Monday, February 12, 2018

Parker James: 3 months

I'm a broken record, but how has it been THREE months already? This month was a big month for us. This is the month we hit our stride with Parker. Our new "normal" is actually starting to feel normal. And of course, as soon as we start to get into a good rhythm, everything is going to change again. T-minus two weeks until I return to work. While I'm looking forward to reuniting with the best team ever, I can't even put into words how much I'm going to miss this little man of mine. I'm expecting all. the. tears.

Parker won't be going back to the pediatricians until his 4-month visit, so we took it upon ourselves to try and measure his growth over the past month.

Parker at THREE months: 

Weight: 12 lb. 4 oz.
Birth: 7 lbs. 7 oz.

This baby is looooong. He's starting to get some baby rolls on his arms and legs, but he's our little stretch! He's still in size 1 diapers and solely in 3-month clothes. The onesies are somehow big and small at the same time... They're baggy, but stretched to the max when snapped up!

Compared to Peyton, Parker is definitely shaping up to be the strong, silent type. Peyton at this age would chat, chat, chat. Parker is much more alert than I remember Peyton being, but he is super content just watching the world around him. He especially loves watching his big sister run around the house like a crazy person. He lights up in smiles that take over his whole face when  he sees someone he recognizes and  just loves to be held and walked around.

Parker Loves:
Being Held
His Hands
His Wubbanubs
The Magic Merlin
Bath Time
The Bumbo

Parker Hates:
Waiting for Milk
Extended periods of time not being held
Tummy Time

What's New With Parker This  Month:

1. As of about 4 days ago, Parker has started sleeping a 10-hour stretch at night. This mama couldn't be more happy about this as my return to work is looming. We've really been trying to create and stick to a routine this month, and I definitely think it's going well. Around 7:15 every night, Peyton and Parker take a bath. Then Ryan and I split up: Ryan with Peyton and I take Parker. I rub some lavender baby lotion on his face and body and put him in his jammies and Magic Merlin. Then I nurse him and put him in his crib awake. He falls asleep within about 10 minutes and stays asleep until about 6 am, when I go in to nurse him again. He goes right back to sleep until 8:30 or so! Let's hope this trend continues when I go back to work!

2. Parker doesn't love the swing or play mat as much as Peyton did. He will tolerate them for short periods of time, but he would spend hours in his bumbo! (Not really- because he really just wants to be held 24/7 but that's just not possible!) The  bumbo is the next best thing to someone's arms and he loves hanging out on the counter while Peyton eats dinner and/or I cook!

3. We've been really working this month on getting Parker to take a bottle. He absolutely will NOT take one from me, but he has suffered through feedings by the grandparents and his daddy a few times now. We're ALL hoping this becomes easier as I leave him during the day.

4. Parker is still in a relationship with his beloved froggy wubbanub. It's always close by him and calms him almost immediately when we give it to him. On the rare occasions that froggy isn't around, he will take his hands as a back-up, usually sucking his thumb and index finger simultaneously until they're red. Whatever soothes you, kiddo.

5. Our little man has rolled a few times from his tummy to his back. He can't do it every time yet, but I don't think its a fluke anymore! Unless he's sleeping though, he would much rather be on his side than his back or tummy, so he rolls from side to side pretty well.

Three Month Photo Dump


Thursday, January 18, 2018

Parker James: Two Months


How is our boy two months old already?!

Time seems to be absolutely flying by this second time around. In his two months of life, Parker has already celebrated his first Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years. As exciting and memorable as those holidays were this year, I am so looking forward to settling into our new routine and slowing down a little bit...especially before I have to return to work (cue all of the tears...).

Parker at TWO months:

Weight: 11 lbs. 10 oz. (40th Percentile)
Birth: 7 lbs. 7 oz.
Height: 23.85 inches (88th Percentile)
Birth: 20 inches 
Head: 15.6 inches (72nd Percentile) 
Birth: 14 inches 

Parker is growing so quickly! His newborn clothes are all packed away in a box and he is solely wearing 0-3 and 3 month clothes. I overbought on the newborn stuff so it was super hard to put away clothes that he wore once or never wore at all. Note to self: IF we have a third child, only buy zippered sleepers for the first few months. Ain't nobody got the time or effort to dress a wiggly, sleepy newborn in cute clothes every day!  

Parker Loves:
Bath Time
The Magic Merlin Sleep Suit
His Big Sister
Being Held

Parker Hates:
Getting out the bath
Being Cold 
Being Hungry
Being Alone
Tummy Time

What's New With Parker This Month:

1. The smiles and coos have arrived! So basically it has become my life's mission to get smiles out of my boy at every waking moment he has! They're the sweetest and are such a good reminder that all the tough times are so worth it.

2. He doesn't enjoy being awake and not being held. We're working on enjoying his swing and play mat, but so far he definitely prefers to just be held! His personality couldn't be more different than baby Peyton's. She has always been Miss Independent and Parker is definitely shaping up to be a little mama's boy!

3. Parker has been a consistently mediocre sleeper. For the first few weeks, his ability to sleep for 3-4 hour stretches through the night were glorious! I mean, Peyton only slept for 2 hours at a time for her first few weeks and I thought I was going to die! However, by the time she was 2 months old, she was sleeping 8-10 hours at a time! Maybe I shouldn't compare their sleep schedules, but I'm really hoping Parker can stretch those night sleeps out here soon!

4. He loves his big sister and the feeling is definitely mutual. Peyton is always asking to hold Parker or play with him. When she is close to him, she is holding his hand or shrieking with excitement every time he smiles!

5. He is strong! While he doesn't enjoy tummy time much, he LOVES sitting up. We recently started putting him in his bumbo and his head control is amazing for two months old! Hopefully, this will translate to a more enjoyable tummy time down the road!

Happy 2 months Parker. You have brightened our lives and I have loved watching you "come alive" this month! Keep growing, little one... just try not to do it too quickly.
Parker's 2-month photo dump:




Monday, January 1, 2018

Parker James: One Month

Our little man is one month old already! What? How? When? Why? Looking back, I think this past month was somehow simultaneously the shortest and longest month of my life. There was a major adjustment period learning how to parent two children, feeding, getting to know, and loving on our newest child while still making the first born feel special and important and loved. It's a balancing act that I'm definitely still trying to figure out. 

Can you believe how much he's grown in the past 4 weeks?!

Parker at ONE month:

Weight: 9 lbs. 10 oz. (22nd percentile)
Birth: 7 lbs. 7 oz.
Height: 22 inches (78th percentile)
Birth: 20 inches 
Head: 14.75 inches (65th percentile)
Birth: 14 inches 

Parker is long and skinny. He can still fit into his newborn clothes, but actually looks more comfortable in the 3 month stuff. He's also already wearing size 1 diapers...although I'm not sure if that's because they fit him better or because we ran out of newborn diapers and didn't feel like buying more! #secondchildproblems 

Parker Loves:
Being held 
His Rock n' Play 
Wubbanubs (For my non-parent friends, yes this is a real word in the baby world!) 
Being held... I know I typed this twice.. he loves it that much 

Parker Hates: 
Laying flat on his back 
Being hungry 
Being tired 
Trying to burp/fart/spit up 

What's New this Month:
1. Parker has a pretty good set of lungs on him and isn't afraid to use them. Unfortunately, he seems to be uncomfortable a lot, tensing up and crying out off and on. Some days he's great, and some days he struggles to get that gas out. We give him Mylicon drops when he gets bad, but we're hoping this is something that will pass as he gets older and his body figures out how to function on its own. 

2. He loooooves his wubbanub. Peyton was never really a "paci" baby, but this boy loves to be sucking on his paci at all times. #parkerandhisfrog 

3. He's starting to enjoy bath time, which is a huge relief because he was seriously hating it for a while there. His big sister LOVES taking baths with him and helping to wash him off/drown him. We're working on the second part there...

Parker, you are 1 month old!! How did that happen?! I am loving our time alone together when your big sister is at school and your daddy is at work. You are so sweet and love to snuggle your mama! You've already made such an impact in our lives and I can't wait to see how you grow and change this next month! 

One Month Photo Dump: