Friday, May 1, 2015

Holden Five Months

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Holden’s last month was full of milestones! It is so funny to see how much different he is than Emmy. I am pretty sure she didn’t roll over from back to front until around 6 months, but little man rolled one night while on his play mat and I thought it was a fluke, but then he did it a few nights later in his swaddle, so we had to do some baby unswaddling boot camp.

Holden still has his startle reflex, so I bought him a zipadee zip, and it works pretty well to give him a full range of motion, but also gives him a little resistance when he startles, so he isn’t awake two seconds later. He actually did pretty well with one arm unswaddled while waiting for the zippy to come in, but for safety’s sake, we moved him to this.  It is not a miracle sleep sack, but he sleeps as well as he did swaddled (which isn’t perfect – ha)! We had some ups and downs in sleep this month – we had a week of sleeping through the night, then another few weeks of waking every few hours, then back to sleeping well and then not. Ha! Luckily, he is super sweet during the day time and will go right back to sleep once he is fed. I would like to break that habit, though.  Mama needs sleep. I will say he sleeps much more soundly when he rolls to his tummy, but has woken the past couple of nights and seems to be mad he is on his stomach. Ha!

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His day time routine is pretty much still eating 6 ounces every threeish hours and napping 3-4 times a day.  We also go through a lot of clothes around these parts because sweet boy spits up constantly!

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Holden had his first Easter this month and got a Georgie Pig (which was quickly confiscated by big sister), some sunglasses, a cute sun hat and some other items that I have since forgotten! (#mommybrain)

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We also had Holden baptized into the Catholic church. He was a perfect angel and smiled and cooed throughout the baptism. Baby boy didn’t make a peep when he got the holy water poured on his head.

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Holden does still love to be outside and big sister is really interacting with him more, which he LOVES. He will give her huge smiles. He also just loves his bath. We can no longer bathe him in his little tub in the sink. He splashes like CRAZY!  I have put his little bath in her big bath and let them bathe together a few times and it cracks me up because she will crawl in too and sit with him. Doesn’t seem to faze him a bit.

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Emmy really is a great big sister and loves to hug him, hold him and help. She is constantly telling me he has spit up (even if he hasn’t) and uses it to her advantage when she needs to go to sleep and then says, “But I just want to give brother a hug.” Ha! When I need her to calm him down, she will go to him and say, “It’s okay, brother” or “What’s wrong?” or come and tell me if he needs me. This was super cute – she got in my bed with him the other day and said, “take a picture of us – we are so cozy.”  I can’t wait to see them interact more.  Seeing them together really is just one big mom cliché.

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Diapers: 3 months

Height: 25 inches

Weight: 15 pounds, 10 ounces

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Monday, April 6, 2015

Emmy Two and a Half

Emmy turned two and a half this week! Her little personality is just developing and she cracks me up. (She is also two and a half and there are the challenges that come with a very vocal and opinionated 2.5 year old ;), but we will focus on the positive here!)

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These past six months we have tried to keep her life as normal as possible with her new baby brother making his debut. We kept her in her crib and did not start potty training or taking away her “momo” (pacifier). I wanted to make sure the transition wasn’t any harder on her than it already was going to be and I am glad we didn’t push anything.

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I just love that Emmy can talk to me now. Her conversations when we eat together are just my favorite.  She says and does some of the funniest things. The child also has the memory of an elephant. She remembers EVERYTHING. Even things from months ago and will randomly bring it up. For example, we were talking about her friend McCord being in the hospital and she said, “Oh, where you get pizza.” (And that is what she remembers about her baby brother being born – that she had pizza at the hospital. Haaaaa!)

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She also has started to mimic everything Tommy and I do. This could be potentially mortifying at some point, but is mostly funny! She has put my mom and mil in the “calming area,” asked if she can make me a turkey wrap, goes “shopping” at Target and LOVES to pretend to put us to bed. She does our whole night time ritual of reading a book, telling a story (hers are hilarious) and putting us to sleep. Her favorite game to play is “monster,” which is basically hide and go seek with lots of yelling when you are found. She hides in the same spots every time and is sometimes in plain view. She also loves to ride the trike that we borrowed from Liam and McCord and go on walks.  She still loves babies and is obsessed with the doll house at Julie’s. It is the first thing she goes to play with when I drop her off. She also loves to drink “copy” with me.

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Her vocabulary is really great and I can understand about 99.5% of what she says.  It cracks me up when she uses big words. They just seem so cute coming out of her mouth!

Emmy’s bedtime is around 8 and she will sleep until between 6:30 and 7:30. 

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Emmy’s favorite show was Bubble Guppies until Tautm had her Peppa Pig 3rd birthday party and now she will watch nothing else!

We are making potty training progress. She can now tell us if she needs to sit on the potty and will go #2.  We aren’t quite there with #1, but I am going to wait until after we go on vacation this summer to really try to potty train her unless she wants to do it herself before then. A road trip and public restrooms with a newly potty trained toddler doesn’t sound that fun.

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We are down to her last pacifier. She has bitten holes in all of her other ones, so I am hoping that we can wean her from it soon. Wishful thinking…probably.

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Emmy is a great eater. Her favorite food is pizza, but she will eat almost all veggies and every fruit. She also loves fruit candy (fruit snacks), ice cream and apple sauce. Those are her go-to sweets.  She loves to go to Chick-fil-a because she wants the apple juice and has taken a liking to Arby’s Roast Beef sandwiches and the cheddar chips. 

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Emmy weighs 28.8 pounds and I am not sure of her height. She is wearing 2t and 3t clothes.

She is such a sweet big sister to her brother and loves to hug him and help. I think she will have so much fun with him when he can really interact with her.  She did have a rough transition a few weeks after his arrival where she threw the most epic fits I have ever experienced.  Also, in the 12 weeks I was off on maternity leave, she came down with two stomach viruses and a heck of a cold. So trying to keep her from touching her brother probably didn’t help with the transition either.  She has always been really great with him…her acting out was more towards me.

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She also has such a wonderful imagination. I love to watch her play. The picture above is the Polar Express (was obsessed!). Today she pushed her friend {imaginary} Jack on the swing. I wish I had the creativity she has! She also LOVES playing with her cousins! All of them! Nothing makes her happier than playing with her sweet friends.

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We just love our sweet and sassy girl!

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Holden 4 Months

My sweet baby boy is already 4 months old! He is still such a sweet, happy baby and is always smiling!  He loves to sit and observe and sometimes you even forget he is there because he is just so quiet.  He loves to walk with me in his Bjorn and see the world, but is content to just lay on his back and look up at his play mat, too.  His whole face lights up if anyone interacts with him and he smiles so big if you pretend to have him kiss your face. He also got a kick out of me doing arm curls with him yesterday.  Ha!

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Holden is still eating about every three hours during the day. He takes a 6 ounce bottle at Julie’s and will go down to bed between 6:30 – 8:30, depending on how the day has gone.  He sleeps the hardest when he has been at Miss Julie’s. You think the toddler in our home would wear him out too. ;)

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This month Holden slept through the night for four nights in a row. And he hasn’t done it again since J. I am blaming this on a four month sleep regression, but mama is TIRED. Last night I was up at 11, 1, 3, 5, and 7:30 just calming him down with pats and putting his paci back in.  I have tried to let him cry for a few minutes to see if he will put himself back to bed and that doesn’t work either. Le sigh. Luckily, I know this is just a phase (ha --- I hope at least)!  We have to use a new swaddle each night because he stretches it so much that he will bust out of it if it isn’t super tight.  I have a feeling getting rid of the swaddle will be fun (written in my sarcasm font).

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He has newly discovered his feet and he hasn’t quite worked them into his mouth yet, but he sure is trying. His other favorite toy to suck on is his fist! I have tried to give him other toys, but his hands seem to be his favorite. He also likes that mesh ball that he can easily grip and bring up to his mouth.

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He is now in size 2 diapers and 3-6 month clothes. I am not sure of his weight, but I would estimate he weighs about 15 or 16 pounds.

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He is also the most spit uppiest baby I have ever seen. We have to put a bib on him almost all the time to contain the spit up (and drool).

Case in point:

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Fun things Holden has done this month:

- A zoo trip (I also had to crack up – I am pretty modest so breastfeeding in public makes me mildly uncomfortable, but I had to on this particular day. It was a Thursday in the middle of the week, so there weren’t that many people there.  I chose a secluded picnic table and wore my cover and all of a sudden out of nowhere, it was like a pack of wolves descended upon me. Allison and Tommy were watching from a distance and were hysterically laughing when a group of, I kid you not, 30 children and their parents decided to have a picnic right.next.to.me. It seriously reminded me of vultures to a carcass. I did find the humor in it as my sister is texting me and Tommy is cackling like a hyena. Ha!)

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- The aquarium

- An Easter egg hunt

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- Krispy Kreme

- His first bath with big sister! She loved “helping.”

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- A Tulsa roughnecks game

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A few new nicknames (and Emmy saying them is just adorable):

- Bubby Boo

- Brother Bear

- Georgie/Georgie Pig (for Peppa’s little brother) – guess what is going to be in his Easter basket? Ha!

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We couldn’t ask for a more special and precious baby boy!

 
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