Sunday, November 20, 2011

Happy 1 month, Olive!

Has it only been a month? It seems longer. :)
Our baby girl is growing up.
She is changing right before our eyes and boy is she growing. She has already begun to wear 3 month clothes. Yikes. Maybe they run small. :D
I just love her!

Age: 1 month
Weight: 10 lbs. 1 oz.
Height: 21 3/4 inches long
Head circumference: 15 inches
Sleeping: She went through her 2 & 3 week growth spurts and that was rough for mama. She still nurses about every 1.5 hours. It can be exhausting.
She slept 7+ hours one night. It was heaven! Most nights she'll sleep 3-4 hours straight and then 2 hours after she is fed and changed.
Eating habits: Nursing. I've started pumping to relieve engorgement and she has taken the bottle a couple of times.
Favorite activity: Eating!
Cutest Moment of the Month: Snuggling with mama and smiling as she dreams.
Can lift head momentarily
Turns head from side to side when lying on back
Hands stay clenched
Strong grasp reflex present
Looks and follows object moving in front of them in range of 45 degrees
Quiets when a voice is heard
Cries to express displeasure
Makes throaty sounds
Looks intently at parents when they talk to him/her
Firsts: Bottle!

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Where did my figure go?

Breast feeding is an amazing way to lose weight. :)
It has been almost 4 weeks since giving birth and I have lost all of the baby weight.
I'm most definitely happy about that.
BUT I want my figure back!!!
My legs are nice and lean now, almost too lean if I'm being honest.
But I've lost my butt. :( What the heck? No one tells you that's going to happen. The husband is also not happy about the butt being gone. :D
Did anyone else lose their ass while nursing? Will it come back?
Hopefully it'll make its return soon or at least after I finish breast feeding.
I love my curves. :)

Friday, November 11, 2011

Life is good

Our days are made up of eating, pooping, peeing, sleeping, crying.
And I'm not just talking about Olive. :)
Yes, I've shed a few tears. I know it's only normal since our lives have gone through a major change. Adjusting to our new normal is going to take some time.
Dan and I have also shared lots of laughs and smiles as our little girl grows before our eyes.
It's amazing how much she has changed in just a few weeks.
I think she is also going through a growth spurt. Yesterday and part of today she nursed non-stop. That made for an exhausting day.

This week, I have been squirted with poop and I have had projectile spit up hit my lips a few times. Fun stuff. Every day is different. There is never a dull moment when you have a child.

Olive is already holding her head up.
She hates being changed (diaper and clothes).
She hates baths.
She doesn't care for the pacifier right now.
She loves nursing.
She loves mommy's arms.
Yawning upsets her.
I just love her little cry when she is hungry.
I love the smiles she shows when she is sleeping.
I love all of her facial expressions.
I love the little head movement she makes when she is about to latch on.

Today she had a successful frenectomy/frenulectomy to correct her tongue tie.

Although our sleep schedule is not ideal right now I wouldn't change a thing.
I don't look forward to bedtime because I know I'll be up several times throughout the night, but she is worth the lack of sleep.
Every day is a new day, we start fresh and when I see her beautiful face the next morning I forget about how rough the night before was.

Life is good.

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Olive's 2 week checkup

Olive gained 1 lb. 1 oz. since her 1 week checkup a week ago.
Nursing is obviously going well. :)
Age: 1 week 6 days
Weight: 8 lbs. 6 oz. (59th percentile)
Height: 21 inches long (81st percentile)
Head circumference: 36 cm/14.17 inches (57th percentile)
Sleeping: Some nights she has slept 3, 4, 5+ hours straight, while other nights she gets up every hour. She nurses every hour and a half or so throughout the day.Eating habits: Nursing. I will soon start pumping so that Dan can feed her sometimes.Favorite activity: Eating!Cutest Moment of the Week : When she smiles in her sleep, when she is asleep and poses like her Papa, her cute cry, and when she passes gas and it startles her awake.
Milestones: She can lift her head quite a bit already.
Firsts: First bath!

My poor baby has been dealing with gas pains and acid reflux.
We also found out she is tongue-tied like her Papa. But unlike her Papa she will be having the procedure where they snip the frenulum so that she doesn't have to go through speech therapy like he did as a child.

Our baby girl is getting so big.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Eating Machine

My little Olive berry is an eating machine.
She has been eating every 1.5 hours lately. It's been exhausting, especially at night. There were a few nights were she slept 3, 4, 5 + hours. It was so nice. Thank goodness I didn't get to used to it because it ended quickly.
The plus side, besides her getting wonderful breast milk, is that by eating so regularly she is most definitely keeping my milk supply up. Another plus is that I've already lost 26 lbs. of the 34 lbs. I had gained. 8 more lbs. to go! Yea!
They weren't kidding when they said breast feeding will help you to shed the baby weight. :)