Grayson 5 Month Update

Another month has gone by in the blink of an eye and Grayson is 5 months old! He remains such a sweet and happy baby!  He is always giving such sweet and adorable smiles to everyone he encounters. He is laughing more and more each day and will laugh a lot if you raise him in the air and then bring him back down quickly.

THE STATS:

Weight: 16 lbs 8 oz
Height:  27.5 inches
Head Size:  16.5  inches
Clothes: 3-6
Diapers: size 2

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Grayson is sleeping beautifully through the night and is taking good naps throughout the day.

He is still taking 5-6 ounces 5 times daily. This month we plan to start baby oatmeal.

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Last month he had just started taking a pacifier and enjoyed it at first but he is using it less and less each week. He much prefers his thumb now.

Grayson really enjoys bearing weight on his feet while supported. This month he has started playing in his ExerSaucer and Jumperoo. He is not jumping yet in the Jumperoo, but likes the toys and standing on his feet with support.

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He loves to hold his hands and cross his feet. He has already been grabbing and holding on to his feet as well.

He absolutely loves being outside and going for a walk. We try to take him on walks as often as we can.

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He looks more and more like Elin each day and I think he looks a lot like I did as a baby as well. He is such a little bundle of love and sweetness that you can’t help but just smile at him when he looks up at you with his sweet smile. He will almost always smile a big smile back at you if you smile at him.

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Birth Greeting for your baby from the White House

I was working on updating Grayson’s baby book and organizing his memory box this weekend and remembered that I had never shared his letter from the White House.

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When I was planning my wedding and perusing wedding planning websites, I found out that you could send in wedding announcements (as well as birth announcements)  to the White House and the president and first lady would send you a greeting back.   I didn’t really care to do it for our wedding but thought it was cool keepsake for a baby.  I completely forgot about it until Elin was well past newborn stage but did manage to remember in time for her and for Grayson I was on top of it and mailed in his birth announcement along with all the announcements for family and friends.

There is really not a point to do this other than it’s a unique keepsake to store in the baby box or in a memory box for your baby.

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Here is the address to send off your birth announcement:

President Barack Obama
Greetings Office Room 39
1600 Pennsylvania Ave.
Washington, D.C.
20500

If you prefer to save some postage and an announcement you can just fill out this online form here.

You will also see that you can receive greetings for weddings, anniversaries, retirement, and birthdays.

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Additionally, if you are interested you can also receive birth greetings for your new baby from Mickey Mouse or the Pope!

You can receive a post card signed my Mickey and some of his pals when you send an announcement to this address:

Mickey and Minnie Mouse
Walt Disney World
1675 N Buena Vista Dr.
Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830

And if you are interested in getting a letter back from the Pope you can send to this address:

His Holiness, Pope Francis
Apostolic Palace
00120 Vatican City

Secrets to Getting your Baby to Sleep through the Night + GIVEAWAY!

I am not going to try to tell you that I am expert on babies and sleep but I have been very blessed to have had babies that sleep through the night after the first 5-6 weeks.

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Grayson is still only 4.5 months old so I am aware at any time he can start to sleep regress, but so far we have been incredibly lucky to get good sound sleepers. I realize that I am so lucky in that department and will share the incredibly easy process that I do to put Grayson to sleep as it was the same process I did for Elin.

At this age, Grayson goes down to sleep right about 8pm. He gets his bath first if he is having a bath that day. He gets one every other day. After the bath, he gets in a snuggly sleeper and then we go downstairs to have his last bottle for the night which makes him very sleepy. Usually his eyes are at half mast and you can tell he is getting very drowsy.

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After the bottle, we head up to his room to change his diaper again and to get in his sleep sack. I truly believe his sleep sack helps him sleep so well and soundly. We did the complete swaddle until he was 2 months. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that you discontinue swaddling at 2 months of age. I was super nervous that he would wake up in the night when we had to stop that but luckily the sleep sack was just as awesome and helped him stay warm and secure.

I read him a couple stories and then sing him a couple songs as I rock him to the point that looks like he is almost asleep and then I put him in his crib, sans any blankets or stuffed animals of course!

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It’s really an easy routine with nothing all that special about it, but I do believe the sleep sack is key!

My favorite sleep sack we have right now is our SwaddleDesign zzZip me sack. I love that it’s made of an incredibly soft and stretchy fabric and it has the dual zipper so that if you have to change a diaper right before bed (or in the middle of the night) you don’t have to take the whole sack off. Another reason why I love the Swaddle Designs sacks is their beautiful designs and lovely pastel colors. As silly as it may sound, I am picky when it comes to clothes, sleepwear, and sleep sacks and hands down SwaddleDesigns offers the cutest designs and patterns.

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Now, are you ready for a giveaway? One lucky winner will receive their choice of cotton knit zzZip sack. Looking forward to sharing one of these beautiful sleep sacks with you!

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Grayson 4 Month Update

Grayson is 4 months old and growing like a weed! I tell him all the time that he is going to surpass Elin by his first birthday! But more notable than his size this month is this little boy’s happy personality. I don’t know what it is but he has turned into the happiest baby on the planet! He just loves to smile and laugh. His little laugh is so sweet and his smile lights up his whole face.

THE STATS:

Weight: 16 lbs 1 oz
Height:  26.5 inches
Head Size:  16.5  inches
Clothes: 3-6
Diapers: size 2

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Grayson continues to be such a good sleeper!  He sleeps through the night usually for 12 hours.  He takes good little naps through the day and is starting to take nice longer ones in the afternoon.

He eats 5 times a day taking 5 ounces at a time.

This month he has really started to grab and hold onto toys to play with them. He has also started taking a pacifier this month but only a little bit throughout the day and never to nap or at night.

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We haven’t seen any teeth yet, but he is drooling a lot and starting to gnaw on his hands and toys, so I am thinking a tooth may be in his near future.

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Grayson is also getting better at holding his head still and starting to be able to sit up while assisted for short periods of time. He has been practicing sitting with his boppy pillow and with his bumbo seat.

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He is getting so interactive and social. He enjoys watching everyone and paying attention to what they are doing. He really loves to watch Elin and loves when she talks to him in a high-pitched voice and makes faces at him. That makes him laugh so much!

Grayson 3 Month & Elin 4 Year Pictures

Grayson had his 3 month pictures right before the fourth of July and of course big sister Elin got in on the photo shoot and consequently got her 4 year photos.

The pictures were scheduled on a Friday at 2pm. I was very nervous about the time because Elin had her last swimming class that morning and she was always super tired after swimming class and 2 pm was the fussiest time for Grayson. Luckily, they both did better than expected and we got some cute shots.

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I tried on this outfit a few days before the photos and I knew it was big but I thought it would be ok. In hindsight, I wish I would have gone out and tried to find it smaller. It was huge on him and so ill-fitting. Oh well…

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I love this picture of Elin. It’s one of my favorites of her ever taken.

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We’ve always got to let Angel her close up. She loves the camera.

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I’m so glad that I schedule these photo shoots. It’s not always easy to find the time, but I always love the photos and I’ll cherish them forever.

Grayson 3 Month Update

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THE (unofficial) STATS:

Weight: 15 lbs
Height:  25 inches
Head Size:  17 1/4
Clothes: 0-3
Diapers: size 1

Grayson is 3 months old! Three months have happened so fast! He is getting bigger, stronger and more alert everyday. He likes to hold his hands and stare at the toys above him when he is on his activity mat. He has also started enjoying his swing and bouncer seat more and more each day. He also continues to love being outdoors on walks or just outdoors in general. It’s so fun to see him smile a lot more and laugh out loud.

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This month was easier to start establishing naps and figuring out when he would take them during the day. He would take one for about 30-60 minutes in the morning each day. Then afternoons were still a toss up. Sometimes he would barely take any in the afternoons, sometimes a small 30 minute or so and then every once in awhile he would take a good 1.5-2 hour nap if he was swaddled and in bed.

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For some of his firsts this month, he got in the pool for the first time and seemed to really enjoy it. He enjoyed floating around in his little boat. He also enjoyed spending time in a Baby Bjorn while watching big sister in swimming lessons. He mostly just slept the whole time he was in it.

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Another first was staying all day at Nanny’s house while I went back to work. It’s an adjustment to not get to see him much during the weekday now. He has to go to bed early at about 7:30 PM since he has to get up so early now to get to Nanny’s at 7:30AM.

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I love this picture showing how Elin takes photos of Grayson during our little monthly photoshoots.  She loves him so much and is always taking his picture. It’s the sweetest thing! I’m so happy that she loves and is so proud of her baby brother.

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Grayson’s Nursery

When I originally started to plan out Grayson’s nursery I had planned on gray, navy and white but somewhere along the planning process I decided to just do gray and white. I wanted to just go simple, crisp and clean. I also loved the the crown molding and wainscoting we put up in Elin’s room so we put that up in his room as well.

I decided to shop for the bedding first and fell in love with the Belgian Linen bedding at Pottery Barn Kids. I ordered it in gray and then realized that since I wanted the walls to be gray it might be too much so I decided to exchange it and went with the Harper collection from Pottery Barn Kids.

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From there I went through the horrible task of finding a gray. Grays are so very difficult to work with. It’s amazing how different grays look in different lights and up against different colors. We have a gray we used in our master bedroom and bathroom and we tried that in the room first and it looked completely different in there! It came out more tan looking than what we wanted. We made numerous trips to the paint store and finally we decided to have them color match a few items for us. We got on the right track but the color was still too dark so they upped the white in the paint and finally we eventually found our perfect gray. I like to call it Grayson Gray in case Sherwin Williams would like to make it an official part of their color line.

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Want a peak in the dresser drawers? Check out his drawer organization on this post.

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Then we searched high and low for a nursery chair. The gray color was tripping us up again but finally we found the quality and color we were looking for at Pottery Barn Kids. We ordered the rocker chair in Washed Linen French Gray and when it finally came in 8 weeks later it looked light purple in the room up against our gray! Ugh! Luckily, Pottery Barn Kids let us even-exchange it for the Washed Grain sack in Dove Gray and we couldn’t be happier with the color.

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The basics were there and then the hard part really started of finding wall decor I liked. There are so many beautiful options out there. However, I didn’t find a lot I liked in stores. Most of the items I found that I liked were on Etsy. I highly recommend finding unique and personalized items on there for nursery decor. After going through all the options I finally decided to go with the little gray elephant from Daisy and Bump. I had the pictures sent from the UK and they came super quick and were in perfect condition. I was nervous because I also had them framed there since the sizes were not common here in the US. I love all the prints on their site! I only wish I had known about them when preparing for Elin’s nursery.

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The carriage is my cake topper from one of my baby showers.  I love that I can reuse it as decor instead of just keeping it in a box.

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My other favorite find was Grayson’s nigh light. Why oh why is it hard to find a cute nightlight in stores? Etsy to the rescue again. I came across the Lightning Bugs Etsy shop and they have droves of adorable and personalized night lights. It’s so beautiful in person and I love it! Makes the room more special for sure.

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I love how his nursery turned out. I can be very indecisive and picky but all the trips to the stores and hours poring over the internet in search of the perfect item pay off when I am pleased and happy when looking at Grayson’s room.

 

Sources:

Bedding: Harper Collection: Pottery Barn Kids

Wall Monogram: Pottery Barn Kids

Nursery Chair: Washed Grain Sack in Dove Gray: Pottery Barn Kids

Changing Table Baskets: Pottery Barn Kids

Mirror: Lowe’s

Pendant Ceiling Light:  Pottery Barn Kids

Monogrammed Night Light: Lightening Bugs

Closet Dividers: ModishCG

Elephant Prints: Daisy and Bump

Floating Shelves: Amazon

Handprint/Footprint Frame (Pearhead): Amazon

Moon Bank: Bed Bath and Beyond

Grayson’s 2 Month Update

Maybe someday I will get this monthly update up in a timely manner and not halfway through the next month.

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THE STATS:

Weight: 12 lbs 14 oz
Height:  24 1/8 inches
Head Size:  15 1/4
Clothes: 0-3
Diapers: size 1

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This month Grayson grew out of being so sleepy all the time and is awake more during the day. In fact, he doesn’t nap much during the day but luckily he started sleeping completely during the night at 5 weeks and hasn’t looked back. That was one week sooner than Elin started sleeping through the night! She started sleeping through the night at 6 weeks and has NEVER looked back. She wakes up maybe once a month (if that) in the middle of the night to go to the bathroom, but that’s it. We are hoping he will be another good night sleeper.

About a week into month two he hit a big growth spurt and got really chubby really fast! It was like overnight he just got bigger! He is almost too long for his bassinet stroller and his feet are almost sticking out past his infant carrier! Luckily, he still fits in the bassinet stroller because he loves going for walks! He seems to like the constant motion and the fresh air. He just seems so at peace on walk.

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Grayson has found his hands and will hold his hands a lot. He reaches up and bats at toys on his activity gym and he also likes to kick at the little stuffed animals.

He has really taken to his bouncer seat and swing this month. He will often fall asleep in there for little naps throughout the day.

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These pictures crack me up that he fell asleep during our little photo shoot!

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Elin continues to love her brother so much and loves to sit and “play” with him everyday. He has started watching her more closely and smiling at her when she sits with him.

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Angel is still uncertain on her feelings. She seems to want to protect him from Elin when she is loud and running around, but she likes to keep a safe distance from both of them.

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Grayson’s 1 month Update

 

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THE STATS:

Weight: 9 lbs 14 oz
Height:  24 inches
Head Size:  14.5
Clothes: Newborn
Diapers: Newborn

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How has it already been a month?!?! Time is already flying and Grayson is already officially a one month old. He has been a pretty good baby so far. The first couple of weeks he slept all the time! It was hard to get him to wake up for feedings and stay awake. Then he did a week or 2 of cluster feeding at night and now just this past week he was making stretches of 5-8 hours between feedings at night! Not bad! There is still not a pattern to his schedule yet and he likes to shake it up for me often so that I have no idea if he is going to stay up between feedings or sleep, but that is to be expected.

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He likes to be held and jiggled around or patted a lot when he is awake. He has also been enjoying his swing more and more each passing week. He is learning how to suck his thumb but having trouble keeping it held in there.

He has already rolled over from his stomach to his back 3 times at one week of age! He is very strong and is constantly working on lifting his head and keeping it up on his own.

He has been enjoying walks and being outside in the fresh air. It usually lulls him right to sleep.

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Elin still continues to be pretty smitten with her new little brother and loves to lay on his activity mat with him and keep him entertained.

He is still a little yellow from breastfeeding jaundice. His pediatrician said that it’s common in breastfeed babies and that it will go away in a couple of months. I think it goes away a little each day.

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Grayson’s Newborn Modeling Session

We already had Grayson’s newborn session planned and scheduled when an opportunity arose for Grayson to be a model for Rachel Vanoven Photography. Rachel Vanoven is known for her newborn photography and she travels the world giving workshops to other photographers to teach them her techniques for photographing newborns. So when Grayson was just 8 days old, I took him to Rachel’s studio and it was so interesting to hear her teach all about photographing newborns. I don’t know anything about photography but I find it completely fascinating and would love to take classes someday.

Anyways, we had a great time watching Grayson on his first modeling gig and will be forever grateful for the beautiful prints that were gifted to us for our time.

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