Lane is: 8 Months

(at home/approximate measurements)
-18.5 lbs
-in 9 months clothes and starting to pull out the 12 month clothes
-We started breakfast this month, so Lane is now eating solids for 3 meals a day, in addition to nursing every 3-4 hours.
-Lane is sitting up a lot and much more sturdy than before!
-In addition to sitting, Lane has started spinning in circles on his belly to follow up around the room, or find his toys. It is only a matter of time until he is crawling!
-Naps have been going SO WELL and we are on a real schedule finally. Nap #1 is 2 hours after he wakes up in the morning (around 9 AM) and nap #2 is about 3 hours after he wakes up from the first nap (around 1 PM). I turn off the lights, turn his fan on and we read a story in his sleep sack, then into the crib. He will whine and fuss a little (sometimes) and then goes right to sleep. Naps are about an hour + in the morning and 2+ in the afternoon.
-He has started waking up a little earlier in the mornings to nurse. It is now closer to 4:30 or 5 am, but he goes right back to sleep and sleeps until 7.
-Since we ditched the pacifier last month, he will spit it out now if I try to give him one. I have seen him suck his thumb for a couple of seconds when calming down for a nap.
-Lane is babbling a lot- mamamamam, dadadada, blahblahblah. Nothing seems to have any real meaning or connections.
-Every single time I sing "You are my sunshine" to him, he starts grinning and cheesing at me.
-I have started back to work part time from home. I go into the office on Tuesday mornings and then work 10-20 hours from home. When I go to the office, John stays home with Lane and works remotely for the day. It's fun to see John have full responsibility, even if for only a morning a week.
-Since I am back at work, I am pumping once while away. I pumped for a week or so at home to get enough for a couple of bottles while I was away and then once in the office. I only get 1-2 oz/session (from both sides!) so it took me almost a whole week to pump enough for two 4 ounce bottles. UGH. I bought a manual pump to stick in my work bag. THAT THING IS MAGIC! I get SO much more from it (4-5 ounces!) in less time (10-15 minutes)! He is still not very good at the bottle and really only ends up drinking one full bottle while I am away.
-My first day back in the office Lane started FINALLY sucking out of the straw cup. We had been giving it to him for a couple of months and he would play with it, but didn't suck. Finally he drinks water out of the cup.
-I think Lane might have had his first real bout with teething. He woke up screaming bloody murder a few hours after going to sleep. He was miserable and nothing calmed him until the Motrin kicked in. No teeth have popped up yet though!
-Speaking of being miserable, the same couple of days that Lane was having teething pain, he also had a cold. And so thoughtfully gave it to us.


Lane is: Seven Months

(at home/approximate measurements)
-17.5 lbs
-Lane is now fully in 9 month clothes and I actually bought some fall/winter stuff in 12 months because I don't think 9 months will last very long! :(
-Naps started going okay- maybe a half hour or 45 minutes in the morning, around 9 am and then a couple of hours in the afternoon around 1, but usually he wakes up after a half hour or 45 minutes and has to be convinced to go back to sleep for the rest of the nap.
-At night, Lane is passed out asleep by 7 pm and then sleeps until 4-5 when he is ready to nurse. After nursing he typically goes back to sleep until 7.

-This kid is now officially sitting up on his own! Still not very steady, but he does it! I keep a boppy behind him and hover to make sure he doesn't face plant :)

-Lane and I spent a week in the Outer Banks with John's family while he stayed home and worked on the house.Lane was not a fan of the ocean- I held him and every time a wave came toward us he would turn his head and bury his face in my shoulder. He had a blast having his cousins around all day every day, but his sleep did suffer that week. I think it was being in a new place- he pretty much refused to nap except in bed with me (and they were short!), or sometimes on the beach. At night he wasn't getting to bed until 8 or so and then would wake up around 3 or 4 crying. I would nurse him to get him quiet and then he would sleep until 6:45 in my bed. Not ideal but it was just a week.
-After vacation Lane's naps were not so awesome again and he took to sleeping on me again. Boo!
-ALSO the wake ups to replace his pacifier had gotten out of control- I was up 4-5+ times a night just to plug him back up. So.. I re-did cry it out, but without the pacifier this time. The first night it only took 20 minutes of him fussing to fall asleep without it. AND HE DIDN'T WAKE UP ALL NIGHT. Amen.
-Every night since he has fallen asleep as soon as I put him in the crib and then sleeps until 4-6 when he is ready to nurse. He nurses and then goes back to sleep until 7 (usually).
-We kept on going with food and also introduced shrimp (shellfish) and peanut butter with no allergic reactions. Thank goodness. Lane loves grape tomatoes, grapes, peanut butter, cheese, meat... He has definitely gotten better at eating and swallows much more food. He loved the sight of his tray coming towards him and shrieks and gets a huge grin on his face. He is going to eat us out of this house soon..


Lane is: Six Months

-16.6 lbs (50%)
-28" (95%)
-Head is 17.5" (75%)
-Wearing 6 month clothes, though probably moving into 9 months soon
-Still breastfeeding

-At 5.5 months, on 7/21, Lane had his first "meal"- carrots, green peppers and peaches. He mostly just sucked on them. For a little bit he just had supper with us and then started having lunch when I ate also. Once he realized that he could have food, he would be upset if we ate in front of him without sharing!
-We skipped over purees and started right with finger food (Baby Led Weaning). He has had: taco/turkey meat, sweet potatoes,cucumber, watermelon, applesauce, shredded cheese, cheese stick, zucchini, bread, wheat bread, avocado, grilled ham steak, broccoli, cauliflower, banana, quesadilla with tilapia cheese and onion, rosemary and garlic grilled pork chop, dijon sauce on broccoli, parmesan orzo, scrambled eggs and toast, creamy turkey and rice, green beans. So.. clearly he eats what we eat. Haha! At first he did a lot of swishing his hands in the food and then licking his hands. Eventually he started raking the food toward his face. He is able to grab sticks (cucumber, broccoli, etc.) well and eats a bunch of that.
-While he doesn't eat a ton of the food yet, he apparently gets enough because we have made the great poop change. Yay.
-At exactly 5 months old we did Ferber/cry it out while at my parents' house. He didn't want to sleep anywhere but in my arms or in bed with me. So, it began. It took an hour of crying for 3 nights in a row and then twenty minutes of light crying for a few more nights. His crying at bedtime had changed too before I started- he was mostly just pissed off crying, not sad, which made it a LOT easier to leave him to fall asleep. Doing this was a life-saver. Bedtime was no longer a struggle!
-We switched Lane from the pack and play into the crib. I had been resisting setting up the crib until he was in his permanent room, but decided to just go for it since I'm sure the crib is more comfortable than the pack and play.
-Another miracle happened this month.. he napped in his crib without convincing! Maybe a side effect of crying it out? or possibly a 6 month growth spurt? Just before 6 months old, Lane fell into a 2/3/4 schedule on his own (wake up, nap #1 is 2 hours after wake up, nap #2 is 3 hours after last wake up, bedtime is 4 hours after last wake up).
-We finally kicked cradle cap!  This showed up around a month or two and I had been using coconut oil and scrubbing his head. It was pretty bad, so the doctor suggested using Head & Shoulders. Boom. After a couple of months of that all remnants of the cradle cap were gone.

-We also visited Daddy at work for family day!


Lane is: Five Months

-At home (approximate) measurements:
16.5 lbs

-Still all breastfed
-Had his four month shots and his sleep was interrupted with a couple of nights that had a wake up in the middle of the night, but then he went back to sleeping the whole night, usually 10 or so hours from 7 or 8-5 or 6.
-Lane outgrew the bassinet and started sleeping in the Pack n Play in our room.
-We were handed down his cousins' old Jumperoo and he LOVES it. Lane has always loved standing andloves being able to jump around in the Jumperoo.

-This month Lane has started drooling and ton and always has his hands in his mouth. We don't see any teeth showing up yet though!
-3-6 month clothes have started getting a little short and we moved into 6-9 month onesies
-Still blue eyes- maybe they will stay!?
-Lane's cradle cap has started getting a little better with our use of Head & Shoulders. His hair is also starting to grow back in on top and it is lighter than I thought it would be!
-We took Lane's second trip to the lake for the Fourth of July. John, Lane, Lucy and I all went down for the weekend and then John and Lucy went home Sunday while Lane and I stayed at the lake for the next week. Lane went swimming for the first time and was pretty indifferent to it- he wasn't scared or angry though!

-The week we were at the lake was the week before Lane turned 5 months old. It was a crazy explosion of development- he started getting things into his hand and then mouth purposefully, smiling and talking a LOT more, giggling and lifting his head a lot higher than before and for longer periods of time. I felt bad that John missed it all and like I was bringing a new baby home!
-Lane also moved to his own room! We moved him from our room to the guest room since we don't have any guests scheduled for the foreseeable future and it doesn't look like John and I will be moving out of our room (the future nursery) anytime soon. Lane was going to sleep earlier and needed his own room.
-I started signing to Lane, mostly just "milk." He understood it within the week and he grins and reclines himself when I ask if he wants it- LOL. A few times he's also made a fist and stared at it and me like he was trying to figure out how to make the sign. 
-This month we started letting him lick some foods from our hand- apple, carrot, banana, watermelon. He goes crazy for the watermelon and banana.
-On Father's Day, Lane went to his first baseball game! (Unfortunately.)



Lane is: Four Months

-15 lbs 9.5 oz / 60%
-26.25" / 90%

-Still 100% breastfed with a couple of pumped bottles a week 
-This month we had a visit from a physical therapist for an Early Intervention consult for torticollis. She said he looks alright and he doesn't qualify for EI. She gave us some exercises for his neck and scheduled a follow up appointment to confirm that he is getting better and not worse.
-Around 13.5 weeks Lane started lifting his hear all the way up at tummy time (instead of just face planting and being pissed that he was on his stomach).
-Lane still has blue eyes!
-This month Lane was sleeping for 8-9 hours straight pretty consistently (usually 8 or 9 until 4-6). At 14 weeks he slept 10.5 hours straight! (8-6:30)
-At 14 weeks we also had his first trip to the lake in Virginia. Just he and I went and we left around 7 am- he slept just about the entire 5.5 hour drive down! We stopped once briefly for a diaper change and quick feed and then continued on.

-At 14 weeks Lane also started sleeping in the bassinet for naps and at nighttime (instead of the Rock n Play).
-This month Lane was wearing 3-6 month/6 month clothes.


Lane is: Three Months


-13 lbs 9.5 oz
-approximately (by my tape measure, LOL) 25.5"-26" long (whoa tall!)
-Still just breastfeeding, taking a bottle 3-4 times a week of pumped milk when I go to my workout class at night
-Around 9 weeks, Lane all of a sudden became more efficient at nursing- moving to 12ish minutes/side  instead of the 15-20 he had been doing. Then around 9.5 weeks he went to closer to 10 minutes per side and by 11 weeks he was down to around 9 minutes per side. I was actually worried at first that I was losing supply because he was finished so much quicker and around the same time he also started pulling and fussing around while nursing- turns out he got more efficient and went through a growth spurt at the same time! 
-This month Lane also started pooping a lot less- woo hoo! Instead of every diaper, he is now down to 3 or 4 times a day- progress!
-He nurses every 2-3 hours the day, sometimes 4 hours during nap
-We phased out the 0-3 month clothes toward the end of the month and are now fully in 3-6 (or 6 months depending on the brand)- he got too tall for one pieces in 0-3.
-Lane still has blue eyes!
-At 9.5 weeks, Lane had record nights and slept for 7 hours straight (9-4) and then 8 hours straight (9-5). It also seems like he is starting to sort himself out with real naps instead of just cat naps all day long. He has been taking 2-3 cat naps in the morning, anywhere from 15-45 minutes, and then a longer nap in the afternoon, 1.5-3 hours.
-By 11.5 weeks, Lane was pretty consistently sleeping 6-7 hours for his first stretch and then would nurse and go back to sleep for another 3-4 hours, waking for the day at 6 or 6:30 happy and ready to go. He also started to go to sleep earlier at night, pushing bedtime to 7:30 or 8.
-Around 12 weeks he started sleeping 8-9 hours straight as a standard and even had one night of 9.5 hours straight!
-9.5 weeks had our first bath without screaming!

-This month we also had Lane's first holiday-Easter! He also went to church for the first time and did pretty well. I wore him in the Moby and he pretty much slept the whole time.

-The best part of this month- at 9.5 weeks Lane started SMILING SO MUCH! He makes eye contact and smiles and giggles. I can carry out conversations with him and he chats back. It is the best! I was a little worried because everything has said he would begin smiling between 6-8 weeks and he wasn't and was just so serious all of the time.
-Lane had his first cold this month- he was stuffy and coughed a little. I Nose Frida'd the heck out of him with saline and within a week he was all clear. Thought it might have been allergies but apparently babies cannot have seasonal allergies- who knew?


A Day of Remembrance

We will neVer forgeT.
We ARE Virginia Tech. 


The First Two Months

We have been blessed with such an EASY baby. (I am afraid saying that will jinx myself.) He never had days and nights mixed up, he has never had a problem latching or nursing, and I would say he sleeps really well for a newborn. I am just going to say that the easy baby part is to compensate for the horrible hospital experience.

So far we have just been taking Lane's lead with sleeping and it has worked out really well. Around 7 weeks, he started to clearly tell us he needed an actual bedtime that was around 8:30. In the last two weeks we have been doing that and even the last couple of days he is moving closer to a 7:30 bedtime. Since he has been going to be earlier, he more consistently has a longer first stretch of sleep, then one wake up and then up again 3-4 hours later- at around 5:30 or 6 am. Usually I have just been getting up for the day at that point since I prefer to be up earlier and Lane is happiest that time of day. Naps are starting to get more defined (yay!).

I have had a really good c-section recovery. I was never really too sore, other than my incision. I was able to stop taking pain killers about a week after surgery. The only hiccup was around 4 and 5 weeks when a portion of the incision popped open (just the skin) and was bleeding a little bit each day. A little bacitracin and gauze each day, and it was healed a week later.

Nursing has gone so well. I don't know if I have just read so many horror stories, but I was really prepared to have to fight with breastfeeding. Then when we couldn't do skin to skin right away, couldn't try latching ASAP, and Lane was started on a bottle and then pacifier before breast... well I thought we were doomed. Not so. Every time he has latched right away and he hasn't had a problem. My milk luckily came in, thanks to the pump, and so far my supply has been able to keep up with him. I was worried for a few days this week because he was yelling and pulling on me, but I think it was just a growth spurt since he had a good amount of pee diapers still. I am SO GRATEFUL that this is working out.

 I've started running again and thankfully it is coming back a LOT quicker than I expected. I haven't run since I think September. My first run out I was able to do a full mile (and honestly probably could have gone more, but I held back). My second run was 2 miles and I still felt good. YAY! I was dreading doing Couch 2 5k again since it is such a long program.

Lastly... I am back on the Weight Watchers train. Last winter/spring I had lost over 20 lbs on Weight Watchers before I got pregnant. Pregnancy weight was.. rough. I was pretty good until 3rd tri- I got so swollen and gained a ton of weight. I stopped weighing myself, but I believe I gained around 60 lbs. Yikes. By my two week postpartum appointment, I had lost about 15 pounds, and at 6 weeks postpartum I had lost 25 total. SO... I have around 35 pounds to get to my pre-pregnancy weight, plus another 15 or  20 on top of that. So far so good- I have lost about 3 or 4 pounds in the last 3 weeks.


We are all still adjusting to our new life. Lucy is always beside her baby, Jaq is pretty indifferent and will sniff Lane and lay on me while I nurse, but doesn't lay with him on purpose.

John is still working in the house 7 days a week so at some point maybe we will feel more like an actual family of 3! Ha! I do look forward to the next baby when I won't feel guilty handing it off to John on weekends or after work.

The house is coming along- this winter has been a lot of interior wiring and plumbing that doesn't look like much but takes a long time. We should be able to get the rough in inspections soon though! Oh and our new hvac will go in soon too! Then... Drywall and insulation- that's when it will actually start to look like a finished house!

However; in general, I have not felt as much in the "right place" as I do now, since I moved to Virginia and transferred to Virginia Tech. I am just.. content and happy and loving where we are right now..


Menu Plan Monday

Zucchini noodles (made using this neat-o thing that my cousin posted a meal- this one!-using) with onions, tomatoes, mushrooms, asparagus, cheese and chicken sausages

Sweet potato gnocchi in a sage cream sauce with shrimp and garlic roasted broccoli

Tacos/taco salad

Pork BBQ sandwiches

Pizza night! - my half will have mushrooms and onions, John's will have pepperoni
Caesar salad

Enchiladas with turkey (and probably a ghetto-rita!)

Easter- John's family dinner


Lane is: Two Months

-12 lbs 3.5 oz, 50% (it blows my mind that he is almost FIVE pounds more than at birth)
-23.75", 75%
-Still exclusively breastfed
-Nurses every 2.5-3 hours during the day
-Decided around 7 weeks that he needed an actual bedtime that is around 8:30 every night. We change his diaper, swaddle, nurse, back pat and put him down. His first sleep stretch is typically around 5-6 hours. He then sleeps another 3 or 4 hours until we get up for the day. He is now also starting to get into more standard naps (though his preferred nap location is still on me. Ugh- working on that.)
-Still sleeps in the Rock n Play next to our bed. Every time I try the bassinet, he wakes right up.
-Goes easily back and forth between breast, bottle (both wide mouth and regular nipples), and pacifier (Soothie and Mam)
-Is in 0-3 month clothes still, though he goes go in some smaller 3-6 month clothes
-In the last week or so, Lane has started to actually smile. There isn't really any consistency to it and they are far between. We will work on it.
-We crossed the following specialists off of our list this month:
  • ENT (passed his re-do hearing screening)
  • Plastic Surgeon (had circumcision and good follow up)
  • Had a good hip ultrasound from being breech (no follow up required!)
-Lane is still in cloth diapers. Around 7 weeks I switched him over to one size pocket diapers. The newborn AIOs weren't big enough anymore, though the prefolds and covers still did, and he was fitting into the pockets, so I just went for it.
-His eyes are still blue!
-Lane still hates bath time, though he tolerates it if I hold him and bathe/shower with him.


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