Newborn favorites: The Wonder Weeks book (or app)

If you have a baby under a year old, this book is an absolute must read. Or, if you don’t have the time or money to buy the book, at least download the app or research it online. Here’s why: it works! Ok, it’s not really something that ‘works’, but it is accurate. I’ve only had one person ever say it wasn’t accurate for their baby.

So, here’s what happens. Every few weeks or months, one of my kids has a really tough day. Tthen another one, and I start thinking, ‘where did my sweet, smiley, easy going baby go?’. And that’s when it hits me. She’s not teething, she’s not sick, nothing else out of the ordinary…It’s a wonder week! Actually, this time around I’ve tried to stay on top of it and read about each wonder week before it actually starts.

Basically, a wonder week is a developmental leap that all babies go through at predictable times. During that specific time, babies will usually be more fussy and clingy. After the leap, you’ll probably notice that your baby does some new things. I’m not going to explain it further because you can read the basic info here. Or just buy the book here. Or download the app here!

For me, the most important things this information does is gives me hope that the fussiness will end and gives me a reason for it. Sometimes that is all we need as mothers. I have not had an endlessly colicky baby (yet), but we’ve had our moments days, so I can easily imagine the frustration I would feel when I just didn’t know what was wrong. This book also gives me ideas for how to encourage whatever skills she is developing, which is fun and makes me feel more connected to her.

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This girl just came out of Wonder Week 12

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Top 10 Reasons I Love Being Married

I heard several people, before I got married, say that the honeymoon phase lasts about 6 months, then reality sets in…that sounded so terrible to me! But our six month anniversary has come and gone (3 weeks ago!), and so far I feel just as much in the honeymoon phase as I did 4 weeks ago. I’m starting to think (hope) that it’s not a “phase”, but that I am as in love with my husband in 25 or 50 years as I am today.

So, in honor of making it past 6 months and still being so very happily married, I’m doing this top 10 post. (-: I love you, Adam (my cuppycake, gumdrop, shnookem shnookem apple of my eye).

Top 10 Reasons I Love Being Married:

10. I have someone to tell me when I’m being ridiculous, pouty, bratty, or the like…but I still know how incredibly much he loves me. (And still loves me even when I get mad at him for telling me the truth!)

9. I get to live with my best friend who I can spend all day with and not get tired of…and who will watch Lost and try to figure it out with me, even though we both know it’s impossible!

8. I have someone to cook for! I’ve always liked cooking to a degree, but something about having someone else to cook for just makes it way better. And he will always eat what I make him, even if he doesn’t like it. (-:

7. He makes me the best breakfasts ever!

6. He takes care of our car, and any other mechanical stuff that I don’t understand…

5. He always drives when we’re together, which is great since I don’t like driving if I don’t have to. And he’s a better driver than me anyways. (-:

4. Sex!

3. Going to sleep in his arms, especially on cold nights.

2. Having someone there to make decisions with is wonderful…and even though he’s the leader in our family, he always looks to me for my opinion and takes it seriously. I don’t like making decisions though, so having the final responsibility off my shoulders is a really great feeling for me.

And the number 1 reason I love being married…..

1. It is the most intimate relationship possible outside my relationship with God, and when it is good, life is good. And right now, it is good. I can’t even find the words to describe the amazing companionship and spiritual oneness that marriage provides. I’m so thankful that God created marriage, and that he allowed Adam and I to find each other all the way across the world. Adam is everything I ever wanted in a man and more…the apple of my eye!