Oh hey there! Happy New Year! I’ve spent some time away as I got back into the swing of juggling going back to work after maternity leave, spending time with my family and working on Parallel Face and Body’s first holiday season. It’s been busy for sure, but I’m really enjoying it all so I can’t complain!
We also just had a long holiday break. And it was fantastic.
Frances is somehow already six months old (hope to have an update for you soon), Christmas has come and gone, and 2015 is here. Craziness.
I hope you all have been enjoying this holiday season! Hope you have a smooth transition back to reality too
Now for a few pictures from the holidays. All thanks to my awesome cousin/photographer Jana.
^^ this actually goes back to Thanksgiving. Frances had just woken up from a nap and then we were like, smile it’s picture time!
^^ blowing raspberries, which she thinks is hilarious
^^ in her Papa Bruce’s lap
^^ opening her big moose stuffed animal from my sister and her family. complete with a cute pink headband made by my super crafty sister
Now that it’s Fall it’s time to bask in the glory of everything pumpkin and cozy. There are so many things I want to do this season, especially with our little girl (even though she’s too young to know what’s going on, it’s still fun). Hence my Fall To-Do List. I love a good list and now with my “mom brain” I need them more than ever. It’s insane how much I forget things now…
Check out my list here on Buzz in the City! What do you want to do this Fall?
We added a couple days to our already long Labor Day weekend and went up to the lake on Thursday to enjoy some extra time in the mountains. It was our last bit of summer at the lake but we enjoyed it to the fullest. We went paddle boarding, swimming, sunning, had a beer tasting, wine tasting and of course enjoyed tons of eating. We celebrated a birthday and the little birthday cowgirl mermaid (as she liked to be referred to) memorialized the weekend by learning to jump off the diving board.
I’m really going to miss you, summer. You’ve been the absolute best.
^ such a huge accomplishment! ^
^ cousins in chambray with their gogo ^
^ frankie hanging with gan ^
^ such a fun night tasting wine ^
^ paddle boarding and taking in the views ^
We are still soaking up the summer and enjoying as much lake time as we can get. This weekend Frances got to meet all of her cousins, her great grandma, great grandpa, uncle, aunt and great uncle. We even managed to get a photo of the whole fam damily.
And the grandparents with all of their grandbabies.
Our little baby girl is two weeks old today – where have the days gone?! I wanted to share updates on her from our first two weeks together.
- Hair color: We aren’t totally sure here. Depending on the light her hair is either blonde, red, strawberry blonde or light brown. I’m thinking/hoping she’ll have beautiful strawberry blonde hair.
- Eyes: They’re currently a blue/gray color like most newborns. We shall see what color they end up becoming – likely brown like her dad, or hazel like me.
- My favorite thing about her: I can’t only name one thing because I love everything about her, but right now she has two things that totally melt my heart – when she smiles (and shows her dimple on her right cheek!) and when she makes this adorable squeak noise. Her smile now is random – not an actual response to anything, but it’s still so adorable. Makes me so excited for actual smiles.
- Growth: She was born weighing 5lbs 15oz. By the time we left the hospital she was down to 5lbs 7oz. It’s normal for babies to lose weight, but since she was already on the small side the nurses were a little concerned and told me to feed her every 2 hours, instead of every 3. We’ve been to the doctor a few times already, and at her most recent visit (on Monday 7/14) she’s up to 6lbs 1.5oz! The doctor said we’re doing a great job.
- Feeding: She is doing well! For the most part she’s eating every 2 hours since she needed to gain some weight back, but lately she’s even been asking for food every hour. Sometimes this gets hard because I feel like I do nothing but nurse. The good news is that she’s growing at a healthy rate.
- Sleeping: We’re getting some while Frances is getting a ton. We had a couple rough nights where she was wide awake from midnight to 4am, but I think we’ve corrected that. Now the hard part is that she sometimes wants to eat every hour and a feeding can take anywhere from 30-45 minutes…so I’m getting up a lot. The good news is we can sleep in. The past couple of mornings, I just get back in bed and sleep/feed until 11am. This way I’m able to function during the day.
- Toughest part so far: On Tuesday of this week I started to get mastitis. Let’s just say it’s terribly painful and makes you feel like you’ve got the flu. My temperature shot up above 100 and my whole body ached. Luckily I remembered reading this post from Abbey, so I quickly dug it up and followed each hot tip she gave. Together Frances and I battled the mastitis and within a little over 3 hours I was back to feeling better. Moral of this story: if you ever start to feel mastitis coming on – follow Abbey’s tips because they work.
- How I’m doing: I’m doing really well. I have definitely had a few hormonal moments that have brought me to tears. When we left the hospital (and then the whole drive home) I started crying happy tears and couldn’t stop. One day I went to the grocery store while Chris stayed home with Frances. On my drive home I was missing her so much and started reminiscing about her birth and next thing I know I’m just bawling crying…Next week Chris goes back to work, so it’ll just be me, Frances and Moose. To be completely honest I’m nervous about this. I think I can handle taking care of her myself, but I’m worried I’m going to go stir crazy without Chris around to talk to and help.