Monday, May 7, 2018

{Asher & Jax} Ten Months

Stats: The boys next appointment (well child check-up) isn't until 7.9.18. Guessing that Asher weighs in the mid 22lb range. And Jax just a few ounces less (than Asher).
Sizes: Wearing 12-18 month and 18 month clothing...and have 18-24 month in their closet (just haven't worn any of that size yet). Made the size switch about two weeks ago. Size 4 {Kirkland} brand diapers.
Food: Nothing has really changed since last month. Still get Enfamil formula. Still get four 6oz bottles/day. (Often still an extra bottle on Sundays). Bottles typically at 7/7:30, 11, 3:30/4, and 7:15. But the only and big change is no more baby food!!
Routine: Boys have been sleeping A-M-A-Z-I-N-G this month!! Go down around 7:30 and wake between 6:45-7:15am. Once up they immediately get a bottle. Breakfast around 8. First nap around 9:30. Been waking around 11am (on their own) but if not I do wake them no later than 11am. Get their second bottle upon waking (at 11). Lunch at noon-ish and their second nap around 1:30. They (typically) sleep 2-3 hours at this nap. (Asher more often naps for two while Jax naps for three). Third bottle around 3:30/4. Dinner 5/5:30. And fourth and final bottle at 7:15 followed almost always by bed.
Developmental Milestones: HUGE milestone month in the Helmholdt house. Jax is still a scooting machine. But can now pull himself up to sitting and standing positions. First pulled himself up in the tub on April 18 and within a week or two was a pro. Not really sure when the sitting position stuff happened but once he could stand himself up pretty sure he could then sit himself up too. Asher started crawling (like REAL crawling-no scooting for him) on April 19/20. And got further, faster, and quicker each day. Started putting himself into a sitting position on a regular basis on April 12. Learned to clap on April 12. And pulling himself to a standing position (didn't write down the exact date) a few days after Jax so we'll say the end of April. Haven't worked on stairs with the boys yet...the 3 bigs were all going up stairs at this point...just don't have the time to work with them on stairs.
Loves: The boys love love love their momma but they really like daddy too!!!  Love their bubbas/bottles!!! Love to suck/pull on anything and everything (especially paper and hair when they get their hands on it). They love their blankies (both) and pacis (more so Jax). Asher loves his tongue. Both love sister/brother's sippys. And they love iPhones and remotes. 

Other Things I Don't Want To Forget:
  • Asher was diagnosed with another double ear infection a few days before his 9 month appointment (and started on an Albuterol Neb for wheezing) and Jax was diagnosed with a left ear infection AT their 9 month appointment. Ear recheck scheduled for May 10. (While on Omnicef Jax vomited daily).
  • Asher started sleeping on his belly April 13. The first few days (naps)/nights were rough with him screaming/crying. But CIO (cry it out) we did and now he's back to sleeping like a champ. Boys also are teething again and add in the fact that they can now stand (in their cribs) equals trouble falling asleep but I'm a big CIO mama so that's what they (mostly) do. When I know they are teething or the CIO is going on for longer than norm I do rock them for a bit.
  • I can't keep track of all the new and lost teeth happenings in the Helmholdt house. (Crew and Mase getting 2 and 6 year old molars and Mase losing teeth as well). Asher is working on his 6th tooth. Currently has 3 on top and 2 on the bottom. Jax has 6 teeth (4 on top and 2 on the bottom) but is working on 7 and 8 (on the bottom). Oh Mi Oh My!!!
  • Love playing by the fireplace and getting into the pantry, dishwasher, and fridge if open. And touching outlet COVERS.
  • In their stroller often for Mase's tball games, first visit to John Ball Zoo, and first trip to Frederick Meijer Gardens.
  • Always feel the need to stand during tubby time, (More so Jax).
  • Still true from last month...Jax sees a bottle he gets into laying position and pops out his paci. Asher...while he just sits there and lets us do all the work.
  • Asher's tongue is out maybe 50% of the time. So not soaking his shirts near as much this month
  • Still true from last month...Asher's eczema comes and goes in brightness. (Eczema mostly on his face but his legs a touch too). He was prescribed HC cream 2.5% which has helped tremendously.
  • Jax always wants to be held. Way more clingy to mommy/daddy/grandmas/etc. Asher way more content sitting watching or doing his own thing. This is a switch from when they were (little) babes. Back then Asher always needed to be held while Jax just laid and watched.
  • Jax hands out smiles like its his job. Asher just stares back at peeps when they try to make him smile. 
  • Jax has no fear getting passed around from cousin to cousin. Asher can handle it for a bit but then starts fussing if it goes on for too long.
  • You are 50/50 on being wild crazy boys when it comes to diaper changes. If handed something entertaining you sit still. If left with nothing you become a twisting turning CRAZY.
  • When there is action happening around you boys...you squirm every which way to see what is happening. And taking a bottle while action is happening is nearly impossible.
  • Asher can throw a fit on demand. If he doesn't get his way he throws himself down and has the saddest (yet cutest) cry.
  • Jax is notorious for taking a sip from his sippy and then tossing it to the wind (throwing it down from his highchair). Started doing this with food in the last few days as well. And he likes to throw things down the stairs too.
  • Took their 9 month pics {yesterday}. Still technically considered 9 month pics even though a day shy of 10 months. Definitely not professional and taken within 10 minutes but they work for what I need.

Saturday, April 7, 2018

{Asher & Jax} Nine Months

Stats: The boys next appointment (well child check-up) is this coming Thursday (4.12). Guessing that Asher weighs in the low 22lb range. And Jax in the low 21lb range.

*(Update Asher weighed 21lb 14oz (50-75th%) and measured 28 and 1/16th inches (50th%). Jax weighed 21lb 10oz (50-75th%) and measured 28 inches (50th%). Unreal that they are only 4oz different. Guess they just carry it differently?!! Asher's head circumference measured 17.5 inches (40-50th%) and Jax's head circumference measured 18.25 inches (75th%).
Sizes: Wearing 12-18 month and 12 month clothing. (And believe it or not some of the 12 month clothing already looks a touch small on both the boys but especially Asher). Finally used up all the size 3 diapers a week and a half ago so both boys are now wearing size 4 {Kirkland} brand diapers.
Food: Back to Enfamil it is. They get four 6oz bottles/day...except on Sundays then they get an extra 3-6oz. (Morning nap time gets delayed because of church so to get them through they get their 11am bottle at 10am). Typically at 7/7:15, 11, 4, and 7:15. Still loving them their baby food (and yogurt) but LOVING table food even more!! And this month they've tried (in addition to PB and jelly toast, waffles, banana bread, and bananas) pancakes, french toast sticks, nutri grain bars, donuts, ice cream, strawberries, grapes, mandarin oranges, sausage, salami, cheese, mac & cheese, dry cereal, and eggs. Still like crunchers, yogurt melts, puffs, and teething wafers.
Routine: Aaaaaaaannnd we got TWO all night long sleepers!! {YEA}!! Boys have been going down around 7:30 this past month and they wake between 6:45-7:15am. (They only get out of their cribs before 7am on days I'm working or if I need to get Mase on the bus by 7...because then I'm up before 7). Once up they immediately get a bottle. Breakfast around 8. First nap around 9/9:15. I try to let them sleep for no longer than an hour and a half...or wake them by 11am for sure. Get their second bottle at 11. Lunch at noon-ish and their second nap around 1:30/2. They (typically) sleep 2-2.5 hours at this nap but teething and colds can shorten this nap right down. They also occasionally like to take turns with one napping a mere hour and the other 2.5 hours. I do NOT love those days. Third bottle around 4/4:15. Dinner 5/5:30. And fourth and final bottle at 7/7:15 followed immediately by bed.
Developmental Milestones: Jaxy is an {army} crawling machine. (Thanks to him the gate went up in front of the stairs). Still loves rolling all over the place. Can pull himself up on things but not to a standing position yet. Asher can get on all fours and push himself backwards but has yet to slither/crawl forward. More often than not gets stuck and then starts crying so someone will move him. The kid is flexible and his reach is crazy. On April 6 he sat himself up from a belly position. Is getting really close at pulling himself to a full standing position...(hasn't gotten past his knees yet tho). Way behind the 8 ball compared to their siblings.
Loves: The boys love their momma!!! Love watching the bigs play. Love their bottles!!! Love to suck/pull on anything and everything (especially paper when they get their hands on it). They love their blankies (both) and pacis (more so Jax). Asher loves his tongue. Love iPhones and remotes. (If a phone/remote is on the ground unattended that is exactly where Jax will be army crawling to). And they love tubby time!!
Here we are 37 weeks out. So what if I was 2 days late in taking this pic. Can't be on time for everything...

Other Things I Don't Want To Forget:
  • Said ba-bye to Asher's helmet on March 19. 
  • Since he's not rolling much (or basically at all yet) Melissa asked if I wanted to keep it on for another month. I said no. I was SO done with the helmet. Thankfully although still not rolling yet he at least turns his head some.
  • Before and after...
  • Jax sees a bottle he gets into laying position and pops out his paci. Asher...while he just sits there and lets us do all the work. I have a lil saying that I like say. Jax is good at {army} crawling and getting into stuff and  Asher...while Asher is really good at sitting still. 
  • Started getting out and about more these last 4 weeks. {YEA}!! But...
  • Both started with another cold a week before turning 9 months. So.OVER.sickness. 
  • Asher still can't help but have his tongue out 90% of the time. Which makes him a wet mess 90% of the time too.
  • Asher's eczema comes and goes in brightness. He was prescribed HC cream 2.5% which has helped tremendously.
  • Daddy noticed that Jax had two more teeth coming in on the top (lateral incisors) on April 5. That kid is an amazing teether (for the most part)!! 
Picture is upside down
  • Asher's top left front tooth came in just after turning 8 months and his top right front tooth just before turning 9 months. I stink-don't have exact dates.
  • Celebrated your first Easter.
  • Switched out the infant seats for the 5 point harness car seats on April 1st. It was time. You boys were getting way too big for the infant seats.
  • You both (but more so Jax) despise getting your faces wiped.
  • First time for everyone (but Mase) to Frederick Meijer Gardens. But the butterflies WERE a first for EVERYONE. And everyone LOVED it.
  • Asher still makes Jax look like the best baby IN THE WORLD. Jax is a mover but else so chill and go with the flow. If Asher doesn't like something he just screams.
  • Its A-M-A-Z-I-N-G how much Asher is and looks like Mason. Looks, personality, and skin issues. He's just a darker version of Mason.
  • Jax is a real Momma's boy. If he sees me and decides he wants me...he crawls to me and makes it known he wants up. If I come home from work and don't go to them right away both boys (but especially Jax) start hooting.
  • Loving the computer and tis the beginning of fighting over toys.
  • It seems like there was so much more I wanted to jot down but don't have the time to jot it down when it happens so here I sit trying to remember it all now...#mammaof5problems.
#myboys

Thursday, March 8, 2018

{Asher & Jax} Eight Months

Stats: The boys next appointment (well child check-up) isn't until 4.12.2018. Guessing that Asher currently weighs in the mid 20lb range. (He's a SOLID dude). And Jax in the upper 18lb/lower 19lb range.  *(Wow was I off on Jax's weight. At the boys sick visit today with clothes, diaper, and helmet on Asher weighed 21.10. So guessing closer to 20.13 if weighed naked and sans helmet. Jax weighed in at 20.2 with clothes and diaper on. Guessing he actually weighs closer to 19.13 sans clothes/diaper).
Sizes: Turned over their closest just days after turning 7 months...so now in 12-18 month and 12 month clothing. Jax is still in size 3 {Kirkland} brand diapers but Asher goes between size 3 and size 4. (He should be in only 4's but I put 3's on during the day and 4's on at night. I want to make sure they ALL (the size 3 diapers) get used up before Jax moves up to size 4's too).
Food: On a Similac run this past month. And as of Feb 26 they dropped a bottle so they now get four 6oz bottles/day. Typically at 7/7:30, 11/11:30, 4/4:30, and 7:15. Still loving them their baby food!! And around 7.5 months started eating it three times a day (at normal meal times). They either split one and a half of a 2nds fruit in the morning or each eat their own 2nds. Each eat a yogurt for lunch or split a yogurt and finish the other half of the 2nds fruit (from bfast). And for dinner they each eat a 2nds veggie. Still like all orange vegetables and all fruits. Still do NOT like green veggies. And this month they've tried PB and jelly toast and some more chunks of banana. Have tasted (and for the most part enjoy) yogurt melts, puffs, and teething wafers.
Routine: Thankfully we've still got an established routine. Jax sleeps all night long (Hallelujah)!! Asher struggles. Praying its because of his helmet. He's not a terrible sleeper just not stellar (like Jax). Fusses typically between 9 and 10pm and might hoot out a time or two during the night but I rarely get up for these hoots. Then fusses again sometime between 5 and 6am. Gets wrapped and pacified and always goes back to sleep until 7/7:30am. Rarely do I ever get them out of their cribs until 7am though. They get a paci pop in and a blanket wrap if they wake before 7am. Once up they immediately get a bottle. Play for a bit on the floor with some toys. Eat baby food an hour-ish after their first bottle and then play in their jumperoos until they take their first nap around 9:30. Sleep for 1.5-2 hours. (Always wake them by 11/11:30). Get their second bottle after waking. Followed by lunch at noon-ish and their second nap around 1:30/2. They sleep 2-3 hours at this nap. Third bottle around 4/4:30pm. Followed by dinner with the fam (or just before or after). Bath for the boys every night were home (which is most nights). And final bottle at 7:15pm followed by bed. 
Developmental Milestones: We got some professional sitters!! Although Jax always tips himself over so he can roll around. He's a rolling...getting anywhere and everywhere he wants kinda kid. He'll definitely start crawling first. Asher still does NOT like to roll around AT ALL and screams out if he's left on his belly for too long.  Will never get enough of their giggles, open mouth kisses, and big smiles. Jax has gotten on all fours a couple of times but then plops right back down. And lastly both can stand on their own legs for little bits of time.
Loves: The boys (still and hopefully always do) love me and my voice!!! Love watching the bigs play. Love love love their bottles!!! Love to suck/pull on anything and everything (especially paper when they get their hands on it). Love to be talked to!!! Love jumping in their jumperoos. They love their blankies and pacis.  They love their tongues. And a new love this month is bath time!!
Other Things I Don't Want To Forget:
  • Asher had his second helmet check on February 19. Had another month of great growth and fingers crossed hoping to say adios to the helmet at his next appointment (March 19).
  • Still spending most of your days at home.
  • Both of you weren't feeling so hot right before turning 8 months (cough, cold, congestion, vomiting, fevers). Mommy finally buckled and took you guys to the doctor's office today. Both of you were diagnosed with bronchiolitis and double ear infections.
  • Started sitting in the big tubby at just over 7 months.
  • Tried some more table foods this month (PB/jelly toast, waffles, and chunks of bananas).
  • Asher still can't help but have his tongue out 90% of the time.
  • Jax top teeth came in on Febuary 19 (right) and February 23 (left).
  • Celebrated your first Valentines Day.
  • Started with some new sitters this month since Grandma Vugteveen is having some health issues and can no longer sit for all you minions. Daddy's cousins daughter Tara is helping us out on Tuesday mornings (until beginning of June). Grandma Helmholdt is covering the afternoons. And Tori (mommy's friends sitter) is watching you guys all day Wednesdays. (Also only until the beginning of June). Miss Justine will be watching you all again this summer. And the plan is for Miss Tori to start back up end of August on Wednesdays and the Grandmas alternating Tuesdays (as long as Grandma V is feeling better).
  • Got 8 jammies (4 matching sets) at Kohls this month for $2.97 a piece (and that's already including tax)!!
  • How you'll typically find them taking their bottles. Jax off the boppy. (Loves to be active all.the.time). And Asher with legs in the air.
  • Mommy just kinda sometimes likes coordinating all three of her "little" boys. Whether it be dinosaurs or plaid...
And just because I LOVE this picture of my sweet baby. Be still my heart!!!