Luke: 7 Months!

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Stats: He doesn’t have a doctor’s appointment this month, so I am going to totally guess and say 18 pounds and 26 inches based on his last visit.

Favorites: He is the most pleasant right when he wakes up in the morning (definitely a morning baby). He loves fruits and loves to munch on puff cereal.  He is really into banging things together and loves to splash in the bathtub! (I feel like I am in the splash zone at Sea World.)  He loves his blanket and rubs it on his face all of the time.  He isn’t as dependent on his pacifier as he is the blanket, which makes it hard when I have to wash it.  He loves to cuddle and be held.

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Lifesavers for Mom and Dad: Now that he has started to sit up on his own, it is a whole new world of play for him, which is nice.  He likes to play with Lego Duplo blocks and a small drum toy.  He loves his teething rings and chews on it all day. He is great at night sleeping!

Things He Hates:  When I take too long to get his food ready.  When it’s way past his bed time.  I honestly am having a hard time thinking of stuff because he is such a pleasant baby!

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Facts: Two bottom teeth.  Sitting up on his own.  Banging and splashing things. Smiling all the time.  Babbles a lot in the evening.  Loves to look at Barney and ADORES his sister. Loves to look at books.  He loves to play with blocks a lot and is interested in what Olivia does.  Loves to be held by anyone.  Loves to sit in his car seat. Has a great sense of humor.

Sleep Habits:  He does great at night but doesn’t like to nap during the day. I put him down between 7 and 8 and he will sleep until 5.  I will feed him and then he goes back to sleep until 8.  I don’t count on this happening for the rest of his life so I am soaking it in right now.  I really want to train him to nap when Olivia naps, so my life could be easier, but I can’t complain!

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Doctors Visits:  Not until 9 months. Hopefully we don’t get a sick baby!

Eating Habits: Eats about six bottles a day…and baby food. He loves pears, squash, sweet potatoes, and apples.

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Milestones: Sitting up for a really long time without falling, communication food and sleep, kicking and army crawling

Looking Forward To: For him to stand up!

Luke: 6 Months!

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Stats: 17.8 pounds and 25 inches

Favorites: His mickey blanket (I think we have a Linus on our hands), froggie, his playmats, he smiles so big at Olivia even though she mainly wants nothing to do with him (unless I make her)

Lifesavers for Mom and Dad: He basically has stations around the house to keep him busy when he is not being held: His kicking piano (which he loves to kick), his jumper, his playpen, his playmat and his high chair. He is so good about playing on his own! He loves to jump!

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Dislikes: Not being fed fast enough. He’s not a fan of green beans and peas, but he will eat a few bites. Nightime.  The bewitching hour is around seven at night.  He is ready for bed but fights it a little.  

Facts: Eating baby food, two teeth, sitting up like a frog, smiling a lot, likes to pull on his rings and dangly toys, loves to shop and look around at things, he loves to grab my phone out of my hand…

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Sleep Habits: He falls asleep pretty well, but then wakes up once or twice a night. We are trying to wean him from the night feedings this month.

Doctors Visits: He did great at his six month check up and even had to get his shots.  He still had a little cradle cap, that we managed to get rid of this month! He got a pretty bad cold for a couple of weeks that seemed like it would never go away!

Eating Habits: He is still eating about six ounces four to five times a day and then baby food two to three times a day.  He loves pears, peaches, apples, squash, sweet potatoes, carrots, and bananas.

Milestones: two bottom teeth, finally sitting up a little, eating pureed foods, babbling and screeching a lot

Looking Forward To: Being able to sit him up in a shopping cart and sitting him up to play with toys.

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Luke: 5 Months!

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Stats: (estimating) 23 inches, 16.5 pounds

Favorites: His blanket! He loves to rub it on his cheeks and gets so happy when we cover him with it. He loves to jump in his jumper and loves to smile at himself in the mirror.

Lifesavers for Mom and Dad: His playmat, jumper, swing, and high chair.  We pretty much rotate him around those all day.

Dislikes: Waiting too long to feed him and putting him in his car seat when he is playing.  Other than that, he is a pretty pleasant baby.

Facts: He is all about his feet and toes. He chews on EVERYTHING and loves to suck on your finger. He doesn’t have any teeth yet, but I am expecting some soon.  He has some curl to his hair after bath time. He loves to roll over from back to front really fast.  He is starting to flap his arms and kick his legs a whole bunch.  He started baby food, which pears and squash are his favorites. (Green beans not so much..).  He loves to be held and played with by anyone and is so sweet.

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Sleep Habits: He has about 3-4 naps a day depending on how  busy we are. He takes his best nap in the morning.  At night, he falls asleep around 8 or 9 and then wakes up once or twice to eat.

Doctors Visits: Just waiting on his six month appointment.  We are sure he has some major eczema going on and have been trying to treat it, even though he won’t stop rubbing his face!

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Eating Habits: He eats six ounces of milk every three hours and then baby food for dinner. We are upping the baby food next month!

Milestones: Grabbing feet, starting to sit on his own (lazy bum), talking a lot more, eating baby food, jumping assisted, standing assisted

Looking Forward To: His sixth month appointment…just to see how big he is and if he has hit all of his milestones.

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Luke: 3 Months!

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Stats: (estimating) 23 inches, 15 pounds (from my bathroom scale)

Favorites: He LOVES baths! He sits there like he is hot tubbing with his buddies.  He loves any kind of interaction with him. He smiles so big when he knows you are paying attention to him. 

Lifesavers for Mom and Dad: His play mat and his swing.  It’s nice to give him activities to do when you have a high maintenance two-year old running around.  He really is a good baby….for now. I know what is coming and I am not looking forward to it.

Dislikes: Again, when I take too long to feed him.

Facts: He is super vocal this month, always screeching and cooing.  He is super smiley when you hang with him.  We call him “roly poly” because he just wants to roll into a ball. We try to get him to stand and he won’t even attempt it.  He is starting to get the sitting assisted and is quickly moving towards using the Bumbo.  He loves Olivia and loves to coo at her.

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Sleep Habits: He has about 3-4 naps a day and has started a night routing about half way through this month.  He falls asleep around 8 or 9 and then wakes up at 4 to eat and then goes back to sleep.  I will take it!

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Doctors Visits: None this month for him.  4 month appointment is next.

Eating Habits: He eats 5 ounces every three hours and then holds off at night until about 3 or 4 in the morning.  He has a pretty good schedule going.

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Milestones: Talking, rolling to his side, grabbing and chewing toys, looking in the mirror

Looking Forward To: Christmas. He is going to be so dang cute.3month9

Luke: Month 2!

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Stats: 22 inches 13.5 pounds

Favorites: He loves to sit up on the couch.  He also is loving baths now.  He sits in his bath chair and looks like he is soaking in a hot tub all comfortably.  He, of course, loves to eat!

Lifesavers for Mom and Dad: Whenever he goes in his car seat, he takes the best naps!  Also, when putting him to sleep, he likes his blanket to touch his face on his cheeks.

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Dislikes: When I take too long to feed him.  It is usually because I am being tag teamed by Olivia.  They both seem to know when to yell at me at the same time.

Facts: He is making eye contact and opening his eyes a whole lot more.  His cry sounds like an angry cat and I am finding he uses his cry as a way to just talk.  He will cry for a minute and then stop and look all content.  He loves to be held in the evening.  The rest of the day he is pretty content just sitting and looking at things or sleeping.  He has reddish-brown hair that is slightly curly, but not like Olivia’s.  He has the cutest smile..I can’t wait until he REALLY smiles at me!

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Sleep Habits: He sleeps on and off all day.  I can tell his really heavy sleep is about 9 at night until midnight and then it’s on and off all day until about noon and then he heavy sleeps until about 4 or 5.  We will figure it out one of these days.

Doctors Visits: Just for his two month appointment.  He had to get shots and was a champ!

Eating Habits: He eats exactly every three hours…it’s as if he has alarm clock.  He is still eating a lot at night too, which means I have to wake up a lot still. 😦

Milestones: Lots of smiling and eye contact!

Looking Forward To: I can’t wait until he can sit up on his own. He loves to sit against the couch right now but falls over every time!

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Luke: Month 1!

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Stats: 21 1/2 inches (1 1/2 inches longer than birth) and 10 pounds 2 ounces

Favorites: He is pretty good about sleeping.  He is more alert at night, which will be fun when I start sleep training him.  He likes it when I put his rock and play by the back window so he can look out.  He is loving his swing.

Lifesavers for Mom and Dad: His swing.  Right after I feed him at night, he usually will go right back to sleep if I put him in the swing.  Also, his rock and play is nice to move around the house when I am doing activities with Olivia and housework.

Dislikes: He absolutely hates baths and screams when I do it.  He also screams when I put him in the car seat, but usually settles down after a few minutes and then sleeps the whole time.

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Facts: He is making eye contact and opening his eyes a whole lot more.  His cry sounds like an angry cat and I am finding he uses his cry as a way to just talk.  He will cry for a minute and then stop and look all content.  He loves to be held in the evening.  The rest of the day he is pretty content just sitting and looking at things or sleeping.  He has reddish-brown hair that is slightly curly, but not like Olivia’s.  He has the cutest smile..I can’t wait until he REALLY smiles at me!

Sleep Habits: He sleeps on and off all day.  I can tell his really heavy sleep is about 9 at night until midnight and then it’s on and off all day until about noon and then he heavy sleeps until about 4 or 5.  We will figure it out one of these days.

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Doctors Visits:  He went in a few days after birth, one week out, and then two weeks out (he had lost a lot of weight), and then for his monthly check up.  I feel like I have been at the doctor’s office a lot.  It’s cool to see his charts and his growth.

Eating Habits: Since he was losing weight, I had to supplement and let’s just say that it definitely helped. He eats A LOT…about every 2 to three hours and doesn’t take any breaks.  He also went from 50th percentile to 75th percentile in weight because he is such a piggy.

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Milestones: Pretty much just keeping him alive and giving us eye contact.  He is so good at lifting his head and swings it around a lot!

Looking Forward To: Seeing him smile and interact more!

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Baby #2: 37 Weeks!

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How far along: 37 Weeks

Maternity clothes: Gym clothes, Mike’s shirts, yoga pants, large shirts, long skirts

Stretch marks: It is a miracle…none. My skin feels like plastic around my stomach.  My arm and leg skin is extra soft with all of the fat I have gained.  It is so strange to see how different my body is right now.
Sleep: Not too good, but then again it is not a surprise.
Best moment this week: Getting to see little one in his last ultrasound.  The doctors were monitoring him because he was so big, but he is doing alright.  I get to go hear his heartbeat tomorrow.  It always makes me feel better when they monitor him at the doctor.
Miss anything: I admit I had a huge pity party for myself on the 4th of July.  My family went tubing and mountain biking and I was so emotional about it.  I had to give myself a pep talk and realize that I should be grateful for this opportunity.
Morning sickness: I’ve been okay.  I really don’t like to eat certain foods now.  I am really burned out on the meat and veggie combination (protein and good carb) that I try to follow for Mike’s diet and mine.  For some reason, I just don’t want to eat the dinners I make. I pretty much just snack during the day.
Movement:.He scared me one day last week when he wouldn’t move, so I put an ice pack on my stomach and that got him going.  It’s usually one day of little kicks and then the next day he will be rolling all over the place.  He dropped last week, so he is head down, which makes me waddle like a penguin.  He is super low. He stuck his butt out the other day and my skin went numb all around my belly button.
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Food cravings: Carbs. But then again, even when I am not pregnant, carbs are my downfall.  I am in for a major shock when I start the 21 day fix in September.  I already have my meals planned out and my exercise routines.  I’m actually pretty excited about it.
Anything making you queasy or sick: Like I said, some meats and veggies and definitely leftovers.  Even throwing them away makes me gag.
Have you started to show yet: Now that is a dumb question.
Gender prediction: Boy. I am still so nervous about it.
Labor signs: He dropped and one day last week I had some Braxton-Hicks contractions going on.  I swear my hormones are going extra crazy because this has been a super emotional week for me.  I cry about everything. I feel anxious and nervous a lot for no reason.
Belly button in or out: If it could go out, it would have weeks ago.
Wedding rings on or off: Off.  I have swollen hands right now. I haven’t had swollen ankles like I did with Olivia.
Happy or Moody most of the time:  Like I said, I have been so moody and naggy this week.  Everything is making me sad.  I think it’s the anxiousness of what is to come.  I like my ducks in a row.  I am also nervous because this will be the first time I am away from Olivia and it will be for three days.  I hope the healing process is quick.
Looking forward to:  Meeting with my actual doctor this week who is going to perform my C-section.  I’ve talked to a lot of people who have had them, including nurses, so I feel like mentally I am getting there.