Monday, May 31, 2010

New Things Coming on the Blog...

So I've been pretty embarrassed by my blog for a while now because I hadn't put as much effort into it as I put into my Ingenue Perspective blog. Now I'm much more motivated to put effort into this one! So I'm getting a new blog design by Sour Apple Studio! And I'm just going to be switching some things around! It's a much needed change that I am very excited about!

After that, I'll be off & running with this one - hoping to make it everything I would love for it to be! We'll see how it goes!!

Sunday, May 30, 2010

It won't be like this for long...

(Picture taken by Hannah! The one on the last post was taken by her, too!)

Melissa at Dear Baby posted this tonight. Totally made me cry a lot within like 1 minute.

It's going by so fast. 5 months old on Wednesday. I can't believe it.


Saturday, May 29, 2010

Birthdays

Interesting comparisons...

The top song on the US charts the day I was born was What's Love Got to Do With It by Tina Turner - fabulous!
The top song on the US charts the day Isis was born was Tik Tok by Ke$ha - ick!
(Found via This Day in Music)

I share my birthday with Ingrid Bergman, John McCain, Elliott Gould, Joel Schumacher, Michael Jackson & Lea Michele (of Glee!).
Isis shares her birthday with Cuba Gooding Jr., Christy Turlington, Taye Diggs, Dax Shepard, Paz Vega & Kate Bosworth.
(Found by typing in our birthdays on Wikipedia)

Doesn't really mean much. Just interesting to compare. I got the idea here!

Friday, May 28, 2010

My Favorite Links!!!

I've needed to post this for a while, but I never sat down to do it. And I'm sure this list will get even longer as I read more blogs in the TMC! But as of today, these are my faves! (They are in order of the way they show up in my Google Reader - which is really random order.)

Dear Baby
twitter/withoutmelissa
Really, this is my absolute favorite baby/mom blog! Melissa is a first time mom & her daughter Everly was born just a couple of days after Isis! So I find that following her experiences are so interesting because I know her timeline has mirrored mine. At the same time, her refreshing view on family & life will leave you smiling every single time. I probably check her blog 4 times a day just seeing if she's updated.

Mamarazzi & Co
This is a pretty new blog. She is a new mom & photographer & she gives specific advice for how to take the best pictures of your kids!

Theta Mom
twitter/thetamom
She is the founder of the Theta Mom Community, but it all started as her own personal blog. She used to be an elementary school teacher, which automatically makes me identify with her, but on top of that, she's a mom who embraces her authentic experiences & views & those of other moms!

Modern Kiddo
This blog always posts pictures of kids or babies in adorable clothes & accessories! She also posts different baby gear or decorations or birthday party ideas or bedrooms - just all kinds of really cute, modern things so you can get ideas for your own kids!

Smonk You
twitter/smonkyou
Written by first time dad, Kenny, this blog shares the view of first time parenting from the dad's perspective. I love this! So many parenting blogs are written by moms & it's really great to see the dad's view. Add to that the fact that he is hilarious & this blog will really get you cracking up about the new experiences of a first time parent!

Design Dazzle
twitter/designdazzle
This blog has decorating ideas for kids! It's absolutely fabulous!!!

Heir to Blair
twitter/heirtoblair
She is a first time mom & has just been posting about her experiences! She's really funny & has a fresh perspective on things. The thing I really admire is her courage in opening up about her experiences with Post Partum Depression. Anyone struggling with the same thing - or even not struggling with it - will find encouragement from her honesty and openness.

Cloth Diaper Whisperer
twitter/diapershops
If you use cloth diapers or are interested in possibly using them, this blog will offer you so many answers & advice!! It's run by the people at Kelly's Closet, where we bought all our diapers for Isis!

Chronicles of a Babywise Mom
twitter/babywise
I have talked about this blog several times! It's the ultimate answer-source for all your questions about Babywise!! She is so helpful & even responds if you post a question as a comment! She really helped me figure out some issues I was having with Isis' naps!

Theta Mom Community

I just joined the Theta Mom Community over at the Theta Mom blog! Since becoming a mother just 5 months ago, I have found such a camaraderie with other moms. I love hearing their opinions, learning from their experiences & gaining insight in this new journey I'm on! The Theta Mom Community provides just that. It's a place where other moms with blogs can connect and learn from each other and share their experiences through reading each others thoughts & stories. I'm excited to be a part of this! Check out the other blogs in the Theta Mom Community by clicking here! You can also click on the link in my sidebar!

Cute Girl!!

Oh I love this picture!! I am just so excited about Isis being older so I can continue to dress her in cute things & fabulous headbands like this one from Jek in the Box on Etsy!! I found the picture on the Modern Kiddo blog, which you must check out if you haven't already!

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Yes, I am a First Time Mom & I Need to be in Control

I've had several people say things to me when I talk about life & scheduling & baby planning & things like that - but they'll say, "Oh, you're a first time mom. Just wait until the 2nd one. You won't be like this." I find it interesting because I've also recently heard, "oh, just wait until you're in labor. You'll get the medication" or "just wait till you've changed a few of those cloth diapers, you'll use disposables" and neither of those things happened. So now, with these "first time mom" comments, I don't know how to respond. Should I say, "uh, thanks??" I'm not sure. Because the truth is, maybe I'm needing to be in control and particular and worried about germs and sickness and things like that because I'm a first time mom - and maybe I'm doing all those things because I'm CAMERON and it's just what I do.

I was pretty particular before Isis arrived. I've always kinda wanted things a certain way and I've always been a bit of a perfectionist and I've always been an over-achiever. I've always washed my hands like 20 times a day. I've always been concerned about germs or sickness when people were around me. I've always done life on a schedule. I've always made lists. I've always needed to be in control. Now, granted, some of these things are my life issues that I need to learn to let go of to a certain extent, but none of them have just suddenly arrived because Isis is here. It seems to me more like I've extended that part of my personality to include the baby stuff - for better or for worse.

So maybe I'm a first time mom & I'm particular. And maybe I'm just Cameron. I guess only time will tell.

4 Hour Schedule

One thing I forgot to tell everybody about our 4 month doctor visit was that he confirmed what I was thinking that Isis eats a LOT. I'd been keeping her at 5 feedings a day because I was worried about my milk supply and about her getting what she needs. But I told the doctor that if I pump, I get a lot of milk - like at least 6 oz, sometimes 12 (!!) if I pump in the morning. If I'm not around and Isis takes a bottle, she will eat almost an entire 8 or 9 oz bottle. This means that in 5 feedings, she is getting more than 32oz, which is what a formula fed baby eats at the max. I also told him how she wasn't eating well for her last feeding if I do 5 feedings and she wasn't eating well for any feeding if I only fed her every 3 hours. She seemed to want to stretch and I talked to him about how I'd been starting to stretch her schedule. He told me that she is in the 90th percentile for weight, so as far as that goes, I'm good to go. If she seems like she wants to stretch to eat 3.5 to 4 hours apart, then just do it. He also said if I'm getting that much when I pump and she's eating that much from a bottle if we give it to her, then she's probably getting all she needs from 4 feedings and I don't necessarily need to stay at 5 unless she seems really hungry or something like that. So I've stretched her to a 3-4 hour schedule and so far it's working out pretty good. Except last night she woke up at 4am for a feeding. But that's what she does if she's having a growth spurt, so I'm not sure yet if it's because of the day time stuff or because of a growth spurt. We'll see what she does tonight. Anyway, now she's eating at 7:30/11:30/3:30/6:30. This is awesome because in the fall when I start student teaching, I will only have to pump once - at lunch - and I should probably be home around 3:30 to feed her myself then! Yay!

It's All About Perspective

Lewis & I were talking yesterday about how fast everything is going with Isis. We were actually talking about changing diapers specifically and somehow it turned into a conversation about how fast things were going and about our perspectives. For example, with the diapers, Lewis and I had both read about some studies that were done that showed that children bonded and felt more connected to the people who changed their diapers because it's such an intimate and also very necessary part of their day. You can tell in the way they look at the person changing their diapers. There is another study that we read that showed that specifically dads who got involved with the details, like changing diapers, from birth impacted the child's academic achievement throughout life. It just set a tone for involvement and attention throughout the child's life. How does this relate to anything, you may ask? Well, I'll tell you.

Lewis said he had been thinking about all these milestones he was excited for Isis to reach, like rolling over and sitting up and reaching for things, putting things in her mouth, etc. He said he gets excited about the next milestone each time. (Right now we are excited about when she starts holding her arms up for you to pick her up or for a hug - when does that happen?) But he said that he'll actually be sad when she's potty trained and he doesn't have to change her diaper anymore. I said that was a strange thing to be sad about, but he said you can just tell when you're changing her diaper that she knows that what you're doing is important and that it makes her feel better to have a clean, dry diaper. Isis in particular LOVES having her diaper changed and is always really smiley and giggly while you are doing it.

But this led into a conversation about changing diapers and poop and how lots of people (dads?) are just grossed out by their kid's poop and won't change a diaper. Lewis thinks it is really awful if a dad does that. Nobody likes dealing with someone else's feces, but when it's your baby - who can't control it - to say you won't change it is like saying you'll marry your wife, but if she throws up or something, she's on her own. We decided it's all about perspective. For us, every poopy (or pee) diaper has meant that she is eating well and digesting and that her body is working properly. We have actually let out a frequent "yay!" at the sight of poop in her diaper, because it means she's healthy!! And when that poop changes and gets stinky or more solid or whatever due to changes in her diet, we won't "yay!" over the stinkiness, but we will definitely "yay!" over the fact that she can eat solid foods and can digest them and is growing up!!

When I was in labor, each contraction wasn't just horrible pain in my opinion, it was my body moving Isis one step closer to my arms. It was her moving one more millimeter closer to me, closer to her daddy, closer to our life together. I really had to go there in my head because if I allowed myself to focus on the pain, I wouldn't have gotten through it. It was all about perspective.

When Isis wakes up now in the middle of the night, it's very rare. Last night she woke up at 4am for the first time in over 2 weeks. And sure, I could've gotten frustrated because she doesn't wake up in the middle of the night really anymore, but instead I chose to enjoy one more middle of the night feeding. She doesn't need them anymore usually unless she's having a growth spurt or something is weird with her schedule, so those special moments I used to have with her where it felt like just me and her awake while the world was asleep are gone for the most part. So it was nice to just have that time with her. It's all about perspective.

As she grows up, I hope to always keep things in perspective. Not that I won't miss some things that she will grow out of - like her naps in my arms. She WON'T sleep if I hold her now. Remember when I had a hard time with holding her for her naps everyday? Such a short period. But I want to always remember that every milestone she reaches, every inch she grows, every step closer to being a "big girl" means that we've done something right. It means that we've parented, we've loved, we've sacrificed, we've taught and as a result, she's grown, she's developed, she's learned, she's understood and she's been loved. How wonderful to be privileged to watch these transitions in her life! How blessed to be a part of it! Poopy diapers & all!

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Let's Hear it for the Parents Who FEED Their Babies!!

On other blogs I read or on Twitter or just in general searches on BabyCenter message boards or other online forums, I'm constantly seeing arguments related to different decisions or styles of parenting. I find it so frustrating. Even I have received criticism on my different decisions. When do we just let it all go and encourage moms & dads to take care of their kids & make decisions based on what is best for their families?

Breastfeeding vs. Bottle Feeding? I'm in favor of FEEDING your babies.
There are many proven benefits to breastfeeding, but there are many reasons why breastfeeding may not work for someone.

Stay at home vs. Working moms? I'm in favor of WORKING HARD to provide the best possible life for your children - at home or in a workplace.
Both stay-at-home moms & moms who work outside the home are working moms. It is tough staying home with your kids & it is tough keeping a job during the day & coming home to a house with kids. In both situations, they are doing the best they can to provide for their children and should be encouraged in either situation.

Disposable vs. Cloth Diapers (vs. Elimination Communication)? I'm in favor of doing what works for YOUR FAMILY
Disposable diapers are convenient, easy to use & widely accepted by babysitters! They are also expensive & one of the most frequently seen items in landfills. Cloth diapers are cheaper, environmentally friendly & super cute (in my opinion). They are also messier, stinkier & have to be washed. Pros & cons to both. Really worth an argument? Who can say (other than you) which pros are better or which cons are worse in terms of your child and your family?

Natural birth vs. Medicated birth? I'm in favor of MOM'S COMFORT
No matter which way you break it down, labor & delivery are hard! For some women, like me, the experience and the benefits on the side of natural labor make labor without medication a much more favorable option. For other women, the benefits of an epidural far outweigh any part of an unmedicated birth. In that situation, with hormones & pain & the overwhelming knowledge that you are about to bring a person into the world - it's important that women feel comfortable, confident and empowered, no matter what specific method that means they use. To argue with them about it means that you are saying that you know better what is best for them & their body. I vehemently disagree with doing this to a pregnant woman. Let her decide what is best for her.

Scheduling vs. Demand Feeding? Again, FEEDING & monitoring GROWTH should trump all
Some women find scheduling to be too controlled, too hard on their milk supply and too difficult for them to do. Other women find scheduling to give them a peace of mind, a predictable pattern for their day and, in my case, the method that keeps their milk supply up and their baby blues down. Some women find demand feeding to be comforting to both them and baby and the best method for them when it comes to breastfeeding. In the end, I believe all women (and men) are focusing on feeding their babies and making sure they grow at a healthy rate. There's no argument if this is occurring. Why would someone need to create one?

Crib vs. Family Bed? Everyone getting enough SLEEP is the important part.
Some babies sleep better in their own bed, in their own space, in their own room. Other babies sleep better with mom right next to them to cuddle or comfort as needed. Some moms sleep better (and in my case have less instances of baby blues) when baby is in their own room, in their own bed, in their own space. Other moms sleep better knowing baby is right next to them, in the same room, in the same bed. As long as everyone is being safe about their decisions, the only important thing is creating an environment where babies can sleep.


So, really, why the arguments? I believe moms should encourage each other, help each other, defend each other. I believe that a mom has just as much of a right and responsibility to choose a method different than mine if she believes that is what is best for her baby and her family. Who am I to say that my methods are "the best" for them?

Thursday, May 13, 2010

More Future Moms!!

I was so blessed to get to share my pregnancy experience with 5 lovely ladies who were also expecting about the same time as me in our Centering Group! Since having our babies, most of us have kept in touch & been able to talk about what's going on with the babies or just hang out as moms & babies! It's been really great having people I could talk to! Isis was also the last baby to arrive, so it's been great talking to several moms whose babies are just a couple weeks ahead of Isis, so I know what's coming!

At the same time, I've been equally as blessed to have a best friend with 2 girls & to reconnect with several moms like my friend Laurel who also has 2 girls. They have similar parenting strategies as me, so they've been able to troubleshoot & work through issues with me. Plus it's more friends for Isis!! It's such a relief to have these people to ask my questions & get advice.

Now I'm starting to be the one that some of my friends are coming to for advice during their pregnancies or with their new babies! I find it such an amazing thing to know that in just 4 months, I've learned at least a few things that I can pass along! The craziest thing about motherhood for me so far has been how fast everything moves. The time goes by quickly, but you also learn so much so quickly. I don't think there's any way to fully prepare for motherhood before you're in the thick of it, but you adapt & you grow so much through the experience. I have been praying daily for my friends like Crystal & Emily who are pregnant & going through exactly what I was going through just a few short months ago! I hope that by passing on a little of what I've learned & experienced that I can pass along the wisdom I've gained from the mothers in my life! Every mother has her own style & method to her ways & I think it's a beautiful thing getting to see how that unfolds in people. I've loved seeing it in myself. I'm excited to see it in Crystal & Emily!! And whoever else may start making a baby this year!!

Happy Belated Mothers Day!!!

4 Month Dr. Visit!

We had Isis' 4 month visit with the pediatrician today! She's perfectly healthy...and chunky!! I love it!!! She weighs 16 lbs 2 oz & she is 24 inches long! She's gained almost 4 pounds in 2 months! She's in the 90th percentile for weight & the 50th percentile for length. I like it! She's doing just great!

He told me that she doesn't have to start solids until 6 months, which definitely works just fine for me! I am curious about starting solids & excited about getting to make baby food (hopefully with the Williams-Sonoma baby food maker!), but I'm not super eager to start anytime soon. For one thing, it's just one more thing I have to do. For another thing, she's clearly getting what she needs from the breast milk. I can tell she's interested in the food we are eating, but I'm still going to wait a while. We'll see how I feel a month from now.

I always feel better after seeing the doctor & getting my questions answered. It's just refreshing for me to know a little more about what's going on! Yay for a healthy baby girl!!

We had to wait to get her vaccinations until tomorrow because she started freaking out because she hadn't taken a good nap for like 3 hours, so we are going back in the morning for the shots. NOT so excited about that...

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Graduation!!

(Me, Isis & my friend Katisha! Check out her blog about her student teaching in Australia here!)

I graduated college on Saturday!! I still have to complete my student teaching in the fall, but I got to walk in graduation & for the most part, everything is done!! Yay!! I was so happy Isis got to come, too & see her mama graduate! I hope she will one day follow & become a college graduate herself!

Elimination Communication Update!

So I tried it for a little while & it's not going to work. I did find that I could tell when she needed to go most of the time, but I only tried actually putting her over the potty a couple of times. The reason it didn't really work is that I'm not at home as much anymore! I just am not always around a bathroom where I can get pants, a diaper & everything off before she goes. I'm watching my friend's 2 girls on Tuesdays & Thursdays, so it's me & 3 kids! Not so easy to run a baby to the bathroom. haha. And then I've been getting together with family & friends on other days during the week, so I've just found that I'm not around the house enough to really devote the time I think it would take me to do this.

SO, I tried something different, but it's a no go. Looks like we'll just be doing potty training like normal! Hopefully that will still be something we can try a little early because of the cloth diapers. I've read that most babies who use cloth diapers potty train earlier than those who use disposables. Something about being able to really feel the wet on their bottom. I do still understand and agree with the reasons and methods behind Elimination Communication! It sounds like it would work great for the mom who really wants to do it! It just didn't work for me!

But any other weird baby strategies anybody wants me to try out, I'm game - within reason, of course. My ultimate priority is what's best for Isis!

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Babywise!!!!

If you've been following my blog at all, you know that Babywise & scheduling in general has really worked for us. There seem to be 2 sides to the Babywise issue & very little "in between" space - most people either LOVE it or HATE it. We love it. It's been difficult dealing with some of the negative opinions, but we've stuck with it and I believe the results in Isis' case speak for themselves.

It's hard, though, to figure out any kind of schedule or routine for your baby. Some things don't work for different reasons and it's tough to figure out what may be wrong. With Isis, for example, when I moved her from her swing to her crib for naps, her naps got a lot shorter. They went from about an hour & a half to about 30 minutes. I couldn't figure out why they were so short. I posted a question on the Chronicles of a Babywise Mom blog & got a response (2 weeks later because she is BUSY!!) to put her down 30 minutes earlier and see if she sleeps better like that. And she did! Her nap that first day was an hour & a half! And her other naps extended to about an hour each. The problem was that Valerie over at Chronicles of a Babywise Mom is super busy with 3 kids, 3 blogs that I know of, a husband and, you know, LIFE. So she can't get back with you right away.

Well, Valerie had mentioned that she participated in a Babywise group on Babycenter. I hadn't seen one in the message boards, but I did some more searching & found it! It's a private group that you have to ask to be a member of. If you post negative or angry things about Babywise, you are kicked out of the group. Seems harsh, but try asking a question about your baby stretching their schedule on another message board on BBC & you end up with angry comments and very little help! (Believe me, I tried it.) So I am now a part of the Private Babywise group on Babycenter! If you are doing Babywise or scheduling in general and need some advice, support or help - check it out!!! It has been such a source of help over the past week that I've been on it! All of the women are so supportive & I've asked questions not related to Babywise & they've helped me with those things as well. Everyone is just really helpful!! Just wanted to share that info for those of you who are looking for advice!

Stretching her Schedule

About a week ago, I started noticing that she wasn't eating well if I fed her on her regular schedule. For about 1 month to 6 weeks, we'd been following the feeding schedule below:

7:30am
10:30am
1:30pm
4:30pm
6:30pm

But about a week ago, if I fed her at 3 hrs, she would maybe nurse for a minute or 2 and then just be totally distracted by everything around her. I tried everything to get her interested in nursing at that point, but nothing working. I'd usually just wait another 30 minutes and try to feed her again and she'd finally eat well when it had been 3.5 hours since her last feeding. So this made me think it was time to try to stretch her schedule.

Although I've been doing Babywise, I've never really had to MAKE her go longer to get a feeding. She started out about 2.5-3 hours everyday, then as she got older, I noticed the same thing as above and would move to offering a feeding around every 3 hours. So now she seems to be ready to go longer. I started trying a couple of days ago and it's worked great! She is never fussy in between feedings and she regularly gets hungry at about 3.5 hours. So here is what she's done the last couple of days:

Thursday:
7:20am
11:15am
3:00pm
6:30pm

Friday:
7:40am
11:00am
2:40pm
4:45pm
7:00pm

Saturday:
8:20am
12:00pm
3:10pm
6:50pm

So as you can see, I'm going by her cues at this point. When I stretch her schedule, I take about a week to stretch just by a little bit each time and see when she's hungry. A couple of times in the past couple of days she's gone 4 hours. Partly because I've had to run errands or do things and I couldn't get back home to feed her within 3.5 hours. BUT she was never fussy. She actually hasn't cried before a feeding in weeks! So she's clearly ready to stretch. She's still having regular poops & pees. And she's content & sleeping well, so I'm going to try to work out a regular schedule next week.

Any scheduling moms have any tips? I like feeding her at 7:30am. It works great for us. And I usually feed her at 6:30pm, but I could probably do 7:00pm. I'm just trying to figure out how to work it all out where it's regular. She does best when things are consistent day to day, so I need to figure it out.

4 Months Old!!

Man oh man my baby girl is growing up!!! Seriously in the last week, it has felt like I've seen so many changes!! She is "talking" all the time now! It seems like she always has to be making noise! I love it and look forward to the days when she's just chatting all the time! I was in Target the other day and kept walking past a mom & her son, who was probably about 8 or 9, and he was just talking & talking - I mean every time I passed them, he was just non-stop. She kept looking at me with this, "I am so sorry" look on her face, but I LOVED it! (I am totally cut out to be a Kindergarten teacher.)

She's started batting at toys and grabbing things and she can definitely pull things to her mouth now! She tries to put everything in her mouth! We went to eat at Olive Garden last night and she was sitting in my lap & I was drinking water from my glass & she kept touching the glass & then trying to put it in her mouth. I think it's really cute. It's very helpful now since I still think she's got a tooth bothering her, so she can now chew on things as she pleases!

Her feet finally fit in shoes! 0-3 month shoes as a 4 month old, but still it's a step! I got her some cute little silver sandals to wear with all her dresses this summer! We have 2 weddings to go to this summer, so she'll be fancy.

She's still sleeping great! Some days she will wake up once during the night, but most of the time she sleeps until 7:30am. She takes all her naps in her crib - unless we are out running errands or something - in which case she'll sleep in her carseat/carrier or in the stroller. Her naps are shorter then, but I don't care. She's down to 3 naps a day most days. We've eliminated the 4th nap for the most part. Some days she'll wake up from her 3rd nap around 3:30pm or something - in which case she does end up taking a 4th nap around 5:30 for 30 minutes. But overall, I have no cause for complaints!

One thing that has gotten SO weird with her is that she has stopped eating a lot on the schedule I had her on before (every 3 hours with a 2 hr span before bed). So I'm having to stretch her schedule a little so she eats better. I'm going to post about this more specifically in a few minutes, but basically I think she's just getting ready for a longer schedule. It all just means she's growing up!!

I'm not introducing solids yet. I know several moms with kids around Isis' age and they've seen signs that their babies are ready for solids - at least rice cereal - around this age, but I don't think Isis is ready yet. My doctor said it isn't necessary unless you want to introduce them before 6 months, so we are just going to wait until then. I might introduce some rice cereal around 5 1/2 months, but I don't see any reason to do it now. I'm also going to post on this later.

So all in all, we're at 4 months and totally happy! This is the age I'm really liking! I'm happy the first 4 months went by quickly because some parts of that were just ROUGH. Now it's still daily taking care of a baby, but it's much more enjoyable because she interacts with us so much more!! I'd be ok if she kinda slowed down at this point, but it's not gonna happen. This is going to be the fastest year of my life!!

Yay for 4 months!!! Our 4 month dr. visit is May 12 - we've gotta get more shots. Boo. I'll let you know how it goes!

Parenting Books?

I've posted before on the books I've read so far about sleep, schedules or other general baby info. I'm ready for some more books now! Here's what I've got in my Amazon cart right now. Before I buy, I want to see if anyone else has any that they like!

NurtureShock: New Thinking About Children
-I'm interested in this one mainly because it's the top seller in the Amazon parenting books right now. It's premise is that many of the popular strategies for raising children are backfiring right now. I would agree with that as a general statement based on things I've seen or experienced. I'm not sure if I'll come down on the same side as the people in the book, but I'm interested in at least reading it & seeing what they say!

On Becoming Babywise: Book II (Parenting Your Pretoddler Five to Fifteen Months)
-I want this one because we read Babywise & LOVED it. It has really worked for our family. It has totally helped Isis to get on a great schedule where she gets full feedings, plenty of sleep, kept my milk supply up & kept all of us sane & happy!! The Book II is about introducing solids & sign language & the intro ideas on discipline. I'm probably most excited about this one!

The Baby Whisperer Solves All Your Problems: Sleeping, Feedings, and Behavior - Beyond the Basics from Infancy Through Toddlerhood
-Most Babywise moms also like these books and use a lot of their strategies for different things, so I thought I should read them & see what they say!

Secrets of the Baby Whisperer: How to Calm, Connect and Communicate with Your Baby
-This one I'm not sure if I need. Who has read it? Isis is already a great sleeper - sleeping through the night & everything - and she eats well and she's 4 months old. Is it too late to read this one? I feel like they may be talking about things we've already dealt with.

Boundaries with Kids
-I am currently reading Boundaries: When to Say Yes How to Say No to Take Control of Your Life at the suggestion of my counselor because of just some personal junk I've got going on and I am finding it incredibly helpful in all areas of my life! I saw there is a version for parents when it comes to kids & I thought it would be important for me to read it. I'm really looking forward to it!
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