8 Months!

Note:  I've had this draft in my "edit posts" forever.  I was hoping to update with stats and details but if it hasn't happened yet...it's never going to happen.  So instead of waiting any longer since Ricky is going to turn 8 months in 9 short days, I'm going to go ahead and post what I have saved in my draft.  Enjoy.  :)

For reals.  Didn't I just log on here the other day to post your 7 month update??  If I could stop time I would...but unfortunately I'm unable to because I lack superhuman powers...so alas, you have turned 8 months already.  Sigh.

You still love the outdoors.

You took your 1st trip to the park.  Check out those thigh rolls!!!

You have a love/hate relationship with your bouncer....you hate it at first but then love it once you get bouncing. 

You got two teeth! 
Disclaimer:  I swear the food does actually go in his mouth.  He was playing with the spoon after I fed him and managed to get peaches everywhere. 
You can pimp it with a mohawk!

We love you little man!



7 Months!

Doing something a little different and will update Ricky's 7th month in pictures. Mostly because not a whole lot has changed since his 6 month post and he'll turn 8 months in less than 3 weeks. ;)

7 Months.  Really...7 Months?  Where oh where has the time gone?

Big sis Mia is still the best thing since sliced bread.  Seriously, watching these two together is just magical!

You're such a happy baby!  In your sister's pink hat (please don't kill us).  It's just too cute to not share.

You LOVE being outdoors.  This especially comes in handy when you're fussy and you want nothing to do with any of your zillion toys & gadgets.

You've started to sit in your stroller like a big boy and love the new view!
You have hair!  And so Daddy loves giving you this spiked 'do' at bath time.  

Speaking of bath time, you love it since it gives you full access to your manly bits.  In true male fashion, you can't keep your hands off them whenever you get the chance!  (For the record, you're not grabbing yourself here - it just appears that way!)

You took your 1st trip to the beach and loved every.minute.of.it.  Check out those man-boobs and tummy filled with cellulite.  LOVE it!  ;) 

*Sigh* It's so hard to believe that you're already 7 months old. I got a little weepy the other day thinking about how fast this has been going by. You're rounding up to one year now and I've even started thinking about your 1st birthday party. You continuously amaze me and I'm truly soaking in each and every day with you.  Baby boy, it's rediculous how much joy you bring in to our lives.  We love you so much!



I think there's still hope...

Here's a 6 month comparison of Ricky & Mia...

Yes...there's no denying that these two are brother & sister.  And yes...they both have their daddy's beautiful blue eyes.  But...I think there's still hope that Ricky might look a smidgen like me.  Rick thinks that I'm smoking crack (of course he would).  But when I compare pictures these days, I don't think they look like 'twins separated at birth' anymore.  I know only time will tell and truthfully, I'd be completely content if Ricky did end up looking like his daddy...but at the same time, it would be really cool if at least one of my children looked like me.  Us moms can't work for free, right?!  ;)  


I met my goal!

When Ricky was born back in July, I wrote about how happy I was that breastfeeding was going so well and that I hoped to reach a goal of 6 months. Well friends, today I’m proud to say that that goal has been met!! In fact, it’s been 6 months, 2 weeks and 6 days since I’ve been nursing Ricky and we’re still going strong. And to be honest, I don’t have any immediate plans to stop. I absolutely love nursing my sweet boy.  I mean, I knew I would enjoy it…but I didn’t think I would enjoy it this much. It’s such an amazing bonding experience that grows stronger and deeper as Ricky gets older. Nothing melts my heart more than when he looks up into my eyes with a soft smile after taking a little break. Honestly, it’s like pure heaven. It’s everything I hoped it would be…plus more.

I would love to set another goal of 3 more months but I’m fearful of when he gets teeth. There has been occasions when he’s clamped down with his gums and it hurt.  Hurt like, I jumped and screamed and in turn made him jump and scream. So I couldn’t imagine if he did that with teeth. But I guess we’ll have to wait and see. Either way, I really am so thankful that all my hopes about breastfeeding have become a reality for me...so really, anything after my 6 month goal is just gravy.  : )


Sitting up!

Look who finally decided to sit up all by himself...

LOVE his hair blowing in the wind!

This is pretty cool stuff!

He'll only sit for a few minutes at a time but it's still a milestone that he's finally hit.  Still no rolling...but we'll take what we can get!  ; )


Life After I "Dew" Giveaway

If you don't already, go check out Shannon at Life After I "Dew".  She is hysterical and is one of my favorite blogs to read.  She's hosting her first give-away for a $25 gift card to Apothica.  I've never shopped there before but it looks like a very cool site.  So go check it out when you can!


Blackmail is a bitch...

So I admit that this is a different kind of blackmail picture.  Usually you see a naked kiddo in the bath or an exposed booty in a typical blackmail picture.  This is not that.  However, I still think it’s blackmail worthy.  Little Miss Mia, as sweet as she is, can also be very sour.  She loves to test us on a daily basis with her little (or should I say big) attitude.  I honestly can’t remember what it was that made her so mad but she obviously didn’t get her way…and I caught it on camera at the precise moment.  It makes me laugh every time I see it, so I thought why not share it for the world to see.

Nice, huh?


6 Months

Ricky turned 6 months last Saturday.  Seriously, how has half a year gone by already since our precious son came into our lives?

Our big boy weighs in at 17lbs 6oz (50%) and measures 26 3/4" (70%).  To add some structure to this post, I'm trying something new and will touch on the hot topics in baby life: eating, sleeping and milestones.  So here goes...

Eating:  We started solids about a month ago.  Rice cereal was a no-go so we went straight to oatmeal and he loved it.  I swear he even says "hmmmm" while I'm feeding him.  The only problem with the oatmeal is that it stops him up pretty badly…which makes for an unhappy baby. So I now mix the oatmeal up with some pears that help alleviate his constipation.  Speaking of pears... I'm making all of Ricky's baby food.  I really wanted to do this when I read how easy and especially how economical it was.  So far I've made squash, sweet potato, carrots, pears and peaches.  Can I just tell you how much I enjoy it - a lot!  Who knew, right?  I swear that I’m not the crunchy-granola mom type but there's something so gratifying about making his baby food.  And it's great that I'm also saving money at the same time…and it really is so easy to do... definitely a win, win situation in my book!  I’m still exclusively breastfeeding and he still eats on a 3 hour schedule during the day at 9am, 12pm, 3pm, 6pm and one “early morning” feeding at 4am or 5am.

Does it get an cuter than this?


Sleeping:  I’m not going to lie, we've had our problems in the sleep department.  Everything seemed to go downhill when he turned 4 months (my lack of posting was not a coincidence).  Instead of dropping a nighttime feeding, Ricky was adding one (at midnight).  This did not sit well with an already sleep deprived mama.  After seeing two different pediatricians in the span of a month, they both agreed that our little chunk was very capable of sleeping through the night and we'd just have to let him CIO.  We started this around 5 months and although we're not completely to the point where I’d like to be…we're close.  He’s quit crying out at midnight, but for some reason he’ll still sometimes cry out at 2am.  He’ll fuss for about 10 minutes and then usually fall back asleep.  But for the most part, he'll eat at 6pm, go down for the night at 7pm and then need to eat again between 4 - 5am.  That is totally doable. 

Now naps are a different story - we're definitely still struggling there.  For some unknown reason, he cannot sleep for more than 30 minutes at a time.  You have no idea how batty this makes me.  I've tried many tricks to get him to sleep longer but NOTHING works.  I've done tons of research and although I’m not alone with a cat napping baby, there's pretty much nothing I can do.  It's just something that he needs to grow out of…please God, can it be soon?  He’s sleeping better at night though, so I suppose I should count my blessings and be happy with that.

Milestones/Achievements:  Well, I’d love to brag about all of the milestones that Ricky’s hit but I can’t do that since he hasn’t hit any. LOL! I really thought that he would be rolling and sitting up by now but I think our little man is just lazy (or stubborn) and will obviously do things on his own time. At first I was panicking a little but then I decided to embrace it since he’s not going to be a baby forever. And he’s my last…so why not hold on to this immobile stage as long as I can? We did speak with his pediatrician about it and she didn’t seem worried. She just told us to keep encouraging him – so that’s what we’re doing. And don’t get me wrong, he’s still doing 6 month old tricks - like pulling his legs under him and pushing up onto his hands when doing tummy time. He has awesome hand skills with a dead-on aim. Anything is fair game now and he’ll grab it if it’s within his reach. Even though he has a zillion toys, the tv remote seems to be his favorite thing to grab and ‘play’ with these days….besides his hands and feet of course. I’ve resorted to wearing a pony tail all day long because he will grab my hair and pull it out in chunks whenever possible. Daddy is also a target since Ricky loves to grab and pull on his chest hair. Fun stuff I tell you!

Close but not 100% perfected...

He is still such a happy baby and is usually all smiles. He has the best baby laugh that I'll never tire of hearing. Big sister Mia still revolves around his world and he could probably sit there for hours just watching her. In fact, I made a 4 hour journey to Naples for Christmas and I know there was NO WAY that I could have made it the whole way with him if it wasn't for Mia. She entertained him in between naps and definitely got the 'best big sister' award for that. It really is magical to watch the two of them together.

Christmas Day!


I can't wait to see what the next 6 months holds for us with this awesome little dude!  We love you so much!



Yesterday we had some pretty severe weather late in the afternoon and were under a Tornado Watch for quite some time.  Mia had a friend over and they were happily playing in her room when all of a sudden she comes running out quite frightened.  Before I could ask her what was wrong she blurts out, “Mommy, are there tomatoes coming to our house?”  It took everything out of me to not laugh in her face!  Even though I corrected her numerous times and explained that it was pronounced tor-na-do, she continued to ask me every 5 minutes if I was sure a tomato wasn’t coming.  Too funny!    


Jumping back on the Blog Bandwagon

Although I'd love to go back and catch you all up on what's been going on for the past few months, there's just absolutely no way that it's going to happen - sorry!  I've missed blogging but at the same time it's been a nice break.  I started to feel as though I was "needing" to post and not necessarily "wanting" to post.  But the other day I looked at my blog and loved the fact that I could go back in time and read about our ever-changing little family.  At first I thought the least I can do is post Ricky's monthly updates, but I'd really love to post about once or twice a week.  Time just seems to slip away at lightening speed these days and I know I'll look back at this blog when I'm old and grey and love the fact that I kept up at it.  So with that, I'll leave you all today with a picture of my cuties who I love to show off.  : )



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