4 Month Videos

Our 4 month old boy is just talking the day away! This is the best stage yet! Here are some videos for you!

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16 Weeks and Loving it!

Turner is blossoming into quite the fun little baby! He has such a personality! We feel so blessed to have such a happy baby! I’ve been taking notes of his milestones as the weeks go by. I wanted to get them on my blog so I don’t lose them! So here goes:

5 Weeks Old: Smiling, laughing, sleeping 7 hours at night
10 Weeks Old: sleeping 10 hours at night, batting at toys, bringing hands together, and drooling
12 Weeks Old: Drooling like a mad man
14 Weeks Old: Moved his “dream feed” up to 9:30pm instead of 10:30pm. Sleeping from 9:30-7:30am, rolled over from tummy to back

It’s really amazing how much he changes! It’s hard to believe that his 4 month dr visit is in a week! He’ll be starting solids before we know it! I absolutely LOVE this stage. For the first time in my life, I’m not looking ahead to “what’s next”. I wish time would stand still and I could just hold Turner forever!

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Stew’s Birthday

Today was quite a big day for us! We started our morning as usual, feeding Turner while we sat in bed drinking our coffee. While Turner napped, we got everything ready to spend the day in Summerville since we would be celebrating STEW’S 30TH BIRTHDAY at my mom’s later that night. Once Turner woke up, we got him dressed and headed out the door for church. This was Turner’s first official trip to church! He couldn’t wait to meet Pastor Mike.IMG_0122

Family portrait! IMG_0137After church we went to my mom’s house for lunch. It was delicious. Grilled cheese and salad…Gigi knows how to make a mean grilled cheese.IMG_0125

After lunch we hung out and got things ready for supper! We had lots of great photo ops with my new camera!IMG_0140Then, everyone passed Turner around like a he was a hot potato. He didn’t seem to mind though! Here’s Gigi (my mom) with Turner.
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And then his Nona held him (my grandmother).
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Then it was Uncle Jesse’s turn (my brother).

IMG_0226Finally, it was time for dessert! Turner got comfy in his PJs and had his bottle while we sang to Stew and ate cake!IMG_0239

Needless to say, Turner was pooped by the end of the day! IMG_0256

We had so much fun celebrating Daddy’s birthday today! There is so much more celebrating to do! His birthday week has only just begun, and I have a feeling 30 will be his best year yet!

Emily Bowl

 

 

Every year we celebrate my birthday and the Super Bowl together at my grandparents’ house. It’s always a fun time with amazing food! This year was even more special, because I was able to dress up my little pumpkin! Here are some pictures of the festivities!

Daddy with his little man! Turner is 11 weeks old in this picture. Although he looks like a little boy!IMG_0684We started the celebration at my mom’s house so Stew could shoot his new gun in the backyard. It was the perfect day for shooting! IMG_0702
Then, it was off to Nanny and Pops’ for Emily Bowl! My mom got me a tiara…I was so excited!!IMG_0720

 

Nanny and Mom surprised me with the Magic Baby Bullet! I can’t wait to start making baby food. It’s hard to believe we’re almost to that phase of Turner’s life! He’s growing right before my eyes. IMG_0723

Turner started getting sleepy, so we parked him on Nanny’s lap. He was so relaxed and happy. We were making him laugh and laugh!! IMG_0724

Turner ended the night hangin with the guys watching the game! He had the best seat in the house…all snuggled up on Daddy’s lap! Overall, it was a great night. It was the best birthday celebration I could have asked for!IMG_0725

 

 

 

 

I Just Can’t Resist Sharing!

We have been having SO much fun with Turner lately! He’s almost 11 weeks old and at the age where he’s becoming interactive. We’ve had a few exciting milestones. Starting at 5 weeks, he began sleeping really well at night! He would wake up once in the middle of the night, usually around 2 or 3, for a feeding. Then, at 10 weeks, he dropped his middle of the night feeding and has slept anywhere between 7 and 10 hours at night!! He’s quite the chunker so his ped says it’s perfectly fine! I truly think it’s because of the babywise schedule we started him on at 5 weeks.

He started smiling around 5 weeks. It’s amazing how much he changes and develops each week! Starting around 9 weeks he started laughing!!! It’s the cutest thing I’ve ever experienced. We finally caught it on video!

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Here are some pictures of him in his second month!

5 Weeks Old

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7 Weeks Old

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8 Weeks Old

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I am so obsessed with this baby! It’s so exciting to see the new things he’s constantly learning! I am loving this phase of his life!

 

Natural Cold Remedies

It’s hard to shield your baby from all the germs out there, especially during cold and flu season! You could, of course, keep your child indoors and never leave the house, but that’s not my style. I’ve been taking Turner out and about since he was probably 2 weeks. Maybe that was too early, but I would have gone crazy sitting inside everyday! That being said, we didn’t go out often and we were going places that weren’t crowded and no one was holding him! He made it through ok!

Now Stew, on the other hand, caught a cold a few weeks back. It was the whole sinus, sneezing, sore throat deal. I did NOT want Turner to get sick so I kicked into full on Mommy mode! Turner started getting the sniffles. He was sneezing more than usual and started with a dry cough. He had some eye gook too! I didn’t want to take him to the ped for fear of him catching some other illness going around! He didn’t have a fever, so I just decided I’d cure it at home, as long as he didn’t get any worse of course. Here are my natural remedies for the common cold! They worked like a charm!Slide1

Saline Solution-I made my own saline solution. You can definitely go out a buy saline drops for babies if you choose! I used 1/4 tsp salt to 1 cup water. I warmed the water just enough to melt the salt. I sucked it up into the bulb syringe and just did one to two little squirts in each nostril every 3 to 4 hours. I actually did it right before I fed him because he didn’t like it very much and feeding took his mind off it! I dumped the syringe after 24 hours and refilled with a clean batch.

Snot SuckerThe saline drops loosened up the goodies in Turner’s nose. I used this to suck the snot right out! He actually didn’t mind it. I even took a picture!photo

Bulb Syringe I used this to suck up the saline solution. I would shoot a few drops into his nose every 3-4 hours. I made sure to empty it and wash it after 24 hours! 

Cool Mist Humidifier This is amazing! We’ve been using it in Turner’s room since he was born. It really came in handy when he had the sniffles though! We put a few drops of eucalyptus oil in it when we filled it with water each night so it would spray the eucalyptus air. It seemed to help tremendously! 

Eucalyptus OilThis was our saving grace. I made a mixture of eucalyptus oil and olive oil (1 to 4 ratio) in a little bowl and left it by his changing table. I would rub it on his chest and on our necks. This is like a natural vicks vapor rub. He would smell it on himself but also when we held him. I also put it in his humidifier and his bathtub too!

My little boy was as good as new after just a few days! Happy as a chubby little clam!photo1

 

2 Month Must Haves

Slide1Rock N Play SleeperHEAVEN ON EARTH. That’s all I have to say…ok It’s not, but it should be. Turner absolutely LOVED sleeping in this. It’s on an angle so it kept him from having any issues with reflux and just seemed more comfortable. It’s also very cozy since the sides come up. We would swaddle him up and plop him in there at night. He slept for HOURS! Our pediatrician gave us the ok since there’s no loose cloth or pillows. It’s like his own little cocoon! 

BumGenius One Size DiaperWhen people hear that I do cloth diapers they either think I won’t last or think I’m crazy! I know it’s not for everyone, but it’s seriously EASY! Especially with the all-in-one diapers. Here is my original post with videos and links to everything I ordered. The BumGenius are my favorite now that Turner’s bigger. We also have the Fuzzi bunz One Size but they tend to leak every now and then. I think every diaper is different depending on the build of the baby. But these work great for us! 

Bjorn ActiveThis is perfect for our little chunker! He used to hate it when he was smaller. I could only carry him in the K’tan. Now that he’s bigger he loves the Bjorn! The best part is that Stew and I can both wear it. It sits in the middle of our backs so it doesn’t put a strain on our necks. It’s great when we don’t want to use the stroller. We just throw it on and go! 

Mommy’s Bliss Gripe WaterThis stuff really works. The description says it’s associated with colic. Turner didn’t have colic but he went through a really gassy period around 4 weeks. We would give it to him and the gas came out within minutes!! He felt so much better after drinking it. It was definitely a life saver! We still use it occasionally if he has gas. We also use it for hiccups. It cures them RIGHT AWAY! I will always have it on hand!

Peppermint BarkOk this isn’t for Baby, it’s for me. When my mother in law was here, she bought this peppermint bark for us which was THE BEST thing I’ve ever tasted. I was seriously hooked. I loved it so much that, when it ran out, we made our own. Then, after New Year’s I had to give it up. It was a bad addiction.

Udo’s Infant ProbioticI always have taken a probiotic and I know Turner gets a little through me, but I have a friend who started giving this to her baby. Genius! I got mine at Whole Foods. I just put a 1/4 tsp in his bottle every night.

Baby’s DHA-Our poor little boy. He’s getting all sorts of fun things from me that he doesn’t realize. This is his fish oil. He drinks it right up. We give him 1 ML a day. It helps with brain and visual development, immunity, and nervous system development. We’re starting good practices even at this early age!