Dads Pull Out Surprise Dubstep Dance For Christmas

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Amateur dad dance crew, The Christmas Jumpers, get down to a remix of Dance Of the Sugar Plum Fairy.

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Five Things You Learn in the First Two Months of Fatherhood.

1: Redundancy is not just good for business.

It will only take one rendition of Mt. Vesuvius recreated by your daughter’s rear end to learn the value of having a back-up to the back up. One diaper cannot withstand firepower of that magnitude. Always keep a spare diaper handy and remember that wipes cost far less than shampooing a carpet so don’t be stingy!

My aversion to poo is equal to my aversion to lava.

My aversion to poo is equal to my aversion to lava.

2: You will do something to make your child cry and don’t be surprised if you cry too.

Baby nail clippers will lead you into a false sense of security before ripping your soul out when you accidentally clip too close. While your first instinct will be to commit seppuku, you must restrain yourself and remember that even the best parents aren’t perfect. There will be mistakes along the way and there will be tears but as long as you can bear through the pain of the moment, both you and your child will grow from it. To quote everyone’s favorite doctor, “The way I see it, every life is a pile of good things and bad things. The good things don’t always soften the bad things, but vice versa, the bad things don’t always spoil the good things and make them unimportant.” (Doctor Who, Vincent and the Doctor, Series 5, episode 10)

3: Sleep happens…Sometimes

Sleep deprivation is only fun when it involves binge watching all three original trilogy Star Wars in one night. Unfortunately, baby is more Rancor than Princess Leia.

Give me milk!

Give me milk!

(Star Wars Episode 5: The Empire Strikes Back)

 

The key to sleeping soundly as possible is figuring out what works best for you and the baby. Doctors push sleeping in cribs and bassinets because it is the “safest” setup and keeps them liable free in case of SIDS. Some babies are completely on board with the doctor but sometimes babies work best with co-sleeping. My advice is to research it yourself to determine what would feel best for you and your little one. As long as they are safe and are sleeping it doesn’t matter what configuration you are in.

4: You inexplicably have become fluent in jibberish

Babies are notorious for screaming their heads off so when you get a glimpse of a smile, you will work you butt off to see it again. This may require you to do some things that you swore you would never do, like speaking three octaves higher with Tweety Bird pronunciation. What seems even crazier is when you realize you have had a full hour discussion with your baby whose main response is “oooh” with an occasional fart to spice up the conversation. The best part is you finally have someone to share your time travel theories and will listen with rapt attention. It doesn’t matter what you decide to talk with your baby about, it is a magical time where no one is understanding each other and everyone is totally cool with it.

5: You don’t have to be Superman to be super dad

As many men can attest to, we are a get it done kind of species. Give us our tools and duct tape and we can fix any problem. Men desire challenges and want to know they can stand up to the tests given them. When it comes to babies, there is no “fixing” a baby. There is no instruction manual, no special power tool to solve a dirty diaper (note to self: invent diaper changing power tool). Sometimes babies are going to cry and sometimes there is not a thing, not one single thing, that is going to stop them crying. And that is 100% ok. My wife can confirm that I have been stubborn in my manly fix-it ways to the point where I spent an hour in the bathroom with the water running trying to emulate being in a uterus. You are not going to be able to fix it all the time. Asking for help and accepting help does not detract from your ability as a father. Knowing your limits is what will help keep you sane enough to continue being a father and will help you know where to grow in the future.

How to store breastmilk and reduce your carbon footprint

Is there a better way to store breastmilk?

The answer is a resounding …Yes!

When I first began to store my breastmilk I had 6 storage bottles that came with my breast pump. I quickly realized that 6 bottles was not enough storage and cycling through the bottles was not working. This began my search for other methods.

The search

My first 6 bottles were not going to cut it. First, I thought I would just buy more bottles. Simple, right? NOPE! Those bottles are expensive and how many would I need? The next step was disposable breastmilk storage bags. I knew people used them and thought they would be a great way to build my storage. I bought NUK bags after reading many reviews from Amazon. They lived up to the reviews and are awesome bags but I had another issue. Tossing out the used bags felt like tossing out money! For the same reasons I decided to cloth diaper I knew I needed a more environmental and economical way to store my liquid gold.

“X” marks the spot

Like a search for treasure I began hunting for ideas. Pinterest, Amazon, and Google, there had to be away to safely store and freeze unlimited amounts. I found Baby Food Storage Baby Food Freezer Tray By KIDDO FEEDO on Amazon. It’s marketed as storage for baby foods that you make yourself. It is a silicon tray with 9, 2 oz. sections. The lid fits snugly and has ledges all around to help it stay fit. Although I couldn’t find a review of it used for breastmilk, all of the reviews were wonderful! After searching Amazon and the kiddo Feedo site for something…anything about breastmilk storage the kiddo Feedo site did mention it very briefly and then I found reviews of how other mums have used it. I decided to go for it and order one. Let me tell you it’s amazing and I love it!

 

Using the new storage system

Once I received it, I washed it and waited for my next pumping session. I pumped my usual 2 oz. from the left and 4 oz. from the right. To the storage I ran! Not really but it sounds good, right? I carefully poured the milk into 3, 2 oz.sections and fit the lid on. Then just to be safe in case of any leakage I put the tray into a ziplock storage bag. I continued to add milk after each session filling the tray. When it was full I would push out the milk cubes, which was very easy (you can even push one out to use and put the rest back no need to push out all of them at once). I decided to put my cubes into a large ziplock freezer bag to store in the freezer. Yes, it is something disposable (you could wash the bags) but I only use 1 or 2 bags a month as they fill with my cubes instead of 2 NUK bags per session. I write the month on the bag and all of the cubes I freeze go into that month. When a new month begins or I run out of room in a bag I start a new bag for the same month or start a bag for a new month. For example, I have a bag for “November”, “November 2”, and “December.” Keeping the month on the bag allows me to keep using the oldest stored first. When my husband prepares for the night feed (currently his night feeds are what we use the stored milk for) he puts the cube in a glass container with a lid and let’s it thaw. If he needs to thaw it faster he microwaves a mug of water for about a minute and places the glass container inside the mug.IMG_0074.JPG

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Final thoughts

This system has worked brilliantly for us! I hope that you find this post helpful and that it can reduce your spending (on items you toss out), and your carbon footprint.

What other ways do you store breastmilk? What has worked for you?

Proud mommy,
Erica

How I Rocked my Induction

An amazing birth!

An amazing birth!

Nervous about an impending induction? 

Induction is a scary word in the world of birthing babies. However, not every induction is scary or tough so keep your head up mommies when the word induction begins to be tossed around. By trusting your mommy instincts you can still rock your babies birth.

Yes, I am still pregnant…

At 41 weeks my doctors decided I was going to need an induction due to gestational diabetes and not having progressed at all. When everyone else close to 40 was feeling contractions, dilating, and effacing. I was still sitting pretty with a baby who loved the womb so much she did not want to leave!

As my husband and I awaited the call from the hospital to tell us it was time to come in to begin the induction we did many things. We packed our hospital bags, loved on our fur-babies, and discussed everything that was going to happen. We were extremely excited to be able to meet our little girl in as little as a few hours or as long as a few days. The call came and we put on our brave and overly excited faces and headed into the hospital.

My birth experience

After checking in and being taken into labor and delivery the process began. The doctor came in and discussed the plan for my induction. He was sure to tell me that inductions usually take a long time and it could be as long as three days before we actually get to meet our little one. Then he left and was not seen again until active labor. From there the nurses took over. They were amazing. I recommend being as good to your nurses as you can because they are the ones who really determine how pleasant your stay will be and they also are the ones who stick up for your wishes when your doctor may want to go another way. Below is an outline of my experience for those curious mommies who want to know what to expect when it comes to inductions.

10:00 pm: We are admitted to labor and delivery and taken to our room.

12:30 am: The midwife on duty began my Cervidil. Cervidil is like a mini tampon that they insert to help begin contractions to help you efface and dilate. It stays in for 12 hours if after the 12 hours there is no progress they will do another 12 hours of Cervidil or send you home to progress more. When this began I was 0 dilated and 30% effaced.

1:00 am: Contractions begin and the nurse encourages me to keep walking and moving. The nurse brought an exercise ball into the room for me to use. Although I was in pain I knew I needed to keep moving I did not let myself lay on the bed.

3:00 am: Contractions are coming regularly lasting at least 1 min and are 5 min apart. Walking becomes difficult. As the contractions became more painful I really began to rely on my instincts. If my body told me to squat I squatted, if it told me to move I moved. If something became painful I would try something else.

6:00 am: Contractions intensify! They are so painful that I could not walk to the bathroom or finish using the bathroom without a contraction. The nurse insists I try to get some rest. As I lay in the bed writhing in pain trying to rest I do my best to listen to my body. I knew that I could be in labor for several more hours and if I wanted to keep myself and baby prepared for the final stages I needed rest. I knew that I needed something for the pain. I asked my nurse what my options were and she brought Stadol to put in my iv.  She also checked my progress and from my first 6 hours of labor I am now effaced 50% and dilated to 3 cm. I finally am able to sleep.

11:00 am: My Cervidil falls out and the doctor on duty is called in. He checks the progress due to the Cervidil falling out to determine if I need more Cervidil, Pitocin, or to labor naturally. I am now completely effaced and dilated 5 cm. I request the doctor not to do Pitocin unless it is absolutely necessary because I feel that my body has begun laboring on its own. Knowing that I will be getting an epidural (personal decision) the nurse recommends getting it now as more intense labor is coming.

1:00 pm: The epidural is administered by the anesthesiologist. The shot to numb the area was a bit painful, however, the epidural process was not. Remember trust your instincts on what is right for you and your baby. Epidurals may not be right for everyone but after discussing it with nurses, doctors, and anesthesiologist in my family I knew that it was right for me.

2:00 pm: Catheter is administered. I was so glad to have the catheter because going to the bathroom mid contractions was near impossible and had me crying on the floor!

4:00 pm: The doctor on duty comes in to check my progress and he decided to start Pitocin although I was progressing well. After  checking the baby’s position he determines that she is head down and face up. He tells me if I cannot get her to turn that he will have to turn her or she may have to be vacuumed out. I was not going to have that and I did everything I could to turn her. The nurse brought me what they called the peanut.  It was an exercise ball-shaped like a peanut meant to be put between your legs while you lay on your side. The nurse told me changing sides every couple of hours would help the baby turn and help the epidural to stay balanced on both sides of my body.

7:00 pm: My contractions began doubling, before one contraction completely ended another one began. The nurse stops the Pitocin at this point. The baby’s heartbeat monitor also begins having trouble staying on the heartbeat so they use an internal monitor.

8:00 pm: The midwife on duty comes in with my doctor. They check my progress and I am completely effaced and 10 cm dilated. The midwife directs me to try to push, I push 3 times, as I push they tell me they can see the top of the head. The doctor puts a mirror up and I can see my babies gorgeous hair. I am then directed to labor down for a while, which means no pushing just resting and letting it happen naturally.

9:00 pm: The midwife returns and asks if I would like to try pushing again. After three pushes I labor down again. Laboring down is a great because you have time to rest and let your body do the work naturally instead of straining while pushing. At this time my doctor was able to see and rub my babies head. It was amazing and her heartbeat increased! My little one still loves her head to be rubbed.

10:00 pm: Between 9:30 and 10:00 I called the nurse in several times while I was laboring down because I felt like I had to poop and that I wanted to push. I knew my body was very close to pushing my little one out. They told me to do my best not to push and to relax. At 10:00 I told them I needed to push and the midwife and my doctor returned to the room. I pushed 5 times and my little one made her first appearance!

10:15 pm: Avery Grace was born and we chose to do delayed cord clamping, breastfeed, and have the skin to skin contact immediately. Avery was laid on my chest and at only minutes old she made her way to my breast and breastfeed like a pro for the very first time. After a short feed the cord was clamped and my husband was able to cut the cord. The nurses got Avery ready to go, my husband packed up our things, and the nurse prepared me to move to the recovery room.

Be brave, be courageous, trust your instincts!

I know that this is a long post and if you read the entire novel I applaud you. This very proud mommy wanted to share her birth story and to be a positive voice in the world of inductions. There are so many negative and scary induction stories but my experience was amazing. Baby and I were well cared for. She was born healthy and beautiful! Mommy was also in great health, no tearing or pain after birth.

I want to say a word about epidurals. People told me that you cannot feel when to push, you cannot feel your legs, labor will slow down and take longer, your baby will be sleepy and will not breastfeed immediately. I found all of these things to be false in my personal experience. I could feel when to push and had total control of my legs while birthing my child.  Also, my labor actually went faster after the epidural. My mother in law is an anesthesiologist and she has also shared that in her experience it seems labor progresses more quickly after the epidural because the woman is able to relax and her body can do what it needs to do. My little one was not born sleepy, she used her lungs immediately, and breastfed. She knew where that nipple was and she wanted it!

For those of you who may be facing an induction I hope that this (long) post has eased your fears and has been a positive influence. No matter how you end up birthing your baby, whether it is the way you planned or not, you can rock your babies birth!

Please share any tips you have for rocking your babies birth in the comment section below.

Proud mommy,

Erica