Posts tagged ‘attachment parenting’

April 30, 2009

Sorry :(

by Hannah

I haven’t been posting very much- life is crazy with an almost- 3 month old :-P

Seth is getting so big- I’m guessing he’s up to 13 pounds already. I blows my mind. He has pretty much outgrown all his 0-3 month clothes. He is so smiley and content and rarely cries (yes I know we’re lucky!). He seems to always be observing and learning about the world. He is a good sleeper- he wakes a couple times during the night to eat, but neither of us really fully wake up, and he drifts right back to sleep. I am totally convinced that AP (attachment parenting) is practically magic, and is the only reason I am sane and well rested!

I recovered from mastitis, only to break out in a rash and fever just as I was finishing the antibiotics. It turns out I am allergic to sulfa drugs- go figure. So now I am finally getting over that and feeling pretty normal, though getting headaches a lot, as I did before I was pregnant, and hoping to finally find out the cause of them soon.

I had a portrait job on Monday, which went really well, and I’m making earrings here and there to try to sell on Etsy (online handmade marketplace). Manny and I are also both ChaCha guides in our spare time. So with all that and the baby I’m keeping busy! We are planning to move back to West Palm Beach in late July/early August; we’re not sure yet if we’ll be renting or buying, but we’re really hoping for a real house with a yard for Seth to play in!

Manny is still working overnights, so Seth and I are on our own from either Wednesday or Thursday night until Sunday each week. It’s not the best but we’re getting used to it. Things that used to overwhelm me about being a mom are now second nature- it all falls into place and life has taken on a nice sort of rhythm and balance. I’ve heard that after 3 months it gets easier- we shall see!

March 26, 2009

Seth’s First Beach Adventure

by Hannah

Yesterday we went to Boynton Inlet. It was such a gorgeous day. Seth slept the entire time in the Ergo carrier- in this one you can see the top of his head:





We are really into babywearing, and love the Ergo for going out. It will work as a back carrier too, until he’s two or three years old (or too heavy for us to handle basically). We also have the Mouna Wrap which I’ve shown on here before, and I have an adjustable sling on the way. Seth is so happy when he’s being carried close to me, and there are amazing benefits to babywearing: it promotes physical and intellectual development, babies worn frequently cry less, romotes bonding and lifelong communication between parent and child, more convenient than dealing with a stroller, and allows parents to get things done and use their hands while still holding their baby. www.thebabywearer.com has tons of great information.

In other news, Seth is happy and wonderful. He is smiling contantly now, and sometimes almost laughing- it won’t be long now. We have so much fun. He can hold his head up for a while now, though after a little while his neck still gets tired. He’s been to the library three times already (three different ones, too!). I had my six week postpartum appointment on Tuesday, and everything is great and I am healing very well. I feel almost back to normal, and really not too sleep deprived most days, considering that I still wake up a few times each noght to feed Seth.

March 14, 2009

Beautiful Moments

by Hannah




Seth now weighs in at 9 pounds! Breastfeeding is going well and he is obviously enough- though we’ve had some latch problems (mostly affecting my comfort) and are working with a lactation consultant on that. He is more and more fun to hang out with all the time, and brings so much joy to our lives. He is getting stronger and will pick his head up off my shoulder and hold it up for longer stretches.
I registered for two summer courses for grad school, which will start May 11. I’m a little nervous about juggling the baby and writing papers, etc., but I know I’ll work it out somehow.
Manny is getting more used to his overnight shifts, and we’re beginning to fall into somewhat of a pattern, though life still feels far from normal.
Seth loves to be worn in a carrier, and I have become a big fan of babywearing. We have a wrap, a sling, and an Ergo, and have also borrowed and tried a pouch and a different type of wrap. Different ones are good for different things, though I’m thinking the Ergo will be a lot better when he’s a little older. Sometimes it is the only way to get things done, and a lot of research has shown that babies who are worn frequently grow and develop better, have better social skills and are more independent as older children and adults. This, along with many other parenting choices I’ve sort of natural gravitated towards, is often called attachment parenting, and has amazing benefits for the child and the parents. The Attachment Parenting Book is great, as are the others I’ve read from the Sears Parenting Library.

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