Thursday, May 26, 2011

13 Weeks Old

Jackson is now 13 weeks old and is officially 3 months. He is so darling and I am loving spending my days with him more and more. I have to admit that other tasks are almost impossible for me to accomplish and I wonder how so many moms work full time. Jack isn't a "bad" baby, but he does require a lot of my attention. I also don't believe in just letting him sit in his swing/bouncy seat for hours at a time. I would rather engage him throughout the day. Not saying he doesn't go in his swing (he loves to nap there), but I hear of some babies practically living in their swings and I know that won't work for us.

He's a little piggy these days and is eating about 6oz of formula (when he gets is instead of breastmilk) and I swear that he eyes my food whenever he see me eating. I think it will be fun in a few months to introduce foods to him and see his reaction. Not so fun is all the food he will fling around the house (though I imagine my dogs will be in heaven).

We are still attempting to get him to sleep flat on his back through the night. He is a little wiggleworm and will wake himself up several times by trying to get out of his swaddle, kicking around, rolling on his side, etc. It's no fun to get up at 1am, 3am, 5am, 7am when he was sleeping in his car seat from 9pm-7am. I'm not the only one complaining. Whenever he wakes up, he is a disaster. He can't seem to focus on eating, he screams at me, and he is too angry to fall asleep again. He takes after his momma with his sleep needs.

Here are some photos of him from this past week. He is laughing a lot these days and he is also learning how to cry for attention. *Joy*

Other milestones: JB started to grab his feet as well as at toys. He also covers himself up with blankets if given the opportunity.

Happy Baby

Skeptical Baby

Ready for the Road

Future Ducks Fan

Thursday, May 19, 2011

12 Weeks Young

How has the time gone by so fast?? 12 weeks have passed since Jackson joined us and he is like a little grown-up. He's planning on moving out next week and is visiting colleges :)

Okay, maybe we aren't there yet, but he really is getting so big! He smiles and laughs at me constantly and he is so very vocal about what he would like. He is also super awake and alert now and follows voices/people around the room. It's so awesome to know that he recognizes Mommy and Daddy's voices and responds with smiles.

He has also connected with a toy! He has this little elephant made by Bright Starts that rattles and has teethers for feet. I call him Mr. Elephant and JB will laugh and smile when I put Mr. Elephant in his arms. Soo cute!!

Here he is this week - adorable as ever.

Mr. Elephant :)

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Icing on the Cake

I think that it should be the other way around. It's supposed to make cake the star of the show and icing a sidekick. In my opinion, icing is much tastier than cake. Therefore, I think that cake should surround the icing.

Random, but after eating a truckload of icing this morning with my coffee, it all makes sense to me :)

Friday, May 13, 2011

11 Weeks Old

**I started this post last week, but then Blogger went all haywire for a bit, so it's crazy late.

So this baby is growing up so fast! This week Jackson has been smiling and laughing more, is incredibly AWAKE during the day, and sleeps for 8-10 hours at night. The newborn days are leaving us fast!! I'm kind of sad that his newborn and most of his 0-3 month clothing is no longer fitting him, but excited to put him in one of the 80 million new outfits Great-Grandma and Pa have sent him!

He is becoming less reliant on the fourth trimester tools (swaddling, white noise, side lying) to fall asleep, but we still need to transition him into sleeping flat on his back all night. We have been working with him this weekend, but he is now back to waking up at 3:30am and then again around 7:15am. Just as I was getting used to a full night's sleep....

He's getting really good about holding his head up, and he likes to put weight on his legs as well. He still hates tummy time, but he is cool with it if he's on the Boppy. I hope that means he won't crawl or roll over for a while - I'm not ready yet!

He is no longer a great napper, which is extremely irritating when I want to accomplish anything. He honestly naps about two hours the entire day - all broken up into 20-30 minute segments. I would love to break him of this habit, but I have no control over this child (which also drives me crazy).

We had our first set of shots on Wednesday as well as his two-month check-up. Dr. says he looks great! He weighs 12 pounds and is 23 inches long now (50th percentile for weight, 75% percentile for length and head circumference). I swore he was at least 14 or 15 pounds by now, but I guess not.

He was so angry when he got his shots, but forgot about it immediately after when I gave him sugar water and then a bottle. He promptly fell asleep for five hours, and then woke up screaming just as Daddy was set to watch him for a bit. Poor little guy was pretty fussy, but he got over it quickly. I am definitely NOT looking forward to the next set of shots at his four month check-up.

Here he is last week - getting bigger by the day!!

Monday, May 9, 2011

Saturday Activities

I purchased a DSLR camera in November for the purpose of capturing as many moments as possible of my family and our time together. I've done an okay job of learning how to use it, but I wanted to improve. I purchased a Groupon (love them!!) for a photography class with a company called Chimpsy. I had my class on Saturday and it was so fun! I've already become ten times better and it's only been two days :)

Here are some photos I took on Saturday during my class:

learning focus techniques

Trevor's building in the background :)

learning how to capture movement

I like the lines in this one

Mother's Day Festivities and Random Photos

I had the greatest first Mother's Day! I got to sleep in, go on a hike (sort of), have lunch with my in-laws, sleep some more, and then ate dinner with my loving husband who spent lots of love and time cooking for me. I'm so lucky and blessed with the family we are building and I can't wait to spend many more Mother's Days with my boys :)

Here is a re-cap of our day and then some extra photos:

View of the mountains from the lake by our house

Tanner tried to fight this poor cow. He succeeded in scaring away the cows and he's a little cocky about it now!

Cow Fighter

Kesler is NOT a water dog. We were so shocked when he jumped into the water!

Mini Photoshoot with Jackson

Friday, May 6, 2011

10 Weeks Old

Jackson is now 10 weeks old and he is changing dramatically, especially in the sleep department. For the past three nights he has slept for 6 or more hours at a time. Last night he slept from 10pm-7am!! I think we are definitely reaching a turning point.

He's getting huge and some of his 0-3 month clothing is a bit snug. I can't wait to go to the dr. to see just how much he weighs.

He's also getting quite demanding, and will let you know when he is displeased. We went to see Trevor for lunch this week and he was not about that. He was fussy the whole time and we had to leave early because he was making a bit of a ruckus. Two days later I hung out with another friend and he was a little angel baby. He's getting moods, just like his momma!!

He's also eating a lot more during the day - usually four to five ounces at a time! He gets hungry every few hours and he goes from calm to crazy as soon as he realizes he wants food. Just like another person in our family...

He smiles a lot more as well, and has become obsessed with looking at himself in the mirror of his playgym. It cracks me up when he smiles or laughs at himself and I too am entertained as long as he is!

We are so lucky to have such a cutie :)

Monday, May 2, 2011

Cabin Fever

I'm getting cabin fever - aka to me as Colorado Fever. I haven't been out of this state since last July. I'm going crazy here!!! In the months before I was pregnant, I was all over the place: Hawaii, San Diego, Vegas, Mexico, Florida, & Vail (still in Colorado, but always a fav). I need to get to a beach, or a pool, or a casino STAT!!

Last night I had dreams that we went to Disney World and also to Vegas.

I'm getting stir crazy here. Husband - if you're reading this, please take me to a beach soon :)