Garrett at 2 years!

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Where do I even begin????  It’s so hard for me to believe that it has already been two years since Dan and I went to the hospital excited, anxious, nervous, and without any idea what this itty bitty little baby would do to us.

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Since 5:30 that Friday morning on June 24th 2011; we have become a family (of 4 none the less!)  Garrett has taught us more than we ever thought possible, and we consider ourselves some of the luckiest people in this world!

Since then, G has become his own unique little person and has grown so much!  It hardly seems possible that only 2 years ago he was this helpless little newborn who relied on us for his every need.

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These days….he is is own very independent little boy.  He wants to do everything himself, and on his own time, and he constantly looks like he is trying to figure out the ways of the world.

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We too, have grown as a family unit, learned from each other, supported one another, and loved unconditionally, even when we’ve been exhausted, tested to our limit, and pushed in ways we never imagined.

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We had G’s 2nd Birthday Party this past Sunday, at our house/pool and even after some last minute rescheduling, we still had a great turnout and were so happy that so many of his friends were able to make it!

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We had his 2 year well check last week and he’s still big and healthy!

Stats:

  • Height: 39in/ >100%
  • Weight: 31lbs/89%
  • Head: 50cm/89%
  • Size 4/5 diapers
  • 2T/3T clothes
  • Size 9 shoe
  • 16 teethIMG_9539

Schedule

  • Wakes between 6-7
  • Breakfast around 7:30-8
  • Playtime/walks/Gym
  • Playdates/pool/more playtime
  • Lunch around Noon
  • Naps immediately after,  for 2-3 hrs
  • Snack/Mickey/Playtime after he wakes up
  • Dinner around 5:30/6
  • Family of 4 time afterwards
  • Bath around 7:15
  • Bedtime 7:30/8

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What he’s up to:

  • His vocabulary is getting bigger every day, and he is starting to string 2-3 words together though he’s still not speaking in sentences
  • He repeats a lot
  • Knows several animal sounds
  • Some colors
  • Knows the names of the family members he sees on a regular basis
  • Still a picky eater
  • He got a bounce house and an indoor trampoline for his birthday and he LOVES them both!

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  • Running and jumping are two of his favorite things to do

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  • He is still loves to play with water, pouring water from receptacle to receptacle, watering the flowers, playing in the water/pool, you name it, if water is involved, he’ll entertain himself for a long time with it
  • Seems to favor his left hand, though he does a lot with his right too
  • Throws balls very well over his head
  • Kicks balls
  • Jumps
  • Spins
  • Climbs on everything!
  • He asks for a green smoothie (si si) almost every single day

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  • He’s usually pretty good with his brother (especially when Dan and I are not around) he’ll bring him toys, and play at his jumperoo with him, but if Davis is crying (which isn’t that often)  G sometimes gets anxious/stressed and smacks him on the head :-/  I have no doubt Davie will pay him back some day ;-

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  • He loves to be outside and insists on going outside first thing every morning, throughout the day, and last thing every night
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  • Still likes Mickey Mouse
  • Loves bubbles, balls, trucks, and snacks
  • Loves to help around the house
  • Not yet ready to potty train, but he knows what and where his potty is and will sit on it  (mainly because he likes to push the handle to “flush” it and it makes a car noise.)  I’m not going to push it because I now that when he is ready he will let us know
  • Out of school for the summer but will be going back to a different school (closer to home) come September
  • He makes me smile every day with his witty personality, his independence, his strong will, his genuine smile, his infectious laugh, and his calm demeanor. He may have the coloring/and features of my side of the family (a Brunner/Palmer)

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But there is absolutely no doubt that he is his Fathers son 🙂

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❤ I am a very lucky girl ❤

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Davis at 6 Months!

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Davis is half of a year old! I’m not sure how that happened so quickly, but it did, and here we are….6 months later and couldn’t be better! Davis is such a HAPPY baby! I’m pretty sure the only time he’s not smiling is when he’s sleeping, and even then he probably smiling inside. He smiles, talks, laughs, and coos all of the time. Big open mouth smile and squeals all around! He just lights up every single room he’s in, and I am so very lucky to be his Mommy.

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We had Davie’s 6 month well visit on the same day as Garrett’s 2 year well visit, so I will post G’s update soon!

In the meantime…here are Davis’ stats:

Height: 28″ 94th%

Weight: 15lbs 6oz 13th%

Head: 43cm 41st%

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So….just like his Daddy….he is tall and thin, and we’re currently working on fattening him up.

  • He just started eating solids a few weeks ago…..Banana oatmeal seems to be his favorite, though we’re working in other fruits and vegetables. I’m thinking of doing a combination of pureed foods and Baby Led Weaning, but I get really nervous when I give him real food so for now it’s mostly pureed foods.
  • He still nurses 6 times a day and eats solids twice a day
  • He’s back and forth with his sleep. He started off as a great sleeper, then regressed, and now it’s getting better again. Usually he just wakes up and whines a little bit, but if we give him his paci he usually falls back asleep. Every once in a while I”ll have to feed him and if I do it is almost always around 4 a.m. and he’ll go right back to sleep afterwards and even though I love sleeping 7-8 straight hours I don’t mind these eyes looking up at me in the middle of the night.

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  • He naps 2-3 times a day. Once about 2 hours after he wakes up for about an hour, once around noon for 2-3 hours, and sometimes again around 5:00 for about 30 min.
  • Bedtime is between 7-7:30

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  • When we put him down for naps or bed he always rolls onto his left side, grabs on to his lovey and snuggles up to his silky/soft fleece blanket.
  • He’s in 6 month onesies, and 3-6 month shorts
  • He wears 6 or 9 month sleepers
  • Size 2 diapers
  • He can sit up unassisted momentarily, but very much prefers to be standing and almost always pushes up to his feet when we are sitting behind him
  • His core is super strong and he practices his push ups daily. If he had it his way he would skip the whole sitting thing and go straight to crawlingImage
  • He loves to jump, stand, bounce, and splash in the pool
  • He’d hang out in his baby bjorn all day if we’d allow it as he always wants to see the world
  • He is still teething but no teeth have popped through yet

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    • He tolerates his carseat but only for short periods of time, it will be time to switch him to a bigger seat before we know it.
  • He’s recognized his big brother and is starting to take an interest in what he’s doing

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  • He brings joy to everyone who lays eyes on him
  • He’s the sweetest, cutest, happiest 6 month old around and I am amazed by him every.single.day!

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Davis at 5 Months

Another month has come and gone and I am willing time to slow down more and more each day.

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Davis turned 5 months old on May 20th, and we celebrated with our first beach trip as a family of 4

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Isle of Palms, SC

I seriously think that Davis is one of the happiest babies in the world, he is constantly smiling, and he was such a trooper our entire trip!

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by the way….if you are planning on taking a trip to the beach in the near future and have kids who require way too much stuff, I highly recommend looking into a baby rental place. We used Baby’s Away and couldn’t be happier with our experience. We rented a high chair, an infant tub, a bin of toys for all the kids, beach chairs, a jogging stroller, and an umbrella but they offer lots more and they deliver it to the place you are staying before you get there, and pick it up when you leave!! It made packing for a toddler and an infant so much easier! I also can’t say enough good things about our travel bed/tent. We didn’t use the inflatable mattress insert because the sand was soft enough for Davis to lay on with just a blanket underneath him, but this thing was a lifesaver! If we were down at the beach (or the pool) and he got tired, we just popped it open and put him in it rather than having to head inside for every nap! It provided protection from the wind, sand, and sun, and he napped best when he was in this thing listening to the ocean waves!

I could probably do an entire post with pictures from our beach trip but I still struggle to find time to post so for now I’ll get back to Davie’s update.

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Stats (According to my measurements)

Height: Around 28″

Weight: 15 lbs 4 oz

  • Size 1-2 diapers
  • Mostly 6 month clothes (some 3 month onesies still fit and some 3 month shorts)
  • Still no visible teeth but drooling a lot an putting everything (especially his fingers and hands)into his mouth!

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  • Sleep has been hit or miss lately. Some nights he’ll only get up once others he’s up multiple times (usually we can just give him his paci and roll him on his side with his lovey and he goes back to sleep) but I’m feeding him around 2 a.m most nights.
  • Naps are consistently 2-3 (good ones) a day (if we are home), but if we are out running errands his morning nap is usually broken up however, he’ll sleep for a few hours in the afternoon, and sometimes will snooze for 30 minutes in the evening
  • Bedtime is usually no later than 7:30
  • Wake time is typically around 6:30
  • Prefers sleeping on his left side but sometimes will roll to his belly to sleep with his butt up in the air (other times rolling to his tummy will make him mad and wake him up)

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  • Nurses about 6 times a day (can’t believe it will be time to start solids in a few weeks)
  • Still smiles and talks all the time
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  • Standing (he can actually hold himself up if his hands are resting on something that is close to his chest height and if you try to sit him in front of you he will push up with his legs so he can stand and bounce/junp
  • Taking to his jumperoo!

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  • Holds himself up really well and rolls front to back and back to front with ease

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  • Reaches for and grabs objects and brings them to his mouth
  • Wants to be a part of what everyone else is doing, and prefers that to being alone

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He has brought such a great dynamic to our family and we are so excited to continue to watch him grow and capture everyone’s heart with his beautiful baby blues!

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