weekend shenanigans

happy monday!!!
hope everyone had a great weekend!
as you can see, i’ve changed “our weekend adventures” to “weekend shenanigans”. that’s just much more us and fits us way better than ‘adventures’.
so here we go!

friday


casual fridays are my favorite!!! and i’m selling chocolate for jaz’s cheer squad…need so choco-lottttt? #MomLife


i picked up some mod pizza and a delicious salad for the fam bam on my way home from work. seriously, i could live off of their salads!

saturday


i was so pooped friday that i didn’t even change out of my shirt that i wore all day. so saturday morning looked a lot like friday night.


and the cheer season has begun! our saturdays are now completely booked up until december! first up, carwash!! the girls raised close to $600!! holy cannoli!


if you ever come over for a dinner party or any kind of get-together at my house you can almost always count on me making guacamole. i swear, it will be my legacy.


momma jo has been staying with us for the past week and will be for this coming week too! she’s been helping with watching austin while i’m back at work and until he can go to day care. thanks momma jo!! she lives in arizona so the cooler temps are a dream for her and she is literally just laying in the grass reading a book. hehehe


auntie bea is in town too!!! last time she was here austin was still pretty fresh and pretty boring to say the least haha now he’s all smiles for his auntie!


before aaron & kelsey came over we all went for a walk around the neighborhood. admiring and judging people’s yards is basically the norm on our walks now.


this handsome dude enjoyed some sun while sissy & cousin olen played in the pool!


sarah might as well be an anderson


champagne…3 glasses and i felt like complete poop the next day. but chateau st michelle’s brut rosè is so good!

sunday


this dude is always the happiest in the mornings! look at those legs!!


it’s finally starting to cool off and i loathhhhheee the ac unit being in our living room. it’s so ugly, but necessary! (seattle homes do not have ac, i got lots of questions about that on snap over the weekend lol) but anyway, this came out! woohoo!


after bathtime, farmor got in some finger chewing. our boy is ferociously teething so if your fingers are near, he will use them.


austin has been trying out new solids for about a week now. i’ve been testing out the organic gerber first foods just to see which ones he really takes to so that i’m not wasting a lot of veggies but he is so hit and miss on most nights that i just decided to start making all of them now. mmmm carrots carrots carrots!

what did you do this weekend?? gearing up to send your kiddos to school? i know the south has started already but we don’t start until 2 days after labor day! seems so late!

let me know what you did or link you weekend shenanigans in the comments and i’ll go take a peek!

-jess

 

 

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 : our breastfeeding journey

happy thursday, everyone!
in honor of breastfeeding week, i was asked to recap my breastfeeding journey with austin. i wanted to do this post for some time now but i just didn’t know how it would read and i wasn’t sure i wanted to throw my vulnerability out there.
BUT HERE WE ARE!  Continue reading “baby a : our breastfeeding journey”

baby a : 2 months

2 months!

and just like that, austin is 2 months! and what a great month!
we are cooing so much more now! i’ve learned when and how to get the most of this guy’s little voice. he has to be completely full, diaper changed and propped up. sometimes he’ll coo up a storm on his back but more often than not he has to be propped up on the boppy!

wanna hear something amazing?? austin never spits up! that’s impossible you say?? but it’s not and it’s amazing! jaz used to spit up all the time so everything smelled like baby puke but not this guy! there was one night that he projectile vomited his bottle but that’s because i’m an idiot and let him down a full 4 oz bottle without stopping to burp him. doh! my bust! but even then it was right back up as soon as it went down and hadn’t even curdled yet so it doesn’t count!

how many moms are familiar with the 8 week growth spurt?? what a freaking doozy! literally happened overnight. he slept from 9 to 6 and i was like oh my god, i have the most perfect baby! that morning he woke up, ate, took a 20 minute nap, woke up was hungry again ate 2 more oz…took a 10 minute nap, woke up ATE AGAIN! THIS WAS THE WHOLE DAY FOR 4 DAYS! i’m almost positive he gained 3 pounds in just one week. cale and i had to google, “can i overfeed my infant” apparently you can’t so that’s good to know.
and because he wasn’t napping, he was sooooo fussy. however, he did let us sleep at night so THANK GOD! it was rough you guys but just like it started, he went back to his normal routine overnight.

i’ve tried to keep him on as much of a schedule as i can. not so much during the day but just in the morning and at night. morning time, he’ll wake up around 4:30 eat, burp, get a diaper change and go back to sleep till around 6 where he gets a little fussy. i’ll get him out of the bassinet and snuggle with him a bit. at 7 i’ll nurse him which usually won’t fill him up so then at 8 we supplement with a bottle. then its off to take jaz to school. at night i am trying to get him down when we put jaz to bed which is at 8 but that hasn’t really been working in my favor. so he’s usually down by 10 and won’t wake up till 4:30.

we had another sickness run through our home again and taking out both jaz and cale so we are really working on getting everyone healthy again. jaz seems to be back to normal so i’ve been letting her feed him and hold him as much as he will let her since she will be leaving next week for her summer break in texas. she won’t be back till august! get in as much baby snugs as possible!!!!

turning 2 months old comes with the icky first set of vaccinations…blegh! that happens later today so i will update you on how that went next month! i know austin will be a champ, it’s more me i’m worried about since i will be alone. 😦 i’ll probably cry. get it together mom!

it’s been another great month home with my boy! he is proving to be the most chill baby ever which, according to my mother-in-law, is just like his papa!

likes // still loves his baths, loves when women sing {men not so much}
dislikes // getting his hair brushed…but loves when i wash it, weird boy,
weighs // 12.3 pounds
length // not sure we will see at the doctors today! but he is in 3-6 month clothes sooooo
eye color // dark slate grey, still! yessss!
hair color // black brown
nicknames // mr.sweetface, a, duderz, bud, handsome
sleeping through the night? // kind of? 10-4:30
tummy time? // working on it! not his fave but he enjoys his mirror!

happy 2 months baby boy! 

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! 

our weekend adventures

friday


we got to see our boy!!! because my pregnancy has been healthy and normal i was not scheduled for another ultrasound. the last one i had was when i was 20 weeks. so we opted to do one through a private company. cale’s mama joined us and so did jaz!!


LOOK AT THOSE SQUISHY CHEEKS!!
this little bugger wasn’t cooperating so most of our pictures are him squished up against my placenta. that’s why his nose looks so flat. you can see in the left picture that it’s really not flat at all! haha i feel like i have to tell everyone that so they don’t think our kid has a shnoz. and look at that little pouty face! gosh darnit i am so in love!!!
he also apparently, has tons of hair and ginormous hands. cale thinks babies that have a ton of hair when they are born are weird lookin…sorry pal, shouldn’t have married a mexican then. 😉

after the ultrasound we took jaz to school and then went and toured a prospective daycare, which we loved! i will go more into this in our 9 month update in a couple weeks.

saturday


we had a lunch date with a very very dear friend of mine, my CASA {court appointed special advocate} from when i was in foster care! she was in town for some training and we had to take advantage since the last time i saw her was at my wedding! she had never tried poutine soooo..duh… we made her try it!


after lunch we headed over to my brother-in-law’s house to play with our nephew and visit for a while and before my dinner date!


later in the evening i met up with a few of my girl friends for a little petite baby shower. we all moved away from each other {we were all neighbors at one point} but we still like to get together and catch up! thanks becky, jessica & megan for the sweetest little gifts for baby austin!! it was so nice to catch up and finally meet baby hayes!

sunday


sunday morning was rough because of the time change but somehow we managed to speedy clean our house in an hour. i worked up quite the appetite and indulged in some fruit loops!! sometimes these just hit the spot!


in the afternoon we headed over to my brother-in-law’s house again for our nephew’s, olen, FIRST BIRTHDAY! although technically his birthday is on leap day, so this was his first un-birthday. we cannot believe how big he is and how fast he is continuing to grow!! jaz is obsessed with him and obviously couldn’t ever leave his side. we are all pretty smitten with him, to be completely honest! happy first birthday sweet boy!

well…most of my adventures included some sort of food and i ain’t even ashamed.
what did you do??

always,
-jess

our weekend adventures

friday


low and behold…i am sick yet again! -_-
i seriously can’t catch a friggen break!


i posted our 8 month update {HERE} so if you missed it, here you go!


while i was miserable on the couch, cale was intently working on his lego car that jaz and i got him for his birthday.

saturday


we got to tour the hospital we will be delivering at! it kinda made it even that much more real that we are going to have a baby so soon!!!


jaz got a kick out of where i put my visitor pass.


we were supposed to go to mexican on cale’s actual birthday {thursday} but that’s when the cold hit me hard so we had to postpone. we love this place!


after our food coma, we headed home and i took a nap. the cold was beating me up. but when i woke up, cale was out with his friend for birthday shenanigans so jaz and i took advantage and went and got some froyo!! yum!

sunday


sunday morning family breakfast was homemade biscuits and gravy. this is seriously the easiest thing to make and is so stinkin’ delicious!


sunday is usually our cleaning day, which we got a lot done but belly bumpin sounded so much more fun!

in the evening we taught jaz how to hate us, aka we taught her how to play monopoly. unfortunately, she did shed some tears {not joking} but we assured her that it is enevitable when first learning to play. {she was just bummed that she had to mortgage all her property to pay her mama, who ended up being the big winner!} in good time, young grasshopper, in good time.

i really wanted to get a lot done this weekend but this stupid cold kept my energy levels pretty low. i really think it’s just serious allergies because i didn’t feel achey or sore anywhere, just a runny nose. all i know is i need to kick this bugger because i have some babies to meet this weekend!!!

what did ya’ll get into?

always,
-jess