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3 months, easter, cold, Mindy Project . . . March 31, 2013

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As the title indicates, I am going to cover a few topics in this post since I can’t seem to find the time to post regularly.

Our little guy turned 3 months on March 21st.  The time is flying by.  The other day I actually thought to myself, “I miss being pregnant.”  I was so ready to have the baby and yet now I feel like it went by too fast.

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On Good Friday we took a little trip to the mall to see the Easter Bunny.  Now I don’t remember doing this when I was a kid.  I don’t even know if they had the Easter Bunny at the mall like they did Santa.  But I thought it would be cute to take him and get a photo.   He did well.  It was pretty fast so there wasn’t any time for him to get upset, but I did not expect him to.

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We aren’t doing much for Easter.  My parents are coming for a visit on Wednesday so we will have a mini-celebration with them then.  My mom makes goldenrod eggs for breakfast.  I am really looking forward to that!

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So I have a cold.  And yes, Lil Pete has it too.  Although I think it is affecting me more.  It is really just a congested nose.  I think I am just so run down from lack of sleep.  I really wish little guy would sleep better.  I started to feel it come on Thursday.  Friday night/Saturday morning I could hear him having issues breathing through his nose, so of course that made me not want to sleep.  I just wanted to make sure he could breathe ok.  So Saturday morning I called the doctor and he told me to get saline drops and a Nosefrida.  I had heard of it, but if you would have asked me before I had Pete, if I would ever use one, I would say NO!  Well, I got it and it is so great!  Works so much better than the bulb aspirator.  As a result, Saturday was a much better day for him.  But again Saturday night/Sunday morning he still had stuffiness.  We must have been up about every 45 minutes to an hour.  Mid way though the night I held him at an angle and that seemed to help for a bit, but he was gassy so still not comfortable.  So needless to say, I am exhausted!  He napped for maybe an hour this afternoon, but is over tired and does not want to sleep!   And in addition to my being tired, I can’t breathe through my nose.

The pediatrician told me I could take Sudafed.  He said it would not affect my milk supply, but some of the things I have read, says that it can.  I did take some last night, but I am trying to hold off taking it during the day.  I am this close to caving though.  My throat is starting to dry out from breathing through my mouth.  Oh how I can’t wait until my Mom gets here to help out!  Hubby is great, but he has to work.  Just looking forward to being able to take a shower without having to rush. 🙂

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Speaking of hubby.  As I have mentioned, he sings for a living.  One of his songs is going to be featured on the upcoming episode of The Mindy Project on the FOX network, Tuesday, April 2 at 8:30pm central time.  There is a scene at Danny’s house and it will be playing during that.  He has had songs featured on NCIS, Criminal Minds, and Go On.  He did have his Christmas song featured on the holiday episode of the Mindy Project last year.  Oh, the song is “Good Things Come To Those Who Wait.”  Hope you all get to watch and listen for it.  If not, you can always watch it online.  I am so proud!

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That is all from here for this post.  Sorry if it is a little “all over the place.” As I can’t really think too well today.  I pray tonight is a better night for little guy, because that means a better night for me.  But even through the exhaustion, when I see his smiling face looking up at me, it is all worth it and the exhaustion seems to disappear (for a few minutes at least).

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is chivalry/courtesy dead . . . March 16, 2013

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I have always thought of myself as, for the most part, an independent person.  I can get my own door and take care of most things myself.  But I certainly don’t mind if others open the door for me.  I love when my hubby does.  But there are also times when I get it and hold it for him, especially when his hands are full.  Common courtesy.

I took a little trip to the mall today to cash in a gift card hubby got me for Valentine’s Day.  Got our little guy into his stroller and headed for the entrance.  There were 3 people walking toward the entrance in front of me.

Now I don’t expect people to bend over backwards for me, but I know if I was walking to an entrance and saw a woman pushing a stroller I would hold the door for her.  It is common courtesy, right?  Well, all 3 people walked into the entrance in front of me, not one holding the door.  I can understand if you are quite a bit ahead of someone and just want to go about your day instead of standing there and waiting, but I was literally less than 5 feet behind the man and he acted like I wasn’t even there.  And on the way out a man actually walked out the set of doors right next to me.

It wasn’t the end of the world and I managed just fine on my own, although it certainly would have been easier if someone had held the door.  I just think it is a little sad that more and more people are less and less courteous.  Are parents not teaching their children manners?  Is that what it is?  Or are people just so self-absorbed that they don’t see anything outside of their immediate personal space.  I do see a lot of that when people are walking around with their head down in their phone.  There have been several occasions where I was almost walked into because people were too busy texting and not paying attention to where they were walking.

I can certainly tell you this.  We will teach our son manners.  We will teach our son to be respectful of others.  We will teach our son to be courteous.  I just wish more people would do that.

Ok, off my soap box.

Oh, the item that I got at the mall?  My new Pandora bracelet.  I love it and can’t wait to add to it down the road.  I have the best hubby in the world!  ♥

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baptism photo . . . March 15, 2013

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Here is our handsome guy all dressed up!  I love him so much!!!

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12 weeks . . .

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Next week our little guy will be 3 months old!  I know I must say this every post, but the time is flying by so fast!  Every day he seems to be getting bigger or having more personality.  I absolutely love when he smiles at me!  His little crooked smile.  Melts my heart and makes me into a pile of goo.

I am really working on trying to get him to sleep more.  Not just at night, but during the day.  He hasn’t been much of a napper and I worry he isn’t getting the sleep he needs.  He is growing and hitting milestones, so I am sure he is ok and overall does not really fuss that much at all.  I just think it will help him sleep better at night if he can get a couple of good naps in during the day.

I have been sticking him in his car seat the last few afternoon’s (around lunch time) to get him to nap.  It works.  I tuck him in and cover it and then gently rock him a little until he falls asleep (within a couple of minutes).  Then he usually sleeps for about 3 hours.  I am so happy he is getting sleep and so happy I can get some things done around the house.  It has really helped the last few days as Wednesday he was Baptized.

It was a small ceremony.  My parents came up from St. Louis and my brother and his family (wife and 2 girls) were going to be in St. Louis for their spring break (visiting my parents) so they came up also.  We actually planned the Baptism around their visit as I was hoping to have family there for it.  We were originally going to have the Baptism in St. Louis at the church where hubby and I were married, but the priest would not do it during Lent.  I have come to find out that was his choice, not the rule of the Catholic Church.  So we had it at our church up here and we were able to do it during the week, which was also great (When they do them on Sunday’s after Mass, they do multiple ones, during the week it was just us).  Also in attendance were the Godparents and a friend and her mom.  So it was nice and small, just the way we like it.

And to top it all off, a new Pope got elected.  Such a special day all around.  Certainly not one to be forgotten! 🙂  And our little guy did so well!  Did not cry at all and even fell asleep during.  The priest said he was just about the best baby he had ever baptized (because of the not crying).  I told him a full belly works wonders.  I did feed him before we left for the church.  I gave him about 10 minutes on the boob and then gave him 2 ounces of expressed breast milk just to make sure he would make it through. 🙂

We then had a nice reception at our house after.  Which brings me back to the car seat.  So I was able to actually clean the house over the 3 days leading up to the Baptism while he was sleeping in his car seat in the afternoons.  Not quite as thoroughly as I would have cleaned pre-baby, but I was happy with the way the house looked.  I was also able to make cupcakes, a pasta salad and small ham sandwiches.  I picked up a veggie tray from the local grocery store as well as some chips.  Overall, I think it went well.

We got some really nice gifts and even some money for Lil Pete.  I looked into getting a savings bond with the money, but they have changed the way they do those now.  I remember when I was younger and even 10 years ago, you could get a $50 savings bond for $25.  Not anymore!  They are offered at face value and don’t earn very much interest over the life of them.  I even looked into opening a small bank account for him, but those are earning less than 1%.  So I think what we will do is add Lil Pete’s money to our investment account.  He will be benefiting from that anyway as he gets older.  It was just a really nice day!  I was going to post a photo of him in his outfit, but I forgot to take one of him in it (other than with me), so I am going to dress him back up today or tomorrow and take a few shots.  Will post it when I do.

Now that we are past that, I can relax a bit, get a few things done and tackle the next project . . . our taxes!  UGH!

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snow much fun! March 6, 2013

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OK so we got a ton of snow yesterday and we took Little One out for his first experience.  It was a short time outside but I think he liked it.

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And here is one from today just for fun!  🙂023

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2 months (10 weeks) March 4, 2013

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Time sure does fly.  I am really going to try to be better about posting.  All I can say is that I am either too busy or too tired (physically or mentally – take your pick).

Our little guy turned 2 months on Feb 21st.  I love this photo.  It looks like he is posing and that smile!  Melts my heart!  His personality is definitely coming out more.

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For the last week he has been (technically) sleeping through the night.  I say technically because they consider 5 hours to be sleeping through the night.  I certainly don’t define it that way.  But he has been sleeping 5-5.5 hours when we put him down.  He has been getting to sleep around 12:30am on those nights and he gets up around 5:30-6am to eat.  He eats for around 30 minutes and then I try to get him to go back down and that is a bit of a struggle.  He typically falls asleep on my chest around 7am and we may get another 1-1.5 hours of sleep.  So he is definitely sleeping longer so I am happy about that.  Now we just need to work on getting him to bed earlier and to sleeping in his crib.  I am not going to force it, but I know there are things I can do to help it along.  I ordered The No Cry Sleep Solution.  I should get that tomorrow.  I have read the reviews and it seems like a pretty good book.  I would like to get him to sleeping in his crib within the next couple of months.  I know this might not be an easy project, but in the long run it is what is best for our family.

I am currently co-sleeping with him, but really would like to get back to actually sleeping in the same bed as my hubby.

As far as his belly/gas issues, I think they have gotten better, for the most part.  I was able to get off of the formula completely.  It has been 3 weeks now.  He still gets gas and probably always will.  Some babies are just gassy.  But as far as the really bad gas, that isn’t happening everyday.  He poops about every 3 or 4 days and his gas tends to get worse the day before and the day of his bowel movement.  But once he does that, the next couple of days are ok.  Still gassy, but the smell won’t kill you.  LOL

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We had our 2 month check up at the doctor’s office on Friday (March 1).  He weighed 10 pounds, 1.5 ounces.  He is in the 3rd percentile, which the doctor was not concerned about.  I am glad.  He was small when he was born and he is still small but gaining the way he needs to gain.  He is also 23.5 inches long.  That is the 57th percentile.

I have skimmed some posts in some of the groups about babies and breastfeeding, and it sounds like I have a good doctor.  A lot of pediatricians will tell you to give the baby formula because he is in a low percentile, without taking into consideration the baby’s history.  Our pediatrician told me that a good weight gain is about 4 ounces a week for our little guy.  So I will keep an eye on him with our baby scale.  I think he is getting enough.  He has a good amount of wet diapers each day and does not seem hungry after his feeding sessions.

He also got his shots.  Poor guy.  He took one medication orally and then had 2 shots.  One in each leg.  Oh the screams!  I picked him up right after the 2nd shot and he stopped crying immediately.  Whew!  I, on the other hand, took a minute to compose myself.  😦

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The breastfeeding is going well.  I still use the nipple shield.  I have managed to get him to nurse without it about 3 times.  I don’t want to force it but will still try now and then.  There are times I think his latch is a little shallow and there is discomfort with the shield so I am worried that without it, it would hurt worse.

I am also pumping a little here and there.  I try to pump at least once a day to get a stash built up in the freezer, but I don’t always get to pump.  I need to be more consistent with this I know.  So far I have 20 ounces in the freezer.  Not a lot, but for me it is great.  My goal is to get at least 2 ounces into the freezer each day.  Should be doable but some days he nurses a lot more than others and I just don’t have time to pump or he ends up wanting to eat right after I pump and I worry that he isn’t getting much, so the next day I might hold off.    Oh and the other day I pumped and got 1.5 ounces out of my low producing right breast *3 ounces from the left)! I was shocked!  🙂

My main reason to have a stash is for emergency purposes or if I need a break from a feeding.  I am very grateful that I get to “work from home” so I don’t have to have a stash for that, but I would like to have something if hubby and I were to ever go on a date again or even away for a day.  Of course by that time our little guy will probably be eating solids.  LOL

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We did get to the movies again.  I can’t remember if I posted about this, but AMC Theaters has a program called Bring Your Baby Matinee.  It is once a month on the 1st Tuesday at noon.  We went to the February one.  It is nice because they keep the lights up a little and lower the sound.  Little one did great!  Slept the whole time.  We went again to a normal showing.   He also slept until toward the end.  I had a bottle of breast milk and was feeding him.  He got a little fussy so I walked out and watched the rest of the movie in the hall right inside the theater.  It felt really good to get out for a “date.”

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And finally, our little guy is getting Baptized next week.  I can’t wait!  My parents are coming up and they are bringing my brother, sister-in-law and their daughters.  They are flying in to see my parents for the girls’ spring break, so they are all coming up for the day.  It is small intimate affair, but should be nice.  I am having the reception at our house since there will be only about 10 people,  It is fun to plan our son’s first “party.”

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Oh and this is typically how my day goes after I feed him.  I am sitting at my desk and he falls asleep after he is finished.  Just took this as I am posting this.  ♥

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