Monday, July 25, 2016


For the past few weeks Aldo seemed to be fussy than his usual delightful self and was waking up early from naps and in the middle of the night.  Thought it might be related to him starting solids and was worried it was upsetting his tummy but lo and behold he was getting his first tooth!  The bottom right came in first and then six days later the bottom left came in as well.  It's hard to see in the picture but you can kind of see them poking through.
Ever since the teeth came in, he has gone back to his happy self.  Here's hoping the next ones take awhile before they come in to give the poor little guy a break.  Eliel didn't get his first teeth until 8 months old so this was quite a surprise!

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Yummy Solids

At his last doctor's appointment, we were given the green light to start Aldo on solid foods.  Being that he gained so much weight, we were hopeful that giving him some solids would help keep him fuller for a little longer during the day.  He was beginning to wake up early from his naps.

As with Eliel, we started Aldo on avocados.  At first, he wasn't a big fan of it but over the past week, he has really come to enjoy it!  Here's a quick video of him 'eating'
It's been almost two weeks since he started solids (I'm a little behind on my blog posts!) but we've already given him a variety of foods.  Aldo has enjoyed bananas, pears, apples, oatmeal and sweet potatoes.  He especially liked those!  We also tried green beans but so far, he wasn't a fan even when mixed with pears!  They blend to a weird consistency though so perhaps it's more a texture than a taste issue with the beans.  Next on the menu is carrots, green peas and quinoa.
I am again making all of Aldo's baby food just as I did with Eliel.  When I can, I like to give whole foods just smashed up like bananas and avocados but if not, I use my trusty baby food blender and blend away.

Eliel also loves to try and help us feed Aldo.  Sometimes he makes it harder than it has to be but I love that he wants to help his little brother.  His favorite thing is to give Aldo a few sips of water when he's done eating.  Aldo loves it and enjoys when Eliel helps him drink!

Eliel is very excited that Aldo will soon be eating just like him.  He had a blast watching his cousin Jacob eat like a big  boy!

Monday, July 11, 2016

5 months old

Aldo is getting so big and so much fun to be around!  He is a very smiley baby and loves to laugh and giggle at just about anything.   He is so in love with Eliel and watches everything he does.  I can lay him in front of Eliel while he is playing and Aldo will watch him for 20-30 minutes sometimes.  As long as Eliel is making noises and moving his toys around, Aldo is happy.
Aldo now weighs a whopping 16 pounds, 6 ounces which puts him at the 48th percentile.  That's quite a jump from last month at the 30th percentile!  It wasn't surprising though because this boy always seems to be hungry.  He also grew and inch and a half in only a month and is now 26.5 inches which is the 78th percentile.  He's definitely taking after Daddy there!
All in all, Aldo is a healthy boy.  We did find out though (somewhat by accident) that he does have a milk protein intolerance.  What that means is that he can't handle milk proteins in the milk he drinks.  Since he nurses, that means I can't have any dairy.  It's not too hard for me but I will miss pizza!  Hopefully (and likely) he will grow out of it soon but it may be a few months.  We found out by giving him some formula recently in the hope of keeping him fuller, longer.  The following day, he broke out in a rash on his back and since I hadn't eaten anything different, it was the final piece of the puzzle in figuring out why he spits up so much and so often.  Unfortunately now, that means he cannot have formula though unless we buy the special milk-free one.  So here's hoping he outgrows it fast!
Aldo also got the green light to start eating solid foods.  Hopefully now he'll finally be full! :)  This is going to be such a fun month for him!  Can't wait to see all that's in store!

Saturday, July 9, 2016

Holiday Weekend

Last weekend was so much fun I feel like we're still recovering from it!  Our weekend was filled with carnivals, fireworks, friends, family, and even a soccer tournament!

Last year, when the local carnival came to town, Eliel was too small to go on most of the rides.  This year, however, he was tall enough!  At first, he was a little but apprehensive about going on the rides.  However, once he went on one and found out how much fun it was, he was eager to go on more.  His first ride was the swings.  After he got over the fear of that, he went on the ferris wheel, the fun slide, the cars, and motorcycles.  Daddy went on some of the bigger rides with him since Eliel was still too small to go on those by himself.  After all the nervousness about going on the rides, then of course Eliel did not want to stop!  He'll have so much fun next year!
Eliel also got to see fireworks... twice.  I took him on Thursday night to a festival near us.  It was great because the fireworks show was early and short.  We were home and he was in bed by 10pm.  He enjoyed them so much I decided to take him to another show on the 4th itself.  Unfortunately, that one was a big longer and about halfway through, Eliel asked if we could go home.  I did manage to convince him to stay till the end but since we didn't get home until almost 11 o'clock,  he was quite exhausted.  He did enjoy it though and I enjoyed getting to spend some one on one time with him.

On the 4th, we went to the parade and it's by far one of Eliel's favorite things to do.  Our town's parade it quite an ordeal as you need to put out your blankets the night before in order to save a spot.  We had a spot in the shade for Aldo but luckily the weather was cloudy and quite cool.  Not only did Eliel get to see some pretty cool things but he came home with a bag (and quite a large one!) filled with candy.  I think he got more than he did at Halloween!
We spent the rest of the fourth at Adam's parents house for a BBQ with some other family.  It was a great day!

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Daddy and Eliel together

Since Mommy has to take care of Aldous since we're still nursing, many times, Daddy and Eliel spendlots of time together.  It will be nice when we can do more things as a family together but for the time being, some things happen too late for Aldous so Daddy and Eliel go together.  (Even though Mommy could go, I'm usually too tired!)

Two weeks ago, Daddy has a ground breaking for a building he worked on in Sheboygan Wisconsin.  They went up for the afternoon and enjoyed an evening together.  They even stopped at a famous frozen custard place on the way up.   I was pretty bummed I had to miss it.  They ate from food trucks, watched a drum line and listened to some other music at the festival.

Last week Daddy took E to see The Force Awakens at an outdoor showing put on by our park district.  They were out so late that Mommy was already in bed when they got home!
Since Daddy and Eliel have been spending so much time together, I get to hear a lot of what goes on through Eliel's eyes.  The following video is an example of just that! (And for the record, when he says black person, he means black car!)

Eliel is a sponge so anything and everything you say around him will probably come back out at some point!  And surprisingly usually in the correct context! :P