Thursday, March 30, 2017

Gabriel's 5 Month Update

...and just like that, Gabe is 5 months old :/ This is the last month that my baby will be closer to being a newborn than he is to being 1... how can this be?! As always, Gabriel is a true joy and is beginning to show us his little fiery, go-getter personality. He loves being held, moving constantly, and trying to do whatever his big brother is doing (which tends to receive a mixed reaction from Mr. Jax). Whenever I think back to when I was pregnant and stressed out about whether or not I could ever love Gabe as much as I love Jackson, I have to laugh -- we truly couldn't love this boy more than we do! 

Enough of my babble -- here's the man of the hour:

Weight: No scale at home, but I will guess that he's up a pound from his 4-month checkup (so 15 lbs. 15 oz).

Length: As per his 4-month checkup, 25 inches (68th percentile, with a head in the 93rd....)

Nicknames: Gabe, Gabey, Baby Gabey, Chunks, Chunkilicious, Cheeks

Wearing: Some 3-6 month still barely fits, but for the most part he rocks the 6-9 month clothes.

Sleep: No big change since last month... he still sleeps on me... BUT we have been talking A LOT about getting both boys back into their rooms, so I may have some stories to tell about that come next month. 

Gabe likes: Being held, jumping while he's being held, eating regular foods, feeding himself, being able to do things on his own, watching Jackson, reading with Jax and mommy, rocking, being sang to, interaction, playing on his mat, chewing on EVERYTHING, kicking and rolling, Bella

Gabe dislikes: When he can't do something on his own, being left out of anything, when everyone leaves the room, staying in one place for too long, loud noises, having something taken away that he was chewing on, traveling long distances

Mom & Dad's Favorite Things: His blue eyes and red hair, cute little smile and babbles, his stubborn personality, watching him interact with Jackson, when he discovers something new and gets excited

~Right after we got the go-ahead from Gabe's doctor, we started him on solids! It's funny because I was SO opposed to starting Jax on real food until after he was 6-months (partly because we were getting ready to go on a big road trip and partly because I was depressed and didn't want my baby to grow up) but Gabe has been so fascinated with watching us eat since he was about 2-months and would always get so excited and enthusiastic about it... anyway, we decided to wait until we got back from Punta Cana to begin, but I ended up giving him some tortilla (pictured) the night of his doctor's appointment. He is already such a good eater and loves sampling just about anything we're eating (his favorites so far are any kind of bean, fruit purees, breads, fish of any kind, and chicken)!

~The boys sweet Nana (Brandon's mom) and her husband -- Grandpa Russell -- came out from Kansas for the weekend and we had a wonderful time showing them around Denver and introducing them to Mr. Gabe :)

~We took the babies to Punta Cana this month (which deserves a post of its own) and had a wonderful time relaxing by the pool, exploring the resort (Hard Rock), and overeating. The plane rides there were pretty smooth and uneventful, but the trip back was an entirely different story and made for one stressful day (long story short, we had a one hour lay over in New Jersey and didn't make our flight in time because of customs and the world's slowest security line and world's rudest TSA agents... fortunately, we made it on the next flight to Denver, but Gabe and I sat in a different row than Brandon and Jax, and Gabe only napped 20 minutes of the entire 4 hour flight... ugh!)

~You wouldn't know it from his pictures, but holy moly does this kid have a temper! He is usually pretty happy and content, but the minute something isn't going his way (he drops something, everyone leaves the room, he's bored with whatever he is doing), he SCREAMS. Personality wise, he is the dead opposite of Jackson, so I have a feeling we may need to tweak our parenting style a bit for our feisty and opinionated little man!

~No picture, but ever since this kid first rolled from his back to his stomach (at exactly 15 weeks), he has not stopped and now gets from point a to point b in record time by rolling himself across the room... Needless to say, we ordered a baby gate for the stairs and Brandon is getting it installed this weekend.

Baby's first ashtag (and the first time he ever took his paci!)
Somebody loved his cousin, Gabby!
Meeting his godmother, Veronica (AKA Cinderella) after her performance
Jackson is always asking to hold Gabe and Gabe thinks that Jackson is the funniest person on earth!
Daddy and his 3 babies
5 am flights call for 1 am wake up calls :(

Trying on Jackson's hand-me-downs before the trip
3 best friends enjoying the playroom 

Monday, February 27, 2017

Gabriel's 4 Month Update

4 months... 4 MONTHS?! How can this be? The time is going by sooooooo quickly and our little Gabe keeps getting happier, cuter, and even more squishy by the day!

Things definitely stay busier around here with two (hence the reason it is once again taking me so long to write this post -- I have what I think is a touch of the flu, so I have been up with terrible sweats, chills, and aches all night and finally decided to get up, make some tea, and write while I feel like it), but neither Brandon nor I would have it any other way.

Here is a quick look back at another wonderful month with Gabe:

Jax was busy watching the KU game with dad, so I jumped at the opportunity to get a few rare pictures of Gabe by himself :)

Weight: 14 lbs. 15 oz (I was SHOCKED -- he seems so much bigger than that to me!)

Length: 25 inches (68th percentile, with a head in the 93rd....)

Nicknames: Gabe, Gabey, Baby Gabey, Chunks, Chunkilicious, Cheeks

Wearing: Mostly 3-6 month, with the exception of a few 6-9 months that I bought for him to grow into.

Sleep: Same as before: Great as long as it's on mom! 

Gabe likes: CONSTANTLY moving, playing on the floor, rolling over, Jackson, having someone get down on the floor to play with him, being interacted with, mornings, Bella (he just stares at her), the electric train at Grammy and Grandpas, listening to Jax's books, observing the world around him

Gabe dislikes: Being left on the floor for too long, when mommy has any kind of dairy in her system, loud noises, when his brother comes close to his face and yells something that I still can't make out (it sounds like "Nemo-nastic," but he says it super fast and only says it when he's in Gabe's face because he thinks it's funny...)

Mom & Dad's Favorite Things: How stinking adorable he is, his rolls, how strong he is, cuddling, getting him to smile and/or laugh, watching Gabe interact with his older brother

Dr. Jax giving Gabe his shots :)
Jax at his 4-month well check // Gabe at his 4-month well check
~I was actually shocked to learn that Gabe only weighs 14 pounds! He is so solid and chunky, but his doctor assured us that this is normal at 4 months (because 4-month-olds get easily distracted) and recommended beginning solids with him. (Since we leave for our big trip soon, we decided to wait until after we get back so we aren't trying new foods with him in a foreign country.) She also got the biggest kick out of how strong he is and said she remembers how Jackson was the complete opposite and it took us forever to get him to even plant his feet on the ground to stand. 

~Well, it happened. At exactly 15 weeks, Gabe rolled over from back to stomach. I thought that maybe it was a fluke (I was doing dishes and not watching him when it happened), but minutes later he did it again and hasn't stopped! In addition to scooting, he now rolls from back to stomach to back to get across the room... Oy! 

~The local movie theater does a "cry baby day" once a week, so I packed up the boys one cold and snowy morning and took them to see "Sing." We were the only ones in the entire theater (not just our theater, but the entire building) and Jackson got the biggest kick out of eating popcorn and dancing to the music while Gabe nursed and/or slept. 

~We made Gabe's second ever trip to my parent's for their museum's annual dinner (which I do the marketing for), and Gabe enjoyed the change of scenery... however, he wasn't having any of the entertainment/auction and cried most of the time, and then cried a lot more later that night when mommy failed miserably and had a piece of dessert covered in whipped cream :(

~Gabe, Jax, and I all had a go-around with bad colds this month, but -- thanks to our dear friend, the sun -- Gabe's didn't last nearly as long as I figured it would! (Seriously; babies should be allowed to get sick so often when they're so young... that must be the ONE trait he picked up from me!)

Random Pictures
His eyes keep getting bluer by the day!
Photo by Jackson
Baby's 1st Valentines (at Costco)

3 month Gave vs. Jax
Setting up the train at Grammy and Grandpas

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Gabriel's Three Month Update

Ah yes... another month has passed with nothing but radio silence... Oy!

We have been so busy and I have so much I am needing to document but just haven't had the time because of kids... and work... and life. Anyway, before I ramble anymore, let us talk about the man of the hour -- Gabriel Anthony!

Our (not-so) little Gabe is now 3-months old and is cuter than ever! I can't get over how chunky and absolutely adorable this kid is... his personality is definitely coming through more and more, and it is such a joy to not only watch him grow, but be his mamma! Here is a look back at another eventful month:
Photo by Jackson.
Weight: I can't find our bathroom scale anywhere, but I am going to guess he's pushing 15 lbs...

Length: 23 inches. at his 2 month -- will have this updated after his next appointment.

Nicknames: Gabe, Gabey, Baby Gabey, Chunks, Chunkilicious

Wearing: 3 month is officially too small for our big guy and 3-6 month is getting to be a little tight... Jackson had a bunch of his cousin's hand-me-downs, but since my sister-in-law had another boy we gave them all back and I didn't realize how few of our own clothes we had! That being said, Gabe goes through the same few outfits over and over (and I keep having to do more and more laundry) and I REALLY need to go thrifting to get him some "new" stuff! Hopefully soon I will have time to get back to my thrifty ways (instead of constantly shopping on Children's Place's website for clothes that he outgrows after only a month)...

Sleep: Still a great sleeper... as long as he is on me! He will usually take a 30 minute nap in the morning in either his swing or Rock n' Play, a nap on me at around lunch time, a long afternoon nap when I go to lay down with Jax, and then he sleeps all night, 

Gabe likes: Being interacted with, smiling/laughing, eating, bath time, kicking, his playmat, sleeping on mommy, Jackson, staring at daddy, tummy time (when somebody is down on the floor with him), swinging, books, tickles

Gabe dislikes: Not being able to roll over, dirty diapers, car seat (though he is getting better), tummy time on his own, loud music, being left alone for too long, when he sees somebody leave the room

Mom & Dad's Favorite Things: His huge smiles/belly laughs, cute little jabbers, big eyes, and playing with him/showing him off to friends and family!

~My parents think I'm crazy, but I seriously think that Gabe and Jackson (right) look A LOT alike... what do you think? (Both are 3 months in these pictures)

~I got a little ambitious on New Year's Eve and decided that since we were staying up late anyway, I would try to get Gabe to sleep in his crib. It was... exhausting. I seriously rocked/nursed/sang to him for nearly an hour to get him to even lay down in the first place, and then he would scream the moment I laid him down. After letting him cry for a few minutes, I would start to process over again and he FINALLY slept in there for two hours (he would even wake up and put himself back to sleep)! Anyway, we tried again the next night and it was a nightmare so I decided to not mess with it again until he's a little older. 

~Gabe's first Christmas was a huge success! We hosted and had my parents, brother, aunt, and uncle over on both Christmas eve and day, and the boys received a train set and Curious Georges/books from Santa! It was a wonderful day and Gabriel even gave us the gift of a long nap while we opened presents :)

~All day, every day. I think I had mentioned cutting dairy out of my diet in Gabe's 2-month post, but can't remember if I had mentioned what a difference it has made! It was like clockwork: Gabriel would begin to cry and was completely inconsolable for about a month there and once the dairy was gone, he has done a complete 180 and is now such a happy baby! 

~For our 4th anniversary, we went to dinner with my aunt and uncle, took the boys to a DU men's basketball game, and stayed the night at the Denver "dinosaur" hotel and had an absolute blast! The game was a little louder than I had anticipated but the stadium was nearly empty (and we sat right behind the players) which made for the perfect first basketball game for both boys!

This was taken at 5:30 am, so ignore my face.
~Last week we attended the beautiful wedding of a dear family friend in Dallas! Both boys did AWESOME on both flights (and Gabe slept/nursed both trips) and we had a wonderful time visiting with framily, resting in our hotel, visiting the Dallas World Aquarium, and dancing the night away at a fun wedding reception! There is so much more I want to share about this trip and will hopefully get around to writing a dedicated post soon.


Since Jackson got to have his friends over to watch a movie, it was only fair that Gabe got to have his besties (Natalie and Bennett) over, too! 

Sweetest, most protective kitty ever,
We had the boy's passport pictures taken (and received the actual passports a few weeks later!) for our trip to Punta Cana in March!

Jackson crafting with an audience.

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