Family of Five

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Family of Five

Adventures in Newborn Land

Hi everyone! It’s me, Christy!  The last time you heard from me, I was VERY pregnant, VERY anxious to meet my newest addition, and sharing my thoughts with you about becoming a family of five. And here we are, six months later, and I am incredibly excited to introduce you to our sweet baby girl, Emma!  And share my thoughts with you about now actually being a family of five.

She’s here!

Our healthy little auburn-haired beauty was born two days before her due date…at a whooping 9.6 pounds. It was love at first sight for my husband and I, and we were obsessed with her miniature, delicate features, coos, itty bitty cries, chunky cheeks, and snuggles. This little butterball fit perfectly in my arms, stared at me with huge blue eyes, and was a big cuddler. We couldn’t wait to share her with our big kids.

The moment they met their baby sister is hard to put into words. Their gasps of delight, excitement, and genuine love for this tiny human who just joined our family is something that I will always hold dear.  One of those snapshots in time that I want to tuck away carefully, remembering every little nuisance, every giggle, every smile.

Newborn

Party of five

First, let me start by saying that I can’t imagine our lives without Emma.  She was always meant to be in our family. Six months later, it feels as though she’s been with us forever – in the best way possible. But…it’s been hard.  Really hard at times.

Because, guess what? That cliche saying that “every baby is different,” is said for a reason. Every baby is different. And our little Emma is no exception – she is completely and totally different than our first two. So that mommy confidence of, “I totally know what I’m doing and I’ll just easily transition back to taking care of an itty bitty,” didn’t quite go as planned.  I’ve had to lean on my husband. Lean on family.  Lean on friends.  And accept (and make peace) that it’s okay that this has been a more challenging transition. And I can’t thank them enough for being my “village.”  You know who you are!

Here are some things I’ve learned so far with being a mama of three –

– I always accept help now – and pretty much every time someone offers it. Gone are the days that I smile and say, “Oh, thanks so much for the offer to ________, but we’re totally fine and under control.” Um, now I smile, say thank you, and say yes to whatever sweet person is offering to do something.

– It’s also much easier for me to ask for help now.  I need it. My life is currently a mesh of school carpools, homework questions, sports practices, Taylor Swift, Star Wars trivia, and remembering important school and sports deadlines…plus feedings, scheduling things around nap times, fussy times, crawling, introducing solids, singing “Wheels on the Bus,” playing patty cake, and Googling, “Is it normal that my baby…? (fill in the blank).”

– Sleep deprivation is as difficult as I remember. Sleep regressions are even more difficult than I remember.  On the flip side, baby snuggles, cuddles, coos and little baby chunks to squeeze are even better than I remember.

– There is no “napping or resting when the baby naps” (although I’ve always struggled with that one anyways). Pass the coffee.  Nap times are for getting things done at warp speed OR having the baby sleep in the car while carting a big kid around.  Yep, baby #3 is my “car seat” kid. I’ve made peace with that, too. Sometimes I feel like the jump from two to three kids has been exponential.

– Having a big age gap between my bigs and my little has actually been pretty amazing.  Because they are enjoying her so much.  Which makes it easier for everyone to enjoy her so much!  I have built-in helpers who dote on her, entertain her, take care of her, feed her, diaper her, and cuddle her.  I LOVE this.

– My hubby and I are more relaxed this time with baby.  We have to be.  Seriously.

Our new reality

Three kids_2

I was just joking with one of my dear mama friends – someone always needs something.  Someone is always sick. Is hungry. Has a question.  Is waking up. Is hungry again. Is arguing. Is yelling. Forgot something. Needs to be somewhere. Can’t remember where they put something. Dropped something. And on, and on, and on.

But look at those grins!  Our house is always filled with lots of laughter, lots of kid noises, lots of play and lots of hugs. Wouldn’t have it any other way.

Some days, everything flows.  And some days it just doesn’t.  Which means that I have to (gulp) just go with it.  Yep, this Type-A mama is learning to just go with it. Well, I’m trying to, at least!  Baby steps.

Thank you again for being part of my pregnancy journey, and for all of your well wishes and sweet comments. I am so happy to share about Miss Emma, and thank you for all of your support!

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The Pregnancy Diaries

It’s official!  I’m now rounding the last two weeks (or shorter!) of my third pregnancy and everyone in my family is on “baby watch.” The final countdown has begun, and soon my tight-knit little family of four will expand.  Today, as I write my last “pregnancy diaries” blog, I’d like to share my thoughts on becoming a family of five.

First of all, let me tell you how crazy it is to think about welcoming a new little angel baby into our home and family in just a few short weeks.  We’ve talked and talked and talked about a third baby, been through the longest pregnancy in the history of pregnancies (okay, not the longest…but it certainly feels that way with as sick as I’ve been!), and the kids have been counting down the days since we told them they were going to be a new big sister and big brother (which has been since Christmas).  And that time is now.  It’s HERE.

I wonder what it will be like holding a new baby girl…because we’ve been such a close little family of four for years now.  We have our routines, our roles, our family jobs…and everything has evolved to be a (fairly) well-oiled machine.  We’ve been sleeping for years.  It’s wonderfully exciting (and a little scary!) to think about what dynamic Miss Emma will bring to our family.

The picture I chose for this blog is our annual Taughannock Falls waterfall picture that is taken every year during our family trip to Upstate New York – posed in the same spot since our oldest was a baby. This particular photo was taken just this year, and I was about 7 1/2 months pregnant.  And next year, one of us will be holding our new princess – wow.

I wonder what she will look like – who she will look like. I imagine her a happy baby, with a big slobbery toothless grin.  How could she not be happy???  She is such a little dancer in the womb, and I imagine she will be an active, happy, energetic baby (and kiddo) who is constantly trying to keep up with her big brother and big sister.  I imagine she’ll want to do everything that they do…and more.

I imagine what it will be like to see my two big kids hold their baby sister for the first time.  To see the wonder and excitement in their eyes.  That mom’s big belly really did, in fact, grow them a baby sister. To see them giggle when she grabs their finger for the first time.  And to see how they react and adjust to sharing mom and dad (and their home, their car, their space, their toys, their dog, their time…with their new sister…please God, let this part go well).

What will it be like not to sleep again?  What will it be like to move through my days like a zombie again…but this time with two big kids that need my time, love, attention, and help?  Not to mention carpool chauffeur and homework checker and soccer mom. Hmmmm.

The baby’s nursery is done, and I often find myself sitting in her room, rocking in the big glider (that we saved from the last two kids), and day-dreaming about her arrival.  It’s surreal, looking at all of the tiny clothes again, all of the baby supplies, the endless diapers, the teethers, the tiny socks and hair bows and bibs and binkies…

I catch myself telling people about “the girls,” or “our girls,” and can’t stop smiling.  Because now my husband and I have the responsibility of raising two little girls, and we can’t wait.  No, they will probably never wear matching clothing in pictures or share the same toys, or even the same interests, at times, because they will be almost eight years apart.  But I know that they will share a sisterly bond that only they will understand.

And I know that our son, our newly promoted middle child, will have the experience of having two sisters.  And he’s told me that he can’t wait for his baby sister because it’s his job to protect her (please let him remember this when she is chewing on his toys or throwing a toddler tantrum in front of his friends).

It feels like Baby Emma has been with our family forever, and she’s still tucked safely in my belly. You mamas know what I mean – it’s amazing we feel this way about our babies, isn’t it? My whole family can’t wait to meet her…and as my son says, “finally kiss her big chubby baby cheeks!”  Thank you all for your sweet wishes, thoughts and support during this crazy pregnancy journey – I can’t wait to share updates and pictures once she makes her big arrival!

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Granola Babies June ~ July Events

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Granola Babies in Costa Mesa has great upcoming events and workshops for pregnant moms, new moms and kids’ classes.  Check them out!

New Parent Class – Breastfeeding & Baby Care 
Saturday, June 23rd, 1 – 4pm

This is a comprehensive class for pregnant women and their support person/partner to learn how to breastfeed and care for your newborn baby. The class is limited to 5 – 8 pregnant women (plus a support person) so that each couple has time to digest the information and receive personal attention.

$85/pregnant mother (one support person/partner included); registration required. Click here to sign up.

Baby Sing and Sign – Signing Storytime and Songs
Thursdays at 1pm

Children love to sing, listen to music and dance to different  songs with various rhythms and beats. In this class, the ASL signs are taught that go along with the traditional children’s songs as well as new modern songs. Singing, games, books, signing and FUN!

Class runs weekly on Thursdays and cost is $12/class.

Registration required;space is limited. Click here to sign up.

Movie Night – “Being Dad”
Thursday, June 28th at 7:00pm

Being Dad features dozens of new dads from all over the country who share the thoughts, fears, concerns and joys they experienced from the first time they heard, “Honey, I’m pregnant!” through the first time they held their newborn child.

Children welcome to attend.

Free to attend; donation of $5 per person to DASC is appreciated and also enters you into a raffle. DASC is a non-profit community of doulas.  Click here to sign up.

Breastfeeding Support Group
Wednesdays at 1pm

The breastfeeding support group at Granola Babies is an inviting, friendly and welcoming group for mothers.  Children are welcomed and there’s a comfortable sofa for nursing.  You’ll receive both education and breastfeeding support for a successful breastfeeding relationship with your child.  Each week also features a different parenting topic.

Pre and post baby weigh check available to measure milk intake.

Free to attend; no reservation required.

Gymboree Play & Music “On the Go” for Little Toddlers (10 – 22 months)
Tuesdays at 10:15 – 10:45am July 10th – July 31st

Join Gymboree “On the Go” to laugh, learn, play and grow! Enjoy special activities designed to support your little toddler’s physical, cognitive and social growth as they begin moving and exploring the world. Each week will include parachute, bubble games, and a rockin’ musical dance party with fun instruments, songs, finger plays and activities.

Classes are parent-child participation. Class is held once a week for 30 minutes and cost is $35 for a 4 week session (7/10 – 7/31.) Registration required. Click here to sign up.

All events and classes take place at Granola Babies, 3315 Hyland Avenue, Suite B in Costa Mesa.
714.445.4958

Granola Babies also carries pregnancy and baby products such as Medela breast pumps and rentals,  breastfeeding pillows, pregnancy and parenting books, diaper bags, eco teethers, strollers and more.

Click here for the entire class calendar.

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Hi ladies! Happy Friday! What a week, huh?! Busy one for me over here! Hopefully yours was great! I wanted to share some fun and informative classes offered this month at Granola Babies in Costa Mesa along with a coupon / discount code for 10% off March classes for Tiny Oranges readers!  Details below.

Here are the amazing classes you can find going on this month at one my favorite natural baby boutiques in OC…

Mommy Connections Saturdays (Saturdays March 10th – April 28th from 1:30 – 3:00pm)

Mommy Connections introduces you to programs and services in our community and provides a unique and fun way to bond with your baby and other moms. Learn from expert speakers on a wide range of topics for mom, baby and family such as: detoxifying your home, pediatric dentistry, estate planning, childproofing, infant and toddler meals, and MORE. Amazing topics, right?!

All moms get a swag bag full of discounts, coupons and samples. Babies are usually between 0 – 7 months, but up to age one is fine. Siblings also welcome. Cost is $120 for 8 Saturdays. Registration required, space is limited.

Click here to register and enter code “tinyoranges” for 10% off!

Babywearing and Strollers 101 (Saturday, March 10th at 11:00am)

In this one hour workshop you can learn everything about carrying your baby, whether it be in a comfortable baby carrier or long lasting stroller.  In the stroller part of the workshop you will cover how to choose a stroller, details you want to look for, and demo how to use them (even take a test drive!)

Cost is $25 per family and includes a $15 Gift Certificate redeemable same day as the class. Registration is required, space is limited.

Click here to register and enter code “tinyoranges” for 10% off!

Introduction to Solids: What Every Mom Should Know (Wednesday, March 14th at 10:30am)

Lead by registered dietician, Katie Bartels, in this class you will learn that feeding interactions between parent and child are just as important as proper nutrition.  Topics covered include recommendations by the AAP, timing for starting solids, which to give and how much, common feeding myths and more.

Cost is $15 and includes a handout on starting solids. Registration is required, space is limited.

Click here to register and enter code “tinyoranges” for 10% off!

Baby Tales – Storytime and Songs (Wednesdays at 10:30am starting March 21st)

Storytime, songs and music for babies and toddlers and their caregivers with play time and socialization to follow! This is FREE to participate and no registration is required – just show up!

New Baby Care Class (Sunday, March 25th at 2:30pm)

Learn how to care for your newborn baby. By the end of this comprehensive 2-hour class you will learn all about important topics such as cord care, newborn appearance, bathing, diapering, swaddling techniques, traveling with baby, newborn sleep, calming baby and understanding colic, feeding, carrying and resources. All parents will also receive a “Gentle Bathing” gift set.

$35 per family. Registration required, space is limited.

Click here to register and enter code “tinyoranges” for 10% off!

 All classes take place at:

Granola Babies
3315 Hyland Avenue, Suite B
Costa Mesa

Call 714.445.4948 for more information.

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[Disclosure: Granola Babies is a Tiny Oranges Sponsor. Photo credits: Granola Babies.] 

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