Louise James: Two Months

Weight: 10 lbs 8 oz
Height: 23"
Diapers: Size 1, Size 2 at night
Clothes: 0-3 months
Shoes: still none...getting closer to fitting into crib mocs

(Here's Cam's two month update, for a comparison! Louise is 2" shorter and 2 lbs lighter!)

Eating: A ton still...You are eating around four ounces during each feeding. I think you are on the verge of needing more but eating less frequently. You are still close to eating at 6, 9, 12, 3, etc..., but you have been not wanting the bottle right at those times anymore (You used to eat at those times, on the dot.), so I think we will make the switch to 7, 10:30, 2, 5 and 8.

You are still on Alimentum formula, and I don't have any plans to switch. You are such a happy baby, so fix what's not broken?! :)

Sleeping: You, my dear, are such a weird sleeper. Since the day you were born, you've been going down around 9 (sometimes a little earlier) and sleeping until at least 6 - waking to eat and going right back to sleep. Thank you for never confusing day and night.

However, you are the worst napper ever! You will sleep like a champ in my arms or the car, but otherwise, you get so overtired that you're grumpy and nothing can cure you except for me to hold you until you fall asleep. Sometimes, I can put you down in your swing or bassinet, and you will stay asleep, but that usually only lasts for about 20 minutes. Now that you are (maybe) switching to the new schedule, we may have to do a little nap training so you will sleep for your poor day care teachers in August.

For bed, we are swaddling you with the Miracle Blanket and using lots of white noise. You are sleeping in your swing, and I am scared to death to take you out of it. I put you in the crib last night because we were up in your room, you fell asleep, and I needed to put away some clothes. You woke right up and were not happy being flat on your back! Ha. We will be waiting a few more weeks for that transition.

For the past week, you have only been waking up once in the middle of the night. You have been sleeping from 9 (or earlier) until 3...one morning, you slept until 4! Then you go back to sleep until 7 or so. However, once you are up for the morning, there are no naps unless we get in the car and go! So, we have been doing lots of morning trips so you can get a short nap.

If we are home for your afternoon nap (We haven't been great about that since Peyton and Mica are here, and we are out and about more.), I will do the full bedroom routine of swaddling and white noise in your swing. This is usually a good nap, and and it happens while Cameron is napping, too, which is ah-mazing!

Loves: SMILING - you're such an adorable smiler now! You also love to be held, of course, you love the Bumbo seat and being outdoors. You are definitely starting to be more alert and awake longer, so you are taking everything in. You don't like to be shut in your stroller when we are out, so we open the top, when it's not too sunny.

Hates: Being hungry or tired (You get HANGRY.), having a dirty diaper, being ignored, loud/sudden noises and being dressed (although, you're not minding that as much).

Health: Right on your one month birthday, you developed thrush on your tongue, gums and lips. We got some medicine for it, and it helped a little. I think time healed it more, but we are happy that it's gone! It didn't seem to bother you - you still ate and slept fine, but it didn't look good! Otherwise, you've been very healthy!

You can see your thrush on your lips here...you didn't even care!

Adventures: This month, you have been ON. THE. GO. Peyton and Mica are here, so we haven't stopped. (PS Mica LOVES you. I think she wants to take you home with her!) You've been to Crescent Beach, Two Lights, Range Pond, Long Lake (your first boat ride), Puffer Pond, Sea Dogs game, Freeport, York's Wild Animal Kindgom and lots of other mini adventures including the playground, mall and Target, of course. You also experienced your first Fourth of July, but you slept through most of it. :)

First Sea Dogs game

Fourth of July weekend

Cameron: THREE Years!

Dear Cameron:

Can I still call you my baby boy?  You quickly jumped from my baby to my big boy - both emotionally and physically - as soon as you became a big brother. Everything you do now seems so much more mature, and your body feels gigantic.

You are 39" inches and 38 pounds. You are wearing 18 month shorts still but 3T pants because you're a string bean. You are in size 9-10 shoes and 3T tops (for now - they are seeming a bit small); 4T pajamas are your jam.

You are still wearing diapers, still using a pacifier to sleep and still spending your nights and naps in the crib. These are all sort of frustrating for us, but they also remind me that you are still so young and need my love and attention just as much as you did before your little sister came along in May. I don't think you want to stop being a baby...I keep remind myself that it will all change with time!

You have adjusted to being a big brother much better than I could have predicted. You are acting out more to get attention (This could also be because you're a three year old boy!), but you are also so patient at the same time. Even though I try not to say that we can't do something because of Louise, you know that's the reason, and you just go with it. You really have amazed me during this process. You want to help (a little too much) and don't like when she cries. If I let you, you would sit next to Louise 24/7 holding her paci in her mouth so she doesn't cry!

You have become an excellent listener...when you want. I think you know when it matters (like at a restaurant, someone's house or the grocery store) because you are a model three-nager. Seriously. You walk with me in stores and don't wander off or touch everything. You stay in your seat at restaurants (usually with the iPad, but sometimes without) and behave like a charm at people's homes. You make me SO PROUD, and I feel like all of the nagging I do is paying off. :)

You "graduated" from the Toddler Room to the Preschool Room at FES. Your best buds in your room are Thomas and Jonah, and I know you are so excited to be in the same class as Avery again next year!

Your favorite activities are to "help" Daddy with your tools, "cook" in your kitchen, play dinosaurs, robots, pirates, puzzles, coloring, bubbles, sword-fighting, go to any playground, dig in the backyard, "help" Daddy landscape, help me do anything - Louise, laundry, dishes, pump gas...you love to have a responsibility and get so excited when you can fulfill it. We just put some carpet in the basement and put all of your toys down there, so you are pretty pumped having your own playroom. We are pretty pumped to have a place other than our living room to put all of your toys!

You are going to bed around 8:00 and sleeping from 8:30/9:00 to 6:00/7:00...You are taking one nap from about 12:30 - 3:00. (Sometimes, it's more like 2:00 - 5:00, but we take what we can get!) When you don't nap, you're a disaster, and when you do nap, you wake up in the sweetest mood. When you wake up in the morning and afternoon, you tell, "I ready to get UP!" I love hearing your little voice on the monitor!

You have been spending lots of time with LouLou, Papa and Unkie/Stacey...you are pretty lucky to get so much attention! Mommy and Daddy try to spend lots of time with you, too, but between Louise, the house/yard and work, we are both pulled in so many directions that we have to work at making time for everyone - including each other. You are patient, though, my love, and we appreciate it.

You are still my little sidekick and usually ask for me to put you to bed or get you up in the morning...I know you love Daddy the same, but you are a total Momma's Boy, which I love! :) Daddy can have Louise ;)  - just kidding, Lil Weezy....I love you both the same!! It's been fun to mold into our little family, and you are doing just fine, kiddo.

You get so embarrassed, SO EASILY. If you are dancing or singing or just doing something that makes us smile, you think we are laughing at you. If you get hurt, you get embarrassed, too. BUT, when you pee in your pants, you don't get embarassed at all!! What gives?! You are super shy around new people for about three minutes...you like to hide behind my legs until you feel comfortable to move.

I have so many nicknames for you: Bud, Bub (It's a Maine thing.), Buddy, love, lovey, dude, dudey, sweetheart, Goober...Bud and Buddy are the most common because you ARE my buddy. I love spending time with you!

I cannot believe you're THREE!! You definitely have filled a hole in our lives and hearts over the past three years, and I am so proud of the little boy you're becoming. You are picking up on some funny phrases and actually know when to use them. You say that something is, "fine for now." or "I'm done talking about that." haha...you crack us up!

"I ready to get UUUUUUPPPPPP." (every. single. morning. I love it.)

"Did you SEE that?"

"Holla-bout" instead of "How about"

"All the body" instead of "everybody"

"But, I thought we were going to...." when I tell him we are stopping something. ("But, I thought we were going to stay up and watch tv together, Mommy?" when I tell him it's time for bed.)

"But, I was just..." when I tell him to stop doing something. ("But I was just pretending to be a monkey on the couch" when I tell him to sit on his bottom.)

This totally sums up your personality....goofy and sweet

Oh, and ALL BOY

Helping Daddy measure

Hanging with Papa at the Memorial Day Parade

On one of your nightly walks with LouLou

With your new best friend....you're an amazing big brother.

This past year, we moved out of our 600 sq ft apartment into our home. We gave you a new room, a new playroom and a new sister. We went to the OBX with our entire family. We attended a hundred birthday parties and play dates and visited the playground about a million times. You never stopped moving unless you were sleeping, and I am thankful for that. Your personality is amazing.

This coming year will be another whirlwind. Peyton and Mica are coming to visit in less than two weeks. We will continue to make our house a home and Louise will grow into a toddler. We will take a few trips and make a ton of memories. You will go to PreSchool and meet some new friends. You will turn into a kid who's almost ready for school, and I am not ready for that! 

I love watching you grow and cherish the moments when I can literally see you learning. You are so observant and take in everything. I have no doubt that you will contribute to ever single thing you do and be the best friend to anyone you meet. You were named the "mayor" of your classroom, and there's no doubt that you are - everyone loves you! 

From the moment you wake to the moment you go to bed (and every frustrating/annoying moment in between), you make our lives better. I love you so much.