Saturday, January 14, 2017

11.2.16

I barely slept and it was my own fault*. I was so tired.   Dave knocked over the gate when leaving so that woke Ella up. She was lying in bed with me. I offered her my ipad. I kept falling asleep and she'd tell me to wake up. At least I had until 8:40 when Miles woke up before I had to handle 2 kids when tired. I was trying to get Ella dressed before he woke but that failed.    Ella wanted breakfast.

Dave said he was done with PT so he said he could come back and get her. He asked if I could have her ready. Yea right. If I could have her ready, we would have been ready.  She really wanted to eat and not get ready.   Dave came in and ate a bowl of cereal and then they left.
It took awhile to get Miles to fall asleep even though he was tired once they left.  He slept from 10-10:50  then from 11:20-12:20.  I don't remember what I did but I know he was on me for a little bit at the beginning of each nap so I didn't really have all that time. I worked on renting the MVCC and also eating and planning.

Then at 1:45 when he slept, I fell asleep in the chair. I slept a full 1.5 hours before waking up to realize how stiff I was. If I had planned to sleep I would have reclined. Well after that long sleeping I figured he'd just wake up if I moved him so I went back to sleep too.   I slept another hour. Then he slept another half hour. He did sort of wake up in the middle and nurse a little half asleep for a few minutes and then go right back to sleep.

Then we had to get Ella. I got to school and she was so happy. She didn't notice me. She was running. I heard her say she was running as fast as she could. She didn't know I was there even after I called for her and waved.  But after they were done racing she noticed when we said hi to her.
Miles cried the entire way in the car.   As soon as we got home, Ella was starving. Miles was starving. Ella wanted cereal. I gave her a bowl and went to nurse. Miles was almost asleep when she came running in saying she needed cereal. Sadly I never got him back to sleep. I thought she probably was telling me she needed more cereal but still had half a bowl like normal. I went out to give her more and she 100% finished it. She even drank all the milk. She had another bowl and did the same thing. She almost finished her 3rd bowl but the mac n cheese was done by that point so she started eating that.  Miles was not so much a happy camper during this time but I needed to get her to have food.




 As soon as Dave got home near 7:30, he swaddled Miles and I did my night time nursing. Well he would fall asleep then wake up and repeat. So it was a long time to get him to sleep for good.  It was 9 PM before I was actually out of there.
Then I hung out with Ella a bit.  I was doing my knee exercises and she was joining in but then she kept trying to leap and flip over me. That wasn't so good.
Then it was bed time for her starting at 9:30. She was talking about her baby doll and all this stuff. Her baby had to go poop in the potty then she had to dump it out in the toilet. I let her but then she even flushed. Sigh.   After awhile I told her I was leaving because I had to finish eating dinner. She insisted she was hungry. I tried to give her some goldfish to just eat in bed. She did not like that idea. She insisted she needed "real food" and "dinner." Then she found an apple sauce pouch and ate it all. She wanted another and ate all that.  It was 10:30 by this point. I guess she was hungry.  But then it was a rather late night.




I snacked. I submitted paperwork for renting the MVCC. I did a few other planning things on the computer.  I was doing this while snacking.  Then I went into bed and snacked more on jelly beans and used my computer a little.  I wrote a blog post about 1 kid vs 2 kids and it was after midnight by this point. I actually got tired so I hurried up and closed my laptop to go to sleep before a 2nd wind came.


*I was up until 4 AM. I was so wide awake.  I watched Netflix and I didn't fall asleep like I usually do. I finished the series though.

Friday, January 13, 2017

Miles Stats

 (I had to take a screen shot from my phone)
His weight is not increasing at the same rate it used to.
 The 2nd and third measurements were at the doctors. The first measurement was at the hospital.


Thursday, January 12, 2017

Comparison: Ella and Miles (4 Months)

I made these on my phone saving photos from google photos.  Ella is on the left in the all and Miles on the right.
Here it looks like Ella's legs are longer than Miles's. From memory I'd think they were too.
Miles is 3 lbs more than Ella was. He's almost an inch taller too.
Neither kid wanted to look at the camera when sitting on my lap!
Do they look alike?

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Miles 4 Month Update

Photos in short sleeves were taken on January 10 (his 4 month birthday) but near the end they didn't go well so then I took more pictures on the 11th and those are the ones of him in long sleeves.
 
Stats:
  • Weight: 16 lb 13.5 oz - 78th percentile 
  • Height: 27.25" - 98.6th percentile
  • Head Circumference: 43.5 cm - 94th percentile
  • Weight/Length Percentile: 16%
  • Diapers: Size 3
  • Clothing: Mostly 9 month clothing. Some 6 month ones fit. He also wears 12 month onesies sometimes. 
  • Shoe Size: N/A
  • Teeth: 2
(stats using WHO, CDC has weight higher and other 2 lower. I never remember which ones I use each month.)
Sleep
Most of this month his sleep has been awful.  His naps are almost always just a half hour! But every other day or so he has a longer nap.

Often he's awake for a 1.5 hour stretch in the middle of the night. For the past week or so he's been waking up numerous times after he's asleep before I even go to sleep. But then he'll immediately fall back to sleep once I start nursing.  This is all even with him taking Benadryl.
Eating
He eats for between 2 and 4 hours a day but most closer to 3.

Sometimes he nurses often if he had a short nap. Oftentimes he will wake up and not need to eat right away and that's so nice.  It's nice when he's out that he doesn't freak out to nurse often.

Miles has issues nursing in public. He gets too distracted.  There are plenty of times at home he will refuse to nurse until I relocate to his room.  He doesn't even like to nurse in the living room. It's difficult with Ella. I can't believe how tricky he is like that. Also sometimes he won't even nurse if he's not swaddled.

Sample Schedule:
Around 7:30, he likes to start nursing to go to sleep. Lately he wakes up at least 2 times in the middle of the night and 0-3 times before I even go to sleep. I'm sick of this sleep! When he wakes up around 5, he tends to stay up 1.5-2 hours. Throughout the day he's awake 2-3 hours between naps except the very first one of the day it's usually 1.5 hours.

Lately he has had 3 naps a day. A few different days they were all 30-35 minutes long. Sometimes 1 is longer. I hope for a longer nap.  Depending what else is going on, he might sleep more or less. When he had a doctor appointment he was awake for awhile so then he napped 2 full hours after we got home.
Special Moments:
On December 10, Miles shot pee when I opened his diaper to change the poop!
On December 11, I nursed him while he was in the Ergo.
On December 12, I turned around to Ella putting makeup on Miles.
On December 17, he was slightly propped up and then rolled over back to front. This is the first time he even close to did this.
On December 18, I read Miles a book. He liked it. I think it was the first time I read him a book.
On December 25, he started in size 3 diapers.
On December 30, Miles used his standing toy for the first time and loved it.
On January 1, it was his worst night ever for going to sleep. We started near 7 and near 11 he was finally asleep for good.
On January 10, I think he laughed (first time)

Development:
Miles has started liking to stand with support a lot. He likes to look around or dance and just be in the standing position. In the last week, he started to be a lot better in the car and maybe only cried the entire car ride 25% of the time.  He stays seated against the couch for awhile now. He sat once for a few seconds unassisted. He wiggles out of his swing and bouncer if he's not buckled in. He talks a lot.  If he starts talking a lot and won't shut up you know he's tired. If he's talking and excited about it then he's very happy.  He smiles a lot. He grabs toys hanging from his play mats. He will hold a toy you give him and sometimes keep holding it while you move him around.

Other Tidbits:
Likes
He likes to go for runs in the stroller.
He likes to watch TV.
He likes Ella!
He likes to get swaddled.
He likes to be swaddled while sleeping.
He likes Dave to give him his nighttime swaddle and if he's not home then he's miserable until this takes place. But then he cries while Dave is swaddling him.
He likes to just look at himself in the mirror on his play mat for awhile.

Dislikes
He hates to nurse when not swaddled.
He doesn't like nursing around other people.

Fun Facts
Longest time sleeping: 10 hours 22 minutes  (622 minutes)
Days with a sleep greater than 5 hours: 26
Days with a sleep greater than 6 hours: 20
(According to the internet sleeping through the night is considered sleeping 5-6 straight hours.)
Days with sleep greater than 8 hours: 11 (14 last month)
Diapers used (from January 1-10): 9.6 per day 
Time spent nursing (from January 1-10): 181 minutes (3:01) per day  
Time spent sleeping (from January 1-10): 14.3 hours per day
Doctor Visits: 1 (eczema his 4 mo dr visit was a day after he turned 4 months)
Illnesses: 1 (eczema  if you can call it an illness)    
Favorite Toys
Piano Play Mat
Standing Table (plays music)

Favorite Songs
none yet

Favorite Books
none yet

Other Tidbits
I should probably make an entire post about his poor eczema. That's what the dry skin was I mentioned in his 3 month post. It got worse and worse and then I contacted the doctor. She sent us to a specialist but since it was over Christmas, we had to wait a week for an appointment.  He rubbed himself raw in the car and his arms were oozing.  It was gross.  
A few times or maybe even more than a few times in the night he will wake up and cry a little but go back to sleep himself! 
I have put him in the bumbo a few times while using the computer. He likes to be upright. 

My recovery
I gained 4 lbs this month.  (That's the wrong direction!) I'm allowed to run but my knee is still giving me trouble and some days it's even worse than it was before. I'm up to running 1 mile now and it's tough. I'm so exhausted it's so hard to function. But then at night once Ella is finally asleep, I can't fall asleep right away. I need a little alone time.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Miles 3 Month Update

(This never posted. It gave me errors and I forgot) 
 
Stats:
  • Weight: 15 lb 14.5 oz - 93rd percentile 
  • Height: 26.75" - 99.5th percentile
  • Head Circumference: 42.4 cm - 80th percentile
  • Weight/Length Percentile: 10%
  • Diapers: Size 2
  • Clothing: 6 month clothing (Gerber white onesie in photos is 9 month)
  • Shoe Size: N/A
  • Teeth: 0 (maybe. I swear he has 2 teeth coming in)
Sleep
He has some good days/nights and some bad days/nights.  I've noticed that when he naps like crap, his sleep at night is usually better than average. Except he had 3 bad days in a row of both and I pretty much couldn't function.

He has a long chunk of sleep following by 1-2 chunks of sleep unless he slept 10 hours. If he is up at 5:30 he goes back to sleep but if he's up at 6 he stays up. That's annoying. When he's awake in the morning it's for about 2 hours.  Then the napping ranges from a 20 min nap to a 2 hour nap. He will often be awake for a few hours between sleeps. Rarely does he sleep, wake up, eat, sleep again. Usually there's an awake time in there.

In the evening he was liking to start eating at 7:30 and go to sleep but the last bit of the month, that was not the case. For quite a few days he'd go to sleep near 8 but then was awake maybe 3 times before midnight. It was NOT fun.

He has quite a few days where he's in a phase where he'll only nap while nursing so it's no fun for me.

He has started to stay awake for 1-2 hours when he's awake in the middle of the night.

Eating
He eats for between 2 and 4 hours a day but most closer to 3.

Sometimes he nurses often if he had a short nap. Oftentimes he will wake up and not need to eat right away and that's so nice.  There have been a few times he has nursed and not fallen asleep for a bit too. It's nice to not have to get him to sleep via nursing. It's nice when he's out that he doesn't freak out to nurse often.

Miles has issues nursing in public. He gets too distracted.  There are plenty of times at home he will refuse to nurse until I relocate to his room. It's difficult with Ella. I can't believe how tricky he is like that. Also sometimes he won't even nurse if he's not swaddled.
Sample Schedule:
I feel like it changed about 4 times throughout the month.   There were quite a few nights that when he went to sleep for the night the first time he woke back up again later.

Around 7:30, he likes to start nursing to go to sleep. He will wake up in the night once or so and then go back to sleep. Most of the time he's awake for 1-2 hours.  If he's awake at 6:30, we go out into the living room to play on his play mat instead of staying in his room to try to get him to sleep.  He will just get down to go to sleep often times when Ella wakes up.    Throughout the day it's so scattered based on how long naps are and if we have to leave the house.  I'm guessing he takes about 3 naps a day. I have data to look at but who has time for that!  I notice he naps better on days Dave is home.  He's better at bedtime if I can step away from Ella near 6:30 to nurse him. Then he will tolerate sitting through dinner while I get him to last until 7:30.


Special Moments:
On November 11, Miles rolled over for the first time.  He rolled over 3 times total!
On November 14, Ella scratched Miles at preschool and he bled!
On November 18, I held him up to sit at the piano to play.
On November 21, he slept all night. He slept 9 - 7 so I actually got some sleep.
On December 6, he rode forward facing in the double BOB for the first time.
On December 8, Ella hung on the stroller and flipped it and Miles flipped out. He was just sitting in there since we were packing up in the room before heading to the car.
On December 9, Miles went on his first walk in the single BOB (in the carrier).

Development:
He grabs his hands now. He will grand and hold onto his toys more when on the piano play mat. Miles smiles all the time until the camera comes out and then he's Mister Serious.  He smiles when people talk to him. So far he has let anyone hold him but sometimes he starts squirming if he can't see me at the same time.  I think his startle reflex is gone.
Other Tidbits:
Likes
He likes to get swaddled.
He likes to be swaddled while sleeping.
He likes Dave to give him his nighttime swaddle and if he's not home then he's miserable until this takes place.
He likes to watch TV.
He likes to just look at himself in the mirror on his play mat for awhile.

Dislikes
He doesn't like car rides. (He might be at half and half for disliking and tolerating car rides. )
He hates to nurse when not swaddled.
He doesn't like nursing around other people.
He hasn't really liked walks in the stroller.
Fun Facts
Longest time sleeping: 10 hours 28 minutes  (628 minutes)
Days with a sleep greater than 5 hours: 25
Days with a sleep greater than 6 hours: 19
(According to the internet sleeping through the night is considered sleeping 5-6 straight hours.)
Days with sleep greater than 8 hours: 14
Diapers used (from December 1-9): 9.8 per day 
Time spent nursing (from December 1-9): 209 minutes (3:29) per day  
Time spent sleeping (from December 1-9): 15.2 hours per day
Doctor Visits: 1 (2 month well check)
Illnesses: 2 (both colds)    
Favorite Toys
Piano Play Mat
Evelyn's rattle (that she left here)

Favorite Songs
none yet

Favorite Books
none yet

Other Tidbits
Miles still has cradle cap. His skin is also really dry. His forehead, arms, and legs. I put lotion on sometimes but probably not enough.   He's also wearing off his hair in the back just like Ella did. So much sleeping on his back and rubbing his head I guess. 
Ella directed me to hold Miles up for a photo
My recovery
I weighed myself this morning and I have 28.7 lb to lose!

My knee is a lot better but still not the best. I have been able to go for walks at least.

I get a couple good weeks and then a couple bad weeks where I get exhausted. I can't believe he's had almost half his days with sleep greater than 8 hours and I've never been so exhausted.

1.20.16

Sharing animal crackers.
Ella found a bottle and thinks she's a baby drinking from it. Even though she never used a bottle when she was a baby.
Ella had another day at preschool.




 The picture is blurry but Ella tried to give Poly a hug.
 Tacos for dinner.
I got too lightheaded and nauseated while eating dinner that I had to lie on the floor.


Bedtime
 Look at Ella in her Santa hat in bed.
Ella gave me stickers.