Monthly Archives: October 2011

What’s better than the apple orchard??

Going to the orchard three times!!  Chloe has made 3 trips to Center Grove Orchard this year.  This place is amazing and I think next year we’ll be buying season passes so we can all make several trips.

Her first trip was with aunt Bethany and Mr. Craig.

Coming down off the Billy Goats Gruff bridge.

"Eating" an apple with aunt Bethany.

Her second trip was with Nanna, Dudad, uncle Justin, aunt Bethany and Julia.

She even convinced Nanna and Dudad to join her on the jumping pillow - her favorite part!!

Her third trip was with Miss K and kids, Miss K’s neighbor (the girls’ surrogate grandma) and Devon and I.

This trip started with an apple cider donut. (The trip also ended with one, for the record.)

We never actually made it to apple or pumpkin picking, but we did squeeze in a Mad Hatter tea party.

Devon and I joined Chloe on the jumping pillow. You can see D's grey hood peeking out from the top of the wrap I had him in. Luckily, he finds bouncing to be soothing 🙂


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4 weeks

We’re 4 weeks in and I’m needing to remind myself that this too shall pass.  Turns out, we weren’t blessed with an easy second child after surviving a very difficult first child.  I’m exhausted, impatient and frustrated.  As a result, I feel like I’m not being a good mother to Chloe or Devon, a good wife to Aaron, a good friend, sister, daughter, etc…

I don’t know why Devon is often so unhappy.  We’re trying medication for acid reflux and probiotics to help with digestion.  I’ve tried cutting out the dairy from my diet.  We’ve used gas drops and inevitably we bounce – at least we learned (and mastered) that trick with his sister.  Since we haven’t had a lot of success, we have an appointment with his pediatrician later this week so we can hopefully come up with a solution.

DaddyMort wrote about hitting his stride.  I haven’t gotten there yet.  I know it’ll happen eventually.  I just have to remind myself of that when I’m on the verge of tears (or in tears) because Devon just won’t stop crying; because I lost my patience with Chloe; because when Aaron gets home I haven’t even thought about dinner, even though I’ve been home all day.  I’ll get there though – Chloe’s proof that we can survive.

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Sleep Advice

Chloe Mae was not a good sleeper – in fact, I don’t think she slept through the night until after  she was a year old.  There are many things we adore about our daughter, but this was not one of them, and we’d prefer if her brother didn’t follow in her footsteps.  Unfortunately, he seems to be taking after her at this point.  Now, I shouldn’t complain too much, because there are many nights when he gives us a good 4-5 hour stretch between feedings, and I know Chloe wasn’t doing that this early, but he’s a horrible sleeper during the day.  As a result, I feel like we’re already creating bad sleep habits.

At (not even) 4 weeks, I feel like he’s too young to do a whole lot about it.  I’m certainly not going to let him cry it out at this stage.  I feel like I need to start arming myself with information, though, so I can start on a path too good sleep habits ASAP.

That brings me to my question for all you expert parents out there: What books or sleep methods do you recommend?

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“I did it myself!”

While I was feeding Devon on the couch this morning, Chloe went back to her room to play.  After a while, she called that she needed help with something.  I asked if she could come out to the living room or if I needed to go back to her room.  She didn’t answer, so I asked again (and again.)  Finally, she responded “I do it myself, mommy!” with quite a bit of attitude.

When I got done feeding Devon, I went to his room the change his diaper and she ran past the door.  I wasn’t quite sure what I’d seen and asked her to come in his room.  She was wearing this outfit:

She proudly informed me that, “I did it myself!”  She even got the socks on herself – a first for this little girl.  Despite the cool temperatures, I decided to let her wear this outfit (she has a tank top on under her sweatshirt) because she was so proud of her accomplishments.  I think it’s just time for this Mama to put the tank tops away 🙂

At lunch she got her shirt dirty and decided to switch to pants instead of capris under her skirt.  She also added her super special butterfly wings.  So this is the second outfit of the day, that she did all by herself.

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2 Week Check-Up

I’m lucky to say I’ve had two healthy pregnancies and two healthy babies as a result.  However, Devon decided to make us worry, just a little.  When the pediatrician saw him the morning after he was born, she heard a heart murmur.  They postponed his circumcision and checked it again later in the day.  It was still there, so they did some tests (chest x-ray, EKG, … some other things I didn’t quite understand) which all came back normal.  And at his 2 week check today, they didn’t hear a murmur, which means it was probably just a flow murmur that worked itself out as his body learned how to work in the real world.  Great news!!

While in the hospital, he also failed the hearing test in his left ear, twice.  They assured us it was most likely just due to ‘gunk’ in his ear, but we still needed to have it re-checked.  Like the murmur, this turned out just fine.  And check out just how cool he looked during the testing!!


He weighed in at 9lb, 9 oz and is 21 inches long.  We addressed the fussiness issues he’s been having and the doctor prescribed some medicine for reflux.  We’re hoping this helps him feel better. I’ve already eliminated major sources of dairy from my diet with no improvement, although I plan on continuing until we get to 2 weeks with no dairy, then I’ll re-evaluate. If it doesn’t seem to be dairy or reflux, the next step is trying out a hypoallergenic formula for a few days.  Hopefully it doesn’t come to that!!

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And so it begins…

On day 10 of Chloe’s life, it was like a switch got flipped and she became colicky and fussy.  Devon is 10 days old now, and it might be coincidence or all in my head, but all of a sudden, he seems uber-fussy today.  I’m hoping he’s just having a bad day and it’s not a sign of things to come.

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He’s here!

And a week old already…

Here’s the story of his arrival.  There isn’t a lot to tell, because (luckily) it was fairly quick.

On Saturday night, I noticed I was having contractions about 6 minutes apart.  However, I managed to sleep that night, so they obviously weren’t too intense.  By mid-morning on Sunday, they were 4 minutes apart, but still not too uncomfortable.  Aaron only knew I was having them, because I was timing them on my phone.  By naptime (about 1:30) I decided to call First Nurse and see if they thought I should go in.  They recommended it, so I called my mom and she came over to stay with Chloe until she woke up from her nap.

I got to the hospital (around 3pm) and they hooked me up to monitors.  They confirmed that I was having contractions and said I was about 6.5 cm, 100% and that BabyD was at a -1 or possibly 0 station.  We moved into a room, called some people to head to the hospital and answered about a gazillion questions.  My cousin arrived about 4:30.  After a while, and having the nurse, my husband and cousin all comment on how calm I seemed, I decided the contractions just weren’t strong enough, so I asked to have my water broken.

The doctor came in about 4:50 to break my water.  Afterwards, she said that BabyD was looking up and to the left, so she suggested some positions that might help him turn.  The contractions were immediately more intense.  My mom arrived about 5:10, with a bag full of things to keep her busy.  It wasn’t needed.  After about 7 or 8 contractions, I felt the need to push.  I told the nurse and the doctor came back in the room.  I was 9.5 cm and she said I could go ahead and push.  The nurse told me that was at 5:32.

Devon Kenneth Mortvedt arrived at 5:37PM on September 25.  He was 8lb, 9oz (75th percentile), 20.5 inches long (75th%) with a 14.5 inch head (90th%).

Chloe Mae’s main concerns at the hospital were what foods I currently had in the room and making sure at least 1 recliner had the feet up so she could climb up, down and all around.  She did briefly check out her brother each time she visited and always made sure to give him a ‘little, tiny kiss’ before she left.

More updates to come.  For now, just know that he’s arrived and we’ve survived the first week 🙂


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