Boca Baby

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Our little fam took a mini-vacation to Boca Raton, Florida in March. It was just what we needed to battle the last few weeks of winter once we returned. 

This was Tommy's first flight and he did so well! He loved looking out the window at the clouds and even started waving at fellow passengers. I was nervous that once we arrived, he would have trouble acclimating to the hotel crib but my anxieties were unfounded and he slept through most of the nights we were there.

We stayed at the Boca Beach Club. Our room faced the ocean and was just steps from the pool. We found ourselves at the family pool for the majority of our stay. Tom napped in the stroller between trips in the water allowing Jay and I to have a few poolside cocktails in silence - just like the old days. 

Here's a few favorite snaps from our trip :)

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Cheers!  

Thomas 7 month update

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If you would have told me before I had Tom that I wouldn't have the time or energy to keep current on monthly updates, I wouldn't have believed you. But obviously I was wrong and here we are at 7 months (after missing the last 5!) So what's changed? Sleep! After months of deliberation and research I pulled the trigger on sleep training (more on that in a second) and I'm so glad I did. I'm happy to report both Tom and I are getting a full night's rest and I've emerged from my zombie state. 

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Growth: 

At Tom's 6 month check up he weighed 19 lbs., and was 28 in. long. I'm fairly certain he's packed on a few pounds since then as that appointment was in the midst of the most epic stomach bug I've ever experienced. Unfortunately Tom caught it first, and Jay and I came down with it two days later (thank God for Grandma!) It was the first time he was really sick and I have to say, it really scared the daylights out of me. Needless to say I've decided to hibernate in the comfort of our germ free home until Spring. Ever see Bubble Boy? Doesn't seem so crazy to me. 

Tommy has recently started flipping to his stomach to sleep. The Ped says it's OK so we're rolling with it. We also just transitioned from the Merlin Magic Sleep Suit to the Zipadeezip. Both have worked really well.  

Tommy has recently started flipping to his stomach to sleep. The Ped says it's OK so we're rolling with it. We also just transitioned from the Merlin Magic Sleep Suit to the Zipadeezip. Both have worked really well.  

Sleep:

By far my biggest motherhood challenge. Until 4 months Tom's sleep patterns were not great, but they were manageable. Then the dreaded 4 month sleep regression hit and he went from sleeping 4 hours at a whack to waking every 45 minutes. I tried to persevere thinking it was just a stage, but after 2 months of very broken sleep I began to feel like I was being tortured. Things get weird when you don't sleep so after talking with one of my friends about her sleep training success, Jay and I decided to use the Sleep Sense** method to train Tom to sleep. I'm not going to sugar coat it, it was damn hard. There were a lot of tears the first two nights (not just Tom's). But by the third night he was sleeping through the night! We've since adjusted a little bit - I realized Tom was waking at 5 a.m. voraciously hungry - so I now nurse him around 2 or 3 a.m. which keeps his belly full enough to sleep until 6:30 a.m. We're still fine tuning some things, and there are random bad nights, but most nights he sleeps from 7 p.m. to 3 a.m. (nurses 15 mins) back down by 3:30 a.m. to 6:30 a.m. 

We also decided to pull the trigger on sleep training at nap time. This process took much longer to establish, but now Tom is sleeping for about an hour, three times a day.  

In summary - yes it was hard but so important. As someone who was anti-sleep training (really out of ignorance) and held out as long as possible, I can tell you sometimes sleep regressions are not a phase - some babies need to be taught how to sleep. Tom was one of them. He was resolute! That boy wanted to be nursed to sleep hourly! No mother can sustain that and he wasn't getting enough sleep at night to boot. We had to break some bad sleep associations and establish a better routine so that Tom was able to sooth himself back to sleep. We are both so much happier and energetic during the day now! I'm so relieved we did it, and even happier it's over! 

** I'm thinking of writing a more in depth Sleep Sense post soon, detailing what method worked for us. Spoiler alert we did the "camp out" method - aka - Jay sat next to his crib while he wailed! 

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Feeding

Tom is still nursing, which has been going really well despite a bout of mastitis on Christmas Eve that sort of destroyed our holiday. He started to show signs of being interested in food, so we introduced solid foods at 5.5 months. His favorite foods you ask? Avocado-banana mash, sweet potatoes, pears, and squash rank high. He loves food - I can't seem to shovel it in fast enough. Peas seem to be the only food he didn't care to finish.

My friend sold us her Baby Brezza baby food maker which has been fantastic. There's a lot of satisfaction in making Tom's food for me. It's not hard of course - it's merely blending fruits and veggies - but it's a nice break in our routine and gives me a little sense of accomplishment. It's the little things when you stay home with a baby all day...trust me!

Tom eats his solid foods three times a day. Once he's finished, he loves playing in his high chair with plastic spoons, bowls, and measuring cups. 

As a sidenote: out heat went out the day this was taken. He doesn't always sit in his high chair in full winter attire. 

As a sidenote: out heat went out the day this was taken. He doesn't always sit in his high chair in full winter attire. 

Development:

Tommy has mastered sitting up on his own and immediately flips to his belly if put on his back. He laughs A LOT which melts his mother's heart. He's very chatty (especially in the morning) and loves to sing. He has started to move his hand and wrist in a waving fashion, but I'm not so sure that's actually what he's doing. He still has a little bit of stranger danger when entering a new environment, especially if it's noisy. I don't mind though, I love the opportunity for an extra squeeze. He loves any toy that plays music, chews on Sophie constantly, and still loves to jump in his jumperoo.  His new favorite thing is to pull hair - mine and Lucy's. Ow. 

Tom unfortunately has inherited eczema so we've been trying every single lotion, cream, ointment, emulsion on the market to get him some relief. It doesn't seem to be getting much better. I'd love to hear your tips if you have any. 

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So that's it! We're looking forward to Spring and to our trip to Florida next month. That should make for a good blog post! Until then - we've been doing a lot of Snap Chatting - feel free to tune in: cemackenzie12

Life lately

Hello? Are you still there? I'd hardly blame you if you've lost interest in the blog. It's been tough trying to squeeze in time to write - let alone come up with anything interesting to say. I've been working on writing Thomas' birth story and getting his 4 month pictures up. Why does everything take about 10 times longer nowadays? Oh right...

Our days have been full as Thomas has outgrown the newborn slumber and demands more interaction. We do the nurse-nap-play circuit endlessly, which I've found to be very fun and very exhausting. Tom's 4th month of life has also ushered in a pretty serious sleep regression. We're talking up once every hour at night. Torture I tell you! Our well meaning pediatrician said it's time for 'Cry It Out'. Easy for you to say, sir. And by the way, wasn't it just yesterday that the advice was to pick up the baby as soon as he cries so that he knows to trust me? What changed? Needless to say, the jury is still out on what I feel comfortable with on the sleep training front. 

You'd think with the lack of sleep he'd be a cranky boy and for the most part, that couldn't be further from the truth. He's quick to grin, has an adorable laugh and is quite ticklish. His sweet demeanor gives me the motivation to push through the zombie state and the hope that it's just a phase. 

Here's what else we've been up to: 

Dressed up as a cow and a sushi roll for Halloween. Surf and turf anyone?

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Visited family in DC for Thanksgiving. 

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Lots of walks

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Learning to sit up and jump

 

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Pretty much just livin' the life! 

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