Wednesday, August 27, 2008
So...for those of you who are wondering if Luke is sleeping through the night yet...my answer is no....I still get up to feed him a couple of times during the night, so in my mind, he is not yet sleeping through the night. But, if you ask someone else, they would say "jump for joy, your baby is already sleeping through the night" because yes, 3 of the last 4 nights, Luke has had a 6 hour stretch between feedings at night and at least a 5 hour stretch a couple of other nights in the last week or so. The subsequent stretches are not as long, but we are making progress for sure. Hooray Luke!
Sunday, August 24, 2008
We headed back to the gym this week and both boys did great, even though both childcare rooms were very crowded (it was the last week before school starts). I wish we could get there earlier to avoid some of the crowds, but we just can't get out of the house that early anymore. I found out today that the girl that Jacob loved when he was in the baby room is back this fall semester, so Luke will get the joy of her as well...at least for now.
Jacob picked out his backpack and lunch pouch for school this week and got a call from his teacher too. He's ready! We were very busy this weekend with Grandma coming to babysit on Friday night, and went to 3 birthday parties this weekend. Cousin Caroline turns 3 today, so she had her 'kid' party on Saturday with a bounce house that Jacob loved. We also had a friend's son's party to attend on Saturday. Jacob had a blast in the pool and playhouse there. And yesterday, we celebrated Aunt Rachel's birthday (ooming up on Tuesday) and Caroline's birthday at our house with the family. Jacob loves his cousins so much and is always very excited when they come over. He has definitely figured out the whole birthday scene too. With so many summer birthdays in the immediate family, he has gotten a lot of practice. He still gets giddy with the singing and candle blowing. Go here for the rest of this week's pictures.
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
Monday, August 18, 2008
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
Monday, August 11, 2008
A slow week as we stayed home because of 2 sick little boys. Thankfully, neither was too sick, and both are almost completely well. Jacob is still pushing my buttons a lot, but it does seem to be getting a bit better. Hopefully he'll get through this current stage soon. He continues to dote on his little brother most of the time, but I have seen a few instances of jealousy and anger towards Luke appear from time to time. Of course, that is perfectly normal, but we have to keep a close eye to make sure no real pain is inflicted.
Thursday, August 7, 2008
The last 3 days, we've had "Hooray" moments. Monday, was Mommy's day. She had her final OB appointment and things went great. I'm back to my pre-preggo weight (though of course, that weight is distributed much differently than it should be) and everything looks good to return to a "normal" lifestyle...as normal as you can get as the mother of two young boys. I'm ready to slowly get back into a workout routine. YMCA here I come.
Tuesday, was Jacob's day. Why does Jacob get a "Hooray?" Because it was a good day. We had very little whining/fussing, we only had one time-out/discipline moment (which was a miracle in itself), and he was pretty happy most of the day. For some reason, he decided not to test me. This meant he was allowed to do what he wanted (since it was all within bounds) which in turn meant I didn't have to say "no" or "stop that" and he didn't retaliate. What a great way to spend the day.
Yesterday and last night were Luke's days. From just before noon to about 8:45pm, Luke went 3 hours between feedings, something he hasn't done since we had to wake him up to feed the first week of life. Then, he didn't eat again until 1:45am! That was a 5 hour stretch without eating. Definitely "Hooray" worthy. Unfortunately, that didn't mean Mommy had a 5 hour stretch of sleep because he woke up twice in the first 1 1/2 hours (spit up once and stuffy nose once), but those situations were easily remedied and he went back to sleep. It is said that once a baby gets to 10lbs they will start sleeping longer stretches. Well, Luke is definitely over 10lbs, so maybe this is holding true. He's still a bit congested, which has caused problems for a few nights, so we'll see.
Tuesday, August 5, 2008
Monday, August 4, 2008
This one of Jacob is him "talking" on the phone. It cracks me up how he says "Hello...YES" everytime. Too funny.
This one of Luke is during tummy time. Not much to see, but those of you not here can see him in action.
Sunday, August 3, 2008
We got back into the swing of things this week by attending a couple of playdates with our playgroup. It was nice for Jacob to play with his friends again and for Mommy to get out and visit with her friends as well. Unfortunately, with the return to 'society' comes the exposure to illness. Jacob once again has picked up a little cold. I sure hope Luke doesn't pick up as much as Jacob has in his first 2 years of life. It seems we are always dealing with something. Hopefully he'll get over it quickly without passing it along to the rest of the family, especially Luke.
We are battling the 'terrible twos' right now, which makes naps and bedtime a battle (fortunately, not a crying battle, just a "I'm not staying in my bed" battle) and many days are quite stressful in general. So many people have told me that the 'terrible threes' are worse - I don't know if I can handle it if they are. Jacob is insistent on proving his independence and testing (and testing and testing) his boundaries. Sometimes I wonder how he can be so strong willed, but then I remember where his genes came from. I've tried every parenting tactic I know to curb some of the behaviors, but often times, my attempts are to no avail. We'll get through this time, I know, I just wish it didn't have to be so hard. It just breaks my heart to scold, raise my voice, and punish Jacob, but it needs to be done.
Luke continues to grow. Rachel even commented on Saturday on how much he had filled out in the 2 weeks since she had seen him. You can probably see in the pictures too how his face (and everything else) has plumped up. He definitely feels heavier lately too, but with the way he eats, I'm not surprised. We are consistently getting 3+ hr stretches of sleep between feedings at night, but he still eats every 2-2.5 hrs during the day. Of course, we do have about 1 night every week where he is fussy, doesn't want to sleep, and can't be comforted. I'm not sure why on those nights, we have difficulties. His awake times seem to stretch longer everyday as well. He still loves to be held when he's awake, and isn't happy on his own for too long. I hope I'm not fostering a bad habit! I also notice him examining people and things more closely. It is neat to see him change and grow. Go here for the rest of this week's pictures.