Posts in April 2012

Month 9 Well Check

Om nom nom

Our chunk is getting leaner. After his 9 month check up, we found he’s dropped into the 90th percentile for weight! He remains in the 50th for height. And his poor little head, it’s only in the 10th. However, I found several sites that bring his head circumference into the 25th, so I’m going with that. Why am I suddenly sad to know that he’s not bigger than nearly every other kid his age? Did I really find THAT much pride in his thick thighs? (Oh, and don’t worry – they’re still there.)

He’s getting more independent. And he seems to know what he wants and when. If whatever it is I bring him isn’t IT, he sure lets us know. One of these days he’s going to finally master crawling to ease his frustration with us! The past month, we’ve made a conscious effort to keep him on his stomach up to 10 minutes every 2 hours. Hard at first, but he can now tolerate being on his belly for much longer periods of time, which finally gives him the chance to work on those muscles. I was pleased to report to the doc that he can rock on his knees… it’s amazing what little joys I have in my life now!

We discovered yet ANOTHER tooth poked through his gums recently, and there’s another one just on the brink of appearing. Our neighbors have a rambunctious and highly entertainingly wild 3-year-old girl who, at a year old, had a full set of teeth. I always found this amusing. Perhaps there’s something in our drinking water that creates mutant tooth growth.

Wes refuses to be spoon-fed these days, hence the independence. He insists on feeding himself, except: 1) new textures disturb him (so goodbye bananas for a few months), 2) green foods are only for swiping to the floor and 3) 20% of food actually lands in his mouth. All my fun evenings of pureeing and storing massive amounts of food are at a standstill. Humph. Buuuuut, the good news: he’s able to feed himself formula through his sippy cup! Yessss. I can actually have my arms free during this “activity” again.

Aside from all the above challenges, Wes is a super duper baby. He is chill to the max. He sleeps great – even during the day. He gives amazing morning hugs. His handsome brown eyes smile more than his mouth. He loves to be out and about, so shopping is a pleasant surprise. He loves being outside, taking walks and going on bike rides. He thinks Jake & Lucy are the best things since sliced bread, and they love him back to a million pieces. Jake stands still as Wes “gently” pats and hugs him; Lucy allows him to tug her ears and examine her tail. They are rewarded with those awesome baby giggles that make you cry – I mean, it’s commercial material!

Month 9 photos are up. Enjoy!

Posted: April 30th, 2012
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Posted: April 28th, 2012
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Happy Easter, Flathead!

I remember daydreaming about this Easter last year and how weird it would be to celebrate with a kid. For the most part, I’m pretty used to the change of routine, but I still find myself looking at Wes and thinking, “He belongs to ME?” It’s still strange, this new-mom thing.

I’m not sure what I expected it to be like when I daydreamed in 2011, but Easter was fun. Saturday was spent with my parents, sister and the kids. We dyed eggs, went on an egg hunt and played with the new toys found in our baskets. Elli wasn’t so sure about waiting to find her basket until AFTER the eggs were dyed, but she quickly realized how cool the process was and got distracted. Heh. Wes loves watching his cousins almost as much as ceiling fans and clocks! Easter Sunday was a wonderful service at church and then Mom & Dad came over to eat leftover ham and lounge at our house. We even got a surprise visit from little Bebe and her parents after their spring break vacation.

Did I mention that Wes and Steven had matching skinny ties?!?!?! Seriously, it was THAT cute. And I’m not the only one who thinks it because as of today, there are 81 likes on facebook, which may possibly be more than his birth photo…

I told a coworker the other day how terrified I was when pregnant that I would have a child that needed a helmet because of flat-headedness. Now I find myself being terrified of NOT getting a helmet for little Wes. I know my pediatrician will say it’s not bad enough for that, but the fact that the little chunker refuses to roll over and hates tummy time means that he sleeps on his back all night – in the same position. He won’t stay on his side to sleep (which I know it’s the “right” way to put an infant to bed anyway), and he just prefers to be facing up if he’s not standing or sitting. People I complain to keep telling me that they’re sure it will pop out and get nice and round some day, but I’m afraid it’s getting to the point of permanence. And it’s not like he’s laying down all day, either – he prefers to be sitting and looking around while awake.

Arrgggghhh. I know I’m just being vain, but with our combined genetics, it’s likely Wes will go bald in his later age. He may hate me for the state of his head shape! If he ever grows hair, maybe I’ll just forget about his flat spot and find something else to worry about.

Regardless, our Lord is risen and he has blessed us with a quirky, happy little boy who occupies 9 thoughts out of 10 in any given moment of my day!


Posted: April 11th, 2012
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8 months

8.5 months

Nearly 3 weeks late, I finally took photos of Wes at 8 months old. It’s probably because Months 7-8 have been my favorite thus far and I’ve been too busy playing with the cute little guy. Wes is sleeping really well – both at night and at nap times – and it makes a world of difference in his mood. He has been happy, playful and super entertaining the last 6 weeks. He loves his parents, his dogs and his grandparents. He recognizes people he sees on a regular basis, and he greets almost everyone with an adorable, toothy grin.

This weekend has been Drool City because the top front teeth have begun their emergence. I can already glimpse what cute smiles await in the very near future!

We’re still battling Operations Rollover and Crawl. Tummy time is pretty much Wes’ least favorite thing in the whole world. The good news is that he will slooooowly inch backwards with his arms, and he will tolerate – and even rock slightly – when helped onto his knees. I told a friend recently that I can’t even fathom dealing with the really difficult issues of Wes’ childhood & adolescence… this is hard enough!

Several other pieces of news to share from the Shattuck household in a later post, but until then, enjoy Photo Shoot 8!

Posted: April 1st, 2012
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