Pray for the Kelleys!

Sunday, November 29, 2009
My very good friend Amanda and her husband Doug welcomed their baby boy Harrison into the world last night 11 weeks early. All are doing well so far, but keep them in your thoughts and prayers!

What I am thankful for...

Thursday, November 26, 2009
Exactly 8 years ago today (when I was 16 and he was 17) on the old instant messenger program "ICQ"  Ryan officially asked me out, and I said yes. Somewhere we actually have this conversation saved on a CD, but it went something like this:

"So, what do you say we make us "official"?"

I am thankful that that simple conversation made my life what it is today.

I am thankful that this precious little baby bean:


turned into this precious life:


I'm thankful for this man, who has been an extraordinary father to Henry and husband to me. Henry and I are so lucky. Have we really been together for 8 years?

I am thankful that Henry is blessed to have 2 Grandpas and 2 Grandmas who love him with all their heart.


I'm thankful that Henry is even more lucky to be blessed with 3 Great-Grandparents.


Henry has changed and enriched our lives more than words can possibly describe, and I am thankful for him and all that he has brought to our lives. I'm thankful for all our family and friends and how giving everyone has been to our family this year. Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

Fenugreek, you disappoint me.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009
So after downing a bottle of Fenugreek in a week and a half, there has been no luck on the milk production front. All the stories I read online said it would increase milk production immensely for most people, so apparently, I'm not most people. I'm giving another bottle a try, but after that, I'm calling it quits with the fenugreek. Smelling like maple syrup is really not my style (see a previous post).

We had to start taking from our freezer stash a few days last week, and likely will tomorrow too. At least it's a four day weekend to kind of catch up. My original goal for breastfeeding was to make it to 6 months. Recently, I revised my goal to make it to 4 months (which is Saturday--and we will obviously make that). Next goal? 4 months and 1 week. We're just going to take it week by week. At some point we will need to begin supplementing with formula, and I'm ok with that. I was a formula baby and I didn't turn out half bad, now did I?

I've also decided to stop googling everything about milk production. Reading the stories of those who have an over supply and gigantic freezer stashes makes me sick...definitely not something that's going to make me feel better. Every night when it's time to make bottles, I now dread it a bit, as I don't look forward to finding out how "short" I am. "Sigh".

It's kind of like pouring a bowl of cereal...only you open the fridge and realize that there isn't any milk there.

Back to tummy!

Tuesday, November 17, 2009
Our little man rolled from back to tummy yesterday!! This is generally a 5/6 month skill--we have quite the little mover! However, he did it at daycare. Wendy sent me a text and I got really excited, and then when I realized it was the first of many milestones I'll likely miss, I got a little sad.

So I put him on the floor at home with the video camera out, hoping to catch it, but no luck. So I went to go do the dishes and daddy was playing with him on the floor.

Then, (of course), he did it, about 10 minutes later! However, I missed it again because I was doing dishes.

Not fair!

Hopefully we'll catch it on video soon.

Flashback Friday: The day that changed our lives forever.

Friday, November 13, 2009
It was exactly one year ago tomorrow (technically today--as it was a Friday) that I had an appointment with a new OBGYN. I was going in for a routine physical exam and was also going to ask her questions about conceiving and trying to figure out my messed up cycles.

I was having major issues with my cycles. I either wasn't getting a period or I was spotting and bleeding throughout the month. It was at first blamed on my birth control pills. So after a few years of different doctors and way too many different kinds of birth control pills, I made the decision to go off of them to help my body re-regulate itself. Well, that didn't work. Up until this appointment, even though I had been off birth control for months, I was still randomly spotting, skipping periods and just not "normal".

I went to this appointment in the hopes of finding a doctor who could finally tell me what the heck was going on with my body as it could no longer be blamed on the birth control.

I gave the nurse the low down on why I was there and they asked if I wanted to do a pregnancy test, just in case, which I agreed too, because you just never know (at the time I hadn't had a period since September).

Then, the doctor came in and I began telling her my whole history. One of the very first things she said to me after I began telling her my symptoms was "Has anyone talked to you about the possibility of PCOS?" Read more about it here:

I said "No", (and then became immediately terrified that I was going to be told having children would be difficult).

Then, there was a knock on the door.

My nurse called my doctor out of the room, and within seconds she was back with the words:

"It was positive."

The tears started to fall, and at that moment, our lives were changed forever.

Impatient or an over-achiever?

Wednesday, November 11, 2009
Henry is likely a little bit of both (or maybe a lot bit) considering both daddy and I are rather impatient sometimes, and have attempted to over-achieve once or twice in our lives. Anyway, the point of this post is that our 3 month old baby has his first two teeth. I suspected he was teething, as he had begun to drool and was chomping on his fingers non-stop for the past 2-3 weeks. After one really fussy night last week, I decided to take a peek in his mouth to see what was going on. Sure enough, I saw two little white spots, and by Saturday, they had broke through his gums. Yes, our 3 month old has teeth. If you refer to the chart below, you will see that 3 months is a tad bit on the early side.

After reading up on teething, it seems that once the teeth do erupt, that that is somewhat of a relief to the baby, as it's everything before that that drives them nuts and makes them fussy. However, other than a few nights here and there, Henry wasn't really fussy at all, which is why teething was my last guess at what was going on.

I'm still exclusively breastfeeding, and no, I haven't been bitten yet. Unfortunately, my supply has really tanked in the last week. When I first went back to work, I was getting about 13 oz and Henry was eating 12 oz. After a few weeks, it dropped to 9-10, and now, today, I pumped a meager 7 oz and had an extra 2 in the fridge, and Henry is eating 13.5 oz and probably well on his way to 15 oz while at daycare. Bottom line is I need to pump one side in the morning, pump three times at work, pump before I go to bed, and pump again the next morning to have enough milk for him for the day. It really, really sucks because I feel as if my body is failing him after only being back at work for a little over a month. I read a lot online last night and it seems the herbal supplement "Fenugreek" is well known and has been used for centuries to increase milk supply. We picked some up from GNC last night and I'm going to give it a try. It says it can take anywhere form 24-72 hours to "kick in, and so far, no luck yet. Hopefully I'll have a success story like the many I read online. The one side effect (which is one super odd side effect to have) is that my pee and sweat will smell like maple syrup (too much information, I'm sure), and my milk/Henry's spit up may smell that way too.

My eyes are having trouble staying open and I have to get that pumping in, so this completes this post.

Some photos to hold you over.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

These were some shots we got last week with the intention of using them for our Christmas cards. The one of all of us (including Mocha) is one of only two we have like this. Henry decided to fall asleep as we walked around the neighborhood to take these photos, so unfortunately, he's actually sleeping in every single one, and there was nothing we could do to wake him up!

Well, it turns out, not only should we really take new family photos in the hopes that Henry will be awake for them, we also added someone to our family:

meet Hershey!

Hershey (named after chocolate, just as his sister Mocha) is a "Schnoodle" meaning he his a cross between a Mini Schnauzer and a Mini Poodle. More on him and Henry of course, in a later post.

Date Night!

Saturday, November 7, 2009
This blog needs some serious updating. We'll start with last week's date night. Check out the receipt to see what we did!

Yes, we went to Perkins and split a chocolate milkshake and had a cookie while Henry was at home with Auntie Liz. You have to start somewhere, right?

We also stopped at Menards looking for a new puppy gate and checked out the day after Halloween clearance at Target...very romantic! We walked away with some hand soap, Mocha's Halloween cotume for next year, and some more breast pump bottles. I think we're a little ways away from doing something more extravagant like a romantic dinner in downtown MPLS...but we never really did anything like that pre-baby anyway.

There will be more posts later...especially about Henry and some other big news to the Sefkow household!

Mommy makes Henry laugh!

Sunday, November 1, 2009

EDIT: it looks as though I hit Mocha, but I merely pushed her away.
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