Sunday, July 10, 2016

Houston 6 Weeks

I've said this before, but Houston is THE sweetest, calmest, easiest baby ever ever ever.
Yes more so than Leo, if I'm being completely honest, and Leo was pretty darn sweet. 

I know he's only 6 weeks old, but I feel like Houston is going to have a much calmer demeanor than Leo.  I could be completely off, but just the way he looks into my eyes and his insanely adorable smiles that absolutely melts my heart makes me think (or make we want to believe) he's going to be a super sweet cuddly guy forever.
Leo was never that cuddly, although now at bedtime or when he's trying to get out of something, he's all about "tuddling" hahaha... and Leo has anything BUT a calm demeanor - as was obvious this morning at church when he got up on stage and showed off in front of a congregation of a couple hundred people. 

Houston is growing growing growing, although I'm not exactly sure how big he is.  He was 12lbs 5oz at 1 month old, so I'm sure he's got to be well over 13lbs by now.  He's feeling heavier and starting to get the adorable chubby rolls on his legs.  I love chubby baby legs.
He's in size 2 diapers and 0-3 month clothes. 

He rolled over from front to back at 5 weeks old!  I thought maybe it was a fluke but he did it about 5x in one evening and then a few days later he rolled the other direction!  My babies are very, very physical I guess is what this means. Leo didn't roll until 8 weeks, which we thought was early!
Houston is very strong.  He holds his own head up well and prefers to be sitting up on your lap rather than laying down like a baby! When I sit him in a chair to take a picture he doesn't even fall over, haha. I remember trying to get a picture of Leo at 1 month old sitting up in a chair and he just kept slumping over.  Houston's been working his core muscles. 

Houston had his first bottle this week.  I got a pump with my insurance this time and I've decided that I'm going to make more of an effort to pump and have bottles on hand so I can have a tiny bit more flexibility!  Leo took a bottle probably like 10x ever.  Houston has already had 3!  He doesn't like it too much... but he'll learn, right? 

Last night was Houston's best night of sleep yet.  He went down around 8pm and didn't wake up until 1:15am! Then after eating he went right back down until 4:30, woke up to eat, right back down, and didn't wake up until about 7:45!
I have felt surprisingly rested since he was born, but this morning I felt especially good!
I don't know if it has made a difference at this point, since Houston is still so little, but I have been very purposeful about putting him down in his bed around 8pm every single night since he was born. His first stretch of sleep is always the longest - so that means I've been in bed by 9pm almost every night too! whatever works. 

I guess there's not much else to say about a 6 week old baby.
They eat - Houston eats great! and fast! Which has been awesome, Leo was a much slower nurser.
They sleep - Houston sleeps pretty good I think!  And he's having much longer periods of being awake during the day now. 
They go through lots of diapers and they spit up - Houston hasn't yet had a "blowout" though.  Should I even say that?  Is he going to poop all over me tomorrow? Maybe I was just proactive with sizing up in diapers!  We haven't yet used cloth with him yet.  We received so many diapers at our shower that we haven't yet had to buy any! I'll start cloth as soon as we run out of these though!  And as for spit up, he spits up about every other day it seems... or just tiny little bits here and there.

I really can't say enough how precious this little guy is.  He's a newborn that I would actually keep as a newborn forever.  I'm not wishing this stage away at all.  I would sit and hold him all day long if I could. 








Houston's first time on a boat - at the zoo! 




Monday, June 27, 2016

Sick baby

It's almost midnight and I have yet to be to bed tonight... Something that hasn't happened since Houston was born, as we've both been getting in bed before 9 most nights, but I'm up with a sick Leo. 
Actually Leo is asleep but I'm awake because I know Houston will be up any minute and I'm better off staying up rather than being super groggy after 15 minutes of sleep. 

We have been so blessed that Leo has hardly ever been sick. I actually think today was the first time I've ever taken his temperature and one of the only fevers i remember him having. 
He doesn't even have any other symptoms besides fever, but it got really high and was scary for a bit... Especially because Lee is working overnight tonight. Of course. 

But he is still such an awesome Daddy... I text him that Leo's temp was 104.1 and he told me to alternate Tylenol and ibuprofen... Only we didn't have ibuprofen and so I asked him if he thought CVS would sell it to me thru the drive thru pharmacy (it was pouring down rain and Leo is sick and I have Houston... You know woe is me) and he said don't worry, I'll come home real quick. 
Our knight in shining armor ☺️

Now everything had to work out perfectly for him to be able to leave the hospital and run home, but thank you Jesus it did! 

A few hours later and Leo is sleeping (in bed with me) and his temp is down to 102.6! 

He's still such a sweet sweet boy even being sick. I took his temp while he was sleeping and he popped his eyes open and in the most adorable way said - hey stop that! 
Then I had to wake him for medicine and he took a tiny sip, turned his head away, and said - no thank you mommy. 
Even sick and practically asleep he is still polite, haha. 

This very small illness with Leo, that's only lasted a few hours so far, made me think about parents who have to deal with a chronically sick child, or a kid with a serious illness.
It breaks my heart to see him not acting like himself and there not be a lot I can do about it. I can't imagine what they must go through. Right now a couple miles away there is a children's hospital full of babies in the nicu and little kids in icu and their parents too are awake at midnight sitting on an uncomfortable hospital couch or pacing the halls... while I'm laying here with a precious, healthy almost 1 month old in his crib on my left and an amazing, though currently hot and sweaty, 2 year old on my right. Our problems seem so minor.
As I pray over my sweet Leo and ask God to take away this fever and help us get through the night, I'm also praying for rest, strength, and healing for all those holding their sick babies tonight. 






Saturday, June 25, 2016

Houston - Weeks 3 and 4

As of Sunday my Houston was 4 weeks old already!  Man time really does move at lightning speed with kids!

As I said in my 2 week post, Houston is still the absolute sweetest/easiest baby! He nurses really well! He is sleeping great. And he very rarely ever cries.

He is getting so strong! He loves to sit up on Lee's chest and prop his arms up and hold his head up. Like Leo was, he seems to be in a hurry to grow up and get past this baby stuff :(
He likes tummy time and moves his head from side to side easily and even scoots himself around!

He is definitely a second baby because we have been getting out of the house and doing so much, much earlier than we did with Leo!  With Leo it was so cold in MI that we waited and didn't do a whole lot.  Other than the doctor Leo didn't go anywhere for the first 2 weeks and then at almost 3 weeks he and I went to the grocery and thrift store together, haha.  He didn't go to church until he was 3 weeks old.
Houston on the other hand went to Love Boat Ice Cream at 6 days old, church at 1 week old, to Target at 1.5 weeks, and I've lost count as to where else he's been since!  He's been to a birthday party, play dates, bible study, grocery shopping, restaurants, the park several times...
The day before he turned 3 weeks old he had his first dip in the pool and at 3.5 weeks he went to the beach for the first time! He loves the water and tolerates the heat really well. He truly is a Florida baby!

He's been sleeping pretty well, I can't really complain there. A typical night for us looks like - 
Sleep 8pm-12pm, up again at 3am, up at 5am, and up at 6:30am. 
He's gone as long as 4.5 hours at night, which is great! I hope we continue this pattern of stretching longer and longer... 

During the day he's been having several hours of wakefulness. Usually in the mornings and evening, while sleeping all afternoon long! Which is great because Leo naps from about 1-3 so I've had a few hours to myself here and there! 

I don't know what else to say about this precious baby. He really has been such a blessing to our family and we love him so so much! 
















Leo 7 weeks - Houston 4 weeks 



Leo 2 Years and 4 Months

I almost said 28 months.
But didn't, because I know how people find that annoying... haha! And I know it's annoying, but for blogging about one's development I think it's sort of relevant, right?

My Leo is well on his way to being 2 and half!! It's crazy!

I don't even know where to start with all the things this kid does!  He has so much personality and interests and energy!

Since my last post specifically about Leo he has become a big brother!  I don't know how much I can or should brag about what a great big brother he has been... but I have seriously been blessed with the best big brother for Houston!  Leo has a great balance between loving and doting on his baby brother and sorta ignoring him (in a good way!) and giving Houston and I space when we need it.  He'll give him kisses and ask to hold him and share his toys with him... but when I'm nursing Houston he's perfectly fine to play by himself or sit next to me and wait.  It's been such a relief.

In terms of learning I can barely keep up with Leo. He's constantly wanting to know more and more.  He requests to do flash cards, haha, and his new favorite questions are - what is that called? what's that do?  what's that smell like? (usually asks about smells when it's something he wants to eat or drink! ha!)
He knows the alphabet perfectly - can sing the whole song (including the difficult lmnop part clearly lol) he can recognize every letter - he has upper case down and is getting good with lower case too! He can spell his name!  Granted he does have a super easy short name :)  He can count to 20! He can recognize every number 1-10.  Double digits are still tricky.  And we've started with counting in spanish!  He can do 1-5 by himself perfectly and 1-10 with a little guiding.  We're going to try to keep adding more and more spanish... he and I can learn together.
One way he's gotten really good with letters and numbers is by "playing" Scrabble and Rummikub.  I keep some board games under our couch (we seriously have NO storage!) and he has recently discovered them.  He loves them because he thinks they're grown up games and something he shouldn't be able to play with, but jokes on him.

I've been encouraging him to "read" he has dozens and dozens of books memorized and so instead of just saying the words I've been pointing to each word and having him say the story as we go.  Who knows if this is working, but there are lots of words he can recognize, so maybe.  I've read that a good thing to do is label things around your house so I might work on that soon.

Leo still loves to do art, for which I am thankful.  Water color paints and markers are his favorites. Also his dry erase/chalk board easel that I keep in the kitchen keeps him occupied while I cook sometimes. He's getting pretty good at drawing things!  He can make faces, sorta and draws lots of snakes and worms :) and for a 2 year old I think he is actually sort of exceptional at coloring within the lines.  But I'm his mom and think he's exceptional at most things...
We also do sidewalk chalk almost once a day or at least every other day! And we've added a spray bottle to our tools and he loves to "make the chalk dark."

He is a great helper around the house these days too! He throws away every single dirty diaper for me! Puts his clothes in the washer or hamper.  Puts away his clothes in his drawers.  Cleans up his toys - sometimes.  He's finally tall enough to see into the silverware drawer and can put away the clean silverware into the right spots!  He can sweep with a broom, dust, and clean up spills with a rag. He does dishes... which is usually just playing in the water with a scrubby brush, but it keeps him occupied for a while!  He helps cook - he loves to stir and pour things.  And he's getting pretty good at spreading pb and jelly on a sandwich.
I really just let him try to do anything that he has interest in.  I think it's sorta Montessori of me, yeah? haha

He's been doing really great with potty training!  We've had a few more accidents in the past few weeks since Houston was born, but I fully expected that and have been pleased with how well he's done still!  He pretty much wears underwear everywhere we go now and only a diaper at nap time and bed time.  He's not happy about having to wear a diaper then though... he says diapers are for babies lol.

Next week they're letting Leo go to the 3 year old class at Bible School at our church! We''ll see how it goes, but the children's pastor said she thinks he's mature enough, haha. Or they just wanted my help in the crafts so they knew I'd need to put Leo somewhere ;)

I know I brag a lot about how smart Leo is, I'm a super super proud mom!  But what makes me even more proud is how well he behaves and how sweet he is to me, his dad, and his baby brother. He is thoughtful, helpful, and polite.  He seriously is such a good boy and makes my life easy. 

I wanted to skip Mickey this trip because I was tired (34 weeks pregnant) and didn't want to wait in line, but my sweet boy kept asking all day long - see Mickey now?? 

My big boy was finally 38 inches and could ride the water ride at Animal Kingdom! 

Sweet baby fell asleep on the safari :) 





found momma's lip stick :| haha

















Meeting his new baby brother Houston! 













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