Saturday, August 12, 2017

July Update - Cam Five Month

June was such a blur, and we did so much, it was nice to slow down and unwind a bit in July. We didn't have any big trips planned, but we still had lots of fun! Since it is always so hot in AZ in july, a lot of this month was spent indoors, simply playing at home. Izzy and Cam just love each other so much, as it's something I truly hope continues as they both grow up. I'm close to my siblings, and it's nice to have built in friendships with your siblings. Izzy always wants Campbell as close to her as possible, and Cam doesn't mind at all, he lights up when she is near by, and it's so sweet.

Cam had his 4 month Dr. appointment, and we got some stinky news that he hadn't gained any weight since his 2 month appointment, and that we needed to start supplementing. The same thing happened with Izzy, so I was more emotionally prepared this time, but I was still bummed and felt like a failure. It's frustrating when you do all you can, and your body just won't cooperate or do what it is naturally supposed to do. For about 2 weeks after the appointment, I took fennel, fenugreek, blessed thistle, lots of water, oats, cluster fed, and power pumped, but my supply never grew. I knew Cam would have to be on formula for a while to help him gain weight, so I called it quits on trying to regain my milk supply just a few days before he turned 5 months. I'm SO grateful for formula, you have no idea. And I'm so so happy for the time we did have to breastfeed. Breastfeeding Cam was way easier than it was with Iz. I never had any pain, or bleeding. He always did so well, and I'm happy for the short amount of time I had to exclusively nurse him. He loves his bottles and gets SO excited and grunts and puts his hands straight out trying to grab the bottle as soon as he sees it in your hands. It's hilarious and I love it. Alex and Izzy love being able to easily feed Campbell, and I'm grateful for a happy and healthy baby boy.

We spent some time at the pool, the lake and attended a few more baseball games, since that is what summer is all about! My kids are both so easy going that it makes traveling, and having excursions to the pool or the ball park so easy. I'm glad that they both love getting out of the house as much as thier momma does.

Cam has mastered rolling over, and now he sleeps on his tummy which is great! But the best part is now he LOVES cuddling. He used to hate laying on my chest and letting me just hold him and rock him; he always wanted to face outward. But now that he feels more comfortable on his tummy, he will snuggle all day long and it's the greatest.

The first weekend in august we did have a fun trip planned, and we took the whole family to San Fransisco! I plan to devote a whole blog to that trip, but I just want to reiderate what I said above - MY KIDS ARE FREAKING ROCKSTARS! They did incredibly well on the trip, especially since we had over 12 hours of fight delays combined between the trip there and back... insane. But they did amazing and we all enjoyed the change in scenery and temperatures.

Campbell is the sweetest baby, and I wish I could just bottle up his happiness and giggles and smiles and happy kicks and coos and remember them forever. I love that little boy so much.

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

June Update - Cam Four Month

I literally don't know how we are already a week into July. It's still May in my brain. But regardless of my internal calendar, I do indeed have a 4 month old baby! I love this stage of babyhood. Cam is just so smiley all the time. His social smiles just do me in, and I feel like he saves the best ones for me (well me and Izzy, I swear he loves her more than he loves me). Campbell is a talker, as long as he is awake, he is cooing and gurgling and jabbering and laughing. Izzy loves to talk back to him, and she talks in the cutest 'mom voice', which she is totally mimicking from me- it's hilarious.

We have had a blast this last month. As soon as we got home from Lake Powell we started using our Ballpark Summer Pass - a ticket that gives you access to all DBacks home games in June and July!!! It has been so stinking fun. It is totally spoiling me, and also convincing me that we need season tickets. It's made a ton more fun since both kids love the ballpark, and our DBacks are KILLING IT this year. I'm calling an Astros v. Dbacks World Series #youhearditherefirst

Along with lots of ballgames, there has also been a lot of swimming. Cam loves the water, and just is so relaxed and loves to float around and will occasionally rapidly kick his legs and splash and smile and laugh. Iz has been loving swimming without floaties, and i'm amazed at how her confidence has grown since doing swim class. I have two summer fishy babies, and I wouldn't want it any other way.

Cam has mastered the art of rolling over. He first went from his back to his tummy on June 16th, and it only took about 3 days until he could roll both ways, starting from his tummy or his back. So now he just rolls and scoots and slides all over the floor, and his crib. Poor thing gets stuck in the slats of his crib all too often now. But he now loves sleeping on his tummy and it's so so cute.

Campbell is a slobbery monster. He isn't teething (that i can tell) but MAN, the drool is strong with this one. His shirts, fists, blankets, and the arms of anyone holding him all constantly sopping wet, and we all tease that it's his way of staying cool in this AZ heat. He may be slobbery, but he's so cute, especially in his little bib-danas that I put him in to try and save his outfits from being soaked.

Just a few days ago we celebrated my birthday, and it was great spending the day with just my little family. I had some alone time in the morning thrift shopping, and then we went to lunch and got sushi, and then took the kids to a movie. After the movie, we went bowling and then dropped both kids with Lorri and Gregor and Alex and I headed to, you guessed it, a baseball game. It was their 4th of July game, so there was a cool t-shirt giveaway, and a huge firework show. It was so fun, we got yummy yummy food, which we don't usually do, and Alex surprised me with a Churro Dog- a long john doughnut, cut like a hotdog bun, and then they fill it with a churro, topped with vanilla frozen yogurt, whipped cream and sprinkles. Totally perfect for a birthday treat! Top the day off with the fact that the DBacks smoked the Rockies, and I'd say it was a pretty excellent day.

We celebrated the 4th with our typically tradition of a big family pool party and BBQ. It was so stinking fun this year, and I'm just so glad to have all my friends and family close to celebrate together!

Cam is the light of my life, the sweetest baby boy, so stinking handsome, and just the best addition to our family.

Monday, June 19, 2017

May Update - Cam Three Month

May was so fun! Full of adventures, and play dates and time spent enjoying the last bit of cool weather! Cam hit that super fun baby mode. He is cooing and giggling, social smiling, gurgling and is just the happiest most content baby you'll ever meet.

Campbell officially became a thumb sucker this month! It's so cute and so nice that he can soothe himself without help from a paci. I felt so sad for him though because when he was first trying to figure it out, he wasn't (and still isn't to be honest) too coordinated, and he had tons of scratches all over his cheeks from trying to find his mouth.

He is such a chill little guy, and makes it so easy to go out and run errands or take Izzy out on a date, go to the zoo or the botanical gardens! He just sleeps, or hangs out in his carseat, or in the Lillebaby.

We went to our first baseball game as a family of 4, and it was a blast! Cam loves all the fun new things to look at, and as always Izzy loved playing I Spy, clapping and cheering, and playing on the playground.

We celebrated another Mother's Day, and it was so great, especially with two littles to call me momma! Alex, my dad and my father in law planned a big Mothers Day dinner with both sides of the family, and all the men cooked all the moms dinner and it was a blast! New Mother's Day tradition?!

The very next weekend we had everyone over again to bless Cam. It was low key, we blessed him at home, and the blessing was so sweet. We all felt very loved and supported and I'm grateful for all the family and friends we have in our lives who help raise, nurture, and love our children.

Right after the blessing, my mom, the kids and I packed up and headed to the airport to go to Disneyland for Izzy's birthday! The kiddos did amazing on the flight, and we zonked out at our hotel, ready to hit up Dland bright and early! We had a great hotel that was less that .2 miles from the entrance, and we got through those magical gates right at 9am. We snagged a picture with floral Mickey and then headed to Pooh Bear. Izzy had been to Disneyland 2 times before this, and the chick knew what she wanted to do! I let her lead the way since this trip was 100% for her. We rode Pooh bear 3 times in a row, and then met the characters, which she loved. We rode all the rides she wanted, ate churros and got bubbles. We saw the parade, shopped and even though it was pretty hot and crowded, i'd say we had a great time!

California Adventures was the next day, and it did not disappoint. We got our fast passes for world of color, rode Midway mania at least 4 times, rode Ariel, saw the Frozen show, rode rides in Cars Land, ate yummy new foods and threw a few tantrums for good measure. Even though more tears were shed than I'd like to admit, I'm still so glad we were able to have this last little trip to Disney while Iz was still free!

Cam clearly loved his first time at the Happiest Place on Earth, as he was comfortable enough to sleep his way through most of it <3

By the end of the month it was time for the LAKE! Cam is in love with the boat... so long as it's moving! If we are stopped he fusses and cries, but the minute we start driving he is content as can be, and usually ends up taking a nap. We spent a week with my family and cousins on a house boat at Lake Powell and it was a wonderful time, Izzy and cam got non stop attention and love, I got to take naps in the sun, we played endless amounts of Mario Kart on the Wii, we surfed and cliff jumped and explored canyons and ate tasty food! It was so nice to be with family, out of cell phone range, spending time in one of my favorite places on this earth! Big thanks to my mom and dad for arranging the whole thing!

I'm in love with my sweet son. He's such a blessing and I cannot imagine my life without him.