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3 months

FJ was three months on the 12th. Sorry I’ve been a bit MIA…focusing on her, beginning my childbirth educator certification process, and making new friends (crucial to my sanity as a new SAHM.) Here’s her three-month photo. Hope you are all doing well!

three months

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My first Mother’s Day gift was one I hoped for and is the best one I could have imagined…and is BIG news in my stay at hom mom world! I am signing up today to become a certified childbirth educator through CAPPA — I am so excited that I will soon be helping other women on their journey to motherhood! (Hey, if I can observe your birth in the Atlanta area, please let me know! I have to observe a couple as part of my certification.)

I also got a card from FJ and a card from hubby that made me cry; his said I was the best thing that ever happened to him. He and I also went on our first date without FJ yesterday. We left her for almost two hours with my friend while we walked to lunch at a place with an amazing patio in our neighborhood. When we left the house my shoulders were tense and tight, and all I could think about was what FJ might be doing.  After lunch I was happy and as calm as can be expected, but so ready to get back to my baby.

And for the record, it’s HARD to explain attachment parenting to caregivers. When and how does she nap? Uhh, there IS a basic rhythm to her day, but she naps when she’s tired, and probably best on you!! And when does she eat? Watch her hunger cues…? (Does anyone know any good resources for attachment parenting babysitting tips?? I googled for help the other day but didn’t find anything useful.)

How was your Mother’s Day weekend, American  gals? Link up to your blog if you’ve blogged about it. Much love to you.

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The most magical sound in the world has to be your child’s laughter. We heard it for the first time yesterday. Hubby was making faces at her and she let out several utterly adorable giggles, one after another. The night before we thought we heard one small laugh escape, but last night we were certain.

I have a book on birthday celebrations and was perusing it recently for first birthday ideas (don’t ask me why — she’s not even three months yet!) and was so interested to read this passage:

“There is an old Navajo tradition of the ‘Laugh Day’ which was given more significance for a child than their birthday.  It was on ‘Laugh Day’ that the child was truly seen to respond to life, with a joy freely expressed.  The person for whom the baby had first laughed was assumed to have a special relationshipwith the child and was therefore invited to become godparent.  In this way it was laughter which began the developemnt of a spiritual life.”

Wow, typing this just now truly brought tears to my eyes as it was my husband who brought out that spark in our daughter and elicited her first laughs.  Of course he can’t be a godparent as he’s an actual parent, but I know he will nurture her spiritual growth throughout her life.  I love the idea that this marks a beginning of FJ existing as a multidimensional person truly interacting with the world around her.

May 1…FJ’s laugh day.  Do you remember your child’s ‘Laugh Day?’

FJ

This is not a photo of FJ on her actual laugh day, but it looked similarly sweet.

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