Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Tanner's newborn photos

we had Tanner's newborn pictures done when he was just a mere eight days old with our favorite photographer, Kristal. I truly love every single picture. she has a way of capturing those sweet, real life moments. this has been such a precious time for our little family and to have moments to look back on of those first days with our baby boy- it's priceless.
so now... a big over-share of our photos :)
I'm now so ready to order prints of these and hang them around our home :)


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Thursday, August 25, 2016

one month favorites

we've gotten through our first month with a newborn, and I have to say we have transitioned quite well! beyond thankful for that! though a lot of it is due to having a sweet, mellow baby, there have been some items that have helped ease us into our new normal. now don't get me wrong, we've definitely had our times where morning comes all too quickly and bedtime can't come quick enough.
nuroo swaddler // we started swaddling Tanner at 2 weeks when he had his first overtired/fussy night. this made all the difference in helping him settle down and relax. I love swaddles with velcro because it makes swaddling SO easy. this particular brand has been the one we use every night. the fabric is super soft and light enough so he doesn't get too hot during these summer nights.

noise machine // (we also have the portable version which I keep in the diaper bag). another game changer at two weeks when it came time to help Tanner settle down. white noise, played about as loud as a running shower, is so soothing for babies. Harper liked it as a baby just as much as Tanner does. if you haven't I would recommend reading The Happiest Baby on the Block. it's a great book in helping to understand your baby and figuring out how to help them feel comfortable (less crying!!).

white onsies // simple. easy. my go-to. and I just love a baby boy in a plain white onsie!

aden and anais swaddle blankets // I couldn't resist these ones pictured :) I use these blankets every single day. I think I have a swaddle blanket obsession. just ask my husband- he would agree! there really isn't much more to say, other than they're so great!!

boppy newborn lounger // my friend Kaylani had one of these for her baby who's the same age of Harper and it always looked so great. so with Tanner I just HAD to get one and we've loved it! Tanner loves 'lounging' in it and it's been so convenient in taking him every where we go around the house. often during Harper's bath he's right there with us on his pillow :)

boppy nursing pillow // so helpful in the beginning nursing months when baby is still so little!

IKEA spoka night light // when my friend Holly had her baby a few months ago I saw this night light she had gotten and was very intrigued. since it's a dim light, we use it in the middle of the night for diaper changes. it's great because it gives enough light to see, without being too bright to where it would wake Tanner too much. and what's even better is that it's so portable. the battery lasts so long and is rechargeable. since using it over the past few weeks, we haven't needed to recharge it once.

freezer meals // (hoping to post more on this soon!) last, but most certainly not least! I made a number of freezer meals towards the end of my pregnancy to have on hand for after baby was born. I did this while pregnant with Harper as well. hands down the best thing I ever did to prepare for baby!! between freezer meals and meals that friends/family have brought to us, I haven't had to 'really' make dinner once since Tanner was born! nothing compares to a hot, home-cooked meal. this way we get to enjoy that with such minimal work. 


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Monday, August 22, 2016


I truly never know the difference between our week vs. weekend. a day is a day around our home. with me being home with the kids and Brandon being in real estate (which never sleeps!), it doesn't make much difference if it's a Tuesday or a Saturday. 
so with a little recap of our 'weekend' let's start it on Thursday! :)
THURSDAY - a fun relaxing evening at my in-laws filled with sitting out on their back patio, eating pizza, and swimming. I don't have a single picture, but you can picture Angela, Tanner, and I lounging on the patio furniture while Harper and her nana are running around playing. so many giggles come out of my sweet little two year old. and it is the absolute BEST sound my hears have ever heard.

FRIDAY - uhh... pizza for dinner. again. but apparently it's the weekend and that's what people do on weekends. eat pizza! 
earlier in the day the kiddos and I had to run to costco to get some things for Angela's baby shower that we would be hosting on Saturday. and it was by all means... a costco adventure. but when is costco ever not an adventure, right? the place is always packed. keeping your eyes out for a parking spot while trying your best not to hit or even be hit by a shopper and their massive cart. then it's trying not to hit or be hit by anyone while making your way through the store isle by isle. the shopping went great and was actually fun! Harper loved riding in the basket and gathering our groceries. trying to sit and balance on the watermelon was so funny and (not so funny) she sat right on the fresh croissants. sorry to all at the shower who's croissant for the chicken salad was a bit flat! we got all of our things and both babes made it out the door without a single cry. hallelujah and all the praise hands!! I loaded everyone and everything into the car and then that's when the true adventure began. if you follow me on Instagram, this is where the explanation comes in about me kicking the watermelon across the parking lot ;)
while getting the last of the groceries loaded, Tanner was suddenly hungry and wanted to nurse. and wanted to nurse NOW. I thought maybe if I got driving he'd fall back asleep until we got home. nope. I had gotten to the other side of the costco parking lot without any slowing down of his cry. I pulled over, let Harper out of her car seat to roam the car, grabbed Tanner out of his, and began nursing him. Harper found her way next to me in the front passenger seat. she LOVES to play around in the car. before I knew it she pressed the button to open the back gate of the car. after hearing a big thud, I realized our watermelon had rolled out. of course that's the item that happens to be leaning up against the door! I hopped out with baby in my arms and to my complete surprise the thing didn't crack open! buttt instead it rolled across to the other side of the parking lot.
"do I just leave it???"
but I need it for the shower Saturday and if it gets ran over, I am NOT running back in the store with two kids to buy another. soooo my best option since my arms were full with Tanner was to play a little soccer (and I'm certainly no athlete!) and kick it back towards our car where it could sit safely until I was done nursing Tanner and had two free hands.
so that's exactly what I did.
I was thinking to myself (while stressed as to what mischief Harper might be getting into now), "is there not anyone around to see this happening?! I could really use some help right about now!"
I left that darn watermelon sitting by the car tire with the car gate open.
I figured the hard part was over now so I got back in the car to finish nursing Tanner.
a voice from behind me said "ma'am, can I help you with that watermelon?"
someone had seen me!! slightly embarrassed, but then also relieved, I hopped out of the car. it was a guy working at the tire center who had seen me kicking that massive watermelon and came on over to offer me a hand.
I was a hot, sweaty mess, but all was taken care of now.
we hit up chick-fil-a on our way home :) the perfect fix.
Friday ended with a girl's night at my house with the best friends I could ask for. and you know they're the best of friends when they're there to give you all the support you're in need of with the baby's first major, MAJOR blow out! what are friends for ;)
I'll spare you the picture!
SATURDAY - Angela's baby shower!!!
we had such a great time celebrating this beautiful mama-to-be and her sweet little boy. it is such a blessing to have our baby boys just two months apart. she's going to be one amazing mama and has a heart made of pure gold.
SUNDAY - a day full of rest and being home with my babies. just what I needed. oh and dinner at Cafe Rio for a cherry on top :)

here's to a great week ahead filled with sunshine and laughter!


Thursday, August 18, 2016

Tanner Ross || 1 month

whoa. to date this has been thee fastest month of.my.life.
if this is the pace in which Tanner is going to grow up, he'll be 17 in no time... and that would then make me... 44... yikes! 
let's just slow on down please :) in the meantime we are cherishing every moment of every phase.
bringing a newborn home is just as heartwarming as it was the first time with Harper. we have overflowing love this little guy. I've said it before, but he fits just so perfectly into our family. we couldn't have asked for a smoother transition from a family of three to now four. and I am ever so thankful for that!
we most certainly have had our challenging moments where I'm home alone and outnumbered by two kiddos who both need their mama (and the toddler finds her way into everything she's not suppose to while I'm pinned to the couch nursing). but we get through it. and overall we have all adjusted better than I could've expected.

there are some differences I've noticed with baby number two. with Harper, as she grew month by month I often found myself so sad about it. and it's true, they grow way too fast and the baby stage FLIES by. 
however, this time around I'm less sad about my baby growing. of course I would love my baby to stay a little newborn f o r e v e r. BUT I also know just how great each a every phase is. I know how much fun we'll have in the future with our little man, and how in the world can I let myself get sad about that?!!
so I'm living more in the moment. and enjoying all of our moments.
because I know it's going to continue to fly by and feeling sad isn't worth my time.

we just had Tanner's one month check up this morning, and boy has he grown!
age: 1 month
statsbirth: 8lbs 2 oz  --  21 inches
2 days: 7lbs 11oz
12 days: 9lbs 1oz
**1 month: 12lbs 4oz  --  23 1/2 inches
clothes: 0-3/3 month
diapers: size 1

Tanner name sign // Quincyjeanart
banner // hooray everyday
shorts // lulu + roo
F I R S T S 
everything this month is a first for our little man, being that it's his first month of life :)
first pool day. first bath. first time matching outfits with big sister. first trip to Target. 
first time at a Seattle Mariners game. first walk around the neighborhood. first trip to the zoo. 
first snuggles- with many, many more to come!
nursing. nursing. nursing.
this little guy has taken so well to nursing and has really become quite efficient for a one month old. I really don't watch the clock during the day, but just feed him on demand. it's been a bit irregular as he's gone through a couple grown spurts. and his stats show for it!

 P L A Y
we've started doing some tummy time for very short periods of time. his little neck is getting so strong. sometimes he thinks he's stronger than he is and will whip that head back a little too quickly and if you're not watching it he'll about whip himself out of your arms. I am so excited for this next month as he continues to become more alert and playful. I just love (and Harper does too) getting a smiley reaction out of him by kissing his sweet face.

he falls asleep around 8:30/9, then hangs out with Brandon and I downstairs until we head up to bed around 10:30. then it's a quick diaper change, into the swaddle, and a dream feed to get us a little longer stretch before he wakes again from a hungry belly. he wakes to nurse every 2-4 hours. nurses, and then it's right back to sleep. we started using the noise machine and swaddle during the night a couple weeks ago and it really seems to help him to fall asleep and stay asleep.

**things I don't want to forget:**
  • the way you quiver your little chin. even when you're not sad
  • how you love having your hands up by your face. always. since the moment you were born. and especially while nursing. and sleeping too.
  • those little piggy noises you make are priceless. and the way they intensify when you're hungry
  • such a snuggly little boy and you do not like to be left alone in the room. you want to be with the rest of us where ever we are
  • how your tiny forehead wrinkles up when you're upset
  • you're a gassy little thing! burps and toots for days :)
  • you have the absolute sweetest grin and show it off most if I kiss your lips or stroke above your eye

happy one month, my baby!!!


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