Monday, September 24, 2012

Bodily Functions

Because so many of you enjoyed my post about him spitting up AND peeing in our bed within 5 minutes time I thought I would share this "delightful" story. :)

WHILE I was changing his diaper last night he was coughing (poor guy). BUT, every time he coughed he also passed gas. I couldn't keep myself from laughing. So hard. Even though it was time for him to be sleeping and I was supposed to be all calm and quiet.

Oops. hehe :)

So... I was wrong.

It wasn't just teething. It is an all-out cold. :(

When I picked the buddy (my new blog name for baby N!) up from my parents' house on Friday he had a yucky cough and a goopy eye. Thankfully the Dr.'s office is open on Saturday mornings so we took a trip to see the pediatrician who said he definitely had a cold. I knew the hacking and eye ickiness were not symptoms of teething, but it was good to hear it wasn't something more serious! 

Poor guy seems happy until a stuffy nose or cough wakes him up from a nap or at bedtime. And of course until we have to administer the antibiotic eye cream, or the worst, aspirate his nose. Yeah, he screams like crazy at that for sure!!! It's a 2 person job trying to get the limbs still enough to make any of it effective. :/

I'm pretty bummed he's sick, mostly because it's sad to hear his stuffy nose and know he's uncomfortable, but also because I thought he would have the immune system of a Greek god because of all the donated breastmilk he has gotten! Our hope was that because he has gotten immunoglobulins from several different milk donors (even though we have had 3 "main" donors, we have had about 3 other supplemental donors) that he would be immune from all kinds of childhood illness! But, no suck luck. :( 

So, the buddy (and I) stayed home from church yesterday and then I'm home early from work to watch him while Dave goes into teach. No dayschool for the little guy today. I WILL say I'm glad for the time with him, but definitely not at the expense of his sickness!

Here's hoping he's better by the end of the week! It's so sad to have "torturous" bedtime routines of nasal saline drops, snot-aspirating and eye cream application! I'm ready for normal (whatever that is?) again! 

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Quick Post

He's getting pretty good at "tripod sitting."
So, it's easy to say that the transition is going well when everything goes "as planned." Of course, after that blog post (I need to stop bragging!) our sweet baby seemed to catch a little bug. :/ He seemed a little stuffed up, and had a fever last night and was either screaming or sleeping, definitely not his normal cheerful self. He's also recently decided that he doesn't need a long late afternoon nap OR an evening catnap anymore. Which is good because I get more interactive time with him. BUT, all of this also means I'm on the overwhelmed and exhausted side of life! :-)

Based on his temperature and behavior today, we're pretty sure he's just teething, but oh my! If this teething continues in the same way it did yesterday the house will never be clean again! Or even tidy... :)

Anyway, on a side note, I forgot to blog about a pretty hilarious "episode." On Tuesdays I miss Nathaniel extra because it's the day I not only work at my regular job from 7:30-3:30, but then afterward I teach for an hour at a local Preschool. So, I miss him! One recent Tuesday I didn't get home until almost 7pm because I also had a (long overdue) haircut scheduled. 

So that night, after he was sleeping I decided I wanted to bring him in to bed with me to snuggle him (around 9:30pm). He's been sleeping in his own room since the beginning, so this hardly ever happens! But, I grabbed his teeny, little swaddled body and brought him into the bed. As soon as we snuggled down he spit up all over himself and me. So, I laid him down in the middle of our bed and got up to change my pjs. When I came back to get him, he peed THROUGH his diaper, pjs, AND swaddle, right through to our sheets! ha! So, while I got him cleaned up and ready for his own bed again, Dave had to change the sheets on our bed. Ha! It was obviously NOT a successful snuggle time. hehe :-)

Sunday, September 16, 2012

5 Whole Weeks?!

How sweet is this photo of N with our friends' precious baby girl!?
I can't believe I've been back to school for 5 weeks already!! AH! Time flies when you're super busy I guess!
My transition to work from full-time mommyhood has overall been much better than I would have imagined. I always thought that going back to work as a mom I would be a teary, blubbering mess that felt like the worst mom in the world for leaving her child at home. However (for the most part), it has been quite the opposite thankfully!

This little guy LOVES standing! :-)
I do miss sweet baby N lots while I'm at work and think about him all the time! Especially the first couple of weeks I wondered what he was doing every minute of the day. But, I'm the type of person that likes to stay (very) busy and productive, so getting into a routine and being at work has been good for me and for our family. We DO have to pay the bills you know? ;-)

And our situation is really ideal for where we are right now. I teach a regular 8 hour day on Tuesdays, but the other 4 days out of the week I only teach 5 hours, from 9:30-2:30, which is such a blessing. It's amazing how much of a difference those 3 hours a day makes. :-) Of course I'm doing more work from home than usual and it was a pay cut, but it's totally worth it for those few extra hours. Baby N stays at home with Dave on Tuesdays and Thursdays, I take him to my parents' house on Wednesdays and Fridays and he goes to a part-time dayschool on Mondays. So, really the schedule really works out very well. And even though I DO miss N while I'm at work, it's also good for me to be at a job that I enjoy and that helps me balance things. And, it's also super fun to come home from work and see N break into a huge smile, grab my face and "zero in" on my face for sloppy baby kisses. :-) (He doesn't ALWAYS do that, but when he does it makes my heart so happy!)

Monday, September 3, 2012

16 Weeks!

First of all, I officially stink as a blogger. :/ I think of ideas all the time, while I'm at work, in the car to drop baby N off somewhere, or even while I'm on a walk with N. But, by the time I'm done with all the above things in addition to bottle washing, making, diaper changing (and washing), etc. I can't remember what my inspiration was! I promise I have thoughts to record, but I'm not so good at actually taking the time to sit down and record them!

Here are some baby-related items I love.

1. Cloth diapers- STILL love them! Even though the poops have gotten much stinkier and more difficult to clean out... hehe :-)

2. The Bumbo- I know it's controversial, but he really loves sitting in it. And there's not way he's heavy enough yet to tip it over.

3. Swaddles- Seriously... I don't think this baby can sleep without them. Which is actually a terrifying thought....

4. Video Baby Monitors- We joke that we should connect it to the big-screen tv to watch it. :-) But seriously, I kind of think this might be a must-have. Especially if you start any "crying it out" (which we started at 11 weeks and are very grateful for).

5. BabyWise- I scoffed at it at the beginning, but I'm a believer. Once we had baby N start crying it out during his naptime (His naps were WAY too short and he'd wake up tired. We tried to soothe him, but he wasn't having that either, so we implemented crying-it-out for him to fall back asleep and have longer naps) within 2 days he started sleeping through the night. So, yes, I'm a believer. They say that BabyWise creates happy babies and I'm on board with that.

I will say, I don't think that BW would work for all babies. But, it works well for N's temperament, which I'm grateful for.

6. BABY CONNECT APP!!! Oh my goodness, I'm totally obsessed with this. :) It's a way to track your baby's sleep, eating and activity and since I love schedules, it makes me very happy to see it all in charts and graphs. :-) We bought it for Dave's ipad, which has all the fancy features, but once you have the app, you can log into the account from the computer too AND register others as child care providers! It's so wonderful that I can log-in at work and see exactly what he's doing while being cared for by my parents and Dave, see if he's napping well, etc. Saves time on asking about all those details when I pick him up.

7. Donated breastmilk- I've been meaning to blog about this for awhile now. Baby N has been almost exclusively breastmilk fed his whole life so far! Through the gifts of several different women, we have been able to feed him the nutritious liquid gold that I personally am unable to give. :-) It's been a HUGE blessing! Not just financially, but mostly nutritionally for N! If you're ever interested in more information about this, please contact me. I never would have thought I would become a "frozen breastmilk expert," but I kind of am at this point. And also never would have thought we would purchase a deep freezer to store it in. But, it's in our storage room and it's amazing.

And on an unrelated note, I can't believe how much I love this baby! We wondered if you'll feel the same about an adopted baby, even though everyone says the love isn't any different, buy holy freakin' cow, it's so true! We can't imagine our hearts loving a baby any more than we love this one. We just want to rip him out of his crib most of the time and snuggle with him all day. Unfortunately, that's not exactly practical, but you know, the image is there. :)

Also, the photos displayed throughout this post are from his 3 month photo shoot.
Visit to hire this talented lady! :-)