Monday, September 14, 2015

Lessons learned this weekend

1. Practice your dismounts.

My friend invited us to this amazing lake house with a private dock for Friday happy hour. Dalton has never been in open water, only pools, so I was really excited. He loved it, and had a fantastic time splashing around.

I was a little nervous climbing down the ladder to get into the water while wearing him. I should have practiced first, because I jumped off at the end instead of just carefully stepping down the whole way. I slammed my elbow into the rung, with my entire body weight AND Dalton's. It hurt.

For the raft, I had to call in reinforcements.
Nothing says family pic like eating a pouch. 

2. I'm not a germaphobe.

We went to my friend's housewarming party Saturday night. Everyone was freaking out when Dalton started eating chips off her deck (um, he put them there to begin with). We were like....not poison, not a choking hazard. It's fine.

Food from the floor? No problem. 

3. My days of sleeping in are done and I can't even blame the baby.

Times I woke up this weekend: 5am, 5:40am, 6am (we have today off from work). Times Dalton woke up: 7am or later. I just COULD NOT go back to sleep. It was so sad. Last night I even went out for my friend's birthday, and stayed out until nearly 11pm! Wakeup time the next morning: 6.

Baby tush in the air. My favorite.

4. Babies get a say.

I have, probably too extensively, documented my long suffering journey to breastfeed for a year on this blog. Finally, when this school year began, and Dalton was nearly 11 months old, I knew I had made it. I had enough in the freezer to stop pumping and just send frozen milk to daycare, and the pump was where all my problems stemmed from (well, most). I was so excited at the thought of nursing him on his first birthday, after I'd spent so many rough days thinking there was no way we would get there.

Well, we didn't. I failed to consider that someone else was part of this equation, and that someone else has an increasingly strong opinion about things.

Just 11 days before his birthday, Dalton decided he was done. We were down to only nursing when he woke up in the morning, and on Saturday, he refused that. I tried again in the afternoon, and the next morning, but he's done. He chugged 6 oz of breast milk from a sippy cup in about 3 minutes instead. I'm still rounding up and counting it as a year, even though that does feel like cheating. He will continue to get breast milk in a cup even past a year (until it runs out).

It gives me all the feelings. The past 2 months were really difficult, full of top teeth and clogged ducts. Not having the stress of pumping at work has felt like the world's biggest weight has been lifted. But I'm still sad. I loved our quiet times nursing. 

5. Don't try out blackout shades the morning of a birthday party with a bouncy castle. 

I wouldn't say naptimes have been bad in our house, but there's always room for improvement. We bought blackout curtains from groupon while I was pregnant. They did not black anything out. I got some blackout shades that were highly rated on Amazon this week, and they definitely darkened the room quite a bit.

The first time we used them was Sunday morning. Dalton took a practically unprecedented three hour nap, right through a 3rd birthday party we had planned to attend with a bouncy castle. I didn't even know about the bouncy castle, and we got there as it was winding down so that we could at least say Happy Birthday and drop off the gift. We still bounced, but it wasn't the same. 

He climbed right up the slide with the big kids. No fear. 
6. Likes and dislikes can be inherited. 

After the bouncy castle, we met our good friends at a farm.

Despite appearances, they did enjoy the visit.
The boys loved the hayride.

But while Nathan was happily feeding the goats, my child was a little more...hesitant.

Anyone who knows me knows I hate all living creatures other than humans (and even those are touch and go). I really didn't want to pass this on. Dalton's daycare has two dogs, so that starting from 3 months old he has been exposed daily to pets. But I guess there's no arguing with biology. The picture above says it all. I can't stop laughing at it. 

What lesson did you learn this weekend?

Any fellow animal haters or non-germophobes out there?


  1. You ABSOLUTELY nursed for a year and don't let anyone tell you otherwise!! I learned this weekend that I love 3 day weekends and that they all should be that way and I fear next week (even tho we have Wednesday off, just not the same thing). I am also a non-germophobe! I bet I would win in a non-germophobe contest against you thats how non I am LOL, although I do use a little more hand sanitizer than I used to now that I teach PreK. I have found that my girls and I have pretty good immune systems!

  2. I'm a germaphobe, but Leif has to get his immunities some how, so why not eat off the floor?

    Leif LOVES animals. He especially loves ones that don't love him. Like Bungee or our friends' chickens. Oh well.

  3. Wow congrats- you made it! Rounding up is not cheating. It's just not. What a huge accomplishment :)

    On the germaphobe front, it really just helps to build his immune system. Call it the 5 second-minute-hour rule haha.

  4. Dalton looks like such a little boy now! That picture of him in the crib he looks so big.
    I'm not much of a germaphobe either... but I do draw the line at the Metro. I was extra cautious about not letting Jude put his mouth on anything and as soon as we got home we washed his hands. It was the first time I've ever wished I had hand sanitizer with me!

  5. I'm not a germaphobe either. People have been on this planet for a long time, and they don't all carry around alcohol wipes.
    As far as animals, I don't hate them, but I don't want them around me. I don't want to pick up their poop or deal with them tearing up my belongings or pay for their food and vet bills. They're great for other people, though!

  6. Not a germaphobe at all and my kids tried to be when they went to school and learned about germs but I wouldn't let their teachers germ hysterias enter this house. You need germs for a healthy immune system, and dirt! I still eat sandwiches while working cows and am one of the healthiest people I know. Although I admit, sometimes the last bite goes to the dog.

  7. I think it totally counts as a year, I mean he is still drinking breast milk. An alternative to this is to tell everyone you didn't get nursing until your baby was ready which makes you sound really impressive.

    I'm not a germaphobe and will generally eat food of the floor.

  8. I am so not a germaphobe and love it that way. It makes life less complicated and scary imo. What blackout curtains did you buy? I think that would be a good investment!

  9. Not a germaphobe - life's too short not to eat off the floor. I've also, as an adult, realized that expiration dates are a complete scam.


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