Saturday, October 15, 2016

Zander - 6 Months

Happy half birthday sweet boy. Has it really been 6  months since your birth.

Stats: The 6 month check up was a tough one. He got 4 shots including the flu shot. I hate hearing that cry after he gets shots, it breaks my heart. He weighed in at 15lbs 9oz and 26.6" long. His head is a little on the smaller side but I don't think there is any concern, it doesn't look small to me though. He is wearing all 6 month clothes with some 9 month ones as well and still in size 2 diapers. The pants are a little big around his waist so the 6 month ones are a better fit.

He had his first major sick visit this month and it was the worst 2 nights ever. One night his fever got up to 102.9. He cried and whined all night. It was awful for us both; I just wanted to comfort him. Thankfully a few times he would fall asleep on my chest and get a little rest, though the rest of the time he was screaming his head off. He had an ear infection so it explains the heart wrenching screams all night, so antibiotics it was for 10 days. Poor guy was miserable!

Sleep: Not much change in the sleep department here. Still pretty inconsistent and he is still up pretty frequently. He has put himself on a 3 nap a day schedule with usually at least one of them being a decent nap. It really depends who he is with during the day. Some people can get him to nap longer and others have no luck and it is 30 mins naps all day. Sometimes he just needs his bink back or to be rocked for a few and he will sleep longer, but that isn't always possible, nor is everyone able to do that. Night sleep he is up every 3 to 4 hours still and most nights goes right back to sleep after I feed him. I can't wait for the day for more than 3 hours of sleep at a time. Some day right! I know I said last month we were transitioning out of the swaddle but that was a no go. He hasn't been rolling from his back to belly yet and loves his swaddle and sleeping on his side. So we are sticking with it right now. He is sleeping in his room every night though. I think that has been best for everyone. It is so sad what a second child does to you; I was more than ready for him to be in his room. I knew we both would sleep better.

Eat: He is still exclusively breastfed. I am pumping 3 times at work and an occasional pump at home to keep up with him. He has been taking 4oz pretty consistently each feeding and most days I work I have trouble pumping the 16oz he eats while I am gone. We were waiting to start solids until after his 6 month birthday and was sitting on his own better. We have tried a few things but I will leave that update for next month. One of my favorite pictures, his eyes are so perfect.

Play: He loves his sister., there is no denying that and she loves him just as much! It warms my heart watching them together.  It is the best thing to watch. He seriously stares at her in awe all day. As soon as she comes near him his face just lights up. She loves interacting with him and playing peek a boo with him. He loves his toes and chewing on them every chance he gets. He still loves his jumperoo and play mat as well. He will occasionally sit in his swing for a few but I think it is almost time to pack that away. He had his first ride in the stroller this month and seemed to really enjoy it. He also went on the swing for the first time at the park and was all smiles.

We have a lot of fun things coming up in the next few months to include some exiting firsts for Zander. First on the list is Halloween. Him and Kinley are going to look adorable and I can't wait to share, I need to get working on their costumes and decide if Matt and I are dressing up or not. He looks so thrilled about Halloween, doesn't he!

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Thursday, September 22, 2016

9 Random Thoughts

I haven't had a lot of time to write any long posts lately so I am going to share a few random thoughts I have had lately.

1. I hate my long work days. I love being off 3 days but the 12 hour days are pretty killer. Poor Matt has the kids 3 nights a week alone. It is the hardest part of the day and I hate that I can not be there with everyone. Sometimes being a working mom sucks!

2. Do what works for your family. I have always done what is best for our family and I will continue to do so. I don't care what other people think (ok I do a little) but I will still do what is best for my family. Quite judging and be supportive people!

3. I am ready for fall weather and to take Kinley and Zander to all the fall festivals. I will be even more excited when Zander can understand what is going on. This year should be fun though with Kinley excited about so many things.

4. Being a mom of 2 is hard. The days I work I don't get home until 7pm and it is difficult. Kinley is ready for bed and Zander has been in bed and usually wakes up. I have 1800 things to do and want to eat dinner. Thankfully it is only 3 days a week but it is a real struggle. Besides that struggle taking care of 2 kiddos is just hard. You moms with more than 2 are amazing!

5. I need to get back to working out. Again work days makes it really difficult to get work outs in. I need to get back to at least getting them in on days off and then hopefully when we start sleeping again I can get up early to workout.

6. Flying with an almost 3 year old and a 7 month is going to be interesting. We flew when Zander was a few months and it wasn't too difficult, though now that he is more active it is going to be a little more challenging I think. Plus the flight is about double. Send tips!

7. I want a date night with my husband. I miss him. We never see each other and it is tough. We have one day off together and it is so crazy I barely see him then either. Our anniversary is coming up so I am hoping a date is in our future!

8. I really need to start planning Kinley's birthday. How in the world is she going to be 3! We are going to have an ice cream social party and I am so excited to see how it comes together. Zander might get his first taste of ice cream a little early :). Oh the things you do with your second child.

9. I booked our Christmas pictures and I am super excited! The kids will have pictures with Santa too! Let's hope they actually sit on his lap. A few pictures from a few years ago because I love them so much!