I know I’m going to get judgements for this but I need advice. We still have to get a crib mattress but the closest stores that carry them are an hour away so we haven’t had time in between our schedules. We don’t want her to sleep in her crib right away anyways either. We planned on getting a cosleeper but we paid of debts that we didn’t want to have to worry about while she was here AND we had to replace two parts in our car so we have nothing for her to sleep in except a rock n play. I feel so shitty and I’m stressed out because I know that anything other than a flat, firm mattress isn’t good for her health or her spine but I don’t know wtf to do until we get a bassinet/cosleeper. 😫 I was talking about it and a girl was like “How have you not gotten your baby something to sleep in yet?! Wow!” It made me feel so irresponsible and horrible.

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Because sometimes what you needs most is a video (and photos and gifs) of newborn baby goats wearing sweaters. This awesomely adorable trio of Nigerian Dwarf goats (triplets!) were recently born at Sunflower Farm in Cumberland Center, Maine and were dressed in tiny custom-knit sweaters to help keep them warm when the weather turns chilly:

[via Bored Panda]

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Please excuse the Department of Impossible Cuteness, they’ve all had to go home and recuperate after viewing these images of a wild Californian sea otter mum cuddling her one-day-old pup. Last week the Monterey Bay Aquarium reported that a baby had been born in their Great Tide Pool on December 20th to a female sea otter who’d been using the area as a safe resting spot during winter storms.

The night before her pup was born, just as the Aquarium closed, she was spotted slinking into the pool. According to Monterey Bay staff, it’s rare for a healthy Sea Otter to visit the pool so frequently. The mystery was solved around 8:30 a.m. on December 20th when Aquarium staff witnessed a new pup resting on the proud new mom’s belly!

Because this new mom is a wild otter and not a permanent aquarium resident, she and her pup will eventually head back out into the wild. But as long as they’re still there, aquarium staff will keep an eye on the adorable pair and share public updates about their activities. Visit the Monterey Bay Aquarium website for additional information.

Photos by Connie Levenhagen and the Monterey Bay Aquarium

[via ZooBorns and Bored Panda]

Welcome to the world, little otter!

It’s not every day you get to watch a sea otter pup come into the world! But when a pregnant wild otter took shelter in our Great Tide Pool Saturday, we had a unique opportunity to see it happen. (Spoiler alert: the miracle of life is graphic!) 

Sea otters can give birth in water or on land. You’ll notice that mom starts grooming her pup right away to help it stay warm and buoyant—a well-groomed sea otter pup is so buoyant it’s practically unsinkable!

Grooming also helps get the blood flowing and other internal systems revved up for a career of chomping on invertebrates and keeping nearshore ecosystems, like the kelp forests in Monterey Bay, and the eel grass at Elkhorn Slough, healthy.

Our sea otter researchers have been watching wild otters for years and have never seen a birth close up like this. We’re amazed and awed to have had a chance to witness this Monterey Bay conservation success story first hand in our own backyard. Welcome to the world, little otter!

Newborn Pose (100 followers gift, thank you so much! hugs for everyone ♡ )

  • There are 2 versions 1-GTW- For Hospital Bed and 2-For Base Game Bed
  • To unlock the hospital bed in game type bb.showhiddenobjects
  • Works with Andrews Poseplayer
  • You also need the BABYMOD to move the baby!
  •  6 Poses (3-Male, 3-Female)
  • Make your first sim sit on the left and second adult on the right. Wait for them to sit, and cancel all actions. (Instructions in Dropbox)
  • Please dont re-upload or  claim as your own. Thank you
  • If you use my pose, please tag simtrovart, I would love to see your game screens or photoshoots! hope you like it!
  • I’m sorry if there are some issues, I tried my best

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Advice From My Former Self

Recently, I stumbled across a letter I wrote for a friend who was expecting. She had asked me for a few “general observations” on having a newborn. 

Reading this after our second baby, (who is a much different child), it still holds true for me. I hope it can help someone else.

Side Note: It is not lost on me that I recommend staying off of “mommy-blogs” when I essentially run one.

Dear Friend,

I hope these help! 

General Breastfeeding Observations: 

Breastfeeding will hurt to an extent even if you are doing everything right. Your nipples aren’t used to being hoovered 10-12 times per day for 30-40 minutes at a time. People who say it doesn’t hurt at all have either had their memory erased by the oxytocin or are lying. 

You will feel like nursing is all you do. You are right. It is.   

Stay away from mommy blogs and comment boards! They are the wild wild west and you don’t need that noise. Call someone you trust - a doctor, LC, friend, etc. Talk to a REAL PERSON who wants you to succeed. 

Is the kid still alive? Then you are doing it right.

Despite what others say - bottles/pumping/nipple shields/low supply/high supply/binkies/formula/eating too much chocolate - will not ruin your baby for life. Formula isn’t poison. A nipple shield won’t turn your baby into an alligator. I don’t know why there is so much fear mongering.

General General Observations: 

You will cry, a lot. You will cry because you are tired and overwhelmed, you will cry because breastfeeding is hard, you will cry because you aren’t sure what you are doing. You will cry because your baby is so beautiful it makes you feel like your heart will explode - like that plastic bag in American Beauty. This is okay. Your hormones are bonkers.   

You may simultaneously love and want to strangle those around you.   

All of your conversations will revolve around the frequency and consistency of poopy. You will be very interested in the poopy. You will want updates on it. You will track it with a phone app.   

Sometimes it helps to think about all of the people you know who have raised children before you. I bet you there are some stupid people on that list. If they can do it, so can you.

Finally, if you find yourself doubting everything, ask yourself again: 
Is the kid still alive? Well then, there you go.

Sara Given is the creator of the popular Tumblr blog, “It’s Like They Know Us,” and author of the book, “Parenting is Easy: You’re Probably Just Doing It Wrong.” Growing up, she was often told, “No one is ever going to pay you to goof around.”