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, 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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Friday, January 2, 2015

Matthew William ~ 8 Months

Weight/length: All I can say is he is BIG! We'll find out exactly next month at his 9 month appointment, but close to 30 pounds and over 30 inches long.
Sleep: Sleep hasn't really changed much in the last month unfortunately. All I can say is he likes to cuddle with his mommy and daddy. He sleeps about 1/2 the night in his bed and 1/2 in ours. He's still breastfeeding at night too. Hopefully when he starts crawling he'll be so tired he'll sleep through the night. I've heard friends tell me that right around the 10-11 month is when they slept through the night, we'll see :)
Health: We're VERY lucky, although I don't want to jinx it. He's only had one cold over Thanksgiving, but so far so good. 
  Clothes: 18-24 top and bottom. I squeezed him into a 9-12 month onesie the other day and it barely made it under his bottom. Matt likes being naked :)

 Baby Gear/Accessories: With the holidays all of the new toys have been fun for Matt. Although I have to say it doesn't take much to entertain this little guy. He loves his rattle, especially the NogginStik - Developmental Light-up Rattle. It's pricey, but it has given him hours of entertainment. He's starting to like big stuffed animals and likes rolling around with them.

  Development: He's very good at baby yoga as we call it...very flexible in all ways. He's sitting up well - sometimes here and there he falls over, but he can usually brace himself with his arm. He loves rolling and has figured out how to roll accross the living room and all over. He's now pushing up on all fours, no forward movement YET, but rocking back and forth. I'm giving it only a few more weeks before he starts crawling - eeekkk! We've started baby proofing, because he now knows that he can reach up from his walker and pull on things.
Both of his bottom teeth broke through and it looks like the top ones are about to come through.

Eating: We're doing three meals a day now, plus breastfeeding. He loves food! Sweet potatoes, squash, fruit, quinoa, oatmeal, avocado, pretty much anything that I give him he likes. We introduced yogurt and he likes that a lot :) Next up is introducing meat.
 Crying: Not much crying - he's a good boy, we're so lucky!
Adventures: December- wow, so many adventures and fun holiday parties! We stayed local through the holidays, which was nice. Matt got to spend time with his Grandma, Janice before she went to Georgia to be with her other grand-babies. Nonnie and Papa spent lots of time with us over the holidays, which was really nice. Matt loved Hanukkah and Xmas, of course he loves all the attention, pictures, and presents. It will be fun next year when he really knows what's happening.

Matt went on the swing for the first time Xmas day!
Postpartum/Mommy feeling: I really can't believe he is 8 months. It feels like yesterday that he was in my belly. Matt's napping has been more consistent so that has made my life much easier. We're on a good schedule and when he naps well he's a happy boy. I injured my back two months ago, it's finally feeling better, so I'm ready to start exercise. I did the cliche new years thing and joined a gym! YAY. I'm excited for 2015 and watching Matt learn to crawl and walk. He's my little love bug and makes everyday so special.
Happy New Year 2015!
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