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parenting Archives · Page 4 of 4 · Ryder Family Farm- Southern Illinois Produce & More
parenting Archives · Page 4 of 4 · Ryder Family Farm- Southern Illinois Produce & More
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Winding down: First 2 weeks of parenting comes to a close.

This weekend has been somewhat enjoyable. Having N home to take some of the pressure off me is nice. Everly seems to be doing better this weekend with her fussiness too. We've been doing much experimenting with my diet and other causes of her fussiness and gas. The first thing I did was take dairy out of my diet since I know many other moms (like Veronica) have shared their own issues with breastfeeding and dairy. Everly's gas and fussing didn't improve when I went without dairy for several days. Now I am going without chocolate to see if that is the culprit. Much reading has indicated that chocolate is a problem for many breastfeeding mothers. We are also going to try removing coffee/ caffeine from the diet after we finish testing...

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Reflections on parenthood, 16 days postpartum.

Our baby girl was born 16 days ago. She is adorable and is very healthy. I was fortunate enough to have an amazing natural birth experience and she was afforded the best possible start in life. The crazy thing about childbearing is that after birth they really just hand the baby over to you to figure it all out on your own! It's crazy to think about how little guidance first time parents get before taking baby home and how scary that really is. I was in labor for about 18 hours and then voila I am responsible for another living, breathing being and on my way home 4 days later. I still think it all hasn't fully sunk in for me. Sure the love and attentiveness is there but the gravity of...

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Parenthood brings new perspective on bodily functions.

Before having a baby I never peed in front of N. Always made him leave the room when I needed to use the bathroom. I also never farted in front of him. Been fairly ladylike over the last 8 years with him. When I was on knees and elbows pushing out Everly and tearing wide open while N and 4 other women watched all my sense of privacy, bashfulness and desire to be ladylike went out the window. After delivery many unexpected farts were heard coming from me. They were shocking to me because I couldn't feel them coming and I certainly couldn't hold them back after a rectal sphincter tear. By the way Krystal, I didn't poop during delivery (LOL). It took several days following labor for the poop to come. Following...

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Just having a relaxing 4th of July here at home.

Just spending the day in bed today with Everly and N. This is our first day as just the three of us, all the family is done visiting now. Everly was up all night fussing so a lazy, napping day is just what we need. It's a rainy 4th of July here. We'll see if any neighbors set off fireworks tonight like they were doing last night, probably not since it is raining. It's all good though! Everly got to see her first fireworks last night in our backyard. The neighbors have been setting them off for days. That is enough for us. Oh and for those of you who entered the baby weight contest I've got results! Sadly only 5 people entered the pool. The morning my water broke I weighed...

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Been home for almost a week now.

It's been one week since we left The Farm and came home with baby Everly. My mom has been with us since before Everly was born (about two weeks) and N's family just arrived in Evansville on Wednesday to visit and help out. Yesterday we took my mom to the Evansville airport for her flight home. We got her through security and was waiting to see her plane lift off when she called us and said they were notified that the oxygen tanks had a problem on the plane and that her flight was going to be delayed an hour or so. She told us to go home since she didn't want us waiting there for over an our while they fixed the plane...

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Keeping busy while resting AND gathering some stuff for Tater…

Some of you might remember how I began a baby stuff contest entering spree back in March. I started it to feel like I was doing something productive in preparing for Tater's arrival and it has helped me not go crazy. Now It's been a few months since that began. I've been checking twitter regularly (this is my contest twitter account) and entering those contests that looked interesting when I have the time. It seems my efforts are paying off and it is kind of exciting! Since March I've managed to get a free BumGenius 3.0 diaper from cottonbabies, just yesterday I was told I've got a Gro Baby diaper on the way from thenaturalbabyco.com so that makes 2 free diapers that I've acquired since beginning my contest entering. I've also received several...

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Assvice: Lets talk baby play yards for a second…

You guys are so helpful with the mommy assvice advice! I can't call it assvice because really I do appreciate hearing all the good info about those useless things that new parents often get sucked in to buying. My eyes have been opened, thank goodness! Gives me less to stress about, lol. So, we figured since Tater's room is down stairs from our bedroom and since she'll be so small...

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Thoughts on parenting… Dos, don'ts and inbetween…

Now that N and I are a only a few months away from being new parents we've been thinking and talking lots about parenting as I am sure most first time parents-to-be do. We're trying to figure out how we'll make it all work, what we hope to do or not do and we are really tuned in to observing the way others are doing things. Just the other day we were having breakfast at IHOP and there was this huge party of what seemed like a family gathering of sorts. There were small children, parents, grandparents and all...

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