Sunday, February 28, 2010

6 months and chuuuuuuuuubby!

I know, my blogs have 5 million pictures, but I'm just so madly in love with these boys I think every picture is too cute to not share! So one major thing I've learned from this second little man is that every kid is different, and I'm not sure Caden and Easton could be any MORE different! Here's a few fun things about Caden at this age and a little comparison of the two of them. Not that one is better than the other, they are just very different. Enjoy!
-I think we have a budding Chocoholic! Caden LOVES things to be sweet! He hates formula because it's not as sweet as milk and won't eat rice cereal unless it has bananas or applesauce or something else sweet in it. Easton, on the other hand, ate whatever I gave him. We fed him marinated artichoke hearts at 11 months and he downed them! Seriously he'll eat almost anything, but he doesn't really have a sweet tooth. I took him to Krispy Kreme this morning and he only ate half his donut and then gave it back to me. Little Cado Potato Head is a different story, though. I just really hope that doesn't mean he's going to be picky!
-Not sleepin' so good yet :( Unfortunately he still gets up 2-3 times a night to nurse, which is very different from Easton who slept through the night at 6 weeks! On the other hand, he goes to sleep on his own! Since we brought him home, I've made sure to just put him in his bed when he's tired instead of nursing or rocking him to sleep and it's so nice because he usually just goes to sleep by himself and I just put him down, say goodnight, then check on him a little while later to make sure he went down okay! Such a difference from Easton who had to be fed till he was 100% asleep! I definitely recommend every new mom do this!
-He is the happiest little thing ever! Seriously he is ALWAYS smiling! He loves loves loves to be talked to and all you have to do sometimes is look at him and he'll just bust up giggling. It's so much fun! Easton was pretty mellow and chill, happy but just content, while I think Caden is going to be a little bundle of giggly energy!
-Much more emotional On that topic, he is also more emotional when he is upset. Easton didn't cry at all till he was about 2 months old. Seriously. I came home one day and he was crying and me and Jonathan were shocked. He was just so chill. Caden, on the other hand, has opinions about everything and wants to share! So I think he is going to be a bit more opinionated and emotional than Easton.
-Wants to be a big boy Caden wants to be big. If Easton has a cup and is within reach, Caden will try to snatch it from him and drink out of it. And I started feeding him cereal a week ago and he already grabs the spoon from me and tries to feed himself. Oh, and I've heard of babies who don't like nursing but I couldn't believe it was true since Easton LOVED it so much. Well, Caden has never liked it and will only nurse if he's starving or tired. When he gets shots they tell me I can nurse him after to calm him but that's the last thing he wants when he's upset. Oh boy, I'm nervous that as he starts eating more food he will quit nursing completely!
-No pain tolerance at all Self-explanatory. Any tiny scratch, bump, or anything gets a scream fest. When he gets his RSV shots once a month they have me wait ten minutes in the room to make sure he doesn't have a reaction to them, and he screams the entire ten minutes and won't calm down for anything! Very different from Easton, who had massive pain tolerance.
-He is FAT! Okay, this little preemie who was born at 30 weeks just got moved from the preemie growth charts to the full-term charts because he was in the 97% for height and the 75% for weight! So compared with normal 6-month olds he is in the 50% for weight and the 75% for height! He's 16 pounds! What a little chunk! He gains about a pound a month. This is totally totally different from Easton who was in the 10% forever and then started moving up but has never gone above 40%! I find this really ironic, especially because Caden hates bottles and nursing so up until now we've basically had to force feed him. I have no idea how he got so big, but I LOVE it! Chubby little rolls and so fun!
Two boys is soo much fun! So much that I am even thinking that I want another boy next so they can be three little friends together!(don't worry, this is not a pregnancy announcement! Just thoughts for when we have another one.) Here are some cute little pics from our little man's life thus far:

I love Easton's face when we first put Caden in the car to take him home from the hospital! You can just see the confusion.

Check out these chubby cheeks. He was barely over 5 lbs in this picture, and I think half of it was in his cheeks! The rest of his body was tiny!

These pictures are mostly in order from earliest to most current.

From so tiny (barely over 3 lbs in the last pics) to SOOOOO CUTE!!! I might be slightly partial, but I think he's GORGEOUS!

We love him more than words can express and are sooooooooo excited to have him in our family! It's so funny, but now I can't imagine what I did with all my spare time when I only had one! Funny, since I didn't really feel like I had a lot then. Our life is definitely more full now and I am constantly amazed at the love a mother is able to feel!

Friday, February 5, 2010

Dinner Time

Don't you wish it was this much fun at your house?