Thursday, May 25, 2017

Jack: Seven Month Update

Jack is seven months old today! It's so strange because when I look at him, he doesn't even seem like the same guy that we took home from the hospital... he has so much personality - the perfect combination of silly and sweet.

 Jack is seven months old, and he's starting to look more and more like a little boy everyday... including growing more hair on his head! It's still pretty fuzzy, but recently it is becoming more noticeable.

Jack currently weighs a smidgen over 21lbs. We have started shopping for a convertible car seat because it is getting quite heavy to carry him in is infant one (20+ lbs of baby plus a 10lb car seat is 30lbs that I've got to lug around)!

 He is still in size 4 diapers and they fit him pretty perfectly.

Jack nurses or gets a bottle of frozen breast milk five times per day (typically around 7AM, 10:30AM, 2PM, 4:30PM, 6:45PM). He has gotten much better at drinking from a bottle, and although he gets a little fussy with it every now and then, getting him to eat really isn't a concern like it used to be.

In addition to milk, we have been trying to get him to eat solids three times per day... sometimes we get all three and other days we don't get any - it all depends on how busy the day is and how much running around we are doing. So far he has tried peas, sweet potatoes, apples, prunes, green beans, mangos, and squash. No real favorites - he seems to enjoy all of them!

We also tried the Baby Mum cracker teethers, but I don't think his belly was quite ready for it. He had a bit of reaction to them (I think it was the rice in them), so we will hold off and try them again in a month or so.

Jack has been rolling all over his crib and started sleeping on his stomach. We always put him on his back, but he manages to wake up in a completely different position. We are happy that he is able to make himself comfortable, but sometimes his sleep sack gets twisted and he can't flip himself back over (or he will roll so far to one side of the crib that he can't flip back). 

He will cry and cry until we come in and flip him back on his back (which is fine, but often times he will get so frustrated that he can't go back to sleep easily - boo!). Thankfully he is figuring out how to work these situations out, so it only happens a couples times a week.

Jack loves being carried in the Ergo 360 (facing forward!). I was so happy when he started to enjoy this because he absolutely hated the carriers when he was an infant (but perhaps it was because he was being carried inward). He loves being able to see what's going on and loves the attention that everyone gives him.

I joke that Jack loves to send emails because he will get very, very excited if I let him bang on my computer keyboard. He has ripped a few keys off (which thankfully just pop back on), but he thinks it is so fun that I just can't tell him no! :) He also loves cellphones, which I feel a little guilty about. We FaceTime with my mom several times a week, and he is always reaching for the phone wanting to grab it.

Jack also loves sitting up and can't quite pull himself up to sit on his own - but if you just give him a little help, he will do the rest. He still loves jumping in his bouncer (BEST toy ever), and loves playing with tags... tags on blankets, pillows, clothes - anything!

Jack still very much dislikes teething. He is still working on his top two teeth, although I'm sure they will be coming in any week now.

For Mother's Day we spent a day at the Texas coast and Jack did a little face plant in the sand, and the sweet boy very, very much disliked that. He had sand stuck to his whole face and was screaming hysterically (and in all fairness, I wouldn't be happy with a layer of sand stuck to my face either!). Overall he had a nice time at the beach, but I think he is a little hesitant of sand...

Jack also gets very upset - mad even - when he comes out of the bath tub. I'm not really sure why, but he will be so happy in the tub, happy when he is wrapped in the towel and I'm holding him, but as soon as I put him down, without fail, he throws a total fit!

Ohh, John just loves Jack so very much. Their signature move together has been John putting Jack on his shoulders. Jack will immediately take two fist-fulls of John's hair to hold on and he will just happily ride around looking at everything. Jack thinks his dad is pretty exciting... in addition to getting to ride on his shoulders, John will also give Jack a little toss in the air, and it is almost always a sure way to get some laughs from Jack.

It's so sweet because after I put Jack to bed for the night John will often joke and ask if we can wake Jack up to play. He is talking about how he can't wait until Jack is old enough to wrestle... it's probably the cutest thing in the world!

John has also started to pick out outfits for Jack that coordinate his - it makes my heart melt seeing both my boys in chambray together. John also bought Jack the most ridiculous pair of Babiators on his way home from work. Although he looks so silly wearing them, who am I to deny John the thrill of buying his son 100% UV sunglasses?!

Scout and Lily
Jack is starting to become more and more interested in and wanting to "pet" Scout and Lily. He grabs their cheeks and they don't seem to mind too much. ;) Scout isn't too interested in Jack, but Lily loves to come say "hi!" ...she will give him a little kiss on the face and he will usually laugh - it's pretty sweet!

As much as Jack is starting to enjoy Scout and Lily, they still can't hold a candle to his sweet kitty, Winnie. Jack absolutely loves grabbing his kitty's fur and saying hello whenever he can - he honestly gets excited to see her and will try to get her attention.

Jack is wearing 12 month clothes... which is absolutely crazy for me to believe! I've been buying him the cutest Cat and Jack pocket t-shirts from Target and they fit him great. I have to be careful because the t-shirts are only about $5 each, so I can easily go overboard since they are such a great deal!

Favorite Moments
My favorite moment this month was certainly my first Mother's Day. On Mother's Day we loaded up John's truck and took a family trip (dogs included) to the beach. It was fun to get out to the coast and enjoy a nice sea breeze. Since we were out of town on Mother's Day, the weekend after we celebrated with a delicious brunch at Whiskey Cake. 

I'm also loving getting to hear more and more of Jack's voice. As he is getting older there are fewer screams and squeals and more actual babbles... I'm always surprised when I hear his real voice because it is often deeper than I expect it to be (probably because I'm used to his screams and squeals!).

Jack also rode in a Target shopping cart for his first time. And if you know me even a little bit, you know that this was quite thrilling for me and my Target lovin' heart! He insisted on kicking his leg up out of the seat and had a little bit of a lean going on, but he was fascinated getting to see everything from such a great view. I even let him test out a few toys and bought him his favorite one. ;)

Looking Forward To
I am so looking forward to this little boy crawling and getting on the move. It will probably be a few more months (he lifts up with his hands and can get his butt in the air - but can't do both things at the same time), so I am trying to enjoy the less mobile baby while I can... I'm sure he will be getting into all sorts of trouble soon enough!

I am also looking forward to getting to know him more and more. About a week ago we went to a good friend's graduation party and Jack was a bit overwhelmed by all of the people - which totally surprised me! He doesn't have any issues going to our church nursery or spending time with our church life group, but something about a group of people that he didn't know was overwhelming for him (or perhaps it was just the day's lack of naps...). Either way, I am enjoying getting to learn more about him and his preferences!

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Arizona Adventures

John, Jack and I recently spent a long weekend in Arizona... and it was wonderful! We used to live in Arizona, and to be honest, we often miss it quite a bit. It was fun being able to introduce Jack to our friends, eat at our favorite restaurants and even do a day trip to Sedona for some hiking.

This was Jack's first time traveling out of state and overall he did quite well! Jack's first flight went better than I expected... which is a good thing because I wasn't overly positive going into it. To be honest, Jack is follows a pretty consistent schedule which makes him great and very predictable at home, but he's a little less flexible when we are on the go since he is so used to his normal routine. He has trouble falling asleep while being held (which is crazy since it seems like most babies only want to sleep while being held!) so he didn't sleep much on either leg of the flight, but we were still able to bounce him and keep him entertained and happy.

Jack really enjoyed people watching while traveling throughout the airport and he had no problem staring people down... no shame in his game! He would totally mean mug people that walked by, but as soon as the person smiled at Jack he will flash them the biggest smile ever! We kept our stroller with us throughout the airport (and then gate checked it) and it was quite handy to load all of our things on it so we weren't managing a million different bags. I know everyone says to wear your baby in the airport, but in the end this just seemed so much easier.

We weren't quite sure what baby gear to pack, but we were quite happy with everything we had. We brought our travel pack and play (which was amazing... highly recommend the Guava Family Lotus Travel Crib - I've heard scary/gross stories about hotel pack and plays and wanted to make sure Jack used his own), his car seat and base, stroller, Ergo, and a hiking pack (this was the piece that John was most excited about!).

Jack had many firsts in Arizona - including his first time going swimming in a pool! He absolutely loves bath time so I expected that he was going to love swimming. And although he didn't hate it, he wasn't too sure what to think... totally his dad's son - I'm sure he is still "processing" it all. Jack was pretty serious about the whole experience, but he definitely loved the pool side lounging with his mom. ;)

Along with pool time, we had lots of early morning walks. We stayed right next to the Cub's spring training stadium and would walk the perimeter a few times with Jack in the mornings. You can't beat spring (or fall!) mornings in Arizona - a bit chilly, but super sunny. The weather warms up pretty quickly throughout the day so the time change (with Arizona being two hours later than Texas) worked in our favor for morning walks with Jack.

Most of our time in Arizona was spent visiting friends, eating at our favorite restaurants, spending time by the pool and doing a little shopping, but we didn't want to miss out on introducing Jack to hiking. Since it was too hot to hike in Phoenix (especially considering there isn't tree coverage) we wanted to take a day trip to Sedona. It was still a bit hot in Sedona, so we hiked the West Fork Trail at Oak Creek Canyon which had some nice trees to keep us shaded (and streams to dip Jack's feet in!).

Jack really seemed to enjoy his hiking pack and was awake for the majority of the time just looking around at things. Near the end I could tell he was tired and couldn't figure out how to comfortably sleep in the pack so he got pretty noisy and did raspberries (which he does when he starts to get really tired!) until we were able to get back to the car. After our hike we went to lunch in Sedona, enjoyed the views, and explored the shops a bit.

We had our Christmas card photos taken in Sedona a few years ago, and we hiked the same exact spots in Oak Creek Canyon that we took Jack to this time - it was funny being back there several years later with a baby in tow... how quickly things change!

We did a lot of exploring in Arizona, and near the end of the trip Jack was getting a bit tired of being in his car seat, stroller, hiking pack, etc. The kid had some serious energy to burn! And I could tell he was looking forward to getting back to his play mat, bouncer and other toys. Once we got home he was so happy to be there... he slept amazing in his crib, enjoyed playing with his toys, and just being in his own space again. Perhaps I'm projecting some of my feelings on to him, but I swear, he really did seem happy to be in his own space again!

All in all it was a very successful trip, but we were all thankful to be home... hotel living with a baby ain't easy (especially when you don't let them touch or lay on anything!!).

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