Archive for November, 2011

An Update on Sam: Weeks 14-16!

November 30th, 2011

Some of you are probably wondering what’s going on with Sam. He’s getting bigger and bigger everyday. Sometimes I wish he would slow down just a bit, especially after visiting my friend’s newborn last week. Her baby is so tiny. I hardly even remember Sam being that small!

14 weeks

15 Weeks

16 weeks

I can’t remember what happened each individual week since I didn’t post so I’m just going to include everything here all at once. He’s still smiling bunches and he’s learning to use his voice. He’s even started shrieking. Just one lone shriek. I think he likes to here himself talk.

Sam enjoyed another visit from his Idaho Gramma a few weeks back. He even got to help her celebrate her birthday with some delicious Tex-Mex (well she ate Tex-Mex, he stuck with a bottle)! He has successfully switched over to formula full time and couldn’t be happier. After a few nights of waking up every 1-1.5 hours he’s back to sleeping nights in his swing. I know it’s not a good habit to form but I was seriously sleep deprived and so was he. He’s been sleeping better (as have I) since we made the switch. And I’m pretty sure he’s teething. His hands/fingers are constantly in his mouth, he drools quite a bit and it looks like his bottom gums are getting a bit lighter in color.

We’re going to the pediatrician next week for Sam’s 4-month check up which means another slew of vaccinations. I’m especially looking forward to this appointment because I’m hoping the doc gives us the go-ahead to start Sam on solids. (We were giving him rice cereal in his bedtime bottle to help him sleep which didn’t do a dang thing and may have caused a rash to pop up on his chest. We have stopped that for now.) Plus I’ve got loads of questions for the doc: when to stop swaddling, daily schedules, eating, sleeping and lots more.

He’ll officially be 4 months old next Wednesday. Time sure does fly by when you’re having fun (and a baby)! We’re getting ready for his first Christmas too! I’m planning to take him to get his picture taken with Santa at the mall soon and I bought him a few small presents for under the tree last Friday. And he’s going to his first Christmas tree lighting and sing-along this weekend downtown!

Giving Up Control

November 29th, 2011

I just recently realized (after a long conversation with my husband one night) that I’m not in control. Or at least not completely. I’ve mentioned in past posts that I felt like my life was out of control. Well of course it’s going to be out of control. I’ve got a baby now!

I guess I just need to listen to Frankie and

relax

Green’s a calming color, right? I’m a control freak. I’ll be the first to tell you that. I like things to be organized and in their right place. Well, newsflash, you can’t be a control freak and a happy mother at the same time. (Or at least I can’t.) I’m driving myself crazy and stressing myself out worrying about what’s the right thing to do. Our kid’s happy. That’s all the matters. The rest will work itself out.

Now on to why I quit blogging for two weeks. I’ve been having problems with nursing/breastfeeding. Mostly due to the fact that my supply is not meeting my ravenous kiddo’s demand. I was worried about it before I went back to work and going back to work only made it worse. I was trying to pump and was frustrated by the tiny amount I was able to express. I knew this might be due to stress so I tried to be calm, think about my baby, look at pictures of him, etc. but nothing seemed to work. So I tried fenugreek. I took it for almost three weeks. It’s supposed to increase your supply but it didn’t do a dang thing for mine. And I’m pretty sure now that it was making my kid super gas-y. (Can you say smelly? P-U!)

So after a long talk with my husband (we’ve been having a lot of those lately) I decided to stop pumping and only nurse in the middle of the night. The rest of the time we’d supplement with formula. Unfortunately, when I made the switch Sam’s sleep became horrible. (He’s had formula numerous times before so I don’t think that was the culprit for the crappy sleep.) I think it was more that he wasn’t getting enough from me at night to stay asleep and full longer than a max of 1.5 hours.

Last week I decided to stop altogether. I think Sam is still adjusting. I know I am. I miss our cuddle on the Boppy time. My boobs are killing me. But I know it’s for the best. Sam’s staying full longer now and I know for sure that he’s getting enough to eat.

Happy baby, happy mommy! (And if mommy’s happy, then daddy’s happy!)

Basically I’ve been dealing with all of this lately. Giving up control. Guilt over not being able to produce for my kid. I’m trying to stay positive and I know everything will be alright. How can it not with a cutie that smiles every time he sees you!

If y’all have any tricks for staying relaxed in crazy situations please share!

I’m Back!

November 28th, 2011

Hey y’all! Long time, no talk! Sorry for the abrupt departure two weeks ago. I had a lot going on in my life (mostly in my head) and I needed some time to figure it all out.

This mama gig is way harder than it looks. I love it so much but it’s definitely challenging. My husband and I are both suffering from lack of sleep and it’s making us cranky. I definitely don’t want my marriage going down the tubes because of our kiddo, so I’m trying to keep my emotions (they’ve been a bit on the fritz lately, mostly due to lack of sleep and lack of control) in check and make sure I dedicate some time to my husband as well as Sam.

thanksgiving sam

Sam on his first Thanksgiving!

I’ll be back tomorrow to talk more about what’s been going on in my life, but I just wanted to pop in a say hi y’all! I’m glad you’ve all stuck around and I even gained a reader while on hiatus – Welcome!

I’ve got lots of exciting things planned for the blog in the next month: lots of Christmas, a couple giveaways, a 101 in 1001 update, updated 365 photo project galleries and much more!

It feels great to be back!

Taking a Break

November 16th, 2011

Hey y’all! I know I disappeared after last Wednesday’s post. I’m still around but realized that I need a break from blogland. I’m still trying to figure out the whole balance of work and baby and free time (i.e. blogging time) and all that. So I’ve decided to take a break and I’ll be back after Thanksgiving. I hope y’all have a great holiday. I actually have the day off which I’m super pumped for. It’s my favorite meal of the entire year! But before I go I’ll leave you with a cute picture of Sam with his Idaho Gramma (my mom) from her birthday lunch last week!

 

Sam and Gramma

Talk to y’all soon! (PS….after Thanksgiving get ready for lots of Christmas…my absolute favorite holiday ever!!!)

13 Weeks Old!

November 9th, 2011

Well Sam’s officially 3 months old now! He’s such a big boy already.

13 weeks old

We don’t have another doctor’s appointment until next month but we’re guessing he’s around 15 or 16 pounds now. And he’s definitely over the 2 feet he measured last month. He’s officially grown out of his 3M pajamas. They’re still baggy on the sides but he’s just too damn long.

He’s getting very vocal too. Making lots of “00o” and “aaa” sounds. And he’s enjoying a visit from his Idaho Gramma this week. He’s got a bad case of baby acne on his face right now, but we’re trying to battle it with breast milk. Thanks to my mama friends for that suggestion. And he’s got a little cradle cap on his head too which we’re trying to fight with a little olive oil.

I’m doing great too. Getting back into the swing of things with work. I’m still sad that Sam’s asleep when I get home from work, but I get him all morning long so I shouldn’t complain. We’re off to a wedding on Friday, this time without Sam. Should be pretty fun.