Preparing Our Formula for Happiness

We still have about 5 months until baby Whitaker makes her debut, but we've already started preparing for when she is here.  I'm not just talking about getting all the things she will need.  We've also started talking about how we are going to keep our heads on straight and make sure she is happy and healthy.  These may not work for everyone and they may not even work for us, but hopefully these will help any other new moms-to-be out there start thinking about their own Formula for Happiness.

Make a plan of attack

I read this great article the other day about how two new parents never really talked about how they would handle the middle of the night feedings.  They both just assumed that every night they would both wake up for feedings so they could be together as a family spending time with their new baby.  They quickly realized it was crazy to have both of them awake all the time and their relationship was suffering because of it.  They needed to sit down and talk about how they would handle it.

Chris and I have already had this conversation.  I am a night owl (though I might fool you these days) and am typically up a few times a night, pregnant or not.  I have no problem getting up and then going back to sleep after I've used the bathroom or had a snack.  About 4 am is when I really starting getting my "good" sleep and I am not a morning person at all.  Chris sleeps soundly through the night and it is usually me nudging him awake to get up and turn off his alarm at some ungodly hour like 5:30 am.  He is much more of  morning person.  We've already decided that I will do the overnight feedings and he will get up with her in the morning so that I can get my "good" sleep.  I'm sure this will take some adjusting when the little one gets here but we've talked about it and have a loose plan that will be a good starting point for us.

Don't be afraid to ask for help

I am not one to ask for help but I know I'm going to need it when the baby comes.  Problem is, I am terrible at asking for help.  That's why I've started asking for help now, with the hope that this will make asking for help easier for me when the baby comes.  Practice makes perfect right?

Realize you're already not in control

This is probably the best piece of advice I've been given so far and it's been great to keep in the back of my mind as we start preparing.  No matter how much I try to prepare, carefully choosing which bouncer or type of bottle to register for, it's not really my decision.  This little babe will get here and may hate a bouncer and we may have to try dozens (lets hope not!) of different bottles and nipples before we find one she likes.  Realizing this now has really helped take the stress off while registering and trying to make the seemingly endless decisions that already need to be made.

Try to get as much sleep as possible

Now I know you're all probably thinking "yeah, right!" and "easier said than done!" but hear me out.  I think it is important to start thinking about how you are going to do this when baby gets here.  I already mentioned that we have a plan of attack as to who does what but there are also some other things we are doing now.  First off, I'm reading a lot of different books to get an idea of the strategies out there.  I may or may not agree with all the things I am reading but this makes me feel more prepared with an arsenal of options to try when baby gets here.

Second, I'm planning to schedule a free appointment with Gerber's new certified baby sleep consultant.  This is a free service for all parents, regardless of whether you bottle or breast feed.  As I said, I know I'm going to need help so I'm going to have everyone in my corner that I can!

To all the new and veteran mommies out there - What is your formula for happiness?  What other things should we start doing now to prepare for a happy and healthy baby?


Our Biggest Announcement Yet...

In case you missed it on Instagram last week....

Chris and I are so excited to announce that we are adding an extra special member to our family! Our little surprise is due in early December! We all can't wait to meet our little blessing!

I am 14 weeks as of yesterday and these ultrasound photos are of our little babe at 13 weeks. I do plan on doing bumpdates for myself (although I already missed week 13!) and I'll probably share more about how I told Chris and how we told our families and friends. This blog has been quiet for a little while because I haven't been feeling like doing much of anything these last two month but I am looking forward to documenting this journey for our little nugget and ourselves!

And now for your viewing pleasure, and just because I think they are funny... the outtakes of trying to get 3 big dogs to sit next to each other and still, while trying to keep two foster pups out of the picture!

I probably would've used this one, even with Molly in the picture, if she hadn't been showing the camera her little bottom.


Afternoon Snack Perfect for Work

By the time 3 p.m. rolls around each day, my energy is dwindling fast and I definitely need a pick me up!  And after dealing with all the crazy that goes on here each day, I definitely feel like I deserve a special treat!  But I can't just take a break of leave the office whenever I want to go out to get a treat and my waistline definitely doesn't allow for an ice cream cone or candy bar every day. 

Recently, I've been keeping these little Kozy Shack Simply Well pudding cups in the office fridge. They are the perfect treat to get me through the last few hours and satisfy my cravings for something sweet.  Even better is that they taste like a little reward that I can eat right at my desk!

The great thing about Kozy Shack Simply Well pudding cups is that they are gluten free, have no sugar added, have only 1.5 grams of fat, and they are ONLY 90 CALORIES!  These have quickly become my go to better-for-you snacking option!

Check out the Kozy Shack Instagram page for more ideas and recipes for Kozy Snack Simply Well pudding!