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, 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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Monday, June 2, 2014

Matthew William ~ Week 3 and 4

Weight/length: All I can say is he is definitely getting bigger - we won't know his exact weight and length until his 1 month appointment.

Sleep: Week 3 and 4 were about the same as the previous weeks. He's been sleeping about 2 1/2 to 3 hours and then wakes up hungry, eats, and back to sleep. We're living on "naps" there is really no sleep, but it's so worth it. You forget what 8 hours of sleep feels like. Two nights ago he had a 4 hour stretch that felt like we had slept all night - just kidding :)

Health: So far so good. He's had a little diaper rash, but no cradle cap or baby acne - we're lucky!

Clothes: At three/four weeks he's in 0-3 and some 3-6 month old clothes. It won't be long until he's only in 3-6 month clothes, there are outfits that I put away thinking he wouldn't wear for some time, but he's already in them :) He really doesn't like putting things over his head, so it makes changing his clothes hard, unless I have a onsie that buttons or zips up. I'm curious as to when babies stop crying when you put clothes over their head?

Visitors: Week 3 was my first week home alone with Matt and it went really well. We kept ourselves very busy with little walks, friend visits, lunches, and going to a newborn class. Week 4 my friend from childhood who lives in Aspen, Emily came to visit and we had a great week. We spent Memorial Weekend in Rio Vista - seeing Todd's family and Santa Cruz with my family. Matt got to meet both of his Great Grandmas :)

 Diet: Milk and more milk!

Baby Gear/Accessories: Todd gave him his first bottle and we finally got him to take the pacifier. We used the Dr. Brown's bottles and the Avent Pacifiers - both of these worked really well. We've been loving the swing for naps - thank you Barb and Joanie! Matt loves movement so we've been sitting on an exercise ball and rocking when he gets upset - he loves it and it puts him to sleep.

Crying: The past two weeks we've started to learn Matt's different cries - when he's hungry, tired, or needs a diaper change - it takes time to learn what your baby needs. We're lucky that he really only cries when he needs something.

Adventures: Week 3 and 4 we had lots of adventures. We've been getting out of the house in the morning and taking a walk to get coffee. Mac "the Pup" needs to go out in the mornings, so I put Matt either in the stroller or the Bjorn and we walk up to Starbucks. All the baristas at Starbucks know us and admire the baby ;)
As I mentioned we went on a road trip for Memorial weekend so that was definitely an adventure. Matt loves the car so we're lucky - but only when it's moving, so no stopping for gas! This last weekend we went for lots of walks with Daddy and had family time in the city - it was really relaxing and nice to spend time with just the four of us (including Mac).

What Mommy's Learning: Adding this one in, because there are so many little things I've been learning along the way.
  • When going on a car trip leave as soon as you breastfeed, have everything packed up and hit the road immediately.
  • Make sure you have a window covering for the car so the sun doesn't get so hot on the baby.
  • When you take the baby out of the car seat stroller make sure your diaper bag isn't still on the stroller it will tip over!
  • Handicap door openers are great for when you have strollers - more places should have these.
Likes: He likes to be bounced. When he's fussy all we have to do is get on the yoga ball and start bouncing - this little boy likes movement! I wonder why? Maybe because I couldn't sit still during my pregnancy - haha! Matt also really likes when we read to him, we've made a point to make sure we're reading to him a lot. Todd and Matt have their special reading time every evening.

Postpartum/Mommy feeling: The third and fourth week have probably been the hardest, but also the BEST. I'm learning to adjust to not having help around during the week and figuring when I have time in between feedings to do things. It's all very trial and error - I'm a very scheduled person, but as much as you think babies have a schedule in the beginning they definitely don't. I've been getting out and taking lots of walks and making the most of the time when he's napping to get things done around the house, but other than that I've just been holding Matt and giving lots of cuddles and kisses.

I can't forget I had my first glass of wine last week with my friend Emily! Yummy :) It tasted so good and refreshing - just ONE glass, but it was special.

Disclaimer #3...I'm STILL writing this blog post on very little sleep :) 

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Thursday, May 29, 2014

Matthew William ~ Week 2

 Weight/length: As i mentioned in my week 1 post On Thursday, May 15 he weighed 9 pounds 10 oz. and 21 1/2 inches long! He has gained 10 oz over his birth weight and 1 1/2 inches. It will be fun to see where he is at his 1 month doc appointment. 

Sleep: In the second week I was still waking Matt up every 3 hours so that he would eat and gain back his birth weight. He was like clock work, every 2 1/2 to 3 hours he would wake up.

Health: He's a healthy baby! We tried to give him his first bath in the second week and he hated it. I'll post pictures of his bath in week 3 he was much happier!

 Clothes: At two weeks I was putting him in the newborn outfits that I knew would not fit him past two weeks :) I already started a pile of clothes that don't fit - my baby boy is growing too fast!

Visitors: Week 2 we had more friends and family visit. The highlight of introductions was introducing Matt to Declan (Chris's 1 year old) Chris is Todd's best friend from childhood. We are lucky to have our baby boys 1 year a part. The boys met on Declan's first birthday!

Diet: He's loving milk - can't get enough!

Baby Gear/Accessories: We're using the Ergo baby carrier and the Bjorn - we have both, so it's fun to play around with them and see what is more comfortable for Matt and us. Matt likes to sleep upright in the Snugabunny. We try to put him in his bassinet flat on his back at night, but right now he prefers to be snuggled in his bunny :) The sound machine has been great to help with the city noises. I would recommend the Sweet Slumber Sound Machine because it also has a night light.

Mac, Matt and I like to go for walks - pic below!

Crying: Second week he definitely found his lungs, there's no doubt that we know when he his hungry!

Adventures: We gave Matt his first bath, went for some walks, went out for brunch, and I ran to the nail salon for a quick mani/pedi :) It was also my first Mother's Day so we celebrated with both my Mom and Mother-in-law - it was very special. 

Likes: He loves to be held and cuddled. We started doing more tummy time in the second week and he's liking it.
Postpartum/Mommy feeling: The second week my parents were still in town, so it was nice to have the help and support. Although I was dealing with some problems with my health, Matt was healthy and adorable - so that's all that mattered.


Disclaimer #2...I'm STILL writing this blog post on very little sleep :) 

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