He’s a Party Animal

Don't let this pic fool you.

Don’t let this pic fool you.

So we’ve been trying to get Sam into a routine lately. The one part of the routine that he doesn’t seem to agree with is the whole going to bed thing. We aim for 8:00-ish and prep him usually with a bath and then some reading in dim light.

Also, update: I must confess that we have been having success with the “dream feed” recently, although it was a battle for the first 2 months.

Here’s a timeline of what usually happens:
8:00 – we try to calm him and put him to bed
8:05 – he looks at us and smiles, as if you say “you wish”
8:10 – he seems fairly calm so we put him to bed and walk away, hoping he will fall asleep.
8:15 – silence! OMG he is asleep!
8:45 – light fussing and crying… “was that a cat?” louder crying… “nope, that was Sam”
9:00 – Sam is fully awake and will not respond to rocking and shushing in an attempt to get him back to sleep.

See everything above? Repeat that 2 more times. That is how it’s been going with that.

My thought is that he really just wants to hang out with us. Generally, when he’s crying, if we just get him and bring him out with us, he’s all good and even smiley. Now, of course the ultimate goal would be for the routine to work, but it’s hard to get frustrated with a smiling little baby who just wants to have a good time!

The good news is that once he is asleep for the night (around 11:00 or so) he has been sleeping well. An average night will have us up twice between midnight and 7:30-ish. In the beginning, we were up 5 times in that same time frame, so this is quite an improvement!

Last week Sam turned 3-months old!
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See that hooded blanket? My aunt made it for Sam! We love it (as does Sam) and handmade things really are the best!

To celebrate, we got Sam a new playmat! Well, really we just happened to find it on clearance for half price at Target so we grabbed it.


He loves it! For about 20-30 minutes. Then he loses interest, but that’s the case with anything except mom at this age. He could stare at his mommy for hours. I get that. I do it too. :)

Next week, Katie and I will be heading to BlogHer 2014 and are bringing Sam with us! My parents are graciously coming along with us to watch Sam for a day so we can focus on the conference. The second day though, we are bringing that little charmer to the expo hall so he can make some friends!

I’m a little nervous about how he will sleep in the hotel, but it’s only 2 nights so it can only be so bad, right?

Off and On



Sam’s sleep schedule is starting to seem all over the place. I know, it’s to be expected with a 3-month old, but it’s still not the most fun. I mean, he teases us one night with a nice 5-hour stretch of sleep and the next night, he wakes up every 2 hours or more. Don’t get me wrong, I am thankful for the 5-hour stretches, but I can’t wait until they become the norm.


He’s been all smiles lately when he’s up, and it really is the best thing! He smiles at us and other family members too. He just seems to love when someone is smiling at him, so he responds with a smile!

He loves trying to stand up and I think he’s going to be moving around before we know it! Time to start baby-proofing the house for a mobile baby!

4th of July

The 4th was great! Sam was really good the whole time. We timed it just right so we only had to go through one cycle (feeding and changing) while we were there. As much as I like going places with Sam, it’s nice to get that timing down and reduce the chances of things going haywire away from home.

Healthy Eating

Our healthy eating plan took a turn this week. We started with an aggressive, 7-day plan and quickly realized that it was not good for a breastfeeding mom. This is what our meals looked like for 3 straight days.

Lean protein and veggies. That’s basically it. NOT enough calories for mom. So we stopped that and are now on the regular Tone It Up nutrition plan. I lost 3 pounds in the 3 days on the crazy plan, but it was miserable. I’m confident we’ll both be able to see results with the regular plan as well.

Pictures of Sam

I’ll leave this post with a couple of my favorite pictures of Sam from the week!
baseball onesie


Getting Healthy

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So for Katie's birthday last week, I got her the Tone it Up Nutrition Plan. She's been wanting it for like 3 years. Needless to say, she is quite excited about it. She invited me to try the plan with her. I agreed and here we are! We have a fridge that looks like a giant salad and are ready to go! We officially started this plan yesterday. We even got welcomed by Tone it Up on Twitter, so that was exciting! @katiedid_what @RealZackReyes welcome to the team!!— Tone It Up (@ToneItUp) June 30, … Read More...

What a Difference 5 Minutes Makes!


The following photos were taken 5 minutes apart yesterday. and 5 minutes later... I sure wish I could fall asleep that fast sometimes! I've always been a light sleeper, and while lately it's been easier to sleep when given the chance, I still envy the ability to be wide awake one minute and sound asleep just 5 minutes later. … Read More...

The Best Day Ever.


Photo courtesy of the very talented Ryan Greenleaf. Today is the best day ever. Why? Because it is my beautiful wife's birthday. She's an incredible woman and an amazing mother. I'm so happy to be sharing this life with her. Every day with her truly is wonderful! :) You should go to her blog and wish her a happy birthday! Her dad is coming over and taking us to lunch, so that'll be fun. Katie already knows where she wants to go and I'm excited. It's this place called Sellands and it is amazing. I … Read More...