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!

9 Weeks!

Hello friends!

I promise I am working on her 2 month post, but for now our little princess is 9 weeks old!

10435067_10103360216560933_2073564711895983904_nI cannot believe she is already 9 weeks old. I go back to work this week, and I can hoping the transition isn’t too difficult.20150331_145104

Daytime sleep has been going well, I’ve noticed she sleeps better in the mornings; I think that has a lot to do with how much milk she is getting per feeding. I assume she takes in about 5-6 oz in her first “morning” feeding. I will know more once I go back to work and start pumping.  I hope to find out how much milk I am producing throughout the day.

11102998_10103349684836593_3831695456940381290_nShe has sort of developed her own napping schedule and has been sticking to the 1.5 hour magic number awake time.  The afternoons (after 2pm) are the worst times for naps.  I wonder if it is a milk issue.  I think I will start drinking my mother’s milk tea in the afternoons to see if that helps boost my afternoon milk production.11050853_10103360326690233_8993228252106261783_nAs you can see she wore her first dresses this week and was quite happy about it. Actually the first green dress… every time I put it on her, she has a blowout so I have to take it off. I’m going to have to start waiting until after she poops to put nice clothes on her for the day. Her awake times are becoming more fun. She reacts to our faces and voices, making it feel less of a one sided conversation.20150330_121419

This week she had her 2 month check up, and it went well, for the most part. Just like Liam, her 2 month shots were awful. I even made it a point to rub her legs for a long time, but it didn’t matter. She was hurting really badly and screamed for most of afternoon ever time she moved her legs. She finally calmed down around 9pm and passed out until around 3am. Poor baby. I have no idea what I could have done differently.

Sigh. Well that is all I have for you all today, OH other than Liam and Quinn’s weekly comparison picture…11050710_10103360214774513_6661602066313909141_nI think they are starting to look more like brother and sister :) Don’t you?

I love my little goofballs!

I hope everyone has a great day!

Cheers!

Honest Diapers and Wipes review

Hello friends!

I know I owe you all a TON of blog posts, I have a few in mind and now that I am going back to work and will have to pump 100 times a day, I will have time to put together some posts and type them up when I get home at night. Today I wanted to write a little review on Honest Diapers. This is NOT a paid review and the company has not reached out to me to do this review. I am doing this simply because I can and I want to. ha

I got a sweet diaper cake from my coworkers at my baby shower at work from the Honest company’s website and I was so stoked to check them out. The designs on the diapers are so so so cute, but really that is where the appeal ends for me. The diapers were size 1 diapers so I waited a few weeks before we used them. No biggie.

Once I opened the diapers to use them, I hated them. Unlike the Pampers Swaddlers these diapers were really rough and stiff. Personally for a newborn I want a diaper that is soft and “pillow like”. I will give it to the company the diapers are thick, but they are just too stiff for me to put on my new baby. Speaking of thick, you would expect them to be able to absorb a lot since they are a thicker diaper, but that was not the case.

We were at my mom’s house and I had one last diaper in the diaper bag, so we used it. We got home about 30-40 minutes after I had changed her diaper and she was soaking wet. I’m not even sure why because when we took the diaper off it wasn’t even that wet.

I was so disappointed with these diapers, which is a shame because I really love the Honest Company’s bath products so I had high hopes for these diapers. I also found that the wipes were a little too rough for a newborn baby’s delicate skin.  They smelled really nice and I would probably use them for Liam, but for a newborn, too rough.

So all in all, I was a little disappointed with these diapers and wipes. I think I will stick to my pampers swaddlers for Quinn and my target diapers for Liam!

Anyone else use Honest Diapers and have an opinion they would like to share?

I hope everyone has a great day!

Cheers!

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!

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