Thursday, July 6, 2017

Our Crawling 6 month old

We're not sure how it happened, but our little guy is now constantly on the move and learning to crawl like a champ. He mastered the army crawl a few weeks ago and now has started moving up on all fours. Nothing is safe! He's interested in anything and everything and never sits still. He hates to be contained, and wants to be held or moving on the floor. Always with the cutest dimply grin though! 

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

A 5 month old

Little James is now 5 months old and looking so much bigger. He's starting to laugh and giggle all the time. As well as squirming and moving all over. We call him Mr. Wiggleman, he is always kicking and grabbing and waving. 

He's also started some "real" food over the last week or two. So far he likes apple and avocado the best, carrot and banana were ok and pear he's going to have to try again to know for sure. 

Happy Easter

We did celebrate Easter here back in April with the other cousins. When there was a break in the weather, we hid some chocolates in the yard and then the kids were set loose to find them all. 

I also made a little Easter "basket" for Julia with some books, a little animal, some flower seeds, and a little bit of chocolate. She was excited to have something to open that morning and had fun the whole day.

We also went to a picnic with AAWE, the American club I'm part of, who put on a little Easter party for the kids. More chocolate, coloring, and playing in the park. :)

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

3 Months Turns Into 4

Just like that, we have a little 4 month old already. Not too much changes between month 2 and month 4. He still eats and sleeps a lot. He's still waking up at night to eat, but there are small changes along with looking a bit bigger. He can start to roll over, and he's starting to chatter and babble too. He'll stay awake for longer periods now and watch what we're doing with interest. It's nice to have him a bit more interactive.

I also went back to work this last month, which took a bit of getting used to our new routine. The kids stay home with dad during the day now, and seem to be getting used to it.

We did have some very nice weather recently and started gardening and were able to enjoy a lot of time outside. Spring is here!

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

2 Months Old Now!

Okay, I admit it, he's been two months old for a couple of weeks now. However, it is easy to forget how much of your time with a newborn is spent with that newborn in your arms, making it difficult to type, (which also gets prioritized much lower if you're able to put that baby down--bathroom breaks first!). He's happily napping now though, and with other chores caught up on for the moment, I can update you here on how the last few weeks have been. 

To summarize--pretty great! I don't know if it's fair to compare to how the first time around went, but overall he seems to be a happier baby so far and a bit easier to take care of. I was explaining the other day though, that this feeling might come from less second guessing the second time around. It is different in some things, but for the most part, the first one turned out ok so far no matter what you did, so this one should be fine too right? :) 

The one main difference I'm experiencing these weeks is his nighttime sleep. Big sister was pretty consistant at night and started to stretch out her sleep periods on her own until she was going all night. Little brother here is completely different from one night to the next, sometimes sleeping in 3.5-4 hour stretches and sometimes up almost every hour. It seems his nose gets blocked very easily and wakes him up, which then makes him want to eat to get back to sleep. I'm just hoping the warmer weather clears that up and we both get more sleep! 

Just a few weeks left of my maternity leave and then I'm back to work in April. It really flew by fast, but I think we were able to enjoy it as much as possible. I know Julia really likes having me around during the day as well. With the sun starting to come out every day now, we'll be able to get started clearing up our garden for the summer!

Thursday, February 9, 2017

6 Weeks with Two

Our little guy is one month old already! He's put on 1kg and grown 5cm as well (over 2lbs and almost 2in). The last few weeks have flown by, even as we didn't do much but eat and sleep and lounge around the house. He's captured our hearts already and made himself quite at home.

Going from one to two is about as parents with multiple kids always say it is--a whole different game. I'm mostly focused on feeding and keeping the little guy happy, while Paul still has to keep big sister to her regular routine. We're taking it day by day to figure it out, but I think we're lucky to have both of us at home every day.

Julia still does really well with everything and seems to understand if I can't help out with something or we have to do something else for a bit.
She's always asking to kiss him or give him a hug and tells me when he's crying too. :)

We'll see what the next month brings as he starts to stay awake more and more. We're looking forward to getting out of the house more and more as the weather starts to warm up. 

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Meet Our Baby Boy!

He's finally here! James Cooper was born the morning of December 30th at 9:40am (6.5lbs, 19.5cm). Isn't he a cutie? :) He came one week early (due date was January 5th), but we're happy that he came in 2016 for taxes and school. We had no problems with the labor and came home from the hospital two days later on Monday.

So far Julia has welcomed him with hugs and kisses and a lot of understanding for when he needs to eat and sleep. She's eager to give him a kiss and calls him "baby boy James" (since we've been calling him baby boy all while I was pregnant).

James himself is doing really well putting on weight and doing lots of eating and sleeping. He eats about every two hours during the day and about every 3 hours at night, but some nights are better than others. He's three weeks old now and getting more handsome every day.