Sunday, May 13, 2018

Collins: 6 months

Dear Collins,
At six months...

  • You are in the 5th percentile for weight (14.4lbs) and 10th percentile for height. Big cheeks but small mostly everywhere else!
  • You wear 3-6 month clothes (barely) and size 3 diapers
  • You have recently started being ticklish
  • You generally wake up around 6:30-7 and then take a nap around 9 and another nap around 1-2. You wake up around 3:30 and then stay awake until bedtime around 6:30-7.
  • You still sleep in your swing at night and for naps
  • You eat baby food twice a day, almost exclusively fruits. Your favorites are apple and pear.
  • When I feed you you try to grab the spoon and play with it. You also like to put your fingers in your mouth while eating, definitely a messy baby!
  • When I'm making you a bottle you will open your mouth and start kicking your legs from excitement
  • You sleep swaddled and in your swing for naptime and even for a lot of night time. It seems like when you lay flat in the crib your reflux bothers you a lot more and you wake up 3-5 times a night.
  • You have been sick the last couple of weeks with a cold/cough and it's been HORRIBLE. You take hours to finally get down at night (we're usually fighting you from 7-11) and wake up fussy a couple times at night and get a bottle and ibuprofen. You wake up early (6 or so) and take both your naps, but we have to go put your paci in multiple times each nap.
  • You like to sit in the jumper and look out the window, especially if Titus and Haddie are outside playing.
  • You have starting wanting to sit up a lot more. You still can't do it without help but you're getting much stronger.
  • When we go to the gym you don't ever want to nap in childcare but they say you're generally happy, especially when you can watch the big kids play
  • You are constantly chewing on your hands, toys, clothes, whatever you can grab. I keep thinking you'll pop a tooth any day, but so far, nothing!
  • You roll over both ways but you hate to be on your stomach.
  • When you are really happy and excited you open you mouth and then eventually shove your hand in it, like you just can't take the excitement anymore.

When I give you a bottle you like to reach up and touch my face, it's my favorite thing about you right now. Sometimes you even stop drinking so you can catch my eye and smile at me while you stroke my cheek. I know you can't help being sick and fussy, but it's been a really hard month, so little moments like this remind me how helpless you are and how much you really do love me. When you hear my voice or see me after I've been gone, your arms and legs start pumping and you get a huge smile on your face. You kind of like Daddy, too, just not as much as me :) I love you, baby girl!

Haddie: 4 year update

Dear Haddie,
At four years old...

  • You are in the 60th percentile for height and 50th for weight (37 pounds). People still mistake you and Titus for twins all the time.
  • You are incredibly social! You are always hoping someone will be coming over to play.
  • You are also sneaky, you will try to hide and get away with what you can.
  • Your favorite foods are peanut butter sandwiches, bananas, yogurt, toast, cheese, chicken and french fries, and any type of cracker/chip. You are a very picky eater and it's hard to get you to eat!
  • You imitate everything I do with Baby Collins ("it's okay Baby Love, we're almost home!" "I know Lovie, we're almost there.")
  • Your favorite activities are playing tea party, anything with Titus, and pretending to be a mommy to your babies.
  • Your favorite shows are Tangled (Rapunzel), Curious George, Sing, and Boss Baby.
  • You have gotten so much better with Collins! You have finally figured out how to play with her without squishing her (most of the time). You help me by putting her paci in or entertaining her while I shower.
  • You made up a song called "I love Everything" that you sing every night before bed (you basically just sing "I love" followed by whatever pops into your head :)
  • You ask me to give you "Anna Hair" like in Frozen, but it's still not long enough for much besides pigtails.
  • You LOVE bath time. Sometimes you'll take two baths a day just because you want to play in the bath.
  • You are really perceptive of people's emotions and know how to make them laugh or feel better.
  • You make friends wherever you go and are very inclusive when playing.
  • You cry really easily when things aren't going your way, it's almost like a magic trick how quickly you can make tears appear and disappear ;)
  • You don't really like any sports or have an interest in learning to ride your bike. You do, however, love taking gymnastics!
  • You go to the library with Aunt Ashley every Monday and it's one of your favorite weekly activities
  • You generally have a very positive attitude, thinking that almost anything could be fun. For instance, Titus is over going to the gym and playing in the play place but you always like to go because there are other kids there to play with.
  • You don't really like to color or do crafts, but you do love to play with anything you can manipulate with your hands (play-doh, sand, etc.)
  • You still have the sweetest, highest little voice and an adorable closed mouth smile and model stance when I take your picture
When Grandma talks about what I was like as a little girl it sounds a whole lot like how you are now! You are generally pretty laid back, can easily get into things you shouldn't, and are an overall happy child who enjoys most things. Christmas and birthdays are so much fun with you because every single little things brings you joy. My favorite thing about you right now is how polite you are and how you have learned what to say to make people feel good. For instance, you automatically say "thank you, Mommy!" for things I wasn't even thinking you thank me for. Or out of nowhere you will pay me a genuine compliment about something I'm wearing like you're a grownup! We love you so much, Haddie Mae!

Titus: Six Year Update

Dear Titus,
at six years...

  • You weigh almost 40 pounds and are still measuring in the 3rd percentile for your size.
  • You are small for your age, in fact, you like to tell me you're the smallest kid in your kindergarten class. But this doesn't seem to bother you, it's more observational than anything!
  • You go to sleep around 7:30pm and sleep til 6:30/7:00am. You've always been a good night sleeper! Once you're out, you're OUT.
  • You are really into crafts right now, you like anything where you create or build something from nothing. You draw family portraits, cut out race cars, and make all kids of games for us to play. Your art set is at the kitchen table most days of the week.
  • You love Collins so much, but sometimes you love her too hard. One time you headbutted her by accident because you were dancing too close to her face... But other times you are so sweet with her and know just how to help entertain her while I cook or clean :)
  • You are way ahead in school, you can read signs everywhere we go in public and we're practicing multiplication at home. The downside is that you are bored of being at school and so most days you ask not to go.
  • You LOVE playing soccer! This is a big deal because it's the first sport you've played where you didn't just blow up and quit when things don't go your way.
  • You're still obsessed with marble towers, marble mazes, anything with marbles...
  • Once you're in a bad mood you prefer to stay that way, finding something wrong with everything. Usually Daddy has to act silly to get you out of your funk.
  • You make love notes for everyone in the family and leave them out for us to find.
  • Your favorite foods are spaghetti, sausage rolls, and cheeseburgers. Even though vegetables aren't your favorite, you are a really good eater and try everything once, then you usually end up eating it all!
  • You can't handle it when Haddie or Collins is hurt or upset and you start yelling at us to help them
  • You love babies! And you are so good with them, they love interacting with you.
  • You have gotten really into watching sports with Daddy.
  • You have been really scared to go swimming (you also hate being cold) but after swimming once with us at FAC you seemed a little more confident and excited about it
  • You really love cooking! You help Grandmother cook when you stay the night at her house and it's one of your favorite things

We have loved watching you grow this year since you've started school. It's always amazing to hear you say something out of the blue that I had no idea you knew anything about (habitats, recycling, how tall cows are...) You have also gotten way better and understanding sarcasm and when people are joking, which makes you really happy because you feel in on it :) You still get upset and overwhelmed easily (which usually results in you being angry) but you're not yelling as much as you used to, you say a lot of things like "I'll never do anything like this again" or "you must not love me then." It's all very dramatic and would be kind of funny if it wasn't so serious to you. But on the other hand, you can be incredibly fun and encouraging to others. I asked your teacher what you were like at school and she said your favorite thing is to help other students. She also said you were kind and inclusive which was all I had really hoped for your first year of school. You are also very faithful, constantly telling us that God made you unique and everything different about each of us is exactly what God wanted us to be. We love you, buddy!

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Collins: 5 months

Dear Collins,
At five months...

  • You are still very petite at 13.5 pounds, wear size 2 diapers and 0-3 month clothes (they’re starting to get snug but 3-6 months are huge on you).
  • You smile pretty easily but you make us work for a laugh. When you do laugh it’s low and growly like Titus!
  • We switched you to formula with rice cereal and it’s made a huge difference! No more massive spit ups and you are generally more content because you are more full.
  • You have started trying some food, although it’s definitely more for practice than actual sustenance, you don’t eat very much of it. So far you have really liked peas, anything with banana, and kind of like pear and apple. You did not care for carrots or peaches, I guess they were too tart for you!
  • You have a “general” schedule, but you love to toss it out the window half the time. Typically, you go to bed around 7, wake up around 6-6:30, take a nap at 9, and another nap around 2. You refuse to take a late afternoon cat nap, so you have a pretty long awake stretch before bed.
  • Your naps are usually 1.5-2.5 hours long.
  • It’s not unusual for you to go to bed at 7 and then wake back up around 9ish and want to eat again.
  • You sleep swaddled and in your swing for naptime and even for a lot of night time. It seems like when you lay flat in the crib your reflux bothers you a lot more and you wake up 3-5 times a night.
  • You still don’t really like your car seat...
  • You love when your siblings “play” with you, as long as they remember not to lay on you.
  • Your hair is definitely still red and your eyes seem to be more blue than Haddie’s.
  • You love bath time! It’s become one of our favorite times of the evening (it’s also one of the only things that calms you down when you’re tired but it’s too early for bedtime).
  • You like being outside if it’s warm. You especially like laying on a blanket under a tree and watching the wind blow the leaves.
  • You have had some random times where you wake up crying in pain, so I’m not sure but you may be getting close to teething. I usually just give you some Tylenol and you go back to normal.
  • You have strong tummy muscles (when I lay you flat you like to Superman) but you still refuse to roll over! Lazy baby :)
  • You’re not content to sit in one spot for very long, but you usually do best laying on your playmat.

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Collins: Four Months

Dear Collins,
At four months...

  • You weigh 12 pounds are in the 10th percentile.
  • You wear size 2 diapers and 0-3 month clothes
  • You still sleep in your swaddle sack, which is good because if your hands are free you love to take your paci out and place with it
  • You nap twice a day and sometimes a late afternoon catnap if I can convince you to take it.
  • You prefer an early bedtime and are often asleep for the night by 6:30, then you will wake up around 6am for the day.
  • You Enjoy being outside if you’re in the baby carrier
  • You laugh when I gasp loudly
  • You love to be bounced on my knee while I sing “She’ll be Coming Round the Mountain”
  • You Have your hands in your mouth at all times and love to suck on two fingers
  • You love your hands so much you e en try to put them in your mouth alongside the bottle when you eat
  • You rub your feet together when you’re trying to go to sleep
  • You sleep in your swing for naps and the crib for bedtime. Unlike your siblings, you do not want to take a nap being held or laying down with me.
  • You only want to eat in your nursery with little distraction, otherwise you don’t each much at all
  • You are getting better with your car seat and will sometimes fall asleep in it
  • Your favorite “toy” is the playmat, although you would prefer to always be held
  • We’ve had a babysitter come over a couple times this month and you weren’t an easy baby for them. Bless our sweet sitters!
This has honestly been a very tough month. You've been in a lot of pain from your reflux and the schedule has all but gone out the window, which leaves a very exhausted mommy and daddy! But while it hasn't been easy, we are still incredibly grateful that we have you. We always felt like our family wasn't complete with just Titus and Haddie, and I can't wait to watch you fill in the gap as you grow up with them. We love you, sweet girl! Fussy baby and all :)

Sunday, January 28, 2018

Collins: Three Months

  • You weight 12 pounds (up to the 20th percentile!) and are fitting perfectly in 0-3 month clothes and size 1 diapers
  • You've gone from pooping with every diaper to about once a day (thank goodness!)
  • You still sleep in your "wings" swaddle
  • You have gotten much better at keeping your paci in
  • You’ve started trying to play with and bat at the hanging toys on your playmat and chair
  • You try and hold your bottle when you eat
  • You are fully on formula but have to use the sensitive kind or else you get cranky
  • You have been having such trouble eating (starting a bottle but only eating a half ounce then crying) that we started medicine for reflux (1.3mL of Prevacid, twice a day). It’s already helped so much!
  • You still want to be held a lot
  • You are finally napping a little better! If we are home and you are in the swing you will take a couple good naps a day. You still frequently wake up after about 30-45 minutes, but I can usually put your paci back in or rock you and you will go back to sleep.
  • A very rough schedule for our day looks like this: Wake around 7/8am, nap around 10am, nap around 1/2pm, cat nap around 5pm, bedtime around 7/8pm.
  • Bedtime still requires a couple different rounds of rocking, burping, putting your paci in, but it's getting a little easier each day.
  • You definitely prefer Mommy to everyone else. If you are tired or cranky you usually won't calm down for anyone but me.
  • You love to smile, especially when I'm talking to you. 
  • You've started to laugh a little. Your favorite thing is bouncing on my knee while I sing "She'll Be Coming Round the Mountain" which makes you giggle every time.
  • You don't like "playing" by yourself for very long, you definitely prefer to be held or talked to as opposed to laying on your playmat
  • Your brother and sister adore you! Too much, in fact. I'm constantly trying to keep them from smothering you or putting their hands all over your face.
  • You still hate your carseat.
  • If you can catch sight of the tv you will get locked in.
  • You love love love chewing on your hands.
  • You have finally started enjoying bath time a little more, you kick and splash in the water. But you still hate getting out into the colder room air and cry every time.
  • You are the most high-maintenance of my babies, you require a lot more specific care to get you to eat, sleep, be content, etc.

Well, Baby Love, it's been quite a month! We realized you have reflux and got you on some medication, which has been totally life changing. We were struggling to get you to eat anything (I would literally have to take you into the darkened nursery, hold you facing out so you could look at the fan, and shush/rock you just to get you to eat a couple ounces). And because you were always hungry, you wouldn't sleep. And then you wouldn't eat because you were so sleepy... It was a terrible and exhausting cycle for everyone. But generally speaking, you are a much happier baby now. I can't tell you how happy it makes me when you smile and giggle at me! I smother your chubby cheeks with kisses and you try and open your mouth to catch me each time. We love you to the moon and back!

Thursday, December 28, 2017

Collins: Two Months

  • You are in the 5th percentile for weight (9.5lbs) and the 10th percentile for height. The doctor says you are perfectly healthy just very petite!
  • You were nursing for 45 minutes and still seemed hungry afterward so I moved to exclusively pumping and giving bottles to make sure you were getting enough milk. We supplement with formula and you seem to do just fine with it.
  • You started smiling at 8 weeks and it’s precious!
  • You have a really quiet cry. 
  • You find the ceiling fan in every room we walk into. 
  • You have started to be interested in the toys that hang off your baby bouncer
  • You sometimes need to eat in a quiet, dark place or else you get distracted.
  • Most nights your bedtime routine starts around 7:30/8. You were waking up so often that we started putting you in the swing and you sleep there til about 9/10 and take another bottle, then sleep in the swing (motion off) until around 4 when you wake up to eat. You sleep the rest of the night in the rock n' play and wake up around 8 for the day.
  • You only really nap in the swing and they’re only catnaps, usually 30-45 minutes.
  • You still hate your car seat, although if we don’t stop moving and your paci is in you will fall asleep eventually.
  • When you’re having a hard time falling asleep you like to nuzzle your face into the crook of my arm.
  • When you’re really hungry you put your hands in your mouth and I have to battle you to let the bottle in.
  • You got your first cold this week and have had a lot of trouble sleeping and eating. You also got your two month shots and absolutely lost your mind! I’ve never seen you cry so hard and be so mad.
  • You like to sleep in the “wings” sleep sack that allows your arms to be up by your face.

This has been a month of exciting firsts and also exhausting challenges. We had your first Thanksgiving and Christmas and while you didn't have any idea it was happening, we were glad to have you with us for the holidays this year! Nursing has not gone as expected, it's been a very stressful and unsuccessful journey this time. But luckily, by baby #3 I know that expectations are everything, and I have set my bar pretty low so it's all going to be just fine :) We love every precious, high-maintenance bit of you!