Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Jude, Nine Months

Jude is 9 months old!

Halloween edition -- Jude the Dalek, an evil alien robot from Doctor Who!

In fact, it was a family costume kinda year. The Doctor, his companion: Amy Pond, the TARDIS, and a Dalek . . . 

Yes, we are nerdy.

Now on to the more important stuff . . . 

Alright, so official weigh-in at his 9-month appointment was 18.5 pounds, which means little bub is not keeping up with his growth curve. He dropped from the 50th percentile to the 30th. Womp womp. I blame his busy-ness (climbing and crawling and just never stopping), my progesterone shots dropping my supply a little, and his distractedness during eating. So the plan: we're going to monitor weight a little more closely the next few months and hopefully bulk him up with things like coconut milk, avocado, peanut butter . . . all the fatty foods. We shall see.

30 inches, which puts him in the 97th percentile for height. Wowsa!

^^The boys and their cousin, Rosie.

Sleeps keeps on getting better and better. *hearts for eyes*

Jude usually naps 2 times a day now. In general, morning nap is 2 hours long and afternoon nap is 1 hour. This means that the boys are on opposite nap schedules: Jude naps 10am-12pm, John Paul naps 1pm-3pm, Jude naps 3pm-4pm. Whew. So basically we just stay put in the house all day and the boys get awesome naps and life is good. I bet Jude will go down to one nap here in the next few months, and then they'll be back on the same schedule and we'll stop being hermits so much. In the meantime, I really can't complain. 

Overnight, Jude is sleeping like a champ. He goes down around 8pm or 8:30pm and sleeps through until 6:30am or 7:30am. It's wonnnnnderfulllll. He does have the occasional night waking, usually about once a week. But other than that, we're sleeping through the night again, baby. *happy momma dance*

Firsts this month
-Standing without holding on to anything for like 2 seconds.
-Waving! He perfected this skill early in the month, then forgot it and will only do it on occasion now.
-Cruising along furniture fast!
-Better aim when eating with a spoon.
-Picks up a cup with no lid and drinks from it (with much spillage, but he's so proud). 

Juji <3

Other things to note
-Things Jude likes to get into: all of them. All the things. But especially the dishwasher (see above), trash, shoes (he likes to lick the bottom of them . . . ?), any little speck he finds on the floor (this month he's tried to eat mud, a rock, and a fuzz ball, among other actual edible floor things), your face, your glasses, your hair. Anything is fair game.

-Current favorite foods are applesauce, oranges, and all the carbs. He's still trying to figure out the chewing and swallowing thing, but he's figuring out how to eat more solid foods each day. Slow and steady.

-He loves following John Paul around and doing whatever he's doing. For example . . .

-He loves to play with anything that he comes in contact with. Broom, dish towels, the window, vases, pillows, diapers, the clothes I just folded, the occasional toy. Jude is so interacty with his world right now and I love it. He can keep himself distracted and happy for an hour or more, so long as he's well slept and well fed and there are plenty of fun things around to get in to. Mama loves it.

-Jude is probably half fish. This kid LOVES water, but most especially bath time. Just last night, John said he was shivering through the bath, but still wanted to stay in and play foreverrrr. Obvi we didn't let the shivering continue and pulled him out, but he was miserable being taken away from his favorite playtime of the day. That's dedication, baby.

Happy 9 months, little dude. You're definitely the coolest. :)


Thursday, October 5, 2017

Jude, Eight Months

Jude is 8 months old!

Still not sure on this one. He'll weigh in again at his 9-month appointment. I'm a little worried his distractedness during eating has meant verrrry slow weight gain over the last two months. And he's super crawly and active, so he's burning extra cals. Eep!

While his weight gain has slowed, I'm nearly positive he's still going to be in the 90+ percentile for height. He's a string bean these days.

Jude naps 2-3 times a day. Morning nap is typically 2 hours, afternoon nap is usually 1 hour, and if he does an early evening nap, it usually only lasts 30 minutes at the most.

Overnight sleep has vastly vastly improved! This little dude can now sleep through the night about half the time. Usually that's 9pm to 6am. We're still working on getting him to sleep 8pm to 8am, but I'll take what he's giving in the meantime. If he does wake up in the night, it's never at a predictable time, and it's either because he wants some snuggles or I didn't have enough milk at bedtime, so he wakes to fill that tummy a little more. Are we finally at the end of this lonngggg sleep deprivation tunnel??

^^baby model, casual hand in pants pocket

Firsts this month
-Lots of screaming and growling to gain our attention.
-Real deal crawling. So fast!
-Repositioning himself from crawling position to sitting up and back to crawling.
-A tiny bit of cruising along furniture!! Ahhhh! Will we have an early walker?!
-Getting down from standing position with ease and no head bonks on the floor.
-Transferring while standing from one thing (furniture) to another (mom's leg).
-Wayyyy way way more clingy with mama. Cries when I leave the room. Cries if daddy goes in to soothe him at night instead of me. Cries if someone else holds him for too long.
-I swear he's trying to wave and do the "all done" sign and sometimes he mimics our intonation when we're talking to him. But maybe I'm just thinking he's super advanced and can do these impressive things early because: mom.
-Finally swallowing lots more solid foods. Has stinkier diapers to prove it!
-Popped his second tooth. Look how cute . . .

Juju and Trash Panda. Juju is just a play on Jude. But Trash Panda. Ohhhh Trash Panda. This little boy gets into EVERYTHING, including our trash, recycling basket, floor crumbs, the toilet, the dirty dishwasher. You name it, he's played in it. He digs around until he finds something that looks edible and then, without hesitation, tries to eat it. I pull paper/fuzz balls/floor food/small objects out of this baby's mouth constantly. So yeah, Trash Panda.

^^ oh, those sweet baby cheeks and lashes

Other things to note
-Jude's current favorite foods are green beans, sweet potatoes, and one time he sucked all the juice out of a piece of steak. He'll basically try anything we give him. Including kale, which is always hilarious because he can't chew it, so he just nom nom noms on it like a giraffe eating a leaf.

-This kid regularly disappears on me. He can crawl so fast now, that if I turn away for a minute, he's already in a different room all the way across the house!

-Jude LOVES to play with toys now. He's SO grown up to me these days, the way he interacts with the world. He's so curious and it's so cute to watch.

-He is giddy watching his big brother play, especially when John Paul is playing with something fast and on wheels. So when John Paul rides his bike or pushes his toy lawnmower, Jude squeals and yips and it's oh so adorable.

-While I don't have a picture to prove it, Jude loves sticking out his tongue. It'd say it's out about 25% of the time, especially if he sees something he wants to eat or if he's concentrating hard on something.

^^ the many faces of Jude

Happy 8 months, little man! Thanks for being so wonderful. <3

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Jude, Seven Months

Jude is 7 months old!

I honestly dunno. I'm guessing somewhere around 18 lb. His weight gain has slowed considerably.

Also dunno. We won't get this measurement again until his 9-month appointment. Or until I take out a tape measure and do it myself. Guess which will happen first.

^^that confused look tho.

Naps are still great. He usually takes a morning nap around 9 or 10am and then an afternoon nap around 1pm. Typically he needs a third nap around dinner time, but he fights it so hard that we end up just keeping him awake 'til bedtime. Bedtime is around 8pm or 9pm. 

The overnight has gotten considerably better! Praise God! We have spent the last month slowwwwlyyyy weaning him off his night feeding. On the first night, his feeding was at his usual 2:30am. The next night, we made him wait until 3am. Then the next night we held him out 'til 3:30am. And so on and so forth, adding 30 minutes each night, until we successfully pushed his feeding out of the night and up to around 6am. Woohoo! The goal is eventually to get him to around 8am with no feeding. But I'm pleased as punch at how far we've come. We did have some nights where he was MAD that he wasn't getting insta-milk. Those nights involved lots of snuggles and rocking until feeding time arrived. But most nights he was totally fine with the transition. 

So, drumroll please . . .  Jude has now officially slept through the night, from 9pm to 7am with no wake-ups, one time!!! It happened a few nights ago. And hasn't happened again since. BUT! He did it! And he's teething now, so he does wake up for comfort snuggles in the middle of the night at least once or twice. Totally understandable when your mouth is hurtsville. Anywho, we're hoping that once these teeth pop through, he'll be back to sleeping through. WE CAN HOPE, RIGHT GUYZ?

^^casual kiss on the head #4,521

Firsts this month
-SLEEPING THROUGH THE NIGHT ONE TIME!!! (Not excited about this at all, can't you tell? #sarcasmingsohard)
-Babbling "dada" and "mama" and other random consonants.
-Army crawling SO FAST. Especially when he's motivated by a toy or his brother or something he can chew on.
-Pulling to stand on his own! I didn't even witness it because I was in the kitchen working on dinner. But when I peeked into the playroom to check on the boys for a sec and I saw this . . .

. . . insert shocked/happy/teary-eyed mama face here.
-Trying even more table foods.
-Repositioning from sitting position to on his belly with relative ease and basically full control. AKA no more falling over!
-Popping his first tooth! And about to pop a second, I'm pretty sure. Can you see the swollen buds in the pic below?

^^You don't mind if I just crawl all over this neatly folded laundry, right Ma? Here, let my sneakishly charming smile fix this for you.

Cranky Jude Frankie (due to his teething moodiness . . . who can blame him?), Bubs, Jude the Dude

Other things to note
-Jude's current favorite foods are peanut butter, tofu, green beans, and sweet potato.

-Each month, these boys get even more interactive and it's just so flipping cute to watch their friendship blossom. Tonight, they were both giggling in the back of the car so I asked John Paul what was so funny. He says, "I'm grabbing Jude's foot!" And sure enough, he had his little hand wrapped around Jude's bare foot. It was adorable. Then he went on to ask Jude, "Can you hold my hand, Jude?" Jude never obliged, but he's still working on his English. Thankfully, John Paul is sometimes patient.

-Jude slept through his first solar eclipse. He couldn't waste any time being bored by planetary science. Or actually, he was just really sleepy and eclipses don't accommodate for toddler/baby naps as it turns out.

-This baby has the most awesome hair growing ability I think I've ever witnessed. So fluffy, so long, so luscious. You work that 'do, Jude! Also, pretty sure he's gonna need a haircut before he turns one. Who is this baby?

-Nothing makes him more giddy these days than when he pulls to stand on his own and then gets to hang out standing all by himself. Like, biggest grin across his face I've ever seen. . . all because of his independence. I gotta get a pic one of these days. Adorbs.

We love you, Jude Francis! Happy 7 months!

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Jude, Six Months

Jude is 6 months old!

17 lb 8 oz, which means he gained about a pound in the past month and is keeping up with his 50th percentile curve.

28 inches, 95th percentile! 

We're still not on a perfect nap schedule, but he's rather predictable, which is great. We get two 2-hour naps and one cat nap per day. And he can usually stay awake for about 2 hours at a time before he starts to get cranky and demand another nap. Overall, naps are still great!

Overnight continues to be a hot mess. He usually wakes up 1-3 times for some comfort (cuddles or butt patting) and 1 time (occasionally 2) for a feeding. The feeding almost always occurs between 2am and 3am. We have plans to wean him off that night feeding in the next month or two, but honestly we've just surrendered to the bad sleep for now, so we'll see if we take action any time soon.

This past month, Jude basically outgrew his bassinet, so we had to steal our crib from John Paul to give Jude a more roomy sleep situation. John Paul has adjusted well to sleeping in the pack n' play (we tried to transition him into a big boy twin-sized bed, but that has failed, so pack n' play will suffice for now), and Jude is loving the extra room to roll around in his crib. We typically put him down to sleep on his side now and he either rolls to his belly or his back OR just stays on his side. Belly and side tend to be the fave positions though.

Firsts this month
-Getting up on his hands and knees and rocking back and forth like he's about to launch into crawling! (See GIF below for ref.)
-A weird form of army crawling, where he lifts himself to crawling position and then uses his legs to jettison himself toward an object he wants, landing flat on his belly, and then repeat repeat repeat until he gets what he's after. Basically, he doesn't know how to use his arms yet.
-Rolling across the floor at lightning speed.
- Sitting up unassisted . . . but we stay within catching distance for those few times he loses his balance.
-Riding in the front of the stroller with big brother!
-Yipping and screeching to get our attention.
-Lots of babbling sounds. His fave is dadadadadada.
-Eating solid foods! We're doing baby-led weaning again.

Jude the Dude, Cranky Jude Franky (when he's tired), Chicken Nugget

Other things to note
-We started Jude on solid foods the day he turned 6 months. We're about a week into it now and so far his favorite foods are peanut butter, green beans, banana, beef, blueberries, carrot sticks, and apricot. He's also tried egg yolk, beef broth, avocado, potato, chia seed pudding, apple, and zucchini. He really isn't getting much, but he's able to grab the food, bring it to his mouth, and lick it or gum it around in his mouth a bit, which is really the goal right now. First he learns to chew, then to swallow. This kid has been trying to eat food off our plates for like two months now, so I think he's just thrilled that he's finally getting to join us. We're keeping it plain and simple for now and avoiding acidic foods, dairy (since he has a cow's milk protein allergy), wheat, and grain to be sure nothing is too rough on his tummy. Actually, this is my new favorite resource on baby-led weaning, so that's what we're basically following for now. Overall, I'm loving the process all over again! Mess and all!

-Jude got his own high chair! We wanted the Ikea cheapy one, but since the closest Ikea is like 3 hours away, we opted to get the Babies R Us knock off version. My fave part about it is it's super easy to clean since there's no fabric. 

 -This baby LOVES to smile. He will smile all day every day at everybody. It warms my mama heart. Childlike joy is something special.

-Still no teeth, btw. This baby is officially teething foreverrrrrr. I wonder if he's just going to pop like 8 at one time.

-We've found some things that make Jude SO SAD. In addition to being sad from overtiredness or getting stuck in his car seat for too long (I feel like those are just normal baby woes), he appears to be VVV afraid of dogs and the food processor. Like instant scream cry whenever he sees/hears them. Poor bud.

-Ok, so related to food processors, I have a funny story. I had to run the food processor to finish making dinner one night and Jude was not having it. I put him in the playroom off the kitchen, hoping the wall between us would filter out some of the sound. But he was still very upset when I turned the loud food-chopping beast on. So I asked John Paul to go into the playroom and comfort his brother while I finished up. 5 minutes later, I go in to check on them and John Paul is comforting Jude by putting his toes in Jude's mouth! Eep! Jude was just going along with it and sorta licking John Paul's toes. And John Paul gave me a look like, "I was just trying to help, Mom!" It was the most hilarious/awkward/genuinely sweet thing ever. Bahahahaha. Brothers, man.

-Since I've eliminated diary from my diet, Jude no longer has blood in his stool. Woop woop! Problem solved. And now that I've adjusted, it's relatively easy to avoid all the yummy dairy. I definitely miss it (queso :'( whyyyyyyy?), but I've found substitutes for pretty much everything, so I can probs keep up with it for several more months if I have to.

-My post-partum anxiety/depression is mostly in check now that I have progesterone shots on board. I still have my moments, but it's much much mucchhhhh better. Thanks for the prayers!

-And finally, I know I say this every month, but these boys are turning out to be best friends, no doubt. The way John Paul kisses his brother at least 10 times a day. The way Jude finds interest in anything John Paul is doing. The way John Paul wants to show Jude everything he's playing with or read books to him. The way John Paul comes running over any time I'm taking a picture of Jude and wants to join in. The way John Paul pulls Jude's high chair as close to his as possible so they can sit together. I have a feeling once Jude is more mobile, these two are going to be inseparable and thick as thieves.

Saturday, July 15, 2017

A Day in the Life

As part of my year-long online photography course, this week we were asked to complete a day-in-the-life photo project. Starting at the moment we woke up for the day, we were tasked with taking one photo every 10 minutes. Whew! I wasn't able to capture a picture every 10 minutes, but I got pretty darn close. I decided it would be fun to turn the day into a blog post as well, so here you have it. A day in the life of our family . . .

July 14, 2017

John returns home from a long night at work and peeks into the guest bedroom (where I'm sleeping with Jude) to give me a kiss. Since he takes calls through the night for work, we sleep separate to make sure he doesn't interrupt baby Jude's sleep.

Jude wakes up for a feeding. It takes 30 minutes to feed him and get him back to sleep. I play on my phone and watch a few minutes of the most recent episode of Married at First Sight to pass the time.

Jude starts making noise in his bassinet, sorta fussing, but sorta just vocalizing. I let him hang for a little while I slowly wake up.

The sorta fussing turns to real fussing, so I decide he's ready for another feeding. I text John, who's sleeping upstairs, to tell him Jude is up. He comes down to hang with me while I feed Jude. When I wrap up the feeding, he takes over on Jude and I go upstairs to our master bedroom to catch a few more morning zzzzzzzs.

I wake up to a text from John saying Jude is awake again. He must've gotten him back down after that 6:15am feeding! I look at John Paul's monitor and notice he's fussing and standing in his crib. I feel a little mommy guilt as I wonder how long he's been up and ready to start his day. I must've slept through all the noise he was making! Oops.

I go to grab him from his room and ask him if he's been awake for a while or if he just woke up. He tells me, "I just woke up! " Who knows if it's true, but it makes me feel a little better. Then he says, "I was saying wahhhhhhh in my crib!" Ha! I love how toddlers just tell it like it is. Thanks for the heads up that you were fussing in your crib, babe.

I make my way down to the guest bedroom with John Paul and we meet up with Daddy and Jude! I finally start taking pictures.

Jude gets a diaper change and then we head out to the kitchen to start working on breakfast.

John Paul tries to make a tower with some of the breakfast ingredients. I love his shocked face as the avocado fails to balance on top.

John's having avocado on toast and John Paul and I are having jelly and butter on toast, all with some blueberries, pineapple, and blackberries on the side. Oh, and coffee for the adults. ;) John was straining the cold brew coffee while I was preparing breakfast, so it's wonderfully fresh.

We wrap up breakfast and Jude is just being the cutest baby ever at the table, excitedly smacking the wood surface with his hands and coo-screaming and smiling.

Jude sends me some hunger cues, so I go off to the guest bedroom to nurse him. He nurses best in dark rooms with minimal distractions, so the guest bedroom is where we usually nurse these days. (The dark lighting is terrible for pictures though, btw, so ignore the poor quality.) He only wants to nurse for a few minutes though. He's more interested in playing than eating. Oh well! We'll try again later.

Back to playing. He loves this Ikea play gym.

I call our good friends (who live approx. 1 block away) and ask if they want to join us for dinner tonight. They accept! We spend several minutes on the phone meal planning around what we already have on hand and what Sarah can easily grab at the store. We decide on burgers and waffle fries and veggies with hummus and homemade coconut milk ice cream! (Sarah and I are both dairy-free right now since we think our little nurslings are having issues with dairy thru our breastmilk.)

While I'm on the phone, John and John Paul are outside tending to the garden.

John and John Paul are back inside and John plays with Jude. This smiley boy loves being lifted into the air!

I work on a sink full of dishes for a while and dang it feels good to get it all cleaned up and put away.

And look at all the veggies we've gotten from our garden in the past few days! A ton of pickling cucumbers and several cherry tomatoes.

John is reading to the boys. Shout out to Usborne Books for making this 1000 Things That Go book; John Paul is officially obsessed.

John Paul needs a diaper change. Jude hangs out on the floor while I change him. Poor second child. :P

John builds a new chair for our sunroom and John Paul loves "helping." I change Jude's diaper and then head back into the guest bedroom to try nursing Jude again and this time it works. Plus he's super sleepy so he falls asleep in the process and goes down for a nap.

I leave Jude napping in his bassinet and exit the guest bedroom to find John and John Paul playing video games on the desktop computer. Like father, like son! (Goofiest-Grin-Ever award goes to John Paul.)

I take some time to work on writing this post for a while. Blogging about blogging. Meta blogging. :P

Then I take a moment to admire the new sunroom chair.

I start heating up lunch -- leftover pumpkin chili. John Paul is playing in the the play room right off the kitchen. Jude is still napping.

Lunch is on the table! We chow down and enjoy each others' company. John Paul is quite the picky eater, so all he eats is the chips. But he's intrigued by us squeezing lime juice on our chili, so he tries to do the same on his.

We supplement lunch with a few cherries. It's cherry season, y'all! So good.

John Paul and I play his board game, First Orchard, while John cleans up the lunch mess in the kitchen. John Paul's only interested in playing for approximately a minute before he gets distracted by another toy: his foam blocks. He usually loves it though.

John Paul gets another diaper change and then we head upstairs to get him down for his nap.

John reads him a few books and sings a few songs and gets him down right after 1pm.

I hear Jude waking up as John starts John Paul's nap routine, so I go downstairs and grab him and change his diaper.

I decide I want to shower, which I don't usually do when boys are awake, but since Jude has just awoken, I figure he'll probably be ok in the Mamaroo while I get clean. I nurse him for a few minutes to be sure his tummy is full before I jump in the shower. He barely eats, so I take that as a sign that he's good and full and will cooperate with playing alone for a little while.

John tries to take a nap while I'm hopping in the shower. He's still recovering from having worked a week of nights.

Shower is over and Jude is just starting to get cranky. Perfect timing!

We head downstairs and I attempt to get Jude playing on the ground so I can turn some of our garden cucumbers into pickles. But he's not having it, probably because he played alone while I showered and now he wants interacty time. So we switch gears and I decide to finish watching my episode of Married at First Sight while he plays on the floor next to me. I take pictures of how cute he's being every 10 minutes while I watch my show.

John decides he can't sleep (maybe the delicious morning coffee is to blame?), so he heads outside to do some yard work instead.

My show is wrapping up and Jude is starting to get cranky. So I change his diaper, nurse him, and he passes out for another nap. I love how predictable babies can be sometimes. :)

I exit the guest bedroom and hear John Paul starting to wake up. I give him a few minutes to really wake, then go upstairs to get him.

John Paul hams it up with a frowny face when I go to get him. I grab him out of his crib and he instantly wants to show me the foam robot that he constructed with John right before nap.

Then, as we're attempting to head downstairs, John Paul runs off into our spare 2nd floor bedroom, where we're airing out his newly purchased big boy twin-sized mattress. He's SO PROUD of his new mattress and can't wait to sleep on it. We're slowwwwwly warming him up to the idea and we're still waiting on the bed frame to arrive, so for now, it'll just sit and continue to air out.

John is finally finished with the yard work! And then the skies open up and it starts pouringggg. John Paul sits by the window and watches the rain fall.

I love how he lines up all his trucks and cars on the couch.

A huge thunder clap wakes Jude. So I rush off into the guest bedroom to nurse him back down. It works for a while, but as soon as I attempt to leave around 4:15pm, he wakes back up. Nap fail. I decide to leave him to fuss for a few minutes to see if he can settle back to sleep.

And deja vu! As I exit the guest bedroom, John and John Paul are playing Rocket League together again. I swear this never happens. We are not "toddler gets to play video games" people at all.

Wait, not nap fail! Jude put himself back to sleep. Boom chicka boom! *mom does happy dance*

I decide to make those pickles after all! I run out to the garden to grab some dill for the recipe.

John changes John Paul's diaper and then John Paul joins me in the kitchen to oversee the pickle process.

We finish making the pickles and John Paul asks, "You wanna make a train track with me, Mommy?" Of course, kiddo. You got it!

John notices a chip in our new chair! Super glue to the rescue. He glues the chipped piece back on and it's good as new. Then the boys goof around for a bit and pose for a silly picture.

Our friends arrive! Sarah and I get straight to work in the kitchen preparing our dairy-free feast. The boys, John Paul and Owen, play around us and the husbands, John and Bobby, chill in the sunroom with the babies. (Jude decided to wake up and join the fun around 5:20pm.)

Dinner is ready and the babies, Jude and Lily, both decide it's time for a feeding. So we tell the dads to run the dinner show with the toddlers while we nurse in the family room. Jude is too distracted to properly eat, but Lily chows down for a little while. We eventually join the dads and toddlers for the meal.

The boys are back to playing and the adults clean up and bit and lounge a bit.

Jude is exhausted at this point but it's too early to put him to bed. He just needs a mini nap. I go into hiding in the guest bedroom and finally get him to eat. He always eats best in a dark, quiet room. He keeps rubbing his eyes but he won't pass out. He wraps up his feeding and I put him in his bassinet and leave the room to see if he can pass out on his own.

He doesn't pass out. John goes in to help him settle and take a mini nap while Sarah and I scoop our homemade ice cream into small bowls for all to enjoy.

The boys play a little bit more and we clean up around them. They chip in here and there. :)

Our friends head home to start their bedtime routine. We walk them out and wave goodbye from the driveway.

Somewhere in all the fun I lose track of all the diaper changes that occurred, but I promise there were several others. I just can't remember them to document them. The life of a parent with two kiddos in diapers. :P

I encourage John to play with the boys while I finish cleaning the kitchen and playroom.

Jude is smiling and captivated by something John Paul is doing.

We head upstairs and change the boys into pajamas and disposable diapers. John, John Paul, and I all brush our teeth. In order to get John Paul to cooperate, he gets to brush Daddy's teeth as Daddy brushes his. Once that fun wears off, I tell him I'm going to tickle his teeth with the toothbrush and he lets me brush the teeth in the way back. Toothbrushing with a toddler should seriously be an olympic sport., amiright?

John snuggles both boys and reads Goodnight Moon to them while I run downstairs and wrap up a few chores -- mostly laundry and cloth diaper stuff.

Jude and I leave John and John Paul to wrap up John Paul's bedtime routine. 2 books, 2 songs, prayers, and some snuggles usually do the trick.

I take a second to snap a picture of Jude in his Zipadeezip sleep sack and then nurse him until he falls asleep. I mindlessly scroll on facebook while he passes out.

Jude is officially out and I place him in his bassinet.

John and I watch an episode of The Young Pope while I get my first progesterone-in-oil shot (to treat my postpartum anxiety/depression). Since I've already watched the series once, I'm only half watching while I spend some time catching up on this post.

Our episode ends and we're off to bed.


Whew, what a day! Thanks for following along. It was a bit of work to keep up with, but I imagine this'll be fun to look back on as the years go by. Perhaps I'll make a yearly tradition of it? :)

Camera: Nikon D3200
Lens: 35mm f/1.8G

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