28 Weeks

Hello friends!

Miss Quinny is 28 weeks old, and I am actually on time with her weekly update!

DSC_0626Seriously I cannot believe how big she has gotten in the last two weeks. According to our scale at home, she is already at 17 lbs; less than two weeks ago she weighed in at 15 lbs 15 oz! DSC_0649She is officially sitting up now, and it is the cutest thing in the whole world. She is still a little wobbly when she gets excited, but for the most part she is sitting up on her own.

DSC_0658 DSC_0653I tried to use her sitting up picture as her weekly post picture, but I couldn’t figure out how to put the “28 weeks” on her onsie. I googled it and failed.

DSC_0650 DSC_0645Sleeping is going really well. She is now on an eating schedule and seems to be following a really good napping schedule too.

6:00 am- Wake up, nurse
7:15- nurse
9:00- nurse9:00- 10:00- nap
12:00 pm- lunch (cereal, veggies, fruit, etc)
1 pm- nurse
1:30- 3:300 or 4:00- nap
5:00- during the week when I pick her up from my mom’s house this is when she naps in the car for about 30 min
6:00- dinner (cereal, veggies, fruit, etc)
7:00- bath, bottle, story
7:45- nurse and put to bed; sometimes awake, sometimes asleep
8:00pm- 3:00 am- SLEEEEEP (this is hopefully becoming a regular occurrence, thanks to some sleep training)
3:00- nurse
3-5:30- sleep
5:30- nurse
6:00 am- up for the day

That is our life right now. She has been getting better at only waking up one time at night, and I am hopeful that will continue and become more of a regular thing in the next few weeks!

Alright that is all I have for you all today!28 weeksI hope everyone has a great day!

Cheers!

27 Weeks!

Hello friends!

Checking in with Miss Quinn’s 27 week post (August 8th).

11817206_10103686941456623_4668202213317936699_nThis little girl can eat! This week we’ve tried cauliflower and peas with carrots mixed in and she love them both.

20150808_175520Liam wouldn’t even open his mouth for peas at her age. I do think I have found the perfect consistency for her food. The weirdest thing about our little Q is that she does not seem to like fruit in the puree form.  My mom made her peaches and she hated it, but when I held a peach to her mouth she couldn’t get enough of it! Same thing with bananas, super weird. I need to make some more peas and freeze them, mainly so I can monitor how many ounces of food she is getting.  I still think it is a little early for meat, but I might start combining fruits and veggies together.  I am also thinking of adding some applesauce and other fruit to her rice cereal to see if she will eat it.

This week she had a playdate with her second cousin Leah, and I completely failed to take pictures. Don’t worry, it was even cuter than you could ever imagine. I cannot wait to watch them play together as they get older.

20150809_093849Still no signs of teeth, and I am still NOT complaining. Ha! Teething was so freaking miserable with Lam, and I am NOT looking forward to living that life again.  Who knows, maybe this time will be different!?20150809_093845Anyway, that is all I have for you all today!

I hope everyone has a great day!

11825815_10103686951192113_5750060264807970319_nCheers!20150802_112940

26 Weeks!

Hello friends!

Our sweet little lady is 26 weeks old, as of August 1.

11802569_10103671047074093_968222480124359664_oShe is really starting to show her big personality. She laughs at things that we are all laughing at, it is adorable. We have been practicing sitting up and she is getting more and more stable every time we do it.

As I mentioned in her 6 month post, she absolutely loves food. There hasn’t really been one thing that we have given her that she hasn’t liked. The only time she will push food out of her mouth is when she is not a fan of the consistency or I guess when the food is cold.  So far we have given her rice cereal, avocado, carrots and butternut squash.  I want to introduce her to as many flavors as we can so she doesn’t grow into a picky toddler.

20150805_180726As I mentioned before, I think we are going to hold off on giving her meat and yogurt for a few more weeks. I actually have no idea how her tummy will react to yogurt considering whenever I have dairy she gets an upset stomach. I hope she does well with it, we can only wait and see.

This week Quinn wore her very first pair of overalls and O.M.G. they were adorable.  20150801_07505411012570_10102251250832096_8385272722243101951_n 11813249_10102251250881996_6101796649652612488_nWe took her peach picking this week (I will post more about that later), and I got to use my Ergo 360 (SO AWESOME).

20150801_110500Alright well that is all I have for you all today!

Have a wonderful day!

11800447_10103671868283383_6008016468701749722_nCheers!

Happy Half Birthday Quinny!

Hello friends!

This post is LONG overdue, but better late than never. Our little Qbear is already 6 months old (as of July 31, 2015). I honestly cannot believe she is already 6 months old.

11828545_10103683553181753_6481742939440380419_nShe has grown up so much in the past few weeks that it is really hard to keep up. We just started her on solids, HOORAY, and I am happy to report she LOVES food. I will be going into more detail in her weekly posts, but lets just say she is a foodie, like her momma. Our doctor gave us the go ahead to start feeding her meat and all sorts of fun stuff, but I don’t think her stomach is ready yet. A good friend of mine, who is a doctor and has three children of her own, told me something about solids. Maybe this is common knowledge but I didn’t know… I told her that we were giving Quinn steel cut oats because I didn’t want to feed her rice cereal, and she told me that her stomach might not be ready to digest it yet. I asked her how I would know if her stomach was ready for it, and she told me to look for it in her (sorry TMI) poop.  She said when you give her something new, pay close attention to her poop. If the food looks undigested, her stomach is not ready for it and she is not absorbing the nutrients from it. Sure enough, when I gave her the steel cut oats, they came out just like they went in.  Good to know. Since then we have been giving her TONS of other foods, and it has been going really well.

20150805_180726Sleep seems to be the #1 thing on everyone’s mind right now and I am happy to say things are going relatively well for us. Of course now that I’ve said it, she will most likely be up all night. Her nighttime routine is pretty simple (we might be making a few changes here soon, stay tuned). She gets her dinner around 6:30, bath at 7, bottle (typically 3-4 oz), then I nurse her for a little while longer before putting her down around 7:45-8. She is asleep by 8 and sleeps a good 5-6 hours, wakes up between 1-2 am, eats, then goes back to sleep until 4-5 am, eat, sleep, then up for the day around 6:30.  It is working for us right now, but I know that might have to change soon. I think we might try cutting out her nighttime bottle to see how that works out.

2015-08-06Taking naps during the day is going well. She typically goes to sleep around 9 and sleeps for an hour or two, gets up, eats, plays then asleep again around 1. This is another hour to and hour and a half nap, gets up, eats then plays.  During the week, she will take another nap around 3:30 or 4 and is awake by the time I get to my mom’s house to pick her up, but our weekends are so busy that she usually sleeps in the car.  I have been trying to get better at scheduling things around her nap schedule, but it is really hard to be home all day with a toddler. I guess we are lucky she still likes to nap in her car seat. We will see how long that lasts.

IMG_20150801_085140_nopm_Alright well, those are the major points for the month, hopefully her 7 month post will be a little more detailed :)

Likes:
– bath time
– tummy time
-playing with toys
-nursing
-Foods: rice cereal
-mommy and daddy
-Ella, and Liam!

Dislikes:
-sitting up
-pacifiers
-Foods: carrots

Quinn’s 6 month Stats:
-Weight: 15 lbs 15 oz (50th percentile)
-Height: 26.5 inches (73rd percentile)
-Head Circumference: 17.5 in (92nd percentile)
-Diapers: Size 3, and size 3 overnight diapers
-Clothes: 6 month

Liam’s 6 month Stats:
-Weight: 19 lbs (75th percentile)
-Height: 28.25 inches (95 percentile)
-Head Circumference: 18 in (93rd percentile)
-Diapers: Size 3, and size 3 overnight diapers
-Clothes: 6 month and some 6-9 month clothes

11807792_10103669471691173_871239407328682443_oI hope everyone has a great day!

Cheers!

My Journey to Paleo/ Six month PP weight loss check in

Hello friends!

Finally here with my weight loss post sorry it took me so long to write it up.

As of today I am 2 lbs away from 50 lbs lost since I gave birth to Quinn, and I am extremely proud of myself. Both of my pregnancies were very healthy, but I will be the first to admit I had one too many orders of Chicken lo mein when I was pregnant with Liam. I gained 45 lbs when I was pregnant with Liam, and while I am ashamed of the number it doesn’t matter because I had a healthy and happy baby. I knew that if I worked hard I would be able to lose the weight that I had gained. The problem I faced was that I didn’t want to work hard to lose the weight after I had Liam. Thanks to nursing I lost 30 pounds by the time Liam was one; still 15 pounds over my pre-pregnancy weight. After I stopped nursing losing those 15 pounds felt impossible. I worked out and ate really well but the scale never moved. I was frustrated to say the least, gave up and went about my daily life 15 pounds over my normal weight.

When I got pregnant with Quinn I was determined to eat healthier and not gain as much weight as I did with Liam. Well, thanks to morning sickness I didn’t gain a single pound in the first 12 weeks. Not to worry though, I started gaining weight and ended up at the exact same weight at the end of both pregnancies. No biggie, my little Q was born healthy and that is all that mattered to me.10269275_10152817476172040_7789859833445967106_o

My twinsie/bestie Erin had to cut out dairy because Theo was allergic to it, and she lost a TON of weight. It sounded really hard to cut out dairy and I was really hoping that Quinn did not have the same issues. But because we are Erin and I have basically the same life, I soon found out that Quinn’s tummy was sensitive to dairy, so I decided I would cut it out to see if her tummy issues would resolve. They did so I went for it. Once I cut dairy out, I decided I was going to go all in and change my diet completely. This is where my Paleo journey started.IMG_20150409_084810

9 weeks PP

I did a lot of research and decided that this was the best thing for my body and my daughter. We as a family cut out processed foods (for the adults, Liam still has goldfish and other to go snack items that are not paleo) and most grains. Even Erik started to notice a difference in his digestion. We learned the key to Erik’s digestion issues are processed foods, so he does not eat those 99.9% of the time. I still make rice and sandwiches for him because those things do not seem to upset his stomach, but overall he will eat paleo most of the time. My body had never felt better!20150410_090621(1)

4/10/15

I have been eating paleo for about four months now and it feels awesome. Most recently though I have had a few unhealthy cravings that I have given into and have quickly paid the price for it. The other day I was starving and we didn’t have any food in the house other than leftover pizza. Well I had 2 small slices and I was paying for it the next day. But that isn’t the worst part; Quinn’s stomach was in knots the following day as well. I had thought, perhaps she had outgrown her sensitive tummy, but nope, dairy still bothers her. I haven’t been perfect; I have had a burger with a bun about three times, but hey YOLO. I love bread, but I do not love the way it makes me feel. Every time I stray from paleo I feel bloated and agitated. Lesson learned!20150403_101636

Exercise has been on the fritz the last few months. I was really going strong in the beginning with P90x and Insanity Max30, but it tapered off. I wasn’t getting much sleep at night, and being a full time working mom, it was running me way too thin. Something had to give, so exercise went out the window. It does make me sad because it gave me energy, but I just don’t have the time or energy right now to deal with it. I am working on getting Quinn to sleep through the night, and once that happens I will be starting Insanity Max30 again. I am so grateful to be nursing because that has allowed me to give up exercising without compromising my weight loss. With nursing I burn an extra 300 calories a day, but I know that when that stops in six months I will have to pick up the slack.

No weight loss post would be complete without a HUGE thank you to my amazing support system of family and friends. My husband and mom encourage me every single day and I am so thankful. I would not be where I am today without their support.11794558_10103670565040093_7029477183009759327_o

Today 8/3/15

Thank you all for reading! Please let me know if I can give you more information about paleo or if you just want to email me with your story (dorsah(at)gmail(dot)com), I LOVE hearing success stories.

I hope everyone has a great day!

Cheers!

25 Weeks!

Hello friends!

Thank you for your kind words about my last post, things have been crazy but they seem to be settling down!

Little Miss Quinn is 25 weeks, as of July 25.

11222194_10103652218910883_7092113999960265126_nShe is such a little lady! At the beginning of the week, she started to hold her bottle on her own! It is really cute because she will take the bottle from us and miss her mouth 99% of the time. Eventually she figures it out, but it is funny to watch her struggle.20150725_151925We are working on sitting up, but she would rather be scooting around on her tummy.

20150725_151812I was reading Liam’s 25 week update, and he already had a tooth at this point! Q has not shown any signs of teething and I am not complaining. I love her gummy smile, she looks like a little old lady

20150725_152009Gosh I cannot believe she will be 6 months old next week. Time has really flown by. I also realize I didn’t do a 5 month post. At this point, I owe you all so many update posts I will just be skipping her 5 month update. I will post her 5 month picture in the 6 month update, whenever I have time to post that!20150725_151803This week Quinn and Liam’s Cousin Evie was born!!! She is so darn cute, it is going to be a lot of fun watching these two girls grow up together :)

mm Life is good!

11813389_10103652229235193_13737278236531770_nI hope everyone has a great day!

Cheers!

Cranio Update

Hello friends!

We went to the pediatrician on July 15 and he confirmed my fears. He said he felt ridges forming on Quinn’s skull. He recommended we get an ultrasound and schedule an appointment with a Neurosurgeon.

Before leaving the office, we called and scheduled her ultrasound at the hospital for that following Saturday and a Neurosurgery appointment for the following Tuesday.

In the interest of keeping it all to one post; we went to the ultrasound appointment on Saturday and it seemed like a freaking waste of time. It took forever and Quinn was MISERABLE. I ended up having to nurse her for like 30 minutes in order for them to finish the ultrasound.  After the ultrasound the lady said everything looked normal, but that we would need to get an xray in order to get an idea of what the bones in her head look like. Perfect, thank you all for wasting my time.  Erik and I were less than pleased. We called the Ped office after the ultrasound, and they gave me names of places we could go to get an xray before her appointment with the Neurosurgeon.

Luckily I found a place that didn’t require and appointment and was open until 5 during the week.  So we waited until Monday, and my sister thankfully met me there. This was hands down the WORST experience of my life. I cannot even begin to describe how she screamed, TEARS streaming down her face. She looked at me like mommy please save me, what is going on. It broke my heart, and my sister and I both cried. We got the xrays on a CD and went on our way.

Fast forward to Tuesday, Erik and I both took the day off to take her to the appointment. We got there early and waited…. and waited.. for almost TWO hours. It was horrible. My stomach was in knots the entire time and I just couldn’t function. They finally called us back and we waited in the room for a few until the Neurosurgeon came in.  He took one look at her and said she was fine! I mean he also looked at her ultrasound and her xrays, but he felt her head a little and said that yes her pathways were fusing a little early,  but he thought that they would slow down as she started sitting up more. I have never wanted to hug a doctor so much in my life. We were so relieved. He told us to take pictures of her head from the top, side and front each month and check them to see what they look like. He said if we thought it was getting worse to bring her in again, but he didn’t think it would happen. He also made it seem like the surgery was mostly for cosmetic purposes, unless there was a severe deformity.

It has been a whirlwind the last few weeks, but I am thankful we took her in and got the okay!

Sorry for being so late to post about this, I just couldn’t get myself to write about it while it was going on.

I hope everyone has a great day!

Cheers!

24 Weeks!

Hello friends!

Almost caught up on life…

Little Miss Quinn is 24 weeks old as of July 18.

11205483_10103649182720433_5035348984666454249_nI just love her so much, I cannot stand it!

20150718_154135She took her first selfies this week,

20150718_154620 20150718_154633and by selfies I mean, she tried to eat the phone while I was taking pictures of her, bahaha.

She has the sweetest smile, that really lights up the room, just like her brother.20150721_083931She continues to love to eat her hands and feet, a lot

20150724_070146 20150724_070141 IMG_20150718_155311 IMG_20150721_083143_nopm_Haha, I don’t remember Liam ever liking to eat his feet. I just wish she loved eating food that much…. Solids are not going well. She refuses to open her mouth most of the time, and when she does she gags. It doesn’t really make sense because she always seems so interested in our food! I think we are going to give baby led weaning a try int he next few weeks. We will see, I really wanted to use my baby making food items, but if she doesn’t like it I can’t really force her to eat it.  We will probably give purees a few more tries before moving on.

Sleeping is about the same, not bad but not great. She typically wakes up at around 1 or 2, then again at 4 or 5. I wish she would wake up at 2, then sleep until 6 or 6:30, but we can’t always get what we want.

20150718_154150Still no signs of teeth, unlike Liam who was working on #2 at this time. I am not complaining though; not sure if I am ready for the biting. 11800402_10103649180415053_4763361308743959370_nAs you all know, we had our pediatrician appointment this week. I will give you guys an update on the Cranio situation tomorrow, so stay tuned.

I can’t believe she will be 6 months old soon! Insane!

I hope everyone has a great day!

Cheers!

23 Weeks!

Hello friends!

Please hang with me while I catch up a bit, the last few weeks have been very stressful….

Little Miss Quinn is 23 weeks old (as of July 11)

11694839_10103623091562323_7432518394274344849_nThis week has been full of stress and anxiety. It all began when I thought she had an ear infection and took her to the doctor before work one day. Thankfully no ear infection, but the doctor asked me if I thought her forehead was protruding out more than usual. I told her I didn’t think it had, but she wanted us to make an appointment with a neurosurgeon. 20150708_175812I asked her if I could wait until her 6 month check up, since this was the first time this particular doctor had seen her. She said we could wait because she was developing well, and she didn’t see an immediate need for an appointment. Well.. I obviously googled the crap out of Craniosynostosis and convinced myself that she needs surgery. The day after the appointment I called the pediatrician’s office to schedule an appointment with her regular doctor. Our appointment is scheduled for Wednesday July 15th.

20150712_165244I have no idea how I am going to wait that long for answers, but I don’t really have a choice. In the meantime I will just soak up as much love from these two little nuggets as I can and try not to stress about it.

20150711_141658 20150711_141652In other news, remember how I’ve been telling you that I think Quinn is going to start crawling soon, well, she is really on the move. Here is a series of pictures I like to call, “Where did Quinn go”.

IMG_20150711_132902_nopm_ IMG_20150711_132939_nopm_ IMG_20150711_133004_nopm_ IMG_20150711_133547_nopm_Seriously?! I walked away for 3 seconds to get my water bottle. Ridiculous.

I will post an update as soon as I can after her appointment, but for now, look at how much bigger Liam was than Quinn. ha!

11745550_10103623130619053_1342229693779844186_nI hope everyone has a great day!

Cheers!

22 Weeks!

Hello friends!

Little Miss Quinn is 22 weeks (as of July 4), cue 4th of July fabric.

10410440_10103609745647643_3402282755671846972_nShe has SO much personality it is insane, and knock on wood she is always smiley.

11221472_10103603364580353_5105999165313209046_n 11665544_10103603364520473_7770395457090738534_n 11060094_10103603364410693_1039331264844191571_n 11403058_10103603364360793_717363339953966267_n 11692701_10103603364280953_8008480393245904702_nMan I love that little face! A lot happened this past week. Erik’s family was in town for Diana’s baby shower, so on Sunday we went to DC. Erik and Gary are working on the basement bathroom (WOOT) so I took both kids with me.  Thankfully, both kids were on their best behavior. In fact, they both slept most of the time.

IMG_20150628_133857_nopm_ IMG_20150628_133909_nopm_ 20150628_140935I would say that was a successful trip into DC. Liam woke up as soon as we were walking back to the metro, so he was excited to see and ride the train.

We have been trying to sit Quinn up more and more everyday, because if I remember correctly Liam was already starting to sit up by this age.

20150704_071803She likes it, but gets way too excited and just topples over.

20150703_105559 20150703_110140She is constantly moving her arms and legs trying to escape. I have a feeling she is going to start crawling in the next few weeks, yes I said weeks! I put solids on the back burner for now; to be honest I feel like I don’t have the time to sit down with her and feed her. Really sad I know, but that is the way life is right now! We will try solids again soon, I just have no idea when that is going to be.

20150704_105307Alright well, that is all I have for you all today!. I hope everyone has a great day!11539617_10103609743621703_881215052084947391_nCheers!

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