Friday, December 30, 2011

Tummy Time ≠ Nap Time

Harry hates tummy time. I mean hates it. When we first started doing it he didn't mind so much, but it seems like every time we do it he screams louder than the last. It's really frustrating since we're supposed to be doing at least a half hour a day (from what I've read) and we barely make it five minutes. Sigh...

We do have him sit up a lot and he has great head and neck control, but that doesn't help him learn to roll over (which he hasn't done again since the first time) and eventually crawl. The other day I saw that some parents roll up a towel to help support their babies while during tummy time. I decided to try that tonight to see if Harry might like tummy time a little better. He liked it a lot better.



Uhhhh, that's not going to work buddy! Ya, little guy promptly fell asleep!

I know we'll eventually get to where we're doing a half hour of tummy time so I'm really not too worried about it. But to get to that point it's going to take a lot of tears, which will be anything but fun!

Oh, and here's another picture I took today, just thought it was cute.


Newborn Photo Shoot

I mentioned a while back how we were getting newborn photos taken of Harry by my friend Jessica. Most newborn shoots happen during the first week, but with Harry's NICU stay and Thanksgiving we got them done on Harry's original due date (December 3), when he was nearly four weeks old. Here are a few of my favorites!


LOVE THEM!!!! Definitely look in to Jessica Leigh Photography if you're in the Chicago area!

I was waiting for the pictures to make Harry's birth announcements. I made a handful last night and will be finishing them up this weekend to send out next week. They're simple, but they look nice and I'll post them soon.

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Bottle Boy

Look at my big seven week old boy!


This picture was taken when Harry was six weeks and six days, but close enough. I was feeding him and one of his hands grasped the bottle, so I put his other hand on it to see if he could hold the bottle. As you can see, it worked! Well, it worked long enough for me to take a picture.

Just wanted to share!

Monday, December 26, 2011

Harry's First Christmas

I hope everyone had a nice Christmas! Yesterday was really low key since Ant's work schedule is weird, which was fine by me! We just had pizza for dinner, a new family tradition perhaps? However, Christmas Eve was more traditional.

We met up with my dad's side of the family at the banquet hall where we had our wedding reception. They have really good food but they were out of pasta which was disappointing.

Holding his grandson for the first time!

Grandparents

Dad and Mom

After dinner we went back to my dad's for a bit.

Sneaky little cat

4 generations

2 of my favorite things

Great Grandma

All in all it was a very nice holiday!

Friday, December 23, 2011

New Jeans

More photos from today's photo shoot

Earlier tonight the boys and I went to Old Navy, I desperately needed some new jeans. Our Old Navy had a giant clearance section and I was able to find two pairs for just $13 each. I also picked up a couple new tops; it was so nice not to have to shop in the maternity section anymore!

Harry did really well while we were out, he pretty much slept the entire time, which is always good. And now we're just watching Grey's Anatomy on Netflix. Our Friday nights are always so exciting!

Oh, and I promised back in October that I had a few more maternity pictures to share once Harry was born. Here ya go!



Ohhh memories :). I probably should have included these in my post about choosing Harry's name, but better late than never, right? And I still need to do a post on his middle name. If only he would stop growing for a week so I can get caught up on everything.

Oh, and speaking of growing, he has officially grown out of one of his newborn size jumpsuits! This particular jumpsuit was on the smaller size and all of his other clothes still fit, but I'm sure it won't be too long until he is in 0-3 month clothing.

Christmas Photo Op

We are just two days away from Harry's very first Christmas so we thought it would be fun to take some family photos in front of our little Christmas tree. Harry is six weeks and four days old in these pictures.






I bought the ornament at Target, they had quite a few lovely First Christmas ones to choose from. I grew up with the Christmas tradition of getting a new ornament for the tree every year, going to the Hallmark store to pick mine out was always the highlight of the season! Now that I'm a mom I'm excited to pass down traditions like this to Harry (and any other kiddos who might come along some day), and I can't wait to create some new family traditions as well.

Oh, and in case you're not in the holiday spirit yet, here is an article from CNN about seven different Santa Claus'. It's actually really interesting, and I couldn't help but smile as I was reading it :)

Thanks


Thursday, December 22, 2011

Happy Baby... Maybe?

I have the cutest baby evah!

I don't really have much to update on, but I wanted to show off these cute photos I took of Harry yesterday. I used fotoflexer.com to create the collage.

Sir Harold was in a fussy mood most of the day until like 10:30pm. Then he was super happy and content, and even let out a few coos. Super adorable! He also managed to pull his paci out of his mouth. He's knocked it out countless times, but I was watching him and it looked like he intentionally grabbed it, pulled it out and then tried to put it back in! He wasn't quite able to get it back in his mouth, but it was awesome to see him try.

Then I gave him a bath, and the happiness flew out the window. Usually Harry loves bath time so I don't know what his deal was last night. He cried during the entire bath and for at least 15 minutes afterwards. He must have tired himself out because I was able to put him right to sleep after he took his last bottle around 1am.

Oh, and we'll be switching to size one diapers today. We have just a few Pampers newborns left, which are getting really tight on him. If the size ones end up being too big I'll buy a pack of Huggies newborns because they're a bit bigger than the Pampers. My baby is growing up too fast!

Birth Story
So I know I've not yet posted my birth story, and Harry is six weeks old. I'm nearly finished writing it, so it should be up soon, promise!

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

6 Week Check Up

The sibs

Harry had his six week well baby check up today. Here are the stats:

     Height: 22 inches, 50th percentile
     Weight: 9 pounds, 25th percentile
     Head Circumference: 25th percentile (I don't recall the actual
     measurement)

Our little preemie isn't so little anymore! I think I was in denial about how big he's gotten. I was expecting him to weigh around seven and a half pounds and be about 20 inches long! Harry got a clean bill of health from the doctor, although I did express a few concerns.

This morning around 4:30am Harry woke up suddenly by crying, coughing and spitting up through his mouth and nose. He had done that once before, but not nearly as much as this morning. Doctor Sam said it was nothing to be worried about, sometimes it just happens. I was worried about how often Harry spits up too, but since he continues to gain weight its normal. I also asked about the monthly milestones Harry should be hitting. From what I've read online, preterm babies aren't expected to hit their milestones by their actual age, but by their adjusted age (calculated from their due date). The doctor thinks Harry will hit all his milestones by his actual age because he was a late preterm baby and is growing like a champ. If he's a few weeks behind on some we can blame it on his prematurity, but anything not achieved within a month would be something to look in to.

Harry also had to get a shot today, his second round of the Hep B vaccine I believe. After the shot he had to get some blood drawn to check for anemia. He of course wailed his head off during the procedures but as soon as the nurse was done he calmed down.

Our next appointment is in a month, and he'll be getting two more shots along with some type of liquid vaccine.

And here's a picture of H-man after we got home from the appointment.


Notice how he's wearing a different outfit... he thought it would be fun to pee all over the first one at the doctor's office!

Sunday, December 18, 2011

I'm Officially A Mom

We're watching the VH1 Top 40 Countdown of 2011. It's at #30 and I think I've recognized one, maybe two songs. Yep, I'm officially a mom, too busy to care about what's on the radio! Although I'm sure Lady G, Katy P and Adele will be on here, so I'll know a few more.

Another thing that makes me a mom? Cleaning up exploding diapers! What a great way to spend a Saturday night. While I was cleaning up that hot mess he peed and threw up. Ugggh. The damn thing was so out of control we had to give him a bath.

Here's some pictures of my super pooper :)

Getting ready for his bath

Just chillin', he loves bath time!

Enjoying tummy time (for once)

Mid burp

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Baby Must Haves- Part 2

I joined Pinterest, and am still getting the hang of it. Not sure if I completely understand the point, but it's kind of fun. Click the link in the left sidebar to follow me!

Harry is nearly six weeks old now, and as I'm starting to get the hang of this OMGIHAVEABABY thang, I thought I'd share a few more items that have made being responsible parent a bit easier. Check out Part 1 here!

Diaper Genie


I love our Diaper Genie II Elite! When Harry first came home we were putting all his diapers in the DG, which obviously caused it to fill up really fast. We now only throw soiled diapers in the DG and wet ones go in to a regular garbage can. We now only have to empty the DG every two to three weeks. Which sounds gross, but the smell is completely contained! I personally haven't ever refilled the thing, but I've seen Ant do it, and it seems simple enough.

Jumpsuits

Harry in a 0-3 month jumpsuit, still a bit big on him!

Jumpsuits are the best  kind of baby clothes, especially when it's cold outside! I love how one piece of fabric can keep your kid covered from head to toe. No need to mess with separate shirts and pants. Jumpsuits make diaper changes really easy, just unsnap and you're good to go. This is the jumpsuit Harry is wearing in the picture, so adorable!

Shampoo Rinse Cup

 

Holy cow do I love this thing! I bought the Garanimals rinse cup from Walmart, I think it was around $5. I initially thought Harry's head would be too small for this cup, but the flexible lip on the front conforms perfectly to his head and has never gotten water in his eyes. I usually fill the cup up about half way and pour it over his head twice to get out all the shampoo. Harry doesn't hate bath time, but he does squirm in the water, so the fact that I can rinse his head with just one hand is great! 

Aveeno Baby Lotion 


Best.Baby.Lotion.Ever. Truth be told it's the only baby lotion I've ever used, but I love it! A couple weeks ago Harry had dry skin all over his body. I used this lotion on him once a day and it completely got rid of it after just a few applications. It's really light and has a nice, subtle scent. I've even used it on myself :) There have been some controversies surrounding some Johnson&Johnson/Aveeno baby products recently, but from everything I've seen its in regards to the shampoos, not lotions.

Friday, December 16, 2011

Male Pattern Baldness

Baldy McGee

My son is balding at the ripe old age of five weeks old. I figured his hair would fall out at some point, but I thought it would fall out evenly, not make him look like this guy.

Jude, is that you?

Hopefully his baldness will even out. When his hair does eventually grow back I have a feeling he'll be a blondie! Ant was bleach blonde as a kid and I was blonde with the help of some bleach.

No four year old should have roots :)

Update to Photo Gate
I went ahead and deleted the person who posted those pictures of Harry from my Facebook, something I should have done a long time ago. They decided to one-up me by blocking me, oh darn.

Bottom line... don't mess with my kid, bitches!

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Rolling Over

Yesterday afternoon Harry and I were doing our daily dose of tummy time and he decided he'd had enough, and rolled over on to his back! He was struggling to do it for a few minutes but was able to figure it out. You better believe I was one proud mama! I put him back on his tummy to see if the first time was a fluke. While he wasn't able to do it a second time, he did try for a couple minutes before getting too frustrated. Oh well, we'll try it again later.


PSA
I need to take a minute to talk about posting pictures on the internet. We recently dealt with an incident where some unauthorized pictures of my son were posted to Facebook. I don't like the person who posted these pictures and was appalled that they were even taken (thanks to my husband's carelessness). After seeing these photos Ant and I told this person to take them down multiple times. After two days the pictures were finally deleted.

I <3 Print Screen

No one should ever post a picture of someone else's child on the internet with out the parent's consent, regardless of if you love or hate the person. And if a parent tells you to take down a picture you posted, do it. Don't play games with an innocent child's lively hood. A good rule of thumb is if the parent knows the picture was taken, it's okay to post online, if they don't, simply ask for permission. Some parents don't want any pictures of their children on the internet, and again, respect their children regardless of your feelings towards the parents. Now obviously I've posted pictures of Harry online, but I am not comfortable with his photo being taken without my knowledge and then plastered all over Facebook.

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Playtex Drop-Ins Review

We've been using the Playtex Drop-Ins bottles for nearly two weeks so I thought I'd do a review on them. In general, I like them. Something to keep in mind when reading my review: there are a ton of different nipple options with the Drop-Ins, and my review is based on using the silicone slow-flow nipples.

Harry modeling a four ounce bottle

Here are the pros and cons.

Pros
-Easy Clean Up: Because the Drop-Ins use a disposable liner to hold the formula clean up is a breeze! Obviously I have to clean the nipples after every use, which I do by hand (the silicone nipples are dishwasher safe though). I wash the bottles about once a day to keep them clean.
-Dribble: With the other bottles we were using Harry would always dribble a large amount of formula down his chin and neck. The Playtex nipples seem to fit his mouth much better and has hardly any dribble with them.
-Cost Effective: Some people might argue that Drop-Ins aren't cost effective because you have to keep buying liners, which are around eight to ten cents each. The starter set costs under $20, compared to $30+ for other bottles, I'd say that's a steal! And really, what is eight or ten cents when it means I can spend more time with Harry because I have less to wash?

Cons
-Spit Up: The whole reason I started looking for new bottles was because I wanted to try and eliminate the spit up. Many of the reviewers online said how their babies hardly spit up at all with the Drop-Ins because the liner collapses in on itself and prevents the baby from swallowing air. Not the case with Harry. He doesn't spit up after every feeding but he still does it a few times each day.
-Extra Garbage: The liners are one more thing that has to go in the trash. I'm not crazy about being green or anything, but I used to be big on recycling. Unfortunately our condo complex doesn't recycle, so we end up throwing everything away. However, the liners are recyclable.
-Hard To Measure: Measuring how much water you need to make your bottle is a little tricky with the Drop-Ins. The measurements on the larger bottles are inaccurate and the ones on the liners are really hard to see. To get the right amount of water in the bottle I simply fill up a correctly labeled bottle with the right amount of water and dump it in to the liner... problem solved!

I would recommend the Playtex Drop-Ins. Even though they didn't 100% solve our spit up problem I love the convenience of the system.

Okay, its nearly 3am and I think Harry finally fell asleep, he's a night owl like me! Off to get some much needed shut eye :)

The Cat and the Newborn

My two kids

As I mentioned last night, our cat Pearl has been surprisingly good with Harry. Pearl is four years old and is used to getting all the attention she wants, she drinks out of the sink for crying out loud! We were a little concerned that Pearl would be aggressive towards Harry. Fortunately that really hasn't been the case.

Pearl has been great with H-man. She was totes scared of him at first, but is slowly warming up to him. When we first brought Harry home every time he moved Pearl would jump back like two feet, ha! She doesn't do that anymore, and is kind of protective of him sometimes. When I put Harry to sleep in his crib Pearl will sit in the nursery for hours just watching him. Of course I pop my head in every few minutes to make sure she hasn't jumped in the crib.

I've never caught her in the crib, although I did catch her on the changing table...


Silly cat.

With the arrival of Harry we definitely have been giving Pearl less attention. I feel bad but there just isn't enough time in the day to give everyone what they want/need. During the day Pearl is usually fine since she's sleeping a majority of the time, but at night she gets a tad needy. I try playing with her as much as I can but sometimes she acts like a little brat and jumps up on the counters or table just to get some attention.

I'm hoping that once Harry starts to play and be more interactive with Pearl she'll stop being so needy. If I should be so lucky!!

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Bed Sharing at the Z House

We're not a bed sharing family. As easy as it would be to let H-man sleep in our bed, both Ant and I find the practice dangerous. Harry sleeps in his Pack n' Play that is right next to our bed, so he's still close to us.

Anyways, this is what "bed sharing" looks like at our house.

She's sticking her tongue out at him, ha!

Pearl was napping comfortably in the PnP alone and I just put Harry in to snap a quick pic with my oldasdirt cell phone. Don't worry, I don't let Pearl sleep with us because I know she would want to curl up with her li'l bro. In general though Pearl has been surprisingly good with Harry. I plan on doing an entire blog post about that, so stay tuned :).

And I have to give a shout out to some of my blog buddies, Liz, Nyla and Haley... all three lovely ladies just had their babies! Congrats!!!
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