Monday, December 31, 2012

fifth month

Buns!  Five months!  December was a big one.  Your first Christmas!  So fun even though you didn't really know what was going on.  People loved visiting with you and you were so good.  Smiles all around.  You met Santa and were so chill.  You just chewed on your hands, as if you meet celebrities everyday.  You also got to stay in a hotel for the first time.  No wild parties from you.  Your sister was another story... 

So eating.  Sigh.  I don't know, kid.  It seems to me like you're starting to wean yourself.  And I think I realized that the day after the hospital called and I renewed the lease on the pump for another 2 months.  Oh, well.  We'll see how it goes.  You're probably 50/50 on formula and breastmilk now.  I'm glad that you easily take bottles and that you haven't seemed to have digestive issues with the formula.  Just troublesome gas sometimes but that's the name of the game with babies, it seems.  In a matter of weeks we'll be starting solids.  I can't believe it's that time already.

Sleeping.  Sigh.  No exciting changes here.  Still no sleeping through the night (or even close).  Any progress we made at the beginning of last month has gone out the window.  Mama is going to lay down the law when we get back from vacation.  I think it will also be easier to get you to sleep through the night once we're done breastfeeding.  Hopefully.  Please, tiny baby Jesus.  You remain very snuggly, though.  And I love that.  I'm trying to appreciate it even when I can't put you down for a nap without you waking up 5 minutes later.  I read somewhere that snuggling and hugs has shown to increase intelligence.  You, my love, are going to be a genius. 

Which leaves us with poop.  Again, no real changes here.  You have had an increase in diaper fails, though.  One day you had 3 wardrobe changes.  You're quite the diva.  Divo?

Everyone has been a little healthier in December but we all seem to have a lingering cough or sniffles.  Your sister was sick over the weekend so I expect you to be again, too.  Although, it's hard to tell where the illness is starting these days...

No doctor's appointment so no vitals until next month.  In other appearance news, I think you've lost some of your hair.  But you do still have a lot in the mullet area. kids.  And I think your eyes have gotten lighter.  They're now a little more pale than Mama's and sister's.  They're so bright and fun when you smile.

You're still happy and give the best smiles.  You've laughed more this month which is awesome.  Mostly for me.  I'm a good tickler.  You started blowing raspberries!  You love, love, love bath time.  I think last night you kicked even more than your sister used to--and that's A LOT.  And you and your sister are pals--as much as you can be at this age.  Well, except for when you pull her hair.  She is able to say your full name now but rarely uses it.  I'll be sad to see her nickname go.  You also drool.  A lot.  You need to wear bibs sometimes.  And you play with toys now--that blue bird on your carseat, soft toys while on the floor, and mostly rubber duckies while sitting in the high chair.  Oh, yeah.  We've started using the high chair this month.  Mama was inspired to put you in it.  You're much happier there than on the floor.  You still love looking at people and this let's you be a part of the action.  We recently started putting you in the exersaucer, too.  You like it for brief periods.  You, too, gave that little bear a stern talking to.  I'm not sure what he did to both you and your sister at this age.  Perhaps he's just mean.

When I think back (who am I kidding, I also have to read things to remember) to your sister at this age, it seems like she was maturing faster than you.  But, really, y'all have been pretty much on the same schedule with the exception of sleep.  Because you want to be held so much, though, you may end up being behind on some of your physical milestones.  We're going to have to keep making an effort not to let that happen. 

January should be interesting!  A new year, hopefully new sleep schedule, perhaps new feeding routine, solids, vacation, some scheduled work on the house, my first work travel, work travel for Daddy, your sister's 2nd birthday.  You know how we like to do things big around here.  Why have just one change at a time?  Mama's nugget of wisdom this month is that sometimes change is hard.  Duh. That's pretty apparent in life.  I'm talking about for the big things, though, like taking on a new role.  Wife.  Husband.  Mother.  Father.  Mother of 2.  Sheesh.  Your life just changes.  Normal changes.  It takes some getting used to.  When I bought my first house (the house you almost got to come home to), I was single.  No Daddy, no sister, no you.  No Maggie even.  And, boy, could I get a lot done.  I whipped that place into shape in no time.  Not so this time around.  I was able to get one smallish project done this weekend.  Over the ENTIRE weekend.  I could work a bit here and there.  I'd have to wait on one part because it was loud and you kids (ok, your sister) were napping.  I got about 10 minutes while Daddy took your sister and Maggie for a walk and viola!  I was done.  Almost.  I finished up after everyone left the house this morning.  Again, my point is that you may be frustrated sometimes but it's just because you haven't learned to accept that this?  This craziness?  It's your new life.  And I'm betting one day you'll long for it.

Thursday, December 06, 2012

neither hilly nor on an island

So we've been living here, oh, almost six months.  Nary a post about this new house.  Can I even still call it new?  It's not new but it was new to us.  Can I stick with the newlywed 1-year rule?  Yes?  Ok.  Here's our new house.  Let me warn you that the pictures are tiny.  I was very pregnant when I was saving these off the online listing and didn't do a great job.  Bygones.

Yeah, this house is obviously a little different from the last one.  Bigger, less character.  But it's also newer and is in a great neighborhood.  Don't get me wrong--I loved the old place.  But while the neighborhood had good points it also had some sketchy ones.  This one is lovely and wooded (although our lot isn't so much).  It's conveniently located right between my family and my in-laws.  It shaves about 5 minutes off Hubby's commute.  Ooh, ahh.  And we switched to a different daycare where Chicken is thriving.  Good all around.  I do want to rip out almost all of the landscaping, though, and start over.

You walk in to the two-story foyer.  Beige walls, beige trim.  Beige, beige, beige.  Blah.  Old tile.  Dying to replace the tile but will have to be sure of the choice because there's a lot of it.  Ginormous light fixture that isn't really our taste.  Tiny Harry Potter room under the stairs as well as a hall closet.  Awesome.

To the right is my office.  Beige.  The old owners put in this new hardwood flooring after they moved out.  So it was nice when we moved in.  Any damage was our doing.  I like that I get to look out on the front yard again (like at the last house).  Would love a wall of built-ins on that far wall.

To the left of the foyer is the dining room.  Beige.  Even bigger light fixture.  Sigh...  Sometimes I wish people wouldn't even try to upgrade things when trying to sell the house.  I won't feel bad about replacing the light fixtures (hello, Craigslist) but I can't bring myself to rip out brand new counter tops, for example.

Through that doorway in the dining room is actually a little half bath on the left and then a mud room/laundry room.  I don't have pictures uploaded of those so you'll just have to take my word for it.  The mudroom was a big selling point for me.  Anyway, then there's a big ol' pantry.  I realized I never have had an actual pantry before.  Ever.  In 35 years.  Just some cabinets that served that purpose.  First world problem. 

And the real selling point.  The kitchen.  Oh my, it's huge and wonderful.  Giant island.  Sideboard/desk area.  Breakfast table area.  Hey, more beige!  Another giant light fixture!  Medium oak-colored cabinets (hint, they aren't anymore).  So yeah, more work here but good bones.  The same thing can be said for every room in the house as well as the house as a whole.

Those French doors lead out to the covered patio and backyard.  The backyard is basically a blank slate and isn't as big as the pictures make it look but it is a good size.  Smaller than the last house which I'm happy about.

Just beyond the breakfast area is the living room.  Great wall of windows, fireplace, wood floors.  Did I mention the windows?  I love them.  This house is so much more open and has so much more light.  Love.

So where the camera was in the above shot was basically my office.  You've made the full downstairs circle.  Then we go upstairs.  There are three bedrooms (2 for babies, one multi-purpose) that basically looked like this when we moved in:

And a bath for the kids to share.  It's the only room with wallpaper.  Yea!  Please note that, again, everything is beige.  Oh, but the carpet was also replaced after the previously owners moved out so that's nice.

And, finally, our master bedroom and bath.  Great wood floors again.  Nice ceiling height.  Love the windows.  When we moved in there were no window coverings so it felt like we were sleeping in a tree house.  Swoon.  And the bathroom is giant as well.  Totally bigger than it needs to be.  We each have a closet in there and there's a potty room.  I want to gut it but not anytime soon.


So there you have it.  It has a great floor plan that's really nice for living and entertaining.  Good bones.  It will be up to me to add character.  You've already seen the nursery.  I'll have to post Chicken's room, too, since that's the only other one that is mostly finished (just need to hang shelves and valance).  Kitchen is in progress and I can't wait to show you that.  Heck, I can't wait to be finished with it.  That's the low down.  You're welcome to visit but expect it to be much messier. 

Saturday, December 01, 2012

fourth month

Buns, Buns, Buns.  A third of a year.  Gone already.

I think the main theme of November was illness.  Funny, when I typed that the first time I wrote "Illness" with a capital I.  Indeed.  Your sister actually started getting sick a few days before Halloween and at least 2 of us have been sick ever since.  It has been awful.  We've been to the doctor a lot.  Today your sister is doing ok, Daddy is the worst off, and you and I have some lingering stuff going on.  You have your allegedly well-baby 4-month visit on Monday.

Speaking of, I'll have to update this then with accurate height and weight.  You are definitely longer, though.  And I already know you weigh more than your sister did at this point.  But you do seem to be thinning out a little bit already.  Your cheeks are thinner but that's not saying much.  They were pretty chubby right off the bat.  UPDATE:  Actually, you're about the same weight as your sister was as you lost a little weight since 2 weeks ago.  The doctor thinks this is because you've been sick.  Lord knows you've been eating well.  So we'll just see.  You have, however, grown quite a bit.  You're 14 lb 11.3 oz (45th %) and 25.25" long (65th %).  So instead of short and stout you are now long and lean.  Go figure.

Sleeping has been hit and miss this month.  Mama had done a good job sleep training you and got you down to one brief waking and one feeding.  But since you got sick after that it all went out the window.  Add to that your 4-month growth spurt and your desire to eat every 2 hours...  Last night was rough.  You were up every 1-1.5 hours.  Mama was exhausted.  And then ran a 5k, with a PR.  No biggie.

Anyway, eating.  You still are taking formula at daycare but are getting breastmilk the rest of the time.  We're about to get to the losing battle point and you'll have to take some formula at the grandparents' as well.  We're doing the best we can, though.

So sleeping, eating.  Next comes pooping?  Really there isn't much exciting to report there.  That's how we like it.

You are generally a happy baby although you've been crankier this month because you haven't felt 100%.  We've mostly had colds but you and your sister also got ear infections.  And Mama got a sinus infection.  You're mostly happy for me, though, and still give great smiles.  You squeal with delight, too, but never laughed more than a "huh huh" until tonight.  Of course everyone else was in bed but I got you to laugh a few times.  I can't wait until you're doing that more often.

As far as milestones.  You are able to roll over from front to back.  Still nothing more than a 3/4 roll in the other direction.  Your head/neck control is better but still not perfect.  You sit in the Bumbo sometimes but are mostly schlumpy.  You've also really started grasping things.  You hold on to toys.  Last night you were lying on your play mat and your hand hit this soft little book your sister had given you to play with.  And you turned your head to see what you had hit--it was neat to see your brain working in that way.  And you finally found your feet!  The first time I noticed was yesterday while I was taking your monthly pictures.

We celebrated Thanksgiving this month by having your aunt and grandparents over to our house.  Everything went well.  We ate at our new table (that hopefully you or your sister will inherit one day).  It was one year ago that I found out I was pregnant with you.  And then got the worst stomach flu ever.  Unrelated.  Anyway, this year was much more pleasant than that.

We've done a few other fun things this month but you've been too little to really enjoy them.  I can't wait until you and your sister can really play together.  She still likes you but has taken to occasionally abusing you.  I guess that will last the rest of your life.

You love looking at faces, your paci, sucking on your hands, eating, clean diapers, being held, being walked around and shushed when angry, and me.  The feeling is mutual, little buddy.  Happy 4 months, M.  I'm very much looking forward to December and celebrating the holidays with y'all.