Tuesday, August 16, 2016

7QT - Birthday and Baseball


Seven Quick Takes



1. Feelin' 22!
Yesterday was my birthday, and it was a good one. I started the day looking through my new Blessed is She planner with a cup of coffee. Because Zelie is three months now she can be at the daycare at the gym so that I can workout. I ran on the treadmill and watched Olympic volleyball. I was legit crying for some of it because it was so beautiful and I think the man next to me was a little concerned. Zelie was a great baby for most of the day, so we had birthday snuggles and I got a lot of cleaning done. We invited our friends from our old apartment and it was great catching up with our basically 10 old roommates. The evening was filled with drinks, desserts, pizza, stories, and laughter. 



2. Blessed is She planner
This is no ordinary planner. It is a liturgical planner for women. So it has allll the feast days. It also has a couple pages of the makers' favorite prayers, a place for birthdays, monthly layouts with a monthly todo list, weekly todo lists, weekly grocery losts, neal plann for each week, weekly prayer intentions, weekly notes and goals, hourly layouts for each week day, daily goals, places to mark whether you have loved your body, soul, or mind, and a place to write down what you are grateful for. This planner is going to be so helpful for me. 





3. St. Paul Saints Game!
This summer the three of us have gone to two games now. We (read: I) love baseball. Zelie did really well. She had her fussy moments, but that's to be expected. We had these baby ear protection muffs for her that were hilariously adorable, and apparently Michael Phelps's son wore the same kind at the Olympics, so that's cool. 




4. Date!
A couple friends of ours wanted to babysit so that we could go on a date! We had a beer flight and some wings and were able to have some alone time without needing to worry about the baby. Then we came back and caught up with our friends and watched the rain fall while eating some cookies they baked. One thing I love about a date night is being able to catch up with the babysitters. 

5. NFP Class
We had a discussion with my doctor and together decided that it would be beat to have our next child when Zelie is able to walk, based on how my last pregnancy was. I also still have some healing and rehab to do. I have been taking a lot of vitamins and probiotics to get my stomach and body to be normal. I feel normal for the most part now, but I can tell that I went through some serious trauma those 8 months. So, we are doing the Creighton model of NFP, charting all kinds of symptoms, and now that we're a month in, we are finally seeing a pattern! I am happy to say that I am confident in our method of spacing children, without using any birth control. 

6. First Anniversary 
Everyone has been telling us how fast this last year has been. Peter and I felt that this past year has felt like five years. We did not have a typical newlywed phase and it we lived out that "in sickness and in health" part of our vows only about a month in. And now we have a baby. So yes, our marriage has been great, but no it did not fly by and it has been very hard. Zelie is such a blessing in our lives and I wouldn't have it any other way. I'm looking forward to this next year of marriage, and am hoping it will be better than the last. 

7. Bocce Ball
Last week Zelie's godparents had a bocce ball tournament and invited all their friends to their new home. I've never played before but it was so fun meeting new people, having the bracket, and a  ice cream truck drove by and we all got a treat! Zelie has been loving the outdoors and she actually watched us play! I think this event really showed what our whole summer has been like. It's had friends, family, adventure, and a baby. 

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Five Favorites: Baby’s First 3 Months

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Zelie turned three months old on August 6th, and boy has time flown by! Besides her birth story, it has been a long time since I’ve written. I’ve really been investing almost 100% of my time into being a wife and new mom. These has been my five favorite moments with this little booger.

#1: Nursing

One of my very first moments with Zelie was feeding her. I was able to look at her bright eyes and memorize her face. Eating is probably a baby’s favorite thing to do, and I am honored to be able to provide that solely to her. I thought that it would be very weird, but instinct came in and it only felt natural.

Because a baby needs to eat around every three hours (we have a six-hour gap at night, and sometimes she has a “snack” during the day in between meals), you really can’t be away from the babe for too long. Luckily I have been able to get out. I do pump the occasional bottle for babysitters. Even when we do go on a date or I get to go to the gym, I miss Zelie a lot. This may sound odd, but my chest knows if I’m away and if it’s time to eat soon. This is because of a huge bond that we have because of nursing and I’m blessed that we have this. Because of this bond I have been learning how to have a baby in public and I think we are doing really well. I can now confidently nurse in public (baseball games, malls, Church, etc. etc.).



One of my favorite times to nurse is at night. At the beginning when we were still getting to know each other and I was very sleep deprived it was hard, but now I wake up to her soft cries between 2a-4a, come into the nursery, pick her up and snuggle, sit in the recliner with the Boppy pillow (U-shaped pillow that goes around my waist for the babe to lay on and frees my hands), and nurse her until she falls asleep. Then I pick her up so that she is vertical, wait for the most adorable of burps, then gently lay her down back in her crib and snuggle her up in a soft blanket. Then I get to crawl back into bed and snuggle with my husband.



#2: Watching them learn and grow

It is so cool seeing her go from limp noodle to able to hold her head up, grab things, sit up, and roll. I bought this pay mat that has an arch with hanging toys for Zelie to bat at and it’s amazing seeing her have favorites, try to chew on them, and coo while playing. About once a day you’re “supposed” to give the baby an opportunity for tummy time, helping with trying to roll over and hold their head up. Along with that I also have a time (or multiple times) when I practice saying “mama” with her. Sometimes I try other words too, or even just sticking my tongue out. She tries monkey see monkey do, but it is so special because I can see her watching my lips move and trying to mimic them.



#3: Baby smiles

One day Peter came home from work, went to the swing Zelie was in to say hi, and Zelie gave this big fat smile to her daddy. I can’t explain this magic moment. Soon almost every time we were playing with her, holding her, or even changing her diaper she would have this dopey smile. This was her way of saying I love you, and we know she means it. These smiles mean that even if all we want to do is crash and go to bed, we’re doing an okay, in fact, good job raising Zelie.



#4: Baby snuggles

When Zelie cries, I can go through this list of things she is trying to communicate. She wants her diaper changed, she’s hungry, she’s cold, she wants more attention, she’s tired, or she just wants to snuggle. Most of my snuggle time is when I’m nursing, but a couple times a day she just wants to lay on one of our chests. She doesn’t fall asleep, she just wants to share warmth and hear our heartbeat.


#5: Sharing her with others

I was very honored whenever people visited me in the hospital after her birth. We would all just sit there and adore this little fresh bundle from God. We also had visits those first two weeks at home, and it was a great time for us to catch up and bond over this little baby. Even now I still just love watching others hold her, play with her, and fall in love.

We are all called to ministry in some way. I thought as a wife and mother it would be to just get my husband and children to Heaven, but I am learning that I am also helping others come to know God with my family.

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Well, those are my favorite five moments with this babe. What are your favorite parts of baby time? Let me know in the comments!

I plan on doing more in the “Five Fav” series. If there is anything you want to know, leave a comment or send me an email!


This post is part of the 5Faves linkup with the Koala Mom and BabyStylista. Click here for more 5faves posts from others!