Friday, March 29, 2013

Week 20

We went to Georgia for the weekend 
to celebrate the belated birthdays of Brian & Kathryn,
and the early birthdays of Wallis and myself.

I unfortunately didn't get any photos of the actual celebration,
however my sister-in-law Heather documented it well over on her blog...
Notes from the Nelsens

Here's one family photo I stole!

It was great to see everyone, and to spend time with family.
We made it out to the farm to see the new sheep,
and visited at the furniture store and Amici's.

It's always fun to get Matilda around her cousins!

A big milestone happened while we were there, 
you tried rice cereal (with a spoon)
for the first time!

Here you are getting ready to take your seat...

First bite coming in...

Not sure if you like it...

 I'm such a big girl...

Uh, maybe not...

Let's keep trying...

I can't say you enjoyed it,
although you kept opening your mouth for more!
You probably spit out more than you took in.

I know that some of you could care less about my breastfeeding debacles, 
but this is truly a diary of sorts for me. 
At the end of this first year, I'd like to have a blog book made,
a keepsake of sorts for when Matilda is older 
and potentially has a child of her own, 
if she's so blessed. 

I also see it as a reference manual for me,
if I am lucky enough to have another child. 
I realize that every baby is different, 
but I think it will be helpful to compare certain milestones.

With all of that being said, you can skip this last part if the breastfeeding topic doesn't interest you!
I feel like these are the last few 'tricks' I haven't tried,
so I decided to get Fenugreek Seed Capsules & Mother's Milk Tea,
which I started Tuesday. 
2 capsules/3 times a day, 
along with 3 cups of tea
I would say that yes, my supply has increased,
but I ended up with a nasty stomach bug that night,
throwing up with fever and such.
Part of me fears that it's related!?
Surely not, but I may gradually ramp back up.

Definitely not related because here we are on Friday,
and the bug has Brian now. 

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Week 19

What a week!

So, remember when I learned about the "nursing strike"?
Now, I've been introduced to the "4-month sleep regression"!

It's Wonder Week 19!

If I'm understanding it correctly,
it's a developmental (with mental being the key word) growth spurt.
Basically, you are lying awake at night,
trying to wrap your head around all these new things you are learning,
thereby not getting any rest, and keeping us up as well!

This too shall pass.
The freaky thing is that this article says
the spurts happen at weeks 5, 8, 12, 19, 26, 37, 46, and 55.
I guess you are right on target!
She also says...

I think the reason the "4-month sleep regression" is such a big deal is that babies wake up a lot in the few weeks it takes while they're working on the 19-week spurt, and then once they've gone through that spurt they only have a week or two (if that) of respite before they start prepping for the 26-week spurt. So it's kind of one long stretch of bad sleep and cranky moods during that stage of your baby's life.

In other news, you moved from your Rock n' Play
to this cradle that was your dad's when he was a baby...

But only for a few nights, since we've been trying desperately to transition you to the crib.

The weekend started off well, with everyone feeling much better,
and Friday afternoon, I went to yet another oyster roast
hosted by a civil engineering/landscape architecture firm that I work with.
They are conveniently located next to the Tanger Outlet Mall,
so I also popped into Carter's and Old Navy to pick up some cute summer outfits for you!

Then it was home to clean, since we had family friends'
of your dad's stopping by to visit on Saturday morning.
Jane & Randy came by to visit and see the house,
and we all walked down to the Rutledge Cab Co. for a late lunch.
They were in town for a wedding, and wanted to meet you!

Later on Saturday,
we met up with the Rohaly's, Connell's, and Katie (sans Jeff),
for a little happy hour with the kiddos at Sesame.
It was great to meet little Adeline,
and to see how much Rio had grown!
Won't be long now until he has a little brother or sister in mid-April!

And once again, I can't keep up with your appetite,
only this time, my supply of milk in the freezer has diminished.
Not sure if it was your lack of eating while you were sick,
the fact that you are trying to make up for it now,
or this growth spurt you seem to be going through.
Most likely a combination of the three.

No matter the cause, the goal is the same...
to keep you happy and fed.
Therefore, we've started supplementing with formula.
I'm trying to limit it to one bottle per day at first,
since I'm not ready to relinquish the breastfeeding just yet.

You don't seem to mind this switcheroo,
and you've even started expanding your horizons
by accepting various types of bottles now!

I was a little freaked out that you focus so intently on my eating,
you look at me like you want a bite of whatever I'm having.
Well, I just read that if your baby does this, they are most likely ready for cereal.
AND, rice cereal apparently helps little ones sleep?!

Guess what, you had rice cereal this week!
In your bottle.
And yes, you did sleep... at least a little better.
It wasn't like a miracle sleep aid or anything,
but I do think you are more satisfied!

We've upped your ounces in your bottle for daycare as well,
from 4 ounces to 5, since you are so hungry!

Another new development with crib-sleeping,
is that I have found you on several occasions like this...

We never put a bumper on your crib
because apparently they pose a risk of suffocation!
But to avoid you breaking a limb,
we found the Breathable Baby Mesh Crib Liner.
According to the packaging, this product
"reduces the risk of suffocation and helps prevent entanglement and climbing"

The photo above not only shows the new bumper installed,
but also demonstrates your new talent/obsession of lifting your legs.
You are going to have killer abs, my friend. 

And in keeping with Wonder Week 19,
you love studying everything more closely now. 
You stroke my face as if you are learning every line of it. 
You talk a lot. And you love to be talked to.

Friday, March 15, 2013

Week 18

I must say this has been your worst week
(hence the Friday-as-opposed-to-Wednesday post).
You saw 5 doctors at 4 different offices this week,
Two of which were emergency pediatric clinics. 

It all started with a cough, two weekends ago.
Monday morning I called the pediatrician about rescheduling
your 4-month well check, and just casually mentioned your cough.
They said to bring you in that morning, which I did, 
only to be told that it was "just a cold", and it should go away on it's own.

By Wednesday night, you started wheezing,
and Thursday morning I took you back to the doctor,
(after you wished your cousin Ellie a 'happy birthday')
only to be told again "it's a cold".
Even when I asked if they could test for RSV,
they said "we're not there yet, you are overreacting". 

Daycare was concerned, which had me even more concerned.
I mean they see sick babies all the time, 
and even they knew something was seriously wrong.

So Thursday night, we took you to the MUSC Children's Clinic in North Charleston.
They basically confirmed what the pediatrician had been telling us, 
but the fortunate thing was that they drained mucus from your nose through little catheters. 
You hated it! 

I kept you home from daycare on Friday 
because you just weren't feeling well, 
and I truly hated to take you again.
It was also your Daddy's birthday,
and we got him a hiking backpack!

We did have plans to go to Spartanburg for the weekend,
since it was Ellie's birthday, 
and we were responsible for decorating.
So, we packed you up and hit the road.

The party was great, 
and I'll get to that in a separate post!

By Saturday night, you had a fever of 101.8,
and you were throwing up some.
We put you in a bath, and gave you Tylenol to get the fever down, 
and then mom and I took you to another emergency pediatric clinic 
that Allison had taken Ellie to before.

It was quite an experience to say the least! 
BUT, they did test you for RSV,
and the test came back positive, 
which meant they sent us home with a nebulizer & albuterol,
as well as a separate prescription for an additional steroid.

Finally, we had some form of treatment to get you better! 
They suggested a follow-up appointment with our pediatrician early in the week.

By Monday morning, I had decided not to go back to our pediatrician.
I was so mad that they totally dismissed my concerns of RSV, 
when I had every right to be concerned!

There was a whole lot of this going on (during the day)...

Your dad asked a friend he works with where she takes her little ones, 
and she recommended a great pediatric group.
We were able to get an appointment that day!

Unfortunately, it was determined that you now had a double ear infection!
So she put you on an antibiotic 
(and took you off the steroid, which was causing even more problems). 

After a follow-up visit yesterday, 
you were starting to improve, 
and you've been back to daycare the past two days!

However, you seem to have spread your illness to your daddy!
He came home from work on Wednesday with a fever of 102. 
He stayed home Thursday as well, but was back to work this morning. 

Hopefully everyone is on the mend,
and after many sleepless nights (the photo above was taken at 4am one night),
we'll finally have a peaceful, relaxing weekend!

In other news, you have started sitting up on your own!
Jen let us borrow Jack's bumbo!
I LOVE this photo of you!
Clearly you don't feel well,
but you look like The Godfather!

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Thursday, March 7, 2013

Month 4

Happy 4-month birthday!

At 4 month's old, you love to...
mimic what we say,
put everything in your mouth,
lean forward/try to sit up.
You enjoy bathtime (yay)!

You are such a happy baby,
just a delight!

I like to sing
to you.

Today is also your cousin Ellie's 4th birthday!
And tomorrow is your daddy's birthday!
A very happy birthday to Ellie & Brian (& Kathryn on Saturday)!
Can't wait to celebrate this weekend...

Food: Exclusively breastmilk
Sleep: in our room, in the Rock N' Play,
transitioned to the cradle your dad slept in as a baby
Toys: Enjoying your playmat,
swatting at birds and butterfly on your bouncy seat, owl loveys
Books:  Peter Rabbit book from Grandmama...
you love the textures, like bunny fur and scratchy beard

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Week 17

Picked you up early on Friday,
you were sound asleep!

Friday night we went to yet another oyster roast...
(not your first)
the beauty of living in Charleston!

Saturday, you had your first babysitter!
Thanks to Elissa for taking care of you.
I was hoping you would sleep the whole time,
but I think you wanted to keep her company instead.

Your daddy and I went out on the town!
Starting at Proof (a not-so-new bar) that we hadn't been to
for drinks and appetizers.
Then on to the Charleston Music Hall
for Shovels & Rope!

Cary Ann Hearst & Michael Trent are a local duo,
who used to play a free show on the deck of
the Pour House every Monday night.
Now, they've gone off and made it big!
Played the David Letterman Show,
and went on Cayamo this year,
touring the country.

We bought this poster to commemorate the night!

Had to go to the doctor this week,
you have a pretty bad cold,
but they say it's normal for your age.

Milk supply is down,
meaning that I can't seem to keep up with your appetite.
To help the situation, I'm drinking more water, 
power pumping & pumping after feedings,
and trying to eat more peanut butter,
and drinking a malta a day.
Will keep you posted!

In other news, you are still trying to sit up on your own.
And you're talking more than ever!
Daddy thinks I'm crazy,
but I think you know your vowels already!