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|January 29, 2014||Posted by Madeline @ Food, Fitness, and Family under 0-3 Months, Bryn, Month Updates|
Good morning friends! I am off this morning due to the inclement weather coming through Savannah and our classes being delayed until 1PM. Not going to lie – I am enjoying not rushing out the door and it’s an added bonus that Wednesdays are typically my LONG days and I get a break today. The not so great part? We have to make up our classes that we are missing this morning. Gone are the days where we could miss a day and it wouldn’t matter
I’m even more excited today because my dear sweet Bryn is two months old. Where is time going?! While it seems like yesterday we were celebrating her BIRTH day, I also can’t imagine life without her and feel like she has always been with us. These newborn days are going by so quickly and every single day I am seeing more and more signs that she is becoming more active and alert and less sleepy newborn. Make it stop!
Grow Baby Grow!
We were supposed to have Miss B’s two month check-up yesterday but the clinics closed early so that people could get home before the weather was supposed to hit. However, at 5-weeks old she was 11 lbs 4 oz and 22 1/2 inches long. Holy moly – she had grown nearly 4 pounds since birth!
Clothes: Newborn clothes are officially packed away and we are sitting pretty in 0-3 month and 3 month sizes.
Diapers: She’s been in size one this entire month but I just made the change in our delivery for Size 2s!
Now that I am in school I feel like I need to include both of these in her updates. Nursing is still going really well and the rolls in Bryn’s thighs let me know she is a great eater! She’s definitely more of a snacker and likes to nurse for a little bit, take a break, and then nurse some more. Luckily after her second go at it she takes a 2-3 hour break between feedings. I am cherishing our nursing sessions even more since I am away from her all day! When I am gone she is currently taking bottle every 3-ish hours and they’re about 3oz each of pumped breastmilk. On that note – pumping is going really well and my supply is definitely keeping up with her needs (along with some help from my lactation cookies!). Depending on the day I am pumping 1-3 times at school. More on all of this soon
Right now we are co-sleeping. Chalk it up to one more thing I thought I would never do as a parent. Don’t get me wrong – there are a lot of potential benefits of it – but it just wasn’t something I intended to do. Bryn has determined otherwise. She is a much more snuggly baby and prefers to be close to me all night long. SO – we co-sleep. I figure that co-sleeping is way better than no sleeping so we are going with it. When she is sleeping with me she is pretty much sleeping through the night so I can’t complain. I go to bed around 10PM and nurse her one last time. Sometimes she wakes up for a middle of the night snack or diaper change but mostly she sleeps until my alarm goes off around 5AM. During the day she is becoming more alert but is still taking a good morning, afternoon, and early evening cat-nap.
I’ve said it before but Bryn is a really relaxed and easy-going baby as long as she is dry and fed. Bryn likes to observe the world and is constantly just taking her surroundings in. She is perfectly content just to be – although she prefers to be ON you in some way. Babywearing for the win on this one! Her personality is coming through more each day and recently she’s taken to gracing us with LOTS of smiles. She is just so happy! I can’t get enough of her sweet snuggles, funny faces, and happy noises. Bryn was struck with RSV at the beginning of the month and you would never have known it. She just kept on being her happy self … just with some serious coughing.
This month Emmalyne has really come into her own as a big sister. She wants to hold her baby a lot more and is constantly petting Bryn’s head, saying “Awwww”, getting her a blanket, etc. Sometimes I have to save Bryn’s life from the hands of her sister but that’s just another day in mommyland. It melts my heart to see my girls together
I feel so incredibly grateful each and every day for the family I have been blessed with. These girls teach me so much about life and I am just so honored to be their mom. It’s been easier than I expected going to school which has helped my heart a lot and left me with a sense of peace. Bryn is just the sweetest little baby and her big sister is an amazing little thing. Emmalyne was my “helper” during the photo shoot. And my helper I meaning stealer of all the books.
You can follow along with how Bryn grows by catching up on her past updates:
Dear sweet Bryn – I love you baby girl. You and Emmalyne my sunshine.
|January 27, 2014||Posted by Madeline @ Food, Fitness, and Family under Baby, Recipes|
Happy Monday! I am keeping this one short and sweet today – I have my first official test of PA school and I am an anxious bundle of nerves. Wish me luck! Before getting to a new recipe, the winner of my FitMark Bags giveaway is Ashley S! She’s been emailed
One of the things that really worried me about going to grad school full time was how it would effect my milk supply and how pumping would work out for me and Bryn. Three weeks in I have to say things are going well! I am doing several things to help maintain my supply (and will share those soon!) and one of them is to make and eat lactation cookies.
These cookies are full of delicious ingredients that are supposed to help with milk production. Things like rolled oats, ground flax, and brewer’s yeast. I was a little hesitant when putting these together about how they would taste but they are SO good. So good in fact that both the husband and Emmalyne sneak them I also notice a definite increase in my supply when I incorporate these into my diet. While brewer’s yeast can be hard to find I ordered mine on Amazon and thanks to Prime had it two days later. Hope you enjoy!
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Ingredients (24 cookies)
- 1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
- 1 cup oats
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp salt
- 3/4 cup peanut butter
- 1/2 cup coconut oil
- 1/3 cup flaxseed meal
- 3 tablespoons brewers yeast
- 1/3 cup water
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 2 tablespoons stevia for baking
- 2 tsp vanilla
- 2 eggs
- 1 cup chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
In a small bowl, mix flax meal and water. Let sit.
Cream the coconut oil, brown sugar, and stevia. Add in peanut butter, flax meal/water, brewers yeast, and vanilla.
Mix in eggs.
In a separate bowl, mix the flour, baking soda, and salt. Slowly add this to the coconut oil mixture.
Slowly mix in oats and chocolate chips.
Place parchment paper on a baking sheet. Make balls of the dough (~3 tablespoons of dough) and place on baking sheet. Press down on the balls with a fork. Bake for 12 minutes.
|January 2, 2014||Posted by Madeline @ Food, Fitness, and Family under 0-3 Months, Bryn, Month Updates|
How is it even possible that I am writing this update right now? Bryn technically turned one month old last week but with everything going on it took me longer than I anticipated to take and prepare her photos. I did these monthly updates with Emmalyne and they have brought me so much joy since I can look back on them often. They also help me remember the big moments for when I get around to actually doing their baby books I plan on structuring these updates much like I did Em’s but if there is something specific you’d like to see let me know!
Grow, Baby, Grow!
While I don’t know Bryn’s official stats and won’t until later this month I do know she is growing quite a bit. At her 2-week check up she had jumped from 7lb 6oz to 8lb 12oz! She has definitely filled out since then.
Clothes: She can still squeeze into some newborns but the days are limited. Mainly 0-3 month sizes at this point.
Diapers: We have transitioned out of newborn diapers and into size 1!
When you have a newborn breastfeeding takes up a HUGE part of their day (and night!). Bryn likes to eat every 2-3 hours during the day and will go 4-5 hours between nursing sessions at night. We have also introduced a bottle to her since I start school full-time next week. During the day she often likes a little snack between feedings too. Nursing is going really really well for us and I am optimistic that we will have the same type of nursing relationship that Emmalyne and I had I plan on writing a post soon on my plans for while I am in school with pumping etc.
Bryn is a really good sleeper so far. During the day her naps are getting more and more predictable. She is most awake in the morning and often times will take a short nap around 9/10AM. Then she will go down between 12:30-1PM for a longer nap in the afternoon. She catnaps throughout the early evening with increasing fussiness. We put her to bed for the night around 8PM with a ‘dream-feed” around 10:30PM. I use Moms on Call for our daily schedule (more soon!) and so far it’s working out nicely. Now her sleeping arrangement leaves something to be desired. She will sleep in the basinet in our room until around 4AM when all she wants is to be in my arms in our bed. I am a big advocate that kids sleep in their own beds and I am currently eating my words. However, I am inclined to go with the flow and go with the option that currently gives our entire family the most amount of sleep.
I got a snuggler on my hands! Bryn is happiest when she is being cuddled which is both a blessing and a curse. Emmalyne never was one for cuddle sessions (and still isn’t) so I love having my little cuddle bug. However, it makes caring for a toddler and keeping up with tasks a little more difficult. She only really cries when she needs something which more often than not is a new diaper. She HATES being wet and lets us know pretty quickly. Bryn really is just a sweet little baby.
One of the biggest questions I get is “how is Emmalyne adjusting”? I want to write a whole post on that mainly for my own memories because just this last week the sister bond is starting to show. Emmalyne requests to hold “her baby” multiple times a day and I subsequently have to save Bryn’s life when Em forgets she’s a really baby and not pretend. Emmalyne is adjusting to being a big sister quite nicely and my heart is full seeing my girls together.
I feel so incredibly blessed and I honestly wonder how in the world I got so lucky as to have not just one, but two beautiful, sweet, and loving daughters. I am extremely excited to watch our girls grow and become the best of friends while at the same time holding on to these precious newborn moments because they are gone in the blink of an eye. Hence why I had to capture just how tiny her fingers and toes were now.
Dear sweet Bryn … I am so lucky to be your mama. I love you baby girl. You and Emmalyne are my sunshine.
|December 16, 2013||Posted by Madeline @ Food, Fitness, and Family under Baby, Bryn, Decor, Home|
Hello Monday! I hope you guys had a fantastic weekend. We sure did! Saturday I braved the traffic and headed downtown to hit up LOFT and finish up Christmas shopping. I am hoping to not set foot in a retail store again until after Christmas Saturday night I also had my girlfriends over for a cookie exchange. All of us have small children so it was nice to have some girl talk, sweets, and wine. Yesterday I took my first post-baby yoga class (more on that another day) and finished up some chores. Overall a pretty good weekend
I am excited to share Bryn’s nursery with you guys today. I knew coming into this pregnancy that we would be reusing all of our baby furniture from Em’s nursery. When we found out Bryn was a girl I thought we would reuse the bedding too. After inspecting it more closely I felt terrible since it has been through the wringer in two years. So instead I got to plan a new nursery and I am absolutely not complaining I did want to keep it budget friendly and low-cost so I DIY’d a lot of it and purchased very little.
I am a little bit obsessed with gallery walls. I currently have four in my house. For Bryn’s I wanted to do a mixture of pictures and word art. I didn’t want to order anything so I made them all myself. The first one says “be silly, be honest, be kind” and the second is one my favorite Shakespeare quotes “thought she be but little, she is fierce”. The final piece of artwork was created for Bryn by Emmalyne I want to make some subway art with Bryn’s birth information and then I have a maternity photo and newborn photo that need to go in the frames.
I made the tassel garland for the nursery by cutting strips of fabric and tying them over some thin picture hanging wire. I love how it turned out!
Overall I am really happy with how Bryn’s nursery turned out. It’s really a bright room and I have already spent quite a bit of time rocking her in the glider. I hope you have a fantastic day!
|December 10, 2013||Posted by Madeline @ Food, Fitness, and Family under Holidays|
In our family we decorate for Christmas the day after Thanksgiving. This year, decorating was a tad delayed due to our little turkey Bryn showing up! However, decorating was even more fun since my mom and step-dad were here to help us. I love seeing how people spruce up their homes for the holidays and wanted to share what ours is like since this is our first Christmas in our new house!
I had so much fun adding Bryn’s stocking to our mantle this year! All the stockings are from Pottery Barn Kids.
I love our advent calendar. Fun fact: when my mom, step-dad and I went to Great Britain in 2008 we found this same calendar and my mom bought it for my sister. Each day is a new magnet to add to the board. Somehow my mom found the same calendar online this year and ordered one for us. Em has had so much fun putting the magnet on each day!
Christmas wouldn’t be complete without including the girls’ playroom. We got them their own small tree to add handmade ornaments to each year. The felt tree from last year is an even bigger hit this year with Em. Please notice how all the ornaments are on the ground lined up. Em is a bit crazy about keeping things organized.
This weekend I also took a few minutes to snap some photos of the girls in front of our Christmas tree for our cards. I am kind of obsessed with how they turned out.