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2012 September » The Adventures of Noah and Lia
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Sep 302012
 

Another month in the books and our little Lia is growing so fast! I love looking back to my posts about Noah around this time and comparing them. So many similarities yet so so different. Lia’s still a pretty easy baby. She cries when she’s hungry or over tired and that’s about it. Thankfully she’s pretty good at self soothing so we can put her down drowsy and she works her way to sleep (albiet a little loud and grunty but she does it on her own). Anyways…stats..

Weight: 9lb 14oz
Length: 22.5 in
Sleep:She gave us 7.5 hours the other night but hasn’t done it since. The long stretch is still 5 – 6 hours or so then another 3 – 4 hours. There’s a long stretch during the day too generally in the AM. Then she spend most of the afternoon/evening up with just a few small cat naps here and there.
Eating: The boobies are still going strong. I have quite a bit frozen for when I go back to work but hopefully I won’t have to dive into it right away. She eats every 3 hours most of the day and then clusters in the evenings.
Sizes: I’ve put away most of her newborn sleepers since she’s too long for them. The pants hang on as capris and her shirts still fit. I have washed and started using all of her 0-3 and 3 month stuff. Some is still a bit big but we make it work. I’ve retired the 4 Lil Joey all in one diapers but am still using her newborn covers as well as the size one covers.
Milestones:She’s all smiles and coos now, I love it! Plus she’s holding her head up really well. The doc was impressed at her appointment. Her brother was the same way so I’m not surprised I have strong little kids:)
Adventures:Made our first drive to Pittsburgh and it actually went smoother than I thought. I 30 min stop mid way to eat (for all of us) and we were on our way again. We even managed to get out (mom and dad only) and left grammy and papa in charge.

I did her 2 month pics today and you can see them below. She’s so alert! I need to do a side by side with her and Noah to see the difference.


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Sep 242012
 

When we decided on cloth for Noah we didn’t actually start using them until he was almost 2 months old. I was so new to things that I didn’t even want to entertain the idea until we had a routine going. For Lia I thought that I’d try to switch to cloth earlier..you know, being an experienced momma with the “I’ve got this” mentality (bwahahahaha). It was actually quite easy to start earlier although it did take a different type of diaper to make it work.

With most all in ones and one sized pocket diapers (like the Fuzzibunz and BumGenius we used for Noah) you can’t start using them until the babe is larger (10lbs ish). Lia was born barely 6lbs and dropped below 6 after we left the hospital. Even before she arrived I knew I’d have to buy additional smaller diapers to accommodate her at that early time. However, they’d only work for the first month or two. So, to keep the cost low I decided on prefolds with covers.

A quick browse of my favorite diaper sites and boards I settled on two different covers – a Thirsties extra small and the Rumparooz newborn covers. I also decided to splurge on some Rumaprooz Lil Joey all in ones.

The Lil Joeys are what fit first. They were so tiny and with the double gusset they contained the poo pretty well (we had one splosion:( ). I really liked them but they took forever to dry! I only had 4 so at first we were using those and disposables.

Once she got back up to her birth weight the Thirsties cover started to fit better. They also have a double gusset and it does a great job of containing things:) That poor cover has been washed more than all the others because I used it so much. I really wish I’d gotten more than one.

The last to fit was the Rumparooz. They started to fit her around 2 weeks old. They’re still pretty big on her but that’s fine, they’ll work as she gets older. I was surprised at how big they were. The diaper claims to fit from 6 – 12 lbs. Really, at 10lbs I would say they’re finally starting to fit her well and at 6lbs they were just too big (they covered half of her body and I couldn’t get the legs tight enough to prevent gaping).

The last challenge I had was finding a prefold that actually fit her. I used Bummis Organic Cotton size 1 and they were just too bulky on her tiny little frame initially. I was discouraged. I didn’t want to go buy more stuff so I started using the newborn inserts from my pocket diapers. It actually worked okay. Then I found some Gerber birds eye cotton prefolds at Target that were a lot less bulky.

Today I’ve started using my pocket diapers and my small Thirsties covers along with the Bummis and Gerber prefolds (and the newborn covers). My stash is to the point where I don’t need to wash for at least a week (not that I let it go that long…I’m still washing every other night) but I think the Lil Joeys days are limited. They’re just getting too tight around her belly. I can’t believe how quickly she blew thru those (anyone want to buy 4 Lil Joey’s? Pink and Purple…i’ll cut you a deal!)

Anyways, CD’ing a newborn isn’t that big a deal and if you plan carefully it’s not all the much more expensive. I figured 3 sets of prefolds, 3 covers and the 4 Lil Joeys cost me around $100 and at least 2 of those covers and many of the prefolds will last me well into her first year.

Sep 232012
 

A few weekends ago we decided to get out and enjoy the weather. Now that Noah’s a little older he really enjoys going out to things like fairs and shows. This time we went to a little air show out in Front Royal Va. It was a small show, no big jets or anything but fun none the less.

There was some nasty weather headed our way so they were pushing hard to get everything in before they had to ground the planes. I’m actually quite amazed that they were up and flying in the wind that was coming across the airport.

We saw wing walkers, stunt planed and a gyro copter that they pilot actually assembled himself. Noah seemed to enjoy himself quite a bit. He even got to sit in the cockpit of one of the airplanes and play with the controls.


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As the last plane landed the rain started so we high tailed it back to the car. The drive home was interesting because we were right in the middle of the storm. It was like driving into a firehose full force. So much water! At one point I remarked to DH that I wouldn’t be surprised if there was a tornado wrapped up in this mess. About 2 min later my phone started to chirp…tornado warnings for the exact area where we were. Pretty crazy! We made it home safely and only sustained a little shingle damage on the house. The upside of driving into a firehose? The car was super clean! haha…

Sep 212012
 

Most of the pics I have are of the kids and DH. There are very few with me in them since I’m generally behind the camera. The other morning DH grabbed the camera and snapped a few off of Lia and I relaxing. I’m actually happy with how they turned out given the fact that I hadn’t done my hair and had no make up on:)

Sep 192012
 

During our time home last week Noah regularly serenaded me while I was feeding Lia. He liked looking at himself in the mirror while he did so and the only way he could do that was to stand on the changing table. Normally I tell him to get down but this time he was hilarious so I videoed him before I told him to get down (like any good mom would do haha…)

He’s going to hate me when he gets older for posting this but I can’t help it..he’s freakin hilarious.

Sep 182012
 

The lighting is wonderful in Lia’s nursery. I used to always take Noah in there to do his photo shoots when he was itty bitty. I’ve been feeling bad that most of her pics have been done by cell phone so far so I decided to break out the big guns and take some pretty pics of her yesterday.

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I really need to do that more often:)

Sep 172012
 

So it’s been quiet around here because well, it’s been everything in me to just keep my head above water and blogging was at the bottom of the pool. Daycare was “closed” last week. The owner was on vacation as per our contract but she left it open with her helpers if you wanted to pay an extra weeks worth of tuition to send your kid…needless to say, I’m home and we’re watching our pennies so that left me here with both kids all day by myself. So far I’ve only had to manage both kids alone for short periods of time and never outside the house so this week felt daunting. What the heck was I going to do with Noah all day, every day for a week (while trying to wrangle Lia too). He’s non stop!

I needed a plan. The weather was suppose to be beautiful so I figured anything I could do to get him outside would work. So I planned out a weeks worth of visits to various playgrounds in our area. He could run free and I’d carry or stroll Lia and manage both kids at once. Best laid plans…

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Those pics were on the days things actually worked out like planned…2 of the 5 days….haha. Although one of the two park visits ended early because someone wasn’t listening to mommy after repeated warnings. Anyways, I was proud of myself that we actually got out of the house without much incident. That’s not to say that it didn’t take us until 11am most days to get out (after starting at 7am) but we got out.

Props to all full time stay at home moms! It’s the single most empowering, discouraging, frustrating, and rewarding job in the world and I only did it for a week. There were times I thought I could take on anything (when both kids were cooperating and happy) and the other times when I had one kid hanging off the boob and the other trying to dump his own poop from the little potty to the big potty and then asking me to wipe him, when I questioned my sanity and my ability to do anything. Or when they’re both screaming at the top of their lungs while we sat in traffic on the way to the park and there was not a thing I could do about it. Fun times.

But we survived and actually had some fun while we were at it. Mornings were spent out doing something active and after nap (which didnt always happen) we did projects. I think projects were Noah favorite part of the day which makes sense since he’s my kid and I love crafty stuffs:) My mom said I was always a project lover as a kid too…

Anywho…I have 5 or 6 blog posts started and hopefully now that noah’s back at school and it’s just me and Lia, I’ll be able to get some of them finished and share what’s been going on lately.

For now, here’s our week in pictures…at least a few of them.

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Burrito Boy | RTC Fun | Wrapping paper cape
Enjoying the weather | pool fun | I fell…
odd outfit | Project time | Sailing our boats
Cork boats | trying out the sleep positioner | out
sleepy girl | fruity girl | oops..duplicate

Sep 072012
 

The sequence on these pics is priceless! Noah’s figured out how to work the water canons we bought earlier in the summer and he’s finally taken to actually immersing himself in the pool instead of just standing in it. So now he actually participates in a water battle vs just screaming at us.

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DH’s face looks a little evil in the one pic but we were really all having fun:)

Sep 062012
 

As I approach the 6 week mark after having Lia I’m starting to look more seriously into how to lose this weight (and the extra 10 left over from Noah that I never lost). All told I have 35 to lose to be at an ideal weight and I’ve already lost 10ish of that. I know diet and exercise is the way to go but I have a few hurdles to hop over first.

First, when the heck am I going to fit in 30/60 min of exercise once I go back to work? Right now every min is accounted for and it’s only going to get worse once I start back to work. I don’t have a solution for this yet. I can always get up earlier but then it’s dark outside and I’m hesitant to go running in the dark. Perhaps some Jillian Michaels or some P90x (or Insanity?) in the early morning time before everyone wakes up. If Lia keeps her schedule (which I’m thinking she will for at least another few months) then I’m up at 5 anyways. By the time I feed her and get her back down I still have about an hour before anyone wakes up. That shoudl be plenty of time to get something in right?? Working moms, what do you do?

Second, I’m still breastfeeding and plan on doing so for as long as I can. That means that I can’t cut my calories very drastically or else I’ll affect my milk supply. To solve this I’ve signed up with MyFitnessPal and downloaded the app to my phone. That way I can track the calories I put into my body and make sure I’ve got enough in there to fuel the milk pumps:) Anyone want to be my friend on MFP – Linzyxo, look me up!

Lastly, pure motivation. I get bored easily. Working out has to be fun or else I’m quick to dismiss it. A new gadget is fun for a while and will keep my attention (like my Garmin. I’m thinking I need a Fitbit now) but the shine wears off soon and I’m bored again. One thing that has worked in the past is setting a big goal. We’ve trained for 2 half marathons and during both I managed to lose some weight and get with the cardio program so I’m going to do that again. Once registration opens I’m going to sign myself (and DH) up for the Pittsburgh 1/2 marathon. We loved it a few years ago when we did it and would love to do it again. Problem is, I’m at square 1 this time. I haven’t run in almost a year. Heck, I haven’t walked more than a mile in almost 10 months. I went out with the dog for a long fast walk and realized just how far I have to go to get back into running shape. So, taking this slowly. I have 9 months to the race!

Anyways, 9 months on 9 months off right? This weight isn’t going to disappear overnight and I realize that. I would however like enough of it to go away so I don’t have to buy a new wardrobe for work. That leaves me 5ish weeks to drop 5 lbs. I think I can do it.

So, here’s a start…

Starting weight – 160lbs (the day Lia was born)
Today – 150lbs (BMI 26.8 – Edge of overweight)
Goal – 125lbs (BMI 22 – Middle of normal)

Oh and I’m dragging DH along for the ride. He’s complaining that his pants are too tight yada yada…so, I’ve reserved the right to nag him about what he eats and how often he exercises and he has the same right to nag me. Such love…such love….

Sep 012012
 

We’ve made it to one month! I’m sure I’ll say this every time but wow has the time gone by quickly. I’m down to 6 weeks left on my leave and she’s a whole month old. Before I know it, she’ll be pushing 3 months and I’ll be heading back to work:(

She’s a great little girl. A good eater and relatively content at other times. She has her moments but she’s quickly consoled.

Weight: 8lb 2oz
Length: 21 in
Sleep:Nothing consistent yet. Generally she’ll give us one 5 hour stretch (from 7-8ish to 12-1 ish). Then from there it’s every 3 hours or so until we all wake up. Unless you look at last night where she was up every hour and a half or so. Someone was hungry I guess.
Eating: She’s still exclusively breastfed and eating every 2 hours during the day with a block of cluster feeding in the evening before bed. I’ve been able to pump after she eats and now have over 100oz of milk in the freezer! I’m well on my way to taking over the freezer.
Sizes: Still in newborn clothes and diapers. I have a few newborn all in one diapers and the rest are prefolds with covers. I’ve been using disposables at night but that’s about it. Yay for cloth diapers!
Milestones:Not much yet. She’s getting really good with holding her head up though.
Adventures:I try to get out of the house at least once a day. Sometimes we just walk around the neighborhood others we head to the mall. I’ve taken her down to where I work too and just hung out in the park watching the kids play in the water.

Anyways, here are the pics:)

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