Thursday, February 20, 2014

{Throwback Thursday} Lily's 3 Months

As we just past the 3 month mark for Mr. Nate, I thought I'd share these from when Lily was 3 months. There are definitely some similarities, but a bunch of differences too. I think the biggest differences are Nate's crazy long hair and their face shape. Lily had a round face, full of cheeks and Nate has a longer face with his pointy chin. Lily's eyebrows are darker (as in noticeable!). 







Both of my babies know how to make some awkward faces for photos. Luckily Lily has outgrown it (with the exception of "funny faces").

And here's what I wrote...
This month has seen:
- the intro to a babysitter. It's going well, which makes me VERY happy!
- bottles. Although we don't use them at home, she is getting used to them at the sitter. We are using a Playtex Vent Air bottle that has a nice, 45 degree angle, which helps her. She sucks so hard with regular bottles that she has trouble getting milk, which upsets her. 
- Although she can still fit in size 1 diapers, we have started to buy size 2 for the sitter. Weight wise, she'd be in size 2 but she's skinny, so she can fit size 1.
- She has started using a pacifier. 
- She continues to sleep well (except this past week due to the change of everything), averaging 5-6 hours a night of straight sleep.
- She wore her first pair of shoes - pink gellies!
- She loves to smile!
- She's beginning to laugh. We've heard a few chuckles out her and it's the greatest sound.
- She is talking, A LOT! I love it!!! She is so expressive and just lights up when she talks.
- She's an excellent at making raspberries.
- She has great head control, almost to the point that there's no question she'll be able to do it.
- She loves to sit up on people's laps. She's starting to be able to do it on her own, but is a little wobbly.
- She can put all of her weight on her legs when held. She really loves this.
- She hit a new note while talking - a very high pitch squeal. Not a bad scream, just happy. It's adorable.
- She holds her head well while on her belly. We need to work on this, but she's doing great!
- She loves to move. She can get a little overwhelmed when held all day long by a lot of people, but loves to lay down and move her arms and legs. 
- She's finding her body parts very interesting. Her feet and toes are her favorites.
- She's started sucking her thumb. But not really sucking like you'd think - she really likes to put it in her mouth, make a sucking sound, and then play with her gums

Sunday, February 16, 2014

{Nate the Great} Snow

Don't we all just hate the snow now? This isn't our first snowfall this year and I have a feeling that it won't be our last. I'm crossing my fingers though, 'cause I am sick of it! The photo below shows that it's roughly 8" of snow. That's on top of a nice layer of ice too. 







Many of these photos were shared on Instagram (@thebrickbungalow) so feel free to follow me. I am private now though, so you'll have to request to follow. 

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

{Nate the Great} Three Months



Nate is officially 3 months old... ok, so it was January 25... I'm a little late. Maybe on his 4 month shot, I'll be on time. I took the photos on time, but getting around to a post hasn't been the easiest. But now we're going into day 3 of snow days, so I have some free time.


The above photo shows off his cheeks. The below photo has his tongue sticking out. To bad my camera and I aren't working well together (and some super strong back lighting doesn't help but that was my fault).  


The photo below shows "his look". Lily had a similar one, I'll have to find it and compare. 

This is one of my favorite photos of him. He's not a huge fan of smiling for the camera because he gets kind of shy in front of it (or mesmerized is almost more like it). But this one I had to work for, bubbles and all! 

And then I tried to lay him down in his bed for more photos with the bear and he was NOT having it! 


As for what he's doing:

"Talking" a lot
LOVES to stand up while we hold him. Many times he fusses just so we stand him up and he instantly smiles.
Loves watching people, especially Lily.
Has tried both rice cereal and sweet potatoes, but both were just for fun. He's still all bottle for food.
Kicks a lot with his legs
Pushes up easily while on belly time
Holds his head up with no problem
Will lean back while you hold him, giving your arm a work out (and making sure you pay attention while walking through door ways!)
Still has the little red spot on his nose
Smiles all the time

Physically:
We aren't sure how much he weighs or how long is he. 
He's in size 2 diapers.
He's in 3-6 month clothing but can fit in some 3 and some 6, depending on what brand.

He's easily one of the happiest, best babies around. He fusses some at night or when he's tired, and if he's hungry, but not at much else. He loves cuddles and being talked to. We are definitely blessed with this little guy! 

{Food} White Bean Chicken Chili



The other day, I was craving soup but wanted something different. My mom makes a white bean chicken chili and so when I saw this recipe at The Pioneer Woman's site, I thought I'd try it. I was already browsing her site or else I would have called my mom for her recipe. 

I followed PW's recipe even though mine ended up more soupy than hers, I like it though. I added shredded Colby jack cheese and sour cream before eating and it was delicious! The next time I make it, I'll add another jalapeƱo (her recipe calls for one) and maybe more garlic. Doug and I already talked about how it's a "keeper" recipe and wondering about using the crockpot next time. 

I'm going to try to post more food/recipe posts because I found a lot of photos of food on my phone, remembered some of the meals were good, but couldn't find the exact recipe. I cook almost every night, so I should be able to post regularly, even if it's just a link like this one. Plus, who can compete with PW's photography skills and step-by-step visual instructions?!







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