Monday, December 29, 2014

Our Life: Christmas Riley Style 2014



What an incredible holiday this has been! We have been to multiple Christmas celebration with family throughout this last week, and tonight was our last Christmas this year. It was so much fun and so different than last year. Moose really understood opening gifts this year, and his excitement was so genuine that is was heart-melting.  Our children (and ourselves) were extremely blessed (aka spoiled) this year.


Santa brought Moose a Harley tricycle. His feet don't reach the pedals, yet, but I assure you this fact doesn't phase him one bit! He already has been scooting around the house on his trike, vroom-vrooming.  He seems to really like the handlebars on it.

 Santa brought Bo a clock toy, but since, he is less than three months old he wasn't impressed. Unless it's warm milk, there's not much he is impressed by. He will get to enjoy this season next year.

Sam and I were blessed by incredible gifts - too many to name. The highlights: a Dodgers jersey, baseball tickets, office supplies (you know I'm fired up), leggings, and much more!

Random Story:
We were blessed to have a calm in our day on Christmas Eve during nap time, and Sam flipped on a movie. Of course there were about a thousand Christmas movies on tv, but he skipped those and turned on "God's Not Dead" on On Demand. I don't know if you all have seen it, but it's a little bit heavy to be watching during nap time on Christmas Eve before our annual pajamas & pancakes Christmas at my moms. It was the first time we've seen it. So literally I'm in tears crying on the sofa, as the boys are waking up just at the end of the movie (perfect timing - literally our own Christmas miracle)! Anyways, moral of my story, God definitely sent Sam and I a reminder (a giant billboard reminder) in the middle of the chaos of umpteen celebrations that there is a reason for this season. It made me feel that fire that only God can fuel (the one that makes me want to be bold and unburdened in his name). Awesome stuff - had to share because when God reveals himself in the details it's just the best, right?!? 

Anywho... Here are a couple more pictures from our Christmas... (I only had my camera on Christmas Eve, so I missed several of our celebrations. Sorry folks!)








And my favorite video of Moose first seeing what Santa brought him...
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Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Bo: 10 and 11 weeks, Hello double digits


Edit: In all my blogging, I can say I don't know that I've ever done this before. I used Bo's 9 week picture as his 10 week picture and didn't even realize it!! Is it because I missed a week? Or did I get confused somewhere along the way?? Oh geez, this is what they mean about the poor second kid isn't it... Well that happened, whoops!?!
How Big?: I think Bo has paused a bit on major weight gain. Well maybe that or he's getting taller and not fatter at the time being. (Which I think is the more likely case) 
Clothing Size?: 6 months for the most part, and I think he can wear size 2 in the thirsties diaper covers at this point. We only have one of that brand, but they're size one and getting snug for baby man. 
What/When is he eating?: Bo eats about 12-15 ounces while we are at school, and so far I am pumping about the same! It's very different boy exclusively pumping, but it's also a thousand times better!!! I am proud to say, Bo is still 100% breastmilk. Of course that is no judgement to formula Mommas because this stuff is hard! I am excited about having this break to nurse Bo a bit longer before we really commit to all bottles all week. (Since I sort of expect at some point he will give up nursing and just want the bottle.) 
Sleep?: We have some really good nights and some really tough ones. He is pretty good at sleeping a 6 hour stretch. Occasionally, he will sleep even longer. (Victory for momma!) The hardest part is when he won't go back to sleep, and we are up partying at 3 in the morning. 
Movement?: He is getting pretty close to holding his head up. He has also started to wiggle a bit in his crib. You lay him straight, but he wakes up crooked. He is also trying to roll over. He rolled onto his side the other day with no warning.
Milestones?: First time to visit Santa... First time being on the news, thanks to the before mentioned Santa visit. (It was far less Bo and much more Moose that got them that little memorable moment.) He's smiling and laughing and definitely recognizing us!Hardest Moment(s) of the Week: Going back to work was so hard!! It was hard in all these little ways: missing the boys, being sleepy, trying to figure out how to teach my kids, dealing with parents, missing the boys, pumping, not nursing, and so on. I am really glad I went back when I did, even though it was tough. I know it wouldn't have been any easier on me, if I hadn't returned before the break.Best Moment(s) of the Week: We really enjoyed figuring out the routine of things, but hands down the best moment of the last two weeks (warning: gross parent talk) is the fact that Bo has only pooped for my mom. Ok so... it's also been hard because we are genuinely concerned about his long "no poop" stretches, but it's been a bit comical because my mom has had to handle his last three poop explosions!!!Looking Forward to: It's officially Christmas break around here, and we are thrilled to have two weeks to hang out family style. This first week is all about Christmas!!! Then, we have a week to recover - haha, but really, we are blessed beyond measure. This time of year is full of incredible joy, and we are so happy to have our two boys to celebrate with!

If I don't get to blog before the holiday, Merry Christmas to you and yours!!!!!

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Bo: 8 & 9 Weeks




Aren't these just the saddest little pictures in the world? I think Bo decided to boycott getting his weekly picture taken, and I just didn't know it! 


How Big?:
We went to the doctor for Bo's two month visit, and he has gained height and weight. He is 12 pounds 8 ounces and 24 inches tall. He is still in the 90th percentile for height, but he is now at 60th percentile for weight... Never fear though, we had some serious feeding last night, so I think he's growing again. 
Clothing Size?: Bo is a taller kid than Moose was at this point. I did have to get him 3 months in an outfit this week because the brand runs so big. It's what I've always said about kids clothes: the sizes can be so different from brand to brand. Clothes can be such a pain, and I don't even have girls lol!!!
What/When is he eating?: Bo is still getting breastmilk exclusively. I thought managing milk was tough the first time around, but the second time is crazier because you have another kid running around, too. It's our goal to make it to a year this time, but I'm proud to have made it two months. Sometimes as a mom, I think I get to caught up in future stuff. It's nice to stop and celebrate the small achievements, too. Last time, I was crying and frustrated with breastfeeding all the time, and now, I feel like I've got the hang of it. Please say a prayer for us as I go back to work next week. Bo hasn't been taking the bottle well, and I am going to be pumping significantly more than I have been. He has only taken the bottle really well one time, but I'm hoping it will become a trend. 
Sleep?: Bo is doing a great job going a six hour stretch at night most nights! Sometimes getting him to bed is rough, but if you can get him down, he's typically pretty good.
Milestones?: Well, I got the second baby monitor for Black Friday because it was on sale. And yes I know that I could've just bought a second camera, but instead, we got a second monitor so that each of us can have one kid at night or we have the option but both kids on one monitor and someone can take both of them at night. As a result of this awesome purchase, we moved Bo to his own room. I have been really surprised (knock on wood) that he's done really well sleeping in his own room. These last two nights have been the toughest ones we've had, and I have a feeling he's ina growth  spurt. Other milestones include first holiday: Thanksgiving!
Movement?: Bo loves to stand up and take kick his feet. He is a very active dude and tries to lift his head up already. I think that in the next month he will be rolling over with ease.
Hardest Moment(s) of the Week: These last two weeks tough moments have had much more to do with mommy and then they have with Bo or with Moose.The boys are awesome, but I'm a typical mom and I've been stressed about Christmas going back to work my way to the house etc. etc. honestly the most challenging things that we've experienced have been in the last two nights with Bo. He has decided that he doesn't want to sleep when I want him to sleep. I think we might have to experiment with putting him down just a little bit earlier. Oh the joys of teaching babies to sleep.
Best Moment(s) of the Week: We had a really good time last week for the Thanksgiving holiday. We had a blast at the turkey trot! Since then my mom and I have gotten a lot of shopping done, and I am so excited for my boys to have Christmas this year! Just shopping and imagining what Christmas morning is going to be like this year and the next and for years to come is seriously, hands-down the best part of having kids. I can't wait for the cries of, "Santa came!!" 
Looking Forward to: Well there's a lot going on so look forward to: seeing Santa, seeing Christmas lights, Christmas break, Christmas morning, Christmas everything… and full disclosure, I'm having really mixed feelings but I am also really looking forward to going back to school. I know it will be super hard to leave Bo and Moose. I know they're in very capable hands with my mom, but it's stilheartbreaking to think that I don't get to hang out and watch them play and watch them smile every single day!!! I am looking forward to getting back to routine getting back a little bit of that independence that comes with having a job. (Having a paycheck won't be bad either!) AnyWho, that's a long thing for what we're looking forward to you, but it's such an incredible time of the year!!!





Thank you for reading and keeping up with my blog! I always wonder as I am typing out all these little details about my kids (and thoughtfully trying to document for them and me) if anyone really cares. Not like that because I know that people care, but I look at my number of hits on a post, and I wonder who is reading? Who is keeping up with us? I love to share our world with others in the hopes that you will keep us in your prayers, in hopes that if there is anything we can do for you, you'll feel like you can let us know, in hopes that my journey will help someone else learning to be a mom. I love and appreciate all your support more than you know. I love to hear the words, "oh yeah, I read that on your blog!" 

PS Just for fun: It was a great, great night. (You non-parents might not understand the magnitude of this statement.) Tonight, I showered (alone), brushed my teeth, and washed my face! Isn't it glorious to be clean?!? Be grateful for what you have my friends. :) 

LOTS OF LOVE 




Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Moose: 19 Months... It's the Holiday Season


How Big?:  At Moose's 18 Month appointment he weighed in a bit lighter than I expected 28 pounds, but he was 33 inches tall and in the 90th percentile. He is still my big boy. Clothing Size?: Size 5 diapers, 3T pjs and now buying 4Tpjs (because I think we have enough 3Ts), 3T some 4T shirts, 2T pants (he really doesn't need more in this size...). He is short-legged, but his waist is bigger. I grabbed a pair of 2T jeans for him the other day out of his drawer and couldn't button them on him.... Little baby gut. What/When is he eating?: Favorite Foods include shredded cheese, strawberry milk, pizza, guacamole, and french fries... Man we have a healthy eater :/ NOT! Sam thought of the trick of putting ketchup on things to get him to eat more, and so far it's a good little trick. He has actually eaten some chicken this week. Movement?: He can jump, jump, jump, and he loves to! We turn in circles, jump, jump, jump, do squats, and stomp, stomp! He is a little tornado who never sits still. The world is his jungle gym. Crazy man on the loose watch out! Milestones?: He is just getting to be a bigger and bigger helped all the time. The amount of things he knows is growing on a daily basis. He brings me diapers for his brother and knows when to put the wipes back. Sometimes someone else will teach him a word (like Grandma when I'm not there) and I don't know that he knows it until he points and says, "fishie!" I was like woah!!! That's a big deal. He's a little sponge so watch what you say!
Hardest Moment(s) of the Month: I was initially worried about the jealousy that Moose might have about his new little brother, but honestly I have been pleasantly surprised. However, Moose is very, very jealous at Grandma's. This is a tough one because she loves both boys so much, and I soon will have to go back to work and leave them with her. Moose is acting out at her house when she has Bo. This is extra tough because I don't want him to be bad, but I, also, don't want him to feel replaced at Grandma's house.  Best Moment(s) of the Month: I LOVE watching Moose play and see new things. He is so inquisitive about so many things. He loves the Christmas store and all the lights!!! Hearing him say "iiights" "pwetttty" is heart melting!!!
Looking Forward to: Tomorrow is Thanksgiving!! We are super excited for all the holidays as a big family of four.

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Bo: 7 Weeks Nearly Turkey Time

How Big?: We go back to the doctor next for our two month visit, and we will see how much weight my little chunk has added. By my guess we will be adding some serious height along with weight because dude loves to eat. Clothing Size?: Bo is a big kid! Those 3 month jammies are tight on his toes, and I think they may be soon retired from the rotation. The 6 months are still long, but he is filling them up a bit more every night. I cannot even believe that he is flying through clothes Moose wore for so long. We are still cloth diapering strong... I love it so much. In hindsight, I almost wish we had done it with Moose, too. 
What/When is he eating?: We are still NURSING STRONG! I love that I am getting to breastfeed this boy so successfully (knock on wood!). Other than our little hiccup with mastitis, we are doing really well. He had a couple days of cluster feeding this week, and he LOVEs to eat! No surprise there. 
Sleep?: Ok this is the place where we are making the biggest attempt to get a routine going. We have been keeping him awake starting at about 6:30. We do a bath between 9 and 9:30, and we have had success keeping him asleep until 5 several mornings! He still wakes at 2 or 3 the other nights, so it's not totally consistent but we are working on it. 
Milestones?: Nothing epic this week. We are working on head control and tummy time, and Bo seems very strong! Maybe he will hold his head up or roll over soon. 
Movement?: Bo is kicking his feet and waving his hands like crazy! He has started to grab my hair (man they start that early), and he will head butt you unintentionally of course, lol. 
Hardest Moment(s) of the Week: When you just have one kiddo the ratio of parents to kids is in your advantage, 2:1. You've got the kid beat because there can be one person on and one off. When you bump it up to two kids, that ratio changes, and you're even, 2:2. OR when one person is off you are outnumbered! Two hands just isn't always enough. Who do you pick up when they're crying? Who can fuss longer? Which kid should get put in the car first? This two under two stuff is no joke. It's sometimes super intimidating to have them both alone because I don't feel like I'm at my best for anyone, but I know that this will get easier and easier. I already am so much better at it than I was a month ago! 
Best Moment(s) of the Week: The crew went up to visit Sam at school. Sam loved being able to show off the kids. 
Looking Forward to: We are beyond excited that the holiday season is here! Sam has a week off. The tree is being trimmed. Christmas shopping had begun. It's such an awesome season, and we have so much to be grateful for. Thanksgiving is awesome! 

Have a very happy blessed holiday!
Love 
The Riley Family 

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Moose & Bo: Christmas Lists 2014

It's unconventional to blog your kids' Christmas Lists; I am aware of this. However, I know that many of you read and keep up with the blog a lot more often that I get to talk to you.  My kids are incredibly blessed and don't need much this year, but I know that so many of you love them and want to get them something. I have come up with some ideas for both boys but no specific presents... If you want to text me, I will gladly brainstorm together for something more specific if these ideas don't help. Fair warning, though, I will probably be scrolling through the Black Friday ads for ideas :) 



Update
Update #2 ... This might keep happening as I think of other stuff he likes. :) 
Moose's List:
#1 - College Fund: The number one thing on both boy's lists is a contribution to their college funds. They are both so small this year, and they have an abundance of stuff. We ask that if you want to give, please consider this option. (This is another HUGE reason that I am blogging their lists, so that I can give you a quick link with all the College Fund Information.) It may not seem fun now, but years down the road the pay off will be HUGE in their lives. 

#2 - Big Trucks: Moose LOVES trucks. Anytime we are on the highway, I hear "biiiituckkkkk" or at least something like that. He already has the steel Tonka dump truck and is getting the BIG steel Tonka dump truck.

#3 - School Buses: In addition to big truck, I also hear the word, "bus" every time we pass one! He loves to watch the bus in the morning and afternoon. 

#4 - Mickey Mouse: This is a very recent addition to the Moose likes list, but since Bo has come along, we have found a bit of necessity in even just a few minutes of cartoons. The one he really seems to like is the Mickey Mouse Clubhouse! He will say, "Mickey" and "Hot Dog!" They do the Hot Dog Dance at the end of each show... just roll with it, so anything Mickey I bet he will like! 

#5 - Count von Count: This one is a toughie, but his favorite thing is to stomp, stomp the number of the day with Count. Then, he does the creepy vampire laugh with him after... Ah ah ahhhh! 

#6 - Clothes: Ok let me clear this up... he really doesn't need clothes BUT inevitably someone will find the PERFECT outfit for him I know. And if that person is you, I don't want you to think that Moose is 18 months so that size will fit him. :) He fits 3 or 4T tops and 3T pants. 

Update #7 - Kitchen Utensils: Yep, I totally forgot to add this to the list, but this kid LOVES a brightly colored plastic spatula! He loves all spoons and random kitchen utensils. 

Update again... #8 - Animals: This boy loves all things animal. (He thinks a duck says "bok bok bok," so that's adorable.) He says, "woof" to every puppy he sees and "meow" to the cats. Animals or farm toys are a-okay for this boy! 

#9 - Lights: This is kind of a weird one, but Moose adores just about anything that lights up. You should see his head spin for the few houses that already have their Christmas lights up, so add light up toys to the list!

Update

Bo's List:
This list was extremely hard to come up with things for... he will just be three months by the time Christmas. We have so many toys from Moose and so many clothes, too. The things that Bo could use right now are really things Momma could use for Bo. If there is something babyish and adorable you just have to get him, we won't be offended :) 

#1 - College Fund: I think this gift is even more perfect for Bo! If you contribute more to his than Moose's that is ok because he is harder to get a gift for! Directions for gifting here

#2 -  Cloth Diapers: We are loving cloth diapers. I currently use what they call prefolds with covers, but as he is sleeping longer and longer at night we could use some of the other kind more effectively. The BumGenius 4.0 is a pocket diaper that we really like and could use a couple more of. If you are feeling adventurous, feel free to do some Google-ing and look at other All in One Cloth Diapers or Pocket Diapers because that would be a good gift as well.

#3 - Diaper Pail: We could use two of these small trashcans that have lids for the dirty diapers. Our current open air basket has quite the aroma... lol. 

#4 - Diaper Pail Bag: These are waterproof, washable bags that are also called liners. They go in the pail and can be tossed right in the wash. This would be very preferable to the Wal-Mart bags we are currently using. They also make smaller travel sized ones like this.

#5 - Clothes: Again I say, we don't really need clothes, (and I won't repeat my matra again), but Bo is already in 6 month clothes. 

Update #6 - Soft Books: We never had very many soft books for Moose, so this would be a great little toy gift for my littlest love this year. 


Ultimately, we are BEYOND grateful for any gift you choose for our children, and we won't mind a bit if you don't get them one. That isn't what this season is about - obligation and stress. Instead, we just ask that you love whatever choice you make and do it with a happy heart! If it's not on their list that's cool, too. You might have a wayyyy better idea than I did :) 

'Tis the Season! 

Moose & Bo: College Fund Gifting Information

Moose and Bo officially have college funds set up through the state of Texas! We are excited to be able to do this for the boys in this way because it makes it super easy for friends and family to be able to help contribute along the way. I had such a great experience with the Texas Tomorrow Fund that we selected the newer version called the Texas Tuition Promise Fund. It is beneficial because you pay the current tuition rate, rather than what it will be in eighteen years. 

Since we are asking you to contribute, let me tell you what you are contributing to:
We selected both boys as Pay-As-You-Go plans for now (to change to installments when we aren't quite so month to month), and the Type 1 units. The type one units guarantee that it will take 100 units or less to pay for a year of tuition (30 hours) at a Texas state school. These units are currently just under $130 a piece. Any extra units from each school year (if they choose a less expensive state school) stay in the account to be applied to the next year.  Good news is you don't have to buy a whole unit. You can contribute $20, and it will buy a partial unit! 

If they don't go to a state school, we get the money in their account back to use towards tuition anyways, and if they were to get a partial scholarship, we could use the fund to make up the difference and be refunded the rest (for books and living expenses). Still want to know more? Feel free to check out the program website here

To Gift money to the boys accounts:
Fill out this form and mail in your check. 

You'll need the following information: 
Account Owner - Autumn Riley 
My telephone number (not posted on the internet for the world to see)
Name of beneficiary - which kiddo's name you're contributing to (Moose's is under his legal name)
Account Number - Moose = 7145008017 & Bo = 7145008025

Let me know if you have any other questions or need help. We can't tell you how much we appreciate every penny put in these accounts! 

Additionally, please pray over these accounts when you are thinking of them. We want these funds to bless our kids and help them accomplish everything they can in life. 



Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Postpartum: 7 Weeks after having a Baby

Time for another Postpartum update! 


Postpartum: 1 Month
Postpartum: 6.5 Weeks


Weight: 144 pounds
Loss: 25 pounds
Wedding Ring: ON
Total to Lose to get to Pre-Pregnancy Weight (124): 20 pounds 



Weight: 141
Loss: 28 pounds
Wedding Ring: ON
Total to Lose to get to Pre-Pregnancy Weight (124): 17 pounds 

At 6 weeks postpartum, I was officially cleared to exercise, and I have celebrated that with a couple of runs already. I am so grateful to be able to get back to it this quickly. I still have those 17 pounds left to lose, and I can see it mainly in three key areas of my body: arms, love handles, and belly. I am hopeful that I will be able to start adding in some weight workouts for my arms with Sam in the evenings, so that I can tone there. I think that the other two will take more long term time because I'm not quite ready to dive into an ab/core workout yet.  I don't feel like I'm ready for that.

I am still breastfeeding, too, so we are burning calories that way! And I am really trying to cut out a lot of the sugar I eat, along with eating more at home than on the go.  It's my goal to fit into my slacks by the time I go back to work in two and half weeks. I don't know that I will quite make it, but I will continue to focus and hopefully by January I will be in them for sure.

Other Postpartum Posts: 






Sunday, November 16, 2014

Bo: 6 Weeks Baby Giant


How Big?: At his one month visit he weighed in at 11 pounds and 23 inches (95th percentile)!!! He has definitely grown since then. He is my baby giant. I have a feeling when he and Moose are older there won't be too much of a size difference. 
Clothing Size?: Length wise 6 month clothing is a bit long, but most of his 0-3 size stuff is a little too snug to wear comfortably. I amazed at how quickly he is growing. There are outfits I know Moose wore a million times that seem like they fit Bo for 20 minutes! We are still 100% cloth diapering. The hardest part IMO is carrying the huge diaper bag (huge bc of the amount of supplies required). More of the BumGenius pocket style diapers are on Bo's christmas list because goodness know he doesn't need toys, lol, and those type are more compact and easier on the go. 
What/When is he eating?: I am hopeful to start developing more of a routine, but he still loves to eat! It's different from day to day on what times. He seems to eat a lot and often. He isn't spitting up like he was before, and I have learned that he is more relaxed at the breast if it's not quite so full. (Sometimes that's easier to control than others.) Overall, though, I am back to eating real people food, and Bo seems to be growing out of the digestive troubles. 
Sleep?: Sleep is very hit or miss with Bo. Some nights he is starting to go for a five or SIX hour stretch, but others he is up for hours at night. He sill sleep a longer chunk earlier on it seems, then we are back to hourly or every two hour feeds. Often at night once he wakes, I can't set him back down. He is a baby who wants to be held and rocked and moved and patted and burped and shushed... I keep telling myself he will sleep someday, and I will miss the 3 am snuggles. 
Movement?: Little man is working to pick his head up, and he's so strong. He kicks his feet and is starting to learn how to roll over. He does the cute baby "standing" thing when you hold him upright. I love every bit of this stage.
Milestones?: First full night's sleep... that is a HUGE milestone in my book! I know there are so many more to come, but I am just still enjoying getting a couple more hours sleep!
Hardest Moment(s) of the Week: Bo isn't a very still or quiet baby. He likes to grunt and fuss and not be settled in general. It's tough because there are times I don't know what he wants. He is full, clean, but he mostly wants to be held on your shoulder and walked around. That gets hard when you're doing just about anything. 

Best Moment(s) of the Week: The weeks are flying by, and we are having so much fun. We enjoyed getting to see my sister and her girls this week, and we loved getting to snuggle up to a fire thanks to this cold weather.  

Other Updates: We are working to open the boys college funds through the state's program called the Texas Tuition Promise Fund, so I am really excited to making strides for their futures! And I am so excited that the Holidays are here, so much fun. I am officially cleared and will be back to work early in December. It's tough, but I am also looking forward to it!

Look at Bo compared to baby Moose at 6 Weeks... They look so much alike! Don't you think?

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Our Life: Halloween 2014

Happy Halloween 2014 from the Riley Crew! 

The day was spent with family and fun. Grandma and I went to a Pumpkin Patch in Arlington and took pictures with the boys. Moose loved running around and sitting on every pumpkin he could find. He's still not quite a photo kid... He doesn't quite understand,"smile," or, "cheese."







In the evening, we got little Moose man dressed in his costume - SpideyMan! And we went trick-or-treating for the very first time!!! I figured with as scared of people and cars and just about everything as Moose is that he would hate it. We determined that we would only go a few houses then home. Turns out little stinker surprised me! He really liked it. He didn't care much about the candy, but really enjoyed holding his bucket and walking up to the doors. 

What a fun holiday! I am so glad the holiday season has officially kicked off. 







Friday, October 31, 2014

Moose: 18 months ... Tantrums Deluxe



How Big?:  We see the doctor next week for an official weigh in. I am certain that he is 30ish pounds, and I think at the doctor he might have to stand up for height! (So exciting) On Grandma'z scale the other day, he weighed 32 pounds.
Clothing Size?: Size 5 diapers, 3T pjs, 3T shirts, 2T pants (he really doesn't need more in this size...) I'm debating about coat size because idk how much bigger he is doing to get. As it's getting cold, I am realizing he still has tank tops, but not as many long sleeves. And weird clothing prob... 2T is too short torso wise, but 3T are a bit big in the sleeves. Hmmm... Idk which is better!
What/When is he eating?: Still my finicky eater - there are days when he eats and eats. Other days, he barely eats a thing! His favorites right now are pasta, guamole, & goldfish.
Movement?: He can walk upstairs like a big boy! And he is working on going down the stairs solo. He runs almost everywhere he goes and climbs just about anything he can. He is fast and a bit wreckless... A very dangerous combination.
Milestones?: Yes... Milestones at every turn! He recognizes airplanes, big trucks, and all different types of animals. He is increasingly more linguistic, and he is learning to navigate the rules of the world. We went to the Pumpkin Patch for the first time! Biggest Milestone of ever... MOOSE IS A BIG BROTHER! I'm sure you already know this from other posts, but it's the first time I can officially say it on Moose's post. 
Hardest Moment(s) of the Month: Moose and his major meltdowns have been a challenge to say the least. The word NO is being said more frequently around the Riley household these days. I absolutey hate the face he makes when he gets in trouble, but somehow he has to learn, "rocks are outside toys." The most difficult part (as per usual) isn't the fits themselves, but rather, the not knowing as an adult what he does and doesn't understand. He's only 1.5 years old, and I really can't tell sometimes what is too much. He knows so many things: shut the door, give this to the dogs, lay down, give me your feet, sit down... And he says so much: bite, more, help, airplane, doggies, no,... But here's my deal does he always actually understand when I say, "don't give that to the doggies." This whole learning to communicate business is hands down the toughest part. 
Best Moment(s) of the Month: We are beyond blessed that Moose liked his brother right away! The night he met Bo he was all smiles. He loves to kiss him and pay his head. There is nothing more incredible than watching your two children build a bond. 
Looking Forward to: I am so looking forward to this life with both my boys! I cannot wait to see Moose in action as big brother. I know sometimes that will mean more trouble than help but that's ok... Boys will be boys! :) 









Bo: 3 Weeks & 4 Weeks





How Big?: Growing Boy! He is definitely over 10 pounds! We will measure again at his one month appointment in November. 
Clothing Size?: 0-3 months is already snug in some outfits! We are not using disposable diapers at this point because of Mr. Sensitive Skin. We are using 100% cloth at this point. It's a learning curve, but it has been very rewarding. I am using prefolds and covers most of the time, but my aunt picked up a few pocket diapers (BumGenius 4.0) for us. They have been AMAZING for going out. They are a little bit easier to manage on the go. I will try to write a total cloth diaper update soon! 
What/When is he eating?: We haven't established much of a routine, yet, so he is a bit unpredictable. He still cluster feeds fairly often and without warning. Bottom line: kid eats A LOT
Sleep?: At 3 weeks, Bo isn't a super fan of sleep. We aren't doing anything that even remotely comes close to sleeping through the night. We wake up multiple times and sometimes we are awake for a while trying to get back to sleep. 
At 4 weeks, I broke down and gave him some mylicon and a warm bath the other night. He had the best night of sleep we have had yet. (4 hours straight!) It still hang been consistent... Oh there's time to sleep later, right? 
Movement?: He seems wiggly to me. He lifts his head often and even controls it for a couple of minutes. He scoots around by shifting his legs during tummy time... Crazy how fast they grow.
Milestones?: First time going to the park. First time to the mall. First Pumpkin Patch & First Holiday... Happy Halloween!
Hardest Moment(s) of the Week: At 3 weeks, everything seemed quiet after the plumbing debacle.
 I think the hardest parts for us right now are at night. There are times that Bo gets super fussy, and I can't always figure out what he needs on the first guess. He's also super hard to burp... Which makes things tough! At 4 weeks, those fussy spells are seeming more and more often, and he is spitting/throwing up a bit too often. I am struggling with what ails baby Bo's tummy. We are first searching for a possible food allergy. I am doing an elimination diet to help and see if it is a food I'm eating that bothers him. That means I get to eat these things and these things only: Turkey, Rice, Potatoes, Sweet Potatoes, Pears, and Squash. That's been interesting for sure. I started Wednesday night and have to go through the weekend into next week on this very strict version.  I can start adding in foods again, if we determine that he is feeling better with the diet. It's a sacrifice, but I know that this is what's best for little man. He sees the doc on Monday, so we can hopefully get some more answers. (I am praying it's just a little reflux that he will grow out of ASAP!)
Best Moment(s) of the Week: I am just loving all the baby snuggles. There are times when the lack of sleep and the constant feeding can feel overwhelming, but mostly I am loving and soaking up as much Bo time as I can before I have to get back to work.  The other thing I ADORE is watching the boys together. Moose is an awesome big brother!