Since the little guy is sleeping on my lap right now, I thought I’d type up a quick update. πŸ™‚ 

Zane has been growing up by leaps and bounds the last few weeks. He has his 2 bottom teeth now, which came in within just a few days of each other. (June 3rd and 8th) They caused quite a disruption to his sleep (and mine) and gave us lots of uncomfortable nights trying to co-sleep. Bless you if that’s your thing and you can sleep comfortably. I cannot. It leaves me sore and tired, but you do what you gotta do when the teeth are coming in. Right? Anyway, I’m happy that Zane is feeling better now and hopefully his other teeth will play nice. πŸ˜‰ 

Zane is in full army crawl mode with lots of rocking on all fours and the occasional crawl-step forward which usually causes him to face-plant. He can get anywhere he wants with his super fast and efficient army crawl. The other morning I brought him to the family room and laid him on the floor. I ran to the bathroom and when I came back, he was nowhere to be found! He’d crawled into Tru’s room. Ever since, I’m constantly having to go retrieve him from various places. He’s definitely into exploring! 

This kid has a great sense if humor. His brothers absolutely crack him up. His favorite is scooting over to their bedroom doors at night when they are supposed to be in bed. Instead I see them sticking their arms under the door and making Zane laugh. It’s gotten to be quite the thing lately and definitely a great bedtime stall tactic. 😏

Zane is quite the eater now and eats at least one jar of baby food per meal, 3 times a day. I still usually add a bit of rice or wheat cereal to it because he likes it better that way. I’ve also been adding a bit of formula powder to beef up the calories. The little guy is about 17lbs 9oz now in the 30%ile. He’s growing great though on his own more petite curve, so it’s fine. πŸ™‚ DH is tickled that Zane is on the smaller side because he’s staying little longer. πŸ™‚ His iron is also great at 11.3. 

I’m still breastfeeding but Zane usually has other things he’d rather do, unless he’s tired, sad or is snuggling in my bed. He was getting up as much as 4 times at night to nurse when he wasn’t feeling well. Lately it’s been just once, or occasionally twice. During the day he nurses about 4 times. I have the feeling that he will self-ween earlier than I’d like, but whatever is best for him is fine for me. I do cherish our time to just snuggle though, just me and him. 

Sleep is interesting now. He started rolling over during the night about 3 weeks ago. Off came the swaddle!! It wasnt as hard a transition as I feared but I do have some stress with it because he likes to sleep NOSE down. I’m constantly checking his nose in the night…. Naps are still either in the swing (asleep in 2 seconds with his music on and swing set on 4) or in my arms. Never without a blankie of some sort except on the rare occasion when we are driving and forget to bring one. He also loves to snuggle his head against his stuffed elephant at naptime. Binkies are an absolute must now too! He used to not be in love with them, but now?….

Zane’s favorites are: 

  • Dumping his toys out of his toy basket and tasting every single one. 
  • Finding every miniscule crumb on the floor and trying to eat it. 
  • Sitting in his walker and driving around while he eats puffs (broken up) and melts (also broken).
  • Taking baths and splashing the whole.entire.time.
  • Smiling and laughing at the baby in the mirror.
  • Playing with his brothers and just being one of the big kids.
  • Snuggling in my bed in the morning. Biggest smiles ever. πŸ™‚ 
  • A couple fuzzy blankets that are just so soft that he can’t even with them and he falls right to sleep. 

Zane’s dislikes: 

  • I’m having a hard time thinking of any. He’s so happy…. Well, one thing is, he doesn’t like his brothers kissing on him when he’s tired. 
  • Doesn’t like laying still for diaper and clothing changes. 

I noticed today that Zane looks at each family member when I say their name. It’s so crazy and neat that he knows who everyone is and understands what I’m saying when I ask where they are. For a long time now he’s tried to mimic sounds that we make. He’s a very observant and curious little person. 

Dear God, thank You so so much for this beautiful little person. Thank You for all the joy he brings to everyone he meets. Thank You for his quick and vibrant smile and for all the fun we have with him. Please protect and bless him all the days of his life. In Jesus’ name, amen. 

Hair tent on his ears lol

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I don’t know how to start this post, so I’ll just jump right in. 
As I’ve mentioned before, I grew up with 5 sisters and 4 brothers. That makes for lots of built-in friends. Over the years, I haven’t felt the desire to make/maintain many friendships because, honestly, I’ve had all my siblings and didn’t need more relationships to cultivate and nurture. It’s not that I didn’t want friends too but I just didn’t hardly have the time. And, more to the point as I’ve also written about before, I am just rather awkward and uncomfortable in social situations, so I’m not great at making friends to begin with. 

I’m at a really weird place in my life now though. 3 of my sisters and 1 brother are leaving over the course of just a few months to live in various places, some long term and the others for unknown lengths of time. They are all moving for different reasons but since they are all close in age, everything is happening all at once. One of my sisters already moved an hour away 10 years ago. I know it’s not that far, but it kind of is. The one sister still at home is almost 15 years younger than me. I love her dearly and we have good chats, but we are in vastly different places in our lives. The same with all of my younger brothers. 

In a word, I’m lonely. 

I never really thought I’d find myself in this place. Sure, I can still text and call them. But gone are the days of having them drop by to see us or play with the kids. Gone are the days of piling in the van and running errands together. It’s weird. I’m not at a place I thought I’d ever be. We were always going to live nearby and hang out. Our kids were going to grow up together and we were going to be each other’s babysitters. But now? …. Sure, they might eventually move closer but for now…. I’m lonely. And I don’t want my kids to also become lonely. 

So, I find myself sitting here, my best friend living 24 hours (by car) away… 4 siblings moving states away. And I’m wondering, can I make friends? Am I just too awkward? Too weird? 

I take my kids to storytime week after week and I don’t make friends. I have lots of “friends” who I very dearly love, at church, but we don’t really hang out much. Of course, I don’t try… I’m friendly but I’m not outgoing. I don’t generally strike up conversations. I’m always afraid I’ll bore or inconvenience people, so I don’t try to set up play dates etc. I’m not a “girly girl”, so I never know what anyone is interested in currently to talk about. (I’m the mom who takes her kids fishing for fun.) I’m not animated or interesting. And of course, there’s the nervous tripping over of words…  Basically, I’m a hot mess! 

I know that I can be a fairly cool person once you get to know me. I’m pretty chill. I’m acceptably humorous. I don’t pretend to have it all together. If your kid throws tantrums and eats their boogers in front of me, it’s not going to bother me at all. You don’t have to clean your house to have me over because I’m definitely not going to go out of my way to clean for you. I just want REAL friends… people who will be real with me and not put on an airbrushed front. But I don’t know how to get past the initial awkward phase and start making friends! 

I don’t know how long it has been since I have posted but it’s been much longer than I intended. So much has been going on and I find myself so busy that by the time the kids go to bed, I am way too tired to consider posting.

 

We had a vacation planned to Hawaii this year in May from the 5th to the 16th. I woke the morning of the 4th and felt really uneasy about the trip. I started checking the news about Hawaii and found out that the volcano on the Big Island (where we were going) had just erupted. I went ahead with finishing up the packing but I just prayed all day that if it wasn’t God’s will for us to go, that we wouldn’t go. That night when I checked the news, Hawaii had just experienced a 5.9 earthquake and the volcano was continuing to erupt just 8 miles from where we were planning to stay for the second half of our trip. (Pahoa) People were being evacuated to that area as well. We had a layover in California, so I, DH, and my sister L (who was going with us) talked it over and decided that we should just spend our vacation in California. All this went down just a mere 5 hours before we needed to leave for our flight. So, I quickly booked a hotel for the first 2 nights and a rental van and off we went! I hope to post pics soon. I haven’t gotten them uploaded to the computer yet. We had a really nice vacation after all. It wasn’t the tropical paradise we had been looking forward to but we totally enjoyed the mountains, desert, ocean, sequioas… We put nearly 1,500 miles on the rental van driving around!!! We covered about 1/3 of the state in our 12 days of vacation. The boys did amazingly well and completely loved all the swimming in the hotel pools!

 

 

More on that in a later post, I hope….

 

 

Zane is growing so fast now! Since the last time I wrote, the eczema is about 95% better. It went almost entirely away while in California! His dr said that is common because of the better climate and that we may have to take mini vacations there from time to time if it flares up badly again. I am ok with that, but I truly hope his skin just stays healthy. It looks great right now. I am still using selsun blue (generic) on his head and slathering him in vaseline after his baths.

 

 

Baby food is going great! Aside from a definite oatmeal allergy (avoiding that!!) he has done well with most foods. Carrots may have given him rash around his mouth. I wasn’t sure if it was that or something else, so we have been avoiding that as well. Zane loves to eat! I bumped him up from once a day (started with the smaller stage 1 jars) to 2-3 times a day. He eats at least one whole stage 2 jar now at a time. Occasionally he will even eat 2!! He’s less interested in nursing as he favors the fun experience of baby food. But I’m still nursing him about 5 times during the day and 1-2 times at night. I stopped pumping about a month ago and I’m loving the freedom in the mornings while I’m not obligated to pump!

 

 

Sleep is going well currently. Usually we have one middle of the night wake up for a snack, but he’s not fully awake. Just a fuss and boob and back to sleep. Zane usually is up for the day anywhere from 8-10am. Then he takes a nap, usually in his swing, around 11-12. He will sleep about an hour maybe and then naps again around 3 or 4pm. In the evening he likes to fall asleep for a bit around 7 or so. I don’t let him sleep too long. Bedtime is anywhere from 9:30-11:30pm.

 

 

Zane is currently in stage 3 diapers, but, he gained almost an entire pound in a month, so stage 4 is right around the corner, I’d say. Speaking of weight, he was 16lbs 13oz at his last check up and over 26 inches tall. He’s wearing mostly 9 and 12 month clothes.

 

 

Zane is absolutely the happiest baby. Anyone who spends time around us always remarks that he is the happiest baby they have ever seen. And he is! It’s crazy how content he is and I absolutely love it! Today was rough for him because he is teething and his gums are sore and swollen. But even when he cries, he usually still has a little smile going. It’s the cutest!! He loves to “talk” and say “goi, goi, goi” with his binky in his mouth. He mimics sounds that I make to him and the other morning I smiled and said “HI!!!” to him and he said “a hi” right back. DH and I were beside ourselves from all the cuteness. lol.

 

 

 

As far as Tru and Levi are concerned, they are both doing great. Levi night-time potty-trained himself (easiest kid ever) and we bought him a candy bar as a reward. I told Tru that if he wasn’t able to stay dry yet, that was ok but that he would get a reward too. Tru is more motivated by tablet time, so DH said he could have an hour of tablet time if he stayed dry. (He got a candy bar too, though) πŸ˜‰ What do ya know… He woke up dry and has stayed dry for the last month+ with only a few minor accidents on the nights that we put him in a pull-up. The boys are both going to bed sans pull-up now. I’m sure we will encounter a few accidents along the way but I am really proud of them for being night-dry now. πŸ™‚

 

 

They had such fun on our trip. I’m sure if you asked them, their favorite things were not the mountains or anything else that us adults were amazed by. The best parts of their trip were: tablet time on the plane and car drives, lots of swimming pools, going to multiple parks for hours on end, and playing in the sand at the beach. As a parent, it absolutely thrills my heart to see my kids having fun. I’m so glad for all the fun we had together.

 

 

This is getting seriously long, so I’ll have to write more later. Just wanted to catch up a bit and get this posted. I hope everyone is doing well! Hopefully I can catch up on reading blogs soon! Blessings.

 

 

Dear God, Thank You for the way You worked everything out for us to have a safe and fun vacation. Thank You for all the experiences that we got to enjoy together. Thank You for all the learning and growing that these precious children are doing. Please keep them healthy and safe. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Eczema isn’t fun at any age…. The itching, stinging uncomfortableness that goes along with it. The struggle to not scratch the itch….. It’s very upsetting to see your baby’s beautiful, smooth, flawless skin be transformed into scaly, dry, bleeding skin. But that is exactly what has happened with Zane. 

It started with just a little dryness. I thought it was just a little cradle cap at first. It was no time at all before it spread and by around 3 months, it was pretty severe. By 4 months, I had stopped using any soap of any kind on his skin and had started bathing him in coconut oil. After his bath, I would slather his skin with a range of different oils and ointments, looking for one that would soothe his skin and not worsen the rash. 

We tried daily baths, weekly baths, baths every other day… Oil, no oil, nipple balm, healing balm, belly balm, and in our more desperate moments, hydrocortisone cream. Nothing helped. For a day or two we may have seen improvement but then it would plateau and worsen again. Hydrocortisone gave us the most relief but it certainly doesn’t make me happy putting that on my baby, particularly his face. And coating his entire body in it was definitely not an option. 

I wish I could say that we found something that helps, but so far, we haven’t. However, Zane had a checkup today and we have some new weapons in our arsenal to try. First off, the eczema is showing signs of secondary infection. For lack of a better analogy, Zane smells like toenail jam. Fresh out of the bath even – toenail. The Dr said this is probably due to the rash being infected with yeast, and possibly staph as well. For that we are trying a prescription shampoo that treats yeast, 2-3 times a week. In between, we are supposed to use Selsyn Blue. 

To control the itching (since no matter how often we cut Zane’s nails, he can’t help but scratch his head and face), the Dr prescribed Zyrtec twice a day. Along with that, he also gave us a steroid cream to use on Zane’s body. It’s too strong to use on his head and face, so we have to mix hydrocortisone with Vaseline for those areas. 

I have $50 of various ointments that I bought in a moment of despair. I plan to keep trying those out on small areas to make sure there is no reaction. Hopefully one of them will work to lock in some moisture. Vaseline works decently but is so greasy! He had a bad reaction to Aveeno eczema cream which has colloidal oatmeal in it, so anything with that active ingredient is out. 

Trying one different cream per limb. Isn’t he too cute!?!

I hope I can come back and update that he’s healing up great and his skin looks and feels healthy again. Until then, prayers are appreciated!! 

Lots of new stuff going on with Zane the last couple weeks! Last week at 20+5, he rolled over officially from back to front. After that initial roll, he was rolling like crazy the rest of the day and every day since. He is hit and miss with rolling front to back. He has before ever since 17 weeks but he doesn’t very often. He had rolled back to front one other time but as soon as he made it onto his belly, he immediately flopped onto his back again, so that didn’t really count.

 

 

Today, at 21+2, we started rice cereal! I am all for waiting the full 6 months to start solids but this boy is HUNGRY! He wakes at night to nurse now, usually twice, (he previously slept through most of the time) and just acts famished and desperate at night when he eats. He is getting plenty of milk and pees like a faucet but he’s SO active and I think milk just isn’t enough sustinance anymore. So, the rice cereal went well. We mixed it with breastmilk and per our usual tradition, DH fed him his first meal of solids. (To be completely honest, I did give Zane 2 tiny crumbs of pancake last week just because I wanted to see how he reacted to trying food.) Anyway, after the initial few bites and funny faces/spitting out the cereal, he started eating it really well and opening his mouth for more and swallowing it right down. I can’t believe my tiny baby is already eating babyfood!

 

 

And I say “tiny baby” but he’s not really that tiny anymore. He is outgrowing most of his 6 month clothes and is wearing lots of 9 month outfits now. He is tall but his length is mostly in his torso. His legs still fit some smaller pants but he definitely is too long for 6 month sleepers. I’m still putting size 2 diapers on him but I’m not sure how much longer I’ll be able to do that. We have several bags of size 2 that he probably won’t be wearing.

 

 

Most naps are in his swing now and he absolutely must have his arms swaddled to fall asleep. He’s also becoming partial to having his face close to/covered with a soft blanket/stuffed toy while he falls asleep. (Obviously, I only let him do this if I’m holding him and can move it away.) When he’s sleeping in his swing he likes the waterfall sounds or the music playing. Bless his little heart, there is always so much background noise he has to sleep through and a lot of his naps are cut short by one of his big brothers having a meltdown etc. But it barely fazes Zane… He’s such an easygoing baby. Right now DH and Zane are sleeping on the couch together for a little late evening nap. πŸ™‚ They nap together less now than when Zane was a tiny baby but he still loves to cuddle in our arms and sleep occasionally.

 

 

Zane does love to be held a lot. His favorite is being talked to and smiled at. He is always smiling! All the time, this baby has a big ol’ smile on his face. He smiles at absolutely everyone. πŸ™‚ He is still majorly impressed by his big brothers and wants to be part of the conversation and action. He’s always cranking his head around trying to watch them while they run around and play. He isn’t super vocal lately but sometimes we still have our *conversations*.

 

 

Sadly, Zane experienced his first stomach virus this week. I’ve never had such a young baby have a stomach virus. 😦 Last week Tru and Levi had it. Levi started throwing up around 12:45am Tues. He threw up 15-20 times (I eventually lost count) until 8am. Then he stopped throwing up and had a fever for a few hours. The next day he was fine but threw up his lunch even though he already held down a couple other meals.Β  I think his belly was still just sensitive. Then on Thurs, Tru woke up with a sour belly and threw up 3 times. He did the same thing with running a fever and the next day he laid around part of the day and then was fine. I thought maybe we were in the clear by Sun, but Zane woke up and threw up and it was obviously not just spit up. He threw up several times and it was complete with the pre-vom cough and retching…. So, here we are on Monday and he’s been a bit more sleepy than usual today but otherwise fine. I am hoping and praying that DH and I don’t get the barfies but I’ve been sleeping with my Zofran close by, just in case. (Long time readers know that I do NOT do well AT ALL with the barfies. I am a complete basket case if I have to.)

 

 

In other news, AF made her ugly reappearance last month (much to my dismay – I was hoping she would stay gone longer). The weird thing was, I had ovulation and then just 5 days later, AF showed up. That’s a really short luteal phase but I’m guessing my body is just getting in the new groove. It doesn’t even matter, honestly. But old habits die hard and I’m so used to watching what my body is doing that it just kind of comes naturally now.

 

 

Dear God, thank You for Zane reaching these new and exciting milestones. Please watch over and protect him while he tries out all these new things. Please help him to be safe and healthy and happy. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Unfortunately, we are still struggling with his whole body eczema, so his skin often looks a little scratched up.

A new favorite is sticking his tongue out

Poor little Levi. I’ve been so bad at keeping up with his updates lately. Here he is, turning 3 in just a few days. We are at the end of *monthly* (as if) updates now that he is 3 but I still want to keep up with general updates from time to time.

Levi has had a great year being 2. He is such a fun kid (he’s also a lot like me! :D). Tru and Levi are both sensitive little hearts in their own way but Levi is the one who I have to be so careful with everything because he takes it to heart so deeply. For example: he’s been getting in our bed a lot at night. Usually at least once during the night. He comes in silently, doesn’t say a word, lays down for a few minutes and then goes back to his bed and back to sleep. He just needs the reassurance I think. Well, the other night he came in and it startled me in my sleep and I pushed him back from me before I realized that it was Levi in my bed. He jumped off the bed and ran to his room crying because he thought I didn’t want to hold him. πŸ˜₯ And another time he got in my bed and I couldn’t sleep because he wouldn’t lay still. Finally I told him to go back to his room because I couldn’t sleep. It must have made him feel bad because in the morning he said “I was sorry I got in your bed, mommy.” Broke my heart! Levi always says “I sorry, mommy” if he thinks he’s hurt or offened me. It is precious and I love that he cares so much. I always make sure I let him know that it’s ok and that I love him. He tells me “Mommy, I love you” all the time, especially when we are driving places.

Somehow he bit his lip really bad recently. I don’t know how it happened but it looked awful. It became infected and he kept making it worse by not letting it heal. I needed him to not touch it at all so I told him I would buy him a big candy bar and he could have the whole thing all to himself if he didn’t bite his lip and just let it heal. He was really excited about that and we looked at candy bars online and he picked which one he wanted. I know that it must have taken so much self control for such a young little boy but every morning he would show me his lip and ask if it was better and he could get his candy bar yet. His lip is completely better now so I gave him his candy bar this evening. He was so excited! He said thank you of course (he’s also a polite kid – usually) and I said you’re welcome. Then he said “You’re welome too, mommy, that I stopped biting my lip.” Adorable!!

Levi is still quite the talker. He loves to ask me questions (though we have finally moved out of the constant “why” phase) and talk things through. I love our conversations together. Our current favorite thing to do together is color. Sometimes we share a book and each color a page and sometimes we have seperate books. Either way, we praise eachother’s coloring abilities and share crayons and talk about our pictures. It’s such a fun time together and I try to make time to do that as often as I can. His coloring has gotten so good lately. He’s not entirely in the lines yet, of course, but he is much more careful now rather than just scribbling everywhere. It’s been fun watching his skills improve.

Levi likes doing little projects with me and helping. He is really good at cleaning his room. He knows where all the items go: books on shelf, toys in basket, stuffed animals in another basket, battery toys on the shelf in the living room. I think that’s impressive for a 2 year old (yes, he’s turning 3 but he’s been doing this for months now). If the kids have gotten out other toys that have their own tubs, Levi is good at sorting those things out and putting them in their proper places. In fact, I joke that Tru and Levi are better at cleaning up the bedroom and living room than DH is. Except it’s not a joke. Because they actually are. πŸ˜›

Levi also likes to bring me items from the fridge while I’m cooking. It’s a little precarious seeing a toddler with a box of eggs, but, he’s learning and having good bonding time with me so…. πŸ™‚ He helps with the laundry too. He pulls everything from the dryer into a basket and then pushes the basket to the family room. Then I put the wet clothes on the dryer door and he pushes them in. Then he grabs the towels and wash clothes and folds them to the best of his adorable ability. Tru does this stuff too but Levi is the one usually begging to do it. He does a lot of little chores without me even thinking to ask him to. I think he just watches me so much and wants to do what everyone else is doing. Like when I empty the diaper genie, Levi wants to take the bag of diapers outside. I could go on and on about all the little chores he does. Of course it’s all fun and games right now. πŸ˜‰

One thing Levi can never get enough of is snuggles. He is the snuggliest little person ever. He wants to sit in my lap all the time and I feel bad that sometimes I have to say not right now. But as much as I can, I hold him or at least let him sit by me. He has started asking again to hold my hair. It’s like a security thing for him so I bear it as long as I can. πŸ™‚

Levi is also a very thoughtful little boy. When DH isn’t with us and we are enjoying a treat, Levi is always the one to suggest that we should save some for Daddy. Just today we had hotdogs for lunch. We don’t have them very often and you know how kids love hotdogs! (me too!) So Levi wanted to make sure Daddy woud get to have one. DH appreciates that Levi is always thinking of him and he makes a big deal out of how happy he is that Levi saved him something. When my MIL brought the boys candy for Valentine’s, Levi spent almost the entire day – including naptime – carrying around a little crabby pattie gummy that he was saving for Daddy. He said “I’m going to save this for Daddy cause it’s his favorite.” I couldn’t believe the self control it must have taken for him to carry that around all day and never open it! So incredibly precious!

Dear God, thank You so much for this precious and beautiful little boy. I am amazed at his sensitive and thoughtful spirit and I am blessed to know his love and devotion. Raising him is a tremendous blessing in my life and I pray that I will always raise him according to Your will and with love and gentleness. Please watch over and protect Levi as he continues to branch out into the world around him as he learns and grows. Please keep him healthy and safe. In Jesus’ name, amen.

 

The boys love playing with these cars that were DH’s when he was a boy.

My little cowboy ❀

Playing guitar with DH

Brotherly love

Snuggles with his puppy

I know I’m not keeping up with updates anymore and I really wish I was doing better with that but I’m giving myself some grace because I have 3 people 4 and under who need lots of my time and this is just the season I am in right now and that’s ok. I have been taking lots of pictures though and I need to get those backed up from my phone and camera.

 

 

So, Zane has really blossomed so much the last few weeks. It’s like he just woke up and became a whole new person! Let’s do bullet points.

  • He’s still snuggly and loves his Mommy and still loves to take naps in my arms from time to time, although he sleeps so much more soundly if I lay him in his bed in my room with the door shut. He’s not a fan of noises and gets mad at me if I talk while he’s trying to sleep in my arms. His eyes pop open and he makes mad little sounds till I shut up and let him sleep.
  • He rolled over twice front to back on March 11th at 17 weeks 1 day. All week he has been trying to do it again or roll from back to front. He is so close! I missed his first roll but I heard Tru laughing because he thought it was hilarious and Zane rolled again right away.
  • That same day he also really and truly discovered his toes and wants to eat them all day now. He is teething like crazy and I expect we will see a tooth pop through soon. Zane wants to suck/bite everything he can get in his mouth. He loves it when I massage his gums. He’s really starting to hold toys the last couple weeks and puts everything straight into his mouth now, of course.
  • We are having some struggles with nursing. He gets mad if the milk doesn’t come down instantly. I mean, we are talking 5 sucks and he pulls off and cries. Sometimes he does fine and other times it’s a struggle. He’s just going to have to deal with it though because he isn’t taking the bottle well either. It’s hit and miss whether I can get him to take it and he usually only drinks .5-2oz at a time. I know that baby food is right around the corner and I think Zane will be happy to try it. He watches us eat with great interest, his little eyes following the food. It’s so cute!
  • Currently Zane is outgrowing all his 6 month clothes at an alarming (but good) rate and I really need to pull out more of the 9 month clothes. He is still in size 2 diapers but they are getting too small. I have 5 unopened bags that we aren’t going to use.
  • (I highly doubt this will interest anyone but me) I am finally starting to learn Zane’s built in schedule. (Side note: I know a lot of parents put their baby on some sort of schedule at some point and that’s really nice for the baby to have some order and routine. In my opinion. Anyway, I’ve found that for me it’s easier to just watch what my baby naturally starts doing and just try to build off of that. That’s just what works for me though.) So, sometimes he wakes around 6am to nurse and then back to sleep. More often though, he is sleeping through till 9-9:30am. He eats then plays on the floor with Tru and Levi while I pump. Around 11-11:30am, he starts getting fussy and wants to sleep. I give him his binky and wrap him in a blanket and he falls right to sleep in my arms. I have a show I like to watch in the morning so this is our cuddle time. He doesn’t sleep long and usually eats again around 12pm. Then plays and sometimes eats again before he takes his next nap around 2:30 or 3pm. This is convenient for me because I can lay Tru and Levi down for *naps* (quiet time in their rooms) while I get a workout in and do Bible study or take a shower etc. Then Zane is up and nurses again around 4. His schedule seems really loose after that. I can usually count on him taking a nap again in the evening either before or after supper. He nurses maybe 3 more times before his little timer goes off at 10:30-11pm and he decides that he must go to bed NOW. We still have him in the sleep sack for now and give him his Zantac. Then I either nurse him in my bed and lay him in his bed for the night, or, if he’s not hungry, I just lay him down and he goes to sleep.
  • Zane still has really bad eczema. I give him baths with coconut and avocado oil in the water. When I get him out, I slather his whole body in a hypoallergenic balm and then dress him. He’s so greasy and smells funny but it does help his skin a little. He claws at his face all day so I imagine the eczema must be really itchy. 😦

 

 

 

Zane is still a smiley and happy boy and I am just so thankful for such an easy baby. God knew what He was doing giving me Zane for my 3rd child. He doesn’t make my daily tasks harder, he just adds to my joy. He is a blessing to our whole family. Tru and I were talking about it and we decided that God must have given us the cutest baby He could find. Tru and Zane have a very special bond (which still cracks me up since Tru was the one who was more blasΓ© about the whole pregnancy compared to how excited Levi was.) If Zane is sad, Tru and Levi can usually cheer him up just talking to him. Many is the time I have been changing my clothes or finishing up my food etc when Zane starts fussing and I’ll say “Can you talk to the baby for a minute?” and one or both of the boys will sit there and keep him company. He will cheer right up and then start crying when they walk away again. I think he actually just wants to play with them sometimes! He watches them all day!

 

 

 

Ok, I have to leave off here now even though there is always more I could write. I’m just happy that I got this much down! πŸ™‚

 

 

 

Dear God, thank You so much for all the beautiful advances in growth and learning that this beautiful little baby has made. Please keep him healthy and safe as he grows and explores his environment and learns new things. In Jesus’ name, amen.

He’s loving his playmat for short periods although he spend almost a whole hour playing on it yesterday!

Papa bought the boys these masks to wear at his birthday party and they’ve been wearing them the last 3 days. πŸ™‚

His morning nap

Sitting in my lap. I think he was watching a show or something. Why does he look like he’s 12 years old?!?!?!

Happy baby in the morning. πŸ™‚

This picture cracks me up. Both Tru and I keep looking at it and laughing.


Or maybe not your kids cause chances are your kids aren’t as weird as mine. But anyway, Rocky is 0% interested in store bought dog biscuits (picky Pete) and that’s kind of no fun for me because I like giving him treats. So I decided to be all creative and invent some he would actually enjoy. It was a great success! Rocky loves them! Since they are made with all people-safe food ingredients, I agreed to let the boys try them. Which was a mistake. They also loved them and were sneaking dog treats to eat. Tru liked them so much, he asked if we could eat them “At the morning” for breakfast. ….😯 (We didn’t)
So, in case anyone is interested, here’s the recipe I invented. 
1cup all purpose flour

2 small bananas, mashed

1/3 cup peanut butter 

1 egg
I threw it all in the bowl together and mixed it up. On a heavily floured surface, I kneeded in more flour. The boys had fun flattening it out and cutting shapes. I baked them at 350Β° (but 325 may have been better) until they were done. (can’t be more specific… It was maybe 15 minutes?) 

Can we just pretend Levi isn’t about to fall off the highchair (he didn’t) and focus on how cute they are making dog treats?! ☺️

Happy to say this is a mostly good update. πŸ™‚ In the last couple weeks I’m seeing more positive changes in Rocky. We are not accident free inside yet, of course, so as a result he spends a good bit of time outside where he mostly runs around the yard for a few minutes at a time and comes back to the porch and stares at us, wanting to come in. I feel bad about that but I can’t watch him 100% of the time and I hate to crate him too much during the day (but maybe I should?). The rest of the time he stays in the kitchen, or if I’m able to be dedicated to watching him, in the family room too. This is his absolute favorite and nothing makes him happier than snuggling up with his boys on the floor and falling asleep. πŸ™‚ 

The best change has been that he no longer panics in his crate! It’s amazing! He went from fighting being put in it, panicking and clawing frantically, crying, barking and even peeing and pooping on himself from anxiety to now calmly walking in ON HIS OWN!! Once inside, he lays down and is perfectly quiet. No crying!! He even chooses to go sleep in his crate on his own sometimes when he wants a break. It’s amazing. I seriously never thought we would get to this point. I don’t know why the switch flipped for him where he likes it now but I’m so happy!! 

The only downside is that he still occasionally pees in his crate. I think this probably has something to do with how he was forced to live as a young puppy. Obviously he didn’t get the memo about not peeing in your bed area. But I think he will probably come around on this eventually. I do my best to make sure he doesn’t NEED to pee while he’s in his crate, that way we can reinforce the idea of a clean, dry bed. The problem with this is that it makes crate training hard since he doesn’t see the problem with peeing and even pooping in there sometimes vs learning to hold it longer because he’s confined. Still working on figuring out that issue… He does hold it in more than he used to. Progress? Or just age? I don’t know…

As far as he is doing with the kids, we have some normal hyper puppy issues to deal with in regards to jumping and play nipping but generally it only takes me watching and correcting a time or two before he remembers his manners and stops. Then he plays gently. He is most in love with Tru and wants to be with Tru at all times. Which is really good because they bonded so well the first day we brought Rocky home. I’m happy to see their relationship. Levi is a little nervous still about the jumping etc so he usually waits till Rocky is tired and then pets and snuggles him. 

I’m really happy that Rocky is showing less separation anxiety now, but that’s still an issue to a degree. When we leave the house, he panics, so I leave him at my parent’s house when possible. If he sees one of us driving away, he runs to the vehicle and cries and gets right against it. I was trying to leave the other day but Rocky was crying and freaking out, pawing at the van trying to get in. DH was home and got him inside so I could leave. So now whenever someone leaves, I make sure Rocky is in the house. He must have been dropped off at some point is all I can think. He was also terrified to get in the van at first but now he wants to go everywhere with us. He jumps right in and sits on the seat, on Tru’s lap or lays on the floor. I’m glad he’s happy with the car now because we like taking him places with us. River loved going places too but hardly ever could because he had extreme car sickness, even on short rides. 

Rocky is so not a fan of puppy chow. He much prefers adult food. I figure it’s better if he’s eating, so I’m just feeding him a high quality meat based adult food. He’s finally gaining weight! Despite the fact that the shelter had given him worm medicine, he was infested with tape worms. Once we got rid of those, he started gaining weight well. He looks so much better! 

It’s hard to see how skinny he was here, but the pictures below are now that he’s started gaining weight.

Wow! This ended up being longer than I meant! I’m just really glad things are better now and I hope we don’t see any regression. Hopefully things just keep getting better! 

The boys were playing on their tablets. Rocky just sat with them with his favorite bone. πŸ™‚

Movie time buddy.

Zane is asleep in his swing and Tru and Levi are taking a quiet time so even though I really need to catch up on cleaning, thought I’d try to write a post real quick. πŸ™‚

Last week (13 weeks) Zane had a cold. It had started the week before and I’d wrote about it in his 12 week update. It ended up getting really bad with the congestion and cough. We had one really rough night where I tried holding him upright in the recliner so he could get some sleep. He was struggling to breathe so much and it was really scary to me to see how distressed he was about it. Of course I suctioned his nose but it didn’t help much. The cough was wet and rattly and he would vomit mucus from time to time from all the drainage. I really didn’t want to take him to the dr because A) They can’t do much for colds anyway and B) GERMS! I figured if he was struggling this much with a cold, we don’t even want to think about the flu! Plus he didn’t ever get a fever, thank God. It took about 9 days to clear up, which I guess is normal, and I am happy to say that he is back to feeling more himself. I caught the cold but it was just a sore throat and a little drainage for me. Everyone else stayed well and hopefully will continue to be well. This flu season has had me on edge for months!

This week has been great because Zane is no longer fussy from being sick and is really alert and happy. He did go 8 days without pooping (he got quite clogged up!!!) and that wasn’t the best for his tummy, but thankfully the poop is flowing freely again and it seems he feels a lot better. πŸ™‚ My milk supply took a bit of a hit due to him not being able to nurse as effectively with a stuffy nose. It still isn’t back to where it was but I am nursing him much more frequently and taking my Mother’s Milk pills. πŸ™‚

I can’t get over how grown up Zane is acting. He is developing such a personality! He is already so vocal about wanting his big brothers to play with him. He watches them all the time and fusses if they don’t come talk to him. He likes to lay on his play mat with them and when they walk away, he fusses and when they come back he is all smiles and coos again. It’s so funny! Zane is super *talkative* and absolutely loves to have little conversations. In fact, we all talk to him all day and he answers back with lots of smiles, laughs and coos. He is very expressive with his eyebrows and it is positively hilarious to watch his face while he tries to figure stuff out.

The older Zane gets the more he looks like Truett. Seriously, sometimes I feel like I have Tru as a baby all over again. It’s crazy! They have the same eyes and mouth although Zane’s hair is a bit darker I think and his nose is more like Levi’s. But his personality is all his own! It’s amazing how different each person is, even as an infant.

We finally made it all the way through the night again sleeping last night. Zane had been waking up at least once or twice at night to eat while he was sick. I think it mostly was to wash all the mucous out of his throat so he could breathe better. I can’t complain about getting up once or twice but I am thrilled that he is happy to sleep through again. (Especially since Levi is waking up all night and coming into our bed multiple times. He says he’s scared. 😦 Poor thing.) Naps are still usually frequent and relatively short with maybe one longer nap a day. He just started taking more of his naps in his swing or laying down now. I think he has a hard time sleeping on my chest as much since I don’t sit still enough or be quiet enough. It’s a good thing/bad thing. I love holding him while he sleeps all the time but also I have more time to get things done and it’s time for him to start learning to take naps on his own soon anyway. 

And, I guess there isn’t much more to say at the moment. As for myself, I have used my elliptical 5 days in a row. I am really hoping I don’t lose my momentum because exercise is making me feel great! I usually do a 37 minute program and then jump in the shower. It is about exactly as much time as the kids will behave for before they start destroying the house. πŸ˜‰ I try to cram it all in during one of Zane’s naps, although he usually wakes up halfway through and just watches me with a very confused look on his face. Haha! I’ve been feeling a bit of the postpartum anxiety I remember so well from after I had Tru and I know that exercise is extremely important for my health, mental and physical. I am truly looking forward to consistent warm weather and the end of this nightmare flu season so we can get out of the house and do things again! I haven’t taken the kids in any stores in probably 3 weeks now. We have only gone to relatives houses and church. It’s getting lonely being so secluded. Oh well. It’s only a season. Literally.

Dear God, thank You for a much better week with Zane feeling better again. Thank You for helping him get well from his cold. Please help us and everyone to stay well throughout the rest of flu season. Thank You for the warmer days this week and for all the fun we have had spending time together. In Jesus’ name, amen.

 

In a little “steam tent” to help unclog his nose.

A much happier baby after I cut a nasal strip in half and used on his nose. They help so much guys!!

Fell asleep holding my hand. So precious!

Enjoying his bumbo while I clean

He’s actually holding toys now!

Tru spends so much time entertaining Zane and playing with him. They love holding each other’s hands.

Brother bonding time.

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