Wednesday, February 19, 2014

V's 5th Month!

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It's been awhile since I've done a post on my little man... And I guess this is the time to do since he turned five months on 1.20.14... which means he turns SIX MONTHS tomorrow! Let's just say this mama is not handling well how fast he is growing. With that being said, this past month has been the best yet! Let's do a review of Edward's beautiful fifth month of life, including admiring his cute little face! (The pictures were actually taken shortly after he turned 5 months old. Unlike how long it has taken me to write this post...)

STATS: We didn't go to the doctor this month but jumping on our scale, we estimate Edward was about 15lbs in the beginning of his 5th month. He's seems to have grown A LOT in height and weight this month so I'm excited to see his new stats when we go to the doctor on 3/7. He has started to get the little belly and thunder thighs but it looks like he carries most of his weight in his cheeks :)

HEALTH: V is healthy as can be! He had a little cold that lasted a few days in January but with a humidifier in every room, it went away quickly. Unfortunately, he still suffers from severe reflux but I am happy to report that we have seen MAJOR improvements this month! He had been on Zantac since 4 weeks old and we weened him off this month to see how he was doing on his own. Honestly, we didn't notice his reflux was any worse without the medicine. The doctor calls him a "happy spitter" because it does not hurt him when he throws up. He used to cry during his feedings and when spitting but the medicine definitely helped with that. Fingers crossed it only keeps improving!

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DIET: Edward is on a formula/rice cereal mix. We introduced the rice cereal in his bottle per his doctor to see if it helped with his reflux, and it definitely has! I think it is also a huge contribution to his weight gain this month as well. That's okay, because I love his big cheeks! It looks like in two weeks we will start solid foods after his 6 month check up and I am very excited about that! I must admit that I still struggle with the fact that Edward stopped breastfeeding/ I stopped producing so early.... I just focus on the fact that he is healthy and hopefully the next baby will be different!

CLOTHES: He fits in quite the variety of sizes right now... For the most part he is wearing 6 months although he still has a decent amount of 3 month outfits that he can still fit in. 9 months and 6-12 months fit but are still a little baggy and/or long. I love dressing my little man. I still can't wear the clothes I want to so I put all my styling fun into V's wardrobe. I also just started the hashtag #edwardswardrobe on IG if you want to check out some of my favorites!

TEMPERAMENT & PERSONALITY: Edward is quite the happy little fella! He is always flashing his big smile and loves to laugh. Overall, he is calm and very easy going. He does like to be in the room with someone all the time but does well playing by himself when mommy is busy. He will shed a tear once in awhile but it's mostly when he is either way too bored, hungry or really tired. He is happy and so so FUN! He also still loves to snuggle and I couldn't be happier about that. 

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SLEEP:  We have definitely backtracked in the sleep department. He used to sleep for 9 hours straight and has since gone back to waking up several, if not a dozen, times a night. The past few days have been a little better so I'm hoping he is getting over that. Putting him back to sleep is easy though when he does wake... usually just requires a little back rub and putting the pacifier back in his mouth and he falls right back asleep. It's just a pain to wake up and walk across the hall several times throughout the night, haha. Oh the sacrifices we parents makes ;)

MILESTONES: V has had several very big milestones in his fifth month... He can now sit up by himself! He loves sitting and playing with his toys like a big boy. He also rolls all over the room and is starting to attempt an army crawl when he is really determined to get a toy he wants. His third big milestone is that he can stand up without my help, while holding onto something for balance! I think this last one put me over the top. It started one day when Eddie was playing with Edward and had him try to stand up, holding onto his crib. Imagine my shock when I walked him his nursery and saw that! Mommy definitely shed some tears! He has me busy all the time and I know I'll be chasing him before I know it!

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FAVORITES: V is spoiled and has lots of toys to play with. Among them, his favorites are his ExerSaucer, Jacques the Peacock ( a Lamaze toy), Manhattan Toy Skwish and of course, the Wubbanub. He absolutely loves being outside and our daily walks. There are very few things he would rather do than be pushed around outside in his stroller. He is obsessed with his feet. He wants to know everything that is going on and is quite the little nosey one. He loves lights and pretty much anything that moves. And he loves, loves, loves new making noises. Right now his favorite noise to make sounds like a dinosaur.... sometimes a dying dino. Not mom's favorite but baby likes it so I guess it's music to my ears.

POSTPARTUM: I have definitely had my ups and downs. Emotionally I am doing great for the most part. As previously mentioned, I still struggle with the fact that I am no longer breastfeeding but it is getting better. My weight has fluctuated... I am 2lbs away from my pre-pregnancy weight. However, I had hit this mark back in October after he was only 2 months old. Going back to work and then an unexpected job change put me in the slumps but I'm back on track. I'm walking everyday and running 3-4 days a week. I also started making "green smoothies" for one meal a day and they really make me feel good! Overall, I am doing better everyday!

That's what the fifth month has brought us! I can't wait to see what six months has in store! As much as it saddens me to see Edward grow so fast, each day is more fun than the last. Each day he does something new to make my heart melt more. And each day, when I didn't know it was possible to love him more than I did yesterday, my heart surprises me and I love him even more :)

Friday, February 7, 2014

Five on Friday

Can I tell you how happy I am that it's FRIDAY?!? It's been a crazy week. Although I can't tell you exactly what we did, as in we didn't do much but it seems like I had zero time to get anything done... I'm sure you know what I'm talking about, ha! I didn't get to blog this week but finally found sometime on my hands right now so I'm joining the FIVE on Friday link up today. Let's go!

Eddie just came home from school, 4 hours early, and told me that he is done with all studying, projects and essays until Sunday. Say what?!? Yeah, that never happens. So I left him with Edward downstairs while I am snuggled on my bed blogging. Which will be followed by getting some work done finally. Which is really what I should be doing the whole time instead of blogging but I need some "me" time! It's just great that he can be Mr. Mom for the next day and half so I can actually get a lot of work done and and maybe for once I'll just make my expected hours!

This morning I tried my first home-made "green smoothie". LOVE it. I'm going to make this a daily meal, either for breakfast or lunch. I was inspired by My, the girl behind My Healthy Dish and decided to give it a try. I'm excited to check out the rest of her recipes, both green smoothies and cooked meals.
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Eddie, V (Edward) and I are meeting up with Eddie's good friend, John from law school, tonight. Going to a this great John Besh restaurant that is inside New Orleans WWII Museum, "American Sector". It's actually our first time going and are super excited. Of course we are going during Happy Hour... planned by the boys. From there I am dropping off Eddie and John at the arena and so they can go to the Pelicans vs Timberwolves NBA game. Eddie's dad has season tickets so we snatch them up whenever he can't go. Usually I go with Eddie but I'm letting him have a guys night out. My plan for the night? To go back home, put Edward to bed and then work... or maybe just blog some more ;) Oh and of course, have a glass of wine!

I'm all the sudden into buying clothes for V from Instagram "closet" accounts. Until Eddie start working in August, I need to be thrifty. Plus V has such bad reflux he's going to throw up on everything anyway and go through 3 outfits a day. Almost all the items I've received so far are new with tags but amazing prices. I go for my favorite brands, especially Janie and Jack and Ralph Lauren Baby. So if any of you lovelies sell new or gently used baby boy clothes on IG, please let me know!! Speaking of IG...Over the last few months, I have re-found my love with Instagram. I had taken a good hiatus from it (and almost all social media for that matter) for quite some time but am back at it! So if you want to follow my IG account, it is @ahappywifeinnola.

I am currently obsessing over the cutest little moccasin's from Freshly Picked! I'm not going to lie, this is not a new obsession. But I'm getting that much closer to letting myself buy them for V. I have a shoe fetish so you would think I would have gotten my way with these by now. But $60 a pop is kind of a lot, especially for a little growing boy. So I told myself I would hold out until he is getting close to walking... I don't know how much longer and I have this kind of self control!

Have a great Friday night!!!

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Feaux Sneaux Day

Brrr, it's cold out there! What an unexpected week it has been. Winter Storm "Leon" shut down New Orleans and the surrounding areas. The threat of ice and snow kept everyone inside. We did have the ice, and a lot of it. But the snow? Not so much. Some areas got a little but for the majority of the NOLA area, we just got "feaux sneaux"... aka "sleet". Schools were closed Tuesday - Thursday. Many businesses were closed Tuesday & Wednesday. Most bridges and interstates were closed (very smart!). It was cold, very cold. Especially for us bayou folk. Thank goodness the city shutdown or else we could have turned out like Birmingham or Atlanta. Those poor people! Please keep them in your prayers. I have a friend who was one of the thousands that had to leave her car on the interstate and walk until someone on the other side could bring her home. So scary!  That's what happens when we don't have salt trucks or snow plows.

The hubby stayed home with us Tuesday & Wednesday, which made for two lazy days, full of cuddling for the three of us. We made gumbo and were stocked up on beer and divulged in Breaking Bad. What more could we ask for! Although we didn't get snow, Edward was sure ready for it.  Take a look at our Feaux Sneaux day! I tried to document what little there was :)

Here it is folks.... all the "snow" we got! 

Edward trying to figure out what all the fuss was about.

Baby, it's cold out there... Staying warm inside!

My handsome boy wishing there was snow to play in!

That's it folks! Today the ice was melted, sunny with a high of 48 degrees. Edward and I went out for a really nice walk and were so excited to get out of the house. Tomorrow is going to be even better!

Stay warm everyone and have a nice night!

Monday, January 27, 2014

I'm Back!!!!!

Hello! Hello! Hello!

I said I would start my blog back up in January.. And granted today is January 27th, I did it!! :) I have missed blogging and have missed my readers and friends. I am SO happy to start up my blog again. I think more than ever now, it is a great outlet for me. Sharing my thoughts and life happenings, indulging in my creative side more (yes, Wedding Wednesdays are coming back!), and interacting with my readers and not just baby talk with V (although that is my favorite thing in the world). 

This past year has been one for the record books. Other than law school and my pregnancy, the first half of the year was fairly calm. In August, we welcomed our first baby (Edward),  hubby started his third and final year of law school (thank goodness!) and he was offered a job with one of the top firms in NOLA after he graduates. I was able to be a stay-at-home-mommy during my 3 months of maternity leave. When Edward was 4 weeks old I had to give up breastfeeding and suffered from some postpartum depression. I was doing much better and returned to work in November only to be told that my position was being eliminated at the end of the year. The holidays were upon us, including law school exams of course. Edward experienced his first Thanksgiving and Christmas. We traveled to Dallas the day after Christmas for my brother-in-laws wedding. And ended the year perfectly with a quiet night with our little family at home. Phew!! 

Now I am a SAHM (with a job on the side I do whenever Edward lets me, ha!) Eddie is in his last semester of law school (13 weeks to go)! Edward is now 5 months old, and the happiest and healthiest little boy ever! I am feeling great, emotionally and physically. I had lost all my baby weight and then gained some back when I had all that stuff going on. But I have great workout routine, and eating clean and am back down to my pre-pregnancy weight. 

This year has started of excellent and we have so much to look forward to and to be thankful for. I am so excited to share it all with you! Some of our events, along with my goals include:
- My cousins Chris & Katie (In The Pink Blog) and their baby girl visiting for Mardi Gras.
- My bestie and cousin Anna visiting in May/June. 
- Eddie graduating law school. 
- Eddie taking the BAR exam. Eeek!
- A 3 week family vacation to Maine and Quebec in July.
- Edward turning 1 and all the milestones he will hit along the way!
- And my goals consist of : Loosing 40 pounds, blogging at least 2x a week and refinish my dining furniture.
- And of course, spending every day loving on the biggest joy and blessing in my life!!

Like I said, 2014 is going to be a GREAT year!!!! Have a wonderful day, I'll be back tomorrow!