Wednesday, June 30, 2010

A Coffee Kind Of Day

Today was one of those days where I got in to work and my boss goes "wow, you look exhausted. You have that mommy face". Ahh those sleepless nights... I'm not sure what was up with Eirik last night. A growth spurt, teething, gas, a combo of all three... all I know is that we were up about every 1 1/2 hours to eat. He went down at 8, woke at 9 to eat, then my husband brought him up to bed at 11:30 and changed him and he ate again. I have to add here I went to bed just after 10 by the time homework and next day prep was done. I think it was about every 1 1/2 to 2 hours... and then at 4 he had gas and had to be rocked back to sleep which took until about 4:45 and my alarm goes off at 5:30. Previously when I had a rough night I could play catch up with sleep later in the day... not so when I'm back at work full time. Needless to say this morning I was bad and got coffee on the way to work. Usually I just get coffee in the break room but this morning I wanted that real coffee taste... not work lunchroom coffee. Fingers crossed tonight is a better night... I'm going to go pass out as soon as I get a little homework done...


Tuesday, June 29, 2010

One Year Ago...

One year ago I came home from work clutching my plastic bag from Target trying to talk myself in to waiting until the morning. What was the point of doing it now? Hadn't I just been to the bathroom an hour ago? And anyway, it was still really early... only 10 or 11 days maybe. Too early for anything to show up tonight. But... what would it hurt to just take one and see? It'll be negative. There is no way it will be positive! I sat and watched as a line appeared... the control line. But then I watched as a second line appeared and I quickly realized that first line I saw was not the control line... it was a real line. I sat in shock staring going "oh my god" over and over. My husband wasn't home so I quickly tried to call his cell phone and got no answer. He didn't even know I was planning on testing. The only reason I had planned on it was because I kept burping, the only pregnancy symptom I had before. I didn't even think it would come back positive. But, there is no mistaking this:

Test 6-29-09

Never will I forget the rush of emotions... the initial excitement quickly followed by fear. What if it happened again? What if this one didn't make it either? Could I go through the loss and the pain again? I quickly became attached to my little bean, which I was convinced was a girl (boy was I wrong!). I waited eagerly for my husband to get home so I could tell him the good news. I wrapped the test in a box and put a note on it that says "happy late anniversary". He was just as shocked as I was. Both of us were nervous, but excited.

Its hard to imagine its been an entire year already. That moment is so fresh in my mind i feels as if it was yesterday. But no, here I am today, holding my little man, my little miracle. That day is one of the best days of my life. The day I finally got that sticky positive test.

Monday, June 28, 2010

I just can't get the hang of Mondays...

I know there is some movie or TV show that has a good one liner about Monday's but i can't remember what it is off the top of my head. Its something along the lines of "i never could get the hang of Mondays". Well, that's about how I feel right now.

It started off bad with last night the low temperature being 83F. We have NO AC upstairs which meant a night asleep on the sofa. The problem with this is that I have to get up to get Eirik, take him upstairs to change him, then bring him back downstairs. In hindsight I should just have bought the diapers downstairs... but did I think of that? Nope! He wakes up at midnight and I change him. Then about 3 he wakes up again, eats, and poops so thats another change. So we make it till about 4 when he wakes up... wet. Yep, wet. The swing is wet too so now we have to go back upstairs and sleep in the still oppressive heat because the swing cover has to be washed.  He wakes up again at 5... wet again. At this point I want to scream as I spent all day Sunday stripping my diapers so we would stop having leakage issues! At this point I get him back to sleep just as my alarm is about to go off... so much for a restful nights sleep!

The rest of the morning goes okay. I was running a smidge behind because I put dinner in the crock pot, but not too late. Work today was pretty light so I was looking forward to leaving work on time, getting Eirk, and getting home at a decent time. But, as I said, Mondays and I just aren't getting along.

At 3pm I sit down to pump and my husband calls. I answer to "I have a situation here". Of course I instantly think something is wrong with Eirik. No... he is broken down on the side of 95! He was on his way to drop Eirik off at my friend's house and his car died. So I quickly call my friend and beg her to go pick my son up from my husband... its in the 90s again today and he's stuck in a car on the side of 95 with no AC! Then I call my husband back with the AAA info so he can call a toe truck... then I realize the cost to toe the car to our mechanic will be outrageous so I call my friend again to get the number of a closer one. So I met my husband on the side of 95 while we waited for a toe truck and my friend took Eirik to Ikea (gotta admit i'm a smidge jealous... i love Ikea!). Finally the toe truck showed up and we dropped the car off. They were closed so we just had to leave the car and call them and explain the situation. So, I guess tomorrow we find out just what is wrong with the car.

So by the time we got back to pick up Eirik, fed him, and got home it was almost 7. So much for getting home early and having a semi relaxing evening! I am now completely frazzled and exhausted and hot. Can it be Friday again already?

Saturday, June 26, 2010

First Week is OVER!

Yes, thats right, I have made it through week one back at work! Monday was by FAR the hardest day. It did get a little easier every day however. I discovered its MUCH easier to leave when he's asleep. On Thursday and Friday I had to leave him wide awake, grinning, and happy. Its SO hard to leave when he sits there and gives you that big huge smile! My job is pretty hectic at the moment so I am keeping pretty busy which helps a lot. The more downtime I have the more time I have to miss him! It helps that I get picture messages all day from my husband!

So far I have learned that my theoretical morning schedule has been tossed out the window! Its hit or miss as to when he wakes up. Sometimes hes up at 5:15 wanting to eat so of course he doesn't want to eat again before I leave and other mornings he sleeps till 6:30! I have however managed to get myself out of the house every morning by 6:50. I really don't have a set start work time, but I like to try and get there by 7:15, especially since I am taking pumping breaks 3X a day. I am going to talk to the IT guy Monday about setting up a computer so I can do some work while I pump! I have kept up doing an extra morning pumping session to stockpile milk. I have been doing that hands free so I can do other things at once! I think i have a pretty good general "routine" down in the morning now. Its not perfect, and it changes, but it works!

The biggest shock for me was how exhausted I was! Last night I didn't even attempt to do anything... I passed out on the couch at about 8:45! The worst days are Monday and Wednesday because I have to go pick him up. Typically I don't get home till 6:30 or 7... and then by the time i've eaten dinner, played with him, given him a bath, and gotten stuff ready for work the next day its 10! I'm sure as time goes by our routine will get better... but geeze... i am glad its the weekend!

Last night Eirik got something in his eyes... we still have NO clue what or where it came from. He was hysterical! We ended up giving him a bath and then I even changed and took a shower because we just could not figure out what was wrong. His eye was so red and puffy and watery! For a while there I was worried we'd be taking him to the patient first down the road, but thankfully he settled down and today his eye looks fine. I don't know if its something I got on me at work or if he got something on him at the park (my husband took him out to a local park) or if it was just something random in the house! Poor little guy was NOT a happy camper!

Tonight my husband and I are going out to dinner for our anniversary. I'm really looking forward to it because we're getting Sushi... Mmm.... =)

And now, more cute baby pictures!! Because I know that's the real reason you all check this blog. ;)

Staring at a toy during tummy time!


His newest thing... sucking his thumb!

Friday, June 25, 2010

4 years ago today...

4 years ago today was by far one of the best days of my life. Not the best, because I don't know if I have a best moment anymore, but it ties for number 1 up there with finding out I was pregnant and then actually having Eirik. 4 years ago today I married my husband! And 6 years ago tomorrow my husband and I started dating. It was a fluke that our wedding ended up being the day before our dating anniversary. A random date that worked for everyone and only after the fact did I realize what had happened.

We met at work... I was home for the summer working and preparing myself for my senior year. I wasn't looking for a relationship because at the time I was already in one. But, life works in mysterious ways, and sometimes you find love when you least expect it. Unsure of how things would work out once I returned to school I tried not to become too attached to the long term but once I returned to college it was even more apparent to both of us how strong those feelings were.

Our wedding was not a traditional one. It was performed at his aunts house and was a norse ceremony officiated by a friend of my husbands. It was a small intimate affair with only our closet friends and family. I didn't even wear white! To some it was odd, but for us it was perfect. Everything just seemed to fall into place. The entire day was rainy and miserable except about 5 hours during which we got married and ate and relaxed.


I'm not going to say marriage has been easy... its had its ups and downs. We've had joyous moments together and we've also had our problems. But we love each other and we know that no matter how frustrated we may get we love each other and support each other. Over the years we've been together i've only fallen more in love with him. And now, watching him with Eirik makes me love him even more.

So, today I dedicate this post to my husband. The man who has been there and seen me at my lowest and supported me when I didn't think I could do it anymore and who always tries to make me push myself farther even when I didn't want to try. You've laughed with me, cried with me, been there through death and loss, through happiness and joy. We've had our moments where we drive each other crazy but those always lead to moments where we love each other even more. You know exactly what to do to cheer me up on days when I've reached my breaking point. And now, watching you with Eirik just makes me love you even more. You're a wonderful father and he is so lucky to have you.

Happy Anniversary!

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Pumping Update! =)

So since to many people commented yesterday, i'll just give you all a quick update!

First off, i found something to do... homework! I printed off the power point slides for my classes so I can read those while I pump. It does help pass the time! I would bring my textbook in... but that may be a BIT obvious. ;)

Pricing - Medela pumps almost NEVER go on sale. It sucks. I got mine at Babies R Us of all places. They had a 20% off medela pump coupon. I've seen them do this a few times, so my advice is to sign up for their e-mail or check their website often! Also sometimes amazon has had them on sale!

Pumping room - I am tempted to talk to HR as there is another woman coming back soon who will be pumping, however the little room I have now is so convenient because its right next to my cube! I am thinking of putting premoistened paper towels in a ziplock back and bringing those in to clean the pump parts off between uses. They also sell these special wipes for cleaning... but they can get kind of pricey!

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

The Pump

One of the things I invested good money in was a breastpump. Most of my baby items I got used or on clearance or borrowed however a pump was one of those things I KNEW I wanted a new one that was good. It was something I would be using 3X a day at least when I went back to work. I did my research and everyone under the sun recommended Medela. I chose the freestyle simply because it was more lightweight and portable. It was a tad more money, but I used a coupon to save major money.

Before going back to work I started pumping once a day to build up a freezer supply. I also got myself very familiar with my pump. I remember the first time I took the thing out and tried to use it. After spending about 15 minutes putting the parts together I had to actually use the thing. Now that should be simple however its a double pump. So, here is the question... how do you hold both bottles over yourself and then turn the pump on?? With great difficulty! And then there is a button so when you have letdown it will change the sucking type, so again you have to juggle the apparatus so you can hit the letdown button. That in itself took a few tries! Nothing quite prepares you for that sucking sound that is being made. I have to admit I felt rather foolish at first sitting, clutching the breastshields to my chest, attempting to change the settings on the pump. But, after a few more tries I became pretty good at it. It wasn't so difficult to change the settings and I even purchased a corset to allow for hands free pumping!

And then I went back to work. There is nothing more tedious then spending 15 minutes sitting in a small empty room listening to the groaning noise as the pump works. There is no official pumping area at my job so I simply took over an old office area that is no longer in use. The little area is filled with old computers that I need to get the IT guy to move. So I sit there and try and relax and enjoy my 15 minute "break"  but instead I find myself thinking about how much i'd rather be at home feeding Eirik. Pumping makes me plain old depressed. Then there is no running water in the room since its an office so I have to pack up the pump parts into a bag and take them to the bathroom to wash and dry. The whole process ends up taking more like 25 minutes instead of the quick 15 I had anticipated. I know I am doing the best thing for Eirik by pumping, but after only 2 days I am already wondering "how long can I keep this up???" Maybe if I had work to do while I pumped or a computer to look at the internet on.

I love my pump... I just hate pumping... 

Monday, June 21, 2010

First Day

Today was my first day back at work since having Eirik. To say it was difficult would be an understatement! I knew it would be tough to leave him, but I never imagined just how hard it would really be! I spend most of last night trying to get myself organized. I made sure my lunch was made, I had all my pumping stuff together, I had his diaper bag together for my husband to grab... I even laid out my clothes for the next day! I went to bed last night knowing I had done everything to make this morning go as smoothly as possible.

I set my alarm for 5:30. Typically Eirik doesn't wake up until about 6:30 or so, so I figured that would give me at least 30 minutes to shower and eat breakfast. Nope! Wrong. Eirik woke up this morning at 5:25 cooing and grinning at me. Who could say no to that?? My husband entertained him while I showered and ate breakfast and then I fed him again and ultimately got him back to sleep about 6:30, leaving me just enough time to finish getting ready. Leaving was the hardest part. I think its a good thing he was asleep because if he was awake and cooing... or even awake and crying it would have been near impossible for me to leave. I only cried a little bit as I left. Instead I distracted myself with thoughts of work.

The day went smoothly. A lot has changed while I was gone, but a lot is still the same. Everyone was so glad to see me! Everywhere I went people were saying Hi and asking about Eirik. Thankfully I was pretty distracted most of the day catching up with things and people so I didn't have a ton of downtime to get too depressed. The worst moments of the day were when I was pumping. Sitting there attached to the pump made me miss him so much.

I have to admit the day went by quickly... partly because I had to keep an eye on the clock and every 2 1/2 - 3 hours go pump. Before I realized it 4pm had arrived and it was time for me to leave! I was so excited to go pick up my little guy! Traffic was great and I made wonderful time to my friends house (she watches him for 2 hours a day twice a week) and then... 1/2 mile from her house I see flashing lights in my mirror! Was I speeding? No... I have a crack in my windshield! All I could think is how close I was to seeing my little man, and I knew he was hungry, and here I was waiting for the cop to write my repair order. Talk about frustrating!

To say my little guy was hungry would be an understatement! He chowed down for a good 10 minutes and then gave me a look as if to say "where have you been all day?!" It was so wonderful to be with him again. I hear from many other working moms online it does get easier and the first few weeks are the hardest. I have to keep reminding myself of that. Now I have to go wake my little sleepyhead up. He was so exhausted when I picked him up that when we came home he pretty much passed out!

I'll leave you with a photo from yesterday. I found a onesie with one of my husbands favorite bands (pink floyd) on it, and I couldn't resist getting it for Eirik to wear on fathers day. You can see how exhausted Eirik is in the pictures... we did the photo op right before bathtime!


Saturday, June 19, 2010

The Things You Learn In School

So I'm not sure how many people out there know this, but I am currently working on my masters! I have a B.S. in Biology and once I entered the job market it became very apparent that I needed a masters to really get anywhere. After hunting around I found a great online biotechnology masters program at Johns Hopkins University! Part of the reason I started working on my masters was to take my mind off of trying to get pregnant. I was focusing all my energy on that and was getting more and more frustrated and I realized I needed to do something other then focus on getting pregnant! I am finally taking some really interesting classes. This semester I am taking stem cell biology.

Each student is required to do a project on a type of stem cell. This weeks projects were on ovarian and testicular stem cells. Reading about these kinds of stem cells and the potential they have to treat infertility is just amazing. The science to help has come so far already and just reading about this groundbreaking work makes me see just how much it is going to be changing over the next decade. I know that I got off easy in the land of infertility compared to many. I look at Eirik every day and think how amazing it is he is sitting there in front of me. I think of all those who I know who went through so much or are still going through it and I wish that these advances were available now not in 10 or 20 years. But still, it makes me hope that someday so many of the infertility issues that are out there will have new amazing treatments. Just look at how far treatments like IVF have come in the past 10 years!

Someday all these "what ifs" will be reality. I'm interested to see what they come up with!

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Mr. Chatterbox

Eirik has become a little talker... but only sometimes. Its actually quite amusing because he'll go on for quite a while talking and cooing and grinning but the second I try and record it no such luck! Part of the reason is he is really talkative after eating... so I can't exactly hold the camera and aim it at him while he's eating just to wait for that moment when he's done. Well, I could, but i'm not sure i'd want that video on the internet! However tonight he graced me with a conversation which I actually caught on video!

In other news Eirik had his follow up doctors appointment today. My chunky monkey is now 16.5lbs! Geeze! He also got 2 shots, which he was not so happy about. He's been a little extra fussy this evening, but nothing too bad thankfully! We'll see how he sleeps tonight!

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Eirik Discovers The Cat!

I jinex myself yesterday by saying how wonderful sleeping was going! Yep, I knew it was going to happen. Last night was okay, but he awoke at 4:30 refusing to go back to sleep and today has pretty much refused to nap! So, since I have accomplished nothing in the way of school stuff today, I'm just doing a quick blog post tonight!

This is a video I took a few days ago of Eirik discovering Caligula. As you can see Caliugla could care less!

Monday, June 14, 2010

Updates on Sleep and Breastfeeding!

So today I suddenly realized that Eirik and I now have this breastfeeding thing down! He latches super well and is a pretty efficient eater! Gone are the long 40 minute nursing sessions and now when he eats its typically only a total of 10, maybe 15 minutes. Hes still a grazer much to my frustration, enjoying more frequent short nursing then long ones. But, I can't complain too much. He now tells me when he is done by pulling off and talking to me. Its actually quite adorable because he looks up at me and starts cooing and grinning! Last night we also successfully did a nursing session while I was laying down in bed! The past times when i've tried he's fallen off or gotten frustrated but last night he just popped himself on and I went back to sleep!

Sleep is another thing that has gotten better. We're not sleeping through the night, but his first stretch tends to be 3 - 4 hours! After that its typically about another 2 -3. This means that right now he goes down about 9, wakes up about 12:30, goes back down about 1, wakes up again about 3:30, and then sometimes if i'm really lucky he's not up again until 5:30 or 6... and if i'm SUPER lucky he'll just want a little snack before going back to sleep till 7! This means that theoretically i'll only be up twice a night for feedings once I go back to work. More then I wanted, but much more doable then the 3, 4, or even 5 times I was getting up before! And the difference between 2 - 3 hours of sleep and 3 - 4 hours is AMAZING.

He's also becoming much more consistent with napping. I wouldn't say he has a set schedule down, but its becoming more predictable! Of course this will all probably change with me returning to work next week (insert BIG sad face here) but we'll have to see what happens.

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Pool Time!

So if there is one thing I miss about living with my parents is the pool. When I was a kid I LIVED at the pool in the summer. I grew up in an area with tons of really high quality outdoor pools and at any given point in my childhood I was within walking distance of one. I have such fond memories of spending my days swimming. When I was older both my brother and I were on swim team and our Saturday mornings were filled with swim meets. I was not a great swimmer, but it was something I truly enjoyed. Sadly since I now live in a city the public pools are just so so and I can't really afford a privet pool membership. The gym I go to does have a pool, however its taken over by swim practice the times I go... and there is nothing like the outdoor pool. Indoors are nice, but to me the best thing to do in the summer is go swimming!

So when my friend Kelli (some of you know her from TTCYF6+) send me an e-mail this morning saying she was going to be in the area and asking if I wanted to go swimming I jumped at the chance! Sure I haven't worn a bathing suite in years and yea I still have about 10lbs of baby weight to go... but a chance to swim in a pool! So today Eirik and I went to the pool! We met up with Kelli and her son Collin, who is 9 months old. I was a little worried Eirik wouldn't like the water because it was cool, but he loved it! I think he was a little confused and thought of it like a big bath, but he was quite happy to move around in the water. He only started getting fussy because he was tired and then he zonked out and took a short nap while I did a little relaxing in the water. Since he loved the water so much I'm really going to have to find somewhere to take him swimming! I want him to enjoy the water as much as I do!

In other big news Eirik ALMOST rolled over last night! He made it on his side and the only reason he didn't get all the way over is because his hand was in the way. He's so close to doing it though! We'll have to put him down on the ground again tonight and see if he'll make it all the way over. =)

And now, Eirik in the water!


Napping in the shade

Saturday, June 12, 2010

The Good, The bad, and the meh

So now Eirik is almost 11 weeks old (how the heck did that happen!?) I've had some time to reflect on baby products. Some things I have found to be amazing while other things I have hardly used at all! I thought today I'd do a really quick list of things I love, things I hate, and things that are okay but I could live without. I know a few of you who read this will be having your little beans soon, so I thought maybe it would be helpful.

The Good:
Cradle swing! Eirik LOVES this. He snoozes in it all the time! I will add here some babies hate swings... just as a heads up
Bouncy Chair - again, he LOVES this. He'll sit in it quite happily while we eat dinner or do something
Piggy Sack - A mei tai soft carrier purchased from Mandy. I LOVE this item! It is easy to take out because it rolls up, you can put it on in minutes, and you can use it from newborn to toddler! Eirik slept in it a lot at first but now he just loves looking at things when I go out! If you're interested you can buy one here:
Cosleeper - lifesaver! I can't imagine getting up every 3 hours to go get Eirik out of his crib to feed him. I don't even get out of bed! I roll over, pick him up, feed him, put him back to sleep.
Medela Freestyle Breastpump - since i'm going back to work I shelled out the big bucks on a breast pump... and i LOVE it. Its easy to use and light and portable! And a rechargeable battery!
Bravado Nursing bras - EXCELLENT nursing bras. They are supportive, which I need. Apparently under wires are bad for breastfeeding, so I knew I would have to shell out big bucks on a nursing bra.
Old Navy Nursing Shirts - inexpensive, easy to use, and have a nice little flair so you can hide that post pregnancy jelly belly!
Cloth Diapers - As you can tell from my review, i'm addicted. =) 

The Bad

The Boppy - Yes, some people love their boppy. I hated mine... it never worked right and Eirik was never fond of it either!
Papmpers with Drymax diapers - They leaked EVERYWHERE. Also they are currently being investigated because of bad diaper rashes!
Huggies - Eirik was in these for less then 6 hours and had the worst diaper rash ever!

The Meh

Activity Mat - Yes, this is nice to have. Its got the toys hanging over the top and yes, Eirik enjoys it for a while. But what he enjoys more is me putting a blanket on the ground, laying down with him, and pulling out a few soft toys. Its nice to have, but not essential in my mind.
Toys - Yes, toys are needed. Its nice to give babies things to play with and stare at... however I have discovered they are extremely fickle about what they like and dislike. I have a bunch of books for Eirik and the one he likes the best I picked up for 1.99 on clearance! My thought on toys is buy them used and sparingly. I find Eirik is much more amused by simple things around the house or by funny faces and noises at this point! And people sell toys at yard sales that have hardly been used!

I'll update with more good, bad, and meh as I find things out. For now those, thats what I can think of!

And now a picture of my little man listening to his daddy play the piano. =)

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Rocking and Rolling!

Tonight my little man went from his tummy to his back all by himself! Honestly I wasn't even trying to coax him to do it at the time he did it so I didn't realize what he'd done until afterward! We were having tummy time and I was encouraging him to hold his head up by talking to him and shaking one of his toys that rattles. His other new thing is he can move his arms in front of the other and attempt to pull his body forward (hardwood floors and a blanket so there's almost no friction!) in a sort of army crawl. He was getting angry and kind of trying to move but not moving and then all of a sudden there he was... on his back again! He looked very surprised and of course didn't repeat the trick for daddy when he got home. Go figure! I kind of thought it was only a matter of time before he rolled over, but I thought he would go front to back. Nope, other way around! He also was full of giggles this morning for me. I can't remember exactly what I was doing, but he thought it was hysterical!

It never ceases to amaze me how much he seems to change almost daily. He's so different then he was just a short 10 1/2 weeks ago when he was born. He's gone from spending his days sleeping and eating to playing and interacting with us. Those smiles and grins just melt your heart! I know, I'm sounding very sappy tonight. I think a large part is the fact that I am trying to come to terms with going back to work so soon. While I am in a way looking forward to seeing my coworkers and getting out of the house I also hate being away from him for so long. Alright, I'm going to stop being a downer now. He's asleep and I'm going to take advantage of that fact by going to bed myself!

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Just when you think you have it figured out...

They go and change things on you! Suddenly this evening Eirik has decided to not want to eat. A breastfeeding strike? No, not really, because eventually he will eat again... but he acts hungry and then the second I position him to eat its hysterics! He's happy in every other position but not in the eating one. The only thing I can think of is that he really was NOT hungry at all! Maybe what I thought were eating signs were actually just him having teething issues? I have no idea! Maybe its just been one of those days and he's just decided to make things confusing for me!

One thing he has made clear is that wake up time is 6am! Yep, 6... sometimes 6:30. At that point he's wide awake and has no intent of going back to sleep for anything. I have another week and a half until I have to worry about work but he's decided I need to start getting up early again. At least he wakes me up with a smile. I have to say its a very nice way to start your morning because no matter how frustrated I am about the lack of sleep seeing that huge grin reminds me its all worth while.

And lastly, a picture! At night we give Eirik a bath in the kitchen and then we get him all dressed on the counter. I purchased a pineapple on Tuesday and hadn't cut it up yet and it was in his reach so before I realized it he was trying to grab the pineapple! Its texture was most interesting to him. =)


Monday, June 7, 2010

10 weeks!

10 weeks today! Where does the time go?! 2 more weeks till I must return to work... but enough about those negative thoughts. Lets focus on the positive! One thing I wished someone had told me about babies is they start teething MONTHS before they pop a tooth. Yes, that's right, teething has begun. It started Friday and I put it down to general fussing after getting his shots but by Saturday I was pretty darn sure it was teething. He would yell at me, yes yell, and fuss and gnaw on EVERYTHING. Oh, and the drool! Everywhere! Its not quite enough he needs a bib, but sometimes its close! I did some reading online to find out this is perfectly normal... go figure! He seems a lot calmer today... so maybe he's just going to get little spurts of this. One can only hope... In more amusing developments he is trying to blow raspberries! Its my fault... I've been doing it at him for weeks. I discovered he found weird mouth movements and noises funny so I blow raspberries and make all sorts of other funny noises. Well, I noticed the past few days hes trying to do it back! I say trying because I don't think he can really figure out how to do it... but its amusing to watch!

The weather in Maryland has turned beautiful, at least for a few days. Today it was in the low 80s and tomorrow is supposed to be the same. This is the kind of weather I love! mid 70s to low 80s in the day, low 60s at night. Perfect!

And now, pictures of my little man today!


While it may not look like it in the photo, this is his FAVORITE toy. He loves it! Whenever we pull it out he gets a huge grin on his face and so far its the one thing he actively grabs for!


Reading during tummy time! He loves this book!

Sunday, June 6, 2010



I'll leave it up to you to come up with an appropriate caption. ;)

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Get Rid Of Baby Weight - Week 3!

So we just finished up week 3 of operation get rid of baby weight. I am proud to report that I lost, so I am now down 3.5lbs in 3 weeks! I also went to the gym once last week and did a slightly more intense workout. I tried to push myself up another notch but quickly felt uncomfortable so I went back down to a lower but comfortable intensity. My goal this week is to use the Wii at least once to exercise as well as get to the gym. We'll see how I do. =) I also noticed that my stomach is looking less and less like a deflated balloon! Thanks to how huge Eirik was and how much weight I gained i've still got that saggy stomach appearance, but slowly the skin is tightening back up. I know, its only been 9 weeks, I need to be patient!

I am feeling a lot better today... no more flu like symptoms and my breast isn't anywhere near as red! Its still a little tender when he latches, but not as bad as it was. I read that you should vary nursing positions when you have an infection, so we're going to start experimenting with side laying nursing tonight. I sit up when i nurse Eirik because whenever we tried side laying he never really liked it, but he's getting much better at staying latched on so we're going to try again. If not i'll go back to the football hold... haven't done that one in a while!

We're still in the midst of a heatwave... all I can say is that going out to the mall today is looking rather tempting simply so I can go somewhere with A/C! We're not even getting a break at night anymore... its still supposed to be in the mid 70s at night! They are saying that Monday will be a lot cooler... but sadly it looks like the temperatures will just shoot right back up again! I'm really hoping we get a break from this heat before the real summer heat kicks in. It was so hot yesterday I let Eirik hang out in a tee shirt and his diaper. A bonus for cloth diapering... i can coordinate colors to match what he wears. =)


The tee shirt says Junior Jedi... a gift from my mom. =)

Thursday, June 3, 2010

2 Month Appointment!

Eirik had his 2 month appointment today and I had to miss it. Why? This morning I had a fever of 101.5! I can't remember the last time I had a fever, let alone one that high. It started with a headache and quickly progressed to chills, nausea, the works. Thankfully the drugs helped bring it down, but I felt pretty nasty most of the day. Then this afternoon when I had a shower I noticed that my left breast was bright pink! Now I am a pale and pasty person, but I never turn pink. A quick tour of Dr. Google left me thinking I had mastitis. A trip to the local walk in clinic this evening gave me the same diagnosis. Mastitis. Thankfully its not too painful. The milk must taste a little weird too because Eirik isn't quite as thrilled with that side. He takes it, but you can tell he's not happy. So, I am now on antibiotics for that.

Now onto Eirik's appointment. He now weighs 15.8lbs and his length was 25.5 inches! I don't know what his head was, but my husband told me it was in the 75%... so at least he's normal for one thing! He had 2 shots and one oral vaccination. My husband said he handled the oral vaccination like a pro but was not happy about the needles. Poor little guy... =( He also was prescribed some eye drops for his eyes. His eyes have always been gunky thanks to clogged tear ducts but they are getting worse... so now we are putting drops in his eyes 4 times a day. But, other then that he's doing great. He was perfectly happy this evening and didn't seem any worse for wear from his needle pricks.

So, no pictures today... I was too exhausted and blah feeling to do much. Eirik spent most of the day chilling with daddy while I spend most of the day chilling on the couch watching a movie. I felt so guilty this evening because I didn't even have the strength to play with him really. Hopefully tomorrow i'll feel better!

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Cloth Diapers Part 2

When I was pregnant I went to a cloth diapering seminar and was told that cloth diapering was addicting. I laughed... how was something like this addicting?? Now I am sadly addicted. The addicting part is that there are so many brands and kinds out there you want to try EVERYTHING! And the major companies are always coming up with the next best diaper... or a new pattern or color. Yep, its addicting!

So, today I have 4 different pocket diapers to review! We switched primarily to pockets for a few reasons. First off Eirik is growing like a weed and I wanted something that was adjustable for a large weight range. I know you can get covers and fitted that are adjustable, however I also wanted something easy for my husband. While he does pretty good with the cloth diapering easier is always better. I have to say currently I am in LOVE with pocket diapers. They are as easy to put on as a regular disposable and wash up great. The only slightly time consuming part is the stuffing of the diapers.

So, for each diaper i'll talk about a few things. Ease of getting on (very important!), ease of stuffing (also important), fit, and leaks.

First up we have the BumGenius 3.0 one size pocket diaper!

These were my first foray into pocket diapers. Overall I am a large fan! The diapers go up to 35lbs i believe. We started Eirik on the second size. These diapers are nice and easy to put on and honestly we have very few leak issues. The leak issues we have are overnight and are more due to us not getting them on quite right. They are pretty easy to stuff once you get the hang of it... it can be a little tricky at first. While I am a large fan of the Velcro I am already concerned it is not going to last. Admittedly they have been getting a LOT of use since we didn't have a huge supply... but I can already see that the velcro is getting a little worn. My biggest complaint about this diaper is the way the pocket is. We have had the most leakage issues with these simply because something wasn't tucked in all the way. In my book they get an 8 out of 10!

Next up, Thirsties Duo Diapers!


I purchased the Thirsties because of the awesome patterns. Yes, I wanted a diaper with a pattern and not a plain color! Thirsties is actually a 2 size diaper system. The first size is from newborn up to about 18lbs and then the second size goes from 18lbs up to 40lbs. Since my son was already so close to the upper limit of the size 1 we started with a size 2 diaper. As you can see from the picture its on the smallest setting so he has TONS of room to grow, which is really nice. Also the pattern is awesome! Around the legs there is a nice leg gusset to help prevent leaks from the sides, which I really really like! This diaper isn't QUITE as easy to get on as the other one size diapers because of the way that the insert gets stuffed in. Most pocket diapers only have one opening while this diaper has two. Personally I find the double opening a pain. Its supposed to make stuffing easier, which I do not find. It also means that you have to make sure that the insert is not poking out in the front and the back when you put the diaper on. We have had a few dampness issues from the insert hanging out a bit. Again, this is velcro so I am sure it will wear. I'll have to wait and see how quickly. I do like the insert on this diaper though. Its a double insert with a microfiber on top and then hemp underneath. The microfiber pulls the wetness away and the hemp stores it. We haven't had a real "leak" yet with this diaper, just the dampness from not getting the diaper on correctly. Overall i'd say an 8 out of 10! Defiantly a great diaper!

Lastly we have FuzziBunz.



The blue diaper is the fuzzibunz medium pocket diaper while the brown diaper is the one sized pocket diaper. These diapers are VERY similar so i'll review them together. The biggest difference between them is the one size goes from 7 to 35lbs and the medium diaper goes from 15 to 30lbs. In all honesty the medium diaper will probably last Eirik as long as the one size diaper, the only reason I got both was due to a sale and pricing at various sites. They are both diapers with snappies. The one size diaper has extra snappies so you can adjust the fit longer. As you can see Eirik is on the smallest setting for both diapers, plenty of room to grow. VERY important for me. Also the one size diaper has adjustable leg elastic which the medium diaper doesn't have. I honestly thought I would hate snappies and would be a velcro girl, but after using them I have to say I don't  mind them at all! Fuzzibunz are also in my opinion the easiest to stuff. The other two diapers I have to fidgit with the insert once it's in the diaper to get it settled right, but I don't really have this issue with the FuzziBunz. I am also in love with the material that the FuzziBunz diaper is lined with. Its SO soft. The diaper is easy to put on, easy to stuff, and so far leak free. I have to say that they are quickly becoming my favorite diaper! Overall i'd have to say a 9 out of 10! The only reason for the 9 out of 10 is that sometimes I feel like i can't get a good snug fit around the legs.

There is one more diaper I have here but I did not review it. I purchased some medium swaddlebee diapers on craigslist but did not do my research first. These diapers run VERY small and unfortunately once I got them home and on Eirik I realized they would not work for us. I was very dissapointed because I loved the way they looked! They were so trim fitting but the rise was so low that he really needed the large size. So, if anyone out there is interested in swaddlebess just keep that in mind!


Last night I officially got a real laugh out of Eirik! He's been grinning and making almost laughing noises for a while now, but nothing that I would say was a real laugh. Last night I was playing with his little dog blanket and doing a sort of peek a boo and there it was... a laugh! Only one of course, he didn't want to repeat the trick. Now I am on a mission to get more laughter out of him! He also discovered his feet yesterday. He kept staring at them, and then I put his little feet rattles on and he kept staring at those too!

And now, pictures!



Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Hot Hot Hot!

So Maryland weather is strange... some years this time of year is cold and chilly and other years its scorching hot. Guess what kind of year this one is? Yep, hot. The past month temperatures have been about 10 degrees above average. Needless to say I am spending my days downstairs running the window A/C! The worst part is there doesn't seem to be an end in sight! The weather forecast for the next week says its going to be about 90 with scatter thunderstorms. This is the kind of weather we usually have in July! Even at night we aren't getting much of a break. Its not quite hot enough to need to sleep downstairs, but its not cool by any stretch of the imagination!

Eirik has really discovered his voice the past few days. He makes all sorts of vocalizations... including yelling. Yep, now when he gets frustrated he yells at me instead of just crying. Even his crying has lost that newborn wail to it! He also has discovered squealing, which he has done a few times followed by a large grin. He just thinks its the funniest thing in the world! Currently when he gets up about 6:30 or 7 to eat instead of going back to sleep he has an hour of being very chatty... he coos and grins and talks and talks! At first I thought it was a fluke, but its becoming a morning ritual!

Coming up this week, more cloth diaper reviews! I've been holding off because I've got a ton of new diapers that I've been trying out. Also, based on an earlier suggestion, I'll be taking pictures of Eirik modeling the diapers!  Stay tuned!