First Looks

24 Mar

If you are a family member, you know that I love taking pictures of Katherine’s first tastes of food. I love watching her face as she processes what on earth I’m putting in her mouth. Hope you enjoy this as much as I do!

Avocado:

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Banana:

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Peas:

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Zucchini:

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Katherine [Month 5]

20 Mar

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Oh my baby girl. I looked at you this month and realized that you are no longer a baby, but you are an infant. Your personality is starting to show more and more. You are so sweet, and loving, while also being busy and inquisitive. You are such a studier and thinker…just like daddy!

Measurements: our scale showed 28″ and 16.5#

Diapers: still in size 2’s! We use swaddlers during the day, and dry max at night, since you’ve been sorta leaking through the swaddlers.

Clothes: all 3-6 months! They are still pretty big on you, so I think you’ll be in these for a while.

Schedule: it’s been pretty varied this month. Your teeth are really giving you fits!!

Sleeping: your sleeping has been unpredictable. Some nights you sleep great, others you are up and down. Your naps have been the same way, ranging from 30 minutes to 3 hours.

Meals: you are officially on solids!! Whoo hoo!!! Twice a day you get whatever fruit/veggie we are on! So far you have had:

avocado-you did NOT care for at all!!

banana-you LOVED eating banana, it has been your favorite fruit!

peas-you adored them!

zucchini-this was the first homemade food you have had, and at first you were off put by the texture, but now it seems to be your favorite

I usually give you your veggies with a touch of butter or olive oil and salt. I mean, who likes just plain vegetables?! You are also still eating 4-6 4oz bottles of Similac Spit-Up Formula daily. You love whenever a mealtime rolls around.

Favorites: Sophie!! Much to mommy’s chagrin, you adore chewing on Sophie’s head and legs, and you ESPECIALLY love squeaking her. Especially at church when Pastor Allen is preaching. You are also loving Sally Snail. We will place her on the floor just out of your reach, and you will creep over to her to make her make noise. You have also started playing longer amounts of times in your excersaucer. Your favorite toys on it are the rattle sun, teething star, and hand puppet.

Dislikes: your bottle being empty. When you see your bottles, but you are not eating, you start to get pretty upset. When we lay you down, and you want to be held, you will start to fuss. Even with cutting teeth, you are still such a happy baby!!

Katherine [Month 4]

1 Mar

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Baby K, it almost hurts my heart to write that you are 4 months old. It’s not that I don’t want you to grow up, I just don’t want you to do it so fast! You are such a joy to us; Constant smiles, funny faces, and well timed goofiness make our hearts melt!

Measurements: this month at Dr-Aunt Sarah’s, you weighed 15.7lbs (90th percentile) and were 26″ long (95th percentile)

Diapers: still in size 2’s! I just told daddy this morning that it seems like you will be in these for a while.

Clothes: you have finally moved up to 3-6month clothes. Most are still pretty big on you (despite you being 4 months), so I imagine you’ll be in these well past your 6 month date.

Schedule: you have settled into a schedule that works so well for all of us. You’re up between 6:30-7am, and mommy brings you into our bed for your morning bottle, playtime, and snuggles with mommy and daddy. Daddy will leave for work, and we go into the living room for you to play while I’m doing dishes/picking up. Around 10am you go down for your morning nap until 11:30-noon. Mommy feeds you, then we either run any errands we have, or you sit in your bumbo while I read to you. You play a little bit more, then another bottle, and go down for your afternoon nap around 3pm. You usually get up around 5pm, eat and play. During the evening you’ll play, have another bottle, bath time, story time. If daddy is here you tend to treasure snuggles with him, and sit on his lap while he looks at the Internet or watches tv. Around 8:30-9pm, you start to get a little restless, so we fix you your last bottle, then lay you down, and you usually are out by 9:30pm.

Sleeping: you sleep like a champ! I am so thankful for a baby that sleeps so well! You are in your crib full time, even for naps now, and we swaddle you up in a SwaddleMe.

Meals: you are still on Similac Spit-Up, and you seem to handle it well. Usually you eat around 7oz, and your gas is a lot better.

Favorites: sitting up in your bumbo, your floor gym, your new Wubbanub, and bath times are some of your favorite things.

Dislikes: you are starting to dislike your carseat. I think that you dislike being confined, and of course, that’s what your carseat is designed to do. For the most part, you are such a happy baby!

Fitness Routine

11 Feb

With a baby, everything has to be flexible. However, I am a person who, when it comes to working out, I am much better with a known, scheduled routine. Therefore, I have set up the following schedule,but I try to make sure that if something goes wrong the night before/day of, I don’t meltdown and just give up on exercising at all that day. One of my favorite things is adding in my Weight Watchers activity points in my PointsPlus tracker. Every little bit!!

Monday: Work out of the Month (more on what this is to follow, but I’ll label it WOOTM). I try to get to the gym around 6:00am, and be gone by 7:15am.

Tuesday:30 minute cardio. This is usually in the form of jogging/walking on the treadmill. 6:00am-6:30am, followed by stretching.

Wednesday:5:30am Zumba! class. Done around 6:30am.

Thursday:Since Wednesday nights tend to be long with our Life Group meetings, and little girl tends to have a hard time going down, Thursday mornings are sleep in mornings. I try to do yoga or a workout DVD at home.

Friday:WOOTM. Same 6:00am-7:15am.

Saturday:I’m still trying to work out what this will look like with baseball season/Weight Watchers meetings, but my hope is to get up and do some yoga/stretching on the back porch, as weather permits.

Sunday:I am not planning anything on this day,but instead seeing what comes. It may be yoga, DVD, or simply letting my body rest.

I also plan on trying to take Katherine out for a walk/jog every afternoon in our new jogging stroller. This will be in addition to the other workouts. Hopefully it will help her sleep during her afternoon naps…win-win!

Laying down my pride

6 Feb

Hi, my name is Meg, and I have a weight problem. This shouldn’t come as a shock to you, if you have ever seen me. What may surprise you is that I haven’t always been this way, but most of the time I have. When I first met Jason, I was healthy and trim. I was comfortable in my skin, I gained a little “relationship weight”, and didn’t think much about it. Then I got sick, and everything changed.

I developed my holes, and a pilonidal cyst. I didn’t feel like working out. I gained a little more weight. I scheduled surgery to have the cyst removed, and ended up with an open wound on my tailbone, and was unable to work out. My body was working so hard to heal itself that I was tired all the time. It was so much easier to grab fast food on my way home from work than to try to work up the energy to cook. I packed on quite a few more pounds. I had my second surgery on my tailbone in October ’10, and was in bed for a little over a month. In that month, I gained 20 pounds. Though my pilonidal cyst healed after a few more months, because of my hidradentitis supperativa, I have painful open holes that tend to drain. Sometimes it’s hard to walk, let alone work out. My weight maintained.

In December of ’11, I tried losing weight. I started eating a paleo diet, and dropped 20 pounds quickly. I worked out daily. I felt great. And I finally got pregnant in Feb ’12. I lost around 15 pounds at the beginning of my pregnancy, but quickly gained that back. Though I gained only 35 pounds, on my already burdened frame, it has been painful.

Why am I telling you this? Several reasons. First off, I need help with accountability. Weight loss won’t be easy, and neither will getting healthy. But I need help making sure that my desires do not rest in what I look like, but instead protecting my health, and being able to teach my daughter a healthy lifestyle, without passing on my body issues. Another reason is encouragement. I easily get down. I don’t want that to be the case. Offer up kind words of encouragement, they will help my heart. Another is confessing the sin of pride. I believed, foolishly, that if I didn’t acknowledge my weight, it would drop. Like I was gaining weight by acknowledging the rest of the weight. And I have been too proud to ask for help. That is no longer the case. I have joined Weight Watchers, and committed to living healthy. So no, I’m not dieting, nor am I trying to lose weight. I’m being healthy and making smart choices, the weight will take care of itself.

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Katherine [Month 3]

1 Feb

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Oh precious girl! You are such a light! This month you have grown so much. You are constantly changing and growing, like its right before our eyes!

Measurements: this month you have noticeably lengthened! You didn’t have an official appointment, but our at home measurements were that you weigh 16lbs, and are 25″ long!

Diapers: You were starting to soak through size 1’s at night, so we bumped you up to 2’s, which seem to be doing the trick. They are still a little big, but hope you’ll be in these a while.

Clothes: I am trying to keep you in your 0-3 months as long as possible, but some of them are starting to get a little short. I know in the next few weeks I’ll have to transition you to 3-6 months.

Schedule: Your schedule is starting to become a little more dependable. You wake up around 8-8:30, daddy feeds you, and we all hang out in bed once mommy gets home from the gym. You play for a bit, and then take a morning nap. Since we got you a new sound machine, your naps have been so much better! You wake, eat, play, nap the rest of the day. Your last nap is around 5, then we play a lot!

Sleeping: you are completely in your crib, now!! Unless you fall asleep before we notice, you even nap in your crib. You are swaddled, and have either ocean or rain sounds for naps, lullabies or Mozart for bedtime. I am so proud of the way that you have transitioned to the crib! I thought it would be much more difficult.

Meals: this month mommy officially stopped pumping milk for you. It was taking up so much time and energy for no production. You are eating around 5oz of Similac for Spit-Up 4 times a day, and 2 4oz bottles in the evening.

Favorites: you still love your play gym, though you only want to play on it on your back. You have also really fallen in love with the rocker that Aunt Debbie got you. Before you only used it to sleep in, but now you love to sit for hours and “talk” to the butterflies and snails.

Dislikes: tummy time. You will tolerate it for around 3-4 minutes. When we take your bottle out, or when you have drank it all.

Katherine’s birth story {Day 3}

27 Dec

Around midnight on Monday, October 15, my nurse told me that within a few hours I would start pushing. I started getting a little nervous and panicky…what had I gotten myself into?!? I hadn’t had any food since my light dinner on Saturday. I was starving. I was tired. I was nervous. This was going to be rough. Around 4am my nurse came in and told me to get ready…we were going to start pushing!

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Pushing was not at all how I pictured it. I had never focused on something so intently, nor wanted something to be over so much in my life. At about 6am, having been pushing 3 times every contraction (which were between 3 and 5 minutes apart), I began having severe pain in my upper back. At the time I thought it was just from doing the “crunches” while pushing, but now I imagine it was referred pain from the rest of my body. Close to 7:30am, I had a new nurse come in who immediately started making changes. Around 7:45am, this angel of a woman made the decision that I credit for helping me avoid a c-section: she let me know that my doctor was on the way, and let me have a nap.

When April came on duty, I was having a breakdown. I was so tired and drained that I had asked for some apple juice. I could tell my body had done all it could, and I needed energy to get Katherine out. When the nurse told me no, I was too close to a c-section to have anything, I lost it. I sobbed uncontrollably. Over apple juice. April looked at me for a few second, thew a blanket and sheet on me, and told everyone to get out. She told me to rest and take a nap while we waited for the dr, and she shut my light off.

When my dr walked in the room, I could tell she was unhappy. She knew how much I wanted to avoid a c-section because of my past history of healing, yet we couldn’t just let Katherine take forever. As she got ready, she walked up to the head of my bed, looked me in the eye and said, “either she comes out on this push, with help from the vacuum, or you have a section. You decide here, but you have to give it everything you have”. And I did. 2 tears, 1 episiotomy, and 1 unintentional nick, and my little girl was here.

After a few scary moments when we realized the cord was wrapped around her neck, and she was breathing too fast, a quick check by a NICU dr let us know that she was fine. I didn’t get to hold her because of the narcotics (glorious pain meds) that I was given, but Jason held her for me to see this beautiful little miracle we were blessed with!!