take them a meal


In addition to my post here about helping new moms, I just found this website...it's like a registry for meals! Amen!


How to Help a New Mom (For Real)

As a new mom, myself, I find this list extremely on point and so much appreciated!! If you know someone who just had a baby (even if they aren't a new mom), do something on this list! She will be forever grateful.

1. Be a helpline. Offer to be there any hour of the day and mean it
{You don't know how mant texts, Tweet and FB messages I sent out looking for advice or suggestions. Knowing that someone is there anytime you need her is priceless.}

2. Round up some (healthy) food.
{Casseroles, pizzas and fast food certainly do the trick when you're looking for something quick, but as a new mom, there's nothing more refreshing than some fruit, a nice salad or some granola. Someone brought us fresh cherries from the farmers' market while we were still in the hospital and you would have thought she brought us gold!}

3. Kidnap her Kiddies...not her new one, but the older ones!
{As the mother of just one - for now - I can only imagine how much I would appreciate someone doing this for us when more babies are born. Don't forget to bring them back fed and bathed, if possible!}

4. Clean, if you're close.
{When Chad's mom came to visit, there was never a dirty dish or piece of laundry in sight. I can't tell you how much this helped to have one less thing to worry about.}

5. Or send someone to clean.
{Cleaning lady, what?! How I would have loved this!}

6. Run a couple of errands.
{Return some gifts. Pick up some diapers. Run to the grocery store. Get gas. Anything helps!}

7. Rock the baby.
{Cameron was extremely fussy and it was a God-send when someone else would offer to hold him while he cried. I always felt awful asking people because it's hard, but when they offered, I never said no. This also gave me a few minutes to brush my teeth, wash my face, eat breakfast, shower, etc...}

8. Help her get out of the house
{Anytime I had a doctor's appointment for Cameron, I asked someone to come. It's so much easier to have an extra set of hands to open doors, pick up pacifiers that drop, carry the diaper bag...}

9. Sleep on her couch
{Give up your night and hang out from 7:00 - midnight so the parents can eat dinner together, get some sleep or watch a movie. While you're there, attend to the crying baby and feed him/her so that parents can have a mini break.}

10. Not nearby? Send some help!
{Mail a gift card to a local restaurant for take-out, a pack of diapers or just a note to say HI! And be sure to let her know not to send a thank you card. Of course, they may still send one, but if she knows you don't expect one, it may one less thing she has to do.}



Great list, don't you think?!

Growing Pains (for Momma!)

As I've said before (and will say a million more times), Cameron is growing so quickly!!




He's grasping things.

Meet Junior




He's sitting on his own

First time in the Bumbo - 12 weeks old






He's spending so much time on his playmat!



I am so glad that I have taken so many pictures...looking back at how much he's grown in just 12 short weeks amazes me!!


Swaddle Blankets 101


I like to think of us as Swaddle Pros. I never would have said that two months ago because we could not get Cameron into a good swaddle to save our lives.

But, with all of the experimenting, we have tried pretty much every single swaddling option out there!

Our first attempt was those oh-so-adorable, lightweight Aden and Anais blankets. I bought eight of them for a reason...because they are called swaddle blankets! However, Cameron had a different idea for them. And it came nowhere near a swaddle. He broke out of these things when he was still in the hospital!

This is not Cameron, nor does it resemble anything close to what Cameron looked like in it. 

This is Cameron...and pretty much what he looked like after our swaddle attempts.


Next, we tried the Swaddle Pod. This thing seemed fool proof because it zipped - there's no way he could escape! However, instead of looking like this:


He looked like this:

Notice his arm by his right ear? Yep. He escaped. 

At this point, we thought he just hated being swaddled, so we stopped. Don't ever stop! He didn't not like being swaddled...he had just lived with his hands by his head for 9 months! He slept like crap during this time. 

So, we tried some more and the one that we have used for two months is the MIRACLE BLANKET. It's seriously a MIRACLE. No joke. He sleeps through the night and naps like, well, a baby!

Does it look like a straight jacket? No worries...it is one and works great!

So, there you have it...the Miracle Blanket is what I recommend to everyone who has a "difficult" swaddler. We ended up using the SwaddleMe (fleece) the other night because the Miracle Blanket was in the washing machine, and he is sleeping great with it. I think that now that he is used to sleeping with his hands by his side, it works, but it didn't work the first few times we tried it. 

Oops, we've been putting the "wings" over his arms! No wonder he's not escaping...


This is most certainly a post to help ME for when baby #2 comes...silly Mommy thought the baby could sleep on his own. No way, Jose!! A swaddle was exactly what he needed...as well as a noise machine. Talk about a high maintenance kid. ;) I kid, I kid...


P.S.  I just went back through our old blog to find the picture of Cameron in the Pod, and oh. my. Lord. He looks so tiny. I was so uneducated. Everything was hard.

Everything has changed. :)




Dear Cameron




Dear Cameron,

Looking at this picture brings tears to my eyes...you have changed SO MUCH in the last 12 weeks.

You were only 6 short days old here and had only been home for 2. You were literally dragged into this big, open, bright world from your dark, warm, cozy home of 9 months.

I remember this day very clearly. I had gone to the hospital the night before to have a blood patch done and was ordered to lay flat for 24 hours! I stayed downstairs in our bed until around noon then ventured upstairs to have some lunch and switch to LouLou's bed. (It's much more comfy and bright in there.)

Daddy was Superman that day, (well, he always is, but was much more so that first week you were alive) and spent the night with you while I was at the hospital, fed you, dressed you, made sure you napped, changed you, took you for your first walk, went grocery shopping, made lunch and dinner - all with a smile on his face because his first son had been born. YOU changed our lives for the better, Cameron!

Anyways, I remember sitting there watching the Red Sox (and hoping they could turn the season around - they never did...) when Daddy plopped you next to me on the Boppy.

You were like a stranger to me. A stranger who needed me. Who depended on me. You were so sweet...just looking around. Trying to get adjusted to this new place. 

I remember not feeling like your mother yet. Not feeling like I mattered to you other than when you needed to be changed or fed. When you cried, I couldn't make you stop. Aren't mothers supposed to know how to comfort their babies? I didn't...

But not anymore. I need you. And besides the fact that you need me, you want me. And it's the best feeling in the world. (And, I usually know how to comfort you now!)

I love you, Cameron Steven Scott. Please stop growing. I wish you were still that fragile 6lb 11oz baby we brought home from the hospital. 

Love Always,
Mom


I am the Master Mother

....or, so I think.

I have had this title of "Mother" for almost 12 weeks, and that, for sure, makes me a Master Mother. Right?

Want to know why? I have learned SOOO much in the last 12 weeks that it makes my mind spin. Literally.

Haven't I been a Mother my entire life? Nope, my dear...you just started. And it's never going to end.


Here's what I have learned:

We no longer control our schedule. Those 10:00 pm cocktails at the local bar. Nope. Not happening. We're lucky if we are both still awake at 10.

You cannot do this on your own. God bless every single mother (including my own) who didn't have a partner around to help. How in the world did you take a shower? Fill bottles? Do laundry? 

You cannot do this on your own. Part II. Family and friends who have offered to help - THANK YOU. Chad's mom came to visit for 2 weeks. Thank the Lord. Friends and family have offered to watch Cameron while we go to dinner, get my hair done, etc...THANK YOU.

Babies CAN sleep during the night. We were so blessed that Cam learned the difference between day and night at a very early age (like 2 weeks), so even though he was still waking up to eat in the middle of the night, he went right back to sleep because that's what the rest of the world was doing. Bless you, child. And now that he doesn't need to eat in the middle of the night, I am so stinking thankful that he has learned to sleep for 10 straight hours!

Babies don't need much. Coming from the women who added and deleted more items from her registry than humanly possible; researched every single bottle, car seat, high chair and wipe warmer; and stalked every "mom" blog for products, all babies need are diapers, food, and clothes. Of course, the chairs, swings, Boppies and toys sure do help, but really, does he care about all of the fancy stuff we have? Nope.

Chad and I are still best friends. You absolutely cannot do this parent thing without a strong partner. Sure, we've fought and not agreed on everything, but, in the end, we are still the most important things in each other's lives and respect each other as parents.

Choosing a day care is the scariest decision we have ever made in our entire lives. Trusting your child with a stranger? Whoever thought that was a good idea? Gah!!

Being a Mother/Father is so natural. It amazes me to watch some people transform from a careless, irresponsible young adult to a mature parent (usually). I remember sitting in the hospital when Cam was just 2 days old. Nobody else was there. Not a nurse. Not Chad. Just me and Cameron. And I thought, 'Why in the world do they trust me with this tiny human?' But, they didn't have a choice, and neither did I. When it comes to it, you just do it! Luckily, I have had a lot of experience with babies, but being a Mother is so completely different. You are responsible 24/7...there's no checking out when the parents get home - you ARE the parent!

Your social life disappears. And trust me, that is OK because the alternative is amazing. I honestly would rather be nowhere on a Friday night then at home with Chad and Cameron. Of course, it's always nice when people come visit us, but going out is not our first priority anymore.

But, in the end, this is what we were made to do, right? God created us to do good in the world and to create more little people. And this is what we have done. And it feels so right.

xoxo,
Jess

A New Milestone

Cameron has started to notice things (toys, pacifiers, etc) and want to grab them. I love to watch his face as he looks at an object and tries to move his little arm to grab it.

He started to do this last week, but actually grabbed his red toy in the bath last night!

When his pacifier falls while he's in his car seat, I can see him looking at his pacifier and concentrating so hard because he wants to pick it up, but he's not there yet. I know this is a small milestone, but it's so amazing to watch him learn how to do something!

P.S. Don't mind my voice! Eek...I hate it!

What have we been up to? Picture overload...

We have been a busy little family this past weekend!! 

We started early on Thursday afternoon with a trip to the Old Port. It was a beautiful afternoon, so we headed to a "Wine & Cheese Tasting." However, the two bottles of wine and three cheeses didn't keep our attention for long, so we continued onto David's for their Happy Hour specials: calamari, baked brie and some cocktails...all while little Cam was sleeping!


Enjoying the beautiful fall afternoon ;)

Our Happy Hour specials...good thing we had dinner plans!



Friday afternoon, I picked up Cameron early from day care and stopped by the elementary school to show him off to the ladies I worked with last year. The teachers (and students) loooooved meeting him; we were there for 2 hours!

Cameron was SO good! He gave huuuge smiles to everyone and didn't cry once!




After our stop, we headed home to pick up Chad and continued onto the doctor's office for Cameron's 2 month shots. Talk about making a Momma nervous!!!


12 lbs 2 oz and 24" long!!

Poor guy had no idea what was coming...


The aftermath (There was another shot on the other leg.)


Needless to say, he was not a happy camper when we left, but was in GREAT spirits that night!! Saturday afternoon, however, was a different story. He's been soooo mad/sad/upset since around 3pm on Saturday, and we can only imagine that it's from the shots. I hope whatever it is goes away fast!! It was a loooong weekend after that...his cry sounded like nothing I had heard before.


This weekend, we also visited Grandpa, went on a baby-less date (Thanks, Mom!), watched the Pats, went grocery shopping and took a family nap for TWO HOURS on Sunday....Praise the Lord. It was a miracle! I swaddled Cam up nice and tight and stuck him in his swing...the combination of the two knocked him out (well, and the fact that he didn't sleep well on Saturday night didn't hurt the equation). 

We've started putting him down without a swaddle to get used to that, but with his temperament this weekend, that sucker was back on last night. However, we had to put him in his bassinet instead of his crib for the night because he would. not. go. to. sleep. in his crib. We were moving forward so nicely; I really hope this is temporary!!

Otherwise, he is great. He is smiling SO much, laughing, reaching for things (no grabbing yet, but he wants to!) and lifting his shoulders and head when he's in his car seat. He would totally escape, if he could!

Saturday morning with LouLou

Mom and Cameron watching the Patriots (lose)


Saturday afternoon with Grandpa






And, Cameron did lots of this: 









This week is very calm for us. No plans. No parties. Nothing. Just us and the fall air (and hopefully some chili and beer!!).


xoxo,
Jess, Chad and Cameron

September Causes


Did you know that September is Newborn Screening Awareness Month? Neither did I, but it's oh-so important, so I wanted to post about it, just in case anyone I know is thinking about or going to have a baby.

We did it, and so should you!

Screening babies in the hospital before they go home is not required in every state, but it should be! If babies go home sick and undetected, the worst imaginable thing could happen. I won't even say it because it makes my heart sink to even think that something could have happened to Cameron and it could have been prevented!!

Anyways, you can check out the Save Babies Through Screening Foundation for more information.




September is also National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. 



Did you see the Stand Up to Cancer concert they had on every. single. channel. last week? We watched it for a few minutes, but it was much too sad. Taylor Swift sang a song called Ronan that is about a little boy who died at the age of four...one line sings:

What if I'm standing in your closet
Trying to talk to you?
And what if I kept your hand-me-downs
You won't grow in to?

Are you serious? I completely lost it and had to change the channel. Why do such awful things have to happen to such innocent babies? 

Anyways, these are two very important causes to protect our babies. I hope they were helpful!

xoxo,
Jess

My view every morning

Cam just loooves to look out the sunroof or window while he's driving in the car.
I love to catch a glimpse of his innocence and purity.
If only we could all be this calm first thing in the morning...



Don't you just wonder what he's thinking??


Ch-ch-ch-changes

I was playing with a new app the other day and put these pictures side-by-side...It's amazing to see how much Cameron has grown in just two short months!

First bath - 12 days old
Now - 10 weeks old!


Sitting in the Boppy - 6 days old
Ready for a wedding - 8 weeks old


Just born!! Only hours old...
2 months old and a little ham ;)



Cam has really filled out a LOT since he was born...
he was so skinny and tiny and now has a full face and even some rolls on his legs and arms!



Cameron: 2 Months


Let's see...a brief update about Cameron - I will post height, weight, etc after we go to the doctor on Friday for his 2 month shots! Eeek!!!

Update: He is 12lbs 2oz and 25" long!

He is on a GREAT schedule that we worked really hard to create. We read some wonderful books - Baby Whisperer and Moms on Call - that helped us create a schedule that works for US. I leave the house in the mornings by 7, so Cameron's first feeding is around 6:30. He was eating 5 oz every 3 hours, but just switched (completely on his own, but it's good timing according to Moms on Call) to eating 6 oz every 3.5-4 hours! We are letting him create his own eating schedule for now, as long a she doesn't nap more than 2 hours at a time. Ideally, he will eat at 6:30, 10:00, 1:30, 4:00 and 7:30 to be in bed at 8:00. However, some nights, he takes a bath earlier because his gas is so uncomfortable and sometimes he doesn't eat enough because of his gas, also. Poor guy...we are trying everything we can to help him with the pain!!

We also just switched formulas back to Alimentum, which is dairy and soy free. It is so much easier for him to digest, but makes him spit up so much because it's so thin. Argh...we can't win! We've started to add probiotics to 2 bottles a day (1/4 tsp in each); we've heard it can help! We will try anything...Gas drops, Grip Water and acid reflux medicine have been life savers for us for his stomach issues...we just keep waiting for him to "grow out of it." We will see what the doctor says on Friday.

We just bought size TWO diapers...our "little" man is growing so fast!! He is wearing all 0-3 month clothes except pajamas are 3-6 months because his legs are so darn long. Long-sleeve tops are becoming a norm now that fall is approaching and socks are always covering his little toes. 

The pacifier almost never leaves his mouth, which has me nervous for when we don't want him to use it anymore! He has it when he sleeps and it wakes him up when it falls out of his mouth...we play a fun game ALL. NIGHT. LONG. consisting of him dropping it, crying and waking us up. Actually, it only happens a couple of times a night, but goes something like this: he has gas, lifts his legs, cries a little, and the pacifier falls out. Sometimes he doesn't wake up, but when his little legs come out of the swaddle and he gets cold, then he wakes up, realizes his pacifier isn't there, then cries until one of us wakes up and puts it back in his mouth. Darn gas! When will it end??

What else?? He is smiling AT us and not just when he has gas. It's adorable and melts my heart when his crooked smile pops up. 

He loves to play on his playmat and just stare at either the animals hanging down or the ceiling. He also loves to stare at ceiling fans, whether they are moving or not!

His sisters, Peyton and Mica, are IN LOVE with him! They skype every week and love to look and laugh at Cameron. We are planning a trip to visit them in November...we can't wait to see them interact!!

The car seat and stroller are hit or miss. Most of the time, he is happy to just look around and/or take a nap. Sometimes, though, he hates them!! We try to do walks most days and as long as he has his pacifier or is tired enough to take a nap, he is fine.

I think that's all for a quick update for now...hopefully, we will post a couple of times a week with lots and lots of pictures!! :)

xoxo,
Jess, Chad & Cameron

Starting at your Daddy...


Skinny, long legs...I wonder where you get those?!


There's a little smile...we're still waiting to see a big one!


Not too sure about all of this!!


Hello, everyone!!


Growing Belly Growing Baby

A little walk down memory lane...


15 Weeks: First sign of a baby!

19 Weeks: We found out it's a BOY!! 

23 Weeks


25 Weeks



27 Weeks

29 Weeks

31 Weeks

33 Weeks: Mother's Day

37 Weeks

39 Weeks


I remember thinking how big my "bump" was when I was just 19 weeks. I had no idea ;)