Time has a way of running away with you. Moments turn into a day, a day turns into a week, a week into a month, and soon a year. Our little one is now four months old. Aria is one of the sweetest babies. She is starting to explore the world around her more and more and has recently found her voice (and it’s the softest, cutest voice ever). I try to enjoy everyday of babyhood, as it’s so fleeting. And of course, this time, having an older sibling as well as a baby has meant different dynamics and new challenges.
I thought I would share a few more of the “essentials” of my last few months.( I first shared some of the things I found helpful in these two posts. A Few Natural New Mother and Baby Essentials and More New Mother and Baby Essentials ). These next few items continue the list.
Books on Tape
There have been times when I have been rocking Aria to sleep and our four year old, Elena, needed something to do. Joel has been getting books on tape for Elena and what a blessing they have been! She will literally listen to them for hours at a time. I much prefer this to TV. If I need to rest or am busy with the baby, she can go listen to some stories for a while and can be perfectly content. She has listened to the first book of the Little House on the Prairie Series, Frog and Toad books, and many others. In fact, she is listening to one right now!
Philosophically I am all about not buying into the consumerism attitude. But I gotta admit that some purchases do make momma’s life a lot easier! My Moby Wrap is still a favorite, but I am glad to not carry Aria all day long. The Bumbo seat has been wonderful! Aria absolutely loves sitting in it and she also loves to play with toys on the tray. It’s so helpful when I need to get dinner on the table, or am doing school with Elena. I also love that it’s significantly smaller than saucers and other baby seats so it doesn’t take up much room. A five star rating from me!
While I am sure these balls work great for getting exercise (not that I would know), we have a more important use for them. You know when your baby is fussy and rocking is just not cutting it? So you pace up and down the halls, bouncing the baby in your arms feeling more and more tired, especially as this often takes place late at night. Well, it takes a lot less energy to just sit on a exercise ball and gently bounce the baby. Sounds weird, but it’s magic and works like a charm. That motion seems to be very soothing to newborns (at least it was for both of our babies). If you are having one of those fussy nights and baby is having a hard time going to sleep, bouncing on the ball and watching a movie is actually quite pain free.
Books and Movies
Speaking of which, Joel and I were recently introduced to Lark Rise to Candleford which BBC produced. Here’s a brief description of the first season. “Lark Rise to Candleford is set at the end of the 19th century, and it follows the story of two communities in the midst of a developing Oxfordshire. One is a fast-growing market town, the other a sleepier, quieter place that’s holding more onto the past. Centered on Laura, the eldest daughter in the Timmins house, as she leaves the quieter life for work in the market town, the stage is then set for a quality drama series.”
The first few episodes made me feel like the show was out to make Christians look as bad as possible and that was hard to shallow as much as we loved the show. But it’s evened out as the episodes have continued. Overall, extremely well done with delightful characters. I was disappointed to find out that they decided to no longer continue the show, despite the high ratings it received. (We have only watched the first season so far, so I can’t speak for the next few seasons).
Of course, as mentioned in previous posts, book are important to me and I love to have some on hand when nursing. Miss Read books are still on my bookshelves. I love these gentle stories full of the daily dramas of life.
I would love to hear suggestions from you as to what your favorite books are (or movies!)
Herbs in Tincture Form
My milk supply had gotten too low from both stress and hormonal changes and I really had to work to get it back up again. After talking with a lactation consultant and my naturopath I found out that herbs in tincture form are the strongest and most effective. I have to say that it made a big difference in my milk supply once I switched over! I try not to use these too often as you don’t want your body to get dependent on the herbs, but ever once in a while when I need a boost I nurse as often as Aria wants too (though I do that normally anyways), rest, drink lots of water, eat lots of good food, and take herbs. It’s worked really well for me so far.
In my last post talking about essentials, I mentioned how having a “happy heart” even when life is far from perfect is essential to my life. Today, I add patience. Patience when both children are very needy and hard to please. Patience when even the simplest task is hard to complete. Patience with whiny four year olds, and grumpy infants. Patience when you are woken up for the umpteenth time in the night. Love is patient, so my Bible tells me, so when I feel impatience rearing it’s ugly head, I know that I need to pray for more love. And with that love comes patience, a true essential for mothers and fathers.
So those are just a few of the essentials for our household. I would love to hear yours!