Friday, February 6, 2015

Matthew William ~ 9 Months



Weight/length: We had Matt's 9 month appointment on Tuesday and he's almost 24 pounds and 31 inches long - 95 percentile for weight and off the charts for height!
 
Sleep: We had some sleep setbacks this last month - teething and a cold. So let's just say sleep has not been good. Naps have changed as well in the last month. Matt's morning nap is a little later and his afternoon nap is shorter. We're planning on doing some sleep training when we get back from visiting family in Atlanta.
Health: Matt and I got a cold mid January and that was no fun :( Neither of us got fevers so that was good. Just lots of congestion and coughing.
  
 Clothes: About the same as last month 18-24 top and bottom.
 
 Baby Gear/Accessories: Now that Matt's eating solids there's a whole new set of accessories - bibs, storage containers, etc... I really like the Baby Bjorn bib, it's really easy to wash. Matt loves sitting on his play mat and taking his toys out of his toy basket - it's really cute to watch him choose the toys he wants to play with. He loves playing with a borrowed toy, the wooden play cube activity center - it's a must have for a 8-9 month old - he loves it! 
 
 
 
  Development: Matt's so close to crawling! He's rocking back and forth on all fours and pulling himself up from his belly to a sitting position. He's rolling all over and scooting backwards in order to get around. I can't wait until he starts crawling because he's going to love exploring...I'm saying this now haha! 

Matt's clapping now, which is so cute! I love saying, "clap, clap, clap" and watching him smile and put his hands together. 

His top tooth came through, so he now has 3 teeth and the 4th top tooth is about to come through. Teething hurts - poor guy :( He's also going through "separation anxiety" so he's been a little fussy and especially when I leave the room. I've heard the separation thing can last a few weeks or a few months, I'm hoping it's only a few weeks!
 
Eating: We introduced Matt to chicken and he's liking it! His pincher fingers have improved in the last month and now he's picking up little pieces of food. It's so cute to watch him focus on picking up pieces of food and then putting them in his mouth. He's obsessed with Puffs and they're great for him to learn how to feed himself. He's still eating purees, drinking breastmilk, getting better with formula, and loving trying new little pieces of soft foods. Some of his favorites are baby yogurt, cheese, avocado, banana, and baby mum-mums.
 
 Crying: He only cries when he's tired or not feeling well - there was a lot more crying and whining when he was sick.
 
 Adventures: January was a fun month celebrating Daddy's birthday and relaxing in San Rafael. We've stayed local and Matt loves going to the park and the swing. Matt is also enjoying his swim class once a week and a weekly music class - Music Together.
 


Postpartum/Mommy feeling: Matt is such a little person now. He knows what he likes and dislikes, feeds himself, pulls the toys out of the basket that he wants, it's just incredible how much he has changed in 9 months. The same amount of time he was in my belly {38 weeks} he's been out - CRAZY! 
This last month I have felt good, besides getting sick and lack of sleep, I finally feel like I am back to my normal strength and endurance with working out. It only took about 9 months haha. I love spending time with Matt and he's still my cuddly little boy, I really hope that doesn't change once he starts crawling. I've learned that being a Mom is all about the little things. There are some really hard and exhausting days where he really tests my patience, but then there are those moments... like when he puts his head on my shoulder when we walk in the door to a new place, or when he reaches up for me when he's sitting on the floor, or when he smiles at me while he tries to clap. It's all going so fast and sometimes I want to be able to just push "pause"...but, that's what pictures and videos are for, right? I can't get enough.



Happy Almost Valentine's Day!

xo 
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Monday, January 26, 2015

The List...

I was going through some old emails and came across my lists of what to bring when you're going to the hospital to have a baby!
 
I want to make sure I don't forget and also share my ideas with friends and family... I know what you're probably thinking...no, we're not pregnant again! HAHA
 
I still can't believe that Matt is almost 9 months, it feels like yesterday that we were using these things. 
 
... just a cute 1 day old pic of Matt for fun :) 
Snap n Go or the generic version of it - This is really useful especially in the early days because the carseat snaps into it.  And it folds up really small. Definitely a must have!  If you can find one that fits with the carseat I would really recommend it. 
Ergo baby carrier (and infant insert, for early days)  - It's expensive, but Matt loves it. It saved me in the early days when he was fussy. He loved being on me and he would fall asleep instantly in it. There are a lot of carriers out there and ones that are cheaper, but this one is awesome.

Bjorn Bouncer - Matt loved this bouncer, It folds up small and we couldn't live without it. There are a lot of bouncers out there but this one has the most bounce! haha

Sleeper - Matt loved the Snugabunny. He slept in this for the first 2 months. He didn't like being flat on his back in his bassinet and liked the shape of this. Highly recommend!

Soothie Pacifiers - Matt liked these and the WubbaNub.

Swaddle -  These were great to put him in to sleep. We swaddled him with a blanket during the day and used this at night. They make them with thicker material for the winter.

Baby swing - This is the swing we have.

Dr. Browns bottles.  These are the bottles we started with they slow down the flow to breastfeeding rate and prevented air from getting in. These are really good. I like the glass ones so the plastic doesn't get yucky.
My friends have had a lot of luck with the Comotomo - they are very good for breastfed babies I've heard.

Swaddle Blankets - these are my FAVORITE!! I would definitely get a pack of these I use them for everything. In the beginning I swaddled him with them and now I use them just as an extra layer over him in the carseat and wrap him in them... they are great!

Burp Cloths - I like these :)

Lansinoh Nursing Pads (for breastfeeding leakage)

Soothies Gel Pads (for nursing) - these give some relief between feedings

My Breast Friend Nursing Pillow.  This helped me SOOO much with breastfeeding positioning. Very important.


White Noise machineI like this one.

Diaper Genie II Elite: You have to buy the special bags, but it really works well.

Bathtub - Matt likes this one.

Snuzzler thing for the carseat - I used this in the stroller, you can also use in the carseat if it doesn't already have one.

Bundle Me -We have something like this for his stroller. 

Nursing Cover - I really like this one.

Activity Gym - This is great to have.

Changing on the go - this is great to have in the car.

Okay, there is my list! Next up a list of 6-9 month stuff. It's amazing how fast you go through these things. 

What are some of your favorite baby items?

Happy Monday!  

xo

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Friday, January 2, 2015

Matthew William ~ 8 Months

 
 
Weight/length: All I can say is he is BIG! We'll find out exactly next month at his 9 month appointment, but close to 30 pounds and over 30 inches long.
 
Sleep: Sleep hasn't really changed much in the last month unfortunately. All I can say is he likes to cuddle with his mommy and daddy. He sleeps about 1/2 the night in his bed and 1/2 in ours. He's still breastfeeding at night too. Hopefully when he starts crawling he'll be so tired he'll sleep through the night. I've heard friends tell me that right around the 10-11 month is when they slept through the night, we'll see :)
 
Health: We're VERY lucky, although I don't want to jinx it. He's only had one cold over Thanksgiving, but so far so good. 
  Clothes: 18-24 top and bottom. I squeezed him into a 9-12 month onesie the other day and it barely made it under his bottom. Matt likes being naked :)

 Baby Gear/Accessories: With the holidays all of the new toys have been fun for Matt. Although I have to say it doesn't take much to entertain this little guy. He loves his rattle, especially the NogginStik - Developmental Light-up Rattle. It's pricey, but it has given him hours of entertainment. He's starting to like big stuffed animals and likes rolling around with them.

  Development: He's very good at baby yoga as we call it...very flexible in all ways. He's sitting up well - sometimes here and there he falls over, but he can usually brace himself with his arm. He loves rolling and has figured out how to roll accross the living room and all over. He's now pushing up on all fours, no forward movement YET, but rocking back and forth. I'm giving it only a few more weeks before he starts crawling - eeekkk! We've started baby proofing, because he now knows that he can reach up from his walker and pull on things.
 
Both of his bottom teeth broke through and it looks like the top ones are about to come through.

Eating: We're doing three meals a day now, plus breastfeeding. He loves food! Sweet potatoes, squash, fruit, quinoa, oatmeal, avocado, pretty much anything that I give him he likes. We introduced yogurt and he likes that a lot :) Next up is introducing meat.
 
 Crying: Not much crying - he's a good boy, we're so lucky!
 
   
Adventures: December- wow, so many adventures and fun holiday parties! We stayed local through the holidays, which was nice. Matt got to spend time with his Grandma, Janice before she went to Georgia to be with her other grand-babies. Nonnie and Papa spent lots of time with us over the holidays, which was really nice. Matt loved Hanukkah and Xmas, of course he loves all the attention, pictures, and presents. It will be fun next year when he really knows what's happening.

Matt went on the swing for the first time Xmas day!
Postpartum/Mommy feeling: I really can't believe he is 8 months. It feels like yesterday that he was in my belly. Matt's napping has been more consistent so that has made my life much easier. We're on a good schedule and when he naps well he's a happy boy. I injured my back two months ago, it's finally feeling better, so I'm ready to start exercise. I did the cliche new years thing and joined a gym! YAY. I'm excited for 2015 and watching Matt learn to crawl and walk. He's my little love bug and makes everyday so special.
Happy New Year 2015!
 
 
 xo,
 
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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Hanukkah Festivities!

Last night was the first night of Hanukkah! I thought it would be fun to start some of our own family traditions and of course include the old ones. 
I grew up lighting the menorah, opening a little present, and on the first night we usually had latkes :)
 
Lighting the Menorah. My Grandma gave me the menorah above a few years ago - I love it! I want to order this whale menorah for Matt for next year - so cute, right?
 
We read this dreidel book, thanks to my sister-in-law Kristy! I love reading her blog :)

We ate yummy Latkes from Trader Joes. 
Who needs all that oil mess when you can just open a box and stick them in the oven - 10 minutes later DONE.

Who new Comcast had a digital menorah with Hanukkah music!
What are your Hanukkah traditions?

Happy Hanukkah!
xo
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Friday, December 12, 2014

Rainy Day = Yummy Ginger Cookies

This "EPIC' rain storm in California calls for some cookie making. 

Matt and I made some yummy Soft and Chewy Ginger Cookies. Thanks to Nathalie for the recipe from the Baker Chick Blog.
 
These cookies are really easy and so delicious with a cappuccino or cup of hot coco - holiday delight :)

Ingredients
  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup butter, softened (1 1/2 sticks)
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • 1/2 cup candied ginger* chopped into bits.
  • 2 tablespoons raw sugar for rolling (white sugar works too)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Mix together the flour, ginger, baking soda, cinnamon, cloves, and salt. Set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, cream together the butter and sugars until light and fluffy. Beat in the egg, then mix in the water and molasses.
  4. Gradually mix the sifted ingredients into the molasses mixture. Stir in the candied ginger.
  5. Chill dough for 15 minutes to make it easier to handle.
  6. Shape dough into 1 inch sized balls, and roll them in the raw sugar. Place the cookies 2 inches apart onto a parchment or silpat-lined cookie sheet, and flatten slightly.
  7. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes in the preheated oven. Allow cookies to cool on baking sheet for 5 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely. Store in an airtight container.

My little helper!
 



Rolling in the sugar...yummy


HAPPY FRIDAY!

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Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Matthew William ~ 7 months

 

Weight/length: I'm thinking he's around 24 pounds and 30 inches long. We won't know exactly until his 9 month appointment.
 
Sleep: Teething!! Matt got his first tooth yesterday...it came through! This has definitely messed up his sleeping. Hopefully we can get back to longer stretches of sleep :)
 
Health: Had his first little cold right before Thanksgiving, but he didn't have a fever, so might have been the teething.

Clothes: He's wearing 18-24 on the bottom and 12-18 on the top.
 

Baby Gear/Accessories: This month has been lots of toys. He's gone from being interested in pretty much anything to really enjoying his toys. He's rolling around and scooting so he can now grab the toys he likes and play with them. I bought some Melissa and Doug blocks that he loves grabbing and rolling around with.
 
  Now that he's eating solids it's all the feeding gadgets. My favorite bib is this Baby Bjorn, spoon - Green Sprouts, and feeding on the go - Boone Spoon. 
We have the Stokke highchair, which is great and looks nice around our table.

We also just got the UppaBABY umbrella stroller and I love it! It's really light and easy to put him in and out of when I'm doing errands. 

 
  Development: Matt's sitting up...sometimes he'll fall over so we always keep a few pillows around. Rolling back and forth and a little scooting. He can get from the living room carpet to the kitchen by rolling. He's definitely pushing his butt up and doing pushups...you can tell crawling is going to happen any time.
 

 Crying:  There's been more crying with teething, but that's how it goes. When he gets bored he now has a little whine...it's kinda cute.
 
  Adventures: November was a great month with all of the holiday festivities! We went to Santa Cruz for Thanksgiving and Matt got to spend time with both of his Grandmas, Papa, his Uncle Glenny, Aunt Sara, Great Grandma, and all of his extended family. Matt got to meet his second cousin Ari who is only a few months older. He tried baby food turkey for the first time and loved all the attention of being around family.


Matt has his first swim class this month. We're on class #3 this week. We love La Petite Baleen for swim classes in SF. It's a great facility and makes it easy for Mommy's with little ones.

 
  Postpartum/Mommy feeling: All I can say is it gets more and more fun everyday! Matt is my little buddy. We make each other smile, we giggle, we get frustrated, we make funny sounds, we sing silly songs, and the best part of it all is that it's unconditional love. During this holiday season we're so lucky to have such a special little boy in our lives.
  

xo,

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