Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Lucky me

After a long day at the zoo, we came home and I made dinner. I finally sat down to eat it, with one baby on my lap to keep him happy, and then my cranky 4-year-old squirmed her way onto my lap as well. I asked Bob to take a picture because although I was hungry and not able to eat with both of them on my lap, I love the love.

Animals at the zoo

Wing span

Wing span photo op at the San Francisco Zoo.

Joey on orange blanket

Tummy time in the kitchen

woah nelly!!!

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Sitting up

Sitting up! Joey is able to sit up unsupported today for the first time!

Friday, August 17, 2012

Joey update

Joey has his two bottom front teeth. The first one took 5 days of crankiness and a food strike. The second one was only a couple days of crankiness and no change in his eating.

He has become more mobile. He pushes himself up on his hands and knees and rocks back and forth. I'm not sure how but he does manage to move forward and back. He rolls over both ways. So I decided I didn't feel safe with him in a bassinet anymore (he will soon have the skills ability to climb out of it). This week we converted the co-sleeper bassinet into a playard/playpen and he has been sleeping in that. One night he went to sleep in the crib in Juni's room, but I missed him being next to me so it didn't last more than a couple hours and I brought him back to the co-sleeper in our room.

Every so often it occurs to me how hard it is to be a working mom, and especially to pump at work and eat well myself to keep up with making healthy milk for Joey. My mantra lately has been something like "just do what's next, don't stop to think about it". Sometimes when I grab my pump bag at work and head to my place to pump I start to think "I don't feel like doing this, this is hard..." then I correct my thinking: just do it--don't think about it. This is what I'm doing now. It won't last forever and this is what I want.

The cuteness in my house is off the charts. Joey is adorable! And Juni is, too, when she isn't testing her boundaries. She got sick this week--a stomach bug on Wednesday and she threw up at school. I picked her up and brought her home and she got sick again at home. Then when I asked if she needed to throw up more she said "that's enough for today". Ha! So cute! And she was right, she was done for the day and was fine the next day as well.

I work in a nursing home. One of the questions the residents are asked is what was your most significant life experience? Most of the residents I meet are in their 90s. A lot of them say that raising their children was the most significant experience. I am enjoying motherhood very much and I can imagine that I might say some day that being a mom is my most significant life experience. We'll see how the next 60 years go!

Juniper

She wanted to wear her birthday crown this morning that she got at school 3 months ago. She's wearing my favorite skirt today and looked so cute so I took some pictures before she left for preschool.

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Supply & demand 7/25/12

6 month growth spurt?

And/or my supply went down because he was feeding less while he was teething a week ago. But he has been nursing more than ever before and drinking more milk at daycare this week--I'm needing to pump more often at work to make enough milk for him and he needed a couple ounces of back-up frozen milk for the last 2 days in a row at daycare. Not pumping as much milk as he is drinking makes me nervous. Though it has only been a couple days so I have time to get my supply back up. And we still have some extra milk frozen. I am adding some more pumping times into my schedule. Reading online has been great for breastfeeding support and tips for increasing supply. What does NOT help at this point is when people act surprised that I'm still breastfeeding or they suggest I supplement with formula.

UPDATE 8/16/12: I was able to catch up with my supply within a week of writing that post and now am at the point where I have extra milk again. Being a breastfeeding mom while working outside of the home isn't easy but it is possible and it is important to me so we are doing it. I am lucky to have a desk nurse job so that I can actually take those breaks required by law and use the time to pump. Joey is doing well and sleeping well, too! Last night he slept 8 hours in a row!

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Ty-ee

Juni named her doll Ty-ee. I don't know how to spell it. It is pronounced like Thai "e". Please let me know if you have a suggested spelling!

She set up ty-ee's bed next to Joey's new crib.

Crib!

JuniMagik

Saturday, August 4, 2012

Friday, August 3, 2012

6 months old

Joey hanging out for Music in the Park event. Cute outfit from Great Aunt Jackie.