Logan: 3 Weeks Old AND April Bakin’ Friends

April 30, 2013

What a week!

This has been the most trying one [as if there’s been so many!] so far. Logan is really starting to develop this ornery personality. Gone is the time where I could feed him and he would pass out in my arms for a few hours. Now I feed him and he stares back at me, wide awake, with those big blues eyes ready for me to entertain him. And the calm mood only last for a little bit before he starts to get fussy and then I’m on to the next feeding.

He doesn’t just calmly feeding anymore either. See those blurry hands above? They’re blurry because he’s constantly moving them around. Those little appendages have a mind over their own! So when I’m feeding him I’m constantly battling him and the arms, it gets a little exhausting.

The hardest time of our day though really comes around 5-9pm [colic hours]. He will go from being perfectly content to screaming at the top of his lungs. It kills me. I’ll feed him, we change his diaper, doesn’t help. If we hold him he will remain somewhat calm, but the second we put him down all hell breaks loose again.

The last two nights I’ve been able to get the crying to stop pretty quickly by giving him a really tight swaddle. I’m talking tight…I feel like I might break him…but as soon as I get him all tightened up he stops the crying. He’s wide awake, but at least he’s not crying. So then I’ll cradle him in my arms and start the sshhing process. I do this for a few minutes just to soothe him and then I’ll let him feed again. This has been my saving grace! I’ve found that if I try to feed him while he’s screaming and flailing around it just makes him even more mad. After he feeds for a few minutes he’s knocked out. I walk and bounce him for a few minutes and then gently lay him in the cradle. And done!

I feel really lucky that he’s a good night sleeper. I mean, he wakes up every 2 – 2 1/2 hours to feed, but it’s a relatively quick feeding, a diaper change, and then he’s passed out again. It’s not like I’m having to work on getting him back to sleep, so I’m super thankful for that.

I did buy The Happiest Baby On The Block yesterday and can’t wait to see what other techniques we can start doing to try and prevent the crying from even starting.

One of the highlights of our day though is going out for a walk. We try to go out everyday and stroll for 45 minutes. He LOVES it so much. He’ll sleep through most of the walk, but sometimes I’ll peek down at him and he’s just looking up at the sky almost mesmerized.

It’s so fun to watch him just taking in the world.

I can’t believe that next week my little guy will be a month old.

Stop growing so fast!

Mom Check Up:

This week I’m feeling pretty good. I feel like my stiches have healed up. It’s not so uncomfortable to go to the bathroom anymore, which makes me think that there’s progress happening down there. Thank GAWD! Now if I could just get my boobs under control! These things leak like crazy. So now I’ve got pads on my boobs and pads in my underwear…and it’s starting to get really hot out now, so I feel gross with all this cotton protection.

The days of limited sleep are really starting to get to me now too. I mean since Logan’s been born I haven’t been able to sleep more than 3 hours at a time. I feel like my eyes are the heaviest part of my body right now. I try to take naps when he does, but it’s hard to do, because I also have things around the house that I try to get done while he’s sleeping. It’s a big adjustment.

I’m now 3 pounds away from my pre-pregnancy weight and can fit in to most of my pre pregnancy clothes. They’re all a little tight and I definitely have a mushy belly that now hangs over my shorts, but it makes me feel good to know that I can get them on!

I still have another month before I go to the doctor to get cleared to start exercising again and I CANNOT wait for that day. I am so eager to start working out again. I stopped doing my typical workouts when I was about 38 weeks pregnant, which was 2 months ago, so now my muscle tone is completely gone. SAD face. I am so ready to just get back to kicking my butt.

But, for now, walking and baby carrying is all I’m doing…and I’m loving every minute of it.

 

NOW for Bakin’ Friends!

Since I was busy at the hospital this month, I didn’t participate in this month’s round up.

But, I was so glad that everyone else still wanted to participate! This month’s secret ingredient was lemon. Lemon = spring! You can check out the linky party below to see what goodies everyone got in the mail and you can also check out my Facebook page too!

I’d LOVE, LOVE, LOVE for you to join this fabulous baking pen pal group! It’s super easy, super fun, and super yummy!! What are you waiting for?

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Bakin’ Friends is all about connecting bakers, bloggers, foodies, and people who just like sweets! We’re in the business of baking and making friends!

Each month we will be baking goodies, with a secret ingredient, to send out to one another. I’ll let you know at the beginning of the month what secret ingredient we’re using. It might be chocolate, it might be maple syrup, it may be bacon, whatever it is though you’ll be required to use it (unless there’s an allergy to the ingredient) in your baked goody.

On the 6th of each month you will be paired up with a Bakin’ Friend. You’ll contact your newly appointed Bakin’ Friend to see if they have any allergies or dietary restrictions and you’ll also get their mailing address. Then you’ll bake your goody and have it in the mail and on its way to your new Bakin’ Friend by the 16th of each month. You’ll of course want to include the recipe for your baked goody so that your new friend can recreate the yummies at home! How cute would it be if we all did our recipes on vintage recipe cards, just sayin’!

Then, on the last day of the month we’ll post about who our new Bakin’ Friend is, what they baked, and how they used the secret ingredient. (This group right now is only open to US and Canadian residents. US residents will be paired with US residents, and Canadian residents with Canadian residents)

Are you ready to make some new friends? Then send an email to stephsbitebybite(at)gmail(dot)com with Bakin’ Friends in the subject. Emails MUST be received before the 2nd of each month so that I have time to get all the match ups done. Please make sure to include your full name, your email address, your blog name and URL (if applicable), and whether you live in the US or Canada.

 



{ 16 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Lauren at Keep It Sweet April 30, 2013 at 7:45 am

Aw he is such a cutie. So glad to hear you are starting to feel a little better and that you found a way to calm him down. I imagine that would be so overwhelming!

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2 Steph April 30, 2013 at 11:14 am

Thanks Lauren!

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3 Racheal @ Running with Racheal April 30, 2013 at 7:50 am

Logan is beautiful! You are doing a great job! I was there with Ina a few months ago. Tight swaddles saved my life. She is almost 5 months and I still swaddle her to put her to bed. 🙂

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4 Steph April 30, 2013 at 11:14 am

LOL…good thing I’m becoming a pro at them if they’re gonna last that long 🙂

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5 Emily April 30, 2013 at 10:01 am

You’re doing great, mama. It’s really interesting to hear how he (and you!) change each week. And I’m especially appreciating your end-of-pregnancy posts now that I am overdue… definitely experiencing some similar challenges as you did. Hope the end is near!

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6 Steph April 30, 2013 at 11:13 am

Oh man! Hang in there!!! WALK WALK WALK

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7 Dawn @ Butter And Spinkles April 30, 2013 at 11:43 am

I have a coworker that swore by “Happiest Baby on the Block.” I believe she now has the next one, “Happiest Toddler…” as well.

Hang in there and just remember that one day you will wish you had these days back (or so I’ve heard! 😉 ) You’re doing a fantastic job – hang in there!

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8 Steph May 1, 2013 at 11:30 am

Thanks Dawn! I’m loving the book!

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9 Erin @ The Spiffy Cookie April 30, 2013 at 12:18 pm

Glad you figured out how to calm him and that you’re also feeling better yourself. As for Bakin’ Friends, it’s awfully lonely on the inlink hop this month… just me!

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10 kelly April 30, 2013 at 4:35 pm

Love your blog, and your son is adorable. Have you tried cutting out dairy? When my son was really fussy we thought it was gas. Cutting out dairy made a huge difference!

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11 Steph May 1, 2013 at 11:29 am

The doc and I spoke about my dairy intake and they don’t think that it’s too much of an issue now, but definitely something I’m trying to keep down to a minimum.

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12 alex April 30, 2013 at 4:40 pm

little Logan is so cute!! Our witching hour started everyday at 6pm! I thought we would never survive it. Swaddle was amazing and the swing. It can be overwhelming and I totally hear you on the sleep thing. Isn’t it amazing how little sleep you can actually get? You’re doing a great job!

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13 Steph May 1, 2013 at 11:26 am

It’s mind boggling actually! I don’t know how we do it!

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14 Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. May 1, 2013 at 12:32 am

Aww, I hope things will get a little easier for you. I know the no sleep thing must be really difficult.

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15 Natalie @ Will Jog For Food May 1, 2013 at 12:34 pm

Logan is so cute! Wyatt is 2 weeks old now, and he gets fussy and wants to eat constantly between 5 – 9. But sometimes I feel bad because I dread it once in a while… nobody told me how hard breastfeeding would be!

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16 Liz May 1, 2013 at 6:14 pm

I hadn’t seen Logan yet! What a DOLL! Yes, there will be trying times, but so many rewards which outweigh them. Congratulations, my friend! xo

PS…thanks for your kind words of sympathy.

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