Saturday, December 31, 2016

Collins || 6 months

Dear Collins,

You are now 6 months old and still the cutest, tiniest, sweet little baby in all the land.  You are so happy and give us the biggest gummiest smiles.  You constantly have several people in your face loving on you!

You are a little peanut!  At your 6 month check up (12/30) you weighed 14.14 lbs and were 25.5 inches long and hc was 16.5.  You are growing but are still on your same little petite scale!

You nurse/eat around every 4 hours.  At school you usually take around 6oz. in your bottles.  You are wearing size 3-6 month clothes but are starting to wear some 6-9 month things too.  You wear size 3 diapers.  You don't have any teeth yet but still drool (and spit up) like crazy!  We are about to start some baby food.

You are still a great sleeper!  You take two long naps a day, a short evening nap and usually go to bed between 8-9 and sleep until 6.  You wake up at 6 pretty consistently, which works great for our schedule.  You are still sleeping in the bassinet in our room.  You are basically touching both ends and will be moving to your crib and sharing a room with your sister very soon.  As soon as I finish your crib bedding and get over being sad about not having you sleep right beside me.

You can roll from back to belly and belly to back.  You still take a paci, you aren't super attached but you do like it to fall asleep.  But you will also suck your middle two fingers and be fine too.

You love to sit up and are getting better every day.  You do great in the bumbo, exercauser or highchair playing with toys.  You also like to lay on your play mat still.  We packed up the swing as you didn't care for it much anymore.  You are starting to jibber jabber and squeal.  you are pretty loud and have an extremely loud cry!  You have to be loud to be heard at our house, though.  Lots of noise all the time!

You are such a ray of sunshine and bring us all so much joy!  We are so thankful for you and love you beyond words!


Some pictures of you at 6 months:

Friday, December 30, 2016

Jolly Jackson Christmas

We had such a fun Christmas.  I cherish these years where the Christmas spirit and magic is strong!  I love the entire month leading up to it and we squeezed every ounce of festiveness out we could.  Lots of Christmas movies, Christmas light looking, Christmas song singing, parties, school programs, books, counting down, crafting, etc.  You name it, we did it!

Lots of pictures below of Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.
Lots of little traditions:
new matching pj's on christmas eve
sprinkling reindeer food
leaving cookies for santa
family pic christmas morning piled on the couch
my sweet Granddad stopping by christmas morning to see what Santa left (not pictured but he's done this my entire life!) and now the kids grandparents do the same.

The mess from Christmas morning is one of the best messes ever!! 
I'm so thankful for the mess and chaos Christmas with 4 kiddos brings! 

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Christmas with our families

We are so blessed with a wonderful family and the kids are so spoiled by them.  
We are thankful we were able to spend time celebrating Christmas with our family.  

We had lunch with Keith's family on Christmas Eve and that kicked off our 2 days of festivities.
We had dinner with my Mom and Bob and the attire was PJ's per Graham's request, which was actually really fun.
We spend Christmas night with my Dad and Kathy.