Monday, September 3, 2012

Getting the joy back!

My aunt texted me today with the sage advice to stop stressing about inducing lactation, and make sure to ENJOY this time.  I realized that I've definitely NOT been enjoying my time lately when it comes to the baby because I've been so focused on failing.  I didn't realize that I already felt like I was failing as a mom altogether, and I'm not even a mom yet!  So I took a deep breath today, and allowed myself to fail.  I will not be a perfect mom, but I want to be the type of mom that enjoys life and her child...and takes each day as it comes.  (Now that's not to say that I haven't stopped trying to induce lactation, but I'm not putting as much pressure on myself if it doesn't work out.)

So with that in mind, I did some things today to try and help bring back the joyful anticipation of our baby!  The first was that we bought a used Kenmore portable washing machine for the apartment from a family in our neighborhood.  I'm happy to say it works great!!  And we were able to do our first load of laundry in the apartment today!!  (What does this have to do with babies you ask?  Well, babies produce a lot of laundry.  And therefore we felt this would make our lives easier!)  Here's a pic of our new machine and how it fits nicely into the kitchen.

The little black thing at the bottom is a doorstop with a mouse on it to keep the washer from rolling.  Our floor is slightly uneven in that spot.  Ha!

That's the machine back in the corner.  See it fits in pretty easily!!
After our laundry experience, we were pretty lazy...but this evening I did some more work on a quilt for the baby.  I'd started it a few weeks back, but didn't make much more progress b/c of traveling, etc.  Well, tonight I cut out more pieces from the vintage napkins we used at our wedding.  Here's a pic of some of the squares.  I'm excited to start getting this further along.
These will be mixed with white for the background fabric.  I think it's going to be really cute once it's finished!

Anyways, I needed a kick in the pants today to get my mood on straight.  Thanks to my Aunt for making me realize that this time is precious and I need to be enjoying every minute of it instead of stressing!!    


  1. I'm glad I was helpful! I love you and can't wait to meet my great niece. :)

  2. OMG, that quilt is going to be BEAUTIFUL!!! I am SO glad you are going to not stress girl.. I will confess I was getting worried about you! I know I won't be able to exclusively bf Greyson and I AM OK WITH THAT! I had to like you just learn to be Ok with how things go.. You figured that out much faster than I did! I LOVE your washer set up too! You are so right, there will be TONS of laundry to do! YAY us! :)

  3. Your aunt gave you wonderful advice. Enjoy this time!

    Washer looks great and I'm so glad you explained the black thingy at the bottom, because I was wondering what that might be.

    And the quilt is going to be amazing. I can't wait to see the progression on that.