Holiday 2016 Recap & Fé’s Two Month Baby Update

Hello Everyone,

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and a Happy New Year. I cannot believe that it is already 2017! Have you set any New Years Resolutions? My resolution is to lose my baby weight (and even more) by the time we move back to the states next summer!

Anyway, we had an amazing Christmas! Daniel and I had planned on going to England for Christmas to spend the holiday with his mom and family. However, since we are moving to the UK in about a month and we have so much left to do, we decided that we should just stay here in Holland. So we told his mom that we, sadly, would be missing out on an English Christmas this year. Last minute, however, Daniel and I though “why not?”and booked our trip to England anyway. So we took our teeny blue european car on the Euro Tunnel (under the english channel) and surprised his family for Christmas.

They were totally not expecting it. Daniels mom hurt her foot so she has been working from home and she was at home when we drove up. At first she didn’t believe it but when she realized it was us she was so excited. She cam running out, along with Daniel’s sister and gave us all big hugs. It was so nice and so much fun to surprise them like that!

Two Month Baby Update

I had never been to their house in England before, and we are moving there in a month to stay there while we wait for Daniels US Visa to be approved. This gave us the chance to see how things are going to be when we move there. It was so nice and I just cant wait to move to the UK and be with his wonderful family!

Two Month Baby Update

For Christmas, I was so excited to buy Fé a Baby Gym and tummy time mat! I had been searching for the perfect gym for a while and I finally settled on the Skip Hop Baby Gym and I absolutly LOVE it. Fé has a blast swinging her little arms and discovering what kind of sounds she can make. It also has a special tummy time pillow and mirror for some tummy time fun. I also ordered her a WubbaNub because I have heard really great things about them, but sadly it didn’t arrive in time for Christmas and now that we are back in Holland we have to wait to check it out. I got Daniel a “dad mug” (as per my Gift Guide for Dads) and a Raspberry Pi Model B because that is what he really wanted!

If you read my gift guide for moms  you heard that I had been on the search for the perfect diaper bag. I finally found one and my mom got me the Petunia Pickle Bottom Downtown Tote. Unfortunately that too didn’t arrive in time for Christmas so I have yet to check it out and put it to use.

Overall, we had a wonderful wonderful Christmas and Fé had so much fun celebrating her first Christmas (okay probably not because she was 7 weeks old but still!) Out New Years Eve was super low key. We had a nice dinner at home then we went to Daniels dad’s house so celebrate with Daniels dad, his dad’s wife, and his baby brother and sister. In Holland everyone sets off fireworks at midnight on NYE and the whole street was exploding as the clock stuck 12! To be honest, I get a little bit scared of all the fireworks being set off so I was happy to watch from inside his dads farm house.

Fé’s Two Month Update

As of January 4th, Fé is officially 2 months old. What?! Where does the time go! She is so cute and wonderful and Daniel and I both fall more in love with her everyday. She has changed so much from her One Month update.

Overall, Fé is a very easy baby. She is so happy (most of the time) and has even started to smile! Every time we see a little grin she just melts our hearts.

Two Month Baby Update

She sleeps really well (for about 4-5 hour stretches at night) and isn’t very fussy at all. She is growing so much and now weighs 5.4 kilograms (1.4 over her birth weight).

Since Daniel is Dutch and I am American, Fé has dual citizenship! This month I spent a lot of time putting together all the documents to apply for her US citizenship and passport. A couple of weeks ago her US passport finally arrived! (Check out her passport photos here and here)

Two Month Baby Update

She got her first set of vaccinations when she was 6 weeks old. I think I cried more than she did when she got her shots! She was sick for about a day after her vaccinations and I just felt so bad for her the whole time. Its so hard to see her in pain when you can’t do anything about it besides waiting it out.

Fé also had thrush (a yeast infection in the mouth) which made her really really fussy during feedings. We went to the doctor and she prescribed an anti-fungal gel to apply to her gums. She took it so well and after a few days the Thrush cleared up and she stopped being so fussy!

Another problem we have is that she seems to be pretty constipated. Her stools are very hard and painful for her to pass. Many times she can’t even poop in her diaper and she needs some assistance from us. We are trying many different things. I was eating prunes and pears to pass through my mothers milk. We switched to a formula with probiotics. We have added water to her milk and we have even given her a teeny bit of diluted prune juice. Nothing seems to work so we are going to have to discuss this problem with the doctor. Does anyone have any baby constipation tips?

When we got back from England, I decided to stop breastfeeding. Feeding has been a huge struggle for both Fé and myself. After I started pumping it was too hard to go back to trying to feed on the breast so we have continued to bottle feed her breastmilk. This has become quite a hassle and Fé actually likes the formula much better than my breastmilk. Breastfeeding has also prevented me from going back on birth control because I cant use progesterone only birth control pills (which is what they recommend for nursing mothers). Overall, we decided that it is the best choice for us to stop breastfeeding.

To be honest, I feel pretty terrible about it. I keep thinking that I could have done more. I should have persevered through the pain and the struggles. Maybe it would have gotten better if I had just stuck with it. I feel like I let Fé down and I didn’t try enough. Daniel keeps reassuring me that it was the best decision for us. I agree, it has taken away lots of stress but I just cant fight this feeling I have that I let Fé down.

My choice to stop breastfeeding is final, and I am just going to have to come to terms with it. If any of you have similar stories or feelings about breastfeeding I would love to hear them!

Fé is growing so much and she is becoming her own little person with her own personality! She is still working on rolling over and she loves to chew on her hands. Sometimes she even finds her thumb! We just love her so much and can’t wait to see how much more she grows over the next month.

Be sure to check in for her three month update!

Holiday Travel! Road Trips during Pregnancy

Hey Mamas! With the Holiday season just around the corner, many of you pregnant ladies may be planning your holiday travel. Many of us plan on going home for the Holidays which can involve long days of driving! Here are some tips on how to survive road trips during pregnancy.

How to Survive Holiday Travel during Pregnancy!
This post isn’t totally limited to HOLIDAY TRAVEL, but I am just oh so excited for the holiday season to come I wanted to make this post a little bit more festive =)

Anyway, I traveled quite a bit while I was pregnant. At 10 weeks I went to Porto, Portugal to meet up with my Mom and Aunts. At 23 weeks pregnant, Daniel and I took off on a big Balkan road trip for three weeks for our honeymoon. I also went to Belgium and Germany with my sister when I was around 27 weeks pregnant! (This picture was taken in Berlin!)

I think I got pretty lucky because most of my travel was done in my second trimester when I felt great! When I went to Porto I was still super exhausted and a little nauseous from morning sickness so, while it was still super fun, I was a little slower than usual.

But, unfortunately, we cant time our pregnancies around the holiday season and for some of us holiday travel is a must! After all, it is the most wonderful time of the year right?pregnancytravel1

Be Prepared- get insurance!

Before deciding to go anywhere, check to see whether your current insurance company covers your travels. While this is often not a problem when traveling domestically it is best to make sure ahead of time. If your insurance company limits its coverage, consider buying an extra travel insurance package. They range from $100-$500 depending on which options you choose etc.

I am lucky because my current insurance covers all medical expenses no matter where I am in Europe! (we got this one specifically because I was pregnant).

Important Papers

Make sure you have all your important pregnancy and insurance papers with you! Also make sure you, your spouse, your mom, your grandma, your aunts, and everybody else has your midwife or doctors phone number! This way if there is an emergency, you don’t have to wait around for someone to find the correct phone number. Also, depending on where you are going, look up local hospitals and write down their phone numbers as well. That way you know in advance that there is someone you can call in case of an emergency.

During our Balkan trip, we mapped out all of the hospitals along our route! Of course, I didn’t need to see a doctor at all during the three weeks we were traveling, but it was nice just to know that in case anything happened, we were prepared!

Get Comfortable

Now before you set out on your road trip, make sure you bring whatever you need to make yourself comfortable! I packed some pillows and a blanket and they helped so much. With our growing bellies its easy to start slouching, but during a long car trip that slouching can lead to some pretty bad back pains. Try putting a pillow behind the small of your back so you stay in an upright position. While this may not be the ideal sleeping position (if you are trying to nap during your trip) it will save you a ton of back pain in the future!Buckle up! Holiday Travel!

Buckle up!

It is so tempting to skip the seatbelt when our bellies are getting pretty huge. But you should never do this! For your safety, and the safety of your little one in your belly please wear your seat belt. It is also just as important to wear your seatbelt properly! Make sure that the belt is sitting low on your hip bone and not on your belly. In case of an accident, the belt wont crush your belly and potentially harm your baby!

Snacks, snacks, and more snacks!

Daniel would laugh at me for saying this cause he thinks i’m a little silly when it comes to my obsession with snacks! But it is so important to have healthy snacks with you at all times! You never know when your pregnancy hunger pangs with strike. Road food is often way more expensive than it should be, and you are mostly limited to not so healthy options. Okay, we are guilty of stopping at McDonalds a couple of times on our trip but for the most part, it is important to keep healthy snacks with you =)

Try taking these pregnancy muffins along with you to keep your hunger at bay during your long car ride!

Stay Hydrated

Its tempting to try not to drink during car rides for fear of having to pee every 20 minutes, but for pregnant women it is soo important to drink enough water during the day (they recommend 8 glasses of 8 ounces)! Make sure you bring enough water with you to sip along your trip to stay hydrated.

Try filling up a big water bottle like this Nalgene Water Bottle to keep you hydrated during your whole trip!

road trips during pregnancy

Take Breaks

If your frequent need to pee isn’t already making you stop every 30 minutes it important to take frequent breaks during your travels. Daniel and I always stop every two hours to get out and stretch our legs, fill up the car, use the toilet, etc. During pregnancy, your chance of blood clotting is higher than normal due to the increased blood pumping through your veins so it is extra important to get out and stretch your legs. Try going for a brisk walk around the gas station or rest stop or do 50 body weight squats to get your blood pumping. Also, of course, don’t forget to pee whenever you get the chance!

Stretch your legs

Even while you are in the car it is important to keep moving. Do some simple leg stretches to get your blood flowing. Try pointing and flexing your feet, twisting you ankles in circles, and lifting up your legs. This will help get blood pumping and, if you are starting to get some cramps, it will help with that as well!

Car Sickness?

If you get motion sickness like I do, traveling by car can be really terrible. Or if you are already suffering from morning sickness, long car rides can make you feel even worse!

    • Try looking straight forward with you feet on the ground. Sitting in weird positions or turing to your side looking out the window can make you feel even worse!
    • Try to restrain from looking down at your phone or reading. When you are looking down or focusing on something else your motion sickness often becomes worse. Again, try looking straight forward at the road.
    • Crack the windows! A little fresh air can go a long way when you are feeling a little sick! Try cracking the windows to get a nice cool breeze on your face. If you are driving in the middle of a winter storm, I totally understand if you don’t really feel like doing this. What you can do, however is keep the temperature down low. Staying a little bit cool can help as well. Also, with all of our raging pregnancy hormones (have you read Whats the deal with Pregnancy Hormones!?) its best not to have the heater on full blast cause we will be breaking a sweat in no time!
    • Try using  the Sea-Band Mama Wristband! They use acupressure on your wrist to help sooth and calm your stomach. I used them on our road trip and I really think they helped! I had been getting pretty bad car sickness and I was worried that I would be miserable during our long driving days, but during the trip I was totally fine! It really made a big difference to me and to my experience in general. These also help with general morning sickness. While I didn’t use them for that because I didn’t suffer from really bad morning sickness, Im sure they work just as well.
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