6 months = food!

Dear Elliot,

Well, you’re officially 6 months old! When you were first born I remember looking forward to this age SO much, but now that it’s here I wish I could hit the rewind button. It’s not that I don’t want you to keep growing (I do, I do!), but time is flying by. Every time I get used you being a certain age, and you being able to do certain things, you learn something new and it changes the game. If nothing else, it keeps me on my toes!

As evident from the photo above, we’ve started to feed you solid food. How exciting! You haven’t ingested all that much yet, but you’re doing a great job exploring all the different tastes and textures. So far so good. I’m glad we decided to go with baby led weaning instead of mush, and obviously Eegor is as well!

This past month we also transitioned you from a combo 3-3.5 hour schedule to a 4 hour schedule. I am really thankful because it makes life a lot easier. Our next schedule change will be dropping your 3rd nap of the day, but you’re not quite ready for that yet.

And last but certainly not least, you are trying oh so hard to crawl. You are getting so close, and I think by this time next month you’ll have it mastered. For now, you are rocking and scooting as much as you can.

Thanks for being such a sweet, adorable and well behaved little man.

Love,
Mama

5 months old

Dear Elliot,

Who hit the fast forward button? It might have been you seeing that you are fascinated with the TV remote. But alas, it’s just you growing way too quickly! I can’t believe you’ve been with us for 5 months now! In the past few weeks you’ve really turned into your own little man. Your personality is shining through and you’re so happy and so sweet.

One of your biggest accomplishments this past month was rolling over from your back to your tummy. You’ve really mastered that skill and you now prefer to sleep on your belly. At first I was quite nervous, and I would check on you pretty often throughout the night, but I soon realized that I had nothing to worry about.

You’re also well on your way to sitting up on your own, which means solid food is next! I’ve decided to use the baby led weaning approach, which basically means no mushy cereal. I’ll be giving you pieces of fruits and veggies that you can “play with” and feed yourself. It’ll be messy, but it’ll be great, and Eegor will thank you for all the bits that end up on the floor.

Every day I love you more and more, which I didn’t realize could be possible seeing that I loved you so much from the very beginning! And even though I only get to spend about an hour with you when I get home from work each day, that hour is amazing, and I hope you enjoy it as much as I do. Sometimes I worry that you’re going to resent me for working as you get older, but it’s the best thing for our family and I hope you understand that. I’m sure we’ll have a good long talk about it one day.

I love you so much, Elliot.

Love,
Mama

Video

4 months old

Dear Elliot,

It’s July 7th, and that means you are officially 4 months old! Your 4 month pediatrician appointment is on Monday, and I am so excited to find out how much you weigh and how long you are! You are growing and changing SO much.

June was a very busy month for us. The week after we went to the beach house in Corolla, my friends Michelle and Steve got married. Michelle, Steve and I went to college together. We had to drive 7 hours from our home in Virginia to Babcha and Grandpa’s home in New Jersey. It was our very first long car ride with you and you did great! We left at 7PM (your bedtime), so you slept the entire way there.

The week after the wedding, Daddy was away for work in FL, so Babcha drove back home with us so she could watch you all week while I was at work. Miss Rebecca was also on vacation that week, which is why she couldn’t watch you like she normally does. You and Babcha had such a great time together. The odd thing was, the day after we got back from NJ, Babcha and I noticed some red spots on your hands and feet. Turns out, both you and I came down with Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease. It’s a virus that causes red spots / blisters on your hands, feet and mouth. Your case was very mild, but mine was a bit worse. I felt so bad for you, but you didn’t seem to mind at all.

At the end of that week, Grandpa drove down to pick up Babcha, and we all went to visit Aunt Jane and Uncle Artie in Richmond. They recently moved there from NJ. Aunt Jane was SO happy to meet you, finally!

We recently dropped your 10PM dream feed. At first I was really hesitant to drop it because I was worried you’d start waking up in the middle of the night again, but you are doing great! You are now sleeping from 7/7:15-6:30AM, wow! Sometimes you wake up at 5/5:30 and start talking, but you usually fall back asleep.

A few other things of note:

  • We tried dropping your 4th nap of the day, but you became very fussy when we did that. So for now you are still taking 4 naps, but we’ll try dropping it again soon.
  • You can now roll over from your tummy to back, and from your back to tummy! You are getting so so strong.
  • You love holding my fingers. It’s just so cute.

I took the above video of you this morning while you were in your jumperoo. My oh my, aren’t you handsome!

Love,
Mama

3 months old (a few days late)

Dear Elliot,

You are now 3 months old! I wanted to start writing to you when you were first born, but it totally slipped my mind. Sometimes being a mother does that to you… you just forget things because you have a sweet precious baby to take care of (you, of course)!

I started work again 2 weeks ago, and it was tough for me to leave you. You are in such good hands though. On Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday you go over to Miss Rebecca’s house. She is a very nice lady and takes great care of you. On Thursday and Friday Oma (Daddy’s Mom) watches you. We have gotten nothing but good reports so far, and I hope that continues!

We spent last week at a beach house in OBX called The Mark Twain. The place I work, Grow Interactive, rented it for the week for all the employees and their families to enjoy! Isn’t that awesome? We had a lot of fun together and Daddy was able to join us for a few days too.

3 months old on Thursday... forgot to post this! Love my little man!You are growing so fast I can hardly believe my eyes. You are a pro at tummy time now, and this past week you rolled over for the very first time! I didn’t actually see it happen at first… I turned my back for a second and all of a sudden you were on your back! Luckily, we tried again the next day and you did it 3 times in a row! You also started doing crunches in an effort to sit up on your own. You are very determined, it’s so cute.

You love to smile and babble. I’m convinced you say “I love you” back to me in your own funny garble language. Other people have heard it too so I am not going crazy! Your new thing is this loud, fairly high-pitched, squeal talk (for lack of a better way to describe it). It makes Daddy and I laugh so hard.

One of my favorite things is you smiling at me from your crib after a nap. I’m so happy to be your mom.

Love always,
Mommy

Reflection

I head back to work one week from tomorrow. I honestly cannot believe it. In the beginning, 12 weeks felt like an eternity, but now that it’s almost coming to an end I could use more time.

I’m excited to go back to work, but at the same time I hate thinking about what I’m going to miss. Elliot changes and learns something new everyday and sometimes I just want to cry thinking about not being with him all the time. But I digress, I have to do what I have to do, and I’ll appreciate my time with him exponentially more.

Looking back, it’s hard to believe that I went into labor on my due date. I had one day of maternity leave where I was not yet a mother or in labor. Thinking back about labor and delivery, it was definitely one of the hardest yet most rewarding things I have ever experienced. God-willing, I will do it again one day.

The first month of having Elliot at home with us was an emotional learning experience. I cried the night before Ben went back to work because I was so scared of being alone with Elliot. Being a mother is hard and you question everything you do wondering if you’re doing the right thing. However, what I’ve learned in the almost 11 weeks with Elliot is that you just have to do what you think is right. Motherhood is probably about 75% intuition and 25% common sense. You will eventually get into a routine that makes sense for you, your family and your baby and just go with it from there. That’s not to say the routine won’t change, because it inevitably will as your baby starts getting older, but then you’ll figure out what works yet again.

Now, as I embark on my last week of maternity leave, my plan is to enjoy my time with Elliot as much as I possibly can. He means so so much to me, and I am so proud and happy to be his mother.

Nearly 10 weeks!

Elliot has doubled in age since my last post… 10 weeks tomorrow! Can you believe it? I can’t! Time is truly flying by and it’s hard to believe my maternity leave is quickly coming to an end. I start back up on May 29th. Ah!

Elliot's reaction to me singing to him, haha!My dear sweet Elliot is growing fast. At his 2 month pediatrician visit he was 11lbs 11oz and 24 1/4 long. Tall and skinny (healthy)! If he’s inherited any of my father’s 6’5″ genes, we may have a very tall one on our hands! We shall see.

Life with Elliot feels much more natural now, and I’m starting to forget what it was like without him. Funny how quickly that happens.

He is a good sleeper (thank the Lord)! We put him to bed around 7:30pm, then I wake him up for a dreamfeed” around 10pm, and he sleeps until 6:30am. When he’s ready I’ll drop the dreamfeed and he’ll sleep for a whopping 11 hours!

We’ve gone on a lot of fun adventures already… to the Norfolk Botanical Gardens, Virginia Zoological Park, Chesapeake Oak Grove Lake Park, and soon we will visit the Outer Banks and New Jersey. I’m so excited to continue experiencing life with my little man (and Ben and Eegor of course). ❤

Check out Elliot’s set on Flickr here.

5 weeks in!

Elliot turned 5 weeks old yesterday, and besides the lack of consistent sleep, being a mother so far has been very rewarding, especially since Elliot has started to smile! Proof:

Oh my gosh, that face!Look at that devious little smile, muahaha!

Elliot slept for about 6 hours straight on Monday and Tuesday night, which was so so nice, but last night he went back to wanting to eat every 4 hours, so I was a little disappointed. I’m thinking it was because he took 2 long naps yesterday and had 1 less feeding… so if he tries to take long naps today I’m going to wake him up and see if that does the trick. Figuring out a good rhythm to the day has been tough, but I think I’m finally getting the hang of it. Although, I’m expecting him to throw various curve balls as soon as I think things are becoming more consistent… like, you know, growth spurts! I hear one may happen next week (6 weeks) so I’m preparing myself mentally for it.

George Clay Parker + Elliot Clay Parker... Great Grandpa In other news, Elliot is transitioning from NB clothes and diapers into the next size up! Goodness, he’s growing! Size 1 diapers are still a little big on his skinny legs, but he keeps having blowouts wearing his size NB so we’ve had to make the switch. I can’t wait until his next pediatrician appointment (May 7th) to find out how much he’s grown! I tried measuring him with a ruler yesterday (haha) and he seems to be nearing 23-24 inches in length.

On Tuesday, Elliot met his Great Grandma and Grandpa… so precious! Elliot just so happens to be the first Parker baby, and we thought it would be nice to keep the “Clay” tradition going. So Elliot is now the 4th generation to have the middle name Clay.

Until next time…