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I am a 29 year old teacher of fourth grade. My husband and I began TTC in March of 2008. We conceived our first month, but unfortunately it only ended in an early miscarriage. 8 months later we finally conceived again, and she was our take-home baby! Norah Jane was born on July 16, 2009. 7lbs 0oz 19" long and amazing. We recently had our sweet baby boy, Miles! He was born on June 12, 2013 at 3:37pm, weighing in at 8lbs 4oz, 20 inches long, and PERFECT! We are loving every minute of parenthood (even the frustrating minutes!). This blog is an attempt to chronicle the baby steps, foot steps, leaps, bounds, and milestones of this journey.

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

New Years Eve 2013

Two years ago tonight I wrote this post. In it I had some resolutions and hopes for 2012. I know that was 2 years ago, but let's review:

From December 31st, 2011: 
We had a really great Christmas with just the three of us. I hope that next year I will be expecting another little one on during the Christmas season!

So speaking of next year, I have a few resolutions:
1. I want to be healthier. Ideally I would like to lose 20 lbs before we start TTC, but mostly I just want to be healthier in what I eat and how often I exercise.
2. I want to be more organized. I am sure Pintrest will help me with this.
3. I want to become closer to God. I want my faith to be stronger, so I'm going to work on it.

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We WERE expecting a little one during the Christmas of 2012! He arrived on June 12, 2013! Miles is such a blessing to our family. I love how we planned for him, desired for him to be here, and waited for him. He's amazing. 

Resolution Review: 
1. Eh, I did NOT lose 20lbs before we TTC. Whatevs. 
2. I actually am a bit more organized than I was back then. I DO attribute some of it to Pinterest. I have a few more organization ideas in my head as well. Particularly in the kitchen cabinets. 
3. This is an ongoing process for me. Growing a baby and giving birth lets me KNOW there is a God and I understand to the best of my ability that he loves us even more than I love my babies. I am going to continue to work on this though. Probably forever. 


So, now that we're headed into 2014... what are my resolutions this year?

1. Become more financially smart. I am stupid with money sometimes, and I don't want to be. I want to ask myself before spending, "Do we NEED this?" I would love to have the truck paid off at the end of next year, or even June 2015, and I would seriously love to put a HUGE dent in our student loans. 

2. One sweet a week. Daniel and I are trying this one together. Aside of major holidays (not made up ones by me!), we intend to only have one dessert/sweet item a week. We both want to rid our bodies of their dependence on sugar. 

3. I truly would like to lose 10lbs. Honestly, I'd like to lose 20, but that's a stretch with this tiny baby that I have. Gonna work towards it, and hopefully make it! 


So those are my three resolutions for 2014. I hope that I can attain them, especially the 1st one. I want to build our savings and stop being so incredibly stupid with our money. 

Now I am going to go finish the rest of my New Years Eve. The kids are both in bed, Daniel had his annual party with the kids at the gym tonight, so I am all alone (well, except for Ollie). Going to watch Scandal and eat a puff pastry dessert! 


**Reminders of what to write about:
-Miles is getting tubes
-ANOTHER ear infection today
-Thrush (ugh...ugh...)
-Jana and Dan's visit with the kids
-Christmas 2013! 

Thursday, December 19, 2013

I'm going to try and update a bit.

I have a little bit of time to write right now, so I'm going to try and update a little bit. Hmm, where do I begin?!

Let's see... Miles is 6 months old now! I posted his stats from his doctor's appointment in my last post. He is doing really well, and he is super chunky! I have made an appointment for his consult with the ENT surgeon so that he can get the tubes placed as soon as possible. As if his ear stuff wasn't enough, Norah's ear infections will not go away. We just saw a ton o nasty drainage coming out of her ear last night. Ugh. I'm so tired of the ear stuff-- I just want them to feel better.

He's some of Miles' likes and dislikes:
-He LOVES baths! My  favorite part about his baths is that he will be sitting, then, with my hand behind his head of course, he throws himself backwards into the water. Once he gets there, he gets the biggest smile on his face that I swear means, "YES! I did it!" Then he proceed to kick and splash with his hands and feet over and over and over again. He smiles and laughs the whole time. It's so precious. When he gets out of the bath, he lets me wrap him up and he giggles. I blow on his belly once he's on his changing table-- he loves it.

-He HATES getting medicine of any kind. With Norah, she would take the medicine with no problem if it tasted good. It doesn't matter what it tastes like, he gags and makes himself throw up every time we give him medicine. We have to put it in the side of his cheek just to get it in him.

-He loves playing on anything piano-esq. We have the Fisher Price Kick and Play piano that we got when he was like two months old. He loved it so much when he was super tiny. Now that he can sit up (yay!!), we switched the piano to be in a seated position, and he loves that too! When we were in Toys r Us shopping for Christmas presents, I handed him a little tykes xylophone piano thing. No batteries, just dinging. He did not stop playing with it the entire time we were in Toys R Us. So of course, we bought it. I still have it in the package, because I really do want it to be one of his Christmas presents, but we still let him play with it too, and he still really gets into it!

-He LOVES Mickey Mouse. Norah did too when she was that age. If he is freaking out in the car, in a store, at home, etc. we can put on Mickey Mouse Clubhouse and he is instantly calmed. It has saved us in several situations. We also have a stuffed Mickey Mouse that he looks at with eyes of pure amazement. I swear I can hear him saying, "Oh my goodness, Mickey is HERE!!" We have some Mickey PJs for him that he is so cute in. I need to get a picture.

-He LOVES being naked. The second that diaper comes off during a diaper change, he contorts his body and gets those feet in his mouth. He looks so happy as if he is the freest person in the world. I love it.

-He hates being swaddled. We haven't swaddled him for bed in a long time, but I used to do a loose swaddle on him while I nursed him. He hates it. He wants his arms free.

-He loves the jumperoo and the exersaucer, but only for about 10 minutes, MAX!

-He loves Ollie, just like Norah did. He sees Ollie and a huge smile busts across his face instantly. It's wonderful.

-He has no teeth yet, but he is drooling like crazy. He's also chewing on his hands all day long. I expect they will come in around 8 1/2 months, just like Norah. I hear it is genetic.

-He babbles so much, "Screams", blows disgusting spit bubbles all of the time, and laughs all of the time.

I LOVE this chunky baby of mine!



Norah is also doing wonderfully. She has a Christmas performance at school tomorrow, and I'm so excited about it. She has a speaking part! :) I am so proud of her, too. She is reading and reading! I cannot get over how unbelievably smart, beautiful, and kind she is. That's another post-- I gotta run!

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Things I need to write about when I find time...

  • Miles is SIX months old now!!
    • Miles at 6 months:
      18.8lbs- 75th %tile
      26 3/4"- 60th percentile 
      Head... welllllllll.... 93rd percentile. We went up from 90.  

      When his doctor looked in his ears and just sighed while saying, "We're going to need tubes." I knew it was coming. He's already had 3 double ear infections, and she said that there was SO much fluid stuck behind his eardrum in both ears. In her words, "This is all just his anatomy-- just like Norah's was." 

      She expressed concern that if we don't get tubes soon, he may have a speech problem because of the way he is hearing through the fluid. Needless to say, I am scheduling an appointment with ENT asap. 

      Otherwise, he's perfect, and he did SOO well with his shots.
  • I MADE IT TO SIX MONTHS OF BREASTFEEDING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    • This is HUGE! I had to stop at 5 months 3 weeks with Norah because I got Mastitis so badly, then got thrush immediately afterward. This time I have had both, along with a MILLION clogged ducts, along with having part of my nipple cut off, along with a whole lot of hassle. BUT, I am still exclusively breast feeding. Miles has not had a drop of formula yet. I am trying to continue to my next milestone, which is nine months. We'll see how it goes. I'm just SO happy I made it to 6... I truly never thought I would. 
  • Norah is amazing, wonderful, perfect, and fantastic--- but she also has a huge attitude at times. I guess with any 4 year old that is true. :) 
  • She told me today a few things:
    • "Mama, did you know that if you pull on a cow's wee wee, then you will get milk?! I learned that from The Fox and the Hound." ::cue a talk about udders!::
    • "Mama, I want a princess party for my 5th birthday, but no dragons. They are scary!"
  • Norah still LOVES Miles, and he LOVE LOVE LOVES her. I could not have asked for a better bond. 

I'm sure there's other stuff that I need to write about, but I can't think now. I'm way too tired. Miles doesn't sleep--- that's another thing I need to write about! :) 

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

My Grammie.

My Grammie is 90. She will be 91 this year. Five years ago she was diagnosed with stage 4 breast cancer. She fought it, and she won!

But then yesterday happened. She wasn't feeling well the night before, so when she still felt awfully the next day, she called 911 and the ambulance took her to the hospital. She got CT Scan, and it showed that there was swelling on her brain. The doctors said that they would take a more in-depth MRI today. They did.

They found 2 tumors on her brain. :( My Grammie... my sweet, precious, loveable, wonderful, beautiful Grammie has brain cancer.

I am praying so hard that somehow the tumors are benign and that she will live another 10 years. I love her so much. She is such a joy to be around. She's so funny, she's kind, she's always pronounced my name "Jen-a-fuh" because of her thick Boston accent. I love her. I wish I could be with her right now.

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

I really wasn't going to give solids this early.

Miles is 4 months and 3 weeks old. I had planned on not giving him solids until he was about 6 months old. I have only a few bibs, I have no spoons, no cute bowls, no cereal or purees  bought...nothing. Last night though, on a whim, my plans changed.

Miles is being a TERRIBLE sleeper again.  Don't know what it is, maybe the ear infections, maybe the four month sleep regression...who knows. The day before yesterday was awful. It was Sunday, and he napped a total of 20 minutes throughout the day. By the time it was bedtime, he was exhausted. Not to mention that it was daylight savings day, and we had to set our clocks back. So that night, I figured he would sleep forever. Nope. He slept for two hours, then woke up screaming. It was awful. Then he woke up about every twenty to forty minutes throughout the rest of the night. He woke up for the day at 5:40. Daniel called me at 7:45 when I was at school, and miles was screaming his head off. It was so sad to hear. Daniel didn't know what to do. He said that he had tried everything, but he couldn't get miles to calm down. I told him to give him a bath and see if he could calm down. I know what was wrong with him, he was over tired. He was exhausted. Daniel said that he fell right to sleep after his bath. Poor baby. I fully expected him to sleep a lot at school, but he didn't. He took a 40 minute nap, and that's it. Sigh...

That brings me to last night. I had to change something up. So, I looked at my desk, and on there was a bag of infant cereals-- lots of varieties. My sister in law had brought them over for me on Sunday because she knew I'd use them soon. I mixed up a tiny bit in a target dollar spot bee bowl, found a soft pink spoon from when Norah was a tiny, and gave him some. He was taken aback at first, but after four bites, he knew just what to do, and he ate much more than I expected him to. After I fed him about 10 or so real bites, I nursed him, and put him to bed.

Then he slept until 7am.

 Have no clue if the two were related, or if he was just so tired that he conked out, but I don't care. He slept, and that means I slept. I needed it, and so did he. He woke up happy, smiling, cooing, talking... It was wonderful. I had been so tired that I fell asleep while watching a movie with Norah at 7:45pm. I was woken up by Daniel at 11 when he told me I should go to bed. He had put Norah to bed, washed the bottles, cleaned up the dinner stuff, and even convinced me to wait until morning to pump. Lol...when I did pump in the morning, it took me 45 minutes to pump, and I got 16 ounces! 16 in one sitting!

Tonight I may try to give him some cereal again. We'll see how it goes. I wasn't really ready to give it to him yet, but it seems that he is ready. Here we go...

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Ugh...Ear Infections.

I was really hoping that we were going to dodge the ear infections with Miles, unlike we did with Norah, but so far, no luck. Miles got a double ear infection a few weeks ago. I talked about it in a previous post. I was so thankful that he got on antibiotics, and I just knew that it would go away in a matter of days.

Again, no luck.

He got the nice, pink, bubblegum tasting medicine, and he would take it fine in the morning and in the evening. We went back for us check up, and he still and them. Ugh. So then we had to start a more potent antibiotic-- augmentin. HE HATES IT. Like hates it, with an undying passion. He spits it and refuses it. He leaves it in his cheek so just when you think that he swallowed it, he spits it back out at you.


So frustrating. So here we are, seven days into the antibiotic, and he is hopefully getting better. We have to take him back soon to make sure that it is gone. I really hope it is.


Saturday, October 19, 2013

4 Month Doctor's Appointment!

Miles had his 4 month well-baby check up. I had a very frustrating time trying to get the appointment. I set up one months ago, but then we decided to go out of town, so I had to cancel. Well, Miles had also been to the doctor last Friday (literally one business day before his appointment), and his doctor wanted to do a follow-up because he had a double ear infection and bronchitis. :( So, when I called to reschedule, the lady was super rude and said that his doctor didn't have anything available until November. So I said, "You want my baby to have his 4 month appointment when he is 5 1/2 months old?" She said, "Well, they don't do physicals all day. They can only do a certain amount each day." Didn't answer my question. So she said that she could get me in for his sick appointment follow-up next week. I said, "Um... can we just do his physical at the same time they check his ears?" Apparently I asked for the MOON there, because that was just impossible.

So, I ended up taking the sick appointment for this past Thursday. At the appointment I just happened to have my favorite nurse there. She is amazing, and she loves us too. So I said, "Is there annnny way we can just do his physical right now, too so I don't have to come back?" She went back and forth, but eventually said, "You'd better be glad I like ya'll so much!" Then they did his physical. :)

So... Drumroll for the percentiles!

Length- 75th! Waaaaaaay taller than Norah ever was!
Weight- 75th! Chunky butt!
Head- 90th! We went DOWN from 98th! YEAH! :)

The ear infections are on their way out. Just got to finish the meds. His doctor said that he looks perfect. :) He just played and cooed and talked and was happy the whole time!

...then the shots came.

Sigh.

I held him down. That was the very first time I did that for either of my kids. It was better than not holding him, I think. I was able to comfort him. He had to get FIVE shots. Five separate shots. :( It was awful, but he stopped crying within 30 seconds. He was a trooper.

I was told to wait closer to 6 months to give him solids, which I was going to do anyway. I told her I was going to skip cereal altogether. She was totally cool with that. I was also told that at 6 months, we could try to reintroduce dairy to see if he is still reacting. I so so so hope not. I miss cheese!


That's all for now! I need to write soon about our 6 year wedding anniversary trip! It was SO fun!

Saturday, October 12, 2013

4 Months Old!

I can't believe there's only been 2 posts between my 3 months and this one. I hate getting behind on blogging because I really do consider it a priority. Here's some choppy things I want to remember:

*I spoke too soon in my "Sleep" post. He started waking up 3-7 times a night for several nights in a row. Don't know why. Then he went back to sleeping mostly through the night for the last two nights. He will wake up between 4:30-6:30 to eat, then go back to sleep for about 2-3 more hours. It's awesome.

*Miles has bronchitis and an ear infection (his 1st one) right now. He's had a fever for three weeks straight. It won't last all day, but every day he has one. It is usually around the 100.7 range, but sometimes gets up to 101.2. I took him to the doctor twice in those 2 weeks, and they couldn't see anything wrong with him. Yesterday, when he woke up with a ton of eye drainage, I took him in again. Fortunately his actual doctor got to see him. She immediately diagnosed him and put him on antibiotics. I'm so thankful they finally found something. I just want him to feel better. He's had this cold for forever it seems.

*Norah gave Dr. Ragsdale a huge hug when she walked into the room. It was so sweet. I love our pediatrician and all of her nurses. They are wonderful.



Ok, so Miles is 4 months old now!
He is adorable, wonderful, chubby, and so sweet.
His smile melts my heart.
He laughs like crazy if I kiss his neck really fast.
He is eating 6oz bottles at daycare, which is insane. I can hardly keep up.
He is still exclusively breastfed, still hasn't had a drop of formula, but it is still a VERY hard road.
He loves his exersaucer. We have to put a blanket behind him so that he doesn't fall over. :)
He LOVES sitting in a high chair-- at home and at school.


I'm going to put his stats up on Monday after his appointment. Until then.. gotta go sew. Got orders to fill!

Monday, October 7, 2013

Mastitis.

It's a good thing I love Miles... this is the worst.

On Wednesday night, I was fine. Totally normal. On Thursday morning I woke up with the most painful clogged duct ever. It felt like a horrible bruise, not like a regular clogged duct. I was up at 5:30, so I nursed Miles and put him back to bed. The clog was still there. So I went to the pump. From 5:47 to 7:05 I tried to get the clog out with no luck. I cried and cried because of how painful it was, then I went to school.

Thankfully I had already taken a half day off because my parents were coming into town and I needed to pick them up at the airport. I felt horrible at school, and it took everything I had just to make it to 11:30. I called my OB and made an appointment to come in as soon as I left. I definitely suspected mastitis at this point since I was just getting worse and worse.

By the time I got to the doctor, I was miserable. I was almost in tears in the waiting room, and I was absolutely in tears in the doctor's office. As soon as she came in I started crying, and I couldn't stop. I was in so much pain. I was also so worried (and still am) that this was going to turn into thrush. Mastitis + Thrush were the things that caused me to stop breastfeeding Norah at 6 months. I don't want to stop at 3 1/2 with Miles. She took a look and said that she definitely thinks I have mastitis. She gave me a 10 day supply of antibiotics and combined it with a 14 day supply of Diflucan to combat Thrush. I am also taking a ton of probiotics in hope that it won't develop into full-on thrush. I just can't handle that. She also gave me a prescription for APNO, which I was so thankful for. I am hoping that it helps with the constant nipple pain.

So I came home, pumped, then left to get the kids from daycare and go pick up Moo Moo and Papa at the airport. By this time I'm not sure how I was functioning. They got here, and once I got home with them I just about passed out. Thankfully Miles was wonderful. Everyone ended up going to get some dinner for a while and left me at home with Miles. I was able to just chill for a bit. They got home around 8:45 and I went to bed. That's when everything went bad.

I got the chills super badly (just like I did with Norah), so Daniel put his massive sleeping bag on top of me in bed. Then after about 30 minutes of sleeping, I got super hot and nauseated. I threw up twice, and spent most of the night willing myself to not throw up again. The antibiotic coming back up tasted horribly. My head felt like it was splitting into two the entire night. It was absolutely miserable. Daniel did everything he could to help me, but there wasn't much he could do. Miles needed to be nursed twice during the night, so Daniel went and got him for me, which helped a ton. He also got me water and a cold rag for my head in the middle of the night at some point. I was in so much pain.

The next day (Friday), I needed sleep. I slept as often as I could while my mom cared for Miles. She woke me when he needed to eat, and then I'd go right back to sleep. I was useless on Friday. I slept almost the entire day. Towards the evening though, I started to feel a little bit better. When I went to bed for the night, I was praying that I wouldn't have a night like I had the night before. Thankfully, I didn't. Miles slept ok-- he woke up 2 times, and both times Daniel brought him to me, which helped tremendously. Mostly though, I got a decent night's sleep.

I began to feel a whole lot better on Saturday, and by Sunday I was back to myself. I couldn't believe how awful the whole experience was. I remember it being bad with Norah (Christmas Day was spent in the ER), but I just sucked.

**Fun fact: On Sunday, while I was boiling the parts of the bottles, I managed to get boiling water right below my nipple and all over my stomach. My stomach didn't burn, but my boob was a 2nd degree burn at least. Sigh... I can't be trusted around hot liquids.

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Sleep.

Wahoo!!!!!!!!!!!! Miles slept through the night last night!! For the first time since before I even had him, I  was able to sleep from 11pm to 6am without interruption! It was everything I thought it would be and more! Much more... I woke up in a TON of breastmilk! When I had to get up for work, Miles still wasn't awake, so I went ahead and put in my contacts and brushed my teeth. While I was doing so, milk was practically pouring out of both sides. I had to put a towel on the floor because of how bad it was!

But... it was worth it. Sleep is great!

Let's talk about his sleeping. I fear that if I do talk about it, it will change, but hopefully not! Miles is a ::whispers:: decent sleeper. :) He usually goes to bed around 6:45pm, and he usually wakes once to eat before I have to get up for work (around 6:00am). It's great. Of course, I'm still breastfeeding, so only I can get up with him, but it works. Last night was even better!

Things Miles needs for sleeping:
-a good swaddle. We use The Miracle Blanket. It has been worth every bit of $30.
http://www.amazon.com/Miracle-Blanket-Baby-Swaddling-Blue/dp/B000G0KQWQ/ref=sr_1_3?s=baby-products&ie=UTF8&qid=1380646146&sr=1-3&keywords=miracle+blanket

-His seahorse.

Seriously... Fisher Price knows what they're doing. Every night he stares at this thing in wonder. Norah had one too, We bought one for our niece, Scarlett, and she used it all the time, and now Miles has one. So worth it.

- -Sound machine. We have a homedics sound spa, and we leave it on the waterfall setting at the loudest level. Love it.



Naps are tricky. I don't have a set nap schedule, so I don't really know if he is a good napper or not. He always takes a longer nap in the morning (avg 1.5hours), and a few naps here and there during the daytime.

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

3 Months Old!




My sweet baby boy is 3 months old! I am shocked that it's been three months since he's been on this Earth, but then again, I feel like he's been here forever!

Here's a few facts about him at 3 months:

-he hates hates hates tummy time. I've been trying to help him strengthen his arms and chest, but he just hates it. 3-5 minutes and he is done.
- He has the most beautiful blue eyes. I just love them. :)
- He is a Master Drooler. Holy wow, the amount of drool coming out of this boy's mouth is unbelivable. I know he's not teething-- but he is so wet!
- He is in 3-6 and 6 month clothing. He's a big boy. I don't know how much he weighs exactly, but he is a chunk!
-He has lost some of his hair since birth, but not all of it.
- He laughs! His laughs are adorable! He, of course, thinks I am the funniest person in the whole world! I love it!!
- He thinks the hot air balloon mobile that I made for above his changing table is hilarious, too.
- He loves bathtime.
-He loves outside.
-He loves Norah so so so much. (And Norah loves him!)
-He is batting at things, grabbing things, and talking to things all of the time. :)
-We're still dairy/caesin free... sigh. I miss cheese so much. I miss ice cream. I miss butter! Oh well. Not too much longer-- just 9 more months!
-His sleeping habits are better. He goes to bed around 6:45 and typically wakes once before I get up for work, usually around 1:30am.

That's it for now. I'm so exhausted.

He's my perfect tiny.

Saturday, September 7, 2013

Nearly 2 weeks since my last post!

Goodness gracious, I need to update.

I've been busy. Like, crazy busy.

School of course has taken back over my life. Since returning after maternity leave, it has gone fairly well. I love love love my class this year. They still seem like and act like kids, which is different from most years. Most years they come in already knowing way too much about things they shouldn't know about, and then they act like awful teenagers. This group though, so far, so good.

School is terribly overwhelming though. I, of course, had to catch up on everything that I missed while I was out. Catching up on a bajillion things when you continuously have things added to your to-do list is impossible. Meetings, meetings, and more meetings. I can't remember the last time I had a planning period to myself. Oh, and because we are overcrowed as a school (after ONE year of being open we had to get portables!), the special-area teachers (except for PE) have to come into our classrooms to do specials. So, on the rare occasion that I do  get a planning period to myself, I can't even be in my classroom to work on the things I need to work on! Ugh.. I have been staying up there until 4:45 or so most days to try and get stuff done, but this past week, Miles was/is sick with this awful cold, so I could't stay. I had to get home and take care of him.

Because our planning periods have been completely taken over by meetings, I had to find another time to pump. I feel like it's beyond ridiculous that I have to work around that insane meeting schedule just so I can pump, but whatever. I came up with a good plan, though. I pump during recess. My kids go to recess every day, which they love, and one of the other 4th grade teachers brings them in. So far it is working, but I am quite worried about what will happen in the winter when it is too cold to go outside. We'll figure it.

Another thing that I've been busy with is making these bibs and hats for my Etsy shop. www.etsy.com/norahandollie . My red caterpillar bib has been insanely popular, so I've been making them like crazy. I even had a lady ask for an order of 6 of them so that she could give them as favors at her 1year old's birthday party. I thought that that was adorable. I was making the Monster hats that I made for Norah's 4th birthday party, but the amount of orders became crazy overwhelming, so I had to stop. Seriously, I was getting orders nearly every day, and I just could not keep up with them. I ended up taking the listing down, and filling my remaining orders, vowing to never sell them again. Too much spray paint. I will say that the amount of $ I got from those hats slightly supplemented my unpaid maternity leave.

After I made all of that, my dad asked me to make an adult male sized tutu for his boss. Apparently my dad's boss made a bet with him that he couldn't do $300,000 worth of sales in one month, and that if he did, he'd wear a tutu around the waiting room and serve everyone free hotdogs. Well, my dad made it, and his boss lived up to his bet.


The tutu came out fairly well, especially considering I'd never made one before. I was able to get a nice satin waistband around it, which made me happy. It looked professional and complete. 

So what about the kids??

Norah: 
Norah is every bit of amazing. She is learning to read at an incredible rate. Of course she is learning at school. I am not in love with her teacher this year (I feel that she is a little too strict with 4 year olds), but she seems to still be learning. We also practice a lot at home. We read to her nearly every night, and I also work with her reading sentences like this: 

It's hard to see, but I write a sentence on the window, and then she circles the words that she knows. We work on words she doesn't know. It's fantastic. She loves doing it. :) 

She has recently been having bad dreams at night. I'm curious if she really is, or if she just wants to get in our bed. The last few weeks she has come to our bed at night 1-2 times a week. I love snuggling with her, but our queen-sized bed just isn't big enough. 




Miles:
Miles is great! He is a little sick. I think he had croup, which was awful. He seems to be getting a little bit better... but he's still not 100% himself yet. He is doing very well at daycare. I love his daycare teacher. She is so friendly to me, and makes me feel like she's taking great care of him. He is FINALLY taking the bottles better. That took forever to get him to take them. We had to leave a shirt of mine there so that he'd take it.

He is HUGE. Whenever I tell people how old he is (like today I said, "He'll be 3 months next week."), people always say, "Wow! He's big for his age!" He really is, too. He eats often, but he also is just solid. I think he gets that from his daddy. :)

He found his hands this week! He has started to bat things around like crazy, particularly this owl toy that he loves. He plays on his piano mat like it's going out of style. He loves it.

Oh! During tummy time (which he HATES), he rolled from belly to back twice. :) He's strong and big. I love him so so so much.

His sleeping is pretty awful-ish. He gets one amazingly long stretch, usually from 6:45ish-1 or 2, but then after that, it's over. He wakes up constantly needing his bink or something. I think I may need to try cutting out soy to see if that helps.


Monday, August 26, 2013

My boy...

Oh, how I love this son of mine. :)

I don't have much time to write-- I'm exhausted, I was at school until nearly 5 today, and I didn't go to bed until after midnight. I'm also getting sick. Thanks bacteria-filled kids at school!

I wanted to share something that we did for Miles that had so much success:

Miles was being put to bed around 8:30-9pm each night. It worked for a bit. He'd wake back up at midnight, then 2, then every hour after. That was awful.
Then, all of the sudden, he had this nut-so witching hour. He would scream uncontrollably, and nothing we would do would help. It was awful. I tried everything, gripe water, baths, swaddling really tight, the swing, everything. Nothing worked.

I started reading on the internet that we should try backing up his bedtime since the witching hour is essentially just him being waaaay over-tired. I decided to give it a go.

Seriously. One night. That's how long it took to be successful. We backed up his bedtime until 6:45. He now sleeps from 6:45 to 1:37 (seriously, nearly every night at 1:37), then from 1:40-5:30ish, then I stay up for work, and he sleeps until about 7:30 when Daniel gets him ready for daycare. It's great! His first stretch is seriously nearly 7 hours!!

I love him though.. oh, how I love him. When I pick him up from daycare, he just falls into me. He stopped crying the second I took him from his daycare teacher. It was like he was saying, "Oh thank goodness, you're here!" He cuddles with me like crazy, and is just wonderful. My heart is SO full for him and Norah. It's true... your heart doesn't divide it's love for your second kid, it gets bigger to make more room. I love love love my kids.

Monday, August 19, 2013

I made it.

Today I went back to work, and somehow I made it..barely, but I made it. I was doing really well until about 1:20 when I got a migraine out of no where. My vision went away and everything. It was awful. I hated that that's the first impression that my students got from me, but hopefully the morning part of the day made up for it.

Miles must have known that I wouldn't be with him all day because he wanted to see me ALL night. It was ridiculous. I finally went to bed at midnight after getting everything together. He woke up at 1:20, 2:30, 4:35, and 5:30 to eat or be held...ugh. I was SO tired. He did sleep from 7:45pm-1:20am, so while that doesn't help me any, he got a pretty good stretch. I seriously don't know how I functioned all day. I was so exhausted. When I got home, Miles was asleep and Norah was playing and I fell asleep in like 10 seconds.

Things seemed to go ok with him at daycare. Daniel said that it was chaos getting him in there this morning. Apparently lots of kids were being dropped off and I hadn't filled out Miles' paperwork. In my defense, I had no idea he had paperwork. The director has known he was coming since I was pregnant. I see her three times a week at least and she never mentioned the paperwork. Oh well.
Anyway, my biggest fear all day was that he was going to refuse the bottle and just starve. He didn't! He ate 4oz three separate times today. :) YAY!

So now that the first day is out of the way, hopefully I can get into my groove pretty quickly. There's about to be an additional 4th grade teacher in our grade, so we will each be losing about 5 kids in our classes, which will be great. I have 26 right now, and 21 is a much more manageable number.

That's all for now. I'm so tired. I would not be surprised if I fell asleep before 9pm tonight.

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Maternity leave is over. :(

Tomorrow I have to leave my tiny little boy in the hands of someone I've only talked to a hand full of times. He will be going to daycare, and I will be going back to work. Sigh... I really hope I can handle this. He's just so little...

I am going to miss being at home with him so much. I'm going to miss his playtime on his piano mat, and his first nursing session of the day where he acts like he hasn't eaten in years. I'm going to miss picking him up and holding him anytime I want to during the day... I'm going to miss a lot.

I am also looking forward to a lot. Such as: getting to go to the bathroom without having to worry about him screaming, getting to eat my lunch during my 30 minute lunch block at school without having to worry about him crying, driving in the car by myself for 12 minutes there and 12 minutes back every day, and working-- using my brain during the day. Since being pregnant and having new(ish) mommy brain, I really can't wait to start exercising my brain a bit.

It's going to be hard tomorrow though. It was hard going back after Norah was born, too. I cried all the way to school. I, thankfully, don't have to drop him off at daycare though. I am so so so very thankful that Daniel does all of that in the morning. I hope I packed everything for him. I hope I remember everything for me. Ugh... tomorrow also starts that whole, "Pumping in the classroom" thing. Eck. I hate pumping at work.

Tomorrow is going to be tough. I'm going to try to get to the school by 6:45 to give me some time to adjust. I don't even know what I'm supposed to be teaching tomorrow. I'll make it though, hopefully. I just keep thinking, "What if they can't soothe him? What if he cries all day and I am not there for him? What if he won't take a bottle? What if he has trouble taking a nap?" Ugh... I'm getting myself all worked up. I'm just going to miss him. :(

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

What a great morning!

First off, Miles slept!!! Last night we put him to bed at 8pm. I went in and woke him up and dreamfed him at 11pm before I went to bed. HE DIDN'T WAKE UP UNTIL 4:20!!! I went in, fed him quietly, then he stayed asleep until I heard him cooing and talking in his bed at 7:20. :) :) :) He didn't even wake up crying! He woke up happy! :) I jumped out of bed like I'd had more sleep in ages and got my cuddly, happy boy. He just smiled and cooed and talked to me like he was telling me all about his night. :)

After I got Norah off to school, I put him down for his morning nap, and I set up my dreaded pumping session. Because of this cut off nipple that I wrote about in my last post, I've been dreading pumping because it's nothing but a bunch of blood. Well today I pumped really really slowly. And guess what?! 5 oz of MILK!! JUST MILK!!! :) :) :) So happy! It's still a little sore and painful, but the fact that I didn't pump blood this morning just made my already great morning even better! :)


AND I got to have coffee this morning! :)

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

The worst breastfeeding experience ever.

I really, really want to breastfeed until at least 6 months. This week I hit a HUGE road block.

So, I got a milk blister when LO was 3 weeks old. I thought it would go away on it's own... it didn't. After 4 weeks of excruciating latch and radiating pain after nursing (it wasn't thrush) , and trying everything the internet said to do, I decided to go see a LC. I went and saw her, and she said it was one of the worst she's ever seen. She recommended that I see my OB to have it drained with a needle. 

I go to my OB yesterday and the nurse practitioner had to see me since my OB wasn't there. She decided that the best course of action was to lance it off. 

She cut off part of my nipple. 

After she did it, she told me that in 15 years she had never seen this before. Wait, what? You've never done this before and you just cut off my nipple?!!

I pumped before I went to bed and it was 7oz of mostly blood and a little milk. So much blood that I nearly passed out. H had to hold me up. 

I asked her before she did it if she was sure I'd still be able to nurse. She said, "Oh yeah, definitely!" 

Guess what, kids? I can't nurse on that side at all. I tried to nurse this morning. LO took two sucks and pulled away with a mouth covered in blood. 

I went back to the OB today because I was sobbing buckets not knowing what to do, especially after I pumped almost all blood again this morning. My regular OB saw me and didn't know what else to do. She seemed really annoyed that the nurse practitioner did this without really knowing what to do. So she said that we need to try to let it heal, so pump only when necessary (which I will at least 2 times a day to hopefully keep some supply). If it doesn't start to get better in a few days, I have to go see a breast specialist. 

Ridiculous. 

I'm so worried that I won't be able to continue breastfeeding. I don't want to give it up at all. That's why I went through this whole crap in the first place, so I could continue breastfeeding! I'm so angry and frustrated at the NP. I'm mad at myself for allowing her to do it. It sucks. I can still nurse on my left, but it's always been my least producing side.  Hopefully my freezer stash will last through the healing. 

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Reminder of things to write about...

When I have time, I have to write about two things:

1) Miles being milk protein intolerant which is causing me to go dairy free. I am hoping beyond hoping that he doesn't have anymore allergies than that. It is hard enough to go dairy free-- I read about doing the Total Elmination Diet, and it sounds MISERABLE.

2) my visit with the Lactation Consultant today. I have a milk blister that's been there for 4 weeks now, and it is making breastfeeding really difficult.


Thursday, August 1, 2013

Norah's 4 year appointment, Miles, and other things happening.

Miles is officially 7 weeks old now. As I stated before, the boy doesn't sleep at night! Daniel did something wonderful for me last night though. I put Miles to bed at 8:15, and then around 10:30 I pumped and gave a bottle to Daniel. He fed Miles when he woke up at 1:00am! (That means he slept nearly 5 hours!), then stayed up until he woke up again at 3am and brought him to me to feed. I had gone to bed at 11, so I got FOUR consecutive hours of sleep! It was great!


Here's Miles in his Major League Burnell shirt that my brother-in-law made for him. Adorable.


His favorite toy ever! The Kick and Play piano. He LOVES this thing! He will just kick and kick and kick! I had no clue a 7 week old would love a toy so much.


Totally off topic, but here's Norah's play area all organized! Target had these cubical things on sale for the back-to-school crowd, and I bought one at 50% off! It has done wonders for my sanity about this area! It's no longer a mess!


Another off topic picture-- we were at Sonic yesterday and this guy pulled in next to us. I could not believe he even attempted to do this!



We had Norah's 4 Year appointment yesterday, and it went so well. She is still super short (25%), and she's dead on average for her weight. She blew her doctor away with her smarts, which was awesome. :)

Her doctor said to her, "Now Norah, when I see you at your 5 year old appointment next year, I want you to know your phone number..."

Norah rattled off my phone number like it was nothing. :)

Then she said, "Oh! Ok! Well, I want you to know your address."

Norah rattled off the address. :)

She said, "Wow! You are too smart! When you come back, I want you to be able to write the letter N!"

I looked at her and said, "N? Really??"

She said, "She can already write her name, can't she?"

I said, "She can write way more than that. She already knows a bunch of sight words, too." :)

Her doctor replied, "You're a teacher! I just can't keep up!"

Now, there were two things on the 5 year old check list that Norah couldn't do yet-- tying her shoes and skipping. Oh, the skipping. She thinks she can skip, and it is hilarious to watch her try!


My big kid... :)


And then here is Miles in the most TRUE shirt ever!



These next three pictures are Norah's iPhone picture-taking skills. I was mildly impressed!


Mother of the Year right there... Miles crying while I'm just a smiling away. Ridiculous.


This one is my favorite. :)

Here's a conversation that Norah and I had tonight:

Me- "Norah, Ollie isn't going to follow you, honey." 
Norah- "I know. He's kind of ridiculous. We need a new pet. Like a dinosaur."

:) 

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

NOT a miracle blanket.

Sigh. The "Miracle Blanket" did not work for us. It did keep him swaddled, and I don't think any baby could get out of a swaddle like that, but he didn't sleep any longer than he normally does. Tonight I put him in his rock and play to keep him at an angle. I'm hoping that that will help with his gas. We'll see. I'm so so so tired.


Also, I'm going dairy free for a while. I saw blood-streaked mucous in his poop today. :(

Monday, July 29, 2013

Nearly 7 weeks old! ...and (non)sleeping habits.

Miles will be 7 weeks old this week, and MAN, is he growing! He has to be at least 12lbs, but we'll find out on August 12th at his 2 month appointment. He is as cute as ever. His big, blue eyes melt my heart every day, and oh.my.goodness. the smiles. :) :) :) He learned how to smile around 5 1/2 weeks, and he smiled at ME first! Norah smiled at Daniel first, so this made me very happy. :) He's very much a mama's boy...must have something to do with the boobs. :) Anyway, his smiles light up my life! His eyes get all crescent shaped and he just does this big goofy grin. I love it. He smiles at Norah too. I'll talk in a few about how much she loves him...it's amazing.

First, let's talk about his sleeping...or NOT sleeping. Today I went and spent an ABSURD amount of money on a blanket. I spent $31 on a swaddling blanket! It's called the Miracle Blanket, and it is supposed to guarantee more sleeping for the baby, which, of course, makes for a happier mama. Miles does not sleep as well as the baby that I had in my head during my pregnancy. :) I thought that maybe, just maybe, since Norah was such a terrible sleeper, that my 2nd kid would be an amazing sleeper. No. No, no, no, no, no. He is up at least every 2 hours in the middle of the night. He usually takes a decent nap right before bed, and he naps well during the daytime, but at night...sheesh.

Last night for example:
Bed at 9ish
Up at 11 for food.
Back to sleep.
Up at 1 for food.
Back to sleep.
Up at 3 for food.
Back to sleep.
Up at 3:30 for whatever?
Up at 3:55 for ???
Up at 4:30 for ?????
Up at 5.
Up at 6:15.

Sigh. I'm tired. I'm very tired. SO tired in fact, that I spent $31 on a swaddling blanket! Crazy! BUT, if it gives me even 1 extra hour of sleep a night, I figure it's worth it. They guarantee it! We will see tonight.

So tonight, at 7:00, I gave Miles his bath, changed him into pjs, swaddled him up in this thing, fed him, and put him to sleep in his crib for the first time. I figure why not try to transition him while I'm doing this new swaddle?

He got in the crib at 7:15. It is now 10:15pm and he is still asleep. He's restless, probably because he didn't eat a whole lot before bed since he was so tired, so I'll go in soon and feed him. I'm just hoping so much that he sleeps better. Oh please, oh please! If not, THE BLANKET IS GOING BACK!



Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Norah's 4th Birthday!

Norah's fourth birthday was on July 16th, but we were in South Carolina on that day, so I scheduled the par for the 20th, which was the day after we got back from South Carolina. Not sure what I was thinking, but somehow, we pulled it off!

On Norah's actual birthday, though, we did go to a water park and have lots of fun, so we still celebrated a bit. :)

So the party was great! Norah told me a little bit ago that she wanted a Monster's Inc. party. I am not usually one for character parties, but I love that movie too, so I agreed. Much of the things I did here were inspiration from Pinterest, so ill try to give credit.


This was the food table set-up. It wasn't 100% complete when this picture was taken (still missing some of the food), but you get the idea. I like the idea of putting the cupcakes in the middle on a raised surface. All I did was add three different height things to the table, and then covered them with the same color table cloth (plastic from $tree). Then I put "silver" platters on top of them so I could put the cupcakes on them.


Since this party was Monster's Inc. themed, we made Harry Howsend Sushi! Rice Krispie treats, fruit roll ups, and swedish fish. I love them! They tasted yummy, too! What's really great is that the husband made all of these!



The cupcakes! I used a box mix for the cake and dyed it blue with gel food coloring, then I made homemade buttercream frosting and dyed it lime green with the gel. The eyes are edible eyes from Michaels. Everyone said that they were delicious. :)




I got these two off of Ebay. I love them, and I thought they were perfect for the cupcakes. The glitter "4" candle came from Joann's. The pink candles also came from Joann's. What's cool about them is that the flame is pink, too! Oh, cupcake wrappers are also from Joann's.

The Monsters Incorporated hats! This idea was pure pinterest! The idea came from this pinterest pin . I used a different shade of blue, and obviously my pictures aren't near the quality of the pin's. The kids loved them! They turned out so well! There was one little girl at the party who wore hers to church the next morning. Her mom said that she wouldn't take it off!

The green bags are gift bags with little treats. :)



This was my favorite decor idea. The doors. The idea came from this pin. It was fun to do.


Norah helped me make this garland. I'm going to use it in my classroom since it took so long to make.


And of course, this cute game. :) The kids LOVED this, but they kept admitting to cheating.


Lighting the candles...

In true 4 year old fashion-- blowing out her candles with her arms crossed!




She had a blast!



I thought this was a super cute way to display how she's grown over the past year. I got the idea from this party pin.



The coolest card ever from Aunt Jamie!


Overall, the party was a success. I can't believe we did it. With 5 minutes to spare before everyone got there, too! :) 


I just can't believe my itty bitty girl is 4...

Friday, July 12, 2013

25th Sale!

I just had my 25th sale on Etsy! Wahoo! While that's not a whole lot, it's pretty cool to think that my bibs are in 12 different states, and three different countries! :) :) :)

Here's my shop link, just in case you wanted to be order #26. ;)

https://www.etsy.com/shop/NorahandOllie

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

4 Weeks!

Miles is 4 weeks old today! Time is flying by, and while I really do want it to slow down a bit, I am looking forward to him being a little more interactive with us. He is sooo close to smiling. I think he'll do it within the next week or so, but who knows. I can't wait for it though. I love baby smiles!

He is doing really well. I'm sure he's 10lbs...I don't know for certain because we haven't had a doctor's appointment in a while. He is chunking up, for sure though! We've had some success with the bottle. I've been pumping about once a day, sometimes twice. I have a little over 100oz saved in the freezer. We're giving a bottle about every other day, just to get him used to it. When we go to South Carolina, my mom will be keeping him while I'm on the boat with Norah. It will be my first time away from him... I'm nervous about it, but I'm glad we've introduced a bottle prior to that trip. Just thinking about that trip makes me a little crazy--- there's going to be SO much to pack!

Here's a list of his likes and dislikes:

Likes:

  • Mama's boobies
  • the swing
  • the rock n' play bassinet (still don't understand that name...)
  • Daddy's voice
  • Norah's kisses
  • his new wub-a-nub dog pacifier. He holds onto it...it's adorable.
  • Bathtime!
Dislikes:
  • getting his diaper changed-- it's the end of the world, apparently.
  • getting put in the carseat
  • being in the carseat in general
  • waiting for food

That's about it for him right now. Lately we're getting ready for our trip to South Carolina in 4 days, and we're really getting ready for Norah's birthday party. Going to be busy! 





Saturday, July 6, 2013

Norah's birthday is so soon!

Today is July 6th, which means that Norah's FOURTH birthday is in 10 days! Ahh! A few days ago I said to myself, "Ok, gotta bite the bullet and plan something!" I don't want her to feel slighted just because there is a new baby around. Birthdays are a pretty big deal for her, and I want her to feel as special as she deserves to feel.

Things are going to be a little bit different this year, though. My dad sent me a text message about a week and a half after Miles was born. It said, "So, how long do you think before Miles can fly to SC?" I thought he was totally kidding, so I ignored the message. Well, the next day, I get this email from my dad:

Hey Jiffer. Okay...before you say no....There have been many mom's that flew with a 1 month old and his sister. Especially, when the flight is only 1 hour long. So, before I tell you what I'm getting at...You know Pook and Matt, Jana and Dan are going crazy to meet Miles. I know you would love to meet Baby Riley. So, as a favor to everyone just mentioned, I think it would be a great idea for you to take a little trip to Summerville. Maybe the week Daniel goes to camp?I should have a enough Southwest credits to buy two seats.


I totally understood why he wanted us to come down, but I was like, "No! no no no no no..." Then I read the email to Daniel and he said, "Well, it would be kind of nice for you to not be alone while I'm at camp." I was shocked that he'd even consider me taking our will-be one month old and our will-be 4 year old on a plane trip to SC by myself... but then I started to think about it, and the more I thought about it, the more it made sense. So, I ended up telling my dad that we'd do it. He was ECSTATIC. He bought the tickets that night, and so now, we're leaving for SC in about 8 days...actually, a little less. Gonna be crazy.

My plan, to save my sanity, is to wear Miles and Norah can walk. I plan on getting there with extra time, just in case. Fortunately, it's only an hour and 15 minute flight, and it's non-stop. My concerns are Norah wanting to use the bathroom on the plane (she discovered there was one on the last plane trip we went on), and toting around everything we need. Hopefully it'll be fine. If not, it'll be a max (hopefully) of 1 1/2 of crazy, then it will be all over.

Anyway, so we will be in SC on Norah's birthday. Scarlett's birthday is just the day before we get there, so we plan on taking Norah and Scarlett to the water park on the 15th. They will LOVE that. My dad has also planned a treasure hunt for Norah and Scarlett to do together, which should be a blast.

When we get back to Tennessee on the 19th, I will be rushing around and trying to finish the party that I have planned for the 20th! Norah really wants a "Mike Skiowski party" (Monster's Inc.), so that's what we're doing. I'm making it as simple as I can, but still fun. I am excited about it. I'm going to make everything that I need to make for the party prior to leaving for SC. Hopefully it will just be a "pull everything out and set it up!" kind of thing.

Wish me luck!

Thursday, July 4, 2013

First bottle= success and bonding!

Just yesterday I wrote about how Miles hasn't had a bottle yet. He's been EBF from the breast since he was born. Well, yesterday I read a thing on the internet that said that if you will eventually be bottle-feeding breastmilk (we will when I go back to work on August 19th), then you need to introduce a bottle sooner rather than later. 

The article recommended that we introduce a bottle, by dad to promote bonding, by 2 weeks. Ummm... crap, we missed that. So, last night we decided to give it a whirl. I pumped a few ounces, and around 8pm, Daniel fed him. Miles was down-right offended when he first felt the bottle. It was kind of funny to watch his face. It took him a minute or two to figure out how to suck, but he figured it out, and he finished the bottle. I was so proud of him! 

What's funny/sad though is that watching him take a bottle hurt my heart a little. I nearly cried. I am sure it is because I realized that I am not going to get to stay with him forever. Our time together with me at home is so limited, and then he'll be taken care of by daycare during the daytime. :( Oh well, Norah went through that, and she's amazing, so hopefully we'll have a great experience too. 


Wednesday, July 3, 2013

3 Weeks Young!

Miles is 3 weeks old today! He is amazing! He is so cuddly, so loveable, so kissable, so sweet!

Here's some things about him from right now:

  • He eats like crazy! Like every two hours, sometimes more. 
  • He has to be at least 10lbs. I don't know for sure, but yeah, he's a chunker.
  • He grunts like it's nobody's business. He grunts all of the time. What's really great is that when he's hungry, he doesn't cry... he grunts. This is especially wonderful at night, because he doesn't wake me up by crying his head off, he wakes me up by progressively louder grunts. :) I'm sure this will change as he gets older though. 
  • His hair is still amazing. I'm positive that he'll lose a lot of it like Norah did, but for now, it sticks straight up and is down-right awesome!
  • He can squeeze into newborn onesies, but SWIMS in 0-3. We are in a very odd in-between size right now. 
  • He hates hates hates hates being naked. He doesn't like cold at all. Just like his mama! He wants to be warm all the time, so when we change his diaper, or change his clothes, or get him undressed for a bath... well, it's almost like the end of the world. He has some LUNGS for that! 
  • He loves baths once he gets in them. He has to be covered up on his chest with a warm washcloth, but he really does enjoy being in the water. 
  • His eyes are still dark blue. I'm curious if they will stay blue like Norah's or if they will change to brown. Only time will tell. 
  • Norah LOVES him! She asks to hold him all of the time saying, "Mama, can I please hold my little brother?" She kisses him constantly, she hugs him all of the time. She's so sweet to him. I love it. Honestly, I haven't seen much jealousy from her. She's been acting like a typical 3, almost 4 year old, but she's been great. She's been so helpful, and she acts like she can't live without him. :) 

That's it for now. I have to start coming up with Norah's birthday party plan. Oh sheesh... I'm so behind! 




Breastfeeding and {lack of} sleeping.

I thought I'd take a minute to write about two things happening on a regular basis in my life right now: breastfeeding and {lack of} sleeping.

I have mentioned before that mine and Norah's breastfeeding relationship didn't start out too strongly, and I encouraged myself to pump way more often than nurse (out of convenience mainly), but because of this, I had a LOT of breastfeeding problems. Clogged ducts that numbered into the 30s. These led to mastitis. Mastitis treatment led to thrush. Thrush led to me quitting. Thrush was one of the most painful experiences of my life, and after everything else I had been through, I had to quit breastfeeding at 6 months.

Well, this time is a bit different. I have nursed every single feeding since Miles has been born. Granted that's only three weeks, but that's a lot better than I did last time. The day I brought Norah home from the hospital, I went out and purchased a Medela Pump in Style Advanced and pumped either that day or the following day. Then I pumped every day since then and nursed verrrry rarely.

So, here I am, 21 days into his life, and he's never had a bottle! Wahoo! Now, that leads to a problem of a whole different color= NO sleep. With Norah, since I was pumping, Daniel could do a lot of the feedings. Our routine at night was that I got up with the first shift, he got up with the second. In the very very beginning, we would get up two shifts in a row, the other getting the next two shifts. Well.... now we can't do that. I get up with ever single feeding because she only eats from the boob! That means that I am so tired. So very tired. Although, I have to say that even though I'm tired... I love my time with him. He is just the sweetest, greatest, most cuddly baby ever. I am so in love with him.


Thursday, June 27, 2013

Summertime fun!

Today I took Norah and Miles to the fountains. We go to the fountains on a regular basis in the summer. Well, "we" being me and Norah until Miles came along! I discovered these fountains last summer. They are awesome, free, and they always wear Norah out to the point where she actually takes a nap! I love going. I didn't get a picture of the actual fountains today though. I was too busy shielding Miles from being splashed by the 7 and 8 year olds that I swear were splashing us on purpose. Oh well. It was fun though! I actually breastfed in public, too! This is the 2nd time I have! The 1st was at the zoo, but I went to a secluded-ish area and fed with my cover. This time, I still used my cover (and probably always will), but I was out in the open. It went really well!


Here's Miles' reaction to the fountains. Lol... yawning and totally enthused.


I got some of the water and slicked back his hair. He looked like Jack Nicholson when I did. This is his hair as it started to dry. It was adorable.

Norah managed to find caterpillars in the water. Weird, but she loves bugs, so it was great!



She was very proud of herself for putting the caterpillars back in the flowers, too.


Just chillin' at the fountains!


Pool hair! :)

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

2 Week Check-Up!

Miles had his first check-up today! He is BIG.

Here are his stats from the appointment:

Weight: 9lbs! (He gained 13oz in 9 days! He is a BIG boy!)-- 92nd percentile
Height: 21 1/4in-- 88th percentile
Head: 15-- 85th percentile

I cannot believe how big he is. When his doctor told me about his weight, she said, "Oh my goodness, he is healthy!" I asked her if it was ok that he gained so much weight in such a small amount of time. She said, "Oh! That's completely fine! You can't overfeed a breastfed baby!" She told me that I was doing a wonderful job, which made me feel good of course. :) It's no wonder that his newborn diapers aren't fitting anymore! We have like 4 left, and then we're moving to size 1s!

She checked him out all over. She said that his color was fantastic-- not a trace of jaundice left! She said that his circumcision was perfectly healed, that his umbilical cord/belly button looked great.  His eyes and ears looked great, his organs sounded wonderful, and he was all around perfect! He screamed his head off when she was checking him out though. NOT happy about being messed with! :) We go back at the 2 month appointment on August 12th.

I was so much better at the doctor this time around. I forgot to mention this in my post about that doctor's appointment, but postpartum, I had a serious case of baby blues. Fortunately I knew what was going on, and it only lasted a few days, but it was bad... It started when I was about 4 days postpartum, and lasted until about a week postpartum. Absolutely nothing was wrong. I was in a very good state of mind, I didn't feel overwhelmed, I didn't feel badly (well, except for the 'roids and the stitches.. and the nipple pain...), but I would cry at nothing. I would bust into tears for absolutely no reason, and it would last all day.

When I was at the pediatrician when he was 5 days old, I cried in the car on the way there, I cried while I was checking in, I cried while I was waiting for the nurse, I cried when the doctor left the room. I just cried and cried and cried. This time at the doctor, I didn't cry at all! Actually, I haven't cried for many many days now. My favorite time that I cried during my baby blues time was when we were in Publix. All four of us were doing our weekly shopping. I couldn't focus at all because I was crying so much. We had just been to Target too, and when the pharmacist told me that they didn't carry Sitz baths, I started sobbing into Daniel's shoulder. Enough for an employee to stop and see if I needed help or water, or anything. Anyway, in Publix I cried on many of the aisles, but when I got to the eggs, I started sobbing. No reason at all.. just looking at the eggs and crying. Daniel, who was used to the crying at this point, just wheeled the buggy over and said, "Yeah... eggs make me cry too..." Lol... it was just what I needed to get through the rest of the trip.

So that's about it for now. Things are going well. I put in for my short term disability, which will hopefully pay me about 60% of my pay for 6 weeks. I am really hoping it goes through without a hitch. I am worried because I looked it up online, and apparently this company denies claims like crazy. Of course I didn't see that until after I had been paying for it for over a year. It will really help if everything goes through. We'll see though. I won't see anything until 45 days after the birth I think. Who knows.

Oh, random good news. I am back into my pre-pregnancy clothes! I bought a new pair of shorts at Old Navy in my regular size because they were 50% off. I was too scared to try them on until yesterday, and sure enough, they fit! And they fit well too! So happy! I wish I had a scale to see if I am back to my pre-pregnancy weight, but we don't have one. Oh well. I will wait until my 6 week PP appointment.

Ok, now that's it! Here's my beautiful, handsome boy last night in his first astronaut suit. :) I just love him.