Friday, April 29, 2011

Our Daily Routine

I'm linking up with Jess at Here Comes The Sun so you can see what our daily routine is.  We aren't on a schedule and one of the luxuries of being a SAHM is that there's no need for a schedule so we pretty much do what Truitt wants, when he wants it... each day is different but here's a general idea!

7:00am-9:00am- Wake up and nurse hourly until T decides it's time to start the day.  Change into cloth diaper, playtime on his activity mat until he fusses and then we read books and play some more.

10:00am-  Sit in the bouncer in the bathroom while Mommy showers- sometimes he does this willingly, sometimes he starts screaming as soon as momma steps in there!

10:30am- Nurse and nap

12:00pm- Up and Nurse again, play in the activty jumper or SOMETIMES sit in the swing so Mom can eat with both her hands

1:30pm- Nurse and nap.  Momma moves T into the swing so that she can do some housework

3:00pm- DADDY'S HOME! Back to disposable diapers.  Eat AGAIN and then spend time with Dad, normally outside

4:30-5:00pm- Nurse and Nap while Dad cooks

5:30-6:00pm- Mom and Dad eat, T wakes up and eats again!

7:00-9:00pm-  More playtime with Daddy while momma gets some computer time and showers if she didn't get to during the day.  Take a bath with Mom or Dad every other day.  More quiet play time and book reading.

9:30pm- Nurse to sleep (in the recliner)... Normally up to eat again at 1:30, 3:00, 5:00, 7:00, 8:00, and 9:00

If we go out our routine is obviously different and some days he's up from 3:00am-5:00 (like today!) and then wants to nap more during the day.  Sometimes we run errands or go out for dinner so it all just depends but that was a general idea of how it goes! 

You should go link up too!!!

Thursday, April 28, 2011

4 Months!!!

If he isn't playing with his feet...
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He's eating his hands!
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Weight: 14pounds 10.5ounces (35th percentile for EBF boys)
Height: 26.25in (90th percentile)
Head Circumference: 16.5in (75th percentile)

Size 2 diapers/ Medium Tuck&Go and Size 2 Weehuggers
0-3 onesies (we'll be in 3-6 in the next week or two)
3-6 sleepers and rompers
0-3 pants

Four months?! That's a third of a year!  Time keeps going by faster each day and I just want it to slow down so we can enjoy each minute more and more!  Truitt is generally much happier during the day but the fussing starts every evening around 6.  It isn't the inconsolable screaming of colic but he's just very tempermental and not a happy guy in the evening.  We are still in the recliner but now instead of sleeping on my chest he sleeps in the crook of my arm or across my lap or belly.  He is usually "up" at 1:30, 3, 5, 7, 8, and 9 to nurse.  By "up" I mean he starts rooting around and I normally wake and get him latched before he completely wakes up. To do the math for you that's about 4 hours, an hour and a half, two hours, two hours and then up hourly until he decides he's ready to get up which is 7 some days and 9 some days.  I have been reading on sleep training but I am frankly too tired to do it!

Truitt is still exclusively breastfed and we are both loving it although I would be more than thrilled for him to take a bottle from daddy so that I could sleep for longer than 4 hours for the first time since midpregnancy.  We have bought a sippy cup but he didn't want to have anything to do with that either.

His favorite thing seems to be chewing on his hands and playing with his feet.  He is a drooling monster but I feel his gums daily and no tooth buds (which I am fine with) but I read normally babies start producing a lot more saliva around 4 months.

He still hasn't been away from momma for longer than 3 hours (due to the no bottle taking and momma's nerves) and we love our days at home together!

He still LOVES bath time and hates the carseat- big boy and carrier.  He is super ticklish and laughs everytime he is getting his clothes changed.  He also thinks that when he lays down on the changing table it is time for him to roll over onto his belly- silly boy!!!

Our doctor visit went great and Dr L said that I asked questions on everything he brings up at the 4 month appt so he didn't have anything left to tell me.  Easiest way to talk about it is in bullets so here we go-

*Lymph Node- Truitt still has a node on his neck that sticks out.  I immediately think of the worst but he assured us it is normal and even showed me where to feel some more in his hair line

*Soft Spot- may seem silly but I was worried because his soft spot is only the size of a dime (maybe nickle) but since his head is growing normally and both sides are symmetrical it is ok.  Some babies just have small soft spots!

*Sunscreen-  the bottle says not to use until 6 months.  We bought a SPF 50 long sleeved swim shirt and he will wear a hat but I still wasn't sure.  Dr L said guidelines have recently been changed stating that it IS safe for babies 4 months and older to use sunscreen and it is highly recommended.  He said to make sure to remember his scalp!!!

*Weight Percentile going down (is he too skinny!?)- Society has gotten to where they think fat babies are healthy and that is not ALWAYS the case.  A healthy baby can be chunky or thin and Truitt is very healthy!  He is right on track on the exclusively breastfed boy chart and because he is SO active it is expected that he is lean.

*Sleep, is he needing to eat at every waking?- No.  At his age and size he is not needing to nurse every 2 hours at night so he is probably doing it for comfort.  I should still expect him to need to nurse every 4-6 hours but can try to wean him from eating every 2 hours at night.  He will soon learn that waking doesn't mean getting to eat and he will realize it's easier to just sleep.

*6pm Fussiness- He confirmed that it's not colic anymore.  He said babies are like elderly with dementia and sometimes have "sundowners syndrome" where they just have a hard time winding down at the end of the day.  We can expect this to go away in the next few months and can try to reduce stimulation more to help calm him :)

*Solids- He sugguested that we start rice cereal mixed with breastmilk to a pasty consistency once every few nights by spoon and progressing from there.  He said that it's fine if we want to wait though. After he starts taking cereal daily we can add in "stage 1" foods after about two weeks.  I am thinking about starting cereal this week because he seems to be so interesed in what we are eating BUT I am still conflicted about this.  With the recent studies of possiblity of food allergies and the increase in chances of obesity I just don't know yet.  We will see how he takes to cereal and go from there.

Shots went better than last time- he got three shots and then the oral rotovirus again.  Momma and T only cried a little this time!  The doctor did say that he's more likely to run a fever this time since it was the second round for all of the shots.  I pray my baby boy doesn't get sick!
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Fourth Month Must Haves

Shampoo Rinse Cup
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coolest.thing.ever.  Truitt LOVES bath time but hated getting his hair rinsed because no matter how careful I was I kept getting water in his eyes.  We use no tear shampoo but he didn't appreciate the water running down his face.  I saw this at BRU (pretty sure walmart and target carry it to) and decided it was worth a try. I LOVE IT!  The cup is rounded so it's easy to hold on to and then the front of the cup has the flexible part that seals against his head-even if he's squirming- so that you're able to pour the water on his hair and his forehead and face stay dry!

Baby Einstein Musical Motion Stationary Jumper & Entertainer
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We love it!  We have to put a blanket in the seat with him and then a box, blanket or pillow under his feet.  The colors, toys and music keep him entertained longer than any other toy we've tried (only 10 minutes or so but that's long enough to load the dishwasher...) and I really think it's improving his motor skills.  He now grabs the toys (trys to pull the hanging ones into his mouth) and smiles at himself in the mirror.

Carseat strap covers
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He has always hated the carseat but now he tries to sit up while in it and the straps were leaving red marks on his neck.  They aren't too tight but still the pressure of him pulling against them wasn't working out so I got these.  They are reversible and have this side for warm weather or you can put them inside out and they have a warm wooly feel.

Old Navy Perfect Fit Tanks (with stretch)
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I wear one under any shirt.  I have gotten more comfortable with nursing in public and even if I'm using a cover it's very possible for things to show.  With the tank on under my shirt, my back and belly (and other boob) are still covered.  I pull the top shirt up and then my boob out of the top of the tank and it works great!

HANDS AND FEET!
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I know, this isn't something you can buy but they are seriously T's favorite toys!  Easy enough, right?

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

I LOVE giveaways!!!

The Budget Mommy is doing a give away for a Little Tykes 3 in 1 trike! It's great that she's doing this because I saw it last time we went to Toys R Us and thought about how awesome it will be once T gets big enough.

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Go stop by her blog and enter the giveaway... also subscribe because she talks about tons of great deals daily!!!

Your baby is too skinny...

That's what I keep hearing OVER AND OVER AND OVER.  As if breastfeeding didn't come along with enough obstacles (thankfully I've had to face very few) now I keep getting told that I am starving my baby.  He doesn't have chubby cheeks, three rolls on each leg or a pooching out belly but I don't think he is unhealthy.  Now I am starting to wonder since it seems everyone wants to mention it.  And by everyone I mean the majority of my in-laws, some of my family, friends and even strangers.  I cannot tell you how many times I heard this weekend "are you going to make him starve for another 2 months", "why is he so skinny", "he needs some potatoes", "he's nursing again!?"  The list goes on and on and on.  If I'm guessing right he's about 14-15 pounds (we'll know on Thursday) and that is right at the 50th percentile for his age.  Of my friends, granted they all have girls, their 4 month checkup stats this week have been 14.4lbs 26in, 14.9lbs 25in, and 16(!!)lbs 26in.  I'm pretty sure T is right in there with them AND he's exclusively breastfed and solids have not been introduced.  Just because I nurse on demand and sometimes he wants to nurse twice in an hour doesn't mean his stomach is bone dry and just because I leave the room to nurse him doesn't mean he's hungry- I'M TRYING TO GET AWAY FROM YOUR MEAN COMMENTS!

I am slightly worried because he is slowing down being that he was 80% at 2 weeks and 70th at 2 months but he'd have to eat nonstop to keep up with those numbers.  He seems satisified when he's done nursing and he eats as long as he wants.  The majortiy of the time when he unlatches he has milk running out of the corner of his mouth and definitely has the "milk drunk" look.  He is growing and has PLENTY of wet diapers a day (needing to be changed at least every 2 hours) and he seems happy and healthy.

Granted, we could go in Thursday and the doctor will tell me otherwise and tell me to start supplementing but YOU ARE NOT A DOCTOR SO QUIT JUDGING ME FOR BREASTFEEDING MY SON.

I was strongly thinking of skipping cereal at 4 months and waiting to introduce any solids until 6 months because of many things that I have read explaining the benefits of doing so but now I am starting to question if he needs them now... bottom line is if the doctor thinks he's "too skinny" we will go with what he recommends.

I just never realized I would get so much criticism for chosing to do something so natural.  Thankfully my mother and close friends are amazingly supportive!

/rant :)

Monday, April 25, 2011

Truitt's first Easter

I wanted to upload these last night but we had bad storms that knocked out the electricty so here they are!

The Easter Bunny came!!! This is the chair we put him in at Cabela's and it was too precious not to get. The eggs were empty since he's not ready for candy (or even mashed peas!) but what kind of Easter basket doesn't have eggs?! He also got some books, bubbles, a school bus (since daddy works on them!), and a stuffed froggie!

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Daddy reading one of his new books.
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He was too interested in his feet
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We then stopped by Truitt's Nana's to wish her happy birthday and he got another basket!
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And finally we went to E's parents' home for an Easter Egg hunt!!!
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Our Week in Photos!

A hand-me-down onesie... LOVE IT!
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BIG BOY CARSEAT!  Don't let these two pictures fool you- he screams most of the time in it...
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His first trip to Cabela's
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*Easter pics will be up soon!!!

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Happy Easter!

Here are our two pictures with the bunny- I'll upload today's pictures after all of the family festivities.

REAL Bunny!!!
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Official Mall Bunny- slightly "deer in headlights" but at least he wasn't screaming; I'm sure he will scream next year!!!
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Saturday, April 23, 2011

One Year Ago...

One year ago today I found out that we were going to be parents.  Today, I have the sweetest (almost) fourth month old.  It's amazing how much love you can find in your heart for one being and how it continues to grow.  I am so blessed to be this little guy's mom and I cannot wait for the years to come with him!

Last year:
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Today: (well this was yesterday but too cute to not use!)
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Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Rolling :)

After 3 weeks of rolling back to belly I FINALLY caught it on camera!

Ticklish Toesies

Sorry, don't know how to rotate it

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Texas Bluebonnets

The Bluebonnet is the state flower of Texas and as a kid we, as many families, would pull over on the side of the highway and take pictures in the bluebonnets.  Luckily, we live near a dam that has FIELDS of them growing so no highway stunts anymore.  It was CRAZY windy (sustained at 25-30mph) the day we went and T was cranky so we tried again the next day and it was still windy!  Here are some of our best shots!
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My two favorite boys!
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Start of day two "Mom, you're really going to try this again?!?"
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"But I don't want toooooo!!!"
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My favorite outtake!
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Our (Two) Week(s) in Photos!

Looking up at the mirror. He looks so grown up in his big boy pj's
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Playdate with T (7 weeks) and J (4 weeks)
T already weighs as much as Truitt!!!
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Trying out our new weehuggers diaper even though it's a tad too big
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Doing a push up- strong boy :)
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Looking outside
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E said they were playing...Truitt seemed to enjoy being dragged around!
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