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Friday, December 30, 2016

7 Month Old Baby Update + Postpartum

Seven months old. It just sounds so old! I literally can't believe it! Calvin looks more and more like a toddler every day, no longer my little newborn baby boy.

Eating blueberries on Christmas morning.

Lots of things have been happening this month! Still no crawling, but I saw him get up on his hands and knees and hold it for what felt like forever just last night! And most exciting of all... he has a tooth! A real baby tooth! Ahh! I just discovered it last night while he was trying to gnaw my finger off. Haha. 


He had another growth spurt at the beginning of the month.
On Dec. 18, I plopped him down on the floor in the living room, next to a laundry basket and went to the kitchen for something. When I returned just seconds later, that baby boy was clinging to the side of the basket. If I hadn't arrived when I did, he would have been buried under a toppled pile of laundry. I grabbed the other side of the basket to make sure it didn't tip, and he just pulled himself right up like he'd been doing this for weeks! Haha.
He keeps sitting up in his swing, instead of leaning back like a good baby. One day Justin put him in the swing and didn't close the lap piece. After leaving him alone for literally just a few seconds, I returned to the living room to find this baby clinging onto the bottom of the swing almost completely slipping off of it. 
He has started reaching for people. When we're sitting on the floor and he's tired of playing, he'll reach up to me. When people are holding him, he'll reach for who he wants. I think it's a pretty cool new skill. 
He got another cold right before Christmas. Running nose, stuffy, boogery. It's so sad because it's hard for him to nurse. And he hates when you try to suck the boogies away.
He gets so distracted when nursing. Like the whole wide world is just so damn interesting to him now. Dad's eating chips? Holy crap, I must watch him. Cat's nearby? Ooo, lookie there!
He discovered his ears right around Christmas. And he learned how to remove his hat. So much for cute winter hats!
And lastly, the tooth! I was totally surprised by it because he hadn't seemed super fussy or different in the days leading up to it. He had been awfully strange one night the week before. That night he would not fall asleep without the boob in his mouth. If he slipped off for one sec, he was awake and crying. At the time I wondered if maybe he was teething, because he had never acted like that before, but when he had a runny nose the next day I figured he was just sick and sad. Perhaps is was teething after all!


As for me postpartum, I have some happy news and some less happy news. I am happy because this month I have been working really hard to eat less meat and incorporate more whole foods into my diet and it makes me feel awesome. I feel so much better and I've lost the 5 pounds I gained the previous month! Haha. So I am still 10 pounds from my goal (13 pounds from pre-pregnancy), but very happy that I am seeing and feeling results just by being more conscious of what I'm putting in my body. The less happy news is that I have been feeling bummed about not being very active on my beauty channel since going back to work at 2 months. I simply don't feel motivated to work on that channel. I still do my makeup almost every day and I love playing with it, but I don't feel motivated to film my makeup or talk about it or whatever. I don't know what the deal is. It makes me sad because it used to be one of my very favorite things to do and now it's totally on the back burner. 

I remember saying when I was pregnant that becoming a mother wasn't going to change how I do my makeup, it hasn't. I still wear purple lipstick and create dramatic looks when I feel like it, but as far as Youtube is concerned, I feel like I've failed. I feel like I've failed at trying to balance mom life and Alaina life. But the trouble is, I enjoy mom life! I enjoy spending time with Calvin and I don't want to sacrifice Calvin time for "work" time. Youtube is work: filming is work, editing is definitely work, and reserving time to do that work is hard as a new mom. And I don't know how much harder it's going to get with time, or with more kiddos! 

Anyway, I hope everyone is having an excellent holiday season. Happy New Year!


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