9 Months Of Jack

Jack will be 10 months old in a week, but better late than never I guess!

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He is the SWEETEST little guy. I think all babies have a sweetness, but he has this special, calming presence about him. He’s been such a gift to me.

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He used to be a HARD, HARD baby (which was probably because he had open sores all over his body thanks to eczema), but he’s really mellowed out and is generally a chill little chap. He only really cries when I leave the room. We’ve entered the separation anxiety stage, and it’s a hoot!

He is ALL over the place, and climbs onto everything. He pulls himself up and walks around all the furniture, and climbs on top of anything that’s low enough to get his little leg up on. He’s still a speedy crawler, and has started letting go of furniture and trying to stand up by himself (he’s lasts .01 seconds haha). It’s crazy to think that Piper was already walking at this age!

With that, changing his diaper/getting is ready is the most frustrating job in the world. He’s so wiggly and contorts his body is the most bizarre shapes to get away.

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He hasn’t had any more teeth come through this month, so he still has 8. He bites me at least a couple of times a day when we’re nursing, and it’s SO painful. We’re still going strong with breastfeeding though, and I don’t have plans to stop anytime soon. I’ll wean whenever both of us are ready.

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He squeals and kicks his legs with excitement when I put him down for naps, and goes right off to sleep. He has been waking up at 8am recently, and then goes down for his first nap around 9:30am. He sleeps for 1-2 hours, and then goes back down for another nap (timed for the same time as Pipes) around 2:00pm. He sleeps for another 1 1/2 -2 hours, and goes down for the night at 7pm. His sleeping habits have been a struggle up until this point, but we’re finally in a good routine again and him sleeping through the night is the BEST THING EVER.

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He’s a tiny bub and only in the 7th percentile for weight He’s following the growth curve perfectly though, and his pediatrician isn’t concerned at all, he’s just little for his age. He eats 500x more than Piper, so I have no idea where he puts it all. He’s a great eater, and because he has a lot of teeth, he’s eating pretty much any solid food. He likes to only feed himself though which means we have lots of bath times around here.

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He lights up and kicks his legs when he sees Piper after his naps, and tries to do whatever she’s doing. I’m still working with her on being soft and sharing (“careful” is the most used word around here), but they have such a special bond and I swear I could cry every time they just look at each other. He’s always by her side and tries to copy everything she does.

Not their best picture haha, but this is their favourite thing to do lately. They’re the best duo.

Not their best picture haha, but this is their favourite thing to do lately. They’re the best duo.

8 Weeks of Jack

Jack is 8 weeks old (plus one day, if we’re getting technical), and I would say we’re getting into the swing of things now. By that I mean I went grocery shopping for the first time with them both yesterday, and I wasn’t completely terrified! WOHOO!

Jack smiles soooo much now, and it’s the sweetest thing ever. Whenever he wakes up and sees me, he gives me the biggest grin and I swear it’s one of the best things in the world. 

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He is so much more alert during the day, and is constantly looking around and soaking everything in. Jordan waves his hand from side to side over Jack’s face, and he will happily follow it for like 30 minutes haha. 

He has gotten SO MUCH BETTER at sleeping at night!! Thank the actual heavens, because I was losing my marbles. Around 6 weeks he started giving me 5-6 hour stretches, and now he consistently goes down at 8:30pm, wakes up at 2:30am to eat, wakes up around 7:30am to eat again, and goes right down for a nap until about 9:00am.  

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He was REFUSING to nap last week, which was so, so, so frustrating and draining. I couldn't for the life of me get him to sleep longer than 30 minutes during the day, and he was getting so overtired and cranky because of it. I worked really hard at getting his "wake time" to only be one hour in-between naps (for some reason, I thought it was supposed to be two hours - whoops), and literally did WHATEVER it took to get him to go down after an hour. It was 3 days of  just absolute madness, and it tested ALL of my patience, but he finally got the idea and he naps so much better now!!

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In my church, the dad gives a new baby a blessing. We went to Utah, where all of my family is, to bless him a couple of weeks ago, and his little blessing outfit kills me! So do his double chins. 

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He loves baths, walks in the stroller, the baby carrier, and car rides (unless the car isn't moving. Then it's pure misery...for everyone haha. It’s a good thing LA traffic isn’t bad at all....).

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Piper still loves him, and has stopped throwing extra tantrums. Now it's just the regular amount that a toddler has haha. All in all, she has adjusted really well and seems to be back to her normal self.

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Breastfeeding is still going great! I make sure to drink and eat even more now that I'm working out again, to make sure my milk supply stays high. So far, I haven't had any issues with it dropping. I'm still pumping, and Jordan has given him a bottle a couple of times which he has taken just fine. We use THIS kind. 

I feel like my postpartum hormones aren't fully back to normal yet. I'm not sure when they stabilize, but there are days every now and then that I feel completely crazy and emotional haha. On that note, “mum brain” is on a whole different level now haha. I’m so forgetful these days!

Overall, I'm feeling good! My body certainly isn't back to "normal", but I love it and I'm so grateful it gave me little Jack.