Stone Levi: You’re 5 Weeks Old!

I’m overwhelmed by all your amazing advice from last week! Things are SO much better. thank you to everyone who called, texted, commented, messaged, etc. We’ve taken breaks between feeds, we use mylicon drops (gas relief), i’m burping Stone sitting up, feeding him while i’m laying down more (which seems to help slow my flow!) and honestly, just hearing how NORMAL the spit up is boosted my confidence which ultimately gave me a ton more patience every time it happened. Totally helped!!

Baby boy is one more pound heavier! 9lbs 7oz. He’s growing great I think! A couple of fun 5 week milestones: Stone’s getting so strong with lifting his head. He *seems* to be cracking smiles at me. Could be my imagination, but I totally see it! He’s doing about 4-6 hours of his longest sleep stretch at night. Love that. Eating great. I think that’s it really.

Grant and I celebrated three years since our first date. 12/30/14. We watched the vlog from our first date together and it sparked a little of that “first-date-butterfly” romance that has for some reason been missing these last few weeks (re: newborn baby!) It was a fun trip down memory lane.

And then it was NYE. We spent the day undecorating for Christmas, cleaning and organizing, and cooking meals for the week! I made a yummy pizza for dinner, we popped champagne from our Charleston vacation (in May when I was *secretly* pregnant) and the baby was in bed by 8pm. And we were in bed shortly after! I’ve never been obsessed with NYE. Honestly, my favorite NYE was 2014 because it was spent with Grant, and from then on, I really don’t have a desire to stay up haha I know I’m not the only one. I am pretty sure no one is obsessed with NYE anymore. Ok. I just made that up.

And now we shall wait for what could be the first snow of 2018! I’m hoping we get snowed in and Grant gets the day off! *does snow dance shake on the couch while typing*

thanks for reading! xo

Stone Levi: Four Weeks Old (HELP!)

had a nice quiet Christmas at home this year. we usually go hiking Christmas morning, but with intense wind and 30 degree temps, we opted for a nap in the living room instead. they say things change with a baby, and I’m ok with that!

our little man is giving us a run for our money. he is an amazing little eater – loves all the milk. he’s already 8lbs 7oz (birth weight was 5lbs 15oz!!) but if I had a nickel for every time he spits up what seems like a cup of milk after i nurse him, i’d have at least a dollar. Point is: I NEED HELP. I’m not proud of how frustrated I get after a feeding: he’ll nurse for a nice long stretch and do great, and the next thing I know, milk is flowing (I mean steadily flowing) out of his mouth. WHAT DO I DO?! I’ve talked to my nurse; she said to make sure his head is above his stomach and to burp him and then keep him upright for 30 minutes after each feeding. Done. Do that. I do that every time. Doesn’t help. We bought gripe water – tried it twice, hasn’t seemed to help. Whether he spits up immediately after a feeding or randomly 30 minutes later, it’s so defeating. I’m so defeated.

If you have any advice, I’m desperate. Absolutely desperate. I often lose it when I see the milk flowing out of his mouth. Tears flow down my cheeks. I just want him to be happy and full of milk. And he doesn’t cry when he spits up, fyi. He usually doesn’t mind it one bit. He’ll also get hiccups 9 times out of 10 after a longer feeding, which I’m sure means air is coming in somehow. I’m sure there’s a simple solution. Or maybe there’s NOT. and if there’s not, please break the news to me gently. This mama is begging for help.

Happy four weeks buddy. We love you and just want you to be happy. I’ll do whatever it takes. xo