Tuesday, October 3, 2017

August Update - Cam Six Month

Where did summer go? I feel like just a few weeks ago I was partying it up at Lake Powell and planning Izzy's birthday party. But all of a sudden, it's fall and I'm partying it up at halloween parties and planning halloween costumes instead! I'm pretty late in writing this update, but I'm determined to get this blog out before Cam turns 7 months on Saturday!

August was pretty low key, and since we had a busy July, and a lot going on in September it was nice to just lay low and spend time at home.

Cam is a full time roller and scootcher now. He immediately rolls to his tummy if given the chance, and explores every inch of whatever surface he is on. He loves to look around at his surroundings, and is very curious. He has been to lots of baseball games in his short little life, but he just becomes more enthralled with all the goings on every time we go. We went as a family a few weeks ago, the kids wore matching shirts, which Izzy thought was the best thing to ever happen. I wish it were easier to match siblings of the opposite sex. Maybe I should start a clothing company....

Cam is a very social bug, and makes friends with everyone he meets. He always has a smile for everyone and if he really likes you, he will kicks his legs and flail his arms in every direction. He laughs at anything and is really good at making you feel like the most amazing person on the planet.

He is such an easy going kid. He was a great little companion on a fun little day trip up north to hike the Tonto Bridge, and loved just being in his carrier, looking around at the world. He will sleep anywhere, although he does prefer a crib. He has a better relationship with his carseat than he did as a newborn, which is very nice.

You should see this kid when he gets in the bath. He splashes and kicks and goes crazy the whole time and basically turns our bathroom into a water park. It's amazing. Izzy thinks this is hilarious and only encourages him. It's my favorite thing!

Campbells favorite person in the whole world is Isabel. He lights up the most when he sees her. They share a very special bond and I just love to watch them interact. Izzy LOVES her brother. She is so kind to him, is so patient with him and thinks he is the handsomest, funniest, chubbiest little bubba! I'm so grateful for their relationship and I can't wait to watch it grow!

Cam started sitting up unassisted. I don't know how he learned it, one day I jokingly sat him up to "practice" and he just never fell over. He loves sitting and playing with toys and watching Izzy dance or sing or do something funny to make him laugh. I love when he sits up too because he is less mobile that way!

Campbell is growing perfectly and he is still the best kid in the world. He is easy going, happy, smiley, sleeps amazingly, loves kisses and cuddles, laughs constantly, eats like a champ, and is the absolute light of our lives.

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.