03/28/14
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Zoe: 1 month

Happy Friday! It’s just about weekend time, yay!

My little Zoe turned 1 month old on Wednesday. I am amazed by how quickly time is flying by. Time for her update!

First, a look at her the day she was born…

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Zoe already seems more grown up than just a couple weeks ago. When she is awake, she’s bright eyed and super alert. During the daytime she has more happy awake time.  She loves just looking around at everything going on. Evenings are when she pretty much needs to be held and consoled the whole time she’s awake.

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Here’s what her schedule looks like (for the most part) at a month. It still varies a bit daily.

7:30am nurse then awake time
9am nap
10:15am nurse then awake time
11:30am nap
12:30pm nurse then pretty much right away down for a long nap
4:30pm nurse then awake time
6pm nap (hopefully)
6:45pm nurse then awake time
8-10:30pm (or later sometimes) swaddled for bed, on/off asleep in my arms and nursing all evening
1:30am wakes, nurses on one side then back to bed
4-4:30am wakes, nurses on one side then back to bed
6am wakes… I try to get her back to sleep a bit (which is tough). Usually I try the paci + having her sleep with me, or I nurse her then and have her sleep in bed

I’ve really been focusing on the eat-wake-sleep cycle like I did with Hunter too. Fingers crossed she sleeps through the night early like he did!

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Sleep is such a big thing for me. Not just my sleep but Zoe’s too. From about 2 weeks on I really made a focus of trying to put her down for naps awake and having her fall asleep on her own. About half the time is works. She may cry a few minutes, but then drifts into sleep. Sometimes she just isn’t having it and has to be rocked to sleep. I do notice when I rock her to sleep, almost instantly when I lay her down, she wakes and the rocking continues again. So much easier when she falls asleep on her own! Plus she actually gets a good nap in.

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She’s started to make more eye contact and watches Hunter more, which I love. I think Hunter will be a big source of entertainment for her. He just loves his baby sister so much and I foresee him making her giggle all the time.

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She took her first bottle like a champ this week. I’ve been pumping during her long afternoon nap to slowly get a little supply built up in the freezer. And it sure is slow. I’m lucky if I pump out 2 ounces!

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She’s been in newborn cloth diapers for a couple weeks now and wears a disposable at night. While she mostly still wears newborn clothes (which are definitely getting more snug), I’ve been incorporating 0-3 month clothes too!

Nicknames: Zo-Zo. Z, Zoe-tree

Likes: being held, baths, being swaddled, lights, sitting upright

Dislikes: being changed, tummy time, car seat (unless she’s asleep)

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That’s all I can think of right now! She’s such a sweet little girl. I just love giving her cute face kisses.

Jacob and I are having our first kid free date night tonight!

Have a great weekend!

Heather

03/26/14
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Hunter: 21 months

I debated on doing a combined 21/22 month update for Hunter since he’s just 2 days away from being 22 months… but I’m sure there will be all new things and pictures to share in the next couple weeks, so just 21 months is it!

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Such a cool dude… with his first haircut too!

Hunter became a big brother at the end of last month. I totally anticipated more fits or tantrums with the change, but for the most part he’s been totally the same. He does have times he wants me to put baby sister in bed to hold him, but I think that’s just because he’s held less often now.

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He absolutely loves his baby sister. One of my favorite times is first thing in the morning when I get him out of bed. If Zoe is awake I take her down and they lay together on the ground while I change him out of his diaper. He loves holding her hand and giving her lots of hugs and kisses.

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Another thing I’m thankful for is that he didn’t revert back with his potty training. He only randomly has accidents. Most often what happens is he has just a dime size pee spot in his underwear when he tells us he has to pee. He loves pooping in the toilet and calls them ‘toots or deuces’. :) He’s still using a diaper during his naps and over night.

He can now climb up and down the toilet, which is so nice!

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His vocabulary amazes me more and more every day. I think he’s up to 5-6 word sentences now. He picks up new phrases instantly and comprehends things so well. I love when he tells me about his day and all the fun things he did.  We’ve started having him say ‘may I please be excused’ when he’s done eating.  It took about 1 day and now he can say the whole phrase.  The sponge of learning continues!

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Recently he’s been getting more daring with jumping off things. It started with the bottom step of the stairs and now he jumps off whatever he can. Thankfully he wants to hold a hand if it’s pretty high.

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He can now walk down the stairs by himself! I still walk down next to him in case he falls, but he can manage holding onto the wall walking down. He even goes down the two steps outside our house without holding into anything. It’s so nice not having to worry as much when we’re outside about him going up and down stairs.

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His hitting still continues. He seems to hit for so many reasons (happy, sad, mad) and then for no reason at all. Something we’re constantly working on.

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He’s been popping teeth and molars through like crazy lately. I was up with him for a couple hours one night because of tooth pain, I’m assuming. Thankfully the next night he slept just fine. It makes me sad when he’s in so much pain that it wakes him and he’s just crying a ton.

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His favorite place to be is outside. He loves exploring and getting dirty. These rainy days are tough because he just wants to be outside. Summer will be fun when we have more sunny days and less rain. This week is predicted to rain all day, but thankfully we’ve found 15 minute stretches to play in the gravel and dirt in the front yard.

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This little boy continues to be a blessing and is just so much fun to be around.  I can’t wait to see what next month brings!

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Was there a certain age that your kid got more daring?

Heather

03/18/14
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day in the life: alone with two kids

Yesterday it was just me and the kiddos. It had been a glorious 2.5 weeks having Jacob home, but sadly he had to go back to work. Both Jacob and Hunter were sick over the weekend, so going into Monday I wasn’t sure how it the day would go. If Hunter was sick and miserable it would be challenging cuddling him all day along with Zoe. Thankfully he was on the mend. :)

I forced myself out of bed around 7:15am to shower (necessary since it was skipped the day before), knowing Hunter would be waking around 8am. Zoe had just been nursed back to sleep (my favorite way – side laying on the bed) and was swaddled up on my bed. Once I was in the shower it was tough to get out, the warm water was so nice! Instead if crawling back into bed for a few minutes I went upstairs and drank coffee + cooked up some custard oats for Hunter and I.

At 8am I could hear Hunter happily talking to himself. Got him up, we read a book, he went potty and we started on breakfast. Zoe’s awoke so I brought her up. She nursed while we ate, then they both chill at the table while I prep dinner in the crockpot. I loved how they were both happy hanging out at the table for 10ish minutes.

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Very slowly I got everyone ready to leave the house. Everything is much slower holding a baby in your arms. Zoe wore one of her dresses I made her. See how happy she was about it! :)

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I had these grand plans to run about three errands AND go for a walk, all before lunch. I went to Fred Meyers to make a return and pick up coffee, avocados, bananas and chocolate chips (the important stuff).  I had to carry Zoe since she was crying the whole time in her car seat, then it started sprinkling so we went home and skipped the walk. Plan fail. It all worked out though since Zoe needed to nurse again and it’s easier at home than making Hunter sit for 30 minutes in his car seat.

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Zoe nursed and drifted in and out of asleep. I prepped a quick lunch for Hunter and I. We were at the table by 12:15pm chowing on some BBQ chicken, cheddar and romaine sandwiches on this bread along with grape tomatoes. We ate, I cleaned up a bit while Hunter played, then we read and played together for a bit before he went down for his nap at 1pm. Zoe was sleeping during all of this. So thankful!

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Shortly after Hunter went down she stirred a bit so I changed her diaper, nursed her again and put her in the bassinet since she normally takes a good long nap during that time (2-3 hours).

I should have napped, but instead I drank some coffee and sewed a bit. I finished up some bow ties for a friend and made 2 diaper pail liners for my new big wicker basket I picked up at Goodwill.

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Jacob came home from work and grabbed Hunter from his bed who has happy and awake after a short nap. He snacked on his leftover oatmeal from breakfast + raisins, then they played. At 3:45pm I was going to rest for a bit, then Zoe woke a bit earlier than she normally does. Of course!  As I was nursing her trying to keep my eyes open I regretted not napping earlier. Lesson learned.

We ate dinner around 5pm – super tasty refried bean soup – then went for a 30 minute family walk.

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Back home Zoe nursed then got some daddy time while I gave Hunter a bath and put him to bed. A special treat for me since Jacob normally does that now.

Once Hunter was down for the night (7:30pm) Jacob and I watched some TV while hanging with our little girl, who pretty much nursed all evening. Jacob went to bed at 9pm (he wakes super early for work) and I got her down just after 12:30am.  I was ready to collapse into bed by that time and ended up having her sleep on me since she just wouldn’t stay asleep in the bassinet.

Things that were easier than expected

Zoe slept at all the right times so getting Hunter fed, taking him to the bathroom and getting him down for a nap was actually pretty easy.

Hunter plays independently really well so when I’d be nursing Zoe on the couch, he would play with toys on the ground near us, or hang out with a book on the couch too. I didn’t have to entertain one while feeding the other!

The biggest challenges

Getting out of the house. While Zoe really doesn’t take too much time to get ready, having only 1 hand free to get myself and Hunter ready to go really slows everything down!

It was a pretty great first day alone with my two kiddos!  Not that I expected it to be bad. :)

If you have the opportunity to nap, do you take it?  Or do you fill your time with other projects?   I’m terrible at napping (I always want to utilize my free time), but did take a much needed nap today and feel much better!

Heather

More day in the life posts found here!