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Tuesday, October 17, 2017

davis jeffrey | three months





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  • WEIGHT: not quite sure, but I'd guess about 13 pounds.
  • CLOTHING: slowly moving into 3-6 months! 
  • DIAPERS: size 2! We'll probably finish off what we have and then move up to size 3. We should totally do size 3 at night but I keep forgetting to pick any up!
LOVES
  • mama's face
  • making conversation
  • standing up
  • sitting up
  • his crib mobile
  • being carried in the ergo
  • watching beau
  • being held
  • eating
  • people watching

FIRSTS
  • used the jumper for the first time with a blanket behind him. He loves it!
  • first time in the bumbo but that doesn't last too long because he doesn't have the ab strength yet.
  • first overnight without dada, and mama did it twice in one week! It was rough.
  • first time to the Buchanan's lakehouse!
  • first trip to the Arboretum

EATING
  • We haven't improved much on the eating front...he eats pretty much every two hours when we are at home not doing much. If we are out and about he can go 3, sometimes 4 hours. What's the deal?! He also sometimes only takes 2 oz and then wants to burp and hang out for about 30 minutes before he eats any more. Then other times he takes all 4 oz and sucks it down. Any tips to get him to go at least 3 hours between every feeding?? Am I not giving him enough? I usually offer him a 4 oz bottle at every feeding. And we do try to distract him and try everything like pacifiers, etc. before we give in and feed him. 

SLEEP
  • He moved into his crib!!! We moved Beau over at 10 weeks but I felt like Davis was still too small at that point so I waited until last week when he was 12 weeks and every night has gotten better! He woke up every 3 hours the first night but increased the time between feedings since then and the last 3 nights he slept from 8pm-4am! Then back to sleep until 8am. My sleep tracker hasn't looked that good in a long time! :)
  • He's still swaddled in a swaddleme sleeper which he hates being secured in but seems to sleep well in. We also have the Hatch Baby Rest from amazon that I use as a sound machine/night light for when I feed him. I put up Beau's old mobile and turn it on every time I set him down. He always has a pacifier but only takes it occasionally; he's usually asleep before I can put it in. 
  • He's particular about going to bed at 8. He's shown signs in the past that he was tired at that time but I always wanted to give him a 'final' feed around 11 in the hopes that he would sleep all night. He wasn't having that! Even if he takes 4oz at 7pm, he starts showing tired/hungry signs at 8pm and will take another full 4oz and go to sleep at that point. I have to admit, it's been nice having both boys in bed by 8 and enjoying a little bit of free time! #hallelujah

HEALTH
  • Things definitely improved after Davis started taking formula but now it seems like the spitting up has increased, his fussiness increased slightly, and we've had more diaper troubles. I'm not 100% convinced that he's allergic to the Nutramigen (it is still made with milk, just broken up so sensitive systems can usually still handle it), but we are going to meet with a GI specialist to see what the deal is. Anyone have experience with this? Leave me a comment or send me an email and let me pick your brain about baby poop on Nutramigen. Seriously, all I talk about these days is poop. ugh. 

SOCIAL/PLAYING
  • Davis' timeline seems a little more advanced compared to what I can remember of Beau's because he is already discovering his hands. I remember Beau hitting that point at the end of 3 months but Davis started slowly reaching for things about a week ago. If I am patient and hold my hand or a toy in front of him, he eventually works his hands to it, grabs it, and brings it to his mouth. I'm so excited for this milestone!
  • Davis also beat Beau to the punch in the rolling over department. He rolled over at 2 months! He did it for me right at 2 months but I thought it was a fluke. Then he did it in front of the doctor at his 2 month checkup, twice. Since then he's cleverly avoided tummy time by rolling over after 2 seconds. I attribute his skills to being a skinny little one, since my chunky first born couldn't roll for quite a while!

PARENTING
  • I feel like the dust is finally settling and we are starting to get a hang of this parenting two kids thing. I've been getting out pretty much every day to various places and while it takes a little bit longer to load and unload, it usually works out ok! I even took them both to Michael's the other day and had Beau help me pull a basket, untethered! He did make a run for it a couple times, but nothing too bad. ;)

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Sunday, September 17, 2017

davis jeffrey | two months


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  • WEIGHT: I'd guess around 11lbs. Doctor visit is later this week so I'll update when we know! He's still really small, Beau was about 15lbs at this time! 
  • CLOTHING SIZE: 0-3 months
  • DIAPER SIZE: size 1

LOVES

  • eating 
  • being held up so he can look around
  • watching beau
  • having his hands by his face
  • being held 100% of the time
  • shadows
  • his travel sound machine
  • the mamaroo
  • the rockaroo
  • our bouncer with the sheep activity bar (he LOVES!)
  • the boppy lounger
  • smiling at faces
  • kicking in his bouncers

FIRSTS

  • smile - 6 weeks
  • trip to the store with Beau and mommy - Kroger, 8 weeks old
  • slept 8 hours straight from 8pm-4am. I'm hoping he can do that more while I'm asleep and we can officially count it as sleeping through the night!


EATING

  • Officially on formula once his allergies showed they were stubborn enough not to quit (TMI - blood in his diaper at 7.5 weeks). Basically it was either I eliminate everything from my diet and start over with the very basic ingredients and build up over several months, or he goes on a hypoallergenic formula. My mind, body, and emotional state couldn't take it any more so we made the best choice for us and he's on Nutramigen. Now, all the formula mamas speak up! It's a foreign world to me and I don't know the best way to travel, feed him, get him to go 4 hours between feeds, how much to give him, etc. etc. It's a definite learning curve. Right now he eats between 2-4 ounces every 2-4 hours. If we're at home he seems to want to eat more but if we are out and about he can easily go 5 hours just snoozing in his car seat with no worries. Also, what bottles should I be using and why? Beau had just ONE bottle the munchkin latch so we now have a few of those. I also picked up some tommee tippee so we have 4 of those, plus one Avent. I can't really tell which ones are best. Also, how many should we have? Help!


SLEEP
  • immediately slept 3 and 4 hour stretches in his rock and play the day we put him on formula (he had slept in bed, latched on, the two nights before)
  • swaddled in a swaddleme sack with his arms down. I don't think he likes it as much as Beau liked being swaddled but he tolerates it and has his little fingers breaking out by about 5am.
  • we got a Hatch Baby Rest from Amazon and I'm really liking it, so that means he is too! 
  • he naps on and off throughout the day and is usually woken up by Beau screaming (insert eye roll here)

HEALTH

  • ENT says to wait on the lip tie situation, it's an in-depth surgery that requires anesthesia so he wants to see him back in 6 months. He says its a minor tie and might not need revising.
  • OMT seems a little like a waste at this point (the whole idea was to make it more comfortable for me when nursing and help him be more efficient - all pointless now!)
  • his spitting up seemed to increase on days 1-3 on formula but has since died down. He hasn't had a big spit up in a couple of days! 
  • definitely happier and a different baby on the formula compared to before. 

SOCIAL/PLAYING

  • He loves being held, still, and likes to look at people's faces and give big smiles. Loves when you talk to him and he will coo back at you. 

PARENTING

  • Things have definitely changed in this section compared to my post about his first month. I still feel like we have a hangover from all of the craziness with his allergy and nursing issues, but it's so much better now. I feel like the last 9 weeks were an emotional roller coaster and we are still a bit on pins and needles hoping that we've fixed the issue by switching to formula. It was all a mess of emotions; seeing the blood in the diaper, feeling hopeless (and hungry, to be honest!) after eliminating dairy for 6 weeks with no results, standing in the store cluelessly staring at the formula on the shelf, thinking "well, maybe I'll wait...", and then finally giving him that first bottle. I had such an easy time breastfeeding Beau and always assumed I'd do the same with Davis. I felt like with my previous experience, we could get through all of the latching issues and tongue tie and all that but I just couldn't go up against allergies. It's hard to not have control in that situation. I still think that breastfeeding is wonderful and easy and free and the best nutrition for your baby, but formula is coming in pretty dang handy right now. It means my baby can sleep, breathe, doesn't have a constant stomach ache, isn't doing damage to his intestines...and it also means that I can enjoy my baby without the emotional distress I was facing. Now, I'm tasked with the daunting chore of appealing to our insurance company to cover the cost of a hypoallergenic and medically necessary formula. Any tips? 

And in case you're thinking he looks like Beau, here's Beau's two month update for comparison. 


Here's what we've been up to over the past month:

































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