Monday, September 22, 2014
Tuesday, September 16, 2014
I'm not going to sugarcoat it - this cycle has been a little weird. Maybe I lucked out with the postpartum bleeding and this is cosmic payback because I am STILL spotting weeks later. It wasn't a particularly heavy flow and I am thanking my lucky stars that I didn't have cramping. But I did bloat up like crazy and my face was insanely broken out. The sad thing is that I'm almost to the end of my first pack of pills so that would mean my cycle should be starting up again and I am dreading it.
I do feel fortunate that it took so long to come back though and that it did actually come back. I know other moms who were exclusively breastfeeding that started sooner. Also, with the PCOS of course I figured there was a good chance my period could be AWOL for a long time. So. Yeah. That's where things are right now.
Monday, September 15, 2014
Some of you may recall that I was supposed to go back to work for the new school year, but then R got that job offer for Germany and everything changed. I'm going to be honest: I miss teaching. I miss my work friends, I miss working with (older) kids. Now, this could be exacerbated by the fact that we picked up and moved to another continent, so I have yet to make new friends and fall into a new routine of playgroups and such. I am very lonely here. In many respects I am thankful to have Ladybug here by my side in Germany because I feel like it might be even more lonely without her. I don't know.
But in any event, one of the things I mentioned to Leah is who cares?! I feel like becoming a mom has made me less judgmental. I don't feel like I am a better mom because I had an unmedicated birth, breastfeed, stay at home, etc. The list goes on and on. Nearly everything we do could be a matter of debate to some people: do you use plastic toys? Do you use a stroller or a carrier? And if you use a carrier, is it a "crotch dangler"? Do you use a jumper or a walker? Do you use jar baby food? Make your own food? Do baby led weaning? Are you teaching your baby to sign? Do you nurse your baby to sleep? Do you co-sleep with your baby? Do you nurse in public? Are you breastfeeding past the age of 1?
For F#*k's sake - parenting is hard. How about we spend less time judging and more time supporting each other. I feel so fortunate that back in the states I had a great group of new mom friends that spanned all sorts of philosophies but nobody was trying to force anything on anyone. In fact, the only time you got a glimpse of our differences was when someone would ask a question about something. But even then the moms shared their experiences without being judgy. It was more of a "this is what I do because it works for us" kind of thing. Gosh I miss them!
Thursday, September 11, 2014
Friday, September 5, 2014
My number one favorite thing for the trip: GoGo Travelmate for Ladybug's car seat. This not only helped us haul her seat around the airport, but in the week following when we didn't have a car but were hitching rides from new friends.
Speaking of carseats - we never used that infant car seat bucket thing and opted instead for the Britax Marathon in Pink Giraffe. I knew I was taking a gamble that her seat might get a little yucky with all this traveling BUT we learned the hard way on our road trip in June that less familiar car seat (R's) = not fun experience. R actually has a different car seat, since we were torn between the Britax and the Recaro Pro Ride. He loves his car seat, I love mine. Ladybug tends to prefer the one she is in at least 90% of the time.
Since she is now beyond debate food-ready, we also packed some of those Gerber puffs, which are like baby crack. Seriously. I gave her a tiny bit in the week leading up to the big flight just to ensure she wouldn't choke or whatever on the plane eating the first puff. No worries there, she took to them like she's been eating them her whole life.
My husband is not a fan of toys that make music, so he was not thrilled when he saw this toy at our gender reveal party but I saw it as an opportunity as we started packing up the house. To be honest, when the packers came in July Ladybug was still pretty ambivalent about toys. So I knew this could work well because it's small(ish). As we moved out of our house and into a hotel in the states for 11 days the toys I packed for her became even more important. Her tummy time gym was gone, jumperoo gone, all she had was the tiny toys I packed. This one was such a huge hit that one of the legs no longer works because she has chewed on it so much.
I also packed her all time favorite book Fuzzy Bee. I had to choose her books carefully in general for what goes in a suitcase and what went with the movers. But when it came time for what went into her diaper bag for on the plane Fuzzy Bee was a no brainer. It actually has a good deal of text to read (compared to many board books) and Ladybug loves touching the various pages.
Last, but certainly not least in the toy department we went on a last minute trip to Target to pick out a brand new toy for the plane. I wanted her to have some dependable favorites, but then something new to spark her interest. This pink elephant was perfect because it wasn't too big (I almost bought a giraffe that was much larger), it has those taggie things, a wooden part, AND it vibrates. I loved that it had the stroller/car seat clip too. We keep it clipped to her stroller right now and she plays with it on our daily walks.
Speaking of strollers, we picked up a Maclaren used from Craigslist and it has been a great airport/travel stroller. It is not the best for Germany's cobblestone but it's easy to fold up and we figured even if we never use it again once we find a house and get our household goods it was worth it.
But my all time favorite purchase has to be this. I'm already on my second pack, alas, because they are kind of small and in the hectic craziness of moving I think one of the first pair got packed and then the second I swear is somewhere in this hotel room because I used it on the plane, remember taking it off a toy when we arrived in the hotel but I haven't seen it since. That was two weeks ago. Sigh. But at 3.99 R said it's easier to just order more than tear our hair out looking for lost ones. The ONLY toy I have a hard time with is Sophie, but I just use a pacifier clip for that since L still resists the paci.