Wednesday, January 27, 2010
Here's what else is going on with Baby Jake:
*Wearing size 6-9 month clothes
*Wearing size 2 diapers but only until they run out, and then we are moving up to 3's
*Smiling and cooing with occasional belly laughs (usually at Brooklyn)
*Holding his head up very well by himself
*Eating every three hours during the day
*Consistently SLEEPING THROUGH THE NIGHT! (Hooray! However, he is trying to get up at 4:00am but just a little shake of the pack-n-play and a paci plug, and he's back to sleep.)
*Not sure about weight (My guess is about 18 pounds. Yes, you read that right. 18.)
*Loves the glider
*Still swaddled at night, and I am on the hunt for a larger Halo Swaddler SleepSack
*Still has not needed formula
*Is so friendly when people talk to him
*Has lost most of his hair on top and its being replaced by a small amount of blonder hair...unfortunately, he still has darker hair in the back and around the sides, so he has the "old man" look going on
*Still suffers from reflux and takes Zantac twice a day
*Is a quieter sleeper, but still grunts and poots a bunch
*Is really learning to swat at and grasp at his toys; loves rattles and stuffed animals
Thursday, January 21, 2010
So, we have started watching American Idol as a family. It's great that all 4 of us can sit down and watch a TV show together. Brooklyn has really gotten into it.....maybe too much. :-)
Wednesday, January 20, 2010
Monday, January 18, 2010
Brooklyn told me this weekend that she learned about Martin "Lunar" King at school. When I asked her what she learned she said, "Some people have orange hair and some people have purple hair, and that's OK."
Jake turned 12 weeks old today and as a gift to the family he slept until 6:30am. That means we went 9 hours last night (9:30pm to 6:30am). Yay!!!
Friday, January 15, 2010
Congratulations to Jami and Joni on their newest additions, and best wishes to Marisa, Caroline, Beth, Elizabeth, Page, Loryn, Kristen, Chrissy, Anna, Holly, Jennifer, Mary, and Angela on their pregnancies.
Please continue to pray with me for these sweet babies and their families. I get great joy celebrating each pregnancy and birth as I update and add to my list, so please let me know of any others.
Monday, January 11, 2010
Sunday, January 10, 2010
We are so lucky to have such great (and fun) grandparents for Brooklyn and Jake!
Saturday, January 9, 2010
I got the girls matching holiday t-shirts:
Here they are looking so sweet in the back of the Commander. The night started out great, but then we got a lot of "I'm hungry....She took my pillow...I wanna ride with you in the middle, Mommy....I want a snack....Is it over yet?" The adults decided that next year we are going by ourselves. :-) Really, we will just remember to bring lots of snacks and pillows in the car next year.
Friday, January 8, 2010
I am working at my office Monday, Wednesday and Fridays, so those days, I pick up Brooklyn from school and bring her home. We came home around 5:30 where my MIL was watching Jake. She stayed around for a few minutes so I could start dinner, change clothes, and unpack all my stuff (mainly breastmilk that I pumped at work). She left around 6, and I soon had Brooklyn eating dinner (Easy Mac, crunchy Chinese noodles, and a yogurt with Oreo crunchies) and I was reheating my dinner (leftover Thai from lunch). I ate my dinner quickly and then settled on the couch to feed Jake. So, though quite an eclectic meal, it was a well-balanced dinner for both Brooklyn and Jake, and both my kids were eating at the same time.
Jake is at his happiest right after he eats and can sit for a good while in his Boppy and watch the world around him. We have about 15-20 minutes of good "can occupy himself time."So, as soon as he and Brooklyn finished dinner, I herded them both upstairs and started Brooklyn's bath. She was sooooo good (baths can sometime go either way with her) and just let me quickly bathe her, get her out of the tub, and get her PJs on while Jake sat in the hallway in the Boppy.
So, by now, I am feeling quite cocky.
Do you see where this is headed?
Jake needed a bath sometime in the next day or so, so I though "no time like the present! I can do this!" Brooklyn was watching Nick Jr on my bed, so I moved Jake and his Boppy to the bedroom and started his bath. We use a baby bath tub on our bathroom counter, filling it from the whirlpool tub and then filling the sink with clean water for rinsing the soap off. I filled the tub and began to move it over to the counter when, all of a sudden, I am soaking wet from the legs down. I completely forgot to put the plug in the bottom of the tub and water was pouring out everywhere!
I had floaded the bathroom floor!
I quickly plugged the tub and threw our bathtowels down on the floor to soak up the water (it needed a good cleaning anyway). The kids were still watching Nick Jr on the bed (well, Jake was looking in that general direction) so I cleaned it up quickly and continued on....both kids were gonna be bathed tonight, darn it! So, bath was filled and ready to go, and I stripped Jake down and laid him in the tub.
Forgot the towels.
As Brooklyn went to the linen closet to get towels, I looked over to see a water fountain arching from the tub directly into the sink with clean water. My son, whose "wee wee" is usually always covered with a washcloth, but was not because Brooklyn was getting the towels for her forgetful mama, had proceeded to pee straight up from the bath tub, skipping over the counter, and directly into the sink of clean water! It was amazing to see his aim and accuracy and quite hilarious, but now I had dirty "clean water." Brooklyn came back with the towels to find me laughing hysterically and shaking my head in disbelief.
Maybe you had to have been there.
So, as Jake played in the tub, "wee wee" now covered, I poured the dirty "pee-pee water" out and refilled with clean water. Jake was soaped and rinsed, dried and clothed, and the three of us made it downstairs by 7:30pm to watch some good old episodes of "18 kids and counting." Chad came home at 8:20pm to two kids fed and bathed (with baby sleeping) and a very proud wife. :-)
Wednesday, January 6, 2010
So...let's see all of YOUR Way Back When-esdays!
Tuesday, January 5, 2010
We saw Dr. D for Jake's 2 month check up this morning. Here are his stats:
*Weight: 16 pounds, 9 ounces (97th%)
*Length: 25 inches (95-97th%)
*He also got 4 shots and 1 oral vaccination, but he was a big boy and did great.
And finally, here are some fun facts about what Jake is doing now:
*Can laugh a teeny bit when really excited about something
*Starting to use his hands a little better with more control
*Loves sucking on his fist when the paci is not in his mouth
*Sleeping in the pack and play in our bedroom
*Still waking up one time during the night (about 2-4am)- hence the pack and play sleeping
*Able to put self back to sleep after middle of the night feeding (thank you Jesus!)
*Eating every 3 -3.5 hours during the day
*Still solely raised on breastmilk (I have to put in a disclaimer here and say that the reason I continue to celebrate this is because I gave up too quickly with Brooklyn and nursing. After a rough start with her for about 2 weeks, I nursed her some and supplemented with formula for about 4 months. Then, I went strictly to formula for the next 8 months until her first birthday. I pretty much decided that I was too lazy to commit to it and "wanted my body back." I was also working fulltime and a bit shy about pumping at work. I am not against formula at all...Brooklyn is quite bright and fairly healthy so I know she received everything she needed....But, I cannot believe how much money we spent on formula ($23 for 5 days so over $1000 in formula for 8-9 months) when I could have just stuck with the breastmilk. So, with Jake, I have vowed to just keep going as long as my body keeps producing (up to the 1st year), but when I stop producing enough and he's not getting what he needs, I will add in the formula. Judging by his healthy weight gain, though, I think he is getting what he needs. Ha ha!)
*So sweet and friendly with people...has a HUGE toothless smile
*Loves to hear and see Brooklyn (and is soooo tolerant of her many kisses and snuggles)
*STILL suffers from reflux but definitely not as bad and has less gas pains after eating
*Likes sitting in his Boppy, but still not a huge fan of the swing, glider, bouncy seat, or car seat
*Wears size 2-ish diaper (depending on brand)
*Wears size 6 month clothes (yikes! we are gonna have to do some creative thinking with the outfits to make them work seasonally.)
Monday, January 4, 2010
Saturday, January 2, 2010
Friday, January 1, 2010
I'll get around to it soon enough.