Wednesday, December 17, 2014

nash {10 months}

Dear Sweet Nash-
This month has been so fun to watch you learn and grow so much.  You are becoming less and less of a baby and more and more of a little toddler.  I can't believe how fast you are growing up and how quickly we are approaching your 1st Birthday.  Even though we had some sickness this month, you are still such a sweet and happy boy.  You always have a smile on your face even with a snotty nose and a cough!!
Oh little buddy, sleep is just consistently inconsistent for you.  You were sleeping great for about a week and then we found out you had RSV & an ear infection and you slept terribly.  In fact, I ended up sleeping on the couch with you for about 4 nights in a row because you wouldn't sleep any other way.  Once you got to feeling better sleep got somewhat better.  You've just been having a little harder time going to sleep and waking up in the 6 o'clock hour rather than 7am.  You have been a great napper lately.  I can lay you down, you'l scream for a minute and then you are out.  Most naps are anywhere from 1.5-2hrs.  I don't think you have ever taken a nap longer than 2hrs.  Something that is so nice about your sleep habits is that you will sleep anywhere.  If you are tired in the car, you will fall asleep.  If you are tired in the stroller, you will fall asleep.  Pearson would never do that!!
We are pretty much on the same schedule as last month, except I did have to nurse you a few times in the middle of the night while you were sick because there was nothing else that would soothe you!! I nurse you 4 times a day around 7am, 11am, 3pm and 7pm.  You eat 3 meals a day around 8am, noon, and 5:30.  We have started introducing some table food.  You have had green beans, crackers, bread, blueberry waffles, peaches, bananas, canned apples, black beans, pinto beans, tortillas, avocados, pasta, cinnamon rolls, chicken poppyseed casserole, edamame, peas, corn, rice, chicken, carrots, potatoes, and probably some more things, but that's all I can think of right now!! We haven't found anything that you don't like yet!!  I'm hoping you will be a good eater like the rest of the boys in the family!! I still give you oatmeal mixed with fruit puree for breakfast, and usually some sort of a pouch for lunch, then we are starting to let you just eat what we eat for dinner as long as it is soft enough!!  I am officially done pumping.  You will take a formula bottle great if needed.  You drink the blue similac.  I have about 4 cans of samples, so hopefully those will get us through the rest of your 1st year and we won't have to buy any formula.  I really only give you a bottle 2-3 times a week so we should be good!!
New Tricks/Activities/Accomplishments: 
You are an official crawler.  You started crawling on Nov. 19th.  A few days before that I thought you were no where near crawling, then all of the sudden you started getting on your hands and knees and scooting backwards.  You could scoot, go from sitting to laying and back to sitting, turn and twist, but couldn't crawl!! You would figure out a way to get what you wanted though.  As soon as you figured crawling out, we haven't been able to stop you.  You are into everything……more so than I remember Pearson being.  However, you have presents and three christmas trees to go for!!  You also started pulling up to your knees this month.  You can't quite get on your feet yet, but it won't be long. You are babbling a lot.  We mainly hear "buh-buh" but we also have heard a few more sounds. ( /d/, /g/, /m/) You love to try to repeat after us, especially if we make a growling sound.  You know how to make a kissing sound and you love to play with your tongue moving it back and forth.  If Pearson makes a loud noise, you are sure to follow with a loud noise yourself!!  You still love to clap and do it anytime you hear someone else clap.  You also wave but it's only a "hi" wave, not a "bye" wave.  We can't get you to say bye-bye or wave bye bye!! When you hear music you always start to dance.  In fact your two favorite songs are the Taylor Swift songs, "Blank Spaces" and "Shake it Off".  Anytime you hear those, you start clapping really big.  Once you were completely asleep and it came on the radio and you woke up and started clapping immediately.  I can always count on those two songs to calm you down when you are crying.  Funny huh?
Puffs, Squeezy pouches, paci, giggling with brother, being tickled, remotes with lights, my iPhone, the wheels on Pearson's scooter, watching Pearson, splash in the tub, Praise Baby videos, getting into everything!!
Diaper changes, pulling clothes over your head, when brother pokes you too hard, hats, hoods or anything on your head, when you run out of puffs, when no one pays you any attention, when you are overly tired, getting your nose wiped.
Other Random Facts:
  • Still only one top tooth! Your one top tooth is getting really big so you look so cute with just one snaggle tooth!!
  • First ear infection and RSV this month.  We took Augmentin this time since you had just been on Amox a while back for a sinus infection. 
  • We lowered your bed to the middle level this month because you started pulling up to your knees.  
  • You always wake up in the morning sitting up in the corner of your bed with the biggest smile on your face!! 
  • You have really started to interact with Pearson more this month and I am just loving watching you two play together!
  • When we tell you "no", you always stop, look at us, give us a big grin, then go on doing what you aren't supposed to be doing.  Little stinker!!!
  • Your absolute favorite thing to do is play with the doors. You love to sit by them and swing them open and closed.  
  • You celebrated your first Thanksgiving by trying lots of new table food!!
Happy 10 months baby boy!!

Your Mommy

{10 month Stats}

Weight:    23 pounds 5 ounces
Length:  29 1/2ish inches??
Eating: nursing 4 times a day (around 7:00am, 11am, 3pm, & 7:30pm) along with 3 meals a day (around 8:00, noon, & 5:30)
Bedtime: around 7:30pm
Awake: around 7:00am
Naps: usually 2 1.5/2hr naps around 10am and 3pm
Diapers: size 4's
Clothes: 12-18 month, mostly 18 months, and a few 18-24 month hand-me-downs
Teeth: (3, two bottom, 1 top) no new teeth this month

Here is Pearson at 10 months and Nash at 10 months.
Look how you've changed.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

meal planning monday

Monday: Walmart Effortless Meal Deal

Tuesday: Me: DMB Christmas Party Boys: Leftover Pork Tacos

Wednesday: Breakfast Casserole & Fruit Compote

Thursday: Mississipi Roast, Carrots & Potatoes 

Friday: ABF Christmas Party

Saturday Breakfast: Bagels

Saturday Lunch: Out

Saturday Dinner: Spicy Sausage Pasta

Sunday Lunch: Roast Beef Sandwiches & Chips 

Sunday Dinner: Chicken Poppyseed & Green Beans & Rolls

Monday, December 01, 2014

meal planning monday

Monday: BOGO Cane's w/ The Raney's

Tuesday: Chicken & Kale Pasta Shells, Caesar Salad & Garlic Rolls

Wednesday: Tortilla Soup

Thursday: Swiss Stuffing Chicken, Green Beans, Rolls

Friday: Pork Carnitas, Rice & Beans

Saturday Breakfast: Cream Cheese & Sausage Twirls

Saturday Lunch: BBQ Chicken Salad

Saturday Dinner: Brisket, Hashbrown Potato Casserole, Corn, & Rolls

Monday, November 24, 2014

meal planning monday

Monday: Chicken Salad, Chips & Fruit

Tuesday: Spaghetti & Meatsauce, roasted Brocoli, & Garlic Knots

Wednesday: Pork Carnitas, Black Beans, & Rice


Friday: Leftovers

Saturday Breakfast: Monkey Bread

Saturday Lunch: Chili & Cornbread

Saturday Dinner: Stromboli

Sunday Lunch: Tomato Basil Soup & Grilled Cheese

Sunday Dinner: Pork Chops, baked potatoes, green beans and rolls

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

pearson's first camping trip

 Lolly and Pops bought a camper a while back and they are taking turns taking each of the grandkids camping!! A few weeks ago Pearson got to go camping for the first time!  We went out to the lake around 5pm and just hung out for a little while.  It was a little chilly outside so Lolly came prepared with lots of fun and games to play indoors.  
Pops grilled some awesome pork chops and I brought a potato casserole.  Mom made green beans, rolls and caesar salad.  It definitely didn't feel like a "camping meal".  
After dinner, we all sat out by the fire.  
Even Nash bundled up and joined us.  He couldn't take his eyes off the fire.  
It wouldn't be a camping trip without making some s'mores.  
Pearson definitely liked the idea of s'mores a whole lot better than he actually liked them.  He took a couple bits (enough to be a sticky mess) and then he was done.  
 Once we were all done eating our s'mores, Matt, Nash, and I headed home and left Pearson to camp out!!  Lolly & Pops turned the kitchen table into his bed and they said he slept great.  They made blueberry pancakes and bacon for breakfast then headed home. 
He talked non-stop about going camping when he got home.  Hopefully this won't be the last time that he goes camping. Lots of fun memories will be made going camping with Lolly & Pops.  And secretly I'm glad he gets to experience camping without me having to do it!!  Even though camping in a camper is not really roughing it all, it's not really my thing!! 

Monday, November 17, 2014

meal planning monday

Monday: BBQ Pork Sliders, Chips, & Fruit

Tuesday: Cranberry Chicken, Swiss Potatoes, Green Beans, & French Bread

Wednesday: Leftover Chicken Spaghetti

Thursday: Waffle Breakfast Casserole & Warm Fruit Compote

Friday: Tuscano Zapano & French Bread

Saturday Breakfast: Cinnamon Rolls

Saturday Lunch: Hot Dogs, Chips & Fruit

Saturday Dinner: Roast, Carrots & Potatoes, Salad, and Rolls

Sunday Lunch: Leftover Soup

Sunday Dinner: Pizza

Saturday, November 15, 2014

nash {9 months}

Dear Sweet Nash-
You have officially been out of my tummy longer than you were in.  It's so crazy how much faster these last 9 months went.  I really do just want to stop time because you are at such a sweet age.  You continue to be a super smiley happy boy.  Everyone that is around you always comments on what a happy baby you are. I pray that you always have such a joyful demeanor.  Your joy is truly contagious.  
FINALLY, we are sleeping again.  We put you to bed around 7 or 7:30 and you fall asleep pretty quickly on your own with your sound machine and glow worm on.  You sleep until 7ish.  Sometimes a little earlier and sometimes a litter later.  Most mornings you are up a little bit before Pearson which gives us a little time to nurse in bed before big bro is up for the day.  Naps are also going much better.  You are still inconsistent on when and how long you nap, but for the most part you nap from 1.5-2hrs.  Some days I put you down around 9:30 and you nap til 11 then nurse.  And some days I nurse you around 10:30 and then you nap until around noon.  It just depends on the day and when we are home.  Most days I nurse you around 2 or 3 and put you down for your afternoon nap around the same time I put Pearson down.  I don't have to rock your or anything.  You fall asleep pretty quickly if you are tired.  We are all much happier now that you are well rested.  Happy, well rested baby means a happy, well rested Mama!!
I nurse you 4 times a day around 7am, 11am, 3pm and 7pm.  You eat 3 meals a day around 8am, noon, and 5:30.  We haven't introduced any table food yet, but I know you are ready because you are a pro at eating puffs.  I did introduce greek yogurt this month.  Not "big people" greek yogurt, but the kind mixed in the Plum Organics baby food pouches.  I still have small supply of breastmilk in the freezer so when you do have to have a bottle you still get breastmilk.  I rarely give you bottles, though.  You will eventually drink the whole bottle it just takes you forever and you can't hold it yourself.  I only give you a bottle if someone else is taking care of you.  If I am with you, you nurse.  I tried giving you a formula bottle once this month and you barely drank any.  It smelled awful so I don't really blame you for not liking it.
New Tricks/Activities/Accomplishments: 
You are rolling all over the place!!  You aren't technically mobile because you aren't crawling, but you can definitely get around.  If you see something you want, you figure out how to get there.  It just takes you a while because you don't take the straight shot.  You have to roll, twist, turn and scoot until you get there.  You are babbling a lot.  We mainly hear "buh-buh" but we also have heard a few more sounds. ( /d/, /g/, /m/) You love to try to repeat after us, especially if we make a growling sound.
You starting clapping this month and it is quite adorable.  You are so proud of yourself when you do it. You also starting waving and saying "hi".  You wave your arm and make a high pitched "ha" sound.  You will mainly just do it to yourself in the mirror.  Sometimes when we say it or a strangers says it you will do it back.  You will not wave bye-bye though!
Puffs, babyfood, your paci, your lovey, us rubbing your back while you fall asleep, the jumperoo, Pearson, being tickled, playing with musical toys, clapping, playing with the remotes, rolling around,
finding crumbs and tiny things you shouldn't have. 
Diaper changes, pulling clothes over your head, when brother pokes you too hard, hats, hoods or anything on your head, when you run out of puffs, when no one pays you any attention, when you are overly tired, getting your nose wiped.
Other Random Facts:
  • Your other bottom tooth came in.  Your two bottom teeth are different heights. It's so cute!
  • At some point at the end of the month one of your top teeth came in.  I didn't even know it.  
  • I took you to the doctor because of lots of congestion and a little cough.  You had fluid in your ear but not a true ear infection.  They gave us an antibiotic though for all the sinus stuff.  
  • You are such a trooper being drug around to all of Pearson's activities and running errands with me. 
  • You love anything that doesn't look like a baby toy! Remotes, phones, my glasses, cords, paper, big boy books etc.  Obviously, some of those things we don't actually let him play with, but he loves to go for them. 
  • The nursery ladies always say how sweet you are.  Sometimes I think you don't ever get held in the nursery because you are happy to just play on the floor.  There are always screaming babies around you that need the teachers attention so you just get left on the floor!!
  • Every Sunday morning and Monday for MOPS, you take a nap (45ish minutes) in the pink swing in the nursery. You never liked the swing much at our house so we packed it up, but you love it at church.  
  • You play well by yourself at home, but sometimes if you see me leave the room you get soooooooo sad.
Happy 9 months baby boy!!

Your Mommy

{9 month Stats}

Weight:    22 pounds 10 ounces
Length:  29 1/2  inches
Eating: nursing 4 times a day (around 7:00am, 11am, 3pm, & 7pm) along with 3 meals a day (around 8:00, noon, & 5:30)
Bedtime: around 7:30pm
Awake: around 7:00am
Naps: usually 2 1.5/2hr naps around 10am and 3pm
Diapers: size 4's
Clothes: 12-18 month, 18 months, and a few 18-24 month hand-me-downs
Teeth: (3, two bottom, 1 top)

Here is Pearson at 9 months and Nash at 9 months.
Look how you've changed.