On July 22 Alaina turned 3 months old! I still can’t believe it 2 weeks later. I think back to when I was pregnant and 3 months seemed like it was forever. I feel like she has been a part of our family for much longer than 3 months, even though the time flew by…does that make any sense? I feel like I have been mom to this amazing child for much longer than 3 months. Then again, I was mom even before she was born. I was mom from the moment she was conceived. I loved her from the very beginning.
She is such a happy (most of the time), active, strong baby. She loves to be sitting up (put her in her bumbo and she is a happy baby) and seeing everything that is going on. She does not want to miss out on anything; she has major FOMO. She even stands on her own when we are only hanging onto her hands. She completely holds herself up…I don’t think that is normal. I am afraid I am going to have a walker at 9 months old. On her 3 month birthday she rolled over from her stomach to her back. I freaked out…poor Jason missed most of it. It happened so quick. I think she startled herself. She laid on her back like “how did I get here???” She loves music. Put on some Christian music and she is good to go. She loves listening to the band “I Am They”. They happen to be my favorite Christian band so I have no problem listening to their album on repeat. I created an “I Am They” radio station on apple music and she loves it. I would much rather listen to that anyway than the annoying kid music that gets stuck in your head and before you know it you are singing the “The Wheels on the Bus” out loud all day without the baby around. She also thinks it is hilarious when getting her clothes changed, when we take her arms in and out of her clothes. She laughs just about every time. It is so funny! Who knew it could be so entertaining. She thinks its even funnier when she tries to eat her hand while you are trying to get her dressed, making it even more difficult. We have a character on our hands. Like one of my patients said when she saw a picture of her, “She has that twinkle in her eye. Watch out.”
She hates to nap…like with a passion. You would think she would be able to cry herself to sleep…not our child. She doesn’t roll like that. She only take maybe 2 or 3 short naps a day. We are trying to get her to take naps, and ultimately sleep at night, in her bassinet. It is not going so well. We made the mistake of letting her sleep in her rock and play (I know I know she isn’t supposed to sleep in it…don’t judge) the second night home from the hospital…she is addicted. (Whenever we have baby #2, they will never get to sleep in the rock and play…we have learned our lesson the hard way.) She hates laying flat on her back. The longest we have got her to sleep in her bassinet is just under a hour, woohoo. Needless to say…we have a long way to go. And now poor thing has a cold…so she is getting spoiled and getting to take naps in the rock and play. She is so congested I feel like she can breath so much better.
With poor Alaina having a cold…I have become a believer in the most disgusting baby product on the market…in my eyes. The nose frieda. You suck the snot out of your baby’s nose…ewwww. But, it works like a dream! Seriously…buy this thing! She hates it and I feel like I am sucking her brains out, and she acts like I am. But it gets so much more out than the little snot bulb. I pray we are on the upswing of this cold.
Alaina also is very vocal. She loves to make noise and talk all the time. My favorite is when she talks to herself in the morning when she wakes up. She wakes up like her mommy…nice and slow, she doesn’t like to jump awake. So, she talks to herself for a while before she starts crying for food. I just lay in bed and laugh. She has also learned how to laugh. It is a cross between a giggle and a squeal. The other night she started laughing when I was playing with her…and she kept laughing and laughing. I then started laughing uncontrollably…before we knew it we were both laughing uncontrollably at each other. Jason then joined in as well. It lasted for a good 10 minutes. It was a fantastic ab workout. Everybody needs a good belly laugh out once in a while. It is good for the soul.
Now, what I have been up to these past couple weeks. I went crazy on Amazon Prime Day…sorry Jason. I became very ambitious and bought a sewing machine, one of the many things I bought. I have so many projects I want to attempt…including those stinking adorable bibdana’s. I have yet to figure out how to properly thread the bobbin on my sewing machine though. And that is kind of an important part to sewing. So, I have to go to my mom for help (I am not above that at all). I am determined to figure this out…and learn to sew in a straight line! (Something I have always struggled with). Plus I have always used my moms sewing machine growing up, and anytime the thread would become tangled or the bobbin would need to be rethreaded, she would always do it for me…she is too good to me!
I have also started another project for my sweet grandma. I make flowers out of pinecones by painting them. My grandma came over to see Alaina when she was born and she kept commenting on my pinecones. So, I am making a ton of them for her. She wants them made into a wreath. So…I am on the search for a ton of pinecones. I pick them up on walks…the bottom of Alaina’s stroller is full of pieces of pinecones. I have gained a new goal now that I have started this project. I want to make up hundreds of them and sell them at a local craft fair that happens every September in my hometown. I want to be able to sell them at next years craft fair. We will see if I have time to accomplish my goal. It is something that is therapeutic to me. I love to be creative. I feel like it resets my mind and helps me re-focus on myself and my family. I am able to get rid of some of the stress and anxieties that I carry too much of on my shoulders. My advice to you is…find something that helps reset your mind. Something that you can do to get away from focusing on the stresses and anxieties of life. It is so good for your mental health. And our mental health is just as important than our physical health if you ask me. I have learned though that I can’t let my love of crafting come in the way of spending time with my family, quality time with my husband and daughter is the best and most important thing. I have to make sure I have good balance.
I have also lost 5% of my weight these past two weeks! I am currently doing weight watchers to loose my baby weight…and then some. I have always struggled with my weight. I am determined to become a healthier me, for good. Not only for myself, but for my husband and daughter as well. I want to be able to hike with them, play with them and not let my weight get in the way of it. I feel like I will feel better about myself as well, which is something I have always struggled with. Hopefully I know this isn’t a fix all, I have to start thinking more positively too…but I am hoping this will help kick start that positive thinking. It is not easy. I love food…like a lot. and mainly unhealthy food. If it is fried, full carbs or fat, or covered in ranch I am a fan. None of these are weight watchers friendly things. I have had to find new foods that I love that are healthy. I have made a chicken parm that was so good, and not full of points. I also made cauliflower fried rice. Oh my goodness you could barely tell you were eating cauliflower instead of rice. It was so good, and a great healthy Chinese food fix. I have been much more adventerous with foods, especially veggies. I still will splurge every once in a while and still have the unhealthy things I love so much…just not nearly as often as I have in the past. Everything in moderation. My husband and I decided that when we each get to 20 lbs lost we are going to have a real binge night…where we get take out from wherever we want, binge a show on Netflix, and binge (but not really binge, that is dangerous) on alcohol (mainly it means having 2 glasses instead of 1). I can’t wait for this! I am craving a pizza from herb and fire! With the garlic cream sauce and goat cheese and sausage and bacon, sun-dried tomatoes and garlic…oh my goodness yum. I am salivating just talking about it. I will have to write about it when I get there.