Baptism Day!

Miles was baptized on June 2nd in front of family and friends! My parents, brother and future sister-in-law were able to come downstate for the baptism. In our church it is common practice for family and friends to come up and support us as Miles was baptized. We loved being surrounded by so much love!

Miles did a great job. He was sleeping but woke up just in time to be baptized before he went back to sleep. Miles didn’t cry or fuss as the water touched his head, heart and feet.
_MG_9917_MG_9926Someone from our church makes these banners for everyone that is baptized. It now hangs in Miles’ room.
DSCF7000We invited our family and friends to join us in the Ministry House next door for some hors d’oeuvres and fellowship. We did some light decorating but I didn’t want to spend too much. I bought a few tablecloths, some chocolate for the table and the plates, napkins, etc. I choose the colors off of the baptism plates I bought and the colors ended up being close to the colors we had at our wedding.

IMG_4763 I made the cupcakes but they were frosted by Miles’ Auntie Tia. I added Miles’ name and put the cupcakes into a cross and called it done!
IMG_4769 IMG_4782 All the delicious food; Zapp Jello, Salad, chips, fruit, fruit pizza, veggies, BBQ meatballs and turkey roll ups.
IMG_4783I believe Miles’ Auntie Raena grabbed my camera and took a few pictures and then I snapped a few of our friends and family spending time with Miles and one another.
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Miles and the DeRuischer family.
IMG_4798 IMG_4800 Eric had met Miles a few times but it was always right after work so he wasn’t comfortable holding him. He was nice and clean so he finally got a chance to hold Miles!
IMG_4801 Miles tried on Uncle Justin’s tie. He looked so handsome!
IMG_4802 Miles and his Great-Grandma.
IMG_4803To be continued!!!

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Miles’ Monthly Photo – Month 2

IMG_4906June 1st, 2013

This month you weigh 11 pounds 14 ounces and are 24 inches long. You now sleep in your crib at night but usually sneak in some extra zzzz’s with Mommy after you wake up around 6:30am. You fall asleep around 11:30pm and sleep til about 6:30am then nap on and off until 10am. You wear cloth diapers and are in 0-3 month clothes. Your favorite toy is your hand, you still don’t like tummy time and you love listening to Mommy and Daddy sing to you. You have learned to put yourself to sleep at night and how to smile and giggle. You enjoy talking with anyone who will listen and you LOVE baths with Daddy.

One Month Stats

Height: 24 inches

Weight:11 lbs, 14 oz

Month 2

As April passed Ben and I grew braver and ventured out on a few more adventures with Miles. This month Miles starting smiling and even gave us a few giggles. He has a very laid back personality that seems to be sticking even as he gets older.

Miles and Mommy take a picture together. We don’t have many together so I am going to attempt to take some as he grows! Our friend said Miles looks like a hulu dancer.
IMG_4526Lauren and I took the kids to Spoonlickers one afternoon. We all enjoyed our cool treats filled with sugary goodies! I think Erin and Addison would have added everything to their frozen yogurt if they could and who could blame them with some many delicious options to add.
IMG_4531Miles did what he usually did when he left the house – slept!
IMG_4532James wasn’t too sure what to think about his treat and didn’t eat too much of it. Addison didn’t mind helping him out!
IMG_4533Miles started sleeping in his crib at 4 weeks old. It was quite a struggle for a few weeks. Ben and I spent hours trying to get him to fall asleep in his crib or at least in his room. Ben spent quite a few nights sleeping on the floor in Miles’ room and Miles spent quite a few nights sleeping in his swing before he finally adjusted to sleeping in his crib. Over the course of May, Miles went from eating every two hours to eating every three hours and sometimes four hours. He also learned to fall asleep in his crib on his own which was wonderful because I could lay him down while still awake. IMG_4544Miles tried out the stroller for the first time when we walked down to the Farmer’s Market where we picked up some tomato plants, a pepper plant and some basil plants. Miles looked so tiny in such a big stroller.
IMG_4556 And as usual, our little Pirate eye made an appearance. IMG_4558Miles started wearing 0-3 month clothes in the middle of May and this was the first big boy outfit that he wore from Uncle Justin.
IMG_4565 Miles got this outfit from Aunty Lisa. Ben and I took some fun pictures of Miles while wearing it. Miles’ bug eyes come out in full force when he sees the orange light from my camera that appears right before the photo is taken.IMG_4586And this is what happens when Daddy quickly moves Miles towards the camera and freaks him out!! This could be my favorite photo of Miles!
IMG_4590Miles is very laid back but there were some day/nights when Miles was fussy and I couldn’t get much done – enter the Moby! I love our Moby. Miles hung out in the Moby one evening while Daddy was gone. I was able to do dishes, clean up the house and hang out outside while Miles hung out in the Moby Wrap.
IMG_4601Miles had a play date with his little friend from church. Miles put on his best outfit for his first date but he slept through it. His date decided to play with all his toys instead!
IMG_4603The cute little face that greets me each morning. This is Miles half sleeping in the early morning hours.
IMG_4644Miles started smiling around 4 weeks old but it took me weeks to take a picture of his sweet smile. This is the closest I got!
IMG_4657One of the neighbors in my hometown bought this play mat for Miles. He wasn’t too sure what to think about laying on his back to play but he did enjoy swatting at the toys.
IMG_4661 IMG_4665 IMG_4671There you have it, Miles during the month of May!

Weekly Photos 1-4

My friend Lauren has taken a weekly photo of each of her three children until they reach their first birthday. Each of her children received a Beanie Babies Bear that sits next to the child each week. Aunt Lauren bought Miles a Beanie Babies Penguin for his weekly photo!

I am attempting to do weekly photos but I’ve already missed Week 2 and 7. Oh well!
Week 1 Week 3
Week 4

Newborn Essentials

After our first month with Miles Ben and I had a discussion of our must have newborn  items. The items listed below are things we couldn’t live without or things that made our lives so much easier during those first weeks. I won’t include the obvious; diaper, clothes, wipes, etc. We tried to come up with things we bought and didn’t need but couldn’t think of anything.

Essentials during the first few weeks!

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1. SwaddleMe: We loved this for the first two weeks of Miles’ life. Basically it is a cross between a sleeping bag and a blanket. Miles loved being bundled up like he was in the womb but his legs were free to kick around as well. When Miles was really fussy we would swaddle him and he would calm down and in most situations, fall asleep. This saved us big time during the first nights as a family.
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2. Boppy: This was (and still is) a must have for nursing. Miles would nurse for an hour then nurse an hour after that. I was literally spending half of my day nursing and holding up my 8 1/2 pound little monster and my arms were killing me unless I used my Boppy. Even now at 11 weeks, I can nurse without the Boppy but we are both so much more comfortable with it.

We also used the Boppy to hold Miles, he liked sitting up right in it when he was alert and enjoyed sleeping in it because I believe it felt like he was being held. Miles has also been burped while hanging over the Boppy and has done tummy time on the Boppy. As he grows, the Boppy will function as an extra support as he learns to sit up by himself.

IMG_42043. Pack and Play: We bought this Pack and Play super cheap around Christmastime and we couldn’t have lived without it during the first two weeks. The Pack and Play has wheels so during the day it would stay in the Living Room and at night we would wheel it to our bedroom. We used the Pack and Play as a changing table and as Miles’ bed. We had wipes, diapers, extra outfits, extra blankets, SwaddleMe and mitts in the Pack and Play. It was so nice to not have to go back and forth to his bedroom when I was recovering and in the middle of the night. Miles slept in his Pack and Play and our bed until he was four weeks old when he was moved to his crib.

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4. Bouncer: My parents bought one for Miles when he was a week old. We use it EVERY day! Sometimes I wouldn’t get anything done in a day if it wasn’t for the bouncer. Miles loves to be bounced in it and enjoys swatting at the toys. He also enjoys being close to us so with the bouncer I can work on blog posts, thank you cards, do housework and craft. He often wants to be bounced in it so I’m working on getting some killer calf muscles from always bouncing this kid. For the days when all he wanted to do was be held I could put him in the bouncer and he would be content and sleep away the day.

IMG_43975. Swing: My parents also bought Miles a swing when he was one week old. At first he didn’t really care for it but now he enjoys it. It was a lifesaver when we were trying to get Miles to sleep in his own crib. Miles hated sleeping in his crib. We think the transition was hard for a few reasons; the crib mattress was much harder than ours, he couldn’t smell us anymore, and it was much cooler since he wasn’t snuggled up next to us.\ Most nights Miles slept in his swing for half of the night. It was a lifesaver! Without the swing it may have taken Miles even longer to get accustomed to sleeping away from us. Now Miles will sit in his swing while I clean up his room or do laundry or he may nap in the swing a few times a week.

IMG_4409IMG_4948We hang Miles lights near him while he is in the swing and he will sit there for quite awhile watching them change colors.

6. Pacifier: Miles probably wouldn’t leave my breast if it wasn’t for a pacifier. He would eat and then just chill but cry when I pulled him away. After he finished eating he wanted his pacifier. He loves it! We introduced one just shy of four weeks. Now Miles sleeps with it most nights. If he is fussy in his crib usually his pacifier will put him to sleep. We love how much Miles loves it!
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7. Receiving Blankets: We received quite a few receiving blankets before Miles was born and one day I came home with more. Ben questioned why we needed so many but after two weeks Ben made a comment about how thankful he was for them. We used these receiving blankets as a crib sheet when Miles peed on the only one we had, as burp cloths, to cover the car seat to protect Miles from the rain, and of course to keep him warm. Now at 11 weeks, we don’t use them as often but are grateful to have as many as we do.
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8. Camera: The days after Miles’ was born are a huge blur to us. Thankfully we have photos to help us figure out what happened on what day. And of course it is just nice to have so many photos of Miles. Pictures are such a great way to capture all the “firsts”; first time meeting family, first bath, first family photo, first time at the park, etc. My camera is amazing and takes great pictures and videos. I’d be lost without it!

Camera
9. Baby Book: I choose this baby book after reading about it in a blog. The author also made a Pregnancy Book, a Birthday Book and Grandparent book. I love them all and wish I did the pregnancy book. This book is a good mix of fill in the blank and a scrapbook. I spent some time filling out the book every few days when Miles was first born.
My Baby Book
10. Family! Both of our families helped so much! Between taking out the trash, doing dishes, making meals, bringing treats, picking up groceries, etc. – we couldn’t have lived without them! Our church family also helped make the transition as a family of three a lot smoother! Our church provided dinner for a week, made phone calls to check to see how we were doing and to pray with us and we also received a few gifts from our church family. The saying, “it takes a village to raise a child,” well that same village also helps new parents survive the first few weeks!

Miles Monthly Photo – Month 1

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Happy 1 Month Baby Boy!

May 1, 2013

This month you have grown so much! In a few days we will see just how much you have grown when we visit your Dr. You have learned to swat at your toys, you mimic faces Mommy and Daddy make, you learned how to drink from a bottle and take a pacifier, and you have outgrown your love of being swaddled. You typically sleep in between Mommy and Daddy at night and if we don’t lay you down just right you wiggle and roll until you are snuggled up right next to us. You dislike being on your tummy and will always roll onto your side but you do have fantastic control of your neck and find other ways to keep improving those neck muscles.

We love you so much little man!

One Month Stats

Height:22 3/4 inches

Weight: 9 lbs, 1/2 oz

A comparison of Miles at two hours old and again at one month.

1 month comparision

And of course, I wasn’t able to get a perfect picture right away. Here are a few pictures that I took before getting the perfect shot!
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