Having another baby: I cannot wait. I get so sad when I think of the day we'll be done. But on the other hand, I am so excited for them to grow and become who they'll be. I've struggled with serious depression my whole life and was honestly never happy until our first was born. She split through that darkness and it has disappeared. Honestly, having babies has done for me what years of therapy couldn't have. It made everything so clear. Having them has brought such happiness and it's like a drug, yknow? I can't get enough of it. Happiness and peace and contentedness and optimism and purpose and perspective. These beautiful little souls, it is just a privilege to do this job. It has just come so easily to me and I feel like it's what I was meant to do. I would have 10 if it were feasible!
baby swing: yes. Love this thing. I also prefer to hold her while she sleeps but I would honestly just never get anything done. And she looooves it. Loves it. I was thinking yesterday how she sleeps more than DD1 did and actually, I think it is probably because of the swing (we didn't have one the first time around) - she is just so happy in it she stays asleep longer!
dollyanna: she won't take a bottle? You're doing all that supplementing at the breast? Props, girl - that's awesome!
xmas gifts for the baby - same here, Leiahs, I hadn't planned on gifts for her but DD1 is insistant she needs some. I picked up a sweet little Japanese bowl (it has the dearest bunnies on it) for when she starts to eat, and will probably take DD1 to pick out a toy of some sort. I need to look for a toy bar for our carseat too - thanks for the reminder!
diapers: holy hannah. This babies PEES. Honestly, yesterday from about 1pm to 10pm, I changed her diaper LITERALLY every 20 minutes, max. She was soaking them one after another! And she has zero tolerance for wet so she screamed every time until she was changed. That's at least 3 diapers an hour, for 9 hours. That's some crazy math! I'm tired. Thankfully she slept until 6:3p am and then until 8:30am!!
Christmas: tree is finally decorated, some last minute crafting is happening (knitting a ballerina, sewing a hot pink sequined play dress, making sparkle playdough), I really need to start wrapping gifts and doing some baking! Our advent gifts have been a godsend, giving DD1 an activity most days - today was a new birdfeeder so we spent a good amount of time outside, refilling all the feeders and playing.
pi: I am an extremely nostalgic person, I definitely tint the past (my own and others') with emotion and meaning that wasn't realized at the time or might not have been there at all!
lifeguard: love the sling idea. It's true that they get SO many comments while in public,. When I ordered mine off etsy the seller sent some business cards with it and I did actually hand them out to strangers because people ask all.the.time. Constantly. And I always tell them it's the one piece of gear I absolutely couldn't do without. Today I walked, sewed, baked and played all while baby slept in it.
rosemary: tell us about your art!
theboysmama: ohh, hugs to you! those definitely sound like concerning signs. I hope your doctor can reassure you though. I'll be thinking of you xo
Both babes are sleeping as I type, so I suppose I should really go do something productive....like dishes....or something.....but honestly, chatting here with you ladies has been such a wonderful thing, I consider it productive and necessary, too!