Saturday, October 25, 2014

Lara Anne || 10 Weeks in Review

How is our sweet little 6lb, 16 inch long nugget already 2.5 months old? 
The saying is totally true, "time flies when you're having fun."
Jon and I were laughing last night at our new reality. 
Picture this: it was a Friday night. We had planned to go grab a couple beers at a bar to watch the World Series but ended up sitting on our couch with our TV trays (Apparently we're the only 30 year olds that use TV trays. Don't judge us), a few open bottles of bud light sitting atop both of them, a dirty diaper on one, cheap pizza & our sweet little crying baby in her swing a few feet away. 
Honestly, it was one of the best Friday nights we can remember.
It's been a wild ride these past couple months, but a ride we were ready to jump on.
I was talking to this woman the other day and she was telling me that she and her husband after 10 years of marriage, just never got around to the baby thing and they are totally ok with that. 
They love their life they way it is and wouldn't change a thing.
 For me, I have always wanted to become a Mom.  I have an amazing mother who I love and adore more than anything in the world.  My goal has always been to become the kind of mom I have.
And I'm giving it my best shot everyday. 

For mother's day, she got me this amazing frame and it's one I'll treasure forever
"Great women raise great women who raise great women"
When Lara smiles up at me, it gives me a sense of accomplishment I've NEVER felt before.
From a young age, when asked what I wanted to be when I grew up I'd always say, "A CEO."
My career is, and always will be important to me.  I'm proud of where I am in my professional life however I am a million times more proud of my little girl.
I'm proud of what Jon and I have created.
More importantly, I'm proud that we've made it 10 weeks and kept her alive.
That's no easy feat, in fact, I'm still a little surprised.

Let's do a  quick recap of the past 10 weeks in photos! 


Lara Stats
Weight: Last week she weighed in at a whopping 10lbs 11oz!
 Height:  21.25  inches
 Her hair is turning lighter everyday!  Lately it appears to have a reddish tint to it which is fun.
  Her eyes are still blue and I'm keeping my fingers crossed that the pretty blue sticks around!
  Mommy packed up all the newborn clothes last week, officially in 0-3 months!
How is she sleeping?
  Usually naps 3-4 times a day for a couple hours at a time.  At night she is going to bed around 9:30-10:00 and most of the time, sleeps until around 6:30am.  There have been a few times where she wakes up around 5:00, but for the most part, 6:30 it is. 
This past week we finally let her sleep in her crib, and let me tell you, that was a hundred times harder on Mommy than it was on Lara.  If you follow me on IG or FB, you may have seen a post around her 4 week mark that stated, "I slept in my crib last night!" 
Well, truth be told, she slept in her swing INSIDE her crib. At the time, I thought we had conquered this big milestone, but looking back, I was out of my mind.
 Let me tell you a little story about how that worked out.
We were in a state of delirium one night and decided to place the swing inside her crib so her back could be elevated due to some congestion she was experiencing at the time.  Around 6:00 am, I looked at the baby monitor AND SHE WAS NOT IN HER CRIB!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 
We totally FREAKED OUT!!!!!!!!!  Screams were had, panic was felt.
We ran into her nursery and she had ROLLED OUT OF HER SWING ONTO HER CRIB MATTRESS.  I have never felt so defeated in my entire life.  What were we thinking!?!?
Needless to say, we never did that again and honestly, I've been too spooked to let her sleep in anything BUT her rock and play since.  I dubbed the experience "The Swing Incident."
This week I decided it was time to put the past in the past, take a deep breath & have faith that the crib isn't going to kill her
She's slept in her crib the past two nights.
Keyword, SHE HAS SLEPT. 
There hasn't been much sleep going on with Jon & I, but we're getting more relaxed with it.
Let's talk diapers.
 She's currently wearing a size 1, but rapidly approaching size 2. I'm trying to squeeze her into size one until I can get thru our last pack....but sister almost had a blow out yesterday, so we may be making the jump sooner versus later.  We use Target Brand Up&Up and LOVE them, however at night, they just cannot hold all the potty little miss puts out, so we use Pampers Baby Dry brand overnight. She wears the Pampers from about 9:30pm to 6:30am and no leakage!  I am not about to wake her up in the middle of the night to change her diaper, so I'm super thankful we found these.
Lara Loves....
Smiling! Sitting up in her Fisher Price froggie chair!  She loves sitting in general, especially on our lap while looking at the TV.  She still LOVES her swing, in fact we have one downstairs and one upstairs.  She's crazy about her big sister, she just stares at her trying to figure out what this tiny white ball of fur running around is.  She's starting to finally love her play mat! Honestly, she loves just about anything as long as it plays ridiculously cheesy music. I've been trying to play her some Miranda Lambert instead, but she insists on lullabies. 
You'd think she was a little baby or something. ;)
She also loves getting dressed in the morning, no lie.  It's like she knows that she is changing out of her PJ's into regular clothes.  She acts refreshed....or I could be just imagining it. 
 Either way, I'm going with it.
Lara Hates....
Bath time. I'm beginning to think she will NEVER enjoy it.  She does NOT like being cold, hence why the whole bath time gig is not to her enjoyment.  She also despises tummy time, which means Mommy despises tummy time even more.  She doesn't like being woken up from a nap. Sister gets cranky and I don't blame her.  So these days I let her sleep until she gets hungry, I don't force it.
Overall, we're feeling pretty accomplished that we have learned to cohabitate with this adorable little human being.  Life before Lara is starting to feel further and further away in the rear view mirror.
And I'm totally ok with that.

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