Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Mommy Diary: Week 28

Not only did I fail and repeat an outfit from a few weeks ago, but this was the happiest we could get him.

Developments This Week:
  • Tooth #3 poked through. And unlike all the books say, it wasn't one of the top center teeth. It was (if you're looking at him) the one to the right of his two front teeth.  The corresponding left tooth is up next, and those center teeth are just swollen as all get-out and causing him daily pain.  
  • Sitting up unassisted for really long periods of time.
Man, the screaming is insane.  I have one more week of Coach being home and I'm dreading his return to school.  I honestly do not know how I'll do it without him here.  And the chances that the 3 teeth that are left in this "round of hell" come in in that week is slim.  One should poke through here in the next 2-3 days, but those top center ones who knows.  Luckily Lloyd can have Motrin now since he's 6 months old, which is helping far more than the Tylenol did.  I try not to give it to him but he screams at night and will cry out all night in pain if he doesn't get a dose at bedtime. It breaks your heart.  He is just a massive cuddle bug.  So unlike our little adventure boy.  :(

We are going up to Oklahoma on the 29th to spend the new year with my Sister and Brother-in-law.  It may be the last time we see them before they move to Ft. Lewis up in Washington state, which makes me sad.  For the next 20+ years we'll be skyping and calling each other with only the occasional visit.  It's really hard with one the two of us left.  I miss her a lot.  She's my big support group and it's hard to not be able to see her in person.  But, such is life. 

Well, we're a day late and we have a cranky guy so this is going to be short.  See you in the new year!

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Homemade Holiday!

In the spirit of giving, I really tried to make most of our Christmas gifts this year special.  So I did a lot of sewing. But I also did a lot of sewing for various friends and family that wasn't holiday related.  So I figured I post them all together, in all their cute glory!

This Adorable Apron was made for my cousin Cecily's daughter Zadie. (I also made one with pink accents for a friend's daughter but forgot to photograph it!)
Man it turned out adorable!! From this tutorial on Skip to My Lu.

This tool belt for Cecily's son Elliot.  Ah! I want pictures of these too cuties, they live in Boston. :(

This dress was for my friend Stephanie's daughter for her 1 year birthday.
From this super simple tutorial on Make it and Love it.

This one is for Stephanie's daughter who turned 2.  2 kids birthday's in December? Crazy!!

I also made this Wine Cork Wreath for my Mother-in-Law! She freaked!
From this tutorial from LollyChops. Man it took a lot of corks.  

I started this cross-stitch Alpha Phi pattern for Coach's cousin, Lloyd's Godmother, when she started college. I even finished it with a year and a half to spare.  haha.  
And last but not least, of course Lloyd needed a new shirt for Christmas but I was too cheap to buy a generic one at the store. :)


Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Mommy Diary: Week 27

Developments This Week:
  • Screaming like a banshee for no cause (I wont say no reason).  Awesome.  Which leads me to bullet number 2.
  • We have 4 top teeth coming in.
Yeah, that's right.  4.  Of the top teeth.  Which have to cut through a major chunk of skin to emerge, which is why they are the most painful and give babies the most grief.  It looks like the side ones may emerge first, then the 2 center.... All he wanted for Christmas is his 2 front teeth? Oh hell no, 4!! (facepalm) My kid the overachiever. So he screams a lot all of a sudden. And just wants to be held. And doesn't take naps. But otherwise he's a super happy, rolling like a fool, sitting up, playful little guy.  Except for the occasional screaming. 

He had his 6 month check-up last friday, did really well with all his shots and goodness.  He is officially 29 inches long, 18 pounds 3 ounces.  So he only grew 1 inch in two months (he had been growing an inch a month so he's "slowed down").  But even then he's essentially 100th percentile for height according to the pediatrician.  He's only 60th for weight, which she said she'd be more concerned about except that he doesn't sit or lay still, he's always moving and playing, so it's to be expected with a baby who grows so much and is so active.  We don't go back until 9 months.  March.  Which seems forever away but I never thought I'd make it to 6 months! I mean, he's sleeping 7-9 hours a night! Last night he finally went to sleep at 9:30 and woke up at 7:30!  I woke up not.once., even to pump! Of course I had to pump right before he woke up because I was in agony, but I felt awesome!!! I forgot what that felt like! It's heaven! I got to wake up on my own! (enough exclamation marks for you?)

Life is simple some times when you're a mother.  

So that's it. I have a post I want to write but I still can't.  Basically, it's been a year and the day came and went.  Maybe later.  But the LSU shirt this week is for her.  I love you Mom.

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Mommy Diary: 6 Months Old

sorry this is so late, I've been so sick and not suitable for photographing. I finally gave up and am posting without myself, I am miserable.

Developments This Month:
  • Becoming a rolling fool.  360 degree rolls are now easy and frequent.
  • Sitting up unassisted, even if it's only for short spurts.
  • Starting food!
I cannot believe our little boy is 6 months old! Time is flying by and he is changing so much.  I look back at all the photo's I've taken thus far and I can see huge changes.  He is physically larger but he is also so smart, has come so far mentally and developmentally.  He has a hilarious, playful, fun little personality.  He loves to reach for you, roll towards you, and smile at you.  He is so much fun now.  He gab's at you when he wants your attention, yells when you've spaced out, and watches you do everything.  Our little mimic.  Vegetable lover.  And general goob.  What a ham.  

6 months Lloyd, we love you so much! What a big boy!!!

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Mommy Diary: Week 26


Developments This Week:
  • We roll 360 degrees constantly, he may not show any indication of crawling but he can roll himself around the living room with no issues for sure.  He's quick!
  • Started foods.  And so far, yay!
  • Constantly sleeping at least 6-7 hours a night.  Last night he slept from 9pm to 6am!!
  • He can grab almost anything of any shape and size. But round things piss him off.  Water bottles are his new favorite toys. They've almost over-passed his obsession with cups.
The food and the sleeping are not related.  He barely eats anything, but he sure does love playing with what we give him. So far he loves sweet potato, butternut squash, acorn squash, banana's, and apple.  We have been trying to give him broccoli for 2 nights and he'll nibble on the top bits but continues to make "uck" faces and doesn't mess with it like he does the other vegi's.  He loves the yellow/orange squashes.  He's on the fence about green beans and zucchini squash.  He tolerates the cereal stuff mixed with my breast milk but he knows there's banana in there too at the end, so he waits for that then will practically maul you to get the banana.  Not much of it goes down (they still haven't figured out lips or swallowing yet, so at this point it's mostly about texture and taste), but he seems to enjoy it.  We all sit down to eat and he gets his food and we enjoy a nice peacefully dinner.  he talks to us, plays with his food, and it's nice to enjoy 3 meals a day sitting down.  We're kinda doing a mix between Baby Led Weaning and home-made puree's.  He  isn't a fan of puree unless he's had it in it's real form to play with.  But he knows the spoon is faster. So it depends on the meal.  

He also loves to roll everywhere now, you have to watch him like a hawk and changing his diaper is a game.  Speaking of diapers, he now has stinky poopy thanks to the food addition. And he also makes a HILARIOUS poop face.  Because he's the child of two Anglo-saxton pasty white people, his face turns bright red and he grunts.  It's amusing to say the least.  

This Wonder Week and growth spurt is also making him senior crankypants to the extreme. No naps are occurring either.  One in the morning then it's play time, boob time, brief nap (as long as I don't move), and then repeat. Which is most of the sleeping at night phenomena.  

Can't believe his first Christmas is approaching.  Just nuts that this time has flown by.  I made it 6 months exclusively breastfeeding!  You have no idea how incredible that is until you have a child!  But I feel like I won a freaking Olympic medal!

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Mommy Diary: Week 25


Developments This Week:
  • sitting longer unassisted.
  • Wonder Week 26 has arrived. sigh...
We haven't been getting much sleep lately.  Before his teeth came in at around 4 months he was a super regular sleeper, woke up the same time every night and every morning.  I never had to set an alarm to wake us up because he was always awake at 8.  And, technically, he was "sleeping through the night" (which is 5-6 hours according to the books).  Then the teeth came in and blew all that to smithereens. 

Ever since then we've had erratic sleep schedules and it's a total crapshoot.  I tried everything in the book, but it didn't matter and nothing threw him back on any type of schedule.  So here we are at almost 6 months (what!) and we're still playing the wake-up in the middle of the night game.  For instance, 2 nights ago he woke up at 11:30, 12:30, 4:00, and 7:45.  I let him cry it through 11:30 because he was barely awake (he always goes down at 9).  At 12:30 we had blood curdling screams, and ditto at 4.  When he gets like that he will work himself up so much he starts choking.  So that whole "just let him cry it out, he can do it" is bullshit for my kiddo.  Then he will eat an insane amount, proving that he was (indeed) freaking hungry and not just missing me.  Last night he woke up at 12:00 and 7:00.  What!  Now THAT is what I'm talking about.  Do I have any idea what the difference was? No. Did we do anything different? Nope.  So hopefully we'll recreate it tonight. I'm exhausted.

Yes, he should be "sleeping through the night" by now.  But he still has horrible acid reflux (I forgot to give him his medicine one morning and wow, spit-up everywhere for 2 days) and he seems to be perpetually in a growth spurt.  For goodness sakes, he's in 12 month clothes! So while I know the book "say" and people tell me all their stories, I just want him to sleep long enough so I don't feel run over by a mac truck in the morning.  He'll get there eventually, because nothing seems to be making a difference anyway.  But boy is it frustrating to not know what kind of night it will be--easy or hard.  

But already this Wonder Week is giving me grief.  This is when they figure out relationships. As in, they have separation anxiety.  And he's clingy, refusing the nap, doesn't want to play alone as much as usual, and all the fun things that always go with a wonder week.  So we'll soldier on through this one as well. And sometime in the next week or so we'll hit that infamously difficult 6 month growth spurt.  Yay.  Good thing I've got most of my Christmas sewing already pieced together this week.  After the holidays I'll have to post a compilation of all the cute stuff I made. :)

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Thanksgiving

We finally got some family photos! They turned out GREAT!! And you can see the cute little bib I whipped up for his first turkey day!