ImageLast Saturday (the 17th), we celebrated Madelyn’s 1 year birthday with family, friends and lots of food.  Instead of trying to manuver Madelyn to sit still and smile with the 12 month sticker, we decided to have one year pictures taken with an old friend of mine from high school who has started her own photography business.  We were really happy with how they turned out and I’m looking forward to having her take our family pictures in the future.  It’s nice to take professional pictures with someone you know on a personal level and are really comfortable with.
moschultzSo, we have a one year old.  Every stage that we’ve gone through with her has had its likes and dislikes, but regardless of what stage we’re in, it’s been amazing and so much fun watching her grow and discover the world around her.
Sleep.  We’re back to waking up a little later on the weekends (between 6-7am) and naps are becoming more consistent and routine so we plan our days around that-I have become that mom.  However, if we have something planned, like a playdate at the pool, and it’s during her naptime, I’ll wake her up, put her in the car and away we go.
Eat.  Within the month we have gone from whole milk to organic soy milk.  At her 1 year appointment her doctor recommended that we try no dairy for a month because she’s always had congestion in her nose.  We are hoping it’s no dairy so that we can avoid tubes, surgery or whatever else.  On Friday, I gave her her last bottle feeding.  We were in the process of weaning her off, but the doctor said to just cut it out all together for fluid in the ear reasons.  Monday night she cried for about 30 minutes on and off (torture for everyone involved) so I was nervous about daycare on Tuesday, but they said she went down for a nap with no problems.  Last night, we did bath, jammys and bedtime routine and she went down with no problems.  She’s eating all table foods and so far we haven’t had any problems with her not liking something.  We’ve been avoiding peanut butter up until this point, but I think we might try it out this weekend.  I’m a little nervous :-/
Play.  We are still walking with assistance over here.  She has gone from holding both of our hands, to walking with just holding one hand.  She got a few push toys for her birthday, so hopefully that will help her gain some confidence to go it alone.  She will notice that she’s standing on her own, get nervous and sit down.  I’m happy to say that she is starting to imitate sounds that I make.  I was starting to get nervous that all she was going to do was scream :-)  She can now clearly say and identify, “Daddy”, “Duck”, “Hi”, and “Uh-Oh.”  When she imititates me saying “Uh-Oh”, she adds an extra “oh” at the end and she ends up saying “Uh-oh oh” kind of like she’s trying to sing Beyonce’s “Single ladies” :-) Very cute.  Today, she threw her first little tantrum in the car.  She was drinking water from her sippy cup and she let out a huge scream and threw it to the other side of the backseat and continued to arch her back and let out a few more screams.  Instead of turning around to see what was going on, I just kept driving and paid her zero attention.  I’m hoping she realizes that this sort of behavior will get her nowhere.
Now that we’ve reached the one year mark, I think the monthly Madelyn updates will come to an end and I’ll post toddler things as they come up.  I can’t get over how quickly time has gone and like I said with my pregnancy updates, I’m glad I have these posts to reference back to one day.
I’ll be back later to talk about the details on her birthday party including some DIY projects.

Happy 2 Months Madelyn

It’s been an absolute joy getting to know this little person over the past two months.  I know I said this last month, and probably will continue to say it, but time goes by way. too. quickly.

Watching her grow and discover new things (like her hands) has been incredibly awesome.  One day, while we were playing and learning in her room my sister came over. Madelyn’s face immediately lit up at the sight of her and she started kicking her legs in excitement.  It was the cutest thing ever.  Her smiles are becoming more social now and are not to be confused with gas :-) She smiles at me most when I have her the changing table-girlfriend hates dirty diapers.

Sleep. Well, Larry and I hit the baby jackpot with this kid.  I told him that I don’t want another baby because this one is just too great that I’m scared we’ll get a problem child the second time around!  She sleeps through the night.  Consistently.  I lay her down around 9:30-10pm and she sleeps until about 5:30 a.m.  Sometimes she’ll wake up around 4am but for me, that’s about the time I’m waking up for work anyway.  On the weekends however, it’s a little bit of a struggle for me-but I feed her and she usually goes right back to sleep until about 8 am or so.  I feel bad telling new moms this because I know that she’s the exception-at least among my new mom girlfriends anyway.

Eat.  Luckily she started taking a bottle right away, so there hasn’t really been any issues with her eating habits transitioning into daycare.  Today was her first day there.  While I was on maternity leave, I pumped and stored enough milk so that she would have some for daycare.  While I was at work today, I managed to pump 3 times and produced 12 oz of milk, so she has enough breast milk for a 2nd day at daycare.  They did give us a container of formula to use just in case I ran out of milk.  After day 1 of work, we’re still doing good in that area.  My job is pretty good about letting me go pump at random times throughout the day.

What she loves.  Her crib!  The first night we put her in it was the best night of sleep for everyone.  She woke up at 4am to eat and then went back to sleep until 9am!!  I finally had to wake HER up.  We have a little sleepy head on our hands.  She’s becoming more intrigued by her play mat and her soother that’s in her crib.  I have a mirror in the car so that when I’m driving I can see her and she enjoys starring at herself in that as well :-)

Me-2 months postpartum.  I had a very easy pregnancy.  My morning sickness was barely existent.  I was able to remain active throughout my entire pregnancy-I walked two miles the day I went into labor.  Everyone was healthy & happy.  I had a very short & natural labor.  When Madelyn was born, she latched on right away and I had zero problems breastfeeding.  Everything was going along way too perfectly.  I was just waiting for something bad to happen-like Charlotte in Sex and the City the movie.  I few weeks after she was born I developed a rash all over my body.  I had read in one of my baby books that some women have a reaction to the influx of oxytocin in their bodies.  I was worried that this was from that and that I would have to give up breastfeeding, because the itching was awful.  I saw my doctor twice for this issue before she referred me to a dermatologist who then diagnosed me with PUPPP (Pruritic Uticarial Papules and Plaques of Pregnancy).  No one knows why certain woman get it, but it usually arrives in the 3rd trimester and goes away with delivery.  In rare instances (like myself) it can last well into the postpartum period.  BUT the good news is that it only happens with first time pregnancies so this shouldn’t deter me from having anymore kids (according to the dermatologist).  She put me on anti-itch meds and creams and I just have to wait it out until it works its way around my body.  It started on my stomach and spread to my legs, arms, and back.  I’ve been taking lots of oatmeal baths and applying ice to the itchy areas to keep from scratching.

The same time that I was battling this rash, I also developed mastitis.  When it rains, it truly pours.  I woke up one morning before Madelyn with an awful pain in my right breast.  At first I thought it was because she was sleeping so long at night that I was engorged, but I had never felt pain like this before.  I woke her up to eat, and then came the chills, vomiting and fever.  The doctor put me on antibiotics and told me to NURSE, NURSE, NURSE!  And to pump out whatever she wasn’t finishing.  I truly believe that all the nursing & a very long nap helped with me feeling better already later that day.  I’m so thankful for my mom-who took off of work to come help me with Madelyn while this was going on.  In the hindsight of it all, I think to myself that if this is the worst thing that has happened to me, I should consider myself lucky.  I have a healthy, happy baby who came into this world full speed ahead and at the end of the day, that’s really all that matters.

I’m looking forward to seeing what month 3 has in store for us.