Monday, August 18, 2014

Mason Mitchell: 3 Months

Mason turned 3 months on July 15th, 2014.

Age: 3 months
Height: 25" (74th percentile)
Weight: 11 lbs 12 oz (10th percentile)

Nicknames: Mr. Mason, Mase, Mase-a-roo, Mase-a-doodle, Mase-a-rooni, Mason Mitchell

Milestones: Mason is on the verge of giggling and his coos are starting to turn into little shrieks!  Mason has also started grasping all kinds of toys.  He loves grabbing the dangling toys on his playmats and his monkey bouncer.  He also can grab his o-balls now and holds onto them for a while.  

Loving Dixie kisses!

Sleep: Mason is awake a LOT during the day!  Occasionally he'll take a great nap and then other days he survives on a lot of little cat naps.  We get a lot of comments about how alert he is and how often he's awake.  He has started sleeping through the night (YAY!) but not every night.  If he wakes up, it's usually only once around 3-4am.  He's still sleeping in the rock and play next to our bed but some nights we put him in the pack'n'play next to our bed.  He doesn't hate the flat surface, but definitely does better in the rock and play.  For naps I've been putting him in his crib when possible but he also naps in his rock and play and swing.

Best Moment: Mason has started smiling in response to his big brother and I love the interaction!  I also love hearing Mason's little shrieks and I know he's SO close to giggling!

Health:  Mason's spit up has gotten much better.  He still spits up almost every time we put him in the car seat and probably after about 50-60% of his feedings.  Sometimes it's a big volume and other times it's just a little.  I'm glad it's improving because we were going through way too many outfits and burp cloths!

Eating: Mason nurses 6-7 times a day, usually for about 20 minutes.  He had his first bottle this month!  He's now had 4 bottles.  The first bottle wasn't very fun for him, I think he got frustrated.  The second attempt we used a Playtex with the NaturaLatch nipple and he did great!  We used the same bottle for his 3rd and 4th bottle feedings and one went well and one did not.  I think we will probably practice more this next month but we haven't had any major reason to bottle feed yet.Sizes: Mason is still in 0-3/3 month clothes and size 1 diapers.  His 3 month sleepers are starting to get short but he still has plenty of room in his 2 piece outfits.  He goes through about 6-7 diapers a day.

Things I want to remember: Mason isn't a fan of tummy time!  He has rolled from his tummy to back two times when I put him down for tummy time!  I think it was a fluke because he hasn't rolled again.  :)  He is able to lift his head high but usually he just puts his face into the blanket/playmat and whines.  I always feel so bad so I end up flipping him over!  We're working on different techniques so he can strengthen those neck muscles!  He still loves holding onto his blankies while he's resting.  He is SUCH a happy baby and always gives me a huge smile when I get up close to him.  He has a fussy period each evening around 8-9pm before he falls asleep.  He has so much fun on his piano playmat and monkey bouncer.  We've tested out the bumbo a few times but he's still a bit too small.  He loves riding in the car and will sometimes cry at stop lights and quiet down as soon as we start moving again.  He isn't very into pacifiers anymore and will usually spit it right out if we try to give it to him.  He does try to suck on his fingers and hands a lot though!  I also love the way Mason's little ears stick out.  It's so adorable!


Friday, August 15, 2014

Mason Mitchell: 2 Months

Mason turned 2 months on June 15th, 2014.  (Today is Mason's 4 month birthday so I'm only 2 months behind in publishing this post!)  

Age: 2 months
Height: 22.5" (31st percentile)
Weight: 10lbs 11oz (24th percentile)

Nicknames: Mr. Mason, brother, Mase

Milestones: Mason smiled for the first time this month and now he smiles ALL the time and he also coos at everything!  He also finally had his first real bath with water in the tub!  We had been doing sponge baths still.  He loved splashing around with his legs!

Sleep: Mason still naps throughout the day whenever he's tired.  He normally naps in the rock and play or the swing but sometimes he'll nap on a blanket on the floor.  At night he wakes up twice to eat.  He usually wakes up around 11pm/midnight and again around 4-5am.  

Best Moment: Seeing Mason's first smile!

Health:  Mason is still spitting up quite a bit but since he's gaining weight, the doctors aren't worried.  He seems happier after eating now so I'm hoping he isn't in pain and he's just a "spitty" baby!

Eating: Mason nurses about 8 times a day and his sessions are usually about 15-20 minutes.  He still hasn't had a bottle!Sizes: Mason moved into 0-3/3 month clothes!  He still has a few newborn outfits he can fit into as well...such a peanut!  A lot of the 3 month clothes are still too wide but the newborn clothes were getting way too short for him...he couldn't fully extend his legs in NB sleepers anymore!  He just moved into size 1 diapers before turning 2 months!  He goes through about 8 diapers a day.

Things I want to remember: Mason loves his piano playmat and monkey bouncer!  He is starting to bat at toys and can even hold onto his o-ball for a few seconds if we help him get a grip on it.  He is constantly kicking his legs and people always comment how he's always moving!  He also LOVES blankies.  He loves to snuggle his Aden and Anais blankets.  He also loves being outside in the warm weather.  He has started to really take to his pacis and still prefers the "soothies" and his doggy wubbanub.  Sometimes when he's fussy, he'll immediately calm down if we step outside.  Mason's hair has a little swirl in the back and it's super cute!  I hope it stays that way!


Thursday, August 14, 2014

Mason Mitchell: 1 Month

Mason turned 1 month on May 15th!  I know I'm EXTREMELY behind, but I drafted this post back in May and I want to publish this so I can remember everything!  <3

Age: 1 month
Height: 21.75" (47th percentile)
Weight: 8lbs 7oz (17th percentile)

Milestones: Mason has started to coo and it's the cutest thing ever!  

Sleep: Mason loves sleeping and still sleeps a lot during the day!  He loves sleeping on Mommy's chest and in the Ergo!  Overnight he sleeps in his rock and play next to our bed and he usually wakes up 2-3 times to eat.  During the day he naps whenever he's tired....usually on Mommy, in the swing, or in the rock and play!  We tried swaddling a few times but he seems to prefer no swaddle.    

Best Moment: I love hearing him coo and having him fall asleep on my chest!  

Health:  Poor Mason seems to have a bit of acid reflux and he gets fussy after feedings and almost always spits up.  Luckily he's happy after he spits up, but I feel so bad that he might be in pain!  He's still gaining weight so the doctors don't want to intervene with medicine at this point.

Eating: Mason nurses about 9-10 times a day for about 20-30 minutes a session.  He hasn't had a bottle yet.  We had some trouble with his latch initially and I don't want to mess that up! Sizes: Mason is wearing newborn clothes and newborn diapers!  He goes through about 10 diapers a day!  

Things I want to remember: Mason loves the white noise app on my phone and really loves the vacuum sound!  He also loves when we "shush" to help him fall asleep.  He loves sucking on Mommy's finger to relax.  He has a fussy period every day just like his big brother, but Mason's fussiness is less predictable than Carson's!  Mason loves when I rub his cheek or forehead with my fingers.

Here are a few pictures from our weekly photo shoots during Mason's first month:

Sweet dreams at 3 weeks!


Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Beachy Summer Hair (#NYMBeachBabe)

How many of you have perfect hair that air dries into beachy waves?  If you raised your hand, we aren't friends anymore.  That just isn't fair!  Until now, I've had to use a combination of products and prayers to try to get some semi-decent waves in my hair.  Even though my hair is naturally wavy, I straighten it daily because it's actually easier than trying to get those perfect waves!  Whenever I try to wear my hair wavy, it's either too flat, too frizzy, not enough wave, etc.  I could never get it just right...until now!

Enter the Not Your Mother's Beach Babe collection (#NYMBeachBabe)!  Not only do they have a cute brand name, but their products work!  (Scroll down for individual product links!)

I received the Not Your Mother's Beach Babe Texturizing Shampoo and Conditioner complimentary from Influenster to review.  The products smell DELICIOUS.  Like, I almost wanted to eat it.  They smell like some sort of tropical candy or beverage and it just makes me feel like I'm at the beach!  I love that the shampoo and conditioner are sulfate-free.  The shampoo and conditioner I normally use are also sulfate free so I was happy to forgo the sulfates again.  These products really brought out the waves in my hair without making my hair feel heavy or weighed down.  I'm really anxious to try the shampoo/conditioner WITH the texturing sea salt spray!  Just for kicks, I decided to use this shampoo on a straight hair day too.  My hair smelled delicious and felt extremely soft after blow drying.  After a little humidity, my hair poofed up and got a little wavy.  These products really do bring out the waves!

Here's a look at the products in this line (click on the picture to get more info):


Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Do You Jamberry?

I'll be honest, when I first saw something about Jamberry Nail Wraps, I was intrigued.  Intrigued enough to purchase?  I'm not so sure.  The Jamberry consultants claim the wraps are "simple to apply and remove", "last for weeks", "dry immediately after application", etc.  WELL, as a mom to an infant and toddler, "dry immediately after application" sounded  very appealing to me.  I checked out the Jamberry website and spent longer than I'd like to admit checking out all of the amazing design choices.  Did you know you can get wraps to support your favorite sports team?  If you aren't into flashy patterns, they have solid color wraps and even a classic french manicure wrap!

If you haven't heard of Jamberry, here's a brief description:
Jamberry Nail wraps are the newest trend in nail fashion and offer over 350 styles! They're beyond easy to apply and last 2-3 weeks on fingers and 4-6 weeks on toes.

* No fumes, chemicals, or mess
* No drying time, chipping or smearing
* Simple, do-it-yourself application

Jamberry Nail wraps are a super thin piece of vinyl covering that can be applied directly to the nail to achieve a look not found anywhere else. The wrap is heat and pressure activated to create a waterproof bond to your nail. No chips, scuffs, or smudges for the entire life of your Jamberry manicure or pedicure!

When I went to pick out a wrap, I had such a hard time deciding.  I think what made my decision so hard was knowing that my nails could be this way for 2 weeks or more!  I decided to go with "Carmen Ombre".  It's definitely more exciting than my normal go-to pink polish, but still subtle enough that it will look fine for every day wear.  (I can imagine becoming a true Jamberry addict and changing my wraps much more frequently, though!)

Here's a look at my nails on Day 1.  The wraps were super easy to apply!  (See below for application instructions.)

Applying Your Jamberry Nail Wraps:

My Jamberry wraps got tons of comments and compliments from friends and even strangers!  I was skeptical about Jamberry's claims that the wraps will last so long, but they really did!  Here's a look at my wraps after 2 whole weeks.  Remember, this is 2 weeks of taking care of a newborn and a toddler, using cleaning products, and not being gentle with my nails.  The ONLY reason I was ready to remove the wraps is because my nail beds were exposed from normal growth.  Everything else still looked great!

Once I was ready to remove the wraps, I was a little nervous.  There are so many different methods you can use.  The method I found on Jamberry's website said to soak your nails in nailpolish remover.  I wasn't interested in soaking my fingers in straight acetone (which is all that I had) so I filled my sink up with some warm water and a splash of my acetone.  I only had to soak my nails for a few seconds before gently lifting the wrap up and peeling it off.  I only had some residual adhesive on a few nails and that was easily removed with my nail polish remover.  Another great thing about these wraps is that they do not damage your nails AT ALL (unlike gel/shellac manicures)!

If you're interested in trying out some wraps (which you totally should), you can shop here.

Check out my friend's Jamberry Instagram or Facebook to see all the latest tips, trends, and deals!

Just to give you an idea, here's a look I did with regular polish and Jamberry as an accent nail.  Obviously the polish just didn't last!

*I received this product complimentary for review purposes.  All opinions expressed are honest and my own.


Monday, June 23, 2014

Father's Day Recap {Gift Ideas}

I know it's a little late, but I finally have a minute to sit down for a little Father's Day recap!  I wanted to share some gift ideas.  These can be used for any special event really - birthdays, Christmas, etc.  They aren't just for Father's Day!

When Carson was just about a month old, I started one of our first traditions.  (I love traditions!)  I bought these wooden letters and snapped some photos for a Father's Day gift.  I put the photos in a 3-slot frame and they get replaced each year with a newer version.  Nick loves seeing how the photos turn out and it's fun (and super hectic) being the photographer.  I can only imagine what our photo session will be like next year when Mason is 1 and Carson is 3.  Oh boy!

Father's Day 2012 (Carson: 1 month)

Father's Day 2013 (Carson: 13 months)

Father's Day 2014 (Mason 2 months, Carson 25 months)
 I also like to do a "handmade" craft/art project for most holidays.  In the past we hadn't done anything for Father's Day so I decided to start yet another tradition.  You can't have too many traditions, right?!  I found an extra scrapbook I had laying around and made a little cover sheet:

Next I made a craft with each of the boys.  I browsed Pinterest for some inspiration (obviously) and found some cute ideas.  Carson loves wearing Daddy's shoes.  He'll put them on, laugh, and say "too big!"  When I saw this idea I knew it was perfect for him.  

Here's a close-up of the poem in case you want to copy!  I just traced one of Nick's shoes and put Carson's foot print inside.  Then we did a little photo shoot of Carson wearing Daddy's shoes.  Nick thought it was adorable!

For Mason I needed something simple and something with a foot print.  He still has his hands clenched shut a lot of the time so hand prints are pretty much out of the question!  I found this cute bee foot print idea and made it go along with Father's Day:

Each year we'll add a page or two to Nick's book and it will be a fun keepsake to look through.  Carson already loves looking through and we only have 2 pages!  Eventually I think the boys will do crafts together but for now, I wanted to do a page for each of them.

We also made a grandpa craft this year.  My dad loves fishing so I thought this was perfect for him!  I envisioned it turning out a little cuter, but I think you can still tell that it's a fishing pole with a fish.  Maybe?

I also got Nick a couple small gifts I knew he would enjoy.  Here are some links in case you need husband gift ideas!