Friday, 17 April 2015

Quinn - 2 Months

Quinners! You are already two months old. I fear time is flying by even faster than it did when your brother was your age. You are already out of the newborn stage and becoming your own little Miss.

We love your smile. All of us. It's infectious and let's us know we are doing a good job. You cracked your first one at about 6 weeks and now you spoil us and your toys with one after the other while you are playing. And you almost always give your dad a huge grin in the morning when you hear his voice and when he gets home from work. The best part is how your forehead and hairline shift when you give one of your biggest smiles. 

At 6 weeks old we had to give up on breastfeeding. Your dad and I wanted to give you the same start your brother had and hoped breastfeeding would go smoother the second time around. Even though it seemed easier, at a doctor's appointment for our battle with thrush, we found out you weren't gaining any weight. After a discussion and advice from our doctor we called it quits. It was straight to formula in an attempt to fatten you up.

Your 7 week doctor's appointment put my mind at ease and allowed me to relax. You had gained a pound since we switched to formula. Yay!! We are on the right track and you are going to be a little chunker before we know it. At our 8 week appointment you had gained another half a pound and the doctor said you are doing exactly what you are supposed to be and he doesn't need to see you again until your 4 month appointment.

We celebrated you turning two months with a trip to public health and your immunizations. You did awesome! You gave out a scream with each needle but were easy to console. Your weight is in the 10th percentile, height 15th and head around the 60th. None of those numbers are a concern, however, much much different from Brooks' 90+ percentiles. He was and still is a bruiser and you are sweet and petite. 

We received all of your newborn photo images and although you didn't totally cooperate during the session, I couldn't be happier with the images we received from Ali (Ali Lauren Creative Services). They are beautiful and have the vintage feel I was hoping for. I can't wait to use them for thank you/baby announcement cards and get a few printed for around the house.

Quinn you are such a good sleeper. Knock knock knock on wood. You spoil me at night by going down around 9 until 2 or 3 am. Sometimes then you don't even want to eat, but just need a snuggle before you are back to sleep until between 6 and 7 am. Quite often you are a bit restless in that second set of sleep, but I can manage since I get 5-6 solid hours before it. 

And naps are leaps and bounds ahead of where we were with Brooks at this point. You like to play after your morning bottle and will cat nap off and on. Then after your next bottle I swaddle you tight and you nap for 2-3+ hours in your crib. After that it's more play and cat napping until bedtime. 

My favourite part of your sleep habits is when you curl up on my chest for some tummy snuggles. I soak it up. All of it. 

I think HAIR is going to be a reoccurring theme of your monthly updates. It is all anyone can talk about and rightly so. Strangers stop me all the time to comment and some even can't help themselves from touching it as if in disbelief. It's just awesome!

You have been spoiled rotten by the people in our life. We are so very lucky and at times overwhelmed by all of the love, support and excitement for our family. Just when we think the gifts must be done, we are surprised by yet another one.

Quinn, you are so content. We could all (especially me) learn a thing or two from you about being happy to just be.  You do it so well. We love you so much!

Friday, 27 March 2015


1. My chair. This comfy beauty is where I spend most of my time. It's great for feeding and rocking Quinn and I have even had a couple solid naps in it when Quinn doesn't want to be put down.

It was worth the little bit of a splurge to get something of good quality that I am happy to have as a permanent part our livingroom once baby rocking is in the past. 

2. Pegboard. I saw this idea for Quinn's nursery on Pinterest and am so happy with how it turned out. With the help of my dad we cut it to size, painted it and built a frame to mount it on. Only two things needed nails to hang and otherwise everything is hung with pegboard hooks. I love that it can be rearranged and added to as Quinn grows up. The board came in a piece about twice this big and we had it cut to size at the hardware store. It was under $20, the paint was leftover from the nursery and the package of pegboard hooks cost around $8. I love cheap DIY.

3. This article. I couldn't agree with this article more, plus it made me laugh. I am beyond grateful for my children and my life, but sometimes I need some real "this parenting stuff is crazy hard, mentally exhausting and emotionally draining" talk to feel normal, adequate and not alone. Thankfully I have a group of girlfriends who feel the same and are there to lift me up with their own "this isn't easy" stories. 

4. Summer Infant velcro swaddles. We have been fortunate that Brooks did and now Quinn also loves to be swaddled to sleep. Like Brooks was, Quinn is a strong and squirmy newborn so a regular swaddle blanket is no match for her. These velcro swaddles work great to keep her comfy and unable to free her arms and wake herself up. 

Friday, 13 March 2015

Quinn - 1 Month

Quinn, you and your brother aren't going to have traditional baby books to look back on one day, but you will have this blog and the books I make for you from it. I did my best to document my pregnancy with you just like I did your brother's and I am making the same commitment to document the first two years of your life as well. It's important to have your milestones and some of our best memories recorded to remind us how amazing you and our life as a family is. Every single day, no matter what, something amazing happens.

You may only be 1 month old Quinn and as fast as this month has flown by, it also feels like you've been a part of us all along. You are the one we were waiting for. I felt this way while I was pregnant with you, but it's even stronger now that you are here. Our family is complete and perfect.

You are a beauty. There is really no other way to describe you. Beautiful. Inside and out. We had your newborn photos taken when you were 10 days old, and although you didn't quite cooperate, the images we did get capture your beauty perfectly. 

When I look at you all I can see is your brother. Well that and a full, and I mean full, head of dark hair. But aside from what somedays looks like you are wearing a toupee, in my eyes you look exactly like Brooks as a newborn. You have the same petite features that he started out with and have the same facial expressions as he did. I love and appreciate that when I look at you I see him. It takes me back to a time and memories with him I thought I had forgotten. Thank you for that. 

Now to that hair. It is unreal, amazing, enviable. It is soft, thick and already turning a gorgeous shade of auburn. Every time we go out, people stop to comment on your hair and your beauty. It makes mommy so proud. 

And it is already growing like crazy, even the hair on your tiny ears. Don't worry, I don't have pics of the hair on your back and shoulders or you sweet little bum crack. And I am certain your extra body hair will rub off eventually.

I was reading back to Brooks first update about the way he would hold his little hands like he was playing the "got your nose game" (which he currently loves to play and then use his super powers to shoot your nose back on your face). You aren't stealing anyone's noses, but instead tightly grip whatever you can - blankets, mom's fingers, dad's shoulder - as if you are holding on for dear life. It seems to comfort you and settle you into a deeper sleep.

You've grown out of newborn clothing already, but only because you are very tall and have enormous feet. There is still a lot of room to grow into the 0-3 months sleepers, but at least you can stretch your legs out. Don't even get me started on leggings and socks though. You are too long for newborn leggings and too skinny for the next size up and baby socks are just a lost cause with your big feet and skinny ankles. We are going to have to wait a little bit longer for you to be fashionable. For now, every day is pj day.

You've just started to coo a bit and will interact with your play mat for several minutes at a time. You definitely prefer to be held, but unfortunately as the second child you've already had to learn to deal on your own when your brother needs my attention. You're a champ. And seem to almost sense when mommy needs you to be patient.

Brooks just loves you to pieces. Sure he has his moments where he would rather I be holding him and his sleeping routines have sort of gone out the window, but he wants to hold and kiss you all the time and when you are fussy or crying he is quick to check on you and calm you with a "it's ok baby, mommy right here."

You've completed our family Quinn and your dad and I can't thank you enough for giving us a second shot at this parent thing. If I do say so myself, we are better at it already. You make it easier.