Sunday, May 20, 2012

7 Months Old

My sweet angel baby is 7 whole months old! This last month has been the best yet! He has been so much fun, I truly enjoy every single second I get with him. We've done so much in such a short amount of time. He's started on solids, we went on his first vacation, he went in the pool and the ocean for the first time, he's just a joy to be around!

Our little man is growing so much everyday and we love him more, I swear he learns new things everyday and no two days are the same. Just when I think I have him figured out he changes.

Here are a few highlights of the last month

  • He is a pro at sitting up. While he doesn't pull himself up into that position, if you put him in a sitting position, he will stay there for a long time. 
  • He still enjoys tummy time, but I think now it's because he's becoming a little more mobile, but he will play on his tummy for almost an hour...allowing me to get more things done!!
  • He rolls EVERYWHERE. while he's not crawling he is definitely moving! If placed on his mat, he will inevitably end up at the other side of the room. 
  • He is a very vocal child. While I'm not sure if you would call it babbling, he is making noise and screaming and just hilarious 
  • He still enjoys his jumperoo but not for as long anymore
  • He likes his highchair as an alternative play place. I just give him some toys and he is entertained long enough to let me get dinner on. 
  • His tongue is his new favorite toy, he tries to mimic me when I make noises with my tongue...adorable
  • He blows raspberries occasionally
  • He still loves to stand all the time, but he doesn't take any steps yet
  • He will get up on all 4s and rock back and forth...crawling looks like it will come soon!
  • He loves his toys and will try with all his might to get them. 
  • He studies his toys more, examining each and every part of the toy...thinkin Lincoln...
  • He loves peekaboo! I play with a little blanket and he loves it...he giggles all the time
  • He started on solids this month and he's not crazy about rice cereal but he likes his veggies. I've made 2 batches of food and there isn't a whole lot he doesn't like. I've only tried fruits a couple times and he's not a big fan of them...but he loves his green veggies and avacados!
  • Bath time has become a lot easier...I've discovered he has to be fed and not tired and then I just sit him in the shower with me and he plays with his toy
  • I've stopped carrying a pacifier because it just would tick him off if I tried to give it to him
  • Sleep is a little bit more of challenge. He doesn't sleep through the night anymore, He usually goes to sleep around 8 and then will wake up around 5 for a feeding then sleep until 8 or 9. But lately he's been getting up at 1 or 2 as well...mommy is TIRED!!
  • Naps are getting better. When he wakes up he's usually only up for about an hour, then has been going down for a 2 hour nap. Then is up for about an hour then goes down for another 1-2 hours!!! and sometimes will even take a 30-45 min nap late in the evening. This would be awesome if he slept through the night...but oh well
  • He seems to be growing like a weed and is almost in 12-18 month clothing...where did my bebe go??
And here are a few of my favorites from his photoshoot. He was so much fun this time!!!

7 Months Old 
so playful


"ooo a bear, I think I'll eat it"

Mr. Active did not last long

trying to reach for something

I love those little feet!

and once he found the sticker, it was over.

hes just so darn cute!

I'm sure there are more milestones I've forgotten but oh well. We just love our little man so much and he's growing so much! Every day we get to spend with him is truly a blessing. I know I've said it before but I just can't get enough of him! I miss him every time I'm not holding him. He's truly enriched our lives more than we could have ever imagined. We are so blessed to be his parents! 
Mommy and Daddy love you Linc man!

Monday, May 7, 2012

Rich Dad, Poor Dad

Right before we left for vacation last week, I had my monthly book club. Nikki and I hosted it and the turn out was horrible. I feel a little bummed that only 5 people came when we have almost 14 people in our group but I guess thats life for you.

So we read Rich Dad, Poor Dad as Nikki's pick. And I am a little blasé about it. It wasn't a hard read, but it was a rather boring read. To me it felt like a lot of bragging about how he made his millions and was able to retire at 47, which I wish I was able to do. But he kept talking about how he would borrow thousands from friends to make these amazing investments which is totally cool if you have friends that allow you to do that, but I for sure don't. So it was kind of a null point for me. Maybe someday Adam and I will be able to make a little more with investments that will have a larger financial outcome but for now I didn't find the book helpful at all.  It did have a few helpful pointers but is not worth a full read...
I rate this one as a 4/10

6 months old...a little late

I can’t believe that as I am writing this my baby boy is almost 7 months old.  The month of April went by way too fast. So fast that I never really got a chance to sit down and write about his 5th into 6th month.

Lincoln is still changing daily and acquiring new skills each and every day. It is the greatest gift to get to see him learn these new things; it makes me incredibly grateful that I am able to be home with him 4 days a week. I honestly don’t know how people who work 5 days a week do it. I would be so depressed and feel like I’m missing out on my child’s life.  I just wish we were at a point where I only had to work part time which would only be 2 days a week…damn you sallie mae!...

Well at his 6 month appointment Lincoln got rave reviews, he even sat up and laid on his Tummy for his doctor!! He was quite impressed since at his 4 month appointment Lincoln threw a fit when he tried to get him to lay on his stomach.

Here is a list of his highlights, I am going to try to remember what he accomplished at the 6 month mark and not beyond that.
  • He sleeps about 8-9 hours regularly at night, only to wake up to eat then sleep another 3-4 ;) He goes down around 8:30-10 and then will sometimes sleep until 9 or 10 am the next day (with the morning feeding) Love having a child on my sleep schedule!!
  • He had not started solids yet, and was breastfeeding about every 3 hours consistently while awake.
  • Although he hasn’t started solids yet, he is growing increasingly interested in our foods as we eat, in fact if you were to drink anything around him he would GRAB it almost out of your hand!!!
  • Everything and I mean EVERYTHING goes into his mouth! Being a nurse this is the most nerve wracking thing ever. I am constantly wondering when I last washed things because of all the germs that I could potentially bring into the house!
  • He loves the outdoors! If he’s fussy I just take him outside and he immediately calms down.
  • He is all smiles all the time. He is rarely fussy, if he is it’s because he’s tired, hungry or needs a diaper change.
  • He is most interested in our drinks, and I’ve been trying to get him to drink from a sippy cup, but haven’t been that successful yet. All I put in it is water, but he still seems most interested in “chewing” on it than anything else.
  • Bath time is becoming more of a challenge. He doesn’t love showers anymore and is too big for the infant tub. I tried to put him in the bumbo and that seemed to be a little better…then I just put him directly in the tub with a small amount of water and that seemed to be the best.
  • He has finally mastered the rolling over multiple times. Although he has been rolling over for a couple months, it was  usually only once or twice. Now he rolls multiple times on his mat, but its usually just back and forth.
  • He does this move that I have termed the superman where he pulls his legs and arms up so he is just on his belly then he will pull himself to a new direction. 
  • He actually LIKES tummy time now. For so long I dreaded tummy time and honestly didn’t do it that often, now he will lay on his tummy playing for around a half hour or so!
  • He still loves his jumperoo. It’s my no fail, go to when I need to get things done around the house!
  • He has started to sit up. It's more of a tripod thing where he has his legs out then his hands in the middle and it doesn't happen for long periods of time, but he still does it for a few minutes at least. 
  • I’ve started putting him in his highchair just to get him accustomed to it, so when we would start feedings he will more ready for it. I just put some toys on the tray and let him play.
  • He is amazing in the car! He falls asleep almost every time he is in there! Its so nice when I have somewhere to go and I know he is tired, I know he can get at least a 30 minute nap.
  • Nap times are the devil. He rarely takes them. I’m lucky if I get a 30 minute nap a couple times a day. He will not sleep longer than that unless we are in the car. Plus putting him down for a nap is like torture and breaks my heart. It’s so obvious he is tired but will scream and cry for like 20 minutes, then when he finally does fall asleep he’s only asleep for 30 minutes. Its exhausting me at times 
  • He has started to rub his eyes when he is freaking cute!
  • He had his first non well visit doctor appointment. He had this weird rash on his head and couple places on this neck and body, I called the doc and they wanted me to bring him in. I had to give him a steroid cream to get rid of it. But its gone!
  • He is still "babbles" all the time, when reading the books I'm not sure if it's the syllables they say it is but he makes a lot of noise and giggles and "sings" so I'm sure it has to be along the same lines. 
  • When you talk to him he will occasionally turn his head when you say his name...

I’m sure I’m missing some milestones especially since I waited so long to write this. Hopefully I’ll get better next month. But it’s so hard to find the time when I have to go back and forth between my house and my parents house (they watch little man while I work and Adam is out of town).

He also had his 6 month check up and did great with it!
  • He weight 17 lbs 3 oz
  • He is in the 40% for weight.
  • He was 27 ½ inches long
  • He is in the 75% for length.

**I think she miss-measured him because once she left I got him to be 28 inches…but oh well :) 

Ok and here is his monthly photo shoot. This photo shoot more than ever do I feel like he is a mini me. For those that think he looks like Adam, I'm sorry but no he just doesn't. 

This photo shoot was on Easter sunday and I had worked the night before and we were at my parents house all day so it took place around 9:30 pm and he was beyond tired...this was the reasons for the crankiness. 

Well my baby boy, we love you more and more each day if that is even possible. Thank you for being such a ray of sunshine in this crazy life we have!!!