This and That

Happy New Year everyone!   I hope 2013 brings you everything you are looking for!

Things are going well here.  I like being a stay at home mom.  I changed my profile on Linke.din to be “Stay at Home Mom (on hold from Senior Process/Project Engineer at…)”.  It’s funny, as a result, I got several emails from people who didn’t know we had the peanut.  I really don’t miss work yet.  I’m so busy with the boy and keeping up with stuff around the house.  I don’t know if that will change, but for now, I’m happy.   I do miss the socialization and the “you done good” pats on the back, however, my best friend, Mom, SIL, etc, are all home, so my days/weeks are full.

We worked through a little period of sleep issues through the holidays.  The peanut, whom I will call N to make it easier to type, was waking 1-2 times through the night, after having been a 9p-7a straight sleeper.  It was either teething, his helmet (we did get the helmet, by the way, for the flat spot on his head…it’s going well), his development stage, or from starting solid foods.  Through process of elimination, we feel it was gas/digestion that was waking him.  Once I stopped the oatmeal and rice cereal and veggies he went right back  to sleeping through the night.  I’ve started him with bananas and squash, only in the morning, and only a little bit (about 1 tbsp with breast milk) and all seems ok.  He has the gas, but he gets it out before night time.  We are getting him to bed around 8-830a now, too.  I’m going to try pears next, then avocado.   He’s on Poly.visol now because he’s not getting the cereal.  I figured we should start the cereal back up in another few weeks.  I wonder if it’s because he was 4 weeks early.  Anyone else have issues like this…what did you do?

He sits up really well on his own and is ahead in many milestones, such as passing objects between hands, etc, however, he doesn’t seem to want to roll over from back to front!  I am patiently waiting for this so I can feel better about letting him sleep on his belly for naps.  I don’t do it at night, but sometimes for naps I do so he can go down faster, with less of a fight.  (Edited to add>>>  I guess all I have to do is write or talk about it….he rolled over back to front on Saturday!  Yay, little peanut, you made Mommy and Daddy proud!)

At night we do a little time in his room of quiet play, then bath, book, bottle from DH (still pumped BM, no formula) or breast feed from me of course, and finally bed.  But, he goes down asleep most nights.   I know we have to work on putting him down awake at night.  I usually do that for naps and he cries a bit, but if I roll him on his belly, he’s fine.  We can’t do that at night.  So, I may have to Fer.berize him or something.  The thing that bothers me is this process (bath through bed) takes about 1.5 hrs.  Does that seem normal to you?  Sometimes he takes 8 oz from the bottle and screams like he still wants more, so I have to go feed him…sometimes that extends it to 2 hrs total time.   I think that he really just wants me and isn’t really still hungry.  This is where Fer.ber would come in. 

I still can’t believe that he is here.  That he is mine.  That he came from me.  My doctor thinks it was a miracle.  Speaking of doctor, I don’t have to get any more fibroid material removed.  My uterus is good to go.  So, we are starting to think about what to do next.  We still have 2 embryos at CCRM, one untested, one tested.  We’re thinking of trying maybe in May.  I’m not at all confident in that process because it never worked before for me.  I think my body has a problem with too many hands in the broth.  We’ll see.   I sometimes look at him and it breaks my heart to think he will likely not have a brother or sister, but then I think that we could try the adoption path.  I told myself I’d give myself until January to think about this stuff, giving myself a break from the heavy thinking, but now it is time to start again.  I’m not getting any younger and neither is DH! 

N loves Daisy.  She can walk by and he instantly smiles and screaches like a terodactyl.  He is so funny with her.  They are like best buddies.

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Here he is in his helmet…only 3 weeks and we see an improvement!  Hoping he doesn’t need it for long.  Most people look at ihis head now and think it’s good enough…we’ll see!  It’s corrective and preventative.  If he didn’t have it, it would get worse because his head would naturally settle on the flat spot while sleeping on his back.   After all the agony of deciding to get it or not, and the inital crying that I won’t be able to kiss his head as much as I do, I’m glad we got it.  I capitalize on the 1-2 hrs/day that it is off and kiss up a storm!!!   Still got to get those Bost.on Brui.ns decals!  We got him a jersey..too cute. 

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