Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Rose-1 Month!



Date: March 20, 2020

Height: 21.26 inches (as of her appointment on Monday)

Weight: 10 lbs. 8 oz. (^as of Monday)

Sleeping Pattern: We're doing a loose Babywise schedule again. She eats (hopefully) every 2-3 hours during the day, could go longer at night (rarely does) and then has very little awake time. She mostly sleeps lol. We've been working on napping in her crib but she also will happily nap when held or put in the rock 'n play (only under close supervision does she do that). Night's are somewhat variable, she usually gives me one stretch where it's 3-4 hours between a feed, maybe another 2.5-3 hours then until the next one. Sometimes she has trouble after that before morning.

Eating Habits: Rose is a super good eater! And, luckily, much better at not overeating than her brother was. She usually nurses on just 1 side for approximately 10 minutes (with the occasional exception of like 20-30 minutes) every 2-3 hours, longer if I'm lucky during the night. She's got a great latch and is always delighted when it's feeding time (really, her face lights up with delight lol).

Development & Firsts: She held her head up for the first time within her first day of life (my babies have good head control, probably because they have tiny heads haha) and can push up onto her arms sometimes. When she's awake she just stares and will track with her eyes (she's started becoming more alert recently!). She also has figured out that her hands affect change-namely by grabbing at me and my hair and hitting the elephant on the activity gym. She also has tears :(. And of course everything is a first when you're a month old. She slept in her crib for the first time when she was a couple weeks old. She had her first smile, her first tummy time, first bath in her infant tub...lots of firsts! First pandemic too, ha ha....ha. Ugh.

Mischief: She's not terribly mischievous yet, just getting her little hands out of her swaddle is the biggest thing!

Cuteness: She is just so sweet and cute. Rose sleeps most of the time and I adore the way her little mouth will hang open (just like James did when he was a newborn). And almost every time she falls asleep she smiles. But then when she's awake her eyes are so wide open and pretty (and might go blue. Still too early to say) and she makes the cutest faces. She has a ton of hair (it's everyone's first thing they comment on...literally starting with the midwife when she was crowning lol) and it's so soft! After she's had a bath it's especially fuzzy and adorable. Rose LOOOVES kisses. Like...she smiles when you kiss her. She will literally move her head and press it into your mouth (or move it so if you just kissed her cheek now you're kissing her mouth). Her favorite kisses are from daddy, I'm saying it's because his beard must be tickly but he also just might be the favorite *harumph* She loves to stare at him, and James, and me, and outside, and the elephant on her activity gym...And she gets a cute little coy expression that is almost flirty, it's insanely cute. Unsurprisingly she also loves cuddles and if you've been holding her and then put her down her arms will be reaching up like she's hugging the air and just waiting for you to fill in the space. And the way she reacts to getting to eat is so funny, she gets all lit up and excited and her sweet little hands will come up almost like "oh my oh gosh little old me gets to eat??!" I can't take her. She's just the sweetest cutest little cutie girl.

Nicknames: Rosie, Cozy Rosie, Rosie Posy, Baby Rose, Baby girl, Lady, Ladybug, Squeaks (Michael calls her this), Fuzzy Head, Sweetling, Sweetie-girl, Cutie-girl, Honey girl, Little miss, Sweetness, Love, combinations of all of the above...

Talking: Just an occasional coo/gurgle (which are SO CUTE), some Abu (from Aladdin)-like sounds, crying, and gassy grunting lol.

Favorites: Sleeping, being warm and cozy, being held, being kissed, eating, activity gym and tummy time, her brother, daddy (like-a lot), and mommy.

Dislikes: Being cold (especially if it's a cold wet thing touching her...so baths must be quite warm or she is displeased), being taken from daddy (seriously she usually frowns or gives me an angry look), diaper changes, and generally having her coziness messed up in any way.

Concerns: Honestly...not much. My biggest concern is that I'm not able to give her as much attention and focus as I'd like since I'm not also dealing with her very demanding toddler brother. I also feel bad that she has that painful newborn gassy-ness but I know it should hopefully pass soon. Having done this before helps with all the worry, I feel much more calm about stuff than when James was new. I'm concerned about the COVID-19 stuff but honestly more in a big picture way and how it will affect the world.

A Day in the Life: 6:30 is the preferable wake up time for Rose, anywhere from 6-7 is possible, though. I nurse her, change her diaper, say hi to James (who wakes up around 7) and daddy, then I put her down for her 1st nap. Then somewhere around 9:30 she nurses again, has a bit of awake time and back down for a nap. Eats again around 12:30 (after big brother has been put down for his nap, hopefully), then I usually keep her downstairs with me/Michael to avoid messing up James' nap and she sleeps while held or in the rock 'n' play. Eats again at like 2:30/3ish, has awake time (usually some tummy time with an enthusiastic James) then nap again. Nurses at like 5:30/5:45ish (hopefully after I've eaten dinner) then she's awake for a little bit before we do her short bedtime routine (mostly just putting her in her sleepsack and then singing a song while I nurse her again). I then hold her for a bit to make sure she burps/is really asleep and then I put her in her crib. She then hopefully sleeps until about 9:30-10 and I change her into her overnight diaper then nurse her in our bedroom and put her down to sleep in the cradle next to our bed and I go to sleep too. She usually wakes up twice in the night to nurse and then right back to the cradle after being held for a bit to help with her tummy (12:30ish and 3:30ish). Sometimes after the 2nd night waking she has trouble and is up a lot until her wake time but every day is a little different!


Tuesday, March 3, 2020

Presenting...

Amanda Ellis Photography
Rose Selene

The cuddliest little lady was born February 20, 2020 (2/20/20!) at 7:59 PM. She weighed 8 lbs. and 2 oz. and was 19.5 inches long. I had a completely natural (and redemptive! Can't wait to share the birth story later) labor and Rosie ended up being an accidental water birth! She is the absolute sweetest, sleepiest, prettiest thing and we all love her so. 

Sunday, February 9, 2020

Something Saturdays-on Sunday (2/9/20)

Hi! Currently no baby but boy oh boy I know it's coming soon and eeeeeeeeep. So we've just been trying to do some last minute cleaning, freezer meals, etc. and enjoy our time together. Last week we had 2 play dates (Michael's cousin's daughter Ava who is a couple months younger than James came over and then later in the week my cousin's daughter Ava-who is 10 months older-came over. We call them baby Ava and big Ava to differentiate lol) and we visited with Michael at work one morning. Michael's mom also came over Friday afternoon and helped me clean a bunch of stuff which was such a big help. This weekend has been awesome-we got to play in the snow yesterday and today Michael and I had our last pre-baby date at an awesome cafe and bakery called Blue Door. I had some delicious chocolate hazelnut crepes and a side of breakfast potatoes and onions that I'm pretty sure I could eat all day. Michael got a massive croissant breakfast sandwich that he still hasn't finished. I'm loving life right now and am so excited to meet our new addition but also anxious about things changing-all totally normal and all stuff I felt before James too. So...yeah. I'll try to check back in next week if there's still no baby, but keep an eye out on my Instagram if you're eagerly awaiting news of when we have a new arrival!

Wednesday, February 5, 2020

Baby #2 Update- 36/37 Weeks

Wellll I'm guessing this is my last update. EEP.


How far along:  36-37  weeks

Due Date: (officially) March 1, 2020 (But I consistently measure for around Feb 24th)

Baby's Size: Like a papaya?

Total weight gain/loss: 35ish lbs.

Maternity clothes: YEPP except for pj's and large sweaters, etc.

Stretch marks: Still seems like I've avoided new ones! Woo!

Sleep: Not too terrible-just annoying when I have to get up to pee, and my hips sometimes hurt so it takes me a bit to find a good position, and I need to be going to sleep earlier probably lol.

Best moment of this week: My appointment this week they said she's head down and really engaged in my pelvis and I'm like 70% effaced and 2cm dilated so all in all things are moving along and this baby is gonna be coming soon! It made it feel very real.

Miss anything: I miss not having the soreness (in my hips and back especially, plus that pelvic pressure) and not getting winded so quickly. I also can't wait to not have the acid reflux and Braxton Hicks messing with me.

Movement: She's still so chill compared to James but since she's gotten so big I feel like all of her tiny little movements in there.

Food cravings: Still nothing I would call a craving. I do like always want sweets, though, lol. But that's not really unusual.

Anything making you queasy or sick: Nopes.

Have you started to show yet: I'm super large lol. People are nice and say I look good though.

Gender: Girl!

Labor signs: Not yet! Just lots of those Braxton Hicks.

Belly button in or out: Sometimes the center pushes out a bit depending on where she's positioned in there.

Wedding rings on or off: On, barely.

Happy or moody most of the time: Mostly happy, just overwhelmed and also I get a little emotional thinking about leaving James to go to the hospital and just having to share myself with someone else is a little sad.

Looking forward to: Michael and I are having a brunch date this weekend and I'm pretty stoked about that. And just soaking up as much time with James as possible. And then finally meeting this sweet new human, seeing what she looks like, acts like, etc. And watching James as a big brother (pleeeeease let him not flip out lol).

Here's my 36 week update from James (which was my last one with him, since he arrived around 39 weeks).


Saturday, February 1, 2020

Something Saturdays (2/1/20)

It's February which meeeeans-there's a 99% chance we're having a baby this month! Which is why we've been cracking down and getting a lot done the last few weeks. We've been making freezer meals, packing out hospital bags, going over info, finishing projects, etc. AND we finally finished baby girl's nursery!
It's mostly gray and white with a couple pops of pink, and a loose elephant theme (the crib sheets, art work on the wall, plus some toys). I LOVE these prints we got from Lotus Nursery Art on Etsy (we customized the quote in the middle to "Have courage and be kind."

Saturday, January 11, 2020

Something Saturdays (1/11/20)

Well this week has been full of getting lots of things ready and dealing with the fun fun transition of James to his big boy bed. He actually has been doing really well at night but woooo his naps are a rollercoaster (and he frequently skips it entirely which is miserable). But it's going better than I feared it would so yay! And he's so cute.

We also went on the hospital tour today (we switched hospitals from the one where we had James, and this one is a brand new building with birthing suites) and I'm really excited about it! It's lovely, hopefully things go smoothly for us when the time comes lol!

Posts from this week 

Recipes from the blog that I've made lately
Garlic Parmesan Chicken Lasagna (I made a double batch and froze one for post-baby)
Graham Cracker Pie Crust
Peanut Butter Cream Pie

Recent links bookmarked (visit my Pinterest for more)

Movies/TV Talk (assume there'll be spoilers)
The Witcher-Well we finished the season. And "Toss a Coin to Your Witcher" will be in my head for all time. Definitely while we wait for season 2 (SO MANY UNANSWERED QUESTIONS!)

Instagram Lately 

Monday, January 6, 2020

Baby #2 Update- 32 Weeks



How far along:  32-33 weeks (I measure 6 days ahead of my due date, etc)

Due Date: (officially) March 1, 2020

Baby's Size: According to my apps a squash or a honeydew. At my ultrasound in December she weighed about 3 lbs 6 oz!

Total weight gain/loss: Like 30 lbs?

Maternity clothes: Pretty much exclusively except for pj's and large sweaters, etc.

Stretch marks: I don't thiiink any new ones.

Sleep: Meh there are good nights and bad nights, I'm usually so exhausted though that when I'm able to sleep I do.

Best moment of this week: It wasn't this week but my favorite moment from the last month was getting to see the ultrasound with my brother and sister-in-law and watch her just pursing and pouting her lips and stretching and being so so cute. This week's best moment is starting to see her nursery come together!

Miss anything: Being able to eat normally-started getting the acid reflux/heartburn if I'm not careful about eating too much in one sitting. And my hips not hurting.

Movement: I love feeling and watching her stretch and nudge and push against my hand. One of my favorite parts of pregnancy for sure!

Food cravings: Meh, still not a cravings person.

Anything making you queasy or sick: Nope!

Have you started to show yet: I am very big lol.

Gender: Girl!

Labor signs: No-hopefully at least not for another month or so!

Belly button in or out: Technically still somewhat in.

Wedding rings on or off: On.

Happy or moody most of the time: Still really overwhelmed but mostly happy.

Looking forward to: Hopefully getting everything ready so I can just chill and wait for her to get here lol. Also seeing her nursery completely done!

Saturday, January 4, 2020

Something Saturdays (1/4/20)

Finally recovering from the insanity of the holidays! I worked all weekend and then worked on stuff at home during the week-I also got a new phone (woo/blech lol). Wednesday we had breakfast with Michael's dad and stepmom and brother and sister-in-law and then drove to Youngstown during James' nap to spend the rest of New Year's day with Michael's mom's family. It was very fun and very crazy. Thursday some of Michael's aunts and his one cousin who is 8 months older than James (his mom is the oldest of 11 and the toddler's mom is the youngest of the 11 lol) were at his mom's house so we hung out there for a bit too and visited. I'm not working this weekend so looking forward to getting lots done (including James transitioning out of his crib to his big boy bed tonight! EEE wish me luck).

Posts from this week 

Recipes from the blog that I've made lately
Slow Cooker Amish-style Shredded Beef
Perfect Roasted Carrots

Wednesday, January 1, 2020

Best of 2019 on Instagram

Here we go, it's time for a new year (and a new decade): welcome to the 2020's!

2019 was a very very busy year full of running around with the most fun toddler ever and growing a sweet new little sister for him. 2020 is looking to be another great one.

 There was a lot of snow.

 And a good amount of brunches at Twisted Citrus.

 Lots of trips to the park.

 Someone discovered a love of ice cream.

 There was Easter.

 And Mother's Day.

 And farmer's markets.

 And the zoo!


 We vacationed at Conneaut Lake with Michael's family.

 And found out we're getting another little nugget!



 James was the cutest Halloween turtle.

 And the best helper.

 I turned 30 and ate delicious things to celebrate.

And we had a merry merry Christmas.

And now it's time to face 2020!
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