Monday, March 28, 2016

lawson's newborn pictures.

my sweet friend, angela (the same one who threw me that perfect baby shower) came over and took some precious newborn pictures of my baby.
these first two are my favorite because they show so much personality... my boys neither wanted to sleep for their newborn sessions and made us work for the sleeping baby shots!
baby yawns are seriously the cutest thing, ever.
Carter is NOT into pictures right now, but angela got some sweet ones of him peeking over and checking on baby brother.
those sideburns and froggy legs will be two things i always remember about this little guy's newborn days.

i love this one because carter was trying to share with his brother and put his "choo coo" there for lawson to "play" with.
long and skinny fingers!
i love how his leg is flopped over the side in this one...
to this day {at 7 weeks}, this is still his favorite position: legs up and on his belly.
i love them {and all the others i couldn't fit in this post!} so much that my heart could burst. 

thank you, angela for capturing this sweet and precious time. 
love you, friend.

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

lawson: one month.


lawson, 
it's been a little over a month since you joined our family and time is flying, baby boy. you have earned the nickname "squishy"... because your cheeks are just so kissable, and 
you are the perfect addition to our family!

health:
 the pediatrician says that you are perfect {which we are going to pretend that he doesn't say to EVERY baby}. at 5 weeks, you weigh 9 lbs, 7 oz. and are about 22 1/2 inches long.

routine and sleep:
you and carter both wake up around 7:00-8:00, which tends to be one of the hardest parts of my day because you both need me at the same time and sometimes i have to let one of you cry while i take care of the other. 

i try to get you both up and in a fresh diaper first thing, and if were heading out that morning, i try to get everyone dressed fairly soon after getting up. then i feed you and get carter set up with some milk and breakfast. you typically eat about every 2 hours {give or take a little} during the day. and sleep off and on during the morning with a longer nap in the middle of the day, about 1-3ish- on a good day, yours and big brothers naps overlap and i can either eat, clean, or sneak in some baby snuggles. evenings are the tough times- between the fussy times and cluster feeding, i'm lucky if i can eat my dinner while it's hot.

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.

you are doing awesome sleeping at night! we have been spoiled from the beginning- sleeping 4 hour stretches almost immediately. you average 5- 6 hours a night without waking up, but sometimes go even longer {twice you have even slept 8 hours!!}- which i did NOT think breastfed babies did, ever. so thank you for that.
{newborn pictures by cara at two weeks}
clothes and diapers:
you were a lot bigger than we expected, so unfortunately you never got to wear the newborn clothes that i washed before you were born. 0-3 months fits you best, but you can wear some of the smaller 3month sizes, too! you're wearing newborn diapers for now, but i think we will move up to size 1s soon.
diet:
 i am happy to say that nursing is going better with you than it did with your big brother.  i have been able to exclusively breastfeed you and i've pumped a couple of times for mimi and daddy to give you a bottle. 
our favorite baby gear: 
so far you are not a big fan of the swing. so the bouncer has been our go-to spot for naps during the day; i think you like the vibration. you also like to lay in the boppy newborn lounger during your awake time... and of course, the rock n play is great at bedtime. 

milestones and development:
you recently started turning towards our voices and have started to become more expressive, and though i think your smiles are still resulting from a milk coma or gas, i think we're really close to seeing a real smile. 
likes:
you are a snuggler. you want to be held as much as possible, so we've been getting a lot of use out of our solly baby wrap. i like to wear you if we are doing an activity with your brother so that i have my arms free. you like to be cozy and swaddled, and always keep your froggy legs bunched up underneath you.

you like bath time okay, as long as you are warm enough... and of course, you love to eat ALL the time ;)
dislikes: 
you do not like the carseat or riding in the car at all- i hope this changes soon!!

visitors:
you've had a lot of people excited to come and meet you this past month!
{with your cousins, lauren and katie at 4 weeks}
{snuggles with erin at 3 weeks}
you are the perfect addition to our family, lawson! 
we can't wait to see you grow!

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

my big boy is two and a half!

carter, 
my goodness, you have grown up so much in the past six months! you are such a fun loving little boy, and you have the best personality! your daddy and i are so proud of what a good big brother you have been to lawson {who you lovingly call "baby"}... even though he doesn't do a whole lot now, i promise that he will be a lot more fun soon!
it was hard to get pictures for this post... because you are NOT a fan of the camera right now. 

you are still so tall and skinny- about 32 lbs, and about three feet tall!
you are so smart! you understand everything that we say and can follow directions {and choose too- MOST of the time}. you can count to ten, recognize all of your letters, and most colors: green, red, yellow, pink, orange, purple {my favorite to hear you say!} and blue {"boing" as you call it- you used to say blue, and we think the new name adapted from us saying "blue one"} and we are working on white and brown {which you sometimes confuse with black things, too}
you are my little back seat driver- reminding us when we are driving that "red means stop" and "green means go".

you love thomas the train {choo-choo}... you got this train table for christmas, and i think you have played with it every day since then. 
you are a collector- you always have your hands full of toys {usually bath toys- "memo" (nemo) being the current favorite}, cars or trucks... and since baby brother's arrival, a "boing"- which is what you call the blue paci. and when you can't fit everything in your hands, you often will have something hanging out of your mouth as well.

you love bathtime, being outside, helping daddy with projects, marching around the kitchen island with mimi, jumping {whether we're at rush trampoline park or in the living room just jumping from the couch to the ottoman} and dancing.
you are the perfect mix of tough and tender hearted, my sweet boy. 
i could not love you any more!

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