Thursday, August 28, 2014

Mommy Diary Take Two: 35 Weeks

August 22, 2014

Dear Asher:

You are so adorable. You look a bit chunkier and a bit longer this week, I need to measure you again. You also got 2 new teeth. You started nursing like crazy again and just wanting mommy all day and all night.  Your naps, as a result, have gone crazy. You'd been trying to drop one of your tiny naps so they'd been goofy anyway, but now you just are all over the place. Which is fine. Once big brother goes back to school next week and our schedule starts to get set again, I'm sure we will quickly figure out what will work best for you. 

Love,
Momma

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Mommy Diary Take Two: 8 Months

August 20, 2014

Dear Asher-

This month has been full of ups and downs for you. Several new teeth, tummy troubles, growth spurt, and development frustrations have all happened in such a short period of time. You're up to six teeth now, the four center ones and your right upper incisor and left lower incisor. You've outgrown all 18 month clothes, despite my trying desperately to squeeze a few more weeks out of them. I had to buy 24-month sized clothes because your brother skipped that size entirely but you're so much broader than he was you need them! We got some contaminated food on vacation and it's taken you almost the whole month for your tummy to feel better; we even broke down and brought you to the specialist and he found a corn allergy (yikes!). Tummy plus new teeth meant a lot of nursing again, but you are still really enjoying food--especially the lovely summer watermelon and fresh prunes we have been buying. I still get daily comments on your red hair and honestly honey-bear, I (too) can hardly believe you are such a red head! You are gorgeous.  So much of your daddy in your smiles and sweet faces, but also a little resemblance to your brother (and I) is coming through. If you would just crawl, for goodness sake, this month would have been lots easier. You get so mad! You hold your arms out and grunt and flex--just like The Hulk! It's funny but not, all simultaneously. You're so ready to move! 

Love, 
Momma

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Mommy Diary Take Two: 34 Weeks

August 15, 2014

Dear Asher,

Oh sweetheart! You got your 5th tooth this week and I totally missed it other than a crazy increase in drool. I should have picked up on it after the huge increase in nursing you were wanting to do; you hardly wanted to eat anything but lots of mommy time. Which might also explain why your naps have been all over the place: some days you wanted to take 3-4 short naps, others 2 super long ones. It's been bizarre. You are pulling up on everything! You will maneuver yourself (but not crawl, god forbid you crawl!) over to the fireplace and bounce around once you get yourself all the way up. It's impressive. You also can get yourself to sitting up even from laying down, which (in case you were wondering) usually comes after crawling. 

Love,
Momma

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Mommy Diary Take Two: 33 Weeks

August 8, 2014

Dear Asher,

You are still getting so frustrated by not crawling. All day you get on all fours, rock, and scream your guts out. We've tried bribing you with food, toys, everything. You'll do it in your own time I guess. I never thought I'd be looking forward to a mobile baby and all the challenges that brings, but the frustration you are experiencing right now is often difficult to watch. You will stretch yourself any which-way to grab something to pull up on now as well; you have pulled a chair down on yourself just trying to stand up. All day you want to stand, wobble, bounce, and take baby steps holding our hands. You want to move so badly but your chunky little body just hasn't caught up. Soon.

Love,
Momma

Monday, August 4, 2014

Mommy Diary Take Two: 32 Weeks

August 1, 2014

Dear Asher,

Daddy went back to work this week so our summer is officially over. Both you boys miss him during the day I know, and so do I. You started trying to clap this week and it is so cute. You occasionally miss and hit yourself instead of your hand, but you're getting it. You're also signing "milk" we think. Amazing. We ended up breaking down and taking you to your brothers specialist because you are still having some tummy issues and not sleeping like you were.  He found a corn allergy which scares the bejeebus out of me because corn is in everything, but we will get it figured out so your tummy and sleep can get back to normal. Any personal sacrifice is worth it for your health my love. 

always,
Momma

Friday, July 25, 2014

Mommy Diary Take Two: 31 Weeks

July 25, 2014

Dear Asher:

Well you have finally started to recover from the teeth as they are now front and center. You are trying to figure them out a bit and keep almost grinding them against your lowers. I ate something in Austin that still has your tummy very upset because you have been extraordinarily constipated--you shake and shake, screaming in pain trying to push it out. I've added prunes to your diet to try and help it clear. I really don't know what it was but I just hate seeing you like this, it's so very uncharacteristic. You really did well in Austin considering the drive and your poor teeth; all mommy's old friends just couldn't get over your cute hair and rolls. Greatmama also got some good time with you. I wish they would all get to watch you grow up more. So many people love you!

Love,
Momma

Monday, July 21, 2014

Mommy Diary Take Two: 7 Months

July 20, 2014

Dear Asher:

This month has seemed really long for some reason. You started foods and love eating with us, you got two more teeth (bringing the total to 4), you sit up completely unassisted and don't want to lay down at all, took our first road trip, and you talk non-stop trying to communicate. You have no interest in playing on your belly much any more and get incredibly frustrated because you still will not crawl. It's frustrating for all of us actually, you scream and scream and scream on your belly. You and your brother get each other laughing so hard I can barely stop myself from joining in your private jokes. You also got to meet your GreatGrandma (or GreatMama as your brother called her), and it was very special being able to visit her in Austin and introduce you. You did very well on the trip even though you still had a tooth breaking through. 

Love,
Momma