Day 99

IMG_1320Well, dad did great at his golf tournament today.  He and uncle Justin came in 8th place out of 35 teams!

Meanwhile, you and I had some quality snuggling time.  Like, all day long.  🙂

Dad was so excited about his great finish at the tournament that he went out and got me a brand new set of clubs.  The weather is supposed to be really bad tomorrow, but I’m pretty sure that we’re still going to be at Top Golf.

We finally retired all the 6 month clothes, like these cute little leggings with the fox on the butt.  So now all your clothes are either 9 or 12 months…

Day 80

IMG_1078LOOK AT YOU!  You’re at the big kids’ table!  You’re still trying to find your balance with that huge noggin of yours.  You went to reach for the toy and bumped your head, but you were okay.  This is your favorite toy at school.  You stare at it so intensely, like it’s the world and you’re planning to take it over!

Other than that, you’re still acting like you’re growing.  You’re eating a ton, drooling, sleeping, and pooping.  Your congestion goes away a little more each day and you can breathe better through your nose.  Your cough has pretty much gone away entirely.  We saw on the news last night that RSV is rampant in North Texas, filling up all the rooms at the Children’s hospitals.  Your cousins, JJ and Bryson, had it too.  Thank goodness we’re over that!

Day 51

IMG_0769You in the PGA Superstore, not interested.

Sports news: The Dallas Cowboys made it one round closer to the Superbowl.  Next match up is against Green Bay at Green Bay; the first time since 1963.

While we were out, we got you a Bumbo seat.  It’s supposed to be awesome, but you’re still not ready for it.  You have to be able to hold your head up on your own for an extended period of time, which you’re not quite able to do.  We also looked at the bigger car seats… since you’ll be in one of those before we know it.

Day 43

Saturday, 12/27/14; aka date night for mom and dad.  We left you with Grandma Recer and went to see the final Hobbit movie in the series.  We went to the Look Theater and ran into Beck and Noreen.  They have a daughter, Zara, about your age who I’m sure you’ll meet one day.

Grandma said that you were not a happy camper while she was watching you.  Aunt KK even stopped by, and she wasn’t able to get you to calm down, either.  Grandma said that shortly after we left for the movie, you were chewing on your hands and pacifier violently, like you were starving.  Gosh, kid, it’s like we don’t feed you or something.  She’s been talking to us about putting cereal in your formula, but I want to talk to the doctor about that first.  Grandma finally got you to sleep around 9 and we got home shortly thereafter.

Day 38

IMG_0665You love your new play mat.  Dad and I got you the Baby Einstein play mat at Buy Buy Baby today.  We figured that since you’re staying awake longer and longer between feedings, you need to be able to entertain yourself.  I think it’s working!

You’re 13.2 pounds already.  I think I’m developing carpel tunnel.  And you’re almost too big for the size small sleep sack.  I think you’re starting to learn what communication is… you’ve been cooing and shooting me these looks lately, like you know what’s going on and you have something to contribute.

Dad and I definitely have our roles established with you; he’s the protector and entertainer, and I’m the comforter and nurturer.  Dad holds you and you instantly want to play, then I hold you and you want to fall asleep.  Note to self: letting dad play with you right before bedtime is a bad thing.

Day 34

IMG_0628Day 34… it’s hard to believe that you’ve been here for 34 days already!  In some ways it feels like time has just flown by.. and in other ways it feels like 34 of the longest days of my life.

Fortunately, we’re sleeping better.  Every night for the last week you’ve slept for at least 5.5 hours at a time.  Keep it up, buddy!  We increased your bottles, too.  Now you’re eating about 5 ounces pretty regularly, so we’re making 6 ounce bottles.  We don’t want you to waste away to nothing 🙂

When we were buying clothes for you (before you were born), we decided to get bigger clothes starting at 3 months because we knew that you would be long.  We also decided to get footed outfits and onesies because your birthday is in a winter month.  Well, you don’t like footed outfits.  So all the cuteness that we had planned for you in the form of footed outfits is going to waste… like this gem with the raccoon on the rear end and feet.  You were so much happier after I took you out of this outfit and put you in a long sleeve onesie.

Grandma Chapman came over today to get her baby fix.  Dad got his new golfing irons.  Since the weather was bad, we spent the night at home watching the Austrian edition of Booze Traveler.  We decided that we want to live in Austria… or anywhere with pretty mountains… but that’s always been a dream.

Day 33

IMG_0622We saw the pediatrician today.  Update: you’re 23.5 inches long and 12 pounds.  You’re in the still in the upper 90th percentile of all babies your age!  And, you’re perfectly healthy and developing just fine.  You were doing great at the appointment until you got your second HepB shot 😦 You slept most of the day after we came home from the doctor, but you were screaming and crying when you weren’t sleeping.

Once dad came home, we went to the mall and got some exercise.  We had some great ideas to get your picture taken with Santa, but the line was pretty long and wasn’t moving.  Dad decided that we would run some errands and come back, and then we noticed that more people were in line and it was still dragging.  We even got you all dressed up cute!  We’ll have to see if we can get your picture made another day 🙂  Dad doesn’t want you to miss out on this.

Day 13

IMG_0446T’was the day before Thanksgiving, and we had a ton to do; and then the washer broke so we went appliance shopping, too.

We had such a hectic day!  First we had an appointment with your pediatrician for your 2 week check.  You’re still perfectly healthy; 9 lbs. 14 oz. and 23″ long.  You’re in the 97% of all babies your age… not surprising.  After the pediatrician, we had to go back to the hospital where you were born to have your second newborn screen performed.  You were a champ with the heel stick; you didn’t cry or fuss at all.  Contrastingly, you still have bad gas and cry all the time with that.  Dad got some Little Remedies gas medicine that we feed to you… maybe it’s helping, but it’s hard to tell.  We’re going to try switching your formula to the sensitive tummies and see how that works.

After our busy morning, we came home and started preparing Thanksgiving dinner/lunch.  While we were doing that, I was taking care of you and dad was doing some laundry.  Dad noticed that the washing machine had stopped, so he fixed it.  Then, it happened again… and again.  Our washing machine that we’ve had for the last 14 years had finally decided to die.  What horrific timing; right before a huge holiday meal where we host family, and we have you now (a newborn, and you go through a lot of laundry).  Dad had to wring out all the clothes in the washing machine by hand and toss them in the dryer, and then he had to empty the washing machine with a large cup.  We packed you up and headed out to the home improvement stores to shop for a washer.  This wasn’t exactly how we wanted to spend the night before Thanksgiving, but at least we were productive.