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happy three month birthday, GB


At 2:31 pm today, Mr. Gatsby (GB) will be three months old. Here’s a snapshot of the little man:

Gatsby is three months old @ohbotherblog

Weight: 12 lbs., 6 oz. The pediatrician called him a “string bean” at last week’s appointment. Pretty sure I was never ever considered a string bean.

Likes: being held, milk, his sister, sitting outside, watching the fan, watching mommy, when mommy makes crazy faces and voices, the baby gym

Dislikes: not being held, tummy time, riding in the car without a Nuk, not being paid attention to

Eats: Every 3-4 hours

Sleeps: Alert the media: we’ve had a few nights of 8 hours of sleep! (11a-6p). Usually it ranges between 6-8 lately. I’ll take it!

Accomplishments: Smiling (a lot!), chuckling, rolled over from front to back several times, chewing on his hands, grabbing the rings in his baby gym, kicking like a soccer player.

Places Visited: The Maryland Zoo for Sissy’s birthday, The Farm, Redeux Grand Opening

Gatsby is three months old @ohbotherblog

Also, this month’s pics may look adorable, but I assure you, nothing in my life goes that smoothly. Here are some outtakes before “the talent” was given some milk from craft services.

Gatsby is three months old @ohbotherblog

Gatsby is three months old @ohbotherblog

Also, go ahead and check out the evidence that I really boned up Holden’s monthly photos by not showing her sitting in a chair or something to give perspective. I’m going to try a bit harder this time around. The adorable month tie stickers are from Bump2Baby Stickers on Etsy.

skeptical of santa


Even though she enjoys seeing Santa on the screen and page, and will tell you when prompted that Santa says “ho ho,” Holdy has not been a huge fan of physically interacting with the fat man in the red suit this year.

I can’t say she hasn’t warned me: before each visit, when I’d ask her if we’re going to see Santa, she’d enthusiastically nod; when I’d ask if she was going to sit on his lap and get her photo taken, she would very seriously shake her head no.

Nonetheless, I ruthlessly put her through the process no less than three times.

Toddler skeptical of Santa @ohbotherblog

Toddler skeptical of Santa @ohbotherblog

She wasn’t entirely sure what to make of this Santa guy last year either.

Baby Santa pic @ohbotherblog

To be fair, Holden doesn’t love having her photo taken in general, unless we’re talking about selfies. So I tried a Santa Selfie to see if that would work. It didn’t.

Santa Selfie @ohbotherblog

Oh well. I guess I shouldn’t complain that my kid is rightfully wary of a strange man who gives her candy and wants her to sit on his lap.

And for the record, for as much as she doesn’t like having her photo taken, she sure does love to see herself in photos.

Toddler Narcissist @ohbotherblog

My little narcissist.

a heckuva photo package deal


The Susquehanna Photographic 48 Hour LOVE sale @ohbotherblog

So when the best photographers in the region offer a deal like this, you take it.

The Susquehanna Photographic is running their 48-hour LOVE Sale until Wednesday, October 30 at 3:30pm. It’s a 48-minute natural light outdoor photo session for only $48. Which is ridiculous. So you should totally snatch it up.

They’ll travel to a location of your choice within 15 miles of York, PA and you’ll have full rights to your photos (and access to download via an online gallery). Use it for your Christmas cards or save it for later. Or give it as a gift. It’s $48, people!

Check out their gorgeous work here.

The Susquehanna Photographic 48 Hour LOVE Sale @ohbotherblog

photo credit The Susquehanna Photographic

pinterest quasi-fail: baby’s monthly photos


So yeah, I bought into the whole monthly onesie photo deal with Holden.

I was (kind of) inspired by Clara’s Photo Project on Young House Love. Sherry and John took their daughter’s photo every week (!) on a different colorful, patterned background. At the end of the year, they had an absolutely gorgeous montage that documented Clara’s evolution over her first 52 weeks (and beyond!). Seriously, check it out.

So… I thought I would try a similar approach, but I wanted to use Holden’s baby blanket that I had made from my Nanny’s old t-shirts and pajamas. Knowing myself, I figured I would be reasonable and just do the photos monthly, rather than weekly. Sounds manageable, right? Well, as I’m learning is often the case when you’re dealing with babies, things didn’t always go as planned.
Baby's Monthly Onesie Photos - What Not to Do @ohbotherblog

Newsflash: babies do not enjoy posing for photos and could care less if you’re trying to take a Pinterest-worthy shot.

First of all, Holden hated (actually, still hates) lying on her back. So that kind of screwed the pooch right off.

Then, at 8 months, once she was sitting up on her own, I clearly gave up on the quilt background all together. I wish I had video of me trying to prop the quilt up so that she could sit in front of it, not to mention me trying to keep her from falling over, and from pulling the sticker off the onesie. Ridiculousness. Look at her judging me in that 7-month photo. So we went with the patterned chair.

Don’t even get me started on our issues once she started crawling.

Honestly, I wish I would have gone with the chair approach from the start. I think that would have better demonstrated her growth month-to-month and would have at least provided a consistent background. *Sigh* Oh well!

Baby' 12 month onesie photo @ohbotherblog

I feel like the photos serve their general purpose, and we (kinda) had fun taking them. It is pretty amazing to look back over the past 12 months and see how much she’s changed. But, I’m totally glad we’re finished with this project!

Oh, and I got my onesie stickers from Baby Smiles on Etsy.

a birthday tradition: the clock photo


One of my best friends has a birthday tradition with her mom of which I have always been envious. Every year on her birthday, she has a photo taken of herself, holding a clock, at the exact time she was born: 12:09 pm. She’s done this every year, without fail, for {mumble mumble} years.

Take a picture of your child every year on their birthday, holding a clock, at the time they were born. @ohbotherblog

I love this! Seriously, isn’t this the coolest idea? And even more impressive: her mom came up with this idea {mumble mumble} years ago, before Pinterest was even a thing.

Granted, this would be infinitely more difficult to do if your kid is born in the middle of the night. Kelly’s mom would come to her at school, and now at work, to take the picture each year. Kelly’s brother, on the other hand, was born on a summer morning and couldn’t keep up with the tradition past the sleeping-in-to-11-am-teenage years.

Holden was born at 7:23 pm so we’re good. And we’ll totally be doing this next Friday on her first birthday (ack!). I can’t wait to make this our birthday tradition.

my bump’s on spearmint baby


belly bump on spearmint baby @ohbotherblog

Many thanks to Shari at Spearmint Baby for sharing some of my baby bump photos from last year. Can you believe Holden is going to be one in a month?

pinterest fail 002: baby in a basket


pinterest fail: baby in a basket. nailed it. @ohbotherblog

Before each of Holden’s quarterly photo sessions, I take to Pinterest for inspiration. Who hasn’t seen the adorable baby-in-a-basket photos that abound? So we thought we’d give it a shot. I forgot to take into account that I have a child who mean mugs any time a camera is on her. Nailed it!

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