Saturday, June 28, 2014

4 Months Old

Four months has come and gone! June was a whirlwind month for us! After such a busy May, I went back to work for about three weeks. I was nervous about going back, but it went by fast and it was really nice to be back among people again! Brad and my mom watched Andrew and then Brad's parents came up for the entire last week, which was SO helpful! John finished his first year of preschool, and he was home the last week too with Papa and Grandma Nan.

I can't believe that next week is July already! Time is flying!!!! Andrew, John, and I have been having fun so far this summer and keeping very busy. The weather has been gorgeous so it definitely helps!

At four months, Andrew is starting to show his personality! He is a happy baby most of the time, but can definitely be opinionated!! He is still not sleeping consistently through the night...sigh. But it isn't horrible. He was waking up 1-2 times a night. He take his last feeding around 9:30 and is usually in bed by 10. He usually wakes up anywhere between 2-4. Sometimes he will wake up at 1 and then again at 3 or 4, but not too often. He is starting to break out of his swaddle, and twice this week we left his arms out and he rolled over on his side and slept really well. I think he is over his swaddle, so it looks like it is sleepsack time!

He takes about 2 good 1-1 1/2 hour naps a day, and some catnaps. Sometimes he will take one long nap in the afternoon, which is especially nice if I can time it where John sleeps at the same time.

At four months, Andrew weighs 16 pounds, 3 ounces (65th percentile) and is 26 1/2 inches long (91 percentile). He has rolled over a couple of times, so I think we are almost there! He is so close!!!

At four months, Andrew loves to lay on his side or back and reach for things on his mat. He has started in the jumperoo too and he seems to like it, although gets frustrated when he can't pull the side toys in his mouth! He loves chewing on anything, mostly his hands! We will start rice cereal and oatmeal in the next few weeks, so I am anxious to see how he does with that!

Next weekend we will go to the lake for the 4th of July which will be fun. Andrew and I are going to stay in the hotel so we don't wake everyone up. Our July is quickly filling up too, although all fun things! This summer is already going by so fast! I will only be working 1/2 time next year so I am so, so happy. I am so grateful my district is allowing me to job share and I will only be working on Mondays-Wednesdays-every other Friday! It will be so nice to have some time at home with the boys. It really is the best of both worlds!

On that note, here are some pictures of my two favorite little guys! I just love them so much!

Saturday, June 14, 2014

3 Months (a month late)

May 19, 2014

3 months is such a huge milestone for me! I think the first 3 months are definitely the hardest and things start to get a little bit easier after that. Andrew is changing and growing everyday!

We left the boys for the first time while we went to New York for my friend Kelly's wedding. I was so nervous about leaving him, especially since he was giving us such a hard time with the bottle. My parents stayed at our house for the weekend which was great. They all survived and we had a great time too! John kept everyone busy playing baseball all weekend and Andrew did great with his bottles for my mom. I know it was an exhausting weekend for them, and we appreciated it so much!

When we got back from New York though, Andrew decided to show us. He has begun to refuse a bottle again and this time more frequently. It is the worst at night. He will only eat if I nurse him. If Brad gives him s bottle, he will scream when he sees it. Poor Brad! His sleep has sort of regressed too. He is definitely not consistent with sleep. It seems like he will give us a 6 or 7 hour stretch about once or twice a week, but most nights he wakes up about 4-5 hours still. One day we will sleep again!

At 3 months, Andrew is a pretty happy baby. He is starting to become really interactive with his mat and loves to be outside. His tummy time is improving and he can hold his head up really well. His head is huge! I feel like he has gone through a major growth spurt the past two weeks!

Andrew was baptized on May 18th. It was a special day and he did pretty well! He fell asleep right before the baptism, so he wasn't too happy when we put the water on his forehead, so he cried for most of it. :). Oh well! He was still cute! Lisa and Greg are his godparents, so it was great to have everyone here for the weekend. We had brunch afterwards at The Hills.

It was a busy weekend because we also had our bowling fundraiser for my sister. We had over 150 bowlers and the turnout was incredible. I am blown away at how much money we raised and the generosity and love that everyone showed. It was an amazing day!!!

I have to go back to work on the 28th, so we are making the most of our last days at home. Andrew will be four months before we know it! Here are some pictures from the last few weeks.

Friday, June 6, 2014

Catching up

May came and went so fast! I had actually written this post on May 5th, so here it is a month later! I will catch up more this weekend!

May 5, 2014

May is underway and what a busy month we have! One of my best friends is getting married this weekend and I can't wait to celebrate with her! It will be nice to have some time with Brad this weekend too. Then next weekend we have the fundraiser for my sister and Andrew's baptism! Fun stuff!

The last two weeks have been busy as well. Poor John got a stomach bug last Monday and was pretty miserable. We have been pretty lucky so far and haven't ever had to deal with the throwing up, but he sure made up for it last week! I felt so bad for him. He had a fever of about 102 and couldn't keep anything down. We were so worried one of us would catch it too, but luckily we didn't! I don't know how, but God knew we couldn't afford to be sick too!

Last weekend we went to the lake to help my dad get the dock in. My parents got a new pontoon boat delivered, so that was exciting! Andrew did great there! He even slept until 5:30 Saturday morning!

Speaking of sleep, he is starting to show us some hope! Three times now he has slept until 5:30. Last night he slept for a 7 hour stretch which was amazing. He went to bed at 10:30 and slept until 5:30, then went back to bed until 8. It was So refreshing! So hopefully he keeps that up!

Andrew has been doing pretty good lately, just fighting us a little with a bottle. He only has one bottle a day, and we might need to start giving him more so he gets used to them more. But he has become really smiley and happy (most of the time!).

This week I am having the boys pictures taken, so hopefully that goes well. John has a soccer game and swimming lessons, so this week will go by fast. Hard to believe Andrew will be 3 months old soon!

Here are some recent pictures of the boys. Enjoy!

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Two Months and 1st Easter!

Andrew turned 2 months old last Friday. It really is amazing to me how fast time is going. Every time I get overwhelmed or tired, I just remind myself that he is already 9 weeks old and we have made it through the hardest part! I know how much babies change from 2-3 months, so I am excited and anxious to watch him grow and see his little personality emerge.

Andrew had his two month appointment yesterday and I was so relieved because his eyes were responsive so the Dr isn't concerned anymore! Hooray! He weighed 12 pounds, 3.5 ounces (41 percentile), was 23 3/4 inches long (76 percentile) and his head was 40 cm (71 percentile). He is turning into quite the chunk, just like John was at this age!

So I was very happy with his appointment. He did have three shots so he wasn't happy about that. He came home and had some Tylenol then crashed, so hopefully he feels better soon.

At two months, Andrew is a pretty good baby. He has a pretty predictable routine. He eats about every 3 hours during the day with a bottle at 10 pm. He is waking up anywhere between 2-3, although it is getting consistently closer to 3. A few times he has slept until 4, but only a couple of times. Hopefully he will do that more in the weeks to come. But, he goes right back to bed after his feeding until about 6-7. So it could be worse! I am ready for more sleep though. I get excited thinking about the day when both boys are in bed by 8:00 for the night! Maybe by next year! Lol! I also know pretty soon Andrew will have to transition to his crib, so hopefully that doesn't set us back!

Andrew loves to lay on his ocean mat and has started to bat at the toys. He can hold onto a rattle if we put it in his hands. He loves his changing mat and is usually pretty smiley in the mornings.

Andrew celebrated his first Easter this past weekend. We had a busy weekend with John's 1st soccer game, church, and then we went to my aunt Ruth's house. John was spoiled with Easter candy and Legos, so he was in heaven!

John and Brad are headed to their first Tiger's game of the season tonight and they are both so excited. John has been such a good big brother and seems to be doing better with the transition. Once Andrew becomes a little more independent, I think it will get even better.

We have quite a busy month ahead of us. We are going to spend a weekend at the lake, then Brad and I are heading to New York for a wedding. I am nervous to leave Andrew this young, but I know he will be okay. I just feel bad for my mom because she is going to be exhausted!!!

We are also holding a fundraiser for my sister in a few weeks, the same weekend as Andrew's baptism! So before we know it, May will be over and I will be back at work for the last two weeks. Then summertime!

Here are some pictures from the past few weeks! Enjoy!



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Friday, April 11, 2014

Brothers

Since Andrew has been born, John has done a great job stepping into the role of big brother. He is so good with Andrew. The transition was hard for him though. I'm sure he was jealous of the attention we were giving Andrew and sad that it's not just the three of us anymore. He is old enough to understand that Andrew is here to stay, but still young to understand and handle his emotions. For about the first three weeks, John was very emotional. I'm sure it was the combination of feeling sad, being off his routine, and missing us. He has been very proud to be a big brother though, and is constantly giving Andrew kisses.

I keep telling John it will be more fun once Andrew gets bigger. John is staying home with us on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and I think it is a little boring for him. Hopefully it will get easier once Andrew can be a little more independent. Some days it is survival mode and a lot of TV!

John and I had a special date night a few weeks ago to a mother/son dance. It was so cute. John busted out his moves on the dance floor...very cute!!! He does a pretty good sprinkler!

I can't wait to see the relationship develop between these two. I hope they will be close. Even though they are four years apart, I think they will have fun together. It will be neat to see what similarities and differences they have. I love my boys!


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Wednesday, April 9, 2014

7 weeks

So I think I am caught up on blogging Andrew's first month. He is 7 weeks old this week, which is crazy! It is spring break here, and John went to Indiana this week fir his first alone trip to Grandma and Grandpa's house. I miss him, but it has been nice to just spend some quiet time here with Andrew and catch up on sleep a bit. He is coming home tomorrow and I can't wait to hear all of his stories! Thanks Don and Nan!!!

I am waiting patiently for Andrew to start sleeping for longer stretches at night. Right now he is taking a 5 oz bottle at 10 pm then sleeps until 2 or 3. Then he will nurse and go back to bed until around 5:30-6:30. He stirs a lot though, so Brad and I just lay there hoping he will sleep longer! Twice he has thrown us a bone and slept until 3:30 or 3:45, but it has not been consistent. I keep telling myself he is still so little, but man, I miss my sleep!!!

He is becoming much more alert though and smiley, which is fun. Here are some recent pictures from the past few weeks.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

One Month!

I always feel a major sense of accomplishment at the one month mark! We made it! And it went by so fast! At one month, Andrew is doing great! He is a pretty good baby. We have been keeping him on an eat-wake-sleep cycle during the day and he is still nursing every 3 hours. At night Brad will give him a bottle around 10 so I can get an extra hour of sleep (yay sleep!) and he will usually go right to sleep after that. He wakes up on his own anywhere between 1:30-2:30 and i nurse him. He is getting better about going right back to sleep until around 5 or 6. He is fussy when he is tired, and between 5-7 and 8:30-10 seem to be his "witching" hours. He is starting to become a bit more active during his wake times, which is fun.

He still likes his mat, his changing table, and his bouncer seat. He likes to sit in the bouncer in the bathroom while I take a shower. I think the combination of the seat, the lights, fan, water, and hair dryer are comforting to him. It's a win-win situation because I get my shower in too! :)

Andrew's one month appointment went pretty good. He weighed 8 lbs, 2.5 ounces (7th percentile), 21 1/2 inches long (45 percentile) and his head circumference was 37.5 cm (56 percentile). The only concerning part was when they examined him, the doctor was a bit concerned with his eyes. She said they weren't constricting much when she shined the light in his eyes. She told me not to stress, but easier said than done! However, since then we have been watching them at home and they are definately constricting in the lights. He also tracks our movement, so that makes me feel better. My gut tells me he is fine, but they will check again at his two month appointment and if it is still a concern, he will see an optometrist. So, we will pray in the meantime!

Here are some pics from his one month "photo shoot." Enjoy!