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Tuesday, October 29, 2013

17 weeks old

His gums bled onto the sheet when he was napping.  He must have nicked them with his fingernails.  It gave me quite a scare, though.

He seems to be reacting a bit better to the car than he used to--still cries, but it isn't always and it isn't as prolonged as it used to be.

He's a social nurser. He pauses from niursing to look up at me and smile, giggle, or blow raspberries.

Giggly at night sometimes instead of screaming.  That's a welcome change, but it's not always.

We started giving him Zantac only in the evenings.  I don't think I notice a difference.

 He's started spitting a lot when he's happy in addition to his raspberries.

He went down a level in the pack-n-play but he's still gonna stay in our room for awhile because he's a belly sleeper and he hasn't quite mastered the art of rolling over.

I think he got bigger.  He seems to be a giant baby  to me. I love it!

He scoots around on his back--I'm pretty sure it's not intentional.

He pushes up to a standing position when we hold him by the arms or torso.

We tried no Zantac at night for a couple of nights and he was congested and didn't sleep well so we went back to using it at night.

He's still much calmer in the car and actually sleeps in it--which I prefer he didn't do because then he's wide awake and ready to play when we get home and I'm ready to either make lunch, unpack the car, or sleep myself. :-)

 Here are some comparison shots of he and his sister at the same age.

 A sweet little cough.

 It got cold suddenly so we fished out one of Bunny's old hats.  It will work for a little while but I'm gonna need to make him a larger one sooner rather than later.

 He spent a couple of hours with Grandpa and did really well.  I thought he had issues being away from me after he was with his Aunties, but maybe that was just a bad night.
 It was hard to know if he was hot or cold while at Roxbury.  I bundled him up a lot because it got cold there, but sometimes I think I bundled him too much.

 Three generations of men.

 Eating breakfast with his big sister (and me) made both of them super happy!
 Sometimes, he'll just chill in Bunny's room while I run around the house doing chores.  He stays happier when in there with her than laying on the floor or in the swing by himself.  He is so, very social!!!

 It's not good for babies to face outward in baby carriers but he was struggling with the forward face on a walk we took because of some congestion so I faced him outward just the once.  He seemed to like it, but I could tell it was putting strain on his little body so it won't happen often, if ever again.

We try to do inversion with him every day as the chiropracter suggested.  We did this with Bunny too.  She didn't have reflux, but Dr. J. says it helps reflux as well as keeping the baby's spine aligned.

While at Roxbury, I needed an hour to myself to get diapers washed and have some Bible time so Daddy wore Baby Bear in the Boba Air while he played frisbee golf, and he fell asleep most of the time and made Daddy very, very hot!

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

16 weeks old

He is sympathetic to the emotions of others.  Sometimes when Bunny cries, he cries with her.  Sometimes when I raise my voice at Bunny he cries with her, but that could just be because he's startled.  I'm working on not raising my voice anymore.  That's a bad habit that started when I was pregnant and overwhelmed with sickness.  It's not something I ever used to do before that.

He is attentive to the TV, the phone screen, and books read to him.  That just flabbergasts me.  Seriously.  And I don't like it. Bunny was attentive to books, but that was it.

Not sleeping on his own again during the day.  He's taking his naps with me mostly.  It's nice most of the time but after a couple of days of it I start getting tired and needing time to myself.

He's also not sleeping through the night anymore.  Well, he wakes up once around 4 or 5.  It's not bad, but it's not sleeping through the night like he was when we first put him on his belly.

He still likes looking at lights.

He takes three distinct naps most days: 2 short ones early morning and late afternoon, and one long one early afternoon.

He prefers Mommy--as in I think he's starting to get stranger shy maybe--he screamed for 2 hours when baby sat by his Aunties.

He likes being thrown in the air--well, not thrown very high, more like thrown while still being held.  In any case, he squealed and giggled when Gail did it.  I think he has to be in the mood, through.

 Grabbing my hair.

 He just loves attention!  Talking to him and engaging him socially will almost always be rewarded with a smile or giggle.
 In his Sunday best with his big sister.

 He still thinks the mobile in his pack-n-play is like the best thing ever!

 He screamed for Auntie Gail and Auntie Caroline for 2 hours when they babysat him during their visit.  Auntie Gail was not amused.

 Chilling with a friend who's only 6 weeks younger and almost as big.

 He loves his Auntie Caroline!

 He got blood on his sheets from teething.  I noticed it after I grabbed him after a nap.  He'd been crying for a couple minutes before I got to him and I'm assuming he cut open his gums with one of his fingernails.  I was quite a bit worried until I figured out what it was.  This may be the first time I've seen his blood. :-(

 He has his legs out in both the Moby and the Boba now.  Big boy!!!

 Some awesome pooping facial expressions!!!

 His "I-just-woke-up" face.

 Sometimes, before he's all out angry or sad, you can convince him he's happy by talking with him or making him laugh.  Then it's kinda cute to see the crying and laughing battle it out.
 My happy, chunky boy!

He's always chewing, chewing, chewing!

 He has to have a spit rag with him everywhere because he spits up all the time--especially during that half hour after a feeding.
 Out on a walk on a cool, crisp autumn day--Bunny on her tricycle and Bear in the Moby Wrap.

 Bunny loves to give him lots of toys to play with and sometimes he likes them.  She also likes to give him his pacifier but, though it has been helpful at times, he's not really a paci type of guy.

 He can't sit up but Bunny thinks he should be able to and here she is trying to prop him up.

Here he is intently listening to his sister read her B.O.B. book.