Wallace | Six Months

As Truman says, 'It's Wallace's half birthday! I can't believe he's zero-and-a-half!'

Quilt shots getting really difficult. #ConstantBlur
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This baby is no longer a teeny tiny baby. He's officially army crawling, pivoting on his tummy, up on all fours and rocking, scooting himself around the house, and has discovered Porter's delicious trains and trucks and various toys/dust bunnies. He will plank, get up on all fours, and then plop down in satisfaction. He can move forward now and seems to practice his new moves in his crib, when he is supposed to be sleeping.

Very dangerous place to be now.
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On that topic, we are still working at the sleep thing. Ace is finding his groove with a solid bedtime routine at 7pm: bath, jammies, playtime in the dimly lit nursery, then nursing and bed. I want to move the nursing up in the schedule so it's not the very last thing he does before snoozing, but we aren't there yet. He usually wakes up about twice at night to eat and sometimes goes back to sleep easily, sometimes NOT. The new fun is when he wakes up RIGHT when I fall asleep for the night, around 10:30, for the first time---then again around 2 and 4. Yawn. I'm pretty sure he's old enough and large enough to night wean, so I will put that on our To-Do list.

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We took an epic nap together over Christmas and it was the greatest.
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Naps are decent, usually taking his first one around 9 or 9:30 and it lasts for about 1-1.5 hours. Then his second nap is a little harder to come by, but usually happens after he's been awake for 2-3 hours. On my work days he is rocking the bottle now, taking about 5-6 ounces no problem. He still prefers to nurse at least twice in the evenings when we are reunited but it's much improved from last month. YAY. I find myself being able to set him down and he can play on the floor while I cook dinner. Gone are the days when I was nursing and carrying a fussy baby while eating/wiping butts/etc.

Oh, my heart.
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I think Wallace will cut his first tooth really soon, based on the constant red cheeks and hands in his mouth non-stop. The others all cut their first teeth at 6 months so I'd be surprised if mister man takes much longer. His cheeks were so red and seemingly chapped this month that I thought maybe he had Fifths Disease, but now I'm thinking it's just from drool and dry air. I've been putting Aquaphor on the baby's sweet skin and that seems to help a little bit.

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Also enjoys sucking in his lower lip.
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The other really big event from this past month is that Wallace is eating solid foods! His first foray into anything other than breastmilk went well. I baked and then pureed some sweet potatoes mixed with water and breastmilk, and he was immediately impressed. I love the look on his face, like, 'Why have you been holding out on me this long?' We also tried an avocado and then a banana in the mesh teether, and both seemed fine but I doubt he actually ingested much. The thicker, store bought version, of baby food in a squeeze pouch did NOT got over so well---definitely too thick for the texture, I guess!

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Nightly baths in the bumbo are now a must, given his love for holding his own spoon full of sweet potatoes. He loves his jumparoo and his playmat, although he won't stay ON the playmate for longer than a minute before he is across the room, getting into trouble.

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Yellow water from color changing tablets, not pee (I think).
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Timehop told me that three years ago, Porter completely weaned himself from breastfeeding at this same exact age. Combining this fact with the memory of Porter refusing to roll or crawl or move at all until one year of age? These two boys are complete opposites. Ace loves to nurse and for that I'm really grateful. I haven't had to supplement with him, mostly because he has amped up my supply with frequent and efficient nursing this whole time. I'm still pumping once during my work days, getting about 5-6 oz at a time, which is exactly what he's taking while I'm gone. I'll feel random let downs (even at home) if I go more than 3 hours without nursing/pumping. This seems sort of crazy to me, at the six month mark, but I'll take it. At the advice of many IG friends, I started taking Sunflower Letchin, and (knock on wood) I haven't had mastitis or a bad plugged duct since. Hooray! Mostly very grateful to have such a wonderful nursing relationship with this babe, because the snuggles are intoxicating. He's more distracted now than he was a few months ago, which makes nursing a little more challenging (ripping my nipple off as his whips his head around? No thanks). But for now it's working and he is a big nurse for comfort guy, too.

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Wallace is still just the smiliest, most laid back baby. Strangers comment on how HAPPY he is. They also say he is Nate's spitting image, which is sweet except that Wallace is super fat and bald and has big ears ;) Ace has his six month appointment this Friday, but he's probably at least in the 50th percentiles for everything. Wearing 9 month clothes, size 3 diapers, and still boasting some mega arm rolls and thigh fat.

He loves his big siblings and is highly entertained by their antics. The love is reciprocal because Truman, Cecelia, and Porter all have their own ways to interact with Ace in the most awesome ways. Truman enjoys carrying Wallace around the house and talks to him in a high pitched voice, announcing to his class at school about every little milestone Wallace hits. Cecelia requests to lay with Wallace on the couch and she 'babysat' him once for me, in the nursery, while I gave the big boys haircuts in the shower across the hall. Granted, she did let him crawl inside of the closet where he started pulling out diapers from a box but hey, it worked! And Porter has a big heart for his little brother, frequently telling me that he doesn't like Wallace to cry, and he will provide numerous toys to keep him distracted if the baby is upset.

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Someone had his first Christmas and got maybe one gift!
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Also had his first cold and rocked it, too. Definitely threw off any good sleep training we did but whatevs. Watery eyes and stuffy nose, so sad.
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Oh, duh. ALSO, Wallace got baptized this month! We had Nate's brother, Jon, and his wife, Brittany, as the godparents while they visited us from Oregon over the holidays. Wallace did amazing, considering he hadn't napped that morning before the 11:00 service. He wore the same white outfit that my mom made for Truman and also Porter wore. Ah, seeing all three boys in the same clothes does something to my heart.
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His nursery is nearly fully decorated and I love it so so much. Sneak peek of my view in the glider, at those Swiss cross decals that nearly killed Nate and his brother to apply:


I don't know what else to report about our caboose who is a half of a FREAKING year old already. He is pretty much smothered in love at all times and brings us an absurd amount of joy daily. We love you, Waller Baller!

Wallace | Five Months

This is going to be a short update, FOR REAL THIS TIME, because life is nuts but I just can't let go of the monthly posts.

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Wallace is five months old now. He is rolling all over the place, pushing up close to the All Fours position, scoots around on his tummy in a circle, and has already tried to eat our Christmas tree a few times. How is this happening so early?!!

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He was on that mat when I walked away, then I returned to this:
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He's a happy dude and loves to stare at the big kids. I'm thinking he's an early mover simply because he knows he has to get the heck out of the way of these three other kids---or at least keep up with them.

He's grabbing at our food and looking at cups like they are the most fascinating thing ever. Kid wants to eat, but mommy just isn't ready yet. Not ready for the changing poops or the mess, but I guess I better suck it up and go for it soon. The others all started solids around 5.5-6 months, so yeah. It's time.

Oh my heart.
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First picture I took on my real camera since his birthday...yikes. But DIY Christmas cards were calling!
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Wallace is still an excellent nurser and is even taking the bottle while I'm gone now!! Usually he drinks about 5-6 ounces while I'm away, and then nurses non-stop from the time I get home until bedtime. This is actually a point of contention with me, because I'm reaching my breaking point like woah. I cannot sit on the couch and nurse from 5-10pm even though that's what Ace would love. It's hard not having any break time to breathe, and no--work doesn't count as a 'break'. It's work and it's something else to manage/think about/focus on other than myself. I do not get to relax at work, although I usually manage to have a hot cup of coffee from my thermos, so there's that;) I could go on and on, and really---things are going well, but we need to find a schedule for nursing and sleeping ASAP.



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Last night I finally said that it's time to implement some sleep training, even though I HATE HATE HATE it. I also despise being sleep deprived and stressed out and not able to give my family the best of me. So we are sleep training and last night went really well so far. Wallace still loves me and is smiling at me right now, so I'll remember that when I'm wavering tonight against his cries.

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We are striving for two naps each day, around 9 and 1. Admittedly, we have been failing greatly at this but I have high hopes for the next month. And instead of finally laying him down at 10pm and then crashing into bed myself, we are going to stick to a 7pm bedtime. Here goes nothing!!

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He's wearing size 9 month clothes and a size 3 diaper that I found seemed to fit much better than size 2. Baby Wallace is not an infant anymore, you guys. He's growing up so fast and is still so squeezable and edible.

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Hands are ALWAYS in his mouth and his cheeks get super red lately, drooling constantly. He has to be teething? He also seems to have a little bit of a cold but he's not letting that affect his outlook on life just yet---dude is super chill and just the best.

Plus, I have another diaper changer in the house though, so it's all good.
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And Ace has two mommies, didn't you know?
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OH yes, and he is taking a bath with Cecelia and Porter by using the old Bumbo trick. I have to hold him down so he doesn't float but he freaking loves bath time now.
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I'm forgetting 90% of what I wanted to blab about today, but duty calls. And by 'duty' I mean gathering up snow gear to walk across the street and get the big kids from school.

(ALSO, our addition is basically done! Remember that time we broke ground in June? And signed the contract with the architect back in January? Yeah, the project is still continuing but it's so close to being 100% finished! The outside still has a good week of work left to complete, but the inside? It's so amazing! King bed for us, new beds for the kids, all of us have our own personal space....someday a blog post will follow. We went from 3 beds/1.5 baths to now 5 beds/2.5 baths and it's glorious. But when I say life is nuts for Wallace (and for all of us), the addition is a big part of that statement.)

CRAZY TOWN = our house
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It's crazy but I wouldn't have it any other way with these buggers.
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Help me, ma.
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Wallace | Four Months

Holy moly, he's four months old already.


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I'll just get the nasty part out of the way right now: Wallace isn't sleeping well AT ALL. He used to be so great at night, waking once to eat and then falling back to sleep quickly. And now that the four month wakeful period has hit, I've stopped counting the number of times he will nurse at night. And all through the evening after work. And his eyes pop open and he screams as soon as I lay him in his co-sleeper, at night and also during the day. So yeah, naps are usually 20-30 minutes at a time, unless he's in the carseat or Ergo---then I can sometimes sneak at 2 hour deal out of him, but it's rare.

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It's not easy to convince myself that we have to work hard to change his sleeping habits, considering that he doesn't have a nursery yet and therefore he's still sleeping right next to me at night. I think he can smell me and just wants to nurse and cuddle all night long. I tried putting him in with the big kids and that was an epic failure, so now I'm just thinking we will hunker down and wait it out until the addition is finished. Supposedly that is going to happen by Thanksgiving, which most likely means Christmas---but SOMEDAY Wallace will have his own (brand new) bedroom and a crib and will NOT be next to my bed all night long. Someday soon!

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I also think Ace is just getting used to me being at work four days a week. He's still not taking a bottle consistently: some days he will slug down 4 ounces but other days it's zero or a half of an ounce total while I'm gone my 5.5 hours. You just never know with this kid! But since he also hates to nap, I get home to a starving/exhausted baby who just wants to eat and hang on the couch all night. This is really impractical and hard, baby boy! But we are figuring it out and finding some sort of routine....I think.

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Wallace is loving his hands this month and always chews on them. A lady in the grocery store remarked that he 'must be teething', because of the hand-eating, but I don't know--my other kids never got a tooth until six months. He can roll over but hasn't really done much of that since he mastered it last month. We pulled out the relic jumparoo monstrosity, circa 2010, and he loves batting around some of the plastic friends for a solid 15 minutes or so. He is at the age when he needs to be entertained, and the jumparoo, the Bumbo seat, and the play yard seem to fit the bill. He also loves to prop up on the couch and watch TV---this kid seriously loves the boob tube, almost as much as the boob. ;)

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Truly, he is the happiest baby, super smiley and content 95% of the time. He'll flirt with anyone who makes eye contact with him and he LOVES watching the chaos of the older three kids around our house. We think he sometimes gets lonely when we leave him in the pack and play or somewhere that he can't see us, because as soon as we get closer to him he's happy again. Ace will giggle if I toss him in the air, or tickle him, or make a funny face at him. IT'S THE GREATEST SOUND EVER.

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He's quite vocal and scares himself with his squeals, like he doesn't know that they are coming out of his own mouth. I've also noticed that he stares at my food or cup when I'm eating, so perhaps we are getting closer to the table food milestone. I don't usually start the kids on any food until five or six months, so I'll wait for awhile longer, but he does seem to take interest already!

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Wallace and I are quite attached to each other, which is why it's been hard transitioning back to work. I'm really grateful that it's only twenty hours per week, because I am loving my job itself---it's just tough to come home to a grumpy baby that missed me greatly. Here's hoping we can find our groove this next month.

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The big kids are infatuated with Waller Baller, Wallipop, Walli-poppins, Ace of Base, Acey, and Wallermelon. He has more nick names than anyone I've met in my life. Truman has begun carrying the baby around the house, Cecelia frequently puts a crown on our baby, and Porter likes to keep him from crying by letting Ace suck his (disgusting) finger. We are working on that one. Blech.

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We have his four month well-baby appointment this week, but he's growing out of his six month clothes and size 2 diapers. I'm happy he's an excellent nurser but it's also challenging when I'm not getting a break from nursing in the evenings and at night. He's growing really well and is a chunky monkey, so I won't complain--especially when I remember Porter at this age (who wanted to wean ASAP and it broke my heart).

Also, it should be noted that Wallace is seriously Truman's clone. It's actually freaky sometimes looking at T's old baby pictures compared to this child---it's like we made the same baby, seven years later! Handsome devils.

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Ace can also rock pink pajamas, as we found out when he pooped through his outfit out on the town, and his lady friend, Cleo, had a spare for him to borrow.

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Show us how you really feel, Porter.
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First Halloween---really excited.
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Wake up, little dragon!
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Love it!
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My mom and my grandma came for a visit this month, so Wallace had THREE grandmas (of his four) doting on him. He didn't hate it. Neither did the grandmas.
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Bottom line: Ace is doing great and we aren't sure how we got along without him before this.
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