Week 25: My Pregnancy Journey

 25 weeks

Baby News:

A couple of days ago we got concerning news from my old OB.  My doctor called with my untrasound results and informed me that this baby has kidney distention.  Not the best news you want to hear from the baby doctor.  I guess I knew something was up because the doctor NEVER calls you with ultrasound results.  They usually discuss that AT your appointment.

Kidney Distention — Both of his kidneys are dialated and enlarged.

What does this mean?  We had a similar problem with Austin that seemed to resolve itself after he was born. The fetus usually grows out of this “problem” and nothing is needed to be done post partum.  I thought Austin’s kidney problem was due to my two-vessel cord (a umbilical cord is supposed to have three vessels). However, with my recent ultrasound, they said my umbilical cord was fine this time. I wonder why both of my babies have these kidney problems. Is it hereditary?  Was it something I’ve done?  I really hope Luke’s issue resolves itself like Austin’s. We will do a follow-up ultrasound at 33 weeks. The doctor told me not to worry, but of course I am going to.

Having news like this changes the mindset of your pregnancy.  Everything was going so well and without a hitch so far.  I figured that when the ultrasound tech told me that everything looked fine, I assumed just that.  I am not going to obsess over it like my first pregnancy and just pray that his kidneys will be okay at 33 weeks.

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How far along? 25 Weeks
Total weight gain: 17 lbs
Maternity clothes? Heck Yeh!  I can still wear normal shirts, but maternity jeans and comfy sweat pants are a must.
Stretch marks? No new ones
Sleep: Not since Austin started waking up in the middle of the night and setting our wake up at 5 am.
Best moment this week: Feeling the baby move all over my belly now.  He is definitely getting big.
Miss Anything? Wine… I need a little ME time now-a-days.  I also miss my old body.  I will most certainly be excersizing and letting my body rest and heal after we have this baby.
Movement: Yes, but not as frequent as Austin did.
Food cravings: Chocolate!  I still enjoy fruits and salads as well (same as when I was pregnant with Austin).
Anything making you queasy or sick: Brushing my teeth still makes me gag.
Gender: Boy
Labor Signs: No
Symptoms: I occassionally get heartburn.  I also get full very easily around dinner time and it makes it very uncomfortable to move.  Really, I drank a glass of water and now I’m full.  Okay.
Belly Button in or out? Still an innie, but looks like an outie/innie.  Does that make sense.  It doesn’t to me either.
Wedding rings on or off? On
Happy or Moody most of the time: My husband will agree that I am MOODY.  I think it’s my type A personality.  If things don’t go my way or I am not getting something done then my bitch switch gets turned on.
Looking forward to: Getting Luke’s nursery in order.

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My Pregnancy Journey: Week 25

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<strong>Baby News:</strong>

A couple of days ago we got concerning news from my old OB.  My doctor called with my untrasound results and informed me that this baby has kidney distention.  Not the best news you want to hear from the baby doctor.  I guess I knew something was up because the doctor NEVER calls you with ultrasound results.  They usually discuss that AT your appointment.

<strong>Kidney Distention — Both of his kidneys are dialated and enlarged.</strong>

What does this mean?  We had a similar problem with Austin that seemed to resolve itself after he was born. The fetus usually grows out of this “problem” and nothing is needed to be done post partum.  I thought Austin’s kidney problem was due to my two-vessel cord (a umbilical cord is supposed to have three vessels). However, with my recent ultrasound, they said my umbilical cord was fine this time. I wonder why both of my babies have these kidney problems. Is it hereditary?  Was it something I’ve done?  I really hope Luke’s issue resolves itself like Austin’s. We will do a follow-up ultrasound at 33 weeks. The doctor told me not to worry, but of course I am going to.

Having news like this changes the mindset of your pregnancy.  Everything was going so well and without a hitch so far.  I figured that when the ultrasound tech told me that everything looked fine, I assumed just that.  I am not going to obsess over it like my first pregnancy and just pray that his kidneys will be okay at 33 weeks. <p style=”text-align:center;”><a href=”https://twoundertwoblog.files.wordpress.com/2013/01/dscn1015.jpg”><img style=”border:2px solid black;” alt=”DSCN1015″ src=”https://twoundertwoblog.files.wordpress.com/2013/01/dscn1015.jpg?w=204” width=”204″ height=”300″ /></a></p> <b>How far along? </b>25 Weeks <b>Total weight gain:</b> 17 lbs <b>Maternity clothes?</b> Heck Yeh!  I can still wear normal shirts, but maternity jeans and comfy sweat pants are a must. <b>Stretch marks?</b> No new ones <b>Sleep: </b>Not since Austin started waking up in the middle of the night and setting our wake up at 5 am. <b>Best moment this week:</b> Feeling the baby move all over my belly now.  He is definitely getting big. <b>Miss Anything? </b>Wine… I need a little ME time now-a-days.  I also miss my old body.  I will most certainly be excersizing and letting my body rest and heal after we have this baby.<b> </b><b>Movement:</b> Yes, but not as frequent as Austin did. <b>Food cravings:</b> Chocolate!  I still enjoy fruits and salads as well (same as when I was pregnant with Austin). <strong>Anything making you queasy or sick: </strong>Brushing my teeth still makes me gag. <strong>Gender:</strong> Boy <strong>Labor Signs:</strong> No <strong>Symptoms:</strong> I occassionally get heartburn.  I also get full very easily around dinner time and it makes it very uncomfortable to move.  Really, I drank a glass of water and now I’m full.  Okay. <strong>Belly Button in or </strong><strong>out?</strong> Still an innie, but looks like an outie/innie.  Does that make sense.  It doesn’t to me either. <strong>Wedding rings on or off? </strong>On <strong>Happy or Moody most of the time:</strong> My husband will agree that I am MOODY.  I think it’s my type A personality.  If things don’t go my way or I am not getting something done then my bitch switch gets turned on. <strong>Looking forward to:</strong> Getting Luke’s nursery in order.

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Bedtime Boycott/Nap Nightmare

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ZOMBIE MOM…

I am seriously feeling drained from this past week and a half. Last week EVERYONE in this house had the stomach flu. Well, Austin never got the full range of symptoms Justin and I had, but he was grumpy and uncomfortable none the less. We just barely recovered from that bout of sickness and now we are dealing with bedtime troubles with Austin.

    He has been full on boycotting bedtime and refusing naps.

Bedtime has always been a dependable 7pm. If he has an afternoon nap, he may go down at 7:30. He has developed a routine before bed. He will usually spend a good 30 minutes to an hour sitting on Daddy’s lap in the recliner watching his shows until around 7-7:30. Sometimes he will even snuggle with me on the couch, but my belly had proven to be somewhat of an obstacle. Justin usually has to take him into bed because if I try to do it he cries for Daddy.

Unfortunately, this has all changed . . . .

He doesn’t want to sit on anyones lap for long until he gets up and starts playing again. When it is time to put him to bed, he starts whining and refuses to lay down in bed. Justin is usually in Austin’s room for a good 10 minutes trying to persuade him to lay down. It normally will take him an hour to fall asleep. Now, he has decided that he will no longer sleep through the night.

He will randomly wake up in the middle of the night (before midnight) crying hysterically. I am thinking night terrors, but he CAN be comforted when we go in to see him. However, putting him back in his crib is a battle. He WON’T let you rock him in the rocking chair. Justin even climbed in the crib with him one time. Putting him to bed for the night has always been a little hard, but never putting him back down after he has woken up. He can usually soothe himself as long as he finds his binkie. Now, he acts like the crib is his enemy.

Monday night we decided to let him sleep with us instead of fighting him to go back to sleep. Normally, he will play and flail around in our bed if we ever try to bring him to bed with us. He usually smacks me in the head a couple of times and kicks my belly a few more times for good measure. This time, he slept with us the whole night (from the time we went to bed). He woke up a few times whimpering. It was really sad. I just rubbed his back and he went back to sleep. That morning, he woke up at 6:30! YIPPEE!

Last night was a different story…

He ended up going to bed OKAY and did sleep through the night. However, 5 am rolled around and he was wide awake. I pulled the covers over my head and muttered, “this is not happening.” Not to mention the dogs next door were in full on bark mode. I planned to wait until Justin left for work to go in there and reason with him. HA, reason with a 15 month old. I am delirious. I am usually GOLDEN if Austin is laying down and has his binkie. Nope, he had thrown EVERYTHING out of his crib in a fit of pissed off rage. He went from awake to upset to pissed. I tried bringing him in my bed to coax another 30 minutes out of him. NOPE, it was smack mommy and roll around the bed time. I even put on one of his shows so that I could just wake up. NOPE. He wanted to be UP.

Normally, (without kids) I am NOT a morning person nor will I ever be. Waking up early puts me in a foul mood until at least 2 hours after I wake up. I don’t drink coffee, so there is no best part of waking up because NOTHING is in my cup. I can do 7am now. I am a pro at waking up at that time and I CAN be happy and nice. But now, I feel like I am being a bitch and I feel really bad about it. I struggle with this new routine Austin has developed. I blame him for my lack of sleep, but I feel bad for even getting mad at him. Who knows why his routine is changing. It’s not fair to him that I am so mean in the morning, but I really don’t know what to do.

I am almost in tears as he naps (finally!) right now. I wish I could just understand what was going on in that little mind of his. I want to be a nice mommy who wants to play and doesn’t snap at him. I want to make him breakfast without asking myself “why am I awake.” I should want to spend every waking minute with my child because he is HAPPY & I should be too. I obviously need to be more flexible because once Luke is here we will be playing a whole different ball game.

ON A SIDE NOTE:

zombie mom

Garnier Skin Renew Anti-Dark Circle Roller

I WILL be investing my $10 dollars in this bad boy. I did attempt to buy this yesterday. However, it would be just my luck to find the LAST package at Target and it be empty. Really, people? $10 is too much money for you, so you need to steal. Help a momma out and leave me a box as well. Don’t take the last one. And for all of you other local mommas who want to try this product…. WAIT until I get it. lol. For the love of God, let me locate one of these. 🙂

—UPDATE— 1/30/2012 @ 9pm

This is how our day went:

Nap @ ~ 8:30am

He went down well and only fussed for a little. Much better than yesterday when I climbed into the crib with him to coax him to go to sleep (unsuccessfully, I might add).

He woke up right after I got out of the shower. He slept for about an hour to an hour and a half. That is a pretty good nap for him. He had been taking less than an hour-long naps.

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He popped right up and smiled. This was AFTER he threw one of his binkies, all of his blankets, and his stuffed animal out of the crib. I caught him before he could throw his changing pad over. I can tell if he has had a good nap by the way he wakes up. If he is still fussing and upset when he wakes up then, odds are, he needed to sleep longer. Today he woke up peacefully and with little to no fussing. Except for when he got impatient waiting for me to come in.

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The floor . . . the doggie is on the side of his bed. Now we are on the search for his missing binkie (not the one in his mouth, duh!)

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Found it! It is usually either under his crib, across the room, or behind his crib in an obscure place. I’ve become a binkie detective recently!

Our day included lunch with my mom and Marianne and a play date over at the Weber’s house. Needless to say, I think he needed another nap by the time we left for home @ 3pm

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He was thoroughly upset on the ride home. He fell asleep within 5 minutes. Falling asleep in the car is a tell-tale sign that he needed another nap. I really think he still needs two naps. Or a postponed morning nap. I think I will try ONE nap after lunch and see how that goes. Otherwise, it’s back to two naps a day.

We ate dinner, he had a bath, and we read some books before bedtime.

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He LOVES interactive books (touch and feel and books with pop-outs or sliders).

[[Thanks for the idea to get the CamelBak sippy, Megan. He loves it!]]

Next it was off to sit with Daddy for a show.

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Ever since we got a new recliner, Austin doesn’t like sitting with Daddy too long. He watched part of a show and we turned off the TV.

He went from parent to parent trying to prolong the inevitable. Finally, I carried him into the bedroom and Justin followed. Usually we do this one parent at a time, but today we tried both of us.

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He just flung his binkie out and wouldn’t lay down for long. He kept kicking the crib with his feet and making noises. Justin left and the tears started flowing. I sat in the room with him for a little longer and gave him both his binkies that he threw.

(We usually have two binkies in his bed so he can always have one if he loses the other.)

He fussed and then layed down. I came out with a little smirk and said, “triumph!” to Justin. Just then, I ate my words because Austin was up again crying hysterically now. I let him cry for a few minutes while I “tried” to lesson plan. I gave in and went in the room with him (I asked Justin to “relieve” me so that I could lesson plan & he asked for 10 minutes). I calmed Austin down and sat with him for a little. Justin came in and I left. He had to keep laying him down. He stayed in Austin’s room (on the floor next to the crib) until Austin fell asleep.

I think the crying tired him out. What a horrible way to go to sleep. Justin said he was sniffling as he sucked on his binkie and tried to go to sleep. This whole ordeal took a little over an hour. I hope we can get back to our normal routine and not have to be in the room for him to go to sleep. Another adventure in parenting to add to the books.

Bedtime Boycott/Nap Nightmare

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ZOMBIE MOM…

I am seriously feeling drained from this past week and a half.  Last week EVERYONE in this house had the stomach flu.  Well, Austin never got the full range of symptoms Justin and I had, but he was grumpy and uncomfortable none the less.  We just barely recovered from that bout of sickness and now we are dealing with bedtime troubles with Austin.

    He has been full on boycotting bedtime and refusing naps.

Bedtime has always been a dependable 7pm.  If he has an afternoon nap, he may go down at 7:30.  He has developed a routine before bed.  He will usually spend a good 30 minutes to an hour sitting on Daddy’s lap in the recliner watching his shows until around 7-7:30.  Sometimes he will even snuggle with me on the couch, but my belly had proven to be somewhat of an obstacle.  Justin usually has to take him into bed because if I try to do it he cries for Daddy.

Unfortunately, this has all changed . . . .

He doesn’t want to sit on anyones lap for long until he gets up and starts playing again.  When it is time to put him to bed, he starts whining and refuses to lay down in bed.  Justin is usually in Austin’s room for a good 10 minutes trying to persuade him to lay down.  It normally will take him an hour to fall asleep.  Now, he has decided that he will no longer sleep through the night.

He will randomly wake up in the middle of the night (before midnight) crying hysterically.  I am thinking night terrors, but he CAN be comforted when we go in to see him.  However, putting him back in his crib is a battle.  He WON’T let you rock him in the rocking chair.  Justin even climbed in the crib with him one time.  Putting him to bed for the night has always been a little hard, but never putting him back down after he has woken up.  He can usually soothe himself as long as he finds his binkie.  Now, he acts like the crib is his enemy.

Monday night we decided to let him sleep with us instead of fighting him to go back to sleep.  Normally, he will play and flail around in our bed if we ever try to bring him to bed with us.  He usually smacks me in the head a couple of times and kicks my belly a few more times for good measure.  This time, he slept with us the whole night (from the time we went to bed).  He woke up a few times whimpering.  It was really sad.  I just rubbed his back and he went back to sleep.  That morning, he woke up at 6:30! YIPPEE!

Last night was a different story…

He ended up going to bed OKAY and did sleep through the night.  However, 5 am rolled around and he was wide awake.  I pulled the covers over my head and muttered, “this is not happening.”  Not to mention the dogs next door were in full on bark mode.  I planned to wait until Justin left for work to go in there and reason with him.  HA, reason with a 15 month old.  I am delirious.  I am usually GOLDEN if Austin is laying down and has his binkie.  Nope, he had thrown EVERYTHING out of his crib in a fit of pissed off rage.  He went from awake to upset to pissed.  I tried bringing him in my bed to coax another 30 minutes out of him.  NOPE, it was smack mommy and roll around the bed time.  I even put on one of his shows so that I could just wake up.  NOPE.  He wanted to be UP.

Normally, (without kids) I am NOT a morning person nor will I ever be.  Waking up early puts me in a foul mood until at least 2 hours after I wake up.  I don’t drink coffee, so there is no best part of waking up because NOTHING is in my cup. I can do 7am now.  I am a pro at waking up at that time and I CAN be happy and nice.  But now, I feel like I am being a bitch and I feel really bad about it.  I struggle with this new routine Austin has developed.  I blame him for my lack of sleep, but I feel bad for even getting mad at him.  Who knows why his routine is changing.  It’s not fair to him that I am so mean in the morning, but I really don’t know what to do.

I am almost in tears as he naps (finally!) right now.  I wish I could just understand what was going on in that little mind of his.  I want to be a nice mommy who wants to play and doesn’t snap at him.  I want to make him breakfast without asking myself “why am I awake.”  I should want to spend every waking minute with my child because he is HAPPY & I should be too.  I obviously need to be more flexible because once Luke is here we will be playing a whole different ball game.

ON A SIDE NOTE:

zombie mom

Garnier Skin Renew Anti-Dark Circle Roller

I WILL be investing my $10 dollars in this bad boy.  I did attempt to buy this yesterday.  However, it would be just my luck to find the LAST package at Target and it be empty.  Really, people? $10 is too much money for you, so you need to steal.  Help a momma out and leave me a box as well.  Don’t take the last one.  And for all of you other local mommas who want to try this product…. WAIT until I get it.  lol.  For the love of God, let me locate one of these.  🙂

—UPDATE— 1/30/2012 @ 9pm

This is how our day went:

Nap @ ~ 8:30am

He went down well and only fussed for a little.  Much better than yesterday when I climbed into the crib with him to coax him to go to sleep (unsuccessfully, I might add).

He woke up right after I got out of the shower.  He slept for about an hour to an hour and a half.  That is a pretty good nap for him.  He had been taking less than an hour-long naps.

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He popped right up and smiled.  This was AFTER he threw one of his binkies, all of his blankets, and his stuffed animal out of the crib.  I caught him before he could throw his changing pad over.  I can tell if he has had a good nap by the way he wakes up.  If he is still fussing and upset when he wakes up then, odds are, he needed to sleep longer.  Today he woke up peacefully and with little to no fussing.  Except for when he got impatient waiting for me to come in.

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The floor . . . the doggie is on the side of his bed.  Now we are on the search for his missing binkie (not the one in his mouth, duh!)

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Found it!  It is usually either under his crib, across the room, or behind his crib in an obscure place.  I’ve become a binkie detective recently!

Our day included lunch with my mom and Marianne and a play date over at the Weber’s house.  Needless to say, I think he needed another nap by the time we left for home @ 3pm

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He was thoroughly upset on the ride home.  He fell asleep within 5 minutes.  Falling asleep in the car is a tell-tale sign that he needed another nap.  I really think he still needs two naps.  Or a postponed morning nap.  I think I will try ONE nap after lunch and see how that goes.  Otherwise, it’s back to two naps a day.

We ate dinner, he had a bath, and we read some books before bedtime.

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He LOVES interactive books (touch and feel and books with pop-outs or sliders).

[[Thanks for the idea to get the CamelBak sippy, Megan.  He loves it!]]

Next it was off to sit with Daddy for a show.

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Ever since we got a new recliner, Austin doesn’t like sitting with Daddy too long.  He watched part of a show and we turned off the TV.

He went from parent to parent trying to prolong the inevitable.  Finally, I carried him into the bedroom and Justin followed.  Usually we do this one parent at a time, but today we tried both of us.

FAIL

He just flung his binkie out and wouldn’t lay down for long.  He kept kicking the crib with his feet and making noises.  Justin left and the tears started flowing.  I sat in the room with him for a little longer and gave him both his binkies that he threw.

(We usually have two binkies in his bed so he can always have one if he loses the other.)

He fussed and then layed down.  I came out with a little smirk and said, “triumph!” to Justin.  Just then, I ate my words because Austin was up again crying hysterically now.  I let him cry for a few minutes while I “tried” to lesson plan.  I gave in and went in the room with him (I asked Justin to “relieve” me so that I could lesson plan & he asked for 10 minutes).  I calmed Austin down and sat with him for a little.  Justin came in and I left.  He had to keep laying him down.  He stayed in Austin’s room (on the floor next to the crib) until Austin fell asleep.

I think the crying tired him out.  What a horrible way to go to sleep.  Justin said he was sniffling as he sucked on his binkie and tried to go to sleep.  This whole ordeal took a little over an hour.  I hope we can get back to our normal routine and not have to be in the room for him to go to sleep.  Another adventure in parenting to add to the books.

Keeping Toddler Busy with DISCOVERY BOTTLES!

I have found that entertaining a toddler can be quite challenging.  He will be happy with one activity for one minute and over it the next.  His favorite things to do are as follows: make noise and make messes.  Hmmm… so it is true.

The definition of BOY: NOISE covered in DIRT!

I am always on the lookout for awesome kiddo games on Pinterest.  If it is cheap and easy to make and will hold his attention for at least 10 minutes then that is enough for me.  I pinned these cool Discovery Bottles from http://familylicious.com/how-to-make-science-discovery-bottles/.  This was the best example I found because there were so many varieties.  They also suggested to hot glue the bottles shut.  Great idea because my little guy would definitely find a way to open those suckers up!

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Here is my finished Discovery Box.  Awesome!  This took no time at all and I had most of these things lying around the house.  No expense for me.  I had my grandma save her small Gatorade bottles for me so that I could use them for my bottles.  the website called for regular sized bottles, but my little guy will do just fine with the smaller ones.  Plus it’s less material waste.

Materials:

  • 10 or more mini Gatorade bottles
  • hot glue gun
  • glue sticks (for the glue gun)
  • straws
  • yogurt containers (for sorting )
  • Plum Organics pouch tops
  • objects to put inside (SEE BELOW for examples)

Hot glue trick: hot glue around the inside of the cap.  Don’t put glue on the lip of the bottle.  Putting it on the inside of the bottle cap rim is the cleanest and simplest way to seal the bottles.

 

BUBBLE BOTTLE

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I used a mini Gatorade bottle and filled it with water (half way), a few squirts of dish soap, and food coloring.  Viola! Instant bubble bottle  🙂

 

ROCK BOTTLE

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Simple, right?!  My son loves rocks.  Plus these bad boys make a nice little racket.  That’s a plus for him.  It may suck for you.  Ultimately, you get to decide what goes in these bottles, so you can make them as “quiet” as you’d like.

 

SOUND BOTTLE

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For this one, I used mini salad macaroni and rice.  I also threw in some buttons for good measure.  Austin likes looking for the buttons among all of the pasta and rice.

 

MUD BOTTLE

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OH YEH!  I went into the backyard and got a handful of dirt and bark and filled the cup 1/3 of the way.  I then filled the rest of the bottle with water.  I left a little room at the top for shaking.  Mud is a boys best friend.  AND he can play with it without getting messy.  Yay!

 

SOUND BOTTLE

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Another sound bottle.  For this one, I used wrapping ribbon and i cut up one of those Mardi Gras beaded necklaces.

Another cool idea I saw for a sound bottle was a rain maker.  I didn’t have enough toothpicks so I couldn’t make it.  You just need to fill the bottle with toothpicks and add rice.  When you turn the bottle upside down, the rice tried to make it’s way through all of the tooth picks.  Makes a pretty cool sound.

 

SPARKLE BOTTLE

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This one was just water and cute little sparkle stars.  You can also add glitter for more sparkle. 🙂

 

WAVE BOTTLE

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This one was layered with water oil and rubbing alcohol. You can put food coloring in the different substances to really make it contrast.  Eventually, the water and rubbing alcohol mix, but it still makes a cool wave effect.

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SORTING

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I used as many yogurt cups as I had colors.  The tops are from the Plum Organics pouches.  I knew they would come in handy!  Cheaper than those sorting bears.

And here’s my little guy exploring!

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He even got mad when I started cleaning up.  Every time I would put a bottle away, he would take another out.  So glad I found this idea!

Ways to HELP a New Mommy

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I was EXTREMELY lucky because I was never short on help when I had my little one in 2011.

A lot if my mommy friends/newbies have been getting knocked up left and right this year. And slowly but surely, they are starting to pop their lil nuggets out if the oven.
Yes, having a new baby in the house is an exciting time in a new mommy’s life, but it is also one of the most exhausting times as well. Inside, the new mommy will be giddy and full of love and compassion for her newest little sidekick. She will happily roll out of bed every two hours during the night to nurse/feed her little one. But outside, she’ll look like a train wreck. Shhhhh… Don’t ever tell her that out loud.

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Here are a few ways you can help your friend out without just saying “call me if you need anything.”

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Oh the glorious shower! New moms rarely have the time or energy for something so decadent. So come on over and get some baby cuddle time in. Your mommy friend will surely appreciate it.

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Catering after her new little addition is no easy feat. Not to mention if breastfeeding is involved. If she does have some formula or pumped milk lying around then shove her off to the bedroom so she can catch up on some much needed ZzZz’s.

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OH MY GOSH, you would be a godsend if you did that for her! One last thing to worry about. The baby will be the main focus of most hours in the day, so cleaning her house for her would definitely lighten the load. Speaking of loads, could you do the laundry as well?

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Not her new one, obviously! But it would definitely help out if you could take her other ones out of the house for a few hours.

e67df74bcd704a6f_New_Mom_Dinner_preview BRING HER DINNER/FREEZER MEALS
Dinner? Oh crap, that’s right she has to make dinner for the rest of the family too. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner (and snacks in between) is easy to provide for the new little bottomless pit, but what about the rest of the family. Already made dinners that she can just plop in the oven would be awesome! This is one of the best things you could ever do for her. The end of the day is always the most exhausting, so already planned and prepped meals are a must.

phoneCALL AND OFFER AN EAR
Exhaustion does bring on a whole new level of emotional. She may just need to cry on your shoulder. New mommies will need your ear the most. Between the horrid first few weeks of breastfeeding to figuring out a routine/schedule for her newborn (ha that will happen) she is going to need someone to vent to. Or she may just need another adult to talk to. Being around kids and a baby all day could drive a mommy batty sometimes.

Whether you do one or all of these, you’re already looking like a better friend. Maybe she will return the favor when you have your first bundle of joy, poop, and spit up.

Ways to HELP a New Mommy

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I was EXTREMELY lucky because I was never short on help when I had my little one in 2011.

A lot if my mommy friends/newbies have been getting knocked up left and right this year. And slowly but surely, they are starting to pop their lil nuggets out if the oven.
Yes, having a new baby in the house is an exciting time in a new mommy’s life, but it is also one of the most exhausting times as well. Inside, the new mommy will be giddy and full of love and compassion for her newest little sidekick. She will happily roll out of bed every two hours during the night to nurse/feed her little one. But outside, she’ll look like a train wreck. Shhhhh… Don’t ever tell her that out loud.

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Here are a few ways you can help your friend out without just saying “call me if you need anything.”

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Oh the glorious shower! New moms rarely have the time or energy for something so decadent. So come on over and get some baby cuddle time in. Your mommy friend will surely appreciate it.

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Catering after her new little addition is no easy feat. Not to mention if breastfeeding is involved. If she does have some formula or pumped milk lying around then shove her off to the bedroom so she can catch up on some much needed ZzZz’s.

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OH MY GOSH, you would be a godsend if you did that for her! One last thing to worry about. The baby will be the main focus of most hours in the day, so cleaning her house for her would definitely lighten the load. Speaking of loads, could you do the laundry as well?

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Not her new one, obviously! But it would definitely help out if you could take her other ones out of the house for a few hours.

e67df74bcd704a6f_New_Mom_Dinner_preview BRING HER DINNER/FREEZER MEALS
Dinner? Oh crap, that’s right she has to make dinner for the rest of the family too. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner (and snacks in between) is easy to provide for the new little bottomless pit, but what about the rest of the family. Already made dinners that she can just plop in the oven would be awesome! This is one of the best things you could ever do for her. The end of the day is always the most exhausting, so already planned and prepped meals are a must.

phoneCALL AND OFFER AN EAR
Exhaustion does bring  on a whole new level of emotional. She may just need to cry on your shoulder. New mommies will need your ear the most. Between the horrid first few weeks of breastfeeding to figuring out a routine/schedule for her newborn (ha that will happen) she is going to need someone to vent to. Or she may just need another adult to talk to. Being around kids and a baby all day could drive a mommy batty sometimes.

Whether you do one or all of these, you’re already looking like a better friend. Maybe she will return the favor when you have your first bundle of joy, poop, and spit up.