• Jeanie

    What a pretty girl. Happy birthday, Meredith! Looks like you turned out great in spite of your Aunt Heather.

  • Sarah

    As the mother of a one month old, as I read the story I was wanting to reach through the screen and hand you some gas drops. Oh man, what a way to learn about babies– with an all-night gas scream fest! I’m surprised you ever became a mom. Don’t think I would’ve had the nerve!

  • Regular Reader

    What a great post! Happy Birthday to your niece!!! I just found out that I’m going to be an auntie and cannot wait hold, cuddle, snuggle, and love that little one. On the plus side, she or he won’t be my first experience with babies. On the flip side, I still don’t get how parents magically know when to use gas drops.

  • lizandrsn

    “… I still don’t get how parents magically know when to use gas drops. ”
    My experience was to use the when all else fails. And before things start to fail — you really can’t go wrong. Forget buying cute outfits and crap, and buy those new parents good baby bath supplies, Tylenol, gas drops, a working thermometer, a humidifier and something calming for the parents as well. Rum, gin, vodka and high quality chocolate are what I’d recommend.

  • Teal

    As a childfree woman, can someone elaborate on “gas drops?” I’ve never heard that before.

  • Megan

    Gas drops = farts. Babies swallow a LOT of air, especially when eating, and it builds up in their tiny bellies, making them VERY uncomfortable, and VERY unhappy. Gas drops help them pass the gas, that’s all. :)

  • Lauren3

    Happy Birthday Meredith!

    Heather… I always love your photos but I’m especially enjoying them lately… are you using a new VSCOcam filter?

  • M Atherton

    Seriously, we need a whole post about these magical drops. I have 4 kids and I have never even heard of this. I’m reeling. Also, Happy Birthday, Meredith!

  • Torchness

    Gas drops. Excellent, good to know. I’m pregnant and the screaming baby is terrifying to me. Any other wisdom you’d like to pass along about not going (too) crazy, Heather, feel free.

  • Heather Armstrong

    Thank you! Yes. It’s one that was in the original package called Fuji Astia 100F Portrait. I tweak it a little more after I apply it. Such a great investment.

  • Heather Armstrong

    Ask for help. Seriously. Don’t be a hero or think you’re doing it wrong or feel alone. Talk and get help. Have someone give you an hour break here, two hours there.

  • Beth Rich

    Ask for help – and get sleep as much and as often as you can. Once they are mobile, you will never get enough sleep.

  • Beth Rich

    With now 17 neices and nephews, and 8 great nieces and nephews, I feel qualified to say that as long as there’s no blood or broken bones, THEY WILL SURVIVE TO CRY ANOTHER DAY. At least you know their lungs work.

  • LashleyR

    Gas drops in all their forms (we like Tummy Calm, currently) and gripe water! “Mommy’s Bliss” is my 8 week old’s preferred brand. I have a wonderful, helpful husband who cooks and cleans, had many weeks of help, and have a beautiful, supportive community, but I’m pretty sure I’d be hiding in the attic if not for gripe water. We started out by following the dosing instructions, but now we just dip his pacifier into the bottle and the screaming ceases about 90% of the time.

    Even if you get a screamer, you will miraculously love him/her and you will survive.