Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Drake - 9 Months

Holy smokes, this kid killed it in his photoshoot today. All smiles, all heart eyes, all the time.

At 9 months Drake,

Has two new top teeth that started to poke through to accompany his bottom two teeth. There looks to be another tooth on the top left coming through as well, but I'll believe it when I see it! I said the same thing about a bottom tooth and it tucked back under. He had been acting pretty crabby for a few days and we thought it was from a change in his diet, but then his teeth poked on through! His smile is even cuter now, if that's possible.

Crawls SO fast, especially when he notices Carter walking away from a favorite toy. He knows he only has a limited amount of time to snatch it. He also climbs up on everything, can climb stairs and walks along furniture. Luckily his clumsy stage was pretty short and he now knows how to get down from anything pretty gracefully. He still tries some pretty dangerous stunts but since but I don't feel like I have to hover over him all the time, which has been great.

Finally is starting to be a bit vocal. His first word was....drumroll.....
Dada, of course. Not shocked about that in the least. He's obsessed with his Daddy. He pronounces it closer to "duh duh" but we're counting it!

Definitely prefers adult food over pureed baby food. Looking back, I feel like he has always kind of been this way. He's a great eater (obviously) and has never gagged once on anything. Honestly, it is much easier going the baby-led weaning route so I don't mind one bit. However, we still keep some packs of veggie baby food on hand for those nights that the rest of us just have pizza ;)

Is still in size 4 diapers but needs to wear at least 18 month clothing. Him and Carter share the same size swim diaper and some clothing haha

Is a pretty terrible napper still. We're at the point where he'll take his short morning nap (30-40 mins) in the car seat when we go for an errand and his longer afternoon nap (1-1.5 hrs) in the swing. He does decent at sleeping in his crib at night but for whatever reason he just will not stay down for naps. I vaguely remember Carter doing the same thing and growing out of it though so I'm not loosing hope. I've also learned that a swing nap is better than no nap, so we're rolling with it.

LOVES Carter. That boy can get him laughing like no other. I am just obsessed with their relationship and am starting to be happy that we had them so close together. Key word: starting.

Has had way more junk food than Carter ever had at his age. Carter never tasted chocolate or ice cream or pizza or anythinggg until he was at least a year old. Drake on the other hand...whoops

Loves the water, especially the splash pad. Totally laughs when he gets sprayed in the face. Makes my life easy because it happens quite often

Is developing some pretty wild, unruly hair. I think he would definitely benefit from a little trim around his ears and off the top. However, I think a fairy loses their wings every time a less-than-one-year-old gets a haircut, so I'll wait just a few more months.

Still slays me with those enormous blue eyes. I am completely immune to them and I recognize that I'm in big trouble.

LOVES it when I lay on the ground and let him crawl all over me. Bonus points if he gets to pull my hair.

Hasn't seemed to develop any type of stranger danger yet, he'll still let anyone hold him

Is still the most wiggly kid in the universe and cannot sit still for the life of him. Sometimes I get tired just watching how busy my kids are

Will grant you a huge smile from simply just giving him eye contact. It's the best.

Is really only called Drake if he's being naughty (Draaaaake). Otherwise, he's Drakey, Drakers, Drakey Pakey or Draker Paker

Drakey baby your family loves you so much and feel so blessed that we can call you ours.

Saturday, July 8, 2017

Drake - 8 Months

I feel horrible, I totally skipped 7 months! I was drowning with my new calling of YW President and then the subsequent camp fundraiser two weeks later and then a big car show for my work two weeks after that I was pretty much spent. But I cannot skip this one because there are just too many milestones!

At 8 months, Drake

-Is full fledged crawling now. He went from 0 to 10 basically overnight, kind of wild! He never really did the army crawling thing like Carter did. I will admit, it was kind of nice having him crawl a little later at 7 months vs 5 months with Carter.

-Also can pull himself up on furniture if it's low enough.Yikes.

-Has two front bottom teeth. Richard and I could have sworn that a third one was coming in at the bottom but it seemed to have retracted? Lol who knows

-Still sleeping it the pack n play. He was in his crib for awhile but then he learned how to pull up and we haven't lowered it yet.

-Is also still a pretty terrible sleeper. He will have a few good nights a week where he will give me a 6 hour stretch but most of the time he's up every 3 hours. I am a complete zombie. Logistically I just can't figure out a way to sleep train him without him waking up Carter in the process. Ideas are welcome.

-Loves him some food! Doesn't seem averted to anything and is really good about chewing and handling his food. We give him baby food but also just any of our food that is softer from our plates. He's doing great!

-Is just the sweetest little baby in the entire world. All you have to do is look at him and he'll give you the biggest smile and his eyes light up and *sigh* he's such a dreamboat. I still get comments anytime I take him anywhere because of his sweet countenance and big blue eyes.

-Has me questioning his hair color again. Looks blonde indoors but reddish outdoors. He also has a lot more hair than Carter did at this age. It reminds me of little duckling down, so cute!

-Is still super wiggly and loves to pull hair. Both of which makes holding him for long periods of time kind of difficult.

-Still loves Carter and is constantly crawling all over him. Carter is very patient but is not the biggest fan of all the physical attention.

-Is actually kind of into binkies now! I tried it about a month or so ago when he was teething and he took right too it.

-Fits into 12-18 month clothes and is still in size 4 diapers. If I'm in a pinch though, he can wear Carter's diapers and clothes.

-Loves his Daddy and is so soothed by him. Richard can put him to sleep by just holding him. He's a total miracle worker.

-Is a bit cuddle bug. He will give lots of good nuzzles right in our necks/shoulders

-Reacts to funny things or things that he's excited about by making this pterodactyl sound by inhaling. It is such a weird little noise. I have it on video but I'm too lazy to upload it.

-Makes me so, so tired but also makes me want 1,000 more babies just like him. We love you baby Drake

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Drake - Happy Half Year!

Happy half year, little love bug! I just can't believe it. I remember the day he was born too well. Literally like it was yesterday. I know I always say 3-6 months is my favorite. But the 6th month with this one isn't looking too shabby :)

At 6 months Drake...

- Is soo so wiggly! Homeboy can not sit still for one minute. Thus ALL of the blurry pictures ;)

- Is also still incredibly happy. He has his moments, as all babies do. However, if he's fussy just picking him up and holding him will usually fix 90% of his problems. So remember readers! If you currently have a colicky baby...there's hope!!

-Loves to sit straight up. Most of his "chairs" (high chair, bouncer, swing, carseat etc) are slightly reclined so if there's any slack on the straps, he will lean forward in order to sit straight up. So needless to say, he can sit up on his own now. I still keep a boppy wrapped around him if I'm not right there though because he is so wiggly that he's fallen backwards a few times.

-Has his first tooth! It's his bottom right one. He's always liked to chew on things (mostly blankets), but really didn't show any signs of discomfort until just a few days before it broke through

-If he's laying down on the ground, bed, etc...he loves when you look at him so you're upside down. He thinks it's hysterical

-Has discovered his voice. He squeals and blows bubbles all day long. His laughs have also really taken form now and if we kiss his neck or if Richard tickles his ribs we can really get him going.

-Is a very inquisitive boy. He really can lock in and concentrate on something. He likes to play with some of Carter's more complex toys instead of the typical baby rattles

-Is so happy when he's around other kids. Or just people in general. So far, he's okay with having whoever hold him and generally just appreciates having a lot of attention.

-Gets compliments every where we goes about his blue eyes. My phone isn't very good so these pictures never do them justice but they are beautiful.

-Is still HUGE. I have his 6 month appointment tomorrow, but I'm guessing he's at least 23 pounds. He cannot fit into anything smaller than 12 months and is currently in size 4 diapers

-Has gotten to be a better sleeper at night. I shoved his pack n play to the other side of our bedroom so he's as far away from us as possible and he slept through the night for the next week (with the exception of few 5am feedings). It was GLORIOUS. He reverted quite a bit because I think he's teething again? But that week of 7+ hour stretches reminded me that life will eventually be good again haha

-However, his naps have taken a turn for the worse and he has decided his crib is a torture chamber? We're working on it.

-Has had baby oatmeal cereal as well as green beans, peas and has gummed on a few pieces of fruit. He is able to eat from a spoon a lot better than Carter did and is generally just pumped that he gets to be included.

-Has had a few formula bottles. My milk supply dropped a lot around 6 months with Carter as well. I remember with Carter I panicked and tried everything: lactation cookies, supplements, woke up in the middle of the night to pump...the works, and nothing really seemed to help. This time I'm not going to sweat it. I usually pump around 9ish ounces while I'm at work and at that rate, he'll have to have one bottle of formula to supplement. Since I work MWF, that equates to maybe 3 bottles of formula a week, so I'm okay.

-Doesn't crawl, per se...but he sure does move around. If I put him on a blanket and leave the room, I'll come back to him being completely off the blanket. He can push himself onto all fours, but for now he just rolls and wiggles around to get where he wants.

-LOVES both of his Grandma's. He loves his extended family as well...but man, when I drop this kid off on the days that I work with Grandma Willis and Grandma Rindlisbacher he lights up like a Christmas tree.

-Overall is still such a sweet, happy, loving baby. If you're lucky enough to get one of his smiles you will know what I mean. He just has this way about you that makes you feel like you're the best person in the world. And what person doesn't need that?