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I love my girls.  I love having two girls.  The sister bond is something that is totally indescribable and I love watching them grow up together.

Having two girls was also very cost effective.  The hand me downs, the pink items that don’t need to be purchased again… everything about having two girls was just great.

But…

I have to be honest and say that I get a little twitch in my gut when I hear about someone having a second baby that is the opposite sex as their first child.

When I hear about someone having “one of each,” I can’t help but feel a little punch to the gut.

It’s not sad.  I’m definitely not sad about it.

Jealous, maybe?

I’ll probably never know what it’s like to raise a son.  I feel like I’m missing out a little bit.  That’s all.

This is a perfectly normal feeling, right?

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Anything involving both kiddos is hard work. I don’t know how other moms do it while looking absolutely calm and collected. 

I always feel like I’m bumbling around and so uncoordinated and not graceful at all!

Why we decided to go to the zoo is beyond me….

Ok, I’m exaggerating…. It wasn’t THAT bad, but it was definitely hard. 

For starters, we have a double stroller. Then, we obviously have to carry around half of our belongings to accommodate the baby…

Maybe if I was breastfeeding, it would have been a little easier. Having to carry around bottles, water and formula was just bulky and such a hassle. 

Then, the logistics. 

M wanted to see and do a lot of things.  K just wanted to eat. 

I felt that I probably spent most of my time sitting on some shades table feeding K and allowing her some time out of her carrier…

It was definitely not easy and I can clearly remember why we never to M anywhere like that when she was that young. However, Hubby was on vacation and we felt that M deserved some fun time and we decided to suck it up and just go. 

I’m glad we went. The whole experience just left Hubby and I absolutely exhausted!

So Little M is teething..

The poor little girl, she’s so uncomfortable.  She’s drooling like crazy.. she’s got her fingers and thumbs in her mouth all the time.. she gets soo frustrated and annoyed that she gets whiny.. I feel so bad.

Yesterday, I thought her teeth finally cut through.. Her bottom gums are pretty much so transparent that you can see the two bottom front teeth.. and the little itty bitty ridges of those two tiny teeth.  I thought her teeth came in because you can see them so clearly.  But when I ran my finger onto her bottom gums, I didn’t feel them.. but they are sooo close!

She’s rubbing her gums with her hands and she’s biting everything she can get her hands on.. including my shoulder..

The pediatrician said that I should freeze a wash cloth and have her chew on it.. or wrap an ice cube in a wash cloth and rub it on her gums.  She said to try various teething rings and toys to she what she prefers too.. and if she’s really uncomfortable to give her tylenol or advil…

Her pediatrician also says absolutely no oragel because of the risk of overdosing on lidocane (sp?).   She says that lidocane slows down heartbeats and that there is a tendency to overdose because you just slather it onto babies gums and reapply when the discomfort starts again.  I’m sure the directions specified how to properly use oragel, but I don’t want to risk anything.  I’m going to try some of these safer, no medication remedies to see if she can find some relief…

What kind of things did you other mommies (and daddies) do to help relieve your little one during their teething time?

First post of the new year.. whoopee!

Little M turned 4 months old on January 3rd.  She had her well-baby check up yesterday and her peditrician told me that she is no longer to be considered a “premie.”  She’s in the 75th percentile in size and weight, and if they were to make adjustments for her early birth, then she would be off the charts.

It’s always good to hear that your child is thriving and healthy.  I love knowing that she isn’t a premie.. her pediatrician never really considered her a premie in size and weight since she was born, so that’s good.

Little M’s has grown in so many ways, she is a completely different baby from the one I gave birth to in September.

Right before the year ended, she mastered the art of rolling over (back to tummy).  She had done it a few times when she was 2 months old on my parents couch, but that was because the couch really helped with the momentum of her turn.  Now, she’s able to flip back to tummy with ease going towards her left side.  She’s constantly working on turning on her right side now, and I think she’ll master that in no time.  She’s also gone from tummy to back a few times.  It’s not perfected, but I know it will be soon enough.

I literally can’t leave her anywhere except the playpen now.

She’s also learned how to change the tone of her voice from high to low and everything in between.  She loves to make her voice go high and will do it all the time, especially to show frustration.  It’s funny how I see myself a lot in that aspect.  She’s also developing her little language and has started saying “wa wa wa” and slowly we can here those “wa” sounds turn into slightly softer “da” sounds.. Hubby likes hearing those a lot!

She’s finally learned how to laugh now too!  My brother had started it when we were all at my parents house for Christmas.  Now she chuckles with the cutest little laugh.  The only thing is that she gets the hiccups every time she laughs.  It’s pretty funny.

Today, she started rice cereal.  Yes.  She’s on her first steps toward solid foods.  My little baby is growing up!

She took it well.  She had a few bites of really runny rice cereal.  She knew to open her mouth, but she didn’t quite know what to do with what I put in there.  Some of it she spit out while making raspberry sounds, but most of it she ate.  She would even grab the spoon from me.

It’s been a fast four months and it is unbelievable how much babies can grow and develop in such a short amount of time.  Every week, it’s always something new and if you blink you’ll miss it.

 

 

I’m sitting here on the floor while Little M is playing on her play-mat kicker thing.. and gosh.. where has all the time gone?

She’s three months old.  She’s currently on her side playing with one of the hanging animals and constantly trying to roll onto her tummy.. if only she could just get over her arm.. She’s also cooing and smiling at herself at the mirror hanging from above her.. She’s finally starting to open up her fists when she reaches stuff and successfully grabbing onto things as a result.

I can’t believe how much babies grow in the span of three months.. not just my baby.. but babies, in general.  They start off so small and fragile-like.  They can’t support their own heads, and all they seem to do is sleep, sleep, sleep.

In three months.. they are a completely different creature.

Everyone says that you have to enjoy your little one while they are small because they will never be this small again.  I try to enjoy her so young, but it’s hard when she just grows and learns in leaps and bounds.

Sometimes Hubby says that he can’t wait for her to talk, crawl, walk, etc.. but I keep saying no.  I want to enjoy her like this for as long as possible.  I just want to enjoy every stage, phase, milestone as long as humanly possible because they do pass by in the blink of an eye.

Ok, so my freetime is up.  Little M is tired of playing and is “telling” me to do something about it.. at least she gave me this time to set up a blog entry.. back to being mommy!

Little M and I have decided to visit my parents house this past week and next week.  This past week was a little uneventful because the weather has been pretty yucky.

Little M has discovered a new toy at my parents house…..

The ceiling fan.

For the longest time earlier in the week she would stare at it.. she’d just stare at it over and over.  These past few days we decided to let it turn for her to see..

She loves watching the ceiling fan turn..

Maybe I should tie some stuffed animals on the blades and make it her mobile..

Babies love the wierdest things..

 

My goodness, no one ever features the real glamors of parenthood on television.

You never see the healing process of a mother after childbirth..

You never see the discomforts of breastfeeding..

You see the growth of a woman’s busom, but you don’t see how unsexy they feel!

By no means am I complaining.. in fact, I’m loving every second of this new chapter of my life.

It’s just that they prepare and prepare and prepare you for childbirth, childcare and all of the stuff in between.  What they don’t prepare you for is the way it feels to heal after labor, or how it feels when your milk finally comes in..

I knew the healing wasn’t going to be fun, but I had no idea that finally producing milk is a relatively uncomfortable experience..

However, all these discomforts seem to disappear whenever I hold my daughter in my arms.. it’s just that simple..

 


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