Ryder is Pacifier-Free!
Last week was a big week for Ryder in our house! He is officially pacifier free! I remember absolutely dreading getting rid of the pacifier for Chase when he was 2.5 years old and was shocked when it wasn’t nearly as big of a deal as I built it up to be. The same thing happened with Ryder, though we had to quickly shift our game plan for getting rid of the paci when he didn’t respond particularly well to Plan A. With Chase, we cut the pacifier part off of his Wubbanubs, gave him the stuffed animal part to hold and told him his Wubbies were “broken.” He was a little weepy but accepted it and just kind of rolled with the change. (We also made it a point to tell him it was okay if he felt a little sad and that he could hold and snuggle his favorite stuffed animal to help him feel a little better.) With Ryder, we took a similar approach but he didn’t seem nearly as cool with the “broken” Wubby. I quickly said, “Maybe Baby Rhett would like your Wubbies now since you’re such a big boy!?” Ryder absolutely lit up at this idea and we ran downstairs together to “give” Rhett his Wubbies. He was so excited to give something special to his little brother! After that, he just kind of accepted the fact that he no longer needs a Wubby! Phew! We are quite proud of our little guy for handling this transition like a champ.
A Mini Rhett Update
It’s crazy to me how quickly babies change. Rhett is almost four months old and has become so alert, smiley and expressive. It’s so fun to feel like you can really interact with him beyond just holding and feeding. He does these amazing gurgly giggles that light me right up and kicks and coos with so much enthusiasm. I remember feeling like every month of babyhood just got better and better with Chase and Ryder and that’s certainly the case with Rhett, too. He loves being outside and basically lives in the baby carrier when we’re out and about with his big brothers. Rhett absolutely adores watching Chase and Ryder play and I’m not sure whether he wants to join in the fun or is intimidated by the madness but either way I know he’ll be joining in the craziness soon enough! Chase enjoys cuddling up with Rhett, singing to him and trying to make him laugh while Ryder’s favorite thing to do with Rhett is push him in the stroller at 95 miles per hour. And that basically sums up the personalities of my kids in a nutshell. Haha!
On the flip side of wonderful baby milestones and all the fun baby stuff we have baby sleep which isn’t exactly a cake walk around here. Fortunately the fact that Rhett is our third child fills me with firsthand knowledge and full belief that bad baby sleep is temporary and will improve. We were getting some decent stretches there for a while (consistent 4+ hours!) and within the past two weeks, it’s like Rhett got the memo that the four month sleep regression is coming and is easing us into awful sleep again. I say “again” when, in actuality, we have yet to actually have good sleep over here, but overall it’s improved a lot from waking up in 90 minute to 2-hour increments so I’ll take it!!
Chase’s Big Catch
Over the weekend Chase had quite the big catch! With help from Ryan, he reeled in a HUGE catfish! We could not believe it! After months of catching little sunnies and the occasional small catfish, that big guy came out of nowhere and shocked all of us. Apparently Ryan is onto something with our hotdog bait! Another shocker was the fact that Chase and Ryan managed to reel in that huge fish with Chase’s little rod. Chase was flying high after his big catch all weekend and now all he wants to do it go back out to the docks to fish and catch another one. Creature Man’s creatures are getting bigger and bigger…
Ice Cream Making Machines
We are ice cream making machines in our house right now! The ice cream maker Ryan gave me for my birthday is the gift that keeps on giving. I am so into creating festive holiday flavors and experimenting with my own recipes (like the eggnog ice cream pictured above!) but over the weekend, I made a batch of salted caramel ice cream from the blog Barefeet in the Kitchen and it was unreal. I wanted a simple recipe and this one fit the bill. It was easy to make and the rich, buttery caramel flavor put store-bought salted caramel ice cream to shame. I incorporated a sprinkling of chopped shortbread cookies because I love a little crunch in my ice cream and it was fantastic!
Christmas Menu Planning
As a kid, I have so many great memories that center around certain special dishes my mom would make for our family on Christmas morning. We’d always have cheesepuff casserole and monkey bread to eat while we dug into our stockings and a frothy, sweet orange julius to drink! I would love to create similar memories for my boys and our family now that we’re two years into having Christmas at our own house. Last year, I made homemade cinnamon rolls following this recipe from Sally’s Baking Addiction and topped them with the cream cheese icing recipe I found on the blog Ambitious Kitchen. They were a huge hit so I’m thinking maybe cinnamon rolls will become a Christmas morning tradition for our family? Cinnamon rolls and monkey bread and cheesepuff casserole!? Bring on all the yummy eats!
Wrapping Paper Fun
Another random thing I remember loving as a kid on Christmas that I am just beginning for our boys this year is different wrapping paper for each kid. All of Santa’s gifts were always wrapped in one kind of wrapping paper for me and one kind of wrapping paper for my sister and I had so much fun selecting wrapping paper for the boys this year! Chase’s gifts will be wrapped in holiday shark paper while Ryder’s will be wrapped in Santa T-Rex paper. (Rhett’s gifts will be unwrapped since he’s lacking unwrapping skills at the moment… and his gifts are rather limited outside of the amazing Lovevery play gym since he’s pretty darn happy with hand-me-down everything at the moment.)
How are you guys doing on the gift-wrapping front? I actually really enjoy wrapping presents and try to wrap them as I buy them so we’re in pretty good shape over here. Also, I wonder how much longer I’ll be able to write the name of the gift the boys are getting on the bottom of their presents before they are onto me?
Do any of you do this? It’s so darn helpful on Christmas morning when you can’t remember what gift is wrapped up in each box!
So now it’s your turn to play catch up! Please fill me in…
- What are some recipes you’re planning to make before the holiday season is over?
- Do you have any unique holiday traditions you’re hoping to uphold this year?
- Any more homemade holiday ice cream flavors I need to make ASAP?