Monday, January 2, 2017

Gabriel's Two Month Update

Well, here we are again and here I go posting Gabe's monthly update a week and a half late... ugh! I'm sorry, second child; even if these updates are not posted on the dot (since I know you get online looking for them each month on the 21st...), I promise I will still write them up at some point for you to one day look back at. Anyway, our second month with Gabriel has been just as fun and exciting as the first! He is SO cute and chunky, and we just can't get enough of this little daddy clone! Here is what we've been up to this month:

Big lighting fail :/

Weight: 12 lbs. 5 oz (nearly twice his birth weight... what?!)

Length: 23 inches. 

Nicknames: Gabe, Gabey, Baby Gabey, Baby, Chunk, Baby Brandon

Wearing: We have officially outgrown just everything 0-3 month and are comfortably wearing 3-6 month... it is seriously comical to me how much different he is to Jackson (who was still in size newborn by this point)! 

Sleep: He still sleeps in the crook of my arm during the night (and does great as he can basically nurse whenever) and takes naps in either his swing or Rock and Play during the day. 

Gabe likes: Eating, bath time, clean diapers, Jax, being interacted with, the quilt beside the changing table, being held, Jackson, cuddles, the floor lamp in the living room, being moved, swinging, kicking, rocking

Gabe dislikes: Hiccups, acid reflux induced spit up, car rides of any length, having to wait for food, his car seat, shopping, 

Mom & Dad's Favorite Things: How chunky and adorable he is, his silly little grin, when he gets excited and starts to kick, how warm and cuddly he is, watching him interact with Jackson, how happy he is first thing in the morning

~It's official: Gabe is colicky. When we went in to have Gabe's ears checked at around 6 weeks and upon speaking with his doctor, I discovered that his inconsolable fussing that happened every night at the same time meant that he's colicky... In passing, she had mentioned that I could cut out dairy and see if that would help, but she quickly moved on and acted like it probably wouldn't work... I went ahead and tried it anyway and about 2 weeks after cutting out my nightly ice cream, chocolate milk, and Life cereal, he was acting SO much better and way less fussy. YES! It has been hard giving up my beloved dairy, but if it helps his poor tummy, it sure is worth it. 

~2016 was (obviously) Gabe's first Thanksgiving and we had a wonderful time spending the weekend with my parents and brother and eating way too much carby foods and desserts. 

~I finally got up the nerve to take the boys on my first ever errand run with just the 3 of us and it went about as well as I thought it would... Jax slept the entire time we were in the SUPER crowded Dollar Tree (picking up favors and snacks for Jax's birthday party) and when Jax slowly ate his pretzel and cheese at Target, but once we got moving and started shopping at Target, he woke up SCREAMING! I tried to do the whole (covered) nursing while walking the aisles and pushing the cart thing, but that wasn't working well, so I finally just found an empty bottom shelf and plopped down on it and nursed him for awhile... After awhile, a sympathetic employee came over and offered the dressing room for my comfort (I had my nursing cover, so I wasn't exposing myself or anything), which I took her up on, but it still didn't calm him... the rest of the trip was loud and stressful, but we made it out alive!

~Gabriel was baptized on December 11th and I seriously can't put into words just how amazing of a day it was... Deacon Jerome gave such a beautiful sermon, Gabe's godmother Megan and her family (my Aunt Judy, and cousins Nancy & Angie) drove all the way out from Kansas to be here, and our awesome family from around Colorado all joined us for the baptism, dinner at Cinzetti's, and then a little visiting/gift opening back at our place to end the evening... it was so perfect and is an evening I will never forget! We are so blessed to be part of such a wonderful church!!!

~I took the boys to Bass Pro to visit Santa! Gabe slept pretty much the entire time (minus Jax's and my quick coffee shop stop, which is when I nursed him) and we ended up with this super adorable picture.

~A few pictures of the world's cutest brothers... just because :)

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