Thursday, November 11, 2010

5 Months Old

Sam was 5 months old on November 2nd. Sorry it's taken a while to post this!

My little Sambo is a precious, laid back, smiley baby who loves loves loves his Mama. It's true what they say - the bond between a mom and her son is so special! I love having a little boy and I'm excited about the months/years to come. (His Daddy is also in love with him, of course.)

Sam is growing fast - he's a whopping 17 pounds and 26.5 inches long! He has a natural mohawk and still battles cradle cap. It looks like his hair will be a little lighter (Chad had blond hair when he was little). His eyes are the same color as his sister's, a glassy blue-green. He loves sucking his thumb and loves hearing his own voice. He has a pouty-lip face and a downright mad face and I'm a sucker for both of them. He has cheeks that are perfect for kissing and pinching and thighs that will make you want to eat him up. He wears size 3 diapers and is in 6-12 month clothing, depending on brand. He loves toys and books and watching football with his Daddy. He doesn't mind riding in the car or stroller. He sleeps in his crib 10-12 hours every night; he's sleeping on his sleep wedge and goes to sleep watching his crib aquarium and sucking his thumb. He usually naps twice a day, sometimes more if he's extra tired.

He is eating 4 times a day, taking 6 oz breastmilk at each feeding and then 1 jar of baby food at 2 of those feedings. He is loving him some baby food! I can't really tell his favorites because now he gobbles them up like a piglet. The baby food really seemed to help his spit-up issues and I'm glad we went that route instead of putting him on medication. I'm just a little wary of any kind of long-term medication for babies; so I'm glad the solid foods fixed the problem (for the most part!).

He has discovered his hands recently - he's sucked his thumb and reached for toys for a few weeks, but this month he started holding his hands in front of his face and just looking at them. It's pretty funny. He also loves reaching for his toes. He can turn over onto his side pretty well when he's on the floor but he hasn't rolled over yet. He's also stubborn about putting weight on his legs, something we'll probably check into at his 6-month appointment. He'll definitely kick and push off my hands if I hold his legs up to his chest, but as far as putting weight on them and standing, he's not doing too much of it. So he can't really get into an exersaucer yet or bounce in our johnny jumper too well. Gotta work on that leg strength, boy! You'd think with his ham-hock thighs he'd be able to do squats by now! I think he's just being a lazy baby. We'll see.

Well, that's everything I can think of at this point! So blessed to have a healthy, growing baby boy.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Clorox should pay me.

Because I've certainly been sending a lot of money their way lately. Thank you, Clorox wipes, for [attempting to] disinfect my house and for leaving my hands all crackly and dry.
Guess I spoke too soon regarding my kids "hopefully" getting to feeling better. I would not wish the last month we've had on ANYONE! I am definitely trying to count my blessings - we had no hospital stays, no ER visits, no astronomical medical bills - but we have had a lot of sickness, a lot of fussy babies, a lot of prescriptions to fill, and a VERY TIRED MAMA. Yawn.

The weekend of Halloween was the last time I blogged. Sam had a slight cough that I'd hoped would go away. However it only became worse by the following Monday; we ended up at the pediatrician's office Monday morning and turns out he had RSV, bronchiolitis (which is one step away from pneumonia!), and DOUBLE ear infections. Poor baby! Our pedi gave us another albuterol prescription for the home nebulizer and he finally started feeling better at the beginning of this week, thank the Lord.
Last night we were able to get out and do something for the first time as a family in a LONG time, thanks to sickness... we ate dinner with our friends Wes and Jackie. The kids played and we enjoyed some great food and adult conversation. Mary Ella wouldn't touch her food and was just acting really weird. I knew she couldn't be tired because she had taken a 3-hour nap yesterday after school. And Jackie had cooked spaghetti, salad and bread, which is Mary Ella's favorite meal, so I knew it was strange that she wasn't eating it. I talked to my mom on the way home from their house and told her I thought Mary Ella might be getting sick because she acted so strange and moody at their house; and lo and behold, she threw up 4 times in the car on the way home. FOUR TIMES. In my car. All in her car seat. It was so bad that we had to strip all the cushions off her car seat and get the hose and literally hose the thing down. Then we stripped her down, gave her a bath, and I took her crib mattress and put it in her floor so she could sleep on the floor and I could wash all her bedding. She hasn't thrown up since, but today has had fever on and off, the highest being 103.5 when she woke up from a nap. But she's played in between having fevers and she's eaten food and seems to be keeping it down ok, so I'm hoping, praying, begging, pleading, that this was just a 24 hour bug and that this will be the LAST OF OUR ILLNESSES.

On a lighter note, if you get sick, come on down to the Morgan Infirmary, because we've probably got any drug you could possibly ever need.

I promise to post soon with some pictures, a 5-month Sambo update, more Halloween/fall adventures, and some generally happier topics. Happy Wednesday!
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