THIS is what I had hoped having a baby would be like. She's my little buddy, my best friend, my adorable accessory, my reason and reminder for having fun in life.
I joined a parenting book club. I hate reading, but I love comparing notes with other parents, and this book club (started by a friend) was advertised as reading optional. That's the kind of commitment I can handle. Our first book was How to Talk so Kids Will Listen, and Listen so Kids Will Talk… Continue reading How To Talk So Kids Will Listen, a review
I just want to look at my baby and feel like she is perfectly happy, healthy, and carefree. Do we ever get to that point as parents, or will there always be something to worry about?
I used gentle baby sleep methods to try to get my bed-sharing baby used to sleeping in the crib. Did I make it till the end of the 10 days I challenged us to? Are we sleeping peacefully with baby in the crib using only gentle methods? Here's a re-cap of our 10 night challenge. NIGHT ONE… Continue reading A Gentle Baby Sleep Experiment: The Conclusion
My wife and I always knew we wanted one child. Even when we wavered on having any children at all, we knew that if we did, we'd want an only child. We both loved the idea of the one-child lifestyle, the extra resources, traveling more, getting back to restful sleeps and feeling like ourselves again… Continue reading On having a second child
Sleep has been miserable. Nonexistent, really. Avery has been rashy and fussy. I went off of the Cow's Milk Protein Allergy diet after 6 weeks to test out her tolerance and she definitely reacted less severely, but the eczema never did go away completely. She seems to be able to tolerate small amounts (maybe she… Continue reading It’s Eggs! Avery’s struggle with food sensitivities
Cool fact #1: there is no increased risk of choking with baby-led weaning vs spoon-feeding purees. Babies will gag. This is OK and is not the same thing as choking (it's important to know the difference). This reflex will go away, but yes, it is very unsettling while it lasts.
Inspired by International Women's Day (and the #daywithoutawoman campaign that has my friends all taking the day off of work) I'm starting a self-care campaign for myself and anyone else who wants in on this challenge. I'm using the hashtag #selfcareformama on twitter (@momwithawife). I was a pro at self-care when I was pregnant. I meditated, ate… Continue reading Self-Care Campaign
Last night was night 1 of 10 in a sleep "training" challenge for us. Avery sleeps perfectly through the night (11 hours) when she bed shares, but we're ready to kick her out for the sake of my back and our intimacy as a couple. I've tried moving her to the crib a few times… Continue reading A gentle baby sleep experiment
We had an empty weekend. That is so rare and so sweet an occurrence for me, the homebody. Besides Avery's early Saturday morning swimming lesson (my wife wore the bathing suit this week so I didn't even have to shave my legs) we had nothing scheduled. We spent Saturday lazing around the house, cooking, and… Continue reading A Sunday Funday at the Butterfly Conservatory