Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Just Us Girls

Yay for getting out of the house (without setting foot in a doctor's office) with a 6-week-old! Today I felt brave and decided we would take our first shopping trip. I may or may not have gone out in public looking like a tired, dirty hobo with spit-up on my shoulder, but Stella was dressed to impress- and that's all that matters! The to-do list was probably a little ambitious, including stops at three different places, but I like to take the 'jump in with both feet' approach in life.

My main success of the day (besides the trip in itself) was scoring three nursing bras- may be TMI for some of you, but for those who have not only had to shop for nursing bras for your new giant additions, but have tried shopping for them with your constantly nursing 6-week-old baby and nine handfuls of the necessary crap you need to have at all times with a baby (is it all necessary or am I just new at this?)... You understand what a huge win this was for me. After today, I feel like Stella and I could run a marathon while simultaneously knitting a sweater.

Freedom from the house is in my very near future and it makes me feel like a whole new woman! I feel like I'm starting to get the hang of this 'being a Mommy' thing. Getting out of the house gets a little easier each time and I can't wait until I can leave without second-guessing the idea and subsequently feeling stressed the whole time we're out.

Being out shopping with my daughter was actually SO MUCH FUN. I already picture us on our infinite amount of shopping days together and I know it's only going to get better. Stella was really well-behaved and I know it's because she enjoyed our adventure and realized how awesome it was too!

We were gone a few hours, so by the time we got in the car to head home, she was getting hungry again and therefore a little loud and cranky. Okay she got a lot loud when I strapped her back in the car seat and clicked her in. Driving all the way home with a crying, screaming baby is NO BUENO. It stresses me out, makes me want to cry, and also makes me feel like I need to pull the car over and cuddle her... It's probably equally as crappy for her too. Luckily I was doing a little research and came across this. So when Stella started to tell me how hungry and angry she was, I immediately referenced tip #4 and started blasting Christmas music in hopes she inherited the family love for the holiday season. It was a Christmas miracle. She seemed to question it at first by busting out some random but less intense crying bursts, but within the first minute (no joke), she was quiet and happy!! Put that into your bag of tricks, fellow Mommies! BAM! We sang along to our favorite Christmas songs all the way home. The best part? N'Sync's "Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays" put this boy band loving baby to sleep. Why is it the best part, you ask? Stella's Daddy is a self-professed (not publicly of course) BSB loving man. There you have it, folks. The best boy band war wages on. What's your favorite? Are you a 98* fan? Maybe like you a little LFO or O Town? As for us, we continue to be a house divided.

Pooped form our girls day out and serenaded to sleep by her main squeeze, JT

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