Being Brickner : September 2012

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Waverly's First Trip to the Gym

In less than three weeks, I will officially be off maternity leave and back to work.  Truthfully, I am not yet ready to accept this reality and would rather not yet talk about it ... but had to mention it as we are beginning to transition for the routine we will soon have.
On Mondays & Wednesdays when that "time" comes, Waverly will be with her Li-li.  And since Li-li is a personal trainer and one of the fittest grandmas I know ... she makes a visit to the gym each morning.  Luckily, Waverly will be taken well care of at that gym, as I found out today. 
The nursery at the gym is only one floor away from where Li-li will be, and this morning, where I was, as I did a spin class while Waverly tried out her space.  It was beneficial for two reasons; (A) we found out that Waverly was perfectly fine, and (B), I was able to workout my post-baby body.  More to come on the body part later, but as for reason (A), it is comforting to know that our sweet girl will have a pleasant place to be.  It also provides an avenue for her to see other babies and kids since she won't be in day care for as long as I can help it.  If anything, Waverly did better than I did as I missed her and thought about her for the entire hour she was one floor below me.  I couldn't wait to be done and see that cute face with her big blue eyes, chubby cheeks, and button nose.   
It's definitely going to be hard.  

Monday, September 24, 2012

Mommy & Daddy Date Night

For the second time since giving birth to our sweet Waverly Maye, my husband and I left her at home in an effort to spend some time as "adults" similar to how we did before she was even a twinkle in our eye.  Well, try is the key term, as we spent the majority of our dinner and drinks talking about her new facial expressions, wondering what she was doing at the moment, and lastly, looking at her pictures recently taken in my camera. 

It was certainly relaxing and enjoyable to have dinner together as a couple at one of our favorite restaurants (THANK YOU to Aunt Meghan & Uncle Preston for taking such good care of Waverly so we that could!) .  It was especially nice for me to have some glasses of wine after a long pregnancy without it, and I definitely took advantage.  :)

But the best part of the night was definitely coming home to our new, complete life with Waverly Maye.  Yes, it is completely different ... definitely one with more responsibility and less relaxation and "me" time.  But it is worth it when you look at those big, beautiful eyes and adorable smile. 
I know I have said it before, but I seriously can't imagine life before her.

 Mommy & Me Before Date Night

Waverly Maye's Two Month Report

Age:  Two Months

Height:  22 inches - in the 50th percentile for height.

Weight:  10 lbs. & 8 ounces - also in the 50th percentile for weight.  Her weight leveled off this month after gaining so much last month from me feeding her so often!  Apparently, I was overfeeding her!  She still has those chubby cheeks that we adore so much!  

Milestones:  Waverly has developed quite the little personality in the last month alone.  She is so sweet and smiley - and we can tell that she really recognizes our voices & faces now (what a good feeling!).  And just as fast as she shares those smiles, she shows when she is unhappy, too!  She definitely knows what she likes. Waverly has also found her hands this month, is able to hang on to her pacifier longer, and coos all the time!  She gets stronger everyday.

Sleep:  Waverly is a great nighttime sleeper. Her stretches at night are getting longer and longer, and she has slept up to nine hours in a row ( we jumped out of bed to make sure she was ok!).  She still sleeps in our room, but has moved to the swing - although we are trying to break that habit. During the day, Waverly will usually only nap either in the car seat (weird?!) or while being held (we have been using the carrier).  Sometimes it can be hard, but worth it since she does so good at night and we have decided to cherish every minute that we get to hold her.

Eating:  Waverly still loves to eat!  She eats about every three hours and definitely enjoys it.  We have settled into a good rouine with breastfeeding and both mommy & baby have gotten the hang of it.  We added in a bottle every once in a while with my milk and she has no problems taking it ... If anything, she wants more! :)

Favorite Moments:  Every time Waverly smiles, we smile.  She is a super happy baby first thing in the morning and after she eats. I could just stare at her beautiful face all day long ... And am fascinated by the new faces she makes all the time. Bath time and baby massages are also special times during our day. 

Worst Moments:  We went through a few nights where Waverly was crying during breastfeeding, and I thought she was hungry and wasn't getting the milk out right. Turns out (after multiple calls with breastfeeding hotlines & a trip to the doctor), I was overfeeding her!  Haha!  As soon as we found that out, it has been much easier. :)

Extra Comments:  Everyday with our baby girl gets better.  She is getting more used to us as we are with her - and as she is more aware, it only gets more fun. I didn't think it was possible, but I love her more each day. I truly miss her when she sleeps!!!!

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Two Month Check-Up

Yes, it's true.  Our sweet & spunky Waverly Maye turned two months old today.  It is hard to believe that two months ago, on a Thursday just like this one, I was in my second day of labor, impatiently waiting to meet my baby girl (I shared the story with her this morning.)  We are already more in love with her than we were on that day, and everyday she is reaching new milestones and getting more of a personality.  We are so lucky to have such a perfect, beautiful, & fun baby. 
As I have learned in my days since becoming a mom, the pediatrician's office is a place we visit often during the first months of life.  So lucky for us, we love ours and don't mind visiting her at all.  EXCEPT when - the appointment involves three shots - one in each leg and another orally.  :( 
I knew that this appointment was coming, but apparently tried to put it out of my head and hope that we could opt out of this one.  Apparently that wasn't the case, so after an excellent report on Waverly's progress since we visited last, I had to lay my baby girl on the table for her to be stuck.
The good news is that (A) I was strong enough to stand there with her, especially since at her last shot I had to leave the room, (B) She took it better than expected, way better than I did, and only cried for a total of five minutes, and (C) They are over and we don't have to experience it again until our next appointment at four months. 

Baby in a Bumbo

While "Waiting for Waverly," I was fortunate to be showered with many gifts from family and friends ... and therefore, Waverly has more clothes, accessories, toys, and baby equipment than any little girl could ask for.  And even though she hasn't shown much of an interest into the incredible amount of that baby equipment we recieved (to say the least!), Waverly seemed halfway into the Bumbo seat that I got out for her to try today. :)

I fully admit that I didn't know what a Bumbo seat was until I registered for it back when I was just halfway through my pregnancy, and even then wasn't sure why it was a necessity and "ranked high by moms everywhere ... ".  However, since having Waverly, I realize how invaluable one of these "baby apparatuses" can be.  (Side note:  Not sure if baby apparatus is a word, but that is what we have been calling all of the baby equipment that now surrounds my home.) 

Needless to say, the Bumbo seat was created for babies to sit in before they could sit up themselves, and can be used once they have good head control.  It is typically used starting at three months, but since our baby girl can already hold her head up, I thought it was time to bring it out.  And I am glad I did ... she even stayed in it for a full 10 minutes on TWO separate occasions.

SO proud of my baby girl in her Bumbo. 

Monday, September 17, 2012

Waverly Awake at the Zoo ...

Even though I am on maternity leave and therefore each & every day currently has the same agenda for me (and I am certainly not complaining ... ), the weekends are still welcome as my husband is able to stay home and spend some quality time with Waverly and me.  Obviously, spending time as a family of three is certainly different from when the two of us were spending our weekends riding bikes to the oceanfront with our friends.  But, we wouldn't have it any other way - this new lifestyle comes at a perfect time and we truly wouldn't have it any other way.

I am completely aware that my daughter will not remember any of the good-natured "family fun" outings that we have attended or will before her first birthday.  However, that doesn't mean that they are not worthwhile and that we won't tell her all about them one day (or show or the millions of pictures I took during them!).  So this past weekend, for the first time in our relationship of over ten years, my husband and I (along with our Waverly Maye) went to the zoo.  After being fed and changed as soon as we got there, Waverly was alert as ever and her bright blue eyes were wide open throughout our entire journey at the zoo.  She especially liked the giraffes & zebras (since she does love to wear animal print). :)


Friday, September 14, 2012

Baby's First Bottle

Up until approximately one week ago today, the only feedings Waverly experienced in her entire six week life were with me.  I realize that six weeks is not a long time, but when a baby feeds about every two to three hours 24 hours a day, that is a lot of feedings.  And although we definitely had our ups & downs with the entire breastfeeding experience, I really do cherish my time feeding my baby girl and have come to thouroughly enjoy it. 
Nevertheless, there obviously had to come a time when Waverly had to be fed by someone other than me, and six weeks was the time period that our pediatrician suggested.  SO, it seemed like the perfect time to let daddy take part in this special bonding time, even if just for a few times a week.  We had heard a multitude of warnings from others on how hard of a transition it could be, so we were fully prepared for a process that could take up to a week.  We planned for Wednesday, and after we got the bottles ready, I mentally prepared for Waverly not to take the bottle since she was so used to me.
Well ... no preparations needed.  As I waited upstairs (a little sad that she didn't need me ... ) and worried that she wouldn't take to the bottle, she was sucking down the bottle from my husband downstairs.  As I peeked my head into the room they had set up for the "first bottle feeding," I was not needed at all.  They were more than successful.  And they haven't turned back since. 

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Daddy's Time

I always knew that my husband would be a good father, even from the time when we were just dating many years ago.  But even though we have had the typical marital stresses from a monumental life-change such as a new baby, I have to say that ... he is a better dad than I ever could have imagined.
I really don't like to leave my baby girl, and I haven't for over two hours at a time (which was on only one occasion) since she was born almost seven weeks ago ... but I currently am trying to get my "body after baby" in shape.  So, tonight, I left to attend one of my mom's workout classes and left Waverly Maye with her father.  I came home to a happy & clean baby, one who cried when I took her from her daddy's arms to give her some love from mom.  It looks like I have a Daddy's Girl on my hands ...
I am so proud of how hands-on he is with her, and more importantly, how much I can tell that he loves her already.  It makes me love him even more.
Waverly's Favorite Pose with Her Dad

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Seven Hour Stretch ...

Our baby girl is quickly growing and hitting milestone after milestone ...
And although this certain one is definitely welcomed by all members of our household (including Bogger), I can't help but want her to slow all this progression down and stay my newborn forever.  As I hear approximately 10 times a day ... they "grow so quickly."

Waverly Maye has slept in a 7 hour stretch for the past three nights in a row.  Huge step?  Absolutely.  While I adore her precious face and miss it dearly even at night when she is sleeping across the room, I appreciate a little of the extra shut-eye I have found the past few nights.  It is amazing how rejuvenated I can now feel after five hours of sleep, especially since that amount would previously cause me to have a rough day. I am so proud of my big girl, and although I know not to get excited too quickly ... as tonight could be a two hour stretch instead ... I wouldn't care.  It is all worth it for my baby girl.

My sleeping beauty.
(During the day, of course.  No, those aren't her PJs).


Saturday, September 1, 2012

Doctor's Visit Details

Just like during my pregnancy, the amount of visits to the doctor have substantially increased with the birth of our Waverly Maye.  Last week, my husband and I made our way to our pediatrician's office for Waverly 's third appointment (even though it was our fifth time there, when including the visit on the car fiasco day and the initial interview we had with them).  

Similar to our first two appointments, Waverly had to be undressed to her diaper when we first got there in order to weigh her.  However, this time, that weight certainly had changed.  Our baby girl now weighs 9 lbs. & 8 ounces ... A whole 2 pounds more than when she was born.  The doctor was more than happy with her weight gain and although she still is at only 21 inches (no surprise) and has a tiny peanut head (love it!), her chunky cheeks & tummy put her in the 70% percentile for weight.

Our pediatrician was also impressed with Waverly's alertness and obvious social smiles. Overall, our baby girl had a successful appointment and we don't have to return for another month. The only downside?  For one, the shot she had to receive, even though she took it way better than I thought she would (the only reason I know is from what I heard from behind the closed door, as I couldn't stand to watch my little girl be injected with a needle).  And the other?  When Waverly peed TWICE on the table ... even though she clearly thought it was pretty funny, and that made us smile too. :)