Recently, I noticed my diaper bag getting heavier and heavier. I decided to finally clean it out, go through everything and reevaluate what I really needed to keep in there for my three babies. I found out quickly that I had accumulated a lot of extras that did not need to be in there. I definitely have to carry a diaper bag because my kids are all very young and still need quite a few things.
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I have talked about Hampton’s baby eczema here before. He really struggled for his first year of life. Those dry red cheeks – I remember it like it was yesterday. Bless his heart, it was a struggle for a while. When he had a bad flare up, it was always on his sweet little cheeks and he wouldn’t leave them alone. I tried all types of creams, lotions and natural remedies, but nothing seemed to help. The doctor told us it would just have to clear up on it’s own in time.
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I honestly dread transitions. In our house, a big transition means extra crying and less sleeping. It’s not normally a fun thing. Sleep transitions, schedule transitions, transitions to school and one that I am currently doing for the third time now – transitioning baby to a bottle. I have to admit that he is my most stubborn out of all three children when it comes to the bottle. He has been breastfeeding now for 5 months and knows no different. This process has been a struggle with him which brings me to a valid point:
Weston is 5 months old, guys. FIVE. I can’t believe it. Lately, his favorite things include eating, tummy time, eating, his Lamaze Mix and Match Caterpillar, and eating some more. He is starting to tuck his knees up under him during tummy time and pushes all the way up on his arms. I am definitely not ready for another baby on the loose around here, but it is coming, and soon, I have a feeling. Lamaze Toys sent him some new toys last week and he has really become fond of them. Like most new toys, they have made playtime so much fun and have been great for his development!
I love my babies. Every single one of them are so special and unique in their own way. They all have adorable personalities and I could eat them all up. BUT. You knew it was coming. I’ve talked about it before here and here, but Hampton had colic between 2 and four months. It was seriously the most challenging time of my life. I can honestly say that he screamed from 5pm to 2am every single night for 2 months. I was sleep deprived, cranky, postpartum, and moody. Add a screaming fussy baby in that and it was downright miserable.
Sophie came along and slept through the night as a newborn, so we were very blessed with her. We did decide to be better prepared for her and bought everything we would need for a long night of screaming – just in case she was colic, too. Even though she was not a colic baby, she would get fussy from time to time.
Weston is a great baby. He doesn’t sleep through the night yet, but he is a genuinely happy and content baby. I am so thankful for that and am still crossing my fingers it stays this way. Whenever my babies get fussy, I go through my process of elimination. Are they hungry? Need a diaper change? Sleepy? If they are none of those things, normally they just want to be held. Regardless, with three kids three and under, I can’t have an extremely fussy baby. I just can’t. So, here are the things that help make my babies (and me) smile when they are fussing.
Hey there! It is FINALLY Friday and my in-laws have the two older kiddos today, so I am soaking in every bit of Weston’s snuggles and coos while simultaneously entering and tagging all of our consignment clothes for the sale that have to be dropped off in the morning. Oh, yeah, I definitely had a serious case of mom brain and forgot about it until two days ago, so…nothing like a little procrastination. I am just so happy that it is the weekend because This. Week. This week has been full of a lot of sickness and dirty house and laundry and honestly, I am happy to see it go and ready to bring on a new week and hopefully get my act together again. New week = do-over from last week. Right?
This weekend we have absolutely nothing going on, so I am going to catch up on the house and maybe start a new book from my reading list! If you have any other recommendations, I’d love to hear them!
So, now it is time for Friday Favorites!
After a whole lot of rain and an ice storm keeping us in last weekend, we have enjoyed some warm sunny days this week! It has been unseasonably warm and we are loving every minute of it! Countless walks and lots of playing outside has made my babies very happy and you know what they say: “happy baby, happy mama.” Or something like that… Life lately has definitely been grand!
Hampton has done great adjusting to school again. I was worried that after a long break, he might have trouble, but he has done so well! `That boy loves school. Of course, his parents did, too, so he gets it honestly. 😉
I am almost a week behind, but my little man is 2 months old today! The answer to the question of whether he will be the baby of our family is TBD. He may be our last, he may not. We honestly are not sure yet. One thing I do know is that he is our baby at least for now and just in case he is our last, I am going to enjoy every minute and soak up every little thing about him. Weston has not been my easiest or my hardest baby. He is a good in between. Sweet most of the time, but doesn’t sleep as good as Sophie did. Eats really well, is only fussy when it is really loud (bless his heart, that is a lot of the time around here) and loves to be held and cuddled. I don’t mind that one little bit.