Saturday, June 25, 2016

22 Weeks ~Mallory~

Misc.
She started rolling belly to back this week.

She was sick on Saturday.  Lots of loose diapers, and she puked on me.  She slept a lot but was feeling better the next day.


Sleep
Naps are better.  Sunday was bad because she didn't sleep, but slowly it's getting better.

Breastfeeding/Food

No solids although I let her lick a strawberry and a banana and she seemed to like them.

She's actually been nursing a lot less this week.  She just wouldn't latch on or would only nurse for a minute and then be done.  Super frustrating, especially when we were at the zoo yesterday and she was cranky and I just wanted her to nurse.  I don't mind public nursing but don't really love that whole pre-latch where I'm just exposed to the world. 

The girls with their papa. 
sick baby girl



Wednesday, June 22, 2016

5 Months ~Mallory~



She's gotten better at naps.  It's still rough and some days she won't nap, but there have been some days where she has napped so long I've been worried something is wrong with her. lol.

Still no solids.  I did let her lick a strawberry and she enjoyed that.  I'm not to worried about it since she nurses. ut

She has been having more poops the last few weeks.  Before she was maybe once or twice a week- which is totally fine still - but now it's at least once a day.

She's rolling back to belly (I think she may have been doing this last month) and has gone belly to back just a few times. I think it's her head that kind of propels her over.

She's not giving belly laughs yet.  She might give a few single giggles but I want the belly laughs.  I hate to compare kids but Eleanor was doing it at 3 1/2 months.  I'm not worried but I love those laughs.

She's pretty smiley and a mama's girl for sure.  She adores her big sister and I'm pretty sure she's attempted to say Eleanor. But I also think she's said hi before.
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I attempted to measure Mallory today and by my measurements she has grown 2 inches in just under a month.   She was sleeping on the floor so it's not like I was measuring a wiggling baby but that seems a lot.  So she's a little under 26" and about 14 1/2 lbs.

She's in size 2 disposable and starting to fit into more of the one size diapers (which means I need to buy more since she shares with Eleanor!)  Clothes are generally in the 3-6 month range with a few maybe in the 6-9 month.

She's still in the rock n play at night.  I moved Eleanor out at 5 months but am not ready to move Mallory.  I didn't even want to move Eleanor when I did so who knows when I'll move Mallory.  When it's no longer safe for her to be in there?  Probably should do it before that though. Maybe I'll move her to the pack n play.  I hate the idea of her being so far away.  Far as in across the hall (over memorial day weekend we stayed in a camper one night and I hated even having her at the foot of the bed.  I need her right by my side. 

She's my sweet baby girl and I am amazed she's already 5 months. 





Friday, June 17, 2016

21 Weeks ~Mallory~


Sleep:
On Sunday she fell asleep as we got in the car after church.  I transferred her to the crib and she slept for 2 1/2 more hours


On Monday she fell asleep in the stroller at the museum. She stirred when I buckled her and put her in the car, stirred at the drive through and then I transferred her and she slept a few more hours.

Tuesday she fell asleep nursing and then I transferred her and she slept for a few hours.

So basically if I can get her to fall asleep and transfer her to the crib sucessfully then she will 'probably' nap okay.

But night times are bad.  It takes hours to settle her down.  She wakes up 3-4 times before finally settling down.  I'm thinking of trying the crib at night. Not that I want to.  But it's so frustrating.  The other night I had to walk out of the house at midnight because I was at my breaking point and was crying.  Nothing was settling her down.  I know she was just overtired but I don't know how to fix it.



Breastfeeding:
Going well.  For the most part I'm fine with being in public without a cover.  There are a few exceptions but generally I will do it.  It's not in a look at me look at me way, but it a it's summer and my baby doesn't need a cover on kind of way.


Misc.
She's rolling and scooting all over.  I leave her in one spot and next time I check she's in a totally new spot.

Super drooly.






I'd left her on the blanket




Sunday, June 12, 2016

Uncommon Goods Review

I received free product in exchange for this post.  All opinions and thoughts are my own though. 

Uncommon goods is a predominantly based online retailer with fun and unique gifts. They choose to base the majority of their business online in an effort to be more eco friendly (fewer catalogs mean less resources needed to produce those).

They also make it easy to donate to charity through their Better to Give Program which allows you to add $1 to your order at checkout.

I have a few friends who are expecting later this year and they have some great gifts for baby showers which you can find searching here .   Eleanor is at that age where she says the funniest things and this kid quote book would be fantastic.  I mean I just keep them in a note on my phone, but in an actually book would be fun (check it out here).

Being on one income is tough, but Rob works hard for us and I'd love to get him something special for fathers day. It's his first father's day with both girls and that deserves something special.   This caught my eye (who doesn't love cheese!) but  you can visit their Father's day guide for easy shopping here.

The prices may seem high but the selection is outstanding.  Some of the items I've never even seen anything like before (I suppose that's where the Uncommon Goods name came from).  It's definitely a place to look if you are looking for something totally different for a gift - or yourself!






Saturday, June 11, 2016

Mallory Update ~20 Weeks~



Breastfeeding:
I had a recent bout of Mastitis this week.  I started to feel uncomfortable Saturday and figured she just hadn't nursed in a while.  But then when she did it hurt.  A lot.  Something that hadn't happened before.  And then when I started to feel kind of icky over night I knew what was happening.  I had mastitis with Eleanor but didn't know what it was so I didn't get the antibiotics.  This time I wasn't going to do that so I called the on call and got antibiotics. I still felt mildly icky Sunday, and super full for a few days but pretty much better now.

I'm becoming more comfortable with nursing uncovered.  I did at the zoo and it was fine.  I tried to choose a quieter place, used the stroller on one side and turned my body. I didn't have a cover so I would have had to anyway, but it was fine.  

She's been nursing more this week.  I feel like it's been every 2-3 hours during the day. 

Sleep:
My best friend was in town this weekend.  We took the girls (well Eleanor) for ice cream.  Mallory was fussing and as I was loading her in the car Eleanor said to my friend:  "We have to go for a ride to get Mallory to sleep"  So clearly it's something we do occasionally. lol

The car isn't always a given though.  The last few times she's been in the car she's screamed.  Like stress me out screams.  Not just little whimpers.

I just don't know how to get her to sleep on her own. If she does sleep it's always in my arms. It's so hard to get anything done when I spend half my day trying to get her to sleep for only a brief time.

Misc:
Watching her interact with Eleanor melts my heart.  Eleanor is super protective of her, and Mallory really does smile when she sees her.

I pulled out the high chair for her this week.  She wasn't a huge fan of it yet, but it's nice to have her closer to us at the table.






Mallory's face!



Friday, June 3, 2016

Mallory ~19 weeks~


Second child problems for sure.  With Eleanor I was always so good about having these updates done the day her week changed.  With Mallory I'm considering it a good week when I take the picture on time (before the child goes to bed and I have to get them out of the rnp: Sorry Mallory!)

But really there isn't much that hasn't already been said and I do repeat myself weekly at this point.  I'll share it anyway though.

Breastfeeding:
I've said before that I'm not always comfortable nursing in public, but I have noticed myself not caring lately.  I mean obviously I do care, but at the same time it's really not a big deal and if someone doesn't like it they can look away.  Over the weekend I nursed uncovered almost entirely, except for one place and truthfully it was kind of nice to go in another room and have some downtime.  Otherwise I hate missing out on the fun.  

I've never had a problem in front of my family But I am becoming more comfortable in front of others.  I do sometimes give a heads up but so far no one has cared, or at least hasn't said anything to me. 

Sleep:
At least for naps anyway.

Misc:
Used sunscreen and bug spray (deet free) this weekend.  Her pedi okayed it, but I still don't love using it on her.  It's kind of necessary though with an older child. 













Friday, May 27, 2016

Mallory ~18 weeks~



Breastfeeding:  Still going fine  I nursed uncovered at the museum last weekend.  I don't have a problem when other women do it, and I have done it before, but generally I don't because I'm just not super comfortable with it.


Sleep:  She doesn't settle down for the night sometimes until 10 pm and then is up by 7 am.  Today was 6 am.  I am not a fan of the  6 am wakeup call. 
6 am!
She also doesn't nap, as I mention every week.  There have been a few desperate car naps. 

Misc.  She had her four month checkup yesterday.  So she's cranky today.  She's almost 24 inches, and just over 14lbs.  She has a 98% head.  No surprise there though. 

I need to go shopping for clothes for her.  Because Eleanor was in the 3-6 month size in winter time I have a limited amount of clothes that actually will work for 3-6 month summer.  It'd just stick her in onesies if I could but I don't even have many short sleeved ones.  I knew this would eventually be a problem with seasons. 


She's discovered her toes and loves to put them in her mouth.