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|September 1, 2014||Posted by Madeline @ Food, Fitness, and Family under 7-9 Months, Bryn|
Well friends …. it’s official. Bryn is 75% through her first year and I am in major denial. I keep having to remind myself that she is closer to a toddler than newborn because I simply can’t believe it. Here’s what Bryn is up to at 9 months old.
Grow, Baby, Grow!
Bryn had her 9-month check up on Thursday! She is growing like a weed
Height: 27.5 inches
Weight: 22lbs 1 oz
Clothes: 6-9 months, 6-12 months, 9 months
Diapers: Between a 3 and a 4
It’s kind of funny looking back at Emmalyne’s updates and seeing how they measure up with each other. Emmalyne was 4 inches taller and Bryn is 4 pounds heavier at the same age!
Breastfeeding/Pumping/Baby Led Weaning
Breastfeeding and pumping is still going fantastically and I am THRILLED. I have barely touched my freezer stash so now I am SURE we will make it to one year old without a drop of formula hitting her lips. This is a huge personal victory for me because it was my biggest concern when I started PA school since she was only 5-weeks old. I am so thankful to my body for producing what Bryn needs and responding to pumping well. Bryn is an avid eater! She still takes 4 4oz bottles at “school” and I nurse her 2-3 times a day depending on her wants. For tips on pumping at work you can check out this post. Baby Led Weaning is still going swimmingly and Bryn hasn’t met a food she doesn’t like!
If there’s one tiny area that I feel like we could improve on it would be sleep. When Bryn is HOME she takes two solid naps a day however she is too excited to be at school so she rarely naps there. That means that she can barely keep her eyes open past 6PM. I end up waking up with her once most every night. Such a trivial thing to want to improve but given my schedule a full night sleep makes a significant difference. However, I can’t complain because in every other area she is absolute perfection. She has also taken to sleeping with her Aden+Anais blankets the same way that Emmie did!
Bryn still is the sweetest little baby. She is SO excited when Chris or I come into the room and literally bounces for joy. Her smile fills my heart to the brim and her half-laugh is hilarious. Bryn pants like a puppy when she is excited and it’s seriously funny. She is now getting more into playing and currently loves books, her walker, and shoes. She has a serious thing for shoes.
On the Move
This month Bryn has taken to crawling like a pro. She has her belly off the ground and she is FAST. She is also pulling to standing and recently started letting go for a few seconds. There is no containing her now. It’s funny that with you first child you’re so excited for them to crawl/walk. This time around I am like “slow down! Mommy isn’t ready for this yet”.
The girls are still forming their relationship and I am loving watching it start to grow. Bryn loves to be where Emmalyne is and depending on the day Emmie loves “her Bryn” to be close to. I alternate between saving Bryn’s life from Emmie’s hands as she loves on her to discussing sharing with her big sister. Having a sister is one of life’s greatest blessings and I am happy my girls have each other! I am getting glimpses into what our life will be like down the road and I am excited!
Chris and I are truly blessed. We ask each other on a regular basis how we got so darn lucky with these two girls. They bring so much joy to my life and filled voids in my life that I never knew I had.
I love you sweet Bryn. You and Emmalyne are my sunshine!
|July 28, 2014||Posted by Madeline @ Food, Fitness, and Family under 7-9 Months, Baby, Bryn, Month Updates|
Here we are again … another one of Bryn’s month updates. I know it’s cliche to say but I honestly feel like I JUST wrote her 7 month update. The idea that she is 67% through her first year of life puts a lump in my throat and I honestly just can’t think about it. Sigh.
Grow, Baby, Grow!
No check-up this month but Bryn continues to grow!
Clothes: 6-12 months, 9 months
Diapers: Size 4 (due to blow outs)
Bryn continues to be a great nurser and I am still producing plenty of milk to meet her needs. We have yet to supplement with formula which is something I am really proud of. My ultimate goal is to let Bryn self-wean the same way that Emmalyne did but I honestly take it week by week. Luckily I have a great freezer stash that could last us awhile I posted all about my tips for pumping at work so if you missed it be sure to check it out.
Baby Led Weaning
It’s amazing how laid back I am when it comes to introducing foods to Bryn. OOPS. Maybe it’s because Baby Led Weaning rocked our socks with Em? Since I pack her food for school I always pack either roasted sweet potatoes and butternut squash that I prep on the weekends. I also include 2 Mum Mums. At school they know they can give her anything soft so depending on what’s on the menu she might get some more. She has also had bananas, blueberries, applesauce, yogurt bites, and a French fry. #Truth
At daycare she tends to not nap because she is so excited to play. However, at home on the weekends she naps like clockwork. She tends to take a 2 hour nap around 9AM and then 1.5 hour nap around 2PM. If there’s one thing sweet Bryn could work on it would be her nighttime sleep. Some nights she’s a rockstar … other nights not so much. I try to soak it in though because these middle of the night snuggle sessions are fleeting.
Goodness … I feel like Bryn is a misrepresentation of what it’s like to raise a baby. HA. She is SO happy all of the time. She rarely fusses and gives her smiles freely to anyone and everyone. She doesn’t care who holds her as long as she is getting snuggled. Bryn is truly one of the happiest babies I have ever seen.
Bryn is really starting to play and it’s a lot of fun to watch! I can set a basket of toys in the middle of the room and she will dig into them for a long time while I get some things done. I also have her Pack-N-Play currently set up in the kitchen so that way she can safely play while I am cooking dinner. She is perfectly content to play on her own as long as she knows you’re in sight
On the Move
Bryn is definitely Army crawling now and can get all the way across the house fairly quickly. She has also pulled to standing at “school” but I have yet to see that happen. Probably because we don’t have our living room set up in a way that’s conducive to it! I remember with Emmie I was SO EXCITED when she started to do these things. With Bryn I just feel fear because I know soon I will have TWO kids running around the house to chase.
I am having so much fun watching my girls start to play together. Since Bryn is more mobile she is getting around the house. Emmalyne likes to pretend her sister is her baby doll which is both endearing and frightening. Ha. My favorite thing though is when Em says Bryn is “so cute” and calls Bryn “her baby”.
I am blessed beyond words to get to call these sweet girls my littles. They bring my life so much more joy than I ever thought possible. I love you sweet Bryn. You and Emmalyne are my sunshine!
|July 2, 2014||Posted by Madeline @ Food, Fitness, and Family under 7-9 Months, Baby, Month Updates|
Thank you for all your comments on yesterday’s post about my post baby body progress! It’s a long road but I am thankful to be enjoying the journey. Now it’s time for Bryn’s turn!
Grow, Baby, Grow!
Bryn is growing like a weed just like her big sister. At 6 1/2 months she weight in at 19lbs 12oz! Not sure about height but she was in the 70%.
Clothes: 6-12 months, 9 months
Diapers: Size 3
Breastfeeding is still going strong! Bryn is sticking with the same schedule that she had at 6 months. She nurses first thing in the morning and then takes 4, 4oz bottles throughout the day at “school”. She nurses before bed. I pump 2-3 times a day depending on the day itself and get plenty of milk to keep her exclusively on breastmilk. Still working on my pumping posts so if you have specific questions let me know!
Baby Led Weaning
We did baby led weaning with Emmalyne and I was excited to start with Bryn. So far she has had sweet potato sticks, roasted zucchini, roasted carrots, bananas, and avocados. Her favorite snack is Mum-Mums. We haven’t exactly been following the “4 day” rule for introducing solids but I am ok with it. So far Bryn hasn’t met a food she doesn’t love and destroys her lunch. Right now she is getting lunch and a snack at school and some dinner at home.
So far sleeping is still going ok for the most part. Bryn wakes up for the day between 6:30-7:30AM depending on what time we have to get out the door. She takes two solid naps throughout the day and sometimes a catnap before dinner. I put her down for the evening between 6:30-7:00PM. Sometimes she wakes up during the night. Sometimes she doesn’t. It’s a gamble at this point!
I think sometimes people think I am making up how relaxed Bryn is but Presley, Lindsay, and Erin all met her over the weekend and I think they know what I am talking about! Bryn is really one of the happiest babies I have ever met. She is rarely fussy and only gets mad if she’s overtired or hungry. Bryn is free with her smiles and snuggles into your shoulder. The only naughty thing she has started to do is gnaw on anything and everything … including arms, legs, shoulders, and thighs.
Playing is getting more fun with Bryn. She has discovered her reflection and loves the play mirror she has. I put a basket full of her toys in the middle of the floor and she will happily sit there and go through all of them. Considering the fact she is starting to “scoot” she can easily get to whatever she wants. I have set up the pack-and-play permanently downstairs for her to safely play in while we do things int he kitchen etc. I no longer trust her around Emmie’s toys.
My favorite thing about this month is that Emmalyne has started to play with Bryn. No one can make Bryn laugh the way that Emmie can. Emmie constantly says, “aww the baby’s cute!”. She will show off Bryn as her sister too to anyone who will listen. I love watching them sit together on the floor and play. It is giving me a glimpse into the near future and them giggling away in the playroom playing dress-up and cooking in their kitchen.
I couldn’t be luckier when it comes to being a mom. If there was a role I feel I was meant to play it is being their mom. Chris and I are both very very blessed to get to learn about the world through the eyes of our daughters! If you want to catch up on Bryn’s updates you can see them all HERE.
Dear sweet Bryn – I love you so very much! You and Emmalyne are my sunshine.
|May 29, 2014||Posted by Madeline @ Food, Fitness, and Family under 4-6 Months, Bryn, Month Updates|
This can’t be real life …. how is it possible that my sweet baby is HALF a year old?! Didn’t I give birth to her yesterday?! They say that time flies when you’re having fun and it’s so true. Throw in a healthy dose of grad school and the days are gone in a blink. I am seriously in denial that I am sharing this update with you guys today.
Grow, Baby, Grow!
No official height and weight for the month. Her six month check-up is next week. However, I think she is over 20lbs now and who knows how long. I went to put on some 6-12 month rompers on her and she was too tall for them. The buttons couldn’t reach. OOPS.
Clothes: 9 months, 6-12 months
Diapers: Size 3
I shared my Q&A post on breastfeeding with you guys on Tuesday. Thanks for your emails on it! I am glad that it helped some of you out. If you missed it, breastfeeding is still going strong. Bryn is still being exclusively fed breastmilk either from the breast or via pumped milk in bottles. She eats ~6-7 times a day right now. We are probably going to be starting baby led weaning with her this month. We used that method with Emmalyne and LOVED it so we are going to definitely try it with Bryn.
Sleeping is a little off/on with Bryn. Across the board she is a really good sleeper … sometimes she is an exceptional sleeper. For naps she currently takes her first nap by 9AM, one around lunch time, and then around 3PM. She goes to bed for the night between 6:30-7PM. Sometimes she’ll wake up around 10PM when I am going to bed so I nurse her quickly before putting her back down. Most nights she doesn’t wake again until 4-5AM which is right before I am getting up anyway. Sometimes she sleeps later. The other night she slept from 7PM to 8AM. SCORE.
My mother-in-law has nicknamed Bryn “Baby Buddah”. First because of her amazing roles and belly. Second because she is seriously the most content baby. Her teachers at school tell me every time I pick her up how amazing she is. That she doesn’t ever cry and is just all smiles all day. That’s my girl! Emmalyne was a VERY easy baby but Bryn is 1,000x easier. She is just happy to BE and that’s a lesson I can definitely learn from her.
Play is becoming more fun with Bryn. She loves her bouncer and her play mat. Since she is rolling and scooting all around she more readily gets to the toys that she wants. She is taking after her sister and has a love affair with Sophie the giraffe.
Every day I see the sisterly bond between my girls grow a little bit more. Emmalyne loves to hold “her” baby and will constantly pat Bryn on the head and say ‘aww, baby cute!”. Em is using Bryn’s name more often now (instead of just baby) and will tell people Bryn is her sister. My favorite moments are when the girls hold hands or Emmie gets Bryn to crack up. I can’t wait to see them start really playing together in the future.
I am so blessed beyond measure to get to call these sweet angels my daughters. Motherhood is the best adventure I have been on … definitely the most challenging but certainly the most rewarding.
Dear sweet Bryn – I love you so very much. You and Emmalyne are my sunshine.
|May 27, 2014||Posted by Madeline @ Food, Fitness, and Family under Baby|
Hey there friends! I hope you guys had a nice Memorial Day weekend and took some time to reflect on the price of freedom. We had a really nice weekend relaxing as a family since it’s our last one for awhile. I actually took the ENTIRE day off Saturday from studying to do family things. And it was glorious.
I’ve been trying to format a post for you guys for the last couple of months because I had gotten quite a few questions about how breastfeeding was going as a “working” mom. When I saw the questions that Linz posted I perked right up. I think as a “new” mom it’s always really helpful to hear a variety of ways that things work for different people. One of the keys to navigating parenthood is knowing that there is no one mold that fits everyone. Instead, you can take bits and pieces from a ton of different people and meld them into what works for YOUR family. This is just what is currently working for mine. And that could change
Bryn is going to be 6 months old tomorrow (hold me) and so far she has been exclusively fed breastmilk either from the breast or a bottle when she is at “school”. This is a fact that I am incredibly proud of since it was one of my own personal goals. This post is all about nursing from the breast and I have another post coming next week about our experiences with pumping while I am at school since my nursing journey is a healthy combination of both. I am going to use from of Linz’s questions and then throw in a few of my own for you guys.
How often is she eating during the day?
Bryn currently eats 6-7 times a day. At school she takes a 4oz bottle of breastmilk every 3 hours. I try not to give her more than 4oz at a time and it’s working well for us. She nurses when I get home from school and/or before bed depending on how tired she is. She also nurses first thing in the morning.
Where at night where do you nurse?
Bryn goes to bed by 7PM in her crib in her room. Sometimes she sleeps until 6AM. Sometimes she wakes up to nurse around 4AM. For those middle of the night nursing sessions she comes into bed with me and we side nurse and then co-sleep for the remainder of the night. Before she moved to her own room she slept in a pack-n-play bassinet in our room. But who am I kidding, most nights we co-slept
How do you do middle of the night diaper changes.
Don’t exist anymore. Back when she was smaller Chris would change her diaper before handing her off to me to feed her. We did it this way so that Bryn and I could just go back to sleep easily. Since I was in school full-time we split the middle of the night duties since I also have to be on point during the day.
How do you go about nursing in public?
With Emmalyne I was a little more modest and used a nursing cover. Now my favorite way to nurse Bryn in public is while wearing her in the Ergo. I know I had some interest in how I do that so I am working on getting a post up for you guys soon. If I just need to nurse her I either nurse her discretely without a cover or use one of her Aden + Anais swaddle blankets to cover up a bit. I have nursed in so many places now that it honestly doesn’t phase me and I am a huge advocate for nursing wherever and whenever you need to. A baby’s got to eat yo.
How long does she nurse for?
I have been blessed with two very efficient eaters. In the beginning Bryn would nurse about 15 minutes and we alternated sides each feeding. Now, she can eat on both sides in less than 10 minutes and is a happy camper. Even as newborns both girls would be done within 20 minutes of starting. And both of them are in the highest percentiles for height and weight so I know they are getting the goods.
Does Bryn nurse on both sides?
Yes and no. It depends on how hungry she is. I always alternate which side she nurses on between feedings and try to get both sides in. However, I have a really good supply and I know that I pump 4-5oz per side every 3-4 hours so if she just nurses on one side and “drains” the breast she is getting what she normally gets in a bottle. If it’s before bed I will sometimes pump to even things out depending on how full I am on the side she didn’t nurse from.
Do certain foods affect Bryn’s tummy?
Nope. Again, super blessed. Both girls have never been bothered by anything I eat. Bryn has never been particularly gassy and is only spitty when she overeats.
Do you recommend a particular nursing bra?
Honestly – I am in the market myself for some new ones. However, I do LOVE the Gillian O’Malley nursing camis from Target. I wear them every single night to bed and have with both girls. They are supportive enough at night and easy enough to use while half-asleep. Bonus points because they’re affordable.
I’d love to answer any other questions you guys have so either leave them in the comments or shoot me an email at foodfitnessandfamily @ gmail . com.