Thursday, November 13, 2014

Things I'd forgotten about the newborn days

Hi friends!  We are still in the trenches of the newborn days around here - though I'm finding this go around so much more relaxed that the first.  My recovery is easier and I'm way less stressed about the well being of my baby.  The hormone surges and emotional roller coaster remains the same and I realized I had forgotten many things about the newborn days.

Leaky boobs and nipple spasms
I'm not sure every mom has nipple spasms but it is the weirdest sensation.  Mine usually happen when its feeding time and its my let down starting.  Then the leaking starts.  I'm still in the process of regulating my milk so sometimes I don't have any leaking and other times I'm leaking through my breast pads. 



Careful showering
Speaking of nipples, they are sore thanks to an in-efficient latcher chewing on them 10+ times per day!  I forgot how showering takes careful positioning to avoid letting the stream of water hit them directly.  And in our stand up shower that can be difficult.

Diapers galore!
I've gotten used to a toddler who needs a diaper change about 4 times a day.  Walker fills a diaper like a boss.  Half the time DURING a diaper change or immediately after he has a clean one on.  If not then he likes to pee out of his diaper onto whomever is holding him requiring both a diaper AND an outfit change.  Fortunately we can fit two to three times the amount of diapers in Walker's diaper pail because they are so small.



Baby squeaks
Seriously, I could listen to all those cute little squeaks and grunts all stinking day.

Walker is such a mellow newborn I really wish that these newborn days would last just a little bit longer.  He's so mellow and snuggly and compared to a 2 year old he seems super easy as long as he has a full belly. 

I'm working on his birth story so stay tuned.  In the mean time, look at cute pictures.








Thursday, November 6, 2014

It's been a while, huh?

Hi Friends.  It's been a while, huh?  Somehow the last 6 months kind of flew by.  I have lots to share and several blog posts in the works but lets do a quick catch up with a re-cap of our summer.

And go.

- First things first (and much more to come) - we have a new member of our family!  Welcome to our world Walker John Hall.  Born on 10/22/14, 8 lbs 13 oz, 20.5 inches long.  We love him so so so much and it feels like he's a natural addition to our groove as a family.

 


- Here are my belly pics to catch you up (since my last post was at 16 weeks....)









- This summer we took a cruise to Bermuda with Andrew's parents.  Stay tuned for a post entitled "10 Tips for Cruising with a Toddler".  Tip #1:  Don't do it!!

This kid loved the beach




- After our cruise, Sawyer went on a sleep strike and we transitioned to a toddler bed.  It was a hellish summer with not much sleep.  But in hindsight it prepped us for the sleep deprivation of baby #2

- Overall this summer in Seattle was HOT!!!  Way too hot for my preference especially being pregnant.  I spend a lot of it complaining, whining, and taking lots of air conditioned car trips to Starbucks for iced coffee.  We ran our portable A/C unit in our room most every night and I was still hot.

- In August, we took a baby moon to Niagara Falls for Andrew's sister Susanna's wedding.  We left Sawyer at home with Grandma and Grandpa Watson and remembered what it was like to travel without a small child.  My friends, it was glorious.  While we missed our boy we enjoyed sleeping through the night (minus getting up to pee) and not chasing a two year old everywhere...

The Falls on the Canadian side




Falls on the American side


- Sawyer turned 2 in September!  I will post an update on him soon.  He is a typical boy - loves trucks, trains, and construction equipment.  He's learning new words on a daily basis and knows his colors, some of the alphabet, a few shapes, and all his animal sounds and body parts.  My favorite is when he says "people ridiculous" which he learned from me while I yell at slow drivers.


Brotherly love - {heart melting}


Birthday party at the park - the kid got to play for 3 hours and eat a cupcake.  He was a happy camper.


Birthday Dinner at Red Robin where they sang and gave him an ice cream sundae



So, I'm hoping to be a little more regular with my posts and avoid another 6 month gap.  I don't know how these blog moms manage to do regular posts considering I find it hard to find time to take a shower during the day now that I have two children and full time help....

Stay tuned friends. I've missed you!

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Baby Bump Update

When I was pregnant with Sawyer, I felt the first trimester went so slowly because I was so excited to share the news.  Then the rest of the pregnancy seemed to move along quite quickly and the past 20 months have gone by in the blink of an eye.

This pregnancy, the first trimester again seemed to drag by but this time I think it was because I felt so awful and exhausted I couldn't wait for it to be over.  But sure enough, I'm feeling much better and the last 4 weeks have flown by. 

So here is a bump update for you all:


Sidenote, this shirt is new and a little big so I feel like it makes my butt look way bigger than it actually is....

By comparison, here is what I looked like at 16 weeks with Sawyer


How far along? 16 Weeks
Total weight gain/loss: 15 lbs.  No idea where it all came from.  I ate a lot of carbs the first trimester since cereal was the only thing that didn't make me nauseous.  With Sawyer I gained it all in the first 6 months, the last 3 I only gained 3 pounds.

Maternity clothes? You betcha.  The belly popped much earlier this time.  Been in maternity pants for a few weeks.
Stretch marks? A few here and there but I think some could be left over from last time.
Sleep: Pretty good but that is because I'm always exhausted.  I don't have to get up as often to pee in the middle of the night.  Sawyer has us up by 6:30 or 7 so there is no sleeping in.
Best moment this week: Got to hear baby's heartbeat (138 bpm)
Miss Anything? Beer.  We went to Mariner's game last night and I really wanted a beer with my garlic fries.  I also miss sushi.
Movement: I feel some swirls and rolls on occasion and a jab when I lean forward to get up out of a chair.  I am looking forward to more.
Food cravings: Bacon.  I want it on everything.  And turkey sandwiches.  I make a lot of turkey sandwiches.
Anything making you queasy or sick: Brushing my teeth in the morning, and the smell of Sawyer's diaper pail.
Have you started to show yet: Yep
Gender: Find out June 11th!
Labor Signs: No
Belly Button in or out?  In.  I never popped out with Sawyer so I don't anticipate it this go around.
Wedding rings on or off? On
Happy or Moody most of the time: I am an emotional disaster.  Seriously.  I have mood swings that range from weeping to rage in the blink of an eye.  Its worse when I don't get enough sleep.  I hate it...and feel bad for my poor husband.

Looking forward to: our growth ultrasound next month and finding out if Sawyer will have a brother or sister!

So, my doctor is keeping a close eye on me to monitor me for gestational diabetes again.  I met with the nutritionist that I work with to discuss what I should be eating.  I started measuring my blood sugars and my morning fasting numbers are high again.  So, I'm meeting with the GD nurse tomorrow.  I'm hoping I don't have to go on medication again especially this early because I think it means twice weekly non stress tests which is going to be a nightmare to schedule for the next 24 weeks.  Fortunately, my numbers after I eat are well within normal limits.  We will see what happens.  Right now I'm trying different snacks before bed to see if I can control my morning numbers better.

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

18/19 Month update

Okay, so this should have been done a month ago....considering Sawyer turned 18 months on March 18th.  But again, I'm fully using my first trimester fatigue/misery as an excuse to be a terrible blogger.

I have to admit, I'm feeling a little awkward in my blogging shoes right now since its been quite a while since I've posted anything regular.  But what better way to get my groove back than talking about my favorite little man?


Sawyer is 19 months old and becoming more like a little boy every day.  There are days when I wish he would out grow this phase of not being able to communicate and climbing on everything.  But I know that I can't get these days back and when he is graduating from college I will fondly remember these days of him learning to say "Elmo". 

Size
At our 18 month check up with Dr. Irwin, Sawyer was 33 1/2 inches and 28 pounds (both in the 75th-90th percentile) and I'm pretty sure had a growth spurt shortly after our visit.  Most of our 18 month pants are too short and we have moved up to 24 month or 2T.  He also has a long torso like his daddy so we are moving up to 24 month/2T sizes in shirts too.  He wears size 5 diapers during the day and size 6 at night.


Developmental Milestones
Oh, where to begin!  Sawyer no longer walks, he runs.  And climbs.  And finds all the things he's not supposed to get into.  He can stack blocks and rings and has figured out how to turn on and unlock my iPhone - prompting me to turn on a passcode.  He has his first set of molars and is currently working on his canines.  His first official word was cheese which he pronounces more like "gee".  He also has said store, night night, and Elmo once or twice.  He still signs quite a bit for more, drink, all done, please, thank you and bath.  He's becoming a very polite child.

Eating
This kid will eat most things except vegetables.  He is quite proficient with both a fork and a spoon these days.  He loves oatmeal, eggs, yogurt, blueberries, raspberries and string cheese.  We've definitely started feeding him more of what we eat and this week since Grandma and Grandpa Hall have been here we've being doing a lot of family meals which he seems to enjoy.  He's getting a little easier to take to restaurants now as long as he has a fork to eat with.  And at 28 lbs no one can accuse us of starving our child.  He still gets one bottle at night before bed even though the doctor wants us to wean off the bottle.  Sometimes he drinks 2oz, other times he drinks a full 8 oz.  He still drinks a lot of milk and/or water from sippy cups so I don't think that him having one bottle at night is detrimental to his health.

Sleeping
Sawyer has transitioned to one 2-3 hour nap a day and sleeps about 11 hours at night.  We still wish he would sleep a little later in the mornings but I think Andrew and I are both accustomed to getting up at 6:30 these days.  Its actually nice to have some family time in the mornings before we all have to go to work.

Likes and Dislikes
Sawyer loves anywhere he can run.  Since the weather has been nicer recently we've been doing a lot of walks around the block or on a trail that is near our house.  We also put together his wagon so he likes his wagon rides.  He still enjoys reading books (his Bear books continue to be favorites as is Little Blue Truck) and wants to have our phones, the Surface or the laptop to play with if they are available.  He also likes to help clean including vacuuming, sweeping and unloading the dishwasher.  He and Charlie are best buds.  That boy loves his puppy.



Sweeping

Charlie makes a great pillow
Before/after of his umpteenth haircut


We do Stroller Strides 3 days a week and go to Toddler group once a week.  We are hoping to start swim lessons this summer if we can find a class that works for us.

This is a fun but exhausting age.  Sawyer loves to laugh and smile so it makes all the business worth it even on the days when my hormones and impatience tell me other wise.  I love to watch him learn new words and figure things out.  I'm amazed at all that he knows already!  I'm looking forward to lots of activities this summer and hope that I can keep up with him as my belly grows!


 
A boy and his dog

A little naked time in the kitchen
 
Going for a walk

playing in the rocks with his buddy Soren

standing on the coffee table - because he knows he's not supposed to

Friday, April 4, 2014

The Real Reason I've been MIA...

Hi friends,

I know I've been MIA the last several weeks.  I have a good reason.

I have a parasite.

Sort of.

I'm growing a person.

Yep.  We are expecting #2!

Our Facebook announcement


We are very excited but I'll be honest, this mama is exhausted.  Hence my no blogging.  Most free time involves a couch, some ginger ale and sleeping. 

But, hoping that things are going to start looking up in the next couple weeks.  Hopefully when I have more energy I will have more blogging time.  I'm keeping a list of ideas on my phone.

So, hang in there with me friends and followers.  I will get back to more regular blogging.  Just let me get through the rest of this first trimester.

Monday, March 3, 2014

30 Things About Me I Want My Kids To Know #30ThingsChallenge

Hi friends.  Given my blogging rut, my blog friend Heather suggested I join her in a link up she's doing called "30 Things About Me I Want My Kids to Know".  There are 30 questions and I will devote a blog post to each one eventually linking them all back up to this post.  I may only do one a week or I may be motivated and do a few.  Who knows.  But I'm sure that Sawyer will be reading this blog one day so maybe he'll learn a thing or two about good ol' mom.



Here are the questions:

  1. What’s your favorite holiday and why?
  2. What are your 5 greatest accomplishments?
  3. If you could have dinner with anyone in history, who would it be and what would you eat?
  4. List 10 people who have influenced you and describe how.
  5. List 20 random facts about yourself.
  6. What are 5 passions you have?
  7. Describe a typical day in your current life.
  8. Describe 3 legitimate fears you have and explain how they became fears
  9. Describe your relationship with your spouse.
  10. List 10 things you would tell your 16 year-old self, if you could.
  11. What are the 5 things that make you most happy right now?
  12. If you could have three wishes, what would you wish for?
  13. What is your dream job, and why?
  14. Describe when you knew your spouse was the one or how I fell in love.
  15. What’s your favorite quality in your spouse?
  16. What do you think your spouse loves most about you?
  17. What popular notion do you think the world has most wrong?
  18. Describe your most embarrassing moment.
  19. What’s the hardest part of growing up?
  20. Describe 10 pet peeves you have.
  21. Describe 5 and weaknesses strengths you have.
  22. How did you feel the moment you became a parent?
  23. Describe your relationship with your parents.
  24. What’s your favorite and least favorite thing about parenthood?
  25. What is the thing you most wish you were great at?
  26. Describe 3 significant memories from your childhood.
  27. Where do you see yourself in 5 years? 10 years? 15 years?
  28. What is your favorite part of your body and why?
  29. What are your hopes and dreams for your prosperity?
  30. List 10 things you would hope to be remembered for.
Stay tuned! 

Friday, February 21, 2014

Blogger block

Hi Friends -

I apologize for my lack of content on here.  I have to say I have a serious case of blogger block.  I have nothing exciting to write about - or at least that's how I feel.  I've started several posts only to get about half way through and then can't seem to finish. 

Life is busy.  I'm getting up at 5 am 4 days a week for either a workout or work.  Sawyer has just gotten his second ear infection in the last month in addition to pink eye.  You know.  Life.

So, I promise I will start writing again....when I get some energy and motivation. 

Until then, I'll update you on a couple of things:

- Sawyer has learned to fist bump and thinks its really fun

- He has also discovered the broom and can occupy himself for a good 20 minutes pushing it around the kitchen.  I plan to use this to my advantage in the future.

- I've discovered they sell cronuts at Safeway.  I have yet to break down and purchase but I so want to try.  Maybe after Body Back is over so I don't have to write it down....

Have a good weekend all.