Friday, April 21, 2017

Lincoln | FIVE months

Five months already. So close to half of a year old. And, cuter by the day! I mean he looks just like his daddy so of course. I love his serious little face to pieces. And, his fuzzy hair that is already longer than his big sister's was at this age. I don't even mind when I go to kiss him and get a face of drool - he is drooling and chewing on everything but no teeth yet, which is fine by me.

Sweet Turtle Soup - Lincoln | FIVE months

We are in 3-6 months clothes mostly with some 6-9 sizes sprinkled in, and just moved to size 3 diapers.

Weight: 16 lbs 9 oz
Birth: 7 lbs 1 oz
Height: 26.5 inches
Birth: 20.5 inches

I'm savoring these last few weeks of only needing to nurse him. I know plenty of people look forward to starting solids, but I am not one of those people. It involves more effort and a lot more clean up. Nursing is just so easy for us (now)...but I picked up a pack of bibs, replenished the kid plates, and tucked some mesh feeders into Lincoln's Easter basket. And, Lincoln is definitely interested in what we are eating. It'll be here before I know it. I should probably reread our Baby Led Weaning book first.

It still amazes me that Lincoln nurses so quickly. He nurses around 5 times during the day, every 3-4 hours, for 5-6 minutes. He is efficient, yet easily distracted. I usually have to send Aria out of the room if she is being too loud because he wants to watch whatever it is she is doing. He also is done so quickly that he almost never falls asleep while nursing. So very different from Aria.

I've noticed that he doesn't spit up so much anymore. It's a nice change of pace from being spit up on 90% of the day to 30%. Aria liked to spit up as well. I hear some babies don't do that, but I'm not buying it... 

I am just so grateful that breastfeeding Lincoln has been a smooth journey. It was definitely a harder learning curve with Aria. And, I'm so excited that Lincoln and I are still going strong. I've already been wondering if he will wean himself early on like Aria did (around 13 months) or if he will want to keep going for longer.

Sweet Turtle Soup - Lincoln | FIVE months

Lincoln is all about playing! He loves to stand on his little legs. He loves to grab all the things. He loves to grab his feet and put them in his mouth. He loves to squeal and scream and blow bubbles. He can roll from back to front and front to back with ease. He isn't my tiny newborn any longer...

He likes to roll over immediately when I put him down, which is always a fun thing to do while getting a diaper changed. He will roll and wiggle and twist and roll until he is a few feet from where I put him down. I love it. I'm waiting for him to figure out how to scoot himself backward. I was forever finding Aria scooting herself backwards under things.

He is really content to play in his jumperoo or roll around on his play mat if Aria is nearby, if he is outside (Aria has been really enjoying playing soccer lately so he watches from his jumperoo), or if I am vacuuming. Aria never minded the vacuum either, but Lincoln can be rolling around two feet from his play mat (where I originally placed him) while I vacuum right next to him and he isn't bothered at all.

I love that he grabs everything in front of him. He's been doing so for a while, but I finally remembered that I had a few toys I'd tucked into a storage bin for him to play with when he learned to grab. Although Aria suddenly remembered that the teether moose I bought her when she was a baby is her most favorite thing ever although she never actually liked it as a baby or anytime since then. But, I love it, mom really, I just forgot before...

He has gotten really good at rolling over on his tummy and then pushing himself off the ground with his hands so that his chest is off the floor. He gets himself up and looks around to survey the landscape, and then if he sees you he just lights up with a big ol' smile. I usually lay him on his back on the carpet in my bedroom while I brush my teeth in the morning. I'll pop my head around the corner to peek at him and he is almost always rolled onto his tummy pushing his chest off the ground. Then he gives me a big grin and I want 12 more. Baby grins are really dangerous.

We aren't quite sitting, but he will get in the leaning forward while sitting position and then slowly melt forward toward his toes. Maybe by next month he will be a little sitter. I still remember the first time Aria sat unassisted. It was pretty much the most amazing thing ever. It's hard to believe we are here already with Lincoln.

Sweet Turtle Soup - Lincoln | FIVE months

Oh, sleep. I miss you. That four month sleep regression slowly crept its ugly head into our lives. I can't remember the last time Lincoln slept through the night, or even just woke up once. It's usually a twice up at night kind of sleep situation. Sometimes more. Occasionally once. He nurses and goes back to sleep in no time at all, but I'd still prefer a nice long stretch of uninterrupted sleep. Sounds nice, doesn't it?

Along with waking up twice at night he is getting up earlier. When we moved into the new house with our windows facing east those mornings came early. But, we've added dark curtains and Lincoln is still waking up early. Just not quite as early as pre-curtains.

I've been tempted to move him into his crib this month, but the thought of trekking all the way across the house twice a night and earlier in the morning sounds less than ideal. I just know that if I have to wake up enough to walk that by the time I get back to my bed I will be wide awake. Right now I can get Lincoln to my lap and then continue to half sleep while he nurses so that after I put him back in his dockatot I can easily fall back to sleep myself.

He was having a hard time falling asleep last month, but he has gotten over that now. For the most part he will put himself to sleep after I nurse him in the evenings. Now he just needs to keep sleeping. All night.

Bedtime is around 730-8pm. Typically he will sleep until 1am when he wakes up to nurse, and then goes back to sleep until 5am-6am when he wakes up to nurse again. Sometimes he will wake up closer to 630am and refuse to go back to sleep. Then 20 to 30 minutes later, when I am completely awake by the way, he will take a little nap until Aria wakes up. Those mornings call for extra coffee.

Why is baby sleep so complicated?

His nap lengths are all over the place. Some days he will nap for half an hour three times a day. Some days he will nap for an hour, then three hours, then 20 minutes. Some days he will nap for an hour and half then another hour and a half and skip his third nap. It's just a surprise as to what kind of napping he will do each day.

Sweet Turtle Soup - Lincoln | FIVE months

I think that his favorite part of the day (other than food time) is pulling on mom's hair. He has such a strong grip that I have a hard time untangling him from it. He grabbed the back of my hair a few weeks ago and I could not get him to let go. I finally had to lay him down on the couch so I could use both of my hands to free myself.

He has such a serious expression most of the time. Just calmly taking in his surroundings, waiting for the right moment to flash a grin. People will come talk to him in the store and he just stares at them. He is pretty stingy with that smile. That's okay, he gives mama and daddy a whole bunch. Aria gets even more.

He makes the best noises, but recently he has been making an 'mmmm' sound. A raspy 'mmmm'. So maybe he will say mama first instead of dada (Aria said dada first). Seems fair to me.

He loves diaper changes but not getting dressed again afterwards. He no longer minds big sneezes but some loud noises still bring out the booboo lip. He is almost always sucking in his bottom lip. And, tummy tickles and raspberries get the giggles started. Oh how I love the giggles. And him.

Sweet Turtle Soup - Lincoln | FIVE months

Sweet Turtle Soup - Lincoln | FIVE months

Sweet Turtle Soup - Lincoln | FIVE months

Sweet Turtle Soup - Lincoln | FIVE months

Sweet Turtle Soup - Lincoln | FIVE months

Sweet Turtle Soup - Lincoln | FIVE months

Sweet Turtle Soup - Lincoln | FIVE months

Sweet Turtle Soup - Lincoln | FIVE months

Sweet Turtle Soup - Lincoln | FIVE months

Sweet Turtle Soup - Lincoln | FIVE months

Sweet Turtle Soup - Lincoln | FIVE months

Monday, April 17, 2017

Photo Every Hour | Easter

Woke mom up just so he could go back to sleep half an hour later...
Sweet Turtle Soup - Photo Every Hour | Easter

Easter morning!
Sweet Turtle Soup - Photo Every Hour | Easter

Second Breakfast.
Sweet Turtle Soup - Photo Every Hour | Easter

Time to devil some eggs.
Sweet Turtle Soup - Photo Every Hour | Easter

At Easter brunch. Ate her weight in watermelon.
Sweet Turtle Soup - Photo Every Hour | Easter

Egg hunting with friends.
Sweet Turtle Soup - Photo Every Hour | Easter

Bubbles from her Easter basket.
Sweet Turtle Soup - Photo Every Hour | Easter

Watching a movie with Great Grandma.
Sweet Turtle Soup - Photo Every Hour | Easter

My little fella. The one who decided to boycott naps.
Sweet Turtle Soup - Photo Every Hour | Easter

Demonstrating his toe skills to Great Grandma.
Sweet Turtle Soup - Photo Every Hour | Easter

Couch snuggles with dad.
Sweet Turtle Soup - Photo Every Hour | Easter

Easter dinner.
Sweet Turtle Soup - Photo Every Hour | Easter

Went to bed early and easily. Not too shabby.
Aria, on the other hand, was running on the fuel of Easter candy until nearly 9.
Sweet Turtle Soup - Photo Every Hour | Easter

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

One Month House-versary | Home Sweet Home

Sweet Turtle Soup - One Month House-versary | Home Sweet Home
We have officially been homeowners for a month now. Although, it feels like it has been much longer than that already.

We love living in our new house. Settling in and making the place ours. I feel so lucky every time I walk out of our bedroom in the quiet of the morning and see our home. It feels good here. Our family fits here. And, I can't wait to add all the bits and pieces to truly make it our space.

When I realized we had been living here for a month I knew I wanted to document where we are in the 'moving in' process. Mostly everything is unpacked, although not everything has found a place yet. Because we were living with family we didn't have a lot of things, furniture, and stuff in general. So we have a few things that were already ours, a few things that were hand me downs, a few things that we bought just recently second hand, and a few brand new items that we love.

We've been ticking off items on our list to bring the house up to a comfortable and livable level. Things like curtains for the bedrooms and measuring spoons for the kitchen and shelving to store all the things. There are only a few more items to go - mainly organizational bits for closets and all the crafting supplies currently sitting on the floor. After that is taken care of the first big item we want to tackle is fencing in our backyard. It would be especially nice to let the dogs outside without bothering with a chain and have a space for the kids to run around.

The big list of home wishes gets a little wonky after the fence, but things like a new bed and bedding for the master and a farmhouse style table and new desks and a bigger TV are all on it. But, we are so happy with all the things we already have to fill our house. We know it will take a while to swap out some of the pieces with items we love. Although, my Birthday money is burning a hole in my wallet and I'm itching to get a desk with some storage so I can organize the pile of junk sitting on top of my old desk. It's my desk from college...and why did I think a desk with no drawers was a good idea?

Here is our new house one month in...

the kitchen
Sweet Turtle Soup - One Month House-versary | Home Sweet Home
Sweet Turtle Soup - One Month House-versary | Home Sweet Home
I love our kitchen. I do a little happy dance daily that this house was move in ready, there wasn't anything we absolutely needed to upgrade or change. I can definitely see a few tweaks that I would make here and there according to personal taste, but that is so far down on the list right now. 
The first thing I wanted for the kitchen was a mug tree so I could display my Disney Starbucks 'you are here' mug collection! I've been waiting for over a year just for this moment. I smile every time they catch my eye. 
The bar stools are probably the best purchase we've made so far. They are pretty and we love them, but they are also so much more comfortable than the dining room chairs we were given. Plus, now we have more places for guests to sit.
The rest of the items we got for the kitchen were just cooking essentials that I discovered at that key moment when I needed something while making stirring spoons or a can opener.

Still on the wish list: a nice set of pots and pans, some cast iron skillets, high quality knives, and a few fun gadgets like cookie scoops and a donut baking pan etc. Eventually I would like to get a simple set of white plates to replace the mix matched ones we have currently. The kitchen is decently complete already though.

the dining room
Sweet Turtle Soup - One Month House-versary | Home Sweet Home
We haven't actually purchased anything for the dining room, unless you count the bar stools. My mom had the dining set unused and unopened in storage and she said if we wanted it we could have it. The table does it's job just fine, but the chairs really leave something to be desired. Aria's godfather gave us the white chairs when they recently purchased a new dining room set. My back is thankful.
Chris and I would love to get a farmhouse style table for the space. Definitely something that can seat a few more people. We don't have anything specific in mind just yet though. When we get a new table I will probably use the current table for a crafting table.

Still on the wish list: a farmhouse style table, similar.

the living room
Sweet Turtle Soup - One Month House-versary | Home Sweet Home
The entertainment center and coffee table were my grandmother's. She was getting rid of them so Chris and I said we would take them. The coffee table holds all sorts of childhood memories for me, so I love it. It's a well-loved piece of furniture (read: battered) so I will probably maybe eventually perhaps refinish it at some indistinct point in the future.
I'm still working on styling the shelves. The left side has our book collection and the right side is just a mess of our favorite things...our best books, photos, and various pretty things.
Chris bought the couch from somebody he works with...apparently they wanted more room for their hamsters(?). It's honestly not overly comfortable, but it is also better than nothing and the price was right.
The TV is one of the first things Chris and I purchased together when we moved to our apartment in Colorado. The cable connection is broken, so we can only watch movies on it but that thing is still kicking. Chris, however, cannot wait to get a fancy new TV. Aria and I won't mind either. We'll be able to watch Moana on repeat on an even bigger screen.

Still on the wish list: a comfortable couch, another chair or two, and a fancy new TV. Maybe a rug? A side table or two? I haven't worked up a really great visual for the space yet.

Sweet Turtle Soup - One Month House-versary | Home Sweet Home
Chris found this...armoire? from somebody he works with again. The company has interoffice classifieds or some such thing. For 30 bucks by the way. This is solid wood and sturdy and frankly I think it is really cute. It has two chunks of wood missing in the front, which can probably be fixed at some point but it's one of my favorite pieces we've gotten for the house. We put all of our games inside along with extra blankets.
I want to put a squishy armchair next to it along with a floor lamp and one of those tiny side tables that are just big enough for a good book and a hot cup of coffee. I can just picture sitting in a chair right there watching the kids play in the play nook, which you can just see in the bottom right corner of the picture.
I can also imagine a little gallery on the wall behind everything.

Still on the wish list: squishy armchair, floor lamp, tiny side table, and relaxation.

the play nook
Sweet Turtle Soup - One Month House-versary | Home Sweet Home
The storage shelves arrived just last week and I'm still working on sorting and organizing the toy explosion over here in this corner of the living room. Chris's parents have been in town for the past week and a half, so most of my house projects are on hold right now. I'm working on weeding out all the toys that are too tiny for Lincoln to get a hold of when he figures out how to crawl. I also need a few baskets for the shelves as well.
A friend gave me the rug, and while the dimensions aren't perfect for the space I really like how it partitions off the play space. It's also Baxter's favorite place to lay.

Still on the wish list: a rug, and a basket or two. Maybe a little table for a train set. Chris has wanted to get a train set for Aria for a while now.

the master bedroom
Sweet Turtle Soup - One Month House-versary | Home Sweet Home
Sweet Turtle Soup - One Month House-versary | Home Sweet Home
I think the master probably needs the most tlc in the house right now. It'll make a really good before...who wants to turn it into an after for me?
These windows face east, so you can imagine the sunshine streaming in first thing in the morning. The dark curtains were a must.
Lincoln is still bunking with us in here too, so his changing table and supplies are in the corner. I mentioned above that Chris's parents are visiting, and they brought some goodies down with them for us. Right now they are all just piled on the floor from the ball to the left in the picture. The coffee table to the left of the bed was given to us by a friend, but it hasn't found a home yet. And, the dresser we bought off of the same friend. So basically it's just a bunch of mismatched pieces right now.
The bed is from our years in Colorado, so when we are ready to do the master we are going to get rid of it and get new everything. Bed, mattress, pillows, bedding, etc. Pretty much the only things we know are staying are the navy blue curtains. 
I definitely don't know how I want it all to end up but when I nurse Lincoln I usually end up perusing master bedrooms on pinterest looking for inspiration.

Still on the wish list: everything? Right now I'm thinking upholstered headboard and creamy soft bedding. A pair of side tables and lamps. An armchair or two plus a little bookshelf or end table for reading. Eventually a TV as well. Like I said it needs the most tlc!

[ curtains ]

the master bath
Sweet Turtle Soup - One Month House-versary | Home Sweet Home
Sweet Turtle Soup - One Month House-versary | Home Sweet Home
Sweet Turtle Soup - One Month House-versary | Home Sweet Home
The master bath is pretty well set. Toothbrush holders would be nice though. And, eventually I plan on organizing below my sink. I didn't realize it when we bought the house but there isn't a medicine cabinet on my side of the bathroom. I feel cheated.
The tub is a fun showstopper, but I've yet to use it personally. Aria has used it many times, hence all the toys and kid shampoo. Chris would like to upgrade to a jetted tub, but I would prefer to just pop the tub out and have a badass shower on that whole section. Which would you pick?

Still on the wishlist: um, toothbrush holders?

the office
Sweet Turtle Soup - One Month House-versary | Home Sweet Home
We are using the sitting room as an office. My chair is an anniversary present from Chris. I thought it was oh so pretty. Now I just need a simple white desk (with drawers) to go along with it. Chris is using one of those pop up tables as his desk right now, and he has had that desk chair since he was in college. He has also been dreaming about double monitors for years. So, several upgrades waiting to happen in here. Also I have things to hang on the wall.
This space is to the left when you walk in the front door, so I want to put together a little spot in the corner for shoes and sunglasses and purses. Aria has misplaced her sunnies more times since we've moved than the rest of her life. We can never find those suckers. 

Still on the wish list: his & her desks, his computer chair, another monitor, and some sort of front door nook - a super simple little table, or hooks with cubbies? not sure yet.

[ chair ]

the dog & craft supply room
Sweet Turtle Soup - One Month House-versary | Home Sweet Home
Sweet Turtle Soup - One Month House-versary | Home Sweet Home
The last of the unpacking. It's not much but I just haven't had the time with visitors in town. They will be heading home by this week's end, so I'll hopefully be able to tackle both the craft supplies and the play nook next week. 
Right now that tall cabinet (also something my grandmother was getting rid of) is going to store all the craft supplies, I just need to buy bins and racks and such so it will all fit. All that stuff has been on the floor since we moved in, so that'll be a relief to finally get it done.
Chris would really like to get the dogs one of those pieces of furniture that is both furniture and dog cage. That way it will look prettier I suppose. I'm not personally bothered by them.

Still on the wish list: just some basic organizational bits, and perhaps some dog cage furniture.

the laundry room
Sweet Turtle Soup - One Month House-versary | Home Sweet Home
I think a table over the laundry machines could be good, and/or split shelving over top. I cannot reach the shelf with the towels on it. I have to go grab the step ladder, which is just so convenient. So, maybe if half were shelves and the other half had a rod to hang shirts and such from I could actually reach things. 

Still on the wish list: it's still a vision in progress.

Aria's bedroom
Sweet Turtle Soup - One Month House-versary | Home Sweet Home
Sweet Turtle Soup - One Month House-versary | Home Sweet Home
Sweet Turtle Soup - One Month House-versary | Home Sweet Home
Aria's room has the most new purchases. A new bed, mattress, bedding, pillow, bookshelf, and curtains. 
She still needs some closet organization. I'd really like to put in a second shelf so she can reach her own clothes to get dressed. 
And, eventually I want to get her a little dresser and perhaps a chair. Getting some things on the walls would be fun as well.

Still on the wish list: little dresser, reading chair, and closet shelving.

[ bed / bedding - sheets & comforter / mattress / bookshelf / curtains ]

the kids' bathroom
Sweet Turtle Soup - One Month House-versary | Home Sweet Home
This bathroom is pretty set and done as well. Minus the toothbrush holder...
The pillowfort collection at Target is really too cute. We got just about everything from that collection. I hope Lincoln doesn't mind mermaids.
 I'm not entirely sure what one would put on that shelf above the toilet. I'd prefer some sort of vertical towel holder myself.

Still on the wish list: toothbrush holder, and some under the sink organization.

Lincoln's bedroom
Sweet Turtle Soup - One Month House-versary | Home Sweet Home
The only thing that happens in here is naptime right now. It even still has the smell from the sellers air freshener lingering.
The crib and chair are both from Aria's old room. And, I've been keeping the extra baby holders in there as well.
I haven't put much thought into what I want to do with this room. I'll probably start to daydream up ideas after Lincoln switches in here and it gets some more use.

Still on the wish list: nothing yet.

[ curtains / crib / chair (similar) ]