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Corbin Travis: 8 Months

8 Dec

Mr. Bud (as he is often called these days) turned 8 months old on November 22,  Thanksgiving Day. He didn’t eat any Thanksgiving food, as he was taking a nap when we ate.

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Corbin is wearing all 12-month clothing now (and starting to dabble in 12-18 month size), and still in size 5 diapers. I compared his height to the girls at this age, and he’s on par with where they were, so not sure why the percentiles say he’s a shorty (maybe the percentiles are different for boys?).IMG_0565 (Large)Eating

Corbin is doing well with table food. He has tried quite a few more foods, including peanut butter, toast, shrimp, saltine crackers, goldfish, pears, mandarin oranges, taco meat, and random bites of things we’re having that are soft enough for him to eat. (With the girls, I really tried to stick to the “only one new food per day” policy to make it easy to determine allergies, but we haven’t been really doing that with him…)

Corbin has been doing really well feeding himself little pieces of cheese, puffs, fig bar, and crackers, and would rather feed himself than have us spoon-feed him. When he’s done eating, he waves his hands in front of his face while you’re trying to give him a bite, sending the food everywhere. Or if he’s done with what’s on his tray, he hits the tray and the food goes flying.IMG_0321 (Large)I’m still nursing, though taking a much more lax approach to it these days. I only pump once a day at work, meaning Corbin frequently drinks formula on the days I work, at bedtime if Travis puts him down, and when we check him into the church nursery. I never pump at home anymore either. I’m just over it.

Another thing about nursing that I don’t think I’ve mentioned on the blog is that since he was about 5 months old, Corbin has refused to nurse anywhere noisy. Even at home, he has to be in his room, with the door closed, fan on. If either girl comes in and interrupts, it’s over. Then he just keeps pulling off to look around. Same with in public — even if he’s under a cover, he’ll nurse just long enough for my milk to let down, then he pulls off to look around. So I just don’t nurse him in public, ever. And now that he can eat food, it’s not really necessary anyway. But sometimes it would be nice!IMG_1210 (Large)Sleeping

Corbin got his two top middle teeth this month. He is kind of a bear when he’s teething. Several nights, he’s been tired and ready to go to bed, but refuses to go to sleep, even after we’ve given him meds. There have been a few nights that we’ve resorted to taking him on a drive to get him to sleep, and then letting him sleep in his carseat (in his room) as long as he will. Then he’ll nurse and go to sleep in his crib.

There was a period of time this month, too, where he was routinely waking up around 10:30 after going to bed around 5:30. But things are already a blur so I can’t remember much else about that.

In general, Corbin goes to sleep around 5:30, wakes up once around 3 AM, and then is up for the day around 5 AM. He’s also extended his awake time to 2 to 2.5 hours between naps (most of the time).IMG_0346 (Large)Development

Corbin has started reaching for people to hold him–usually it’s me, but he gets excited to see Daddy, Nana, and his Nanny too.

He’s still steamrolling and pivoting to get to what he wants–no crawling yet. I’ve tried showing him how to get up on his knees, but he doesn’t seem to want to put any weight on his arms. He puts a little weight on them when he’s on his belly, but not like he would if he were crawling. He also doesn’t seem to like to put weight on his legs–I’ve been trying to get him to stand up at a small activity table we have, and he’s now to the point where he’ll stand for 10-15 seconds, then he bends his legs.

But he’s doing really well sitting up on his own now without falling over.IMG_0349 (Large)Corbin is a smiley little boy.IMG_0567 (Large)IMG_0335 (Large)He loves to shriek and talk, but it is really hard to get him to laugh. He only laughs if he finds something absolutely hilarious. Emma is usually the one to get him to laugh, and usually it’s when she’s doing something that I wouldn’t think he’d even like, like hold him still in his outdoor infant swing up in the air facing down toward the ground. He thought that was hilarious. She also put these cone-shaped Christmas trees on her hands and Corbin laughed for almost 10 minutes.

Emma and Annabelle love Corbin so much, and frequently play with him, and ask to hold him.IMG_0618 (Large)IMG_0325 (Large)IMG_1218 (Large)Corbin’s favorite thing to do these days is be outside. He can be crabby and whiny, even while we get his snowsuit on, but the minute he’s outside, he doesn’t make a peep. Since he loves it so much, my goal is to get outside with him every day for at least 10 minutes. (Doesn’t sound like much, but it will be a challenge when it’s -20 outside!) He also still loves swinging, but doesn’t really like jumping in his jumperoo anymore. When he’s inside, he’s happiest lying on the floor, rolling around, chewing on toys.IMG_0433 (Large)

IMG_0328 (Large)And that’s Corbin at 8 months!

Corbin Travis: 7 Months

27 Oct

I can’t believe our Little Bud is already 7 months old! Six months still feels like a baby… seven months feels like he’s almost 1 year old!IMG_0307Size

Corbin moved up to size 5 diapers and is wearing both 9-month and 12-month clothes. I will be putting away some of the 9-month clothing soon (like his sleepers–his feet are all the way to the end, which is why it mystifies me that they say he’s in the 15th percentile for height). He doesn’t go back to the doctor until 9 months.IMG_0049IMG_0048Eating

We’re finally consistent with feeding Corbin table food. He gets 2-3 “meals” during the day in addition to nursing/bottles. So far, he does not like any purees. His face after a bite is priceless! (Like, what the heck is this crap?!?!?) He doesn’t even like mashed banana. What kid doesn’t like banana? He also doesn’t seem to be a huge fan of scrambled eggs.

His favorites (and by favorites, I mean the only foods he will eat) are cheese, yogurt, avocado, rice cereal, applesauce, and teething wafers. We’ve also fed him random bites of what we’re eating, including chicken curry with cauliflower rice, baked beans, chili (not spicy), peanut butter, and brownie. #thirdchild He definitely seems to have a more adventurous palette than a normal baby!

I am still nursing him, and he’s only had to drink a few bottles of formula while I’m at work. But now that we know he doesn’t mind formula, I’m jonesing for a night alone. Momma needs a break! We’re planning on one at the end of November.IMG_0241Sleeping

We’ve had some wins and challenges the past month in the sleep department.

Wins:

  • He is sleeping in his crib at night and for naps. And the transition went better than I could have imagined! He really didn’t fight it at all.
  • He falls asleep on his own by sucking on this thumb. (Neither of the girls did any self-soothing, so this is a nice change and huge blessing!)
  • When he’s not teething, he usually goes to bed between 5 and 6 PM, wakes up once around 4 AM to nurse, then goes back to sleep until 6 or 6:30 AM.

Challenges:

  • He’s still all over the place in terms of naps. He can consistently stay up for 1.5-2.5 hours between naps (depends on what we’re doing, and how much attention he’s getting). But his naps are usually only 30-45 minutes. Once in a blue moon, he takes a 2+ hour nap and it’s glorious!
  • He got his first 2 teeth (the two in the middle on the bottom), which disrupted his sleep for about a week. He was up every 2-3 hours. Brutal! Things improved slightly when we gave him Tylenol. I have a hunch his top two middle teeth are coming in now, because he has had some very rough nights recently as well.
  • He sometimes wakes up around 3 or 4 am, and is just wide awake. I change his diaper, nurse him, put him back down in his crib, and see if he’ll go back to sleep. He usually rolls around for 5-10 minutes, then starts squawking. I go back in and turn his projector on, and that usually keeps him content for another 5-10 minutes. Then if he starts crying, I just bring him out into the living room, turn on the lights and fireplace, and play with him. I also usually do my Bible study. When 90 minutes have passed since he first woke up, he’s ready to go back down. If he woke up at a more “reasonable” hour like 4:30, I usually just stay up and get some mommy time (since the girls get up between 6:30 and 7 anyway). But if he woke up more like 3:30, I go back to bed. If I could just function well on 4 hours of sleep, life would be much easier!
  • He does not like to nap on the go. He will fall asleep in his carseat if he’s tired enough, and if we keep moving, but otherwise, he just wants to sleep in his crib.

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Corbin is a rolling machine these days, and loves reaching for toys. But he only rolls left to get on his belly and right to get on his back, so he sometimes boxes himself into a corner or wall, and can’t get out. At least we don’t have to worry about him rolling down the stairs (yet). He is so much more motivated to get moving than the girls were, and obviously doesn’t mind being on his belly like they did, so I bet he’ll start crawling in the next month or two. (The girls didn’t crawl until 10 and 12 months).

IMG_0273IMG_0243Corbin is also doing really well sitting up on his own, and doesn’t fall over at all unless he reaches for a toy and loses his balance.IMG_0282He is a talker and sometimes is super loud. Thankfully, most people seem to think he’s adorable instead of annoying, but the girls sometimes complain about not being able to hear when he’s screeching.

He took his first bath with Annabelle not using the infant tub (I held him the whole time) and seemed to really like it. We might try him in the Bumbo in the bathtub soon (obviously with lots of supervision).IMG_0194Corbin LOVES being outside. He can be super fussy and seemingly ready for a nap, but then you take him outside and he’s happy as a clam. He loves swinging in our infant swing on the swingset, and enjoys walks in the stroller as well. At the end of September, we took him on a “hike” in Crow Wing State Park, and he didn’t make a peep the entire time!

We love this little boy so much!IMG_0287

Corbin Travis: 6 Months

22 Sep

Little Bud is already 6 months old! Time is flying!IMG_9914 (Large)IMG_9888 (Large)Size

Corbin didn’t have his 6-month checkup until October 5 (he was 6 months on September 22), but he is a chunk! He was 20 lbs 11 oz (91%), 26 inches (15%?!?!), with a head circumference in the 87th percentile. I have put away all of his 6-month clothes and some of his 9-month clothes (sleepers, shirts, pants) already barely fit. He has a very thick torso and chubby thighs, so there have been several pairs of pants that he didn’t wear at all because we couldn’t get them on, or the waist was too tight! So we might be pulling his 12-month clothing out before long.IMG_9931 (Large)And he’s still in size 4 diapers.

Sleeping

Corbin is not the greatest sleeper these days, during the day or at night. He’s still right around 90-120 minutes of awake time between naps but has started taking short 30 minute naps as his norm–or he “naps” while I nurse him and then decides he’s fine and is awake for another couple of hours. o_O He’s almost always happy when he’s awake (though if he is really tired, he’s only happy being held), but man, having a baby who doesn’t nap plus two other kids who no longer nap is EXHAUSTING. This momma doesn’t get anything done without letting the girls watch iPad for hours on end. (And since I don’t want to let them watch iPad for hours on end, I get nothing done.)

And then there’s Corbin’s nighttime sleep. He is getting his first tooth ❤ so he has been waking up every 2-3 hours at night for about the past week (and maybe even longer? Honestly, things are mostly a blur at this point). Thankfully, he almost always goes right back to sleep after nursing. I’m hoping that once his bottom two teeth pop through, he’ll go back to his “normal” sleeping habits (whatever those are–he’s so unpredictable!!).

Another change this month is that Corbin no longer likes being bounced on the exercise ball. He just wants us to put him down in his Rock n Play, where he sucks his thumb and falls asleep on his own (unless he’s already asleep from nursing). Yep, he’s still in the Rock n Play. Now that he’s getting close to sitting up on his own, he should probably be in his crib, but… man, I dread transitions. They’re always more horrible in my mind though, so we should probably just bite the bullet. Stay tuned until next month…IMG_9948 (Large)IMG_9944 (Large)IMG_9851 (Large)Eating

Corbin is still breastfeeding, and still refuses to nurse unless he’s ready for a nap. If I try any other time (even when he is quite certainly hungry), he’ll nurse for 30 seconds to a minute, then pull off and look around. Sometimes he pulls off to suck his thumb. 😀 Silly boy.IMG_9796 (Large)Corbin has now tried avocado and banana in addition to rice cereal. He loves avocado, but could take or leave the banana. My plan is to start feeding him two meals a day, one in the morning right after he wakes up, and another right before dinner. It always takes me a while to get into the swing of a new habit, and this is no different, so I haven’t been consistent on this yet (especially when I’m getting 7,389 snacks for my other two children each day). But this could help him sleep more during the night too. Right?IMG_9697 (Large)Finally, Corbin is done taking his acid reflux meds. Soon after he turned 5 months, I just kind of stopped giving it to him and he was fine. So we’re done with that, hallelujah. We have been giving him some infant Tylenol for his teething pain, and he HATES it. He didn’t like the taste of his acid reflux meds either, but you can tell that he hates the Tylenol even more. He also doesn’t drool or spit up as much now either.

Development

Little Man is getting closer and closer to sitting up on his own. He can now sit up in carts and strollers without leaning too much, and can sit up on the floor for a few seconds if he leans all the way forward. He is a curious little guy and loves being able to see what’s going on, so it’ll be nice when he can sit up on his own. IMG_9889 (Large)Corbin loves toys, especially ones he can chew on. His favorites are Mortimer the Moose; a half fabric, half plastic ring with a bird on it; a jingly ball that reminds me of a cat toy; a pink dog that has a wooden ring on one end; and a plastic circular rattle in the shape of a fish.IMG_9869 (Large) He still likes his playmat, and loves the jumperoo. He enjoys stroller rides and facing out in the Baby Bjorn (he actually does still fit in it–turns out I had the straps adjusted too tight). IMG_9826 (Large)And a new thing–Corbin loves swinging. He still for the most part needs to be propped up with thin blankets in our swing at home so that he doesn’t end up slouching, but he can sit up in the baby swings at parks too. And he loves it! IMG_9813 (Large)Those cheeks ❤

Corbin has really found his voice, and shrieks often. He doesn’t laugh very often, but when he does, it’s the cutest sound in the world. Emma is actually the person who can get him to laugh the most often with her crazy antics. One day when he was swinging, she pushed him a few times and then held him up in the swing leaning forward, and he thought that was hilarious. Of course, he stopped doing it the minute we got our phones out, but it was so cute. Travis can also get him to laugh sometimes by blowing on his neck.

The girls still give him lots of attention, and have started to want to carry Corbin around. One morning when we were getting ready for church, Annabelle made him cry a few times by trying to pick him up when we weren’t watching. But he’s probably over 20 pounds by now so he’s not that much lighter than she is! And whenever we send Annabelle in to entertain Corbin after a nap when we’re busy doing something, she makes sure that he has plenty of toys. IMG_9808 (Large)IMG_9761 (Large)IMG_9843 (Large)IMG_9700 (Large)We also braved the Minnesota State Fair this year with all three kids (plus two of my brothers and their wives, their two babies, and my dad), and it wasn’t a disaster!IMG_9737 (Large)IMG_9711 (Large)And that’s Corbin at 6 months!

Corbin Travis: 5 Months

2 Sep

Mister Man is 5 months old! IMG_9611 (Large)IMG_9686 (Large)He turned 5 months on August 22, so I’m late on this update like usual. It just takes so much time to write the post, download photos from Google, upload them to WordPress, and then proof everything. I’ve also started uploading all the photos from these posts to Walmart Photo Center, so that I can easily print physical copies 3-4 times a year. One of my BHAGs for the next year is to get all my digital photos of the kids (from the past 5.5 years) printed and in physical albums.

Size

Little Bud goes back to the doctor at 6 months, so I’ll know weight and height then, but he has officially graduated to mostly 9-month clothes, and size 4 diapers. I also bought him a cute winter hat, and it was supposed to be for 9-16 months (Chinese sizing…), and it just barely fit him now, so back it went. I’m trying to stop buying clothing from China anyway.IMG_9298 (Large)IMG_9284 (Large)Sleeping

Right around 4 months, Corbin had a few really rough nights, and reading that the 4-month sleep regression could last weeks made me panic. But after a few nights, he more or less went back to normal for about a week. After that week, he once again started waking up every 2-3 hours, and he was also really hard to get down at bedtime–I’d nurse him, get him to sleep, and put him down like normal, and he’d wake up 15 minutes later. He did that several times before he’d stay down for the night.

We thought maybe he was sick of sleeping in his Rock n Play, so we set up his crib and laid him in it awake. The very first time, he rolled around for 20-30 minutes and then fell asleep on his own. I was blown away (Emma traumatized us with her sleeping habits). He doesn’t always like his crib, but every once in a while, it comes in really handy. He can also now get himself back to sleep during the night by sucking on his thumb. It is THE cutest thing ever. Also slightly related to this, he has ditched the swaddle and graduated to the sleepsack.IMG_9351 (Large)Overall, he still usually goes to bed around 7:30/8 PM, and wakes up once between 3 and 5 AM. Whether or not he goes back to sleep after he eats depends on the day. Sometimes he’s just wide awake, and is really hard to get back to sleep. Other times, he goes right back to sleep from nursing, and I can put him right back down without bouncing him at all. (The way I usually get him to sleep is I nurse him and then bounce him on the exercise ball for 10 minutes to get him down.)

Corbin does not like taking naps in his carseat or the baby carrier. He can make do for a nap here or there, but I really try to limit the amount of naps he has to take “on the go” because the boy needs his naps, and he wants them at home, in his bed. Same for bedtime. With Annabelle, we could be flexible because she was such an easygoing baby and would sleep anywhere, but Corbin wants to be home, in his bed, for bedtime.IMG_9353 (Large)Eating

Little Bud is still super distracted while nursing, so I have gotten into the (not-so-great) habit of nursing him right before he goes to sleep. I would prefer to nurse him right when he wakes up, so that he doesn’t get into the habit of nursing to sleep, but it usually just results in him nursing for 2-3 minutes per side, and me needing to nurse him before his nap anyway.

Corbin has eaten rice cereal three times so far, and seems to really like it. I think it might help him to sleep better at night too (based on one night where he didn’t wake up at all), so I’m going to start feeding him some every night at dinnertime. We’ll see! Then at 6 months, we’ll venture into banana and avocado.

I’m still pumping at work. I try to pump three times each day, but sometimes I only pump twice, one because I really dislike it, and two because I run out of time. I usually get 5-6 oz from a session.IMG_9369 (Large)IMG_9318 (Large)Development

Corbin is changing so fast these days! He can now roll both ways (back to belly, belly to back) but rarely chooses to. It’s almost like he’s forgotten that he knows how. He’ll roll over onto his side to look at or reach something, but if he starts tilting a little too far, he’ll quick roll onto his back because heaven forbid he make it all the way to his tummy. He still isn’t the biggest fan of tummy time, and will tolerate it only in small doses (5 minutes or so).

Corbin has discovered his feet, and started sucking on his toes. He also discovered his voice, and is very vocal now. He gets progressively louder the more tired he is (so he squawks a lot right before naps). He also talks a lot when he gets excited. He has also started to really enjoy the jumperoo, and actually move around a bit (at first, he would just stand there doing nothing).IMG_9432 (Large)Corbin LOVES facing out in the Baby Bjorn and kicks his little legs in excitement. (But sad day–I just discovered yesterday that he no longer fits in the Baby Bjorn. That seriously happened overnight. One day he fit. The next day he didn’t.) He does pretty well on stroller rides too, and we’ve started taking family walks with him in the stroller and the girls on their bikes.

Corbin still gets lots of love from his sisters, in the form of a tent for his jumperoo, a bath in the bathroom sink, snuggles on the couch, medical attention, and jewelry. He loves the attention from them most of the time. Emma has made him cry several times by growling or yelling at him–she’s intending it to be playful but he doesn’t understand that.IMG_9596 (Large)IMG_9597 (Large)IMG_9471 (Large)IMG_9460 (Large)IMG_9440 (Large)IMG_9363 (Large)This month, he also took his first ride in Daddy’s pickup to the laundromat and bike shop:IMG_9463 (Large)Corbin also got to hang out in the garage while we painted a dresser and at the splash pad while the girls played:IMG_9332 (Large)IMG_9336 (Large)The last thing I’ll mention is how much I thoroughly enjoy cuddling with this little guy. I feel like with each progressive kid, I can enjoy them more, because I’m not as strung-out. IMG_9379 (Large)IMG_9681 (Large)One of Corbin’s other nicknames is Little Chubs. We just love this little guy so much!!

Emma Grace: 5.25 Years

19 Aug

Emma turned FIVE back on April 7. My last update on her was at 4.75 years, so I’m horribly behind on this update. I can’t believe she’ll be starting kindergarten in just a few weeks!IMG_5194 (Large)IMG_5198 (Large)Size

Emma has grown a whole inch just since turning 5! (She insisted I mark it on our wall ruler.) At her 5-year well-child checkup, she weighed 42 lbs (61%) and was 3′ 8″ tall (81%). She is wearing 5T and XS (4/5) clothing (mostly just for length; she’s so thin that she can still fit in most 4T clothing), and size 11 shoes.IMG_7522IMG_7615Eating

Emma is still a really good eater. She almost always eats her whole dinner with little prompting, and likes a wide variety of food.

When I asked, she told me that her favorite foods are spaghetti, cheeseburgers, grapes, pineapple, watermelon, cheese, cereal, meatballs, and suckers. She also likes broccoli, yogurt, apples and applesauce, popcorn, deli meat, chips, Triscuits, graham crackers, and pretty much any kind of fruit.

Emma often doesn’t eat much for breakfast but eats a decent lunch and dinner. She often asks to go to McDonald’s and loves to drink pop when we let her (which is about once a month). She went through a phase of wanting to add food coloring to her milk and cereal, and she loves to put chocolate frosting and pink sprinkles on her waffles.

She also enjoys being independent and getting/making her own food (as much as she can). IMG_6581IMG_7298IMG_8022IMG_8613Sleeping

Emma is really a champ these days in the sleep department. She very rarely naps (and then it’s only when we’re in the car, usually in the late afternoon) but goes to bed around 7:30 every night. She wakes up between 6:30 and 7:30.

Our bedtime routine is to take a bath (2-3 times a week), put on pajamas, brush teeth, read 2-3 books, and then “do tick” (rubbing her back, legs, arms, and face, and sometimes feet). Emma likes “slow tick” which means moving your hands very slowly, and using a very light touch. I am not very good at slow tick (I’m too impatient), but Emma always wants me to put her to bed anyway.

Emma has a comforter and sheets on her twin bed, but prefers to sleep on top of the comforter, with her “Frozen blankie” and her “yellow blankie.” She used to wear exclusively nightgowns to bed, but now wears shorts/pants & t-shirt jammies (mostly because that’s what I bought her…nightgowns are surprisingly hard to find!).IMG_7020IMG_7335IMG_8859Development

Emma enjoyed going to preschool last school year. She’s known how to spell her own name since daycare the year before (and still insists that her first name is Emma K.), and now she knows how to spell Annabelle’s name too, from memory. She knows all of her letters (though still asks how to draw a few on occasion) and often asks how to spell words. The other day, she wrote up a list of rules for Annabelle, including No Spitting, No Making Messes and No Ruining Mommy’s Decorations.

Emma has also really grown in her drawing and coloring abilities. When coloring a picture, she is usually very meticulous (sometimes she just scribbles to get it done) and not only stays in the lines, but also uses a variety of colors, adding stripes, polka dots, eyelashes, earrings, and high heels.

She has also started drawing a lot of her own artwork. She loves drawing people. The other day, she drew Annabelle getting stung by a wasp (which actually happened). She even drew the tree that was behind Annabelle when she got stung. She has also drawn the Mickey Mouse gang using pictures from the Internet, princesses, mermaids, and her family. She also loves to use markers to draw makeup on her and Annabelle’s faces.IMG_7366 (Large)IMG_7975 (Large)IMG_9316 (Large)Besides her love for drawing, Emma’s favorite thing to do is play dolls and Barbies. Emma and Annabelle are pretty much constantly role-playing. Sometimes they pretend that one of them is the mommy, and one is the sister or baby. They call each other mommy so much that I either don’t respond when they say “mommy” within earshot of me, or I stop and ask, “Are you talking to me?” Other times, they pretend they’re both moms and need to feed, clothe, or put their babies down for a nap (using any number or variety of stuffed animals, dolls, or Barbies and leaving them spread out over the bathroom counter, floor, couches, and beds, tucked neatly under blankets).

And sometimes, they remove themselves from the story completely, and simply have the story unfold between Barbies. If there isn’t a doll or Barbie nearby, they’ll use their fork, french fry, or a bottle of soap. It’s so fun to watch their imaginations at work.IMG_7995 (Large)IMG_8206 (Large)Emma has finally started to ride her bike this summer (still with training wheels), but it still isn’t her favorite thing. I often catch her riding Annabelle’s bike, which is slightly smaller and lower to the ground.

Emma still LOVES the water, and is always the first one to go in and last one to get out when we go to the beach or pool. She has gotten a lot braver in the water, and now loves to float and kick around in the “deep water” wearing her PuddleJumper lifejacket. Back in February, we went to a waterpark that had a slide that ended in a chute and she went down that slide probably 50 times all by herself. She isn’t a fan of slides that end in a plunge pool though. She is still timid when it comes to boat rides, but loosens up once we’re out on the water.IMG_2291 (Large)IMG_8621 (Large)IMG_8622 (Large)IMG_8720 (Large)IMG_9087 (Large)This summer, Emma has often come up to me while playing outside and said, “Mommy, I’m hot. Can I have a freezy/popsicle?” This girls loves her sweets! The two things that she is most motivated by are watching iPad and getting candy (whereas Annabelle often says she doesn’t want dessert or iPad if it means she doesn’t have to do what I’m asking her to do).

Emma is still a determined little girl who knows what she wants and will not back down (that’s a nice way of saying stubborn). We are frequently at a loss at how to handle her tantrums and screaming fits (and it seems like they get really bad for a while, and then taper off), but she plays well with kids and is a good helper at school so ::shrugs shoulders::. I just pray that her passion and vision will translate into powerful leadership skills used for something constructive one day.

Emma is very curious about everything. She loves to watch Travis while he’s working on stuff, and has to touch and look at everything (drives me crazy!!! I often say “Why can’t you just leave things alone?!?”). She still loves making messes (though these days, they are the result of her active imagination and not usually just a dump-and-run kind of mess), and still frequently breaks/destroys things (like popping a balloon we just bought because she “didn’t want it anymore.”)

A few other things we’ve done since this past January:

  • FishingIMG_6582 (Large)IMG_6592 (Large)IMG_2301 (Large)
  • Bike ridesIMG_2306 (Large)
  • Outdoor funIMG_7656 (Large)IMG_7214 (Large)IMG_7361 (Large)IMG_8615 (Large)IMG_7897 (Large)IMG_7906 (Large)IMG_7908 (Large)IMG_7914 (Large)IMG_8373 (Large)
  • Cuddle with Little Guy Guy (Corbin)IMG_7480 (Large)IMG_7860 (Large)IMG_7870 (Large)IMG_8313 (Large)IMG_9260 (Large)
  • Photos of Emma at preschool this past school year:IMG_7545 (Large)IMG_8396 (Large)IMG_7547 (Large)IMG_8730 (Large)IMG_8212 (Large)IMG_8271 (Large)IMG_8272 (Large)
  • Other general shenanigans:IMG_6578 (Large)IMG_7012 (Large)IMG_7286 (Large)IMG_7915 (Large)IMG_9010 (Large)

Emma definitely keeps us guessing and makes life an adventure!

Corbin Travis: 4 Months

26 Jul

My baby boy is already 4 months old (on July 22)! I haven’t kept track of how many weeks he is — #thirdchild — but looking at a calendar, I see that he is 17 weeks old now.IMG_9240IMG_9234Corbin’s nicknames so far are Corb Man, Little Man, Mister Man, Little Guy Guy, and Little Bud.

Size

Corbin had his 4-month checkup on August 2 and now weighs 18 lbs (88%), is 25.25 inches long (42%), and has a head circumference of 17.32 inches (96%).

He’s still wearing 3-6 month, or 6-month clothing, and size 3 diapers.IMG_8979IMG_9043Sleeping

Corbin stays awake consistently for 90 minutes between naps. His naps range from 45 minutes (most often) to 2 hours (occasionally). He almost always goes down for the night between 6:30 and 7:30, and wakes up around 3-4 AM to nurse. He’s “up for the day” between 6:30 (most often) and 7:30 (occasionally).

BUT… the night before he turned 4 months, he started the 4-month sleep regression and was up every 2-3 hours. The next night was pretty much the same, and last night was only mildly better — he went to bed around 8 PM and woke up at 2, 4, and 7. So who knows what his sleep is going to look like going forward.

Corbin is still sleeping in his Rock n Play for naps and bedtime. Over this next month, I’m going to set Corbin’s crib up in his room, and have him start taking a few naps in the crib. We’re also going to start transitioning Corbin out of the swaddle… I just started swaddling him with one arm out. After we do that for a while, we’ll go to both arms out and the swaddle wrapped around his torso. And then we’ll be done!IMG_9029IMG_8923Eating

Probably the biggest change this past month has been Corbin’s nursing habits. I’m not sure if it’s because he’s gotten so used to taking a bottle, or if I’m just not producing as much milk, but he is really squirmy while nursing, and only nurses for 5 minutes or less per side. He has also started to be really distracted while nursing, often pulling off to look around.

When I pump at work, I usually get between 5-6 oz each session (pumping twice over 7 hours). I have no freezer milk left, so I have to start pumping every night before I go to bed, and I’m going to buy some formula to have on reserve for the days I work. Before Corbin was born, I said that I was totally fine with supplementing with formula, and that I wasn’t going to bend over backwards to continue nursing him. But now I’m like, “No, I’m not ready for this to be over yet!” So I’m going to try to keep it going as long as I can, but realize I might need to start supplementing on the days I work.IMG_9113IMG_9114Development

Corbin can now sit up in his Bumbo seat with very minimal head bobbing. I actually gave him his first haircut last week while he was sitting in it. (Giving an almost-4-month-old a haircut is tricky! But his hair was starting to look scraggly, and now he looks so dapper.) He was actually totally fine with getting his hair cut for a good 10-15 minutes; then he was over it.IMG_9107IMG_9049He can bring his hands to his mouth when he wants, and loves to suck on them. He can also reach for and grab dangling toys and bring them to his mouth. (A new skill in just the past couple of days! They change so fast!!) He also still loves his pacifier, and needs it to go to sleep. We give him his pacifier when he’s going down for a nap, in the carseat, or in the Baby Bjorn (when he’s tired).

Corbin loves facing out in the Baby Bjorn, so I put him in there whenever he’s awake and we’re outside (and sometimes when I need to make dinner). But he still prefers to lie on his back and kick his little legs while he’s awake, versus being held. Right around his 4-month birthday, he started rolling on to his side and can now spin himself around while on his back. One night while we were eating dinner, he spun himself around 180 degrees several times. Each time we looked over at him, his head was at the other end of his playmat! I have yet to see how he spins himself around though…IMG_9244Tummy time is still not a favorite activity, but a couple times, he has tolerated it for probably 3-4 minutes, and actually lifted his head up off the floor, so progress! I plan to do more tummy time with him now that he doesn’t absolutely hate it.IMG_9108I’ve taken him on a few short stroller rides (with him reclined in our jogging stroller), but the girls are the limiting factor there (they’d rather do other things instead of going on walks, though that’s changing now that they can both ride their bikes).

Corbin has started talking more, but in a very different way than either of the girls talked at this age. Instead of a loud and high-pitched cooing, he does more grunting, groaning, and blowing bubbles. #allboy It’s going to be really fun to see how he differs from the girls.

The girls still give Corbin a ton of attention, and for the most part, he loves it and tolerates it very well. Annabelle has only made him cry a few times.IMG_9236 As a parent, it’s nice to have other people to entertain the baby if I need to get something done. The other day, I was just finishing painting my toenails when Corbin woke up, and I sent Emma in to his room to entertain him while I finished. And she did…by putting makeup on his face to make him look beautiful. 😉IMG_9099A few milestones for Corbin this month were his first trip to the cabin on Lake Namakan (which also means first boat ride, since you can’t drive to the cabin), first time meeting all 4 of his cousins (on my side), and first time swimming in a pool (which he actually enjoyed!).IMG_8959IMG_8960IMG_8956IMG_2373IMG_2321IMG_8279And that’s Corbin at 4 months!IMG_9230

Annabelle Lyn: 3.25 Years

24 Jun

Annabelle was 3 years old on March 27, so instead of being horribly behind on a 3-year post, I’m choosing to be a little ahead of the game on a 3.25-year post. 😉IMG_8376IMG_7827IMG_7634IMG_7519Size

At Annabelle’s 3-year well-child checkup, she weighed 31 lbs (55%) and was 3′ 1″ tall (39%). She is wearing 3T clothes and size 7 shoes. She is also fully potty trained (more details below), so no more diapers!

Eating

Annabelle’s favorite foods recently have been yogurt, bagels, cheese, bacon, sandwich meat, veggie straws, pretzels, applesauce, and mandarin oranges. Her favorite treats are chocolate, Starburst, and gum.

Whenever she eats something that she is really enjoying, she goes “nom nom nom nom” in rhythm with her chewing.IMG_7805IMG_7819Annabelle typically front-loads her calories each day, in that she eats 27 snacks before lunch, then forces us to fight her for 5 bites of dinner. As long as I make sure her snacks are healthy, and as long as she continues to eat a variety of foods, I don’t really care. She’s growing, she’s healthy. That’s all that matters. I am, however, working with her on not screaming, “Mommmmm!!! I want a snack and a drink!!” every time she wants a snack. Because hearing that for 27 snacks, times 5 requests every 5 seconds for each snack, equals a LOT of screaming and Mommy losing her patience. I tell her that she needs to ask once, in a non-whiny, non-screamy voice, and then wait for Mommy to respond.

There have been a couple of times when Annabelle has asked Travis for a snack and he has asked her to try again (say please) but she doesn’t understand what he’s asking so she just keeps repeating her request in a different way.

“Daddy, I want some cherries!”

“Try again.”

“I want cherries.”

“Try again.”

“Give me some cherries.”

“Try again.”

“Can I have some cherries?”

“Try again.”

She got so frustrated after one of these encounters that she came crying to me. I told her “Annabelle, just say ‘Can I please have some cherries?'” She immediately stopped crying, laughed, and ran back to Travis to ask him again.IMG_7385IMG_7384IMG_7381Sleeping

I mentioned in my last update about Annabelle back in December, we had moved Annabelle back into her own room. She had been sharing a room with Emma, sleeping on a twin mattress on the floor, and we had been lying there with her until she fell asleep. Being in her own room helped Annabelle make progress with falling asleep on her own because we could leave while she was still awake, and she could flip flop around in her bed making as much noise as she wanted, and we didn’t have to worry about her keeping Emma up.

Then two things happened: We got Emma a twin bed for Christmas (freeing up her toddler bed for Annabelle) and we did 10 days of respite care for a little boy at the end of January. We had been planning to leave Annabelle in her own room until Corbin needed his room but instead, we moved Annabelle back into Emma’s room at the end of January.

We quickly discovered that we couldn’t leave the room if both girls were still awake, because even if one was almost asleep, the other would keep talking and get them wound back up. Then they’d both stay awake for another couple of hours tearing their room apart, playing with toys, hiding under the bed, etc.

Travis likes to Divide & Conquer by putting one girl to bed in our room, but I don’t like doing that because momma wants her bed for watching a show before going to sleep. So when I put the girls to bed, I “tick” Emma (run her back, legs, arms, face) first, then while I rock and tick Annabelle, Emma usually falls asleep.

For the past couple of months, we’ve been having Annabelle skip her nap. The problem wasn’t that she was fighting her naps, but that she wouldn’t be sleepy until 9 at night. The first couple weeks with no nap, Annabelle would fall asleep at 5 PM (or earlier if we didn’t keep her moving) so we had to make dinner and get her pajamas on starting at 4:15. But now she’s good until 6 or 7. She usually sleeps through the night and gets up around 6:30 AM.IMG_8616IMG_7803IMG_7693Development

Annabelle is officially potty-trained! Like with Emma, daycare did most of the work. She had been wearing pull-ups to daycare for several months when they suggested she could start wearing underwear because she was doing really well staying dry. So after they suggested it a second time, we started sending her in undies.

Once Annabelle was staying dry in undies, we started trying to be more diligent at home about having her go potty every couple hours. She was all about the potty for a few weeks and then started fighting me on it, so I let it go. A month or so later, she started telling us she had to go potty and she even started pooping on the potty (with very little prompting on our part). So we had her start wearing undies at home too. Now she only wears diapers/pull-ups at night.

She still has occasional accidents (usually because she doesn’t make it to the toilet in time). Her reaction is the cutest — she looks down and covers her eyes in shame. It’s seriously adorable.IMG_7902IMG_8680IMG_7548IMG_7334Annabelle has started to recognize letters (especially letter A since her name starts with it). She has a longer attention span for coloring and actually does pretty well with staying in the lines.

She got a bike with training wheels and has learned how to pedal. She loves riding that around! She also loves swinging on a big-girl swing.

Annabelle is a curious mix of liking to get dirty and play in the mud, and not liking her hands being sticky after eating something messy. She and Emma waded in the river just a month or so after the ice went out, and she walked through the nasty muck to find an abandoned flipflop, but she hates it when Emma splashes her and accidentally sprays her with the garden hose.IMG_8007IMG_8612IMG_8614Annabelle loves to sing and knows the lyrics to several songs, including Rain Rain Go Away, The Itsy Bitsy Spider, ABC, Bingo, Old McDonald, and Jesus Loves Me.

She still loves playing with Emma, and their favorite activities these days almost always involve Barbies and their imaginations. Annabelle also loves her “pink blanket with flowers” and “big purple baby.”

When Annabelle wakes up in the morning, she will often open her bedroom door but then wait for me to come get her. If Travis tries to get her, she hides in the corner and whines for mommy. 🙄

Annabelle loves her baby brother but is often rough with him, and weirdly likes to play with his earlobes.IMG_8620img_8637DBF2132F-911C-4933-932A-112F5F29DCE5img_8323Things Annabelle often says:

  • “I want a snack and a drink.”
  • “I have a runny nose!”
  • “Emma’s not sharing with me!”
  • “Ticky ticky ticky” (complete with butt swagger)
  • “Bye bye poopy butt.”
  • “No, I’m the mom!”
  • “I have to go tee tee.” (potty)

Other things Annabelle likes:

  • Playing hockey
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Sleeping on her stomach, with no blankets
  • Pretending to be the mom of her Barbies or babies
  • Holding my hand, sitting on my lap, being carried around, and cuddling

IMG_6325IMG_6494IMG_7222IMG_6227IMG_0875IMG_6133And that’s Annabelle at 3.25 years!