Marvelous In My Monday #MIMM

Sorry I have been a little MIA last week. My brother in law, his wife and almost 1 year old daughter came to visit us. We had such a good time! I thought I would tell you all about it while linking up with Katie’s Marvelous in My Monday.

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Marvelous is…

  • family from NYC visiting us for a few days
  • seeing my husband with his brother and their girls. Big changes the last year!

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  • our girls meeting for the first time. The last time we have seen each other, my sister in law was pregnant and actually I was, too, but didn’t know at that point.
  • going to the Children’s museum together. Our girls had a great time, even though Zoe is a little too small for the toys, but she loves to people watch and was tired when we came home.
  • checking out a local farm, which has a great farmer’s market, berry picking, but also amazing playground for kids. Zoe had a little melt down (not sure why) but she still had fun riding the “bull”.

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Zoe's first bull ride

Zoe’s first bull ride

  • dancing with your cousin to Jason Mraz “I’m Yours”

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Do you have any family visits coming up?
What is marvelous in your life right now?

 

 

Zoe – 4 Months

The last month was super fun and it is amazing to see how quickly Zoe grows up and how much she learns every month!! She still LOVES to observe people, she is the happiest baby when she sits on my lap and can watch her surroundings, no toys needed to entertain this young lady.

The mornings are the best, when I go in her room to get her, she has the biggest smile EVER and it just melts my heart. She loves to smile and is a very happy baby!

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  • Weight and Height:
    • at 3 months: 12 lbs and 6 oz
    • at 3.5 months: 12 lbs and 13 oz
    • at 4 months:
      • weight: 13 lbs and 8oz (50%)
      • height: 24.2 inches (55-60%)- pediatrician said, she will be a tall girl :)
      • head: 40cm (25%)

2 weeks to 4mo

  • Diaper size: Costco’s size 1-2 diapers (8-15lbs) and Huggies plus dry (size 2) at night
  • Clothe size: 0-3 month and 3 months

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  • Sleep: On June 21 she slept from 7pm until 7am fr the first time!!
    • Bed night routine starts at 6:30ish, bath, breastfeeding (or bottle by her daddy, but lately she prefers breastfeeding) reading and then we put her in her crib by 7pm.
    • She wakes around 4/5 am but no longer needs to be fed, she just needs her pacifier and be swaddled again and then she falls asleep again until we finally get up around 7am.
    • During the day she has several 30-45 minute naps and one big one at lunch time. I feed her around noon-1pm and then put her in her crib and she sleeps until 3/4pm.
    • She falls asleep swaddled but will get her arms out while sleeping. This used to wake her up, but now she is getting better. Hopefully soon she can sleep with both arms out and we can switch to the sleeping sack. Her swaddle is getting too small.

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  • Food:
    • Breastfeeding is going very well! We did it for 4 months now, my goal is to exclusively breastfeed until 6 months. So far my supply is keeping up with her demands and I enjoy breastfeeding.
    • 6 feedings in 24 hours: Since she skips her feeding at 4am now, I feed her in the morning every 2 hours to still feed her 6 times a day. I the afternoon I feed her closer to every 3 hours.
    • We are still trying to feed her once a day with the bottle, but she prefers the breast. She does take the bottle, it just takes a little longer for her to get started. She really needs to be hungry.
    • I attended a infant and toddler nutrition class and can’t wait to start with solids in 2 months.

2 mo to 4 mo

  • Health:
    • We started Gerber’s Colic Drops when she was 3 months, it’s basically probiotics. We stopped them about 2 weeks later and she is still the same. I don’t think they made a difference. Her pooping and her mood improved though, so I think it was just a “grumpy” phase.
    • her right eye is much better now, no more crustiness when she wakes up in the morning.
    • 4 month shots: I was nervous getting them, since she got a cold the day after she got her 2 months shots. Let’s hope this time it is better.
    • very healthy baby last month, no health issues at all.

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  • Milestones:
    • she started to chew on plastic toys
    • we played in the baby pool for the first time
    • MUCH better on tummy time, it almost looks like she enjoys it.
    • she plays in the bumbo seat and also enjoys the jumperoo

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  • Trouble makers:
    • Once she turned 3 months she got a little fussier than before. She is fussy right before she falls asleep and sometimes when she wakes up. It takes her a few minutes to fully wake up (just like her mommy)
    • She gives my husband a tough time with the bottle. He is super patient and she will take it eventually though.

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  • Zoe likes
    • “talking” – while we drive in the car she is just mumbling along or in the morning while I have my coffee – so stinking cute!
    • watching the mobile or the ceiling fan
    • hugging little blankets
    • smiling
    • “watching” tv – she loves to sit on my lap and looks towards the tv. I think she likes the movement and colors.
    • chewing, sucking and eating her fingers
    • playing in her bumbo seat with toys

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  • Zoe dislikes
    • waiting to be fed
    • shots at the doctor
    • cradle position – she wants to be held up right all the time now.
    • right now not a big fan of the bottle
    • driving in a hot car. Twice we had a longer trip planned and we had to pull over to calm her down. I don’t think she has a problem with driving, I think it is the hot car combined with being tired.

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  • Baby essentials (aka things we could not live without this month):
    • Ergo Baby Carrier: right after she turned 3 months, she didn’t like the swing as much anymore and LOVED the Ergo carrier, she fell asleep in there and slept there for hours! I think she loves to be close to us and hear our heart beats.
    • fan for car: a must have in summer! It works really well and even if she gets her feet or fingers in, it is soft and will stop.
    • baby pool: I love that it also offers shade and you can not beat the price
    • bumbo seat: great way for her to sit up and play with toys and to experience her surroundings more.
    • Jumperoo: she starts to really enjoy this one. She jumps around and slowly start to play with the toys around.

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  • We get up around 7am, change and feed her
  • In the morning she eats every 2 hours, later in the day closer to every 3 hours.
  • We have several 30-45min naps during the day, one being a big one around 1pm.  This one she sleeps in her crib for 2-3 hours.
  • Getting ready for bed starts at 6:30pm. We give her a bath, change her diaper, feeding and reading. We then put her down in her crib by 7pm. We still swaddle her at night.
  • A few days ago she stopped needing to be fed at 4 am. She still wakes up around 4/5am, but only needs her pacifier and be swaddled and then sleeps until 7am.

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I can’t believe how fast she is growing up and we enjoy every single day. She is such an easy baby! We just bought a family membership at the children’s museum here in town and hope to go there frequently. She starts to be at an age where you can actually play with her. Love it!

 

 

Training Tuesday (week 27)

I have big goals for June, so in order to keep myself on track, I will start posting my weekly training.  I would like to attend 3 classes a week at the gym, but sometimes Zoe’s sleeping and feeding schedule doesn’t corporate. Her schedule is more important, so I will not change that. But in case we can not make it to a class, I will replace the class with online videos or DVD’s. So, no excuses!!

Plan:

  • Running: 15 miles
  • Strength training: 1 hour
  • Yoga: 1 hour
  • Core: 30 min

And here is what I actually did this week: Well, let’s rather say the training that didn’t happen…

Monday:

  • Strength training: 1 hour Boot camp – this was a killer workout!
    It was the first time I went and guess what?! I was the only one showing up besides the instructor. It was a good but tough workout, I was sore for days!

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Tuesday:

  • planned rest – weekly breast feeding/mommy group.

Wednesday:

Thursday:

  • rest – doctor visit

Friday:

  • 4th of July: visit friend’s for BBQ – Fun!!

Saturday:

  • Enjoying family time! Zoe’s first time in the baby pool!

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Sunday:

  • We visited my BFF who is finally back from Kenya! It was Zoe’s first meeting with my BFF and what a special moment! Zoe’s middle name is after my BFF and they were in love right away!

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Total miles run: 0 miles

Total minutes of cross training:

  • Strength training: 60 minutes
  • Yoga:  0 minutes
  • Core:  0 min

Summary: Going into this week I knew it will be tough. I didn’t stress about it and just took it easy. I was looking forward to a 4 day weekend with my husband and daughter. We had a blast and that was my priority. Exercise will be back this week.

How did your last weeks’ training go?
Did you take a little break over the 4th of July weekend?

 

Marvelous In My Monday #MIMM

We had a great 4th of July weekend filled with lots fun. I thought I would tell you all about it while linking up with Katie’s Marvelous in My Monday.

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Marvelous is…

  • the World Cup! And even better: Germany won the game on Friday and is now in the final 4.
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We do everything we can to support our team

  • celebrating 4th of July for the first time! We walked to a friend’s house for some BBQ and Zoe did great, She loved to observe people and just sat on our laps and watched everybody. Zoe and I left around 6:30pm to go home and get ready for bed. She slept through the firework, what a good sleeper she is!
  • sleeping in on Saturday (I got up for 20 min at 4:30am to feed Zoe and then we all slept until 8am). After a good breakfast done by my husband I went and got a relaxing (and totally over due) pedicure.
  • playing in the baby pool for the very first time!

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  • my daughter meeting my BFF for the very first time. Zoe’s middle name is Tamara, which is after my best friend, who moved to Kenya 4 years ago. They recently moved back to the US and they finally met for the first time. Tamara is the most amazing friend I could ask for and seeing them together for the very first time melts my heart.

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  • my daughter Zoe! She is not only a good baby, she is also a rock star :)

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  • celebrating my birthday today with my husband and daughter! My husband took off from work today and I love that we can spend another full day together. No big plans, just relaxing and enjoying family time.

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How was your 4th of July weekend?
What is marvelous in your life right now?

 

 

The Ultimate Coffee Date – July

Sorry I am a little late, but I still wanted to join the fun. Jill, Lynda and Nikki are hosting the ultimate coffee date. Want to have coffee with us too? Link up with the hostesses Jill, Lynda and Nikki.

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First of all, how are you? I hope you had a wonderful 4th of July filled with family, fun and fireworks!!

If we were having coffee this morning I would tell you…that my baby girl will turn 4 months in a week. She is a very good baby and we enjoy every minute with her.

If we were having coffee this morning I would tell you…that something scary and crazy happened last week! My little baby and I ended up in a police car. You would wonder why and I would you the full story.

If we were having coffee this morning I would tell you…that I really enjoy watching the Extreme Weight Loss show and much prefer over the Biggest Loser. If you don’t know the show, they focus on one contestant per episode and they follow him/her for 1 year. No games, no strategy, they solely focus on the contestants well being and long-term weight loss. Amazing and very motivating to watch.

If we were having coffee this morning I would tell you…that I got a new phone and I’m totally excited! My favorite part is the camera and now I take even more pictures of my little girl.

If we were having coffee this morning I would tell you…that I went to boot camp on Monday and I was the only one showing up besides the instructor. This was the first time ever I went to boot camp, very intimating to be the only one. But I survived, even though I am still sore.

If we were having coffee this morning I would tell you…that I am obsessed with the World Cup. Zoe and I don’t miss a game. Go Germany!!

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The benefit of a bilingual family

If we were having coffee…What would you tell me?

How I ended up in a police car #mommyfail

Yesterday something happens, which I am not proud of and still feel guilty about…

I went to see my former co-workers for lunch. We had a great time, good talk and many laughs. When we were done, I breast fed Zoe, changed her diapers and we left around 1:30pm which is her nap time. I thought I took care of everything to make our 1.5 hour care ride home smoothly. It was a hot day in VA yesterday and it was well in the 90′s. I turned the AC to max strength and even brought a little fan for Zoe, so she is not too hot.

Shortly after we left she started to cry, which I am not used to, she barely cries, especially in the car. I pulled over and sat in the back and she cried more and more and got really hot. I took her out of her car seat to calm her down, but it got worse. I knew she is hot and took off her clothes but she didn’t stop crying and started to cough and for a second I thought she wasn’t breathing. It freaked me out so bad!! I didn’t know what to do. The car was still running and AC blowing, but it was still warm. I turned on the warn signals and tried to call my old job to get help. I felt soo helpless!! This is the worst feeling ever. It felt like forever but within minutes there was a knock on my car door. It was a police officer who asked if I am ok. I told him, the baby is crying and I think she is too warm. I asked if he has a cool car and if I could sit in there. He said of course and as soon as we sat down in his car, she calmed down and was a normal and happy baby again.

I was still shaken and he was so nice! We sat there for about 20 minutes and chatted a little bit. He has 2 kids and his 3rd is due in a month. He asked me if I am a first time mom and I said yes. He was so calm and relaxed and never tried to lecture me. He went to my car twice, once to get me a pacifier and the second time to check if it is cooled down yet.

After about 20 minutes we strapped Zoe in her car seat, she was happy and fell asleep right after and slept all the way home. She was just fine. I however was still nervous and couldn’t wait to be home. Luckily when I came home my husband was home, he left work earlier than usual and I gave him Zoe and took a 5 minute break. I felt like the worst mom ever, I put her in danger!

My husband was great, he also never tried to lecture me. He said, you did everything right, it was just a little warm. Plus combined with her fussiness before she falls asleep, it probably ticked her off a little more than usual.

For the rest of the day, I just hugged her and told her endlessly how much I love her. I’m so thankful for the police officer to show up when he did and for my husband to not freak out on me.

What was the worse thing you did while raising your children?
How do you deal with the heat?

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