Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Worth is 8 Months Old!

Our darling boy is almost 9 months old! This last month has flown by.

One of the most exciting changes in the last month is that I transitioned from working Full-Time to Part-Time. Starting March 1, I'm now working 3 days per week. I have 2 extra days with my little love each week and it has been amazing! We were having a hard time balancing spending time with Worth, working and just doing life... you know, the cooking, cleaning, grocery shopping, etc. Just having the 2 extra days at home has made a huge difference. Worth and I have a new routine of meal planning, grocery shopping, walking to the park, visiting the library... He's the best lil' sidekick!

Worth is finally stably sitting up! We actually were waiting and waiting for him to sit up so we could do his "6 month" pictures. They finally happened at 8 months old, haha. We should be getting the pictures from the photographer this weekend. I'm so excited to see them!

My alarm clock one Saturday
(he was ready to rock at 6:15am - zzzzzzz)

My sweet Valentine

Sitting up with his doggie

Worth also had his first school pictures:
He's 7 1/2 months in these pictures! Adorable!!

I have loved every second of seeing Worth's personality develop. He's silly and talkative and sweet and a pretty easy going guy. The only thing we're really struggling with is napping. I have to admit, I'm not really helping. Instead of really working with Worth to take naps in his crib, I have been napping with him in my bed. :) I know, I know... not a good habit. But, I'll take my snuggles when I can get them. He's only little for so long! We can work on napping next month.

Sleepy lil' pumpkin in mama's bed

We LOOOOVE bath time. Kitchen sink or tub... it doesn't matter. 
He loves it.

Meal times are a lot of fun. Worth is definitely starting to develop his preferences for food. He LOVES fruit (especially bananas, strawberries, and plums) and gnawing on pizza crust and of course, puffs. (What baby doesn't like puffs?!) He used to eat veggies often, but now is not loving them as much. Most of the time we just plop food on his tray and let him have at it... he'd rather just bang his spoon around, so he's eating mostly with his hands and it gets pretty messy! He's almost got the pincer grasp down and will look for the things he likes on his tray and move the things he doesn't like out of the way.

Yogurt is one of the messiest foods!

Sitting at the table eating a snack at school. He's getting so big!

Puff picnic in the sunshine!

We've had some volatile weather this month. Sunshine and 70 degrees one day and 15 inches of snow the next. On the nicer days, we try to get to the park as often as possible. Worth loves to swing and Nick and I love watching the joy on his face and hearing his giggles when he swings. It's a win/win.

We've continued our weekly pictures. 
Worth is turning out to be quite the ham!

32 weeks old

33 weeks old

34 weeks old

silly boy before bed - 35 weeks old

our lucky charm - 36 weeks old

I know I've said it before, but I'll say it again. I am so thankful to be W's mama. My little pumpkin! My sweet sunshine! Being a mother has been everything I hoped it would be. Even the simple things like walking to the park or looking in the mirror or eating dinner are 1,000,000,000 times better and more fun because I have my sweet family to share it with. Nicholas is the best daddy and husband. I'm grateful that because of his hard work, I'm able to have the flexibility to work part-time.

My boys and me. My whole heart.

Sunday, February 21, 2016

Worth is 7 Months Old!

Our sweet boy is 7 months old! We are loving every second of it. Worth started army crawling a few days after he turned 6 months old... and he's FAST. We definitely can't take our eyes off of him for a second. 

One of the biggest changes is that Worth has been eating solids in the last month. We are quasi-doing Baby Led Weaning... Worth's first taste of food was pureed sweet potatoes, but we also give him whatever we're eating and we let him feed himself for the most part. His favorite foods are roasted carrots, pears, strawberries, broccoli and pizza crust.  He also loves rice flour teething wafers that we found at Target! His least favorite food has been.... gosh, I can't think of anything. Probably Salisbury steak, but he still ate some of it. It is so fun watching him eat and figure it all out. In the last month he has gotten way better at getting food into his mouth. It is still a messy process though!

Worth has been a great sleeper lately. We set a bedtime routine and have stuck with it, so I think that's helped. Dinner is at about 6:00-6:30p depending on what time we get home from work and if I already have something prepared. After dinner, it's bath time. Worth just moved out of his newborn tub and it sitting in a bath seat now. He LOVES it... he seems so proud of himself! He loves to kick his legs and splash around. 

After he's all cleaned up, it's time for jammies, songs and stories then his bedtime snack (mama's milk!). He's zonked out by 7:30p. Typically, he'll sleep until 6am and I'll pull him into bed with me for cuddles before it's time to get up for work and school. 

He sleeps on his tummy 99% of the time now... and lately, he's been sticking his booty up - adorable!

We've had some amazing weather this winter and have taken advantage of being outside when we can. Worth got Daddy this awesome hiking baby carrier for his birthday, and we finally had nice enough weather to try it out. We explored Red Rocks Amphitheater and a couple of the trails surrounding it.

Can you spot Nicholas, Worth and Cricket on the stage?

Twins in their bright blue!

Worth had a blast in the carrier. He loved looking around and was talking/yelling and blowing bubbles the whole time he was in there. It was hilarious. 

Our little Colorado native was a good luck charm for the Broncos this year... they won the Super Bowl! Worth was also lucky at squares... he won lots of money for his college tuition savings!

He gives the sweetest open-mouthed kisses!

My boys.

My little snuggle bunny! 
He doesn't sleep like this very often any more (tear), but when he does... all plans are cancelled and I don't move!

Worth and Cricket are turning out to be quite the pair! She is the sweetest with him! Cricket will let Worth pet her and play tug-o-war with her toys. She is very gentle with him and doesn't get territorial over her toys or bones at all. Worth is just obsessed with her. He looks for her first thing in the morning and will stop eating (or playing, or whatever) if he hears her walk into the room. Worth is just mesmerized by her. She is loving that he is eating solid foods and parks herself right underneath his highchair at dinner time!

I though for sure Worth was getting his first tooth this month... he's been drooling like crazy and was acting fussier than normal for a couple days. But, he still has a darling toothless grin. My favorite!

twenty-eight weeks old.

twenty-nine weeks old.

thirty weeks old.

thirty-one weeks old.

Worth's personality is really starting to shine. He's a happy, easy baby. He smiles and giggles at the most random things... especially loud noises that kind of scare him. He freezes for a second then just cracks up! The only time I've actually seen him scared/weary of something was toward our friend Bonnie's dog... a dachshund! He isn't scared of Cricket or Bear, another friend's giant labradoodle, but the wiener dog was apparently untrustworthy. Hah!

 The one thing guaranteed to make Worth smile: his Daddy! 
This little guy LOVES his Daddy.

No teeth yet!

While I do enjoy working and having the extra income, it has been so hard to have less time with this adorable pumpkin. The evenings go by so fast (especially with our 45 min to 1 hour commute home) and the weekends fly by. Working has made me really appreciate and savor every moment with this little guy. And, thankfully, I still go see him at least 4 days per week during lunch. Those extra 30 minutes of extra cuddles and nursing over lunch are so special!

Our crawlin', gigglin', eatin' 7 month old. 

We prayed and wished for this baby for a long, long time. 
And, although it was in His own time, 
God blessed us with the most amazing little boy. 
We are so thankful that he is ours.

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Worth is 4 Months Old!

Last week, our little munchkin turned 4 months old and we had a full house here to celebrate. It was also Worth's baptism weekend so his godparents (his Aunt and Uncle) and our two nieces, and Nick's mom and her husband were all in town and staying with us!

Our little guy is still tall and skinny - he's in the 30th percentile for weight and the 90th percentile for height! He is developmentally on track and growing strong! He got his first cough/cold/congestion last week, but otherwise is a healthy little boy!

Worth started daycare this month. It was a lot harder on me than it was for him. We're just about a month in - he is doing great and it's getting easier for me. We both love his teacher, Ms. Hana. I, thankfully, have a lunch date with my little guy every day since the daycare is right across the street from work.

Worth's first day of school:
I cried a lot this day... Worth didn't shed a tear.

Worth rarely naps at school, but when he does he sleeps on a floor bed since it is a Montessori school.

I went back to work on Thursday, 10/8 and although my work week was only 2 days, I was SO READY for baby snuggles that Friday night.

14 weeks old.

Worth has become a pro at tummy time. We can even roll over from front to back and roll from back to side. He hasn't quite mastered rolling all the way over from back to front. His first time rolling over, he did it three times in a row, so I stopped swaddling him that night! (Then, he didn't roll over again for a week, haha!) He LOVED being swaddled though, so we had a hard time sleeping... then we had the 4 month sleep regression. Worth went from sleeping 6-7 hrs straight to waking up every 1.5 to 2 hrs. ZZZzzzzz... sleepy mama. Right when I went back to work, too!

At least even though I wasn't spending much time with Worth during the day, we got lots of cuddles at night. I don't want to jinx it, but the last two nights Worth has slept pretty well, so hopefully we're getting back into a rhythm with sleep!

He's also started to drool a lot, and put anything he can into his mouth. Although, he prefers chewing on my knuckles, his fist or soft cloths like his lovey or a burp cloth.

Worth celebrated his first Halloween this month! 
He was the world's most adorable pumpkin!

We got Worth an exersaucer and he doesn't bounce around in it yet, but he does like sitting in it (for about 15-20 min max) and grabbing onto the toys.

Our serious boy has been smiling a lot more. When you smile at him, he smiles back with the sweetest toothless grin! And he squeaks when he smiles sometimes, too. No laughs yet, but still adorable!

17 weeks old

Lunch with Grandma! (Notice the drool on her shirt... Lots of drool!)

We still love going on walks when we can. The weather changed these last couple of weeks, so now we bundle up for our walks. We got the JJ Cole Bundle Me as a shower gift and it's perfect for the stroller. Worth stays warm and cozy and just falls right to sleep!

Since I'm at work now, I'm spending a lot less time with Worth than before. It's been really hard on me and I'm hoping it continues to get easier. I just still can't get over how fast he's growing up and how fast time is flying. I get teary-eyed thinking about it. (Ok, maybe sometimes I sob uncontrollably thinking about it!) I just love him so, so, so very much and he is absolutely precious to me. I want to savor and cherish every single moment I can with him. I love our family and I love Nicholas and most of the time I love Cricket, too. We waited a long time for Worth to arrive and it's even better than I could have ever imagined. 

Happiest 4 months ever. xx

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

My Maternity Leave is Over

Tomorrow my maternity leave is over. We're starting a new adventure... I'm headed back to work and our little bub will be going to daycare. I feel better about it when I call it school, but honestly I'm still a wreck about it. I've just been dreading this day. Everyone said maternity leave would fly by, but this day arrived so much faster than I could have imagined! Every time I think about leaving Worth all day, I just burst into tears. This summer, being home with Worth, has been the most rewarding and amazing experience of my whole life. I have loved every single second I've spent with him. We've been inseparable, and I wouldn't have had it any other way. The round-the-clock feedings, the diaper changes, the cooing, tummy time, bath time, the not-getting-anything-done-all-day-because-my-baby-wants-to-be-rocked... I've loved it all. And I'm really, really going to miss it.  Being Worth's mama is the greatest role and blessing. Dropping him off each day is going to break my heart and I am going to live off of seeing his little smile (or serious face, knowing Worth!) when I pick him up. It's going to make our evenings and weekends and late night wake ups extra special. I've heard it will get easier, but I'm not sure I believe it yet.

To make today special, Worth and I did one of our favorite activities... we strolled down to the park in the neighborhood and laid in the shade on the special quilt my aunt and cousin made for Worth. The walk to the park was a little chilly, but by the time we arrived it had warmed up quite a bit and was the perfect temperature for a park day. Not too hot, not too cool. I picked up a doughnut and a latte on the way... we took some selfies... we did some tummy time... we watched the big kids play and I teared up knowing next summer he'll be one of the "big kids" walking around. Nick called and asked how my day was going... I said it was magical and it really was. I feel so fortunate to have a happy, healthy little sugar muffin all to myself! 

Worth is a sweet, easy going boy and I'm sure he'll be just fine tomorrow for his first day of daycare. I'm just not so sure how I'll manage. At least he'll be close enough for me to pop over during lunch and give him cuddles and kisses and hopefully be there in time to feed him. Maybe I'll get all the tears out tonight and be dried up tomorrow so I don't completely embarrass myself at work... maybe. On the bright side, starting back to work on a Thursday means it's almost the weekend!

Wish us luck!

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Worth is 3 Months Old!

The fourth trimester is over! Our little bitty baby is now smiling and holding his head up and sleeping less during the day and napping unswaddled. He started wearing Size 2 diapers and 3-6 month clothes. He weighs about 13 lbs. 

He is still a little blondie and has a lot more hair on top of his head! He was born with a receeding hairline and it's finally filled in. His eyelashes are darkening up and know we can see them! 

Worth has started to notice himself in the mirror and it's so funny watching him "flirt" with that cute baby!

We had lots of firsts this month...
First airplane ride (Worth did GREAT and didn't make a peep!)
(Love these little toes!)

First trip to Texas to visit MaeMae and Pops

First time swimming

First trip to the beach!

First MLB game - the Rockies

He likes tummy time for about 60 seconds and then he HATES it. We're still working on that. :)

These last few weeks have been especially amazing and especially hard. Amazing because his little personality continues to grow and I love spending my days with him, but hard because I know I'm heading back to work soon and I won't get to spend as much time during the day with Worth. 
Sweetest little face ever!!
Beautiful boy - 11 weeks old

I love the way he still grips onto my finger and the sweet noises he makes while we're cuddling and I'm feeding him. He's growing up so fast - too fast! 

(10 weeks old in Texas)
This little guy doesn't stop moving! 90% of my pictures have blurs for arms and legs since he is just waving them around nonstop!

Worth also got to meet his great-grandpa, Dandy while we were in Texas. So special!

10 weeks old

Nick has had a couple business trips recently and I know it's hard for him to leave Worth. Worth and I do OK by ourselves, but we do love when Daddy is home! Cricket is actually way more difficult to take care of than Worth. She's so demanding! Nick (bless his heart!) takes care of Cricket when he's home, so when he's gone its a lot of extra work for me!
A beer and a baby cuddle is the best way to unwind after a business trip!

Tiner and Daver came to visit Worth! We watched the TCU game, went to a Rockies game, brunched, watched the blood moon and relaxed at home. 

12 weeks old!

I just love this little guy so so so so so so so much! I'm so happy to be his mommy!

Monday, October 5, 2015

8 Days New

When our little love was 8 days new, we had his pictures taken. His photographer, Hillary Wheat, was AMAZING and I love how she perfectly captured his personality and his sweet features. Worth has been very alert and awake since he was born, and it was really hard to get him to fall asleep for these pictures! There was lots of "shuussshhing" and nursing to get him to close his eyes. These are just a few of my favorites...

This last picture cracks me up... but also accurately captures Worth's serious face! 
Doesn't there seem to be so much going on in that little 8 day old mind of his? I love him so much!