Four Weeks!

Hello friends!

Our little lady is FOUR weeks old.

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And guess what?! We figured out the secret to bedtime! After reading my posts from last time, I realized that we were putting Liam in his bassinet in our room for the night between 7 and 9. We realized now that she wasn’t too happy with all the noise from the TV while she was trying to sleep at night. After we put Liam to bed, Erik finishes getting dinner ready as I put Quinn to bed in her bassinet.

2015-02-22Next week I think I am going to start putting her in her crib for naps during the day and move her into her bed at night at the end of the week. I think she would do really well in there right now, but I am hesitant to put her in there because she wakes up every 2-2.5 hours and I am afraid I wouldn’t hear her crying until she really started screaming and it would wake Liam up.

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We are also going to start introducing her to a bottle in the next few days. It will give me a little more freedom and it will get her ready for when I go back to work. I’ve been slowly pumping and saving milk as backup for super hungry baby emergencies.

She has really grown this week; she is already out of newborn clothes and into 0-3 month outfits. We also started putting her in size 1 diapers. They are a little big on her but I didn’t want to order another box of newborn diapers.  Speaking of clothes…. I am having fun dressing up a little girl…

2015-02-26 2015-02-27(1)Yup she is wearing jeggings. I had to go to the store this week and get her a few more 0-3 month outfits because I realized she only had two pairs of pajamas in this size. I am hoping we can make it through until she is big enough to fit into 3 month pjs. I have been hesitant to buy her tons of clothes because I don’t know how fast she is going to grow. Liam grew really fast, but girls tend to be smaller and grow slower physically, so I’ve been holding off.

2015-02-27She has been awake for longer periods of time throughout the day, so I’ve been trying to fit in longer tummy time sessions.

2015-02-25(1)Still not really a fan. Even when her brother is helping her out.

2015-02-25Thursday was the longest she stayed on her tummy without screaming bloody murder. I even got to snap a few really adorable pictures of her.

2015-02-26(1)Hopefully in the next few weeks she will learn to love tummy time. Okay well that is all I have for you all this week!

Have a great day!

Cheers!

20 lbs down 25 lbs to go!

Hello friends!

I am back at it again! FINALLY working out and it feels so good. Today I started P90x3 again for the 100th time and boy am I out of shape.

20150224_104708I’ve hit a plateau in my weight loss; I know it’s only been three weeks but I want to do something to kickstart my weight loss again. So I decided I needed to start P90x3 and see how I felt. After this first workout I feel amazing. Well.. I am super out of shape, and I struggled during the workout but I did not feel any pain so now I know my body is ready to get back in shape.

I decided that this time around I was going to try the Lean version of the P90x3 program, I will let you all know how it goes.  I am pretty excited that I fit into jeans that I wore a few months after Liam was born, I still have the obvious muffin top situation, but that is to be expected three weeks post delivery.

My goal is to lose 10 lbs before I go back to work, I think I can do it in the time that I have left at home.

Wish me luck!

Cheers!

Three Weeks!

Hello friends!

Our little princess is THREE weeks old already.

DSC_0194It really is hard to believe that she has been in our lives for three weeks already. Things have been pretty good other than the 2-3 hour crying fest that Quinn has been having from 7ish till around 10. I keep trying to rack my brain to figure out why, and I am out of ideas. She is not hungry and her diaper is very clean.  I was thinking that her tummy was upset from the food I’ve been eating, but she doesn’t seem to be irritated any other time of day.  I also think that (thankfully) I have a lot of milk and she might be getting too much at one time. Not really sure how to fix that, other than pulling her off a few times during each feeding.

Hopefully we can figure something out soon because our routine is just not working right now. I was reading my three week post from last time and I mentioned that we were putting Liam to bed between 7 and 9 and he would sleep until 12 or 2. He would then wake up every 2-3 hours to be changed, eat, burped and he would go back to sleep. I would like to get her on the same schedule. I mean once she is asleep for the night she sleeps for 2 and a half hours before waking up to eat. It’s the going to sleep without a fight that we are having issues with.

Week 3In the next week or two I am going to start putting her in her crib during naps in order to get her ready for bedtime in her own room! I would like to get her comfortable in her crib at least two weeks before I have to go back to work.

2015-02-19(1)We also introduced a pacifier this week, she seems to take it a little better than Liam did, but still isn’t a huge fan. 2015-02-17I’ve been trying to do more tummy time, but that is going about as well as bedtime…

2015-02-19(2)Luckily, we have had success with the Ergo!

IMG_20150217_191046She loved it. I wish it wasn’t so cold outside so I could take her out for walks during the week.  Oh well, it will be warmer soon enough, then people will be complaining that it is too hot out.  Not me, I hate winter and I am ready for warmer weather.

Alright, enough rambling, I leave you with pictures of our sweet sleepy princess.

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Cheers!

 

Quinn’s Nursery Tour

Hello friends!

I finally found time to take some pictures of Quinn’s nursery :). I am so in love with this room.  We start with her door, thank you to auntie Diana for making this for Quinnie,

DSC_0173My sister and I went to Target while she was home for winter break and went crazy with decorations for her room. DSC_0174I wasn’t sure if I liked the blue flowers at first but it fits in so well with the rest of the room.  You also remember these canvases that I made a few months back

DSC_0175 DSC_0186And my sister made this adorable canvas for her room too

DSC_0178I bought these little circles from etsy, and once again we weren’t sure how they would look or if we really liked them put I LOVE them.

DSC_0176 DSC_0177DSC_0185I also got this print from Etsy.

DSC_0187 You remember this chair from Liam’s nursery tour,

DSC_0180well we are using it again for Quinn with a Coral pillow. DSC_0183 DSC_0184and last put not least, little girl clothes are THE cutest!DSC_0179

There you have it, Quinn’s nursery tour! I still need to find a quilt that I like for her room, but that can wait until she needs it.

DSC_0182DSC_0181I hope everyone has a great day!

Stay warm!

Cheers!

Two weeks old!

Hello friends!

I hope everyone had a great weekend! Our little princess is two weeks old already!

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It is hard to believe that she wasn’t even due until yesterday, and here I am taking her two week picture and blogging about her progress this week. This week our little lady had to go to the doctor again. Well I guess she didn’t HAVE to go, but I took her just to be safe. In the middle of the night her right eye started looking gooey, and so I took her in because I thought she had pink eye.  It didn’t even cross my mind that it could just be a blocked tear duct, but it turns out that is all that it was.  I’ve been massaging her tear duct, and it seems to be helping get the goo out.

When I took her to the doctor they weighed her and she weighed 7 lbs 3oz. I am sad that she only gained 3 oz in a week. I feel like i failed on that front. At two weeks, Liam weighed 7 lbs 15 oz. Yes Liam was bigger at birth; 3 more oz and Quinn will have gained a pound since birth, but who is counting.Downloads9Also this week her umbilical cord stump fell off, so now I can put clothes on her without fear of accidentally pulling off the stump.  She is still wearing newborn clothes and in newborn diapers, but is starting to fill them out more everyday.

DSC_0202Sleeping at night has been hit or miss. I’m not really sure what’s going on or how to fix it.  She sleeps very well during the day, in nice long three hour stretches, but at night sometimes it is really hard to get her to go back to sleep. I think we need to do a better job at keeping her awake starting at 8 or 9, in order to get her to go to sleep around 10 when we go to bed. Once she is asleep, this girl can SLEEP.  When I can finally get her to go to sleep at night she will sleep for a good 4- 4.5 hours.

DSC_0194Erik and Liam went out to buy Quinn a pacifier so we are hopeful that if she takes the paci she will be able to fall asleep at night without me nursing her to sleep. I’ve been reading back on my blog posts from last time and we need to start thinking of introducing her to a bottle and her crib for naps during the day.  I stayed home with Liam for 6 weeks last time, so I started the transition a little earlier than I will be this time around.  I am taking around 8 weeks this time so I think we can push things back a week or two.

I don’t know why, but I find myself looking for things to do around the house more this time around than I remember last time. I’ve been doing a lot of laundry and I think this week I will be doing some pantry organization. If the weather cooperates I might even venture out of the house to get some pantry organizing things.  But first I have to figure out how I am going to do it.

Also this week I plan on taking pictures of Quinn’s nursery and doing a nursery tour for you all. I was so in love with Liam’s nursery that I didn’t think I could make another one that I felt so happy about, but I did. There is something about coral and glitter that makes me so happy!

Stay tuned!

I hope everyone has a great day and STAY WARM!

Cheers!

 

Post pregnancy weight loss round 2

Hello friends!

I hope everyone is having a good week, things have been pretty busy over here.

I remember writing a post like this after I had Liam and I had ever intention of losing all my pregnancy weight and get back to my pre-pregnancy shape. I also remember totally falling off the bandwagon and still being 15 lbs over my pre-pregnancy weight when I got pregnant with Quinn. Not really where I wanted to be, but I made an effort to eat a little better/less while I was pregnant with Quinn. It also helped that I had horrible morning sickness with her and I couldn’t really eat for the first twelve weeks.

I gained 32 lbs this time around, and ended up 3 lbs over what I was at the end of my pregnancy with Liam. Not too bad, but now I have a little over 50 lbs to lose to get to where I was before I got pregnant with Liam.  I am trying not to think about the total number as a whole, because 50 lbs seems really overwhelming.

Looking back at my posts after Liam I lost about 20 lbs a month after I delivered Liam so that gives me high hopes. I also have a fitbit now and all of my friends are working towards losing weight, so that makes staying on track a little easier.

I am happy to report that 12 days post delivery I am already down 21.1 lbs and I haven’t started working out yet! I got some pretty awesome shoes for Christmas from David and I cannot wait to be able to use them.

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I think I am going to start doing some light upper body weight training in the next week or two just to see how my body responds, then I will go from there.

I will check in from time to time with a post pregnancy weight loss post so stay tuned!

I hope everyone has a great day!

Cheers!

Quinn’s birth story

Hello friends!

Over a week late but better late than never!

Quinn’s birth story is a little more entertaining than Liam’s was; only because it was totally unexpected.  I was induced with Liam so I had no idea what real contractions and labor had in store for me.

I woke up Saturday (1/31/15) morning at 4:30 to use the bathroom and I thought my water had broken. I used the bathroom and laid back down, deciding I would call the doctor when we woke up at 6.  As I was laying there, I figured I would do a little research to see when I should call my doctor. It turns out that the interwebs suggests that if you suspect your water has broken you should call your doctor right away.

At this point I was feeling a little bit of cramping in my lower abdomen. I went downstairs and called my doctor’s office. Unfortunately, I found out that neither of the doctor’s in my practice were on call that weekend. They had me call a different practice, and the lady called me five minutes after I made the call.  I felt really bad for her because she had no idea who I was. I told her I thought my water had broken and that I was having lower back and abdomen cramps. She told us to head to the hospital!

I called my mom and asked her to come over to stay with Liam while we went to the hospital. Erik and I both took showers and headed to the hospital as soon as my mom got to our house.

My contractions were getting stronger and stronger, and I was not a fan. Erik dropped me off and went to go park the car. I was signing in and he called me to let me know that there were no tickets to let him into the parking garage. He had to park all the way across the hospital. The lady took me up to the labor and delivery floor and set me up in a triage “room”.

IMG_20150131_091326They checked me and said that my water had not broke but that I was 5 cm dilated so I would be admitted. Thank goodness because the contractions were getting stronger and closer together.

We were finally put into a room and I got my epidural.  Next, we waited.. and waited. Luckily we didn’t have to wait as long as we did with Liam, but Erik did get bored and started doing push-ups.

2015-01-31Around noon, it was time to start pushing. The doctor wanted to take it slow to reduce the recovery time, and boy am I glad she did. I pushed and pushed,  and  was ready to give up. Erik looked at me and reassured me that I was close and to just keep going, so I did, and after 45 minutes of pushing she was out!

download_20150131_154657 download_20150131_154704It was love at first sight. She already has both mom and dad wrapped around her little fingers.DSC_0026And there you have it, Quinn’s birth story :)

I hope everyone has a great day! Check back tomorrow for a post pregnancy weight loss update!

Cheers!

One Week!

Hello friends!

Our baby princess is a week old already. I can hardly believe it.

DSC_0115She is just the sweetest little baby; well most of the time, but I will get into that later. This week has really flown by. We were very lucky that Erik could take the entire week off to be at home with us. I think having him home with us this week has really helped me heal and get back on my feet faster than last time. Having him home has also allowed us to spend some time together adjusting as a family of four!IMG_20150204_092336Quinn’s first week of life started out a lot like Liam’s. We left the hospital on Saturday February 1 and headed home to show Liam his new sister. We recorded the first time Liam met Quinn and it was the cutest thing I have ever seen.

Sorry she was screaming her head off when we brought her home because she was hungry.  I can’t stop watching this video, it makes me cry every time.  Liam has been adjusting well to his new sister. He is the sweetest kid and wants to share all of his toys with her. It is going to be so much fun to watch them grow up together.

IMG_20150202_212537The Tuesday after we brought her home, we took her to the pediatrician for her routine check up.  The doctor said she looked a little jaundice, so they pricked her little foot and took some blood. We left the office feeling pretty good.  I was shopping at buy buy baby when I got the call that her bilirubin level was a little on the high side. The doctor said we had to put her on a bili blanket 24/7 and bring her in the following day for more blood work. They said if her levels didn’t go down we would have to take her to the hospital.

DSC_0129I was really stressed out as you can imagine, but we kept the bili blanket on her all day and night in hopes of avoiding a hospital trip. We took her to the doctor the following day and she said Quinn looked great and with the blood work to confirm her levels were coming down, she said we could take her off of the blanket. 20150207_113609 1423235946363Quinn also weighed in at 6 lbs 7 oz; she had gained 4 oz in less than 24 hours.  The doctor wanted to see her one more time, so we made another appointment for Friday. At her Friday appointment, Quinn weighed in at 7lbs!!! I love hearing that our baby is growing well.

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The first couple of nights were really rough; she had her days and nights confused. The first night home was awful; we were up all night.  I think she had really bad gas, and I was really worried it was something I ate.  I kept an eye on it and thankfully, it does not appear to be dairy related. We have been working to correct the sleeping problem and it is getting better. She is more awake and alert during the daytime and will actually sleep for 2-3 hours at night.  The only issue we have now, is that she wakes up around 2 am and is up for about 2 hours. I’m not really sure why, but it realllly needs to stop.  I have about 7 weeks to fix it before I head back to work.

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If anyone has suggestions, please share them with us, we will try anything.

Alright my little lady is awake and in need of some cuddles ;) I hope everyone has a great day!

Cheers!

 

 

Welcome baby Quinn!

Hello friends!

Welllll I had a 38 week post ready for you all for this week, but our little baby girl had a different idea.

Welcome to the world Quinn Yasamin Seubert born January 31, 2015, 19.5 inches long at 6 lbs 9.5 ounces.

download_20150131_154704 download_20150131_154657We are soooo very in love with our little princess! More pictures and her birth story to come soon, but for now I’m going to snuggle with my princess!

Have a great day!

Cheers!

37 weeks!!!

Hello friends!

We have a full term BABY! I am soooo excited and happy to be able to say this because we had a rough week over here.

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I had my 36 week appointment on Tuesday and my blood pressure was high (surprise surprise). It was reading at 135/92 and my doctor was concerned so she recommended that I get blood work done. She said that if the results came back normal I would stay pregnant, but if there were any abnormalities we would have to induce. She did say that I was already 2 cm dilated, so I guess that was good news.

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Obviously, I was stressed and nervous the entire night and following day. I didn’t feel like we were ready; I didn’t have my bags packed, the car seat still needed to be washed and I hadn’t made any of my freezer meals. Let’s just say it was not a fun night at our house. But it did get my butt in gear. I packed my bags and washed the carseat. I feel much more prepared now that my bags are ready and packed in the car.

I feel like life would be a lot easier if I go into labor during the day, while I am at work because then we wouldn’t have to wait around in the middle of the night for my mom to come over to watch Liam while we went to the hospital.  Most likely, I will go into labor in the middle of the night or early in the morning.

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Anyway, I finally got the call from my doctor at 3pm on Wednesday!  I saw the caller ID and I thought I was going to throw up. I didn’t want to have to be induced for many reasons. Liam’s birthday party is this past weekend and we also wanted to take Liam somewhere this past weekend to celebrate, just the three of us. I picked up the phone and she told me that my bloodwork came back NORMAL! I can’t even tell you how happy I am right now.

I am doing the best I can to stay relaxed, but planning a 2 year old’s birthday party can be quite stressful. I am hoping that next week my blood pressure comes back down. I would like her to stay in my belly until the beginning of February so that both my children don’t have the same birthday!

Speaking of birthdays, at Liam’s birthday party yesterday, Patti and I finally got to take our pregnancy picture.

IMG_7570 She is two weeks behind me :) They decided to wait to find out what they are having and I cannot wait to see if I am right.  I am 99.9% sure she is having another boy! Only time will tell!

IMG_7578Alright well that is all I have for you all today!

Spark notes version:

How far along? 37 weeks!
Maternity clothes? yes and I am sooo ready for normal clothes
Stretch marks? on my belly
Symptoms:  pregnancy swagger, exhausted, high blood pressure
Best moment this week:  Liam’s birthday party!!!
Miss Anything?  beer, normal clothes, sleeping, being in shape
Movement: yes and they hurt sometimes.. pokey little limbs
Food cravings:  nada
Anything making you queasy or sick:  nope
Gender:  baby girl
Labor Signs: Nope
Belly Button in or out? still IN
Mood:  emotional wreck this week.. bleh
Wedding Rings on or off:
 off
Looking forward to: Michael’s birthday party!!!
Days till next appointment: 1
Days left until due date: 20!!!!

I hope everyone has a great day!

Cheers!

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