Sunday, April 23, 2017


Poly woke me up at 5:30 in the morning.  She was on me and then I tried to turn to get her off and she decided to jump off the opposite way and scratched my chest and neck all up. I tried to fall back to sleep until 6:30 and failed so then I got out of bed.   Everyone else slept until 8 am.

We stayed in our PJs all day. Ella and I made pancakes for breakfast.

Ella picked what she was having for lunch so she had mac n cheese.  I made broccoli quesadilla and Dave had leftover Greek food.  Ella was eating so well until Dave got out the ice cream he was eating for dessert and then she had to have some.

Ella did not nap. It was pretty awful. We tried for so long. She was in her room for a long time. I tried to go in and rock her and lie with her too. At one point she was yelling at her door and Dave just kept saying to go to sleep. Well I went in and she had peed. Then Dave said that Ella was yelling about peeing at one point and he ignored her. :(

We started cooking dinner around 5:30 and were done near 7. Then we tried to do bedtime right away with Ella. She was not having it.

Finally she seemed to settle down around 8 PM. I lounged in bed on my computer after that. I was so so tired but once she was in her room, I started to get a second wind.

Dave doing his back exercises. Ella not helping.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Grand Canyon (4.19.17)

I have not been posting. I hate that I haven't been! I've been a bit busy. In addition to normal road trip busyness, half the hotels haven't had working wireless so then I don't blog.  Here are a few teaser pics from our trip to the Grand Canyon on Wednesday. 

This might have been my least favorite stop so far on the road trip!

Friday, April 21, 2017

Miles 7 Month Update

I was so busy that Miles had his photos taken in a onesie that wasn't white. Then I forgot to take his stats.  Then I had to hurry to make collages before shutting down my computer so I just randomly picked a few photos to make a collage with. Not even sure they are the best.  Then it took me 10 days just to start writing this so it's short. I kept forgetting if things he did started before or after April 10. There aren't many pictures in his normal chair because I was so quick creating the collages. I didn't photo edit at all or even crop. The outside pictures were taken at Angie's. She took some and I took some.

  • Weight: 20 lb 2 oz - 81th percentile 
  • Height: 29.5" - 99.6th percentile
  • Head Circumference: 45.6 cm - 91th percentile
  • Weight/Length Percentile: 32%
  • Diapers: Size 3
  • Clothing: Mostly 9 month clothing. He also wears 12 month onesies sometimes. Most of his pants are too short but I still have him in them even the 12 month pants.
  • Shoe Size: N/A
  • Teeth: 2  (I feel like his top teeth are super close to coming in.)
(stats using WHO)
I didn't take his stats on his birthday. I forgot.
Sleeping has been a little bit better but now he has Benadryl a lot during the day and once in the middle of the night.

He takes 2-3 naps a day most days.

He wakes up  in the morning and then is awake 2-4 hours then he naps then is awake 3-4 more hours before a nap. He might have a third nap if his 2 naps were short. Sometimes his naps are 10 minutes long and it still counts as his nap.  I'd say most days of the month he has at least 1 nap that is about an hour long.

He nurses so much less now that he's up to eating 3 meals a day.
I was going to list what actual foods he's eaten but he's had so many things now I can't keep track. I'm most shocked with how much hoagie he can eat.  Throughout the day he goes hours without nursing. He will even wake up from a nap and not nurse for 1-2 hours. It's kind of great.

He still gets extremely distracted while nursing.

Sample Schedule:
Around 7:30 PM,  he likes to start nursing to go to sleep. Lately he wakes up at least 1 time in the middle of the night. I give Benadryl when he wakes up. Throughout the day he's awake 3-4 hours between naps except the very first one of the day it's usually 2 hours. Also if he has a late nap he still wants to go to bed near 7:30. Days he has 2 naps he wants to go to sleep for the day near 6 but I have to hold him off a bit because I can't pick Ella up or handle dinner and get him down right then. There were plenty of naps this month while Ella was at preschool that he napped on me so that he'd nap a little longer.  Most of the rest of the day he wouldn't even let me put him down.   He eats actual food near breakfast time, near lunch or around 3 pm, and then at dinner with us. I tend to start his dinner earlier if I can so I can feed him before I'm eating.

Special Moments:
On March 11, I gave Miles a cup with a straw and he just drank out of it right away.
On March 17, he threw up in the morning after nursing a lot.
On March 18, Miles rode on my shoulders for the first time.
On March 22, he fell off the bed.
On March 25, he started shimmying in the crib.
On March 31, we flew to Pittsburgh and flew back home on April 4.
On April 3, I actually saw him roll back to front. (He did it so rarely but usually I never saw it.)
On April 7, I put him in his crib after nursing. There was lots of coughing. I went back in even though I wanted him to just go back to sleep. Moments after having him vertical he threw up everywhere.

He sits pretty well. He calls "mama" a lot when he wants me. Most of the time lifts up his hand for high 5 when you ask for one. His fine motor skills of picking things up to eat has improved a lot this month. He stopped choking on so much food that he wanted to eat. He drank out of a straw cup right away. And has had water from a straw cup on numerous occasions. He started shimmying on his back to move a few feet from where he started. 

Words Miles consistently says with meaning are Mama, Ella, and hi. 

Other Tidbits:
He likes to be the weights in bench pressing and overhead extensions (while lying down).
He likes me around. He doesn't like Dave to hold him while I leave the room for any reason.
He likes to be kissed.
He likes to eat!
He likes to talk or coo all the time.
He likes to go for runs in the stroller.
He likes to watch TV.
He likes when Dave gets home from work in the evening.
He likes Ella!
He likes to get swaddled. He gets so excited because he knows he gets to eat next. And at night he knows he gets Benadryl.
He likes to help give himself Benadryl and even suck the medicine out of the dropper.
He likes to be swaddled while sleeping.
He likes to just look at himself in the mirror on his play mat for awhile.

He doesn't like being itchy!
He doesn't like when we put the scratching sleeves on him.
He doesn't like nursing around other people.
He doesn't like to nurse anywhere besides his room!
He especially doesn't like to nurse if I'm talking.
He doesn't like to be forward facing in strollers yet. He likes to be able to see me.

Fun Facts
Longest time sleeping: 10 hours 18 minutes  (618 minutes)
Days with a sleep greater than 5 hours: 26
Days with a sleep greater than 6 hours: 23
(According to the internet sleeping through the night is considered sleeping 5-6 straight hours.)
Days with sleep greater than 8 hours: 9 (better than the previous 2 months)
Diapers used (from April 1-19*): 6.3 per day 
Time spent nursing (from April 1-19*): 152 minutes (1:32) per day  
Time spent sleeping (from April 1-19*): 13.5 hours per day
Doctor Visits: 2 (dermatologist + 2nd flu shot nurse visit)
Illnesses: 3 (I thought this was 0 then read my notes I have and he threw up twice (once in March and once in April) and had a few days of a lot of coughing) 
*The range goes past the 10th because I forgot to look at my data. 

Favorite Toys
Piano Play Mat
Giraffe teether
Key Teether
banana teether
Teethers in general

Favorite Songs
ABCs -- This song is his favorite by far!
Whatever Ella sings to him

Favorite Books
none yet (He's liked books but doesn't seem to have a favorite)

Other Tidbits
His eczema is mostly cleared up but then he has times where he gets some patches again. He scratches way less now that we are giving him the proper Benadryl dosage. We were a bit low until his 6 month visit. 
My Recovery
I probably have 28 lbs to lose but haven't weighed myself in awhile. My knee is still stiff a lot and not getting a lot better. It's not awful but it's at the same level it's been at for awhile. I haven't been running. My groin has been hurting a lot. My belly seems bigger than it was a couple months ago.  I've had numerous nose bleeds since being pregnant but I never did before.  I have to pee all the time and I used to be way better at that.  I notice so many changes in my body compared to before I was pregnant. It is just so weird.

As always I feel like I forgot to include so much. I feel like this month was even worse than normal. If I talked to you in the past month about something I didn't include, let me know so I can add it.

Monday, April 10, 2017


Sleep is a joke anymore.  I was up until after midnight because I needed to do some things after all the kids were in bed.  Miles slept until almost 3:30 which was good. But as soon as I get him to sleep, Ella is out of her room saying Miles woke her up. I tried to lie with her to get her to fall asleep. That failed. I'd fall asleep and she wouldn't. One time I got woken up to her 2 toys clanging my lip and I got a fat lip. It was quite painful.  This was near 5:20.

I left and told her to just play or whatever. I needed to sleep.  Well I couldn't sleep because my lip hurt so bad. At 5:50 Miles woke up anyway. So then Ella was out of her room and we were all hanging out.  I got miles to sleep after 8 then was able to fall asleep myself. I kept getting woken up but slept almost an hour. I had to wake up to get ready to go then had to wake Miles up.

7:13 AM
I don't know how Ella just stayed in the kitchen the entire time I napped. She wanted milk at one point and Dave told her I was asleep and she just stayed in there while he chilled in bed reading on his phone. She's never that easy for me!
We had to wake up to get to school for a 10 AM parent teach conference.

That was over near 11 and I headed home.  They are working on things with Ella the same as we are at home. I mentioned how she's awful at sleeping.  We asked if she actually plays with other kids since we don't often see it in the quick drop off or pick-ups.  We hear she does. She has a better time playing with kids outside. Inside she gets more possessive and has more trouble sharing or taking turns.
I fed Miles when we got home but he wasn't ready to for sleep. We "watched" TV while I ate lunch. He played a bit on the floor. Then I nursed him and he went to sleep.

I was going to either sleep or clean while he slept but then I spent a lot of time digging through emails to find some data I was interested in.

He woke up and was fussy.

I put him on the bed really quickly and then noticed blood on the sheet. I inspected him to see that he scratched his leg so bad it bled.

 He did not want to nurse. I decided to warm a bottle. He was so happy and drank the small bottle. (He drank all but about a half oz.) i watched Criminal Minds while giving him the bottle.

He seemed like he wanted to nurse but then he didn't. He was jerking toward the crib. I asked if he wanted to go in. he continued to jerk toward the crib so I put him in and he seemed happy. He was quiet with maybe 5 seconds of crying.  I went to use my computer and ended up falling asleep. About an hour later I jolted awake remembering I had to get Ella. I still had plenty of time but it was enough to jolt me awake.

When I got to school, she said she didn't want me and Miles there. I asked what she wanted instead. She wanted to go to her friends house. HAHAHA.

Leaving school took awhile. Her friend left at the same time so then there were delayed. Aurelia had to go to the bathroom so then so did Ella.  Then leaving it was slow. Also Ella wanted treasures and wanted to give Aurelia one, too.  It took us about a half hour to get out of school.
We got home and did a few things and I put a frozen pizza in the oven. Dave ordered pizza while I put it in but I missed his messages. I told him I was putting one in then put my phone down. So then he brought home pizza too!    I fed Miles baby food carrots while Ella was snacking and while the pizza was in the oven. He loved it. He'd lean forward for the bites. He stole the spoon once. He took off his bib when we were done!

Miles had a few bottles all day. He's teething and is not a fan of nursing at the moment.

Miles would not let me put him down. I ate while holding him. I wanted more food but took that as a stopping point. I gave him a small bottle while I was eating so that he wouldn't have to nurse as long.  He nursed a bit and fell asleep. He woke up going to his crib. I put him down and left. He didn't cry at all and fell asleep. It took him about 20 min to fall asleep but he didn't cry.

Then I played with the race track with Ella until we started her bedtime routine at 9 PM.  Dave put her lamp in the closet because she was always turning it on and he wants her to sleep in the dark.  She told him that wasn't fair. I found that a bit funny.

I was so tired yet tried to do a few things on my computer. I edited 2 pics for a friend to take the wrinkles out of the backdrop. I wasted time on facebook because I was actually too tired to do anything else.

I was lying in bed and swear I was hearing a baby cry. It wasn't Miles! I tried to ask Dave but he didn't answer. I think it must have been on his game. I hope so or I'm really losing it.