Infant Behavior – Don’t Ever Let Me Go

I’m not new at being a mom.  Not by any stretch of the imagination.  Between two nephews, two nieces, and two boys of my own, I’d seen lots of infant behavior… but I can still be surprised.  One thing that I’m learning is that Eudora’s infant behavior can be so completely different from her brothers and cousins.  Sure, Norton was a pretty happy baby, but he was fairly independent.  No cuddles for him, and only his Daddy could comfort him when he was hurt.  Andy was also pretty happy, but from birth, he was all about his Papa.  I love my boys, and my boys love me, but I’ve never had that feeling of being number one.

With Eudora, I’m finding things to be so incredibly different.

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Wordless Wednesday – Eudora’s 10,000 Watt Smile

Eudora is growing.  In fact, we’re at that point where she’s outgrowing all of her 0-3 month outfits.  This means that I’m taking pictures of my pretty girl like no tomorrow so that I can make sure I have a picture of her in every outfit.  Here’s some that are just brightened by the brilliance of her smile.

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Infant Diaper Rash and Flipping Out over Cloth Diapers

One of the biggest reasons that I love using cloth diapers is that the dreaded infant diaper rash is very seldom an issue.  Still, though, I don’t use cloth diapers exclusively.  I use disposables overnight because there is nothing in the world that will keep my children from drenching the bed.  Heck, Norton periodically floods a disposable.  That kid is just a heavy wetter.   We also use disposables on outings.  However, Eudora developed a nasty infant diaper rash last weekend, and it’s got me rethinking using disposables on her when we do less than two hour trips out.

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Adventures in Babywearing – My Velcro Baby

Adventures in Babywearing – My Velcro Baby (Cloth Diaper Addicts)

Norton and me on the trail up to Bridal Falls. Sling: Heart 2 Heart

When Norton was tiny, he was okay with not being held.  In fact, he preferred it.  We didn’t do a whole lot of babywearing, but when we did, it was because we were going to truly have some adventures in babywearing.  Our adventures in babywearing were of the outdoor variety.  I carried him in a Heart 2 Heart ring sling when we went to Hell’s Gate and Bridal Falls.  I wore him in a Snugli when we went to  the Ancient Forest.  (I’ve since learned that the Snugli style of carrier are referred to as “crotch danglers” and are not the best option.)  Our attempts at adventures in babywearing with a Moby wrap didn’t go so well, but probably because I waited too long to try it.  It was okay when we got the Ergo carrier, but again, at that point, he was over being worn.

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Wordless Wednesday – The Faces of Eudora

One of the most amazing things about being a mommy is seeing the faces and expressions that our little ones make.  I’ve been a little light on posting pictures of Eudora, so here’s my girl. 🙂


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Sibling Bonding – Norton’s a Good Big Brother

Most parents worry about having a new baby.  How will the older child adapt?  How will I divide my attention?  I’m no different.  It turns out that, well, aside from some brief issues with toddler separation anxiety, I was worrying about nothing on the sibling bonding front.  It looks like sibling bonding is going very well… and it helps that Norton is such a very good big brother to Eudora.

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Infant Safety, Bumbo Chairs, and You

Norton eating apples in his Bumbo chair

Bumbo chairs are popular little items.  My local Facebook buy and sell page always has them up for sale or people looking to buy them.  They’re popular for good reason: little babies who can’t sit up on their own yet but prefer to be upright can be… without mom or dad having to hold them continuously.  I loved my Bumbo. It’s what we used for Norton when we first started feeding him solids in lieu of a high chair. We’d sit on the living room floor and feed him, one parent bravely and carefully feeding him (and keeping the puppies at bay) while the other manned the camera. They’re wonderful little devices… if and only if parents keep infant safety in mind.

You see, it seems that infant safety is the biggest issue with Bumbo seats.  Infant safety isn’t an issue because of the Bumbo seat itself, of course.  The issue arises because of people not actually following the directions.

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Like Mother, Like Daughter

When Norton was born, the husband’s family insisted that he looked just like his daddy.  As time has gone on, I have to admit that, yeah, he does look a lot like the husband.  Don’t get me wrong, there’s some resemblance to me and he’s absolutely adorable… but when it comes to expressions and body language, it’s all the husband.

With Eudora, though, we knew that she would look a lot like me before she even came out.  When we went for our 3D ultrasound in Vancouver, it was apparent that she already looked like me.

But now that she’s here, there’s absolutely no doubt who she looks like.

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Repeat Cesarean Recovery and My Breastfeeding Attempt

So, my birth story didn’t go the way it was supposed to.  Our picture perfect plan for a VBAC delivery ended in a repeat cesarean.  A repeat cesarean was clearly not what we’d had planned, but it was the safest thing for Eudora, so I’m okay with that.  I have to say, though, that the initial two hours after my repeat cesarean were extremely different from my c-section with Norton.

With Norton, I recovered in the room with him, even though I was too heavily sedated to actually do anything with him.  With Eudora, I was in the recovery unit where people tend to go after minor surgeries.  I remembered being in there with Andy after he had his first surgery on his hand.  I have to say, I was not blissfully bombed out of my mind after her delivery.

No, far from it.

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