Thursday, April 19, 2018

Almost 6 Months

Six months seems like a HUGE mile stone! How is it that I haven't been pregnant for almost half a year?? And now we have this baby that is sitting up, starting solids, and bubbling over with personality. It's crazy!!

Good- Drake has started reaching for me and I love it! When I hold my hands out to pick him up he'll put his arms up in the air which is so cute and if someone else is holding him and he wants to come to me he'll lean towards me with his arms out. It usually includes an open mouth kiss with a simultaneous hair pull so we're working on being gentle :)

Good Again- Drake went swinging for the first time last weekend and I think it was a success! He was a little unsure at first but then seemed to like it. At least until the faceplant at the end...

Bad- Ooo, I've got two doozies.  Our fridge broke last week. We were giving Drake a bath and this loud rattling was coming from the fridge. I thought it was a weed wacker outside but when we opened the freezer all of our ice was melted and the fridge temperature wasn't very cold anymore. I went into complete panic mode when I realized that all of my frozen breastmilk was completely thawed out and separated. I sprinted it to a neighbor's freezer but we don't know yet if it's salvageable. The fact that a pound of meat was completely thawed out makes me think it had been broken for at least 24 hours. I just had to dump 40 ounces a few weeks ago because of my lipase issue and had just finished pumping to reload my stash when this happened. I feel like I cannot catch a break on the breastfeeding front. Please send good vibes that the milk is still good!

Second Bad- Unsolicited comments from strangers. I've had two women in the past two weeks tell me that I need to tend to Drake. One when I was going through a drive through and he was crying in the backseat and one when I was dropping things off a Goodwill and he wasn't even crying. Both instances made me feel like trash but mostly made me want to have a good retort to put them in their place. I would die for this kid and would never do anything that I thought was unsafe for him. The fact that total strangers feel like they can judge me and make a comment about the 3 seconds of our life they see really infuriates me. If anyone has a good one-liner for me I'm all ears!

Funny- Drake is working so hard to crawl and he's making some serious progress! I wouldn't be surprised if we have a mover in the next month. He is pushing himself up and doing shoulder rolls to wiggle around. The funny part is the way he uses his hands. Just look at the picture below.

It hurts me just looking at it but it's also very cute and funny. Derrick has weird, flexible joints so Drake may have inherited it as well. He'll need to sort that out if he wants to get anywhere fast.

Drake is 3 days away from 6 months old and has his 6 month check-up on Monday so I'll come back to post his stats.

Monday, April 16, 2018

Drake's First Flight

Oooo, it's been a while since I've been on here. I feel like I was doing pretty well posting at least once a week and then spring hit, frisbee amped up, work got busy, and Drake got busier. There are not enough hours in the day!

Last weekend we flew up to Boston to visit our dear friends Travis and Claire and their sweet little girl Makenna. She is only 6 weeks older than Drake and it's been awesome having a close friend in the same baby age bracket. We miss them so much and don't get to see them nearly enough so we try to make the most of our time while we're up together.

This was Drake's first flight and we weren't sure how it was going to go. We had to wake him up early for our flight and knew that napping on the go was going to be tough. He was a champion. He nursed throughout the flight, played with his new car we brought for him, and fell asleep in my lap for the second half.

I ordered him a car that he had never seen before so it would hopefully hold his attention during the flight. It worked pretty well as a distraction for about 20 minutes or so although he did fling it into the aisle during take off and it proceeded to roll off down the aisle. You could see the other passengers leaning forward to grab it and then being too late and watching it roll by. It was pretty funny.

Once we landed, we rented a minivan so we would all be able to fit together and Drake passed out on our hour drive to their house. 

It was so good to see them and Makenna is so big and active! She's pretty much's an army crawl but she gets where she wants to go. She's eating solids and sitting up like a champ. It's fun to see her and know Drake is not far behind those milestones.

On our first full day there we went to this entertainment mecca! It had just about everything including an escape room! We called ahead and told them we'd have babies in tow so they set the room aside for us to do on our own. You can always count on Breakout for a good escape room.

We also went candlepin bowling and visited the arcade. The babies were fascinated by the lights and screens and the bowling was perfect because we had our own comfy little area to hang out in. We could nurse, eat, and take our time. 

Travis won Drake a ball in one of those claw machines at the arcade and it was a huge hit. (PS- Travis went 3 for 3 on those claw machines...I didn't think they were possible!!) Drake is learning to play catch and thought it was hilarious if the ball hit him in the face. We have the best video of him cracking up over it. 

The biggest issue of the weekend was sleep. This was our first big trip and his first time in a while being in a pack-n-play. He didn't nap well and the pack-n-play is pretty small for him now. We ended up having to drive around for an hour one day just to get a decent nap in and he also slept on me for a nap which he hasn't done in a long time.

Makenna has the best bedhead!

One of our favorite activities of the weekend was swimming! They have a Goldfish swim school close by and you can bring your kids for a free-swim hour. It's affordable and the facilities are really nice. They had changing areas, extra diapers, blow dryers. Everything you would need to come for a swim in the middle of the day. It was Drake's first time swimming and I about died when I saw him in his suit.

Makenna is a little fish and was kicking and splashing all over the place. Drake was a bit more hesitant so we spent some time on the steps learning to splash. Once he got the hang of it he loved that part.

We have a series of these pictures and they are hilarious. Poolside chats. How long do you think they'll let us recreate this shot?

Overall this trip was so fun and it was so good to see Travis, Claire, and Makenna. Drake did super well on the plane and really was as good as we could have asked for given the change in routine.  Sleeping was a struggle but he settled back into routine fairly quickly once we got home. Traveling with a kid is no joke though! Derrick and I were exhausted when we got home!