Friday, March 16, 2018

These are the days.

Yesterday was one of those days, y'all. The good kind. It wasn't any sort of special day, we didn't do anything out of the ordinary but it was one of those days where everything just happened the way I saw it happen in my head, you know what I mean? Very rarely does a day unfold so smoothly, where nap time and play time and dinner time all line up perfectly.

The recipe for that sort of feel-good day was pretty simple: Tommy took a good nap, I had a good hair day, we left the house, I talked to other adults, there was sunshine.

Tommy got up like he normally does, happy and rosy cheeks, and we had our normal morning of playing on the floor with books and toys and trying to keep the dog from licking him in the face. And then he went down for a two and half hour nap. And while he was snoozing away I got to eat breakfast, shower and do my hair and make up, and put on real clothes, and I kept checking the monitor because he was still not awake.

Once he was finally up we stepped out into the sun and went about our afternoon. A quick stop in the PX then to a new playgroup for the first time where he hammed it up and was so curious about the other little babies and I got to chat with other mamas. And then we headed home and he took another nap and I got dinner going in the crock pot which always makes me feel like Wonder Woman. Then we all went for a family walk before dinner.  Walking in the sun with my little family I just stopped and thought to myself, "these are the days."

The days of waking up early to the sound of babbling coming over the monitor. Of quietly opening the nursery door and seeing his little head lift up, look around for me and then smile.

The days of savoring every wiggly, distracted nursing session because I know now that milestones happen suddenly and all too soon, and one day will be our last day.
The days where diaper changes are my cardio and he's more interested in eating the books than reading them. And he never stops moving and when all else fails pop him the stroller and go for a walk.

The days of rubbing his eyes and sucking his thumb when he starts to get sleepy and hurrying home so he doesn't fall asleep in the carseat.

The days of high chairs pulled up to the dining table and taking turns picking up the spoon he keeps flinging on the floor as he flashes us a squinty eyed, scrunchy nose, cheesy grin.

The days of anticipating nap time and bed time but then actually missing him when he's finally asleep, even though he's just down the hall, and so I watch him over the monitor and melt over his little curled up body in that adorable sleepsack.
Most days with a little little one look pretty much like the day before and the day before that. And they run together and form one big mental picture of this sweet fleeting season. And I know there are even sweeter seasons to come and I'll say this over and over again, but I know these are the days I'm going to miss.

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

7 Months with Tommy

My baby is turning into such a big little boy! How is he already 7 months? How is he more than half a year old? He's basically a giant in this chair now and it makes me so proud and fills me with unspeakable joy to watch him grow while simultaneously making my heart ache with a deep longing for time to slow down! Please, for the love!!

Weight: 19lbs
Height: He literally never stops moving his legs so it's anyone's guess?
Clothing Size:  solidly in the 9 month sizes now
Diaper Size: Size 3
Milestones: He is officially a full fledged sitter and he is about to crawl any day now. He pushes up on his arms and even gets his knees up under him and then rocks back and forth. He's starting to get a little frustrated if he sees something he wants out of reach and can't get to it by rolling. For some reason he will only roll from his back to his front in one direction which gets him most places but also gets him stuck under the tv cabinet. You can just look at him and see he's trying to work out how to move forward. I am so excited to see him on the go but also not sure I'm ready to keep up with him just yet! He is already so busy and squirmy.
Eating: Still nursing of course but we've ventured into the world of solid foods!! It's incredibly messy and incredibly adorable. He's tried pureed carrots, peas, apple, banana, pear and spinach. He's also tried squash and sweet potato which are not his favorites and he makes the funniest faces but will eat them if they're mixed in with another fruit. He's also attempted to feed himself small bites of avocado, not pureed, which mostly ended up in the high chair. We don't really follow a regular eating schedule and are still mostly just exploring and trying things as he feels like it and keeping it fun.
Sleeping: Just last week he rolled over onto his stomach in the Merlin Magic Sleepsuit, which is not rated for stomach sleep, so just like that it was goodbye to the sleepsuit and I didn't even get to savor his last nap in that adorable marshmallow suit. I was worried it was goodbye to sleep in general but that night we put him in a Halo sleepsack and after immediately flipping onto his stomach he slept through the night! Twelve hours!! I woke up leaking everywhere but seriously felt like a new woman. So now he's officially a stomach or sometimes side sleeper and he moves all around and likes to sleep up against the sides of his crib. And even though I spent the first couple of nights worried he would stop breathing or get his arms stuck in the crib slats we've had better sleep these past couple nights than ever! He also became a thumb sucker which is a game changer in the self-soothing department and probably the most precious most adorable thing I've ever seen in my life! He takes two or three good naps a day during which I get tons of stuff done around the house scroll through instagram and then he goes down for bed between 6:30-7:30pm.
Favorites: Sticking out his tongue and blowing bubbles, reading/chewing on books, trying to pet Hunley and see what silly thing Hunley's doing now, jumping in his little jumper thing, laughing at animal sounds (particularly "cock-a-doodle-doo"), knocking down those stackable donut rings, yelling, squealing and growling like a "babysaurus," riding up in the grocery cart like a big boy, staring people down with his soul piercing, all knowing baby blues, sitting on daddy's shoulders,  bath time, still, of course, and making huge open mouth, scrunchy nose smiles that light up his whole face and tell me that I'm gonna be in serious trouble when he starts asking for things because how will I ever say no to that face with those dimples?

Not His Favorite: Anytime I try to wipe his nose. Hates it.
I think I say this every month but this is such a fun age!! Seeing his head lift up off the crib mattress, and then flash me that gummy smile in the mornings when I come into his room, knocks the rust right off my soul, no matter how many hours of sleep I got. And now that we've got a bit of a routine mostly figured out (for now at least) he's just the happiest little guy to go and do things with. Spending my day carrying around this lug, doing anything and everything to make him laugh, is my greatest privilege! So thankful that God chose me to be your mama sweet boy! 

Saturday, February 24, 2018

A family Vacation to San Juan Island

When T.J. and I first arrived back in Washington after tying the knot we took a quick little trip up to the San Juan Islands which we lovingly referred to as our "mini-moon" (here's that old post).  Now, a little over three years since that first trip, and plus one baby boy, we headed back to the same sweet little spot where we started out our married lives, this time for our first real family vacation. Apparently we only like to visit this island in the Pacific Northwest in the off-season but for us it was just the perfect getaway.

Getting there is a bit more complicated, though less stressful than flying to Hawaii which we considered, but since we could drive there it meant I could bring alllllll the things from home that Tommy might need for a week away. We decided to split our travel time into two legs and left home Monday late afternoon once T.J. got home from work. We'd booked a hotel up in Bellevue, about an hour away from us, for the night. This meant that we could take our time and didn't have to worry about getting through Seattle traffic.

His first time in a hotel was a big hit!
In the morning we grabbed breakfast and then got back in the car to drive the next two hours to Anacortes to meet our ferry. We passed the hour and half ferry ride walking laps around the passenger deck and keeping our eyes peeled for whales.
Once we arrived in Friday Harbor we grabbed a bite for lunch and then stopped by the grocery store to grab a few things so we could make meals in our cabin during the week. That night I made soup and we snuggled in to watch movies and relax before our big day tomorrow.

One of the things the San Juan Islands are known for is whale watching tours. February isn't the ideal time for whale spotting but it was something we didn't do on our previous visit and we knew this was probably our last chance to go out. We booked with Maya's Legacy Tours for our first full day on the island. It's a three hour excursion which caused me a little anxiety since Tommy is on a really great nap schedule and we knew we would be pushing his limits.  But basically we decided what the heck! Either he'd have a melt down or not and you gotta live your life!
And I'm happy to report that Tommy did great!! It was super bumpy and bouncy which he seemed to enjoy mostly and he just sat bundled up in T.J.'s lap taking it all in and staring down all the other passengers on the cruise with us. Sadly we didn't see any orcas but we saw tons of seals and Steller sea lions and so many bald eagles and the sun even came out so I'd say it was a good trip! It was a neat way to see more of the islands and a part of the Pacific Northwest coast that I probably never would have explored otherwise.
The next day we ventured into Roche Harbor for lunch. This is a cute little resort town on the island with beautiful vacation rentals and just a few little boutique shops and restaurants. It is also the site of an old lime kiln that was in use until the 1950s. We had sandwiches and clam chowder at the Lime Kiln Cafe and made plans to come back to the town for dinner the next night.
It started sprinkling while we were out and then Tommy fell asleep in the car so we drove around the island stopping at a few scenic overlooks before heading back to our cabin.
While we tried to get out for a walk or an outing of some sort each day, we spent a good chunk of the time just relaxing in our cabin, reading, playing on the floor with Tommy, watching the Olympics. We also watched a movie pretty much every night after we put the baby down to bed. At home during the week T.J. and I go to bed not too long after Tommy so it was nice to really take advantage of this vacation and enjoy more alone time snuggling on the couch in the evenings. 
On Friday night we went to dinner at McMillan's in Roche Harbor and it was so good I didn't take any pictures. Even though we had the little guy as our third wheel, it felt like a really indulgent date night! We had the best oysters I've had in a while, cracked right before they were served to us,  and then I had yummy pasta with shrimp, scallops and salmon. Best of all we didn't even have to rush through the courses or ask for the check as soon as we sat down like we normally do. Tommy was simply content to sit on his daddy's lap and then in the high chair while we ate and had adult conversation and dreamed about the future. We even got dessert!! It had been a while since we'd ventured out with Tommy to a nicer restaurant but after that success I am feeling totally brave enough to do it more now!

On Saturday, we attempted to check out the old American camp on the Southern part of the island but it was sooooo windy that we quickly hurried back to the car and instead went in to Friday Harbor for lunch. We grabbed fish n' chips at The Bait Shop and then went to browse around our favorite used bookstore, Serendipity Books, that we discovered our first time there. 
That night I made dinner and we got mostly packed up since we were leaving early the next day to head home. It's always hard to head back to reality after having T.J. home during the week. He is such an amazing helper with Tommy and Tommy just loved having extra cuddle time with his daddy whom he doesn't get enough of during busy work days and call nights. And even though most people would probably recommend visiting San Juan Island during the summertime, I love that the island felt like a quiet and cozy retreat, and we never had to worry about parking. I couldn't have asked for a better time than five days away with my two favorite boys. Although... after the past couple days of snow, maybe next February I wouldn't say no to a different sort of island. Something tropical, perhaps.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

5 months with Tommy

Tommy you are five months old!! Actually you are a little over five months now because mama is still figuring out how to maintain this blog. I go back and forth on letting this blog go but then I imagine my son being 2, 5, 10, years old and I know I'll love looking back at these posts and being able to cry over how sweet and wonderful these early months were. 

Weight: 18lbs
Height: 26 inches
Clothing Size: Still in some 3-6 months (though they're starting to look a little tight) but he is mostly into the 6-9month items in his closet.
Diaper Size: Size 3
Milestones: He is rolling over from front to back and back to front all the time. He is a mover and a shaker and if I lay him down on the floor and turn my back for even a second, he's never quite in the same spot as where I left him. It's especially fun when we put him on the hard wood floor as he pushes himself around with his hands. And since he can't get much traction in his little booties he ends up scooting around backwards until he backs up into the kitchen cabinets and then is just stuck. He wants to crawl so badly and he pushes up really well on his arms and he can lift up his booty while kicking his legs but he hasn't quite figured out how to put the front end and the back end together. I have a feeling it's going to happen soon though and I am equal parts excited and nervous for him to be on the go. He also is really close to sitting unassisted. If I prop him up just right and he has something to focus on then stays put, with no help. This is going to open up a whole world of fun for us.
Eating: Still nursing like a champ however he is sooooo much more easily distracted- by the tv, by his daddy's voice, by me sneezing or taking a sip of water. I have to pretty much just sit really still and quiet while he eats or else it takes twice as long and I'm not sure he's actually full. I am so excited to start introducing solids. We got the go ahead from his pediatrician and I ordered baby spoons and little food storage containers so I can try my hand at making purees. He tends to grab at anything I'm eating or drinking and everything he touches goes straight to his mouth so I think he is more than ready for real food. He's tried a bit of rice cereal and he was a bit iffy but I'm excited to watch him discover what foods he loves.
Sleeping: I feel like most moms can talk about their baby's sleep habits all day long and I am no exception there. It's like trying to crack a secret code and just when you've figured it out, they hit a growth spurt and change it up on you. Just before he turned 4 months we experienced daylight savings, then we traveled back to the east coast and dealt with jet lag, and all of that, compounded with his latest developmental leap, equalled a major sleep regression.  He was waking up every 2-3 hours at night where he had previously been sleeping 8-9 hours. It was rough! Plus he wasn't taking consistent naps, and would only nap for 30 minutes down to the second unless I was holding him. So basically if I wanted him to get good sleep during the day he needed to be nursed to sleep and then I'd just stay put for the next two hours (I'm currently binge watching Suits- hello Meghan Markle!). Fortunately sleep does not seem to affect his sweet disposition and he was never really fussy or cranky but my arms definitely got a work out and nothing else really got done. Honestly all of this was fine with me because I really don't have anything else more important (or more wonderful) to do than hold my baby all day but... I started to worry that his little body wasn't getting the adequate rest it needed. So we made some minor adjustments to his sleep routine, ordered Merlin's Magic Sleepsuit, and moved him full time to his own room and crib and, while I totally miss watching him sleep in the room right next to me, it finally seems like we've found our rhythm and some semblance of a schedule!!

I am following the EASY method (Eat, Awake, Sleep, You Time). He usually wakes up around 7am and then I feed him and we have playtime for about an hour and half before he goes back into the sleepsuit and down for his first morning nap in his actual crib. (Up until two weeks ago, morning naps were happening pretty much exclusively in the stroller and if he didn't fall asleep on our morning walk I knew it was going to be a long day of no sleep, plus now it's way too cold for walks that early.) He naps for about 1-1.5 hours and then wakes up and we start again. He is taking 3 naps a day and after that first nap he generally is awake for about 2 hours between each nap. The last nap of the day happens around 4 and then we start bath time around 6 or so and then I feed him around 7 and put him down in his crib for the night. He is still waking up to eat 2-3 times during the night but I know that just like he learned how to nap he'll soon figure out how to sleep through the night. But until then I am savoring those late night snuggles.
Favorites: He has started noticing and cracking himself up over Hunley. He lights up when daddy gets home from work, and loves listening to Hakuna Matata, being naked on the floor, FaceTiming his grandparents and aunts, and he has started sucking his thumb which is melt my heart adorable. 
These past couple months Tommy's little personality really seems to have exploded. He also has become less and less of a newborn and is now a full fledged little boy. He is growing so fast and while I love watching him learn new things every day, and become more "independent," I also just want time to sloowww way down now because this age is so much fun.

Friday, October 27, 2017

3 months with Tommy

Tommy is three months old and I have loved every minute with our little guy! I cannot believe three months ago I was just meeting him and didn't know that he would like to suck on his whole entire fist.  I didn't know that at 3 months he would wake up in the mornings with a cheesy gummy smile and it's like seeing him smile for the first over and over again or that he would chatter and coo all day long and it's the best sound in the world.

I always want to write these "pour out my heart" posts about my son but he has a sixth sense about when I get on my laptop and tends to wake up from his nap so here's some stats and highlights from this past month with our sweet baby boy, typed mostly one-handed....
Weight: 14.5lbs
Height: somewhere between 23-24 inches (it's hard to get a accurate measurement because he is the wiggliest squirmiest little guy)
Clothing Size: While I may have to roll up some sleeves or cuff some of the pants I sadly have to admit that he is now pretty solidly in the 3-6 months size though I can, and do, still try to squeeze him in a few 0-3 month pieces. It's seriously amazing how one night he doesn't fit in the 6m sleeper and the very next night his toes are busting out of the 3m sleeper. I'm so happy for a healthy growing boy but it makes my heart all achy and mushy at the same time!
Diaper Size: I have a feeling we'll be moving to size 2 diapers any day now...

Milestones: He is sooo good at tummy time and holding his head up while laying on his belly. A couple times I've put him down on his playmat and he's immediately rolled to his side and I quick grab my camera thinking he's going to go all the way over but we're not quite there yet. Soon though! He has also gotten a lot more capable with his hands which he adorably clasps and he has a super strong grip. He grabs and hold on tight to anything that brushes up against them- your shirt sleeve, my hair, the burp cloth, little toys. He gabs all day long and has so very much to say. I am so looking forward to having the sweetest, funniest little conversations with him one day!
Eating: We spend most of our day eating/feeding. He is a chowhound and during the day he pretty much only goes 2 hours between feedings max and as the day starts winding down sometimes only 1 hour.  He has some reflux but fortunately it doesn't seem to bother him, it just means we usually end up changing both our outfits during the day and doing lots of laundry. Poor Hunley still follows me around from room to room and was in the splash zone the other night when Tommy spit up over my shoulder. Some days I can feel a bit like a milk cow but I don't mind one bit! Especially because at night he only wakes up once or twice to feed. I have a list of movies and shows to watch while I'm posted up on the couch nursing and I make sure to have water, a snack and the remote within arms reach. I also have a squirt bottle next to me to spray Hunley with in case he starts doing something naughty and I can't immediately jump up to stop him.

Sleep: We do pretty well in this department at night. We start our nighttime routine around 7:30. He gets a bath which is his favorite thing and then we put on pjs and swaddle and I nurse him once more before before putting him down. He is still sleeping in the Rock 'n' Play in our room and is usually asleep between 8:30-9pm. He was doing 8-9 hour stretches last week but I think he might be going through a growth spurt because he started waking up to eat once or twice again these past couple days. We don't really have a consistent nap schedule during the day. I can usually count on him to take a decent 2 hour nap in the morning either in the Rock n Play or in the carseat while we're out running errands. Then he might do another hour nap in the afternoon, usually in his swing, sometimes in the crib if conditions are perfect. But lately it's been just 30 minutes here and there on my lap after falling asleep while nursing. If we're not in the carseat or stroller he pretty much has to be nursed to sleep which is tricky because of the reflux I can't just move him to his bed. But I try not to fight it and just let him sleep whenever and wherever and know that he wont always need to me to nurse him to sleep and he wont always sleep like a snuggly little peanut in my lap.
Personality: He is so much fun and I feel like his little personality is showing up more and more everyday. He is really social! He loves people and will pretty much be happy with anyone holding him or making faces at him. He's also a big flirt and will smile and giggle. He has a bit of "FOMO" (fear of missing out) and wants to be up where his people are which means mom or dad usually has to eat dinner one handed while he sits in our lap at the table. But it also means we can take him to restaurants or the brewery down the street and he happily enjoys looking all around and smiling or staring seriously at all the new people and he will usually fall asleep to the ambient noise. He wants to be moving all the time. He wiggles and kicks his legs and moves his arms non stop. Changing his diaper is becoming more and more of a wrestling match as he uses the changing table as his personal calisthenics space. While he's definitely able to entertain himself more and more, which is helpful around dinner time, he still prefers to be held and bounced more than anything. Oh, and he is all boy and finds every burp and fart hilarious.
Favorites: Looking at himself in the mirror, bath time, "standing up" with help from mom and dad and stomping his feet, blowing bubbles, sucking on his fists (if he could just find his thumb) and going for walks outside, which we're enjoying as much as we can before nine months of rain moves in... I think I'll have to become one of those mall walkers this winter. He's becoming more interested in books and will smile and reach for the pages. Our current favorite is Chicka Chicka Boom Boom. I am so looking forward to reading to him more and more as he grows up.

To my sweet Tommy- you are becoming more and more fun every day! I love watching you discover the world around you. I love making ridiculous faces in the mirror to try to get you to chuckle. I love your chunky thighs and the dimples on your cheeks and the weight of you in my arms when you finally fall asleep. So beyond thankful and lucky to have your happy little self as my son! 

Thursday, October 12, 2017

First Fall Family Fun

This is Tommy's first Fall y'all! Isn't that amazing? His first one ever. First time seeing the leaves change and feeling the temperatures start to cool and his first sniffly nose...okay that last one isn't fun  but truly it is such a privilege and a sweet time to get to experience and bear witness to all his firsts this year. I mean he has literally only sneezed like 50 times in his entire life and I've seen them all.

We get to create his first memories, and build family traditions together with him. And even though he's only two months old and won't remember this year's Fall, we're starting those sweet memories now. On Monday T.J. had off for Columbus Day so we took advantage of a free weekday and headed to a local family farm to pick up some pumpkins (and pumpkin donuts...).
Tommy got to rock his cute little beanie, always an adorable bonus, and he picked out two good pumpkins to bring home.  Our little punkin' was so excited from all the pumpkin ranching and sunshine (we're enjoying every minute of it while it lasts...) that he passed out in Daddy's arms. 
I have so many fun memories of my sister and I "helping" my dad carve pumpkins on our deck. Our job was usually scooping out the guts and then we'd draw the designs and he would do the actual carving. I imagine my (surgeon) husband will be able to fill that role quite nicely in a few years when Tommy is a bit older. 
I am so excited for all the upcoming holidays with Tommy. Last year we were in Spokane and not in our own home from  October through December so we didn't do much in the way of decorating or really do anything over the top in the way of holiday traditions. But you can bet this year I'm going all out and our trip to the pumpkin patch was just the sweetest start to the season.

Monday, September 11, 2017

Six Weeks With Tommy

Our little guy is six weeks old and I simply cannot believe it! I am every mommy/parenting cliche wondering where the time has gone, wanting it to slow down, but also loving each new day, watching him literally grow before my eyes.  I'm not sure how I want to do these posts or who they'll be interesting to besides us and our family but I just know that I want to remember these early days and all the sweet little early moments so here's just a hodgepodge of highlights from this first month of parenthood.
Our house was full of family and lots of helpers for the first few weeks but we are now on our own, figuring out our new normal as a family of three. I still can't believe this is real life, that I get to spend my days with this tiny person that we made. Getting to know him, learning what he likes and doesn't like, taking care of him is literally my dream come true. All I've ever wanted is to be a mom and now I am, forever and ever amen.
Tommy is over 11lbs now!! We haven't been back to the pediatrician since his two week appointment so this is based on standing on the bathroom scale with and then without Tommy in my arms to calculate his weight. He is definitely starting to chunk up and get some good cheeks and thighs which brings me endless joy. He is such a good eater and boy does he let you know when he's hungry. It's not so much a cry as a yell. Like "AHHHH!! Feed me!" During the day he wants to eat pretty much every 2 hours, sometimes more so we've been posted up on the couch with him binge eating while I binge watch Netflix.
At night he does longer stretches between feeds. We usually head upstairs for bed around 9 or 9:30 and do one more feed (plus a lot of rocking and bouncing and praying) before he goes down for a 3-4 hour stretch (sometimes even 5 hours which gives me lots of hope for future sleep). Then he wakes up for a quick feed sometime between 1am-3am and then he does usually another 2 hour stretch of sleep. It's working for us and I don't really feel sleep deprived which is a blessing. We're still figuring out our mornings and I'd love to have more consistent nap-time and nighttime routines so our days can be a bit more predictable but we'll get there. Right now I'm happy to just feed on demand and let him sleep or not sleep when he wants. Even though some days it feels like I'm a human milk maid, there will come a day when he wont need to nurse to fall asleep and I know I'll never wish I'd spent less time with him in my arms. 
Other than when he's hungry he really is such a content little boy and hardly ever cries. He did have some gassy spells that pissed him off early on but his little digestive system seems to have mostly sorted itself out. He sometimes gets the hiccups and has bit of reflux after he chugs milk (you should hear him gulping it down) but I'm learning that as long as I don't move and let him lay super super still and hold my breath for a few minutes after he eats I can maybe avoid getting spit up in my hair/on our clothes/on the couch.
He loves to be moving and it totally relaxes him. As soon as he's settled in his car seat or in the stroller he basically passes out. We've also had some good luck with our wrap and baby carrier. This has been great because we've been able to go out for dinner a couple times and I can run errands and he just snoozes the whole time we're out. I know that I have a big public melt down somewhere in my future but I'm going to enjoy these peaceful outings while I can. Experienced moms told me to get out of the house while they're so portable and sleepy because it won't always be this way and I'm definitely taking their advice. We keep our outings short, just a couple hours seems to be the max but it's so great to get out of the house and feel like I'm not just confined to the couch with a baby on my boob all day. Confession- I have not had to change a diaper in a public place yet and I'm kind of dreading it.
He has the strongest neck. I swear from week one he was lifting it up and if I wasn't careful head-butting me. He also seems to enjoy tummy time and I have a feeling he is going to be rolling around before we know it which is awesome but also slow down please!
He has a love/hate relationship with getting his diaper changed. Initially he scream/yelled/got super red in the face the whole time but now he seems to have decided that it's not so bad and he doesn't need to be so dramatic. We also had more than a few instances where as soon as I'd take the diaper off he'd pee all over the changing table and the wall but those are also becoming less frequent occurrences with the exception of today.... I think he could tell I was getting a little too cocky. Thanks for keeping me humble, Tommy.
His hair is the best- it's the first thing everyone seems to comment on. He has a bit of a mullet and he and his daddy have matching cowlicks. I can't decide which way it wants to part so he has lots of me licking my hand and trying to smooth it down in his future. Speaking of daddy... watching T.J. become a father has been hands down one of the best parts of these first 6 weeks. I knew he'd be a good dad but watching him love Tommy, make faces at him to try to get him to laugh, sing silly made up songs when he's fussy, change diapers, give him kisses, has made me fall even more deeply in love with him. He takes such good care of both of us and I am just so thankful we're doing this together!

Overall Tommy is turning out to be just the sweetest, happiest little guy. He started actually smiling this month and those smiles are so heart meltingly big. At first it was just these adorable little reflex smiles when he was eating or gassy but now he does these real, open mouth, whole face smiles, sometimes accompanied by a coo and I get a glimpse of his sweet little boy personality.  The next milestone I'm really looking forward to is hearing a big belly laugh! This has been the most fun, most challenging, most wonderful 6 weeks. I love you Tommy. You are my sweet son and being you mommy is my favorite!