Thursday, April 3, 2014

Betty Leigh: 2 months

2 months old

Weight:  She's up to (will be filled in after her appointment) as of her two month appointment this afternoon

Health:  She seems to be doing so much better the last few weeks and I'm not sure if it's the reflux medicine or me cutting out dairy or both.  She still has her occasional fussy moments and she still spits up but it's so much better than before.  Our pediatrician constantly comments on how healthy and perfect she is so hopefully she keeps that up!

Sleep:  What a change a month can make!  For the past couple weeks Betty has been an all-star night time sleeper but she's an awful daytime napper!  I can't get her to take a good length nap anywhere but in my arms.  I've been trying the cry-it-out technique to attempt to get some good naps in her rock-n-play going but all it does is make both of us cry and she usually wins.  And if I am lucky enough to get her to sleep in her rock-n-play it usually only lasts for 30 minutes at most.  I've been reading all the literature I can on this subject but all it does is make me feel like I'm failing as a mother so I've stopped.  Right now if I've got to get something done during the day I do it while she's playing on her activity mat in between feedings and naps (on me).  I'm going to cherish the naps she takes on me while I still can because I know they won't last forever.

Social:  We've had to make quite a few grocery store trips each week during her second month but that and my doctor visits have been the extent of her social calendar.  We did take her one night while my sis-n-law was in town to her first restaurant but she slept the whole time like a rock star!  I'm kind of excited to get a bit more social with her now that she's had her immunizations so that the ones who've waited to meet her can do so. 

Diet:  I'm still exclusively breast feeding 100% of the time and she's a great "eater". We've done so well with this the past two months but I'm excited to attempt pumping and giving her a bottle soon.  Our insurance just changed on the 1st so I'm hoping that  can get a pump soon and have a bit more freedom.

Clothes:  We have a few newborn pieces that still fit but for the most part she's in 0-3 month clothing exclusively and we are in size 1 diapers for now.  I was really sad to pack away her newborn clothing and headband/bows that don't fit anymore but excited to have fun, new options to dress her in.  I'm still having so much fun dressing her each day even if we don't ever get out of the house.

Baby Gear Love:  We are still big fans of the Fisher Price Rock 'N Play and would recommend it to all parents-to-be, the Homedics myBaby Soundspa (Godsend!), Pampers Swaddlers, our activity mat (hand-me-down), Baby Einstein Take Along Tunes (such a great toy for her to listen to and look at) and Aveeno baby lotion & body wash.

Crying:  She only cries for a couple reasons (fighting sleep and fussy after feedings/needing to spit up) and the rest of the time she's a content, happy baby.

Likes: She loves to talk to her reflection in the mirror still and talks to her toys that hang from her activity mat while kicking her feet and waving her arms like crazy. She's also enjoying bath time so much more now and loves the massage with baby lotion she gets afterwards.  One of her absolute favorite things though is to gnaw on her hands/fists and attempt to put the whole thing in her mouth!

Milestones:  She is such a "talker", is holding her head up more, can follow an object/person/pug pretty well and smiles all the time.  Don't let her two month photo fool you though, immediately after I clicked the photo she slumped over onto her pillow!

Postpartum:  I'm still working on losing weight and I'm okay with the fact that it's not just melting off because I'd much rather spend all my time with Betty over working out.  I had my 6 week follow-up doctor visit recently where I was cleared to resume normal activity and also chose to get an IUD.  I'm applying Mederma like a crazy person due to the stretch marks I received during the last month or so of pregnancy and I'd have to say that those are my biggest dislike even over my weight. 

Looking forward to: (adding this prompt now so that I can talk about what we've got coming up) My in-laws are coming this weekend for another visit and we can't wait for them to get here on Friday.  We're going to take photos of Betty in the bluebonnets that are all over the hill country this time of year and I can't wait to see what we can get.  We are also getting a visit from my Aunt and cousin this weekend who haven't met Betty yet so I'm excited for that and then my parents are also coming back down (hopefully) the following weekend.  We will be making our first road-trip back home (Dallas) with Betty for Easter and I can't wait for all the family that hasn't met her to get to and to get to share in our joy.  I'm especially excited for Honey (my maternal grandfather) and my paternal Grandma, Betty's great-grandparents, to meet her; that will probably be one of my favorite moments thus far. This month is packed full of new and exciting things for our little 2 month old and I'm looking forward to all of it!

Happy Two Months Betty Leigh!

Friday, March 21, 2014

Betty's birth announcements

this post is sponsored by Tiny Prints as I was gifted announcements in exchange for my honest review

Since most of our loved ones live a good distance from us, it was important to me to send out birth announcements for our sweet baby girl.  When Betty was born I knew that if I could, I would love to be the one to take the photo that we would use for her announcements and I did just that.  I love playing around with my dslr camera and although I'm still an amateur I always manage to get photos that are perfect for our life.  I knew I wanted to use this particular photo I captured from when Betty was 10 days old but it was just a matter of matching it up to the right design.

I've worked with Tiny Prints on numerous occasions and knew that they had a great variety of templates/designs to choose from and it didn't take me long to match up the right one to accentuate this photo. 

When I found this design, I knew it was the one.  I loved how perfect the wording was, the fonts and that it let the photo of our beautiful girl be the main focus.
We sent these out last week and since I'm sure everyone has received them by now I thought I'd show them off on here.  I love how they turned out, the amazing quality and how quickly I received them after I placed my order.

Big Thank You to Tiny Prints for these beautiful announcements that we will forever cherish

Friday, March 7, 2014

lifestyle photo session with Betty Leigh

When Betty was 13 days old we had the pleasure of inviting my friend/photographer Jen Stamps over to the house to get some photos of us with our sweet new addition.  We never did an actual newborn session so having these photos of us in the early days is such a treasure.  Jen captured such sweet moments even though Betty was actually pretty fussy that morning.  I can't wait to get these printed out and added to her photo album as soon as possible.
We can't thank you enough Jen for such amazing photos documenting our road to becoming first-time parents (you can see our previous photo sessions with Jen here, here, here and here) and now these beautiful photos of us with our precious baby girl

Jen is offering up a great special for expectant Moms here in the Austin area.  Check out her post here for more details!  I highly recommend her and can't wait for her to photograph us again

Monday, March 3, 2014

Betty Leigh: 1 Month

I cannot believe our little girl is one month old!  Time has flown by and it's insane to me that a month has passed since her birth.
Betty has absolutely transformed our lives in most amazing way possible.  I am head over heels in love with her and being her mommy is the best thing I've ever done.  I truly love every moment with her even when she's fussy and I miss her when I'm not holding her.  She's the most beautiful baby I've ever seen and I can't stop staring at her all day, every day.
One of my most favorite things ever is seeing her with her Daddy.  That will never get old.  He's so good with her and it is just incredibly sweet seeing him interact with her.  He's become so protective of her and even more of me now and it's very endearing.  I love our little family so much and can't imagine life any other way than how it is now.

1 week old

2 weeks old

3 weeks old

1 month old

Weight:  at birth she was 7lbs. 12oz., when we left the hospital she was 7lbs. 6oz., at one week she was 7lbs. 14 oz., at two weeks she was 8lbs. 9oz., at three weeks she was 8lbs. 15.5oz and at one month she's 9lbs. 5oz.!

Health:  All of her screenings have come back with perfect results however at three weeks old we noticed she was getting increasingly fussy after feedings and would only seem to calm down after she spit up.  On February 25th after her last feeding before bed she spit up at least five times within a 20 minute period and was very fussy/crying constantly.  I knew that she wasn't feeling well so I called the pediatrician first thing the next morning and took her in to chat with her doctor about the possibility of her having reflux.  We went over all the details of the past week or so and how I felt she was acting after eating and that she never wanted to be laying flat on her back.  After that appointment her doctor decided that we would try her on reflux medication to see if it would help her feel better.  She's been on the medicine for five whole days now and I haven't really noticed much of a difference except that she isn't spitting up nearly as much (maybe twice a day now).  She's still fussy at all times during the day that's unexplained so at her one month appointment we discussed that she could have a combination of reflux and colic.  I've cut out dairy as of February 27th and I'm hoping that helps her out as well as her just growing out of these "issues" sooner rather than later.  Hopefully we will have a much different update on this subject at two months.

Sleep:  Betty is a great sleeper . . . during the day.  I'm having the hardest time keeping her up during the day because all I want to do (and her as well) is hold her and stare at her.  Nighttime hasn't been the easiest and I'm attributing that to her reflux because she hates to be laid flat.  Until this weekend all I've had to lay her in was her bassinet and there were nights that she would wake up every 45 minutes.  Saturday we finally got a rock'n'play and after two nights I'm officially in love with it!  Having her sleep at an incline has been amazing for her and we've been able to get a couple hours in at a time.

Social:  She's still too young to be too social so we've only had two outings to the grocery store with her so far.  She doesn't get her full set of vaccinations until the first week of April so until then we've limited her visits with some family and most friends unless they've had the t-dap/pertussis shot since you can be a carrier of whooping cough and not even know it.  I want to keep her healthy!

Diet:  I'm exclusively breast feeding 100% of the time.  I haven't gotten a pump yet but intend to soon so that Daddy can enjoy giving her a bottle and I can have a little bit more freedom.  I've enjoyed the bonding that breast feeding has given us and have loved being her source of nurishment.  I feel blessed that breast feeding has come so easily (aside from the early bout of mastitis and a pretty severely cracked nipple) for both of us.  She took to it so easily right after birth and with her weight gain going like it is, I know that I've had a pretty decent supply for her throughout this first month.

Clothes:  Our little girl is petite for sure.  She may be gaining weight like a champ but she's still in newborn clothes (some are even still too big) and newborn diapers.  I've tried putting her in some of the 0-3 month clothing just to have some variety since she's worn all of the newborn clothing multiple times but anything larger just swallows her up.

Baby Gear Love:  We are definitely fans of the Fisher Price Rock 'N Play after just two uses so far, the Homedics myBaby Soundspa (Godsend!), Pampers newborn Swaddlers, Chicco Keyfit 30 travel system and the Boppy.

Crying:  She only cries for a couple reasons (fighting sleep and fussy after feedings/needing to spit up) and the rest of the time she's a content, happy baby.

Likes: I've got her changing pad set-up on our long dresser with the mirror above it still attached and she absolutely loves to look in the mirror while getting her diaper changed/dressed.  She also loves to eat, nap, she kicks her feet like crazy, loves car rides and her Infantinio Topsy Turtle Mirror Pal.

Milestones:  Her umbilical cord stump fell off at 19 days old (February 22nd)

Postpartum:  I gained 44 lbs while pregnant and I'm down 30 lbs at one month out naturally. I feel pretty great after having my first surgery and although I'm still trying to limit my activities until my next checkup on the 13th, I can't wait to start working out with Allen doing the P90X we got for Christmas.  I've had some emotional moments for sure, especially about lack of sleep, but for the most part I'm emotional about how in love with our little girl I am.  Life has changed so much but I feel so blessed to get to experience this amazing journey of being Betty's mama.

Happy One Month Betty Leigh!

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