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Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Our life the last 5 months

It's Been about 5 months since I last wrote anything! Where to start to get you caught up?

Well for starts Hunter is now 9 months old (tomorrow)! It's hard to believe how fast time has gone. He is all BOY, very rough and adventurous. Hunter has been crawling for months now, has one tooth that just popped through last week, and spoke his first words "Mama" last week! (Autumn's first words were Mama also). He is into everything Autumn is in. He walks with holding onto things which means it's only time before he starts to actually take steps in his own! He is currently 18.5 lbs, this is such a big deal to us since he struggled with gaining weight. Around the first of April Hunter woke up one morning and just forgot how to breast feed (that's the best reason that many lactation consultants have given me). I battled only breast feeding for the whole month of April - no bottles. When May came we decided to pump and bottle feed. That was going smoothly until the end of May when my supply tanked. I breastfed Hunter until he was 7 months, which for a preemie born 7 weeks early is great. Since his weight was still low when we stopped breastfeeding the doctor put him on Similac Neo-Sure made special for preemies. The formula has more calories and higher in DHA than other formulas (along with other things too). Luckily for us it's considered a medical need so insurance has covered it at 100%!!!!! He is finally taking off with solid foods and his reflux is almost gone. Hunter hasn't been the best of sleepers, but a month and a half ago we went to the "cry it out" method. He it took him a month for us to be able to put him in his crib with out him crying every time. But I'm happy to say he is sleeping 12 to 13 hours a night now!

Autumn is well into the toddler phase! She has such a personality and is very moody! Her range of words is going by the minute every day. She has mastered body parts, colors, clothing, food, phrases, and so much more. Matt and I love that we can actually communicate with her and know what she wants. Her hair is so blonde and curly, I never thought I'd ever have a blonde haired blue eyed little girl with me having such rich brown eyes and very dark brown hair! Autumn still eats anything we set in front of her and if we're eating she still thinks she needs to have what we are having. She never sits still unless she's sleeping which is why she only weighs 22 lbs (4 lbs is the weight difference between her and Hunter). I'm pretty sure in a few months Autumn and Hunter are going to look like twins!

As for Matt and I we've enjoying these babies to the fullest! I have been going through a rough patch the last few months. I developed Postpartum Depression that only a very few amount of family and friends knew about. It took Matt and I some time to figure out that I needed to see the doctor and figure out what was going on. I can say now that the last 2 weeks I have felt like I'm back to my normal self. I really have to give Matt a lot of credit here, he not only worked full time but when he came home he really picked up in the areas I was lacking in. He truly is the love of my life and my better half, being his wife makes me a better person. Matt is in the best health he has ever been in (those are the doctors own words).

Well that should get you up to speed on what has happened in the last 5 months. I am going to be doing some different things with my blog. I'm still going to be giving updates on our life but I also want to start doing some "how to's", reviews on products that I have grown to love or tried out, and how I save money by couponing and looking for the best deal possible! STAY TUNED

Monday, March 12, 2012

Keeping up with our family

Wow it's been a month since I last posted! As you may have guessed I'm a busy woman. Keeping up with these babies is a full time job in itself! So let me get you caught up to speed.
    To start with life around here hasn't been pretty so to speak. Autumn, Matt, and I all had the stomach flu that was going around for about a week. Thankfully Hunter was not bothered by it. I on the other hand had it the worst, I ended up having to go to the ER to get IV fluids and meds which helped a ton. I made the comment to Matt "I feel like I'm pregnant again and I hate it!" LOL (as many may know I had morning sickness bad with the kids). Anyway we eventually got to feeling normal again. The other not so pretty thing is Hunter isn't sleeping as well as Autumn did. So needless to say Matt and I have been very tired. Autumn has also been waking up at night do to teething. Which by the way She now has 4 teeth and 2 more coming in very soon (finally after going for months without any signs of getting more teeth).
      Autumn has been learning her body parts, colors, and animals. She's doing pretty well, just have to keep working on it :). We've also taught her to say I love you and we do this thing that my mom and I use to do growing up. When you say I love you we point to our eye, heart, and then her. Well last Wednesday night when Matt was putting Autumn to bed as I was feeding Hunter, Matt started to do the I love you with the motions we've been doing and sure enough Autumn did it to me. It melted my heart and I almost started to cry! We are truly blessed with amazing children!
       Hunter has been growing leaps and bonds!!! He grew a whole 4 inches in length from 2 months to 4 months old. He was 10lbs 7 oz last Wednesday at our nursing support group. We go just about every week to make sure he's gaining enough weight each week and of course breast feeding is a constant learning process (at least for us) and it gives my the chance to talk with the lactation consultants and get help. I won't lie there have been times where I just want to give up breast feeding because it's hard work, but then there are other times it's so easy. Anyway Hunter has learned how to roll both directions now! He is out to show preemies can be quick learners lol. He and Autumn have been interacting with each other a lot more. Hunter just follows her around the room with his eyes, you can tell by the look in his eyes he just wants to do what she's doing. Autumn has gotten into this whole Big Sister thing, she'll come up to him and give him hugs and kisses and try to pick him up and carry him around lol. She calls him bubba most of the time (we're really just pushing for brother). Come November and they're able to do the same thing, they'll be thick as thieves!
       Last but not least!!!! We've decided last week that it's probably time I go back to work. I have such mixed feelings on this subject. I have always enjoyed the feeling of bringing in money to help provide for our family. But what mom doesn't want to stay home with their kids all day and watch them grow into their own little person!?! I love being a mom more than anything in the world, but with that said I am a people person and need adult conversation lol. We have never done "baby talk" in our house we talk to the kids in normal voices and use real words with them. Now the hard part begins, do I go back into banking, or do I work retail so I have more flexibility, or do I try to actually use my degree in dental assisting, or should I try my own business like Pampered Chef where I can be home with the kids and still bring in money? So many questions and worries. I haven't worked in almost 2 years! Do I take a supervisor position like I've had in the past or do I just get my feet wet to start with? I've been praying for answers and to be shown what path to take and I hoping something will just fall into my lap and I'll know that this is what I'm ment to do.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

We've made it 3 months!!!!!

          Wow it's been 3 months since Hunters birth, we've made it 3 months of breastfeeding! In my last post I said my goal was to make it to 3 months, well since we're here my next goal is 6 months. I have to say breastfeeding is a constant learning experience on both parts. Once you've got things down there's a little change. Recently the new change is Hunter has learned to nurse more effectively making it so it doesnt take him as much time as it use too. Now it took me a few days to realize he was still eating the same amount just took less time and not to freak out that he wasn't eating lol. Even though nursing him is a lot harder then giving him formula I wouldn't change it for anything (not even more than 3-4 hrs of sleep at night). Why you ask? Because he's doing so well and for him it's so much better than formula. His reflux isn't as bad as Autumn's was too. Not to mention I always have enough food for him and here's the kicker it's FREE, doesn't cost a penny!!!And since it's free, we have money to spend on diapers and wipes (which I'm pretty sure pampers should give us stock right now). We spend about 150.00 a month on diapers and wipes. Yes I know that's a lot lol. 
           Well onto the good stuff, Hunter is showing great milestones! He is such a rockstar. Hunter smiles, coos, and follows objects with his eyes. He loves to follow Matt and I around the room (with his eyes). Hunter is also holding his head up anytime he's on his tummy, and he rolled from his tummy to his back for the first time Monday night. He is now in 3 month clothes and was 9lb 1oz last Wednesday.
           Autumn is starting to notice him more and more. She gives him kisses and loves to bring him toys. She does think whatever is his is hers too lol.  Autumn is growing leaps and bonds. She's in 18 month clothes already, she goes for her 15 month check up on 2/14. Matt and I are surprised everyday with her, weather it's a new word or something she's copied us doing or my favorate thing - going into the pantry and getting her applesauce squeeze packs, bring them to me and says "open, open"! Autumn will also reach for my phone and want to call Daddy while he's at work or she says Grammie or Papaw and want to call and talk to them. Which she well tell them "come here or come over" lol. I love it!
            Needless to say there is never a dull moment in our house.