Thursday, June 8, 2017

Shep [9 Months]

Our sweet Harrison Shepard is NINE months old. I am forever wishing he would quit getting older. He is mama's little baby and I do not want that to change! I cannot believe how close we are to his first birthday and that I am already having to think about that. This has been such a fun month with Shep. He has learned so many new things!

Weight/Height: 21 1bs, 28 1/2 in

Hair: Our sweet Shepy is starting to get a lot more hair! He's so cute with his bed head in the mornings.

Clothes: Mostly 12 month

Diapers: Size 4

Sleeping: Shep usually goes to sleep around 6:45pm and wakes up around 7:00am. He takes 2 long naps, one in the morning and one after lunch time, then he takes another shorter one in the late afternoon sometimes.

Likes: Shep loves playing with his toys, snuggling with his mama, and laughing at his brother.

Dislikes: Someone not coming to get him out of his crib the second his eyes open in the morning ;)

Eating: Shep has four 8oz bottles/day, 1-2 jars of baby food, and finger food snacks. He has started weaning himself from his bottle and is wanting his sippy cup more during the day. He loves to eat but I am having to be very careful about what I give him because of his dairy and soy allergies. We are going to do a full food allergy evaluation at his 1 year appt. so until then we will just stick simple foods. So far he has been enjoying bananas, steamed carrots, and some bread!

Milestones: Shep is officially crawling and pulling up! He has 2 (bottom) teeth and working on his top 2. I have also been working with Shep on baby sign language. He has "more" down perfect!

Baby Items We Can't Live Without: I feel like we used our high chair a lot this month. Shep is starting to eat more finger foods so he is sitting longer in his seat. He drinks his day time bottles/sippy cups in his high chair. We also pulled out a few of Bennett's old toys and Shep is loving them, especially the "mobile office" as we like to call it ; )

Friday, May 26, 2017

Shep [8 Months]

I've had this post sitting in my drafts pictureless for a few weeks so now that I actually have a second to work on blogging I figured I better get this one up before Shep turns 9 months old!

 I feel like every month I cannot believe he's getting older. I want him to stay a baby forever! It's funny because a lot of people say that they don't baby their 2nd child as much but I am the opposite. I baby Shep so much and am really emotional about him getting older. We celebrated Shep's 8 month birthday at the beach this past weekend (same place BT turned 7 months!)

Weight/Height: Not sure. We go back to the dr next month for his 9 month check up.

Hair: Still growing!! He has a few pieces that stick over his ears and curl up and they are the CUTEST.

Clothes: 9-12m

Diapers: Both boys are in size 4 (which is hilarious to me...)

Sleeping: Shep had a couple rough weeks of sleep this month but is thankfully back on track! He is sleeping a solid 12 hours each night and naps 3x/day. His morning nap is usually an hour and a half, his mid-day nap is usually 2 hours, and his late afternoon nap is usually a cat nap about 30 minutes.

Likes: Playing with his brother, playing on his mat with all his toys, sleeping, and snuggling!

Dislikes: Not being able to crawl yet! It drives him nuts. He is SO close but just hasn't quite figured it out.

Eating: Shep has four 8oz bottles and baby food 3x/day. I haven't tried any table food with him yet but I'm sure we will soon.

Milestones: Shep has started pulling himself up to his knees in his crib. He is also able to go from his stomach to sitting. I know crawling and pulling up are just around the corner.

Baby Items We Can't Live Without: Play mat and all his toys!

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Shep [7 Months]

Shep turned 7 months old on April 7th! We had the best month with Shep. He is growing so fast and seems to be learning something new every day. He probably had the best month of his life thus far, as he was healthy the entire month (including eczema) !!


Weight/Height: 20lbs, 27in 

Hair: Still growing some hair! It's all blond and seems to be thin (don't think he got my thick hair like Bennett..)

Clothes: Shep is wearing mostly 9-12m with some 12-18m in shirts (#BigBelly).

Diapers: Size 3 but can wear 4's too (found that out when I ran out of 3's and put one of Bennett's 4's on we might just move on to 4's so the boys are in the same size)

Sleeping: Shep is FINALLY sleeping 12+ hours. His eczema has cleared up SO much and I know this is the reason he is finally sleeping well. He is starting to teethe some so I'm sure there will be more sleepless nights in our future so we are enjoying the sleep while we can!

Likes: Snuggling with mommy, his lovie and blanket, playing on his play mat, watching his brother do anything!

Dislikes: It's so hard for me to ever think of anything Shep dislikes...he's that happy!

Eating: Shep has four 8oz bottles a day and eats baby food 3x/day. I will start introducing some finger foods soon!

Milestones: Babbling and making lots of noises, first beach trip, sleeping through the night (for the first time since he was 3 months old!!!!)

Baby Items We Can't Live Without: Bibs, play mat, boppy, exersaucer, lovie/blanket, sophie the giraffe (or any other teething toy).

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Homemade Baby Food

Before Shep was born Adam and I talked about making his baby food. It was something both of us thought would be fun but also would help save some money. Once Shep got here and we realized all of his allergies it was a no brainer for me to make his baby food at home. For one, I would know exactly what I was feeding him and two, it would help offset the outrageous cost of his hypoallergenic formula.

We started with squash and then moved on to pears, sweet potatoes, apples, and bananas. I've had a few people ask how we've made certain things so I thought I would just put a few of them in one post. As I make things I will add them here.

So far, squash is the most time consuming to make. It's not hard just takes a bit longer than the other foods so far.

This weekend I made some apples so I thought I'd share the process and explain the steps that go into making baby food at home.

Equipment needed:
Blender (we use the Ninja blender that comes with Nutri Ninja cups)
Ice cube trays
Freezer size Ziploc bags
Small containers (I'll show the ones we use below)

Making apples is one of the easier foods to make and takes very little time.

I start by putting a pot of water on the stove to boil. Then I peel and core all the apples. I use anywhere from 5-7 apples.

Then I cut them into chunks and put them in the boiling water, covered, for 6-8 minutes.

While the apples are softening I will usually put in a load of laundry, unload the dishwasher, etc. just to pass the time. I try to make food during nap time so I can do other things while I'm making it and not have to worry about the kids needing something.

Once the apples are done I drain them.

Next step is to use the blender to puree the food. We have been using the Nutri Ninja cups that came with our Ninja blender and they have worked great.

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Once everything is blended up I just fill up a few ice cube trays, cover with plastic wrap, and put them in the freezer.

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I let them sit over night and then move the cubes into freezer size Ziploc bags. Here's an example with some other food I already had in the freezer.

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Every night when I'm getting the boy's stuff ready for the next day I will take a few cubes (usually 2-3) and put them in containers for the next day. I pop them in the microwave for about 30 seconds to thaw them and then store in the refrigerator.

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Honestly, it's so stinkin easy and saves SO much money!! 

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Shep [6 Months]

I cannot believe Shep is already half a year old! His little life seems to just be flying by. Shep is still the sweetest, most cuddliest guy ever.

Weight/Height: We go back to the doctor at the end of the month so I'll update after. My guess is around 18lbs

Hair: Shep is finally starting to get more hair on his little Q-ball head.

Clothes: Shep is wearing all 6 month clothes and could probably wear some 6-9 month stuff too. He is long and thick!

Diapers: Shep is still in size 2 diapers but will probably move up to 3's here soon.

Sleeping: This past month was a little better in the sleep department. Shep is still waking a couple times a night for his paci but overall he is getting much better. His skin has it's good days and bad days and the bad days definitely affect his sleep. Poor guy is just so itchy!!

Likes: Snuggling with mama, eating, playing with Bennett

Dislikes: Honestly nothing really upsets Shep other than his itchy skin from eczema.

Eating: Shep eats four 8oz bottles a day and has baby food 3 times a day. I have been making all of his food and it's been fun! With his allergies I've just been so worried about giving him food so I figured this way I would know exactly what he was eating. It has also saved a ton of money since his formula is SO expensive. I will probably do a post soon on the foods we've made and how we made them.

Milestones: Shep is officially sitting up! I cannot believe we are already at this stage. I really feel like he was born yesterday!!

Baby Items We Can't Live Without: Shep loves jumping in his Exersaucer and playing on his play mat. We also still use our Fisher Price Sit-Me-Up Floor Seat a ton. The toy we absolutely can't live without is THIS. It is his favorite thing to play with. He will sit in his highchair and play with it while we clean/cook/etc.

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Shep [5 Months]

Shep turned 5 months old on February 7th!

Weight/Height: Around 16lbs

Hair: Shep's hair is finally starting to come back. It's much lighter than it was when he was born. I'm excited to see what it eventually turns into :)

Eyes: Blue and always wide open

Clothes: Shep is wearing mostly 6 months clothes. I had to go out and get him a bunch of basic pieces (onesies, pants) to last the rest of winter since BT's 6 month clothes were all summer. It was actually one of the first times I went shopping specifically for clothes for Shep since up until now he has had plenty from his brother.

Diapers: Size 2

Sleeping: The past couple of weeks Shep's sleep patterns have been terrible. I am blaming the 4 month sleep regression but also eczema. Poor Shep is just so itchy at night! His skin looks great, but for some reason his scalp really bothers him when he's trying to sleep. He has started sleeping in a regular sleep sack but we have to put socks on his hands so he doesn't claw at his head. We put Shep down for bed around 8:00 but by about 11 or so he is in our room for the rest of the night because of how much he keeps waking up because of his itchy head. We're praying as the weather continues to warm up his eczema will continue getting better and let our little guy get some relief.

Likes: Shep is the biggest mama's boy. He would love nothing more than to be snuggled up with me at all times. He also loves his big brother, eating, and playing with his ferris wheel toy.

Dislikes: Shep hatessssss having an itchy head. Can't blame him though...

Eating: Shep eats five 7oz bottles of Alimentum Ready to Feed formula a day. He has also had a few tastes of rice cereal, which he actually really liked! We are starting to make some baby food for him this week to try out this weekend. First up, butternut squash! I have no doubt he will love it.

Milestones: Shep is still very close to rolling over. He can get pretty far before he gives up. He loves to sit up with his boppy and play with his brother. He loves to grab anything and everything he can get his hands on. The other day he grabbed his paci off his exersaucer and put it in his mouth! (now if only we could teach him how to do that at night in his crib....ha)

Baby items we can't live without: Exersaucer, Sit-me-up seat, Aveeno lotion and SOCKS for his hands ha!

Shep [4 Months]

Shep turned 4 months old on January 7th!

Weight/Height: At Shep's 4 month check up he was 15 lbs 11.5oz. I don't remember how long he was but I do remember them saying he is in the 98th% for height!

Hair: Shep's hair is starting to come back on the top. It is coming in much lighter than before!

Eyes: Shep is probably best know for his wide eyes ; ) He always looks very surprised ha! His eyes are still the prettiest shade of blue.

Clothes: Shep  is wearing mostly 3-6 month and 6 month clothes. He is getting to the point where Bennett's hand-me-downs aren't working for the current seasons so I will be doing some shopping for some winter clothes to last us through the next few months : )

Diapers: Size 2

Sleeping: Shep has consistently been sleeping in his crib for about a month now. Some nights are better than others but he is at least sleeping through the night without eating. He is still swaddled and it will stay that way until he stops scratching his head to death while he sleeps.

Likes: Shep LOVES his mama. He loves eating and loves his brother!

Dislikes: Not too much upsets this sweet boy other than being tired or hungry. He's extremely scheduled so I can usually avoid making him upset because I know exactly when he eats and sleeps. Thanks Moms on Call ; )

Eating: Shep eats five 7oz bottles a day. He has been on two different hypoallergenic formulas trying to find the best one for his particular needs. We finally settled on Similac Allimentum Ready to Feed and it has been a complete miracle. Shep's skin is almost back to perfection, he isn't having a million dirty diapers a day, and overall just seems happier with this formula.

Milestones: Shep has been so close to rolling over! His body is rock solid and I really think it prevents him from being able to get all the way over ha!!

Baby items we can't live without: We pulled the exersaucer out a few weeks ago for Shep and he has been LOVING it. It is nice to have another option for him to be in when I'm not holding him. He has done so well in it and likes playing with all the toys hanging on it.