Month: August 2010


As my little boy is about to turn 2, I reflect on all of the millions of adjustments and changes we’ve made over this short amount of time. In the beginning it was stopping the overnight feeding. Then it was transitioning him out of being swaddled. Then it was starting solid foods. Then it was giving him food that he actually had to chew. Then it was getting rid of the bottles and going to sippy cups and milk. Then it was giving him real cups. I could go on and on and on…

I bring this up because we are entering yet another stage of changes. Most recently, we changed from living room naps on a cot to napping in his crib. I know this sounds strange, but because he naps on a cot in school, it was the easiest way to get him to nap at home on the weekends. He just didn’t seem to understand why we were putting him in his crib in the middle of the day. Like pretty much all of our transitions, it wasn’t easy and required a little crying on his part and willpower on ours. He now welcomes his naps as much as he welcomes going to sleep at 7:30p every night. The other change that we made, and this one makes me nervous, is giving him a pillow for the first time. My mother-in-law thought we were bonkers that we hadn’t given him one yet. Of course, thanks to the loving internet, I read stories about waiting to give them a pillow because of suffocation… yadda yadda yadda. I knew it was time when he was somehow bending his crib bumper down to have something to put his head on and when that didn’t work, he’d pile up his stuffed animals. This pillow is about the flattest pillow in the world so I have no idea why I’m so worried. The kiddo pretty much loves it and knew exactly how to sleep on it from the start (how do they know these things???). He now even sleeps the “correct” way- he was squishing his body the short way into the crib and no amount of growing seemed to be changing this habit. He still doesn’t get a blanket. He is a crazy sleeper- all over the place, so I imagine it wouldn’t stay on anyway, so why bother.

I’m trying to get myself prepared mentally for the next big transition which will be changing him into a toddler bed. We have a convertible bed, so it won’t be too much of a change other than the opportunity he’ll have to escape. I’m already making a list of all the dangerous things that will need to be removed from my inquisitive little boy’s room to make his, what I’m sure will be many, escape attempts when he moves to his new bed. We are thinking we have another good 6 months or so before this happens- he has shown no interest in trying to climb out of his crib, so we are going to stick with it as long as we can.

As with all of his past transitions, I’m sure in a week or two, we’ll hardly even remember what it was like before.

Moms- what was your most difficult transition with your baby in the first 2 years?

The Bachelorette & Bora Bora Nostalgia

I’m getting all nostalgic (both both good and bad) watching The Bachelorette. Here are some pics from our trip to Bora Bora, May 2008. Yup- I was just about 6 months preggers in these pics 🙂 They are staying at the same resort that we stayed at. Kinda cool.

Gisele is an Idiot

Gisele Bundchen can kiss my big ass.

I saw this BabyCenter blog post this morning and started throwing things at my screen:

Gisele Bundchen thinks formula-feeding should be illegal

Carolyn Robertson

posted: 8/02/2010
in: Baby, Babies & Kids, News, Celebrities
 New mom Gisele Bundchen is such an advocate of breastfeeding that she thinks it should be illegal to formula-feed a newborn.

The supermodel mama, whose son Benjamin was born last December, tells Harper’s Bazaar,

“I think breastfeeding really helped (me keep me figure). Some people here (in the US) think they don’t have to breastfeed, and I think ‘Are you going to give chemical food to your child when they are so little?’ I think there should be a worldwide law, in my opinion, that mothers should breastfeed their babies for six months.”

Gisele has certainly been outspoken when it comes to motherhood, saying that some women use pregnancy as an excuse to eat like “garbage disposals,” insisting that her labor was entirely painless and revealing that her son was potty-trained at 6 months.

What do you think of her latest statement on making breastfeeding the law?

I think I made it pretty clear what I think and I’ll say it again: Gisele Bundchen can kiss my big ass. This statement from her is probably a comment I should really expect from someone like her. Arrogant. Thoughtless. Irresponsible. FINE. I get it. You really believe in Breastfeeding. Good for you. Thank god this is only your opinion and nobody actually takes people like you seriously.

Why do I care? I’ve ranted before, and I will rant again: please let the choice of breastfeeding be just that: a woman’s CHOICE. I am so incredibly sick and tired of having breastfeeding shoved down my frickin throat. I TRIED. I really did. Call me selfish, but I chose formula feeding so my son could live and thrive because breastfeeding simply did not work and he was losing a massive amount of weight. Do I have regrets? NO. My almost 2 year old is smart. Really smart. He’s not yet two and he counts to 12. He’s not yet two and he can sing his entire ABC’s. He’s smart enough to be able to work his mom and dad. He’s smart and yet had very little breastmilk. He’s healthy and he’s had very little breastmilk. So please tell me again that I am a horrible mother for not breastfeeding. TRY me. Go ahead. Bring it on. I was formula fed back in 1976. Are you calling me an unhealthy idiot? For you breastfeeders: GOOD for you. I’m happy that it worked for you. I support you. Breastfeed away anywhere you want. I really mean it! I envy you for making it work but please don’t judge me because I couldn’t.

The last thing I need is this woman, who is pretty much a freak of nature anyway, telling me how to raise my child. I will take pride in knowing that I did exactly what I had to do for me and my child and I will never try to speak for anyone else.