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Henry’s first birthday

DSC_1472Honestly, I tear up when I start looking at these birthday pictures. Maybe I’m a sap, but they were just filled with so much joy!!! It was a lot of work to put on, mainly because I had a barely 3 year old and not quite 1 year old. It sounds stupid, but I am so proud of these parties. hahaha! Even though Henry was one and didn’t know what was happening. And even though he burned his finger on his “1” candle because I was smiling for the camera and not watching him closely enough (I was sleep deprived, but still, I feel awful). I am certain he will look back on these and know that we really loved him (especially since we will never tell him about touching the candle). And I hope he will be able to feel the joy in these pictures (and not recall the pain of touching the birthday candle).

I did not include the lack of joy in the “burned finger pictures” for Henry to cherish forever. I have erased all the evidence. If only I can bribe Carter to keep quiet. Here he is the moment before he grabbed the candle. You can see the, “hey what’s that do?” look in his eyes. DSC_1485 Poor boo. Ya know, as a mom, I often make dumb, careless mistakes. It sucks! I remember pinching Carter’s cute fat thigh while trying to click him into his car seat when he was like 4 months old. OMG the self-loathing that followed was epic. It’s the worst feeling, accidentally hurting them. I accidentally hurt myself all the time, but when it is your baby, it just cuts you to the core. This birthday incident was made extra bad because we had an audience. They were all staring at us singing ‘Happy Birthday’, then he cried and we realized what had happened. We got some ice and it was fine, but the mood was killed. Thankfully they were all family and close friends, so the shame was minimized. The next day, we tried to recreate the birthday cake shot and Henry cried as soon as he saw the cake! So, I just hope that makes some mom feel better. It happens. Can’t get much worse than that story.

the birthday boy seemed to have a premonition of his fate even before the cake came out. He's saying, ' finger seems a bit too comfortable. Perhaps the temperature of my epidermis is too low

the birthday boy seemed to have a premonition of his fate. He’s saying, ‘hmmm…my finger seems a bit too comfortable. Perhaps the temperature of my epidermis is too low’

For the favors (seriously, I am moving on from the burnt finger….trying), I got these great plastic popcorn containers from Target for like $1. We still use ours. My initial idea for his birthday theme was “ceiling fans” since that was his favorite thing in the world at the time. So, I got pinwheels for all the kids. I also put a preposterously long and sugary lollipop in each favor just cause and bubbles. Carter wanted to help me with the decorations (he always does). He did the pictures on the front of the favor/gift table.

I got all of the adorable printables for free(!) from Hostess with the Mostess (my favorite party blogger). This was two years ago, so I don’t think they are still free 🙁 But you can find the links to order them custom made here. A word on printables. You can find free printables for just about any party theme online which is awesome! But beware, printing them, even on your home printer can add up. I always end up using an entire toner cartridge!! Still cheaper than printing at Fed Ex, but those toner things are like $50! I do everything for my parties – cake, decorations (i buy a few, but mostly homemade), food – so that keeps the costs pretty low. That’s how I rationalize it. Also, the cutting involved in printables is nothing to sneeze at. You can get carpal tunnel pretty quickly doing that. Finally, always print on card stock. It’s not that expensive and holds up so much better.

HEY! NEW MOMS! This is the posture you will have at the first birthday party of your second child.

wow, my schlumpy shoulders are really working for me here.

wow, my schlumpy shoulders are really working for me here.

We took photos of all the babies in this clown wig. It was hysterical!!! The best photos were of my friend’s kids, but I don’t have permission to post those photos…yet. Here are my kids

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Breastfeeding and the remote – VERY IMPORTANT FOR NEW MOMS!!!

One of my most favorite people in the world, Tara Copeland Eastwick, is about to have her first baby. So I’ve decided to write a series of posts about all those things you just have no clue about the first time around.  The whole pregnancy you are consumed with worry about delivery and what is going on with your body.  And yes, that is important, but I spent zero time preparing for once the baby arrived.  (Actually, I know that Tara has done far more than me already).  I never babysat much, most of my friends didn’t have kids and if they did I wasn’t around them.  I  didn’t even take the breast feeding class (it’s natural, why do you need a class?  Woah boy – did I regret that).  So, hopefully this will offer some insight for new moms and a reminder to seasoned moms of what it’s like to have a newborn.

Breast Feeding and the Remote

I know you are getting a ton of advice right now, but if there is nothing else you remember, do remember this. Before you sit down to nurse your newborn, make sure the TV remote is right next to you because your ass is gonna be macramed to that chair for the next hour.  You may start out watching the Today show, but by the time the hour long nursing session has ended,  you are well into Hoda and Kathie Lee.  OMG – this totally happened to me all the time!  The remote, was on the dresser by the TV, way out of reach.  There was no way I was standing up because once that baby latches on, you really can’t move.  It’s not worth the risk of the baby becoming unlatched and having to go through the whole latching process again (which can take a LONG time).  I got to the point where my body froze up once he latched and if there was any shifting needed, it had to be made in slow, smooth motions all whilst cradling a newborn in my arms – it takes both arms to cradle- which, by the way, gives you carpal tunnel.  Usually I was too scared to move, so I would hold my body for an hour or more in contorted, cramping positions just to make it through.

So Dads, this is on you too.  Make sure she has all she needs before you walk out the door.  Moms have to remember a hundred things for each nursing session (which I had like 12 a day for the first few months): my breast friend, nursing stool, burpees, extra pillows, nipple cream, the baby.  That took all of my energy to remember.  Then I was holding my sweet baby, he was latched and I could finally relax (as much as one can in a stiff, uncomfortable position).  I looked up and Kathie Lee was on TV and the remote was WAY over there.  So, of course, it was Craig’s fault for leaving without bringing me the remote. Breastfeeding is sweet and all.  I really do mean that.  I LOVED breastfeeding even though I had a lot of misery because of it.  But once that first minute, minute and half of awwww is over, you need some TV.  You can’t talk on the phone.  You can’t use the computer.  Can’t look through a magazine.  The only parts of your body that you can move while nursing are your eyes…and your uterus because it naturally contracts while you nurse – neat fact, right? So please, for the love of God, keep that remote close to you. In a way, your life depends on it. You’re welcome