Thursday, March 23, 2017

3 Month Comparisons

I think we can definitely see a pattern here of how my babies are growing:
Trent is the biggest, then Paige, then Drew is the peanut. I'm just curious to see if Paige is going to lean out like her siblings...time will tell!

Love these 3 so much and love seeing how they compare!


Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Grow Baby Grow {Paige} - 3 Months

Happy 3 months, Paige Noelle! This month I think Paige has grown the most, she is definitely out of the newborn phase. She is grabbing her hands and reaching for things. She is talking {and has new sounds this month}, starting to laugh, wants to sit up so badly. I would still say she is a mostly happy baby - she really only cries if she is super tired at bedtime or in her car seat.


Stats:
Weight: ~13-13.5 pounds
Clothes size: 0-3 months {pulled out the 3-6 month ones though, she is almost out of these}
Diaper size: 2

She is going about an hour and 45 minutes to 2 hours in between naps {the longest of any of my kids}. She starts getting tired earlier, but if you try to put her down before at least an hour and 45 minutes, she won't go to sleep. So we have started to develop a decent 3-nap routine. She started rubbing her eyes this month too, so cute!

She still naps on me {either in my arms or the Ergo} and sleeps swaddled in our closet. We tried a couple of independent naps and they didn't go well. Her sleep cycle is about 40 minutes and that was all she would nap alone. Plus it made me anxious. So another month or so of her sleeping on me won't hurt anyone I don't think! Her first 2 naps are 2+ hours and the 3rd one is anywhere from 45 minutes plus. I don't let her sleep past 7:00 so she will go to bed.

She's super twitchy still, so I'm not sure when she'll get out of the swaddle either. Bedtime is about 8:00 PM, and she gets up between 7:00 and 7:30. She wakes up typically once or twice a night. She had another random night of sleeping through the night {March 2, not that I'm counting}, and she also had plenty of nights with 3, 4, 6, 8 wake-ups. The nights where she woke up a ton I noticed correlated to a new skill, so it made sense.

She naps with a paci but doesn't use it any other time. She likes to suck on her fingers in the Ergo if she can get them in your mouth, but sometimes she gets frustrated and the paci does the trick.

She took another bottle this month but again I'm being lazy since it'll be September before she starts school. She nurses every 2-3 hours during the day.

She likes her bouncy seat and talks to the animals. She mostly hates tummy time. She doesn't really like laying on her back anymore because she wants to be sitting up. She has strong legs and loves to stand. I don't see any signs of her being ready to roll. We also pulled out the Bumbo this month and it is a hit as well. I think we'll try the Jumperoo this coming month, and I'm excited to see if she likes it! We can't do a Jumper from the doors in this house because they are too tall, boo.

During the day we read, sing songs, sit outside, occasionally go on walks. When the big kids are home, they are still obsessed with her - I love it. They fight over holding her and love to get smiles out of her. Paige still doesn't like the bathtub. She doesn't scream, but she is extremely skeptical and has yet to crack a smile!

She is such a sweet, easygoing baby, and I just fall more in love with her every day! I can't wait to see what month 4 brings!

Monday, March 20, 2017

Paige's Nursery

I finally finished Paige's nursery a few weeks ago, and after our cleaning lady came this past week, I thought it was high time I took some pictures and showed it off. I think it turned out fantastic if I do say so myself! {grin}

Since we didn't find out ahead of time what we were having, I was going for a relatively gender neutral room and knew I could add some masculine or feminine touches as needed. Originally I found a picture on Pinterest of a turquoise, gray, and yellow striped wall that I loved but had trouble nailing down the person who could paint it, so I decided to do a turquoise wall instead. Then I added gold stars to trickle down onto the crib. The crib was my sister's that all 3 of her kids used.

The focal wall {I added the pom-poms after Paige got here}

When you first walk in this is the wall to your left. Love the vinyl sticker of her name!
The little book shelf and rocker go all the way back to Trent.
And that door leads into the bathroom.

Above the dresser/changing table are what I am most in love with - 
These signs {made by my sister} are mostly songs I have sung to all my kids.
A lot are songs my mom sang to my sister and me.
Moonshadow by Cat Stephens
Leaving on a Jet Plane by Peter, Paul, and Mary
If You're Happy and You Know It
Baby Mine {from Dumbo}

This 'G' is also from Trent's nursery and a friend made it. 
I just repainted the G in the same color as the wall.

Paige's closet

Another view of her name

And there you have it! I love how it turned out...and maybe soon she'll actually be sleeping in here?!?!

Monday, March 13, 2017

Rebirth

Nothing like the sight of my favorite flower blooming to remind me that spring is right around the corner! Spring is such a magical time with everything that was dormant coming back to life - our yard is perking up, our plants are blooming, THE BLUEBONNETS ARE HERE, the days are getting longer, we'll soon see baby deer in the neighborhood... 

So I'm going to focus on all that new life and remind myself that this too shall pass and soon I will feel the rebirth of my happiness and confidence as a mother.


Tuesday, March 7, 2017

PP Update

I've been taking Zoloft for just over 2 weeks. I would say I am definitely better than I was when I started but I'm not where I want to be yet. The mornings are still really tough with my anxiety very high. A lot of times I wake up between 5:00 and 6:00 and lay there feeling like my heart is going to burst out of my chest. Not really a great way to start out each day! The side effects are also no fun, but I'm powering through them, and they're starting to lessen. I actually have more of them this time around than when I took Zoloft with Trent which I find interesting. Although I did start out on a higher dose this time, so that might explain it?? I just keep reminding myself that I've done this twice before and know it's for a limited time and that I'll never have to do it again. Thinking about having another baby makes me ill, ha! I'm trying not to wish away Paige's newborn time because it really is so special to watch her discover the world, but I also want to feel like myself again. It's hard to be scared of everything, and that's what the anxiety does to me - it makes me scared all the time - scared to be alone with the kids, scared to go places, scared of bad naps, etc. I have to remember that postpartum is an illness, so I can't beat myself up for how I feel. That's tough. But I know I'll get through and come out stronger...eventually!

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

February 2017 Reads


I might sit on the couch half the day holding a sleeping baby, but my brain is tired, so I'm usually watching HGTV during that time instead of reading. I'm also going to bed pretty much as soon as I get Paige down. All that means my February book list isn't that impressive.


Lost Girls by Robert Kolker - This was our January book club pick, but I skipped that meeting due to Drew being sick. It's about unsolved murders of call girls whose bodies were found in the same area of Long Island. The book focused more on the 5 women and what lead them to become call girls as there doesn't seem to be much information about their murders. It was interesting but {as to be expected} sad.

Island of Glass by Nora Roberts - The 3rd book in the latest NR trilogy. It was a good wrap-up to this series.

One True Loves by Taylor Jenkins Reid - Another winner by TJR. 5 years after her husband died, Emma is engaged and happy. Then she finds out her husband is alive! Such an interesting premise, and I really had no idea how this one would turn out, and I was nervous! Both guys were so amazing. But as usual, Taylor manages to make the ending totally believable and perfect. LOVED it!

Black Hills by Nora Roberts - A serial killer/stalker in the Black Hills of South Dakota - a good, typical story from Nora. Not nearly as dark as the subject sounds given there is a love story at the heart of it!