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3 Months!

Ohhhhhhhh my gosssssh. How has another month flown by already?

So what’s Jason been up to these past few weeks? Well, he is officially 3 months old, but technically 13 weeks. I have no idea how we have a three-month old. I want to simultaneously smile and bawl my eyes out because he’s growing up way too fast. I feel like he is going to outgrown his car seat tomorrow.

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Jason is a dream baby. Really. He is happy 99% of the time and only really cries when he is hungry. Or if I try to stick him in the swing when he’s not feeling it. ;)))

He has changed so much in just the past few weeks, it’s astounding. He’s really growing into his little personality and it shines through every day.

It’s amazing to watch him play. It’s like he does something new every day. Yesterday, he picked up the huge baby pillow he lays on on his play mat and held it over his head. I was like, who is this little muscle man in front of me? I am pretty sure he is going to be mobile in like two seconds. He is already rolling over and maneuvering all over the place. Slow down little baby, slow down.

He’s really just my little lovebug. I swear that he gives kisses already, which is just what we’re calling the thing he does when you bring his face down to yours and he opens his mouth and slobbers all over you.

I can’t get enough.

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Three months down and he…

…has so much stinking personality. his crazy little expressions are seriously the best thing ever.

…still loves napping on mama when he gets the chance. And let’s not lie, lately, I’ve been “letting” this happen more and more because I know these moments are fleeting.

…has figured out (but not totally mastered) the art of rolling over, both from tummy to back, and from back to tummy.

…is a smiling machine!!! No official giggles just yet.

…loves playing on aunt Susan’s quilt with his favorite toy mr. whoozit.

…loves chatting with mama + dada. his baby talk mumbo jumbo is out of this world adorable and we both melt into a huge pile of mush every time he chats it up with us.

….is the absolute love of my life.

For some reason, we didn’t get a ton of smiles the few times I busted out the “big camera” this past month, but here are a few faves nonetheless…

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2 Months!

How have we hit two months already??? Life with this little guy has been everything. Jason has changed so much in the past two months, and we can’t wait to discover more about his adorable personality as he continues to grow.

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^^stats from an impromptu doctor’s visit earlier this month. we’ll have to wait for his official 2-month appointment later this month.^^

Jason Leo, at two months you…

…are smiling more and more each day, and we can’t get enough of it.

…especially love the changing pad in the nursery. you literally beam from ear to ear as soon as we lay you down on it.

…would sleep on momma all the time if I let you. ;))

…are a tooting machine. sorry, but you are!

…still love the rock-n-play in momma & dada’s bedroom, but are also beginning to love your crib too!

…love the (modified) mobile on the swing in the living room. and get a little annoyed when it turns off while you are still swinging.

…have sprouted lots of new hair on the front half of your head. your hair is looking gingerlicious, but I kinda think it’s going to change color, possibly blonde.

…love when momma lets you nap on your tummy in the crib during the day and will bust out a three-hour+ nap just about every time.

…are rocking a 5oz. bottle for most feedings!

…and still really love bath time. let’s hope that never changes.

Month numero dos looked like this around here…

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We love you, Jason Leo.

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1 month!

What did we do before we had this perfect little guy? Jason Leo, you have brought so much joy to our lives in one short month. We have fallen in love with your adorable little face, alert eyes, and sweet disposition. The past month has been nothing short of amazing!

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At one month, you…

…weigh 11 lbs. 4 ounces and measure 22 inches long (at your one month check up, technically 5 days post 1-month mark).

…love sleeping in the rock-n-play in our bedroom, but spend lots of quality time in the swing, boppy lounger, & baby wrap.

…have mastered the art of escaping the swaddle although we still attempt it every night.

…are a champion eater! downing about 4 oz. every 3 hours.

…look just like your daddy!

…definitely enjoy being awake some during the day, and take smaller cat naps throughout.

…have flashed us some killer cute smiles, and I can’t wait until you *really* show us those all.the.time!

…look like your eyes are going to be blue, and, that hair, well it is certainly leaning towards red! :)))

…love making cute little cat noises and grumpy old man grunts while you are sleeping and dreaming.

Our very first month with you looked a lot like this…

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I’ve mostly been taking advantage of my iPhone when snapping everyday photos of baby Jason (hence all the instagram photos above), but here are a few of my favorite snapshots off the big camera (still editing all our newborn photos taken by Aunt Kristi)…

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In the Nursery!

The past few weeks at home with our fresh, perfect, little newborn baby have been filled with lots of love, a good amount of learning, limited sleep, and nothing I would ever trade for anything in this the world. I honestly couldn’t have imagined how fast these first few weeks would fly by. These precious newborn moments are fleeting and I feel so lucky to have a handful of them documented to enjoy for years to come.

My awesome sister Kristi (Kristi Mangan Photography) drove over to Naples the week after Jason was born to meet her cutie nephew and help us photograph this precious time. She captured all of the gorgeous images below of Jason at five days old, along with us in his nursery, and we can’t thank her enough!

(PS – Don’t mind all the empty picture frames…we have since filled them with adorable newborn photos of Jase!)

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CarlyMay 15, 2016 - 2:11 am

Congrats to you all three of you, he is beautiful. Love little babes!

JessicaMay 16, 2016 - 12:06 am

How precious! What a beautiful baby boy, and adorable looking family. I love his nursery and also the turquoise blanket you had him wrapped in. :)

Hello World!

He’s here!!! Our beautiful baby boy, Jason Leo Shaidle.

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We welcomed this perfect little baby on Thursday, April 14th, 2016 at 12:02PM. He weighed in at a whopping 8lbs. 8oz. and measured 20 inches long! Jason is named after his daddy (Jereme Jason) and his great grandfather (Leo). …and I think he looks exactly like his daddy!

Jason means “healer” and Leo means “Lion.” And he’s nothing short of total adorable newborn baby goodness (as I write this on the eve of my first Mother’s Day, I can’t believe he’s already 3 weeks old! Time, please slow down!).

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^^Jason’s cord somehow became knotted as he made his way out into this world. I feel insanely blessed that this did not become an issue.^^

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After a cozy 40 weeks and 4 days in my belly, Jason had become a little too comfy, so my wonderful doctor and I decided it was time to hand out eviction notices. My induction was a two-part process, starting on Wednesday night with Cervidil and ending on Thursday morning with Pitocin. It was pretty much smooth sailing until the Pitocin was handed out. I went from zero to hero, so to speak, in a matter of three short hours on Thursday morning. Unfortunately, I don’t think the nurses believed me when I explained my contraction pain had gone from next to nothing to holy-crap-it-feels-like-someone-is-stabbing-me-with-a-million-knives-every-time-i-have-a-contraction. Basically, on a scale of 1 to 10, my pain quickly became a 4 million. I guess they just assumed I was a big woose, and there was no way I could have gone from only being 1.5cm dilated to fully dilated that quickly. Turns out, I can! Poor Jereme got to hear the brunt of my displeasure while laboring and got the fun job of massaging my lower back as hard as humanly possibly during each contraction!

It took a few choice words during said contractions and some downright pleading with the nurses to finally get my request for the epidural granted, and by then, it was a waiting game. I had to wait for the anesthesiologist team to wrap up a surgery they were in and also for them to administer an epi to some other lucky lady who got on the waiting list before me. :((( But F-I-N-A-L-L-Y, after about an hour of waiting, the anesthesiologist made it to our room just before 11AM! Phew! They are miracle workers, I tell ya.

By 11ish, I finally felt comfortable again. I thought I’d have some time to rest in my hospital bed or text my family a few updates, but little did I know, we were about to have this baby!

The nurses checked me just moments after I received the epidural, and boy oh boy were they surprised, or shocked really, to discover that I was fully dilated and the baby was basically on his way out. They rolled me on my side to slow things down and called my doctor to get over to the hospital asap. Meanwhile, I texted my photog friend Amanda (Amanda Hillary Photography) to see if she would be able to also haul it to the hospital in time to photograph the birth! I don’t think anyone, especially me, expected to start pushing out a baby by 11:30AM.

Within minutes my doctor had arrived and I was pushing! From what Jereme tells me, I pushed through a solid 10 to 15 back to back contractions before our son was born.

It still all seems so surreal.

It was a whirlwind of a morning as Jereme and I became parents to the most perfect and healthy little baby boy. We are head over heels in love with him and our hearts could not be any fuller. I have lots to share from our first few weeks at home with Jason, but for now, here are more of the beautiful images from his birthday (all courtesy of the talented Amanda Hillary Photography) and a short *VIDEO* at the very end!

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A special note on all of ^^these^^ insanely amazing photos… I was beyond thrilled that Amanda (of the fabulous Amanda Hillary Photography) also made it to the hospital in time to photograph these precious moments for us. I cannot thank her enough! I am in awe of every gorgeous photo she captured and so happy we have Jason’s birth documented in such a beautiful fashion. Thank you, thank you, thank you Amanda!!!

Kelley - Sailing ChanceMay 8, 2016 - 10:20 pm

Such a beautiful video! Congratulations to you both.

LisaMay 9, 2016 - 6:02 pm

LOVE the video so much!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

JessieMay 29, 2016 - 9:16 pm

Congratulations on a healthy, handsome baby boy! It sounds like you were quite a champ (not a woose at all!). I wish you all the best as you settle into this new adventure in your life.

Thoughtfully,
Jessie