Friday, February 10, 2017

Charlie: The First 3 Months

Last Friday, I mentioned that I had been wanting to put up and update about Charlie and finally I'm getting around to it - woo! Our sweet Charlie joined our family on Oct. 31, 2016 and since his Halloween arrival, time has seriously gone at warp speed! He was born and then all of the sudden it was the holidays, which always seem to fly by way too fast anyway. Then it was the new year and now we're into February and I just can't believe that he's already over three months old. I have a sneaking suspicion that time isn't going to slow down anytime soon, so I do want to try my best to document things for Charlie. However, I know I'm not going to be able to manage monthly updates like I did for Henry's first year this time around. So instead, I'm going stick to taking photos each month, but I'm going to try to do a little update here on the blog once every three months :) So without further adieu,  here's what life has been like with Charlie so far!

(And while this update is a little late since he officially turned three months old on 1/31, I did remember to take these photos on the right days!)

The cute Aztec print letterboard is from Vermillion Drive, based here in Portland!

Charlie was a big when he was born (10lbs 9oz/22 in long) and he's been growing like a weed ever since! At his two month appointment (on 12/30) he was 13lbs 5oz (76th percentile) and 25in long (99th percentile). (He was also 99th percentile for head circumference!) He is just such a long baby and he feels heavier every time I pick him up, so I'll be interested to see how much he's grown when he goes in for his 4 month appointment next month. As for his eyes, they are blue and seem to be more blue than Henry's ever were so I'm feeling more confident that they're going to stay that way...but who knows! His hair is more of a mystery because he didn't have much when he was born, except for some darker, almost wavy, hair in the back. Now, his hair in the back has a big bald spot (just like Henry did) from where he sleeps, but there are a ton of little short hairs starting to grow in on top. So depending on the lighting, he either still looks bald or he looks like he has a buzz cut with all these new little hairs popping up. And it's hard to tell what color the hair that's coming in is going to be because some of it looks blonde, but then in other lighting it looks more brown or even reddish. So time will tell what this little man is going to look like! 

Overall, he's been pretty healthy guy! Thankfully, didn't end up getting whatever high-fever causing virus Henry had on Thanksgiving this year. But he's definitely been somewhat congested on and off and it's been hard to tell if it's just normal baby post-birth congestion or if he has had some small colds here and there. His congestion has seemed to be getting better over the past month, but last week he came down with his first real cold. Henry was pretty healthy through most of December/January, but two weeks ago he woke up with a yucky green mucus situation that's been lingered for quite awhile and it seems like Charlie ended up getting it. The congestion has made it hard for him to nurse/sleep well, but thankfully he seems to be getting over it! As for other health things, Charlie definitely spits up more than Henry did (from what I remember) and there have been a few times, especially early on, where he would spit up a pretty large amount of volume. Overall, he seems to be spitting up less and less now, but it still catches me by surprise sometimes! He did have a little mild baby acne at around a month, but that's since cleared up. However, he does have pretty fair, sensitive skin and he has some redness on his forehead that will flare up from time to time. He's also kind of a gassy little guy and he has continued to surprise us with just how loud he can toot! (Gross but true, ha!) Finally, he did have a tongue and lip tie like Henry did, but this time we were much more proactive about dealing with it and we were able to get it fixed when he was less than two weeks old. Everything seems to have healed well and I'm so thankful that's out of the way now!

Now that he's three months old, he's become so much more alert and interactive. He really likes looking at our faces and making eye contact and I love getting glimpses of his personality. He wasn't really smiling around one month, but as he got closer to two months, he started to smile more and more and now he's just the happiest smiley guy. (Although sometimes he does really make you work for it!) And not to brag, but he seems to save the biggest smiles for me and is kind of a mama's boy. (It could be that I'm his food source, but I'm sure that's just coincidence...ha!) He likes being tickled under his chin and armpits and hearing him laugh is the best :) He seems to like looking at his brother and I know their relationship is only going to continue to grow. He likes "talking" and kicking his legs and he seems to enjoy bath time. As long as he's not hungry, he likes being in the Solly Baby wrap and that's where he spent a lot of time when we were out and about over the holidays. He seems to love laying on the changing table we have set up on our pack and play and he also seems happier once I take his clothes off and he's just in a diaper. He (thankfully) enjoys the swing and the car seat and will still fall asleep in either one. He also seems to like being swaddled much more than Henry did. He also seems to like tummy time a lot more than Henry did so I've really been trying to make sure we do it at least once a day. He seems to have great head and neck control and he loves looking around at everything! Overall though, he just has such a chill personality so far and seems happy to just be along for the ride most days!

He definitely does not like being hungry or having a wet diaper, so pretty standard baby dislikes :) He also seems to run pretty hot and doesn't like when he has on too many layers! 

 He wore newborn clothes for like two seconds when he was born, but then switched into 3 month stuff from pretty early on. But now, pretty much all that stuff is too small so I have him mainly in 3-6 month/6 month stuff at the moment. But I know he won't be fitting in that size for much longer either, so I'm trying to get him in as many outfits as possible before I have to bring up the next batch of clothes from the basement. I saved most of Henry's clothes so Charlie is pretty set and since he is growing so fast, it's nice to have things ready to go when he does switch sizes, plus it's nice to see some of my favorite little outfits once again. As for diapers, he started wearing size 1's in the hospital and was wearing those up until our trip to Michigan last month and then we switched him to 2's. But I actually just bought a pack of 3's the other day because I think by the time we use up the size 2 diapers we have on hand he'll be ready for that next size!


Thankfully nursing is going well and Charlie is still exclusively breastfed at this point. I have hardly pumped at all since it seems hard to find the time, but I'm hoping to do that more regularly so I can build a backup stash for emergencies. He did fine the first couple of times he had a pumped bottle a handful of times, but last time we tried he wasn't a huge fan so hopefully we can get him to keep taking it for those times when I do need to be away from him. But since I'm home, it's just been so much easier for me to nurse him so that's what I've been doing. At first, he seemed like he wanted to do a lot of short but very frequent nursing sessions, but now he's transitioned to doing much longer (as in 45 minutes+) but less frequent nursing sessions during the day and can usually go 4+ hours between feedings now. At night though, I'll sometimes nurse him while I'm laying down and then he'll tend to want to "snack" throughout the night/early morning. So I need to work on waking up to give him a full feeding in the middle of the night so that he's not wanting to graze instead of sleep!

 The million dollar question! Everyone always asks 'how your baby is sleeping??' and with Henry, I felt like I was so much more fixated on it. This time around? I'm a lot less concerned about sleep because I know things will work themselves out eventually and I just feel like in general, the sleep deprivation is so much easier to handle because I know that it won't last forever. We have Charlie sleeping in our room in the Bassinest next to our bed. Thankfully, he's been ok sleeping in there (swaddled and flat on his back) from the beginning and so I'd usually put him in there when we went to bed, but over the course of the night, he'd end up in our bed. For the first two months or so, he wasn't on any real schedule and I wasn't even really keeping track of how often he was waking in the night because I can literally nurse him in my sleep. He'd usually take a couple naps a day, either in the wrap or the swing or his car seat and then just nurse on and off throughout the night. When we went to Michigan last month, that's when I started making a point to actually put him down for naps. I'd feed him and then after he had been awake for about 1.5-2 hours, he'd seem ready to go down and so I was just trying to follow his cues to get him on a loose eat/play/sleep schedule. Now, we have kind of a relaxed schedule that's helpful because it allows me to predict when he's going to need to eat again. He typically wakes up around 8am (or I wake him because we need to leave to go somewhere) but he's usually ok with not being fed right when he gets up in the morning, which is good because we're often heading out the door for an activity or play date so I'll just nurse him once I get there, around 9:30 or 10am. Then he's usually up until around 11:30am or noon and then he'll nap for a couple of hours. This nap will usually be in his car seat and I can usually get home from wherever we've gone in the morning and get Henry lunch and down for his nap before Charlie wakes up and needs to eat again, typically around 2pm. Then he'll usually be up until around 4pm, then go down for another two-ish hour nap, and this one is usually in his bassinet. (And a lot of times Henry will still be napping at this point so I have a little window of time with them both napping!) Then when he wakes up, I'll feed him (usually around 6-6:30pm) before we have dinner and then by 8-8:30ish he seems like he's ready to go down for the night. I'll swaddle him and put him in his bassinet and this is around the time Henry goes to bed, so it's nice to have them down for the night at the same time. Then Charlie will usually sleep from about 8:30-midnight and then he'll fuss and want to eat again, and since I'm a night owl, I'll usually just stay up until I have to feed him at midnight and then I'll go to sleep. After midnight, he'll sleep for a few hours and then wake up at some point and this is where things get hazy as I don't usually look at my phone to see when he's waking up. If I bring him in bed and nurse him side lying, then he'll tend to snack on and off between the hours of 4-7am. I'm trying to work on more fully waking up to make sure he gets a larger feed and then putting him back in his bassinet, and although he's done some 5-6 hour stretches of sleep at night, I think we're still a little ways from him sleeping completely through the night. And honestly, it's fine. I know he'll get there eventually and the fact that he'll take some long naps on the go during the day is super helpful so it's not as big of a deal if he wakes up a little at night. We moved Henry into his own room at around 4 months, but with Charlie, I foresee waiting a little longer but time will tell!

   Favorite Things:
For the most part, we're still using and liking most of the things we used with Henry at this age, which you can see in this post. I've especially gotten a lot of use out of my Solly Baby wraps (I have this pattern and this pattern) and I also used the new Ergo Adapt carrier for our trip to Michigan and loved it. Charlie seems to like these Halo fleece swaddles and we use them every night and at naps when we're home. When Henry was a baby, I'd usually just stick a blanket over this car seat but this time around I've gotten a ton of use out of the my car seat/nursing covers. I also got a Fawn Design diaper bag before he was born and I love it, it's perfect for two kiddos!

(I've been way worse at keeping track of these things this time around...)
-Got to witness multiple snow storms and a unusually cold, snowy winter for Portland!
-Celebrated his first Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years
-Went on his first plane ride and did great :)
-Traveled to Michigan to meet his extended family there
-Visited the ocean for the first time at the end of January when we traveled to Newport
-Rolled over from his tummy to his back at his two month doctor appointment. He hasn't been rolling from his tummy to his back much since, but he is capable of it. And he's sooo close to rolling from his back to his stomach.
-Can grab on to my hair and is starting to reach for the hanging objects when he's laying on his playmat
-Smiling and laughing and is able to make eye contact with us across the room
-Great head and neck control and able to sit propped up with a pillow

Henry wanted to "help" me taking his three month photo - LOL!
We just love this little guy so much and he's been the best addition to our family! Looking forward to watching him grow and change in the months to come! :)

Friday, February 3, 2017

February Confessions

Happy Friday everyone!

We made it through the first month of 2017 and here we are in February. In the beginning of a new year, I'm always so gung ho about getting organized and I have all these things I want to accomplish. (#newyearnewme, am I right? LOL.) And while I'm definitely not giving up on my goals, this is about the time of year where I realize that I definitely don't have things all together yet either. Ha.

I've seen other bloggers doing these types of confession posts from time to time and thought it might be fun way to kick of February to share some of my own. Only a lot of times I'll see other bloggers sharing things like "I confess...I really love this lip gloss!" Ummm...okay. That's not the kind of thing I'm talking about. I'm talking about the stuff that is kind of embarrassing that doesn't make it to Instagram but that I know (or at least I hope?) other people out there can probably relate to. Plus, I'm too tired from lack of sleep and too mentally worn out from trying to keep up with politics/current events to think of any other post ideas at the moment so this is what you're getting today :)

This photo has nothing to do with this post, I just felt like I couldn't have a post with no photos :) I got these shoes recently (as a gift from my sister & brother in law!) and they are SO comfortable. Highly recommend!

-Yesterday, I posted on my IG stories about how well both Henry and Charlie slept the night before. You'd think by now I would learn not to put up any annoying "look at me, my kids are awesome sleepers!" posts because as soon as I do that, inevitably they will sleep horribly the following night. Let's just say I got my payback for that last night and it was not fun. Unless you think hearing a toddler loudly proclaim over and over at 3am "it's the middle of the night!" is fun. LOL.

-Cam and I are trying to get back to eating Paleo 90% of the time and he has been really committed, but I am seriously having a hard time staying motivated. I do cook healthy recipes at home, but when we go out of the house, I can always find some justification for indulging. Like when we went to the coast last weekend and he had an egg and veggie omlette and I had dungeness crab eggs benedict for breakfast two mornings in a row. LOL. Because in my mind I was like "we're at the coast! when else am I going to have crab?" And you know what? I'm not even sorry because it was so so good both times. But seriously though, I need to get my act together and find some discipline ASAP. 

I realized as I was writing this that I did take a pic of my crab benedict (obviously) #noregrets #worthit
-I posted on Instagram the other day about how I still have our Christmas cards hanging up, but I failed to mention in that we also still have our Christmas wreath on our front door and we still have our Christmas doormat out too. Valentine's Day is less than two weeks away and I actually have a Valentine's doormat but I just haven't bothered to go get it and make the switch. And even worse than that, up until last week we still had a few pumpkins sitting on our front steps that have been there for months. Pretty sure our neighbors were silently judging us for that.

-Speaking of Christmas, I was really bad this year and did not send thank you notes. And I know to some people, that may not be a big deal, but it is to me. I was raised that you write a hand written thank you note for things, that's just what you do. After Charlie was born, I had a list in my phone of people who had given us gifts/meals and was trying to send thank you notes, and I was doing pretty well initially, but ended up kind of losing track somewhere and getting behind and stopped getting out thank you notes. Then it was my birthday and then Henry's birthday and then Christmas and now it's February and now I'm feeling kind of bad about not being more on top of things! And there's part of me that's like well, better late than never and I could still send thank you notes? But since I have sent a few here and there and didn't do a good job of keeping track of it, now I'm having a hard time remembering who I've already sent thank you notes to. And I don't want to send someone a second thank you note in February if I've already sent them one? I realize this may make me sound super disorganized/totally nuts, but mom brain is seriously a very real thing. (And if you're one of my friends or family reading this and you have given me a gift in the past few months and did not get a thank you note from me, know that even if I don't have things together enough to send you a thank you note, it was greatly appreciated!)

-Henry got a play kitchen for Christmas, which he loves and I love it too, and I was all excited to get him some fake food so I ordered him this set. And now I seriously, seriously hate it. There are so many pieces and every single day, he dumps them all over the floor. The sound of 125 pieces of fake food hitting our hardwood floor literally makes me want to scream. And we're trying to work on the concept of cleaning up our toys, but I'm constantly finding a fake chicken leg or some other piece of food all over the house. Earlier this week, I finally just packed half of it away to try and lessen the amount of food that can get thrown around, but yeah, it's seriously the worst.

-I told myself after Christmas that I would cut way down on going to Starbucks. We're (mostly) getting out of that super sleep deprived newborn phase so it's harder to justify than when Charlie was first born, plus the Christmas drinks are gone, it's such an expensive habit, and it's just extra sugar/calories that I don't need. But I got quite a few gift cards for Christmas and so when I pass a drive thru Starbucks, it's seriously like a moth to a flame and my car just pulls in. Ha. And yes, I could hypothetically order black coffee, but I never do. (See above: trouble finding motivation to stick to Paleo) I just love lattes/dairy based drinks too much. (And I'm not an almond/coconut milk person) I'm kind of obsessed with that new Cascara latte they came out with - I don't know what it tastes like, but it's so good. Starbucks, I just can't quit you.

-I consider myself a pretty diehard member of Bachelor nation, but I have to admit, I'm not watching this season. I'm just not a Nick fan and I don't know, I'm just not into it this go round! I may try to watch the final few episodes/the finale, but I'm just not into it at the moment.

-My wedding ring is legit stuck on my finger and I can't get it off. My hands kind of swelled up when I was pregnant with Charlie and so I wasn't wearing it most of the time. But near the end of my pregnancy, I had some event that I really wanted to wear it to and so I shoved it on my finger and haven't been able to get it off since. I should probably deal with it, but it's not cutting off my circulation or anything so I've kind of been ignoring the fact that I literally cannot get it off. 

-I also don't think I've painted my nails or had my nails done since before Charlie was born? I love having my nails painted, but I just haven't made the time for it at all since he's been born. But now that he's over 3 months old, I want to make time for it because it makes me feel more pulled together.

-Speaking of Charlie, I have an update post (with monthly photos) for him sitting in my drafts, as well as a 2 year update post for Henry, but I just haven't gotten around to posting them yet. Every night, it seems I either fall asleep on the couch or I just don't feel like getting out my laptop, so I haven't gotten around to it yet. But I do really want to share those posts before I turn around and they're in elementary school, ha! So I'm going to try to put up both of those next week!!

Ok, I think that's enough with confessions for today, but it's kind of frightening just how easy it was to write this post. I'll probably have to do another one of these soon :)

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Our January Trip to Michigan

Is today seriously the last day of January? Already? I don't know where the last month went, but it's been a fairly busy one around here!

As you might have seen on Instagram, we took a little family trip to the Oregon Coast this past weekend. We did the same thing last year and had a great time, so we decided to do it again. This time, we stayed in a rental in Waldport and we relaxed, played on the beach, and visited the Oregon Coast Aquarium and the Sea Lion Caves. Since I already posted a bunch of photos on Instagram, I probably won't get around to doing a blog post this year, but it was a lot of fun!

But backing up to earlier this month, we took a trip to Michigan to visit my family aka Charlie's first time on a plane! Since he was only a few weeks old at Thanksgiving and still pretty young at Christmas, we opted to wait until January for his first plane ride. And although January isn't exactly an ideal time to travel to Michigan weather-wise, it was nice to travel after the holiday rush and it was great to be able to finally introduce Charlie to family and friends. (We actually traveled to Michigan last January too and I shared this post, which is still very applicable with a two year old...ha!) Our trip was filled with lots of family time and since I never got around to sharing many photos on social media while we were there, I thought I'd share some here on the blog before January is over :)

My parents were out in Oregon for Charlie's birth but no one else had been able to meet him yet, so my sister and brother-in-law and nephew flew in from New York during our visit and it was the first time we had all the kiddos together! The last time we had seen our nephew, Samuel, was when we were out in NYC when I was pregnant and he's (obviously) grown so much since then! So a lot of our trip was just enjoying time at my parents house with these sweet cousins all under one roof :)

And thanks to my sister for bringing the boys these cute stripey PJs from Polarn!
Samuel and Charlie are less than two months apart (and ironically they were both almost two weeks overdue!) and it's going to be really fun to watch these little guys grow up together :)
After having two daughters, now my parents are having fun with all these grandsons :)
 We also got to spend lots of time with my cousins while we in Michigan which was really nice! It feels like it wasn't too long ago that we were the kids so it's a little surreal that now we have kids :)

Henry and Charlie. LOL.
One day, we went to an indoor trampoline park and Henry was pretty much in heaven
Henry was not happy I made him stop jumping to take this...ha.
The car seat committee
Having fun in the foam pit!
Henry was super into his baby cousin Lila, it was so cute :)
We also got to spend a lot of time with my Grandma while we were in Michigan which was great :)
Missing a couple cousins from this one, but hopefully next time!
The mamas and babies of 2016 - still so surreal that all three of us had a baby in the same year!
This was the best picture I could get of Henry and Luke together because these two are always on the move!
Sam, Lila, and Charlie :)
Unfortunately, we didn't have too much time to get together with friends this trip, but we did get to see a few people. It just seems like there's never enough time to fit everything in!

Blurry picture but so fun whenever our sweet families can be together :)
Sibling pic at Mike's 30th!
One night during our visit, we had dinner at the White Horse Inn; it's not far from my parents' house and it's in an area with lots of horse farms. I couldn't resist snapping a couple pictures because the rustic equestrian decor was so good :)
My parents live about 45 minutes north of Detroit, but every time we're in Michigan these days, we seems to be going down to Detroit more and more and it's awesome to see all the new things and positive changes there. This trip, we stopped at Astro Coffee in Corktown, and even though it's been open for awhile now, I think it's so cute and it reminds me of Portland.
We actually didn't have terrible weather for January and with the exception of one day of really icy roads, the rest of our trip was relatively dry and not too cold. So we didn't get to play in the snow like we did last year, but we did get to take Henry down to the pond on my parents' property to walk on the ice! He wasn't a huge fan of it, but it was kind of cute to see him sliding around out there :)

He was much happier being back on dry land looking for sticks :)

 Charlie also had a great time in Michigan and his personality seems to come out more and more every day. He's such a happy little guy and it was nice for my family to get to spend some time with him :)

I tried to put him in some actual "outfits" while we were there, why are babies in cardigans so cute?
He and my sister really got to bond over being second children :)
We spent a lot of our time in Michigan this trip just chilling at my parents' house since it's not exactly easy to go places quickly with two infants and a toddler, but it made for a very relaxing visit :)

Morning light
Lots of omelette breakfasts
Henry was a big fan of this mirror in the bathroom. LOL.
My sister and I spent a lot of time in our PJs and glasses feeding bebes :)
Henry reading with the giant bear my parents have :)
It was hard to get a non-blurry picture, but so sweet to see all these cousin cuddles!

Another good thing about coming to Michigan in January is that we were able to be there for my mom's birthday, so it was nice to be able to celebrate with her :)

Last but not least, we got to go to the North American International Auto Show while we were in Michigan! It happens every January and it's a pretty of a big deal in Detroit, so it was fun to be able to go this year now that Henry is a little older and very in to cars :)

He wanted to "drive" every car and screamed when we pulled him out...ha!
My parents came to the show too :)
Happy guys :)
The cutest little pink SMART car!
Henry loves Jeeps!
It's always neat to see the new things that are going to be coming out!
Auto Show (Family) Selfie :)

It's always fun to go back to Michigan to visit, and it was definitely a victory surviving our first cross-country flight with two small kids :) So glad we were able to make the trip!


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