Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Thanksgiving

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

Consistancy

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

Whoosh

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!