Monday, 22 September 2014

2 months



Hello dear friends and family! Wow, the past 2 months have been life changing! I’ve read so many blog posts over the last few years from new moms that would write “I have never been more tired than I am right now, but the last couple months have been amazing!” I absolutely never understood that. How can you put tired and amazing in the same sentence? I literally fear being tired, and that was one of my biggest fears going into motherhood. But here I am, 2 months in saying I’ve never been more tired in my life, but these last couple months have been amazing!!! 

Y’all…I can NOT describe the love I have for this little human. Holy smokes. There are still days when I look at him and just start crying…it’s truly overwhelming. He is such a JOY and such a gift and I will lose a zillion more hours of sleep for him. (and drink a zillion more cups of coffee!!!!!!!!!...or 1 a day…relax ppl! ;-))

 Because most moms are under the radar for the first couple months, getting the hang of things, I find that those hard times in the beginning aren’t talked about often. First off…labor…holy mackerel…intense!!! But most beautiful thing evverrrrrrr. But painful…and very painful for the weeks following…so physical pain, mixed with exhaustion, mixed with “am I everrrr gonna sleep again” depressing thoughts, mixed with LOVE & JOY & MORE LOVE…it’s all CRAZY!!! I’m thankful I had a lot of really honest mom friends that prepared me for the weeks after labor, because really, it’s a wild ride that warranted a LOT of prayer!!! Prayers that the Lord heard and honored!!!

So anyway, I hope to update once a month…but we’ll see! Right this minute I’m looking at a basket full of clean clothes, a pile of thank you cards that need to be written, and some dishes in the sink…we’re still getting the hang of everything, so hopefully this mama can find a few minutes to blog!

Caleb Joshua ::

Weight: 13.10 lbs 

Height: 24 inches

Doctor appointment: He has his 2 month immunizations in a few days! ( L someone holllddd meee)

Nicknames: I call him Little Love, Stinker Pot (is that like a thing or did I make up that weird one?), little man, baby boy. Josh calls him little bro (this cracks me up!!!), little fella, my boy. And of course he gets showered in sweetheart, precious, all those mushy gushy. 

Eating: He loves to eat!!! During the day he eats on average every 2.5 hours! It’s pretty crazy. He loves food from his mama, doesn’t quite love when his dad gives him a bottle of pumped milk, but this mom needs a break from time to time, so they get through! 

Sleeping: The day Caleb turned 7 weeks he started sleeping BEAUTIFULLY!!! I am BEYOND grateful!!! I feel like it was such a gift from the Lord as Josh and I were starting to be deliriously tired. Like I referred to Caleb as a girl MANY times…. HA! Now he goes to sleep around 10:30- will wake up once to eat, usually around 5:30 then goes back to sleep till around 9:30! It’s GLORIOUS!!! I’ve  pretty much figured out that every 2 hours he will take a 30-45 minute nap! Now that we’ve figured that out our days are going smoother! 

Diapers: He is still in disposable and will be until we move into our new house! I’m hoping after we settle we will have a bit more of a routine and it will be easier to work our way into the cloth diapers. Disposable is just soooo easy, but I can’t get past the cost savings of cloth, so I am excited to start (and do laundry every couple days…okay, I’m NOT excited for that part!!!).

Clothing: He is in 3 months. Just a couple days ago when I did his wash I had to put aside most of the 0-3 months clothing. 

Social: He’s my little social smiley boy! He LOOVVEESSS when Josh and I get right in front of him and talk…he just coo’s and “talks” away. He loves attention and gets soooo excited when Josh and I are together in front of him…he can barely handle the 2 of us together in front of him, it’s adorable!!! He does well with other people too…it isn’t hard to make him smile, so that’s always such a joy for people! He’s definitely grown in the last month socially…so that’s been REALLY fun to watch happen!

New this month: MUCH more talking…with some excited screams! (this is so adorable it about kills me). Nonstop smiling! Sleeping beautifully at night. More regular nap routine.  On the negative side…he’s had a bad rash for about a week, I took him in on day 2, and they thought he just has my bad/dry skin, they told me to just apply Vaseline and Lubriderm. Update: took him back after he had the rash 1 week…the doc said he needed .5 % hydrocortisone for what appears to be eczema…I just apply a little once a day and it has gotten WORLDS better! I loathe dry skin for myself so I am on top of his lotion game like crazy!!! My poor baby!! 

Likes:  Taking a bath, looking at himself in the mirror, hitting the objects hanging from his play mat, having his face/lips touched, music, Josh and me (WOOOO), being swaddled before nap time, morning time/ waking up from a nap time…he’s ALL smiles.

Dislikes: Being hungry & tired (samesies Cale!). 

Mama: I am so happy. I really really am. I of course have had some “hard” days…but it’s all relative. There have been so many things that I prayed for throughout my pregnancy that I’m seeing the Lord honor. Prayers for joy- I’m so joyful, I love being a mother. Prayers to soak up every day- I truly feel like I am enjoying each day and not letting the little hard things get me down too much. Prayers for my marriage- it has been so neat to see the Lord grow us and help us to figure out this whole parenthood/marriage thing…we still have/need a lot of growth, but we are definitely learning. We have finally been getting a schedule down the last week and that has been GLORIOUS. Caleb and I get up usually in the 9 O’clock hour (I’m hoping to start getting up an hour before him…I’m just. so. tired.) I get something to eat, then I feed him, he plays while I drink my coffee (one of the highlights of my day…ha!), I get a few things done that I need to get done…then after a while I flip him over and he does tummy time- I stay pretty close during this time…he needs encouragement during that hard workout! J then that wears him RIGHT out…and he falls asleep for a 30-45 minute nap! About every 2 hours he takes a 30-45 minute nap. He’s the bomb…so thankful we have a little schedule going!! (last night he slept from 10:45 PM-6:30 AM WOOOO)

Daddy: Joshua LOVES being a dad! He’s been back to work for a while, and that’s gone really well. Caleb and I give him his space during the day (until we move, his office will continue to be in our house), and Joshua just soaks up Caleb in the evenings and his days off. He’s soooo helpful. He does laundry, washes dishes, plays with Caleb, loves me well, he’s just such a natural! I am so blessed to have him as my partner in this life! 

Fun things we did: We did his newborn photo shoot with my friend and photographer, Julia. They are great!! Caleb peed 4 x during it (without a diaper on) and had an explosive # DOS…thankfully WITH a diaper on J , he’s met a lot of new people this month as friends came back in town from their Summer off, we went on some walks in the beautiful fresh air, the women from the Chapel had a baby shower for Caleb and me…it was so lovely!! We are very blessed to have so many people here in Moose Factory that love and support us!

What we're looking forward to: I’m looking forward to being in our new home…getting that decorated. VERY excited to decorate Caleb’s nursery!!! To purge some things and start fresh and simple! 

Comparison



This sweetie chunked up a bit :) Definitely will not be wearing that onesie next month!!



















Monday, 28 July 2014

Introducing our precious baby boy...

Caleb Joshua Oestreich

July 18, 2014
3:24 PM
8 lbs 11 oz
21.5 inches
 











He's 10 days old today and we are SMITTEN, IN LOVE, HEAD OVER HEELS!!!

Thank you, Lord for this beautiful gift and miracle!!!

Wednesday, 9 July 2014

40 weeks!!!

 
 
Baby: Who knows how big he is!! I could find out his weight estimation at my ultrasound today...but I don't know if I want to know!!! :-0


How I'm feeling: Physically, I'm feeling pretty good! Some days I nap several times in a day, other days I don't need to nap at all! Emotionally...I am so ready for him. I can't believe my due date is just today. We've been waiting for him in New Liskeard for almost 2 weeks now...so to just now be at my due date is a little rough. We are just dying for him to come!! :) But we know the Lord's timing is perfect!!!!! Just anxious :)


Sleep: Sleep has been pretty decent! At the house we are staying at we have a King size bed...which is AMAZING. I have to get up at least 4 times a night to use the bathroom, plus I have to roll over at least 3 times, so between all that it isn't quality sleep, but at least I have time to nap when I need...a luxury I may soon lose! :)


Workouts: Existing is my workout. Ha, just kidding..kinda. We've gone for a couple walks by the lake here in New Liskeard which is beautiful! When we are out and about during the days I'm pretty wiped out by the end.

Clothes:Wearing mostly maternity shorts and shirts when we go out and comfy clothes and tank tops when we are at the house! We did a pretty good job packing for this trip and have felt like we've had everything we need as far as clothes and the changing temps!
 
Cravings/aversions: It has been VERY nice having more food options in New Liskeard. We've gone out to this yummy restaurant a few times, plus have ground chicken and turkey available so my mama has made some really yummy dinners. She is feeling much better and has been so incredibly helpful. I've had a lot of turkey bacon lettuce tomato avocado sandwiches. mMmm. They have a Tim Horton's so I've had a few Birthday Cake Tim Bits (like dunk's Munchkins) The donut above is a Canadian Maple for Josh...those are pretty yummy! I've been eating lots of Peanut M&M's too! Ah. so bad but so good. It's been nice having a house with a full kitchen so we can eat really well and balanced meals!

Movement:  He is still my little mover!! Wish he would move on out and into my arms!!

What I'm loving: I'm loving that we are *hopefully* days, but at most 2 weeks away from meeting our little man. Thankful for the time with my parents...though I think we are all ready to get back to Moose Factory. Loved a lazy last night with Joshua, sitting in bed watching the Canadian Amazing Race and chatting. Love this miracle and gift.

Daddy: He is DYING to meet his son! It's been a little tough being away from home for him. He misses teaching and studying, and just the comforts of being home, but is still enjoying the relaxing time we've had. We are ready to kiss that sweet baby face.
 
We are just READY. Praying that he would come today!!!!!!
 
Thanks for reading our baby updates...hopefully the next one will be a picture of our little man!!!
 
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