I realize now that this is a bit late because she is now 10 weeks old, but here it is! I’m falling more and more in love with this little girl each day. This last month has brought on some really fun developments that just melt my heart. She now SMILES at us and is starting to interact with her environment by swatting at objects. Her and Micah bond over their Saturday Morning snuggle sessions, and we are currently getting ready for our first road trip to nana and grandpa kuiper! It’s been an amazing month!
Still all breastfed! We’ve been pretty lazy about practicing with the bottle but since she has taken it like a champ ever time we have tried I am not too worried. I’m also super lucky that I work right next to her daycare and that her daycare provider is super flexible and willing to let me come feed her during the day!
There have been HUGE improvements in her sleep in this last month! She now has a 6-8 hour stretch before her first night feeding and sleeps another 4 hours after that! She goes to be around 6:30 or 7 so I am still waking up in the middle of the night, but I joke that I get better sleep now than when I was pregnant! I hear horrible things about the 4 month sleep regression, so we will see how that goes!
We are also starting to transition out of her tight swaddle, and into things where she has more arm movement. I picked up a lovetodream swaddle 50/50, which will allow me to unzip one arm at a time, and we started using our Merlin’s Magic Sleep Suit. She doesn’t sleep as well as with her tight swaddle, but I want to get her transitioned before the hot weather of summer comes.
LIKES / DISLIKES
- Sitting up in her new chair
- being worn! Now she’s all about legs out in the moby! We also got a Lillebaby with owl print that she seems to like too
- Looking at the birds and fish
In general if she’s interacting with her environment she’s happy! She loves people, and attention. I have a feeling this with be soo much fun when she’s a teenager 🙂
- She still hates being held like a baby
- Getting her feet tickled
- When her paci falls out
- When mama has hot food! (or coffee!)
She’s starting to swat at objects which is sooo cute to watch! I can tell that she really wants to grab them but hasn’t figured out how to let go of her thumb first. She holds it between her first two fingers which is ironically sign language for “toilet” . Also tummy time has gone from a much hated activity to an acceptable one, as long as she’s not on it for too long. Still rolling from front to back but no signs of going the other way yet.
I’ve been doing great! Better than great! Thank God for Zoloft. Mentally I feel better than I have in years. If you even THINK you may benefit from some meds, ask your doc! There isn’t any shame at all. Don’t miss a single precious moment because you’re (literally) crying over spilled milk.
Soon I will be returning to work and Micah will start traveling, so we have some big changes coming our way. I look forward to getting into a consistent routine, and figuring out a workout plan.
She’s still in 0-3 month clothes but I don’t know how much longer she will be! I already need to put her in the more roomier outfits when she is in her cloth diapers! Speaking of cloth diapers, I made a huge purchase with all the Earth Day sales! My plan was to know what I liked before earth day and to stock up then, but there was just so many more options I want to try! We’re working hard on burning through our Honest Company stash before going full time cloth (those were just too expensive to waste) but I can’t wait to start!
Until next time!
~Sarah & Lilly
I have to start by saying that this little girl has completely stolen my heart! I never could have imagined these last 4 weeks if I had tried. Honestly, time has just flown by. I’m not sure if it’s the sleep deprivation or what, but if the rest of her life keeps going this fast I’m not sure I can handle it!
At her 1 month appointment (which we had more around 3 weeks) she was 8lbs, 7oz and 21 inches long. The doc says she is perfect and a very healthy little girl. Personally, I am obsessed with her eyes and hair! Currently, her eyes are this steel gray / blue and while she is starting to go bald, her little curls are to die for!
Now, to cover the basics…
So far she has been exclusively breastfed and is a very good eater. We had a couple nights she was refusing to latch but (fingers crossed) I think it was a phase. She eats on demand during the day anywhere from every hour to every 3 hours and usually eats for 15-25 minutes. I was SO nervous about introducing a bottle to her but so far Micah has fed her twice! We started with the comotomo bottle and she did SO well with it that I wish I would have started with something cheaper. Oh well, at least we know this one works! I plan to have Micah get her a bottle of pumped milk 4-5 times a week for now and upping that a bit when we get closer to her starting daycare.
So far sleep has been pretty good. Her longest stretches of sleep are in the morning / lunch time and right after she goes to bed. However, I swear she knows when I have hot food and always seems to wake up for that. During the Night she is up about every 3 hours, but has given us one or two 4 hour stretches. We have been using both the love to dream SwaddleUP swaddle along with the HALO sleepsack swaddle and she seems to do well with both. I however like the SwaddleUP because it’s easier to put her in, and the fabric doesn’t ride up by her face. She really likes to have her hands by her face too. She is the noisiest sleeper! She makes these grunting sounds that keep me awake pretty concerned. And of course when she does sleep quietly I have to check to make sure she is still breathing right?! Hopefully I will get some more restful nights in my future.
LIKES / DISLIKES
- Dad’s burping abilities
- being worn, and so far seems to like the ergo more than the moby
- standing / sitting upright so she can see
- The carseat and car rides
- pooping in a fresh diaper
- Getting out of the bath
- Diaper / outfit changes
- being held “like a baby”
- gas (don’t we all)
I’m doing better / adjusting. I love being a mother so much and I still can’t believe this little girl is mine! My hormones / emotions are definitely on a roller-coaster ride though and I feel like I have to worst case of PMS ever. I found that getting out of the house daily is a MUST for me to feel like myself. There is just something about a real bra and fresh air that does a girl good! I’m really looking forward to being cleared to exercise again and spring to come so we can go on walks with our stroller !
She is growing SO fast! Here is her two week picture and her again at 4 weeks. The newborn clothes are officially a little too tight so I have been slowly putting them away after she wears them one last time (while I try not to cry!) . The 0-3 month clothes are still pretty loose on her, but she does seem more comfortable in them. Her diapers confuse the heck out of me. The newborn seem too small but the size 1 seem WAY too big! We are currently using pampers swaddlers but I may start playing around with other brands. We shall see!
Overall, we are doing well! Lilly has been such an amazing blessing and I have been so grateful for all our friends and family. I’m waay behind on my thank-you cards, but to everyone who has sent a gift of a meal it has been SO helpful and appreciated! Life is good! More adventures to come!
Wow, these last 23 weeks truly have flown by. I haven’t exactly kept up with weekly updates, but for the most part things haven’t changed dramatically from week to week. I’m looking forward to blogging more, figuring out how to turn my “couch pregnancy” into a “fit pregnancy”, and meeting our little one!
How far along are you? 23 weeks today!
What fruit are you? A large mango
Due date: February 11th, 2017
Cravings? I still miss all my dad’s cooking, but no major cravings.
Weight gain: Up ~7lbs
Exercise: Sadly, none. I seem to have days where I have the energy, but then I usually lack the motivation! Hopefully will figure this out soon! (Blogging totally helps for accountability)
Food aversions: Leftovers – yuck!
Symptoms: The morning sickness is pretty much gone as long as I don’t allow myself to get hungry! I’ve also had quite a bit of groin and hip pain lately. Dr. Google says it’s just all the ligaments stretching out, hopefully it doesn’t get too much worse!
Movement: Yes! This is my favorite part of being pregnant so far! I mainly feel her after I eat and if I sit very still.
Fears: Just general anxiety about her well being and being a mom. Also, winter…. How do I keep her warm and what if she is born during a snow storm?!
Generally feeling: Lazy and unmotivated. Micah has been traveling so I’ve been spending waaay too much time on Netflix. I bought a kindle to kick up my reading game, but still lack motivated to do much of anything after I get out of work. Some days I have energy, others I just pass out in bed!
Looking forward to: The hubby feeling her move from the outside! I have been able to a few times bit it seems like as soon as Micah tries she gets shy.
What I’ve been loving: Movement and ultrasounds! She was camera shy so I actually get to go back for another ultrasound in a few weeks! She was sucking her thumb and wouldn’t wake up to rollover (sounds like her daddy!)
What I miss: Wine, having energy to go to the gym, and Micah being home more (he’s traveling a lot for work)
Sleep: I’m in bed a TON, but I feel like the quality of my sleep is truly lacking. I do have a snoogle which helps me stay on my back, but I tend to want to flail all night long!
Maternity clothes? Yes! I am loving my maternity jeans! Other than that I’ve been living in Lularoe!
Boy or Girl? We have a little lady on our hands!
Any baby/pregnancy related purchases? Daddy has come home with a pair of green John Deere socks.
Words of wisdom: Everyone told me the 2nd trimester was easier than the first and so far that has turned out to be true! Thank goodness!
I can’t wait to meet her!
I’m sitting here on a Thursday morning dreaming about what I want this blog to become. I’m not a professional writer (I actually am quite horrible at spelling) and I’m not some super fit girl who has it all figured it and can tell you all how to lose weight and get fit and blah blah blah… So what do I have to offer you?
I’m honestly not so sure. Maybe you need a place to vent… Maybe you want to feel like you’re not alone. You could want to get healthy along side a friend; a friend who realizes how HARD and FRUSTRATING this whole journey can be. Who knows… maybe you’re like me and start a whole new blog because it’s the only thing to prevent you from sucker punching that beautiful girl on Instagram… You know that beautiful girl who looks drop dead gorgeous in a bikini after losing 10 pounds… even though you could only DREAM of looking like her before picture.
You see, I’ve been on my own health, fitness, and weight loss journey for as long as I can remember, and it has been one of the most isolating experiences of my life. It seems so isolating because I have to FIGHT so hard just to lose 5 pounds, while I can gain it all back in a single week. In the mean time, society is out to prove how easy and simple it can be right? Sorry, no matter what I do… I can cut carbs, drink shakes, wrap myself in some magic potion, take pills, and even remove half of my stomach and this journey will still be a daily fight and struggle.
I am willing to Fight to Fit.
As someone who has struggled with my weight my whole life I know all to well that health and fitness do not come easy. In order to be successful we have to struggle every single day against all the forces that the world has stacked against us, and it is exhausting. My hope is through The Fight to Fit you will find encouragement, real talk, and motivation, along with tips and tricks, to help you push forward when you’re ready to give up. You are not alone in this fight, and you CAN be successful! WE can be successful!