Friday, September 28, 2012

2 Months Old

2 Months Old

Height: 24.75 inches (99th percentile)  Our boy is long...

Weight: 13 lb 2.5 oz (64th percentile) ...and lean!

Head:  39.8 cm (65th percentile)

Clothes:  Liam is already into his 3-6 month clothes!  He is growing out of his wardrobe way too fast.  I will have to do some serious shopping in the near future because after he outgrows his current size, his wardrobe options are fairly limited.

Eating:  I am still exclusively breastfeeding and it's going wonderfully!  I really enjoy the bonding time with Liam and don't mind his long nursing sessions at all!  He's still a messy eater, but he has improved over the last month.  Thankfully, I'm not changing my shirts nearly as much!  I think there's a chance I have a bit of an oversupply, but I'm managing it just fine.  I got some help from the lactation consultants at a Le Leche League meeting.  I will say that I love these monthly get togethers!  I've gone every month since my last month of pregnancy.  It's such a great group of women and fun for Liam and I to see other moms & babies.  I highly recommend it to other mommies!

Sleeping:  One night (around 7 weeks old), Conor & I spontaneously decided to put Liam to bed in his crib for the 1st time!  It wasn't a big planned event, it just happened.  Liam was sleepy early one evening, but we weren't ready for bed yet... So we put him to bed in his own room and he slept for 6 hours straight!  While this was so exciting, Mom and Dad weren't quite ready for this.  :-)  I checked on him twice that night even though we had the baby monitor!  From that evening on, Liam has consistently slept 4-6 hours in his crib each night.  We have since developed a nighttime routine that is working really well for us!  Around 8pm we give him a bath which he loves; we do lots of splashing, playing, singing songs...anything that gets him engaged and smiling!  Then, we put Liam in his jammies and (sometimes) read a bedtime story. I think I enjoy the story much more than Liam at this point!  His My favorite is Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site.  Around 9pm I nurse Liam to sleep, and Conor swaddles him and puts him down in his crib for the evening.  Once he wakes up after his first long stretch of sleep, Conor gets Liam and brings him to me for a feeding & diaper change.  Then he stays in bed with us for the rest of the night and early morning when Conor gets up for work... We just love that snuggle time with him! Especially Conor as Liam likes to curl up and snooze against his chest.

Diapering:  I am still loving his cloth diapers!  I wish I could have a diaper budget and keep buying all these cute prints & colors and new brands as I discover them.  But for now, my current stash is doing just fine.  We rarely have any blowouts, and Liam hasn't had any diaper rash!  I decided to bring our cloth diapers with us for our trip to MT and was so happy I did!  It was just as easy as using them at home, since we had a washer to use when we needed it.  However, I do think it would be hard to fly with cloth (the diapers would need their own piece of luggage), so unfortunately I might have to use disposables for a few upcoming trips, yuck!

Outings:  Life for Liam has been exciting lately!  In the last month, we have taken Liam to a wedding on top of Schweitzer mountain, a visit to Spokane & Montana, and he has even accompanied us for a little wine tasting!  He loves being outside and is stimulated by just about everything.  We took him with us on a trip to Pike Place Market where he was so alert, engaged, and enjoyed all the sights & sounds.  It was fun seeing him so interested in the world around him; I see lots of fun market trips in our future!

Likes:  Stretching: he'll spend a good 5 minutes stretching out his body when he wakes up in the morning.  Bath time:  he gets those little legs kicking like crazy and doesn't stop moving the entire time!  Faces: he's still much more entertained by people and their expressions than he is with toys at this point. Telling stories: Liam is becoming such a chatterbox! He loves to be propped up facing Mom or Dad and just smile and talk up a storm! He goes on and on with his coos and other funny sounds. We can't wait to hear his little giggles for the first time.  Tummy time by the window:  Liam is fascinated with these huge sunflowers growing in our neighbors yard, so we put him on his tummy so he can hold his head up and look outside!  He also likes to pull his knees to his chest during a diaper change, making it impossible to get a clean diaper on him.  And he's also a big fan of giving open mouth kisses, the more slobbery the better! :-)

Milestones:  As said above, he's sleeping in his own crib!  He's also holding his head up so well, that I think I'm going to try putting him in his bumbo a little bit this week!

Best Moment:  Liam meeting lots of his extended family!  In Montana, he met his Gram & BK (Conor's parents), Aunts & Uncles, his cousin Aria, & his Great Grandfather Fred!  It was nice to finally introduce him to Conor's side of the family.  In Spokane, he met Great Grandfather Bob, more Aunts & Uncles, & his cousin Kanyon!  It is so fun to see the babies together; I can't wait until he is older and they can actually play together! 

**Once again, here are more cute pictures of Liam from the past month.  If you want to follow me on instagram (keenanlauram), you can get even more of his cuteness on a daily basis!**


Thursday, September 20, 2012

4 Generations

Conor & I are both so lucky to each have a Grandpa still with us and a part of our lives!  When we found out that I was pregnant, we were so anxious to share the news that they would be a Great Grandpa!  Over labor day weekend, we made a trip to Montana to see Conor's family and then introduced Liam to my Grandpa on the way back to Seattle.  It was so special to see each of them with Liam for the 1st time.  Warms my heart! :-)  Unfortunately, Liam didn't have his best smile on in either picture...  But I'm sure there will be many more pictures to come!  In case your wondering, my Grandpa (Bob) is 92 and Conor's Grandpa (Fred) is 90!  We have some great genes in both our families!

Friday, September 14, 2012

Liam's Newborn Photos

Haley put together a blog post with Liam's newborn photos!  My heart skipped a beat when I saw them; she captured our little family perfectly!  I can't believe what a cutie our little boy is and how much he has changed in the past month.  I love these pictures and will treasure them forever.  Enjoy!

Thanks again Haley, we love your work & YOU!

Sunday, September 9, 2012

My Favorite Things: Newborn

These are a few of my favorite things that we have used in the 1st month.  Obviously there are no newborn necessities here; these are just a few extras that made life with Liam a little bit easier.

Carter's Gowns:  These were perfect for all those late night diaper changes!  No one wants to deal with snaps when their eyes are barely open and they are sleep deprived.  Plus, they are so stinking cute....they practically scream out: "snuggle me!"  I only had two, but I wished I would have had about 7 so I could put one on him every night.  I even went to Carter's the other day hoping to buy some in the 0-3 month size but they only come in newborn, bummer!

Planetwise Wet bagThese are popular with cloth diaper mommas to store dirty diapers when you're out & about; however, they are also great for soiled clothing!  Instead of always carrying plastic bags around, I have one of these in my diaper bag at all times.  When you get home, the bag goes in the washer right with the dirty clothes!  So easy, and this way you aren't using plastic bags all the time.  I only have one, but will be purchasing another one soon.  That way I'll always have one on hand while the other is in the wash.  So many cute prints to choose from too!

Swaddle blankets:  The aden & anais swaddle blankets are my absolute favorite.  We were given two sets as gifts and use them for everything!  They are light weight and gauzy which is perfect for a summer baby.  Not only do we use them as swaddle blankets, but we also use they to cover Liam when we're out in the sun or as a nursing cover.  Instead of hauling around a specific "nursing cover," I simply tie two ends together before we leave the house.  This makes it quick & easy to slip over my head to nurse Liam on the go.  It's light enough that neither of us get too hot underneath it while nursing.

Night light:  We were given the Cloud B Twilight Turtle as a gift and have already gotten plenty of use from it.  In the first few weeks, I needed some light for evening diaper changes & nursing sessions.  This turtle is so easy to turn on and gives off just enough light for me to see him. It still keeps the room dark enough for Conor to sleep and doesn't shine right into Liam's eyes as I'm trying to get him back to sleep.  It turns off after 45 minutes which is the best part!  We can fall right back to sleep and not worry about leaving a light on, especially handy when we fall asleep nursing.  And for those nights that Liam decides it's time to play, the colorful turtle shell projects stars on the ceiling to keep him engaged until he starts to nod off again!

Sleeping nursing bra:  I found this inexpensive nursing bra at Target, and it is so comfy!  I don't just use it for sleeping...I use it all day long, it's my go-to bra now!  I only bought one before Liam was born, which was a big mistake because it would get dirty so quickly from leaks or Liam spitting up.  I wish I had about 3 to rotate through the laundry.  The washing machine is a little rough on it, but when you have a newborn, there is no time for hand washing!  Good thing it's cheap, so I won't feel bad when it only lasts me so long.

Soap:  I had the hardest time deciding what soap to use on Liam.  I wanted something without a ton of nasty chemicals and artificial additives.  After lots of research, I decided on Dr. Bronner's baby mild soap.  It's wonderful for baby's sensitive skin.  It's a highly concentrated soap that you need to dilute, so we literally only use a drop during bath time and only during every other bath!

Coconut Oil:  This stuff has so many uses, just google it!  For baby, I use it as a diaper rash cream (it's cloth diaper safe), for cradle cap, & any dry skin.  I buy a big jar of it, and then just stick a small amount in some Tupperware.  I have it in my diaper bag and on the changing table at all times.  No need to wipe your hands off after using it, just rub it into your hands, lips...whatever!  It's also a wonderful nipple cream during the early days of breastfeeding.  And since it's edible (great to cook or bake with) you don't have to wipe it off before each feeding!  Our Costco just started carrying it (Nutiva brand) or Trader Joe's has it for cheap!

**Extra exciting news: at 6 1/2 weeks, Liam slept in his own room for
 the first time and stayed asleep for 5 1/2 hours, yay!!!***

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Sneak Peak: Newborn Photos

Enjoy this sneak peak of Liam's newborn photos!
Taken by the incredibly talented & creative Haley from Haley Sierra Weddings!

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