Monday, February 23, 2015

And Then We Snapped | Week 8

February 15-21, 2015


The past week was quite the eventful one! We went on a family getaway to a water park in good 'ol Wisconsin, Jax got new shoes, Isabelle turned 7 months (and pulled herself up to standing and started full fledged crawling), and my mom and I had the honor of helping my sister pick out her wedding dress! Here is a bit of what I captured...


Next, be sure to continue the circle and see what Melissa, of Melissa Pizzalato Photography, captured this week. She is a fellow Minnesotan and such a fabulous photographer. I've even had the absolute pleasure of working with her (and have some of her photos hanging on the walls in my house)- she did my maternity photos and Isabelle's newborn photos! Enjoy!

Saturday, February 21, 2015

7 Months

Height: 28.5 inches
Weight: 19 pounds

You've made some pretty huge developments in the past month, my little Izzy. Well, actually in the past few days... All month you showed signs that you were determined to crawl. You started by getting up on your hands and knees and rocking, then you started to army crawl. After a couple of weeks you could go a couple of strides crawling, but had a hard time keeping your arms and legs coordinated (which led to some pretty epic crashes and some frustration).

Just a couple days ago you got it down pretty well! Now you're cruising all around the house (and keeping me on my toes)! Here, I found you gazing out the patio doors...

You're also at the stage where you are picking up every little crumb you find and putting it in your mouth. Let's just say that the vacuum has been getting quite the workout!


Another huge milestone this month is that you pulled yourself up to stand. This one came out of nowhere! I had set you in your crib (to keep you contained for a minute) and when I came back in your room you were standing up, holding on to your crib rails, with a huge smile on your face. I was shocked!! (I think this is more typical around 9 months...) I called Jax in and we sat you back down and you proceeded to do it again while we cheered you on. It's only been about a week since you did this for the first time, but you're already crawling over to the ottomans in our living room and pulling yourself up on them and have even started to take a couple of steps while holding on to them. I don't think you can wait to chase after your big brother! (Lord help me!)

Sleep has continued to be a challenge. Naps have gotten a bit more organized, but you're still waking up pretty frequently during the night. Not long after you turned 6 months, your pack and play broke. Okay, I broke it while standing in it to get a better angle for a picture. (Don't worry you were not in it when that happened). Anyway, it was really a blessing in disguise because it forced me to start putting you in your crib to sleep. You slept through the night the very first night in your crib. I was so excited and thought maybe that was the key all along. Well, I guess it wasn't quite that simple... I still think you might be teething, although I don't see or feel any coming in yet. Maybe all this crawling around will start to tire you out more!

My other theory on your night time waking is that it's associated with your new found separation anxiety. Oftentimes when I go out of your sight you have a complete meltdown. It makes me feel so bad! It makes daddy feel bad, too, because he can't do anything to calm you down. I secretly kind-of love it because your big brother was, and is, a total daddy's boy. (Although, I think it is mostly attributed to the fact that daddy is lacking mammary glands and, to be fair, that's out of his control). Thankfully, we don't need to separate very often. I'm just soaking it up while I can!

Besides the obvious crawling and pulling up, there have been so many other little things this month that are a testament to how quickly you're growing up. We packed up your bumbo, bouncy seat, and swing, which you were clearly outgrowing...

I also finally removed the sling from your little bath.

You continue to eat like a champ. We've introduced all kinds of blends and you seem to like everything (including kale, spinach, and brocolli). We also introduced yogurt and puffs which you can now feed to yourself! You also try to feed yourself with the spoon, but that doesn't go quite as well. Most feedings end with food in your hair, eyelashes, eyebrows, and covering your clothes (and often mine too) because of our tug of war with the spoon...

You had your first trips to the Como Zoo & Conservatory and to the Children's Museum this month! You slept through most of the animals, but woke up in time to enjoy the beautiful flowers at the conservatory. (That was my favorite part, too!)

You weren't quite big enough to enjoy most of what the Children's Museum has to offer, but you loved watching your brother explore.

Finally, we took a little family getaway to an indoor waterpark in Wisconsin. You donned your first bathing suit and got to splash around in an awesome zero-depth kiddie pool. You were a little unsure of it all at first (I didn't blame you because there was a lot of splashing going on around you), but you warmed up quickly. You especially loved sitting in front of the bubblers and feeling the water in your hands. You also liked going into the deeper water with daddy and I. We all had a great time, although I can't say we got much sleep. Jax declared that he wanted to go home to his Georgie sheets and I think you missed your sheets, too, because you were up every two hours throughout the night. On a positive note, you slept almost all the way there and all the way home, which made for a peaceful roadtrip.

Whew! What a month! Now, can you do me a big favor and slooooow down!! I'm just not ready to give up your squishy baby cuddles and I feel like this stage is just slipping through my fingers.

Happy 7 months, sweetheart!

Love, Mom

Monday, February 16, 2015

And Then We Snapped | Week 7

February 8 - 14, 2015


I'm going a little free-form this week (again). I shot everyday, but didn't end up with much I loved. Instead, I'm including a few extra from the Valentine's Day shoot I did with the kiddos. I hope you all had a wonderful Valentine's Day!


39|365: Anxiously awaiting grammy's arrival! (...and a little of peek of our new gallery wall- I am soooo excited to finally have some photos up on our walls!)

41|365: Valentine's Day photo session with Izzy!

42|365: Valentine's photo session with Jax & Izzy!

43|365: Stamping Valentines for his classmates and snacking on skittles... (I don't think he took those glasses off all week!)

Next, be sure to follow the circle to see the gorgeous work of my talented friend Ally, of Ally Wasmund Photography!

Monday, February 9, 2015

And Then We Snapped | Weeks 5-6

January 25 - February 7, 2015

Eeeesh, only a month into the new year and I've already let my posting (and shooting) slip. Bear with me while I play catch up...

27|365: The day Jackson played a "prank" on me by dumping a bottle of baby powder all over the bathroom. Hilarious.

28|365: Isabelle's first bath without the newborn hammock. I think she was a little nervous.

29|365: Face painting at the Children's Museum.

31|365: Waiting his turn at swimming lessons.

32|365: Exhausted after a long day of birthday and super bowl parties...


34|365: Someone was excited for a fresh dusting of snow!

37|365: This one is going to be crawling in no time!

Thanks for looking! Next, be sure to follow the circle to see the gorgeous work of Through My Lens by Jenny! Did I mention that she's in Hawaii?? I always drool over her images (especially when it's the dead of winter here in MN).

Monday, January 26, 2015

And Then We Snapped | Week 4

January 18 - 24, 2015


18|365: We went on a winter walk and Isabelle had her first ride in a sled.

19|365: Love all of her expressions!



20|365: We went to the Como Zoo and Conservatory and pretended it was Spring (and you were thrilled to find some ants to play with).

21|365: I can hardly believe that it has been 6 months since this sweetheart entered our lives. It's so much fun to see her spunky little personality start to emerge. (And look how she's sitting up so nice by herself!)



22|365: An outtake from our little six month session. Just love all of her squishy baby rolls!


23|365: The day Jackson got a library card. He went up to the desk and asked for it all by himself and was so proud (he actually asked me to take this photo of him with his card)! I know it's not great technically, but I had to include it...

24|365: Isabelle is becoming little Miss Independent lately. She loves spending time on the floor rolling around, playing with her toys, and practicing her planks. It's so much fun to watch her, but I already miss snuggling her all day.

Thanks for looking! Next, be sure to check out Lori's week! She's a fellow Minnesotan and a very talented photographer- I love her work!

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

6 Months

Height: 27 inches (86%ile)
Weight: 17 pounds, 11 ounces (75%ile)

Oh my sweetheart, how has 6 months already passed?! Although it feels as if you've been a part of our family forever, I can't believe that you're already half way to your first birthday and doing things like eating food and sitting and almost crawling! The newborn stage just whizzed by! You're wearing 6-12 month clothes now, too, and I'm pretty sure you're working on some teeth. You chew on everything and constantly smack your little gums together.

You started out the month with another bad ear infection. Since you had two, back to back, the doctor prescribed a stronger antibiotic this time. While it seemed to do a better job knocking out the ear infection, it caused some major tummy issues. The pharmacist warned me that the antibiotic may cause "problematic" diarrhea... If you ask me, all diarrhea should be considered problematic. Well, it became clear after two days that we had passed from just regular diarrhea to problematic diarrhea. (We're talking massive blowouts multiple times a day- as in up the back, out the front, and out the sides). The pharmacist recommended giving you a pro-biotic a couple times a day to ease your tummy. Thankfully, it seemed to do the trick, and we avoided any major blow outs while celebrating the holidays with relatives. Whew!

With all of your ear and tummy issues (and possible teething), came continued sleep issues. Not only have naps been scarce, you've been waking in the night again and the only thing that will calm you is nursing. Even now that your ear infection is completely better, we're back to one or two night time feedings... I guess I got spoiled with you sleeping through the night so early! I'm hoping that you're just going through a growth spurt and that it will work itself out soon!

You love eating and are getting really good at it. We just started some blends and you seem to like everything you've tried (although you prefer fruits to vegetables). I think your favorite right now is a plum/apple/barley blend! You're still nursing about five times a day and taking a few supplements a day. You're getting pretty good at holding the bottle yourself, too!

You're also becoming little Miss Independent! You used to be happy spending the day on my lap, or in my arms, but now (if you're not nursing) you squeal and squirm until I put you down. You just love hanging out on the floor with your toys (and brother).

(I think, you're telling him to back off above... He was just trying to help, Izzy, no need to punch him in the eye!)

This month, you've perfected the art of sitting. You went from supporting yourself with your hands to balancing upright in a matter of days (just after you turned 5 months).

You've also been using your floor time to play with your feet and strengthen your core. You have just started lifting up your tummy and rocking on your hands and feet. I don't think it will be long before you're crawling (you're getting pretty frustrated with this immobile business).

Finally, this past month brought both some fun outdoor activities as well as Christmas and New Year's celebrations! We visited the Ice Castle in Eden Prairie,

went sledding (well you didn't get to slide down the hill, but daddy did pull you in the sled a couple times),

and we even went to a kite festival (although I'm not sure how much you actually saw since you were bundled up next to me).

We celebrated Christmas with extended families on both sides and you got to meet some new relatives (including several second cousins).

New Year's was pretty wild. We had a family game day and were all asleep by 11. At least we got some party hats!

The past 6 months have truly flown by! We love you so, so much and are thoroughly enjoying the happy, vivacious little person that you're becoming. I can't wait to see what the next 6 months brings (but I'm praying that it goes a little slower)!

Happy 6 months, sweetheart!

Love, Mom