Wednesday, November 2, 2016

lawson: seven and eight month update

lawson,
i'm sorry, but here we are playing catch up again. i'm pretty sure that i will never be ahead of the game... so with that being said, here's your seven and eight month blog combo ;)health:
you are doing great! you had your first ear infection at 7 months, but you handled it like a champ. i was on the fence about taking you to the ped because you were just acting a little fussy and not eating great- but when you woke up with eye gunk, i called to schedule an appt (because i remembered that happening to carter) and i'm glad that i did! you were about 16.5 lbs at that doctor's appt... though i am sure you are bigger now.
  routine and sleep:
you are ready for bed by 8:00 every night- and have just now started sleeping 11 hours! (mommy's FAVORITE milestone so far!). in the mornings, change you and feed you, and sometimes you snooze for a little longer... but you are usually up for the day about 7 or 7:30.

you are taking two pretty good naps a day...  though the times are not consistent- mainly because we spent a lot of the time in the car dropping off and picking up your brother.

we shoot to put you down around 9:45 for your first nap and then an afternoon one at the same time as your brother- about 2:00. sometimes you get fussy in the evenings and we try to squeeze in another nap, but you don't like to miss anything!
 clothes and diapers:
we have had to move you up to 12 month (!!) sleepers because you are SO long. 9 month separates usually fit, though you can sometimes go even smaller on pants.
and you are wearing size 3 diapers.

diet:
i am still breastfeeding and you take bottles in between that are usually a mix of breastmilk and formula- though you will take formula by itself now. you are not too into the bottle, but you LOVE trying foods! you have been getting two meals a day for a while now- i'll usually mix oatmeal with a fruit and some breastmilk or formula for breakfast and do a veggie for dinner. you are doing great with swallowing and you haven't really turned anything down, but you really seem to like sweet potatoes.

we're trying to do our own version of baby led weaning, so you've also tried a good amount of solid foods- so you've also had noodles, strawberries, watermelon, refried beans and eggs and you had a bite of a peanut butter the other day, thanks to carter sharing his sandwich with you when mommy wasn't looking (no allergies so far! yay!) oh, and a bite of a cookie... because you are SO grabby and want anything that we have!
our favorite baby gear:
you have a blast in the door jumper- and it is amazing how high you go! and we use the bumbo to feed you in several times a day.

milestones and development:
you are over laying down on your back and you've been sitting up for a while now, but sometimes you'd flop over, so we have been using the boppy to put around you to support you a bit. and you can stand up, while holding on to something (or someone) pretty well now, too.

and your top two teeth recently popped through, right around 8 months.
{strolling with your buddy, millie}
likes:
you love to play with your brother! and you like it when daddy comes home from work every day- you like to get the badge that is sewn on his shirt!

dislikes:
you hate being on your stomach.

we are still getting so many comments on your fuzzy hair that sticks straight up like a baby chick. it's my favorite.

you are the sweetest, little love. and the PERFECT addition to our family. we love you!

Thursday, September 15, 2016

THREE.

Carter, 

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

 lawson, 
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 :)
health:
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.

diet:
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!
likes:
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.

dislikes:
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.

lawson,
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!
 health:
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.

diet:
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.
likes:
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!)
dislikes:
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.

  lawson,
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.

health:
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!)
diet:
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.
likes:
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!

dislikes: 
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.

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