Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Walker 7 month update

And its only 4 days late....shut the front door.  I'm on top of it today people.  To be honest, its nap time and I really want to color in my super cool grown up coloring books but I told myself I couldn't color until I finished this blog post.  More on grown up coloring in a future post.

Walker is 7 months old!  Seriously?!?!  Time is going by too fast with this kid.  Lots of milestones over the last month and he is becoming his own little person.


 


Size
I'm guessing he's near the 18 lb mark but I haven't weighed him and I swore that when we got him up the other morning he was taller.  He's been eating a lot of solids so I think that has helped him start filling out though he is still skinny compared to Sawyer who had a couple pounds on him by this point.  We have started using size 4 night time diapers on him to prevent leak outs.  And now that he's on solids he gets the stinky poop - blech.



Developmental Milestons
When I took Walker in for his 6 month check I was a little concerned that he wasn't sitting up on his own yet (because Sawyer was at that point) but she said not to worry - he was plenty strong and would sit when he wanted.  Then my mom came out to help while Andrew was out of town and he was sitting by the time she left.  In a way this makes life a little easier because you can sit him down with a bunch of toys and he will stay entertained for a while (and he doesn't move!).  He can go from sitting to being on his tummy but then gets stuck there.  He's really good at getting his wubby into his mouth on his own which is helpful in his crib when he wakes up at night.



Eating
Walker has gotten the hang of solids now and is downing almost everything we give him.  He also really likes baby mum mums and the puffs.  He gets a little frustrated with the puffs because he will grab them in his fist but can't coordinate to open his fist to get them in his mouth.  The dog ends up eating more puff than he does but it keeps him entertained while we eat dinner.  He still prefers his milk direct from the source but we've switched to a faster flow nipple and he seems to tolerate that a little better though still will protest.



Sleeping
I think sleeping has gotten a little better.  He's pretty consistent on the times he wakes up - if I go in to feed him its about 20 minutes to eat and put him back down.  But I don't think he needs those middle of the night feedings - Andrew has tried a couple times to give him a bottle and he will protest (loudly I might add) and eventually just go back to sleep.  We should probably try sleep training here soon but I'm not quite sure we are all ready for it just yet.  I'd like to know he can roll and move enough to get himself comfortable in the crib before we start and we are really working on establishing the schedule now so that may also help.

Likes and Dislikes
Walker likes watching whatever is going on around him.  As long as he is in the middle of the action he's pretty content.  We constantly get comments on how happy and smiley he is and he really is a good natured kid.  He protests when he's tired or hungry.  He's becoming more aware of the dog (much to Charlie's chagrin) and is liking trying new foods.  He likes being in the car and the stroller and he likes to bounce whether in your lap or in his jumperoo.  He also likes bathtime so I think he will end up loving the water like Sawyer does.

Speaking of Sawyer, I'm hoping to give you all an update on him as well.










Monday, May 18, 2015

Walker 5/6 month update

I figured I should get this written before he turns 7 months old (in 4 days).  Seriously - so behind the ball on updates for this kid.  Its a good thing he's pretty laid back




Size
At his 6 month check, Walker weight 17 lbs, 8 oz (50th percentile), was 26th 3/4 inches long (50th percentile) and his head measured at 16 3/4 inches (25th percentile).  We have moved up to size 3 diapers now and are in 6-9 month clothes. 




Developmental Milestones
Lots of laughs and giggles from this kid and he LOVES to stick his tongue out.  We are working on sitting and rolling over back to tummy though haven't mastered them yet.  Everything goes in the mouth but no teeth have made their appearance yet.  We have some babbling (ba ba ba) and he is able to get his pacifier in his mouth by himself.




Eating
Walker continues to prefer his milk straight from the source.  He is doing okay with the bottle but has days when he will only eat 4oz all day when I'm at work and then nurse for 15 minutes when I get home.  We started solids but he hasn't been too into it just yet - his first bite of sweet potato he looked at me like I was crazy.  He seems to like purees with bananas thought.


Sleeping
Well, the kid can't be perfect.  He slept great until about 4 1/2 months.  Then we hit the 4 month sleep regression and its been variable ever since.  He's usually up 2-3 times a night to eat (fortunately it usually only takes 20 minutes to feed him and get him back to sleep).  He's had nights that have been worse when his teeth seemed to bother him or when he had a cold.  We've weaned out of the swaddle and started sleeping him on his tummy and he does much better with that. He's starting to get on a bit of a schedule though its much harder to establish something super strict when we are always on the run with big brother.

Likes and Dislikes
Walker loves his wubby, his big brother, his jumperoo, his tongue and his feet.   He also likes being naked and bath time.  He does not like his nose being wiped or if you leave him when he is clearly ready to eat or sleep.  In general he is a happy kid and we get lots of comments on how smiley and content he is.  He's pretty fun to have around and as long as he's in the middle of the action he doesn't protest much.

We love our family of four!  Sawyer is a great big brother and enjoys helping - he often brings Walker toys or his blanket and likes to give him kisses.  I have a feeling this affection may quickly change once Walker is mobile and starts getting into his stuff. 

I still can't believe he's already 6 months old!  Is it bad if I put a brick on his head to keep him from getting bigger?

 
 



 

 



 





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.



Size
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.





Eating
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.

Sleeping
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.




Size
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.




Eating
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.

Sleeping
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.