father’s day fun

Our boys sure love their dad. He truly is the real deal when it comes to being a wonderful father. Raising two littles so close in age is no easy feat and he handles parenthood with ease. We started the day as we normally do— church, then brunch.

The day took a sudden turn when Jude got stung by a yellow jacket and had a major swelling reaction, so off to Urgent Care we went (and he was fine— though it did take a lollipop to get Jude on the exam table). After that, we ventured out for sandwiches and playgrounds until bedtime.

Happy Father’s Day, Eric!
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malachi monthly // five

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Malachi is busy watching Jude and exploring. He’s picking up toys and playing with them, inching toward them to reach on his own. He is sitting upright on his own and able to push up to a plank pose. He is curious about our food, trying to grab our utensils while we’re eating. Almost time, big guy. He loves life and is just about always smiling. We love our jolly guy!


MONTH x STATS

Weight: 18 lb

Height: 26″

Clothing Size: mostly 12 month, some 12-18 and some 18-24 month

Loves: belly laughing, giggling, mama’s singing, watching big brother

Dislikes: not being able to move on his own

Eating: mama’s milk

Saying: coos & oohs, laughs

Doing: inching forward and back on hands + knees, rolling front to back, rolling back to front, pushing up to planks, grabbing plates & food while we eat, taking lots of car naps

Gear we’re loving: Mama has started running again, so the Double BOB is usually in tow anywhere we go. Chi has been doing a considerable amount of assisted standing in his cool car walker seat. Chi loves reclining and lounging in his comfy Boppy pillow. His teeth are borderlining a breakthrough, so our Chewbeads teething necklaces and Comotomo teething toy are helping a bunch. We are going strong on our cloth diapering, and our stash of Bumgenius diapers are working well. Chi’s thighs are extra squishy, so loose-fitted shorties by Child Hoods are saving him in our early summer heat. Bonus, they’re adorable.

malachi monthly // four

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Malachi is just a dream boat. He is a happy guy with a zest for life. He’s on the move – scooting on his belly, flipping, turning in circles, and inching up. He’s on the verge of popping a few chompers. He’s always giggling, except when tired or hungry when he screams for his mama. He’s easy to read and easy to love, and we all love him so.


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FOUR MONTH STATS

Weight: 17.5 lbs

Height: 26.5″

Clothing Size: some 12, mostly 18mo

Loves: music, singing, watching Jude, nursing, napping while being held

Dislikes: staying in one place, 

Eating: mama’s milk

Saying: coos, ahhs, oohs, laughing

Doing: rolling front to back, rolling back to front, inching on the floor, biting hands and toes, belly laughing

Gear we’re loving: We’ve been taking lots of family hikes with our new double jogging stroller, the Double Bob Revolution Flex. It’s been a game-changer in our mobility in the great outdoors. The Uppababy Vista is technically an all-terrain stroller, but the BOB is unparalleled for trails and rides so smooth. Mama has started running again, so both boys are along for the ride ;). We are also loving our Bumbo seat, which wasn’t used too often with Jude. Chi loves to sit up and see everything that’s going on. We’ve still been using our Boppy pillow for nursing, and have recently starting putting Chi on/over it during tummy time so he is a bit elevated.

 

 

malachi monthly // three

  

 

Malachi has graduated from the newborn stage and is now working his way through infancy. He is such a pleasant baby who prefers to sit back and relax while enjoying the show – a show starring Jude’s every move. He loves to be held or sitting up so he can watch intently as Jude or anyone moves around him. Malachi has recently become fixated on his hands – playing with them and putting them in his mouth. He focuses on tracing the movements we are making while eating and he has the best little wide-mouthed giggle. He flirts with every overhead light while batting his long eyelashes that give mama quite the envy. Though we aren’t experts, we have a hunch that he is already teething. He is our dreamboat.


MONTH THREE STATS

Weight: 15lb 8oz  (up 1.5lbs since last month; up 7lbs from birth)

Height: 26″ (up 2″ since last month; up 6″ from birth)

Clothing Size: some 6-9mo; comfortably fitting 9-12mo

Loves: sitting up (easier to watch jude!), stroller walks, wearing jumpsuits, sound machines, early bedtimes, sleeping in, when mama says “goo goo goo!” in the most idiotic voice – followed by jude saying “no goo goo goo, mama!”

Dislikes: teething, socks, an interrupted nap time

Eating: mama’s milk. (and eyeing everyone else’s solid foods.)

Saying: coos & oohs

Doing: holding head up, sitting in Bumbo seat for short periods, laughing, responding with verbals and facial expressions.

Gear we’re loving: We’ve transitioned into the Step 2 of the Love to Dream swaddle system as Chi is almost able to roll to one side (the indicator to size up). He sleeps snugly and soundly while bundled up, feeling safe and protected. We are still using our A+A Dream Blanket on a daily basis. We’ve made some spring/summer wardrobe purchases to coordinate with Jude’s clothing and are wildly excited for warmer temps for playgrounds and new baby fashions.

malachi monthly // two

 

Malachi is two months old!

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He’s a tiny giant (95th percentile in both height + weight) who is the perfect calm to offset our otherwise upbeat family. He can be found giggling for no reason at all, or pensively contemplating. He is Jude’s favorite ‘toy’. Malachi is still keen on his sleep – waking once, maybe twice per night and would sleep in all morning, if Jude didn’t wake him with forehead kisses and “Ohhhhh Hiiiiiii, baby!” greetings each day. Chi loves to hang out – preferably while being held, wearing only his diaper. His thigh rolls rival those of the Michelin Man and his cheeks need their own zip code. We love our chubby little guy. 


 

MONTH TWO STATS

Weight: 14 lb – up from 8lb 8 oz at birth, gained just over 2 lb in the last month

Height: 24″ up one inch in the last month

Clothing Size: snuggly fitting 3-6 mo, some 9 and even 12 mo

Loves: snuggling, being held & worn, sleeping, laughing at light fixtures, when mama sings

Dislikes: barking dogs, wet diapers, 7pm

Eating: mama’s milk

Saying: coos & cries

Doing: looking all over, cooing, laughing in response to smiley faces

Gear we’re loving:

Still loving our Sakura Bloom Ring Sling (although we are sporting a new, beautiful color – Bluegrass). It’s a daily staple for naptime and extra snuggly closeness, and we still love our Aden + Anais Dream Blanket (shown in photo)- the perfect size and oh-so-soft. In addition, we cannot live without TL Care Organic Breast Pads. Mama is facing a raging oversupply. These help not ruin every shirt. All our other essentials for nursing mamas are being loved this month, as well. We purchased the rumble seat for our Uppababy Vista stroller base, so mama can snap Chi’s carseat in and still have a seat for Jude – making errand-running and grocery shopping so much easier with two littles. Jude is loving his new scenic views.