Friday, April 12, 2013

6 month update

I've been such a neglectful blogger. But with all the changes in my life, mostly baby and house, something had to give, and it seems like this blog was it. I am hoping that I can started updating on a more regular basis, than say once in 5 months!

Brenden is doing super, at his 6 month well baby check-up, he weighed in at 18 pounds 5 ounces (he was 8 pounds 12 ounces at birth). And continues to meet all of his milestones.

It's amazing to see how much changes in such a little amount of time. First it was this:

And now it's this:

I love chubby baby legs!

He's really developing his own personality and it's funny to be with him. I love that I have a job that enables me to spend most of my time with him - oh but how I miss him when I do have to work.

Brenden started solids about a month ago, he seems to really be enjoying trying new foods. Pretty much the only things he really is fussy about is food and napping. I guess he really is my kid then!

On Monday, I discovered that he is cutting his first tooth! Poor little man, he was in so much pain with it. It's hard to hear that painful cry of your baby. 

My little guy has a sensitive side, he sympathetic cries. Which I discovered while we were attending a mommy group, and there were other little babies there that were fussy, he was playing with his toys, heard the other babies crying and immediately started crying too. It was hilarious, I couldn't stop laughing. He also cried, when I injured myself, and I was crying/yelling out in pain.... again it made me laugh.

Brenden has been sleeping thru the night since about 2.5 months... (knocking on every wood source I can find!) with only a few nights since that he wakes up. Mostly it's due to an environment change, like when we moved into the new house, or some other big change (cutting teeth).

He is really a great baby.

At his 6 month well baby check, the doctor asked me how long I planned to continue pumping, she was thrilled that I made it 6 months. I said that I have good days and bad (when it comes to pumping) but that ideally my goal is to pump for a year and have enough frozen to get him through cold/flu season next year. But that I make mini-goals of 3 months at a time.

Although exclusively pumping is working for us, it's not for everyone, it's a lot of hard work and dedication. I wouldn't be able to do as much as I've done if it wasn't for my husband's love and support. He's been amazing through all of this. But I know it was important for both of us, that our baby have breast milk.

I had a full supply of milk come in, so much that we had to go out and buy a deep freezer at Thanksgiving time. Sadly a local mother passed away in December, she had twin boys who were born a week after Brenden and the twins were not doing well on formula. So her family put out a call for donor milk, by some reason, I found out about this and was able to donate milk to the twins. It came at a perfect time, because my freezer was full and I had no clue what I was going to do with all of the milk. I have since donated to the boys one other time, easily totaling over 2000 ounces of milk to them. I am extremely happy that I was able to do this especially given the fact that Brenden never took to nursing.

I've also become a resource for other moms, both in person and online for mom's who are looking for information about exclusively pumping. I am so grateful to the moms who helped me, it's nice to be able to share information and give back to others.

Also, several of my friends are now pregnant. So it looks like Brenden is going to always have some friends to play with (and LOTS of potential girlfriends!)

My life seems perfect right now. I am so content.

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