Hi there! 🙂
I’m sure you’ve noticed already, but I haven’t been posting as much. That would be because Bubba is increasingly more mobile and danger prone. Despite the fact that the majority of our house is baby proof, if I take my eyes off of him for one second, he will have found a new way to put himself in danger. He’s taken countless minor spills on our carpet in his quest for freedom.
Here he is, happily “helping” me get his cloth diapers out of the washer and ready to stuff. As you can see, he has learned to pull himself up on furniture and he can waddle along the edges of furniture. Sometimes he will only hold on with one hand but here he decided that he was too cool for that.
Unfortunately, he hasn’t quite mastered being a vertical member of society…
A few seconds after this photo was taken, Bubba face-planted onto the door next to him and despite our efforts, we weren’t as quick to leap to the floor as his adorable face was…
After a few tears, a scramble for a flashlight to dilate his eyes with, and milk and cuddles with mommy, he determined that gravity was an unkind teacher, but he would live. As we sat cuddling Bubba while holding a frozen banana to his head and assuring him that he would be fine, New Crunchy Dad asked me if Bubba had given anything up for Lent. I told him no and watched as he sprung from the bed and ran to get a whiteboard.
When he returned, he told me he knew what Bubba had given up for Lent.
As you can see by the red mark on the right side of his forehead, he is very dedicated to his goals during Lent…
I think I’ve given up sanity for Lent (or Bubba has given it up for me). :/
Did you give anything up for Lent? Any advice for danger prone babies?
Rebecca is a 19-year-old Christian wife, mother, homeschool graduate and mommy blogger. Winner of thepublicblogger.com show “A Star Is Born”.
Hi there! 🙂
I’m excited to announce that I was contacted by the creators of “BabySteps” Scratch-Off Calendar and they offered to send us their product for free in exchange for a review. All opinions in this review are my own <3
Baby Steps Scratch Off Calendar is a calendar that marks down each day of pregnancy with a space to scratch off and read beneficial information geared towards expecting parents. Just to be clear, I’m not pregnant! (Captain Abstinence wouldn’t allow that…;) ) Because of that, I’m not actually going to scratch off anything on the calendar, I don’t want to ruin it and I would like to pass it on to someone who could use it. <3
Baby Steps Scratch Off Calendar has been developed by Splash Brands for over a year and a half and has been tweaked to adorable perfection! It is designed with beautiful pastels that are a perfect mix of colors no matter what gender your baby is. It was manufactured in Germany and is filled with information about pregnancy. In total, it has 236 fun facts, helpful tips, and exciting trivia about gestating your very own bundle of joy!
This calendar showed up at my doorstep (Well, Bubba’s doorstep. You guys already know he’s the REAL boss around here) in a cardboard tube. When Bubba unwrapped it (and I helped!!) it looked a little something like this:
There is a disclaimer on the box that states, “Play it safe: the information provided in the BabySteps Scratch-Off Calendar is for entertainment purposes only and is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice. Always seek the advice of a qualified healthcare provider during pregnancy.” This calendar is just for fun, so don’t use it in place of a doctor or midwife to learn about your pregnancy.
Here is what the calendar looks like:
The calendar begins at five weeks pregnant. I found out I was pregnant with Bubba at four weeks and five days, so this would have been a perfect starting point for us. Week five up to week nine is already visible on the calendar. The scratch off part begins the first day of the ninth week and continues until just shy of 39 weeks. The calender would’ve gone a little bit longer than Bubba’s gestational period for us because his timer decided to go off early . 😉
Although I didn’t use the calendar since I want to pass it on, I think it is a great product and one that would be perfect for a baby shower gift or a newly pregnant couple. I love the idea of finding something new every day behind a scratch off spot, especially when the alternative thing to look forward to is morning sickness. :p
If you’d like to know more about Baby Steps Scratch Off Calendar, you can check out the Splash Brands Website and the Splash Brands Facebook Page. You can buy this calendar for yourself or a friend here: Buy Baby Steps Scratch Off Calendar.
Would you be interested in this calendar? I definitely wish I had one with Bubba! 🙂
New Crunchy Mom
Bubba and I have been enjoying a few playdates with some new friends recently. We spend a lot of time at home together and, because of this, sometimes drive each other bonkers.
Apart from our occasional trips to Walmart, Target, and church, we don’t get out of the house much. Even then, we babywear at the store, so we aren’t physically separated much. At home, Bubba is either on my lap, playing at my feet, nursing, or asleep and dream feeding.
All that is to say, we are very close. In fact, I still do kangaroo care with him, and he’s eight months old now! Sometimes the constant bonding is a little overwhelming for me, and Bubba needs bonding time with other people, including babies his own age.
We keep pretty busy at home, and I don’t keep up with my friends as much as I want to. Playdates have saved our sanity recently and encouraged me to work on maintaining my relationships with my friends. While I love staying at home, a good playdate recharges my batteries, patience, and gets us both a healthy dose of socialization.
I especially like playdates with babies close in age to Bubba because I am able to compare where he is developmentally to other babies his age. All of his quirks can really start to irritate me until I see another baby doing the exact same thing and realize it is just part of his development at the time. I love being able to swap tricks on handling our babies behavior and funny stories about what our babies find scary or funny.
Bubba seems to like them too, or at least I think he does. Does pulling another baby’s hair and poking them in the eye count?
Do you like playdates? 🙂
New Crunchy Mom
I wrote a guest post for Anne Cohen over at arcwrites.blogspot.com and didn’t want you to miss it.
Here is a preview 🙂
“Lo and behold, our completely PG-13 thoughts were pierced through with a shrill cry of an abandoned baby. As we went to go rescue our little bundle of joy from his confining baby jail, tears were already springing from his eyes.”
You can view the full post here!
Happy Sunday! <3
New Crunchy Mom
Hi there! 🙂
Bubba turned 7 months old a few days ago. I can’t believe my baby is getting so big! 🙁
To celebrate, New Crunchy Dad and I took him to a children’s museum. 🙂
He got to meet this other baby who looked just like him! Admittedly, he was unsure about this…
He also got to be a weather man for a day!
His hand is missing because my wonderful husband, New Crunchy Daddy, put a blue sock on it as an experiment. As luck would have it, the color blue confused the poor machine and caused most of Bubba to disappear! While this was fun for us, Bubba was pretty ambivalent about this part of the museum.
We didn’t spend much time in the nursing room, but it very snazzy. I think I was the most excited about this discovery though.
We had a lot of fun celebrating Bubba’s 7 month old “birthday”.
At 7 months old he dislikes
- Being told no.
- When mommy is upset with him.
- Being tired.
- Wearing clothing.
- His toys being on the other side of the room because he tossed them there.
- When mommy and daddy won’t share water or food.
- His carseat.
- Having paper taken away.
- Diaper changes.
- Solids (especially pumpkin and sweet potato).
- Water bottles
- High-fiving (especially while nursing).
- Making funny faces.
- Showers with daddy.
- Being silly.
- Being worn in our baby carriers.
- Being told he is stinky.
- Making funny dinosaur noises.
- Stealing receipts.
- Saying “Mama” and “Baba” at random times.
- Pulling his own hair.
- Grinding his teeth.
Bubba now has 6 teeth in various stages of erupting. He can sit up on his own now and gets around by rolling and scooting. He is also quite proud of himself as he has learned to pull his toes up to his mouth and suck them.
Silly Bubba. :p
What milestones did your baby hit at 7 months?
New Crunchy Mom
I get asked a lot, “Does he sleep through the night?”
This is one of the most irritating parenting questions, right up there with touching my pregnant belly and asking, “Was he planned?”
Why do strangers care about my child’s sleep schedule? I don’t go around asking if the person in front of me at the grocery store slept well last night!
What is the correct answer to this question anyway? I certainly don’t know!
Usually I say, “Yep, he sleeps great!”
“All through the night?” The inquisitor’s voice squeaks.
“Mmhmm…” Is the only response I give before I quickly change the subject.
I understand that this is usually asked with no malicious intent, but I’d rather not talk about it unless you happen to be one of my better mom friends.
I don’t want to hear how my son isn’t meeting YOUR standards of sleep.
I’ve learned not to talk about how he actually sleeps because I don’t particularly care about unsolicited advise to sleep train or “put rice in his bottle”.
These work for some people and I’m not knocking them, but we’ve already decided what works for our family and insisting that what we’ve decided wrong is disrespectful and rude.
So, does my son “sleep through the night”?
No, he doesn’t.
He usually wakes up briefly around 2-3 times a night while I am latching him to dream feed (breastfeeding while baby is asleep). It doesn’t bother me and we usually cuddle and go back to sleep. In total, he is awake for 10 minutes each night.
We have already figured out what works for us, and asking me, “Does he sleep through the night?” only make me nervous.
“Sleep through the night” isn’t a goal of ours. Our goal is for him to sleep like a normal, healthy baby.
And guess what? He does!
If he was outside of the spectrum of “normal” and we were all going crazy from lack of sleep, I’d talk to his pediatrician about it, not take the advise of a random stranger in Walmart.
If you want to talk about how my child sleeps to strike up a conversation without the intention of giving me unsolicited parenting advice, I’d be more than willing to talk.
Why is a baby “sleeping through the night” so important to people?
New Crunchy Mom
Hi there! 🙂
It seems Bubba might be prone to boogers, and this time I am not sparing you pictures…
Bubba is incredibly fond of his boogers. He normally cries if you even MENTION removing them.
Last time he got a booger, I was unprepared.
It was huge, it was stuck, and it was loudly interrupting our sleep.
I was determined to not let that happen again.
I bought a special newborn, bulb-shaped, booger sucker thingy (very technical terms here) online in preparation for the inevitable subsequent snot balls of death that would grace the inside of his nostrils.
This booger didn’t get a name like the last one, but it was just as stuck and persistent as its predecessor, Bob.
I enlisted the help of New Crunchy Dad in hopes that Bubba would take his booger’s departure well…
Bubba was quite excited about this. We started attempting to use the snot sucking tool while he was still happy.
Unfortunately, it was too big for his nose. I’m unsure if other babies have big noses, or if Bubba has a small one.
I started to thank my lucky stars that this snot remover tool wasn’t expensive.
We abandoned the worthless snot sucker in favor of other methods of removal.
New Crunchy Dad pressed on Bubba’s nostril while I distracted him. Bubba was slightly confused by all of this, but our booger extraction mission was a success!
New Crunchy Dad was quite proud, though Bubba wasn’t enthusiastic about the whole ordeal.
Bubba uses the special newborn booger sucker thingy as a chew toy now, so I guess it wasn’t a total loss (we cleaned it, don’t worry).
Are your babies prone to boogers?
New Crunchy Mom
Hi there! 🙂
We started Bubba on solids just shy of him turning six months old. He was stealing food off of our plates (babies are FAST), pretending to eat dinner with us and showing all the signs of being ready.
Since we have a history of food allergies, we are being extra careful with the spacing and timing of new foods with Bubba. He has been trying a new food after a waiting period of at least four days after the last new food was introduced.
As an extra precaution against Bubba having food allergies like we do, we have been giving him some probiotics (with the pediatrician’s blessing). We break the probiotic capsule and put a little bit of it in a mixture with coconut oil and give this to Bubba before every new food.
I was a little bit sad to start him on solid foods because it meant he’d no longer be exclusively breastfed (EBF). Although, he nurses just as frequently as before and generally tends to want to play with his food more than actually eat it. 😉
But on to the important opinion! What did Bubba think of solids?
At first he was excited…
He tried Winter Squash.
He had mixed feeling about it…
I think he might have some trust issues after this.
Ultimately he got a rash from Winter Squash, so we waited a few days and tried sweet potato.
After some hesitation, he decided sweet potatoes were okay.
In fact, he might like sweet potatoes…
The worst part of eating solids, according to Bubba, is the clean up…
New Crunchy Dad and I disagree. The worst part of Bubba starting solids…
…is the poop.
New Crunchy Mom
“Mrs. Lemke, you need to rest.”
“No.” I whispered as I stood above my baby.
An unnatural shade of blue light splashed over his tiny body and reached out to the ends of the room. Nothing escaped it’s grasp.
“Rest, please,” the NICU nurse pleaded, “he’s alright.”
My voice was edgy as I snapped, “Then why the f–k are we here?”
Convinced I wouldn’t be sleeping, she left the room quietly.
I moved my chair up to the tiny clear box that held my son.
I sobbed as I sang to him and held his hand.
His body was covered in wires and the doctor had placed blinders on him to protect his eyes from the phototherapy.
Alarms blared, filling the room with tension. I quickly checked, my son’s vitals were stable.
The alarms were coming from the monitor of the little girl next to us.
The nurses flew into the room and began working on her.
They finished administering medication to the other baby and carried on as if nothing had happened.
It was time for my son to eat, they said. The nurses began shutting the lights down, plunging the room into darkness.
He was delivered to me as we sat by the nurse’s computer and they prepared a bottle of pumped milk for him.
As I held him, he opened his eyes to look up at me. They were a darker shade of yellow than they had been when we arrived.
“I thought this was supposed to get rid of the jaundice?” I motioned to the lights as I became hysterical.
The nurse, Patience, came up behind me and held my shoulders as I wept.
“It will.” She said, “It just takes time.”
I sat there for hours, rocking back and forth and staring at my 3 day old baby.
This couldn’t be real, I thought. How could this be real?
The sun rose outside the window, penetrating the room with light.
I stood by the window and watched the rest of the world keep moving, without us.
I don’t remember much of the following days or when we were discharged.
I know I fought for him, and I know he survived.
But part of me didn’t.
New Crunchy Mom
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