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Thursday, June 27, 2013

He Slept Alone in His Crib...

Last week, I shared with you all that Trey slept alone in his crib.  Notice the verb tense I used in the title of this post and the previous sentence:  "slept".  Meaning, he did in the past but he's not currently "sleeping" in his crib every night.  Yes, Trey slept in his crib...for two days...and then he stopped wanting to, and I got tired for trying to make him want to do it (I was flying solo for a couple of weeks while Scott was out of town).  Last week, I also told you all that I would share tips and hints--um, I'm definitely in no position to do that hahaha!  So, I'll share some other updates.

My brother & sister-in-law bought Trey a cute outfit when he was 2 weeks old.  I remember saying:  "it'll be awhile before he can fit into that."  He's totally wearing it right now!

2 Month Physical and Motor-Skill Markers:
  • Closing of the soft spot at the back of the head. 
  • Several newborn reflexes, such as the stepping reflex (baby appears to dance or step when placed upright on solid surface) and grasp reflex (grasping a finger). 
Trey kicks his legs the majority of the time he's in an upright position and acts like he wants to stand up straight when there's a solid surface underneath him; I'm amazed by the strength of his little legs!

Demonstrating His Neck Control
And as for grasp reflex...have you ever had a "Man, I really wish I had a video camera!" moment?  Well, this morning at 4 AM I really, really wished I had a video camera.  Trey woke up at 4 AM and was pretty upset about something I couldn't really figure out.  So after about 30 minutes of troubleshooting, I finally turned the light on and put him on my lap as I sat in bed.  After a few seconds of his eyes adjusting to the light, he started cooing and looking around with a little smile on his face (how could I possibly be flustered after seeing that little smile?).  Since he'd calmed down, I pulled out my cell phone to play some Scrabble until he decided to fall back asleep.  I was amazed at how captivated he was looking at my phone while I played.  He'd giggle a couple of times and then reach his hand out to touch the screen the way I was.  THEN, the grabbed my thumb (the digit I use to play Scrabble) and moved it across the screen.  I thought it was a fluke until he put his hand down and grabbed my thumb 3 other times and moved my thumb from side to side.  Man, I really wish I had a video camera!!..or at least someone else there to witness it!  I'm hoping he'll do it again now that Scott's home...we shall see.  
  • Less head lag (head is less wobbly on the neck).  
At his two-month check-up, the doctor was amazed by Trey's neck control.  I'm finding that he gets frustrated if I lean him against me or something else instead of letting him sit without neck support.  I guess he likes working out those neck muscles!  
  • When on stomach, able to lift head almost 45 degrees. 
We're working on this one.  He lifts his head and doesn't totally hate tummy time anymore, and he lifts his head but he's not quite at 45 degrees yet.  It'll probably take a little more time to get there.  We still have a couple weeks left of his 2 months!
  • Less flexing of the arms and legs while lying on the stomach. 
I thought the only time he flexed his arms and legs while lying on his stomach before was because he was screaming his little head off because he hated tummy-time so much!  But, now he doesn't scream anymore and his body is much, much more relaxed.  {The picture to the left isn't the best representation of this}

He's growing up, folks! 

Monday, June 24, 2013

A Healthy Breakfast in a Hurry for New Moms (or Anyone)

Sometimes it's tough planning things out during the day with a 2-month old baby, but one thing I've found I can rely on (at least for now) is that in the first 10-15 minutes after Trey wakes up he'll lay on his playmat and play with toys.  This 10-15 minutes gives me just enough time to make a good breakfast.  Eating this breakfast while doing my morning Bible study (that's been cut short these days), is what I consider  getting the day started right!

Here's what I have for breakfast:  Oatmeal with fresh fruit & walnuts, a glass a fresh juice, and a mug of warm lemon water.
My Breakfast in The Morning


Oatmeal with Chopped Walnuts & Fresh Fruit
I love oatmeal!  Studies have shown that oatmeal lowers cholesterol, reduces the risk of developing high blood pressure, is jam-packed with antioxidants, prevents arteries from hardening, can prevent the development of breast cancer, prevents the development of diabetes, boosts the immune system, and prevents weight gain {source}.  With benefits like this, who wouldn't love oatmeal?!?

Because of my time constraints, I use the 1-minute quick oats and nuke them in the microwave.  I top them with a little agave nectar, a sprinkle of cinnamon, a little vanilla extract (about a small capful), chopped walnuts, and fresh fruit.  Mix it all together and voila!  This time, I used raspberries and blueberries but I also enjoy my oatmeal with sliced bananas and strawberries.  When Trey was just born, I used a frozen oatmeal recipe that allowed me to prep a large pan of oatmeal and made it easy to warm up a small bowl each morning.  But, for now, this is just as easy and fresh!

A Glass of Fresh Juice
Fresh Juice:

Fresh juice may be one of the healthiest items I consume in the morning--or all day.  Some of the health benefits of drinking fresh juice include:  consuming more fruits and vegetables each day, increasing the health of the liver/kidneys and other organs, increasing immunity and overall health, and increasing the absorption of nutrients by up to 80%! {source}

This one may seem like it takes the longest amount of time, but it doesn't.  Because I prep my fruits and veggies ahead of time, it only takes 2 minutes to juice everything I need for breakfast.  The glass of juice in the picture on the left is a delicious combination of apples, spinach, lemon, and other pieces of goodness.  I found the recipe on Pinterest and will share it with you on Wednesday!  Stay tuned!!  

A Mug of Warm Water with Lemon

Warm Lemon Water:

A few weeks ago, my mom shared the article "Why You Should Drink Warm Water & Lemon"  After I read about the health benefits of drinking this simple concoction every morning, I decided to add it to my breakfast line-up.  Here are some of the benefits listed in the article:  boosts your immune system, balances pH, helps with weight loss, aids digestion, acts as a gentle/natural diuretic, clears skin, and hydrates the lymph system.  With something so easy to prepare and so good for me, how could I pass it up?

Do you eat breakfast?  What's on your plate?

Friday, June 21, 2013

Happy Friday! True or False

Happy Friday, everyone!!  Here's a little something to get you laughing your way into the weekend--hopefully.  I thought this was hilarious when I saw it!  It gave me flashbacks to elementary school and middle school when I just wasn't sure whether the answer was true or false, or a/b/c/d.  I admit, there were times when my 'a' looked kinda like a 'd' too...creativity at it's finest...or is that desperation?  Either way, this made me laugh and I hope it at least brought a smile to your face!  

What are you up to this weekend?

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Retired and Moved Out

Retired and moved out.  Me?  No, my 2-month and his clothes.  I can't believe how quickly he's growing and learning things!  This little guy never ceases to amaze me.

He Moved Out!

"Did he really move out?" you ask.  No.  Well, Trey didn't move out of the house, but he moved out of our bedroom.  We had him in a bassinet for the first 2 months of his life to make it easier for me to feed him during the night.  And {confession alert!} I co-slept with him from time to time.  Scott was actually the one to suggest it after I decided to comfort Trey while laying down and realized how much more sleep we both got the next morning when I woke up and Trey was next to me.  I was scared when I woke up and realized I forgot to put him back in his bassinet and thought about all of the "what ifs."  I, initially, resisted co-sleeping but finally gave in.  Thankfully, we have a king sized bed so that gave us more space.  But after hearing horror stories from friends of how long it took for them to get their child to sleep alone when they got older, I thought now would be a good time to transition the little fella to his crib.  And since he's sleeping for about 4 hours at a time now, I'm able to get more sleep in between my walks down the hallway when he wakes up.  Next week, I'll share more about how I got him to sleep alone last night and how it all panned out.

Retiring Clothes

We had his 2 Month checkup a couple of days ago and found out that he's 14 lbs 11 oz and 23.6 inches.  He's in the 90th percentile for his weight and the 79th percentile for his height/length.  He's gained exactly 6 pounds since he was born and has grown 2.1 inches!  This means a lot of his clothes no longer fit and are, therefore, retiring.  So long 0-3 month clothes!  Hello 3-6 month clothes!  I'm trying desperately to get him into every outfit he can still fit into so they don't "go to waste"; I fell short of this with his newborn clothes.  Hopefully I can pull it off this go 'round.

2 Month Sensory and Cognitive Markers

At 2 months, here are the sensory and cognitive markers Trey should be meeting:
  • Beginning to look at close objects

Trey has been enjoying looking at close objects for a few weeks now, but it's amazing to see his attention span increase each day. 
  • Coos
He started cooing at 4 weeks, but his cooing has increased; a baby's coos may be one of the sweetest sounds ever! 
  • Different cries means different things
I'm starting to be able to distinguish different cries with him.  Here is a short list of some of his primary cries:  I'm tired, I'm hungry, I want you to hold me, I want you to hold me standing up with me on your shoulder, I want you to get me out of this car seat and never put me in it again (I hear this almost every car trip).  

I think the cry shown in the picture below is an "I want you to hold me standing up with me on your shoulder" cry.   
  • Head turns from side to side with sound at the level of the ear
Trey is a curious little boy and likes to look all over the place...especially when he's held standing up and he has better view to check out his surroundings.  

  • Smiles
Man, do I love his smile!  It's a great start to my day to see his little smile in the morning when I sing to him after he wakes up.
  • Responds to familiar voices
2 days ago was the first time Trey was crying and stopped crying by simply hearing my voice.  Before, I would have to physically pick him up before he'd even consider stopping.  He loves to hear his daddy's voice on speaker phone; when Scott starts talking, Trey smiles.  I love it!

Did you ever track milestones with your child(ren)?

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Body Image Pre and Post Pregnancy

A few days ago, a friend of mine posted an article on Facebook that addressed body image issues.  Kasey Edwards, the author of the article, talked about how her mom's issues with her body image negatively affected her (the author's) body image.  Click here to check out "Passing on Body Hatred."  (If you read it, let me know what you think).  The article really got me thinking about body image issues that people face and why they're such a big struggle.

I'm thankful that my mom & dad didn't pass down any poor or negative perspectives on body image, but that doesn't mean that I'm completely immune to battling the negative talk of whether I'm thin or pretty according to society's standards (whatever they are).  I certainly wasn't immune to it while I was pregnant!

Me at the end of my first trimester
12 Weeks
I put on quite a bit of weight while pregnant.  I think it had something to do with an emergency room visit scaring me away from my more intense workouts, feasting over Thanksgiving, feasting during Christmas, a cruise, traveling out of the country, and moving to a new state.  It doesn't really matter why it happened, it just did.  Honestly, after a certain point, it was a little difficult...no, really difficult to see the number on the scale increase with each prenatal doctor's visit.  But the interesting part is that my perspective on the way I look and what the scale reads has changed postpartum.
Me the day before I delivered Trey
40 Weeks 2 Days

For those of you who don't know, I had some serious complications after giving birth to Trey.  The day following his arrival, I had a bilateral pulmonary embolism (large blood clots in both lungs), lost a great deal of blood & needed a blood transfusion, and they found parts of a retained placenta that gave me a pretty nasty fever.  My first day postpartum was very eventful, to say the least.  With everything that happened to me, I was SO thankful Trey was healthy and that I was still alive; my weight was the least of my worries at that point, all that mattered was getting healthy and staying healthy.

The body image article makes me think about the effect my words and actions have and will have on Trey and any other little ones we're blessed to raise.  I don't want to stress anything with weight loss or weight gain for me or for them, but I hope to show my child(ren) by example how important it is to stay physically fit and properly nourish your body.  It's so funny how pre-pregnancy I kept thinking "if only I could lose 5 more pounds," and postpartum I look back at those pre-pregnancy pictures and think "what on earth was my problem?!?  I looked fine!"  Hindsight is always 20/20, right?  Well, that certainly taught me to appreciate my figure in its current state no matter what!

Me and Trey a week ago.
8 Weeks Postpartum
So there are two things that are helping me to get back to the pre-pregnancy Kirsten:  physical fitness, and proper nutrition (oh yes, and breastfeeding is an added bonus hahah).  Yes, I'm keeping track of my weight and using that as a 'measuring stick', but I also have fitness goals that I'm striving to reach and I'm fueling my body with the right nutrients to keep me and Trey healthy.  Believe it or not, I'm enjoying the journey back to pre-pregnancy Kirsten shape, and I can't wait to share more about all of this in the coming days/weeks!

Until next time...

Monday, June 17, 2013

Father's Day

This weekend, we celebrated Scott's first Father's Day!!  For a few weeks, we weren't sure if Scott would be home for Father's Day, but I'm SO excited that he was.  After church, we spent the day/evening at the Opryland Hotel in Nashville, TN.

I had the chance to stay at the Opryland Hotel with my sisters (my sister Allison treated) 11 years ago-- it's!  Our stay there this weekend was Scott's first and it was very relaxing.  Earlier in the week, I had the chance to capture a few shots of him and Trey.  Man, I love these guys!

How was your Father's Day Weekend??

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Setting Up House: Our Travel Wall

Hey Everyone!

So, a few weeks ago I mentioned that there was a lot going on in our lives the first few months of the year.  We moved to a new state, we purchased and moved into our first house, and we were preparing for Trey's arrival.

Moving in was a tough task for the last trimester of my pregnancy.  I remember describing to friends that unpacking boxes felt like I was"running a mile in a swimming pool."  Somehow, I was able to get quite a bit done before baby boy made his appearance, but thankfully my mom was here and helped me out a ton once Trey arrived.  One of the rooms I worked on with my mom was the dining room.

I'm not sure if any of you all remember the traveling pictures I framed and hung in our apartment a couple of years ago.  If not, you can read all about it here.  Well, Scott and I wanted to continue this in our new home and add more pictures of the other countries we've visited.  Even before we purchased the house, I had my eyes on one of the dining room walls for this project.  My mom and I were able to straighten up and organize the dining room (I'll share more photos of the dining room in a future post), and she supervised Trey while I ordered the photos and hung them up when they arrived.

I still have a couple more to hang up, but here's what our travel wall looks like now:

I decided to start hanging the pictures in the center of the wall and expand to each side since we plan to add to the wall as we continue traveling to different countries.  In fact, one of our goals is to travel outside of the United States at least 1 time per year; we're trying to decide where that will be this year...any suggestions??

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Growth Spurts

Hey Friends!

Well, my little man Trey has definitely been keeping me busy.  I seriously can't believe how quickly he's growing and developing.  He's a few days shy of two months and he amazes me each day.  Today, I'm amazed by how independent he's becoming.  I know, I know...a two month old can't be that independent.

No, Trey is not crawling down to the car to go for an afternoon spin or anything, but he's learning to play on his own and is content for longer periods of time.   When he woke up from his nap this afternoon, I had no idea he was even awake until I walked by him and saw him with his eyes open, staring at the ceiling fan fully content.  He stayed there for about 15 minutes just hanging out on his own....I'm amazed (and thankful)!!

And I have to give a shout out to a couple family members.  While my mom was here helping me out after Trey's arrival (thank God for moms!), she kept telling me I needed to get a mobile for Trey but I kept putting it off.  Honestly, I delayed because I thought of all the other cool things Trey has to look at and play with.  Mobiles are so outdated, right??....wrong!  Man, I'm glad my brother and his wife bought this cool mobile (see pictures below) for Trey.

He loves it and it keeps him occupied long enough for me to get a few things done around the house.  Thanks, again, Mom, Dennis & Sara!

Now, I just need to figure out how to get him to last a little longer when we go on our walks!  Right now, we're up to 15 minutes.  After 15 minutes he just isn't having it anymore.  Anyone have any suggestions?

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