Winter’s 1 Month Update

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BABY WINTER’S MONTHLY UPDATE: 1 month old

**(I’m a bit delayed in this post since Winter is currently 6 weeks old, but this post is written with her stats for when she was a month old, which she turned on November 10, 2013.)

Baby’s Age: 1 month old

Height: 20 inches

Weight: 8 pounds 8 ounces

Head: Not sure

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**Note: Getting Winter’s photo with the chalkboard was nearly impossible for this update!  First she was fussy….then she had a poopy diaper that went through her clothes, so I had to change her outfit.  Fail number 1.  Then after I changed her diaper and clothes (and fed her), we had another serious fail: spit up!  She literally spit up all over the chalkboard!  It was projectile launched straight on to the chalkboard.  Hope her 2 month picture is a bit better!! 🙂

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAPhoto attempt number 1 (fail number 1) — fussy and then she had a diaper blowout!

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Photo attempt number 2 (epic fail number 2).  She projectile vomited all over the chalkboard!

Milestones: Winter is getting really good at holding her head up!  She also has started to give little smiles now and then.

Sleep: She is such a great baby.  Up until this one-month-old mark, I have been setting alarms for every 2.5 to 3 hours for feedings, even during the night.  We aren’t getting a lot of sleep!!  Because Eric has to go to work, I do the night shift on my own and let him sleep.  He has been gone a lot on business trips lately too, so I’m on my own anyway.  There have been a couple of times where I’ve slept through the alarms, and she woke me up at the 4 hour mark.  (I’ve since stopped using alarms and she is sleeping a bit longer!)

Best Moment: There are so many best moments.  But if I can narrow it down to one thing, it is this: when Winter smiles at me, it’s as if she is telling me she loves me.  That makes every little thing worth it!  I absolutely love her smiles.

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Worst Moment: Unfortunately, there have many worst moments because of some breast-related issues…so I’ll narrow it down to one thing: finding out at 3 weeks old that she STILL wasn’t gaining weight.  We went to a specialist at Children’s Hospital to see if she had a tongue-tie issue (no, she doesn’t), saw the lactation consultant frequently, and finally found a system that works for us to get her to gain weight.  From that day forward (at 3 weeks old), I started pumping every 2 hours and feeding her the bottles.  This worked fabulously as she started gaining weight QUICKLY.  We have since modified this routine (I do 25% breastfeeding and 75% pumping at 2.5 to 3 hour intervals), but I’ll save those details for a an upcoming breastfeeding-related post.  I’m just glad Winter is healthy and gaining.

Health:  I mentioned her weight gaining issues.  Thankfully at one month old, her weight was up to 8 pounds, 8 ounces (she was 7 pounds 2.5 ounces at birth).  At 3 weeks old, she was weighing 7 pounds 5 ounces, so she made a very rapid improvement once we figured out a system that works for us.  She is a very healthy, happy baby girl!  We currently have no health concerns.

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At one month old, Winter’s official weight was 8 pounds, 8 ounces!  What an improvement!

Eating: I read Babywise (so did Eric) while I was pregnant, and skimmed through it again after Winter was born.  We are trying to follow the 2.5 to 3 hour feeding routine that the book suggests.  I have her on a somewhat regular schedule where she eats 8-9 times per day.  She is super versatile because she will eat in any form I give her.  She breastfeeds fabulously now (she had some sucking issues previously) but she will also take bottles of pumped breastmilk fabulously too.  Some babies will only do one or the other and refuse if you try to switch, so we feel very lucky/blessed.  She also will take breastmilk bottles at body temperature, warm, or cold from the fridge.  She really is not picky in the slightest.  GREAT BABY!  She has never been given any formula, and I hope she never has to since I seem to have plenty of milk to go around.

Likes: She likes Frederick, her Wabbanub frog (a soothie pacifier attached to a toy frog).  Yes, we named her pacifier “Frederick the frog!”  She loves the soothie pacifiers, so we have a number of those around.  She originally didn’t like anything but the soothie paci, but we haven’t tried the nuk kind recently.  She also likes mommy to hold her.  Sometimes she will get fussy, and I think it’s simply because she wants to be in my arms.  She is comforted by me.  She loves her daddy, but there’s nothing like momma!

Dislikes: She doesn’t like her carseat very much.  I have realized it’s best to put her in the carseat to go somewhere (or running or on a walk) as soon as she has a full belly.  This reduces/eliminates her crying in the car.  She has gotten much more content about her carseat though recently.  The other thing she hates is bathtime.  She hates being naked and cold…doesn’t matter how warm the water is, she just screams the whole bath!  In general though, she is a very content little girl.  We really can’t complain!

Things I want to remember: 

–Winter loves to play Patty Cake.  She is so alert and loves to play/flirt with us.

–She is learning to like her carseat.  I have a lullaby CD that I keep in my car (Scripture Lullabies – “Hidden in my Heart” which I highly recommend).  When she cries in her carseat, I turn the CD up really loudly and it usually soothes her.  She loves that CD.  So I love it too:)

–Winter always sneezes at least 3-4 times in a row.  Never just once or twice, but always at least 3 times.  It’s so cute!

–For whatever reason, she likes to turn her head to her right side.  She isn’t doing this as much now that she has more control of her head though.

–She loves the space heater.  We actually bought it for her.  Sometimes when she is having a difficult time falling asleep before bed, I will sit on the floor right in front of the space heater and she falls asleep super fast.  She loves the heat!

–We use the Moby Wrap a lot and have only used our Ergo Baby carrier a couple of times.  I think this ratio will change once she gets bigger and older.  But in general, she does such a great job when she is being worn.

How Mommy is recovering: I feel like my recovery has gone extremely well.  I’ve only had one hiccup (which I’ll address in a moment) related to a breast infection, but otherwise I feel so blessed and lucky.  I REALLY think my fit and healthy lifestyle during pregnancy made this quick recovery possible!

At one-month postpartum, I’m hovering at 2-3 pounds above my pre-pregnancy weight (I gained a total of 23 pounds).  I started my pregnancy at a higher weight than I’d have liked, so I’d like to lose a bit more…but I’m so excited to see the numbers on the scale decreasing.   My body is definitely DIFFERENT….I have a ways to go in my midsection.  I am used to strong, tight abs….and it’s tough to see my belly like this: flabby and loose.  Hard work will get be back to where I want to be!  I started exercising at 2 weeks postpartum, but haven’t been working out at the frequency I’d like.  I usually run 3 times per week and walk on the other days.  (Currently at 6 weeks postpartum, I’ve made my return to the gym now!)

I’ve had quite a few complications with my breasts that have put me back in the doctor’s office for a number of visits.  Up to this point, I have been on 3 rounds of antibiotics (taking 4 pills per day for nearly 4 weeks!) for an infection that just won’t go away.  A week after birth, I got an infection in both nipples and I also had high fevers for 4 days straight.  Thankfully the antibiotics cleared up the fevers, but the infection has been persistent and STILL to this day has not gotten any better.  At this point, my doctors don’t know how to help me anymore, so I’m just living with it.  Honestly, this nipple infection has been such a nightmare for me…but I’m SO OVER IT, I don’t have energy to worry so much about it anymore!  Thankfully I can use a nipple shield to protect my painful nipples so that I can still breastfeed.  Hopefully eventually I will see improvement, but my hopes are not up.

Overall, I feel that my recovery is going great (minus my infection).  I feel like my healthy lifestyle during pregnancy helped my postpartum recovery to be fantastic!!

Things we are using a lot: We couldn’t live without the following items:

— BOB stroller. The BOB gets a lot of use, whether for daily walks or running.  It’s the best stroller on the market for what we need (running and walking on sometimes rough terrain).

— Dr. Browns bottles.  Since I pump 75% of the time and only breastfeed 25% of the time, this requires a lot of bottle use.  We use Dr. Browns bottles and boy do they get a lot of use.  They help less air get into baby’s tummy.  We love them!

–Medela breast pump.  This thing is wonderful!!  We actually started out with a Hygia Enjoye breast pump that ended up breaking very quickly (still upset that a brand new device could malfunction so quickly–I need to call and get my money back!).  We were recommended to get the Medela Pump and Go…and it’s amazing!  I love this pump.  It is built into a small backpack.  I pump MANY times per day, so this thing gets uses A LOT.

–Soothie pacifiers.  This is the only kind of pacifier she will take.

–Wabbanub.  This is a soothie pacifier with a stuffed animal attached to it.  It helps the pacifier stay close to her mouth.  It’s just great for use in the carseat when I can’t reach her.

–Moby Wrap. I love this thing!  It is much easier to wear at this age than the Ergo Baby carrier we have.  Don’t get me wrong, I love the Ergo too, but I think I’ll enjoy it more for when she is a bit bigger.  The Moby Wrap is perfect for a newborn size.

Photos of Winter and Our Family:

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Mommy and Winter at the pediatrician for her 2-week-checkup.

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Our little lady bug!

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Daddy had just gotten back from a business trip, and Winter wouldn’t stop staring at him!  So cute!

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Winter loves her daddy!

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The Moby Wrap gets a lot of use!

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On a walk with my sister Maggie and nephew Silas.  It was fun when family visited.

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We went on a tour of the Coors Brewery in Golden, CO when Winter was about 2 weeks old.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA2.5 week old Winter inside the belly cast I made.  She fit!

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About 3 weeks old here.

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Mommy loves baby girl!

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Koda was included in this family picture 🙂

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Our precious girl is an angel!

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On her one-month birthday!

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This family picture was taken on November 10, 2013 — her 1 month birthday!

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1 month old today with momma!  We didn’t even plan to match (Daddy dressed her).

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What a big girl!

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These two sleepyheads are so adorable.

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Winter goes on runs in the BOB stroller with mommy…here we are post-run one day.

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We are loving being parents to our sweet Winter!

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One perk of pumping is that Daddy gets to have that bonding experience with Winter sometimes! Plus, I really appreciate his helping hands. 

Well, that completes Winter’s 1-month-old baby update.  I plan to do a monthly update, and hopefully the next one isn’t as late as this one was.  We are just so incredibly blessed to be parents to such a wonderfully amazing baby girl.  We are so filled with love for her.  I just can’t wait to see what happens next.  She is growing and changing every day!

Much love, Katy

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New Look!

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It’s time for a new look for babylute2013!  I did an overhaul on the blog page…it’s a fresh new look now that Winter has been born.

Since Winter has now turned 6 weeks old, I am beginning to feel like a “normal” person again.  Whatever that means!  There is a magic behind 6 weeks…  All of the sudden I have renewed energy for things, and one of those is blogging.  I hope to be officially “BACK” to checking my WP reader regularly now.  I also would like to post monthly Winter updates as well as other “mommy” related things.  I am currently working on Winter’s 1 month update (I know, a few weeks overdue!), so look for that soon.

Much love to you all!  I’ve missed being a regular on WordPress, but I’m officially BACK!

Katy

Thankful – Week 2

I’m already behind on my thankful posts….so here it is, no frills 🙂

Day 8. I’m thankful for Smartphones.  How on earth did we live before we had every answer we needed at the touch of a finger?!?!  I love having a smartphone.

Day 9. I’m thankful for photos.  Photos are very meaningful to me and help me cherish and remember memories.

Day 10. I’m thankful for my Mom.  I love her and appreciate her more than she will ever know.

Day 11. I’m thankful for car seat bases.  When traveling in FL, I didn’t have a base with me, and it made me appreciate my car seat base at home.  So easy compared to not having one!!!

Day 12. I’m thankful for food.  I like to eat.

Day 13. I’m thankful for a breast pump.  I’ll have to write more later about WHY I’m thankful for a breast pump.

Day 14. I’m thankful for air to breathe.  Simple, but true.

Air Travel continued…

frontier_planeHAHA!  So…I was attempting to post from my phone.  That was not my best idea ever….  Let’s try this again!

Traveling on a plane alone with a newborn is tough, but not impossible.  Don’t get me wrong, I have no regrets about traveling with her.  But I did learn some things of what worked well and what wasn’t such a great idea.  Here are my experiences:

1- Babies require a TON of stuff.  Spend the extra $25 to check your luggage because you only have 2 hands.  On the way to FL, I had a carry-on suitcase, diaper bag, breast pump (it’s built into a small backpack), a snap-and-go stroller, a car seat and a baby.  TOO MUCH STUFF!  On the way home I cut down what I carried on the aircraft.  I checked my luggage bag and put my breast pump inside the suitcase.  That is 2 entire items I didn’t have to worry about.  So all I had on that flight was: diaper bag, stroller, car seat and a baby.  Much more manageable.

2- Wear your baby, if you can.  I used my Moby Wrap, and that was the best decision ever.  You are not allowed to wear babies during take off and landing (some sort of airline rules), but you just slip the baby in and out during those two times.  On my first flight I didn’t have the Moby on, so I held her.  That means you only ever have one hand.  That’s ok for the most part except for when you NEED both of your hands.

3- Plan your feedings ahead of time.  What worked for me was to breastfeed Winter right before boarding the flight.  On my first flight I breastfed her several times in the air and used my nursing cover.  I was sitting next to a lady, so I felt totally comfortable doing this.  On my way home I was sitting next to 2 grown men and decided to forego breastfeeding and give her 2 bottles of pumped breast milk in the air.  This was ok until my breasts were SO FULL that they leaked through my breast pads, bra, and 2 shirts!!  What a mess….  As soon as I arrived in Denver, I had to get my breast pump out and pump in a family-style restroom to empty myself out.  So I would have rather just breastfed her on the plane and not worried about the 2 guys sitting next to me.

4- Get help from others.  I could not have made it without taking the help from strangers.  A nice gentleman brought my carryon bag onto the plane for me on my first flight.  On the way off my first flight, and older man took both my diaper bag and my carryon for me.  Someone else helped me break down my snap-and-go stroller to drop it at the gate check.  A flight attendant held Winter for a second when she noticed I didn’t have my seatbelt on and asked me to buckle it.  I was very grateful that others were kind enough to help me.  I really couldn’t have done it without the help.

5- Security goes smoothly if you WEAR your baby.  I know I already talked about the Moby Wrap, but my experiences of not wearing her vs. wearing her in security were night and day.  When I didn’t wear her (I just held her in my arms), I only had one hand to put all of the things on the belt go to through the xray scanner.  Breaking down a stroller and putting a car seat up on the belt with one hand is TRICKY.  They let me wear Winter in the Moby Wrap when I walked through the metal detector, no questions asked.

6- Plan for everything to take 3 times as long as it usually does.  I gave myself a TON of extra time for my first flight and still was rushed.  On my return trip home, I had plenty of time and felt much more relaxed because I wasn’t hurrying around.

7- Be assertive if you need to, don’t worry about being polite.  When I arrived to the airport, I wasn’t checking any bags, so I simply planned to print off my boarding pass at the kiosk.  The kiosk prompted me to get in line and see an attendant because “assistance is required”.  GREAT.  So I waited in the long line.  I was called to a station, but my airline attendant was helping someone else.  She kept saying, “sorry, it’ll be just a second” and other people were getting called to other attendants.  People who were in line behind me were already helped and finished before I was.  It was probably 5-10 minutes I waited on my attendant.  Looking back, I would have been assertive and said, “ma’am, if you cannot help me, can I please be directed to a different person who can?” because I lost valuable time waiting on her.  Do what you need to do.  Don’t worry about politeness.

8- Get everything out that you need on the plane and put it in the seatback pocket.  I had a bottle of breastmilk, pacifier, burp cloth, protein bar and a blanket right there at arms reach.  On my first flight I wore my nursing cover for the duration of the flight, whether I was nursing or not.  That was helpful too.

9- If you have a choice, choose to not travel solo if you don’t have to.  Having a helper (whether your spouse or a friend) would have made the whole experience a million times easier.  Someone who can help you is priceless.

10- You will probably have to change a diaper on the plane — good news, they do have a changing table above the toilet in those tiny bathrooms.  Winter did great with her diaper changes.  It was helpful to leave my diaper bag under the seat and just take a fresh diaper, wipes and changing pad in my hands to the bathroom.  It’s such a tight squeeze anyway that my bag would’ve been too big for the space.  Plus, wearing her in the Moby was good too so I could go to the bathroom myself.

Well, I am sure there is more to it, but that’s what I’ve got for you.  When traveling alone, just make sure you have plenty of time and a way to feed your baby (whether it’s breast feeding or having enough bottles).  GOOD LUCK to any of you who will air travel with a baby in the future….it’s tough but totally doable!

Much love,

Katy

Airtraveling at 6 Weeks

{QUICK NOTE: This blog post was cut short, so please refer to the next post for the full entry!}

My apologies because Im typing this on my phone…. so expect many typos and silly autocorrects. As I write, Im sitting at our gate at the Orlando airport, awaiting boarding. Unfortuantly we are on a delay due to bad weather in Denver. Joy… But it gives me time to write about my travel experiences.

1. Babies require a lot of stuff.If i were to do it over again, i would pay to have the luxury of a checked bag. I onlt have two hands, so getting rid of my baggage woyld be ideal.

2. Dont travel alone. I didnt have a choice bevause Eric was already in Florida, so Winter and I came down here to join him. But I think Ill avoid solo air travwl with a baby….

Accept help from anyone you can.3.

Thankful – Week 1

Last year I joined in the daily thankfulness on facebook.  This year, I’m going to modify it and do a weekly thankful blog post.  (Thanks to Kristy for the idea!)  I have SO MUCH to be thankful for this year!

WEEK 1 – A THANKFUL SPIRIT

Day 1 – I’m thankful for my husband.  Eric is the most humble, honorable, smart, dedicated and loving man that I have ever known.  We have been married for 5 years last summer, going on 5 and a half years.  He makes my life so amazing!

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Day 2 – I am SO INCREDIBLY thankful for my gorgeous daughter, Winter.  She has transformed my life in ways I could have never imagined.  Seriously, being a mom is hard work, but to see Winter’s sweet face every day, it’s SO WORTH IT!  I love that little girl!

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Day 3 – I am thankful for this beautiful state I live in.  Colorado is so gorgeous.  I love the beautiful mountains, the 300+ days per year of sunshine, the fit/active lifestyles, and the dry climate.  I wish I were a Colorado native, but I’m a transplant.  My daughter is a native, though!!  That excites me:)

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Day 4 – I’m thankful for fruit.  I live and breathe fruits: apples, oranges, peaches, grapes, etc!  Life without fruit would be very dull.

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Day 5 – I am thankful for the ability to run.  I have been a runner for years.  Right now my running is not perfect (considering I’m less than a month post-partum).  I’m still slow and getting used to running with a stroller….new challenges that I embrace.  Some people do not have the ability to run, so I’m grateful I am able to do it!

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Day 6 – I’m thankful for my dog, Koda.  He is such a sweetie.  He warms my heart and makes my days brighter.

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Day 7 – I’m thankful for my huge family.  I am one of 8 kids, and most of my siblings live in Indiana, but we are starting to spread out more (Indiana, California, Colorado and Nicaragua).  I love each one of my siblings dearly.  My mom and dad are amazing people and did a fabulous job raising all of us!

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I will NOT fall off the blogging world:)

Just a quick update!

Our lives have been a bit hectic lately.  Having a newborn is NO JOKE!  Taking care of this precious little life is a 24/7 job, and I am finding it hard to have much time for other things at the moment.  In the moments I have in between feedings, I try to make sure to get at least these things done….

Daily priorities that are taking over the top of my list:

-Feeding Winter every few hours so she can be healthy (obviously!) — this is my MAIN ROLE right now.

-Take a shower EVERY single day — this is important for me to feel sane.

-Get some form of exercise EVERY single day!!  Sometimes it’s only a walk, other days it has been running outside or inside on my treadmill.  I have yet to make it back to the gym, but I try to do some squats/etc at home in addition to cardio exercise.  Exercise is very important for me for controlling my mood.

-Try to sneak in at least an hour nap at some point during the day (to make up for broken sleep at nighttime).

-Weekly on Wednesdays I make it a priority to go to the breastfeeding support group at the hospital.  This has been amazing because I can get weight checks on Winter and also see how many ounces she consumes during a breastfeeding session.  I also am meeting other new moms.

-Drink at least 10 glasses of water a day.  It keeps me healthy and keeps my milk production high.  I also take Fenugreek and Mother’s Milk tea to assist with milk production.

Here are things I WANT to do, but have taken a bit of the back burner:

-Writing thank you cards for meals & gifts that have been generously given since Winter’s birth

-Blogging: responding to comments, writing new posts, and reading other people’s posts (I hope to get this moved up into the priority section very soon!)  I miss my daily reads!  I feel so out of the loop.

-Going to the store.  We are running out of food like crazy here!!  Thankfully we have amazing friends who have been bringing us meals for dinner nearly every day.  I eat the leftovers for lunch, so I’m getting plenty to eat thanks to our friends.  Without them, I’d be scraping by.

So much to write about, so little time….

I am really loving motherhood. I love being Winter’s mom.  It’s the hardest job I’ve ever had in my life, but I wouldn’t trade it for the world!  When I have a bit more time, I will have to write about some of our struggles that we are going through.  We have had a lot of challenges when it comes to my health (infection, sickness, etc), breastfeeding (having to use a nipple shield, infection, having to pump, etc), Winter’s weight gaining issues (which I think we are finally getting on a good road now!), and the baby blues/my emotional rollercoaster.  All of these things are areas I want to write about to keep you updated, but I just don’t have time at the moment.  Please just be praying for us!  My stress level has been INSANELY high.  It’s just been one thing after the next.  I know that God only gives us as much as we can handle, but I feel like God is trusting me to handle too much!

Love to you all!  I hope to catch up with some of  you soon!