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.

Saturday, February 2, 2019

Four Months of Oliver

It seems fitting that since January lasted 97 days Oliver grew up a ton this month. It's a little overwhelming how big he seems to me now! He is definitely no longer a small baby, the comment this month was, "Look how long he is!!"

Oliver is now four months old and weighs 15 lbs. He grew out of his 0-3 month clothes early on in the month, and we just skipped onto 6-9month clothes because he is a tall boy! His feet don't quite reach the bottom but I love the floppy footsies and the reminder that he is still somewhat of a young baby.

The biggest changes this month were Ollie's neck control and leg muscles. He can now hold his head up all the time! I didn't realize how much easier this would make transporting him but it has been so nice. As for standing,at the beginning of the month he was barely able to hold his weight before his knees would buckle. Now he can bear his weight completely for a minute or so! (as long as we balance him obviously).
My favorite first this month was that he found his laugh!! I was holding him and doing some squats and he just found the whole movement hilarious. It's probably a ploy to get me to start exercising again but #worthit.
Other big events were his first stroller rides (luckily this winter has been really warm), his baby blessing last Sunday January 27th at Tayler's parents home, and his first time grabbing and shaking his toys.
 Things he's loving: mom doing squats, his reflection, sitting up in baskets, "talking" with mom or dad, sitting in his car seat (NOT being buckled), mornings, kicking his stuffed monkey because it rattles, and constant attention and eye contact.
Things he's not loving: bath time, tummy time, loud noises, and laying his head down on my chest :(

Crazy to think that he's 1/3 of a year old! Another exciting development of the month was that Tayler got a new job, and he's now home around 3 instead of 8. Both me and Oliver have LOVED having him home more and it's nice to have some family time together before it's bedtime. We sure love this sweet baby boy and the light he is in our lives.


Friday, February 1, 2019

Blessing Day for Ollie

This past Sunday Tayler blessed Oliver at his parent's home in Salem. It was a special day filled with family, a night long game of Pass the Oliver, and food. We are so grateful for this special boy and for the family that came to support him.

Tayler blessed Ollie to be a friend to all, to be aware of other's needs, to be healthy and to sleep well haha. That last one may have been my favorite;) It's crazy to think that Tayler and I get front row seats to his whole life. What an absolute honor to spend our days loving and learning from each other.