Tuesday, February 7, 2017

The Most Wonderful Time of the Year (Gasparilla!)

I guess I can forget about trying to post monthly - it looks like I only ever have time for posts every other month now!  So much has happened since Thanksgiving - Audrey is now SIX MONTHS OLD - half a year has gone by since we welcomed our sweetie into this world, and we fall more in love with her every day.

Since my last post, Audrey celebrated her first Christmas, her first New Year's, and her first Gasparilla! For anyone unfamiliar with Gasparilla, it's basically a Mardi Gras-style pirate parade right on the water in south Tampa, an ode to the pirate invasion by the legendary pirate, Jose Gaspar, complete with a fully-staged invasion of Tampa Bay by the pirates of Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla aboard the pirate ship Jose Gasparilla.  It is a TON of fun, and for sure one of my favorite parts of living in Tampa.  It usually tends to be a day full of debauchery and drinking, but of course times have changed now with our little baby.

Gasparilla invasion of pirates
In December, Dave's parents came to visit us and help out for a week and, as always, it was so great to here.  Even though we FaceTime with them almost every day, it's nice that they're able to visit so frequently so that they don't miss too much time with their first grandchild. Miss Audrey also met Santa Claus for the first time that week, and did wonderfully.

We traveled up to Michigan on December 21, and Audrey spent her first Christmas Eve and Christmas Day with Dave's family.  She was so happy and such a joy the entire time. Audrey also had her first encounter with snow and she was NOT a fan.  We took her "sledding" down a little slope in the backyard, and she just cried and cried the entire time (which was kind of hilarious).  We took her out again the next day to show her the snowman that her daddy had built for her, and she was just fine.  Looking back, I think she really just had a problem with the snowsuit she was in the first time, and not with the actual cold or snow.  I took a million pictures during the trip and just couldn't narrow them down for this post, so I decided to share a slideshow of all of them with you (below).

You should also enjoy this hilarious video of baby Audrey giggles, taken the week after Thanksgiving:

On Christmas Eve, Audrey turned 5 months old.  At 5 months old, she weighed in at just over 14 pounds pounds and about 25 inches tall.  She was teething like a crazy person (more on that later), and nothing was safe from her drooly mouth, with her favorite toy being mom's or dad's fingers.  Around 4.5 months, she started sampling a few solid foods, and by 5 months she had tried oatmeal (loves), bananas (loves), and avocados (not so sure).

First taste of solid food - oatmeal cereal! 12.6.16
She has been sleeping like an absolute champ since Thanksgiving, sleeping 10-12 hours per night and 1-2 hour naps during the day. By 5 months, she could sit up completely on her own, but occasionally took a tumble here and there. She was loving grabbing her feet and sucking on her little toes, and has become progressively more obsessed with Brady, getting so excited when he would let her pet him or grab his ears. She started giving out hugs and drooly, open-mouthed kisses, which is by far my new favorite thing that she does. She has been trying to get up on all fours, pushing her knees up underneath her body, but usually gives up after a few minutes and goes back down onto her tummy. By 5 months, she could also use her legs to push herself into a standing position while holding our hands, and she's SO proud of herself every time.  She's become more independent, able to sit and play with her toys by herself, insisting on holding her own bottle, and sometimes won't even let us rock her to sleep. She's starting to develop opinions and preferences, and it's pretty amazing to watch her little personality blossom.

18 weeks on 11.27.16                                                                 19 weeks on 12.4.16      
  20 weeks on 12.11.16                                                                 21 weeks on 12.18.16         
5 months old on December 24, 2016
At her 6-month checkup, she weighed 14.5 pounds and is 26.3 inches tall, still wearing all 3-6 month clothing. She is changing by leaps and bounds every day.  Her little teeth that she has been working on for MONTHS have finally poked through! *Happy dance* Those little teeth were the result of a few pretty miserable days where she was very fussy, napping and nursing more often, and was very clingy to her mama.

She's also learned that mama can walk away, and is definitely showing some signs of separation anxiety, and takes some serious distraction when I leave for work in the morning.  Speaking of mama, this past month, she said "Mama" (mamamama) for the first time, and I was absolutely ecstatic! Both Dave and I heard it one morning while we were in the bathroom getting ready for work, and we just looked at each other and were so excited. She's also a big fan of blowing raspberries (which she's incorporated into her open-mouthed kisses) and is just dying to crawl. She's got the mechanics down and I swear it will be happening any day now.  She can now pull herself into a standing position with no help, and (a few times) has been table to sit up from a laydown position.  She grabs at everyyyythinggg, and no iPhone or TV remote is safe. She also transitioned into a "big girl bath" - aka, a giant inflatable ducky bathtub that's just the cutest thing.

She gives the same great hugs, and those sweet open-mouthed kisses, which are my absolute favorite.  The other day, she grabbed my face and just basically made out with my cheeks and chin for like a full minute and I couldn't stop laughing.  She also grabbed another baby, my friend Mandy's baby, Brooks, and planted a wet one right on his mouth (I think we're in trouble with her!). She's also developed a flair for the dramatic, and throws herself backward when she gets upset, which certainly has been more often.  Our sweet, happy and giggly baby was definitely a little fussier this past month than we are used to, which I attribute primarily to her teething and mental development (but honestly, who knows).  For the past week or so, though, she's been back to her happy self, and just an absolute delight.

22 weeks on 12.25.16                                      23 weeks on 1.1.17                                      24 weeks on 1.8.17      

25 weeks on 1.15.17                                  26 weeks on 1.22.17

6 months on 1.24.17
As for me, at 6 months postpartum, I'm pretty happy with where I am.  I have lost 37 of the 41 pounds that I gained while I was pregnant, and I can fit into most of my old clothes again - I think once those last few pounds come off, I'll be golden.  My stomach is softer than I'd like it to be, and I'm still carrying some stretch marks where Audrey used to poke her little booty out, but I just had a baby a few months ago, so I can't expect to look exactly the same.  That being said, I'm pretty happy with where I am, and I'm going to work extra hard to get back to my pre-pregnancy weight, as well as to get more fit and healthy, over the next few months.

On a completely un-baby-related note, Dave and I have been brainstorming for what feels like forever on a media stand or furniture, or just general ideas of what to do with a big open wall in our living room.  Right now, the TV is over there but it's a pretty lonely space.  We also need to incorporate a play space and toy storage for Audrey as she gets more interested in toys and gets more mobile.  One day, I spotted the below picture of some built-ins constructed by a local company and fell in love.  Since our living room has a similar set-up, we decided we wanted a very similar design and we called the designers at the French Refinery, who construct custom built-ins and furniture.  Jordan, the owner, drew up a custom plan for our built-ins, which includes cabinets, storage benches (for Audrey's toys), and an electric fireplace.  We are so excited for them to be complete, and we expect installation to happen sometime in April. 

I'm hoping to post some adorable Gasparilla pictures in the next few weeks.  We've also got Dave's parents visiting this week and Audrey's baptism happening on May 5.  So many exciting things coming up! So, until next time...

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Happy Thanksgiving!

Well, this blog sure went downhill fast, didn't it? You would think that a once-a-month posting goal wouldn't be hard to keep up with, but apparently it is!

Bringing everything back around, Happy [late] Thanksgiving  and Happy [almost] December everyone! On Thanksgiving, Audrey turned *FOUR* months old - we can't believe it! On the one hand, it feels like she's been with us for forever, and on the other hand, she's growing and progressing so quickly, we are ready for time to slowwwwwww down, please! When she was a newborn, I couldn't wait for her to be more self-sufficient - hold her head up, sit up, and just generally need less hands-on attention.  Now she's learning something new every day, and time is definitely beginning to fly.

Audrey's first Thanksgiving!
So much has changed since my last post.  In the past two months, Audrey has taken her second trip up to Michigan, went to her Aunt Lauren and Uncle Jon's wedding, made even more baby friends,  and had her first Halloween and first Thanksgiving.  She's mastered holding her head and torso up, learned to roll over both ways (tummy to back and back to tummy), learned to laugh, learned to hold her own bottle, learned to grasp toys, [mostly] learned to sit up... the list of her new skills goes on and on, and I don't even know if I can remember them all.  She is such a little ray of sunshine, smiling and laughing ALL the time.  She rarely has a bad day, and really is just such a sweet and mellow baby. I went back to work when Audrey was 14 weeks old, and that day she learned to roll over one way (tummy to back), learned to roll over the other way 2 days later (still tummy to back), and the following week, learned to flip from back to tummy.  Since she's such a professional acrobat, rolling all over her crib at night, we started to put her to bed without a swaddle at 3 months old, which let to MANY sleepless nights for Dave and me, but she seems to finally be getting the hang of it and getting back to longer sleeps.

9 weeks old on 9.25.14      10 weeks old on 10.4.16
11 weeks old on 10.11.16     12 weeks old on 10.18.16
13 weeks old on 10.23.16

3 months on 10.24.16

At her 3-month update, she was about 24 inches tall and 11 pounds, 6 ounces - still tall and skinny, wearing 0-3 month clothing but 3-6 month pajamas. She WAS sleeping about 8-10 hours at a time at night, until we had to drop the swaddle  at 14 weeks, and all hell broke loose. She was only taking a few short catnaps during the day, but we've been working on that, and she's getting better. At 3 months, she loved when mom danced and sang for her, loved the made-up songs we have for her, stroller rides, sucking on her hands at ALL times, her Wubbanub, her new light-up rattle, bouncing in her bouncer, kicking her legs nonstop, playing "airplane," smiling ALL the time, and watching TV (especially football - yay for Dad!) She had come around to liking baths more at 3 months, and she likes them more and more as time goes on. She disliked going to bed at night (which has since gotten MUCH better), naptime, getting dressed or swaddled, and was starting to dislike car rides. She laughed for the first time during her third month, and oh, my heart! 😍 By 3 months, she could hold her head up like a champ and she wanted sooooo badly to sit up (she's still working so hard on it!). She'd started to notice Brady a little more, and we discovered her fascination with the screen (i.e., we can plop her in front of the TV to distract or occupy her if necessary). She also became a spit-up machine and was going through several outfits a day. 


Visiting the pumpkin patch! 10.22.16
As mentioned above, she also got to be a part of her Uncle Jon's wedding to her new Aunt Lauren, her first big family event since she was born.  She was so adorable in her little dress, but of course she decided she was hungry riiiiiight as Lauren was walking down the aisle - and, since I forgot to bring a bottle, I had to step out to nurse her and missed a lot of the ceremony :( I got to see the tail-end of it, and she got to meet all of her extended family at the reception.  She also loudly announced her presence when, during the matron of honor's speech, she let out a super-loud giant shart (right next to the videographer's microphone), leading me to excuse myself from the reception (partly because she then needed an immediate and emergency diaper change and partly because I couldn't control my laughter).  She was overly tired and fussy the rest of the night, but it was overall not too bad of an experience.

When she turned 14 weeks, I went back to work (the Monday after Jon and Lauren's wedding), which was also on the day of her first Halloween.  On my first day back to work, I rushed home early to get her dressed in her adorable little Minnie Mouse costume and take her "trick-or-treating" with her girlfriends (which really just consisted of the parents rolling the babies around the neighborhood for our own entertainment).  

Baby's First Halloween! 10.31.16
I've now been back at work for almost a month, and the transition has really been seamless. Other than trying to make sure I find time to fit 5 pumping sessions into my day, I've been kept busy at work so I don't even really have time to miss being at home with my little sweet pea. My mom has taken charge of Audrey, watching her full-time while we're at work.  We put her on a strict napping-and-eating schedule and it has done wonders for her temperament - for the most part, she's sweet, calm, well-rested, and is getting closer and closer to getting back to sleeping through the night (a skill disrupted by our dropping the swaddle, and by a potential sleep regression - not too sure though). We are so blessed to have a baby with such a sweet temperament.  

14 weeks old on 10.30.16       15 weeks old on 11.6.16
16 weeks old on 11.13.16        17 weeks old on 11.20.16

4 months old on 11.24.16 - Thanksgiving!

We were so excited to celebrate Audrey's first Thanksgiving - every "first" is just so much fun! She also turned 4 months old on Thanksgiving.  At 4 months old, she is about 25 inches tall (70th percentile) and weighs 12 pounds, 12.5 ounces (18th percentile).  She likes to "stand" (with our help), roll EVERYWHERE, tripod-sit with the help of her hands (or on her own for very brief periods of time), grasp her toys, hold her bottle during feedings "airplane" on her belly (practice for crawling in the future), blow bubbles, spit up, laugh at her daddy, laugh at her Oma, snuggle, go for stroller rides, and be outside. She likes baths a whole lot more now, and I can't wait for her to be able to play with toys in the bath - I think she will absolutely love it. 

She's always been fond of sucking on her hands, but lately she's been finding her thumb to suck, which is definitely helping her to soothe herself back to sleep when she wakes up at night, sometimes not even requiring any intervention from me or Dave. She also has discovered her feet, and loves to play with them, her toes inevitably finding their way into her mouth (along with everything else she gets her hands on). She still hates when we dress her, but she's much better about it now if we distract her.  If she's well-rested, she's generally a happy baby - 9 times out of 10, when she's crabby, she's tired, and she knows her nap and bedtimes practically to the minute, but having her thumb or fingers to suck really seems to relieve the stress for her.

She and Brady are also becoming more and more interested in one another... she is constantly watching him and reaching out for him, occasionally "yelling" at him when he goes out of sight.  He'll sniff at her a little bit and tolerate her petting him, but mostly still seems disinterested... until we hear him walk into her nursery to check on her (which is completely adorable).  A few times I have even caught him laying in her doorway, keeping guard.

Now that she's primarily bottle-fed (breast milk) since I've been back at work, I really do cherish the mornings when I actually get to nurse her and have that comfort time, just the two of us.  I hated nursing SO much in the beginning because it was so horribly painful and so difficult to do, that it's amazing how much I enjoy that time with her now - something I really thought I would never say.  Bottle feeding her is still way more convenient for her, but I always try to nurse her at least once a day so that we have that time together (plus it helps to keep my milk supply up!)

With her personality developing and shining with each passing moment, we are falling more and more in love with this girl.  She is such a sweet and happy girl.  We can't wait to celebrate baby's first CHRISTMAS next month with both of our families, including another trip up north to (hopefully) have Audrey experience her first snow!

Until next time...

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Our girl is two months old!

Happy 2 months, Audrey Rose! The past 9 weeks have been crazy, learning to raise a little baby, adjust our lives, learn her preferences, and just overall continuing to learn to live our lives as a family of three.  

Two months! 9.24.16
Audrey turned 2 months old on Saturday, and we celebrated by watching football... which is all she's ever going to get to do on Saturdays in the fall :). At two months old, Audrey is 10 pounds and 3 ounces (20th percentile) and 23.5 inches tall (89th percentile), so she is definitely tall like her dad and very skinny.

10 lbs., 3 oz! 2-month checkup on 9.26.16
She is just starting to move on from newborn sizes, but she is still swimming in a lot of 0-3 month sized clothing (even though she is too tall for 0-3 month footie pajamas!) She is the happiest baby, and is constantly smiling and cooing or babbling with anyone who will indulge her. She is getting really great at holding her head up and no longer needs that delicate newborn head support.  Her big, curious eyes, which are constantly looking around and taking the world in, are still a steely blue, but her hair is starting to turn a dark auburn (that which hasn't already fallen out!) She's sleeping 5-6 hours at a time at night, but on her 2-month birthday she actually slept through the night for the first time, sleeping 10.5 hours straight! (Which has not yet become a pattern or habit, unfortunately). We transitioned her to her crib a few days ago, which seems to be working out well so far (although it makes it more work for us in the middle of the night when she does wake up). She has discovered her hands, and constantly has one (or both) fists shoved into her mouth, which has led to a lot of messy drool. She loves: bath time, lying on the changing table and chatting with mom or dad, being bounced, her Wubbanub, looking around and checking things out, and being outside.  She hates everything after 7 p.m. (bedtime is a battle for us right now), being taken out of the bath, being cold, and waking up in the morning.

Audrey at 5 weeks old! 8.29.16

Audrey has had an eventful month, between growing and changing and having new experiences.  I have become more and more confident in handling her on my own, and I've been venturing out of the house at least once a day to keep myself from going stir crazy.  Audrey and I take frequent trips to the mall, Target, the grocery store, or wherever we need to go that day.  I've learned that I can continue to live my life as I did before, as long as I give everything extra time and plan everything super carefully.  I try to get up before she wakes up and before Dave leaves for work in the morning, which lets me shower, have breakfast and coffee, and get ready for the day. I make sure to think way in advance about when she needs to eat and nap, and plan all of my activities around her life, and things have been going (overall) pretty smoothly. It also helps that my mom (or both my parents) will occasionally come over to play with Audrey and give me a break to get things done around the house or to run errands.

5 weeks - 8.28.16     6 weeks - 9.4.16
7 weeks - 9.11.16     8 weeks - 9.18.16
This has been an eventful month for our little Miss A. She went swimming at the Tampa Yacht Club for the first time and had her first college football gameday with Mom and Dad (dressed up for both teams, of course).

Audrey's first gameday! 9.3.16

Pool day with the girls! 9.9.16
Most excitingly, she took her first (several) flights up to Michigan at almost 8 weeks old.  We went up for a wedding of a friend of Dave's, and she got to spend time with Dave's parents, and finally met her Uncle Bob, Bob's girlfriend Katie, her Uncle Jon, and Jon's fiancee Lauren. We worried and planned for weeks in advance, especially since we were flying with frozen breast milk so that she could be fed while we were at the wedding on Friday and while we were at the Michigan game on Saturday. Luckily all of our planning paid off and everything went off without a hitch. Audrey slept for the first half of both flights on the way up, and woke up for the second half.  After eating, she was content to just sit in my lap and look around, taking in all of the new sights and sounds.  She did fuss a little bit for a minute, but luckily the sounds were drowned out by the plane engines.

First flight! 9.15.16


Audrey has also had a very busy social calendar this month.  She met a lot of new people and new babies, including my friend Jennie's 17-month-old, Evelyn, my friend Mandy's 20-month-old, Reese, and 3-week-old, Brooks.  She had her first "playdate" with some other moms around Tampa who are either pregnant or whose babies were born within a few months of Audrey.  My friend Rachel has also been so great about coming over to my house with her 5-month-old, Amelia, to keep us company during these early weeks.  I also took Audrey in to my office and to Dave's office, and have taken her out to a few restaurants for lunch.  She has done so great so far, and (*knock on wood*) we have, thus far, avoided any public meltdowns.

Meeting Reese and Brooks! 9.23.16

Lawyer babe 9.20.16
Jennie's daughter, Evelyn, seems to be particularly enthralled with Audrey.  She, adorably, loves her birth announcement, and Jennie has reported that she kisses pictures of Audrey. It's so nice for me to have friends with babies at the same time.  Even though most of my best friends don't live all that close it's great for us to all be going through the same things at the same time (and to have other women to reach out to for advice!)

As I mentioned above, Dave and I were lucky enough to be able to go to the Michigan game last weekend while Dave's parents watched Audrey.  It was the first time I had spent a whole day away from Audrey, but it wasn't as bad as I thought (although I'm sure the beer helped).  It was also the first time I had had to deal with pumping to keep my milk supply consistent to replace the feedings I was missing - all of which involved careful planning on our part.  Luckily Dave's brother Bob had a great tailgate setup, so I was able to pump in the car occasionally and didn't have any issues.  We had a great time at the game and spending time with Dave's brothers and their girls.

We have a lot more to look forward to over Audrey's next month - my 30th birthday is in October, we're going to the Gator football game on October 8th versus LSU, and we'll be flying back up to Michigan at the end of the month to celebrate the wedding of her Uncle Jon and Aunt Lauren! We also can't wait to celebrate her first Halloween - still hunting for the perfect adorable baby costume! We'll have plenty of things to report next month - and hopefully sooner, if I can get myself to blog before then!

Friday, August 26, 2016

Audrey's Newborn Photos

When Audrey was just 10 days old, my good friend Brittany, who also happens to be a very talented newborn and lifestyle photographer, came to our home and took beautiful pictures of our sweet girl and entire family, including Brady.  We're so excited to share the photos with you below.

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Miss Audrey is one month old!

Well, we have survived our first month as parents! It has been quite the challenge, but as many people have promised me, it gets better and [somewhat] easier every day. Breastfeeding, which was excruciatingly painful in the beginning, has become slightly more comfortable, and Audrey has learned to latch on and feed like a pro.  My milk production is up, and we've incorporated into our nighttime routine an opportunity for me to have a break from breastfeeding at night - when she wakes up, instead of breastfeeding her, Dave will change her and give her a bottle of breastmilk while I pump (which produces enough for two bottles).  This allows us to build up a milk supply while simultaneously giving me a break without depriving Audrey of my breastmilk.  I'm trying to learn more comfortable positions to nurse her with a nursing cover so that I can feel more comfortable nursing her in public, as I'm definitely over being trapped at home all of the time.

Our family! Audrey at 10 days old.
Photo by Brittany Anderson Photography
That's probably the hardest part of the transition into parenthood for me - being trapped at home.  Audrey nurses every 2 hours practically on the dot, so I can only go out for short spurts of time.  She also is too young to really be in public places for fear of catching a cold (which would require a trip to the ER), so we have to really be careful about taking her out.  Luckily, even though her nursing schedule is tough, and even though she hardly ever naps during the day, she is a champion sleeper at night.  She's sleeping for about 9-10 hours a night, usually in 5-hour stretches, so she really only wakes up once during the night.  She's done this pretty much since birth, so Dave and I have thankfully avoided the exhaustion so many parents of newborns have to endure (although I'm sure we'll experience it eventually).

Bedtime stories with Daddy
Audrey's already achieved so many milestones.  At about 2 and a half weeks, she smiled for the first time, and has been smiling interactively ever since.  This usually only happens in the morning, when she's her happiest, and it's the cutest thing ever.  Sometimes we can also get her to "talk" to us, and she'll make adorable "ahh ahh" noises in response to our conversations. She's a squirmy little thing, with her arms and legs moving at all times, even in her sleep. Her active nature caused her to roll over from front to back earlier this week during tummy time, which normally happens around the 4-month mark.  Of course, this was unintentional and probably a fluke, but pretty cool nonetheless to say she rolled over at only 4 weeks old! She loves to suck on her hands, so we leave them poking out of the top of her swaddle at night so she can find them in her sleep. Her eyes are constantly moving and taking in the world around her, fixating on certain objects (her favorite being the ceiling fan) that capture her interest.  Her eyes are still big and deep blue, pretty close to my color. Her hair, which started off close to my natural color of dark blonde/very light brown, is actually starting to fall off! She's turned into a tiny old man - bald on top while maintaining hair on the back and sides.  I keep a bow on her any time we're in public to clearly identify her as a girl and to hide those silly bald spots. 

August 14, 2016                                                   August 21, 2016

One month old! August 24, 2016
Today we had her one-month checkup and we were happy to hear she's gaining weight steadily.  She is still a teeny thing, though, and at 7 pounds and 14 ounces, she is only in the 13th percentile for weight and the 54th percentile for height (21.25 inches). At the appointment, she smiled for her pediatrician, and the doctor was so happy, remarking that smiling is normally a 2-month milestone, so she's definitely advanced.

Smiling! August 16, 2016
Brady has also started to take a little more interest in Audrey.  He still runs away when we bring her close to him, but he comes up to sniff at her more frequently.  He also comes to find me if she's crying and I'm not nearby.  For instance, I was in the bathroom once and she was wailing away, and he came into the bathroom, anxiously whining to me.  It's almost as though he wants to let me know she's crying and needs me, as if I can't hear her :).  We feel bad he's not getting as much attention as he normally does - a lot of times, I'll be nursing Audrey when he wants attention or wants to go outside, and there's nothing I can do.  I feel bad that he's been more neglected than usual, but I guess it's just the name of the game.

Photo by Brittany Anderson Photography

Caught on the baby monitor! Checking in on his baby sister
As for me, my recovery is going great.  I'm starting to do some mild exercise here and there (going for walks, and doing some light home workouts), and I've been to the gym twice since delivering. I'm down a total of 23 pounds out of 40, so I still have 17 pounds left to get me back to my pre-baby weight.  The first 20 pounds came off pretty quickly (within the first two week), but my weight loss has been kind of stalled ever since - only 3 additional pounds in nearly 3 weeks. I've been trying to kick the weight loss into higher gear by trying to cut out snacks and sugar, moving into a healthier diet without actually "dieting" (I can't cut too many calories or my milk production might decrease). Since I'm still carrying a good amount of baby weight, I can't fit into most of my pre-pregnancy clothes, and my maternity clothes are obviously too big for me.  This really limits my wardrobe options, so I often end up in yoga pants and nursing tops all day, every day - I refuse to buy larger clothes just yet, so hopefully that will work out in my favor! I've acknowledged that my body may have changed permanently, and even if I lose all the baby weight like I plan to, my body may just be shaped differently now, requiring me to get new clothes.  However, I'll make that decision closer to when I go back to work or once the baby weight is close to being gone, whichever happens sooner :)

Until next time...