Monday, November 25, 2013

Vann is 14 weeks!

I'm 14 weeks. 

I smile big and do a little tiny laugh.

 If my paci falls out and it's close by, I can push it back in.

I suck down bottles if they are warm enough to my liking! Thanks Miss Kimberly for introducing Mom to a bottle warmer. I still prefer to be nursed. 

 I love to blow bubbles with my mouth. 

I am pulling myself up and about 45° away from sitting all the way up to 90° position. 
I like to play with bright colored objects. I really like the spiky ball from Carter's.

I am beginning to get a little bit better with tummy time. That used to really annoying. 

We took our family photos and I did excellent… Thank God they were only 20 minutes! 
 {Michele is awesome! Here's a sneak peek!}

I love car rides and probably fall asleep within five minutes down the road.
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Sunday, November 10, 2013

Vote for ...

Hey friends! 
A cutie is in need of your help! 
If you are on Facebook, head on over HERE and place your vote for Vann the Man {240608}! 

You can vote once a day! Thanks for your help! 
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Monday, November 4, 2013

Vann is 12 Weeks

Goodness time has flown by! It feels like we just found out we were pregnant, but that was nearly a year ago!

Eating: Vann is such a good eater. Ever since I took out dairy he has been a champ. I was really worried about him going to the sitter's house and not taking a bottle well. He does and I found out why...I wasn't warming it up warm enough. I brought a bottle over to our neighbor Christine's home on Saturday and Kimberly offered to warm it up in her bottle warmer. Vann took it without one second of hesitation. Guess what I bought at Target yesterday? A bottle warmer! I'm still nursing, but this is going to help us his frozen supply in the morning when we are on a tighter schedule. 
{Ava Kate will be here soon!}
Sleep: Vann has been sleeping through the night from 9 pm until 5:30/6 am for two-three weeks now! We give him a bath around 8, I nurse him, and he sleeps on Ryan while we watch a tv show before bed. Then, I swaddle him up and out him to bed. He snoozes the night away until he's hungry the next morning. I couldn't believe it the first time he did it and am so excited every morning when it happens again! 

Growing: He is a growing boy to say the least. Vann is wearing 3-6 month clothes and doesn't fit in his socks any more. We bought some larger ones yesterday. When I measured while he was playing last week, he was 24 inches long. He's in a size 2 diaper. 

Schedule: We are BabyWise fans for sure. I do have to say that I'm more lenient with the schedule than some of my friends in order to get out of the house. He is a cat napper. The naps he takes are 30 min to an hour. In the evening he eats around 4, then around 6:30 and the last one around 8:30. The cluster feedings keep him happy and are shorter than the others. This will fall off as he goes to a 4 hour schedule in a few months. 

Play: What a happy boy! He loves to be entertained. We do a mixture of bouncy chair, playmat, tummy time on his quilt, sitting in my lap and talking, taking walks in his stroller, and playing with his toys. He started grabbing toys and pulling them to his mouth.

We are so in love with our little man. We couldn't ask for a sweeter baby. His smiles fill us up. Thank you GOD for your blessings. 

Friday, November 1, 2013

Mama Advice

I am linking up with sweet Kelly today on her Advice for Moms post. As a new mother I only have 12 weeks experience being the mom to the cutest little boy, but my advice may help even the most seasoned mama.

This is not only true for new mamas but just women in general. We are made to be unique and that means our parenting style is going to be different than other mamas. It doesn't mean what we do is right or wrong, we use whatever works for our little one. The world is hard enough without us having to look at others and think "they have it all together", "why does my baby cry and theirs doesn't make a peep", "how come mine doesn't sleep through the night"...and doubt ourselves as moms. It's not worth it. We are all good at something and have talents that are special to us. Guess What? Your child thinks you are SUPER MOM! They know NO different!

Of course you are going to be bombarded with new advice everywhere you go and even where you least expect it. Just this weekend my mom, sis, aunt, Vann, and I were at the Country Living Festival. Vann was bundled in two blankets, had a footie sleep and play outfit on, a sweatshirt on, and a hat. This lady on a scooter rolls up and tells me I need to put mittens on his hands...UM REALLY. It takes all I have to look back at her with a smile and kindly say that he is fine and his hands are tucked in the blanket. Another one asked his age and I told her 2.5 months. She said she wouldn't have him out in public because he'd get sick. I replied that nursing along with his vaccines are an amazing thing and he's probably more protected than we were at the moment. My point...I am his mama. I carried him and know him better than any other person on this planet. When I hold him he knows he is safe and loved. People are going to continue giving me advice their opinion for years and years to come. I am not going to know it all and will ask my mom and friends who have been through that season of life and take the others with a grain (a large grain) of salt.
Just when I get our schedule down it seems like something changes...well IT DOES! Vann's growing and changing by the second! Danielle told me about Wonder Weeks and it's RIGHT ON! Yesterday was day 1 of his third big change. He started showing signs a couple of days ago...change in his appetite, more clingy, etc. I remembered to go check the app and sure enough another Wonder Week. It's backed up by research and helps me as a mom have even more patience! Download's FREE! There's even an awesome book that you can get on your phone, Kindle, and in print.  
I hope you will head over to Kelly's Korner and read the other ladies posts. I learn so much through blogs and it's so neat to reach out to these other women and allow them to answer your questions.


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