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New mom life is absolutely magical. I am so in love with my little boy and I fall deeper in love every day with him. I love how he looks at me and smiles like I am the best thing in the world, I love to see him swimming in the bubble bath and kicking his legs, I love when he grabs at toys and puts them in his mouth. I love how much he loves me and how I get to nurture him. I love how he sleeps and snores and is an angel. I love how he loves being outside and exploring the world. I love how he tries to talk to me and answer questions. I love how we snuggle in the mornings and I love nursing him while daddy reads him a story. Im more excited for Christmas than Ive ever been in my life because I get to do everything with him. I love playing with him and seeing the faces he makes. I dont want him to grow up but I love seeing him grow. He is the best thing ever βœ¨β­οΈπŸ’–

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So Ive officially past my due date! Im so proud of me and baby that we have made the full forty weeks, I feel like he will be so healthy and ready when he does decide to come. My due date was on Saturday the 16th and now its Monday the 18th. Im scheduled for a doctors appointment on wednesday, with a cervical sweep, ultrasound, and non stress test, and I might push the appointment back or opt to not do the sweep, as I am not 41 weeks yet and am not sure why these things would be necessary, baby will come when he is ready! I feel a crazy amount of pressure from everyone to have to baby every day, so Ive been kind of staying away from everyone. Its only because everyone is so excited but so many people dont see any point in letting a baby come on their own. There is SO many complications from inducing or making a baby come before they are ready! I think it is mostly doctors trying to cover their own ass and going by the book instead of recognizing that typically a first time mom will go to 8 days over their due date! I want to give baby the chance to have that extra week if he needs it. I am also sad about him leaving, I know he will still be right with me, but it wont be the same and he could be different than what Ive imagined. I want him to stay safe in my tummy for longer! I dont feel ready STILL to give birth. Well I kind of feel ready but I just feel sad about it. I was really really sad last night when I thought about how im not going to be pregnant anymore very soon. 😒 It makes me so sad.

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rough nursing schedule
3-4 oz. during each feeding
5:30
10:30
1:30
3:30
6:30
8:30
10:30

sleeps 10:30-5:30 hallelujah!! 😊

naps 3x a day roughly, but his naps are allll over the place still. some days he naps a lot, orthers not so much. I try to get him into his nap routine and ready to put down but the second yawn I see.

6:00-10:00
1:30-3:30
6:30-8:30

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Mom life is so awesome and I really think im getting the hang of it. I can tell apart his cries and know his routine and general schedule, and I generally have an intution about what he needs. Whenever I doubt m intuition it usually turns out I was right! These past couple weeks have been so much fun, cause right at 6 weeks Carter found out there was a fun world and we were able to start playing. Now during the day we watch Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, play on his baby gym, play in the play pen, or he watches me dance and sing. Carter also cries a TON less than he did in his very early weeks and is a champ at sleeping. Yesterday he slept from 10:3-5:30! Nursing is also still going really well and we have really hit a comfy spot with it. It works so well for both me and him! Also ive discovered which items I really use the most, and some items ive finally gotten that have made life 100x easier, such as my nursing cover, binky clip, rattles, and milk storage bags. I also finally figured out what time of day to pump to get the most milk, and use a manual suction pump in the mornings. Some mornings I get 3 oz. without even trying! Everything about motherhood is just clicking. | βœ¨πŸ‘ΆπŸΌπŸΌ

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Paci Clip

The first two months I didnt use one! Having one now makes life so much easier.

Velcro SwaddleMe

Baby didnt fit into his swaddles for the first 7 weeks, as he was too small, but we use them now and they really seem to calm him and increase his sleep time.

Baby Gym

This really entertained him when I was out of ideas and needed a break! The first night we brought it home he must have stared at it for an hour.

Rock and Play

He sleeps in this all the time and it relaxes him.

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Me and Shawn had our 39 week appointment on tuesday. It was pretty uneventful, she asked me about how I was feeling and I told her the same as I had been, lots of braxton hicks lately. We listened to the heartbeat and it was at 150 which is good. She scheduled me for another appointment next wednesday which will be a cervical sweep, ultrasound, and 20 minute Non Stress Test to make sure that baby is doing okay. Its only two more days until my due date! Im so proud that me and baby are going to make it to the due date! βœ¨πŸ‘ΆπŸΌ

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Baby is coming so soon! I am SO proud and happy that I have been able to carry this baby to 39 weeks and techinical full term. I really want to make it to 40 weeks so he can grown more inside and become super strong and big and healthy. I am just feeling so happy and relieved that we have made it to 39 weeks! I feel so accomplished and proud of my body and the fact that I can do this. I for some reason had such a hard time picturing that I would make it to 39 weeks and full term, around 36-37 weeks I started getting intense anxiety that I would have the baby early term and he would have to stay in the NICU or nursey and I wouldnt get to be with him. Well he can come any day now well just have to see! I do have a feeling he will be a bit late though, maybe past my due date or even induced. My doctor said that I would make it to my due date and probably go a little past it, so im starting to believe her. πŸ˜³πŸΌπŸ‘ŒπŸ»

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