Life with a Baby: Weeks 22-23

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Hellooooo! Wow, it’s been over 2 weeks since I posted. Can you tell things have been a little Crazy Town around here? That’s an understatement, but seriously…life is a crazy, beautiful tornado right now. I’m soaking up every every second with her as I can possibly squeeze into one day. I can’t believe she will be half a year in less than 3 weeks.

I’ll start with something different this time – a mommy milestone. I had my first girl’s night out last week. My first night out alone in over 5 months. That means I showered, people! And I wore clean clothing. I also put on make-up and blow-dried my hair. It was exhausting! I had a rough sleep the night before, but I’m glad I made the effort to go out. Adriana doesn’t take a bottle so it’s been challenging getting out on my own, but now that she goes to bed around 6:30-7:30pm I figured I could sneak out for dinner with the girls. We picked a restaurant that was close to home which was a good plan because I had to leave a bit early. But still, I consider a few hours out with friends a big success. I had a blast and felt so uplifted the next day. Eric gets out every week for volleyball, so it was nice to be able to do something on my own too. We are going to try and make it a regular occurrence.

We’ve been going through a bit of a rough patch these past two weeks which is why I haven’t had a chance to post. Adriana is going through so much! Teething is ramping up and I think she’s knee deep in another leap. She’s been needier, crying more, sleeping less, and just seems off many days. But it’s for a reason of course – she is changing so much. Every day I’m like…holy crap this girl is determined. If she can’t do something she wants to do it over and over again until she does, all while frustrating herself entirely. I feel like she has a stubborn streak in her just like her mama!

The biggest news this week is that she discovered how to roll in her crib with her sleep suit on! Cue new parent freak out. Of course, we are all told to sleep babies on their backs these days, so when they start naturally sleeping on their tummy it feels super scary (at least for me). I proceeded to text my mama friends and family members asking for advice. hah. They are like…girl…chill. It’s normal. (said in the nicest way possible of course). I’ve been spending most of the week staring at the baby monitor and sneaking into her nursery to make sure her airways are free and her head isn’t pointing directly into the mattress. Like all the baby stages, I know that this just takes some getting used to and we’ll be fine, but I do kinda miss the days when we could just put her in her bassinet/crib and she’d stay in one spot! The photo collage (above) that I took during nap time one day kinda makes me die laughing. She is such a squirmy girl! And she even knows to smile for the camera. Good grief. We’re now sleeping her in the fleece Halo, but she absolutely hates it. I mean hates it. She’s definitely a baby who likes to be tightly bundled up and the Halo gives her a bit too much freedom for her own liking. Hopefully she gets used to it with time.

This is how our nights (and naptimes) have gone this week: Adriana is put on her back in the crib. She immediately rolls onto her tummy, then she cries out of frustration, rolls back, kicks the crib rails, rotates, cries, chews her hand, rotates, creates a puddle of drool on the crib sheet, etc. with her finally ending up on her tummy to sleep at long last. She does seem to love sleeping on her tummy, but when she wakes up she’s frustrated and cries which I think is a combo of not being used to waking up on her tummy and also her teething pain ramping up. We’ve been waking up 5….6…7…8 times a night this week. I don’t even know how I’m typing right now because my brain is lagging about 5 minutes behind my finger strokes. I’m hoping once she gets used to the tummy sleeping a bit more the frequent screaming wake-ups will diminish and we will get back into a better routine again!

Funny story – one night I woke up to her crying and I checked the monitor and all I saw were her FEET in the monitor! Being half asleep I kinda freaked out and was soooo confused. When I went to her nursery I realized she had rotated herself a full 180 degrees! How in the world? Babies are so funny!

Breastfeeding: Still going strong! Her nursing duration has decreased a lot per session these days. Sometimes she’s done in 4-5 minutes, other times she wants to feed for 15 minutes. It really depends. My plan is to exclusively breastfeed until 6 months and slowly introduce solids thereafter. I’m thinking her first food might be pureed avocado with breast milk mixed in. Sounds delicious, right? lol. Eric and I are going to have a video camera set up so we can capture her first bites. I am so pumped!!

Loves: putting her feet in her mouth (this is new, lol), sticking out her tongue really far while squeaking (also new this week), blowing bubbles, looking in mirrors, being tickled under her chin, babbling, rolling as soon as she’s placed on her back, playing airplane, diaper changes, chewing her hands and teethers, her daddy, squealing at the top of her lungs, playing in the jumparoo (her fav thing ever), big Sophie, falling asleep on me after nursing, body slams, grabbing toys/my hair/my face, her baby doll who laughs when you squeeze her, activity centre, sitting in her big girl high chair at the table with us, looking all around during nursing and playing with my bra and shirts, begin sung to (she thinks mama’s voice is quite funny and she laughs every time I sing twinkle, twinkle little star), watching the cat, and soft crinkle books.

Not much love for: bottles, when she gets too tired, middle of the night diaper changes, having shirts put on over her head (the look of horror on her face kills me every time), the cold outdoors, vitamin D drops (she makes this funny face), cold body lotion, getting her ears, nose, or chin rolls cleaned. ;)

Weight/height: She is now over 15 pounds and 26.5 inches in length. I can’t get over how tall she is! And her chubby thighs and elastic band wrists kill me. I was looking at pictures of her as a 1 week old and my jaw dropped. I can’t believe she was once that tiny. I just want to cry…and have 6 more of her! She is now wearing 6-9 month clothing (it depends on the brand), but I’m packing up more and more 6 month sleepers as the days go by.

Oh – her fauxhawk has officially turned into a combover. I die. You know the saying “business in the front and party in the back?” Well hers is “party on the top and old, balding man in the back” heh.

Exercise: I’m happy that despite the craziness going on I’ve been really consistent with workouts lately. They are my sanity-savers. I’ve starting doing a mix of hill walking and running. I’m still doing core work (safe for diastasis recti) about 3 times per week for 5 minutes or so. My core is finally feeling stronger, but I still have a way to go. I haven’t done much strength work lately, but I want to get back into that too. I’m sure as spring approaches I’ll feel more motivated.

Reading: My friend shared this post on parenting lasts called “The Last Time” and I pretty much cried all the tears.

Just a head’s up – I might switch back to updates every 2 weeks now, but I’m just going to play it by ear. If I feel like I have things to share I will pop in. It will depend on the week! You can always check out what we’re up to on Instagram@theglowspot

Ok, drop me a line and let me know how things are going with you! Any new milestones to share? Challenging weeks? Leaps? New teeth? First words? First steps???

Or maybe you want to share a funny crib story yourself? What antics have your babies/toddlers gotten up to over the years? Tell me what we have to look forward to…

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Lovely Sharice March 18, 2015

Awesome! I’m so glad you were able to enjoy your ladies’ night out. I believe that should be a mandatory event in every woman’s life! Go you
http://www.lovelysharice.com !

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Tammy March 16, 2015

I spent the past few days over the weekend sorting through the last of the boxes from our recent move. They happened to be the boxes full of photographs that we’ve accumulated over the last 23 years that we were going to “one day, when we have time,” be put into orderly photo albums and baby albums. It was wonderful going through all the photos of the boys, who are now 23 and 21, from when they were little. My favourites were always the pictures of either me or Jim snuggled up on the couch trying to convince the boys a nap was a good idea. My mom always said “sleep when they sleep.” I made good on that advice many, many times over the years. There wasn’t such a thing as Oh She glows way back when, but I am so very grateful to you Angela for your recipes, tips and advice you’ve shared so freely with the world. I’ve been eating vegan for 5 years now and know that finding your site and cookbook has made all the difference to this way of living being fun, easy, tasty and exciting for my whole family. The babies might be older but they are every bit a fussy, but happy to say that they are not spitting out or barfing up your food now – it’s too good to waste. So looking forward to your next cookbook! Thank you for helping me glow for the next 23 years. Much love. Tammy

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Angela (Oh She Glows) March 16, 2015

Hi Tammy, Thank you for your comment! I’m so happy you are enjoying my recipes so much. Thank you for reading!

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Nikki March 16, 2015

Oh my gosh, yes. Our girl seems to like sleeping on her side, but isn’t quite graceful enough to stick the landing every time and often ends up rolling all the way over to her tummy. Sometimes she can sleep that way, but most of the time she cries out until we flip her back. The first night she slept on her stomach, I knew it was safe, since she has neck control and she rolled herself into that position, but you get so used to the mantra “back is best” that you can’t handle the change! We just started at her for what felt like hours to make sure she was alright.

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Angela (Oh She Glows) March 16, 2015

sounds exactly like us the other week!

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Ashley March 15, 2015

My daughter is now 9.5 months, and I think it was around 7 months when I felt like I could look around and think, ok, I kind of have this together. The past few months have been so fun; watching her crawl and explore and be so interactive. And around 7 months the night-time sleep really improved, which I’m sure is a huge part of me feeling better! (we also had a rough four month sleep regression). No teething yet for my girl yet though, so there are adventures to come yet! Thanks for sharing your journey :)

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GlowingBIL March 14, 2015

Thanks for sharing the update and photos Ang! (Especially the night light from Instagram)
I can’t wait to see her again

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Beth March 14, 2015

I highly highly recommend trying baby led weaning. No purees! Baby eats what parents eat. It worked out wonderfully for us. my sister in law did it with 2 of her 3 kids and notices a huge difference in their eating habits as kids. In the experience of myself, my friends and relatives, baby led weaning has led to happy kids who have fully fed themselves from 6 months. If you already cook, it’s so easy. It is more messy but buy a bib with sleeves and then just let your baby pick up an avocado piece and feed them self! There are great books and resources out there but it truly has been wonderful for me and everyone I know who has tried it. I could talk about it for ages. Happy self feeding babies eating food in the same form as adults and safer too!

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Julie March 13, 2015

If Adrianna doesn’t take the bottle, try a sippy cup. It’s the best to not interfere with breastfeeding and it can be started almost when they are newborn (yes, yes).

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Sarah March 12, 2015

What ab routine do you do thats safe for diastasis recti?!

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