Well hello there….

4 Mar

Goodness it has been such a long time since I have blogged. I am so mad at myself for not keeping up with the monthly updates on Liam. With Christmas, his 1st birthday, and a trip to California, I just haven’t had a lot of spare time and needed a bit of a break.

Liam has really progressed so much in the last couple of months! It is mind-boggling how quickly they change.

At 12 months, Liam was still crawling and cruising. His first word was “that” and it is still his main word. He was still nursing twice a day (go Mama!). He was sleeping from 8 pm – 7:30 am with a morning nap and an afternoon nap. He had four teeth. He was eating more food than I could keep up with. His favorite foods were bananas, sweet potatoes, and organic turkey hot dogs. His favorite toys were books, books, and more books. He was a happy, active boy!

A lot has changed since then! He is now walking!! He is walking about 30% of the time right now. It is so strange how a week ago he was crawling 100% of the time and now all of a sudden he is walking! He is “talking” constantly, but I usually don’t know what he is saying. He says this, that, yes, Mama (only when whining), and Da (for Dada). He repeats what we say from time to time as well. He absolutely LOVES LOVES LOVES dogs. He gasps and squeals when he sees a dog (or pictures of dogs) and starts talking and pointing. It is adorable. He loves animal books and points at each animal for us to name. He is playing with his walkers and push cars a lot as he transitions in to walking. He loves to wrestle, chase, and climb….such a boy. He is incredibly strong and can hold his own weight (as we found out after letting him hang on a chin up bar…don’t worry, Jason’s hands were right beside him ready to catch). He is very loving, gives hugs, and snuggles up to me when he is getting tired. He slept with me a couple of nights when we were in LA and he stayed tucked up tight against me all night long. I loved it (even though I didn’t get much sleep). He has the biggest smile that lights up the whole room and my whole world. He has two teeth on bottom and 4 teeth on top now. He isn’t eating nearly as much as he was before his 1st birthday, but he is eating more variety. We give him the option to eat anything we are eating (that is safe for him of course). His favorite is Mexican food, which was totally unexpected. He won’t eat avocado plain, but can kill some guacamole and chips! He seems to like more spicy foods and fresh foods. His favorite thing to eat is still fruit, blueberries and grapes in particular. He is fully transitioned to all whole milk. Right before he turned 13 months we had our last nursing session. It was very hard for me mentally, but Liam didn’t seem to notice much, other than being a little clingy to me. We were able to go the park a few times over the last week and a half due to some unseasonably warm weather and he had a blast. He crawled up the slides and spent some time in the swing. He mostly enjoys just watching the other kids. I really think seeing the other kids playing is what got him to start walking. I am really looking forward to spring and being able to spend more time outside playing. His hair has grown a lot. He still hasn’t needed a haircut though. His hair is strawberry blonde and so so soft. He has a few curls in the back that are just adorable! He doesn’t like to lay still for diaper changes. He is starting to enjoy watching cartoons a little. He likes to point out whatever things are on his pjs/clothes. If we ask him what is on his shirt, he will point to it. He and his Dad started a band-aid routine where Jason will put a Jack and the Neverland Pirates band-aid on his shirt sleeve in the morning. We can ask him where his band aid is and he will point to it every time. So cute. He is very nosey and spends lots of time going through drawers, sacks, closets, etc. He is wearing mostly 12-18 month clothing now, although he can still wear some 6-12 month things from the baby gap. He is about 30″ tall and 22 lbs.

Liam, I can’t describe to you the sheer joy you have brought to my life over the last year. Watching you grow from a tiny, helpless baby to a strong, walking little boy has been the most amazing thing I have ever witnessed. You are the light of my world. I love you with all that I am and all that I will ever be. You have completed me and made me a better person through and through. There is no doubt in my mind that you have taught me more than I have taught you this year. Your Dad and I are so incredibly proud to be your parents.

I’ll love you forever, I’ll like you for always. As long as I’m living, my baby you’ll be!

Liam – 10 month update (way late!)

5 Dec

Woah have we been busy lately!  Between Halloween, traveling, parties and Thanksgiving, it feels like we have been going constantly the last month and a half!  Liam has been amazing over the last month.  His personality is coming out more and more.  He has been so happy and loving life!  I have loved every second with him!

Temperament: Liam is such a happy, silly boy!  He is very expressive and I always know exactly what he is about to do just by the look on his face.  He is full of laughter and joy.  At the same time, he is quite pensive and serious when experiencing new things or learning.  You can tell he is really focusing and trying hard to understand it all.  Sometimes he wants to be the center of attention and other times he is happy to play quietly with a toy.  He gets aggravated when he is trying to do something new and he can’t do it.  For example, he has been trying to crawl up on the furniture and starts fussing when he can’t get up.  I think we have a budding Type A on our hands.  He is so good when we are out of the house as well.  When he is in a shopping cart he turns around (away from me) and rides facing forward because he wants to see everything and everyone.  He will smile and squeal at people to get attention.  His little head just whips around looking at everything.  He has been doing really well in restaurants too.  We moved him to a high chair 100% of the time now and he loves it.  He is usually turned away from us eating and looking around at people.  We had one dinner in Asheville, NC that he was banging a spoon on the table and squealing with glee.  Thankfully it was really loud with live music so no one was annoyed and thought it was so cute.  Shopping in the stroller is probably his least favorite activity (of course) and he can only tolerate about an hour before he gets antsy.  That’s when the snacks come out! :)

Activity:  This kid is SO busy.  He is going non-stop from the second he wakes up until he takes a nap.  He is pulling up and cruising around everywhere.  He just started trying to stand alone at the end of the month.  He is such an efficient crawler that I don’t think he has much interest in walking (and that is OK with me).  He really started babbling more this month too.  His talking has come and gone over the last few months but now it is pretty constant.  I can’t say for sure that he has said a word yet, but he “ruffs” at dogs and I think he said Maddy twice.  He likes to hand me books to read.  He is throwing balls around and then chasing them.  He usually picks out one or two random toys/items to carry around as his favorite for a few days and then he will change it up.  He loves to play with the remote and our cell phones.

Sleep:  He is such a good sleeper.  I think he gets it from his parents because we both like our sleep.  He is sleeping from 8 pm- 7:00 (or 7:30) am.  He takes two naps that average 2 hours each if we are at home.  If we are out and about he sometimes misses his afternoon nap and does fine without it.  His morning nap is the most crucial.  He really likes that nap and seems to need it.  If we miss it, he can get pretty grumpy later in the day.

Diet:  This kid eats like a horse!  Sometimes I don’t think he has a “full” point.  He will eat anything and everything we put in front of him (except green beans).  He loves his turkey hot dogs, sweet potatoes, pears, peaches, veggie burgers, corn, sweet peas, carrots, tofu, cheerios, bread, muffins, etc.  He is also nursing/bottle 3 times a day.  He loves water and drinks it with his meals.

Outings:  We have been out and about quite a bit.  Of course the biggest outing was Trick or Treating!  We just walked around the “block party” to check everything out.  He seemed pretty bored with it! ha! We traveled to Asheville, NC and went to the Biltmore earlier in the month.  He did great and got to see the largest house in America.  It was really really cold but he didn’t seem to mind.  We also traveled to Atlanta to shop and watch the Falcons v. Seahawks game. That was really fun!  He loved the game and was cheering along with the crowd.  He fell asleep in the carrier in the 4th quarter.

Clothes:  He is wearing 9-12 month, 12 month, and 12-18 month clothes (depending on the brand).  He is long waisted so most of the one piece overall type clothes I have bought don’t fit!  I was so sad when his adorable Halloween overalls were too small!  He doesn’t mind wearing hats and we have quite a few for the cold weather.  He usually pulls his shoes and socks off shortly after we put them on.

Postpartum:  I’m doing great.  I feel like I’m pretty much back to my old self again, mentally and physically.  As they say, it takes 9 months to have a baby and 9 months to recover.  I’m about 5 pounds less than pre-baby weight.  I am shaped differently and the skin on my tummy is still loose from the enormous belly I had.  I think if I started working out it would help.  I’m planning to join the YMCA in the spring.  They do free childcare while you work out, but I want to wait until all the winter sickness has passed to protect Liam as long as I can.  I am supposed to run a half marathon at the end of April, so I’ need to get on the ball with training.  Mentally, I’m feeling the best yet.  There was a low point in August/September where I felt a little depressed.  The enormity of all this change hit me all at once I think.  But, I’ve come out on the other side of it better than before.  I am still struggling a bit with my new identity of “stay at home mom” and questioning what I want to do from here.  My original plan was to stay home with Liam for the first year and then re-assess.  I would love to find something I can do from home or part time, but we’ll see.  I can’t imagine spending 8 hours a day, 5 days a week without him.

Special Events:  Liam’s first Halloween! Liam was the cutest little lion I have ever seen!  He didn’t mind his costume or the big head cover at all.  It kept him nice and warm on the chilly night too.  I’m pretty sure Jason and I enjoyed it way more than he did.  It was such a special thing to dress up our very own baby for his first Halloween.  We went to the Belle Meade Halloween block party (which happens to be the street behind ours so we could walk).  We walked around and tried to get food at the food trucks (too long of a wait…boo).  Then we took treats to our neighbors and friends.  It was a fun and memorable night (even if it was stormy and cold).

Liam, somehow I fall more in love with you every day.  Your Dad and I are in awe of you.  You are our every joy.  You make us laugh and keep us entertained.  I don’t know what we did with all our time before you were born!  It is still two months until your birthday and I am already a weepy mess thinking about you being a year old.  The time has literally flown by.  You are quickly turning into a little boy and it is bittersweet.  I will miss baby Liam so, so very much.  This has without a doubt been the best 10 months of my entire life and nothing will ever top it.  I love you with ALL my heart!

I’ll love you forever, I’ll like you for always.  As long as I’m living, my baby you’ll be.

 

Liam – 9 month update

29 Oct

I’m so happy to report that this month was so much better than last month!! His fussy stage finally passed and it was a wonderfully fun month!  In fact, it may have been my favorite month yet!

Temperament- Our sweet, happy baby is back!  He has started loving on Mommy more and more.  He has also decided he adores his Daddy.  He gets sooo excited when he hears Jason come in from walk and crawls as fast as he can with the biggest grin on his face to greet Daddy.  He is starting to learn more social skills and attempting to communicate with us through verbal and physical cues.  He still has his moments where he gets upset (currently the car seat and diaper changes are his least favorite thing in the world). He has started laughing really hard pretty often and it is the best sound I’ve ever heard.  He really cracks himself up which is even funnier! He is very curious and eager to learn.  He loves to explore the house and studies new things so close.  He is very observant and notices every little change to a room.  If something is different or new, he will see it right away.  He is still such a good baby and we are truly blessed to have an easy going kiddo!  Words to describe Liam this month are happy, jovial, independent, curious, observant, active, and busy!

Activity- This boy is active.  He is crawling all over the place at lightening speed.  I can’t take my eye off him for a second because he can get wherever he wants so quickly!  He is also pulling up on anything and everything he can.  He bends and sits down from standing on his own with no trouble too.  He is getting very steady standing and is holding on with just one hand now.  He is cruising around the couch and coffee table, but hasn’t tried to stand on his own yet.  He loves playing rough with Daddy still.  The wrestle on the floor and Liam squeals and laughs.  We have started playing ball more and more and he loves chasing it around.  He also likes to watch Mommy and Daddy play “soccer” with the ball.  At the end of the month he suddenly started playing “peek a boo.”  It is the cutest thing I have ever seen when he holds the blanket (or whatever object is in his grasp) over his face and pulls it down with the biggest smile and giggle.

Sleep- Liam had a great month for sleep.  We finally got his schedule where it needed to be and things have been so much better.  He wakes up between 7-7:30 am.  Then he goes down for his morning nap around 9-9:30 am, depending on what time he woke up.  He usually sleeps for 2 hours.  He is also taking an afternoon nap around 1:00 pm and sleeps for 1.5-2 hours.  After that we keep him awake until bedtime.  We do bath at 7:30, then nursing, and down for the night by 8:00-8:15 pm.

Diet- Still nursing 4 times a day!  He nurses at 7 am, 11 am, 3:00 pm, and 7:45 pm. His solid food eating has vastly improved.  He loves bananas, sweet potatoes, pears, cantalope, turkey hot dogs, and toast.  We give him bites of what we are eating when it is appropriate and he generally likes it all.  He won’t eat veggies much at home, but he will eat them when we are at a restaurant.  He likes everything better at restaurants…hmm what does that say about my cooking?

Outings- We took him to the pumpkin patch at Cheekwood twice this month for fall photos.  He was not too crazy about the pumpkins.  He is getting more difficult to take out for extended periods of time as he gets antsy and bored.  So much for my little shopping buddy.  He does okay for about 30 minutes and then I have to use puffs to keep him happy.  Sigh.

Clothes- Still wearing 6-9 or 9-12 month clothes.  He has definitely grown a lot over the last month.  In fact, he grew out of his halloween outfit before he even got to wear it! Boo!

Postpartum- I’m doing ok.  My scar isn’t looking any better.  I’m still losing weight slowly and am under my pre-pregnancy weight by about 5 pounds.  I’ve started running a little here and there, but want to get more consistent with it.  I’m trying to find my way as a stay at home mom and housewife.  I love it, but it is really really hard.  Much harder than I ever imagined.  I need to get involved with some other Moms of young babies.    I’m not sure if it is hormonal or what, but I get overwhelmed easily thinking about all the things I have to do.  I don’t get much accomplished in a day with Liam being so mobile and that stresses me out.  I am constantly challenged by Liam to find new things to entertain him.  He is an eager learner, just like his Mom, so I am studying to find out how best to teach him.

Special Events-None this month.

Liam you are the light of our lives.  We love you so very much.  You have such a big personality and are a joy to be around (most of the time).  I look forward to all the new things that next month will bring!  XOXOXO

Liam – 8 month update

23 Sep

Whew.  I am glad this month is over.  This has been his fussiest month to date, and thus, the most challenging month for Mom and Dad!  I don’t know if it was teething, wonder weeks, or what, but we had some rough moments.  Liam is constantly learning new things and I am just in awe of him.

Temperament Our typically very happy, laid back baby had a rough month.  He has been fussy and displaying his dislike pretty consistently.  He even had several nights where he wouldn’t go to sleep initially or woke up in the middle of the night, which is incredibly rare for him (thank you Lord!).  He is learning to communicate what he wants through his body language and vocals.  It amazes me, but also causes us some struggle.  He never wants to sit still in the house.  He doesn’t want to be confined to a high chair, jumper, play pen, your lap, etc. during play time.  He wants to be on the floor exploring and practicing his skills.  We have had quite a few whiney dinners out with him this month as he gets bored with just sitting in the same place with nothing new to look at I think.  Puffs seem to keep him pretty content though.  He is getting a little more loving and will lay his head on my lap or hang close to me when he starts getting sleepy.  He has started laughing so much and I love it!  He is pretty ticklish too!  He is very curious and eager to learn.  He loves to explore the house and studies new things so close.  He is very observant and notices every little change to a room.  If something is different or new, he will see it right away.  He is still such a good baby and we are truly blessed to have an easy going kiddo!  Words to describe Liam this month are independent, frustrated, curious, observant, active, and busy!

Activity- This boy is active.  He is crawling all over the place at lightening speed.  I can’t take my eye off him for a second because he can get wherever he wants so quickly!  He is also pulling up on anything and everything he can.  He bends and sits down from standing on his own with no trouble too.  He is getting very steady standing and is holding on with just one hand now.  I feel that he will be free-standing any time now.  He isn’t cruising while standing a lot, but does from time to time.  We practiced throwing a ball a little and he loved it.  He loves playing rough with Daddy still.  He likes to “fly” around like superman and be held up in the air.

Sleep- For the most part he is still sleeping great.  As I mentioned, we had a few rough nights here and there.  Some was due to gas and others I have no idea.  We are working on his schedule and I think we have it about right for him now.  We eliminated a nap and that seemed helped with the nighttime issues.  He is now waking around 7:00 am, napping from approx. 9-10:30 am and napping from approx. 12:30-2:00pm.  Sometimes he needs a 30-45 minute nap around 4:15-5:00 pm too.  Then we do bath about 7:30, followed by a bottle and he is down around 8-8:15 pm.  I don’t know what to do with myself after we put him to bed.  I’m so used to putting him down at 10 and then going to bed myself.  I feel like going to bed at 8:30 is too early!

Diet- Still nursing 4-5 times a day!  He nurses at 7 am, 10:30 am, 2:00 pm, 5:00 pm (on occasion), and 7:45 pm.  We are working on solid food.  He has been refusing to eat most purees all month.  If I can get a couple of bites in him, I’m happy.  I have been spreading out his solid feedings and that has helped a little.  He has had some issues with constipation and gas this month too, so that isn’t helping the food situation.  He loves puffs and will eat as many as you will give him.  He also loves sweet potatoes.  I have started adding some spices like cinnamon and nutmeg to his pears and sweet potatoes to give him something different.  We are also trying to introduce finger foods with limited success.

Outings- His most exciting new outing this month was swinging at the park in a baby swing!  He LOVES swinging.  He smiles the entire time.  He likes when we try to grab his feet while he is swinging.  He is enamored with the other kids at the park too. I’m the crazy mom that lysol’s the swing and puts down blankets.  He always tries to chew on it and it grosses me out to think of what may be on that swing!  We did lots of the usual shopping and such.  He is riding in the carts with his cart cover the majority of the time and he really likes it.  He just looks around, bounces, and tries to grab things as we pass by.

Clothes- Still wearing 6-9 or 9-12 month clothes.  I went a little crazy on his fall wardrobe at baby gap!  They had some of the cutest things!  I have also been checking out some consignment stores/sales too. I bought him a few pairs of shoes for fall/winter since going out with bare feet will not be acceptable soon!  His feet are short and fat right now!

Postpartum- I’m doing ok.  My scar isn’t looking any better.  I’m still losing weight slowly and am under my pre-pregnancy weight by about a pound.  I’ve started running a little here and there, but want to get more consistent with it.  I’m trying to find my way as a stay at home mom and housewife.  I love it, but it is really really hard.  Much harder than I ever imagined.  I need to get involved with some other Moms of young babies.    I’m not sure if it is hormonal or what, but I get overwhelmed easily thinking about all the things I have to do.  I don’t get much accomplished in a day with Liam being so mobile and that stresses me out.  I am constantly challenged by Liam to find new things to entertain him.  He is an eager learner, just like his Mom, so I am studying to find out how best to teach him.

Special Events- We celebrated my 31st birthday this month.  Now that I’ve had a “birth” day of my own, birthdays really mean so much more to me.  We also took Liam to see the Bruce Monroe Light exhibit at Cheekwood gardens.  He loved it, I’m sure.

Liam- you are growing up so quickly.  I cannot believe how much you have changed in such a short time.  You are very smart and learning just how to wrap Mommy around your finger (and get your way).  I am constantly amazed by you.  I feel so lucky to be able to be home with you and watch you grow and develop.  I love being there for all your “firsts.”  You make me a better person.  Your Dad feels the same way. He had to be out of town a couple of times this month, and it was really hard on him to be away from you.  I sent him lots of pictures and videos so he could see what you were up to.  You are the light of our life and the apple of our eye :)  We adore you baby boy and thank God for you every day.  I love you with ALL of my heart!

My Must-Have Baby Items

10 Sep

I’ve gotten quite a few questions regarding baby products and I see Mom friends asking questions on Facebook a lot about baby gear. Since I spent countless hours researching baby products and have now tested ours out for almost 8 months, I thought I would share my recommendations. I didn’t include every single thing item you need, just the things I found most critical and most useful for everyday life with a baby. As I think of things, I will update the post.

General Advice for Baby Prep: Start focusing on preparing for the baby and try to not worry too much about the pregnancy (that is what you have a doctor for). Not a single day went by that I wasn’t reading or watching videos to learn about delivery, breastfeeding, baby gear, and baby care. I watched, listened and read everything I could get my hands on. I took pages and pages of notes. I have spent the majority of my life as a student, so I just carried over skills to prepare for the most important test of my life- Motherhood. Once your bundle of joy has arrived, you will take what you have learned and use what works best for you and your baby. I got the foundations from the books, but didn’t do everything they suggested (although in retrospect I probably should have) because at the time it was just too hard or too much that I didn’t want to deal with. For example, both books say naps should be in the crib. Liam napped like a champ in the baby swing (I’m talking 2.5 hour naps), but crib naps were a fight. So, I went with the swing because it made both of us happy. When we were both ready (about 6.5 months), we moved naps to the crib with no issues.

BOOKS: I read these books cover to cover three times before Liam was born. I made notes, highlighted, etc. Then I typed up notes and the things I would want to reference once the baby was here. For the first three months I referred to the books constantly to help as issues arose. I cannot say enough glorious things about them. I strongly believe that my good-natured, happy, sleeping through the night at 5 weeks baby is because of what I learned from these books. They don’t just tell you what to do, but WHY it is important and why it is good for your baby.

Moms on Call – I read about Moms on Call on a blog over a year before I got pregnant, but it stuck in my mind. As soon as we learned I was expecting, I ordered the book and watched the free videos. I highly recommend the book and watching the videos. It is very similar to Babywise (below) but much easier to read and has suggested schedules which I love. I followed most of what they recommended right from the beginning. It covers breastfeeding, baby care, common baby illnesses, and of course sleeping/napping.

http://momsoncall.com/products/

http://www.youtube.com/user/momsoncall

On Becoming Babywise – Several of my friends recommended Babywise to me and I am so glad I listened. Reading it is a bit boring and complicated at times, but it is worth trudging through it. I learned a lot about breastfeeding from this book too. http://www.amazon.com/On-Becoming-Baby-Wise-Nighttime/dp/1932740139

What To Expect The First Year – Great reference book that goes month by month of a baby’s first year. I enjoy reading each month and knowing “what to expect.” http://www.amazon.com/What-Expect-First-Second-Edition/dp/0761152121

BABY GEAR:

Halo Sleepsack Swaddles – Our hospital used these for the babies and we fell in love. They make swaddling stress-free. They are very easy to use and safe for the baby. Liam did break out of it sometimes, but it didn’t wake him up. We swaddled him until he started rolling over consistently (4 months). I used the sleepsack swaddle and just wrapped the swaddle part around the middle with him arms out until he outgrew it. Now I am using just the sleepsack. I recommend getting a couple and taking them to the hospital! We used a fleece one since it was winter and it was warm enough for just a diaper or pajamas.

http://www.target.com/p/halo-sleepsack-swaddle-100-cotton/-/A-12756497?ref=tgt_adv_XSG10001&AFID=Google_PLA_df&LNM=%7C12756497&CPNG=Women&kpid=12756497&LID=PA&ci_src=17588969&ci_sku=12756497&gclid=CKbH8uDCwbkCFejm7AodNT0AUg

White Noise machine I bought the one recommended by Moms on Call. At the time it was only $10 on Amazon and has worked great (they went up on the price for some reason but still under $20!). No need for all the fancy stuff. Just set it on white noise and turn it up loud. We take it with us everywhere we go to stay overnight!

Baby Connect App – I LOVE this app. It has a timer for breastfeeding and you can track everything from naps to diaper changes to feedings. It makes neat charts and graphs too. It kept me sane the first few months! It is so hard to keep up with everything on your own and this makes it fun and easy.

Travel Crib – I think most travel cribs are basically the same. I went with one by Chicco that has a changing table that flips over the top. I don’t think a separate bassinet attachment is necessary. We used the bed and changing table constantly the first two months because the official changing table was upstairs in the nursery (which we never went to). We used the crib every single night starting from the first night at home. We kept it in our room for the first two months. If we had a single story home with his nursery being closer, I probably would have only kept it in our room for a month and then moved him to his crib. We use it for him to sleep in when we travel as well. Now we use it frequently as a play pen. It is a really handy item! http://www.target.com/p/chicco-lullaby-se-playard-perseo/-/A-13802259

Flannel Blankets – We bought these to use on the changing pad for the travel crib (we didn’t have a cover for that).  We use it on the regular changing pad too (just lay on top of the cute cover we bought so I’m not washing constantly).  It is great to put down under the baby and throw in the hamper if it gets dirty (they get dirty ALL the time in the first few months).  They are also great to clean up messes and throw over baby boys who spring a leak during a diaper change.  Very useful.  They are cheap and come in a pack of 4.  We ended up with 3 packs! http://www.target.com/p/just-one-you-lil-duckies-4-pk-flannel-receiving-blanket-set/-/A-14518033#prodSlot=medium_1_11&term=flannel+baby+blanket

Baby Swing – As I mentioned before, Liam took his naps in his swing. We learned the very first week that he loved his swing. We have the Fisher Price Little Snugamonkey and it is awesome! It is very sturdy, has several speeds (although there isn’t a lot of difference between the speeds) and most importantly plugs in to the wall! We have used it a TON and it is still going strong. http://www.toysrus.com/buy/activity/portable-swing/fisher-price-cradle-swing-my-little-snug-a-bunny-v0099-4360510

Rock-n-Play – We used this thing constantly for the first 4 months (until he got so big and mobile that it wouldn’t contain him). It is couch level which is fantastic, especially if you have a c-section. He never napped in it beyond the first week, but it was a great, safe place to lay him when he was little. I put him there while I ate meals (we pulled it up to the table during dinner) and during the day for him to play. If you have a c-section, getting up and down off the floor and picking your baby up from the floor is difficult. This made recovery so much easier! It is a necessity, but is definitely nice to have. I think they all work exactly the same, so go with the one you like the looks of! It is very lightweight and easy to move around the house.

http://www.target.com/p/fisher-price-my-little-snugabunny-newborn-rock-n-play-sleeper/-/A-13868677?ref=tgt_adv_XSG10001&AFID=Google_PLA_df&LNM=%7C13868677&CPNG=Baby&kpid=13868677&LID=PA&ci_src=17588969&ci_sku=13868677&gclid=COSk4Z-4wbkCFSZp7Aod4msAKw

Bouncer – For us, a bouncer wasn’t our favorite item, but we are still using it. Liam liked it ok, but never loved it. I use it in the bathroom and the kitchen. I always put him in it while I shower or get ready for the day. I also move it to the kitchen when I am prepping meals. Again, it is a great, safe place to put baby when you need your hands!

http://www.target.com/p/fisher-price-my-little-snugabunny-bouncer/-/A-13270121?ref=tgt_adv_XSG10001&AFID=Google_PLA_df&LNM=%7C13270121&CPNG=Baby&kpid=13270121&LID=PA&ci_src=17588969&ci_sku=13270121&gclid=CKCSjvm4wbkCFejm7AodNT0AUg

Stroller – We went with the Uppa Baby Vista. It is amazing. It has all the bells and whistles and I just love it. However, it is really pricey. I found it at the closeout store for half price and my sister gifted it to us otherwise I wouldn’t have gotten it. A close second is the Britax B- Ready. It is almost identical. I recommend watching the videos on Baby Gizmo for strollers and car seats. That really sold me on those two strollers. I purchased the adapter so that our Graco car seat snaps on the Vista frame. If we had gone with the Britax B-Ready stroller we would have gotten the Britax Chaperone car seat that snaps on with no adapter.

http://www.babygizmo.com/

Infant Car Seat – My only recommendation here is to get the LIGHTEST one you can find. They all have to meet strict safety requirements so they pretty much tie on safety. We went with the Graco Snugride 30. Everything I read said that babies generally grow out of them by height instead of weight, so getting an infant car seat that holds a heavier baby doesn’t do you much good at all because they will grow out of it anyway and the seat itself is heavier. The reason to purchase infant seats is for their portability, so get one that is light and easily portable! Trust me on this one. As for an extra base, we really haven’t used ours much at all. They aren’t expensive, so it is really just a convenience factor. If you will be splitting time between two cars it is probably worth it. For us, we almost always take my car because the stroller is in it. It is not difficult at all to buckle the car seat in without the base for short trips.

Diaper Bag – I originally got a stylish bag. I learned right away I had made a huge mistake. It wasn’t near big enough and did not have enough pockets. So I bought a new one that was massive and had lots of pockets. I went with the Pottery Barn Kids bag linked below. I love it. I was naive about how much stuff you have to bring with a newborn. Yikes. Get BIG bag with lots of pockets.

http://www.potterybarnkids.com/products/228544/?catalogId=54&bnrid=3518538&cm_ven=Google_PLA&cm_cat=Diaper_Bags&cm_pla=NA&cm_ite=Black_Classic_Mom_Diaper_Bag&kpid=228544&srccode=cii_17588969&cpncode=30-262113678-2

Baby Monitor – We tried out several monitors before deciding on one. We ended up with a Motorola video monitor and it is really great. I tried to get one that worked wirelessly that I could use my phone or ipad as a monitor. It just wasn’t practical. They signal would break down and the screens would time out (even plugged in). So I had to turn on the phone, go into the app, and wait for the camera to load the picture. At 2 am, that just does NOT work. So I went with a traditional video monitor and have no complaints. I can roll over and peep at the screen to see my baby at 4 am and not have to completely wake up!

http://www.target.com/p/motorola-digital-3-5-video-baby-monitor-mbp36/-/A-14086054?reco=Rec|pdp|14086054|ClickCP|item_page.new_vertical_1&lnk=Rec|pdp|ClickCP|item_page.new_vertical_1

Pacifiers – The Avent Soothie that they use at the hospital didn’t work for us. Liam would spit it right out. My lactation consultant also said they were not good for breastfeeding babies because of the shape of the nipple. She recommended a Nuk pacifier with an angled nipple because it is more like real breast nipple. Liam needed a little training on sucking and the LC actually said a paci would help (and it did). After a couple of weeks, I switched to the MAM pacifier and we have used it ever since. I love the simple, streamlined appearance of the MAM. They only negative is the traditional paci clip doesn’t work and the MAM paci clips are awful.

http://www.target.com/p/2-pk-nuk-latex-pacifiers-0-to-6-months/-/A-13359530#prodSlot=medium_1_3

http://www.target.com/p/mam-love-affection-silicone-2pk-paci/-/A-13968887#prodSlot=medium_1_15

Bottles: I use the Medela bottles and nipples that go with the Medela pump. I have six of the standard bottles and recently bought 3 8oz bottles. We don’t use a bottle to feed all that often and I never pumped more than a couple of times a day, so I made do just fine with these. Liam had no trouble with these and never rejected them.
http://www.target.com/p/medela-3pk-5oz-breastmilk-bottle-set/-/A-11164538

NURSING GEAR:

Breast Pump – First off, I recommend renting one from the hospital for the first month. It is much stronger and will help establish your supply. Also, once you have opened your purchased pump, you cannot return it. A lot of women cannot breastfeed and I would hate to see someone throw away $300 on a pump they aren’t using! So rent one until you know you are going to stick with it! It was $30 for the month at my hospital. I have the medela pump-in-style in a bag. A friend passed down hers to me so I didn’t have to buy one (no milk actually touches the pump). If I was getting a new one I would get the Freestyle. I hate being tied to the wall when pumping. With the freestyle you can walk around while you are pumping. I’ve heard that it is just as strong as well, but obviously I can’t say from experience.

http://www.target.com/p/medela-freestyle-hands-free-breast-pump/-/A-10989837#prodSlot=medium_1_1&term=medela+freestyle

Breast Pump Car Adaptor I DEFINITELY recommend purchasing the cigarette lighter adapter! It makes road trips at breeze! You can pump while driving and feed baby the bottle without having to stop for half an hour to feed! It has been a lifesaver for us! They make a 9 volt and a 12 volt.

http://www.target.com/p/medela-9-volt-vehicle-lighter-adaptor/-/A-10762137?ref=tgt_adv_XSG10001&AFID=Google_PLA_df&LNM=%7C10762137&CPNG=Baby&kpid=10762137&LID=PA&ci_src=17588969&ci_sku=10762137&gclid=CPm9oc7AwbkCFSdk7Aode0wAjQ

Medela Handsfree Nursing Bra – This holds the bottles for you so that both your hands can be free. I use this all the time and it works great!

Nursing Pillow- I think whether you are bottle feeding or nursing, a nursing pillow is a must have to help keep the baby propped up (we use it when giving him a bottle of breastmilk so I assume it would be great for formula feeders too). I have the boppy. Honestly I don’t love it and wish I had the My Breast Friend (especially for the first couple of months). It has a strap around it to fasten to your waist and keep the pillow snug against your tummy. Liam always fell down (and still does) between the boppy and my stomach making the pillow pointless. For a while when he was tiny I started using a regular pillow instead of the boppy for better support. I really think using the My Breast Friend pillow will make breastfeeding in the early weeks SO much easier! Whatever pillow you go with, get two covers and a waterproof cover if they make it to go under the slipcover! Lots of baby messes happen on the pillow!

Soothies – Keep these in the fridge and place on nipples post nursing. AMAZING for the first couple of weeks to soothe the soreness. It says one time use but I used them several times (until they stopped sticking). You do have to clean your nipples after using before nursing again but that is OK!

Motherlove Nipple Cream – I didn’t use nipple cream a ton. I tried the Lanolin first but it made me tingly and itchy (apparently some people are allergic). The hospital gave me a sample of the Motherlove cream and I really liked it. They sell it at Whole Foods or Amazon if you are in a hurry for some!

BABY CARE ITEMS:

Aquaphor – This stuff is great.  You can use it for diaper rash and just about any other skin issue such as dry skin.  A great diaper rash treatment is aquaphor and corn starch (thanks Moms on Call). That magic works better than all the other 12 diaper rash creams that we have.  Another tip is to slather it on baby’s bum in the hospital when he is still passing meconium.  It will make that sticky tar poop right wipe off without any trouble.  We have big tubs of it around the house. http://www.target.com/p/aquaphor-healing-ointment-3-5-oz/-/A-11005119

Nosefrida – It sounds gross, but every Mom that has one loves it, including me!  Those nasal aspirator bulb syringes just do not work.  Newborn babies have a lot of mucus from delivery and it gives them fits.  This will get it right out! We still use it to this day! It was great for Liam’s first runny nose.  http://www.walmart.com/ip/15126393?wmlspartner=wlpa&adid=22222222227000593243&wl0=&wl1=g&wl2=c&wl3=13690209430&wl4=&wl5=pla&wl6=34446462430&veh=sem

California Baby Body Wash – Liam had a little bit of dry skin and we switched to this and it cleared it up.  It smells nice too (we jokingly call it spa soap).  He has had no irritation with it at all.  http://www.target.com/p/california-baby-super-sensitive-shampoo-bodywash-19-oz/-/A-12717095

Burts Bees Calming Lotion – We have used this almost every night since he was a month old.  I don’t know if it actually calms him or not, but I like the thought of it :) http://www.target.com/p/burt-s-bees-baby-bee-nourishing-lotion-calming-6-fl-oz/-/A-13476493#prodSlot=medium_1_2&term=burts+bees+calming+lotion

Mustela Newborn Shampoo – Liam had dry scalp and this stuff cleared it up the very first time.  The scent is quite strong, but it is worth it for a flake free scalp.  We only had to use it a couple of times a week for maintenance.  http://www.target.com/p/mustela-foam-shampoo-5-07oz/-/A-13967208#prodSlot=medium_1_1&term=mustela+newborn+shampoo

Vick’s Baby Thermometer – This is a great thermometer.  It is inexpensive and easy to use.  You don’t have to worry about inserting it too far due to the design of it.  Everything I read said that a rectal thermometer is best and most accurate for babies (my pediatrician wanted us to have a rectal too).  We were hesitant the first time we used it, but Liam doesn’t even notice it!  http://www.amazon.com/Vicks-V934-Baby-Rectal-Thermometer/dp/B0002AHVZU

Sponge/Scrub from the hospital – Take the sponges with the soft bristles on the other side from the hospital.  We managed to get 4.  Use these every bath to scrub baby’s scalp (with the scrub side) to prevent cradle cap!  Our birthing class instructor shared this tip!

Cuticle Scissors – Our lactation consultant recommend using cuticle scissors to cut baby’s nails.  They work great, you just have to be careful not to cut his fingers.

Diapers – We used Pampers Swaddlers for Size 1, 2 and 3 (he never wore NB). After 1 box of size 3s I bought Pampers Cruisers and we use those now. We buy all diapers at Sam’s Club. They are $40 for a value pack box which is a great price. I think it is only $2 more than the best deal on Amazon that you have to pay $80 a year to be a part of (Prime). We tried Huggies and didn’t like them as they didn’t seem to absorb the poop very well, although the quality seemed better on the outside.

Wipes – We use Pampers Sensitive Wipes. We tried lots of different kinds and preferred these. Everyone likes different wipes so I recommend getting small packs of several kinds and picking your favorite!

 

 

 

 

7 month update

19 Aug

This has been such a busy month for our little man!! I cannot get over how quickly he is developing and learning. He is crawling, pulling up and has two teeth! It is already hard to believe that just a few short months ago he was a tiny baby who couldn’t hold his head up. It really is mind-blowing. It feels like just yesterday that we brought him home from the hospital, but at the same time it feels like he has been with us forever. I am sure all new parents have the same sentiment.

Weight: Liam had his 6 month check-up on June 29th and weighed 18 lbs and was 27 5/8″ long. His growth is slowing down a bit, but he is right on track with the normal growth curve.

Temperament: Liam has been a bit fussy this month. I believe that teething is playing a role in the increased fussiness. We had a couple of rough dinners on our vacation because he was cutting his second tooth while we were there! He gets pretty upset if you try to take away something he is playing with too, partiularly when it is something he shouldn’t be playing with in the first place! He is also hating diaper and clothes changes. As soon as I lay him down he starts crying and wanting to roll over on his belly. Thanks to some advice from other Moms I’ve been giving him a toy and that has helped most of the time. Other than that, Liam is such a good, easy-going baby! I think he enjoys being out and about because he is always so good. We drug him all over Charleston and Savannah and he just took it all in (and slept). He is starting to laugh more and more, which is the most beautiful sound I have ever heard! His first big laughing spell happened when we were in Savannah. Jason and I were super stressed out because we were doing a trolley tour and it was SO HOT (we were all sweating like crazy). Liam was tired of being held and was squirming all over the place. It was time to feed him and we didn’t have anywhere to go for me to nurse. We walked several blocks to a big hotel (thanks Hyatt) and snuck up to some chairs by the ballrooms so that I could nurse. We were trying to cool him off and got out the portable fan. Jason touched it to his foot accidentally and Liam cracked up laughing (it has foam blades so it doesn’t hurt). He started sticking his finger in it and just laughing like crazy. He really laughed when I would stick my hand in it and say “ow!” This went on for about 15 minutes. It definitely lifted our spirits at a time when we really needed it! Since then he has had two other big laughing spells. He loves to make us smile. I just love that laugh so much! Words that describe Liam right now are determined, brave, funny, silly, happy, and strong-willed!

Activity: Boy has he been active this month! He is busy busy busy. The biggest change is he learned to crawl at the beginning of the month! He started with crawling backwards for a couple days, then started pulling himself forward with just his arms to get to his toys, then moved right on to crawling on all fours (the progression took about a week). I am amazed (and slightly terrified) that my baby started crawling at 6 months! And just 4 days shy of 7 months he pulled up on the coffee table for the first time! I can tell he is working toward standing up, but he has a ways to go. He is always in “downward dog” pose (booty high in the air)rocking back and forth. Now that he is able to get around more and more, he is also getting hurt more often. I try my best to keep him on the carpet, but he likes to be on the hardwood floor. He loses his balance, flops over and hits his head with a big thud. I try to catch him, but I can’t always move fast enough. He boohoos after he gets hurt and Mommy cuddles him til he feels better (which is the only time he will cuddle!). Needless to say, we are babyproofing as much as we can, including changing out our coffee table. He likes to play with his toys, particularly his books and his shape sorter, but mostly he just chews on things. He really prefers to play with non-toy items like iphones, remotes, magazines, shoes, etc. He is drawn to things he shouldn’t play with like wires, the fireplace, and tables he can pull over on himself (that hasn’t happend yet…the table is going to get moved soon). He definitely keeps me on my toes. I can no longer leave him unattended, even for a second, so the play pen is about to become our best friend (sorry buddy but sometimes Mommy has to tinkle). Liam is ALL boy. He loves to play rough with his Daddy. He likes being thrown in the air, crashed into pillows, pushed over on the bed, etc. He gets the biggest smiles and little giggles playing rough with Daddy. He is getting so heavy that it is hard for me to fly him around in the air! He is babbling some as well. It goes through spurts where he will talk alot and then he is quiet for a while. He is saying “mamamama” and “lalalala” now. He doesn’t say “dadadada” and “bababa” anymore.

Sleep: Little man is still sleeping well and I could not be more thankful. He sleeps from about 9:00 pm to 7:00-7:30 am. He has been waking up a little early the last couple of weeks (around 6:00-6:30), but I give him a paci and he immediately falls back to sleep. I probably should let him cry it out, but the paci works without tears. I don’t know what is causing him to wake early some days. We have started stretching out his wake time from 1.5 hours to 2 hours. It seems to be working ok. He is now napping from 9:00am-11:00 am, 1:00pm- 2:30 or 3:00pm, 4:30-5:30pm, and a short nap from 7:30-8:15pm. He is taking all his naps in the crib (when we are at home during nap time) now instead of the swing, except the last catnap! I was concerned about the transition to the crib, but I just started moving one nap a day to the crib until they were all in the crib. He really didn’t seem to care and probably gets much more rest (hm…maybe that is why he is waking up earlier in the morning). Sometimes he takes a paci during his nap and sometimes he doesn’t. He usually falls alseep without it, but sometimes wakes up after 45 minutes and I give him a paci and he falls back to sleep. We don’t do pacis at night.

Diet: Breastmilk and solids! He nurses 5 times a day for an average of 15 minutes. His first morning and bedtime nursing sessions are the longest. He now has TWO teeth! They came in about two weeks apart! The first one I didn’t even know he was getting a tooth until it appeared! They are the cutest little teeth I’ve ever seen. He is eating 3 meals a day. Last month he decided he didn’t want to eat solids anymore, so I just offered them and if he didn’t eat, we moved on with the day. Since we got back from our vacation he he has been eating pretty well at each meal. We introduced yogurt for breakfast last week and he seems to like it alot. His favorite food is sweet potatoes. He also enjoys pears and peaches. This month I need to work on introducing more foods. We also started with some finger foods this month. He has had Mum Mums (rice husks), yogurt drops, and puffs (like cheerioes made with veggies and fruit). He likes the Mum Mums, but isn’t too sure about the yogurt drops or puffs. The Mum Mums are a huge, sticky mess so I haven’t given him very many. Giving him sthese true solid foods makes me a nervous wreck. My heart just pounds every time I give him something because I am so afraid he is going to choke. I know they dissolve quickly, but I still can’t get over my fear (another reason I don’t give him much of it).

Outings: Liam is my side-kick every where I go! He has rarely been out of my care in his 7 months of life. His Mimmie watched him a lot while we were in Destin last month, but otherwise, he is with me. He is starting to ride in the shopping cart instead of staying in his carrier and that has been fun for him. He just looks around everywhere!

Clothes: Mostly 6-9 months or 6-12 month clothing. He can still wear some 3-6 month clothing if it is a brand that runs big. We were pretty well stocked with clothes through the summer, but the kid has just about outgrown all his clothes (or they will soon be out of season) so Mom has got to do some shopping!

Postpartum: I am doing well. I have recently been suffering with really bad back pain. I don’t know if it is residual pain from pregnancy or from toting around a growing baby. I am to the point where I can’t get the carrier out of the car with him in it. I also have been suffering with thrush for the past couple of weeks (it hit on our trip). I have had three bouts of mastitis and now thrush. I would say thrush is much more painful. I’m on meds and really hoping they work ASAP.

Special Events: This month he went on a big road trip with us! We went to Charolette, Savannah, Hilton Head Island, and Charleston. It was a LOT for a baby (heck it was a lot of us too) and he did beautifully. He was wonderful in the car and never fussed a bit. He was perfect when we were sightseeing around town. He lounged around the pool with us in Hilton Head and enjoyed checking out the beach! It was probably the third best week of my life (after his first week of life and our honeymoon)! He saw his first horse, rode on his first trolley, and got lots of attention from strangers. A perfect trip!

Liam, Mom and Dad love you SO much, more than you will ever know. You have brought so much joy and happiness into our lives. We are constantly in awe of you and all that you do. You can completely melt us with one look. You have so many different smiles and we often argue over which is the cutest smile. You are so funny and you love to make us smile. I love that I can read your mind and the looks on your face. You are so expressive and what you are thinking is usually all over your face. I love how determined you are and that you look so proud when you learn something new. I cannot get over how truly amazing you are. We are so proud of you and we are so blessed to call you our son.

“I’ll love you forever, I’ll like you for always, as long as I’m living, my baby you’ll be.”

Happy Half Birthday – 6 month update

18 Jul

I cannot believe that Liam is 6 months old today! It makes me so sad how quickly his infancy and babyhood is going by. I already have pangs of regret, feeling as though I didn’t hold him and rock him enough when he was tiny baby, and that I took that time for granted. I know at the time I was doing the best I could and spent every waking hour with him, but it still doesn’t seem as though it was enough! The time just flew by so fast and I totally underestimated how quickly they grow up. But, I cannot relive those early weeks, so I am trying to focus on each day and making the most of my time with this sweet baby boy.

Weight: I have no idea what he weighs right now, but he is getting so heavy. He weighed almost 16 lbs at 4 months so I predict he is about 18 lbs. We go for his 6 month check up on the 29th so we will know for sure then. Everyone that sees him and asks his age always comments on what a big baby he is. He has been a “solid” baby since he was born, but is starting to look a little chubbier now. His face has really filled out, which means more cheeks to kiss!

Temperament: Oh he is such a happy, easy-going baby and I am so thankful for that! He is happy wherever he is and just seems “along for the ride.” He almost never cries. He has stopped crying in the car when we go out by ourselves (thank goodness). He does “whine” at the house when he is ready to do something different or if I don’t get him out of the crib when he is awake in the morning, but no actual crying. He has been to Arkansas, California, and Florida now and hasn’t seemed to mind a bit that he is out of his element (or time zone). He was great in the car on our trip to FL. He slept most of the ride and would wake up to eat and play a little. We can keep him up past his bedtime if we need to (for dinners out and such) and he doesn’t mind a bit. He smiles at us (and the dogs) all the time and is starting to laugh at us a little. He LOVES attention and loves it when we play games with him. He is a little ham too. When other people are around, he really shows off all his tricks and tries new tricks! For example, when my parents visited early in the month he decided he was going to try balancing sitting up by himself, which he had never tried before. But, he is also happy to play by himself too. He can sit with a toy and play with it for 20 straight minutes if he is in the right mood. He will study every inch of it! He is such a determined baby. I can usually tell exactly what he is trying to do and love to watch him work tirelessly until he accomplishes his goal. He grunts like he is working really hard on a new trick (like crawling and sitting). Sometimes he gets frustrated with his toys and makes another mad grunting noise. He is quite the risk-taker. When sitting up, he will just put his arms out and fall backwards or sideways to get back down to his belly. It scares me every time because I’m afraid he will be hurt, but he just lights up with a big smile like it was SO fun! Words I would use to describe Liam this month are happy, determined, smart, brave, and laid back.

Activity: He said “dada” this month! he also said “baba” and many other babbles! Daddy moved hearing “dada” even though Liam doesn’t know what it means yet. His big accomplishment this month is sitting up unassisted! He can sit for 15-20 minutes (or longer if he wants) with no support. He looks like such a big boy sitting up. He also learned how to go from his belly to sitting, but has only done it twice so far. He is also getting up on all fours and rocking back and forth (working on crawling). So far he is only moving backwards. He gets up on his hands and knees and pushes backwards back down to his belly. He will get it figured out soon though. He can spin around on his belly to see and go whatever he wants. He is doing a “bridge” or “plank” where he sticks his bottom way up in the air on his tippy toes and it is so cute. He rarely lays on his back. Now that he has gained some mobility, he is starting to get into things. He has gotten into the dog bowls, the magazine rack, dog bed, and the items under the coffee table! He has made it from the den to the kitchen table. He usually likes to drag around a toy (Sophie, the Fish book, or his lamb) with him. He has played with the same toys so much that I think he is getting bored with them sometimes. He knows exactly where all the parts to grab are in his Fluffy Chick book as soon as I turn to that page (like the piggy tail and the good wing). I need to get another book like it to keep him interested. He also got a jumper this month from his Nana and Papa. He enjoys it for short stints (about 15 minutes at at time). He doesn’t jump all the much in it though, just likes to stand and play with the toys. He likes to play “ride a little horsey” and smiles so big when he “falls” him down. He took his first ride in the shopping cart at the grocery store just yesterday. He seemed amazed by all the colors and people. He looked around with big eyes the whole time.

Sleep: Most of the month he slept from 9:30 pm to 7:00 am. We are trying to move up his bedtime, but it is a slow going process (for us, not him). With his feedings, making and cleaning up dinner, and bath time, it is just hard to get him down much sooner. It is nice with him having a later bedtime because we can still go out to dinner with friends. But, everything I’ve read said he should be going to be before 8. So, we are working on it. I think it will be easier in the fall when it starts getting dark earlier. He is still napping in the swing, but I am going to try to transition him to the crib this month. When we are at home he typically naps from 9 am- 11:00 am, from 1:00 pm- 2:30 or 3:00 pm, 4:30-6:00 pm, and 7:30-8:30 pm. The late afternoon naps are getting shorter and shorter by the day. His optimal wake time is about 1.5 hours in the morning and 1.75 hours in the afternoon. He does just fine if we are out and about all day though. He doesn’t nap well when we are out, but it doesn’t impact his night sleep. Sometimes he gets a little fussy if he misses several naps.

Diet: Breastmilk and solids! He is loving pears, butternut squash, sweet potatoes, bananas, and prunes. He isn’t loving, but has tried, green beans, sweet peas, and avocado (apparently he has something against green). This month he is going to try zucchini, peaches, carrots, pumpkin, to name a few. He is eating solids 3 times a day and nursing 5 times a day. Hooray for making it to 6 months breastfeeding! The plan is to keep going as long as we can. It is getting more challenging as his body gets bigger, stronger, and heavier!

Outings: We take Liam everywhere (except the movies, which we are really really missing). He does great shopping and dining with us. He just takes in the sights and chills. As I mentioned, we traveled to Destin, FL and he did wonderful in the car and all week. Early in the month we were getting out nearly every day as I gathered up stuff for our beach trip and he did great. Since we got back we have barely gotten out (except on weekends) at all. He seems ok either way.

Clothes: He is definitely getting more and more wear out of his clothes now. His clothes sizes are all over the board depending on the brand. He is wearing 6-9 month sleepers from Children’s place, baby Gap, and Circo to sleep in. He is barely fitting in 6 month onesises. He can still wear some 3-6 month stuff from baby gap, Janie and Jack, and Gymboree, but the 6-9 or 6-12 month sizes fit too.

Postpartum- I am doing really well. I feel like my emotions are all over the place this month as my hormones are still trying to regulate. I’ve cried more this month than I have the whole time (happy cries, sad cries, and mad cries!). My c-section scar is not doing well. It is turning into a keloid (raised, red scar) and so I’m using steroid cream on it, which doesn’t seem to be helping. It is still itchy too. My body is basically back to pre-pregnancy. My mid section is still a bit wider and my skin is still looser, but I can wear all my pre-pregnancy pants now. I’m just feel like a big sack of loose skin and I’ve lost all muscle tone. I’m going to try to start working out now that my milk supply should be pretty well established. It is just hard to find the time. The gym we are going to join (the YMCA) has 2 hours of free childcare while you exercise, so I may try that at some point. I just don’t want to expose Liam to a bunch of kid germs. But, I think it would be good for him to be around other adults and kids (especially since he is getting a little clingy to Mommy). I am wanting to find some Mom groups to join. I find that being a stay at home mom gets pretty lonely. I go 10 hours a day most days without any conversation with adults. I think there are a lot of misconceptions and mis-understandings of SAHMs, but that is for another post.

Special Events: We took our first family vacation to Destin, FL. I was so looking forward to taking our son to Destin, a place that we both vacationed every summer as children. We truly came full circle. We both have so many memories there and it was so neat to be experiencing it with our own son. The trip was a bit of a mess between rain, storms, flooding and electricity issues, but we managed to make the best of it (and left two days early). It was nice just to get away from Nashville for a few days. My in-laws joined us on the trip and took great care of Liam. He loved spending time with them and was so happy while we were there. Mommy and Daddy got to go out to breakfast one day and lunch another day without the little guy too (missed him every second, but it was nice to be just the two of us for an hour or so). Liam was not too sure about the sand or the ocean water, but he did seem to enjoy the pool (the two times he got to swim anyway). He took one nap on the beach and it was so sweet! We didn’t get any family pictures due to the rain out and I’m still really upset about it.

Liam, in the short time you have been with us, you have managed to completely capture our hearts and rocked our world. You have brought us so much joy, happiness, and light into our lives. I fall more in love with you every single day and I don’t even know how that is possible. I dreamed of you and longed for you my whole life, and to have you here in my arms is a feeling I cannot describe. We have loved every second of watching you grow and learn. You amaze us each and every day. I smother you with kisses all day long. I can never get enough of them. When your Dad gets home from work, he tries to make up for all the kisses he missed out on during the day. He told you last night that while he is at work, he will get out of his phone and look through pictures of you because he misses you so much. I hope that you will always know how much we love you.

“I’ll love you forever, I’ll like you for always, as long as I’m living, my baby you’ll be.” (Tears)

Happy 6 months Baby Liam!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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