Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Ocean's First Week

     Well hello there friends! It's been quite a while since I've dusted off the old keyboard. To be quite frank, I've been trying very hard to ignore the blog and work stuff so I can focus on life with my growing family. My time is being stretched in many (wonderful) directions and finding a way to sit at the desktop computer is proving rather difficult. I am trying to be the best mom of three that I possibly can (not easy at all) and forcing myself to just slow down for now. So if you're still around, thank you for hanging in there :)
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     At this point, Ocean is now 7 weeks old and a whole lot has happened since his name announcement. I'll try my very best to do a proper update in a timely manner. So here we go...
     All of my worries about my older boys (Sky 2.5 & Coral 4) accepting the new baby into our life were pretty much futile. Both Coral and Sky have welcomed their Ocean baby with warm, open and happy hearts. I try to be very conscious of my reactions to the older boys, especially our sensitive Sky Boy, when it comes to the baby. If they accidentally bump him, or bring too many toys and plop them on his face, I try to make sure I don't hurt their feelings. Other times, I decide to let the baby fuss a little bit longer and just hug and kiss on the boys so they know that they are still my priority. At this point, baby Ocean has no idea what's going on, and with so much change in Coral & Sky's little lives, they need to still feel appreciated and important.
5 day old little nugget
      To make room in our happy co-sleeping bed, we decided to sleep the opposite direction in the Cali King. Best idea ever. It's the perfect amount of space for us. We have yet to actually flip the bed around against the wall. 
Smiley Daddy adoring his little Ocean baby.
Coral loves him too.
      We were incredibly lucky to have family members and visitors to keep the boys company and continue with their normal schedule. At different and overlapping times, we had Brian's mom, my parents, my sister Amy, my sister May and her in-law family who lives in Honolulu included her sister-in-law, Amelia, Brian's dad and one of my best friends, Roya. So much love and motion to keep this home feeling as normal as we can.
      My sister Amy came bearing the gift of projects and activities. This is truly priceless when it comes to entertaining my boys. They love them some art projects. Below, they were "excavating" dinosaur eggs from the Dollar Store to find tiny little bones that can be put together. The other cool project that she brought (and I can share in more detail) is a diy catapult made out of recycled items you can find around the house. It provided a hefty amount of entertainment for the boys. 
     The Solly Baby Wrap I tried out for the first time which I LOVE. (Just so you know, at this point in the picture, I forgot to pull up the bottom part of the wrap. So be advised, follow the directions properly before handling a little babe.)
     Such a sweet little nugget. 

Till next time. 
All my love,
Maryam

Friday, August 17, 2012

{Babymoon Guest Post}: A Day in the Life with the Grommom

     While I'm away drowning myself in our brand new baby Ocean, I asked a few other bloggers if they'd help keep you all company. I was very pleased to get so many responses because that means I can enjoy this little guy for that much longer.
      I am honored to have Monica guest posting today! Her and I met through the interwebs (I think it was a reader here who pointed me to her blog) and I feel so lucky to have this woman in my (real) life. Thank you so much Monica!
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Aloha!  I'm Monica, and I am one of the many grom moms on the North shore of Oahu.  Groms are what we call the kids who skate and surf. I'm pretty crazy about my family.

Thursday, August 16, 2012

{Babymoon Guest Post}: A Day in the Life with T.E. and Baby

     While I'm away drowning myself in our brand new baby Ocean, I asked a few other bloggers if they'd help keep you all company. I was very pleased to get so many responses because that means I can enjoy this little guy for that much longer.
     I am excited for you to meet Erika and her adorable little family that's now a-growin'. Yep, this sweet, keep-it-real family is expecting their second baby! Thank you Erika for giving us a look into your day...
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Hi all you Milk-Friendly fans! My name is Erika and I blog over at t.e. and baby. Basically, it's just a little blog about our little family unfluffed. None of that "my life is perfect" mumbo jumbo!

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

{Babymoon Guest Post}: A Day in the Life with Cookies for Breakfast

     While I'm away drowning myself in our brand new baby Ocean, I asked a few other bloggers if they'd help keep you all company. I was very pleased to get so many responses because that means I can enjoy this little guy for that much longer.
     So happy to have Heather help out today. I really love her spunky personality and her wonderfully breastfed cherub baby, Benjamin. Thank you, Heather!
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Hello to my new friends, you wonderful readers of Milk-Friendly!  I’m super-dee-duper (we’re all moms here, right? Barney reference? …Crickets…) psyched to be guest blogging for Maryam while she enjoys new baby bliss and her crazy adorable new little nugget.  Just thinking about it is giving me The Fever all over again. Anyway, it’s an honor to be posting here.  I’m Heather and I blog at Cookies For Breakfast.  If you like what you see here today, come join the fun everywhere I social-medialize!
That’s me, my husband Derek, and our cutie little son, Benjamin.  Okay, our cutie big son.  We raise 95th percentilers in the Cookies For Breakfast household! At the time of writing this post, Ben is almost 7 months old, and you’ll notice that in my “day in the life” post, we don’t take any breaks to sit Ben in his high chair to feed him, because he’s only had the boob nectar so far.  Talk about milk-friendly (and no, I don’t want a medal… but perhaps a small parade… tee hee)!  I’ve also left out diaper changes & nursing sessions, save for the first and last of the day.  Trust me, there’s plenty of both going on. Does this pique your interest?  Want to know what it is I do all day? (My husband sure does, and contrary to popular belief, I do not sit and eat bonbons all day!) OKAY!  And now, for what you’ve all been waiting for… a day in my life with the cutest baby in the world (Benjamin, obvi!)! ~~~~ At 9ish in the morning, Ben wakes me up by babbling loudly, pulling my hair, poking me in the eyes or some combination of the three.  Yes, my day really typically starts around 9.  That’s one of the few benefits to having a baby that doesn’t sleep through the night.  Okay, it’s the only benefit.  But nice nonetheless.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

{Babymoon Guest Post}: A Day in the Life with Bluebird Kisses

     While I'm away drowning myself in our brand new baby Ocean, I asked a few other bloggers if they'd help keep you all company. I was very pleased to get so many responses because that means I can enjoy this little guy for that much longer. 
     Today we get to take peek in on the life with Ana, a creative, hard working and lovely mama to Johannes. Her blog has piles and piles of inspiration that I know you will all love. Thank you Ana!
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     Hello Milk-Friendly readers. My name is Ana and I'm a momma to Johannes, wife to Michael and blogger at Bluebird Kisses.


Monday, August 13, 2012

{Babymoon Guest Post}: A Day in the Life with Buffaloes and Butterflies

     While I'm away drowning myself in our brand new baby Ocean, I asked a few other bloggers if they'd help keep you all company. I was very pleased to get so many responses because that means I can enjoy this little guy for that much longer.
      A huge thank you to this mama of one BIG ol' family of 6 children and 1 on the way! How she has time to even type a few words on the computer is BEYOND me. So happy to have her here today!
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     How to start... first, I'm *so* blown away to be featured here. I've never everrrrrrr done anything like this. Definitely outside my box! And only required one walk away from the computer and a little self pep talk to hit 'send' to Maryam :) My experience is less in blogging and more (maybe) in kiddos!
Here's a little background of the Smith's...
     My husband, Dave, and I were kinda high school sweethearts. Surprise baby. Best blessing ever. Married quite young. Grew up together. Fast forward almost 11 years and we've never been happier. We now have 6-1/2 beautiful children who I (FINALLY!!!) get to stay home with. Being a stay-at-home mom is fairly new, but I absolutely love it and have been not-so-patiently waiting for this time in my life for ... oh... 3 children :)
Introducing... the Smith's!
(and yesssss, it took a handful to get something remotely presentable)
      

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

{Babymoon Guest Post}: A Day in the Life with Me, plus Hubby

      While I'm away drowning myself in our brand new baby Ocean, I asked a few other bloggers if they'd help keep you all company. I was very pleased to get so many responses because that means I can enjoy this little guy for that much longer. 
      I am delighted to have help from Marquia, a newlywed, mommy-in-the-making, blogger from San Diego...
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Good Morning Milk Friendly readers! I am super stoked to be a guest of Maryam's while she is away enjoying her newest & tiniest bundle of joy. I'm Marquia, a fresh off the block brand new blogger! I write about everything that life was, is and will be as a "forever-newlywed". I hope you enjoy the snapshots of me {plus my hubby}  

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