3 months!

Hello friends!

**This post was written the first week of May…. just got around to posting it now, oops***

Our little princess turned THREE months old at the end of April.

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Time is really flying by. Quinn has been responding more and more everyday. She LOVES Liam and could probably watch him play all day.  His little face lights up when he talks to her and she smiles at him. “Mommy baby Quinn is smiling at me!”- ugh so cute.

20150423_184935They are going to be the best of friends. Liam is so kind and so sweet. This month she discovered her hands and has been chewing on them ever since. I’ve been trying to see if she will grip a toy to chew on, but she is not interested. She is also getting very close to rolling over. I cannot stand how fast time is flying.

20150508_185310Sleep has been alright, she has been doing a solid 7 hours of sleep for the past few nights and I am loving it. I’m waiting for her 3 month growth spurt, because I know that is coming any day now. She sleep pretty well during the day; well most days. We have had a few no nap days, but I guess that is to be expected.

She also hit the 12lb mark a few days ago! I cannot believe how much smaller she is than Liam was! Liam was 12 lbs at 2 months! She doesn’t have an official check up until the first week of June when she will be 4 months old, so we have to wait to see what her stats are. She is in full 3 month clothes and in size 2 diapers.

Welp I think that is all I have for this month. I am hoping to write her 4 month post as we go throughout the month so there will be more pictures :)

Have a great day!

Cheers!

14 weeks!

Hello friends!

Our little princess is 14 weeks old!

DSC_0255She is about the size of Liam at 11 weeks; which I guess makes sense because she was two weeks early and is a girl.

14 Weeks1But I really do miss Liam’s chubby little legs! I hope she starts packing on the pounds soon! I have noticed an increase in her appetite in the last few days, and she has gained half a pound this week, so we are moving in the right direction. Screenshot_2015-05-10-12-21-18

I will say, Quinn has the BEST facial expressions. Her duck face game is strong, and I love taking pictures with her.

IMG_20150508_190249_nopm_20150508_07083620150507_18523620150507_185157She has grown to be very chatty which is adorable. Sometimes when she wakes up in the middle of the night, she talks to herself. I don’t know when I am going to start letting her cry it out… I think we attempting this with Liam at 4 months and failed miserably, so I will have to read some of my old blog posts.

20150509_121938This week we started putting her in the baby Einstein and she seems to really love it. She has the same focus on her face that Liam had at her age.

DSC_0276 DSC_0278It seems to be helping her neck strength. Hopefully by next week’s post I will post some happy tummy time pictures! We shall see!

I hope everyone has a great day!

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13 Weeks!

Hello friends!

Man I am really horrible at keeping up with my blog recently. There are so many things I want to write about but I never seem to have the time.  I will get to them eventually. I owe you all a 3 month update for Quinn and a 3 month weight loss check in; soon my friends.. soon.

For now…. Our little lady is 13 weeks old!

11200609_10103438888975783_5711267515688305436_nHonestly, time is flying by so much faster this time around. Most likely because we can’t dedicate 100% of our attention to Quinn.  I feel bad because sometimes I feel like I don’t pay enough attention to her… She is becoming more and more vocal everyday, so she lets us know when we aren’t paying enough attention to her. It is actually really cute. I have a feeling she is going to start talking even sooner than Liam did!

20150430_071325She is getting really close to rolling over, which is very concerning because she does not do well during tummy time.  She can hold her head up really well when she is sitting up or we are holding her, but when we lay her on her tummy she just screams and wants to roll back over. I think we are going to have to bump up the tummy time sessions to 4-5 times a day.

20150503_080443She is going to HATE it, but it needs to happen. I think she will roll over by the end of this month; look out mommy and daddy she will be crawling before we know it.

11038930_10103438890148433_282711059522261517_nAlright, well that is all I have for you all today.  Have a great day!

12 Weeks

Hello friends!

Checking in with Quinn’s 12 week post!

DSC_0254She has finally hit the 12 lb mark. I say finally because Liam hit that 12 lb mark at 2 months!

12 Weeks1She is eating and SLEEPING well! We even got three nights of seven hours of continuous sleep!  It was amazing.

We also started putting her in the bumbo this week to strengthen her neck even more.

DSC_0354She seems to like it a lot. We only keep her in there for a maximum of 3 minutes if that, but she likes it when she is in there. Tummy time on the other hand is meh at best. Liam tries to encourage her but she isn’t having it.

20150423_184935She does love her exercise  mat. It’s the same one we used with Liam but she seems WAY more into it. She absolutely loves the flashing lights and music. Liam was showing her all the different animals on it the other day. 20150423_184725 20150423_184612We are still loving our hands, and will put both of them in her mouth so far that she gags herself most of the time. What a goober

20150426_093611 20150426_093552 20150425_081612She also laughed for the first time this week. She has always done a half laugh/squeal thing but this was a real giggle. I can’t seem to get her to do it long enough to actually take a video of it, but I am sure I will capture it soon.

Let’s see what else…. OH YA! She is already trying to sit up! When we put her in the boppy lounger (which she hates by the way) she will use her core to pull herself halfway up. Picture a baby doing crunches, that’s what we have going on over here. Things are going to get interesting around our house verrrry soon!  I can’t wait!

20150425_170519Alright. I leave you with a cute video of our late night laughs!

Have a great day!

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11 Weeks!

Hello friends!

** This post is over a week late. She was 11 weeks April  18, 20015**

Holy moly our little lady is 11 weeks old. I can’t believe she will be three months old at the end of the month.

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This week she has been all smiles. She totally recognizes our faces and will give the biggest smile when she sees us. She absolutely LOVES Liam, and he loves her back

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I hope they love each other this much as they get older. We have been really bad with tummy time, but her neck is already so strong. We need to make it part of our routine. I think I will start fitting it in right before bath time to get her nice and sleepy before bed.

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Sleeeepp.. oh sweet sleep, please come back. The beginning of this week was very rough. She would sleep from 8-2ish then would wake up every.single.hour. until 6 am. Exhausted doesn’t even come close to how I felt Mon-Wed. Then Wednesday night she went to bed at 8:30pm and slept until 1:45am. I nursed her from one side, then changed her diaper in an attempt to wake her up enough to eat from the other side. I tried to nurse her again but she kept falling asleep. So I gave up and put her in her bed. She immediately opened her eyes, so I picked her up tried to burp her and nurse her again. This happened a total of three times. The third time she finally burped a little then ate for seven minutes!  She fell asleep at 2:30 am and didn’t wake up again until 6 am! Hooray!

DSC_0194Thursday morning I felt like a new woman! Thursday night was similar. She went to sleep at 8:15 and woke up at 12:45 am. She ate from one side, burped, I changed her diaper, ate from the other side then slept until 5 am! This time she was only awake for 25 minutes. Progress! I’m thinking the addition of a 2 oz bottle before I nursed her might be enough to keep her asleep until 3 am. We might try it next week!

Pray that this pattern continues. Alright I leave you today with an adorable picture of our little princess in her purple and white lace dress!

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Two months old!

Hello friends!

Sorry this post is way late, but I have been busy getting ready to go back to work.  Meanwhile, our little princess turned TWO months old at the end of March.

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Her personality is starting to shine through more and more each day.  She has started to recognize faces and will smile at me when I talk to her.

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She is a really good baby, and has been sleeping really well. We sort of have a routine down and I think she is starting to catch on.

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We give her a bath every night, because it really seems to calm her down and she loves it. In fact, she screams when I take her out of her bathtub.  I change her and nurse her until she is almost asleep, then I put her down in her bed. I’ve started picking up on her cues. If I put her down and she starts to whine, I know she either wants to be burped or she is still hungry. Most of the time she is still hungry. I will pick her up and feed her again until she goes to sleep, then put her down for the night. Typically she goes to bed around 8-9pm and will sleep until 1-2 am. I get up, change her, feed her and then she will go back to sleep until 4 or 5am.

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I am hoping she starts sleeping for longer stretches of time after her 1-2am wake up call so I can get ready for work a little easier. I can’t complain though, she seems to have already learned to put herself to sleep without crying (most) of the time.

She is growing really well, but is still smaller than Liam. This is to be expected since she is a girl and was born two weeks early. No biggie, the doctor says she is growing really well and I am happy.

 Her two month stats are:
Weight: 10 lbs 3 oz (35th percentile)
Height: 22.75 inches (75th percentile)
Head size: 15.23 inches (50th percentile)

She is growing :)

Welp I think that is all I have for this month’s update.

I hope everyone has a great day!

10 Weeks!

Hello friends!

Look at me being on time with her 10 week post!

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She is getting so big and aware now, it is awesome. This week I went back to work so I didn’t spend as much time with her as I have been but I think we are all doing okay. She continues to sleep really well in the mornings and not so much in the afternoon. I am not really sure how to fix it or if I really want to attempt to fix it right now. Her morning naps are usually 3-4 hours long and will wake up and stay awake for 1.5-2 hours then take another 45 min to an hour nap.  The late afternoon nap is the struggle; if she even falls asleep. She doesn’t really want to go back to sleep after 2pm. She will drift in and out of sleep for 30-45 min at a time before her bath. She seems really happy, so I am not concerned.

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On Wednesday, I took Quinn to the doctor to get her cough checked out. I’ve been really nervous and stressed out because around 11 weeks was when Liam got really sick and went into the hospital. Our pediatrician told me not to compare my kids to one another. He told me that Liam had a fever and a really high white blood count, which is what sent him to the hospital. He listened to her lungs and did an albuterol nebulizer treatment which didn’t do anything.  He said she didn’t need the steroids, and to just do a saline treatment with the nebulizer to see if that helped. After her first treatment at home I could already tell a difference. She seemed to be happier and slept from 8pm-1am. We also elevated her mattress (which really pissed her off) to help with the post nasal drip. I am hoping we can all kick this cold by next week so we can move on from all this stress and anxiety. I did find out that she gained 8 oz in a week, so we must be doing something right!

Alright that is all for today!

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I hope everyone has a great day!

Cheers!

Postpartum weight loss check in- 10 weeks

Hello friends!

Happy Friday! I am exhausted, Quinn did NOT sleep last night. She kept waking up wanting to eat but would only be able to stay awake to eat a little bit. I think we are going to go back to feeding her 2 oz before I nurse her at night to see if that helps because I really cannot function on 2-3 hours of sleep.

Anyway, I told you I would check in with weight loss update today. As of today I am officially back down to my pre-pregnancy weight!!! I still have about 16 more pounds to go to get back down to my pre-Liam weight but I am well on my way. In 10 weeks I have lost a little over 29 lbs.

IMG_20150409_084810I am really proud of myself. Don’t think for one second that it has been all sunshine and butterflies though. I’ve struggled A LOT and worked my butt off to get to where I am today.

20150410_090621(1) Trying to stay active with two kinds, a house, a hubby and a full time job is really hard. Having a supportive husband helps A LOT.  He encourages me to workout when I am not in the mood, and I always makes me feel better. I just finished week 6 of P90x3 and I feel amazing.

20150403_101636I am also one month into the Paleo “diet” and I cannot say enough good things about it. Erik has been doing semi-paleo and even he has felt a difference with his digestion and overall well being. In fact, yesterday was a prime example, he was really hungry at work so he went to Giant and got a bag of Chex mix and last night he was hurting.  He kept saying how badly his stomach hurt after he ate the chex mix.  I guess we now know that his body does not like processed foods.

We have also been discovering new recipes and foods we never would have thought to try. For example, this scallion pancake recipe is one of our favorites and neither of us is a huge fan of cauliflower. Try it here. It is amazing and I could eat it everyday. A few weeks ago I made this delicious flank steak recipe.

20150315_173845 20150315_173328And just last weekend I took my friend Sarah’s advice and made banana and egg pancakes,

20150405_072039Other than that my typical breakfast looks like this

20150317_070841Egg with some sort of meat in it with a side of berries. Snacks are a little harder for me but I am getting better at it. I’ve made a few batches of these Ah-maze-balls and they are gone within the week.

20150320_092906 20150320_094856My favorite thing to snack on… 20150403_071516I cannot get enough of them recently. Thank goodness we are going into berry season.

Okay enough rambling, I will try and be better at taking pictures so I can post them here. But for now, enjoy your weekend!

Cheers!

Back to work

Hello friends!

Happy Thursday! I hope everyone is having a good week so far. I went back to work this week.

IMG_20150406_082155I was really sad to leave her this week but I really love my job and most importantly I love my coworkers. I have an amazing support system at work who help distract me from being sad.

IMG_2291So far (knock on wood) things are going well. I am getting new responsibilities at work which I am super excited for. I cannot wait to see where this career path takes me.

In other news, I’ve been pumping again at work… I’m not going to lie, I really do not enjoy it. There is nothing glamorous about sitting in a room having milked pumped out of you. It’s boring. I have been using that time to write my blog posts, which explains the increase in blog posts this week. I hope to keep that up as we move forward. I did buy a new pumping bag  in an attempt to glamorize the pumping experience. That and my medela backpack was dead.

IMG_20150218_091221_nopm_I searched high and low for a bag that fit my needs, and I had almost given up when I stumbled on this etsy store. She makes really cute bags. I wanted something that was big enough to hold everything I need and still look cute.

IMG_20150406_131857_nopm_It’s adorable, and I love it. Technically it says it is a diaper bag, but it is perfect for just about anything you want to use it for. After I’m done pumping I hope to use it as a bag for general kid stuff. or even a beach or pool bag. Ahh the possibilities are endless!

Alright well that is all I have for you all today. Come back tomorrow when we check in with my postpartum weight loss progress!

Have a great day!

Cheers!

So I went to the dentist….

Hello friends!

Happy *rainy* Wednesday! I went to the dentist yesterday and it was one of the worst experiences ever. To be honest I think going to the dentist and getting my teeth cleaned is more painful than childbirth and recovery. Okay so perhaps that is an exaggeration, but seriously people! I’m pretty sure hygienists find joy in making hums bleed. Let’s set up the scene yesterday.

I walked into the my dentist’s office with a smile on my face because I had made it there in time, despite leaving work a little later than I had hoped *win*. I signed in and sat down anticipating a 20-30 minute wait. The hygienist called my name within five minutes of me being there, *win #2*. Well that is where the “fun and good times” ended. I took one look at the lady, and I knew it was going to hurt. Now there are approximately 100 (slight exaggeration) hygienists that work in that office, but somehow I manage to get this one lady almost every time. I’ve had her a few times before so I knew what I was in for and I almost pretended my name wasn’t Dorsa so I could just leave. Don’t get me wrong, this lady is very nice, and outside of this situation I wouldn’t have a problem with her. I’m pretty sure I was her last patient of the day because she was moving QUICK. She was moving so fast to get my xrays up on the light thingy (official term) that they went flying everywhere. dentist4Once all that was settled she started cleaning my teeth. I don’t my teeth are in bad shape, but with the way this lady was scraping them you would think I hadn’t had my teeth cleaned in over 15 years. It felt like she was never going to stop. Not only that, but she was scraping into my gums; each time jamming her sharp scraper into my gums..over and over again… I’m 100% positive my mouth looked like the blood bucket scene from Carrie. indexShe sped through flossing and polishing my teeth and sent me on my way. It was like she couldn’t get me out of there fast enough, maybe I smelled bad? Who knows. I popped some Ibuprofen as soon as I got home but it didn’t really seem to help. I could barely chew my dinner because my teeth hurt so bad. Maybe I am a wuss when it comes to my teeth, but I cannot tolerate tooth pain. Ugh, I really loathe going to the dentist.

Thankfully my mouth is back to normal today and we can all move on with our lives!

I hope everyone has a great day!

Cheers!

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