Monday, November 3, 2014

First Snowfall

We got a bit of snow in Tahoe on Halloween, so we took Aidan up to Squaw Valley to see his first snow. We didn't make it very long, and definitely weren't prepared with snowproof clothes, but he seemed to enjoy his first time in the fluffy white stuff!







Tuesday, September 23, 2014

First Foods

It's been a while!

Aidan is 4 months old and thriving. At his last appointment he weighed 18 lbs (90th percentile), 27 inches (97th percentile) and was hitting all of his developmental milestones.

He's a very happy, easy-going baby. Sleep is still not the best, but we're hoping for longer spurts after the 4 month sleep regression he seems to be going to.

Our pediatrician said that since he's showing major interest in food, able to sit up, and has great head control, that we could start introducing solids. He ate his first few bites of rice cereal like a pro!

 

Truth be told, rice cereal wasn't his first food. He stole his first few bites at a rib-cookoff when he decided to make a grab for my watermelon a few weeks earlier.

Looking forward to adding some fruits and vegetables to his meals and seeing how that goes!

Friday, July 18, 2014

Shipping Breast Milk - Our Process

We are so incredibly fortunate that our surrogate offered to continue pumping for Aidan. In most surrogate contracts, the surrogate chooses whether or not they'd like to pump for the intended parents, and there is usually a fee associated with it. The fee varies, though in most situations I've encountered it's about $1 per ounce of breast milk. In the beginning of our process, I had researched induced lactation and had hoped that I could nurse Aidan myself, but once Aimee offered to pump for him we decided that the cons outweighed the pros for induced lactation.

We're still ironing out the process since we had one shipment that came a day late (and boy did we freak out!), but this is what has been working for us so far: Aimee pumps and stores breast milk in Lansinoh bags, which are then put in her deep freezer. Once she has enough for a shipment, she puts the bags in a Styrofoam cooler with dry ice packed on the top. She has been shipping overnight through USPS, so I receive before 10:30 the next day. We did attempt to ship via FedEx, but they will not ship breast milk.


Once I get the shipment, I take all of the milk bags out to our deep freezer, which I purchased before Aidan was born. This has been such a good investment for us. When we are preparing milk for the next few days, we take about 8 bags inside to our freezer to start defrosting. When we need milk for that day or the following day, we take about 3-4 bags of milk and place them in a Ziploc bag to continue defrosting in the refrigerator. When they've defrosted enough that the milk can be broken up, we take the bags out, and put the contents into a mason jar to be stored for the day. It sounds like quite the process, and to be honest it's not as easy as putting formula in a bottle and having it instantly ready, but we really feel it's worth it, and are incredibly lucky to have a friend who is willing to provide this for him.

Friday, July 4, 2014

First 4th of July With a Baby

I love 4th of July for many reasons. I love America, BBQing with friends and family, traditions, themed outfits, pie, and fireworks. Oh, and it's Mr. Bee's and my dating anniversary. Cheesy, but we like to celebrate it 10 years later.

Growing up, I have so many great memories of 4th of July with my family. My grandma would always come visit, we'd grill, play with sparklers, go watch the fireworks show on the hill, and then get ice cream at Friendly's. Nothing too much, but definitely memorable to me. I hope that Aidan has just as many good memories of this holiday while he's growing up.

Our poor little fella has been battling a double ear infection (at 6 weeks - not fair!) and has been pretty fussy for the past few days, which now all makes sense. He started sniffling over the weekend and Sunday night had a little cough. After using my "mother's instincts" and Dr. Google, I was panicked. I even used the good-old rectal thermometer since I was convinced something was wrong, but no fever. My husband thought I was a little nuts, but thought it would be good for me to take him in for peace of mind the next day. So happy I did since he ended up having a double ear infection, and we caught it right before he got a fever. Incredibly grateful I listened to my gut with that one! And, he's already 13.3 pounds. Such a chunk!

This all leads up to me saying we didn't do anything significant for the holiday. In Reno, there are pretty much two options - the fireworks show in Sparks and going to Lake Tahoe. Since neither of those is extremely convenient with a fussy 6-week-old, we decided to go low-key. We celebrated with lunch at one of our favorite Mexican restaurants in Midtown, then spent the majority of the night wearing Aidan around the backyard to calm him down.

First time straight-ironing my hair in 7 weeks! 
We did get several smiles from him throughout the day, and had two outfit changes due to...unforeseen circumstances.


Outfit #1

Outfit #2
Can't wait until next year when Aidan can really appreciate the fireworks and enjoy the festivities with us!


Saturday, June 28, 2014

Baby Bee Newborn Essentials

In the first week Baby Bee was born, we were just surviving. We had our bundle of love home, and now we had to nurture him and keep him alive. Well-intentioned friends would often tell me things that worked for their babies, which was appreciated, but ultimately, this is our list of what worked for us the first crucial weeks.

Disclaimer: Collage created by the talented Bee Kim of HelloBee.com.
  1. Rock N Play Snugamonkey - We bought this on a whim while we were in Portland, and Baby Bee has decided that this is the one place he really wants to sleep. Since he has a little bit of reflux, our doctor recommended that he sleep in it. We try to keep him out of it was much as possible and re-position his head so he doesn't get a flat head.

2. Summer Swaddle Me Blankets - As someone who would have failed out of swaddle school, these are great. You just put the baby's legs in the pouch and wrap the swaddle around. The velcro keeps them in. The baby goes into a happy trance.

3. Happiest Baby on the Block - Mr. Bee and I watched this video the night before Baby Bee was born. It's filled with invaluable knowledge. I can't recommend it enough.

4. Soothie Pacifier - I heard that these were great, and they're the only pacifier that Baby Sea Otter really prefers. I know a lot of people enjoy Wubbanub pacifiers, which are basically Soothies with a stuffed animal at the end, but our dogs have made it clear that those will not survive in our house for longer than an hour.

 5. White Noise Machine - A lifesaving sound machine. Switch on the Dohm and get ready to zen your baby out like no other.

 6. Zip Up Onesies - I mentioned these in my last post, but the zip-up onesies were essential. When you're so tired you don't know if you're changing your baby or knitting a quilt, these are a no muss, no fuss way to change your baby quickly.

 7. Dr. Brown Bottles - We tried several bottles since we are feeding Baby Bee breastmilk. These worked the best and significantly reduced the reflux issues he was having since he could gulp down the contents like they were going out of style.

 8. Boon Lawn - If your counter is going to be taken up bottles, they might as well be displayed on a cute green lawn. The larger lawn fits the bottles and most of the bottle parts. If you're only using bottles for supplementing, I'd recommend just the Boon Grass, which is the smaller version.

 9. Yoga Ball - Not just for strengthening your core, the yoga ball is perfect for late nights when you don't know what to do with your crying baby. I spent most of those nights bouncing him and singing sorority recruitment songs, since those were the only things I could remember at 3am. What got you through the newborn weeks?

Monday, June 23, 2014

Newborn Photo Highlights

We've taken hundreds of photos of our little fella so far, but couldn't resist a newborn photo shoot. I'm in love with how all of these turned out! There are just a few of my favorites, but they're all amazing, and I'm not just saying that because I'm a proud mama. Ok, maybe a little.





















Sunday, June 22, 2014

Birth Day Photography

I mentioned in my last post about Aidan that we were fortunate enough to have a photographer there to capture his birth. It was an extremely emotional moment for all of us - for me and Mr. Bee who have had to overcome so many hurdles to finally become parents, and Aimee and her husband who sacrificed so much the past year to help us complete our family. I had originally thought that birth photography would be awkward and intrusive, but everything was so tastefully shot and captured every feeling we had that day.

Most of the time we didn't even know that she was there, and now we have an amazing keepsake of this special day in our lives. Thank  you so much to Rachael May Photography for being there with us during this life-changing day!

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