Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Tanner James: 5 months

What's been happening this month:

  • He found his toes.  I don't know why but it's just the cutest thing ever when they start grabbing their feet.
  • We are using the Zipadee Zip now instead of the swaddle.
  • He's such a happy baby.  He loves to smile and be smiled at.
  • He's weighing in at 16 pounds.
  • Still spitting up. Ugh
  • We got out the Baby Einstein Bouncer.  He loves it.  That is the best baby product.
  • Rolling over a lot and starting to roll from back to tummy.
  • Gnawing on anything he can get into his mouth.  He especially likes our fingers and his own toes.
  • He had a really bad drool rash.  Or so I thought...  More on that in month 6.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Tanner James: 4 months

What's been happening this month:
  • Scooting around all over. He tries to scoot on his booty out of the bouncy chair and swing.  He has to be buckled at all times now. He can also turn himself completely around when laying on his back.
  • Still swaddled but gets his arms out a lot.
  • Still in bassinet and sleeping with us.
  • He is waking up more at night since I have gone back to work.  I don't really mind it since I get extra cuddles at night.
  • I'm back to pumping, so that's annoying.
  • I've had a lot more trouble losing weight this time around so Kyle got me a Fit Bit for my birthday.  It's helping a lot.
  • He still spitting up a ton.  It's frustrating for all of us.  We all need an extra change of clothes at all times.
  • He is super snuggly and loves to be held, worn in a sling, and cuddled.
  • Rolling over from tummy to back.
  • He doesn't mind his tummy time and will hang out there for a while.
  • He has set a predictable schedule with a long afternoon nap but is pretty flexible too.

Friday, April 15, 2016

Tanner James: 3 months

What's been happening this month:
  • Lots of smiles and laughing.
  • He is super ticklish.
  • Loves taking baths but cracks up in anticipation of being tickled when I wash in his neck rolls.
  • Getting really chunky.
  • He is starting to lose his hair and its kind of patchy.  It's not the best look.
  • He is still the most easy going, chill baby. He doesn't mind tummy time. He can and will go from wide awake to asleep all on his own, although I nurse him to sleep anyway because I like to.  He never cries.  He just so happy all the time.  
  • His neck is getting really strong and he's more and more sturdy every day. 
  • We got a swing and he loves being in there.  Blake never really liked the swing.
  • He tries to mimic our facial expressions and coos. 
  • My milk supply is still really good.  That's making things less stressful this time.
  • My nursing aversion is almost completely gone. I'm so glad I finally have a name to what I was experiencing. I had it in the beginning with Blake also and never could figure it out after many hours of Googling.  I described it as itching or that my nerves felt like they were going crazy when I was feeding Blake.  I would scratch and tear at my face and neck whenever I was feeding Blake in the beginning.  Then it went away and I forgot about it.  Then I had Tanner and it started up again. This time I Googled "skin feels like it's crawling while nursing baby."  Up popped all this info about nursing aversion.  I seem to have a mild case since all it really does is make my skin feel creepy and sensitive but some people get bad feelings toward their children which is terrible I'm sure. Anyway, it's gone now, yay!
  • I went back to work which is going fine but still sucks. Thankfully he's easy on all of our baby sitters and Blake is a great big sister helper.

Monday, March 28, 2016

Tanner James: 2 months

Tanner has been smiling and interacting with us a lot this month.  I love the sound of his coos.  He is growing like crazy and is almost 13 pounds.  He is wearing 3-6 month size and grows out of clothes quicker than I can keep up.  People comment on his size a lot but he's actually only in the 50th-ish percentile.  He is also up to size 2 in disposable diapers too.  He wears mostly cloth at home now but I'm still using both because he goes through quite a few a day.  I know he's getting enough to eat but he sure does spit up a lot.  I'm getting used to smelling like puke for most of the day.  Maybe I should slow down on the Mother's Milk Tea.  Could have an oversupply this time :).  He's still really mellow and easy and a good sleeper.  He wakes up one or two times at night and goes back to sleep quick.  He sleeps in the bassinet most of the night and then with me in the early morning hours.  Blake is sleeping with us too.  It's kind of nice having both my kiddos with me at night and I'm sure I will like the time with them once I'm back to work.  I use the velcro Swaddle Me swaddlers for sleep and he likes it.  He sometimes gets his hands out but I think I will keep using them for a little while longer because it really helps him stay asleep. I got some of the new hip trendy pacifiers and of course he's not interested.  In case you're interested they are Natursutten natural rubber pacis.  Neither of my kids really took to the pacifier.  Who knows, maybe he will later.  For now he gags on it and spits it out. 

Blake is still enjoying being a big sis and wants to be called sissy :-) 

My favorite thing this month: I got a Sakura Bloom sling and I am obsessed with it.  I have a problem with buying baby carriers.  I just love keeping him close to me and he loves to be held.  The sling is lightweight, compact (fits in my purse or diaper bag), easy to use, and looks beautiful. 

I'm really trying to enjoy my last few weeks off work with lots of quality time and fun with the kiddos.  I'm also trying to mentally prepare to the transition back to work.

No-bake Lactation Bites

Modified energy balls for lactating moms (or anyone else who likes sweets).

  • 1 cup dry oats
  • 2/3 cup coconut flakes
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup flax seed meal or freshly ground flax seeds
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips
  • 1/2 tbs brewers yeast
  • 1/3 cup honey or agave 
  • 1 tbs chia seeds
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 scoop of protein powder (I use vanilla Perfect Fit Protein)
Mix ingredients together and chill in fridge for 30 min.  Then roll into balls and store in the fridge, 

I'm using a Fit Bit now so trying to track calories,  I think these are approximately 100 each. 

*If the ingredients are too dry add a bit more peanut butter to make it sticky. 


Thursday, February 18, 2016


Recap of 2015

I got a job as a SLPA at Cornerstone Therapies. I love doing therapy and have awesome clients but it's hard to be away from Blake. It will be even harder leaving 2 kids but I think it's good for all of us:

We got Disneyland passes:

 Frozen on Ice blew. her. mind:

I got preggo with Tanner:

Blake was a flower girl in the Bastien wedding:

We are still loving living in Seal Beach:

Princess dresses rule our lives (even at naptime):

Blake turned 2 at Disney (and enjoyed the chocolate cake they gave her at Ariel's Grotto):

We went to Hawaii:



As you can see, we have had an amazing year!

Goals for 2016:

1. Spend as much quality time with my kiddos as possible. Have some fun adventures.
2. Have a few date nights.
3. Start saving some money. It's time to get serious.
4. Carve out a little "me" time. Get back in shape, relax a little, read, have a girl's night.
5. Quit Tsunami. I want real weekends.

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Tanner James: 1 month

One month down and it has been so easy.  I get to really enjoy every moment home with both my kiddos because I don't have any of that first time mom stress and anxiety. We have been making the most of every day and doing as much as possible, while still making sure to have lots of relaxing down time for bonding.    
  • Tanner is eating like a pro and has been since the first day.  He was already almost up to birth weight at the 2 day doctor appointment.  At the 2 week, he was up to 8lbs 9oz from 7lbs 1oz leaving the hospital.  He does spit up a lot but we aren't too worried about that, it seems to be a laundry problem only.  He also eats fast.  It's such a change from Blake, who took an hour to eat every time. 
  • He is super noisy.  He grunts and snorts all day long.  It's pretty cute.  Blake says he sounds like Peppa Pig.
  • He's so easy-going and just goes with the flow.  He sleeps under any light or noise conditions, which is convenient because his sissy is often screaming and running through the house during the day.  
  • We have been going everywhere because he's so easy.  I started doing things right away.  He has been to a dinner party with the girls, visits to MiMi's and Grammie's, Knott's Berry Farm, Disneyland, a baby shower, a birthday party, the park, the beach, story time at the library, a Superbowl party, my office, My Gym, countless walks, several doctor appointments (mine and his), tons of dinners out, and trips to Target and the grocery store. We have been very busy. :) 
  • He has quite a bit of hair and it's darker than Blake's.
  • He grew out of the newborn diapers and newborn clothes by the 2nd week.  We are in the size 1 diapers and have not started cloth yet. 
  • He loves to be swaddled and is 50/50 on the pacifier.
  • He is sleeping in his Halo Swivel Sleeper Bassinest, which is the coolest bassinet ever.  He also sleeps with me when I can't get him back in the bassinet.  This time around I'm not going to make myself crazy with sleep deprivation.  We just do what works and yes we are being safe when co-sleeping. 
  • He sleeps a lot still. Napping on and off during the day with a few short periods of wakefulness in the morning and in the evening.  At night he sleeps really well (up only once or twice usually). Of course I get up and change him and feed him but it does not seem hard like it did the first time.  We are pretty rested.  Maybe because he goes back to sleep pretty quick.  I'm sure I will feel differently when I got back to work. 
  • I don't need to pump so I haven't been and that makes all the difference.  I feel free.  Pumping sucks!
  • He makes tons of funny faces and smiles a lot.
  • He loves being in my Solly Baby Wrap.  I also use the Ergo because it's easier to nurse in but the infant insert is kind of a pain so I've been using the wrap more. 
  • We got a cool double stroller for our walks that Blake can stand up on so we are getting used to that still. 
  • I'm still obsessed with his smell, especially his head. It's like a drug. 
  • I seem to have less ADHD symptoms which is weird because the opposite is supposed to be true.
  • I got pink-eye. Ugh, the worst. I followed the advice of many mommies and put my breastmilk in it.  Gone in less than a day. I know doctors disagree but it works.
  • We survived a cold that Blake picked up at Story Time. She had a pretty miserable stuffed up nose for a few days and I panicked that Tanner would get it so I washed all our hands obsessively and sprayed Lysol on everything.  I thought we were in the clear as she came out of it but a day later Tanner had a stuffed up nose.  It lasted less than a day (yay for the antibodies in breastmilk) and he is totally fine. As a side note, I recommend the snot suckers like the Nose Frida for every mom out there. They work SOOOOO much better than the bulb syringe.  
  • Kyle and I both think he looks really different than Blake but most everyone else says they look the same :/ 
  • Blake is so in love with him and with being a big sister.  She asked to hold him all day long, gushes over how "tiny" and "cute" he is and gives him tons of kisses. It was hard to tell her no she couldn't kiss him during the days she was sick :(
Overall, it has been an amazing month.  I feel like I could do this at least one more time but hopefully two more.  Now to convince Kyle that we need two more kids...