I feel like a horrible person. I thought that I would for sure have plenty of time to blog since I stay at home with Vivian during the week. Boy, was I WRONG! It’s truly amazing how much time and attention infants need! Not to mention I went back to work when she was 7 weeks old. It’s definitely been a big struggle to get into a groove on the weekend getting Vivian ready early in the morning, dropping her off at Nana and Papa’s, picking her back up, and getting everything ready to do it all over again the next day. Peaches & Glitter blog is my ‘safe place’ so I like to be honest. It’s been very hard for me. With my husbands schedule, I’m basically like a single mom. So working on top of that has pushed me over the anxiety edge a few times. I give MAD props to single, full-time working mothers! I know this is just a phase and it’ll all work out.
For almost 2 weeks now I’ve started my workouts and new diet. I’m not following a specific diet, just eating healthy. I’m not the type of person who can stick to a strict diet. That’s when I cheat and give up. And giving up is not an option because I have about 20lbs to lose to get to my pre-pregnancy size and then ANOTHER 10lbs to get to where I feel best about myself. I invested in ‘Insanity Max 30’ DVD’s and have absolutely loved it!! Last week I lost 3 pounds! So it’s definitely working! It was hard when Vivian was about 5 weeks, I all of sudden had this horrible pain in my right hip. It got to the point where I could barely walk. I went to the chiropractor and found out that as my pelvis was shrinking back down after pregnancy it shrunk back crooked so one leg was higher than the other and I developed sciatica. I can’t tell you how painful it was. Carrying around Vivian definitely didn’t help it heal but after 3 long weeks of many chiropractor visits and massages (a major bonus!), I’m finally back to normal with very little pain.
Since babies change and grow so fast, I can only promise to blog maybe once or twice a week. I miss it so much! But like I said, its crazy how much time and attention babies need. And honestly, I don’t want to miss a milestone for anything! I love being this little girls mommy. From things I read and talking to other moms, she’s a dream baby! She’s so calm (most of the time!) and content. For my first post back in over a month I thought that I would share a short survey on Vivian! She turned 2 months old on April 17th. I can’t believe it’s been now 9 weeks already! I hope you enjoy learning a little bit about my pride and joy and some candid photos from the past 8 weeks! I’ll be back next week with a fun prom inspired blog post since it’s prom season!!!
How old: 9 weeks
Weight: 10 pounds 13 ounces. She’s in the 50th percentile for weight.
Height: She is now 23 1/2 inches long which is the 75th percentile. This surprised me because her mommy and daddy are SHORT!
Milestones: Smiling, cooing, discovering her hands and feet, reaching for toys, grabbing toys (this has only happened a handful of times), holding her head up during tummy time, and my favorite, sleeping through the night!!! When I was pregnant I read the book ‘On How To Become Babywise’ and have been following it since I brought her home from the hospital. I recommend it to anyone and everyone! If any new mommies have any questions or need advice, I happy to help! Sleep is VERY important to me! Hehe.
Eating: As you all know from this post I have suffered from clinical depression since I was young. I thought since I was okay during my pregnancy that I would be okay once we brought Vivian home. But postpartum hit me HARD. As much as I wanted to breastfeed, I knew my mental frame of mind was more important so I could take care of my daughter and be there 110%. So I went back on my medication and stopped breastfeeding when she was 2 weeks old. I’ve had her on Baby’s Only Organic formula ever since. Little miss Vivian is a spitter-upper! I have to always have a bib on her! Her doctor said it’s completely normal and that she should grow out of it around 6 months. I thought maybe it was the formula but no, she just spits up! I never thought I’d do so much laundry in my life!!
Sleeping: We put her down for bed at 7:30pm, wake her for a “dream feed” at 10:30pm, and she sleeps until we wake her in the morning at 7:30am! I worked long and hard to get her on a good schedule and get her sleeping through the night. A dream feed is a feeding where you basically feed them while they’re asleep. I tried not waking her too much but she never took a full bottle. So I finally started waking her enough to where she would get in a full feeding. I know she’ll have the ability to sleep 12 hours by 12 weeks old so what I’ve been doing is pushing her dream feed time up 10 minutes at a time every couple of days. That feeding is now at 10:10pm and she’s still sleeping until 7:30am! Once I get to about 8:30-9pm, and she’s sleeping until morning then I’ll drop it. My sweet girl has no clue the blessing she has given me for her ability to sleep well! Now naps on the other hand need a little bit of work! They were great when she was a few weeks old but around 7-8 weeks, she hasn’t napped well at all! Next week we’ll start getting into a better nap routine!
Favorite moment: Everyday there is a new favorite moment! I love my bedtime routine with her. We take her upstairs, keep the lights low, we give her a bath (she LOVES bath time!), give her a lotion massage, dress her in her pj’s, feed her in the comfy glider and read her a book. I swaddle her and say a prayer with her and shower her with kisses before putting her in her crib. It’s become my favorite time of the day.
Worst moment: This past Tuesday she had her 2 month checkup and had her first shots. She was a champ and just cried during the shots but fell right to sleep. But when we got home, she had a bit of a fever and wasn’t feeling well so needed mommy and daddy cuddles all day along with some baby Tylenol. Thank God the next day she was feeling much better!
Looking forward to: Everyday with her! It will be nice when she stops spitting up so much so she won’t have to wear a bib all day!
Newly found wisdom? The love I have for this tiny little girl is unreal…. <3