6.27.2014

Confessional Friday

Good morning!! I'm linking up with Leslie at A Blonde Ambition for Confessional Friday! Her blog is one of my favorites, and I've been meaning to start this for like six Fridays now. So:

I confess that I kiss Owen's cheeks one thousand times a day, and I would do even more if there were more hours in a day. I mean seriously. Cutest ever or cutest ever? 


I confess that when it was time for me to wash my face this morning, I squeezed a big 'ol dollop of moisturizer into my hand instead of cleanser. Whoopsies. Can't say it's the first time I've done that! I blame the cutie above for my sleep deprivation.

I confess that it has been really, really nice to be back in class since I took last semester off to have Owen. I'm working on my Master's in Counseling, and even quit teaching in order to do it. I have to leave him three days a week through the end of July, then my schedule will be a little more relaxed in the fall. Is it ok to say that going to class feels like a break? I love being with Owen, but those days at home can drag and drag... especially with Ryan working 12 hour days!

I confess that I'm counting down the days til August 22. That's when my next hair appointment is at The Crown! I missed my last appointment in order to give birth :), and once you get out of the rotation, it's challenging to get an appointment! I haven't gotten my hair done since February 7th. Dying.

I confess that I'm not sad about Owen turning 3 months old in 4 days. I have really enjoyed him so much since he's started smiling and showing interest in some toys. He's so much fun! I would never go back. I am a little mad at myself because I've been enjoying him so much that I haven't been taking as many pictures. Today's to-do: take cute pictures.

I confess that I've watched this video about a million times. We took Owen to the pool for the first time last Friday, and he hated it. I think it's hysterical!

video

And with that, have a great weekend!! We'll be laying low this weekend. In the mean time, if you want to pray that Owen starts liking the pool, that'd be grreeaaat. ;)


6.08.2014

2 Months

 

As of Sunday, I have a two month old. Tuesday, a 9 week old. Since I'm posting this a week after I wrote it (um, life with Owen is cuh-razy), this Tuesday he will be 10 weeks old. There is a certain ache that runs through my body every time I think about how quickly he has grown and changed already. I look at pictures from the earliest weeks and can't comprehend that it's the same baby in those pictures as the one in my arms. During these past two months, I have learned patience and selflessness like never before. Ok, maybe just with Owen. Someday it will carry out into other relationships :) Truly though, I've never had to give of myself in such a way, and I never imagined I could find such joy in doing so.

At two months, Owen is growing like a weed! He is 25 inches long ("100th" percentile), and 12 lb 10 oz (75th). Right now he's looking tall and skinny, although he's finally getting a little meat on those yummy thighs! He has been loving his playmat and his swing, and I enjoy being able to put him down every now and then. He's becoming increasingly aware of his tongue and is frequently sticking it out! It's so cute. He loves looking at lights, even natural light through the window, and he loves watching ceiling fans! Although it's gotten a lot better, he still fights sleep during the day and is almost impossible to console at times. Sometimes he insists on being held, but lots of times he'll cry and cry until you lay him down alone somewhere. I think he is starting to enjoy being alone some (a shining glimpse of my personality)! There aren't many things he seems to dislike these days. Although he will do tummy time for a few minutes and is impressively strong, he screams any time I lay him on his belly. Other than that, he is fairly agreeable for the time being! This week he started showing interest in some toys and started trying to grab them for the first time. He can also move himself 90 degrees when we lay him down on his playmat. Little guy has been busy growing and learning! He's been to the church nursery twice now, for three hours each time... we go to service and then to our fellowship class. I think he does ok in there, but I purposely don't ask for details just in case. Last week he was deep asleep in someone's arms when I went to pick him up, and I was truly so happy that he felt safe and loved enough to do that.

The best part about Owen being two months old is that he's smiling now! He started smiling quite a bit these past two weeks. It's hit or miss, and he doesn't always do it, but I become a puddle every time he does. It's the best smile I've ever seen in my whole entire life!

Our schedule:
7:00- eat
Lay on my bed or playmat while I get ready... usually I take a million pictures of him at this time! :)
9 or so- nap (usually in swing)

10- eat
11- leave the house and nap in carseat from 11 or 11:30-1

1-eat
2 or 2:30-4 or 4:30- nap in crib

4 or 4:30- eat
play on playmat, swing, snuggle, etc.
6 or so- nap

6:45- bath (if it's a bath night), change diaper, swaddle
7- eat, then snuggle and rock... I lay him down in his crib after he's asleep, and sometimes while he's still awake.

He usually falls asleep between 8 and 9, but most consistently around 8:15.

Repeat the next day! :)

I start back at school this week and will be gone from 11-4 on Mondays, and 4-9pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays. He will already be in bed by time I get home those days. Break. My. Heart. I love him so!

Edit 6/09/14: Things I forgot to include in this post but want to remember: Owen is in size 1 diapers, 0-3 month clothing, and is sleeping through the night from around 8 (sometimes as early as 7:45 or as late as 9) to around 6 (sometimes 5, sometimes 7, but almost always 6 or 6:15)! :)


6.02.2014

Must-Haves Months 1 & 2


Every baby is different. Heck, my baby is different on a daily basis. We do have some favorite items--some "must-haves," if you will--that helped us get through these first two months. Some of these we were lucky enough to have gotten right the first time. Others we discovered through trial and error. Also important to note is that just because your baby might seem to dislike something the first or second time doesn't mean he/she won't like it later! Owen seemed to hate his swing up until this last week! :-) Here are the things that I can't imagine doing without:

1. Sound Machine
We use this HoMedics Sound Spa Portable Sound Machine ($20 at Wal Mart; $35 at Target for the exact same thing). I love the "white noise" sound, turned up all the way, without the timer. I turn this on at the beginning of our bedtime routine and I do not turn it off until it's time for his morning feed. If Owen is upset during a diaper change, I'll turn it on for that and it usually calms him right down! He loves it. I also turn it on when he naps in his crib. Not only does this sound machine help create a great sleeping environment, but it also helps drown out any noises coming from the kitchen, which is right outside of his room.

2. Miracle Blanket
We have every type of swaddle and swaddle blanket on the market, I swear. They are all great, except Owen is a houdini baby who always managed to escape every single type of swaddle we would try. Those little hands would somehow always end up right up against his face. It was cute, but not helpful. This Miracle Blanket is the only swaddle that keeps his arms where they need to be for a proper swaddle. It's a little tricky to master, but worth it. He somehow manages to get his legs out, so...

3. Summer Infant SwaddleMe
We actually have to put this on top of the Miracle Blanket or else he will keep himself awake by kicking constantly. Between these two swaddles, we have his arms and legs covered. :)


4. Wubbanub
We also own every type of pacifier on the market. Truly. Owen needs his pacifier to relax throughout the day, but he doesn't (or didn't) know how to keep it in very well. Ryan and I grew to loathe the pacifier because we were having to put it back in his mouth every few seconds. It was terrible. This is a Soothie pacifier. That type of pacifier actually did cause us some problems with breastfeeding both times I let him have that kind. We gave him a different kind of paci (Gumdrop) for the first few weeks, then I switched him to this. He loves it, and it stays in so much better. He has recently started holding the puppy with his hands, and it's really sweet to see. I sometimes give him a regular Soothie pacifier without the animal attached, and they fall right out of his mouth. Another win for the wubbanub is that when I'm driving, I'm able to reach back and find it easily so I can pop it right back into his mouth.

5. Rock n Play
We borrowed this Rock n Play from a friend, and it has been wonderful! Owen slept in it when he was in our room the first four weeks, and we took it with us when we had to stay in a hotel one night a couple of weeks ago. He sleeps really well in it! It's really cozy, and it's inclined. If he desperately needs a nap and refuses to settle down in his crib, I will sometimes put him in this.


6. Boppy
I breastfed Owen without the Boppy for the first two weeks of his life because I'm an idiot. Sometimes I use this and sometimes I use a regular pillow, but I do highly recommend using something! This pillow allows me to have a hand (and sometimes even two!) free during those nursing sessions, which helps the time go by much faster (hello, Facebook)!

7.  Blooming Bath
We didn't use this until Owen was a month old because our doctor advised us not to really bathe him until then. It works well for us, and Owen seems to like it just fine! It's easy to use and provides a soft surface for him to bathe on. I love that we can just throw it in the washer when it needs cleaned rather than having to clean a baby tub.

8. Travel System
We have the Britax B-Safe and B-Agile system, and we l-o-v-e it. The carseat just snaps into the stroller and we're ready to go! Owen often falls asleep in his carseat, and I absolutely loathe waking him up for any reason other than to eat. With this, I'm able to leave him in his carseat without bothering him at all. The stroller is great and easy to use, collapse, and open. It can be used without the carseat for a child who weighs less than fifty pounds, I believe. Another reason to have a stroller that works with your carseat is that with the weight of the carrier and my eight week old baby, I'd be lugging around 33 pounds in one hand. It's so nice to be able to just push him instead of carry him with that added weight.

9. Pampers Swaddlers
We have only used these diapers and Huggies Snugglers. I'm not sure if there is a huge difference. Our hospital put him in Huggies and sent them home with us, but all of our other diapers are Pampers Swaddlers. They work well for us! You know all those blogs and people who tell you that buying newborn diapers is a waste of money because size 1s will work just fine? That the hospital will put your baby in size 1s anyway? That's a bunch of bull. We didn't have any newborn diapers because I listened to that advice, and we had to go buy some once we ran out of the newborn diapers we brought home from the hospital. Owen's hips and legs were so skinny that size 1 diapers fit him loose like a pair of shorts around his legs. I don't know about you, but I didn't want to deal with poop and pee coming out of his diaper every single time he went. We had our fair share of accidents anyway, but a properly fitting diaper is important. :-) He wore newborns until he was about a month old.

10. Pampers Sensitive Wipes
I've tried out a lot of wipes, but these are by far my favorite because they seem to be so much thicker than all the others. Highly recommend!




11. Mirror
Owen and I go out and about, just the two of us, quite a bit. I love being able to glance into my rear view mirror and see if he is awake or asleep, or why he might be crying. It's my favorite thing to look up and see that he's sitting there content, looking around. It's so adorable! I really do believe this is a must if you will be driving your baby around without someone else.

12. Video Baby Monitor
We chose this Motorola one because it was about half off on Black Friday. I absolutely love being able to check on him without having to go into his room. If he starts fussing in the middle of the night, I can watch him on the monitor for a few minutes to see if he will settle himself before I barge in there and intervene. I believe it has prevented me from intervening too early many, many times! The first night he slept in his crib, I watched the monitor to see his chest moving since he was no longer next to my bed for me to physically check his breathing. 


13. Moby Wrap
I have an Ergo carrier and an infant insert, but I quickly realized it wasn't actually very infant-friendly. Owen needed to be held and carried for a large portion of his first month of life, and although there is nothing more precious than baby snuggles, it just wasn't realistic or ideal for me. I decided to try to the Moby wrap, and we both really like it! It's a little tricky at first, and I'm looking forward to him getting big enough to safely use the Ergo, but the Moby has been a life-saver on many occasions.

14. Eyefi Memory Card
A good camera is a must, but I'm not going to tell you what to get. I will tell you to get this memory card, though! I'm able to take good pictures with my camera and send them to my wireless devices through this memory card's built-in wifi. It's pretty awesome, and I love being able to share photos soon after I take them instead of weeks later when I decide to pop my memory card into my computer.


And there you have it! There are many other things we use, of course, but I'd say there isn't really much else we've needed during these first two months! Gas drops, gripe water, swing, playmat, nosefrieda, etc. are all fantastic, but they'll play a bigger role later, I'm sure!