Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Miles 6 months

 Miles Patrick you are 6 months old!

What have you been up to these past couple of months??

As of 5 months old....

You are wearing 3 month clothes, and a couple 6 month sleepers.

You still wear size 1 diapers.

You still love to eat food and enjoy trying new flavors and foods. You eat vigorously and want your food as fast as possible! I make all of your baby food homemade.

You are losing your hair. Every day it seems to be getting thinner and thinner. I'm so sad!!

You found your feet. You love to lay on the ground and play with your toes.

Tummy time seems to be improving and you are tolerating it more and more.

You aren't rolling over yet.

You are so alert. You have big, brown eyes. You love to look all around.

You played in the exersaucer for the first time. You spent about 10 minutes in it, before you couldn't hold your head up any longer.

You still love your paci. You pull it out a lot and can't put it back in by yourself. 

You love to be held. 

You still sleep swaddled, in our room, through the night! Why change a good thing right now?!?

Your Sissy is absolutely smitten with you. Her obsession with you grows each day. You are like her little baby doll. I think she sometimes she forgets that I am actually your Mommy and not her. Mollie loves to change your diapers, even poopy ones! She dresses you, gets you in and out of your car seat, gives you your paci. Sometimes it's a little too much, but what a blessing you have in your Sissy!

You love to take baths and showers.

You are starting to find your voice and beginning to make lots of little, sweet noises!

As of 6 months old....

Weight: 13 pounds 5 ounces (less than 1st percentile)
Height: 24 inches (less then 1st percentile)
Head circumference: 17.3 inches (68th percentile)

Clearly introducing solid foods and increased dosing of your anti-relux medication hasn't helped you pack on the pounds. Your doctor wants to try taking you off of Zantac and see how your body responds. We are also going to increase the amount of food and fat we give you. We will go back for a weight check in 6 weeks to see if we can fatten you up!

At the end of 6 months, your reflux all of a sudden seemed to improve. You spit up SO much less! Nothing really changed. You had been off your reflux meds for almost a month already, but its like your body just kicked in and started digesting your milk much better. You still spit up a little here and there, but much improved. Hopefully the scale will start reflecting this!

You are wearing mostly 6 month clothes, even moving into some 9 month sleepers.

You wear size 2 diapers.

You hair is very thin all over. It seems like its now starting to grow back in. It is much darker then your brothers and sister!

You are rolling over from your tummy to your back! You do this almost immediately every time we put you on your tummy.

You love to sit in the exersaucer and the bumbo. 

You still sleep in our room. You sleep from 7:30pm-6:00am. I have noticed that lately I've been having to get up a couple of times per night to put the binkie back in for you. Let's not start a pattern, shall we?? Your naps are infrequent during the day. 

You spent every Monday and Wednesday morning with Banna while we take Matthew to preschool. What a special time you get with her!

You like to suck on your toes. 

You are a smiley and giggly little boy! You light up for all your siblings. 

Miles Patrick, you are the perfect cap for our family. We love you so much little man!

Miles 4 months

Miles Patrick you are 4 months old!

What have you been up to these past couple of months?

Weight: 11 pounds 4 ounces (0.3 percentile)
Height: 23.5 inches (2nd percentile)
Head circumference: 16.5 inches (64th percentile)

You are a tiny little peanut! Even with your reflux medications, you still spit up ALL.THE.TIME. It's no wonder you aren't gaining weight like you should be. At your doctors appointment, we decided to try increasing your anti-reflux medication. We are also going to be starting solids! You seem so tiny and young to be starting solids, but I'm hopeful that it might help with the spitting up and most importantly the weight gain. 

Your first food was avocado. We've tried it multiple times since, and you still really dislike it. You LOVE bananas, and will take the avocado mixed with a little banana. You have also had peas, sweet potato and applesauce. You love to eat solids. We almost have to bundle you while you eat because your hands just go right up to your face, get in the way and make a huge mess!

You are still sleeping in the bassinet in our room. You sleep swaddled with your paci. I'm much more relaxed on your schedule, so some nights I put you to sleep in your bassinet about 8:30, other times I let you fall asleep downstairs and just carry you up when we go to bed. At 3 months, you were waking up once per night to briefly nurse and then go back to sleep. By 4 months you are officially sleeping through the night!! You take good naps throughout the day, but not really on a set schedule. 

You love your paci. If you are fussy, it calms you down immediately, except if you are hungry!

You are continuing to nurse well. I feed you about every 3 hours during the day. Some nights you take 2 ounces of formula before bed. 

You are such a happy, easy, content baby. I'm so thankful! You are one smiley little guy! This month you started cooing. I love seeing you start to interact with us.

You sat in your bumbo seat for the first time. You lasted just a couple of minutes and looked like a little bobble head the entire time.

You love lights and TV. I try not to let you watch it, but its amazing how you will turn your head to try to get a glimpse!

You celebrated your first Halloween. Mason was sick, so both you and Mason got to stay home and enjoy a quiet night with your Gabby! You also celebrated your first Thanksgiving. We spent the day over at Gabby and Grandpa's house. You slept through dinner like a good little baby!

You have 3 older siblings who love and adore you. You actually put up with so much from them. Mollie loves to change your diapers and pick your boogies. I think she likes to pretend you are her little baby doll! Both Matthew and Mollie love to hold you up on their shoulder and carry you around. Mason loves to lay his big head down on you and give you loves. I pray daily for the bond between you siblings to grow and strengthen daily!

Miles Patrick, you are so loved, little guy!

Mason 18 months

Mason Alan 18 months

Mason Alan, you are 18 months old! What have you been up to these past couple of months?

Weight: 26 pounds (72nd percentile)
Height: 31.75 inches (21st percentile)
Head circumference: 19.7 inches (97th percentile)

Size 18-24 months or 2 T clothes. You are a solid dude!

You take after Daddy and have a big head.

Your sleep habits haven't changed. Thank goodness you are a good sleeper. Never change that, okay?

It seems like overnight you have turned the corner into a full blown toddler! You are exploring everything. All of a sudden, you want to be doing anything and everything Matthew and Mollie are doing. You try to keep up with the big kids!

Mason, for 18 months, you were my absolute easy going, do whatever, content kid. Now don't get me wrong, you still are pretty easy going, but lately you have shown us a little temper when you get mad. I'm not used to you being naughty or disobeying that it's almost cute when you choose to hit or throw something. You are learning how to sit in time out. It's secretly absolutely adorable to watch you sit on the stairs in time out.

You absolutely love your cousin Caleb. He is so attentive and sweet to you, and your feelings towards him are mutual. You talk about him during the week and are absolutely giddy when you get to see him. Family is such a gift!

Goodness you are the love bug of our family right now. You LOVE to snuggle and give hugs.

Your vocabulary is exploding! Every day you are learning new words. You are putting together 2 word phrases.

You try to run, but you just aren't there yet. I think because you started walking pretty late that it will just take some more time. You try so hard to keep up with your big brother and sister though!

You are a great eater, obviously. You LOVE eggs, yogurt, oatmeal, cheese, any kind of berries, frozen blueberries and toast. 

You love to color and play playdoh.

You were sick with a cold and a fever on Halloween. You dressed up as a puppy dog, but cried through the pictures. You stayed home and a had a quiet night with Gabby.

You love your little brother. What an amazing transition you have made into the role of big brother. We are so proud of you!

Mason Alan, we love you to the moon and back!