Monday, March 23, 2015

Blair {5 & 6 Months Old}

I had great intentions of blogging more often, but it just seems like time flies by! Since I missed posting about Blair turning 5 months, I'm combining months 5 & 6 :)

I'm amazed at how much Blair has grown and how much she seems to learn every day. Her smiles make us melt...and because of that, she's so spoiled! She lets us know when she's not happy by screaming at the top of her lungs - we've learned to tell the difference between when she's actually upset and when she's just trying to get her way ;)

She always wants us to help her stand - which makes for really tired (or toned, whichever way you want to look at it) arms. At 5 months, she started rolling from her back to her stomach - and now, you can't keep her still. Simple things like changing a diaper are no longer simple! She's SO close to sitting up on her own - she can do it for a little while, but then she tends to lose her balance and lean backwards. It won't be long, though!

I was going to wait until 6 months to give her solids, but her pediatrician said if she was reaching for our food, then she's probably ready. And she was reaching for my food pretty much all the time around 4.5 to 5 months. We tried oatmeal first, but she didn't love it. I chose to make her food instead of buying it, because I know what's in it and I want her to have only organic/no preservatives. I made her some avocado puree after trying oatmeal for a few days, and she seemed to really enjoy it, in comparison. I was aiming to do butternut squash next, but I had a hard time finding organic - I need to make a Whole Foods trip (side note: why is WF so far away?!). So instead, we went with organic sweet potatoes. O M G, she LOVES sweet potatoes. I'm actually afraid that everything else we give her will be a disappointment after the sweet potatoes! We tried peas recently and she hated them. I mean, I've never seen her make such awful faces before! I think we might have to sneak some green veggies in with something that tastes better, for now - there's nothing wrong with tricking your kids, right? :)


I feel like she's grown so much in months 5 & 6, and I know that the next few months will be full of milestones, too. I'm pretty sure she'd be happy if she could walk already - you can tell she wants to, and she 'talks' to you like she's trying to have a conversation! 

We realized the other day that she's so close to being on the move and we've done zero baby proofing. I'm pretty sure we need to do that ASAP, because she's going to be into everything before we know it. She already has a mischievous side!

We (okay, I) had a hard time transitioning her to the crib at night. She slept in our bedroom in her swing, pretty much from day one. She started out in the Rock 'n Play, but that lasted about two weeks, until she started to hate it. We quickly realized she liked the swing and ended up taking advantage of that for the past 6 months. It put her to sleep pretty much instantly, so it was hard to break her (and us) of the habit. We tried putting her in the crib for daytime naps, but she absolutely hated it. We spent an hour just getting her to finally fall asleep, and then she'd sleep less than 30 minutes. We didn't put as much effort into it as we should've, and we kept using the swing at night because we knew it meant we'd all get some sleep. Well, finally, we put her in her crib Saturday night for the first time - and she slept pretty great. I, on the other hand, woke up over and over until 3am and then when I finally got into a deep sleep, she woke up at 5, 7, and 8:30am. So Sunday morning was not pretty! 
Sunday night was her second night sleeping in her crib - and she did great! I even got some sleep, too ;) After 6 months, I think we just might have a crib sleeper - this little trick helps a ton, though (more to come on this!). 

Blair's 6-month stats:

14.6 pounds
26 inches long
Wearing mostly 6-month clothes, but a few 3-month shirts/onesies still fit. Length-wise, she could probably start wearing her 9-month clothes - but I'm not trying to rush it. Can she just stay little?! :)

She loves:

  • Sophie the Giraffe
  • Her Wubbanub
  • Sweet potatoes!
  • Avocado
  • Bathtime
  • Standing
  • Giggling
  • Rolling around
  • Grabbing Paige (poor dog)
  • Her feet
  • Chewing on everything
  • Her sippy cup (side note: I didn't know you gave sippy cups to 6 month olds...the doctor said to start trying it, and she loves it!)
  • When we sing to her
She doesn't love:
  • Her car seat (unless we entertain her while we're putting her in it!)
  • Shoes, socks, or anything that covers her feet (she'll kick blankets off, too!)
  • When I leave the room
  • When we won't let her have something (like our cell phones, our food, the basket that her diapers/wipes are in, etc. - she's going to get into everything in a few months!)
  • Peas
  • Her crib (without this little magic trick)
  • Putting onesies/shirts over her head

I feel like she's changed so much over the past two months, and I know she's going to change even more dramatically over the next few months. I think we've probably got our hands full with her, and I also think we'll need to start baby proofing ASAP! :)

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Lactation Energy Bites for Nursing Mamas

A while back (as in November last year), I asked the Instagram world for a good lactation cookie recipe, and I ended up trying one that someone had suggested. While it didn't taste bad, it was literally like eating a regular cookie - with the addition of Brewer's yeast. I try to eat a pretty healthy diet...which means I didn't want to snack on unhealthy cookies all day as an excuse to 'boost my milk supply.'

After several rounds of trial and error with lactation cookies, I finally found a recipe with Brewer's yeast that actually A) tastes good and B) really does help produce more milk. I was looking for something a little more wholesome - and without butter! Enter these energy bites - I'm sure they could be healthier (maybe without chocolate chips...but that would be lame) - but they actually taste good and really boost your milk production!

Here's the original recipe, but I adapted it slightly...because for some reason, I have trouble following recipes. :)
  • 1 to 1.5 cups of oatmeal (I would've done old-fashioned, but I didn't have quick oats it was)
  • 1/2 cup of peanut butter 
  • 1/3 cup of flax seeds (I didn't have ground flaxseed, but the actual seeds are just fine)
  • 1/3 cup of honey (I almost used raw agave syrup...I'm going to do that next time!)
  • 1/2 tablespoon of Brewer's yeast (you might could add a little more, but be careful about adding too much. This is where I made my mistake with past recipes!)
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla
  • 1/2 cup of chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup of dried cranberries
  • Splash of almond milk (this made it easier to mix)
*Note: I omitted the coconut that the original recipe called for because I didn't have any and I'm honestly not a huge fan. I'm sure it would be good with the coconut, though!

How to make the energy bites:

1. Combine the dry ingredients (oatmeal, flax seeds, Brewer's yeast, chocolate chips, and dried cranberries)
2. Add the peanut butter, honey and vanilla. You can use your mixer for this, but I ended up mixing by hand because my mixer bowl needed to be cleaned (as usual - we use it all the time!) - and it worked fine. 
3. Refrigerate the mixture for 30 minutes to an hour.
4. Roll the mixture into small round balls and store in the fridge. 

I eat a few as a snack during the day, and I definitely noticed an increase in milk production. I also take fenugreek regularly, but I think Brewer's yeast is more potent and has a more dramatic impact on how much milk I produce when I pump at work. I still don't ever really overproduce, it's more like just enough, but I do get more milk when I pump between nursing sessions. Breastfeeding/pumping is hard work - but so worth it!

Monday, February 2, 2015

Blair {Three & Four Months Old}

I feel like a bad mama...I never found the time to write a 3-month post and she's already halfway through 4 months and I haven't sat down to write anything until now! Partially to blame for that is the fact that I accepted a NEW JOB back in December and started there literally the week of Christmas. Whew - needless to say, the past month and a half has been crazy! Let's start with a brief three-month recap :)

{Three Months}
Blair's personality really started to shine at three months - we quickly learned what her different cries meant - and she started to learn how to get her way! ;) She started smiling a ton and always had her hands in her mouth. She started rolling a lot from her belly to her back, and started trying to sit up. During her third month, we celebrated her first Christmas and New Year's. It's so much fun introducing Christmas to your baby, and I know next year's Christmas is going to be even more fun! We also settled into a pretty good routine when I went back to work, and for the most part, it continues to go smoothly. Luckily, Blair adapts well, so that made it easier!

{Four Months} 
It's hard to believe four months have gone by so quickly! Blair is such a joy to be around, and she has the sweetest personality. She smiles ALL the time and even giggles from time to time. It's as adorable as you'd imagine. :) She LOVES to sit up and stand with our assistance, and Daddy even helps her 'walk'. She's really good at taking steps, so she's probably going to learn to walk before she can even crawl at this rate! 

It took months, but we finally found a pacifier that she loves and that keeps her from crying - a Wubbanub. I never considered buying one of those because she hated the Soothie pacifier we got from the hospital, so I figured it was a lost cause. Well, after literally NO other type would work, I decided to give the Soothie another try - and to our surprise, she loved it. So I ordered a Wubbanub that same night via Amazon Prime and we've never looked back. It's a lifesaver at times!

At her four-month appointment, Blair weighed 13.6 pounds, she's 25 inches long, and her head is still in the 90th percentile(!) She definitely got that from her daddy. ;)

She loves:
  • Her kitty Wubbanub
  • Bathtime
  • Getting her diaper changed
  • Sophie the Giraffe
  • Smiling
  • Giggling 
  • Kicking her socks off ALL.THE.TIME.
  • Being swaddled
  • Not taking naps for Mama & Daddy...but she does for everyone else.
  • Being held 
  • Standing and sitting up
  • Rolling on her side
  • Riding in the car
She dislikes:
  • Being cold after bathtime
  • Being hungry
  • Having a wet diaper...she lets us know as soon as it's wet!
  • Getting in her carseat
  • Her crib.......... :/
  • Sitting still. She's always on the move!

This age has been so much fun, and I know it's going to get even more fun the more mobile she is and the more she learns! It also means that we need to seriously start figuring out how to babyproof our house. We probably have the least baby-friendly house ever - stairs, a coffee table with sharp corners, glass decor at baby height, cords, etc. We have a lot of work to do over the next few months!

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Blair {Two Months Old}

Two months! I can't believe she's been here that seems like it was just yesterday when we were terrified we were going to 'break' her when we tried to change her clothes and I was anxious every time she cried. I feel like her personality really started to shine through around 5 or 6 weeks...and now, I feel like she's changed SO much from month one. 

She was really fussy that first month, and it felt like no matter what we did, we couldn't really calm the fussiness. Things have changed a LOT since then! She's so much happier and we got our first big smile from her in her second month - and now we know just what to do to get a works just about every time! 

Blair has already become a little traveler - we went to the mountains in October for the weekend and just got back from a weekend at the beach yesterday. She's done so well with riding in the car for longer distances and she actually sleeps longer when we're on vacation, it seems like. Always a good thing ;)

Speaking of sleep, she consistently sleeps a solid 6-7 hour stretch every night, waking up at 6:30 or 7am to eat. She then goes back to sleep until 9-9:30am every morning. She likes her sleep...which makes us super happy!

Her two-month doctor visit is the week of Thanksgiving, so she'll actually be 10 weeks when that happens...and she has to get her shots, so that's no fun! Also, we weighed her at my parents' house because it seemed like she had a major growth spurt all of the sudden - and it looks like she weighs 12.6 pounds! Once she caught up to her birth weight, she started growing like crazy, apparently. So...all of the newborn clothes have been packed away and she's comfortably in 3-month clothes. :(

Two-Month Likes:
  • Sitting in her swing looking all around the room
  • Bathtime!
  • Holding up her head like a pro
  • Watching TV :( We found this out a few weeks ago...we definitely don't encourage it, but it's pretty funny when you realize she's watching TV and you turn her away...she starts whining. At least she prefers to watch How I Met Your Mother. 
  • Smiling
  • Her activity mat. She can roll from her stomach to her back, but not quite from her back to her stomach. She likes laying on her side but won't roll any farther ;)
  • Being held
  • Sleeping
Two-Month Dislikes:
  • Her pacifier...still. I think the pacifier isn't going to happen at this point. ;)
  • Being strapped into her car seat. She screams bloody murder when we're putting her in there...but once she's content, she'll sleep for a long long as we're moving (in the car, with the stroller, rocking the car seat, etc.)
  • Having her arms swaddled
  • Getting out of the bathtub and drying off. I think she hates being cold...wonder where she got that from ;)
  • Putting on onesies and shirts...she absolutely hates when we pull the outfit over her head!