Monthly Archives: July 2015

4 Months

IMG_5160Age: 4 Months (17 weeks)

Stats: 15lb 6.5oz (49 percentile), dome 41.5cm (44 percentile), 25.5″ (66 percentile)

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Clothes/Size: Since our last official update, Brandon is completely out of Newborn clothes and 0-3 month clothes. He has just started to transition to 3 month and 3-6 month sizing. He really only needs the 6 month for length.

Favorite Foods: This child is unbelievable when it comes to his consumption. There’s not enough milk in the world to fill his belly! Still trying to keep him satisfied on milk and some formula at night. As of today, we can start adding rice cereal, fruit and veggies to his diet! YAY!

Diaper size: As of last week we have transitioned into size 2! He still has a package of size 1 at Daycare that she is trying to use up. They still fit him but 2’s are definitely more his size right now. So far, the stash of diapers from my showers as well as the few packages I bought ahead of time has really been almost perfect. I think I bought 1-2 packages of Newborn and that’s it. I have a couple more size 1’s but I think we’ll save those for (if and when) the next one.

How much am I eating: We are still supplementing with Similac Supplementing and it has been working fine for us. Brandon is eating somewhere between 25-30 ounces in the course of the day which seems like a TON! Before bed he typically takes 5-9 ounces depending on how recently he had eaten. He still has no real feeding schedule. We have been giving him a little more formula at bedtime to help keep him full for most of the night. He was doing well only waking once but has started waking up twice again and we think he’s just metabolizing SO quickly. He gets 4oz formula and the remainder of milk in this bedtime bottle only, all other feedings are milk. We will begin giving him food for breakfast and dinner and then his regular bottle before bed.

Mama’s weight: I’ll be honest. My motivation for working out has been about a zero. I’ll go 2-3 times a week and then not for a week. The time I do have I want to spend at home and if I go to the gym after work it makes for a SUPER hectic evening. I’d say I’m pretty much at my pre-baby weight just not as toned.

Words: No works yet, but baby boy is talking and singing up a storm! About two weeks ago he started laughing! The absolutely cutest thing ever.

Activities: Big things are happening right before our eyes. Brandon just wants to stand all day long. His legs are so strong and he tries to climb up you when you’re holding him. We’re really trying to get him to sit up by himself. He holds on to your finger and will sit up and stay up with a little help but he still can’t quite stay there by himself. He is rolling over (officially started when he was 3 months) and stands up in his little walker. Little man’s head control and strength when in his walker is amazing. Our Pediatrician said he’ll be walking before he’s 1. Were in trouble.

Sleep: Sleep has been pretty good. He doesn’t fall asleep as easily after his bedtime bottle anymore but with a little help he goes down. The last week or so he’s been going to bed around 7:30pm and waking up around 1:30am and 4:30/5am to eat then up for good around 6/6:30am. We are upping his formula at bedtime and have gotten him to sleep straight through until 4:30am and then will wake up around 6:30/7am. Sleeping through the night is nice, except the whole 7 hours without pumping is awfully painful! Hopefully adding some solids will give us all some good rest.

Favorite Things: Brandon is really starting to enjoy toys lately. He absolutely LOVES blankets. When he’s a little fussy in his carseat or highchair, we put a blanket on him and it usually calms him right now (sometimes we add the pacifier but are really trying to limit the use of one). In addition, he loves this ball, his Sophie Giraffe, crinkle Giraffe and the Banana Teether (it’s totally for teaching toothbrushing…) which is really rubbery and easy for him to hold onto. My friend made a little tabbed blanket which he has also been snuggling with a lot lately. It’s so fun seeing him play with his toys because I remember opening these gifts from family and friends and remember exactly who gave them to us.

 Signature Moves: Rolling over! He only rolls to one side and usually chills on his side for a while before committing completely to make sure the full roll is worth it. Standing on your lap and sitting up with assistance. Monkey man is SO afraid he is going to miss something. We have to look around at all times.

Mom’s Proudest Moment: I just love everything about this little man and feel so lucky to be able to work, but also spend a few days with him so I don’t miss out on him growing up. He’s so snuggly when he gets sleepy and sometimes it’s difficult to put him down. I’m proud of the little guy to experience his first solids tonight by spoon. It was interesting trying to feed him liquid, but he took it like a champ, just not fast enough. Aside from Brandon, I’m proud of myself for sticking with pumping now for 4 (long and tiring) months and giving him the best nutrition I can. His growth is perfect and I couldn’t be more proud of all three of us.

Dad’s Proudest Moment: Kevin is the one to first make Brandon laugh and has been doing it ever since. Mama doesn’t have the skill to get the giggles like Daddy does. He is just the sweetest when he’s happy. I think the picture below sums up the first rice experience.


Weekend Fun

IMG_5133Another fun-filled, busy weekend here for us! We took another trip to NY for the weekend to hang out and see family as there was not much going on here in CT. It’s always nice seeing Grandma and Grandpa and another set of hands makes things a lot easier! We also were able to visit Great Grammy for a little bit, Brandon was tired and a little fussy but we snapped a few shots.

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The remainder of the weekend was spent doing laundry, going out to breakfast, going for a walk and packing away all of Brandon’s Newborn, 0-3 and most of his 3 month clothes! I can’t believe my baby boy is 4 months old! This week will be his 4 month check up which includes more shots. I am anxious to see how much he has grown and if we can start him on some rice because girl, he is eating us out of house and home lately it’s unbelievable.

IMG_5087We are enjoying our walker a little bit more and having fun standing and sitting up. SUCH a big boy.

IMG_5119And come ON! I totally gelled his hair into a little faux hawk. I can’t even help myself. Love my boys sooooo much.

Later this week, a 4 month update and lots of changes!

NY for the Fourth

We had some last minute changes to our Fourth of July plans lucky enough that we ended up spending the long weekend in New York with my Parents. We made the trip with the whole family, even Zoe got to come!

I wish I could say it was relaxing, but Kevin spent most of the weekend working on his truck and my Mom was working for a good portion so it left Dad and I to babysit. Brandon has started this new thing of hating car rides all of the sudden and I’m not OK with it. It made running errands and getting out of the house a little less than pleasurable.

IMG_5039The BIG thing at home is always the Parade which was looking a little sad this year, not sure if it was because of the weather or just not much interest. But Dad and I headed over to town to meet up with my Aunt, Uncle and little Cousins. Brandon explains just how exciting the parade really was..

IMG_5059 IMG_5062I mean, seriously, who can sleep through firetruck honks!?!? This kid. My hip cracks when I walk into his room and he wakes up, sirens and horns a few feet away is like a lullaby.

Kevin took Brandon for a walk Sunday morning with my Dad while I went grocery shopping and apparently he didn’t like that much either, but when they got home he was out for the count while Zoe protected him.

IMG_5064Another week. Looking forward to some weekend getaways in the upcoming months! Maybe they will be a little more relaxing as Brandon gets a little less cranky! Happy Monday. I set myself a goal to bust my butt at the gym from now until mid August when we go to a wedding, I have to keep myself accountable and not slack off! Here’s to staying positive and sticking to it!