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What’s in my diaper bag?

As babies get older what you carry in your diaper bag changes! After switching things around I finally found a solution that works best for me.  I hated that my stuff was getting cluttered with Tripp’s stuff and I wanted a easier solution than carrying two bags.

A friend of mine recommended a back pack for Tripp when we use the the child watch at the gym and that is how the lightbulb went off in my head.  I keep everything of Tripp’s in his backpack and throw it in my big bag! So much better and easier to find what I need.

So onto the good stuff…Our bags:

diaper

Mine [Louis Vuitton]: Neverfull MM

His [Pottery Barn]: Pre-K size

products

Wipes [Target]

Diapers [Target]

Water Bottle [Bed Bath and Beyond]

Outfit [Carter’s]: Because accidents happen.

EOS [Target]: We both actually use this because it is so easy to use on him because he thinks it is a nipple! HA!

Sophie [Target]

Sippy Straw Cup [Target]

Snack Container [Buy Buy Baby] [with goldfish of course].  He also loves yogurt puffs! I linked a different product than what I have. My biggest complaint is there isn’t an air tight lid for mine and then one I linked has that!

Lipstick [Mac]

Hand cream [Bath and Body Works]

Granola [Target] because nursing moms are ALWAYS hungry.

Book [Priddy Books]

Rattle [Similar]

Sunglasses [RayBans]

Wallet [Louis Vuitton]

Gum [Target]

XOXO Gabbing Ginger

 

 

 

 

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Tripp- 9 month update

I am not sure where time has gone but here we are and Tripp is 9 months old!

He is crawling like a champ, pulling up and walking along furniture.  He will even take his hands off and stand solo for a few seconds.

He babbles like crazy and is quite the ham.  He LOVES food and we are still breastfeeding. I am so proud to say we have made it to 9 months! It hasn’t been the easiest journey but we have hit our stride (knock on wood).

We finally sleep trained and he is sleeping SO much better.  So this is one HAPPY mama.  Thanks to preciouslittlesleep, where I got my tips and tricks to take the plunge! And the training was so simple and went very smoothly.  He loves his straw cups now so the Doctor gave us the go ahead to say bye bye to bottles when we do feed him frozen milk.   You would think he would be a chunk with how much he loves food and milk but he is still just 18.5 lbs.  He is 28inches long and his head is in the 99th percentile (for all the brains!!!).

Tripp’s favorite toys are cars and he loves to tear up magazines. He loves bath time and anything that involves him getting to play outside.  Thank goodness we have had awesome winter weather here in Texas.

I cannot believe the next update will be at a year old.  Time flies but I love getting to see him learn and grow!

The photo below is from a fun little Valentine’s Day shoot we did. It took several goldfish and yogurt puffs to get this kid to sit still and cooperate for a few good shots. Love him so much!

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XOXO Gabbing Ginger

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Tripp- 6 month update

Well, well, well where has time gone  Tripp is almost 7 months old so I figured it was time for an update!!

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In my last update I talked about parenting a high needs baby.  The struggles of parenting a spirited child are still throwing curve balls at me but I can say that these last couple of months have been amazing (minus lack of sleep… boo to the 4 month sleep regression and teething)!

Tripp has such a personality and I love that we are finally getting to see him shine. He LOVES people and being the center of attention. He is proud of himself when he can impress you.  He definitely has the strong personality of both of his parents and has started finding his “outside” voice.  I have a feeling that he isn’t going to ever be a “quiet” person. 🙂

He is sitting up, pulling up, almost crawling and LOVES pretty much any food we let him try.  He has taken a sippy cup like a champ and we are still going strong on breastfeeding.

It is such a blessing to be Tripp’s mom.  He challenges me to be a better person everyday and is a constant reminder of unconditional love.  I can’t wait to experience his first Christmas here in a few weeks!

Check out how much he has changed!

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XOXO Gabbing Ginger

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Parenting a High Needs Baby

Being a new parent is HARD.  It is such a change from regular life to this new normal… especially being a work at home mom, I felt like my life was turned upside down and it was really hard to communicate that with my husband.  We had several **talks** about this when my hormones were raging.  But as days have pasts and schedules have gotten better so has this new normal.

However, very early on I realized something about my little guy was so different.  First time I knew something was up: He didn’t sleep through his new born shoot AT ALL.  Ten days old and stayed up for 5 plus hours.  As the days went on he wasn’t asleep all the time like most newborns….he was constantly looking around trying to learn and absorb EVERYTHING. He was grumpy and I had no clue what was going on. I felt really isolated and like I was doing something wrong as a mom.

I felt so frustrated that many things weren’t helping like others claimed.  Colic drops, probiotics, sleep suits…. They all helped a bit but there was no magic answer.  Everyone said it was colic and a flip would switch and it would go away and he would be a new baby.  However, the “switch” never just flipped after 6 weeks or 3 months or 4 months.

So after some research [thanks Dr. Google] I stumbled upon Dr. Sears 12 Features of a High Needs baby.  I realized my little guy fit almost every category.  I finally felt like someone understood.  The hours of purple crying, shushing and swaying…. other people had to do that too!

Trying lots of different things I will say Tripp has GRADUALLY improved. Once he hit 5 months and can sit up unassisted it has helped TREMENDOUSLY.  He can play independently and get toys within his reach and he LOVES that. Those first few months were very hard and I can tell you when someone tells me I will miss those days I cringe.  Crying for hours is not something I will EVER wish on someone.  I weigh less now then when I got pregnant from all the rocking and bouncing.  Many parents develop PTSD PPA or PPD from having a baby with colic… it is THAT serious and that traumatizing.

So here I am writing to hopefully help the next first time parent [or new parent to a high needs baby]. Here are some tips to help keep your sanity.

  1. Remember it WILL get better. Self talk is so important in those early days.  Those moments while they seem to last forever WILL end.
  2. Find a support group.  I LOVE The Fussy Baby Site Support.
  3. Don’t be afraid to try new things [doctor approved of course].  Our little guy liked one thing one day and something new the next. You want an arsenal or tricks with a HN baby. (We had a swing, rock and play, shushing, colic calm, probiotics, car rides, bath time, walking outside [in the crazy Texas heat], baby wear, noise machines…. just to name a few)
  4. Ignore those who are not there to support you. Unless they have had a HN baby it is VERY hard for people to relate.
  5. You are doing the best you can and THAT is good parenting.
  6. Coffee and wine are your friends.
  7. Buy meals/snacks that are easy and quick. It helps eliminate that frustration. [granola bars were my best friend]
  8. Seek professional help if you feel lost, depressed or that you may harm yourself or the baby.  Those days can be very dark so don’t feel like you can’t speak out about it.

Tripp has challenged me to be such a strong and patient mom and I wouldn’t change his strong personality for the world.  I feel so much better knowing he is just a strong personality and coming to terms that there is no “cure” and thats ok! I LOVE that he wants to constantly learn and be stimulated! That doesn’t mean we don’t have bad days or frustrating days but those days are spreading further apart because this is the first time for EVERYTHING for our little family and we are all learning!

What worked for your fussy baby?

Bonus: Here is my Reality Vs. What is on Social Media pictures:

XOXO Gabbing Ginger

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Baby Tripp’s Birth Story

Well goodness gracious it has been awhile!  Time sure does fly once you have a baby! I thought I would give you all a baby Tripp update! Hopefully, now that things are a *little* more settled I can have posts up 1-2 per week!

Blog world meet Tripp!

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Isn’t he the sweetest! This little nugget was comfy in my belly.  Of course my Doctor was going out of town the week after I was due… so I knew that I would transfer to another in the practice when she left.  I went in Friday at [40 weeks 2 days] for my general follow up.  We did not want to induce until at least 41 weeks. My blood pressure was slightly higher than normal so she ordered a 24hr test that I would need to turn into the hospital on Monday. Went the whole weekend with no major issues [and no baby] so I went to the hospital on Monday [40 weeks and 4 days] and didn’t realize that they would also hook me up in triage while they ran blood work. I was in the clear with my test results and wasn’t having any major contractions so I then went to my Doctor for a follow up because it was her last day in the office before vacation.  We talked about the change of care plans and  I went home to wait out a baby until my next appointment [which was scheduled for Thursday].

I was feeling crampy that afternoon, but as many pregnant women know that is totally a normal feeling. Mark came home and made dinner and I was feeling more cramps so I took a shower. When I started to blow dry my hair I became really uncomfortable [I was having to stop to *breath*] so we decided to go to the hospital. Checked into L & D triage at 9pm was checked and told I was maybe a 4. At this point I was pretty uncomfortable and was getting sick to my stomach.  I was praying they would admit me because of how uncomfortable I was feeling.  They nurse had me stay 30 mins to be monitored and then the doctor came in and said your a 5.5 time to head to L & D. It was BABY time!

As soon as we got to L & D my contractions were back to back with no break and I had back labor. An epidural was always in my plan so they did my blood work and sent for the epidural.  Ten minutes later anesthesiologist was there and the epidural was set. I felt GREAT other then I did get the shivers! The nurse came in about 30 minutes later and asked how I was feeling,  I told her I was having a weird leg pain so she decided to check me and low and behold I was complete! So she broke my water and got the room set up for delivery. We couldn’t believe how fast this was going!

The nurse had me do practice pushes [it is about 1 am] and after 3 pushes they saw the head so we needed to wait for the doctor [who was delivering next door]. Finally the doctor came in and 5 pushes later Tripp was born at 1:38am.

This was NOT what I expected! It was so fast for a “first timer”.  The nurses were AMAZING and they were so impressed at how “easy” I made it seem.  Also, thank you medical world for epidurals!

We are just so in love with our little guy! I will definitely be blogging about life with a baby so stay tuned!

Photo Credit: Music Creek Photography 

XOXO Gabbing Ginger