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

baby a : 8 months


31 weeks
8 months
3rd trimester
baby is the size of a cantaloupe / brie en brioche / motorcycle helmet / platypus
weight : approximately 3.3 lbs
length : approximately 16 in.
{***austin has taken away my butt and put it all into my boobs…***}

8 months, ya’ll!! we are getting so close!

we have so much planned for the upcoming month. 3d ultrasound, baby showers, maternity family shoot and preparing to meet this babe!

austin’s nursery is almost complete!! the only thing left to do is install the light fixture and get a few accent wall pieces. THAT’S IT! cale finished his closet a couple weekends ago so we are rip-roaring and ready to go!

we have also bought all of the big items that we will need. i always feel so wierd when others buy us things that are pretty pricey so i figured we could do that ourselves and just wait for all the little stuff from our showers. our list of bought items are as follows:
• crib
• changing table / dresser
• swing
• bassinet
• bouncer
• rocking chair
• stroller
• car seat
we are all set! if baby came now we could definitely manage!

these weeks are just flying by and i’m starting to get a little anxious. not for the birth but just the fact that we are going to have a little babe in our home! our normal routine will not be our normal routine anymore and that makes my type a personality incredibly anxious. also the fact that i’m leaving work and entrusting my job to someone is really really making my mind go bonkers. can’t i just work from home?!

doctor visits have been going wonderfully. i’m in the final months of pregnancy where i have to go every 2 weeks. which is fine because the appointments only last about 10 minutes. austin is measuring right on schedule and his little active heartbeat is so strong and sounds healthy! he really dislikes the doppler though, he always kicks the shit out of it when she puts it on there. he’s a frisky one!
movement is still non-stop. people keep saying that that’s indicative of what his personality will be like but i just roll my eyes because, how do you know?????? jaz was the calmest baby in utero and she is the exact opposite of that now. believe me. so hush with your unsolicited opinions!

here are some questions we are being asked as of late.

  1. have you started working on your birth plan? what is it?
    yes. our birth plan is to not have a birth plan. why? because who the hell knows exactly what is going to happen when you go into labor. and why be upset when your “plan” is destroyed because you need an emergency c-section? that’s just setting yourself up for disappointment. obviously we know we want to have him vaginally but we also understand that shit happens. give me all the drugs and be nice. that’s it. that’s our birth plan. 
  2. do you want visitors at the hospital?
    mmk…this seriously must be a southern thing but it is expected of you, if you are a close friend and/or family member, that you visit the new family in the hospital. maybe not while i’m pushing the kid out, but definitely afterward. when any of my friends or family gave birth and they gave the okay to come visit, i was there. it’s almost taboo to ask here in seattle. but to answer the question, yes. all i ask is that you call or text first. 
  3. do you want visitors when you go home?
    absolutely! again, just call or text first so i can make myself presentable. and please don’t come if you think you’re sick or getting sick. i won’t be that new mom that makes you douse yourself in hand sanitizer but just be courteous. if you think your hands might be dirty, go wash them real quick. no biggie. there’s this article going around about how new moms just want to be alone and NO you can’t hold my newborn or NO you can’t come visit, give us time! i’m sorry, i just don’t think that way. i’m such a social person that visitors will make my day!
  4. what are you most worried about?
    the penis… haha just kidding! {not really} but in all seriousness, i’m worried about my mina girl. she’s been an only child for 8 years. i know she is so super excited for her baby brother but i don’t think she fully understands what having a newborn in the house will entail. cale and i have had multiple discussions on how we will make sure she feels the same amount of attention when he comes as she does now but what if that’s still not enough? 
  5. will you have more kids?
    if you would have asked me this during week 6-19 then my answer would be “hell no” but now that i’m over that sickness hump we are thinking yes. one more little and then we are donezo.
  6. will you vaccinate?
    uhm….hell yes. and i’ll leave it at that. 
  7. how has cale been?
    i know i always brag about my husband but you guys, he really is the most caring and nurturing person i’ve ever met. he understands that when i feel miserable, i really do feel miserable. when i was sick at the beginning, not once did he complain that dinner was not made or the house wasn’t clean. instead he would make dinner {mostly his famous grilled cheeses} and clean when he got home from work. all the while, asking me if i needed anything. i couldn’t have asked for a better partner to have by my side. 
  8. what have you disliked the most about this pregnancy?
    i think my expectation of what it would be like because my last pregnancy was so incredibly easy. i loved being pregnant with jaz, but my body was 16 years old. my boobs weren’t even fully grown yet, ya’ll! my body was like a mutant and could resist anything and everything. i really wish i could say this pregnancy has been wonderful but that would be a lie. a complete and utter lie. my little testosterone babe has wreaked havoc on my petite body {and face good god, hello acne-ville} i know some women would do anything to be pregnant but i’m allowed to have my feelings. i am in no way ungrateful for the little miracle that i am growing but goodness gracious just a little reprieve from nausea, heartburn, reflux, acne, restlessness, etc would be nice. ya know? 

have any other questions for me? ask away and i will answer in next month’s update!

HAPPY 8 MONTHS TO ME AND MY LITTLE PRINCE! 

always,
-jess

an anderson announcement!

JAZMYNE IS GOING TO BE A BIG SISTER!

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AHHHHHHHH!!!
baby baby baby baby!!

we cannot even begin to tell y’all how excited we are!
when we found our new house we decided that it was time! everything just lined up so perfectly and we knew that we were ready.
our main reason for waiting and not having a baby right after the wedding was because we had absolutely no room in our old house. it was teeny! so like i said, when we put in the offer on our new home and it was accepted, cale and i had long/multiple conversations on adding a little baby a to the mix. and we started ‘trying’ right away…;)

we honestly thought it was going to be a little tougher to conceive because i have PCOS and my cycles were very irregular. but to no avail, we got a big fat positive!
wooooooooooo!!!

it is very early in our pregnancy but like most other things in our life, we are not waiting to share our news! and before you start shaking your head in dismay because we are announcing it before the “appropriate” 2nd trimester safe time, stop. and let me tell you why.

i don’t care about the stigma that is attached to announcing ‘early’. you know what i care about? the teeny tiny little human that i am growing in my tummy. we are so excited to be growing our little family and are not afraid to share with every single person in our lives!
i know what you’re thinking…what about miscarriage?
yes, i am painfully aware of the chance of miscarriage in early pregnancy and the first trimester. believe me. i am terrified.
but!
i am not NOT going to share because i’m scared of what could happen. what a lot of people don’t understand about me and my situation is that most of my support system is in texas. sharing our shenanigans and weekend adventures isn’t just to do something in my free time. it is to make sure i stay connected with all of my loved ones who live so far away from me. plus it’s kinda fun…
if i were to miscarry i would want to share that experience. there are so many women that have endured a loss that stay silent and don’t share because no one knew they were pregnant to begin with. where was their support besides their husband and close family? just recently we found out that a lot of our friends and family went through a miscarriage and we had no idea! and i feel terrible that i wasn’t more supportive!
all that said, to each their own. some women aren’t comfortable with sharing before they reach the safe zone and that is totally okay too! obviously!
i am just more open about my life than most are but that’s just me. i will admit that i was head shaker at early announcements before i got pregnant and i did it to one of my dear friends. i feel awful for doing that now! how could i judge that? why did i judge that? I HAVE NO IDEA! i get it now. i get why she announced so early, because her baby was her baby even before the day of conception. a baby is {usually} something to celebrate, no matter how far along you are. and that is exactly how i feel. i am over the moon for this little ginger bean and I WANT TO SHARE IT WITH THE WORLD!

and to sum all of that up with just a few words if you are still judging me…
not your body, not your baby, not your problem

support and love each other, y’all!

stay tuned for bump photos, week updates and how baby a is doing -aka, ginger bean-!

love you guys!

always,
-a very excited momma-to-be {again}, jess

our weekend adventures

friday

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we got off early thursday afternoon and signed all he documents for the closing of our home! the one we were selling, not the one we are buying…that won’t be done until August 18th! we had to sign all the documents early so that we could completely move out on friday.

a HUGE thank you to our sweet friends, britt & ludwig, for sticking a roof over our heads during the little interim we have from closing on our old home and waiting for the new one to be done being built. and for letting us use their truck for all the misc. items we had. we are extremely grateful to have such generous and willing friends to help us during this insanely stressful time!
so…be prepared to see a lot more of them, ya know, since we will be living with them! hehe

saturday

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britt & i woke up kinda early and headed to seattle to start our girls day!
crepes & coffee to fuel us up!

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i went and got the mane chopped…actually more like trimmed.
i always love the decor that’s in the salon. so fun!

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then it was off to u-village! {britt had never been…waaattttt??}
my main focus was finding all of our flatware, barware and dinnerware at crate & barrel. and guess what, i did! here’s the silverware we picked out! super simple but would still present nicely on a place setting!
can you guys tell i am just having a ball getting to choose all new stuff??? i’m on cloud 9!

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obligatory ann taylor stop.

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double obligatory trophy cupcakes stop! every time we come to u-village they never have my favorite, chocolate peanut butter. but today was a GOOD DAY, because they did!! they also had these adorable pokeball cupcakes! gotta catch em all right??? even the carbs!

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for lunchy munchy we popped in to chipotle and ate what could’ve been the spiciest pico ever.

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after all the shopping shenanigans we headed home and rested for a good 30 minutes before having to leave to attend our friend’s one year anniversary of opening their bottleshop! we are so happy that they are doing so well! and what a turnout!

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grown up date night! even though jaz has been gone for a couple weeks now, we have been so busy with the house{s} that we haven’t had time to just enjoy ourselves, until tonight!

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after we closed out at brigids we went and walked the waterfront, not for the romantics…only to just catch pokemon. my phone died and strangers, that were also there to catch pokemon, let me charge my phone in their car! sketchy??? nehhhh they seemed like good people. turns out, they were, and my phone was happily charged and i got to catch more pokemon! however, we did stop to take advantage of this gorgeous sunset because, duh.

***side note. there are sooooo many people playing pokemon! everywhere we look everyone is on their phones. go ahead and call it stupid but at least this game is getting people off their asses and moving. granted, they are looking at their phones but still, exercise is exercise. and it’s hella fun!!

sunday

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cale & i had to make our final trip to 2426 {house we sold} to pick up the few misc items left behind. it was so weird to lock up, pull out of the driveway and know that we will never pull back in. and we will never make that commute to work or see our neighbors everyday. cale said he wasn’t getting emotional but i sure was.

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this is where we began. where jaz & i started our lives as new seattleites. where cale & i became mr and mrs anderson. just so many memories in the 6 years that cale lived in it and the short 3 years that i did. this was such a great first home and one we will never forget. we will miss a lot of things about this house, the proximity to all things shopping, our wonderful neighbors that are now our good friends, the brand new deck{!!!!! that we hardly got to use!!!!!} and so much more. although bittersweet, we are so excited for this new chapter in our lives.
cheers to moving forward onto bigger and better things!

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speaking of which, we went and peaked in on the new house to see how things were coming along and they are a-comin! the front door was painted!!! you may be thinking…. uhhh, k. whoop-d-doo the front door was painted but to me THIS IS EXCITING! it means we are one step closer to being completely done!
we go on our final walk through on August 12th and then close on the 18th!!

t-minus 24 days until move in!

it was obviously a busy weekend but such a gorgeous one! summer is officially here in seattle and it is awesome! high 70’s to low 80’s and we are loving it!

what did you do this weekend??

always,
-jess