Tuesday, December 16, 2014

a day in the life

1:50am - James wakes up, time to eat. We are both back to bed in less than 30 minutes. Yesssss.

5:10am - James wakes up, again. Woo hoo! We made it over 3 hours. While nursing, I finish the last of my box of Scooby Snack graham cracker sticks. My Business Man makes fun of me for keeping a snack stash in the nursery, but that hunger in the middle of the night is intense!

6:30am - James starts to stir... how can he be up again already? I'm hoping he'll go back to sleep. And he does. Unfortunately I don't... so I get up and get a shower while I can.

7:15am - James is still sleeping so I start on my cupcake list for the day. This week is a little out of control with cupcake orders... (aka I just need to learn to say 'no'. Ha.) I'm a little nervous today, because one of my big orders is picking up at 1pm, and I'm nervous I won't be able to meet the deadline! My Business Man makes me a cup of coffee while I get to work. Love my coffee. And love my Business Man.

8:10am - My Business Man goes to wake James up before he leaves for work. They play a little, then he passes him off to me for a feeding.

8:30am - I change his diaper and get him dressed for the day. How cute are baby hoodies??! At some point in here, I manage to scarf down a Clif bar for breakfast. It's true, what they say - you do forget to eat sometimes.

9am - James chills in the bouncy seat in the kitchen while I get back to work. I manage to finish baking all the cupcakes for the first order. He falls asleep pretty quickly, so I swaddle him and set him in his crib for a nap.

9:45am - He's sound asleep, so it's time to enter FROSTING MODE!

10:45am - I finish up the first order of cupcakes (whew! and in plenty of time), and James is still asleep, so I move onto round #2.

11:30am - He's still sleeping (!) but I wake him up to eat. It's been almost 3.5 hours and I'm afraid if he goes too long between feedings during the day, he will be waking up at shorter intervals during the night.

12pm - I set him back in the bouncy seat so I can hopefully finish frosting round #2 of cupcakes. He's not having it and gets really fussy, so I pick him up, and we play a little. Eventually I rock him back to sleep and he goes back into his crib for another nap. (Gosh, I wish I could nap as much as a baby.)

12:30pm - I finish all the cupcakes. In total, I think it was 319 for the day? 

12:45pm - I take a few minutes to make myself lunch. My goal for this week is to eat a salad a day - either as a main entree for lunch, or as a side with dinner. (My veggies have definitely been lacking over the last few weeks, and I feel so much better when I eat lots of fruits & veggies!) During lunch, I respond to a few cupcake-related emails and also read BuzzFeed articles. Gotta have some mindless entertainment.

1pm - My cupcake pick-up arrives; we exchange the goods. Ha. 

1:15pm - I need to go to Sam's Club this afternoon, so I'll be taking James to my friend Lindsey's for awhile. I would rather leave now than wait til after his next feeding, so I pump a bottle so he'll have something to eat while he's there. Of course, right as I finish pumping, he wakes up in hungry mode. Sorry, babe, you'll just have to wait til you get to Lindsey's for your bottle. Nothing left in the tank. (Quite literally, haha.)

1:30pm - We head to Lindsey's, and then I head to Sam's. It is so much easier to do the Sam's run now that I'm not obnoxiously pregnant. Might I say, I almost enjoy lifting the heavy boxes?! I also stop downtown at the cupcake counter to pick up some cupcake boxes, because I am all out at home.

3pm - I make it back to Lindsey's and we hang out for a bit. James takes a nap in my arms. Awww. He & Lucie 'play' a little. Aka, Lucie showers him with sweet kisses.

4pm - James wakes up and is quite fussy, so we head home. He seems to have fallen asleep in his carseat, so I bring him in the house and start hauling in the Sam's load. Of course, he wakes up right as I bring in the last box.

4:15pm - He's hungry again! Babies sure do eat a lot. ;)

4:45pm - We need to fold a bajillion cupcake boxes, so I enlist James' help. We get about 5 done before he's had enough, so we play instead. Aka I hold him, we look at the Christmas tree lights, and I tell him how cute he is. 

5:30pm - He is down for another nappy, so I take advantage and head down to the treadmill in the basement for a little sweat session. I had my first run last Saturday (outside!) and manage to jog a slow 5km while watching Gilmore Girls while keeping my eye on James with the video monitor. Gosh, it feels so good to run again! And there is no back pain or SI joint pain to be seen. Just general muscle soreness from being out of shape.

6:15pm - Daddy's home! Since James is still out, he and I quickly knock out the rest of the box folding. 

7pm - Somehow, James is still sleeping. This is very unusual for nighttime... usually he's quite fussy/needy in the evening. We'll take it! We eat a gourmet dinner of frozen pizza and veggies & hummus.

7:30pm - James is still sleeping, so my Business Man goes upstairs to gently awake the royal highness. After some cuddles and playtime, he's finally awake and ready to eat.

8pm - James eats again, and then we have mommy-son cuddles on the couch. I wish I could bottle his new baby smell. Meanwhile, my Business Man is cleaning up the dinner mess and taking out all the trash for trash day.

8:45pm - James goes upstairs with Daddy to get changed and all ready for bed. I join them and we read a bedtime story. My Business Man rocks him to sleep, so I head back downstairs to get some more stuff done. (I absolutely NEED to start wrapping Christmas gifts!)

9pm - Who am I kidding? I am ZONKED. I crash on the couch to veg and write this post. Gift wrapping can wait until tomorrow. 

9:15pm - My Business Man joins me downstairs and we watch James in the baby monitor. He is WIDE awake, and staring at us. After a few minutes, he puts himself to sleep. 

And that's pretty much the end of our day... Daddy will give him a bottle around 10:30-11pm and we will all go to sleep and hope for another night with only 2 wake-ups.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

back in the swing of things..... hahaha

I guess you could say we are sort in the swing of things... well, we are surviving! I started working a bit last week because CHRISTMAS!! How can you run a cupcake business and not be open at Christmas time?!?

Cuddling with Mom on the couch in one of his many Christmas outfits.

I filled a few small cupcake orders early last week, and James was a champ! He has been napping really well during the days. He's on a 2.5-3 hour cycle where he will eat, then have 30-40 minutes of awake time, and then down for a nap for anywhere from 1-2 hours. Then repeat. I have been able to get a LOT done during his naps. (Though sometimes all I want to do is take a nap myself. Ha.) Sometimes I even have to wake him up at the 3 hour mark to eat! Unfortunately, that never happens at night time...

Kitchen set-up while James is napping... see the monitor in the very very far left of the picture? To the left of the utensil crock.

I usually try to have him nap in his crib; hopefully that will make moving him to his crib in a few weeks a little easier? I just set up the baby monitor so I can watch him from the kitchen. Plus, I don't think he would sleep all too well downstairs when both mixers are going full blast.

Last Saturday was the big Downtown Holiday Festival here in the Bean Town. All the local downtown businesses offer fun activities for families & children. It's always a SUPER busy, but fun day. I decided to offer free cupcake decorating for kids at the cupcake counter. We even got to share the room with Santa & Mrs. Claus!

Ready for kidd-os! 
We went through almost 200 cupcakes in 2.5 hours, and had to turn people away! So sad.
So, in addition to getting all the cupcakes ready for decorating, I also planned to bake about 35 dozen to sell at the counter. That is a BIG baking day. Especially with a 2.5 week old, ha. Fortunately, I had some help from my neighbor across the street for about 5 hours. She helped me with James, and when he was sleeping, she helped me with little odds & ends for the cupcake baking. Somehow, I was able to get it all done at a reasonable hour! 

James didn't quite know what to think about the 4 huge tables of cupcakes sitting around the house. Who am I kidding, I am sure he didn't even notice.

Saturday was the big festival, and it went really well! My Business Man had his first solo baby duty for the majority of the day (8am-2pm). He's taken care of James for short trips to the store and such, but never for such a long stretch. He did a great job, and even brought James down to get his picture taken with Santa. I was totally exhausted at the end of the day, but it felt good to get back to doing something 'normal' for me, since our schedule has been so crazy lately. (As can be expected when it's ruled by a newborn.)

[Side note: My Business Man has been awesome in the daddy department. He pretty much takes over baby duty when he gets home from work each night, in addition to helping with whatever chores need to be done around the house that got neglected during the day. I don't know what I'd do without him!]

What else is new with the little nugget?

Sleep: He is still not sleeping the best at night... but I think that's to be expected for a 3-week old. Some nights he will only get up twice (those are the good nights!) and some nights it's more like 4-5 times. He doesn't really get fussy at night, he just wants to eat, so that is good. He pretty much goes back to sleep after 5-10 minutes of rocking.

Baby yawns are SO precious.
Eating: He's nursing really well! Though, there are definitely times when I wish that the dads are able to breastfeed, too. Wouldn't that be something? ;) He does take a bottle just fine, so that's good. Just takes a little bit more planning on my part.

Random Tidbits: 

He's already out of his newborn clothes. So sad... I can't believe how quick he is growing!

'Look at me, Mom! I'm wearing 3-month clothes already!' (As I sit here and bawl my eyes out...)

He had his first tubby time... and hated it! Though you wouldn't know it from how cozy he is in his hoodie towel.
'Do you have to take a picture of everything?!'

We had a fun time in the baby carrier. We had a lot to get done one afternoon, and he just wanted to be held. So we gave it a try. I will say that baking while baby-wearing is not super easy, but it is easier than baking one-handed while holding a baby with the other arm. 

I promise, he can breathe. :)
That's about it for an update... I'm sure more adventures are on their way! 

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

the first two weeks

A certain someone celebrated his 2-week birthday today... how can it be that two weeks have passed in the blink of an eye? But at the same time, it seems like we've had him home with us forever? (Perhaps when you are awake at all hours of the day, it seems like each day has 48 hours instead of 24...)

Heading home from the hospital.
I don't really have a ton of coherent thoughts, but wanted to jot down what's running through my head so I can look back on it and laugh several months down the road.

A little milk drunk after a feeding.
The first night home from the hospital was ROUGH. Lol. We had no idea what to expect and I think I woke up once every hour. Either because James needed something, or I just had to stare at him to make sure he was still breathing. (Newsflash to Sara: he will still breathe even when you aren't watching him.)

Napping in his big boy crib. He is still sleeping in a bassinet in our room at night.
Growing up as an only child, I haven't really had too much experience with babies... especially baby boys. Let's just say that controlling the pee during diaper changes has become a sport in itself. One time he even peed all over the mirror above his changing table. No worries, I only screamed loud enough to wake up my Business Man.

1-week old
On the Saturday after we brought him home from the hospital, I was so excited because I actually put real clothes on, for a luxurious 45-minute outing to the grocery store. I was so excited to be able to wear a new purple fleece that I had bought in September in anticipation of not being pregnant anymore. I decided to quickly change his diaper before I left, and he decided to projectile poo mid-diaper change. And I ended up with mustard yellow baby poo all over my new fleece. I'm sure this isn't the first time that'll happen.

My parents came out to visit for Thanksgiving, which was a lot of fun. We didn't do anything too crazy, except eat a bunch of yummy food and enjoy lots of Jamesy-boy cuddles. 

"Hmmm... which type of pie shall I have today?"

Lots of Grammy cuddles.
[Funny story: I ordered a smoked turkey from a local BBQ place for Thanksgiving dinner so we wouldn't have to mess with cooking a turkey. I got a call the day before Thanksgiving from a number in Defiance (about 1 hour away) asking if I was going to be picking up my turkey. I said "Yes... but I ordered the turkey from the Lima location." Ummm, no Sara, you didn't. My turkey was definitely in Defiance. Insert emotional breakdown here with sobbing and crying to my Business Man. Postpartum hormones are no joke! Thankfully, he made the trek up to Defiance that night so we weren't turkey-less for the big holiday.]

The spread.

Perhaps the best Chocolate Cream Pie I've ever had?!

And definitely the best Maple Streusel Pumpkin Pie I've ever had.
As frustrating and tiring as this adventure has been so far, it is SO worth it when I see my sweet boy. How can you feel so much love for a person you've only known for a few weeks? Even in the middle of the night, he is just so darn cute. From his little snorts to silly grins to frantic cries, I just can't believe that he's really ours. Those big eyes get me every time.

Taking after his daddy from the start.

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