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!

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Baby Bump Update

When I was pregnant with Sawyer, I felt the first trimester went so slowly because I was so excited to share the news.  Then the rest of the pregnancy seemed to move along quite quickly and the past 20 months have gone by in the blink of an eye.

This pregnancy, the first trimester again seemed to drag by but this time I think it was because I felt so awful and exhausted I couldn't wait for it to be over.  But sure enough, I'm feeling much better and the last 4 weeks have flown by. 

So here is a bump update for you all:

Sidenote, this shirt is new and a little big so I feel like it makes my butt look way bigger than it actually is....

By comparison, here is what I looked like at 16 weeks with Sawyer

How far along? 16 Weeks
Total weight gain/loss: 15 lbs.  No idea where it all came from.  I ate a lot of carbs the first trimester since cereal was the only thing that didn't make me nauseous.  With Sawyer I gained it all in the first 6 months, the last 3 I only gained 3 pounds.

Maternity clothes? You betcha.  The belly popped much earlier this time.  Been in maternity pants for a few weeks.
Stretch marks? A few here and there but I think some could be left over from last time.
Sleep: Pretty good but that is because I'm always exhausted.  I don't have to get up as often to pee in the middle of the night.  Sawyer has us up by 6:30 or 7 so there is no sleeping in.
Best moment this week: Got to hear baby's heartbeat (138 bpm)
Miss Anything? Beer.  We went to Mariner's game last night and I really wanted a beer with my garlic fries.  I also miss sushi.
Movement: I feel some swirls and rolls on occasion and a jab when I lean forward to get up out of a chair.  I am looking forward to more.
Food cravings: Bacon.  I want it on everything.  And turkey sandwiches.  I make a lot of turkey sandwiches.
Anything making you queasy or sick: Brushing my teeth in the morning, and the smell of Sawyer's diaper pail.
Have you started to show yet: Yep
Gender: Find out June 11th!
Labor Signs: No
Belly Button in or out?  In.  I never popped out with Sawyer so I don't anticipate it this go around.
Wedding rings on or off? On
Happy or Moody most of the time: I am an emotional disaster.  Seriously.  I have mood swings that range from weeping to rage in the blink of an eye.  Its worse when I don't get enough sleep.  I hate it...and feel bad for my poor husband.

Looking forward to: our growth ultrasound next month and finding out if Sawyer will have a brother or sister!

So, my doctor is keeping a close eye on me to monitor me for gestational diabetes again.  I met with the nutritionist that I work with to discuss what I should be eating.  I started measuring my blood sugars and my morning fasting numbers are high again.  So, I'm meeting with the GD nurse tomorrow.  I'm hoping I don't have to go on medication again especially this early because I think it means twice weekly non stress tests which is going to be a nightmare to schedule for the next 24 weeks.  Fortunately, my numbers after I eat are well within normal limits.  We will see what happens.  Right now I'm trying different snacks before bed to see if I can control my morning numbers better.

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

18/19 Month update

Okay, so this should have been done a month ago....considering Sawyer turned 18 months on March 18th.  But again, I'm fully using my first trimester fatigue/misery as an excuse to be a terrible blogger.

I have to admit, I'm feeling a little awkward in my blogging shoes right now since its been quite a while since I've posted anything regular.  But what better way to get my groove back than talking about my favorite little man?

Sawyer is 19 months old and becoming more like a little boy every day.  There are days when I wish he would out grow this phase of not being able to communicate and climbing on everything.  But I know that I can't get these days back and when he is graduating from college I will fondly remember these days of him learning to say "Elmo". 

At our 18 month check up with Dr. Irwin, Sawyer was 33 1/2 inches and 28 pounds (both in the 75th-90th percentile) and I'm pretty sure had a growth spurt shortly after our visit.  Most of our 18 month pants are too short and we have moved up to 24 month or 2T.  He also has a long torso like his daddy so we are moving up to 24 month/2T sizes in shirts too.  He wears size 5 diapers during the day and size 6 at night.

Developmental Milestones
Oh, where to begin!  Sawyer no longer walks, he runs.  And climbs.  And finds all the things he's not supposed to get into.  He can stack blocks and rings and has figured out how to turn on and unlock my iPhone - prompting me to turn on a passcode.  He has his first set of molars and is currently working on his canines.  His first official word was cheese which he pronounces more like "gee".  He also has said store, night night, and Elmo once or twice.  He still signs quite a bit for more, drink, all done, please, thank you and bath.  He's becoming a very polite child.

This kid will eat most things except vegetables.  He is quite proficient with both a fork and a spoon these days.  He loves oatmeal, eggs, yogurt, blueberries, raspberries and string cheese.  We've definitely started feeding him more of what we eat and this week since Grandma and Grandpa Hall have been here we've being doing a lot of family meals which he seems to enjoy.  He's getting a little easier to take to restaurants now as long as he has a fork to eat with.  And at 28 lbs no one can accuse us of starving our child.  He still gets one bottle at night before bed even though the doctor wants us to wean off the bottle.  Sometimes he drinks 2oz, other times he drinks a full 8 oz.  He still drinks a lot of milk and/or water from sippy cups so I don't think that him having one bottle at night is detrimental to his health.

Sawyer has transitioned to one 2-3 hour nap a day and sleeps about 11 hours at night.  We still wish he would sleep a little later in the mornings but I think Andrew and I are both accustomed to getting up at 6:30 these days.  Its actually nice to have some family time in the mornings before we all have to go to work.

Likes and Dislikes
Sawyer loves anywhere he can run.  Since the weather has been nicer recently we've been doing a lot of walks around the block or on a trail that is near our house.  We also put together his wagon so he likes his wagon rides.  He still enjoys reading books (his Bear books continue to be favorites as is Little Blue Truck) and wants to have our phones, the Surface or the laptop to play with if they are available.  He also likes to help clean including vacuuming, sweeping and unloading the dishwasher.  He and Charlie are best buds.  That boy loves his puppy.


Charlie makes a great pillow
Before/after of his umpteenth haircut

We do Stroller Strides 3 days a week and go to Toddler group once a week.  We are hoping to start swim lessons this summer if we can find a class that works for us.

This is a fun but exhausting age.  Sawyer loves to laugh and smile so it makes all the business worth it even on the days when my hormones and impatience tell me other wise.  I love to watch him learn new words and figure things out.  I'm amazed at all that he knows already!  I'm looking forward to lots of activities this summer and hope that I can keep up with him as my belly grows!

A boy and his dog

A little naked time in the kitchen
Going for a walk

playing in the rocks with his buddy Soren

standing on the coffee table - because he knows he's not supposed to