Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Ryder at 3 Months

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

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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).

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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 tummy...now he is not.

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Currently:

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!

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Monday, March 31, 2014

Menu Monday

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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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.

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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.

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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

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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).

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Monday, March 17, 2014

Menu Monday

I really need to start menu planning again...and actually FOLLOWING the menu plan. A lot of the time, if Justin decides that he doesn't want to eat dinner, I end up just making Claire a pb&j sandwich and then I eat some leftovers, or something. But I never eat enough...or I don't eat anything that is actually a meal - 4 warm-ish pancakes & a piece of bread with some peanut butter is not really dinner - and then I end up grumpy later. So, dinner needs to actually happen every night.

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Sunday, March 16, 2014

Ryder at 2 Months

Ryder is TWO months old already?! It kind of like, how is he already 2 months and really, he's ONLY 2 months! Because it feels like we've had him so much longer than two months.

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We haven't had his 2 month check-up yet, so I won't have an "official" weight until Tuesday. But according to the not-so-accurate method of weighing us together and then just weighing me, he weighs somewhere between 13 & 14 pounds. And he is getting long too. He's already wearing 3-6 month clothing, which at Carter's is just called 6 month clothing. We need to finish off our box of size 1 diapers, and then we'll probably move on to size 2 diapers.

I've been back at work for 2.5 weeks. We're settling into a pretty good routine - some days are definitely better than others. Most days, he wakes up somewhere between 4:30am and 6:00am to eat, then he'll usually go back to sleep. By the end of the day the routine is usually completely shot. I try to get him to bed between 8 and 9, but then sometimes he falls asleep at 7 only to be up again at 9 and stays up until 11.

We thought he had a dairy allergy like his daddy & Claire, but now I'm not so sure. I have added some dairy back into my diet and he doesn't seem to be any fussier or have any more difficulty than when I wasn't eating any dairy. But I'm still limiting it to be on the safe side - except for today when I ate Cheesecake at my mom's and then made a pasta dish with a creamy cheesey sauce. We'll see how he is tomorrow with all that dairy in me...

He is lifting his head up so much now. And he smiles for us - especially for Justin. He kind of giggles. He LOVES making faces at the baby in the mirror. He has a magical ability to poop up his back and pee up his front at the same time - that results in him having a bath. However, for the most part, he LIKES baths. He is sometimes unhappy after the bath but probably just because he is cold.

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Love this little boy and so excited to see him grow!

Monday, March 10, 2014

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Day in the Life - February 20th

Better late than never...right?

I knew on February 20th that I was doing Day in the Life. I reminded myself on the 19th...then I got up on the 20th and promptly forgot until about 9am when Justin got back from taking Claire to school and brought me breakfast from McDonalds. So I have no pictures of Claire getting ready in the morning which is too bad since this is the last week day Day in the Life that I will be home for, the rest will either be weekends or days while I'm at work. After eating breakfast, Ryder had some floor time and I folded laundry.

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Then I got Ryder ready and we went to run errands. We had to get a prescription, go to the bank, put gas in my car, and go to the grocery store. We also went to my work to introduce Ryder to my co-workers. I didn't take any pictures while we were there though.

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In the afternoon, Ryder & I took a big long nap, so I don't really have any pictures of that either. I woke up when my mom called to tell me that she was here with my grandma to visit Ryder. They loved on the baby for a while.

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We hung around the house. Claire quite literally hung off the couch to watch her afternoon cartoons when she got home from school.

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Dinner for Claire. I rocked Ryder for a little while.

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Claire took a bath and wanted me to sit in there with her. Since Ryder wasn't in the mood to go to sleep, he got to sit in the bathroom too.

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Claire wanted to play the Wii after her bath, so I ended up playing Mario Kart while holding Ryder...and I still got 1st place. I did a lot of laundry today also.

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Then it was Claire's bedtime - brushing teeth & reading a book.

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And that was our Day in the Life in February.