Monday, May 19, 2014

photo dump of my favorite baby and Happy Monday!

It's Monday!
For me, Monday feels like every other day.  No matter what day of the week it may be, I am still in bed by 9pm and usually awake by 6am.
But, Monday still indicates the start of a new week.
 (actually, that would be Sunday, but Monday always felt more appropriate)

Little man struggled with teething a few days last week (but, still nothing to show for all the fussing) and a serious lack of appetite.
I was a bit of a wreck trying to get him to nurse.  
Strangely, he has been sleeping great!  Nearly 12 hours at night and his first night sleeping completely through the night with no feedings.  His naps are even getting better.

He is getting cuter by the day and more and more vocal!
This baby likes to talk (and scream).

My goal for the week is to get out jogging with him at least a few times.
Such a simple goal, and something I always feel great about once I'm finished-
but, getting out the door is always so much work.
Plus, it's been pretty warm up in northern California, so I'll have to get moving early.

Any mama's out there have any other recommendations for exercises with a baby- or exercise at home?
I am back to my pre-pregnancy weight, but I have no muscle and feel weak.
I also eat like it's my job and need something to burn that extra energy.

Speaking of food-
I spiralized zucchini last night.  We ate it with tomato pasta sauce with mushroom, onion and ground turkey (and, of course, loads of cheese).  
I am in love.
So much better than real pasta noodles!!!
If I can get my act together, i'll post the recipe.  It really is that good.  And, I didn't feel stuffed afterwards.

I have also been working on my Around the World travel board on Pinterest and actually trying to do it in order by location.  
pro- I'm learning my geography.
con- my travel bucket list basically includes every country in the World and has really made me itch to travel again.

I can't complain, however- we will be traveling with the babe to Hawaii in July for 6 nights. 
I will need some tips and advice on how to make this little adventure a success with an 8 month old- 
our trip to southern California last week left me sleepless for three nights and brought back the horror of those newborn days.

Side note- this may be my new favorite blog.  Not sure how "new" it is, but it's new to me and she makes me laugh.

Well, that's all the random I have for this morning!
I hope you all have a fantastic Monday!

On Octavian-
"Ladies Love Me" tee- finomenon kids
Chevron leggings- little hip squeaks

On Me-
White tee- Victoria Secret (what's your favorite white tee???)
Boyfriend Jeans- Old Navy
Sandals- Birkenstock (omg, I loveeee)
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Sunday, May 11, 2014

Happy Mother's Day

Just stopping in real quick to wish all Mama's out there a 

  Happy Mother's Day!

This guy makes being a Mom the best gift I could ever ask for.
He is my everything

But, being a Mom is not always easy.
It is demanding and exhausting and often really really messy.
I didn't know this a year ago, but I know this now.

We are molding the future, after all.

So Mama's, keep molding.
You're doing a great job!

Octavian's outfit-
leggings:  salt city emporium

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Thursday, May 8, 2014

6 month update

My sweet boy turned 6 months on Sunday.
It is very bittersweet.

17 pounds 8 ounces
I noticed at the beginning of the month that he wasn't gaining weight (we have a scale because I am crazy when it comes to feeding this guy).  After two weeks without gaining any weight I was very concerned.  He was eating, but whenever I tried to offer more, he refused.  At this point there is no forcing this kid to eat.  I went to the pediatrician and found out he lost an ounce in the week since we were there last.  The doctor recommended that we start him on cereals.  I ignored this suggestion and thankfully Octavian packed on almost a pound the last two weeks of the month!

Not sure exactly.  At our doctors appointment a few weeks ago he was 25 3/4 inches.  We suspect he may have grown since then since all of his clothes are a little more snug and much shorter on his perfectly chubby legs.

Overall sleep has been pretty great this month.  Since sleep training (which took like 2 nights and very little tears, thank goodness) he falls asleep completely on his own.  No sleep associations at all- unless you count the sleep sac and little elephant lovie that has become his new bff.
This month he would fall asleep between 630/730pm and wake up between 5/630am.  At the end of the month he was consistently falling asleep around 7pm and waking up between 530/6am.  The 5am wake ups kill me, and I don't want him to get in the habit of starting his day that early, so my general rule is, unless he is screaming crying, I let him hang out with mr. elephant until 6am.  I have never had to go in before 6am once this little rule was established.  Sometimes i'm really lucky and he'll go back to sleep for 30 minutes.
He nurses once (sometimes twice) in the middle of the night, and that makes me really happy.  I do not see the need in him going 11+ hours without food- I don't even go that long.  So, i'm happy to nurse once or twice in the middle of the night as long as he needs me.  And, now that I just plop him on the boob, burp and put him back in his crib, it's a piece of cake (although I do miss our nighttime snuggles sometimes).
Naps...oh naps.  Naps have good days and naps have bad days.  At the end of the month we had a couple days where he took at least one hour+ nap in the day which was shocking and amazing.  Most days, however, he naps 4 times, lasting anywhere from 25-45 minutes.  I remember a couple months ago complaining about the consistent 45 min nap.  Well, now I am thrilled when he snoozes that long- those 25 minute naps are killer.  I am patiently waiting for the day that he drops a nap and they last a little longer, but i'm starting to get discouraged that that will ever happen consistently (and therefore don't plan on having any kind of social life for at least another 6 months).

Bedtime Routine-
We have a very set bedtime routine.  About 45 minutes before I want him to be in bed asleep we start with "nakie time".  This child loves to be naked, so we let him play on our bed for 15-25 minutes naked each night. It also lets his tush dry out on the rare occasion that he has a little diaper rash.  Daddy usually plays with him while I run around and get everything ready for bed.  This is usually the time that I fold laundry too- it allows me to do two things at once :)
About twice a week I'll take a bath with him, but since there are some pretty serious water shortages in Northern California we keep them limited.  All the other nights I give him a little sponge bath while I sing our bedtime song.
Then I move him to his changing table where I continue to sing and give him a little massage with lotion and put his jammies on.  We nurse, I burp him, put him in his sleep sac, give him a kiss, turn on his sound machine and give him his space to fall asleep.
For naps I just read him a book or two, put him in his sleep sac, give him a kiss and leave the room.  He really loves bedtime routine.

Despite my best efforts, little man only wants to nurse 6-7 times per day.  If I put him on the boob any more than that and he is not a happy camper.  Some days he nurses more than other days and I try really hard not to stress on those days that he isn't super hungry.  When he does nurse he takes anywhere between 3-8 ounces at a time.

Although we were planning on waiting until at least 6 months to introduce solids, I decided I would puree some tasty goodies together to see if he would eat.  He has been showing interest in our food the past couple months and frequently grabs what we have out of our hand.
We started with avocado mixed with breastmilk.  As mentioned in the previous post- he loved it!  We have also offered sweet peas, sweet potato and oatmeal.  He's decided he likes avocado.
....only avocado.

ahhh, the elusive schedule.  I thought we had a bit of a schedule going in the beginning of the month.  He would nap 4 times per day and I would feed him 7 times in 24 hours.  It was a bit of a sleep, eat, play schedule.  Wellll, he has since decided that isn't working anymore.  Now, our schedule is all over the map.  I consistently get him out of his crib around 630am (give or take 15 min) and he will take his first nap approximately two hours after (give or take 15 minutes), but that's about the only schedule we have.  Up until a week ago, he would always nurse when he woke up in the morning, but now, not so much.  Depending on when and how much he ate in the middle of the night will determine if he eats when he wakes up.  His first nap is just as unpredictable.  It lasts anywhere from 25-75 minutes. 
I am trying to be more flexible with the whole schedule thing.  I've tried to get a consistent schedule going, but it's never lasted or worked in his benefit, and it just stresses me out.  He is still little and I'm hoping that as he gets older he'll figure out the nap thing a bit more.  Although we don't have a set schedule, I try to keep his bedtime and morning wake-up happen within the same hour each day.

New Skills:
The biggest achievement this month was rolling from back to belly!  Suddenly one week he discovered how much he loved rolling and sleeping on his side.  Since he's never been a big fan of tummy time I didn't think he would be self motivated to complete the roll onto his belly.  Out of nowhere a couple weeks later I looked over at him as he was playing on his activity mat and saw him roll over!  I was so proud!  I think he was pretty proud of himself too which makes me really happy.
He has also fallen in love with the little boy in the mirror!  Suddenly this month he has started reacting to his reflection in the mirror.  He gets so excited whenever we walk past the mirror- I always have to stop and let him chat with himself for a minute or two.
He is sitting for longer and longer.  He still flings himself backwards when he gets super excited, but he can sit unaided for at least a minute or two if he's not being lazy.  This both excites me and makes me really scared.  It's only a matter of time before he is crawling around.
He has been using his feet as a second set of hands.  He loves to pick up toys with his feet and bring them to his hands or straight to his mouth.

his reflection
tickle time!
mommy kisses
naked time
the monkeys that hang from his pack n play...
he actually loves all his toys especially mr. ducky, sir klaus, yellow ball thing that he can chew on and his exersaucer

having his clothes and diaper changed (about 3/4 of the time)
being bored- he needs constant entertainment
when I burp him in sitting position

Month Highlights:
He had his first Easter!  Although we don't celebrate with Church, we did get together with family for a lovely brunch.  He received his first Easter basket- it was filled with new toys, new books, a new sleep sac and Sir Klaus!
Octavian saw the doctor twice this month!  The first time was because he wasn't gaining weight.  Although our doctor recommended we start him on rice cereal, I disagreed and stuck with breastmilk.  Thankfully he gained a pound in the second half of the month!  His second doctor visit was due to a very mild case of croup.  Thankfully it didn't affect sleep and was gone within a couple days.
He started solids!
We survived Wonder Week leap 5!!!  Holy smokes I have never seen such a cranky baby- at least not from him.  For about a week Octavian would be happy and laughing one minute, and crying the next.  He was always super miserable after his last nap before bed time.  It took some serious teamwork between Daddy and I to get through those rough periods.

He is still in awe with his hands.  Sometimes I catch him just staring at his fingers like they are the coolest thing since sliced bread.  I can't blame him, hands are pretty awesome.

He has started to suck his thumb- frequently.  I'm not sure if it's because he is teething or what, but up until now he would only suck his thumb when he was tired.

Speaking of teeth, no pearly whites to show for yet.  They're comin' though, I can feel it (or see that he can feel it).

I can't carry him around as much anymore since he's getting to big and I'm starting to develop some serious back pain.  I'm not liking this and neither is he.  In fact, it's the worst timing ever since he has been a bit more clingy than usual lately.

I miss him after he goes to sleep.  Some nights I'm tempted to go in and watch him sleep, but he's such a light sleeper and I would feel awful if I woke him.  Thank goodness I have a video monitor- best invention EVER.

My sweet boy,
  if only you knew how much joy you bring to my life.  Every time I see your wide smile and chubby cheeks I just want to grab hold of you and never let you go- or just melt into a puddle of mush on the floor because my overwhelming love for you is so strong that I find myself crying for no reason at all when I look into your eyes.  It is hard for me to believe that you are 6 months old.  In just a few short months you  will be crawling all over the place- although I know the day will come for you to assert your independence, you will always be my little boy.  I love watching you grow into such a happy and smart little person.  Each day a little more of your personality shines through.  You are no longer a quiet little baby- you have strong likes and dislikes and I love this about you.  Every night before I put you back to sleep, I give you a little squeeze, smell your sweet baby smell, and try to soak in as much of you as possible.  You make me so happy and I am so lucky to be your Mom.
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Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Starting Solids and a Giveaway Winner!!

A couple weeks ago we decided to give solids a go.

Originally, we were planning on waiting until after 6 months, but he seemed so interested in our food that we didn't think a couple weeks would do much harm.
We skipped cereals all-together- despite our pediatrician's recommendation to start him on cereals over a month ago.  I have no problems waking up to nurse once or twice a night and didn't want to fill him with empty calories (personal opinion, no judgment to those who have started with baby cereals).  After giving it some thought, I decided we would start with avocado.  Considered by some to be a "super food", avocado is packed with lots of good stuff.  I pureed it with some breastmilk to make it extra yummy.
He was not impressed with the first bite, but I offered it again and he loved it!  He managed to eat at least several tablespoons, and would have eaten more, but I wanted to see how his tummy handled the new cuisine before stuffing him full.

Since giving him avocado, he has tried sweet peas, sweet potato and oatmeal.
The only thing he will eat is avocado.
It seems his least favorite are sweet potato and oatmeal which we will be working on since those are two of my favs and are regular staples in this house.

We try to give him a sample of something each day, but we aren't in any rush.  He has shown no signs that breastmilk is not enough, so we'll just move at a pace that is comfortable for him.

That said, I have no idea what I'm doing when it comes to introducing solids.  I've read up on baby led weaning, and while it is appealing, the thought of wasting so much food (and the fear of choking!) made us go the traditional route of purees.  If he doesn't start to show more interest in purees in the next month or two, we'll obviously have to re-evaluate.

Any advice on solids?  What worked best for you and your baby?


And, for anyone wondering, a winner was picked for the giveaway and has been emailed.
I was going to put the email on this post, but for privacy reasons, I thought that may not be the best idea.
I also used promosimple to do the giveaway and I am NOT a fan of their whole set-up,
so, next time I will be using a different site-
Rafflecopter seems to be pretty popular- any other suggestions?

Thank you to those of you that entered!
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