Friday, August 26, 2016

Our Baby Boy: 10 Weeks Old (WOW!)

We are in the double digits people!

Rhodie Man is 10 weeks old and he definitely had a big week!

Week 10:

-He smiles and coos A LOT (and this Mommy still almost cries every time)
-He acts a little bashful when he smiles and it is the most precious thing ever.
-Pretty sure he smiled at his puppy brother the other day. Progress!
-We are LOVING our play mat this week! There is a little mobile that rotates in the center above the mat and a few little toys that hang down and we love to stare, swat, and talk to those. We lay on the play mat several different times in the morning and maybe once at night to get that last little bit of energy out! I've tried to give him plenty of tummy time, but he ends up stretching out and taking a nap instead.  Since I'm right there beside him, I usually just let him sleep once he gets started. It's so cute.
-We have face-timed our uncles this week and even though I don't think he gets it, he tries to "talk" to whoever's face is on the screen. 
-We had our 2 mo appointment and Rhodes did great! He weighs 14 lbs 12.8 oz and has grown 2 inches in length (23.5) and his head is an inch bigger (16.5)! :) He gets it from his Momma! 

Rhodes had to get his 2 month shots at this check up.  Working in the NICU, I have given 2 mo. immunizations before, although it's not very common, so I knew what to expect.  I knew that he was going to get two shots.  He also got one oral med, which he tolerated well and I was proud! The shots were a different story.  The Dr said that two nurses would come in and "double-team" him so to speak, so it would be faster and less traumatic (YEAH RIGHT) for the baby.  One nurse came in and gave the oral med, then the second nurse joined her for the shots.  Of course, Rhodes had a moment after he got his shots. I can't blame him, those suckers hurt & I still flinch when I have to get stuck for anything.  But the thing that hurts me the most is that my baby hasn't experience much pain in his life (besides his circ which he'll thankfully never remember!) and it is heart-wrenching to see him cry like that.  I know the shots are for his benefit, but it broke my heart.  My mom came with us and she shed a few tears in the room after it was all said and done. I may or may not have broken out in a cold sweat & gotten light-headed once we left because I was so overwhelmed with my nervousness & sadness. 

Once I got him settled down, we loaded up and got the heck out of there because all I wanted to do was feed and snuggle my baby boy.  He slept soundly for a little while, but when he woke he would cry and cry this pitiful, sad cry. UGH. AWFUL.

At one point that afternoon, it took me a while to console him and I began to cry. We just cried together and rocked in the rocker. I'm sure it was quite the sight. Just thinking about it is enough to get me tuned up again….that and the two spiderman bandaids on his chubby little thighs….and how around his little eyes it was red because he had been crying so hard... It hurts my heart :(

Finally, that night, Aaron had Rhodie on the changing table and I came in there to talk to them and I got a smile out of my sweet boy.  It had taken all day, but that precious smile made me feel so much better.  I ended up giving him some baby tylenol for pain and he slept okay-ish for the rest of the night.  

The next morning, I had my happy boy back and that made all the difference.  

I am thankful for modern medicine and hospitals and doctors and nurses….and I am so thankful that we are blessed with insurance and good healthcare. 

I'm also thankful for the health of my little guy.  SO thankful.

And now I'm dreading the 4 & 6 month shots :\

in the words of Rhodie's Uncle Fred…"I'm not talking about that right now."

'Tis the Season,
Holly


Sunday, August 21, 2016

Our Baby Boy: Week 9 (8.19.16)

Rhodie is 9 weeks old! I am writing this on 8.21.16 and we have had a FULL weekend! I think that it has probably been our busiest weekend in a WHILE!

Rhodes had another great week! He's so fun to be around and is growing so much.  I had a moment last week when I looked at his two month old picture vs his 1 month old picture and I nearly lost it. Bless. 

He's so big and even though I take about 1 million pictures a day of his cute little self, I still feel like I'm missing the little changes. I know that's not likely, but that's just how this Momma feels! 

We have been a little more daring with our outings this week as well.  It's been SO rainy here lately which is awesome because it hasn't been as hot as it normally is this time of year, but the rain also can hinder an outing because who wants to get a baby, car seat, diaper bag, AND a stroller out in this mess? NOT IT. We ate out at a local mexican place with my family on Friday night and left a few minutes earlier than they did so that we could get back and feed Rhodie. Every move I make revolves around that boy and his eating schedule. He loves his milk and loves to eat….wonder where he gets that from? ;)  On Saturday we had a pretty lazy morning, until my in-laws appeared.  My husband called me from the grocery store (which is a whole story in itself) and told me he was headed home and that (surprise!) his parents were pulling in to town and would be at our house shortly.  Considering that I hadn't showered and was basically in lounge clothes, more of a heads-up would have been appreciated. ANYWHO…So they came for lunch and Aaron grilled and then they headed home when it was time for Rhodie's next feeding.  My MIL brought us an old ornament that her grandmother gave her for Aaron's first Christmas and a (slightly terrifying) bunny lovey thing that my husband used to tote around as a child. She claims she washed it after she found it, but just in case, I'm throwing that thing in the laundry…and maybe in the closet for a while…. ;) It's the thought that counts and I am thankful to get that from them since I don't have many old keepsakes from his childhood. She had a little photo shoot with the bunny thing and Rhodes and then did the same with my FIL. I'm glad they were able to get some pictures since they don't get to see him on a daily basis (like my parents do.) 

Not long after they left, my mom texted me and said they were meeting my brother and SIL in Searcy (our usual meeting spot) for dinner since Logan starts back to OT school Monday and Morgan is back in the full swing of teaching.  We discussed it for a while and I almost didn't want to go just because of Rhodie's schedule (we don't want that boy to get out of whack) and the hassle of traveling with a small baby who could lose it at any moment. But we finally agreed to go and just be flexible and if all else failed we could just stop in somewhere and I would just nurse him in the car.  I'm glad we went because it was good to see those two and they were REALLY excited to see Rhodes (more than anyone else and that's OK) since they hadn't seen him in a little while. They will make great parents one day.

Today we had a slow morning. We didn't end up going to church or SS.  I would even venture to say that we slept in….even though I didn't sleep in.  Aaron got up with Rhodes between 2-4 and then I got up with him at 5 while Aaron slept on the couch off and on until 8. I actually did a load of laundry at about 6am and was able to pump and lay on the couch quietly while Rhodes was in his swing and his Dad snored blissfully on the other couch.  No sleep for me though, which is probably why I had such a hard time keeping my eyes open tonight in the car.  This afternoon, after much discussion, we ended up going to Arkadelphia to "help" move in my little brother for his sophomore year at OBU. By "help" I mean we showed up after he was all move in but it's the thought that counts, right?  We ended up having to stop and feed Rhodie and then he had a dirty diaper and it turned into a 30 minute ordeal.  But we were able to get there, see Clark's room, meet his roommate, walk the campus and take some pictures with Rhodes.  Then we headed out and stopped in at a pizza place with my family before coming the rest of the way home.  It was a good day.  A FULL and good day. I hope Clark is already having fun because he will be so missed. SO missed…

Tonight, Rhodie has been a little fussier than his normal sweet self, so as I sit this, he is (finally) sleeping in his swing, I'm sitting in the rocker next to the swing on my computer, and my husband is asleep on the floor in front of the swing.  Oh yeah, and Marley the Yorkie is SNORING in his doggy bed.  I love my family. :)

That's all for now. This Momma needs a mental break. We got Rhodie off of his "schedule" time-wise so now his next feed is due at 11:30 pm.  I may try to go lay on the couch for a bit and rest until he starts stirring! :) Being a mom is so fun, tiring, crazy, and worthwhile. 

'Tis the Season,
Holly





Friday, August 12, 2016

Our Baby Boy: Week 8 (8.12.16)

Oh how time is flying! Another week has gone by already and my (not-so) little squishy baby is growing up (so quickly) right before my eyes!

This week:

-We have really found our voice.  Our morning conversations and his after-feeding squeals make my whole day. He isn't exactly cooing just yet, but he is trying so hard & it's adorable!  This morning, he screamed and squealed at the top of his lungs and I really wanted to record it, but I knew as soon as I walked away to get my phone that he would probably stop. Next time though! :)
-Mornings are the best. He is so happy, usually has slept (some), and has a full tummy. He gets so tickled when I change him in his room and he loves talking to the giraffe picture on the wall.
-He loves being outside. Unfortunately, it is SO DANG HOT that we don't go outside very much. We haven't even gotten back in the pool since last weekend. I'm hoping he'll be a little fish since he loves his baths and he is really intrigued by the blue color of the pool.
-The smile is out in full force. He smiles at my whole family and he made his Aunt Morgan (my SIL) cry last weekend when he smiled really big at her. It was precious. His aunts/uncles love him so much. Speaking of uncles…Uncle Clark (my baby brother) changed his first diaper ever yesterday and I think he is pretty proud of himself. Uncle Logan (my middle brother) changed his first diaper ever a couple weeks ago when he was here for the weekend.  So now we just have to figure out a way to convince Uncle Joshua (my big brother) that he can do it too! :)
-He's had some better nights, sleep-wise, but he still loves to wake up in the wee hours of the morning so that his Daddy will get up with him and let him sleep on his chest.  I think he does it on purpose. It's only fair since he snuggles with me all day, right? :)
-We went to Target again and he slept through it…again. I say it's a win!
-He's still eating like a champ…and a maniac. I feel like he's gained another couple of pounds so it will be interesting to see how much he has grown at his 2 month appointment in 2 weeks. 
-He LOVES his Daddy. Obviously he loves his Mommy too, but it is so sweet to watch those two interact. (Cue the heart melting to mush)
-As of today, Puppy Brother has decided that maybe baby brother is not so scary after all and he came over this morning to sniff and attempt to lick him (which I discouraged) while we had our morning playtime on the play mat. It was sweet. Marley (our Yorkie) has been in our family for 10 years, so it is pretty important to me that they get along well.

I can't believe Rhodie is 8 whole weeks old. I may or may not have cried this morning when I was feeding him at 5am because it's going so fast…sometimes too fast…and I'm not ready to go back to work in just 4 short weeks. I love being home with my little man. I thank God for him every chance I get. He is just the biggest blessing. :)

'Tis the Season,
Holly

Monday, August 8, 2016

Our Baby Boy: 7 Weeks (8.5.16)

Rhodes is now 7 weeks old! (as of Friday 8.5.16)

This week: 
-The social smile is really making it's grand debut! "ON FLEEK" as the kids say.
-He's trying to coo and it's the best thing ever.
-He finally got ahold of his thumb again, after several days of real effort.  SO CUTE.
-He went to Target with Mommy & his "Millie" (my mom).
-He saw his great-grandparents again (my dad's parents).
-Oh yeah, and the big boy GOT IN THE POOL! We will make a fish out of him yet! 

We had family come in town this weekend. My brother and SIL that live in Jonesboro came on Thursday night.  We got to enjoy them ALL weekend. It was so fun. My brother starts year 2 of OT school this coming week and my SIL goes back to her teaching job so they wanted to enjoy the last few days of their summer break. My dad's parents surprised us on Friday afternoon and came our way for dinner.  They are older and travel is harder these days, but we are so thankful that they came and especially glad they got to see Rhodie again.  They haven't seen him since he was only a couple of days old. And my in-laws decided to come over on Saturday so they got to see Rhodes for a little while as well. We had a FULL weekend.

"Family-ed out" as my MIL suggested. 

Law.

But now that you mention it….

Kidding! ;)

We were able to get up and around and finally made it to Sunday School again this weekend.  I'm so glad that we were able to see our class. Our teachers are due to have their 2nd baby boy in the next 2-3 weeks and we had a "sprinkle" shower for them. We've also had lots of pregnancies happening this year, so lots of couples are in and out a lot. It's harder to keep those connections going when you only see someone every few weeks, but we are trying to get back into the swing of things since Rhodie is a little bigger.  He slept throughout class and we were very impressed! Then he peed out of his diaper and onto his outfit…so, it was a small victory.

My mom was bound and determined to get a picture of "The Kids" this weekend. Saturday night, we turned off the Olympics for a few minutes and all tromped outside for a pic by the pool. Talk about a homely-looking bunch. My parents snapped away and we went back inside.  I could tell by her reaction going through her pictures, that she didn't get what she wanted, so on Sunday morning I texted my Dad and brothers and planned to meet up in the lobby in between Sunday school and service to get a picture since we would all be dressed nicely for church. Once we all got together, however, my Dad was conveniently MIA (bathroom) and so I told my mom the plan and we all went into the lobby and got a picture. You know, despite having to crop out my big ole' pale legs (bc my dress was being pulled up a little high in the front while holding Rhodie Man- EEK!)…it turned out really cute! Two of my brothers & my SIL are all starting back to school soon, so we won't see them for a little while. It makes me sad but I know it's just a season and I'm thankful for the time we have gotten to see them over the summer.

OH YEAH…R also laughed in his sleep TWICE this week.  It was the best sound I've ever heard in my life.  I almost cried both times.  What a happy sound! I am so excited for him to start laughing. :)

I think that's all of my updates for now! I'm going try to switch my laundry over really quick while baby boy is sleeping in his swing!

'Tis the Season,
Holly