Nina Nicole, 4 months old

June 24, 2014 § Leave a comment

Nina girl is about to be 5 months old, so I figured I better hurry up and write her 4 month post. Hey, at least I took the pictures on time!

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Nina has settled well into a daily routine. She’s a great napper and falls asleep on her own fairly easily. She takes three naps a day. The first one is in her car seat on our way to school. She sleeps for about an hour and then she’s ready to be loved on by the other teachers. She enjoys the attention and all the kids love having her around. She’s finally started to take a cat nap of about 45 minutes at the end of the day. It sure helps to be able to get dinner ready as well as with her overall fussiness.

She loves baths, especially when daddy gives her one. She gets fussy when mommy bathes her, but she loves it when daddy does it. I think she enjoys spending some time with him after the long day away.

She doesn’t really get the concept of sleeping in. She’s usually awake by 5. I manage to get her back to sleep until about 6, 6:15. But I think I found the culprit though: her room isn’t dark enough. I thought the thick Ikea curtains would work, but last night I put a blanket up and she slept until 7!  We’ll see how tomorrow goes. This reminds me I’ve never posted pictures of her room. I need to do this soon.
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This may be the last day I’ve nursed her. I hope I can do it at least a  little longer. This topic needs a post about itself. Maybe I’ll get around to it. Let’s just say I’ve cried more tears about this than I thought it was possible. I’ve come to terms with it now. What matters is that Nina is healthy, happy and gaining weight.

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Nina has started to laugh out loud. But ONLY when her brother makes her laugh. It’s the CUTEST thing ever. I’m hoping she will start giggling for me and the husband too though!

 

Overall Nina is a happy girl, she seems very aware of her environment. She knows when we leave the room, she doesn’t always love when strangers get into her face ( a common occurrence here), but she will gladly smile big if they give her enough space.

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Here are Nina’s stats for the month:

Weight: 13.4 lb / 6.125 kg

Height: 25 in/ 63 cm

Happy 4 months old sweet girl. We are so glad you are in our lives.

I’ll be back soon with a bedroom update and hopefully an update on O as he finishes his first year of Turkish school!

 

Nina, 3 months old

May 22, 2014 § 1 Comment

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Nina girl, as O and I like to call her, is 3 months old. Wowza. Let’s not talk about time flying. Just accept the fact that it does.

Nina reached many milestones this past month! First one and a big one for our little quasi-nomad family: she took her first flight. It was a short one, only four hours. But she did great. She followed on the footsteps of big brother who, at four years old, a pro in all things travel. He just walks in the airport as if he owns the place. Goes through security like it is no big deal. And then sits and plays games or cars until it is time to land. Nina did just fine, nursing at take-offs and landings and sleeping for most of both flights.

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The other major and most fantastic milestone. Nina slept through the night. And has been doing it consistently. She typically wakes up around 5:30, we give her paci back and she will sleep until 6:30 or 7. It is truly a wonderful thing. This girl, I tell ya, is a precious gift to our family.

Her brother is more in love with her each day. Demanding to see her and hold her hands first thing when he wakes up.

This month Nina girl also got to meet her auntie and namesake, Rhonda Nicole. I think it’s safe to say, she loved being spoiled and loved on by her auntie.
 
 

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Meeting baby sister

April 30, 2014 § Leave a comment

 

It was a much-anticipated day. He talked about his baby sister often and was so very eager to meet her.

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The week before we went out shopping for a special gift he could bring to his baby sister. He picked out a set of nesting cups. It could not have been a better gift. I know Nina girl will be getting her hands in those in no time.

Mom and dad kept O that morning. And around 2 o’clock, when I was feeling more like myself, daddy went to pick them up. Mom made sure he wore his nice hat and scarf because she wanted him to look cute for pictures. It was a cold and dreary Tuesday, the day Nina was born.

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I was so happy to see that sweet face of his.  And even happier to see how well he reacted to meeting his baby sister.

He was shy at first, like he is with anybody. He didn’t really want to hold her. He was happy to just look at her.

One of his first questions was about me and my stitches. This sweet boy of mine, he is always looking out for me. And now, he is always looking out for his little sister.

Nina “had gotten” a little gift for big brother too. So he quickly got busy with his new games and seemingly forgot about sister for a while. We didn’t push him or anything. When he was ready, he looked away from iPad for a while and asked to hold her. It was a sweet moment indeed. And I think right then he fell in love with her.

He has exceeded my expectations of how well he’s adjusted to life as a big brother. Sure he had his moments. His growing pains, if you will. But so did I. Change, even when it happens because of a blessing like Nina, can be a little bumpy sometimes. In fact, I think he adjusted quicker than I did. ;)

I’m so glad my O now has somebody to share life with now. My sisters are my best friends and I am thrilled  that now O has a sister too.

Nina, 2 months old

April 30, 2014 § Leave a comment

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At 2 months, Nina was starting to show the beginnings of her precious smile and friendly personality.

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She was also just getting over a hospital stay for RSV. It was a scary time, but she was a trooper and a fighter.

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She kept nursing well throughout her sickness, so she kept her weight up and her plump little cheeks.

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This girl has so.many.folds. Her brother was way heavier at the point. But she’s definitely plumper. ;)

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Nina adapted well into a schedule. Feeding every three hours or so and being a good sleeper. At 2 months, she was only waking up once a night. She’s great at napping on the go when mommy needs to teach or pick up brother, but she also naps well at home. Around this age mommy found out how to swaddle her well and this helped baby girl fall asleep on her own without much trouble. If you knew the battles I fought with my firstborn so he could learn to self-soothe, you know how grateful I am this girl can fall asleep on her own!

Nina’s stats at 2 months:

Weight: 5.120 kg/ 11.2  lbs

Height: 54 cm/ 21.2 in

Nina’s birth story

March 2, 2014 § 1 Comment

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This is the story of how Nina Nicole came into the world.

I was up before the sun came up that Tuesday. Partly anxious, partly hungry, I just couldn’t sleep but six. That Tuesday, January 28, was going to forever change my life and the life of our family! I was schedule for a c-section at 10:30 am.

I had spent the evening before repacking our hospital bags with my mom and making hair bows for our sweet girl. That morning, all was left to do was get myself ready and go to the hospital. No breakfast needed, which was incredibly hard for this hypoglycemic mama. No make up, no nail polish, no jewelry either. So at least I got my hair fixed.

We left O at home with my parents and arrived at the hospital at 9 am. We quickly signed all the paperwork and they checked us into our room.  My nurse for the day came in and asked all the questions in the world and prepped me for surgery. The OR was having an incredibly busy day. It was break week, so everyone had schedule their surgical procedures for the day of my c-section. It was 11 o’clock before I got in.

This part was the easy part. I knew what to expect, how things were going to feel. How to epidural procedure was going to be. It doesn’t make the anxiety and anticipation any easier though. Knowing you are going into major surgery just makes it all a little more nerve wrecking. My blood pressure dropped quite quickly and I began to feel whoozy. As I’m quite experienced with the feeling of fainting, I was well aware I was about to blackout. I immediately told my wonderful doctor and she just coached me through some deep breathing exercises until the adrenaline shot the nurses gave me kicked in. After this, it was all very quickly until we heard that beautiful cry. The husband was sitting right next to me, smiling from ear to ear. We exchange a knowing look: She looks just like her brother, only smaller! They took her to the pediatric nurse to get all cleaned up and then brought her over to us. We took pictures, I kissed her. She even nursed for a few minutes before they whisked her away and proceeded to stitch me up.
My nurse took me back to my room and the husband was already there, waiting for me.

It felt like forever before they brought Nina back to us. They were getting her cleaned up, giving her shots, etc. Husband and I just sat there, anxiously waiting to see and hold our baby girl again. Meanwhile, the nurses helped me get ready. The hospitals here don’t provide gowns, so I came prepared with some cute and comfy nursing PJs this time. Last time, I only took regular clothes and I just wasn’t comfortable at all. I wore like this one and like one. In fact, they are so comfy I still wear them every night.

Finally, our sweet girl arrived, all decked out in pink and we got to really see her for the first time. Needless to say, we thought she was beautiful. Our sweet, beautiful girl.

As I began to nurse her, I couldn’t help but think about how her big brother would react once he met her. But that’s a story for another post.

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Maternity Style – Instagram update

March 1, 2014 § Leave a comment

I’m not even going to apologize for the iPhone pics… It’s all I have managed these days! But I wanted to document some of my favorite outfits I wore towards the end of this pregnancy. So baby girl can see that mommy tried her best to stay stylish while feeling like a beluga whale. :)

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{33 weeks}

Zara turtleneck (non-maternity)/ amazon.com maternity boyfriend jeans

35 weeks. Wearing my favorite maternity jeans. I got them on Amazon for 20 bucks and I love them! The only downside is that I have to wear a belly band because I got them a size too big. If I lived  in the States, I would have exchanged for a size smaller. Mommy was thinking she was going to get as big as she did with your big brother!

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thrifted Ralph Lauren blazer/ Mango cargo pants (worn with a bella band)/ Gap striped shirt

{34 weeks}

Our winter has been so mild, I’ve gotten away with wearing flats and no socks! Something you will know about your mommy is that she LOVES flats and she despises socks.

P.s.: styling my hair does wonders for my ever rounding face!

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Mango raincoat/ H&M plaid shirt/ Gap tee/ Pink leggings/Accessorize scarf

{36 weeks}

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Target sweater/ Yargici tee

{37 weeks}

Red lips and dark nails are my beauty favorites. And somedays are just hat days. Even if it is not that cold out.

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Mango raincoat/ Gap maternity  tee/ Accesorize scarf/ amazon.com boyfriend jeans/ Deichman booties

{38 weeks}

I am trying my best to keep my hair long after I have you… I got a haircut soon after I had O and deeply regretted it. But I am itching for a change! Also these booties and raincoat are in my top ten best purchases ever. I will wear these two items until they are threadbare. They are the basic pillars of  my mommy every day style!

O’s 4th birthday

February 27, 2014 § 1 Comment

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A sweet end to a sweet day. Hopefully I’ll have pictures to post soon.

 

It was a great day celebrating the most special 4-year-old I know!
I just simply can’t wrap my mind around the fact that my sweet title newborn is now this energetic, eloquent, smart, speed-loving little boy.
I have so many things to write to him, in the hopes that someday he will read them. Unfortunately these days my time is short.
I am so thankful for “my sweet precious gift” as I tell him before he goes to bed every night. I am so blessed by this little boy who made me a mommy.
God knew what he was doing when he gave me Oliver as my firstborn. He stretched my heart in ways I never thought possible. Just like the Grinch, my heart grew three sizes (or a thousand), this day, four years ago. Nina should be forever grateful to Oliver, he’s the one that “broke in” my mommy heart for her. He already is such a fantastic big brother.
Happy birthday, my sweet boy. Mama loves you more than you will ever know.

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