4 Months

Where has the time gone? Have we seriously had Adeline in our lives for a third of the year? It doesn’t seem possible!

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The weeks are definitely starting to blur together. I always thought it was funny when moms with babies didn’t know how many weeks old the baby was, but now I totally understand. You go from counting weeks of pregnancy to counting the weeks of a newborns life- but the time just passes so quickly that it just becomes easier to refer to age in months. I don’t really think of Adeline as a newborn anymore. She is interacting with her world more and more, and she is less dependent on us.

Flexibility and the Importance of Sleep

This fourth month of life definitely taught us about flexibility and sleep. I flipped through Healthy Sleep Habits, Healthy Child and the one message that I took away was:

Sleep is a NEED for a baby just like food is a NEED for a baby.

I try plan for Adeline’s feedings- I make sure I’m wearing something that I can nurse in, I try to anticipate when she’s going to eat and we find somewhere quiet to sit. HSHHC (how’s that for an acronym?) showed me the importance of preparing for Adeline’s sleep needs too. We start to lower the volume and lights (turning off the TV, getting out of crowded spaces, etc). We “set the mood” by humming and singing to her. We turn on the fan in her room. We rock and sway for a few minutes before laying her down. I try to anticipate when she will be tired (usually 1-2 hours after she wakes up), and I attempt to plan our activities around her naps.

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I think this month has just really shown me that I need to RESPECT her nap times. If I do my best to allow her the sleep that she needs, we are usually rewarded with a rested, happy baby. It kind of seems silly that we cancel plans at the last minute sometimes just because she’s fast asleep, but we’re learning that the consequences of shortening a nap usually aren’t worth getting somewhere exactly on time. I first saw the book mentioned on Healthy Tipping Point, and here is one of her many posts about “sleep training” her son.

Five Minute Rule

I didn’t take much else from reading Healthy Sleep Habits, Healthy Child. There were a few “methods” for letting baby cry, not letting baby cry etc. as he or she falls asleep. We kind of established our own routine, which would be labeled as “Controlled Comfort” in the book. If Adeline is fussy after we put her down to bed (for a nap or for bedtime), we give her 5 minutes to fuss, and then she’s usually ready to take a pacifier to pass out. Sometimes she’ll just kind of “cry” herself to sleep too. If a pacifier replacement doesn’t work, we’ll try picking her up after another 5 minutes, we try for a burp, and then lay her down again. There have been very few times where the “5 minutes” rule hasn’t worked- and those times have been when she’s WAY overtired because we missed her window for getting her to sleep. I’ve nursed her down a few times when she’s just been inconsolable, but putting her down has gotten easier.

New Things

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Movement– The girl loves to move! Sometimes she get’s this very determined look on her face before she flails her arms and legs. We lay her down in her pack ‘n play long ways and a few times, she has rotated a full 90 degrees.

Tummy Time– she doesn’t hate it anymore! She tries to pull her legs up under herself. Sometimes it appears like she’s trying to roll over, she’ll do her same frantic kicking when she’s on her belly and she’s almost gotten to her side a few times. I’m not too sad that she’s not rolling yet, I like being able to leave her in one place 🙂

Sitting– Adeline LOVES to sit up. In her Bumpo, on your lap and she even tries to sit up when she’s in her car seat or in her bouncy chair. Girl has some strong abs! I think she knows what “sit up” means. You can ask her if she wants to sit up, and she gets excited and flails in the same way each time. She likes to try to lick her toes when she’s sitting.

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Giggles– we’ve gotten a FEW giggles from her by kissing her neck near her ear! Here’s a video of the second giggle that she ever did! I try to do ridiculously funny things each day to try to get a few giggles, but so far, I think she’s just embarrassed by me.

Food– Adeline has started to watch when we’re eating. I usually eat my breakfast when she is nursing in the morning, and she is definitely watching the spoon move from the bowl to my mouth. We’ve let her slobber on a few hunks of banana- she doesn’t quite know what to do with it, but it’s pretty fun to watch her try to do something with it. I’m not planning on intentionally introducing solids as an addition to breastmilk for a while, but we’re totally cool with letting her taste things. I’ve reserved a copy of Baby Led Weaning (one method of introducing solids to babies) to flip through. My friend Ashley used BLW with her daughter Lydia, and I know Brittany at A Healthy Slice introduced her daughter Haley to solids using BLW too! Whenever we do start solids, I’ll be sure to post our thoughts on all “introduction” methods- purees, BLW, “cereals”, etc!

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Flying– Yes, our daughter can fly. But not without a little help from daddy 😉 This is a wonderful “evening activity” that helps to minimize any evening fussiness! I don’t know if she’s loving the flying so much that she forgets about being cranky, or if she’s absolutely terrified about hovering horizontally 5+ feet off of the ground! Mommy is not good at helping her fly, I’ll blame it on lack of upper body strength and having small hands.IMG_20130127_162728

Dislikes

She’s not a happy baby when she misses a naps. Adeline doesn’t always like putting clothes on. I’m still convinced she was born in the wrong season, she loves naked time! And socks- she HATES socks. She’ll wear them during the day, but as soon as it’s time for a nap or for bed- it’s just easier to take them off so she doesn’t spend 5 minutes trying to kick them off!

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I’ll update her 4 month stats next week after her pediatrician appointment!

Is there anything else I’m missing?

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4 Months

Cloth Diapering

I don’t define myself as a super “crunchy, granola or green” type of gal, but I do really like cloth diapering! I’m all for helping the environment, but I mainly wanted to try it to save a little moolah!

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Note: we don’t currently pay for our water- for whatever reason, our landlord covers it. Whenever we move out of our current rental house, I’m sure the cost of washing our diapers will certainly have an impact, but I’m pretty sure we’ll still continue using this cloth because we like it! And sorry for all of the links- cloth diapering terms are CONFUSING, and I wanted to provide links to different terms and various products. I’m not getting paid for any link clicking, they are just provided for convenience!

When we Started

I think we started using gDiapers when Adeline was 5 or 6 weeks old. She was just a squirt, weighing just 6lbs 11oz when she was born. Newborn babies have SO MANY wet/dirty diapers in those first few weeks. Like, 12 diapers a day. So we happily used our gifted newborn size diapers (from showers and FROM THE HOSPITAL- TAKE THEM HOME WITH YOU!) until we felt comfortable with diving into the world of cloth.

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Adeline at 1 month, still in disposables

gDiapers

We started with gDiapers because our good friends Ashley and David used them with their daughter Lydia. Here is Ashley’s post about cloth diapering! I really liked the gDiaper system because you really only have to wash the cloth insert unless there is an absolute blowout. The gDiapers are considered a hybrid cloth diaper (because you have the option of using a disposable insert- regular diaper meets cloth diaper. But it can also be used solely as a cloth diaper). Plus, the gDiapers have a nice, trim fit. They fit our little peanut well, and her cloth-diaper bum still fit into her 0-3 month clothing!

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If you look in the picture above, there is the colorful cloth shell (the cover), a snap-in plastic liner, and in this photo- the woman is putting in a biodegradable disposable insert. Before Adeline was born, I bought 2 gDiapers brand new and I bought 3 gently used gDiapers off of eBay (when I say gDiapers- I mean the whole thing- cover, liner and cloth). We did use some disposable inserts, but we also had 5 gCloth inserts. With just 5 cloths, we weren’t able to go 100% to cloth diapering with just the gDiaper system. We could do about a day of cloth, but then the next day would be a disposable day (when the cloths were being washed). The only downside to using the gCloths was the drying time. I usually dried them in the dryer on a SUPER low setting, but we still had to let them air dry for several hours before using them.

Purchasing more Diapers

I really liked using the gDiapers, and I wanted to commit to using cloth, so I needed to get a few more diapers and inserts. I thought about getting more gDiapers, but they are pretty expensive. They always seemed to fit her funny, and I wasn’t sure I wanted to stick with the “g” system long-term.

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I also knew that I probably wanted to invest in some diapers that would grow with Adeline (the gDiapers come in 3 sizes).

ALVA baby Diapers

I actually purchased a 6 pack of ALVA baby diapers before Adeline was born. They are EXTREMELY cheap pocket diapers from China. The ALVAbaby.com website is a pain to navigate, so I actually purchased my ALVA’s off of eBay! I’m pretty sure we got this bundle of 7 diapers and 7 microfiber inserts for under $40. Compared to the price of gDiapers ($25-$30 for TWO diapers), this was a STEAL! The ALVA baby diapers are super adjustable- you can adjust at the waist and the rise (length) of the diaper. These SHOULD last us until Adeline is potty trained!

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HOWEVER- these diapers are my “last resort” diapers. They work well, but I really don’t like tossing the entire cover and the insert into the wash. You stuff a microfiber insert INTO the fleecy pocket of the diaper.

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DO NOT leave any of the microfiber cloth hanging out- it will wick the moisture up from the diaper and all over baby’s clothing! Also, you CANNOT place the microfiber insert on TOP of the fleece- it will leak everywhere (speaking from experience!)

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I have re-used the cover before, the fleece liner helps to pull the moisture onto the microfiber cloth insert, so the fleece feels pretty dry even after a wet diaper . But again, I really don’t like tossing a whole cover+insert into the laundry. They are pretty cute though, and I do like how adjustable the leg openings are! I have a feeling that feature will be necessary for when she starts to move more.

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Flip Diapering System

I saved the best for last Smile These are our current favorite diapers! The Flip diapers are the perfect mesh between the adjustability of the ALVA diapers and the ease of use of the gDiapers. I purchased 2 new Flip covers and a 6 pack of BumGenius microfiber inserts off of Cottonbabies.com. (!!! Cottonbabies.com still has a sale going on for 2 Flip diaper covers for $20 !!!) The Flip diaper is an “All-in-Two” diaper, and it’s also considered a hybrid diaper since you can use it with disposable inserts.

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I loved our Flip diapers so much that I purchased 2 more Flip covers from the “seconds” section of Cottonbabies.com (basically on clearance because of some blemish, and they don’t sell them for full price).

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We can use our ALVAbaby inserts AND the BumGenius inserts in the Flip diapers. Flip also makes their own inserts, but we purchased the BumGenius because they were cheaper (same material- standard microfiber). As you can see above, the Flip diapers also have an adjustable rise and an adjustable waist, so the diapers should grow with us! They DO NOT have the adjustable leg openings, but the elastic fits well around Adeline’s legs (she’s got a bit of chunk, so it may not work as well for skinny-legged babes).

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The only important step in using the Flip diapers is to make sure your cloth insert is tucked under the flaps of the cover, otherwise the moisture will wick out of the diaper and on to baby!

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I like that the Flip diapers could be used with a number of inserts. The BumGenius inserts have a snap for adjusting the length (which makes them pretty bulky, but they still work fine), and they should be able to grow with us. But, if you wanted to use another type of insert it wouldn’t be difficult to just lay them in the Flip cover.

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Microfiber Inserts

There are *some* websites that say to NEVER place the microfiber insert up against the baby’s skin, but Adeline has never had an issue with diaper rash or excessive stinky-ness of the diaper. HOWEVER- the microfiber inserts do feel wet at each diaper change. I’m cutting up some fleece that I purchased at Michael’s to make some fleece liners to lay on top of the microfiber inserts. That way, her bum will feel dry!

Recap

Whew! That was a TON of information, so here is where we are at now (after we moved on from the gDiapers):

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  • We have 13 microfiber inserts (7 ALVA and 6 BumGenius)- that means that I do a FULL load of cloths every other day (the microfiber inserts dry quickly).
  • We have 4 Flip covers and 7 ALVA pocket diapers (but we rarely use the ALVA’s).
  • We still use disposable diapers at night, mainly because we still have them from baby showers. I think I’ll start using the ALVA diapers at night. I’ll be sure to post if we make that transition
  • I’m happy with our “stash”, although I am cutting up fleece to make liners so that Adeline’s bum stays dry. I wouldn’t mind a few more microfiber inserts (or other materials) so that we could do diaper laundry less frequently.

Washing

As far as washing goes, after a diaper change, I put the dirty cloths into a grocery bag hanging in Adeline’s room. (Poopy cloths/covers get put in their own grocery bag and get tied up so they don’t stink up the house). Regular garbage (wipes, disposables from the night) go into one bag, cloth stuff goes into the other). I use a grocery bag for dirty cloths when we’re out of the house too.

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I throw all “cloth diaper” laundry into the wash and do the following:

  • Cold Rinse so stains don’t set
  • Warm or Hot Wash with a tiny bit of unscented detergent
  • Cold Rinse to remove extra detergent
  • Tumble dry on low heat for the cloth inserts, air dry for the covers.

There are a ton of different washing instructions, but this method works well for us!

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Any questions about anything?!

Happy Diapering!

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3 Months Postpartum

I’m continuously amazed at the human body. God designed our bodies for carrying, birthing and nourishing a child. How weird is it that 3 months ago, there was a tiny human inside of me?!

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I feel good. I’ve fully healed “down there” (no more stitches!), and my 6 week postpartum checkup (FOREVER AGO) was A-OK! Since my 6 week checkup, I’ve started Pelvic Floor Physical Therapy. My doc referred me to The Center for Pelvic Floor and Core Rehabilitation here in Cincinnati. I’ve only been a handful of times (scheduling is proving to be difficult), but I’m really glad that I decided to go. I put a sample of my exercises at the bottom of this post (skip it if you don’t want to read about female anatomy)

Exercise

Anyways, my pelvic floor is getting stronger, which is exciting because I’m starting Tina’s Best Body Bootcamp next week! I still have to be mindful of jumping exercises, but I’m excited to have a routine to follow! We’ve still been taking walks, though not as much since it got COLD outside. I’m making it a point to actually USE my gym membership now that it’s chilly.

Weight and Body

Here are a few comparison pictures (I’m also using the 3 month photos as my “beginning” place for Bootcamp“):

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And here are the differences in measurements:

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I’m definitely not complaining about any of those stats. Like I mentioned in Adeline’s 3 month post, she’s getting heavier (yippee!) but I need to build up some serious shoulder strength if I’m going to do lots of baby shoulder presses during playtime! Even though my stomach is flat, I still have trouble with core exercises such as side planks. I’m working on challenging the muscles, but I’m still being cautious enough to stop if something doesn’t feel right.

Thoughts and Emotions

I wrote about my feelings of losing my “old self” in my birthday post. I also wrote about our struggle with Adeline’s 12 week growth spurt. Aside from feeling stressed when I’m pulled in too many directions, I am feeling good. If you are expecting, or if you are a new mom, FIND MOM FRIENDS! Even if you are just a part of a forum on a baby website- it helps to have shared experiences with other women. It’s pretty fun to “talk” to some of my internet mom friends in the middle of the night via Twitter. It juts makes you feel good knowing that there are other women in the same boat as you Smile

Okay, so that’s the end of the post- if you want to read about specific pelvic floor exercises, read on…

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3 Months Postpartum

2 Months

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Two Month Stats: 
Adeline goes to the doctor in a few days for her two month checkup (with shots, boo) and I’ll update this post with how much she has grown! She’s filling out more (check out the difference in the newborn vs. 1 month vs. 2 month photos!!!), and she lays around with her limbs stretched out instead of being all smushed into a ball.

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All of her newborn clothes are packed up. ALL OF THEM. I cannot believe how fast she outgrew (in length) all of her tiny little outfits! We’re in 0-3month and 3 month clothes now, although some are still pretty big on her. I’m actually pretty glad that we’ve moved on to bigger sizes because she has a lot more “cold weather” clothing in the bigger sizes! We’re also getting into the swing of cloth diapering, but I plan to do another post on that sometime in the near future!

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Likes

Her changing pad (still!), eating, music (she kicks like crazy when one of her songs plays on her Pooh Bear bouncy seat). 

Watching mom and dad in the kitchen in her Pooh Bear bouncy seat.

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Stroller rides (we take Silas on a walk almost every day!)

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She loves baths, she loves being held while she falls asleep (I think all of the snuggles over our Thanksgiving visits spoiled her…) and she loves hearing mommy and daddy talk to her!

Dislikes

Napping, having a stuffy nose (baby girl got her first cold, sniff). She’s not a big fan of tummy time, although her head control is pretty good when she’s up on your shoulder! Here is what happens when you attempt to take a picture with a fussy baby: rapper baby-

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Struggles for Mom and Dad

Setting a “Schedule”

This second month has been kind of all over the place. We had the 5 week growth spurt that threw off our rhythm, and then we got back into a groove before Thanksgiving. I think we’re beginning to understand her needs a little bit better, and we are slowly learning how to adjust our schedules and expectations to do what will benefit Adeline the most.

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We were able to visit with some friends over our Thanksgiving break, but we made sure to leave early enough so that we could keep Adeline’s bedtime routine pretty normal (she was hanging out with her Grammy and Woody!) We still take her everywhere with us, but we just adjust our leaving time so that it coincides with nap time a little bit better!

The Elusive Nap

We’re still struggling with naptime a bit. We have pretty successfully gotten into the “BabyWise” plan (eat, play, sleep) with ~3 hours between feedings in the daytime. However, most of Adeline’s naps have been taken in the car (when I have an errand to run or when we’re going to visit friends) or in the stroller. She has no problem falling asleep in someone’s arms (or in the Baby Bjorn), but sometimes this momma just wants her hands free for a while! There have been numerous days where napping just doesn’t happen, and I don’t want to drive the baby around the block just to get her to snooze. Any tips for successful napping at home? 

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Adeline has definitely gotten over-tired on some days where napping just doesn’t happen (or when the naps are super short), and that makes bedtime a bit difficult. The girl can fight sleep for a long time! I know we’ll get the hang of napping sooner or later, but I just want to make sure she’s getting the sleep that she needs!

Final Thoughts

It is SO COOL to see Adeline become more interactive with her world. The gummy smiles we get in the morning and beginnings of coos make those few “rough” days TOTALLY worth it. I love talking to her and watching her face light up, and Daniel really likes watching her “ride her bike” when she hears music that she likes. We like showing her the “baby in the mirror” and think that it’s absolutely adorable when she smiles at herself. 

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We are pretty excited to share this Christmas season with Adeline. The lights on the tree are shining just a bit brighter, and the holiday songs on the radio sound so much sweeter. I think having Adeline around has already made this holiday season more special than the ones before!

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2 Months

Random “New Mom” Things

This is a list of things that I wish I had known before having a baby. Some bullets are tips that I got from other moms, and other things are just

  • Night Sweats. They have gotten less intense (I’m not soaking through 2 shirts each night), but they still leave the bed cold and damp for my return from a nighttime nursing session. Ick. I slept with a sleeping bag as my blanket for the first 3 or 4 weeks because it was easier to wash.
  • Tank Tops. I live in tank tops. Upon recommendation from my dear friend Ashley, tank tops have become a STAPLE in my nursing-friendly wardrobe. You can pull up your shirt and pull down the tank- your belly stays covered and the babe has access to food. Win-win. I have about 5 tanks (these tanks from Target and something like this from Old Navy), and none of them cost over $5. They really make any shirt into a shirt that you can nurse in!  (However, wearing a tank top with just a sweatshirt over top is NOT an easy outfit to nurse in)
  • Sometimes I wish that I didn’t have side bangs. I now spend a lot of time looking down at the baby, and my bangs end up in front of my face (when they should be pushed to the side). I’m always pinning them back so that they don’t get in the way
  • A Smartphone. Daniel and I lived in the cell phone stone age before Adeline came. And then BAM- we had a cute and adorable little person that we wanted to share with the world. We upgraded our T-Mobile plan (for just $20 bucks more per month than our previous no-data plan) and purchased smart phones online (half-price of what we would have paid in-store). Now I have the world at my fingertips. But seriously, it has been great to have a camera at all times, and I love some of the apps.
  • Favorite Apps: I LOVED BabyESP for “tracking” feedings/sleep times, etc., BUT the full version isn’t available in the USA. Weird. So now I use the (free) Baby Care app. I’m trying to see a pattern in her naptimes, and it’s great to have a visual of her blocks of eating/sleeping times.
  • Good smelling shower gel. Showers are little breaks when you feel like you’re in heaven. Get a good smelling bath soap or shower gel and enjoy your time to relax!

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One thing I haven’t really used (that I thought I would use all of the time):

  • Moby Wrap. It was really hard for me to put a floppy newborn into the wrap. I’m going to try it out again in a few weeks (and with a different way of wrapping), but I only tried it twice and didn’t care for it.

Things I thought I wouldn’t use but use frequently:

  • Baby Monitor. I didn’t register for one, but we purchased a $7 monitor the day that we moved Adeline to her nursery (6 weeks old)
  • Pacifier. I was kind of anti-paci before baby got here- but she really does love sucking on things, and since I don’t want to be a human pacifier, her WubbaNub has been great. She also hasn’t quite figured out how to keep her hand/thumb in her mouth, so a paci helps to calm her down when she’s frustrated

There you go- my list of things that I wish I had known before baby arrived!

Random “New Mom” Things

Getting into a Rhythm

Adeline’s fifth week of life was a doozy- I’m pretty sure she went through some sort of growth spurt. Monday through Friday she took maybe one actual nap per day with a few (unpredictable) cat naps. She was also eating a LOT. Any sense of a “schedule” went out the window. Week 5 was a rough one for me- Adeline and I spent some time crying on the couch together because nothing I could do or say would console her (I suppose growing is hard work!) Daniel was as supportive as ever, and we made it through that difficult week.

Then, a switch flipped and she was back to her happy, napping self- just in time for our visit to Lexington last weekend! We are so happy that Adeline got to meet so many of our friends, family and former co-workers. It’s pretty special for us to share her with the world! We also got our first official family photos taken by our friend Melissa who started her own business, Melissa Rossine Photography. Check out this ADORABLE sneak-peek she posted last night:

SO. EXCITED.

Back to Adeline’s 6th week of life. We have started to get into a bit of a routine- we’re following the BabyWise “schedule” loosely, and it seems to be working great for us and for her. Adeline has been FOCUSED on getting her right thumb into her mouth this week. I hope I can snag a video of her struggle to coordinate the hand to mouth movement before she figures it out! It’s pretty hilarious how much effort goes in to getting that hand to her mouth! I didn’t capture the thumb struggle in this video, but she does give a few smiles to the camera:

I forgot to update her 1 month update post– she weighed 9lbs 1oz and was 21 inches long (38% for both weight and height)! She’s getting big, and I swear she gets heavier each morning that I pick her up! (I think I see 3 chins in the picture below…)
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Adeline is also sleeping in her NURSERY! We kept the Pack ‘n Play in our room for the first few weeks because it was easier to tend to her needs, but now that we have a baby monitor ($7 from TJMaxx), she has been sleeping (successfully) in her own room!

I know blankets aren’t recommended in the crib, but they’re lightweight, Adeline hates swaddling and it’s cold. I don’t want the baby police to arrest me for trying to keep the baby warm.

Our church, Missio Dei Cincinnati, released their very first Christmas album- Advent: Let Men Their Songs Employ. It is awesome, and you can download it (FOR FREE) here. Adeline smiled when we played one of the songs this morning, so I’m convinced that she is going to love Christmas as much as I do!

We’re really glad that we’re settling into a bit of a rhythm. I know it will change and shift over the coming days and weeks, but it makes us feel like more confident parents when we can better identify and meet our baby’s needs. Coming up on Wednesday- things that I wish someone had told me before I became a mother!

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving Week!

Getting into a Rhythm

One Month Postpartum

If you missed it, here is Adeline’s one month update!
During my pregnancy, I loved reading various bloggers’ post-partum updates. I figured I would chronicle my own journey post-partum! I don’t know how many installments I’ll do in this “series”, probably a 1 month, 3 month, 6 month and 12 month update!

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Breastfeeding
Babies eat, sleep and poop. Sounds simple, right? We chose to breastfeed for multiple reasons: cost, nutrition and accessibility. Our first month of breastfeeding has gone REALLY well. My milk came in fast (within 24hrs of delivery), and Adeline started eating like a pro. The first 2 weeks, I did have some pain (when a part of your body goes from NEVER being “used” to being used 10+ times per day, you should probably expect some discomfort), but as Adeline and I learned to work together, the pain lessened and feeding her became MUCH easier. IMAG0072Our nursing sessions are currently 10-15 minutes long. She usually eats from one side per feeding (recommendation for fast-letdown/oversupply issues that were contributing to her green poops). Seeing little leg rolls forming makes me very proud that my body is able to provide her with great nutrition! Leaking (especially at night) has been an issue, but I loved the Tommee Tippee Nursing Pads (shower gift from Target), and I restocked with some NUK Washable Nursing Pads (also at Target) which are working REALLY well at night!

Weight and Body
I know everyone has a different experience with post-pregnancy weight loss, but I left the hospital at my pre-pregnancy weight (however at my 40 week appointment, I had only gained 11lbs, 16lbs if you include the weight I lost in pregnancy). One month later, I’m actually under my pre-pregnancy weight. I am not super happy about that because I I have to be pretty diligent about eating enough to support breastfeeding my sweet baby for as long as possible without completely depleting my body of precious nutrients!

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Although my clothes fit (I still wore some of my “normal” clothes at the end of pregnancy), my body is still recovering. I had a tear, and my stitches are still healing. I can feel that my pelvic floor is weak. And although my tummy is flat, I have lost a lot of abdominal strength. I just feel “thin” and I’m really looking forward to putting some more muscle back on when I’m cleared to work out. I’m eating more than I did during pregnancy, and it’s quite the chore sometimes (especially when caring for a babe!)
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I will admit, I love the way my body looks right now. I’m pretty shocked that my recovery and return to “normal” has been so quick, and I’m definitely not complaining! I really do think that staying active throughout my pregnancy helped me to have a fast recovery.

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1 Day vs. 3 Days

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1 Week

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1 Month Post Partum

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I took some measurements when I was 40 weeks pregnant, and here are the differences one month later.

Body Part Difference 1 Month Post Partum
Belly -8.5 inches
Hips +1.5 inches
Butt 0
Thigh -0.5 inches
Bicep +0.25 inches
Ribs -3.5 inches
Chest -0.5 inches
Weight -18.6 lbs

Exercise
The most I’ve done “exercise” wise is walking and some light abdominal strengthening (and some pelvic floor strengthening exercises). I made a trip to the gym last week to start doing some lower back exercises (and to walk on the treadmill since it was FREEZING and I just needed to get out of the house for a little bit). For the next little while, I’m planning on walking and easing myself back into some strength training.

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I’m hoping that Daniel and I can work out a schedule where I can go to the gym a couple times per week while he gets some snuggle time with Adeline. Eventually, I hope to make a return to running and racing, and I may try to do Jamie Eason’s LiveFit Trainer again OR I may sign up for Tina Reale’s Best Body Bootcamp (round 3 is starting up in January). Even though I was active during pregnancy, I definitely lost a lot of muscle, and I’m looking forward to getting back to a stronger shape once my body is ready! And I’m definitely ready to get back into running when my body is good and ready!

Emotions and Thoughts
Being a mom is definitely challenging. Trying to balance being both a mom and a wife and me, myself and I? Pretty darn tough. I’ve had my moments of feeling really discouraged (can I do this?) and I’ve had a few moments of pure doubt (do I WANT to do this?). In the end, after prayers and words of wisdom from Daniel and from others, this first month has stretched me a lot as a person and I know that God has given us this special child to love for the rest of our lives. In the end, my doubts and fears come directly from my lack of faith in God giving me the strength that I need. To me, those thoughts are clearly the Devil trying to destroy my efforts. 

I’ve also found myself being caught in the trap of trying to be “supermom”. I feel like I HAVE to keep the house clean, that I HAVE to cook dinner, that I HAVE to shower all while taking good care of Adeline. This pressure to be “perfect” totally comes from me (meaning that I definitely don’t feel pressure from Daniel or anyone else to reach those high standards). I’m trying to relax- so what if there is dog hair floating everywhere (#1 pet peeve right now…)? SO WHAT if there are dishes in the sink (Daniel is fully capable of putting the into the dishwasher, they’ll get clean eventually and I don’t have to to EVERYTHING)? Who cares if I haven’t showered (someone might care when you have sour spit-up all over you…)?

Instead of focusing on all of the things that need to be done, this first month has taught me to ask for help, and to accept help. I have learned that napping with my baby is so much sweeter than sweeping the floor. I have learned that a few precious minutes with my husband is better than putting on makeup. I’m excited to see what the coming months have in store!

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One Month Postpartum