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Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Gideon 4 months old

Not sure how we got here but Gideon is 4 months old! Time has flown by and I finally feel like I am emerging from the newborn fog. We are sleeping and getting into a good routine....but with 3 kids 3.5 and under, things are always borderline chaotic. Gideon SMILES all day, laughs when he is tickled, and is smitten with his big brother and sister. I forgot how fun and sweet this age is and I know it is going to get better and better! It is so cool to watch Gideon learn new things,  notice new things, grab toys, and enjoy himself. I love being this sweet boys mama!

  • 14lbs 10oz (33%), 25.75in (77%), Head circumference 41.2cm (36%)
  • G had his 4 month well check this morning and is pretty much perfect. We are still dealing with eczema and are contemplating trying a dairy free formula (that costs 4x his Gentleease, boo). He got his vaccinations and hated those of course, talked to the doctor, and almost rolled over for the first time there!
  • Gideon is quite the eater! I feel like he is eating 99% of of the day. He'll take 2-3oz every 2-3 hours but I carry a bottle with us wherever we go. He is quite the messy eater so he is always sporting a bib (and going through 2-3 a day). 
  • Wears 3-6 month clothing...mostly onesies and one piece outfits. Gideon is such a hot body (just like daddy and Ford) so you won't ever see him in footies or pants. He sleeps in a onesie at night and even wakes up hot in that. 
  • Cloth diapered during the day and size 2 disposable diaper at night
  • G goes to bed between 7:30-8pm and sleeps 11-12 hours straight. 2 nights over the weekend he has cried out and woken in the night... no one is immune to the dreaded 4 month sleep regression. He slept 12 hours again last night so hopefully the regression was short and sweet. We are still swaddling him and don't really have a plan to stop just yet. He is not rolling over so I'm not worried about him rolling in the swaddle but we have a Zipadee Zip and Merlin suit when the time comes. 
  • Naps are hit or miss lately. Unlike Ford and Lucy, I am trying to be more laid back when it comes to naps for G because we are on the go most of the day. On good days Gideon will take a 1.5-2 hour nap around 8:45am when we leave for the day, a 2 hour crib nap at home when F and L are resting in the afternoon, and then an early evening snooze. I really want him to be flexible on naps and there are some days where I think "Well no wonder he slept 13 hours straight last night, he was exhausted and didn't get a proper nap!". 
  • Gideon smiles ALL THE TIME! He is such a joyful baby and his mouth gets so big and wide when he smiles. He laughs when we play games with him and is very ticklish on his sides. Ford and Lucy can get him cracking up.
  • He loves playing under his play mat and grabbing the toys. He loves his Freddie the Firefly, Sophie Giraffe, and Beanie Babies. He also loves chewing on his hands. So. Much. Drool. 
  • Giddy has found his voice and it is adorable and raspy. He furrows his eyebrows and gets this serious look and just talks and talks. 

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Gideon's New Car Seat, Evenflo SafeMax

As a 3rd child, Gideon gets the brunt of a lot of hand me downs. Fortunately for him, we don't have an extra convertible car seat so he actually gets something brand new, yay! We upgraded cars last summer to an Expedition XL with captains seats in the middle so our previous requirement of slender car seats wasn't an issue when choosing a seat for Gideon. To be honest, I never really thought of Evenflo for car seats until now. After reading recommendations and reviews online, the Evenflo SafeMax All-in-One Car Seat was an easy choice for our little man! Although we do plan on using it for Gideon, I love that the car seat fits the needs of each of my children and can grow from a rear facing infant, to rear facing toddler, to forward facing toddler, to harness and booster for an older child. It's nice to know we have the option of playing musical car seats if needed! The SafeMax literally looks like a plush movie theater seat made of temperature regulating fabric that helps balance your child's body temperature (Gideon is already a hot-natured baby and it isn't even summer yet!). We've never had built in cup holders on our car seats and boy are they convenient! Prior to us getting the Evenflo SafeMax for G, I would put his bottle, paci, a burp rag, and sometimes my cell phone or keys in his car seat for safe keeping. You will see in the pictures below how Lucy loved using the cup holders for her ponies! Safety is key when choosing a car seat and the Evenflo SafeMax Car Seat offers an integrated steel frame, extensive, rigorous rollover testing, and passed 2X the federal crash test standard. I am so thrilled with our car seat choice and highly recommend the Evenflo SafeMax All-in-One Car Seat!

Testing out the Evenflo SafeMax All-in-One Car Seat before we put it in the car!

Lucy wanted to take a spin in the SafeMax and there was plenty of room for her ponies, loveys, and doll. 

I think Ford was a little jealous of how comfortable the Evenflo SafeMax carseat is...especially on those days he wakes up at 6am, doesn't take a nap, but passes out in the car at 6pm. Whoops. The SafeMax has a SafeZone headrest with an added insert for littler ones like Gideon. 

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