Week Eight Summary

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Britt’s eighth week of life was from Jan 24 – Jan 30th. It was another tough one for several reasons…

Sleep: She started waking up at night again! This was a new thing for us as Kye never did that. She started waking up at 3, 4 or 5 each night and I’d feed her. I wasn’t sure if it was a growth spurt or what so I figured it was better to feed her, especially since it was always so far away from our morning wake up time. Plus my breasts literally ached hearing her cry as they were mega full. It just made sense to feed her and she’d typically only eat for 30 min or so (short for her!) and then be back to sleep. I had been SPOILED by her sleeping through the night. When the early wakings happened, it Killed me. I had a hard time staying awake throughout the day and literally felt more exhausted than I did when she was first born. Maybe my body had gotten used to solid sleep so it was harder for me to go back to not having it???

This week I also gave up looking for sleep cues. The child just doesn’t have any! If I waited for her to yawn, get fussy, or seem tired then she’d never nap! Instead I started to just go by the clock. When I’d feed her at 10:30 she’d be done at 11:30 so I’d put her down at noon. Her awake time lengths (including the time to eat) are 1 hour and 30 min. Typically if she’s even up a few minutes extra she does fine.

She started to wake mid-nap again and wouldn’t go back to sleep and, sure enough, it’s her second wonder week! Here‘s what was going on during this developmental leap. I did notice that she started to study things a lot more so it went along with this Wonder Week. I’d let her cry it out (cio) at the start of each nap, and she typically won’t get too worked up and falls asleep quickly. However, half way through the nap if she was upset I’d go in and help her. She would seriously stop crying and SMILE at me as soon as she saw me. Little trickster πŸ™‚ I know she’s too young to manipulate but dannnng it felt like that’s what she was doing! I’ll walk in while she’s screaming  Then she instantly stops screaming when I pick her up and starts screaming again when I put her down. Most of the time the only way to get her back to sleep was to hold her (with as little stimulation as possible) then lay her back down once she was asleep. I hate doing this as it feels anti-babywise since I’m a “sleep prop” in getting her to sleep but at this age the most important thing is that she IS sleeping…and I do think that she’s a very, very social being and may just need Mama sometimes, especially during Wonder Weeks!

Schedule: Her schedule was the same as Week 6. The only thing that did occur out of the norm was that on Sunday night I accidentally slept through the 10:30 dream feed. Zach was hardcore asleep watching tv on the couch and my “nap” from 9:30-10:30 ended up lasting until more like 11:30 when Zach walked in and woke me up. It’s pretty obvious that you’re exhausted when your husband finds you dead to the world in the bed with your arm outstretched holding your cell phone. I guess, in my zombie state, I grabbed the phone and turned off the alarm?!? I have NO memory of any of this. Obviously we didn’t wake her to eat at 11;30 and just went to bed to see what would happen. Well…she woke at 5. Just like she had been doing. That’s when we realized it was a little snack she was craving and it was more a routine for her than a need in the middle of the night. A lot of other stuff was going on that week (see more below) so we didn’t mess with her and I went back to the dream feeding and waking up to do a snack for her when she’d wake up. 

Other Stuff Going On This Week:

  • She rolled over so great the first time she did it then showed no interest in doing it again. It’s like she proved to herself she could do it then just moved on! Zach watched her for me on Saturday and said she rolled over four times for him…maybe she just saves it for her Daddy since she knows he’s more into the “athletic” type things?? πŸ˜‰
  • On the 27th I was laying her on the floor when she spit up in a HUGE way. It was like a fountain coming from her mouth. I’d heard that babies can die from their own vomit and now I know why. It went straight up in the air then back down all over her face, and all up her nose while also going back into her mouth. She stopped breathing. I stayed calm and turned her over to get all the puke out then got the bulb syringe and cleaned out her nose. It was a scary moment to see her face go red like that but I’m thankful it happened when I was right there and it made me appreciate the Angel Care monitor and video monitor even more!!!
  • We went to Toys R Us to use up the rest of the coupons I had on Kye’s birthday presents and she did horrible. I was so embarrassed because they all remembered me from our last visit and she was SCREAMING. SO many people made comments which only stressed me out more. Stuff like “oh she’s tired.” Or “Gosh she hates it here!” Or “Poor baby is hungry.” Duh, she’s hungry don’t you see me with the bottle in my hand trying to jam it in her mouth?!?! She would not take the bottle. She also wouldn’t take it the night before when Rachael was visiting. It was frustrating. But I stayed calm. I walked around with her for a bit and continued to try and she eventually drank it. One of the people who worked there was so sweet and came over to me while she was eating. She said that she nursed her babies and had a difficult time finding a bottle they would like. She walked me over to the bottle aisle and helped pick out what worked for her (playtex ones). I ended up buying them but while I was in the aisle I also bought new nipples for the Medela bottles we already had!
  • We tried out the new nipples and she took the bottle SO much better. Turns out I was using the slow-flow kind…but they were too small. They weren’t the wide nipples that are like breast nipples. Oops! Now that we got that fixed she takes a bottle much better!
  • She is very ticklish and it’s precious!
  • She doesn’t poop as often…maybe once a day but that’s it although her other diapers are mega full of tee-tee
  • Some of her diapers were green poop again…

We made our first batch of cookies with Brittlynn as the big helper!

She enjoyed watching Kye as he kept her well entertained

She loves to stare and stare

Here’s a video of her enjoying her Mamaroo swing!

My view from the dinner table every night!!! Daddy across from my and my sweet kids beside me!

Zach and I have a new ritual for date nights…every monday night we watch The Bachelor together! I love it!!! Seriously, the show SUCKS without Zach. We have to be together to watch it because we love critiquing everything that happens and making fun of it the whole time. Our town recently got an Olive Garden and, since Valdostians are OBSESSED with it, it’s been mega crazy busy. Not that we’ve been able to go on a real date anyways! But still! Zach went and picked us up a meal to go and it was nice!

We did this deal where you get three course for $12.99. It was pretty good but the dessert was like three bites haha!

More pictures of my happy, happy girl!

I LOVE that she still has her hair, even if it is crazy πŸ˜‰

Sadie kisses

Postpartum Update: Well this was a ROUGH week. Very rough. Really it was partially during her eight week and partially during her ninth week so you’ll hear more whining from me in the next weekly summary post πŸ™‚ I FINALLY stopped bleeding, or at least it went to light spotting, and I had my “six” week postpartum checkup. I got to see Stacy (yay!) on Wed Jan 25th when I was actually seven weeks postpartum. Kye was at school and actually went home with Mrs. Charlotte for his nap that day. I was able to go to my appointment, go home and nurse Britt, then go get my hair done. It worked out nicely!

My appointment went smoothly. I was able to see Teresa too and I’m glad she enjoyed my thank you card (and massage!) I sent her. Stacy checked me out and it hurt. Thankfully she didn’t have to check out my butt…with Kye I was cut then ripped allllll the way so she had to check out that hole at my postpartum check up (you can read about that visit here). It’s funny that the check up this time was more painful than the one last time when I didn’t have nearly as much ripping/cutting this time around. She said I was STILL not fully healed!!! One stitch was still lingering and I still had a tender/red spot. πŸ™ That means I did not get the “all clear” for sex. Very disappointing and she said I needed to wait another couple of weeks to let the stitch fall out and the area heal. She also said it’s important to get lubrication b/c nursing causes dryness. Great. I was pretty bummed πŸ™ She did get me a refill on my prenatal vitamins and got me a prescription for birth control. It’s a type that is safe to use when nursing and I need it since I get my period so quickly after giving birth…even when exclusively breastfeeding!!! It was great getting to catch up with her and crazy that I won’t be back in there for a YEAR!

The day after my visit I started bleeding again, heavy. It was all very strange. I felt like something wasn’t right and that I shouldn’t still be needed thick pads after this long of a time period. I was also more tired than I had been right after I’d had her. Like falling asleep while nursing her during the day exhausted. I could barely function and just didn’t feel like myself. I also got mega intense headaches that made focusing on my parental/wife/household duties even tougher. I was pretty scared that something was seriously wrong with me. I was supposed to go to Atlanta for the day on Saturday for some of Casey’s wedding showers and I couldn’t do it. SO not like me. But the night before I knew I was just too tired to try to make that drive.

I started to get worried, as did Zach. He was so sweet how concerned he was. I, stupidly, googled my symptoms and read all about new moms who had a piece of the placenta still inside of them and how it caused the extended bleeding and other things to happen. These women ended up having to get a dnc in order to get completely cleaned out. I texted all my go-to prayer mamas and asked for prayers with what I was going through and how concerned I was. It was a crazy week for the “down there” areas…I was still bleeding, Britt was having green poop that worried me, and Kye was dealing with his uti. Not fun!!! Week eight was a rough one on me and sadly week nine only got tougher…so glad I have such adorable children and a hot husband to keep me smiling huh? πŸ˜‰

If you want to see what Kye was up to at this age, here is his week eight summary! It’s so great that at this age Babywise efforts really start to pay off, Kye was just as happy as Britt is!!!

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  1. Unknown
    February 14, 2012 / 5:55 pm

    I'm fairly new to reading your blog but wanted to comment this time. I had my baby girl back in 2008 and just like you I would bleed on and off, some days light, other days really heavy. Come to find out, i had retained placenta and needed a dnc. I never got the full all clear from my doc until baby girl was 12 weeks old. I would suggest asking the doc for an ultrasound just to give you a piece of mind. The amt of placenta that was left in my body was the size of a small grape. And now that I read your post about being tired all of a sudden and not having much energy, i suffered the same. Hope this helps.

  2. Laura Fackler
    February 15, 2012 / 4:32 am

    She is getting so big!Β  She looks so alert and happy.Β  Good job Momma!Β  My first one rolled over at a young age too, and then didn't roll over for months.Β  I think he got too chubby and it was hard to roll that belly over – HA! Β 

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Week Eight Summary

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I decided not to write about week seven as we were gone for most of it πŸ™

When we got off the plane in Valdosta I was DYING to run in the door and see my precious boy! Mom was so thoughtful and put balloons on our mailbox, a welcome home sign on the door, and even got Kye a little “All American Boy” outfit to wear! It has never felt so good to be home and I couldn’t believe how big Kye had gotten!!! I noticed right away that he was bigger, his face was fuller and that he’s lost more hair on the top of his head!
I knew Mom would take great care of him and I was never worried once while we were over there, but I didn’t fully appreciate what a great job she did until I saw how great he was and how many achievements he hit this week!

Happy Baby

I was already a big Babywise fan, but now I’m a true believer. We have the happiest baby! He wakes up happy and never cries during his awake time (unless he is tired and it’s time to go to sleep!) Even when he cries during naps if you walk in there he will smile at you. He smiles even with the paci in (which makes it fall out!). And the last thing he does RIGHT before he falls to sleep? Yup, he smiles! Even when he throws up he’s smiling away! I love that he is so happy and so content. It makes the hard times with him easier because I know he will smile up at me at any second. I’ve seen a big change in his amount of smiling and how he will smile in response to other people smiling or talking. I have to keep a serious face during naptime because if I smile he’s sure to get more energy b/c he wants to smile back at me!

Mommy’s Boy

This scares me as I’ve REALLY noticed how much he loves Mommy this week. He will BAWL his head off but as soon as he sees me he stops (and smiles). Even if he’s in his bouncer he will get a little fussy and if I go over there BAM he’s happy. He’s staring at me a TON more too. So much so that I feel like I look so rough and I want to put some makeup on and fix my hair b/c I don’t want my kid thinking I’m ugly haha. It is precious that he loves me so much, but it worries me as well. I really, really, really want an independent child and with me being home I know it’ll be easy for him to depend on me too much. I plan to incorporate more solo-time for him in his bouncer or swing so he isn’t with me SO much.

I am pretty proud of myself for not wanting him to need me and only want me. I can see how easy it is for Mom’s to get “addicted” to feeling needed by their children. Right now he adores me, I can do no wrong, and he needs me for everything! If I let it, that could become a need for me! I could need to be needed by him and I want to keep the bigger picture in mind at all times. Sure, he needs me now and it feels so great to be needed so much but someday he will be a MAN and won’t need me at all! How will I feel then if I’ve put all my stock in him needing me? He’s my baby for only 13-18 years (depending on the attitude when a teenager haha) then he will be his own person and eventually be taken care of by his wife. It’s how it should be and I want to make sure he learns how to take care of himself and not need me for every little thing.

Found that Hand

He’s been a sucker from day one but, as Mom noticed while she was watching him, he’s really discovered his hands and how perfectly they fit into his mouth. Of course I don’t want him to be a thumb sucker but since he’s alway swaddled to sleep he can’t get to them haha aren’t we mean?

Sleep Through the Night

I know, it sounds like it’s impossible for an 8 week old breastfed baby to already be sleeping through the night but he is!!!!!!! I’m so so so so proud about it! I’m proud of myself for sticking to such a schedule so he’d be able to reach this HUGE milestone, I’m proud of Kye for being such a good boy, and I’m proud of Mom…so proud of her! When Zach and I woke up Monday morning at about 5:50 and realized that Kye never woke up for his late night feeding my first thought was, “wow, Mom really stuck to his schedule for us..she did awesome!” I felt guilty for having that as my first though though when Zach said his first thought out loud, “do you think he’s ok?” Opps…I guess I should have been worried too huh? But Zach checked and he was sleeping so soundly! I ended up staying awake (too happy to sleep) and pumped some because going 7 hours straight without feeding made me pretty uncomfortable in the boob region!

This is SUCH a big deal and again a true testament to how incredible Babywise is! We wake him up to feed him at 11:30 then he sleeps until about 6:50…right on time for that 7 am morning feeding! I can’t believe he actually slept through the night at 8 weeks as that’s the earliest Babywise says they will start STTN and I didn’t start Babywise right away AND he has reflux so it says it should take him longer..like up to 13 weeks to do it. I guess me being so hardcore has helped? πŸ™‚

The other night my alarm didn’t go off and we didn’t wake up for the 11:30 feeding on accident and guess what…he slept all the way to 7 again! So he went to bed at 9:30 and didn’t wake up until 7! So awesome but we plan to continue to wake him for the next couple of weeks for that 11:30 feeding because my breasts couldn’t handle going that long and we don’t want to risk him waking up in the middle of the night hungry. It’s too much on him to drop two feedings at once! But I know he’ll adjust fine when that time comes πŸ™‚

Sneezing

He really is starting to get so much more personality. One “Kye thing” is that he always sneezes three times in a row! I don’t know if he’ll always do this but it’s super cute right now!

Naps

While he’s done amazing at night, he sleeps like pure crap during the day! I am so fed up with his naptime. He has the whole eat…awake…sleep routine down and I do all the Babywise things about putting him to bed at the first sign of sleepiness (for him it’s a yawn). He will usually go to sleep fine initially but then he ALWAYS ALWAYS wakes up about 45-60 min into the nap and pretty much stays awake for the next hour until it’s time to eat. I honestly think he is just a very curious baby because when I go in there he’s looking at the mobile or at the dots on his bumper with wide eyes. I also think he just loves to see me because he’ll be bawling then I walk in and he’s happy then I walk out and he cries. I also read that it could be because he’s trying to master a new skill (rolling over!) so when he wakes up he wants to practice haha. Who knows the reason but it’s sooo annoying. I’ve tried giving him Mylicon because I’ve noticed he often wakes up farting and Mylicon is supposed to help relieve gas. I can’t tell if it’s helping or not! It is super annoying about naptime as it doesn’t give me much of a break during the day but I’m not complaining too much because he’s great at night and he even naps great in public places! So I can deal with the mess at home…maybe I’ll get lucky and things will be better during week 9!

Rolling Over

Again, I owe Mom for this one! She mentioned to me that she could tell he was getting ready to start rolling over and when I got home and had his first play time together on Friday morning I laid him on his stomach for tummy time and he immediatly rolled over to his back! I wrote Mom saying that I didn’t believe her that he hadn’t already done it before! He was a little pro at it! She assured me he didn’t and it’s so fun having a skill to practice together. Since Friday he’s done it about 8 times now which is pretty good I think. He maxes out typicallly at one time a day…I think it wears him out. He can only roll from his belly over his right side to his back so far but I think that’s normal. Sometimes he will roll onto his side then take a few minutes to roll the rest of the way haha But I love that he enjoys tummy time so much now!

Even when he’s not on his tummy he is CONSTANTLY moving. I can’t believe it takes babies so long to crawl…the way he moves his legs and arms all the time you’d think they’d be able to crawl now! I got lucky and was able to capture him rolling over on tape! I promise I didn’t help and neither did Levi!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=92cJjNCCiBo

It’s been such a fun week and it makes me so excited to see how he will grow and change in the coming weeks!

journeyofphood

Hey Guys, I’m Emily! I’m a stay at home mom and consider parenting to be my passion. Disney is my happy place and I love making memories as a family together. I’m a big believer in transparency and share all of my real-life moments as a mother of four.

My work has been featured on Today Parenting and Chronicles of a Babywise Mom. I’m also honored to be a member of the Babywise Friendly Blog Network.

You can read more about our family on my About Me page. Also be sure to follow along with me on Instagram, FacebookΒ and Pinterest!

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  1. Elizabeth
    May 9, 2009 / 12:59 am

    He is so handsome! Happy babies are so much easier to deal with. The problem is when he gets a little older and laughs at you and smiles while he is being bad. It is much harder to discipline a kid who is so happy. That is my problem with Damian. Damian does something bad, but it is so hard to get mad when he is being so sweet about it.

  2. Crissy Megow
    May 9, 2009 / 5:15 pm

    Stevie was an awesome night time sleeper too, but took horrible naps. It is tough, because they are so unpredictable with naps that you really can’t plan a whole lot. I remember actually thinking, “I think I would rather Stevie still wake up at least one time at night but take consistent naps”. She, of course, is very consistent now with her naps (everyday 1-3:30), but before it was hard because she wasn’t that tired, she slept so good at night that she really didn’t need too much sleep during the day. Maybe Neela will be like Alina was a good nap taker but still woke up for a while during the night and can tell you which is easier (they probably both have their ups and downs)! I REALLY miss you guys, let’s PLEASE hang out this week!! ANY night is good for us this week, this is a rare occasion, but actually any night would work, oh I guess but not Wed. night πŸ˜‰

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Week Eight Summary!

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This past week has been pretty crazy!

On Monday we met up to eat at Katie’s house for Monday Night Meals (which I think we are changing to Tuesday nights!) She made Ceasar Burgers which are basically Ceasar Salad mixed with Hamburgers.

They were sooo good and Zach has not shut-up about them since! It’s funny b/c I am NEVER hungry (I thought you were always supposed to be starving when pregnant? well not me, I have to force myself to eat) yet when we go to Katie’s I always scarf down πŸ™‚ I think the baby knows she is the greatest cook ever already!

We spent the night playing Guesstures and we told Seth and Crissy our news! I was so excited to tell them because they are already parents and I knew they would be so excited! Of course they were and I can’t wait to hear all of Crissy’s tips…Since Stevie was born in March and ours is due in March I went through Crissy’s pregnancy timeline to kind of see what I will look like each step of the way!


This picture totally shocked me! She looks adorable of course but I don’t remember her tummy ever being that big and I can’t BELIEVE it is what I will look like! And Stevie wasn’t even born for another couple weeks!!! I hope I’m half as adorable as Crissy was but I can’t even imagine how I will be able to walk with that tummy!!! My day will come I’m sure!

Tuesday Ashley and I had a great day of shopping in Gainesville…I found awesome deals at Express for Christmas gifts and on some things for myself at Gap and a Maternity store! I have several cute dresses ready for when I have a tummy to wear to church!

I got sooo sick Tuesday night! Let’s just say it was vomit but not where you typically think vomit will come out…I think the baby didn’t like the Steakburger I had at Steak and Shake. I don’t think I’ll EVER eat them again after that night! I called the dr the next morning (I’m NOT one of those women who freak out but I googled it and it said the case I had a dr should know about) and they said as long as it didn’t happen again for 24 hours I was fine…luckily I was ok!

But it really made me think about the baby and wonder if when my stomach rumbles can the baby feel it? Can it feel when I have a headache?

Wednesday we FINALLY got to tell the Student Center! I was so proud of Little Mama because she didn’t tell Aunt Karen before we got to! We went around the circle to introduce ourselves (because we had a lot of new people which is such a blessing!) and I said my name and that Zach and I are going to have a baby!

The whole time I kept looking at Carolyn because I have always felt a connection with her and couldn’t wait to see her reaction! She was in shock as was everyone else I think! Nontalie of course had the loudest response which we expected haha

This is SUCH an old pic but you can see why people always think we are related!

We ate at the “new” Sunny’s after and I will never forget the famous Ashley quote to our waiter “So are you planning on making a career out of this?” haha priceless Ash! Afterwards we went to Books-A-Million and had fun looking at all the Baby Books! I order Zach a couple and I decided I want a book on nursery rhymes because I don’t know anything but “Twinkle Twinkle” and “You are my Sunshine”

While looking at all the books Zach tells me that he thinks we are having TWINS!!! Why? I have no idea but he thinks we are! We don’t have a family history of twins, I don’t feel like I have two babies inside of me and we didn’t take any kind of fertility drugs so I just think he’s NUTS. But we’ll find out when we get to hear the heartbeat and have an ultrasound on the 26th! Either I’ll be saying “I told you so” or he will be….

On Thursday I had several surprises:

1. Ashley bought me the Pregnancy Journal I wanted!

2. My Bella Band came in the mail! Sooo pumped for this because some of my pants are already a little snug and it’s so awesome! You can wear your regular pants but leave them unbutton and unzipped and it slides right over the top. It keeps them up, flattens your tummy and provides lots of comfort!



3. We rode in the RV for the first time with the Parkers to dinner for Big Daddy’s birthday and SURPRISE SURPRISE RV’s are NOT smooth rides! It was HORRIBLE and I never plan to do it again!

Friday Ashley and I drove to Brunswick for a little mini-trip because Zach was visiting Ryan in Tallahassee. It was a nice relaxing vacation with LOTS of sleep which I decided I need more of for sure!

journeyofphood

Hey Guys, I’m Emily! I’m a stay at home mom and consider parenting to be my passion. Disney is my happy place and I love making memories as a family together. I’m a big believer in transparency and share all of my real-life moments as a mother of four.

My work has been featured on Today Parenting and Chronicles of a Babywise Mom. I’m also honored to be a member of the Babywise Friendly Blog Network.

You can read more about our family on my About Me page. Also be sure to follow along with me on Instagram, FacebookΒ and Pinterest!

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  1. katie
    August 18, 2008 / 8:33 pm

    Thanks for the Caesar Burger shoutout haha Who knew they would become so famous? πŸ™‚ I am loving this blog…you have to make sure to keep updating tons!!!

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