Scarlett: Four Months

Friday, July 27, 2018

FOUR MONTHS


Four months...This past month has truly been one for the books, and if I'm speaking honestly, one we wish we could rewrite when it comes to our little S. I hope to write a separate post about the entire ordeal later when I can put into words how we are coping and feeling about our new reality, but long story short...S started having unexplained seizures about midway through this month...on July 12...at just 3.5 months old. After several visits to both our local and regional hospitals, including a couple of overnight observational stays, she is seemingly back to her happy little self. While we would never have wished for this to be her reality at just 3.5months old...or ever...we are incredibly thankful for the wonderful care team that took care of her and was able to find a medication to help control the seizure activity in her brain, thankful for all of the thoughts and prayers sent her way, and for now, will continue to watch and wait and pray that she grows out of this phase in her life. Now...onto more positive updates and thoughts about this past month with our little princess!

THE STATS:
Age: 4 months
Diaper size: 1
Clothing: 6 months

DEVELOPMENTAL ACTIVITY:
S is right on track developmentally. She has really gotten a good grip on tummy time this month, and does a great job picking up her head to look around. Near the end of the month, she also started rolling over...both front to back, and back to front. She is quick to flirt with anyone who talks to her...especially Dad, has the sweetest little baby giggle, loves to sratch the side of her bassinet, and has started to coo and 'talk' to us. She's been loving standing up on her feet, so I may have to get out the Jumperoo and walker before too long!

SCHEDULE:
The littlest sweetheart in our house still doesn't have much of a schedule when it comes to daytime routine. In a perfect day, she might take a nap in the morning for a couple hours...usually while we are on the go in her carseat or on a stroller ride, and in the afternoon she generally only naps while being held or nurses and naps. This essentially means that unless I sit with her and allow her to use me as a pacifier, she isn't much of a napper during the afternoon. Not a great plan for me to be able to get anything done around the house while her big brothers are napping! On a side note, little miss continues to sleep through the night (8:30pm-8:30am), so I really can't complain tooooo much...

FAVORITE TOY:
S has taken a big interest in her toys this month, and has been loving batting at the toys hanging from her playmat, bringing toys to her mouth to explore, and reaching for toys that she doesn't have a hold of. 

STORYTIME:
S is pretty content to listen in to stories, and is a great little reading partner. Truthfully, most of what she gets to read are stories about trucks, diggers, or bugs, so on her wishlist for Christmas this year will be some new 'girly' books.

CUISINE:
About halfway through month three (just after the July 4th holiday), S decided that she prefers to have a bedtime bottle of formula. Nearly every night since then, after she nurses, she gets 3-4oz formula. We have been using Enfamil, as we did with her brothers before her, and she hasn't had any problems. For anyone in the market, we've also had good luck with these bottles from ComoTomo. Mama is a bit disheartened about this development, but I've come to accept it for what it is instead of stressing too much about getting my supply boosted up. #fedisbest

FOUR MONTH FAVORITES
Watching TV
Dad
Being tickled and baby giggles
Scratching
Toys

FOUR MONTH LEAST FAVORITES
Seizures
Napping

Happy 2nd Birthday G!

Monday, July 23, 2018

TWO year olds have ALL the fun! Our very own little ray of sunshine celebrated his second birthday with a 'Gone Fishing' themed party surrounded by loved ones. The day of his party did NOT go as we had planned (more on this later), but he took everything in stride, and made the most of the day. We are so very thankful for all of our family who came and helped to make this day extra special for our little G, and couldn't have done it without you. Now, more on G. At two years old, G is speaking in full sentences, commands all of the attention in a room, is the life of a party, and is full steam ahead always. He loves skipping, boat rides, playing at the park, Sesame Street, giving hugs & kisses, sand-mud-and-rocks, corn on the cob, reading...usually the same story 'gain...'gain...and 'gain, hockey, baseball, football, rides on the Ferris wheel, and caaaaaake! We couldn't possibly love him more, and are so grateful that God gave him to us to be part of our family. We love you G!

















One of G's favorite gifts this year was a new trike. When Grandpa and Grandma surprised him with it, his immediate reaction was a face-splitting grin and a loud explanation of 'HOT DOG!' (aka Hot Rod!). He also loved to tell us he could 'ring the bell' on his 'hot dog'! LOL.






One of the absolute sweetest memories from G's 2nd birthday celebration is his reaction to his cake. He LOVED it! Instead of just calling it 'cake', in ultimate cuteness, after singing Happy Birthday to him, he whispers to me under his breath ...'Happy Birthday cake?'. Like, is it OK mom? Can I have some now? Seriously as sweet as they come!



On G's actual birthday, he enjoyed one of his favorite pastimes...a boat ride on West Okoboji (let's be honest...who doesn't love a boat ride on the lake?), and a grilled shrimp dinner at The Waterfront. We love our little G! Happy birthday to our happy birthday boy!

Take Me Out to the Ballgame!

Friday, June 29, 2018

As part of C's birthday gift for turning four...and as a kickoff to a great summer...I planned a quick mid-summer getaway to Minneapolis to catch a ballgame in the city. We love taking memorable trips with our littles and creating memories together as a family, so taking the kids to their first Major League baseball game, the Minnesota Twins vs. the Boston Red Sox, and a visit to the Minnesota Zoo where just the ticket for some summer fun. We don't typically travel too much in the summer months since we live in what you might call a 'summertime tourist destination', but it is always fun to sneak away for a couple of days for an extra special adventure. In preparation for our getaway, I ordered the books 'My First Book of Baseball' and 'Goodnight Baseball' to get the boys excited about our trip. S, being not quite three months old, was mostly just along for the ride, but I'm quite sure she had a great time on our first 'big' overnight in a hotel with all three kiddos!







The trip started off with a bang on our first night in town, and after getting checked in to our hotel, we had a great time exploring the Mall of America and enjoying some yummy food. The boys had fun visiting Legoland (ok...ok...this was mostly T), before heading to dinner at the Hard Rock Cafe inside the mall. Both C & G LOVED the Hard Rock, and had such a great time. G was living his best life and rockin' along to the music videos all while scarfing down chicken strips as fast as he could, while C completely wiped his guitar-shaped plate clean of the old stand-by Mac & cheese. G wasn't quite ready to be done when everyone else was as he was too busy dancing around the table to the great tunes, so he may have had to bring a 'roadie' chicken strip with him for the ride back to the hotel. LOL. We stayed at The Great Wolf Lodge in Bloomington for this trip, and the kids LOVED it. The hotel has tons of kids stuff to do (indoor waterpark, bowling, kids shows, donut shop, etc), and they LOVED that there were bunk beds in our room. We did not partake in the indoor activities on this trip since we visited during the summer and the weather outside was beautiful, but I have a hunch we will be back again sometime during the endless months of cold weather for another visit! Can't recommend enough if you are traveling with little people! Did I mention this place is right next to the Mall of America? #winwin






















After what I would call a successful first hotel stay with our crew (everyone slept through the night!), the boys were on a hot mission for 'coffee' (a.k.a. milk in a coffee cup) and a muffin before heading out to the ballgame at Target Field with my parents. They were in complete awe of the stadium, and we were so thankful to have a beautiful afternoon to catch a game. G kept himself entertained mostly by munching his way through the majority of the concession stand options, and C enjoyed watching the players and picking up on some new tricks for his baseball play at home. S slept for the greater part of the game, and enjoyed being passed between everyone finding the most comfortable napping spot. For anyone planning to attend a game with an infant, Target Field does have a very comfortable - air-conditioned - Mother's Lounge for nursing/pumping, and you can check your stroller inside at the same location. Love when major athletic facilities make these games more accessible to new mothers!




The next morning, G woke up and immediately wanted to know if we were going to a ballgame again. It was so cute how he was asking everyone to 'go ballgame', and we are so glad that he had such a memorable time that he wanted to go back! After getting everything packed up and checked out of our hotel, we opted instead to hit up the Minnesota Zoo before heading home, and the boys had a great time exploring the various habitats. Favorites were definitely the sea otters, monkeys, and penguins...and maybe the lemonade. Ha! The zoo proved to be just the right amount of quality time to spend before packing into the car to head home after a great first getaway as a family of five!









What is life but one GRAND ADVENTURE!


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