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!

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Dear Collins,
At one month old...

  • You weigh 8.2lbs, which is two pounds more than when you were born!
  • You have graduated from premie clothes and are fitting perfectly in newborn sizes.
  • You nurse every 2.5-3 hours during the day for about 30 minutes. You still get very sleepy while nursing so the process often takes 45 minutes because we do a lot of burping and changing diapers to keep you awake.
  • You usually cluster feed in the evenings, eating every hour and a half from 5-9.
  • You don't like to fall asleep for naps or bed at night.
  • The only place you like to nap is in the baby bjorn, as soon as I put you in and walk around the house with you, you fall dead asleep.
  • At night time you often fight going to sleep for an hour (sometimes two), but once you go to sleep you stay asleep! You usually do at least a 5 hour stretch and last night you slept for 7 straight hours!
  • Even when you are fighting sleep you aren't much of a crier, more of a whiner. You will fidget and whine and make random loud noises, but thankfully, you rarely ever full on cry.
  • You use a paci to fall asleep during the day but spit it out after you fall asleep. You don't need it to go back to sleep at night.
  • You sleep in the rock n' play at night time.
  • You HATE your car seat. You cry the whole time you're in it unless your paci is in
  • When we put you by the Christmas tree you lay very still and stare at it. You do the same thing on our bed when I turn the ceiling fan on.
  • You have started making some cooing noises the past couple of days.
  • For the most part we hang out at home because it's easier to manage your long nursing sessions. We've been to church once and you slept through the whole thing (in the baby bjorn, of course).
  • You don't seem to have any major problems with reflux but you are a major spitter upper. You also get hiccups ALL the time while nursing which you don't like and makes it hard to eat.
  • Your brother and sister love you very much! Sometimes too much, they are always in your face.
  • You seem very concerned and confused when you get a bath, but you don't seem to dislike it. You do hate being taken out of the bath, no matter how hot the room is you don't like the change in temperature. You generally only get upset when you are cold.

Monday, November 27, 2017

Haddie: 3 1/2 Year Update

Dear Haddie,
At three and a half years old...
    • You weigh about 35lbs and are pretty average height and weight for your age, although you are petite and thin.
    • You are a very picky eater, it's our biggest battle with you. Your favorites foods are banana, yogurt, cheese, and basically any type of cracker or chip.
    • You are very dramatic when you don't get your way, there is a lot of wailing and tears involved, although the tears magically dry up as soon as you get your way.
    • You get so excited about the little things, I love seeing the joy you have in life!
    • Your favorite activities are playing with play-doh and anything that you can make into friends. You will literally take plastic eggs and make them into a mommy egg and a baby egg and then play pretend with them.
    • You love baby Collins a whole lot, sometimes way too much. You try to pick her up (she's only 4 weeks old!), want to hold her at all times (you get really jealous when anyone else is holding her), and are constantly getting reminded not to touch her face or pacifiers.
    • You hate getting in trouble but you also like to push the boundaries
    • You sneak into Titus' room and wake him up almost every morning. You also ask to sleep in his bed at night but then you won't go to sleep!
    • You love all things princessy and girly- you only want to wear dresses
    • You are very affectionate and love to hold hands or randomly give big hugs just because you're happy
    • You love My Little Pony and PJ Masks (You were Owlet, a girl superhero from PJM for halloween this year)
    • You do funny little dance moves randomly to make us laugh. In fact, you love to do lots of little things to get a laugh out of people.
    • Your hair has finally grown back enough to look like an actual hairstyle and it's really cute
    • When you go to the bathroom you ask me to close the door so you can have some "price-acy"
    • You tell me all the time, "Mommy, you're my bestest friend."

Friday, November 24, 2017

Titus 5 1/2 year update

Dear Titus,
At five and a half years old...
  • You weigh just under 40lbs and are still very small for your age (in the 5-10th percentile for height)
  • You LOVE kindergarten! I was a little nervous about it this summer, but you are thriving with the routine of it all
  • Everyone at school loves you, especially the older kids. I joke that you are the Butterfield Elementary Mascot
  • You have gotten much better at learning to use words when you are upset, except with your sister who you still usually just hit or push when you're angry
  • You love to make books using construction paper and a three hole punch. Sometimes you will ask us how to spell words but a lot of times the whole book consists of words like "No!" "OK!" and other small words you can spell on your own.
  • You like to do the same activities at home that you do at school (math stations, which word doesn't belong, etc.)
  • Your favorite Encore class is PE
  • You are a really good big brother to Baby Collins. You talk to her sweetly and know not to touch her face or hands.
  • You love drawing with chalk in the driveway. Usually it's either marble mazes or writing numbers (sometimes you'll just write all the way to 100 because you can)
  • You still don't have much of an interest in sports. Daddy wanted to get you to play catch but you weren't into it, so he showed you a video on hand-eye coordination and now you like to play catch (except you say "let's play hand eye coordination!")
  • You do like to play dodge ball upstairs or make up games like throwing a ball into a laundry basket
  • For breakfast you like to eat a waffle with nutella or cheerios. If you had it your way, you'd eat a Wendy's cheeseburger for every meal. Your favorite halloween candy was Kit Kat Bars.
  • You went to a Razorback football game with Daddy and loved it. Now you ask to go to every game and get upset when you can't.
  • We were doing gymnastics which you were very good at, but since school started you got too tired and frustrated doing it after school so we're taking a break.
  • You love poop jokes.
  • You and Haddie are extremely competitive and want whatever the other person has. One day while you were at school I took Haddie to McDonald's for lunch and you have never let me live down how unfair it was that she got a Happy Meal and you didn't.
  • Most nights you go to sleep by 8:00 and would sleep til 6:30-7 if Haddie would let you, but she usually comes into your room by 6:30 and wakes you up for the day
  • We taught you the word defiant this month because you decided you want to be in charge and started saying the opposite of whatever we say just because you can
  • When Haddie says something that doesn't make sense you and I will catch each other's eye and start giggling (I love this so much!)