Monday, August 22, 2011

Liz' Life: 3 Months

 Three Months

Elizabeth,
I can't believe you are already three months! You are growing like a weed girl! You have really started talking and smiling more this month and your smile just melts my heart. It makes all that crying you do worth it! This month you started watching cartoons and you really enjoy them. You started grabbing on to your toys on your activity mat and you sat in your high chair for the first time. Dr. Goldberg put you on Soy this month but truthfully momma doesn't see much difference in your reflux. He also started you on solids for breakfast. Momma tries every morning to feed you rice cereal and sometimes with bananas with a spoon but you really don't like it. You would rather have your bottle. And it is the messiest thing! This month you also met your Great Grandpa Lopez who's in a nursing home for the first time. You wear some three month and some six month clothes. You are kind of in between right now. Just yesterday on your three month birthday we put you in a size 3 diaper because the size 2's were getting too small. When we weighed you yesterday at home it said you weighed 16lbs. I'm not sure how accurate that is since at your ped appointment on August 6 you weighed 14.2 lbs. You are a lot more awake during the day now and you rarely want to take a nap which gets a little annoying when momma has stuff to do. You really love your Uncle Ken and I think yall are going to have a special relationship like my papa and I did. You have become really needy or spoiled and don't want to be put down. The only time your not crying is when your held but momma can't hold you 24/7 woman! I can't wait to see what the next month brings.

Love mommy & daddy


13 Week Stats:


Sleeping: You are still going down for the night between 8-9 p.m. and usually sleep between 5-6 hours then wake up to eat and sleep for another 3 hours or so. Last night though you slept for a whole 8 hours then ate and slept for another 2 1/2. Momma's praying you have more nights like that! Recently during the day you aren't wanting to take your naps. You used to sleep for three hours in the morning after your first meal and now you wake up every hour. Not sure what that's about.

Eating: You've been eating between 4-6 oz at every feeding. You are now on Similac Soy with 3 tsp of rice cereal at each feeding and 6 tsp at your night feeding. You are not really fussy during feedings any more but you hate to be stopped to be burped. You get fussy about an hour after feedings and you get really bad hiccups afterwards.

Activity: You prefer your activity mat to anything else besides being held. You are up most of the day now so it's getting harder for momma to entertain you. All of a sudden you started not liking your swing. Not sure what that's about besides you wanting to be held all the time.

Likes:  Being held is your favorite, then playing on your activity mat and watching cartoons.


Dislikes: You hate being put down more than anything. Not liking your swing right now and you despise tummy time which makes it hard for me to get that in during the day. You prefer to be sitting up and surprisingly your head is very strong without having tummy time.

Pics from this month:







Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Taking a Break

I'm sad to say that I'm taking a break from blogging for a while. I made the decision on Friday after having a complete meltdown and feeling like a horrible mother because I let me daughter cry for 4 hours on and off during the night without feeding her. I was trying to break her habit of waking up at the same time every night because I read that between 9-15 weeks bottle fed babies could go 8 hours without eating and I was trying to extend her nights according to the Baby Wise book. I know now that after the first 45 minutes of crying on and off I should have just fed her. I cried the entire next day and after talking to my family I decided to put the books up!

I was trying so hard to get her on a schedule according to the book and kept referring to it nonstop. I have a problem. I admit it. I compare my baby to every other baby her age and I read too much into things. I have decided that I need to let her make her own schedule for now at least until I get a job and we then we can figure how her schedule needs to be. I know that every baby is different and unique and I need to be proud of my baby and love her no matter what for who she is and not try to change her. So I've decided to take a break from blogging so that I can focus on my daughter and learn to not compare and just be happy with who she is.

I know this is a weird all over the place post but I didn't have a lot of time to get my thoughts in order but I wanted to let my followers know why I haven't written. I hope this break isn't too long and I hope to still read all of your blogs from time to time.

With much love and respect,

Heather

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Morning Playtime

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Bye Bye Baby Weight & More - Week 1

For those that have read my blog for a while you know that I have always had an issue with my weight. I was starting to try to loose it before we got pregnant and then I had to put that on the back burner. Before baby I weighed 164 lbs and needed to loose about 30 lbs for my BMI. When I got pregnant I wanted to only gain 15 lbs since I was already overweight but of course I didn't eat or exercise the way I should have and gained 30 lbs. When I had Elizabeth I weighed 194lbs!!!!!!!!! And I'm only 5'4" people!  As soon as I had Elizabeth I automatically lost 19 lbs. I now weigh 175 lbs and am only 11 lbs away from my prebaby weight.

For the past 10 weeks I really haven't been eating any better and working out just seemed daunting because I feel like I'm tired 24/7. But Monday night I decided that I'm absolutely tired of the way I look. I'm too big and am just not happy when I look in the mirror. I'm still wearing my maternity clothes for heavens sakes because nothing fits me. So I decided to only allow myself a dessert once a month which is my BIGGEST weakness, drink a diet coke only once a week and when I get fast food only get a salad. I also decided it's time to start working out and I started the 30 Day Shred again. I did this before I was pregnant but never finished it. So here are my goals:

Short Term Goal: Loose 15 lbs by my birthday (Nov. 27)
Long Term Goal: Loose 40 lbs total by next Summer
This Week's Goal: Have only 1 diet coke, no sweets and finish level 1 of 30 Day Shred.
Current Weight: 175 lbs.

Wordless Wednesday {8.3.11}






Monday, August 1, 2011

Liz' Life: 10 Weeks

 10 Weeks

Sleeping: Her sleeping has gotten sooo much better since my last post since I didn't do a 9 week post. She sleeps for 5-6 hours when we first put her down at night then wakes up to eat and goes back to sleep for another couple of hours. We have her on a schedule that we got from the book Baby Wise. She eats then we try to keep her awake for a while then we put her down for a nap for an hour an a half and we do that all through the day. It seems to be working. Some days we have to go off the routine but she seems to get back on very easily.

Eating: Her pedi changed her formula to Enfamil AR which has a little starch and rice in it so we are no longer give her the extra rice cereal. She is eating between 4-6 oz at each feeding and twice a day we give her an ounce of water to help with the swelling of her esophagus.

Activity: My baby girl has been a totally different baby. She is smiling so much now and responds to you when you make faces and smile at her. She is talking a lot and is keeping her hands open more. She has found that she can suck on her hand and does that a lot.

Likes: She likes to suck on her hand, likes her swing now, likes it when you stick your tongue out at her, likes to be sitting up rather than laying down.


Dislikes: She hasn't been liking it when we read to her lately. Not sure what's up with that! She hates taking her medicine, hates getting dressed and hates getting her neck cleaned after a feeding.

Highlight of the Week: She met her new baby cousin this week and went to two birthday parties!

Pic from this Week: (I have been so bad about taking pics. I have just really been trying to enjoy her but I need to start taking pics at least one a day!)

Elizabeth and her cousin Jayden