Weekend Recap

30 Sep

We had a very relaxing weekend! My Mom went out-of-town this weekend so I was in charge of picking my brother and sister up from school. I picked my brother up first and we went to Sam’s. It’s so nice having him be old enough to help. I seriously still remember him being the same age as Noah. Time sure does fly! We picked Carlie up after tennis and headed home. Later I took her to her martial arts class and me and Jarrett hung out. G had to work that night so I called it an early night.

Saturday I got up with Noah and we just hung out til G got up at 12. We went over to my parents because my other sister had come in with her son. They are seriously getting so big! Sean has always been more mobile than Noah. He was rolling over like a month ago. Noah could roll from belly to back, but not from back to belly. We put them on the floor to play and see if Noah could pick up on any of Sean’s skills! Sure enough he did! Sunday we put him down and he started rolling from his back to his belly!

Later Saturday both the babies went down at the same time! This was a miracle in itself! They always do different things at different times! We all decided to take off on a run. We left Jarrett there in case anyone woke up. I did 2 miles. Slowly but surely. I HATE being sooo slow! It’s not even like I get out of breath, but my shins cramp up, and I have a spot in my back that cramps up. I know that in order to get better just to keep at it though! Gah! When we got back the babies were awake so we decided to go eat.

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The babies did so good. They just hung out with us!

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We started giving Noah a bath in the bathtub in is baby bath. He loved it and you can tell he was more relaxed. Last night we put him in his bumbo because he’s sitting up so much better with it and he can lean over and splash. We thought it would just sit in the bath tub, but it will flip over so we had to hold it down. Noah LOVED it though. He kept crawling over to the sides to splash. He’s so much more fun now that he can play!

Sunday Noah slept til 7, and G got up and fed him and he went back to sleep til 10! That was a MIRACLE! We got up and went to church. It was friend and family day, so we had a pot luck lunch. I always love when the church does that! After church me and Noah got a nice nap in then we headed to a friend’s house to watch the cowboys. They lost, but oh well. Can’t win them all.

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Non-Scale Victories!

12 Sep

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I’m going to link up with KJT and her NON Scale victory this week.  I like all this linking up with everyone because it gives me something to talk about.  

My first non-Scale victory is I logged all of my food for today into MyFitnessPal last night! I really liked doing that because I could look on it and see hey I need more protein, or I don’t need to eat so many carbs.  Maybe there’s something to this logging my food before I put it in my mouth.  

My second kind of non-scale victory is I realized this week, that I don’t have to lose all of my weight to celebrate.  I’ve made a few small goals.  My first is to lose my 10lbs this month to win this diet bet! Then I will just have 23lbs to get to my pre-pregnancy weight! 

My third NSV is this is my third blog post this week! yay! 

I don’t have any new pictures of Noah to post today.. I know bad Mom.  He did take his carrots better last night though.  G got a really cute video that I’ll have to post!

Finish the sentence…

11 Sep

I’m joining Holly and Jake and finishing the sentence.  My answers aren’t nearly as funny as hers, but I tried!

 

My happy place… definitely the lake, riding in a boat or tubing

Whatever happened to… Blossom….remember that show…

So what if I…. wear my hair wet to work every day! Gah who wants to get up in the morning and do their hair?

E! needs a reality show about… life in a real office

My go-to fast food meal is… Taco Bell…. Cheesy Gordita Crunch, Bean Burrito…and either cinnamon twists or cheese nachos.

You might not know that I… hmmmm I have no idea…

The hottest quarterback in the NFL is… I think I have to say Tony Romo… even though I don’t think he’s hot. … I don’t really know any other quarterbacks…

If I could… run a 15 min mile, that’d be awesome…yes a 15…I’m super slow!

My personality is awesome because… I always try to understand where people are coming from.

Twerking is…. only appropriate with a foam finger or if you are a few months pregnant <– agree with her haha

I think it’s super gross when…  people throw up… throw up is just disgusting!

Someone needs to tell Miley Cyrus…. gah so many things..she’s def going off the deep end!

 

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Carrots

I didn’t think Noah really liked rice cereal so we tried carrots last night. I don’t know if he liked the carrots anymore than the rice. It’s so hard to tell at this age, whether it’s the taste, texture, or what it is. He did make some faces, but nothing too bad so I guess we’ll keep on with the carrots. Originally I had planned to make his food, but that just stressed me out too much ha. I was worried it wouldn’t taste good, or something. I may try later when he starts eating some more, but for now this is whats working. He’s such a cutie!

Progress, NOT Perfection

10 Sep

This is a little phrase that I always here MamaLaughlin talk about. Its true. This is all about a journey, and there is no way we are going to get it 100% right 100% of the time. It’s ok to have more carbs one day than another, or to have more or fewer calories one day. The difference this time, is I’ve realized, that tomorrow’s a new day. I don’t have to wait til Monday, or the 1st to start over, I can start with the next meal, or the next opportunity I have to work out I can push a little harder. Something else I realized is I don’t just need to focus on food. I need to focus on physical things. I want to be able to run a 5K in at least under 45 min, so I need to work on that. I’m not even walking a 5K right now ha. Also I want to ride my bike further. I need to get my butt on that thing to get it used to it, so it won’t hurt so bad!

This is kind of rambling post, but these are just some of the things that have been on my mind. We haven’t really been up to a whole lot here lately. Just working on eating healthy and working out. Friday night I went with my SIL and helped her help her cousin out at a concession stand for her son (that’s confusing) Saturday I woke up early I don’t know why because Noah slept in and we just lazed around. That night we got ready and went and ate with some friends. We left Noah with my SIL and BIL. That was weird. I’ve left him before. I’ve even left him with them before. I leave him every day to go to work, and 3 days a week to go work out, but to leave him to go have fun, was weird. I didn’t like it. I immediately wanted to turn around and go get him. It was a friend’s birthday and she came in town so we could all go out to eat for it. It was fun getting together with them, but I really don’t want to leave him like that all the time. I don’t know it just wasn’t as fun as it used to be.

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This is Noah and his cousin Sean. They were both looking at this little car toy my sister had.

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Noah is almost rolling over

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This is Noah with his friends Emerson and Jake. We went out to eat for a friend’s birthday the weekend before last and these were the kids there. Us parents have been friends since early high school, so I’m hoping they will be friends for just as long. Noah took a big boy bath with Jake. Jake just loves to splash. Noah doesn’t sit up too well so I just laid him down and he kicked and kicked to splash. He had fun!

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These are tacos we made with cauliflower tortillas. They were good. We’ve been using cauliflower a lot to cut out the carbs. Just blend the cauliflower smaller than rice. Take out 2 cups and microwave that for 2 min, then stir then microwave again for 2 min. Then put in a dish towel or paper towel and squeeze out the water. Then mix with 2 eggs, salt, and pepper. Make 6 little circles on a baking sheet. Bake at 375 on 1 side for 10 min then on the other for 7. Then get a pan really hot and sear them one at a time in the pan, that makes it kind of crispy and that’s it. The small ones held up really well!

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Burger without a bun. This wasn’t too bad either. Next time I may just have lettuce on it and eat it with a fork. It got a little messy. The Sweet Potato fries were good. I’m going to have them with Paleo Chicken strips next!

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Noah making out with Sophie, that giraffe sure did cost enough, he better make out with her!

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Noah with his cousins Saturday night, living it up on the town! They’re so cute!

I’m for real!

30 Aug

Gah! I had a post written and I thought published, but I guess not. This week has been full of working out! I have a friend that is a cop and she does crossfit. She has started this group on the side of girls to work out together. She has a friend that is interested in becoming a nutritionist and she is helping us with our eating.

On Monday we started. We timed ourselves to see how long it took us to run a mile, how many sit ups we could do in a min, and how many push ups we could do in a min. It took me 16.48 to run a mile…Gah! I did 25 sit ups and 10 push ups. I don’t even know if you’d really call them push ups… they were awful! I def want to improve that running time. I want it to be 12! bad! but I know it will take time, so my first goal is 15 min. Tuesday Me, N, the hubs and my SIL and BIL (ha!) and their kids went and ran around the same lake. I didn’t make it as far because I was soooo sore! G (the hubs) made it in like 13 min, so that’s really good! He’s been running alot here lately! Wednesday was my BIL bday so I went to their house. They were having hotdogs and hamburgers. I got a burger… bad mistake. Then I went to work out. She had us do 10 burpees, 10 kettlebell swings, and then run up and down these stairs for 3 times….then repeat all of that 5 times! I was worn out! Burpees are from the devil! Its a full body work out! My SIL had made tres leches cake and I was going to go back to her house and have a piece, but there was no way after all of that. I just had a bite, I couldn’t waste all of that working out hard. Last night we ran sprints. We did 14 for a short length, and then did 5 for a long length. Then we did planks 4 times for 30 sec. I was DRIPPING sweat! I never drip sweat!

Tonight I’m buying a bike trailer to put Noah in so we can go bike riding! I’m so excited! I know my butt will hurt, but it’ll just have to get used to it. The weather is getting prettier so I’m excited about the trailer!

The other thing that is going on is CLEAN eattin…. well not this week. I’ve been getting a meal plan together for the next 8 days. I’m ready. The girl that I’ve been working out with that is a nutritionist has been helping us in figuring out what to eat that’s clean and what’s not. I’ve always just counted calories. That cookie ice cream sundae is 600 calories… ok I’ll eat it and just subtract it from my calories, but I’m learning that’s not the way to go. You’ve got to eat nutrient rich foods to help fuel your body. We have cut way down on the carbs, and that includes sugary fruits, which is crazy to me, but it makes sense. Basically the plan is meat, veggie, and nuts. Its called the Paleo diet. I’m not going to go all crazy and never have bread again, but I’m going to use that as my guideline. Its crazy all the things you can do with Cauliflower and Almonds! haha We’ll see how this goes. When I first saw this diet I cried, I thought there’s no way I can do that, but the more I read on it and am around these girls that are giving me recipe ideas, I know I can. The nutritionist is going to run a lean body mass test on me to give me more of a precise idea on how much of everything I need. I am soo thankful for her!

Since I’m doing all of this starting the first, I saw where SkinnyMeg is hosting a Dietbet. You join for $25 and then starting Sept 3-30 you try and loose 4% of your weight. For me that’s 10lb. That’s alot, I’ve never lost that in a month, but I thought this will give me extra motivation to do it! Then at the end of the month all of the winners split the bet. Yesterday the bet was up to $4000! I’m just hoping to win a $100 because then I’m going to cash it out and buy the hydrating backpack or something. So join me in the bet!

So I guess you could say I’m joining Healthy Crafty Momma in GYSTS! wahoo!!!

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Noah is 4 months now! This picture is kind of blurry, but it was sooo cute! We had his 4 month check up and he took it like a champ! He’s 14lbs 9oz and 24 1/2 inches long. He’s in the 50% in both. His head is 45cm around and its in the 95% ha.

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He tried rice a couple times last week and wasn’t crazy about it. He would just stick his tongue out so I couldn’t get any in. We gave him some avocado (I always want to spell it alvocado) and he loved it so I’m gonna try some other stuff.

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He LOVES his jumper, and I do too! he will jump in there forever! and he loves watching the dogs! He’s such a cutie!

Sidenote: I haven’t had a coke, diet or regular in 5 days counting today! (Down here in the South that means DP or sprite, or coke..hahaha) I will have one tomorrow though!

P.S. I need help in linking other people. I tried to link SkinnyMeg and Crafty Healthy Mommy to give them credit, but couldn’t figure out how….

Breastfeeding

19 Aug

Let me tell you about my experience with breastfeeding.  Mainly I’m telling myself for next time.  

My entire life I just knew that I would breastfeed my kids til they fell off.  I was breastfed until I was 15 months old.  I was Mrs. McJudgy about people not breastfeeding.  I thought why in the world would they not, its so good for babies and they are just being selfish by not.  Rewind to several years later, my sis n law had a baby.  I saw her in the hospital and she was breastfeeding her baby and she mentioned, breastfeeding hurts, it causes you to contract which hurts, that’s all she said, until I was about 4 or 5 months pregnant she brings it up again.  She says “breastfeeding hurts at first.” I said “how?” She said “Well sorta like your nipples are being ripped off”  I thought psh… I was born with a dislocated hip, I have a high pain tolerance, so I asked my Mom, she said the same thing.  I start to believe them, but didn’t think too much about it.  I was more worried about my milk coming in.  I mean I wanted to do this so bad, that about a month before I had Noah I cried worrying that I wouldn’t be able to because so many people have trouble.  I wanted to nurse my babies, it was and is still very important to me.  Fast forward to the hospital.  I nursed Noah right after he was born.  He had an amazing latch and GREAT suck. I was sooo relieved! So many people tell you so many things and its hard to remember it all, much less decide what you’re going to do.  People had told me time after time, do not let him snack, make sure he gets full feedings so that’s what I did.  When he nursed he did GREAT he would nurse and then come off like normal.  When he cried every hour and a half I would pacify him in other ways thinking he can’t be hungry I’d give him a pacifier, walk around with him…. When we left the hospital he weighed 7lbs 6 oz, which is normal for babies to loose weight.  That first week was a struggle I could only figure out 1 position and that was the football hold. He also slept alot! There was one time during the day where he slept for 8 hours! I was told not to wake a sleeping baby so I didn’t, so he slept that plus the 5 hours at night, then I remember 1 time where he slept for 4 hours when some friends where over, plus his 5 hours at night…so I just let him sleep.  Then my nipples started hurting soooo bad! I’m talking feeling like they were ripped off and being stabbed bad, like in my gut.  Every time he wanted to eat I cringed.  We went to the Dr. that Friday for his 1 week.  He had lost down to 6lbs 11oz! Which is not good! The Dr. wanted me to start supplementing.  I said no, I’m just now figuring this whole thing out give me some time, so he had us come back in a week.  My sis n law and brother n law brought me a nipple shield that Saturday, and that helped with the pain a tremendous amount.  I nursed around the clock! It was like once I put Noah on he would not come off.  I’m talking 2-3 hours, it was bad! At the 2 week appointment he had gotten back up the 7lbs, 3oz, and the doc was ok with that so he didn’t make us come back for another weight ck.  At the time I was relieved that he was ok, but looking back he should have made us come back. We didn’t have a 1 month appointment, so we didn’t see a Doc nor weigh Noah until he was 9 weeks old.  Looking back that is not a good thing, but at the time I didn’t know any difference.  I focused on my nipple healing and I used the nipple shield on both nipples for a long time.  When I got done using it I took it off and Noah took great with out it.  Then…your suppose to keep nipple cream on until your nipples are finally well.  My nipples were kind of pealing to get to the tougher skin, well I like an idiot didn’t put the cream on and just put the pad on, so the skin dried to the pad so when I went to rip the pad off you can imagine what happened… another sore, so back to the nipple shield! After our appointment I made sure Noah ate every 2 to 2 and half hours, but I let him sleep at night.  I would have to take him off to after 30 min on each side because he was just using me as a pacifier.   He kept on sleeping his 5 hours, but he would even get up to 6 to 8 hours on the week he turned 8 weeks old.  When we went to his 8 week appointment he only weighed 8lbs 3 oz.  He wasn’t even on the growth chart.  Which it isn’t a bad thing to not be on that chart, but gaining 1lb in 7 weeks, is not good.  They need to gain at a min 5oz a week. The doctor wanted me to put some formula in his bottles that he was going to get at G’s Moms.  I didn’t want to do that either.  I decided I would just feed him another time.  At that time he was only getting 7 feedings and I had a scale at home, so I decided I’d feed him 8 times and just keep track of his weight.  I weighed him after the Doc appointment that Fri and he weighed 8lbs 3 oz and then weighed him again that following Wed, I was going to wait until that Fri, but curiosity had gotten me so I just weighed him…he weighed 8lbs 5oz.  I was so upset.  I ended up giving him a formula bottle and I was done breastfeeding! I had put so much work into this, and when I mean work, I mean literally 8 hours a day for 9 weeks and my son still wasn’t getting enough.  Its a very emotional battle.  I called a friend and when I told her what I’d done I went back and pumped.  This was Wednesday.  Thursday and Friday I just continued feeding him 8 times.  He also started getting fussing after a feeding, he wouldn’t stay on anymore.  That Saturday he would only stay on my left side for like 2-4 min… and I thought there is no way he’s that fast now.  Rewind to when I had to start using the nipple shield the second time I got to where I’d only use it on the right side, not on the left.  I was trying to keep him used to being able to feed with out the nipple shield, because I didn’t want it to become a necessity.  Then I figured out that he latched better to the right side that the left and so the left sides supply was dwindling.  He started coming off EVERY time upset like he hadn’t gotten enough so we would feed him the breast milk I had pumped, then when we ran out of that we gave him formula.  I went on a pump vacation and would latch him on for what he would latch on and then pump, and then pump 45 min after 

 

In summary, to do it different next time…. Change positions in the beginning, it will hurt like HELL, but it will help if you change positions.  Nurse them around the clock.  That doesn’t mean leave them on around the clock, take them off but just not for long!, what you do to one nipple do to the other, and don’t use a nipple shield if you can at all avoid it! 

I’m Back… Noah’s Birth Story!

19 Aug

I’m Back! Ok so its almost near impossible for me to post while I’m at home, I either don’t have time, or don’t want to.. ha.  I thought I should get on here and post about Noah’s birth before I forget it all. 

I was due April 19th as of April 23, I hadn’t done anything as far as dilating.  I walked 2 miles a day, I had acupuncture done, I took prime rose oil, and inserted it you know where, and I did EVERYTHING you could think of to help me go into labor…. NOTHING worked.  I did NOT want to be induced, I wanted to go into labor naturally and even maybe try it with out the epidural.  Well that was not in the cards for me.  I didn’t want to go to 42 weeks because there are some dangers with that.  Friday the 26th I would be 1 week over due, and my sister would be 2 weeks over due, so they were inducing her that Friday, so I opted to start the induction process that Wednesday and be induced on Thursday.

Wednesday April 24th… was the day all the induction stuff was going to start.  That morning we slept in! Boy am I glad we did.  I’m pretty sure that was the last day for the rest of our lives that we’ll ever get.  I had the hardest time sleeping when I was pregnant, not even because I was uncomfortable, but just because I’d wake up wide awake at like 4 and not be able to go back to sleep! 

We got up got our bags packed and got ready to go.  We didn’t have to call in til like 3:30 to see if they had a bed for us so we went and got pedicures! That’s right both me and G.  He hasn’t ever had one, but I talked him into it and he liked it alright.  After we got done with that I called at 3:30 and they asked if I could be there at 4! ahhhh I was like OK so we hurried and ran up there.  My nurses name was Laura and turns out we had worked at the same place previously.  Well her last day was the Fri before I started that Monday.  She had gone back to school and became a nurse.  She was sooo awesome! All of my nurses were, they made it a really great experience! That night they just put the cervidil in me.  It is suppose to rippen the cervix and make you dialate, some women even go into labor with it.  Well I didn’t.  I did hang out, and some friends came up and visited me.  We all just sat around and talked.  We went to sleep, or tried to at about 9 or 10.  They gave me some stuff to help me sleep which was awesome! Me and G did wake up about 2 though to a lady screaming her head off, that was kind of scary, thinking that could be what’s to come later that day.  Here comes 4:30..and they start the pitocin…. I felt fine.  They changed the rule to where you could have clear liquids, so I could have popsicles and jello, and sprite, it was actually nice.  Dr. Godfrey came about 7:30 and checked me and I was still a 0 womp womp.  That hurt though!  Lupe and my Mom got there about 8.  My dad came, but I’m not really sure what time.  I was absolutely fine.  The thing that hurt the most was I had to have a blood pressure cuff on and it would ck my blood pressure every once in a while… and that hurt! ha I was having contractions, but nothing I felt really.  I kept saying, so am I in labor..hahah so I could tell Noah how long I was in labor with him.  They kept saying no…Well at 12:30 Dr. Godfrey came back and checked me again and I was like at a 1.5, so he decided to break my water…GAH that hurt… and I curled into a ball on the side of my bed til 3.  That was AWEFUL! I wanted to wait to get the epidural because I wanted to dialate! They had a medicine they could give me every hour, but it only worked for 30 min.  I asked for it every hour, it was the only way I could manage.  Dr. Godfrey wanted me to be at a 3 before I got the epidural.  At 2:30 I was like I can NOT manage anymore this is ridiculous! My Mom, Lupe, and G were all rubbing me. That felt good, but if they would push on me in the slightest I just felt horrible.  At 2:30 I was still barely a 2, but the Dr. okayed the epidural.  It seemed like forever waiting on the anesthesiologist to come and give it to me.  The only time I got testy with anyone was when the Dr. walked in the room to give it to me and G leaned over and was telling me they would just be in the hall.  I said “OK GO TO THE HALL so I can get this!” That man was amazing! He told me exactly where he was going to poke me and exactly where it was going to hurt.  Then I felt instant relief! I’m talking instant! I recommend an epidural to EVERYONE! It was awesome, that’s a feeling everyone should feel! haha.  When everyone came back in the room I was a different person.  We talked for a little bit, then as it became later I told everyone to go eat dinner do I could take a nap.  When they did that the nurse came in and put a ball between my legs to see if that would help.  I slept with that for an hour and a half.  They checked me again about 6:30 and still nothing.  The nurse talked to me and said that its really looking like I’ll need a c-section.  They could have let me go into the night, but I wasn’t doing anything at all! I said ok, and I really was ok with it.  I had tried EVERYTHING! I also didn’t mention it earlier, but Noah had pooped so he had merconium in his fluid, so I was soooo glad that we had gone ahead and induced.  I told Dr. Godfrey thank you! Anyway back to the c-section.  The nurse called the Dr. and told him I was ok with it at about 7 he said ok lets go in at 8.  My Mom and G hurried back and hurried up and got changed and the nurses got me ready.  It was really fast and crazy! I was just laying there watching all of this.  I had to just not think that I’m fixing to be cut open with my guts on my chest! ha In 7th grade I had gone in with my Aunt when she had her c-section.  That was crazy.  I saw how her stomach and guts were on her chest, and that’s all I tried not to think about! ha.  They got me on the table and Noah was out at 8:21! He pinked up really fast and screamed and was in GREAT shape! I was soooo happy! G got to go over while they were cleaning him up.  They brought him over to me and put us cheek to cheek, then they went out and went to the nursery and everyone got to see him through the glass.  

They sowed me up and took me to recovery.  The scariest thing about the whole thing was moving from the operating table to the bed to take me to recovery.  They sorta roll you back and forth an I swore I was going to fall! ha I still remember that feeling!

My Mom was instantly there and they brought Noah right away.  I did throw up a little then.  That was crazy.  Then my Mom helped me breast feed Noah for the first time! That was awesome! My left arm was numb, so she held him and just helped me.  

That first night was GREAT he slept for 3 hours then I nursed him and he slept for another 3 hours, so me and G felt really rested for our visitors.  That day is kind of a blur.  Lots of people came and visited us, but yet it didn’t seem too overwhelming.  

Healing from a c-section, for me was not nearly as bad as everyone makes it out.  I was up and about the next day and felt great.  They only problem I had was my back was soooo weak! I don’t know if that’s just pregnancy though. I tried to walk alot on my maternity leave to get that strength built back up and I’d say its about 75% there.

Noah is an amazing baby! He is very easy! The first couple of nights he did wake up crying alot, like every 45 min, so we rotated, G got him the first time and I nursed him the second.  We realized he would sleep when he was held, so we would rock him until he fell asleep and then put him in this rock n play next to the bed.  He was swaddled and we would put blankets around his body, not near his head.  He slept there til he was a lot older.  On the 3rd night he started sleeping 5 hours at a time, and there have been very few times where he hasn’t slept 5 hours at a time.  There were a few he slept more….more on that later.  

Overall it has been a huge adjustment! When people say its work, they aren’t lying! but it is sooo worth it! I LOVE him more than anything EVER imaginable! He is amazing! 

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