Friday, April 20, 2018

Parker James: 5 Months



What a whirlwind these past 5 months have been! I've been back at work for about a month and a half now and I'm finally feeling like we're getting into a routine now. However, pretty much since I returned to work, Parker has been fighting a little cold. I mean,  he's pretty much guaranteed to either have a never-ending cold or the best immune system ever since his mama teaches second grade, his daddy teaches first grade, and his sister spends her days with 16 other 2-year olds. That's a LOT of germs.


I did have to take him to Urgent Care for the first time last Sunday for an ear infection and possible upper respiratory infection, so our sweet boy got his first dose of antibiotics. Luckily, he is feeling so much better these days and back to his smiley, sweet self!

Parker at FIVE months: 

Weight: I'm guessing about 15-16 lbs?!  
Birth: 7 lbs. 7 oz.


Little dude doesn't have a doctor's appointment until next month. Parker is very comfortably in his 6-month wardrobe now, which is crazy. How is my baby in 6-month clothes already?! Time, you thief! He's wearing size 2 diapers still, and all of his baby shoes fall off as quickly as you can put them on. Baby shoes seem like such a waste of money, yet I still buy them! Maybe I'll learn by the third child (HAHA Ryan!)



Parker Loves:
Being Held
His Hands
His Wubbanubs
The Magic Merlin
Bath Time
The Bumbo/High Chair
Walks in the Stroller Outside
Watching Peyton from a distance

 




Parker Hates:
Waiting for Milk
Extended periods of time not being held
Tummy Time
Being attacked by his big sister




What's New With Parker This  Month:


1. Parker went on his first airplane ride this month! We flew to and from Boston over my spring break to visit with friends and meet their new sweet babies! He did so much better than I thought he would on those flights! I was really hoping he would nap, but he has proven time and time again that he just doesn't sleep well any place other than his crib. He was awake and super giggly on the flight up to Boston and awake and slightly fussy on the return flight. All in all, I'd say it was a win for him!





 2. Parker is fairly consistently rolling from his tummy to his back and has rolled once from his back to his tummy. This is an exciting milestone, but it also means the days of the Magic Merlin are numbered. Womp Womp!
3. Parker is super interested in watching everyone eat, so I gave in a few days ago and let Parker try bananas for the first time! I mashed them up and mixed them with some breast milk and his reaction on his first taste was priceless! He literally looked befuddled and had no idea what to do with something other than milk!  After a couple bites, he got the hang of it though and finished the whole bowl. I haven't given him anything else since but am looking forward to experimenting with food for him in a couple weeks!





4. His sleep is definitely becoming more consistent over these past few weeks. He goes to bed most nights around 7:30 and sleeps until 4:30-5, nurses for about 10 minutes, and then sleeps until 8ish. He takes naps around 10 and 3 during the day! We're so appreciative to his Mimi and Nana for helping keep him on this schedule during the day! I'll be curious to see how he reacts to sleeping without the Merlin!


Parker, you are such a light in our lives! You are so adored by EVERYONE who spends time with you and we all love watching you experience things for the first time.  Your smile and giggle are contagious. I thank God every day for giving me you, sweet boy!

Five Month Photo Dump








Parker James: 4 months

Four Months?! I am absolutely baffled by how quickly time is going by with this sweet second child of mine. My maternity leave ended  this months and I had to return to work, which was way harder than I thought it was going to be. Parker has turned into the sweetest, snuggliest, happy little baby and all I want to do all day long is play with him and hold him and just soak up these remaining "newborn" days.




Now that I'm back at work, I get two pumping breaks per day and I basically spend all of that time scrolling through pictures and videos of my kiddos. So yeah... I'm that mom now. And I'm proud of it! I love my kids,  ya'll!


Anyways, back to Parker's four month update!


Parker grew so much this past month. He has moved up to size 2 diapers (which isn't ideal since we have SO MANY boxes of size 1 diapers left that are not returnable.) and wears size 3 month and 3-6 month clothes comfortably.




Parker at FOUR months:

Weight: 14 lbs. 10 oz.
Birth: 7 lbs. 7 oz.
Height: 24 inches
Birth: 20 inches 
Head: 16.25 inches
Birth: 14 inches 




Parker's 4-month well visit was this week. The doctor said he's growing like a champ and everything seems to be great. He does have a touch of "flat head" on the side that he sleeps on the most, but he wasn't concerned as long as we keep up the tummy time and sitting up time. Parker has recently started using his jumper, and he could seriously spend an hour in there. So hopefully his head will be perfectly round by his next appointment!




Parker Loves:
Baths and Showers
The Magic Merlin Sleep Suit
His Big Sister
Being Held
Wubbanubs and his Munch Mitt


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




Four Month Photo Dump:












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
Bottles
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