BEYOND THE OVEN: Baby Update (12 Weeks) & A Minted Giveaway!
Hello hello guys!! Mr Elliott is 12 weeks as of yesterday and figured we should do an update on how he’s doing. Time is really flying by when you are having fun…that saying is true.
I should start by saying I am in LOVE with this baby (duh!). Even more so than I was the last time I gave you an update (6 weeks update) and I think it’s because I see him less since I started working two weeks ago 🙁 and he has a personality already!! Both make it hard not to love him.
Let me back up a bit. E has been good since we crossed the two months mark. We might have a schedule down with his days and nights (finally) although I am not counting on it lasting. For now he eats every 2-3 hours during the day and every 3-4 hours at night. Sleep-wise, he naps for 1-2 hours two or three times during the day and at night wakes up twice for food. His day starts promptly between 7-8am when he is the happiest. Mr J and I usually hear him wake up and just listen to him talk to himself for like 5 minutes in his room. We can never resist the cuteness and always have to go in there and join the party lol. Mornings are my favorites with him.
Which is why it was so hard to go back to work two weeks ago. The mornings are rushed now between waking up, feeding him and getting him ready for the day, making bottles, cleaning his room etc etc. I barely have enough time to hug him before I dash out for the day. It’s been the hardest transition EVER and I am not loving work as much because of it. Well…to be honest I am just tired of being a student and need to move on from it soon but that’s a whole other topic.
Luckily, my mother came to visit us from Sierra Leone last month and she’s been taking care of him when I work. It’s been amazing watching them bond and she is just so happy. I am grateful for her as knowing he is being loved while I’m away makes it a tiny teeny bit better. Of course that all ends in December when she goes back home and he goes to daycare (sobbbssss).
In terms of development, he is a smiling machine!!! He just loves smiling all the time and is ‘talking’ a lot too. He got his first set of vaccines at his two months check up and he was a trooper. After the initial 2 minutes of crying(understandably, who loves needles?), he was happy as a clam and even smiling to the nurses as we left. He was a good boy and we did’t get any fevers or sleepless nights over the shots. We go again next month for the next rounds of shots. Let’s hope we have a repeat.
Hmmmm, what else?? We went pumpkin picking and he slept through it all. So we laid him down on the pumpkins to take pictures of him… yes we are evil parents!! But it was the cutest thing ever.
Last time I told you about our breastfeeding woes. We are pretty much not trying anymore with that and I am just pumping and feeding him the breastmilk. So he is still on a 100% breastmilk but it’s just all from bottles. I am thinking of supplementing with one or two feedings of formula starting next week to build up a bank of frozen breastmilk as I have some traveling coming up that will keep me away from him for a few days here and there. This used to bother me a lot but I realized that women put so much pressure on ourselves when it comes to breastfeeding. As long as baby is healthy, growing and thriving, I say whatever you are doing is working for YOU!
On that note, I finally got my act together and printed his birth announcement cards…only like 10 weeks after he was here. But hey, better late than never! I turned to my well-trusted friends over at Minted.com to design his announcements. I got our christmas cards from them last year so I knew I wanted them to help me out with these too. And they turned out so cute! We used this design for ours.
The lovely folks over at Minted are giving away $100 Minted.com Gift Card to one lucky reader!! Holiday card season is fast approaching and you can shop your heart out on Minted for some or just shop for yourself. They have plenty of gifts.
To enter, just tell me in the comments below “What is your favorite thing about the holidays?” Pretty simple right?
Have a great weekend friends!
Disclosure: Giveaway sponsored by Minted.com. One winner will win a $100 Minted.com gift card. Winner will be selected at random on October 31st and contacted by email.
my very favorite thing about the holidays is spending time with family! i got married two years ago and moved out of state with my hubby. all of his family is 4 hours away, and all of mine are 5-6 hours away and i miss them all SO much! We just had our first baby in January so now i look forward to spending holidays with my family even more 🙂 (the delicious food is a close second when it comes to holiday favorites though 😉 )
First of all Zainab, little Elliott is beautiful! Time seems like it’s flying because he already looks so big! I am sure your mother is so enjoying being with you and taking care of Elliott! My favorite thing about the holidays is cooking all the traditional holiday favorites in the kitchen with my entire family!
My favorite thing about the holidays are spending quality time with family and also the FOOD. So much good food!!! Thank you 🙂
Wow what a cutie you have 🙂
I like the Christmas music, it is my favorite thing.
All the delicious food and getting to see my family, who lives out of state!
Definitely being with family! Thanks!
I love giving gifts and spending time with family! (and food…duh!)
Annnnd little Elliott just keeps getting cuter and cuter!!! It sucks that you have to be away from him (and yeah boooo school lol) but so nice that your mom is there! <3
Mr. Elliott sure is a cutie=)
I love the Christmas decorations and just being with loved ones during the holidays. Family time is so precious.
My favorite thing about the holidays is all of the fun events I get to take my little ones to.
i love the fancy food and awesome decor i get to put up in my house!
What a sweet little guy, congratulations!!! He is adorable. I just love the buzz in the air and the scent of the holidays 🙂 Best time of the year!!
it’s totally unoriginal, but spending time with my family! a close second would be the food…all the glorious food. 🙂
elliott is so cute! i hope the transition to work starts to get better for you guys! my favorite part of the holidays is spending time with family. basic but important! 🙂
E gets more and more adorable every time you post pics — he is one handsome little boy. 🙂 He sounds like he has a wonderful personality, and has a lot to smile about. I’m sorry the transition back to work is so hard and hope that gets better for you!
Family! Hanging out and gathering together is my favorite.
I really enjoy having the house decorated.
The food and the family.
I love all the time with family and making people feel special 🙂
OK, E is just the cutest baby ever!!!!! My fave thing about the holidays? getting together with family since we all live in different states!!!
What a beautiful and adorable little boy! It won’t be long and he’ll be loving your amazing baking creations!
“What is your favorite thing about the holidays?”
Its definitely time spent with my family. I have a large extended family and we make great effort to spend several days with each other every year. Extended relatives drop in, and we can easily have 50 people in the house at a time. And of course, the food that we share with each other!
The food, music, parties, etc. But most of all I love how people seem happier + more cheery 🙂
I love seeing my children experience the magic of the holidays. And I also love all of the great holiday food!
He is so adorable, enjoy him they grow so fast. Today my first born turns 18, gulp. Where did the time go? My favorite thing about the Holiday is Family. I love spending time with them whenever we can.
My favorite thing about the holidays is finally having enough time to go home and visit family and friends properly versus a short weekend here and there! Oh and the lights… Twinkle lights on everything is just magical 🙂
Your baby E is the cutest baby I think I’ve ever seen! His eyes are beautiful! For me, holidays are all about family and food!
Hanging out with my family!
Hi Liz! You are the lucky winner of this giveaway! Watch out for an email from me soon 🙂 Thank you for entering!
Getting some much needed time off of work!
Christmas shopping for others and taking a week off of work!
Thank you for sharing an update with us on your little sweet pea, Mr. Elliott! What a precious boy you have, Z! You are and will be a phenomenal mom. Give him some hugs and kisses from me! 🙂 Wishing you and your family all the very best! xo
Thanks Stacy! So happy you are back and feeling better.
Family, and all the baking!! 🙂
Thanks for the giveaway!
Little E is so adorable! Love seeing his picture and he’s the cutest baby ever. Holidays? I love spending time with my big family and getting an excuse for being lazy and cozy.
I love classic old-fashioned Christmas Music 🙂 And love having family from far and wide gather to celebrate for a few days! So many laughs.
Mr. Elliott is so precious!! I can’t believe he’s already several months old! I can imagine how hard it is to get back to work! It’s great that your mother can come and help you a bit though! I’m sure she’s enjoying her time with the baby, too!
I love baking desserts for Christmas dinner