9 weeks and counting

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I realize as the week goes by that my blogging is slowing down and it is not on purpose. When I thin about updating you all on our life or of even posting a recipe it is bedtime or I crave the time with my husband after the baby goes down for the night.

We have been eating lots of yummy veggies and eating smaller meals during the day. As a nursing mother, I feel hungry all the time, but it means eating healthy foods and not junk. I am not much of a snacker but if I “see” chips or cookies around I will eat it. I totally have not been making cookies for sure.

Breakfasts look like this:

We have been eating fruit for dessert or even skipping it all together. The thought of putting something together OTHER than dinner is far from my mind.I have lots of yummy recipes pinned on Pinterest, but eventually I know I will try one or two soon.

One of the yummy recipes I created to satiate my baby’s feedings are Green Monster smoothies with added barley. I have been soaking pearled barley and adding them to my Vitamix. They are a meal in itself so I usually have one every other morning.

Daddy and Julianne

Ryan has been helping A LOT with meals. He has told me he really does not usually know what to make but if I give him an idea and walk him though recipes or meals, especially meals I have created from my imagination, then he does pretty well. I taught him how to make an omelette so now he is king of egg making. Thanks honey!

Julianne, our baby, has been doing really well! We have stayed on a good 3 hour schedule that has worked for 4 days now. Yesterday was not a good day and I pinned it to a growth spurt because, thank God, she is back on the schedule today, so it seems. 

The morning starts around 7:30am with a feeding and them I burp and hold her for 15 minutes. She then plays on her swing for 45 minutes and then I switch her to the play mat. She has started grabbing at toys and making more sounds. It is terribly precious! After about another 45 minutes on the mat she starts fussing. 

I love the fact that I can pretty much detect what her cries mean. Her fussy cries end up being “I am sleepy” cries, so I swaddle her and put her to sleep. I had been having her sleep in the bassinet she sleeps in during the night but this week I transitioned her to the crib and she welcomed it! She even likes staring at her stuffed Captain Kirk doll, given to her by her uncle. Hee hee. She then sleeps exactly 45 minutes, every time! Weird!

Julianne is really, overall, a great baby. She has one meltdown of a day and I do not do well. That was my yesterday. I really felt like she was colicky for the first time, but at the same time she is still going through congestion due to a combination of  the heater in our home and dryness. I can see she just does not like the crud coming up from her chest. This crud also affects her after eating. I think it upsets her tummy so them I really do not feel like I can help her. :-(  We started aspirating with the bulb along with some saline rinses and adding baby vapor rub to her chest, which seems to help. Anyone relate? 

After a whole day of her crying in and out and fussing, this mama was VERY tired and I may have shed some tears, but today is a NEW day thank God and it has been a lot better. Maybe a growth spurt? Either way, I have lots of fun with her and she has started sitting on our laps while we eat dinner. it is lots of fun seeing her listen to us as we converse back and forth. She is a cutie!

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  • http://fishchipsandsalsa.wordpress.com/ fishchipsandsalsa

    Bravo. I started blogging one month before our 3rd child was born. At this rate, I am doing good if I post once a quarter! You are doing fabulous! Your recipes inspire me!

    • http://www.blogger.com/profile/17579815484543487415 Noelle

      Thanks Andrea! Thank you for your comment.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/04695690277037332534 Kirsten Taggart

    Hi Noelle!
    That is great that she is on a schedule, it really helps. I miss your yummy recipes, but I totally understand. She is a cutie :)

    • http://www.blogger.com/profile/17579815484543487415 Noelle

      Yes, on as soon as she is she pulls a quick one. She is growing!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/02309700972165116014 RhodeyGirl

    What a cutie!

    Try putting J down a bit earlier for naps. 1.75 hours is a long time for her to be up before you put her down. Try to really pay attention to sleepy cues and you can avoid the meltdowns. I had to lean the hard way wth several days of lots of tears for both of us. I hope you don’t have to go through that.

    • http://www.blogger.com/profile/17579815484543487415 Noelle

      Thanks for the advice. I will try it once we are past these cluster feedings. MUST GO EAT!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/00399314617421226163 Larissa

    I agree with the above post, though some babies do function well on several 45 min naps throughout the day (so I’ve read). You know her best!

    Also, do you have a humidifier? A cool mist one will help a lot with dryness and congestion.

    And, how in the world do you skip dessert??!! :)

    • http://www.blogger.com/profile/17579815484543487415 Noelle

      Thanks, I have a warm mist and it seems to be ok. I usually cannot do without dessert but we are working on it. 😀

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/08873080530639686787 HiHoRosie

    she’s growing so fast! She’s a doll!

    • http://www.blogger.com/profile/17579815484543487415 Noelle

      I know right? I can’t believe it myself!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/00361442891218676216 Emily Malloy

    She is unbelievably beautiful!

    • http://www.blogger.com/profile/17579815484543487415 Noelle

      Thanks Emily!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16761350918719977604 Erica

    Aw! She is precious!! I think we all go through those omg moments!! I swear it just gets easier and easier over time!