Thursday, June 11, 2015

Ryan is 8 Months Old!

Oh Ryan, he's 8 months old! How can can that be?! He's the sweetest, cutest, most wonderful little dude! I want to freeze time right now because he's so awesome!

Month 8 was a pretty big one for him! He's doing all sorts of new things and it's exciting and scary how fast it's all happening!  
He has started eating some big boy food! He still loves his baby cereal and baby food but he's also taking little bites of whatever we are eating and has developed quite the love affair with yogurt melts! No choking or gagging, just gobbles them right up! He gets so excited to eat. We used to be able to eat while he played, but no longer! He's gotta get in on the action too.
Unfortunately, he still hates those bottles. He will drink enough to take the edge off and then he's done. I'm lucky to get him to drink more than 4 ounces at a time. Usually, it's more like 3. And he's a big guy! I am doing pretty good about not  FREAKING OUT about it, but man it would be nice if he'd just drink! I'm in the process of switching his formula because I don't think he needs the 'sensitive' formula anymore and the main ingredient in that stuff is corn syrup. Not cool. So far he's handling it well, so I hope to be back on the regular milk-based stuff soon. Maybe he'll like it more?

Sleep? Oh sleep. Hahahaha. I thought he was on the road to sleeping through the night but I was wrong. He had a couple weeks where he woke up at 3am to eat and the past week it's been more like 4am and then the last two nights it was 5am. Maybe he's working his way to 7?? I want him to sleep through the night but I also want him to eat and the only time he will down a full bottle without fighting me is in the middle of the night, so we do it. He's only little once, right?  He does take great naps and is overall very happy so we can't complain.
The most exciting thing his 8th month brought was CRAWLING! He is on the move, in a big way. I went to the lake over Memorial Day and Zach said he was crawling a little tiny bit but then in the next two days he really took off. He's all about it! He knows exactly where he wants to go and he will get there, by god! As I suspected, he's going to be the "get in to everything" baby. David never got in to anything, so we never really had to baby proof, save for the gate at the stairs. But this one? Oh man. He's going to give us a run for our money. Currently his most favorite things are the dog toys and cords. He can find a cord anywhere!!!

I'm pretty sure he has one word. I think it's Dada, but it could also be David or Dog. Or maybe he's saying them all? He babbles and jabbers all the time, so I think he'll be talking up a storm like his brother before we know it! 

Speaking of his brother, they love eachother! David is so excited to go get him when he wakes up and Ryan just smiles so big at him. They are starting to play together a little bit too. David is learning not to take his toys away from him and Ryan is learning to speak up when he's not happy! This is going to be a noisy house!

Other fun stuff:
Clothes - In size 12 months for the most part. Some things he can get away with in 9 months, and other things he could probably use 18 months
Diapers - In size 4 for night time and 3 during the day, but the next box I'll get him 4s
Weight - not sure! Definitely over 20 pounds. He goes to the doctor next month, I can't wait to see
Eyes- Blue-green right now. Definitely darker than Davids, but they don't look like they'll be turning brown
Bedtime - Usually 7:30pm
Favorite Food - all of it. The only thing he hasn't liked is avocado
Favorite Toys- Anything David has, his activity cube, Sophie the giraffe, rings, shape sorter, ring stacker and activity table
Cutest thing- When he wakes up or whenever you pick him up he will touch your face and put his forehead to yours. It is the sweetest thing ever.
Not so cutest thing- I'm pretty sure he wants to scratch my face off
Loves - Bathtime, dinner time, crawling
Hates - putting on his pajamas, putting on his sleep sack and getting his face wiped
Funniest: He has the best belly laugh. And he's SO ticklish! 
 So, here's to 8 months bubba! Can't wait to see what the next one brings! 

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Ryan is 7 Months Old!

Ryan is seven months old and I can hardly believe it. Where has the time gone?! I can’t even begin to tell you how much happiness this little guy brings us all. He is truly a joy. I've had this written for about two weeks now but am finally getting a chance to post it. Here goes...

He’s a lot better with the whole eating thing lately! I can tell he doesn’t love drinking his bottles, but he does it. He DOES love eating his baby food though. He seems to like veggies a little more than fruit, but hasn’t flat out refused anything yet. I’ve been making a lot more of his food this time. David always hated everything I tried to make, but Ryan doesn’t seem to mind. So far I’ve made squash, peas, greenbeans, broccoli, bananas and carrots. Next up are sweet potatoes and pears. It’s so easy to make! I’ve even given him a few bites of our food like noodles and potatoes and he likes that too. 

He seems to be over his terrible reflux. I'm still giving him his medicine, because the last time I tried to wean him it didn't go well at all. I have decreased the dosage and he's tolerating that, so I think pretty soon we'll be done with the yucky medicine all together. SO glad to be past the spit-up stage, that is for sure.

He’s a lot better with sleeping too!! Woo Woo! I finally broke down and let him “cry it out” for a couple nights. The first night was the worst. I finally gave up after a while and gave him his binky. The second night I gave up too. Then the third night he slept. He’s been doing pretty well since then!! He does still want a bottle pretty early in the morning around 5, but I can usually get him to go back down. Sometimes if he sleeps until almost 6 he’s up for the day. But whatever, I will take it! He’s down to two naps a day and is pretty good about taking good naps. Fingers crossed it keeps up. (spoiler alert---it doesn't)

He’s mastered sitting up. He loves it! Just give him some toys and he’s perfectly happy. We still keep the boppy behind him, but when he does tip over he usually just rolls around and hangs out on the floor. He’s trying SO HARD to crawl. He gets up on all fours and rocks and has even started going up on his feet, but can’t quite figure out that he has to move his arms to get anywhere. Only a matter of time.

He is such a cuddly baby. David never ever ever liked to be held (oh how that has changed!) he just wanted to be constantly entertained (that has not changed at all). Ryan is perfectly content sitting on our lap or  cuddling in the chair. He has even started giving big slobbery open-mouth kisses. And I think my most favorite thing he’s doing right now is grabbing my face with both hands when I pick him up and smooshing his face into mine. It is THE BEST.

He's always so happy. In fact if he cries we kind of freak out because he never does so we figure it must be something terribly wrong. Ha! He's just such a fun little guy. He smiles with his whole body and kicks his legs like there's no tomorrow when he's happy. I have a feeling he's going to be our easy-going happy guy. Fingers crossed!  I can't wait to see the fun things he does next! 

Monday, April 6, 2015

Ryan is 6 Months Old!

Hello! So Mr. Ryan is six whole months old now! How is that possible?! It's so cliche, but time really is speeding by right now. 
He is quite literally the happiest baby ever. I keep thinking he can't possibly be any happier and then he is. The only time he gets crabby is when he's tired or bored of being in the same place for too long. That's pretty much it. Well, unless it's the middle of the night and he wants his binky or wants to eat, but we'll get to that. He's just a happy, happy guy! He is calm and mellow and likes to just sit and watch what's going on. 
His favorite activity is bouncing in the doorway Jump N Go. He goes to town in that thing! He'll just jump and chew on the little butterfly toy that I hooked to it till his hearts content. David loved it too. I think it's because it's in a part of the house where he can see pretty much everywhere, so there's always something new to look at. 
We had a couple really good weeks with drinking his bottles. It was really great. But, now we appear to be back to The Struggle. I think he's just too busy to be bothered with it honestly. He wants to sit up and look around and leaning back to drink a bottle is just so annoying, mom! I might try to introduce the sippy cup here pretty soon, maybe that will help. 
So, because he's not eating much during the day, he's not sleeping well at night. For a while he was sleeping from 7:30 until 5am pretty consistently. I can deal with that. But, the past week he's been waking up to eat at midnight as well. We try everything to avoid feeding him first, but he is an angry dude and wants to eat! Once we feed him he's back down super fast. I know I need to do something as far as sleep training, but.... ugh...I just don't want to for some reason. With David I was ALL ABOUT the sleep training, in fact he was sleeping through the night 12 hours by now, but knowing that Ryan is the last baby, I'm just not in a super huge hurry to stop the midnight cuddles. Even if I'm completely exhausted. I don't know. Maybe in a few more weeks?? Who am I and what have I become?!
He has started eating real food though! We introduced solids a couple weeks ago. For the first week or so he just spit it right back out at me. Every single bite. Then he had some peas and whoa baby, he likes peas! He gobbled them right up. Bananas are a favorite too. Now when I get his food out and put his bib on he starts opening his mouth like a little baby bird. It's so cute!
We've had a lot of really nice weather lately, so we've been taking him outside with us for a while here and there. He likes to hang out in his bounce bounce baby and watch all the kids play in the cul-de-sac. We have 3 other babies in the neighborhood so we talk about getting them all walkers and letting them chill out with each other. It's baby city around here! 
A couple weeks ago we made our first trip to Sioux Falls. Ryan did pretty well in the car. He did like to spit out his binky every few minutes so I got pretty good at reaching around to pop it back in, but ended up with a pretty bruised up side from reaching around so much. Ha! He had a good time visiting with all his cousins and grandparents and was a happy little guy! We hope to get back up there one more time this summer. 
He got his first two teeth! The two bottom ones popped through shortly after he turned 5 months. He was pretty crabby for a couple days and that was about it. Pretty easy stuff! Hopefully the rest come in that easy too! He's a drooly monster so I suspect a couple more are on the way.
His favorite toys are a stuffed alligator, his monkey plush hanging on his car seat, a ball with a bunch of little plastic tubes to chew on, his bounce bounce baby, the roll and crawl ball and his little einsteins turtle toy. He loves tags too, he finds them on everything. David was all about the hard plastic toys, but Ryan seems to like softer things. 
Otherwise, things are going pretty alright. We've had a lot of challenges this past month and sometimes I feel like things just keep piling on top of each other. It's been pretty rough, but Ryan is like a little light. He makes me so ridiculously happy and I cannot wait to see him and cuddle on him every chance I get. That little turkey and I had such a hard pregnancy and a kind of crappy recovery (I'm still fighting a bum foot that refuses to heal) and a rough first couple months so it's such a relief that he's now such a happy little feller and loves to cuddle. He's helped me through these last two months more than he'll ever know. (Zach and David have too, of course...)
So here we go. I can't wait to see what month seven brings! 

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Ryan is Five Months Old!

This past weekend, Mr. Ryan turned five months old. I can't hardly believe it. This past month really zoomed right by. Honestly not a whole lot has changed, but at the same time, everything is different.
I don't have a whole lot of words tonight. I found out I got laid off from Hallmark yesterday. I am pretty heartbroken and haven't had much time to form any real coherent thoughts about the whole thing yet. I am still working there until the end of May since I'm filling in for someone on maternity leave right now. So. There's that. I didn't really want to throw that out there on the blog, but it's part of his little life and part of his story, although I hope with all I have that it doesn't impact my boys at all and it's just a little blip on the radar. Onward, right?

Back to Ryan.
He is seriously the happiest baby on the block. He hardly ever fusses. And only gets cranky when he wants to be held or is getting tired. He's perfectly content to rotate from baby toy to baby toy and likes to sit up and look around like a big guy. He loves to sit on our laps and talk to his big brother.
His fingers are still his most favorite toy. He will bat at some toys on his exersaucer but still isn't really too interested in holding on to much for long. He occasionally sucks his thumb or his fist, but still likes his binky to fall asleep and when he wakes up in the middle of the night or a nap. He does seem to prefer soft toys and blankets to hard plastic toys like rattles and toy keys.
He hasn't slept through the night in over a month now. Womp whomp. He typically only wakes up once a night somewhere between 2 and 4. We give him a 4 ounce bottle and it's a total crapshoot on if he goes back to sleep easy or not. He much prefers to smile and talk in the middle of the night, which tells me he's about ready to be sleep trained. I'm giving him another week or so and might knock the bottle back to 2 ounces just to make sure he's not really hungry. David started sleeping through the night when he was 5 months so tick tock, little feller!
He's an early bird and likes to start his days at 5am. Usually he's ready for his first nap at exactly the same time David wakes up for the day. So, Zach and I rotate weekend mornings, which is nice so that at least we get to "sleep in" one day a week.
As has been the story for his entire life, feeding him remains our biggest struggle. He gets distracted very easily and if there is anything of interest going on he will straight up refuse to eat.  We've tried giving him cereal several times and he's not a fan. Tonight was probably the 6th time I've tried and he finally swallowed some oatmeal but he wasn't super happy about it. In a few weeks we'll try some real food, maybe he'll eat that? I'm not holding my breath though.
He still loves his Missy dog and she continues to get the biggest giggles. I think they are going to be total buds. Missy always loves being around him too. Ted doesn't even seem to notice him. He also loves baths, diaper changes, chilling out in his room, watching tv (you can't get him to look away when it's on no matter how hard we try!), his giraffe wubbanub and the doorway jumper.  He doesn't like riding in the car, sitting in his car seat, wiping his nose, laying on his back and he gets really upset when David cries.
He can roll over in all directions although he usually goes over his left shoulder. He can almost sit up on his own and he pushes up into a baby pushup all the time. I wouldn't be surprised if I say he's inchworming around by the next time I update. He sleeps on his stomach and loves to flip over during diaper changes. He's Mr. Go Go Go and I can tell he cannot wait to be able to run around with David.
So here's to 5 amazing months. I love this baby more than I ever could have imagined and I am so sad he's growing up so fast. I am going to miss the baby days, no matter how hard they can sometimes be. He is just so sweet.

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Ryan is 4 Months Old

Ryan is 4 months old.

He’s getting so big now and is starting to develop his little personality. He changes every day, that’s for sure.

The month started off with me going back to work and Ryan starting daycare. I stayed home with David for almost 5 months, so going back after just 3  with Ryan really made me feel pretty guilty. But, ya know, kids cost money and all. We switched them both to a new in-home place and I think they are going to do really well there. So far, he’s doing well – sleeping and eating alright and David really likes having his baby brother there with him all day.

Unfortunately with daycare also comes the sicknesses. After his first week he caught what doctors tell me was a GI bug. He was having some real diaper issues there for a week or so. I’m still not totally convinced it’s all sickness, as he’s always had a pretty sensitive tummy. We’ve toyed with changing his formula again but we are giving it a little more time.  Then  last week he started having a cough and it just kept getting worse. Turns out he had RSV and his first ear infection. He was pretty miserable, poor little thing.  He ended up missing a couple days of daycare and we became frequent fliers at the pediatricians office. They had to suction his nose out twice. When they said they were going to suction it out, I figured they were just going to get the ol’ bulb sucker, so imagine my shock when they wheeled in this cart with what looked to be a generator with tubes and hoses and OMG it was horrible. The poor little guy just wailed. I almost couldn’t even watch. BUT he’s doing a lot better now and has been back to his happy self the past couple nights. 

He was sleeping through the night for one glorious week. He’d go down at 7 and I’d have to wake him up the next day to go to daycare at 6:30. Then once he got sick he started waking up multiple times a night. I honestly don’t even count  how many times I go in his room at night anymore. Mostly he just wants his binky back or needs a few cuddles. I’m hopeful that once he’s not so stuffy anymore he’ll go back to sleeping through the night. I have a feeling he’s going to be a binky baby. While he likes to chew his hands, he really calms down when he’s given his binky. We’ll see what happens.

He started laughing this month. It. Is. Adorable. It started when I’d wash his neck in the bathtub. He’d just giggle and giggle. Tiny little laughs. Then the past few days he’s started all out belly-laughing at David and the dog. Last night he was sitting on my lap during dinner and was laughing so hard at Missy – who was just sitting there, doing nothing. He’d laugh and kick his legs so crazy!! It is awesome!

He’s a little rolling pin too. He can finally go from belly to back after being able to go from back to belly for months. The other day he rolled all the way across the living room!!! He only goes one direction right now but I know it’s only a matter of time before he figures it all out. He is such a scooter! He gets all over in his crib and just wiggles, wiggles, wiggles! I keep saying he’s going to be crawling by 6  months. 

Feeding him is still the most challenging thing we have to deal with. Sometimes he eats every bottle, no problem. Other times it’s a struggle to get him to eat at all. He still spits up quite a bit and is on his reflux medicine. I’m not sure when he will grow out of it. Like I said earlier he seems to have a bit of a sensitive stomach, so while I’m really excited to start doing baby food and cereal, I’m also a little nervous. I think we’ll just take it super slow. He’s ready to eat though, you should see the way he eyes my food and smacks his lips during dinner!

He’s starting to spend time in his jumper thing. He loves sitting up like a big boy! He still doesn’t really grab at many toys, but is constantly gnawing on his fingers and hands. He likes his index and middle finger the most, just like David did/does, except he prefers the opposite hand. There’s lots and lots of drool but no signs of teeth yet. I’m looking forward to him engaging more with toys and I think big brother is too. He wants to play with him so bad!

In stats, he was 15 pounds 10 ounces at his last appointment, almost exactly the same weight David was at this time. I think he’d weigh more if he didn’t have so many eating issues and didn’t get sick. He’s also VERY long. He wears 6-9 month clothes and has long feet and fingers. His hair is still dark and falling out all on the sides and in the back, but it’s still really long on top and at the nape of his neck. It’s very hipster. His eyes really haven’t lightened up any since he was born so they are still dark blue. I’m pretty sure they will end up being green or hazel.

Overall he’s still a really laid back, happy little dude. It’s bittersweet as each month goes by. He’s most likely our last baby so passing milestones and packing up things he has grown out of is kind of a little sad for me. I’m VERY excited to get to the “fun baby” stage, but it all just goes so fast after that. I’m trying to soak it all up while I can. Even if that is at 3 am in the morning.

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