It’s naptime again, and I find myself wanting to feverishly type the words into Google yet again…”Tips for getting baby to sleep” or “sleeping schedules for babies” or “HELP! My baby won’t sleep!” You see, I’ve discovered something. For whatever reason, I have been battling a serious case of self-worth misplacement, or at least that’s what I’m calling it.
I’ve shared in a few different places that this motherhood thing is hard…And, it is. But, what’s even harder is when we so intricately wrap ourselves and our worth, our value into our babies. It’s easy to do as a mama. You know, we participated in creating this little being. We grew this precious little person in our womb. And, now, we have the divine appointment to care for, love, and guide this little one. That’s a big responsibility. One that is, or at least can be, all-consuming.
But, if you hear (okay, read) nothing else in this, hear this…Mama, your worth is not found in naptime, successful or not. Your value is not dependent upon whether you choose (or had to) formula feed or nurse. Your identity as a mother has nothing to do with your baby’s fussiness, contentment, early (or late) development.
I’m going to preface this post by throwing this out there…Living Contently is not a weight loss blog, and it is not my intention for it to become one. However, as a mom getting healthy and staying healthy is a priority for me and a necessity for my daughter. (If mom is healthy and well, then baby has a better chance of being healthy and well.) So, even before Grace was born, I created a plan to get back on track with my health and fitness once she was born. I am glad to say that that plan worked, but it wasn’t without a good bit of effort. So, if you’re working on losing baby weight or just want to get healthier, I have a few tips that worked for me and may help you too.
It probably comes as no surprise…I love Christmas! But, this holiday was particularly special being that it was Grace’s first. Even though she was only three months old and won’t remember this Christmas, we still wanted to make it extra special for her, and I thought I’d share a few ways we did. We continued some of the traditions that we had already started as a couple, and we instituted a few new ones. And, I’d have to say it was a real success for all of us. Take a look.
I like to make the most of the holiday season without trying to fit too much in, and one way that I maximize our holiday activities each season is by creating a holiday bucket list. You may remember last year’s list, but I’ll have to admit our holiday season looks a little bit different this year with baby in tow. So, instead of trying to focus on all the things I want to do this year, I figured I’d focus on the things we can do with our little one to make the most of her first Christmas. (Which, let’s be honest, still involves all the things I want to do too.) If you want to make your baby’s first (or second, third, fourth…) Christmas extra-memorable, consider a few or all of the activities on this Holiday Bucket List with Baby.
If you have ever had a little one, you can fully understand how important a few precious hours of sleep are. While I won’t claim to be a sleep expert and am certainly no “baby whisperer,” I have been in the throes of motherhood and trying to help a newborn figure out her days and her nights. Even at that, I wouldn’t say that I’ve been the most successful; however, I do consider it a bit of an accomplishment that I have a newborn who slept 4+ hours a time at night at 4 weeks, 5+ at 5 weeks, and 6+ at 6 weeks. (I mean really, 7 hours of uninterrupted sleep with a 6 week old…I’d say that’s cause for celebration.)
So, a couple of things…If you are in the early weeks of sleep deprivation with a newborn, know that it does get better, and yes, others have been there. And, while you’re up late at night feeding a little one or trying to get her to go back to sleep, consider a few of these techniques to help. With a little research and a lot of effort, I was able to help our baby girl improve her sleep habits in just a few short weeks! Continue reading