Monday, October 3, 2016

6 Months || Harrison Cole

Big H,

How in the world have you been here for 6 months already?! What did we do without you?! This has been the best month yet! You are always rolling around, loving every jumping toy we have for you, playing with your voice and absolutely loving your thumb. We are both SO excited that Daddy is home now.  It makes a huge difference having an extra hand all the time.  You get to spend all day with him until I get home and we seriously cannot get enough of you.  The best part of every day is getting you out of the crib in the morning and coming home from work and seeing your big smile.

6 month memories: 

Weight and Length: 19.2 oz and 28 inches long! The doctor was impressed that with his extremely long body and such big head that he can roll and sit up like he does. OH!! And your cut your first tooth! Dr. Joyce saw it first - he said "did you know he has a tooth!?" I WAS LIKE, WHATTT!!!?!?! 

Diapers: That tiny hiney is fitting nicely in 3's. I prefer the pampers brand. We had lots of issues with Huggies.  You peed out of those almost every time you wore them.  I don't know why I kept trying to make them work.

Clothes: All 6 month clothes are packed up! Unless they are jackets and things I think you may be able to wear in the fall/winter.  But all shorts, t-shirts, jammies, onesies and bathing suits are gone! I swear you get bigger every day.  I finally took the time to organize all your clothes into bins and store them in the attic.  I was just waiting for daddy to get home to help me get them in the attic! Some things you can even wear 12 months!

Sleep:  It's crazy what one month difference makes.  I'm so glad I've been blogging and keeping up with your monthly posts because I would never remember.  Well last month I reported that you love the Merlin.  Now you are officially sleeping in big boy jammies and a sleep sack that zips up.  You are 100% capable of rolling and alternate between sleeping on your back, belly and tummy - whatever makes you most comfortable! 

You are still waking up every three hours, but for some reason it doesn't seem that bad anymore.  Maybe because Daddy gets up and gets you and brings you to me then puts you back in the crib when you are finished! You are not up more than 5 minutes, but it's still annoying.  Oh well.  You also seem to have had your first nightmare or dream.  You woke up crying, but then fell back asleep right away.  

Daddy has been able to calm you down when you make noises when it's been less than three hours.  You still have bad nights here and there, but you are getting consistent with sleep again.  

Napping has gotten a lot better too.  You are able to nap in your own crib, which I think makes a big difference.  You are taking two 2 hour naps on average per day. 

Food: YOU ABSOLUTELY LOVE FOOD! And you still love mommy's milk, so it's the best of both worlds! Since you added food to your daily routine, you have dropped a bottle during the day.  I'm pumping 2-3 times a work per day - just depends on when HC ate last at home if I do that last  pump during the day.  You are such a big boy and can hold the bottle on your own now.  We are looking into starting a transition cup at some in the next couple of months.

You have loved every food you have tried.  First food was sweet potatoes, then green beans, squash, peas, carrots, bananas, apples and peaches.  I still need to try avocado, but I'm sure you will love it.  I gave you a pouch of sweet potatoes the other day for the first time and you did pretty well.  Still figuring out the sucking concept of baby food, but those will be life savers in the future! 

Pacifier: You don't hate it, but you don't love it.  And we are fine with that.

Other 6 month memories:

Your favorite sound is ma ma ma ma and I'm counting that as your first word, even though I don't think you associate the word with me, but oh well!

You love bath time, but you are in such an awkward stage with baths.  The tub we have isn't the best because you slip all over the place right now.  You need a little more practice sitting up and then hopefully we can start using the big boy tub without the rubber ducky bath tub we have. 

You are seriously the best natured baby.  Your are always happy, travel well and can just go with the flow (for the most part...unless you are super tired and missed naps). Two of mommy's friends got engaged recently and we spent some time at Surf Rider catching up and you were perfect.

You had your last day at Melissa's and your face says it all.  So sad! They were so great to you.  We can't wait to ask the girls to babysit one day soon.

 College football month! You got dressed in all your favorite college football teams kickoff week and Gigi had a blast with it.

 We had a play date with Jack and Emily over at Nana's house.  Nana was married to Emily's grandfather and it was so fun for all of us to get together.  Nana had so much fun seeing her two great grand babies play together.  Jack turned 1 in May, so he is quite a bit older than you, but I could see the wheels turning in your head trying to figure out how you could do what Jack was doing!

Saturday well spent out at the Wilson's house in Virginia Beach.  We watched the Blue Angels air show from their front yard and found you the best jersey for Homecoming at JMU in a few weeks! Crazy to think that Liam wore that shirt when he was 2 and you can wear it at 6 months!

This was the first time I had you in an umbrella stroller and you did great! And your cousins also introduced you to the iPad and all the fun baby apps they have. We may be in trouble!

We are both ready for JMU homecoming!

Your 5th month on Earth, you figured out how to roll over.  You mostly go from back to belly and now push yourself up onto your arms.  Once you figure out your legs you will be on the move.

And on the last day of the month, you figured out how to sit up like a big boy! I cannot believe how fast things click for you at this point. It's pretty amazing.

 You still love all your sitting toys.  I think we need to move this one up a notch, but you are so much more into the activities and the other jumping thing we have you are jumping up and down like no other!

The Akron Rubberducks won their league championship and we were able to make the trip up to Trenton to see them win! And with this trip in the books, your official state count is up to 7 - VA, MD, PA, OH, CT, NC, and NJ.  

 On our way home from Trenton, we stopped by the Brown's for the weekend. We watched Jayden play soccer,  hung out at Amy's house and played some pick up football! 

You still love the wrap and the Ergo.  Gigi and Grandpa Bieber also have the backpack that they love (and daddy too).

Mommy and Daddy celebrated our 3 year anniversary this past week and you got to hang out with Gigi for the night! Our first date night since D.J. got home! 

And at the end of the month, we took a trip to see Erin and Ryan get married in PA.  It was a crazy trip, but I could not be more impressed with how perfect you were.  No crying in the church, you let us stay at the reception for longer than I thought you would, and we only had to stop one time each way on the road trip up there to feed you.  You seriously are a road warrior!! 

Thursday, September 8, 2016

The Results

These past 6 weeks have been nothing but easy.  Lots of coordinating with my family for babysitters, conscious eating and tons of sweat falling off my body! But I am happy to say that I have completed my first session of Body Back post partum!

Fit4Mom is celebrating their 15 anniversary this year and I cannot begin to tell y'all how thankful for this group I am.  Under the Fit4Mom umbrella, they have four different workout classes - Stroller Strides (where you bring your kiddos), Stroller Barre, Fit4Baby (for pregnant mommas) and Body Back (kid-free).  I personally like the Body Back program the best.  It fits my schedule, allows me an hour to focus on myself and provides me with such an amazingly hard workout!

I started BB when I was getting in better shape for our wedding back in 2013.  Since then, I have continued to take classes until I was pregnant.  I was the token "non-mom".  After my first session back,  I have a whole new appreciation for all these moms that workout during these classes.  Making the time for yourself to get the workout in is so important and I am so thankful to be able to have this class and these friends to workout with!

OK, so the results....

I started this session when I was 15 weeks post partum, so a little over three months.  I was feeling weak and ready to get my body back the way it was pre-baby.  With reasonable expectations, I was so excited to work hard and hopefully see great results at the end of six weeks. So here's the result pictures.  Left is at the beginning of the session and the right picture is post session.

And the picture I am most proud of...

And the results in numbers were....

Weight: 157 to 153.00 (-4Lbs!!!!!)
Chest: 39 1⁄2 ” to 38 1/4 “ (-1 1⁄4”) - wasn't expecting to loose at all since I'm still BFing
Waist: 37 1⁄4 ” to 34 3⁄4 ” (-2 1⁄2 ”)
Hips: 40” to 39” (-1”)
Thigh: 24 1⁄2 ” to 22 1⁄4 “ (-2 1⁄4 “)

1/2 Mile Run: 4:09 to 3:06 (+1:03 FASTER)
Bicep Curls: 41 to 45 (9.8% increase)
Push Ups: 11 to 15 on toes (+4) STRONGER!
Full Roll Ups: 19 to 29 (+10!!!!)
Squats: 45 to 51 (+6 more!)
Plank: 1:06 to 1:38 (:32 longer)
Side Plank: :40 to :50 (:10 sec longer!)

The numbers I am most proud of are the waist decrease, the full roll up and the plank! The next session starts today and my goal is to keep working on the food journaling, get the hip number to drop and continue to get stronger!!!!

I am so proud of myself and I hope to continue to encourage other new mamas to get out and just simply get active!

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

September Goals

September!!! WHAT?!?!?! How in the world are we already here.  September will bring daddy home, 6 months since little man was born and the most perfect weather ever.  I do love summer time, but at the end of August, I'm always ready for a good crisp air to roll into the area.

I really need to start holding myself more accountable, so I'm bringing back the monthly goals. I will be realistic with my expectations, but just getting it out there will help me get some things done I've been meaning to do!

By organizing my goals into these four categories, I think I will be able to manage them better than if I just made a list of goals.  The four most important ones to me are meal planning, doing something special for my parents, practice yoga twice, and only eating out once.  Meal planning is very important since I am starting Body Back again this week.  My parents do so much for us and they need to be thanked more than just from me.  My body hasn't been the same since HC was born.  I want to take the time to go to yoga to get everything back in alignment. And only eating out once is important to many reasons!

Thanks for being my accountability! I'll be sure to update at the end of the month!

Monday, August 29, 2016

5 Month || Harrison Cole

Baby Boy,

This month has been such a fun month of seeing you learn new things.  You know exactly where your toes are, who your mom and dad are and you have definitely found your thumb and know that it does! I am so excited to have your daddy home later this month and share all these special moments with him too.  You continue to inspire me to be the best mom I can and I am so blessed to have your to keep me going.

5 Month Memories

Weight and Length: According to my very official way of weighing myself then holding you and doing it again, you weight right around 18 pounds! Not exactly sure your length.  You are quite the squirmer and I cannot get you to stay still long enough to measure you! 

Diapers: You are at the point where I am trying to squeeze you in the 2's until we run out.  I have a feeling I will have to switch to the 3's before I run out of 2's, but that's ok.  You wear 3's at night already just to give us some extra room because I don't change you at night unless I smell the poop when I come in your room. 

Clothes: I just recently started to think you should go up to the 6-9 and 9 month onesies, so I tried it out the other fit in 9 month Carter onesies perfectly! I cannot believe it! I'm still putting you in 6 month onesies, shirts and shorts, but you can definitely wear 9 month onesies.  We actually don't even have any 9 month onesies that are short sleeve because cousin Bryce was in those during winter time! We are on the hunt for some 9 month onesies now :) I hate when you don't fit in my favorite outfits anymore.  It's so sad to see them go into the storage bin for BB2 one day! 

Sleep:  We have had an interesting and challenging month of sleep, little boy.  You are not the best napper during the day for Gigi or Melissa and then you seem to still be getting up anywhere between 3-5 times a night.  The one night you woke up 5 times I almost pulled me hair out.  It's hard because I know you don't need to eat at those times, but with Daddy still gone its hard to calm you without nursing you back to sleep.  We invested in the Merlin suit this month and you now sleep every night and some naps in that.  I love it.  You seem to love it too, but I think sometimes you still startle yourself.  It now has nicknames of the Michelin Man, Ralphie's Snow Suit, and straight jacket.  

We are also focusing more on a night time routine these days.  Being home by 7pm and getting you in the bath, reading a book and then nursing you and going to sleep.  Most of the time I put you in the crib you are already asleep.  

We tried to do the cry it out method a few times when you were hysterical, but I couldn't do that.  I went in and you had thrown up all over yourself and that just isn't my style.  I know you are comfort nursing and waking yourself up because of that, but it's hard to fix that without Daddy home.  Hopefully we can start working on that soon. 

Eating: You are getting three 5oz bottles during the day now. I am back working 8hr days, so I am pumping three times during the day (10am, 1pm and 4pm).  You are also starting to get some rice cereal around dinner/night time.  You seem to love it and so far it hasn't stopped you up! We are only giving you a tablespoon, per the instructions on the box, but we are going to up that amount soon.  You also got your first teething cracker this month! Those things are very misleading as they say they are "no mess". Yea right. During month 6, we are going to start introducing real foods! 

Pacifier: Oh Harrison.  Your love-hate relationship with the pacifier is ridiculous.  You want to chew/suck on something, but you cannot stand the pacifier.  You just want the boob.  UGH! So the pacifier is always a hit and miss type of thing. 

Other Memories:

We have had lots of play time with your little friends! You and Raleigh are exactly 8 weeks apart.

We love getting together with Russell (and his mama) to hang out and go on walks! Russell was born almost 7 weeks after you!

You have gotten so many new toys to sit in.  You can now jump in the Jonny Jumper and love the jumparoo we just got you.  All those fun toys stay at Gigi and Granpa Biebers house because we are over there a lot.  I imagine that when Daddy gets home we will move some back over to our house.
You also have this seat...

the bumbo...

and the exercauser!

It is now a requirement for you to wear a bib.  You are a drooling fool and will soak the outfit in 5 minutes if you don't have a bib on. 

We made two more trips during your 5th month - Raleigh, NC and Annapolis, MD! Raleigh was for Ian and Ellen Haynes' wedding and Annapolis was to see Daddy!

You went to your first concert on the outside of mama's belly! We saw Old Dominion at the oceanfront with Gigi! You slept pretty much the whole time!

We got the little cousins (and Reilly, your friend when you go to the Scott's house) Harry's Fairies t-shirts - thank to biggie Kendall.  They are the only ones that we allow to call you Harry.  Biebs and Uncle Bobby still try to call you that, but we always correct them. 

You still love the water.  I cannot wait to take you to the beach more, but this month it was so so hot! We did lots of pool days and just relaxed when we could! 

Big kid, pretty soon you will be sitting up on your own and starting to craw all around this house.  Please remind me to enjoy the mobile free moments while I can! Straight chillen in this picture watching daddy play baseball! 

The happy family of three (minus Stryker) after a delicious meal in Annapolis! We are so lucky to have dad close during the season and able to go see him when possible, but we are so ready for them to be finished with the season and for him to be home!