Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Clambake Party

Over Labor Day, we held a clambake party at our house.
Complete with crab legs, clams, chicken, potatoes, corn, and all-you-can-drink beer, wine, cocktails.
I wish I could tell you how we cooked everything...but my job was to clean the house and make cookies - so I have no idea how this delicious meal ended up on our plates!
We had about 40 guests, and one special one - my BFF who was in town from AR.
(yes, she has purple hair and it's fabulous!)
It was so fun to have everyone over the house for a fun party.
A lot of CV's family was there, and a lot of our closest Cincinnati friends.
 And as always, the boys played several games of bocce ball. 
I bought CV a boccee ball set for his birthday a few years ago - so I'm happy it's finally coming in handy!
It was a great little weekend celebrating the holiday and introducing everyone, who we haven't seen this summer, to our sweet Leah.
Hope everyone had a great Labor Day weekend!

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Month Two with Leah

I can't believe our sweet little princess is TWO months old!
Month Two was a lot less stressful than Month One, luckily we didn't have any visitors staying at our house so it gave us time to focus on being a family - and not being hosts.
We stayed inside the house a lot this month, as I honestly didn't have too many errands to run or places to go, so we just hung out together at home mostly. We did do a few fun things outside the house though:  Leah attended her first tummy time class, we went to the mall twice to walk around with another friend and her baby, we went to a Cincinnati Reds game, and we attended a bridal shower where Leah got to see a lot of family members....and we took a lot of walks around the block with Paisley.

Two Month Update:
Weight: 10lbs 9oz (40 percentile)
Height: 23.5 inches (60 percentile)
Diapers: You moved up to size 1 diapers.
Clothing: You still fit into a few of your newborn pajamas, but most of your clothing is 0-3 month or 3 month sizes. Your toes already reach the end of your footie pajamas - we need to buy you some footless PJs, so it won't matter that you're getting so tall.
Eating: You are nursing 99% of the time and taking a bottle (of pumped breastmilk) 1% of the time. You are eating, so I am happy - but you eat almost every 2 hours. I'm hoping you can go more towards 3-4 hours soon, as feeding you every 2 hours can be exhausting.
Sleeping: You're a great sleeper! No complaints here. You sleep 8-10 hours a night, and only wake up once to eat.  Usually you fall asleep around 10:30pm and you wake up between 4:30-6:30 to eat, and then you sleep for another 2-4 hours. It's perfect! I typically always get 8 hours of sleep a night because you're so great!
Social: You love being held and it doesn't always have to be by mommy and daddy.  Our friends Mimi & Dan stopped over and you loved sleeping in Mimi's arms.  You were also passed around at the family bridal shower we attended, all daddy's aunts and cousins all held you and talked about how beautiful you are! You also attended your first Cincinnati Reds game and slept in your Godfather's arms the whole time. And you got to meet Rosie Red!
Daddy: Daddy is still doing great and getting better and better at calming you down and putting you to bed. You love when he bounces you and love sleeping on his chest.
Mommy: I'm loving every minute about being a mom, but I'm not loving the "mom-bod" and all the recovery symptoms I've experienced. My body still hurts! I gained a total of 37 pounds in pregnancy - at the end of Month One I lost 21 pounds. And now at Month Two I am down 27 pounds total. I have 10 pounds to go!
Likes: bath time, being held, being rocked, stretching, ceiling fans, listening to mommy singing, bouncing and standing up on your legs, morning exercises with mom, smiling, laying on the changing table, nightly walks with mommy and daddy
Dislikes: sitting in a car seat, not being held, doctors appointments, shots

See you next month! :)

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Planting My Placenta

*Don't worry - I chose not to post photos of the actual placenta!

When you’ve lost a loved one, you are constantly looking for a sign from them...
...and I’ve luckily had a few signs in the past year from my dad.  
When I found out I was pregnant, the doctor confirmed my due date...and of all the days in the entire year, 
my due date fell on my dad's 64th birthday, June 12th - I knew it was a sign.
I had my 40 week appt the day before my due date, and there was zero progress. 
Zero centimeters dilated, 0% effaced, zero signs of labor anytime soon.
Then, the morning of my due date (dad’s bday) my water broke! Sign #2! 
Call me crazy but I think my dad had a part in my water breaking that morning!  Thanks, Dad!
So what does this all have to do with my blog subject of planting a placenta?
Well, last year on Father's Day, I planted this tree in honor of my dad...and this year on Father's Day I wanted to plant something extra special under the tree. 
So I signed the hospital waiver forms to take home my placenta, so that I could plant it under my dad's tree.
We kept the placenta at the hospital for four days, and then kept it in our garage fridge for a few days so we could plant it on Father's Day. It just seemed to be a lot more meaningful to plant it on the actual day - so luckily the timing worked out perfectly and the organ was still fresh. 
CV dug the hole and I gently placed my placenta in the ground.
Now, the organ that kept Leah alive and healthy for nine months can now nourish my dad's tree. It will help it grow strong so it can continue to look over our house and be a reminder everyday that my dad is still with us - 
even on the days where there isn't any signs.

Monday, July 27, 2015

Our First Month with Leah

Our first month with our sweet daughter was amazing....and very very BUSY!
We had so many visitors as so many people wanted to meet Leah.
The in-laws were in town the first week. My mom, sister and niece were here the second week, and my four best friends visited the last week of the month! (and a lot of friends in town popped over too)
Most of the visitors were very helpful, they cooked meals, changed diapers, fed Leah a bottle, and allowed me to nap and shower....so although it was a stressful and overwhelming month...I was lucky to get a lot of help from family and friends.
So far, Leah has been the easiest baby. She's pretty content throughout the day and only gets fussy when she's hungry or when she wants to be held. She's a happy baby and smiles in her sleep all the time, which is the cutest thing to watch. She is growing so quickly...and it's very noticeable. PJs that we once had to fold the sleeves up because they were too big - are now becoming too short! It's so fun to watch our little princess growing and being a healthy little girl!

One Month Update:
Weight: You came into the world at 7 pounds and 4 ounces, and at your one month appointment you were 9 pounds and 2 ounces. (30 percentile) Yay for growing!!
Height: You were born at 20 inches, and at your one month appointment you were 21.5 inches. (60 percentile) (Also, your head measurement was in the 40 percentile)
Diapers: You are still in newborn diapers. You've tried Pampers, Huggies, and Honest diapers.
The Honest diapers are the cutest of course, but Pampers is our top pick so far. I love the moisture line on them that tells you when baby has a wet diaper.
Clothing: You are still in newborn clothing, but a lot of your onsies are getting too short, so we will have to upgrade to size 0-3month very soon.  You love wearing onsies with little pants, rompers, and you like being in your PJs. You are content in a headband, but I always think they are making you uncomfortable so I don't put them on you unless we are doing something special.
Eating: You are a great little eater. For your first week, we had you on breastmilk and formula to flush out your jaundice, but now you are 100% breastmilk. Since you were on formula, it took you a while to get used to nursing since you were so used to taking a bottle, but by week 3 you were a pro and latch on perfectly every time. Right now you are eating about 2-3oz every 2-3 hours...but sometimes if I'm nursing you will cluster feed and are hungry every hour.
Sleeping: The first week was pretty rough as you slept all day and was up all night. But lately your sleeping has been amazing. You usually sleep about 5-6 hours straight at night. You wake up to eat and then you sleep for 2-3 more hours. I hope you keep it up!
You sleep in the Rock n' Play sleeper right next to my side of the bed. We tried a bassinet, but you don't really like to sleep flat on your back. During the day, you take naps in the Mamaroo in the living room...or in mommy's arms.
Social: You are a social little butterfly. You love when people are holding you and you can pretty much get comfortable in anyone's arms. You haven't really cried while anyone has held you, which makes me proud!
Bath time: Your first two sponge baths were horrible...but I blame myself for that one since I had no idea what I was doing and probably made it super uncomfortable. After my mom visited (and after the cord fell off), she taught us how to give a proper bath so now you love bath time.  You cry for a minute when you're cold - but you love the warm water on your body.
Daddy: CV is doing great in his new role as a daddy, he always changes your first diaper in the morning before he goes to work...and he feeds you your last bottle at night and gets you ready for bed. You have a fussy time around 9pm, and he usually calms you down for that. You love staring at him and he loves giving you lots of kisses.
Mommy: As for me, breastfeeding was a huge task that I had to conquer, as well as, trying to get on a schedule for the day. Sometimes you eat every hour during the day - so that makes it a little harder to get anything else done. Most of my days consisted of feeding you, changing diapers, pumping, cleaning bottles...and repeat x8. I'm exhausted and usually unshowered, but it's still the best job I've ever had.
I had "baby blues" for the first two weeks and cried A LOT. Sometimes it was for a good reason - and sometimes I was just super hormonal and had no idea why I was crying. Emotions are crazy after having a baby! I also had "night sweats" and woke up so sweaty. Luckily both of these crazy side effects went away! 
I gained a total of 37 pounds in pregnancy - and so far I've lost 21 pounds. I still have 16 pounds to lose. I have a 6 week checkup soon and hopefully the doctor will clear me to workout. I can't wait to have my pre-baby body back.
Likes: being held, babywearing, rock n' play, rain sounds, being rocked, bath time, looking at lights.
Dislikes: Waiting for a bottle to warm up, sitting in a car seat, not being held, photoshoots lasting more than 5 minutes.
That's my one month update! It's two weeks late - but hey - I'm taking care of a baby over here!! :)

Friday, July 17, 2015

Birth Photography

While we were in the hospital, I hired a photographer to come a few hours after Leah was born...
 Here we are as a new family...
I will treasure these photos and memories forever! 
Our first day with our daughter!