I remember when I first became a mom women would tell me all the time “sleep when she sleeps!” I hope that still carries on into toddler hood because I have no shame in my game to admit that I am a daily napper with my girl. I’ve tried the whole get stuff done while she sleeps and I have come to the conclusion that it is completely overrated. #naptime#swollenfaceandall
"A mother’s arms are made of tenderness and children sleep soundly in them." -Victor Hugo
Today, I wish to share about skin-to-skin under my current topic of A Mother’s Self-care. There are several benefits of practicing skin-to-skin with your infant, for both you and your baby. It is shown to lower bouts of postpartum depression by increasing the production of feel-good chemicals and hormones within your body. It can assist in breastfeeding being more successful, calms a fussy baby, and, of course, helps you and your baby to bond better by increasing oxytocin. Did you know, a baby receiving skin-to-skin will match their breathing and heart rate to whoever they’re lying on in order to calm down? How cool is that?!
Ethan turned 3 months today and we celebrated by... Getting 2 of his immunizations 😢 This, of course made him very upset, especially because the second shot is one that makes the thigh where it’s injected extremely sore. Before he was settled in these pictures I took, he was crying and nothing else I did seemed to soothe him- He didn’t want to nurse, kept spitting out his paci, didn’t want to cuddle side-lying, and fussed when I put him in his bassinet. I was getting sad as I struggled to calm my screaming, clearly uncomfortable infant. Instinctively, I stripped him to his diaper and laid him on my bare chest. He only cried a couple of minutes more, and then he fell asleep. Actually, we both did after I took these pictures 😴💙 Because he relaxed, I could too. I am grateful I got this special time with my boy today. Knowing I can be supportive for him when he’s struggling reinforces my desire to continue to do my best as his (And Scarlett’s) Mama.
Skin-to-skin isn’t just for Mamas... Danny loves snuggling with our babes 🥰 It helps Daddies bond better with their babies also. Now, go forth and cuddle, hug, kiss, and hold onto your loved ones tightly!
Our Friday this week 💤Actually, what the last week and a half have looked like. Gracie had the metal plate in her leg removed (from April’s knee surgery) due to infection and seems to be healing well 🤞Sleep well little friend...you need to heal up so we can get you a little brother! 🐾 #goodgirlgracie
Did that get your attention? 🤭 Well that’s what a cry does too. From the first moment of a baby entering the world, their team of health specialists are looking for a sign of life. A cry. You see, the thing is, we need babies to cry! It’s how the communicate. Oh, if only they came out and asked for a drink from the breast, a fresh nappy and a 2 hour long nap! It would take all the guess work out of being a parent, right? True. But a baby’s cry can be what helps you to better bond, understand and connect with your little one. No mother likes to hear their little one cry - our natural nurturing instinct is to make it stop!
But the quicker we realize that babies cry, they do - they will, and to take a deep breath, and look at the signals they’re showing, what their body is doing, the cues that come alongside this, actually means that you’re going to decipher their communicated crying needs a lot faster. 🤔 Does the cry come with a finger sickle, rooting or smacking of the lips? 🥴 Is it a drawing of the legs, arching of the back or flailing of the arms? 😴 Or, is it an on and off, up and down whinge/escalation that is demanding a transition for sleep? You see where we’re going here in regards to rolling with a cry, and reading the cues too?
That feeling of getting those cries interpreted, and just by listening you can understand what it is they’re looking for. Marvelous! But what happens why a baby becomes overtired? They tend to cry, a lot. And it is a cry that anyone with an overtired baby will understand - doesn’t stop easily, is hard to settle and can go for so lengthy periods at any one time, especially in the late evening and at night. BUT there are ways around it. They do need rest! Sleep! But how on earth are you going to achieve that when you can’t stop the crying, let alone achieve some sleep?
Sometimes we’re so fixated on stopping the crying, we do whatever possible because of course it’s not nice to not understand what bub wants and why they’re crying - but if they’re crying because they’re tired, and they aren’t getting rest... then that’s going to be a never ending cycle. How do you help? Sleep.