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Monday, February 18, 2019

Wyatt - 5 Months

Man, that month went by fast.  That says a lot considering last week we were quite literally snowed in for many days.

Wyatt is five months old! 


- No official stats to share as he doesn't go back for a well check until six months.  We've managed to keep this kid (overall) healthy so far so he isn't nearly as familiar with his pediatrician as the other two were at this age.  My guess is he's somewhere between 13 and 14 pounds

- Not only did we start supplementing formula, but I stopped nursing and started exclusively pumping.  The combination has really done him good.  My milk is naturally really lean but I also don't think he was transferring milk very well when nursing

- Started to show some interest in food so we just started introducing baby food.  So far, he's tried sweet potatoes, butternut squash, apples, and prunes.  This kid can hardly see over the highchair tray but he loves it

- He has the best laugh and I can get him going pretty good just by talking to him

- Is still so, so, so ticklish

- Loves to be sung to

- Drools like crazy, loves to blow raspberries, and spits up a lot so we go through three or four outfit changes a day

- Loves Mommy (a lot), Daddy, Camden, and Zoey.  He lights up for us all - especially his siblings

- Saw his first snow... all 18 inches of it

- A rolling over champ - back to belly and belly to back

- Reaching for and grabbing all the things - including hair and our dog, Raph

- Absolutely loves baths (and being naked).  He kicks and flails with excitement

- Is just the happiest, most content baby ever



Take Luck,
LP


Friday, January 18, 2019

Wyatt - 4 Months

Four months old and it's going by lightning fast... blah, blah, blah.  I know.  Why is it that each kid seems to grow up faster than the one before?

Wy Guy is four months old!


At four months:

- He weighs 12 lbs 15 oz (8th percentile), is 24 1/4 inches long (18th percentile), and his head circumference is 16 1/4 inches (44th percentile)  

- We started supplementing formula and it has made a huge difference for his growth and his little bod.  I mean - look at those cheeks!  The first thing his pediatrician said at his four month well check was "where is his neck?!"

- Is so engaging.  This kid just smiles and laughs and babbles non-stop

- Nicknames include Wy Wy, Baby Bubba, Bubs, Pudge and Pudgie Wudgie

- Thought he was starting to favor me looks wise? But now I just see Ryan (and Zoey)

- Drools more than the previous two kids combined, I swear

- Has started blowing raspberries which just adds to the mess he normally makes with his drool 

- Is the most ticklish baby I have ever seen or met

- Loves Mommy, Daddy, Big Bubba Cam and Big Sissy Zo Zo

- Is really starting to favor Zoey looks-wise

- Celebrated his first Christmas

- Getting super close to rolling over from back to belly but get stuck on his side because his head is so big.  And it's not really "that" big but compared to the rest of his body proportions -- it is.

- Is a really good sleeper (knocking on all the wood) and will sleep anywhere from 10-12 hours overnight.  Naps have much improved too and they are anywhere from 1-3 hours

- Eyes are still a dark gray/blue.  Ryan thinks they'll go blue but I think they'll go brown
- Started daycare at Ms. Debbie's and has done so well with the transition.  He gets so much love and attention there from the teachers and the kids - it is no wonder he doesn't miss me

- Could be a serious competitor if there was a competition for the most wonderful baby in the universe.  I'm biased (I KNOW!) but he is just the best, best, best





Take Luck,
LP

Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Wyatt - 3 Months

Why is time so mean?  Because I swear that I just wrote about Wyatt at two months and now he's three months.  And you know what?  I have a feeling I'll be saying that every month and for the rest of my life.


Anyway, my baby boy is three months old!  At three months, Wyatt:

- Weighs 10 pounds 2 ounces. And I know this thanks to an impromptu weight check with his pediatrician yesterday. He is not thriving as he should growth-wise and so we will be supplementing formula in hopes that it helps him grow more.

- Really loves Mommy.  Like, nobody compares to Mommy and I am more than OK with it

- Smiles all the time and is quite the little chatter box when you engage with him

- Is starting to laugh and it's just the best sound in the world

- Is very responsive to Mommy, Camden and Zoey

- Has lots of facial expressions just like Zoey

- Just might be favoring me in who he looks like??

- Loves the Tula baby carrier and all its sleepy baby magic

- Is trying to roll over from back to belly

- Has started drooling and I don't recall either Cam or Zoey doing this at this age

- Likes to put his hands in his mouth. This coupled with the drooling makes me wonder if he’ll get teeth early/earlier?

- His “it’s bedtime” tired cry sounds a little like Chewbacca

- Sleeps a good 8.5 hour stretch at night, eats, and then goes back to sleep for a varying amount of time.  I'll take it.  Naps are getting much better too.

- Hair is growing back in the front but is now disappearing in the back from him sleeping on his back and moving his head side-to-side in his sleep. So he’s got this little tuft on top, then a sweet strip of bald, and then a nice little mullet way down in the back.

- Eyes are still a dark gray/blue but I am pretty confident that at some point they will turn brown like Daddy and Zoey's

- Will start daycare at Ms. Debbie's on January 2

He is seriously a chill and very happy baby - he fits in with this family so well and is so, so loved.



Take Luck,
LP


Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Camden is SIX

I looked back on Cam's fifth birthday post just now and it feels like it was both a lifetime ago and just yesterday.  This year has been full of changes for him and he has truly rocked it.  I just cannot cannot cannot believe he is six and officially needs two hands to show his age with his fingers.  

Of course, I am queen of bias when it comes to him and his siblings but this kid is truly special.


Weight: 39 1/2 lbs (13th percentile)
Height: 42.5 inches (7th percentile)

- Is incredibly loving and affectionate

-  Has two (maybe three?) loose teeth and says he wants them to be shot out with a Nerf gun.  One of them is hanging by a thread, I swear

- Played YMCA basketball with the Rockets, YMCA soccer with the Lightning Cheetahs, and YMCA t-ball with the Sluggers

- Played Tracyton soccer with the Lightning Bolts (formerly Dragons)

- Has started playing indoor soccer with the Thunder Cats 

- Takes gymnastics (Comets 2) twice a week with Coach Sam and it is amazing how much his strength and coordination has improved.  He is so fun to watch!

- Is catching onto reading really quickly

- Loves to draw, practice writing his first and last name, and various words and phrases (after asking how to spell them of course)

- Started Kindergarten and absolutely loves it and his teacher, Ms. Ryan.  During his parent/teacher conference she said that he is the most articulate and socialized kid in his class, one of only a handful that can count to 100 and will be truly reading by the end of the school year, and has wonderful penmanship.  The two things he needs to work on are not blurting out answers/questions before being called on... and not hugging everyone all of the time.  Did I mention he was a very loving and affectionate kid?

- He came home on the first day of school saying that there was a very pretty girl in his class and that he would like to marry her... but he couldn't tell me what her name was.  Turns out her name is Mazie and she is adorable.

- His best friends in his class are Kaleo, Kamden (KJ), Charlie, Kainoa, Shane and Mazie.

- Seriously seems like he's made friends with at least half of the school so far.  I volunteer in his class on Tuesday afternoons and when we walk out together at the end of the school day he hugs at least 10 kids goodbye.

- His principal calls him "Boss."

- Has developed a very cute friendship with our neighbor, Ian.  It's like they are brothers.  Ian is very protective of Cam and walks him to his classroom everyday when they get to school (even though Cam is more than capable of doing it himself) and Cam looks up to Ian like he is the bees knees.

- Became a big brother again and adores his baby brother more than I had imagined he would.  He is constantly asking to hold him and I frequently have to ask him to "stop kissing the baby." He tells me at least three times a day that "baby brother is soooooo cute!"

- Apparently not as terrified of natural disasters as he once was?  They had the "big shake" drill at school a few weeks ago and he came home saying it was his favorite thing about school

- A fireman came into their class to talk about fire safety and it left a big impression on him because no he will now randomly say "if there is a fire in your house, Mommy - don't worry about your toys.  Just worry about yourself."

- Wears 5T tops, 5T bottoms (finally), and a size 10 shoe

- Favorite things to eat are peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, chocolate brownie Z-bars, and Classic Lays chips

- Favorite TV shows are Blaze and the Monster Machines, Teen Titans Go, and Loud House.  I'm also forcing the kids to watch Crikey! It's the Irwins and he really likes that too

- Still loves to watch "red commercial" on the iPad (YouTube Kids) and I'll never understand how it can be so fascinating to watch other kids playing with toys or playing video games

- Is still so snuggly and I LOVE IT

Interview update:
Favorite Color: All of the blues
Favorite Movie: Incredibles 2
Favorite TV Show: Puppy Pals and Paw Patrol 
Favorite Animal: Cheetah
Favorite Book: Anything about cheetahs 
What do you want to be when you grow up?: An Army guy
Who is your best friend?: Of course Shane and Mazie
Favorite thing to learn about at school: Reading and writing letters  
Favorite food: Pizza
Favorite Drink: Chocolate milk
Favorite Activity: Jump on trampolines and do backflips
Favorite Song: The River
Favorite thing about yourself: When I played my first game of indoor soccer I worked really hard and scored a goal




Camden James.  There really are no words to adequately describe how much I love you and how incredibly proud I am to be your Mommy.  You are smart, funny, outgoing, and very silly.  People are drawn to you because you are so happy, loving, and full of life  Being your mom and watching you grow and experience this world is such a joy and privilege.  It truly is an honor.  I love you, my Super Cam.

Take Luck,
LP

Sunday, November 18, 2018

Wyatt - 2 Months

October to November may have been the fastest month of my life.  I swear I was just plucking out Wyatt's 1 Month post... and yet, here we are.

My baby boy is two months old!


He weighed in at 9 pounds 5 ounces at our lactation consultation on Friday.  Internally, I was proud of his weight and growth but the consultant said "he's still a little behind."  I wanted to reply with "story of my motherhood life," but instead I laughed and said that all my kids grow on their own little curve and as long as they're growing (even if at a snail's pace compared to everyone else...) that's all that matters.

Weight: 9 lbs 9 oz (6th percentile)
Height: 22 1/2 inches (41st percentiles)
Head Circumference: 15 inches (30th percentile)

At two months, Wyatt:

- Loves Mommy, baths, showers with Mommy, snuggling, Mommy, nursing, Mommy, and being carried in the Tula
- Has started smiling and cooing in response to us
- Rolls over from belly to back and looks like he's trying to roll over back to belly
- Sleeps anywhere from three to seven hour stretches overnight... he really likes to keep me guessing and consuming lots of coffee
- We’re working on napping for longer than 20 minutes at a time  
- Had his tongue tie procedure and was an absolute champ.  Mommy on the other hand cried (and cried and cried and cried) like a little baby
- His baby acne seems to have almost gone away
- His hair is starting to grow back in where it fell out in the front

We were having a moment of good eye contact and smiles this afternoon and I felt like my heart was literally swelling.  And of course, I got all emotional and choked up for a minute because I just love this little guy so much and know that time is just going to keep flying by and breaking my heart.

Obligatory comparison pictures:



Take Luck,
LP
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