08 November, 2013

Nolan- 2 months

I can't believe my baby boy is already over 2 months old! Time needs to slow down, he's growing too fast!

This month was a busy one. He's looking more like a baby now than a newborn and he's definitely filled out more. He has officially out grown his newborn clothes.

He was baptized after church on October 14th at Redeemer Lutheran. After church we had a big Italian meal my Mom made and one of Grammy's traditional baptism cakes at our house with both of our families.

Nolan started rolling over from his tummy to his back during tummy time and those little legs get to moving and he squirms all over his play mat. He holds his head up really well on his own and prefers to be held up on my shoulder now so he can look around.

He looks all around and you can tell he's seeing things now and recognizing people. He loves his family! His little face lights up whenever one of us talks to him. He loves to smile and giggle.

Our schedule has been a little all over the place. Typically he's still pretty good about being on a 3 hour schedule. He's still eating 4oz every 3 hours then he typically sleeps for about an hour to an hour and half. Wakes up to be changed and play a little bit then it's time to eat again. At night he's still usually really good about sleeping 5-6 hours at first, wakes up to eat, then right back to sleep for another 2-3 hours. I definitely can't complain about his sleeping when we're on schedule. But like adults we do have our bad days and they can be bad!(like Monday night when we were up every hour all night. Not fun!)

He's already getting more independent. He will sit in his bouncer now and he doesn't have to be completely asleep before I lay him down. He can soothe himself the rest of the way to sleep sometimes. He is still sleeping in his rocker in our room at night. I like being able to roll over and see him. I'm afraid he's going to out grow it pretty soon though. He's growing like a weed!

He celebrated his first Halloween this year by "trick or treating" with all of his cousins.  Little Mickey pretty much slept through the while thing. Little pumpkin princess Carmen looked around and watched all night. Pirate sock monkey Brayden rode in his little car and filled up the trunk with candy when he felt like following Trae to the door. Trae was the only one who was a pro and he sure was a cute little Batman!

His next appointment with the pediatrician is Tuesday. I'm curious to see how much he's grown.

We've been venturing out more and I love seeing him check things out. I'm looking forward to his first holidays! He's going to love all the Christmas lights and sparkle! :) I love watching this little man grow up but wish he would slow down just a little! ;)

28 October, 2013

The jinx

So I jinxed myself. I bragged about what a good sleeper my baby was and how he had gotten himself into a good schedule.

Yeah.

About that. Poor Nolan got that 6 week growth spurt everyone warns you about. Then a few days later we both got a touch of a cold with a lot of congestion. Suddenly my baby that loved to sleep fought it with every cell of his being. We would have one good day and I would think we were back to normal and then it would be followed by 3 bad days. We were both running on E.

Finally yesterday Stephen got up with him and let me get an extra hour of sleep in the morning. Then we went over to my parents' and they insisted we should nap. We gave in and I got a 2 hour nap and Stephen slept for 3 while my Mom somehow got Nolan to take a 2 hour nap.

He did a little better last night and has taken several good naps today. I think we're finally both feeling better, but I don't want to jinx us again. So it may only be 4 in the afternoon and I've poured myself a glass of wine while he naps. Don't judge me.

I may be exhausted. And there may have been moments that I wanted to cry because he wouldn't stop crying but then he would give me one of his little grins and I just melt. I wouldn't trade this sweet baby, his Daddy, and our life for the world!

03 October, 2013

Nolan: 1month

<p>I'm going to attempt to get through this post without crying. I'm having a hard time accepting that my sweet newborn is already a month old! I've enjoyed every minute of the last month, but feel like it's just flying by way too fast. I feel like we were just in the hospital waiting for him to arrive. </p>
<p>Just in the last few days I've noticed how much more grown up he looks. He's changed a lot already. (ok, so I'm probably the only one who would notice.)</p>
<p>Nolan has already gotten really good at holding his own head up. He's smiling all the time and is starting to be awake more often and for longer stretches. </p>
<p>He eats between 3.5 and 4oz every three hours, and never misses a meal! This is a big change from battling to get him to wake up enough eat 1oz while we were in the hospital. He got himself onto a really good schedule and I'm really lucky that he is so easy going. We can take him everywhere with us.</p>
<p>He naps in about 2.5 hour stretches every time he eats. At night he goes from 9pm to 3am then every three hours after that. He's been that way since we brought him home from the hospital. To say we're lucky is an understatement! I'm afraid he's going to pay us back for this later.</p>
<p>We're in a really good routine and I love spending our days together. I've started realizing how hard it will be to go back to work in a few weeks even though it is only part time. </p>
<p>This month he had his first bath at 2 weeks, first doctor's appointment at 2 weeks(85% height and 25% weight- long and skinny like his Daddy!), first real smile at 3 weeks, he had his first trip to church last Sunday(3 weeks), he watches lots of football with daddy, and has started venturing out to eat and to visits with family. He loves to snuggle and loves visiting with all of his family!</u></p>

I can't believe this first month has already flown by! I'm enjoying every minute and can't wait to see how he continues to grow and develop his own little personality.