One Fish, Two Fish

I’ll Never Be Ready For This March 23, 2011

Filed under: Milestones,Sam — leighnut @ 3:59 pm

I fear that Sam is starting to give up his afternoon nap. On days that he naps, bedtime is incredibly difficult. He’s just not tired! It doesn’t seem to matter what time he goes down for a nap in the afternoon, either. Bedtime consists of our regular routine followed by two hours of listening to him rolling around, singing songs, telling stories to his stuffed animals, etc. Everything BUT sleep is happening in his room. So today, we went to the mall to play at the playground, shop a little, and just generally ride out the crappy weather. He had a blast playing with other little kids his age at the play area.

Now, he’s obviously tired. I’m seeing long, long blinks and crazy-time behavior. He’s now on the couch have rest time, while watching Wild Kratts his new favorite show on PBS. (It’s all about animals. What’s better than that?) I suspect bedtime will be easier tonight. At least, I hope so!

 

A Chunky Monkey and Sick Ears March 21, 2011

Filed under: Anna,Doctor-rama,Month One,Sam — leighnut @ 4:56 pm

Anna had her one month well child appointment today. She is even more of a giant than she was. Get this: she has gained three pounds and grown three inches in the last four weeks. She is now 12.8 pounds and 24 inches long. That is off the charts! The 100th percentile. Whoa. Everything went well at the appointment. Dr. Noble was impressed with her size and her rolling over trick. She was not worried about the fact that she didn’t poop for five days (yes, five days. I was a wreck.). The one little surprise was that she heard a heart murmur on exam. We will be visiting the cardiologist at Mott Children’s Hospital to have the murmur evaluated (appt. date to be determined. We will wait for them to call us.) Dr. Noble said she is not concerned about it, but that, as a rule, she sends new babies with new murmurs to Mott for evaluation. She said that the likelihood of there being a big problem is very small, especially since Anna has gained weight and grown so much in the last month.

Sam got to see Dr. Noble in the same appointment. He is still sick with the longest cold ever and it turns out — surprise! — he has an ear infection! (Yeah for Amoxicillin!) I’m not surprised. The kid is a walking snot ball. He’s also been limping for a few days and choosing to crawl periodically instead of walk or run. Dr. Noble didn’t see or feel anything abnormal with his leg, thank goodness. We’re supposed to watch it for a week and if it gets worse, he’ll have an x-ray. Poor guy has been sick for so long, he doesn’t need a gimpy leg to go along with it. The other night he said, “Mommy, I’m going to be sick forever. I don’t want to be sick anymore.” He’s so sweet.

And everything has been just perfect in the wake of the Pacifier Fairy’s visit. Sam has had no more trouble with naps or bedtime since the first grief-laden nap, nor has he mentioned his pacifier since the Fairy left him toys. I do kind of miss him asking for his “smoove pacifier, please,” but it’s so nice to be DONE. Good job, Sam!

Rob and I are still lacking in the sleep department. Anna is obviously not checking her messages or she’d have gotten our desperate pleas for an earlier bed time. Thank goodness for the screens in our life — the DVR, the Kindle, and the World Wide Web! 🙂

 

Anna, Month One March 17, 2011

Filed under: Anna,Letters,Month One,Photo — leighnut @ 8:57 pm

Dear Anna,

Today is your first graduation. You are an infant! How can it be that four weeks have passed already? I feel like our days with you just fly by. We wake up and suddenly, it’s dinner time and another day has whizzed by. I don’t want to blink, for fear that I’ll miss a moment with you.

You are such a snuggly baby, Anna. You love to be held more than anything else. I think if you could have your way, we’d never put you down. With Daddy, you prefer to be cradled in the crook of his left arm. With me, you love being tummy down up on my shoulder. You’ll often tuck your head into the side of my neck so we’re cheek to smooshy cheek. It’s just precious and I can’t help but cover you in kisses! When you’re nursing, you always, always hold my thumb with your hand. If you can’t find it, you flail your arm around until you do, then hold on tight. It just melts my heart.

But let’s be fair. You also can shriek like a pterodactyl when you’re out of sorts for one reason or another! Usually, you’re quite clear in what you want — a new diaper, food, a snuggle — and all you need to emit is one lone “Wah!” Sometimes though, we are confused, like when you’re tired, but showing hungry signs, and we don’t give you what you need. Then, watch out! The wails begin. Daddy is best at soothing you when you are so tired. He puts you on his knees and bounces you up and down until your eyes just can’t stay open anymore.

It’s clear that you and Sam are going to be friends. You track his voice all over the room when he talks. He is quick with kisses and hugs — and a finger in the mouth, a honk on the nose, and a bonk on the forehead. You’re going to have to hold your own, Anna, as he loves you in all of his toddler boy ways. He loves to lie next to you when you’re lounging or doing tummy time and you bat at his face and reach for him with your mouth. He loves getting kisses from you!

I can’t help but stare at you, baby girl. Those cheeks could not be any squishier. I admit, I have a hard time keeping my hands off them. And I swear your eyes tell a story. It sounds cheesy, but I feel like you have wisdom that goes beyond your four weeks of life. You keep surprising me with the details — your tiny ears, button nose, your round little tummy — I love them all.

I’m so happy you’re here with us, Anna. I think I always knew you’d come someday. I’m glad that someday is finally here.

Love,
Mommy

 

An Announcement from Sam March 16, 2011

Filed under: Milestones,Sam — leighnut @ 7:10 pm

Today at noon, Sam came downstairs after having some alone time reading books in his room and said, “I couldn’t find my pacifier. The fairy came and took it away.” I said, “The fairy?” “Yes, the fairy that takes pacifiers,” he replied. Apparently, the Pacifier Fairy came and took his pacifier today. I asked him why she came today. He said, “Because I’m a big boy and I don’t need a pacifier anymore.” Sam also pronounced that the Pacifier Fairy brings toys to big boys when they take away the pacifier. Apparently, the Pacifier Fairy is bringing him Jessie and Bullseye from Toy Story — and a soft toy for Anna. “And she will bring them in her bin of toys and put them in my red toy bins while I’m sleeping.” Well, well, well! As soon as Sam was busy with something else, Rob ran up and grabbed his pacifier (which was in our bed) and put it in his underwear drawer. And I guess a trip to Toys R Us is in the very, very near future.

Nap time came. It was, uh, rocky. Sam cried and cried for an hour, saying, “The Pacifier Fairy didn’t come. She didn’t take my pacifier!” He even insisted we take all the sheets off his bed, because he was convinced that it was somewhere underneath. I will never forget his little face when he looked all over the bed and didn’t see his pacifier there. His whole body just deflated.
He finally fell asleep in my arms in bed after many, many tears.

I held it together until I got downstairs, then I burst into my own tears. It’s not that he’s growing up or anything, it was the look on his face when he realized it was really gone. And the sweet, sleeping face in his bed, sans pacifier, looking just like he did as an infant. My sweet, sweet boy.

 

O Sleep, Why Dost Thou Leave Me? March 9, 2011

Filed under: Anna,Mom and Dad,Month One,Sam — leighnut @ 10:24 pm

We’re settling in to life with two kids. Sam’s snark factor is generally lower, though the days that Rob goes to work in the mornings seem to be a free-for-all. Sam’s listening ears aren’t so much broken as they aren’t even in the house. He tests me the whole time Rob is gone, knowing that I can’t jump up and stop him from getting into things when I’m nursing Anna. He’s too smart for his own good sometimes. I get where it’s coming from, but boy does it make me want to tear my hair out!

The nights are still rough. It was really bad the first two weeks. No one was sleeping. Anna was up until all hours of the night, eating every two hours throughout the night. And Sam quit sleeping through the night! He’d wake up at about 4:00 a.m. every night, needing a snuggle, a new diaper, reassurance that we’re still in the house. Rob would go in and lie with him for about an hour while I fed and changed Anna. We were desperately tired by the end of those two weeks.

Things are looking up in the sleep department, though. Last week, Sam started sleeping through the night again. He is convinced that Rob and I are here to stay 24 hours a day. That makes Rob’s nights much easier. (The first night Sam slept straight through, Rob woke up at 4:00 a.m. anyway, ready for the snuggle time that never happened. Poor guy!) And although Anna is still wakey until about midnight, she only wakes up twice to eat — at about 4:00 and 7:00, give or take. This makes my nights better. I’d give anything for her to go to sleep for the night at 10:00 or 11:00 p.m., but have you ever tried to wake a sleeping newborn? It’s impossible! She’s a little limp lump that won’t wake for anything. 🙂

 

Holy Cannoli!

Filed under: Anna,Firsts,Milestones — leighnut @ 10:49 am

Guess who rolled from her tummy to her back! Twice!

UPDATE 3/15/11: She did it again tonight — three times!

 

Sam and Anna, Two Weeks Old March 8, 2011

Filed under: Anna,Photo,Sam — leighnut @ 5:20 pm

So, what do you think? Do they look alike? Do they look related? And aren’t they beautiful?