We are usually ones to roll our eyes to even a mere thought of Christmas before Thanksgiving, but this year, we are more excited than ever to kick off the holiday season. One tradition that we (like most others, I’m sure!) look forward to is baking with the tinies. I’m pulling recipes – some old and some new – to get us started, along with some necessary items that we will need.
LIFE AT CHARTREUSE ACRES
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!
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.
FOUR MONTH STATS
Weight: 17.5 lbs
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 is two months old!
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.