Wednesday, June 26, 2013

updates: breastfeeding, STTN, solids

What's going well: breastfeeding

I was incredibly worried that it wouldn't work out. I stressed over breastfeeding more than I did L&D in my late months of pregnancy. Thankfully, we haven't had any real issues (other than a bout of mastitis... ugh). I pump at work twice a day, and nurse on demand at home. 5 1/2 months in, all is well.

What's not going so well: sleeping

Yes, that pesky "STTN" thing. It happened for five days in a row. Then, Henry got sick. He's been well for almost two weeks now, but he has not gone back to sleeping through. He's waking twice a night to nurse. I'm hoping it drops back down to once a night soon. Once is soooo much better than twice.

What I'm most annoyed by: "Is he eating solids yet? NO??"

People are so surprised when I say he's not yet eating solids. I have always planned to start him on solids at around 6 months, or when he shows me that he's definitely ready. So far, not really getting the cues to make me think he's ready.

Also, we have decided to try Baby Led Weaning (BLW). You should see people's faces when I tell them this.

"So you are going to start off by feeding your baby CHUNKS of food?"

"We fed our kids cereal starting at X months old!" (insert any number you wish, I've heard them all).

"Won't they choke??!"


Random, but I started a Twitter account. Ok, I actually started the account months and months ago, just never used it. But I think I might start using it now. You can find me here:

or @BoundBySymmetry

Friday, June 14, 2013

Henry: 5 months

I'm a horrible blogger.

Ever since going back to work, I just find myself completely unmotivated to blog. I think it has to do with me being so busy in every aspect of my life, I just can't get my brain to cooperate when it comes to penning a post.

I've said this several times since Henry was born, but my brain is pretty much the consistency of mashed potatoes now.

Those are mashed potatoes, in brain form.

Henry is now 5 months old.

Henry, 5 months old (June 2013)
Henry and his cousin, going swimming for the first time! (June 2013)
Time is really flying. He's rolling all over the place, so that's fun. And two weeks ago, out of the blue, he decided to start sleeping through the night. He had been waking once or twice a night to nurse, but all of the sudden he was a sleeper. Not sure how that happened, but I have a feeling that it has something to do with him rolling on his stomach to sleep.

He wants to crawl. Bad. He sometimes whines and fusses when he's on his belly, and I know he wants to move. I'll put my hand behind him, and he'll push off and scoot across the floor. I figure it won't be long until he's crawling. Not sure I'm ready for that, but I am excited for it!

Hi mom, please help me crawl. (June 2013)

Last week he caught his very first cold. It was HORRIBLE. Worst 5 days I've had since his birth... even rougher than that rough newborn phase. A sick baby is heartbreaking.

Day before he really got sick... his temp was starting to run high.

My poor, sick baby.

He had a fever of 102/103 for a couple days, and he was so listless and sad. He also stopped sleeping through the night at that point, and only wanted mommy cuddles. So, we slept in the recliner together. Whatever I could do to help him get through it, I did! The cold turned in to an ear infection. So, he's on antibiotics. He's finally feeling better though. He has a lingering cough, and I'm so ready for that to be gone. It woke him up several times last night. 

Other than that, things are great! He's so much fun, and loves to laugh. Henry is such a happy baby. He loves his daddy so much, and smiles any time Buster walks in the room. This morning, they snoozed a bit in the big bed together:

Today, Buster and I celebrate our 5th wedding anniversary. We are so incredibly fortunate and very thankful for all that we have together. I am one lucky lady!

June 2013

And on an aside, it was three years ago to the day when I wrote my first blog post, thus beginning my blogging adventure. So much has changed since then, but so much is still the same:

"We knew when we met that we would be married. He is my best friend, and I could not imagine my life without this man. He knows what I'm thinking and feeling. He knows why I laugh and how to make me smile. We sing silly songs and laugh together. Laughing is my favorite hobby."
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