Thursday, March 29, 2012

You Know You Are A Mom When...

  • You are barely able to get in a shower and brush your teeth on a daily basis but you make sure your baby looks adorable and smells wonderful, even if that means multiple outfit changes and lotion lathers throughout the day.
  • You have a major panic attack when the swing batteries need to be recharged mid-day.
  • You stay up for an extra 30-45 minutes after your baby has gone to sleep to pump and/or get everything ready for the next feeding(diapers, wipes, pacifier in the right spot, burp cloth, etc). Preparation is key when you have a hungry baby on your hands.
  • You learn to eat when the baby is sleeping or content, regardless of what time it is, and you learn to eat FAST!
  • Exhaustion has a whole new definition..a definition that I didn't know existed until now.
  • The smallest coo and smile from your baby brings the biggest smile to your face.
  • Multi-tasking is something that you pick up pretty quickly after the baby's arrival.
  • You can sit and stare at your baby for hours and not feel the least bit guilty for not doing house chores.
  • You LOVE bigger and better than you ever thought possible.

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Monthly Milestones--Month 1

Amelia,
Our lives have changed so much in the past four weeks that you've been with us....something every parent told me would happen but we couldn't fully realize how much you would bring to our lives until we experienced parenthood firsthand.

From the second you were born, you've been a big eater. We started you out on a pacifier in the hospital and you had your first breast milk bottle at only a few days old. Your daddy says you get 'milk drunk' when you eat because you get so relaxed...it's pretty funny! Since mommy hasn't gone back to work yet, you still eat off the breast during the day but at night you eat only out of bottles. You do pretty good at eating off both nipples(bottle and breast)...you figured it out pretty quickly! When you do take a bottle, you've been eating about 3.5/4 ounces. The pediatrician said you should be eating 2/2.5 ounces but you don't seem satisfied so we increased the amount and you've been doing really good with it.

You're wearing size 1 diapers. We switched from newborn diapers around your second week because you were having some major blowouts. Size 1 diapers have been doing so much better. You've been wearing Pampers Sensitive but after wearing Huggies when we went home to Missouri, I've decided that they fit you better. As soon as your Pampers run out, we are switching!

You're clothes are size 0-3 months, even though a few newborn outfits still fit. I know it all depends on the brand but some newborns fit you perfect and others are skin tight. You're not a fan of changing your clothes. You have so many clothes in your closet, I could dress you in a different outfit multiple times a day but it's not worth the fit that you throw.

Speaking of throwing fits, you are definitely developing a bit of a temper. You go from zero to ten in the blink of an eye. We are trying to be patient and find ways to fix your temper but with two parents with tempers, I think we have a long road ahead.

During the day, we've been trying to work on getting you on a schedule. You usually wake up around 7am, which is when we do tummy time and floor activities, then you nap around 10am for about two hours. Usually mommy is so tired that I crash on the couch during this nap. The afternoon is when we listen to music, read books and walk the dogs. You usually take a cat nap around 4pm and once 6pm rolls around we try to keep you awake for our bedtime routine. Bath time starts around 7pm, then we lotion you up, dress you, feed you with the bottle, read a book, swaddle you and put you to bed around 8-8:30pm. Sometimes you can barely keep your eyes open when we read to you and other nights you don't get sleepy until 9-9:30pm. Your routine has been thrown off a bit due to the trip to Missouri but we are working really hard to get it back. You're definitely your mother's daughter....we need our daily routine!!

You're really starting to track and follow things, especially the leaves and butterflies on your swing. You love watching them move up and down to the music. You've also become a TV watcher, not by mommy's choice. Anytime we lay you down, you always find the TV and you get in a trance.

You've had some big milestones this month! You had your first flight to Missouri (4 hours total), which you loved. The jet noise and the turbulence was the perfect balance to put you to sleep! You also rolled over (belly to back) on your March 23, 2012. You had been trying to roll over during tummy time and we knew you were getting close but we had no idea you were so strong. Grandma called mommy and daddy into the living room and we got to witness your first roll over! I'm so glad that we got to witness it!

Our first month has been a learning process. As exhausted as mommy and daddy are, we wouldn't change it for the world. You're such a blessing and we are completely in love with you! Happy 1 Month Birthday, Big Girl!

Love,
Mommy

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

We Love Baths!!

Whether it's in the sink....
or in a big girl bathtub....
WE LOVE BATH TIME!!
How sweet is the above picture? Amelia and Daddy enjoying bath time together...LOVE THEM!

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Visiting Missouri

Bright and early Saturday morning we loaded up our bags, the boys and everything we thought we would need for Amelia and headed for the airport. We were pretty nervous and anxious about the trip but we were so excited for a week back home and that definitely overshadowed the nervousness. Amelia did so awesome! She loves her Moby wrap...she slept through both flights, with the exception of a diaper change.
Once we arrived in St. Louis, we walked as fast as our legs would carry us. My mom and Ana were waiting for us in the baggage claim with a "Welcome Amelia" sign. So sweet! I'm kicking myself for not getting a picture of it.
Our week was so much busier and hectic than I thought it would be. Everyone was so excited to meet Amelia and see us during our trip. Our family from Missouri plus Jason's dad and step-mom from California were in Missouri together and excited to spend some time with us. It was so nice to have everyone together! Here are just a few of the pictures of Amelia meeting some family members and of our time there.Not only did we see all of our family, but some family members and some friends had us a 'sip-n-see'. A 'sip-n-see' is similar to a baby shower just with the baby in attendance. It was so much fun to get old friends, new friends and family members together to show off our sweet little girl. The theme was 'A Celebration for the Sweetest Little Girl from the Sweetest Place on Earth' and it couldn't have been better. We made sure to have Amelia in the fluffiest, pinkest little dress for her special party. I'm not sure she was a fan but she sure did look adorable!The week went by so fast! On the last two days of our trip our little family of 3 got sick. We were
fortunate that it was only the last few days because it would have been a rough trip. Our flight home was just as good as the flight to Missouri. Amelia already loves to travel!!
Our routine was thrown off with the time change and with her constantly being held so this week we are really working on getting back into a routine. It was so much fun to go back to Missouri but getting our routine/schedule back in line while being under the weather hasn't been too much fun.
Counting down the days when we can go back...our hearts miss Missouri!

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Stroller Walking And Splish Splashing

The weather the past couple of days has been so nice...we decided to get out the stroller and take Amelia for her first walk. Her first ride in her stroller was on Saturday and we've been outside walking the neighborhood every evening since then. She loves being in her car seat so hooking her car seat on the stroller and walking around the block is something that she really enjoys. I'm so thankful that she loves her stroller because it's such a nice way to relax, talk to Jason about his day and get in some exercise. I'm hoping these evening walks help melt off the pounds...one can hope, right?

Yesterday when I was changing Amelia's diaper, I got a pleasant surprise. Her umbilical cord stump fell off and she has the cutest little belly button ever! Not only does losing her little stump mean that she's a big girl but it means she can take a big girl bath. She's not the greatest at balancing and sitting up in the bath tub but she loved soaking and splashing! Just seeing her in the bath made me realize how fast she is growing. My little one will be 3 weeks old tomorrow...goodness, where does the time go?

Our little family is adjusting to our newest addition a little bit better with each passing day. We love our little lady!

Monday, March 12, 2012

Grandma And Her Baby Love

My mom got on the first flight available once I called her and told her that I was in labor and was heading to the hospital. She has been saving up her PTO time at work so she could stay and help out for TWO WEEKS after Amelia made her debut.
Mom was able to be in the delivery room...she loved witnessing her sweet little girl being brought into the world. She was beaming brighter than any light in the hospital...just look at the picture below!I'm not sure what I would have done without her, her support, her extra set of hands and her instinct on what needed to be done. She cooked meals, helped clean the house, loved on her newest grand baby girl, took care of the boys, did laundry and just providing an extra set of hands. I'm sure I'm forgetting a few more things that she helped out with but I'm running on little sleep so I'm not able to think of them. She's always been an amazing mother and I loved seeing her in action being an amazing grandmother. We are so blessed!!
With all that said, mom left to go back to Missouri yesterday. Last night was our first night with just the three of us and I think that we did pretty good. Amelia definitely missed her grandma singing to her but she settled for mama's singing instead.
Next week Jason is on vacation and we'll be flying back to Missouri so saying goodbye wasn't as hard as we anticipated because we knew that in only a few days we would be seeing her again.

Mom--I'm so thankful for you and your kindness. Your help was much appreciated...I'll repay you one day!!

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Bassinet To Crib

Last night, Amelia slept in her bed for the first time. Up until now she has been sleeping in a bassinet beside our bed but we decided it was time to introduce her to her room and try to establish a routine with her. Bedtime is one of the first routines that we have really been working on. Our routine for bedtime has been the following: a bath around 7:30pm, bottle around 8:00pm, swaddle and put to bed around 8:30pm/9:00pm. She usually wakes up around 12:00am, 3:00am and then again around 6:00am. Of course this routine isn't how every night goes but that's our target routine for now.

I was dreading moving Amelia into her room. I have enjoyed having her in our room because when she needs something, she is closer and it's more convenient for me. We hooked up the monitor so we could look in on her periodically throughout the night without having to actually get up and go into her room. Here is what I saw all night....As apprehensive as I was to put her in her room, after last night I'm certain that Amelia loves her room. She slept like a champ and let her mommy and daddy get some much needed sleep. My baby is turning into a big girl with each passing day...sleeping in her room is just another way to show she is a big girl!

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Our Little Lady

We've been so fortunate to have some great photographers take pictures of Amelia over the past week. Her newborn pictures were done when she was 7 days old and then we had some other pictures of her taken when she was 14 days old. Here are some of the pictures of her at her 2 week photo shoot...I could just eat her up!She has already changed so much over the past two weeks...our lives have changed so much in the past two weeks! We are so in love with our little lady!

Friday, March 9, 2012

Amelia's Second Week

Thursday, March 1, 2012: Bright and early Thursday morning, Amelia had her newborn pictures. Shortly after finding out we were pregnant, I started searching for the perfect photographer for her newborn pictures. It was a lot more difficult to keep Amelia asleep and position her in the sweet, little poses but after seeing the finished product, it was worth all the effort. Friday, March 2, 2012: Amelia got to meet Ms. Raina, who is going to be coming over to the house to watch Amelia when I go back to work. It worked out perfectly because Jason and my mom were both around to meet her when she came over. It was nice to see how she interacted with Amelia.
Saturday, March 3, 2012: Tonight was date night for mommy and daddy. Amelia stayed at home with grandma and we got to go out to dinner and run a few errands. Unfortunately, I wasn't feeling the greatest due to a fever and mastitis but it was still nice to be able to have a night of just us. We've said from the beginning that we want to make sure we make time for each other. A simple dinner at Outback and a few errands made us feel like we were doing just that.
Monday, March 5, 2012: After my milk production was cut in half after getting mastitis, I called Amelia's pediatrician and explained the situation. She recommended that we feed her part breast milk part formula until the mastitis goes away and my milk production increases. Amelia ended up getting two days of partial formula bottles and today was her first day. She responded really well to the formula...no issues that we noticed but it was really difficult for me. I felt like I wasn't being a good mom, even though I know some babies eat formula only. I was so glad when I could put the formula away!!
Wednesday, March 7, 2012: Today was another doctor's appointment for another weight check. Weekly appointments were scheduled until Amelia's weight got back up to birth weight. Today when she was weighed she was 8 pounds 6 ounces (56% for her age), which made this momma so proud. I was so worried that she would drop weight because my milk production was so low this week but after seeing the number on the scale, I was tickled pink. She doesn't have to go back to the doctor until her two month check-up in April.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Breastfeeding Experience

*Proceed with caution--this post could have some unpleasant details. I want to remember this experience...all aspects of my breastfeeding experience.

Once Amelia was cleaned up after delivery, she was immediately brought over to me to start nursing. Latching on and feeding for her was no issue. She acted like an old pro...she fed for 15 minutes on one side and then we switched her to the other side for 10 minutes. I knew that it would be painful in the beginning because my boobs weren't used to being used as a feeding tool for a hungry baby. To be honest I didn't care how it felt, I loved knowing that I was able to feed and take care of my baby.
Nursing and pumping were going great up until this past Saturday morning. I started feeling achy and feverish and my left boob had a knot on one side and was getting redder with each passing hour. After 24 hours of running a 100-102 fever and after pumping out some unknown substance, we finally got in touch with a great family doctor! The doctor determined that the substance that came out of my boob was a calcium stone and if it didn't come out, it could harden and really make things rough. After all my efforts, I had still gotten mastitis in one of my boobs. The calcium stone was about the size of a penny and pinkish in color. Talk about a freakout moment when you realize that something is floating in your milk, something that shouldn't be there. Not only was one side painful but it was also affecting the amount of milk that I was able to pump out. Amelia loves to eat so not knowing if I would have enough milk to fill her up made for a stressful few days.
After continuing to pump/nurse and a few days of antibiotics, the mastitis cleared up and my milk production increased back up to where it was. I'm still breastfeeding and pumping (trying to build up my supply for when I go back to work) and it's definitely getting easier with each day. At first, I wasn't so sure that my body would be able to keep up with our hungry girl but we made due!
Breastfeeding is a learning process and I'm sure that I'll continue to learn and I hope it continues getting easier. I love knowing that I'm taking care of my little girl!

Monday, March 5, 2012

A Daddy And His Princess

I just had to share these sweet moments between a daddy and his princess...melt my heart!It's amazing how much love he has for Amelia. I can't wait to see how his love for her continues!

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Amelia's First Week

I can't believe I'm actually typing out Amelia's first week on the blog! How does time fly by so fast? When I look back at pictures from the hospital, my baby girl looks so tiny. She's definitely growing and changing with each passing day, which makes this mama sad.
Since I use the blog to remember important events, I broke down her first week. She experienced so much in her first week of life.
Saturday, February 25, 2012: We were discharged from the hospital around 2:00pm. We bundled up Amelia, loaded her in her car seat and made the drive to the house. I'm not sure Jason has ever drove with such caution in his life. He made sure to look both ways and then look both ways again before making a turn. We pulled into the house and we had a cute little announcement stork in our yard. I still can't believe that I'm the house with the baby announcement in her yard...pretty amazing!Sunday, February 25, 2012: We had to take Amelia back to the hospital to get her bilirubin levels checked. Her levels were slightly elevated when we left the hospital so they just wanted to keep an eye on it. After a few delays at the hospital, 45 minutes later, we were able to get her blood work done and get her results. No jaundice for Amelia!!
Monday, February 26, 2012
: Amelia got her first sponge bath today. Jason was off work and we wanted him to be around for all of her 'firsts'. She didn't like being naked and cold but I think holding her daddy's finger made the bath a little bit better. After her bath, we put her in the outfit that Jason picked out for her when we found out we were having a little girl. She looked adorable in her little sweatsuit. She looked so grown up! I started pumping after her feedings so my milk supply could start getting built up before heading back to work. We decided to give Amelia her first bottle. Daddy was pretty excited to be able to feed his little lady. Jason's eyes are closed but it's the only picture I have of her eating her first bottle. I would have tried to get another one but she ate that bottle so fast that we didn't want her sucking down air and getting a belly ache.She slept so good after that bottle...I think we created a little piggy after that first bottle!
After her bottle, we got out Snuggle Puppy and read it to her. Pretty sweet since that is the one book that read to her constantly when she was in my belly. Tuesday, February 28, 2012: Today was the first time we got out of the house for some errands. Of course, Target was on the agenda. I was starting to have withdrawals! We went to Target, Babies R Us and KMart and Amelia was an angel. She loves riding in her car seat...our first day of errand running was a success.
Wednesday, February 29, 2012: Today was Amelia's 2nd doctors appointment for a weight check. She lost a pound right in the beginning and her pediatrician wanted to keep an eye on her weight and make sure that once my milk came in she started gaining. Amelia gained .5 ounces since she left the hospital and the doctor was really proud of her. Her pediatrician said most babies gain an average of 39 grams a day and Amelia gained 80 grams over the few days. She weighed 7 pounds 9 ounces. Her next appointment is March 7th and we'll see how she is progressing.

Friday, March 2, 2012

Frito Fingers

The day that we got discharged from the hospital, the hospital photographer came by to take some pictures of Amelia in her going home outfit. I ordered the sweetest little outfit off out Etsy--a white gown with her initials monogrammed on the front, two pink/white polka dot bows on the bottom of the gown, and the sweetest little hat with her name. It was the perfect, most precious outfit for our little girl.Her daddy wanted to hold her before the photographer came, which just so happened to be right before lunch. Jason grabbed his little girl and a bag of BBQ Fritos....a man has to eat, right? Well once the photographer came in the room, we got Amelia all ready for her first photo shoot and I noticed a few Frito fingerprints on her outfit. Of course this hormonal mama asked the question, "Who got Fritos on her outfit?" and Jason's face was priceless. He knew he was the guilty culprit that got her little outfit dirty after I was so careful with it beforehand to keep it in perfect condition. We tried to clean off the fingerprints as best we could but there was still some that wouldn't come off.
Thank goodness for my mom and Aunt Diane that made the situation something we could laugh off because I could feel the hot air about to shoot out of my ears.
I can't help but laugh when I think back at the way I grouchily asked about the Frito fingerprints, Jason's facial expression when he knew it was his fingerprints on her outfit and the way the photographer looked like she wished she was in another room.

Within 24 hours of Amelia's birth, I learned a very valuable lesson-when life gives you lemons, make lemonade.