Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Matthew William ~ 11 Months

Weight/length: We're not sure about weight. I'm excited for his 1 year appointment when we'll find out. He was 30 pounds with his cast, so he's probably close to 27 pounds and 30+ inches long.
Sleep: We've finally had a full nights sleep! I never thought it would happen, but shortly after Matt got out of his cast he slept from 8pm-5am in his crib! YAY :) He's taking naps in his crib and sleeping well without the cast. He gets a 8 oz bottle before bed and then has one around 6-7am when he wakes up. He's dropped all of his night feedings - finally :)
Health: Matt's been really healthy the last few weeks. 
 Clothes: 2T it is...yes, that's 2 years old and Matt is not 1 yet. He is a REALLY BIG BOY!
 Baby Gear/Accessories:  Matt's loving everything now that he's had 13 days out of his cast. He's such a happy boy and loving exploring all of his toys. He's been into taking things in and out of baskets. He has a little basket with books in it from target that he enjoys taking the books out of. We got Matt his first tooth brush, the Baby Banana Brush he loves it and we're trying to get him used to brushing after dinner. 
I got Matt a baby rashguard to keep the sun off his chest at the pool. Gap has some really cute swim gear for kids. 

Development: Matt had a set back with his cast and femur fracture, but it's amazing how quickly he's back to where he left off. Less than 2 weeks without the cast and he's back to rolling, sitting, and a little crawling... 2 days ago he crawled across my parents living room, but hasn't really done that many since. We know he can do it, but he's lets just say a little lazy or just content. Now that I know that his leg is okay and he's going to be crawling all over anytime soon, I'm not going to push it. Everyone tells me to enjoy this time before he's moving all over the place. 
Matt has been doing lots of clapping, waving bye bye {cutest thing EVER} he holds both hands up and just move his fingers up and down, says Momma, Daddy, and we heard a Papa this weekend. He loves holding Mac's leash in the stroller, using his sippy cup with water, kind of holds his bottle, loves finger foods, and has 8 teeth - 4 top and 4 bottom.  
Eating: Matt eats everything! There isn't anything that he doesn't like. He definitely has his favorites, turkey, avocado, cheese, broccoli, black beans, peas, bananas, hummus, and bread. It's fun now because when we go out to dinner we just give him stuff off our plate or order something off the kids menu.
 Crying: No cast = no crying! YAY!!
 Adventures:  The past 2 weeks have been so fun with Matt, his personality is coming through so much and he's such a goofy and loving little boy. We celebrated Matt's first Passover and Easter at home and had a big Passover Seder with family and friends. It was a really special time in our new home. Matt had such a fun time with his Nonnie, Papa, and Grandma...of course they spoil him. 
Matt had his first 2 nights away from from us and did great with his Nonnie and Papa. He slept through the night and was a really good boy!
Postpartum/Mommy feeling: It feels like yesterday that I was just starting maternity leave and racing to the hospital 3 weeks later. Matt may be a big boy in size, but he's still my baby boy. I'm sure they time will come a time when he won't fall asleep in my arms, want to cuddle all the time, and love kisses on his cheeks and head.  But, for now I'm not stopping, he's still my baby boy. 
It's been the most rewarding, fun, exciting, and challenging year of my life. Motherhood is no joke! Sleep deprivation, testing patience, controlling hormones...it's all real stuff, but in the end it's the most amazing experience EVER ~ I love my little Matthew William more than anything in the world. 

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Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Matthew William ~ 10 months

This post is a little different than the previous monthly posts because Matt has a fractured femur. I fell down the stairs when we were visiting family in Atlanta and we ended up in the children's hospital. It was the worst expereince of our lives so far and we're grateful that it's only his leg and everything will heal and he'll be back to crawling and walking in no time! 

Weight/length: Matt weighed 26 pounds at the hospital and he's still about 31 inches long. With his cast he's close to 30 pounds - so heavy!
Sleep: Quote from the 9 month post "We're planning on doing some sleep training when we get back from visiting family in Atlanta." So much for that, you can't sleep train a baby with a fractured femur :( We're back to newborn sleep 3-4 hours at a time. However, prior to the accident we were getting longer stretches and I think we were pretty close to Matt sleeping through the night after he gets his cast off - crossing our fingers!
Health: We've had such good luck so far. I'm so sad that Matt has already had a broken bone at such a young age. No fever yet, but a fractured femur. I would take a fever!
 Clothes: Still in 18-24 month tops and closer to the 2T now in both pants and shirts. With the Spica cast Matt can't wear normal pants or shorts, so my Mom made some special pants for Matt with velcro to go around the bar between his legs.
 Baby Gear/Accessories:  Matt loves anything that makes noises, especially his musical toys...a tambourine and drum his Grandma gave him. We got him a new playmat at Ikea that is really cute so that he could work on crawling on a soft surface. Matt's favorite sippy cup that he's getting really good at using is called the, Zo-li Straw sippy cup.

Spica cast. I hate to say it but this is a very large accessory in our life right now. I'm going to right a blog all about the spica casts and my experience dealing with the yucky thing. I hope I can give some tips to other parents out there who are dealing with the same thing. 

Development: This is the hardest part for me to write right now :( Before the accident Matt was hours away from crawling. He did a few crawls the night before I fell and was pushing his butt up in a downward dog position - it was so cute. He was also pulling himself up {almost} and rolling everywhere. We're crossing our fingers that he'll remember where he left off and pick right up on April 1 when he gets his cast off. Matt's mastered feeding himself and loves picking up food and putting it in his mouth. 
 Matt has 3 teeth on top and the 4th is about the break through and two on the bottom.
Eating: Matt is eating EVERYTHING and loving it. Last month we started turkey and chicken and he loves it. Right before he turned 10 months I started adding more finger foods - eggs, salmon, broccoli, corn, rice...he's loving it all! Eating hasn't been a problem even though he's in the cast. We're lucky he fits in his Stokke high chair even with the cast and can enjoy meal time.
 Crying: There's definitely been a lot more crying since the accident. He's had more separation anxiety than before and it's gotten worse since he's not sleeping well and fussy in the cast. I'm hoping it will get better soon. 
 Adventures:  February was a fun month for our little family. We spent almost two weeks in Santa Cruz relaxing on the beach. Matt loved hanging out with his Nonnie and Papa and enjoyed being on the coast.
The end of February we went to Atlanta to visit family and had a wonderful trip up until the end when I fell. We got to meet Matt's new baby cousin, Josie. She's so little compared to Matt and the sweetest little baby - we love her! We got to spend extra time with Matt's older cousins because they had two snow days while we were visiting. We went to the largest Aquarium in the world and saw the whale sharks. We spent the last two days in the children's hospital, but we were lucky that it's one of the best in the US. Matt got to hangout with his uncle Glenny when we got back from Atlanta, which was really special and the timing was perfect. 

 Postpartum/Mommy feeling: The past 11 days have been something unforgettable. They've probably been the hardest 11 days of my life so far. I've had every emotion imaginable - sadness, guilt, anger, and a true test of patience. I cried for almost 24 hours while we watched our little smiley boy cry in pain, have muscle spasms, and struggle to sleep...I never thought I could feel the pain of someone else like I did for Matthew. It really hit me when I was crying and he looked at me and started crying more because I was crying, I realized I needed to be strong for him and he was feeling my emotions. We've gotten through the hardest part and now it's just staying positive, sharing lots of smiles, laughs, and counting the days until we say bye bye to the ugly spica cast... 20 days to go - yes, I'm counting!

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Friday, February 6, 2015

Matthew William ~ 9 Months

Weight/length: We had Matt's 9 month appointment on Tuesday and he's almost 24 pounds and 31 inches long - 95 percentile for weight and off the charts for height!
Sleep: We had some sleep setbacks this last month - teething and a cold. So let's just say sleep has not been good. Naps have changed as well in the last month. Matt's morning nap is a little later and his afternoon nap is shorter. We're planning on doing some sleep training when we get back from visiting family in Atlanta.
Health: Matt and I got a cold mid January and that was no fun :( Neither of us got fevers so that was good. Just lots of congestion and coughing.
 Clothes: About the same as last month 18-24 top and bottom.
 Baby Gear/Accessories: Now that Matt's eating solids there's a whole new set of accessories - bibs, storage containers, etc... I really like the Baby Bjorn bib, it's really easy to wash. Matt loves sitting on his play mat and taking his toys out of his toy basket - it's really cute to watch him choose the toys he wants to play with. He loves playing with a borrowed toy, the wooden play cube activity center - it's a must have for a 8-9 month old - he loves it! 
  Development: Matt's so close to crawling! He's rocking back and forth on all fours and pulling himself up from his belly to a sitting position. He's rolling all over and scooting backwards in order to get around. I can't wait until he starts crawling because he's going to love exploring...I'm saying this now haha! 

Matt's clapping now, which is so cute! I love saying, "clap, clap, clap" and watching him smile and put his hands together. 

His top tooth came through, so he now has 3 teeth and the 4th top tooth is about to come through. Teething hurts - poor guy :( He's also going through "separation anxiety" so he's been a little fussy and especially when I leave the room. I've heard the separation thing can last a few weeks or a few months, I'm hoping it's only a few weeks!
Eating: We introduced Matt to chicken and he's liking it! His pincher fingers have improved in the last month and now he's picking up little pieces of food. It's so cute to watch him focus on picking up pieces of food and then putting them in his mouth. He's obsessed with Puffs and they're great for him to learn how to feed himself. He's still eating purees, drinking breastmilk, getting better with formula, and loving trying new little pieces of soft foods. Some of his favorites are baby yogurt, cheese, avocado, banana, and baby mum-mums.
 Crying: He only cries when he's tired or not feeling well - there was a lot more crying and whining when he was sick.
 Adventures: January was a fun month celebrating Daddy's birthday and relaxing in San Rafael. We've stayed local and Matt loves going to the park and the swing. Matt is also enjoying his swim class once a week and a weekly music class - Music Together.

Postpartum/Mommy feeling: Matt is such a little person now. He knows what he likes and dislikes, feeds himself, pulls the toys out of the basket that he wants, it's just incredible how much he has changed in 9 months. The same amount of time he was in my belly {38 weeks} he's been out - CRAZY! 
This last month I have felt good, besides getting sick and lack of sleep, I finally feel like I am back to my normal strength and endurance with working out. It only took about 9 months haha. I love spending time with Matt and he's still my cuddly little boy, I really hope that doesn't change once he starts crawling. I've learned that being a Mom is all about the little things. There are some really hard and exhausting days where he really tests my patience, but then there are those moments... like when he puts his head on my shoulder when we walk in the door to a new place, or when he reaches up for me when he's sitting on the floor, or when he smiles at me while he tries to clap. It's all going so fast and sometimes I want to be able to just push "pause"...but, that's what pictures and videos are for, right? I can't get enough.

Happy Almost Valentine's Day!

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Monday, January 26, 2015

The List...

I was going through some old emails and came across my lists of what to bring when you're going to the hospital to have a baby!
I want to make sure I don't forget and also share my ideas with friends and family... I know what you're probably thinking...no, we're not pregnant again! HAHA
I still can't believe that Matt is almost 9 months, it feels like yesterday that we were using these things. 
... just a cute 1 day old pic of Matt for fun :) 
Snap n Go or the generic version of it - This is really useful especially in the early days because the carseat snaps into it.  And it folds up really small. Definitely a must have!  If you can find one that fits with the carseat I would really recommend it. 
Ergo baby carrier (and infant insert, for early days)  - It's expensive, but Matt loves it. It saved me in the early days when he was fussy. He loved being on me and he would fall asleep instantly in it. There are a lot of carriers out there and ones that are cheaper, but this one is awesome.

Bjorn Bouncer - Matt loved this bouncer, It folds up small and we couldn't live without it. There are a lot of bouncers out there but this one has the most bounce! haha

Sleeper - Matt loved the Snugabunny. He slept in this for the first 2 months. He didn't like being flat on his back in his bassinet and liked the shape of this. Highly recommend!

Soothie Pacifiers - Matt liked these and the WubbaNub.

Swaddle -  These were great to put him in to sleep. We swaddled him with a blanket during the day and used this at night. They make them with thicker material for the winter.

Baby swing - This is the swing we have.

Dr. Browns bottles.  These are the bottles we started with they slow down the flow to breastfeeding rate and prevented air from getting in. These are really good. I like the glass ones so the plastic doesn't get yucky.
My friends have had a lot of luck with the Comotomo - they are very good for breastfed babies I've heard.

Swaddle Blankets - these are my FAVORITE!! I would definitely get a pack of these I use them for everything. In the beginning I swaddled him with them and now I use them just as an extra layer over him in the carseat and wrap him in them... they are great!

Burp Cloths - I like these :)

Lansinoh Nursing Pads (for breastfeeding leakage)

Soothies Gel Pads (for nursing) - these give some relief between feedings

My Breast Friend Nursing Pillow.  This helped me SOOO much with breastfeeding positioning. Very important.

White Noise machineI like this one.

Diaper Genie II Elite: You have to buy the special bags, but it really works well.

Bathtub - Matt likes this one.

Snuzzler thing for the carseat - I used this in the stroller, you can also use in the carseat if it doesn't already have one.

Bundle Me -We have something like this for his stroller. 

Nursing Cover - I really like this one.

Activity Gym - This is great to have.

Changing on the go - this is great to have in the car.

Okay, there is my list! Next up a list of 6-9 month stuff. It's amazing how fast you go through these things. 

What are some of your favorite baby items?

Happy Monday!  


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