Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Teddy Update--3.5 months

So, update #1: We had a baby on September 18th! His name is Theodore William Van Fleet, and he is adorable, good-natured, and so sweet! He's a great sleeper, a pretty good eater, and has such a sweet smile.

I didn't want his early life to go completely undocumented (as a 2nd child myself, I am sensitive to doing all of the same things for him that I did for JJ). I am already behind, but here are some quick updates.

3.5 months:
Teddy can now reach out and grasp objects and shows interest in doing so. He loves sitting in his bouncy seat (JJ never did) and smiling at the owl and mushroom. He can now grab the items if he's not properly strapped in and has sunken down a bit--which of course never happens. ;)




 This is Teddy at 2 days old.
For comparison, this is JJ. I think they looked so much alike!





  




Teddy                                                                                                    JJ





With JJ I was so strict about only breastfeeding him with no formula supplementation, that he was extremely thin at Teddy's current age. It wasn't until he started daycare that he started formula, and that was at 3 months (since I was going back to work and had no stored breast milk). With Teddy it was clear that I once again had low supply, despite doing everything I could to augment, so rather than make the same mistake, we started formula supplementation pretty quickly. Maybe after the first month? Teddy is thriving now. He's not the chunkiest baby around, but he is filling out nicely and is definitely gaining weight. I think he was in the 40th percentile at his 2 month checkup. 

Teddy has started laughing now, and he definitely has JJ's laugh. It's great! He loves hearing the alphabet sounds, and starts really smiling around "duh, duh, duh". 

He gets less tummy time than JJ did at his age, mostly because we're more "on the go" than I was with just JJ. He can mostly hold his head/neck up when we're holding him, and he loves practicing "standing". But when you put him on his tummy, he definitely has a long way to go before he can hold his head up for long periods, and he is far from rolling over. JJ rolled over at 2.5 months, which is early.

Teddy has put himself on a pretty good schedule. He takes one long nap from the late morning to afternoon. He eats every 4 hours or so, and has been increasing the amount he eats. We're up to about 5.5 oz a feeding. 

He sleeps with us in bed, and that is when we nurse. It is a special end of and beginning of day time for us. It also minimizes the amount of time we're up in the middle of the night, although I always wake up in the middle of the night and can't get back to bed for a bit. 

He "talks" a lot and blows bubbles. He loves to snuggle, and can generally fall asleep with Mommy holding him. 

Teddy's secret is that his hair looks red in most light. I can't tell if it's a reflection of his scalp or if he may actually have reddish hair. Time will tell!

That's about it for now. I will hopefully update more frequently, but let's be honest...you'll hear from me in 3 months! 



Friday, July 25, 2014

Summertime update

Where are the May and June posts, you ask? Who knows! But I had a ton of cute pictures of JJ, so I wanted to share them with the world, and update on how we're all doing. 

JJ has been sleeping longer and longer in his bed without climbing into ours, which has been nice. A few nights he's spent the whole night in his room! I am hoping for more of those in the coming weeks and months. I do love snuggling with him, though!



Thanks to Jim's parents, we spent a week down in Wilmington in July. During the week we went to the aquarium in Fort Fisher. JJ went last year, and was apparently a little better behaved. Once we saw that there was an outdoor play area, he just wanted to play on that. It was super hot and sunny, and there was no shade, so once we gave in and played out there for 5 minutes, he was ready to go. But here are a few pictures that make it look like he had an okay time there.


We also met up with a high school friend of Jim's and her daughter at the Children's museum in Myrtle Beach. The kids had a great time, and so did the adults! It's a great little place with a lot to do, but it's small, so you can easily keep an eye on your kiddo. Here's JJ living his dream inside a giant bubble!


He also loved driving daddy around in an ambulance and a pizza truck.


Back in Charlotte it was back to the routine, which includes soccer practice. I posted this on FB/Instagram, but I think they're so funny. This is JJ limbering up during his soccer scrimmage (which is about 5 minutes long). His coach is really sweet about letting the kids do what they're comfortable doing, but encouraging them to engage in play.


And then Jim was nominated for an awesome award as well! The Charlotte Business Journal chose him as a finalist for the Emerging Leader Award as part of the CIO Awards. I am so proud of him! And even though he was robbed (I mean, congratulations, Bermon!), it was a great way to get his name out to a new crop of people in Charlotte.

Looking handsome in his suit!

Back to play time! I picked up this magnetic building set for JJ at a yard sale for $5! It has a ton of pieces, and I've tucked most of them away until he gets bored with the current setup. So far he likes building towers like this one, and making letter shapes using the straight pieces and the magnetic balls (on the floor behind him).

Time for a haircut!!!

We have eliminated all screen time for JJ, since it makes him more aggressive than I would like. He gets really upset when his time is over, or when you try to interrupt his viewing for food/water/potty and I don't feel like dealing with those tantrums anymore. He doesn't get upset about it when we go on hiatus, because he's able to accept that it's just the rule!

 As you can see, he's totally cool with it.



GG and PopPop came to visit recently, and they got straight to the business of books. I love this second picture! JJ loves to read, and is even happier when someone will read with him.


And here's a few pictures of JJ from today. I took a short photography workshop through our church, and have been inspired to take more pictures. Eventually I will get better, as I learn how to use my camera and get more comfortable finding light and adjusting focus. But I thought these were pretty cute from today.




Pregnancy is moving along well. I feel great and everything has been checking out fine. We're down to just over 6 weeks until we meet our little guy, which I can't believe. I've already done a lot of our home prep (and we're also doing way less home prep than we did with JJ) and some of it I can't do until we get much closer to our due date. If I got out the baby swing now, JJ would break it within 5 minutes. "JJ's turn, swing!" 

He continues to be a sweetheart in general, often asking for snuggles by name. Our life is not without challenges though. I had one of the worst days this week with JJ's tantrums reaching another (and completely public) level. And since I am so pregnant, I have trouble restraining him or carrying him in a way that doesn't look abusive (in my opinion, at least). So I get really self-conscious about it, more than I usually would, and that upsets me more and the whole situation is just bad. Also heat + pregnancy +heavy screaming/kicking toddler = the shortest mommy fuse. I get upset faster than I used to and struggle to find my calm parenting center. It won't always be this way, right? (Although no one tells you about the 3s. Everyone is so quick to warn you about the 2s and promise salvation on the other side. I just haven't found it yet, I guess. 

I am trying to focus on the positives though. We are doing well with potty training. Despite a few recent accidents, JJ regularly uses the potty, and he's better about going when I tell him it's time. Usually he'll go on his own timeline, which is great, but struggles to respond to suggestions of others. I suspect we'll be good to go by the end of summer, just in time for school and new baby to provide sufficient setbacks. 

He loves music class, which is the other "program" we do besides soccer. During our first class, he was a complete disaster--fussing that he couldn't keep his instruments out, trying to throw the medicine balls in the corner used in another class, etc. But by our last class, he was sitting in the circle, singing songs, dancing, and doing motions. It was so refreshing to have a kid that was doing what the other kids were doing! (well, most of the other kids were younger and just sat there.)

That's about it for now. I'm hopeful to get at least one more post in before baby comes. Hope everyone is having a grand summer!



Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Yippee Yippee, JJ is Three!

We celebrated JJ this weekend with a birthday party full of friends! It rained/poured the whole day, which I'm pretty sure means he'll be rich when he grows up (or that someone is talking about him?), so I was glad we didn't go the park route this year for party venue. JJ has become increasingly wary of large crowds, even if they're friends, so he spent some time up in his bedroom with mommy and/or G.G. before coming back down for cake. This was what happened when people started singing Happy Birthday:



This is what happened when people stopped singing and he got to eat an M&M:

And when he realized he would get to eat a whole piece of turtle cake:

 This was after everyone went home and we were having some family snuggle time on the couch:




Here's our little man over the last few months. He's a lot of fun (and some days a lot of work), but we always end the day by cuddling and loving on each other. I couldn't be more proud of the little man that he is. He is kind hearted, energetic, silly, and loving. He is an explorer, a puzzle master, a singer and dancer. He remembers every book or TV show he's ever seen (which the doctor says means he's smart and not autistic) and whisper-reads in the morning so he doesn't wake up Mommy with his play. He is a great care taker of his fish Race Car and frog Walrus. He loves beans and rice and cheese, but it's cookies that truly have his heart and stomach. Nothing makes him happier than a good game of "JJ, where are you?" He gives hugs and kisses when we need them and takes big dinosaur steps wherever we go. He's a good classmate, unless you try to play with him. He has a lot of friends who make him smile and giggle with delight. JJ hugs my tummy and tells me that the baby is in there. He will be a great big brother, I am sure. We love you to the moon and back, buddy! Happy 3rd birthday!





(This is in IKEA. Eventually he worked his way under the covers and took a much-deserved rest.)