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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Two toofies!

Someone has gotten two teeth over the last week...and he's not happy that mama is making him show them off! 

He also feeds himself, drinks out of a sippy cup, sits up really well by himself and holds his own bottle.  Such a big boy. 

Dear time: I'm gonna need for you to #slowyourrole now, mmmmk?

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Craft: 6 Months (+2 weeks...oops) Old

Wellllllllll it turns out I am an utter failure at completing Craft's monthly posts in a timely manner.  Life is the definition of crazy right now and I knew if I didn't sit down and write this post right now poor Craft would never know what his six-month stats were.  Poor second child!  I'll get right to it because the only thing anyone cares about is the chunker's weight anyway it's been quite a day/week and I'm seriously considering a bubble bath and wine if I can keep my eyes open long enough to run the water!

Weight/Length:  Still keeping it real with the rolls...

Height:  26+1/4 inches/50th percentile (up from 25 inches/50th at his 4-month check-up)
Weight:  20 lbs 5 oz/90th percentile (up from 18 lbs, 11 oz/97th at 4 months)
Head:  17.5 inches/70th percentile (up from 17 inches/75th at 4 months)

Craft really seems to start to be thinning out to me contrary to the above stats and all photo evidence ever.  Again, he doesn't weigh too awfully much more than his big sister did at 6 months (Chunker #1 was 18 lbs/96th percentile).

Waiting to see Dr. V!

Cottage cheese everything

Sleep:  I hope I am not jinxing it by declaring that for the most part we seem to be back in our routine.  That is not to say that there haven't been any crazy nights (like Sunday when he cried out off and on most of the night and it escalated starting at 4am due to a cold that he caught in conjunction with teeth).  I'm sure Craft will throw me a curve ball as soon as I hit the "publish" button, but typically he goes to bed around 8:00pm and sleeps until sometime between 7:00-8:00am.  He goes down for his morning nap at 10:00am and it usually lasts around an hour, sometimes longer.  Second nap typically starts no later than 2pm (sometimes a little earlier) and usually lasts anywhere from 2-3 hours.  If he is feeling cooperative for that second nap and can make it until at least 4pm (but 4:30 is ideal), C typically does okay without a cat nap before bed.  If the afternoon nap is for some reason short, he normally needs a cat nap in the baby carrier.  I asked Dr. V if there was any way I could get Craft to definitely sleep until 8am every day because it would make my life a lot easier in the mornings if I could get all the way ready without having to entertain a baby.  She looked at me and said, "I'll tell you what.  How about you post on Facebook the hours that your 6-month-old child sleeps and ask for advice on extending it…then change your name and get new friends because you won't have any after that."  When I replied that it would be easier on me because Lilly normally sleeps until at least 8am but a lot of times later, she said, "Yeah you should probably put that in the status too."  Point taken.  I know, I warned you it was selfish!  In all seriousness, I do realize that we are very lucky and I am very grateful to have two very good sleepers.

Feeding:  This kid eats more than any child I have ever seen his age, and I am not even saying it to be funny.  Since Craft's 5-month post he has decided that he hates purees.  I can't decide if that makes my life easier or harder.  With the purees, we could make one or two a week and freeze them and then heat them as needed and they'd last for several months.  With more textured solids, not only do I have to plan better but I also have to get creative since C doesn't have any teeth (Any tips or ideas on this from mamas who have little ones that skipped straight to textured foods are welcomed.  So far weelicious and wholesome baby food have been great resources for ideas.).  He is a very good little eater, though.  Craft typically nurses four times a day: when he wakes up, after his first nap, after his second nap, and before bed. We have also added in another solids meal since the 5-month post because he seemed interested every time we ate, so he is now on three solid meals a day in addition to nursing.  Solids happen usually about an hour after he nurses or has a bottle.  I typically give him fruit, yogurt and a carb or protein for breakfast, fruit and veggies for lunch and a fruit, veggie and protein and for dinner. Craft is normally on some variation of this eating schedule during the day:

7:30a: Wake up, nurse
8:30a: Solid Breakfast (ex: cheese eggs, blueberries, yogurt)
10:00a: Morning Nap
12:00p: Nurse or 7oz bottle
1:00p: Solid Lunch (ex: black beans, kiwi, string cheese)
2:00p: Nap
5:00p: Nurse or 7oz bottle
6:00p: Solid Dinner (ex: spaghetti bolognese sauce over noodles, peach, carrot)
7:45p: Nurse, Bed

Dr. V said it was absolutely fine that C prefers textured foods and that it's not abnormal.  She had one piece of advice for us, and that was to make sure that we were giving him healthy things to eat.  She said that the benefit to babies who are on purees for an extended amount of time is that they typically eat healthier than babies who like textured foods early on.  Craft has eaten more foods than I can name, but some of his favorites so far (chopped up REALLY small) have been: peaches, blueberries, oatmeal (the adult kind not the baby kind!), pancakes, waffles, yogurt, kiwi, mango, black beans, pears, carrots, spaghetti bolognese, sweet potatoes, butternut squash, cheese eggs, avocado, tomato.  I need to try some more vegetables but have been experimenting with cooking things so that they're soft enough and the right texture.  I'll report back.

Firsts This Month:  First "real" (read: not pureed) foods.  First time riding a boat on the Baum Family Vacation.  First tooth!  Which actually just broke today so technically it should go in the 7-month update but I thought I'd go ahead and include it because he's really proud of it (see below).  I'm sure there are plenty more "firsts" that I'm missing!

Pretty stoked about his new tooth, which you can't yet see but can definitely feel!
Developments:  Craft has now gotten the hang of sitting up by himself!  Such a big boy.  Someone typically has to be near him (or I make sure there's a pillow behind him) because it's almost like he doesn't realize he's sitting up and will arch his back and fall backwards or reach for his feet and fall forward, but he's actually starting to sit up straight and not hunching over all the time.  He figured out that he can roll from tummy to back, but will only do so on his terms (there have been quite a few times when he's cried out in the middle of the night wanting to be turned over).  He loves to play with his feet and puts everything in his mouth.  Craft is very vocal and loves exploring those vocal cords, and it is the sweetest sound you have ever heard.  He has also started pushing himself up and scooching (there is no other word to describe it) backwards.  I'm sure it's only a matter of time before he crawls, and I'm not ready!

Likes:  Anything that has to do with being outside: swinging, walks and swimming are probably Craft's three favorite pastimes hands down.  Eating.  His big sister - he thinks Lilly is the most hilarious thing to ever exist, and he is constantly watching her, giggling at her with sweet belly laughs and trying to talk to her.  Snuggling (sometimes).  BATH TIME.  Sitting up.  Singing/talking/laughing.  Music/singing/dancing.  Being naked.  Kicking his legs.  Layla.  Door jumper and jumperoo.  Drooling.  Lovey.  Pacifier.

Dislikes:  Craft is the happiest little thing and there is not much that makes him unhappy.  I don't mean to say that he's perfect and absolutely never cries because he definitely has his moments, but for the most part he is always smiling and giggling.  He does not like being cold, being tired, being hungry, or teething.

What I'm Thankful For:  Two healthy, happy, mostly easy babies!  Also nap time and bed time…and wine time.  :-)

What I'm Looking Forward To:  6-month/family pictures with SAP soon!

Next Pediatrician Appointment:  Monday, November 3rd for C's 9-month appointment.  Time, please slow down!

I have so many photos that I love from the past month but honestly don't have the time or energy to go through them tonight, so for now I'll leave you with a few from C's monthly photo shoot conducted by his horrible photographer mama (yours truly).  It's getting harder to take clear pictures - everything is blurry because little man has already started getting into everything he can get his hands on!

This is probably the last blog that I'll write this week because we have a crazy few days coming up, but I hope to be back next week with our vacation recap (lots of fun photos!).  Hope your week has been great.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Lilly Says

When talking to my sister-in-law the other day, Lilly randomly said (in a very matter-of-fact voice), "Aunt Andwea, I have GOT to start using the potty."

Touché, sister. I say that literally every time I change a diaper. 

I'm sure you're all wondering whether we're alive over here. We are!  Life is crazy and we just got back from a week-long vacay with Dan's family where there was no cell service and I couldn't get the internet to work on my computer. First up this week is C's (VERY late) 6-month post, and hopefully I can squeeze in a vacation recap as well. 

Happy Monday!

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

6 Months Old

Just stopping in to wish my sweet, happy baby boy a happy 6-month birthday today!

I am truly in disbelief that 6 months have already passed with this little chunker.  He is such a little ham - for the  most part, always happy and smiling, usually at his big sister.

To the future Craft, if you're reading this: I'm truly sorry that I posed you in your sister's pink chair!  Actually, I'm truly sorry that pretty much everything you play with or sit in is pink, ha.

This little stinker did not take his normal awesome afternoon nap, so I decided not to do his "official" 6-month photos ("official" stat post to follow tomorrow after his doctor appointment) because I was afraid he'd be crabby and uncooperative. Of course he was happy as could be all night long.  He keeps me on my toes, for sure!

Craft: You have brought so much more joy to our lives than I will ever be able to express to you.  You came into our family six short months ago and have been such a bright spot in all of our lives.  Your big sister adores you, and who could blame her?  It's hard not to.  I only wish time would slow down a little because you are growing and changing every day and I have a love/hate relationship with that fact.  I need a "pause" button…and for you to stay little forever, yeah?  I can totally relate to this little girl - watching you grow up by the day makes me want to have a good cry, too.

I can't remember what life was like before you - it's almost as if you were with us all along.  Do me a favor, will you, and always let that sweet face of yours light up when you see me, because it's one of the best feelings in the whole wide world.  Mama loves you to the moon and back, sweet boy.  

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