4 Month Update

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This month has been pretty good, we battled her first mini-cold brought home from Cayden which I’m pretty sure he got at school. She wasn’t too miserable, just a runny nose and was good after a day or so. Cayden’s lingered a bit longer but overall it wasn’t too bad, and thankfully I didn’t really catch it.

The weather has slowly been getting warmer which has allowed us to venture outside a bit more. Anything above a negative 18 is good for me.

This last week we ordered and got our double BOB stroller with the intent of jogging with both. And by jogging, I mean Daddy. That thing is a beast to push and quite so with two kids in tow. But both love being in the stroller and she is bundled up in her carseat which then attaches to the BOB.

She is all over the place with sleep. Some nights she’ll wake up once around 3am to nurse and then falls back asleep. I was about to sing her praises until the next few nights she woke up every 2 hours to snack, cuddle and then fall back asleep. Which now she is loving the co-sleeper (whereas Cayden screamed bloody murder if he was set inside it) next to me at night. I set her SnuggleMe pillow inside the co-sleeper and it created a nice little nest for her to snooze in. Last night I ditched the SnuggleMe and let her sleep on the co-sleeper and she did pretty good, except she is so wiggly that she broke out of the swaddle twice during the night.

Day time naps have been pretty good, and she is usually sleeping while Cayden is up and once Cayden goes down for his nap, she is up. The sweet vicious cycle of naps that is keeping me trapped in this house. We did manage to go out for a walk yesterday and hit up a few parks along the way.

 

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Oh this girl.

Her official non-official weight was about 12lbs at our last Milk Club visit. This great studio in Boulder hosts a weekly Milk Club (breastfeeding and formula) were you can bring baby to hang out, chat with other moms and of course weigh your baby. We have her official check up later this week so I’m excited to see how much she weighs.

She has also found her voice this week. We went out on Valentine’s day for lunch and she chatted and squeaked the entire time. Then promptly crashed as we walked out of the restaurant and snoozed the entire way home.

 

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She giggles and is overall a pretty happy baby. She is so close on rolling over and it’s just been pissing her off in the evenings when she is doing floor/tummy time.

Cayden adores her and constantly asks where she is when she is not in sight. And slowly he has learned how to talk quietly and softly when she is sleeping but we are still working on that.

 

 

A complete meltdown, and there was also a Super Bowl Game

Last weekend was the Super Bowl, but apparently only Seattle Seahawks showed up to the game because the Broncos were murdered. But that’s beside the point and I’m not a big football fan anyway.

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Sunday morning was spent in the kitchen prepping and making a big batch of potato skins to take along to the party. Great idea in theory and it seemed so simple watching the Pioneer Women make them, but it took quite a bit of work but in the end they were delicious and disappeared quickly. By 3pm, we were making it out the door and into the car to head over to our friend’s super bowl party. I had showered, and I quickly nursed Lexie before plopping her in the carseat and loading up the other kid.

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At the party, Lexie was great and so chill. She hung out with Daddy while we chatted, ate and sampled the liquid refreshments.

After about 2 hours, I took Lexie aside, snuck into a quieter room in the house and prepared to nurse her. Now this girl loves to nurse, and from day 1 she has been a great nurser. Until today. She flat out refused. All the while screaming her poor head off. So we rocked and walked around until she calmed down, and tried again. Nope. Screams ensued. So we left the room and went back to the party. Daddy tried to calm her down and she was just so worked up. Finally after a bit she calmed down and fell asleep for about an hour without ever eating. By the time she woke up, I figured she must be ready to eat and would be starving. Tried again. Nope.

By now the game was pretty much done, we were in the 3rd quarter and the Seahawks were surely going to win. After another failed attempt to nurse her, we decided it was time to call it and head home. Perhaps she just wasn’t feeling it and plus it was way past the other kid’s bedtime. The one who kept sneaking cookies off the dessert tray in the kitchen and giggling with glee as he ran away.

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Lexie slept on the way home, Cayden stayed awake – maybe it was all the cookies? Once we got home, it was divide and conquer. Daddy took Cayden up for a quick bath and got him ready for bed, while I attempted to feed my sweet almost 4 month old baby who has not eaten since 3pm. It was now 9pm. She refused. I frantically googled  “4 month old refusing the breast” and read everything from being sick to breastfeeding strikes, to dehydration in little babies, and how to offer formula. In-between trying to calm her down and “researching” I had to stop and pump. Because she hasn’t eaten in 6 hours! I offered her some in a bottle. She didn’t take it. Finally around 11pm, and after hours of crying, she passed out. I set her down in the swing, fully expecting her to wake up in a few hours, but instead she slept through the night. She didn’t make a peep until the next morning around 7am. I, on the other hand, woke up several times during the night to either pump and to check to make sure she was still breathing and had a pulse.

By morning, she woke up happy and was ready to nurse. All was well in the world. She played it cool, and acted like nothing even happened.

Just to recap, last Sunday she went 16 hours without eating yet managed to sleep through the night for the first time. My mind is blown.

To all the moms out there dealing with colicky babies, my heart goes out to you. By no means is Lexie colicky, as this was just a wonky day, but I was completely shaken by how much crying she did. And that nothing I could offer her would calm her down most especially the breast as that is my go-to method to soothe her. 

Life Lately – 8 Week Update

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Let’s begin by saying that time has flown by. And it is beyond crazy to be watching her grow right before my eyes.

At 6 weeks, Dustin went back to work and I am home with both kids Monday – Wednesday. The first week being solo with both wasn’t too bad, we have a regular playdate on Tuesday mornings so that was a nice break to our daily routine plus it forced me to shower and put on real clothes for the day which did wonders on my productivity. The hardest part with two is the morning routine and getting in some kind of physical activity in with Cayden so he is worn out enough to take a good nap in the afternoon. Alexis will generally take her morning nap from 9am-noon which gives me enough time to make breakfast, eat, clean up and prep lunch before she wakes up. Then while Cayden is napping, we will nurse and snuggle downstairs.

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The weather here in Colorado has been a bit crappy and chilly these last few weeks so we stayed indoors a lot. Which meant endless rounds of board games, shows and playing his rock band instruments. The three of us have ventured out a handful of times – once to a mall play area and then lunch at Panera, and to friend’s house for a playdate. So if things went south at least I was with other mom friends which proved to be necessary when Alexis was melting down at Panera and Cayden refused to leave. I loaded one up in the car and then went back to get the other. Motherhood at it’s finest.

At 9 weeks – Alexis had her 2 month check up and shots. Poor girl turned bright red after the first shot and cried so loudly. But she was a champ afterwards and was snoozy the rest of the day.

Weight: 10lbs 10oz – 50th percentile

Height: 23″ – 90th percentile

Head: 15″ 85th percentile

However by that night, she spiked a mild fever and was just out of sorts. Poor girl wasn’t comfortable and fussed and cat napped the entire night in 1hr increments. But thankfully she was feeling much better by the weekend and was back to her old self.

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Right around 8.5 weeks, she started smiling and cooing at us. She absolutely adores Cayden and gives him the biggest smiles whenever he is running around. She loves staring at lights and especially the lamps behind the couch but her favorite by far has been the Christmas tree.

Sleep in general has been okay, if we disregard the couple bad nights due to the shots, she generally sleeps from 10pm – 3am nurses and then 3am – 7am. Most of the time there’s also another nursing session at 5am. She starts out in the rock ‘n play for the first stretch and then it’s either next to me or on my chest for the rest of the night. Thankfully she falls asleep quickly after nursing. And around 8 weeks she has stopped pooping at night.

Slowly we are getting into a good routine and rhythm during the week. I feel like Alexis has finally got her days and nights sorted out so we are getting better stretches of sleep at night. I think her nights of partying from 1am-3am are over, thankfully!

 

Happy One Month

This month has gone by unbelievably fast.

This sweet little girl that was placed on my belly after an intense and fast labor & delivery has now been with us for a month. As cliche as it sounds, it feels like she has always been a part of our family while at the same time it feels like I just brought her home yesterday.

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It is also true that a momma’s heart just expands and grows to accommodate this new bundle of life but still retaining all the love for their first born. BabyBird (which he will need a new name now, but more to come on that later) has embraced the role of being a big brother and just absolutely adores his baby sister. He runs up and kisses her and always keeps tabs on where she is and what she is doing. He loves to assist in diaper changes and is beyond tickled to have a buddy next to him in the car.

She is a champion nurser and has put on over 2.5lbs since her birth weight in just 4 weeks. Go boobs! I struggled so much with supply, latch and just overall breastfeeding with BabyBird the first time around that I am just so relieved that it is going so much better this time around. Partly because I am more relaxed this time and I trust my body more and having the faith that my boobs will remember how to do this again. The first night at the hospital was rough as we went through an all nighter cluster feed but then my milk came in on day 2 and we’ve been rocking the breastfeeding since. I’ve only pumped a few times and managed to store just two bags of frozen milk so far in the freezer for extra insurance and if I ever leave the house solo again. But all in all, it’s been going 10x better this time.

Sleep. Oh sweet sleep. I don’t know if it’s mother nature’s amnesia or I have adapted better this time around, but I don’t feel as exhausted so far. We get a good 3 hour and sometimes a 4 hour stretch at night in-between feedings and in the first few weeks she would fall asleep pretty quickly afterwards. Halfway through week 3 and week 4, it’s taken a bit more rocking to help her fall back asleep but I’m not complaining. We are co-sleeping and she is right next to me all night and is the best part of the night. Now despite the frequent wakes, nothing beats snuggling up with a newborn all night. I am able to nurse right in bed and Daddy gets up and does the night time diaper changes so it’s been a team effort.

Weight: 8lbs 6oz – 40th percentile

Height: 21 5/8″ – 75th percentile

Clothes: Newborn, some 0-3

Diaper: Newborn

She is beautiful and we are beyond blessed and so in love to be adding her to our family.

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