Saturday, March 31, 2018

Something Saturdays (3/31/18)

Can you believe that tomorrow is Easter?!! I'm so much more excited about James' first Easter than I was about his first Christmas since he can actually sort of notice things around him now so it'll be more fun (he was only 2 weeks old on Christmas). We even got him a little Easter basket! We're actually beginning the festivities today with Michael's mom's family, then tomorrow we'll celebrate with his stepmom's family. This is going to be the first time a lot of people have met James so it'll definitely be fun (just cross your fingers everyone lets him nap, or I'll have a cranky baby on my hands.) This last week wasn't terribly exciting, just lots of getting things done and fun times with baby <3

Saturday, March 24, 2018

Something Saturdays (3/24/18)

Things are crazy as ever around here! Last weekend we had more time hanging out with parents, and my mom did her "trial run" of babysitting James-which went well so yay! Monday Michael did a presentation to all the classes at our old high school about mental health and James and I went to see him for some of it. Michael's mom also teaches there so she was so excited to show her grandbaby off. I spent the rest of the week working on stuff around here. Yesterday Michael's mom and sister came over and hung out which was fun and today we might be having some friends over for dinner (he also does our taxes so this is like our payment lol).

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Something Saturdays (3/17/18)

Hello friends! Great news, I made and photographed a recipe for the blog this week! So that'll be coming soon! Yayyyy.

Last weekend was another busy but fun one. Saturday, we went to church with Michael's dad and stepmom and James did really well-he slept for half of it and just chilled with his binkie in for the rest. Then we went back to their house and had dinner. James definitely didn't get enough sleep, but that's ok. Sunday we had an old friend over that we hadn't seen in awhile which was nice, and Michael's aunt stopped by as well with a sweet personalized baby blanket. Monday I took James to the breastfeeding support group they have at the hospital (last time we went he was only a week old)-mostly so I could weigh him, lol. This is how cool my kid is--he was crying in the car until I started playing music and he dozed off peacefully when Renegade was playing. He has good taste in music. It also became clear that he is almost definitely teething, which I'm so sad about because 1-it hurts him and 2-I love his little gummy grins and I'm not ready for him to have teeth! The fact that he's now pretty much wearing 6 month clothes doesn't help, my little baby is growing up waaay too fast! Tuesday we just did our thing at home but then a friend of Michael's and mine from high school (she was in Michael's class though so I haven't seen her since she graduated when I was 15) came over for a bit to visit and that was super nice. Wednesday Michael left for Columbus where he was presenting at a conference for work on Thursday-and he got home yesterday! We missed him so so much but we were ok. It was so sweet to see HOW EXCITED James was to see him!

Oh yeah and Happy St. Patrick's Day! I've never been a big fan (largely because I don't drink) so it's just a Saturday to me but I hope you guys all stay safe and have fun!

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

James-3 Months!

Date: March 10, 2018

Height: approx. 24 inches (I had to measure him so goodness knows there's room for error lol)

Weight: 13 lbs. 1 oz.

Sleeping Pattern: He takes 6 naps during the day that usually are anywhere from 45 minutes-1 hour and 45 minutes long and then he sleeps at night however long he will go between eating and before his wakeup time at 6am. He was on a good kick where he just woke up once and it was starting to be later (like 4 am) but then he had a growth spurt and it's thrown everything off and the last few nights he's been up twice a night again. *sigh* His naptime routine is he gets put into his Halo sleepsack swaddle and then I sit with him and sing to him until he's done fussing, then I put him into his crib and he sleeps (his bedtime/middle of the night feedings he just nurses and goes back to sleep). More specific schedule info in the day in the life section.

Eating Habits: Pretty much the same as the last couple months! During the day he eats every 2-3 hours and does a really cute lip smacking thing and little grunty/coughy sound to signal "hey feed me." He's gotten less hungry and demanding, though, overall. And he takes bottles well now, too--with no issues transitioning between that and nursing now.

Development: James can see much further away so he'll spot you across the room and give you a grin-and on the same note he's better at recognition. When Michael comes home from work and comes up to say hi to James he is gifted with the BIGGEST and happiest grin. And, in general, if people smile at him and look him in the eye he'll smile back at them. He's still crazy strong and fully can control his head-he's also been starting to sort of sit himself up from a reclining position, and he's making moves towards rolling onto his front from his back (NOOO). He has had his first laughs (!) and he's also talking a ton, but I'll get more into that in the talking section. He's started noticing patterns in life and what they mean (ie when he gets dressed and put in his sleepsack he starts fussing because he knows it's bedtime, or when he hears the garage door he gets excited because he knows daddy is home). And I believe he has started teething, joy of joys.

Mischief: He pretty much laughs at me while I change his poopy diapers. He also still loves to spitup on everyone and everything. James has also been grabbing mine or Michael's hands to chew on (due to aforementioned probable teething). Oh and there was a really fun phase where he'd start to sort of go for me and I'd say "No no no" and he's grin then he'd go back for it, looking at me out of the corner of my eye with a half smile then grinning again when I said "No no no". He even started to start to try to imitate it and go "Oh, oh, oh..." After a few times of this though he seemed to figure out I was actually preventing him from doing something so then he got frustrated with it and the game was done.

Cuteness: Uh yeah I have the cutest baby ever He has the biggest most fun personality and he's such a happy baby! He smiles and coos and grins and squeals and LAUGHS! He's only laughed a few times, usually when he thinks me or Michael are being funny. He's also laughed during one of our favorite things (dance party!!) and his feet seem to be ticklish so he laughs when Michael rubs his stubble on them. James also likes to clasp his little hands together, which is adorbs, and he's figured out how to be coy. I'll smile at him and he'll grin and bury his face in his daddy's chest while still peeking at me out of the corner of his eye and smiling (and he'll do the same to Michael when I'm holding him). Kid knows he's cute. He sticks his tongue out while smiling sometimes which is of course-CUTE and he just makes the best faces when he stretches or is studying something with his furrowed brow or when he's sounding out a new sound or anytime.

Nicknames: James-y, Littlest Bob, Nugget (or Nug or Nuggy), Chicken Nugget/Chicken, Mister, Sir, Bud/Buddy, Goose (short for silly goose), Wiggle Worm, Friend, Sweet Boy, Baby, Love (My love, little love, sweet love), Little little, Cutie patootie/pie, My Sweetie/Sweetie-pie, Little/Sweet/Baby Boy (or any combo with any of the other nicknames listed)

Talking: He has really started to find his voice and all his little coos and sounds sound more intentional and like he's talking in his own cute little way. He's also playing with volume now so sometimes he'll squeal or say something really loud and other times he'll coo something softly. He makes a lot of sounds that sound like words (Hii, mamama, etc.) and honestly it's just so fun to hear the different things he says. I think we have a talkative little guy on our hands (surprise surprise :P).

Favorites: Me and Michael ( much, not to brag but our baby loves us lol). Dancing. Being sang to (or whistled to). Being naked (still, as soon as his clothes come off he's happy. Happier if his diaper comes off too). Being smiled at and talked to. Chewing on his hands or mommy and daddy's hands. Being tickled on his feet or tummy. Eating. Playing on his activity gym. Playing with mommy's hair. Kisses.

Dislikes: Being denied food when he wants to eat. Being kept from going to sleep when tired (but, conversely, he also dislikes bedtime). Generally still dislikes the carseat although that is getting better. Being held in a position that he does not want to be in in that moment/being held down. Shots (poor little buddy). Being forced to remain in tummy time past the point he's decided he's done. Getting dressed. He's generally so happy, though, he honestly doesn't dislike much.

Firsts: He went to church for the first time last Saturday (he did so good!) He had his first big family get together (which was also his longest-1 hour- car ride) and has been going on more outings in general (they're rough on his sleep but he does pretty well considering. It helps that he'll now take the wubbanub binkie so that'll keep him calm when he's tired or hungry and being kept from being able to eat or sleep). He had his first LAUGH which is just my favorite.

Concerns: Still not much in the way of concerns! He had about a week last month where he went on a nap strike and that was rough on me but I think he was going through a developmental leap and he was fine after it was over. So far so good.

A Day in the Life: For a normal day we wake up around 6, I feed him, we play (he has about an hour and 15 minutes of awake time total, including feeding--that's his sweet spot where he naps well and doesn't get overly tired) then he naps until about 9, repeat the same cycle, nap until 12, eat and play, nap until 3, eat and play, nap until 5/5:30, eat and play, nap until 7/7:30, eat and play, sleep until just before 10pm then I change his diaper and feed him and put him to sleep in his cradle by our bed for the night. He wakes up once to eat (but due to teething also sometimes tries to wake up again and I have to give him the binkie until he drifts back off) and then wakes up for the day again at 6am the next day. His playtimes consist of just talking to and looking at each other, tummy time, his activity gym, and fun stuff like that.

Saturday, March 10, 2018

Something Saturdays (3/10/18)

Woo! It's been a crazy week. Last weekend, in particular, was go go go. Saturday, we went to a family party for Michael's mom's side in Youngstown, which is over an hour away, and all things considered, James did really well. He didn't nap as long as normal so he was extra sleepy, but other than that he held up and it was fun! Then, Sunday, we went to Michael's cousin's house to meet their brand new baby. Michael and his cousin, Vince, are only a month apart so it's exciting that we now have babies close in age! It was so crazy to hold their sweet little girl, because I already can't remember James being that tiny. Like...what?! It was so so nice to visit and have them to go through this new parent journey with us, we loved it (but, again, poor little James was so tired after the whole thing). Monday we had an appointment for James that took awhile and poor little guy got poked a lot for bloodwork, which killed Michael and I. We also briefly brought him to Michael's work to meet a couple of his co-workers. After that things got more normal, on Tuesday my mom came and had such a happy lovely visit with James. We spent the rest of the week just hanging out, then on Thursday/Friday my little nugget started going through a growth spurt which has meant not so much in the way of sleep for anyone. (Fingers crossed it ends soon!)

I know it's late but I made this collage of all my pregnancy photos and it's crazy to see how I grew over the weeks! Being pregnant already feels like a very distant memory and I can't believe that was James in there!

Saturday, March 3, 2018

Something Saturdays (3/3/18)

Great news, ever since the end of James' nap strike he's been doing REALLY well with his naps AND his nighttime sleep-I finally feel like I can see the day he'll sleep through the night (not yet but we're on our way lol), and it means I've been able to get some stuff done around the house (which is good because it really needed cleaned lol). 

Last weekend was good, as always! I worked on Saturday and then just enjoyed time with my boys the rest of it (plus Michael's dad and stepmom stopped in Sunday). On Monday my boss Val came over and met James and we talked about the weddings for this year and all that exciting stuff! Wednesday I unfortunately had to go to another calling hours (I hadn't been to one in like 15 years and then two in 1 week). Yesterday, Michael's friend Lizzy came into town and we visited for a little bit in the evening. And today we're going to a party for one of Michael's cousins in Youngstown (which is about an hour away) which will be James' first time at a family function...I'm excited but also suuuper nervous about how he'll do lol.

Oh also, ALSO, I'm in major trouble. Lately James has been putting everything in his mouth and when I hold him in a cradle hold he starts to go for me over my clothes and I stop him and go "No, no, no" and he grins and goes back (watching me out of the corner of his eye with a look of mischief) and smiles when I tell him "No, no, no" again. AND now he's started also sounding out and going "Oh, oh, oh" while doing so. AKA my kid is trying to say no. While also thinking it's hilarious. See? Major trouble. 

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