Flynn is Four!

Our sweet guy is four! Here’s a little snapshot of our curious little boy:

Loves: bakers chocolate and all desserts, wearing pajamas, baths, books, glow in the dark anything, preschool, watching good bones and treehouse detectives, all things paw patrol, playing hide and seek, scarves, grandmas cover-ups, Boat rides, yogurt smoothies, cuddling on the couch, tattling on others, playing with friends, cooking/food prep, swim lessons, painting, learning how to get to places, turning on lights, anything soft, his sister and when she messes with him, picking his nose, piggy back rides, spinning in circles

Says:

Wellllllll

that’s fonnnnnny mommy!

what is it??!

what road is this?

Mommy, come wipe my butttt!

Good at: scooter-riding, cuddling, climbing, remembering where things are

Dislikes: movies

Skills: knows alphabet, can spell name (and write it sort of), knows numbers til mid-teens followed by “eleventy”, can get himself dressed but socks and shoes are still a struggle, huge vocabulary after a slow start, knows his way to the playground and lake

Asks:

where does electricity come from? What’s water damage?

New: helping clean up from dinner, learned how to jump in the pool, sleeping under the covers, jumping off of 2 feet, finally figuring out his tricycle but needs more practice, learning that his actions have consequences

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Cora – 11 months

We love this sweet little girl. Her personality continues to develop and we just couldn’t love her anymore. We’re pretty certain the only reason she is such a terrible sleeper is so we don’t make 20 more babies because other than that she is just the sweetest.

Diapers: size 3

Clothing size: 9 or 12 months

Nicknames: lil sis, sis

Eye color: bright blue

Hair color: RED! Getting curlier and longer by the day!

Sleeps in: her crib.

Overnight routine: I put her to bed usually after I put Flynn down. I feed her and then give her a paci. I try to rock her but she really doesn’t like it. I put her in the crib and she falls asleep on her own. She gets up 1x usually to eat and then gets up around 7:30 typically.

Daytime schedule: up usually around 7:30. She nurses and eats breakfast (yogurt) and plays usually until 9:30-10 and then takes a 1.5-2 hour nap. She nurses and then eats lunch. She plays until around 2:30-3, nurses and then naps for 2 hours. She nurses and then plays until dinner. After dinner she gets a bath most nights and then gets in her PJs and plays while Flynn watches TV until bed.

Food: She still eats purses but has started eating table food and loves it. She loves cheese, peanut butter bread and will eat just about anything. She doesn’t care for blueberries.

Likes: smiling, laughing, growling (sounds like a zombie), blowing raspberries. She LOVES the water whether it’s the bath or the pool. She loves crawling around and finding tiny things to put in her mouth. She loves her family but she’s happy to be held by anyone now. She loves peek a boo and clapping. If there’s a beat, she’s dancing which right now means rocking forward and back with her hips. She loves messing with her brother. She’ll crawl up to him and just start hitting him or grabbing him and instantly giggles.

Dislikes: being told no. Sometimes napping.

Milestones:

Crawling! Started right at 10 months. Getting faster by the day. She sometimes does a side saddle scoot leaving her left leg tucked under her.

Pulling up to stand just this week.

We have a tooth! Bottom right broke through June 24th.

Loves to clap! Claps when others clap or say Yay!

Babbles a lot and says mama and dada but not just to us. I feel like it will be soon though.

Pretty stable in the bath tub.

Loves flirting with strangers and is obsessed with “winning over” anyone. She is so disappointed when someone won’t look her way.

Loves to feed Zable and Mom and Dad. Will giggle when she does.

Cora – 9 months

Weight: 16 lbs 2.5 oz (17th percentile)

Height: 26.5 in (11th percentile)

Diapers: size 3

Clothing size: mostly 9 months

Nicknames: lil sis, sis

Eye color: blue – lighter than her brother’s

Sleeps in: her crib. No more Merlin. She likes to lay on her side or on her belly (new)

Overnight routine: I put her to bed usually while Flynn is watching Paw Patrol around 7:30. I usually put her in a sleeper, feed her and if she doesn’t look tired she sits on the floor and plays or watches Flynn or paw patrol until she looks sleepy and then I put her down for bed.

I nurse her and then lay her down. She usually cries for a few seconds and then falls asleep pretty easily. She can get up every 3 hours or will sleep a 5-6 hour stretch first. 2x last week she slept 9-10 hours which was the first time she had slept through the night but for no reason the next night she was back to waking up.

Daytime schedule: up usually around 7:30. She nurses and plays usually until 9:30-10 and then takes a 1.5-2 hour nap. She nurses and then does about 4oz of puréed food for lunch. She jumps or sits and plays with toys for a few hours. She goes down for another 2 hour nap around 2-3. Then we repeat same as after first nap. At 6:45 Flynn gets a bath and Cora gets dressed for bed (or bathes with Flynn).

Food: she loves food! Lately she’s digging squash and apple varieties.

She gets bathed 2x a week at least and now bathes in the tub with Flynn. She still needs some support occasionally so she doesn’t slip and fall in the tub but she LOVES it.

Likes: FLYNN. Mom – she reaches for me when other people hold her :). Daddy is a favorite and can always make her smile and bat her eyelashes. She loves jumping and sitting to play with toys. If it has a tag, she’s down. She still blows raspberries a lot. She loves splashing in the tub and peek-a-boo. About 2 weeks ago she suddenly started rolling over. She did it on her 6 month birthday and hadn’t done it since. She can now string a few rolls together. Since then, she has been more interested in playing on her belly and can scoot and pivot a few feet. She also likes to sleep on her belly and I’m hoping that she’ll start to sleep longer that way.

Dislikes: riding in the car, being left to play alone.

Milestones:

Signals to be picked up by reaching out with her arms and twisting and grabbing the air.

Rolling over consistently

Scooting and pivoting on her belly (but still can’t crawl)

Reaching out of base of support more with sitting with good stability

Sleeping on side and belly in crib for naps and nighttime sleep

Can pick up and eat puffs

First Easter

Cora – 8 months

Diapers: size 3

Clothing size: mostly 9 months

Nicknames: lil sis, sis

Eye color: blue

Sleeps in: her crib. We put her in Merlin and leave her arms out. She also naps inher crib this way.

Overnight routine: I put her to bed usually while Flynn is watching Paw Patrol around 7:30. I usually put her in a sleeper, feed her and if she doesn’t look tired she sits in my lap and watches Flynn or paw patrol until she looks sleepy and then I put her down for bed.  For about a month I was giving her a bottle before bed because she seemed frustrated by my supply. However, about a week ago I decided to try nursing her because my supply had boosted up to where I was often pumping 5 oz. She’s been content with nursing so far. When I put her down she usually goes right to sleep. We had a good week where she was sleeping until 3-4 am and then getting up around 7:30 for the day but other than that she usually gets up every 3-4 hours.

Daytime schedule: up usually around 7:30. She nurses and plays usually until 9:30-10 and then takes a 1.5-2 hour nap. She nursed and then does about 4oz of puréed food for lunch. She jumps or sits and plays with toys for a few hours. She goes down for another 2 hour nap around 2-3. Then we repeat same as after first nap. At 6:45 Flynn gets a bath and Cora gets dressed for bed (or bathes with Flynn).

Food: She loves food! The greener, the better!

She gets bathed 2x a week at least and now bathes in the tub with Flynn. She still needs some support occasionally so she doesn’t slip and fall in the tub but she LOVES it.

Likes: FLYNN. Mom – she reaches for me when other people hold her :). Daddy is a favorite and can always make her smile and bat her eyelashes. She loves jumping and sitting to play with toys. If it has a tag, she’s down. She still blows raspberries a lot. She loves splashing in the tub and peek-a-boo.

Dislikes: riding in the car, laying down

Milestones:

Waving – which looks like flapping both arms

First time swinging

Sits up in regular bath tub

Let’s us know she wants something (usually hungry) by moving both hands as if she’s grabbing the air and twisting it

Sleeps in her own room (since 6 months + 1 week)

Cora – 6 months

Weight:

Height:
Diapers: size 2
Clothing size: 6 months fits well.
Nicknames: sis, lil sis, sissy, sis boom bah
Eye color: blue

Sleeps in: pack n play next to our bed.  Switched from a swaddleme sleep sack about a week ago to Merlin’s Magic Sleepsuit.  We attempted to make the switch at 5 months but she slept so poorly that after 3-4 nights we gave up and went back to the sleepsack.  Unfortunately she is just so good now at houdini’ing her hands out and waking herself up that it didn’t make sense to continue on in the sleepsack.

Overnight routine: I put her to bed usually while Flynn is watching Paw Patrol around 7:30. I usually put her in a sleeper, feed her and if she doesn’t look tired she sits in my lap and watches Flynn or paw patrol until she looks sleepy and then I put her down for bed.  She either goes to sleep on her own or needs a paci-put in 1-2x and then goes to sleep.

Unfortunately, too often, after just 30 min or so she was waking up.  She got to the point where she wasn’t even having a good first stretch of sleep.  I’ve been feeding her every 2 hours and her sleep seemed to just get worse and worse with her waking up in between feeds every 2 hours too.  There were nights when she’d be waking up every 15 min or so.  I was dyingggggg.  We had gotten into a nasty habit of picking her up when she was crying and “rocking” her back to sleep.  99% of the time she would cry and as soon as you picked her up she’d fall asleep.  It was just so much easier than letting her cry and try to self-soothe.

After a particularly rough night last week I said ok – time to cry it out a little.  Because she was eating every 2 hours overnight, she was actually eating about the same amount overnight as she was during the day.  I knew we would have to slowly phase out some of her feeds overnight.  So we decided I would feed her every 3 hours (or longer).  Part of the problem was she was eating every 2 hours during the day and just “snacking” – she’d eat 3-4 min on one side and be done and be hungry again in 2 hours.  I needed her to start eating more during the day so Eric had the idea of stretching her out to 3 hours during the day in hopes that she’d eat a bigger meal – so far that seems to be helping because she’s been eating on both sides more during the day and at night.  We decided no more picking her up.  If she wakes up and it’s before the 3 hour mark we go and comfort her every couple minutes but she cries.  It’s not a strict cry-it-out because we’re not using the progressive intervals – we’re simply standing there and checking in with her every couple minutes – giving a paci, patting her on the belly, shushing or saying things like “time to go to sleep” and then walking away for a couple minutes.

So far we’re a week into it and we’ve had a few promising nights where she slept 2 hours before waking up, crying just a minute – getting comforted and then falling asleep for an hour before being fed and starting the whole 3 hour process over again.  Sadly, this is drastically better than where we were a couple weeks ago.  I can only hope that she will continue to progress.

Daytime schedule: nursing every 2-3 hours.  She’s been napping poorly too – we usually get 3 30-60 min naps a day.

Food: We started solids! We started about a week before Christmas.  We tried oatmeal cereal mixed w/ breastmilk.  She kept just pushing it out w/ her tongue so we waited a week or so and tried again.  Starting in January we restarted w/ Sweet Potato.  Then we did Banana and then Peas.  Strangely the peas have been her favorite.  It took a couple weeks for her to start actually consuming the food and we still aren’t great with it but I’m giving her something every day as practice.  Next up is Carrots.

Likes: FLYNN – she loves her big bro!  She sometimes just watches him and giggles uncontrollably.  #2 on the list is Daddy.  then comes me.  She also loves her grandmas of course.  She likes eating her fingers, sucking on her paci, blowing raspberries, watching PAW PATROL, sitting in her bumbo or being held, jumping, watching people dance and jump, looking in the mirror,

Dislikes: riding in the car, laying down (only tolerates a couple minutes now)

Milestones:

Discovered her feet last week and now wants to suck on her toes and pull her socks off.

Can sit without support for 10 seconds or so

Rolled supine to prone and prone to supine for the first time on her 6 month birthday all within a couple minutes!

Cora enjoyed her first Christmas.  She was a trooper and went with the flow through all of the chaos of parties and driving everywhere.

Cora met her Uncle Michael and her Great Grandma Brooks

She also took one epic photo on Granddad’s GT on a cloudy 50 degree day.

Cora had RSV.  Flynn had it first before Christmas, then I got it and then Cora got it.  By day 3, she had started to wheeze lightly.  We took her to the pediatrician.  They said she looked ok but told us what to watch for.  She tested + for RSV.  That night her breathing worsened.  Eric stayed up for a long time by her bed watching her sleep worried about her.  By the time she got up around 4 to eat I could tell she was much worse.  We stripped her down and put her in the shower in her bumbo which we had done the day before which seemed to help some of her congestion drain out.  This time though, all we could see was her lungs retracting and her chest struggling for every breath.   We went to the ER that morning and spent about 3 hours there.  They did a saline breathing treatment and some deep suction and got her breathing better.  But they basically told us not to come back unless she was blue or stopped eating.  Later that day, she got where she wouldn’t nurse but we were able to give her a bottle a couple times.   Slowly she stopped nursing all together but I was able to give her bottles every 3 hours the next day.  But she was only taking 1-1.5 oz before she’d struggle to breathe, get frustrated, and stop.  With everything, she was so fatigued all she wanted to do was sleep.  That afternoon she went 4 hours before getting a wet diaper.  I knew we were at a turning point – she would either get better or get worse and worse meant going back to the ER for an IV.  When Eric got home she perked up and took a few oz from a bottle.  That night as I was putting her to bed she drained a 3 oz bottle and looked hungry so I nursed her a few minutes more.  Overnight she nursed every 2-3 hours and I knew we were headed the right way.  Slowly, day by day her breathing got slightly better and she sounded slightly less congested and she ate a little better.  By about 4-5 days later, she was almost back to normal.  There were a few very scary days there where she had us all worried and I am so thankful she recovered so quickly.

Cora – 7 months

Diapers: size 3 (just started)
Clothing size: 6 months fits well.
Nicknames: sis, lil sis, sissy, sis boom bah
Eye color: blue

Hair color: coppery red esp. obvious in the sunlight

Sleeps in: in her crib.  We moved her a few days after she turned 6 months.  We were getting up so often I was worried that it would mean more work for me but it has helped a little in that we are able to let her cry it out.  We couldn’t really do that with her in our room without going crazy.  She sleeps in Merlin still but we started taking her arms out a few weeks ago.  She often sleeps with her hands near her face and likes to grab her paci.

Overnight routine: I’d like to say that cry it out helped but there have been several nights where she cries for an hour before falling asleep. I’m not sure it’s getting any better.  Our routine is I give her a bottle before bed which can be anywhere from 2-5 oz.  She watches Paw Patrol with Flynn in bed and then when she seems tired I take her to her room and turn all the lights off, top her off on the bottle and then rock her with her paci.  This is usually around 8 PM.  She DOES NOT like to cuddle at all.  She is often trying to jump in my lap or sit up and doesn’t want to lay down at all.  Eventually, I lay her down in Merlin w/ her arms out.  I give her my arm to hold and she likes to grab it and knead it for a minute or 2.  Then I walk out.  Sometimes she falls right to sleep, sometimes she cries for an hour.  And it really doesn’t make a lot of sense.  Then, like clockwork she’s up again around 1 and 4 to eat.  She gets up at 7.  I’d like to ditch one of our night feeds but she is still eating quite a bit overnight and I’m not sure how to wean her.  I keep thinking she’ll start stretching out that first stretch of sleep but so far no luck.

Daytime schedule: Up at 7-8 am.  Nurses around 8-9 am.  Naps 9-11. Nurses.  2 oz of solids at lunch.  Nurses before nap.  Nap 2:30-4:30.  Nurses.  Dinner 2 oz.  Bottle before bed around 7 PM.  To bed at 8 PM.  She’s been napping in her crib too and she sometimes takes a good 2 hour nap

Food: She is loving food!  She has really gotten the hang of swallowing in the last month.  She loves anything green or veggie-ish.  If it’s sweet, she will be less likely to eat it!  So far she hasn’t had any reactions and has tried eggs and peanut butter.

Likes: FLYNN – he’s still her favorite.  She loves anything with a tag or paper.  She has recently discovered her bottom lip and often sucks on it, esp. when she’s eating.  She loves food!  Especially peas, green beans, carrots, etc. – the greener, the better.  She loves Zable. She loves looking in the mirror, sitting, jumping, getting tickled and BEING UPSIDE DOWN.

Dislikes: laying on her back, cuddling, sweet food

Milestones:

Can independently sit for long stretches

Sleeping in her room

Can move objects back and forth in her hands

First time swinging

First Valentine’s Day

Cora – 4 months

Weight: 12 pounds, 14.5 oz (21st percentile)

Height: 24 inches (26th percentile)
Diapers: size 2
Clothing size: just switched to 6 months – still a little loose
Nicknames: sis, lil sis, sis boom bah
Eye color: blue

Sleeps in: pack n play next to our bed – still loves being in a swaddleme sleep sack.

Overnight routine: I put her to bed just after I put Flynn to bed at 8. I usually put her in a sleeper, feed her and if she doesn’t look tired I let her kick around a bit on the bed. Then I put her in her sleep sack with a swaddling blanket tight around her lower half and give her a paci.  She’s still not sleeping well. Occasionally she does better but on average she’s up every 2-3 hours.

Daytime feeding schedule: nursing every 2-3 hours.  Her naps are getting shorter and usually are 30 min to an hour. The rest of the time she is awake.   A couple times a day she skips the nap between feeds.

Likes: mama, daddy and Flynn, grandmas, pacifier, sitting up and facing out, eating her fingers, talking

Dislikes: that hour before bedtime, wet/dirty diapers, bottles

Milestones:

Blowing raspberries – for about a week now

Can sit with support – loves the bumbo and prefers it to laying down and playing

Cora was a strawberry for Halloween!  I wore her in the ergo and after being awake and happy for about 20 minutes she fell asleep and slept through the remainder of trick or treating.

We took our first vacation as a family of 4 and went to Disney. Cora did great!  She was super easy on the plane. She loveddddd being in the ergo and walking (napping) around the parks.  I got used to nursing her out in the open with the cover out of necessity.  She went on all the rides and loved looking around at everything.