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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.

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.