Saturday, January 22, 2011

Poo and Pee and All That In Between!!!

Well, we are officially embarking on an elimination journey with Elimination Communication. Jaxon is teaching us when he needs to poo or pee in the potty instead of in diapers. I encourage anyone with kids to read up on it. It is a great tool to get to know your baby even better. We officially started it full time today, but have been doing it occasionally up to this point. He has peed in the toilet multiple times. We are still working on poos at this point. Lots of diaper free time. Beware, you may see many naked baby pics coming up.

Our goal is not to potty learn early (although that will probably be accomplished), but to increase our communication to each other. As he communicates his need to poo or pee, I increase my communication to him by answering these needs. He seems to enjoy his diaper free time. We also just purchased his brand new potty. We purchased the BeCO potty which is truly biodegradable after we are finished. Also, some more baby legs coming our way to keep those little legs warm when not wearing much clothing or diapers.

Bid us well on our journey....

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Resolutions, Goals and Dreams

Well, I know New Year's Day was a few days ago, but I am setting my goals in motion now. I don't call my aspirations "New Year's Resolutions" because that always brings on an instant thought of failure. So many people (present company included) break their resolutions. Therefore, I will call mine a goal! I have a desired result in mind!

Now I know that every woman in America has a weight loss resolution or goal. I do think it is a little cheesy, but it is my goal too. I have officially lost all but 1 lb of my pregnancy weight. I can fit into my pre-pregnancy clothes, including jeans. I am proud of this, but I did nothing to get this way. Breastfeeding has been the only thing that has brought the weight off of me.

Unfortunately, I still don't like the way I look or my "health" level right now. I am not satisfied with myself at this point. Not an unhealthy body image thing, just want to be healthier. I am already obsessed with food health and organics, but I need to go a little further in my health venture. In order to do this, I must go BOLD!!!

In doing this, I must keep in mind my bone structure, height, health of my baby and health of my family. I cannot let those things falter, but I can get healthier myself. So here it goes:

Current weight: 175lbs
Goal weight: 160 lbs
Current exercise: sitting up in the morning to get out of bed, constantly creating motion for a 15-16 lb child, walking through the grocery store
Goal exercise: 5 mile run (without having an asthma attack - yes I actually have asthma), strength training on a more frequent basis such as twice per week

So, now that the holidays are over and I have officially announced my weight to the world...I think I'll get started so that I can come back and announce a lower weight a little more proudly.

PS: If any of you ladies want to join me in this endeavor...please feel free to comment. You must be just as bold, though. No fad diets, no starving yourself...just a healthier lifestyle!!!

Happy New Year!!

Friday, January 7, 2011

Three Months

Well, we have made it 3 months with our little man. It is amazing how time flies. We have already had so many "firsts". We had our first Thanksgiving, our first Christmas, our first New Year's, our first car trip, and our first airplane trip. He's had a busy little life in just 3 months. He has been in NY, NJ and TN already. I'm so sure that he will remember to tell you all about his experience with these things, also!! I know he is somewhere between 15 and 16 lbs now and is about 25-26 inches tall. He is teething like crazy, grasping for his toys, "talking" (oohs and ahhs), smiling, laughing, loves his bath time, eating like he may never get fed again, not waking as much (see side note), and starting to like his Jumparoo seat!

*****Side Note****
He is not waking as much, but he is eating all night long. Let me explain. We went to my dad's house for New Year's and spent 10 days there. Before going, I had been placing him in the cosleeper for the first few hours at night, and then moving him over to our bed in the early, early morning. He would then nurse on and off for the rest of the morning. This usually happened around 4 or 5. When we were at my dad's house, he slept with me all night. My dad has a heated mattress pad on the bed, so Jaxon would spread out and sleep great on the heated bed. He would cuddle next to me all night and nurse freely. I have given up on changing this as we do sleep great this way. He nurses whenever all night and I sleep all night (mostly). The co sleeper has became a great place to hold diapers and wipes :)!

Little Updates:
1. He still continues to refuse all pacifiers of every shape and size
2. He nurses like a champ
3. He has horrible eczema which requires daily oatmeal baths, prescription cream, calendula cream and a dairy free mommy
4. He has started bringing both legs up into the crawling position, but can't quite lift his head off the ground at the same time
5. Cloth diaper is going great. We have every shape and sort of cloth diaper. We even have daddy friendly cloth diapers.
6. He likes to look at himself in the mirror.
7. Teething has brought on the world of constant drooling.
8. He is still the cutest guy ever!!!