Monday, May 18, 2015

After Baby

Well Pierce has been here for almost six months now and in some ways it has flown and in other ways it feels like he has always been here.  I thought I should do a little update about how I am doing since baby.  I finally feel like we are getting the hang of this parenting thing.  Life is fun and we have a good routine going on.  I love being a mom, way more than I thought I would and that's what I have always wanted to be.  It literally is the best job ever.  My new job (nurse consultant) is working well with me being a mommy first and foremost, so for that I am very thankful.  The hours are great, the pay is great, and I'm getting to help other mamas across the United States.  I feel like it is helping me be better prepared for when Pierce is sick as well.  I have a lot of the care advice memorized like vomiting, diarrhea, rash, pink eye, fever, etc.  They are working well with me pumping and he is only missing one feeding while I am gone.  All in all, I am very blessed.  I still would like to be more of a stay-at-home mama, but that is definitely a possibility in the future.  I think I will really like my job once I get to work from home.  The worst part is working holidays, but we will see how that goes when it gets here.  

As far as my health, there are ups and downs.  Breastfeeding is great!  i will be super sad when Pierce decides to stop.  I love the bond we have and that I am able to provide the nourishment he needs.  I don't have to use breast pads anymore and the creams to prevent blisters are long gone.  Hot flashes have eased up as well and I feel like my thermostat is back to normal.  My weight is back to pre pregnancy as well.  My body will never be what it was before baby, and honestly I don't mind a bit.  I am so proud of my body.  I love that I was able to carry Pierce and nurse him, so flabby skin and stretch marks aren't that big of a deal.  I don't have that many stretch marks, but my skin is definitely not as tight as it used to be.  I'm fitting well back into my clothes.  My tops don't fit the same, but my bottoms fit just fine.  I never dieted, but I did drink a lot more water and nursed Pierce a lot.  My face has started breaking out again, which is no bueno.  I'm hoping everything gets back to normal soon.  The worst part is my hair has started falling out.  I did not realize how great my hair was during pregnancy.  I am still taking prenatals, but it just continues to fall out in clumps.  I even have some bald spots going on. Time is precious these days (at least "me" time), and I get frustrated because I fix my hair and within a few hours it is a tangled mess.  My hair won't last more than one day now and takes forever to fix.  I know Russ and Pierce think I'm beautiful, so I try to focus on that, but being broken out and bald hasn't been easy for me.  I have been trying to get out in the sunshine the past week.  We have had gorgeous days lately and I have been trying to let my pale legs soak up a little sunshine.  I think a tan would do me good.  

I am thankful that we have gotten accustomed to our new normal.  There were so many changes all at once, and it was rough.  Pierce is such a good baby now.  He sleeps great, eats great, is happy, and I couldn't ask for anything better.  I have his routine down and feel like I can finally start living my life again.  It has been hard trying to earn a degree, get a job, move, buy big items like cars and a house, etc., but I feel like we are almost to the point where we can finally just enjoy life rather than work towards a goal.  Russ will be graduating in December and I can't wait!  I look forward to vacations and time spent at home just enjoying our little family.  




I'm feeling very blessed and thank God so much for our sweet, sweet baby.  

LOTS OF LOVE,

Christy

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Pierce at 5 Months

(My whole post got deleted! So sad!  This post will be short and I'm super bummed). 

5 Months!  It is official I no longer have a newborn.  Cue the waterworks!  My sweet tiny baby is growing up into little boy already.  His personality has really shown this month and the more I learn about him the more I fall in love.  He is so sweet, happy, and silly.  His colicky days are long gone and life has gotten much easier.  I'm enjoying being mama now more than ever.  I say it every time I write one of these posts, but this past month has definitely been the best one yet!  I hope to continue saying that.  I know newborns are sweet, but I definitely LOVE this age!  Every day he is learning something new and I can always see his little mind at work trying to figure "life" out.

Development:

This month wasn't as drastic as last month as far as hitting milestones go.  The real change has been more in his personality rather than the physical.  He has learned how to grab toys and can hold them and study them with his little hands.  He loves to suck on his fingers and thumb.  He would rather have his hand over a teether any day.  Standing is still his favorite.  He will sit now and we have been working on sitting up without assistance.  He can sit in the corner of the couch or by himself for just a little bit, but if he goes to reach a toy then he topples right over.  As far as rolling goes, Pierce just isn't interested in it... at all.  If I lay him down on his back he will just kick like crazy and reach for toys, but if he has to roll to get it then he just moves on to something else.  If I put him on his stomach he holds himself up, but eventually starts whining to do something else.  I seriously think that he will start walking in the next few months and bypass rolling/ crawling all together.  His legs are so strong and he already moves them in stepping motions.  He also loves to jump in his jumper.  He can jump up and down and move around to all of the different stations to play.  His play is what has increased the most this month.  I love to watch him learn and enjoy all of his toys.  He loves anything that hangs or that plays music and lights up.  He has also started liking crinkley paper and things that squeak.  Squeaking is so funny don't cha know?

No measurements this week, but I'd say Pierce is close to 20 lbs.  He is still in 6 month clothes and size 3 diapers.  I think growth is slowing down, although, I'm pretty sure Pierce will always have plenty of rolls to spare. ;)

Eat

Pierce eats every 3-3.5 hours and has started rice cereal.  I'm not too thrilled with the rice cereal.  It has caused gas, no change in sleep, and a huge mess resulting in nasty diapers and baths every evening.  Pierce has been on rice cereal for about a week and is finally starting to like it.  Here is his schedule:

7 feed
8:30 nap
10:30 feed
12:30 nap
2 feed
5:00 rice cereal and sometimes small feed
bedtime routine
6:30 feed
7 bed
4 feed (trying to drop this)

Sleep:

Pierce has been sleeping in his crib great!  He started sleeping good after the last post.  He sleeps from 7-4 in his bed and then stays with mommy after the 4 o'clock feeding.  He takes his morning nap in our bed easily and usually takes one nap in his carseat.  He still can fight naps like nobody's business, so I monitor his sleepy cues and take him to his room when he gets sleepy.  I rock him, turn on the sound machine, and put him in his rock'n'play. He usually will fall asleep after I put him down.

Favorites and Dislikes:

Favs - giraffe lovey, dog blanket lovey, hands, the word "stinky," being tickled and squeezed, baths, standing, "flying," nursing
Dislikes - going to sleep

Mommy's 4 Month Letter to Pierce:

Pierce you are so much fun!  This month you have fallen head over heels for your daddy.  When he comes home from work, you just shake all over with excitement.  You have grown into our little boy this month.  You are so sweet and silly.  You smile at strangers, laugh out loud, stomp, play with toys, watch TV, and love to play games like "I'm gonna get you!" or "Peekaboo!"  I can't remember what life was like before you came.  I had no idea what I was missing out on, and your daddy and I already talk about why we didn't have you sooner.  You complete us and make our home so happy.  We are so incredibly proud of you.  I love how healthy you are, how you love so sweetly, and love to make mommy and daddy laugh.  You have to know how loved you are.  I can't get enough of you and truly count my blessings everyday.  Thank you for making me a mommy and Russ a daddy (the best daddy ever I might add!).  You bring out the best in us and we love taking care of you.


xoxo 
Love,

Mommy