Monday, April 10, 2017

Graham Robert: 8 months

Graham is growing up so fast! He no longer looks like a little baby anymore to me, he's definitely starting to become more independent and wants to be wherever the party is. He does not like being left alone in a room even if he has toys or is in his jumper. He is getting very good at sitting in his high chair so we have done the dishes together many times now.

On another note, we had to take Graham in to get antibiotics for his sinus infection that wouldn't go away (2 weeks of being sick with no change in symptoms) and the new pediatrician that we saw (who I love and is going to be their pediatrician) also brought up her concerns about Graham's flat spot. Made me feel totally validated and is the first doctor that agreed it was an issue without me bringing it up at all. If by his nine month check-up it hasn't corrected itself, she feels we need to go back and see the specialist regarding it.

 Graham is finally sleeping until 6:15 or when I go get him up, so I'm not waking up 30 minutes before I need too which is so nice. Graham is showing more and more interest with whatever Hilton is playing with and has even started to grab his toys. This is super sweet because they'll be little playmates, but super scary since Hilton has lots of small toys (legos, marbles, etc.) so we are starting to put those away or save them for times when Graham can't access them (i.e. church or the basement). Hilton also is going to need lots of practice on sharing, but it will work out.

  • Weighs 21.5 lbs
  • Wearing size 12 month clothes (starting to even get tight so I'm about ready to pull out our 18 month clothing!)
  • Still wearing size 4 diapers
  • Takes about two 2 hour naps each day
  • Eats about 6 oz. every 3 hours
  • Still hates solid foods except for graham crackers (LOL)
  • Got his first haircut this month! The top was getting so long and onto his forehead so I figured it was time. Much harder to cut than Hilton's hair though!
  • Content either sitting watching Hilton play or in the jumper - still doesn't love tummy time and now hates being laid on his back unless he has a bottle (see below) but is so close to crawling! We're almost mobile!
  • Prefers to sleep on his stomach or side, moves a lot in his sleep 
  • Starting to jibber jabber more and more. Exclaims 'Ooo!' when he sees something that interests him (normally ceiling fans :)
  • Loves getting raspberries blown on his tummy and giggles like crazy
  • Nicknames include: Graham-ster, Graham-man, Graham-cicle, and Baby Graham

  • Monday, March 06, 2017

    Graham Robert: 7 months

    Our sweet little Graham is growing up too fast! He likes being in the car more now and has learned to play with his carseat toys which is great. Graham is holding his own bottle!!! Hallelujah! Such a difference and a life-saver in being able to give him a bottle and then do things while he eats. I love having a baby but I definitely feel tied down holding them for 20-30 minutes every three hours to feed them. Once my babies start to become more independent my stress levels and anxiety related to motherhood goes down quite a bit.

    Graham officially doesn't swaddle for naps or bedtime anymore which is nice because he isn't waking up due to breaking his swaddle. He is still not sleeping through the night completely, he wakes up around 5:30am and cries until I go in to give him his morning bottle at 6:00am. I seriously hope that we can get him eating solids so it can help him feel fuller longer and hopefully sleep the whole night! Graham is entranced with everything Hilton does and watches him like a hawk. It's clear he wants to be doing what Hilton is doing so I know they'll play well. I am very excited to see how they become friends. We love our little Graham-ster, Graham-man, and Baby Graham (as Hilton still calls him).

  • Weighs 20.5 lbs
  • Wearing size 12 month clothes
  • Wearing size 4 diapers
  • Takes about three 1.5 hour naps each day or two 2 hour naps
  • Eats about 6 oz. every 3 hours
  • Still hates solid foods - no matter what I try he gives me looks like I'm trying to poison him. Any suggestions??
  • His hair is getting longer and thicker, I love it
  • Loves to be held or in the jumper - still doesn't love tummy time but can now sit for short periods of time so we're working on getting better at that.
  • He can roll from back to front and front to back now so he doesn't get stuck on his belly in his crib anymore!
  • He is sitting up and loves to sit and play with toys on the floor.
  • Grabbing his toes whenever he's laying on his back and squawks and squeals when you talk to him
  • Has the biggest grins when I coo at him and responds to the sound of my voice but is definitely a daddy's boy
  • First ear, eye, and sinus infection this month :( so sad! Thank goodness for a nose frida!

  • Friday, March 03, 2017

    Smith Chicks: New chicks

    I did not think chicks grew into chickens so fast but wow! We got our second set of baby chicks and the difference between the two sets is comical.

    Pictured is Dot - now renamed Anna since she lost her Dot so we can't tell her apart from Elsa anymore. This is Anna (Dot) at just a couple days old.

     Look at how ginormous a little over a 1 week old chick (Elsa and Anna) is compared to a 1 day old chick! I hadn't even noticed how many feathers they had gotten and how big they had gotten. Crazy! It's like when you don't think your toddler is big until you put them next to a newborn and then they seem gigantic!!!

    Pictured here is Bucket - Hilton wouldn't stop insisting upon using that name when I asked him what we should name them so I got to name the other two new chicks and he got to name this one. Although I thought my name suggestion for Bucket was much better - Snowflake. To his credit Bucket seems to like him so I think it was a good choice. Bucket is a Silver Laced Wyandotte and will grow up to be white and black striped (kind of) on the ends of her feathers. Google it if that doesn't make sense.

    Holding Bucket and Licorice - Hilton is always asking to hold the baby chicks and is definitely obsessed! It will be sad once they're too big for him to easily hold, although probably better for the chicks since he likes to poke them with his nose and squeeze them a little too tight so they start chirping like crazy.

    Pictured above are our three new chicks, from top to bottom Licorice (all black - Australorp), Chocolate (brown - Golden Laced Wyandotte), and Bucket (white and black - Silver Laced Wyandotte).

     At two weeks old look at how feathered Elsa (or Anna) already is! They're also already getting their wattles. It seems like it's just around the corner as to when we will need to move them outside to their coop which I have yet to build. Better get started on it!

    I was worried about having two chicks so much older then the other brand new ones from what I had heard from other chicken raisers but they have been so sweet together and as evidenced above all sleep together and get along just fine. So far no pecking order here!

    Thursday, February 16, 2017

    Smith Chicks

    We got our first two baby Chicks yesterday! Am I crazy or 'out of my mind' as my mother asked? Nope! I've secretly - or not so secretly - been wanting to get chicks for almost a year now. I started thinking about it seriously last fall right after having Graham, but since I had a brand new baby I decided it probably wasn't the best timing. Plus with winter right around the corner they wouldn't have done well outside and would have had to be kept inside for a couple months until they were fully feathered.

    This all came about because Grandma and Grandpa Smith's neighbor has two chickens and Hilton BEGS to go see them and feed them every time we have gone to visit them for probably the past year or so. I also have a neighbor and a couple coworkers who talked me into them as being easy to care for, low maintenance, and many benefits (eggs). I figured this would be a great life lesson about where food comes from for Hilton and to teach him to learn about caring for creatures from a young age.

    Well it's easy to expect but Hilton is in LOVE with these little guys!

    And I have to admit they're pretty stinking cute! Although one did poop on Hilton within the first 30 minutes of having them home so that was pretty funny. Hilton then proceeded to tell me that we need to teach them how to poop on the toilet. I got a kick out of that since we've been ingraining into Hilton how we're all supposed to poop on the toilet.

    So the two baby chicks we got are Buff Orpington's and we plan on getting two Wyandotte's next Friday so I will post more photos and adventure's on chick keeping then. Also our baby chicks are still unnamed! Hilton's suggestions are 'Bucket' because I keep telling him to stop knocking on their bucket because it scares them (he's very enthusiastic about making sure they're still alive so he has to get confirmation by making them cheep or move around), and Jared's suggestions are Breast and Drumstick (hardy har har). Any ideas? I'm open to them!

    Monday, February 06, 2017

    Graham Robert: 6 months

    Our sweet little Graham is halfway to one year old! He is becoming more and more giggly, and recognizes my voice and will turn towards me smiling if I coo at him. He has been fighting naps, and breaking swaddles more and more. It's only a matter of time until we have to break him of being swaddled but of late he actually refuses to eat unless he is swaddled. Graham is still not sleeping through the night so sleep training is on the horizon (again). Hopefully it works. Graham knows what he wants and has figured out to get our attention he has to be louder than Hilton. He is definitely infatuated with Hilton and loves to 'play' with him as much as he can. He watches in his jumper as Hilton plays lego's or pushes around his tractors. They have also had the most adorable laughing fits where Hilton starts and Graham then starts giggling back. He always looks to see if Hilton is in the car when I put his car seat into the car. I am very excited to see how they become friends. We love this sweet little addition to our family.
  • Weighs 19.5 lbs
  • Wearing size 12 month clothes
  • Wearing size 3 diapers - needs to be moved to size 4
  • Takes about three 1.5 hour naps each day if we're lucky since napping is still a fight
  • Still eats about 5-6 oz. every 3 hours
  • Still hates solid foods
  • Now has two bottom teeth!
  • His hair is getting longer and thicker, I love it
  • Either has to be held or in the jumper - still doesn't love tummy time
  • He can roll from back to front and is trying to sit up which he's getting better at
  • Has the biggest grins when I coo at him and responds to the sound of my voice

  • Such a sweet smiley baby!

    Look how I can roll mom!

    Come here bear, I want to give you lovin's

    Sunday, January 08, 2017

    Graham Robert: 5 months

    Our sweet little Graham's personality is coming out so much more this past month. He is a quiet watchful baby, but wants to be part of the action. He loves to snuggle so much more than Hilton ever did which we love. He knows what he wants and has figured out to get our attention he has to be louder than Hilton. He loves to people watch already, and is highly entranced by male voices and grandpa type faces. We had him evaluated this past month for plagiocephaly (flat head) because many people have noticed and pointed out the definite flat spot on the back right side of his head. Thank goodness the doctor said it's very mild and should resolve on it's own without a helmet. We love this sweet little addition to our family.

  • Weighs 18 lbs!
  • Wearing size 9 month onesies and size 9-12 month pants - we can barely keep up
  • Wearing size 3 diapers
  • Went through a sleep regression right after he turned 4 months and now wakes up one time every night never at the same time. We tried crying it out but it didn't work so I'm desperate for sleep advice!
  • Takes about three 1.5 hour naps each day if we're lucky since napping is still a fight
  • Still eats about 4-4.5 oz. every 2 hours
  • We have tried pureed bananas, peaches, sweet potatoes, and green beans and he hates all of them
  • Acts like he is teething but I don't see anything coming out quite yet
  • Definitely going to be a blonde although we think he's looking pretty strawberry blond, almost red!
  • Loves his Baby Einstein jumper toy now that his feet can touch and is happy playing in it as long as you are in the room
  • Always wants to be carried facing outwards if he's being held
  • Has the biggest little grins and smiles for me when I coo at him and tell him I love him
  • Getting better at sitting although he's still inclined to topple forward
  • Still hasn't rolled over but it getting much better with tummy time and doesn't suck on his hands quite as much
  • Loves watching his big brother Hilton play toys in the front room, always checks in the backseat of the car to see if Hilton is there too

  • Graham's crying face

    Graham's 'what was that noise' face

    Graham's 'eh I don't think so' face

    Graham's two favorite things in one photo: mirrors and being held

    Thursday, December 29, 2016

    Christmas 2016

    We had such a great holiday season this year. This is the first year since we got married that we got tickets to the Mormon Tabernacle Choir Christmas concert since they changed the way you get tickets from raffle to first-come-first-serve. No pictures of that unfortunately but it snowed/sleeted that night so it made for a cold walk. 

    Below is the night we made it to temple square to see lights, it was about 15 degrees that night so after only twenty minutes on temple square we retreated inside for warmth, good food, and fun company with our friends from Las Vegas who were up visiting. 

    Hilton's last day in nursery (I may or may not have wept when I dropped him off knowing it was the last time). Also his second year of refusing to dress as a character for the manger scene. He was an assistant :).

    We took Hilton to see Santa at Station Park in Farmington as everyone says 'he's the real Santa'. As we were walking back to the car after meeting him, Hilton very thoughtfully asked me, 'Mom that Santa is different then the Santa that came to Preschool. Why are there two Santa's?' My jaw about dropped at how a three year old has already got suspicions. Either we're not very sneaky or he's incredibly wise. I responded as carefully as I could that, 'the Santa's we see aren't the real Santa, they're his elves who come down from the North Pole so that all the boys and girls can tell them what they'd like for Christmas'. Hopefully we get a couple more years at least before we have to tell him about the Magic of Santa in place of the literal Santa. 

    We also took Hilton to see the Christmas in Color light show in Kearns and while it was very pretty for about five minutes, it was unfortunately an uncomfortable experience in my opinion for the money. It was a dirt road that had a ton of pot holes in it, the cars were very crowded and you were forced to go at the speed of the traffic. Hilton enjoyed it at least, but mom was very carsick by the time we got out.

    Our Christmas eve tradition of making homemade pizza and then watching a movie at home. This year's movie was Toy Story (Hilton's choice of course).

    After Hilton went to bed Santa's elves went to work putting together his mini trampoline and tricycle.

    Christmas morning was very magical and exciting watching Hilton see what Santa had brought and be so excited that he had come. I think what comes he really loves though is not so much getting gifts but opening them. He helped open Graham's as well as Adi and Aspen's gifts. Hopefully next year it will be just that much more fun to see his reaction.

    His tricycle bell was probably the biggest hit of it all, we're still working on the actual cycling aspect of it.

    We had a white Christmas indeed! It snowed 15-16 inches (!) Christmas morning, Jared had to snowblow our driveway TWICE. Hilton was more than happy to help and go play in all this new snow after the excitement of opening presents. After snowblowing we got pulled together and went to my parents for Christmas at their house.

    After nap for Christmas evening the Smith crew came over and we had a wonderful Italian dinner with Pasta Carbonara, pear and brie caprese slices, breadsticks, salad and tons of pie and martinelli's. So yummy and fun to be with family and cousins. I was the odd man out in my choice of clothing color though.

    All the men wore red so we had to get a group picture although all the kids were squirming so this is the best we could do.

    The day after Christmas we went sledding to enjoy in all the new snow and let's just say that the rest of Bountiful and North Salt Lake did as well. Pretty much we had a great time but it didn't end well so we'll just leave it at that. Love my husband and his refusal to take photos.

    But Hilton had a great time and that's what matters. Love my little man and his enthusiasm for fun activities.

    Last but not least we went to the Smith Fiesta Christmas party with all the extended Smith family. Unfortunately this is the only photo I got but my little nacho burrito munchkin is pretty darn cute so it's all good. Merry Christmas everyone!