Category Archives: Mommy Matters

Pregnancy Photos

If you’ve been reading my past posts, you know I love photos. I have a photo charm necklace and one of my favorite apps is one that forces me to take and post a photo everyday of H.

I think it’s important to save memories and pass them on to your little one’s and someday their little one’s. I love scrapbooking, making photo books, and putting together scrap boxes with family mementos. So my pregnancy was no different.

Although somedays I certainly did not feel like having my photos taken (see the last one in this series) I thought it was important to take a photo every month while I was pregnant both to see the changes I was going through, but also as something fun to look back on after I had H.

Pregnancy Photos

If you decide to do something similar to this, these are the tips I would offer:

1. Make sure you and your photographer (in my case my husband) are in a good mood and you’re not rushed. It will make for a much better photo, I promise.

2. Choose an outfit from the beginning that you can wear in every photo you take throughout your pregnancy. It really shows off the changes more as you go through your pregnancy, which is the whole point.

3. Also, take the photo in the same place every time, for the same reason as above. Try also to do it at the same time of day each time when the natural lighting is best. I also did black and white to keep things as consistent as possible.

The Dirty Secrets of Motherhood

Yes, motherhood is amazing. It fills you with the kind of love that you never knew existed. And every time he laughs, your heart melts, when he cries, you want to make it better, and when he doesn’t feel good, you want to make him feel better and you would do anything to make that happen.

H and Mommy

However, there is a dark side to motherhood too. Yes, you heard me. Maybe there is some unspoken rule that we as moms are not supposed to talk about this, but I don’t understand why. I feel so much less guilty and I don’t feel so alone when my mommy friends and I get together and dish about the real stuff we’re thinking and feeling.

One such thing happened the other day when I was with my friend Alexis. We were discussing that how no matter how wonderful and strong your relationship is with your spouse, your marriage will be put to the test once you both become parents. You will likely not sleep in the same bed, you will be tired and hence cranky, you may have different ways of parenting and disagree on those ways, and forget about your sex life, at least for awhile. Plus date nights become fewer and farther between.

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Introducing Solids

H just turned four months the other day – where has the time gone? And although my pediatrician was very clear that she does not suggest introducing solids until six months, H cannot get enough milk and I certainly can’t keep up with him.

Introducing Solid Foods

So after doing a lot of research on my own, and asking my sister-in-law who is a pediatric physician’s assistant what she felt was safe, I decided to go for it and introduce some rice cereal. I figured, the worst thing that could happen was that he wouldn’t like it and we would try again another time, but that was not the case.

He took to it like a duck to water! He knew exactly what to do and seemed to really enjoy it. In fact, he almost ate the whole bowl (which was a tablespoon of rice cereal mixed with two-three tablespoons of breast milk).

I by no means think I know more than a pediatrician, although my actions may say differently, but I just couldn’t imagine H finishing an entire bottle of 8 ounces and then going back and filling it up again would keep him full and satisfied. I also feel that every child is different and that there is no rule across the board that works for EVERY child. And I did not enter into this decision lightly.

Some tips I found that helped are:

1. I sate him in his high chair at the table with us while we were eating for almost two weeks before we started the cereal. I gave him toys while he sat there because I wanted him to get used to his chair and associate it with fun.

2. My husband and I also talked to him about what we were eating and how delicious it was. I try to tell him as much about what I’m doing anyway, so this was just an extension of that. I figure it can only help him learn about his surroundings.

3. I introduced the cereal when he was in a good mood. This was right after he woke up from a nap and was not starving, but was getting hungry. If he starts to fuss, I give him his bottle. If he still seems hungry after his bottle, I try the cereal again. He usually takes it before and after his bottle with no problem, and because he’s in a good mood, my hope is he will associate food and happiness together.

What other tips do you have for introducing solids to your little one?

My Favorite Mommy Gear

So many of my friends have recently announced that they’re pregnant, and I could not be more excited!

And because I recently had H and have gone through the whole registry process and am now using all of the stuff I registered for (or didn’t), I’m getting all kinds of questions like “What should I register for?” “What kind of stroller, car seat, carrier, etc. did you get?” And since I live in a small apartment in NYC, the biggest question I’ve received is “What can I get away with not getting?”

Since I’ve put a pretty comprehensive list together for a few of my newly impregnated friends, I thought I would share that list with you as well.

must have baby gear

My Must-Haves…

An all-terrain stroller, we went with the City Mini Jogger and I LOVE it! It’s light weight (especially compared to others we tried), sturdy, you can run with it, it’s easy to fold, and with the purchase of an inexpensive adapter, you can use it with your car seat, which we did for the first few months.

Carrier, we tried out a lot of these, and although I was originally going to go with the Ergo, I didn’t like that with a lot of carriers you could only turn the baby one way or the other and you had to buy an infant insert separate. So we ended up getting the Britax carrier, which we love. It’s comfortable on my back (and my husband’s), plus H can face in or out and the best part is it came with the infant insert.

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Welcome to My Blog and My New Adventure

The Crafty MommyFor months, even years, I’ve been encouraged by my friends and family to blog and I have refused…until now.

Why, you ask, now? I recently gave birth to a beautiful baby boy (who I will call H) and feel I needed a creative outlet that would only take as much time out of my busy schedule as I have, and not a minute more.

Before I had H, I scrapbooked, threw elaborate dinner parties, sewed my own clothes, knitted hats and blankets, and tried anything else that would get my creative juices flowing. I still do a lot of those things, but a lot less of them because I’m consumed with being a mom. Don’t get me wrong, being a mom is so rewarding, but yes, missing out on some of the other stuff makes me a bit sad. And because H is now in my life, I am a lot choosier about what projects I take on.

So even if there are only a couple of you reading (hi mom and Ryan), I’ve decided to share some funny stories, some DIY projects, and some tips that either have been bestowed upon me and have been helpful or that I’ve stumbled across. I by no means want you to think that I have the answers or know more than any other mom out there. Because believe me, I don’t.

So I hope you’ll join me on this fun, messy, and magical journey. Yes, I’m talking about the blog, but I’m mostly talking about raising my beautiful boy in what I feel is a fun and creative environment I’ve created with lots of activities, birthday parties, projects, and even some fun stuff for the grownups. I am The Crafty Mommy!