Thursday, September 20, 2007

Bye, bye 0-3 Months....

So, there is no major news to report, other than the fact that "little" James is quickly outgrowing his 0-3 months outfits, even though he is just over two months old. I just finished boxing up all of the clothes he has already grown out of and made room for the next size up. Ah, they grow up so fast! :(

I had to take his picture in this little airplane outfit because it was one of the first ones I bought for him and it matches his nursery so well! (colors red, white and blue with an airplane theme) It even has a little hat to match, which he hates to wear of course! I can't really blame him since this is Florida and it is 90 degrees outside.

He loves looking up at the clouds!

Monday, September 17, 2007

Two Month Vaccinations

Today we went to the doctor's office for James' two month vaccinations. After hearing how traumatic it was for other new mom's I've talked to, I was pretty anxious, since Will refused to come with us. (He is still traumatized from watching the circumcision!) Following the advice of several of the women, I gave James a small dose of Tylenol before we got there. After waiting for 50 minutes to see the doctor, I reluctantly followed the nurse back to the exam room. Once the pediatrician gave him the "healthy baby" stamp of approval, the nurse came in with the dreaded needles full of vaccines. I was determined NOT to cry no matter how bad things got. How can I comfort my screaming, crying baby if I'm a wreck myself? But, I had to take a big breath and remind myself of that when the nurse smiled and said, "It's time." She pinned his legs down with her stomach to stabilize him during the shots (two in each leg!) She remarked how strong he was and I agreed! He quietly took the first shot and then I guess the pain set in. She quickly administered the other three, bandaged him up and stepped away so I could pick him up to comfort him. He was screaming at this point, but it didn't last long at all. I picked him up and did the comforting "mommy-shake" and he stopped crying! He cried a total of maybe thirty seconds! I think the nurse and I both were shocked. I thanked the nurse for her quick and painless shot techniques and then congratulated my little boy for "taking it like a man!"
He passed out in the car on the way home, woke up a little while ago to eat and then went back down for another nap (as you can see by the picture!) So, the two month shot "ordeal" was a bunch of hype for nothing. My little man is tough I tell ya!
Here are his stats:
Weight: 13 lbs 14 oz - 90%
Height: 23 1/2 inches -75%
Head Circumference: 15 3/4 -50% (I asked about this and the doctor said not to worry!)

Sunday, September 9, 2007

Two Months Old

James is two months old today! This month has really flown by. He has grown so big and made so many changes over the past month. I have learned so much about him and from him, but I guess that's what parenting is all about! No longer is he my little cuddle-bunny. He wants to be held up so he can look around and see what's going on! He thinks he can stand up already, but he weeble-wobbles all over the place! An important thing I've learned is to "roll with the punches" and understand that "this too shall pass." Yes, our bedtime routine is back to normal and going smoothly again. I guess he just had a few bad nights (we are all allowed!) He has started his "social smiling" and it is the most precious thing to have your child look you in the eyes and offer up a gracious smile (that's not digestion-related!) I just feel so blessed to have a healthy baby boy in our home. I can't wait to see what this month brings. We will be traveling (flying) with him for the first time, so that should be interesting! I'll keep you posted!

A Baby Shower

On Saturday, we went to our first baby shower together for a friend of mine who is having a baby girl (maybe the future Mrs. Hayman???) James was a big hit with all the ladies there and a perfect gentleman! Except for the screaming episodes in the car traveling to and from the shower! Who says that car rides put them to sleep anyway? James also got to spend some time with his favorite Aunt Karen!

Thursday, September 6, 2007

Grandmama's Visit

Okay, so I'm a little late getting this posted. We had a visit from Will's mom over a month ago. She was/is quite the proud grandmama and James loved spending time in her arms! If Will looks exhausted and stressed out, it's because I was running a 103 degree fever at the time with flu-like symptoms, he had to take his mom to the airport that night to fly back to Ohio and then come home to bottle-feed James for the first time in order to give me some much needed rest. The doctor never found out what caused me to get ill, but having Will's mom around that week sure was a life-saver! With her help around the house and in the kitchen, I was able to regain my strength and get better. Thanks Grandmama!

Happy Baby

See this happy baby? Isn't he precious? Couldn't you just eat him up?!? His little smile is so precious during the day, but the evening brings on a whole new personality! Let me explain. On Wedneday's new mommy meeting, the nurse asked how our bedtime routine was going. I promptly/proudly explained that I loved our nighttime routine and that it was working very well! Around 7:00, I give James his warm bubble bath (which he loves!), followed by a lotion rubdown, a soft-voice reading of GoodNight Moon, followed by a 5-ounce bottle of pumped milk from his daddy. Then all I had to do was swaddle him, give him his pacifier and lay him down in his crib with his lullaby music playing. After a few minutes, he would drift off to dreamland and we would have the rest of the evening to ourselves. Easy as pie! Until about midnight when he would wake up for another feeding, of course!

Well, wouldn't you know that the little stinker is out to prove me wrong- again! For the past two nights, the 7:30 feeding has been nothing but crying and fussing. Then, he cries and screams every time I try to put him down. He wants nothing to do with being swaddled and his eyes are wide open the entire time I'm rocking him. He'll drift off to sleep for maybe an hour, then it's up again crying and the whole bit. After several attempts by me to put him back down, it's almost time for another feeding! Ahhhhh!

So, lesson learned. No more baby bragging! I will live to regret it!