Monday, July 30, 2012

A Few Good Summer Days

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Normally our summers as a family are packed with outings, B-day parties, theme park visits and more. We always have a ton of fun and this summer's been no exception so far. We try to do at least two outings/ activities as a family per week to ensure quality time and of course make great summer memories for Aizlynn. Having a new baby in the picture has required some modifications in the theme park area. Between the Florida heat and rain, we haven't gone nearly as much as we usually would've. That's okay though, it's forced us to come up with outings that are not only fun but baby friendly too. Summer's not over yet and with an Orlando Science Center trip amongst other trips coming up, we've got a lot more fun awaiting us :) Here's a peek at some of our summer activities. Hope all of you are enjoying your summer!

We LOVE indoor playgrounds like the ones in the mall. Fun for Aizlynn and ideal for Aubrey. It's air conditioned and it gives this mama an excuse to hit up the stores- a definite bonus! Our favorite one is in Altamonte Springs.

We've discovered some awesome places that have free craft days for kids. It's become an almost weekly favorite!

Here's a recent trip to good old Chuck-E-Cheese's

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Aubrey Grace is Four Months Old!

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I now have a gorgeous four month old baby girl! Oh how time does fly! It's a bit sad to see how quickly they grow but, it's also such a privilege. I still can't believe she's mine.

 I feel like just recently we've gotten into a sort of flow with Aubrey. I dare even say she's become a little more predictable which does makes things a bit easier. Aubrey has even gotten WAY better with car rides and believe me, I've taken full advantage of that. I've had a lot more outings with both girls and it's been so much fun! Aubrey now does a lot better outside the house in general- I was even able to leave her in our church's infant care room during service and she did just fine. These things might not seem like much but, they're huge steps for us as I could not leave Aubrey with ANYONE before- she just wouldn't have it. She's still very much attached to her mama (which is fine by me- don't get me wrong) but, is now a lot more tolerant of others holding her. 

 Aubrey's become even more playful than she was last month. She squeals, gurgles and babbles at us and is laughing more than ever. She's even interacting with T.V shows now! Apparently, she loves Barney, Dora and (sigh) Teletubbies. It's so adorable watching her try to "talk" to the characters- I can't help but laugh. Aubrey's beauty continues to captivate everyone around her. Her smile just lights up any place she's in. This little sweetie is such a joy!

At four months old Aubrey

Is now in 0-3 and 3-6 moths cloths depending on the brand. 

Actually enjoys her baths a lot now :D 

Is starting to roll from her back to her tummy a lot better these days. 

Still wakes up around three to four times a night to nurse- PHEW! 

Loves to put everything in her mouth- hands, blankets- whatever she can get a hold of. 

Is super happy, vibrant and playful in the morning. Her giggles and adorable smiles are enough to snap me out of my groggy funk. 

Can almost say Mama! I swear it'll be her first word- HA! (Jeff & I have a friendly competition as to whether she'll say Mama or Dada first) 

Has yet to wear shoes. (yep it's true) She's a socks and booties baby for now. 

Loves to be forward facing when I wear her in a wrap. 

Has the most adorable laugh and we have no problem making complete fools of ourselves to get her to do it ;)

Aubrey Grace, you're the light of my life and you continue to put a smile on my face every day. Happy four months pumpkin!


Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Aubrey's First Fourth!

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This will be a year of many firsts for our sweet little Aubrey Grace- one being her first 4th of July! We had a fantastic time surrounded by great friends. There was delicious food on the grill, kids splashing in the pool and just plain fun all around. There was even some salsa dancing (yes I danced) and I even got a few sips of those yummy margaritas floating around ;) Aubrey had fun being past around as EVERYONE wanted to take turns holding her, Aizlynn had a blast with her friends and Mommy and Daddy got in some good old adult conversation time as well- It was perfect.

 Here are some photos from our fun Fourth!

 P.S- I, having a horrible case of "Mommy brain" forgot to charge up the camera so unfortunately by night fall the battery died & have no pictures of the actual fireworks. Oops!

Saturday, July 7, 2012

Beating The Odds and Breastfeeding Aubrey

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I always knew I wanted to breastfeed my children so when I was completely unsuccessful with my first born, it broke my heart. I made a vow to myself that no matter what, I wouldn't let it happen again. When I had Aubrey Grace I was quickly reminded of all the things that made breastfeeding hard the first time but, I was determined not to give up. As it turns out, it was totally worth the fight!

Aubrey was born at home but, due to me having a very major hemorrhage, we ended up in the hospital before I could get her truly latched and nursing. While they were dealing with my situation, Aubrey's blood sugar was at a very low level and needed she to be fed so yes, she was given formula. I was made aware of it afterward and knew that our breastfeeding relationship might already be off to a bad

 It wasn't until Aubrey was about seven hours old that I finally had the opportunity to nurse her. It was such a sweet moment for us both as she latched on after only a few tries. I could feel right away however, that she had an improper latch and noticed that she was tucking in her top lip. I knew the fact that her mouth was so tiny could also be affecting her latch so I was a little worried. Sure enough by the next day I was quite sore and by day two, I was cracked, peeling and in a huge amount of pain.

 We did get a lactation consultant involved who advised me to just pump and latch her on only with a nipple shield for a couple days so that I could heal. There I was having to reintroduce the bottle. It's not that I never wanted Aubrey to take a bottle on occasion. After all, I did want her Daddy & sissy to be able to experience feeding her but, I was worried that introducing it so early on would cause nipple confusion. It wasn't long before she was wanting to eat more than I could pump so, in came the formula again. I was SO bummed out but, saw hope in the fact that it was only a few bottles a day and at least the majority of what she was eating was breast milk. I was also still grateful to be nursing her even if I did need a little help. I was determined that eventually, Aubrey would only get breast milk no matter what it took! At that point I had to create a new goal of getting my supply up so as to not need to supplement with any formula.

It soon became evident that Aubrey was not liking the nipple shield so I did away with it and decided to put her directly to the breast again. IT HURT! Thank God my amazingly supportive husband Jeff was my greatest comfort and cheerleader. He really helped me keep my eye on the prize when I thought I was going to fail again. There were many times in the beginning where I'd have tears in my eyes the first few minutes of nursing her but even still, as weird as it may sound, It was such a special time between Aubrey and I. Through the pain I still managed to appreciate it.

I feel into a system where I would put her to the breast for most of the day and pump the rest of the day to give the "girls" a break (with of course those few bottles of formula thrown in the mix). I did this for over a month but after some time I starting to need the pump less and less. Eventually my supply increased and we were only giving Aubrey 2 (one oz) bottles a day, then one and finally we reached the point where Aubrey is exclusively breastfed. I could NOT be prouder!

Breastfeeding has been everything I thought it would be. I love and cherish those moments where Aubrey's nursing while looking so deeply into my eyes. I stroke her soft hair and just relish in all the love we're sharing. It's like a silent communication between the two of us. It truly is a beautiful thing and I'm so glad I didn't give up.