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We have been having SO much fun with Turner lately! He’s almost 11 weeks old and at the age where he’s becoming interactive. We’ve had a few exciting milestones. Starting at 5 weeks, he began sleeping really well at night! He would wake up once in the middle of the night, usually around 2 or 3, for a feeding. Then, at 10 weeks, he dropped his middle of the night feeding and has slept anywhere between 7 and 10 hours at night!! He’s quite the chunker so his ped says it’s perfectly fine! I truly think it’s because of the Baby Wiseschedule we started him on at 5 weeks.

He started smiling around 5 weeks. It’s amazing how much he changes and develops each week! Starting around 9 weeks he started laughing!!! It’s the cutest thing I’ve ever experienced. We finally caught it on video!

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Here are some pictures of him in his second month!

5 Weeks Old

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7 Weeks Old

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8 Weeks Old

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I am so obsessed with this baby! It’s so exciting to see the new things he’s constantly learning! I am loving this phase of his life!

 

Natural Cold Remedies

It’s hard to shield your baby from all the germs out there, especially during cold and flu season! You could, of course, keep your child indoors and never leave the house, but that’s not my style. I’ve been taking Turner out and about since he was probably 2 weeks. Maybe that was too early, but I would have gone crazy sitting inside everyday! That being said, we didn’t go out often and we were going places that weren’t crowded and no one was holding him! He made it through ok!

Now Stew, on the other hand, caught a cold a few weeks back. It was the whole sinus, sneezing, sore throat deal. I did NOT want Turner to get sick so I kicked into full on Mommy mode! Turner started getting the sniffles. He was sneezing more than usual and started with a dry cough. He had some eye gook too! I didn’t want to take him to the ped for fear of him catching some other illness going around! He didn’t have a fever, so I just decided I’d cure it at home, as long as he didn’t get any worse of course. Here are my natural remedies for the common cold! They worked like a charm!Slide1

Saline Solution-I made my own saline solution. You can definitely go out a buy saline drops for babies if you choose! I used 1/4 tsp salt to 1 cup water. I warmed the water just enough to melt the salt. I sucked it up into the bulb syringe and just did one to two little squirts in each nostril every 3 to 4 hours. I actually did it right before I fed him because he didn’t like it very much and feeding took his mind off it! I dumped the syringe after 24 hours and refilled with a clean batch.

Snotsucker
The saline drops loosened up the goodies in Turner’s nose. I used this to suck the snot right out! He actually didn’t mind it. I even took a picture!photo

Bulb Syringe
I used this to suck up the saline solution. I would shoot a few drops into his nose every 3-4 hours. I made sure to empty it and wash it after 24 hours!

Cool Mist Humidifier
This is amazing! We’ve been using it in Turner’s room since he was born. It really came in handy when he had the sniffles though! We put a few drops of eucalyptus oil in it when we filled it with water each night so it would spray the eucalyptus air. It seemed to help tremendously!

Eucalyptus Oil
This was our saving grace. I made a mixture of eucalyptus oil and olive oil (1 to 4 ratio) in a little bowl and left it by his changing table. I would rub it on his chest and on our necks. This is like a natural vicks vapor rub. He would smell it on himself but also when we held him. I also put it in his humidifier and his bathtub too!

My little boy was as good as new after just a few days! Happy as a chubby little clam!photo1

 

2 Month Must Haves

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Rock ‘N Play Sleeper
HEAVEN ON EARTH. That’s all I have to say…ok It’s not, but it should be. Turner absolutely LOVED sleeping in this. It’s on an angle so it kept him from having any issues with reflux and just seemed more comfortable. It’s also very cozy since the sides come up. We would swaddle him up and plop him in there at night. He slept for HOURS! Our pediatrician gave us the ok since there’s no loose cloth or pillows. It’s like his own little cocoon!

bumGenius One-Size Cloth Diaper 4.0
When people hear that I do cloth diapers they either think I won’t last or think I’m crazy! I know it’s not for everyone, but it’s seriously EASY! Especially with the all-in-one diapers. Here is my original post with videos and links to everything I ordered. The BumGenius are my favorite now that Turner’s bigger. We also have theFuzzibunz One Size Diaperbut they tend to leak every now and then. I think every diaper is different depending on the build of the baby. But these work great for us! 

BABYBJORN Active
This is perfect for our little chunker! He used to hate it when he was smaller. I could only carry him in the K’tan. Now that he’s bigger he loves the Bjorn! The best part is that Stew and I can both wear it. It sits in the middle of our backs so it doesn’t put a strain on our necks. It’s great when we don’t want to use the stroller. We just throw it on and go! 

Mommy’s Bliss Gripe Water
This stuff really works. The description says it’s associated with colic. Turner didn’t have colic but he went through a really gassy period around 4 weeks. We would give it to him and the gas came out within minutes!! He felt so much better after drinking it. It was definitely a life saver! We still use it occasionally if he has gas. We also use it for hiccups. It cures them RIGHT AWAY! I will always have it on hand!

Peppermint BarkOk this isn’t for Baby, it’s for me. When my mother in law was here, she bought this peppermint bark for us which was THE BEST thing I’ve ever tasted. I was seriously hooked. I loved it so much that, when it ran out, we made our own. Then, after New Year’s I had to give it up. It was a bad addiction.

Udo’s Choice Infant’s Blend Probiotic
I always have taken a probiotic and I know Turner gets a little through me, but I have a friend who started giving this to her baby. Genius! I got mine at Whole Foods. I just put a 1/4 tsp in his bottle every night.

Nordic Naturals Baby’s Dha
Our poor little boy. He’s getting all sorts of fun things from me that he doesn’t realize. This is his fish oil. He drinks it right up. We give him 1 ML a day. It helps with brain and visual development, immunity, and nervous system development. We’re starting good practices even at this early age!