Friday, March 24, 2017

Lincoln | FOUR months

Here we are, four months of Lincoln. I can actually say that the past month has gone past slowly. For once. The time between putting an offer on our new home and making it to the closing date felt like at least 17 weeks. So, I have found the key to making the baby days last a bit longer. Buy a house!

At the same time I cannot believe that the newborn days are already past us. I already miss having my little guy sleeping the day away on my lap. But, at the same time I adore each new development and milestone. It is such a joy to watch a new little life unfold all over again. So similar to Aria and completely different at the same time.

Sweet Turtle Soup : Lincoln | FOUR months

We are in 6 month clothes across the board, and size 2 diapers. The plan is to transition into cloth diapers sometime in the near future, once all the life/moving things have settled back down.

Weight: to be added
Birth: 7 lbs 1 oz
Height: 25.5 inches
Birth: 20.5 inches

Eat:
Lincoln is still exclusively breastfeeding. He eats between 7-8 in the morning, then again around 10. He likes to eat second breakfast pretty close to first breakfast apparently. His next two feedings are more flexible, but I try to stick to feeding him right around 5 so that he is ready to eat again around 8 for his bedtime meal.

He can get distracted sometimes while he is eating because he wants to chat with me. Or, maybe he just finds me funny because he usually looks up at me with a big grin. I'll talk to him for half a minute then he goes back to eating. Adorable.

He has become very interested in watching us eat at dinnertime. Most of the time I perch him on my knee and he stares Chris down while he eats. We won't be starting solids until 6 months, but I feel like he is going to enjoy that stage. He is still a bit too wobbly for sitting in his high chair, but I'm looking forward to popping him in it while we eat in the next month or so. How are we so close to this stage already?

Sweet Turtle Soup : Lincoln | FOUR months

Play:
Lincoln has found his feet! Another baby stage favorite of mine, but really what stage isn't my favorite? They are all so adorable. He hasn't figured out that he can get his toes in his mouth, but he holds on to them for all he is worth. Diaper changes just got more exciting. Combine his ceaseless leg kicking with the foot grabbing and the butt lifting...it's like wrestling an alligator. He gets me every time with the butt lifts. Aria never did such a thing. But, I go to pull the front of his diaper up to his belly and next thing I know I have the whole diaper because he lifted his tush off the changing table. He is such a little comedian already.

We also have laughing! My favorite of the favorites! He is especially prone to the giggles if you tickle under his chin. (Just like his big sister) And, I die. It's so much fun to get him to laugh. A few weeks ago I spent my days trying to get as many smiles as I could from him, and now I'm trying to get as many giggles as I can from him.

There is also rolling from both back to front and front to back. He has gotten a good bit of practice during our move. He will stick his tongue out a wee bit and blow raspberries, which cracks me up. Especially because he seems so proud of himself when he does it. And, he has gotten fairly decent at grabbing for things. He is showing a lot of interest in the dangle toys and such hanging from every baby thing ever.

Lincoln's jumperoo got set up when we moved and he takes a whirl in it daily. He hasn't figured out that he can jump yet, but he is captivated by the spinning wheel with the beads in it. He puts his face right in it and gets his little hands grasping at it. Since he is wobbly in it I tuck a couple hand towels around him for support.

His new favorite sound is a cooing type noise. It's just the cutest thing that he immediately stops whenever I attempt to record it. Naturally. His second favorite sound is a screech. When he gets so excited he just has to let it out. Between the cooing and the screeching and the giggling I could just eat him up. I love him so.

Sweet Turtle Soup : Lincoln | FOUR months

Sleep:
We need some curtains in the bedroom stat. When the sun comes up so does this little guy. We had them blocked out in our old bedroom and Lincoln almost always slept in until Aria ever so quietly (read: very loudly) came into my bed when her light turned green. Now he is up around 7. I miss that extra 45 minutes.

He is also having a harder time falling asleep at night. Lots of thrashing about until finally settling down for the night. Thankfully when he gets to sleep he is usually up just the one time. Less with the sleeping through the night lately, but if that is the worst of the '4 month sleep regression' I'll take it. He is also still in the dockatot in our bed, but I've been transitioning him to taking naps in his dockatot in his crib during the day. Sometime between now and 6 months he will be making the switch to sleeping in his own room. I'm not ready just yet, but at the same time I'm looking forward to a bit more wiggle room at night.

The naps are pretty consistent at 3 times per day. The lengths vary a good bit though. I am always delightfully surprised when he naps for an hour and a half. Keep it up kiddo. Now if only Aria would take a nap too...

Sweet Turtle Soup : Lincoln | FOUR months

Lincoln:
Well, he was my little dark haired baby but it all fell out and now it's more light brown/blonde. Aria started out with super duper blonde hair that is still slowly getting darker, just like mine did when I was little. So, I'm wondering how Lincoln's hair will end up.

He is all about holding and cuddling something soft when he sleeps, especially for naps. I'll tuck him in with his softest swaddle and he hugs it to his chest or pulls it up over his face, good thing it is breathable. Or, alternatively he will hug his wubanub. Aria never had a lovey as a baby, so I'm finding this particularly sweet.

He is no longer a fan of the swaddling. He will fight it tooth and nail if I try to swaddle him at bedtime. Sometimes I'll swaddle him with one arm in and that is hit or miss. But, if I just tuck his swaddle blanket around him sometimes he flails it over his face which angers him at night...not at nap time just night time because sure. Maybe a sleep sack? We've never used one for either kid. Thoughts?

I think his favorite part of bath time is peeing.

Aria is still his favorite person. I'm looking forward to him scooting around after her one of these days.

He loves to look out windows and be outside, but he isn't as content out and about like Aria was. I never had any worries bringing Aria anywhere because she loved to people watch and was happy as a clam doing so. With Lincoln it is hit or miss. When he is grumpy, he is grumpy.

Diaper changes, however, are one of his favorite things. He can be fussy but when I change his diaper he will be all smiles. As soon as I'm done he is back to being fussy.

His little chunky legs are getting a workout because he loves to stand.

Still hates loud sneezes.

Sweet Turtle Soup : Lincoln | FOUR months

Sweet Turtle Soup : Lincoln | FOUR months

Friday, March 17, 2017

Photo Every Hour | March 16th

7am
Good morning, cutie!
Sweet Turtle Soup - Photo Every Hour | March 16th

8am
The leprechauns brought Aria one of those hammer away the rock to find the treasure type things. She insisted on doing it right that very second even though it was in the 40s. Shoes are still optional though.
Sweet Turtle Soup - Photo Every Hour | March 16th

9am
Morning snooze.
Sweet Turtle Soup - Photo Every Hour | March 16th

10am
Morning snooze ended in a poo-splosion, which ended in bath time!
Sweet Turtle Soup - Photo Every Hour | March 16th

11am
Still unpacking. Ended up completely distracted by my little box of 'memories'...this one is a note from high school.
Sweet Turtle Soup - Photo Every Hour | March 16th

12pm
Needed a little sunshine and fresh air.
Sweet Turtle Soup - Photo Every Hour | March 16th

1pm
Finally got the washer and dryer installed. 47 loads of laundry later...
Sweet Turtle Soup - Photo Every Hour | March 16th
Staring out the windows while I did that 47th load of laundry.
Sweet Turtle Soup - Photo Every Hour | March 16th

2pm
Afternoon jolt. Lincoln took a particularly good nap, so I made a decent dent in the unpacking.
Sweet Turtle Soup - Photo Every Hour | March 16th

3pm
This is the same face her daddy makes when watching a movie. She was having an interesting hair day...
Sweet Turtle Soup - Photo Every Hour | March 16th

 4pm
House projects never looked so cute.
Sweet Turtle Soup - Photo Every Hour | March 16th

5pm
Dad and Aria off to the park.
Sweet Turtle Soup - Photo Every Hour | March 16th
Mom and Lincoln cleaning Aria's room and washing her bedding.
Sweet Turtle Soup - Photo Every Hour | March 16th

 6pm
#dadlife
Sweet Turtle Soup - Photo Every Hour | March 16th

7pm
Aria calling great grandma to say good night.
Sweet Turtle Soup - Photo Every Hour | March 16th
Lincoln putting big sister to bed.
Sweet Turtle Soup - Photo Every Hour | March 16th

8pm
Moving wears the little guy right out.
Sweet Turtle Soup - Photo Every Hour | March 16th

9pm
It's St. Patrick's Eve!
Sweet Turtle Soup - Photo Every Hour | March 16th

10pm
The leprechauns work is done...and to all a good night.
Sweet Turtle Soup - Photo Every Hour | March 16th


Saturday, March 11, 2017

We Bought a House!

Hey friends, we've been busy busy lately. Because...we bought a house! Yippy! I thought taking care of baby boy and his energetic big sister was time consuming, but there literally aren't enough minutes and hours in the day right now. I've been purging, and cleaning, and packing, and sorting, and organizing all the things during Lincoln's 23 minute naps and while Aria is watching Moana for the 13th time. There is so much left to do, which is somewhat alarming since we are moving today. Today! Deep breathing...and just keep trudging along (or shoving stuff in boxes).

I managed to remember to snap some pictures on our final walk through before the house was inundated with our stuff. Come take a peek at our very first house!

Sweet Turtle Soup - Our New House, a home tour!
Sweet Turtle Soup - Our New House, a home tour!
Sweet Turtle Soup - Our New House, a home tour!
 The front door.
Sweet Turtle Soup - Our New House, a home tour!
When you walk inside to the left is the sitting room.
Sweet Turtle Soup - Our New House, a home tour!
And, to the right is the formal dining.
Sweet Turtle Soup - Our New House, a home tour!
As you enter the house to the right is a hallway.
Sweet Turtle Soup - Our New House, a home tour!
The first door is the laundry.
Sweet Turtle Soup - Our New House, a home tour!
The laundry room leads into the garage.
Sweet Turtle Soup - Our New House, a home tour!
The next door is the room Aria chose for herself.
Sweet Turtle Soup - Our New House, a home tour!
Sweet Turtle Soup - Our New House, a home tour!
Then the kids' bathroom.
Sweet Turtle Soup - Our New House, a home tour!
Sweet Turtle Soup - Our New House, a home tour!
 And, finally Lincoln's room.
Sweet Turtle Soup - Our New House, a home tour!
As you enter the house and look to the left you see the living room. One bit I neglected to take a picture of is just to the left of this space. It is the nook I plan on turning into a play spot for the kids.
Sweet Turtle Soup - Our New House, a home tour!
To the right of the living room is the dining room.
Sweet Turtle Soup - Our New House, a home tour!
 And, the kitchen at the heart of the house.
Sweet Turtle Soup - Our New House, a home tour!
Sweet Turtle Soup - Our New House, a home tour!
Sweet Turtle Soup - Our New House, a home tour!
 Through the door in the living room is our master bedroom.
Sweet Turtle Soup - Our New House, a home tour!
 With his and hers closets.
Sweet Turtle Soup - Our New House, a home tour!
 And, the master bath.
Sweet Turtle Soup - Our New House, a home tour!
My sink.
Sweet Turtle Soup - Our New House, a home tour!
 Chris's sink.
Sweet Turtle Soup - Our New House, a home tour!
Sweet Turtle Soup - Our New House, a home tour!
Out the backdoor and into the backyard. Fencing in the yard is the first on our list of bigger projects.
Sweet Turtle Soup - Our New House, a home tour!
Sweet Turtle Soup - Our New House, a home tour!

We've been dreaming about owning our own home for a long time. And, we are just so excited that that moment has finally arrived. We closed last Tuesday. So, we've been bringing over odds and ends to the house for a few days. But, today is the big day! We've got the truck arriving bright and early, and by tonight we will be spending the first evening in our first house.

Wish us luck =)