I took these pictures yesterday with the intentions of posting a Wordless Wednesday, but (per usual) Wednesday has come and gone without so much as a moment to spare. So,, Thoughtless Thursday instead?? Here’s how E, A & I spent our day!
We woke up around 8a to 8 inches of fresh snow! We are becoming pretty numb to snow days this winter.
The morning hours were full of bright eyes and smiles! Still not sure where those baby blues came from.
View of the snowy window sill from our kitchen nook. Also a peek at our new window treatments which were installed Tuesday!!
Pretty Miss Allie in her favorite spot!
Her room with a (snowy) view.
A little ExerSaucer time!
Time for breakfast: avocados! This is where the fussiness began,, perhaps instigated by my incessant picture taking.
Let’s play with some toys. AKA, let’s drop every. single. one. on. the. floor.
After multiple attempts to lay E down (peacefully) in his crib for a (much needed) morning nap, Mama finally gave up and laid him down awake so she could shower. Ever tried to enjoy a shower listening to a crying baby? Not possible.
Up and attem after 15 minutes of “rest.” After a quick change, down to the basement we went for playtime.
It didn’t take long before the bib went on. I live with King Spit Up. It’s the only way to salvage his clean clothes.
Head tilting for days.
The next breakdown didn’t take long. Back upstairs we went. Drooling, fussiness, and tears followed. I hate these sad eyes
Allie is such a sweet girl. So patient. Here she is waiting for her treat after I was finally able to let her outside.
Her new treat eating spot is at the top of the stairs. Just far enough away, but close enough to keep watch.
I helped myself to a treat too. A healthy one.
After some soothing, we made our way back downstairs where we watched some Grey’s Anatomy and attempted to play some more. This reaching gesture pretty much sums up the day. I couldn’t be out of sight for more than a few seconds before he’d lose it.
There were a few sweet moments between brother and sister,,
And a limited amount of tummy time (I tried to get him to scoot towards the mini tape measure (cause that’s a safe baby toy!), but no dice).
And that’s where the pics stopped. The rest of the day was a big blur, but I think there was one very short nap, followed by a sweet potato/ pear dinner, a screaming bath, and more sassiness before bedtime around 9p. He had two doses of Tylenol too because I’m pretty convinced there are some chompers making their way out from under the gums. Who knows though,, I’ve definitely thought that before! We’ll just keep those teething biscuits coming.
So, not such a fun day overall. And definitely not one I had anticipated either. E certainly tested my patience, which was unfortunately lost multiple times. But thankfully our day is going MUCH better today! Ah, the life of a SAHM. Never predictable
Have a happy Thursday!!
I can’t think of anything that rhymes with six, but as of this week, that’s how old you are! In months of course.
Oh my, where to begin. First, I have to say that this has been probably my favorite month so far. For so many reasons. You’re not only growing like a cute little weed, you’re becoming a true little man. Interacting more. Eating big boy foods. It’s so much fun to watch. We’ve moved into our new home. You’ve started a couple new classes (swimming and Gymboree). And you continue to make us smile and laugh with your squeals. To say we love you to pieces is an understatement.
In order to keep track of all your milestones, I usually jot them down in my iPhone so my mommy brain doesn’t forget a single one. This month I’m going to copy that list for you and your family/friends to read just as I’ve written.
Rolled from back to belly in crib, 12/24/13.
Moved to new house, 12/28/13.
Constipation from oatmeal.
Happy New Year!
Pinching and pulling – ow.
First blizzard, 1/5/14 – almost a foot of snow!
Homemade sweet potatoes, 1/8/14.
Play date with Dominic.
First time in the BOB sitting like a big boy! 1/10/14.
Gymboree Play & Learn! 1/13/14.
Avocado, 1/13/14 (not a huge fan).
6 month check up – cries.
New bouncer from Gigi & Grandpa.
Now let’s elaborate!
You’re still sleeping very well. Especially at night. And especially since you’ve started eating real foods. There was a little stretch earlier this month where you would wake me up in the middle of the night to eat, but that seemed to stop once we filled your belly better a bit better. Now before bed, you eat dinner, take a bath, and nurse. Of course, we put you to sleep lying on your back, but nowadays you are rolling every which way in that crib of yours. In fact, it’s pretty typical to find you 180 degrees from where we laid you down the night before. Mommy and Daddy are both tummy sleepers, so no surprise it’s your position of choice too! Your still not a huge napper (besides on me or Daddy), and sleep training has kind of fallen by the wayside since we moved. So we take what we can get at this point! It’s more important to get a good night’s sleep than to nap anyway.
I mentioned food, so let’s talk about that next! We started feeding you oatmeal back in early December (around 4 1/2 months), and you did awesome. So after a few weeks, we decided to trial some other foods, starting with pears and prunes. Your doctor told us that it was important to stick with one new food at a time just in case there’s any adverse reaction. But thankfully so far, you’ve tolerated everything you’ve eaten! Having said that, you have had some pee double-o pee changes (due to oatmeal and avocado) which have caused a bit of discomfort. But with the exception of some uber red faces and embarrassing grunts in the middle of Target, your system is functioning just fine. Currently you’re eating twice a day: once in the morning about an hour after you get up, and once at night around 6p. I think we will start feeding you lunch soon, seeing as how you stare everyone down when they’re eating in front of you You’re still breastfeeding, and Mommy still isn’t sure when she’ll start weaning you from that. So continue we will!
Another thing that has made a comeback recently is your spit up. Bleh!! I now understand why Mommies put bibs on their babies all day long. You are now one of those kids. One day last week we changed your outfit FIVE TIMES due to an attack of the prunes (which you had eaten at breakfast). Mommy hopes this is just a quick phase because it’s icky and the water bill is surely high this month.
We moved into your new house just over 3 weeks ago and you’ve adjusted quite well! We didn’t think you’d have any issues since you’re still so young, but there was always a question. Since we now live in a subdivision, we can load you up in your stroller and head out for a walk/ run so much easier! In fact, we’ve gone for quite a few walks so far and will go for many more once the temperature decides to go above freezing. We’ve also had a few playdates with your friends, Dominic, Luke, Jacob, Izzy & Laney, who live nice and close now! I’m sure there will be many more where that came from. You’ve transitioned perfectly to your new surroundings, which makes for a very happy household.
Let’s see,, you’re still going strong with cloth diapering. And Mommy has finally come to love them! I think you love them too – microfiber tush FTW! Your temperament is very chill for the most part but you seem to be the happiest when you’re in Mommy or Daddy’s arms. In fact, you’re even starting to reach for me when you’re being held by someone else. Often times I have to hide so you don’t see me! Spoiled boy. You are also starting to get some stranger anxiety. It seems like if people approach you calmly, you’re more likely to accept them faster. The ‘in your face’ approach definitely doesn’t work with ya. Grandpa learned the hard way with that Mommy hopes that with all your new classes you become a little more socialized and less afraid.
Six Month Stats: Weight – 15 lbs 10 oz (22%). Height – 26.5 inches (59%). Head circumference – 16.75 in (22%). Still fitting into 6 month clothes when you have on a disposable dipe, but that big crotch typically gets you to the next size up!
Milestones Achieved: To summarize those mentioned in the list above,,
- Rolling from side to side with the greatest of ease.
- Tummy sleeping.
- Swimming. You went under water for the first time yesterday!
- Talking tons (aka squealing!).
- And as of your 6 month birthday, you are officially sitting up on your own!!!!
Things You Like:
- Sophie – your first true love.
- ExerSaucer (aka the circle of neglect)
- When Mommy says, “HELLO, BABY!!” or sings you any sort of song that she’s made up.
- Mirrors. I’d love them too if I were as cute as you!!
- Your Sassy jumper (thanks Gigi!)
- Post-bath tummy time. [Note: I have incriminating pictures I'd love to show, but for the sake of your future reputation, I'll keep them under lock and key ;)]
- Chunky sweaters & hamming for the camera.
- Food! Esp Mommy’s homemade stuff!
- Water Babies!
- Morning naps in Mommy & Daddy’s bed.
Things You Don’t Like:
- Your carseat. A modern day torture device!
- Pooping. It used to be SO easy, didn’t it buddy? Darn you, solid foods. Thank goodness for prunes and pear juice.
- Lately, bath time hasn’t been your favorite. Probably a phase.
Places We’ve Been This Month: Besides your classes, which are all local, we haven’t taken any out of town trips this month! Weather permitting we will do more traveling next month.
Exciting Upcoming Events: Nothing to speak of at this time!
Things Mommy is looking forward to:
- Her first official post-baby 5k on 2/8/14!
- Half marathon training! Mommy is ready to start running with her #perfectstrangers again. You seem to concur.
My sweet E, how I love love love you. Thank you for allowing me to be a part of your precious, fast-moving, incredible life. You truly are my sunshine when skies are grey. Here’s to many more monthly updates!!
Wow, long time no blog! Merry Christmas, Happy New Year, etc etc!! I’ve been wanting to write this post for SO long now. But finding the time to do so has been a serious challenge with all that’s been going on. I even started writing over 10 days ago and am just now getting around to publishing it. Therefore, settle in! There is SO much I need to catch ya’ll up on!
My last post was Emery’s 5 month update, which was on 12/21 (eek, again – sorry!). A few days after that, we celebrated his first Christmas! Since my hubby was on call on Christmas Eve, we decided early on that we weren’t going to do any traveling this year. And I’m so glad we didn’t, because he worked until almost 10p that night. Any attempt at driving would’ve been a tiring mess.E is still a little too young to understand what Christmas is all about, so we kind of had a free pass to be a little lazy [probably for the last time]. We woke up casually as a family, enjoyed some monkey bread and coffee, and watched Emery “open” a few presents by the fire. The hubs and I decided to forego gifts this year as our big gift to each other would be our new home (which we would move into a few days later!)!
E took advantage of the lazy morning and snuggled up with Daddy for his morning nap.
Grandma and Grandpa C arrived late morning, followed by Aunt Heather, and cousins Landon, Brendon, Jadon and Max. We all enjoyed a nice lunch together prepared by Grandma and later opened more gifts. E got a TON of new clothes as well as a bunch of fun toys, all unwrapped by yours truly
During some downtime, I started preparing dinner: my first roast [beast!] and cheesy potatoes. Just as the food finished cooking, our next set of visitors arrived. Grandpa, Gigi and Griffin pulled in around 7p with hugs, kisses, and a car full of more goodies. Apparently no one got the memo that we were moving in a couple days After dinner (which turned out great!), we put the babe down, opened more gifts, and watched Christmas Vacation. It was a wonderful day and a memorable first Christmas for Emery!
The next two days were spent packing up the house with [massive] help from my family. I’d had movers & packers scheduled for weeks at this point, which to me apparently meant that I had to do absolutely nothing to prepare. Wrong. In hindsight, I SO wish I had spent more time sorting, organizing, and packing myself. Not to mention getting rid of so much stuff that had been in a box since the last time we moved. That way when I unpacked, things would be in better order. Instead I spent most of Thursday and Friday trying frantically to get stuff together before the packers arrived. Kind of like when you clean before the cleaning lady comes? Yeah like that. Well, we made a little progress, but realized what real progress was once the movers arrived Friday morning. Those guys meant business. Granted they just went room by room and threw everything in boxes. But still. They worked furiously from 9-2, after which our house looked something like this.
Someone wasn’t much help,,,
After our last night in our “empty” house, we woke bright and early. Movers arrived at 8a to load up their huge truck. Mom (Emery) and I spent the last few hours cleaning up our mess and snapping pics.
It couldn’t have been a more beautiful day to move!
Just before noon, we loaded the rest of our stuff and got on the road. I assumed I would be incredibly emotional leaving this home. After all, it was our first place in Indiana. The place we brought our first baby home to. The town I ran hundreds of miles around. And a house with the most beautiful 2.5 acre yard you could imagine. But incredibly enough, I didn’t even shed a tear. I know, I even surprised myself. I think the anticipation of getting into our new home, the place we have put our blood, sweat and tears into over the past year and a half, was too exciting to let any sadness creep in. So we exchanged those tears for smiles! Here’s to the future!!
Both of our families stayed in town for a number of days after our move, helping us unpack and organize our new home. They were extremely helpful, especially when it came to watching Emery while I unpacked a few boxes or ran a load of laundry. It’s a miracle what you can accomplish with two free hands! We left the house very little those first few days in attempts to get as situated as possible. And situated we got! Our agenda was to empty as many boxes as possible so we’re forced to put things in their place. It worked!
I promise I’ll post more pictures of the house once things are better organized. It’s still mostly messy and unfurnished, so please be patient! For now, here’s a sneak peek of our kitchen.
New Years Eve was spent at home. We debated going to our addition’s clubhouse for their annual party, but opted to hang out in our new place with our boy in our jams. It was quite nice. And I’m pretty sure we didn’t even make it to midnight. Oops NYE is overrated anyway, right Mom?
Since the new year, it’s been a blur. We had a huge snowstorm (~ 14 inches) the weekend after we moved (told ya we picked a good day!) and were housebound for a number of days due to bad roads and sub-zero temperatures. Even the hubs had a few unanticipated days off of work! Luckily I’m not that susceptible to cabin fever and handled things pretty well. Lots of things inside to keep busy with. Plus, at least it was beautiful from the inside out.
The hubs has since returned to work while E and I have tried to establish some sort of a routine at our new place. He and I started swim classes and Gymboree Play N Learn a few weeks ago. He’s been rockin’ and rollin’ with his solids. We’ve taken a few nice walks with Allie in our new subdivision. And of course, he continues to grow. Too fast in my opinion. His latest development: rolling across the floor with a liiiiittle bit of scooting! He’ll be on the move before you know it.
It took Allie a little time to adjust to her new home. She’s been very clingy, not wanting to go much further than the garage. I’m pretty sure she’s worried we’re going to leave her here. But over the last few weeks she’s adjusted well. Daddy drops her off at her old doggie day care a few times a week, which she loves. And the above-mentioned walks have been good for her. She’ll be just fine. It’s just been an adjustment for all of us!
So that’s what’s been happening as of late! It’s so nice to finally be home. It’s been a long time coming. I’ll have Emery’s 6 month update for ya’ll this week (omg, seriously?). Happy Sunday
Sakes alive, you’ve reached five!!
This past month we’ve had so much fun watching you grow. Everyday your daddy comes home he asks you, “Have you grown today?” to which you usually give him your famous goofy smile. Besides your physical growth, you also seem to be outgrowing other things, clothes and activities included. I have to tell you something though,, as much as I LOVE watching you grow, I now understand what other mommies mean when they say they wish they could stop time. These are truly some of my favorite times and though there will be even better adventures to come, I will miss you at this age.
After Thanksgiving, a lot of this past month for us was spent in lazy mode, which I mostly blame on the winter weather [you should know that Mommy doesn't really enjoy driving when the roads are yucky]. Indiana has received quite a bit of snow so far and there have been some really cold days. We have taken short road trips here and there, but we’ve mostly stayed home. Unfortunately since you’re still pretty little, you probably won’t get much playtime in the snow this year. Never say never though. Maybe we’ll get you out there in a month or so once we hook you up with a sweet snowsuit
Speaking of winter, your first Christmas is next week! Yay! However,, I must make a confession. Since we are moving so soon after Christmas (the 28th!), Mommy hasn’t put up ANY decorations this year. No tree. No lights. Nothing. And she feels like a scrooge because of it. But the good news is, she usually loves decorating the house for the holidays. Trees, lights, stockings, baking Christmas cookies, the whole to-do. So even though this year was a miss, she can’t wait to decorate with you in the years to come. Hopefully you’ll love it and it can be our little thing. So, I’m sorry that things aren’t as shiny and cheerful in the house this year. I promise I’ll make it up to you with lots of kisses and snuggles. And those mean more than any stinkin’ tree anyway, right?
Now some baby updates. You’ve always been and continue to be a good little sleeper. Your crib naps are improving too [thank goodness] !! Mommy has been working on some sleep training with you during the day and it’s definitely helped us get a better routine down. Once I see that you’re getting tired (usually 2 hours after you wake up in the morning and every 3 hours after that), I read you a book, sing you a few songs (You are my Sunshine & Goodnight Emery), rock you briefly then put you down in your crib while you are drowsy. I always cover you with a light blanket and turn on your fan + sleep sheep for white noise. Your paci is usually in place too. Your nap success is best in the morning, sometimes giving me a whole two hours of free time, though this isn’t always the case. Your afternoon naps are typically shorter, sometimes less than 30 minutes. And there have been times when you start dozing around 5 or 6p! No way, Jose! Not when it’s so close to bedtime!
Another Mommy confession: there are days when you sleep so well in the morning, I “reward” you by letting you nap on me on the couch or the Ergo in the afternoon. It’s still your favorite place to sleep and I’m treasuring every second that you’ll let me be your pillow. But overall, I’m pretty darn proud of our progress this month!
Last month we struggled a bit with your mood swings. This month, your temperament has [thankfully] evened out and you’re mostly happy during the day. Sure, you have your grumpy moments. But we now know how to read each other pretty well, which helps tremendously throughout the course of our day.
I decided this week that it was time to reintroduce the cloth diapers. And so far, so good! I’m doubling up on the liners because you’re a super-soaker and it doesn’t take very long before you are totally wet. I’m having to change you a little more frequently then I did with the disposables, but that’s okay during days when we’re at home. I’ve still got a box of disposables on hand for when we’re out and about, etc. And I may still go back to them at a later date. But for now, if we can reduce our carbon footprint by just a little, let’s do it!
Plus, how can anyone resist that bubble butt?
This week is your last week in our current home. Our first home in Indiana. The place we brought you home to after you were born. And the place you’ve grown into such a sweet little boy. Though Daddy and I are beyond excited for the next chapter in our lives, and know you will LOVE your new house, a little part of Mommy is sad that we are closing this chapter. Before we leave next Saturday, I hope to take you to a few places that we’ve enjoyed together over the last 5 months. It’ll be somewhat bittersweet. But just remember, it’s never “Goodbye.” It’s “See you later.” Let’s make some new memories, kid.
Five Month Stats: No appointment til 6 months! With the big crotch from your cloth dipes, you’re easily fitting into 9 month clothes – yikes!!
- First solids! You tried cereal for the first time on 12/9/13 and it’s safe to say you’re a fan! You open your mouth when you see the spoon and you LOVE when we play airplane Now that we are a couple weeks in, Mommy is considering adding more foods to your diet soon!
Things You Like:
- Making raspberries
- Fake coughing
- SOPHIE! You hold her and chew on her like a champ now!
- This Little Piggy
- Baby bench press
- Laughing – not all the time, just on special occasions
- Sucking on those fingers! Especially during mealtime. I think every other day bathing is now a thing of the past.
- Your singing reindeer and peek-a-boo bear
- Bathtime – you’re starting to figure out how to splash!
- Your Exersaucer
Things You Don’t Like:
- Long car rides. You’ve had a handful of moments when you’ve turned into a mad man in the car, screaming the whole way home. Not fun, buddy. I prefer when you’re happy like this,,,
- I’m sad to say I think you’re growing tired of your playmat! You’re still content underneath for short spurts, but it doesn’t keep you entertained like it used to.
Places We’ve Been This Month:
- Michigan for your first Thanksgiving!
- Grandpa & Grandma C’s.
- Thanks-mas at your Great Grandpa’s.
Exciting Upcoming Events:
- Your first Christmas!
- Swim lessons starting in January! Gotta get you ready for the clubhouse pool this summer!
- Cheering on Mommy’s MSU Spartans at the Rose Bowl!!
Things Mommy is looking forward to:
- MOVING! Can’t wait, can’t wait, can’t wait!
- Running in our new neighborhood with big plans to master the stroller run.
& this month,,,
Lil bigger, huh??!
Our lil elf!
Emery – stop growing, buddy!! Just kidding. Kind of We love you to the moon and back and can’t wait to see what the new year brings!
Fact: I’m no longer keeping track of Emery’s age in weeks. We’ve moved on to months, people!
So to kick off the month 4 mommyhood update, I’ll start with the most major development.
After Emery was born, I was asked by more than a few people if I had started losing my hair yet. Umm, no? And even if I had, what was the big deal? A little hair loss couldn’t and shouldn’t hurt anyone. Fast forward to about 2 weeks ago when I noticed a little extra shedding. It started slowly, with just some errant hairs on my dark colored clothing. But as the days went by, more hair started jumping ship. No longer was it a matter of strands. It was a matter of handfuls. Every time I ran my fingers through it. Every time I took my ponytail holder out. And every time I showered. Oh my lord the clumps of hair in the drain. So gross. And so maddening. Everywhere I went there was hair. Except for on my head!! Poor Emery even had my hairs wrapped around his little fingers.
I reached the final straw a few days ago. I decided what was left of the hair on my head had to go. With the help of my girlfriend who runs the salon I go to, I was set up for a haircut. I then sought out the opinion of my best S, who sent me some darling short hair cut ideas via Pinterest. Though they were all shorter styles than I have ever had before, they were super cute. So I went to my appointment, pictures in hand, and after a brief consultation, my stylist went to work. I had given myself a pep talk on the way there, as to not chicken out. And chicken out I didn’t!!
It feels 100000% healthier, thicker, and the style is just adorable. I couldn’t love it any more. And even better,, the hubs loves it too! Part of me wonders if I’ve always been a short-hair girl and just didn’t know it til now.
Moving on! I’m excited to announce that I’ve signed up for 2 half marathons this spring, the Indy Mini and the Bayshore Half. Now you would think that means I’ve been working on building my running base. Not so much. I’m not sure what my holdup is, but working out has just not been a priority lately. I keep saying “after we move I’ll get back into it,” so I’m going to hold myself to that statement (I’ll need your help though!). It’ll be SO nice to be able to just load E up in the stroller and take off right from my house, instead of having to load him up in the car, drive to the park, then go. The fewer the steps the more likely it is that I’ll actually get out. We all know that’s the truth. I’m excited to get back into it and am considering having some friends whip up a training schedule for me too,,, !
I had a lot of friends comment on my last mommyhood post about the difficulty of being a SAHM. There were also many offers to go run, take me out for a mani/pedi, and even to babysit E so I could have some “me time.” Though I [sadly and unintentionally] didn’t take up many of those offers, I appreciate every single one. I think just knowing that you’re not alone in the world of mommyhood is reassuring in itself.
Emery and I have been doing really well at home lately. We have learned how to coexist with each other and read each other’s cues. I now know when he is ready to take a nap, when he’s hungry, and when he just wants to be held. Now there are definitely times when I still have no clue what he wants. But we seem to figure things out together. Understanding what your child wants is such a huge step in combating SAHM insanity, and I’m happy to say that we’re not in need of a padded room just yet
I cannot believe Christmas is right around the corner! I feel SO unprepared this year. Buuut, I blame it on our upcoming move — which has officially be set for DECEMBER 28TH!!!! Since moving day is now officially on the radar, I’m clearly not going to pull out all of our Christmas decor and set it up, just to have to turn around and put it all away. Nuh uh. It bums me out a bit since it’s Emery’s first Christmas and all. But luckily he’s a little too young to understand it anyway. We will definitely be making a trip to see Santa and maybe even downtown Indianapolis to see Monument Circle all dolled up in her holiday best!
Oh, and I’m cool with winter and all, even snow! But this arctic air?? C’mon man.
Have a happy day!!
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