Monday, March 13, 2017

CROSBY | 6 Months


STAY-AT-HOME MOTHERHOOD
I keep waiting for the point when I question quitting my job and start to grow tired of being a "domestic goddess," but it hasn't happened. I genuinely love being a SAHM. Sure, I have some guilt and insecurity about not working when I have a massive pile of student loan debt that my husband is now working toward paying off. And I think a lot of the reason I'm as content as I am is because I do have a number of side projects to work on to keep my mind sharp. But I just freaking love spending time with my babies. You'd think that spending all day with them, I'd be weary of them over time, but nope! They are both such wonderful, enjoyable little humans and I genuinely adore their company. Last Saturday, I was away from them both for a few hours while I was busy with Side Hustle #1, and I actually missed them. These two are just such cool little people and I count myself immeasurably blessed that I get to be the one to spend my days with them.

BREASTFEEDING
Not much change here. I have transitioned Crosby to just one feeding per night around midnight in hopes that we can get him sleeping like a normal person, but so far, it's hasn't seemed to change his sleep habits at all. We're still exclusively nursing, with some solid foods added in for good measure.

BABY FAT
Can we please talk about the fact that I haven't weighed this little since pre-Chuck?! I chalk it up to three things, 1. Breastfeeding, 2. Sticking to a strict weekly food budget (i.e. No snacks for Mommy. Sad face), 3. Chasing after the world's most energetic toddler all day! I still have a long way to go before I consider myself "in shape," but I'm getting there. I've gone out for a couple runs with our double jogging stroller during our fluke 60-70 degree days. I did pretty terribly, but I'm also cutting myself some slack because running while pushing 40+ pounds of babies isn't the easiest thing in the world.

As for Crosby...




LIFE
Life is...great. Financially, we've been better, but we knew that was a reality when I quit my job. Otherwise, I'm just having a blast spending my days going on walks, running errands, and snuggling while watching Disney movies. I have enough happening on the side that our days rarely look the same and we stay pretty busy. On days when I have meetings that I can't bring the kiddos to, their Papaw will come over to our house for an hour or two and watch them while I get my Mama hustle on. I don't know what we'd do without out him and he's made our life infinite times easier.

MILESTONES
Someone found their feet! If he's not busy grabbing his little toes, Crosby is on the hunt for anything else within arms' reach to handle. Frequently, this happens to be Mommy's hair- ouch! We also got some real laughs out of him thanks to his silly big brother. Perhaps most notable though- he started solid food! We started out with some rice cereal per our pediatrician's recommendation and I was instantly reminded of how frustrating spoon-feeding a baby is. I had heard about baby-led weaning before, but hadn't really looked into it. So, I put a call out on Facebook for tips, advice and suggestions from my Mama friends who had experience with BLW. My friends came out of the woodwork to praise this feeding method, so I had to give it a shot. We've been at it for about two weeks now and I'm a full-on convert. I'll have to devote a post once we have more experience under our belt, but both Crosby and Mama have loved it! So far, Crosby has tried bananas and avocado, and has also had some nibbles of sweet potato, pineapple, and cucumber! He's seriously loved everything I've given him and feeding has been so much more fun and less stressful than it was with Charlie.

STATS
Crosby's 6-month appointment was on Friday morning where he weighed in at 16 lbs even. He's in Size 2 diapers until we finish his last pack and move up a size. He's wearing some combination of 6 mos and 6-9 mos clothing, but will probably be growing out of those before we know it. This kid is growing way too quickly!

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Crosby Loren, this last month with you has been complete and utter joy. I love your crinkly eyes when you laugh, and the way you grab your toes whenever it's time for a diaper change. I love your naptime cuddles and the way you follow your big brother's every move. I am so in love with who you are and can't wait to get to know you better this month. Stay sweet, little one.



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