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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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2 Months

2 months - 9/29/13

2 months – 9/29/13

Weight
11 lbs 14 ounces on Wednesday (9/25) – slightly above 50th percentile

Length
22.5 inches – slightly below 50th percentile

Health
We had a doctors appointment last Wednesday for his normal two month checkup.  But he also perfectly timed a blocked infected tear duct.  We noticed on Monday that his eye had a little bit of sleepy stuff in the corner.  By Tuesday, it was full on goo, especially when he cried.  So the doctor prescribed him some eye ointment that he is not so fond of but his eye has cleared up.

Looking forward to
GiGi and Grandpa’s visit this month

Changes
He SMILED!

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9/4/13 – first on camera smile

9/9/13

9/9/13

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he’s getting nice and chunky and adorable.  He has great head strength (in my totally biased opinion).  He’s started moving his arms and legs a lot and seems to understand that he’s the one moving them.  Today he was wiggling his feet and grinning at them as they moved.

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funny feet

He has always been a chatty baby but he does it even more now!  Tons of coos, oohs, ahhs, and squeaks.

He still sleeps from 4-5 hrs at night, then 3 hours, then he is ready to be awake – He’ll sleep a little longer if you cuddle but that means I have to be awake so we watch Good Morning America in the morning and it gives us time to wake up!

He’s started taking a pacifier and a bottle.  He took the first bottle we offered him with no complaints.  Go Brody!  He will even take one from me which I’ve heard is difficult.  We also give him a pacifier at night and if he gets super fussy but he’s started sucking on his fingers when he gets upset.  Yay for self soothing.  But sometimes he gets really mad that his fingers aren’t doing what he wants – so then we have to give him a pacifier to calm him down.  But he doesn’t really need it – I usually only use it if i’m super lazy because a quick walk around the house would calm him just as much.  Or at night time to let him know that it’s time for bed.

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Things he likes: – He loves his bouncer, He likes being held up (sitting or standing) so he can look around.  He still loves looking at lights and bright places in the house.

Things he doesn’t like: He does not like for me to bathe ;). But there aren’t many things that upset him beyond if he’s been left alone for a while.  He’s not fond of the eye ointment that I have to put in his eye.

Activities & Outings:

 We make a great shopping team, we go to the grocery store, Target, CVS, everywhere together.

This weekend we had a doggie playdate with some neighbors and Brody had fun watching Axel play and listening to the adults chit chat.

Last weekend, when Ethan and Natalie were here we went to Hillridge Farms.  Brody had his first hay ride and pumpkin patch picking.

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We also visited Charlottesville on 9/15 and celebrated our best buddy’s birthday!  Here is the picture of Clara and Brody meeting for the first time

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We also enjoyed watching many Georgia games together!

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And he’s always willing to help with my day to day chores

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laundry time

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

Clothing Size: We just started wearing 3-6 months.  Brody has a long torso plus the extra bulk of the cloth diapers and we had to go up a size!

Often heard:

“He has so much hair”
“He’s so alert”
“He’s very calm”
“So handsome” (says his grandparents) 😉


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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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26 weeks - 4/23/13

26 weeks – 4/23/13

How far along?: 26 weeks
Due Date: July 30, 2013
Baby is the size of a?: head of lettuce (and length of a English cucumber)
Maternity Clothes: I ordered some stuff offline from Motherhood Maternity using a gift card I got from my parents at Christmas.  My stuff should show up some time this week!!
Baby Purchases: Nothing but we’ve kind of picked out a paint color 🙂 – also, we’ve gotten a few things from co-workers and friends.  Like some blankets and a book – “Where the wild things are” (are they trying to tell me something?)
Sleep: good
Symptoms: nothing new
Miss Anything?: Coke Icee
Movement: He still does most of his squirming in the evening and at night but I feel him during the day more now.
Food cravings: still coleslaw and my egg sandwiches
Mood: Happy/Excited
Rings: Wearing a larger ring
Belly Button: weird – haha
Gender:  Baby BOY!!
Pregnancy Workout: starting to walk after my meals…see below 😉
Pregnancy Pet Peeve: I thought of a good one this week..then i forgot it so I guess one could say…baby brain.  I didn’t believe that it existed prior to pregnancy – now I swear that must be what’s happening.  That and it’s just nice to have an excuse for forgetfulness.
Pregnancy Updates: I had another checkup last Friday – I’m measuring at 27 weeks but that’s within the normal range…could just be he’s a big boy…or he was positioned funny.  We also had another ultrasound so the docs could get pictures of his spine.  He cooperated this time (Eventually…) and rotated enough so that they could see his back…apparently he has a favorite position and doesn’t like to flip or roll over.  Also, the biggest news is I have gestational diabetes.  We got the results back last week and I had diabetes education on Monday.  I’m definitely not surprised with my family history.  It’s just one of those things that happens and I’m going to try to control it to the best of my abilities (except for tonight when I had french fries).  So now I get to prick my finger 4 times a day!! And I’m supposed to take a ten minute walk after meals.  Hopefully, we can keep it under control with nutrition..we shall see.

This is what my meter looks like…luckily I did not have to get the purple one 🙂 Although hot pink would have been nice 😉 Mine is black. I’m getting better at pricking my finger too 🙂 Although I will admit I’m still a bit of a drama queen about it.
Best Moment this Week: Dinner tonight! It was our 2nd anniversary!  B got me flowers and we went to Burton’s Grill for dinner.  I had crab cakes (they did contain onions but they were still delish) and fries 🙂 I didn’t eat them all.
Looking forward to: getting settled in NC and all my exciting baby showers!! I can still have cake if I eat really well that day 🙂
BabyCenter Update: The network of nerves in your baby’s ears is better developed and more sensitive than before. He may now be able to hear both your voice and your partner’s as you chat with each other. He’s inhaling and exhaling small amounts of amniotic fluid, which is essential for the development of his lungs. These so-called breathing movements are also good practice for when he’s born and takes that first gulp of air. And he’s continuing to put on baby fat. He now weighs about a pound and two-thirds and measures 14 inches (an English hothouse cucumber) from head to heel.

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