Archive for March, 2011

12 weeks old!!!

At 4:09 tomorrow morning, Liam will be 12 weeks old! After this week, I’ll probably stop sharing his age in weeks when people ask, and start telling his age in months (although I’ll keep doing a weekly update here!). He’ll be 3 months old on April 1, which is my first day back to work. I go back on April Fool’s Day, of all days! I wish it were an April Fool’s Day joke that I had to leave him!!!
It will only be 3 days a week for the next 3 months, then I’ll be back to full-time. I am grateful to have a job that is family friendly enough to allow me that extra time to adjust. However, I wish more than anything I could stay home with him this entire first year! I feel like I’m abandoning him.

I (or Nathan) probably ~could~ manage to stay home, and I don’t think we’d suffer too terribly. We’d have to sacrifice quite a bit – after all, I do have school loans to pay that cost me the same amount as my mortgage each month! If I thought my job would still be waiting for me after a year, then maybe I’d consider trying to do that. But the job I have now is too much of an opportunity to let fall from the table. It was very much a “right place, right time” situation, and I highly doubt, in this economy, I’d find a better opportunity for me to learn, grow, and put my education into practice. In addition, I have plenty of PTO available to me, and my department is very flexible, which will allow me to grow my career without neglecting family. If I must work, then I am in a good company to do so without feeling as though I must battle to keep my priorities properly aligned. And it doesn’t make sense to let that go.

As far as my staying home long-term goes, well, we could probably arrange that too. I know plenty of families who manage on less than what my husband or I would bring home in pay. However, if we did that, there is so much we would be unable to do for Liam. Nathan and I both agree that life experiences are important for a child, maybe even more so than having a parent stay home. I know a lot of people would disagree with us, but it is important to us to be able to show him the world, both literally and figuratively. I want to have a college savings fund for him, to take him out of the country, to introduce things like the symphony, the theatre, and fine dining to him, to hopefully send him to a good private school, and so much more that we couldn’t do on one salary alone.

Liam is continuing to grow and learn all the time! This week, he discovered his feet! He likes to examine them closely. He’ll stare down at them for minutes at a time with such a serious look on his face!

His vocal abilities are increasing all the time. He makes all kinds of sounds – the “g” sound, the “m” sound and the “w” sound in addition to his regular coos and oooohs.

He rolled over again, but it was on our bed, and I was sitting on it so he had a bit of a slope, so I don’t know if he can do it on the floor just yet! I need to give him more floor time so he can have a chance to try!

He has mastered sucking on his fist. He constantly has it, or his arm, in his mouth. If I don’t give him his paci when putting him to sleep, he’ll now suck on himself instead.

Baths are going better – the last few baths he has fussed about getting out instead of going in. I decided that trying to give him a bath when he is fussy isn’t a good idea, but if he is in a good mood, he seems to love it.

He has such an intense little personality! When he is happy, he is VERY happy. But when he is mad, he gets VERY mad. Maybe he’s going to have a lot of passion!

This week, I have been trying to focus on giving him more tummy time (I’m terrible about making him do it since I know he doesn’t like it), and that’s also when I took most of my pictures! I discovered he doesn’t mind it nearly as much when a Boppy pillow is involved. I’m sure it’s more comfortable than the hard floor.

He likes it better with a Boppy, and when there's college basketball to watch!

Enough work for one day!

Hmm, I wonder if I could crawl...


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11 weeks!!!

Yesterday marked Liam’s 11th week of life. In one more week, the newborn period will be officially over. So sad!!

Liam is learning and growing every single day! He now weighs 14 pounds, and he loves to interact with his environment.

This week he laughed out loud for the first time while awake (he has been laughing in his sleep since he was first born), and has been doing it daily ever since! Up until now, he had made lots of happy coos and squeals, but this was an actual chuckle! I happened to catch a laugh on video camera, and am sharing it here. The laugh is in the 2nd half of the video.

He is doing great at holding up his head. His head will still drop forward a little after a while, but his progress in this area has been amazing to watch!

He is teething – a tiny bit of a tooth can be felt in the lower left side of his mouth! I can’t believe he is teething so early, but maybe this means we will finish early, too.

He absolutely LOVES standing on our laps, and he is able to support his weight without wobbling for long stretches at a time! I have a picture of this below.

I know there are other things that have happened I am forgetting to mention. I need to start making a note of things as they happen so I can record them here each week.

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10 weeks

This week has been a bit of a rough one for the little guy. As I already posted, he was vaccinated last Friday. Well, later that night he began running a fever of 100.5, even though he was on Tylenol. He slept through most of it, but it made us nervous. The next day his temperature dropped, but it remained around 99 all week-end. He was very drowsy all day Saturday, but the next day he was a little fussy. I thought it might be due to his reflux rather than the shots, but when I called the pediatrician’s office, I was informed shots can make babies fussy for up to 7 weeks. After several days of excessive fussiness, and after a lengthy screaming episode on Thursday afternoon, I called the pediatrician again, and they finally increased his Axid dosage. Hopefully it is making him feel better. He started the new dose on Thursday night, but he’s still being fussy. However, he also didn’t get enough sleep yesterday, so I think part of the fussiness can e attributed to exhaustion.

On Saturday, we went to visit Liam’s newest cousin, Ella, and he also got to meet a good friend, Beckett! Beckett is Ella’s cousin on the other side of the family.

Here are some more pictures from the past 7 days!

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THe CSN giveaway winner is…

…anash! Congrats – I will email your promo code.

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2 month checkup

Tomorrow Liam will be 9 weeks old!! It’s the last week we can age him in single digit weeks! At some soon point, I’ll probably start counting his age in months rather than weeks, but I’m not quite ready to do that just yet!

Today he had his 2 month checkup and his 2 month vaccines. The checkup part went well! He is now 13 pounds even, and was still measuring 24 inches. The pediatrician said a lot of babies grow in big spurts like that (3.5 inches from birth to 1 month was huge!). But, I think last month’s measurement’s may have been a little off, because he was very wiggly. Plus, this month put him right back on the growth curve he was on in the beginning. Anyway, he is still at the 75th percentile for weight, between the 80th and 90th percentile for length, and at the 25th percentile for his head.

The vaccines were a little rough for him. He instantly started screaming as soon as they gave him his shots. However, it only took a few minutes to calm him down, and he fell asleep. When we got him home I gave him Tylenol (per the doctor’s orders), and he has been a little fussy tonight, but nothing too serious. He does not seem to be in nearly as much pain as he was before going on Axid for his reflux. He has mostly seemed sleepy.

Here are some pictures I took today:

This hat is 0-3 months, but still way too big for him!

"I'm tired of playing dress-up!"

Sound asleep on mom, just minutes later!

Here is a video I took of him sleeping – he is such a noisy sleeper sometimes!!

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$50 CSN Stores Giveaway!!

As many who read this already know, we have recently done a lot of renovations on our house. One of the fun parts of extensive renovations is getting to buy new furniture! One thing we shopped for and bought was LCD TV stands that would work well in our bedroom. Thankfully we found something that matched our other bedroom furniture perfectly, and was functional in that it has drawers that we could use for clothing storage. We’ve also bought a new couch, love seat, desk and, of course, new nursery furniture.

CSN Stores is a great place to shop for furniture, home decor, home organization systems, and so much more! They have over 200 online stores available for browsing, which makes for a great online shopping opportunity! And for one of my readers, CSN has given me a one-time-use $50 promotional card for anything in CSN’s inventory!

There are a few ways you can enter this giveaway and get up to three possible entries. Please leave a separate comment for each way you would like to enter. Here are your options!

1. For one entry, leave a comment telling me that you would like to enter, and if there is anything in particular on which you hope to spend your $50.
2. For another entry, spread this giveaway on FB or Twitter, and leave a separate comment letting me know you have done this.
3. If you follow my blog, you will be given another entry. Simply leave a separate comment letting me know this.

This giveaway will close at midnight on Monday, March 7, 2011, and I will announce the winner on Tuesday morning!

I will also be doing a $25 giveaway on my In Our Hearts blog, so for anyone who is interested in another opportunity to win, be sure to stop by and enter there as well!

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Yesterday it was 18 months since Madelyn was born. Wow.

And today marks 2 months since Liam was born. Wow again.

If only they could be here together. I’m sure Madelyn would be fascinated by her baby brother, as most little girls love babies. I would undoubtedly be even more exhausted than I am now. I probably wouldn’t have had the appreciation for that feeling that I do, as I would not have realized just how quickly life can end. It’s impossible to truly understand until one has endured the overwhelming grief that comes when one’s heart has been completely shattered, put back together again, but with some very important pieces missing. Having lived through that doesn’t decrease how overwhelming taking care of a new baby can be. However, it does make the challenging parts of newborn care more bearable. If I’m sleep-deprived, it is because I have a baby. And even on the days when I feel most tired, it is far better than feeling exhausted from grief.

Here are some pictures of Liam.

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