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!

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Elijah: 10 Weeks

Weight: On Monday you were 14 pounds 14 ounces before eating! 15 lbs 3 ounces after!
Height: no update
Clothes: You are in 3-6 month clothes. And some of them not for long! I hated putting away your small 0-3 month clothes because it means you are getting so big, but also because many of them you wore only once! It is fun, however, to move into a bigger size because there are new adorable outfits to wear!
Diapers: One size cloth, and we even had to move up a snap rise. I didn't want to, but some of the girls in my CD group suggested it might help with leaks and they were right! I love seeing your adorable cloth diaper butt! When we had our car ride you wore disposables and when I patted your butt it felt like you were naked underneath your pants! I am used to a fluffy butt!
Sleep: On your 10 week birthday you slept for 8 hours in a row! Yay! We have been putting you down for your long stretch between 9 and 10 most nights. The key is mommy going to bed at that time too. You have also slept in your bed for naps several times. You sleep in the woombie best. I tried to let you have one arm out for a nap that other day and you woke up every 5-10 minutes. As soon as I put your arm in, you were out for 2 hours! You sleep about 12-14 hours total most days, so much of your day is spent sleeping still!
Eating: Eating continues to be one of your favorite past times! You usually eat every 2-3 hours during the day. You have taken a few more bottles, so that is good. It makes me feel better about going back to work. 
Likes: Laying on your back and kicking, smiling at us, bath time, lights and windows, ceiling fans, and hugs, kisses and snuggles. You love when I give you lots of kisses!
Dislikes: Being tired and hungry (the main times you cry). You continue to think Tummy Time=THE WORST THING THAT HAS EVER HAPPENED IN THE ENTIRE WORLD.
Health: You are a healthy boy! We have noticed for about a month that your left eye seems to turn in more than your right eye. At your 1 month appointment the doctor said it will most likely correct itself. But of course Mommy worries! You continue to LOVE when we go to the chiropractor and you get your neck stretched.
Oh! And this: We went away for Mommy's "Girls' Weekend at the Cabin" and you were fabulous the whole time! You did GREAT in the car (apparently you like highway driving) and you slept well. It was so fun to have all those "Aunties" around to wear you and snuggle and play all the time!
New Tricks: You have discovered how fun it is to suck on everything: your hands, a shirt, your wubbanub, anything! You even have started to hold onto things like a blanket, my shirt, or your wubbanub with purpose! It is fun to see you hold your wubbanub like that!

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Elijah: 2 Months

Dear Elijah, 
How are you 2 months old already?? We cannot believe you have only been here 2 months because you are the most important thing in our lives. But at the same time we can't believe how fast these 2 months have flown by! We are so amazed by you every day. I still haven't slowed down with the number of kisses I love to give you. Speaking of that, I need to go give you a kiss right now! Your daddy is always amazed by how smart and how strong you are. We just need to get you to like tummy time so you can be even stronger!

We left you for the first time today without one of us to go out for our anniversary. It was very hard and we talked about you a lot. We knew Grammy and Grandpa would take great care of you, but it was still not easy (especially for me). What if you were crying and you only wanted me?! I didn't want you to worry that I wasn't coming back. But that didn't happen. You enjoyed your time with them and they even both wore you! We only went to dinner and came right home. But it felt too long!

You faces crack us up all the time. I love to take lots of pictures of you on my phone. I can't imagine if I didn't have my phone there at all times to catch your hilarious facial expressions! I love to look back through my pictures and look at your adorable faces. I am getting very sad as there is only one month left in summer. I do not like thinking about leaving you when I go back to work. I want to always be there for you whenever you need me! 

We are looking forward to another fun month of growing and learning!


Weight: 14 pounds 8 ounches (still 97%ile)
Height: 23.25 inches
Clothes: Daddy started putting you in 3-6 month jammies some nights (I just think you wearing jammies is the most adorable ever) and I don't like it! But they do fit better. You are still wearing 0-3 clothes, but I should probably move to the 3-6. I don't wanna do it! It also makes me sad that so many of your 0-3 clothes you only wore once! 
Diapers: We have moved up to mostly one size cloth diapers in the last few days. I didn't want to give up the NB, but we have had too many leaks. I don't like how big they are! In disposables (rarely) you are still in size 2. Cloth laundry is still going well. Now we have a plethora to choose from! Since you rash has been gone, we only put coconut oil on your bum and it looks totally clear all the time! Coconut oil is magical!
Sleep: You will sleep for hours when we wear you (Daddy loves to wear you too!). Going to bed for the night is always a process because you wake yourself up and then get all upset. We set up the video monitor a few weeks ago. We have tried a few times to put you down and then watch a show downstairs. Usually it involves several trips back upstairs when you are upset! We have started to try a kind of bedtime routine involving eating, diaper, pjs, story and song,rock and then swaddle and rock/walk until you fall asleep for good. Bath is after eating if it is a bath night (about 3 times a week). The routine is a VERY loose one. You wake about 1-2 times a night and then thenext time (7ish) I will usually bring you into bed with me if you don't want to go back to sleep in your bed. It is going to be ROUGH going back to work. You are still a very sleepy boy and sleep most of the day. Though you are starting to have a few 4 hour stretches in the last few days! I try for the whole eat/play/sleep routine...but usually you prefer eat/sleep! We are also started to try crib naps. At first you would need your paci put back in every 15 minutes, but now you have slept a few times for 45 minutes to an hour. You like to fight sleep a lot. And when you are doing that as you are falling asleep, you pick up your head and slam it down on our shoulders or face. Ow! Why do you do that?! And you snuffle around on our shoulders. Until you finally conk out. We have to trick you with the swaddle because when you are too awake all you want to do is FIGHT TO GET YOUR ARMS OUT! But if we don't swaddle you, you wake up every 10 minutes when you startle yourself.
Eating: In preparation for going back to work, we have tried to have daddy give you a bottle a couple times a week. You aren't really happy about it, but you will take it. You took one from Grandma last week pretty well. I usually have a hard time and have to go pump somewhere far away so I don't hear your sad cry. I wish you never needed a bottle! During the day you eat on demand. I continue to try to do about every 2 hours if possible to get in as many feedings during the day as we can. I just love that I am able to give you all you need to get strong and grow. And the cuddles are super awesome.
Likes: Fireworks! Snuggling in bed and on our chests. You love to show off your strong neck when we are holding you. You are starting to enjoy laying on your back on the play mat and watching and listening to the mobile. We are starting to read to you more and you seem to be paying attention (rather than just staring at the light!)
Dislikes: Getting out of the tub, stop lights, being tired, tummy time for more than 5 minutes (You are pretty good at pushing up when you want to!), and being swaddled arms in.
Health: You got 2 vaccines at your appointment today: the TDaP and oral rotavirus. You did great! I nursed you while you got the TDap (BM is a natural pain reliever) and you fussed almost as much about the alcohol wipe as the shot itself! After a quick fuss you went right back to nursing! We are following the Dr. Sears alternative vaccine schedule because though mommy believes in vaccines, I think its a lot of medicine to put in a baby's body at once (when I rarely even take Tylenol!). And some are not necessary for little babies. (For anyone who is interested, I HIGHLY recommend the Dr. Sears Vaccine Book to learn more about vaccines and the diseases they prevent). You have visited the chiropractor 3 times now. You love when Dr. Robin stretches your neck. You get very calm and look around. At your one month appt the NP said you left side was a little flat and to watch it. We noticed that you tend to lay your head on that side when you are sleeping, even when we turn it the other way. I wear you most of the time when you aren't sleeping, so it isn't like you spend a lot of excessive time flat on your back. So we figured it would be better to do something now and possibly avoid issues later. Also, you were lodged in there when mommy was trying to push you out, so the chiropractor definitely helps with that. (Funny article for info on chiropractors and infants)
Oh! And this: When you are getting ready to start eating, I sign "milk". Also, we sign "more" and "all done" when we are playing with you and talking to you. One time you looked right at me and signed "milk" (not at eating time). I am sure it was a fluke....or you are a genius.
New Tricks: I am probably making this up, but many times when I am kissing you on your cheeks, you open your mouth wide and I put you near my cheek and tell you, "Thank you for the kisses!" You have also discovered controlling your tongue and love to stick it out. I like to stick my tongue back out at your and then you will do it again! You are learning and exploring!

Last day of Family Fest in his matching committee chair onesie

Smiles at home

Mommy loves to cuddle and rock

We took a walk to the park. Elijah slept and Mommy read.

Getting ready to visit Mommy's students

Smiles while hanging with Grandma

Family Walk

It doesn't look like it, but bath time is a hit

Big smiles at Daddy

Working on Tummy Time

Big smiles in the morning!

Trying out the video monitor

Helping in the garden

All dressed up and no where to go

Hanging with friends at the park. The three of us climbed to the top of the silo!

Family on the 4th of July

LOVING the fireworks (with ear protection of course) 

Big smiles in the car

Big eyes at Panera

Even in the middle of the night Mommy loves snuggles

Showing off the duds

Working in the garden (the only way nap time was happening)

That CAN'T be comefortable!

Eli's first movie: Frozen

Sleep when the baby sleeps is a myth!