Charly is 8 months

Eight going on Nine.


Weight: We had a little dip in weight this month – but got that corrected and at his last weigh in he was 19lb 14oz. He’s wearing 12mo and 18mo clothing. We switched him to a convertible car seat this month, since we moved Riley up to a Booster Harness Seat. Everyone is happy with their new seating :)

Health: Healthy! Got FOUR teeth on the top. That wasn’t fun for anyone, and now he’s got a total of 6.
Sleep:  Between teething and everything his sleep has been a little off this month. Since we moved and we’re in a temporary housing situation both the boys are sharing a room. It’s actually going much better than I thought. Riley normally wakes them both up (and us) at 6:00am, which used to be 7am :(  but their room gets a lot more light here. Charly takes his morning nap at 8:00am or 8:30am depending on if he sleeps through Riley waking up. They both take an afternoon nap at 12:30 or 1:00pm and sleep until 3:30pm or 4:00pm. Sometimes Charly wakes before Riley, and I go in to get him, and Riley sleeps longer. They both go to bed around 7:00pm. Recently Charly’s been waking at night, sometimes he’ll cry for a minuet and then go back to sleep, sometimes we need to go in to check on him. I think he’s getting to the nightmare stage? A few nights ago he was clearly having one – flat asleep on his back screaming. I picked him up and talked to him to get him to wake and then he calmed down.
Nursing: So, we’ve had a big change in this area. Earlier this month he was so fussy and crabby when I would try to feed him. He would arch his back away from me and scream. He was getting all 4 top teeth and when he would latch he was having trouble, and I got a plugged duct. After refusing to nurse for several feedings and a few bottles I took him into the pediatrician to rule out an ear infection or anything else that might be bothering him. We found that he wasn’t gaining weight like he should – so we worked really hard to get calories into him. Pumping, formula, nursing. In 4 days he gained 10oz and all was well – except he still didn’t want to nurse much at all. First thing in the morning, or late at night he would. This all happened in the middle of us packing to move, so I was stressed about that, and about him not nursing. He’s easily distracted, which is normal at this age – and having a very loud toddler brother doesn’t help. At this point I’m exclusively pumping 4 times a day for 30min, and that provides the 24oz a day he normally eats, in addition to solids. I cried about this a.lot. I wasn’t ready for it at all. And the stress of moving made it so much worse. Pumping is so much more difficult than nursing was for me. I feel trapped and confined by pumping. We’ve found a pretty good routine, and I’m determined to make it to a year of breastmilk. I’ve always admired pumping moms, and never imagined that I’d be one – Riley nursed until we weaned at 15.5 months, and I was more than ready. I hold out hope that we can go back to nursing, maybe when all the dust from moving settles, but he happily takes a bottle, and I don’t have anxiety every time I sit down to feed him.
What Charly is up to: First crawl happened the last night we spent in the Burbank house. He was army crawling like an alligator, and now it’s more crawling and less scooting. He can go from sitting to crawling, back to sitting. Sits in a highchair and sits in the big bathtub. He has the best giggle, and sweetest smile. He’s very laid back and content. He wasn’t 100% happy on the long drive up to Flagstaff, and cried for some of the drive, but overall did really well. He’s all about food and will eat anything and everything we give him.

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PostPartum: The nursing change and stress from moving sent my hormones all out of whack. I feel much better now, but it was a rough few weeks. My eating is terrible, and I don’t feel well at all. Need to make that more of a priority. Now that the dust is settling I can get back to better eating and working out.

Baby Gear: We got a new carrier this month, the Ergo 360 Cool Air and I love it. He likes facing out sometimes, and the mesh material makes it much more comfortable for both of us.

Thoughts: It was a big, emotional and stressful month. We sold our house. Moved. Came to a new state where we don’t have a new house. We switched from nursing to pumping. The thing I’m trying to keep front and center in my mind is that Charly’s first year is almost over, and I want to soak up as much of his sweet babyness as I can.


With Mamas in Mind

I’ve always been a fan of Nordsrtom’s. I mean, they always have awesome stuff and the stores are beautiful. Not to mention their customer service is awesome. You pay the price for all those wonderful things, but I always love my experiences in their stores.

As a new Mama they’ve now moved even higher up on my list, thanks to this:


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Hello, beautiful. Seriously, this lounge in the bathroom is fancier than my living room.

They know how to make a Mama swoon. Comfy chairs. Large changing table. And a little nook away from the frightening automatic flushing toilets. Merfbaby is not a fan of how loud those things are.

I even met another Mama and her 3.5 month old baby while we were there.

So today I’m thankful for stores that provide a little oasis amidst the public chaos to Mamas.


The Days

Yesterday was a doozie. Like, “had to call Merfman on the drive home from work for a pep talk” kind of day. Yea.

Merfbaby and I had a calm evening at home (praise the Lord) and he went to bed around 8:00pm. I made (reheated) my dinner, ate and cracked open The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding. Thank you, Stephie for the suggestion!!!

I felt encouraged, less overwhelmed. I’ve never felt like I couldn’t meet Merfbaby’s needs until yesterday. It seemed like a cycle of “what? I don’t know what you need.” It further confirmed that we’re an E.A.S.Y family, and everyone is happier when we’re on our routine. Between a “distracted” nurser and a daylight savings switch we were thrown for a loop. But you know what? Tomorrow is a new day. We’ll start fresh.

I started to think about the good stuff. I really try to not let the hard stuff overshadow all the wonderful moments. Somedays it’s more of a challenge than others, but the good stuff really is good.

I never want to forget those little newborn sighs.

The gummy smiles mid-feeding when he locks eyes with me, milk dribble and all.

How he rubs his face on my shoulder when he’s getting sleepy.

The way he grasps his hands, pulls his shoulders up to his ears, opens his eyes wide and starts to giggle.

That he’s finding his voice and loves to listen to his new sounds.

How he opens his mouth so wide before he starts to laugh.

When he reaches for my open hand to pull my fingers into his mouth.

The way he curls his toes right before I put his socks on.

That little side grin.

How he loves to grab the inside of his shirt when I’m trying to dress him.

His soft hair.

When he leans forward while I’m holding him to get a better look at something or someone.

I don’t want to forget those little moments. Soon enough they’ll pass and we’ll be on to a new phase. You can’t stop the clock,  and I’m trying to savor each day and the memories they bring.

So, I’m thankful for the days. All of them. The good and the bad. Because each day I get to have  with Merfbaby is a special one.