Friday, February 28, 2014

February Happenings

I've been pretty busy at work so it's been hard to keep up with blogging, but a lot of fun things and new changes are happening around here.

We've been working on getting into a routine around here. Bedtime is 6:30pm, wake up time is 6:30am and we do a dream feed when I go to bed and Emma wakes up once in the early morning for a diaper change (this is new, ugh) and quick feeding. She hangs out with mommy in the morning and we do things like get ready, eat breakfast and check in to work before the first nap. We started going to Stroller Strides/Barre a couple days a week, so after her morning nap we head out the door for that. It's been fun for her and hard work for me, but we really like it! After I'm done at work for the day, she gets in the carrier and we get the mail, go for a walk and water the garden. That's probably my favorite part of the day. :)


Mike's dad turned 60 this month and we hosted a small family birthday party for him. It was fun having everyone over and after lunch, we headed to the park for some play time.


Emma has started teething. :( We got her an amber necklace to help with the pain and drool. So far I think it's been helping a bit, but she's just starting to get into this, so we'll see how it goes. Last night she woke up at 8pm (she never does that!) with a different cry I've never heard before. When I picked her up, she was still crying/whimpering. I gave her some teething tablets, wrapped the necklace around her ankle and fed her. She went back down right away and had a decent night otherwise. I can definitely see two little bumps where her bottom front teeth would be coming in. The best part about teething is all the snuggles. :)

Speaking of Emma's health, her rashes were near completely gone this month, but last weekend we had a small flare up. It's slowly going away again, but we have a follow up appointment on Monday. We got some diaper liners and her diaper area has really cleared up, so we are back in cloth, yay! We started having blowouts nearly every day (or every time she pooped in the carseat) so we were really ready to get back to cloth. I'm pretty sure half of her onesies are stained now.

Our CSA basket from Agritopia is done now and while we really enjoyed it and loved all our produce, we decided not to do it for the Spring. I decided I'd go to their farmer's markets when we need/want produce and hand pick what to get that way since we ended up with way more citrus than we knew what to do with. This week we didn't go grocery shopping (partly because we were over budget, partly because I didn't have time), so I've been scrapping the bottom of the barrel with our fridge, freezer and pantry. I ended up coming up with a dish that we will definitely be making again – coconut chicken curry with rice noodles. It was amazingly delicious and also gluten and dairy free (I'm still gluten/dairy/egg/peanut free and low sugar).

Emma is sitting up really well now and enjoys her time in the Bumbo. She loves to read books and look at all the bright colors. Sometimes she holds the corner of the book while I'm reading, it is the cutest thing! Also, notice how there is NO hair on the back of her head? Yeah, it all fell out, but it is starting to come back in again….and blonde!

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Lately

The above picture is one from Valentine's Day and part of my effort to be in more pictures with Emma rather than take pictures of everyone else. I want her to see us together in the pictures when she is older.

Here's what we've been up to lately:

After months of trying at-home and over-the-counter treatments, Emma's rashes were just not getting better. Our pediatrician told us to just let them be and they'll go away on their own, but we just didn't think that was the right treatment, especially since she was starting to scratch them. We found a new local pediatrician and decided to take her to a naturopathic pediatrician to treat the rashes. Our initial appointment was three weeks ago and I'm so happy to say that the rashes are almost completely gone! Turns out she had a mix of eczema and fungal/yeast rashes that she thinks are caused by a food intolerance. Her and I both started taking extra supplements, I went on an elimination diet (dairy, eggs, peanuts, cashews, cut down on sugar and I already cut gluten). We also have been using a fluconazole/calendula medicated cream on her along with a calendula lotion and we took the humidifier out of her room. Our follow-up appointment is next Thursday and I can't wait to show the Dr the great results we are having!

So yes, I have been on a big elimination diet. It actually has made me feel really good and I've lost a few pounds from it. The only time it becomes a challenge is eating at restaurants (so we just don't) or if I don't have a meal planned or food prepped. I also am trying out a workout group called Stroller Strides and so far I really like it. I love the idea of working out with your baby!

We also planted a garden in our backyard with the help of my mom and dad (I call them our CSA members). :) It's going to be fun to watch it grow! We are mostly testing things out and seeing where plants grow best since we are planning our backyard right now.

Oh yes, a backyard! We have been getting quotes for landscaping and pavers and coming up with ideas for a plan. I can hardly wait until we can hang out back there and Emma can roll around outside. The weather has been beautiful lately and all I want to do is be outside!

We have gone to a few play dates with other moms and babies and have started making new friends! I love seeing Emma interact with other babies, especially since she is home with us all day, every day. We feel so blessed to be able to be with her so much, but we are starting to see that she gets nervous around people she doesn't know. I love that she has interaction with other babies this way!

Emma's bedtime has been around 6:30 every night and she is down by 6:45ish without much struggle anymore. She pretty much just talks herself to sleep and stays asleep until I get her out of bed for her two dream feeds. Last night she went from midnight until 7am! She woke up once but went back to sleep on her own pretty quickly. I'm really hoping this is a new trend and I can start pushing out that last dream feed.

This past month has been one of the most fun and best times we've had with Emma. While every phase has its ups and downs, the ups right now have been so incredibly joyful. We really see her personality shine through and can see that she is going to be such a loving, kind and joyful little girl. My favorite moments are during feedings when she looks up at me and smiles and milk pours out of her mouth. So messy, but so cute!

Monday, February 3, 2014

Emma: 5 months


Date: February 3

Stats: No doctor appointment this month, but we're guessing 14.5lbs. Look at that leg chunk!

Sleep: At the end of January we went to a sleep class and started Emma on a gentle sleep training program. It's been a week now and she has improved so much! We are starting to implement the methods into her naps now and it's led to full 1hr - 1.hr naps all day! Her bedtime is 7pm and she wakes up at 6am with 3-4 naps during the day. At night, I've been getting up to dream feed (I wake up and get her out of bed while she's fully asleep) at 10pm when I go to bed and I wake up at 3am for another one. We'll eventually stretch those feedings out as she gets older and drop them when we can. Sometimes she wakes up in between those night feedings, but puts herself back down to sleep. This has been a dream!

Feeding: Exclusively breastfed. Eating every 3 hours during the day. No solids yet and we may delay them even further than 6 months because she is having some problems with rashes and possible allergies. We are working with a naturopathic pediatrician on getting the rashes cleared and she suggested waiting on solids until possibly she is 7 months.

Clothing size: 3-6 month clothing is getting tight, also wears 6-12 month sizes. Right now she is in disposable diapers while her yeast rash clears up so clothes fit much more loose with those. I miss her fluffy butt though! :)

Likes: grabbing her toes and doing "happy baby" pose, chewing on Sophie (and anything she can get her hands on), sleeping on her stomach, rolling across the room, standing up (with help), being sung to, reading books, her playmat, going for walks, being held like a big girl!

Dislikes: getting lotion put on, wearing clothes, being put to bed :(

Biggest changes: It's incredible how mobile she has suddenly become this month, we can't just leave her laying around anymore! She rolls across the room and has really figured out how to use her hands and feet to reach things and move to where she wants to go. She rolls all around in her crib and we realized it's time to put up some breathable bumpers so she doesn't hit her head as hard on the crib railings. The sleep is changing which is such a huge relief. We were all pretty exhausted, including her. We are working on getting her a set routine and set naptimes to simplify life and making plans. It's pretty impossible right now. She is close to sitting on her own, but seems to fall over when we let her be on her own. She is a super chill baby and such a joy to be around! Even though I'm so glad she is sleeping better, I end up missing her when we put her down for bed. We just love having her with us!

Emma has had rashes since about 3 months and we have done everything we can to get rid of them naturally on our own. We finally resorted to other creams and treatments recommended by our pediatrician, but we weren't really getting to the root of the cause of them. We ended up going to a naturopathic pediatrician last week and she has us started on a plan to calm her rashes down and find the cause. I am on an elimination diet to find if it's a food allergy and we started her on probiotics and food enzymes and me on a few more supplements to help her skin. She also has a medicated cream for the rashes since they were diagnosed as yeast (hence the disposable diapers...which by the way seem so tiny! We're really liking how much the 7th Generation diapers are holding though. They make it through the entire night!). Now it's just a matter of giving these treatments time to work and heal her skin.

 She's a rolling expert! You can see some of her rashes here too, hopefully they'll be completely gone by next month!


She loves to stand up!

We still can't tell what color her eyes and hair will be. So fun to watch her grow and change though!