Monday, June 27, 2016

Charlie {month 2}

Charlie turned 2 months on June 22nd.  This month started out very rough for us, and for Charlie, but ended in a much better and happier place. 
2 month couch photo
The short version is: we had a few really rough weeks where Charlie was really fussy and unhappy most of the time while he was awake.  After several calls with his pediatrician, we started him on medication for reflux.  Since then, he has become a new baby.  Now he is really happy, smiles all the time and is much calmer after eating.  
His record sleep so far was a 6 hour stretch, but he has only done that once.  We usually only get 4.5 hours for the long stretch.  He certainly is big enough to be sleeping longer...he weighed 11lbs 5oz at his 2 month doctors appointment.  I made the mistake of looking back to see how Sydney was sleeping at 2 months.  We now realize what an easy baby she was...if only we knew then.
By far the best part of this month has been seeing Charlie being so fascinated and entertained by Sydney, and Sydney interacting with him more.  I know I will say this same thing every month as I imagine it just keeps getting better as they both grow.  Charlie is happiest when he is held, or being carried in a wrap and he really doesn't like the car.
We have kept busy this month.  Charlie and I went to a yoga class, and a bootcamp class, and have been walking quite a bit with some of his friends and their Mama's.  We are also getting used to doing Sydney's school drop offs and pick ups.  We've had a handful of nights with just the 3 of us, when Brian has had work events.  These nights are slightly chaotic for me, but the more independent Charlie gets, the easier they become.
We had a lovely Father's Day, both kids were perfect all day.  We kicked off the morning with a walk to the coffee shop, then spent the afternoon walking around downtown, the farmer's market and having a sushi lunch.  When we got home, both kids napped at the same time and Brian and I were able to go swimming. To wrap things up, Brian cooked octopus for dinner, and it was amazing  (I know, I know, he cooked his own Father's Day dinner).
We just got our first babysitter this last weekend.  We are so grateful for our lovely babysitter who agreed to watch Charlie even though he won't take a bottle.  I was really hoping he would take it when I was out of the house, but he is strong willed and just waited around for me to get home.  We did have a great time sneaking away for a bit with some good friends and enjoyed a yummy dinner.  I just hope Charlie gave the babysitter enough smiles and cuddles for her to want to come back.
Here are my favorite photos from the month:

Just looking cute as can be
This couldn't be more true.  This boy loves his Mama
smiles with Dada
Dad on duty
Audrey and Charlie taking a nap
Sydney had to bring her baby out to sleep next to the other babies
Bama is the baby whisperer
Such a happy boy
This happened
This is his happy place
Family shot on Sydney's birthday
This is the best
They both had on monster jammies
Buddies: Charlie and Nathan
I love this smile
Sydney teaching Charlie about her favorite food - peas
Little man

Cruising downtown on Father's Day
Charlie was a perfect baby on Father's Day (slept through lunch)
Sydney and I at Sushi lunch on Father's Day
Sydney loves getting in Charlie's crib
She is climbing in on her own now....
Happy guy at bootcamp class
Charlie's happy place - on me
Let's be honest, I do love it too
Side by side 2 month couch photos
Official 2 month photo
What a month we have had.  Charlie is starting to find his hands, and I think he is pretty close to laughing.  We have a busy month ahead and are taking off for our first of 3 summer road trips next weekend, fingers crossed for us. I'm looking forward to seeing what else this next month will bring.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Party Time {Sydeny Turns 2}

Sydney turned 2 years old on June 9th!  I can hardly believe it. We had so much fun celebrating with her.

2 years old

Her vocabulary and ability to communicate are increasing so quickly right now.  Which is so cute and so amazing.  The other day, we were sitting outside and watching for birds and planes and I saw a crow on top of one of our trees.  After I said "Look, there is a big black bird on top of our tree", she replied "big black bird on tree". That was a week ago, and every time we go outside now, without prompting, she checks the tree and says "No big black bird on top tree".  She also will answer some open ended questions.  When I asked what she did at school yesterday, she said "Play Leila.  Play (Sha)Naya".
Here are some of her favorites right now:
Color: Blue
Books: Go, Dogs, Go! (pop up format), Hop on Pop, Hand Hand Fingers Thumb, Elmo Potty Book
Food: peas (frozen or in shells or edamame), yogurt, bananas, salmon (baked, smoked, raw - anyway), blueberries, artichokes
Toys: babydoll, legos, her unicorn puzzle (a 12 piece puzzle that she can almost do all by herself now!), shape sorter, coloring (especially with dry erase markers on her easel)
Things to do outside: play with water table, go in the pool, throw and chase balls, play with rocks, sandbox (at school), sit in chairs and look for birds, the moon, squirrels, and anything else.
Before we got to celebrate her birthday, she had to visit the doctor for her 2 year check up.  We talked about the doctor and what the doctor would check and look at for a few days before and it totally worked.  Sydney was amazing and so helpful during the check up.  Also, randomly, Sydney found a flashlight in our house a few days before that we were playing with and so when the doctor used the light to look at her eyes, mouth and ears, she thought it was pretty cool.  I was so proud of her, and not to mention, she looked adorable in the doctors gown they had her wear.
Checking her mouth with the "flashlight"
Listening to her heart go "ba-boom, ba-boom"
I mean, this was took cute not to snap
Her actual birthday was on a Thursday, so that morning, we put up some balloons in the doorway and had a gift for her to unwrap.  At first she was a bit timid with the balloons but by the time she came home from school she was running back and forth through them laughing.  I also took a treat and party hats to her school so all her friends could sing happy birthday and celebrate with her.
She got Peppa Pig stuffed animal from us
The balloons in the doorway
At school, getting ready to sing and have some watermelon
I had to cut her off at 3 pieces!
Back home, she wanted baby to wear the party hat
(she got a bib for baby in the card from MarMe.....I think Charlie will soon have a matching bib too)
This was also the first night that Charlie was awake super entertained by Sydney
It was so cute. Sydney would say "Sydney's phone" and "Charlie's phone". Charlie thought it was hilarioius
(Sydney's is an old iPod touch that she looks at the lock screen
and Charlie's is a wood "iPhone that was part of a gift from my work)
That Saturday we had the family and a few friends over to celebrate with a pool party and tacos.  The party was Paddington Bear themed based on the few decorations I threw together.  Brian's cousin's David and Amy and their little girl Rachel were in town from Southern California, which was a lovely treat. 
Paddington Party decorations
The birthday girl
Billy taking a break from the party to read
Dada and Sydney having some tacos - and holding some birthday balloons
Checking on Charlie
What all the kids were waiting for
So excited
family selfie before the party started
Lastly, turning 2 meant turning Sydney's car seat to face forward!  I was only eager to do this for some upcoming road trips that I want to be able to sit in the back, in the middle of the 2 kids.  In order to do this, we needed Sydney to face forward so her seat would fit behind one of the front seats.  Her first ride was an hour long trip to visit friends in Sausalito.  She loved looking out the window and pointed out cars, trees, houses.  She also loved the traffic signals and would say "red, stop", "green, go" (thanks to the book Go, Dogs, Go!).  Everything was going well, until she started getting fussy 9 minutes from our destination.  We gave her my iPhone to watch a Peppa Pig episode, and 1 minute from our friends house she got carsick and threw up.  Poor girl.  It was a long trip for the first time facing forward and we hope she gets used to it and won't get sick again.  We are counting on Peppa Pig to get us through some long car trips in the next few months.
First time facing forward - she was fascinated
And here are a few other photos of the last few weeks:
First ribs - she was a big fan
Kids table at Uncle Mike's & Aunt Danielle's
This birthday gift was a hit - thanks Aunt Danielle!

We've taken a bunch of funny photos of her sleeping recently.
Here she took off her dress (we have some with her diaper off, so I count this as a win)
Bama stayed the night on a school night and took Sydney swimming after school.
What a treat!
At the Art & Wine Festival - it was too hot to stay long
Wearing Dada's socks on Father's Day
We love her so much and are amazed by her everyday. I can't imagine (and can't wait to see) what she will be like in a years time.