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Brother Bear: 5 Months

William is 5 months old now! (for another 9 days, but hey, I’m trying!) 4 days after William turned 4 months, he had a day of non-stop screaming. I ended up taking him to the doctor, because I really felt that something was wrong. He was diagnosed with an ear infection, and got his first every round of antibiotics. Poor homeboy.

He is a drooling machine, and I keep expecting to see two bottom teeth poke through any day now, but he shows no sign of them. Vivien had two teeth by 5 months old, and honestly, I am loving that he doesn’t have any teeth yet, because I adore his gummy little smile.

William Is:

  • 14 lb 4.5oz (8th percentile. Poor little dude.)
  • Wearing a size 2 diaper
  • Wears size 3-6 month clothing still
  • Sitting up, rolling over, rocking his body back and forth in a crawling motion.
  • Eating some cereal in the evening. He started with rice, and then moved on to oatmeal. He isn’t a huge fan of either, but he eats it, and it seems to cut down a bit on his fussing at night time. I think later this week I’m going to try to make some organic quinoa cereal.

His sleep still isn’t amazing, and the same thing applies that he sleeps in the rocker at first, and then moves into bed with me after his first feeding. He spends the rest of the night snuggled next to me and snoring in my face. He does go to sleep easier for Eli though, maybe because when he’s with me he wants to eat, so that’s actually really helped regain some sanity for me. Eli will take him up for the night, and then I’ll stay up and work, or edit photos, or write. It’s been amazing, and really helps me decompress a bit before I go to bed.

He celebrated his first Easter on his 5 month “birthday” so it was a fun and busy day with family. I cannot believe he will be 6 months very shortly, and that he’s already into the nearly crawling phase. I feel like I pushed Vivien to do so much, but with William I am just dragging my feet a bit more on those milestones.

Vivien Is:

  • She is officially 2 and a half! (which deserves it’s own post in and of itself, but I’m a giant slacker lately.)
  • Struggling with tantrums more often.
  • The sweetest big sister ever. Seriously. Last week when we were driving to the park, I heard in the backseat talking to William, whose carseat is in the middle seat and next to hers. I heard her say, “I yuv you, brudder” and when I turned around to look, they were holding hands. Holding hands, people. I’m fairly positive that my heart shattered into a billion pieces. She is always loving on him, kissing him, and helping me with him by fetching toys, or wipes.
  • A funny kid. She has jokes, and says the funniest things ever.
  • I’m willing to bet that she is a born Mommy, this girl of mine. She is so observant, sweet hearted, and nurturing. If someone is sad, she cheers them up. When there is a sad song playing on the TV, she literally cries. She has her baby dolls positioned everywhere around the house- one on the potty, one in the highchair, one in the bed, and she remembers where they are and which ones are where.  It’s so sweet to watch her blossom into a little girl.

Vivien on the left at 5 months, William on the right at 5 Months.

To see William’s 4 month post, click here! 

To see Vivien’s 5 month post, click here!

Happy 5 months, homeboy. I love you so, so much!


Brother Bear: 4 Months

This photo kind of accurately sums up how every single attempt of a cutesy 4 month photo shoot went down. It also kind of summarizes the entire month. Remember this instance? That happened during his 4th month. Typically around 3-4 months is when they say that “colic” should be dwindling down. That wasn’t the case with him, so at the end of March I eliminated dairy from my diet 100%.

Unfortunately, I can’t report how big he was at 4 months, because for some reason, the print out I got at the doctor’s office was from his 3 month exam, and not 4 month. Oh well. Sorry, homeboy.

He learned how to sit up on his own around 4 months and 3 weeks old, but that’s only if you place him there. He hasn’t gotten himself there yet. The doctor gave him a new reflux medication, however, we stopped using it shortly after I went dairy free, because that is what made a noticeable impact, not the $75/month medicine.

Sorry dude, this was just your face. I did try on a few different occasions to take photos of him, but he just wasn’t having it. A friend of mine actually got better photos for that month.

William Is:

  • Wearing size 2 diaper
  • Wearing size 3-6 month clothing
  • rolling everywhere
  • Sitting up unassisted

 

William’s sleep still isn’t stellar, and he sleeps his longer stretch (aka:2 ish hrs) in the rock n play, and then moves into bed with me for the rest of the night after his first feeding. After that, I’m not really sure how often he’s awake because he basically eats all night long while I attempt to sleep. It works. It’s not ideal. I won’t be surprised if he’s still snuggling me in my bed when he’s a teenager.

This little man has taught me about fierce love, and oodles of patience. He loves me so much. He always has to be touching me. He has a hissy fit if I set him down. But he has the best little personality. He is skeptical of new people (much like his daddy) and doesn’t hesitate to let his feelings show. He’s such a blessing to our family.

Vivien Is:

  • 29 months old (one month shy of 2 and a half!)
  • Not showing potty learning interest. At all. When I ask her if she has to go, she lies and goes in her pants. When I sit her on the potty, she cries.
  • Loves helping. She loves helping cook, or put away dishes, or fold (aka wad) up laundry.
  • Still an annoying eater. She flat our refuses to sit still and eat, she always has to be playing musical chairs. I pick my battles.
  • Officially sleeping in her big girl bed.

 

*To see big girl bed pics, check out this post on Daily Mom featuring her bedding from Garnet Hill*

Vivien on the left, William on the right. 

To see William’s 3 Month post: click here!

To see Vivien’s 4 Month post: click here!

 

William & Bunny Photo Credits: Ashley Henry Photography


Sponsored Post: Dinosaur Ridge Summer Camps for Kids

Do you have a dinosaur or rock enthusiast at home? Would they like to explore over 300 dinosaur footprints and dozens of other fossils from Colorado this summer? Or would they rather identify, collect, and label rocks and minerals for their collections while learning how Colorado was built layer by layer? This year the Friends of Dinosaur Ridge are offering 8 camps designed for your kids to learn about Colorado’s history and prehistory. Filled with activities ranging from measuring REAL dinosaur footprints to collecting rocks from local formations, Dinosaur Ridge Summer Camps can’t be beat!

Dinosaur Ridge Summer Camps


Camp Sessions (see below for more details on each session):

  • Session 1: Fossils and Fun, June 2nd-6th, 9am-3pm daily (ages 6-10)
  • Session 2: Junior Geologists, June 9th-13th, 9am-3pm daily (ages 8-12)
  • Session 3: Junior Paleontologists, June 16th-20th, 9am-3pm daily (ages 8-12)
  • Session 4: Fossils and Fun, June 23rd-27th, 9am-3pm daily (ages 6-10)
  • Session 5: Fossils and Fun, July 7th-11th, 9am-3pm daily (ages 6-10)
  • Session 6: Junior Geologists, July 14th-18th, 9am-3pm daily (ages 8-12)
  • Session 7: Junior Paleontologists, July 21st-25th, 9am-3pm daily (ages 8-12)
  • Session 8: Fossils and Fun, July 28th-Aug 1st, 9am-3pm daily (ages 6-10)


Cost: $250 per child per camp (member); $275 per child per camp (non-member). [Scholarships, Sibling discounts, and Multi-Camp discounts are available - ask for more information.]
Where: Dinosaur Ridge: 16831 W Alameda Pkwy., Morrison, CO 80465 (C-470 and Alameda Pkwy)

Types of Camp:

  • Fossils and Fun Camp: This camp is a great introduction to the geology, paleontology, and ecology of Dinosaur Ridge and the surrounding areas. Hands-on activities will help campers learn about the ancient environments, landscapes, and the animals of Colorado’s prehistoric Front Range. Campers will have the chance to explore, measure, draw, observe, and interact with the geology and fossils of the area and explore science like never before among 150 million year old fossils. Ages 6-10.
  • Junior Paleontologists Camp: This camp focuses primarily on the fossils that are found in and around the Morrison and Golden Fossil Areas. Your campers will explore, observe, map, draw, and measure dinosaur bones and tracks, fossil palm fronds and other plant impressions, and a plethora of other local fossils and prehistoric evidence to learn more about prehistoric Colorado. Hands-on activities will help them visualize and experience paleontology in a way they never have before! Ages 8-12.
  • Junior Geologists Camp: This camp will focus on the local rocks and formations of Colorado’s Front Range, as well as what we can learn from rocks and minerals. With interactives and hands-on activities, campers will get a chance to explore, experiment, observe, measure, collect and even mine rocks and minerals to help them visualize and learn about Earth materials. Ages 8-12.

 

Capacity: The maximum number of campers per camp is 12, so register early!
To Register contact: Erin LaCount at tours@dinoridge.org or 303-697-3466 x 101
To download the registration form: www.dinoridge.org/summercamp.html

 

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Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post. My family received complimentary tickets in exchange for this informative post.


My Mother’s Day Wish List

With Mother’s Day fast approaching, I thought I’d share my wishlist with you all, as well as a pretty sweet store that is 100% local to Colorado (my favorite!) I’m not a believer that Mother’s Day should be a big ordeal. While I’d love to also throw some pricey photography stuff onto this list- realistically I know it’d never happen, nor would I want it to, really. If you’re of the mindset that Mother’s Day should mostly be about the thought behind the gift, rather than a big old price tag, my list is right up your alley.

  1. Truffnies, ($8.99 – $24.99 )–Mmmmm…chocolate. Hand crafted in Centennial, Truffnies award-winning artisan chocolates made with all-natural and organic ingredients, baked in small batches that result in flavors that will engage the senses. These chocolate confections are a perfect combination of European truffles and the All American brownie – the result is a rich and velvety texture of epicurean delight anyone  is sure to love! (Someone get these and describe them to me, since I’ve officially been dairy free for almost 2 months?) These can be purchased locally through Compleat Lifestyles Store in Centennial, Colorado.
  2. Pandora Charms, ($25 and up)- I’ve had a Pandora bracelet for a while now, and collect charms as life events happen. While I risk sounding like a snob, I don’t particularly like the “knock off” idea, because I’d prefer my bracelet to be authentic, and to appreciate each charm and remember the occasion in which I received it. The middle section of my bracelet is devoted to Vivien, so I’d like to start collection my “William section” and get some blue colored beads into it.
  3. Rosy Rings Beach Collection Tin, ($32.99 )– I love candles, and “smelly good things.” Inspired by treasures washed ashore, the new Beach Collection Tins are whitewashed, distressed metal tins topped with knobs colored in sea glass shades. Hand-poured with 100% natural wax, each 16 oz. candle burns for approximately 80 hours. Three scents are available – driftwood, pacific flower and sea louts. These can be purchased locally through Compleat Lifestyles Store in Centennial, Colorado.
  4. MAC Makeup, (Prices vary)- Back when we were DINKs (dual income no kids) I was the MAC makeup queen. I joked that, in case of a fire, I’d grab my caboodle because it was worth the most money. Now that we are a single income family, my makeup has quickly morphed into bargain brand central- but there are some items that I refuse to give up, such as my studio fix foundation and powder. I miss MAC eyeshadow, so a new Spring color would be a welcome addition. Or mascara.
  5. Pedicure, ($20ish), I’m seriously overdue for a pedicure (I don’t think I’ve had one since before William was born?) and I would really love the opportunity to relax for a pedicure, and not have to worry about tiny toddler feet stepping on my freshly painted toes, or yells of “VV’s turn!!!” as I’m painting.

So there it is, my Mother’s Day Wish List, all items pretty much under $35. If you’re local to the Denver area, make sure to check out Compleat Lifestyles for some unique and local goodies.

Founded in 1984, Compleat Lifestyles (formerly Compleat Gourmet & Gifts) is a home accent, gift and kitchen retail store with a goal to blend affordable living with world experience. Its buyers research products that are locally made, hand-crafted, and fairly traded in order to educate consumers about where their products come from. Compleat Lifestyles is comprised of two stores – Gourmet & Gifts and Home Accents – both located in the Southglenn Square shopping center in Centennial, Colo. It is the only independently owned kitchen and housewares retail store in the Denver Metro area. For more information, visit www.compleatlifestyles.com and follow them on FacebookTwitter, and Pinterest.

What’s on your Mother’s Day Wish List?

 

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Disclaimer: This post is partially sponsored by Compleat Lifestyles, as they sent me an item to review for the purpose of this post. No affiliate links were used. All opinions are 100% my own.


New Product Alert: Munchkin LATCH Bottle

As much as I am an advocate for breast is best, sometimes, Momma needs a night out. While neither of my kiddos have ever had a problem switching between the tap *ahem* and a bottle, there are many parents of babies who struggle to find a bottle that their picky baby will take.

William has struggled with colic pretty much since birth, and while I am wary of any product that claims to prevent colic, the thing that I do hate about most “anti-colic” bottles are all the crazy extra valves and parts. Ain’t nobody got time to clean all that nonsense out.

The Munchkin LATCH bottle is the answer to my plea. There is a simple valve on the bottom of the bottle- and that’s it for “extra stuff.”

 

Munchkin LATCH Bottle – designed to help you reach your breastfeeding goals. Experts agree that a better latch eases the transition between breast and bottle, and back. That’s why the accordion nipple pumps and moves just like the breast, stretching back to your baby’s soft palate for a correct latch. This BPA-free bottle also features a one-piece, anti-colic valve – so no air travels through the breast milk, reducing the risk of colic.

Favorite Features: 

  • Better Latch: Nipple stretches like the breast helping baby latch correctly
  • Like the breast: Pressure against the nipple releases milk as baby sucks, just like the breast
  • Less colic: Nipple moves with baby to provide a continuous latch to help reduce the symptoms of colic
  • Anti-colic valve prevents air bubbles to reduce gas and fussiness
  • Included sealing disk, ideal for storing and freezing breastmilk.

The Munchkin LATCH can be purchased at Toys R Us & Target

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This is a sponsored post. I received a sample in return for my honest review.There are no affiliate links in this post, and all opinions are 100% my own. All photos are copyright of The Memoirs of Megan and Memoirs Photography.