Lauren Manoogian Peg Pants (older color/season)
It is Well L.A. maxi sweater
Hoka One One X Outdoor Voices Clifton sneakers
Wow. I had another post I was writing in early February, to actually celebrate Hawk’s six month birthday, but obviously that never got finished. I’ll spare you the usual comments on my lack of time and frustration with my new body, and just share some updates. And there are a lot of them!!
Yes, Hawk is now six months, seven on 3/15. Time is flying!! Although it’s true what they say, the days seem to last FOREVER.
He has two bottom teeth and is eating solid food now twice a day. He LOVES broccoli and oranges. He’s not a huge fan of using his fingers to eat (takes after his dad), so I will often mush things up and hand him spoons to feed himself. He’s tried most of the major allergens at this point and no signs of allergic reactions yet, but as we know, it could happen later. (food allergies are so frustrating!!)
Hawk graduated from the Snoo to a crib a couple weeks ago and almost immediately started to roll over and now prefers to sleep on his face. Not the side of his face, oh no, that would be too easy LOL. He sleeps FACE DOWN in the mattress. After a few sleepless nights of my worrying about him being able to breathe, all is well now. He sleeps much better this way, and although we don’t put him down on his stomach he usually flips himself over pretty quickly and sleeps all night like that.
He’s not crawling, but he’s getting mobile in other ways; scooting backwards into things, and going around in circles. He tends to spend more time on his hands and feet than hands and knees, and is just starting to go from tummy to sitting up, so it won’t be long before he’s really crawling. I think. Haha…I sort of miss the state when I could just put him down and I knew he would be in the same place when I came back. He’s so much fun now, but man…the mobility really makes things a lot more challenging!!
I’m doing okay – not having as much pain overall, but I do have significant pain in my right wrist now. I thought it was carpal tunnel, but my PT called it something else and said there’s not much to do except try and remember not to bend my wrist/thumb certain ways when I pick him up, hold him, etc. Right. I’m going to start trying to exercise this week: ride the Peloton, walk outside more, so I can see how that affects my pain.
In talking to my PT and other women, I’m understanding now that for some of us the pain, and extra weight, will just not budge until months after stopping breastfeeding. So now I’m struggling a lot with deciding if/when I should wean him. He’s really only nursing two or three times a day, and it’s mostly for comfort (for he and I) and not sustenance; he gets enough formula and “real” food to sustain him nutritionally. But I still REALLY enjoy and cherish nursing him. Sigh. The pain and extra weight has a tangible negative effect on me, my mood, etc., and I wonder how much more patience and joy I would feel without it.
In other news, I got new glasses! I had been wearing an outdated prescription for about a year and had to remove my glasses anytime I wanted to read anything up close (I’m near-sighted and wearing progressive lenses), or even to see Hawk if I was holding him, so this is a MAJOR positive change!! I can see!! And I was ready for a change away from the harshness of the black frames.
And I’ve gone into full mom mode lately and wear my new Hoka One One sneakers all the time now. Most of my shoes just aren’t as comfortable anymore (fit is off my 1/4 to 1/2 size on the small side) and I don’t have time for that. Now that it’s warmer I can mostly just wear my Birkenstock sandals, but I also needed some new casual sneakers and these are great. They’re very comfortable, have no leather on them at all, and they are stylish in an anti-stylish way LOL. I’ve always loved a chunky, ugly shoe, so these are perfect for me.
How are you all? I am working off a new schedule this week (getting up every day at 5 AM) so I’m hoping to have an hour or so in the mornings to myself again, to either exercise or work a bit, so fingers crossed I’ll be posting more consistently here. I’m also going to be putting a lot of my clothes and shoes up at slowre since I’m really understanding now that I will not be able to wear a lot of my pre-pregnancy clothes – even when I lose the weight, I know my body will be a different shape. And I cannot abide having a lot of things around that I can’t wear…
Great post! Glad you are all adjusting. Also, I love your glasses! Can I ask where they are from?
The only way I can consistently exercise is by getting up at 5 AM and doing it before anyone else is awake. I look forward to reverting to night owl status someday but for now this is what works for me.
Hawk is adorable!
I have to say, that is one cute baby! Love the new glasses frames too. They suit you well.
I love the glasses so much! And Hawk, all the heart eyes — it looks like his hair is getting lighter! He has the best expressions, here he looks like he’s 15 and slightly amused haha.
Just a quick note, I had the pain in the wrist and forearm from 6+ months with my daughter, and I was SO frustrated because I couldn’t even lift a frying pan. My husband had to bring her to me sometimes because I couldn’t even pick her up. The doctor dismissed me and said there was nothing to do but take Advil (eye roll). I did get compressive wrist bandages and that helps! But later I made a friend who is an epidemiologist who studies pregnancy, and she said it has to do with hormones and lot of women get it around the 6 month mark, so it IS REAL! Thankfully it went away literally the week my daughter learned to walk, so you shouldn’t have to suffer more than a few months. The compression guards do help!
I have really been enjoying your posts with Hawk. I also had a baby in my 40s (Lili just turned one), and I have had many of the same challenges as you! You found the Snoo before I could suggest it, and I’m sure there are other examples of how you found solutions before I had time to comment. But I wanted to let you know that I had the same horrible wrist pain — de Quervain’s — first in one wrist and then in the other too. I saw an orthopedist specializing in hands and ended up getting big spica splints that kept me from being able to do anything I needed to do, and then I got cortisone shots in each wrist — a miracle. I wish I’d done it sooner (I waited until my daughter was 10 months). Talk to a hand specialist. They will have seen tons of “mommy wrist” cases and will know what to do. And on a more fun note, check out @babyledweanteam on Instagram for great food ideas and delightful videos of babies eating!
Such a treat to get a new post from you Grechen! Hawk looks more and more adorable each day. How can you stand it? I like your glasses too! I want some new frames this year but I’d really like real horn and I don’t know if I can afford anything I like. We’ll see.
OMG, that pic of you two with his little hand on your cheek is adorable.
Grechen Reiter says
it’s my favorite 🙂
Grechen Reiter says
it’s really hard to buy new glasses!! they’re so expensive, but i figure it’s worth it to have a pair i really love, i mean, i wear them every day…and it’s been a few years!
i just try to cherish every moment now, they’re so different every day!!
Grechen Reiter says
wow, thanks so much for your input! I will definitely talk to someone.
and i’ll check out that instagram account, thank you! he cracks us up every day when he eats – he’s so funny and it seems like he doesn’t like something, but he’ll still pick it back up and keep eating. that’s our trooper LOL
Grechen Reiter says
someone told me about compression gloves, so i ordered some but the small was too big!! so not compressive at all haha. i’ll try again with a different brand to get a little relief.
and yeah, sometimes he looks at us and looks like a little boy, or teenager lol – and so serious. takes after me in that way!!!
Grechen Reiter says
thank you so much!
Grechen Reiter says
my glasses are tom ford, style number 5537-B
I love the new glasses! I went cheap last time, and it’s so true – You get what you pay for – so I already need new frames and unscratched lenses after only 1 yr.
Hawk has changed so much – he’s got that cute chubby baby look. What a happy little boy! With regard to breastfeeding, here’s my 2 cents (take it for what it is…just my experience 😉 ): With my last daughter, who is now 21 (how did that happen!?!), I nursed for several yrs, but for the last year, at least, it was just bedtime or to console her. I was able to keep up my supply, and she was getting her nutrition elsewhere. I don’t regret a moment of it even though it meant sacrificing some of my wants and needs, because I had the realization that she was my last baby and I just wanted to savor those days. It’s the balance game – and figuring it out isn’t cut and dry.
So good to hear from you!
Good for you! Please trim his hair.
Such a sweet update, Grechen. Hawk is so adorable and getting big. My younger son also slept on his face around 7 months and it used to scare me, too. I called the nurse at the pediatrician’s office and she assured me that he could breathe and would move his face if he felt uncomfortable. 🙂
I’m so sorry about the wrist pain. I remember having that after both of my pregnancies, too. Wearing an ace bandage to sleep helped some, and it did eventually go away.
You look great and you are doing such an amazing job! Big hugs!
Hawk is sooooo adorable, and you look pretty darn great yourself! I see a lot of people provided great comments on the wrist thing but yep I had it too. I just wanted to drop a line about breastfeeding: definitely cherish the moments but if you feel ready to stop go for it. Even when you start weaning, it’ll take a while and finally when you stop you might feel like a little bit more yourself. At least I did. I felt like I finally got a bit of my life back when I was able to stop pumping and breastfeeding.
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