Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Seven Months

Seven months old and getting to be such a big girl! It's hard to believe you're more than halfway to being 1 year old! You've changed our lives in so many ways but nothing would mean anything without you. We love and treasure you, Emy!

Seven Months

What you weigh: 17 pounds 9.6 ounces

Eating: You don't love solids but we've been experimenting with different veggies and some fruits as well as egg yolks. So far most of it ends up on your face and bib. Besides that, you usually nurse when you get up, then around 10, 2, 5, and at bedtime.

Sleeping: Sleeping this month hasn't been your forte, ha. Nighttime is pretty hit and miss these days. You're waking up on average three times a night and haven't had more than a 5 hour spurt at all this month. You're still napping about twice a day for 45 mins to an hour. Your favorite place to nap is still on mom but you have napped in the stroller and car seat a little now too.

Clothes: You still range from 6 month to 12 month clothes but I'd say average is in the 9 month range.

Favorite Activities: Sitting up, scratching on everything you touch, smiling, laughing, making silly noises, waving, sticking your tongue out, being outside.

Least Favorite Activities: This month, sleeping "good"

Big moments/firsts:
- We took our first road trip to Nebraska this month which was quite a feat considering your history with car seats!
- You're talking so much more and can make noises like ba-ba, ma-ma, and da-da
- We've finally ventured down to Kansas City with you now that we're able to be in the car longer.

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Monday, March 3, 2014

Six months

Emersyn, how did you become a half a year old already? It's hard to believe time has gone by so quickly. This month especially has vanished with a blink and you continue to grow so quickly right before our eyes! Your smile is infectious and you bring so much joy to our lives every single day.

Six Months

What you weigh: approx 16 pounds, 8 ounces

Eating: You're still eating about every 3-4 hrs during the day. The end of this month you tried some peas and a little banana. The peas, you did not know what to think about but didn't mind the banana as much. 

Sleeping: Still taking a few naps a day, mostly in Boba carrier or in mommy's lap. Towards the end of the month you started waking more frequently at night and I'd say your average was three times a night. We had a pretty rough week this month too where you wanted to keep mommy up all night long! You still sleep in a swaddle at night but mommy's hoping to try and wean you away from it soon because you are getting so big!

Clothes: You're mostly wearing 9 month clothes now with a few of your bigger 6 month clothes still fitting and a few smaller 12 month clothes fitting. 

Favorite Activities: Your latest activity is sitting up all by yourself! We set you down with toys all around you and you go to town. You LOVE crinkly sounds and your favorite "toy" is a crinkly baguette bag ha. I don't blame you. It's crinkle noise is far superior to silly baby toys with crinkle noises. You're reaching for everything in sight including mommy's hair, earrings and daddy's glasses. 

Least Favorite Activities: You're overall pretty agreeable and besides the always mentioned car seat there's no big things you really hate to do. Sometimes you don't like baths but you get used to them. You're lenient about huge groups of people, especially when new people are trying to talk or play with you.

Big moments/firsts:
- Sitting up
- Much more aware
- Tried a few solids 
- First Valentine's Day. Daddy and mommy both claimed you as our valentine

Six Month Photos

Six Month Videos

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Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Why I ate my placenta: Placenta encapsulation

I really don't remember when I first heard of placenta encapsulation but not gonna lie, at first I thought it was super weird. My thought process was something like, "huh, people actually do this??" followed by "gross".  Fast forward to Emersyn's pregnancy and having read and heard more about it and its benefits, it made sense. One thing I had also always heard about was how bad postpartum depression and baby blues can be and since I tend to be emotional enough all on my own, it was one thing I was worried about.

So I figured if taking placenta pills could help at all, why not? 

Placenta encapsulation

Taken from my placenta encapsulation specialist's website, "the placenta’s hormonal make‐up is completely unique to the mother. No prescription, vitamin or herbal supplement can do what one placenta pill can. During pregnancy the placenta takes over hormone production for the body. By the end of the pregnancy the placenta is creating more than three times the amount of pre‐pregnancy hormone production. After the birth it takes some time, usually 6 to 8 weeks but sometimes up to a year, for the body to properly take over the productions of hormones again. By ingesting the placenta you are, in theory, replacing the hormones and nutrients lost during the birth and helping the body to be balanced while recovering from pregnancy and birth. Each woman’s placenta is unique to her hormonal make‐up.

  • Decrease in baby blues, postpartum depression and other postpartum illnesses
  • Increase and enrich breast milk
  • Increase in energy
  • Decrease in postpartum bleeding
  • Decrease iron deficiency
  • Decrease insomnia or sleep disorders
  • Aids in quick postpartum healing
  • Increases mother baby bond"

**Taken from Postpartum Peace**

The Process

My midwife suggested a placenta encapsulation specialist that some of her other clients have used so we went with her, Ariel Vickery of Postpartum Peace

Upon letting the hospital know we were keeping the placenta, they kept it refrigerated for us until we went home. About 48 hours after birth, Ariel came to our house and began the two part process of dehydrating and then encapsulating my placenta. The next day she came back and finished up and I had the pills all ready to begin taking. (For more info, visit her site).

The Results

Going into this, I was skeptical if these pills would actually do anything but I knew I might as well try. I figured, if nothing else, maybe they'll have a placebo effect ha.

It quickly became evident that for me, the pills worked wonders! I'm not exaggerating a bit when I say that I'm now a believer ha. My whole emotional outlook on life changed when I started taking them and I really felt like myself again rather than all weepy. Sometimes still a very tired self, but myself, none the less. There were days where I had forgotten to take them and only realized when my husband noticed. It was very evident in my mood and attitude when I did vs didn't.

It's extra hard being a momma in those first first week/months with no sleep, changing hormones, etc ... especially if you have a baby that doesn't like to nap like I did ... and taking my placenta pills helped greatly to ease back into normal life and have the physical, mental and hormonal balance I needed. Add that up with all the other benefits such as enriched breast milk and quicker Postpardum healing, it's something I am so glad I did! We'll definitely continue it for future pregnancies.

What do you think about placenta encapsulation? 

PS Thanks to Ariel who made the whole process very easy! She was so helpful, professional and nice and comes highly recommended if you're in the Kansas City area!

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Five months

Five months old already!

I'm sure I keep saying this but, man, time flies by! It feels like about every week I write these updates, not every month.  You're growing so much and you continue to bring more and more joy with each new skill you develop and each "first" you have.  We love hearing more and more laughs and happy squeals each and every day!

Five Months

What you weigh: approx 15 lbs, 9.6 ounces

Eating: You're down to eating about every 3-4 hrs during the day and about once at night. Most of the time, you eat in about 15 minutes unless it's bedtime or you're sleepy. You still kind of cluster feed and bedtimes can still take several hours bc of your slow and drawn out eating.

Sleeping: You take naps now! Consistently! Twice a day! They're in the Boba carrier but mommy is just glad you take them. It makes for a happier day for the both of us. We had about a week this month where you woke up every hour or two hours at night but for the most part, you're still waking once or twice. 

Clothes: 6 months or 6-9 months with a few 9 months fitting here at the end of the month. You will certainly be able to wear all your 9 month clothes by the end of February.

Favorite Activities: Jumping! You absolutely love to jump when being held and stood up on the floor or a lap. You also kick those cute little feet a lot. Loving time in the jumper, Boba carrier, being sung to, clapping, laughs from mom and dad, tummy kisses, smiling, and squealing

Least Favorite Activities: Once again, being in the car seat for too long, ha. 

Big moments/firsts:
- You got dedicated to The Lord in church this month
- You've taken up high pitched girly screaming/squealing
- You started jumping like crazy this month

- Grandma Kris and Grandpa came and visited
- We got you a convertible car seat to try out in hopes you'll like it better than your bucket car seat
- You've still yet to roll back to tummy but you have come SO close. It's just more fun to jump, I know.
- Laughter is being heard more frequently as well as happy squeals 
- We've figured out how to conquer those red dry cheeks with California Baby calendula cream, woo hoo!
- You're constantly drooling so we usually keep a bib on you all day lest we have to change your shirt 20 times a day ha

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