Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Just for laughs

My baby rivals JAWS.  I call him Sharkie.  Sometimes I see him approaching and I here that JAWS tune.  You know the one I'm talking about.  Most of the time when he feeds he's cool, other times he's vicious.  Don't let him be a little hungry.  He will start sniffing , grunting, huffing and puffing until he gets the boob.  As he gets closer his head violently moves from side to side with mouth wide open.  As soon as he latches on he slips off because he's too eager.  Mama tries to calm him down by talking, singing or rocking but she realizes it's tough to pacify a shark.   He gets frustrated and the fight begins.  Well it's a fight for him but his now experienced mama views it as a dance (and she's the leader).  Too bad she didn't realize that she cannot dance with a shark.  He finally digs in after doing it his way for a few seconds.  Victory!  Until he gets too excited, slips off and starts the process again.  I love nursing :)

Mrs. K

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Just for laughs

The other day my husband yelled really loudly (out of happiness) while our kiddo was sleeping.  He had been trying to get something on his computer to work for a few days and it finally did.  He was so excited that he yelled.  Needless to say this was minutes after we had put our son down to sleep.  Our son was in the neighboring room upstairs and I was downstairs when I heard him yell.  I freaked out because I didn't want the baby to wake up.  Thankfully he didn't.  My husband's explanation was that he "forgot for a little while there that we had a kid."  LOL.  I thought that was so funny and I could not stop laughing.

Mrs. K

Monday, April 9, 2012

Post pregnancy body

No there will be no pictures in this post. LOL.  Maybe I'll post pictures (of before and after) once my body is in decent shape.  I've thankfully lost most of the pregnancy weight except for about 10 or so pounds but my body just does not look the same.  Even though I'm close to my pre-pregnancy weight I'm soft and mushy, totally lacking tone.  AND what is up with all the extra skin on my abdomen.  My belly has shrunken back close to its normal size (I think) but I have excess skin that I don't know how to get rid of.  The linea nigra on my abdomen is still there and apparently it'll be there for another 2 months or so.  My butt and legs are a lot smaller but not in a good way--haha! 

At about 3 weeks I was fitting into my old jeans.  Some tops fit but others don't for obvious reasons.  It took no time after the delivery for me to start losing weight but I no longer look athletic.  To get to this point I've mainly been breastfeeding, going on walks with my baby strapped to me about 3 times per week (I started doing this around week 2), dancing around the house occasionally with my baby, and eating like normal.  

My sweet tooth has come back by the way.  So, I figure I should start my workout routine so I can maintain my sweet tooth.  Just kidding.  Actually I had planned to start working out for real at 8 weeks postpartum so that's what I did.  My postpartum visit to the OB was fine and I got the green light to resume working out.  So, on April 2 I started Insanity again.  I love those workout videos.  I did the fit test and it was very similar to the first fit test I did over a year ago when I first did Insanity.  That's hard to believe because I almost died doing the first few videos this time around.  I think I forgot how much they kicked my butt the first time but I'm sticking with it.  Workout videos seem best at this time although we have a gym membership.  I do the workouts right after I put my baby down for bed.  This schedule will work great when I go back to work too.

As for stretch marks, I have about 4 short lines on the left lower quadrant of my abdomen.  Interesting because I didn't notice them while pregnant.  The belly button is slowly going in.  Shoe size is about the same.  No hair loss, yet.  But my hair is so thick that I wouldn't mind losing a few strands. LOL.

Anyway, I'm back on my journey to being fit.  I'm trying to not obsess too much about my weight and my body because I want to remain sane.  I'll update you all along the way.

What are you doing to lose the baby weight?   Or what do you plan to do if you are pregnant?  If you've lost baby weight in the past, what did you do?

Mrs. K

Friday, April 6, 2012

iNurse (in public)

I wanted to blog a little about my breastfeeding adventures so that it can be a reminder for me in the future to breastfeed again but also to motivate other women.  I knew a lot about breastfeeding before becoming pregnant (including the anatomy, the mechanics and the benefits to mother and baby).  I knew breastfeeding was something I wanted to do even before we were considering getting pregnant.  However, I worried and feared that I would not be able to because of the pain.  I've mentioned before that I'm the biggest punk when it comes to pain.  

Anyway, I'm proud to say that I've been exclusively breastfeeding my son for the past 2 months and I'm very motivated to continue.  If I can do it, anyone can.  Of course, initially it was uncomfortable but after a few days your body really does adjust.  I also had to get over some other things so I could successfully breastfeed.  First off, I over-think things and was way to caught up in the mechanics of how to.  I had to chill out and let my mommy instincts kick in.  I also had to get over the thought of looking and seeming awkward (yes, it's true as dumb as it may seem).  

AND one of the biggest things I got over was the fear of being out when my son is hungry and not being able to feed him.  I actually got over that one pretty quickly too.  Initially I would rush home every 2 hours to feed but then that got old.  I then transitioned to feeding him in the back of the car with my Balboa cover up thingy (which btw I'm a pro at using). LOL.  Once again I had to get over the awkwardness of that thing.  And finally I breastfed my baby in public (covered up of course).  But I've breastfed in the park, at restaurants, in the mall.  Whenever my baby has to eat I just feed him and I no longer have anxieties about doing so.  It feels really good.  Sounds simple but it was a process to get to where I am now.

Nursing my baby at Jordan Lake on a beautiful Spring Day

Have you ladies nursed in public?  If so, what was your experience like?  What do you think about breastfeeding in public? Any funny public nursing stories? Tips for new or future nursing mothers? Tips for transitioning back to work?

Mrs. K

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Baby K: month 2

Happy 2 month Birthday!!!!

Week 5:
- We went back for your one month check up on March 7 and you weighed 8lb 6oz.  Your dad and I were excited about the weight gain.  Your dad estimated that you would be about 7 lbs and I didn't estimate because I'm bad at guessing at things like that.  You are also 20 inches long.  We are glad that you are growing.  We can tell because your face looks chubbier.  We are totally digging the double chin and pot belly.  We also like that newborn clothes and diapers no longer fit you.  By the way, this week you are officially an infant and no longer a newborn.
 - You were pretty fussy this week.  You had a few days where you were on a nursing marathon.  You wanted to nurse for like two hours continuously and whenever I tried removing you, you went ape crazy.  Those days were frustrating but we made it through.  My impression is that you were really tired at those times and needed a nap but sought comfort in the boob.
- Interestingly your hair is still straight and I'm wondering when it's going to get curly.  Even when it's wet it's straight.  I envy your long eyelashes and was wondering if I could borrow them.  Kidding.  Your complexion is more tan and your eye color looks medium brown (not dark brown like mine but not really hazel).  Your dad says that you may have hazel eyes.  I guess we just have to wait to see.  You are still sporting the Whoopie look with hardly any eyebrows.  Although I hate to see you cry, I adore how your little bottom lip curves up (and quivers) whenever you are about to cry.  You have huge hands and huge feet.  The socks you wear look a little funny on you because your ankles are so tiny but your feet are too big for them.
- You seem to want to talk to me more this week.  You look at my mouth when I'm talking and you try to make sounds too.
- I've learned that when you are sleeping you'll make little fussy noises but you are still asleep so I should just leave you alone and not pick you up.  You've taught me so much little boy.
- This week you seem to be spitting up less but pooping a ton more.  
- We went to church again this week and you did well.  Oh yeah and we went on several walks this week.

Week 6:
- Truthfully one word sums up this week: FUSSY.  Jut kidding.  But really, you reached peaked fussiness this week.  I must admit that I felt a bit helpless at times because I did not know what to do to soothe you.  After some research I felt a little better because this is apparently normal at this age.
- For the most part you don't mind riding in the car.  Actually I think you like it and it helps to soothe you sometimes when you are fussy.
- You are still not big on the using the pacifier but you'll take it sometimes.
- Still exclusively breastfeeding--this limits our activities some but we both don't seem to mind.  At the mall, we found the nursing room which worked out great.  Interestingly I nursed you in public twice this week (of course I used the Balboa cover up thingy)--once at Jordan Lake and once in Cheesecake factory.  It wasn't bad at all-- we didn't get any crazy stares or comments.  It would not have mattered anyway, because you were hungry and I HAD to feed you.
- Met with Baby Abby again for ice cream and took some cute pictures together
- Family came to visit you from Florida this week.  Your dad's sister, her husband, her 7 year old and her 9 month old twins were in town.  It was extremely chaotic but fun.  It was great spending time with family.
- One of our friends, Jasmine, came to visit.  She spent part of her spring break with us.  We all went to the mall, went for ice cream and went for a walk together.

Week 7:
- We are still working on several things this week.  Because we've had many visitors over the past few weeks, it's been difficult sticking to a schedule.  This week we are going back to the feed/wake/sleep schedule.  I'm not being very rigid with it but that's the general trend.  Just want to get something in place before I go back to work.  By the way, I'm still thinking about how difficult it will be to go back.  Don't know how I will do it.  This week I've been trying to let you cry a little (teeny tiny bit) before rescuing you.  I know that when I go back to work you may not be catered to as much.  But it's so hard to see you cry--it really does break my heart.
- Aunt Jeanna and the kiddos came to visit.  Maddie (your cousin) was so sweet with you.  I think you handle all the chaos well.
- This week was filled with more public nursing and nursing in the back of my car.  It's not as bad as it sounds.  It's so sweet to watch your face when you nurse.  My heart melts when your big brown eyes stare back at me.
- Aunt Heather came to visit too.  Interestingly that same day, our entire neighborhood lost power for a few hours due to a storm.  That was one interesting night but everything turned out ok.
- You got your first bottle this week and boy was it a challenge (even though it contained breast milk).  I let your dad feed you the bottle with expressed milk so that you can get used using a bottle.  You whined and cried for about 30 minutes before deciding to take it.  I think a part of the reason is because the nipple from that bottle was kind of crappy. 

Week 8: 
- You have been "talking up a storm" but the funny thing is when daddy comes home and I tell him all you do, you make me look like I'm crazy because you don't do it for him.  So my solution for that problem was to record you.  Daddy got a chance to see you smiling and talking via video.  You are the most talkative, interactive, and playful in the mornings when you're on the changing table.  You are so sweet to watch.
- Your dad fed you another bottle this week and you cried for 15 minutes before taking it.  I think it was because you did not like the nipple from that bottle.  We switched you to the Medela bottle and you did fine.
- Mommy had a birthday this week and we celebrated low key.
- You seem less fussy this week but in the evenings you still get cranky--especially if you didn't have a few good naps earlier in the day.
- You have been sleeping 4 hours straight on a regular basis now.  Your best night this week, you slept four hours, woke up to eat, went right back to sleep then slept another four hours.  It's still not sleeping through the night but compared to where we were before I'm very grateful
- Daddy and I have a bedtime routine down for you which I think helps with transition to sleep.  It includes a bath, my version of baby massage, you crying, grooming/diaper change, prayer, feeding then rocking for a few minutes until you get drowsy then putting you down awake but drowsy.  Most nights this work and you go to bed without a struggle.  I've moved reading you a book to the daytime because you get fussy when I read to you at night.
- We've been going out more and planning activities around your schedule.  There's been lots of feeding you in public and in the car.  That doesn't bother me and it sure doesn't bother you.

Week 9: Part 1
- This week has been even better.  You are smiling with me even more.  You seem to be more social in the mornings.  Finally daddy got to see you communicating.
- We skyped with Nonna (your paternal grandma) but you did not coo or smile for her.  Maybe next time.
- This week so far you came very close to sleeping 5 hours per night.  Most nights the longest you've slept is a 4 hour stretch.
- So far you've drank out of a bottle about 3 or 4 times.  The last 2 times you took it without fussing too much.  This reassures me that you wont starve when I go back to work.  Mommy has been pumping and storing milk like crazy but with all that hard work only have enough for a few weeks.  Thankfully, I'm able to pump at work so we hopefully wont run it.  It's been great not having to buy formula or make bottles.
- This week I got a new phone and have been taking tons of pictures and videos of you.  Daddy enjoys getting photos of you almost daily while at work.
- Still doing tummy time pretty often so no flat head for you.  While on your tummy you're able to turn your head from side to side and hold your head up for a few seconds.  Your neck muscles seem to be getting stronger.
- I think you recognize my voice because you search for me when you hear it.

OK, I know this was a long recap but I want to remember as much as I can.  I love you so much little boy.  Your daddy loves you too and it takes my breath away when I see him with you (loving and kissing on you).  Can't wait to see what the future holds for you and our family.

Mrs. K


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