Friday, August 28, 2009

3 month(almost) weight check

We had our appointment this morning for a weight check. Buddy now weighs 8 lbs 15 oz, which according to the doctor is 44 ounces in 30 days. She was very happy because he is gaining more than expected. A good weight gain is 1/2-1 ounce per day, and Buddy has done more than that. She showed his chart, and he is really catching up with "his age group." I asked about comparing him to his developmental age, and she was pleased to tell me that he is in the 50th percentile when we compare him to other 3 week/1 month olds. That is great news.
I talked to her about he is doing less supplemented milk since he is getting the hang of feeding/latching, and she says continue doing what we've been doing the last couple of weeks. It feel great to have a good doctor appointment. We go back in a month for his four month check-up (with more shots, I think). It will be weird to not have any doctor appointments (praying he stays healthy) for a month. We are starting to feel a little more "normal" these days... until someone in public asks us how old he is! :)

Thursday, August 27, 2009

school visit

This afternoon over lunch I took Buddy up to school to a)visit my (former)co-teacher for her belated birthday and b)see some people while they were eating after my visit. Buddy cooperated for the most part after a rough morning getting ready. Why a rough morning? Well, I decided to use the bottle to a)make sure he was going to eat enough before our venture out and b)he typically eats faster that method than the other. However, while eating, though hungry and his "time" to eat, he kept spitting out the food. I could not figure out why. After several minutes of struggle with a fussy baby and a confused and slightly frustrated momma, I switched to another form of food which he took fine. We finished getting ready and went on our way. On my drive about halfway down Sunshine it dawned on me. I mixed his formula wrong. I'm supposed to supplement his breastmilk one way and water for formula another, and I gave the scoops according to water instead of milk. Basically he was eating a VERY rich lunch. Luckily he was smart enough to spit it out - smarter than mommy.
Anyhoo - he was a pretty good baby for our visit. I miss seeing my friends. I still have the same peace about my decision for this year, but that peace doesn't take away missing things from "my old life." I appreciated everyone's kind words about my little guy, and of course for everyone washing their hands before touching him. We hope to be back up again before cold and flu season hits. We most likely won't be in a building full of germy kiddos this winter! :)

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

baby dedication date

It looks like Buddy will be dedicated to the Lord on October 4. This is a "ceremony" I've been looking forward to for years - preBuddy, preHubby. There is something special and significant to me about baby dedications. I always get choked up/cry, even if I don't know the family on the stage. I hope I don't cry when we are up there. :) We'd love to see anyone who can make it that Sunday.

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Our Weekend

It was a BEAUTIFUL weekend here, so we decided to take Buddy for his first real trip outside (other than getting in the car to go into some building). Here we are at the park.

Buddy slept the entire walk around the park.

Tonight Buddy had another bath. This is the first time he hasn't screamed for part of bathtime.

Nothing like a baby after a bath.

He is waving hello to all his family out of state. Hello!

Friday, August 21, 2009

random bullets

Some random thoughts:

  • Buddy wants to be held most of the time. He is usually unhappy when I put him down. He will wake up to inform me that it is not okay with him. I have a Dr. Sears sling. He does not enjoy being in that. Blah. I'd love to be a baby-wearing mama and Buddy would probably enjoy it if we can find the right contraption. I don't want to "waste" more money figuring it out.

  • He is very snuggly. The way he hangs on reminds me of a baby monkey on his mama's back. (Don't worry - I don't let him cling to my back.)

  • I have become an expert at typing with one hand since my other hand is supporting Buddy in the lifestyle to which he has grown accustomed.

  • We can't figure out Buddy's sleeping habits. It is not as simple as day/night confusion. He actually has days (24+ hour periods) he doesn't sleep much, and then other days that is all he'll do.

  • I hope to make use of the stroller tonight. The weather here is beautiful, and I'd like to go for a walk. I discovered LouAnn (the car in the garage) does not hold the carseat well, so I'm stuck until I can fix that or until Hubby gets home with the other car. (If anyone would like to buy us a newish car.... haha.)

  • I was able to shower today while Hubby was at work. This is a huge accomplishment. Buddy sat in his bouncer contentedly in the bathroom for a short period of time, I think because he had new surroundings to observe.

  • Ten years ago this weekend I started my college experience. I am considering fighting the bookstore madness tomorrow to buy Buddy an EU onesie.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

More Video for the Fam

Cole swinging yesterday. He likes the swing only if you stand there, right by the swing, watching him.

And here is video of Ebby and Coleridge. They are good friends already. Cole was much more interested in the dog than in his play mat. Ebby was equally interested in the baby and the toys. :)

Monday, August 17, 2009

Some More Photos


I took Buddy to his apnea doctor today. According to the computer data, the last alarms we've had have been false. So basically he hasn't had any true events since end of July/coming off of his caffeine. We left the office without the monitor, which was a good thing because it was POURING down rain and difficult enough to get Buddy into the car quickly. It is so strange to be able to pick him up without grabbing the monitor and holding the wires. Other than bathtimes, this is the first time I've held him not hooked up to anything since he was born. It feels good.
I am worried how I will sleep tonight. Premature apnea does not come back - it is something babies outgrow. I worry about SIDS and other "normal mommy" worries, but I'm hoping with time this lessens. (Or is replaced with new worries - such as him dating and driving- neither of which he is doing until he is 25, haha.)
Buddy is between clothing sizes again. Some of his newborn outfits are snug or too short, but some of his 0-3 month outfits are too big. I just can't believe he is almost out of his newborn sizes though. Amazing. He seems so big to us now. Just the other night when we were giving him his bath, Hubbyand I were discussing how chunky Buddy has gotten. This skinny little baby who fit inside a nurse's pocket at one point is getting tiny rolls on his body. Today's weigh in said he is eight pounds three ounces (two weeks ago he was six pounds thirteen ounces), and he is now twenty inches long. The kid likes to eat - even with his spitup/reflux issues - so we are very thankful the eating is working.
I hope to take some new pictures soon and post them within a day or two.

Friday, August 14, 2009

Not the First Day of School

Today I am not at back to school meetings and catching up with friends.
I am not organizing lessons or folders or nametags.
My hair is not brushed nor are my teeth (yet!), and I have no idea when I will shower.
Buddy is next to me on his Boppy as I type this, and we both smell a bit like baby spit-up.
Lots of thoughts, lots of emotions for me today.
Glad to be here, sad to not be there.

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Parental Guidance

Buddy made it to his first time at church today. Technically it was Sunday school, not church service that we attended. Eventually we will get the timing down and the rest that we need to attend both again!
It was so good to see our friends today, and the lesson Becky gave was exactly what I needed to hear. (What I heard of it since Buddy got a bit fussy for a little while). I know we were supposed to be there for that lesson about the Wild Goose Chase since we are in such a transitional and confusing time in life. Not only are we new parents, we also do not know what doors are going to open/shut for us in the next couple of months.
We are so thankful for our church friends. I wanted to verbalize this in class, but I knew I couldn't without crying or making Ron W. cry! :) The P.G. class has been such a tremendous blessing to us the last couple of years. We joined the class even though we didn't have children because a)it was also going to focus on marriage b)we would eventually need the parenting advice and c)the style/size of the class was what we were wanting at this time in our life. We have gained something every week we have attended class. There are a lot of problems with Christianity today that are well known, but I feel that this group of people God has place in our lives is the real-deal of what Jesus wanted for Christian community. Not perfect, but authentic, challenging, encouraging, and intelligent. Aside from the Sunday class, we have appreciated everyone's prayers over the last year - from our miscarriage, to this pregnancy, to the NICU experience, and now that we are home, and I have my moments of "What in the world am I doing?" It is good to know there are local friends who are just a phone call/Facebook message away.

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Buddy's big adventure today was spitting up all over himself, his Boppy, and the couch. About 60 mL of spit up, I'd guess. That's 2 ounces for those of you who aren't sure of the mL/ounce conversion, haha.

Monday, August 3, 2009

Caffeine Free

We had Buddy's apnea appointment this afternoon. There has only been one event in the last two weeks, so they are taking him off his caffeine, but he will still be on his monitors for the next two weeks. If there are any problems he can always be put back on his caffeine.
Buddy weighed six pounds thirteen ounces today, which is ten ounces in less than a week! I had predicted six-twelve and Hubby had guessed six-ten, so I won the bet we had going. He is also 19 3/4 inches today. He is growing like a weed! Strange to think that he is still supposed to be inside of me, and if he was he would be at least a pound heavier than he currently is. We are thankful that he is healthy and getting stronger everyday.
We are also thankful that we had a pretty good night's sleep. He got up at about 1:30 AM to eat/change, 3:00 to fuss about a stuffy nose/being unswaddled, and then 6:30 to eat/change again. That was an unusual long stretch, but we will take them when we can get them! Strangely, he has been sleepy throughout the day, so I have a feeling it could be a long night tonight.