Tuesday, July 31, 2012

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Today I'm guest posting over at Schue Love!  If you don't follow Natasha's blog, you definitely should... or at least stop over to see her  sweet baby boy, Ethan!





Wednesday, July 25, 2012

[Wednesday's Weekly Check-In] Week 14


Sorry for the delay, still working on getting all sorts of things up and running on my new laptop.  Installing fonts, trying to find my old colors, downloading apps, and uploading pictures.  You know, normal first world problems....



Weight:
Who knows, still assuming 13ish pounds.  With all her chub, could easily be more.



Health:
Good.  Had a bit of a heat rash last week, but no other concerns.  I'm doing great staying away from dairy and using substitutes in our meals, so she's been pretty rash free.



Sleep:  
We did it.  Little A had her first night (and second, third, and fourth) in the crib!  Granted, I didn't follow any sleep training rules and I do try to get her asleep ON ME first through nursing and rocking in the chair, but once out and swaddled she'll sleep in the crib until 2 or 2:30 before stirring.   So she gets about 6 hours in the crib which is on the lower end of how she was doing in the PnP, but works for me.  


And last night she got 8 hours.  Improving all the time!



I get her when she wakes and feed her in our room then put her in the PnP (the bassinet portion) instead of going back to her room.  



It's been sooo much harder on me, but I'm doing better with each night and checking the monitor less and less.  I think the first night I was glued to it almost non-stop seeing if her chest was rising and falling.  The few times she woke early she was able to put herself back to sleep within 5 minutes or so.  I hope with the continued routine of bath, lotion, jammies, and milk that she'll just get the hang of it and get used to be put in the crib and going to bed.  Eventually not needing me to rock her or hold her until she's sleeping.  Maybe not, but I'll give it a few weeks before getting all strict about it.


Clothes:
0-3 Months.  Thinking about starting to use some 3-6 month outfits.  I have a few 'summer outfits' in that size and with the cloth diapers they might be close to fitting.  Might as well try to use them before Fall.



Social: 
Friday night we all headed over to the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale, quality family time at its finest!



Sunday, A and I went to a friend's bridal shower.  She slept through most and then woke and ate (from a bottle!) near the end.  Everyone loved her chubby face and she even made a buddy with a 10 year girl named Ashlyn Erin (too funny!).


Diet:  Milk!




Baby Gear Love:  
A still flops and scrunches up a bit in the Bumbo, but it's nice alternative for play instead of just on her back or tummy.




Crying:  
The nighttime fussiness isn't as bad as last week.  I'm trying to pay attention to her naps during the day and seeing if we need to start bedtime routine earlier, as not to make her over tired (which might have been our problem).  Otherwise she's been such a happy happy baby.  Tons of smiles, coos, and attempts to mimic me with raspberries, sticking out her tongue and making noises.



Postpartum:
Had a doctor appt on Friday and found out I am back at my pre-pregnancy weight!  I also finally got out for my first run postpartum.  I only did a few laps around the neighborhood because I was afraid of being really sore the next day and by the end of it my knees were killing me.  Got to ease them back into it.


Milestones:  

Ashlynn is trying her hardest to mimic me - raspberries, sticking out my tongue, jetson noise lip flappies  (you are totally making noises right now trying to figure that one out... you got it!).  Anyway, she loves watching my mouth and just is such a happy baby.

She also is holding on to toys.  I do still have to put them in her hands, she won't grab them herself, but she immediately tries to put them in her mouth.  Looks like that phase isn't too far away!

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Hang With Me....




I'm learning something new this week.




My shiny somewhat planned, yet unexpected, purchase was made immediate when I realized my work computer's (on loan as part of my grace period) password was expiring in 90 minutes.  Since my company converted to a new network that my VPN token wouldn't connect to, I threw everything on my external hard drive and hauled ass to Apple.  94 Minutes later I was home and luckily not locked out.

Working on getting my documents converted and trying to figure out where things go from here... hang with me while I get adjusted!

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Daddy's Girl






Last week I posted that Ashlynn does, in fact, have some of her mommy's looks.  But lucky for her, she also has her daddy's heart.

...wrapped tightly around her teeny tiny finger.




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Wednesday, July 18, 2012

[Wednesday's Weekly Check-In] Week 13



Ashlynn is 3 Months Old today!  I can't believe she's fully an "infant" and her newborn days are long gone.  She's really starting to develop some personality and is just so much fun to play with now that she isn't sleeping 20+ hours like I she was during her first few weeks.


Weight:  Guessing 13 or so odd pounds.  Just a guess.




Health: Good.  Her diaper rash, the little red bumps, finally went away!  I'm now convinced it's related to the dairy.  It came back a day or two ago lightly, so I watched my diet the last two days and it's clearing up. 


Sleep:  

(I die when her bottom lip puckers like that!)
Sunday I tried to start the No Cry Sleep Solution.  I did a 3 minute check and a 5 minute check and then quit and picked her up.  I know I should just get some balls and take a week and DO IT, but she sleeps relatively well through the night - once asleep.  If I can get her to sleep in 5 minutes on my shoulder in the living room where I can play on the laptop, watch tv, and spend time with the Husband or in 2 hours rocking in the dark... right now the former is winning.

(lip pucker AND arm rolls??... :::melting:::)
Outside of that, her sleep has been a little messed up.  That same night she didn't go down until midnight.  The next two days she took crazy long afternoon naps and went down later.  I'm chalking it up to a 3 month growth spurt.  Who knows.  It'll get back to normal.  Not too worried about it.


Clothes: 0-3 Months.  I can tell she's growing as some onesies are starting to get more snug.



Social:  Didn't really do anything newsworthy outside of errands.  We were supposed to visit friends in NJ and meet their 4 month old, but it was the day I had a fever (see 'postpartum' below) and I stayed back with A to recover.


Diet:  Milk!



Baby Gear Love:  


Love is You and Me -  I received this book as part of a Book Exchange and it's been my favorite to read before bed.  Nice big pictures, short and rhymes.  It's also a board book which will be great as a gets a little bigger.


O-Ball - I've been working on getting A to grasp objects.  This ball is bit a no-fail no-brainer.  She doesn't really have to work on grasping it the way she would something thicker, but holding on to it does require a little skill.  And, being a tomboy myself, it's cute watching her have it rest under her arm like a little basketball.


Crying:  


A's becoming a bit fussy at night.  It breaks my heart a little since every time her daddy tries to get in some QT after he gets home from work, she just melts down.  I don't believe it's separation anxiety just yet, just a combo of crankiness and not having her needs met (feeding, burping, etc).  She gets pretty hysterical quickly and I think it shakes his confidence in trying to soothe her, so I take her back. I hope this stage doesn't last too long, because when they are snuggly together there is nothing cuter.



Postpartum:
After a few nights last week sleeping 8hrs +, our feeding scheduling was a bit off (read: engorgement).  By Saturday morning I had some extreme tenderness, like couldn't hold her on my right side shoulder without cringing, and I had a fever, chills, headache, and body aches.  I was convinced I had Mastitis.  I called the on call doc, but after taking some Tylenol and and playing phone tag, I started feeling better.  By Sunday, I felt great, just a lump remained so I'm still working on getting the clogged duct free.  I called the nurse yesterday and she said if it doesn't clear after another day to call back.  



Milestones:  

I taught a to blow raspberries yesterday!  She smiles so big when I do them, so I spent some time  trying to get her to mimic me and it worked!

Not necessarily new, but she loves standing and will put her weight on her legs.  She especially likes standing on my stomach and will hold her weight for a while before collapsing down.

During tummy time she now has no problem lifting right away and will sometimes even stretch her arms up (she usually rests on her elbows - like plank position).  She is a huge kicker too and will do leg lifts, it's hysterical.  She also reached from this position to grab a toy.  It's like she wants to crawl so bad.   Slow down child!!! 



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Tuesday, July 17, 2012

[Recipe Share] Homemade Granola Bars

Once again I've been 'pinspired'...  After talking with the Husband on how I'd really like to start getting better at meal planning and having our shopping trips reflect that, instead of spending $125 or random things where some items end up going bad and we still miss some items to bring home, I was browsing my pinterest food boards for inspiration.

I also decided I'd like to try a new recipe every week.  Doesn't have to be dinner, but something for me to do and look forward to doing.  If it's a hit, I'll add it in to my rotation, if not, no biggie.






Anyway while looking for some dinner ideas, a pin for No-Bake Granola Bars caught my eye.  I went to the source page to check out the ingredients and like my twine wrapped vase, I had everything I needed on hand! 

Now I should probably note, I have a granola bar problem.  It's not as bad as my Oreo addiction, but whenever I'm feeling hungry my answer is to grab a granola bar.  Quaker Chewy, Hidden Valley, Luna or Clif Bars - I don't discriminate.  Though, I prefer the Quaker Chewys since they are low calorie (80-100 each) and are delicious... even if they are heavily processed and completely not organic (can't win every time!)

I used the recipe found here and added some marshmallows since I love the S'mores Quaker bars.


No-Bake Chocolate Chip Granola Bars
adapted from Rachael Ray

Ingredients:
1/4 cup butter
1/4 cup honey
1/3 cup packed brown sugar
2 cups quick cooking oats {not rolled oats!}
1 cup crispy rice cereal
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
2 handfuls chocolate chips
2 handfuls marshmallows

Directions:
In a large bowl, stir oats and rice cereal together. Set aside. In a small pot, melt butter, honey and brown sugar together over medium high heat until it comes to a bubble. Reduce the heat and cook 2 minutes. Pour in vanilla and stir. Pour over dry ingredients and mix well to moisten all ingredients. Pour into lightly greased pan (I used a small pyrex) and press out to be about 3/4 inch in thickness. {If your pan isn’t small enough, pack the mixture into one side. You really want to press them down so they stick together.} Sprinkle with chocolate chips and marshmallows and press down lightly. Cool on a countertop to room temperature for two hours or until the chocolate chips are set before cutting into bars. Wrap in parchment or plastic wrap and store at room temperature.


I think next time I will cut back on the honey, and maybe it's due to our current heat wave and crazy intense humidity here on the East Coast, but my bars start to "melt" (soften and get gooey) when left out.  I wrapped them individually in wax paper and have been keeping them in the fridge.  They are perfect and not too hard. 



So much cheaper and taste just as good.  I think I'll be making these often to keep on hand!  Do you make any homemade snacks?  Share your secrets below!




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Monday, July 16, 2012

Humor Me!

... and please vote for Ashlynn's room!


We've been selected as one of Project Nursery's July's Room Finalists!






...and seriously, I love so many of those other nurseries almost more than the one I created myself.  I actually feel bad asking you to vote for ours.... but not bad enough to not do it  ::wink::

Friday, July 13, 2012

Mommy's Girl

Almost from birth, family and friends have commented on how much Ashlynn looks like her daddy.  And from what I hear, and believe, is that babies in general are typically born resembling the father to promote paternal bonding - nature hard at work!

Most days with the shape of Ashlynn's eyes, chin, and face, I see her daddy too.



But not everyday.....

Mommy Summer 1983

Baby Summer 2012

Happy Friday!

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

[Wednesday's Weekly Check-In] Week 12





Weight: Official unknown. Maybe 12-13lbs??  Knowing her, could be more!


Health:     Healthy!  

I did cut dairy again though.  On morning of the 4th she was crazy pukey and poopy and seemed to really be in pain.  I realized the day before I had yogurt parfait and said, we'll that's it!  I had also talked to my neighbor, who's daughter has lactose allergy, and she thought A's diaper rash sounded like an intolerance.

It's been about a week now, and again, I haven't cut dairy completely, just no milk, cheese, ice cream, yogurt, etc.  And I'm just starting to see A's rash get better and while she still spits up like crazy and has needed to be burped a lot.  She doesn't seem to be in much squirmy pain.



Sleep:  Back and forth.  Over the weekend she woke around 2am both nights, but Monday and Tuesday night she slept through 8 hours.  I think it helped I made her swaddle extra tight.

I started reading the No Cry Sleep Solution, since I know we should be moving her to her crib soon (or yesterday) and I thought starting good sleep habits at the same time would make life easiest for everyone.  The book recommends waiting until they are 4 months or 14lbs to implement so I'm using that as my excuse to not go full force with it.   Recently, she's been having a tougher time going down at night.  Especially on nights without baths.  So I figure I'll start our strict bedtime routines now and start trying to get her to learn to fall asleep on her own as opposed to nursing or being held until she falls asleep.  Since her middle of the night wakings are inconsistent, I'll still get up when needed in case she really is hungry. 

Naps have been all over the place too.  Some days she takes mini 30-45 minutes naps randomly throughout the day, and others she'll go for over 3 hours.  Since she's just about to hit 3 months (next week), I haven't been too strict with a schedule.  I'll start getting better about that soon too.  

I hope.


Clothes: 0-3. 




Social:
Little girlfriend has become quite the shopping buddy.  I've been trying to get out almost daily, whether it's to the mall, running errands, or enjoying a walk downtown (only to indulge mommy in the Anthro sale and some macarons!)


Today we met up with Auntie Ab, her momma, and a high school friend for lunch and shopping and the sleepyhead napped the whole time.  I realize now is the time to do this stuff, as in a year or two, I'll be chasing her through the clothing racks!



Baby Gear Love:


It seems almost every day my opinion on different brands change.  After a few leaks, I got the Happy Heinys on a better setting to fit better and I go back and forth on wanting to sell them, too thinking they are good .  I got my Fuzzibunz last week and while they are definitely the trimmest I have - especially inbetween the legs, they are bulky in the butt and I'm not sure I have the interior elastic settings where they should be (tight at legs and loose at waist?).  

Even though I feel like BumGenius doesn't leave her feeling dry, I probably like them the best.  The 4.0 pockets.  I like the AIO elementals, but they are definitely bulkier.

Now for products I love.  I'm so happy I tried a Hemp doubler.  I'm going to order more.  It's amazing how absorbent, yet so thin, this thing is.  Great for the BG 4.0s or to add to my Rumparooz for overnights.  That way I don't have to use the second insert which makes the diaper so bulky A's legs can't move together.  I also love the fleece liners.

Oh and I started using homemade baby wipes. Not sure why I didn't do this sooner.



Crying:   Been having some fussy episodes at night.  I guess this is fairly normal from what I read.  It's just a bit  heartbreaking though to see her cry when I try to give her some time with her daddy.  Hopefully once we work out a better sleep and nap schedule this will correct itself.



Postpartum - 

While I've found lots of excuses to still not get back into exercising, my arms are looking ridic from carrying the princess and her carrier around.  Now, if only I could get the motivation to lace up my sneaks and hit the road!


Milestones:  

Almost a giggle.  Last Thursday we were getting a ton of big old goofy grins to my raspberries.  I think we got what should have been a little laugh, but she's still working on it.  Hopefully not too much longer!


[Pinspired By] Rustic Jute Vase

I tend to go through swings with Pinterest nowadays.  Days where I go on pinning frenzies and then weeks of laying dormant and finding other social media obsessions, and well, a baby, to take up my time.




After seeing this pin on my My DIY - Craft Lady board last weekend, I thought, I could make that right now.

And I did.


4 things needed, that I had all on hand...
 - old extra vase
 - jute twine
 - hot glue gun
 - napping baby



Friday, July 6, 2012

[Five and Five] Restraint



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On Tuesday A and I headed to the mall to get out of the house and beat the heat.  I had a few returns to make, mainly for her, but a couple of things of mine.  The most surprising part of the trip was the restraint I showed even over some items on my wishlist and actual 'need' list.



1- Chambray shirt.  I'm pretty sure no one does it better, or has more options than Madewell.  Since it's in the high 90s here, I figured this purchase could wait, even if it'd fit right into my arsenal of mommy clothes.

2 - Some of my favorite summer days have always been then ones that are overcast and cool.  When I was in high school, I'd go down to the beach in my bikini with my jersey lined Nike warm ups (remember them) over top, my chair and a book, and take a nap.  It was always guaranteed to be peaceful and free of shoobies.  Since then, I always crave the days I can wear a slouchy cotton sweater with shorts.  I should probably move to San Diego, huh?

3 - Running Shoes.  I do have my actual running shoes for running, and I have my Toms for errands, so I'm getting by, but sometimes I just want to run out in my Nikes and get things done.  Only my Nikes are like 6 years old.  No joke.  It's gross. 

4 - Exchange.  I exchanged an Origins moisturizer that I found too greasy for the ever beauty blogged about Dr. Brandt Flexitone BB Cream.  What could be a better 'new mom' product than one that's a primer, tinted moisturizer, spf, skin brightener and tone evener in one?  Less products, less time, more baby.  Win.

5 - I mentioned before I've sorta sworn off bras for the time being.  I'm not just hanging free, but pretty much living in bra top tanks.  I'm a little nursing bra adverse since the only ones I've found in my size (at nordstrom) are upwards to $70 and I don't need a pretty bra that's going to be doused in milk and spit up daily.  My $8 target tanks do just fine.  I returned some bra strap extenders that I never needed during pregnancy at Nordstrom and grabbed this Shimera seamless bra instead.  I love the Shimera camis and the bra is no exception.  Supportive, stretchy, comfortable, easily washable, affordable, and my must- easy to nurse in.  

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Let Freedom Ring






I hope all my American readers had a safe and happy 4th of July!!