Thursday, December 18, 2008

Emergency room!!! First tooth!

On Sunday morning Vander woke up with a bit of a cough. By Sunday afternoon he was wheezing. We called the advice nurse and they said that we needed to come in. We were supposed to go to a party and had already made the food. We thought we might make it a little late, but Vander was admitted to the emergency room. He was given a gown to put on and a breathing treatment. We were told that they thought he had bronchiolitus (not sure about the spelling), but not bronchitus. He also had asthma-like symptoms. We ended up staying over night. They put him on an IV and albuterol treatments every 2 hours. He also had an ear infection... and you won't believe this one.. he cut his first tooth while we were in the emergency room! Vander was woken up every hour to be poked and prodded- what an aweful night. It was a terrible night, but Vander bounced back and they let him go home almost exactly 24 hours after we arrived... on 3 medications, but he is on the mend. He is not wheezing anymore, but he is still congested. He should be better soon. He has now officially been sick 4 times this winter-no more please!

Thursday, December 11, 2008


I took Vander to go see Santa with all his baby friends on Tuesday, and he was the best behaved of the bunch. It was really cute. I thought people might like to see them.

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Eating mess

I have never seen anyone make such a mess when they were eating. Granted it's been a while since I have been around babies eating solid foods, but Vander just doesn't get it, or he doesn't want to get it. He does not cooperate at all. We have been feeding him "solid" foods for 3 weeks and he still doesn't swallow much, but he does get the food everywhere. I'm not sure what to do. I guess I will just keep trying. I am thinking he needs to watch us eat. I usually eat before he gets up and after he goes down for a nap, so I guess he doesn't see people using spoons very often. Maybe that is my fault. Ack!

Monday, December 1, 2008

The Name Game

In order to understand what I post I feel it is necissary to inform the average reader that everyone on Justin's side of the family has chosen to go by a non-traditional (as far as general American tradition goes) name:
Larry, Vander's grandpa is going by Pops.
Theresa, Vander's grandma is going by Grammy.
Vander's great grandparents on Theresa's side are going by GG Ma and GG Pa.
Justin's cousin Heather (Vander's second cousin) wants to be called Aunt Heather.
Justin's aunt Deb (Vander's Great Aunt) wants to be called Granty.
Justin's grandparents on Larry's side are going by the traditional Jewish names of Bubby and Zadie.

So, if you get confused as to who I am referring to, here is your cheat sheet. Everyone on my side of the family is going by the traditional relationship name to the best of my knowledge.

Sick again!!!

I can't believe this is happening again! Vander was really sick Saturday, but he is feeling better now. He has been really wheezy. Yucko. Being sick is aweful... Justin and I both are sick too. I don't know where we are getting this from but I am really sick of being sick and Vander and Justin are too!

On a brighter note, Vander's uncle Colby came down for 3 days from Humbolt and spent some time with all of us for Thankgiving. We went to Grammy and Pop's house and had a traditional Thanksgiving meal. He was a very good boy. Auntie Heather was there too. He was awake and playful and slept during the meal... how convenient...

Wednesday, November 26, 2008


Vander is Thankful for: his crib, his swing, music, toys, his mom, his dad, his jumperoo, his snuggly, warm clothes, funny hats, pajamas, gravity, the YMCA ladies, baby friends, Grammy and Pops, his other family members, baths, milk, water, bottles, toys (again, he really likes toys), bouncing, spoons, oatmeal, and many other things that I'm sure I am forgetting.

Monday, November 24, 2008


It is difficult to be consistant in an ever changing world. Every day is different so trying to be consistant is tough to say the least. We have officially started putting Vander in his crib for naps starting Saturday. He did great for both naps. Sunday was an entirely different story... constant wining and crying. He also didn't sleep long enough so he had to go back down for his 3rd nap early which made him extra tired at night. That somehow messed up his night sleep and instead of waking up at 5:15am, he started screaming at 3am! So he did some extra crying this morning which meant he didn't sleep and neither did I. So, now he is napping peacefully in his crib because he was still exhausted when he got up for the day.
Last week we hosted 2 playdates and they were wild. There were about 8 babies at each one, and anyone who has ever seen our place knows there isn't really room for 16 people in our living room, even if half of them are 1/3 sized (the babies). We made little baby handprint turkeys at our playdates out of the baby's hand print. Vander's is really cute.
I guess that's it for now, it's Thanksgiving week and I am so very thankful for Vander!

Wednesday, November 19, 2008


The last couple of weeks have really been a blur. I have had blogging on the agenda since the end of last week, but then I got sick, and just taking care of Vander was overwhelming.
I left Vander is his room on his play mat while I made a sandwich today and he was on his back, two minutes later I came back in and he was on his tummy, so he can officially roll over on purpose now. He has been rolling over off and on since he was 3 weeks old, but it always seemed like there was some luck going on, now it's for real.
A couple of big things have been happening in the last couple weeks. The first one is that Vander is mostly sleeping through the night. Last week Justin and I attended a sleep seminar and the speaker never showed up, but despite that we were both so tired we decided that Vander needed to sleep through the night for our sanity. He is almost 6 months after all and they say babies can sleep 12 hours straight at 3 months, so we have accounted for his early arrival and gave him extra time to grow up a little. Anyway, last Thursday we let Vander "cry it out." It was a very painful, heartbreaking night. We checked on him constantly, but we didn't give him any food. One of the ladies at the sleep seminar put it nicely... "If someone offered you a cheese burger at midnight one night and then you woke up the next night you would expect a cheese burger again, you don't need it, but it would be nice." So, in essence we took Vander's cheese burgers away. He cried off and on all night. However; the next night he didn't wake up until after 4am. This morning he didn't wake up until 5am. We are working on getting him to go from 7pm to 6am. It's a long time, but we know he can do it. He did give himself some red spots that night (not sure exactly how, but I'm guessing they are from stress).
We have his 6 month appointment this Friday and he has to get all his shots. I am hoping to get him a flu shot too. I want to avoid the flu cause colds have been bad enough. He still has a residual cough.
Vander has also started "eating" solid foods...this is sort of misleading...he is getting very watered down (with breast milk) rice cereal put in his mouth with a spoon once a day. He mostly spits it back out down the front of him, but it's a start. I have seen him swallow twice. I hear it takes about 2 weeks for them to figure out the whole swallowing thing. We decided to start him on solids when we switched his bedtime routine.
We were going to switch his naps to the crib the same day, but we couldn't do it cause we just a bunch of softies at heart and we couldn't make him cry any more. So, we are going to try to tackle that soon. We have added some music that he can listen to in his swing and his crib for a transition as well as slowing the swing down and adding a special bear to keep him company. We'll see how that goes...I'll keep you posted.
We also pulled out the 9 month outfits. (For those of you not in the know, which I wasn't a couple months ago either... 9 months means they can wear it until they are about 6-9 months). It's not that the 6 month outfits are too small (though some are getting snug), but we needed long sleeves, and we only had a couple in the 6 month range.
We got professional pictures taken (okay semi-pro) at Sears, and what a fiasco. I scheduled it for a Tuesday, and didn't realize it was Veterans day so it was super crowded. Due to Justin's work schedule we had to take what we could get, and Vander isn't real happy in the afternoon sometimes. Waiting around forever doesn't help. Needless to say fussy was an understatement, but I think they turned out pretty good.

Monday, November 10, 2008

Sick of being sick

Vander is so sick of being sick, and we're sick of it too! He got sick again! This time he also had a cough. Justin caught a little bit of it as well. So, two sick guys and lots of staying home doing nothing. (Justin also tweeked his back yesterday). There is definitely a reason I prefer summer. This is not the only reason, but it's a big part of it. It is looking like fall now and Vander loves it. He gazes intently at the leaves on our walks. He loves walking in the snuggly. He does not like his stroller one bit. He's getting heavy though, so we will see how long our backs can handle his weight. I don't actually know how much he weighs, but I'm guessing at least 16 pounds. We have his 6 month check-up Nov. 21st and we will find out then. That is his six month birthday and also when he can start eating solid foods... nothing fancy just rice cereal, but still, that is a momentous thing in a babies life (or at least in the life of a first time mom).
Our current challenges are transitioning him into napping in his crib and eliminating his night feedings. He is now sleeping without being swaddled, which is a big step for him. He just started that a couple nights ago. We tried putting him in his crib for a nap yesterday and he cried for 2 hours off and on. It was stressful for all of us. Anyway, we are going to a sleep seminar on Wed. night so I'm hoping they will be able to answer all of our questions. We shall see.

I can't wait for him to be done being sick so that I don't have to shoot nose spray up his nose and use the bulb syringe to get it out. He HATES this. Understandably so, but still. Yucko.

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Happy Halloween

Vander experienced his very first Halloween and he really enjoyed it. The day started out by going down to Willow Glen and meeting up with his baby friends to gather and admire all of their costumes. They were all very cute... Vander was the cutest... but I'm kinda biased. It was semi-organized chaos.

We then walked down the street and trick-or-treated. I dressed as Super Girl and Justin went as the Green Lantern. Vander got many oohs and ahhs.

Afterwards, we went home for a well deserved nap... no not Justin and I, just Vander... though carrying a 16 pound baby for an hour can get tiring.

That evening we went down to Grammy and Pop's house for dinner. We took Vander out for some trick-or-treating fun in the neighborhood. It drizzled for a few minutes, but he seemed to enjoy himself. Then we went up to a house with spooky music... a kid jumped out and scared me, I screamed and that was the end of it cause I scared Vander. So, we went back to the house and called it quits. Overall I think he had a pretty good first experience. Justin and I ended up with lots of candy to share with our friends.

I'm going to attempt to add a video of the craziness, so let me know if you can watch it. Notice how the Travelocity Gnome is picking on Batman.
Much love and a Happy Halloween to all who read this blog!

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Sick, but festive.

Well, we survived a week of Vander having a cold. It was rough for a little bit there... he hates the nose sucker and the nose spray with a passion. He had to sleep sitting up in his vibrating chair, which he didn't mind, but made me a nervous reck. Now I am reading books about sleeping and trying to do the best I can to have a well rested baby. He doesn't seem to be a huge fan of their advice though... I am also trying to increase the amount of milk I am making so that I don't have to pump at 4:30am. That is the thing that seems to make me constantly tired.

We are working on learning to sit up. I am trying to buy a bumbo so he can sit in that. I just hope his legs aren't too pudgy to fit in the leg holes...he's got chunky little thighs.

I took Vander to the pumpkin patch and we had a great time walking around. We also got his Halloween costume... he is going to be Batman, so stay tuned for that one. There is a chance of rain on Friday so we are hoping that does not happen, cause that could really "dampen" Vander's first Halloween.

Vander has the cutest laugh...sometimes he laughs so hard it's silent.

I am so in love with our little baby. :)
Vander is hanging out in a friends bumbo (this is the one I am trying to buy).
Vander and I are hanging out at the pumpkin patch in our overalls.

Thursday, October 2, 2008

First day of blogging

This is the first time I have sat down to document my amazing baby boy. He is fantastic. It is truly phenominal what a baby can learn in 4 short months. Being a mom is different than I imagined... when you figure one thing out a new challenge presents itself. I think the toughest thing is when I don't know what Vander wants so it's a string of guesses in the hopes that something works. It's all worth it though for those beautiful, big smiles. He loves to be kissed on the nose. He enjoys staring at Justin and I and just laughing. Vander is just so darn precious. He rolls over, but it's mostly accidental. He "talks" to the people in his light show. He is just so darn cute. I love him sooo much. I'm so lucky and blessed to have him. Justin is a great dad too.