Baby Life – So Much Information

Before Ryley was born people gave lots of advice and many included books I should read. I read many, probably too many, and now that she’s here it’s hard to figure out what Matt and I really want to do.

I’ve read Babywise, The Baby Whisperer and 12 Hours of Sleep by 12 Weeks most recently. All of them have things I like but combining this is a bit overwhelming. I don’t think one way is the “best” way but rather just finding something that works with your child, and that my friend is the difficult part.

The Baby Whisperer is a great book – it focuses on understanding your own child. But it’s not that easy. I’m trying to listen to her cries and her body language and I just don’t know how to read it.
Then there is Babywise that has a relatively strict schedule. I’m a routine person so I like the idea and we’ve been going off of their suggested schedule mostly. The downside is, what if an activity we want to do falls during a time she is supposed to be doing something else?
12 Hours book also makes sense – similar idea of a schedule but more flexible.

I just don’t know….honestly all I can think about is getting a full nights sleep again. I know we will get there but I’m dying with the middle of the night feeding. I know I’m lucky too because she isn’t horrible or staying up all night or anything but I’m the type that used to get like 9-10 hours of sleep every night so to go from that to increments of 3 has been rough to say the least.

I think I want her to be older than she is, that’s part of the problem. She’s only a month old, I shouldn’t expect her to sleep through the night yet. Give it a couple more months, I know. I just want some sanity back in my life 🙂

Another thing that I miss is going to bed with my husband. Matt and I made it a priority to go to bed together each night. It was always a great way to end the day and for us to reconnect after our very busy lives. I can’t wait to have that back too. He’s been so great and helpful, I really am lucky to have him!

Here a few pictures of the little one sleeping 🙂

I love this picture – she is just the sweetest thing ever!

Couldn’t be happier


Fit Life – Weigh in Wednesday….well Thursday

I’d like to do a post each Wednesday with a weigh in on Ryley and myself (once I get the ok from the doctor to sort working out, etc.) So I’m a day late on this one, life with a newborn is a bit hard to schedule, but here it is…..drum roll please…..she weighs in at 7 pounds 7 ounces! She’s gained almost a full pound since birth and a pound and a half since her lowest weight. She’s right on track!

In the beginning breastfeeding wasn’t easy, although it still isn’t, so I had to pump to make sure my milk came in. I was constantly worried that I wasn’t producing enough milk for her. A feeling of inadequacy was hard to deal with. I was the life support of my child and I felt horrible that I was struggling to provide for her. But thankfully things are working out and she’s gaining weight great. I still stress about it but it’s getting easier.

This is us out for a walk after our weigh in. It was our first solo adventure 🙂

I wanted to do newborn pics but they are SO spency so I figured I could do some of my own. Isn’t she the cutest little thing!

This is her just about a week old. You can tell she’s grown already 🙂

 I can’t wait to see her continue to grow. She gets stronger every day. It’s the coolest thing. She’s started hugging my arm while I give her the pacifier. It’s pretty adorable 🙂

I’d write more but she’s awake and hungry so have to head off. Thanks!

It Starts….

Stay at home mom life has begun. I’m 3 weeks and 4 days in and for now I can say it’s interesting. I LOVE my little one but I’m just used to a different lifestyle. My work life was so hectic and constant GO GO GO! Although life now is tiring, from lack of sleep, the repetitiveness of it is a bit boring. Feed, poop, sleep….and repeat. Good thing Ryley is just the most adorable thing ever! Check her out:
Ryley Eleanor Bossenbroek
Born July 4th, 2014
6lbs 8oz, 18.75 inches
Matt and I are so lucky to have her. The first couple weeks were rough – the hormones were just making me crazy. I’m not an emotional person and for 2 weeks i was crying all the time. Not because I was sad but just everything, good and bad. Luckily things have leveled out quite a bit and I’m finally feeling back to normal. Plus Ryley and I are getting onto our own schedule too. She’s a relatively good baby and sleeps pretty well. Right now we are doing about 4 hours after her first night time feeding (from 10pm-2amish) and Matt does that feeding so I’m getting a bit of sleep. Thank goodness for Matt, he’s been truly amazing and SO helpful. I sure have myself an amazing husband 🙂
So since I’m now a SAHM I’ve decided to get back into blogging. I figure I’ll have a bit of time, eventually, to do this. And I’m excited to share my experiences along the way with others. Hope you come along for the ride 🙂