Saturday, December 5, 2015

4 Months

Kai with his cousin Rylie

Age: 4 months

Weight: 15lbs 3oz(50th percentile)

Size: Some 0-3 month and some 3-6 month

Eyes: Stillll grey.

Hair: Still has his brown newborn hair. Hasn't grown much hair and hasn't lost any hair since he was born.

Sleeping: Ah, sleep. What a beautiful distant memory. Sleep is pretty darn terrible right now and we're still trying to find a way to make it better. For the past month he wakes up every 15 minutes to half hour all through the night. Poor little guy has several teeth about to come through at the same time though so hopefully we'll get a little more sleep when the teething is done.

Eating: This little guy only eats for 3-4 minutes at a time every 3 hours like clockwork. This week though we're going through a growth spurt so he's been eating every hour. Around the clock. What a change.

Milestones: Grabbing, standing, teething, chewing on fists like mad, and eating rice cereal!

Thursday, November 5, 2015

3 Months

Age: 3 months

Size: Still fits into 0-3 month width-wise but he's too long for most of them now so we've moved some things up to 3-6 months(which are way too wide for him).

Diapers: Just moved to size 2.

Eyes: Still grey but they look like they're turning slightly greenish in the center.

Hair: The hair growing in underneath his newborn hair is lightening up, but still brown.

Sleeping: Wasn't doing too bad. Up twice a night to eat. Then daylight savings hit and let's just say we're still adjusting with a cranky baby and a sleep deprived mom. I now have a new understanding of why parents with young kids despise daylight savings time so much.

Eating: Goes through phases where he hates to nurse but other than that pretty good! Nursing about every 2.5-3 hours right now and if I try to feed him any more frequently than that I end up having quite the angry baby on my hands.

Milestones: This kid has really discovered his voice lately and is giggling, squealing, and making all sorts of noises. He's also discovered his fists and they rarely leave his mouth.

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Healthy pumpkin smoothie

Fall is upon us and so is the season of pumpkin-flavored everything. I make this smoothie about once a week throughout the entire year because I love it so much but I find myself making it almost daily during the fall. Something about convincing myself that it's more appropriate this time of the year. Enjoy!

What you'll need:

1/2 c. pumpkin puree
1 small to medium size banana
1 packet stevia
1 tbsp. honey(or to taste)
1/2 c. almond milk or regular milk
1 cup crushed ice
1/4 tsp. pumpkin pie seasoning(or to taste)
pure vanilla extract(a few drops)


1/2 c. oats
2 tbsp. flaxseed
2 tbsp. plain greek yogurt

Place all ingredients in blender and blend until smooth. Top with whipped cream and pumpkin pie seasoning. Throw on some mini chocolate chips if you're feeling daring. Makes one large serving.

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Fall in Virginia

Apple cider donuts are heaven sent.

Fall in Virginia is a beautiful thing. The soft greens of summer are replaced by vibrant shades of Autumn painted all over the city. The colors come on suddenly and brilliantly and are gone far too soon. There's a line of cars a mile long through the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains to try to catch a glimpse before the leaves fall. The suffocating heat is replaced by cool, crisp mornings and chilly evenings. A sense of hope and excitement hovers in the air as stores start to prepare for Thanksgiving and Christmas. People stand up a little straighter and if you look just right you can almost see a new spring in their step. The scarves are dug out and the boots are put on. You can find a pumpkin flavor added to just about every item on the shelf. The orchards are stocked full with their famous apple cider donuts. And these only start to scratch the surface of what it means to experience this season here.

When I lived in California the air grew cool in the fall but there were no other outward signs of change. When I lived in Florida the air stayed hot and the trees stayed green. So Virginia, we might not be on the best terms all the time and as time goes on I'm going to grow restless of your too small mountains and overpriced cost of living. But for now I think I'll keep you around because I might just be falling in love.

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

2 Month Update

Behold the many faces of Kai.

Age: 2 months

Weight/Length: 13lbs 1oz! (65th percentile), 23.5in (70th percentile)

Size: 0-3 month 

Diapers: Size 1

Eyes: Greyish blue

Hair: Dark brown

Sleeping: Better! On average the first stretch of the night he goes 4 hours then after that he's up every 2 or 3 hours. Unfortunately though, he is the loudest sleeper ever so we still don't get much sleep.

Eating: (Same as last month -->)Pretty good when his stomach isn't bothering him. When it is, he squirms and writhes around like crazy while trying to nurse. Needless to say, we're both in pain.

Loves: Most of the same things as last month! We don't swaddle him anymore though. Overall he is finally becoming a much happier baby in general(thank goodness, my sanity was starting to go).

Hates: Once again, pretty much the same as last month.