Tuesday, November 4, 2014

David is Three!

This past weekend my sweet baby David turned three years old. I can't believe it! Two was such a good year. I have high hopes for three.

Currently Loves:
-All things lawn care
-Fruit Snacks
-Apple Juice
-Wearing "comfy pants"
-The moon
-Papa's Lake House
-"Hanging out all night" (staying home from daycare)
-Breadsticks with dip-sauce
-Playing outside with the kids
-Riding in his Jeep
-Bounce Houses
-The Zoo
-Crazy socks
-His brother Ryan

Current Dislikes:
-Making decisions
-Brushing teeth
-The "Happy Birthday" song
-Singing in general
-Walking up the stairs on his own
-Making decisions
-Talking to people he doesn't know
-Having his picture taken
- Potty training
-Making decisions (no, really)
Overall he's a sweet, shy, smart, spunky little thing and I love him to the moon and back. This is going to be a big year for him. He's adjusting to being a big brother and not the only child. It's hard on him, I can tell, but he'll get there. He's also going to start preschool in the fall and I think it's going To be so good for him. He's so eager to learn things right now and has the most logical mind. The questions he asks blow our mind on a daily basis. I can't wait to see what this year has in store.

Happy Birthday, Muffin Man! I love you!

Monday, November 3, 2014

Ryan is One Month Old

Mr. Ryan is on month old! He's growing like a weed and is such a good baby!

He spent much of his first two weeks sleeping. He was such a sleepy baby. He had to be woken up to eat no matter what and would frequently fall back asleep while eating. He's woken up in the past two weeks but still really does seem to like to sleep. He will currently sleep a good 5-6 hour stretch at night followed by another 3 hour stretch. He's still in our room in the Rock N Play so he's all snuggled up. I want to start transitioning him to his crib, but am totally afraid of messing up his awesome sleeping!! I keep thinking it's too good to be true.  Most of his naps are while I hold him (because I want to!) or he will snooze in a bouncy seat. Unlike David he doesn't much care for the swing. I have him in his crib right now but he's not doing much sleeping, just a lot of grunting. But really, I cannot complain about this kids sleeping. We are lucky!!....so far!

He did give us some trouble with eating though. I tried breastfeeding for two weeks, but it didn't work out. It was a constant battle and I wasn't going to let myself feel guilty like I did with David. So, we turned to formula. He was super picky about his bottle. We've tried three and are currently using Tommee Tippee although I wish he'd use the Dr. Brown to help him.  At three weeks old I took him back to the doctor because he was screaming during and after every feeding since he was born. It got to the point where he was only eating 1 ounce per bottle and only taking about 10 oz a day. Turns out he has silent reflux. We started Zantac and even though the doctor said it would take 2 weeks to really take effect we are already seeing awesome results. He is back to eating normally and doesn't cry near as much. I do think I'm going to need to incline his crib though.

Zach had a work training trip that he had to go on the last two weeks. So, I was "on my own" for 11 days. Luckily the grandparents really stepped up and helped us out tremendously. My parents came over several nights and Zach's mom came down for a whole week. It was hard not having any sort of routine and adjusting to having other people help me but we made it. Poor David really struggled but everyone was good about helping keep him entertained. He's a very good big brother and luckily hasn't taken any of his aggression out on Ryan. He loves to give him kisses and hugs and lay with him on his play mat. I think he's going to be so excited once Ryan can interact with him.

The biggest event of his first month was the Royals made the World Series! We spent most of our nights watching all the playoff and World Series games while taking several scream-breaks. It was really tiring staying up late to watch all the games, but I'm glad to have the memories. It's too bad they didn't win, but we are all sure glad they made it this far! It was really exciting!

As far as stats go, he was up to 11 pounds 8 ounces when I took him in at 3 weeks old. 95th percentile! He's already out-growing some of his 3 month sleepers! He's incredibly strong and doesn't protest tummy time at all. He can lift his head and turn it really well and everyone comments on how strong he is. He has a good bit of baby acne but I'm hopeful it starts to fade soon. Otherwise, he's growing, happy and healthy!!

We sure are lucky!

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