Happy 2 Months Nolan

So I’m playing a bit of catch up on your monthly updates… considering you’re 3 months old tomorrow! But here is how month two went!

You’re a tank! Such a fast growing little boy! You look so much older than you are, and I’m not ready for you to be getting so big so fast. At your two month appointment you were 16 lbs 4 oz (off the growth chart) and 24 3/4 inches (93rd percentile). You are already rocking your 3-6 month clothes.

You were a pretty fussy baby, and spitting up made you so upset. I decided to try cutting dairy from my diet before going to a prescription medication, and within 48 hours our nights had drastically changed…for the better! You would nurse and go right back to sleep! It. Was. Glorious. All the sudden you were so much happier, and instead of just crying when you were awake you would just hang out.

You typically woke up 3 times a night. 12ish, 2ish and 4. You go to bed between 7-8 and you’re up for the day around 7:15. Now that you eat and go right back to sleep, I don’t mind the night wakings near as much.

You are starting to wake up a little more during the day, but you still sleep so much. I don’t remember Aubrey sleeping this much, and I think I’ve just decided it’s because you’re growing so quickly you need more sleep.

You’ve officially started smiling, and the last week we got some little coos out of you, and it is just the sweetest thing. You found your hands and you love to suck on them.

Seeing how much Aubrey loves you just makes my heart swell and burst with joy! She was so upset at the doctor when you had to get shots. She told them no as soon as they walked in the door with them, and kept telling them no the whole time. Between her not wanting you to hurt, and you crying I was a mess inside. I am so excited to watch you two grow up together.

We love you so much little man!

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Happy 3 Months Aubrey Joy!

It’s official.  You’re no longer a newborn.  How did it go by so quickly?!  Sometimes I look at you, and it hits me how much you’ve grown! 

  
LOVES

  • Sucking on your hands
  • Talking
  • Bath time
  • Your swing
  • Outside
  • Mom’s milk
  • Walks

DISLIKES

  • Gas – poor thing 

I feel like we have the happiest baby, and not much makes you upset.  I’m pretty sure that means we are in trouble as you get older or our next child will cry all the time!  

  

This month you discovered your hands!  You hold them in front of your face and stare, and your Daddy always says you’re playing the flute, because that’s what it looks like.  Your little hands are ALWAYS in your mouth, and I’m pretty positive you will be a thumb sucker.
   

You are also starting to grab onto things.  The burp cloth, my hair, Pastor Shaddy’s microphone.  (but I’ll get to that later!) 

  

You had your first virus this month.  You had a little fever that spiked to 100.7 with extra spit up involved.  Since you were less than 3 months old, we had to make a trip to urgent care.  You’re daddy was out of town, and he was all worried about you. 
   
   
You are so incredibly strong!  I think someone tells you everyday how strong you are! You are holding your head up so well, and you’re even starting to control your body better! 

   

You have pretty much set your schedule and you take about 4-5 naps a day.  You officially nap in your crib as long as your swaddled, and I’m hoping that will help us when we do transition you into your crib at night.  You’re sleeping pretty well at night, and usually wake up once between 3:30-5am.  You’re up for the day around 7:30am.

I absolutely love coming to get you after your naps, because you give me the biggest smile when you see me.  I feel like it’s your way of saying you missed me!

  

You love reading stories.  I think the pictures mesmerize you.  You also like being talked to.  So stories are right up your alley.

 

You and your daddy are just the cutest together.  It melts my heart, and I just like to stand back and watch the two of you together.
   

You’ve officially started your first football season as a Seminole.  Your first words might be “Go Noles” or the fight song.

  

Your cousins absolutely love you, but Reese is obsessed with you.  Even though you’re only 4 lbs less than her she always wants to hold you and love on you! I can’t wait to watch you play and grow up together!

  

On Sunday, September 13,2015, your daddy and I dedicated you to the Lord.  Since you are still the spit up queen, I was terrified you would spit up on Pastor Shaddy, and you did as soon as he grabbed you! Fortunately it wasn’t projectile!  You also grabbed his mic and held on with a firm grip! 

   

You are starting to become so much more interactive, and I love just talking and playing with you! 

 

You’ve still got “the pout” on lock… even when you’re sleeping. 

   

Aubrey Joy I have loved every single day since you’ve entered our life, from the moment we found out we were expecting.  You have brought us more joy than we thought possible. 

Happy 3 months Aubrey Joy!  

   

…feel free to stop growing so fast! 
  

Confessions of a New Mom

Life sure is different once you have a baby.  Now that our sweet girl is almost 3 months old (I know… time is FLYING), I feel like we have our new “normal” set for how our life is… at least for now.  I also realized some of the things that worried me before Aubrey was here, weren’t as big of a deal.  I also realized some of the things I seriously overlooked…

  • Showers.  It’s like an ongoing joke with mom’s about showering.  You always hear them say, “Hey at least I got a shower!”.  I really thought they were exaggerating.  They weren’t.  Now, I do get to shower everyday, but they are the fastest showers I’ve ever taken in my life.  I seriously value when I can take my time in the shower and actually shave my legs… which I’m sure my husband appreciates as well.
  • Don’t Google. I have never googled so many things in my entire life!  My husband actually made me stop.  Is she sleeping too long?  Is she eating too much?  Is she eating enough? Why is she so gassy?  Is this diaper rash or a yeast infection?  This much spit up can’t be normal… and so on.  I worked at a daycare.  I have nieces and nephews.  I am NO stranger to kiddos, but having one of your own is a whole new ball game.
  • How many times can you check on your baby while they’re sleeping? I know this isn’t just me, but I seriously freak myself out thinking while Aubrey sleeps.  I know she’s fine, I can see her on the video monitor, but I HAVE to go make sure she is still breathing.  The whole SIDS thing freaks me out, and Aubrey is in the prime age so I don’t think I’ll stop checking on her for a while.
  • Our baby won’t sleep in our bed!  Right?!  WRONG!  There was actually a two week stretch where Aubrey wouldn’t sleep anywhere BUT in our bed.  Co-sleeping makes night feedings SO much easier for breastfeeding mama’s!  Aubrey can eat, and I sleep through it.  More sleep for me.  More sleep for baby.  More sleep for hubs.  It’s a WIN all around right?!  Unless you’re terrified of rolling over her and you sleep in awkward positions like us. 
  • Breastfeeding in public. This never crossed my mind as as issue, because breastfeeding in my family is super normal.  I just assumed some people use formula, some people breastfeed.  No big deal, but apparently it is a big deal.  I cover myself, and I still get awkwardly stared at.  Get over it people.  Stop sexualizing breastfeeding, and realize this is what God actually created breasts for!  My baby is hungry.  You can hear her scream, or you can go about your day.
  • NO time for relaxing. This probably one of the BIGGEST things I overlooked.  I seriously don’t stop.  From the time I wake up, to the time I go to sleep.  Between work, Aubrey, cooking, cleaning, trying to get in some exercise to lose that baby weight, taking care of our dogs, there is NO time left for me.  The time I get to relax is when I feed Aubrey in bed, and I can read a book or watch 15 minutes of HGTV.  I totally understand the whole, “I don’t have time to workout” thing now! I have to squeeze every minute out of my day!
  • I never knew how much I would miss my husband.  THIS is the BIGGEST thing I overlooked.  We live together, we both work at home.  How can you miss him?  Yes I see him everyday.  We talk and laugh and it’s great, but I never knew how much adding a tiny little person to your family would change the dynamic of your marriage.  It’s just not the same, and I miss him!  Date nights are more sparse.   As in we have had 1 in the last 3 months.  We don’t lay in bed and talk anymore.  (Because I pass out the second my head hits the pillow.  There have been many nights that Aubrey and I both fall asleep while I’m nursing her, and Paul takes Aubrey and puts her in her bed, and wakes me up to make me lay down.  Bless him).  We went from being each other’s everything to having to share, and let’s be honest, sharing isn’t always easy.
  • Mama Bear.  People talk about it, but man is it true.  Aubrey is my baby.  Don’t tell me what you think I need/should do for her, because my way of doing something is different than your way.   Don’t get offended when I don’t take your advice.  Our opinions can differ, and we can still both be great moms to our babies.

The last few months have flown by, and there have been a lot of emotions involved as a new mom.  All the unsolicited advice from when I was pregnant I can now see playing out.  Some of it was so far off, and some of it was so spot on.

Happy 1 Month Aubrey Joy!

I am in complete disbelief at how quickly a month has flown by! I might be in more disbelief at how much you have changed in just a short month!

You were born 7lbs 1 oz, but went down to 6lbs 10oz partially due to jaundice.  Your doctor said you were close to losing a little too much weight, so he wanted to make sure you gained weight by your next appointment.  Well 2 days later you were at 6lbs 15oz and I breathed a sigh of relief.   That 5 oz weight gain should have been an indicator to how quickly you would grow, because by two weeks you were up to 8lb 2 oz and for your 1 month check up you were 8lbs 15oz!  Needless to say you can eat like a champ!


You’ve grown from 19inches to 20.5 inches in just 4 short weeks.  I had to retire the few newborn clothes you did have, and I may or may not had shed a tear or two as I folded them and put them away.


We’ve had some challenges with breastfeeding.  You are a tongue sucker… And it hurts.  But we’ve made it a month, and it’s slowly getting better.  We did give you a bottle this month to give me a break, and once you realized what was coming out you had no issues taking it!  Daddy likes getting to feed you.   Eventually we will give you more bottles as you get older.  For now there is nothing I love more than my quiet time with you while you eat.  It’s so peaceful, and we always snuggle afterwards.


You have initiated me into motherhood with explosive spit ups, peeing and pooping during diaper changes, and not to mention peeing on me at Publix during our first outing with just the two of us! You initiated daddy too by pooping on him before bath time and some serious projectile spit up that puts Hollywood comedies to shame.

You hated your first sponge baths, but once we could give you a real bath you love them.  You are so content and happy in the warm water.  I love our little family bath time!

  
You’ve started to focus on things.  You really love staring at the fan, or the trees outside.  You love laying on your play mat and the changing table seems to be one of your favorite places!

   
   

I could honestly stare at you all day.  I love your little facial expressions and the smiles when you’re asleep.  I can’t wait to see a smile for real!

   
   

You can handle tummy time for a few minutes before you get upset… Or fall asleep.  You already have such a strong neck and you’re quite the wiggle worm!

  

You have made me a mommy, and made my dream come true.  I love you more than you know, and I cannot wait to watch you grow up!  

  
Happy 1 month!! I love you my sweet girl!  

  
I promise it isn’t so bad getting older! 😉

So Close…

Having a baby changes everything!  One thing it drastically changes is running errands.  I feel like I’ve gotten the hang of this whole “mom” thing pretty easily, but it still left me terrified to head out in public with just me and Aubrey.

Anytime I’ve needed to go somewhere I’ve waited for Paul to come as reinforcements, or I’ve gone with a friend (thanks Brooke!), or Aubrey stays home with Paul for a quick 20-30 minutes for me to run out.  

Well Aubrey is almost a month old (I still am in disbelief) and I can’t run errands this way forever, so I finally got the courage to head out and run some errands alone with my sweet baby.  

We packed up the diaper bag, loaded up into the car and we stopped to get gas.  She fell fast asleep (perfect!).  Then we headed to my doctor to pick up some paperwork (still sleeping!) and then the big test… Grocery shopping!  

I pulled into Publix, threw on my ring sling (which is a life saver already) and then got Aubrey all situated.  We headed into Publix (still sleeping!) and all the other customers commented, asked questions etc.  I was feeling pretty proud… Then we reached the checkout line.

While waiting Aubrey leaked through her diaper (I changed her before we left, but it was a different brand she’s been wearing and I don’t think they are tight enough around the legs… You can see where this is going).  So while I’m standing there with my adorable baby fast asleep in the ring sling I feel warm wet liquid flowing from her bottom.  All over me.  All over her. All over the ring sling.  We were in the check out line so there wasn’t much I could do… Other than sanitize my hands and get out before she woke up! 

But we were SO CLOSE to having a successful trip. However, she didn’t scream and a little pee never hurt anyone right?  

  

Registering for a Baby

Registering for a baby as a first time mom is overwhelming to say the least!  SO. MUCH. STUFF!  How do you determine what you need? There are so many brands and price ranges on products, how do you know what is best for your baby?  How much of something do you need?  All the while you’re registering, you’re bombarded with products that sound great in theory, but do you NEED them?

Fortunately, I’ve spent the last couple years watching my sister raise her 2 little girls.  I got lots of “ya, you don’t need that” or “you really don’t need 8,000 bottles”  when asking her questions.  Not to mention, I am NOT a fan of clutter.  I can’t do it, and I won’t do it.  So I think I like more of a minimalist approach when it comes to a baby.  I don’t want 8 million toys they will never play with because they’re going to find my car keys, or a water bottle and be thrilled for 20 minutes!  I think so many of the products are gimmicky.  Mom’s have been taking care of babies for YEARS without half the products on the market today.  It’s an industry that is meant to profit.  Of course they’re going to try to sucker you in with “convenience” and “latest technology” nonsense.  My baby won’t know a difference if she has a warm wipe or a cold wipe.  She will get used to it, and it won’t hurt her.

So we decided to register at Target, and I actually did the process online… which could have been a bad idea, because then you see ALL the options, and their ratings.  Which obviously led to me reading pages, and pages of reviews.  Don’t do it!

Here are some tips I tried to stick to that worked for me while registering:

  • Talk with other moms – I have talked to so many moms that told me they had so much unnecessary stuff that they NEVER used, and what they really needed or what kind of products they loved!  Find moms near you and hear their opinion!  They can help point you in the right direction before you register!
  • Register for the obvious needs (i.e. car seat, stroller, etc.) and choose what brand will work for you.  I do recommend researching these, because there are so many options, and will vary based on your uses.  Car seats should obviously be researched for safety ratings. Chances are these are the more expensive items that will not necessarily be purchased items for your shower (unless it’s grandma and grandpa), but it gives friends/family the choice if a group wants to go in on items together and purchase it for you.  Also keep in mind if you register at Target, they provide you with a 15% off coupon for the remaining items on your registry that were not purchased.  This saves you money if you do have to purchase it on your own, so you might as well throw it on your registry! Always check the incentives where you’re registering because they vary by store!
  • Don’t register for clothes, baby blankets, stuffed animals, etc. – I think it’s almost a given, that baby clothes are adorable, and at any baby shower I’ve gone to these items are given.  Let’s be real they’re adorable, and soft, and what woman can resist when they see baby things like that?!
  • Don’t go overboard on bottles and pacifiers – The truth is, you probably can never have enough pacifiers for your baby, but there are so many different kinds, and your child may only take a certain kind.  So stock up on a few, but wait until your baby arrives so you can learn what he/she likes.  Same goes for bottles.  Register for 1-2 brands, and see if they work for your baby.  They sell all sorts of bottles now with “benefits”, but really I think a bottle is a bottle.  So choose what you like best and see how it works for you after baby arrives! (Granted I could be wrong on this approach since I’ve obviously never had real life experience, but this was just my approach while registering!)
  • Diapers and Wipes – You can ALWAYS, ALWAYS use more of these!  So don’t forget to register for them, even register in a couple sizes.  Just remember to attach gift receipts to boxes in case you need to bring one back and trade it in if you’re baby outgrows that size before you can use it!   In my case I registered for cloth diapers, but I also registered for some disposables as well.
  • Keep Budget in Mind – Apparently the stroller I fell in love with was the “Cadillac” of strollers.  I fell in love with it based on reviews.  Then after I registered for it, I realized it didn’t come with ANY accessories.  No cup holder, no snack tray, no car seat adapter for infant use.  So this stroller itself was over $350 and all the accessories ranged from $15-$60 each.  I honestly felt guilty after I looked at it on the registry, there is no way I would spend that kind of money on stroller, and I sure as heck wouldn’t want anyone else to spend that kind of money on a stroller for us!  So I went back through and registered for a MUCH cheaper stroller, with all the accessories included, and great reviews.  It’s easy (especially with your first baby!) to get carried away and want EVERYTHING and the BEST of everything for your baby.  You don’t NEED the best of everything, your baby won’t notice, and she would probably rather you ensure she is safe, happy, healthy, and you’re going to start saving for college before you break the bank on a stroller.

These are just some of the guidelines I used while registering, and you may feel differently or have even more tips to add!  Have fun when you’re registering, but at the end of the day, remember that you’re registering for a baby, and yes it is so exciting, but it is also expensive.  Don’t get too carried away and go overboard!