Monday, May 25, 2015

Baby H: Eight Months of Mark

He...

[+] weighs 18# 9oz based on our scale at home. He is getting so big so quickly, I can't believe it.

[+] is wearing 6-9mo & 9mo size clothes and I have officially washed, folded and packed away all his clothes that no longer fit. Cue the tears! And also the shock that he really was that small at one point. I am impressed with myself (and everyone else in Mark's life) that we only have one storage bin for everything size Nb to 6mo. He's also in size 3 diapers and size 4 overnight diapers for nighttime. Now that he is such a belly sleeper there were a few mornings where his jammies were soaked in the morning along the front and the larger size seems to be stopping that.

[+] has his second bottom tooth and goodness are they sharp! He's gotten me a handful of times as well as biting himself a few times too. He's starting to learn how to use those bad boys for good eating. No signs of the top ones yet but we shall see.

[+] is moving and grooving all over the place and seems so much happier because of it (see below). He's tasted some freedom and isn't looking back! In a matter of a few days he went from struggling to really hauling and it's so much fun but way more work. Occasionally he'll pull himself up on something (toy bin, his play piano, our legs) and just figured out how to go from belly to sitting too. What a fun stage.

[+] still eats 6 times a day but this will most likely be changing sometime soon (see below for part of it) and I'm not sure how much longer his nap schedule will stay the same which will change his feeds too. He also eats solids twice or three times a day with a mixture of the purees I have left and baby-led-weaning feeding himself. He's getting really efficient and it's so fun to watch him pick and choose which items on his tray go in his mouth. He's also tried squeeze pouches as a trial for when we're out of town and so far so good.

[+] is really smiley when he's awake and it's so much fun. He loves playing peek-a-boo with a blanket or when you crawl around a corner and pop out at him. He's really ticklish especially when I nibble with my teeth on his upper arms, palms and feet. He lights up whenever Ollie walks by or pays attention to him and he'll usually flash a silly grin at female waitresses/baristas/check-out clerks etc when we're out. He also loves birthday songs when we're at restaurants which is adorable.

[+] nicknames: Marky, Stink-stink, Love-B, Boo, Buddy

[+] likes: mobility, door-stops, jumping off the couch, feeding himself

[+] dislikes: a stern "no", not getting his way, car rides

I... 

[+] am done breast feeding and pumping. After a few horrible nursing sessions (that happened to correspond with J being out of town) I decided to throw in the towel on his 8 month birthday for good. My original plan was to get him to 6 months on some BM every day, which got revised to "as long as possible" after my supply took another hit but we were still succeeding with our new plan. But those last few nights of tears from both of us and overwhelming frustration at myself and my boy on top of just plain inconvenience of pumping so often for not that much milk was when I decided to call it quits. Thankfully since then our nursing sessions have been back to normal. I'll still pump throughout the day and call that milk "bonus" but I won't be driven by a 3-hour schedule anymore and won't actually nurse him anymore which means a bottle in the morning and no more dream feed. I knew this day would come eventually but I'm much more at peace about it knowing that I'm choosing to end when I am as opposed to just quitting in the thick of it.

[+] have one more month until the dreaded Board exams which means things are going to get worse until they get better. I spent basically the month of May out of the house at prep classes during the day which was such a bummer to be gone from my boy so much. Thankfully the next month will mostly involve studying and practice questions at home but still lots of time "away" which I'm not looking forward to.

[+] am starting Whole30 on June 1st and plan on posting entirely about the motivation, process and journey as I go. I wanted to wait to do smoothing like this along with any type of exercise program until I was done breastfeeding and now I can't wait to start feeling more like myself again instead of just Mark's mom/food source.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

May Goals

April's Recap
[+] buy new herbs to put in my pot in the kitchen. Check. My pot officially has basil in it and I hope I don't kill it this time. 

[+] get these long locks of mine cut. Check! I got about 3-4 inches taken off, switched the side my part is on and got some side bang (that I already hate).

[+] take Mark swimming again. Check. It was just as much of a success as last time but we realize we need to bring toys with us in the future. He also went under for the first time. Such a big boy.

[+] search for a deal on a new dress for Mark's baptism. Sorta, check. I didn't end up getting one but mostly because I couldn't justify spending anything on a dress when I have plenty. 

[+] date my husband more. We were definitely better about getting out just the two of us this month but need to work on "at home dates" and being intentional with our time together. 

[+] pull out my bin of spring/summer clothes from the basement. Nope. But mostly because CO weather can't make up it's mind and I can't put away my cold clothes yet. And everything doesn't fit at once. 
May's Goals
[+] survive! It's going to be one hell of a month (work travel for J, board studying and make up exams for me, previous commitments, etc etc) and June 1st can't come soon enough. I'm only setting a few goals because of the craziness. 

[+] have a good celebration with my hubs for his birthday. He deserves it!

[+] work towards dropping Mark's dream feed. He's definitely old enough to not need it anymore but I keep it around because I enjoy it and it keeps my supply going. But I think it's time to start eliminating it and just pumping at that time instead. 

[+] make Ollie a doggie-friendly treat for his B-day at the end of the month. Yes I am still a crazy dog-mom. 

[+] get (or ask) for more summer clothes for Mark. We weren't sure how quickly he'd be going through sizes so his current and next-size wardrobe is quite small. 

That's all I'm taking on for the month. Wish me luck!

Friday, May 1, 2015

Thankful v15

Lately I've been thankful... 
[+] for bare feet and short sleeves

[+] for good, restful sleep
[+] for bedhead and easy entertainment 

[+] for thunder storms and snuggles
[+] for the changing seasons

[+] for study breaks, glasses of whiskey and quiet
[+] for open-mouth, slobbery kisses from my little boy

[+] for trying something at least once
[+] for these goof-balls and J as Mark's dad

[+] for longer, brighter, warmer days
[+] for lots of "lasts" mixed in with "firsts"

I'm full to the brim with thankfulness lately. Life is good people.

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Baby H: Seven Months of Mark

He... 

[+] weighs 17#5 according to our scale at home. He goes in for a booster shot in a few days and I'll update then.

[+] is basically wearing-out his 3-6 month size clothes and moving into 6-9 & 9 month sizes. More often than not the original item I pull from his drawer in the morning gets put on and then immediately taken off because it doesn't fit. Once his "current size" drawer is close to empty he'll officially make the transition. He's also in size 3 diapers and wears a size 2 shoe.

[+] got his first tooth on April 7th. Bottom left and I have a feeling it's pair is not too far behind. He wasn't super difficult while he was teething but we could definitely tell something was up. He was a bit more fussy when he was awake, was less interested in eating both bottles and solids and was waking a few times in the night to fuss. We're glad it popped through and his silly grin is even more cute now. We did get him a Baltic Amber necklace to wear to see if we can beat these teeth to the curb.

[+] is on the verge of mobility and it's so fun (and frustrating sometimes) to watch him try to learn. He's not quite to the "almost crawling stage" but he back scoots (aka pushes his big noggin across the carpet) and rolls in both directions towards something he wants. Sometimes he's really into it and ends up across the room, happily playing with the toy/edge of the couch/blanket/dog that he encounters. And sometimes he hates it and ends up moving quite a bit out of pure yelling and screaming and flailing.

[+] drinks from momma twice and four times from a bottle in a day. His bottles either have 5 or 6oz of either BM or formula in them. He also "eats" twice in a day and we've started introducing more and more table foods. I haven't made any more purees and most likely won't at this point since he's already doing so well feeding himself. We still stick to the "one new thing at a time for 3 days" rule but he also eats things his already had during those periods too. So far he's eaten apple and peach slices, whole bananas, baby puffs, pickles, pieces of bread, broccoli, baby carrots, peanut butter and scrambled eggs. We set him in the highchair, put food on his tray and let him have at it.

[+] sleeps 7:30pm to 7/7:30am thank the high heavens. Occasionally he'll wake up a bit earlier, say 6:30 ish, but we don't actually go get him until its wake-up time. Sometimes he'll happily coo in his crib playing with his lovey, sometimes not so much. He also takes three naps during the day for between 1-1.5hours each. I have a feeling the last nap of the day might be on it's way out sometime soon but we'll let him decide.

[+] has started saying "goo, gaa" and other G-sounds which is fantastic. Still working on the momma and dada though. He's also started screeching at the top of his lungs. Its so loud and not a habit we want to continue but aren't really sure what to do about it. Other than take him outside which makes him silent as a mouse, so strange.

[+] nicknames: Marky, Chunk-chunk, Buddy, Love-B, Mark-My-Son

[+] likes: dill pickles, being outside, Ollie, tummy sleeping

[+] dislikes: lotion on his cheek still, being left alone, when you take something away (that he shouldn't have i.e. trash, a fork, etc)
I... 

[+] have 5 (yes five!!!) more days of classroom time until I'm done! I cannot believe the time is here. Granted I won't actually be "stress free" and will more likely be even busier through the end of June thanks to board studying but if I've made it this far I know I can put in the time the next two months and kill it.

[+] still battle lots of guilt related to breastfeeding except it takes on different forms than in times before. We have a great routine set up with his feeding schedule and I have no qualms about that. I get that he needed something more than I was able to provide for him for whatever the reason. But recently I don't even get 5oz in a single day pumping 3-4 times (which used to be 10oz+ when I started being a pumper). I knew this was bound to happen as pumps aren't as efficient and bodies don't respond the same way but that doesn't make it easier sometimes. My goal was 6 months which we've already met but goodness gracious what I wouldn't give to be a milk machine like some moms.

[+] need to start taking better care of myself. I'm getting enough sleep which is wonderful but have been saying "I need to workout" for months and months. Not to mention that I don't exactly eat very well either. Not bad 100% of the time but definitely not great. Mommas matter too and I just need to do it.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Mark's Firsts: Baptism

This past weekend our little boy was baptized and what a special day it was. Our immediate families and Mark's God-parents helped celebrate the day with us and everyone in the congregation just thought he was the most dapper little boy with his bow tie and Sperry's. There was a bit of stranger-danger going on for the actual baptism along with confusion as to why he was getting wet by a strange lady but thankfully the paci muffled his whines. He was an angel baby in the church up until the end when the service was cutting into nap time which only took a few minutes to reconcile in the lobby with some bouncing. 
We followed up the service with a quick nap in the carseat and a delicious brunch in downtown Littleton. The food was phenomenal, I devoured my peppered bacon eggs benny in a flash and we got to spend some good quality time with our families before heading our separate ways. While the day off from studying may or may not have influenced my exam score from yesterday (oops!), we had such a great day of celebration that it was definitely worth it!

Happy Baptism day baby boy! We love you.

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