Monday, April 14, 2014

Week.6.Postpartum.Questions.

How far along: 6 weeks post partum


Total weight gain: one pound LESS than pre-pregnancy weight!

Maternity clothes: Not any more.. they don't fit. My regular clothes are fitting, but not like they used to. 

Stretch marks: Yup. It is amazing what you can see when you give birth. The belly is gone, by I can see the marks now! 

Sleep: We get good sleep. Hollis sleeps from about 10p-4a, eats, then goes back to sleep immediately until about 7a. :) Glorious!
Best moment of this week: Follow up doctor appointment went wonderfully. Healed and ready to get back in the gym. (and tanning... hehe)

Miss anything: I miss not being able to just go go go. Baby reminds me to stop every two hours during the day. She needs to eat. hehe. 

Movement: Hollis is a mover! (just like in the womb) She kicks, tries to stand, lifts her head up, flails her arms, and can lift her head. She has rolled a few times. So strong!
Food cravings: Just trying to get back on track. I need to find a good breastfeeding diet that will help me get back on track and still be healthy for Hollis. 

Anything making you queasy or sick: I get a massive headache immediately after she starts screaming. It could be a mixture of sleepiness and the loud SCREAMING. 
Have you started to show yet: I still have a belly. It isn't big enough to warrant maternity clothes, but I would love for the little pouch to go away. hehe.

Gender: Little Lady! Hollis Parker <3
Labor signs: DONE AND OVER WITH! :) 
Belly button in or out: in. stretch mark is reddish. 
Wedding rings on or off: on. 

Happy or moody most of the time: So happy. She is amazing. It is very overwhelming when she is screaming and I have no solution. (I don't want to be 'that' family in public)
Looking forward to: Watching this little one grow-up! <3


Six Week Follow Up... Yikes!

I can't lie. I was super nervous about my follow up appointment with my doctor. I haven't been brave enough to check out the situation down there... no desire to see that (especially if it is a hot mess!). So.. I left that up to the doctor! Hollis and I got there about 5 minutes early. Well, Hollis wanted nothing to do with being in her carseat ((she really doesn't appreciate it)) so she was out and looking around in her cute bow and outfit. Everyone loved her!

Just being a fuss in the waiting room... She looks calm here.. she was fussing!

So, back we go to scale. Errr... not excited about that. Sure did take off my shoes.. that counts! haha. I just laid Hollis on the chair that was next to the scale. Where else was I supposed to put her? The nurses loved her. So, got weighed and walked to the room. Back to the awful paper 'blanket', if you can call it that. The assistant was shocked at how alert and strong Hollis is. She said, "She isn't a typical 6 week newborn." John and I have thought this since she was about a week old. She is just so strong! Anyway, in came the doc. We had a conversation about birth control, exercise, nursing, and just googled over Hollis. She loved her baby announcement! She had seen her picture on Facebook already! I am waiting to get the pictures back so I can print it for her. It was part of my gift for her from the delivery. I can't wait to print it for her! I am excited to get back into working out. Before I got pregnant, I had been going to the gym (not as much as I should have... but I went!) so I want to get back into it. No one can predict the shape that will be left over after a pregnancy. It is a strange thing. I have a lot of work to do. I have a goal. I will keep you updated on my workouts and if they work.

Because Hollis was fussing, I was holding her. She was fine. It was kind of weird to be getting an exam and your baby is on your chest. It was also weird to be there and not be pregnant! So strange but amazing! As soon as the doctor left the room, Hollis lost her shit! She was screaming!!! She needed a diaper change AND fed. Good timing baby. So, I changed her, and then fed her. I felt bad for staying in the room, but when this girl needs to eat, she needs to eat!


Tips for your 6 Week Postpartum Check-Up:

1. Research birth control options so you can decide at the office to either schedule another appointment (for IUD etc) or so that it can be sent to the pharmacy.

2. Try to feed baby before you are there. Mine was sleeping so it wasn't possible, but if you can, I would. Could prevent a melt-down.

3. Don't be too nervous. I was so scared it would hurt. It was fine. No pain. Just like a normal checkup.

4. Make a list of questions you have. You don't see or contact your OBGYN often.. so get it all done while you are there.

5. Don't stress about the scale. I called at week 3 asking if I could work out. I got the go ahead at my appointment. (I guess I shouldn't rush things)

6. Talk to your doctor about the having sex again. He/She may have advice to make it at least somewhat enjoyable.

7. THANK YOUR DOCTOR! This person brought you safely through a SERIOUS body change and life event. I know some people don't think the doctor does much... only swoops in at the end, but I am so glad I have the doctor I have. She was consulted and knew exactly what was going on while I was in labor. (If she were sitting by my side the whole time, no one would be at the office... and that isn't fair to those patients. Trust me, I would be ticked if I had an appointment and she weren't there because someone was in labor!) My doc is encouraging, kind, and great at what she does. :)

Six weeks ago I gave birth. I am doing great. Feel great and my body is healing. My baby is growing, healthy, and loves to smile! :)

-Alexis-

Thursday, April 10, 2014

*Hollis' Easter Attire*

I have had my eye on this Easter dress before Hollis was born. I am so blessed. Aunt Karmon bought it for Hollis and I knew I wanted to add a fun Easter hat. Don't you remember always wearing a new dress, gloves, tights, white shoes, and HAT! I knew it was a necessity. haha. So.. I was on the hunt. I have searched for a while. I finally found a pin on Pinterest of a little doll hat on a headband. I can do that... so, I did. I am in love with the final result and it was easy and cheap to do. (much better than the $30.00 from Janie and Jack) 

I already told John we are going to be the purple family... now I need to find a purple dress! :)


Dress from BabyGap and Hat by Me!

They are a perfect match! (just add white tights and silver glitter shoes!)

Close Up: Hat was a doll hat from Hobby Lobby I sprayed white. I added the embellishments with hot glue. They were a set from Hobby Lobby from the scrapbooking section. Then I hot glued the headband (from etsy set years ago). I can't wait to see it all together on Hollis!

This will be the fun outfit she will wear when she gets out of her Easter dress and hat. It is a hand-me-down, but adorable! I can't wait!

What are you and your littles wearing for Easter?

-Alexis-

*Baby's First Easter Basket*

I am so excited to celebrate Easter with Hollis as part of the family. It is a real holiday that we can celebrate together. It is the first time John and I went to Liberty Hill Church (3 years ago) and of course it is fun to have an Easter basket! I have Hollis' all ready to go. I am so excited to 'share' it with her. She will have no idea, but it will be fun with a lot of pictures. We are planning to go to church in the morning and then head to Aunt Tiff and Uncle Pete's to see the family.

I did a little research on things to put in baby's first Easter basket, and I decided to do my own. I am putting things in it that I know we will use at the tiny age of only 6 weeks. She has plenty of toys and can't eat jelly beans... so this is what I came up with. :)

Hollis' First Easter Basket Contents
 1. eggs filled with hair clips (I bought the flowers at craft stores and glued clips to the back to make bows)
2. Two Rompers (hot air balloons and chevron) from Kohl's (only $6.00 each!)
3. Two Sleepers (woodland animals and bunny) from Kohl's (only $7.00 each!)
4. My First Easter Bib (bought this consignment)
5. The Story of Easter board book (bought at Meijer)
6. Chocolate Cross (gotta have some chocolate... Kroger-$1.00)
7. Aden+Anais Stroller Blanket ($20 at Buy Buy Baby)
8. Basket to be used yearly (I bought burlap circles to add her name to it... coming soon)
9. Bunny Stuffed Animal (This was a gift in the hospital from my sister and niece but I can't find a better one, so I added it to her basket. They got it at the hospital gift shop but it is AMAZING and adorable!)
10. Bunny's Bow (I made this with leftovers from Hollis' Easter hat to match)
All packaged up in the basket <3

-All Ready for Easter-

What did you put in your child's first Easter basket?

-Alexis-

::One Month::

After about a week of trying, I finally got Hollis in the onesie to get the picture taken. So... it isn't super accurate, but close enough. It was this or a screaming picture. I prefer her sweet little face! <3







Someone was a little squirmy... and I only had my iPhone to get these pictures. The battery for our camera is dead and I can't find the charger... classic! I am excited about these pictures!

*I have big plans for these pictures. I saw it online. Each month is a different fabric. Then at the end, you put the fabrics together for her 1 year pictures. I have all the fabrics (thanks for helping Michelle) and I am ready to go... now to just get Hollis to participate*


-Alexis-

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

*Hollis's First Acro Class*

Like I said, when we visited Oglebay Institute (dance studio where I used to work) I knew that we were in for a fun day! Hollis loved to listen to the tap sounds. I am so glad... maybe she will be another tapper! (I loved tap and acro...not ballet so much) Miss Kim took her upstairs and Hollis got to try a few things for acrobat!

This could be one of my favorite pictures of Hollis. <3 She was ready to take on what Miss Kim had in store! Momma's girl!

Backhandspring? Let's try a back-bend first...

I love my tummy time. This made it 100 times more fun! Front handspring?

Just working it!

My first official chinstand! Mommy hated these, so you can excel at them if you want Hollis! 

TA-DA!

Time to work on my balance! (could this outfit be any cuter?!)

Doing great... future olympian? nah... just acro!

This is not as fun as it looks. Hard work. Miss Kim makes you work! <3

Second favorite picture. The face! <3<3 I can rock a balance beam and pink ruffles!

I can only imagine the conversation. I am sure it was about working on her feet. :) 

Here is a quick video. I couldn't get it to turn the right way. Sorry.... turn your head. 



I have already started my research on dance studios in central Ohio. I am not looking for the most wins at a competition, I am looking for technique and ability. I will keep looking. I have a few that I have in the back of my head. Mommy and Me classes are close! I can taste it! :D

-Alexis-

.Hollis Parker Week Five.

MONDAY:
We finally got to have opening day! I used to loathe going to baseball games. Then, last season I decided I should give it a go. I learned the players' numbers and names, and that has made it more interesting. Here we are on opening day! (We are going to go to every game that we can)

Just with daddy in the dugout <3 
Rocking my Braves gear! 
(didn't get a win this time)

Tiffany and Peter (and the girls) got me a really cool gift! It was a certificate to blog2print.com. All I had to do was type in my blog web address, and it created a book using my posts and pictures. So... I just did the whole thing... 330 pages...$151.00! ok... so I went through and decided to do just the belly pictures/posts. I even got a coupon to use when I registered. I am super excited to see it when it comes!


TUESDAY:
Hollis is a month old. Is this real life? I can't believe I have a one month old already. Her baby acne has gotten REALLY bad. Her face is covered. Then, on top of that, she gets heat rash and it all turns super red! Poor thing! We didn't take her one month picture. I am waiting to see if it clears up a bit. We got to wear a cute dress from Michelle because it wasn't freezing! Whew! Hollis looked adorable!
It was a funny hair day! Just a bit of bed head <3

I made Hollis a onesie that had two meanings... 1&15 (team motto) and one for her one month birthday! She rocked it with super cute leggings from Aunt Alissa. 

Just being a little fuss. But, a really cute fuss. 

WEDNESDAY:
Wednesday started with Hollis's one month well check. She weighed in at 11 lbs and 21 inches long. We had a few questions, got them answered and then it was time for her shot. She did pretty good. Cried for about 3 seconds. Aspen's pep talk before we left must have helped!
It was a pretty relaxed day for the rest of the day. We just hung out. 

Daddy's baseball game got cancelled due to the rain, so we got to hang out at night! AND... Chad and Kelcie brought us dinner and it was delicious. It was amazing to catch up with them, hang out and eat. I miss them at LHC.

THURSDAY:
Thursday I took a half day. A friend of the family I nanny for brought over her daughter in the morning. She is exactly one week younger than Hollis. She is so much smaller and it is so crazy to see the difference. Hollis is a strong newborn. She holds her head up, moves around a lot, and is a big girl!

My half day consisted of meeting Michelle at the mall to get some much needed shopping done. I finally got the stuff for Hollis's Easter hat. I will post a picture later. We got a good bit done, I am proud of us... considering it was raining. We even got to have dinner with Courtney!! It was awesome to see her little baby bump! <3 I can't wait to meet baby Kosky!
two doting 'aunts' <3

This picture took a good while... haha. 

FRIDAY:
Friday was fun! Nap time was full of crafting. I got Hollis's hairbows made for her Easter basket (eggs fillers) and I made her Easter hat!
Then it was GAME TIME at OSU! Hollis and I rocked our Braves gear! 

This picture also took about 15 tries... Everytime the camera came up, she moved a hand! 

The Braves played Liberty at OSU's field. So much fun to watch. Well, we were down 4-0, Hollis needed to eat and I decided we would go to the car, eat, and go home. So... I was sitting and feeding Hollis waiting and waiting for people to come out. No one did. I just packed up everything and then headed out. As I drove away, I looked at the scoreboard and BAM... EXTRA INNINGS! What!? I was so sad. I was missing a great game. In the end the Braves lost, but I would have loved to see them putting up the fight! 

I have had a few questions about this hat. I got it at Buy Buy Baby ($7.00) and then I had the yellow bow (from Hobby Lobby pre-made) and I added the blue ribbon and baseball (Hobby Lobby as well- 0.99) to make it Brave appropriate! I added the ribbon around the collar of her onesie to make it Braves colors as well. She rocked it! :) When we got home (LATE) we did the nightly routine, and mommy packed for the weekend because we are going to the Ohio Valley to visit! 

SATURDAY:
Just our first road trip selfie! <3
Saturday started great. Hollis made it all the way to St. Clairsville before she started screaming to eat. We made it to dance. Whew. We said a quick hello then I went to feed her. Then, it was time to meet everyone!

Katie is beyond my favorite dancer ever! I met her when she was four. Can you believe my baby is going to be 17!!? It blows my mind. She is doing wonderfully and was Hollis's favorite too. She just sat there and looked at her. They were best friends immediately! <3 

Hollis meets Katie <3
Jordan is the first to hold Hollis :)

Jacie meets Hollis

She HAD to meet Miss Kim! Miss Kim teaches acrobat like mommy and gave her her first lesson! That deserves its own post!

Hollis meets Marina

Lucy and Hollis

Hollis and Adelaide (Adelaide was one of the names we had as an option for Hollis.. but ultimately, we can't name a child Adelaide...we have a dog, Adi. Beautiful name though) 

Katie, Hollis, and Monica (Katie's momma)

Miss Kristin loves Hollis! 

Miss Cheryl started it all! She doesn't hold babies, so Hollis is special. I am so blessed to have Cheryl in my life. She took me in at her studio when there were no other options, with open arms. She gave me a teaching job, and a friendship. I love her and can't wait for Hollis to come and take summer classes with Miss Cheryl! <3

We headed to PaPa's house (my grandfather) so Hollis will call him Big PaPa. (already created... I would have gone with JaJa like we called our great grandfather, but I procreated too late!)

Just getting my daily Mia Grace love <3

Big PaPa looking at Hollis (He kept telling her to 'cry louder he would give her a penny' a classic childhood memory for me!)

More Mia Love!

They had a moment. Haha!

Big PaPa and Hollis (in his spot on the couch)

Shocked he is actually smiling... (he always makes funny faces in pictures with me) and then my child decides to make the face and stick her tongue out! haha! 

Shirley came to meet Hollis too!

Zooey showing me her necklace. I have a ton of Zo-tron pictures, but they are all a blur.. she moves fast!

"sharing" (one day Hollis will be in on the mix!)

Just hanging out with PaPa <3

Hollis meets Aunt Kim :)

Hollis, Aunt Kim and Aunt Alissa <3

Hollis meets Jackie! (She was proud of our matching gold moccasins) 

Aunt Dena, Zooey and Hollis. Zooey wasn't interested. hehe. 

Papa, MiMi and Hollis <3 (After an outfit change for both Hollis and MiMi because Hollis exploded!)

We went to Aunt Alissa and Uncle Clayton's house for our very first SLEEPOVER! It went pretty well. We got a big girl bath with Mia, swaddled and rocked with Mia and Uncle Clayton, and then went to sleep with momma! 

Big Girl Bath (mommy's arms were on FIRE after this bath... Aunt Alissa washed me down!)

Just Rocking <3 

Who needs a sleeping bag when you have a swaddle sac and Rock and Play?

I woke up happy! It was a successful sleepover <3

Mia helped change my diaper when we woke up! 

CHEESE!

SUNDAY:
I was so excited to take her to Grace Presbyterian Church. I love my church at home. Reverend Webster, the people, and the service. I just love it. Hollis wore her first pair of tights (trial run for Easter). I was worried she would be 'that baby' that cries. Well.. she fussed a little bit, but nothing too major. Grandma Carol rocked her and then Hollis fell asleep.
Snoozing on Grandma Carol <3

I love Mrs. Appenzellar. She always sat behind us my entire childhood. She is an amazing woman. So kind and blunt. Very funny. I am so glad that she made it to church to meet Hollis. She looks fabulous!

Heather
Lover of: children, teaching,  & her former Sunday School kids (me)
Hater of: photos, holding babies, germs, hugs/touching, me (for springing Hollis into her arms without any warning!) I love you Heather! <3

Rev. Webster meets Hollis- I can only hope that my daughter is led to Christ with the guidance of this man and other men in her life as I was. He is an amazing person who I know that I can always talk to. He dealt with all of us when we were growing up, and he still loves us so much to this day. <3 ((he married mommy and daddy too!))

After church, we headed to Grandma's house to meet Dale and catch up with Aunt Dawn, Blake and Rachael. After a quick change, feeding,we are off to meet Grandma's side of the family. 

Dale and Hollis

I was talking to Blake during my diaper change! We are friends. 

 Pretty girl<3
We drove out to my Aunt Darlene's house to meet some family from my mom's side of the family. We had lunch and a good visit. Hollis threw a fit when she was hungry. I think she was over-stimulated because she has NEVER refused to eat. So crazy! Here are a few pictures. I love when we get together. It is funny to see how we are all loud, outspoken, confident, and I think we are pretty funny. Hollis has some great genes. :)
Driving to Aunt Darlene's, Hollis held Rachael's finger the whole time and slept. So sweet! Look at that proud cousin face! 

She had the touch! <3

Grandma can't keep her eyes open! Classic! 
Teressa, Grandma Carol, Aunt Darlene, Aunt Marcia and Hollis

My cousin Amanda, her hubby and three boys were there too. No pictures... not sure why.. Next time! 

We came back to Aunt Alissa's to meet Courtney and Kaley. Courtney and Kaley are two girls (not little anymore) that my mom babysat and as I got older, I babysat them. Courtney is now 18 and Kaley 16. It makes me feel really old. They were my babies! I loved taking care of them. <3 I still do take care of them. haha. Hollis is going to love hanging out with them when she gets older. They are amazing young women and will set a wonderful example for her. I would be blessed to have her turn out like either of them. :)

Courtney <3

Kaley <3 (amazing shot of Hollis sticking her tongue out at KJ... totally fits KJ's sassy personality!)

.I love my babies. 

We had some Wen-Wu take out for dinner, got all packed up, and headed home. Hollis slept a little, cried a little, slept a little, cried a little. This went on for the entire 2.5 hour trip. It is ok. It was a bit frustrating at times, but not awful. When we got home, we got our bath, swaddled, and jumped into bed. We were sleepy. Daddy got a few snuggles in before we crashed.

I think that the weekend was very successful. I had anticipated a lot more chaos and tears from Hollis. The great thing about visiting people is they like to hold her! I didn't really get to snuggle with her very much and I think that she started to notice that toward Sunday night. She did a great job all in all, and I am proud of myself for making the trip solo. I know if John were there, it would have been even smoother. Next time! :) 

Thanks to everyone for meeting her and visiting with her! Hollis is blessed to have so many people love her. 

-Alexis-