8 Weeks!

Hello friends!

Oh my, little Quinn is 8 weeks old already!

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I am happy to announce that sleep has been going a little better this week! We have been trying to establish a bedtime routine with her, and I think that has been helping. It is really hard to stick to a routine with her because we have to get Liam to bed, but we are trying.

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Sunday night we gave her a bath, a 2 oz bottle, and I nursed her for a few minutes until she passed out at 8 pm. I was sure she would wake up at 10 wanting to eat again, but she slept until almost 2!  Woke up, ate then went back to sleep until 4:20 am. Not sure why she wakes up more frequently as the morning draws near, but that is how it’s been going.

Monday night (starting at 8) we didn’t give her a bath (poor life choice), a 2.5 oz bottle and I nursed her for almost an hour… She would fall asleep, then as soon as I put her down she would wake up. Finally at 9, after putting her down for the second time without success, I put her down wide awake, turned out the lights and walked out of the room. I had no intention of letting her cry herself to sleep because I think she is way to young for that, but I needed a break. I walked downstairs and started blogging, watching the monitor the whole time. If she started to get really upset I would go up there and try and put her to sleep again.  Well, turns out, she hung out in her bed for about 30 minutes, then fell asleep!  She kept waking up a few times here and there, but never crying. She ended up waking up at 10 right when we were getting ready for bed, I went in and nursed her and put her down again semi awake and she fell asleep on her own.

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Tuesday night (starting at 8), Erik gave her a bath and I nursed her for about an HOUR, before I put her down. Well that isn’t entirely true, I put her down once after about 30 minutes, and she woke up right away, so I kept feeding her.  Eventually she just kept pulling away, because she was full.  I didn’t really want her to get used to being rocked to sleep, so I put her in her bed wide awake, hoping she would fall asleep on her own again.  I was totally convinced she was going to wake up, but she put herself to sleep. She slept until almost FOUR!!!! Now I’m not sure if she is sleeping more because she has ANOTHER cold, but she is sleeping which means I am sleeping.

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Wednesday night (starting at 8), Erik gave her a 2 oz bottle, put her in her pajamas and then I nursed her until she fell asleep. She was out within 20 minutes, and I put her down and she slept until 10 and woke up every three hours after that.

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Thursday and Friday night were the exact same story; up to eat every three hours. Oy!  Thursday and Friday during the day all she wanted to do was eat eat eat. She is obviously going through her Eight week growth spurt. 20150325_175328She also discovered her hands this week and has been sucking on them.

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Hopefully we move through this growth spurt pretty quickly because I am sooo tired. Oh ya almost forgot, I feel like she almost rolled over yesterday. She might roll over a lot sooner than Liam did.

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Alright enough jibber jabber for today. I hope everyone has a great day!

8 weeksCheers!

 

7 Weeks

Hello friends!

Our little lady is Seven weeks old!

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This week has had a lot of ups and downs, but I think there might be a light at the end of the tunnel. She had been going to sleep around 9:30 and sleeping until around 1:30, not bad. That’s where all the fun ended, she would then stay up for hours… sometimes until 3:30, other times until after 4.20150320_105141Not cool baby Quinn, not cool. I would get so tired and fed up I even woke Erik up a few times because I was in tears. Trust me people, you think you know exhaustion… but you don’t not until you have a newborn/baby.  I totally forgot what being exhausted felt like until this week. Towards the end of the week, things seemed to even out and she would go back to sleep after being awake for and hour and half at 1 am. No biggie, it was much better than being awake from 1-4.20150320_105325I am hoping this week goes a little better than last because we are getting close to the time where I have to go back to work, and trust me when I say no one at work needs to see me that tired/angry.

Sleep during the day has been going really well, she will go down for a nap around 5am and sleep until 7ish, wake up, eat then go back to sleep until around 10 or 11. It’s pretty awesome because I have been working from home this week and it has allowed me to get some work done. She typically stays awake for an hour and half then starts getting fussy. At first I had no idea why she was crying, but soon started checking how long she had been awake and it was right around the hour and a half mark when she would start to get fussy.  She loves being in her room and will settle down as soon as we walk in.  I feel like she already know that is her room and that is where she sleeps.

20150317_153841Perhaps I am giving my seven week old a little too much credit.

This week we finally got to visit Farrah!

20150318_110556I can’t believe how incredibly cute our babies are. I’m not sure if I even told you all that Patti had her baby about three weeks ago and it is a girl (obviously). Once again best friends for life!
20150318_110319On Tuesday of last week I took Quinn to my office to meet all my coworkers :) She slept the entire time, until right when we were about to leave that is.

20150317_122102I fed her and then we headed off to Costco. She is such a good little shopping buddy :)

Her personality is growing everyday and she has been making the silliest faces, the duck face seems to be her favorite.

20150319_094233 20150319_094000hehe what a sweetie. Alright well I think that is all I have for you all today, oh ya almost forgot.. Liam and Quinn side by side

7 WeeksI think they are starting to look a little more like brother and sister.. What do you think?

I hope everyone has a great day!

Cheers!

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My new “diet”

Hello friends!

I hope everyone is doing well! Things are going well over here, I wanted to check in with a non-baby related post updating you all on my current food situation. I put diet in quotes because I don’t want to call it a diet. I am really trying to change the way I eat because it has been making me feel better.

Let’s back up… About a week ago I decided I needed to change my eating habits. I was just eating whatever I wanted, whenever I wanted and I knew that needed to change. I want to get back into pre baby shape and that involves eating like I used to. I thought about kick starting my healthy eating habits by going back on South Beach, but I’ve tried starting South Beach about 100 different times and I can never stick to it. I don’t get it, I should be able to stick to it, I mean the one and only time I actually did it, I lost 30 lbs.  But for some reason, I can’t get motivated to stick to it.

So I’m trying something new, I am learning the ways of the Paleo diet. It has only been three days, but so far so good. I seem to be feeling better and in fact Quinn seems to be happier too. I am not sure if I have mentioned this in her weekly posts (prob not) but she has been very fussy after certain feedings during the day.  I cannot figure out what it is, so I am trying a diet change to see if that helps. So far so good, she seems to be happier after feedings and has less gas and spit ups.

I am still learning the Paleo diet ropes and I think it will take me a bit to get used to it, but so far I like it. Cutting out dairy has been the hardest part of the whole thing, but I think I will manage. I might slip up here and there (aka birthday cake for certain special birthdays) but for the most part I will be 99.9% Paleo.  I don’t know for how long, but I am going to do it as long as it is making me feel good and I keep seeing improvements in Quinn’s happiness.

Last night I made Stuffed Flank Steak and it was amazing!  You can find the recipe here.

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I added a little onion and more garlic than the recipe asked for but it was well worth it. We will be making this again, and I plan on playing around with the inside stuffing.

The good thing about this change.. I’ve been eating a LOT more veggies and fruit. And I think that is what I like about this; on South Beach I couldn’t eat certain veggies and absolutely no fruit. That is a killer, I love fruit so much.

I need to figure out a system of cooking once I go back to work. I think I will have to dedicate parts of my Saturday planning meals and parts of Sunday cooking them for the week. I will keep updating as I get into the swing of things. For now, I am off to do a workout and eat some more veggies!

I hope everyone has a great day!

Cheers!

6 Weeks!

Hello friends!

Princess Quinn is 6 weeks old already!

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She is such a character. She makes a lot of goofy faces all day, most of them are serious faces though.

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The most animated faces I get out of her are when she is sleeping, or well fighting sleep.

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She is so silly. I wish she would smile more when she is awake, because she has a pretty cute toothless smile going on right now :)

This week, while Erik was at home depot, I ventured out for a walk with ALL the kids, yes all, even Ella!

20150308_165941It was awesome, everyone cooperated and everyone was happy. It went so well I decided to do it a few more times, it feels so good to finally get outside in the sun! I know that Ella is loving it.

Sleep is going pretty well, I think. The past few nights have been a little rough, she goes to bed at 9:30, and sleeps till about 12 or 1, wakes up, diaper change, eat back to sleep.  That session is fine, I can fall back asleep no problem, it’s the next one that is awful. She wakes up again at 3 am, and will not fall back asleep. This happened twice, and both times after an hour I went into our room and begged Erik to try to put her back to sleep.  Needless to say we have both been pretty cranky the last few nights. I really hope that she doesn’t keep this habit up because when I go back to work…. I cannot be that tired. 20150312_130411

Tummy time is another trouble spot in our lives. The last few times I’ve tried to do tummy time have ending like this

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She didn’t even try, totally gave up and fell asleep. Oh well we will keep trying.

Alright well that is all I have for you today. Tomorrow I will share my huge diet change. I am pretty excited about it. Stay tuned!

Week 6I hope everyone has a great day!

Cheers!

 

5 weeks!

Hello friends!

Five weeks old here!

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I cannot believe how much she has grown and changed in the last five weeks!

Week 5This week was a busy and eventful one. We started giving her a 2 oz bottle ever night before bed and it has been helping her stay asleep an hour longer than before.

2015-03-02To my surprise, she is a very slow bottle drinker, which is awesome because that means less upset tummy and less spit up milk! Since the beginning of the week, she has started hating the bottle so we are taking a bit of a break before we try again. Also this week, I started putting her in her crib for naps during the day and she LOVES her bed.2015-03-03And I mean loves it up there, she sleeps so well, it will be interesting to see how well she does at night.

2015-03-03(1)I am still not ready to put her in her crib at night because well at 4 and a half weeks she got her first cold!

2015-03-04Knock on wood she seems to be handling it really well. It just seems like she is a little congested, luckily she can still breathe out of her nose so she is still eating really well. I kept her in her bassinet one night in the beginning of the week and she did not sleep well at all, so I figured well it couldn’t get worse than being up all night so I put her in her crib the following night and she slept amazingly.  I guess springing for the extra expensive mattress was worth it.

2015-03-04(2)Alright well that is all I have for this week!

I hope everyone has a great day!

Cheers!

One Month Old!

Hello friends!

Sorry this post is a day late, but baby Quinny is already a month old!

DSC_0152She is still so teeny tiny, but growing really well.  The first few weeks were really rough, between having a toddler act out because he is adjusting and living with a newborn again, things were looking grim. She slept really well during the day but when she was awake all she would do is scream.2015-02-26I have no idea why she did this, but I am very happy to say that she grew out of it.  Now we get periods of her being awake where she is making silly faces at us.

2015-03-03She even smiles a bit

DSC_0142Thank goodness because I was beginning to think that she was a very serious baby. She is eating really well and sleeping pretty regularly. This week I plan on starting naps in the crib and hoping to move her into her bed at night by the weekend if all goes well. We have been putting her to bed around 9 each night and she wakes up around 12 or 1 to eat, change, burp then goes back to sleep until around 4, change, eat, burp, repeat. I am really hoping she will find a way to sleep from 9 until 4 or 5 am by the time i go back to work.

I won’t have the luxury of being home during the day to do my workouts so I will have to do them before I go to work.  Ideally she would wake up around 430, and go back to sleep so I can do my workout before everyone else wakes up. That is the plan, we will see how that works out.

She hates the paci, just like her brother, and will only suck on it for 2.5 second before she realizes that there is no milk coming out of it and she shoots it out of her mouth like it is on fire. Oh well, now that she isn’t screaming all the time I don’t mind that she doesn’t like it.

2015-02-17Liam and Quinn had their check ups on Monday, and while it was a COMPLETE disaster to take both kids by myself, we all came out alive and we are better people for it.

In between the screaming and crying I managed to ask the doctor about her constant spitting up and he said that it was probable because I am producing a lot of milk.  He said it was because my kids are so close in age, that my body already knows what it is doing and its just going to town. He didn’t say it like that but you get the point. I’ve been trying to slow her eating down and that has seemed to help a lot. I am curious to see how she does with the bottle.

Okay well here are her One month stats!

One Month stats:

Head Circumference – 15 (75% percentile)
Weight – 8 lbs 1 oz (25% percentile)
Height – 22 inches (75% percentile)

She is my little string bean! Here’s to hoping she starts getting chunky legs soon!

Cheers!

 

 

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.

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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!

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