The Most “First Time Mom” Moves I’ve Made

The amount of nervous moments that a new mom goes through within the first few months of their child’s life cannot be measured in numbers, but in restless nights, tenth second guesses, and Google searches attempting to diagnose the newest noises and reactions.  God knows that I’ve had to put my phone down after working myself into umpteen million frenzies.  Thank goodness I always have my mom as a sounding board and therapist for those moments when I’ve lost sight of what is normal and what is unjustified paranoia.  These past (almost) four months have been a series of exercises in reigning it in when common sense isn’t so common.  But hey!  I’m a first time mom!  I’m allowed a few…many…TONS of freak outs.  Here is a list of some of the more first-timey moments I’ve caused/experienced since March 22nd.

  1. Hear the baby crying throughout his nap as well as when he isn’t even home.
  2. Check on the napping baby no less than every five minutes.  (See #1 for reason why)
  3. Staying awake the entire night to watch the baby sleep because I’ve convinced myself that he will smother himself in the shit show of a swaddling I attempted.
  4. Questioning the installation of my son’s car seat base even after it was checked and approved by the local fire station experts.
  5. Taking my son from another adult to burp him because apparently I’m the only one who knows how to properly pat a baby’s back.
  6. Sit in the backseat of the car next to my son during a 20 minute trip because I was afraid he would get lonely.
  7. Pack three outfit changes, three full bottles, two pacifiers, a swaddler sleep sack, two burp cloths, twelve diapers, a full pack of wipes, and baby powder for a two-hour visit at my mom’s house.
  8. Keeping a three foot protective radius around the baby to keep the dog back while my son is playing on the floor.
  9. Rocking a sleeping baby an extra 10, 20, 30 minutes just because he is so precious.
  10. Cry silent tears of love and gratitude for this little miracle in our lives.

Weekly Goals: Midweek Update

Happy Thursday!  I love a good Thursday.  It’s not quite the weekend, but you can appreciate both the days you have put in so far and look forward to the few days off ahead.

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Today is a work day for my students on a project that I can’t wait to share with you.


 

Update on my weekly goals:

1.  70 ounces of water a day.  CHECK!  I have a plastic water pitcher that I’ve marked off in two-hour intervals, and when that is combined with my before and after-school water, I’ve reached my goal each day.

2.  5 days of exercise per week.  

Monday: Upper Body

Tuesday: Cardio

Wednesday: Rest

Thursday: Cardio

Friday: Low Body (planned)

Saturday: Cardio (planned)

Sunday: Rest (planned)

3.  Vacuum the house and car.  This is only halfway done.  The floors in the house are done, but the car still needs a good shaking out, but the trip to see this sunrise was SO worth it!

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4.  More veggies, fewer pretzels.  Done!  I have done a really good job of sticking to my healthier snacks.  I have really enjoyed my cucumber/tomato/carrot/cottage cheese snacks.  I even turned it into a meal with a turkey burger on the side a few times.

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and less of this:

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Goals for The Week of October 26th

Happy Monday!

I’m still flying on a renewed-energy high, but didn’t get quite the right amount of sleep last night, so I’m desperately missing my caffeine routine.  I am going to make an extra “cup” of coffee to hopefully trick my brain and body into thinking it’s a true serving.  My second cups of coffee are always about 2/3 decaf and 1/3 regular, but only on days that I need them.  Oh coffee, how I miss thee.

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This week is a “short” week at school because Friday are parent/teacher conferences for the first quarter ALREADY!  Time has truly flown by!  In only a few short weeks we will be celebrating Thanksgiving with my family in Michigan.  It’s going to be a great time sharing our pregnancy, in-the-flesh, and the joy of welcoming our little boy sooner than we think.


I want to do a better job of setting and monitoring the progress of my weekly goals.  Right now I just have a list and that helps me to create the goals, but the follow-through isn’t as consistent as I’d like.  Here are a few that I am working on for this week:

1.  70 ounces of water a day.  I know that this sounds like a lot, but when I had my goal of 64 ounces, I still felt like I was thirsty.  I also want to ensure that my liquid intake is mostly water and not juices or coffee.

2.  5 days of exercise per week.  I really felt good after taking a few days off of working out towards the end of last week.  I would like to keep my weekends on the calendar, but two days a week of relaxing before work will help me to feel  better during the day.

3.  Vacuum the house and car.  Both the house and car need a good sweeping, especially after we played at the beach both mornings this past weekend.

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4.  More veggies, fewer pretzels.  I’ve been tell you all about my “salty” cravings throughout the entirety of this pregnancy, and I have not done a good enough job of balancing the healthy with the non-healthy options.  I tend to reach for the easier choices, which tend to be pretzel chips, BBQ flavor anything, and frozen vegetables that have been pre-flavored. I stocked up on some delicious and flavorful vegetables this weekend, and went back to an old staple from my high school days: cottage cheese.  I know, it’s an acquired taste.  In fact, I have avoided it for YEARS, hence the “high school days” comment.

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