Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Fun Freebies for Babies!

Baby Lilly is two weeks old already! I went into labor on Thursday afternoon and she was born on Saturday morning weighing 7lbs 8oz and 20" long. Yep, 42 hours of labor. It was quite a saga that I might type up at some point, but suffice it to say, it is really for the best if your birth plan is more of a birth ideal, or even a goal to work for if you'd like to have a natural birth. Please don't be so married to the perfect plan  that you will feel traumatized if it doesn't work out.

We had some challenging moments in the first 10 days or so, mainly that she would not sleep on her own, but  last week we swapped Pack and Plays with Jill to have the newborn napper attachment, and hallelujah! Baby slept all night the first night, which means mom got a whopping 7 hours of sleep between feedings. Since then, sometimes she sleeps most of the night and sometimes she doesn't, but we got the all clear from the pediatrician yesterday to let her sleep as long as she wants since she is eating well and gaining weight, and last night she slept for almost 4 hours in one stretch. Hooray!

There were a couple times the first week that I wrote up some rant-y blogs in the middle of the night, and I'm happy now that I never published them. I'm an optimistic person most of the time and try to appreciate every single day as the one and only day of its kind. Every day Lilly grows, and every day is the last day I'll have a baby this tiny. Today I thought I'd share a couple fun freebies for new babies!

1. Request a Presidential Greeting! Whether or not you like the president the year your child is born, you should  set your politics aside, because your kid will think it is super awesome. Francis and I did this for our wedding, too, and included the President's postcard when we framed all the other postcards we used as a reception guestbook.

2.  Baby's First Circus - Your child's first ticket to a Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus is FREE! All you have to do is register on the site in their first year of life, and you will get a personalized baby certificate that you can print right away, and your free ticket voucher will arrive in 12-14 weeks.

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