Grayson Elliot – 2 Months

by Lauren on November 25, 2014

Oh wow, we are at the 2 month mark!  So here is a question….when do you stop calling your baby a newborn?  When do they graduate into the next age group of what I believe would be baby, correct?  Either way, he is still my little guy and probably will be forever in my eyes so lets just go with that.

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Oh Grayson, you are such a ham and I feel like the sole purpose of each day is to try and figure you out.  Just when I think I have it, you go and throw me for a loop.  You certainly have developed quite the personality and it comes through more and more each day!

I always knew G was going to be strong willed but I never really prepared myself for it.  Well, all of my assumptions were spot on because my little squirt is one highly determined baby.  We have graduated from just plain old baby cries to full out angry screams or yells.  He knows what he wants and he wants it on HIS time.  Oh, and we also learned how to grab, pull and pinch this month…particularly mommy’s hair and skin.  Needless to say, I’m wearing my hair up most of these days.

Aside from his strong personality there are an infinite amount of truly wonderful things about my little guy.

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He discovered how awesome smiling and laughing is and how funny mommy and daddy can be when they stand over him and make silly faces.  Grayson will almost always smile so big whenever he gets his diaper changed…he LOVES diaper changes.

His other loves…..

  • Eating
  • Bath time
  • Looking at himself in the mirror
  • His play mat
  • His wubbie (Wubbanub pacifier)

His dislikes….

  • Being hungry
  • Dirty diapers
  • Being lightly tossed into the air (scares the daylights out of him)
  • Getting into the carseat (he’s absolutely content once he gets in there and is settled)
  • Being swaddled (Oh my gosh, don’t even try with this kid.  He literally sleeps like a starfish and HATES having his arms and legs confined in any way)

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On the physical side of things, G is growing beautifully!  He had a little catching up to do in the beginning, but he is now spot on!

At his 2 month check up, he weighed 10 pounds 1 oz and measured 22 inches long.  Crazy to think he was just shy of 6 pounds when we brought him home.  He has outgrown almost all of his newborn clothes and has graduated to 0-3 months or 3 months.  We also stepped up a size in diapers and went to size one last week.  It’s been a little rough for mommy, but I’m facing these milestones as they come.

Grayson loves to sit up now and thinks it’s the best thing in the world to check out his surroundings.  We just started putting him in the Bumbo seat and he cannot get enough.

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He also loves to stand straight up as we hold his hands and will even try and jump up and down.  His little one is such a mover!  I’m slightly afraid of what he’ll be doing at 6 months.

Sleeping is going so well!  We start G’s bedtime routine every night around 7:30 pm.  It begins with a warm bath, lotion, and then PJ’s.  I pump a bottle (this is the only time of day that I pump) and we pick out a bedtime story.  Me or John will give him his bottle and then read to him.  We rock him for a few minutes and put in right into his crib, usually by 8 pm.  G will sometimes hang out for a little but always puts himself to sleep.  He wakes up around 3 am to nurse and then will go right back down and wakes up at 6 am for the day.  I really consider myself so lucky!  As good of a nighttime sleeper he may be, he doesn’t exactly love naps during the day.  If we are home, he will only nap for 15-2o minutes at a time, no matter where he is or what we try.  If we go out, he will nap for hours in his carseat and I usually have to wake him up so that he doesn’t sleep too long.  Let’s just say we go out a lot!

Eating is also going great!  We were supplementing with a little formula in the first month to get his weight up fast (recommended by his doctor), but now that he is there, we stopped the formula all together!  This makes me soooooo happy and it also makes life a whole lot easier.  He is such a good nurser now and eats every 2-3 hours (sometimes sooner depending on the day).  I was nursing/pumping after every feeding to help my supply but have stopped (thank goodness)!  I now only pump right before his bedtime because I like to know exactly how much he is getting before he goes down.  We always try to make that his biggest feeding of the day so he sleeps longer.

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What else can I say about this little joy?  Well a joy he is for sure!  John and I still cannot believe how lucky we are to have this beautiful little gift in our lives.  I look at him every single day and thank God for giving me the most incredible opportunity.  I still don’t know what I ever did to deserve it, but I never take it for granted.  I absolutely LOVE being his mom and I know I always say that but it’s true.  And my love for him just keeps growing.

I’m so excited (and a little sad) to see him grow even more.  Let the fun begin!

 

 

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Fun Facts (About Me)

by Lauren on November 24, 2014

I’ve seen this little survey (if that’s what you call it) floating around the blog world lately and found myself enjoying the results from some of my favorite bloggers.  So when Tina tagged me last week to complete it myself, I thought, why not.  After all, it is Monday and what a better way to give me a little mid-afternoon mental break.  Hope you enjoy!

 

Fun Facts About Me

 

Four names that people call me other than my real name:

  1. LO
  2. Babe (John calls me this)
  3. O’Neil
  4. Mama (okay so G doesn’t exactly call me this yet, but we’re working on it ;)

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Four jobs I’ve had:

  1. Hostess 
  2. Barista at a local coffee shop (one of my favorites)
  3. Financial Education Director for a Credit Union
  4. Marketing Manager

Four movies you’ve watched more than once:

  1. Broke Down Palace
  2. Serendipity
  3. 100 Days of Summer (probably my favorite)
  4. Forgetting Sara Marshall

Four books I’d recommend:

  1. Gone Girl 
  2. Wild
  3. The Purpose Driven Life
  4. The Awakening

Four places I’ve lived: 

  • Pennsylvania 
  • Chicago
  • Boston
  • England (more like a long visit but I ran out of ideas here)

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Four Places you have visited:

  1. Cornwall, England 
  2. Rivera Mya, Mexico
  3. Napa, California (my happy place)
  4. Disney Land and Disney World

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Four places I’d rather be right now:

  1. Sipping wine in Napa
  2. On a resort somewhere warm
  3. Eating gelato in Italy
  4. Cuddled up on the couch with my baby

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Four things I don’t eat:

  • Chicken wings (they gross me out) 
  • Beer (if that counts)
  • Mozzarella cheese (this stuff kills me)
  • Cows milk (this kills me too) 

Four of my favorite foods:

  • Salmon 
  • Goat Cheese
  • Carrot Cake
  • Nut Butter
  • Avocado (Oh wait, that’s five isn’t it?)

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Four TV shows I watch:

  • Parenthood (So sad it’s almost over…tear) 
  • Ellen
  • The Voice (Just got into it this year)
  • How I Met your Mother (my go-to show when nothing else is on)

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Four things I’m looking forward to this year:

  • Moving back to PA and seeing family all of the time (I guess that counts as next year…crazy!)
  • Watching Grayson grow
  • Our first Christmas with a baby
  • Seeing family over the holidays

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Four things I’m always saying:

  • “Did you poop?” (Talking to Grayson) 
  • “If you’re happy and you know it….” (singing to Grayson)
  • “Lets go to Starbucks!”
  • “That’s insane!”

I’m supposed to tag four people to answer these questions, but I fear this survey may becoming a little overkill.  You know like that song you hear over and over and over on the radio (eh hem, Taylor Swift).  Anyways, feel free to chime in on your favorite question in the comments.  I’d love to hear some fun facts about you!!

 

 

 

 

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