Monday, October 3, 2016
Five months?!?! I cannot believe you are almost to a 1/2 year old! You are such a joyful baby. We mainly call you Bubba as a nickname now. You still love people and are quite the ladies man. You are in 3-6 month clothes and can still fit some of your 0-3 months clothes. You are in size 2 diapers and are averaging 5-7 hours of sleep consistently before waking up. You love to fight your sleep so your bedtime is extremely inconsistent!
You are now 100% transitioned into your crib. This is earlier than I originally wanted to graduate you to your nursery but you are such an active little boy that you have outgrown your bassinet! You roll and roll so you like the pack n play a lot more now because you have the freedom to move around as you wish. You really love to hide in the corner of your pack and play! You are now grabbing my face, necklaces, hair, earrings- nothing is safe! You love to suck your lips as well. You took rice cereal for the first time two weeks ago and seem to like it. We will be starting you on solids within the next few weeks so sometime before your 6 month update. You have your dedication later this month which we are very excited about!
You did not have a Dr appointment this month, but my guess if you are around 17 lbs and 26-27 inches. You still spit up quite a bit and are no longer taking reflux medicine. Your eczema is off and on, but doing pretty good most of the time. You are still drooling up a storm which has resulted in a pretty nasty drool rash underneath your neck as it is near impossible to keep that area dry :( We are still rocking the exclusive breastfeeding thing and doing lots of laundry!
You are the best little human. I love you so much!
Sunday, September 4, 2016
Say it isn't so. How is my tiny little baby boy 4 months old! This is such a precious age as you grow into your personality. We mainly call you Bubba and Buddy as nicknames now. You have officially outgrown needing swing time for soothing although we still let you play in it here and there. You are now too big to lounge in your Boppy lounger unless we are setting right there and we really only use your regular Boppy for tummy time and nursing. You love people and being out and about. You are now in 3-6 month clothes but you still fit comfortably into many of your 0-3 months at the moment. You just outgrew size 1 diapers and have officially graduated to size 2s. You are now averaging 5-7 hours of sleep consistently before waking up to feed and you even slept completely through the night a few times this past week! I definitely think by the time I write your 5 month update you will be sleeping consistently through the night which will be a much welcomed break for mommy :) You still are not a paci fan but love to keep things in your mouth so you have plenty of new toys to keep you entertained and to help with keeping those fists you love so much out of your mouth.
You get more and more charming as you come into your personality. You smile and laugh a lot and you talk so much it is ridiculous! You can roll over from your tummy to your back and also from your back to your tummy! You no longer are co-sleeping but you are still in your bassinet in our room. If you keep growing like a weed, you will be too big for the bassinet and we are going to have to graduate to your crib in your nursery whether we like it or not!
At your four month checkup, you weighed in at 14lbs 7oz and measured 25 inches. You still spit up quite a bit but the reflux medicine is not really helping so we decided to no longer give it to you since you are not in pain. Your eczema has improved greatly. You just started teething so I have been on the hunt to find natural remedies to help you as you go through this painful time. You drool A LOT mister. Between the spit up episodes and the constant drooling, mommy is doing your laundry 2-3 times a week! You are still exclusively breastfed on demand and receiving 3-4 bottles a day on the 2-3 days a week that mommy leaves for work.
I love you so much it hurts little man. Please never get too big or too grown up for your mommy to offer you all this love because nothing makes my heart happier that being your mom :)
Wednesday, August 3, 2016
Bubba, I cannot believe you are already 3 months old. Time please stand still! Your current nicknames are still Bubba, Buddy, Simba, Ash, Ashtag, and Baby Boy; however, we definitely call you Bubba the most. You are outgrowing your Boppy Lounger but loving the plain old Boppy these days. You are needing less and less swing time but you still enjoy it when you get to have it. You are an awesome traveler! Car rides put you right to sleep! You are still in 0-3 month clothes however we have slipped you in a few 3 month and 3-6 month onesies lately so you will likely graduate to those very soon. You are also still in your size 1 diapers. Unfortunately, you have only slept completely through the night once which was 7 hours. You average between 4-6 hours of sleep at night right now before you wake up for a night feeding. You have the chubbiest cheeks and rolls for days. I love that you are a little juicy man haha. More to cuddle and love :) You are no longer a fan of paci's but are enjoying putting things into your mouth so your new friend is your Hippo comfort chew blanky.
You are such a joyful boy! Your smile completely melts me and you know it. You smile, laugh and have conversations many times a day! You really only fuss when you need something. You grab things with you hands, are obsessed with your fists, and swing those arms and legs like crazy! You are right on track and a little advanced in some areas. You are very strong and some days your dad and I believe you are literally about to get up and start walking with how far you can sit up!
At your two month checkup, you weighed in at 11lbs 10oz and measured 23 inches. We had to take you in a few weeks later because of your frequent spit ups and you were already up to 12lbs 2oz so you are certainly a solid little chunker :) The doctor prescribed you reflux medicine for your spit up/reflux - I hate giving you medicine. I hope you outgrow the tummy issues soon bubba. Your eczema is doing much better with frequent lotioning and making sure you do not get any products with dyes or fragrances. You are still exclusively breastfed on demand but now that mommy is back at work, I have to pump 3 times a day on days I am away for your bottles. My friend Sarah is your nanny right now and you love her! You and her little girl Alivia are best buds right now :)
You are the best baby. I will truly miss the days like these when you are so tiny and dependent on mommy. I know I must savor every moment because time is proving to go way, way too fast!
Sunday, July 24, 2016
I am about to enter my second week back at work post baby Asher. I am happy to report that I did indeed survive the first week despite many months of anxiousness over whether or not I would be able to do it!
To help me cope with all that comes with being a working mom, I decided I would start an installment series to document the high's, low's and everything in between of my experience juggling it all. My experiences going through this journey may help another new mom out there who finds herself back in the corporate world post baby and needs support to help her cope :)
Here are my top tips to help you survive the first week back at work as a new mom....
1. Ditch the guilt
If you find yourself going back to work and your heart really would prefer to stay home like myself, you are going to feel guilt with the decision to work outside the home. Working outside the home does not make you a bad mom no more than choosing to stay home automatically makes someone a good mom. Being a mother is a challenging, full-time job regardless which end of the spectrum you find yourself. I had to remind myself multiple times throughout this first week back working that I am being a good mom by helping our family financially. The faster you can ditch the mommy guilt the better off you will cope with juggling your many responsibilities. I feel there are going to be many more posts in the future on the guilt subject because I struggle with mommy guilt more than anything else about being a working mom.
2. Get organized
As a working mom, you have 2 full-time jobs and that is not including your role as a wife if you are married. Having an organized schedule will help you stay sane. I use an Eric Condren calendar to help me keep up with the schedule. I also made a schedule to help our nanny and other caretakers while I am away. The more organized you are going into your first week back at work, the less stressed you will feel.
3. Recruit dad for the first week
This is huge. If you have support whether it be your spouse or someone else, recruit them to care for your little one the first week. My hubby took a week off of work during my first week back at work because he knew I was going to have a tough time. Having someone you trust stay with the baby the first week is going to relieve so much stress for you as you return back to your work routine knowing that your baby is in the hands of someone you trust wholeheartedly. I believe if I would have had to leave Asher at daycare or with a nanny during this first week back, I would have had a much tougher time. I cried twice leaving the house on the first day and I was leaving him with his father!
4. Focus on quality time and not the quantity of time
Now that you have less time with the little one, it is very important to focus on quality now that the quantity is not there. Make every second count during those moments you are not working. Read to them, do lots of skin to skin, get in lots of cuddle time, nurse when you are with the baby if you are breastfeeding, and just focus on them when you are home. Be present mentally during those moments. Your baby will remember the quality more than the quantity.
5. Establish a work pumping routine
If you are breastfeeding and plan to continue to after you return to work, make sure you stay on a pumping routine so that your supply does not drop. Try not to go more than 3 hours during the workday without pumping. Invest in a quality double electric breast pump (most insurance companies will provide one for free!) The book Work, Pump, Repeat is a great resource if you need tips on how to effectively pump while working.
6. Do what works for YOUR family
I have learned that everyone has an opinion when it comes to parenting so try not to let what may work for another mom and her family make you feel guilty for what may not work for your family right now. We have to do what is best for our families and for some moms that means going back to work. Trust your gut that the decision you made to return to work was what was best for your family. As a moms, we have to do what we have to do!
Working moms- what tips do you have to help new moms survive the first week back at work that I may have left out? Feel free to add your feedback to the comments!
Until next time....