Mason's newborn photos

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Mason's newborn photos were taken on July 31, 2012 by our amazing photographer, Jenny Mason. If you live in Orange County and are looking for a photographer, check out her website : or her blog :

These are just some of my favorites!

Silent Reflux

Monday, August 27, 2012

I've been meaning to blog again and blog more but it's been hard to find time! Which I guess is expected when you have a newborn :) But the main reason I haven't been able to blog is that Mason hasn't really been sleeping the past week-ish. Thursday last week was REALLY bad. He just kept crying and crying and seemed inconsolable. It was heartbreaking. And frustrating. I had no idea what was wrong. I felt like I was doing something wrong because I couldn't make him feel better. I finally called the pediatrician after talking to a few people because I figured either he was sick or maybe his formula was upsetting him. Now his crying wasn't just crying, it was screaming, like someone was hurting him. I would try to pat him on the back, thinking he had to burp or had gas and that's what was hurting him, and he would climb up my shoulder and dig his nails into my shoulder and neck, like he was in so much pain. It was awful. So, I called and made an appointment with the pediatrician and luckily, they had an opening on Friday. I told Seth, who was at work, that we were able to get an appointment on Friday (which was his Friday to work) and he said he would be there. At first I was confused because I knew he had to work, but he asked his boss if he could have the day off (thankfully he has an amazing job and an amazing boss and is able to just ask off the day before and his boss lets him). He knew how bad Mason was feeling and how hard it was for me, so he took initiative to take the day off. He is a lifesaver.

Also, THANKFULLY, I had been talking to my friend Brooke and she gave me some insight. It started with me asking about something completely different, her answering that question and then just randomly asking about the symptoms that Mason had. Her son, Carter, had had the same problem. Turns out Mason has silent reflux, which is extremely painful. It's where he spits up, but instead of spitting it out, he swallows it. So it hurts going up...and back down. Poor boy. I can only imagine. I know how painful it is when you just throw up, let alone it being acid reflux. So we went to the pediatrician on Friday, and I had printed an article that Brooke had sent me and highlighted his symptoms - gulping with a painful look on his face, wet sounding burps, coughing, frequent hiccups, sudden bursts of painful crying, poor sleep habits, poor eating habits, arching of the back and neck after eating, excessive fussiness and crying, wants to be held all the time. I was afraid the pediatrician wouldn't believe me since it's silent and he's not spitting up a lot, but once I mentioned the arching of the back, he immediately agreed and prescribed Zantac. Thank goodness!

But the good news is now : he weighs 10 lbs 5 oz (little chunky monkey!), he is on Zantac which seems to be helping and he has new formula, which he is getting used to and seems to like. But the best news of all : no more screaming and crying in pain! Just regular crying lol :) My baby is almost fully back to his regular happy baby self!

Happy 1 month birthday Mason!

Monday, August 20, 2012

Mason's 1 month birthday was on the 18th and I can't believe it has already come and gone! I tried my hardest to take some cute pictures of him, but it turns out a one month old doesn't really behave so well... go figure! I had all these great ideas that I found on Pinterest that I wanted to try. I got these super cute onesie stickers from my friend Tara, which were exactly what I wanted, but Mason didn't like them so much. Then I wanted to take a picture with him and a stuffed animal so I could track his growth each month, but he didn't like that either. So we decided to put him on our bed because he seems to like to lay there and is calm and those were the best pictures we could get. I wrote on my little board that I used for my weekly maternity pictures and put it next to him and that's what we got!

The best one I could get...

I can't believe we have been blessed with our sweet boy for a month already. He has changed SO much already. It's incredible. Looking at myself, I feel like I look the same as I did a month ago (well maybe not now, but usually lol), but Mason is just growing, growing, growing!

Mason on July 18th

Mason now - happy baby!

Happy 1 month birthday sweet boy! Mommy and daddy love you so much!


Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Hello world!

First bath - not happy!

Taken at the hospital. My favorite <3

Going home!!

Mason's due date - July 23, 2012 - already 5 days old!

Blog # 1, Take 2

I started my blog on Sunday but when I hit "post" it disappeared. Don't you love when that happens? Anyway, so here it is... Blog # 1, Take 2!

I've always wanted to start a blog but never knew what to write about or if people would even care to read about what I had to say. But now that I have had a kid and I have many friends and family who live far away and don't get to see him on a regular basis, I thought I would start a blog! So here goes...

For those of you who don't know, Mason Noah Birenbaum was born on Wednesday, July 18, 2012 at 3:36pm, weighing 7lbs 8oz and measuring 19 inches. Now they say "mother knows best" but I didn't really realize how right that was until Mason was born. Just for fun a few days before Mason was actually born, I posted a little poll on Facebook to have people guess what day he would be born, how long he would be and how much he would weigh. And it turns out... I was closest! I guessed July 19, 7lbs 10oz and 18 1/2 inches. Who knew?! Guess my motherly instincts are working! My little man will be 4 weeks old tomorrow and I CANNOT believe it! Feels like forever ago and just yesterday at the same time that Mason was born. My life has changed dramatically since that day but 110% for the better. Seth has been amazing throughout the whole thing, I don't know how I got so lucky. I could not be more in love with my little family.

But, speaking of Mason, he's waking up so I better go. More to come later so check back soon! Hopefully by then I will figure out how to customize my page and upload photos! Help and advice is greatly appreciated :)