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Hannah Months 6 & 7!

Wow I am SO behind!

Hannah is doing great!

Hannah 6 Months:

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Between 5 & 6 months I really started hitting hard some (not all) babywise principles. This made a huge difference especially in sleep. I started putting her down for naps awake. Keeping her feeding times and sleep times consistent (within 30 mins). It was a miracle! She settled down a lot. Most importantly she started sleeping through the night. I’m talking 8pm to 5am or so. Yes. truth. It was amazing. It was hit or miss at first but after about 2 weeks she was consistent.

We headed across the US to my parents for Christmas. We had a blast but it completely messed up the schedule! Oh well. She survived and we had a blast!

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Wrapping paper was a hit- It all went straight to her mouth!  At Christmas we tried some food with her for the first time. She was less than impressed. I did not mash it very well and she gagged and did not have fun. oops. But once we got back home and got back into our routine she started eating more. Avocado, banana, applesauce, peas, sweet potato, butternut squash. She had no issues with any of the foods! I tried some blueberry/purple sweet potato puffs. Those she hates. go figure right?

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She can roll over like a champ. Still not great at sitting up on her own. She will sleep back/side/belly however she wants usually!

6 month stats:

Weight: 14.5 lbs (25%)

Length: 25.5in (50%)

So she is pretty shrimpy! She dropped from 50% to 25% in weight. We think its because she dropped the night feeding. The doctor is not at all concerned. She was pleased with everything!

Hannah 7 months:

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We continued the food, but it turns out Hannah has some very very sensitive skin. The food we had to back off on and cut back to bananas and baby oatmeal. She ended up with some pretty nasty rash. 🙁 It was beyond frustrating and nothing makes you feel more like a failure as a mom!

She is still sleeping through the night. We are still on about 3 naps/day. Two shorter ones in the AM and one longer one in the afternoon. She is starting to talk more and says ‘mama’ but I’m not sure she really knows what she is saying!

We did get a Jumperoo. WOW. Super fun and she has a Blast!!!!

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This is the jumperoo we got: Fisher-Price Luv U Zoo Jumperoo  (affiliate link)

We have come a lot farther on sitting up now and she does great sitting on her own for a bit. She definitely still cries when she falls over!

Clothes – We are still in 6 month clothes! It all still fits pretty well. She is out of most stuff that said 3-6, but anything that is 6, she can still wear! And some of it looks baggy on her!

Overall Hannah has a great attitude and is definitely fun to be around and hang out with! She is very fun and loves to be tickled and laugh. She loves to dance around with you and jump!

Hannah Months 4 & 5

I just want to recap before I forget!! Wow time sure does fly!!

4 Months Old:

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Hannah turned 4 months while we were visiting family in Oklahoma. They sure did have a fun time seeing her. The great grandparents and all! However this was in the middle of a very rough time for us! Hannah was not sleeping very well. She would wake 1-3x a night, be relatively fussy. She was still eating randomly maybe 1.5-2 hours or so, but it was more of a ‘snack’. She would quickly lose interest!

So at her 4 month appt, I was hoping the doctor had some suggestions and she did! I Love love our doctor! She is amazing! We moved Hannah to more of a 3ish hour eating schedule and she suggested letting her ‘cry’ some at night. Well at this point Hannah is still in our room, so that doesn’t work out too well for anyone! But the adjusted eating schedule made a WORLD of difference!

Her 4 month stats:

Weight: 13 lbs 4 oz

Height: 24.5 in long.

She is falling right on the doctors 50% line! So a nice size! She had not rolled over yet at her 4 month appt so the doc encouraged more tummy time of course! But overall she is doing great!

5 months old:

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After the 4 month appt- I spread out Hannah’s feedings and got her on a very consistent schedule. It varied if we had things to do, but we settled into a very nice routine. She is super happy when she’s awake and goes to sleep pretty well.

She did learn how to roll over from front to back. But after doing it for a few days… She totally quit. And she pretty much cried on tummy time. Just put her face in the floor and started to cry. :/ I still did it until she would cry but not easy.

Not much else to report in here. Sleeping pretty consistent. Nursing well.

 

Me: Doing well. Back into working out here and there and all. Feeling good for the most part!

 

Hannah Months 2 & 3!

Ok So I have majorly failed at blogging! This whole stay at home mom thing has been quite the adjustment!

I’ll update on Hannah first!

Month 2 – 

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Weight: 10lb 11 oz

Height: 22.5in

Head: 15 in

So according to the numbers, this puts her in the 50th percentile. That is completely fine with me! I don’t mind her being ‘normal’!

Shots: The two month shots were not completely horrible. Ok maybe I did tear up, but I didn’t watch! I teared up when she screamed SO horribly!! poor baby! Thankfully my appt was right before lunch and they let me stay in the room and nurse her and calm her down before I left! What a blessing! After the shots she was not her normal for about 36-48 hours and needed quite a bit extra sleep and cuddling.

Reactions: Smiles are getting to be more common – especially in the morning! She wakes up as such a happy girl!

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Eating: At two months she was doing good with the breast feeding. She did have some issues with overactive let down, but they are starting to work out more.

Me: At two months I was back to my pre-pregnancy weight. I started to do some light workouts, but nothing too crazy. Just trying to enjoy my time with my first little one!

 

Month 3! 

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Weight: Maybe 11.5-12 pounds? Total guess. I have no real idea. She is getting bigger!

Reactions: Hannah smiles a LOT more and about a week before turning 3 months old she started ‘talking’. She will coo and make noises and just talk. Except she does it sometimes while eating.. But its really fun to listen to!

Sleep: She is still very consistent with sleeping and only getting up about once a night. Occasionally twice if she has and off day. She is consistent with about 5-6 hours and has hit 7 a couple of times!! Heaven!

Eating: We are doing pretty well! Pretty routine! She eats every 2-2.5 hours during the day. It varies a bit every day, but I just go with it. The let down issues have resolved and she has become much more of an efficient eater!

Misc: Poor girl had her first stomach virus a week after her 2 month appt. She seemed really fussy one day and wouldn’t eat much and then was up a couple times at night. I was feeding her at 5 am and for some reason needed to change her. I picked her up and then we sat down for her to eat more and she vomited ALL over me. Then it happened again about 8. Then more again. I took her temp under her arm and it was I think 100.7(adjusted). Not good for a 2 month old! Called the doc and they got her in for the afternoon. Fortunately the fever was gone by the afternoon and she didn’t have any ear infections or anything. This was a huge concern becuase I had a lot when I was an infant. A day or two of extra naps and she was fine!

Additionally we took a trip to the east coast to see my parents and my grandma who is sick. Wanted her to meet Hannah before she gets to bad and could have a good experience. I’m planning on doing a post about traveling, but overall it was a pretty good trip. It was good and sad to see grandma, and totally worth the trip!

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Me: I am a pound or two below pre-pregnancy weight. I actually started back up on weight watchers. I need something to keep me accountable to eating good food and not junk! I am also back to doing some workouts. I am only getting a couple in a week, but they are quality! I picked up some new(used) weights at Play it Again Sports and that has been great for working out at home! I’ll workout during naptime or even just have Hannah in the swing or bouncer so she can watch me being healthy!

So far its fabulous being home and I am really trying to enjoy these early days! I know whenever the next kid comes along I won’t get to spend as much time with them!

6 Week update!

I know I have been really really bad about posting updates! We however had about a month of visitors of family and were just enjoying our time together!

So to bring you up to speed and summarize:

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At the 1 week checkup – Hannah was back to her birth weight-6.8 so they said we didn’t have to come in until 1 month.

1 month checkup – up to 8.14!! Getting big! Everything is all good per the doctor!

Sleep- This girl is a champ! Since about 3 weeks maybe we have been averaging 4-5 hours a night for the first stint then another 2.5-3.5 for the second. This pretty much means she is only up once per night!! Usually somewhere between 2-4. The time awake has been decreasing. During the day shes becoming more awake and doesn’t have a solid nap schedule yet, but will take some shorter (1hr) naps and then sometimes longer ones(2-3hr). Hopefully now that visitors are gone and whatnot we can try to get a better schedule going!

Eating – Clearly she eats!! Shes doing pretty well! We have been having some fussies lately but according to some research on KellyMom, it seems normal. She still pees and poops and is content so I’m not really worried. I am exclusively breastfeeding and do not have a pump! Crazy I know but we just dont see a need for it.

Reactions -We are just starting (literally the last few days) to get an actual reaction to smiles and whatnot.

Misc – We do have some cradle cap and had a fair amount of baby acne, but that is almost gone! She has some heat rash I think from the heat here in seattle! Its been a toasty summer!

Me

The first few weeks were pretty rough! My mom was here so it was amazing to not have to worry about cleaning/laundry/food etc. Thanks Mom!! She rocked at keeping everything together and helping me adjust!

I was pretty sore and had some medium tearing to heal from. It was a lesson in patience! We did some walking, but it was pushing it for me. I did a lot of couch sitting & kindle reading before/during/after feedings etc. We slowly made excursions so that by the time my sister and dad came I’d be a lot better for longer excursions.

I did get full clearance from the doctor and am excited about starting to workout! I am going to start slow with bodyweight exercies and walking until I start feeling a lot better. Then I’ll work back into my running! I can’t wait!

As for the the weight issue- I am 3 pounds from my pre-pregnancy weight. Yes just hate me. I did work really hard to stay fit and eat well while being pregnant. I’ll talk about that in another post. This is not close to my ideal weight so I have some work to do. I’m just glad to have my original weight as my starting point!

Other than that, I feel pretty good about the sleep I’m getting and don’t take too many naps but do get a good rest time usually.

 

 

 

Hannah’s Birth Story!

Here is the basics of my labor story.. I’m not a gross details person so you can keep reading if your stomach is weak!
The few weeks prior to having Hannah, I had been feeling pretty worn out. I wasn’t even going to the gym or walking even really. It was just too painful with how the baby was sitting on my hip. I went to the doc for my 37 week checkup and he decided to check me. At the check I was 1.5 cm dilated and 90% effaced. The 90% was a big surprise and he basically said that this was good – reduces the time I would be in labor and he also figured she would be more ‘on time’ than late. This is always good!
Fast forward to the following Tuesday, June 18. I really don’t know what I did all day- worked around the house chilled. Hubby came home and we had dinner and then upon a trip to the bathroom it felt like my water broke! I had no idea what this was supposed to be so I texted a friend and did some internet research. I did a 15 min ‘test’ where you lay down and get back up and see. sure enough.. So told the hubs who was pretty excited! Called the Hosp and they said to Eat then come in! Hilarious. So I ate a banana. yep. was not really hungry but ate anyways.
Got to the hospital and since I wasn’t feeling any contractions, decided to just walk from the parking lot. Walking only exacerbated the water and it was basically gushing out. Made me look like I had peed my pants! (I had on running shorts..)
In the ‘trama’ of the birth center they hooked me up and verified my water HAD broken. Turns out out I was also having regular contractions but wasn’t feeling a thing! Doc came in and they checked me at a 2. I was admitted and got my own room!
I got started out getting an IV dose of penicillin because I tested positive for Group B Strep.  This means that the entire time I was in labor I had to have penicillin every 4 hours. Let me just say this part was not fun.  It BURNED going in. After this I had to wait a few hours before anything else could be done. During this time hubs headed out to Jimmy Johns to get food for him and C – My friend who was so kind to hang out the whole time and be my coach! The nurse also let me get a sandwich -I just got a cheese sandwich. Nothing crazy but a bit of food. I ate about half the sandwich. We also watched the latest Mission Impossible movie. It passed the time. I walked around some as well.
At 11:30 I was able to elect to get Pitocin. Since at this point I wasn’t even feeling the contractions, yet I was still having them, I opted to get it. I didn’t know how long it would take otherwise! The only stinky part is that you can’t walk around as easily. But at this point in the evening, I was pretty tired. I don’t think I slept but just rested. Slowly as time went by and the pitocin was increased I started feeling the contractions. It was getting semi painful and my back was hurting with the contractions. About 4 am the nurse hooked me up to the portable monitor and had me walk around hoping to get the baby to shift position. Walking was nice, but it was not cool. I was that girl having to stop and hold on the rail for the contractions because walking during them was not really an option.. I maybe walked for 20 mins and then gave up.
At this point I don’t remember much. We had the room dark and hubs and C were off and on sleeping and I was just chillin. Actually I was trying to get through the contractions. After awhile C moved over to sit with me and was helping me get through them. They were pretty consistent with little to no break. It was still really hurting my back and in my legs and everywhere.
I think around 6/6:30 they came in to check me. I was only at 3cm and still 90%. UGG I was not happy. All that and I’d gotten nowhere. So the doctor from my practice came in to check and tell me who was coming on call for the day. She said at this point if I wanted the epidural to just get it now. No need to wait. She is one of my fav people ever! Unfortunately the nurse was pretty wishy-washy and tried to tell me to wait until I was a 4. Ummm the doc didn’t agree. Get me the meds!! So we decided since shift change was at 7 we would get me on the list as one of the first for the new anesthesiologist. I had to wait about 30 mins but the guy was super nice and very efficient. I didn’t feel like it really hurt at all. The IV going in hurt WAY more!! It didn’t take too long before it really went into effect.
At this point we just hung out and I was able to play on my phone and text updates to people. We might have watched TV but I am not a huge TV person so the morning tv bored me and we didn’t keep it on.
At 10:30 or so they came in to check me. Good news! Fully a 10, 100% and already down some so ready to go! They then went into speed mode to transform the room and get all the delivery supplies. Best thing about this hospital is you and the baby never leave the room! So they got everything ready and the nurse showed C and hubs how to hold my legs and pushing began! It was not too crazy at first- and we had some good breaks. The nurse was very helpful giving tips for breathing and pushing.
I wasn’t really paying attention. Things were progressing and C was so excited and giving me updates! They were counting for me and my breathing. Every so often the doc would show up and check on things. Before I knew it 2 hours had gone by. Say WHAT?! like yeah… Somewhere in here C’s mom showed up and took over the one leg and hubs sat down by my head to support and comfort. It was awesome to have his hands on my shoulder and rubbing my head to help me relax. At some point in here it was evident that she was coming out sunny side up – Face Up. This is not the norm. So the last hour of pushing was a blur. Things were moving along at a good pace but no one really told me how close/far we were! About 2.5 hours in, I started getting hungry. Like starving. Thankfully at this point they let me take sips of water and I had hubs doing some cold cloths on my face to keep me awake. At some point more people showed up in the room and the doc started dressing up. She looked and me and said something like “you are getting close when I start putting the clothes on!” I was pretty excited and we made team work of the last few pushes!
Finally we made it and she got all the way out!! It was 1:50 pm – I could see the clock the entire time! C cut the cord and had a blast! Hubs was breathing sighs of relief. Unfortunately I didn’t get her right away. When my water broke, they detected the possibility of meconimum in the fluid so this meant the NICU nurses were in the room and took her immediately to check her out. I remember hearing her first cry and the doc looking at me and smiling. It didn’t take long for the NICU nurses to check her out and bring her over. They gave her to me and I pretty much cried! So surreal and so precious! hubs was with me and we were so in shock! The phones came out to start taking pictures! I got to hold her and hubs held her and then we immediately went into the nursing! She got it to work pretty quick! I was so in shock!
While all the photos were going on the doc finished up and stitched me up. Thankfully they wait awhile to remove the epidural. We were enjoying our little one and they clean everything up. Then they take her and weigh her and measure etc.
Here is our precious daughter!
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Hannah Jubilee
6/19/2013
1:50 pm
6 pounds 8 ounces
18″ long
Momma & baby!
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The rest of our hospital time went pretty well. We settled in with our little one and thankfully we had the nurses to help! Here they send you home after 24 hours and our day nurses on Thursday were not the best so we were more than ready to go home!
However I have to say that this was overall a very good experience and we are so blessed to have a healthy baby girl!

 

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