Monday, 26 May 2014

Can't Live Without: Baby Edition

For the first few weeks after Iris was born, we were spoiled. Our parents would bring us food, take Gus for a walk, do our dishes, clean the bathroom, it was such an incredible help (thanks moms & dads!). Well now Dave and I have to start figuring this stuff out for ourselves (reality!) and were kinda surprised at how difficult it is to get anything done while holding/feeding a baby 24/7. At first we would try to load the dishwasher or eat while she napped, but you can't really count on a baby staying asleep for a set period of time. 

So I took some of the baby money we received and semi-splurged on a Solly Baby Wrap. Which is pretty much a thinner, and more lightweight (and if we're being honest, trendier) version of the Moby Wrap. Oh man. We. Love. This. Thing. You wrap it around yourself, pop the baby in it and you suddenly have arms again. Arms that can eat a meal with both hands! That can apply mascara with accuracy! And that can attack those chores that your parents were doing for you before! 

Seriously though, this thing is a lifesaver. It feels like being pregnant again (in a good way) and Iris instantly conks out when we put her in it. If you know someone who's having a baby I would totally recommend picking one up for them.

Also, I'm sorry for the baby-heavy content lately. I promise I have other interests still :p

Friday, 23 May 2014

Finding a New Normal

Man oh man are things different over here! Let's be real for a second ok? Life with a newborn is tiring, hard, at times kinda boring, but always so amazing. My days currently look like this:

Sleep as long as Iris lets me, feed her, change her, carry her around in a wrap while tidying up, feed her, watch Veronica Mars on Netflix, eat/brush my teeth/change my clothes when I remember, feed her, sing some songs, try to give Gus some attention, repeat a bazillion times. 

This is enough to drive anyone insane. I mean, I love this baby of mine, but mama feels like she's losing her mind sometimes. When I can get some free time, boy do I enjoy it. Whether it means stepping back and giving Iris some uninterrupted Daddy time, or having my dad come over for an hour so I can go to the library, I've been trying to have even just a few minutes to myself every day. I have a newfound respect for single mamas out there. Seriously, how do they do it?!

Needless to say, I haven't been crafting or cooking very much lately. Instead I read cookbooks or watch something on Netflix while cuddling a sleepy baby and life feels pretty darn great all the same.

Saturday, 10 May 2014

Iris is Here!

Well last week I had me a baby! It was the most intense and slightly traumatizing experience of my life so far but it was totally worth it, because look at this adorable baby I got out of it! Iris is a hefty little thing, weighing in at 9 pounds 6 ounces which is crazy! I still can't believe that a baby of her size came out of me. Oh man. The beauty of birth.

Anyway the past week has been really really hard. SO HARD. Mamahood is one of those things that you can really not even begin to prepare yourself for. I mean, you know you're not going to get any sleep, but you don't really get it until you're on day three of actual getting no sleep. Let's just say there's been a lot of crying around here from both parties.

But it hasn't all been rough. And every day it's gets a little bit easier.  It's been really amazing to see brothers become uncles, parents become grandparents and especially Dave and I become mama and daddy. And when Iris gets this drunk sailor look on her face after I've been feeding her for what feels like days on end, I die! I wouldn't change it for the world.

I mean, come on! Look at that face!

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