Moms of babies with formula allergies will appreciate this. We got a real treat last night when we met a family down the street from us. They have a girl a little younger than Genevieve and a boy a few months younger than Luca. We trick or treated together and found out their son has a milk allergy just like Luca. Luca is on Nutramigen, which costs hundreds of dollars a month and insurance doesn’t cover because it’s sold over the counter. (I can write a whole blog post about what we went through with that issue!) Their baby tried Nutramigen and it didn’t work, so he’s on something else even more expensive but their insurance covers. So they gave us six cans of Nutramigen! There are good people in the world. We’re paying it back and giving them clothes Luca outgrew. Score for us both. And we all get new friends. Happy Halloween, indeed!
October 15th is a day to acknowledge the loss of a pregnancy, but near this time, I choose to instead celebrate my rainbow baby, who brought sunshine after those dark days. Here’s my little Luca. He’s already 5 months old! My husband was obsessed with the name Luca for a boy. When I found out the name means “bringer of light,” I knew there wasn’t a better name!
Luca started to eat baby food! We fed G Gerber food, but I was open to trying another brand for Luca if it was cost effective. I looked at Beechnut but that’s actually more expensive. So back to our good ol’ trusted Gerber! Luca loves the banana. Well, he loves all the fruit. The veggies will take time! Here’s what we are using so far, though we did graduate to full-size servings:
Luca Alexander May 4, 2017 (no Star Wars jokes, please) 7 pounds, 13 ounces 21 inches Luca was a scheduled C-section so this was a completely different experience than my first emergency section after 20 hours in labor with my daughter. I was still terrified but all went well. My doctor played The Beatles in the delivery room and told me tattoo jokes. And then, my baby boy came out and I cried. I’ll write more about the delivery in another post. But I had to get something up on my little man!
I cannot believe my baby girl is one-year-old. The past year has been so amazing. I remember watching her eyelashes grow, wondering when her hair would follow suit. All the late night crying and cuddles at 2 a.m. Her first smile, her first laugh. When she started to recognize her mommy and daddy. How every milestone– rolling over, sitting up, eating solid food, first tooth– was so special, yet the next one came and reminded us how quickly she’s becoming a little person with a ton of sass. I loved the baby stage, but life is becoming so much fun now that she is learning words and on the move. I can’t wait for all the toddler adventures! I haven’t slept a full night in over a year, but this little face is worth the dark circles under my eyes. I
This year’s Labor Day just so happens to fall on September 7th, my daughter Genevieve’s first birthday. It seems like only yesterday that I was in the hospital experiencing the most terrifying and heartwarming day of my life. I didn’t have a birth plan. I thought about making one, but then decided it wasn’t worth it because you can’t predict what’s going to happen during labor and delivery. My husband and I took a prenatal education class to learn a little about what was going to happen to my body. Like most mommy’s-to-be, I also read “What to Expect When You’re Expecting” every week to find out what was happening inside my belly. I skimmed the chapters about childbirth because I didn’t want to build up anxiety. I completely skipped past the material on C-sections. Of course, I ended up with a C-section and also needed pitocin during labor. My two delivery fears became my reality. Throughout my pregnancy, I worried about how my body was going to handle childbirth. I have chronic fatigue so …
Genevieve used to love trying to walk around the house, with someone holding her hands. But ever since she learned to really crawl off her stomach, like a speed racer, she refuses to stand up! We got her toys that she can push around, but she isn’t too interested anymore. She’d much rather crawl and climb up stairs and furniture. A girl on the move, I tell ya! As her one year birthday quickly approaches, I’m interested to see if she’ll get back on her feet! Also, how cute is her pink skirt in the photo above?!