Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Derek's First Time to Change a Diaper...sort of.

This moment that we had was short and sweet but made me realize (not that I didn't already know) that even the small things make life that much better and happier.

Derek decided that this evening when we got back from his Dad and step-Mom's house that he was going to take on the task of changing Stratton's dirty diaper. So he thought. I of course supervised like the worry some mom that I am. I made sure he kept the old diaper under his butt and made sure he put the wash cloth over his little wee-wee so he wouldn't pee on himself. Derek pulled open the diaper, grabbed a wipe, and started to go in for the kill when Stratton let out a nice juicy fart right in Derek's hand. That was enough to get Derek to throw the wipe, scream like a girl, and run to the bathroom. I of course was in tears because I was laughing so hard. Derek was in tears because he was laughing so hard and Stratton was turning red because I wasn't cleaning him fast enough. Since all the commotion that went on distracted me from cleaning his diaper properly he peed all over his onesie which I hated to change because he has started a new cry where he sounds like he's laughing then he just starts to hold his breath and won't inhale. I got him all cleaned up while Derek watched and laughed it off. At least he tried. That made me happy.

I really do have the best husband in the world. He knows how to make me feel better and make me laugh. What would life be without all the small things?

Day at the Park!

So today was day 4 of not getting out of the house and the last time I left the house it was to Wal-Mart to buy a breast pump at like 10:30 at night. Not really the outing I needed or wanted. I was bummed that I really didn't have anywhere to go and even more bummed because I wasn't really feeling that well. Being inside with no sunlight for that long can't be good. My friend Erica Haff ( a friend that I met about 2 years ago that now lives in San Diego) sent me a text message wanting to know if I would like to go to the park with her. I of course jumped at the occasion because I SO desperately wanted and NEEDED to get outside and get some sunlight. This would be the first time that I took Stratton in his car seat anywhere by myself. The only other time we had used his car seat was going home from the hospital. Needless to say I was REALLY nervous. I fed him about 20 min before we needed to leave so when we got all loaded up he would be nice and sleepy. So I thought. Of course he had to get fussy right before we were getting ready to leave and it made me super stressed out. I decided I just had to bite the bullet and get him in his car seat and go. It wasn't that far of a drive and it couldn't be that bad. Thank GOD I was right. I put him in his car seat and he went to sleep even before I had him loaded up into the car. He rode over to Erica's house completely silent (which still worried me). He was so quite that I kept on having to reassure myself that he was ok and that he was just sleeping. We got to Erica's house and waited for her mom to get there. Of course I wound up having to feed him like an hour after I got there but it was not that bad. That was the first time I had to breast feed him somewhere other than home. Erica breast feeds her son Tyler as well so she was very accomodating and let me go back in her room and feed him since her brother and his friend were there too. Anyway, once Erica's mom got home I took my car and Erica took hers and we met up over at Wibs for lunch. I was so nervous the ride over there that I had to call my dad just to ask if there was anyway that a baby could get strangled by his carseat or if his head being off to one side could hurt him. Plus about 20 more questions about if I was hurting him and if I was being a good mom. You know the normal. :) Anyway, we got to Wibs ate lunch now it was time to go to the park and get some sunshine! We got to the park and found a nice shady tree next to the playground and we layed out a blanket. It was so nice outside and the sun was perfect. I felt so much better once I got outside in the sun. Stratton slept the whole time we were there.
He got fussy so I had to change his diaper. It was a little too cold to do it on the blanket so we went up to the car and got him all fixed up. Stratton's Aunt Steph called me to see what I was up to and came to visit us at the park too with her dog Marley ( the goldendoodle)
He looks like a horse! Everytime he would bark Stratton would jump. It was cute.

Erica's little boy Ty is 10 months old now and is starting to learn how to stand up all by himself. He is trying so hard and is doing so good. He can stand for a few seconds. Here he is standing all by himself like a big boy!

After a few hours out in the sun it started to get a little windy and a little chilly so I had to wrap Stratton up in his snugglie. He looks so cute. He looks like a little caterpiller in a cacoon. And yes he sleeps with his mouth open. Just like his daddy!

It was so nice getting out today. I really just needed the fresh air and sun to make me feel better both physically and mentally. Stratton was so cute all snuggled up in his carseat. I hated waking him up.
I was so happy to have my baby and finally get outta the house.

Erica and Ty enjoyed the swings. We're going to have to wait a few more months before Stratton gets to swing. Maybe next year. Erica is such a good momma too. She's helped me out with so many different questions that I have had. She is such a great friend. I'm really going to miss her when she has to go back to San Diego.

Over all it was such a great day to go outside. I didn't even mess up once as a new mom. I'm very proud of myself. Baby steps. That's how you have to take it. One baby step at a time.