William // One Month

Tuesday, July 29, 2014


Mister William is one month old already! I thought the last month of pregnancy went quickly but his first month in the worst went even faster. We have loved getting to know our son, his little quirks, what each cry means, and learning what will be "normal" for our little family. I'm trying to be okay with the fact that this has been a very unproductive month for me. Usually I have nine hundred different projects going on and I'm baking something every other day. But because I had to have a c-section, I have been stuck in bed for the majority of the month, and have been very restricted in what activities I can and cannot do. William on the other hand is a little ball of energy, when he's awake he never stops moving and constantly wants to be held. He is growing so quickly I cannot even believe it and I cannot wait to see how much he grows in his second month.


He weighs just under or about 9 lbs (my scale is a dial scale so I don't know exactly) and is 22 inches long.

William has held his head up on his own since day one and continues to strengthen those neck and arm muscles. Aside from a strong neck and arms, he is also working on those leg muscles already and enjoys launching himself sort of like a rocket when he's sitting up on our laps. He also sits up well on my lap or on the corner of the sofa. He loves looking towards lights and has recently started staring at faces if they are up close to his. Little man also smiles a bit, more of a mix between a grin and a smirk really, and it's only because of gas about half the time I think. He is also very vocal, lots of grunting noises and when he's "playing" he sort of squeaks.

When he is asleep there is no waking him up until he is good and ready. Changing his diaper or clothes doesn't even wake him up. He sleeps for about an hour to two hours total in between feedings and if I'm lucky it's three hours at night, but that's rare. He sleeps best if he's being held or if he's tucked in, in our bed.


William is great at nursing. He latches on well and stays latched on until that session is over. He has some reflux issues so we've had to limit the length of each feeding, otherwise he just eats and eats and doesn't realize that his little belly is already full and then we get huge vomits. He also has to be burped for about twenty minutes and kept upright for a total of thirty minutes after each feeding to prevent vomiting. William also does a good job at taking a bottle, I pump about 5oz a day just so that we have a bottle to take when we go out, making it easier for us to be social (in theory) and William eats about 2 1/2 oz when he takes a bottle. He'll even take the bottle cold for me!

Likes: cuddling, flopping back and forth on our laps, sleeping in our bed, his swing, moving around, looking around, peeing on the changing table, and sitting upright. 

Disklikes: having his diaper changed, getting bathed, sitting still, sleeping in his bassinet, not being held, and getting dressed.


Aside from the photo above, William is generally a pretty happy baby, especially if he's being held. When he cries he is easily soothed and his cries aren't too loud and does not screech too often. Cuddling with him is my absolute favorite, we have a snuggly nap together at least once a day. I love him lots, even when he pees all over the changing table and lays in puddles of his own pee. 

Love,
Abby

Recipe // Oatmeal Pancakes

Monday, July 28, 2014

Folks, I finally have energy to bake now that the baby is outside of me rather than inside of me. Now instead of fighting fatigue in order to bake, the only thing I have to fight is time. I'm still trying to figure out how to find time in between William's feedings to get little things done like showering so baking doesn't always come first when I do have the time. But Mondays are Seth's days off and we now have a system down where I pump during the week so that by the time Sundays and Mondays roll around we have a stock of milk and Seth can give William bottles while I nap or get things done. Today, I got the chance to work on this delicious recipe for oatmeal pancakes.

Who doesn't love pancakes?! I know we love them at our house. Pancakes are grand because we pretty much always have all the ingredients for them on hand so when the fridge is empty, pancakes make the perfect meal; breakfast, lunch, or dinner. These pancakes are healthier than the regular stuff (no added sugar) and they smell like oatmeal cookies. No joke, these smell like my favorite cookies. You can be sure that these are delicious because Seth completely cleaned his plate, which is a rare occasion. 

Yields: 6-8          Prep Time: 5 minutes          Cook Time: 10 minutes          Total Time: 15 minutes

Ingredients:
3/4 cup rolled oats
1 cup all purpose flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 cup applesauce
2 tsp vanilla
1 egg
4 Tbsp butter, melted and cooled
3/4 cup milk
1/2 Tbsp honey

Directions:
1. Pulse oats in a food processor until coarsely ground. You don't want a flour like consistency - it should still be oatmeal-y.
2. In a large bowl combine ground oats, flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt. Set aside.
3. In a medium bowl combine applesauce, vanilla, egg, cooled butter, milk, and honey. Be sure that the honey gets mixed in, it likes to sink to the bottom. Add the wet mixture to the dry until well combined.
4. Melt some butter (or use a non-stick spray or oil (coconut oil would be yummy)) in a skillet over medium-high heat. Scoop 1/3 cup of batter and pour into the skillet. Cook until bubbly and then flip. Serve warm. I like to top mine off with some banana slices and honey or you could go traditional with syrup.

Enjoy!
Love,
Abby

Four Weeks Postpartum Update

Sunday, July 27, 2014


William is wearing:
shirt: carter's
onesie: carter's
jeans: carter's

I'm wearing:
dress: old navy
cardigan: old navy
belt: target
shoes: payless (I wore them in my wedding!)
earrings: tiffany & co.
necklace: forever21


Somehow I have managed to maintain the same weight as my last update despite the fact that I eat every five seconds. Breastfeeding has me ravenous all the time, I can't even explain. And if I don't eat I get all shaky and feel like I'm going to fall over. I'm still not cleared to exercise so for now I need to be content with maintaining my weight until I'm able to work on losing it.

My incision looks good but over the last few days I've been in a lot more pain once again. I think it's just a combination of William jumping on my belly and the fact that we're finally getting out of the house rather than spending the entire day in bed. It's also quite swollen in the area of the left side internal stitch. But on the plus side I finally have more energy.

I think I'm mostly in a good mood, when I'm not outrageously exhausted anyways. William can now go three hours between feedings if he so chooses but still doesn't sleep that entire time which means mommy doesn't get to sleep either. I'm so exhausted most of the time that I'll just fall asleep in bed while holding William without even realizing that I'm falling asleep. 

Feedings are going well, as long as I continue to give him a time limit and I limit the amount of dairy and soy that I eat. I pump once almost everyday but at least every other day, getting a minimum of 5oz of milk. I keep a stock of milk in the fridge for the weekends when Seth is off work so that I can have a break and Seth can take care of a feeding or two and if I don't use the milk within four or five days I freeze it. My boobs almost very stop squirting out milk, it's insane. If just a little bit of pressure is put on one of my boobs, milk just squirts out, I can't tell you how many times I've leaked through my nursing pad and then my tank top and then my shirt. I guess it makes sense that I've always found cows to be pretty cool, because we have a lot in common, I think I make about the same amount of milk as a cow (ha). 

Love,
Abby

This is Home

Wednesday, July 23, 2014




Today, home is...

- working from my bedesk (yes, that is bed and desk combined)
- a very restless baby
- starting to watch through the entire series of Blue Blood
- eating reheated dinners that people from church have brought us
- three-day old dirty hair and minimal make up

What is home to you today?

Love,
Abby

Everyday Beauty Favorites

Tuesday, July 22, 2014


There was a time in middle school and high school where I hoarded make up. Anytime I had cash it was spent within five minutes at Sephora or Savemart on the latest beauty product. I had drawers and drawers full of make up, drugstore and high end. Some of it was pretty and some I only bought for the sake of buying make up. Since the days of my never-ending make up spending sprees, I've learned to be a bit better with my money and to only buy products that I will use on a regular basis. Most of my make up is from the drugstore but I do have a select few high end products that I've saved up for knowing that it was worth the money. I've hand picked six of my favorite products that I use pretty much everyday, although I obviously use more than just these six products everyday. 

Lasting Finish Lipstick from Rimmel in Airy Fairy - this is the ultimate everyday lipstick. It matches every outfit, every make up look, and every occasion. These are also my favorite lipsticks, they come in an array of shades and at $5 they are much more affordable than the coveted MAC lipsticks.

It's Potent! Eye Cream from Benefit - I'm pretty sure this stuff is actually magic in a jar. Seriously. Sleepless nights have nothing on this cream, it completely eliminates the blueish color under my eyes.

True Match Super Blendable Powder from L'Oreal - I've tried a ton of powders over various liquid foundations and this is the only powder that leaves a smooth finish. It's not as pink as it is showing in the photo, by the way.

Baby Skin Instant Pore Eraser Primer from Maybelline - Primers from brands like Urban Decay and Too Faced are talked about the most but this little guy should not be overlooked. It leaves my skin feeling smooth, creating a clean canvas for foundation, and once make up is applied on top, it will last forever. I've even slept with my make up on (gasp! I know) and with help from this primer I was actually able to go to work with that same make up on the next day (double gasp!). Tip: after applying, let it dry and set for a few moments before applying anything on top of it. 

Scandal Eyes Waterproof Kohl Eyeliner from Rimmel in black - I actually use a few different eye liners but I use this one to sort of fill in the gaps and line my upper lash line. It has a strong pigmentation and lasts quite a long while.

Pink Leopard Blushing Bronzer from Too Faced - This has been an all-time favorite of mine for years. It has great pigmentation and works from day to night and looks great on pretty much every skin tone. The $30 price tag may seem high but you get so much product, especially since you only use a dusting each time, making it worth the price.

What are your go-to make up products?

Love,
Abby