Thursday, April 16, 2015

Road Trippin'... With a Baby!


For Easter this year, as most years, we traveled South to Corpus Christi to spend it with my mom's side of the family.  Jack had just turned 2 months old & would be 9 weeks the Saturday of Easter weekend.  Up to that point, the furthest we had driven was about 1 hour away from home so, I was a little nervous as to how things would go with a brand new baby on a road trip that normally takes us 6 hours.  We decided to leave Thursday evening & would come home Sunday afternoon, after church.  The trip down Thursday night was a breeze - Jack slept most of the time since it was night time & it only took us about 1 hour longer.  Sunday afternoon was a bit more difficult due to accident traffic & feedings that needed to be done while on the road + the fact that Jack cannot stand a wet diaper in the least bit & screams bloody murder until it's changed.  So, that makes for some fun times!

Matt & I talked about what worked & didn't work for us on this trip & things we learned.  So, here's our list of tips for traveling with a baby!



+ Travel at night/in the evening if possible so that baby can sleep, making a nice ride for you & staying on their sleep schedule as well as possible.

+ Have all bottles/feeding stuff as "ready" as possible.

+ If you're traveling at night, have a light source that isn't extremely bright so that you can use it to check on the baby while on the road.

+ If you're on a time frame, leave 2 hrs early to give yourself plenty of time for stops for feedings, diaper changes & stretch sessions.

+ Don't get in a rush or stress too much... Just like at home, they can sense what you're feeling so, try to stay calm as best you can & enjoy the ride. 

+ If traveling with your spouse or someone else, one of you ride in the back with the baby. I didn't do this our whole trip but, did at times & it helped Jack relax.

+ If you don't already have one in your car for daily use, I highly suggest picking up a back seat baby mirror to check on baby whenever you need to!  Matt could see mirror to mirror & I could turn around & check on Jack in the mirror instead of crawling over from the front to check on him - Life. Saver.

+ Once you arrive at your destination, be prepared for a fussy baby. They've just been taken completely out of their element, been in their car seat longer than they desired & are now in a new place with all sorts of new sounds & smells. It can be overwhelming so, be prepared to console a confused and fussy baby.  (This may not happened to everyone but, it did Jack & some other friends I've talked with as well).

Have you ever road tripped with a baby?  What are some things you learned along the way?

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Monday, April 13, 2015

Jack Montgomery - 2 Months


How two months have come & gone is beyond me.  Jack is technically 2 1/2 months old now but, hey... what's a couple weeks late!?  We've been having so much fun - most days & actually been quite busy that I haven't had a chance to really sit & write this out!  We sometimes feel like Jack has been in our lives forever but, other times we realize just how much more there is to learn about this whole parenting gig.  It's a lot of hard work but, I would not trade him for the world!  He truly makes our lives better!

Disclaimer - Jack was not into taking pictures this day.  The pictures will let you know that - Ha!


Height - 

Weight - 11.4 lbs

Hair - Still has a lot of hair & everyone always comments on it!  It does seem to be getting a little lighter though - Momma secretly hopes it stays a dark brown.  :)

Eyes - Still blue as ever!  Momma is certainly shocked but, LOVE that they are still blue!  I am crossing my fingers that they stay blue!

Clothes - Just as you turned 4 weeks old you were into 0-3/3 month clothes.  Momma was in a little bit of denial over it but, Daddy made me realize that your newborn clothes were just getting too small.  And you couldn't stretch your legs out completely in your sleepers.  So, out with the newborn & in with the 3 month clothes!

Diapers -  Same with diapers - right as you turned 4 weeks old we started using size 1 diapers.  We use Huggies Little Snugglers & they work great.  However, you're going to make us go broke over diapers because when you are the slightest bit wet you let us know by crying and won't let up until your diaper is changed.  Not high maintenance at all.  ;)

Sleeping -  Sleeping great for the most part!  You started giving us consistent longer stretches through the night which was awesome!  You're last bottle seems to be about 8pm, asleep by 9 or 9:30 & you'll sleep until about 3-ish, give or take a little bit.  You nap pretty well during the day also.  Sometimes you won't go back to sleep for daytime naps & that's ok - you seem to handle it pretty well for the most part.  Also, you're still sleeping in your Rock 'n Sleeper - Mom isn't ready to move you to your room just yet!  :)

Eating -  There really was something about that 4 week mark because you also went from 3 oz bottles to 4 oz bottles.  You are on a combo of breast milk bottles & formula bottles.

Likes -  You've started talking to us & are most happy after waking up from a good nap, eating & a diaper change = one happy boy!  You are still loving bath time & watching the ceiling fan go 'round & 'round!  You've also discovered your hands & love to suck on them!

Dislikes - At first you were still unsure of car rides but, with more & more time in the car & your car seat you have gotten much better about it!

+ On 3/14/15 you kicked over from your back to your side.  It could have been a fluke deal because you haven't done it again but, it needed to be documented!

+ At 6 weeks old we took you to your first party - a crawfish boil!

+ We have been taking you out & about with us to a lot of places & you do so good!  Restaurants, stores, birthday parties, etc. - you're a champ!


Jack - Mommy & Daddy love you so much!!  You truly bring so much joy to our lives!  You are the cutest, sweetest thing ever & we are so blessed to call you our little boy!  As hard as it is to see you grow so fast, we are enjoying all this time with you!  We love you little dude!


Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Spring Family Pictures


A few weeks ago we had A & C Photography come to our house & do some Spring family pictures/newborn pictures of Jack.  Jack was 6 weeks old when we had these done & I just love how awake & alert he was. His baby blues just crush me in the best way possible!  He's already grown SO much so, I'm even more happy to have these precious memories to cherish forever!















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