We ordered a baby hammock & I am so excited about it! She loves to swing & rock so I figured it would be really nice to have a place to do those things w/out wrecking my back. I didn't put my oldest down, and didn't want her to self soothe with her thumb or pacifier, and, in general, I reallly put too much pressure on myself and got SO BURNT OUT. This time, I feel okay w/all of the above... if/when she is willing! She doesn't like the pacifier, but after reading of you guys letting babes suck on your fingers I tried it & she loved it... she likes to chew and suck & it feels so neat. I'm trying to get her to find her thumb, too. So far, no luck... but the finger thing is still so new to her.
For the first time moms, it really really does get better... I know my 2nd got a much better mama than my first because I had to learn so much. Now I need help in learning to balance everyone's needs, including my own.
|meeting moms is worse than dating, i think.
Yes, it is! When I had dd here 4 years ago, I only knew 1 other mom and she was 40 miles away & so harshly critical of everything. I wasn't used to having other girl friends, either.. I've always had male friends. I was so thankful when I found MDC at 7 mos. This time around I am feeling SO BLESSED to have women, both here & IRL, to talk to! I've made a couple of friends and I just went to the 4th monthly meeting of LLL in the area this morning. (I am feeling socially awkward around other women now, but I'll take it... I NEED other women!)
jeaninevp~ I think you asked about the sun in our solstice celebration... last year we made suns to hang on the door (of our airstream, we were on our way to visit family) at sunset. I also made a sun out of wire, paired it with a goddess figurine I had made & placed it in the center of all of dd's toys, with all of them facing the "mother" giving birth to the "son"-I got that idea from Celebrating the Great Mother
. All day we kept track of the sun in the sky (it was easy to do on the drive) & ate citrus.
I guess what I'm saying is, we just take the time to notice, talk about & honor the sun!
lactivist~ I loved the idea of the Holly King! We haven't done Santa w/dd because I had major issues w/being lied to about it( maybe I was a little too analytical as a child
) and I also hated how commercialized he is. This year I want to get something together for St. Nicholas Day on the 6th....
See you all in about 5 pages!!