Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Paper and Clay Giveaway

I'm loving the design of ceramic artist Brit McDaniel of Paper & Clay out of Memphis, TN. She is giving away a $30 gift certificate to her store on Etsy. Enter at the link above. These are some of my faves...

I love the mint green mug, and she mentioned a lavender mug making its debut around Mother's Day. This is a moment when I wished my husband read my blog ;) She also makes whiskey tumblers, tea pots, pie plates... check out her shop on Etsy. You can also find her mugs at Amelia in Oxford, MS. 

Saturday, January 25, 2014

The art of being still.

Sanders is now over 7 months old and to my complete delight becomes more amazing with each passing day. I feel so lucky to be his mom.

He is sitting up now, army crawling and getting around quite well. He has mastered many vowels and consonants and I love to hear him babble. And his smile, his laugh. TO.DIE.FOR. The entire world stands still when he belts out with laughter. You are probably glad I quit blogging right about now. Can you imagine what my posts would have been like?!

I am still breastfeeding and have come to find it one of the most beautiful interactions I may ever share in this lifetime. In a world where there is never enough time, always something more to do, Sanders has taught me to let go of it all. Not for a moment, but for half an hour here, forty-five minutes there, multiple times a day and night. And, to just be. He gets distracted by other voices, or even the light from my cell phone. I admit I am guilty of browsing every now and then while breast feeding, especially in the early days, when sitting still for 45 minutes, eight times a day, really tested my patience.  However, as the months passed I began to enjoy the quiet even more and today, seven months in, prefer to nurse him in the calmness of his nursery, glider, no noise, lights low. And it is refreshing, rejuvenating, and precious precious time.

I once read that it is best to be fully in the moment with a baby, since that is all they know. The present moment is all they are capable of experiencing. I have found that place and hope to linger for a while.

What are some of the favorite things you share with your little ones? I'd love to know...

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Top Ten

I was tagged, maybe a year ago, by Lisa over at A Shower Fresh Garden, to list my top ten songs of all time. I couldn't do it at the time because it seemed a monumental task. I've been thinking about it since. Obviously I haven't had time to blog with little bit in the house but I found a few minutes tonight before hitting the sack. He rocks my world by the way.

*These are in no particular order. And there are many more, just these ten made my list for now. I get so nostalgic when I hear music that it takes me to a completely different place. Sometimes for that reason I avoid it all together. I'm very sentimental…
  1. Shoop - Salt & Peppa. Bet you weren't expecting that! 1990's during my summer spent in Pasadena on a dance scholarship. If ever I had a fantasy of being a white girl rapper, I'd sing this song. I did in fact sing this song on a stage in front of 100 or so people on my honeymoon in Aruba. I got winded but made my husband proud ;)
  2. Hard to Concentrate - Red Hot Chili Peppers. Our first dance at our wedding.
  3. A Case of You - Joni Mitchell. I used to sing this song to Sanders when he was days and weeks old while I was rocking him to sleep. In reality, after a case of Sanders I was not still on my feet.  I was a zombie. Fast forward a few months and now I'm on my feet. Case after case. All good. 
  4. Change - Blind Melon. I'm a child of the 90's. My senior yearbook quote came from this song. 
  5. Mr.Jones - Counting Crows. Again a child of the 90's. This was one of the first albums I can remember lying on the floor in my bedroom memorizing all the lyrics to every song from the CD booklet with my tape/CD player. I was in junior high. 
  6. Hallelujah - Jeff Buckley. I first heard this song during my summer dancing in NYC. I was all alone that summer and decided to write Jeff a letter to see if he wanted to meet up. Then I found out he had drowned. I think I had actually started on the letter. Totally random. 
  7. Sirens - Pearl Jam. This is currently on repeat in my car. I dedicate it to my son. My heart could burst. Oh, that, and I love Eddie Vedder. 
  8. The Greatest Love of All - Whitney Houston. She was my first love. My first concert in first grade. I'd be playing outside during an Indian summer and my mom would yell out the front door that Whitney was on MTV and I'd come sprinting back to the house to get my dance on. I bawled when she died. This confused my husband.
  9. I'd Rather Go Blind - Etta James. Just watch this video. Makes me wish I was alive in 1975. Soul defined.
  10. I only came up with nine… Maybe next year I'll get to ten. 

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Ten Weeks Old!

I've wanted to write so many times and I literally never have enough spare time while taking care of little Sanders! I'm still in shock as I write this because he actually slept a solid 8 hours last night for the first time (at ten weeks old)! He normally eats at least twice during the night after I put him down and before waking around 6 AM. He just cold turkey decided to sleep all the way through! I'm not getting my hopes up that it will happen again immediately, but at least we are on the right track!

He is growing so fast - right before my eyes! He had his 2 month check up last week and, as most of you know, he is a big boy! He weighed 13.5 lbs (93%tile) and was 24.25" long (over 97%tile). We are still breastfeeding and it's going well. He's eating about 4 oz now, still 8 times a day. Yes, my life is divided into 2-3 hour time intervals. But, his smiles and coos make it all worth it!

I have two more weeks of maternity leave left, starting back the last week in August. I will be pumping when I return to work and trying to figure out our new schedule. Sanders will be going to a church day care, a Mother's Day Out program with extended hours on the front and back end. I have enough vacation time left this year that I will be working 4 day weeks (some weeks less) through the end of the year.

I am trying to create a list of activities to enjoy while Sanders is awake to keep him engaged and happy. Let me know if you have any ideas! Here is where we stand so far:

  • Black and white images
  • Tummy time
  • Play mat
  • Car ride 
  • Stroller time
  • Bath
  • Sky gazing in shady yard
  • Reading
  • Mirror
  • Rattle
  • Carrier
There are a few things I have on his wish list: 

I've heard so many good reviews about this - seems everyone's baby loves it. They lie on their back and kick the piano with their feet and there is a mirror over their head. When they can sit up, the piano rotates so they can play it with their hands. 

We registered for this but it was never available for purchase. Sanders is just now getting to where he is entertaining himself in his crib. I think he would actually enjoy a mobile at this age and I love this one because it's not just decorative, but actually geared toward his senses with the black and white images. 

We got Sanders one of these on our baby moon, Little Fishy, and he actually loves it. He just smiles at the little fishy puppet. I would like to get a couple more of them - there is an entire series. 

Are there any interactive toys your baby likes? Or loved to play with? We are open to all ideas!

Saturday, July 13, 2013

Joining Club Motherhood

Tired but happy mom.

I've been wanting to write more during the fog of my newborn haze, to document a time I know will too soon be forgotten. It's been hard finding the time to sit down and blog. This morning I type with baby Sanders in my Ergo carrier, bread crumbs all over his head, neck, and inside his left ear after eating my breakfast toast over him. He doesn't seem to mind. He's peacefully drifted off to sleep after three feedings today (all before 10 AM). It's just a matter of time before he decides he's done with being content in his carrier and would like his diaper changed and some more milk in his tiny belly. To which I'm much obliged. 

Milk coma

The first week was terrifying. Michael took time away from work and together we tried to figure out what on earth we were supposed to do with our new little human. The funniest part, looking back, was after his middle of the night feeding (maybe 4 AM - Michael and I are night owls) we would both be up and ready to start the day, wondering what we were supposed to do next. Somehow it didn't dawn on us to put Sanders back to sleep. Every time he woke up we were plotting his next nap, unsure about how to engage a five day old human. 

My little monkey

The worst part of the first couple of weeks was the sleep deprivation. I was completely exhausted from my very difficult labor (29 hours long - we didn't sleep for over two days before the baby was born), exclusively breastfeeding around the clock, and trying to entertain visitors. Which brings me to the "Things I Need to Remember" when it comes to caring for friends/family with newborns. 

Perhaps it's different for someone who had an easy, pain free labor and delivery. Or formula/bottle fed babies (I'm guessing mom can rest while someone else feeds the baby. And, formula fed babies sleep longer than those fed breast milk). They may love all of the visitors and attention. I can only speak from experience... 

I hope to always remember that the best thing you can do for someone with a newborn is to bring them a meal or a Starbucks card. (We survived off donated meals for the first few weeks and also received a couple of Starbucks cards in the mail.) If you know them really well (maybe you are their mom/MIL), you can clean their house and such mundane chores. (Thanks to our family who vaccumed and ran errands for us.) And, realize that time is priceless for new parents who are watching the clock between naps and feedings trying to squeeze in brushing their teeth, taking a shower, and eating among other less practical activities. Notice I didn't mention anything about actually handling the baby. 

During those first two weeks I didn't realize that every day would actually get easier. Instead I couldn't imagine how I was possibly going to survive maternity leave, worried that I was going to fall asleep while breastfeeding and smother my newborn, while also distracted by my ravenous appetite (breastfeeding, afterall, burns an extra 500 calories per day). All of this in the very midst of being in awe of the precious, most beautiful gift you could never imagine depending on you for comfort and life itself. More on that to come...

... just days old.

Friday, July 5, 2013

Meet Sanders

Meet Sanders Michael Glanzer

Born June 2, 2013 at 5:04 am
8 lbs 8.5 oz, 21.25" long


It's hard to find words that accurately describe something so epic that happened when little Sanders entered our world. I did want to include him on my blog, of course. I had a difficult labor after a super easy pregnancy and can only be thankful that I'm still around to watch this little guy grow up and be his mother. My heart is full. 

Saturday, May 25, 2013

Seaside Baby Moon

We planned a 7 month baby moon to Seaside, FL, for a 3 day weekend in April. I know many of you have been to Seaside, but for those of you who have not, it seems a magical place. If you are ever vacationing in the area, it's definitely worth a day trip. 

Everyone from the South knows the Florida gulf coast boasts the most beautiful beaches in the US. - as comparable as you can get to carribean water!

Seaside Farmers' Market

Town Square

Modica Market

Food trucks. You could probably eat at these your entire trip, so good. 

Started my day every morning with an iced cappacino from Amavida Coffee. 

Grits a Ya Ya from Great Southern Cafe.

Shopping for Sanders... bow tie!

Tupelo St. Pavillion. 

Pavillion view.

Post office: flag half-mast for Boston bombings.

Our rental cottage, Little Shady.

We asked a guy to take our pic and apparently he had been asked so many times that he started jokingly telling us what poses to make. This kiss was one of them :) We were laughing. I love it. 

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