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Asher James. 5 years old.

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I want to say “I can’t believe he’s five!”, but truth is, I totally can. He seems so adult most of the time, it feels like he’s been 5 for awhile already. Sometimes I forget how little he actually is, and I have to remind myself.  In the past year, he has really started to become his own person, starting to separate from what he has learned from us, what he’s learned from school, and what he’s learning from friends. He’s forging his own identity, and finding his own way. He has his own personality, sense of humor, passions, loves, fears. He’s smart, clever, and notices everything. He’s curious and asks a lot of questions. He listens and evaluates. He’s quick to correct us when we’re wrong, but also quick to accept correction when it’s the other way around. He’s always been very rational, and values truth and fact. Of course, he IS still a preschooler, and certainly has his irrational moments, don’t get me wrong! But he’s getting much better at controlling the irrational primitive impulses that come with the age.

The other side of him is sensitive, compassionate, and empathetic. He has a heart bigger than the sky. When I’m stressed out or having a crap afternoon, he tunes into it right away and tries to cheer me up. He lights up when he hears Jamie’s motorcycle pull into the driveway and can’t wait to play, tease, and rough house with him. He loves to snuggle at bedtime and talk about our day. He loves his little brother like crazy. He loves his whole family, and he loves his friends. He is a phenomenal little person, and I feel beyond lucky to be his Mom. He’s my man, my babe, my first. He’s my friend, my little buddy. My Asher.

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Love you, big guy. xoxo, Mommy

We are at that magical 3 month mark, the end of the “4th Trimester”! Little Leo is alert and happy, exploring and learning. He’s about 16 pounds, and wearing 9-, 12-, and even 18-month clothes. He’s right around 90th percentile for both height and weight, and has been from the beginning. So he’s proportional and doing great! I’m exclusively breastfeeding, and pretty proud of how healthy he is. I just want to eat those chubby thighs. Ah! (But instead, I’ll eat everything in the house I can find, and then I’ll finish off whatever you don’t eat too. For real. I thought I was hungry when I was pregnant.. ha! Nursing hunger is no joke!)

Back to Leo: He’s teething, so that’s been a bit of a challenge lately. He also loves to talk, and will babble on and on, telling stories with his sweet raspy voice. It’s the cutest! It started with him and Jamie having daily conversations in the morning, and after work. Now he’ll just start talking anytime to anyone 🙂 In the past week or two, he started doing what Asher used to do, angrily muttering to himself (and me) when he’s getting rocked down for a nap. “Bitching himself to sleep” as we call it. Haha 😀

Speaking of naps, he’s on a great eat-play-sleep schedule, rotating every 2.5-4 hours. He still loves to play on his playmat, and even likes tummy time now! He hasn’t rolled over yet, but he gets himself to his side. He prefers to be upright where he can see everything around him, so I tried out his jump-jump, and it’s a go! I just tuck a blanket around him to keep him secure, and put a box underneath so his feet can touch. Awesome! It’s his go-to place to play in the kitchen while I’m cooking or cleaning up.

At night, he’s been sleeping like a dream! I’m sorry to all the mamas still struggling at night, trust me, I feel you. I do. Asher was still up all night at this stage. Wonderbaby sleeps for one 7.5 hour stretch (cue angels singing) and then another 3 hour stretch until it’s time to get up for the day. We are all well-rested and it is FREAKING AMAZING. I swear I owe this to a book I read on French parenting. There’s this little nugget of info called “the pause”. It’s common sense, really, but when you have a newborn in the house and you’re exhausted and dehydrated and sleep-deprived and hungry and hormones are all over the place, the last thing you have is common sense. Am I right? Ok, so here’s all it is. When the baby starts stirring in bed, making some noise, kicking, and fussing… just pause for a couple minutes. Watch. Listen. He might actually be sleeping, and if you swoop in there to pick him up, you’re actually waking him. Ah! Try Pausing. Just give him a minute to settle himself. You’ll get to know his rhythms and cries better too. Best part? There should be no need to do a formal “cry it out” later – he’s learning it gently as you go.

Now, as murphy’s law goes, I typed that paragraph last night, and he was up screaming and starving FIVE TIMES last night. It happens sometimes. I chalk it up to a growth spurt or developmental leap, and give him the snuggles he needs. I know he’ll be back to normal soon. In the meantime, give me all the coffee. Just kidding, I’m drinking half-caff these days because too much caffeine aggravates us both. So maybe a nap later… we started with a walk to Asher’s school this morning, which is always wonderful and energizing. He loves to be outside! I’m sipping a smoothie now and feeling alive. Maybe I’ll even do my workout today. Ha! Maybe. 😉

Onto the cute 3-month pictures!!

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Asher is so in love with Leo, it’s just amazing to watch. But we all do enjoy nap time in the house. Leo snoozes, Lexi snoozes, and Asher gets quiet time with his iPad. Everyone is happy and rested 🙂 los-gatos-wedding-photographer-kholly_0730los-gatos-wedding-photographer-kholly_0731los-gatos-wedding-photographer-kholly_0732los-gatos-wedding-photographer-kholly_0733

Love you, little one! xoxo, Mommy

Little Leo is ten weeks already! Eep! I have lots of pics from the past two and a half months, but well, why not jump right in right here? Haha 🙂 I took a few pics of this cutie pie today and thought it was as good a time as any to post!

HEY LEO! What up, dude!!

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He had his two month appointment two weeks ago, and he’s still a big guy! His measurements put him right around the 90th percentile. It’s so crazy to me, because Asher was always around the 20th percentile! He’s already grown out of his newborn, 0-3, and 3 month clothes. He’s comfortably in the 6-month ones!

He has blonde hair, and it’s getting blonder. It was a little darker, almost reddish but not as red as Asher’s was. Last week a lot of it fell out, and it’s shiny blonde now. His eyebrows and eyelashes are really light too. His eyes are bright blue. His cheeks are ridiculous. I just want to smooch them all day. And I do! 🙂

He’s a really happy guy. Happy to be home, happy to be in the car, happy to be at the grocery store, just generally content no matter what. It’s awesome.

What else… let’s see. He’s not exactly on a schedule, he just wants to eat ALL.THE.TIME. Big guy, big appetite! I started watching for patterns in his eat/play/sleep routines, and a schedule is definitely emerging. He likes to eat every 2.5 hours during the day. He wakes up twice a night, and gives us two nice sleep sets of 5 hours and 3-4 hours. Ahh! 🙂 The second waking is getting closer and closer to actual morning wake-up time, so I think we’ll be down to just one night feeding soon! Yesss!

He likes floor time, but doesn’t love tummy time. He’s not strong enough for his weight yet, so he gets pretty pissed pretty quick. But he has great neck control when sitting up, and he loves sitting with my support. His favorite position is up on my shoulder looking around, same as his big brother 🙂

He’s getting more hand control, but can’t grab toys yet. He mostly just loves to stare at his fists, haha 🙂 He likes his playmat, and especially loves the zebra. He smiles at the hanging toys, and bats at them. He’ll be grabbing soon!

Asher is an awesome big brother, and often wants to talk to him, kiss him, blow raspberries on his head, hold his hands, hug him, etc. It’s pretty great 🙂

Speaking of Asher, check out these two posts. Holy schmoly, do these guys look alike!!! Asher at 10 weeks  |  Asher at three months

xoxo, Kristen 🙂

 

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It’s been nothing but crickets over here on the blog lately, and for good reason! In January, we welcomed our second little one into the world. I’ve been spending all my time right here snuggling and playing with this sweet guy.

We are overjoyed to introduce our little Leo:

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Birth story coming soon!

We love you, sweet boy! xoxo, Mommy, Daddy, and proud big brother Asher

For the third Christmas in a row, we stayed in California due to my current ban on air travel. We used to go home every year for the holidays, so this is different for us. The first year, we had just closed on our house and were actually physically moving in. Last year we had family here for an early Christmas together, and then spent the rest of our Christmas vacation on Lake Tahoe. (Note to self: let’s go there again asap.) We missed spending time with our extended families, but it has been a nice change to make our own traditions too. There’s something really beautiful and peaceful about spending Christmas morning together, just us, with the California sunshine streaming through the windows. And there’s always Skype and FaceTime! Thank goodness for technology. It certainly doesn’t replace being together in person, but it sure makes us all feel much closer.

Also, both my mom and Jamie’s parents will be back in January when the baby comes!! Yeee!

So what did we do? Played with the new toys from Santa: a lot of Lego Dimensions playing, Magna-Tiles building, and remote-control car races around the house. Asher had his holiday program at school, where he refused to wear his bowtie, but was excited to sing and dance with his friends. Along with the rest of the country, we binge-watched the first 6 Star Wars movies, and then saw The Force Awakens in 3D IMAX.  The following week, the boys went and saw it again with friends. We spent a lot of time with friends too – having 11 days off was pretty awesome! Lots of brunches, dinners, movie dates, cookie-baking nights, nerf-gun wars at the park, and many too-late game nights. I think we can safely say, we finally know how to really play Catan. 😉

 

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One of our traditions is to add decorations to the tree each year that have meaning. This year, we added the Disneyland castle from our trip, a frame with babe’s ultrasound picture (a gift from Jamie’s mom), and the Eiffel Tower from our trip to England & France earlier this year.
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How cute are those slipper boots? Along with my other faves, these booties have been keeping my toes extra toasty, and my feet and back extra supported. Who knew orthotics could be so adorable? With a high arch, deep heel cup, and indoor/outdoor soles, these are versatile enough to wear anywhere. Especially adorable with leggings, which I totally live in these days.  Vionic, my achy pregnant body thanks you!

Can you find our little guy among all the other cuties below? He’s the one without the bowtie. Stinker 😉

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Every now and then, I can convince Jamie to take a few pics of me and this belly of mine before baby is out. And then he makes fun of me for it and makes me laugh when I’m trying to be all artsy and serious. I know where Asher gets his stinker-ness from. 🙂 (But to be honest, I like the ones where I’m laughing a billion times more than the serious one that I was going for. Well done, Jame!)

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I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas / Hanukkah / Kwanzaa / Ramadan / New Year / and everything else! It’s all a reason to celebrate. Happy Everything, loves!

xoxo, Kristen

 

Note: Vionic sent me the lovely slippers to wear, but the opinions and statements are all my own.