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Mom & Baby #2: Week 5

We are a little past 5 weeks into life with two kids (I’m writing this post two days late!) and it feels like we are really starting to settle into a nice routine. Life is good right now and I love it! Here are the details about week 5 and how we are all doing.



Kyler is officially over the one month mark! I knew he had gotten bigger, but I didn’t realize how much he had grown until I compared his newborn photo with his 1 month. Grow baby grow!


We continued to go through Kyler’s first “wonder week” during week 5. I talked about this last week, but wonder weeks are the time leading up to mental “leaps” in baby’s development. During this time babies tend to be more clingy and fussy, and want to eat more and sleep less. We found these to be very accurate for Kevin, and so far they have been with Kyler as well. This week he wanted to be held constantly, ate a ton, and his sleep went back to 2-3 hour increments (sometimes less!).

Dinner with a newborn. Wants to be held as soon as we sit down to eat!

Dinner with a newborn. Wants to be held as soon as we sit down to eat!

However, once we got through the week it was obvious that Kyler did go through a leap in his development, and he was also much happier. Now we are getting big smiles in response to things that we do rather than just randomly, he is more interactive with us, he is looking at things more and tracking with his eyes. He’s still very much a sleepy newborn, but he’s definitely getting to be more alert and developing his personality!


Another characteristic of this first leap is that babies head circumference is supposed to grow a lot. I didn’t realize how much this was true until I compared the two photos below. The one on the left was taken a little over two weeks ago, and the one on the right was taken a few days ago. Holy head growth! Isn’t that crazy?


I’ve started doing a lot of baby-wearing this week, which Kyler loves. I’ve been using the Moby wrap the last few weeks because I really liked how he could snuggle up closely to me, but it’s getting too hot to wear it outside and it’s really difficult to get on in a hurry. This week I started using our Ergo with the newborn insert and I’m loving it. I use it when Kevin’s napping to get chores done around the house, or when he’s awake and wants me to play with him so I can keep Kyler close and happy at the same time. I also like to use it when we go shopping or on walks. It’s definitely my favorite baby carrier.



Running continues to feel better and better, which makes me really happy. This week I was able to get up to 3 miles again and it felt so good! I’m still running every other day and I think that’s what I will keep doing for a little while. I’m starting to feel the itch to start strength training again too, but my gym membership is currently frozen. I need to figure out when I’m going to unfreeze it so I can go to Body Pump again!

New shirt, new shoes, new postpartum distance!

New shirt, new shoes, new postpartum distance!

I’ve noticed some effects of postpartum hormones on my body recently. First is the hair loss. I had this bad after Kevin and it’s happening again now. It really sucks, I’m losing lots of hair when I wash and brush it. I hope it doesn’t last as long as it did last time (8 months!) but we’ll see. It only gets better as the hair starts to grow back, leaving me with the super attractive lion’s mane look 🙂 The other thing I have noticed is the keratosis pillars on my arms and legs. I’ve always had this to some degree since I was young, but it got WAY worse after Kevin for a little while. I asked my dermatologist and she said it’s hormonal, and many women have it after pregnancy. It’s really unattractive but what can you do. Darn hormones!

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On a positive note, my husband and I have been making an effort to eat cleaner and we were able to do that all week long! I really tried to keep healthy and convenient meals and snacks on hand rather than just grabbing whatever I saw to satisfy my insane breastfeeding hunger. I definitely had more energy and just felt better overall as a result. It was great motivation to continue that way, with some fun treats thrown in occasionally – everything in moderation of course!

Delicious roasted chickpea salad!

Delicious roasted chickpea salad!

Here’s the progress from week 1 to week 5.



The best part of this week for me emotionally was celebrating Father’s Day as a family. This was my husband’s 3rd Father’s Day, and each year I’ve taken Kevin’s picture with the letters that spell out DAD. This year we had a new addition to our tradition, and he loved it! I hope to continue doing this for a long time. It will be so much fun to see how they grow over the years.


For Father’s Day I asked my hubby what he wanted to do, and he said he just wanted to be together as a family. We haven’t really had a low-key weekend just to ourselves since Kyler was born, so it felt really nice to just take it easy. We went to brunch at his favorite restaurant, hit up his favorite brewery for a drink, and watched a few episodes of Orange is the New Black (our new obsession) once the kids were asleep. It was a perfect day!


One thing that I have really liked is having Kevin go to daycare once a week. Like I said last week, Kyler and I don’t get much one-on-one time now that I’m home with both kids, so I really cherish the time we have on these days. Life is too short and the newborn stage passes way too quickly to not enjoy these snuggles to the fullest! Plus, it gives Kevin a chance to see his friends and stay familiar with the daycare environment over our summer break. It’s a win-win for all of us!

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I’m getting more used to going out with both kids. I’m finding it’s necessary to get Kevin out and moving in the morning to tire him out and keep him busy. This was a little challenging to do this week since it was so hot, so we’d have to go outside to play super early or stick to indoor places- even if that means just going to Target, which Kevin (and mommy) loves!

How moms try on clothes at Target!

How moms try on clothes at Target!

We had a LOT less temper tantrums and meltdowns this week. I think that’s due to keeping Kevin in his routine, giving him a lot of attention and picking my battles. There are some things that I have learned to just let go rather than make into a big deal like I would have before Kyler was born. It’s really helping me become a more relaxed mom and I love it. Overall though, Kevin is an amazing big brother and I’m so proud of him. Sometimes I can’t believe these boys are mine. I’m a lucky mama!


It’s really hard to believe that we’re almost at the 6 week mark. That seems like a big deal for some reason!

The things I do when feeding Kyler at 3 AM. You can't deny the resemblance though! :)

The things I do when feeding Kyler at 3 AM. You can’t deny the resemblance though! 🙂

Previous Mom & Baby posts:

A Day in the Life with a Toddler & a Newborn

Life has changed quite a bit since my last Day in the Life post [back in January]! I’m still getting the hang of having two kids under the age of 3, especially when my husband is at work and I’m flying solo. But I wanted to capture a 24 hour snapshot into our lives while things are still new so that I have this to look back on later. Here is what happened from Tuesday, June 16th to Wednesday, June 17th, when Kevin was 2 years and 9 months old and Kyler was 3 1/2 weeks old.

5:45 a.m. Kyler wakes up. I feed him, burp him and change his diaper. I like to use the Baby Connect app to track his feedings and nighttime sleep. He is a great eater and usually will eat for a while on both sides.


6:30 a.m.  I try to get him back to sleep for a little while longer. He usually sleeps for one last stretch of two hours or so in the morning. He looks around for a few minutes and then falls asleep, yeah! During this time my hubby wakes up and starts getting ready for work.


6:35 a.m. I pump. I have been pumping after his morning feeding for about a week now to try to build my stash. I get about 2 ounces from each side, not bad considering how long he just ate!


6:45 a.m. I start getting myself ready for the day (“get ready” as in throw my hair up and put on whatever clothes I can find) and drink coffee that my amazing hubby brought upstairs for me.

7:00 a.m. I go downstairs to start making breakfast. Kevin wakes up and my husband goes to get him and changes his diaper. He asks to play with his tablet (a gift from my in-laws when Kyler was born). He has quickly become obsessed with it but only gets to play on it for 30 minutes a day.


7:15 a.m. My hubby leaves for work. I go upstairs to get Kyler who is still sleeping, and put him in the swing so he can continue to sleep. I get my breakfast (oatmeal, coffee, placenta pills… yum) and take it into the living room to eat with the boys and watch the news.


7:55 a.m. Kevin’s ready for his breakfast. He’s rarely hungry when he first wakes up and likes to play a little bit first. I make him some pancakes with banana on the side. While he eats I empty the dishwasher then do the dishes. Kyler is still sleeping through it all.

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8:20 a.m. Kyler woke up after almost 2 hours. I feed him while Kevin plays with  his trucks.


8:55 a.m. I change both kids diapers and get them dressed, pack up diaper bag and get ready to leave the house for story time at the library.

9:30 a.m. Arrive at the library right on time. Kevin is so excited and runs right into where they are having story time. He loves to listen to the books that are being read, play with the instruments and dance when they sing songs. It’s so cute to watch! I have Kyler in the Moby wrap and he’s asleep once again. After story time we go pick out a few books to take home and play in the kids room.


10:30 a.m. We manage to leave the library without any meltdowns, which is a first! Kyler is still snoozing away.

10:45 a.m. We arrive back home. I change Kyler’s diaper and then feed him while Kevin and I read his new books.


11:30 a.m. After Kyler is fed, burped and happy it’s time to change Kevin’s diaper. Most days I feel like I’m on a diaper changing assembly line. I can’t wait until Kevin is potty trained! We go into the kitchen and I make Kevin lunch. He has a peanut butter and honey sandwich with pineapple. Kyler is hanging out in the bouncy chair loving life, and I eat two hard boiled eggs for a snack. While Kevin eats we FaceTime daddy who is at work. We try to do this everyday.

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12:15 p.m. Kyler has a massive blowout and I clean him (and the bouncy chair) up.

12:30 p.m. Naptime! We go upstairs and all 3 of us lie down in Kevin’s bed. I set the timer on my phone for 5 minutes, which has become very necessary since Kevin loves to drag everything out these days. The timer is my best friend lately! Kevin insists that his brother lies right next to him and gives him lots of kisses. It’s really sweet 🙂 When the timer goes off he puts up a fight but eventually lets us go.


12:40 p.m. Kevin’s asleep upstairs, Kyler’s asleep in the swing… it’s a miracle! I make myself lunch. I defrost some of the zucchini ‘crab’ cakes that a friend gave us when Kyler was born. They don’t really have any crab in them (they’re vegetarian) but they taste like it and are amazing! I also have a piece of toast with avocado spread on it. Yummy!


1:05 p.m. All finished eating. I go to the basement to get the freezer meal we are going to eat tonight, then do some more dishes and clean up the morning’s messes. I also make a second cup of coffee (necessary!).

1:30 p.m. Kyler wakes up. I nurse him and change his diaper, and then we have some nice snuggle time. I love getting one-on-one time with him during Kevin’s nap, since I spend most of the day giving Kevin my attention.


2:10 p.m. Kevin’s awake after an hour and a half, which is a little shorter than usual. Sometimes a shorter nap leads to a rough afternoon and evening, so we’ll see! I change his diaper and the 3 of us have some playtime.


3:00 p.m. Kyler falls asleep, so I go upstairs with Kevin. I put Kyler’s newborn clothes away and replace them with 0-3 month size. I can’t believe he’s already outgrowing them and it makes me sad! While I do this Kevin plays (a.k.a. makes a mess in Kyler’s room).

3:45 p.m. Kevin and I head back downstairs. We both have a snack- I have a Larabar and Kevin has some goldfish.

4:00 p.m. Kyler has another big poop! Then it’s time to nurse again.


4:40 p.m. By this time of day I start counting down the minutes until my husband comes home. Kevin’s getting a little restless and I can tell he didn’t take a full nap. I surrender and put on Mickey Mouse Clubhouse.  I hate doing this but some days it’s just necessary. Kyler, on the other hand, is in a great mood, giving me smiles and cooing away. Once Mickey is over it’s back to trucks, puzzles, and books.


5:30 p.m. My husband is home! Thank goodness! He takes over playing with Kevin while I go make dinner. We are having homemade pizzas on naan bread, with pineapple, vegetarian sausage, peppers and cheese. I love cheese, but I used vegan cheese on mine because cheese doesn’t always love me. While I work on dinner Kevin eats his. Many nights we eat together as a family, but sometimes the timing doesn’t work out. Our dinner wasn’t ready yet and he was hungry, so he went ahead and ate.

6:20 p.m. I nurse Kyler and then my husband and I eat our dinner.


7:00 p.m. My husband takes Kevin upstairs for a bath and to get him ready for bed. I used to do the bedtime routine with him but we started having my husband do it, since I knew I would not always be able to once Kyler was here. Now it’s something they both look forward to each night. I’m glad they can have that special time together. I watch them cuddling in Kevin’s big boy bed on the monitor and it’s so sweet.

7:45 p.m. Kevin’s asleep, husband is back downstairs and wants to have some time with his other boy now! Kyler is sleeping so he holds him for a bit while we watch some TV and share a beer 🙂


8:05 p.m. Kyler is awake and hungry! I feed him while we continue to watch our show.

9:00 p.m. We all start getting sleepy, so we head upstairs to get ready for bed. It’s been a few days since Kyler has had a bath so we go ahead and give him one. He has dry, sensitive skin so we only like to bath him about twice a week. He’s not a huge fan of baths yet but we’re getting there.


9:45 p.m. After bath, lotion and pajamas, Kyler is ready for bed. He wants to nurse again but doesn’t stay on for too long since he had just eaten not too long before. It was mostly just for comfort which is fine with me right now. I’ll take the snuggles any day!

10:03 p.m. Baby is asleep. I pump a little bit since he didn’t eat much and I know it will be a while until he wakes up again. His first sleep stretch of the night is usually the longest and I wake up REALLY full.

10:15 p.m. Time for me to sleep!

2:54 a.m. I wake up to Kyler’s baby sounds. He doesn’t really cry very much in the middle of the night, but will wake up and start to whimper a little bit. This was a good sleep stretch for him- almost 5 hours! Not bad at all for being almost a month old! I feed him and then daddy changes his diaper. He gets the hiccups so it takes him a little while to fall back asleep.


3:50 a.m. Kyler falls back asleep and so do we.

6:34 a.m. And he’s up again! He slept for about 2 hours and 45 minutes this time. He’s not looking too happy, but he was after I fed him 🙂 Kevin also woke up around this time while I was feeding Kyler.

Clearly not a morning person!

Clearly not a morning person

And that was a 24 hour snapshot in our lives with two kids under the age of 3! Life is good and we are very thankful for that!

Previous “Day in the Life” posts (before Kyler):

Mom & Baby #2: Week 4

As of yesterday, Kyler is 4 weeks old already! I have to say, I think this was our best week yet. I feel like we are really starting to get the hang of life with 2 kids, for now at least! Here is how we are doing and a recap of week 4.



Kyler’s personality is starting to come out more and more.  Along with being laid-back, he’s very expressive with the faces he makes and he is pretty vocal already. He loves to “talk” to us and sing along with us, and has been full of smiles lately. He’s also started moving his arms and legs a ton. I have a feeling he’s going to be a handful once he’s able to be mobile!


Clearly not a morning person!

Clearly not a morning person!

Even though Kyler continues to be a relatively easy baby, we did just enter his first “Wonder Week” this week which has changed some things. Wonder weeks are specific times during your baby’s life where they are preparing to make ‘mental leaps’ in their development. Before each leap there’s a period of neediness/fussiness that lasts about a week. I learned about Wonder Weeks when I had Kevin and it was always so accurate, and so far it is with Kyler too. He hasn’t really been fussy – he still only really cries if he’s hungry, wants his diaper changed or wants to sleep and needs some help to fall asleep. But I have noticed that he wants more physical contact and has been wanting to eat a lot more, especially at night. His glorious sleep stretches of almost 5 hours have gone back to 2-2.5 hours because he is nursing more frequently. Hopefully they’ll go back to normal once he gets past this Wonder Week, because I am tired!!


Speaking of nursing, it’s going really well. He nurses about 9-10 times a day and usually eats from both sides. My supply seems to be doing great and I’m so thankful for that. However, just like Kevin did he prefers my right side to my left. My supply also seems to be a little less on that side and it makes him frustrated. To try to even it out and bump up my supply on that side I use my hand pump on the left if he doesn’t eat for long.


I’m not too worried about it though. I can tell he’s getting plenty of milk because this kid is growing like a weed! He just seems so much bigger to me lately. We also had to pack away the newborn clothes and take out the 0-3 size. This is crazy to me because Kevin wore newborn clothes for 3 months. Kyler was only in them for 3 1/2 weeks!


Some people have asked me if Kyler looks like Kevin. I knew they have some of the same features, but I hadn’t really compared their baby photos yet. I put these two pictures of both boys at around 4 weeks side by side and it was interesting to see their similarities and differences. Kyler is a lot bigger than Kevin was at this age and has darker hair (and a lot more of it!), but other than that they definitely look like brothers!



I felt pretty good physically this week! Here is the body after 4 weeks. I didn’t lose anymore weight this week but I notice a slight difference in my body, so I’m fine with that. I’m currently sitting at 139 pounds, so I’m 9 pounds away from pre-pregnancy weight.

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The biggest news of the week for me physically is that I started running again! I wrote a post about my first postpartum run, but since then I have been able to run a few more times. Being able to do what I love again has made me feel back to normal and I love it! I have been working on running every other day and building back up slowly. So far I’m up to 2 miles. When I run I noticed my body feels a little creaky and awkward for the first few minutes, but then I am able to get into a better groove after that. I mostly feel that in my hips and pelvis. I can also tell that my core is weaker, and the postpartum belly jiggle isn’t very fun while running, but I know with time those things will get better. So far each run has been better than the last, so I’m really excited for what’s to come!


I could not wait to go to the chiropractor yesterday. I was feeling pretty tight and sore in my upper back/shoulders from so much nursing, especially at night since he’s been waking up more often. I also knew I could use an adjustment in my hips. As usual he put me back together and made me feel amazing! I’m so thankful that I discovered chiropractic care a few years ago. It’s made such a positive difference in my life.

Here’s the progress from week 1 to week 4.




I was a little worried about this week and how I would handle it emotionally, because I was going to be home with both kids Monday-Thursday. Last week I only had both kids by myself for one day. It went okay, but I wasn’t sure how it would be to have them for 4 consecutive days. It ended up going surprisingly well. I’ve already figured out some good tricks to juggling and managing both of their needs (sometimes at the same time). I obviously still have a lot to learn but it at least got me over the initial fear of taking care of a toddler and newborn on my own. We even managed to make it out of the house 3 days in a row! We went to story time at the library, to Kevin’s first dentist appointment, and to Target. All outings were successful without any meltdowns or incidents. I was very proud of myself!

Fun at the library!

Fun at the library!

Kevin's big boy dentist appointment!

Kevin’s big boy dentist appointment!

Target run with both boys :)

Target run with both boys 🙂

Kevin’s behavior is continuing to get better. We still have some rough moments, but overall he’s adjusting well. Sometimes I feel guilty when we’re all at home because he demands so much of my attention, which leads me to basically ignore Kyler except for feeding him. I’m not going to lie though, by the time Friday rolled around when Kevin was going to daycare I was ready. I love him to death but man, he’s definitely the difficult one compared to the newborn! It was nice to have some one-on-one time with Kyler after I couldn’t give him much attention all week. This is one of the reasons we plan to keep Kevin in daycare once a week throughout the summer, in addition to keeping him used to it and giving him a chance to see his friends.


How I get the toddler to nap these days! All of us in the bed and then mommy & baby leave when the timer goes off.

Kevin did have some really sweet moments this week though. First, I was in the bathroom getting myself ready and I came out to see Kevin with a stack of little books reading to Kyler. It seriously melted my heart that he did that totally unprompted.


And then when I was nursing Kyler for the 100th time on the couch, he came over to me with his Mickey, pulled up his shirt and said, “Look Mommy, I feed my baby too.” So sweet (and funny!)


This week my two best friends from home come to visit, which was so nice! They stayed with us overnight and we had such a good time just talking and catching up, relaxing, and playing with the kids. They are the best and I’m so glad that we remain so close even though they live in a different state than I do now!


It is crazy to me that Kyler will be a month old on Monday. Time is definitely moving way too fast and it makes me sad! I want him to stay little forever 😦


Learning to like baths a little more 🙂

Previous Mom & Baby posts:

My First Post-Baby Run & Comeback Plan!

I ran!!! Yay! As I mentioned in my 3 week update, my midwife cleared me to start running again slowly whenever I felt ready. I was really missing it and my body was feeling good, so yesterday I decided to go out and try to run one easy, slow mile. I got myself dressed, fed the baby and got him to sleep, and charged up my Garmin. It’s actually silly how nervous and excited I felt, but I couldn’t help it.


It has only been a little over 3 weeks since my last run- 3 miles the day before I had Kyler- but it felt like forever! I was anxious to see how my body would feel, especially since the recovery from this birth was more difficult initially than it was with Kevin’s birth. I decided to wear my belly band under my shirt to help support my core since I still have a slight ab separation.


Once I was all set I headed outside (it was HOT even at 8:00 a.m.!) and of course had to take a picture to commemorate the occasion 🙂 Gotta love Kevin’s thumbs up!


Running felt a little awkward at first, like I knew it would. Over the course of the last 9 months my body had slowly adjusted to carrying 30 extra pounds that were mostly in front, and it felt weird to be running without being pregnant. I felt it mostly in my hips/pelvis. They felt a little creaky and sore, but not painful. Surprisingly, my core and abs felt normal, but I’m not sure how it would have felt if I had done a longer run. However, it didn’t take long for me to get into a little bit of a better groove. I couldn’t stop smiling!


Sadly my mile was over quickly and I was left wanting to do more. I decided to be smart and not push it though, since this was really just a test run. I wanted to see how my body felt during and afterwards, so I knew that sticking to one mile was a good choice.


It’s amazing how one little run can improve my mood and make my whole day better. I was so happy the rest of the day and couldn’t help starting to think about my “comeback” plan now that I’m starting to run again. I decided that my plan is not to really have a plan. I really want to take it day by day and see how I feel, listening to my body.

All done and all smiles!

All done and all smiles!

However, I do have some guidelines that I want to follow as I get back into running. I have learned a lot of lessons the hard way after doing too much too soon after Kevin’s birth and I do NOT want to repeat that. First of all, I definitely will only be running every other day at the most right now. I want to make sure I allow my body to rest in between runs, whether that means taking one day off or two, or even three. Second, for the time being I don’t want to go out with any set number of miles in mind. I think focusing on getting in a certain mileage will get in the way of allowing me to listen to my body and pay attention to how I’m feeling. Yes, I have some races that I would like to run in late summer/fall but I don’t want to put pressure on myself at this point to follow any type of training plan. I’m just going to gradually increase distance as I feel ready and able do so. Third, I will back off if I have any sign telling me to. This was something I failed at last time around. I ignored a lot of warning signs telling me I was doing too much too soon. I refuse to make that mistake again. The last thing I need right now is a setback.


I am so excited to be back to doing what I love!

Mom & Baby #2: Week 3

We made it to week 3! We were very busy this week now that I’m feeling good and back to my normal self for the most part. Here is how we are doing and a recap of week 3.



I’ve said this every week so far but seriously, we have such a sweet, laid-back baby boy! He is such a joy and so easy, he makes me want at least 3 more kids! LOL, just kidding. This week we got lots of smiles and it just melts my heart!


We had another doctor’s appointment for Kyler this week. We went to get an ultrasound to check on his kidneys and bladder, since some children who are born with hypospadias have additional issues with those organs. He was not a fan of the ultrasound at all, but we were SO thankful to receive the news that his kidneys and bladder are perfect. All we should have to do is repair the hypospadias when he’s about a year old (since that’s when it’s safer for him to go under anesthesia). We’ll be following up with a pediatric urologist about it sometime this summer.

No kidney issues for this peeing machine!

No kidney issues for this peeing machine!

His sleep is going well for only being 3 weeks old. His long nighttime stretch is now 4-5 hours (yeah!!) and then he will have shorter stretches of anywhere between 2-3 hours. During the day he mostly catnaps at this point. Sometimes he will fight the falling asleep process and needs a little help to get there, but once he’s out he is OUT. This kid sleeps hard!

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Savoring the cuddles because I know they don’t last long!

Nursing is also going really well. This kid LOVES the boob. Since he’s sleeping longer at night he eats more frequently during the day to catch up, about every 2-2.5 hours. He has a hearty appetite and almost always wants to eat from both sides. I can tell he’s growing because his newborn clothes are starting to get snug, and he can now wear size 1 diapers. I’ve also started to pump after his morning feeding to boost my supply and start building a stash. I don’t have any supply issues right now, but I’m doing everything I can to keep it that way after having such a low supply and slow weight gain with Kevin. I don’t want to have to relive that at all! So far, so good in that department.


Milk drunk on a Friday night!

He is starting to become more interested in his surroundings, which is really fun to watch. The other day I put him in his crib with the mobile spinning and the music playing, and he just stared at it smiling for about 15 minutes. It was the cutest thing! He is also starting to look at us and follow us with his eyes. I love seeing him start to interact with the world around him.


He’s such a rockstar at tummy time! He has great neck strength already, and when we put him on his belly he moves his little body around so much like he wants to MOVE. Not yet baby boy!



Last week I said I felt like I was at about 75% when it came to feeling normal again. This week I’d say I’m at 85%. I feel good most of the time except for being tired, which just is a fact of life when you have a newborn. I’m actually feeling so good that I’m really feeling the itch to run again. Even though I know how important it is to let my body recover from such an intense experience like childbirth, it’s weird to do something you love almost every day and then suddenly take weeks off.  I had an appointment with my midwife this week who checked me and told me that I am all healed below. She said I can resume my normal activities like running whenever I feel ready, making sure to take it slow and listen to my body of course. With my last pregnancy I started up again 4 weeks after giving birth. I think I might give it a (short and easy) go tomorrow. I know I will need to be mindful of my diastasis recti (ab separation), which has actually closed quite a bit already but is still about 1 centimeter from closing completely. She said it shouldn’t be an issue and will just take time. I plan to wear my belly band, which is like a tight sports bra for the belly, at first to help support my core. I’ll also need to be mindful of any bleeding. It’s stopped at this point but if it starts up again I will need to take a little more time off. We’ll see! Eeee! Just thinking about it makes me excited!


Here is the body after three weeks. I gained a total of 30 pounds by the time I delivered, and after two weeks I had lost 20. This week I just lost 1 pound, which means I’m now 9 pounds away from pre-pregnancy weight of 130. Last time the last 5-8 pounds stuck around for a while when I was breastfeeding, so I’m expecting that to happen this time too, which is fine 🙂

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It felt good to be a little more active this week in terms of walking and getting out and about. I did notice that on the days I went for longer walks or was out with the family I was extra hungry and thirsty, so I know I need to make sure I stay on top of my food/water intake – especially when I start running again.

Here’s the progress from week 1 to week 3.




Thankfully, this week was a lot less eventful in terms of stressful situations! I am really finding myself to be a lot more relaxed about parenthood in general, which is such a change from the first time around. I’m definitely learning to just let go and laugh during the crazy times. For example, yesterday Kyler had the biggest blowout of all time in the middle of Target. I guess that’s what I get for trying to take him out shopping for the first time (and for leaving the diaper bag in the car). Two and a half years ago a situation like that would have overwhelmed me and probably brought me to tears. Yesterday I laughed it off, finished my shopping, and cleaned him up once we got back to the car. Life goes on and I’m sure it will happen again someday!

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This is his guilty face!

Even though this was a less stressful week we were still very busy. My aunt was here until Tuesday, which was nice because she was able to help me with a few appointments that we had. Over the weekend we all went out to two local events- a festival on Saturday (with beer tastings- so happy to not be pregnant anymore!), and our favorite craft show on Sunday. It felt really good to be out and about as a family, and it wasn’t as hard as I thought it might be due to baby wearing and my aunt’s help. We had a lot of fun!


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I also was so happy to finally see some friends this week! We had dinner with two couples that I went to college with. One was Cynthia who is the friend who took Kevin for the night when I was in labor. She has a 5 month old daughter who is the sweetest. We had fun doing a little photo shoot of the babies together. Yesterday I saw my friend Ashley, who was due 3 days after me but ended up having her baby boy at 35 weeks. I hadn’t been able to see her yet since he was so little and wasn’t allowed to have visitors for a while, so it was so nice to finally spend time with her and her little man. That night my other friend Laura came over to visit and brought us a delicious meal. I missed my friends so much!!


My biggest accomplishment this week was surviving my first day at home alone with both boys. I’ve been lucky to have a lot of help so far from Kevin and my aunt, plus we sent little Kevin to daycare for a few days until I felt better. I was really nervous to see how it would go but it ended up being fine. I tried to pay a lot of attention to little Kev and make sure he was busy and burning off his energy. We only had one tantrum so I’ll call that a win!


Kevin’s behavior in general has been pretty hit or miss. Some days (and minutes) he’s a super sweet angel, and others he’s a terror. I think what has really helped with the transition is sticking to his schedule as best as we can. This helps us keep some consistency in his life amidst all the change. Making sure he gets solid playtime, nap, bedtime routine and nighttime sleep is key to having a good day. Overall he really does get better each day and I’m super proud of him.


I really can’t believe how quickly time is passing. It makes me sad! Next week is week 4 and a few days after that Kyler will be 1 month old. Where does the time go?!


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Mom & Baby #2: Week 2

Another week has flown by! Kyler is 2 weeks old as of yesterday. This week was easier in some ways and challenging in other ways. Here is how mom and baby are doing and a recap of week 2.



Kyler is still a super laid-back and easy baby. We only had one day/night that was a little rough, and I think he was going through a growth spurt. Other than that, he’s either alert and happy or asleep. That’s basically it!


I just took him to his 2 week pediatrician appointment on Friday and it went really well. I was so excited to see that he surpassed his birth weight of 7 lb. 10 oz. and is now weighing in at an even 8 pounds! She said that was awesome weight gain, and that I can let him sleep as long as he wants at night now. Woo hoo! They also repeated his hearing test, since he failed in his right ear initially due to having leftover fluid in there from birth. He passed this time with no issues. Kyler was so proud, he was showing off his muscles at the appointment 🙂


Speaking of sleep, so far he is doing pretty awesome in this department. His nighttime stretches are now 3-4 hours, and then he takes little catnaps during the day. I think all of this sleep makes him extra happy when he’s awake. Before I knew his weight gain I didn’t want to let him sleep longer than 4 hours at night, but now that he’s gaining well I’m curious to see how long he will go.


Nursing is going really well, and I’m so thankful for that. I’m not painfully engorged anymore, and we are getting into a good rhythm. It’s also a lot more comfortable since our birth assistant helped with his latch and positioning. Since he sleeps in longer stretches at night, he is still making up for it during the day by feeding every 2 hours or so. He usually will eat from both sides without any issues. Supply does not seem to be a problem whatsoever yet, which is so nice! This boy loves to eat.

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Milk drunk!

Since nursing was going so well we decided to introduce a pacifier right before he turned 2 weeks. I noticed he was wanting to use me as a pacifier basically all day, and while I let him do that occasionally, sometimes mama just needs a break! Since then he’s really liked having the pacifier when he needs it and it hasn’t affected breastfeeding at all. We’ll see how long it lasts though… Kevin loved his pacifier too until he refused to take it anymore at 5 months!


One of the things our pediatrician mentioned at the appointment was how vocal he is already. I have definitely noticed this too. He has officially found his voice. He’s constantly making noises, cooing, and “talking” to us. He’s also been full of smiles lately. It’s so much fun!


We’ve been working on tummy time every day and Kyler’s neck strength has really improved. It is so funny to watch him on his activity mat because he kicks his legs like crazy like he wants to crawl. Umm, no little boy! Not for a long time please! Twice now he has kicked and moved around so much that he flipped himself over to his back. I thought it was just a fluke the first time but then it happened again. WTF. He is only 2 weeks old!


I have felt a LOT better this week. I wouldn’t say I’m at 100% yet, more like 75%, but that’s progress. I think it helped that we didn’t have anymore visitors until late this week, and I was at home with just Kyler from Monday to Thursday. This gave me a chance to really rest, take it easy, and enjoy the newborn snuggles!


At this point my bleeding is minimal, and I never have contractions while nursing anymore (thank God!). Like I mentioned earlier, I’m not engorged anymore either- so the main sources of my discomfort at the beginning are pretty much gone. I’m still having trouble going to the bathroom occasionally, and I think I may have some hemorrhoid issues going on (sorry for the TMI). I had them after Kevin’s birth too. No fun 😦

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The day I gave birth vs. 10 days postpartum. The human body is amazing!

One of the things that has really helped me feel better physically was going to the chiropractor again. I was feeling really sore in my neck and upper back from all the nursing, and he helped with that. He also worked on my lower back and pelvis, which were still a little out of whack from birth. I left there feeling like a new woman and I can’t wait to go back next week!

Here is the body after two weeks. I gained a total of 30 pounds by the time I delivered, and after a week I had lost 16. This week I lost an additional 4 pounds, putting me at 140. 10 more pounds to go until I am back at pre-pregnancy weight.

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I have noticed that I’ve had more energy this week too. I’m able to do more around the house in terms of very light chores (cleaning up, laundry). I was also able to get out and walk a few times. I kept it short though, since it was really hot this week and also because after about 15-20 minutes of walking I start to feel sore in my pelvic area. I am definitely trying to take it slow.


A morning walk with my littlest one

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After dinner walk with all my boys

I’m still so unbelievably hungry, but I did make better food choices this week for the most part. I feel like I’m constantly eating, so I have no idea how I’m still losing weight. I feel like I burn through food so quickly! I saw the picture below on Facebook and it made me laugh 🙂



This week gave us a little run for our money emotionally. We had to deal with some stressful, badly timed issues. Issue #1 was our AC breaking on one of the hottest days of the year. We were without AC for a few days and it was so, so difficult. We were all uncomfortably hot and it cost us a good amount of money to fix. Not great timing considering that some of my maternity leave is unpaid, but what can you do. That’s what savings are for I guess! Issue #2 was that we randomly had a woodpecker start pecking away at our house, right by our bedroom window. It is so loud and keeps waking us up, which really sucks when you also have a newborn who is waking up at night. Sigh… The woodpecker is really destroying the siding on our house and had us worried that there were insects in our house or something. We had it checked out and there were no signs of insects, so hopefully he’s doing this because he’s looking for a mate like I read online, and he’ll be gone soon!


Stripped down in our hot house!

Another issue has been Kevin’s behavior. The transition to big brother has been a little bit challenging for him. He still has a lot of good, sweet moments, but when he has a bad moment, it’s pretty bad. Lots of regression going on, temper tantrums, wanting to act like a baby, all the typical things I expected. We’re working through it with him and I know it will just take time.

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Since I was feeling guilty about not being able to give Kevin as much of my time as I used to and he was acting out, I wanted to make sure that my husband and I both get one-on-one time with him as much as possible. I started by taking him out on a mommy-son date for ice cream. We were only gone for about 30 minutes, but he was so excited to go out with just me and loved the special attention. It made me really happy too. I love this boy 🙂

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Now onto the positive! It was so nice be at home with just Kyler from Monday to Thursday, once my husband went back to work and Kevin went to daycare. This really gave me a chance to rest and focus on bonding with my new baby. We did a lot of snuggling and skin-to-skin, and I made sure to take advantage of nap time!  It was also good for Kevin to resume his normal routine of going to daycare, where he is able to see his friends and keep busy. The plan is to have to go to daycare for a couple weeks until I feel ready to have both of them at home with me. Eek! Just thinking about that makes me a little nervous.

On Thursday evening my aunt from Oregon came into town. She did the same thing when Kevin was born 2 1/2 years ago. She has been a very good playmate for Kevin, which is really helpful while I’m busy with the baby. It’s really nice because I don’t get to see her very often since she lives across the country. She’s here for a few more days and we have some fun weekend plans in store!


Finally, the last thing that I have really enjoyed is just being able to relax and spend time with my husband, especially with some of the stressful things that happened this week. Having a new baby is stressful enough and then when other unexpected things come up in the midst of all of that, it can put a lot of tension into a marriage. While it hasn’t been perfect, I really think that these last couple of weeks have brought us even closer together. The day our AC went out we tried to make the best of it by heading outside, playing in a baby pool and having a drink. I love my hubby 🙂


Week 2 is in the books! I can’t wait to see what week 3 has in store!

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Week 1 vs. Week 2


Week 1 vs. Week 2

Mom & Baby #2: Week 1

What a whirlwind first week! This post is a little late since Kyler turned one week on Friday, but I’ve been just a little busy 🙂 Here is how mom and baby are doing and a recap of week 1!



Kyler is in a word… easy. I know it’s still early to say that, but it’s already very apparent that he has a different, more laid-back personality than Kevin did. He rarely cries, and when he does it’s very easy to figure out what he needs- which is usually just the boob or a diaper change. Other than that he’s either sleeping or wide awake and alert. At this point with Kevin it was already very obvious that he was a higher maintenance baby and was dealing with some bad reflux. Thankfully we haven’t seen any signs of that yet… fingers crossed it stays that way!

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We were busy this week running around to a bunch of different appointments. First up was his first visit to the pediatrician when he was a little over 12 hours old. Since he was not born in a hospital he needed to be seen within 24-48 hours, and our amazing new pediatrician (since our old one refused to agree to see him after a home birth) opened up especially for us on Saturday of Memorial Day weekend. She gave him a very thorough check-up and we discussed a few things, like the murmur she heard when she listened to his heart. She said it’s common though because there’s a valve in the heart that doesn’t close until the baby is about 24 hours old. We also talked about how he was born with hypospadias that will need to be surgically corrected by a pediatric urologist when he’s a little older. We also need to get a kidney ultrasound because sometimes hypospadias comes with associated kidney issues.  We received a referral to get that done next week, so we’ll see what comes out of that. I’m trying not to stress or worry about it in the meantime.

Our little cutie

Our little cutie

We went back to the pediatrician on Tuesday for a weight check. He was almost back to birth weight at 7 lb. 7 oz., and she no longer heard the murmur so the valve has officially closed. Good news! She also did his hearing test that normally gets done in the hospital, and he passed in one ear but not the other due to fluid inside it. She said that’s normal in the first week of life, especially after a fast birth like mine. He also had a little bit of jaundice that had come out but was beginning to go away. Our next appointment will be at 2 weeks, where he will get weighed again and also get his first vaccine. She’ll also repeat the hearing test at that time. After our appointment on Tuesday we had to go to get his newborn screening blood work done on him at another office. Whew! Such a busy couple of days!


As far as sleeping and eating goes, this kid is a champ! Since he was born he gives us sleep stretches of 2-3.5 hours at night, and shorter catnaps during the day. He didn’t really have much day/night confusion like Kevin did. He wants to eat about every 2-3 hours and usually will feed off both sides, which is really helping me get off to a good start with my supply. Because of all this eating he’s been producing a TON of diapers. He passed his meconium pretty quickly and was already having regular poops by day 2. Go Kyler!! I don’t think we’ll be in newborn clothes for long- which is crazy because Kevin wore them for 3 months!

Chunky little boy!

Chunky little boy!

A few other firsts that happened this week: baby’s first bath when he was one week old after his cord fell off, and first smiles! Ahh!


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I love these boys!


Recovering from this birth has been challenging, I’m not going to lie. I felt pretty miserable the first couple of days and didn’t feel like myself until a full week had passed. Everything hurt for a little while, more than with my first birth. My midwife told me it was most likely because of how fast it all went and I believe it. It felt like he had been ripped out of me leaving a whole mess of damage behind. Thankfully, I’m feeling a lot better after a week and a LOT of rest!


The body just a couple hours after birth

One of the main sources of my discomfort came from the intense contractions I felt while nursing. I had heard they get worse with your second baby, and that was definitely true for me. It was so uncomfortable and would give me hot flashes, and make me feel sick to my stomach every time I nursed. Not to mention the contractions would cause me to bleed more- which is good in a way because it means my uterus is going back to it’s normal size and getting rid of all the clots that may be left in there- but not pretty to say the least. Other than that though, my bleeding did subside and got pretty light fairly quickly, which was awesome!

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Another source of discomfort was my boobs. My milk came in really quickly and I was so, so engorged until day 5. It was so painful that I needed to pump to take the edge off, and ended up getting a lot of colostrum and milk that went straight to the freezer. The engorgement combined with sore nipples, the contractions in the first couple of days, and a sore upper back/neck from sitting up and nursing made breastfeeding difficult at first, but we made it through. I also had a lot of soreness in my pelvis, lower abdomen, and where my stitches were… ouch. Basically I hurt all over! I also had some scary moments trying to go the bathroom for the first couple of times. That was almost as painful as childbirth itself… LOL. Sorry for all the TMI, but that’s just life when you’ve just had a baby!

Here is the body after one week. I gained a total of 30 pounds by the time I delivered, and after a week I had lost 16 pounds. I started at 130 pounds, ended at 160, and am now back to 144.

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My birth assistant Marilyn came to visit on Monday. She checked over me and the baby and helped with his latch, which made my nipples less sore. Then my midwife Kelly came on Wednesday and gave me and the baby a full exam. She checked me out down there and told me I was healing well, then checked my belly and told me I had about a 2-3 centimeter ab separation. I was a little bummed to hear this because I didn’t have it with Kevin, but I know it’s not a huge deal and will go back together eventually. It definitely explained some of the abdominal soreness I was feeling though, and reaffirmed my need to get a lot of rest, be careful how I get up and down and in and out of bed, and not lift things like my 30 pound son- or else I could risk getting a hernia. Ouch!


I finally felt up to going out for a very short family walk on Friday when Kyler was a week old. I could only handle about 15 minutes before I started feeling sore in my pelvis and lower belly, and also started noticing my stitches below. I’m definitely going to have to take it slow when it comes to being active.


Finally, I have been SO unbelievably hungry – it’s actually insane. I thought my hunger while pregnancy was bad, but I always forget it’s so much more intense while breastfeeding! I’ve pretty much been eating anything I can get my hands on to get in the calories, and they haven’t all been great choices – that’s for sure. Somehow my body is still dropping weight despite eating a ton, but I really need to clean up my diet next week. I know it’s what is best for the baby and for myself.


I’ve definitely had some emotional/hormonal moments this week, but overall I feel pretty good mentally and emotionally. So far the biggest difference between baby #1 and baby #2 is that I’m enjoying the newborn days so much more. I know how quickly time passes and that it won’t be like this for long. Since this is most likely our last baby, I’m really cherishing every snuggle, every nursing session, every nighttime wake up. It sounds crazy especially since I couldn’t wait to get through the newborn days with Kevin, but these little moments are the ones I know I will miss later.

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Overall I feel so much less anxious and stressed this time around. I think it’s a combination of this being our second baby so we’ve done it all before, and also Kyler’s laid-back temperament. Even when things get stressful, just looking at my boys reminds me of what’s really important and that this too will pass.

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My friend is a doula and a placenta encapsulator, and she came over the day after Kyler was born to dehydrate and encapsulate my placenta. I did this last time and had great results from it so I wanted to do it again. There are so many benefits to it that there’s really no reason not to. I started taking the pills two days after birth and I really do think it helped me stay in good spirits emotionally, reduced my bleeding, and helped my milk come in quickly.


Even though things have been good for the most part, I have been feeling some guilt when it comes to Kevin. I feel so bad that I can’t give him the same type of attention I did before Kyler was born. He is really attached to me and doesn’t always understand why I can’t stop feeding him or stop holding him to come play with him. I’ve been really trying to give him some special attention and one-on-one time, but it was hard to make that happen the first week. It’s definitely a goal of mine for the future though. Overall I think he’s done a really great job. He loves Kyler and always asks to hold him. He calls him “my baby” and loves to give him hugs and kisses. He’s had some regression in behavior when it comes to refusing food and temper tantrums, but we expected that and are working through it. Overall I’m really proud of how he is adjusting. It’s a big change for a 2 1/2 year old!


My husband Kevin has been amazing. He had a week off from work and basically did everything to take care of me, Kevin and Kyler aside from feeding him which was obviously my job! He cleaned, did laundry, changed both boys diapers, made us all food, listened to me complain, helped me with gross post partum things, and more. He is the best! It was also really nice to have a few days to ourselves as a family of 4 before visitors came to town. That was something we felt strongly about and we’re glad we stuck to it.



We were excited to see our families after a few days had passed though! First my dad and sister came down, and then Kevin’s parents came down a couple days later. Everyone helped out a lot with the things that Kevin and I didn’t feel up to in our sleep deprived state… running errands, getting groceries, occupying little Kev, holding the baby so we could shower/nap, etc. It was a little tough to be social when I wasn’t feeling well, but our families understood.

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Meanwhile Kevin had the time of his life getting special attention from everyone! From puzzles with his aunt Yaya to playing on the playground with Poppy, to going to get donuts with his Mamaw.



I can’t believe how quickly our first week went by. Since then even more has happened, and I can’t wait to share in my next post! We are definitely learning very quickly how to be flexible and function as a family of 4!