The Glow.

November 22, 2011

Have you guys heard of The Glow? It’s a little collection of photos documenting the lives/homes of some designer moms. I’ve followed them since they first started up & eagerly anticipate each new family they post about (which only happens about once a month or so). I love everything about it — the stylish mamas, adorable kids in adorable clothes, all the unique home decor, and especially the captions where the moms share about how they raise their children & balance home life & work life. I know that the picture is incomplete — they don’t show all the tantrums, meltdowns, and crazy messes — but it is still so sweet to see how much all these moms cherish their children & delight in the everyday things.

“It’s hard to be little so give them the time they need to sort it all out—I’m pretty sure that by the time she’s 10 she will no longer want a pacifier at bedtime, wear a diaper when she sleeps, or insist on putting away her favorite toys when friends come over (her attempt at getting around the whole sharing thing).” -Lauren Moffatt

“I try to use our time together to do fun things, even when I’m so tired I can’t see straight. I create fun rituals that Grayson and I will look forward to. We do quick meals together with easy clean up.” -Meredith Kahn

“I try really hard not to let any of it pass me by. I don’t want to take even a moment for granted.” -Ramya Giangola

“I don’t let her watch T.V., but she watches it sometimes with her dad. She’s obsessed with Dora. My friend actually had to stop her daughter from watching it because she was starting to talk like Dora.” -Laura Garcia

“It’s frightening at times to think that you are shaping someone’s life and who they will become. Often I hear Ruby using one of my expressions, or doing an unfortunate dance move that she learned from me and I’m reminded that she is a sponge, taking it all in, and each moment big or small molds who she is. I used to catch myself when I sounded or acted like my mother—singing off-key definitely comes from her, we’re both a bit tone-deaf—but now I love it. I am my mother’s daughter, and Ruby is all mine.” -Jeanann Williams

“I hate this saying, but ‘don’t sweat the small stuff’ is true. I now try to let the small stuff slide—there will be lots of small stuff so I make it a point to focus my energy on the big issues.” -Christiane Lemieux

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Oliver at Five Months.

November 18, 2011

There’s a new blog I read: E Tells Tales. I love it cause she’s about the same age as me & has a baby boy EE who is just about a week older than Ollie. She’s a great storyteller & is just plain funny (though she does have a bit of a potty mouth). I find myself laughing out loud to a lot of her posts. Anyway, she posts these monthly updates of EE that are so funny & maybe even more amusing to me because I can nod my head in agreement to so much of what she writes. I wish I had done the same since Ollie was one month, but ah well, five months is still better than never!

So here goes:

Special Talents

Rolling from back to tummy. Still can’t go from tummy to back, but I really don’t mind so much since he is a tummy sleeper. I attribute his slow progress on rolling to his ginormous cloth diapered booty (speaking of which, I will post a cloth diapering report soon!).

Smiling, laughing, squealing & screaming. He’s definitely testing the range of his voice these days. Sometimes the noises that come out sound not-so-happy, but we really can’t tell, so we just leave him there to keep on screaming away.

Like EE, Ollie is the king of breastfeeding abuse. He is constantly smacking me in the chest & face with his free arm, biting my nipples, scratching my face, pulling my hair, and kicking my arm. It gets worse as the day goes on. Why?!

Crying

Thankfully he has never been much of a crier (except back in the first month when he would scream/cry his head off for hours in the middle of the night. Thank GOD those days are over…). He’s never cried very much before falling asleep, or even when he gets up early, but lately he has been crying more. I can’t figure out why — maybe he just enjoys our company more now?

Sleep

Still an excellent 7-7 nighttime sleeper (so thankful). His morning nap is pretty golden, but the afternoon nap is hit or miss. Trying out all different kinds of waketime lengths, but still haven’t figured it out. Thankfully he makes up for a bad afternoon nap by taking a stellar evening nap.  Overall he is a pretty good sleeper I would say, but it still stresses me out like crazy when he doesn’t nap well. I don’t know why I do that to myself. It obviously bothers me more than it bothers him.

Dislikes

When I leave him alone for more than 20-30 min. Usually when he’s about to cry, he lays really still on his playmat for a few minutes, not moving at all, and then bursts out with a LOUD tearful cry. Haha, it is so cute & endearing.

When I flick him on the cheek for biting me while nursing. At first he would just pull off and look at me then go straight back to eating. But I flicked him recently a little bit harder & he started screaming crying, tears rolling down his face, and refused to nurse. Even after I bounced him around & told him it was okay, he would just cry and cry every time I brought him close. It was the most heartbreaking thing I’ve experienced since I became a mother. I can see why it is so hard to discipline your kids…. I just want him to be happy all the time! Is that so unreasonable?

Sleeping in the stroller. Like, he doesn’t do it anymore. End of story.

Likes

Being bounced & kissed & sung to. Smiles & giggles abound. Daddy is the best at this… Mommy’s arms get too tired.

Mirrors! Seeing his reflection = immediate smiles. Must have picked that one up from his pops. ;) Just kidding, honey……

Watching us eat real people food. He is entranced whenever we put anything in our mouths — food, cups, forks. He is probably ready to start solids, but I am holding out just a little bit longer till we get back our norcal trip. Half dreading the extra work, but half excited for all the funny faces & to see how he likes eating different foods.

Gnawing on Sophie the giraffe. Because, yes, he got his first tooth! And it feels like his second is gonna come through in the next couple weeks. Oh boy, our baby is growing up so fast!