Sunday, May 19, 2019

Seven Months of Oliver


Nothing makes you realize how fast a month goes by better than a baby. Ollie's little boy features just popped out of nowhere this month and it makes me love him even more. This month we had some of our best, funnest days together and also some of our roughest. The fun ones were when we played together all day, which involves lots of tickles, snuggling, and him sitting on my lap. The harder days were when I had a ton of work to get done and nothing would entertain him, he just constantly let out this whine that grated on my nerves like nothing I've ever experienced. Oh motherhood!

Things he's loving: rolling! all the sudden he is the tummy time king. I sat him down on the floor and was browsing Amazon for a new baby sleep sack, then I looked up and he had rolled underneath the coffee table. He was beaming and SO proud of himself. [Monday, April 22nd]

Other loves: when people clap, being tickled, stroller rides, his high chair, van rides, and splashing in the tub.

Firsts:

  • First time trying to crawl. On April 14th during sacrament meeting he was laying on the floor and decided he wanted the bottle cap that had rolled away. He tried to push off with his feet and use his head to crawl, but got very frustrated very quickly. Progress nonetheless!
  • SLEEP TRAINING WOO WOO WOOOOOOO. Sleep training was something I did NOT want to do. Even though I majored in Human Development and knew that the cry it out method does no damage to mental health or emotional attachment, I personally didn't want to go through it. However, around 5-6 months old he started waking up every 40 minutes and I could not function anymore. Something had to change, and I'm so glad it did. He caught on so quickly and it was way less traumatic than I'd imagined. He's happier, I'm happier, and our whole family is running smoother now that we are all sleeping better.
  • First KISS! Haha I had a work meeting with my favorite coworker and she brought her 4 year old daughter. She and Ollie had so much fun playing together, and then when it was time to go she gave him a little peck haha. We have never been a family that kisses on the lips but it was pretty cute.
  • Tried carrots & avocados. Not a huge fan of them, but he tolerates them and is getting over his tongue thrust reflex so the whole experience is now much cleaner.
  • First fat lip. Tayler learned the hard way that you can't rely on Ollie to stay upright when he's sitting. 
  • Easter. He was so cute reaching into his basket and I think he thoroughly enjoys his new teething toys.
New Places:

  • Trip to Moab with my brother Chase and his fiancĂ© Chloe, and my younger brother Chandler. We went on a couple hikes (one 3mile, one .5 mile haha) but it was fun and we all enjoyed the outdoors and being in the van!
  • Trip to Tulip Festival in Thanksgiving Point with JaLaine, Louis, and William. 
















Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Six Months of Oliver

*Better late than never!
 Half a year with our Oliver boy! It's hard to wrap my mind around. It has been such a sweet six months.
Bubba boy is still 17 pounds and 26", so he hasn't grown at all since last month. I brought up my concern with the pediatrician but he said, "Babies grow in spurts!" so we are trying not to worry about it! 
 This sweet boy is officially crossing over into closer-to-1 than infant territory. He had two exciting developments this month: sitting up and trying solids. On March 26th we were sitting on a blanket in the backyard of my in-laws, and Ollie was fascinated by his cousins on the swings. He'd never been close to sitting up by himself but he was so in the zone he wasn't even aware of it. I'll include a photo my sister in law took.

As for the eating solids, it hasn't been very successful. We started with oatmeal but he isn't a fan of the taste or texture (I don't blame him. I tried it and thought of Elmer's Glue.) But we are branching into vegetables next week so hopefully that goes over better.

He also went to two National Parks this month! Capitol Reef and Canyonlands. He loved riding in the camper van and slept for both journeys. When he was rested and fed, he loved hiking but we made the mistake of taking him out when he needed a nap and ended up holding him in our arms for 3 miles. Lesson learned!
 Things he's loving: when dad comes home, his Jolly Jumper, rides in the camper van, mornings, being held facing outward, touch & feel books, mom's hair, going on stroller walks, chewing on EVERYTHING, bottles, the sunshine, grass.

Things he's starting to tolerate: baths!! finally! He figured out splashing!

Things he's not loving: eating oatmeal, sleeping through the night, Dad putting him to bed.

Sleeping has been especially rough lately. As a newborn he slept for 2 hours at a time, but that has steadily gotten worse. Now he wakes up every 40-90 minutes, and it's getting tricky for both of us to feel rested and enjoy our days. Although I don't want to, we will probably start sleep training him soon. I know it will be harder on me than him though and 100% worth it in the end!

Looking forward we are excited to celebrate Easter with him and watch him continue to expand his palate and work on his large motor skills. Crazy to think he'll be mobile soon! We love our sweet boy, his bright eyes and big smile are the highlight of our days!

Saturday, March 2, 2019

Five Months of Oliver

FIVE? A whole hand of months?! How lucky are we.
Oliver now weighs 17 pounds and is about 26" tall, according to our very accurate tape measure. He's still in 6-9month clothes, but definitely starting to burst out of 6 month clothes. See Exhibit A.
The biggest change this month was that he wants to sit up all the sudden! Whenever you put him in something reclining he will lean forward, so we are starting to actually use the straps on his swing and bouncer. We also found some new tickle spots that bring out his manly laugh (seriously the deepest baby laugh I've ever heard) on his upper thighs and armpits. He is also starting to interact with his toys and rattles more too which is fun to watch, you can almost see the wheels in his head turning.
Things he's loving: his new Jolly Jumper, getting dressed, when someone clicks their tongue, sitting up in a Bumbo, Tayler's scruffy face, his play gym, when Mom/Dad sing to him, Touch & Feel books, balloons.

Things he's not loving: BATHS. He still screeches like a banshees and cries real tears at bath time. I had some hope because a couple baths ago he actually splashed, but it looks like his water phobia has returned. Tummy time is still not his fav, but he is tolerating it better and can go for longer.

What we are loving: how he puts his hand on your face, his Jolly Jumper prance, his concentrating face (scrunched eyes and pursed lips), how he thinks it's hilarious to put his hands in his mouth right when we are trying to change his shirt so we can't get his sleeves on.
This little cutie makes every day better and we can't wait to get out of the house more and have more adventures as the weather warms up! Grateful to watch you grow baby boy.