Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Adeline at 4 Months

Adeline is 4 months old! It is both hard to believe she is so old and hard to believe that just over 4 months ago we had not even met her! Life without her is such a distant memory. Labor isn't a distant memory though, so grandparents can stop hounding me for another grandchild anytime soon!

That said, I think Adeline is the perfect baby! I know, I'm biased. But that's how moms are supposed to be right? Here's a little about Adeline at 4 months...

I'm going by memory for our doctor's appointment yesterday. She's 24.5", which puts her in the 50th percentile for height, and 12 lb 10 oz, which puts her in the 20-something percentile for weight. Lilleigh was always 90th percentile until age 2, when she fell to 40th, and I think she was somewhere around 30th percentile for weight. So that's how the sisters compare.

Adeline's schedule looks roughly like this:
Between 6 and 7 AM - Wake to feed. Then back to sleep.
9 AM - Up for the day. Feed.
10 AM to noon - Morning nap
12 - Feed
1:15-3:30 - Afternoon nap
3:30 - Feed
5-6 PM - Late afternoon nap
6 PM - Feed
7 PM (or before) - Bed
Her routine just changed up in the last couple weeks. She had been doing one long afternoon nap and no late afternoon catnap. This was fine with me, as I loved the long break in the afternoon, but it also sometimes made cooking dinner difficult, since late afternoon/ early evening is also the "witching hour." She also went from 4 feeds to 5, since she began waking at 6 or 7 to eat. It is a bit of a regression, but 14 hours seemed too good to be true. Twelve hours seems a little more realistic for a night's sleep without feeds.

Other characteristics of Adeline at 4 months...
  • She will still nap on-the-go in the Ergo or the baby sling, though she really prefers to be in a crib or pack n play, on her tummy. As long as she has a bed, she's good. This has made it easy for play dates.
  • I've noticed that in the last month she has not spit up much. Though Lilleigh wasn't a major spitter-upper, she did spit up until she started doing solids, so just an interesting observation.
  • Not really a note about Adeline, but I have started using some prefolds and Thirsties covers (a different type of cloth diaper). I really love them! Never thought I would like prefolds, but they are so easy and much slimmer. A friend let me borrow her stash, and then I ended up buying 2 used and love them.
  • She is not rolling yet but close! Truthfully I probably don't give her enough tummy time to get the roll down, but I figure since she sleeps on her tummy, she's fine. 
  • Addie absolutely loves her play mat and batting and kicking at the toys on it!

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Dallas Icemageddon 2013

Thursday night freezing rain pounded the metroplex. At 12:30 AM our power went out. So by 3, when our house was freezing, Brendon headed for Walmart to look for a generator. Apparently 24 hour Walmart doesn't have them though. And the metroplex sold out of what was left a few hours later anyhow. Adeline woke up at 4:30 cold. At 5:30 our power came back on. We had a couple more bouts of power shutting off throughout the weekend. Friday morning we had a nice blanket of ice!

On Sunday we finally reached above freezing just barely. And only for a couple of hours. The parking lot was an ice skating rink though, so church was canceled. They did have a streaming service though online - how convenient is technology? 

Schools were closed Friday and Monday. Temps got up higher Monday and Tuesday in the afternoons, making the ice start to melt. Grocery stores are sold out of produce, and many took all refrigerated and frozen foods off the shelves due to lack of power.

When our power went off for the second night in a row, we packed our bags and the car to head to the Widemans'. Just as we had the girls and dog loaded in, the power came back on. Not kidding. Though we were grateful to not drive on slick roads, it was annoying timing. I had just woken up the baby! Grr. Lil sat around bummed for awhile after that because she wanted to sleep over at McKinley's! Sweet girl! 

Needless to say its been a mess here! Aside from fickle power, it's been nice to be stuck at home for four days straight! We had a cookie decorating party with neighbors on Thursday night, as the rain began, and neighborhood play group ere on Friday. I tried to get Lil to sled down our driveway in a box, but she was not amused. We have had lots of indoor play, including dress up (as always), playing with bubble wrap, decorating Lil's door like a snowman, homemade hot cocoa, building with marshmallows and toothpicks, and more!

The kicker to all of this? Our chimney repair man was scheduled for Tuesday! Sooo now that the ice is over, we have a nice working fireplace! Fortunately winter has just begun!

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Our Trip to the Dallas World Aquarium

Yesterday we took a family trip to the Dallas World Aquarium! A friend and I had been planning to go together and take our kids. Unfortunately her little guy got sick, so at the last minute, they had to back out. I told Brendon this and tried to figure out a game plan for taking both of my girls by myself... to take the double stroller or the single stroller with Adeline in the Ergo, to take a bottle or my nursing cover... I was determined to go! That's when Brendon said he could actually just take off work in the morning and come with us! How fun was that!

So on a Tuesday morning we went on a family trip to the aquarium. (A total perk of Brendon working for a family-friendly company.) We went right when they opened at 10 AM. There was one field trip there, but since DWA staggers field trip admissions, there was only one at that point and very few other people. So we zoomed through the whole aquarium in 45 minutes... we went "Lilleigh speed," running from one animal to another. It was pretty great to see it all with no lines!

Lil loved the alligators!

Adeline slept most of the time in the sling. Good baby!

 I love this photo of Lilleigh looking at the turtles and fish that are bigger than her!

And the shark tunnel is pretty fun too!

And y'all, Adeline actually let ME feed her a bottle! Wow, night and day difference between Lilleigh and her in the whole bottle domain. Way to go, Addie!

I'm hoping to go again, since we have a membership that will expire at the end of the year. We haven't gotten to go as often as I had hoped, since I was pregnant {aka exhausted} or had a newborn {aka hands full} all year!

Lessons learned from our aquarium outing...

  • Taking both girls alone someplace like this is totally doable. However, taking both to the aquarium again by myself, while totally doable, might be challenging. Adeline loves to be in the sling. Not a fan of the car seat. And seeing the animals and fish really requires a good amount of lifting up Lilleigh to see. So next time, if a friend isn't with me, I will probably use an awesome neighbor from our babysit co-op to watch Adeline, while I take Lilleigh solo to the aquarium.
  • Also going at 10 AM on a weekday is definitely the time to go! No lines. Minimal field trip kiddos. By 10:45, there are many more kids there. 
  • Bring cash. I forgot cash for parking. If you pay by credit card, you pay more, park in a fuller lot (though not at 10 AM...), and stand in a long line to pay (even at 10 AM...). With cash, there's no line, pretty much ever.

Sunday, November 17, 2013

My Little 3-Month-Old Isn't A Newborn Anymore!

It is so crazy to me that Adeline isn't a newborn really anymore! Three months is big time! 


A little about Adeline this month --
  • She's still a rock star sleeper and nurser. Her schedule is pretty similar to my report at 2 months. Adeline has really put herself on a pretty set schedule. Lilleigh had a set routine, which I think is like most babies. Adeline is almost clockwork.
  • Adeline is very entertained by her big sis! Big sis Lil will come up and talk to her and show her toys while Adeline sits in her bouncy seat or plays on her play mat. Having an older sis to entertain definitely makes my job easier! 
  • We have started calling her "Addie" some. Lilleigh started us on the nickname, really.
  • Adeline loves to smile and coo. She is talkative, but honestly I can't remember how much Lilleigh talked at this age to compare and predict if she will be the chatterbox her big sis is. I want to say that she is talkative but not as much as Lilleigh was. Time will tell.
  • She has laughed a couple of times but no big belly laughs yet.
  • Adeline is in size 1 disposable diapers (though we usually do cloth). She usually wears 3-6 month clothes, though she can get away with 3 month. Her cloth diaper bottom usually brings her pant size up to 6 month though! Haha.
  • Addie sleeps on her tummy but hates tummy time on her activity mat. She usually doesn't even give it 5 seconds, sooo I'm not seeing any rolling from tummy to back happening soon. She loves to be on her back on her play mat though, kicking and reaching for her toys. She can spend a good amount of time there playing and looking around. Content is a great way to describe Adeline.
  • Adeline also hates her car seat. It's really pretty unfortunate. I cannot remember the last time she fell asleep in her car seat, and I know that the number of times it has ever happened could be counted on one hand. If she is the least bit tired, she wails when we drive somewhere. Not sure how that will work out for road trips... The upside is though that she doesn't fall asleep on the way home from someplace and ruin her nap. Mommy would much rather endure 10 minutes of wailing in the car and get 2 or 3 good hours of Addie napping at home, rather than a 10 minute car nap and no nap at home. So there's the silver lining, I suppose. 
  • She takes a bottle well. Yea!  
  • Her belly button, which I was convinced would be an outie, has turned to be an innie - I THINK. It keeps changing on me. We'll see!
  • She also drools like crazy! This started right at 2 months. 
 I'm sure there is more, but that's all I can think of for now. Here is another pic of my little punkin!

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween y'all! We enjoyed the day with our princess Snow White and little cupcake!

Every year we celebrate Halloween with our neighbors. We have a pretty social neighborhood, so we do know many of our neighbors. Even still, it's one of the only nights of the year that everyone comes out of their houses and that you can go ring a total stranger's doorbell. And for the past two years we hosted the neighborhood Halloween party as a way to bless our neighbors and really invest in those relationships. This year I gladly passed the baton, given that we have a newborn. And our fellow neighbors did an awesome job with the party by the way! There was even a parade!

Tonight was Lilleigh's first night trick-or-treating. We only went to four houses, but Lilleigh loved it!  Before the first house we went to - Lil's very first house ever to trick-or-treat at - I explained to Lilleigh that on Halloween we can go up to people's doors, and people will hand out candy or some sort of treat. She couldn't believe that and was so excited at the thought. We rehearsed that she needed to say "trick-or-treat." Then we walked up to the door. Our neighbor came to the door, with a bowl of candy in one hand and his laptop in the other, the screen facing us and three members of his Brazilian family crowded together watching us. They wanted to know how Halloween worked. It was hilarious. Lil's very first experience trick-or-treating. She was so confused! But she got her candy and was a happy girl. Our next door neighbor gave her like 10 lollipops too... of which Mom and Dad later hid 7. Lil's quote of the night that pretty much sums up her thoughts on Halloween, "I finally get to have candy!" Deprived child. Glad you got your lollipop because it's raisins and cheddar bunnies for the next 364 days.

We ended the night with s'mores with some of our neighbors a street over. Yum! It was really the perfect weather for it too. Clear sky and cool enough for a light jacket.

And here's another cute Halloween pic from the arboretum pumpkin patch a couple of weeks ago. We have to mix up the costumes! Lilleigh wanted to dress as a bumble bee just like her little sissy! Love that!

Friday, October 18, 2013

Adeline is 2 months!

Pardon the photo overload. I limited myself to favorites... but there are just so many!

Adeline is two months! Some highlights of this month...
  • Adeline is 10 lbs 14 oz and 22-1/2 inches long. Her hair has been falling out (just like Lil's did...) and it looks to me like the hair coming in is light brown. We shall see! She may not be the blondie that Lilleigh is. Too soon to say though.
  • Between 5 and 6 weeks, Adeline turned over a new leaf in sleeping. She slept 6 hours one night and progressed to 10 (!!) by the end of the week! It was insane. And totally amazing. Sure, she's had a few nights of regression, but for the most part, she consistently sleeps 8-10 hours. It's unbelievable. Lilleigh slept 7 hours at 7-1/2 weeks, and I thought that was amazing. Oh my word. Pretty sure Adeline is what the Baby Whisperer calls "angel baby." Love.
  • That said, we have had to sleep train. I prayed a lot about how to best sleep train this child, and it's been so interesting for me to see that God has really led me in a different direction with Adeline than Lilleigh. They are different babies, and God has made that so apparent. Both are/were happy babies, and I'm super thankful! Ever since sleep training, Adeline has been sleeping extremely well!  
  • On the topic of sleep, Adeline loooves to sleep on her tummy - and in our closet! She sleeps so very well there. I was really kinda worried about how the guest bedroom/ nursery situation would work out because our parents come up all the time. But Adeline has adjusted really well (thus far) to switching from her crib to her Moses basket in our closet. The closet is insulated, so she can't hear anything, which is why I have moved her there for naps as well. Lilleigh doesn't wake her up when she's in there!
  • Sweet girl gave Momma her first smile on her 7 week birthday! Oh it was the greatest thing ever! I love her sweet smile! It is fun to see her interact!
  • She loves to coo and drool! I'm guessing she may teeth on the earlier side, like her big sis.
  • She did lose a lot of her hair, but she doesn't look as bald as blondie Lil because Adeline's hair that's coming in is darker... light brown, possibly? I'm also predicting blue eyes. We get told she looks like Momma!
  • She bats at the toys hanging from her activity mat.
  • Lilleigh loooves to hold Adeline! And the photo collage below pretty much sums up each of the girls' feelings on this.
  • Some friends also threw us a sip n see. It was sweet and perfect! We loved getting to celebrate with close friends.

Adeline set herself on a pretty solid schedule. Here's what it roughly looks like...
6 AM Wake up to feed. Go right back to sleep.
8:45-9:15 AM Wake up sometime in here. Eat. Play briefly.
9:45-11:45/ Noon Nap
Noon Eat, play for a bit.
1:15-4 PM Nap
4 PM Eat, play
5-6 PM Nap
6 PM Wake up, socialize
6:15 PM Eat (cluster feed #1), play
7:30 PM Eat (cluster feed #2)
8 PM Bed!
It has been sooo much easier this time around, and I really think a lot of it is because I know the sleep patterns and cues to look for in helping her set her schedule. I also am more confident and carefree. She won't nap in her crib? Ergo, it is. Not big deal. She's been great about her crib, but having her sleep on me is great too because she is flexible and can be brought along for outings. Plus, there's time to get her to sleep in her crib.

Friday, October 4, 2013

Adeline's Birth Story, Part 2

Part one here

I woke up Brendon at 5:30 AM, knowing I was in labor. The cramping was enough that I needed to get out of bed because I couldn't rest any longer. The contractions actually seemed stronger laying down. We both began packing a bag for the birth center and a bag for Lilleigh for the day.

Around 6 AM, I got into the bath tub, knowing it would help me to progress. I stayed there for around 30 minutes, after which time I contacted my doula, Jen, to tell her, "Awesome timing I know, but I'm in labor!" She was just pulling out of her garage to go meet her other client at the hospital for the induction. Jen called her back-up doula for the other client, since I was the one actually progressing, and arrived at our house around 7:30.

Between my bath and Jen's arrival, I walked laps around our house. I really wanted to take Sammy on a walk, but it was pouring down rain. I settled for walking indoors. It was fortunate too because at this point I was having to physically stop during contractions and brace myself on a chair, wall, whatever was around. They were beginning to need my full concentration.

Jen arrived at our house at the same time Lilleigh woke up. Brendon told her the big news, that today would be the day, and he got her breakfast ready and let her watch a show. It was amazing how Lilleigh waking up and Jen arriving indeed slowed down my contractions. Totally normal when new people come on the scene. Jen predicted that when Lilleigh left, they would pick back up, and guess what - they did.

Brendon took her over to our neighbor Holly's house around 8:30. Sure enough, it only took about 10 minutes for the contractions to pick back up. It was during this time that I first thought, "I don't even know how we would do this without a doula." It was so nice to have someone to be able to focus on me, while at the same time allowing Brendon to focus on Lilleigh, keeping her calm and happy, as he got her ready for a fun day at a friend's house. Having a doula was instrumental for many reasons, more than just allowing for Brendon to care for Lilleigh, have a bathroom break, talk to the midwife (later), etc. She really knew the best techniques to use to help my particular labor, and she could be the clear mind when Brendon (and me...) could not be. I could go on and on, but from now on, I will always have a doula.

I continued to labor at home a bit longer. For the most part, I was either standing, leaning forward on the dresser or Brendon, or I was on all fours. Jen had long rice packs that she would heat in the microwave and place on back to ease the pain. Since she had two, they were constantly in rotation. Brendon massaged my lower back continuously.

I also used doTerra essential oils while I was at home. I had a labor blend that I had made with 1 tsp. of fractionated coconut oil, 10-15 drops of Lavender (for pain and calming), 10-15 drops of Frankincense (for the pain, stronger than the lavender), and 10-15 drops of Clary Sage (to help me progress and make my contractions more productive). I applied this to my stomach and also held up the Clary Sage some just to smell, since it is effective that way as well. At one point, I did use Peppermint for nausea, by just putting some drops in my hands, lifting them to my nose to smell/ breathe in, and then rubbed my hands on the back of my neck. Lastly, I also used Black Pepper oil on my back. In case you haven't already picked up on it, I did indeed have back labor. Again. Pretty sure I always will. Anyway, I asked Brendon to put some Black Pepper on my back. He did, and immediately the pain was gone. It was amazing. But suddenly I felt the contractions intensely in my stomach, which I had not before because the back pain was overpowering that. I had no idea how to cope with this new pain, so I never asked for that oil again. Brendon actually had no idea it had worked at all until we talked later. That Black Pepper. Powerful stuff.

I labored at home until 9:30, when I called my midwife and we drove to the birth center. We arrived there around 10 AM, and I could tell transition was coming, though not there yet. (A big improvement from last time with Lilleigh when I transitioned at home and was then fighting the urge to push in the car!)

My midwife filled up the birth tub, as my contractions got more intense.

Thankfully after not too long, the tub was full enough for me to labor in... really it was probably close to 45 minutes or so, but I was in too much pain to notice the time. When I got in, oh my word, it was so hot... definitely more like a hot tub than a bath tub. I didn't mind because it helped the pain. A lot. But wow, really hot. I labored in there for about 45 minutes. Brendon got in there too and massaged my back. I began feeling the urge to push and was ready to get out. I totally was down for a water birth, but I just could not last in the heat one more second.

When I got out, my water broke. I pushed on the bed for about 15 minutes in a side crunch position. This part seemed much more painful that I had remembered, mainly because my legs were aching terribly. The back labor with Lilleigh diminished once she changed positions during transition. Adeline clearly had not finished rotating though. Thankfully it took 15 minutes (as opposed to an hour 45 minutes with Lil) to push her out! I had asked my midwife to use Frankincense on me as the baby was crowning, and I am pretty sure she poured like the entire 5 ml bottle on me. But let me just say, I did not feel the ring of fire! Did it hurt? Sure. But no fire. So worth the money for that costly oil! I am also pretty sure this is why when Adeline came out (on her side! ...hence back labor), she only let out one small cry. No crying. I have no doubt all that Frankincense helped her little head not to hurt. If I could recommend one oil for birth, Frankincense is it.

Finally labor was over, and we got to meet our precious gem! Adeline Elise was born right at noon. 7 lbs 6 oz, 21 inches long. We are so in love!

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Adeline's birth story, part one

For the last two weeks of pregnancy, I longed for Adeline to come just a tad early! I didn't think it would happen necessarily, but I was so over being pregnant and ready for her to debut.

My doula had two clients with August due dates. The other was due almost 3 weeks before me, but due to circumstances, the doctor felt sure her baby would arrive 3 weeks early. Well 5 weeks passed and here she was 2 weeks past due, not quite a week before Adeline's due date. (You see where this is going?) 

She was being induced Thursday the 15th, but induction didn't take, which meant Friday they would try again. I was desperate to get Adeline out, but since I really wanted my doula Jen to be able to be there, I promised myself I wouldn't do anything dramatic to precipitate labor. Well, lo and behold, around 2:45 on Friday morning I woke up feeling light cramping.

I figured the cramps were Braxton Hicks, which I had been having for days, always just for a bit at night, that were becoming increasingly more painful. I got up for some ACV (amazing for heartburn) and a snack. The cramps continued... 

Anyway I went back to sleep until about 4:30, when I began timing the cramps coming and going. At this point I figured I was in labor since they had been going on for 2+ hours, but I decide to let Brendon rest up while he could. I knew I'd need him soon enough!

{to be continued...}

Saturday, September 21, 2013

One month

Adeline is one month!! It seems like she's been here so much longer! Here's a little update of life with Adeline!

At her one month appointment she was 9 lb 8 oz (60th percentile) and 22" (90th percentile). She scored an A+ and really impressed NP Christie with her growing!

Adeline loves her sling and naps really well in it. The brand Lucky-Baby is my favorite thus far. It was with Lilleigh too.

She actually seems to enjoy bath time, as long as she's covered by the warm wash cloth. Can you blame her?

Adeline is a tummy sleeper! She wasn't sleeping as well on her back, so I flipped her. She loves it.

She started out in the moses basket in our room and was quickly moved to the bathroom because she's so loud. Now she's in the crib in her room and sleeping like a champ - 4 to 6.5 hour stretches! I am seeing some pattern in her naps and feedings, but over all they are still pretty unpredictable. 

Lil loooves being a big sis! She has been a big help, and I am super thankful!

We have had lots of visitors this month! Every grandparent has been here at some point! 

Big sis Lil loves her new Snow White costume! Gold glitter is all over our house and Adeline!

When grandmas were here, each taking a week to help, I was able to get a few Lilleigh-Mommy dates in, which we both loved! We did things like go to the play ground, visit the library, eat and play at chickfila, and feed the ducks at the park.

Momma is tired and ready to venture out easily again (ha - does that ever happen??) but we are so so blessed with this little nugget! And so, so thankful! 

We've had lots of friends bring meals, which have been such a blessing! And I have several meals in the freezer for the next couple weeks! And how awesome is this? Our neighbor just dropped off a hot meal randomly! So thankful! It takes a village. :)

Saturday, August 31, 2013

Adeline is two weeks!

Adeline is two weeks! Of course, it seems like she's been around way longer too many! My days are loooong. And I feel like I've spent an eternity staring at her. In a fabulous way. She's a sweet babe!

Here are some photos my friend Kim took of Adeline! 

The first week Brendon took off to spend just the 4 of us! Then this last week began the mom rotation. RMom was here. Lilleigh enjoyed time with Mimi, and I loved getting to have a Lilleigh-Mommy date!

Lilleigh has adjusted really well. She looooves her little sissy and totally takes ownership! (In a totally healthy way.) There are lots of hugs and kisses to baby A, as well as sharing her toys. It'll be fun once they can actually play together!

As for Adeline, its fun to observe her and predict her personality. She's only two weeks, so I could be totally off, but here's what I see... 
  • She's very patient. Adeline will let me know when she's hungry, and then she allows me a few moments to finish with Lilleigh and get it together to nurse. 
  • She loves to be held. Does this mean she will be cuddly and love touch? Brendon hopes.
  • She's warm-natured and loooves to be hot! Walking outside in 100+ degree heat is her thing. She sleeps best out there. Bizarre to her mommy who needs a fan blowing on her to even entertain the idea of sleep.
  • She gets the hiccups like they are going out of style. At least 2-3x day! This is fine unless its in the middle of the night after Mom has fed her and is about to put her back in her bouncy seat... Because hiccups mean she wants to nurse again, and so we start over...
  • Though she loves being wrapped in the miracle blanket, she does not need her arms to be wrapped in with her. Her big sis could not handle being unswaddled in the least. It's kinda nice to be able to do the lazy swaddle. Relaxed girl?  
  • Mom has had caffeine 2x now, and thank goodness Adeline doesn't seem affected. Hallelujah! How else does one survive a newborn and toddler?

As for sleep, Adeline allows me 2-3 hour increments of sleep at night usually. She doesn't really care for the flat open space of the Moses basket. (Glad it's borrowed!) She prefers to lay next to Mom, but since she is loud and therefore usually kicked out of bed, she sleeps in either the boppy or her bouncy seat, the latter which is located in our bathroom where we can't hear her constant noises.

When Adeline was born, she was 7 lb 6 oz. She dropped to 7 lb by Sunday, which is normal. At two weeks, she was 8 lb 2 oz! This girl is an excellent nurser, great latch, and very efficient. Her weight proved what I already knew. Dr Naidoo was impressed. The rest of our two week appointment went well also!

Okay that's all for now! Pray for Mom to get sleep. :)