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!