Sunday, May 24, 2009

One (plus baby) is the loneliest number

The strange thing about motherhood, and something I wan't prepared for, is how lonely the job can feel at times. There's so much time when it's just the two of us at the house, doing errands, keeping each other company. I'm often - but thankfully not always - the one who ends up holding her, comforting her, shhhh-ing her in church, feeding her. My ears seem to always be especially tuned to her noises and the need to tend to her needs.

Thankfully, there are times during the week where I know that I'm part of a larger group, a sorority of sorts. We go to StrollerFit and restore the core, and those are the times of the week where I do feel more "normal." It makes me feel like I'm not alone in my frustrations or tiredness or joy. I get to smile, laugh, and be active with an amazing group of women and kids who inspire me.

Monday, May 18, 2009

Miracle Swaddling Blanket - Love it!

Our little one is a HUGE fan of swaddling and, consequently, so are we. The baby sleeps so much more soundly and for much longer when her limbs are still and cozy. I've heard lots of moms say, "We really wanted to swaddle our baby but they always escaped so we just gave up on swaddling." I happened to comment one day that the baby had escaped from her swaddle again and my sister in law steered me toward a product she loves and I've found that I now love it, too. It's the Miracle Blanket and it's a different kind of swaddling blanket that we're now big fans of at our house. The Miracle Blanket is a wonderful little thing AND they also have great customer service... spectacular, in fact.