Thursday, February 22, 2018

Palm Beach: Day One

One of our favorite parts of each winter is our annual trip down to Palm Beach - it was so special to have Tatum there with us this year and while the trip was a little different with him there, it was so much fun! 


We stayed at The Breakers and we're always so sad when we have to leave there.  Our room was ready right away and we had a few minutes to freshen up and get into our summer gear before meeting a dear friend for lunch outside by the pool.


We were pumped to be in the warm weather! It's been a freezing winter up here and even sitting out in the shade with Tatum was very well welcomed.  He loved the pool - whether being floated around or especially stepping on the steps and splashing.


We spent the rest of the afternoon under an umbrella - napping, watching, playing - a little different than the usual cocktails and sunbathing, reading, free time, etc.


Tatum settled in for an afternoon nap so we happily enjoyed a quiet happy hour before ending our time in the sun for the day.


We kept it easy that night and just walked downstairs to one of our favorites, The Seafood Bar.  It was pretty crowded but they got us in quickly to a quiet table and we lucked out that Tatum fell asleep for the whole meal shortly after we sat down.

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Tatum Beau: Four Months


Tatum turned four months on February 16th.

Height/Weight/Health:
His four month appointment is on Thursday so we'll see about height and weight.

For the most part his thrush has really seemed to clear up this month.  Finally! A few little coughs and sneezes but other than that we've been hiding out and trying to avoid germs.

With the cold he's had chapped cheeks pretty much the whole month and a little bit of dry skin.

He is doing a ton of drooling - his little outfits always get wet... as do our shirts usually.  I think teething is in the near future.


Clothes:
He's still mostly in 0-3 clothes.  Some onesies he has done 3-6 months and they've just been a little bit big (but that's better than too tight) and his little outfits are primarily 0-3 as well as his sleep zip onesies from Target.  He has his first blowout - two back to back ruining two outfits.  For diapers he's been doing well in size two.

All his weight is in that little belly, pants are usually long on him!  I just had to buy diapers for the first time since he was born right at the end of January.


Feedings:
Tatum loves eating! If you take his bottle away and he's not done, he let's out a little whimerping cry. Just after 3 months we hit a bit of crying between bottles so we moved him up to six ounces for each feed.

He usually eats around 5/6am then goes back to bed until a 9am bottle and then noon, 3ish, 5ish, 7ish and 9ish.. Occasionally he'll wake up for a dream feed around 10:30 ish.


Sleep:
Just days past three months he started sleeping through the night - for the most part.  We started with about 9:30/10 as bed time and with the exception of a little fuss where he'd just need a paci and maybe some extra sound machine he'd usually sleep until sometime in the 7am hour.

He's been bouncing back and forth on sleeping through the whole night this month - he hit about 5 nights in a row then was pretty steady waking up at either 2am or 4am then hit another steady stream of about 4 nights fully sleeping then  back to a quick wake up around either 4/5/6am and then usually another hour or two after that of sleep.  The week before he turned four months he had some great sleeps - especially in Florida.

He's not on a napping schedule but usually does maybe four naps a day - his afternoon nap anywhere between 3-6pm is always his longest of the day.  Unless we're out running errands, his morning nap is always super quick.  He's been a little fussier with fighting his naps this week and then will just all of a sudden fall asleep.


Activities:
He's slowly becoming more and more awake during the day.  We have playtime a few times a day - his favorites are kicking on his mat or sitting on my lap and holding toys to play with.


Likes:
Sitting up with help, "standing" with help, pulling hair and jewelry, holding onto fingers, he's a little more alert so he likes watching things and making eye contact.


Dislikes:
The first twenty seconds of bath time and then he loves it.  Being tired, hungry and cold.  We can 100% tell his hungry cry from other cries.


Milestones:
He loves standing with our help - more than anything! He sits up on his own with something behind him or with our help - he's doing great sitting in his little chair to play for a bit.

Starting to play with toys - I can't wait until he can do even more.

Sleeping through the night... sometimes.

While I love that he falls asleep in our arms sometimes, he also will fall asleep after being put down for some naps and occasionally after a very early morning feed.

He's really noticing things - people, tv's, listening to whoever is talking.  He also likes to "talk" to us with his little noises.

He had his first big laugh and continues to laugh a little bit but smile a lot.

He celebrated his first Valentine's Day and even got a few Valentine's!

He stopped by two business meetings at the office.


Adventures:
With the weather being so cold we spent many nights at home in January to keep warm instead of having to bundle Tatum up.

He watched his first Super Bowl and saw his hometown Philadelphia Eagles win! We'll leave it up to him whether he wants to cheer for the Cowboys or the Eagles but it was exciting nonetheless and he was in green.

He went to Florida for the first trip just the three of us.  He loved swimming in the pool, napping on the lounge chairs and dipping his toes into the ocean.  A warm weather baby for sure.  In addition to swimming for the firs time, he also wore sunscreen for the first time.


Other:
He experienced a bit more snow and icy mornings.  I much more appreciate the warm weather overtime I get the stroller out of the car in the winter.

I've tried to stop anything I need to do and enjoy it if he falls asleep in my arms, I know those days will only last so long!

Monday, February 19, 2018

New York City

It's been a whirlwind few weeks around here - we went to New York City for an event, had our annual family vacation to Florida just the three of us and Derek's been traveling for work.  We had yet another snow over the weekend but this week it's suppose to hit 70 degrees here... in February! 


Last weekend we went up to New York City for the night - our first overnight out of town without Tatum! 


We did a little happy hour just the two of us and then met some old friends for dinner before finishing the night with a bunch of friends for drinks.


Saturday we participated in Cycle for Survival and it was the best event! We cycled on and off for four hours and then all went out to brunch before heading home.


Have a good week! xx

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Tatum's Nursery


I meant to share this post when he was about two months old and since he'll be four months on Friday, I'm only a little bit late - better late than never is what I keep telling myself these days! When we heard "boy" I immediately knew I'd go navy blue instead of light blue.  I wanted to keep the room simple and at first it was just navy/white - that the red/teal got incorporated was sort of on accident but it just worked out that many items matched.

His furniture is a mix of items from Pottery Barn Kids - I tried to keep in mind pieces that could transition into a big boy room too.  We have a fairly big storage room downstairs so anything like his pack n play, stroller attachments, etc. we keep down there to keep the cluttering out.  He has a few toys in the bins and I'm sure when he can play he'll have a few more but for now we mostly play downstairs in the playroom (will share that soon!)

For now I love keeping it clean and "perfect" - I know the days will come soon where he can pull things off the shelves and they'll be everywhere - and that's okay!  I usually tidy it up each morning to be clean for the day.


In addition to the monogram on the wall, he has a bunch of personalized items in his room - I couldn't help myself.  I take his weekly picture every Monday and keep up with his blocks based on the week. The "Tatum" train is one of my favorite items we have and the two little lambs are from flower arrangements at my baby shower... as is the stuff lab dog, from my mom.  The bins at the bottle keep socks and burp clothes.

monogram / prints (etsy) / bins / stuffed animals (gifts) / name train / wooden rattles

Two of guestbooks have a little suite attached so we figured we'd take advantage of the space and use for the nursery.  The little shelf to the side will be great for once Tatum actually plays more and his anywhere chair I'm sure will be moved downstairs eventually but for now we use it for his monthly photos.

He has his own bathroom so we just started doing his baths up there with his little bathtub in the big tub - under the sink I store extra wipes, soaps, extra diaper bag items and such.


His second set of bookshelves is more storage - the bottom bins have a few toys, books and stuff (literally), a stack of blankets that we're always using, a few wooden pieces and two accent lamps.

both wall prints (this etsy shop) / wooden animals / train (my brother's when he was a baby) / personalized block /

They say when you have kids they come before you and that's 100% true - we haven't done our own closet yet but Tatum's was the top of our list when we moved in.  I'm much more of a visual person and I hate having clothes in drawers so just about all of his are hung up.  We use his drawers for diapers, towels, bodysuits, extra changing table liners, sleep sacks and things like that.


Wednesday, February 7, 2018

This & That

We've been celebrating the Super Bowl all weekend long and into the start of this week.  While I love cheering on the Cowboys with Derek, as long as they aren't playing each other, I love cheering on the Eagles too and this city has been such fun the past few days - a very exciting night! We had about thirty or so people over and this is just one of the two tables of food.


The celebrating went late into the night so this was definitely how we all felt come Monday morning this week...


In addition to the Super Bowl, we also celebrated my mom's birthday a few times over the weekend - a delicious brunch + a dinner out - we love celebrating Lovie!


With how cold it's been, we've been staying in and cooking at home more and more - especially on Friday nights - it's been a great way to finish out the week.


Right about when Tatum hit three months we started playing and it seems like each week he's into it a little bit more - it's been fun to see him slowly pickup his rattles, hit buttons on his toys and things like that.


My mom had this onesie as part of the decorations at my baby shower along with a Stella look alike dog that one of my girlfriends got me and I'm so excited that Tatum can fit into it now - he loves his puppy squad... especially his sister.


Last week I went to a sign making class for a few girlfriends - I forgot to take a photo of the final product but this was mid way through - it was a great night out!  Tatum is all boy and we watch enough sports to make me posing him in front of the Lilly Pulitzer x Philadelphia backdrop okay, ha - he helped me with some shopping last week.


Happy Wednesday! xx