Saturday, April 12, 2014

Easter | 2014

It's Spring again in Florida-- and everywhere else for that matter. Not that the weather makes any type of grand gesture of kindness like our experiences in the Midwest., but the weather is definitely warming up-- by Florida standards anyway.
On a side note, I could definitely get used to Florida winters. Perfection!

It's almost Easter time. And right now, I'm loving the age difference in our two little munchkins... A year of firsts for Lucas, and for Brynn, a whole new enthusiasm and thrill for each magical holiday.

A little voice just keeps reminding me that this is only the beginning of our adventure as parents with these two babes. The holidays are definitely one of the major perks to that job. With that being said, I couldn't resist grabbing His and Hers bunny ears in the dollar section at Target a few days ago, mostly with this little scene in mind. 











I hope you all have a very happy Easter! We are heading to Indiana for a few days to celebrate Lucas' baptism with our family over Easter weekend. His sweet little romper arrived in the mail yesterday, and I am so excited for him to wear it. :) 

xoxo

Saturday, March 29, 2014

LUCAS | 5 MONTHS

Oh, boy! It's starting to happen... The little boy characteristics are beginning to take shape in his sweet, and utterly determined, personality. I could honestly watch him all day. The pre-crawling is obviously my favorite-- his sheer will to make it happen! He's definitely got it. I wish I had a little bit of that in me-- but alas, I don't. And while I know that he gets that "just do it" attitude from his daddy (along with just about everything else), I love those moments when I can see those things that he gets from me. Sometimes, I have to look very hard, but then I see that huge smile spread across his face, and I know-- that's from Momma. And I'll be darned if the butterflies don't start flying... He is my baby boy, and nothing will ever change that. 5 months or 50 years. It's a forever kinda thing, and I feel so very blessed to take this time every month to evaluate and remember the little things that I'm so grateful for in both of their personalities.



Height & Weight: Last month, he was 16lbs 7.5oz (77th percentile) and 25.75inches (76th percentile). We weren't supposed to go back to the doctor until 6 months, but little man (as well as Brynn and Daddy) picked up some rather yucky bugs during vacation. So, we had to go back in last week for an ear infection and yucky congestion. He had dropped a few ounces, and he has picked up on his nursing again, so we are probably going to try to start solids next week. I think he's been ready for awhile... I can't eat anything in front of him anymore, because he grabs my hand and pulls it right to his mouth! He is so strong too, so it's quite the fight to keep it away from him.

Sleep: He has finally taken to his pacifier and we got him some new blankies (because he loves to soothe himself with his swaddles, and I wanted something small for his crib), so he is doing much better on soothing himself-- instead of thinking he has to nurse himself to sleep. There are some times that he just can't quite get himself there, so I usually give in and let him nurse a little... It makes us both happy, and as long as he's making progress, I don't mind doing it. We've also weaned him from his Miracle Blanket and swaddles, and he's solely using the sleep sacks now... I think he finally realized that he was more free to roll around his crib without the confinements of being swaddled up, so that finally sold him-- and let's Mommy get a lot more sleep now!!

    our little newsboy.


Diet: We are planning to try some solids sometime in the next few weeks. I'm finishing up some research, and then we'll go from there... He has developed so much more quickly than his big sister, and I know he's ready to get going. He reaches for our food (and Brynn's) constantly, and he's sitting up almost completely unsupported. We're there... So, we might as well give it a try!

Clothes: He is still barely squeezing into some 3-6 month clothes, and we're into 6-9 month stuff, as well as 6-12 month. He's growing like a weed! He's in size 3 diapers, which is hopefully where he will stay for at least another month!



Lucas' Likes: His pacifier (never thought I'd say that!) and his aden & anais security blankies; His SISTER-- wow, he loves his sissy!; He's obsessed with going mobile, so anytime he gets where he wants to go, he's pretty darn happy! He really enjoys reaching and grabbing for his toys, mostly because he has mastered a lot of his fine motor skills. And he still loves bath time too. His favorite thing is practicing animal noises-- it's the cutest thing to watch him try to imitate each noise! It usually comes out all the same, but the look on his face shows that he's really trying to distinguish one noise from the next. He is our determined little man in every aspect of the word...

Dislikes: Still not a huge fan of the car seat, but he's made leaps and bounds with his demeanor while traveling in the car... He HATES not being able to crawl. He gets himself so worked up because he can't quite get it. He will get up on all fours and rock back and forth, but when he starts to go forward, it all just falls apart! Bless his heart... I am going to be so happy for him when he finally gets it!

love watching their sibling bond grow...
every time she hears him wake up from his naps over the monitor,
she runs to his room yelling, "I wanna way(lay) wif Wukey! I wanna way wif Wukey!"
I love watching them on the video monitor, giggling and playing in his crib together.
Gah! My favorite.
 


Comparison to Big Sis: Let it be known that this was the age which they have looked the most alike... Wow! Of course, Brynn was still in size-1 diapers and quite a bit smaller then our big guy.

                       Brynn at 5(ish) months.      


What we've learned this month: I've certainly learned that L will always have a surprise for me in his back pocket. Just when I think he couldn't possibly surprise me anymore... He does.

What we're enjoying right now: Watching Lucas master rolling all over the floor, becoming more interactive with all of us-- especially Brynn, and making preparations to officially have a crawling boy in the house in the coming weeks!

Our biggest struggles: Probably a little bit of a sleep regression issue, but we are in a comfortable place right now. Our "routine" pretty much lets him take the lead on what he needs, although I don't let him stay awake for more than an hour and a half. That seems to be his magic time limit before he becomes too overtired.

L's most exciting milestones: Rolling back to belly & belly to back, pushing up on all fours & rocking back and forth, grabbing and pulling toys to his mouth very easily, and chewing on everything!

What we're looking forward to: Crawling! I keep thinking I'm going to look up and watch him do it sometime soon... I'm definitely not pushing him, just encouraging with words (since he becomes so frustrated). I'm excited for him to crawl over to us when he needs us, and for him start exploring. I still can't believe that we are almost there...


Happy 5 Months, sweet boy! 
We love you so much.

Friday, February 28, 2014

Lucas | 4 Months

Here we are again... This boy is 4 months-old.
Can someone hook me up with a Pause button, please? Or at least a Slow-Mo button...



This momma was grossly mistaken when I was under the impression that I would have plenty of time to enjoy L's infancy. I swear that must have been a side effect from "pregnancy brain." Where has the time gone? We've been on hyper-drive for the past 4 months, and the next 6 months are going to go by even more quickly... L isn't helping matters with his "over-achiever" list of milestones that he seems determined to conquer before he hits the appropriate age. Rolling over at barely 3 months? Check. Sitting Up? Almost there. Scooting himself all over the room like a chubby little inch-worm? Check. This boy is more determined to go mobile than any baby I've ever seen... Brynn took her sweet time with everything (she gets the procrastination gene from Mommy). But not our mini-Daddy. He is already showing us (especially Mommy) the strong nature of his perfectionist personality. For example, I've already learned that when he's trying to conquer something new, he gets so upset if he can't get it the very first time! Watching him become so frustrated always activates the "mommy rescue" DNA in my brain, but I don't dare run over and "rescue" this boy... I've made that mistake once or twice. He goes completely nuclear if I intervene in any way. Until he is satisfied with his accomplishment, he wishes to be left alone to climb his own mountains. This makes me think ahead to his adolescent years... baseball, basketball, football. Whatever he is "into". The mommy in me will always be overly prideful of my baby boy. I imagine asking him, "0Do you want me to help you do (whatever task is currently perplexing him)?", and getting a firm and confident, "No thanks, Mom. I can do it."

Only time will tell, but I am certainly enjoying this fast and furious time getting to know my little man... He is quite the momma's boy, or so his daddy keeps telling me. It's so true what they say about little boys and their mommy. I know we already have such a special bond, and it gives me butterflies to imagine what that will grow to become.

 ummmm... hello, mini-daddy face! love, love, LOVE.

Height & Weight: I think it's fairly obvious that L is well-fed. I will update with stats after his appointment on the 7th. I'm guessing 70th percentiles again.

Sleep: Our snoozy man has definitely been having some sleep regression issues as of late. And, yes, we can probably chalk that up to the fact that Mommy was a little too lenient with the whole "nurse me to sleep" habit that he developed. What can I say? I'm a sucker for those big, beautiful baby eyes (see above photo for further explanation)... That, and this boy has quite the temper when he doesn't get his way. Honestly, he has always been partial to the breast, and he has always refused his pacifier, so it was just a matter of time before things got a little out of hand. I tried to gradually wean him from this habit by switching him over to the pacifier (or find a different soother), but he always knew that if he pushed me far enough-- and went into nuclear mode-- that I would eventually give in to him... Well, that obviously didn't work. So, I decided to just go for it. Cold turkey. And after two very difficult naps, I finally got him to stick with the pacifier. Hallelujah. I think I should probably mention that I've tried to run out to the store twice at bedtime, and received phone calls both times where I could barely hear the hubby because of the screaming child in the background. He wanted to be nursed to sleep, and his daddy obviously can't do that for him. This is why we decided it was time to redirect this habit... and this is where we have discovered his newly acquired temper.
Also on the list of things to accomplish is napping in his car seat... as well as just riding in his car seat. Peacefully (although I would settle for semi-peacefully). Without going completely bonkers and obstructing his airway. And when I say "obstructing his airway" -- that is the RT in me that goes completely insane because he is not ventilating himself... Like, at all. Then comes the part where I have to unbuckle and rip him out of the car seat straps (if we haven't pulled over in time) to open his airway and calm him down enough to keep it open. Oh yeah... It's some fabulous stuff.We are gradually making progress with this. I'm trying to expose him to his car seat as much as possible. He has always had plenty of toys, and I've even tried the iPad (since he is all about Mickey Mouse when Big Sis watches it)... Of course, when the tunnel vision sets in, that is all irrelevant. Ugggh. We WILL figure this out... Preferably, before we make the 6 hour trip to Destin on the 21st. That would be like Christmas morning for Mommy.

rolls, on rolls, on rolls...


Diet: L loooooooves to nurse. We try to give him a bottle every night, and he usually takes between 7 and 10 ounces before he's finally stocked up enough to go to sleep... He has started sleeping 8-10 hours on most nights, which has been fabulous considering I don't usually go to sleep until 11:30pm so that I can pump and be comfortable through the night.

Clothes: He is barely fitting into his 3-6 month clothes anymore, and just starting to fit into his 6-9 month stuff. We were in his 3-6 month stuff for almost an entire month. Ha!


 100% gigglebox.

 the eye rub. and mommy is putty in his hands.

Lucas' Likes: Rolling over. Swaddles. Toys. Bath time. His Sissy. Watching Brynn dance. Dancing with Brynn (when she's not trying to pull his arms off). The bathroom mirror. Watching Oz dog.

Dislikes: The car seat.... and not being swaddled when he goes to sleep. That's pretty much it.



Comparison to Big Sis:
Let's just put it this way-- I noted in B's 4 month post that she was barely fitting into her 3-6 month clothes around this time... and Lucas is already into his 6-9 month clothes!
  

Let's play a little game called, "Who do I look like?"...
Honestly, he looks like a pretty good mix, but I see a little more of Daddy. :)


What we've learned this month: That the L-Man has a little bit of a temper-- which is certainly no surprise for anyone who knows what his gene pool comes from. ;) Splash, splash. And watching my babies together is so completely fulfilling. I absolutely adore watching their sweet, innocent, and completely honest sibling love grow... Brynn is an excellent Big Sis. She's always excited to be around him, and to share toys. It's the sweetest thing! I'll admit that I had my doubts in the beginning, being that she was an only child for 3 full years, but she has embraced him even more unconditionally than I ever imagined.

What we're enjoying right now: I'm enjoying this pre-mobility stage while it lasts. I doubt I'll have very much longer before a massive babyproofing operation is in order.

Our biggest struggles: The car seat... Ooooh, the car seat.

L's most exciting milestones: Rolling over, scooting, and finding new ways to make him laugh and giggle. He is just growing so quickly... It's insane!

What we're looking forward to: I can't decide if I'm really ready for the crawling and exploring stage just yet... I know I will love it when it gets here, but I just want him to stay little just a while longer. Preferably, a looooong while.


happy 4 months, sweet L

Thursday, February 13, 2014

We mustache you a question...


Yes, as cliche as it might sound... We mustache you a question.



 
WILL YOU BE OUR VALENTINE?





soooo, painting a mustache on a 3 month-old definitely wasn't an easy task.
when he wasn't trying to eat the brush, he was pretty much in constant motion... it took a few tries. ;)



pucker up!




happy valentine's day
xoxo

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Lucas | 3 Months


I still cannot wrap my head around the fact that it's been 3 months since our guy was born... I feel like we're traveling at warp speed these days! Yet, it's so great to be able to enjoy every moment possible of this stage with both of our babies. Brynn is growing up just as quickly, and I'm definitely cherishing all of the time I get to spend with them, both separately and together.

Although, I am officially a licensed respiratory therapist in the state of Florida - as of last week - there are definitely parts of me that don't know how I would leave this stay-at-home gig. I always tell people, when they might ask, that staying at home is about a million times harder than what I was doing before I became a mom. Which was, literally, running around a hospital on most nights. Tip-toeing around tiny babies on any and every kind of life support imaginable - ECMO, PRISMA, etc, etc, etc. Chest compressions and intubations galore... Now, if that isn't a high-stress job, I don't know what is! But I will tell you that the job I do now is ten times more difficult to stay on top of the game, and minus all of the glory - or at least the feelings of success. Most days, the laundry doesn't get finished. I am still in my pajamas or lounge wear, minus makeup, covered in spit up, helping Brynn overcome this regression issue, making not-so-gourmet meals that consist mostly of peanut butter sandwiches with a side of raisins, trying to take on at-home preschool while nursing the baby, and begging for a potty break! It's pure insanity, but I love every minute of it... It challenges me in ways that I never thought possible, but also in ways that are very fulfilling.

I honestly just want to bottle up every ounce of this stage and store it away so that I can drink it all up again in about 5 years... When both of my babies are in school, and I am most likely back to work. I will certainly miss these days.

... and this sweet little 3 month-old face! GAH!

 *special note to family: If you would like any of these in print, please let me know which photo and what size print. I will ship them as soon as I get your requests and have them printed. thanks!

Height & Weight: L won't have another well-baby visit until his 4th month, so we don't really have "official" stats. But I think it's safe to say that he's eating well...
 I mean, look at these little chunkers!


Sleep: This little stinker is a great sleeper. He is quite adamant about his bedtime being between 7:00 and 7:30pm. If we don't have his bath fired up and ready to go by then, he is not afraid to voice his disappointment. He does not tolerate "stalling" techniques either... He sees right through them, and finds them entirely unnecessary. Yep, he's definitely an early-to-bed kinda guy... And who could blame him? Once he gets in his last nursing session before bed, he is usually OUT until 4:00am. Then, he will nurse just enough, and pass out again until about 7:30-8am. Very rarely does he wake for more than one feeding at night. This has been going on for well over a month, so we consider ourselves very, very lucky... 

Diet: Still nursing like a champ. It is his only soother too, not matter how much I try to push the paci or bounce him, or sling him. He is very persistent about nursing himself to sleep. Most days, I don't have the time to fight the good fight, so he gets his way... It's a battle that we are trying to find a strategy to fight right now. Any suggestions would be helpful.


Clothes: I feel like we just started putting the 3-6 month clothes on him last week, and he's already running out of room in them! We are flying back to Indiana in April for his baptism (more specifically, after Mass on Easter Sunday- so that all of our family can be there), and I'm a nervous wreck trying to prepare an outfit for him to wear... He's just growing too fast!!

Lucas' Likes: He's a big fan of bath time. He still enjoys being swaddled while he's sleeping. He adores his Daddy. When we call Allen on speaker phone, L always recognizes his voice, and his reaction is pretty much the sweetest thing you can imagine... I know it sounds crazy, but he also loves to Skype and Facetime. He was talking up a storm to Grammy and Pawpaw the other night! Lastly, he is pretty much obsessed with his sister. He loves to watch her, and is usually the rather captured audience during all of her ballet performances.

Dislikes: This guy HATES his car seat. Like, screaming so hard that he starts "croakin' " - as his big sister so delicately puts it. "He's croakin', Mommy! He's croakin'!!"  (which gives Mommy a mild heart attack)... We have found it necessary to buckle him in and "swing" him to sleep in it before we even leave the house. Otherwise, it isn't pretty. He's also still not a fan of his pacifier. As stated earlier, I have been trying to push it pretty hard in the last month, and he wants nothing to do with it. He does suck on his thumb/fist occasionally, but he refuses the paci almost always.

 



Comparison to Big Sis:
 
Brynn at 3 months. I don't really have stats for her, so we'll just have to compare photos.

I think someone is going to end up with daddy's hazel beauties...

What we've learned this month: We've learned that traveling for more than 20 minutes in the car is no bueno for Lucas. We've also learned that family activities take some pretty extensive and strategic planning... Flying to Indiana in April should be very interesting.

What we're enjoying right now: Oh, the giggles and the grins. He is such a happy and laid back guy. He is constantly reminding me of his daddy in a new way. I love that about him.

Our biggest struggles: Getting used to the car seat, finding a alternative-soother for sleeping besides nursing, and planning for activities and trips with a rambunctious 3 year-old and a 3 month-old. Also, teaching Brynn to use her "inside" or "quiet" voices in the house during naps... I don't know what it is about 3 year-olds, but pretty much everything she says comes close to the decibel range of a dog whistle. I say close because we all still manage to hear it.

L's most exciting milestones: Talking and communicating with us. He is expressing his likes and dislikes in very obvious ways, and he loves to just chatter and smile.

What we're looking forward to: Pretty much everything... We're excited to travel back to Indiana in April, and introduce him to our family and friends there. I'm excited to watch him become more expressive, and to watch his sweet relationship with Brynn develop.


As I did with Brynn, I am keeping the tradition of "videos" every 3 months.

Happy 3 Months, Lucas! 
We love you so very much. You are the miracle that we never knew to ask for. You are our little surprise that we couldn't imagine a day without. It is such a blessing to watch you grow, sweet boy...

 
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