Davin Month7 & AZ Trip

On Aug 9, the second to last day of me teaching my undergrad class and our nanny’s last day 🙁 — Davin learned to crawl!!! We were very excited! But I was freaking out a little inside that night after our nanny left cause she was awesome and I wasn’t sure what I was supposed to do with this mobile creature who was ready to destroy our house lol… But we’ve baby proofed a few rooms and he is pretty good at entertaining himself with chewing on shoes and covering himself in dog hair as he goes… I’m trying to tell myself its good for his immune system lol.

Once I finished grading, then Davin & I took our first flight and visited my family in AZ for a week and he turned 7 months while we were there. Luckily we got an extra seat and a nice seatmate on both the flight there and back! But he only took about a 1/2 hour nap instead of the needed 2 hour hap so he was pretty grumpy… we stood by the bathroom for about an hour to keep him from crying lol. And we bought a used double stroller for our nanny share so the airport going back was a bit more tricky.

In AZ we had a fun time swimming in my parents pool and hanging lots with my sister, mom, and extended family on my mom’s side! And Davin Francis got to meet his great grandma Frances! We were having too much fun and forgot to take many pics but got a few:

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Davin Month6




July 17th Davin turned 6 months old! His bottom two teeth came through and he started sitting up that week!  He didn’t really ever seem fussy from teething just chewing & drooling lots.




The sad part of that week was he got Hand Foot and Mouth. He got it from the other nanny share baby and then I got it :(. Luckily Ben & the nanny & other parents escaped… I was teaching an undergrad Macroeconomics class in July –  2 hours M-F and was kind of drowning in all the work of teaching and prepping a class for the first time … and then having to stand and teach for 2 hrs when I realized I had like 30+ blisters on the sole of each foot and only had high heel shoes…I was not happy that day … or week :(. Davin had a fever and sore throat for a couple days but luckily not really any blisters.  But he was not happy for a couple nights – since swallowing hurt and he didn’t want to nurse he was up screaming for about 1.5 hrs at a time like 3 times a night :-/ … I wasn’t sure what he was so upset about… “just a fever and sore throat kid”… and then I got it and remembered how achy fevers make you feel :(.

And 6 months + sitting up == time for solids!!!

We tried “Baby Led Weaning” ie just giving them adult food instead of spoon feeding them purees. The first while was mostly playing and not so much eating – sticks of cucumbers, tomatoes (always been a favorite), fruit – peaches, plum, melon, etc and cooked veggie sticks like sweet potatoes & zucchini. We occasionally cheat and spoon feed him food to avoid the mess or if we are out and about give him a puree pouch which he likes too.

Other pics from month 6:

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We braved the road with both Lena and Davin and took a road trip to visit family the last weekend of June and 4th of July week.



Normally it takes us 12 hrs to get from Nashville to my grandparents in MD, but since that sounded like a bit much for Davin we left Thursday and spent the night in Roanoke, VA. Took about 9 hrs to get there – would have been 7 without Davin lol.  He didn’t sleep as much as normal so he was a bit fussy but he wasn’t terrible. But he and Lena were definitely happy to be out of the car at the end of the day!





Friday afternoon we got to my grandparents and hung out with them, my dad, some aunts & uncles, and cousins that weekend.  Davin enjoyed being the center of attention lol.




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Then Monday we drove to Snowshoe, WV where Ben’s family rented a house for a little reunion – 12 out of the 15 siblings in his family were there plus his parents, 3 in-laws, and 6 grandkids so it was a full house – Lena even got her fill of attention I think lol.  It was very beautiful and we had lots of fun hanging out with everyone!



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Click here for 4th of July family pics of us that we won at the reunion auction – thanks Jill!

Then Saturday, July 7 we hit the road at about 4am so we could get some driving in while Davin was asleep which worked out well and we got home before 2pm! Not the most exciting birthday for Ben, but it was good to be home and we went to a movie the next day to celebrate!


June 17, 2018



Davin turned 5 months old on Father’s Day!  Ben really is such an awesome dad and parenting partner!  After I nurse Davin at 7pm, Ben does our new bedtime routine of PJs, bottle, & book…and eventually sleep. Ben is great at making Davin smile and has lots of patience when Davin isn’t so happy.


<<Notice anything different???                 ….No more beard!


The day before Father’s Day we hosted a brunch with some friends, so we had lots of yummy leftovers for Father’s Day breakfast and then we went on a little hike to Percy Priest Lake with Lena & Davin… we were hoping Davin would sleep in the stroller but Ben got to carry him while I pushed the empty stroller lol. But Davin was still pretty happy for missing a nap. (We did manage to go out to brunch last weekend while Davin slept under the table in his car seat tho!) And for Father’s Day dinner we grilled steak. Between our Saturday brunch and Father’s Day dinner I think Ben did more cooking then the last few months combined lol (his least favorite household chore) since Davin kept me from being as productive in the kitchen.  The day before our brunch, Ben “accidentally” ended up at Home Depot and saw the outside table he’d been eyeing last year was on sale so I guess that was his Father’s Day present to himself lol. I got him & Davin matching shirts and pictures for his office.

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What else about Davin this month? He’s still a pretty happy smiley baby :). He finally noticed Lena this month and thinks she’s pretty great (altho mom isn’t so sure about all the dog slobber and hair lol). On my birthday we went swimming for the first time (sitting on the first step counts, right?) with my cousin Juleen and we tried out a baby pool with a neighbor friend! He likes baths in the tub (instead of the sink), the park swing, and sitting in his bumbo chair while we eat dinner! He isn’t crawling but somehow moves all around the crib – rolling and inch worming all over.  He wants to grab and check out everything he sees and likes to put everything in his month – including his toes! Last month eating his hands was his thing, this month his toes are his favorite. Apparently Ben also liked eating his toes as a baby lol. Davin also gets his bald head and long eyelashes from Ben. Davin still takes 3 naps a day and is (almost?) down to eating 1x at night around 1-2 am altho he still wakes up a second time some nights and will go back to sleep with a pacifier… eventually… and sometimes I cave and feed him a second time.

And here’s lots of cute pics from this last month:

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May 17, 2018 – 4 Months Old Today:

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At his 4 month appointment, Davin weighed 15.5 pounds which is 50th percentile and was 95 percentile for height and head! (Was only 20th percentile for height when he was born so he has outgrown lots of clothes!)

He’s generally very happy and laughs and smiles lots, especially when he sees people he loves and when you tickle him in the right spot.  He loves playing with my mom’s cousin, Juleen, once a week and he likes our nanny who watches him and another baby his age 2-3 days a week!  Thanks to them, I’ve been able to get back to working on research and attend the monthly health econ advising group. And I need to start prepping the class I will be teaching in July (macroeconomics 101 for undergrads). He takes 3 naps in his crib (yay!), likes to eat his hands, and finally kind of likes a pacifier, and is rolling from his back to his tummy (last month he rolled from tummy to back a couple times).

We’d been double swaddling him, but right about when he turned 4 months old there was no more containing him lol.  So right about at 4 months he was no longer swaddled, started rolling onto his stomach in his sleep, and hit the “4 month sleep regression” where he woke up lots more at night… It was a rough 10 days. Before he was in bed about 8pm-7am and would eat at around 1:30am and sometimes a second time at 4/5am… but during the “4 month sleep regression” he woke up lots more… and woke up on his tummy which he wasn’t used to and wasn’t very happy about.  I really didn’t want to get in the habit of having to nurse him every time he woke up so we’d give him a pacifier if he woke up before 1 … sometimes he went back to sleep in 5 minutes… sometimes it took over an hour… Ben would stay up and work until 1 and help Davin go back to sleep so I could at least sleep a bit before 1am.  We changed his bedtime routine so he wasn’t nursing to sleep and added a 2-oz bottle which I don’t think helped him sleep longer but when he woke up before 1 we wouldn’t feel guilty that he was starving. Anyways, it was nice to get past the “4 month sleep regression” and back to getting up only 1-2x/night!

And lots of pics from this last month:

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Anniversary & Mother’s Day

May 16, 2018

9 years already! Crazy how time flies! Our anniversary was our first date of just us two since Davin. (We did have a date on Cinco de Mayo where we put Davin to bed and left him home with a friend and we went to another friend’s house for Mexican food – thanks Ebehi!) But first date with just us two! Ben took the day off work (definitely made up for it working the next two weekends :-/ ) and planned lots for us – we went kayaking on the Harpeth River, out to lunch, painted some pottery, and went to dinner!  It was a great day :-).

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Copper, willow, & pottery are all 9 yr themes 🙂






A couple days before our anniversary was Mother’s Day and Ben made that day awesome too! He made me a quick breakfast of oatmeal and fresh orange juice and we were off before it got too warm and went on a hike with Davin & Lena to Edwin Warner Park. Then in the evening he made some homemade ice-cream and got lots of fun mix ins like how ColdStone/MaggieMoos does ice-cream :).