Nourishing Milestones

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Bye, Bye!

Posted by GFunkified
on Sep. 24, 2014 at 8:15 AM
Bye, Bye!
I would do it every time I left a place with you, my baby. I would say "bye, bye!" to whomever was staying there, in the house, or in the play room. It was always more directed at you than them, though, in the hopes that you'd catch on and repeat it after me.I would give an exaggerated wave that only a parent with a baby in her arms would find truly socially acceptable, and the person I was waving to would do the same. "Bye, bye, sweet baby! See you next time!" grandma (or a friend, or a ...

The Most Beautiful Sound-A First Laugh

Posted by GFunkified
on Sep. 24, 2014 at 8:15 AM
The Most Beautiful Sound-A First Laugh
I remember it clearly. My daughter was in her bouncy seat, where I had set her right outside of the bathroom door. As a new mom, you always look for the ways to get things done, like take a shower or brush your teeth. I had the bathroom door open, looking at my baby girl sitting in and strapped to her aquarium chair. I would sneak a smile to her every once in a while, because I knew that she was watching what I was doing. And then it happened. While I stood there, cooing at her and talking ...

I Found My Feet!

Posted by GFunkified
on Sep. 17, 2014 at 2:45 PM
I Found My Feet!
When I had each of my babies, it was amazing to me that for the first few months, they were little, swaddled things that demanded time and energy and so much attention. But not the same kind of attention as they would need as they got older, of course: that newborn stage was all about the eating, the sleeping, the rocking, the changing of the diapers. And that was about it.As my babies got a little bit older, they started to show their personalities, but they still weren't mobile. I think that ...

I Can Crawl

Posted by GFunkified
on Sep. 17, 2014 at 2:45 PM
I Can Crawl
I waited for it for months. I compared my baby to other babies of about the same age, in my head. My baby had been rolling back and forth for weeks, even scooting across the floor to get what he wanted. But he hadn't crawled yet.I had read that some babies don't crawl, that they skip that milestone and go straight to walking. And one of my babies did that. But the others began to crawl like nobody's business. I used to worry about his little knees on the floor, but it never seemed to bother him ...

Look At You Sit!

Posted by GFunkified
on Sep. 10, 2014 at 3:49 PM
Look At You Sit!
The first few months of an infant's life are spent lying down. Looking up at the world, or down on the floor during tummy time. So when a baby learns to sit, even assisted at first, she gets an exciting, new perspective.My babies spent some time, before they were able to sit on their own, propped up against pillows or in a special chair or surrounded by cushions. It's one of those tasks that you do as a parent that is a lot of work and not a lot of reward. Your baby won't sit very well, in the ...

May I Have Your Lovey?

Posted by GFunkified
on Sep. 10, 2014 at 3:49 PM
May I Have Your Lovey?
The nursery was meticulously planned; every detail, accounted for, from the curtains, to the diaper holder, to the fitted sheets and swaddling blankets. Before my baby was even born, I considered every little thing that would go into her room, including a special stuffed animal that would sit in the corner of her crib and (hopefully) become something that she would cherish as she got older, possibly even becoming a Very Important Lovey. Each time I would buckle her into her car seat or her ...

Oh, Baby!

Posted by GFunkified
on Sep. 3, 2014 at 4:42 PM
Oh, Baby!
I spent months each time I was pregnant, with my husband, agonizing over what we would name our children. We looked at books, made lists, debated the pros and cons of our favorites late at night as we tried to imagine what our babies would be like and what moniker would fit him or her just perfectly.When we filled out the birth certificates, we hoped that our babies would grow up loving their names and being proud of them, and that they would be used in more positive situations (like being ...

Hotels: Bringing Milestones On The Road

Posted by GFunkified
on Sep. 3, 2014 at 4:42 PM
Hotels: Bringing Milestones On The Road
Traveling with a baby has never been all that easy for me. Some mothers make it look effortless, to pack a bag and head out with an infant. I'm the mom that packs an entire suitcase for a 15 pound baby, plus an overflowing diaper bag, and a bag for myself, because I would hate to be out of town and not have what we needed.The fun (and sometimes tiring) thing about an overnight trip with a baby is that when you stay in a hotel room, your baby has nothing but things to entertain him. Sure, his ...

Peekaboo!

Posted by GFunkified
on Aug. 27, 2014 at 1:23 PM
Peekaboo!
When you become a parent, or have another child, the smallest, silliest things can bring you joy. It's not like having an adult conversation, and hoping the other person will smile at you or laugh at your joke. Playing with your baby can be simple and so much fun.Games with an infant usually consist of things like "I've got your toes!" and "I've got your cheeks!" or moving their little legs and playing "Ride the bicycle!" They don't vary too much, especially when your baby isn't very mobile but ...

Roll Over, Baby

Posted by GFunkified
on Aug. 27, 2014 at 1:21 PM
Roll Over, Baby
My youngest seemed to be the fastest to hit the milestone, but in my motherhood-induced memory loss, I could have been imagining it. Like any other mom, I wanted him to be "advanced", or "ahead of the curve" if you will, as he began to meet those physical milestones. It was all in my imagination, of course, and all babies grow and do things at their own pace, but I think it's a common occurrence for a mom to play out the calendar of events in her head as it relates to other babies (even her own ...