28 weeks old (6.5 months)/ First update since February

Well, it’s been a while huh? So … we have moved!  We successfully moved our children, the animals, and our belongings a month ago.  Whew, it was a little crazy, but we did it!

Sweet little mister


First I will do a quick update on Max and Lexie, then an update on everything else.  Max has outgrown most of his 6 month clothes and is sitting for long stretches of time now.  He still likes his feet, and loves his Lexie.  We have been signing for “milk” for a month or two now, and he has started to do it back while eating or waiting for me to finish making a bottle.  I am not sure if he has put the meaning of it to the actual result, but he signs back at me.  So he is either good at imitating and will get the meaning soon, or he already gets it.  He has been less than a good sleeper since we moved.  
For the first 3-4 weeks his room was too bright while we waited on blinds to arrive.  He was also getting used to his new surroundings, which I think was very distracting for him.  He has started having good naps about every other 
day.  I’ve noticed when I get him up he smells SO BADLY of acid, and his sheets have been stained, so I do believe we are dealing with reflux again.  This could be due to many things: A)not taking his medicine.  We were doing probiotics and no dairy which were both helping.  But at this age reflux tends to flare back up, and teething can make it worse. B) his baby food could be contaminated with dairy.  Did you know food companies are not required to put ingredients on their products if it is cross contaminated, and not an actual ingredient?  So it is possible his baby foods are coming in contact w milk.  Also, I don’t have the carton to his oatmeal, but it’s possible it contains whey.  We are going to the grocery store today so I am going to double check.  We go to the dr tomorrow afternoon.  

As for Lexie, since we cut back on milk, yogurt, etc. her eczema doesn’t seem to flare as much on her face.  I  just want to know for sure that Max has a dairy allergy, and what is causing Lexie’s eczema.  I had some of his Prevacid left over so we started it again… with our new insurance we have to pay for all of it, and here it will cost us …. wait for it ….. $224.31.  for a 31 day supply.  When the insurance lady told me this I cried all morning.  How is it possible these medicine companies can sell pain meds for $10-$15 a bottle (which many people turn around and sell on the street for $5+ a pill) and my son’s medicine, which he needs in order to EAT costs more than a car note?  I don’t understand how this is possible?!  And they don’t make a generic for the SoluTabs he has been prescribed.  So at the dr tomorrow we will be asking what else we can do, if the dr. feels it is the reflux flaring up again.

snuggly girl after bath

So, because of the possible reflux flare up, the move, teething, etc. Max has just not been taking good naps. On good days he will take 1.5hr naps.  On bad days, he sleeps for 20-40 minutes at a time.  It’s exhausting for everyone, because it effects everyone.  But like I said, about every other day is a good day for him.  Then we try to replicate it the next, and it’s awful.  I really have no idea what is going on.  Hopefully it will smooth out in the next few weeks.

Lexie loves her new gymnastics.  It is much different than the gym we went to in AR.  Her tot class is in the evenings, and there is a lot happening in the gym at that time.  It is really overwhelming for her, and it takes her about 10 minutes to become cooperative and pay attention to what we are doing.  She has always been this way; at MDO she stood back and watched the other kids until she was comfortable a few weeks into it. The same went for playing at the Y while I worked out.  And also at our play dates.  Now instead of quietly standing back and watching, she just wants to go do something else, and won’t pay attention.  I think this just comes along with her age, and being overwhelmed.  After a few weeks I think she will be more comfortable.  She has learned a lot of new, more advanced things, and has also shown the teacher a lot of things she could already do.

She LOVES her new house- her favorite room is the basement.  I have set up a little area down there for us to play and learn.  It is also plenty big for us to “practice” her gymnastics in the mornings when we can’t go outside.  =)  Gotta get some of the wiggles out.  She is obsessed with Thomas and Friends (although she has’t watched TV since our first week here-more on that in a minute), and to definitely not help out with that situation, a train runs through the corn field on the other side of the house.  They all have names from Thomas-Gordon, Charlie, Rose, Emily, etc.  All names are the same as her imaginary friends that showed up after Christmas… and are still around.  Nap times are now spent talking to them, instead of not napping.  But I’ve convinced her to tell them she needs to sleep, so they need to sleep.  She tells them no talking, but that lasts all of 15-20 minutes.  (hey- I think that’s pretty good for a two year old!)

We have been doing a lot of fun activities; it is a lot easier now that I have a place to keep all our materials and things.  I am going to do several separate posts on those.

Here are a few pictures from the last few weeks around the house:

helping daddy
telling daddy how to do it … no doubt.

good morning!

reading Thomas with Daddy
oh garsh!

sharing her Baby lamb with Mister, and asking for a kiss on the hand

just playing and watching Sissy Lexie

I can sit up really well now!

bath time

Lexie reading to Max (and she got all the words right!)

Scarlet’s new normal- she can see in the back sliding glass door and windows.  She and Lexie talk to each other.

Going for a walk

I know- so dang sweet!

 

This is how they clear the roads out here-they push the snow into our backyard!  Lexie liked it though

“Oh- Im going to show daddy I wear his hat!”

Max vs Lilly- the stare down

Before the BIG cut 
This is hair after- it now sits right at her shoulders when wet


Good times!

Week 20 baby Summary/Lady 28 months old

Here we are at the beginning of week 21, which means Mister has finished week 20.  I’ve moved him back to a 3 hour schedule.  I did this because his wake time lengths aren’t 2 hours yet, which puts him sleeping between 2.5-3 hours between wake times- that’s just too much day time sleep for him, when he turns around and sleeps 12+ hours at night.  So, we are tweaking maybe a 3-3.5 hr schedule.  The onyl downfall with this is he really isn’t hungry at 3 hours, so he doesn’t eat very well …  It’s just something I am going to need to tweak; I will let you know how it goes next week!

Eating
Mister is eating pretty well.  He likes solids, but he still needs the major calories provided by the formula, so I try to do formula first now, then solids, followed by offering more formula if he wants it.  Solids just don’t provide as many calories and he needs all those calories to grow and help his brain development.  Like I mentioned, he is eating every 3-3.5 hours and seems fine with that, but I know he can go 4 hours easily.

Sleeping
Lately, he has been napping pretty well.  I think he may be getting past that terrible wonder week 19, so his sleep is back to being more routine, thank goodness!

Development
Mister is becoming more interested in his feet, but mostly only when he is naky.  I guess then he can actually see and feel them, so it makes it more fun.  He is shrieking and talking more, and really wants to sit up more.  He can lift his entire chest up from laying flat, and gets so mad that he can’t sit up.  Thinking back to Lady again, I had the glider in the living room when she was this age, and I sat her up in it a LOT.  The seat is at an incline, so she didn’t have to risk falling out of it.  I should probably let Mister do that some so he can build his back muscles more.  He is also doing SO much better on his belly now, and can push up with ease; while on his belly he holds his head up so well, and looks around.

We went to the dr for his 4 month well child visit; he is just under 16lbs and I think 25.5″ long.  He is perfectly healthy.  The dr said he has great head control.  She suggested I start trying to scrub off the plaques of cradle cap, and continue using head and shoulders.  She prescribed some hydrocortizone cream to apply.  I’ve never heard of this?  But we are going to start using it today- she said it is like eczema and can really itch.  So, we are going to see if that helps.  The dr. also suggested since he isn’t nursing, that maybe we try the prevacid again to see if that helps.  So here comes a long explanation for a short point, stay with me:  Just before JTom left his job in Hot Springs, the company changed insurance.  We have this insurance until the first of Feb.

With this new insurance, Mister’s prevacid is not covered; it is $132 a month.  Honestly, with the way we budget we don’t have $132 for prevacid.  We are already paying $36 a can for his non-dairy formula, and he goes through one can every 6 days!  So for now, there will be no prevacid ….  J’ snew insurance with his new company will start March 1, so if it covers the medicine, we may try it then, but for now he can just be on a nursing strike and I will pump.

Lady
She is just growing leaps and bounds every day.  She knows her left from her right, and has for a while now I just keep forgetting to post it.  She can identify many states, I may have mentioned that before.  I am working on uploading the video to YouTube so I can share it with you on my blog.  She is obsessed with being naky- she refuses to wear clothes at home most of the time, and I don’t make her.  It’s easier for her to go potty by herself, and it means less laundry for me.  =)  I do try to get her to at least where a shirt, but it doesn’t stay on long.

She is getting better at gymnastics; she can do small jumps on the balance beam (with help keeping her balance) and some small sweeps.  She LOVES the doing the bar, and her forward roll is perfect.  She likes for me to take down the hall mirror and put out the yoga mat for her to play.  She likes to watch herself … typical girl.

We read her devotional daily, usually before nap time.  Our mornings are a little hectic with Daddy gone.  But, he has been home this weekend and it has been wonderful!  She loves having her daddy home and behaves much better; I think him being gone for so long is just emotional for her and the only way she really knows how to express that is by acting out.  She has been talking back and not listening very well since he left.  I figure this is also an age thing.  So we are just working through it.  After JTom was home for about a day, her behavior got better.

We are really starting to get to crunch time on the move.  We have a few companies coming to do quotes for the move, then we will turn those in to JTom’s company so they can do the financial end of things.  Then next week I will start really packing up things for us to take, that we don’t want the movers moving.  The following week, we will close on the house (Feb 15th), JTom will come home that Saturday (Feb 16th), we will have the movers here the week of the 18th, and hopefully be in the house in Nebraska that week.  Whew, it’s going to be fast, stressful, and a lot of work. Once it is done, we can really start settling in and getting comfortable with the new neighborhood and town.  The sad part is, we can’t take the chickens.  The bylaws for the neighborhood specifically say no poultry; there isn’t a law against it in the city so we were going to take them and jus put up a fence, hoping no one would really make a fuss.  But, the problem there is we can’t put in a fence until the ground thaws in spring …. so for now we are going to get rid of the chicks.  =*(
What’s even worse, is we lost 2 girls.  I am very angry; the neighbor’s dog got under the fence and came in our yard while the chicks were free ranging, and he killed two of them.  He got one red, and one barred girl. I think JTom is more furious than I am.  So, we are down to 6 chickens.

Anyhow, back to the move ….  all things are contingent on us closing on the house Feb 15th.  Hopefully everything will go smoothly (we are praying!), all the papers are/will be together, and there aren’t any glitches or major bumps in the road.  I refuse to get super super excited until everything is signed and done on the house, because if it gets moved to the end of Feb, we will be a part that much longer.  =/

Anyhow, so this is our 20 week update.  I will try to get some pictures posted soon.

Week 19 Summary Baby #2

This week Mister really started moving more.  He loves to laugh at Lexie.  He is eating solids 3xs a day.  One day, he just pushed himself to a 4 hour schedule!  However, he is on a BIG nursing strike and I have to trick him into nursing.  Like, wake him up and nurse him while he sleeps, but as soon as he wakes up, he’s done.  Some days are a little rough, but mostly this is what our day looks like:

7:00am wake/nurse/6oz bottle (I usually have to wake him)
8:15am  down for nap asleep by 8:30
8:30-10:30 or 11  nap
11:00am  eat
12:15pm down for nap asleep by 12:30
12:30-2:30ish nap
3:00pm  eat
4:30pm-5:30 nap
6:15pm  eat
7:00pm bed

Ive started signing with him.  Maybe he will pick up on it by 7/8 months like big sister did.

This post is going to be a short one, because I am behind and need to get week 20 done, too!  Aaah, where do the days go?

18 Week Development & Lexie Development

Mister has completed his 18th week of life.  We have to make his 4 month dr apt … I sorta haven’t done that yet.  =/

 

He is on a nursing strike … not fun!  He really isn’t eating well at all, from the spoon or bottle.  I am attributing this to his teeth, since they are so close to breaking through, but this is also a normal thing for the 4 month growth spurt, and wonder week 19 development.  The last few days have not been good sleeping days, and I am assuming this is because he isn’t eating well due to his teeth, and just overall probably doesn’t feel good.  He is more snuggly and clingy right now, too.

 


He has started back rolling around a lot; he spins in complete circles in his crib and on the floor.  Of course, he thinks this is great!  On the floor, he will roll side to side, and has even made it from his back to his tummy once or twice.
His cradle cap is still pretty bad, but since his hair is getting thicker, you can’t tell too much, unless you’re close to him.  He still hasn’t found his feet … just doesn’t care about them that much yet.  haha  Lady begs to play with him, tells us to hurry up and finish eating so he can play with her!  He is, of course, still “my M” to her, and she does not like other kids coming near him.  =)  She is only a little protective.  haha
Lady is doing all sorts of amazing things.  She can name and point out: California, Nevada, TX, Arkansas, Alabama, Mississippi, Tennessee, Kansas, Nebraska, and Oklahoma on the map; she knows where Idaho is, but she can’t ever remember the name of it.  Her back-bend is incredible, and of course she still loves gymnastics.  We have started doing some handstands and cartwheels at home; that’s fun!  She speaks in clear, complete sentences unless she is being silly around a big group of people.  She tends to act a little nervous around a lot of people; most people wouldn’t say that about her, but her behavior at home compared to being around a large group is different.  She is shy around certain people, usually men.  Second to gymnastics, she LOVES to sing.  She has so many “favorite” songs, and asks me to sing with her all the time.  She is constantly humming while playing independently.
Here are a few pics I don’t think I have posted before:

 

playing with her doll house

 

reading to her Moose  (obviously she picked out her socks)

 

 

 

 

Our 8″ snow on Christmas

 

17/18 weeks old baby summary

Mister has finished his 17th week of life, but wasnt 4 months old until the 2nd.  So, his weeks are a litttle off from his monthly age.  He is really starting to come into his own; last weekend we had a play date and we were talking about how quiet and laid back he is.  Then that evening, he just suddenly started squealing, yelling, and growling non stop!  Now, if he is awake and in a familiar place w familiar people, he is talking!

Eating
This boy is devouring solids!  He watches me while i get everything ready and then sits there with his mouth open like a little bird.  Its funny; he loves sweet peas, green beans, apples, and pears.  Oh, and he likes oatmeal mixed into any of those.  Those two bottom teeth?  Yea, theyre trying to cut through.  Some days they bother him more than others, but mistly he is doing okay with them.  His little cheeks stay red (due to the teething) and he drools a lot.  I have also started signing with him, when i think about it.  I do the sign for “milk” right now, but should probably start doing, “please,” “more,” and “eat” as well.  L was signing “milk” at about 7 months i believe.

Development
He isn’t really rolling over much anymore.  He doesn’t like to be on his tummy, and after a few minutes he cries and fusses, like Lexie did.  I need to start making him push back over, because i know he can, since he used to do it.  He does like rolling side to side on his back, though.  Lady makes him laugh a lot  a lot.  He likes this rattle ball his aunt gave him for Christmas, and loves the wooden squish toy; it was L’s favorite too.

His hand movements have gotten smoother, he reaches for and grabs whatever he wants, and he has found his feet a few times, but isnt really interested in them.  Im wondering if this is because he always has a toy to play with, thanks to his big sister, Lexie.  Haha. She makes sure he has plenty of toys, at all times.  He really enjoys sitting, and standing up these days.  He is very strong, and is so proud of himself while standing.

Lady is a big help.  When we get him ready for nap, she sits in the glider while i stand and hold M, and we sing “Jesus Loves Me,” then I put him down in the crib, and Lady e sneaks out past me.  She loves to “help” put him to sleep.  I cant remember if I mentioned it in his last update, but he is in his sleep sack now, no more swaddle.

Lady has been out of Mother’s Day Out for the last two weeks, but starts back Monday (the 7th).  Last friday we started back at gymnastics after a holiday break.  It was much needed, and she enjoyed it.  Her backbends are amazing, and now she can do hand stands!  She doesn’t really know shes doing them, it just sorta happens during her donkey kicks, but none the less, she is so strong!

Week 15/16 Baby Summaries

Max is 15 weeks old-OMG how did that happen?  He is almost 4 months old- that’s crazy.  I feel like we spent so much time trying to fix his reflux that the first 3 months just flew by!

Eating
Max has been feeling pretty good, reflux and eating wise.  We have started eating oatmeal- he loves it!  The child just took it right off the spoon like he knew exactly what to do.  We started oatmeal because he just didn’t seem satisfied anymore.  He was taking so much formula, and would then spit up a lot of it, but still wanted more to eat.  So, I tried the oatmeal and he loves it! So at 10, 1, and 640 he nurses, then get some solid food, then takes 4oz of formula.  He is a growing boy!  =)

Development
Mister has really started talking more.  He does it mostly when he is by himself playing in the pack n play w all his toys.  He likes to roll onto his sides and kick.  He is raising his shoulders and chest way off the mattress- but still hasn’t found any interest in his feet yet.   He seems much more laid back than Lexie was.  She was a determined little thing, and he just kinda doesn’t care … If he is fed and dry he is a happy boy.

Lexie loves to pay with Max.  Today she had an empty wrapping paper roll, declared herself a “sheepard” and then said, “Max is Baby Jesus.”  It was hilarious!  We have all been enjoying the fire, Max and Missy Cat especially.  He loves to watch the fire, and Missy loves to lay in front of it.

This past week was Christmas- we had snow!  It started Christmas afternoon, and didn’t stop until the next morning. We literally had 8″ of snow.  I will post pics later.  Lexie didn’t like it much- she just enjoyed walking in it.  haha  But, we lost power.  There was a lot of ice before the snow fall.  We heard limbs snapping one after the other, and about 7:45pm we had no power!  So we toughed it out that night, with a fire.  The next morning we went to the inlaws a stayed the day, and night.  The next morning we had power.

I will try to get a post in on what our Christmas was like.  Things are just really busy here, and about to get even more busy.  So, it may be a while before I get it up!

Happy New Years!

Week 14 Baby Summary

Sleep

This week Mister has done amazing! He is feeling so much better, and is sleeping better too! It’s just really crazy how different he is. Before, I would have told you things were hard, but still okay. Now that he is getting well and the reflux is usually gone, I would say before was terrible, and now is wonderful! He is so peaceful now; he wasn’t a bad baby before, he was just miserable a lot of the time (more than I realized, I think). Now, he rarely cries. He cries if he is tired and ready for a nap, he cries for 1-4 minutes before he falls asleep on his own, and he cries if he’s poopy and I don’t know it yet. That’s it. The rest of the time, if he is fed, dry, and rested, he is happy, laughing, and playing!


Max slept 12 hours through the night last night. I woke up at 6:30am, only to realize the baby monitor died on me in the middle of the night. I knew I needed to buy a new one! When I jumped up to run down stairs to him, I got about half way there and realized he wasn’t crying! So I snuck in, and he was still asleep! He slept until 7:00am! It was great. I hope this trend continues, but it will probably be hit or miss for a while. I think he needs his last nap of the day from 5-6pm. That usually catches him up just enough to make it until bedtime, and I am thinking that’s key to him sleeping until 7am.

*update* he did it again last night! 12 hours! He stirred at 5:40, but I left him, and he went back to sleep within 10-15 minutes, and slept until I woke him up at 7:00am! Woo hoo. Oh, and daddy fixed the monitor, so that’s great!



Eating
Eating is about the same. There have been a few days he hasn’t nursed that great, but it’s usually because he is so distracted, looking around. It hasn’t been because of reflux (or doesn’t seem to be). He takes 5-7 ounces when he doesn’t nurse well, and 3-5 when he does. We still don’t know about the teeth. Nothing has changed, his gums look the same, so I am thinking it’s not teething.

Development
Max is rolling around a lot, and scooting while lying on his back(that’s been going on a while). He started swinging his arm. It’s so funny! He looks like he is power walking somewhere, only laying down. He started sucking his thumb this week- yes, I know. It’s probably because I took the pacifier when we were sleep training. I have two different thoughts on this: if he were like Lexie and didn’t constantly want the pacifier when he woke up during naps, I’d be fine with it. But he can’t put the paci back in on his own which = disrupted sleep, and chances are he would have found the thumb anyway if I didn’t replace the paci. My other thought is, you can take a pacifier away later, you cannot remove a thumb. It’s bad for their teeth, it’s NOT sanitary, and can actually deform their little thumb and mouth. Of course, that is if they suck it through most of their toddler/childhood. Most babies outgrow it, and hopefully he will be one of those! If not, we will cross that bridge when we get there.

*update* today max has been sucking his thumb even when he is awake. Sometimes he just chews on his hand, but he tried to get his thumb in there a lot. Tries being the operative word, because I remove it!

He smiles a lot, laughs a lot, and has started to squeal some, but not a lot. I think at this point Lexie was starting to really squeal and scream; of course that would make sense with all the talking she does. Maybe Max will be more quiet; really, he doesn’t stand a chance because his sister will probably never let him get a word in!


Lou Bug
Lexie got her leotard in- she loves it! It is blue velvet, with sparkles and sequin butterflies on the top. Yes it is very … “showy.” But other than plain black ones, you can’t find one that is less loud. Her other one came in today; it is red with sparkles. She hasn’t seen it yet, but I am sure she will love it!

Daddy has been in SD, hunting. Will be home today- woo hoo! We cannot wait.

*update* JTom is home and everyone is SO excited! For the last few days Lexie has been asking for him non stop, and saying she misses him. She has cried several times, wanting Daddy. =( It was hard, but after 6 days, she woke up to him being here after her nap and was SO happy to see him. She was very surprised when it was daddy that got her from nap, and not mama. =)

Angel Gabby is here! She came last night and will be staying through December. She is here to remind us what Christmas is about. I will write another post on her later. (she is our version of the Elf on the shelf).

Week 13 Baby Summary

Mister was officially 3 months old on December 2nd (also JTom’s birthday)!  But because of how the weeks fell, he is 13 weeks old.

Sleeping
Max has been sleeping from about 7:15pm until 5:30-6:30am.  Today (December 4th) I let him cry it out when he woke up at 5:20am.  I went in and checked on him, calmed him down, then put him back in the crib and left the room.  He cried and fussed on and off for about 30ish minutes.  But he went back to sleep until 6:50am!  So we have been CIO today.  It’s not easy, but he is getting it.  After his first nap he only cried (on and off) for 10 minutes before falling asleep.  I am keeping one arm unswaddled, because he can use that hand to soothe himself if he needs to.  (Oh yes, he is in love with his hands this week!)  If it takes him longer to relax and fall asleep, I go in after 10 minutes, pick him up until he is calm, then place him back in the crib.  I know today is pretty much going to mean very little sleep for him, but after a few days, he should be sleeping on his own.  I think he is ready; I feel that way because when I try to get him down he struggles, wiggles, and fights me.  He just can’t settle with me holding him as well anymore.  So, I think it’s time he tries to settle himself.  I will update at the end of the week on how it has gone.

*update*. It has been 3 days now and Mister is doing great with his day time sleep!  We have rough patches through the day, but overall he is putting himself to sleep with very little crying or fussing. I watch him in the monitor, and he usually is just sucking in his hand, with his eye closed, while he rolls around some until he settles.  He has been paci free for 3 days, and I think he is nursing better as a result.

Eating
He seems to be feeling better, reflux wise, so it looks like the dairy free is helping!  One week of no dairy and he is like a different boy during the day.  Looks like we have a dairy protein allergy.  (I will make another post on that later). 

Devleopment
Max is starting to try to raise his shoulders up, and he can do it pretty well.  He rolls from his tummy to back easily and Lexie LOVES to watch him do it!  He is already rocking/rolling onto is sides, and can almost make it to his tummy from his back!  Im sure this will happen before the end of the month.  I am still not sure if he is teething…  I really want to say yes because of all the chewing and drooling (oh my!) but developmentally this is when babies’ saliva glands start producing more (it was part of evolution to help break down food/breastmilk as it changes with baby’s growth.  Also to help build the stomach flora as baby grows bigger).  And since that falls right in line with baby discovering his hands and enjoying chewing … I just don’t know!  His gums have looked like he may be teething since the middle of October, and he started chewing in the middle of November … so we should have something happen by the end of this month if he is in fact teething.  They do seem to be a bit more puffy and white there at the middle bottom, than the rest of his gums.  So we will see.

Max is laughing, smiling, and starting to find his voice a lot!  He is squealing some, especially when he is tired and ready for a nap, he starts really jabbering.  He blows bubbles non stop and spit just flies every where!  Lexie thinks this is a serious problem, “He’s dwooling, Mama.  He’s dwooling!”  She is so serious!  It’s sweet.


Love Bug
Lexie has started napping again at home!  We seem to have found her sweet spot during the day for tiredness, and now that those molars are in and she is no longer scared of going poopy in the potty, things are getting back to normal.  But who knows how long that will last before we get more molars, or something else changes and throws her off for a while.  Regardless, I will take any sleep she can get!  =)

She’s enjoying gymnastics, and can do her bridge, straddle, pike and tuck. She really enjoyed the foam pit last week, and got brave enough to kick her leg up in the balance beam.  It will be interesting to see what she does this week (tomorrow, Friday).  We are doing Advent activities each day, and taking about Baby Jesus, Christmas, love, being kind, and God’s love for us.  Sue Sue has given us some really great resources to use during the month of Advent.  She has really enjoyed the Christmas stamps I got out.


She loves her daddy getting her up in the mornings, and doing her bed time routine at night.  My favorite part about her being in a toddler bed now, is climbing in bed to snuggle with her when she wakes up!  She makes me a spot, says “here, Mama, you need lovie.” and we snuggle.  It’s wonderful!  She walks around talking on her phone like a grown up (and Im never on the phone in front of her?), and loves to cook in her kitchen.  Now she wants to play with Max all the time, which is basically just them laying on the floor together.

12 week summary

Tomorrow Max will be 13 weeks old, so here is his 12 week update.

We went to the doctor Monday.  After hearing Max’s list of symptoms, she suggested we try to rule our a dairy protein allergy.  She gave us some sample cans of Nutramigen by Enfamil, and told me to stop eating dairy (ARE YOU EFFIN KIDDIN ME?!  No cheese?  No cream cheese?  No milk in my protein shakes?! No CHEESE?!)  That’s right.  No cheese.  Who lives life without cheese?  Milk I can do without, except in my coffee; So non dairy creamer for me!  *ick* OK, anyway …  No dairy to see if his reflux improves or vanishes.

Guess what?  Reflux has (fingers crossed) drastically improved it seems.  Maybe it’s in my head, and maybe it is only temporary, but he seems better.  He seems to be eating a little better and nursing better, too!  He has started eating less, like he was unionterested it taking his bottles because it hurt, so he has slowed down gaining weight.  For a big baby that’s unusual, so I really hope that it continues to improve, and symptoms don’t start resurfacing.  So far so good.  I actually considered NOT writing about the improvements in case I jinx it.  I kinda figure if it is a dairy allergy, then it should stay improved, unlike the medicines we have tried that temporarily made it better.  This also means MAYBE we can wean him off the incredibly expensive and inconvenient medicine, once things are for sure under control.

Did I mention I can’t eat cheese?  You do know this means no pizza, right?  And no creamy sauces on pasta?  And no cream cheese in my chicken crockpot recipes (for me … anyway).  And no good icecream? It totally sucks, but this is like the best diet EVER!  Not to mention it will be easy to stick to since I know how miserable the dairy (has possibly been) making Max.  The only down side is the formula I have ti supplement with is incredibly expensive.  Like, super expensive.  Anyway, let’s hope things continue to take a turn for the better.

At 12 weeks, I have started trying to wean Max from his swaddle during the day.  He wakes himself up about 30 minutes in, hitting himself in the face.  But he then sucks on his hands for a while, contently…. then I have to go soothe him to sleep.  I am hoping this leads to him soothing himself, without me needing to interfere.  I can’t really do CIO until the reflux is completely under control, because the crying makes it worse.  But once it is gone (if ever) this boy is SO getting sleep trained.  He has gotten spoiled to me soothing him, because of the reflux.  Oddly, he goes down fine at night, on his own.  Day time is a different story though.  So, arms out for naps during the day, but still swaddled tight at night.  I’m not sure if he is ready, so we will just try it for a few more days, and if there is no improvement, wait and try again in a few weeks.

He is sleeping from about 7:15pm-5:30am, which is when he wakes up with some gas … that is if he didn’t wake up earlier hitting himself because he broke out of the swaddle.  Grrr.  I am ready for him to be done with the swaddle and used to his arms- dang startle reflex …

He seems to be eating better.  He definitely seems to be nursing better.  I think it is taking a little time for him to get used to the new formula, because he seems a little more bothered with gas.  But it’s more like the “grunting, squirming gas” not the “screaming, sharp pains” gas.

Lexie is 27 months old now.  She has started napping better, hopefully we are most of the way through all the teeth, the pooping at nap time, etc.  I have finally found her window of sleepiness- when she wakes at 6:30am, which is most days, she needs to be in bed for nap at 11:45!  By 12:15 she has caught her second wind and is over tired, cranky, ROWDY, and will NOT sleep at that point.  She then needs a 6:15pm bed time to make up for it.  But if I get her to nap she stay up until about 7:15-7:30.

She is really enjoying her gymnastics, and school.  She loves her teacher, and talks about her friends a lot.  She is very enthusiastic about painting at school, and playing outside on all their playground equipment.

We introduced the topic of Christmas, and put up our tree this week.  We got a real tree, like we always do.  It is a smaller one, since we don’t have much room.  I wrapped gifts the other night and put them under there.  Lexie came in the next morning and said those were “for baby Jesus.”  haha  I explained they were to celebrate baby Jesus being born, and went into the Christmas story thing…  She doesn’t quite grasp it all, but the more we talk about it this month the more she will.  We’ve read the Bible story her whole life, but I’m not sure if she has completely made the connection.  She is very excited about “our family Christmas tree!” and has it watch her dance, she talks to it.  It’s pretty hilarious.

She loves playing with her doll house (especially with Mama), reading her books, playing in her kitchen, and singing!  In the last 2 months she has started making up her own songs-it’s precious!  She also know all the words to several songs we listen to in the car.  She has a name for each song- like the “naughty song” the “arkansas song” “Lexies song” “motorboatin’ song”  … her name for each song in no way reflects the title or words in the song.  Well, except for Motorboatin’- that’s a country song about a pontoon boat.  haha  Her favorite is “Good Night BAAAAYBAY” as she says, which is the chorus in a song.

JTom is raking leaves today, I am making chilli and doing laundry.  Lexie, Max and I had a wonderful play date this morning with my girlfriends and their boys, so that was fun.  Overall, it’s been a great week!


Baby Summary Weeks 8-9

I know, I’ve been slacking. I am running behind on Max’s updates.  Things have been very … crazy around here.  But crazy good!

For the last week, Mister has been waking at 4:00am in the morning!  Sometimes as early as 3:30am!  I knew this was a possibility, that he would go from sleeping so well, to waking early.  I also read that sometimes before babies start sleeping through to wake up time, they may teeter-totter going from 3:00am, to 4:30am, back to 3:00am, etc.  That’s exactly what Mister did for the last week.  Then suddenly, at 10 weeks old he slept through to 6:00am!  Woo Hoo!  
Now, the last two days he woke at about 4:00am or so, fussed for a minute, then went back to sleep before I even got to his room.  I think this also has to do with us starting some CIO. At first I let him cry during the day for anywhere from 10-20 minutes, depending on how he was crying.  And so far, things are going really well; he is only waking for about 3-6 minutes now, fussing and falling back asleep.  It’s amazing!  I’m not doing hard-core CIO; I didn’t do it until 8 months with Lexie, but i didn’t really have to until then.  With Max I need him going to sleep on his own sooner than she did, so that’s why I am trying it earlier.

Anyway, for his weeks 8-9 everything was pretty much the same as before.  Week 9 he started eating more at each feeding.  He will nurse and now takes about 4-5oz after nursing… So he is a hungry little Mister!  His schedule is the same, based on a 3 hour routine…  He is talking a LOT, super snuggly, laughs at mommy, daddy, and Lexie all the time.  He is staying awake for a little longer now.  His wake time is about an hour to an hour 20 minutes, depending on what we did during wake time.  If he was super stimulated (ehum, by Big Sister) then he may go down earlier.  His wake time includes: diaper change, eating, burping, playing, talking, diaper change, and swaddling/wind down for nap.  That’s a lot to fit into an hour and 20 minutes, so there isn’t much “playing” quite yet.  I am anxious for the day he is awake longer, but I know it will come.  I’m just ready for him to get to interact with all of us more.  =)

I’m making Mister’s summary shorter this time, because Sissy has MUCH bigger news going on these days than Bubby does!

playing with Mister

Love Bug is back in school, two days a week.  We were getting read to put her in gymnastics when JTom remembered that we put aside a rather large chunk of his paycheck at the beginning of the year for mother’s day out.  Our plan was to have her home w me after I stopped cleaning houses, which was at 7 months pregnant, until max came.  After Max came we would do mother’s day out one-two days a week for Lexie’s sake and mine.  Well …. we FORGOT!  So, to use up the rest of the money (because it’s a cafeteria plan we will lose it if we dont use it) she is going 2xs a week through january.  Then she will drop to once a week.  However, we are still doing gymnastics- and she LOVES it!  We went last Friday to try it out.  She was already a beginner tumbler, she’s had so much practice in her crib and all … so she fit right in!


Speaking of cribs … we are in a big girl bed now!  Scary I know- but so far so good.  She loves it, the transition was an easy one.  She is still in her sleep sack, not sure when we will discontinue it, but she can’t get out and roam as long as she wears it.  =)  Plus, she loves her “night night gown” … i think she feels secure in it.



A few weeks ago Payne came to visit us, and then the next weekend Granny and Mia came to visit.

Payne and Max

Just a singin’

curls

gymnastics

wasn’t so sure about the foam pit

Life is Good!

Granny and Max

Mia, Max, and Lexie

Granny and Lexie cooking “greens”

Bed head

Lookin like her Mama

Counting her “monies”

New clothes from Granny

Such a precious girl



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