Mommy’s Tea & Other Icky Things.

My personal fave.
Chase is so fascinated with us eating or drinking. He is constantly grabbing at our plates or in this case, our beverages. This time he reached out and brought it to his mouth. This was pretty surprising to me. I mean, how does he know how to do that? He’s only had a bottle 3 maybe 4 times in his life!
Daddy and Uncle Darren thought it would be funny to let him just taste a salt and vinegar chip… and I can’t believe I let them. Poor buddy! Even I don’t like those chips!
I agree Chase, nasty!
We are/were waiting until Chase was 6 months to begin feeding him.
Our doctor says to start around 4 months “to teach them to eat” but I don’t think it’s necessary. Especially in our case, because his weight is great and I still have plenty of milk at this point.
With all of that said… I really, really can’t wait to feed him for the first time. We are definitly going to document that, so don’t you worry! This is kind of lame, but there is part of me that wants to let him eat over Christmas break so we could tell him he had his first real food on Christmas day! It would be 1/2 month early and with his interest in food, I don’t think it would be harmful in any way. Maybe a little unnecessary. Ted and I just can’t wait to see how he does. What he thinks! We shall see. Maybe you will see pics soon!

Hopefully his face won’t look like this! Like “what the heck daddy?!”

I’m sorry I didn’t post all week… SAD, I don’t like it when I can’t post updates/pictures. Even when our life is busy, I usually found time to update, but last week was INSANE. Not to mention a lot of restless/sleepless nights with my boy. But that’s for another blog. I shall play “catch up” over the next few days! :)

Well-Baby Check up.

Chase is 4 months old today.
Whoa.

Chase is healthy as can be. Since his last check up (blogged here), he has gained 4oz putting him at 15 lbs 15 oz. He has slowed down in the weight gain and my little arms are ever so grateful. However, he is looong. 28 3/4 inches in fact, which dwarfs me. When I see my friend, who is my height (5’1), I cannot believe just how long he is. He makes me look even shorter than I am, if that’s possible :) And, just in case you’re super-duper curious; his head is measuring 17 inches. Also, f you haven’t already noticed, he has his daddy’s ears :) I think they are already as big as mine. Teheheee.

There was something different about this appointment… ah yes, the opinionated intern. She made my day. They had her do the well-baby check up. That part I didn’t mind, it was her opinions about how I raise my baby that bothered me. First, she asked me a list of questions, one of my answers sparked a lecture from her.
Intern: “When you go to get him from his crib in the morning, has he rolled onto his tummy?”
Me: “He sleeps beside our bed for most of the night and then when he wakes to eat at 4-4:30 am he comes to bed with me.”
Intern: “You know that is a bad idea, don’t you?”
Ted: “What? Sleeping on his back?”
Intern: “No. Sleeping him sleeping in your bed.”
Me: “I’ve heard the arguments but it is what we prefer.”
Intern: (The gist) “…at this age he should learn that he can soothe himself and that he doesn’t need you to comfort him all of the time…let him cry it out… besides, you won’t want him in your bed as 6 years old….” ect.


What?! Isn’t that apart of being a momma? Comforting your child who is 4 months old and does not know how to manipulate and is crying for a reason. Teaching him from early on that this is a safe and secure environment.

I disagreed with almost everything she went on to say, but kept silent. Part of me wanted to tell her the benefits of him sleeping beside or in our bed, but I believe that each parent is different in personality and each child as well and you can’t state that as fact. You shouldn’t tell someone that the way you parent is the way they should, because every child is different, every parent is different. You can share ideas, but you really cannot state it as fact: “this is what works for everyone.” What may work for us, may not work for you and visa versa.

I’ve read both extremes; Attachment Parenting by Dr. Sears and Baby Wise by Dr. Robert Bucknam. We lean more towards Attachment Parenting. I do like some things in Baby Wise but we prefer the AP. And naturally, on our own, so far the things we have implemented into our lives as parents work for us; we have a healthy, happy and super content baby that knows he is loved.

I express the way we do things on my blog because …it’s my blog. I hope that I never make it seem like the way we do things is the end all. The say. It’s not! It’s simply what works for us and what we personally desire!

Okay, enough of that. How about some cute videos?

Cute Lil Roller from Jami Davis on Vimeo.


This Lil Piggy is Yummy! from Jami Davis on Vimeo.


Telling me a story. from Jami Davis on Vimeo.

He does look upset, but he is really not. He is just talking :)
p.s. 4 month photoshoot pics to come

Recap.

… of Chase’s oh so fun weekend.

Second “dumping” of the season. One day he will enjoy this!

Bundeling up.

Going to the mall. (yes, I’m one of “those” moms I’m afraid)

Receiving his first Christmas present ever.
A jumperoo.

So excited! from Jami Davis on Vimeo.

Rolling over and over and over til he was tired. SO cute!
Playin’ at the Murphy’s house!
Chillin’ with buddy Ivan.
Grabbing at mommy’s icecream bowl.
Representing for our (my side) family’s fav team.

Of course there are a few pictures missing here from his weekend.
What you do not see are photos of our sleepless friday and saturday night.
Teething kicks our buts at night time.
We’re hoping for a good night tonight!

Chase…

– does “crazy toes” like momma (Let’s just say my toes have a mind of their own, ha ha)

– giggles when we sing “if you’re happy and you know it clap your hands”

– enjoys watching mommy and daddy’s facial expressions
– is a silly sleeper.

– has many of his own cute facial expressions to tell us what he wants or likes (oooor dislikes)

– raises his eyebrows up and down when excited or staring at something intensely
– smirks

– when sitting in his carseat or lying on a blankie, will make a cute, sweet face, turn his head and “hid” it in the blankie or the seat straps or mommy with a lil grin like “I’m cute and I know it”

– is trying his best to be a thumbsucker. We are about to give in and let him win that “battle”…

– loves his turtle mirror, his musical mr. cow and his mr. moose
– has a love-hate relationship with mr. cow and will talk to, coo at, scream at or chew on him. ;)

– is intrigued by us eating and sometimes he even opens his mouth like “I want some too!”
– rolls over from back to tummy
– doesn’t like rolling over from tummy to back. In fact, he’s only done so a handful of times!
– loves his play mat (well, while on his back)
– while sleeping, prefers that only his soft blankie touch his face and nothing else
– sleeps by himself until around 4 am, eats then sleeps in bed with mommy and daddy until about 7 am.
– LOVES the morning. Wakes up bright eyed and excited. It’s like he thinks “it’s been hours since we hung out and played” or something. We love it.
– spends most mornings chillin’ with daddy.
– is a sudden screamer. The shrill, high pitched kind and most times just because!
– tries to copy sounds or noises mommy and daddy make. Here is one example;

Like Father, Like Son from Jami Davis on Vimeo.

– when first placed in his bumbo, his face shows how much he loves the independence, his facial expression says “mom look at me, I’m a big boy!”

– cuddles into mommy’s (sometimes daddy’s) neck and falls asleep

– loves rocking chairs/gliders
– prefers your arms or a sling over a stroller
– usually gets scared watching baby Einstein!
– loves his feet.

Mobile Journeys.

Chewing away.

Tummy time with momma.

Laughing.

Just like mommy.

Merch Baby.

Momma forgot the “just in case” clothes again :)

I have my mommy’s nose.

Somehow I managed to sleep through all of the noise of 108 new students arriving and having a welcome breakfast together!




My froggy snugly and me.

My first chipotle (not really).

And, my first wanton!

I love to stand but I was worn out here.

My first time swinging. I didn’t know what to think.




I preferred swinging with my mommy.

My first time in a movie theatre. I watched for a bit, then ate and slept.

Sleeping through mommy changing me.

My first snow day!

I like mommy’s side of the bed.

This makes people laugh, so I do it often :)

Or this!

Mommy told me to stop growing, but I just can’t help myself. Plus, I can’t wait to crawl!

This is just a few of the photos I’ve taken over the past few weeks. I just got a new phone and was sad to let my other one go because it had 852 pictures on it! Probably 100 we’re from before Chase came but the rest were all after! Ted and I couldn’t believe my piece of crap camera held that many!
It’s moments like this where I don’t feel ridiulous for always pulling out my camera phone and snapping these. Recognizing the precious memories and documenting them. It’s totally a Jami thing to do and I hope I do it with all of my kiddos!
Chase still hasn’t completely (by himself) rolled over from his tummy to his back. He prefers to roll over from back to tummy, which freaks me out because he has almost rolled out of his swing, his bouncer, his carseat and changing tables! He gets close while on his tummy but then just scoots and scoots and scoots backwards. It is cute but I’m hoping he will roll over tummy to back soon!!
Chase turned 3 months yesterday! (I am now doing month to month, so every 18th is a new month). I cannot believe how fast time is flying by. I will post pictures of his 3 month photo shoot soon!
A little confession… I can’t help but think about getting pregnant again! Crazy huh? Emotionally I am back to normal and realizing that the birth plan changing was in fact very difficult but it will not stop me from having all of the children we want. I can’t wait to see Chase as a big brother!

Harvest Farm Trip & Randomness.

Here are some photos of our trip to the Harvest Farm in Ft. Collins, CO. We went with my mom and the Murphy fam 3 weeks ago. Thanks Madre for getting the photos up so I could steal them!



My fav of the day!

Grandma showing him the baby goat is nice. Earlier, when a big goat came up and put his face in Chase’s, he got excited but as soon as the second goat came out of nowhere, he freaked out! Other than that, I think he enjoyed the day ;)

Well, maybe ;)

Trying to eat his zipper.

He enjoyed the corn “sand box” the most.
We enjoyed fall while it lasted. I say ‘enjoyed’ because the trees are already turning ugly (in most places) and it has snowed 4 times now!
Chase grew overnight this past week, I swear. It’s crazy to me how fast he is growing physically and mentally. Bittersweet! I love each new milestone and lil roll but at the same time, it means he is growing up! Some fun facts/milestones of the past few weeks;
  • He now loves to “play with his food” meaning while he is nursing he’ll pull of randomly and start smiling, cooing, screaming for fun and then when I smile in return, he DIVEBOMBS um…. his food source. It’s hilarious! I would video it but… kinda awkward :P
  • He giggles. Not all of the time but when he does… oh my WORD your heart melts!
  • His new play toy is his feet. One morning 2 weekends ago, Chase was lying in bed between us and Ted would take his foot and touch his toe to his nose. Chase thought it was funny and from that moment on we catch him constantly watching his feet! Like “what are these?”! It’s both cute and funny!
  • He sucks and chews on everything! If he wears a hoodie, it’s the zipper. When he’s in the car seat, it’s the soft muchkin’ shoulder pads. When he can’t find anything, he sucks on his fist or both fists. I thought maybe he was teething, but can’t feel anything coming in yet. Thank goodness! That takes nursing to a whole new level I hear!
  • He responds. You talk, pause, he talks, pauses, you talk, etc.!
I just realized how often I make the boy noises, when I talk to Chase or move him from here to there or whenever. Hmmm, I wonder what I will do when I have a little girl?!

A Just Because Blog.








Growing up, my mom would say this verse with us (click to enlarge the above photo to read it, if you want). We’d come to her every night and ask for our blessing :) I still love it and do it with Chase now.

A few random things:
  • we’ve got a nickname for Chase. Chasey. My mom and siblings call him this and it just sticks. I like it too.
  • there is another nickname brewing but I don’t like this one. CJ. Let’s just call him Chase or Chasey, k? Hahaha
  • we’ve started this new thing (also thanks to my mom; she’s pretty rad) where you ask Chase to “tell me a story about…” and say a persons name or ask about his day… he talks and talks and coos and screams with delight… ahhhh i love it!
  • he looooves to stand in your lap, a table etc. and get’s excited when he does and starts swinging his arms out, holding his head up and looking around. Like “Look at me! I’m a big boy!”… (kinda bittersweet…)
  • he loves his musical cow, mr. moose toy, playing on the floor (but still knowing your in the room), punching everything and when he’s not punching, he’s grasping (your hair, your shirt, toys…), MUSIC (yay!), dancing with momma, being tickled, baby einstein videos (although i don’t put them on much), snuggling with momma when it’s nap time and obviously eating :)
I somehow lost track of a week of Chase’s life! Well, I mean it was there, I just got stuck on the same week twice. He is ALREADY 11 weeks and will be 12 weeks on Saturday! eeee!

Dear Chase, stop growing up so fast! Love, Your mom who doesn’t want to think about getting prego again right now. ;)
p.s. These photos are taken with my mobile or iphoto so the quality stinks but the memories I’m already lovin’.

Snuggly!

Tonight this happened for the first time…

He scoot his blanket up to his face!

So I ran and grabbed his froggy snuggly that I’ve been waiting to show him!

He loves his snuggly and I stinkin’ love him!

(Sorry they are blurry! I was so excited that I took photos with my phone.)

2 Month Photoshoot.


Superbaby.

He is a smiley boy, which you can’t tell here because the camera distracts him!

He rolls over now. Bittersweet for me, because it means he’s growing up!

Chase rolls over from back to front now! Today I was hanging out with a friend and she pulled out a book and read that baby’s don’t typically roll from back to front until 6 months!

I know I just ranted about people always telling me he doesn’t act his age and here I am talking about him rolling over. The truth is, it really is incredible, but when I hear it often, I think that he is growing up too fast and I missed out on his baby stage! It’s bittersweet!

A Bit Random.

Please pray for my friend Ashton, who was induced this morning and is now in labor! She is due tomorrow and has anxiously been awaiting the arrival of her son. GO ASHTON!

While I’m here and have some time…
Tomorrow (according to the little counter above) Chase will be 2 months. WOW. He has just captured our hearts and most who meet him. He is such a good and happy baby!

In the past week 1/2:
  • He has learned to roll over onto his sides. I now am afraid to leave him on the changing table, even if only for one second.
  • He uses his fists to rubs his eyes when he is tired.
  • He “talks” and coos louder than before. Sometimes he squeals so loudly now! I love it.
  • He has begun to show a lot more personality!
  • He has slept through the night twice or he sleeps very good, waking up only once to feed!
  • He has become more and more a momma’s boy.
  • There have been a few nights where he would not sleep in his crib, but only beside mommy in bed.
I don’t want him to grow up to fast! I feel like he is already!
Okay one more thing before I get ready for work. I made a blog dedicated to me becoming healthy and fit again. I can officially begin working out- which will begin with walking- when Chase is 10 weeks! WOOOHOOO!
If you have any advice I would love it!