Davis Nine Months

I can’t believe another month has gone by…..seems like I was just typing Davis’ eight month update yesterday!  We are loving our summer, the sun finally came out here in the Pacific Northwest and it has been nothing but sunny, warm, gorgeous days!  I’m sad that next week is already August, summer is flying by much too quickly!

Davis is all over the place, he is crawling non-stop and you can’t turn your back for more than a second before he is all the way across the room or getting into something.  And oh my goodness, he pulled himself up to standing last night!  Everyone was upstairs for bath time and then next thing I know, he is standing up holding onto the side of the tub.  The tub is the last place I want him to lose his balance and conk himself on the head!

Davis is continuing to enjoy eating solids-still loves avocados best, but also enjoying some fruits.  We’ve tried pears, strawberries, blueberries, peaches, nectarine, banana, watermelon, and cantaloupe.

Most meals/feedings are four to six ounces of breast milk with 1/2-1 pouch along with either multigrain cereal for breakfast or solids/finger foods for lunch and dinner.  Bedtime is still a six to eight ounce bottle that he usually starts dozing while drinking.

Davis is consistently sleeping through the night.  He is usually down around 9 PM and sleeps until 7-8:30 AM.  Naps are less predictable, but most days he takes two naps.  Usually a shorter morning nap-45 minutes to an hour and an afternoon nap (most days at the same time as the girls) for about 2 hours.  Davis naps in his crib, we gave a borrowed rock n’ play back to our friends and the swing will be moving up to the attic soon.  In fact, we are moving his bouncer and jumper up there as well (not for any more of our babies, but for hopefully cousins down the road).

Davis is in 9 month clothing and wearing size 4 diapers.  He has his 2 lower incisors and the top 2 central incisors are almost through with the top lateral incisors shortly behind.  Davis does still bite on occasion when I nurse him, so now that the upper teeth are almost through, I’m quite anxious to nurse him.  Most days I exclusively pump, however, my milk supply is starting to go down, so the ol’ milk factory may be shutting down soon.

Davis LOVES our cats, he literally crawls around chasing them and will tackle them if he gets the chance.  Maya, our 14-year-old tabby, seems to be just as fond of Davis as he is of her.  Bode, our 6-year-old Maine Coon is less fond of the chasing and tackles.

This boy is ALL smiles!

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I know I sound like a broken record-but I can’t get enough of my baby boy!

xoxo

Davis Eight Months

This little guy is growing up too fast-crawling, sitting up, eating…..he’s hitting so many milestones!

A little after seven months, Davis was up on hands and knees and rocking back and forth, he only army crawled for a day or two and since then has been crawling like a champ.  He manages to get around very quickly and especially likes crawling on the hard floor where he can make a little more progress.  He often stops and then sits up.  He is sitting up very well and rarely tips over.  We took down on our baby gate at the bottom of our stairs, but it’s going back up very soon.  The girls have been good about putting their small toys away, it’s easy to forget how infants like to put EVERYTHING in their mouths.

Eating was a bit of a struggle at first, Davis gagged constantly and spit up often if things got too far back in his mouth.  However, he is now enjoying foods.

Foods we’ve tried:

-avocado-he loves it

-nectarines-likes it but can be a little fibrous

-pear-he likes them

-steamed carrots-he likes them okay

-peanut butter mixed with water-he loves it

-yogurt-only tried it once, he thought it was okay

-baby cereal-he likes it best mixed with breast milk, but I’m mixing it more with water now since I prefer to give him my breast milk for his bottle feeds

-baby food/purees-he prefers the fruit ones to the veggie ones

-baby puffs/mum mums-he loves them!

We feed him in a high chair at home usually first with solids and followed up with a 6 ounce bottle.  It’s been nice when going out to eat that we can put him in a high chair also, he loves to sit at the table and be with the rest of the family.  He gets around a 7-8 ounce bottle right before bed, I use to nurse him after his bottle, but a lot of times he is already asleep after the bottle.

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Bottle after eating in his high chair at home.

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Sitting at the table when we were on the Oregon Coast over the 4th of July holiday

Davis is in mostly nine month clothing and size 4 diapers.  He sleeps through the night, usually from nine PM to six AM, he woke up around 12:30 AM twice and woke up at 5:30 AM when we were just on vacation, but that was out of the ordinary.  We have him in a larger sleep sack now and just like the girls-he sleeps with a fan and a white noise machine.

Davis still only has two teeth, his two lower incisors, well behind the number of teeth the girls had at 8 months.  I can’t complain, as he likes to bite on occasion when nursing and I can’t even imagine how much it would hurt if he had more teeth.

I’m mostly pumping at this point, Davis rarely nurses these days.  I was thinking of actively pumping until Davis is nine months, but then I go back to pumping until I know that he’ll have breast milk until one year.  I have a good amount of frozen milk, but now that he drinks more per feeding (usually 6-8 ounces) I’m having to dip into my frozen supply.  I’m currently pumping about four times a day and it’s a commitment.  I do think the thought of “Fed is Best” helps.

Davis loves to be held, he is happy as a clam if he’s being carried around.  He LOVES to be in the Baby Bjorn and squeals with delight when you first put him in.  He continues to be happy and calm, we just could not ask for a better baby.

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Official 8 month photo

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Beach time-loving taking in the views

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Sleeping on Daddy-I just love his lips!

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Hamming it up at his 7 month photo session

The twins turn three next week!  Time is going so fast, we are loving every minute of it (well, almost every minute of it, minus the tantrums).  We are back to potty training Zoe, it’s round two for her.  I’ll post on how it’s going soon.

Hope all of you had a great Fourth of July!  We had a great Oregon Coast getaway and are back in Seattle enjoying the sun with a few more days off this week!

xoxo

Party of Seven to Hawaii

In April we ventured with the three kiddos and my parents to Maui.  It was our first vacation with all three kids, so inviting my parents along was a great help to have extra hands.

We always fly Alaska Airlines, but flew Hawaiian Airlines this time, the seating arrangement was perfect for us.  The Airbus plane is two seats by the window, aisle, four seats in the middle, aisle and two more window seats.  Hubby and I sat in the middle area and sandwiched both girls and took turns holding Davis.  My parents sat in the two seats by the window across the aisle from us.  I don’t want to jinx us for future flights, but this was our best flight to date!  The girls are old enough now to watch movies and Davis is young enough to sit still and nap on the plane.  I debated about taking my Boppy pillow to Hawaii, but I am so glad that I did.  With the Boppy I was able to nurse Davis on the plane and have it to nurse him while we were in Hawaii.  It was a little cumbersome to travel with, but much easier than trying to prop him with pillows.  I also brought along my Medela pump and pumped while we were in Hawaii.

We again stayed in the Kaanapali area of Maui and rented a condo along the beach boardwalk, it was the perfect location for access to the beach and to walk to the Whaler’s Village shopping and restaurant area.  The girls slept in one bedroom in their Guava travel cribs, Davis was in our room in a rented crib and my parents slept in the open den area.  We again traveled light……just kidding…..3 large suitcases, 3 carseats, 1 stroller, 4 carry-ons, plus my parents luggage this time!  We have it down traveling with twins, so adding 1 more wasn’t too bad.

The girls really enjoyed the pool and beach and Davis enjoyed the pool as well.  The condo complex had a great kiddie pool that was only about 1-2 feet deep, it was the perfect place for our family to hang out and enjoy the sun.  We enjoyed lots of good food while there and were so thankful to have my parents there so we could enjoy a date night!  Hawaii continues to be our happy place, we love spending time with our family and taking time to relax, we really have no agenda while there except to soak up some sun and eat lots of good food at our favorite spots.

We only had one mishap while there and that was when I shared an acai bowl with Jemma one morning.  We have known that Jemma has a berry sensitivity (she is actually going to be tested for allergies at the end of this month) but I didn’t realize that acai is a “berry” and shared bites with her, later that day she broke out in an angry rash and soon it was head-to-toe and she was itchy all over.  Poor girl was so irritable due to the itching and had trouble sleeping.  We tried a Hylands natural remedy, but finally had to go to Benadryl to give her some relief.

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Family dinner at Hula Grill, clearly Jemma was very happy to take this picture!

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Pool time! The kiddie pool that we loved!

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J & Z with Mimi and Papa

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Daddy and Davis

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Our date night to Mama’s Fish House in Paia, one of our favorite restaurants that we had gone to on our honeymoon!

We are enjoying the weather here in Seattle now that it is warming up a bit and the rain is less frequent, it’s nice to spend time outside and the girls can burn off some energy running around.  Davis is up on his hands and knees and is starting to crawl!  Our twins didn’t start crawling until around 9 months, so he is definitely moving early, trying to keep up with his big sisters I’m sure!

The girls are turning 3 in exactly one month!!!  Where has the time gone?  I love the little people they are developing into, but miss my babies.  The saying “days are long, years are short” is so so true!

Happy upcoming summer!

xoxo

Davis Six and Seven Months

Well hello!  I’m only a month late posting Davis’ six month update and a few days late on his seven month update.

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Six Months in Hawaii

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Official six month photo when we returned home from our vacation!

The little guy is getting so big and hitting some developmental milestones so quickly.  I feel like he’s moving past his “baby” stage pretty quickly and that makes me both happy and sad at the same time.  I’m glad that he is growing and developing so well, but since he is likely (99% likely) to be my last baby, I’m holding on to every moment because I know it’ll pass and he’ll soon be a toddler.

Davis still has only his two lower incisors and he is biting me somewhat frequently when nursing, I yelp (because man, it hurts!) and then he just looks at me and giggles (little stinker!), I hate to think of what he will be able to do once he gets his opposing upper incisors.  The nursing days may be ending when that happens.  On that note, I’ve had to dip into my frozen supply, Davis takes about six ounces per feeding and my pumping/nursing doesn’t quite keep up with his appetite.  I thought I would have started tapering down my pumping by now, but I think I’m going to continue on a little while longer.  The nursing and pumping has been so much easier with a singleton versus twins that I don’t mind and I’d love to give him breast milk for as long as possible.  I’m also not waking up in the middle of the night to pump, so that makes things much better.

We’ve tried introducing some foods to Davis.  We’ve tried rice cereal mixed with breast milk, some Stage I baby foods, mum mum crackers and some cut up soft fruit (more as finger foods).  When you look at our chunky baby, you’d think he would LOVE to eat, but to our surprise he gags very strongly and even spits up if things get too far back on his tongue.  The more we’ve tried things, the less his gag reflex is occurring, but he’s still not into food as much as we’d hope.  His pediatrician isn’t too concerned and said to keep trying foods out with him.

Davis is now in size 4 diapers, which the girls were wearing at nap time until just a couple of months ago!  They had a box of size 4 diapers that we opened up for Davis once they started wearing Pull-Ups exclusively for nap time.

Davis wears 6 month, 6-9 month or 6-12 month clothing depending on the brand.  I don’t get as excited about boy clothes as I did with the girls clothes, but they still have some pretty fun stuff for boys.

Davis sleeps about 9 hours most nights, however, in the last week he’s woken up in the middle of the night and takes a few ounces before going back to sleep.  He’s still not a great napper, especially compared to how well the twins napped.  We had the twins on a very strict schedule and I think it really helped them nap well and sleep 12 hours a night starting around 4 1/2 months.  Davis is definitely not on a strict schedule and I think it affects his sleep patterns.  However, with having two toddlers, it’s just not realistic to stay home and keep him on a strict schedule.

Davis had his six month check-up (almost a month late) and his doctor said he is growing well, has a very calm and easy going disposition and since we aren’t first time parents, he said we could skip his 9 month appointment and he would see Davis at his one year check!

Davis’ Stats (30 weeks):

Weight:  18 lbs 12 ounces     64th Percentile

Height:  27 inches                   61st Percentile

Head size:  17.64 inches         72nd Percentile

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Seven Months

Davis is easily rolling from front to back and back to front, he pushes up on his hands and can scoot himself all over, I think crawling will be coming very soon.  He is starting to put everything into his mouth and has a good grasp and is constantly pulling and tugging things.  He looks when we say his name and loves his jumper.  He LOVES our cat Maya and she loves him back.  He pulls and tugs on her fur and she doesn’t make a peep.  She loves to lay on the Boppy when I’m nursing him.  Jemma and Zoe are getting a little more possessive of their toys since Davis can reach for them now.  We will need to re-baby proof everything very soon!

Davis continues to be a sweet and happy boy.  He’s definitely a mover and gets a bit more fussy when hungry or tired, but overall, he makes being a Mama such a joy!

Davis was baptized this past Sunday at our church.  He wasn’t his usually perfect self and actually cried almost the whole time he was in front of the congregation, he was only quiet when the pastor was placing water on his head.  We chose Joshua 1:9 for his life verse.

Have I not commanded you?  Be strong and courageous.  Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.

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Davis’ Baptism

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Sweet Davis on his baptism day!

We had a first family vacation with three kids in April with Mimi and Papa in tow.  I’ll post soon about our adventure!

And Happy belated Mother’s Day to all of the Mamas and Grandmothers out there.  Also, thinking of those of you hoping and praying to be a Mom, continue to have hope…….Hugs to you.

xoxo

 

 

Davis Five Months

Happy Spring!  We are waiting for our spring weather here in the Northwest, still lots of rain and gloomy days.  Even though Daylight Savings is kind of a pain, I’m loving the longer days and can’t wait for the weather to warm up so we can get back to our evening walks and trips to the nearby park.

Little guy is five months old and continues to be such a joy to our family.  He continues to give us lots of smiles, tons of laughs and giggles and just warms our hearts.  Jemma and Zoe are wonderful big sisters to him and are always willing to help when it comes to taking care of “baby Davis”.

Davis is now taking around five ounces at each feeding and when he is hungry is the only time he really fusses and cries.  We switched him to the Playtex bottles and are using the drop-in liners with the medium flow nipple.  It’s so much easier than washing all of the million Dr. Brown parts and he isn’t having much issue with air intake.  We are continuing on with one ml of DHA and probiotics daily.

Davis has started having more frequent BMs, he use to have only one every 7-10 days, but now he’s having several a week and even had two in one day last week.  We still have him in size two diapers but a box of size three are on their way!

He is almost primarily in six month clothing, although he still has some three-month clothing that fit on the snug side.

Davis is in a sleep sack at night and is sleeping in his crib now!  I give him a four to five ounce bottle in our room after we’ve put the girls to bed and if he’s still hungry, I nurse him until he falls asleep and then I take him to his room and put him in his crib.  He’s sleeping from about 9:30 PM until 5-6 AM every night.  I usually wake up around 3-4 AM to pump and with this pump session I fill a bottle so that it’s ready to go when he wakes up.

Davis is getting his first tooth, his lower left central incisor is just coming through, he has been chewing his fingers and drooling non-stop, but didn’t really fuss as it was coming through.

Davis is continuing to easily roll from his back to his front, he can go from both right and left sides.  However, he has yet to roll from his front to his back.

We are taking our first family trip since Davis has been born in late April.  We are headed to Maui and my parents are joining us this time since we will definitely need extra hands.  We are very excited to head to a sunny location and are looking forward to my parents joining since they haven’t been to Maui in a very long time!  We are staying in a condo in the Kaanapali area that we haven’t stayed in before, it’s located closer to the boardwalk and beach than in the condo we normally rent, so it’ll be nice for everyone to be able to walk easily in the area.  We are planning on introducing solids to Davis on the trip, we had done this with the girls when they were six months on vacation in Hawaii.  Wish us luck on packing and getting seven people easily to the airport and on the plane!

And lastly, my Mom has let us know that she will be “retiring” from helping us with our childcare at the end of this upcoming summer.  We are so blessed that she will have helped us for over three years and are going to be sad to see her go.  With the arrival of Davis, three kids has been a lot for her to take care of on a regular basis and since she lives out of town, when she helps us, she is away from home for over two weeks at a time, leaving my Dad home by himself.  Also, when she is at our house, she is helping us on evenings and weekends, unlike my mother-in-law who gets to go home every evening and has her weekends free.  My Dad and her want to do some traveling in their retirement and are looking forward to new places to explore.  I’m sure my parents will continue to visit regularly and all of the kids will really miss their Mimi!

With my Mom retiring, we are beginning our search for an Au Pair, we are working with two agencies-Au Pair Care and Cultural Care Au Pair, which were both recommended by friends who have used both agencies.  We are planning on interviewing a few candidates this weekend.  With my Mom staying with us half of the month, we are use to having an extra person in our household and have extra room for an au pair to have her own space.  My mother-in-law will continue to help us two days a week, which we are very happy to have her do so.  We compared hiring a nanny for three kids to getting an au pair, and the au pair seemed to make the most sense for our family.  We look forward to learning about another culture as well and think it’ll be a great experience for our children.

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Five Months

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Zoe (L), Davis and Jemma (R)-the girls love their little brother

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All smiles!

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My favorite little guy!

Hope you are all having a nice spring!

xoxo

This Year’s 411 so far….

I’ve been dedicating most of my blogging time to Davis and haven’t updated anything with the twins since the holidays.

Jemma and Zoe are growing up so fast right before our eyes-they melt my heart, make me laugh and drive me crazy all at the same time!  Both girls are so sweet on Davis, they love to give him kisses, show him things they are playing with and make sure that they sing to him or give him a lovey if he’s crying.  They are wonderful big sisters and I hope that they will continue to be.  They haven’t shown any jealousy towards him, and tend to pick on each other instead.  We hear a lot of “so and so pushed me”, “so and so took my toy”, etc.

The girls are so funny, they say and do the funniest things.  When I have to pump in front of them, they love to chime in “Mommy’s boobies are moving”.  My reply, “Yes, yes they are!”  They are so observant and point out everything.  Sometimes I think I’m doing something without them noticing (shoving that cookie into my mouth in the corner of the kitchen), but nothing escapes them, they see everything.  They are starting to “read” book themselves, Jemma especially remembers all of the details from each page and almost says it verbatim.  Zoe tends to make up more of the story, but it is amazing to see them sit quietly and flip through books.  They are also getting more into music.  We listen to a lot of music at home and in the car.  Jemma’s song right now is “Don’t Wanna Know” by Maroon 5 and Zoe’s jam is “I Feel It Coming” by The Weeknd.  They love to sing along, I know it won’t be for long that I can enjoy the music I like and not have them picking up on inappropriate lyrics, haha!  We also have an Amazon Echo Dot in our house and the girls love to yell things at Alexa.  “Alexa-how old is Pooh?”, “Alexa-stop the timer!”

I think the tantrums hit a peak in the weeks following Davis’ birth and I’m hoping they won’t come back like that again.  However, Jemma has been having more lately, but hoping they are related to irritability.  In early January we noticed small raised bumps on her torso and back, soon after it was widespread over her whole body and starting to get raised and red.  At that time she wasn’t complaining of any itching.  We took her into the pediatrician on call and he said that it was likely from a virus and would pass in five to seven days.  The redness and widespread location of the rash dissipated, but it soon got itchy and she was scratching her scalp, neck and upper back and chest like crazy.  At this time she was so irritable and fussy and having almost daily tantrums (but I could hardly blame her since I’m sure she was going crazy with the itchiness!).  Since this was past the five to seven days since her Dr. visit, we started to think that it could be a food allergy.  My MIL and the acupuncturist I see both said that kids tend to love what they are allergic to.  So, our first food to eliminate was berries.  Jemma LOVES berries and will eat them for every meal if she can.  We eliminated all berries but didn’t see much improvement, I was worried we’d be onto wheat next!  Since it appeared to be isolated to her head and neck we started thinking more about a contact dermatitis from shampoo and soap.  I also started doing the family laundry all together and switched the kids’ detergent from Honest to Tide.  Just last week I switched all of the kid’s laundry back to Honest and we started using only Dr. Bronner’s castille soap for baths.  I also bought some calendula ointment and started rubbing it on her affected areas.  Low and behold-the itching has decreased dramatically and the rashes are almost totally gone.  We did have her regular pediatrician take a look when we took Davis in for his four month check and he agreed that it could be from soap and detergent.  He took a vaginal swab to check for Strep but it came back normal and he also though a food allergy would have presented itself much sooner that at age 2 1/2.

With all of her irritability, she was waking up a lot at night due to the itching, we’d usually have to fix her snap on her jammies, rub her back, give her water, etc and were getting up a few times a night.  Sad that our toddler and not our newborn was keeping us up at night.  On Monday night she cried out “Daddy water!” for almost an hour and after he went in and said that we took her cup downstairs she then cried out “Mommy water!”  We knew this behavior could not go on, so we prepared them all day yesterday saying that Mommy and Daddy are very tired and need to get a good night’s sleep.  We told the girls they can have a drink of water right before bed, but that we can’t drink in the middle of the night so that we don’t have to go potty and everyone can sleep peacefully.  It seemed to work and Jemma only woke up once last night to go potty.  I’m hoping for our usual restFUL nights soon!  Especially since Davis is such a great sleeper already.

We’ve been having lots of fun playdates with friends.  My girlfriend who has twin girls who are about six months older than Jemma and Zoe came over last weekend and we drank wine and ate food while the girls all played together.  We joked that we knew we’d be at this place at some point!

The girls got into the preschool that we were hoping they’d be accepted into.  Starting in September they will go three days a week from 9 AM until 12 noon.  We will need to get Zoe potty trained by then, I think she is capable, but prefers the convenience of a diaper right now.

We had the first week of February off, it was a great week to be off, we had a big snowstorm the Monday of that week (which we would have had to cancel work most likely), so we stayed home and had a snow day!  The girls had so much fun playing in the snow and building a snowman.  The girls also got hair cuts that week and we had fun catching up with lots of friends!

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Hanging out at home on our staycation

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Z ready for her haircut!

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J ready for her haircut!

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Post hair cut doughnuts!

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The girls loving the snow!

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Family snow day!

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D bundled up for the snow

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Valentine cookies

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Day at the Zoo with Mommy!

I really must stop and say “Life is good!”.  The other night when we were up listening to constant whining, having to get up to rub backs and missing out on some much-needed sleep, my husband says “Four years ago we would have agreed to staying up all night listening to crying and whining because it would mean that we have children.”  And that is so true, our three children are truly blessings and blessings we weren’t sure we’d ever receive, so with all the good comes the bad and it means we get to be parents to these amazing miracle babies!

xoxo

Davis Four Months

March 1st?!!!  Already!?  I’m late posting….again.

Our sweet boy is now over four months.  He continues to be so happy, mellow and an overall easy baby.  I honestly could not have asked for a sweeter baby!

Not too much has changed in the last month.  He’s now taking around four ounces of breast milk when bottle feeding and nursing every three or so hours if I’m home.  We are giving him 0.5 ml of DHA twice a day in bottles and just started probiotics once a day in a bottle as well.  We did the same with the girls and I think it helped with their tummies.  We just started him on the Level 2 Dr. Brown nipple last night.  We still have all of the girls’ Playtex Drop-In bottles and liners, so hopefully Davis will be able to switch to those at some point and we won’t have so many bottle parts to wash.  Davis is wearing size 2 diapers.

Davis continues to sleep in the Woombie but we now have both of his arms out and are hoping to move him into his crib from his Rock n’ Play this month.  He is getting a little big for the Rock n’ Play and is starting to move side to side.  He continues to nap in his swing (that he now likes).  He is sleeping anywhere from six to eight hours straight at night and will take two to three hour naps during the day if we are home and not on the go.

He currently loves baths, when we sing to him (especially Mommy and  his sisters), bouncing up and down, being tickled, talking with us and having his face gently stroked.  He dislikes being hungry and being put down after being held for awhile.  He prefers to face you when he’s being held.  He also prefers tummy time on his Boppy and not flat on his playmat.

Davis just had his four month check and is doing very well.  The doctor agreed that his head is flat in the back, but didn’t think it warranted helmet therapy.  He had two vaccines and took them like a champ.

Four Month Stats:

Weight:  15 pounds 14.5 ounces (68th percentile-CDC)

Length:  25 inches (52nd percentile-CDC)

Head circumference:  17.32 inches (88th percentile-CDC)  Big head like Mommy and big sister Jemma)

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Four Months-our happy, sweet boy!

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All smiles!

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Rockin the headphones at church

We had more snow here this past Monday and lots of wind last night.  We are ready for spring!  Happy March!

xoxo

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