12 month Baby Post

masks-833421_1280My Mental Health:

We finally made it to a year. It is so weird it feels like just yesterday I was pregnant and carrying him in my belly. Sometimes I really wish I could have him back there. My husband and I both still can’t believe we are parents. And looking back it is also hard to believe how we ever functioned without Wesley. I love being a mother, and the many twists and turns that come with the experience though daunting at times is more exhilarating than I could ever imagine. This past year has been confusing, frustrating, and extraordinarily eye opening.

baby-923963_1920How Baby is Doing:

He finally mastered the sippy cup. We have been trying to get him to drink from a sippy cup for months, and he finally figured it out. He still isn’t walking, but he’s definitely learning how to climb. I was doing dishes the other day when he climbed on top of the dishwasher drawer. He’s really hitting his mile stones. My husband and I are so proud of our son. He loves music, and to bang on everything. He’s a little dancing machine. For his first birthday he received bongos, and blocks. For his birthday we took him to the park and played on the playground. We also gave him a key lime cake, which he of course smashed into smithereens.

baby-21167_1280Life as a Breastfeeding Mama:

So I managed to go 48 hours without breastfeeding, before my son demanded the milk. I was also so full I was afraid I might explode or end up with mastitis again. In the end I caved and I let him have the boob. I’ve decided to let him have the boob until I can get with my OB to discuss the best way of drying myself out. He doesn’t really need the last evening feeding these days. I think he only does it for comfort and because he can smell the milk. He is such a good little eater and has been from day one. However, I’m ready to have my body back, and his two little bottom teeth are not fun.

circle-304524_1280Tips and Tricks:

Pokemon Go is an excellent way to help you get out of the house. There are other apps out there as well that will pay you for getting out and moving. My husband is a major Pokemon fan and we have been looking for something that him and I can do for fun together. We have been enjoying going on walks around the apartment and at the local parks in and around Austin. Our son Wesley has really been enjoying it too. He is sleeping so much better as a result.

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11 Month Baby Post

masks-833421_1280My Mental Health:

I’ve really settled into my new role as a working mom. I had an interview for a promotion this month and I’m happy to say it went pretty well. My husband has also been preparing to return to school in the fall. We’ve created a four year plan for our future. I’m going to work for this company for another two years, while he completes two years of community college. We are then going to move to Houston to be near family and for him to complete his last two years. We are thinking during that time is when we will have our next baby. When Daniel graduates and begins his new career at that point we will be able to afford to move into a house just in time for having two babies in the house. I’m still constantly filled with stressed, but it is no longer sitting on my shoulders frustrated me at every turn or cry of the baby. I feel as if I’m finally making it over the long hump that has been postpartum.

boy-967141_1920How Baby is Doing:

Wesley has two bottom teeth now and though he doesn’t walk yet, he is trying to stand on his own and can stand for a few seconds without holding onto anything. His verbal skills are improving daily and I couldn’t be a prouder or happier mom. This past month like every month has been filled with exciting and new experiences. The baby has really fallen in love with cheerios and the amount of solid foods he eats has gotten to be astronomical. In addition as of June 13th I am an auntie. My son will be exactly eleven months apart from his cousin. I’m so excited to meet the new little addition to the family this weekend.

baby-21167_1280Life as a Breastfeeding Mom:

My son is really eating up the solid food, and has stopped breastfeeding nearly as often. I’m no longer pumping at work, and in just one month the baby  will no longer need  breastmilk. I’m hoping to have him fully weened by 15 months, but from the looks of things he is doing a pretty good job of self weening on his own.

circle-304524_1280Tips and Tricks:

Always pack a change of clothes for yourself when you are out and about. A mommy friend of mine recommended this to me, because you never know when your child might decide to throw up on your head.

 

10 Month Baby Post

masks-833421_1280My Mental Health:

Another month of motherhood has come and gone. My son is growing up so quickly. This past month I found myself often exhausted and frustrated with how little time I was getting to spend with my baby. As I become more and more acquainted with the demands of my new job I find myself having less and less time not only to spend with my baby, but also to spend on my writing. I find myself constantly missing my writing time. In addition, I constantly feel guilty about having to leave my son in the mornings. However, I will say once I delve into my workload for the day I soon forget how much I miss my baby and I am able to transition and stop feeling guilty as I am more focused on the work task than any issues I might have going on at home. Of course once the end of shift hits and I think about returning home, the first thing that runs through my mind is holding my baby tight. It is a wonderful feeling to come home and be able to love him. It makes me sad on the rare occasion when he is napping during my return home, because I know my time with him will be cut short for the evening. However, I am handling it pretty well over all and I am actually enjoying being back at work.

boy-967141_1920How Baby is Doing:

My son Wesley is growing up so fast. He is such a big baby, bigger than most 18 month and 2 year old babies we have come across in our area. He is not fat, he is just big with lots of obvious muscle. He isn’t walking yet, but he is getting closer by the day. He can walk while holding onto the wall, and furniture or mommy and/or daddy’s hands. He is attempting to stand up on his own, so far all he can manage is to stick his butt in the air with his hands and feet on the floor. I’m sure he will be standing on his own very soon. I know as soon as he masters the standing position he will be walking soon after that. His first two teeth are just now starting to show through, and he has been crying a lot as a result. We’ve tried just about everything the best products we have found have been a natural mouth wash I originally bought for myself that has clove oil in it. We put a half a cap full on a rag corner and let him chew on it. Carrots and pickles have also helped. Most recently we purchased an amber necklace it is just short enough that it doesn’t tighten up and choke him, and just long enough so that it can’t choke him naturally. Since putting the necklace on him he cries a good deal less, but it hasn’t completely ended the crying.

baby-21167_1280Life as a Breastfeeding Mama:

Pumping at work is going well, with the baby taking in more solids he no longer needs as much breastmilk as he used to. Currently he is eating once in the morning and once or sometimes twice in the evening. I pump during lunch everyday. Sometimes he takes a bottle during the day while I am gone, and sometimes my husband uses the milk to make the baby some baby cereal. When I am home on my days off, he will eat about 4 times a day. The teething has posed a slight problem since his teeth began poking through a few weeks ago he has bit me twice. The last time he bit me, he bit really hard and my boob was hurting for at least a few hours. When he bit I immediately removed him from the boob told him no and placed him in his playpen for about 15 minutes (partially because I had things to do). He hasn’t bitten since then, but it has only been about a week since that incident took place. I’m hoping he learned from the experience and won’t bite again. I’ve been contemplating dropping my pumping session at work, but part of me thinks it would be best if I waited until he is a year and I actually start weaning and ending the breastfeeding sessions. I will probably come to a decision next month, for now I am remaining undecided on the issue.

circle-304524_1280Tips and Tricks:

I had some trouble coming up with tips for this month, however I was talking with one of my mom friends about a red wagon she had and was offering to give to me. She said her biggest issue with it was that it was so big and clunky she didn’t know what to do with it, when it wasn’t be used. She asked what I would do with it, when I wasn’t using it. I told her I would likely use it as a toy chest. She loved the idea and said it should be on Pinterest.

 

Tip #1: If you have a big an clunky wagon that takes up space and you are unsure what to do with it while not in use, use it as a toy chest to keep all of the stuffed animals and other assorted toys when not in use.

Tip#2: Amber necklaces can help with teething, at least they appear to be helping with our son. If you are worried about choking wrap the necklace around the babies foot.

Tip#3: Anything can become a toy for your baby, be careful what you leave laying around and also feel free to give your baby certain items from around the home to play with. A cup, bowl, or spoon can be lots of fun for a little one. Empty boxes, and pillows can also be entertaining.

 

9 Month Baby Post

masks-833421_1280My Mental Health:

I have been up and down this past month, with my husband and I choosing to switch places. I go to work and he stays home with the baby. I spent the past month stressing about getting a job, and then starting a job. However, the last two days of the month where I actually started my job I’ve been much calmer. I’m nervous every time I leave the house, but by the time I arrive at work I’m ready to take on my day and relax. When I return home I’m excited to cuddle with my baby before bed. Leading up to my returning to the outside work force I was nervous to qualm my nerves I created a long to do list in order to keep me busy the weekend before I began my new job.

baby-923963_1920How Babies Doing:

This was a big month for baby,he started crawling on all fours. He also began “cruising.” Cruising is when they pull themselves up on furniture and walking along it. Baby is getting into everything we’ve had a time trying to baby proof  the place. He’s very interested in wires, books, and the T.V. So far there have been no major incidents. However, he has fallen backwards a few times while cruising. He can more himself into a sitting position on his own and he’s been trying to stand unassisted.

baby-21167_1280Life as a Breastfeeding Mom:

With my impending return to work I had to start pumping and creating a stock pile. Since I’ve owned it my pump has been uncomfortable  to use. The issue being my parts  were too small. I went to my local WIC office to discuss the issue and received the appropriate size for my oversized chest. It was suggested that I feed the baby from only one side and pump from the other, until I started work. It was also suggested I try and pump 5-10 oz everyday while  at work. Though I’ve only been working a few days I’ve managed to pump once or twice per shift. I’m lucky to work at a company that is so accepting they have a room designated specifically for the purpose of pumping.

circle-304524_1280Tips and Tricks:

Tip 1: Baby proof as a baby shows interest in things. My son became interested in the DVDs and CD’s we keep in our entertainment system as a result we took cardboard boxes and duck-taped the front.

Tip 2: A play pen and High Chair are essential when you need time to yourself or to get things done.

Month Eight of Year One

masks-833421_1280My Mental Health:

I have become one positive mama. I’m taking care of myself and baby, at this point I feel like a well oiled machine who knows what to expect and how to handle the often unexpected that comes with being a mom.

baby-428395_1280How baby is doing?

He’s started attempting to pull himself up on furniture, however has been unsuccessful up to this point. He can’t seem to figure out how to get his feet underneath himself in order to push up. However he has the torso part down. He doesn’t necessarily crawl, but his army crawl has gotten to the point that he can get himself to A-B pretty quickly. We took him to the park for the first time this month and he really enjoyed the swing. He did have to get used to it a little bit, there were a couple of times that he made an almost scared face when going forward in the swing.

baby-21167_1280Life as a breastfeeding mama:

Baby has gotten really big in terms of length and weight. He no longer easily fits in my lap with the Boppy Pillow. He also has decided that playing with my boobs is a fun thing to do. I will simply say that his sharp nails hurt, and I am looking forward to weaning him in four months.

circle-304524_1280Biggest Lifesavers I have learned this month:

Tip 1: We finally went out and purchased a Diaper Genie as the babies poop has gotten to the point of true stink. Unfortunately the bags for the Diaper Genie are ridiculously expensive. I have instead been using cheap trash bags, that I tuck into the currently empty bag dispenser.

Tip 2: Around 6 months babies stop/slow their growth rate or at least mine has. I had bought a bunch of winter clothes for the baby, at this point it is getting very warm, and the majority of the clothes I bought are to warm for him to wear. As a result I will have to go out and purchase some summer clothes for him. My tip to you think ahead about where you are located. I live in Texas we have a very short winter. I should have known that I needed at least some summer items.

Month Seven of Year One

*The information provided in this article is meant for entertainment purposes only, please consult your doctor for all medical concerns and conditions.

masks-833421_1280My Mental Health:

I have been extremely positive this past month. I don’t want to say I am completely over my postpardum depression, but I have been very positive as of late and I plan to keep it that way. My motto for this year is “We’ve got this.” My husband is actually a little sick of my positivism, however when I explained to him how I needed to maintain a positive front in order to keep myself from falling into my spiral of anxiety ridden, self deprecating thought process that I had been living in for the last year or so he quickly changed his opinion about my happy go lucky attitude about how “this is going to be the best year ever.”

baby-428395_1280How baby is doing?

Well it has been seven months since baby was born, he is growing, learning, and developing quickly. He hasn’t started crawling yet, but he has definitely mastered scooting himself in a circle. He has a great personality and is loving solid foods. He is currently eating an average of 2 solid meals a day, we will likely be upping him to three solids a day in another week. He’s had a couple of colds this winter, but this month he had a real yuck called Roseola, he wouldn’t let me put him down for an entire week. He loves to laugh, and to stand assisted he will frequently lift his arms up and state “ma ma ma ma ma” until he is picked up and placed in a standing position. We are considering “mama” his first word at this point, as he seems to realize it means me, he also understands it to mean milk. We moved him into his own room about a week ago, and so far he is doing pretty well. He still ends up in bed with me between 5 and 7 in the morning, at which point I am so exhausted that I don’t have the energy to feed and rock him back to sleep. (My husband and I refuse to get up before 9am, since my husband works late, and I typically stay up late waiting for him whilst simultaneously getting my much needed work done). I’m so lucky to have him, now if I can get him to sleep until 9am that would be amazing.

baby-21167_1280Life as a breastfeeding mama:

I have become increasingly more comfortable with breastfeeding in public. I’m lucky to live in a city like Austin, TX which is so accepting of it. Very recently I was at a friends BBQ and there were tons of people men and women walking in and out. None of them have kids or really know anyone who has kids. They were 100% okay about me feeding the baby right there in the open. No one commented or said anything. In fact I was even told by a couple of them that they thought it was beautiful and amazing, and that they respected the fact that I was doing what was best for my baby. It was truly a proud mommy moment for me. My little man of son however, is growing way to fast, I had bought a boppy not long after he was born (Actually it was a gift from my Nana, which I picked out during her visit when my son was only a couple weeks old). At any rate he has grown so much he doesn’t fit on the boppy in my lap anymore, so I can’t use it for that and now just have to cradle him against my boob. The boppy still has its uses as an assist while he is sitting alone on the floor, while I’m on my laptop on the couch. My husband did recently purchase me an amazing glider, chair and footstool, from a cute thrift store, which has helped enormously in the feeding of my “over sized” 22 lb child.

circle-304524_1280Biggest lifesavers I have learned this month:

Tip#1: Always, always, always have an extra outfit or two packed in the baby bag. My baby was having some explosive poop thanks to the increase in  solid foods to his system, not to mention him being sick. I made the unfortunate mistake of not putting an extra outfit in the diaper bag, and as we were going into Buy Buy Baby, to purchase his new carseat since he had outgrown his infant one, he had an explosive diaper that made a mess of his old carseat and required a serious change of clothes. Luckily we were at a baby store, so while my husband purchased a set of white onsies (which we probably needed anyway) I went to change him. Prevent yourself from having to make unnecessary purchases and pack a few extra  outfits. In fact also place at least one extra outfit, diaper, and wipes in the car as well.

Tip#2: Teething necklaces will save your hair and your face (most of the time). My baby loves to grab and eat my hair, and to grab my face and dig his little sharp nails into it. However, since picking up this teething necklace, which I wear around my neck while holding him he doesn’t grab my hair or face near as often. It is so refreshing not to have to worry about my hair constantly being pulled.

Tip#3: When feeding baby solids it is best done topless or with a very big bib. Since baby started solids I’ve become efficient and trying to make sure he doesn’t get too much food on his clothes, as if can cause serious stains, and always requires a new outfit if I don’t feed him naked/ only a diaper on.

 

Month Six of Year One

*The information provided in this article is meant for entertainment purposes only, please consult your doctor for all medical concerns and conditions.

masks-833421_1280My Mental Health:

What a roller coaster this month has been, I started off really well I was getting out of my postpartum depression phase, and then events occurred, which nearly sent me over the edge. Fortunately, I managed to make it through, and I am doing a lot better. My husband and I have been arguing a lot since the baby was born. We had not really noticed how distant we had become until the events of this past month blew over. As a result we are seeing one another in a whole new light. We have a greater appreciation for what the other does, and I feel we are now stronger for it. I still have low days, but hopefully with time those will past and become fewer and farther between.

baby-428395_1280How baby is doing?

6 months…wow time certainly does fly. My handsome baby boy almost needs a haircut. In addition, he is already 21 lbs no longer fits in his swing…and we are almost out of clothes that fit. He is currently wearing 12 month clothes at 6 months. He is a very healthy baby. He rolls around from front to back and back to front, he isn’t crawling yet, but he loves to stand assisted and to jump. We gave him his first taste of solids this month. Apple was his first solid food and he loved it. We have since tried banana, oatmeal, and pear. Well actually he stole my pear and started gnawing on it, but he still loved it all the same. The only thing he didn’t like was the banana, we have only tried it twice, but so far it is a no go. He still isn’t sleeping through the night, but he is handling nap time pretty well. We plan to move the baby into his own room in the next month, hopefully this will help him sleep since mom and dad won’t be able to wake him because we entered the room to go to bed ourselves.

He is still teething, and has learned how to squeal making it very difficult to tell whether he is hurting or happy. The crying is incredibly stressful. I just have to keep remembering “this too shall past.” His cold is also back and much worse this time around. I do hope the cold goes away soon, I hate listening to him cough.

baby-21167_1280Life as a breastfeeding mama:

Up until now I have had no issues with supply. With the craziness that occurred at my house most recently however my supply seriously dropped. For two days I wasn’t making enough milk to feed the baby luckily I had just enough in the freezer to make up for what I was short on. Now I am making only enough to feed the baby and not enough to pump, which is necessary in order to have milk for the sitter during my friends wedding in February. In order to fix my…what is for me a low supply I plan to make oatmeal and flax seed cookies and start pumping at least once or twice a day. The wedding is on the 21st of February and it will be the first time my husband and I leave the baby for any sort of an extended period. My husband is very nervous, because he hasn’t officially met the babysitter. She is my cousin and she is wonderful with the baby.

circle-304524_1280Biggest Lifesavers I have learned this month:

Tip#1 You never know what you can find at a pawn shop. I scored a Bob stroller the top of the line of strollers for just $20, typically used they go for around $300 and new around $800.

Tip#2 Facebook garage sale and trade sites are an excellent way to find stellar deals such as children stuffs including clothes, toys, cribs, and other assorted baby equipment.

Tip#3 Keep your confidence. No matter what it takes. I had the opportunity to walk in my husbands footsteps this month and boy does he do a lot for this family. It really helped me to realize that there is a lot I can do that I have not been doing.

Tip#4 Plastic baby spoons make the best teething rings.

Next Month:

Pumping for a night out

Sleep training (baby will be in his own room)

Solids feeding schedule

 

 

New Year New Me

It was brought  to my attention around my birthday this past November that I have lost my way, and become a shell of the person that I once was. I made some goals for the upcoming year, and wrote a post regarding those goals. The first week or two following that post I did nothing to really jump start myself the way I should have. In the weeks leading up to this new year however, I have been working to improve myself, but it has been slow going. This New Year’s however, I am determined to re-inspire my passion for life. The last few years have been very hard, and last year I realized that all of the goals I had been aiming for since my junior year in High School were not really the goals that I wanted for myself, but rather band-aids to cover up my true dream.

I discovered last year that my dream of becoming a writer was in fact a real possibility. I have since gone on to make an average of $100-$300 a month just by writing. Unfortunately, despite discovering that I indeed could make money from writing the numbers were not quiet as promising as I had hoped, the steps were not written as nicely as the goals I had made prior to making the decision to follow my true dream. I felt as though I had lost part of who I was, because everything was upside down. I am now choosing to jump start myself and take a new outlook on life. This year I am going to make a goal for every month of the year. Goals which will ultimately build upon themselves to allow me to grow into the passionate life loving person I once was.

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January:

Health:

I am going to begin and maintain a work out routine. I will meal plan and start eating healthier and more often. Since giving birth to my son, I have lost a lot of muscle mass do to bad eating habits and low activity. I plan to put myself on a path towards good health beginning this month.

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February:

Health:

Maintain my work out plan yoga once a week, 2 days at the gym, 3 days walking with the baby in our new stroller. Keep planning meals.

Business:

Create a schedule for my blog I have been ignoring certain areas, such as the career and college sections. I plan to change that by creating a detailed schedule this month. In addition, to my blog  I will also work on gaining new writing clients. I have at least one potential massage therapy client that I have worked with in the past. I also have connections in the real estate business, who might be interested in a writer for their blog.

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March:

Health:

Start dancing again.

Business:

Write two short stories to send off to competitions.

Financial:

It’s time to budget, you may be wondering why this isn’t January’s main goal. We would like to take care of few debts before really getting into the nitty gritty of our financial problems, and our tax refund is really going to help cut down on a lot of those issues. So come March when we have managed to get a lot of the debt paid off we will sit down and create a true budget for ourselves to begin paying off the rest.

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April:

Health:

Buy a pair of running shoes and a new water bottle, as  a reward for my hard work.

Business:

Write up three articles to sell/utilize as means of selling my writing skills to potential clients.

Financial:

Begin couponing regularly to help keep us in budget.

Social:

I’m going to focus on building friendships this month both current friendships and new ones. It’s time I started attending some mom and baby events with my son Wesley.

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May:

Health:

Start including baby in meal planning.

Business:

Write my e-book.

Financial:

Have at least half of the credit card bill paid off. $1400 (hopefully if our tax return is as good as we think it will be this year we can pay off 2/3rds).

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Social:

Throw a Birthday party for my husband at Brew Day. His father has a brew day once a month and Daniel is determined after his mothers death to visit once a month for brew day. He has never had a surprise party before and I intend to throw him one.

June:

Health:

Go out dancing with my husband, and begin running as apart of my regular workout.

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Business:

Edit e-book.

Financial:

Begin looking for a new apartment or house to rent.

Social:

Visit sister and her new baby. That’s right my little sister is going to be a mom.

July:

Health:

Begin weaning the baby and pumping regularly so that he has breast milk in loo of regular milk for his cereal. My goal is to breastfeed for a year and pump for the second year, as the World Health Organization recommends 2 years for breastfeeding. The U.S pediatric society recommends one year.

Business:

Publish e-book.

Financial:

Pay off the last of the credit card bill.

Social:

Throw the baby his first birthday party.

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August:

Health:

Get a hair cut and update wardrobe.

Business:

Market e-book.

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Financial:

Begin looking for a new work from home job/ full time job.

Social:

Locate a babysitter for Wesley. It’s time Daniel and I start having a regular date night.

September:

Health:

Get a massage and adjustment from chiropractor.

Business:

Write 3 articles to utilize for gaining new clients.

Financial:

Begin preparing to move.

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Social:

Take the baby to familiar places so moving doesn’t upset him with all the big changes.

October:

Health:

Get a pedicure after that hard move. Scout out the new workout location and begin second week after move in.

Business:

My goal is to make at least $1,000 a month just with writing by this month. As this year comes to a close the math tells me I averaged $200 per month this year.

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Financial:

Re-examine the budget with the new bills at the new place.

Social:

Have a house warming party by inviting mommy friends over for a Halloween themed playdate.

November:

Health:

Re-examine work out goals. Am I aiming to build muscle, increase endurance, tone, or something else?

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Business:

Begin preparing for tax season, how much do I need to report, what should I expect to pay? Also renew health insurance for January.

Financial:

Create a Christmas budget, how much are we spending on our son, each other, and others.

Social:

Take Wesley to meet Santa, attend Christmas related activities with other children and moms.

December:

Health:

Continue workouts, but feel free to enjoy the yummy food of the season.

Business:

Begin creating a plan for 2017. It’s time to start bringing in the big bucks.

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Financial:

Create a budget for 2017, start planning for Daniel and I to have a real wedding ceremony with a white dress, roasted pig, and bomb fire. We are going to throw a renaissance theme wedding in order to celebrate our love with our closest friends there to witness. My husband and I are kind of dorky in that we love to get dressed up in costume, and party like it’s the 1500s.

Social:

Have a holiday pot luck with my mommy friends and do a white elephant gift exchange.

Month Five of Year One

*The information provided in this article is meant for entertainment purposes only, please consult your doctor for all medical concerns and conditions.

masks-833421_1280My Mental Health:

I’ve been in denial for the past month on how well I was handling life with the new baby. If I were to be perfectly honest I’ve been devoid of passion, lost as to who it is I am, and lost about what I want for my future. My husband described me as an empty shell, and explained how he wants back the woman that he married. Even after him saying that I still wasn’t 100% ready or willing to wake up. It took me and the baby getting sick with a cold to finally realize how far gone I really was. Over the course of the past week. I’ve started doing what I can to wake up and begin feeling like myself again. I’ve started to drink more water, and to eat more regularly. I’ve also started making the time needed to work my new job. It is a slow start, but hopefully in the end I can get back to the place I need to be. As my husband explained I need to stop looking back and start looking forward.

How baby is doing?baby-428395_1280

This month baby mastered the act of rolling from back to belly, he also began the dreaded sleep regression stage and is no longer sleeping through the night. Despite knowing how to also roll from back to belly, he often gets stuck on his belly and becomes very frustrated. The teething has also become worse as he now frequently runs a low grade fever. Everything that comes near him goes straight to his mouth. Though weight wise he still technically fits in the swing, he is currently 18.15 lbs, he rolls and twists too much for us to feel safe trying to set him into it. We are buying him a chair for Christmas, so as soon as Christmas passes the swing will officially be dismantled and stored for the next baby.

The 4 month shots went way better than the 2 month, but it was also all the same types. I ended up going alone without my husband, because we missed our original appointment due to little one keeping us awake all night thanks to sleep regression. Thankfully, the nurse had me lean over the baby and distract him while I held his arms, because I am super afraid of needles. The Dr informed us we can begin solids at any time now because of Wesley’s awesome development, we plan to begin this upcoming month.

Sadly we had to make an unexpected trip to visit my husbands family this month. My mother in law passed away, and per her wishes she wanted everyone to come together for a big party in her honor. We were there from Noon to midnight and my son was the center of attention he met my father in laws mother and became her new best friend. As the party was very loud he was unable to sleep more than 15 minutes at a time. He would become uber cranky with everyone so I would take him to a back room feed him and put him to bed in the pack n play, go mingle with the family for 15 to 30 minutes  before someone would come to inform me he was crying. I would go in pick him up and he was good to go for at least an hour, before needing to return to the back room. In addition to sleep issues, teething, and rolling over the baby babble has increased and it constantly sounds like he is saying mama. Over the last month he’s become very much a mama’s boy.

 

baby-21167_1280Life as a breastfeeding mama:

Up until this past week breastfeeding was going strong. My milk supply is still running slower than before, and I have yet to establish a back up supply, but the bonus to this is I don’t have to worry too much about leaking. Recently however, everyone in the house has been sick including baby and me. Luckily for baby he seems to have only gotten a small cough and sneeze, without much of a runny nose. I took him to the Dr. after he had been running a 99 degree fever on and off for about three days. They told me the teething was very likely the cause of the fever and the lack of interest in eating, as well as his ear pulling were all signs of this as well. The Dr. did say its likely he has a small cold, but that as long as I drink plenty of water and just keep trying to feed him, the baby would be just fine.

*This month we will be starting solids so hopefully I will be able to create a back up supply as he slowly starts eating solid foods. Be sure to check out next months post to hear about his first taste of apple, and other yummy foods.

Biggest Lifesavers I have learned this month:circle-304524_1280

Tip#1: Take the time everyone morning and evening to brush your teeth and hair, it will help you feel alive.

Tip#2: When you are sick with a runny nose use the homemade baby wipes to blow your nose every now and again, it will helped your chapped nose heal faster thanks to the coconut oil.

Tip#3: Use your stroller as a chair for baby, especially if you haven’t gotten around to buying them one. It also makes it easy to entertain them while you do chores around the house, you will often find me doing dishes on one foot as I push the stroller back and forth with baby.

Tip#4: Once baby hits about 18lbs it is time to remove the newborn netting from the baby bath tub.

Tip#5: Use head and shoulder shampoo for cradle cap, little one’s hair pulling was deemed to be residual cradle cap.

Next Month:

Wesley’s First Christmas

First Bites of Solid food

How I scored a Bob Stroller for $20 (You won’t believe how I found this deal).

 

Aiming towards my 25th Year

I have always been a person of self reflection. Yesterday was my 24th birthday and since my 23rd so much has changed I am a mother. I have started my own writing business and tomorrow I begin working part time for a 3rd party company who is contracted with Google. I allowed too much of myself to get lost this last year as I dealt with the changes of existing in the real world outside of college. Looking forward I am going to be more proactive in my health and in my career that I have created for myself. I deserve to be happy with where I am and I know what I need to do in order to be happy.

 

My goals as I start working towards my 25th year.

 

[  ]Drink more water

[  ]Start dancing again

[  ]Visit the gym minimum once a week

[  ]Shower daily or at least every other day  (having a baby makes this hard)

[  ]Keep up my blog

[  ]Grow my writing business

[  ]Get on a schedule

[  ]Keep up with my chores around the house

 
I need to have balance in my life. I am a great mulitasker, but I am always slow starting out when knew stuff is added. A few months ago a baby was brought into my life. I have since adjusted to his needs. I now need to balance and include the rest of my responsibilities. Including taking care of myself, helping with finances, and following my writing dreams. Recently I have been so focused on taking care of the baby and my husband that I have been completely ignoring myself. To be happy I need more financial stability as well as a healthy body and clean house. I have done very little to make myself happy since the baby was born and my husband looked at me the other day and said he was tired of looking at a shell. He told me I needed to start taking care of myself more because he wanted his wife back. It has taken me a few days to realize what he really meant. He as always woke me up and showed me the mirror of who I am. Currently I am an empty pitcher, but next year I will be full, because I will dedicate myself towards having a better future and a better year next year. My dreams didn’t end with my son’s birth they just got clearer and more possible because I now have a bigger reason to accomplish them. My son needs to know that he can accomplish his dreams. For him to know that I need to accomplish mine.