Tuesday, August 23

William 5 Months

Time is going so fast I just want to cry! This month has gone by even faster than the past 4.

The good news is William has turned into a happy baby! He loves to smile and talk - more than I remember Matthew doing. His belly laughs are just the cutest thing ever. I could listen all day. But when he's unhappy he lets us know! He's still pretty gassy and has some real stinkers.

He's filling out 6 month clothes and wearing size 2 or 3 diapers. Not sure on his weight without a Dr appt this month, but maybe close to 16 lbs. His hair is still brown, but maybe getting a little lighter. It's longer than Matthew's was, and he's got quite the comb over!



He's made it through a month of daycare without any significant illness (knock on wood).

We got a jumperoo, and he loves to bounce all over the place!

He was baptized at the end of the month - we planned a baptism the same day as our niece, and it worked out great! He didn't cry or make a peep the whole time.



He goes to sleep around 7:30 and sleeps until around 3:30 to wake up and eat. If he wakes up before that he will take his paci and go back to sleep. 
I never knew it was possible, because it never happened with Matthew, but we can lay him down awake and he goes to sleep on his own. Amazing, thank you William, we appreciate that. He naps pretty well for us on the weekends, but takes short naps at daycare.


He's not rolling over back to tummy yet, but he wants to. He pushes himself up into a glute bridge trying.

We haven't started solids, but I'll have to remember what all we tried with Matthew so that we're ready around 6 months.

Ready for his first football season!





Tuesday, August 2

New Endeavor

As if keeping up with a Toddler and a new baby isn't enough, I have been working on a new project. 

If you know me in real life, you know I am not necessarily one to put myself out there. But this is something I have been working on here and there for almost a year, and at the beginning of the new year, decided it was time to just do it.

No, it's nothing crazy - well maybe to some people it is. 

I started a new blog.

Ok, that's not crazy.

What is this blog you ask?

A breastfeeding blog


Breastfeeding Friend

Breastfeeding Advice From a Friend


Well, let me give you a little back story...

I have been very involved with a group of women at work who are pregnant or are new moms. The focus of our group is to help encourage women as they return to work with breastfeeding and pumping, and finding that support in general.

Also, lots of my friends have been having babies, and I shared what I learned from breastfeeding with them. Breastfeeding was a tough but rewarding experience for me, so I want to help others as much as I can. 

Since I was pregnant with Matthew, breastfeeding has been something I am passionate about. Not whether a woman should do it or not, that's a personal choice, but if you do, I want to help give encouragement and information. Anything to make it easier and less overwhelming.

I am a type A who wanted to know everything about everything. Of course with something so new, I didn't even know what I didn't know. Or what to ask. The internet was my best friend (and worst enemy sometimes- let's be honest) in finding information.

Sometimes information gave me confidence, sometimes it made me doubt myself even more. But what really helped me the most was hearing other women's personal stories. Even if they weren't directly encouraging me, knowing that everyone struggles with something was sometimes reassuring. (Does that even make sense?) I guess it's just a feeling of "you are not alone."

So over the past year or so, I had compiled some information for myself, and to send to friends. So I decided to put it on the internet where it could be accessed by anyone.
Kind of an advice column, if you will.

But I also want to document my breastfeeding journey with my second baby. There's so many things I went through on a daily basis, but looking back, I have a hard time remembering them.

So if you want to check it out, or follow along with baby #2, you can find me at My Breastfeeding Friend
http://www.breastfeedingfriend.net/

I also started a Breastfeeding Friend Facebook page if you want to catch up there are links to most of the posts and an instagram account @mybreastfeedingfriend

I have lots of fun ideas to share too - now just I just have to find time!

Friday, July 29

MilkFlow

I recently got to try some of the products from Upspring through Influenster. I received the products for free - but all these opinions are my own.

This couldn't come at a better time, as Upspring makes great products for moms - and I am a new mom (for a second time).

I got to try the Milkflow supplement. It's all natural and the Chocolate flavor is actually really good! The main ingredients are fenugreek, blessed thistle and anise seed.

The berry and orange flavors were ok, but still tasted a little herb-y. They were better with a little juice added to the water to mix them.

You can find it on Amazon.







I didn't notice any crazy increase in my supply, but I did try taking Milkflow more regularly (daily) after I had a stomach bug and my supply had gone down. It did go back up a little, but I don't know how much of that was attributed to the Milkflow. I would definitely buy it as a replacement for the yucky tonics that I've tried in the past. And it's way better than tea.
I also received the milkscreen strips - which I used after a work happy hour, and the nipple balm, which I haven't used. I didn't even know it, but they have all kinds of products for new moms at http://www.upspringbaby.com/




All in all I give it a thumbs up!




Tuesday, July 19

William 4 months

How did another month go by already?

We had some drama with the pediatrician because our health insurance company was negotiating the contract with Piedmont (pretty much all the Dr offices in our area got bought by Piedmont in the last 5 years, and both local hospitals are Piedmont). So we had to find a new pediatrician. There were only a few options in our area that weren't Piedmont. We'll see if we go back to our old one if they work something out.

He's up to 14lb 7 oz. For comparison, at 4 months Matthew was 12 lb 8 oz. Had to get his ears cleaned out, and he did not like that. Or the 3 shots he got :(


William is in size 2 diapers and fitting into 6 month clothes.

We celebrated Father's day.



We also celebrated the 4th of July.




We also went on a long weekend vacation to Chattanooga. William did a great job tagging along, and was generally pretty happy.







Daddy went back to work and William started daycare on the 11th. It was an easier transition this time (for me). Since I was already established in my work routine. I am glad he was a little bit older too. One week in (4 days) and he's not taking good naps there :( Hoping that improves. He's been able to sleep in in the mornings this week, but starting next week it will be early mornings. Hoping to avoid some of those early daycare germs too :(

Stretching out wake times sometimes to 1.5 hours, but if he's tired watch out! He gets angry.

Found a new swaddle - the Love to Dream Love to Swaddle up light - it's a zip up and arms up swaddle. William seems to like it, and it's much cooler for him and the zipper is easy. We'll be looking to lose the swaddle soon though. - not looking forward to that plus a 4 month sleep regression.
Love to Dream™ Small Love To Swaddle UP™ Lite in Cream

Still taking about 3-4 ounces in a bottle and fighting the last 1-2 ounces (with daddy). We'll see how he does at daycare.


Most nights I go into his room around 10-11 and give him a bottle as a dream feed. I am not sure if it's helping him sleep longer, but some nights he makes it to 3-4 am before waking up.

William gives us the biggest smiles and it is just the cutest thing ever. Even though he looks grumpy in so many pictures.

He's drooling a ton, but I don't think he's teething yet.

His umbilical hernia seems to be mostly gone and his belly button is pretty normal now.

He loves to sit up, we got out his sit me up chair (of course Matthew climbed in and got stuck). He also sits in the high chair with us at dinner time. I think he's almost ready for the jumperoo, he loves to kick his legs.






Saturday, July 16

Overheard

I found this post in my draft files. It's pretty old, but it was funny enough I wanted to share.

Overheard in our house:

Hubby: A 5k is 2 point how many miles?
Me: (After I stopped laughing) A 5 k is 3 point 1 miles, 2 point another mile point one

BTW, hubby now knows and has run a 5k and a 10k.


Hubby (While I'm watching some strange addiction show on TLC): I am not watching some show about a man who thinks he's a baby, I'd rather watch housewives. 
(haha! not a problem, when the hubby wants to watch housewives, the hubby gets to watch housewives)

Me: Is that your fantasy baseball team
Chris: Yes
Me: How many weeks are there
Chris: twenty something
Me: What week are you on now?
Chris: Five
Me: uuuuugggggghhhhh

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