This is the chubby baby I left at home last week…

This is the baby I came home to…

I don’t know about you, but I could tell immediately that she’d thinned out. Oh sure, she probably grew longer, too, but? She had a neck.

Who are you and where is your back fat?! I thought as I ran my hands around her svelte rib cage.

My frozen breastmilk stash wasn’t overflowing when I left last week. It was *just enough* to get her by. And Scott, being the prepare-for-the-end-of-the-world kind of guy he is, wanted to be sure he didn’t use all of it. So she ate a lot more solids while I was gone than she has been. Solids like fruits and vegetables, and things with not even a fraction of the fat content in my could-pass-for-melted-ice-cream breastmilk.

The upside was some of her diapers fit a little better around her thighs, but the result was still unacceptable.Β 

No. I like my babies fat. Let her get too thin, and, before I know it, she’ll be crawling, which we all know leads to pulling up, then walking, then my head exploding as I chase 2 kids who spin in opposite directions.

She wants to crawl. Oh, how she wants to crawl, but I put my boob in her mouth as many times as she wanted this week, and I think I successfully put a couple rolls back on her… just enough to keep her down… for now.

(This is the part where you should hide your ovaries. Her chubby cuteness is going to jump out the screen and try to invade them, FYI.)

That black mark is not a bug on your screen. I think there’s a scratch on my phone lens.

26 thoughts on “This Is How a Mommy Keeps A Baby Down”

  1. OMG she is the cutest thing! I remember that rocking back and forth motion. SB did that for what seemed like forever before she finally crawled.

    Yes, my ovaries twitched. But they are out of luck. My tubes have been blocked. πŸ˜‰

  2. I always talk about how big Leyna is to the Hubbi and have shown her off to my mom and fam haha, trying to get BG2 that big but I don’t have “superman” breast milk like you (just formula). I swear you need to bottel & sell your breast milk and no baby will be skinny again!

    I love how she’s rocking back and forth, so cute!

  3. SOOOOOO CUTE!!! I definitely see a neck, uh oh! How old exactly is she? I ask because my daughter is 5 months old and I want to know how much longer I have until she could be doing this! I miss the ages that you put at the end of all your posts. Anyways, thanks for the video!!

    1. She’s 7 months and a week-ish. I wish there was some sort of widget that would add the ages to the bottom of my posts automatically. Half the time, I have no idea and have to look at a calendar πŸ™‚

  4. Will you/ have you done a post on photography/ post-processing and what you do? Your pictures look great and I would love to hear how you do it!

    1. Well, thanks! I actually haven’t learned to do anything in post processing yet. I’m slacking in my Beyond Snapshots class right now, but hope to catch up this week and start doing more. So far, I’m just keeping my camera on manual and making sure my settings will give me proper exposure. I shoot pretty wide open (usually around an f2.0-f2.5) and tend to overexpose just a touch to capture more light. (<<< I like how all of that sounds like I know what I'm doing. I really feel like I'm winging it.)

  5. I stopped in, hoping for a picture fix of the cuteness that is your daughter and was rewarded with a video! πŸ˜€

    Your baby is adorable & you rock, it was a pleasure meeting you at the #wineraves event at Blogher11

  6. Hmmm….yes, I remember that rocking-on-all-fours very well. DD is a week older than LL, and can’t quite get her knees under herself, so far the best we’ve got is a rocking back and forth while squatting like a frog.

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