Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Crying it Out - Mom vs. Baby?

Here I sit before you with bags under my eyes and exhaustion in my soul, ashamed and ready to admit that my baby rarely sleeps in his crib. In fact, when he sleeps in the bed with us, he still sleeps fitfully, exactly perpendicular to Big D and I. Like a big H. A caramel crossbar supported by one chocolate and one vanilla vertical end pole. He awakes every 3 hours or so for a sip of water or milk, oblivious that his mom-servant may just appreciate a full 8 hours stretch of sleep one day. The baby also continues the same foot-in-rib routine that he established in the womb. But this time, Dad is the victim. I can't say that this little move doesn't give me a small bit of joy, as Big can now belatedly commiserate with at least that aspect of my pregnancy discomfort.
 
You see, in order to get Baby D to sleep in his baby jail, we'd have to follow that long, wearily but well trodden path that all of our parent friends have taken before us. The Cry it Out method. Yes, I am well aware that the pretty new-on-the-scene Baby D and I appeared in The Bump/local news video piece about sleeping though the night. Looks like it didn't take.
 
I've heard from everyone who has successfully sleep-trained that the baby changes the routine after a few months and you must re-establish all over again. I've tried it a few times and two minutes of screaming from my crib inmate is two minutes too long. Add the outstretched arms and little dimpled toddler fingers frantically clawing the air for freedom and I'm a goner. He's whisked back into my arms and ferried to the safety and comfort of the pillowtop.
 
Round One: Baby wins. Should I hire a sleep expert of just start working on a sound-proof nursery?

Friday, January 21, 2011

How Does Technology Impact Your Daily Interaction with Family?

The Hubbers asked me a question yesterday that made me as myself: Am I too connected? He didn't mean any harm with it, I least I don't think he did. He said that I have an alternate life online. When I asked for specifics, he cited me uploading pictures to the blog from our visit to the museum the same day or bringing along the iPad for our visit. Hey! the American Museum of Natural History has iPad tours and tools for visitors to download. I was enhancing our visit.
 
Granted, these questions usually come on the heels of a Twitter party because of the close attention and time I have to dedicate for the hour. But these occur every two months or so. I try not to feel guilty about taking even that small amount of time away from the family on that rare occasion where I am online while everyone is awake. This, all coming from a woman who is sporting a baby blanket stuffed into her winter coat as a makeshift scarf because she was too busy getting the baby bundled up to dress herself properly. This is my hobby. For the most part, being the first mom among your group of friends living in a singles-friendly city doesn't exactly leave lots of opportunity for solo outings with gals. Its not like I can go on back-to-back weekend destination bachelor's parties. Ahem.
 
My presence online allows me to share my parenting experiences with other parents. Its also brought me broad knowledge about every thing in the world about which I've always wanted to learn. Indo-French spices? Check. Slight of hand tricks? Check. It has even allowed me to self-diagnose my appendicitis in real-time, introduce Baby D - hours after his birth - to my relatives in the neighboring states and across the globe, and search for the perfect home. For my family. My e-hobby is much better than living on Facebook (no offense, Facebook), obsessing about the lives of others. I'm enhancing our lives. 
 
Now, I've heard about parents tinkering with their smartphones during baby's bath time. Or gaming while propping a bottle during feedings. That's not this girl. I use technology to introduce the baby to stories he can hear, see and physically interact with, or alter. Do you know what a Quetzal sounds like? Baby D does. We use technology as a supplement and nor a substitute. When used properly, it can be hugely beneficial to families, especially this one, by getting tasks done more efficiently. This frees up time for vis-a-vis interaction. But that's just the opinion from a technologically-enhanced mom. 

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Do You Haiku?

Lately, I've been thinking all my daydreaming thoughts in haiku. I was in love with the poetic style when my sixth grade teacher first introduced it to us, but since then, I haven't been haikuing. As I sit here now, with my mind ticking in 5-7-5 meter, I feel like I should try to haiku with you more often. They're short and sweet. And most of the time, they're little inside jokes we've kept only to ourselves. Yet, we tip our hand slightly to share an inch or two of our internal ticker tape - both with sense and nonsense.

I hope to make haiku a weekly feature. But let's not get ahead of ourselves.


thank goodness it did
life has had mercy on me
second chances sure are sweet

Do you haiku*?


* Yes, I realize its not a verb. But it probably should be.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Kix Prize Pack Giveaway Winner!

Comment #56 wins the giveaway. Congratulations Christina G.! I'll be contacting you for your details.

I have more giveaways coming up shortly, so stay tuned. Thank you for stopping by!

Wordless Wednesday - Big Man on Campus

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Update on Home Purchase

I kinda feel like I just broke up with a fiance. We negotiated, put in time and money over the last few months and even signed a contract. All to have it fall apart. Our betrayal: the home appraisal. It simply didn't come in high enough to cover the contract price. Honestly, that part blindsided us. Sure, the nearly $20,000 closing costs were a surprise but we got over it. Realized it was the cost of being in love - with a house. We'd have to spend that with whatever domestic partner we chose. But the appraisal? You seemed like a sure thing. Who knew?

So, our search for the perfect mate goes on. Big D and I still have hope that one day we'll reunite with our first residential love. But for now, we're off again. Let's hope we don't jump for the first beauty just to realize it's a rebound. Why is home-buying so difficult?

Monday, January 10, 2011

Moms are Liars.

Because we have to be. The world just may fall apart were it not for the little lies that moms have to tell. Sure, the baby may have thrown up three times instead of the one you copped to. How long is he sleeping at night? Suddenly, that 75 minutes turns into a few minutes shy of three hours. Depends on what you define as "night". I go to bed at 1 am, so yes, Baby D is totally sleeping through my type of night. Wow, you breastfed for the entire first year? When you're attached to a pump, 9 and a half months is a year.

Ok, so those aren't the big ones. Moms lie because it tends to make everything better. When a Mom wakes up four times a night, we report two of those times, max. Dads can return to work guilt-free knowing that Mom took the day off for the sick baby because there wasn't much going on at her own job. Even as the files pile up on her desk. As we wince at the sight of the vaccine-containing needle, we tell the baby that it'll only pinch when we KNOW that this is scary and will hurt like hell. Cooking dinner (including julienning carrots with speed that would make Tom Colicchio jealous) one-handedly while cradling a toddler with an iron grip? No problem, we've got this. Moms will even tell you that raising a child or two or three is really not as exhausting as it looks. But it is. It HAS to be.

Here's to you, Moms. Keep telling those sweet little lies. We're there with you and we forgive you.

What Mom lies have you told?

Monday, January 3, 2011

Goals for 2011

I may be a little behind on this (considering I just inhaled about five Christmas cookies) but here are some of my goals for this year:

1. Pay more attention to the simple but beautiful things around me. Including a quick meal together with The Ds or a sing-along in the car.

2. Cut the working mom guilt. Until they legalize human cloning, I can't be everywhere. I had a working mother. I turned out okay, didn't I? Err...

3.  Try not to make everything happen RIGHT NOW. Trust the process. (This includes home-buying)

4. Write more. Eat less.

5. Get involved in some sort of cardio program before these yummy toddler snacks hit me too hard.

6. Watch less realilty TV. Watch less sports.

7. Take a more active role in actually preparing dinner. I mean beyond picking up the telephone to order out every night.This includes returning to cooking all of Baby D's baby food.

8. Go on more date nights with Big D. (Mom, I hope you're reading this.)

9. Build the block tower just one more time even though its 10:30 pm, Big D is on trial and staying late this week, there's no secondary caretaker in sight and I know that Baby D is just going to knock the hell out of it, and look at me to rebuild it again. (This is dad's job, kid. Let's not take it away from him)

10. Work on really Hitting Send and Letting Go. That's why this blog is here, right?

What (hopefully) attainable goals have you set for yourself in 2011?

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Don't Mind the Skull & Bones Shirt. Look at the Sneaky Guy Behind Us.

Kix Prize Pack Giveaway & Review


Growing up in the household with a very successful, goal-driven (read: super busy), nutritionist mother, my sister and I had to eat something healthy in the morning and we also had to be able to prepare it quickly. Yes, we were the kids who had the restriction on super-sugary cereals. We were a Kix and Cheerios family. Mom threw in a little Honey Nut Cheerios when she wanted to kick it up a notch. She wanted to make healthy choices for us while keeping it easy for herself.

Based on a new survey from Kix, she’s not alone. The survey found that 84 percent of parents turn to cereal with milk for a quick and healthy breakfast.

Cereal is one of the healthiest breakfast choices parents can make. Ready-to-eat cereal has fewer calories than almost any other common breakfast option, while also being nutrient-dense and convenient. In addition, cereal eaters consume less cholesterol and more fiber than non-cereal eaters.

WHERE was I when Kix came out with Honey Kix? When Big D, Little D and I tried it for the first time a few weeks ago, I had set aside a small container of it for myself because they kept returning from the kitchen together with their hands in the box. No milk, just lightly-sweetened crunchy goodness. Honey Kix gives Kix that extra-special je ne sais quoi. Just like the good old days when I was a wee one, Kix (especially Honey Kix!) has become a staple in our morning routine.

The "Kid-Tested Mother-Approved®"cereal is made with whole grain corn and is an excellent source of iron. It also is a good source of calcium, fiber, and Vitamins C and D. Original Kix has no artificial colors, flavors or preservatives.

Would you like to try Kix and Honey Kix? How about your very own snack container, to keep a little Kix on the side for Mama? General Mills is also throwing in something fun for the kiddies. This prize pack includes a 24-piece counting-themed floor puzzle, fun learn-to-count flashcards, a sippy cup, a portable snack container and a box each of Original Kix and Honey Kix cereals.


Buy It!

To find out more, visit www.KixCereal.com, featuring background on the history of Kix, nutritional content, and special offers.

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Answer this question in the comments: How you make your busy morning routine special for your family? 
In our household, remembering to put socks on the baby makes our morning routine special. 
 
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