Monday, 18 September 2017

A WEEK IN MY LIFE | VLOG #2 | FELICIA CROWE93





In this week's vlog, Kiara learned how to jump using her jolly jumper super stand baby exerciser and to use a 4 months old sippy cup. I got my full G license! Went for walks, cooked, grocery haul and grocery shopped.

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Thursday, 29 June 2017

2 month old update

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Today, I'm going to talk about kiaras 2 month update - her sleeping, feeding, health and play time activates.

Her sleeping has changed quite a bit. She knows the difference between day and night. She will feed most often during the day and 1 or 2 times during the night. Most of her feedings are 10 times a day. Although in the last few days she has been feeding 6 to 7 times a day with consuming 3 - 6 oz per feeding which equals out to having 25 to 32oz of milk in a day.

She is drinking half breast milk and half formula because I don't produce enough milk. At the begging of her 1 month mark she was drinking too fast, not burping a lot and was getting sick. She now burps every 1 oz If not than 2 oz.

Her Weight at 2 months is 9lb and 1 oz. She is in great health. She doesn't have colic or any illness. She is a healthy and happy baby.

The routine from 1 month to 2 months has changed a little. I bath her every night and give her 5 to 6 oz of milk right before bed and she sleeps 3 to 5 hours before feeding again. She loves bath time, she kicks her feet, doesn't cry and enjoys every minute of the bath. As soon as she is out and dry she looks content and ready for milk.

For playtime activates we read her books and sing her songs. We will continue this and aswell as going to books for babies at the library. Every three weeks I go to the library and pick new books out since they are only two week rentals.  She got a playmate yesterday and she absolutely loves it.


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Wednesday, 28 June 2017

New Born Must Haves and Update on recovery.

Hello Everyone

Welcome to today's blog. Today I'm going to be writing about Newborn Must Haves, and an update on my postpartum and recovery of birth.
The newborn must haves I am greatly appreciative of and that came in handy once our bundle of joy kiara came into our lives. The essentials - bathtub, changing table/Pad, Diapers, ext to the musical chair, feeding accessories - Glass Bottles, Gripe Water. Every product I bought or received came in handy at one point or time.

The Bathtub is a 3 in 1 bath comes with three pieces - The Step/seat (bottom), the bathtub for when they outgrow the infant part, and of course the infant seat (top). At the moment, I'm using all pieces put together. The Bath is a good height for me to give kiara a bath.

The product is from Baby R Us.
Summer Infant Right Height Bath Center Tub
Link below
.http://www.toysrus.ca/product/index.jsp?productId=3776625

The changing table and crib were purchased from wayfair.com
The changing pad was purchased from baby r us. The changing table has two cubbies and 2 drawers for clothing? Diapers, wipes, blankets and anything else you'd like to store. The changing pad is very comfortable and has straps attached for when your baby is bigger and moves more.

I use Kirkland  (Costco brand) diapers and wipes. Diapers are 31$ for 192 diapers. At first, the diapers were going really fast but now kiara is 2 months old she is going poo-less and having pee more often. Therefore fewer diapers are needed and used.

The musical bouncer by ingenuity is a sleep saver and calms her down right away from the vibration feel and white noise sound that the chair provides We've been using this since day one and she tends to sleep very well in it. Most of the time she will sleep in her bassinet or crib laying on her back.

Feeding accessories that we use our glass feeding bottles from Born Free Breeze 
Link below on Born Free Breeze.
https://well.ca/products/born-free-breeze-deluxe-gift-set_117741.html?gclid=Cj0KEQjwp83KBRC2kev0tZzExLkBEiQAYxYXOknInrAENZ-oBfwxccPigGRWybVi93JbOn_c5dR_27gaAgvh8P8HAQ

I use gripe water when she is not feeling well as it helps hiccups, stomach aches and much more. I'd rate this product 4/5. The gripe water doesn't come into effect right away and kiara doesn't seem to mind the taste of there is any. There are different brands and kinds of gripe water. The brand I got is Life.

Other products Iv received over the past month is a playmate and diaper changing accessories. 

Update on myself, I feel completely recovered from birth. I'm not in pain anymore which is great. I haven't tried biking or extreme sports yet. Iv has been walking and stretching for my exercises. slowly getting back into lifting weights and working on exercises for my whole body. I'd say my whole strength is not back, I can probably lift up to 10lb right now. Kiara car seat feels like 15lb, it's hard to carry for a long period of time. 
Time will come where ill be out and about biking, running and enjoying the joys of getting back in shape. :)

Thanks for reading. I'll be posting a 2-month update for kiara soon. :)



Sunday, 28 May 2017

1 Month PostPartum/1 Month Baby Update.

Hey, Everyone!

Seems like yesterday I had Kiara, it's been 1 month! Can you believe it? The last 4 weeks went very fast! Today's blog is going to be about several updates and what iv been up to with Kiara in the last month and our plans for next month as well as postpartum and how I am recovering.

Breast Feeding has been going very good. I am still pumping breast milk, I am very grateful I have a lot of milk supply to the point I was freezing my breast milk in mason jars in the freezer. The first 2-3 weeks Kiara was drinking 1-3 oz each feeding. In the last week of the first month, she started drinking 2-5 oz. It says online that I should be consuming 1,800 calories a day to keep my milk from not limiting its supply.  I've been eating a lot of dairy products and vitamin D foods and Iron rich foods. I love having cereal, yogurt, cheese and sweets with milk.

Kiara has been loving bath time, she is content the whole bath time. Kiara has been sleeping very well through the day and night. Some morning's she would be up for 1 - 2 hours because she was wide awake. Other morning's she would sleep 3-4 hours at a time before she was hungry.

Kiara development is coming along every day. Tummy time is a daily activity I do with Kiara. Her head is getting stronger each day. She loves reading and songs that I and my husband read and sing to her. We got block library books for her. 123, ABC and another book about her being loved are the books we currently have.  Kiara can roll on to her side and has tried to roll onto her stomach from her back.

We have been to books for babies group session at the library, most of the babies there were between 7-8 months. Kiara was just under 1 month, she slept most of the class. In June I will be attending a class called just beginning, it's for new moms with topics include growth and development, sleep and crying, infant nutrition, safety and community resources for babies 0-6 Months. The class is once a week for 4 weeks in June. I'm looking forward to the class, I'll keep you updated on info on that and how it goes.

Kiara does not fit into her newborn onesies and sleepers anymore, she outgrew them after the 3rd week of having her. She now wears 3-6-month-old clothing.  It is true babies outgrow their clothing so fast, after all, they grow up too fast. She is growing in lengthwise, outgrowing her bassinet. Soon we will have to put her in the crib in the nursery before 6 months and will use the baby monitor to keep an eye on her.

Kiara had a one-month doctors appointment a few days ago, She weighed 8lb, 3 oz and 20 inches long. She behaves so well at doctors apt, she has no fuss being weighed and getting a check up. 1 month from now she will go back to the doctors and get her first nettle.

For my recovery postpartum, it's been going very well. It's been 4 weeks. The first 2 weeks were the hardest to get through, thank goodness I had lots of help from my husband being off work and from my mother. I've been feeling much better in the last 2 weeks. The first 2 weeks I needed and got a lot of sleep and rest to recover my body. Now I'm lucky to get 6 hours of sleep overnight and try to have a 2-hour nap during the day as Kiara sleeps or is being watched by my husband or my mom. I have 2 weeks to go for recovery and oh can I not wait to be recovered. I've been able to clean, cook and lift again in the last two weeks. Before that, I was not lifting heavy items or doing much moving around.

That's all the updates for now. Stay tuned for my social media pages with updates and photos of Kiara. Thanks for reading today's blog!

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Tuesday, 16 May 2017

Daily Routine with Newborn

Kiara is now 2 Weeks, 4 Days (18 days). 7lb 10oz

To start off the day I wake up with Kiara and check her diaper. Usually, when she wakes up she is hungry. I am doing bottle feeding with breast milk, she did latch on right after birth although I find it easier to pump, I do have a lot of milk supply in a day, I have been freezing my milk for later on. I do plan on breastfeeding by pumping for 6 months and then giving regular milk or goat's milk at 6 months of age.

After she has a diaper change and has breastfed, burped and sat up for 20 min to digest, I lay her down to take a nap. She sleeps 1-2 hours at a time. She is a light sleeper during the day. She gets startled very easy with noises around her. Overnight she has been sleeping 2-4 hours at a time between feedings and drinks 3 oz. During the day she Sleeps 1-2 hours and drinks every 2 hours of 2 - 3 oz.

When she is awake during the day, I interact with her by holding her, walking around, talking with her and taking her for walks on sunny warm days in her stroller. She also comes for car rides to the grocery store and the doctors. I will be attending books for babies sessions at the library with Kiara.

Also when Kiara is sleeping, I get cooking, laundry, dishes done and clean the house through-out the week. Besides that, I take naps when she sleeps as well. I get most of my sleep overnight because she sleeps 3-4 hours at a time.

She is outgrowing her newborn sleepers and fits into her 3 months, 3- 6 months onesie. She is growing a lot. She was born 7 lb and 5 oz, then lost weight and gained again.

The routine will change as she gets older, she will drink more and feed less often.

Thank you for reading today's blog.

Sunday, 7 May 2017

The Joy of having a little girl

Waking up to a morning cup of joe and holding my baby girl is the best feeling a mother can have. Motherhood is more than caring for your child, it's about enjoying the little moments throughout your child's life and making memories to last forever. I do believe entering into motherhood has changed the way I look at life. I look at life in a more meaningful way and recognize and reflect all the special moments. Raising a child is the best feeling in the world, knowing you're their parents and brought them into this beautiful world to care and love them. 

It's been 1 week, 2 days since Kiara was born, she is very loved by her parents and family members. My family and my husband family supported us the whole way of growing our baby girl to now when kiara is growing in this beautiful world. We will guide her in the direction to love, respect others and be knowledgeable of what's right and wrong, good and bad.

I am looking forward to the next few Months/Years raising our little girl and seeing her develop an amazing personality and see how she shines our personalities. She might be more like me or her dad, we'll have to find out. 

In the last week, she has changed so much, getting more strength in her neck, growing in length and getting into a routine of Sleep, eating, getting her diaper changed and having a bath. Since the weather has been rainy, we only took her outside in the trails for one walk.

How are we doing? Great, just a less sleep. We are enjoying every moment of having our little girl in our life. She truly is an amazing and adorable little one. She will be attending her first wedding for a family member at 1 month old.

Hows Kiara doing? Amazing, sleeping soundly and content with being in this world. She is fussy at bathtime and when she is asking for food. It all works out in the end.

She truly is a bundle of joy.



Thursday, 4 May 2017

Welcome Little one.

Welcome everyone to today's blog!

I want to say thank you to everyone who followed along in my journey of pregnancy. Kiara is finally born 40 weeks and 6 days! She is a cutie, she was born 7lb and 5oz. and 22 inch long. We decided on a middle name of Lissa because of her godparents.


Tomorrow will be 1 week with Kiara and 1 week of motherhood, I'm absolutely loving every moment of my precious daughter. She sleeps very well, and is not fussy when she eats. She also loves to be swaddled and held. Her first doctors apt is tomorrow, get to see how much she has grown.

My recovery from labor has been a struggle and I'm getting through it, feel better everyday. I went for my first walk with Kiara with my husband yesterday evening in the trails, she did sleep the whole trip.

Went on our first grocery trip as well, and everyone was so nice to us asking how old is the baby, and congratulations.

Thank you, and stay tuned for more updates.

Take Care :)

May the 4th be with you!

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