 6, almost 7, month old boy. He is the ultimate blessing in my life besides my husband of course, and I would like to write this blog to remember and reflect on all his many milestones.......and possibly pass on some advice i've gained to new clueless mamma bears like myself. I realize with him being almost 7 months old already I may be a little late in getting started, but better late than never I always say!
My little baby bear was born on December 12, 2008 which also happens to be my birthday. Baby bears original due date was December 4 and he had gone over due. Not wanting to wait any longer to meet my little angel I opted to have an induction. Although I didn't mind giving up my birthday to my baby bear to be, others had some different opinions and so we scheduled the induction for December 11. December 11 came and my husband and I were very excited and anxious!! Off to the hospital we went and all settled into my little delivery room we got. I had baby bears father, of course, and my very best girl friend, Auntie T in the delivery room with me. The Dr. came in and put me on a petocin drip and broke my water, in a few hours baby bear would finally be here. Shortly after that wonderful anastegiologist came in and gave me an epidural. It didn't work!! panik stricken I made the nurse track down the poor man to find out what had gone wrong. Thankfully it was just that I needed a larger dose, the nice anastegiologist turned that drip right up and I was in pain free heaven ....... then began the waiting game. For a mother and father who opted not to find out the sex of the baby the waiting game was only made that much longer. So we waited and we waited and we waited some more. Although very pain free from that large dose of epidural, I was very anxious to meet baby bear and more importantly find out the answer to the question is baby bear a boy? Or girl? Hour after hour went by, nearing midnight and still no baby bear! The Dr., at 11:45 finally gave me the o.k to push. And by 12:40 a.m. December 12, 2008 I got the best birthday present I had ever recieved. It was a boy!!! an 8lb 8oz, 19 ½ inch beautiful baby boy.
And there began our lives with baby bear. Little did I know it wouldn't be as easy as mothering my baby dolls. I hope to pass on my experiences with baby bear to all new momma bears out there. My husband and I are learning as we go, so hopefully this blog will give new momma bears like me some insight into what they don't tell you in the books.