Madelyn is 4 months old today! I can hardly believe it! She's growing so fast. She's wearing 3-6 month clothes now and filling them out well. She has her 4 month well baby appt. this week and I'm eager to see how much she weighs and how long she is now! Maddy had an appt. with her G.I. dr a couple weeks ago and he wanted me to start cereal for her at 4 months. He thinks it will help hold her reflux down and reduce the numerous hiccups that she continues to have daily. So....tonight was the big night!!!! I put my baby girl in the high chair and she was just so small sitting in there compared to her big brother. She was too cute! She was very hungry and actually really liked her single grain oat cereal mixed with breast milk. Sounds delicious right? Haha! Well, Maddy sure thought so. She ate quickly and smiled and cooed too. She's so precious! Thanks to Nan for videoing me feeding her for the first time and taking pics for me! :)
Joseph continues to grow and amaze me! He is very active and a busy little boy these days. He loves to play outside and in the pool, read books, sing songs, play with musical toys, climb on furniture (yikes), color, play with play-doh, and watch videos of Elmo and Barney. His vocabulary is picking up and he's saying more words these days and attempting to say everything we ask him to say. He also loves going to the water park and aquarium that we have season passes to! He understands so much these days and it's so fun to watch him think and learn.
I have recently been keeping Joseph very busy in the mornings so I can get him to give up his morning nap (yes, my child is still taking 2 naps/day at 2 years 2 months old....crazy right????). He sleeps from 7:30-7am most days and is ready for his morning nap by 9am. He usually sleeps and hour and half in the morning and then he will nap for 2 and 1/2 or 3 hours in the afternoon. I've found that if I keep him very busy in the morning, I can feed him lunch early (11:30ish) and then put him down around noon and he will sleep until 3pm. That seems to be working well so far, but if we are sitting at home and not on the go, he starts having meltdowns and is laying in the floor crying by 9am b/c he's tired (and it's pretty tough to keep him out and about all the time with Maddy in tow also...but thankfully my parents have been helping me keep Joseph busy lately to help with his new napping schedule). He loves sleep just like his mommy! I hope this transition to 1 nap/day will continue to go well b/c he is starting 2 morn/week preschool at the beginning of Sept. and they don't have morning nap sessions when his class is just from 9am-noon.
Well, Joe's big homecoming is right around the corner!!!! I am so excited for him to get back home and see how much his children have grown in the past few months! He will be walking off the aircraft carrier this time instead of flying a jet home (which I'm a little bummed out about), but I have a professional photographer coming with me to the ship to capture the first few moments we see each other and he sees the kids! I can't wait to see how those pics will turn out! Check back soon and I hope to be able to post pics from the homecoming when we get a new computer!
Hope everyone is enjoying their summer! It sure is hot here, but I love summer, so I'll deal with the heat as long as I can get in the water! :) Check back soon! Love, CC