Thursday, May 18, 2017

How Was May So Busy?

It's already the MIDDLE OF THE MONTH!!  How??

I keep reading on Facebook how everyone is crunched in May and I'm like, "Yes, exactly!"  Minus that I don't have school age kids, or graduations, or end of year projects, field trips, parties or anything like that.  Everyone is so busy from the school year wrapping up.

I'm at stay-at-home-mama/work once a week nurse with two boys 21 months and younger...maybe I am just mentally preparing for the future Mays in our future of craziness??  Anyway, I think this is just a wild month for a lot of people winding down most regular year rhythms and prepping for the summer.

I have been hunting for summer activities on Pinterest.  I want a mix of fun/kindness/serving/free and will be planning all of that this weekend.  Here is a list I found and I'm already making lists to build up our craft closet and tactile bags:

I'll photo dump the rest of this post but for now I'll just have to remember our last few weeks in list-form!  In May we have...

Visited Children's ER
Visited Children's Neurology center for Baby's EEG
Had well child checks, 1 round of vaccines
Caseworker visited
GAL visited
Weekly bio parent visits
Girl's night at Village Tavern
Court hearing, gained legal custody of Baby Boy
I spoke at MOPS tea/testimony meeting
Finished a bathroom remodel
Finished staining the banisters on our stairs
Hosted 2 of our favorite people for a week
Hosted a baby shower
Hosted a BBQ for 40 people
Went to new parks
Visited the Children's Museum Denver
Visited the Museum of Nature and Science
Celebrated Mother's Day
Went to a job interview/was offered the job/accepted! (future post!)
Started doing 10 minutes of yoga in the morning pre-boys waking up
Prioritizing a quiet time FIRST thing in the morning pre-boys waking up
Planted a small garden
Bustled around normal life

We have some good things coming up this week-our final MOPS meeting, a playdate, visiting family and one of our favorite weekly activities: walking to church on Sunday morning.  I hope you have a good week too!

We have had CRAZY weather here.  Today it's snowing and last week we had a hail storm that was SO bad!  Both boys got to wear warm winter hats when we went outside

On a nicer day, Ryan wore baby for lawn chores

At one of our many doctor's appointments

Baby Boy working on sitting up!  He still is like the leaning tower of Pisa so I don't leave him alone sitting but he's getting there!

Sweet baby at his EEG.  They hooked up 20 different electrodes to his head and then went to sleep.  He slept hard because we had to keep him awake for 4.5 hours.  If you know anything about 5 month olds, they don't like to be awake longer than about 2 hours. It was painful for everybody involved!

Two boys in their high chairs!  Baby Boy starts solids next month and Giddy will show him the ropes

A house warming gift of planted herbs from our dear friend Maggie

It compliments our little garden.  We're growing cucumbers, green bell peppers, yellow bell peppers and tomatoes.  I want to get a pumpkin in the other planter but this crazy snow makes me glad I didn't do that yet!

Gideon playing at a nearby park.  We are so blessed to have the best parks and splash pads near our home-it will keep this boy busy all summer

Bathroom remodel sneak peek!!  We need to get a mirror obviously and some shelves and few decorations.  I absolutely love how it turned out-clean and bright just like I wanted

Just a boy and his hose

On Tuesday Gram kept Baby Boy so Gideon and I could have a Mama/Gid date to the Children's Museum.  He played so hard and had the best time!

We explored every inch of that place including the outdoor park

Gideon is the silliest, funniest, most unique little guy we know.  He insisted on wearing his dress shoes with his diaper.  And he also insisted on getting in Baby's crib and then screamed bloody murder when I put him in there HA!  

Gid loves crafts and art almost as much as he loves being outside.  He can paint and color for a solid 30 minutes!

The Lord your God is with you, the Mighty Warrior who saves. He will take great delight in you; in his love he will no longer rebuke you, but will rejoice over you with singing.”
Zephaniah 3:17

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Baby Boy 5 Month Update

Age: 5 months

Oh man this baby boy has been through a lot in the past 4 weeks!  4 trips to his primary care doctor, a trip to the ER, 2 x-rays, an upper GI scope and a trip to Children's Neurology for an EEG and sleep study.  Oh and he switched to a hypoallergenic dairy-free formula for his belly. Poor guy!  What's so interesting is that all of those trips were clustered pretty closely and now here mid-May he seems to be sailing along a little more smoothly.  He's had several good days in a row and we are praying that momentum keeps up for him.  Baby Boy loves to laugh when he feels good, is working very hard to roll over and is as fat as ever with all his chunky thigh rolls!  We love this boy.

Weight: 17.5 lbs

Length: ~25.5 inches (he'll get measured in June again)

Sizes: He is wearing 6-9 month clothes in all sizes.  We love to put him in shorts :)  He wears 12 month socks and size 3 or 4 diapers. His belly is so large size 4's just seem to fit better.

Eyes: Blue.  He gets a lot of compliments on his beautiful little eyes and is always busy observing someone or something.

Hair: Still red (thank goodness!).  It's getting longer up top and he has a hilarious cowlick at the front of his head that's so cute.  He's still pretty bald in the back.

Sleeping:  My little angel sleeping boy.  Baby Boy makes sure to get good sleep in or else he wouldn't have the energy for all of his crazy activities lately!  He gets up around 6:00 am usually (although he slept in until 7:45 am yesterday!).  Then back down for a 1 hour nap at 8:00 am.  Next nap is around 11:30 am and this is his long one for about 1.5-2 hours.  His last nap is just a kitty nap at 3:30 ish.  He goes to bed around 6:30 pm and goes down easily.  He's easily sleeping 8+ hour stretches without a peep.  I'm SO thankful for his ability to do that.

Eating: Oh eating.  The ER trip was for refusing to eat for an alarming amount of time and extreme pain he was showing us when eating. They thought briefly he might be silently aspirating, have a mass or fistula, or just severe GERD.  Nothing conclusive has been found yet. We switched him to a hypoallergenic dairy-free formula and about 3 weeks on that now we are finally seeing some significant progress in his willingness to accept a bottle with ease, eat peacefully, and spit-up less.  We tried 2 other formulas before this and several anti-colic/reflux bottles. But this seems to be what helps!  He eats about 6 oz every 4 hours during the day, an 8 oz bottle at bedtime and a small "snack" around 10:00 pm for his dream feed.

Milestones/Words: He is much more tolerant of tummy time, can sit propped with a few pillows and he's really working those legs to prep for crawling!  Baby is squawking, cooing, and babbling much more.  He has a deep voice and his signature chuckle is to die for! There is one particular butterfly toy attached to his jumperoo that he will focus on so intently and not give up until he has his fat hand grasped around it.  He's so determined and sweet!

Memorable Outings:  Well outside of all of his medical outings we have been able to go to the Museum of Nature and Science, City Park in Denver, host playdates at our home and venture to the library

Favorite toys/activities:  His favorites include bouncing in his jumperoo, shaking his big ball/rattle, putting anything into his mouth, holding his soft turquoise hippo, and being propped up like a big kid to sit.  He also loves to be rocked in our rocking chairs our back with a blanket over him in the evenings.  He loves his carrier and helping Ryan with any and all chores

Funny Moments: He thinks it is too funny when Ryan surprises him by saying "HI SIR!" in a loud, silly voice.  It makes him laugh and laugh.  

Looking forward to:  This baby feeling good and knowing what it's like to not have pain/distress with eating.  His bio mama's pregnancy was not a healthy or safe one and Baby came out with so many complications.  I look forward to him continuing to grow and put more time between him and his withdrawal/painful days.  He deserves to feel good!


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