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Happy 1/2 Year!

01/29/14 - 6 Months

01/29/14 – 6 Months

Weight

16 lbs 15 ounces – slightly under 50th percentile

Length

26.25 inches – right on 50th percentile

Health
he has a bit of a rash – too soon to tell if it’s eczema or just life as a baby

He got four shots, including the flu shot!  He charmed all the ladies at the doctors office which got him some extra attention 🙂 A nice distraction after getting stuck 4 times!

Also, he enjoyed the crinkly paper.

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Changes

He can sit for longer periods of time now – although not always consistently so we use the Boppy in case he decides to flop backwards (which he does).

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We like playing with our toys…

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He can make B sounds now along with the M sounds he’s been making for a while.  “mum ba ummm ba ba ba” – yup, I talk baby.

No bad teething days this month but still no teeth.

Eating Solids!! He’s had sweet potatoes, avocados, carrots, and green beans.  We are doing the baby led weaning approach where we are letting Brody feed himself.  It’s going fairly well – he’s still not super into eating but he knows how to put the food in his mouth and he’s eating some of it.  Every night, he seems to get it a little bit more.  He wasn’t very fond of avocados.  He is his father’s son.

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Activities & Outings:

Uncle Ethan came for a visit!

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Brody’s first snow!

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and his first snow man 🙂

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We went to a food truck rally in Durham.  No pictures of us – as usual we forgot

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Nicknames: Little B, Bro, Broseph, Little dude,  Bro Bro, B-Man, Little Man

Clothing Size: 3-9 Months – all depends on the brand

Often heard:

“He is so agreeable” – says his doctor 🙂
“What a cutie!”
“He has so much hair”
“He’s very calm”
“So handsome”
“Look at those cheeks”
“What beautiful blue eyes”

 

We still suck our fingers – mostly when we are sleepy or upset

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Excited hands

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Still love our feet

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I kept the snowman decoration out 🙂

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Snow for Brody’s 1/2 Birthday!

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Axel had fun

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More feet chewing…

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You know it!

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Go Dawgs!

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We like to be cool like Daddy!

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Love our fox hoodie!

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We still nap in our bouncer – or on mommy.

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first selfie

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This is his floor move – legs and arms up and wiggle them

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Toe-popsicle

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yup – my mom leaves me naked and then puts me in a hoodie

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smiles

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got bacon?

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yup 🙂 – like father like son

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love fluffy bums

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5 Months

 

 

 

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5 months 12/29/13

Weight

15 lbs 6 ounces – (by my bathroom scale)

Length
not sure – we have a doctors appointment in a month!

Health
perfect!

Looking forward to
Relaxing and playing with our Christmas goodies

Starting solids – I’m looking forward to this and dreading it at the same time 🙂

Changes

He can roll both directions!  and he does it all the time.  He kept rolling under the coffee table so I moved it to give him the whole living room rug.

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sometimes he rolls over and watches tv…

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He even rolled over while I was taking his 5 month photos

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He loves his feet – he has two of them 🙂

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He also likes to blow bubbles/lip buzz

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He has been teething off an on this month.  Most days he’s fine.  He just likes to chew on things but sometimes he has bad days…

You can tell his teeth are bothering him when he is trying to put more than two fingers in his mouth.

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He hasn’t had a paci all month – when I give him one he spits it out and replaces it with his fingers so I’ve stopped trying.

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We also love grabbing at glasses and bringing to them our mouth!  Gonna be eating soon

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We love things that are crunchy – This is our crunchy book from Uncle Ethan – we also love our elephant with crunchy ears and our rainbow rings.

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Activities & Outings:

THREE CHRISTMASES.  We had Christmas with Nana and Papaw (Brett’s parents) – then Christmas Day just us three – then GiGi and Grandpa (My parents)  So this little boy racked up the goodies.

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Also earlier in December we visited Charlottesville and visited my work and our buddies there!  And got to hang out with Aunt Jac and Care Bear!

Nicknames: Little B, Bro, Broseph, Little dude,  Bro Bro, B-Man, Little Man

Clothing Size: 3-9 Months – all depends on the brand

Often heard:B 

“He has so much hair”
“He’s so alert”
“He’s very calm”
“So handsome”
“Look at those cheeks”
“What beautiful blue eyes”
“Love his coloring/complexion”

Had to take a rainbow picture of our cloth diapers. Still in love with them – but solid foods is going to change the game. (I have white ones too but those are boring 🙂 )

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This is how our hair looks after we try to turn over in our bouncer

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4 months – 11/29/13

Weight
14 lbs 6 ounces – 50% percentile

Length
24.5 inches – officially over 2 feet tall!  Whoohoo. Also, 50% percentile

Health
We had a doctors appointment on Monday 12/2/13 and he is still perfect.  He might be teething but it’s kinda hard to know since we can’t see anything.  But he’s chewing on things!

Pre-doctor and shots

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A day after his shots and still feeling icky.  He ran a fever…and threw up on me! First throw up was my least favorite milestone

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Looking forward to
Christmas!! DUH!

Changes

He’s rolled over from front to back! – So now we use the boppy when we want tummy time so he can’t flip over

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He’s trying to sit up on his own.  He just isn’t quite there yet.

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My favorite…oops we fell over

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He sleeps in his crib and has for the whole month of November.  Super Star.  Until lately, he’s been sleeping on average 8 hours a night.  We think either teething or Thanksgiving vacation threw his sleep off because now he wakes up every 3 or 4 hours.

Happy Crib Boy!

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See look what I can do…

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He has started liking his paci less and his fingers more.  And he’s grabbing lots of things – Like the icing on daddy’s cake and his 4 months sticker.  So we had to safety pin it on.

He loves having his diaper changed!  It can change a screaming baby into a smiling one.  Although usually to mood is ruined once the diaper is changed.

Activities & Outings:

Halloween!  Our little guy was a Ninja Turtle.  His costume was a hit with the neighborhood kids.  Although one was kind of confused “He’s not a turtle, he’s a human!”

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Daddy’s Birthday!  Brody helped me decorate the cake and had fun helping Daddy blow out his candles 🙂

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We had Thanksgiving with both sets of parents.  Brody was a little overwhelmed by all the different people but we had a good time!  He was so good on his first Thanksgiving.  However, we didn’t take many pictures.

Nicknames: Little B, Bro, Broseph, Little dude,  Bro Bro, B-Man.

Clothing Size: 3-9 Months – all depends on the brand

Often heard:B 

“He has so much hair”
“He’s so alert”
“He’s very calm”
“So handsome”
“He’s so cute” (oh wait that’s me)

I have learned that if he’s in the room with me – he will let me shower in peace.  I’m okay with this :).

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Gangsta…

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Gangsta’s gotta sleep…

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Silly Daddy bought me a mustache!

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He refused to smile for me – but that’s what happens when you do a photo shoot the day after shots.  Not a happy baby.

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He was done! 🙂

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So we’ve officially made it one month using cloth diapers.  How’s it going you ask?  They are fabulous.  Perhaps we just had a bad experience with a certain named brand disposable (HUGGIES) but before cloth we experienced some kind of leak (pee or poo) once a day (on average – more with Huggies – less with Pampers) – we tried all sorts of things – making it tighter, less tight, pointing certain things down (if you catch my drift) -still B and I routinely got wet.  It definitely wasn’t fun.  You sit there holding your adorable baby wondering if you are having a weird hot flash all of a sudden…nope…you just got peed on. Since starting cloth diapers we’ve only had maybe 4 leaks – and half was because he was a bit small for them in the beginning – the other half user error. I’ve also noticed that we haven’t had any rashes…yes I know at 8 weeks he’s a bit young for rashes – but in those first two weeks of using disposables I will admit that during that middle of the night feeding he didn’t always get his diaper changed – the choices are change it before feeding him and listen to him scream because he is hungry (which is not an option since Daddy has to get up to go to work at 4:30 so we try to be quiet) or change him after he’s eaten which in the middle of the night normally means that you are gonna wake him up.  Now idk about you but at 1 a.m. I normally choose letting him sleep over changing his diaper.  So I noticed during those two weeks his bum getting a little redder than normal 😦 which definitely made me feel awful for choosing sleep.  Well since switching to the cloth we haven’t seen any red on the bum and he is normally in the same diaper from 10pm-5am because I still don’t want to wake him up after our 1 a.m. feeding. Our stash is made up of BumGenius 4.0s.  They are a pocket style diaper which just means there is an insert you put in it – this cuts down on drying time and allows you to customize absorbency.  Fancy Shmancy!  We like the ones with snaps because they don’t collect stuff like velcro does (by stuff I mean dog hair – ick) So you take the diaper off – and put it in the diaper pail – which is lined with a pail liner (or wet bag) – from here you just throw it all in the washer – once he starts eating real food – things get more complicated.  But for now you just do one wash on warm – another on hot – and an extra rinse – and all done!  Well ya gotta dry them and stuff them – then all done!

IMG_0032   Here are the diapers ready to go (for some reason all the blue ones got used in one day (I have two of almostevery color 🙂 ) IMG_0033   The diaper changing caddy holds my cloth wipes (cheap washcloths in a disposable wipe container with a mixture of water, baby oil, and baby soap), coconut oil for rashes, and hand sanitizer.  The scissors are to remind me to take the labels off of his toys 🙂 IMG_0034   The diapers hanging to dry – the top right is one of the pail liners drying.  It’s super water proof so really the water is just dripping off of it 🙂 – and the bottom left are two baby wet bags for my diaper bag.  They are pretty small but still can hold about 8 diapers each as I found out on my trip to Cville this weekend. IMG_0035 The diapers are cute enough to wear without clothes 🙂 – but seriously who does love a naked baby. photo (20) photo (21)   This weekend we went to visit a friend for her birthday and LB ended up in only his diaper at one point.  We got so many compliments on them 🙂 – guess it’s nice to have pretty underwear.

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Hello blog readers!  Major changes have been underway – 1) we are temporarily without our domain name…hopefully we’ll get that back in the next month or so 2) I’ve combined my two blogs.  Jaclyn has given me permission to completely overtake the blog – with a new baby it’s just easier to only worry about one blog instead of two!  She has promised to remain a guest poster 🙂

1 month old - 8/29/13

1 month old – 8/29/13

Weight: 9lbs 14 ounces on Monday – he’s been gaining over an ounce a day so he’s probably ten pounds by now!

Length: 21.6 – which is shorter than when he was born 😉 – so someone didn’t stretch him out all the way.

Looking forward to: his Nana and Papaw are visiting this weekend and his first UGA game!  Go Dawgs!

Changes: We’ve been using our cloth diapers for about two weeks and we absolutely love them!  I’ll take pictures to share later.

He’s started spitting up more…not fun.

Things he likes: – his bouncer, his pacifier (it’s new but he likes it), grabbing the mini blinds while being changed, riding in the car, buggy, or stroller

Things he doesn’t like: his swing, being left alone in his room, when I take a shower 😉

Activities & Outings: He’s been to target three times (protected in the ergo so people couldn’t get him).  We also had an adventure recently to get B’s truck fixed – so he got to go to the auto shop, to a rental shuttle, to a rental (I got a lot of car seat installation practice)

Nicknames: Little B, Bro, Broseph, Little dude.

 

We also got his newborn photos back!  Exciting.

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For GiGi the schoolbus driver

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2 weeks old

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two weeks – 8/12/13

Week Two

Week two began our first week at home alone.  Daddy had to go back to work so we are on our own during the day.  We are still trying to get in a routine between feedings and changing plus me working from home.  Not to mention the normal household chores of laundry – we have more laundry with this little boy.  Things get peed on – often.

Weight: 8 lbs 4 oz (according to our scale)

At our doc appointment last Thursday he weighed 8 lbs 1 oz.  At his age, he should be gaining .5-1 ounces a day…which he is!

Looking forward to: starting cloth diapers this week

Changes: Our doc recommended that we start giving little B his vitamin D supplement every day (ish) – Breastfed babies do not get adequate amounts of vitamin D so you have to give them a bit extra!

Also, today the last part of his cord fell off (wasn’t really his cord but the scab that was left) – Hooray so now we can take a big boy bath and start our cloth diapers!

Things he likes: – eating (duh), looking at the mini blinds in the bedroom (he can see the light and shadows), being jiggled

Things he doesn’t like: hiccups (he gets them all the time!), his swing on high speeds

Activities & Outings: This weekend, LB and I had our first shopping adventure – we had to go to target for some groceries.  He did great!  I didn’t want people touching him or peering at him so we wore the Ergo which I love!  It was so comfy too walking around in Target – he napped the whole time.  The only negative is that we get a bit warm with him squished against me – so he was all sweaty when we got back to the car.

Today we started going on our stroller walks – I think occasionally I’ll use the Ergo instead of the stroller but I didn’t go out until noonish and it was a bit warm outside!

He’s enjoying tummy time – as much as he can anyway.  As long as silly Mommy doesn’t try to do it too soon after a meal – because then we spit up.  duh!

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tummy time

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yay! Belly button!

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I’ve noticed that when I tell people we chose cloth diapering…I don’t always get a positive reaction.  Actually, most of time time I get disgust or at the very least confusion.

So I thought I’d take the time to explain why we choose to cloth diaper.  I’m pretty excited about it 🙂  We are registered for a combo of Bum Genius, FuzziBunz, and Charlie Banana pocket diapers.  All three of these brands have very faithful followers but we will only wash a few of each initially to see if we prefer one type in particular – then we could always exchange the others.  And if i’m washing diapers, I might as well wash wipes too!! Last week, we bought five Lotus Bumz brand diapers because Zulily was having a sale!

1) Money

This is how I convinced Brett that cloth diapering was for us.  I’ve read tons of articles about the price differences between disposable and cloth.  This is one of the easiest to read.  http://www.squawkfox.com/2012/07/09/cloth-diapers/

Basically using disposable diapers costs about $2,000 during a child’s diaper using age, while cloth diapers costs around $750.  In my case, I’m hoping to lessen that $750 by getting most of my cloth diapers at showers.  So the only diapering costs we’d deal with would be those costs to launder the diapers.

These costs are even more dramatic when multiplied over multiple children.  I plan on having a few 😉 and most of the good cloth diaper brands hold up very well for multiple children – so you can just reuse them!

2) Skin Care

Cloth diapers have been shown to be much better for babies with sensitive skin.  I think it has something to do with the breathable cotton next to babies bum instead of disposable diaperstuff.  I have a pretty bad case Eczema and have since I was very little.  Brett also has dry skin.  Disposable diapers contain something that converts pee to a gel – in my experience any contact with chemical goo normally causes a eczema flare up for me! So we are pretty sure our child will have skin issues of some sort so this is an added bonus for cloth diapers.

I’ve also read where cloth diapering helps prevent diaper rash…so we’ll see!

3) Environmentally Friendly

Think of all the trash you are saving.  I can’t lie and tell you that Brett and I are the most earth friendly – We own a Keurig coffee maker and definitely create extra trash that way.  And we aren’t the best at remembering to recycle.  However, I hate taking out the trash and I love doing laundry so I can’t say that I will miss the trash of disposables.

4) Blowouts

Having not had my baby yet, I can’t say that I’ve experienced this.  However, my niece (best friends little girl) has had a few so I’ve heard.  So I did some research on how cloth diapers handle the poop explosions.  I was worried that their elastic might not be able to handle poop as well as that stretchy stuff in disposables.  From what I’ve read cloth diapers handle those fun poop moments a lot better than disposables.  So fingers crossed that we won’t have too many episodes of a poop covered baby.

Other Reasons to Cloth Diaper

– These are not your mom’s diapers.  Their are no pins or folding – they are basically like a Rolls Royce version of a disposable diaper

– Whether you cloth diaper or disposable diaper, you cannot avoid the poop.  So the extra minute of spraying off poop and dumping the diaper in a diaper pail to wash later – really isn’t that much extra work!  And that time washing diapers (which really you put it in the washer and turn it on…not that hard) – will be saved because you won’t have to cut diaper coupons or make late night runs to the store!!

– Lets be real – the cloth diapers are so much cuter!! AND they come in pretty colors.  So excited.  These are a few we ordered from Lotus Bumz.

So I know that Baby Boy isn’t here yet, but I’m so excited about cloth diapering.  I will definitely do a follow up post after he’s here and we’ve used the diapers to let you know how things are going!

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