Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Elijah: 4 Months

Weight: 17 pounds 8.5 ounces
Height: 26.5 inches
Clothes: 6-9 months clothes. Some 12 month pants fit better than 9 month pants though they are way too long!
Diapers: Size 3 in disposables. But cloth we will be in OS for the long haul. You are starting to leak overnight sometimes. We need to start adding a doubler to the nighttime diaper. 
Sleep: You still do a long stretch from 9ish until between 1 and 3ish. You still come in bed with me after that and sometimes sleep through and sometimes wake up every 90ish minutes. I wake up at 5:30 and feed you and then pump. Sometimes you actually will sleep through it all and wake up when I feed you again before I leave. On weekends you still love sleeping in with Mama! Mama loves it too! Yay 8:00! You sometimes take really good naps during the day. But other days you wake up after a short nap with wide open awake eyes. Now that you roll over back to front, we have to keep on eye on you while sleeping since you still sleep in your Woombie. When you start fussing while sleeping you often roll over, but since you are upset when you do it, we notice right away. When you fall asleep after eating when I get home from work you like to sleep on me. If I try to put you down, then you are all wide awake! It's fine. I love the snuggles!
Eating: You often eat for a longer amount of time on weekdays than the weekends even. You make up for what you don't eat during the day when Mama comes home after work. Occasionally you take half an ounce from Amanda or Grammy. But most of the time you hold out until I get home!
Likes: Snuggling with Mommy. Pulling fabric over your face: foof, burp cloth, cloth wipe while changing you (ick!), and Mama's clothes. Putting everything you can find into your mouth!  You LOVE to smile and when someone smiles at you, you give huge smiles back! You put EVERYTHING in your mouth lately, including Mommy's hair (I tell you that is a little icky). You also love to listen to the songs Auntie Erin recorded and sent us on Mommy's phone. 
Dislikes: Getting your boogers sucked. You are pretty sure that it is equal to being stabbed with 5,000 knives.
Health: Everything was great at your appointment. You are doing great with all your motor milestones. You even keep thinking about crawling! You have tried several times to get your knees underneath you. We are nowhere near ready for that! You didn't even squawk when you got your shot this time! 
Oh! And this: You have been babbling a lot. You use vocalizations to get our attention! You say "Ma" and "Mum" a lot. Though I would like to think you are calling me, unfortunately I know language development too well and know it is because those are the first sounds all babies develop!
New Tricks: You continue to roll back to front All. The. Time. You are starting to reach for Mommy once in a while. And you did it with Grammy too the other day! Melting hearts!
Firsts: Putting your paci in your mouth, you grab toys intentionally to look at and most often put in your mouth too!

Tuesday, September 02, 2014

Elijah: 16 Weeks

Weight: Based on us weighing you at home, you seem to be just about 17 pounds.
Height: no update
Clothes: Transitioning to 6-9 month onesies. You have been in 9 month pants. And some of those are too small. Your cloth diaper butt definitely contributes to that.
Diapers: You are in size 3 now. You wore disposables for the first time in a long time when we went away to stay in a hotel for a wedding for the weekend. 
Sleep: You sleep your first stretch from 9ish until somewhere between 1 and 3. Then you come in bed with mommy and eat about every 90 minutes. Some babies find the "goods" on their own. You...not so much. You whack and prod and root until Mama helps you out. You usually wake up when I get out of bed and happily hang out in your Mamaroo while I get ready for work. Many times you fall asleep during your last feed right before I leave. Sometimes you are awake for Nanny Amanda though! On weekends you love to sleep in late in bed with me until I wake up for the day. I think part of the reason you are waking up more is that I am back at work and you aren't eating as much during the day, but I've also read this is very common for 4 months! 
Eating: Sometimes you eat for 35 minutes and other times you are done after 5! You often fall asleep at the end of a feed and sleep-eat for a while. You usually have a burp a few minutes in and then you go back to eating for a while. You have decided that you have no need to eat during the day while Mommy is gone. Occasionally you will take half an ounce, but most of the time you are all, "Whatev. I'm not going to get upset about this. I'll just wait and eat when my Mommy comes home."
Likes: You LOVE to suck on your hands and your fingers. You have started sticking your flat hand in your mouth and almost gag yourself! You love any fabric. We can hand you a burp cloth to make you happy for a few minutes if there's no foof nearby. You are also super stoked to roll over all the time!
Dislikes: You do NOT like to wait and eat when you are tired and hungry. Especially before bed if we are changing your diaper and getting jammies on and you decide you want to eat NOW, you will close your eyes and screech until we comply!
Health: You are doing really well and we aren't going back to the chiropractor for 3 weeks now.
Oh! And this: We went to a wedding this weekend in Michigan to see Liz and Kim get married. You were awesome in the hotel and at the wedding. You got almost as much attention as the brides! You LOVED swimming in the hotel pool with Daddy. Too bad I forgot my suit! I am so happy that this was your first wedding and I hope that in the future it won't matter if the weddings you attend are two women, a man and a woman or two men, as long as they are filled with as much warmth and love as this one! 
New Tricks: Rolling from back to front! You had been trying for a couple weeks and on August 26th you finally did it for Daddy! You did it for him 3 times that night before I saw. Now you won't stop! You love to roll over ALL THE TIME now! You try during diaper changes. And when we are putting you jammies on. And every time you are on your back! You are very proud of yourself every time you do it!
Firsts: Rolling over, hayride, apple picking, pool, and wedding!

You love to roll onto your tummy now!

8/18 Hanging with Mommy on Tummy Time

8/21 We love to sit on the glider and read together

8/22 Walked in the HOT to the Farmer's Market with Aunt Jess and Toby.
Toby LOVES you and calls you "Baby Lijah". 

8/23 You are trying SO hard to roll over!

8/23 Daddy being silly with you in bed

8/24 Mommy and Eli making silly faces before bed

8/29 First two piece jammies. How are these 12 months?!

8/30 Your favorite toy! You will always roll over for this!

8/30 Swimming in the hotel pool with Daddy!

8/31 First Hay Wagon ride at the Orchards with Kim, Phil and Emma

8/31 First apple picking at the Orchards with Kim, Phil and Emma

8/31 Emma and you at the wedding!

8/31 Family Picture

9/1 First hotel stay!

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Elijah: 14 Weeks

Weight: Last weigh in was last week when you were 16 pounds.
Height: No update.
Clothes: 3-6 months
Diapers: Nothing new here! 
Sleep: The night before I went back to work, you decided it was time to start waking up again during the night. You still sleep for a long stretch (9/10 to 2/4), but then you want to eat and cuddle with mommy. 
Eating: You let us know when you are hungry right away!
Likes: We can now say that you actually enjoy tummy time! You love naked tummy time! You also love to try to put your whole fist in your mouth. It is a good party trick.
Dislikes: Bottles. You do not want to take any bottles when mommy is at work. You took several bottles throughout the summer begrudgingly. But now you want nothing to do with them. You think it is a terrible idea You also don't like when you think you are alone if we have to run into the other room for something when you are awake.
Health: Nothing new here!
Oh! And this: Daddy stayed home for the first day Mommy had to go back to work. It was a terrible awful morning leaving. I cried. A lot. The meeting was at another school, so he brought you to me for lunch. He's an awesome Daddy. It made the day much more bearable. Grammy had the second day and it wasn't any easier. I just wish I could be at home with you all day every day! I miss you so much during the day.
New Tricks: You have rolled from your tummy onto your back several times during naked tummy time. You always seem a little surprised when you do it.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Elijah: 3 Months

Dear Elijah, 
How did 3 months go by so fast? (Is every letter going to start this way??) You are the light of my life. I have completely loved every single moment I have spent with you over the last 3 months. I am devastated that the school year starts on Thursday and I am going to miss so many precious moments with you. When you look up and see me you give me the biggest smiles imaginable and they completely melt my heart. I would do anything for you. I love to read you the book "I Love You Stinky Face" because that is how I feel! And every time I read you "I Love You Forever", I end up sobbing by the second page. I wish that I didn't have to leave  you and I can only hope that you get enough snuggles and smiles throughout the day that you remember how very loved  you are even when your mommy isn't right there with you. And that when I get home you know that I was thinking about you the whole day and wished I was cuddling with you instead of working. It is so important to me that you feel how amazingly special you are and how incredible our love for you is.

3 month updates:
Weight: At BF group you were 16 pounds before eating. Big boy! One of the nurses at your appt said you have thunder thighs! Made mama proud!
Height: Mommy measured you at 25 inches the other day!
Clothes: 3-6 months, but some are getting tight.
Diapers: Nothing new here! Sunbabies are our favorite diapers!
Sleep: You continue to be an awesome sleeper, sleeping 8-9 hours most nights. Sometimes you still get fussy between 4:00 and 6:00. Depends on the night if you go back to sleep pretty easily or not. I adore our morning snuggles when you come into bed with me and nurse and curl up next to me for a little more sleep. You continue to sleep in the Woombie and with the sound machine. Naps have been a bit more of a struggle as you fight going to sleep. It takes lots of interventions with the paci and some jiggling and shushing and then you are *out*!
Eating: You love milk!
Likes: Swimming with your Otteroo!! You love, love, love, to swim around the bathtub. You even swim on your belly now! We are pretty amazed by how awesome of a swimmer you are.You also love your lovies, when we talk silly to you and play with you, and being naked! You are suddenly very interested in toys that light up and play music. We only had two, so I had to go out to the store and get 2 more. It is so fun to watch you so interested! We practice saying "more" and then helping you push the button.
Dislikes: Being tired and hungry. You can go from smiles to full on hysterical wailing in an instant when you are hungry or tired.
Health: You had two shots because we are spreading them out. You were a rockstar again! You nursed and two nurses did the two shots at the same time. You stopped and screamed for about 10 seconds and then went right back to nursing and forgot all about it! The only difference you showed that night was going to sleep at 7:00 instead of your normal 9-10.
Oh! And this: Tummy Time is going a little better! You will hold your head up for about 5 minutes and look around and play before starting to get fussy. After that, you can spin yourself 180 degrees while mad! 
New Tricks: You rolled over on your side the other day during naked tummy time! Mommy wanted you to do it again so she could video. But no go! You LOVE to talk to us. There is definitely a back and forth with our conversations. You also have been teasing mommy when you pretend to latch and then look up and smile and do it again. It makes me laugh!!

Monday, August 04, 2014

Elijah: 12 Weeks

Weight: At BF group you were 15 pounds 11 ounces before eating. 
Height: no update
Clothes: 3-6 months, but some are getting tight.
Diapers: No change. But since we switched to some awesome Charcoal Bamboo and Bamboo Blended inserts we haven't had any leaks! Even though you are a heavy wetter during the day, at night we haven't had to double yet. 
Sleep: Suddenly you are an amazing sleeper! You have been sleeping 7-8 hours regularly for your first stretch and even did 10 hours last night! This has been going on for about a week and a half. 8:30-9:30ish you nurse and then fall asleep for the night. We put you in your Woombie and most of the time you are down in just a few minutes. Most nights you wake up around 4:00 am and fuss a bit, but if I give you your paci and lay my hand on your chest, you will go back to a sound sleep in under 20 minutes. You have been taking a great nap most afternoons too. You will sleep at least 2 hours (sometimes 3-4!) if you are put in your Woombie, with the sound machine, and in your bed. Usually you wake up crying once in the middle, but with a little time with the paci, you are back out for an hour or more.
Eating: You seem less ravenous lately. At BF group today you only ate 3.5 ounces in 25+ minutes (on both sides) of what seemed like continuous eating, which is unusual for you. Maybe you ate a lot at your first feeding when you woke up? You are pretty easy going most of the time, until you are tired or hungry. Then we KNOW!
Likes: You love sucking on your hands (drool everywhere!), talking to us, and pulling any fabric over your face, and having a lovie/foof. I have always wondered how kids come to "like" things. I see it really just happens! You started pulling fabric on your face any chance you got. You love when we give you a lovie/foof now!
Dislikes: Tummy time. Though you are doing a little better! You will do it for a few minutes before screaming now. You seem to like it a little better on the exercise ball and across our legs than on the floor. 
Health: The chiropractor says that your head seems really good now and you turn it both ways very well!
Oh! And this: We had VBS last week and you were so good! Grammy wore you most of the time and she loved hanging out with you! One day during the closing Grammy had to leave and I felt pretty awesome wearing you in the Tula while I took care of the closing details with 105 kids and 70 volunteers! I am excited that we have a picture of you in a VBS onesie for your first VBS!
New Tricks: You are so aware of things going on around your now. You love to look at us and talk to us. You have so much to say! The other morning you even laid in your bed for 15 minutes just talking to yourself instead of crying to be picked up right away! Today you were doing Tummy Time and pushed yourself up on your toes like in Downward-Facing Dog because you were so mad! When you are throwing a fit during Tummy Time you can move across the whole mat! Earlier you also were laying back on the nursing pillow and you were trying to sit up and you were getting your head and neck up off of it!

I had a really hard time picking out a picture this month because all of the faces you made were adorable!