One Month Baby Update

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Weight & Length: At Eli’s one month check-up he weighted 11.1 pounds and was 23.5 inches long! I’m so happy he’s growing big and strong!

Feeding: Breastfeeding is going amazing! He sure does love his mama milk. I feel so blessed that we have had no problems at all and that he loves to eat – as evidenced my his weight gain, around 3 pounds the first month! He eats when he’s hungry or wants comfort – we are not on a schedule for eating and won’t be for quite some time.

Sleeping: Eli is a great sleeper, thank goodness! His naps vary throughout the day and each day is different. His nighttime sleeping is quite routine. He’ll sleep for a 3-4 hours (although last night was 5, maybe they’re getting longer!) then wake to eat for just a few minutes then he’ll go back down for another 2-3 hours. Sometimes he’ll go back to sleep after waking the second time, sometimes he’s ready to be up for a few minutes, but either way I’m thankful for the chunks of sleep I get through the night!

Development: Eli has had a strong neck since birth and it has gotten a lot stronger over the month. He’s also a very strong baby! He does really well at tummy time and likes lying on his play gym mat to just hang out and look around. He has a lot more awake time now. He’s very alert and has started to follow our faces and voices. He has cracked a couple of smiles (a ton if you count when he’s eating or pooping, ha) on purpose, but isn’t doing it regularly yet – I can’t wait until he does! He does really well at bath time. I give him baths with me in the tub with him. I’ll hold his head up and let him float around and he loves it! He doesn’t love to get out of the tub though! That’s when he cries the most and loudest!

Temperament: Eli is such a good baby. It is rare that he gets really upset and he’s never been inconsolable – hopefully that will last! He’s easy to calm when he does get fussy and I can usually tell what he’s needing now. He like to just chill during his awake time now and (I think) he enjoys me singing to him.

Favorites: Eli enjoys his mamaRoo to nap in or just lying on a blanket on the couch. He loves to be carried in my K’tan wrap and usually falls asleep in it. He also like to lay on his play gym mat and look at the toys above and listen to the music. Of course his favorite thing of all is his mama milk! 🙂

Update Video: You can watch his one month update here – https://youtu.be/PcBSA1JlGho

 

 

 

Postpartum Prep & Kits

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Today’s video is how we have been preparing for my postpartum stage. We have done as much work ahead of time as possible to hopefully make things easier once baby is here and help get my healing off to a good start! You can watch the video for all the details and see below for some additional information.

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Lactation cookies recipe from the blog How Sweet It Is.

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For the padsicles, I bought a pack of Seventh Generation Overnight pads since they have wings and are a bit thicker. I used about a tablespoon of aloe, a tablespoon of witchhazel and 3-4 drops of lavender oil on each pad. You can change up the oils you use or leave them out. Wrap them back up, place them in a freezer bag, pop them in the freezer, and that’s it!

You can click here to watch the video about our freezer meal preparation and what all we ended up making.

Be sure to watch the video for a lot more information and to see what I have in four different kits for the baby and me!

Nursery Closet Tour & Organization

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Today’s video is a tour of our baby boy’s nursery! We started on it and pretty much completed it months ago. We made a few changes to the shelving system and purchased bins from the Dollar Tree. We were lucky enough that they had the exact color we needed to match some of the nursery decor so I bought pretty much all that I could! I’m sure we’ll make a few changes once baby get here, but for now I think it will work well for us.

Nursery Tour – Map Theme

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Today’s video is a tour of our baby boy’s nursery! We started working on it months ago and it just needed a few finishing touches before I shared it with everyone. I love the way it turned out, it’s definitely my favorite room in the house.

I knew from the beginning that I wanted a map theme in the nursery. I’m not one to be too matchy matchy so I have a mix of items. We stayed with mostly neutrals with pops of teal green. I couldn’t be happier with how it turned out! Watch the video for all the details!

39 Weeks Pregnant!

Baby’s size: Around 20 inches & just over 7 lbs.

Mama’s weigh: My weight has stayed pretty much the same over the past weeks weeks. I try not to weigh unless I’m at an appointment, but I’d say I’m still right around the 36 or 37 pound total gain.

Symptoms: Same as they have been. Belly is getting super heavy! I can tell baby has put on weight. It’s making it hard to get comfortable, especially in bed. I’ve also been feeling much more emotional as this pregnancy comes to an end. I’m so thankful that I’ve been blessed to experience this miracle.

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Cravings: I had a huge craving for canned Ravioli last week so I had that for supper one night. Other than that, nothing too specific.

Appointments: Wednesday I go to the chiropractor and Thursday I go back to the birth center for a checkup – my last one?? We’ll see!

Looking forward to: Going into labor and meeting my son! I’m SO ready!

Labor Prep: Evening Primrose Oil, Raspberry Leaf Tea, & Medjool Dates.

Watch my latest pregnancy update:  https://youtu.be/wbW2TFB-e9Y

Watch our gender reveal: https://youtu.be/XUWqNDUamR4

Watch our reaction to finding out the gender: https://youtu.be/IiK4t2lJkBY

38 Weeks Pregnant!

Baby’s size: Around 19.75 inches & 6.8 lbs.

Symptoms: Typical symptoms – heartburn, frequent urination, heavy stomach, ligament pain, swelling, the usual- nothing major 🙂

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Cravings: Chips. I’ve ate so many chips lately – mainly BBQ!

Appointments: Weekly midwife & chiropractor appointments. We have a Newborn Care class coming up Sunday. We were thinking baby may come before then, but it’s not looking that way!

Looking forward to: Meeting this baby!! Whenever you’re ready little one!

Labor Prep: Evening Primrose Oil, Raspberry Leaf Tea, & Medjool Dates.

Reading: Hypnobirthing

Watch my latest pregnancy update:  https://youtu.be/h0Lpra3foVA

Watch our gender reveal: https://youtu.be/XUWqNDUamR4

Watch our reaction to finding out the gender: https://youtu.be/IiK4t2lJkBY