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Baby Update – Averie Month 2

2012 023Averie’s 2nd month continued to be pretty easy.  For the first half of the month, she slept a lot during the day but started to have a fussy period between 7-11pm, during which she’d cry unless nursing or held.  This was tough because Aaron gets home from school around 5:30 and needs to be fed, bathed and put to bed by 7:30-8:00.  Usually, I serve him dinner and nurse/hold her while he ate, and during his bath time, I put her in her crib.  Sometimes she’d hang out staring at her mobile without any issues, but usually she’d be crying by the time we finished.  By 8pm, I’d be wiped out.  Breakdowns/tears usually happened at this time.

After a few weeks though, we settled into a sort of routine and I got used to running to her crib and comforting her, so it’s gotten a lot better.  I need to invest in a battery-powered mobile that runs for longer than a few minutes to help keep her distracted in the evenings, and possibly to help soothe her when I start training her to nap in her crib during the day.

Speaking of naps, she’s started to consolidate her daytime sleep and have longer wakeful periods in the day.  Now her routine is something like this:

6:30am – eat, back to sleep
8:30-9 – eat, play
10:00 – eat, play
12:00pm – sleep3:00 – eat, play
4:30 – sleep (maybe)
5:30 – go with mommy to pick up Aaron – sometimes she’ll be asleep in the car, lately she’s been awake the entire trip
6:00-8:00  – play/nurse, sometimes fuss/cry in crib during Aaron’s bath and bedtime routine
8:00 – bath, bedtime routine
8:30 nurse before going to bed
11:30 – dream feed (only sometimes if I’m worried my boobs will feel engorged in the middle of the night)
4-5am – eat, back to sleep

On good days, she’ll fall asleep and wake up quickly just once for another nursing session before going to sleep for good, but most nights she’ll fuss/wake up at least 2x.  We usually give her 2 oz of formula that helps.  I’m not sure why…either it’s because I’m emptied out by this point, or she associates the formula with sleep (maybe both?)

Overall, month 2 continued to be pretty smooth for us, as we started to establish a sort of schedule and I got the hang of juggling 2 young children.  I have less than 2 weeks before heading back to work so I’m trying to treasure every moment of my time with my little one. She’s just so good, happy and healthy that the thought of leaving her makes my heart ache…hope I won’t fall to pieces my first day back!


Baby Update – Averie month 1

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Unlike the first few months with Aaron, the time with Averie has gone by way too quickly – I’m in shock that she’s already 10 weeks old!  We were blessed with an even chiller, more easygoing kid the second time around, and I’m definitely grateful for that.  Here are some highlights of Averie’s first month:

  • After an interesting l&d with some unexpected drama, we came home with a very sleepy baby.  Because my milk took a few days to come in, she was super hungry and wanted to nurse constantly, to no avail.  I felt horrible and gave her some glucose water here and there to take the edge off, but in retrospect I wish I gave her some formula instead of torturing her with hunger pains.  She cried and fussed a lot until my milk finally came in the next evening (hooray!)
  • 3 days after coming home, we went for our first pediatrician visit to find that her jaundice was getting worse, so the doctor sent us to the hospital for light therapy.  We stayed for 24 hours, where she stayed under the lights constantly except when nursing, changing her diaper, or getting her heel pricked to check her bilirubin levels. I heard that most babies fall asleep under the lights, but she hated it and cried most of the time she wasn’t in my arms.  Needless to say, neither of us got much sleep during our stay and we both conked out as soon as we came home.
  • After the jaundice subsided and she got enough milk, she went back to sleeping a ton with 2-3 brief wakeful periods a day.  She was so good that sleep deprivation wasn’t a big problem for me as it was with Aaron when he was this age.
  • She did however, eat a TON and wanted to nurse at least every 2 hours, sometimes every hour, which was exhausting.  Fortunately, she was able to go for slightly longer stretches at night, sleeping anywhere from 2-4 hours.  Nighttime sleep went for longer stretches on her own, and by the end of October, she was starting to sleep 4-5 hours.  Yay!
  •  Breastfeeding wasn’t as painless as I thought it would be – with Aaron, I had issues ranging from lower supply to super painful, blistered nipples.  Fortunately, I haven’t had supply issues this time around (though we still do supplement a few ounces of formula before her bedtime on occasion), but I did have sore nipples that finally went away around week 6.  Since breastfeeding isn’t new to me, I didn’t think I’d have any issues, but with her voracious appetite and barracuda mouth, my boobs didn’t stand a chance to come through unscathed.

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The first month was a blur, but because I was a somewhat more experienced mom and she was so good, it was much better than what I expected.  The hardest part was learning to juggle the needs of a newborn with that of a capricious 2 year old.  Hubs and I find ourselves saying, wow this would be a piece of cake if Aaron wasn’t here, haha!  Not that I’d have it any other way, though.  Posts devoted to Aaron’s hilarious antics to follow soon.

Another year, another kid, another long blog-less stretch

Another promise to myself to blog regularly sort of fizzled, and for the second time I blame it on pregnancy and having a baby (#2).  At the beginning of the year I was really motivated to keep this up, and then came horrible morning sickness that made it all but impossible to keep up with anything else except working and taking care of A.  I was hoping my body, having gone through pregnancy already once before, would adapt to the second one without much drama, but alas, that wasn’t the case – the symptoms were much worse, especially the first trimester.  In addition to expecting, we also bought and sold a house, plus hubby started a new (and stressful) job.  Blogging went further and further down on the priority list until now.

Now that A2 (baby) is 2 months old and starting to adapt to a schedule of sorts, I have no excuse to miss posts.  I regret not documenting all the little milestones and exciting moments in life, especially with A1, so with A2 most likely being our last child, I want to remember as much as possible of her infancy.  So here goes (again!)

30 Rock is back! jyeah!

One of the best compliments I received was from a friend who said I reminded him of Tina Fey.  Granted, he was a little drunk when he said this, but the truth comes out after a little alcohol, right?

After a long hiatus, I’m excited to for the new season of 30 Rock, one of my favorite TV shows.

(image source here)

Now I’m only waiting for Mad Men to debut its new season and life will be good.  So good.

Jillian Michaels, Pressed Juice Cleanse, and me crying

A. was born in September 2010 and I ambitiously set a goal to get myself into shape before his 1st birthday.   My husband and I even made a deal that I would get a Rolex watch if I met this goal. Well, it’s been 15 months and that Rolex watch doesn’t seem any closer to being in my possession.

Nursing, going back to work, and generally having no time to do anything in between (like eating) helped shed the first half of the weight really quickly.  I thought, pssh this is going to be a piece of cake.  Obviously, I was delusional.  Although I was fortunate enough to lose most of the pregnancy weight, the last 5-7 lbs have proved to be very, very stubborn.  They’ve pretty much parked themselves in my midsection and butt and have made themselves quite comfortable without any intention of leaving without a fight.

Working out regularly has never been something I enjoy but I need to suck it up and go to the gym on a regular basis.  I’ve also purchased this:

It’s actually quite a good workout – it’s just that I haven’t been that great about following the plan as laid out by Jillian (who’s tough in a surprisingly charming way in the DVD).  A more detailed review to come soon.

Finally, a coworker and I are ambitiously planning to try a juice cleanse for a fresh start to a new year.  I’ve never done a cleanse before, partly because I love food but mainly because I have little willpower to stick to anything, so this will be interesting.  More to come once these action items are put in motion!

New year, new blog

Regular blogging has been on my new years resolution list for the past…three, four years (probably longer) but like anything that requires discipline and maintenance, it inevitably moved down the priority list as the year went by.  Ever since I was a kid, I’ve kept journals and diaries, and years later, I find it extremely amusing to read about the “drama” I’ve endured in life, like as a seven year-old newly minted big sister, or during my days of emotional turmoil as an angst-ridden middle child teenager.Buying a website domain and actually paying for it will hopefully make me feel more compelled to post regularly.

Ever since becoming a parent, I’ve been obsessed with finding the best baby products through internet and word-of-mouth reviews, and the myriad of websites, blogs, stores, etc. can be quite daunting.  I have pretty specific tastes (simple, modern, whimsical with a retro/vintage vibe) so my goal is to share my thoughts and resources with others that have similar style.  in addition, as a working mom, I’m continually striving to find a balance between my professional and personal life, and hope that this blog will help myself and other mothers, in all walks of life and all stages of parenthood, to share tips and resources to find this balance.

Thanks for stopping by and please feel free to share your comments/thoughts/products/advice with me!

– Jessica –

My little man turns ONE

The little man had his milestone 1st birthday last month, and seeing what a blast he had (despite his initial shyness with a crowd of people he didn’t know) was worth all the time, energy and occasional bouts of stress that went into the planning.  I’m still waiting for pictures from the big day but I do have one from the dohljabi that never fails to put a smile on my face when I see it:

No pressue buddy…this only determines the course for the rest of your life.