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Soothing Sounds

Posted by christina f
on Sep. 3, 2014 at 4:42 PM
Soothing Sounds
When I think about bedtime for an infant, I think about gentle lighting and soothing sounds. There's something about that time that is precious and dreamlike. I found this when I registered for my son - all in one little mobile for his crib. The mobile we had for our new baby was an amazing thing. Not only did it have a calming ambient light display (changeable between five different colors), but it also played soothing ocean sounds and gentle music.  There was a faint bubbling that ...

Soothing Touches

Posted by christina f
on Sep. 3, 2014 at 4:42 PM
Soothing Touches
You've heard about my nighttime routine with my infant. Now it's time to talk about what we did every morning. As you can tell, I was a big fan of routine when it came to taking care of my newborn. It didn't always work, but when it did I think we both found comfort in knowing what to expect next on any given day.When he was just a wee little guy, no more a few weeks, I'd lie him down on my bed and get him ready for the day. I'd open the blinds, put on my favorite music and we'd start our day. ...

Baby's First Car Ride

Posted by christina f
on Aug. 27, 2014 at 1:29 PM
Baby's First Car Ride
After being in the hospital three days after the birth of my son, the urge to leave and finally get home was overwhelming. We just couldn't wait to start our new lives. But standing in the way of us was the big, long, ominous car ride home. My husband had already installed the car seat before I was admitted into the hospital. He had it checked at the local fire station to make sure we had done it right. We had everything covered - or so we thought. There was quite a difference between in ...

Dressing Baby for the First Time

Posted by christina f
on Aug. 27, 2014 at 1:29 PM
Dressing Baby for the First Time
Every new parent has his fair share of fears. Ours was dressing our new baby. Yes, it might seem silly now, but to us it was absolutely real at the time. Here was this super small, super delicate little baby who was born no more than a few hours ago, and we were responsible for changing his diapers and clothes. How would we get the baby bunting over his newborn head? How about putting his little arms through sleeves or his legs through a onesie? It all seemed so dangerous - like he could ...

Bringing Home Baby

Posted by christina f
on Aug. 20, 2014 at 3:11 PM
Bringing Home Baby
My mom told me that the moment you walk across the threshold with your newborn, your life will never be the same. You'll see the world through different eyes, hear the world like a mother, and love like you've never loved before. Boy was she ever right. The emotions that came with being a first time mom where overwhelming. I once heard that having a child is like making the decision to have your heart walk outside your body for the rest of your life. This is so true. In August of 2008, my ...

Wide Awake Baby

Posted by christina f
on Aug. 20, 2014 at 3:09 PM
Wide Awake Baby
There's an old Talking Heads song that goes something like this: Baby, baby, please let me hold him I wanna make him stay up all night Sister, sister, he's just a plaything We wanna make him stay up all night Yeah we doWhile I would never want my baby to stay up all night, I kind of understand what they meant. You're new baby is so entertaining, especially in the newborn phase where the cooing and grunting is just as sweet as can be. It's like you never want it to end. You just want to si ...

What Does My Baby See?

Posted by christina f
on Aug. 7, 2014 at 3:32 PM
What Does My Baby See?
When a baby is first born, his eyesight is not always the best. Think about it. He's been confined to a dark place for nine months and all of a sudden he's forced out into the bright new world. I'm sure you'd be a little squinty too.After reading our baby books, we found out that newborns see a little differently, so we based our choice of crib mobiles on this:Shapes - Simple shapes are easier to distinguish than more complex images.Color - Black and white is easier to see than colors in the f ...

Rolling Over for the First Time

Posted by christina f
on Aug. 7, 2014 at 3:32 PM
Rolling Over for the First Time
I was not prepared for how fast my son grew from just a snuggly newborn infant into a wiggly baby. It happened in the blink of an eye. Other moms had always told me, to cherish moments because they are over in a flash. It was only then, that I started to believe them. At three months, my son was already learning to roll over. My husband and I must have missed the first time he ever rolled over. We think it happened early in the morning after he woke up. There's no other explanation for him waki ...

I Smile, He Smiles

Posted by christina f
on Aug. 7, 2014 at 3:32 PM
I Smile, He Smiles
Babies are such wonderful playthings. There's always something new for them to explore and learn, or a new milestone that they are waiting to accomplish. By three months, my baby was able to react to facial expressions. It was a real life case of monkey see, monkey do. I noticed it one day when I was making ooh faces at him. No sooner had I turned my lips into an "o" shape, did he copy me and do the same thing! We did that together for a while and then I decided to stick my tongue out. To my ...

My Baby Knows My Voice

Posted by christina f
on Aug. 7, 2014 at 3:32 PM
My Baby Knows My Voice
I talked to my baby from the moment I found out I was pregnant. I read to him from my favorite magazines. I even read the business section from the Wall Street Journal in attempts to up his vocabulary. I sang my favorite songs to him, and even made some up along the way. I explained to him what I was doing at different points of the day and even told him what I was about to eat for breakfast, lunch or dinner. If anyone saw me doing this, I'm sure their first thought was that I was crazy!All I ...