05. April 2015 · 3 comments · Categories: baby, Berkeley, life · Tags:

Berkeley 6 month ~ ElephantEats.com

6 months was a big month for our little Berkeley. He started crawling! He doesn’t get up fully on his knees but he uses his legs to push himself forward. He’s very fast and goes for the most dangerous items in the room. My favorite thing is that if he’s on his playmat and I come into the room, he’ll crawl towards me :)

Berkeley 6 months_5 ~ ElephantEats.com

He is officially facinated by LC and watches her whenever she comes into the room and tries to crawl to her. He actually grabbed her and pulled really hard and she didn’t even react.

Berkeley 6 months_2 ~ ElephantEats.com

We started him on some solid foods as per the pediatricians recommendation. I was going to try “baby led weaning”- you can look it up but it’s where you start your baby on soft whole foods that they feed themselves instead of purees that you spoon feed, but only if the baby is 6 months or older and can sit with assistance or unassisted. Unfortunately, Berkeley seems to have a very sensitive gag reflex and it scared both me and his nanny, so we’re trying purees for now. He doesn’t really get the whole swallowing thing, so it may be a while til he’s really eating. I bought him these mesh feeder things because it’s kind of a nice compromise between feeding him purees and him feeding himself. When we put avocado in it he loves sucking on it! He makes a complete mess though :)

At attempt at BLW ~ ElephantEats.com

Our attempt at Baby Led Weaning

He was teething and his two bottom teeth poked through the surface the day before he turned 7 months- he’s a drooling champion. I don’t know if it’s related or not but he went through a few weeks of refusing to finish his bottles- it was pretty frustrating. He didn’t seem to be in pain otherwise. I gave him some ice cubes in the mesh thing and he really liked gnawing and sucking on them.

Berkeley 6 months_3 ~ ElephantEats.com

He LOVES to drink water out of his sippy cup. We have to tilt it for him because he hasn’t quite figured out that you have to lift it for the water to come out. I ordered him a straw sippy cup because he likes to suck on things so we’ll see how that goes.  

Berkeley 6 months_4 ~ ElephantEats.com

My nanny told me he can stay up longer and if his nap doesn’t go long, to just let him stay up til his next nap- barring any yawning and eye rubbing. This can sometimes be 3 hrs but it seems to be going well and when he actually goes down for the next nap, because he’s tired and falls right asleep (usually).

Berkeley 6 months_6 ~ ElephantEats.com

His sleep issues are still here and I’m still beyond exhausted (*update will be in next post because we’re sleep training him now!). I’m pretty sure it’s still reflux related, so we had to increase his Pepcid dose. I didn’t want to try any sleep training until the reflux was under control. Some nights he’ll sleep straight thru til 2ish when it’s time for a bottle and some nights he’ll sleep really well after his bottle til morning, but he’ll rarely do both. Something’s going to have to change soon though because I really can’t do this any longer. It’s so strange because he used to be a champion sleeper at night!

Berkeley 6 months_7 ~ ElephantEats.com

Oh, and in case you couldn’t tell, he’s getting cuter by the day ;)

Berkeley 6 months_8 ~ ElephantEats.com

Stats: 16 lb 9 oz (25th %), 27 in (75th%), size 2-3 diapers (size 3 Huggies Overnites at bed)

Likes:

Giggling, belly kisses, my surprised face (he cracks up), blowing raspberries, eating! (he started solids), his reflux medication because it’s sugary, holding his left foot while drinking his bottle, trying to roll over while getting diaper changed, grabbing his feet and eating his toes, crawling!, LC., his sippy cup, water, avocado, cell phones and his musical snail toy (his main crawling motivation), throwing his toys off his highchair tray.

Berkeley 6 months_8 ~ ElephantEats.com

Belly kisses!!!

Dislikes: 

Getting startled (it happened when i sneezed), dad feeding him (he always fusses!), sleeping in stretches of longer than an hour, saying goodbye to dad for work (i don’t know if he really understands but for some reason he always cries)

Berkeley 6 months_9 ~ ElephantEats.com

Schedule: 

He started waking up at 5-5:30 and i just make him stay in bed til 6 with me. Sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn’t. We end up giving him his first bottle at 6:30-6:45ish. He gets four 8 oz bottles every 4 hours or so, with his last one at 6:15. We moved it up because he was taking so long to eat and because of his reflux, I wanted him to have time to digest before bed. He still gets a 3.5 oz bottle if he wakes up sometime between 1-2:30am. His naps are around 8ish am, 12-1ish pm, and 4ish pm. He still sleeps between 30 min and 1 hour 20 min in his crib and then will usually sleep a while longer in our arms (a habit that will hopefully get broken with sleep training). 

Berkeley 5 month ~ ElephantEats.com

Well, this has officially become a baby blog because there’s really no sign of me cooking for a while. We’ve been doing HelloFresh meals (they send you the ingredients and recipes) and it’s been awesome, but now that Berkeley decided to start sleeping horribly and I’m exhaused by dinnertime, i think we’ll put it on hold for a while and stick to Trader Joe’s frozen dinners.

Ok, here goes: 5 months- whew this is a long one! Don’t read this if you’re not interested in every aspect of his life right now (Mom, I know you hate these so just look at the pics and skip it!)

Berkeley on his playmat ~ ElephantEats.com

His new playmat!

Berkeley is definitely figuring things out this month! He intentionally grabs things and is very good at it. He’ll even pass things from hand to hand…and of course put them into his mouth. He’s become a pro at tummy time and easily rolls right onto his hands and now gets up on his elbows. He has started following LC with his eyes and if you hold him close enough, he’ll try to reach out for her (she’s not too happy about it). He has JUST started to find his feet (at the end of month 5) and now leans forward to sit and grab them. You still have to hold him though because he can’t stay sitting on his own without falling over. 

We installed blackout shades on his windows and I think they’ve helped lengthen his naps! Although most naps tend to be closer to 40-45 min now instead of 30, he will occassionally grace us with an hour or 1.5 hr nap. After he starts fussing in his crib, we still rock him back to sleep and hold him while he sleeps an additional hour or more. It’s getting harder to rock him back to sleep in our arms, though, so sometimes that will be the whole nap. 

Berkeley 5 months 2 ~ ElephantEats.com

His “awake” time is now around 1.5 hrs before his morning nap and 2-2.5 hrs before his other two naps. This gives us enough time to do things like take a walk…finally! We decided to increase it since he wasn’t napping well so we figured maybe he just needed to get tired out a little more. It’s been working well although he’ll still boycott his afternoon (or occasionally his evening) nap and then he’s up WAY too long (like 4-5 hrs) and gets so cranky by the time it’s his next nap or bedtime. 

For sleep he was fighting the swaddle so much (plus it wasn’t safe anymore because he was rolling over in it) so I ordered the Zipadeezip suit in the hopes that it would transition him out of the swaddle. I can’t say it has magically transformed his sleep like it claims to do, but he’s definitely more comfortable than having his arms strapped to his sides. The caveat is that it takes him a little longer to settle down to sleep after the freedom dance party he puts on in the crib. He sure does like to move those arms. I ended up buying a sheet at Target and using it as the fabric to sew him a second Zipadeezip so we could put him in it when we needed to wash the real one. I’m not the best seamstress and it took me longer than I’d like to admit. I didn’t think to order two suits and the first took so long to arrive (and wasn’t cheap!) so I didn’t feel like ordering another. 

At the bakery ~ ElephantEats.com

Usually at night when we put Berkeley in his crib in his suit (we call it his bat suit because he looks like a bat) on his back, he’ll flip over to his stomach pretty quickly and if he is tired enough by that point he’ll go right to sleep. Usually because of his reflux, he tries to get a burp out and fusses for a while and will proceed to spit up all over the crib. Fun times. Before I realized it was the reflux making him fussy (i thought he was just practicing tummy time) I ended up flipping him onto his back a lot until he tired out. Or I’d rock him until he got drowsy instead of putting him down fully awake like I was  doing. Once I realized he just needed to burp, I now spend way too long with him over my shoulder, patting and rubbing til he burps or spits up. This sometimes goes on for 30 min and he might spit up 2-3 times. It’s exhausting for me and he’s always out of breath and panting by the end, not to mention rubbing his eyes in exhaustion. I feel so bad for him and need to figure out how to get his reflux under control.

Taking a walk ~ ElephantEats.com

He had been fighting his middle of the night breastfeeding session for a while now. He’d often pull his head off my breast and i couldn’t get him to relatch. I couldn’t figure out if it’s cuz he’s used to the bottle and couldn’t get as much out as fast out of my breast? Anyway, it was super frustrating and made eating take way longer (which totally sucks when you want to go back to bed). A couple times I just gave up and put him back to bed. Well about a week into 5 months, he did it again but he really didn’t eat for more than 5 minutes before he started crying when I tried to force him to. I decided that maybe he just wasn’t hungry and didn’t need to eat in the middle of the night anymore, so i put him back to bed. I called the pediatrician to see if he was eating enough during the day to skip feeding in the middle of the night.  She told me that 5 month olds eat between 26-32 oz so he’s right in the normal range and that he definitely doesn’t need to eat during the night. So that was that- I was officially done breastfeeding (not by choice). 

Taking a walk 2 ~ ElephantEats.com

Tough guy

Once I eliminated the middle of the night feeding, we had a couple rough nights where he kept waking up and i kept putting the pacifier back in his mouth (like every hour or less). It was so exhausting that I bought some books on sleep training and decided to give it a shot.

First night of sleeping thru the night, he woke up crying and i coudln’t figure out what was wrong…I knew his diapers wouldn’t last all night so around 1:30am changed him which woke him up so much that i just put him in bed with me and we both got no sleep. Next night i bought Pampers Baby Dry (12 hr diapers) but they seemed too small (even tho they were the same size as his daytime Pampers Swaddlers diapers) but I used anyway. I tried to let him cry it out (never more than like 10 min before i checked on him and put his paci in). Finally I realized he had peed thru his outfit and I felt so bad he had been crying!  I changed him and put him in bed with me at 4:30 am.

Blowing Raspberries ~ ElephantEats.com

Blowing “raspberries!”

The next day I went out and bought a size up in Pampers Baby Dry (size 3). I put him in them and he slept really well aside from moving to the corner of his crib and getting stuck so i had to move him. He woke several times and put himself right back to sleep. Finally around 1:50am he started crying. I decided to toughen up and let him cry. He cried about 5 min, passed out for 5, woke back up and cried for 5. I went in and gave him a paci. He passed out and woke about 10 min later crying again. I let him cry 10 min then went in…I checked his sleep suit but it wasn’t wet so i was like ok, he doesn’t need to be changed, i have to be tough. I put his paci in and he fell asleep again. This went on for like an hour and finally when he was wailing for like 10 min and kept waking up after passing out, i knew something was wrong. I decided maybe he just didn’t like having a wet diaper (strange cuz he has wet diapers during his naps), so i figured i’d change him. Well I took off his sleep suit and wouldn’t you know he had peed thru his pajamas! I felt SO BAD!!! i’m the worst mom in the world. Here I was letting him cry for an hour and he was cold and wet :( I still haven’t forgiven myself.

In the meantime, I wrote pampers a nasty email since i wasted my money on two packs of diapers i can’t use. They sent me a couple coupons to make up for it. I then ordered Huggies Overnights (in a size larger than his daytime diapers) that got great reviews and they keep him dry. Needless to say when I finally discovered he was wet and changed him at 3am, he immediately went back to sleep and slept without a peep until 6am!!! I unfortunately think his natural wakeup time is 6am but i can’t deal with that now so I always go get him and get him sleep til 7am in bed with me, at which time he gets up to eat.  I wouldn’t mind waking up at 6 with him and feeding him then, but then the whole schedule i have for him gets screwed up and i don’t know how to change it.

Bouncy chair ~ ElephantEats.com

Anyway, after fooling us into thinking that he could practically sleep through the night, he then started waking up a ton…and I realized that maybe he was waking up because he was still a little hungry when I eliminated the middle of the night feeding, so I increased his bottles.

After that he started waking up every 30 min to hour ALL night. I think it’s from reflux so we’ve upped his dose and it will hopefully work. I still get up to feed him sometime around 1 am though. Unfortunately he drinks a bottle faster than breastfeeding which is worse for his reflux so I have to let him sleep upright on me while i rock him for like 30 min before putting him back to bed. I am EXHAUSTED. I literally haven’t gotten more than 1 hr of consecutive sleep and maybe 3 hrs total sleep for 3 weeks now. I’m crossing my fingers this reflux medication increase changes things :(. I have an appointment with the GI doc in a couple weeks.

Stats: 14 lb 12.5 oz (25th %), 25.75 in (75th%), size 2 diapers 

Likes:

Daddy giving him a goofy smile, going crazy in his bouncy chair!, when I say “mmmmm” to him, standing (assisted)- which he’s been doing for months now, rolling over (all directions), chewing on everything, his colored ring toys, Sophie, pulling himself up to sitting when you hold his hands, being lifted in the air, trying to blow “raspberries,” giggling!, reaching out and touching your face and grabbing your nose/lips/Nate’s beard, facing forward in the Baby Bjorn carrier for walks

Dislikes:

sitting (he refuses to bend his knees!), napping, being on his back for too long, his gross new reflux medicine, taking too long to get his bottle ready after you put his bib on

Things he’s unsure of:

L.C.(the feeling is mutual)

Schedule:

After eliminating his middle of the night feeding, he wanted more to eat during the day so we increased his bottles to 7.75 ounces and then to 8 oz and he gets 4 of them. Then he started waking up during the night and he seemed hungry so now he also gets 3.5 oz around 1-3am. So total he eats between 32-36 oz per day (he’ll sometimes leave an ounce or so in a bottle or not seem to be hungry at night).

He ends up coming into bed with me way too early (so i can actually try to get some sleep) and i can’t get him to sleep til 7 anymore, so he typically gets up around 6:15-6:30. He gets a bottle and goes down for his nap about 1.5 hrs after waking. He gets the next bottles 4 hrs apart and will nap about 2-2.5 hrs after waking from his prior nap. He tends to sleep less during his early afternoon nap (around 12 or 1ish) and takes a long late afternoon nap (around 4ish). We usually have to wake him from his last nap around 6:15pm so he can have his last bottle, change, have a book (if he’s not too tired) and go straight to bed. We’ve been starting this bottle earlier so he more time to digest before bed because of his reflux.

BerkeleyCollage 5 months ~ ElephantEats.com

Berkeley 4 month ~ ElephantEats.com

I know I already posted some info about Berkeley at 4 months, but I decided that I want to do these monthly stats for myself to remember down the line…I already forget what he was like a month ago!

Berkeley is actually 5 months right now (so things have changed but I’ll do another update next month) but I have to do these things a month behind because otherwise I can’t report what he’s actually doing THAT month. Also, I still have zero free time.

At 4 months old, Berkeley is a really happy baby and is smiling all the time. The only times he cries are when something is wrong- he’s gassy usually- or he’s tired. When he gets overtired, he starts crying and fighting sleep but if you rock him and shove a paci in his mouth he’ll pass out. 

Berkely 4 months ~ ElephantEats.com

Yes, I’m wearing owl pjs

He started rolling over in his swaddle (no arms to impede his turning) and then a few days later started rolling over without it (4.5 months). He rolled left first and then figured out how to roll the other way a few days later. He used to take time to get up on his hands after rolling but now he’s a champ and rolls right onto them! He can’t roll from tummy to back yet. He’s starting to pull up his knees a bit too and might be crawling soon.

He still wakes up once during the night to eat and tends to fuss some other times during the night. When I get tired of getting up a million times to go put a pacifier in his mouth, I’ll take him to bed with me so we can both get some decent sleep. 

Berkeley 4 months 2 ~ ElephantEats.com

My little man!

Stats: 13 lb 12 oz (25th %), 25 3/4 in (75th%), size 2 diapers

Likes:

Getting his diaper changed (he has always liked this and will smile and giggle), getting lots of kisses from mom, smiles from dad, rolling over (and spitting up, without fail), chewing on his fist and anything else he can find, SMILING!, sleeping on his tummy. We’re still swaddling (with one leg out) but he doesn’t seem comfortable with his arms swaddled while on his tummy and is always fighting to get them out. We’ve tried one or both arms out but he flails too much. Waiting on his Zipadeezip suit, fingers crossed it will work!

Berkeley 4 months 3~ ElephantEats.com

Dislikes:

Napping for longer than 30 min in his crib, too much tummy time, not much else- he’s a happy baby! We have to rock him to sleep for naps but bedtime he’ll go to sleep on his own.

Berkeley 4 months 4~ ElephantEats.com

Schedule:

Gets up around 7 (usually he’s in my bed by this point because he’s either woken up at 6 in his crib and i’m trying to get him to sleep longer, or because he’s been fussing all night ) and eats a 6.5ish oz bottle of his special formula. He eats every 4 hrs (7ish, 11ish, 3ish, 6-6:30ish). He goes down for first nap around 1.5 hrs after waking, sleeps only 30-45 min at a time in his crib and then rest of the nap in our arms. His other naps are after about 1 hr 45 min of awake time where we’ll feed him and play with him. Bedtime routine starts between 6-6:30 depending on how well he napped, or earlier if it’s bath day- eat, change, book, bed by 7:30 at the latest. He takes about 15 min to fall asleep on his own usually.

Berkeley 4 months 5~ ElephantEats.com

I think he has started his 4 month sleep regressionand is boycotting some naps completely but is still always smiling…except the day he BARELY napped and then he was in full meltdown mode by bedtime. Why oh why would anyone boycott a nap?! What I wouldn’t give to be held and rocked to sleep…

5 month update coming soon!

Berkeley 4 months 6~ ElephantEats.com 

 

Pasta with Sausage and Chickpeas ~ ElephantEats.com

I can’t believe it took me til Berkeley was 4 months old, but I finally found the time to cook. I’ve been on the lookout for recipes that seem quick to make, and during December we had a nanny and I was working from home- I really had no excuse. Still, I only found time to make an actual dinner ONE night. Pathetic.

Pasta with Sausage and Chickpeas ~ ElephantEats.com

Honestly, it wasn’t that I didn’t have time to cook, it was that I didn’t have time to pick a recipe, grocery shop AND cook. I need to get my act together, which is going to be really hard now that I’m back at work officially (as of Monday) and I leave at 7:30am and don’t get home til almost 7pm. Any tips? I’m thinking that during the weekend I might need to send Nate to the grocery store and then put him on baby duty while I pump out a couple meals we can eat all week long. This will take some planning though, and I’m not sure if I have it in me yet.

Pasta with Sausage and Chickpeas 3 ~ ElephantEats.com

Most likely I’ll be cooking more meals than I show on here. Taking photos of your meal when you have limited time doesn’t really make sense. Plus, I don’t have my photo lights set up and am a little out of practice now, so forgive my poor photos. 

For a little baby update:

Berkeley 4 month ~ ElephantEats.com

Berkeley has officially been on this earth for a whole 4 months, and it’s really quite hard to believe. He’s SO smiley. He smiles for Nate more than for me, which makes me a little sad, but I think it’s just because I’m more of the “provider” and he’s more of the “entertainer.” That’s not to say he doesn’t smile for me at all, but Nate can always get him to grin. He smiles a lot for the nanny, Nora, too…he loves her which makes me very happy.

BerkeleyCollage

He’s also been “talking” a ton. It’s super cute when I’m feeding him and all of a sudden he’ll stop, look at me and just blabber on about something with a furrowed brow. He’s probably complaining about the nasty formula and asking when he can get some of that tasty breastmilk again. He’s been having some tummy issues so we’re trying a completely broken down formula (and a very $$$ one!) and it’s really seemed to help. I’m still breastfeeding him in the middle of the night though because it’s just easier. He’s been really fussing during that time though so it might have to end soon :(

Berkeley football hat ~ ElephantEats.com

Berkeley is also reaching for and grabbing things now! Shirts, hair, you name it…don’t put it too close or it will end up in his mouth. For a couple weeks he was sucking on his fist non-stop, but he seems to have forgotten about that lately. I still think he might become a thumb-sucker, but I guess we’ll have to wait and see.

He doesn’t spend a ton of time on his playmat on either his back or tummy because he has reflux…right after he eats we like to keep him mainly upright so he doesn’t spit up too much. Towards the end of that time before he naps, we’ll put him on his back. He only gets tummy time if he wakes up from a nap early and isn’t ready to eat yet. 

Berkeley Christmas PJs ~ ElephantEats.com

He wiggles and kicks a ton when he’s down but hasn’t rolled over yet. BUT…the other day during nap time he was squirming a ton in his swaddle and next thing I knew, he was face down in the crib! Luckily he has great neck strength and was able to lift his head up. I flipped him and put him back and he did it again! You’re not supposed to keep swaddling after that but he hasn’t done it since…it’s been keeping me up at night though because I’m so afraid he’ll do it during the night. I totally wanna ditch the swaddle but I’m so worried he won’t be able to sleep at all without it since his startle reflex is still pretty strong. If he starts flipping over regularly, i’ll obviously have no choice.

We also conquered a few milestones that I was fearing- our first long (2-3 hr) car ride, the first time I got sick and had to still take care of a baby, and Berkeley’s first cold. I managed to make it through all of them just fine. We headed down to my mother-in-laws for Christmas. We fed him his nighttime bottle and then hit the road during his bed time and he slept the whole way. Then we just moved him to his crib when we got there and he didn’t even wake up.

Santa Berk ~ ElephantEats.com

I got the worst cold while there and I feel bad because I’m totally the one who got Berkeley sick. I couldn’t help it because I had to blow my nose all day long, including while I was feeding him. I think if he had been breastfeeding instead of getting formula, he might have escaped getting sick. He was such a little trooper though, even when he was a snotty, congested mess. He got this nasty cough and runny nose but all through it he was still in a good mood! I should be very thankful and hope that this means he’s a very easygoing baby (now that he got his 2 months of colic out of the way). He did have a little more trouble sleeping though so I’m definitely feeling exhausted right now. I’m crossing my fingers because last night he seemed to have slept a little better.

Also now that I’m back at work, we’re figuring out the best way to do a morning routine. The problem is that he fusses in the morning so I put him in bed with me so we can both get a extra couple hours of sleep…but now I have to get up early to start getting ready for work and it’s hard not to wake him up by mistake. He stays asleep when I get out of bed but is up within 5 min since he doesn’t feel me next to him anymore. I’m not sure how to solve this. Any ideas would be greatly appreciated. As of last night he slept the second half of his night (after his feeding) without fussing! I felt much better rested in the morning.

Santa Berk ~ ElephantEats.com

 

Pasta with Sausage and Chickpeas
A healthy and quick weeknight meal
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Ingredients
  1. 2 tablespoons olive oil
  2. 1 medium onion, chopped
  3. 1 pound fresh hot Italian sausage, casings removed (can use turkey sausage)
  4. 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  5. 2 cups low-sodium chicken broth
  6. 1 15-ounce can chickpeas, rinsed
  7. 16 ounces small dried pasta (such as malloreddus or orecchiette)
  8. Kosher salt
  9. 2 tablespoons chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley (optional)
  10. Finely grated Parmesan and lemon zest (for serving)
Instructions
  1. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add onion and cook, stirring often, until beginning to brown, about 3 minutes. Add sausage and cook, breaking up with a spoon, until browned and cooked through, 5-7 minutes.
  2. Add tomato paste to skillet and cook, stirring, until paste darkens, about 1 minute. Add broth; bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer, stirring occasionally, until sauce is thickened, 15-20 minutes. Add chickpeas and cook until heated through, about 2 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, cook pasta in a large pot of boiling salted water, stirring occasionally, until al dente. Drain pasta, reserving 1 cup pasta cooking liquid.
  4. Add pasta and 1/2 cup pasta cooking liquid to sauce. Cook, stirring and adding more cooking liquid as needed, until sauce thickens and coats pasta, about 3 minutes.
  5. Serve pasta topped with parsley, if using, Parmesan, and lemon zest.
Adapted from Bon Appetit
Adapted from Bon Appetit
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08. December 2014 · 28 comments · Categories: Berkeley, life · Tags: ,

Berkeley 3 month ~ ElephantEats.com

Wow, it’s been a long time since I posted, huh? Having a colicky newborn makes free time nonexistent. Sorry, no recipe yet, but I did manage to actually cook a meal this weekend for the first time since Berkeley was born. It wasn’t a winning recipe and was kind of ugly anyway, so you’re not missing much. Oh, and due to Berkeley’s possible food sensitivities, I’m off of dairy and soy…so basically my meals suck. Poor Nate having to deal with it. I had cooked a bunch of freezer meals while pregnant and they had cheese in them! So annoying. But Nate got to enjoy them at least… 

Berkeley 2 month ~ ElephantEats.com

Berkeley’s 2 month shot since I didn’t get to post it yet…all dressed up for Halloween!

Berkeley hasn’t been the easiest baby, but he just passed the 3 month mark and I think things are gradually improving. For about 1.5 months straight, he cried ALL day long. I was literally at my wit’s end. It’s so hard to have your baby crying and not be able to do anything :( The only good thing about all that crying is that I literally had no time to do anything, including eat, so that pregnancy weight dropped right off…and then some.

Now at 14 weeks, he’s becoming a little person, and it’s so so exciting to see! He smiles ALL DAY LONG. And guys, not that I’m biased or anything, but he’s seriously cute. His smile will melt your heart. He knows he’s cute, too, and uses his smile to manipulate you. Sometimes he’ll be napping and he’ll cry so I go to check on him and then second I try to put the pacifier back in his mouth he flashes a big grin. 

Autumn in the backyard ~ ElephantEats.com

Speaking of napping, that’s really his main issue now. He must have sleep cycles of 30 min because that’s pretty much how long his naps are. I can usually get him to sleep longer if I take him out of his crib and hold him…good for his sleep but bad for me getting anything done.

Autumn in the backyard with Papa ~ ElephantEats.com

He’s also been cooing a ton and it’s adorable. I wonder what he’s trying to tell us…

We took a bunch of family portraits. 

Family Portrait ~ Elephant Eats.com

 This one was for Thanksgiving- LC tried to steal the spotlight:

Thanksgiving 2014 Family Portrait ~ ElephantEats.com

And the latest development is that as of Monday, I’m officially back to work :( Well, I get to work from home during December but I’ll be in the office come January. We have a nanny who just started and she’s been great, so that’s comforting. 

Thanksgiving 2014 ~ ElephantEats.com

But what I really want to share is this video Nate made in honor of Berkeley’s arrival. It’s so perfect and is a great way to remember my pregnancy and birth. I’ve already watched it like 1000 times and I tear up every time :)