Time for another update. Skye was pretty excited to share with you all of her latest updates. She likes having the spotlight;)
*It sure is crazy how many changes happen in the first year. In just three months of life her little personality is coming out strong and she is so much more interactive. She has also almost doubled in weight since she was born and gained some amazing thigh rolls that I can’t get enough of. I also think it is beyond remarkable how our body’s heal up after having a baby. Three months ago the idea of ever running again sounded so painful and while my recovery was great, I still preferred being in bed most of the day with Skye. Three months later and I’m back to running and feeling like myself again. My body is still much different than it was before getting pregnant with Skye but that is normal and expected! My body feels strong and running is clicking but I’m being cautious to train smart between having a coach and going to my chiro almost weekly. I am still very happy that I took the six weeks completely off after having Skye (this is different for everyone but for me it was the right thing) because I think it has helped me mentally and physically to get back into running again.
How was this three months ago?
*Skye is against the binky, not so much into just sucking her thumb and all about trying to suck her entire hand.
*Besides sucking on her hand, she is EXTREMELY fascinated with her little hand. She will stare at them for quite some time trying to understand them.
*Breastfeeding is still going really well. My milk has not dropped with my running and I’m at about 40 miles and twoish speed workouts per week right now. I wrote about why I think I’ve been able to keep up a good supply with my training HERE in case you want to check that out. I’m freezing an extra 5-10 ounces a day too. I LOVE MY PUMP (it is small, powerful and does a great job). I think a big reason breastfeeding has been a success this time is because Skye is just a really good eater. We follow the eat, play, sleep routine for her and she is sleeping at night usually from 9 pm to 4-6 am. Every now and then she wakes up earlier than that to eat and some nights the other kids are waking up for various reasons but overall we are getting in some good sleep. I try to go to sleep each night just a little bit after Skye goes to sleep so that really helps me to get in some solid sleep each night too.
*She loves her little baby massage at night. I talk to her and give her a little massage at night and she gets the biggest smile on her face.
*Her little neck is getting stronger but I don’t see her rolling for a bit longer. She doesn’t really try to do it yet either. She doesn’t love tummy time but we are working on it.
*Skye is quite the charmer. I always think that she must save her best smiles for me but then I see her charm everyone else she comes in contact with and I realize she just loves smiling for all of us.
*This is Brooke when she was three months old, do you think she and Skye look alike?
*You can’t really tell in this picture but Skye loves her little blankets already. She holds them with her fingers and rubs her fingers back and forth on them. PS Brooke the other night was very upset because she is worried she is getting to big for her blanket… our kids (like most kids) are very attached to their blankets.
*I do not know how she blows these little bubbles so well but I’m always very impressed.
*It’s fun to see how the older kids are taking all of this baby stuff in! The other day I found them giving a doll a bath in the sink ha.
*Skye (like most babies) just loves any and all attention. She wants to be held as much as possible, talked to, played with, carried around while I do chores/attempt cooking… She just wants to be included in what is going on with everyone and we all love giving her the attention.
*She has started to make little squeaks and I think they surprise her a bit each time she does them:
*Postpartum hormones are interesting but luckily much better for me than pregnancy hormones. I look back to my pregnancy with Skye and see that those hormones were really rough for me… I just did not feel like myself, at all. I felt sad a lot and now both Andrew and I are more aware of that happening for me if we do get the chance to have another baby together. Postpartum hormonal changes for me have included some hair loss (or maybe I’m just losing the thick hair I gained during pregnancy), some skin problems and some anxiety whenever I’m not with her but that has been a lot better than it was with Brooke. Long story short the hormonal changes were much harder for me during pregnancy… what about you?
*Her grumpiest times of the day are still around dinnertime so Andrew and I trade off during that time helping her out. She is still not loving the idea of taking a bottle so that is something we are working on (any tips?)! PS I read a while ago about how baby’s like to have their feet covered or close to your body when they are breastfeeding and Skye is totally that way… she eats way better if her feet are wrapped up in a blanket and pulled close to me.
*If Brooke or Knox is in the room, Skye has her FULL attention on them.
*Skye loves to be outside. She is so calm and content if she is just on my lap outside. Brooke was the same exact way and just loved being out in the fresh air.
Thank you for letting me share with you all of this! I love connecting with any of you that are in the same place of life or that share their experiences with everything. What did people do before the internet?
Parents reading—> How old is your little one (or ones if you have more:)? What are some of the things they are doing right now?
Anyone reading expecting? How far along are you?
Hormonal changes—> were those harder for you during pregnancy or afterwards?