Baby Updates

4 Months and This is How We Roll

At 4 months, we got a new baby! Cadence is super responsive now. She interacts with us a lot more when we are making faces at her. All that tummy time practice has paid off and she is rolling now–from her back to her tummy. We’ve upgraded her to a Pack N Play next to our bed and retired her snuggle nest and bassinet. I find myself constantly rotating out her clothes. She is growing fast and we’re already putting her in 6-12 month outfits.

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Cadence is rolling from her back to tummy now!

Danny and I finally went on a date without Cadence. On June 24, 2018, our cousin Tony and his 10-year-old daughter Meagan came over to babysit. For two hours during lunch, Danny and I feasted at Gen Korean BBQ. They tell you not to talk about your baby when you go on dates… for us, we just didn’t talk at all. This is usually the case when we our stuffing our faces at all-you-can-eat Korean BBQ.

A week later, we celebrated our one-year wedding anniversary (July 1, 2018) in Colorado Springs. We were spending the July 4th holiday with my family at the Great Wolf Lodge. The hotel is a water park resort for kids. My nephews had a blast! And we took Cadence into the swimming pool for the first time. She didn’t cry, so we assumed she enjoyed herself. After 30 minutes in the pool, she immediately fell asleep. She was so exhausted!

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Cadence’s first time swimming, just a few days shy of 4 months old!

While my parents helped watch Cadence, Danny and I went to the Broadmoor Hotel, where we went on one of our first dates. I can say it was romantic to retrace our footsteps and fall in love with each other all over again. Four years really isn’t that long ago so all the memories are still with us. We’ll have to do it again in four-ty years.

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Celebrating 1 year of wedded bliss, 4 years of dating and 4 months of being parents

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Three months and growing fast

I have to say, it’s cute that I ever thought I’d have time to keep up with a family blog. I’m soooo tired. Kudos to the moms that are able to find time to write, take beautiful photos and edit videos. But at this point, this blog will just be to help us remember Cadence’s milestones.

At three months now, Cadence is smiling, cooing and giggling. Her neck is fairly strong and she pushes herself up during tummy time. She looks as though she will roll over very soon! The issues she had with gas and colic seem to have gone away and now we are experiencing sunny days with Cadence. Besides her inability to have a normal poopy diaper (only blowouts), we love where she’s at right now!

Cadence at three months – starting to smile and coo

She is starting to use the Mama & Papa seat to sit at the table with us during meals. No solid food for her just yet though. She’s just drinking pumped milk every day and one bottle of formula at night. I question how long my pumping journey will go but telling myself to go one day at a time. Continue reading “Three months and growing fast”

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Two Month Baby Update

This post originally began as Cadence’s one month update but time flew by and I wasn’t able to finish the post in time. Now Cadence is two months! And just like that I’m back to work. I was only able to take 8 weeks for maternity leave! Wah! Here’s the little babe:

Sleep.

The first night we took Cadence home, she slept great! We have her in a cosleeper next to our bed. We were supposed to wake her up every 3 hours to feed but generally, she would wake up on her own for feedings. After the first night, sleep was a little rough for the coming weeks. At around 7 weeks, Cadence started sleeping longer, waking up only once around 1am – 2am to feed. Because my milk didn’t come in until day 5 or so, we were already having to feed her formula and she was taking a bottle from the very beginning. So Danny and I would take turns with the night feedings. I so appreciate him for helping with these especially after hearing that other dads didn’t have to when mothers were exclusively breastfeeding. Also, Danny only took one week off in the beginning and immediately went back to work so I knew he was often exhausted in the middle of the night too. Continue reading “Two Month Baby Update”

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Cadence’s Birth Story – March 8, 2018

 

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March 7, 2018 – So labor begins…

On March 7, 2018, there was a gas leak in San Diego that led to gridlock traffic around town when my husband (Danny) and I got off work. That day I started to feel back-to-back contractions and we sat in that traffic hoping it wasn’t time to go to the hospital yet.

When we got home, early labor began around 8pm with mild contractions at 10 minutes apart. By 10pm, I called Kaiser Labor & Delivery to let them know the contractions were getting closer and closer. I tried to sleep but the pain was becoming stronger and more frequent; I laid on the ground, wrapped myself around the pregnancy ball, etc. At 4am, contractions were every 4 minutes and I started bleeding (bloody show). It was time to go! I took a quick shower and my husband packed up. He dropped me off at the entrance of the hospital as I waddled in. Quickly, a staff member got a wheelchair and brought me to triage. I was 5cm dilated!
The nurse was impressed that I had waited at home so long. Since I was already in active labor, I decided to get the epidural then. By 5am, we were waiting in the delivery room and contractions were intense! It wasn’t until 7am that the anesthesiologist came to our room, leaving me with two hours of intense contractions and lots of time to reflect on how my mom gave birth to my siblings and me naturally. How did she do it? Respect.
I had a hard time slouching my back down and relaxing (in between contractions) so he could get the epidural needle in. I kept flinching every time he’d touch my back… to the point where he yelled at me about the seriousness of holding still. I was nervous I was going to botch this, my ticket out of pain island. But eventually, he did it and the epidural kicked in. I could see contractions come and go on the monitor, but no pain. It was magical.
Since I had a normal pregnancy, we were asked if we were OK with a midwife delivering the baby. Yep! So they sent in Karen who checked my dilation again at 9am. 8 cm dilated!

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What is in the Babylist Hello Baby Box?

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I just received my #HelloBabyBox from Babylist so thought I’d put together an update post specifically on what is in this box. First, to receive the box, sign up for a baby registry! What we loved about Babylist was that you can add items from any website. The registry allowed us to find the best prices and items to pull them into one comprehensive list.

The welcome box came in the mail about a month after we signed up. Here’s a glimpe of what’s inside:

  1. Babylist cards to let friends/family know you are registered on their site
  2. Sample of Pampers diapers
  3. Samples of Cetaphil (Baby diaper cream, moisturizing oil, wash & shampoo and lotion)
  4. Sample of Fridababy Windi The Gaspasser and the Fridababy Boogie Wiper
  5. “Cutest Baby Ever” sticker from StickyBellies.com
  6. Kiinde Twist Direct-Pumo Breast Milk Collection
  7. Lansinoh Latch-On Tips and Sample Lanolin Nipple Cream
  8. $50 Babysitting Gift Card from Urbansitter
  9. Sample of Boobease Organic Nipple Balm
  10. Coupon to Tiny Tags Personalized Mommy Jewelry
  11. $25 Gift Card to TeaCollection.com
  12. Stickers and art prints from Lucy Darling

I love that there are several items for mom in this box (not just baby products). Squeee!!! 😄

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What’s in the box (or bag)? Baby registry freebies!

You’re having a baby! Once the initial shock settles, you can move into the next phase of preparing for your little one’s arrival. Sign up for baby registries at your favorite stores and receive lots of free goodies (and coupons)! For us, we signed up with Amazon, Walmart and Target —  stores where we regularly shop (we’re bargain shoppers!).

There are a lot of other retailers: Buy Buy Baby, Babies R Us and Pottery Barn Kids. And also many sites helping you pull your items together into a universal registry: Baby List, The Bump, Blueprint Registry. They each have their own benefits, but in this post, I’m going to share what you can find in the registry welcome boxes specifically from Amazon, Target and Walmart. The best part is that these are all FREE! And so exciting to open, especially as a new parent.

Note: This post was written February 2018; the items regularly change in these boxes! I tried my best to link everything so you can learn more about the products. This took me for-EVER, but hope you find it helpful!

Amazon Baby Registry Welcome Box

First of all, how do you become eligible for this? Ahh! There were several steps to complete before this box arrives at your door.

  1. Sign up for a baby registry through your Amazon account.
  2. After your registry is up, there needs to be $10 of purchases made and shipped from the registry.
  3. When logged into your registry, click on “Registry Checklist” on the left side and go through the items Amazon recommends for a baby registry. Check every item (they do not need to go on your registry).
  4. Once these steps are complete, you can check the status of your welcome box. You should see a “Claim Now” button that will give a $35 credit for the box. Once you order the box, the total amount will adjust to $0.00.
  5. Note: For me, when I originally finished the steps, the boxes were out of stock. About a week later when I checked the status, the boxes were available again.

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10 Ways to Involve Your Husband [or Partner] in Your Pregnancy

First, yay and congrats to all pregnant mommas to be! Wishing you a happy and healthy pregnancy. If you have a partner, boyfriend or husband to embark on this journey with, this post is for you. When my husband Danny and I found out we were pregnant, he was ecstatic! I’m very fortunate to have a partner who has been so involved [and genuinely wants to be]! Most of these ideas were things he did on his own. If you need some inspiration or creativity on how to include your partner (who may feel left out or disengaged), read on…

[1] Have your partner rub belly oil or cocoa butter for you

I heard other couples doing this, and when I proposed the idea to my husband, he was all about it! We now include this in our nightly routine, where he helps rub belly butter on my stomach before we go to bed. I’m eight months pregnant, so it’s also a chance for him to touch my belly and feel the baby kicking. (We didn’t start this routine until month five).

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I’ve been using two products: Burt’s Bees Mama Bee Belly Butter ($12) and Bio Oil ($9). I’m pretty diligent about using the belly butter so I’m almost out of the 6.5 ounce jar. Will need to order more or switch to the Bio Oil only. To be honest, I have no idea if these are working or will work in the long run, but other mommas have given them good reviews. I’m nervous about stretch marks so trying to cover all my bases here — I will find out post pregnancy! Continue reading “10 Ways to Involve Your Husband [or Partner] in Your Pregnancy”