Posts in February 2012

7 months

Two new (unfortunate) things have developed in the last week and since Wes turned 7 months old.

1) Wes gets overwhelmed. His babysitter has been saying this for a while, but I hadn’t witnessed it until recently. If he is around kids older than him or if there is more than one or two rambunctious children nearby, he becomes super clingy and irritable. Adult company and quiet(er) kids are fine.

2) Scream-crying. Usually this starts when he is hungry and happens to see a bottle (full or empty) within his line of sight. Solid foods, at this point, are useless, and you better shove a bottle in his mouth as soon as physically possible, or else you’ll regret it.

Last night he went to bed as normal. He gets tired soon in the evening and quickly turns into a pumpkin. Thankfully, he can put himself to sleep easily anywhere between 6:30-7:30 p.m., and in this case, he was asleep by 6:15. It worked out well because I had plans to get together with friends for a movie night – I even stayed out way past my usual bedtime, and he was still sound asleep until the scream-crying started at 2 a.m.

Now, he has always woken up 2-3 times each night, but easily falls back asleep with my coaxing or nursing. I went in to do my usual routine, and he settled back down for 5 minutes and began crying again. After 3 more attempts over the next hour, I gave up and brought him into bed with us. This worked for about 40 minutes, but to avoid a lengthy story, we didn’t sleep much.

Guess it’s time to seriously tackle the night waking issue. And those ear plugs that I bought during sleep training will now get used. I am so thankful that he puts himself to sleep at the beginning of the night and has a fairly consistent nap schedule.ย Here’s hoping this works in our favor and it doesn’t take much to get over this bump in the road.

On a lighter note, check out these adorable photos of Wes at 7 months! He continues to be a happy, pleasant, laid back kid – provided he’s near his mom & dad, food and gets ample sleep. ๐Ÿ˜›

Posted: February 26th, 2012
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Mirror fun

I think he’s feeling better. ๐Ÿ™‚

Posted: February 12th, 2012
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Steroids, antibiotics, nebulizers & Tylenol

Happy & wheezy at the doc

These are the drugs being pumped into my 6-month-old’s not-so-little body. What started as a phelmy cough, turned into croup, then Wes started wheezing something terrible, had to work exterior muscles to breathe and his cough was raspy and gross.

Went to the doctor. Came home with a nebulizer & started an every-4-hour treatment to battle the heavy breathing only to go BACK to the doctor today because he was eating poorly & it wasn’t getting any better and got an additional diagnosis: double ear infection!

I’m so thankful for a happy-go-lucky, laid back kid. As long as he’s rested, fed and has entertainment (and around Mom & Dad), he’s peachy keen. He can entertain himself for long stretches at a time. I really don’t know what I would do if he cried inconsolably all day long. In fact, even with these diagnoses, he’s flashed smiles at me, laughed at Steven’s games and flirted with ladies. And then he fusses, of course.

Puppy makes neb treatments tolerable

Hoping tonight he sleeps well because it seems to be key in how the next day progresses. Poor little boy.

Posted: February 7th, 2012
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Croup(er) Bowl

photo by Paul D'Andrea*

Did you know seals bark? Maybe I did at one time, but I certainly couldn’t remember what it sounded like. Then I came home to my own little croupy kid and heard it. Oh, yeah. I realize croup isn’t that serious, and it’s common, but for a first-time mom, that sound is downright SCARY.

So far, Wes is handling it like a champ. He’s himself all day long, except for if he sneezes, which leads to a barking cough and then a confused cry. It scares him, too. Last night was a challenge, but I’m armed with coffee, Naked juice, donuts and a breakfast feast – all provided by a gracious husband.

However, this means I won’t be able to see the awesome display in downtown Indianapolis right now. Super Bowl XLVI has been a smash so far. I’ve heard celebrity rumors all week (Will & Jada Smith were spotted at a Zionsville Dairy Queen; George Clooney dined at Friendly’s; and Madonna asked Jim Leichlieter, President of Eli Lilly, who lives in a condo at the top of the Conrad Indianapolis, if she could stay there instead of her JW Marriott suite… he said no.) and was anxious to visit Super Bowl Village and area restaurants to do my own hunting.

Ah, well. Steven got some amazing photos and video of the Village and the NFL Experience, so I can visualize what it looks like. It’s been fun to witness the buzz and hype of our city all over the nation. Jimmy Fallon loves us now. And I saw some familiar faces in the crowd during the taping of the TODAY show. How cool are we?!

I love my city. And I’m proud that every eye is turned to us for the weekend! Now to take care of my little seal.

*Thanks, Paul, for letting use one of your amazing photos!

Posted: February 4th, 2012
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Punxsutawney Phil

"This is one time where television really fails to capture the true excitement of a large squirrel predicting the weather."

Day 3 of 50+ degrees in the middle of winter. Glorious sun. Of course I took Wes outside with a blanket and bare feet… and guess what? My little groundhog found his shadow for the FIRST TIME. No joke. I was laughing out loud at the irony. He couldn’t get enough of the strange, dark object on the ground that moved whenever HE did! So of course I had to snap a few shots to record this historic moment.

But I guess it’s possible I’ll wake up and relive today over and over again. “Whatever happens tomorrow, or for the rest of my life, I’m happy now… because I love you.” Ok, I’m done with the Groundhog Day quotes.

Posted: February 2nd, 2012
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