Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Bam!

Caden has new favorite word.  When telling stories, it usually involves someone bamming something. 

Bam!

Friday, March 22, 2013

Breastfeeding

I was very anxious about breastfeeding before Elinore was born, but it has turned into something I couldn't imagine missing out on.  I'd heard so many times how hard it can be and all the things that could happen to make it more difficult.  I wanted to be prepared and know how to handle any issues as they arose during breastfeeding.

Elinore strated breastfeeding fairly easily about an hour after she was born and stayed latched on for about 45 minutes.  I was so happy that it went so smoothly!

Things continued to go smoothly for a few hours with her, but then she seemingly lost interest in it for some time.  Sometime later she spit-up some unpleasant looking spit-up.  The nurse indicated she may have swallowed some fluids during birth causing her to be a bit upset an uninterested.  I continued waking her ever two hours in the hospital to try to nurse.  She wasn't always interested, but the nurses continued pushing us to try every two hours since Elinore had dropped under 6 lbs.  She was 6 lbs. 7 oz. at birth.  

We came home on Thursday and sometime shortly after lunch time on Friday my milk came in.   I could certainly feel it, and I really wasn't prepared for the engorgement that I experienced for the first week or two.

I have had an oversupply from very early on.  Elinore never nursed from both sides during one feeding as I was always directed to.  Or course that made me anxious, so I talked with a lactation consultant a few times early on.  While I appreciated her advice; it usually didn't work for us.  I sometimes think my issues were not common questions and she was more accustomed to under supply issues and latching problems, so she wasn't as prepared to help me. 

In talking with a good friend and Keith, I decided not to stress about her advise and just do what worked for us.  Our peditrican assured us that she would take what she needed and as long as she was growing and happy, we would both be fine. 

I continued nursing from one side and dealing regularly with leaky messes.  My let down was strong and supply was abundant, so nearly evey time she ate, she got the hiccups.  She would gag a few times a day too when there was just too much too fast for her. 

That first week or two of breastfeeding my back hurt something terrible from the extra weight.  She started sleeping long stretchs at night early on and I was still engorged and over full.  I could only sleep flat on my back at night.  In hindsight, I wish I'd have taken advantage of my pump a little sooner.  I know it can increase supply doing so, but I would still have tried it. 

It was several month, probably close to six months in that I finally stopped leaking regularly.  I tried many nursing pads, disposable and reusable. 

When nusing Elinore I had to be very careful to have multiple layers of material separateing my from my current clothes.  It was commong to soak through more than 3 layers of our burp rages. We used Gerber's floding cloth diapers.

At first I was very uncomfortable around other people while nursing her.  Party because I felt exposed, it was new to us, and it was messy, so staying discreet was hard.  I often went to another room alone if people were in our house.  Keith didn't like this at all because we were away from our guests and he kept pushing me to stay in the room with them.  I understand better why it was that way early; the extremem messiness of it all from the oversupply made it hard to let her latch quickly and discreetly.  It was a process to prepare! 

Fortunately as time went on the messiness slowed; I got more practiced and better at it, as did she.  Now, I don't use a cover and am comfortable nursing her neatly anywhere!

In the beginning there were challenges, but I'm so glad I stuck with it.  It is certainly easier now, and something I don't think twice about. 

My lack of understanding or reading about formula feeding only heled me stay commited.  If I stopped breastfeeding; I knew nothing about formual feeding.  I hadn't read anything about how to prepare it, how to store it, how much to use, anything, and I'm so alright with that.  Granted, Keith would have known a lot of that since the boys were formual fed.  Although I think about that being something that helped keep me commited to breastfeeding; I certainly don't think it was a driving force. 

I was forunate there were very few times, that I even thought about stopping; and even then, they weren't serious considerations.  It's been a great experience.

Thursday, March 21, 2013

A Letter to My Future Self

Dear Self:

If you're ever a grandma or even as a mom to adult children, please remember these things:
  • Things have changed since you were a new mom.  Allow them to make their choices, and know that those choices are not a slap in your face that you were wrong in how you raised your children.  
  •  Stay active, healthy and fit to be around to enjoy your family and fun activities even as you age.  
  • Offer to help, and be genuine about it. 
  • Try not to offer too much unwanted advice.
  • Be a good listener.
  • Be patient and kind.
  • Take interest in your children's lives, not just your grandkids lives. 
  • Try to find a common interest to connect with your kids.
  • Be open minded.
  • If you have nothing nice to say, say nothing at all.
  • Put God first, eveything else will fall in line.
I'm sure there are more things.

Now that I've written out these things, I realize it's more than just my future self that could benefit from these things.  I can benefit from some of these things now.  Here's to living a better life. 

Love,

Self


Monday, March 18, 2013

Hello Doc!

Elinore,

You've had a rough week.

Weekend before last you had a low grade fever, but it went away and you were acting fine, other than being a little cranky.

Monday after work, Daddy took you into express care because he was worried you had another ear infection.  We only learned of your first ear infection because you went in for a cough.  Turns out, you were just teething, which is what Mommy thought was going on, but we wanted to be safe and make sure you were taken care of. 

Wednesday you had a doctor's appointment too.  After being at work only a few short hours, your sitter said you eye wasn't looking very good.  I left, picked you up and stayed home with you until your appointment.  You had conjunctivitis a.k.a. pink eye.

Friday after work I noticed a big red spot on your neck.  An hour later when I changed your diaper, I noticed you had it on your tummy and arms too.  I don't know a lot about rashes, and you Daddy was ready to rush you to the ER.  (Don't worry, you'll get used to Daddy wanting to run to the ER at every sneeze.  I help balance him out that way!)  I called the nurse on call and she recommended having you seen in the next 24 hours, but didn't see it as a rush.  Then we remembered Express Care was still open, so in we went again.  The doc said it is a viral rash and may be what caused your pink eye, but that there was not treatment, you'd be fine and it should be gone by Monday.   

You had a really rough day on Saturday; we were out and about and your cried through most of our meal at the restaurant with Uncle Brent and Aunt Kate.  It was one of our first experiences with you being cranky and noisy out in public.  I think I handled it alright for you, but you were just ready for your crib for some sleep I think. 

Sunday was much better, even though you still had this rash.  By Sunday night it wasn't going away like the loc said it would, so Daddy stayed home with you today and took you back into the doctor's office this afternoon.  (You're becoming a pro at doctor visits!)  They said today that even though you still had some red marks the rash was gone.  Although they checked your for strep and thought you may have a bit of a yeast infection/diaper rash, so they prescribed some cream for that.  The diaper rash was new today for you and may have been due to the full diapers you left Daddy today while I was at work.  (Thanks for that! ::))

You've been slightly less happy and cheerful than usual this week, and I certainly can't blame you!  For the most part though, you've powered right through it like a champ.   I sure hope we're on the upswing and you'll have a better week.  If not and the trend continues we'll be back at the doctor's office Wednesday!

Love,

Mom

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Smart Ass

I can be kind of a smart ass at times.  I probably over use sarcasm too.

I'm trying to do it less, as I know it isn't always polite, but I clearly have not been that successful.

There was once I time when I longed for the days the boys would understand sarcasm.  When they were younger they didn't catch on to a lot of my funnies.

Now they not only understand it, but they have learned how to be a smart ass right back at me.

For example:

Me: "Good morning boys, time to get ready for school."

Boys: "We don't have school today. We're going to the babysitters."

Me: "You know what I mean, get dressed to leave!"

This happens nearly every Wednesday and Friday.  At least they know their days of the week.

Friday, March 15, 2013

Litter

This past weekend I took the kids out to "practice" for the fun run they are registered for early next month.  They are running one lap around the track at the high school stadium.  I'm running in the 5K the same day. 

The made it roughly half way before they were tired and wanted to walk.  We may practice another time or two before the day weather permitting of course. 

We were blessed with great weather on Sunday, so they asked to go for a walk when we arrived back.  So my mom and I went out with the kids, including Elinore in the stroller, and went for a walk.  I estimate it was at around a half mile or so.  We walked the school sidewalks and parking lots down to their elementary school and back. 

I was so proud of Caleb as he saw some litter on the walk and started picking it up!  He carried it for awhile, and then I realized he could put it in the stroller.  He kept it up on our walk. 

Caden joined in later too, but most of the time he was busy with the dog.  He usually likes to handle Belle when we go for walks. 

On our way pack through the high school parking lot we found a lot of trash, so my mom and I even joined in his efforts in picking up.  I'm pretty sure I picked up the remnants of some high schoolers breakfasts of pop tart and muffin wrappers. 

By the time we got back to the house the bottom of Elinore's stroller was full and the boys set at unloading it into the trash and recycling bins in our garage. 

It warms my heart to see them being so thoughtful and caring. 

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Great Lakes Science Center

 
 

Keith spent an afternoon in late February off with his brother.  I decided to be adventurous with the kids and take them to Cleveland for the afternoon to the Great Lakes Science Center.  The boys had a great time, and I really enjoyed spending time with them. 

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Monday, March 11, 2013

Great Wolf Lodge

For Christmas, Keith and I gave the kids a trip to Great Wolf Lodge.  It was originally scheduled for January had to be postponed due to sickness running through the family.  So, on my 27th birthday, we headed to the Lodge for the weekend.  

We all had a great time, much better than the last, and were sad to have to leave.  Next time we think we need a longer stay than one night!

A part of our trip included Elinore's first swim!





She loved her first swim!  Her favorite was a small fountain in the kiddie pool she could sit by and play in.

She did so well with the entire trip, including in her first overnight hotel stay.  She did well, other than learning that we had to go to bed for her to go to bed.  Any light meant play time for her in her pack-n-play!

The boys were getting more comfortable with the water and we were pleased to see them comfortable and trying out the water slides.  The two biggest took them awhile to warm up to.  They finally decided to ride late in our last afternoon in the water, but once they tried it, they loved it!

The boys also really enjoyed making stuffed wolves!
 
We all enjoyed MagiQuest too!  Keith and I loved playing it in Tennessee on our honeymoon.  It was great to introduce it to the kids!

Saturday, March 09, 2013

Elinore Sits!


Over the last week or so, Elinore has mastered sitting on her own to play.  She does it often and well!

Friday, March 08, 2013

Sitting Practice




These were taken February 8.  Elinore was still unsteady sitting at this time and needed the assistance of the crib, but the pictures were too cute!

Wednesday, March 06, 2013

Elinore - 8 Month Review

Dear Elinore,

You are 8 months old!

It's hard to believe you are so big when just such a short time ago you were such a little peanut.  Although, compared to other babies your age, you are still a tiny little peanut.  Over the weekend at a restuarnt, you were all snuggled in your car seat and blankets by the door waiting to come in and someone asked if you were a month old! 

We haven't had a doctor appointment recently, so I don't have an update on your actual size, but next month we'll find out!  You're scheduled for your 9 month check up with your big brothers for their 7 year well check.  (7 YEARS! WOW!)

We officially made the switch to cloth diapers over the course of the last month.  We tried it one weekend about a month ago and had lots of leaking issues!  I did my reserach, asked questions (thanks Amy and Robin!), and after stripping the diapers, we started over again two weeks later and we've been using them exclusively ever since.  I think you look cute in them, but I would think you look cute in any diaper! 

You have teeth!  about 2.5 weeks ago I saw your first tooth pop through on your bottm right and just this past weekend I can see a your other front bottom tooth peeking through.  You've handled teeth well so far, but you do get a little extra cranky when they're coming through, and I think you want to eat and nurse a bit more when you're struggling with teething.  I don't mind the extra snuggles, but the crying makes me sad. 

You have mastered sitting up on your own for longer periods of time.  In fact, when I leave with at the sitters in the mornings sometimes you're just sitting there with your other baby buddy playing away with some toys.  It's so cute to see! 

You have certainly picked a few of your favorite toys, like your rasberry teether, Sohpie the giraffe, a pumpkin rattle, your indestructible book and some soft books. 

You are still crawling around with your arms, but not on your hands and knees yet.  You are mobile enough though and crawl after the things you want.  This weekend I sat down in the recliner in the room you were playing on the floor in and you crawled right over to my chair for me to pick you up and sit with me. 

I think you enjoy your play time with Daddy and big brothers before I get home in the evenings, what you guys do, I have no idea, and maybe I don't want to, but you seem happy when I come home.  Daddy really enjoys that time with you too I think.

You're always happy to see me when I get home, although it's often with a sadness and urgency because you're hungry!  I've become used to walking in the door, dropping everything and stripping off my coat and boots as quick as I can so I can get you in my arms.  Your cries let us know it's not fast enough!

You and your brothers are still smitten with each other and I love what you all interact.  I often find you looking for them and watching them play.  They are still interested in you and what you are learning doing.  I even hear about your big brothers wanting to hold you and help the sitters take care of you during the day which warms my heart.  Sometimes we have to remind them some things are best left to the adults though!

As always, we love you very much and are so blessed to have you join our family.  We look forward to watching you grown and learn as we teach you and love you. 

Here's to many more months of Haynes family fun.

Love,

Mom

Tuesday, March 05, 2013

Christmas Day 2012 in Pictures

Caden & Caleb

Elinore

Caden

Dr. Caleb

Elinore & Daddy

Hugging Brothers!
 
Elinore

Caleb & Caden

Elinore & Noah's Ark

Caleb, Elinore & Caden

Elinore

Caden, Mommy, Caleb & Belle
Camerin & Elinore

Monday, March 04, 2013

Hair Donation

It's been nearly 3.5 years since my last donation, but it was time again.  Toward the end of January, I organized it with a friend of mine who regularly cuts my hair to cut off all my hair to make a donation to Wigs for Kids

She cut about 13 inches off my hair to send for such a good cause.  

 Before


After


Saturday, March 02, 2013

Tooth #2

Elinore had been cranky today. Tonight during supper I noticed why. We have another tooth!

Elinore had two front bottom teeth now.

Decorated Bandaids

Elinore had a spill in the parking lot on the way into the dentist office today.  Poor girl, skinned knees again. She's afraid of banda...