Sweet Tiny Blessings

Month: July 2011

More or Less

As I decided to eat a little less, Baby C is eating a little more.  Before she was even born, I worried about feeding her.  I was afraid that breastfeeding would be a challenge for me.  I read the books and went to a class.  I even had my husband attend with me.

With the help of my nurses and sister-in-law, Baby C latched on quickly.  Success!  What was I worried about?  I thought I was doing great, until we went to the pediatrician.  Baby C lost too much weight and we had to supplement.  That was okay, until she wouldn’t latch on at all.  My husband was such a champ trying to help me.  We finally called in a Lactation Specialist.  I’m so glad we did.  She taught me so much. But I still struggled.  There were late nights that I couldn’t get her to latch and I even fed her formula out of a bottle.  I remember going to bed and telling my husband I was the worst mommy in the world.  There were also late nights that Baby C latched on easily and did great!  I was so excited and felt like I conquered the world.

Got Milk?

Soon after that, we had to give up breastfeeding due to unexpected circumstances.  I am sad that I never got the chance to succeed.  Maybe next time.

Now, Baby C is starting to eat more.  She’s taken on solids.  She definitely has a taste for certain things.  For example, she’s not too keen on Rice Cereal or Oatmeal, but she loves it when I make homemade baby food with the Baby Food Maker I won.  She enjoys applesauce, bananas, and most recently, avocados mixed with banans!
I eventually gave up with the spoon and just allowed her to feed herself.  (It looks like she was giving herself a facial.)  Now, I don’t worry as much about her getting enough to eat.  She’s doing just fine!
Will you share with me some of your favorite baby food recipes?  We would love to try them.

Life Changes

When you make any kind of change in your life, it can be stressful or exciting, or a little bit of both.  My family has recently started some BIG changes.  They are the little bit of both kind.

We recently moved from Florida to Colorado.  This is almost 2000 miles away (and a mile higher) from our close family and friends.  And I already miss them.  This is the stressful part, because we don’t know many people and we end doing lots things by ourselves, like moving.  That was tough.  The exciting part is that we moved into a beautiful home, in a great neighborhood, with lots of parks and trails all around.

My husband made a change of his own.  He started a new job.  The stressful part is that he has to learn so much new information that it makes his brain hurt.  The exciting part is that he has a great job with benefits that allows me to be a stay at home mom to our beautiful baby girl.

Speaking of Baby C, she has made some changes as well.  She is growing a tooth.  The stressful part is that  it can be painful.  The exciting part, she’s getting teeth!!!  I will post a picture as soon as it pops up.

I decided to make a change as well.  I was a little hesitant to post this.  Not because I’m embarrassed, but because I’m afraid of failure.  Maybe by sharing, I will be more encouraged to succeed.  I started Weight Watchers this week.  Though I am back to the same weight I was before I was pregnant, everything has shifted and none of my clothes fit the same way.  It can be very stressful only being able to eat certain foods or lessor amounts then what I would normally eat.  But it’s exciting to know that hopefully it will all be worth it.  My goal is to lose 14lbs!

How about you?  Are you going through any life changes?  I’d love to hear and support you!   

Happy Birthday Grammie!

Someone very special has a birthday today!  That’s right, Happy Birthday Grammie!  We love you and miss you so much.  We can’t wait for you to come visit.  We wish we were with you to celebrate.  Have a beautiful and blessed day!
I just want to let you know
You mean the world to me
Only a heart as dear as yours
Would give so unselfishly
The many things you’ve done
All the times you were there
Help me know deep down inside
How much you really care
Even though I might not say
I appreciate all you do
Richly blessed is how I feel
Having a grandmother just like you

(Author Unknown)

Love, Baby C

Is my Baby’s Development on Track?

I admit, I read the books and often compare my baby to other babies of the same age.  It’s hard not to.  And since Baby C’s bout of Bacterial Spinal Meningits, I often worry that she may lack skills or develop slower then other babies.  Sometimes the nurses or Pediatrician tells me, “Normally, a baby at such and such age often does such and such.”  I have to remind myself that babies, kids and even adults develop differently and at different times.  What does normal mean anyway?  
We moved from Florida to Colorado this past week.  I was so nervous that Baby C would lose out on developing so many skills.  She was in a car seat for most of the time as we flew to Colorado, shopped for houses to rent, and ran errands.  And as we were trapped in a hotel room, I debated on what was more sanitary for her to sit on, the floor or the hotel bed spread?  
I made sure that Baby C got out of her car seat as much as possible.  We sang songs, played with toys, ate puffs on mommy’s lap and even played at the playground.  She needed some fresh air, sunshine, and playtime!  And I thought this would help her with her development.  You are probably thinking, what can a 7 month old do at a playground?  Take a look at what we have done so far!
Baby C’s first ride in a bucket swing

Riding in a piggy

No bucket swings at this playground
Once we found a home a week later, Baby C proved to me that I shouldn’t be worrying about her developing skills.  She sat up all by herself in the middle of our living room!

First Hike

We took Baby C on her first hike in Colorado!
Baby C in Ergo 

By the river we hiked to

The tracks we crossed
This was our little getaway and exercise from all of the stressful house hunting.

Colorado Bound

As we prepared to move to Colorado, I was really nervous about how Baby C would do on the plane.  I was scared her ears would hurt or she would get sick of being in one place for too long.  I prayed that she would be okay.  Not only did she do so great, passengers around us complimented us on how good she was.  
Baby C’s first flight
She either slept, ate, or played on mommy or daddy’s lap for a bit.  I tackled the diaper changing at the airports and Chad bravely conquered poopy diapers in the small bathrooms of the planes.  
By the time we reached our hotel, we were exhausted.  We get our key and head up to our room where we find someone else’s things on the floor.  I was very unhappy.  The only room available was a room that reeked of smoked.  We were too tired and cranky to do anything else, but get washed up and ready for bed.  We had a busy day of house hunting ahead of us.  

7 Months Old

Today, Baby C turns 7 months old.  She is a super sweet heart who loves to be with her family, young or old, tall or short, she loves them all.  She is easy going and goes with the flow.  She has recently learned to sit up by herself, with mommy’s hand around just in case.  
Sitting up all by herself
Baby C loves the swimming pool and bath time now.  She splashes and kicks all about.  
Aunt Tara helping Baby C swim
Her new favorite food is bananas and she is starting to like Puffs as well.  She has great fine motor skills, as she moves the Puffs from one hand to the other and puts them in her mouth.
Eating her Puffs
She says, “Da Da Da Da Da” and “Ba Ba Ba Ba Ba.”  We are still working on Ma Ma Ma Ma.  I think she has an imaginary friend named, IngGA, because she talks about her often.  
Baby C doesn’t have any teeth yet, but she continues to chew on everything in sight.  Including mommy’s iphone when she can get her hands on it.  She loves looking at herself in the mirror.  It makes her laugh and smile every time. 
Happy 7 Months Baby C!  You are as beautiful as can be!
I love you!

Baby Blessing

Today was a very special day for our baby girl.  We dedicated Baby C to our Savior, Jesus Christ with our family.  Initially, my husband and I were going to have Baby C baptized, but that did not turn out how I expected.  So after much thought and consideration, Chad and I decided on a Baby Blessing in our home.
Uncle Joel prepared a beautiful ceremony and Aunt Tara lead the song, A Mother’s Prayer by Rachel Aldous.  Originally, Uncle Joel was going to perform the ceremony, but he was feeling a bit under the weather.  Aunt Tara performed the ceremony and lead the song as Chad played the guitar.  It turned out great!
Here are some photos from our party after the ceremony:
Baby C, Aunt Ginger and Aunt Suzi

Baby C and Aunt Ginger

Baby Blessing Cake made by Grandma with love


Baby C and Grandma

Cousin Laurel and Baby C

Baby C and her mommy