Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Matthew William ~ 3 Months

This month has had lots of changes for Matt! It's been a busy month so I've missed a few weeks of posts.

 We bought our first home and moved in - Matt is loving life in Marin.

Weight/length: At Matt's 2 month appointment a month ago he was 15 pounds 12 oz and 25.5 inches long - he's definitely gained at least a pound if not more and gotten longer.

Sleep: On July 24, 2014 he slept from 10pm until 5am! This was a little unusual he usually wakes up at 3am to eat and then falls back asleep. He's been going down to bed much easier which is nice - usually we rock him in our arms for a little after his bath routine and then put him down in his bassinet.

Health: Still very very healthy and strong! He had a little red eye when we moved into the new house - probably from dust and change of environment. He has learned how to cough over the past month which is cute, but worries me sometimes.

Clothes: He's definitely in 6 month clothing and some 9 month shorts and pants. His 3 month outfits barely fit over his head and things are getting shorter and tight around his belly. Even his socks are tight on his chubby ankles :)

Diet: Still breastfeeding very well, however, he's getting more aware of his surroundings so he tends to get distracted more easily. I noticed this at a wedding we were at a few weeks ago. He was having a difficult time eating when there was a lot of noise in the background.
Jeff and Melissa's wedding in Tahoe! Matt got to spend time with all of his favorite little girls, Ave, Emma, and Mila!

Baby Gear/Accessories: He's sleeping comfortably in the bassinet - finally. It was right around 2 months when we decided he really needed to get used to sleeping in the bassinet so that the crib transition would be easier. Now that he's comfy in the bassinet I really like it - made by Babyhome.

Development: Lots of changes have taken place in the last month. He's been drooling and putting his hands in his mouth, playing with his hands, and holding on to things. His neck is much stronger and he's lifting his head up when he's on his belly.
He's started to make different noises - almost like talking...it's fun to talk to him and get something back.

Crying: His crying is about the same. Usually when he's over tired and hungry.

Adventures: Matt had a his first trip to Tahoe where we celebrated Jeff and Melissa's wedding. We moved into our new house and he met his Uncle Glenny and Aunt Sara! Nonnie and Papa helped us move into the new house, so we had lots of time with them.

Celebrating Nonnie's Birthday in San Rafael!

  What Mommy's Learning: 
  • Moving with a baby is HARD! I've had to be really patient and not get stressed about the house not being perfect - it's harder to get things done with a 3 month old.
  •  Start getting ready for trips and weekend adventures early - it takes much longer to pack and get things ready with a baby.
  • The first 3 months fly by - I wish I could slow it all down. I don't regret any of the hundreds of pictures and videos I have taken.
Likes: He still likes lots of bouncing! He likes it when we make funny faces and tickle his nose and belly button. He laughs and smiles in the morning when I change his diaper and sing the ABCs. He loves it when his Daddy comes home and gives him kisses and holds him up high.

Postpartum/Mommy feeling: I'm looking forward to going to San Diego this weekend for Katie's wedding - should be fun! The summer is flying by and sometimes I wish I could just push pause on everything. I can't believe how quickly these past 3 months have gone by, I can only imagine the next 18 years. 
Lots of changes have happened in the past few months for me and I wouldn't have it any other way ~ I read this today and it's exactly how I feel :)
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Monday, July 7, 2014

Matthew William ~ 2 Months


Weight/length: We have his 2 month appointment Wednesday, we can't wait to see how much he weighs and how long he is. I'm guessing 14ish pounds and 26 inches - we'll see!

Sleep: The past two weeks have been pretty good and consistent with a 3 a.m. feeding and a 5:30-45 a.m. feeding. We're waiting for that magical night when he doesn't wake up at 3am :)

Health: Still very very healthy!

Clothes: He's DEFINITELY 3-6 months and closer to 6 months now - he's a growing boy. The clothes that looked so big when we got them are perfect now. It's crazy how fast they grow. We tend to go through a lot of outfits because we have been having many "blow-outs" as we call them. We changed to size 2 diapers to try and keep things in, but it's only working 1/2 of the time...haha!

Diet: He's a happy breastfeeding baby! He'll take the bottle from others and I finally gave him a bottle too.

Baby Gear/Accessories: Besides the things I've already mentioned at 6 weeks - the bouncy seat, play gym, Ergo, and Bjorn - the Zoli is my new favorite baby item. It's an electric baby nail file that has different nail pads for different ages and it works great on sharp baby nails. I'm scared to cut his nails, so I just use this while I'm nursing almost every day and then he doesn't scratch himself.

Crying: Overall he doesn't cry much, unless he's hungry or tired. He's been having a hard time falling asleep during the day unless he's moving, so that makes it difficult to get anything done, but keeps me moving!

Adventures: Matt celebrated his first 4th of July and we celebrated our 3 year wedding anniversary! We went to a wedding in Carmel and had a great time, Matt slept the entire wedding and was really good. He loved sitting in his bouncy seat in the shade by the pool and looking up at all the trees - congrats Rachel and Jordan!

Matt and I did a pilates class with my friend Lauren and her little baby girl Sophie.

What Mommy's Learning: 
  • We packed the same amount of stuff for a baby for a week trip as we would a weekend - the car was really full these last few weekends.
  • Always have a change of clothes even if you're just taking a little walk - we ended up at a restaurant in Carmel with no change and a blow out up the back - fun, fun!
  •  The morning is the best time to travel with Matt - feed, put in the car, and DRIVE!
Likes: He had his first smile right around 7 weeks and they are getting bigger and better every time. He's really smiley in the mornings after he's eaten and is content. You know he's had enough food and rest when he smiles and giggles. The smiles make all of the sleepless nights worth it and it makes my heart melt.

Postpartum/Mommy feeling: I'm feeling really good. Excited for more summer adventures with Matt, we are heading to Tahoe for a wedding next week and then San Diego in August and London and Tahoe in September. Todd and I travel really well together and we're starting to get it down with a baby so that's fun. We're a good team. I did my first spin class last week and it was awesome!! I treated myself to Soul Cycle and it felt great to spin without a baby inside me and worrying if I was pushing it too hard. I can't wait for my next class. 

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Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Matthew William ~ 6 Weeks

 Weight/length: I haven't put Matt on a scale since his 1 month appointment, but from the looks of it and the chub on the little guy he's getting bigger!

 Matt loves his double chin!

Sleep: We're working on a little routine that has been successful so far. Putting Matt down for bed around 8:30pm and then he wakes up between 1:30-2am and then again between 5am-6am. During the day he takes a long nap in the morning when I go for a walk - this morning nap is important or we have a cranky baby.

Health: Still very healthy!

Clothes: 3-6 months and nothing smaller. He stills doesn't like when we put things over his head, but once in the morning we have to do it. We have so many cute onesies I would love to play dress up all day, but we wouldn't have a happy boy and crying babies are no fun.

 Diet: He's breastfeeding very well and still taking the bottle from Todd in the evenings.

Baby Gear/Accessories: Our favorite accessory right now is the bouncy seat. We have two different types the Simple Snuggles Bouncer and the BabyBj√∂rn Balance Soft Mesh Bouncer. Both of these we borrowed and we're so thankful we did. We were bouncing on the ball for the first month until we put Matt in a bouncer and he loved it. The BabyBjorn is great because it collapses and you can easily take it with you and also wash the fabric if it gets dirty. 

Crying: Matt cries when he's hungry (the loudest cry), when he's tired, and when he's uncomfortable after eating.

Adventures: Todd had his first Father's Day! We had a special day as a little family and Matt was really good. 
Matt and I have been really active during the week - going for lots of walks and enjoying mommy/baby time together. We can't wait for the evenings when Todd gets home and we can all spend time together.



What Mommy's Learning: 
  • Everything takes longer with a baby. Give yourself a good hour to get the baby in the car seat, breastfeed if necessary, and get everything in the car.
  • Dress baby in layers. If you're breastfeeding out and about the baby can get really warm under the cover. Matt gets fussy when he's too warm.
  • If the baby starts crying in the car turn up the music and stay focused on the road - this always happens when we're about 5 minutes from home :)
  • Keep stain remover right next to the changing table...we've had many incidents where clothes need washing and stain remover immediately.
Likes: Funny enough he likes it when I use the Nosefrida Snotsucker. You may be asking what in the heck this is...haha! Well, it's this thing you use to suck the snot out of the babies nose - instead of the bulb syringe most Mom's use. It's really easy and I've just found out that it makes Matt smile...so, of course I keep doing it - he's going to have one clean nose :) He likes looking around while he's in his bouncer at the ceiling and light coming in from the window. He's definitely becoming very aware of Mommy and Daddy's voices and turns his head when he hears us. 

He's liking the bath much more :)

Postpartum/Mommy feeling: Still feeling great and learning to live with being tired. It doesn't really bother me any more and with one cup of coffee in the morning I'm good to go. I got the go ahead to start exercising so I'm planning on giving spin a try this week and going to Mommy and Me yoga and pilates. We're heading to a wedding this weekend in Carmel with all of our friends, so excited to spend time with them and have a few glasses of wine. Every Mommy needs a "pump and dump" night :)

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Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Matthew William ~ 5 Weeks


Weight/length: We went to Matthews 1 month appointment last Thursday and he weighed 12 pounds 9 ounces and 24 inches long! He's a growing boy.

Sleep: Last week was about the same as the previous week, 2 1/2 to 3 hours stretches, but now it's about 3-4 hour stretches. For me it's about 2-3 hours between feedings, with the diaper changing and bouncing back to sleep. I'm much less tired and getting used to the nighttime "naps" :)

Health: He's a healthy boy and everything was great at his 1 month appointment. He had to get the second shot of Hep B, which wasn't fun for any of us. I couldn't even look when he got the shot.

Clothes: Matt is definitely wearing 3 month clothes now. I went to put on a 0-3 month outfit from Gap and it wouldn't fit over his head :( He's getting big so fast! Thank goodness most of our friends gave us 3-6 month clothes, knowing we were probably going to have a big baby.

Visitors: We haven't had as many visitors over the past week, but we've gotten to spend time as a little family. Last weekend we stayed in the neighborhood and just relaxed. We visited with Justin, Ava, and Emma and I took lots of pictures of the cute little girls with Matthew.

 Diet: Lots of milk! Todd has been giving Matt a bottle in the evenings and I've been going for a little walk with Mac, so that's nice. He's getting better at taking the bottle and used to his Daddy giving it to him.

Baby Gear/Accessories: I purchased the Skip Hold Safari Activity Gym and Matt's loving it. In the mornings when I'm getting ready he'll lie in it for about 10-15 minutes and stare up at all of the little hanging toys. He's starting to see a little further and his eyes are tracking so it's fun for him to have something to stare at until he gets bored.I would recommend this one because the hanging toys are so cute.
I want to be sure to keep track of all of the things that I've found useful over the past few weeks, I can't forget the "My Brest Friend" this has been great for nursing and makes it so you can feed hands free :) I've figured out how to eat a bowl of cereal while feeding...haha!

Crying: His crying has been a little more over the past week, they say that between 4-6 weeks is really when they find their lungs and the crying can be more intense. He sometimes has a hard time going to sleep and when he gets over tired he lets us know with a very strong cry.

Adventures: Last week was my birthday so Matt and I had lunch with Monica at Delarosa- so yummy! My mother-in-law was in town, so Matt got some special time with Grandma while we went to dinner - our first night out without baby! Then, on Friday my parents came to visit, so Matt got to spend time with Nonnie and Papa.

I had my friends Mariana and Denisse over with their adorable baby girls!

Matt got to meet my Mom's girlfriends that she grew up with in Berkeley  - we call them the YaYas :) These ladies are all very special to me.

We hung out in the shade by the pool with Ava and Emma! Matt's best little girl friends.

What Mommy's Learning:
  • Don't procrastinate your shower in the morning when you have a 1 month old. When that morning nap happens get in and out as fast as you can.
  • If you're breastfeeding don't leave the house on an adventure without some healthy snacks - you get hungry really fast.
  • When you do the first diaper change in the morning put on the babies outfit so he's dressed for the day - one thing that is done, unless he poops through his outfit, which happens often!
Likes: Matt likes the mornings and being milk drunk. He's the happiest after he's eaten or had a good nap. Over the past 2 weeks he's gotten a lot more awake and content with just relaxing in his swing and looking around - he's really starting to become more aware of what is going on around him.

Postpartum/Mommy feeling: I've been feeling great! It's been nice over the past week to get out and about and I love all the walking and being outside that we've been doing. I definitely have one easy day and then one harder day...on off, on off... it's funny how this happens. One day everything seems to run so smoothly and then one day everything feels a little off. Even when we're having the "off" day it doesn't matter because I look at Matthew and feel so lucky to have such a beautiful baby boy.

I can't forget to mention that we got to go out to dinner without baby on my birthday - we were away for 2 hours between feedings thanks to my mother-in-law "Grandma". We were eager to get back to Matt, but enjoyed the adult time :)

Disclaimer #4...I'll only keep using this until he's 18 year's old...just kidding - but, I'm going to use this for a few more months until I get 8 hours of sleep.

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