Monday, December 31, 2007

Tasty Veggies


Wesley has been eating rice cereal for almost three weeks now and is getting bored so we started carrots last Friday. Man, he likes carrots. We were given a high chair while visiting for Christmas so now he's not eating in his stroller anymore which is nice. We call him our little T-Rex, he opens his mouth and makes a roaring noise while launching himself at the spoon full of pureed carrots. Pretty funny stuff.

Sunday, December 30, 2007

Winter Wonderland


We've only been home from Christmas vacation for two days and I'm already having some cabin fever, so Wesley went into his front pack and he and I ventured into the snow. Our area is having a record breaking December for snow fall amounts so we haven't gotten out much. Wesley caught his first cold while away for Christmas which he then passed on to me yesterday. Luckily it only caused him one sleepless night. He's feeling much better after two days. Me on the other hand......

Friday, December 28, 2007

Wesley's First Christmas

We spent this Christmas with Sean's side of the family up in his old hometown. There were 15 of us all together, there were people from New Mexico, South Dakota and Washington. We had a really nice time seeing all the new babies and catching up with everyone. It's a shame we all live so far apart, but when we do all get together it's a hoot!





Friday, December 21, 2007

Counting our blessings


Christmas is upon us yet again. I'm always so surprised at how quickly it sneaks up on me each year. This year we are piling into the car and heading north 5 hours to spent Christmas with Sean's family. In fact we are heading out tomorrow and I have yet to pack even a sock. I always tend to wait to do anything until the last minute, so this should be an enjoyable next 24 hours. It's so easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of the holiday season and to forget the reason why we're celebrating. Here I am worried about the muddy dog prints on the floor, all the food I'm going to eat in the next week (HELLO thunder thighs), how Wesley is going to travel, the horrid weather forecasted and so on (I could go on for twelve pages)....and I need to remember what the season is all about! We need to all count our blessings! There will be three little precious babies here this year that weren't last year, loving parents and grandparents that just adore them, we all have our health and are able to make the trip to be together, I am blessed to have a wonderful loving husband who puts food on the table and is such a great Daddy. And I am especially thankful this year for this little boy who inspires me to be a better person everyday. There are so many things to be grateful for and I hope everyone can be inspired by the season.

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

A few of my favorite things....


I've been thinking about all the wonderful aspects of being a new mom and I thought I'd write some of them down. So here goes it:

I love walking into Wesley's room in the morning when he wakes up and getting the biggest toothless smile you've ever seen, almost like he hasn't seen me in twelve years.

I love that out of all the books we read each day, he can get so excited over this one pop up book about trains, planes and automobiles. You can bring that particular book out and he gets wide eyed, shakes a little and makes a Ooohhhh sound. Love it.

I love that we can be doing anything and I can say "Daddy's home!" and he'll look around trying to find Dad.

I love that he smiles at himself when he pees in the tub.

I love that I now play Playstation at 4 am while pumping. In particular, Jax Combat Racing. What's better than racing around blowing up cars while pumping half asleep?

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Five months old!

Our little man is five months old! Well, I'm a day late but on any other normal day I would be able to post to the blog after the baby goes to sleep in the evening and I have my two hours before going to bed to myself, this is a thing of the past I have realized. Wesley has decided sleeping is no fun and staying up with Mom and Dad is great fun. So he is now going to bed around 11 pm and sleeping in in the morning. Just when I think we are on a routine schedule he likes to switch it up on me. Oh well. Today I'm flying the coop and leaving Wesley with my Mom while I head into town and do odds and ends. She then gets him tomorrow while Sean and I go to the movies for his birthday, it will be the first time we'll be able to go to the movies since July 11th (Harry Potter opening day) which was also the day I was induced. He'll have fun with Grandma, she's been bugging me to babysit him so this should make everyone happy!

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Silly little monkey

Our little monkey has decided that staying up until 11 pm is quite enjoyable. In fact he's so awake and happy that we were able to get a video of him laughing. He sat in this chair and laughed hysterically at Gus (his giraffe) for like 10 minutes, silly little man. I don't know why the change in sleeping habits other than he is hitting the five month mark today and that could signify yet another growth spurt (oh yippie). The cereal eating is going ok, still not fond of it and I am pretty sure all of it is ending up on the bib and none down the gullet. Oh well.

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Saturday, December 8, 2007

Down the hatch

Wesley has let us know over the past few weeks that it is time he needs more than just breast milk. Every time we eat something in front of him his eyes get really wide and he makes these hilarious grunting noises. I thought we could get closer to the six month mark but I decided this evening it was time. I've had the rice cereal in the cabinet and those special little rubber covered spoons in the drawer for a few weeks now. Well, it went ok.....a picture (or two) are worth a thousand words.....

.....BEFORE eating
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.......AFTER eating......

Enough said. We'll be trying again tomorrow....and yes, he's in his stroller... we need a high chair.

Friday, December 7, 2007

Frozen Fish

In our front yard is a decent sized koi pond. Every year I go buy 6-9 fairly good sized goldfish at the local pond supply store. We dump them in the pond in May and by September they have had several batches of babies and the pond is stuffed with goldfish. The first season winter approached and I got my big fish net and fished out a large majority of them and set up a stock tank in an unused bathroom and over wintered them in our house. That was a lot of work for $3 goldfish. So ever since that first winter I've just let nature takes its course and restocked come spring. Well last week I was out looking at the half frozen pond and saw a few sad looking fish swimming sideways. They actually looked dead but upon closer inspection their gills were moving so I ran in the garage got my net and a rubbermaid container and went out and fished out all the frozen fish I could find. I brought them in the house and let them warm up and sure enough they perked right up. I dumped them in the unused downstairs 30 gallon aquarium. Wesley thinks the aquarium is just the most fascinating thing he's ever seen. He'll sit there mouth open, saliva coming out in a string just staring at the fish. I posted a video clip below.

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Wednesday, December 5, 2007

Goof ball


We got to go for a walk yesterday in the 65 degree weather. He enjoyed getting out of the house as much as I did.

Tuesday, December 4, 2007

Mellow man

Not a whole lot new happening in our household. Wesley has decided to nap again during the day which makes my life so much easier. I'm actually getting some sculpting done again, which is good since my Christmas orders are backing up. He's so much happier with a little sleep during the day. They say the average five month old needs 14-16 hours of sleep a day, he's right in the middle. He's also learning to entertain himself better than before. He'll babble in his crib in the morning, and just waits for me to come get him. He's so laid back, it's wonderful. I'm once again having fun buying clothes for him since he's outgrowing his 3-6 month stuff. The Christmas outfits out there are just too cute. Uggg, I guess it's good I'm working again to finance his new clothes!

Sunday, December 2, 2007

Wesley the ball thrower in training

Ok, I love taking little video clips of Wesley and posting them. I took two today that I love but will only bore you with one. I'm sure the novelty of it will wear off soon so just bear with me. This clip is Wesley and Dad during their Sunday football time being bombarded by Cisco and his never ending ball. Cisco is starting to train Wesley a little early, poor kid. You only have to toss the ball once and that dog will give you the ball until the end of time.


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Thursday, November 29, 2007

First try at video...

Ok, here is the first try at uploading video from the new camera. Wesley at 4.5 months old. Hope it works!
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Shopping bliss

Like many women, I like to shop. I haven't had the opportunity to do much of it since Wesley was born so last night I grabbed my chance when I had one. You see with the Holidays approaching, the stores have these strange hours. Kohl's was open until Midnight last night. So I plopped Wesley in his crib at 8:30pm and took off for an uninterrupted personal shopping spree. It was glorious. When I usually go into town I have roughly two hours to run around and buy everything needed before I need to think about going home to release Sean from his Dad duty. Well it looks like I found the Mommy loop hole with these late closing stores. The sad part was that I spent an hour trying on a ton of clothes and I liked nothing, I usually like everything. It seems once you have a baby the days of shopping in the juniors department are over (not that I've shopped in juniors for awhile now), but I also can't stand the frumpy Misses sweaters and Mom jeans. I seem to be in the gray middle area. So I bought nothing for me and instead bought Wesley some really cute new duds. Looks like he's in 6-9 month stuff now. Dang he's growing too fast.

I love the "hand" in all the photos. I can't wait till he can sit up by himself.

Sunday, November 25, 2007

The end of an era

So when we moved out to the country I decided that it was finally time for me to buy a horse to ride. I'd been wanting one for ages. I read up on everything I'd need to know about horse ownership and proceeded to start buying gear. I bought a nice saddle, pad, bridle.....and so on. Well today I posted everything on eBay. The horse riding dream has died. For one, we don't have enough land for a full size horse. Two, I don't want to blame the kid for it....but I seriously don't have the time or energy to go horse riding on a whim. Three, I can't afford any more animals. My neighbor used to say "I wish you'd just have a baby and you'd stop buying animals." I always just laughed, but now I understand. It's hard to take care of 19 pets with a baby needing constant attention. I do love my animals and each and every one of them will have a forever home with us, just not a full size riding horse. I've decided whatever money I make on the horse gear I'm going to go buy Wesley a kick ass exersaucer. How sad, I'm trading my beautiful saddle for a brightly colored plastic toy. Anything to make the kid happy.

Saturday, November 24, 2007

Enjoying the Holiday

Sean, Wesley and I have been really enjoying the five days off for Thanksgiving. It's been a very relaxing break. I put Wesley in the Bjorn and decorated the house for Christmas today. I'm excited for this to be his first Christmas. Having a youngin around for Christmas will be a lot of fun, especially in years to come as he gets older. I'm already having way too much fun buying him stuff. I'm not alone. My father can't wait for Wes to be old enough to play with trains (so HE has someone to play with). He found a train layout that's built into a table with wooden track and asked if it would be too soon to buy it for him this Christmas. It's for 3-6 year olds. Hmmm, yep might be too early seeing as he'll be 6 months around Christmas. Can't tell this child's going to be spoiled by the Grandparents!

We are the kind of people that "if it ain't broke don't fix it," we have a perfectly fine digital camera that we bought 5 years ago that I use every day. It's a 1.2 mega pixel camera that in it's day was a pretty cool camera. Well, I took it to the funeral and actually had someone laugh at it....at how old it was. So Sean ordered a fancy schmancy new digital camera for us today. It's an 8.1 Mega pixel camera. I'm really looking forward to it because it doubles as a camcorder. This way I can stop using the dinosaur of a camcorder we currently have and have a way to upload clips directly to the blog. This way the Grandparents that live 15 hours away can see video of little man. Isn't technology amazing?

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Wesley goes to see the Doc

Today Sean and I took little man into his belated four month well baby visit. Here are the stats:

Weight: 15.5 pounds (70%)
Height: 25.5 inches (55%)
Head circ: 44 cm (90%)

Doc said he looked great, but we knew that already. He got the first of his vaccinations and will go back the beginning of December to get one more. He did really well with the two shots, only cried for a few seconds. He's such a trooper. Doc said we can start him on cereal if we want but I'm going to hold out until around five months. That's all the news from the doctors office.

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Falling into a routine

Life with baby has leveled out and we have fallen into a regular routine. Not much new has happened lately. It's just Sean, Wesley and I for Thanksgiving this year. My family will be out of town. I'm thinking of making pumpkin pancakes for Thanksgiving. A turkey would be too much food for just Sean and I. Maybe we'll just go out for dinner, we'll see. Wesley is going in for his belated four month well baby appointment tomorrow so that will be fun. I'm interested to see his weight and height. He seems to be growing out of his 3-6 month clothing, he seems too tall for them. He's still sleeping like a champ. He goes to bed at 8:30 pm and wakes up around 8:30 in the morning. Just a wonderful little sleeper. Well, that's about all...not much new happening.

Friday, November 16, 2007

What am I chopped liver?

I believe Wesley is getting bored with me. Sometimes I think he just sees me as a walking milk buffet. I say this because the moment Sean walks in the door after work the child turns into a smiley, laughing, adorable child. It's like he just puts up with me until Dad comes home, then the real fun starts. He just loves Sean, it's quite cute. I'm going to have to devise a scheme to turn myself into the most favored parent...hmm but how? Offer him oodles of cookies? Nope can't eat solids. Play video games with him? Nope no hand eye coordination. Produce chocolate milk? That might be the ticket! Ok, I'm going back to bed now.

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Looking back

Sean and I were lying on the floor with Wesley this evening soaking up his new ability to laugh at everything and I realized how wonderful having a child is. He is such a joy and a blessing and I look forward to the years ahead with all the new experiences Sean and I can teach him. I think about next summer when I plant a garden and how he can "help" me, or in a few years when he's old enough to ride with me in a cart behind the miniature horses. Sean is looking forward to the day he and Wesley can ride the mini motorcycles around the acreage or help him work on cars. But for now we are just engrossed in his ability to do nothing but smile, laugh and drool. Sean actually said something the other day that made me just about fall over, he said "If I had known how wonderful having a baby around was I'd probably have had one sooner." That's big for a man who wasn't sure he wanted children. I'm glad I talked him into it! I can't imagine missing out on this experience, how dull our lives would have been.

Sitting in the recliner....




....Hey Gus when did you get here?....



....come sit on my lap....



.....I do love Gus the giraffe....

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Four months old

Our big boy is four months old and getting bigger every day! He's 15.5 pounds according to my baby scale but we'll get an official weight when he goes in for his appointment next week. I guess they are supposed to double their birth weight by six months and he's almost there at four so he's right on track. Not much to report here. We are back into our regular no napping routine today, so I bumped back his bed time to 8:30....his little grumpy butt is going to get more sleep somehow.

Recuperating

Who knew A four day trip and 600 miles could wear us all out so much! All we did today was sleep. Wesley who never takes a nap during the day took a four hour nap, and I had to wake him up from that...so who knows how long he would have slept. I passed out in the chair with him for a couple hours. Sean was the only one that got anything done today, he was outside tearing up the deck around the pool. He's such a good worker. I'm such a slacker.

Saturday, November 10, 2007

Ring Time


I had fun with his toy rings and the camera. Poor kid.

Wesley's sad road trip

I'm sad to write that my beloved grandfather passed away last Wednesday. The funeral would be held in Illinois which is 600 miles away. So Thursday we started loading up the car with everything we could possibly need for four days, you would think we were going to be gone for a month. We've decided that the amount of luggage you need is inversely proportional to your age. For example if Sean needs one pair of jeans then Wesley needs five....you never know when you'll need that cute little pair with the frogs on them. We each had one little suitcase, Wesley had four. It took us three trips to bring everything from the car into the hotel, including his full size swing. He slept the whole night in it in the hotel room. That swing is worth its weight in gold. I was so worried about him traveling eight hours in the car but he is such a little champ. He slept the entire way there. We broke the trip up into two days so he only had to sit in the car seat for four hours each day. After the funeral at the grave site they did a military salute for him with the shooting of the guns and taps. It was a beautiful and moving thing to witness. Wesley slept through it all, even the gun salute. As I write this we are traveling through St. Louis and will get home tomorrow. Grandpa, you will be missed.

Tuesday, November 6, 2007

Snotty little man


Well last night was a new experience. I went in to check on Wesley at 4 am and he was so congested. Poor kid was kicking around and was obviously angry that he couldn't breath. I then picked up my new handy automatic, battery operated aspirator (booger sucker outer) and tried sucking out his snot while he was sleeping....yeah that didn't work. It just pissed him off. So I took him into the bathroom and ran the shower on hot while sitting on the toilet lid and breast feeding him in the dark. The hot vapor opened up his little airways and off to sleep he went. Man I'm good.

Sunday, November 4, 2007

Marbles? Where are my marbles?

Oh that's right I've LOST them! It's days like today that I'm certain Wesley will be an only child. There will have to be a whole lot of forgetting the first several months before I agree to do this again. Don't get me wrong, Wesley is a good, really mellow baby 90% of the time...but that other 10% is rough. Today being a rough day. He woke up at 9am smiling and cooing as usual, fed him and he started screaming. We played on the floor and he screamed. I fed him again he screamed. You get the idea. The only way I could get him to sleep was taking him for a walk in the stroller. We walked for four miles. The backs of my heels are bleeding, but by God he slept. I know it's a growth spurt, this is how he acted at the two and three month marks. I hope this one goes by quickly. And I hope I can find my marbles one day soon.

Thursday, November 1, 2007

Chapters

With the birth of my niece it got me thinking about the first few weeks home with Wesley. You can read every parenting book on the market and you will never be fully ready for that little pink newborn once you bring it through the front door. In fact I remember setting down the car seat and turning to Sean and saying "Now what?" For nine months you build up in your mind what having a baby in the house will be like. The happy cooing baby comes to mind. In reality it's a lot of work! Feeding around the clock, changing countless diapers, dealing with crying. I remember feeling like I was chained to my recliner. Sean had to bring me meals and drinks because Wesley would cluster feed for hours. Going to the store was scary stuff. I was so afraid he would start crying and people would stare. I would make whirl wind trips for the basics like diapers and milk just to get him back in the car. Now at almost four months old, I could CARE LESS! Go ahead and stare if he cries....believe it or not, that's what babies do. I often see Moms with well behaved toddlers and wonder if Wesley will be like that. Then I realize that woman is just a few chapters ahead of me in this child rearing game and was probably just as scared of her newborn wailing in Wal-Mart as I was in the beginning.

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

I have a new niece!

I am proud to announce the birth of my newest niece, welcome to the family little Sasha Victoria! Sean's brother and wife had their baby yesterday evening and she weighed 6 pounds 2 ounces. I'm anxious to talk to Becca and see how it went and see pictures! Boy has 2007 been quite a baby year! Sean's other brother had a baby girl three days before Wesley was born. So when we get together for Christmas this year there will be three little ones, while last year there were no babies. A lot can happen in a year! Congratulations guys!

Monday, October 29, 2007

Say goodbye to the pool!

When we bought this house three years ago it wasn't because of the in ground pool. That just happened to be an added bonus at the time. I mean if you haven't had a pool before, the thought of owning one is pretty exciting. This would be until the realization of how much work they really are sets in. A couple times a week you have to clean them, add oodles of chemicals like Chlorine and algecide, clean stuff out of the skimmer like dead frogs and lizards and keep the filter clean. This all for something we didn't swim in once this summer. The only thing that was exciting about the pool was the thought of Wesley out there splashing around every summer. Well the straw that broke the camels back is that last week it started leaking. Monday it was down an inch and by Friday it was down 7 inches. It might not sound like much, but in an 18,000 gallon pool, that's a lot of water. We can't pinpoint the leak as it could be anywhere including the underground pipes. So we've decided to fill in the pool. Jackhammer it up and fill it in with dirt. We are so excited to start the process. There are so many "positives" to filling it in: I won't have that nagging feeling once Wesley starts walking that he's going to somehow drown in it, also our homeowners insurance should come down from outer space, water and electric bill will go down and I will have more spare time because I won't be cleaning it. This is an all around good thing. As for Wesley, well a really cool water park with huge slides and waterfalls went in 20 minutes away. We'll go every week in the summer if it means I don't have to have a pool at the house.

Sunday, October 28, 2007

Wesley goes Green

So you might be aware of the Go Green movement in our country. This is where you remove the chemicals and toxins in your life, thus removing them from your body. This can be as easy as buying organic produce where no pesticides where used to as complex as replacing your sheets with organic cotton sheets. I have been researching this for the past several weeks in an effort to keep Wesley shielded from some of the worse chemicals. We've replaced our regular household cleaners with the Method brand of cleaners from Target, I'm buying organic food when I have a choice and I just ordered some chemical free baby shampoo. I don't think I've gone overboard just yet (although Sean thinks I'm getting there). Overboard is buying the chlorine free, dye free, gel free diapers for $40 a package, found those last night during my midnight internet pumping. It's also interesting how I have to watch what I do while breastfeeding because it is shown that chemicals are stored in your body fat, which is used to make your milk supply during breastfeeding. Maybe I have too much time on my hands.

Saturday, October 27, 2007

Cabin Fever

Let me start out by saying I love that I can be a stay at home mom for Wesley. Ok, with that said, if I stay in this house another day I am going to go bonkers. And it isn't even winter yet. We get out everyday and go for a 2 mile "power" walk down the dirt road but it doesn't feel like I get away from the house. Sometimes I envy the Mom that gets to go to work and actually have human interaction, but then I think about leaving Wesley with someone and I just couldn't do it. It's not that my life is much different than before Wesley came, now instead of sculpting all day, I'm a baby watcher. I'm sure as he gets older and starts crawling and walking the rewards of being home will present themselves, this I'm sure of. But for now I will have to make it a point to get out more, or I fear I might go looney.

Thursday, October 25, 2007

Put on your booties cause it's cold outside!


So it's really getting cold outside at night and we decided to get the furnace going, it decided it was time to stop working. Perfect. Poor Wesley went to bed Monday night dressed as a little eskimo baby. He had a onesie, socks, light footed sleeper and fleece footed jammies. Poor kid looked like Ralphies brother off of A Christmas Story all dressed up in his snowsuit. It got down to 64 degrees in the house, 33 degrees outside. It could have been worse I suppose. My wonderful husband got it working this evening so no more cold nights. He's good to have around!

Sunday, October 21, 2007

Ode to Bath Time!

Yes, my life boring enough that I am writing about bath time. The kid LOVES bath time. I usually only give him a bath every three days, I mean how is he getting dirty? He usually will start smelling like cheese on the third day and that means a bath is eminent. I then have to find the source of the cheese smell, which is usually the rolls under his chin or thigh rolls. It's amazing the amount of "stuff" that can hide in the rolls. When he starts solids at six months I'm sure the bath schedule will have to be moved up. I'm picturing pureed carrots in the fat rolls, oh what fun that will be.

Friday, October 19, 2007

We have lots of noises....

....and they aren't just from the rear end anymore! Wesley is becoming a little chatter box. He likes to ooooo and ahhhh and make all sorts of strange noises while watching college football with Dad. It's like he's talking to all the brightly colored men on the TV running around. Very cute. This evening he was also laughing, a lot. We've figured out the key to making him laugh. 1. He has to be on his changing table, 2. be in a really good mood, 3. you have to tickle him under the arms and on belly, 4. make airplane noises while doing so and 5. the moons have to be aligned just right. But when all that happens, BOY is it cute. Note to my readers: I do not like the fact that my child watches TV (football with Dad), and in a perfect world he wouldn't be able to, but the hour he does this a week is like heaven for me. I get to go relax and do fun things such as dishes, laundry and cleaning bathrooms.

Thursday, October 18, 2007

Wesley goes to PT

Wesley went to his meeting with the physical therapist today. I'm happy to report that whatever problems he had with is neck have worked themselves out. The physical therapist couldn't detect any tightness in the neck, so all is well. Over the past two weeks we've really been working on his neck, doing all sorts of exercises...stretching and such. I guess that's all it took. She also told me some new fun things I can do to strengthen those neck muscles. So she spent about 5 minutes talking about the neck exercises and the other 25 minutes cooing and trying to make him smile at her. So, anyways just wanted to share the good news.

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Poor secluded Wesley

It is officially the start of cold and flu season. Oh yippie. Me being the worried mother I am, have decided that poor Wesley will no longer accompany me into town to do my weekly errands. I will leave him with Sean and I will do my running around on Saturdays. This is actually how we've been doing it for several weeks now, mainly because I need some "alone" time to keep my sanity. But now it's just official, the poor kid will be stuck in the house all winter. Oh well, not like he's missing much as little as he is. I know, I'm sheltering him but he's my first and I can do that, right?

Monday, October 15, 2007

Babyland update #2

More little items:

1. I believe he is close to rolling over. When he is having tummy time his little legs are off the ground and pushed to one side. Maybe he'll roll soon?

2. I've started getting up at 6:30 am so I can sculpt. That seems to be the only way I can get any work done during the day. Two hours a day is better than nothing.

3. His three month appointment stats: weight 13.5 pounds (60% percentile), height 24 inches (65% percentile), head 17 inches (70% percentile). All is well.

4. Sean and Wesley watch college football on Saturdays. Wes seems to really enjoy it, he makes the cutest oooooing noises. Funny stuff.

5. Ok the newest song I've learned is "Oh I Wish I Was A Little Bar of Soap." My favorite lyric is:
Oh I wish I was a fishy in the sea
Oh I wish I was a fishy in the sea
Oh I'd swim nudey nudey nudey without my bathing suity
Oh I wish I was a fishy in the sea.

It makes me smile.

Sunday, October 14, 2007

Observations

I do find it funny that a lot of these recent posts are written at 3 o'clock in the morning. This is when I am up pumping, and the only way to stay awake is getting on the internet. This is also the only time during the day when I CAN get online lately. When your child doesn't sleep during the day anymore (or very rarely) and requires attention 24/7 your free time dwindles. It was very lovely getting out and going to the parade yesterday. Our tiny town had its Fall Festival and Wesley and I went. Of course it started to rain right before the parade started thus causing everyone to run for cover under trees. But after 10 minutes it stopped and events started up. It was fun and Wesley was transfixed by the marching band and fire engines that went by. It was a nice way to break up the day. Ok, I'm going back to sleep now.

Gotta love those growth spurts!

Wesley is currently going through a growth spurt. Babies tend to go through growth spurts at 2,4,6 weeks as well as 2,3,5 months and every month until they reach 23 years old (Ha ha, just kidding). He is always hungry right now, can't seem to get enough to eat. Once again I'm second guessing my milk supply, and just wish he was on formula. I look at those cans of formula that I received in the hospital and jut think "Well is today the day I give in?" It's like crack. The formula companies just give you a taste, get you hooked. I should just throw it all away to get the temptation out of the house. Wesley is just not satisfied after eating and I guess he's working on uping my milk supply in the process. I hate to see him hungry. It's hard to understand the guilt associated with halting breast feeding. I feel like if I can just make it to 6 months I will have offered everything beneficial to Wesley through breast feeding. I'm half way there, I can do it (at least that's what I keep telling myself).

Friday, October 12, 2007

Three months old today!

Once again I am sitting here wondering where the past three months went. I imagine myself typing out "Happy 10th Birthday" wondering the same thing. It is scary how time flies by. Wesley is changing so much. He has started laughing more regularly. I can make him laugh if I act really silly and kiss his belly. It's way cute. He also has started drooling like a drunken sailor. There is a line of saliva coming out of his mouth at all times. I wish I had more to write but our lives have fallen into a nice routine where not much new happens. I do enjoy writing in the blog. It has given me a place to keep track of all the small milestones Wesley achieves. One person said "Won't it be wonderful when Wesley wants to bring in his blog for Kindergarten show and tell?" That would be neat. We are going to our little towns Fall Festival tomorrow. Wesley will be strapped in the Baby Bjorn and we will watch all the entertaining festival events. Should be fun, I'm looking forward to getting out of the house. This will end my ramblings for now.

Monday, October 8, 2007

Little tortoise boy

Wesley and I went to the pediatrician today to look at his neck and sure enough he has a condition called torticollis. This is where the muscle on one side of his neck is tighter than the other thus causing his neck to tilt that way. The doctor said this probably was caused when he was in the womb. The tight quarters caused his head to be stuck in one way. So we get to visit a physical therapist just once who will show me how to do neck stretches to help his little titled head. He has affectionately earned the nickname "tortoise boy." Poor kid.

Saturday, October 6, 2007

The worried Mom

When I was pregnant I never realized how much I would worry about this little human I created. It started soon after he arrived with wet diapers, I had to count to make sure he was getting enough to eat. Then it was worrying about other drivers on the road when he's in the car with me. The list goes on and on....I worry about him being around sick people, dropping him, autism, the dogs stepping on him, SIDS, being too hot/cold....etc. Well the latest worry is his neck. The poor kid has had a crocked head since he was born. He tends to keep it crooked to the left side. I keep thinking he will fix it by getting better neck control, but it hasn't changed. So I did the bad thing of looking online (bad idea) and sure enough there is a condition where the muscles on either side of the neck are different lengths with one being tighter than the other. It says tummy time is very important to help strengthen and stretch the muscles. Of course he HATES tummy time still, although he is tolerating it better now than in the beginning. I'll have to talk to the pediatrician about it. Poor Wesley with the crooked head. I'm sure this is just one more thing in a long list of items I will worry about through out his life. Oh the joys of Motherhood!

Wednesday, October 3, 2007

Fate of the stump

I was cleaning up the little tray attached to the changing table and came across Wesley's umbilical cord stump. Yes, when it fell off I felt the need to keep it. Not really knowing what to do with this little piece of grossness that connected him to me for 40 weeks, I placed it in the tray that holds the baby wipes. I'm now at a loss as to what to do with the stump, keep it for a disgusting keepsake? Photograph it and toss it? Oh decisions decisions.....

Tuesday, October 2, 2007

Sleep boycott

It's so easy to take certain things for granted, such as a sleeping baby. Wesley has always had such a wonderful routine, goes to bed at 9:30, takes a three hour nap two hours after getting up in the morning. Well the past three days he hasn't taken an afternoon nap and he doesn't go to bed until after 11pm. It sucks. I can't get anything done. No sculpting, laundry, nothing. So now he takes these little 20 minute naps all day long. I'll put him down under his play gym and he passes out for little sessions, not long enough for me to do much of anything other than take a picture of him (see picture to the right). I know this is typical baby behavior but I've been spoiled for so long. Well, I am going to go and try and get him to sleep again. I'm so tired, wish me luck.

Sunday, September 30, 2007

Babyland update

Little items of interest not cool enough to have their own post:

1. Our little beefcake has graduated into 3-6 month clothing. I was sad to pack up all his little newborn clothing, a lot of which he never wore. He is growing so fast!

2. I swear his little hands are growing bigger everyday. I suppose all of him is growing but I just notice his little hands.

3. Smiles are like a battery recharge. I can be so dead tired and all he has to do is smile at me in the morning and I am completely recharged. Wonderful things those smiles are.

4. I've been attempting to learn different nursery rhymes or kids songs over the past few weeks. I've always known some of the lyrics to most songs but I thought I'd learn all the lyrics. The latest is I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas. I have the damn song in my head ALL the time. I've been singing it all weekend....when I'm in the shower, making dinner, in the car......I want to pull my hair out. Wesley seems to like it though.

Friday, September 28, 2007

Wesley goes to the zoo!


I will be the first to admit my love for animals, I've been nuts over animals for as long as I can recall (hence my own "zoo" at home). So when I learned that our city zoo just had a baby giraffe and opened a new penguin exhibit I knew I had to go. So today my mom, friend Jessica, her son Alex, Wesley and I went to the zoo. It was great fun. Wesley slept most of the time in his stroller but I didn't think he would get much out of it anyways being so small. It was just nice getting out of the house for the day, sometimes I feel really cooped up in here. The zoo will be a lot of fun once Wesley is old enough to know where he is, can't wait!

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

My little secret

Wesley slept the whole night last night in his CRIB! You might ask "Why is this so important?" I'm ashamed to say he's been sleeping in his swing since he came home from the hospital. He LOVES his swing. It is the papasan swing that has a soft little pod that his lays in. I always said that if Fisher Price would only make one for adults I would be in it all the time. Anyways, I would place him in it and turn it on for 10 minutes until he was asleep and then I would turn it off and he would sleep 10+ hours. I thought if it aint broke don't fix it. Well I then started to think about his little back all curled up in his swing and how that can't be very good for him, so I decided to bite the bullet and move him to his crib last night. I thought this would be a battle, I prepared myself to be up all night with a crying baby....nope, he slept all night long. When I went in to check on him at 8:30 he was just in there smiling up at his mobile. He is such a good baby, I'm quite lucky.