Evie: 2 Months Update

Dear Sweet Baby Girl,

We’ll probably say it every month that passes, but time is flying.  We’re having a hard time believing that two months have already come and gone.  Over the past month you’ve changed so much.  Throughout your first month you ate, soiled countless diapers, and slept.  But over the past month you’ve done much, much more.  Your dad and I thought it would be fun to write your monthly updates in a letter format so one day you can look back and read them yourself.

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Since we brought you home from the hospital you’ve been out of the house almost daily.  The first six weeks we stuck close to home because your doctors advised us to give your immune system time to develop and avoid public places.  I loved taking you {and Charlie} for walks around the neighborhood or going to visit your grandmomma.

Since you turned 6-weeks-old you’ve been a lot more adventurous…  You’ve met many of our friends, celebrated your dad and uncle’s birthdays, attended your first Thanksgiving dinner, met your great-grandparents, visited the chiropractor, went to your first Christmas tree lighting, cheered me on at my first postpartum 5K race, slept through your first shopping trip, and partied the night away at your first Christmas party.  You’ve been all over town!

Around six weeks you started gripping things.  Once you have something in your hand {especially your Wubbanub’s neck}, you refuse to let go.  You and your giraffe go everywhere together.

You favor your right side.  You tilt your head to the right and grip everything with your right hand.  We’re betting you’ll be a righty just like the both of us.

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A day before you turned 7-weeks-old I had to take you to your first “sick” doctors visit.  It started with a stuffy nose and then one morning you woke up and your eye was crusted shut.  I feared you had caught something like pink eye, but thankfully the doctor said that it wasn’t serious.  Your tear ducts are the size of a pin needle so she instructed me to massage them whenever you ate.  Your dad set up the humidifier in the bedroom which has also helped.

Whenever we change your diaper you kick your legs {A LOT!} and babble “ah ah aaah!”  We babble right back and you smile.  It’s like our secret language.  Speaking of diapers, you’re currently wearing a size 1, but most likely will move up a size within the next week or two.  Same goes for clothes -  you’re wearing 0 – 3 months, but not for much longer.  You’re packing on the pounds like a champ!

You cried through your first bath at home, but bath time has become one of your favorite activities.  I sing “Rubber Ducky” and you smile.

During tummy time you love to listen to music, especially female signers like Taylor Swift which is my fault because I sang her songs to you repeatedly while you were in my belly.  You can hold your head up for about a minute and are starting to look around the room.

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Your brother Charlie refuses to leave your side.  Every time we come home from an adventure he runs to the door and we put your car seat on the ground for him to check in and give you a kiss.  During the day he sits by your side and keeps a watchful eye.  Your dad and I see you two being the best of friends.

Your dad takes over in the afternoons when I tutor.  The first month you weren’t your happiest in the afternoons, but things have gotten better.  I think he’s read you Fox in Socks by Dr. Seuss every day for the past two weeks.

You’ve only had two times of fussiness, but those two times were tough – really tough, on all of us.  The first was at night and it was by far the hardest night that we’ve experienced.  You cried for almost two hours while I tried to calm you.  I tried changing your diaper, rocking you in my arms, singing, swaddling you tight, wearing you in the carrier, dancing, burping, feeding, sitting in the glider…  Nothing worked.  The only thing that momentarily brought you relief was when I danced with you in the bathroom with the shower running.  We danced until the mirrors steamed up and there was no more hot water.  The second time was in the afternoon and again, the only thing that helped was dancing in the steamy bathroom.

You are so loved.

XO, Momma & Dad

P.S.  I sing “You Are My Sunshine” to you daily.  I started singing it to you the day you were born.  It’s our song.

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Evie: 1 Month Update

— Allison

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WIN Detergent Review & Giveaway

It’s no secret that life instantly changes when a baby is born.  As soon as they take their first breath of air, BOOM!  Your life will never be the same.  I knew that before our little miracle was born, but what I didn’t know was exactly how much our lives would change.  You’re given one of the most precious gifts in exchange for what you once thought was your most precious gift, the gift of time.

I want to do a “day in the life” style post, but it may bore you because 95% of my day is spent changing dirty diapers, feeding, holding, rocking, laughing with, singing to, and calming our sweet baby girl.  That said, I wouldn’t trade it for anything in the world.  What I have traded though are a few of my favorite pre-baby hobbies which I’m sure will return, someday.  Ryan has been a tremendous help and oftentimes pushes me out of the door to get some fresh air, but that hour or two I have by myself is typically spent tutoring, at the gym, or running errands.

I specifically forgot to mention another one of my daily activities…  Laundry.  We’ve done more laundry in the past two months than we ever did in the past two years.  Between spit up, pooplosions {yes, they are very real and very stinky}, and sweaty workout clothes, we’re cycling through clothes like we’re on a fashion runway.  Although, no one would suggest that our outfits are fashionable.  Black stretchy pants are the little black dress equivalent in the mom world.

When Sweat Pink presented me with the opportunity to review WIN Detergent, I jumped at it.  I’ll admit that I didn’t know there were detergents specifically formulated for cleaning athletic apparel.  I’m sure my mom would have loved this stuff when she washed my sweat stained and smelly basketball and lacrosse uniforms.

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WIN Detergent first made its debut in 2006 and has been helping to remove sweat, oil, and odors from synthetic materials used in today’s workout apparel ever since.  They haven’t made any changes to the product in the past eight years, until now.  The new bottle is 50% larger at 32 oz., has a vibrant new look, and utilizes a new foil seal to reduce leaks and costly extra packaging.  Read more about the science behind WIN Detergent on their website.

Additionally, they’re introducing a brand new product, WIN GREEN.  WIN GREEN is…

  • Dye-free
  • Fragrance free
  • Hypoallergenic
  • Perfect for individuals with sensitive skin and noses
  • Designed to meet the standards for Design for the Environment certification by the EPA
  • Meets the Yellow Rating on the Whole Foods Eco-Scale {certification pending}

Also worth mentioning is that both versions of WIN Detergent are made in the USA, the bottles are made from 25% post consumer recycled plastics, and the products are not tests on animals.  Plus, it’s septic safe, phosphate free, and can be used in high-efficiency washers which makes it an all around WIN!  See what I did there, ha.

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Ryan and I are happy to report that we were impressed with the results from both products.  This was our first time trying a detergent specifically designed for sports apparel so we weren’t sure what to expect.  We enjoy when our clothes come out smelling clean – we can’t be the only ones who do the “smell test,” right?  The original WIN Detergent got a +1 in term of scent.  It was light and refreshing, not overbearing like some other detergents we’ve tried.  WIN GREEN is fragrance free so although our clothes no longer smelled like sweat, they didn’t smell fresh either.  One thing we weren’t able to test because we used my gym/running clothes and his skateboarding gear was how well it removes stains.  I’ll be interested to see how well it does once I start running outside again.

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Interested in trying WIN Detergent?  The new WIN Detergent and WIN GREEN are available at sporting goods retailers, sports shops, gyms and yoga studios, and through a limited number of select online dealers such as Amazon.com for $9.95.  Plus, I’m excited to feature a giveaway for one lucky winner who will receive two bottles {one original, one GREEN} of WIN Detergent!

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I received two bottles of WIN Detergent for this review through my affiliation with Sweat Pink.  As always, all thoughts and opinions expressed here are my own.  This post contains affiliate links.

— Allison

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Evie: 1 Month Update

While growing up, it felt like time passed by sooo slooowwwly.  I enjoyed my grade school through high school years, but they felt like they’d never end.  My parents always reminded my bother and I to enjoy ourselves because every year time would pass quicker than the last.

I didn’t fully understand what they meant until Evie was born.  Every Saturday morning Ryan and I wake up with disbelief that another week has passed.  This morning we woke up shocked to realize that our baby is already 6-weeks-old.

I enjoyed writing my weekly bumpdates and tracking Baby Szed’s progress, so I feel inspired to do the same for Evie.  But rather than weekly updates I’m sticking to monthly updates.  It’ll be a fun way for family and friends to stay updated from afar.

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Numerous people told us how tough the first month would be.  Exhausting, overwhelming, emotional, strenuous.  And they were right – it was exhausting and overwhelming at times, but what they didn’t tell us was how quickly time would pass.  Since we’re up at all hours, the days and weeks blended together and felt like one really long day.

We brought Evie home when she was three days old.  I was discharged on day two, but Evie had to stay an extra day because she was being treated for low blood sugar and jaundice.  We were so thankful for our wonderful nurses who got the hospital to let us board for an extra night {stay without receiving treatment}.  I’ll go into more detail when I share part II of our birth story.  It was an emotional 72 hours.

As with most of the other decisions related to Evie’s birth, Ryan and I hadn’t talked about whether we would breastfeed or use formula.  It was one of those made on-the-spot decisions, when the doctor handed her to me right after she was born, but I have no regrets about choosing to breastfeed.

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When she was born, Evie weighed 6 pounds and 2 ounces.  We’ve been to the pediatrician about every two weeks since coming home, to meet with the lactation consultant and to check on Evie’s progress.  She’s been gaining about an ounce a day.  At the last visit she had gained 17 ounces and weighted 7 pounds and 13 ounces.  There’s no concern that she’s not eating enough!

For the first month Evie was nursing for 45+ minutes every 2 hours like clockwork and I was pumping after each session.  It felt like my whole day was spent feeding.  During the second and third week, there were a few days when she would cluster feed in the early evening for about 4 hours straight.  Our pediatrician explained that cluster feedings are normal and typically occur because the baby is going through a growth spurt.  As a result, it helps to increase the mother’s milk production.  Nowadays, she typically feeds every 3 – 4 hours.

My momma bought us a few preemie outfits since Evie was born a month early, but she never fit into them because her limbs were too long.  The girl has got herself a pair of big feet!  She was drowning in the newborn items for the first two weeks, but now fills them out and is moving onto 0 – 3 months.  She’s still wearing newborn diapers but will be out of them soon, too.  Some mornings we wake up and swear that she’s grown an inch overnight.

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One of the biggest changes we’ve experienced since bringing Evie home is our bedtime.  We’ve been working on establishing a more consistent eating and sleeping schedule, as well as a bedtime routine.  Most nights we’re upstairs by 8PM and fall asleep as soon as Evie goes down.  Since day one, Ryan and I have shared evening feedings – he gives her a bottle around 12 – 1AM and I wake up around 4 – 5AM.  We’ve been getting a decent amount of sleep, but we’re ready for a nap when 4PM strikes.

The first two weeks Evie was sleeping for most of the day and depending where we were in the house, she alternated between the Boppy and Rock ‘n Play.  She woke up to eat, but oftentimes fell back asleep when she finished and would be out for a few hours.  Starting around the fourth week, her naps began to shorten.

At night she sleeps in the Rock ‘n Play next to our bed.  We still swaddle her which helps to reduce the chances that she’ll wake herself up because of the startle reflex aka hit herself in the face with her hand.  She’s sleeping for 3 – 4 hours throughout the night which is great, but we’re eagerly awaiting those 6 hour stretches!  She makes a lot of noises while she sleeps so sometimes it’s hard to tell if she’s waking up or just cooing/grunting.

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Ryan refers to the glider chair as the “magical chair” because Evie will instantly calm down when you sit in it.  It’s the glider chair that my parents used with me!  At first Evie wasn’t a fan of the rockaRoo, but now she’ll sit in it for about 15 minutes, rocking and looking around the room.  She’s had strong back and neck muscles since day one and can hold up her head for about 10 seconds without support!  She loves going for walks in the Ergobaby Carrier and will fall asleep within the first 10 minutes.

It’s hard for Ryan and I to remember what life was like before our sweet baby girl was born.  Charlie has truly taken on the role of big brother and has to know where she is at all times.  We all love her!

— Allison

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