Thursday, September 15, 2016



i cannot believe that it has been THREE whole years since you were born, but i am so proud of the big boy that you are becoming! you weigh 32 lbs. (52%) and are 41" tall (98%).
after being by my side for (almost) every day of your life, you started school a couple of weeks ago. we've done pretty well with the adjustment- no tears from either one of us ;) you're only going monday, wednesdays and fridays from 9:00-12:00, and you love it! you have already learned so much and are picking up new phrases from your friends every day- daddy and i laughed when you said "let's go guys!" this past weekend.

you know how to count to about 17, know your abcs, call identify all of your letters and even write a couple. and i just overheard you saying the days of the week today (in somewhat correct order)!
{writing an "H" at school}
potty training has been a struggle around here... it's probably my least favorite thing about parenting so far (right up there with sleepless nights), but you are catching on. i'm convinced that you have complete control and do well when you WANT to- everything has to be on carter's terms. mr independent and strong willed for sure. (pink) starburst and peanut butter m&m's (you call them *blue prize*) are your favorite potty treats.

you had your first ER trip right before your birthday- Dr. B had put you on an antibiotic for pneumonia and after it didn't get better on a friday afternoon, we went to urgent care and they sent us on to the hospital. after a chest xray, breathing treatment and some more prescriptions, they sent us home. you were a trooper and we were able to convince you that the breathing treatment was silly.
you love building with blocks and playing with airplanes, helicopters, trains, cars and trucks. your favorite movie right now is the jungle book {the classic one, not the remake} and you love watching sports with daddy. mickey mouse and nemo are your favorite stuffed animals; they sleep with you every night. you love to read books- "yellow copter" and "goodnight airplanes" are two of your favorites right now. you also love being outside- playing on your slide and riding your tricycle.
 Will is your best bud. you guys have so much fun swimming and playing together. he even helped convince you to sleep in big boy beds at the condo so that you two could share a room!
{with Will at your birthday party}
 you love to "drive mommy's car" and give me a run for my money when i try to wrangle you into your carseat at preschool pick up.
 you are a wild one, jumping from couch to couch, and you love to make people laugh, but you also have a tender heart and sensitive soul. you melt my heart when you say "good morning, mommy" {all six times in the morning} or "i love you" and demand kisses and multiple hugs before bed. you are the BEST big brother; our only fear is that you may squash Lawson trying to give him too much love ;)
i am so glad that you're mine, sweet boy. it is the biggest joy to watch you grow!

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

lawson: five and six month update

I've tried hard to not have the "second child problems" and give you everything that your brother had... but, life has been SO busy and despite my efforts, i have gotten a little behind with your blogs and baby book. (only a month, so I think I'm still doing pretty good... and i'm here to catch us up to date with a combo five and six month post :)
you are doing great! you had your first cold between 5 and 6 months, but it didn't seem to bother you too much. i just hated to hear those pitiful baby coughs and sneezes! you weigh 15 lbs, 5 oz (8%), are 28 1/4 inches long (94%) and your head is 18" around (95%).
routine and sleep:
you go to sleep about the same time that Carter does, around 8:30 or 9. and sleep about 9.5 hours, waking up around 6. For a while you would nurse and then fall back asleep, but now you want to talk and play. you're so happy- even first thing in the morning- and always greet me with a sweet smile!

On Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays you go along with us to take Carter to school and run errands with mommy. You take a morning nap, though the time differs daily... and you often get woken up in the shuffle.

and then my goal every day is to try to get you and carter down for an afternoon nap at the same time for a couple of hours, about 1:30... and you usually take a quick cat nap in the evenings around dinner time.

... so basically, our schedule is kind of hit or miss. but for the most part, you go with the flow and i am thankful for that!
 clothes and diapers:
around 6 months, you went up to 9 months sleepers and rompers for the length, and wear 6 months in 2 piece outfits. and are in size 2 diapers, still.

i am still breastfeeding and after working with the lactation consultant and getting bloodwork done at around 4 months pp we realized that my iron was really low so i started taking a supplement for that. it has helped my energy levels so much, but unfortunately, i have still struggled with my milk supply.

a little after 4 months you decided that you would take a bottle of half breastmilk/half formula, which was SUCH a relief, since it DOUBLED what we were able to give you in a bottle to about 8 oz. i still pump in the middle of the night to get the breastmilk for you to have during the day and sometimes add in a pumping session or two throughout the day when i can.

Right before you turned 6 months, we started trying some foods! we gave you a banana first and let you just try to pick up the pieces and take it to your mouth. next, we mashed up avocado for you, followed by peas and green beans. you are really interested in the food, but still trying to figure out swallowing.
our favorite baby gear:
A friend let me borrow her baby bjorn and it has been a lifesaver. i wear you when we grocery shop or go to carter's activities so that i can use my hands. i also use the boppy daily for nursing in bed, and the humidifier was such a help when you had a cold.

milestones and development:
You had your first two teeth pop through at about 4.5 months old!! SO early. you are grabbing everything and taking it to your mouth. and you are able to stand up when you hold our hands!
aden + anais swaddle blankets are your favorite. you love to sleep with them in your face, just like your big brother did.

you like to pull mommy's hair, especially when nursing, which isn't equally exciting for me.

 and teethers. lots and lots of teethers. and sophie the giraffe really is the best one.

you don't like going out to dinner... hopefully one day we can peacefully eat at restaurants again, without having to play pass-the-baby.

people are always commenting on your fuzzy hair, big blue eyes and two bottom teeth... but, my favorite thing is your scrunched nose and dimple in your right cheek when you smile at me :)

i love you, sweet boy.

Monday, July 18, 2016

lawson- four months.

i'm sorry that you are five and a half months old and i'm just now posting your 4 month update... the months keep slipping up on me- i'll try to do better with the next one!
as of your doctors appt (4.5 months) you were 12 lbs, 15.5 oz (3%) and 26 1/4" long (83%)... Dr. B reassured me that you are doing well, and you're just skinny and tall... he said that we don't have to worry about you getting enough, because if you were hungry you wouldn't be going through growth spurts- and jumping the curve on the height chart. you're hitting all the milestones and doing great!
routine and sleep:
you are now sleeping from about 9:30/10 to 6:30-7:30 each morning.
napping is still a little hit or miss. you like to take little cat naps during the day but have been a little easier to get to fall asleep- maybe because we're wearing you out with lots of outside time! and you're still eating every 2 hours or so.

your bedtime is still around 9:30-10, and you're still sleeping in the rock n play beside mommy's side of the bed... i think you are more and more aware that i am there, and you give me the sweetest smiles in the morning when you wake up. it definitely makes the mornings a little bit easier since you are so happy to see me.
clothes and diapers:
we've moved to mostly 6 month outfits- (except for with gap, 3-6 still works) and we just moved to size 2 diapers.

you're still mostly just nursing, adding in a bottle or two a day of breast milk (about 4-6 oz daily). we've tried formula several times, but you are not a fan and would rather just wait on me to feed you. i'm really wishing that you would take it occasionally (because it would take a little stress off of me) so we will continue to try it here and there and i'll keep pumping to give you what i can in a bottle as well.
our favorite baby gear
i've found that you really like sound machines- either your sleep sheep on the go or the nature music on your swing during naps (which unfortunately only lasts a short time, and i have to keep sneaking back to turn it back on when you stir)

milestones and development:
you are moving (kind of in a circular motion) by kicking your legs and scooting when you're laying on your back on your play mat. you're holding yourself up so well and getting close to being able to sit up with assistance.
we took you to the pool for the first time this month and on your first vacation to myrtle beach- and you seem to really love the water (which is no surprise because you've always liked bath time!)
you don't like tummy time or riding in the car, still. we drove home from myrtle beach at bedtime so that you would sleep, and you did great with that.

you're the sweetest little squish and i am so glad that you're mine!

Sunday, May 22, 2016

lawson: three months.

you have a great pouty lip (pictured above) but you also just started laughing and it is quite possibly my favorite thing in this world! your brother adores you, and it has been so fun seeing your interaction- you love to watch him play.

you are a healthy boy! you weighed 11 lbs, 7.5 oz. and unfortunately have dropped to below the 5% in weight... so, we're trying to get you chunked up. thankfully, your reflux has been controlled with the zantac and other than that, you are perfectly healthy.
routine and sleep:
you are now sleeping from about 9:30 to 6:00 each morning. the mornings are usually spent devoted to getting everyone fed and dressed (its such a process!) and you have been wanting to eat every hour in the mornings- so we have been following the lactation consultants suggestion and supplementing after every other feeding. we've been able to hold off on giving you any formula yet by supplementing with the milk that i've pumped. by doing this, i feed you about every 2-3 hours and give you the bottles in between as needed.

depending on the day, we often have an activity to head out to (carter's gymnastics, MOPS, storytime, carter's music class, or a playdate with friends) in the morningtime. after that, my goal for the day is typically to get you and carter napping at the same time so i can have a few minutes to myself. your naptimes haven't lasted very long- about 15-20 minutes a couple of times a day- you fight naptime hard.

daddy gets home about 5:00 (everyone's favorite time of the day!) and start the bedtime routine around 8:00/8:30... carter goes to bed first, and then daddy helps me get you down- usually around 9:30.
clothes and diapers:
3-6 month sleepers and outfits work best for you right now and you are still in size 1 diapers, though i really think we should move up to size 2 (just trying to get through all the size 1's that we've bought already!)
i've still been able to only give you breastmilk so far, thanks to pumping sessions right before i go to bed (about 10pm) in the middle of the night (about 2:30 am) and sometimes at naptime (if you and your brother cooperate)... but i've got to admit, this is pretty exhausting for mommy so i'm not sure how long we will be able to keep up with it!
our favorite baby gear
you have really liked your playmat lately and aden + anais swaddle blankets. you smile and start grabbing at it when i put one on top of you.

milestones and development:
you started to laugh recently, and daddy has been home EVERY single time to hear it. i think you are a big fan of your daddy, you also "talk" to him the most in the evenings laying on your changing table before bed.
you love to be outside... and you love it when people talk to you and give you attention. you are such a social little baby!

you still hate riding in the car, which may make for an interesting/stressful couple of trips this summer...
you have your momma's heart, little love.

Friday, April 29, 2016

lawson: two months.

what a month it has been- filled with smiles, stress and lots of love!
you are a healthy boy! at 9 weeks, you weighed 10 lbs, 7.5 oz. and are about 23 inches long... you dropped from the 36% at your one month appt to the 6% for weight, so we are now trying to get you to chunk up.

you gave us a big scare last week (@10 weeks old)- you had been napping on my chest, and after you woke up you refused to nurse, made a bad face then started crying really hard... i got daddy to hold and noticed that your color was not good and you were starting to turn blue. you went limp in daddys arms and we noticed then that around your mouth started to turn blue, so he told me to call 911. it all happened SO fast... but thankfully an EMT was here within a couple of minutes (she lives off our road and works at the firestation about 2 miles from our house). you had started to come back around by then and she checked your oxygen levels (94%), but could tell that your color was not normal. i got you to take a bottle and calm down, but it took a little bit for you to look like yourself. in the mean time, 2 more paramedics got here with an ambulance. they listened to your heart but didn't see anything wrong (and your oxygen levels had gotten up to 97%) so, we didn't take you to the hospital but i called the pediatrician at the hospital to get his opinion and we made a follow up appt for the next day.

dr. B said that he believes you had some reflux, which triggered a larynospasm (basically your vocal cords seized up and you couldn't get air to your lungs ( ). he prescribed zantac to treat the reflux and make sure that it doesn't happen again.
routine and sleep:
your schedule has remained somewhat the same- still waking up around 7 and 8 for the day, after waking once a night to eat (usually between 4 and 5)

the mornings are filled with getting everyone fed, dressed and packed up for whatever we have going on that day. you've been wanting to nurse constantly in the mornings so i have been giving you an ounce or two of milk that i pumped through the night so that you are satisfied. the rest of the day, you eat every 2ish hours (with an oz or two of breastmilk given in a bottle as needed)

we start the bedtime routine between 8 and 8:30, and i feed you until you are content and falling asleep. daddy burps, changes and swaddles you before we put you down in the rock n play.
clothes and diapers:
you are wearing mostly 3 month outfits (the kind without feet work best since you're so long!) and sleepers and size 1 diapers.

dr. b wasnt too concerned with the low percentiles since you didn't show any of the warning signs of not getting enough nutrition (not spitting up, good diapers out put, sleeping well, etc) so he said we could just watch it, that maybe you were just going to be a smaller baby. but mommy went to a lactation consultant and found out that i have a low milk supply... you only got 2oz when i fed you there. so, i am currently taking supplements, eating all the milk boosting foods, drinking a ton of water and pumping in between feedings (including in the middle of the night while youre sleeping... that is love, baby boy!) in hopes to increase my supply. i've since gone to see the LC again this week (a week later at 11 weeks) and you got 2.5 oz during this feeding and had gained 5 oz in a week, so we are making improvements!

i've been able to only give you breastmilk so far, since i have some pumped that we can give you when you are not satisfied from nursing alone, but trying to keep you fed is getting exhausting and frustrating at times, so we're just trying to take it day by day and do what works and makes you gain weight!
our favorite baby gear
woombie swaddles- i'm not sure if these are the reason you have slept so well, but it's what we've been using from day one... so we'll still with it ;)
solly baby wrap was great when your head was still floppy, but now that you have some more head control we are liking the ergo for shopping and joining in your brother's activities.

milestones and development:
you are smiling (started about 6 weeks) and making sweet baby noises (started about 7 weeks) now! sooo fun! you have recently started to grab things- like a blanket in your car seat or mommys hair as well.
you still like to be held as much as possible... sleeping on mommys chest, watching your big brother. you have come around to the swing, so you've started napping in it some as well.

you do not enjoy tummy time and you still do not like the carseat... but i think it's getting a little better. at least you don't cry the WHOLE time we're in the car now.
uncle derek, aunt mandy and your cousins (sophia, eli and nora) came to meet you!
we love you, sweet boy!

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