Sunday, October 31, 2010

Happy Halloween

Have a Happy Halloween!

 Liam's first Halloween

Lily's ghost that she made at Miss Cindy's - I love the smile :)
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Saturday, October 30, 2010

Boo At the Zoo

our little bat

our little cat (minus her ears)

her tail
my attempt at a homemade costume -
black tights, black onesie, black boots, ears, tail and makeup

she loved getting her makeup done

quick splash in the puddles be fore we go

we unknowingly had a batman theme going
Mason as Batman, Lily as Catwoman and Liam as a baby Bat

me and my kitty

Lily was fascinated with the lit pumpkins

Don't worry, we didn't leave daddy out of all these cute pictures, he was sleeping because he had to work that night - maybe next year?

Have fun this weekend Trick-or-Treating with your little ghosts and goblins!
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Friday, October 29, 2010

Lily's First Haircut

Lily finally had her first haircut! I didn't ever want to cut her hair because it took so long to grow, but she definitely needed a bang trim because it was getting in her eyes and they needed to clean up the back a little.

Her new look!

She loved it and smiled BIG for the picture they took of her. They gave me a lock of her hair in a card with her picture...awwww
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Thursday, October 28, 2010

Pumpkin Patch

Like every year, we pick the coldest, rainiest day to take the kids to the Pumpkin Patch, this year was no different...
but we still enjoyed caramel apples

 a cold train ride
 attempt at family pic

 Chris lured the kids through the corn maze with a giant pickle

 cousin love in the corn maze

 we got lost and had to ditch out a side

 everything with these two turns into a sword fight

 we saw and fed farm animals

 and Mason and Lily played in the hay

it was fun!!
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Monday, October 25, 2010

Liam 1 Month Old

Weight: 7 pounds 14 ounces (10th percentile)
Height: still 21 inches (50th percentile)
Head: 25th percentile
I can't believe it's already been a month since Liam joined our's already going too fast!
We've enjoyed the first month as a family of four...Liam has already been to storytime, the zoo and Boo at the Zoo, and Auntie Billie, Uncle Steve and Mason have already babysat for Lily and Liam so that Chris and I could go out for our anniversary and to a Benefit Auction for my work. On his one month birthday I noticed that all of a sudden he had a receding hair line...he has cradle cap and most of his hair has rubbed off the top of his head (the same thing happened to all of Lily's hair). He still has his long sideburns though :)
He had his 1 month appointment on Friday 9/22 and is looking good and is still growing well. His pediatrician told me that I no longer need to wake him every 3 hours to feed him (I was only doing that during the day), I can let him go 4 hour stretches now. I was nervous because it seems like he would sleep all day if we let him.

The adjustment from one to two children was pretty easy, I think the adjustment from no children to one is much harder. The sleep deprivation with two children however, is much harder.

Lily is adjusting well to having a little brother. She either is totally all about him or is totally ignoring him :) She hasn't been too rough with him or showed any signs of being aggresive, I credit this to the gentleness we taught her with the cats. She helps me out a lot when I am nursing, getting things for me, etc. But we've noticed that she is a little more "whiny" lately, could be because of Liam or the 2 new molars she just got?

Liam is generally a very happy, calm baby, but over the last week has started to projectile vomit a lot and is fussy in the evenings, along with having bad hiccups after every feeding, with puke burps...hoping it's just something I ate that's making him gassy and not reflux, our pediatrician wants us to monitor it and call if we think reflux. I guess it wouldn't be surprising since I have it and Lily has it. I am just trying to ride it out a little longer before I jump to any conclusions, because I feel like we are "hyper aware" of reflux symptoms, but it might help him to sleep better, which I would love!

He is still nursing and is getting better everyday (he is a horrible latcher, and the lactation consultant that saw us in the hospital proclaimed very loudly to the whole room "We've got a biter!" - and oh yes we do - ouch!). I was told he would become an expert at nursing by 3 weeks...maybe that's true but he still is biting.

{skip this part if you don't want to hear about my nipples}

Apparently we have something called "oral boobular disporportion", and no that's not a technical term, it's something one of the lactation consultants made up. He hasn't quite "grown into my nipples" yet, if you catch my drift. So he is latching, but only part of my nipple can fit in his small mouth. What does this mean? It feels like razor blades are cutting my nipples (no joke), I've even cried a lot during nursing, out of pain. And he also is getting less milk than he would if he had a proper latch. And, he nurses super slow, about a half hour on each side. Supposedly by 6 weeks my nipples should fit him - ha! and hopefully our nursing problems will be long gone. This is nothing compared to what I went through with Lily, so I am prepared to ride it out.

{nipple talk is over}

The question that everyone asks "How's he sleeping?"....umm...I'm not really sleeping, does that answer that :) In an effort to make sure he is "topped off" for the night (an because of his bad latch and not getting very much milk), I usually give him a 3 ounce pumped bottle (with iron in it) at 10:00 p.m. and then he still nurses on both sides after that. This usually takes until about 11:15 p.m. After he eats, I burp him and keep him upright for at least a half hour to make sure he can keep it down. Then I put him down around 11:45 p.m. and pump for 15 minutes to make sure both breasts are emptied. I usually go to bed at midnight and then he gets up again about 3:30-4:00 a.m....and we are up for the day. Lily gets up at 6:00 a.m., so I can't really go back to sleep. The first 2 weeks I had a baby buzz and was living off of zero sleep, but it didn't matter. Week 3 I started to get tired, but Chris was still home from work, so I could nap. And then came week 4...Chris went back to work and the 2-4 hour naps that I have been getting since September, just aren't really cutting it anymore. Hoping that he will start sleeping longer and longer. Thank goodness you forget about sleep deprivation once they start sleeping.

Here is some pictures from his first month here!

 milk coma

 first bath - Lily assisting

 he could sleep all day if we didn't wake him (nights are another story)

 sometimes at night I put Liam in Lily's bed just to see them together :)

 sleeping again through another diaper change

 sometimes when I am sleeping, Chris does photo shoots with his favorite soda - RC cola

Liam & Auntie Chris

 we celebrate all his accomplishments!

 Thank you to my preemie internet friends for these awesome shirts!
Sara, Martha, Kate, Corey, Karent & Jennifer

Mason loves Liam

He loves to hold and snuggle him
He is going to be a great big brother to Miles

When Liam starts fussing and Mason is holding him, he says "it's alright - I got you"
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