Before She Turns One…

I am such a bad blogger mom…I skipped her 9 month update and her 10 month and now I’ve let 11 months slip through my typing fingers…but don’t worry there were photo shoots.

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This first year has passed by so quickly. She went from fragile baby we held firmly in our arms like she would break at the slightest movement to indestructible toddler who constantly falls on her butt and bumps into everything forever keeping a little bruise on her forehead. She busted her lip for the first time a few days ago which about gave this novice mommy a heart attack.  She cried for a minute and then was over it. Her little lip is healing nicely and she doesn’t even seem to notice. She was still giving kissing and sucking on her bottle like a champ.

The other morning when she woke up instead of pulling her out of bed to get breakfast and start our day, I just climbed in with her to snuggle. We laughed, made noises and said, “Hey”, with different inflections. It’s amazing all that can be said in a three letter word. She put her head on my chest several times just being still something you don’t get much of from a girl on the go. For those 15 minutes or so time stopped. We were just in the moment and it was perfect. I did it again yesterday morning because we have no where to be. We do not have to live by the alarm clock at the moment. The lighting was in just such a way that when I looked at her face I could see that baby from the sonogram picture. Being home with her has been the best decision we have made in a long time. I feel like it maximizes everyone’s time together. There is a financial cost to the time but the benefits are amazing.

So expect some happy birthday gushes later in the week!

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Month 8 – She has Teeth

I skipped over month 7 because October was completely crazy…

Our photo shoot went a little like this…

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The Number 7 tastes amazing!

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7 Months was delicious….

So here we are 8 months in to this amazing journey as moms. Our little girl is growing and changing so much. She can stand on her own…DSC_0022

She has not taken her first steps on her own but she is so close. She loves using her VTech Sit-to-Stand Walker to cruise up and down the hallway. She stands up over and over again. It’s a good thing baby butts have so much cushioning!

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She can throw a ball and other objects. And she laughs just to laugh. I like to think it is because she hears laughter so often. She even has a fake laugh. It’s so funny that it usually ends in actual laughter.

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We are so in love with this child. Even though you hear it time after time, it’s amazing how one little person can come in to your world and fit so perfectly. The love just grows and grows. It is an easy, all consuming love.

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Of course, we have tantrums and sleepless nights but who cares. The memory of those moments slips away easily. The only evidence is the bags under our eyes and the frequent trips to Starbucks (and I’m not complaining about that!). To us, she’s just perfect. Most tear filled nights these days are because of those little teeth poking through. She has two now!

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She can play by herself but hates when mommies and grammy leave the room sometimes.

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She gives the best baby kisses of all time…all open mouthed and drool. The other night even with a sore mouth and a melt down happening, she looked up and then gave me a kiss.

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She may appear to be bald in some photos but she has quite the head of blond hair growing in. Little tufts of hair stick over her ears which remind me of little old men. It’s adorable.

Also, because I skipped a Halloween post, here is a little photo shoot we did in her giraffe costume.

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A 5 Month Baby Update

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The other morning LA snuggled up to me and grabbed on to my arm. At first, I was afraid she was waking up and I was not ready to get up but she just wanted to be close…and so did I. She is starting return affection and seek it out. She is snuggled, kissed, hugged, held and loved all day, every day between her mom, grammy and I. The other day I said give me a kiss and she open mouthed me right on the cheek. I think she might be familiar with the term kiss. She reaches out to be passed to the next one of us or holds her arms out when the Exersaucer has just exhausted her patience. She will grab your neck to hug you and plant an awesome open mouthed kiss anywhere on your face that she lands.

She is always on the go now. Attempting to crawl with her face pressed against the floor and butt in the air. She hasn’t quite mastered crawling but she can smoosh herself where she needs to go. She wants to stand and takes steps much to our doctor’s dismay. She is so strong she can push herself up with minimal effort. She still is too wobbly to stand or walk but she really wants to. Our doctor didn’t believe that she was sitting up on her own until we put her on the table. LA just sat there balancing herself.

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She is playful, determined, slightly impatient, smiley, funny and soooo cute. I fall in love with her a little bit more every day. I watch her sleep and still check to see if she is breathing like a crazy person. It is so fun watching her grow and change. Sigh…

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Anyway, at her appointment last week we had an official weigh-in and measuring. She is just about 14 lbs. and 28 in. All of her other vitals were normal. She did not enjoy her shots but did enjoy scooting around on the doctor’s stool with her mom.

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LA LOVES:

  • Sophie the Giraffe – mostly putting the feet in her mouth.
  • Putting her own feet in her mouth.
  • Putting any feet around in her mouth.
  • Jumping in her jolly jumper.
  • Laughing at stuffed animals being dropped on her.
  • Eating avocados, bananas and carrots.
  • Toys that crinkle.
  • Walks in her stroller.
  • Bath time bubbles!

LA LOATHES:

  • Sweet potatoes.
  • When the seal on her ExerSaucer will not fit in her mouth properly.
  • When other people eat. Always. Every meal.
  • Poachers…especially Lion poachers.
  • Donald Trump. Don’t know why but she cries every time he’s on TV. (I may have made that up)

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Day 22: Holy Guacamole, Baby’s First Food

LA has been sticking things in her mouth for a long while now…Toys, books, her fingers, her foot, other people’s limbs. She finds that it all tastes delicious. She studies us when we eat. She is very interested. We have been talking about introducing her first food. We knew it was just around the corner but then last night, LA ripped the lettuce right off of Lisa’s plate then she stuck it straight in to her mouth. We took that as a clear indication she was ready!

So what’s a vegan baby to eat? Tonight we mixed some fresh avocado with a little breast milk. LA loved it! She ate and ate until she was covered in green from her head to her toes. I would say it was a success!

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Learn more about avocados and babies – Here! (Just one of many resources out there)

P.S. Also check out this cute onesie at VeganCuts.

4 Month Update

We brought our sweet baby home on a snowy blizzardy type day.

It is hot now.

It is summer.

It is July…

And our baby is FOUR freaking MONTHS OLD! Look at how much she has changed from when she was just four weeks old.

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The difference between a 4 week old and 4 month old feels infinitely different. She definitely has less hair. Her fingers are still super long like the rest of her. So much changes so fast. Her little personality is starting to take shape. She has little coo-versations, giggles, smiles, grabs, scoots and sleeps. I swear, yesterday, she fit perfectly in a 3 month onesie but today I couldn’t get the darn thing buttoned. It is fun to watch her grown and change but I would not wish this time away. I savor every laugh, smile and noise.

No official weight or height for this month yet. Her unofficial weight is around 13 lbs.

LA LOVES

  • Making fun noises
  • Holding her own bottle
  • Playing with her feet
  • The taste of a good book or even a mediocre one as long as the pages turn
  • Putting all the things in her mouth
  • Climbing her giant panda bear (w/ mom’s help, of course)
  • Playing with toys that crinkle
  • Gnawing on Sophie the Giraffe
  • Playing on her exer-saucer
  • Smiling at moms
  • Grabbing hair
  • Giving open mouth kisses to everything
  • Riding in her Ergo
  • Laughing at her moms and grammy

LA LOATHES

  • Things that don’t fit in her mouth
  • When her limbs won’t do all the things
  • A cold wipe
  • When moms eat dinner

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I Think I Jinxed Us…My Bad

There are a lot of babies popping out in my atmosphere which is awesome. It is a wave of babies…It happened a year or so after I graduated college too. I just was not part of that particular wave which, all babies should be thankful. On this wave we are kind of the de facto “experts” because we have been parents for a whole 3 months and 4 weeks so we have all the advice. We obviously have this parenting thing down because we are awesome. So last night I was messaging with a friend who has a one month old who may be slightly colicky or just being a newborn. So there I was passing on my sage advice as a mom. I am feeling pretty good and confident. In so many words, I told her that what is happening is normal and that it gets better around 3 months…it’s magical…there is sleeping, less screaming, less waking…but I’ll be damned…I jinxed it. I effing jinxed it with all the baby whispering wisdom.

It all started with a freaking fly that must have gotten in some time during all the plumber/restoration people coming in and out (another adult-ing story that is not even worth words). Everyone is pissed at the fly. The fly is just doing its fly thing. I was all like there is a lot more house you could do that in, brother. Maybe it did not want to be alone. So I am trying to catch it when it lands…Then there is our dog, Poe, who likes to chase bugs. I am getting up and down chasing the fly. He is pouncing on the bed trying to catch the fly with his mouth to no avail. He weighs like 60 lbs. so his lunging at Mr. Fly is felt by all. He is up and down off the bed. I open my eyes every once in a while to him sitting and staring at me like, how is he supposed to sleep in these conditions. Plus he is also pretty disgruntled because he doesn’t get an entire side of the bed to himself so he periodically flings himself on to the floor in a huff when my feet accidentally touch his paws.

The Fly Catching Wonder Dog

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All the while, LA is waking with little whimpers in her sleep but around 3:00 AM all hell breaks loose and she is wailing like a 3 day old. We try her pacifier, diaper change, boob, bottle…Nothing is working…Pretty sure it was gas or she was working on a poop. I try all my soothing things that usually work for me. After a bit, it is clear that my techniques are ineffective. Lisa gets up with LA and they rock on the side of the bed. LA and I both finally doze off to the sound of Lisa….Shhhhhhhhh…

Couch sleeping moment caught before we all headed off to bed.

Couch sleeping moment caught before we all headed off to bed.

After a bit I hear a snap then cough…he finally caught that damn fly. My dog and wife are my heroes! I think I managed a little over two hours of sleep last night. I was not surprised when I woke up and felt slightly hungover…although it has been so long since I’ve had a hangover who knows…they are probably far worse now than they were pre-baby. Even in my sleep deprived stooper I made sure to high-five my wife for our fantastic show of teamwork!

I have had my latte and I am taking on the day…and by taking on the day I mean I think I’m going to watch Pretty Little Liars on my phone.

Super Busy Mum

3 Month Update

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One Month, Two Month, Three Month….

The fourth trimester is over. Woo hoo! We survived colic and the heights sleep deprivation…and some things I have probably blocked from my memory. The first three months of life are proof that babies are just as freaked out as we are that they are on the outside. Imagine you have been living in a plush pad with all the food you needed, you’re warm and snug listening to the sound of your womb…then you’re evicted…not just evicted but forced to exit down a dark narrow tunnel and out a through a small hole that squeezes your head into the shape of a cone. I think we would all need some time to adjust to that scenario. Am I right? And there is no honeymoon period either. Everyone is REAL and showing there true colors from day one. So it’s OK if you’re baby sees you dab your tears from that ugly cry with that stale toast you were trying to scarf down because you haven’t had time to eat or sleep in three days…she won’t remember anyway…And us parents are all so sleep deprived we forget how hard it all was and quickly want to sign up to do it again…So the first three months are a bit of an adjustment period for everyone involved. But then some time in the third month things take a turn…like magic, those sweet smiles become more frequent…laughter, cooing and babbling become an intoxicating mixture of noises that fill your day instead of all the screams…because there is A LOT of screaming in those first couple of months…Ohhhhh, the wailing…(Sorry, was having a flashback).

But like I said, things are changing like just this morning LA woke up for her morning feed but not quite ready for the day. So after finishing her bottle she looks at me, smiles a few times and falls back to sleep. She has done this a couple of times. She doesn’t giggle or coo. Just flashes me a cute toothless grin while squeezing her hands together excitedly like I just told her the best news ever.

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I missed out on doing a two month update because well mom things…so just to catch you up. LA weighed in at 10 lbs. at her check up and got her first round of shots. We think she weighs a little over 11 lbs. according to the very precise weighing technique of getting on the scale sans baby, getting on with the baby and then using some elementary math skills. It’s like weighing the baby at the doctor except with more clothing and less peeing on the scale. Not only is she growing at a normal rate, she is meeting her milestones.

Tricks My Baby Can Do:

  • Smile
  • Laugh
  • Grab hair, toys, necklaces, fingers and dog fur
  • Sit up with assistance
  • Recognize moms and Grammy really well
  • Follow voices and noises
  • Roll over from front to back (and back to front on the bed)
  • Hold her bottle when only a teeny bit is left
  • Babble and coo
  • Blow bubbles and make a motor boat noise (you’re welcome)
  • Scoot on her back when she really wants something

LA Loves:

  • Doing the motions to Do Your Ears Hang Low (Grammy inspired)
  • Playing on her piano mat. She has no idea she is making music yet but she loves the frog toy that hangs down and staring at herself in the mirror.
  • Bath time which is a nice change from those first few baths
  • Eating (boob or bottle, whatever is on the menu)
  • A nice clean diaper
  • Her changing table
  • Playing in her Exersaucer
  • Sleeping on mom’s shoulder
  • A king size bed all to herself
  • Watching the cow jump over the moon
  • Tagging along in her Ergo

LA Loathes:

  • Waiting to eat
  • When other people need to eat (ha)
  • Paper wipes (Diva!)

We swoon over her daily. It is so much fun watching her grow into a little person. Thanks for following our journey so far!

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P.S. Lisa is fine too. She’s basically a food machine right now but breast is best they say. Actually, she is so cute with LA and impresses me everyday with her mommy skillz.

The First Day…

There were a lot of firsts today so I thought this is something I should write down…

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Today was the first day…

  • I was home alone with my baby girl. We both survived so we are both winners!
  • I fed LA for the first time today! That may sound slightly odd but she has been solely fed from the breast until this week (except one time when we were testing her bottle taking willingness but I was just an observer). I was kind of nervous about it but luckily she is a super hungry girl and kind of could care less what her food is coming out of as long as it is coming!
  • I wrangled three dogs and a baby…all dogs slept the ENTIRE time. So lazy…But still soooo MUCH responsibility…you know, checking that they are all breathing because of all the sleeping…
  • I was alone soothing a fussy baby who is my daughter (mind blown, mind blows daily still). She really was minimally fussy but every time she let out a little whimper I figured out what she wanted or needed without the assistance of a boob. Although most of the time she was wanting something nipple shaped anyway.
  • I put my daughter to sleep for the night by myself. She is snoozing and dreaming as I type. (uh oh, eyes are open! false alarm, she’s back asleep)

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Those firsts add up to a successful day in my book! I was even able to sneak in some laundry, some vacuuming and two meals (My MIL did help with turning my “chicken strips” when she got back today though – LA was fighting sleep and a bottle…so she saved them from a certain crispy death). We read books, sang songs, talked about life, played…you know baby things…I guess I got a little taste of what Lisa has been doing for the past 7 weeks. With Lisa returning to work our little world takes on a more scheduled feel. Saturdays will be our “mommy and me” day. I am excited to take her out and about to experience the world but I’m glad our first Saturday together was at home.

I also found a little time to put the Back to Work playlist on Spotify! Some of you requested it…and by some of you I mean Ellen…Ellen suggested it…on Facebook so you didn’t see it but she did. So anyway it’s there if you want to access it. I also decided to share LA’s special relaxation playlist I made for her.

Also…LA and I really like the Children’s Indie station on Pandora.

Also, Also…I reached 500 likes on the blog today! Thanks Yo!

Also, Also, Also…I’m totally fan-girling over here because a favorite blogger of mine liked a photo of mine on Instagram! Woo.

 Yawn, I’m sleepy. Goodnight cyberspace.

Nuclear Meltdowns…

Sometimes just when you think you’ve got this parenting thing nailed…the baby has a major meltdown. The kind that deplete your arsenal of weapons…vacuum noises, diaper changes, feeding, bouncing, rocking, calm voices, burping, a different room, pacifier…two moms pulling out all the stops…You can even see on your dog’s face, he’s judging you…The kind that start in the afternoon and don’t end even when The Following is about to come on…The kind when you think you have it soothed, solved and satisfied…then you kiss her on the forehead and there she blows again…

You Google, worry, question…repeat but babies are just like us they get over tired, over stimulated and overly gassy. But turns out they only have the one outlet…they do not yet know the beauty of red wine and Pepto (not like as a combination, I mean as products). Time, patience and a well-timed belly rub are sometimes the only things that work…

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When the crying is all finished, you make your wife a chocolate milkshake (vegan, of course) and enjoy the most intense hour of television (The Following), then you watch funny YouTube videos extra late just because…You also remind your wife that not only do you love her, you like her…and you both laugh because you make the same joke…because even after all the crying you still get each other…

Vegan Chocolate Milkshake (two servings)

  • 2 Frozen Bananas
  • Enough Rice Milk for your particular consistency liking
  • Some raw cacao powder
  • Splash of vanilla
  • Dash of cinnamon
  • A squirt of agave

I know this isn’t a very technical recipe but you just add all the things until you like it. That’s how we do!

We actually didn’t  watch the episode with Fortune Feimster but I think it’s funniest. You should watch all the episodes though. Liz Feldman is pretty fantastic.

Tyler Oakley just makes me giggle. Mamrie Hart does now as well.

I’ve been a mom for a whole 6 weeks so I’m probably smarter than you…

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Taken at 3 Weeks 4 Days

Let me drop some knowledge on you.

1. Run all of your errands before your baby is born…all of them…every errand ever.

2. Invest in an exercise ball.

3. Work on your upper body strength…specifically your arms…that baby cradling hold may cause cramping without training.

Giving unsolicited advice is like second nature to a mom so you’re welcome. Holy crap, I’m a mom. I mean seriously, it blows my mind sometimes.

LA is almost 7 weeks old and practically perfect in every way like Mary Poppins invented her or something. I can say that with a completely straight face even when she is screaming her lungs out for seemingly no reason at all during the hours of 10:00 PM through 1:00 AM. Ah yes, a mother’s love and delusions are scream proof…but it could be that I’m deaf now from listening to “white noise” at a million decibels.

I am not sure whether to thank or strangle the person who figured out that babies love the sound of the vacuum cleaner. It is not a pleasant sound to my adult ears…Is this how a womb sounds?  Like carpet being cleaned? Not like a seashell? Or the steady rhythm of a heart beating? Just the sound of a Hoover sucking carpet. This means great things for your floors but there is no need to burn up the motor of your own vacuum cleaner. There are 8 hour videos on YouTube dedicated to the sound of a vacuum cleaner so your baby can sleep through the night to the sound o’ floors being cleaned.  I even spent $1.29 for a little vacuum ditty on iTunes.

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BUY THIS! It may save your life…or your sanity at least.

Things, of course, have changed at home…Certain tasks that everyone takes for granted pre-baby like going to the bathroom become an event. I have given myself the title of “Bathroom Facilitator”. Sounds official, doesn’t it? The role of bathroom facilitator is exactly what it sounds like. Making sure everyone gets to do their business. Sounds easy enough until everyone has to go at one time. Madness, I tell you! Dogs bouncing, baby crying, mommies pee pee dancing…Still, it’s nice to be needed even it’s only for the crappy stuff (get it, crappy). Actually, I relish the diaper changes because that is our time to connect. While she is on that changing table, I have a captive audience. She smiles and wiggles while I make silly faces and jokes.

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These first 6 weeks have really flown by, for me anyway. I was only able to stay home with her for around a week. I had my initial internal normal freak out thoughts when I went back to work.

Will she remember me?

What am I missing?

Will she know I am her mom? 

I did not let myself go down a rabbit hole of sadness or worry though. I know she will remember me. I know I will miss some things but I know I will witness more than I will miss. She knows I am her mom. I can tell. She just does. When she rests her tiny hand on my forearm while I hold her we are both reassured. It is a small gesture that I can feel in the depths of my soul. Other times she just stares at my face and I just smile back.

L.A. (the baby) is doing well. At her first doctor’s appointment she weighed 5 lbs 15 oz. Such a tiny thing. We weren’t quite prepared for such a small wonder – We were told she would be like 7.5 lbs at birth…but she was a little tiny nugget. She did gain all of her lost weight plus some by her two-week appointment and grew an inch. She now is weighing in around 9 lbs 5 oz or so (unofficial weight). She is a healthy baby girl with super strong lungs. Loathes bath time and paper wipes. Loves cloth wipes fresh from the warmer and milk fresh from the boob. Her hobbies include staring at beige curtains and bouncing endlessly on an exercise ball sometimes while also staring at a beige curtain.

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1 Month 1 Day

Baby Mama is doing well also. She physically has recovered from birth though she may never fully recover mentally (ha ha). She is getting ready to return to work later this week. She is a natural…From day one her instincts kicked in and she has been impressive to watch. Lisa has been spending her days searching for the answer to the question…How big is the baby?  Likely, she is the only person who will truly get that little joke…but it makes me giggle too. If I didn’t think I would get into too much trouble I’d totally record her. Every time she says it I giggle like a baby myself.

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