Monday, June 22, 2015

The Big 3-0!

Yep, it's official. I am now 30 years old. Hello thirties!

I had a nice day at home with my kiddos and then my mom, brother Dillon and nephew Brandon met us out for dinner at Moe's.



Then we celebrated the big milestone with a weekend in Chicago. We started off in Lincoln Park, which was actually the first time I've been there. It was really nice! It's all free, so the park just flows right with the zoo and conservatory.



After getting dinner at Portillo's (as delicious as ever), we went swimming at the hotel pool. This was Sophia's first time using the puddle jumper and it was a huge hit! She loved being able to just float around by herself. And this was Landon's first time in a pool. It was pretty cold, so I didn't keep him in for long, but he had some fun splashing.



The next morning we woke up to rain, boo! So we headed to an indoor play space, Little Beans Cafe. This place was so cute! Sophia absolutely loved it. Even after playing for a good 2.5 hours she complained about not wanting to leave.



After enjoying some lunch at a small local gyros restaurant, we stopped at a Target to grab a few things before heading back to the hotel. We ordered in pizza for dinner and then spent more time at the pool.

The next day was spent at Shedd Aquarium. They were having a special free admission for Illinois residents, but unfortunately we didn't realize until after the line was ridiculously backed up that this only got us in to see the bare minimum. Oh well.

 

We got stuck waiting inside for awhile until the rain finally stopped. But once that was over it cleared up and we got this beautiful shot of the city before making the drive home.



So it was a very nice birthday trip. I'm surprisingly totally ok with being 30. I have a wonderful husband, two great kids, my dream job staying home with them in our beautiful home. Life is good!


Monday, June 8, 2015

1st Dentist Visit

Sophia had a big first last week. Her first trip to the dentist!

I was a little worried about how she would do. She does ok with letting me brush her teeth, but I didn't know how she would cooperate with a stranger looking in her mouth. Before we went, we watched a little video about going to the dentist and I talked to her about what would happen. She seemed ok with the idea. Until we were in the van driving over and she told me she was scared. That worried me.

But she walked in with me fine, enjoyed looking at their fish tank, reading books, and asked me when it would be her turn. So I was being hopeful again. They finally called her name and she walked on back. She got to pick out a new tooth brush and they gave her a bag with toothpaste and a pink brushing timer and then walked her to the room.

I was happily surprised when she jumped right up in to the chair!


While we waited for her dentist, the assistant showed her all of the tools, let her hold them, and turned the brusher on so she could feel it on her finger. They did such a great job introducing her to everything and explaining it before they did it. And she did great, too! She opened her mouth right up so the dentist could count her teeth and then brush them. She had a tiny bit of staining on her top front tooth, so she had to do a little extra cleaning there. When she then moved on to painting the fluoride on, she was over it and tried to get up, so she had to be quick with that one. But they both said she did so good for a 2 year old. I was very proud of her! Now we'll see how she acts when I tell her we're going back in 6 months.


Tuesday, June 2, 2015

4 Months

I know, I know, I've been a bad blogger this past month. Going to try to get more blog time in this month.


At 4 months, Landon...

... is right at 20 lbs according to our scale at home (still maintaining the 6lbs more than Sophia was at this age). I'm so curious to see what his percentages will be at his 4 month visit next week!

... is 28" long

... is wearing 6-9 month clothes, but they're starting to get on the small side, and yesterday I just pulled out the size 4 diapers left over from Sophia (who just moved to size 5 a few months back...). We've been having blow-out issues lately, so hoping the new size will help with that.



... still sleeping a lot during the day and is still up usually twice through the night. He usually ends up in bed next to me the last 1-1.5 hours. 

... is becoming a big mama's boy. He does ok with others for awhile but then gets fussy until given back to me.

... still hasn't rolled over either way, but has started rolling to his side while he's down on his back. So I would guess not too much longer!

... is starting to grab his feet. He can't get a good grip on them yet, but he's definitely trying.

... is still drooling/blowing bubbles a ton

... is getting so strong and can really hold his head up. He likes sitting in his bumbo chair and just tried out the saucer for the first time yesterday. He also tries to lift up to sitting while laying down. He can only lift up a few inches, but he's really building those muscles!




... loves to giggle and talk to us. Especially to his big sister; he loves watching her and always gives her the biggest smiles!







Monday, May 4, 2015

3 Months


At 3 months, Landon...

... is 17 pounds according to our scale at home (a whopping 6lbs more than his sister at this age!)

... is 25" long

... is wearing 3-6 and 6-9 month clothes and size 3 diapers

... still sleeps a lot during the day and is getting better at night. Some nights he does still want two feedings, but other times he's content with just the paci and goes back to sleep that second time. Unfortunately he has started waking up at 5 just cooing and smiling at me (so adorable, but a little early for my liking). I discovered though that he'll go back to sleep if I lie him down next to me. Didn't really want to start the co-sleeping thing, but hey it's the only way to get some extra sleep.

... has discovered his hands and tries to shove as much of them in his mouth as possible!


... is a bubbly and drooly mess most days.

... is getting better at tummy time and has great control of his head while sitting in my lap.


... loves to kick his feet and swing him arms around

... has really found his voice. He loves to "talk" to us and has started giving us some sweet little giggles


... wants to be held pretty much all the time. He will play on his activity mat for maybe 10 minutes or so, but that's about his limit. Showers have become difficult, because he usually screams almost the whole time until I pick him up again. And he hates being in his car seat, so most car rides are full of crying.

... loves his big sister! The other morning after I got Sophia out of her crib she went running into our room and said good morning baby, I happy to see you! He then gave her the biggest smile. It's so sweet watching them together!





And at 3 months postpartum, I've lost another 4 pounds. Still have a long way to go, but it's slowly coming off. I'll get there eventually.


Monday, April 20, 2015

A Day in the Life

I haven't done an A Day In The Life in awhile and since we now have Landon, thought it was time. As always, no two days are alike for us, but here's how last Wednesday went.

A day in the life of Sophia and Landon:

I was up with Landon a little after 1, 4, and then up for the day at 6:45 when I had to get up for Sophia. Almost every day she wakes up at 6 when Andrew gets up. He turns a show on for her while he eats breakfast and browses the web and then, if I'm not already up, he wakes me up so he can shower.

For breakfast today, Sophia requested muffins (strawberry yogurt muffins) and cuties. My little man, as always, demanded to sit on my lap as I ate.



Once Sophia finished up her breakfast, we moved into the playroom and Landon got his breakfast.



While I was nursing Landon, Sophia read a book and played with some toys. When he was done, we got her dressed and then she said "me hold baby"! 



Then it was time for our walk.



This is how shower time now goes. I turned a video on for Sophia (Curious George) and Landon sits in the bouncer (although he doesn't stay happy there for long). After my shower I nursed Landon and he took a little nap on my lap while Sophia played until lunch time.



For lunch today, Sophia had dinosaur chicken nuggets (still one of her faves), a few tater tots and, her latest obsession, carrots with ranch dip!



Every day after lunch, before going upstairs for her nap, we have to race her cars down the track twice.



Nap time!



I nursed Landon until he fell asleep and then managed to transfer him down so that I could do some cleaning.



Once Sophia woke up from her nap (early thanks to the UPS guy ringing the bell...) we loaded up in the van and dropped off some books at the library and then did a little shopping at Walmart.


When we got back home, Sophia had some applesauce for snack and then played with her toys while Landon once again nursed. I guess her pony also needed a snack; puzzle pieces and then water from that pot beside her. I love watching her use her imagination!


The kiddos hung out with dad while I got dinner ready. Sophia requested peanut butter & jelly. She also got some peas and a slice of turkey bacon (from our dinner).


Our post-dinner routine is that she spends some time with dad while I clean up dinner and then nurse Landon. Tonight they played some hide-and-seek (her fave) and then read some books.


Then, since it was so nice out, I took her outside to play and Andrew stayed inside with Landon since he was taking his post-dinner nap. We kicked around the ball, played tag, and frisbee


We all watched some YouTube videos together until it was time for Sophia's bedtime. I changed her diaper and into jammies before brushing her teeth. Then Andrew read her a bedtime story and tucked her in.

My little guy nursed again and then hung out with me while we watched my current binge watch show, Parenthood!


And finally at 9:00 we headed upstairs for his bedtime snack before getting myself ready for bed.


Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Easter

Our family had a very nice Easter. The weather cooperated and it was so nice outside!

The morning started with Easter baskets. Sophia got so excited when she saw them sitting out on the couch.


After breakfast (bunny cinnamon rolls) and showers/bath, it was time for our egg hunt. She loved it!


My family came over to our house around 11 and we had a delicious turkey lunch with lots of yummy sides. After lunch my mom had an egg hunt for Sophia and Brandon.

Egg hunting is serious business for Sophia! haha


Then it was time for our annual egg peck game. If you haven't heard of it, two people hold a hard boiled egg and hit their eggs together (some more aggressively than others) and the winner is the egg that didn't crack.


The championship round came down to my brothers Chad and Dillon. Chad won this year!


Sophia really wanted to play, too, so we attempted battle of the babies. Brandon wasn't so sure about this game, though. Maybe next year!


The boys, of course, played some wii and then we finished the afternoon playing out in the field and at the park!