Wednesday, December 22, 2010

I Don't Think You're Doing It Right

Paci/Binky/Momo -- call it what you will.  Miles, however, calls it a chew toy.


For a long time he would just get mad every time I gave him his paci.  Lately he doesn't mind at all... he has quite a good time chewing on actually. 

Not really what I had in mind, kid... but I guess since you're not crying I'm calling it a success!

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Pooping

So... all my delicious homemade food was making my poor baby constipated.  SO constipated.  He had several days of struggling to poop out these hard pellet poops.

Yum.  Beef steak nuggets anyone?

They seriously make these? VOMIT!
Sorry... I digress.

Anyway, we went off the potatoes and carrots for a while and switched to apples every other night.  That seems to have worked (runny poop -- a bittersweet victory).  And I'm going to try pears tonight and maybe some butternut squash later this week because I read that those won't hurt his tummy as much as the carrots and potatoes will.

But my question is -- why does everyone recommend carrots and sweet potatoes first if they know that's what will happen?  All the books I read said to try carrots and sweet potatoes and then apples and bananas.  But online everything said that those constipate your baby and apples and the squash will be better.  Sheesh, thanks a lot recipe books.  Thanks for nothing!

In the mean time, a not constipated baby = a happy baby!!

Smiling Baby

We went to Austin this weekend to visit with Tony's family.  His cousins were having their annual Wine and Tapas party and we thought it'd be a great time to get together and see everyone!  And there's quite a lot of family to see.

Such a great family!

After arriving two hours late because of a flat tire (changing a flat tire in the cold with a crying baby is just no fun) we finally got to relax and have some fun!  The two baby cousins got to meet for the first time!
Keila, our beautiful hostess, holding Corbin and Dana holding Miles
It's weird how much they look alike and yet so different.  They were instant friends, of course, and started their friendship off with Corbin chewing on Miles' arm! 

Give me that arm back... it's so delicious!
Much relaxing and drinking of the wine ensued.

Beth and Izzy hugging while I tried to put a tired baby to sleep
I even got to party it up a bit when Keila, our beautiful hostess (seriously, did you see her picture, she's so gorgeous) took Miles from me and put him to sleep!  There are no pictures of this, however, because I was too busy drinking wine and relaxing to worry about pictures!

Sunday we got to brunch and spend some more time with Tony's brother and his family and their cousin David.  It was such a nice time, we didn't ever want to leave.  The weather was beautiful so we played outside in their yard until Miles finally crashed!  He napped while we all got to play outside some more.

Miles LOVED this swing!  I can't believe he's such a big boy!
But we finally did break ourselves away because we had plans to stop in Waco and visit with some of my most dear friends Lyndsay and Brandon and their two sweet boys!  

Dylan and Miles becoming fast friends!
I just love having friends who you might not get the chance to see often, but every time you do see each other it's like no time has passed at all and you can just laugh and chat all night!  The kids played together while Lyndsay held Miles all evening and told me repeatedly how perfect his head shape is.... lol.  I must say... I completely agree!  I can't believe how big and adorable her boys are getting!  I just wanted to squeeze little Dylan's belly all night long, but alas, he told me no when I tried to hug him.  Maybe next time Dylan.  :) 

This was by far one of my favorite weekends of the year!  We had such a great time with all our family and friends.  But the one thing I realized is just how important family (and friends who are as good as family) are for Miles to be around.  I have not seen him smile so much since we were in New Mexico with my family.  Miles will smile (I didn't think about that rhyme when I named him) for me all day long, but when we go out he doesn't really smile at strangers.  I want him to be friendly and sweet to everyone, but he looks at strangers with his brows furrowed.   Well, the second we got around family that all changed.  He was so full of huge gummy grins for everyone I didn't even know what to think.  He refused to sleep on the way to Austin, so I was sure he would be a grump.  But no, he smiled for everyone!  And when we got to Waco, same thing.  He gave Lyndsay and her family the biggest smiles I've seen.  It was just so sweet to see him so happy and comfortable with his family!  I cannot wait for us to go back to New Mexico again so he can smile for everyone there!

Thursday, December 16, 2010

4.5 months

Obviously I have no real consistency with this update of my favorite things of Miles.  Much like his sleep schedule, I'm just not very good at that sort of thing -- consistency, schedules, etc.  Apparently, though, I had myself the perfect baby to fit into our hectic lives -- because he seems to be doing just fine with the way things are.


So, without further ado -- here are a few of my favorite things about Miles as he is right now.
  • I love the way you stare at your hands as you hold them out in front of you, amazed at how well you can control them these days and still surprised when you actually grab that toy you're reaching for.
  • I love that you are still nursing and that now you reach out to touch my face while you nurse.  I kiss your little hands and you love it.  It's become a regular thing and I hope it lasts. 
  • I absolutely adore the smile you get on your face when either your dad or I start singing.  No matter what the song you almost burst with excitement - you love singing!
  • I love that when you are over tired and upset you only want your momma.  It means more work for me, but I cannot explain the way it feels to be the most important person in the world to someone. 
  • I love that you've started to notice me typing on the keyboard or playing on my phone so now you reach for them because they are obviously interesting to me.  You are just so smart and observant. 
  • I love the shape of the back of your head.  It's so oval and perfect.
  • I love the color of your skin, everyone else does too.
  • I love that you can fit your toes in your mouth and scream at me when I pull them out to put your diaper on, every time.
  • I love that sometimes you wake up in the mornings and just lay there, quietly talking until I come get you. 
  • I love how you scrunch up your face right before you give me the biggest smile.  You are so scrumptious!
  • I love how funny you think it is when we try to get you to say Momma or Dadda.
  • I love that your favorite song is Patty Cake and you love when we make you clap your hands.
  • I love bouncing you on the bed.  Izzy loves it too.  It's one of the surefire ways we can make you laugh.
  • I love your tiny little laugh.  You don't do it often, but that makes it that much more special.
  • I love that you just started noticing the cats. And how you watch them with such interest as they mosey on by.
  • I love that you have straight eyelashes just like me. 
  • I love your ticklish little belly. 

    Friday, December 10, 2010

    Beaba

    I just want to mention how much I LOVE making baby food for Miles.  When a friend recommended the Beaba baby food maker I thought it sounded really cool so I registered for it.  I loved the idea of Miles having fresh food that I made for him.  Plus, making your own food is supposed to be a lot less expensive and I love saving money!  But, I didn't really think I'd get it (thanks again SFD group, are any of you even reading this?) so I didn't worry too much about all the work I'd have to do.

    Let me just set the record straight though -- making baby food sounds like a ton more work than it actually is.  I had no idea it would be this easy.  Granted, so far I've only made a few simple things with one ingredient, but it takes all of 5 minutes to chop up carrots or two apples or a sweet potato.  Then the Beaba thing does the steaming.

    Then it's 2 minutes of blending and 2 minutes to divide it in the handy baby food cups the SFD team also bought for me.  And wha-la!  Miles has fresh food for a week!



    I'm not sure if it's the Beaba food processor that makes it super easy.  Or if it's just pretty easy to puree some veggies.  But either way I know one baby who's appreciative!

    So Far So Good

    So my new plan is working out okay so far.  The plan is -- no plan at all.  Basically Miles does not like going to sleep before he's ready.  And by ready I mean so tired that he can no longer keep his eyes open.  And since he's sweet and happy and good until he's exhausted (if we're holding him) there's really no problem with letting him stay up.  So far.  Everything will change as soon as I type this, so I don't even know why I bother, but I digress.

    When he is good and exhausted putting him to bed is cake!  And since I love cake -- we have ourselves a little night owl!  We stayed up late to watch a movie last night and Miles finally got grumpy around 11:30 so I walked him around for a minute, layed him down, and he was out!  He woke up at 7:45 this morning to eat and then went straight back to sleep and is still sleeping at 10.  It's not ideal (I'd love for him to sleep from 8 to 8.  Or even 9 to 9.  And we will try to get there.  But for now, this is working and there's much less crying and fighting going on.  So I'll take it. 

    In other news -- Miles LOVES food.  Both his mommy and daddy are food lovers, so it's really no surprise.  But it's beyond cute to watch him try new foods for the first time.  His face is so confused for a second and then his legs and arms start swinging around in excitement!  I just love it.  He's already grabbing the spoon and shoving it in his mouth himself (apparently we are not fast enough for him) and growling whenever the spoon is out of reach. 


    Yesterday I had to give him two servings of apples because he was just so upset when the first one was done.  (Plus I'm hoping the apples help move things along... if you know what I mean.)

    Here's Miles enjoying his sweet potatoes for the first time.  I got distracted while talking so I don't even know what I was saying... but the video is pretty cute!


    And just as a side note -- this is what happens in his bouncy if he's left to his own devices...

    Can't turn my back for a second with this one!

    Wednesday, December 8, 2010

    Yum

    And speaking of eating, were we speaking of eating?  Kind of, I guess.  Well, anyway -- look who tried carrots for the first time and LOVED them.  

    He was pretty tired the first time we gave him some so he ate them but seemed a little under impressed with it. 

    Well, that all changed last night when he didn't want to eat his cereal and growled at me until I gave him his carrots.  Once I did his little arms and legs went crazy with excitement!!  But then he growled at me every time I took a little too long to get the spoon to his mouth.  It was the cutest thing I've ever seen/heard.  He polished of his bowl of carrots and wanted more!  Could he be any cuter?!

    Tonight -- sweet potatoes!!

    And in an effort to make up for all his sleeping woes - I've been making his food fresh with the Beaba food maker.  It steams, it defrosts, it purees, it mashes, it does everything but eat the food for you and I LOVE it.  A special thanks to all my Bank of America SFD training buddies who pitched in a bought it for me.  I plan on using the crap out of that thing!  Miss you guys!

    Toes Two

     Speaking of toes -- this is Miles' new favorite thing to do when I'm changing his diaper.  Making it impossible to actually get the diaper on him. 


    I love his little expression in that last picture -- 'Are you impressed with this?  Would you like a nibble?'

    Too cute! 

    Toes

    This baby boy has me on my toes.  I had a long blog about his sleeping habits and our attempts at trying to get him on a schedule, but I'm trashing it.  I'm also trashing any pretense I have about his sleeping habits or patterns or a schedule.

    My new plan is that when he's fussy I'll try to put him to sleep and if it doesn't work, I'm not forcing it.  He can come back out here and we'll play or walk or watch TV.  I just can't force it anymore - he is more stubborn than I am and does NOT like being forced to go to sleep (nor lulled, rocked, swayed, walked, shhhhed, etc).  And there is absolutely no rhyme or reason to his sleeping habits.  One day he needs 16 hours of sleep in 24 hours, the next day he needs 12, some days 10.  And all I'm doing by trying to keep him on a schedule is drive everyone crazy.  Mostly myself.  So, done.  Hands brushed.  Done.

    This weekend was pretty insane with the kids and Miles trying to sleep in the same room, so I'm not sure what we're going to do about that yet.  Friday night consisted of Tony carrying the crib from Miles' room to the living room by himself at 2 AM (the kids coughing woke him up, he's such a light sleeper).  That was a sight!  And boy was I impressed and grateful.  Saturday night was more from our insomniac baby.  He refused to go to sleep, cried for about 2 hours and then was up again from 1 AM to 3 AM.

    Obviously I'm doing something wrong, but I just can't figure out what it is.  My plan is a ton of internet research and book buying.  But in the meantime - he's the boss and I'm just not forcing it anymore.

    For anyone with advice (and I'm open to any help I can get) - Miles is a great sleeper once he wants to sleep.  Last night he slept from 10:30 to 7:30 this morning.  But that was after an hour of crying because we put him to bed before he was ready.  No amount of rocking, nursing, walking, singing, swaying, bouncing -- nothing -- will soothe him if we are trying to put him to sleep before he's ready.  Crying it out doesn't work, we've tried for a little over two hours before, but we may not be doing it right.  Nursing him puts him STRAIGHT to sleep, but he is the lightest sleeper in the world, so the second he's done -- he's awake.

    The absolute only way I can get him to sleep is if he is exhausted and finally can't keep his eyes open any more.  And when he is exhausted all we have to do is lay him down in his crib and he goes right to sleep no fuss, just like a dream baby.  We've tried to put him down when he's kinda sleepy, when he's not sleepy but should be and neither work.  He refuses to miss out on the world with this pesky thing called sleep!

    So, wish us luck as we try to figure this all out.  We definitely need it.

    On the upside - last night was the first night in a long time without a 3 am feeding and I forgot how awesome it is to sleep through the night!  I feel like I could run a marathon! 

    Why can't he do more of this!

    Monday, December 6, 2010

    How Prayer and Beer Go Together

    So this is a quick post about something that amazed me this week.  On Wednesday and Thursday I began to notice that every time I fed Miles he wasn't nursing for as long as normal and seemed to be pretty frustrated after eating.  Since I don't pump often, if I can help it, I didn't know if there was a problem with my "production." Well, after pumping on Thursday evening (4 hours after Miles ate) and only getting 2 ounces I knew there was a big problem.

    I know pumping can produce less milk then when Miles actually eats, but I had never pumped so little before.  And since Miles is exclusively breastfeed I immediately started to panic.  He's only 4 months and I really want to breastfeed as long as possible.  Plus, I know that if Miles wasn't getting much food the last few days, he must be going to bed hungry and that just broke my heart.

    I wracked my brain and got pretty upset.  Then I prayed about it and went to bed.  Friday morning I drank about 10 packets of the Mothers Milk tea and then rushed to the store for some IPA beer.  I had been drinking a beer a day or every other day since Miles was born, but we'd run out and the store didn't have the brand I like the last time I went so I didn't bother to get the other kind.  But yesterday I got the first IPA beer I could find and drank two right away.

    And sure enough - by Friday evening Miles was eating to his hearts content!  He even spit up because there was just so much milk.  Prayer and beer, my new fix all!

    So, for all breastfeeding moms out there -- I swear by that IPA beer!  If I could find hops in a tincture anywhere, I would prefer that (IPA is SO bitter), but since I can't find it I'll be drinking my way to more milk!