Monday, November 25, 2013

Landon (& Life) Lately

I am on about a combined 3.5 hours of sleep, so forgive me if I'm all over the place here.

So much about my life has been consumed with Blair, really ever since we found out we were pregnant, but especially since her birth (2 weeks ago today). I haven't been spending a tenth of the amount of time I used to spend with Landon these past 2 weeks and I have to admit, it's been really challenging, for me and for him. 
Blair is truly an angel baby, she's nursing like a champ, barely even cries (I know), and although she is up (a lot) feeding at night, she sleeps pretty much all day. Landon has been great with her, I think partly because we prepared him so well for her impending arrival (and it probably also helps that she keeps buying him little presents ;)). Everyone told me he would regress and be jealous and not like his new little sibling, but that really has not been the case at all - I am so impressed with how he is with Blair, he is very careful and gentle around her and really doesn't try to touch her or play with her at all yet. He (not surprisingly) loves to help out with her, his big brother tasks right now include throwing away her dirty diapers, handing me new diapers, helping push her stroller, and reporting that "she's okay" when I ask him how she's doing in the car. He can't pronounce L's yet so he calls her "baby Bear" and makes cute little comments on whatever she's doing like, "baby Bear's drinking milk" or "baby sister is sleeping in her basket" and yesterday when she let out a little baby sneeze I hear Landon from the other room yell out, "Bless you Bear!"  
But the past 2 weeks have been hard. Landon stayed at my FIL's while we were in the hospital for 3 days, and missed lots of naps, some school and therapy. We got hit by a tornado, lost power, and had to check into a hotel on day 3 home from the hospital. So he's basically been thrown all over the place, sleeping (not sleeping well) outside his own bed, having everyone else other than me feed/bathe/play with him, and with all the commotion of a new baby, never ending errands, visitors, and crazy schedules all around, he's been unable to take his (very necessary) afternoon naps lately, which makes for a very cranky, and difficult to manage, kiddo. 
I definitely feel guilt over all this and I know his behavior lately has everything to do with my inability right now to cater to his schedule. I miss being able to spend time with him. I miss getting under the covers with him and reading him bedtime stories and putting him to sleep. I miss sharing lunch with him. I miss taking him to the park and going for walks and making crafts with him. But right now Blair is nursing every 2-4 hours for sometimes an hour each time and I just can't physically be present for both of them right now at this point in her young life. I know that soon I will have her going longer and longer in between feedings and I will be able to work out giving each of them my undivided attention, and to say I'm very much looking forward to that day would be an understatement.
But even now at two weeks in, I feel confident moving forward he'll get back to normal. Beginning today, I'm putting him back on a nap schedule after school from 1-3, and his bedtime of 8/8:30pm. He'll be eating better - there's been much more junk food than I like to admit and giving into his cookie and chip demands to appease him during this transition - and starting this week we'll be reintroducing the potty, which hopefully we will have mastered by end of next month. 
As for me? I have no idea when the next time is I'll feel well rested. But I'm enjoying this time with Blair, I love breastfeeding and the strong bond that we've created, and I feel so much more confident the second time around with a newborn. I made it out in public with her just a few days after we came home from the hospital (but still have yet to make it out in public with two kids by myself - definitely the true test). But I feel like I've got a lot on my plate with two kids now, constant things to do around the house and yard, more laundry than can you can imagine, an ever-growing to-do list, and I've been stressing out about where we will be living when we have to move out of here by February. 
Aside from all that, I am extremely thankful for this time in my life, a healthy, beautiful little girl who is going to start growing (fast) right before my eyes. For sweet little Landon who is stepping up into his big brother shoes like a champ, and for my wonderful husband who works so hard to allow me to stay home and enjoy this precious time and fleeting moments with my two babies. I've been beyond humbled and grateful for the outpouring of love, help and generosity our family and friends have shown us these past few weeks, and my heart has truly never felt more full. I'm taking it all in, one day at a time. The weather has been horribly cold - I can't believe it's actually snowing right now - but I'm enjoying spending the days inside, toasty warm with our heat at a constant 72 degrees, our fake fireplace roaring, the glee holiday station on Pandora playing nonstop on my computer, and slowly but surely settling back into our lives and the reality moving forward as a new family of four. 

Cord Blood Banking & Britax Car Seat Giveaway!

I blogged about cord blood banking a few months ago (here) and am back today with another follow up post to tell you about our experience and to re-emphasize the importance of cord blood banking. 
We had a really, really good great experience using LifeBank USA to donate Blair's cord blood and will hopefully be using them again to store for ourselves with future baby Bauman #3. (We donated for both Landon and for Blair, but banking any baby's cord blood can be utilized on any blood relative, not just that one child). LifeBank was awesome to work with, we got our request and paperwork processed right away (before our extremely approaching cut off date), and the process at the hospital to donate the kit was super quick and easy. All I had to do was bring the cord blood kit box in with me to the delivery room, and the nurses took over with all the instructions from LifeBank. Basically all they had to do was take 4 vials of blood from me, check off a few administrative notes, package up the tissue, placenta, & cord blood after delivery, and all I had to do was call LifeBank within 2 hours of her birth to have a representative come pick up the box. I was a little stressed out about the whole process beforehand but everything turned out to be very simple and uncomplicated and very easy on me.
If you don't know anything about it, there are soo many reasons to preserve your baby's cord blood, or otherwise donate it. Through cord blood banking, you can collect and preserve potentially lifesaving stem cells, and doing so could one day save the life of your child or a blood relative. The ability of stem cells to save lives via cord blood banking has proved successful for replacing abnormal or diseased cells, and treating life-threatening blood disorders such as leukemia, lymphoma, and myeloma. In fact, 1,988 stem cell transplants have been used to treat some 80 diseases.
You can bank even more stem cells by collecting them from 2 usable sources of stem cell-rich blood: the umbilical cord and the placenta. This service is called Placental and Cord Blood Banking and it is available only through LifeBank USA. Whether you choose Placental and Cord Blood Banking or Cord Blood Banking alone, there are still many other reasons to choose LifeBank: LifeBank is the only company that offers cord blood, placenta blood, and tissue banking, and they are also the first to release placenta-derived stem cells for a successful transplant. They have been absolutely wonderful to work with and they will collect cells from anywhere in the US. Another reason to bank with LifeBank? They include tissue banking (tissue from the placenta) for free. Placental tissue contains mesenchymal (MSCs) and MSC-like cells. While stem cells found in cord blood and placenta blood have been used to successfully treat patients, there are currently no approved uses for stem cells derived from the umbilical cord or placenta tissue. Possible therapeutic applications are in early research stages and LifeBankUSA's parent company is actively involved in their development. LifeBankUSA will store the placenta tissue for you as part of their banking package using their cryogenic tanks for long-term preservation. In the event your baby's tissue cells are ever needed for future therapies, the tissue may then be processed and cultured using available technology at the time. Banking with LifeBankUSA will definitely give you peace of mind, knowing that this stem cell-rich blood can be used to treat certain diseases in the future.
Along with peace of mind, LifebankUSA is also now giving away THREE top rated, Britax Marathon 70-G3 Convertible Car Seats in a random drawing. The value of the car seat is $231.99 each.  To enter this contest all you have to do is simply "like" LifeBankUSA on facebook. Good luck!!

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Blair's Newbie Pics :)

Been pretty busy over here with 1 week old baby Blair and have my parents in this week but I wanted to quickly drop in and share some of her newborn photos taken at the hospital when she was 1 day old. Enjoy :)
She has officially captured our hearts and we couldn't feel more blessed.....Will hopefully get a more detailed blog post up on how things are going and how Landon is adjusting at some point. But for now, I'm enjoying this special time and taking in every moment with this little angel <3

All photos taken by Bella Baby Photography

Nursery Tour :)

Baby's nursery is *finally* completed and I'm a very proud mama bird of how her little nest turned out and I love this room so much. I definitely had so much more fun picking things out and decorating for our little girl than I did with Landon's nursery, (which looking back on was actually really boring, sorry L!) My whole pregnancy I swear I knew we were having a girl so I started planning and collecting little things for her ever since the positive pregnancy test. I really love this little space, and sometimes when the babes are sleeping and I have some free time I find myself making my way to her room, sitting in the rocking chair and rocking myself back and forth with a cup of tea or my computer, or sometimes just sitting and thinking quietly to myself.
This room is really teeny, which we renovated from an old music studio. It had no closet so we Chris built the shelving and clothing rack and hung up some yellow gingham curtains for closet doors (also did these curtain closet doors in Landon's 'big boy' room). The crib and changing table were the only things we have in here passed down from Landon, and I tried really hard not to spend much money on everything else. I'm actually really proud of all the re-purposing and recycling I managed in here - The rocking chair was Chris' mom's (the same one she used in her kids' nurseries), the end table and wooden heart wall shelf Chris' dad left here for us. And mostly everything in here minus the crib and changing table she will take with her to a 'big girl' room someday. 
All other sources for all other decor items are at the bottom of the post, lots of gems from Homegoods, etsy, & Tar-jay ;) 

Bookshelves: Built from scratch :)
Lamp: Target
Storage Cube in closet: Target
Baskets in storage cube: Target -- I just tied white satin ribbon bows around the handles to dress it up a bit
Straw hamper in closet: HomeGoods
Straw basket in closet: HomeGoods
White wire baskets in closet: HomeGoods
Moccasins: Freshly Picked
Happy Cloud Pillows: Etsy, shop Ohnorachio **Use promo code "YAY10" for 10% off your order
Baby bag: Vera Bradley "Summer Cottage" print
Sheepskin rug (used as a throw over rocking chair): (Wait for holidays for their 65 and 75% off sales)
"Live Simply" print: The Painted Arrow
"Be Filled with Joy" print: etsy, shop: The Wheatfield
Baby name wire hanger: etsy, shop: Burlap Babe
Elephant print: etsy, shop: Oanabefort
paper lanterns: (10'', 12'', and 14'' -- only 2$ a piece!)
Crib skirt:
Crib bumper: A pass-me-down from my SIL but originally from The Land of Nod
Gold dot crib sheet & changing pad cover: The Land of Nod (crib sheet / changing pad cover
Hanging planters: etsy shop: My Little Plants (baby succulents from Home Depot, 2$ a piece)
Mother Teresa print on side table: etsy, shop: Unraveleddesign, another post on this prayer here
Organic wooden hedgehog on side table: Local indie craft fair - The shop is Tree Hopper Toys
Wooden tulips on side table: Local craft fair - do not remember name of artist, sorry!
Pink "table runner" on side table: Anthropologie (clearance bin for $2! - Supposed to be a cloth placemat)

Monday, November 11, 2013

Blair Elisabeth Bauman <3

Just a quick post with a few quick pics of our new baby girl :) Blair Elisabeth Bauman arrived safely into the world this morning, 11/11/13 at 4:49am, 7lbs and 18 inches, perfectly healthy and absolutely beautiful.

Friday, November 1, 2013

Our Halloween

Had such a blast yesterday taking L trick or treating. He has been super into Halloween this year, along with all the "ghost houses", monsters, spiders, pumpkins, & "spooky lights". This was the first year he actually told me what he wanted too dress up as -- a "ghost cat." So we made him a Ghost Cat and he was absolutely ecstatic with his new spooky creation :)

Very happy we've reached November-- Ready for this month, our baby girl, the holidays with Landon, and for this time focused on giving thanks and cultivating gratitude. Happy November!

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