Saturday, December 19, 2015

Mason 16 months

 Mason Alan you are 16 months old!

What have you been up to these past couple of months? 
At your 15 month well child check:
Weight: 25 pounds (80th percentile)
Height: 31.25 inches ( 51st percentile)
Head circumference: 19.5 inches ( 98th percentile)

 You are a big boy. You aren't a very chunky, rolly polly boy, just solid as can be! You wear 18-24 month clothes. You wear size 4 diapers.

You absolutely love your crib and love sleeping! You sleep from about 7pm-7am and you take about a 3 hour nap each afternoon. You sleep with your old and your new stuffed giraffe, your paci, a blanket and your sound machine on.

One night when going to bed, Daddy and I were sitting on the couch. We told you that it was time to go to bed. You started walking towards the stairs. At the bottom of the stairs, you turned around and said "Nigh, nigh", waved and started crawling up the stairs. It was so sweet.

At 15 months you can walk across a room. You still crawl about 50% of the time. 
Finally, at 15 1/2 months you started officially walking everywhere. You seem so proud, and will just walk around and around our house. 

You can go up and down the stairs. You like to try and be a big boy and walk down the stairs, which you can't do safely, so you need need lots of reminders to go down backwards.

You love to play with your shoes but don't like to put them on.

You love food. You honestly will eat just about anything we put in front of you. We call you the garbage disposal because you will eat all of Matthew and Mollie's leftover food. You LOVE apples, eggs, Veggie Straws, string cheese and milk.

You have had a rough time teething. You are fussy and extra tired.
Your vocabulary is growing every day! You say a lot of words, but usually only say the first sound of the word.
You nod and say "yes" or "no" to questions appropriately.

You LOVE bath time and splashing with your brother and sister.

You absolutely love brushing your teeth.
You love when Daddy lays on the ground and you crawl all over him, and "wrestle"
You love keys. When Gabby is over, you immediately want her purse, so you can dig in it and find her keys.

If you are outside, you love being in the dirt, making a mess and working with Daddy.
Mason Alan, you seem soo big after having a tiny little baby brother! You absolutely love Miles. You call him "Muh". You love to kiss Miles and give him hugs with your enormous head. We do have to put Miles and his bouncy seat up on the table because you also love to crawl on top of him and bounce his seat way too hard! Oh the joys of 2 babies 14.5 months apart. Seriously though, you have adjusted wonderfully to having a new baby brother. You are so interested in him and have assumed the role of big brother perfectly! I couldn't be happier about this. You two are going to be best of buds in no time!
Mason Alan, you are just in the sweetest stage. Don't ever change buddy! We love you so much!

Miles 1 month

How in the world are you one month old already? Although you are still tiny, you seem like you are growing everyday! I think because you are our last baby, I am trying to savor and remember each moment with you.  The teeny tiny newborn stage is absolutely precious and one of my favorites. You are just the sweetest thing ever and we are so in love with you!!
What have you been up to during your first month of life?
Well, you sleep, sleep, sleep, sleep and sleep even more, we wake you up to feed, you pee, you poop every few days, and you go back to sleep. You are a pretty easy little guy! Thank goodness!
You have breastmilk jaundice, so we had to do home phototherapy. Your bili levels have been very slow to come down, so you spent your first week of life on a bilibed at home. I'm so thankful you were able to stay at home, but it was really hard having you just sleeping on the bilibed and not cuddled in our arms! We had to wake you every 2 hours to feed. This was challenging because you were so sleepy! We also had to syringe feed you after each feeding because you were so hard to keep awake while you nursed! It was a long and exhausting week, but we are so thankful that you are healthy! You are still jaundiced but it will take awhile for it to go away completely.
You sleep about 20-22 hours a day. You have very small periods of awake times, most of those being while you are nursing. We don't get to see those sweet, dark brown eyes very often! You have been sleeping great at night. I nurse you about 10pm, 2am and 6am when we get up for the day. After nursing at night, you go right back to sleep. You nurse every 3 hours during the day. Most of your daytime feedings I have to wake you for. Since you were almost 4 weeks early, we expected you to be a sleepy little guy!
Our one and only, you still have a full head of dark hair. Everyone loves to rub and touch your sweet head, so your hair tends to get oily quickly. I love after you have just had a bath and your hair is so clean, soft and sticks straight up! Bath time tends to be very quick because you don't particularly enjoy it.
You love your paci. It is very soothing for you. Lots of times you take your paci with such vigor and just chomp away on it.
You wear newborn diapers and newborn sized clothes. You have such skinny little arms and legs.
You sleep swaddled at night. You like to be swaddled but you don't need it all the time when you sleep during the day.
You love to snuggle on a warm chest, but you also really like to sit in your bouncy seat or on your boppy.
The Ergo puts you to sleep immediately. This makes trips to Costco with four kids and one Momma much easier!
After about 3 weeks, I got the hang of how to best nurse you and you finally figured nursing out. You were SO sleepy for the first couple weeks, but nursing is much improved and you now nurse for about 10 minutes on each side.
You absolutely have to be burped after you nurse. I've never had a baby who has spit up much at all, but you have started to spit up quite a bit after each feeding. Both you and I go through multiple outfit changes, bibs and burp cloths throughout the day!
Thankfully, you rarely ever cry. If you are hungry, tired or cold you will fuss and as soon as we take care of the problem or pick you up, you will calm down immediately. You are such a content little guy!
We love you Miles, and are so thankful for your sweet, easy, laid back personality. Thank goodness because I don't know how we'd survive a fussy, needy fourth baby. God always know what He's doing and what our family needed when He gave us you!