I am currently breastfeeding my seventh child. I breastfed four babies exclusively. I pumped for my oldest two, my twins, while supplementing with formula simply out of necessity. I’ve discovered how to successfully potty-train five boys and one girl. I’ve worn babies in various contraptions. I can stave off a kiddo’s cough and make the boo-boo all better. Most importantly, I know the most effective way to show love and discipline to each of my seven very different children.
I have bad days and I don’t claim to be a supermom. But, I am a strong mom. Just like you.
Here on my little ol’ mom blog, I often share about the products and services that bring some ease to this extremely difficult job we call mothering and I would like to tell you about one of these things now, if I may. In fact, I am excited to announce that I was asked to be a Similac StrongMoms Ambassador. It’s my pleasure, as an Ambassador, to tell you a bit about the Baby Journal App that Similac created to help moms track such things as eating, sleeping, and growth.
How many of you keep a journal to track when baby eats and needs diaper changes? I was advised by my postpartum nurses to track these very things with all of my babies. It was most important, however, to keep a record of my twins’ feedings and growth, since they were born so early. In fact, it was imperative.
Now, over ten years later, our family life is not typically governed by strict schedules, nor is it controlled by timed activities. In fact, we all thrive on flexibility. I love it this way. My kids love it this way. This simple fact is perhaps the secret to my sanity as a busy mom. Or, perhaps it just makes me crazy.
That said, my 4-month-old munchkin, Timmy, has brought some predictability to our days. He has developed a routine for himself and for me. This, mind you, was not something that I had much control over. I breastfeed on demand and let him fall asleep at my breast, or even sometimes in the arms of an older brother, whenever he needs the rest. When he’s upset, I seek to discover what is bothering him and I comfort him. Every single time. Even when I think he should be sleeping.
I’ll be honest, I don’t use the Baby Journal app to it’s full capacity with Timmy yet, but… oh, how I wish I had this app 10 years ago. It is extremely helpful to any mama, new or novice, who keeps a journal of this magnitude.
What does this free app do exactly?
- It records the length of each nap.
- It records the details of what comes out, including stool color and consistency.
- It tracks key developmental indicators, like weight, length, and head circumference.
I’ll tell you a bit more about this app, and how I’ve been using it, over the next couple of months. But, in the meantime, I want to invite you to a Twitter party next week. Plan to join me and my fellow Ambassadors at 11am on Friday, March 4th. More details, including prize information and an RSVP linky, will be announced on Monday.
I’d love to hear about how you currently keep your baby journal. Do you keep a written journal? Or, have you found an app that helps you keep track of what’s going on with Baby?
I have been compensated, through Collective Bias, as a Similac StrongMoms Ambassador for the Baby Journal iPhone App. Of course, all opinions and thoughts are my own, unless otherwise noted.