Teddy | Seven Month Update

My sweet baby boy is officially seven months old! I sound like a broken record, but holy cow- where is this year going? He’s no longer a little newborn and looks more and more like a little boy every day.

Here’s his weekly pictures from the last month:

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This has been a huge month developmentally for Teddy. He’s became a pro at sitting up and can now scoot a little bit across the floor. He likes to sit and play with his toys and will be content for thirty or forty-minutes at a time playing by himself. He loves bouncing in his jumper and has figured out how to really blow bubbles!

Teddy wears 6-9 month clothing and size four diapers. He loves baths, kicking his feet, trying to crawl and playing with his toys. He doesn’t like sitting still for diaper changes, being alone in the bath seat, or getting hot.

I’ve noticed Teddy loves watching Milo and Cricket in the last few weeks. Milo adores him- even though Teddy grabs ahold of him fur quite frequently until I rescue him. Of course, seconds later and Milo will be right next to Teddy. They are best friends!

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Teddy has became a big eater! He loves solid food and now starts whining if I try to eat without giving him something. The other day, he couldn’t understand why I wouldn’t give him chips and salsa! His favorites include green beans, carrots, avocado and peaches- although I haven’t really found anything he doesn’t like.

Sleep has gotten so much better in the last two weeks! We finally bit the bullet and did some sleep training. It turns out, sleeping with me was actually causing Teddy to wake up more often! He now sleeps twelve hours a night (from 9PM-9AM) with only one short nursing session around 3AM.

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I am in no rush to drop his night feed because honestly- it’s one of the best nursing sessions of the entire day. He is such a distracted nurser these days and often refuses to eat at all. It’s frustrating and leads to a lot of unneeded pumping sessions. He’s so wiggly and crazy during the day that I am really treasuring our cuddle time in the middle of the night.

Naps have also drastically improved this month. On Monday, he slept until 10:15AM and ended up taking two separate two hour naps! Some days, he still struggles to connect sleep cycles, but naps are way better then they used to be. I think these will continue to improve in the next month or two.

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This has really been a good month for seeing family. A few weeks ago, we visited Albuquerque where Teddy got to meet a bunch of Colby’s extended family. They all fell in love with him and agreed that he’s a total keeper. He traveled like a pro and made Colby and I so very proud.

Teddy is no longer the baby of the family! Two weeks ago, his baby cousin Avery Quinn was born! They haven’t gotten to meet yet (Avery has been in the NICU) but Teddy has spent lot of time with his cousins Samuel and Gavin this month. They adore him and he’s a little intimidated by them!

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In the next month, we are going to start gearing up for harvest. Teddy and I are on going to be on one grain cart full time. Working fourteen hours a day for a month should really test his easy-going temperament. Honestly, I’ve worried about corn harvest since before Teddy was born, but the more I get to know him, the more confident I am that he will handle it all just fine!

Here’s to month seven!

 

 

Balance

Teddy finally mastered sitting in the last week-ish. Before that, he was more interested in learning to crawl and would rather spend time on his belly moving his legs about. As his pediatrician said, he was plenty strong enough to sit, he just hadn’t “found the flat spot on his bottom.”

I took these picture a month ago, but they are too funny not to share. Imagine the following sequence in slow motion-

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Of course, Mama just kept snapping pictures. And Teddy just posed like he hadn’t just face planted right into the ground. Ha.

Teddy | Six Month Update

My baby boy is now officially six months old! The past six months have gone so fast, but I cannot seem to remember what I used to do before he was born! It feels like each day I get a little more used to motherhood and I am really loving this stage. Teddy is still very needy, but he plays on his own and naps for short stretches and is so happy. I miss having a tiny newborn, but if I’m honest- those days where much harder and so very stressful!

Here’s his last three weekly pictures:

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Theodore’s personality has really started to shine this month. He is a happy, nosy little guy. He loves people watching and has yet to meet a stranger. Teddy loves to be on the go. Last week, we went on his first road trip and visited Colorado Springs. He smiled and laughed and charmed all the people we met. We took him to the zoo and he had a blast- although I’m not sure he really noticed the animals. Instead, he just hung out and watched people.

Teddy is still breastfeeding but he is very efficient and easily distracted. He typically nurses for three or four minutes every three hours. He also eats two meals a day- typically a fruit and a veggie. So far he’s tried- sweet potatoes, squash, green beans, carrots, prunes, peaches, avacado, apples, bananas, watermelon and oatmeal. When we go out to eat he happily munches off our plates and has tried rice, beans, pickles (ha!), and French fries. He’s a great eater!

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He has two of the cutest little teeth already and I think he might be about to pop two more. He chews on everything and has been known to bite on my fingers. This morning, I cought him chewing on Milo’s foot!

He is pretty intent on learning to crawl, but hasn’t mastered sitting up yet. He is strong enough, but still quite wobbly. We’ve been practicing a lot the last week and I expect he will be sitting independently very soon!

(I’m exciting about all the new photo opportunities I will have once he’s sitting like a pro!)

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Unfortunately, my baby boy isn’t a great sleeper and our nights have gotten worse this last month. He was only waking up once a night to nurse and then he started teething. He now wakes up every three hours and only sleeps next to me. It’s not my favorite thing, but we are all getting some sleep and it’s about survival right now. He generally takes three naps a day after being awake for two hours. His naps are generally 30-40 minutes long, but I have gotten a few longer naps out of him in the last week.

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It has been a very fun month around here. We went to the lake again. Teddy watched the Forth of July fireworks and loved them. He went swimming with his cousins Samuel and Gavin. Jamey and I took him to watch Finding Dory and he seriously watched the entire movie without ever letting out a sound. Teddy loves to stay busy and I love seeing the world for the first time through his eyes! He makes life a lot more enjoyable!

 

Teddy | Five Month Update

My itty-bitty baby boy is somehow five months old!

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I seriously feel like this kid changes every single day. The things he has learned in the last two weeks alone is mind boggling. He still has a chatty, bubbly personality and loves to take baths, roll over, and be outside. We’ve been busy with wheat harvest and he has adapted to riding on the grain cart like a total pro.

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In the last two weeks, he finally learned how to nurse without the silly shield. This has revolutionized our breastfeeding experience. Instead of him nursing for twenty minutes hourly, he nurses for four minutes, lets out a huge burp, and then goes two or three hours before he wants to eat again. Teddy used to nurse on average for about three hours a day. Now we are down to forty-five minutes! Amazing!

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Our sleep situation still isn’t perfect. On good nights, Teddy typically goes to bed about 8:30 and wakes up once around 3:30AM to nurse and then goes back to bed until 7AM. Unfortunately, we’ve been having a lot of really weird nights lately where he’s skipping the long stretch and waking up every three hours to eat. It’s exhausting and had me quite puzzled.

On Tuesday night, he fought sleep for an hour and a half and woke up every two hours. He was cranky all day and just a total mess. Finally, I felt around in his mouth and realized he had a little tooth! It’s a tiny little thing and I haven’t gotten a great picture yet, but it’s totally there. No wonder he’s been acting crazy and waking up so frequently!

Our nap situation has improved a little… He takes three naps a day and each one is exactly thirty-two minutes long! He actually naps in our bed. I put him in his sleep sack and he sucks on his paci until he falls asleep on his own, but I can set a timer on exactly how long he will sleep. He often wakes up a little cranky from his naps. I’m hoping that the length of his naps will improve on his own and he will learn to connect those sleep cycles with age.

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Teddy has also started solid food this month. So far he’s tried squash, oatmeal cereal, and sweet potatoes. Tomorrow, I plan on introducing green beans. I’m not sure how much he actually swollows, but he seems to love enjoy eating so far.

I’m not sure who gave my kiddo permission to grow up, but it wasn’t me! I’m sure enjoying watch all his firsts and am so proud when he learns a new skill.

Outside Fun

These pictures are ten days old, but I have to share them! (I’m constantly running behind on editing).

sm2016June13-teddyLP9A1571Teddy absolutely loves hanging outside. I have this theory that babies are physically incapable of crying when they are outside. Teddy proves me right over and over again. Unfortunately, it’s been really hot lately, so we haven’t gotten a ton of outside playtime…

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As you can tell, this kid was hamming it up for my camera!

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You better believe there was some crazy squealing going on. Teddy is still super chatty and is learning to make crazy noises!

He makes every single day fun.