baby a : 4 months


4 months!!!

This month flew by for us, I think mostly because I knew I was going back to work right after he turned 4 months.

This last month his personality has really shown through. He’s still pretty chill but when he gets excited, boy does he! That big gummy smile that I’ve been yearning for has also made its appearance and I DIE each and every time! With gummy smiles also came GIGGLES!!! They’re still breathy giggles but giggles nonetheless!

His head control is getting better and better with each day. He HATES tummy time, which means he’ll be a little late on the rolling front but that’s okay. The doctor said if anything he’ll roll from back to front first instead of the typical front to back. Since tummy time is a no go we keep him sitting up for most of the day which has contributed greatly to his head control. He sits in his bouncer and Bumbo really well!

Sleep…ohhhhh sleep. We hit a wall with his sleep and it’s been…fun. My big boy grew out of his bassinet so we decided to move the pack-n-play into our room to give him some more room. And since then he was waking up MULTIPLE times in the night. Finally my common sense kicked in and I thought…hmmm maybe it’s uncomfortable…DUH!!! It’s basically a thin sheet of cardboard! Uhhh I felt so stupid because once we put his Dock-A-Tot in the pack play he slept the ENTIRE night. Gahhh. IDIOT! I would’ve woke up screaming every two hours too if I felt like I was sleeping on concrete. Poor baby. Sooooo we are back to the good sleeps again! Woohoooo!!

Sister came back from Texas, after being gone since the end of June and this little dude is obsessed with her and her him! It’s so sweet to see them together. And since he can hold his head now she can pick him up on her own and carry him around. And yes he is more than half of her! I seriously don’t know how I made such a huge kid! He’s a little man baby! But anyway, anytime he sees her he smiles soooo big! It’s adorable!

We start solids in the next few days and WE ARE SO EXCITED!! I’m planning on making all of his food so any tips, tricks or suggestions are more than welcome! I have the all in one steamer/mixer so it should be relatively easy….right? Eek!

This next month will be the toughest for me as I am returning back to work full time. Womp womp womp! I really thought that I would be itching to get back to work but I’m not. I’m really not. I’m going to miss my time with my handsome boy. We are lucky in that he’s not going straight into day care. Cale’s mom, Farmor {Swedish for Father’s Mother} is coming up from Arizona to watch him for us until the beginning of September. That makes me a little less anxious but I’ll still be a mess…let’s be real!

Happy 4 months, sweet boy.

a blooper from his shoot anytime Elle is near him, whether it be big Elle or little Elle, HE EATS IT!! all the things in the mouth!

Here are pictures that I never got a chance to upload, or I did and I just want to show them again because they are so darn CUTE!!!

baby a : my favorite things

hey y’all!
sorry i’ve been a ghost around here, i promise to get back to our adventures once jazmyne comes back from texas!

but for now, i wanted to share some of my favorite baby items that austin has! i get a lot of messages on where i got certain things and how i like them, so i decided to review/post them here!

there is quite a few, so bare with me.
{all items will be linked in the caption below the photos}


{ solly baby wrap }
obsessed.
when i had first looked into baby carriers, i thought, neh, i don’t like wraps, they look too complicated. so we bought an ergo and at first, i thought that was great but then, austin had his first growth spurt and didn’t want to be put down. which meant, i had to clean with him, cook with him, everything while wearing him. do all that in an ergo, meh, not the comfiest. plus, everytime i bent over to pick something up or put something away i would have to hold his head to my chest and then the waist belt would dig into my thighs. ENTERS SOLLY BABY! lucky for me, my whole neighborhood is either pregnant or JUST had a baby so i texted my neighbor and asked if she had a wrap and she had a solly. after watching a tutorial more times than i would like to admit, I WAS A PRO. oh my gosh, so comfy! i like the solly better than a moby wrap too, moby’s are VERY thick and austin seemed too hot in it. i would highly recommend a solly for baby wearers.


{ dohm sound machine }
cale and i have made it our mission to NOT be quiet around austin while he is sleeping. when visitors come over and whisper once they see that he is sleeping, we say nope! speak in your regular voice! he needs to get used to lots of noise while he is sleeping so that if we are out and about or at someone else’s house, he won’t have an issue falling asleep. this little machine makes the loudest white noise sound ever! it definitely helps lull him to sleep.

 
{ infantino teepee }
we got this as a gift from one of our showers and it is amazing!
1) it’s mega cute and 2) austin loves it. there is a mirror right in the middle of the mobile that is hanging down and he just lies there cooing and talking to himself. and the mobile hangs low enough where he can actually grab the toys hanging from it. it will eventually transition to a reading area that we will move to a corner in his room.


everything o-ball }
these toys are great for babes trying to conquer those pesky fine motor skills! the big holes allow them to easily grab and hold on to them. i bought the set but have also purchased individual ones for the diaper bag and then this { o-ball o-link } to connect an o-ball to his carseat handle so that he can play with his it while riding in the car!


{ bath time easy kneeler }
life.saver.
it’s knee pads AND elbow pads! seriously, something that seems so petty and simple is really something, i think, all mamas and papas need.


{ halo sleep sack }
when austin was born up until he was about 10 weeks, he hated to be swaddled. HATED it! but then, once he figured out he had arms… boy did those things flail when it was time for bed. so we resorted to swaddling and these things are great! they keep his legs in the open position that they are supposed to be to prevent hip dysplaysia and keeps his arms in real tight! search the ‘halo sleep sack’ for different options in print and materials.

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love to dream-swaddle up 50/50 }
to go with the last item, we are now trying to transition austin out of the full swaddle. instead of his arms being glued to his side, they are up by his head and he is still able to suck on his hands. my other mama friends and neighbors have raved about this swaddle while they were transitioning their little so we decided to give it a go! so far so good! cale always giggles when he sees him in it though.

now here are a couple of our splurges that we loveeee.

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freshly picked moccs }
love these little shoes! and now they make little loafers! ugh swoon!


{ lily jade diaper bag in camel }
if you know me, you know that i love everything camel and this is no exception! i always get so many compliments on his diaper bag and it’s so roomy i don’t even need to carry a purse. it also comes with a tote on the inside that you can take out. prettyyyyy nifty if you ask me!

Main Image - Stokke 'Trailz™' All Terrain Stroller
{ stokke ‘trailz’ stroller }
smoothest stroller ride. we love this thing. it’s easy to break down and stuff in the trunk. not to mention, stokke has all kinds of accessories and add on’s to make the babes more comfy.

let me know if you have any questions about anything specific! whether it be ones i posted here or any you’ve seen on my social media.

-jess

baby a : 1 month

welcome back!

i will be doing monthly updates on austin so keep on reading to follow all of his milestones with us!

i realized that i never posted his “just arrived” photo so here is that preciousness!


look at how teeny! weighing less than his birth weight, around 6 pounds 7 oz and a little jaundice. poor dude, but i’ll get into more of that in a bit!

1 month

what in the actual heck! how has it already been a month?! that is just bonkers!
look at the tie and where it’s at on him now! i did not realize he had grown that much already!

this first month with austin has been everything i’ve expected it to be. exhausting, trying, boring, AMAZING.
coming home with austin was so different than coming home with jaz. i was so sick with jaz {they hit my spinal cord with her epidural and i had a spinal headache} that i don’t even remember her first few days. but i know for a fact they weren’t as easy as austin’s first night(s) home.
my body really just whipped right back to it’s normal self. i was hardly swollen in ‘the’ area which is not what i remembered with jaz and i was up walking around just a couple hours after having her. the only thing that hurt was where they put the epidural and my uterus contracting down to normal size again. BUT THAT’S IT! i felt like wonder woman! cale & i even went to babies r us and target 2 days after having him. seriously, wonder woman!
i attribute his easy nights to my awesome recovery, had i had a c-section or just a rough recovery, i can’t imagine what it might have been like.

from night one at the hospital, austin slept for 3-4 hours at a time. we had 4 different nurses come in to try and help me wake him up to eat but he just wasn’t having it. because of this, they pricked his foot a couple times just to check his glucose levels. they always came back great so they weren’t too concerned. because my labor went so fast and he was out in less than five minutes, they said that can make babies super sleepy.

after bringing him home, he kept this up. halla-freaking-luya! it was amazing, you guys!
the weekend after we brought him home, we noticed he was becoming a little more yellow. at our appointment that next monday, the doctor said he had a mild case of jaundice. they checked his bilirubin levels and they weren’t high enough for him to have phototherapy so she just said go home and set him next to a window undressed. which..if you live in seattle, you know how hard it was to find any kind of sun this past month. ***sighhhh*** but because of his jaundice, we went back to dr everyday for 3 days so they could check his levels again. by day 4 he was perfect and didn’t need to come back to the dr until his 6 week check up! woop woop!

mom’s with newborns or any kids, know that these first few months are pretty borrrring. he literally eats, burps, poops and sleeps…AND REPEAT. it hasn’t been until this past week that he’s been staying up for 30-45 minutes in between his day naps.

we just started moving him to his crib during the day to nap. i really, really, want to get him used to his crib for when we switch him from the bassinet next to our bed {no, we do not cosleep} to his crib at night. i did this with jaz and she has always slept in her own bed. it was such a seamless transition that i wanted to do the same with austin and luckily, i have a husband who 100% agrees.
so for now, he’s in the bassinet at night and will be until around 6 months or when he starts sleeping through the night, and he naps in his crib during the day.

he’s not smiling on his own yet, still just at his own gas. i am hoping to see those handsome grins in the next month!

even though he is only a month he already likes and dislikes quite a few things!
likes // baths, mama’s chest, papa’s arms, sister’s voice, his hands, mama’s boobs
dislikes // his weiner being cold, being hungry for more than 1 minute, being swaddled, getting strapped into the carseat {he loves the ride though}

weighs // around 7.5 pounds still in newborn clothes
length // 21 inches
eye color // dark slate grey, we are hoping that stays! it’s beautiful!
hair color // black
nicknames // mr.sweetface, a, duderz, bud, squeaks {he only squeaks when he nurses}
sleeping through the night? // no, waking up around 2 and then again around 4:30-5. morning routine & feeding starts at 8 and then every two hours until 10 pm.
tummy time? // we just introduced this to him last week. he’s little and came early so his muscles aren’t quite where most 1 month olds should be but he doesn’t get irritated and he flips his head from side to side so yayyy!

we can’t wait for him to start cooing, smiling and holding his floppy head a bit better!

happy 1 month sweet boy! 

baby a : 7 months


27 weeks
7 months
3rd trimester
{some say third trimester doesn’t start till the 28th week but the little chart I’ve been using {here} says it’s 27, so lets just stay consistent!}

HOW.IS.THIS.POSSIBLE?!

I feel like we just announced that we were pregnant! it is flying by and it’s kind of freaking me out!

quite a bit has happened since the last update.
i think i touched on this in my last update but i’ll do it again!
I am 100% over the morning/all day sickness, wahoo! that was really tough, you guys. cale and I were just reminiscing about it and I was the most miserable I have ever been in my entire life. I felt like an awful mom because all I wanted to do after I picked jaz up from school was go home and curl up on the couch, and die. I felt like an awful wife because I didn’t want to make dinner, ever, I didn’t want to be intimate, I didn’t even want to make myself presentable. blegh! I am so glad that is over with!

with the nausea letting up came good ol heartburn. it only flares up at night while I’m sleeping but nothing zantac can’t fix. I would seriously take heartburn, indigestion, hemorrhoids, ANTHING over nausea.

I am very noticeably pregnant now and still no stretch marks!
okay okay I lie. I have two teeny tiny ones on my hip but hey, I’ll take it! but no more, thank you.

my appetite hasn’t really changed, I crave random things at random times. cale just knows to be prepared to pull a uturn if we pass dq when I suddenly crave a milkshake. I’ve been really into sour things lately, instead of sweet. must be the boy thing.

too much info warning, guys stop reading here. i’ve started leaking colostrum already…what! i mean to the point where i have to put little pads in my bra already. i asked the doctor if that was normal and she said ‘mmm not really’ but it’s nothing to be concerned about. it’s just my body gearing up for the boob feed. unfortunately for cale, he has to stay far away from them. apparently if they are already producing colostrum then stimulation could induce labor…YIKES!

i’ve had a few braxton hicks but they weren’t bad and only lasted about 20 seconds. i may have had jaz almost 9 years ago but i definitley know the difference between real ones and pesky little braxton hicks.

i officially can no longer shave my legs. and you guys {mushy part is about to commence} my sweet, sweet husband does it for me. it’s okay you can audibly say “awwwww”. he literally gets in the shower with me and sits on the floor and shaves them. we have a stand up shower so i have nothing to prop my leg up on or else i would still be doing it.

the nursery is well on it’s way! I can’t wait to show you guys! so far all of the big items are purchased besides the rocking chair. cale will be putting up austin’s book corner as soon as we get the shelves delivered and the prints I ordered from etsy are on their way! next thing to tackle will be to redesign his closet and install some sort of system in there. eeeeee! it’s coming together so beautifully!

baby boy is the most active fetus ever! what’s super precious is that cale is the only one that can calm him down. every time he starts going bananas cale will come sit by me and talk to him and rub my belly. he instantly settles down with a few kicks here and there just to let his papa know he’s listening. it’s so cute!

we seriously can’t believe how fast this is going and in only 13 short weeks {or less} we will have our little babe!

follow me on instagram {@jess_g_anderson} or snapchat {@jaevas} to keep up with us during the interim!

baby a : months 2-6

as promised, here is a recap of our pregnancy thus far!
at the end i’ll do a little q & a with some popular questions that i have been being asked!

i also decided to do these in months rather than weeks because that just got too cumbersome. some weeks i just didn’t feel like taking pictures so…:)

baby
also, for those that don’t know and think i can’t math. here is how pregnancy is broken down in weeks to months. it’s not your normal 4 weeks = 1 month scenario. so put those judgy judy thoughts back into your wittle head…i know how to math, mmk.


the awesome beginning!
we found out i was pregnant about a week before i took this and every thing was running so smooth! no nausea, no weight gain, no huge cravings besides pho, just all around, GREAT!


hello nausea. i hate you.
seriously, my life was miserable from weeks 9-18… AWFUL.
i repeat….AWFUL!


even though i was still as nauseas as ever, this was such an exciting month!
we found out we are having a litte….
BOY!
and his name is
– austin david anderson –
austin because, that’s where cale & i met, that’s where we got married and that’s where jaz was born! it just seemed perfect! and david because that is cale’s dad’s name!


finally getting some reprieve from the nausea. hallelu!
austin’s monthly appointments have been going awesome! his heart beat is always so strong and i finally started to feel some movements! he’s an active one, that’s for sure!

 
& here we are! 6 months pregnant!
{yes i’m in my undies, we have a strict no pants rule in the house}
i cannot believe how fast this is going! this month we had his anatomy scan and he is definitely still a boy! like for sure for sure, haha. everything looked great and he is growing right on schedule! they did however, change my due date to april 27th so my cinco de mayo date is no more…womp womp. in other news, nausea is completely gone, but heartburn and constipation has reared her ugly head! but you know what? i’ll freaking take it! anything is better than being sick constantly. seriously anything!

alright now for all the questions!

what names were you considering? – before we found out that we were having a boy we knew our girl name. 100%. the first time we heard it, even before we got pregnant, we knew that was the one. it was lena cohen. lena would’ve been pronounced lee-na {like sisterhood of the traveling pants!} but we could never agree on a boy name. liam, leo, aksel…our list went on and on…and on. it wasn’t until one of our friends jokingly mentioned austin, that it dawned on us. DUH! that’s perfect!

will you breastfeed? – yes…well i will try to. i have already started producing colostrum so i know supply won’t be a problem but jaz didn’t take too well to the boob, so we will see. i was also 16 with jaz and gave up on it pretty fast so i will work harder at it this go-round.

will you stay home? – this question you guys…i get this all of the time and it’s obviously by people who don’t know me very well. yes, i will stay home for 3 months after austin is born, but my butt will be back in the office right after that. now let me just step up on my soap box for a quick sec…
i literally had someone tell me, “oh…you’re not? {while pursing her judgy lips} well…i’m just so grateful that i have a husband who can provide for me and my family so i can stay home and not have to work”
yep. can you see me fuming?
i am going back to work after my son is born because i want to. not because i have to. my husband can provide for me and our children just fine on his own, but i just love to work. that’s just who i am. i’ve worked since it was legal for me to work and i don’t think i ever won’t work. i don’t judge stay-at-home mamas, so stay-at-home mamas don’t judge us working ones.

will you have a nanny or daycare? – as of right now, we are planning to go the nanny route. i’ll let you know how that goes though…looking for one is so overwhelming!

how much weight have you gained? – yes, that has been a question but i’m not so put off by it like most pregnant women are. mainly because i haven’t gained much at all hehe if it were opposite then maybe i would be offended. but as of this morning i have only gained 3 pounds. austin is growing fine and all my labs have come back normal so the doctor isn’t concerned. i am all belly, thank goodness, but those three pounds are probably in my cheeks and my boobs. these things are gigantic. i have noticed my arms and thighs have slimmed out so i guess he is just pulling all of fat from there into my belly. FINE BY ME!

do you plan on delivering naturally? – haha i would like to say yes. but in reality i know that answer is hell no. i mean…i got an epidural when i was only 3 cm with jazmyne…so yeah you could say i’m a weenie.

i can’t think of any others off the top of my head, so if you have any, please feel free to ask me in the comments!

happy 6 months to me and austin! 

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see you next month!

always,
-jess

fiesta de gingerbean

hey, y’all!
so a few weeks ago i had to make a little trip to good ‘ol tejas for a little business that i had to take care of. totally not for fun, strictly for business.
little did i know, my best friend and all of my closest friends were scheming behind my back to plan the most wonderful surprise baby shower!

i literally had no idea.
preslee did such an amazing job of keeping mum and so did everyone else! i really am surprised i didn’t pee my pants when they all jumped out and screamed surprise…or was it ‘OLE’….you see, i don’t even remember because i was so dang scared! haha

i cannot even begin to tell you how loved and special i felt. i have the most amazing group of friends. they always go above and beyond for me and i am forever grateful. my mama and sister made it too, which made it 100 times more special since i haven’t seen them since the wedding.

before i get to the photos i just want to give some shoutouts and kudos!
thank you for all the wonderful photos to the amazing misty mclendon photography!
and a HUGE thank you to posh print design for creating all of the awesome props, signs, cupcake toppers, and screen printing!
everything came out great!! i couldn’t have asked for a better fiesta!

and just a little tidbit on why it’s fiesta de gingerbean…my due date is may 5th… cinco de mayo, and my husband has the most red beard ever and well…i’m mexican.
so gingerbean!!

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so glad my tummy popped earlier than most (2nd pregnancy apparently does that to you) so that i could sport a little bump!
how fricken sweet is this?! we love our little ginger bean so much already!

gingerbean28 thankful for these amazing women that i have in my life. you guys always make me feel so special! we know our little man will be so loved!

i cannot thank my best-friend and all the wonderful people that helped her with this gorgeous surprise baby shower. i am so lucky.

**sidenote** so sorry i have been mia, ya’ll. this pregnancy has been kicking my ass. i am into my second trimester and still sicker than a dog. so blogging has been on the backburner as of late. i am hoping that i start feeling better soon and when/if that happens i will get back to our weekend shenanigans and some home updates. thank you guys for sticking with me through it all!

always,
-jess♥ 

baby a : 5 & 6 weeks

How Far Along? 5 weeks

Size of Baby: Appleseed {0.13 inches}

Gender: n/a at the moment

Weight Gain: none so far…that’ll change for sure

Maternity Clothes: i dabbled some at target and destination maternity only because this bloat is UNREAL.

Nursery: currently has a cat tree in it and all of jazmyne’s toys. i have absolutely no motivation to even think about designing a nursery.

Movement: unless i have the jolly green giant in there i won’t be feeling much for a while.

Symptoms: the sure sign that should have tipped my off were my tatas. good lord. i literally hold them when i go down stairs. i’m also mega bloated. i look 4 or 5 months pregnant (see 6 wk bump photo below) that’s obviously not a baby. my doctor said it’s due to my tilted uterus and the amount of water i’ve been drinking. hooray….
and lastly, just exhausted. so so so tired.

Sleep: since i have been to tired lately, i am making it into my jams by 8:30 and passing out as soon as my head hits the pillow. not uncomfortable yet.

Cravings: pho! give me pho at any time in the day. i want it and i want it now. and milkshakes.

What I Miss:  cold cut meats. i am such a sammie girl and i miss just some good ol’ turkey! le sigh. coffee. oh my god. coffee. of course i had to exnay the 20 oz triple shot white mocha every morning. and i miss it so. helllllo water.

Best Moment This Week: seeing  baby a for the very first time! that’s way too early for an ultrasound you say…i’ll explain at the bottom, keep reading.

Looking Forward To: the next ultrasound in two weeks! and announcing that we are pregnant!

**k so here’s a little story about a girl with pcos. pcos, poly cystic ovarian syndrome, meaning my cycles are a mess and i have chronic cysts building up on my ovaries. fun right?! no. remember a couple weeks back where i had to go to the hospital because a cyst ruptured? yeah i can thank the not so nice witch from pcos land for that one. anyway, like i said, it messes with a woman’s cycle. while regular women would ovulate on day 13-15 i didn’t ovulate until day 25 throwing my dates completely off! so for the first week and a half that i knew i was pregnant, i thought i was closer to 8 weeks when i went in for my ultrasound. not even close people. when the tech started going in on baby a (literally) he was really confused by my dates and asked if i was sure. he was able to find the heartbeat but it was only 100 bpm, which i later found out from a call from my doctor that said that was way too low and i should be prepared for a miscarriage. (HOLY SHIT) something an expectant mom loves to hear, amirite?! after re-downloading all of my ovulation tracking apps and going over my dates with a magnifying glass, i called our midwives and explained my mess up and they assured me that me REAL first day of my last period definitely matches up with baby a’s size and heart beat. PHEW! i was a mess for a day and a half ya’ll. i was so upset and crying and just a complete mess. thank goodness it was all just a big date mix up and everything is a okay!

How Far Along? 6 weeks

Size of Baby: pea {.25 in}

Gender: n/a at the moment but i am convinced it’s a boy!

Weight Gain: still none

Maternity Clothes: yep got 3 pairs of preggo jeans and a couple shirts and tanks. i’m telling, ya’ll the bloat.

Nursery: still in shambles

Movement: nada

Symptoms: HELLLLLLLO NAUSEA!! it, excuse my french, fucking sucks! tic tacs seems to working for a bit but it’s like i became immune to their magic. i recently posted a status on facebook asking fellow moms what they did to ease it since i had none of this with jaz. i got some good advice and i’m trying all of it! zofran will be my last resort but i’ll go there if i need to.

Sleep: still exhausted so i’ve been sleeping well. cale did however, have to find me an extra pillow to put between my legs when i am laying on my side. it’s just so uncomfortable without it there.

Cravings: remember how i was craving pho? ew. don’t even come near me with that. i don’t even want to think about it. lately i have been craving salt. anything salty. which is weird because i never even cooked with salt. this baby is a gamechanger.

What I Miss:  i really wanted a spicy tuna roll the other day. but other than that, i’m not really missing anything.

Best Moment This Week: telling close family and friends. my sister cried, which was so sweet! so did my best friend, i facetimed her right after we took the test, it was just a big ol sob fest. woo

Looking Forward To: next weeks ultrasound to check in on baby a justttt to be sure everything is indeed okay and he is growing as he should.

 

after only doing two of these, i’ve decided that i’m only going to update y’all every couple of weeks because answers will be redundant and that’s just boring. so let’s say i will do an update with these questions every 4 weeks. i will keep doing the weekly bump photos and just include those all together at the beginning of the post. sound good? GOOD!
now here are the two ultrasounds we have gotten thus far and you can see baby a has grown over 8 times his size since our 5 week ultrasound! I’m growing a baby dinosaur, you guys. 

grow baby, grow!

always,

jess