Life with a Baby: Weeks 10-11


Before I get into this recap, I thought I’d tell you about my labour music story.

During my pregnancy, I always read about other mama-to-be’s making a playlist on their ipods so they’d have music to listen to during labour. Genius, I thought. I need one too. And so I used my pregnancy card for the umpteenth time and charmed Eric into making me a playlist when I hit around 38 weeks. I was busy nesting my heart out and luckily he was willing to entertain my labour requests. Much to my control-freak’s chagrin, I let him choose the entire playlist. I had no clue what would be on it, but remember – at 38 weeks pregnant I was too tired to care! I just asked him to include a mix of upbeat/fast tempo and slower songs. I also asked that there be little to no classical music. I’m all for classical music at the right time, but if it’s the wrong time it can drive me bonkers. So there’s that.

He made me a playlist and since Eric never does anything half-assed, he didn’t just make me any old playlist. He made me a playlist with two separate categories: fast/upbeat, slow/chill and I’m pretty sure he spent a few hours picking the “perfect” songs. I even heard him chuckling about adding the Rocky theme song. Oh boy…

I packed the ipod along with portable speakers (you know, to blast the roof off the joint) in my hospital bag. It sat for 2 weeks in my bag and I was so happy that I would have amazing music to play during labour! It was going to be the BEST labour evaaaaa.

Fast forward to the labour. Do you think that ipod even got taken out of the bag? Of course not. Do you think I even opened my bag during labour? No again. Do you think my hospital bag even made it out of the car? Nope!!! I was in so much pain when we got to the hospital we totally forgot about my bag. Eric got it shortly after delivery when we moved into another room. Here I was thinking I needed my music to get through labour, but the thought of music didn’t even cross my mind during labour. I guess I had other things on my mind!

Fast forward to last week. Eric hooked up our treadmill in the basement so I could workout in the house. After he set it up, I dug out the beloved “labour” ipod music, and clicked play. Holy crap, this is a GREAT playlist. He didn’t let me down. Maybe next time!

Did you listen to music during your labour?


A lot has happened over the past two weeks! When I started these bi-weekly recaps, I worried that I wouldn’t have much to write about, but I’m finding there is so much to write about. I’m actually thinking I might have to switch to weekly recaps so I can stay a bit more organized. What would you guys prefer?

During week 10, my dad came to visit for the week. It was his first time meeting Adriana so that was very special. Unfortunately, he came down with a horrible flu just prior to his arrival so that really put a damper on the visit. He felt so horrible all week long. Luckily, none of us caught it, so I am very grateful for that.

We had an exciting milestone happen this week. Adriana rolled over from her tummy to her back. She was on her tummy for tummy time and all of a sudden she just rolled over out of the blue! She did it once more that same day, but she hasn’t done it since. Maybe she decided rolling over isn’t all it’s cracked up to be?

Another thing she has started to do over the past few weeks is pouting. She sticks out her bottom lip and is so dramatic about it. I can’t handle it. I’m sure the pouting lip will get old, but right now we think it’s the funniest thing we’ve ever seen. Where do they come up with this stuff?

Adriana appears to be showing early teething signs. After reading up on it and talking to other moms, apparently teething symptoms can start months before the first tooth cuts. Around the start of week 10, she started to drool a ton. She’s been chewing her shirts and soaking them, gumming everything, rubbing her cheeks (which can be from nerve pain), fussing and crying a lot more than usual, etc. She has also been rubbing her cheeks against my nipple when breastfeeding. Maybe it’s not early teething symptoms, but it sure seems like something is up. We pulled out her Sophie the Giraffe teething toy she received as a gift and she’s loving it so far. I also ordered her an organic cloth/wood teether from a Toronto company called I will report back if she likes it!

It’s probably going to implode as soon as I type this, but sleep has been pretty consistent lately. We’re in a great routine right now where I feed her around 9:30-10pm, she sleeps until 3-3:30am when she feeds again, and then she sleeps until 6-6:30am for an early morning feed. Our overnight sessions are also much shorter now. They used to take about an hour by the time everything was said and done, but now we’re down to about 25-30 minutes per session. I feed her on one side, then Eric burps her and changes her diaper, and then I offer her the other side (sometimes she takes it, other times not).

Breastfeeding is still going well, although she gets sillier by the day. Sometimes she loves to coo and act silly when I put her on the breast to feed (unless she’s very hungry, then it’s all business). I’ll go to feed her and she will look up at me with this huge grin on her face and let out a big squeak. It’s hilarious to her! It takes her a few moments of this little game and then she finally latches on. I’ve also been making progress with breastfeeding around other people a bit more. We went to a Christmas party this weekend and I fed Adriana in the same room as everyone else (I use this nursing cover). I’m shy so this is a big step for me. I hope to get more and more comfortable with it over time. I’ve also discovered parking lot nursing! We’ve had a couple outings this past week where she all of a sudden needed food yesterday, so I nursed her in the backseat of the car in a parking lot. I also changed her diaper in the back seat! It was awkward and I thought I was going to pull out my back, but it worked. You gotta do what you gotta do!

Our biggest challenge over the past few weeks (and really, the past 11 weeks) has been finding a balance with our relationship. Eric and I have a lot of love and respect for one another, but sometimes it’s easy to forget that we’re on the same team. Sleep deprivation and hormones are no joke. It’s easy to be snappy and bicker for no good reason. So we’re trying to work on things and not take each other for granted. My friend told me that her and her husband have weekly meetings where they talk about everything from their children, to schedules, to their relationship. We gave it a shot and let me tell you it was so refreshing. We spent half of the meeting talking honestly about our relationship and parenting (what’s going good, what we can improve, how we can help each other) and the other half about our business. I think it’s going to help us a lot and we plan on continuing these weekly meetings into the future. It’s amazing how just a bit of communication can make all the difference.

Exercise: After getting into spin classes around week 8 and 9, I fell off the spinning bandwagon. When my dad came to visit during week 10, I didn’t make it to any spin classes. I didn’t want to wear myself out given there was a chance I could catch his flu. So I took that week off exercise. The week after, I decided to start working out in the basement on my treadmill. Since Adriana still isn’t taking a bottle, it’s a lot easier working out at home. So now when she naps I squeeze in my workout.

Here is what I’ve been doing:

Treadmill Hill Workout:

Warm-up for 2 minutes

1-10 minutes: Speed 4.3 mph, incline 8%

10-20 minutes: Speed 4.3 mph, incline 9%

20-30 minutes: Speed 4.4 mph, incline 10%

Cool down for 2-3 mins

It might be a walking workout, but don’t let that fool you. The hills and fast pace have me covered in sweat and out of breath!

I’m also doing these resistance/weight workout videos every other day:

10-Minutes Pilates Butt Workout (via FitSugar)

Madonna Arms 10-Minute Workout (via FitSugar)

I LOVE these two videos. In just 10 minutes each, I really feel like I squeeze in a great workout. The beauty is you can do them anytime, anywhere. For the Madonna arms, you will need a set of 3-pound and 5-pound dumbbells and for the butt workout you will need one 5-pound dumbbell. I’m loving getting my strength back!

Bottle feeding: We ordered the Comotomo bottle based on some of your suggestions. It has great reviews for babies who don’t take to bottles easily. She still hasn’t latched onto it yet, but we are going to keep at it (both with me out of the house and in the house). I think I have a fast letdown reflex, so we might also try ordering a nipple with a faster flow to see if that’s what she prefers…it’s all trial and error at this point!

Favourite game: I started sticking out my tongue at her to see if she would stick hers out at me. She is so captivated by my tongue sticking out! Sometimes she will stick it out back at us. It’s SO stinkin cute.

She loves: diaper changes, mornings, eating, daddy’s silly faces, snuggles/being held, mamaroo, playing airplane, bathtime, Christmas trees/lights, black chandelier in our bedroom (she grins at this thing)

She dislikes: nail clipping, ear cleaning, eye cleaning, gas pains

Nicknames: squirmy wormy, monkey, milk monster, werewolf

New postpartum symptom: We are both losing our hair! I knew this day would come…sniff, sniff. My hair got so thick during my pregnancy, and it’s starting to fall out now (especially around the forehead area – my hair stylist said this is so common). It’s the circle of life, I suppose. Adriana’s hair has also thinned out a lot! It seems to be coming in a lighter colour, so it’ll be interesting to see how it grows in.

Eye colour: Still blue, but they have changed from navy to a lighter blue now.
“It’s not only children who grow. Parents do too. As much as we watch to see what our children do with their lives, they are watching us to see what we do with ours. I can’t tell my children to reach for the sun. All I can do is reach for it, myself,”  – Joyce Maynard.

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1 Kirsten December 7, 2014

I sure do love your updates (would totally prefer them weekly), but have to admit right now they are making me crazy jealous. I’m almost 42 weeks and this kid does not seem to want to come out! I am already filing away things that you’ve found out as possibles for me, so thanks!


2 Angela (Oh She Glows) December 7, 2014

Come on baby! Must be cozy in there. :)
Good luck with everything!


3 Rachel December 7, 2014

I’m all for weekly baby updates!!


4 Bryanna December 7, 2014

Thank you for sharing, Angela! I had my baby boy in August, so it’s nice to read about another new mom’s journey. My little guy does the same thing while breastfeeding. It’s so adorable to watch him smile, laugh and latch — only to jump back off again.

Also, my hair has been falling out like crazy lately. I’m contemplating going for a shorter cut, especially since my little one keeps grabbing my hair. :)


5 Judy December 7, 2014

I would love weekly also!


6 Alina December 7, 2014

My hair also started falling shortly after each of my two pregnancies. But after a while it stopped falling and I got my awesome hair back :).

Both my kids, when they were little (yes, now they are very grown up :) – one is almost 6 and the other one is almost 3) loved to watch the fan in our bedroom.

Each stage in our kids’ lives is awesome. It sounds like you are enjoying your time with Adriana. Keep it up :)!


7 Connie December 8, 2014

I changed my twins’ diapers in so many crazy places; ironically, one of the few places I did not were changing tables provided in restrooms, etc., as they seemed to me a germfest (-:

Would love weekly updates.


8 Tana December 8, 2014

You cracked me up to warm joyous tears with your labour music story! It was just what I needed, thank you. (PS – No music during my son’s birth either – though my fantasy was to have Anne Murray – Danny’s Song played during labour, haha.)


9 Kelly P December 8, 2014

It’s funny what you think you’ll want for your “ideal labor”. I did listen to music but couldn’t have cared less what music it was (don’t even remember). I’d also brought a pretty picture to “focus” on during my contractions but ended up having my eyes squeezed shut for most of the time!
My little one started teething at 3 months but didn’t get her first tooth until 4 months and 3 weeks. This is the time to stock up on plastic-backed bibs :-).
Enjoy your nursing cover while you can…if Adriana is anything like my Fiona, by 4-5 months she’ll start amusing herself by lifting the cover every which way, yanking on it, trying to peer out from behind it…I quickly gave up on it as it became more of a nuisance than a help!


10 Amy December 8, 2014

I’m all for weekly updates! As for music during labor, it didn’t happen for me either. The pain, oh the PAIN!! I had my 3rd child in July and love reading about your journey with your darling girl.

Totally off subject… I absolutely love your watch in the picture! I have been on a hunt to find the perfect watch for a really long time. Is there anyway you can tell me who makes it? I would be ever so thankful! :)


11 Angela (Oh She Glows) December 9, 2014

haha so true!

The watch is Michael Kors from 2013. Its a mix of gold and silver and has tiny crystals around the edge. Love it! They have awesome watches (I too looked for ages for one that I loved)


12 Renee Wilson December 8, 2014

I love reading your updates, Angela. It warms my heart. <3 You sound like the most loving, attentive, caring mother any child could hope for.

Your relationship with Eric tugs at my heartstrings on so many levels. The two of you seems so matched that it makes me smile. To hear that you're both going through some of the ups and downs of relationships, given everything you have on your plates, is encouraging and it reminds me that relationships always take work, no matter what. You're both such beautiful, wondrous people and I feel fortunate that you allow us to be a part of your lives by coming here and reading your updates. Please know that I'm sending all my love and warmth to you both, and to your beautiful baby girl, to remind you that the struggles you face will make your love stronger, and will build a strength in you to overcome what's next. I truly believe in a love as luminous as the one I see between you and Eric, and no two people deserve each other as much as you do. In the end, the only thing that matters is the connection you two have, and the love you both share for your daughter, and no matter what tries to wedge it's way into your relationship, if you hold on to that delicate string of love that ties the three of you together, nothing will be too big to overcome.

Keep breathing. ~


13 Jennifer December 8, 2014

I had my second baby on November 8th, so I’m certainly enjoying following along with your adventures in parenting and cooking. I didn’t really listen to music during either of my labours, but my doula and I did decide we had to hear ” All About That Bass ” at one point for some reason, and then I had that stuck in my head while I was pushing and for days afterwards! What I did do was watch sitcoms on an iPad (first labour: Big Bang Theory. Second labour: Modern Family) which kept me just distracted enough to keep going through the contractions. I watched almost a whole season of MF in active labour this last time and then got to watch it all again because I was so out of it with pain I hardly remembered any of the episodes!


14 Jen December 8, 2014

Love these updates and would love them on a weekly basis!


15 Emily R December 8, 2014

Hi Angela,
So happy to hear that all is going well. I found with the 3 month mark that the mile stones just keep happening and each day is so much fun. I loved the 3 month stage ;0)
I would love to read a weekly update. I really enjoy the quotes you add to the end of each baby update. Its so sweet ;0)

Thanks again for sharing!!


16 Amanda December 8, 2014

We are almost IN the same place our little Gabriela was born on Sep 25. i have been loving to read your posts, both our girl are almost in the same page! Keep recording! Love to read it


17 Heidi December 8, 2014

Reading about your parking lot nursing sessions made me remember when my oldest was born and I’d hide away in the mall bathroom before nursing in public. A nice mom once suggested a dressing room in a store since it’d be much cleaner and the sounds would be less disgusting! Lol. I thought of her advice when I saw your post. Soon it’ll be freezing cold and hopping in the car during a power shop won’t seem so inviting. Bonus, in the dressing room there’s usually a bench for easier diaper changes! :)


18 Laila Heidema December 8, 2014

I love reading these posts. They are so inspiring, interesting and fun to read. I look forward to them every two weeks and am always eager for the next one – getting one every week would be even better!


19 Katie D. December 8, 2014

I LOVE your updates! I am all for weekly updates if you think you have the time :) They always make me smile when I read them!


20 Shannan December 8, 2014

I love reading your posts about how things are going, so I would not mind a once a week post at all!

I loved the part in this post where you talked about the relationship between you and Eric. That’s so important to remember just how important your relationship with your partner is. My husband and I don’t have children yet (we are getting there!), but this is definitely a big fear of mine when we do. Communication is our number one priority in our relationship, so knowing that is still works and is key when adding in a child is helpful to know.


21 Jess December 8, 2014

Love your updates! I love reading about all the changes that we just recently went through. My daughter is 5 months and i’m here to tell you that 10-12 weeks were life changing! It gets better and better! The whole teething thing seems to last FOREVER. My daughter still hasn’t gotten her first tooth and i can’t believe we are still waiting for it. As for the bottle thing, i had the exact same problem. We went through 6 different bottles and eventually the Avent natural flow 0+ nipple size worked for her. She still isn’t a huge fan of the bottle in general but i know that i can leave her and she will be just fine. I work 12 hour weekends every other weekend and her and my husband manage just fine now! Good luck and let me know if you have any other questions. Motherhood is such an emotional roller coaster. I never know i could love another human being and much as i love Olivia until she came into our world! Its amazing ;-)


22 Hailey December 8, 2014

That’s so funny that Adrianna rolled over so early! My daughter is 3months now and did the same thing where she rolled over twice in a day. Not once since then, so I’m assuming it was a fluke.

I also have that cover and I love it! It was really scary, but I fed my daughter on the bus over the weekend and it ended up not being a big deal. I think the more you nurse in front of people the easier it will get. Baby’s gotta eat! My daughter puts up with bottles, but I’d rather nurse her when I am with her!

I can also relate to the sugar cravings!!!!! They are out of control!


23 Jen December 8, 2014

You and Eric could not possibly look more content in that beautiful family picture! Glad to hear everything is going well. Adriana’s first Christmas is just around the corner!


24 Heather December 8, 2014

Please do weekly recaps! My baby is three weeks old so I like reading your “preview” of what’s to come.


25 Heather December 8, 2014

Oh also, I didn’t take my iPod out of my bag during labour either!


26 Crystal December 8, 2014

I love the updates! Weekly would be even better. My son started showing signs of teething around 2 months; drooling, fussing, all of it. I got him a Baltic amber necklace around 4 months and within 30 minutes the drooling stopped and he started giggling at who knows what in the back seat of the car (we put it on him at the store and weren’t even home yet). With the exception of bath time and other water adventures he’s had it on ever since and hardly shown any teething signs. His first tooth finally popped through at 6 months and at 22 months I just found a 2 year molar almost all the way in and I had no clue he was even close to that. I swear by the necklace and wish we’d gotten it sooner.


27 RNPattiD December 8, 2014

As a hopefully someday Grammy I would love weekly updates to get reacquainted with the world of babies and parenting little kids. Grown up kids, all too familiar with all that!


28 Laura December 9, 2014

Enjoying the baby updates! I’m expecting again and it’s fun to read your posts and remember what the early weeks can be like! I found it very difficult to breastfeed in public and unfortunately I could never master using a nursing cover, but I discovered these AMAZING and very discreet nursing tops and I LOVED them! I bought a couple tanks to wear under other shirts and some long sleeved ones and if I knew I was going out and would need to breastfeed in public I always wore one. You should check them out, they made a world of difference for me when it came to nursing in public.


29 Nicole December 9, 2014

Weekly updates would be fabulous! I had my first baby October 30th and love reading about how things are going with you and how you’re coping with the various challenges. I also appreciate your readers helpful comments and suggestions. It gives me some confidence and lots of ideas to try. :)

Also, I’ve started feeding him in front of almost everyone lately. I get lonely hiding out in someone’s bedroom while the parties go on without us! Lonely wins out over modesty for me! lol


30 Beth December 9, 2014

Yes to the weekly updates–I love reading what’s going on!

I did listen to music during labor… I didn’t think I’d want to, but my husband put on Spotify and found some Brahms string/piano quintets to listen to. (I’m a classical pianist…sorry!) It was exactly what I needed, though I will say that at one point he apologized that Spotify wasn’t playing the movements in the right order. I looked at him like he had three heads and said ” Do you think I care about that right now!?” It would be like listening to an album where the songs were out of order.

I’d also like to know more about your return to exercising–I went for my first runs this week, and it felt pretty good.


31 Ceara @ Ceara's Kitchen December 9, 2014

I love these updates, Angela! And I feel like they are going to be so much fun for you and your family to read and look back on in a couple of years :) Your story about the music for labour had me laughing out loud!! And I love that you and Eric have weekly meetings with each other, my BF and I do something very similar and it makes a world of difference! It’s great knowing we are on the same page and we both always feel great after!

Beautiful family photo by the way – you guys must be getting so excited for Adriana’s first Xmas!


32 Elizabeth Hughes December 9, 2014

I know I’m pretty late to be asking this question, but I only found you maybe two weeks ago. I’m curious about how being vegan and pregnant went for you. One of my biggest concerns is about if I’ll be able to maintain nutrient intake and gain the right amount of weight and all that while eating a vegan diet. Also, how does being vegan effect breastfeeding?


33 Angela (Oh She Glows) December 9, 2014

Hi Elizabeth,

I recommend reading my two posts on supplements and protein, and of course always talk with your doctor!


34 Elizabeth Hughes December 9, 2014

Thanks girl :) I’ll definitely be spending a lot of time in conversation with the doctor and my husband about it. I’m just glad to know it’s possible after all :)


35 Jill December 9, 2014

Do you have a recommendation for a home treadmill? I’m in the market but haven’t pulled the trigger because I keep getting overwhelmed by the options (and the expense).


36 Mira @ A Manner of Travel December 9, 2014

I love your baby updates!! My vote is for once a week (if you have the energy/time)… it’s such a joy to hear about your journey. Thanks for sharing!


37 Anna Lee December 9, 2014

Still loving your baby updates (I know, I’m like a broken record haha). It is so wonderful that you and Eric sit down and openly and honestly discuss everything that needs discussing. I think more people would benefit in doing so, especially when a newborn is thrown into the mix! You two look so very happy in that picture. I’m so curious what Adriana’s hair and eyes will look like a few months from now! My brother’s hair was red when he was born, but it soon turned brown. It’s wild how those things happen.


38 Anne December 9, 2014

Invest in some nice breastfeeding tops if you are shy. the Swedish brand Boob makes amazing tops and you can nurse discretaly everywhere. After 3 kids, ill nurse pretty much anywhere, but i still love my tops.


39 Sarah December 9, 2014

Celebrate the hair loss because it means hormones are changing and that is when the weight started to fall off. I mean fall off, it was crazy! I lost like a pound a day for a few months, well ok maybe not a pound a day but you get the idea. I love reading how it is going!! Such a wonderful blog!!


40 Jules December 9, 2014

I am loving your baby updates, keep them coming! My two are 9 and 7 now but reading about all your trials, tribulations, happiness and wonders, it brings it all back in a flash. They truly are amazing times. All your updates will be so wonderful to look back on, for you both and for Adriana when she’s older. Imagine what fantastic advice it’ll be if she is a Mom! Such a gift! You are an inspiration Angela! Wishing you a very Merry Christmas and a happy and healthy New Year xx


41 Jamee December 9, 2014

I would LOVE to read weekly updates! I enjoy your baby updates so much, two weeks is always too long to wait!! Your labor music story is hilarious, funny how certain things just fly out the window when you’re in the thick of it! Adriana is soooo precious, I think you’re doing a wonderful job as a new mom to her.


42 Kat December 9, 2014

Thank you so much for being so open about your pregnancy and new journey in parenthood. I appreciate your honesty and find all your posts super insightful!


43 Lori December 10, 2014

Oh yeah, lots of stress about the playlist and no, never came out of the bag. The second time around, my bag was not nearly as full!

Love these updates! Weekly would be great! It’s so awesome that you do this. I have post-its and notepads and such with scribbles about what my babes were doing at what age. Need to get it organized and neat!

You sound like an awesome mother and wife. That’s great that you and Eric can acknowledge what your relationship needs and DO IT! It’s a hard time for a relationship, that’s for sure


44 Keri December 10, 2014

You seem so relaxed about motherhood, like you were meant for it. Man, in the first few months, I was such a mess! I would have freaked out if anyone sick was planning on visiting. And when we went for our first road trip with my little guy at 3 months, nursing him and changing him in the back of the car nearly made me want to cry. It took me 5 months to breastfeed in the same room as someone who wasn’t my husband!

Maybe next time around I’ll be far less afraid and full of anxiety.

I love these posts. For some reason, it makes me recall the good parts about those early months, mess though I was. Weekly updates would be great :)


45 Shari December 10, 2014

I love to read all about Adriana – she is such a cutie. I had to laugh at your labour music story as I did have music to labour to – Bon Jovi, which my midwives all found crazy. It was perfect, a little bit of fast, a little bit of slow and then I remember at one point, I’m sure I was in transition then, for them to just “SHUT IT OFF!!!!”. My doula says that to this day, she is brought back to my labour whenever she hears Bon Jovi.


46 Christy December 10, 2014

It sounds like you’re doing an amazing job and that everything is going pretty well! Thank you for your “real” assessment of life with a baby. Living in a Facebook world, people really only show the great moments, so when things are hard you think something is wrong with the way you’re doing it. I’m glad to hear you and your husband are finding ways to connect, which needs continual re-balancing as the weeks and months go on. My daughter is two now, and I enjoy reading your experience. The only way we got my daughter to take a bottle was for my husband to give it to her – she never once took a bottle from me – food always had to come in breast form when I was around! Good luck finding what works for you!


47 Leanne December 10, 2014

I love your blog and I love your cookbook. You put such attention and love into everything you do. I haven’t had the chance to try your tea yet but know without a doubt they too will be wonderfully delicious. You are a modern day wonder women – thank you for sharing your recipes and thoughts. I love reading whatever you write – I’m repeating myself again but you are amazing! At first I was interested in your recipes and now I’m addicted to your site and enjoying hearing about your trials and tribulations with baby/life and balance. I think what you are recording is brilliant. You daughter will be forever grateful that you have documented so much. You seem to have it together on so many levels. You are inspiring! Enjoy and savor every minute of being a Mommy! Many thanks for sharing.


48 Jamie December 10, 2014

I would love to see weekly updates if you can wing it. We just had our first baby a month ago, so I like reading up to see what may be coming.

Did you/do you co-sleep with Adriana at all? Just curious as it seems to be a touchy subject for some. I’ve been co-sleeping and been loving it (we both get great sleeps this way – tried the bassinet and i could only get 1-2 hours of sleep in the beginning! forget it) but some people think it may be hard to transition to a bassinet and then to the crib later on. Just curious what your experience has been like :)


49 Nicole of Raspberry Stethoscope December 10, 2014

Thanks for the update!!
My little one is 5 weeks and some change. It’s been so hard. I love her to death.


50 Michelle December 11, 2014

Love these updates!
Completely unrelated, but did you make a lot of freezer meals for when you got home from the hospital? I’m 37 weeks and thinking about what to do. If you have any suggestions, I’d love to hear them!


51 Marion December 11, 2014

Hi Angela…Fitness may be an option for working out at home. They are a dynamite couple that provide free workouts. You can use the free workouts or purchase a workout plan. The workout plan works for me because they tell me what to do each day so that I am working all parts of the body. Your daughter is adorable. Best to you and your family.


52 Olya December 12, 2014

Weekly, please! I can’t wait for your updates, I would open your blog on a weekly basis, just in case you posted a weekly (instead of bi-weekly) update! And could I please ask more cuty cute baby photos, I just looove watching Adriana grow!!
And thank you for disclosing it’s not all roses when a baby is born, it can seem pretty perfect on the blog, so it’s helpful to see that both of you are humans too!


53 Angel Saunders December 12, 2014

I love the quote! I am slightly jealous that Adriana is sleeping so well for you. My son, Colt, will be 6 months old tomorrow, and we hit a milestone 5-hour straight sleep stretch just this week. He is not a good sleeper, and is normally up every 2 hours or so. I’m trying some No Cry/Tears methods first, since the sound of the Cry It Out (Ferber) method makes me cringe. I’ve read “The No-Cry Sleep Solution” by Elizabeth Pantley, however it doesn’t seem to be working (at least not yet). If you have any suggestions, I’d love your feedback. Good luck with the bottle! Colt took to the bottle easily. We started with the Medela Calma nipple, which fit the Medela bottles. The child has to suck for milk flow to establish from the bottle, which mimics breastfeeding. It worked great. However, after a couple of months, the nipples started leaking through. Since that defeated the purpose of the nipple, we transitioned to a Medela slow flow nipple, and he’s been using that with great success. Take care! I look forward to reading your next post.


54 PinaColada December 13, 2014

Lovely post, Angela! I would also love weekly updates! Would also love to find out what songs are on that playlist, if you don’t mind sharing? ;)


55 Meg December 14, 2014

Weekly updates would be great! I’m a first time mom of a 6 wee old. We are manly struggling with naps… Your posts with the highs and lows are so helpful!


56 Simple Green Moms December 15, 2014

This is too funny! I did the exact same thing. My son is now 2 years old and I still have a playlist on my IPOD title “Baby A” that was supposed to be for the labor room =)


57 AGS December 15, 2014

I never understood the use of music during labor. I have had 3 all-natural child births. Baby #1 was 10 hours from start to finish, but only 8 hours of contractions (water broke first, and then I didn’t have anything for awhile). Baby #2 came in 1.5 hours (at home – that was fun – not). This last baby, was what I always thought it was “supposed” to be like – 17 hours, but 11 of them very manageable. I have NO idea how anyone could tolerate any distraction during labor at any time. It is just bizarre to me. But perhaps I lean more toward the Bradley approach (though never followed it, exactly).


58 Hayley December 18, 2014

Oh thank you for this! I love your weekly updates as it brings me back to my little ones newborn days. I too had a playlist and nothing came out of that damn bag (packed during my labour) until the next morning! Glad I wasn’t the only one. Also, I really appreciate you talking about the struggle with keeping a balance in your marriage. I think this isn’t spoken about enough and it’s enlightening to know that it’s normal, and others are experiencing it too. I had a lot of resentment towards my husband in the first few months and at times I felt like a single mother (especially during those feeding marathons in the middle of the night). Oh, the hormones! Everything is much better now, but I love your idea of having weekly meetings. Now that I’m back at work there seems to be even less time for each other. Thank you for keeping it real, and not sugar coating the journey.


59 Cara December 18, 2014

My girl started acting like she was teething at 3 months and didn’t get her teeth for MONTHS. I recommend an amber teething necklace. Supposedly it releases a natural painkiller to cut down on teething symptoms. My biology-teacher husband is a total skeptic, and of course we have no way of knowing how bad teething would have been without it, but even my totally grounded nurse mother noted that the baby drooled less with the necklace and has said that the whole process (she’s now past 2) hasn’t been bad at all. And if nothing else, everyone comments on how cute it is!


60 Lauren at Keep It Sweet December 19, 2014

I just love reading these recaps, especially when we get to a similar stage. Liam turned 9 weeks yesterday and it’s so interesting to see the similarities between babies! Now I need to just catch on to your workout motivation…


61 abraxasss December 19, 2014

ohoho… I read your comment on the loosing my hair…. Our second girl is 11 weeks on Monday and my older one just told me “mum, you are getting bald!”… it doesn’t help when little hands keep pulling the hair from my head :D

We are mix feeding because apparently I don’t have enough but incredibly she is very angry at the bottle and dislikes it and she started screaming at it now, which is a bit funny. she eats 2×30 ml, 1 x 50 ml and 2×70 ml so it is not like a lot she would need on top of the breastfeed but without it she is hungry. She sucks on the bottle, sips couple of time detaches and cries and makes auauauauaua sounds and latches again and again the same thing.

She really likes her boob. Her sister hated it and was biting me and pulling head away and making the angry wrrr sound when i breastfed her and when we offered the bottle she was all zen and nirvana. But with this one when I change my clothes and she sees my boobs – she smiles, turns her head, winks and sticks a tongue to them as if they are her best friends… and when I actually breastfeed her she looks like she is stoned with the half closed eyes and touching herself on the ear….the kids at that age are hilarious :)

Same here on so many levels, similar sleeping patterns, drulling and half wet shirts, workout (threadmil here too becaus emy schedule still depends on her schedule) and finally feeling like I am a human being again :)
stay strong


62 Kathy December 20, 2014

Hang in there, they say having a baby puts a huge strain on marriage but in time it settles and gets better. My daughter is 19 months and while it still can be challenging we are both United and amazed by this little lady. It gets so much easier as time goes on, before you know it you’ll be able to go out for date nights here and there, and then you’ll be missing your little munchkin!


63 Veronica (Roni) January 5, 2015

Hey gorgeous lady, so happy to have found you. Thanks so much for sharing the good stuff. Your site is beautiful, love your pics, your stories (& your Joyce Maynard quote :))
Looking forward to sharing with you in the new year.
For now, just thought I’d let you know I’d mentioned your fantastic work in my latest post :))
Cheers Roni xx


64 Lisa January 13, 2015

I forgot my bag in the car during labour too! My expensive camera as well. And nope didn’t listen to music either although looking back I think it would have helped.
Half an hour after my daughter was born the police knocked on the door of the delivery room! I wasn’t even done being stitched! They called my husband out ( I was like “WHAT have you DONE?!) but told him our car had been broken into and my bag of special things for myself and baby was gone :( the thieves also had the disgusting nerve to also PEE IN MY CAR! However, they somehow missed my camera and I had a brand new baby girl via VBAC so I was on top of the world!


65 Angela (Oh She Glows) January 14, 2015

omg! I can’t believe that happened to you!


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