Wednesday, August 27, 2014

10 whole months

10 whole months or here's another way to look at it, 2 short months til J's first birthday party! I better get on my game. So here's the scoop on J. 


A lot of things have changed for baby J over the last few weeks. First of all, he has transitioned into the next room at daycare. He's now out of the infant room and in another room with all the walkers and crawlers. He's doing really well right now but I did have to resist the urge to beat a kid that walked over to J and took his toy. I'm not going to be that mom, I'm not going to be that mom. 

In the same week, J also changed car seats. He's gotten so big that he needed a bigger car seat that he fit in a little easier. Big kid, big car seat, big tears from this momma. 


J has 8 teeth (and bites), sleeps 12 hours still and eats anything and everything he can get his hands on. Including dog food. He has also recently learned how to walk behind furniture that he is pushing. I know I say this a lot but I'm so surprised at how quickly this first year is flying by. 



We've also discovered the fact that our "little" man is a total water baby!!!


Big things are also on the horizon. With a lot of doctors appointments recently, we have finally determined that J has fluid built up behind both of his ear drums which has caused mild hearing loss. Tomorrow morning, we will be going in for a short procedure to place tubes. I'm excited because this means we won't have to deal with as many ear infections and he'll be able to hear basic stuff like the train that is so close to our house. I'm not looking forward to the 5 am wake up call and 8 hour NPO status. We plan on moving J straight from his crib to his car seat. Maybe B can do the same for me. 

We also have our very first family vacation coming up this weekend! I'm a little nervous due to his surgery tomorrow but I think J will have a great time with everyone. 

And of course, college football kicks off tomorrow night and our beloved Dawgs kick off their season on Saturday. So many spectacular things!

That's all for now! Have a great holiday weekend!

Jack, The Teacher

When you're pregnant, you constantly think of things that you want to make sure you teach your new little one. Things like, how to ride a bike, how to bait a fishing hook, how to make the right decisions and all of the others. Little do I you know, the best lessons won't be taught from you to them but from them to you. 
Here are just a few of the things little J has taught me,

1.) A clean house means nothing. It has taken me 9 long months to learn is one. I used to worry so much about how clean my house was. Not that it mattered, my house was always a wreck. No baby will ever care if the laundry is always folded or the dishes are put away. The sooner I realized this, the better off I was. I find myself starting a task in the living room because that's where J is content at the moment just to leave it half way through and start another because he wants to play in his room now. He's crawling and exploring his surroundings a lot more these days and who am I to stop him because B is running out of underwear?

2.) Name brand is useless. Who cares if you use Pampers, Huggies, Boudreaux's or Avent? Just take care of your little one. Target diapers and wipes are fantastic and are usually on sale.

3.) Breast may be best but is also difficult. If anyone tells you breastfeeding is easy, punch 'em. As a mom and postpartum nurse, this is by far one of the hardest things you will ever do. And God forbid you ever encounter a problem like tongue tie, low supply or over supply. You're bound to be attached to a pump for a while.

4.) Time is going by much faster than you think. I feel like J grows while he's sleeping. He goes down for a nap and wakes up an inch taller, no kidding. This just points out the fact that you spend too much time on your iPad, iPhone, DVR and computer when you could be on the floor watching your little one learn how to clap or play peekaboo. 

 5.) Patience. Whew. This was a hard one for me. Patience wasn't something I was exactly blessed with. As my husband and mother say, they wish my fuse had grown longer instead of shorter while I was pregnant. Sometimes the little people in your life don't really know how to express what is wrong. Actually, as an adult I don't always know how to express what is wrong with me. Either way, I want people to be patient with me while I have my moment and J is the same way. The worst feeling in the world is knowing you've been short with your baby and then there's actually something wrong like an ear infection. 

Mmmm. I love that sweet face. Here's to wiser-than-adults babies!

-J's Mom