Monday, March 16, 2015

Walker 4 month update

I know, I know.  All I've been posting is monthly updates on the newest little.  Life with 2 kids is busy busy busy.  I get about 30 minutes of time to myself on average and honestly I'd rather spend it drinking coffee and watching Gilmore Girls on Netflix than dragging the computer out.  Sorry.  But I'm hoping to get into a routine of spending some time each weekend at a coffee shop to focus on some blog posts and get this thing up and running a little more consistently.  Here's to hoping right?

Unfortunately for me in all this busyness, Walker is still aging and growing.  He is now 4 months old!  What?!?!  He's such a great baby and his smile can melt anyone's heart.

At his 4 month check, Walker weighed in at 14 lbs 14oz (50th percentile) and 25.5 in long (75th percentile) and his head is measuring in the 25th percentile.  He's about a pound lighter and half an inch shorter than Sawyer was at his age.  We've moved up to 6 month clothes and are in size 2 diapers.  He grows like Sawyer - he'll get a chunky little tummy and then get longer all of a sudden and his tummy goes away.

Developmental Milestones
Walker's giggles are so much fun!  He's definitely learning to grab things with more accuracy and has discovered his toes.  He can roll tummy to back pretty consistently but doesn't roll the other way yet.  He wants so badly to sit up and does well in the Bumbo seat but obviously can't sit on his own yet without being propped up by the Boppy.  He'll babble a little at times but for the most part is very alert and wants to be in the center of the action.  He also loves to stick out his tongue.

Walker is a boob man.  He is a rockstar breast feeder and eats multiple times during the day.  He's hit and miss when it comes to the bottle.  Our nanny claims that he won't eat a bottle from her arms - she has to prop him up in the swing with his bottle.  He will take a bottle being held by Andrew though.  There have been some days where he will eat a ton on the days I work and I worry about pumping enough to keep up with him.

Walker has still been a pretty good sleeper - he usually only wakes once to eat (if at all).  This past week has been a little rougher because he got a cold but all in all I can't complain.  He needs to teach his brother how to sleep better.

Likes and Dislikes
Walker likes his Wubby, his brother, mommy and daddy and being snuggled in his blanket.  He loves to get his diaper changed and is almost always happy on his changing table - maybe its the getting naked.  He likes bathtime too especially if he gets to take a bath with his brother.   He is not a fan of being left by himself or having to wait to eat.

We are getting into a nice rhythm as a family and Walker is so chill and fun to have around.  Its fun to watch him learn and grow with such a big smile on his face.  You can't not love this kid.


Sawyer teaching Walker about patty cake


Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Walker 2/3 month update

Well the 2 month update just passed us by.  Mostly because it happened smack in the middle of Christmas traveling and then when we got back Andrew went back to work and I found myself just trying to survive taking care of two children during the day plus adding extra workout classes during the week. And all of a sudden is was January 22 and he was 3 months old!  Not sure how it got here so fast but it did.

So anyhoo - here is the update on the youngest member of our family.

At his 2 month check in late December, Walker weighed in at 12 lbs 12 oz (perfectly fitting for a Little 12 Seahawks fan) and 23 inches both in the 50th percentile.  His head was a little smaller in the 25th percentile.  Its funny - when I look back at Sawyer's data from his 2 month visit, Walker is actually heavier but is a lower percentile - does anyone know if they've revised the height/weight charts in the last couple years?

He's just at the tail end of size 1 diapers and in 3 month clothes.

Developmental Milestones
The biggest milestone we've gotten are these adorable smiles.  Walker smiles with his whole entire face and sometimes even his tongue and he has the same twinkle in his eye as his big brother.  He's also been bringing his hands to midline and just rolled from tummy to back the other day.  He loves to kick his legs and has really good head control.  He doesn't get a ton of tummy time but gets a lot of chest time or sitting time in a lap.  The pediatrician was very impressed at how strong he is.

Eats like a champion.  Usually every 3-4 hours during the day unless its a growth spurt and then its every two hours.  I've gotten back into working out with Body Back and am tracking calories - my milk supply has fluctuated some but it seems that just when I start to get worried I start leaking and can pump 5 oz easily.  He hasn't taken a bottle as easily as Sawyer - we've had to try a couple to find which one he likes and he likes his milk warmed up.

Ah-ma-zing.  This kid is awesome.  We are pretty consistently getting 6-8 hours at night - usually 10-5 and on occasion 10-7.  Praise Jesus.  Hoping this is a trend that sticks.

Likes and Dislikes
Walker likes watching his big brother, loves his wubby and fuzzy blankets and in general is a pretty happy guy.  He definitely has FOMO (fear of missing out) and does not like to be left on his own or even be put down some days.  He gets quite cranky if he doesn't get put down for a nap in time or if he's very hungry.  He often doesn't like getting in his car seat initially but is usually happy once he's moving in the car or stroller.  

All in all, he's a great baby and a happy guy and our transition from one to two kids has been pretty smooth.  Sawyer is a great big brother and Walker is pretty content being toted along to exercise class and toddler group.  Our family is content and happy and that is all I could have ever asked for.

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Walker's 1 Month Update

Walker turned a month old....3 weeks ago.  So I am forcing myself to get this post written before I get too far behind.

I now officially apologize to my mother for giving her such a hard time that my baby book was never completed.  I totally get it now. 

And poor Walker will forever suffer from Second Child Syndrome like his mother.  Take my advice kid, get over it.  When you have a newborn and a toddler you too will understand that second kids don't quite get all the attention that first ones do.  Its just a fact of life.

Alas, lets talk about this cute boy, shall we?

Walker had his one month check with his pediatrician.  It happened to be the 30 minutes of the day that he was most awake and she commented at how alert he was and asked if he was like that at home.  I promptly told her that this boy is a sleeper (praise Jesus!) and is super chill.  He even gave me a 6 hour stretch of sleep the night before!  Other than a little neck tightness on his R side (he tends to lean that way in the car seat) she determined him to be in perfect health.

Sawyer gets pretty excited to hold his brother...

..and then is quickly distracted by other things - in this case his toes

Walker weighed in at 10 lbs 4 oz (50%), 21 3/4 inches (50%) and a head size of 14 1/2 (50%).  At least he's consistent, right?  He just moved into size 1 diapers and newborn clothes are getting on the snug side so he's a combo of bigger newborn and 3 month clothes. 

Developmental milestones
He's getting less cross eyed and able to hold his head up quite well.  He doesn't despise tummy time like his brother and really likes being held upright on your chest which gives him a lot of practice holding his head up.

He's a champ.  We've had no problems and so far (knock on wood) he's not a spitter upper either.  I know he eats well because he sure poops well - often while he's being changed or immediately after. He eats every 3 hours during the day and longer stretches at night.

Speaking of night time, this kid is a freaking rock star in the sleep department.  He's given us 5-6 hour stretches on a pretty regular basis and naps a lot during the day.  After all the sleep issues with Sawyer and the hell of a summer we had (I know, still need to write a post on that one) we are so thankful for a good sleeper.  Hoping this continues.

Apparently he slept like this in the womb too...

Likes and Dislikes
Walker is pretty mellow - he likes his wubbanub, likes to cuddle and likes to poop.  He is not a fan of being left alone in the swing while we tend to other tasks and hates when anything is over his eyes - a frequent occurrence in the car when he wiggles around and his hat goes over his eyes.

More pictures you ask?  Why of course!

He was helping with laundry

A little comparison to the boys - they are a lot alike!

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Things I'd forgotten about the newborn days

Hi friends!  We are still in the trenches of the newborn days around here - though I'm finding this go around so much more relaxed that the first.  My recovery is easier and I'm way less stressed about the well being of my baby.  The hormone surges and emotional roller coaster remains the same and I realized I had forgotten many things about the newborn days.

Leaky boobs and nipple spasms
I'm not sure every mom has nipple spasms but it is the weirdest sensation.  Mine usually happen when its feeding time and its my let down starting.  Then the leaking starts.  I'm still in the process of regulating my milk so sometimes I don't have any leaking and other times I'm leaking through my breast pads. 

Careful showering
Speaking of nipples, they are sore thanks to an in-efficient latcher chewing on them 10+ times per day!  I forgot how showering takes careful positioning to avoid letting the stream of water hit them directly.  And in our stand up shower that can be difficult.

Diapers galore!
I've gotten used to a toddler who needs a diaper change about 4 times a day.  Walker fills a diaper like a boss.  Half the time DURING a diaper change or immediately after he has a clean one on.  If not then he likes to pee out of his diaper onto whomever is holding him requiring both a diaper AND an outfit change.  Fortunately we can fit two to three times the amount of diapers in Walker's diaper pail because they are so small.

Baby squeaks
Seriously, I could listen to all those cute little squeaks and grunts all stinking day.

Walker is such a mellow newborn I really wish that these newborn days would last just a little bit longer.  He's so mellow and snuggly and compared to a 2 year old he seems super easy as long as he has a full belly. 

I'm working on his birth story so stay tuned.  In the mean time, look at cute pictures.

Thursday, November 6, 2014

It's been a while, huh?

Hi Friends.  It's been a while, huh?  Somehow the last 6 months kind of flew by.  I have lots to share and several blog posts in the works but lets do a quick catch up with a re-cap of our summer.

And go.

- First things first (and much more to come) - we have a new member of our family!  Welcome to our world Walker John Hall.  Born on 10/22/14, 8 lbs 13 oz, 20.5 inches long.  We love him so so so much and it feels like he's a natural addition to our groove as a family.


- Here are my belly pics to catch you up (since my last post was at 16 weeks....)

- This summer we took a cruise to Bermuda with Andrew's parents.  Stay tuned for a post entitled "10 Tips for Cruising with a Toddler".  Tip #1:  Don't do it!!

This kid loved the beach

- After our cruise, Sawyer went on a sleep strike and we transitioned to a toddler bed.  It was a hellish summer with not much sleep.  But in hindsight it prepped us for the sleep deprivation of baby #2

- Overall this summer in Seattle was HOT!!!  Way too hot for my preference especially being pregnant.  I spend a lot of it complaining, whining, and taking lots of air conditioned car trips to Starbucks for iced coffee.  We ran our portable A/C unit in our room most every night and I was still hot.

- In August, we took a baby moon to Niagara Falls for Andrew's sister Susanna's wedding.  We left Sawyer at home with Grandma and Grandpa Watson and remembered what it was like to travel without a small child.  My friends, it was glorious.  While we missed our boy we enjoyed sleeping through the night (minus getting up to pee) and not chasing a two year old everywhere...

The Falls on the Canadian side

Falls on the American side

- Sawyer turned 2 in September!  I will post an update on him soon.  He is a typical boy - loves trucks, trains, and construction equipment.  He's learning new words on a daily basis and knows his colors, some of the alphabet, a few shapes, and all his animal sounds and body parts.  My favorite is when he says "people ridiculous" which he learned from me while I yell at slow drivers.

Brotherly love - {heart melting}

Birthday party at the park - the kid got to play for 3 hours and eat a cupcake.  He was a happy camper.

Birthday Dinner at Red Robin where they sang and gave him an ice cream sundae

So, I'm hoping to be a little more regular with my posts and avoid another 6 month gap.  I don't know how these blog moms manage to do regular posts considering I find it hard to find time to take a shower during the day now that I have two children and full time help....

Stay tuned friends. I've missed you!