Tuesday, May 25, 2010

6 Weeks

Additional things I've learned as a mom:
  • A public bathroom is as only good as it's changing station. If you lack one, you've already become a terrible bathroom.
  • There's a high likelihood that you will have some form of baby bodily fluid or dirt on your clothing by the end of the day. No more expensive clothing for a while.
  • Accessibility to my boob is now vital when shopping for new tops. If I can't breastfeed in it, there's no point in getting it. I have a really pretty long dress that I can't wear at this time because there's no way I can bf in it. I wish I had thought about that when I bought it.
  • The breastfeeding diet rocks. I've lost all of my pregnancy weight plus 17 pounds of prepregnancy weight. Only 11 more to go because goal weight #1.
  • Each day of maternity leave brings on a stronger desire to be a SAHM. I wish we could afford that as an option.
  • The mama bear is me in fierce. I never knew this side of me.
  • I detest car seats. Not for their function but because they are a PITA to get a baby in and out of. Plus they are freaken heavy if you decide to carry them.
  • You learn to prioritize which store to go in due to the aforementioned car seat issue.
  • The Ergo Carrier is a lifesaver.

Preston's Development:

  • He's starting to coo which is delightful to hear.
  • He is kicking his legs and moving his arms with more fluidity and enjoys his activity mat.
  • He's growing out of clothing like I work for a clothing store. What fit him last week, can easily be too small this week. BTW, I stepped on the scale with him yesterday and it said he was 15 pounds. I'm waiting for Danielle to do the same for confirmation. Holy Cow.
  • He can hold his head up longer on his own.
  • He still loves to be held and I love holding him.

Here's a short clip of him.

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Wednesday, May 19, 2010

5 weeks

  • My beautiful boy is getting bigger and bigger. Pulling him in to bed with me at night to nurse requires much more effort on my part these days. Before I could do it half asleep, now... not so much.
  • I fall deeper and deeper in love with him each and every day. Sometimes I feel like I can't get enough of him. He honestly brings me so much joy.
  • He enjoys tummy time and playing on his activity mat. He's discovering that he has arms and enjoys moving them. It's fun to watch except when he accidentally hits himself in his face.
  • I still wake up at night to make sure he's breathing. Damn you SIDS!
  • He loves to cuddle but can also fall asleep on his own in his cradle. However, with that said, he'd much rather fall asleep in your arms and I'm okay with that.
  • Sometimes he stops what he's doing just to listen to my voice as though he thinks it's the sweetest sound ever. I'm sure as a teen, he won't feel the same way!
  • I feel so incredibly lucky to be his mom.



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Tuesday, May 11, 2010

4 Week Check Up

Preston now weighs 11 pounds, 13 ounces and is 23 1/4 inches long. Talk about a growing boy! It's hard watching him grow so fast. Even at four weeks I want to freeze time.

At this age:
  • He turns his head to the sound of my voice
  • He stops crying when I sing to him.
  • He can turn his head while on his tummy
  • And he loves loves loves to be held.
  • Fussy time is usually between 9p-10p
  • He loves to nuzzle at the breast after eating
  • Wakes up around 2:45am and in the 5am hour to eat

Question: When did you pick a bedtime for your little one? And when is it? He still sleeps alot during the day and night. Did your child's bedtime change once you went back to work? I still have 8 weeks of maternity leave.


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Sunday, May 9, 2010

Our First Mother's Day

I wanted to do something special for our first Mother's Day so we went to Color Me Mine and painted mugs with Preston's footprints on them. Yes, my son has really big feet!!! It was one of the first things Danielle noticed about him after he was born (I anticipate a really tall boy). We had a great time and I'm sure it's something I will always remember. I can't wait to pick up the final product next week after it is fired and glazed.


Saturday, May 8, 2010

Mother's Day 2010

I read over my blog entry from last year on Mother's Day. I was in such a different place then. It was my third Mother's Day ttc and just another reminder of what I wasn't and yet so desperately hoped to be. It was very painful and I can still remember and feel what that hurt was like.

This year I'm looking forward to celebrating Mother's Day. I've waited so long to be a mother and I'm honored to have such a role. To make it special for our family, we have plans to go to a local pottery studio to make each other mugs with Preston's footprints on it (thanks giggleblue for the idea) and then we are meeting Danielle's mother and sister for lunch (pics to follow tomorrow).

So for my readers, I'll leave you with a passage from last year's mother's day entry which was so meaningful to me and helped me get through the holiday.

To those that are blessed to have children on earth, to those who have angels in heaven, and to those who are mothers in their hearts and just waiting for their miracle, Happy Mother's Day.

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Baby Acne or Rash?

It started out with a few spots but over the last week it has gotten progressively worse. At the last pediatric visit we were told it was baby acne. However now it's spreading to his upper chest. We're returning to the doctor next week for his one month check up. In the meantime any thoughts?


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