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Thursday, April 24, 2014

Easter 2014

I have been such a bad blogger lately. I never seem to find the time to blog so my social media outlet of choice is Instagram. I just love it. (@courtkassner)

I've been so busy with Etsy orders (such a blessing!) and trying to further my new little lettering business that this blog gets puts on the back-burner. Hopefully I can still stick with blogging the major events and milestones in Crew's life!

We had a wonderful first Easter with Crew. He was A D O R A B L E in a seersucker suit topped off with a navy fedora. He looked like a little old man! Of course Will and I matched in our seersucker too...I just couldn't resist!

On Saturday we took Crew to his first Easter egg hunt. I know he couldn't "hunt" the eggs, but it was so fun to take him out there and let him try and eat the plastic eggs. Basically anything he can get his hands on goes straight to his mouth these days. After the egg hunt we went out to lunch with Will's family and Crew slept through most of it. Egg hunting wears a baby out!

On Easter day we went to our church and then to my parents for lunch

Gifts from the Easter bunny. I think he left the candy for Will and I!

Could he be any cuter?!

Crew with Lolly and Poppy

All the boys...count on Will to be making a silly face

Checking out Papaw

My family with my brothers' girlfriends

We took Crew to see the Easter bunny last week. All he wanted to do was touch his face. It was hilarious. The bunny would keep pulling Crew's arm down, but this ended up being my favorite picture because it is "so Crew." If you hold him, you can count on him putting his hands on your face and giving big sloppy, wet kisses.

I can't believe how this time last Easter I was about 12 or 13 weeks pregnant with Crew and now we have an almost 7 month old happy baby boy!

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Monday, March 31, 2014

crew | five months

Crew turned 5 months on March 3rd. Better late than never, right? 

I MAY have taken his 5 month photo only days before he turns 6 months. Oops. Basically his 5 and 6 month photos will look the exact same.

I have loved this past month with Crew better than the previous 4...each month gets better and better as his huge personality shines through. I just can't get enough!

weight: about 21 lbs
length: at 4 month appointment, 26.25 inches
clothes: mostly 9 months and up. Pajamas are 12 months, he also fits into some 18 months onesies. He basically just skipped the 6-9 month clothes.
diapers: size 3 in disposables and wearing OS cloth
hair color: he's our little blondie
eye color: blue-ish...seems to be turning green/brown like Will's eyes
eating: breastfeeding and formula - since going back to work it has been so hard to keep my supply up. I tried pumping at work, but it's just not the same. (Not to mention, it's annoying!) So I nurse him in the morning, at lunch, dinner and before bed. He's also getting oatmeal in a nighttime bottle which has really helped him to sleep longer. We jumped right in with carrots at 4 months and Crew hated them. Then we tried bananas. Nope. I'm sure it was just the texture. That's when we ended up going backwards and starting easy with oatmeal. Since then, he's eaten avocados and loved them. He also LOVES his Munchkin fresh food feeders with bananas in them. He'll usually eat half a banana when he has those.
nicknames: Crewboo, Crewster, Crewby, boo boo, handsome, precious...basically just anything that comes out of our mouths
likes: (loves) baths, riding in the car, talking, smiling, being able to look around and see what's going on, being read to, laying on his belly, chewing on his hands/trying to stuff his whole fist in his mouth, singing, bananas, being outside, going on walks, chewing on his toes
dislikes: being hungry or sleepy

Crew has started getting SO distracted while nursing, especially when I come home to feed him for lunch. If he hears Will talking somewhere in the room or the house he's got to whip his head around to see what's going on. It's pretty funny, but can end up taking twice as long to finish. At lunch all he wants to do is grin at me which is the cutest. thing. ever.

He's also started shrieking all the time. It's hilarious. He's not mad or sad, he just yells. He found his voice, that's for sure!

We started adding oatmeal to his bottles at night to help him sleep longer and it worked. After failing with carrots we back-tracked to oatmeal.

Crew's first Valentine's Day! Crew and Daddy cooked me a surprise dinner for when I got home from work and had even gone to Target together to get me some goodies. Can't go wrong with Target!

Crew and I are gearing up for Will to leave for Serbia at 20 weeks. It's going to be a hard week without him, but we'll make it!

He is SO good at putting his paci in his mouth. He rarely uses one, only when he's sleepy. So if it's in his mouth and he's not sleepy he will pop it right out to chew on all the edges and put it back in correctly when he's ready.

Will has been gone to Serbia this week and we sure have missed him. My parents were over a lot during the week because we were re-doing our office as a surprise to Will. My mom (aka Lolly) spent the night 3 times to help with Crew. It was so nice to have her there so I could get a full night's rest. It made all the difference!

Crew spends his days with my mom (Lolly), Will's mom (Grangie) and my grandmother (Nana). Nana keeps him the most, anywhere from 2-3 days a week. Crew loves them all, but he LOVES Nana so much. He gets so excited when she comes over and is always such a happy little baby for her and when we get home. I was always close to my great grandmother (Nana's mom) so it makes me so happy that Crew has such a sweet relationship with his great grandma. There are so many similarities between Mamaw and Nana, that it's no wonder Crew is so crazy about her! We are so blessed that he gets to spend so much time with his grandmothers!

Crew loves sucking on his bottom lip! It's hilarious and just makes his chubby cheeks even chubbier!

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Wednesday, March 26, 2014

got 30 seconds?

Do you have 30 seconds to spare? PLEASE go vote for my baby brother, Colin, to win a full-ride scholarship! He'll be graduating this May and studying welding. He's so talented and has already made some pretty awesome things for my parents' house.

He's currently in the lead out of all the applicants, but we need all the votes we can get. Winning this scholarship would be an answer to prayer and it would mean so much if you took a few seconds to vote for him!


Voting is done through Facebook. You have to "Like" the page in order to vote. I know, I don't really want to have to Like the Delta-Tech Facebook page, but let's be honest, you can just "unlike" it once the competition is over next month!
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Thursday, February 20, 2014

crib sweet crib

Crew is F I N A L L Y sleeping in his crib for both naps and nighttime. I didn't think this day would ever come. While I don't necessarily regret anything we've done with him and his sleeping habits, there are definitely things we won't do for future children.

Crew slept in the Rock N Play in our bedroom for about the first 3-4 weeks. He didn't like it very much after that because he was so big, I think. We bought him a swing/glider when he was 2 weeks old and when he outgrew the RNP, we moved him to that because he slept so good in the swing. At 8-9 weeks, we thought we'd try moving him to the crib at night. Well...that didn't work obviously.  He would only sleep about 20 minutes before waking himself up from his arms flailing or something of the sort. (He was NOT a fan of the swaddle after about two weeks. He was too strong and always wriggled out of it!) So, choosing better sleep over better sleep habits, we decided to let him stay in the swing until he was "ready" for the crib. (Note: we had moved his swing into his room so he would at least he would get used to being in there and that worked great.)

Once he started sleeping 6-8 hours straight in the swing we were dreading the crib move. But he had quickly outgrown the swing. His legs would hang off the end! We decided to start trying naps in the crib first and get him used to that. This was hard because Crew sometimes has a different babysitter each day between 3 grandmas, Will and then being at work with me so everyone had different routines and different ways of doing things - None of which were wrong, just all different making a consistent sleep routine difficult. Each time we would rock him to sleep and then lay him down in the crib, he would wake instantly and get upset. (I also didn't want to get him hooked on having to be rocked to sleep every single time.)

Finally, in the back of my mind I remembered a blog I had read while pregnant. It was something I had pinned called "super top secret baby tip." I followed the link to the blog again last week, but to my dismay the post had been deleted. I emailed the blogger and she responded by basically saying that she will always use this method for her own children, it goes against what the AAP recommends so she was uncomfortable posting the advice and "how-to" on her blog.

Luckily, I had already read the blog months ago and remembered the gist of the tip. I convinced Will that this was something we needed to try and we bought a king size blanket on clearance at Target and crossed our fingers. (We had considered buying so many things to help Crew sleep better like Baby Merlin's Magic Sleepsuit, a crib mobile, a projector for the ceiling....we did buy a Halo sleep sack and a wedge to help him sleep on his side because he's always liked that.)

Will was home with Crew that next day and he tried our new method. Let me tell you that we call that clearance blanket "Crew's magic blanket" now because of how well it worked. He was asleep instantly. After that first nap in the crib, we haven't looked back to that too small swing and it's been great! He doesn't even need to be rocked anymore and can pretty much get himself to sleep! (And YAY  for not having to use the dreaded CIO method!) I didn't realize how much anxiety I had been feeling about him hating the crib until afterwards. What a weight off our chests!

I understand that this method goes against what many people recommend due to SIDS risks, but ultimately I think each parent is entitled to their own judgement of what their baby needs. Crew needed something to make him feel secure and "hugged" like he did in his swing and we found just that. His is not able to roll over because of how secure he is laying in the middle of the blanket, but even if he were, he is strong enough to hold his head up and move around. Will said that king size blanket was the best $20 he's ever spent!
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Monday, February 17, 2014

etsy shop : open!

One of my February goals (ok, actually it was a December goal) was to finally open my Etsy shop. I am so glad to say that I have with the encouragement from Will and Kelly.

My shop contains both watercolor designs as well as custom modern calligraphy for wedding envelopes. This is something I've wanted to do more of for the longest time. I have addressed a few wedding invitations here and there for different people, but I am hoping this Etsy shop will allow me to do more of what I love!

So, if you or anyone you know is getting married, please send them my way. I would love to design the invitation envelopes!

Thank you so much Kelly Ginn Photography for the photos!
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