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  • Camden's 5 Month Update + Welcome to the World, Cousin Parker Mitchell Yates!

    Weight: 17.5 lbs

    Length: 28.5 inches

    Diaper size: 3

    Clothing size: 6 - 9 months

    Health: Health is all good. Camden had his shots a couple of weeks ago and took them like a champ! He cried, of course but I think mommy and daddy cuddles soothed him back to being happy and giggly. 

    Sleep: He has been sleeping well for the most part. There was about a week where he would fuss like crazy when putting him down and would cry until one of us came in to hug him. Although there are no visible teeth poking through yet, I know his gums are bothering him. All the cuddles he wants and needs! 

    We are gearing up to start nap training him in his crib, again… should be fun.. 

    Last month, we started weaning him off of being swaddled by freeing one arm.  It did not bother him one bit. We took the other arm out and it took him a few nights to get used to it. Glad he grew out of the startle reflex phase!

    Diet: Diet is the same. Breastmilk, formula and diluted apple juice to help to poos. We let him play around with a soft cooked sweet potato. He loved mushing it around in his fingers. Cute to watch, not cute to clean. We are going to start baby-led weaning next month. I am super excited! BRING ON THE MESS, CAM!! Note to self- buy a splat matt! 

    Loves: When we sing Itsy Bitsy Spider, picnics in the park, apple juice, cheek kisses, bath time (WOW, right?!?), lavender lotion, people watching, Emily, getting his photo taken, music, tickles and his jumperoo.

    Dislikes: Well, we can no longer complain about Camden hating bath time! He absolutely LOVES it now! Thanks to a recommendation from a mom friend, we bought a different bath, that is more like a cushion. He just loves it. He kicks, splashes and giggles the whole time. What a difference! Still hates sitting still, the car and not being the center of attention. 

    Milestones: SOOOO much has changed in the last month. I swear this baby is turning into a proper little boy! He is working on sitting up and can do it on his own for a few minutes at a time before face-planting into the carpet. He is still using his arms between his legs to balance but I have a feeling he won’t be needed them for much longer. He also is just about ready to roll over from back to belly. He squirms and twists but hasn’t quite made it on his own yet. He has started to grab EVERYTHING!!!!!!! Especially table clothes with plates of hot food on them… no bueno! 

    Speech: He chit chats away all day long. He even started this high-pitched squeal that is quite ear piercing. 

    Baby Gear Love:

    Leachco Safer Bather Infant Bath Pad

    Earth’s Best Diapers 

    Proper Boy! Cardigan: H&M | Hat: Target | Jeans: Target | Docs: Dr. Marten Store 

    Punk Rocker! Shirt: DIY | Harem Pants: Rad Lads Apparel 

    Farm Boy! Hat: Target | Pants & Vest:Beautiful Idiot Clothing THANK YOU!! 

    THANK YOU to our friends in the UK, for sending Camden this beautiful pair of baby blue Moccs - MoccStars

    THANK YOU to our friends on the other side of the world, in Australia, for the care package of rad batman leggings and dribble bib! Mickey Rose  | Shirt from American Apparel. 

    ♡Camden met his G. Uncle Rick, Uncle Chad & Aunt Maria for the first time.

    WELCOME TO THE WORLD Parker Mitchell Yates!!! Camden and his cousin are almost exactly 5 months apart! 

  • Camden's 4 Month Update

    4 Months 

    Weight: 16.5lbs

    Length: 27 inches

    Diaper size: 2

    Clothing size: 6 months

    Health: We have our 4 month appointment coming up which means shots :( 

    Sleep: We attempted to nap-train him in his crib but that didn’t go over very well. He fusses then only sleeps for 30-45 minutes so back to the swing he went. He finally has a pretty set nap routine, although times do vary depending on his energy and mood. 

    He wakes up at about 7am, and SOMETIMES he will fall back to sleep in bed while nursing. But since he is a pretty solid night sleeper its not every morning. His first naps have been around 10:30-11 and sleep anywhere from 1 hour to 3 hours. NEVER WAKE A SLEEPING BABY- so I let him sleep as much as he wants. He still takes a couple little catnaps here and there but those last only about 20 - 30 minutes. Then around 3:00 he takes his second nap of the day. Wakes up around 4:00-5:00. Bed time feedings start at 8 so he is usually asleep in his crib by 8:30. He still sleeps though the night but teething is happening so I am sure that will change. 

    We still swaddle him at night but have begun the weaning process. He sleeps with one arm out and doesn’t seems phased at all. Fingers crossed we get the same response when both arms are out!

    Diet: Breast milk and formula. We introduced him to apple juice as suggested by his doctor. We noticed discomfort when trying to poop, so we started giving him about 3 oz of diluted apple juiced. It’s been helping a ton! Plus I think the kiddo likes the taste. 

    Loves: Chewing on everything! Loves to be front facing in his carrier. He is starting to enjoy tummy time which make me a happy mama! Build those neck muscles! 

    Dislikes: Bath time is still not fun. This keep will NOT be the stinky kid in school who doesn’t bathe so we are buying him a new “tub” which hopefully will help and make him feel better. Still not a fan of the car, although we can get about 10 minutes of silence out of him if we bring all 5 million of his toys with him. :p I think he is getting better with his stroller, he seems to not HATE it. I think thats due to the fact that he can actually see whats in front of him now so he is too distracted by his surroundings to get pissy. 

    Milestones: He can push his whole upper body up and wiggle in different directions. I will put him down on his playmat, and 2 minutes later he is on the other side. He taught himself to self-sooth with his fingers. He has also started “talking”. Its crazy cute! He has also started playing with his toys. He recognizes the difference and definitely has preferred favorites.  

    Speech: He will have a full on baby conversation with his toys. I can tell he is going to be a chatter box when he can actually talk. Just like his mama and dada <3 

    Baby Gear Love:

    Sophie the giraffe 

    Infantino Flip Advanced 4 in 1 carrier 

    Jumperoo 

    Fisher Price Kick N Play Crib Piano 

    Camden loves Sophie the giraffe

    Happy 4th of July!! Romper : Sunshine Baby Clothing (THANK YOU!!!!!)

    Camden's 1st MLB game! Nats vs. Mets! We posted this on Instagram and Bryce Harper "liked" his photo so we are pretty excited about that! Hat & Shirt: Carters | Dribble Bib: H&M

    Narwhal Leggings: Maui Bird Co. (THANK YOU!!) | Shirt: Burts Bees Organic 

    Another first! Camden's first Dim Sim! 

    WeeStructed sent me this mommy must coffee mug! I absolutely LOVE it! Raising Tiny Humans is Exhausting (thats for sure!)

    Family day out in the Infantino carrier! I guess he was bored ;P

    Dada and Cam <3 My Boys! Panda harem shorts: Evara Apparel | Dribble Bib: H&M

  • 18 Week Pregnancy Update, Gender Prediction and Beautiful Nursery Goodies from Honey and the Hive!!

    How far along? 18 weeks!

    Total weight gain/measurements: Now at 108 lbs!! 

    Maternity clothes: I haven't bought anything maternity specific this week. Still rocking my maternity leggings and basic tees. Even though i'm not in love with jeans, I was thinking about getting a pair so I don't look the exact same ever single day. lol

    Stretch marks? No. 

    Sleep: I have had good days and bad days this week. Some nights I fit perfectly in my maternity noodle and sleep like a baby, other nights are somewhat nightmarish. No matter what I do, I can't get comfortable. 

    Best moment this week:  First kick! It was so cute! Having a tattoo on my tummy makes it a  little easier to see movement too. But this baby is kicking away in there! Phil got to feel it for the first time this week, it was pretty special <3

    Miss anything? Not really. 

    Movement: Kicks!

    Food cravings: chipotle cilantro lime rice!!! And Ice water forever! 

    Anything making you queasy or sick? Nothing new. Still can't stand Old Bay or popcorn (barf!!)

    Gender: Wed, Nov. 19th is THE day!! But I won't be revealing anything until Thanksgiving!!  

    Symptoms: Peeing all of the time. I have been getting light headed more often. I had what felt like a mini panic attack last weekend while waiting to be seated for lunch. I got hot, cold and sweaty all at the same time. I needed a seat and a huge glass of ice water. 

    Belly button in or out? In!

    Wedding rings on or off? On!

    Happy or moody most of the time: Happy and excited all week! 

    Looking forward to: Finding out if this little baby is a boy or girl!! Phil and I have opposite predications which is pretty fun! One of us WILL BE RIGHT!! What do you think it is? Leave your guess in the comment box below!! <3

    Beautiful artwork for the nursery from my friend Honey and the Hive! She is one talented soul! Please go check her out!! 

    Tinyprints.com asked me to check out their baby gender predictor quiz! Based on "old wives' tails" and my own intuition, here is their prediction: http://www.tinyprints.com/quiz/boy.htm

  • My Perfect Winter Outfit

    I like to keep my outfits pretty simple in the winter. Being comfy, warm and cute are my objectives (in that order).

    As some of you know, my winter staple is an oversized faux fur coat. For the past few years I have been wearing a vintage black fur that I added a few studs and pins to. Well, that coat is past its prime and I have replaced it with a new fur! A soft blonde fur from the newly opened Top Shop in the DC area! (YES!!!!) Pair that with a black beanie with an extra large puff ball, plain black long sleeve shirt, black skinny jeans or leggings, Doc Martens, over sized sunnies and Alexander Wang's Rocco Duffel bag (in black) and I have myself the PERFECT winter outfit!

    I can't forget those everyday beauty products I can't live without! Armour Lip Gloss in Last Dance, stila Stay All Day Liquid Eyeliner in Black and Butter London Nail Lacquer in Union Jack Black (notice a theme? LOL)!

    Achieve this look!

    TopShop Faux Fur Coat

    H&M Black Beanie with Extra Large Puff Ball 

    Dr. Martens (Black)

    Alexander Wang Rocco Duffel Bag (Brasstone hardware) 

    Black Oversized Sunnies

    Armour Beauty Lip Gloss in Last Dance

    Butter London Nail Lacquer in Union Jack Black 

    stila Stay All Day Liquid Eyeliner in Jet Black 

    These are all products that I personally own and LOVE! Cheaper alternatives are available for some of these pieces. <3

  • Juicy-juice: Green Machine

    Ohhh this one was GOOD!!!! 

    2 Apples + 1/2 Cucumber  + 1/2 Lime + 3 Celery Stalks  + 3 cups Kale + Small chunch of Ginger