So here it is, my new blog with my first post. What is this blog all about? Well, when I was pregnant with our first baby (after taking longer than expected to GET pregnant,) I read a lot of books and websites and I listened to a lot of advice from smart people who meant well. I was fully ready to take on this thing called parenthood. But guess what? When the 40th week of pregnancy rolled around and I was STILL pregnant (lovely how everyone always uses that phrase “STILL pregnant” when you’re huge and uncomfortable!), I began to realize THEN that not everything the books, websites, and people say is true! This baby was late and my doctor was going to put off inducing as long as possible, despite many people telling me that he needed to induce. Well, of course, he came when the time was right, and I’m thankful for that. But, from that moment on, I realized that every pregnancy is different, every baby is different, and some babies, like mine, have NOT read the books!
We jokingly nicknamed our first son “Captain Fussybuckets.” He was a happy baby, but he went through a bout of tummy troubles and sleep issues. I read to put your baby on a feeding schedule. Well, guess what? NEITHER of my kids like feeding schedules! We’ve tried and they just don’t like being told how much to eat and when! They also don’t like being told when to sleep. People told me that their kids slept through the night from 2 weeks on. I read in the books and on websites that babies are able to sleep through the night at 2-3 months old. That’s great. Our first son, Captain Fussybuckets, did not fully sleep all the way through the night consistently, until he was EIGHTEEN months old. Yup. (Not without us trying to “help” him, mind you…) He’s now a lively, sweet spirited two year-old who (usually) sleeps delightfully in his “big boy bed.” People wanted to rock our oldest son to sleep. He hated rocking in the rocking chair, most of the time. “Where’s his pacifier?” they’d ask. He hated pacifiers. Who knew a baby could hate a pacifier or hate to be rocked? Not me, until I had him!
His little brother is a much better sleeper, but a horrible napper. He’s the “45 minutes or less” napper. Again, I’m reading that babies his age should take 2-3 naps a day. Well, clearly, my almost 4 month old cannot read, and he missed that memo, because he takes 4-6 naps a day! But, he started sleeping through the night at a young age, and now is averaging one or no wake-ups per night, so I’m not complaining. Babies are just different. People who write the books and give me advice have never had experience with MY kids.
What does this have to do with anything, you ask? Well, I just want this blog to be about our experiences as a family. Maybe you can relate, maybe you can’t. I want to talk about the things we like, the things we don’t, the things that have worked for us, deals we’re snagging, and just our every day happenings.
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