5 Months

I'm writing this update almost a month late, but better late than never, right? 

This month passed by the fastest to me and I'm not entirely sure why. I think it was the most enjoyable so far. There are so many things he has learned to do and it's like he turned into a completely different baby. It's almost as if he woke up one morning and all of a sudden he could do all of these new tricks. 

He finally figured out how to actually jump in his Exersaucer which is my favorite thing to watch him do. He gets so excited and loves all of the toys, lights and music.

Sleeping patterns: He is sleeping about 8-9 hours a night, which is fabulous, waking up around 7-8am for his first bottle of the day. 

Eating habits: He is eating anywhere between 4-6 ounces 6-8 times a day. He gets a 6 ounce bottle first thing in the morning. I try and give him solids twice a day - once at lunch and again for supper. When he gets solids he only drinks about 3-4 ounces of formula and then he wants another 4 ounces about an hour later, Mr. Piggy. So far, I think his favorite puree is carrots!

Accomplishments: He is reaching for any and everything in sight and as soon as he gets a grip on it, it is going straight into his mouth. He has figured out the dogs and absolutely loves petting them! And his new trick this month is sitting up in the bed with us. He's not perfected it just yet, he's still wobbly, but he is getting so much better at it!

Places I went:  We were more of homebodies this month than anything. We did go to Red Lobster when our friends came to visit. And, of course, Aiden was an angel!

Special memories: Seeing Aiden sit up for the first time, even if it was with his hands propping him up. It was definitely a proud mommy moment!

Likes: Sitting and standing up in your lap, petting the puppies, talking to his daddy, cuddling, playing with his feet, tummy time - all the time.

Dislikes: He hates anything that involves being alone!

No wellness visit this month so these measurements are by me and I consider them good estimates. I can't wait until his 6 month visit to see how much he has truly grown!

>>>>> 5 Months <<<<<
Height - 27 inches long
Weight - 15lbs 10oz


T-minus 22 Days!

Twenty-two days until my first day back to school. I'm super stoked about this!

The decision to go back happened rather randomly. I was sitting on the couch watching TV one day last week and I got the urge to look and see what classes I had left for my teaching degree and nursing degree. (I was originally an education major until last fall.) I only need 4 classes to finish my pre-requisites for my nursing degree and then I can apply for clinicals! 

I casually mentioned it to my husband later that evening and he told me to look and see if they offer the classes I need at night. And whaddaya know? They did! This is going to work out perfectly because Adam can watch Aiden on the nights I have class and this saves us from having to put Aiden in day care! So I signed up for 2/4 of the classes I need. I'll take the other two classes next spring and then I can apply for clinicals in May!

There's so much to do before I can apply, and the program is really competitive. I'm such a nervous wreck and I'm completely terrified I won't get accepted. ugh! I will be taking Anatomy & Physiology II and Life Span this Fall 2013 Semester and I will take Microbiology and Dosage Calculations in the Spring 2014 Semester. I have to pass the Dosage Cal exam with a 90% or better, I have to make sure my immunizations are up to date, I have to get a TB test, get CPR certified, and so much more. My mind is going to explode just thinking about it. Nursing school + an infant = one crazy mama! This should be interesting. I'm so thankful I have a loving, supportive husband to stand my side through all of this!

Taking this past spring off from school to have a baby gave me a good break. Sometimes, so much of school wears me down and I start to fall in this rut of carelessness. But I'm so looking forward to going back and getting this all behind me so I can get a job. I love being a stay at home mom to Aiden, but I hate watching Adam carry the burden of being the sole provider. My heart yearns to help him. And the quality of life we both so desire we can not make happen with a one income family. 

Cheers to getting my life together!


4 Months

Aiden has made a significant leap in his development this month! Our giggly little boy can roll, stand assisted, sit assisted and sometimes sit unassisted for a few seconds, and reach. He surprises me each and every day with the new things he has learned and wants to show off. I don't remember if I wrote this in his three month post, but he is constantly chewing and sucking on his toes. Any and everything goes into his mouth! It's so dang precious! It just amazes me at how fast their little brains are learning new things. One day he can't do something and the next day he can. How crazy?

He's eating solids now and that's just another thing we are crossing off the list of big boy to-do's. So far, he has had peas, green beans, oatmeal cereal, sweet potatoes, bananas, and he is absolutely NOT a fan of apples. I'm trying not to think about the day he starts crawling, or walking, or even talking! I love watching him grow but oh how I want my baby to stay..well, a baby!

Sleeping patterns: He sleeps on average 6-8 hours a night. We've been hit plagued with the "four month wakefulness" and I'll do a post on that soon all it's own. The routine we had has pretty much bit the dust. 

Eating habits: 6 ounces at a time about 7 times a day! We also started oatmeal and stage one veggies! His first vegetable was peas. He wasn't sure about it at first, but it grew on him the more he ate it.

My accomplishments: He can officially roll from tummy to back AND back to tummy! Tummy time is absolute perfection now! And he absolutely loves standing up in your lap. He thinks he's a big boy now! And he laughs at just about everything! He's so darn cute. He reaches for anything you are holding in your hand!

Places I went: We don't go many places, but he's an absolute doll when we go out to eat!

Special memories: We bought Aiden an Exersaucer! He is really loving it and so am I! It keeps him entertained and is helping him learn his balance. 

Likes: Sitting and standing up in your lap, he likes to be able to look around at everything!, petting the puppies, talking to his daddy, and of course cuddling.

Dislikes: Taking naps on his own - I can't believe I've already spoiled the poor boy.

Aiden got the same shots as he did at his two month well baby visit (and yes, it still broke my heart.)

>>>>> 4 Months <<<<<
Height - 26.5 inches long
Weight - 14.7 pounds