Saturday, January 14, 2017

5 Months... Going on 6!

Grant's 5 month "birthday" was right as we were headed up to MA to celebrate the Christmas holiday.  Little guy wasn't feeling his best as he seemed to develop his first cough/cold (thanks, daycare) at the same time that teething hit him hard core.  3 weeks later and there are still no confirmed teeth in there, but I wouldn't stick my finger in there to check unless you want him to gnaw like a dog with a bone.  The poor guy just chomps on his hands non-stop.  He's even figured out how to shove one fist in there while pounding on that hand with his other hand... effectively creating a hammer!  Who says we're not smarter than monkeys?!??!  The poor little dude eats his bib non-stop these days just to help his aching gums.  He sighs with relief if you rub his gums for him.




One lifesaver recently has been Georgia's old banana toothbrush.  Grant loves gumming away on it.  We don't leave home without it these days!

Scotlynn tried helping him out at her house last weekend!

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Other "big" things this month...

Hands down, Grant's favorite person is Georgia.  He adores her.  ADORES!  If she enters the room, his eyes are glued to her.  It's like he's trying to figure out how she does things - walks, talks, dances, etc.  If she so much as looks in his direction, his entire face lights up with pure joy.  G is such a great bis sister and loves to make her little buddy smile and laugh.


Watching Georgia

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Speaking of big sister...

Grant is following in his sister's footsteps with lots of other things too.  He loves her exersaucer/circle of neglect.  He's been going crazy in there lately jumping all around.  He also loves her purple bumbo seat (and also struggles to get his chunky thighs out of there, just like her!).  He's been using her high chair and loves lots of her old toys!





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He also has no interest in rolling over, just like her.  He gets 99% there and then just has no interest in the last 1%.  Sitting, on the other hand, is his new jam.  He loves to sit up and can sit for about 10 seconds on his own before toppling over.  Give him a hand or leg to lean on and he's good for a lot longer.  He also is starting to figure out that he has hands and that they can do all sorts of cool things like spin toys!


Sitting up on his own


Spinning his toy


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The biggest news is that big man started eating solids about a week ago.  He was given the clear to start at his 4 month appointment, but we had planned to hold off until closer to 6 months.  However, Grant has a big upcoming appointment next week at the allergist's for a peanut food challenge.  He gets to try mashed up food mixed with peanut protein, as well as some crackers with peanut protein.  We didn't want to get to the appointment and have him fail automatically because he didn't know HOW to eat or refuse to open his mouth!  So, we started with some rice cereal and baby oatmeal.





He wasn't too interested in that mush!


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Next, we steamed up some sweet potato (G's 1st real food too!).  Those were a little better.  He still wasn't too sure what to do with his tongue and a lot came right back out at us, but progress.


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This week, we added some homemade applesauce to the mix and night #2 seemed to be a game changer.  It was like a switch was flipped and all of a sudden, his mouth was open wide and he was complaining that we weren't shoveling it in there fast enough for him!!!  So, getting used to the spoon and eating appears to be a success.  Fingers crossed for the food challenge.

Next on the food list for tonight's entree.... butternut squash.  I love the Wholesome Baby Foods website, which is what I used when I was making Georgia's food too.  Nick and I couldn't believe how much better the home cooked stuff tasted vs canned/jarred baby food.  It's also so much cheaper - I baked 4 sweet potatoes last weekend in the oven and then used the food processor to pulverize them.  I'm fairly certain we have enough frozen sweet potato ice cubes to last for years!  Plus, it seemed to work with Georgia since she eats 99% of what Nick and I eat on a nightly basis, including the veggies (the kid LOVES cauliflower and her favorite is a good stir fry!).  So, we're hoping Grant develops just half a good of a palate as his big sister (minus the food allergies would be a dream come true)!!!  I always think it is horrible luck that our child who would eat anything and loves food can't eat half the stuff put in front of her!

Besides that, Grant's other favorites/developments this month include:

* Babbling away.  He "talks" all day long to us.  We were over at our neighbor's house last Saturday for dinner .  Their little guy is a month younger than Grant and they couldn't get over just how much Grant jabbers away all day.  It's non-stop noises.

Just a crazy Saturday with these clowns

* If he's complaining/whining and you pick him up, he stops almost instantly.  He just loves to be carried around the house checking out all the action and sights.  He loves to be in the thick of things.

  



* KC.  He has discovered that there is a moving fur ball in his house.  He loves to watch her walk around.  KC is getting brave in her old age and actually gets a lot closer to Grant than she ever did with Georgia when she was that age.

* His own reflection.  My little narcissist loves checking himself out in the mirrors or windows.

* He still loves his milk and chugs down 4oz every couple of hours during the day.  He goes to bed around 8/9 most nights and Nick sneaks in a dream feed bottle to him right before he goes to bed.  Most days, he is good until we are all up and moving around the following morning.

* He has discovered his own ears and loves to hold onto them during the day.  At first, I was terrified he had an ear infection, but it just seems like he loves to play with them.

* The car.  Since he's still not napping well during the day at daycare (he only wants to sleep while being held), he sleeps like a rock star as soon as I pick him up and put him in the car for the 30 second drive home.  The good news is that he then sleeps in his car seat in the house for an hour or two while I schlep all our bags inside, wash bottles, go through the mail, start laundry, cook dinner, make everyone's lunches for the next day, etc. each night.

* He loves to be tickled and get kisses.  He cracks up laughing when you smooch his cheeks or tickle his belly.  He also thinks kissy noises are just hysterical and it's the key to get him to smile in pictures now!

* Napping in the swing is still his favorite weekend activity... unless napping on Daddy is an option!  Daddy's belly naps are the best.




* Grant loves a good dance party.  I got Nick the Amazon Echo/Alexa thingy for Christmas (yes, she is my new sister-wife) and she is all of our new BFF.  I love that she can turn on the tv and the lights on/off while I'm cooking in the kitchen.  Nick loves that he can add things to our shared grocery list.  Georgia loves initiating a dance party with one command!  At first, I thought Grant might not like music BLASTING all the time.  Nope.  He loves it!  He either dances along or just smiles as the rest of us dance around the kitchen.  


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Sunday, January 8, 2017

Adventures in MA/NH...

After Christmas, we spent the remainder of the week/2016 with family/friends in Massachusetts.  

Georgia woke up on the 26th begging to play with her new Osmo system.  If anyone is looking for a cool system to work with their kid's iPad, this is it!  Definitely check it out.  So cool!





Found an old ornament on Mimi's tree

We gave the boys Celtics tickets this year for Christmas, so on the 27th, we headed into the city for the Celtics vs Grizzlies game.  Mimi was concerned about the timing of the game and that Georgia might fall asleep.  Hahahahahaha.  That's funny.  Georgia could have easily earned "fan of the game" honors.  She's a true Boston girl at heart (not that her Mama gives her any choice!).  She made the jumbo-tron within minutes of us taking our seats!













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As the game started, the Garden (yes, it will always be "the Garden" to me) lights turned off and the pump-it-up music started blaring.  I turned to Georgia to reassure her if she was scared.  Scared?!?  Nope, she was too busy rocking out!





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The Celtics never knew the big fan they had in Georgia.  Any time the crowd would chant, she joined right in!  The gentleman sitting next to Nick even commented, "I love her!"


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This about sums it up...




The Celts won and it was a great game.  I think all these goonies had a great time!


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Meanwhile, this kid was home with Mimi watching the game on tv!


While wearing his Pats outfit!

Grant got to spend lots of time meeting all his New England Aunties...









Mid-week, snow was predicted.  Georgia was so excited to get outside and play in the snow since we haven't had any in Maryland yet this year.  The flurries barely started before she dragged Mimi out there to play!







Unfortunately, it wasn't the big storm that we were hoping for while we were in New England.  But, it was enough for some sledding later in the week!

One little hiccup during the week... Grant's first cold/cough with the combination of some teething led to lots of sleepless nights!  Good thing the little dude is adorable because 3 nights of little to no sleep was no fun.  Poor Mimi bought him his own beautiful crib for her house and he spent most of his nights napping on Nick's chest.


Happy to nap on us.  As Nick says, "I'm his walking pillow!"


3am and WIDE awake!!!

I'm supposed to be asleep right now!  Hahahaha


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Luckily, he was still a happy guy most days, even with limited sleep!




Rocking Brayden's hat

On our last day in New England, we met up with the boys and Auntie for some sledding!  We didn't exactly pack our winter gear, but Georgia managed to hang with the boys for quite awhile.  


G and Nathan heading down the hill

Nathan and Georgia

The sled crew




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The "big kids" had fun too...


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And bright and early on Saturday morning, we were back in the car to head back to MD.  The kids did AMAZING in the car, especially Grant.  We barely even knew they were in the backseat as Nick and I took turns driving.  

We stopped in NJ for our annual Dec 31st Burger King breakfast!






And a bottle for the little guy in NJ!

Luckily, when you get up at 4am, you're home around noon.  Nick was quickly put to work putting together one of Georgia's Christmas presents and we entertained Grant with an old favorite...

New tent!

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Always a great trip, but equally as awesome to be home and celebrating New Years Eve with an early glass of wine, an early bedtime, and sleeping kids!

Cheers to 2017!








Monday, January 2, 2017

Christmas 2016

Crap.  Even when I'm not working, I can't manage to get more than one post up in a week!  I'd say it was because we were extraordinarily busy while visiting friends/family in New England, but it was just pure laziness.  That and the fact that our baby gave up sleeping while we were at Mimi's house!  Luckily, one night home has seemed to cure him of his newfound insomnia.  There's nothing cuter than a 5 month old smiling away at you at 4am... except sleep.  Sleep is cuter.  Much cuter, especially on night 3 of no sleep.

We put Georgia to bed on Christmas Eve with the instruction to come wake us up as soon as she awoke on Christmas morning.  I damn near had a heart attack when the beast jumped on me around 7am the next morning.  That teaches me a valuable lesson about sleeping with ear plugs in... you don't hear Santa Claus or your snoring husband (or perhaps a robber!), but an excited child is not blocked out in any way/shape/form.

Valuable lesson #2 of the morning... Santa could have just brought a stocking and Georgia would have been completely and utterly happy for the remainder of the day!  Shopkins and a Wonder Woman hat in your stocking = joy.


She rocked the hat all morning long


The kid is a builder!  The look of excitement on her face from a new set of Lincoln logs from Santa.


Trolls!

Not sure if Nick had forgiven me yet for the Christmas jammies, so I made sure to Instagram and document the morning ones too!  His co-workers loved it on Facebook (#embarrassyourhubby).





Hunting for gifts

Pulling double duty and opening presents for Grant too.  I'm sure he'll hold his own next year!

Since I already reached my quota of embarrassing Nick during 2016, I don't feel too badly about this next pic.  He's not looking his best, but Grant's face is priceless.  The poor kid's teeth are killing him and he's been miserable all week gnawing on anything he can get near his mouth.  We're expecting some chompers any day now.



So darn happy to eat Winnie-the-Pooh





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In the afternoon, we headed to our favorite meal of the year at Auntie's house!  Grant finally got to meet all of his aunties too.



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Auntie Pat scored a big hit with Shopkins - it's her newest "thing!"


Auntie found the hatchimal!!!!  I'm still convinced that we should have put it on ebay and gone to the Bahamas on the profit!


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Just a girl and her egg...


And then we waited... and waited... and waited.  The darn thing said to just keep rubbing it.  We watched videos of our neighbors and friends hatching theirs in a matter of minutes/hours.  Ours was well rubbed and loved all night long by EVERYONE and he still didn't want to hatch.



My labor with Grant was quicker than birthing this thing!


Grant and Auntie Pat


Chatting with Uncle Paul and Auntie Pat

Hanging out with Auntie Elaine


Note the egg still in one piece with no hatching occurring!


Georgia convinced Miss Gretchen to "help" the animal hatch

Out of everyone that Grant met on Christmas Day, I think he was most excited to meet Murphy the cousin pup!













Murphy seemed pretty darn happy to meet him too!



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And just like that, Christmas was over.  We finally hatched a new little friend for Georgia... with maximal assistance from adults and a child who was granted permission to assist with hatching!  The day was extra special since it was Grant's 1st Christmas.  We can't wait to see him tear into gifts next year.  If I remember correctly, Georgia was more interested in eating the wrapping paper and playing with boxes during her 2nd Christmas!