Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Hello, Goodbye, Pre-Pregnancy Clothes

I've been moderately working out since March. I started swimming. At this point, I was a size larger than my pre-pregnancy clothes.

At the end of May I added a Metabolic Effect Boot Camp class once a week.
At the end of June I added a Zumba class once a week. When I started Zumba, I was in my pre-pregnancy clothes.

Today, at the end of July, I stood in front of my closet and thought, "I wonder if those pants fit?" I pulled them out, put them on, and zipped them up. Yes, they fit. Which pants are these? These are dress pants that I bought the summer before my senior year in college. I was 21 when I bought these pants. I weighed 15ish lbs less when I bought these pants. But today, they fit!

They are a size SMALLER than my pre-pregnancy clothes. Utterly amazing!

Formula before bed!

Ok, so we kicked Scott out of our bed like a week ago. So far so good. Well, mostly. He has still only been sleeping in 2 hour chunks, waking up pretty much every 2 hours like clockwork. LAME!

So I told my mom this and she suggested we give him formula before bed! My mom. My mom who made me cry because of the guilt trip she gave me for eating Jello while pregnant. So if it's approved by My mom, it must be worth trying.

We gave him 4oz of formula on Monday night (after Eric and I got the stomach flu and were both laid up all day), and he slept for 5 hours! Holy cow. He then nursed twice in an hour, and then slept for another 3.5 hours! That's insanity for us, and awesome. We tried again last night, another 5 hours! (Ok, I'm lying about both of these, in both cases, he woke up at some point during that 5 hour block, but he was able to be put back to sleep by Eric without needing to nurse, and fairly easily)

So tonight I will try giving him even more formula to see if we can make it longer. It's pretty exciting!

Thursday, July 21, 2011

One way ticket back to the nursery

Today is Thursday, I think.

On Tuesday night, Scott had his worst night on record. He fussed a bunch falling asleep, it took 3 nursing sessions and an extra hour, and even then, he woke up within 30 minutes. He proceeded to wake up every hour all night long, demanding nursing before falling back asleep. Then he woke up at 5:45, roughly an hour before he normally wakes up.

We have (ahem, had) his crib set up as a side car kind of thing, next to my side of the bed. So he had his own space, but he was right there for me to grab and tend to. It means I can nurse in bed too, and if he's on the right side, he can roll back into his crib when he's done.

But no more. Tuesday night was officially the last straw. Cosleeping is OVER. On Wednesday Eric and I (mostly Eric) moved the crib back into the nursery and we moved the nursing chair next to it. This way I can nurse in the middle of the night if I so choose, or just rock him.

Last night was the first tnight of this. Fortunately, I correctly identified sleepy cues, so we got him to bed at a good time. Then the night basically ran like clock work, with Scott waking up every 2 hours to nurse. SO not good for a 9 month old. But since I first need to get him use to being in his room again, I'm going to let him nurse at will for a while. Also, I'm SO sleep deprived, that I didn't have the energy to walk around with a crying child at 2:30am. Bleh. I'll work on cutting out night feedings soon, but not this week.

And I'm seriously reconsidering ever letting any future children into my bed. I think cosleeping was really nice for a while, but it only works as long as everyone is getting their needs met, and I haven't been for a while.

So Scott is back in his room, I am back to having my correct side of the bed, and now I'm actually getting out of bed 4x a night to tend to a little one. Hopefully things improve and Scott learns to sleep through the night before his first birthday.

Sunday, July 17, 2011

A Sign and a 3rd Tooth!

Scott signed for the first time yesterday!

And today he cut his 3rd tooth!

But the signing, I went off to an event last night (and most of the afternoon) and left Scott home with daddy. We are working toward weaning, so we're focusing on food and not milk. He did really well and made it about 5 hours after I left. He was in the middle of dinner, happily eating, when he decided that he was done and it was milk time. Daddy tells me that he very deliberately signed milk, and upon being served milk, calmed right now. Super cool!

The tooth has no real story, except I'm looking forward to the other top tooth coming in so we can feed him more foods (although we don't really let teeth limit us too much right now), and so that sleep can go back to something more normal for us.

Scott is 9 months and 4 days old!

Friday, July 8, 2011

Toy Store Time!

Whoa! I stopped paying attention for 2 seconds and my house turned into a toy store!

I mean, I know that I'm super excited about all the kid toys, and the pop-up house and the ride/push train and the balls and the stuffed animals, but this is nutty. I really feel like my house went from "adults live here, oh and maybe a baby" to "Kid Central!" overnight.

Meh, Scott is entertained most of the time and I get to play too. :)