Friday, January 28, 2011
Holding his lovey "franklin"
Another favorite thing right now is standing, he loves to stand anywhere you will let him! Also enjoys playing airplane on mommies legs.He might be having his first tastes of cereal soon and is growing up right before our eyes. His brother Boomer still doesn't care too much about his existence but Will is starting to watch this creature roam about the house more and more.
Ohh, we've also started reading books which is super fun and I love having a new activity that he can do! My favorite is "twinkle twinkle" because I can sing it to him, however Luke has recently informed me while watching American Idol that I do NOT, let him repeat himself do NOT have a good singing voice!... Thanks babe.
At Will's four month check up everything went very well and he is a healthy and happy baby boy!
Weight: 14.12 58%
Height: 25.75 83%
I never record the head, as long as his head is growing normal I'm good ;)
We are in size two diapers and usually about 6 month clothing
Tuesday, January 25, 2011
Monday, January 24, 2011
Crystal picked Bennett up at 3 on Saturday and he was very delighted to see a fellow backseat traveler!
She did a little photo shoot with my little buddy, see Crystals blog or my facebook page for the complete pictures. She got some really great ones!
Smiley ones, cousin ones....
and some that made mommy laugh out loud at Walmart when she got the photo texts! :)
Friday, January 21, 2011
I imagined what life would be like with this belly, would I be a cute pregnant person, would Luke still think I was pretty, would I be able to bend down and wipe Boomers paws...
That's right, exactly one year ago today we found out our lives would never be the same. I was bursting with joy as I looked at those two pink lines and I knew my life had changed for the better, forever. William has taught me an amount of love that I never knew existed. He has taught me that no matter what happens it doesn't matter just as long as he is okay and happy everything will be fine. He has taught me to be patient and that even on very little sleep life must go on. And he has taught me to love his daddy in a whole new light.
I don't think I will ever forget the day or the moment, and Luke will never forget when Boomer told him, see video on post: HERE
Wednesday, January 19, 2011
They held hands all on their own.... so prec!
Johns mom had Kinsley and they went to check on Will who was napping. He had woken up and the two were having quite the conversation together!
Will was an angel both on the plane ride there and back! I nursed him for take off and he fell asleep shortly after. On the way there we had about 5 minutes of mad cry but after that is was snooze land! He is a professional flyer which makes me want to plan the next thing to look forward to SOON!
Tuesday, January 18, 2011
And on the very first day she found out the way to this momma's heart: photo texts! :)
It is hard being away from my baby but I did need some adult interaction and time away. It makes the time I have with him every evening and on the weekends so very special. One fear is that I will miss things. Today I texted Gigi to check on the boys (Luke is home sick with the stomach flu) and she told me Will rolled over! From his back to his stomach! He was swaddled and napping in his crib and rolled over! Since he has been sick we have his crib elevated on one side which my of "helped" the roll a bit, but it did not help me to be a little upset that I missed this first big milestone! I know he will do it again and I will be there next time and I know how much Kris cares for Will so I am glad she got to be there for this first of many first moments.
No matter how many books you read, how prepared you are, or what an amazing parent you are there is an unspeakable amount of guilt that follows you around wherever you go and from what I can imagine it will be lingering with you for the rest of your life, this I call "mommy guilt"
From day one Luke and I would sit in our family room and ask each other, should we feed him again, when should he go to sleep, is he eating enough, is he happy, is he going to sleep too late, is he going to sleep too early... the list goes on and on and since there is NO right answer and no one way to do things there are well... no answers.
I am not one for no answers. I need an answer, a plan, and a schedule and I am a happy girl. Well when a baby joins the team all of that goes out the window and you are left with mommy guilt.
Will did very good for a while with sleeping, then he got sick, then he got more sick and now we are back to square one. I waited till I knew he was 100% better before I would even think about trying to get him sleeping better so now that he is better I am left with so many questions. There aer so many opinions on sleep out there you never know what to believe or what to try and since every baby is different there is just no one answer.
Right now Will sleeps on and off through the day when he wants, (which leads to sometimes him napping at 6 or 7 pm) he usually goes down about 9 or 9:30 after his last feeding from breast. We try to stick to a good routine, last feeding upstairs on Mommy's bed, with a clean diaper and jammies on, then we go in his room, swaddle, give kisses, give binkie and rock for just a minute. I try to lay him down when he is drowsy so he can put himself to sleep.
Lately he wakes 1, 2, or 3 times a night.
I heard that if they get used to eating in the night they will rely on that food and keep waking so sometimes I get him to go back down without eating but by the 2nd or 3rd wake we usually resort to nursing.
Then he is usually up around 6 or 6:30.
Up once at 4, eat, then back to sleep, then the morning is pretty messed up as he is just getting up as I walk out the door etc... Reguardless I have not been on time to work once since going back.
Some experts say to put them to bed earlier and they will sleep better, some mommas say to give them a bottle of pumped milk before bed as they may get more that way and stay fuller. Some say to let them cry it out at night as to learn to put themselves to sleep, some say he is hungry and to nurse him.
I think we will try some new things because I am barley functioning on amount of sleep or lack there of. But the crying it out, I feel like Will will get so worked up and not be able to comfort himself back to sleep if I try this, or should I try it and nurse him after ten minutes if it does not work??
I obviously don't know what is best or what is the right thing to do for Will, if he could only talk and tell me what he needs...
This is one of my first experiences with mommy guilt and I am sure there will be plenty more to come, but it sure would lift my "mommy esteem" if maybe some ting I try works. (don't laugh, I can hope right!?)
Monday, January 17, 2011
Ad is short for Adeline and she is one of the best and sweetest grandmas of all time. They live about four hours from us on a farm in Illinois but they always make it in town for every shower, lots of holidays and many times throughout the year just to visit. Her and Grandpa Bill have been married for a long time (around 55-60 years I think) and are the cutest strongest couple you will ever meet!
Life Lessons....with kids.
1. Go to the grocery store.
2. Arrange to have your salary paid directly to their head office.
3. Go home.
4. Pick up the paper.
5. Read it for the last time.
Before you finally go ahead and have children, find a couple who already are parents and berate them about their...
1. Methods of discipline.
2. Lack of patience.
3. Appallingly low tolerance levels.
4. Allowing their children to run wild.
5. Suggest ways in which they might improve their child's breastfeeding, sleep habits, toilet training, table manners, and overall behavior.
Enjoy it because it will be the last time in your life you will have all the answers.
A really good way to discover how the nights might feel...
1. Get home from work and immediately begin walking around the living room from 5PM to 10PM carrying a wet bag weighing approximately 8-12 pounds, with a radio turned to static (or some other obnoxious sound) playing loudly. (Eat cold food with one hand for dinner)
2. At 10PM, put the bag gently down, set the alarm for midnight, and go to sleep.
3. Get up at 12 and walk around the living room again, with the bag, until 1AM.
4. Set the alarm for 3AM.
5. As you can't get back to sleep, get up at 2AM and make a drink and watch an infomercial.
6. Go to bed at 2:45AM.
7. Get up at 3AM when the alarm goes off.
8. Sing songs quietly in the dark until 4AM.
9. Get up. Make breakfast. Get ready for work and go to work (work hard and be productive)
Repeat steps 1-9 each night. Keep this up for 3-5 years. Look cheerful and together.
Can you stand the mess children make? T o find out...
1. Smear peanut butter onto the sofa and jam onto the curtains.
2. Hide a piece of raw chicken behind the stereo and leave it there all summer.
3. Stick your fingers in the flower bed.
4. Then rub them on the clean walls.
5. Take your favorite book, photo album, etc. Wreck it.
6. Spill milk on your new pillows. Cover the stains with crayons. How does that look?
Dressing small children is not as easy as it seems.
1. Buy an octopus and a small bag made out of loose mesh.
2. Attempt to put the octopus into the bag so that none of the arms hang out.
Time allowed for this - all morning.
Forget the BMW and buy a mini-van. And don't think that you can leave it out in the driveway spotless and shining. Family cars don't look like that.
1. Buy a chocolate ice cream cone and put it in the glove compartment.
Leave it there.
2. Get a dime. Stick it in the CD player.
3. Take a family size package of chocolate cookies. Mash them into the back seat. Sprinkle cheerios all over the floor, then smash them with your foot.
4. Run a garden rake along both sides of the car.
Go to the local grocery store. Take with you the closest thing you can find to a pre-school child. (A full-grown goat is an excellent choice). If you intend to have more than one child, then definitely take more than one goat. Buy your week's groceries without letting the goats out of your sight. Pay for everything the goat eats or destroys. Until you can easily accomplish this, do not even contemplate having children.
1. Hollow out a melon.
2. Make a small hole in the side.
3. Suspend it from the ceiling and swing it from side to side.
4. Now get a bowl of soggy Cheerios and attempt to spoon them into the swaying melon by pretending to be an airplane.
5. Continue until half the Cheerios are gone.
6. Tip half into your lap. The other half, just throw up in the air.
You are now ready to feed a nine- month-old baby.
Learn the names of every character from Sesame Street , Barney, Disney, the Teletubbies, and Pokemon. Watch nothing else on TV but PBS, the Disney channel or Noggin for at least five years. (I know, you're thinking What's 'Noggin'?) Exactly the point.
Make a recording of Fran Drescher saying 'mommy' repeatedly. (Important: no more than a four second delay between each 'mommy'; occasional crescendo to the level of a supersonic jet is required). Play this tape in your car everywhere you go for the next four years. You are now ready to take a long trip with a toddler.
Start talking to an adult of your choice. Have someone else continually tug on your skirt hem, shirt- sleeve, or elbow while playing the 'mommy' tape made from Lesson 10 above. You are now ready to have a conversation with an adult while there is a child in the room.
Wednesday, January 12, 2011
Tuesday, January 11, 2011
Saturday, January 8, 2011
I cant believe my little newborn bear is three months old! My whole pregnancy three months seemed so far off, that is when I would return to work and it just seemed like it would take forever to get here. I had so much fun staying home with my little man and it seems to of went by in the blink of an eye!
And now.... THIS little fishie!
Friday, January 7, 2011
Thursday, January 6, 2011
Is he okay? Is he crying? do they know what he wants? does he miss me? is he sick?
Our childcare situation is a little different than the normal everyday same thing routine. My mom was going to watch him on Mondays but since her arm incident this has been put on hold for a while (even after it is healed she will need to go through physical therapy to get muscle and strength back) not all places do part time which is what we need.
So Monday Will went to the sitter I found for the second time, I took him when I had my follow up doctor appointment just for a few hours.
It was so hard for me to say goodbye to him in the morning, Poor little Will was wondering why mommy was crying so hard. Little did he know it would be 9 hours before we would see each other again :( Luke dropped him off which helped a little though.
I called to check on him and she said he had some trouble falling asleep but was doing okay, I picked him up and all went fine but when we got home he had a big poopy diaper. He was sleeping over there so I didn't want to read too much into it, however this sitter had also just taken on a couple other young ones. I didn't jump to any conclusions but I thought maybe a more one on one or a stay at home mom with just a couple other kids would maybe be a better fit for us.
Tuesday Gigi, Luke's mom watched him, Whew I could breath a sigh of relief, I know that Kris loves him more than life itself so he was in good hands. I talked to her a couple times throughout the day and I know that it will take them a couple of these Tuesdays to get used to each other and for her to learn his routine, so they had a couple rough patches but I am sure they both had an awesome day!
This was my first experience with hearing my baby cry through the phone... worst feeling ever! All I wanted to do is run home and make him all better but I couldn't. It is so weird from going from three months to doing nothing but taking care of his every need for him to being 30 miles away.
Since we were doing some trial and error this first week Wednesday I decided to try bringing him to work with me. I loaded up the extra swing, bouncy seat, and baby supplies! It wasn't too bad having him there but it sure was exhausting, when I wasn't working I spent every second making sure he was happy, and comfortable so that he wouldn't cry. I just felt pretty on edge all morning. When I got him to go to sleep I had turned off all the lights in my office and closed the blinds so I was working in the dark to the sound of ocean waves. I had some white noise on to try and block out the phones etc.
And chilling in my seat.
WORK: Almost through the first week back at work and lots of updates to tell you about! I will have to do a post soon about all of my experiences, lots of changes to come for the Wilson's that's for sure!
Tuesday, January 4, 2011
So my goal is to eat healthy, which I already do a lot of but now I am kicking it into overdrive
And to get moving as much as I can, which is hard since we are finishing the basement because I cant get to the elliptical or any other equipment.
Going back to work should help me with my goals because I am not sitting at home eating all day!
Lose the Baby Weight -- Without Really Trying