Tuesday, June 27, 2017

10 Months

(pretending he's talking on the phone, haha)

(blowing kisses)

I'll have a 1 year old in just a little over a month! I can't believe it :) Emmett has 7 teeth right now and working on that 8th. I kinda wonder when this whole teething thing will die down so we get a good break from the drool. Keeping my fingers crossed that after we get that bottom 4th tooth we'll get a drool break! Haha! Anyway, I feel like his personality is just coming out more these days. He's such a friendly, happy, and silly boy. I figured he's be getting some stranger danger by now, but this kid is the total opposite. Not an ounce of it in him. He loves to wrestle with dad, give kisses all day long (even to people he doesn't really know), EAT, throw balls (and anything that get his whole hand around), books (his favorite is an Easter book that he's been playing with since before Easter haha). His hair is dirty blonde and getting so much thicker. I'm glad he didn't end up being a bald baby like I was! I didn't get hair until I was almost a year so hopefully his sister will have hair too (fingers crossed).

Sleeping: Still our great little sleeper. He's finally on a 2 naps a day schedule for the most part. He has his days where he gets a quick 30 min nap at the end of the day but the 2 naps are pretty consistent. Still sleeping from 7-7:30PM- 7-7:30AM.

Eating: Still eating great. He eats 3 meals a day and has a snack here and there. Only has a bottle twice a day. Morning and night.  He is really weaning himself off bottles these days. He's way more interested in his sippy cup or regular cups. He likes to drink out of our hydroflasks too, which is funny. He has also almost entirely weaned himself off of his binky too. He only uses it for a couple mins to fall asleep and then he usually tosses it out of his crib. 90% of the time I will find it outside of his crib in the mornings, I've even seen him toss it out of his crib before he falls asleep haha!


-He started walking just 2 days after he turned 10 months old and he is now almost running! Haha
-He points at everything and he does this thing where he leans his head on his shoulder and points and we think it's so cute and funny!
-He's throwing all of his toys
-He can drink from a cup really well
-He's imitating words. He's been doing sounds for a while but the words have caught us off guard a little. It sometimes sounds like he's totally copying us when he mumbles.
-His 3 favorite words are dadda, mamma, and ba/ball
-He tries to spoon feed himself, not very successfully but he gets close sometimes.
-He is understanding when we communicate to him. Usually with phrases such as; "Get the ball", "throw the ball", "where is your book?", "where is pooh bear?", things like that. Then he will bring them to us.
-Although he's so busy. He'll finally snuggle up to read with me in the mornings and snuggle me in-between play time <3

Growth: Again not totally sure. He's totally thinning out since he's been walking. But he's still wearing the same sizes as last month :)

Friday, June 2, 2017

9 Months

(I wrote this post a month ago! I've been seriously struggling with his update posts. Haha! ) 

I must say this has been my favorite stage so far. He has so much personality and is always making us laugh. Granted, it comes with it's own challenges. When he's awake he's *go go go* but it's still so fun. I think the best way to describe Emmett is, he's like one of those wind up toys. When he wakes up he's ready to play but when it's time for a nap that kid is completely out! Haha! He has 6 teeth, loves to push anything that will go with him, whether he's crawling or walking. He loves his crib and blankey. His favorite toys are his Pooh Bear, his walker, and any ball! He also got his very first haircut. I feel like Emmett has developed so much this past month. I say that every month, but especially this month when it comes to communication. He understands so much more and we just love it!

Emmett drinks about 3 bottles max a day, 6 oz in each bottle. He has one in the morning, sometimes in the middle of the day, and he gets one before bed. Other than that he's eating all of our table food. He hasn't eaten baby purees since he was about 7 months (he boycotted them). He likes to feed himself, and would prefer me to hand him his food and let him do it, as opposed to being spoon fed, and he will even try to spoon feed himself (that gets really messy).  Foods he eats most are; yogurt, fruit (all fruits), softer veggies (cooked broccoli, carrots, and sweet potatoes), sandwiches, pancakes, eggs, cheerios, beans, and chicken. Emmett can also be an overeater. Even if he's already eaten, he will act like he's starving if anyone around him is eating so you'll share with him (it's funny how they can already start to work you when they are infants lol). Meaning he WILL overeat if I allow it. He's been this way since he was born, so I really have to pay attention to his food intake. If he's fed too much food he will throw it up, an hour or so later, rather than stop eating it. That saying "oh babies stop eating when they are full", doesn't apply to my son. Haha!

Emmett is still averaging about 16-17 hours of sleep a day (crazy I know, but I'll take it). He really just loves sleeping. He's still kind of on a 3 nap a day schedule. He will sleep 12 hours though the night 7:30PM-7:30AM, then have a nap around 9AM for about anywhere from 1.5-2 hours (2.5-3 hrs on a good day), another nap around 1:30 for another 1.5-2 hours, and then his last nap of the day around 5PM for 45 min-1hr. He is VERY consistent that way. The morning and afternoon naps can differ in time here and there, and sometimes he can miss a nap one of those and be pretty good for the day. But his late afternoon power nap is pretty essential to him sleeping though the night. If he goes down for a "power nap" anytime after 5:45 he WILL wake up around 8PM and then wake up again in the middle of the night. He is the most predictable kid when it comes to sleep. So, we try to make sure he gets that power nap every day :)

-Speed crawling
-Standing and taking a few steps at a time. He's not full walking yet, but it's cute to see a couple steps here and there.
-Climbing stairs like a pro, he can go down them but it's always a little scary to watch because he wants to go too fast.
-Doing things on command vs. showing him. Because he's understanding better, we can tell him to do stuff and he'll copy rather than us showing him and him copying that way.
-He's still very friendly. The only time he ever really gets "stranger danger" is when he is overly tired. He favors me and Wyatt when he is fussy, but 99% of the time he loves everyone and everything.
-He understands "no"
-Says: mama, dadda yaya, baba, gaga... and lots of gibberish 
-He knows when we are hiding something from him
-Loves peekaboo
-Can throw a ball, not really well but pretty good (with both hands)
-Loves to pick up every little thing with his finger and thumb

Growth: Not sure about weight and height. He has his 9 month appt coming up soon. But he is mostly in 2T/24 month clothes.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

33 Week Update

Size: She's the size of a cauliflower; and weighs about 4.5 lbs

I haven't done one of these updates in a while so I feel like I have a million different preggo symptoms...
-Heartburn: Especially at night when I'm laying down.
-Swelling: My feet and hands will start to swell if I've been running around all day.
-Insomnia: I'm waking up every 3ish/4 hours during the night. It's funny how before I had a baby it was really hard to get up in the middle of the night, but after you've had to do night feedings it becomes so much easier haha!
-Motion sickness: Ah. It was bad during my 1st trimester, I got a slight break during my 2nd trimester, but now I get pretty sick in the car if I'm not driving it. I can sit shotgun in bigger cars and it's not as bad. But there is NO way I can sit in the back or I feel like I'm literally gonna die. This is probably one of the weirdest symptoms I've had, just because I've never experienced motion sickness before.
-Fatigue: Not nearly as bad as my first trimester but it's there.
-Feeling "nesty": It might be a combination of us moving into our house this week but it's getting hard living out of two locations. Like there are random things that I miss, like my crockpot because it's been packed away since the winter!
-Pressure down there: I never really had this with Emmett. But 90% of the time if I sit down and then get up I feel a lot of pressure on my pelvic area. So much so that I have to walk a little bowed out haha!
-Braxton hicks: I am getting these all the time. I didn't get these much until I was about 37 weeks with Emmett, so this is a lot different to have them so early even though I know it's normal.

Weight Gain:
7 lbs in the past 6 weeks. So overall I've gained 17 lbs. Guess I'm making up for the weight I didn't gain in the beginning.

Sucks, haha but at least I'm not sick anymore. Being 33 weeks pregnant isn't very fun physically anyway so it's not like I have high sleeping expectations. But I've gotten a month break from my really bad allergies and cold so that has been fantastic!

Best Moments:
I feel her move constantly. I thought I used to feel Emmett move a lot, it's nothing compared to her! Haha! I remember with Emmett I used to have Wyatt's hand on my belly forever to try to feel little kicks here and there, but with baby sis you can pretty much feel her anytime your hand is on my belly. I've heard that you feel your 2nd babies more than your 1st because your uterus is already expanded so they have more room. I don't know how accurate that is but that could be a reason why.

Baked goods! When I was pregnant with Emmett and I wanted "bad foods" it was almost always candy and ice cream. But this time around I want cookies, cake, and bread! hahah! CARBS CARBS CARBS. I'm really packing on the lbs now ;)

Overall, I've been trying to prepare myself to not be as scared of labor as I was with Emmett. Emmett's pregnancy was virtually painless and I was pretty comfortable up until I was about 35 weeks along. Which made me feel like labor would be similar. I was too afraid to even think about labor and delivery because the unknown freaked me out too much. I avoided the topic as much as possible. I didn't any prenatal or birthing classes because I was too afraid to have any expectations of "how my labor and delivery should be". But now I have different insight. I know how different labor can be for everyone and no matter the outcome... that baby has to come out! haha! So, I've been reading books, taking classes, and doing anything I can to be more prepared and less afraid. It doesn't mean I plan on having a "natural" birth or not. But I want to be able to listen to my body and it's promptings so that I feel more confident this time around :) 

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

8 Months

Emmett is still getting into everything the only difference lately is he's so much faster than he used to be. He's very resilient so he'll hit his head, get stuck, and fall over but keeps on trying. He loves to climb, so I'll put big pillows on the ground so he can climb over them. Always saying mama and dada. His personality just keeps coming out the older he gets and we love watching it! 

Sleep: Emmett is still sleeping though the night. I finally wrote a blog post about his how we sleep trained him and you can find that HERE and HERE if you have any questions. I've been trying to get him more on a 2 naps a day schedule but I've noticed, he has to have a power nap at least an hour before bed or he wakes up really early in the morning. So he's still on 3 naps a day, a morning nap for about an hour and a half, and afternoon nap for at least an hour, and then a late afternoon nap around 3:30/4:00 PM for about 30ish minutes. Still going to bed at 7:00-7:30PM :)

Eating: While Emmett has been teething, it's usually his feeding that is most effected. When he got his first two teeth he became less interested in solid foods and took better to the bottle. But now it seems like the opposite. He has his top two teeth coming in and he would rather eat solids and drink from his sip cup than drink his bottle. He likes pretty much anything and everything when it comes to solids but there are some things he doesn't. Bananas, avocados, and eggs seem to take him longer to eat and he'll make weird faces while eating them. I can't tell if it's the taste or the texture of these food that he doesn't like but he will turn them down every once in a awhile. He eats about 3 times a day with a snack or two depending on the day.

-Top two teeth are coming in
-Walking along side all the furniture 
-He does a little sumo squat to try and stand up by himself
-He crawls with one leg propped up to stand, it's the funniest thing! But he's doing it as he tried to stand, so it's pretty cute.
-He waves, gives high fives, and claps in his own ways (by slapping his hands on whatever is beneath him) lol!
-He makes this certain little noise when he wants attention from us
-Eating solids, no more purees 
-Drinks mostly out of his sip cup
-He is having slight separation anxiety with me, he's still really good about being around new people but definitely wants me to comfort at certain times.
-He can crawl up stairs and can go down by himself pretty well too! 
-Using his index finger and thumb

Growth: Not totally sure because he doesn't get checked until he's 9 months but he is almost solely in 24 month/ 2T clothes.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

27 Week Update

How far along: 27 weeks and 3 days

Size: She is the size of a bunch of bananas; weighing almost 2 lbs

Symptoms: Pretty much the same symptoms in the past 2 weeks. We did a lot of walking these past couple weeks and I noticed that my feet were starting to swell, not much just if I'm on my feet a lot. They will feel thicker... If that makes sense, Wy says he can't tell (but I can). I feel like I spend half of my day peeing. I can't drink more than a few sips of water without having to go to the bathroom, it's pretty ridiculous. This is definitely something I won't miss after I have her. But other than that, I feel her kicking all the time. It's cute until she gets up under my ribs! haha! 

Weight Gain: I've gained 4 lbs in the last month! :) So I'm at a total of 8 lbs for this pregnancy.

Sleep: Sleep is still going pretty good. I'm only waking a couple of times during the night which is better, and it's mostly just to pee. I'm still trying to take advantage of myself not being as tired as I was first trimester, because I know how fast it comes back on for me my 3rd trimester.

Best Moments: I had my anatomy scan right around 25 weeks. They found a spot on her heart, so I had to come back the following week for a follow up with the doctor. I was pretty stressed out about it because they said if it is a certain type of spot it could be linked to down syndrome. Fortunately, we went back and the spot was gone so there was so reason to have any further testing. But that news has definitely been the best. We did go to Disneyland, San Diego, and Las Vegas the week prior and that was a lot of fun.

Cravings: Nothing in particular. But I'm a lot more hungry now which is great so I'm eating everything in sight! :)


Monday, April 17, 2017

Our Easter

Before I became a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of The Latter Day Saints I never really understood Easter. I went 20 years not really knowing or understanding Chris’s resurrection. It's crazy for me to think about that because I can't imagine not having a relationship with Christ now as I have become a wife and a mother. Having a relationship with Christ has been such a blessing in my life and I love remembering Him during this season. This Easter meant a lot to me as I got to spend it with my little family and soak in the love I feel for my Savior. I'm happy that I get to share my knowledge of Christ with my children and help them build a relationship with Him, the prince of peace. 
Yesterday, we had a good time a church and Emmett took great naps. He’s only 8 months old so he can’t really go hunting for easter eggs yet, but he loved to crawl in the grass and play with whatever eggs he could get a hold of. The few eggs that we got him I just filled with goldfish snacks. He loved to shake them around. He also had his first peep yesterday (not the healthiest snack but it didn't kill him lol). He wasn't a huge fan and thought it was a toy! Haha! It was just so fun to have his cousins over too. Watching them all was the best! I can’t wait until next year when he has his baby sister to help him hunt for eggs. :)


Wednesday, April 5, 2017

My Sleep Training Story (Part 2)

For this post I'm going to go over exactly what I did with Emmet from the 1st day, to where we are right now and the specific benefits we've experienced these past 6 months. :)

Our 1st Night

**We started sleep training almost to the day that Emmett turned 2 months old. It only took us 1 night to get him to sleep through the night. I've heard from some people that it's common for that to happen when sleep training this early, but I've also heard that it could take some babies up to 4-6 days. It took him 4 days to get naps down. So he was fully sleep trained at 5 days. I'm not a sleep training specialist, this is solely our experience :)**

The first night of sleep training was the worst. You'd think it was because we didn't sleep because his crying was so awful... nope. I was hardly sleeping anyway so it wasn't much different from the past week. His cries we're sad, but nothing like how he cries when he hungry or how he had cried in the carseat, so all of it was very tolerable... What got me, was all this weird mom guilt I was having. I felt like I was neglecting him because I was trying to teach him how to sleep. But after seeing how great he sleeps now, I see that it was literally crazy thinking. But luckily my husband and one of my best friends we're extremely supportive and helped me truck through that first night, along with these two books, Baby knows best: Raising a Confident and Resourceful Child the RIE Way 
by: Deborah Carlisle Rhythms and Routines & Schedules: How to Simplify Life With Kids by Rachel NormanIf you ever want to try sleep training, I think it will help you be more confident if you go in with the mindset that you are doing a great thing for your baby and teaching them one of the most essential skills of life so early on.  :) 

The process took us about 4 1/2 hours to get him to sleep that night with one feeding in-between. 
I didn't let him go more than 10 mins crying. All moms have different limits. For example, some moms do 10 mins and some 20 minutes.  It’s all about your preference. I never allowed Emmett to get hysterical while crying and I think that was mostly in part of the 10 min limit I had for him.

So, the first night I put him down at 9:30 PM (which was REALLY early at the time). At first, he didn't cry for like 15 mins. I was kinda shocked. Then at 15 mins he started crying, so I would time it for 2 minutes, go in and calm him until he was done crying. Than I would wait until he would cry again and just keep going in at 2 minute increments until maxing out at 10 minutes. To calm him down I would place my hand on his chest and repeat "it's ok, you're ok". It would usually just take a minute or so to calm him down, but there were a few times during those 4 hours where it would take 5 mins or so. But every time I calmed him down, he wouldn't even notice that I left the room. 

That night the process was tedious, but I was extremely consistent. Through calming him down, I never picked him up except for 1 feeding at 11:30AM which was 2 hours into the training process… He would go like 20 mins at a time without crying just making baby noises which really wasn't bad. 

That night Emmett slept from 12:30-6:30 AM. It was the longest stretch he had ever done and I was amazed.  He had found his thumb and fingers and was able to self soothe. The next night I did the same thing, but only experienced less than half of the tears. He fell asleep at 10:30PM that night and slept until 6:30 AM straight. By the end of the week he was at 10 hours straight, with it only taking him 10 mins to fall asleep by himself. By the time Emmett was 12 weeks old he was sleeping 12 hours and allowing us to put him down for naps and nighttime sleep in his room without crying


I basically did the same consoling in 10 minute increments for naps during that week. It took longer to get him on a nap schedule as opposed to night sleeping because I was running errands with him all the time, so it was harder to stay as consistent. But I was able to successfully have him on a napping schedule by day 5. 

*For Emmett and his good sleep habits the one thing that was the most important was consistency*

Our Schedule's:
2-4 month schedule:
These two months were the most consistent months of this whole process. I stayed pretty strict to this schedule. But this was the most strict I was through it all. I basically followed this as close as I could to get him used to naps and nighttime sleep. I think doing it this way for us worked great because it gave us more freedom after he was 4 months old.

This was the schedule I used:
6:00 AM- 6:30AM: Wake up/Feed/Play
7:30AM- 9:30AM: Nap
9:30 AM- 10:30 AM: Feed/Play
10:30 AM- 12:30 PM: Nap
12:30 PM- 1:30 PM: Feed/Play
1:30 PM- 3:00 PM: Nap
3:00 PM- 6:00 PM: Nightly Routine--- (Feed, Play, Feed, Bath, Story-Time, Song, and Prayer)
6:00 PM- 6:00AM: SLEEP

4-6 month schedule:
This is where I became a lot less structured. I was focused more on surviving our move and getting him used to the change. So I followed more of a 1 1/2-2 hour awake period. I also kept him at the earlier bedtime because it worked for us.

6:00 AM- 6:30AM: Wake up & Feed
6:30ish AM-8:30AM: Nap
8:30 AM- 10:30 AM: Feed, Play, Oatmeal/Fruit, and Feed
10:30 AM- 12:30 PM: Nap
12:30 PM- 3:00 PM: Feed, Play, Oatmeal/Fruit, and Feed
3:00 PM- 4:00 PM: Nap
4:00 PM- 6:00 PM: Nightly Routine--- (Feed, Play, Oatmeal/Prunes, Feed, Bath, Story-Time, Song, and Prayer)

7 month-Current:
We are hardly on a schedule now. It's more like he has a 2-3 hour window where he's awake and takes naps from 1-1 1/2 hours. But I could say most of our days go like this:

7:00-7:30AM: Wake up/Change/Feed
9:30-10:30 AM: Nap
10:30-12:30PM: Feed/Change/Play
12:30-1:30PM: Nap
1:30-3:30 PM: Feed/Change/Play
3:30-4:30 PM: Nap
4:30-7:30 PM: Feed/Change/Play/Get ready for bed/Feed

Right now I really like Emmett sleeping from 7-7PM. It's probably my favorite because 6-6 was pretty early, but again it's all preference. I know some moms that love 6-6 and some that love 9-9. It's all up to you and what you feel works best for your family.

The Benefits: 
Basically everything I talked about in post 1 on why we chose to stop co-sleeping and these other reasons listed below.

-I have SO much more freedom. I think one of the biggest misconceptions of having your baby on a routine or schedule is that it's restricting. For us it has been the complete opposite. I can freely run errands, visit friends or family by myself, ride in the car with him for over 2 hours, etc all without him getting too fussy or me getting anxiety.
-He can sleep anywhere. In the carseat, stroller, other peoples houses, all without me. I think this is one of the biggest things for us. We spend most of our time at home but I also have a life in which doesn't necessarily allow us to be cooped up in the house until he's 2. Some days and weeks are busier than others, where I have errands to run, things to do, and places to go. Having him sleep trained allows me not to stress over his temperament in public, because he is getting the appropriate amount of sleep.

-He sleeps for 12 hrs per night. Like I've mentioned before he will move around in the middle of the night but he is literally clockwork when it comes to bedtime. He's ready for his crib anywhere from 7:00PM-7:30PM and wakes up ready to go between 7:00AM-7:30AM. Every single day.
-His naps are predictable. I don't currently have him on a strict schedule but we follow a 2/3 hour window of awakeness. So he takes anywhere from 2-3 naps in the day depending on how long he naps for.

-When he's awake, he's awake and when he's asleep, he's asleep; never drowsy.
-He can be put in his crib without tears and awake. He'll try to find a comfy spot and just put himself to sleep every single time, whether it's nighttime sleep or naps.
-NO nighttime sleep regression. Emmett had no sleep regression in the past 5 months, even through teething.
-I still get all my snuggle and cuddle time with him. Some people think "oh once you stop co-sleeping, the baby won't need you as much or snuggle you"...Nope. I'm still his mom, he'll need me until he's an adult and hello.... right now he's STILL a baby! Yes, he's more active now, but he loves to cuddle and snuggle us ALL THE TIME. Not missing out on anything <3

For us, 1 night of some difficulty was worth it to have a baby that sleeps through the night, takes amazing naps, and allows me to function at the rate I used to function. Now don't get me wrong... We still will have a bad day here and there, but it averages to like once or twice a month if that. The freedom sleep training has given us has really helped me wrap my head around my current pregnancy and know that I can handle 2 babies under 1. I really hope these posts help you guys and that it is a good reference to go back to if/when you decide to sleep train. I love hearing from you and if there is anything else you want to know just shoot me an email :)