Wednesday, August 30, 2017

4 months with Baby #3

To celebrate your four month mark we went to the doctor for your regular scheduled check up. And although you are doing well for the most part there were a few issues that came up. 

First your weight, although you did gain weight since the last check up, it wasn't enough to keep you on the growth curve that you have been following. So in discussing this with our family doctor and the fact that you have not been sleeping well, she is wondering if your are hungry and just needing more calories. So we have a plan A and a plan B. Plan A is that after every other feed, I also ofter you a bottle of expressed breastmilk. We are going to try that for about a week (ish) but if you will not take that bottle and take in those extra calories, then we will move on to plan B. Plan B is that for one feed a day to give straight formula. So we will see how things play out, hopefully these plans you will get all the calories you need and will translate into to better naps and bedtime!!!! My fingers are crossed!

 We also did discuss starting you on solids but she felt you were still a little too young but when she sees you again in about 4 weeks to see how much weight you have gained she will also reasses you for solids and we may start you next month.

On to something much more positive, your giggles! Oh I love them so much! It brightens my day every time, hearing it lifts me up no matter how little sleep I'm running on. Your sisters also can’t get enough of your laugh either and they spend a lot of their day trying to make you giggle. They seem to know exactly what you find funny as you will just light up for them and will give them your best smiles and giggles.

It really is fantastic to see your relationship already developing with your sisters. They really do love you so much already, Your big sister Rose while smothering you with hugs and kisses will tell you she loves you "sooooo much!" And your sister Violet loves to snuggle right into you and rub her nose right against your nose. It is so cute but I have to reminder her to be gentle, thankfully you don't seem to mind and will often flash her a big smile.

One milestone you have reached this month is that you have started rolling over! When you do you will only tolerate been on your belly for a few minutes before you will get upset, and your sister have become really good at rolling you back when you become frustrated. Which as been so helpful to be as it saves me from doing it every five minutes!

Despite the lack of sleep we have been getting, I'm so glad that you are a part of our little family. I wouldn't give you up for all the sleep in the world! You bring so much love and laughter to our lives and we are so grateful for it.

I'm very much looking forward the  many more months to come.

Isn't he just the cutest!!!

Friday, August 18, 2017

3 months with Baby #3

Well I may be really slow in writing all about your third month with us but better late than never.

Your third month can be summed up in a few words; Positional Plagiocephaly and Sleep Regression.

For about a week and a half sleep was going alright naps were so-so, and at night you were doing okay. You were still waking up about 2 -3 hours but what was really great is that after eating you would go right back to sleep. Which for me is the most important, I don't really mind waking up every few hours but I just need you to go right back to sleep!

So like I said we were doing alright, then one day it all changed in a big way!!! It started about mid month you had the worst day you have ever had, no exaggeration you pretty much cried all day long! Yes, you had a few happy moment but sadly only a few and they were very short. You were cried so much and so hard I was worried that you had hurt yourself, but after looking all over I didn't see anything. You were just having a very bad, I think it really came down to a lack of sleep, because you were so upset you didn't have very good naps that day and the more tried you became the more upset you got! As well as the less you slept! It was just turning into one vicious cycle. Which I think lead to some major sleep regression, because we have been struggling ever since! Your have really crappy naps and at night you are no longer going right back to sleep after eating, so it has been a "fun". I'm really hoping that you get over this stage sooner rather than later, but from what I read about sleep regression it could last a while! :(

So besides sleep the other "fun" thing we have be dealing with is your diagnosis of positional plagiocephaly which is a fancy way of saying you have a flat spot on the side of your side. Thankfully the physiotherapist said it is a minor case but we still have to work on it if we want to correct it. How we do this is by laying you down on a hard surface on the side that is not flat. This provides counter-pressure to your skull and should help round it out. I'm supposed to do this for a total of an hour a day. Which you would think won't be that hard, it is only an hour but let me tell you it is much more difficult that you would think. You don't last all that long at one time and I can't just leave you there with a toy to entertain yourself while I take care of one or both of your sisters because I have to make sure that you keep your head in the right spot. So I don't often get the full hour in so hopefully it still helps. One the bright side while doing this it gives us some wonderful one and one time, I love all your smiles and coos. And it is even cuter when your sisters get involved and help out. They love playing with you and making you smile. It really is so sweet to see.

Now that we have covered all the not so fun stuff, now the best part of this month is that you started giggling!!! Oh, it melts my heart! I love it so much! Your Grandad received the honor to being the first one to hear it! I'm a little jealous, but I'll get over it! Besides I get to hear those sweet little laughs all day! Or at least when you are not crying, eating, pooping or taking your little cat naps!

Despite having a rough third month, we are so glad you are part of our family. Your sisters are so much in love with you, they can't go to bed without showering with hugs and kisses. It is just so sweet!

Look at that smile! You would never know we had a rough month looking at that sweet face!