Sunday, March 16, 2014

Three Month Update

When Christian was first born we were told that three months is the magic age. Boy, were they right! He is turning into a little person with such a wonderful personality!

So many changes have happened between two and three months. The biggest accomplishment is that he rolled from his stomach to his back... just once. And now he refuses to do it again.  Jason wasn't able to see it, so of course, when I tried to show him, Christian refused to perform. He also likes to be entertained when he is awake. Before now, we were able to snuggle on the couch during awake times. Now, he gets fussy if he has been fed and napped. It took me a few days to figure out what he needed, but as soon as he had a toy to play with, he was content for hours. Motherhood is all about troubleshooting. Do you want food? No. Do you want a nap? No. Here, maybe a toy will help? Yes! I live for tiny successes.

I found the baby channel. I have a hard time watching, but it is like crack to Christian. If it put it on, he stops whatever he is doing and just stares at it. I tried Disney Junior (at least those shows have somewhat of a plot) but he started fussing until I changed it back. It has lots of bright colors and shapes on it. Whatever they are doing, they know how to get my baby's attention!

The smiles for his bottle at month two have turned into big belly laughs and HUGE smiles when he sees mommy and daddy. He even smiles at the dogs, that have little to no interest in him now. My favorite smile from him is first thing in the morning. I go to get him from his crib and he gives me the biggest smile! It makes my entire day.

His sleeping pattern is amazing. I can't take any credit for it either, he did it all on his own. For a while, he wasn't going to bed at night until midnight, waking up at 4:30am for a feeding and then sleeping until 9ish. Now, he goes down between 9 and 10 and sleeps until 7 or 8. In the past three weeks he has only woken up for a late night feeding once. The first time he slept through the night I woke up in a panic around 6:30am. Thankfully, I just looked on our video monitor and was put at ease (I had to stare at it for a few seconds just to make sure he was breathing).

Here are a couple quick facts about my big three month old:

  • He weighs 14(ish) pounds. He is now seeing his doctor every other month, so we didn't have a check up this month. I had to weigh him myself. 
  • He is wearing some 3-6 month clothes, but most of them are 6 months.
  • If he is fussing in the car, all we have to do is turn on Darius Rucker and he is silent. At least he has good taste ;)
  • We are finishing up the last box of size 1 diapers that we got from my shower (such a blessing to have received so many as gifts. We didn't have to buy any for him) and ready for size 2 diapers. Size 1 diapers are a bit snug on his pot belly and thunder thighs.
  • He will lay on his activity mat for hours between feedings and naps. 
  • He eats 5-6 ounces of formula every 3-5 hours during the day.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

When I Leave the Room

I've had this song in my head off and on since I heard it a couple months ago. I sing parts of it to Christian almost every night before I put him to bed. The first time I heard it, I cried. Not just tears in my eyes, full on CRYING. Natalie Grant's songs have spoken to me in the past, but this one is exactly how I feel on a daily basis with my little man. At the end of the day all I can do is thank God for our little blessing and giving me the strength to be mother than Christian needs. Through struggles and failures, I will be on my knees seeking guidance and asking Jesus to watch over him when I can not (and even when I can) be there for him. The song is "When I Leave the Room" and here are the lyrics. 

Good night, Looks like we made it through the day
The moon sighs and I know that we're okay
Sleep tight, I love to watch you drift away
I would come with you but on my knees I'll stay

Good night, Five little fingers holding mine
Take flight, Into your dreams and lullabyes
There's nothing more that I can do
But just fall more in love with you
And ask the angel armies to stand by
When I leave the room

I'm gonna fail you, I already have
Ten thousand times I will fall down flat
You'll have a seat in the front row
of everything I don't know
And all I'm trying to be
You'll see

Good night, There will be storms that we come through
In time, We will slay dragons me and you
I'll always wanna hold you tight
Keep you safe with all my might
So I will leave Jesus next to you
When I leave the room

And you will run ahead
As if you know the way
And I will pray more
Then once you'd have to pray
There will be words we can't take back
Silences too
And I'll be on my knees, You'll see

One night, When I am old and unsteady
You'll want me to fight
But I'll tell you that I'm ready
When there's nothing left to do
I will still be loving you
Then you'll fold your fingers into mine
And I will let Jesus hold you tight
When I leave the room

Here is the video from YouTube. Mommies, have the tissues ready!

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

One Day of Photos

I have been so terrible about updating my blog. I had an entire blog written out when Christian was 6 weeks old, but I couldn't decide on a title. I left it for a few hours that turned into weeks because Christian will be 12 weeks on Thursday. Oh well, one for my eyes only I guess. I saw this idea from Emily at Adventures of Alex & Emily and thought it was a great way to depict the life of a stay at home mom. Not sure where the day goes most of the time, but I figured it out by doing a picture per hour for an entire day... Here we go!

7:57 am
Christian wakes up. I hear him on the monitor and I hit the ground running. I have to change his diaper, mix a bottle, and get it in his mouth before the total meltdown happens. It hardly ever works out. I am usually mixing the bottle with the sounds of a baby who thinks he is about to die. I don't have a picture of this because I do it so quickly, I didn't have time. So here he is post-breakfast. He either plays on his activity mat or bouncer right after his morning meal. Yesterday it was the bouncer.

9:00 am
After tending to the baby and the dogs, it was finally time for my first cup of coffee and a little "me time" before the day of craziness begins. All three babies went back to sleep for the time being, so I got to catch up on my DVR. I finished Nashville and a leftover Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon from Friday night. I am addicted to it! But never watch it at night. After a day of running, I can't stay away until midnight! But I am getting ahead of myself.

10:00 am (ish)
I spent this entire hour on the phone with Comcast (or is it Xfinity? Are they the same thing? I am so confused by it). I usually love their customer service. They are always very friendly and take care of whatever I ask promptly. Well, not this time. After being transferred three different times over the course of an hour and 15 mins, I finally got our service changed. It wasn't what I had planned on doing for a hour, but it got done and I could concentrate on other pressing matters. Like a shower.

11:15 am
Time for lunch for the little man. He woke up from his nap and I was able to get a bottle in his mouth before the meltdown. Yess! 

12:05 pm
Time to head out for a bit. We went to Target for a few items and ended up spending 45 mins walking around. I try to get out of the house everyday so I don't go stir crazy. Even if it is just to take a walk outside (when it's nice) or a walk around Target (when it's cold). 

1:00 pm
Every weekday between 1:00 and 2:00, I talk to my mom during her lunch break. We have been doing this for years. Even when I was working, I had lunch at 1:00 and she has it at noon in California. It worked out perfectly, especially with my increasingly busy life with our mini human. Christian was very happy to spend his time playing on his activity mat. He is hitting and grabbing his toys with the cutest laugh I've ever heard!

2:10 pm
For those who didn't see my Facebook post about mine and Jason's "bet" on the Oscars, here is a screen shot.

I won 11-10, but since I love my hubby so much, I decided to vacuum yesterday anyway. Plus, our house REALLY needed it. We got a new vacuum a couple months ago and I have never used it. I started vacuuming the living room and realized I was just fluffing up the carpet, it wasn't picking anything up. Great. This is why I don't vacuum. So I clean out the filter and try to empty the cylinder. I can't figure out how to open it. I try everything. Twisting, turning, pulling... nothing. So much for a clean carpet surprise for Jason. I put the vacuum away, defeated. 

3:00 pm
Time for lunch for me. I sometimes forget to eat throughout the day until I get light headed. I put Christian down for his afternoon nap and had a delicious lettuce wrap. It was a brief moment to myself. I pretend I like time to myself, but I would rather have my chubster with me.

4:05 pm
After another feeding for this bottomless pit, he wanted some mommy time (and mommy always wants some baby time!). I love watching how much he changes day to day, from being a tiny newborn to turning into a baby with more expressions than I could ever imagine! 

5:00 pm (on the dot!)
Misty has an internal clock. She knows she usually gets fed at 5:00 so she stares at me with insanely intense eyes until I decide it's time to eat. This time, even Christian seemed a little uncomfortable with her stare. We were still having fun an hour later. Seriously, how could I do anything else but bond with this little one?!

6:20 pm
Jason is now home, dinner is started, and I realize I am still being stared at by a black dog. Oops, gotta feed the four legged babies! Lacy always pretends like what I feed her is less than edible. Like I don't buy you all natural, grain free, delicious food? You eat better than we do, little girl. She does eat, eventually. I think she just likes to wait until Misty is done (3 seconds later) so she has to watch her eat. She definitely has a mean side.

7:00 pm
Everyone has been fed and it was time to sit down with my loving husband and a glass of wine. We watched Catch Me If You Can last night, I had never seen it. Wow, how did I miss such a great movie? 

8:35 pm
The house was asleep. Except for me, of course. I knew Christian would be up in the next hour to hour and a half for one final feeding before he goes down for the night. I caught up on a little reading. I am still reading Raising Real Men by Hal and Melanie Young. HIGHLY recommended for anyone blessed with a little boy.

9:12 pm
I remembered I had clothes in the dryer, so I put down the book to fold it so nothing was looming in the morning. It was a load of tiny pants, onesies and sleepers. I LOVE tiny clothes. It breaks my heart that the tiny clothes are getting less tiny every day.

10:12 pm
My head hits the pillow and I fall asleep to the sounds of Christian's soother playing in the room across the hall along with Jason and the two dogs softly snoring. I definitely wasn't productive in the normal sense, but as a mommy of a constantly growing and changing little man, it was a very productive day. Sorry no picture from the end of the day.