Monday, July 26, 2010

Nursery Update

I finally got a chalk pen so I changed up Westin's chalkboard over his crib. I put a portion of one of my favorite Bible verses on it. I catch him starring at it a lot and that makes me smile. :)

There is an angled wall in his nursery that my friend made the perfect thing for. She gave me these paintings as a Mother's Day gift and they are very special.

Leah is a wonderful artist and took a profile shot of my 9 month pregnant belly and Westin's newborn profile and turned them into these amazing canvases.

I love how they are understated with muted colors and match his nursery perfectly.

This could be breaking news:

He sucked on his paci for the first time! It lasted about 10 minutes and I was so excited! Most mom's would prefer their baby didn't take a paci but I have been trying to get Westin to suck on one so he would be one step closer to sucking on a bottle. :) He wasn't interested in the sippy cup but we are going to keep trying. Now that he is actually sucking on his fingers and a paci, instead of just biting them, we may go back to trying a bottle. I absolutely LOVE nursing him and I'm so thankful that I can but if I stop to think about how he won't take a bottle sometimes I get a little panicky. Just being honest- sometimes I can feel a little stressed (and almost a tiny bit claustrophobic) to know I can't be away from him longer than 3 hours at the most. I wouldn't trade nursing for anything though! Just an occasional bottle would be nice. :) Thanks for everyone's tips too. We have tried pretty much all of them! I am confident one day he will just get it. Also when he starts eating solids I know they can be used to tie him over for an extra hour or two. I'm starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel. Haha

22 comments:

Brittany said...

It all looks so great, the shower curtain also!

Yay for Westin! You are a good mommy, so try not to stress too much! One day, you will look back and wonder where the time went.

Heather L. said...

Shannon, I felt the same way with Carter (I have posted before that he would never take a bottle), so I completely understand. It will get easier, and you will be able to leave him longer, when he starts solid foods a little bit. Hopefully Westin will eventually take the bottle - Carter literally never did! Love the new additions to the nursery!

Katie said...

Hang in there! You are doing great! :o) I know how suffocating it can feel sometimes with the nursing. Bless your heart, I know it's hard sometimes. But you are right...it's still wonderful. :o) Westin is so blessed to have you. :o) Kisses to him!!

Sarah said...

I find myself thinking, if she would just get a little older it would be easier to leave (my darling won't take a bottle either.) I have to be careful I don't wish away the time. They are only this tiny and need us this much for a little while. Always enjoy your blog but don't comment often.

Karen said...

The nursery looks adorable, it really came together nicely!

I wouldn't feel badly about wanting your son to take a bottle, I give you so much credit that you haven't been able to give him one yet! Hoping that he is taking steps in the right direction for you!:)

Karen

Megan said...

I love that chalkboard! So adorable! The whole nursery is amazing!

April said...

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I love chalk pens.....much better than an old stick of chalk!! The nursery looks awesome & so does the new shower curtain!! Good Job

hi-d said...

I like that chalk pen. You have such beautiful handwriting, too. Your friend's artwork is cool too...

Oh, and it goes without saying that Westin is so stinkin' cute! Glad he took the pacifier, even for a short while.

Mrs. Southern said...

I love that verse above his bed and the chalk board is so cool! Hang in there, I know it's tough and it does get better after they can start on solids.

Cuddles and Chaos said...

Yay that's so awesome about the paci. I begged my youngest to take one. She never would.

I highly encourage a baby learning to taking a bottle even while breastfeeding. For the mommy's piece of mind and just because you never know when the baby might need to take one.

My baby was 8 months old when I had to undergo some liver procedures and chemo. I wasn't worn that I'd have to give up nursing. It was not fun to teach a breastfed baby that the only way she was going to get nutrition was through bottles which she did not like. I don't wish the same for you at all...but when I had her, I never expected what was down the road and felt so bad that it was such a struggle for her.

Thank you for showing the beautiful pictures of the nursery.

3LittleByrds said...

Love the updates to his nursery. It will get easier for you once he starts eating solids. I know what you mean about panicking that you can't be away for more than 3 hrs.It can almost drive you crazy at times but it goes so fast and before you know it you'll be wishing for those times back.

Lynn from For Love or Funny said...

He's so cute!!

Debbie said...

I love the new additions to the nursery, and he is so cuuuute :0)

Girl with the Curlz said...

I can feel your struggles with the nursing. Luckily we had taken some breat feeding classes at the hospital before we had our little guy and they said to introduce a bottle no later than the 4 week mark or it will be difficult. We did this and our little guy goes back and forth easily. Thank heavens. Hang in there I am sure he will get the hang of it soon. Love the bathroom re-do. It turned out great!!

The Gava Family said...

I know exactly how you feel. My two youngest would never take the bottle. I tried everything and it never worked. I finally just had to stop nursing all together and when they got hungry enough they started eating. Sounds horrible... but it was my only option. They were older than Westin is though. Good luck!

Rebekah said...

I love love love the canvases, the chaulkboard, and the verse! How special! I hope he is feeling better. Look out world. Cilla took to her paci and never looked back. I hope that it helps you guys like it did at our house. Now, it is like a little part of her body! Hang in there. I know it seems like forever that they are so dependent you. But, it really flies by. Before you know it he will be toddling around and will not sit still and cuddle with you. You will miss these days. You are doing a great job.

Empty Nest Full Life said...

When you have a little one, there will be many things that are breaking news! At least to us mom's any way. He is so cute, and what special paintings! My firt grandbaby is due the end of September, and it is a boy. We are excited. Have a blessed day! Jackie

Belinda said...

Shannon, the nursery looks awesome!
and Westin is adorable!

Heather said...

I love the chalkboard sign over his bed!! It looks great!!

Happiness Is... said...

I love the new scripture above his crib! That looks great.

Kim Hancock said...

There is definitely a need for the bottle just incase there is an emergency. When Courtney was a baby I ended up really sick, became dehydrated, ended up in the hospital... & had a sweet girl who absolutely would not take a bottle... which only compounded the problem.

With Logan I nursed almost exclusively, but definitely made sure he got a bottle every now & then... just incase we had an emergency. :0)

Megan said...

Ordered those chalk pens for my kitchen chalkboard and for homeschooling. Can't wait to try them out. Thanks for the link.

Bathroom looks great! Love when things randomly come together.

He'll get the bottle eventually. Just keep trying and hang in there during the frustration. I didn't get to nurse my first and although it was easier scheduling wise, I missed the connection I now have with my third nursing.

Your house is beautiful and I love his nursery!