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ImageLast Saturday (the 17th), we celebrated Madelyn’s 1 year birthday with family, friends and lots of food.  Instead of trying to manuver Madelyn to sit still and smile with the 12 month sticker, we decided to have one year pictures taken with an old friend of mine from high school who has started her own photography business.  We were really happy with how they turned out and I’m looking forward to having her take our family pictures in the future.  It’s nice to take professional pictures with someone you know on a personal level and are really comfortable with.
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Sleep.  We’re back to waking up a little later on the weekends (between 6-7am) and naps are becoming more consistent and routine so we plan our days around that-I have become that mom.  However, if we have something planned, like a playdate at the pool, and it’s during her naptime, I’ll wake her up, put her in the car and away we go.
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Eat.  Within the month we have gone from whole milk to organic soy milk.  At her 1 year appointment her doctor recommended that we try no dairy for a month because she’s always had congestion in her nose.  We are hoping it’s no dairy so that we can avoid tubes, surgery or whatever else.  On Friday, I gave her her last bottle feeding.  We were in the process of weaning her off, but the doctor said to just cut it out all together for fluid in the ear reasons.  Monday night she cried for about 30 minutes on and off (torture for everyone involved) so I was nervous about daycare on Tuesday, but they said she went down for a nap with no problems.  Last night, we did bath, jammys and bedtime routine and she went down with no problems.  She’s eating all table foods and so far we haven’t had any problems with her not liking something.  We’ve been avoiding peanut butter up until this point, but I think we might try it out this weekend.  I’m a little nervous :-/
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Play.  We are still walking with assistance over here.  She has gone from holding both of our hands, to walking with just holding one hand.  She got a few push toys for her birthday, so hopefully that will help her gain some confidence to go it alone.  She will notice that she’s standing on her own, get nervous and sit down.  I’m happy to say that she is starting to imitate sounds that I make.  I was starting to get nervous that all she was going to do was scream :-)  She can now clearly say and identify, “Daddy”, “Duck”, “Hi”, and “Uh-Oh.”  When she imititates me saying “Uh-Oh”, she adds an extra “oh” at the end and she ends up saying “Uh-oh oh” kind of like she’s trying to sing Beyonce’s “Single ladies” :-) Very cute.  Today, she threw her first little tantrum in the car.  She was drinking water from her sippy cup and she let out a huge scream and threw it to the other side of the backseat and continued to arch her back and let out a few more screams.  Instead of turning around to see what was going on, I just kept driving and paid her zero attention.  I’m hoping she realizes that this sort of behavior will get her nowhere.
Now that we’ve reached the one year mark, I think the monthly Madelyn updates will come to an end and I’ll post toddler things as they come up.  I can’t get over how quickly time has gone and like I said with my pregnancy updates, I’m glad I have these posts to reference back to one day.
I’ll be back later to talk about the details on her birthday party including some DIY projects.

11 Months-Teetering Along

Late to the monthy update party yet again.  To say we’ve been busy in the corner of this universe would be an understatement.  Between being back to work, marathon training, gardening, planning birthday parties, and enjoying our summer I’m left with very little time for anything else.  We’re coming up on our last month of her being considered a “baby” in just a few short weeks, we’ll have a toddler in the house.  Cuh-razy!!

She’s definitely starting to develop a little personality and I’m sure she’ll be walking unassisted within the next few weeks-all signs that our little baby is growing up.  Her 11 month picture was the hardest one to take.  She did NOT want to sit still-this was the best I could do before finally just giving up.

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Sleep.  We were BEYOND lucky in the sleep department with this little miss.  On average we’d get about 12 hours of sleep from her.  Within the past few weeks she’s decided that she wants to be an early riser and has been getting up between 5:30-6:30.  It took awhile to get used to, but it’s actually kind of nice-I get an early start on my day to get stuff done around the house.  And she’s finally starting to get into a napping routine.  Winning all around.

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Eat. We are in the process of transitioning from formula to whole, organic milk and eating mainly table food.  It’s been fun to watch her play with and explore with real food.  It’s also been very messy & time consuming.  I try to make stuff for dinner that she can also eat too because I don’t have time to prepare 2 different meals during the week.  She loves to eat salmon, chicken, and vegetables.  There’s actually nothing so far that I’ve given her that she doesn’t like.  Now that Madelyn eats most of her meals in the high-chair, Oliver is right at our feet waiting for something to drop.  I don’t mind at all…he’s actually become a big help in the cleaning up department.

Play. This month Madelyn started standing on her own.  She’s not a huge fan-she can do it for a few seconds and then she slowly starts to lower herself to a sitting position on the ground.  On one hand, I’m really looking forward to the day where she doesn’t have to be carried everywhere but on the other, it’s already pretty exhausting just trying to keep up after her when she’s only crawling, so we’re really in no hurry over here.  She’s definitely  more interested in her cause-and-effect toys.  Still no real words.  I’ve been trying to get her to say “Mama”, but all I get is a blank stare and a smile.  She does understand words though.  I can say “Where’s Oliver? Where’s Daddy?” And she looks in their direction.  She also gets what “No!” means, but tries to push her luck with that one.  We’re still waiting on those top teeth to pop through.  I can tell they are bothering her-she’s been up crying 3 times tonight and she has a tiny bruise on her gums :-/ Madelyn also loves the water.  We took her to the pool for the first time last weekend and she LOVED it.  I’m happy to announce that we have a water baby on our hands and that the two of us will be taking some Mommy & Me swim classes this fall at our local YMCA.

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Planning for Madelyn’s birthday is well underway.  There will be lots of Pinterest crafting/wine nights and Etsy purchases in my future.  My dear friend, Marrisa made all of the invitations.  She did an AWESOME job with them and I’m excited to share all the details for the party next month!

Madelyn-8 Months Old

Standing, waving, laughing, dancing her way into my heart every day.  I often sit and wonder what my life was like before her.  What did I do to fill my time?  How have I lived this long without that smile?

Long gone are the days were I could just put the monthly sticker on her onesie.  I now have to attachment on the chair or else it ends up as a snack :-)

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This month has gone by a lot more quickly than I would’ve liked.  I’m getting ready to leave for a long work trip and I’m having a pretty hard time with it.  The only thing getting me through it will be the location and the fact that my sister’s going with me.  Here’s to hoping that the next month just FLIES by.

Sleep. A dream as usual.  She’s been sleeping until about 7 am and is finally starting to get on a regular nap schedule.  We’ve become those people that plan our every day around her nap time.  Naps in the car just aren’t the same as naps in the crib.  Speaking of crib, we’ve had to lower it because someone has decided it was time to stand and see what was going on there in the world.

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Eat.  Some new foods we’ve tried this month: Asparagus, brown rice, lentils, strawberries, sweet potato polenta, and mashed potatoes.  We went out to eat a few weeks ago and I brought along Madelyn’s baby food.  For my meal, I ordered shepherd’s pie and fed her some of my mashed potatoes.  Every time I fed her the baby food, she cried-she preferred the mashed potatoes :-) We also introduced her to puffs.  I’m trying to get her to learn to grasp food with her fingers and put them in her mouth.  Breastfeeding has come to a complete end and I’m both sad and relieved about this.  My goal was to continue breastfeeding until I left, but Madelyn had other plans.  One morning when I was feeding her, she kept turning away and fussing-she wanted her bottle instead.  I kept trying and she kept denying me.  So that was our last feeding.  I’m really happy that it happened the way that it did.  If I would’ve had to stop before she was ready, I would’ve felt even more guilty about leaving.

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 Play.  She’s going to be crawling any day now and I’m scared that I’m going to miss it.  Madelyn can get up on her hands and knees, but when she tries to go forward she falls right on to her tummy.  She can crawl backward though.  I have off this week, so we will be spending lots of time playing on the floor.  The biggest development-she’s learned to wave “hi” and “bye”.  She will sit and wave to Oliver and her friends at daycare.

It’s crazy to think that when I get home, planning for her first birthday will be well under way.  Happy 8 months to my baby girl, who brings us joy every single day.

7 months…Where’s my baby?

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Here I am again…tardy to the {Madelyn’s Monthly update} party.  Her 7 month B-Day fell on St. Pat’s day.  We celebrated in Chi-tizzle with the in-laws.  My MIL made corned beef & cabbage and Irish soda bread.  Everything was pretty tasty, but I got some grief for not having Madelyn in anything green.  Call me cheap, but I just didn’t see anything worth buying for one day.

To say that I love watching my baby girl grow and get more curious about the world around her is an understatement.  I can sit and stare and play with her all day long.  Every day that passes brings on new adventures and discoveries.  It’s pretty amazing to think that hubs and I created such a beautiful awesome little girl.

Sleep.  Sleep has been amazingly wonderful given the fact that we are living in a new house.  The only problem is, that our room is right next to Madelyn’s.  I can see her crib from our bed.  When she goes down around 7:30, I pretty much just hang out in the living room because she starts to stir at the sound of my voice…so no more laying in bed and chatting on the phone.  She’s been waking up around 5:30/6am-I usually change her, feed her and she’s back to bed until around 8:30.  Naps are still pretty all over the place and she no longer loves being rocked to sleep {sobs}.  The past few nights she wants to be put into her crib to sleep and I no longer have a sleeping baby on chest nightly.  I both love and hate this all at once.

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Eat.   Over the past month, we have made the transition from BFing and pumping to a milk-based formula.  Breastfeeding came naturally for both Madelyn and me and if it weren’t for my trip coming up at the end of April, I would have continued on for the first year.  It’s easily accessible (no mixing formulas or warming bottles), it’s FREE, and it’s time for bonding between the two of us.  I’m no longer pumping and I’m down to two feedings a day (morning and evening) and will likely stay there until the end of April.  She’s now eating 3 solids a day and she will pretty much eat anything soft.  I can’t get avocados into her mouth fast enough.  Some new faves this months are squash, brown rice pasta, blood oranges, sweet potatoes and carrots.  I bought baby food for the first time this month-what a rip!  Because of moving and working, I didn’t have time to make my own.  Even with a coupon I couldn’t believe at how expensive it is compared to making homemade.  I’m hoping to make a few batches this weekend.  Right now, we’re sticking to mostly pureed foods until baby girl gets some teeth.  I have been biting off some of my food and feeding it to her.  So sometimes, she enjoys what we eat for dinner.

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Play.  Madelyn’s a girl on the move!  I can put her down on the floor, turn my back for a few seconds and she’s completely turned the other way around.  She’s not crawling yet, but I feel like that will be happening very soon.  I’m hoping that it happens before I leave.  To coerce her to crawl, I bought a little ball that moves and lights up on its own so that she can chase that around-she loves it!  Even though she’s not really crawling yet, Madelyn loves to stand up on things and tries so hard to pull herself up when she’s toppled over.  Her crib is her favorite place to stand.  She continues to laugh and smile every single day.  I swear I gave birth to the happiest baby in the world.  She plays peek a boo with us now-she’ll take the blanket over her face and pull it away from herself and laugh hysterically when I say “Peek a boo!”

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Onto month EIGHT!!! I will cherish the next month like no other.

6 Month Update

ImageOkay, so more like 6 months and a few days.  We’ve been very busy over here! I know I say this every month, and I know I sound like a broken record but I can’t believe how fast time has gone by.  In another 6 months, we’ll be celebrating Madelyn’s first birthday and I will no longer have a baby, I’ll be the mother to a toddler!  CRAZY!  Speaking of birthdays…I’ve already started planning hers and I’m really excited for the theme.  To be honest, I wasn’t crazy about having a baby with an August birthday.  For one, being pregnant in the dead of summer is no fun.  Secondly, she’s going to be the youngest of her friends and I always thought it would be so much fun to host fall/pumpkin farm themed parties.  But now that I have an August baby, I’ve come to realize that summer really has an endless number of possibilities!  Pool parties, ice cream parties…with a planner of a mom, this girl is in for a treat!

The time between 5 and 6 months has been the biggest of them all.  Up until this point, she’s done little things and is developing right on schedule.  But this month we heard our first full-belly giggles, dabbled with solid foods, and have started to see a bit more of her personality shine through.  She is by far the happiest baby I know and I hope that she always maintains that.  She’s also a girl on the move!  I have a feeling we’ll need to start baby proofing soon.

Sleep.  We’ve had a few rough nights that I can blame on teething.  Baby girl had us spoiled from about 6 weeks on.  We truly lucked out in the sleep department so when she threw me a few surprises I was not the happiest mama on the block-but then I reminded myself that it could be a million times worse.  I usually give her a little bit of tylenol, nurse her and have her sleep with me until it’s time to get up in the morning.  Hubs works nights, so a lot of the time it’s just her and me in the bed.  I am a strong believer in co-sleeping and, if done right, studies have shown that it can be very beneficial to the baby.

Eat.  She realizes that the stuff I’m trying to give her on a spoon will actually satisfy her hunger.  It finally clicked with her like, “Hey I’m supposed to be eating this stuff!”  So far we’ve tried, bananas, cereal, peas, and refried beans.  She’s loved it all.  Hurray for no picky eaters! (So far anyway)  At her 6 month appointment, her doctor told us that he wants her to be eating solids 3 times a day.  So in the morning I will usually feed her cereal, daycare feeds her whatever solid I pack, and then she eats with us at dinner.  I’m on a mission to make all my own baby food.  I think the amount you pay for those tiny jars is ridiculous.  I was at Target and a jar of organic carrots was 88 cents.  I made 18 2oz jars of green beans for $2.39 total!  I steamed the green beans, put them in the vitamix, and blended them for about 30 seconds.  Voila!  I’m still nursing when I’m with her & pumping at work.  I’m giving myself until April and then I will slowly start the weaning process.  I was going to stop at 6 months, but with all the upcoming changes, stopping breastfeeding was advised against when I was doing the research on weaning.

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Play.  I cannot believe how much she has changed in this area.  She’s constantly laughing, smiling and touching your face when you hold her.  She thinks Oliver and her dad are hysterical.  She loves to play peek a boo and to sit and listen to Larry and I have a conversation or read to her.  She enjoys reaching for things and scoots herself to get something she’s interested in.

Here’s a video of us playing Peek a Boo! Please forgive the annoying, shrill mom voice :-)

Happy 6 months baby girl!  We are so thankful that you’re in our lives to brighten our day with laughter and smiles!

Upsy Daisy, Happy Baby

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5 months already? How did that happen?  It’s crazy to think that soon we’ll be celebrating her first birthday-which I’ve already started planning out in my head.

Sleep.  We’re still going strong with averaging about 10-12 hours at a time.  Winning. We honestly hit the jackpot with this kid and sleep.  She’s a little mover & shaker though-I’m happy we decided to put the crib bumper back on because I think she’d need to sleep with a helmet!  She’s also sleeping with an afghan in her crib.  I figure that it’s a safe choice as far as blankets go because it has holes in it so that if she does put it over her face, she can still breath.

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Eat.  We tried solids for the first time a few days ago.  The woman at daycare was telling me that she was wanting to eat every two hours which is unusual for her.  She didn’t seem to be satisfied with her milk that day, so I decided to try a little bit of cereal.  She cried. I also put a little bit of avocado on my finger for her to taste and she loved it.  It was such a little amount that I don’t know if it was the avocado itself or if she just wanted to suck on my fingers. We’re still going strong with nursing-something I’m really proud of because when I first started, I didn’t think I would last this long.  I’m thinking about weening her starting at 6 months because of some upcoming trips at work :-/  A co-worker suggested that I still pump even when I’m away just to keep up my milk supply so that I can continue when I return home, BUT by that point she’ll be about 10 months.  I think what I’ll end up doing is pumping and storing as much as possible and then when that’s gone, she’ll just be on formula.

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Play.  Madelyn LOVES her feet!  She’s a pro at the “happy baby” yoga pose.  She also loves to stand/sit upright and loves her Winnie the Pooh activity jumper.  We can finally put her in it without having to prop her feet with a pillow.  She can sit up pretty well on her own and when she does fall over she just laughs and smiles-she’s a good sport about it!  She also enjoys playing airplane and likes to be lifted up really high.  She’s not big on rolling over from her back to her front, but when we have her on her stomach, she’s propping her but in the air and scooting herself, almost like a little low-crawl.

I’m looking forward to new developments within the next few months and I’m pumped to start making my own baby food.  We just have to get her used to eating first :-)

Happy 2 Months Madelyn

It’s been an absolute joy getting to know this little person over the past two months.  I know I said this last month, and probably will continue to say it, but time goes by way. too. quickly.

Watching her grow and discover new things (like her hands) has been incredibly awesome.  One day, while we were playing and learning in her room my sister came over. Madelyn’s face immediately lit up at the sight of her and she started kicking her legs in excitement.  It was the cutest thing ever.  Her smiles are becoming more social now and are not to be confused with gas :-) She smiles at me most when I have her the changing table-girlfriend hates dirty diapers.

Sleep. Well, Larry and I hit the baby jackpot with this kid.  I told him that I don’t want another baby because this one is just too great that I’m scared we’ll get a problem child the second time around!  She sleeps through the night.  Consistently.  I lay her down around 9:30-10pm and she sleeps until about 5:30 a.m.  Sometimes she’ll wake up around 4am but for me, that’s about the time I’m waking up for work anyway.  On the weekends however, it’s a little bit of a struggle for me-but I feed her and she usually goes right back to sleep until about 8 am or so.  I feel bad telling new moms this because I know that she’s the exception-at least among my new mom girlfriends anyway.

Eat.  Luckily she started taking a bottle right away, so there hasn’t really been any issues with her eating habits transitioning into daycare.  Today was her first day there.  While I was on maternity leave, I pumped and stored enough milk so that she would have some for daycare.  While I was at work today, I managed to pump 3 times and produced 12 oz of milk, so she has enough breast milk for a 2nd day at daycare.  They did give us a container of formula to use just in case I ran out of milk.  After day 1 of work, we’re still doing good in that area.  My job is pretty good about letting me go pump at random times throughout the day.

What she loves.  Her crib!  The first night we put her in it was the best night of sleep for everyone.  She woke up at 4am to eat and then went back to sleep until 9am!!  I finally had to wake HER up.  We have a little sleepy head on our hands.  She’s becoming more intrigued by her play mat and her soother that’s in her crib.  I have a mirror in the car so that when I’m driving I can see her and she enjoys starring at herself in that as well :-)

Me-2 months postpartum.  I had a very easy pregnancy.  My morning sickness was barely existent.  I was able to remain active throughout my entire pregnancy-I walked two miles the day I went into labor.  Everyone was healthy & happy.  I had a very short & natural labor.  When Madelyn was born, she latched on right away and I had zero problems breastfeeding.  Everything was going along way too perfectly.  I was just waiting for something bad to happen-like Charlotte in Sex and the City the movie.  I few weeks after she was born I developed a rash all over my body.  I had read in one of my baby books that some women have a reaction to the influx of oxytocin in their bodies.  I was worried that this was from that and that I would have to give up breastfeeding, because the itching was awful.  I saw my doctor twice for this issue before she referred me to a dermatologist who then diagnosed me with PUPPP (Pruritic Uticarial Papules and Plaques of Pregnancy).  No one knows why certain woman get it, but it usually arrives in the 3rd trimester and goes away with delivery.  In rare instances (like myself) it can last well into the postpartum period.  BUT the good news is that it only happens with first time pregnancies so this shouldn’t deter me from having anymore kids (according to the dermatologist).  She put me on anti-itch meds and creams and I just have to wait it out until it works its way around my body.  It started on my stomach and spread to my legs, arms, and back.  I’ve been taking lots of oatmeal baths and applying ice to the itchy areas to keep from scratching.

The same time that I was battling this rash, I also developed mastitis.  When it rains, it truly pours.  I woke up one morning before Madelyn with an awful pain in my right breast.  At first I thought it was because she was sleeping so long at night that I was engorged, but I had never felt pain like this before.  I woke her up to eat, and then came the chills, vomiting and fever.  The doctor put me on antibiotics and told me to NURSE, NURSE, NURSE!  And to pump out whatever she wasn’t finishing.  I truly believe that all the nursing & a very long nap helped with me feeling better already later that day.  I’m so thankful for my mom-who took off of work to come help me with Madelyn while this was going on.  In the hindsight of it all, I think to myself that if this is the worst thing that has happened to me, I should consider myself lucky.  I have a healthy, happy baby who came into this world full speed ahead and at the end of the day, that’s really all that matters.

I’m looking forward to seeing what month 3 has in store for us.