Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Father's Day Weekend

We had such a great Father's Day weekend. Matt works on Saturdays so it was just the kiddos and I until the afternoon. I took the kids to the library for meet Hungry Hungry Caterpillar. A few weeks ago my in laws took Kinley to an event where there were a ton of costumed characters. She loved them all! Especially Curious George, her favorite, so I thought she would have a great time. She surely did!

She loved the caterpillar and would not leave him alone. She did very well waiting her turn but she followed him everywhere. She also did some crafts and read a few books. She had a great time and I am so glad we went. Zander of course slept through 90% of it, I love our Solly Baby wrap so much! I didn't have a wrap with Kinley and wonder now why I never got one. Oh well we survived! After Matt got home I was able to get out of the house with Zander and go grocery shopping. Kinley's tantrums have been a little off the charts so I needed some quiet time and knowing Sunday would be jam packed I took the opportunity.

Sunday was such a fun day! Matt cooked me breakfast and made me coffee; on Father's Day. He sure is a keeper! We headed out to the Marine Science Museum and met his parents. It is not a huge place but with a 2.5 year old who wants to check out every fish and lizard it takes some time to get through. We actually had such a good time that we ended up getting a membership. They have a few toddler activities during the week that would be great indoor activities when the heat is too unbearable to be outside.

It was getting close to nap time but we wanted to get some lunch and the in-laws said they tried a new place out that they really liked. I said lets go for it! Matt and I shared this wonderful sangria that I will definitely be getting one of my own next time. No sharing! We got home Kinley napped and then we grilled some yummy steaks. They were huge and so tasty!

Kinley and Zander are so blessed to have such an amazing daddy. Can you believe this guy was unsure about having kids? He amazes me everyday with his selfless acts towards me and the kids. We are so thankful. We hope you had a wonderful Father's Day! We love you!

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Zander - 2 Months

Happy 2 months Bubba. I am sure I will say it every month but time is flying. I really wish it would slow down. I go back to work in a month and I am not looking forward to it. I am looking forward to getting back into a routine because I think no routine has really thrown all of us off lately. Kinley has really been struggling lately.

He has grown so much since his birth. At his 2 month appointment he was 10 lbs 9.4oz and 21.6 inches long. He has gained 3.5 lbs since birth. It is truly amazing to me that he has gained all that weight because I have been able to breastfeed him. I am so thankful breastfeeding hasn't been as hard this time around.

I have seen more of a routine in Zander's schedule the past few weeks. I tried to let him set his own schedule and it seems to be working out pretty well. His morning nap is key and sets the tone for the remainder of the day. He wakes up 7:00-7:30 then I fed him and he goes back down about an hour after he gets up. He sleeps 2-3 hours and is napping in his crib swaddled. He usually wakes up after 45 mins or so and it takes him 10-20 mins to fall back asleep. I rarely pick him up and just give him his bink back or rub his face for a minute or two. After he gets up he eats again and we have play time. He goes back down for nap #2 about an hour-hour and a half after he wakes up. Nap #2 is usually about 2-3 hours. Same thing though it is not 2-3 hours consistently, I do go back in and help him. The length really all depends on the first nap. We do the same thing after he gets up, eat and play time. He takes a third nap in the early evening usually while we eat dinner or shortly after. Nap #3 is usually an hour, give or take some, again depending on the lengths of the first 2 naps. He goes to bed around 9:00 after a feeding. He has been sleeping until 3ish, sometimes 4 and wakes up to fed. Then sleeps until he wakes up for the day.

He is still eating on demand but since he is napping longer he has stretched out the feedings to every 3-4 hours during the day and waking one-two times at night. I have been doing his last feeding about 9ish but have considered making it closer to 10 to see if he will make it all night sleeping. It is all trial and error when you are dealing with babies. He is still sleeping in the rock and play next to our bed but I am going to try to switch him to the pack and play again since he does fine sleeping on his back during nap.

He started smiling this month and I have gotten a few laughs out of him. I think they have been accidental but it is the best sound in the world. I can't wait for the laughs to be more consistent. He loves watching his animals on his swing or the colors on his play mat. Kinley was never really a fan of any of them so it is fun to watch him "talk" to his animals. He loves his sister so much and smiles at her when she talks to him. I love watching their relationship grow and am excited to see what the future holds for their friendship.

PS...he wasn't in the car when I took these pictures. We were waiting to get 2 month shots.

He had his first beach trip this month and loved it. He is going to be a beach baby just like his sister. He also had a great visit with his Auntie Alie. We have a trip to Florida coming up so he will get to experience his first plane ride. Kinley was about this age when she had her first plane ride to Colorado. I am looking forward to many more firsts with this handsome boy!

Happy 2 months Bubba, we love you tons!

Friday, June 10, 2016

Beach Trip

Let's start by saying Matt hates the beach and I love the beach so he will only go occasionally with me. Alie was in town so the beach was a must! Kinley loves the beach too so he agreed to go with. We really had a great time so I was glad he came with.

When you are going to the beach with a toddler and a baby you need to pack a lot of things; sand toys, an umbrella, clothes, snacks, more snacks and everything else for the beach. It is a process to get out of the house for a 2-3 hour beach trip. It is a good thing memories out weight the pain in the ass it takes to get out of the house.

Alie got up early and went to watch the sunrise. I thought about going with her but getting up at 430am was not happening for me right now since Zander and I still get up throughout the night. She got an amazing picture though. Matt and the kiddos and I met her down there early morning.

We all had a blast running around jumping waves. There is also a park right on the beach Kinley likes to play at too. We have a decent size beach umbrella so Zander hung out in the shade while Matt and I switched off with Kinley.

We had such a great time and I can't wait for a few more beach trips this summer!