Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Christoper Joseph: 11 Months

Name: Christopher Joseph

Weight: 19 pounds? About?

Health: Healthy Healthy :)

Sleep: For the last 2-3 months, this has been a little tough. He'd been getting up 2 or 3 times a night - one night it was even 4 times!! His first "wake-up" had been getting earlier and earlier. It used to be 11:30 which was fine - right before I went to bed so I'd get to feed him before I went to sleep. But what started as 11:00pm, then became 10:45pm, then 10:30pm, Last week he woke up at 9:45pm, just over 2 hours after he went to bed. I kind of reached my breaking point and refused to go get him. It was very clear to me what was happening - and I KNEW he wasn't hungry or needing me at that point. I let him cry it out, and he cried for exactly 30 minutes. Of course those 30 minutes felt like 60, and there were a few times when I almost went to get him. Finally, he put himself back to sleep and he slept straight through until 4:45am!!! So he ended up only getting up 1 time and that was amazing! Since that night, he's been getting up once a night. I'm definitely starting to get more "tough love" on the waking up in the middle of the night thing. Natalie was definitely only getting up once a night by the time she was 11 months, and she started consistently sleeping straight through the night at 13 months. In my mind - He's got 2 more months to really get this sleeping through the night thing down before I start ignoring him altogether (joking, sort of) and then I can SLEEP THROUGH THE NIGHT AGAIN!!! WAHOOO!!!! The last two nights he has slept straight throught he night, BUT he wakes up at 6:30am and then he's up for the day - when before if he nursed during the night, he would sleep until 7:45/8:00! I'm not sure which one I prefer!

Social: Very friendly and smiley with strangers. Sometimes he acts shy, but it's adorable.

Diet: My goodness - where do I begin here? Admittedly, I've been realllly bad about establishing a three meal a day schedule for Christopher up until this past month. Like I said last month, I live by the "food before 1, just for fun" method BUT in the last 2-3 weeks I've really established meals with him partly because when he sees food he goes crazy and jumps for it SO much, so I just had to put him in the highchair and share my meals with him. Eating is basically his new favorite activity now. His food of the week were peas, carrots, and cucumber! But I also gave him more food this past week because he is NOT NURSING!!!! He's nursing, but literally, and I'm not exaggerating, 5-10 seconds on each side. How is he even getting anything?? Even at night, he's hardly comfort nursing anymore. He nurses then comes off and reaches for the crib and puts himself to sleep. It's sooo different from Natalie. I should be leaping at the fact that he's putting himself to sleep quickly at night, but a part of me is so shocked and sad by it!

Likes: Obsessed with my iphone and the tv remote. He had a toy phone, and a calculator the other day that he kept pointing at the tv to try and change the channel. 

Dislikes: Bananas, eggs, being put down. EVER. getting into his carseat

*First Haircut
*Cut 2 more teeth (top middle 2) he has 4 teeth total!
*Assisted Walking with a walker
*First time in a swing!
*Starting to sleep through the night
*Drinking from a big kid straw cup

General notes:
I can't even believe that he will be 1 in one more month - I really really feel like he's still just a little new baby and we just brought him home. 

Monday, March 6, 2017

Christopher Joseph: 10 Month

Name: Christopher Joseph

Weight: 19 lbs. 10 oz. (38th percentile)

Height: 29.2 inches (60th percentile)

Health: Had a bought of bronchitis this past month (which he dutifully passed onto to BOTH grandma's who were hit super HARD with it - sorry Oma and Grandma!!) Other than that he is healthy and growing great. 

Sleep: Just like I wrote last month - he is still consistently waking up 2 times a night. Bed by 7:00/7:30, up around 11:00, and then again anywhere between 3-5am and back to sleep until 7:00/7:30am. 

Social: Super smiley and happy, flirts with people - smiles and giggles at others. 

Diet: There is really nothing I don't give him to try now. He's tried a tiny bit of peanut butter twice, I've been giving him cheerios, peas, steamed carrots, broccoli, etc., etc. The only thing I am really NOT good about is feeding him consistent meals. You know that saying "Food before 1, just for fun"? Yea, I take that phrase VERY literally.  But the problem is, he's not eating a ton of foods that he used to like. I can't get him to eat blueberries or eggs anymore (he LOVED them last month). I feel like he's spitting most foods out that I feed him, I just can't tell day to day what he will accept eating. (i realize that is all the more reason to keep feeding him as many foods as possible. I really don't want another picky eater. Natalie isn't super picky, just with meat she is).

Likes: Being held, standing and walking all the time. He really wants to move move move.

*Walking with a walker! 

*Says "Dada", "Baba", and "Uh-oh" and likes to fake cough. Imitating sounds sooo much all of a sudden. I've heard him say "Mama" one time very clearly but I haven't been able to get him to say it again. 

* Waving - very deliberate waving, it's so cute! And whenever I walk into the bathroom in the morning with him, he waves at himself in the mirror right away.

*fake coughs imitates others when we cough, it's so funny. It's this pathetic little fake cough and I always say "ohhh that sounds baddd I should take you to the doctor" and then he pathetic, fake coughs again. I have to try and get this on video. 

*His two middle bottom teeth are fully in. His top 2 middle teeth are starting to come in too.

General notes:
Natalie weighed in at 20 lbs at her 10 month checkup - so my little chunky monkey has really slowed down with his weight gain and isn't as big as his older sister was at the same age! My parents commented this weekend while they were here how his personality is really starting to shine through. He's starting to really become his own little person now!

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Christopher Joseph: 9 Months

Name: Christopher Joseph

Weight: 18 lbs. 10 oz. (at last doctor appt. 2 weeks ago)

Height: 28.5 inches

Health: Very Healthy - He managed to stay free of the stomach virus that I had! Worst 24 hours/week of my life. I didn't eat for about 7 days (well, I had to force myself to) and still nursed him entirely through it! I had such a headache from dehydration, no matter how much I drank! The poor thing got interrupted from nursing TWICE in one day when I had to quick put him down, and run to throw-up while he screamed and cried in the background. It was horrible. Thank goodness he didn't get it (and Natalie didn't either!!)

Sleep: Once he turned 7 months old, I feel like everything changed. I used to pump every night before bed to build up a freezer supply of milk, but my pump has been unused for over 2 months now because he wakes up right around the time I pump! I think it's mostly teething related but he wakes up twice (sometimes 3 times a night now) and that's been consistent for 2 months. He wakes up usually between 11-1 and 3-5 on any given night, although as I type this, it's 9:37 and he just woke up screaming two hours after I put him to bed...le sigh. The same as I did with Natalie, whenever he wakes up, I nurse him back to sleep. It is the only way he goes back to sleep, and it's why I literally can not go a night away from him (I would feel too bad for whomever we/I leave him with.) If there is a night he refuses to go back in the crib, he automatically goes in the swing and sleeps there for the rest of the night. I am NOT staying up for hours in the middle of the night while he fusses! Natalie didn't sleep through the night until 13 months, so I'm giving him until then before I'll do any sort of actual sleep training.

Social: Smiles at everyone. He doesn't seem to exhibit too much "stranger danger" yet.

Diet: Still exclusively breast-fed and as far as food goes: nothing is off limits at this point except honey. I've fed him a teeny tiny bit of peanut butter last week and he was fine so I pretty much feed him a bit of anything now: cauliflower, broccoli, he LOVES blueberries, eggs, strawberries, apple, peas, sweet potato, yogurt, etc. etc. I really only feed him a "meal meal" once a day and then just little snacks throughout the day. I know many people who have their kids on 3 meals of food a day by now, but I still want him to be primarily nursing, the food is really just for "practice" in eating. 

Likes: MICKEY MOUSE! It's sad, but adorable. But whenever Mickey comes on the tv, he gets super super happy!

Mommy and Daddy! He smiles whenever he sees either of us.


Milestones: Crawling!! It took him a bit of time- and he was quite frustrated for a few weeks there- but at 8 1/2 months he finally got it down. Now, there is NO STOPPING him! 

Pulls himself to standing - He LOVES to be standing. He wants to walk so badly now.

One bottom left tooth is completely in, and the one next to it is starting to come. Teething has definitely been affecting him. He's super drooly and stuffy and it has affected his sleep. I've been resorting to Hyland's Teething Tablets way more than I ever did with Natalie!

A ton of first food's! First Thanksgiving/Christmas/New Year's 

General notes:
I love when he giggles and it's SO EASY to get him to laugh- peek a boo, throwing him up in the air, or pretending to drop him (no lie) makes him giggle. This little boy at the library was making faces at him yesterday and he was literally belly laughing for 5 minutes at him, it was super cute.

Natalie can get rough with him but he, for the most part, just goes along with her and doesn't get upset- until she pushes him and he hits his head- then we have a problem. 

I love how he reacts to Natalie. Some mornings I have her come with me to get him out of the crib and he gets so smiley when he sees her! 

As I say every post: I miss blogging terribly, but my work has taken over any and all free time I ever once had. It's all great news for the company, and they may hire someone else to take a bit of the load off eventually, but I think we are a little ways away from that. I love my job, and I love the opportunity I have to do it from home, so work has started to take precedent above all else (besides the kids- thought honestly, sometimes not) but I do need to either catch up and finally get to a better place with my workload, or tell them this is too much, because it really is a ton of work. 

Natalie is doing well- in the last two weeks it's like a switch has gone off for her- she is finally behaving and listening in school, her teachers have been so much happier with her, and she's been really amazing at entertaining herself at home- largely in part to her dollhouse. She loves her dollhouse and plays with it for hours. I'm knocking on all the wood right now as I type this because I know this could all change at the drop of a hat, but for the past 2 weeks, she's been amazing! 

Be sure to follow me on instagram - I've been trying to do little "mini-posts" about things more often in place of blogging these days. 

Till next time! <3

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Christopher Joseph 6 Months!

I dropped the ball and never did a 6 month update and he's 7 months next week already!! This update is "as of 6 months" which was now 3 weeks ago:

Name: Christopher Joseph

Weight: 17 lbs. 12 oz. (50%) at 6 months Natalie was 15 lbs. 8 oz.!

Height: 28 inches

Health: Very Healthy - a few sniffles here and there. 

Sleep: Great Sleeper

Social: Smiles Smiles Smiles with everyone! Loves to be held - we give in WAY too much. And, I don't care.

Diet: Tried apples, pears, oatmeal, bananas

Likes: Mommy, LOVES DADDY!! Every time he sees Chris he gets a HUGE smile! I am NOT OK with this (Har Har) I always reprimand him "I'm supposed to be your favorite for AT LEAST the first year! This is not allowed!" type thing...

Milestones: Sitting up a bit - still with the bobby helping to prop him up, but getting much stronger every day!

Monday, October 3, 2016

Go! Go! Smart Friends® Twinkle the Magical Unicorn Review!


A few weeks ago, we received the Go! Go! Smart Friends® Twinkle the Magical Unicorn™! to review thanks to VTech!

"The Go! Go! Smart Friends® line has evolved with an enchanting new theme around princesses and kingdoms. Twinkle the Magical Unicorn™ will enchant kids as she walks, moves her head and flaps her wings with the push of a button. Children can place the included MagicPoint character on Twinkle’s MagicPoint® locations to trigger delightful responses, sounds, motion and lights while teaching cause and effect concepts, first words, letters and more. The Go! Go! Smart line playsets and characters are completely interactive and ready to fuel your child’s creativity!"

Natalie was really excited when I showed this to her. She recognized right away that this would work with the other Go! Go! Smart Friends toys she has and was eager to get them all together to play.

We already have the VTech Go! Go! Smart Friends Learning Wheels School Bus, which has been a steady favorite since Natalie was about 10 months old! She also received the Go! Go! Smart Friends Cruise and Go Convertible with Kaylee last year for Christmas, so this was a great addition to our steadily growing Go! Go! Smart Friends collection. I love that they all move (the bus and car drive, the unicorn trots along) It makes playing with these toys that much more fun and interactive.

Natalie steadily returns to these toys and I think it's great that the friends are able to connect to all these different devices and work among all of them. It's so neat to keep adding to their world (and therefore, Natalie's imagination) as we go. The Unicorn trots along really well on hard surfaces (it does not work too well on the carpet). Natalie loves to run along with it and have her different "friends" ride on the unicorn's back, though Prisma is the princess that it comes with, so she obviously gets first riding dibs! ;) Natalie also loves to feed the unicorn the golden carrot it comes with, though it did take us a little bit of time to figure out that pushing down the unicorn's tongue activates it to pretend to eat it!
Like I said, we are big fans of VTech's Go! Go! Smart Friends toy-line and are so happy and thankful that we were able to add this one to our collection. I received the Go! Go! Smart Friends® Twinkle the Magical Unicorn™! for free to review. All opinions expressed are my own.

Here's Natalie Playing with her new toy: (video here)

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Basic Invite Review

I was invited to try out Basic Invite for the Thank You cards I needed to purchase for Christopher's Baptism.

I usually always go to TinyPrints, Shutterfly, or more recently, Personalized Creations. I hadn't heard of Basic Invite before, but was excited to try it out and see some newer layouts than I'm used to.

Right away I noticed some pretty unique things about this site that many of the other sites don't offer:

Almost Unlimited Colors - Basic Invite is one of the few websites that allows customers almost unlimited color options with instant previews online. Once you select a design you can change the color of each element on the card to over 180 different color options so you can make sure the card is exactly how you want it down to the littlest detail. This is what we feel sets them apart from almost any other online stationery company.

Custom Samples - Basic Invite is one of the few websites that allows customers the ability to order a printed sample of their actual invitation so they can see exactly how it will print as well as the paper quality before they ever have to place an order for 500 invitations.

Over 40 Different Colors of Envelopes - Basic Invite is just as colorful with our envelopes as we are with our invitations. Customers can choose from over 40 different colors when it comes to their envelopes so that they can make their invitation stand out even before it is opened. All of our envelopes are peel and seal so the envelopes can be quickly and securely closed without licking a single one.

I chose the Opaque Photo Flair Design.  I had a little bit of trouble at first trying to figure out how to add in photos to customize, but once I got the hang of the site, it was easy from there. I could totally customize everything, from the background color, to the font - which is often what frustrates me at Shutterfly and TinyPrints.  I didn't change a whole lot about this design because I pretty much liked it the way it was! All I had to do was pop in 3 personalized pictures and I was done!

My order came quickly. Everything looked really great, and was in excellent condition! 

I definitely plan on checking out Basic Invite come this holiday season when it's time to look at holiday cards! I peeked around and they have some really great, and unique layouts for all their cards, especially the Holiday Cards!!

Have you ever heard of or tried Basic Invite? What is your "go to" card/invitation/stationery site?

*Disclaimer: I received thank you cards from BasicInvite for free in exchange for this review. However all opinions are my own.

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Christopher Joseph: 5 Months

Name: Christopher Joseph

Weight: 16 lbs. 1 oz.

Height: 26 1/2 inches

Health: Excellent Health! Hasn't been sick yet (knocking on wood as we speak) even with big sister having a fever all last week! 

Sleep: He sleeps so well! Asleep for the night usually between 6:45 and 7:15 every night. Gets up once (on occasion twice) through the night for no more than half an hour. Gets up around 7:00/7:30 the next day.

Social: Smiles at EVERYONE! He loves when people are talking to him, making faces with him, and generally interacting with him.

Diet: Exclusively Breast Fed - I will start on some solids in the next week or two. By now, I had started food with Natalie, but I just wasn't ready to with Christopher just yet. I will probably start with some banana or oatmeal in the next two weeks. 

Likes: Being HELD!!! Likes being in his jumper! Loves interacting with people - he is SO Social!

Dislikes: Being alone. Being put down. Loud noises. Natalie blew into a loud noisemaker last night and Christopher lost his shit. He was so scared and sad!

Milestones: Rolling over:



Chris asked me if I loved Christopher more than Natalie the other day. He was kidding, of course. We laughed. Obviously we both know we love them both equally. But Chris said he asked because I seemed to be different with Christopher. And he didn't know if it was a "boy" thing, or a "second child" thing. I assured him, it's a "second child" thing, and I do know what he's talking about. I'm much calmer, and more patient with Christopher than I was with Natalie. Not that I was impatient with anything Natalie did at 5 months, but I'm just calmer and more confident this time around, and I think it shows in my interaction with him. I also know even more than before how fleeting this baby phase is, and I am trying to embrace it as much as possible.