Friday, July 18, 2014

Ryder at 6 Months

He's half a year old already!

He has been sitting by himself for about a week - he still can't get that way, but can stay sitting upright for the most part. I try to either sit behind him or have a pillow behind him just in case he flops backwards. He loves bath time, he never disliked baths, but now he is starting to giggle & splash in the water! He can roll really well and elbow around in a circle to get to toys. He is still up at least 1-2 times overnight - currently sleeping in pack-n-play in master bedroom. We were bedsharing until about 2 weeks ago, now he wants to roll around too much. He's adjusted pretty well to sleeping in the pack-n-play, once he starts sleeping through the night or at least being more predictable about getting up only once, I'll move him to his room. He slobbers EVERYWHERE and he likes to chew on the cold teething rings - maybe we'll have teeth soon!

We're mostly doing baby led weaning where you give babies manageable pieces that they can chew on. We fed him oatmeal cereal a couple of times, he's also had avocado, zucchini, yellow squash, cucumber, mashed potato (w/ breastmilk), sweet potato, french fries (without salt), yams, watermelon, and cantaloupe. He didn't necessarily EAT much of any of them, mostly just chewed on and tasted. I'm thinking about pureeing green beans, peas, peaches and pears to feed him too since peas & green beans don't work well for BLW and peaches & pears are really slippery. He is also still nursing really well! We've made it 6 months so far, I'm hoping we can make it for an entire year...but we'll see!

We went out to see my family in Columbia over the 4th of July. It was his first trip. He did really well both driving out and with the change in schedule of hanging out at my aunt's house most of the day. My brother & Anaya shot off fireworks once it got dark and they didn't seem to bother him, although after about 5 minutes Claire was done and told me she needed to go inside.

We had his doctor appointment this afternoon. According to their milestone chart, he is doing lots of things an 8 month old baby does. He weighs 20.5 lbs and is 28.5 inches - 90th & 97th percentiles respectively.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Ryder at 5 Months

This month's pictures are probably my favorite so far. He is developing such a personality.

We're still bed sharing. I've decided it is fine and we'll just keep doing it until whenever he is ready to sleep on his own. I do NOT want to fight with him to sleep like we had to with Claire.

He is rolling over a lot, both directions. At the beginning of June we moved him into his new convertible carseat since he was outgrowing the infant seat. He has pretty much stopped scratching up his face, yay! I had to pull out the 6-9 month / 9 month clothing already! Still in size 3 diapers. We tried Gerber Oatmeal Cereal for the first time last night, mixed it with some breast milk. He is still breast feeding and he is going great so far! He likes going to walks in the stroller. He loves his exersaucer, since it doesn't have many toys attached to it we're constantly having to pick the toys up after he knocks them off. He's going a really good job of starting to sit up, he can't get in that position by himself and once we put him that way we have to help keep him upright. I put him in the Johnny Jumper for the first time this month, he really seems to like it.

He got to meet his Nana & Papa (Justin's parents) for the first time this month.

He is fascinated by Claire and loves watching her. He also watches more TV than I would like because of her. And he is already enthralled with the iPad (not that he gets to play with it, just because Claire will bring it over and sit by me with it while I'm playing with Ryder).


Saturday, May 24, 2014

Ryder at 4 Months

Wow. Our little guy is 4 Months old already. Approximately a year ago was when I found out I was pregnant and now we have a 4 month old!

On April 25, my mom & dad saw Ryder roll from back-to-front for the first time. Justin saw it the next week, but I didn't see him do it until May 4th and then again on the morning of May 5th! I tried to get a video...but he doesn't like to cooperate with me. He is also now rolling all the way over (back-to-front-to-back), again, no video because whenever I try I end up just getting him doing one roll and then fussing about it. We've also just started putting him in his exersaucer. He loves standing up. We've started putting him in his highchair during dinner, he is pretty happy to sit and talk to us most nights while we eat. And I got him a different bathtub in hopes a teaching him to splash - no luck so far.

He is also going through quite the sleep regression right now (I do not remember Claire doing this). If you had asked me before Ryder was born if I would EVER have him sleeping in bed with me, I would've said no. I didn't do it with Claire (at least not regularly) and I had no intention of doing it with Ryder either. But every night, all night, he is in bed with me. It's the only place he will sleep at night... At this point though, with his sleep regression, he is back to being up (and wanting to nurse) every 2 hours. Seriously. He is usually up at 12:15am, 2:00am, 4:05am, and 5:50am. I need some more sleep!

We went to the doctor on May 16 for his 4 month check up. He is a growing boy: 18 pounds, 2 ounces and 26 inches! Everything looked good. The doctor told me what I could do about his cradle cap, but it doesn't bother me that much so I'm undecided if I will do any of it. He has moved up to size 3 diapers. He's still mostly in 3-6 month clothing, but he does have a few 6-9 or 6-12 month things that fit. The 6 month footed sleepers I got him are all getting tight, but luckily it is warming up.


Thursday, May 1, 2014

Hello May - Currently

Today we had Claire's Kindergarten transition meeting and we were talking about May Day and May Poles and I realized that I had more or less forgotten about May Day. Also, it is really hard to type with two hands while a baby is sleeping on one arm.


watching Royal Pains & My Little Pony

reading What the Dead Know by Laura Lippman

listening to Claire talk (and talk back) a lot

making lots of homemade dinners & new recipes

feeling so very tired

planning next school year, we have big changes coming

loving my little boy who loves to sleep on mommy.

list uses the prompts from rukristin's Currently cards

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Ryder at 3 Months

Ryder is THREE months old already! That is 1/4 of the way to one year!

He had been sleeping almost the entire night. He'd go to bed around 8-9pm, get up once between 1-2am to nurse and then go back to sleep until about 7am. It was lovely. Unfortunately he is currently recovering from his first cold, his cry is so hoarse, it is cute, but sad sounding. The cold really messed with his sleep and he has been sleeping with me since I'm not sure I would hear him cry with how weak his voice is if he were in his own room. We're finally getting back to a fairly normal sleep pattern, still getting up once a night, but way better than about a week ago when he was up 3 times every night.

He ALWAYS has his fingers in his mouth. He also manages to gouge his forehead no matter how often I trim his nails. He loves playing on his play mat and has started grabbing a hold of the toys that hang from the bar. He smiles and giggles at us - especially Justin. He does not usually like sitting still. He likes to be moving - mostly carried. He rolled over for the first time, front to back on the 14th.

According to my bathroom scale he weighs about 17 pounds. He is wearing size 2 diapers and 3-6 month / 6 month clothing (depending on the brand).

We're loving on this little boy and can't wait to see what he does next.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Hello April - Currently

I love April. Hopefully we'll finally start experiencing normal Spring weather - it SNOWED just over a week ago...silly weather. I also love April because my birthday is this month! And Easter (this year). Sometimes they are on the same day even! But not this year.

I'm trying to figure out why this little boy has decided he HATES tummy time. He liked it, he would usually do it for at least 10 minutes without fussing until about two weeks ago and now he starts screaming the second I put him on his tummy. He does slightly better if I prop him up on a pillow. But he used to be fine just laying on his he is not.


watching way too many episodes of Peppa Pig (thanks Nick Jr.)

reading the Tess Monaghan series by Laura Lippman

listening to angry music (Linkin Park, Breaking Benjamin, etc) (also my pandora station is actually called Angry Music)

making lists of projects i want to work on

feeling overwhelmed like there is not enough time to get anything done

planning project life layouts

loving april! spring!

list uses the prompts from rukristin's Currently cards

Monday, March 31, 2014

Menu Monday

The only meal from last week that we didn't make was the meatloaf, and that was because Justin ended up being gone the night we were going to have that (which ended up being Friday after all my re-arranging), so Claire & I just had deli sandwiches and we'll have meatloaf this week instead. Claire ended up being sick all of Saturday and not totally back to normal on Sunday so she didn't eat much either of those days. And my mom was awesome and brought us lunch on Sunday!

Monday, March 24, 2014

Menu Monday

We mostly followed the plan last week. Well, we had to rearrange because I forgot to pull stuff out of the freezer, but we ate all the right meals. On Saturday we ended up doing leftovers night instead of waffles because we had SOOOO many leftovers.

When I was asking Justin what he wanted to eat this week he said, "Meatloaf, loaf of meat, and meat loaf." Instead we're having meat loaf once and them homemade meat balls using the same recipe. And after I wrote this out on my tablet, I decided to switch Wednesday & Friday, that's why there is an arrow there.

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Day in the Life - March 20th

Day in the Life for March happened to be a Thursday. It was also Spring Break which means we ended up having Anaya for part of the week which means she was here for Day in the Life.

Right now I get up twice most nights to nurse Ryder & put him back to bed. Usually around 1-2 and 5-6, sometimes a little earlier, sometimes a little later, it just depends on how he feels. I do not pump at home, but I do pump three times a day while I'm at work.

Justin went to get Anaya today, so I took a few of pictures of her & Justin playing with Ryder. Then they handed him off to me and he promptly pooped and it went all up his back which resulted in me giving him a bath.

After I got him dressed again we sat on the bench at the diningroom table and swayed while he slept and I looked at Target on my phone. Justin & Anaya messed around with the computers in the basement.

I told Claire that I would help her count her money. She wanted to buy a Rainbow Dash "People Pony" (Equestria Girl), so we were figuring out if she had enough money to buy one (she did), but we weren't going to get one that night. Then she played the iPad some more.

Ryder played on his play mat for a little while - he LOVES the mirror. Justin made us the rare evening pot of coffee.

Claire likes to sit in the rocking chair in Ryder's room. Then she brought me the iPad because she needed up with her My Little Pony game. And Ryder laid on the floor and wiggled around.

I played with Ryder and made him have some tummy time. He usually LOVES tummy time but today he just wasn't in the mood and screamed as soon as I got him rolled over.

Anaya had a friend over to spend the night - but I didn't take any pictures of them. Claire wanted to go outside with them, but I wasn't letting her since Justin & I weren't out there. So she stood at the window, eating an Oreo, hollering at Anaya to come inside. Then it was time to put Ryder to bed. I like how my pictures start & end with my holding Ryder after getting him to sleep, because that is truly so much of what my time at home consists of having.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Project Life 2014 - Week 1

Week 1: January 1-5

This is the first week of the year. Ryder wasn't born yet, both of the girls were still on break from school and Anaya spent most of the week at our house. It snowed a few inches and it was REALLY REALLY cold.

This year, instead of using date cards, I'm picking a picture for the upper left corner that I can put a date on. I really love this look. I have completed 7 weeks so far using this "date overlay" and I love the look of it. I'm also switching to mostly using the plain colored journaling cards that came with the Seafoam kit. I like them a lot and wish that I had more colors of them - I may end up making some of my own.

And this is why I try so hard to keep up with my Project Life albums. There is a not a week that goes by that Claire doesn't ask to look at picture books. She specifically asked to look at the ones of her as a "Big Girl" and Hudson (her cousin).