December baby – 3 months

Happy 3 month day, little guy! (Just a few weeks late…oops!)

Now that you’re no longer a newborn, you’re ready to explore your world! You’ve found your hands, and they are always in your mouth. We change your clothes a lot, because you’re drooling everywhere all of the sudden. (It’s too early for teething, right?) You’re doing much more cooing and smiling these days, which is so much fun!

Such a sweet, happy boy. I love you!

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3 month milestones (from Baby Center): 

Mastered Skills (most kids can do)

  • Recognizes your face and scent
  • Holds head steady
  • Visually tracks moving objects

Emerging Skills (half of kids can do)

  • Squeals, gurgles, coos
  • Blows bubbles
  • Recognizes your voice
  • Does mini-pushup

Advanced Skills (a few kids can do)

  • Rolls over, from tummy to back – Not quite yet.
  • Turns toward loud sounds
  • Can bring hands together, bats at toys – You’re much more interested in your hands than toys. lol

4th Birthday Interview

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I finally got around to this post, now that my older son is four and a half. (Better late than never, right?!) Last year, I decided that it would be fun to do an interview with him every year to see how his likes change as he grows. :)

His answers are in bold, my comments are in parentheses/italics.

  • How old are you?: four
  • What makes you happy?: treats
  • What is your favorite animal?: cheetah and lion
  • What is your favorite color?: green (same as last year)
  • What is your favorite thing to eat?: goldfish and chocolate milk
  • What is your least favorite thing to eat?: regular milk
  • What is your favorite thing to do?: cuddle with my (stuffed) animals
  • What is your favorite TV show?: Power Rangers
  • What is your favorite movie?: Scooby-Doo
  • What are you really good at?: writing (drawing) Rescue Bots
  • What is your favorite song?: “An octagon is a shape that has 8 sides!”
  • What do you and Mom do together?: write Rescue Bots
  • What do you and Dad do together?: write MORE Rescue Bots (I’m sensing a theme here…lol)
  • What is your favorite book?: The one with the animal tails (Whose Tail is This?)
  • What do you want to be when you grow up?:
  • A policeman, a fireman, and a construction guy. But not an ambulance guy, because they have to shock people, and that’s not nice!

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December Baby – 2 months

Sweet baby – 

The last 2 months have just flown by! You’ve almost doubled your birth weight (yay breastfeeding!), so now I call you my little roly poly cause you’re so cute and chubby. I shouldn’t be surprised by how much you’ve gained, though, because you eat all the time. You gurgle and coo and laugh a little, but most of the time you’re just taking it all in. You are fascinated by your hands (which you’ve just recently become aware of), and ceiling fans, even when they’re not moving. You still make a lot of noise when you sleep. I’m starting to think you and Daddy might be competing to see who can snore louder. lol I love you so much, my little roly poly bug!

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2 month stats:

  • Weight: 11 lbs. 15 oz  (up 5+ lbs. since birth)
  • Length: 22.5 in (up 2.5 in. since birth)

2 month milestones (from Baby Center): 

Mastered Skills (most kids can do)

  • Vocalizes: gurgles and coos
  • Follows objects across field of vision
  • Notices his hands
  • Holds head up for short periods

Emerging Skills (half of kids can do)

  • Smiles, laughs
  • Holds head at 45-degree angle
  • Makes smoother movements

Advanced Skills (a few kids can do)

  • Holds head steady – You’re still a bobblehead. lol
  • Can bear weight on legs – Working on it
  • Lifts head and shoulders when lying on tummy (mini-pushup) – Not yet

December Baby – 1 month

Sweet little boy,

Happy one month! It has gone by so fast! Most days, I can’t believe that I have two little boys to raise.  You have completed our family, and I am so blessed.  Your big brother loves you SO much. Everyone says you take after me more than your dad, but I don’t really see it. You’re a noisy little guy, especially when you’re sleeping.  But, you’re much calmer and happier than your brother was, so thank you for that!  I can’t wait to see you grow up!

I love you!

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1 Month Milestones (from BabyCenter)

Mastered Skills (most kids can do)

  • Lifts head when lying on tummy
  • Responds to sound
  • Stares at faces

Emerging Skills (half of kids can do)

  • Follows objects briefly with eyes
  • Vocalizes: oohs and aahs
  • Can see black-and-white patterns

Advanced Skills (a few kids can do)

  • Smiles, laughs – I’ve seen you smile twice, and heard something once that may have been a laugh…
  • Holds head at 45-degree angle

Life Lately – Mom of Two Boys

So, it’s been 6 months since I blogged… That seems to be what happens when I have a big life event. It’s good to be back!

In case you don’t follow me on Facebook or Instagram, I had a baby boy in December!

It’s been quite an adjustment to our new normal as a family of four. Little Brother is a good baby, though. Much easier than my first, but I don’t know if that’s his disposition or the fact that I’ve done this before.

Big Brother is handling the changes very well. He is in his second semester of Pre-K 4, and loves school, especially art class. I’ve already enrolled him in Pre-K 5 for next fall. (He technically could start Kindergarten, but with a late August birthday – one week before the Sept 1st cutoff, I decided to keep him in Pre-K one more year.) I’m also starting to make summer plans for him, including an art camp and maybe swim lessons.

Several posts are in the works, including a long awaited 4 year birthday interview, and baby’s 1 month and 2 month updates, so keep an eye out for those!

Happy 4th Birthday!

Little man –

How are you four years old already?! Time is just flying by! Three was a good year overall, but “threenager” is a very accurate term! lol Things steadily improved as you got closer to four, though.

You’re really into superheroes now (Transformers, Iron Man, Power Rangers, Ninja Turtles, etc.), but you still like dinosaurs, too. You love to tell stories, and attempt to sing the theme songs to your favorite shows. You prefer to be outside (especially swimming, which you’re much more confident with this year than last). Everyday you ask me if we’re going to school, so I guess that means you’re looking forward to starting Pre-K in a couple of weeks. lol

I can’t wait to see you become a big brother, and teach your little brother everything that you know!

Love you lots and lots!

~ Mommy

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Current stats:

weight: coming soon…
height:

Shorts: 3T
Shirts: 4T, and even some 5T depending on the brand
Shoes: Size 9

Foods:
Likes – strawberries, apples, corn on the cob, pork chops, mac & cheese
Dislikes – Still not a huge fan of veggies, but he does try most things at least once, which is an improvement!

Birthday interview coming soon! (See last year’s interview here.)

A Few Changes for the Upcoming School Year

As you may remember, last year I homeschooled DS for preschool.  Overall, it was a positive experience.  By May, however, we were both burnt out and just let a lot of things slide.  We have been doing some review this summer of basic concepts, like letters and numbers, but we have not been terribly consistent.

Rather than homeschooling DS this year, DH and I decided to enroll him in a 2 day/week Pre-K program.  With the new baby coming, I’m just not sure I can devote a lot of time to a curriculum, so I think this is the best option for all of us at this point.

I’m still very interested in homeschooling in the future, if that’s where our journey takes us.  And maybe we’ll still throw in some stuff from ABC Jesus Loves Me on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.  :)

20 Weeks (Round 2)

I am officially halfway (or more) through my pregnancy. Which is just crazy. On one hand, I feel bad for not documenting Every. Single. Detail. Like I did last time. But quite honestly, it’s been a very similar experience. I’ve felt pretty much the same, had a lot of the same cravings. The main difference this time is I haven’t gained that much weight (which is common with second pregnancies, according to my doctor), and I’m not complaining. Lol

Baby is measuring 5 days ahead, which is not far enough to change my due date, but I have a feeling he’ll be born in December (maybe a New Years baby!)

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