Monday, November 17, 2014

Halloween Photo Dump

For Jack's first Halloween we had a jillion pictures. Perfectly posed. Pictures with the carved pumpkins. Pictures with Mommy & Daddy.

This year? I was lucky if I got 5 pictures. Jack was itching to go out trick-or-treating with his friends and the neighbors, Sadie was kinda fussy, we were waiting for my family to get here and my anxiety was out.of.control. and the gratuitous noise was making me iNsAnE.

BUT. The kids had fun. That's all that matters.

Here's what I got for pics, in collage form because I'm too lazy to watermark individual pics right now.


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Friday, November 14, 2014

4 Months

Ok so I'm a week late. But I can promise that these pics were from the day she turned 4 months, so at least I got that!

Weight: 13.55 lbs, 33rd %ile (from her 4 month pedi visit)
Length: 24.5", 50th %ile

Still on the Gerber Soothe and doing well! She is also fed about 1/3 breastmilk, and I'm amassing quite the freezer stash too. The ILs bought us a chest freezer for our anniversary, so I've been storing it in there. Right now I'm going the whole gift-bag storage method, but if someone has something a little easier, I'd love to hear it! We got the green light for solids at the pedi visit, but I think we are going to wait. We just moved her up to 5 oz bottles about a week before she turned 4 months, and as I'm writing this we are moving her up to 6 oz bottles. Pedi said if she is taking 8 oz and still seems hungry, then she's ready. She's not even close if that is the starting point. We started at 4 months with Jack and it was a struggle, he hated it, so I'm in no rush with Sadie. We'll start somewhere between 5-6 months most likely but for now bottles are just fine :) Oh, and this isn't really eating related, but she is still on Prilosec. We decided to keep the dose the same instead of adjusting for weight to see if she will essentially wean off of it as she gets bigger and starts eating more solids.

She is quite the catnapper! 20 minutes at a time at daycare if they are lucky and I know its driving them nuts, but Jack was the same way. She will nap for me at home (45 minutes is a good nap), but thats in a dark room, with white noise and a music CD. She is still sleeping well at night despite her latest move: into the crib! The weekend after she turned 4 months Jack was at the ILs for the weekend because Mike and I were working, so we figured it was a good time to transition her to the crib. She did great! The first night she slept 7:30-5:30 straight through! As much as I miss her being in our room, I know she is sleeping better without being woken up by us (whether it be snoring or getting up/getting home from work). I'm also trying to break her of her addiction to THE BALL. I'm trying to just be able to rock her in the rocking chair before bed instead of needing to bounce her. It works about 50% of the time. I just want to be able to sit in the rocking chair, feed her a bottle and snuggle her, instead of bouncing and not being able to really snuggle her. We'll get time.

Current favorite toy is her playmat! She now purposely grabs at the toys and will play on there for about 25 minutes at a time. I can tell that she is starting to see more colors and lights, because now she seems mesmerized by toys that light up or play music. Before it was just crinkle sounds and black & white, but now she seems to be starting to like colors. She still likes to be held a lot, probably because then she can see more of what's going on and be all up in the party.

Still hates the car. She is a smidge better now that she can really play with the toy bar on her carseat (we have this one). Jack got a new carseat (Graco Nautilus) and the side profile is not as deep as his Britax Roundabout, so he is able to reach out and bang the toys to make them light up or make noise to soothe her. We've also come to rely on the Baby Shusher app (available on iTunes & Android) for when she starts really crying in the car. And damn does it work! Instead of us hyperventilating and going dizzy from shushing her, this app does it for us. I feel like such a yuppy shmuck for saying that but hey, whatever works. Both Mike and I have it on our phones, and it was well worth the $4.99 purchase (coming from someone who loathes to pay for any apps).

We are smiling, cooing (rather talking up a storm and yelling randomly) and grabbing at toys so far :) She has yet to grab something and purposefully bring it to her mouth, I think things end up at her mouth simply because she happens to be holding them and she really just wants to chew on her hands (her favorite toy). She isn't rolling yet, but she's kinda close. I was a little worried, but then the pedi pointed out because she likes to be held so much and also because when her reflux was out of control she didn't want to be put flat on the ground, that has hindered her from really being able to roll. And I remember hearing when Jack was little that babies are usually dominant in either social/verbal or motor milestones. Jack was more of the motor type, and I think Sadie is a little social butterfly and is concentrating more on working towards talking our ears off in the future. Oh! And another milestone! First Halloween! Coming up in another post :)

Little Muffin,

So we made it through our first month back at work & daycare! I can tell you are moving out of your newborn phase, you seem to be so intrigued by the world around you and want to see everything and be up in the middle of everything. You have so much to say, you coo all the time and tell us lots of "stories". You are such a social little girl, you smile back at everyone who talks to you, and you wiggle your whole body when you smile. You are just such a happy little thing most of the time :)

You are still my little teeny girl, we just moved you up to 3-6 month clothes! Most of your pants are still 3 months and fit perfectly :) Now that your feet have gotten a smidge bigger, we bought you some baby shoes and OMG is Mommy having fun with that! I went shopping with Gramma, Auntie Kellie (your BFFL) and Jack and we picked out some pink Ugg boots for you, and some silver dress shoes and sparkly shoes for Christmas. You have the best dressed feeties out there!

One of my favorite things that you do lately is how you snuggle up right into my shoulder when I'm holding you. Your little arm holds onto my shoulder and you nuzzle your face into my neck. It's the best! I love when you wake up in the morning and I go in and get you and you have the biggest smile for me. You are such a bright and happy little girl, and it just warms my heart to see you smile :)

I love you so much my little muffin, thank you for being the baby girl we've always dreamed about...

Look at those beautiful


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Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Reflux update!

So if I didn't think that Sadie had reflux before, I definitely think she has it now.

Last week sometime we ran out of her Prilosec because I had spilled the bottle a few days after she started it. (I would have gotten a refill, but my shitty insurance wouldn't cover it 3 days early and that shit is $100+ out of pocket and it was a Sunday when we ran out and I didn't feel like going through the whole rigamarole with the on call pedi) We only missed her dose for 3 days, but man could you tell the difference. After day 2 of missing it she was fussy constantly, arching her back, puking more and just generally inconsolable. About 4 days after restarting, she was back to napping, less puking, no arching. My parents were here for the weekend and day 4 when the Prilosec fully kicked back in even my mom noticed a difference. I don't think its a fluke either, because it was day 4 or 5 that the Prilosec kicked in when we started it for the very first time.

I've also noticed a difference if she doesn't have the medicine first thing in the morning. A few times I haven't remembered to give it to her until the afternoon, and I've noticed that she is definitely more fussy. The hard part is trying to time her dosing on an empty stomach. Usually she isn't completely "empty", but I do try to not feed her immediately before or after.

She still gets hiccups multiple times per day, almost 20-30 minutes after eating without fail. There has to be some biologic reason for it, but I have no idea what. I've never known someone to get hiccups like 5 times per day. It just seems weird. We give her gripe water when they start which stops them, because if we don't she gulps in a lot of air and then gets gassy and uncomfortable. Sometimes if she's having a particularly bad day, she'll get a shot of gripe water with a chaser of Mylicon. It's a cocktail I like to call "The Sadie" ;)

She still pukes a lot, but when she has her medicine its a lot less forceful - meaning it doesn't shoot out her nose as well. When my sister Kellie was little she was a puker too, and my parents called her "The Spew Monster" for a while. Well, Sadie is taking after her Auntie and is a Spew Monster as well :)

So, all in all, things are pretty much under control when it comes to the reflux, I just hope it stays this way and she grows out of needing the meds at some point :)


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Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Back to work...

Maternity leave is over.

Today I'm back at work.

I had a shift at my per diem job 2 weeks ago, which was good because I got my feet wet and realized I didn't forget how to do my job. I was legit worried about that, because technically I've been out of work for 4 months. Remember I was pulled from work in early June because of my blood pressure? Well its been almost 4 months to the day that I have worked.

I definitely feel different about going back now than I did with Jack. I'm ready for some adult interaction and to be able to get out of the house. It was a hard 3 months - Sadie was/is not an easy baby. She is definitely high maintenance and she hates her carseat so going places wasn't really on the top of my list. With Jack, we went out to dinner, went on day trips, went to CT for a week - it felt like a 3 month vacation. Sure there were difficult moments but it was pretty awesome all around. These past 3 months have been some of the most difficult times of my life. The month of August was the hardest. Jack is a very high-energy kid and trying to keep him occupied with a fussy baby 24-7 was beyond what I could handle some days. So going back to work actually seems like it might be a bit of a cake walk. (for now at least)

But I'm also sad to be going back because this is likely my last maternity leave. My NP doesn't think that my body can handle another pregnancy, and my wallet doesn't think I can afford another child (college, wedding, etc). It just feels so final, like this part of my life is over. Having kids made me feel young, like I was just starting out. And I know this is completely irrational, but suddenly I feel old. Like left out to pasture. (crazy, I know) I liked the excitement of trying for a baby, I liked the end of pregnancy (the beginning I could do without), I just liked this whole time in my life. And it's sad that it won't happen again.


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3 Months

A day late but still, um, WHAT?

Weight: 13 lbs (home scale)
Length: 24 inches (I double checked it twice!)

Still on Gerber Soothe! She eats 4-5 oz bottles every 2-3 hours, sometimes 4 hours during the day if she doesn't feel like eating. Also, we are nursing/bottle of breastmilk 1-2x/day. Her belly seems much happier when we do this, I think because it keeps things moving. If she goes a few days without it, OMG her poop smells like death and is super dark green in color and more pasty. Plus, she's wicked fussy and then when she finally has a giant poop she acts better. So hopefully my prediction of my supply plummeting when I go back to work (tomorrow!) will not hold true.

Girlfriend made her own bedtime - usually by 8:30. I've always been a proponent of letting kids make their own schedules, and the same holds true with Sadie. She definitely has her witching hours of about 4-8 pm, she is fussy, wants to be held constantly, doesn't really want to eat all that much. Then around 8, she starts to scream like the house is falling down and OMGWHERETHEHELLISMYBOTTLE and then she eats, passes out and we put her in her bassinet. Usually she will wake up about 5 minutes later, you have to rock her again before she's truly out, but I'm ok with that. And as for sleeping through the night, I've learned not to jinx myself and say 'OMG she sleeps for like 8 hours every night straight through its so awesome and my kid is so perfect!'. Yeah, screw that. We have our good nights & our bad nights. But eventually, everyone gets a few hours of sleep.

Lately she has been loving reclining in the Boppy next to us on the couch. She always has to be up in the middle of everything, she definitely gets lonely and lets you know she doesn't like it. She still loves black & white patterns, and loves the sound of crinkly toys. Her playmat has parts of the mat that are crinkly and its funny to watch her squiggle over them and hear the sound and look like 'where the hell did that come from?' She also is a huge fan of her bath. She kicks her legs like crazy and splashes water everywhere. We usually just let her play in there until she gets goosebumps and wants to come out. If the water was constantly warmed, I swear she'd stay in there all day. Also, Jack is completely perplexed as to why she doesn't play with any toys in her tub ;)

Still hates her carseat and being in a non-moving car. I've mastered the unfortunate art of driving one handed while I hold a pacifier in her mouth, or sometimes I feed her a bottle. Not great, but this stops the screaming and prevents me from having a full blown panic attack (truth - more on that in another post). She doesn't really dislike tummy time per-se, but she will only tolerate it for about 5 minutes. Jack was the same way, I think his reason was a sensory issue (common in kids with SPD), but for her I wonder if its her reflux or something. I think she will be a late roller because she doesn't tolerate long periods on her belly or long periods flat on the playmat. Shit, who am I kidding, she doesn't tolerate long periods of anything except being held!

My Little Bunny,

Well Girl, it's been 3 whole months since you made your debut. You are at such a fun age right now - so many smiles and the beginnings of giggles. When you smile you do it with your whole body - your face scrunches up, you pull your arms up to your face and kick your legs. I must admit, I get the biggest smiles, but that makes sense because you and I are usually attached at the hip. You are so social and alert, and love to be right up in the middle of everything.

It's so nice to see that your Prilosec is making you feel so much better, you just seem happier. I'm sad that it took us so long to figure out this was what you needed, because now I have to go back to work and we were just getting into a groove. I'm already looking forward to my next day off so we can snuggle all day :)

You've taught me a lot in these past 3 months, but most of all its patience. I've never been a very patient person, my grandfather always used to joke with me about it when I was little. But now that I've had you, I've learned that patience and staying calm in situations where you want to rip your hair out are truly virtues. I'm not perfect by any means and I've definitely lost my temper way too many times when you have been crying for a long time, but I'm trying. I'm getting better. You've taught me more about multitasking then I'd care to like. With you in the carrier/wrap, I can hold your pacifier with one hand, bounce & sway while vacuuming, emptying the dishwasher, putting away laundry, tidying up the house.

In just 3 short months you have made my world complete. Your fierce personality and bright smile are more than we ever could have wished for. I always tell your brother that he is my favorite boy. Well, you are my favorite girl. You've always been my favorite girl, even before I met you. It was meant to be Sadie Lady, it was meant to be...

I love you,

She's not drunk, I swear...

This one is my fave! Look at that face!!!


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