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|October 30, 2014||Posted by Madeline @ Food, Fitness, and Family under Baby|
… Than a baby in a diaper.
Disclosure: I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Mom Central for Huggies and Target. I received product samples to facilitate my review as well as a promotional item to thank me for my participation.
It’s been a long week you guys. I am officially wrapping up my 4th week of my 4th quarter and I am wiped. This week I had exams in Clinical Medicine and Surgery and next up is Epidemiology/Biostatistics. UGH. I came home yesterday overwhelmed and tired and was greeted by my sweet Bryn at the door. And everything instantly got better.
Because in my mind, there are few things in life that can make you smile more than some chunky little thighs in a diaper. Since I got home at her bedtime Bryn and I got to go upstairs and hang out in her room for a few minutes before it was time to nurse and go to sleep. And I was in heaven.
With two kids three and under you can imagine that we probably go through a lot of diapers. Emmie’s diaper days are pretty much behind us but Bryn is going to be in them for awhile yet. When we first were pregnant with Emmalyne I so wanted to do cloth diaper but Chris put his foot down on that so we have been a disposable family ever since. Throughout the years we have tried our fair share of brands but nothing has compared to Huggies.
Disclosure: I totally received the above products for this post, however, I buy Huggies products every single month. I try very hard to limit the sponsored content I do here on the blog to products that benefit my family, we use regularly, and I actually love. Huggies is one of those things (and their rewards program is pretty awesome!). The Snug&Dry have a SureFit design that provides up to 12 hours of leak protection which is great for nights like last night where she slept from 6:30PM-6:30AM. Now that she’s mobile the flexible waistband moves with her keeping her snug and dry throughout her adventures. The Natural Care wipes are a favorite of ours and I like to buy them by the box load. We have refillable boxes of wipes throughout the house AND in our car for the mess that kids create. Emmalyne currently sleeps in their night-time diaper while we are starting to toy with the idea of night training.
Now, one of the things that would make diapering two kids even easier is having them delivered to my house on a monthly basis. Fortunately, Target is answering that need and starting a new subscription service for diapers, wipes, and other household products. With my crazy busy schedule having this option takes one errand off my plate! I’m also all about saving money so you can score a Huggies coupon from Target HERE.
I am really happy to be able to say that my week is officially over …. well when it hits 7PM and I am finally out of class at least. I am excited to recharge a bit this weekend, go Trick-or-Treating tomorrow with the girls, and hopefully be ready to head into Week 5 on Monday. In the meantime, I am day-dreaming about snuggling my diaper-clad baby later tonight
What diapers do you prefer? Are you a Huggies fan?
|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.