Sunday, November 17, 2019

Dear Spencer... You're 4 months old!

Spencer-bear!

4 months old and completely scrumptious. You are such a smiley and giggly little baby - your personality is flourishing and you are a happy little guy.  I am in awe of you, my sweet baby, and I don't take a single day of this special time with you for granted. You are growing and changing very fast!

This month was busy - we celebrated your first Halloween at your auntie Juju's house with family. We dressed you up in your woody pjs with your siblings, but mostly you just enjoyed being there and watching all of your cousins. You stayed back with Gramz and slept through the trick or treating.

We also took your first trip to Disneyland this month! I was pretty nervous about it because you are still very fussy in the car. You did great on the 7 hour ride there and pretty well on the way home. You loved to look around while we were there at all of the lights and you met quite a few characters with your brothers and sister. Nana took all of us to celebrate the season and we made so many special memories with her and Gramz and Pops! You spent a lot of time on Pop's chest and snuggled up with him. You love to fall asleep on him (just like all of your siblings). We also went on a few rides with you and you seemed intrigued by it all. It really got us all in the holiday spirit and the next month is going to be filled with lots of that for all of us.

You are wearing 6 month and 3-6 month clothes, size 2 (or 3) diapers, and you are still breastfeeding on demand like a little champ. You are not a great sleeper - you usually only go in 2-3 hour stretches at night, but occasionally you will go a little longer for your first stretch. I started to use gas drops to help with your discomfort and that has helped a little bit.

You have your 4 month doctor's appointment on December 2, but I am guessing you are at least 15 pounds. You are so squishy and plumping up, which I love!

You love to be outside, watching your siblings, riding in the front pack on our chests, and looking at toys. Your siblings are still crazy about you and love to talk to you and make you smile. I love seeing how they all interact with you, it is a very special relationship that is forming between you 4. It makes me so happy.

You discovered your hands in the last couple of weeks and you will pull out your paci (which you use occasionally when we put you to sleep or are soothing you) or put things in your mouth. You roll from your belly to your back and you like to lay on your little activity mat or in your bouncer and bat at all of the toys. You are very interactive when we talk to you and tell you stories. Your laugh and smile is irresistible - and you squeak and talk to us a lot!

I love waking up to your sweet little face every single morning. You are just so sweet and fill my heart with so much love. This time is so precious, Spence, and I am trying to be present for all of it. You are a special little baby, I love how you look into my eyes. I hope you can feel how much we love and adore you.

I love you so much. Forever and ever!
Mama

Thursday, October 17, 2019

Dear Spencer... You're 3 months old!

Oh, Spence!

Three whole months of loving you so much. You grew so much this month and most notably you are smiling and giggling for us - a mostly happy and content little baby. It's so adorable! But when you're mad, you are sure to let everyone know! Gramz keeps saying you are going to have a deep voice because that scream is louder than any baby I have ever heard.

You are still loving your baths, watching you siblings, and hands down, your favorite thing is riding in the front pack. Auntie Juju nicknamed you my "marsupial" because you are happy as a clam in that thing. Sometimes during the day you'll be in that thing for 4-5 hours. It makes it nice because you go with the flow anywhere we are as long as you are tucked into your pouch.

You still very much hate the car and our school drop offs and pick ups are sometimes brutal. We moved around carseats in the car so sissy can sit next to you and pop in your paci, but it doesn't always work. I think as you get older it will get better, but for now we try to limit those car rides as much as possible!

You are wearing 3-6 month sized clothes and size 2 diapers still. You are definitely growing out of the 3 month size. Your nicknames are: mr. marsupial, Spence, Spencer-bear, and bay-bee (that's what Cody calls you).

You are talking quite a bit - you'll have little discussions with us and your little noises are adorable. Your giggle is also so sweet, and it's pretty easy to get you to smile. You seem to love human touch and interaction, and there isn't a shortage of it here with how much your siblings adore you. Daddy and I also love snuggling with you during the day.

Sleep at night has been a little challenging. You've had some 3 hour stretches, but you've also had nights where you are up most of the night. You caught your first little cold the last few days which has made it challenging for you to breathe through your nose and it makes you more gassy when you eat. I know this time is going to fly by, so I am just taking it a night at a time. Last night you did do much better (you went for a solid 4 hours) so I am hoping it wasn't a fluke. I don't mind our quiet, middle of the night snuggles.

You are still eating like a champ. You breastfeed well and take bottles of pumped milk really well. You love smiling and talking to all of our family and Gramz and Pops have watched you a couple of times while daddy and I go out to dinner and you do really well with them.

You are a sweet, content, and beautiful little baby boy. I love staring at you and taking in every inch of you because I know you're growing much too fast. I still can't believe you are our little baby - we just love and adore you so much. You are really completing our family.

I love you so much, Spence. To the moon and stars and infinity. Forever!

Love,
Mama

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Dear Spencer... You're 2 Months Old!

Mr. Spencer Bear,

You are 2 months old today. I can't believe it's been two whole months since I first saw your beautiful little face and looked into your sweet little eyes. It feels like it's gone so fast, yet it also feels like you've been a part of our family forever. We can't imagine life with out you and everyone just loves you so much.

You've grown so much this month. You are smiling lots (you started just after you turned 5 weeks old, which is early!). You are also 'talking' a little bit with us and you love to face outward and see the world around you. You LOVE to be held and especially these last couple of weeks you tend to get a little bit fussy if you are set down. We love holding you and usually you have an older brother or sister who'd like to hold you as well.

You do like your paci and we use it often to try and calm you down a little bit in the car - you are the 3rd one of my babies to hate the car and it makes going places with you a little nerve wracking. Sometimes we can time it so you will sleep, but if you aren't sleeping, you are most-likely screaming. We have switched things around in the car a little bit so sissy can try to help soothe you. We are on the go a lot and besides not liking the car, you do pretty well just going along!

You went and saw Dr. Barretto today and you weighed 13 pounds exactly. She said you look perfect - you're growing quickly and you are hitting the milestones you need to be hitting. You are growing out of all of your 0-3 month clothing and the 3 month sizes are starting to get a little snug as well. You are easily wearing your size 2 diapers. You aren't sleeping great at night, but you are very snuggly and love sleeping on your stomach, so we sometimes have you in bed with us and I am usually up checking on you through out the night. Sometimes you will go 4-5 hours on your back in the dock a tot, but for the most part, you are up every 3 hours or more. I know how quickly this time goes, so I just enjoy the sleepy snuggles while I can get them. Sometimes I fall asleep in the chair with you wrapped up in my arms.

You have several nicknames including: Mr. Spencer, Spencer Bear, Spanky (pops calls you that sometimes), and love bug. You will probably answer to the name Cody as you get older, too, because we all tend to call you that, too! You are loved so much by your brothers and sister and they get so excited to see you every single day. Whenever we are out near their friends I hear them telling their friends "come meet my baby brother" and you've been around lots of kids who are interested in you! It's so much fun to see how proud they are to have you.

You love bath time and if you're upset in the evenings, I usually just get you right into your infant tub for a soak. You also love ceiling fans, lights, and staring at everything around you. I carry you in the front pack a lot because being held is your favorite! You also like to be outside.

Oh, Spencer, I am just so in love with you. Your tiny hands and feet, your thick and spikey hair, and those smiles that make me melt inside. I am so grateful that you are ours. You are so loved and adored by us all!

I love you to the moon and back times infinity and watching you grow fills me with so much joy every single day.

Love,
Mama

Saturday, August 17, 2019

Dear Spencer... You're one month old!

Our sweet Spencer-bear,

How can it be that you're one month old today? This month has gone by so quickly, just as I expected it would, and you have brought our family so much happiness and joy. I love staring at your beautiful chubby cheeks and plump little lips. You are making eye contact and becoming so much more aware of your surroundings all the time.

Having 3 older siblings, you are used to being on the go and you do pretty well with it. You have cried in the car a bit, but we can usually calm you do with a paci (which you have a few little hands that are always willing to try and help calm you down, too). You've made several trips to Costco and Target and this last week all of the back to school drop offs and pick ups started.

Even though you are our 4th baby, we still have our own quiet time with you in the evenings and it's so sweet. You are sleeping okay through the night, but are up several times to eat. You also have a little gas (which all of our babies have) and sometimes that will keep you up. It's rare that you cry, but you do love some extra snuggles and milk.

Of course you are sleeping throughout the day, but you are also starting to become more awake and alert each day. I love seeing your beautiful blue eyes stare. You are starting to see all of us and take it all in. You are constantly being held by us and your siblings are always wanting to hold you. Seeing your relationship with them blossom makes my heart burst. They are so crazy about you and are always wanting to help with you as well. Cody calls you "bay-bee" and has been so sweet offering up kisses and hugs. Andie and Nolan are always wanting to hold and kiss you... all three of them really love you and I hope the 4 of you always have a special relationship.

You are a wonderful eater and I feel so blessed that I get to breastfeed you exclusively. Daddy gave you a small 2 ounce bottle at about 3.5 weeks old and we have given you one or two more since just so we know you can take that when needed.

You are growing so quickly and had already gained half of a pound at your two week appointment. You are still wearing newborn and 0-3 month clothes. We switched you into size 1 diapers at about 2 weeks old.

We haven't gone too many places since you were born because we want to keep you healthy while you are so tiny, but we did make it out to the beach on Pop's boat, to Gramz & Pop's house, and up to Apple Hill for a little day trip. I love showing you off to people and everyone comments on how cute you are. You do pretty well in your little carseat carrier and the stroller and I also love wearing you in the front pack. You do really well anytime you are being carried.

Your daddy and I have both agreed that even though you've been here a month, it feels like we've known you forever. You have completed our family in such a special way. You are a beautiful little boy with your darker skin coloring and dark blonde/light brown hair. I am really excited to see your smiles (we have seen a couple of gas smiles and they are absolutely adorable).

I hate to see how quickly the time goes, but I also know that with each day I will get to know you more and see more and more of the baby boy you are. Witnessing this time in your life is so precious to me. I am already so proud to be your mommy and I hope if you're ever reading back on this note you know just how much I love and adore you. Your daddy and I are absolutely crazy about you and we are so happy you are a part of our family. You are here for a reason.

I love you to the moon and back, sweet Spencer.

Love,
Mama

Sunday, August 11, 2019

Dear Cody... You're 21 Months Old

Blue-eyed baby Cody,

Daddy and I tell each other every day, multiple times a day, how dang cute you are. It's hard to express just how much I want to squeeze and hug you at all times, but you are busy and on the go, so I sneak in any snuggles when I can. You have grown so much - you're taller, stronger, and quite stout and your personality is blossoming more and more every single day. You are hilarious! You are talking more, laughing all the time, and you are truly one of the most good-natured people I have ever known. You really go with the flow, are pretty easy to please, and as long as you have all of your basic needs met, you're good to go!

You have the cutest little body - I can't even handle how cute it is. Your little belly, round face and cheeks, blonde hair, and beautiful blue eyes. You look absolutely adorable when you run, and that's pretty much how you get everywhere these days. You are playing and interacting very well with your siblings and you love being outside. You absolutely love toys - especially cars "cahs"- your Toy Story RV, and anything you can throw. You've gotten pretty fast on your miniature strider style bike and you like to ride it around in the yard. One of your favorite things to do this summer was be in the water - you are obsessed with the pool and water slide. Several times you would go into the laundry room, open the swim suit drawer, and bring a suit and swim diaper to us because you want to go in.

Some big changes happened for you when we welcomed your little brother, Spencer, on July 17th. You seem to really love him and not mind him at all. You see him and say "bay-bee" and will come over and give him snuggles and kisses. You haven't shown any signs of being jealous and have been very easy going about the transition for our family. You've grown pretty close to your daddy, too, because he's been home a lot!

You are fearless and you will go anywhere you see something interesting. You don't really seem to be super attached to us when we are out and about and you will smile, talk (hi, bye, blow kisses), and interact with people. You are still crazy about your Pops and always want to be with him. You love to snuggle with him and anytime he is getting ready to leave, you will protest by the door.

I try to remember all of the little things that happen on a daily basis, but it's almost impossible. I take pictures to help remind me. I had to take you in to get a vaccine two weeks ago and I could not believe how amazing you were. You sat in the stroller the whole time, didn't let a noise out, I took you out for the shot, you barely cried, and then I put you back in the stroller and you just kept going with your day. I couldn't believe how brave and easy going you were.

You are still taking naps, but starting to skip them a few days a week and you do pretty well. When you do nap, it's from about 2-4pm. You sleep at night for about 12 hours from 7:30pm to 7:30am. You really seem to love "Buzz" and Gramz just got you the cutest little Toy Story crib sheet and stuffed Buzz, which you use as a pillow. We love going to check on you at night before we go to bed because you're always in funny positions with buzz and your blanket (a lot of times you like to put your head under the blanket). You are still in your crib for now and we plan to keep you in there until we transition Spencer into your crib. We are getting your big boy room ready now and I am so excited about your new bed and furniture. We didn't want you to feel pushed out of your room, so the transition will be slow over the next few months.

You are a great little eater (although you love to drive your daddy crazy by throwing food around). You eat pretty much all fruit, broccoli, peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, chicken, mac and cheese, try tip, waffles, yogurt, etc. You especially love your "baba" of milk and we will let you keep that until about two. You are wearing size 18-24 month and 2T clothes (you grew fast from the size 18 months to 24 months) and size 5 diapers.

I absolutely love hearing you say so many new words, watching you push your cars around on the coffee table, dance with sissy, play outside, and I especially loved seeing your pure enjoyment of the pool this summer. You are such a happy kiddo and getting to be with you every day is truly a pleasure. You know exactly what to do to get a reaction out of us (especially your daddy - you will purposely do things to get a reaction out of him) and we laugh at the funny things you do all the time. You are also very tough. You've taken some falls and gotten some bumps and bruises and usually you just pop back up. I cannot believe you are our baby boy - you're such a sweetheart. You and your siblings are really close and they love to help out with you and it warms my soul to see that all flourish.

I am already so proud to be your mommy, Cody. I can't believe you are 21 months old. 2 will be here before we know it and I am just doing everything I can to soak up this precious time with you. Just your sweet little squishy nose smile makes my whole day. I absolutely love being your mommy. I will always love being your mommy. You are such a wonderful little guy and seeing you grow is truly amazing.

I love you to the moon and back times infinity, my sweet little boy, and I am soaking up every single hug and snuggle with you.

Love,
Mama