Little Man is 7 Months Old

The weeks and months continue to fly by! T turned 7 months old exactly two weeks ago. We’ve been on the go and so I am only just now writing his monthly update. Sheesh.

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T is such a happy guy. His sweet little facial expressions melt my heart. I love his happy, twinkly eyes. He’s always ready to smile and laugh – unless he’s very hungry or has a poopy diaper.  Then you need to watch out because he has some lungs on him and he is not afraid to use them! But, in general, he’s always laughing and cheerful. He likes to play a little game while sitting in the exersaucer. I sit on the floor in front of him and lean in close. He reaches out for me and as soon as he touches me, I jump back and let out a little squawk. He thinks it is hilarious and just laughs and laughs. It’s so easy to get him to laugh. Usually I can just talk silly to him and he’ll get going but you’re pretty much guaranteed some good belly laughs if you pretend to eat his tummy. Love!

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T seems to be working on his motor skills a lot lately. At the beginning of June he was shaking his head back and forth quite a bit and then later in the month he would open and close his right hand (as if signing milk but I had yet to really start signing with him yet) all the time. He was also reaching out to us more often and has become extremely grabby! While he has been rolling over for a little while, he now can also wiggle and squirm his way all over. Gone are the days of putting him down and having him stay put! I feel like he is very close to being able to sit unsupported. At the beginning of June I felt like he was almost ready and by the end of the month he was starting to sit unassisted for just a little bit longer every day. It’s still only for a few seconds usually but he’s going to be sitting by himself in no time. In addition to motor skills, he started vocalizing a lot more this month –  gagagaga and dadada being extremely popular.

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He has started watching things so intently. You can just see that he’s curious about everything and just trying to figure it all out. You can almost see the cogs in his head turning. I’m sure he’s going to have a huge learning explosion soon from the way he studies everything.

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T cut his first teeth this past month. He now is a sporting a pair of pearly whites on the bottom. We didn’t even know he was teething! On June 4 he was acting like he wanted to gnaw on my fingers a little bit, so I gave him my thumb and when he put it in his mouth and bit down… ouch! I quickly felt around in his mouth and discovered two little teeth were already through! I was so surprised. E’s first teeth came in almost exactly the same way, so maybe he will have an easy time of teething like she did. That would be wonderful!

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Wearing 9 month clothing and is in size 3 diapers for disposables and has outgrown some of his smaller cloth diapers and is fitting into all of the one-size cloth. Still a tall, healthy guy!

T is still not the world’s best sleeper. I am working very hard on getting him to nap in his crib during the day but it’s difficult. He’s tough to get to nap as often as he should anyway and just seems to wake more often in the crib, though he sleeps fine in the crib at night. We’re working on it. It’s definitely harder to work around two sleep schedules rather than just one! Luckily he does well in terms of sleeping in the baby carrier. He would probably prefer to be worn or held for all naps but then I would really never get anything done!

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And the penis obsession starts early! He has found it and he likes to grab it. I’m totally cool with that (now). But his favorite time to try to grab his penis seems to be during poopy diaper changes. I am not cool with that. Slappy baby poo hands? Not okay.

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The joys of having a baby boy! I wouldn’t change it for the world. We love our little man so much!

CanvasPop Review & Giveaway

Disclosure: I received a framed 16×20 print from CanvasPop in exchange for my review. All opinions are my own.

Have you heard of CanvasPop?

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CanvasPop is a small, web-based company that offers photo canvases (obviously) as well as framed prints. In addition to knocking out a great basic canvas or print, they also offer collages, mosaics, word art, and triptych canvas prints. As a mom in today’s digital world, I take picture after picture of my kids and I am constantly on the look out for places to order quality canvases and prints from; so, when CanvasPop approached me about reviewing a framed 16×20 print, I jumped at the opportunity!

The people at CanvasPop were super easy to work with. After I selected the photo I wanted printed, one of the designers emailed me a digital proof within a couple of days. I thought the proof looked great and happily okayed it – I was getting pretty excited about seeing the finished product! The framed print arrived (in an enormous box!) about two weeks after I approved it.

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And I have to say I just love, love love it! The workmanship and materials are all fantastic and the photo (taken by moi) looks excellent. Everything looks extremely professional. There is truly nothing that I don’t adore about it! It will definitely be displayed prominently and happily in our home.

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I’m itching to try some of their other products – particularly the triptych canvases. I have some nature photos that would look great on triptych canvases!

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Little Man is 6 Months Old

Way behind on posting T’s latest monthly update again. Oops! We’ve been pretty busy dealing with minor life issues lately like mold in the basement and our car breaking down when we were two hours from home. But despite all that I obviously still want to record all the little milestones of T’s first year, so here we go!

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T turned 6 months old two Fridays ago. What to say about our special little guy? He’s growing in leaps and bounds these days! It has been another month of a lot of firsts! He started out the month by rolling from his back to his front and then it wasn’t too long before he managed to roll from his front to his back. He still does better going from back to front but he’s getting more adept at rolling both ways. T went on his first trip to the zoo (The National Zoo in Washington, D.C.) and also visited a petting zoo/farm/animal park, where he went on his first paddle boat ride. He reached for the first time this month – which was just awesome! I have been waiting for him to hold out his arms to be picked up and while he’s still not doing that exactly, he did reach for me from grandma’s arms and it made my heart soar. T also dipped his little piggies in a pool for the first time this month and he loved it. He was kicking and splashing happily. I would have loved to taken him in swimming but the water just wasn’t quite warm enough to warrant that. The biggest first of this month was probably that he started eating solids! We tried out oatmeal with him and he seemed unsure at first but it quickly grew on him. This month he tried oatmeal and bananas and enjoyed both! I can’t really believe that we’re already at this point – six months old and eating solids. The time has gone by so quickly!

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We struggle with sleep. He’s doing better at night but I simply cannot get him to nap in the crib most days. Where he’ll stay asleep/go back to sleep at night when I lay him down, during the day his little eyes pop right open and he’s suddenly wide awake. I try to sooth him but it most often doesn’t work. So, many days he ends up napping in the swing and even then he doesn’t nap as much as he really ought to. That really seems to be our biggest hurdle with this boy! This month, after getting over the ear infection, his nighttime sleep improved greatly. He even finally slept through the night, from 11 p.m. to 7 a.m. He rarely sleeps on his back anymore, he prefers to sleep on his side or on his belly.

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When he’s not being a bit of a Mr. Cranky-Pants from being overtired (and usually even when he is), he’s generous with a smile and a laugh. He’s such a little love and has smiles for everyone but particularly for mama, daddy and E. T really is the sweetest little man and still loves to be held. We pretend to eat his belly and he laughs so hard. I love it! He and E will just sit and laugh at each other over nothing – it’s fabulous. I love that he is, generally, so happy and content.

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He continues to be our big little guy. He’s now 17 lb. 11.5 oz. and 26.75 inches tall. He’s already bigger than E was at a year old! He’s solidly in (and quickly growing out of, I think) six months clothes. And anything that is one piece, like sleepers or overalls, he’s pretty much already in the 9 month size. I could kiss his little chubby cheeks all day long. He has the best little cheekers. We’ve had to switch him to a different wash and lotion because, unfortunately, those little cheekers are pretty sensitive. He inherited mama’s sensitive skin. While he does still get some irritation and eczema-like bumps, switching to a fragrance-free, dye-free wash and Cetaphil moisturizing cream has really improved things for little T.

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Lately T is making a bunch of new sounds. Instead of just making noise, now it sounds like actual babbling. Like, pre-talk babbling! It kind of just all of a sudden turned that corner. He will now watch the dogs and cats as they walk around the house and will jabber at them. They pretty much pay him no attention at all. At least, the cats don’t. Every now and then the dogs take the time to give him a thorough licking. We’ve been extremely lucky that our pets have been so accepting of our children and do amazingly well with them. Gage and Una are absolutely fabulous family dogs and the cats are extremely tolerant as well.

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T continues to be super handsy. He grabs, pinches, pats, and scratches everything! He loves to reach out, grab your face, pull it to his, and try to eat your chin or your nose. He’s a little cannibal baby. In addition to being a handsy little guy, he’s also loving to put anything and everything in his mouth. If he can slobber on it, just expect it to be covered in spit. He has to wear a bib almost all the time and is, I think, permanently damp. As are all his toys. Speaking of toys, he’s very much into them lately. He particularly likes his little puppy lovey, a lion toy that rolls when pushed, his little monkey with rubber paddles for feet, and the tags from everything.

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We’re at the age where every day he is learning or doing something new and wonderful. It’s fantastic to watch him grow and develop from and infant into an actual baby person. I love his little face so very much. Even when he’s overtired, upset, and refusing to sleep.

Happy half a year, little man!

Little Man is Five Months Old

T actually turned five months old last Wednesday but we had a long weekend full of company last weekend, so this update got pushed back a tiny bit. It may be late but here it is with photos of T in all his squishy glory!

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This past month was a big one for T; he had lots of firsts! He visited the kids klub in the gym for the first time (and, oh boy, was it good to get back to the gym) and a few days later also caught his first cold. Ba-dum. For much of the month he was a slightly feverish, congested, snotty, sneezing, coughing mess – poor little dude. After going to the doctor due to the cold and fever, he was diagnosed with his first ear infection. He was such a trooper through it all! You never would have known that he had an ear infection. Unfortunately being sick did completely muck up his sleeping, so it’s no surprise that his first night being in the crib was just awful. I do not recommend trying to transition to the crib when your little one is sick because it is rough. He is only now getting back to sleeping just a little bit better! (And by better I mean longer than two hour chunks. See? Rough.)

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We took a number of day trips this month due to the weather being nicer, which means T had quite a few travel related firsts. He rode the metro, visited D.C., went to the Cherry Blossom Festival, checked out the Air and Space Museum (first Smithsonian nursing sesh!), and saw the Capital building for the first time. He also took his first trip to Gettysburg.. Other firsts for the month include: playing in the exersaucer, celebrating Easter, wearing his first pair of shoes, and wearing his first cloth diaper cover made by mama. It was a busy month for the little guy!

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Sleep issues aside, this age is just so great with little mister. He’s laughing more and more and his laugh is just so awesome. Does it get any better than baby laughs? When he laughs really hard, he gets the hiccups just like his sister did. Speaking of his sister, he laughs and smiles at her all the time. He’s constantly watching her.He’s noticing things all around him now, grabbing his feet during diaper changes and interacting with all of his various toys. It’s so cute to watch him actually starting to play and manipulate things. T also reaches out his pudgy, bitty hands, grabs our faces and pulls them in to his. It’s pretty stinking adorable. Once he has your face within reach, he promptly tries to devour you. He wants to nom all the faces! He’s a super handsy little man right now – touching, patting, scratching, and grabbing everything, including himself. He almost constantly has little scratches on his forehead and the top of his head . I cut his nails all the time but it doesn’t even make a difference.

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T was also able to attend his first NICU reunion this month, where he was a giant among babies. Seriously, so often babies that are admitted to the NICU are born prematurely which means that they’re all so tiny. He was a giant! We saw one of his nurses almost as soon as we walked in and she immediately recognized us. It was so nice to see her, reintroduce her to T and let her know that he’s doing great! While we were there I was able to donate the hats I had made for the NICU. I’m kind of a sap and got a little teary when talking to the nurses about the donation but I’m really happy that I am doing this NICU 52 project. It makes me feel good to give back to the NICU because they were so good to us while we were there.

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In just a few weeks our happy, smiley, sweet little man will be half a year old. I don’t know how we could love him anymore but I know that somehow tomorrow our hearts will grow just a little bit more.

Halo SleepSack Review

Disclosure: I received a HALO SleepSack in exchange for my review.  All opinions are my own.

I had the opportunity to team up with Halo again to review one of their SleepSacks. We loved their swaddle with T (and used it pretty much exclusively the entire time we swaddled him for bed), so I was pretty excited to try the 100% cotton SleepSack, particularly since we were going to be receiving one of the new designs!

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We got the Blue Outer Space SleepSack and right out of the package I noticed three things: 1) The pattern is adorable. (I love the little spaceship on the breast.) 2) It is so soft and 3) it’s a great weight. The cotton is amazingly soft and nice to the touch straight out of the packaging and after washing. It really feels like a quality fabric and it seems pretty thick for a cotton but that makes it a great medium weight for a wearable blanket. It’s not too heavy nor too thin. It could be used with fleece jammies when it’s cooler out or with just a onesie when the weather is warmer. It’s a great all-purpose SleepSack!

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We’ve been using the SleepSack for a little bit over a week now and I love it. We were sent a size medium, which is currently great for us. T is now about 16 1/2 pounds and over 26 inches tall and the SleepSack is very roomy. He has lots of room to grow before he would need a larger size.

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Honestly, I can’t compliment Halo enough. The quality of the construction and the materials are really great, the patterns are adorable, and I would recommend their SleepSack Swaddle and SleepSack to any parents. Both Halo products that we have used have been fantastic.

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About Halo:

HALO Innovations is dedicated to putting the health, safety and well-being of babies first. In fact, over 1,300 hospitals use HALO® SleepSack® wearable blankets through the HALO Safer Way to Sleep Initiative.  The HALO family of products, including HALO SleepSacks and SleepSack Swaddles, SwaddeSure and the best-selling HALO BassinestTM Swivel Sleeper, help children from newborn to toddler age sleep better and safer.

Our NICU Experience

It’s probably a bit late to be writing about our experience in the NICU with T but I do still think it’s important to share our story. My heart always went out to parents whose babies were admitted to the NICU but I never expected to be one of them. Having your baby admitted to the NICU is frightening. Very frightening. I feel a little bit like an imposter writing that because, while T was admitted with respiratory distress, we weren’t dealing with some of the extremely harrowing situations that some parents are forced to deal with in the NICU. We were very lucky that T’s situation wasn’t ever dire but it was still a scary experience for us.

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T was born at 4:50 in the morning. His apgar scores were very nearly perfect. A couple of the nurses wanted to give him 10s because he was so healthy and vibrant but in the end he was given 9s because “they just don’t give 10s.” T was amazing. He seemed so healthy and just fantastic but as the day went on we noticed that he was breathing very rapidly. We asked the pediatrician about it when she came to visit him and she said it was a little fast but that it seemed pretty normal.  As night came he seemed to be having more and more issues breathing and we asked one of my nurses about his breathing because we were becoming concerned again. The nurse took him to the nursery on the mother/baby floor for some testing and monitoring.  They weren’t happy with how he was doing in the nursery, so they called one of the NICU doctors to come look at him.  By 11 pm he was being admitted to the NICU with mild respiratory distress.

The doctor that admitted us was very concerned about infection because I was GBS positive when T was born but because he came so quickly I wasn’t able to get any antibiotics while in labor. It would be a very serious situation were he to get a group B strep infection because newborns do not have the blood-brain barrier that adults do, so the infection could easily travel to his brain and cause meningitis. It could also cause sepsis and pneumonia. Obviously that would be a very serious situation for a newborn. They started T on antibiotics immediately, put in a nose cannula for oxygen, put in an IV, and did a chest x-ray. It was extremely scary because they were talking about possibly needing CPAP and a feeding tube. I sat there stunned, trying not to cry (and failing a great deal) while they poked, prodded and x-rayed my newborn.

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Thankfully his CBC from earlier in the day was good (there wasn’t yet any sign of infection) and the x-ray was also good but showed a little fluid in his lungs, likely because he was delivered so quickly. They decided at that point to just monitor his breathing and administer the antibiotics. I was so relieved because it meant I could still breastfeed. He was already being taken away from me and moved out of my room; I was so afraid of breastfeeding being taken away from us as well. Thank goodness it wasn’t. It was a very big deal to me that I be able to continue nursing him. Probably because it was the one thing I felt like I, and no one else, could still do for him. It made me feel needed and productive, part of the team.

It was very difficult to no longer have him in room with me and to see him hooked up to so many wires and that first night was very scary but then things started looking better. Because all his tests looked good and there were no signs of infection, they became less worried about it being GBS related. They tentatively diagnosed him with transient tachypnea of the newborn. (Which did end up being his formal diagnosis and basically means he had fluid in the lungs and he needed to be monitored until he was breathing better on his own.) The nurse that we had the first night (whom we loved) was very proactive and since he was doing well after they got him all set up in the NICU, she turned off the oxygen and kept him on forced room air all night. We were all really happy because his oxygen saturation levels were remaining good most of the time without the oxygen. Our first NICU day nurse was a little more cautious and ended up putting T on oxygen the next day because his saturation levels would fall when he was nursing or crying. It was disappointing because it felt like a step back but obviously we wanted to do everything that he needed.

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Our second night in the NICU, we once again had our amazing, proactive nurse back and she managed to not only ease T off the oxygen and put him back on room air but she was also able to take down the amount of air that was being forced through the cannula from three liters to two and eventually even down to one. I can’t say enough good things about the nurse we had those first two nights. She was so compassionate and caring. She helped to make our NICU stay a bearable experience. A NICU stay, even at the best of times, is difficult and exhausting. I had just given birth but there wasn’t really any resting or recuperating. I was back and forth from my room to the NICU every 2-3 hours around the clock, catching an hour or two of sleep when possible. I was exhausted. Nursing the baby, attending to my own recovery, visiting with E when my mom brought her over to visit – it was a lot. I am so thankful that PB was by my side (and losing sleep) every step of the way. We did it together.

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We had a different day time nurse the next day (two days after he was born) and she was probably our second favorite NICU nurse. She was just another compassionate, caring person.. That day was a big one for us. T’s nose cannula came off and they also removed his IV. We were so excited! It was so nice to hold him without all the wires and tubes. The end was in sight – or so we hoped. The doctors wanted to monitor T’s breathing for a while to make sure that he was doing well breathing on his own without any assistance. He was not going to be discharged that day but I was.

Thankfully the hospital I delivered at is amazing and super baby friendly. Even though I was being discharged, they allowed me to stay in my room for another night so that I could continue to breastfeed T every 2-3 hours. We were very worried about me being discharged before T and what we would do to not have that take a toll on our breastfeeding relationship. In the end the hospital completely removed that worry. My midwives, the nurses, and the other hospital staff worked together to get me the latest discharge possible that day and then simply let us stay on in my room on the mother/baby floor until the next day.

T did great that day and through the night. At rounds the next morning, his attending doctor said that she thought he was doing great and he was ready to go home. When she told us that, even though I was expecting it, I almost burst into tears. It was such a relief to know that our baby was healthy and we could take him home.

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While it does seem like I should have written this post much sooner, it also feels somewhat timely as this weekend is the NICU reunion. We plan to go take part in the festivities as a family (Hopefully….  both kids are sick, so we’ll only be taking part in the festivities if they are markedly better.) but we also plan on donating some baby hats that I have knitted and crocheted to the babies of the NICU. While T was in the NICU one of the nurses mentioned that they love getting donations of handmade hats and small blankets to give to the babies that are admitted to the NICU and this is one way we can give back because we received such great care while we were there. This weekend T will be 20 weeks old, so I’ll be donating 20 hats. One hat for each week of life. And, yes, I plan to continue that trend. My ultimate goal is to make and donate one hat for each week of T’s first year of life but more on my NICU hat project later!

Little Man is Four Months Old

4 months! Already! Oh man… Can our sweet little guy really be four months old so soon? Time, as always, is just racing by!

Lately Bubs loves: being held (always!), his swing, looking at our faces, his little monkey toy that he was given for Christmas (the paddles on the ends of each leg are perfect for gumming on), bath time (and peeing during bath time), scratching at and touching everything, looking at the sky and trees while we’re on walks, his pacifiers, and making lots of noise.

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This month was a big one for T. He went on his first long car trip (to New York) and did wonderfully! He slept most of the way there and the way back. I believe I nursed him once during each trip and also had bottles of pumped milk for back up so that we didn’t have to stop a bunch of times if the little guy was extra hungry. It worked out really well! A long trip juggling the needs of two dogs, a toddler, and a baby was daunting but it ended up going so much better than I anticipated. We had a lot of family in New York who had yet to meet T, including two of my aunts and my paternal grandfather, and everyone was delighted by him. He’s already a little charmer and stealer of hearts because he’s such a sweet guy2/6. The trip was probably the biggest first of this month but some of his other firsts included visiting with the Easter bunny (he was all smiles), using the bumbo (he now joins us for dinner each night seated in the bumbo), and crib attempts (we’ve given up halfway through the night both timed we’ve tried to get him to sleep in the crib because he’s been so congested this month that he’s waking a ton while sleeping flat, so he’s been sleeping in his little bouncer chair).

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Speaking of the congestion, it has been over a month that he’s sounded all snuffly and snorty. He’s not acted sick at any point, so I am hoping that as the weather warms and we can turn of the heat that his congestion will clear up.  We’ll continue using saline spray until then to try to get the little guy the relief that he needs. Congestion isn’t the only issue poor T has been dealing with month. He also had a resurgence of cradle cap, a mystery rash all over his torso, and irritation under his chin. We’ve gotten the cradle cap under control besides some residual flakiness. The irritation under his chin was likely due to his extreme drooling habit. Liberal application of Aquaphor and attempts to keep him at least mostly dry have helped with that little issue. Then there was the rash… all over his torso, very red and rough – it wasn’t pretty. The pediatrician examined him and thinks that Bubs just has a serious case of some very dry and sensitive skin. We’ve graduation from lotions to creams in terms of moisturizers for him (with Aquaphor on the particularly bad areas) and we’re hoping that will make a difference for him. The redness is already disappearing and looking better but his skin is still extremely dry and scaly.

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Our big guy is A BIG GUY. 15 lb. 15 oz. and 26.15 inches! He’s not fat (though he has a good amount of baby chub and, of course, cheeks for days), he’s just a solid little dude. And so tall! T is in the 91st percentile for height (and around 65th for weight). Because he’s so tall he’s already in six month clothing (and likely soon to be on to 9 month sleeps and such). It’s kind of crazy! E was 26.25 inches at five months of age but didn’t hit a similar weight (15 lb. 4.5 oz.) until she was eight months old! My goodness, I can’t even being to wonder what he’s going to weight at eight months!

Sleep has been a big rough this month. I’m blaming the congestion. His sleep pattern is all wonky but he usually wakes twice a night (between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m.) lately. I’m hoping that we can get back into a good routine to help him sleep a little better soon. It’s not terrible as it is but it could be a lot better! He’s not nursing a ton when he wakes at night – I’m thinking he’s waking due to the congestion usually, not because he’s hungry. Let’s hope that the congestion clears up soon and the crib transition goes smoothly. Maybe then we’ll start getting longer stretches of sleep.

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T is very handsy lately. Not only is he grabbing at us and his toys but he is pulling his pacifier out of his mouth and using his hands to push his toys (and blankets and anything else) into his mouth. He also sucks on his hands and his fingers all the time. This does not particularly help with the drool situation. Bubs now rubs his eyes with the back of his hands when tired (Hello, adorable.) but also tends to just rub his hands over his head and face a lot in general. This means he is constantly scratching himself with his razor-sharp baby fingernails. That would be bad enough on his own but when combined with his dry skin… well, the poor guy often looks like he was attacked by a wild animal.

This last month with our Bubs has been really fantastic. His squishy newborn phase was cute but he’s just getting more and more fun as he gets more interactive and animated in his expression! T is almost constantly making some kind of noise when he’s awake. He’s such a happy baby – smiling, hooting happily, and screeched and squealing with joy all the time. He’s laughing more and more now, sometimes just because I’m talking to him! I love it! In addition to being a happy baby, he’s also such a sweet baby. He will now grab at and hold my hand whenever I reach to him. He will also reach out to touch or pat my face sometimes. Way too much cuteness. I love watching him interact with E. He babbles to her and smiles and laughs at her. I can’t get enough of that!

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As he gets older, we all love this sweet little man more and more. We love you, Sweet T!

& Three

Not to be outdone by his sister, T turned three months old this past weekend! (Technically he should have turned three months on Feb. 29 but as this wasn’t a leap year I guess he turned three months old sometime between Feb. 28 and March 1.)  A three-year-old daughter and a three-month-old son – I am one lucky mama.

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T is just so fun these days! He’s so interactive right now. He coos and squeals and hoots like a little monkey. We have wonderful “conversations” where neither of us understands at all what the other is saying but the meaning is perfectly clear. He such a happy guy and has big ol’ gummy smiles for everyone. I love his vocalizations and smiles! They brighten up my days. T loves watching daddy and if daddy’s holding him he loves loves loves to rub his face on daddy’s beard. It’s hilarious!  I wouldn’t think that would feel good at all but T is all about it. He itches his face on daddy as if he were a bear and daddy were a tree with this “Oh yeah, that’s the ticket.” look on his face. I can’t help but laugh! Speaking of which, he recently laughed for the very first time but it has only happened once or twice since. I can’t wait for lots of baby giggles! Our guy rarely cries but if he does it is almost always because he’s hungry and he is not being attended to as quickly as he would like. He gets pretty hangry!  (Just like his daddy. ;) Sorry, babe, but you know it’s true!)

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T seems to have found both his hands and his tongue this week. He clutches his hands together (which is just too darn adorable), often sucks on his fist or his fingers, and actually seems to use his hands to push things into his mouth. He has managed to get his pacifier back into his mouth after dropping it this way. Of course all this new hand movement means he sometimes pushes/pulls his blanket up over his face while he’s in his swing or that he tries desperately to eat his bib.  And lately, boy, does he need that bib. He’s constantly blowing spit bubbles and sticking his tongue out. He’s a slobbery mess sometimes. He drools a little bit but it honestly wouldn’t be so bad if he weren’t actively spitting on himself so much!

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T has definitely started taking notice of things more and more. He avidly follows us as we walk about the house (with his eyes and by turning his head) and started to notice and interact with the toys on his activity mat. He reached out and purposefully grabbed daddy’s finger last week, so I think we’re pretty close to the point where he’s really going to start interacting with and enjoying his toys. I also think he’s probably not too far from rolling over!

T’s sleep was a bit messy the past month. He was doing pretty well but then he hit a growth spurt and since his sleep was messed up anyway (and he kept getting his hands out) we decided to ditch the swaddle. Of course right after we did that he started dealing with some stuffiness and was having trouble sleeping due to breathing difficulties from the congestion. It was like the perfect storm of sleep issues. Thankfully I think we’re getting back on the road to normalcy and hopefully his sleep will follow. We’re past the growth spurt and he is doing well without the swaddle. The congestion is clearing up now, so more restful nights should be in our future! He primarily sleeps in his swing during the day. I sometimes try to put him in the pack-n-play napper but he really doesn’t sleep as soundly or as long there as he does in the swing. We hardly ever used the swing with E and she primarily napped in the pnp, so he is pretty much completely the opposite of his sister in this regard. Of course, with E i was able to nurse her to sleep for every nap and with two now that’s just not always possible.

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In addition to dealing with sleep issues, we’ve also had to deal with some skin issues this past month. T has had a decent case of cradle cap around the crown of his head but it also cropped up on his forehead at his hairline and in his eyebrows.  Thankfully Aquaphor and gentle scrubbing during bath time (while he splashes water everywhere) really seem to help. We haven’t fully gotten rid of it but we’re able to keep it at bay for the most part. Most of his baby acne has cleared up nicely but he has had a little bit of dry skin on his cheeks and he tends to scratch himself around the eyes (he rubs his eyes a lot), so some days he really gets all slathered up with Aquaphor.

Our tall boy just continues to grow. He’s currently wearing 3-6 month clothing but I’m pretty sure he’s ready to expand his horizons to 6 month clothing as well. He’s a robust, healthy, little man! He has outgrown most of his newborn cloth diapers but isn’t quite fitting into his one-size diapers, so we’re kind of stuck in that tricky middle ground. I pulled out our flats and covers and I think those with doublers because he is a heavy wetter should get us through. It’s kind of sad to pack away so many articles of clothing that he has barely worn because he’s just growing so quickly but it’s also kind of fun to put him in cute new outfits as well. I have to say it has been fun to have both a girl and a boy to dress up!

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He’s such a sweet, happy baby. We really couldn’t ask for anything more! Big love to our little man!

Three

Three!

My sweet girl is three years old today!  Happy 3rd Birthday, E! My doodle, my hunny-bunny-kins, my doll baby.

3yoEmI don’t even know where to begin…  E is so many things all rolled up into one adorable, curly-haired, little package. She’s the apple of her daddy’s eye, too smart for her own good, incredibly sweet, a copy cat, independent and sassy, and very,very loved. I adore the little person that she is growing into. It has been an utter pleasure to be her mama.

3yoEm3Somehow E has turned into a total girly-girl.  She loves frilly skirts and dresses, tights, the color pink, and anything sparkly. She loves to have her hair up in a pony or a barrette but hates having it combed. Her favorite TV shows are Dinosaur Train and Team Umizoomi. She would do almost anything for a piece of chocolate and has an affinity for stickers. Her favorite foods are: pizza, pasta, cheese, fruit, and yogurt. She;s also starting to kind of adore cupcakes!

E also loves to color, draw, paint, sing, and dance. She’s a creative little girl and just absorbs everything we teach her like a sponge!  She’s doing very well with her colors, numbers, and letters. She is such a little mimic right now and has an incredible memory. She’ll often repeat thing we said or did days ago and is even quite good at linking concepts and ideas together (this all can sometimes combine to be just a little embarrassing at times – for example: the other day in the middle of dinner she announced, “I crapped my pants!” Thankfully, she hadn’t! Okay, okay, I wasn’t that embarrassed… I giggled for a minute straight.). She is always watching, so PB and I have really had to step up our game in monitoring what we say and do!

3yoEm2E often surprises me with her sweetness – laying her hand on my cheek as I’m slumped in a sweaty pile on the floor after a workout and telling me that I’m beautiful, hugging other children when they cry, comforting her brother without prompting, climbing into her daddy’s arms and telling him that she missed him while he was at work. It’s just too much to handle sometimes! She loves her family and friends and is constantly asking people, “Do you want to come to my house?” She’s just such a sweet little thing. But don’t worry, she has her moments where she gets in fights with her little friends over toys, doesn’t want to share, and gets quite angry with us, too.  All part of being a toddler!

E continues to be a fantastic big sister. She loves her baby brother and has named all of her baby dolls after him. She wants him to lay in her crib with her every morning and asks to hold him nearly every day. I don’t think she has ever once acted jealous of T. She’s such a little helper where he is concerned and she dotes on him. We do sometimes have to remind her to be gentle with him or to maybe not stick her fingers in his mouth but really she’s just lovely as a big sister.

I am so proud of the amazing little person she is and I am incredibly grateful that three years ago this little girl came into our lives. They are made richer and more vibrant by her mere existence. She is so very loved. <3

Little Man is Two Months Old

Our sweet, chubby little T is two months old!  Wasn’t I just posting his one month update?  I’m pretty sure I was…  who’s stealing all my time?

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Oh, right… it’s him.  (And his big sister.)  Honestly I wouldn’t have it any other way.  I love spending time with my fantastic little family and have so many projects that I want to work on (around the house and for E’s upcoming birthday – let’s not even talk about the fact that she’s going to be three) that I wish I didn’t have to “waste” time sleeping!

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T has changed so much between one and two months.  He’s so alert and responsive now when he is awake (though he still spends a lot of time sleeping).  He recognizes mama, daddy and E and pretty much always has a happy smile for us.  I absolutely adore when he looks at E and gives her huge grins, melts this mama’s heart.  And PB says his face lights right up when he sees me.  Of course, I don’t hate that!  He truly is a sweet little guy.  In addition to becoming much more expressive, he has also become much more vocal.  He does a lot of cooing and makes many other happy little noises.  I think we’re all loving how much more interactive he has become in this short time.

Currently T loves: blowing spit bubbles, scrubbing his face (whether with his hands or on our shirts), being held, and eating.

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T is a big boy, weighing 12 lb. 13.5 oz. at his doctor appointment on Friday and measuring 24 inches tall.  So tall!  No wonder he’s out growing clothes so fast!  I mentioned in his one month update that he was losing his hair.  He did end up losing most of his hair that he was born with but new hair is growing back in and he now has a healthy little crop of peach fuzz.  What’s funny though is that not all of his hair from birth fell out, so he randomly has some long hairs here and there among the peach fuzz, particularly at the crown of his head.  The hair that is growing back in seems to be the same color as the hair he was born with (dark brown), though might be just a little bit lighter.  His baby acne is looking much better and though his left tear duct is still somewhat clogged it seems to be much better than it was around one month of age.  He’s a handsome little dude!

Some of T’s firsts for this month include: first bottle, first New Years, first snowfall, first time meeting his cousins, and first time out with the double stroller.

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My little sweet T still loves to kick kick kick, particularly when he is happy or angry.  He has also started grabbing and will randomly grab hold of anything that happens to come in contact with his hands.  He has yet to managed to really yank E’s hair but I’m sure the day is coming!  His love affair with the pacifier has started to wane as he has started to discover his hands.  He is sucking on his hands more and more and has even managed to capture his thumb a few times.  It’s pretty cute to see him sucking his thumb.  E was an early thumb sucker too.

T is a good little sleeper and pretty consistently sleeps from around 11 p.m. until 7:30 a.m. with one wake-up sometime between 4 and 5:30 a.m.  I’m pretty happy with that right now!  There has been a night or two where his long stretch of sleep has been as long as seven hours!  He continues to be a champion when it comes to breastfeeding.  The only time he ever gets really fussy is when he wants to eat.  Little guy is a chow hound!

I wish I could adequately put into words what a joy he is in our lives.  Like the wild things, we want to eat him up we love him so!

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We’re doing our best to soak up and make the most of every moment with this little dude.  We all love you so much and we’re so lucky to call you ours!

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