weight & height: About 16.5 pounds and 27 inches long. eating & sleeping: Eating for almost the first time is going really well, we finally found a formula that doesn't seem to upset your tummy, and even though you still spit up a bit more than the average baby are back to being our happy babe during meal times! With sleep you do really well and go about 10 ish hour stretches at night, but switching over to Utah time has thrown you off a little bit, making it so that you've made an odd habit of waking up consistently between 5:30 and 6AM every morning, but then falling right back asleep the second you're cuddled into mommy's spot on the bed. We can't really figure out why it's become a habit, but since the overall stretch of sleep is good we're not complaining too much about it! exciting firsts/milestones: This past month has been a big one for you containing a lot of firsts, some of which some kiddos probably don't experience until they're much older but such is life I suppose! This past month along with your first ever cross-country move had the chance to have your first ever plane ride as we said good-bye to Louisville and moved to Utah before heading up to Oregon. Since getting to Utah, you've also had your first haircut (you still have that sweet little fohawk, we just trimmed the top to even it up a bit), and met two of your three living great-grandparents along with aunts, uncles, and cousins. things I love: Your curious personality has really shined through this past month, and that means that you love being upright and held outwards so that you can see all of the things happening around you. You've discovered your feet this past month as well and constantly have a hold on them. You still love people, attention, and funny noises, and Emery along with Nan can always get you to smile and laugh, and luckily for mama you still LOVE being cuddled, and your favorite place to nap is right on mommy's chest with a fistful of my hair in your hand. things I don't enjoy so much: As you've gotten older we've noticed that you have a bit of the same fomo as big sister, making it so that if you feel like you're being left out of the fun or are too far away from a party of people you'll make it known that you want to be in where all the fun is at! We also learned once getting to Utah that you don't like to be the least bit cool or cold while sleeping, and adding a sleep-sack to your bedtime routine has been a must to help you sleep comfortably in Nan & Papa's usually cool basement. mom & dad's biggest parenting lesson so far: Life this past month has been nothing short of crazy since we're all technically homeless and living out of suitcases and amongst grandparents and a constant flow of cousins (bless Nan & Papa for basically having a real-life "Full House" situation currently 😂), but to try and counteract the craziness we've tried really hard to keep as much of a "regular" routine for you, Emery, and ourselves as possible. Obviously because of our circumstances it doesn't always work out as planned, but we're hoping that by trying to keep things in somewhat of a regular flow that it will help the overall transition from Kentucky to Utah and eventually to Oregon go a little bit smoother for everyone, and allow us all to find a little bit of calm in what can sometimes feel like a constant stream of chaos.
weight & height: About 15 pounds and 25.5 inches long. You're in the 80th percentile for weight and the 98th for height and everywhere we go people comment about how long you are! eating & sleeping: Eating is still going pretty well; we are still in the process of trying to fix some reflux issues but otherwise are doing fine. This past month you decided to finally start giving us longer stretches of sleep as well, and we've found that if we sleep feed you around 11PM at night that you'll sleep until about 8 the next morning! These longer sleep stretches came at the perfect time for our family and we're happy to have them! exciting firsts/milestones: We'd honestly probably consider sleeping through the night to be one of your most exciting milestones so far, but along with that you've also had the chance this past month to be part of some pretty big events! Daddy graduated dental school on the same day of your three-month milestone (May 11th), so we got to celebrate by going to Dad's graduation, and spent the week leading up to it exploring and doing all of our favorite Louisville things. Your Poppy & Grammy Pett came out to Louisville for graduation as well, so you also got to finally meet them in person. things I love: You still love Jack Johnson's music to fall asleep to, and LOVE being able to be held upright so that you can see the world around you. You've recently discovered your hands and love using them to grab at things, and they also have become your favorite thing to chew/suck on when you're trying to settle down. You've also become quite the little social bug, and if anyone gives you one-on-one attention you become all smiles and giggles, especially with Mommy, Daddy, and Emery! things I don't enjoy so much: Right now pretty much the only thing that causes you any sort of grief is that dang reflux, but besides that you are such a calm and happy baby! We're really hoping to be able to resolve the reflux soon so that we can have our always happy baby as much as possible! mom & dad's biggest parenting lesson so far: This past month of life has been EXTREMELY busy for our family as we've gotten ready for Dad to graduate and have prepared to move away from Louisville, and between the business of Dad finishing up school, trying to pack, and of course keep you and Em happy and taken care of, things at times have felt a little more stressful than they usually would. Between all of the madness, we have really valued taking as much quality family time together with ourselves and friends as we've been able to do. We've made an active effort to fit in a lot of fun activities before moving from Louisville, and have felt like the quality time that we've gotten in together has been so good for all of us because it helps us remember that no matter how crazy or busy life gets around us, that if we make time for each other that things will always turn out as they should and the crazy parts don't seem as bad. You and Em are our constant sources of sunshine, and we're so grateful to have you both to get us through the toughest of life's storms! 🔆❤️
weight & height: 14 lbs 4 oz and 24.72 inches long. You're in the 90th percentile for weight and are off the charts for height, and have everyone that sees you verifying that you've got a tall Dad that you got your genes from. 😂 eating & sleeping: You are still eating really well and typically every 3-4 hours in the day and then once at night. A few times you've teased mom and dad with an 8 hour stretch of sleep and one time even did it from midnight to 8AM so that there was no middle of the night feeding, but so far it hasn't become a regular habit. We'll still appreciate and take the little bit of extra sleep whenever you feel like offering it though! exciting firsts/milestones: This past month you've really found your voice and we absolutely love when you use it! You're a bit more reserved than Emery was with your smiles and laughs, but will almost always light up and give plenty of giggles and babbles to mommy or daddy when we get some one on one time with you, and sometimes even just while by yourself, making mama wonder what funny thoughts are running through your brain and making you giggle that sweet little laugh. things I love: From what we can tell you're becoming quite the little mama's boy (and I LOVE IT). You LOVE being held and cuddled, especially by mommy, and will usually take at least one of your naps in the wrap or baby carrier on my chest. You also love going for walks outside in the stroller, and your curiosity and ability to lock focus on things (usually bright colors or Emery) have stayed strong. We've also discovered that you have a preference to Jack Johnson, Bob Marley, and the Beatles as far as music goes, and if you're ever having a hard time settling down to sleep playing one of those playlists + some cuddles with mama always seems to do the trick. things I don't enjoy so much: This past month we've struggled with a little bit of reflux while eating, and while we've tried to work through it it's made us sad to see your obvious discomfort and distaste when the reflux hits in the middle of a mealtime. You also don't love having to wait too long to be fed when you're hungry, and that's literally the only time that you'll ever really cry loudly. Besides that you are SUCH an easy going and happy baby and we love you for it! mom & dad's biggest parenting lesson so far: This month's learning lesson for mom and dad has been all about BALANCE. It's been a pretty crazy month for our family between dad having to take his regional dental boards, preparing to move in less than a month, and dealing with a few other wild/unexpected events. With everything going on dad and I have been going on much less sleep and self-care than what's considered normal or healthy, and have noticed a difference in our ability to keep things running smoothly around the house. You and Em are always our #1 priority, but we've also learned this past month that doing little things to make sure that we're taking care of ourselves too (aka getting enough sleep, showering, etc) makes it so much easier to have the strength needed to be able to properly keep up with you and Em and give you both all of the love and attention that you both deserve and need. This usually means that other things like laundry and packing our house are taking a bit longer than they otherwise would, but we're totally ok with that if it makes for happier parents, kiddos, and an overall more peaceful family unit.
weight & height: 11 pounds 15.7 ounces and 22.87 inches long. eating & sleeping: You eat really well and quite a bit! During the day we'll feed you every 3-4 hours, and then at night you'll usually feed once late at night before dad goes to bed, and then again between 4 and 5 in the morning, making it so that mama really only has to wake up once in the middle of the night for feeding. Everyone involved is grateful that you're such a good baby when it comes to feeding and sleeping! exciting firsts/milestones: I suppose that everything is still pretty new for you at this point, but mama's personal favorite first of yours this month have been your first smiles! Emery was able to get the first intentional smiles out of you, then Nan, then you finally gave mama some smiles on your one-month mark. This past month we also gave you your first bath, and your first real non-doctor outings to Churchill Downs, the Big Four Walking Bridge, out to dinner, and of course to Target (a couple of times) 😉 things I love: You love cuddling and being held, especially in mama's solly wrap, and when you're awake you like to be in a position where you can see the things around you. You already do such a good job locking your eyes on things around you to explore and see them better, and have mama and dad wondering if this is a sign that you're going to be a curious kiddo as you grow older! Also, you surprisingly don't mind Emery constantly being around you in a borderline smothering type of big sister love and affection, and since she is the one that was able to get that first smile out of you, I think it's safe to say that you love her too! things I don't enjoy so much: Up to this point you have been literally the most easy going baby in the world, but one thing that we have noticed is that you don't love being cold, so we've purposely kept our house quite a bit warmer for the month of February than we normally would to keep you happy. Aside from that, you're one happy little babe, and we love you for it! mom & dad's biggest parenting lesson so far: It turns out that there's thankfully a lot less worries and anxieties the second time around with parenting, but one thing that Kyle and I have learned this past month is how to really work together as a team in order to keep two young kiddos alive, safe, and happy. Whenever we're both home there's a good chance that we're tag-teaming anything from meals to bedtimes and everything in between to keep things running as smoothly as possible. The first few days it did feel a little bit like we were treading water in a pretty crazy ocean of toddler/newborn chaos, but since have gotten more into a groove of things and it feels good!
I did these little monthly updates with Emery and after her first year transferred them all into a photo book for memories sake. It's since become one of my favorite things to look back on, and I knew that when the time came that I would have to do one for Ashton too! I hope that you all enjoy reading along with us as we watch and document our sweet boy's growth each month!
I took these pictures when Ashton was only a few days old and figured I should probably get them documented since time seems to be slipping away from me and I'll already have a one-month old baby in a few short days. I feel like he has already grown and changed so much in these few short weeks, and even though I'll probably never fully forgive myself for not hiring a separate photographer to get quality pictures of our family at this special time, I'm glad that I at least thought to get some of Ashton so that I could capture those sweet, sleepy little features of his before he moved on past his fresh newborn stage. I never want to forget how his sandy-blonde hair fluffed up into the perfect fo-hawk when clean, or just how chubby and kissable his cheeks were in those first few days. Pretty much everyone that's met him in person thinks that Ashton looks exactly like a mini Kyle, and although their baby pictures don't really look much alike, I would have to agree that Ashton does look a lot like what you'd imagine a baby version of grown-up Kyle would look like (if you'd never seen his baby pictures), with a few of my features here and there if you know what you're looking for. Since I personally find Kyle to be an attractive guy, I don't mind our babe being a miniature version of him one tiny bit. 😉
I feel like our lives since Ashton has been born have been a special sort of beautiful chaos. Between having my parents visit and working to find a balance between Ashton's newborn schedule and Emery's toddler schedule, the days have honestly all kind of blended together and I'm finding myself struggling to keep track of any specific sort of timetable, but desperately wanting to capture and remember as many of these sweet new moments we're having together as a family as possible. I've found myself actually appreciating Ashton's middle of the night feeding (something I never thought I'd hear myself say haha) because it's one of the only times throughout the day that everything is quiet and I have a chance to simply just "be" with Ashton and reflect and feel grateful for him and everything that he's brought into our family.
Despite the craziness that comes with acclimating to this new stage of life, Kyle and I have both noticed that this time around feels a lot less stressful than when we were learning how to be new parents to a newborn Emery. It could be that this time we're only balancing a new baby instead of moving to a new apartment and dealing with Kyle's hardest year of dental school at the same time like we were with Em, or it could maybe be because Ashton is literally the most easy-going newborn baby I've ever seen making our lives slightly easier as new-again parents. Whatever the reason, we're grateful for the easier flow we've had because it's allowed us so much more time to dedicate to making sure that Em has as smooth of an adjustment as possible to being a big sister, and honestly has just helped us to be able to appreciate so many more of the little fun moments that might of otherwise passed our attention. Right now we're taking each day as it comes, and working to really embrace and be present in each moment, because it seems that the more we are able to do that, the more we find ourselves smiling to each other and saying, "You know what? Life is good", because in that moment, it really is. ❤️
blue swaddle: solly baby | white swaddle: little lane market | bonnets: kate grace thread co | em's outfit: little poppy co
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