Monday, September 19, 2016

Thankful v22

Lately I've been thankful...
[+] for babies who look almost exactly like their big brothers

[+] for a blue eyed and a brown eyed boy to help me tell their baby pictures apart
[+] for toddlers who are independent and so smart it's often scary

[+] for hearing "I love you" from the smallest of lips as I head out the door
[+] for a baby who snuggles when his big brother never did 

[+] for messes because they teach me to let go
[+] for new milestones even if I beg time to slow down on a daily basis

[+] for getting to experience the daily joys when I know I won't always be able to
[+] for forecasted warm weather on the horizon and the goodness of vitamin D

[+] for family get-togethers and any reason to celebrate
[+] for change, even if it's just in the form of a haircut

[+] for patience... with myself, from our pup, in all ways 
[+] for bonds that are greater than I could have ever imagined 

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Baby H: Five Months of Patrick

He...

[+] weighs 15#11.5oz according to our doctor's appointment this past week. He's such a chunk of a baby that he's definitely earned his Fat Pat nickname.

[+] is still 100% breastmilk fed. Now that I'm back on rotations he gets more bottles obviously but so far we haven't had to supplement with formula at all. He eats every 3 hours during the day and takes 4oz when it's from a bottle.

[+] rolls back-to-front regularly and he's done front-to-back a handful of times too. He plays with his feet, puts everything in his mouth and is getting really good at sitting with minimal support. He also can ride in the stroller without the carseat which makes walks with both boys so much easier.

[+] is no longer sleeping through the night but we anticipated that going away at sometime thanks to the lovely "four month sleep regression". Now that he's no longer swaddled we've learned that he is a belly sleeper just like big brother but the only problem is that he can't get himself off his belly in the middle of the night which usually leads to one if not way more wakings in the night. I'm also not sure if he's waking for hunger too but hopefully we don't have much more time left of the night time shenanigans.

[+] typically takes three good naps with one bad one throughout the day lasting anywhere from 40 minutes to 1.5 hours. His last nap for the day is usually the worst, typically from 6:15-7pm and I imagine he'll end up dropping it in the coming weeks/months. He typically goes to bed for the night around 8:30pm and I try not to get him out of his crib until 7am in the morning.

[+] gave us quite the scare just this past week having a completely limp arm when I picked him up from his crib one morning. He was screaming and clearly not using it and this momma freaked. Thankfully after a quick nursing session to calm him somewhat, he started moving it again but we headed to the pedi just in case. They think he had nursemaid's elbow and that he might just be more prone to it but he's completely back to normal and I couldn't be more thankful. It was scary for sure.

[+] is bald as can be which is so funny. The hair he does have is dark just like mine and big brother's but he definitely doesn't have much of it. And he's still got those baby blues that just slay this momma's heart!

[+] nicknames: Pat Pat, Fat Pat, baby boy

[+] likes: Mark (seriously obsessed), the vtech cube, the frog chair

[+] dislikes: not getting enough milk from momma, being on his back in his crib
I... 

[+] am proud that breastfeeding/pumping has gone so much better this time around but that doesn't help the negativity and worry creep in every so often. Patrick goes through his share of nursing strikes and in hindsight I realize this was exactly what happened with Mark too. He'll only nurse for a few minutes and just cry and cry if I try to get him to have more. I like to think I handle it better now but every once in a while I lose my cool and end up with a screaming child in his crib while I take a breather in the other room. Pumping has been going better too and I usually can keep up with what he eats at home. Being in a hospital with the best-grade pumps definitely helps. Not to mention the less stress in general this time around. But boy is it a lot of work overall.

[+] weighed myself for the first time in about 8 or 10 weeks and am up about 10lbs from my pre-Patrick-pregnancy weight. It's so different this time around because I literally don't care in the slightest. Every once in a while I'll think about it because a shirt will fit me differently or my pants will be a little extra tight but then I have an extra cookie or put half and half in my coffee and the thought vanishes. I am so worried about losing my milk supply that cutting calories at this point isn't an option for me and while I'm sure I could fit in quick workouts at home I just don't have the motivation most days. Maybe this will change in the coming months but for now I'm happy with it.

[+] am just about to enter interview season for residency applications and while I'm excited, I'm also nervous too. Obviously nervous for the actual interviews themselves but also nervous about being away/traveling so much. Most programs host an optional welcome dinner the night before meaning I'd stay the night the evening before my actual interview and so far, I have 4 nights schedule away and one flight to a different state. I know it's what I have to do but I'll miss my babies when I'm gone.

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