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Month 8

I could be a completely broken record and repeat the same phrase over and over again every hour, day, week, month of Liam’s life…and I think I will: I’m amazed!

This month has been another crazy one. My sister and I recently discussed this phenomena: we think summer is something it isn’t. We think it’s endless, full of longer hours, and can be both relaxing and a time to catch up on everything that’s neglected the rest of the year. In all reality, in the education world, it’s still only eight weeks, and it’s eight weeks that fill up FAST. The past four weeks have been a great example of that! I have no idea where the summer went…but I’m sure I’ll spend the next nine months looking for it – and will find it again next June!

Pool Time!: We took Liam swimming for the first time at Grammy Ronda and Grandpa Hank’s house a few times in preparation for our summer trip to the Outer Banks. His first foray into the water was a little unsettling for him I think…but it took him virtually NO time to get settled. He floated around in a little blow up raft, “swam” between family members, splashed A LOT, and enjoyed the water. Our updated swim plan is to keep him in the water throughout the non-summer months so that he doesn’t develop a fear.

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Family Time: Summer may be short, but it does make visiting with family so much easier! We got to see Uncle Bob & Aunt Val, Katie & Erin, and the Grandmas (and of course our usual fan club of Grammy & Grandpa, Nana & Pappap, Uncle Papa & Aunt Kathy, and his fabulous aunties).

Peanut Butter: Basically, there are a few requirements to being a member of the Cox family, and they’re not super difficult to follow… First, you must like pie. People who don’t like pie really struggle to affiliate. There’s teasing, insulting, being made to go hungry…it can get kind of ugly. Next, must love cheese. Cheese is present at every meal. Not just cheese in the dish, which is likely how normal families incorporate it, but as a side dish, an appetizer, and sometimes as the snack after the meal (before or after the pie). Third, peanut butter is a non-negotiable. That’s especially important in our branch of the Cox tree, as my father put it on just about everything. (There’s a famous anecdote among us about Dad asking for a pretty normal sandwich…tuna, peppers, cheese, hot sauce, mustard…AND PEANUT BUTTER. YUCK.) Auntie Emmy had been promising to teach Liam about peanut butter for a while, so once he was onto solids, she insisted that she be the one to do the formal introductions. See below for the video. (Spoiler…he’s still a member of the family!)

Mobility: This kid is crazy mobile. He’s super fast when he crawls, pulls himself up like it’s nothing, working on pulling himself along furniture, and is working on standing on his own. He’s been doing the .2 second “stand” before the fall, but lately he’s working on actual seconds worth of standing. I’m sure that by the next month’s update I’ll be telling you that he’s taking steps without any support! This kid is strong and ready to GO. His daddy likes to say (with an absurd amount of pride): THIS KID IS A BRUISER.

BANKS BOUND: We spent a week in our happy place: the Outer Banks. It’s been two years since we were there so it was absolutely time to get back. We stayed in Southern Shores, like we did the last time, which is a great location for quiet, yet with easy access to the more touristy areas with restaurants, stores, etc. The house wasn’t nearly as fancy as the one we stayed in two years ago but it was completely sufficient and still managed to have a pool (with assorted amphibians) and a hot tub. At first, Liam wasn’t too sure about the sand – and I wasn’t too sure about the sand in his mouth – but by the end of the week, he was taking good naps in the sun tent and letting us stay on the beach for most of the day without melting down. It was a great week with our family…and we’re looking forward to spending TWO weeks there next summer. #teacherperks

We also tortured him with some lemon and of course filmed it…

Food!: He’s eating basically everything. Certain foods freak me out because he’s either gagged on them or I think he’s going to gag or I don’t think he’s got enough teeth to chew it up, or whatever, but basically, he eats what we eat. Makes meal planning for him much easier! If there’s not enough baby-friendly or plain enough food in our meal, I’ll supplement with some yogurt or applesauce, but basically, he’s eating it all!

Teeth: Speaking of eating! The boy’s got SIX teeth now! Three up top and three on the bottom. He sprouted the top two around the same time (that was a fun time……) then he got an eye tooth going…and then another bottom next to his front bottoms (those are absolutely NOT the correct terms!!) all around the same time! They’re so cute in his little mouth. I can’t!

And finally, this has easily been the best summer of my life. Emily and I have often reflected that, while many people have seasonal affective disorder in the winter, with all of the tragedy we’ve experienced, we have it in the opposite way. Thankfully, Liam is a bit of a distraction from the birthdays and anniversaries that rock our world each June, July, and August.

I feel so fortunate to be able to spend so much time with my little man. I’ve had so much fun watching him learn and grow and explore and start to become a little person (instead of a little potato!). As I’m being faced with heading back to work this week, I have to remind myself that lots of working mothers (including my own!) aren’t lucky enough to be able to spend months of time with their babies, nor are they lucky enough to have things like spring and Christmas breaks, full of time to spend with their kids. That said, the mommy guilt is real, and in the interest of transparency, I’m struggling.

To be continued in Month 9! (OMG. Hard to believe I’ve had Liam almost as long as I had Eugene!)

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Month 7

This has been one of the craziest months I’ve had in a looooong time. We finished the first round of mini renovations on our new house…moved out of our condo…Shane’s sister moved into it…and Liam is developing and growing and changing every single day. Oh, and he’s mobile.

Uh-oh.

Forward Motion: Last month, Liam was basically just moving backward, but this month, we got things going in the right direction. In fact, that all started right around the time that we moved. He, of course, started with basically falling forward, but now is in full-on left arm right leg right arm left leg legitimate crawling! The official crawling happened on the 4th of July (independence from being stationary?!) and within another 24 hours, he was also pulling himself to standing. We actually had to lower his crib that night because that’s where we saw it first – on the monitor! Crazy kid.

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Talking?!: On Thursday morning, the day Liam turned 7 months, we’re pretty sure he said “Dada” to Shane, twice. That said, I’ve taken enough child development classes to know that it’s far more likely that he’s either just practicing that syllable, or it’s a coincidence, or he’s imitating us…the most likely scenario is that his first deliberate word will be NO as it is with most kids (sorry to disappoint you, other parents!!) BUT it’s fun to think that he may have been feeling affectionate toward his amazing daddy. So I’ll let Shane take it – it’s Dada!

Father’s Day #1: Speaking of Dada, we also celebrated Shane’s first Father’s Day. And so I’ll take a minute to brag about how amazing a father he is. First, he’s an amazing husband which has translated nicely into a co-parenting partner. I don’t know how the mommies of the past did it. I so much prefer this generation of man who doesn’t think it’s all the woman’s responsibility because she birthed the kid. Sir(s)! He’s half yours!! Ugh makes me crazy. Anyway, he’s just as in love with this baby as me and is just as “all in” on this as me and for that – I am forever thankful.

Food Gone Awry: We had banana and avocado for lunch one day with Auntie Emmy…met Daddy at the condo for our last minute touch ups before Auntie Tonia moved in…nursed some….got in the car and headed home only to hear what I was almost 100% sure was going to be for real vomit and, unfortunately I was right. Shane and I pulled over near and the poor baby was vomiting up his avocado. He got all the way down to dry heaves so I called his pediatrician and she had me take him in. All was well…and now that we’re distanced from it and have had no other incidents, I think he may have just been extra full! Or had a small bug. Or didn’t like his avocados. Or the restaurant put something weird on them. WHO KNOWS. The moral of the story is that I love his pediatrician (Hi Kristy!) and now we allow an hour between “meals”.

Zoo Time: We made a couple of trips to the zoo with his aunties… first trip, we pulled up to the elephants and said “look Liam! Elephants!” and then looked down at the baby to see his reaction only to realize that all he could see was the fence. Duh. Regardless, it was a nice walk around and we enjoyed the animals – and I’m sure he will too soon!

We Moved!: This is definitely the biggest news and the biggest event of the month. We made sure to put the nursery together first so that at least that area of the house would feel like “home”. I’m not sure how much it all impacted Liam…but it certainly impacted us so if nothing else I’m sure our stress impacted him! His sleep hasn’t been great since then but he’s also definitely teething and had some minor tummy troubles so I’m sure that’s contributing. Along the way we had fun going through childhood memorabilia and pulling out some things for the baby.

Family Time: He also got to spend lots and lots of time with his family, celebrate his first 4th of July (he celebrated our independence by declaring his independence from sleep and had one of his worst nights of sleep ever), make his first trip to IKEA, got a new backpack (or, Daddy got a new backpack), spent lots of time with his aunties, hung out with Uncle Papa, and, as usual, got lots and lots of love!

And a couple of random videos for you:

And that’s it! What a wild and crazy month! We love you, baby boy!

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Month Six

This week we celebrated six months of fun and sleepless nights and laughter and diapers and more love than I ever could have imagined. Happy Half Birthday to my little man!

Teeth!: On May 25, we had some serious excitement: Daddy lost a tooth (had a wisdom tooth pulled) and Liam got a tooth! Actually, he got two…the two bottoms…aka, the two cutest ones imaginable! Poor boys were both pretty miserable in the days leading up to the giving and taking of teeth but once they were in and out, life was good! (for Liam anyway…not sure Daddy shared his sentiments!).

 

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First Camping Trip: One of the highlights of my childhood is certainly our days of camping at Atwood Lake…in the mud, in leaky tents, in cars when the rain was too bad…and I promise…it was so much fun. Shane and I have been organizing a Memorial Day camping trip each year for the past few years and we were super excited to share that with Liam. There’s a great group camp site at Punderson State Park that we wake up early on Black Friday to reserve (that’s been the six month mark for the past three years…the timeframe for which you can reserve campsites in advance)…it’s partially under trees, partially open…and it’s huge. Lots of room for lots of tents. It did get pretty hot while we were there which aggravated his eczema so we made a makeshift pool to cool him off. ANYWAY, it was SO much fun to have Liam there with us for his first camping trip. IMG_4116

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Rolling Around: He’s rolling everywhere! Once he figured out how to go front to back and back to front consistently…it quickly became his favorite mode of transportation!

Slowly Unswaddling: This was hard for me… Swaddling was difficult until we figured out that no, he isn’t an exception, yes, babies do like to be swaddled, and yes, he will sleep better being able to feel his boundaries. Once he was able to roll, obviously, we did have to undswaddle. To be honest, he hasn’t slept well since. We took him out slowly…one arm, then the other, then we took away the co-sleeper pillow. That was probably the worst part for everyone…we knew that was part of his security but it also couldn’t stay forever! In the transition, we tried a Zipadee Zip and traditional sleep sacks, but, spoiler alert: when your kid moves around as much as ours, sleep sacks, no matter how revolutionary, don’t work! So in the end, we just transitioned slowly to just pajamas and a consistent bedtime routine and…stay tuned. The kid just really likes to see us every three hours, I think.

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Chatting Away: He certainly comes by this honestly, but the kid likes to chat. He likes the sound of his voice – has since birth – and likes to try out new things with it. Lately he’s just been chatting it up whenever he gets the chance! We love it! Maybe when he’s asking WHY on repeat I won’t like it as much, but for now, this is so much fun.

“Crawling” Backward: In addition to his rolling everywhere, he’s figured out how to crawl…backward. He gets so upset about it though…if he weren’t so upset, we’d laugh at him! …ok, who are we kidding, we 100% laugh at him while he cries and goes backward. We keep telling him CRAWL FORWARD AND YOU CAN BE HAPPY! πŸ™‚ I’m sure he’ll figure it out soon – he is one determined baby!

Disposable Overnight: I mentioned that he seems to like to see us every few hours…one of the reasons we suspect that he’s waking up is that he is leaking through his diapers. We are still in love with the cloth but they just aren’t absorbent enough for my little man and his insanely large bladder. We decided to give disposables a try for night time…and they’re a complete winner. The first time we put him in one and he woke up “dry” with a crazy heavy diaper we knew we’d made the right choice. There are other, more absorbent options for cloth, but frankly, I don’t want to break the bank trying to figure it out. The kid pees a lot, ok?! πŸ™‚

SOLIDS: We also started solids! We dove in with banana…he wasn’t super impressed…and avocado – a winner! We followed the WHO and our pediatrician’s advice and waited until this time to start solids which is fun because we can basically try anything. There’s lots of different old school advice about cereals, purees vs. baby-led…whatever, we had to do what works for us and for Liam! We also tried some homemade applesauce and he’s not very impressed with that either. Sugars tasted pretty bad to me when I was pregnant so it could be that he doesn’t like sweets, or it could be the texture of the banana and apples. Who knows??

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#TeamSpanky with PanCan: Liam did his first walk for charity and had his first visit to the zoo all in the same day! What a lucky guy! We had a beautiful rainy morning with lots of love walking in honor and love and memory of Liam’s Grandpa John. It was a special time with lots of special people and I’m sure it’ll be a yearly tradition!

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Anyway, that’s it for the six month mark! It’s so hard to believe it’s been half a year. We’re so

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Month 5

I’ve had such lofty goals for myself with blogging Liam’s development and I just haven’t been able to keep up! Imagine that…not being able to keep up while working and being a new mom!

Rollin’ Rollin: The boy can roll! He doesn’t roll back to front consistently, but he definitely has figured out that if he doesn’t want to be on his belly, he just needs to flip himself and he’s happy as a clam again! That includes flipping himself off of us if we’re doing a combo snuggle and tummy time.

Raspberries: He figured out how to blow raspberries! This was the best Monday ever. I came home from work and he was both blowing raspberries and using different inflections in his voice toΒ  make different sounds! I’ve been saying since birth that he likes to use his voice and I clearly was not exaggerating. Once he figured out this skill, he did not stop! He recently (last night) figured out that it’s also pretty funny to blow raspberries so when he should be eating or sleeping, he’s blowing away and giggling at himself. Even at 1:00am, it’s hilarious and just so amazing.

Chatterbox: As I said, he loves his voice! When he’s supposed to be eating, he’ll often break the latch, and look up at me, and say “gahhhhhhh!” in the most amazingly sweet voice and I just can’t. He’s got that slight baby shriek going on and it just…man. Can’t even describe!

Belly Laughs: On the day that he blew raspberries and started making other noises, he also started to belly laugh! He has been giggling for a long while, but he didn’t start to LAUGH until this month. He loves when we blow our own raspberries on his belly or when we tickle him..and sometimes even just laugh at him. I’m convinced that means he has quite the sense of humor!

Visit from Grammy Trixie: Shane’s Southern mama, Trixie, came to visit us for a long weekend and we had such a great time. She’s been so special to Shane – and to me – over the years…she and her family were absolutely his support system when he lived in Georgia. Her family gave her a plane ticket to come meet Liam for Christmas – turns out it was a gift to all four of us! I’ve always appreciated her love and affection for Shane but man – I am just obsessed with how much other people love my kid.

4 Month Checkup: My takeaway from this appointment (sorry Kristy, you said a lot and it was wonderful…this is just what stuck in my mind) is that he is a social baby! She mentioned, because dropped some percentiles in weight, that sometimes social babies get too distracted to eat and I said to myself OMG THAT’S IT. He is SUCH a social baby. He likes to look around, listen to us talk – all while he’s supposed to be eating! We’ve tried some tricks to keep him focused and we’ve pretty much figured it out but it does make us laugh! (Except when we are in a hurry or on a schedule…then it’s a pain!)

Eczema: This is definitely the most frustrating thing we’ve dealt with so far. This poor baby has had raging eczema off and on for weeks. The patches, rashes, raised hot skin…it’s so upsetting for us. It doesn’t seem to bother him much – except when he’s having a flare up. We’re keeping him greased up with both coconut oil and Beautycounter baby soothing oil and it seems to finally be working.

4 Month Sleep Regression: this is no. freakin. joke. He hasn’t slept through the night since my spring break. Ugh….. Thankfully I’ve figured out how to function on interrupted sleep but I would be SUPER happy to forget that skill and go back to…even 6 hours. I’m hopeful that this is a regression and not a pattern.

And I think that’s about it! This kid is a blast – he just keeps getting more and more and more fun, interactive, strong, adorable… He is blessed to spend half of his time with Grammy and half with Daddy – what a lucky little boy! He also gets lots of #AuntieSnuggles whenever he can.

Summer is a mere month away and I cannot wait to spend everyday watching him learn and grow – and EAT! Right around the time that I am done with school is the time that he will start to eat food – how fun! And messy! I can’t wait!

Weeks 13 and 14

First, I absolutely cannot believe that I’m writing about my three month old son. He is such a miracle, our miracle, and I’m just amazed by him every day. More to come about that after I gush about his accomplishments this week:

Standing Tall: He’s been kind of balancing on us while he practices “standing” for a while, but during these two weeks, we really noticed a difference in how he pushes down with his legs. It’s truly amazing how much strength he has! (Well, it’s amazing for me, anyway. If you’ve seen his daddy, you probably wouldn’t be terribly shocked!) He’s no where near ready to do it on his own, obviously, but he sure thinks he’s ready!

Sitting/Pulling Up: He’s not doing this for real yet either but if given the chance (aka, a sturdy looking toy on his playmat, our fingers/hands) he’s not interested in laying – he wants to SIT UP. He makes the most ridiculous faces if he’s forced lay back because he wants to sit up SO BADLY and is straining to do so with muscles that aren’t quite ready. But man – gotta give him his due for trying!

Grammy Days: We are full on into our baby-care routine! Grammy Ronda is here with him three to four days a week, depending on our schedules. She loves it, he loves it, and we especially love it. We wouldn’t have chosen to have him in the middle of a school year like this, but it’s worked out nicely. We were hoping to not send him to daycare right away, and with this arrangement, he will be about ten months old before he goes. One of the other beautiful things about Grammy being home is that Nana and Pappap, Shane’s grandparents, get to see Liam on a more regular basis. It’s good for all four of them to be together!

Celebrating: Within a day of each other, Liam turned three months and Aunt Tonia had a big birthday too so we had a birthday lunch to celebrate (baby bedtime puts a damper on nighttime celebrations!). (Hopefully over the next nine months, Liam will appreciate birthday candles more than he did that day! πŸ˜‚) The next time he shares a “birthday” it’ll be his half birthday, right in between Pappap and Grandpa John. I’m sure that will be a special day. πŸŽ‰

Bye Bye Baby Acne: Poor baby has had some super rough skin for a few weeks…between cradle cap, dry winter air, and actual baby acne, his skin has been so rough. Super Dad has been at it with the coconut oil and cradle cap brush and finally, after adding traditional baby lotion to the routine, we have nice baby skin again! For his diaper area, we use coconut oil or Beautycounter baby protective balm. For the rest of him, we use Aveno Lavender Baby Lotion or Honest Company Face & Body Lotion, depending on what floor we are on when he needs greased up. (I thought I had a lot of product…this little man puts me to shame! We have lots of brands so we can see what we like and then stick with that.)

Babble, babble, babble!: This kid is CHATTY! (Can’t imagine where that comes from…) I love it! It’s so much fun. He’s not quite ready to completely mimic (though I swear he does) but we mimic him and he is just amazed that we speak the same language! πŸ˜‚ Lots of laughs and smiles and more chatter. (That’s what he’s doing in the picture above!)

Fans and Grabs: New these weeks he’s more intentional about grabbing things and hanging on once he has them. Again, like everything else, I’m not sure if he’s just flailing and catches and holds on, or if he’s grabbing, but regardless, he’s got stuff in his hands that we didn’t put there and he likes it! Shockingly (not really), his favorite seems to be his moose! It’s the first toy I bought for him when I was pregnant so I think that’s pretty awesome. It’s got lots of textures – some he likes and puts in his mouth and some he definitely doesn’t but it’s pretty awesome to watch him experiment with them all. And fans…these are his jam. I don’t know if it’s the movement, what it does to the light, a combination…who knows but he is completely entertained by the fan. He laughs at it, talks to it – it’s highly entertaining for all of us.

And in other news, we are devastated for our infertility family affected by the equipment malfunction at UH. If you’ve been following along with us, you know that Liam is truly a miracle. We were unsuccessful in our attempts to conceive and we sought help, like so many other couples, from a fertility clinic. We chose RGI, a private clinic in Akron, and thank God we did. Friends have used the UH clinic with varying success and despite some early concerns we had with RGI, felt we were in good hands and thankfully, that instinct paid off. We went through one IVF cycle with two different embryo transfers (one embryo each time, one fresh and one frozen). The first, a three day embryo, didn’t take and the second, a beautiful five day frozen blastocyst became our incredible little man.

Despite the amount of developed science and medicine involved with IVF, there is still a large amount of chance. For one, there’s a good chance it won’t even work. A 60+ percent chance, in fact. Considering the cost…$30k for us…the chances just aren’t good. That said, when you pay to cryopreserve your embryos or eggs, the chance that they won’t be properly stored isn’t on anyone’s mind. Again with the chance – there’s a chance that they won’t survive the thaw (though it is a very very small chance) but that they won’t be properly kept frozen? No. In fact, IVF families pay $600 per year to eliminate that chance. I say all of this in such frustration because my heart is broken for these families that put their trust into UH, into the IVF process, and were devastated. They had hope in a can and now that hope is lost. I pray that they are able to find peace – and hope – in whatever way they can.

Weeks 11 and 12

  • Wonder Week #3: We are coming out of Wonder Week #3, “Smooth Transitons.” A lot happens then, from tracking us or objects all around, to moving his head smoothly as he does so, to noticing things – like ceiling fans – and laughing when he likes these new objects, to grabbing more deliberately. Unfortunately, with it came forgetting how to sleep through the night. He started waking up once around a week ago, then the amount of times increased until he woke up three times on Saturday night! Nooooo sir! Thankfully he was back to “normal” on Sunday night with nine hours. Who knew Shane’s habit of sleeping forever when I met him would become a trait I would appreciate in someone else? πŸ˜‚

  • Rollin’ Front to Back: on February 28, he rolled from front to back! Ok so that’s basically falling, but he did it and we were so excited! I had just been lamenting that I know I’m going to miss something while I’m at work and that nothing good happens in the evening when he’s had enough of being fun and cute and is grouchy and looks like Winston Churchill instead of my cute little boy… And then he did it. And then he did it again! We had him do it three times in a row to make sure it wasn’t a fluke. Part of me is excited for the next milestone but part of me is really loving how immobile he is! πŸ˜‚

  • Back to Work: This sucked, to be blunt. I’m adjusting but it’s hard! I really want to avoid bringing any work home (GOOD LUCK) so I’ve been going in extra early each day when Liam is still asleep but that isn’t my productive time. I also have a ton to catch up on, so right now it’s hard to get ahead. I may not for the rest of the school year and I’m just going to have to be ok with that! Shane has been home with him since I went back and has been amazing. Before Liam started sleeping through, he got up with every single feeding (except one night that he was sick – and I had to be mean to him and shut the nursery door in his face to get him to go to bed!), he changes diapers without flinching (as well he should, right? He was pretty convinced that he would be disgusted but it was he who jumped right in at the hospital and hasn’t slowed down!), he plays with the baby for hours on end…I knew he’d be good, but he amazes me in ways I didn’t expect.

  • Aunts and Uncles: He also has, as I’ve said so many times, a plethora of aunts and uncles (in addition to his own personal aunties) but many of them are so far away. I hope he learns the excitement of auntie and uncle visits, just like I did over the years. He got a special one – his Auntie Cindy, Dad’s sister – during these two weeks. She was always one of the “fun ones” when I was growing up (still is!!!!!) and I’m excited for him to know her in the same way. He also got to spend more time with more fun ones – his future BFFs – Great Uncle Dave and Aunt Kathy – too. I had a serious chat with my aunts and uncles after Dad passed that Liam needs them and so do Emmy and I so they better plan to be around and be important – and they absolutely are.

  • Car Show: We go every year, for better or for worse, so of course Liam had to get in on the action. It was how it always is, but it was nice to spend the time with Emily and Chris and to get more practice at taking him out. I made the mistake, however, of giving him the one bottle we brought while we were at the show – and then he melted down while we were driving and I had nothing to shove in his mouth until we got back to their house to feed him. Oops. He also slept SO MUCH throughout the day…and then woke up THREE TIMES. How do you go from nine hours of sleep a night to waking up three times?! Like we say to him a lot…good thing he’s cute!

And that’s about it! I can’t believe that we will be celebrating three months of Liam (officially, on the 12th) in just a few days. It feels like we’ve always had him – a friend told me that means he fits right in – there are no truer words!

(πŸ“Έ: Auntie Tonia)

Weeks 9 and 10

Baby Boy is 10 weeks today! πŸ‘ΆπŸ»

  • Sleeping Through the Night: I am so hesitant to say that and even as I write this sentence I both want to bite my figurative tongue and slap myself because before this, anyone who told me their kid (especially a younger one) was sleeping through the night needed to get kicked. I needed a reason for it – sick kid? Formula fed? What is it?! Surely it’s not the same variables as us with more success?! I wish I knew what we did go get there but I have no idea, except that we stuck to the schedule, used Babywise and Happiest Baby as much as possible, and ultimately probably just got lucky. We re-read some of Babywise tonight, looking for info about when he should start taking more than four ounces in a bottle feeding and saw that he is pretty much on track with other Babywise babies with regard to dropping the night time feeding – in fact he’s one week early. I appreciate all overachievements, especially ones that lets me sleep through the night! (Kind of – he sleeps like his father and makes a TON of racket all night! Still beats getting up to feed him!)
  • Cloth Diapers: I wrote about this at the six week mark so I guess this is more of an update… We are full cloth, as I mentioned. We have two kinds of Fuzzibunz and the bumGenius Freetime. We like the Fuzzibunz at night because we can control how much stuffing they have. I do think that’s part of the reason that Liam is sleeping through – he doesn’t seem to have a huge diaper until his second change of the day and if he does have a big diaper, it doesn’t seem to bother him as much…could be the cloth, could be a changing digestive system. Who knows? But we are loving the diapers. We have enough of the all in ones to be able to wash every third day. Our system is to rinse every diaper, wet or dirty, with the diaper sprayer, throw it in the diaper pail (a can with a lid next to the toilet) and there it waits in a wet bag until it’s time to do laundry. Tide powder with some Dawn soap, long hot cycle in the washer, then hang to dry. So far so good! It’s no more time consuming than buying diapers and it’s a heck of a lot cheaper. Two thumbs up so far! πŸ‘πŸ‘
  • Great-Grandparents: What Liam is lacking in grandparents, he is definitely making up for it in great-grandparents. He has five people to call “great” – what a lucky little guy! I had one great grandmother in my lifetime but she lived in England and while I didn’t lack for cards and well wishes, she was not in my life. He spent some time with four of his great grandparents during these two weeks – he is loved and lucky and I could not be more grateful.
  • Finishing Up Maternity Leave: I feel so fortunate to have been able to be home for ten weeks with Liam. At first, I struggled to be home so much for a lot of reasons, the least of which is that I felt completely unprepared to keep this little man alive. As we figured each other out though, my time with him also became more and more enjoyable. When he’s on his playmat or his changing pad, he is a riot! He loves being flat on his back, looking around, batting at toys, or looking at us and cooing and laughing. How do you leave that?! To be continued, I guess!