Sidney Loyd - 7 months

This past month has been so much fun! Sidney is growing up into such a fun, happy little guy. I feel like we have conversations all the time through our motions or expressions on our faces. It's the best! He is truly a ray of sunshine lately!

Sid is getting into everything. Like eeeeeeveryyyyyything. If it's not in his reach he will stare it down until it somehow gets into his tiny little destructive hands! It just makes us laugh. 

The moment he pops up from nursing he is instantly focused, looking all around, tongue poking out, and surveying the room to see what he might want to touch. I love to watch him in action. It amazes me the things he is interested in. Just the other day I bent over to get him out of his crib and he noticed the tiny zipper on my hoodie. I stayed bent over the crib for several minutes watching his little wheels turning.

He has mastered sitting up in his own. The only time he topples now is if he's reaching for something too far. Sid loves his new perspective. He is rarely content on his back anymore. Unless we are above him doing something entertaining, like singing a song or shaking his legs which shakes his entire body - which he finds quite funny.

Sid rolls back and forth and back and forth and back and forth and back and...you get the point! One of our favorite past times is going into the nursery & turning on fun music (usually Van Morrison Pandora station, or something like that), laying out a big blanket, stripping him down to his diaper and letting him roll all over! 

We let him just enjoy himself and kick his evening fussies away before bath with daddy! It's the best! And we all equally enjoy it. It's so much fun watching him throw his little arms and legs into the air as if he were making snow angels from all of his excitement!

I have to say our once Mr. Serious has definitely changed into Mr. Silly! His personality is starting to shine. He knows how to make us laugh, and I think he knows he's doing it!

He is eating really well! We have finally gotten him to not make a horrible face when I feed him avocado! This makes me super happy because it's just so good for him! We gave him some steamed spinach and I just knew he was going to hate it (because I sure did!) - the kid gobbled it up like it was his job!

Sidney finally outgrew his infant carseat. I'm pretty sure we could've switched him a while ago, but we held off as long as possible. When we knew we were going to be traveling to Arkansas for Christmas, we thought he'd be way more comfortable to make the long road trip in a bigger seat. We were right. It is definitely roomier for our long legged guy!

We've been starting a little bit of sign language with Sid. Simple signs such as: mommy, daddy, eat, all done, yes, no, sleepy, and bath. We try to be as consistent as possible. I really want to help Sid avoid as much frustration as possible the older he gets. I already see him wanting to tell me what he wants and getting frustrated, which just makes me sad. I can't imagine wanting something and not being able to say what it is. Or course, mostly right now, what he wants is anything he shouldn't have, or that he sees and wants to get his hands on. But we are just hoping we can be consistent with a few signs to help him tell us what he needs. 

These seven months have been the best. His personality is coming out more each day, and it's just such a beautiful thing to watch. I could sit and watch him all day without saying a word. The last week leading up to his 7 month birthday was a little rough. I think he is starting to teethe. Although there are no pearly whites popping out yet, I can tell they are coming. For a moment I was wondering where my happy boy went. He was extremely fussy, only wanting me, and not even wanting me to put him down. Drooling constantly, and chewing on absolutely everything. I could tell he wanted to play, but when I would put a toy in front of him he would scream if I tried to set him down to play. Thankfully, after a few days he was back to his normal self. It's a wonder I got a smiley picture for his 7m photo shoot ;) So we are just taking it day by day. Comforting him that extra mile when necessary. Even if it means nursing him when he wakes up screaming at midnight (he did that once during this fussy period). I love that boy and would seriously do anything for him. Here's to less fussy days ahead (and here's to wishful thinking :) )!!!

Weight: somewhere in the 18lb range I would imagine
Height: he hasn't been measured since his 6m doctor's visit
Medical Issues: We are still feeding him a little prune juice each day in a bottle to help with his bowels since starting solids. His eczema is doing much better since purchasing the doTerra Healing Hands lotion.
Naps: Typically he goes down in the morning about an hour after waking up. He takes a good long nap (2ish hours). And then another longer afternoon nap. No exact times. He has quit doing so many of the shorter naps.
Night Sleep: We start our routine as early as 5:15 some nights. But typically we are in the bath around 5:30 and in bed by 6. He wakes almost on the dot every morning at 6am.
Clothing Size: 9m and maybe a few 12m.
Diapers: BG 4.0 w/ cotton or bamboo inserts during the day / nighttime brown edge workhorse w/ size 2 cover for night.
Diet: Mama's milk!, sweet potatoes, avocado, pear
Favorite Baby Gear: He has a few favorite books - The Pout Pout Fish, and Little Blue Truck Leads the Way, he loves his plastic cups, his ducky teether that we keep by the changing table, his piano play mat that he likes to sit up at and bang away!
Personality: Funny! He likes to make silly sounds. Cautious. He checks all things out before diving in. And once he dives, he DIVES!
Milestones/Firsts: We introduced him to a sippy cup, but he's not really a fan. Mostly because we put water in it and he's NOT a fan of that. He's totally sitting up w/o any assistance.
Likes: Mommy singing :) He loves If You're Happy and You Know It!, board books, chewing on anything, food! In face he gets made when it's all gone!, dancing with mommy!, laying on our big bed and watching the shadows on the walls. He could lay on our bed for a good hour and be totally entertained with no toys!
Dislikes: Hmmmmm...I honestly can't think of anything! Well - He doesn't like getting his diaper changed when he's got poop! He gets mad when I lay him on the table, but then when I pull the diaper off, he's happy again. 
NicknamesSweet baby, he's still my pumpkin :)



Happy New Year! (and the end of LSU football - Thank goodness)!

Sean, Sid and I decided to stay in Arkansas until after the new year! We decided over the weekend between Christmas and NYE that we would stay home and cook up something yummy! Shocking, I know! Cooking was easy, the biggest challenge was trying to stay awake until midnight. You put a baby that weighs nearly 20 lbs and a long staircase in the mix - it makes for 3 tired adults! Oh, and not to mention the furry baby who likes to play, too :) Needless to say, we pulled off our meal AND staying up until 12! Go us!

Before NYE, on Tuesday, we had a bowl game to watch. Not a very important one, but none the less, our TIGERS were playing in the Music City bowl in Tennessee against the Notre Dame. Let's just say we Tiger fans are beyond glad this season is overrrrr! Good riddance! Kickoff was at 2. To be honest, the game snuck up on us. I'm pretty sure I can speak for all family members when I say that when you're on the mountain, you completely lose all concept of time! We knew the game was on the 30th, but on Tuesday morning, we didn't realize it was the 30th! So last minute planning had us scrambling to come up with game day food! Have no fear - we succeeded. We whipped up some guac and queso (with the standard Corona Lite), then wings and garlic parm oven baked fries for later!

Ok so anyway - we lost - the season is over - we still love you LSU - and that's a wrap for the season. Byyyyyye bye!!!

Now on to New Year's Eve. Our friends The Boltons gave us a cookbook from Carmine's in NYC a few years ago. There is a great recipe for Penne alla Vodka. It's pretty simple, but you would never know it for all of its flavor.

We started with cocktails! Then moved into wine with dinner, followed by another cocktail while playing a new card game, then champagne with dessert and ringing in the new year!!

Regardless of our summer place setting, and the quality of the photo, the meal was really good!

We worked really hard to stay awake. And let me tell you, it was hard. Sean and I were determined, but convincing my mother was hard work! She was a trooper though, and even Louis stayed awake (not really) for the occasion! We were all acting a little crazy knowing we had to stay up so late (gosh I seriously sound so old!)

Sid went to bed at his usual time :)
Yep, Sean is holding one of Louis' chipmunks
Only one cocktail!

After dinner, we made another cocktail and played a new card game. I don't remember what it was called. Five Crowns or something like that? Regardless - my mom cheated. Seriously, can you believe that? Ok not really - but she had some serious luck! I was terrible! I couldn't keep the rules straight in my head. Blame it on the alcohol!

I should mention that the lowest number wins...

SHUT it!
It was really fun, even though I did terrible. I stepped it up the next night when we played again and I came in 2nd! Woo Hoo!

For dessert I made Ina Garten's Tres Leches cake from one of my new cookbooks I got for Christmas. We are aware it's not exactly an Italian dessert, but it was darn good all the same!

We were done playing cards, done drinking, done eating, all that was left to do was stay up until 12. We flip flopped back and forth between some NYE TV specials. Nothing too earth shattering. But - we made it to midnight and even had one little bit of champs left to toast! Happy 2015 everyone! Let's make it a good one!

On New Year's Day, we organized some of my mom's kitchen stuff, watched football, and ate some yummy peas and pone bread.

We had such an awesome time on the mountain. Unfortunately it was coooold and grey our entire trip practically, so we weren't able to get outdoors much. But we made the best of being stuck inside. We look forward to our next trip up! 

Merry Christmas from the Mountain

Our Christmas was a little different this year. The DC bunch wasn't able to travel because they just welcomed a new member into their (our!) family on December 20th. Sweet little squishy Oliver Maxwell Traylor...

He was born on his actual due date! 7lbs 7oz and 21in long! Welcome, Oliver! We can't wait to spend next Christmas (hopefully!) with you and your big brother!!

Since Adam and Christy did Thanksgiving with us, they did Christmas with Christy's family in Shreveport.

So with that, Sean, Sid and I went to the mountain for Christmas to be with Grammy! Sean and I had strong feelings for wanting Sid's first Christmas to be at my mom's house. I'm so glad we did, even if it was a smaller, quieter bunch than we're used to. We had so much fun, even though we sure missed having everyone else there, too.

We were able to get on the road by 6:30, after I nursed Sid that morning. He was THRILLED to be in the car for 6 hours!

We got a little creative during his diaper change on the road! It was so cold outside, I didn't want him out of the car. So I shoved my pillow in his carseat and voila!, instant changing station!

We got there on Christmas Eve, which is pretty late for us. Usually we are there a few days early, but it all worked out. My mom had the house all decorated, which is always so enjoyable. We got to the house in time for lunch! Sid and Grammy had lots of fun play time that afternoon :)

Sid had a rough night. He has been to The Escarpment many times, but he's a little older now and he was just a bit off. Thankfully he settled in pretty quickly, and the rest of us started our Christmas Eve Party! It started with us trying to take a group selfie to send to the missing family...

It took us a few tries, but we finally got a good one (except we sent the silly one instead ;) ).

We had cocktails, ate tamales (Sean and I have a tradition of bringing fresh tamales with us each year), and then we all sat down to listen to my Cajun mama read The Cajun Night Before Christmas. This is a tradition my dad started many years ago. It was always so funny listening to him get into character. My mom nailed it this year! After she read it, we are pretty sure we started a new tradition with everyone taking a stab at it! I read it next, and then Sean. I have priceless video of Sean in character but I think he might divorce me if I actually posted it! I'm not sure we've ever laughed so hard! So. Much. Fun! I'm just glad we didn't wake sleeping Sidney up during all of this craziness!

Christmas morning finally came! Sid woke up around 6 (I think?). He slept in his special Christmas pjs that Grammy sent him that had Santa Clause on his feet!

Santa left these special gifts for Sid...

And some more...

Grammy made him his very own stocking. She stitched this entire thing by hand! How awesome is that?! She has been slaving over this stocking for months! She literally finished it the night before! It is so special and I know he will love it so much once he's old enough to understand :)

I loved getting to sit with Sidney as he carefully observed each of his new toys before touching them. 

After an hour he was ready to go back to sleep. I went to put him back down, and then the rest of us got breakfast made! We had garlic cheese grits, curried fruit, and bacon with brown sugar and pecan crumble. Oh, my, gosh. I'm not going to lie when I say it was drool worthy. Because it was! 

We enjoyed our breakfast and then began opening our gifts. 

Sean always gets the award for most creative gift wrapping. Oh yes, these are my lovely gifts from my crafty husband. 

Apparently this one was SUUUUUUPER heavy....

Doing some stretches before the heavy lifting...

You should note that he got the gift over to me without any injury. You should also note that inside the box was a glass water bottle. Oh my gosh, SO heavy ;)

Every year, my mom and dad were known to gift Sean some crazy article of clothing. A funny hat, silly pj pants, just anything to help Sean add to his costume collection (I wish I were kidding!). This year, my mom found these two things...quite funny when put all together.

my arm hurts. what? bite me. (Bite me was a favorite saying of my dad's)

Now listen to this story. On Christmas Eve night, I told my mom we had a gift for her that she needed to open early because she was going to need it for Christmas morning. 

Sid made her a special coffee mug :) I told her we even already washed it so that it would be ready for use on Christmas morning! She was seriously so excited and I could tell she truly loved the gift. 

On Christmas morning, I opened one of the gifts from my mom, only to find THIS...

SHE MADE ME A MUG WITH SID ON IT!!!! I mean. How did this even happen! Is that not nuts? I LOVE my mug and I'm pretty sure she loves hers, too :) All I can say is great minds...

When Sid woke up from his nap, he opened some more gifts. Then, we all slowly cleaned up and got ready for company! 

My mom invited The Robinson's, Katy and Nithin, and Becky and Seth over for Christmas meal. We were all used to larger groups for the holidays, so we all decided to combine ours with special friends. Everyone came over around 4 so they could get some Sid time before he had to go to bed. We had appetizers and cocktails while we waited for the meal to be ready, and for Sid's bedtime. 

I think I can speak for us all when I say we are all still talking about our meal. Mike was in charge of the prime rib, Janie did steamed artichokes with hollandaise sauce, my mom made 8-hr-soak-melt-in-your-mouth-can't-get-enough-but-you-should-because-super-rich mushrooms, and the most perfect mashed potatoes. Are you drooling? I am.

THEN...for dessert. Sean made Chocolate Hazelnut Crêpe Cake and Katy made chocolate pie with fresh raspberries on top. Seriously? After reliving this I need to go running (except I don't run!).

Layers upon layers of crêpes with hazelnut cream in between!

After the meal, Sean, Katy, and Nithin decided to go walk the driveway in order to make room for dessert! HA! I probably should've joined them, but that driveway is fierce. And in the cold? No thanks! I managed to eat my dessert juuuuust fine. We all had a small glass of Bailey's to wash it down. Don't judge! It's the holidays! The evening was a lot of fun and we are so glad we included our friends.

The next day, we took Sid to his first art museum, Crystal Bridges. They had an exhibit called State of the Art. It was super cool! Basically, two of the museums curators set out on the ultimate road trip to find out what was happening in American art today. It was 100,000 miles, 1,000 destinations, and 100+ artists. They found some very interesting pieces. It was a really entertaining exhibit. Sid rode in the stroller for a while then I carried him in the ergo, but he eventually got tired of it and we weren't able to complete the exhibit. It took up 3 galleries, so it was really large. After we left the art, we found ourselves hungry and eating in the museums café. Sean and I had black bean burgers (which were I think the best I've ever had!). We took turns entertaining Sid during lunch.

This piece was made completely out of lottery tickets! I wonder if the artist won the lottery while working on it? That's a loooot of lottery tickets!

This was the most beautiful, tapestry I guess you'd call it?, I've ever seen! The colors were so bright and brilliant! This picture just doesn't begin to do it justice! It was all thread and scraps of fabric sewn together.

We had a very merry Christmas. Even though it was small, and we were missing our family, we made the best of it and ended up having a truly special holiday. I think looking back in years to come, Sid will be pleased with his first Christmas, too :)