Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Mommy Diary: Week 24

Developments This Week:
  • Sitting up easier with minimal assistance.
  • Loving our hand-me-down high-chair.  Aka, I get to eat real meals because he'll sit and happily play next to me.
Good friends of ours are having a baby in December and they got a high-chair from a friend that they don't need, and it's really nice. So although I fixed my old one this one is much more comfy and easier to strap him safely into. And so far--success!  He sits in it happily while I cook, eat, blog, etc.  He just likes watching you!  

His sleep patterns are still all wonky following those teeth and it's starting to wear on me despite all my efforts to remedy it.  While he's never been a great sleeper, he's now essentially reverted back to about a 1 month old. He used to only wake up at 2:30 every night and now it's a 2 feeding night and it's unpredictable.  And this is a baby who will not cry it out at night. He will choke on his own drool and end up hacking and you run in there to sit him up so he can cough out a massive amount of drool/tears.  It's just not a solution for us.  We go in for our 6 month checkup in 2 weeks and it's on my list of things.  Right after foods. :)  Which I'm getting really excited for him to delve into. I think he's going to just love experimenting. He's already soooo curious!

Thanksgiving was nice although I'm having a hard time missing my mom for our first real holiday without her. last Christmas we were all still too numb, but now it seems so hard.  I just hold onto my beautiful baby a little tighter. 
Just a little help needed!
sitting up by ourselves.... even for a second! aaannnddd... 
we had to go get our best friend. Screw sitting up!!

Thursday, November 24, 2011

The Holidays, Take One

I am bringing pies to our Thanksgiving this year.  Coach's family does a big deal and all 50+ family members get together at his parents house to eat and then watch the Cowgirls Cowboys play.  Last year we were at my Mom's in Houston.  

This is our first thinksgiving, my first thanksgiving without her.  I'm baking her pies, in her pie crust, reading her handwritten recipes.  I had to log into my old email to search for another recipe today and found some of her emails from years ago.  

I miss her so much.  She was such a wonderful cook and was always making our house smell like home, and welcome, and family.  I really regret that Lloyd will never get to lick the beaters she hands him, or help her stir the Jambalaya on Christmas Eve.  My memories.  Or that I'll be able to cook for her as she plays with her Grandson.  I miss her so much it's unbelievable this week.  I'm smelling her pie's in the oven and cooling and I want to share them with her.  I want her to put her hands on mine to help me.  I need her hug.  

So this year I'm thankful for my beautiful family.  My wonderful husband.  My sweet life.  But mostly, I'm thankful for every minute I get with Lloyd--to show him all these things my mother taught me.  
always one of my favorite photos. Don't know why. circa 2005
cooking Christmas Jambalaya
Christmas 2005

Mommy Diary: Week 23

Not much this week, I'm already a day late, and it's thanksgiving so I'll leave you with pictures from Lloyd's first Chili Night!

learning the secrets from PawPaw

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Mommy Diary: Week 22

Developments This Week:
  • sitting up with minimal assistance for longer periods of time
It's been a quiet but strange week for Lloyd. Nothing super exciting now that we've exited that Wonder Week and he's starting to really get used to seeing his surroundings in this new way.  He loves sitting up and holding, grabbing, and playing with toys.  He is playing by himself for longer and longer and is enjoying his independent play time again (thank jeebus).  It's important, they have to learn how to interact by themselves.  It also gives me a little time to take a seat and enjoy lunch, craft, or just relax my back. 

He still is screaming more than usual but we're not sure why.  There is some ear tugging, so it could be another tooth.  I though he might be getting a top tooth, infamously painful for them, but it has yet to appear so who knows.  He has tons of drool, but that's semi-normal.

He will grab anything in your hands.  Which, yesterday, included a blackberry. So I let him put it partially in his mouth and gum it--his face was HYSTERICAL.  He puckered up his lips and was all bug-eyed and shocked at the tartness. It reminded me of this because he totally kept doing it as was laughing.  He's going to love food when we finally start solids!

Also we got a new car this week and having air vents in the back has already proven useful and I'm so glad we made the MUCH agonized over decision to get a larger car.  It's amazing how much stuff you have to take everywhere with a baby.  My CR-V also had no air vents in the back--which in Texas meant a very warm baby during the summer with minimal ways to cool him off in the car.  So we got a GMC Acadia, which after doing 2 months of research on safety ratings, reviews, resale projections, and all that jazz--then talking it to death--we decided was the best (and safest) option.  The purchase was horrible and I would not recommend Classic GMC/Buick in Arlington (we're still randomly missing floor-mats they can't seem to find and are getting for us), but I'm overall exceedingly happy with the car.  Although learning new buttons and stuff is always kind of exhilarating, it was a really big decision for us buying a new car and going back to having a car payment.  It's a bigger vehicle without feeling huge, even though it's only 1% smaller than the Tahoe it doesn't feel as massive.  In addition, since we're planning to drive this thing until the wheels fall off and have multiple children during that time, we needed the space. So although I barely slept after we decided to finally pull the trigger and went to the dealer, I'm glad to have it. 

I cannot believe it's November either, anyone else blown away by how fast the year has flown by?

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Mommy Diary: 5 Months Old

This month has been full of big events:
  • Our first teeth (bottom two both came in this month)
  • Sitting up by our-self for short periods of time
  • Smoother movements
  • Impeccable hand-eye coordination
  • Reaching for people
  • Being able to roll over, push up, and acquire toys out of his original reach.
  • Growing out of 6 month clothes, and some of our 9 month clothes too.
My big boy. :)

P.S. yes I changed the photo, hated the other one. :)

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Mommy Diary: Week 21

Developments This Week:
  • Tooth #2 came in.  We are now looking surprisingly like a little chipmunk.  :)
  • Sitting up (while assisted) is our favorite activity next to bouncing in our jumparoo.  He will lean over, grab a toy, and push/pull/slowly manage to sit up-ish again.  he loves leaning over to try and get something.  His coordination is startlingly good these days.
  • We are starting to understand tone of voice.  Coach made him cry with a scary voice that surprised him.  Woopsies!
  • Our 3 hour car trip to Ft. Sill to see my sister and brother-in-law went really smooth, and we didn't have to stop!  He napped almost the whole way and was content to play with the toys on his car seat the remaining time! a miracle I never would have expected 3 months ago!
  • Obsessed with the Puggles. He follows them around the room with his whole body.  If you sit him near them he tries to get to them and pet them. And will pet them when they come up to him. It's adorable.  Donnie doesn't leave his side. Best bud's. :)
We're in a Wonder Week again I think.  The book says 19 weeks, but I think it started about last week and I finally thought to look in the book and low-and-behold, yup!  He is so clingy, fussy, and constantly wanting to feed.  And with those little teeth sometimes he nibbles--which makes me gasp. His naptimes are also a huge huge HUGE fight all of a sudden.  He gets himself worked up so badly that it sounds like he's going to choke so I have to go get him, but he's so worked up he won't stop crying unless I feed him, then he passes out. Which is, I know, creating a horrible pattern but I've tried everything and there's only so much screaming I can handle.  And it's not his normal cry.  He has huge crocodile tears, lots of snot, gets overheated, and then all the extra drool from the teeth--it feels dangerous. 

So basically there are lots of cuddles around the house these days.   And not much sleeping.  

And I blame  the time change for part of it.  Time change + already disrupted sleep schedule due to teething = nigh-times are a disaster and lots of middle of the night feedings.  I'm almost thinking he's in a growth spurt because last night he got so desperate I had to check my milk supply and there was barely anything so we had to give him a bottle of my milk I'd pumped a while ago.  And since he's mr. huge kid, I'm not disqualifying the possibility that he's having all off this plus a growth spurt even though they say the next big one after 3 months isn't until 6 months.  Hell, I did just buy him 12 month onesies.  Sigh. So basically every day is a struggle to figure out what he wants and how to keep him occupied and learning while not crying.  

Which means I barely have time to eat or drink (just like that first month).  Resulting in me being only 5 pounds away from my pre-pregnancy weight and fitting into all but 3 pairs of my pants.  Although Coach pointed out, how much of that remaining 5 pounds is also from my boobs being 3-4 sizes bigger than they were pre-pregnancy I have no idea.  Either way, considering that means I've lost 45 pounds (please don't add those two together, it's a scary number I had no idea I was at until I'd already delivered) I'm feeling kinda like wonder-woman. My cousin was right, it really does fall off--you're too exhausted, too overworked, and too busy.  Even Coach has lost weight because we don't sit down ever, we're always playing with Lloyd so you're always rolling around, standing up, squatting, lifting, or something! AND when you can't eat dairy and that was a good bit of your snack food and extra calories, it's impossible to eat enough.  Dairy is in everything (especially everything that tastes delicious)!  And you can only have so many cashews and power bars to fill you up through the day without wanting to just say forget it.  

It's been a long week. Next week Twilight comes out and I'm so excited to meet up with Tiffany and see it.  We're hoping the early Friday showing will mean it's not insane, even if I have to scramble out of the house and hope Lloyd does ok with his grandma.  His mornings are pretty easy so he should be good. It's the afternoons that can get dicey.  First time I'm leaving him to do something selfish.  Hopefully I can relax and actually enjoy the date with my friend. I need it so badly!

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Mommy Diary: Week 20

Developments This Week:
  • Our obsession with cups continues (he loves them and will try to grab yours while you are drinking.  
  • Tooth #2 is on it's way.
I'm a day late and it's going to be short.  Halloween went great. Except for this:

It was too late in the day to get a good shot.  But our little crawfish is still adorable. Hence the themed weekly photo.  :)

We are leaving shortly to drive to Lawton, OK to see my sister and brother-in-law up at Ft. Sill.  Only the little guy and I are going and I'm exceedingly nervous about driving almost 3 hours by myself.  I'm hoping he naps.  But that 2nd tooth is giving him grief so he's been hard to get to sleep the past few days. Fingers crossed.