Tag Archives: Mommy


simple pleasures I never fully understood before Forest:

  1. walking with the baby in a ring-sling on a lovely spring day
  2. bathing the baby
  3. singing lullabies while rocking the baby to sleep
  4. having a mutual smile-fest
I’m definitely experiencing more challenges than I imagined, but also so much more joy than I could have possibly imagined.  I’m feeling very alive.

mommy returning to work

Tomorrow is my first day back at work.  I’m mostly looking forward to working.  I’m not worried too much about Forest since he will have his father and grandmother taking care of him tomorrow.  I’m mostly worried about him missing his mommy.  Lots of milk in the freezer to go in bottles, but not quite like mommy.  We do know that he will readily take bottles, so that is a good thing at least.

I’m also worried about getting enough sleep to be functional.  Forest was up three times last night and I was having some anxiety issues and it took me awhile to fall asleep.  So, I ended up with about 3.5 hours of sleep.  I’ve been more routinely getting 5-6 hours of sleep when he gets up 1-2 times overnight, and that helps me feel a lot better.

Several people have told me that a teaspoon or two of rice cereal helps babies sleep better at night, and his doctor recommends not starting that until 4 months, although several moms have said they started much earlier.  And the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends exclusively breastfeeding until 6 months.  But I wonder if the American Academy of Pediatrics Board are all waking up at 2 am, 4am and 5:30am for feedings?