Monday, March 30, 2009
Friday, March 27, 2009
When he is awake he does a great job lifting his head and has gotten so strong.
Yesterday we had a field trip...Brody met my coworkers at the office. I must admit that when i got to the door i teared up...anything that makes me think about taking him to daycare just kills me. Mama is going to have a hard time come May 3rd. It was fun to see everyone and catch up on the latest office gossip...!
Of course i have to share this story...Poor Pete...he was holding Brody and like most men Brody likes to pass gas and typically with him gas=poo. So without being too detailed...Pete got a poo shower on his shirt and you can imagine what kind of surprise Brody had in his pants...Pete was very calm about it given he has little Gabrielle at home and one on the way it wasn't a big deal...now if Dan would have been holding him that might have been a different story!!! Thank goodness Dan's wife Emilee had sent along a baby gift which included 3 onsies as we didn't have a change of clothes in the diaper bag for Brody! Thanks EM!!!!!
Sunday, March 22, 2009
I believe there is a lesson in everything i experience with Brody. So what was learned...taking Brody to a resturant between the hours of 7-9 is NOT recommended for right now!
I can't believe Brody is already 6 weeks old...seems like just yesterday we got home from the hospital. On St Paddy's Day we ventured out to our first resturant...and nothing says St Paddy's like Mexican food!!! We fed Brody before we left and he slept the entire time, he was an angel!! I had my first alcoholic beverage since May 2008...a blended strawberry margarita...Mmm tasty!!
Getting stronger...Brody can hold his head up for brief moments. Here you see how strong he is while Jason is holding him, such a big boy! He also does very well with tummy time (when he doesn't fall asleep right away) as well.
Thursday, March 12, 2009
OK so yes i was posing Brody by Leo for a photo shoot, he wasn't all that excited about it...except when Leo's lion mane brushed his cheek and he started "rooting" thinking that hair may have been a boob!! LOL!
How cute is the hat and blanket!! Our friend Chad stopped by the other day and dropped off these beautifully knitted items for Brody from his Mom, Sandy. We've never met Sandy but clearly she has a big heart like Chad and is incredibly thoughtful. Thank you SOO much Mrs Zastrow!!!!
YEAH, they are here! Grandma Judy and Grandfather John arrived last night around 8pm. They decided to drive from Maryland this time so they could make a few stops along the way. It was a very long drive for them...some 16 1/2 hours...but what a present at the end of that long drive...Grandchild #6. Brody makes grandson #3, so now we have an even split!! Brody was very intrigued by Grandma Judy's grey and white stripped shirt. As you see here in this photo he can't take his eyes off of it! We are so excited to have them here, not to mention I'm going to get out of the house for a massage AND a much needed hair appt...I'm so excited!
PS Brody's middle name (Malcolm) is Grandfather John's middle name as well!
Tuesday afternoon our wonderful neighbors Shelley and Courtney came over to watch Brody while i ran to Babies R Us to make an exchange. It was so nice for me to get out of the house as some days i don't even get fresh air. Brody slept the whole time i was gone which i know was a bummer for Courtney but there will be plenty of awake times in the future for Courtney to entertain Brody! Thank you sooo much for coming over!!
Our other neighbor Cami came over late Tuesday afternoon and would you believe i forgot to get a photo!! I'm kicking myself as i've been so good about getting pics of all the visitors! Good excuse for you to come back and see us Cami! Cami has two children and is expecting a third little boy in May...so it will be fun to get the boys together this summer and also go for walks around the neighborhood! I need to spend more time with Cami because she's super Martha Stewart...she made two swaddle blankets for Brody and brought some TO-DIE-FOR blueberry/lemon bread....oh my gosh is it good!! Perhaps if i just spent more than 5 minutes in the kitchen i too could make something wonderful like this...but don't hold your breath!! See you soon Cami!
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
1. Boppy Newborn Lounger-different than the regular Boppy, we got both and i think its worth it. Click HERE
2. My Brest Friend Pillow (once you get past the silly name...), this is the best thing EVER for breastfeeding. It has two bumps on the front of the pillow that allow baby's head to rest comfortably while feeding. The regular Boppy just didn't cut it for breastfeeding purposes. Click HERE
3. Itzbeen Timer-when sleep deprived this is the best thing ever! Has a timer for diaper change, feeding, sleeping and another for misc timing. Awesome! Click HERE
4. Aquaphor Ointment-my coworker recommended this item to help protect against diaper rash. It also helps moisturize very dry skin...also there is one for baby and one for adults...they are the same thing, just different packaging (baby more expensive). Click HERE
5. Wipe Warmer-especially for little boys, the cold wipes tend to startle them which inturn could give you a nice spray! Click HERE
6. Halo Sleep sack-best to keep them warm and also to swaddle...keeps them snug verse blankets that can come uptucked. Click HERE
7. Baby scissors-i tried filing his long nails...forget it...go for the scissors, they work awesome and you don't have to worry about cuting them like you would with nail clippers!
8. Sunny Sunshine from Infantino-Brody loves this item; Sunny lights up and plays music. Click HERE
9. Diaper Champ-keeps stinky diapers at bay...and you use grocery bags as refills so no added expense. Click HERE
Brody with his buddy Sunny!!
They also have a couple of kitties at home, so Phaedra made Dolly another crack bag (jumbo sized this time) and Dolly was in heaven...rolling all over the cat nip bag. The cat nips seems to jack her up so much that she runs through the house like she's a possessed little kitty, good exercise for her!
Thanks again P/D for coming over, for lunch and the gifts!
Sunday, March 8, 2009
We were honored when JRo and Jesse asked Jason and I to be Landon's godparents. Last night was the baptism and church service...he was baptized Lutheran. It was a very special event and we'll pray that we never have to really be Landon's godparents!
Brody did great...we fed him a bottle before we left to ensure he had a full tummy and he slept the entire service. In fact we even got to have a very fancy dinner last night at Salad Creations on our way home from the baptism...ohh so romantic! He sleep so much yesterday/last night...he was up every hour from 1:30am on!!
Mama needs rest...but a trip to Target today too priority over a nap!
I've loaded them all to Kodak so that if you want to order any of them you can!
Click HERE to view and order prints!
Friday, March 6, 2009
Where did the month go?! Seems like just yesterday we were in the hospital and now our little guy is 1 month old!
What a blessing he has been. As someone said to me, "parenting is the toughest job you'll ever love"...and i couldn't agree more!
My dearest friend Tiff and her boyfriend Dean came to visit from Chicago this week! It was so fun to see both Dean and Tiff interact with Brody. Both of them have a slew of nieces and nephews so totally know what to do with babies! Aunt Tiffy of course was a natural with Brody and entertained him while i was able to get a shower and a few other things done around the house! She also helped me with laundry and other household chores...now if only i could get one of our visitors to stay forever and continue doing laundry/house chores that would be great!!
Thanks again for visiting us and we'll see you in Chicago in June!
Thursday, March 5, 2009
I think we may have turned the corner...hopefully in the right direction! Brody is sleeping much better now and i think its because we've figured out the feeding situation. I'm hopeful as he's been such a good baby lately!
Jason had the opportunity to feed Brody for the first time with a bottle. He loved the bottle, but sucked it down quiet quickly...guess he was super excited to not have to work so hard for a little supper. Jason feeds him with 3 oz of breastmilk and 1 oz of formula each night before bed. The formula supplement has really helped keep his tummy full for a longer period of time during the night. That longer period is only 3-4 hours but its a far cry from the 1.5-2 hours i was experiencing before!
Anna Lee stopped by to meet Brody...she's a friend I met through Junior League. She was so kind to bring us breakfast...Mmmm a good excuse to eat a couple of croissants, my favorite!! AL was such a natural with Brody, perhaps it's time for she and Justin to have one of their own!! Thanks AL for visiting.
Jason and i offered to hire her on full time for her services but evidently we can't afford her! She headed back to Nebraska on Tuesday and we really miss her!!
THANKS AGAIN MOM FOR ALL OF YOUR HELP!!!!
Here I am...I've just been released from jail by Sheriff Brody Ward. Appears that he's got me under lock and key these days, therefore i've had very limited time to post any updates to the blog. Week 3 posed MANY challenges at the Ward residence all because the Sheriff wanted to ensure we knew that HE was in charge. During week 3 there is a toss up of who cried more...Brody or me. We struggled with a very fussy baby due to tummy gas which we believe now was due to some breastfeeding challenges. Last Friday we went back to the lactation consultant and it appeared that Brody was getting more foremilk than hind milk...(ahh yes if breastfeeding isn't challenging enough you have to try and get them a good balance of milk types to fill their tummy). I understand that foremilk is first to come and its like having a salad for every meal (who the hell wants that?!?)...then after that is gone than the rich, fatty, filling hind milk comes which is like dessert (NOW we're talkin'). Appears that i had an excess of foremilk therefore he wasn't getting the hind milk...so he was always hungry which in turn left him fussy and irritable, caused him to cry and ingest air...causing tummy gas...a very vicious cycle.
Shannon said it best..."when you have a baby you meet your match". So imagine what our child is like…he doesn't sleep much (nothing like a newborn)…he's wide eyed and bushy tailed at 3am feeding…he goes from 0-60 in 2 seconds and gets just PISSED off, for whatever reason…and when he's hungry he wants it NOW (Oh the Ward's will know who he get's that trait from!!), he doesn't have time for any dilly-dallying around, super high maintenance and he gets bored easy and likes to be entertained. He also likes to cuddle so much that he refuses to sleep on his back, would rather be held while sleeping and the minute you put him down he's awake...but then again who doesn't like to cuddle.
While I struggled during week 3, I wouldn't trade him for the world...but i'm still wondering...WHERE IN THE HELL IS THE OWNERS MANUAL TO THIS BMW?!?!??!?!