I guess the flash scared him...
Friday, December 19, 2008
Sunday, November 30, 2008
Friday, November 14, 2008
I ran out of the formula we were using and had to use a different formula. I thought this wasn’t going to be a problem and used it for about 2 days (until it ran out).
We started our new daycare teacher on Monday. It was a nightmare. Leaving Ethan on Monday was harder to do than the first day of daycare. When I dropped him off, everything I was worried about happened. First off, I told his teacher that he was only 4 ½ months old. The look on her face was frightening. I don’t think she realized how young he really was. Then I told her that I didn’t want him on the ground while the other babies were down there b/c I was afraid that they would try to pull themselves up using Ethan, swat at him, get in his face, etc. and Ethan had no way to defend himself. So, I put him in the “stand and go nowhere” thing…which is the only activity center in the room…and the first thing that happened was the 12 month old…yes, 1 year old in his class…crawled over to him…yea, that too…pulled herself up and swatted a sock in his face. After Ethan was quickly pulled away from the girl, it took everything I had not to cry in his room. I went straight to the director’s office and cried. I voiced my concerns and she basically told me the same thing that the other lady told me. Wasn’t comforting, wasn’t helpful, in fact, I began to look at other daycares. Then later that day I went back to go check on him and asked the teacher how his first feeding was and she said “he took the bottle well”. I was like good, now what about the cereal? Her response was “Oh, he gets cereal too?” It’s written down right behind her and I pointed that out. Mommy is not a happy camper. By the time I pick him up, he has developed a snotty nose, cough, sneezing and was breaking out on his face. OH NO, one of those other snotty nosed kids has given Ethan something. Ethan didn’t sleep through the night. All in all wasn’t a good day. By Wednesday I had calmed down a bit until I went to go check on him during the day and found him asleep in his teacher’s arms with a bottle stuck in his mouth. Ethan was definitely asleep too, it was obvious, he was snoring. That didn’t sit well with me. When I left, I stopped to talk to another mom whose child is in the same class and informed me of the flyers we had been getting at school. The first one was ANOTHER price increase of tuition and the other one was…drum roll please…the teacher was moving out of this classroom and another (whom we LOVE) is coming to take over. I cannot tell you how excited I was, and am, to hear that news. A prayer was answered, I felt so relieved. I could have hugged her when I found out. So, we are excited about next week when the new teacher starts. We look forward to it! :)
We switched back to his other formula. The snots are clearing up and so is his cough. Apparently he had an allergic reaction to the other formula. He still is congested a bit, but much better.
So, now we are glad it’s Friday and we can relax this weekend and watch some AU foosball. TGIF!!!!
Sunday, November 9, 2008
Saturday, November 8, 2008
Last week was slightly difficult. Ethan caught his first stomach bug. We thought at first it was the almost full jar of applesauce that he ate on Saturday, but the runny diapers lasted until about Wednesday. With that being said, he (and mom and dad) stayed home from Monday until Wednesday, the MD's office received phone call after phone call from yours truly. I was so afraid that he would get dehydrated and have to go into the hospital or something like that. I guess I was expecting the worse. Luckily, Thursday, back at day care, was back on schedule and much better, a more normal day. He ate his cereal, drank his bottles, pooped a more solid poop and kept on smiling. I was so happy on Thursday. Friday was a different question...
While we were at home on Tuesday, I received a call from the day care. The director told me that starting on Monday, Ethan will be moving up to the next classroom. At first I was okay with it, but then I started to think about it. The next classroom up had babies that were sitting up on their own, crawling, pulling up on things. I wasn't too happy about it come Thursday. So I called the director, left a message to call me and she never did. I dropped Ethan off on Friday and found out that the director is out until next Tuesday. So, I talked to his current teacher, Ms. Romona (whom we have grown to love and trust). She assured me that Ethan was ready to move to the next room, that he would be okay, and she would tell that teacher how his routine is. I also talked to the next in line since the director was out. She didn't do anything but make me mad. She shouldn't hold that position. She kept referring to me being a first time mom (first time or third time, a mom is going to worry about her 4 month old in the same room with 6+ mos who are pulling on him and tugging on him and making sure he still gets the attention he needs and doesn't sleep all day), other pregnant moms who need to get back to work (not my problem, there's something called a waiting list that I had to wait on and so should they. The day care shouldn't move babies into rooms they aren't ready for), then she kept telling me to pray about it over the weekend (my praying habits are none of her concerns nor does she need to push religion on a complete stranger...a huge pet-peeve of mine). I was visibly ill with her and had to get out of the conversation quick. Well, bottom line is that he is still moving and the class that he is moving to will have the same age babies as he by December. The older babies will be moving out too. We'll see how it goes and complain as needed. :)
Nick and I had a date night tonight. Grandaddy (Ronnie), Granny (Carlene), and Great-Grandmother (Nick's Grandmother) came up here to visit with Ethan while Nick and I went out. Big thanks to them. We had a great time! It was much needed.
In other news, Ethan is now reaching for things, grabbing things, rolling from front to back, trying to get the back to front, recognizes familiar faces and greets them with smiles, playing peek-a-boo, we are working on sitting up by ourself, and soon we will be starting on fruits and veggies. He is growing so fast. This is so much fun!!!!
Sunday, October 26, 2008
Tailgating....Mike, Debbie, Dad, Mom, Me, Anna Catherine feeding Ethan, and Megan
Anna Catherine, Katy, Lindsey, Me, Ethan, Meghan, and Katie
Saturday, October 18, 2008
First, Nick passed his agency interview. YAY!!!! Thanks for everyones thoughts and prayers. Nick worked very hard for that interview and it payed off! Our next step is to hurry up and wait. We are waiting for an agency opportunity in an area that Nick wants. Where you might ask. I don't know, where ever he wants to go. I'll keep you posted.
Second, we took a trip to AU to visit with Aunt Debbie and Uncle Mike who flew in to meet Ethan and to celebrate Aunt Debbie's b'day. It was a real good visit, just didn't last long. Ethan had his first tailgating experience and seemed to have fun. A bunch of my friends from high school were also in town and they came by to meet Ethan too. I wish that weekend would have lasted longer!
Third, Ethan has begun to roll over!!! He is going from tummy to back. Its so fun to watch him do this too. Its just like a roll and plop. He sucks his thumb during this entire time and it doesn't skip a beat. When he plops over he's like "whats up, yea I just rolled over, so" (in his best gangsta voice). He is giggling, slobbering, talking up a storm! He loves Nick too. All Nick has to do is look at him and he smiles and giggles. I discovered scratches on his fingers tonight and question whether he has a tooth coming in. I stuck my finger in his mouth and there is nothing cutting through, but there are definitely two teeth poking out, not his front teeth but the next ones, whatever they are called. I am afraid he is going to have teeth like his momma's...big. He is developing so much. He is not a big fan of laying on his back now. Since he as gained excellent control of his head and movements, he loves to sit up and look around. When we have him laying down, he'll try so hard to sit up. His little head raises and you hear him grunting to sit up.
Ethan turns four months on the 20th. Can you believe it? FOUR MONTHS! The time has just gone by so fast. I walk in the nursery at work and see all the newborns and just remember my chunky little thing when he was born. Those days were seem so long ago. We'll go back to the MD on the 28th for a check up. I'm anxious to get a wt and ht on him.
I'll keep you posted.
Sunday, October 5, 2008
On Friday, I was sent by work to a seminar in the ham about post-partum depression. It was a fabulous seminar that lasted just a few hours! In those few hours I learned so much that I wish I knew before I delivered. To all the moms to be, your OB's may have discussed this with you, but I know mine didn't and I wish she had. Just a few facts: *There are three different mental illnesses that can occur post delivery 1) Baby Blues 2) Post-Partum Depression and 3) Post-Partum Psychosis. Me myself suffered from the baby blues. Thanks to my family that is all it turned into. The baby blues occur most of the time in 70% of women. PP Depression happen in 15% of women. Any signs of PPD need to be addressed with your OB and/or a counselor so it doesn't turn into Psychosis. When I say psychosis, I mean it. You would hear voices, have hallucinations, be irrational at times. True psychosis. I want y'all to read this story. Its about a women, upper middle class, IN BIRMINGHAM, who suffered from PP Psychosis. This girls best friend's came to the seminar to speak about their organization. You may have heard about this back around Christmas of 2007. What this story doesn't tell is how well Jenny hid her feelings. One speaker said that she was there a few days before this happened and they were trying on baby clothes, laughing, having a good time. Even the day it happened, they said that that morning is when she went to the sporting good store and that evening she cooked dinner, set the table, packed their bags for an upcoming Christmas trip then went out back. Can you believe this happened in Birmingham?! It is crazy! They said she seeked help from her OB, but nothing was done b/c "she didn't fit the mold". It just goes to show this can happen to anyone! This story just breaks my heart. For all you soon-to-be moms, new moms, new grandmothers, please educate yourself and learn more about these mental illnesses. Lets do all we can to help new moms deal with their feelings/thoughts/emotions through those first few months into the first year to cope. There is also a link on their page for additional info on PPD.
On a lighter side, E-buddy had a good weekend. We have moved up to size 3 diapers and are about out of size 6 month old clothes. I have taken new pics but haven't uploaded them just yet. Ethan is cooing, laughing, played peek-a-boo a few times this weekend, and looking all around. Everyday he does something new to fill us with joy!
Please keep us in your prayers! Nick is working hard! We'll post updated info later!
Tuesday, September 30, 2008
Still introducing cereal to Big E...not a big fan
Monday, September 22, 2008
1. He loves to watch football. All the colorful little things running across the screen fascinates him. At one point he was super fussy so I turned him around to bounce him on my knees. He stared at the tv screen and was quiet from then on.
2. Stinky poots....E-buddy is a gassy baby! Just wait, yall will get a wiff of it soon!
Saturday, September 13, 2008
Thursday, September 11, 2008
- Recognize mommy and daddy's face and scent---Check
- Holds head steady---almost check, we are working on that. Still a bit wobbly
- Visually tracks moving objects---Check. He keeps his eyes on mommy and daddy when in his bouncy chair.
- Vocalizes: squeals, gurgles and coos---Check; and its great! He will just talk up a storm for about 15 seconds at a time. Its wonderful! He is even laughing a little. He has a deep chuckle. Kinda sounds like woody woodpecker for 2 seconds or so.
- Does mini push-ups---almost check, working on that too! He almost has it.
- Notices his hands---Check. He sucks on his right hand constantly. Some have told me he might be teething. I don't know though. No other signs of cutting teeth as of now. We'll keep an eye on it.
- Blows bubbles---Double Check! There is a constant flow of spit bubbles, doesn't stop!
- Bats at toys---Check. Uncle B and Aunt Coco gave him a wormy gym that we have been using. He swats at the toys all the time. If they were bugs they would totally be goners!
- Rolls from tummy to back---Not yet. Unless he has done it at school. We haven't seen it, but I think we are getting close. He has done it accidentally when he was smaller, but not recently. He is rolling though so I think it is coming.
All in all, we are right on track! This has been really fun! We are really enjoying watching him development. I love it!
Saturday, September 6, 2008
Well it has been two weeks since I have returned to work. A sense of normalcy is setting in. We have developed a schedule and its going pretty good! We got very lucky the week I went back to work! Ethan began sleeping through the night! I am going to knock on wood too, just in case! He'll grunt around during the night, but I will just sneak up there and restart his CD of ocean waves and he will go right back to sleep. A few mornings this week, I have had to go up there and wake him up to get him ready for school and for breakfast. He is just like Nick too, when he wakes up...super grumpy at first. After he eats, we get him ready and we head off to start the day!
He has a good teacher at school. I have heard nothing but good things from the other moms in the hospital who have had her. She pays close attention to all the babies in the room and works well with the moms, especially us first time moms! There are only 5 babies in Ethan's class. He gets tummy time, floor play, bouncy chair time and swing time. When he gets bigger and is able to sit up, he will get bumpo chair time, and bouncy walker thing time. There have been many times where I have walked into the room and they have had music playing too! All those things are good activities for Ethan's development.
The first week of work/school went better than I anticipated. I was so busy at work that I didn't even have time to dwell on the fact that I had to leave my baby at a day care. Wednesday, Thursday and Friday were the worst of last week and this week. I feel guilty b/c I feel like I am not spending enough time with Ethan. Tears did come to my eyes! But they quickly disappeared once I got to work and realized how much work I had to do that day.
I don't know about you, but I love to watch Ethan develop. Day by day and week by week, I notice some type of development. The most recent is hands opening and more control over legs and arms. He just swats at his toys in his wormie and kicks his legs. He is so cute! We play when we get home, but it doesn't feel like there is any time. I love the weekends even more now! Right now he is laying in his new exercise gym staring at a whale and his butterfly rattle looking thing. He is cooing up a storm and slobbers all the time. The funniest thing is when he is trying to whine...he'll start to smile and realize that he was whining so therefor have to stop smiling. We just laugh!
Nick and I are very blessed! He is such a good baby! He sleeps through the night, cries only when he needs something, very playful, smiles a ton, super cute and chunky (size 6 mo clothes!!!), and healthy! So Lucky!!!!
Just a side note, these developmental toys are super expensive. Have you ever realized that! I bought one of these new gym things and it so was not worth the money I paid for it. I thought it was going to be so stimulating, but not so much. We all need to be baby toy creators!
He was super tickled in this one...
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
Big Ron comes to visit
Three generations of Wade Boys
Sunday, August 24, 2008
Friday, August 22, 2008
- His wieght is in the 99% for his age (ya, don't say?!)
- His height is in the 98% for his age
- His cute round head is not as big as we thought! Its in the 89% for his age
He is right on track and perfect for his age! She even mentioned starting him on some juice and cereal. Normally the books suggest not to start until 6 months, she doesn't start talking about until 4 months but she said for his age, if he doesn't seem satisfied to try a bit of cereal. Juice is of course for the gas/constipation in him. But that is a whole nother story (yea, I said nother).
Anyway, all in all, a good visit to the doctor. We will go back at 4 months.
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
First, here are the cute pics I promised in a previous blog...
Well, not too much longer until I return to work. I am trying to get Ethan prepared. The formula is going well. I wish I was still nursing at times, but there are other times that I am thankful that we have made the switch. Now, other people get to help out with the feedings. Ronnie and my mom have been able to feed him and it was a big help! I think they enjoyed it too!
I start work on Monday. I told the girls I share an office with to go ahead and get the tissue ready. Dropping Ethan off at school is going to be super hard. We went by there on Tuesday to drop off his consents and information packet. Everyone there was really looking forward to Ethan starting. They showed me his room and crib and I was able to meet the director and some of the teachers. Ethan has a cute name card above his crib. One of the teachers walked out of the room and said "This must be Ethan (they were expecting him this week)...ooohhh he's a fat baby!" My baby isn't fat, he's just healthy. Theres nothing wrong with a chubby baby. Anyway, they answered all my questions and then I had to rush out of there. I was starting to cry. Its going to be hard on monday.
For those who don't know, Nick graduates from college on Saturday. We are so excited! He is excited. He keeps telling me we have to hang up his gown so it isn't wrinkled walking across the stage. Its hanging now. The fam is coming up and we are all going to celebrate his day. Its going to be a big day on Saturday!
Monday, August 11, 2008
SO, long story short, starting him on formula from the breast isn't going to be difficult for him. I'm the one that is going to have a problem.
OH, Nick took super cute pics yesterday. Once he loads them on the computer, I'll post them.
Thursday, August 7, 2008
OH, the book I was referring to in the previous blog is called 'The Happiest Baby on the Block". Very nice book. Very informative and gives tons of helpful hints!
Nick and I went to Books a Million yesterday. I wanted to buy some books to read to Ethan. I've discovered he likes that in the mornings! So, I go to the children's book aisle and pick up a couple of books. One is about Noah's Ark and the other one is about Joseph and his brothers. Lets just say the first thing I am going to do today is take them back! I have learned my lesson! I failed to read the books before I bought them thinking how can you mess up these stories. So, I get home, start to feed Ethan, and planned on reading the books to him then. Let me read to you the first paragraph from "Noah's Ark": 'A long long time ago God became very angry. He saw that people on Earth had become selfish and wicked. So, God decided on a terrible punishment. He would flood the whole world and drown everyone in it." Later on in the book it states 'Everyone that lived on the Earth was swept away and drowned' then on the last page it says 'Noah and his family and all the animals went back to their normal lives and had babies.' WHAT?!?! Are you serious? What kind of children's book is this. One that is going to be returned to the bookstore that is for sure! I even think Nick considered writing the publisher about it. What a terrible children's book!
Wednesday, August 6, 2008
Friday, July 25, 2008
Friday, July 11, 2008
Ethan had his 2 week check-up on Wednesday. Everything is looking good. I thought the MD was going to start his immunizations then, but they don't start until two months old. Holy cow, two months old...this kid is going to have outgrown his car seat by then. I say that b/c he is weighing in at 10lbs and 2oz!!! That means that he is back up to his birth weight, well passed it, a week early! Remember the doctor said that it could take 3 weeks or so for 10LBers to gain their weight back after birth. Clearly, Ethan showed her! Just think how big he is going to be by his next appt!!! Anyway, he is in good health! The jaundice has cleared up, he is eating and pooping very well, and often, and likes his tummy time. Oh, he has rolled over for the 2nd time on Wednesday! He rolls from tummy to back. I don't know if its on purpose or it just happens, but he did it! Big Man!!! As the MD said...He's showin off for us!!!
PS..If anyone knows how post more pics or links or things to this website, give me some tips. I can't figure some of this stuff out! Can I still blame it on the pregnancy?! I think I will!
Thursday, July 3, 2008
This thing called parenting isn't too easy...
We've had a lot of events take place during E-buddy's second week of life. His umbilical cord fell off last Saturday night. It about killed my mom b/c it was just lying on the floor and she almost stepped on it thinking it was a roach or something. Now Ethan has a big outie belly button. Its super cute!
MaLea came up on Monday and helped out a ton. A big thanks for all the things she did for us. Definatly nice having that extra help!
Nick went back to work this week too. That isn't fun for either of us. I am sitting here at home trying to keep Ethan happy and Nick has to go to work and misses out on some things. It is definatly a learning experience for both of us. I am trying to formulate some type of schedule for me and Ethan, but as all you mothers know, that is extremely difficult with newborns. Some days he will eat every two hours and others he waits four hours or so to eat. Some days he stays awake and looks around and others he is out like a light. I guess time will put us on a schedule that works.
Dad sent me an article from USA Today http://www.usatoday.com/news/health/2008-06-29-baby-workout_N.htm about making playtime 'tummy time' so E-buddy and I have begun to have tummy time at least once a day, sometime twice when Nick comes home. Ethan is doing really well for only being 2 weeks old. I only keep him down there for 10-15 seconds depending how fussy he gets, but he lifts his head and turns it from side to side. This is suppose to promote muscle building and control. I think E-buddy likes it. We are going to continue to do it as much as possible.
Friday, June 27, 2008
Nick is hanging in there too! We both are learning as we go (with the help of my mom and others who like to offer advice). Sleep is rare. I try to snag a nap every chance I can but I am not very successful. Nick is sleeping a little better than me, but he also gets up and helps in the middle of the night for feedings. My feet are still super swollen. My overdose on medications didn't help either. Thanks to Ronnie and Carlene to pointing that out to me. I was taking too much of my discharge meds and thankfully they noticed. The swollen-ness is starting to dwindle, slowly.
E-buddy is down for a few hours right now. We are actually getting into bed before 12 or 1. Hopefully we will be sleep some tonight.
Wednesday, June 25, 2008
Ethan had his first well-baby check up. Nick and I officially met our pediatrician and really like her. She came highly reccommended and now we see why. They checked his weight, bili level, circumcision and all that fun stuff. He had a good report! His bili level was a little high, but because he is only five days old, the MD said that it has no place to go but down. Apparently, the fifth day of life is when it peeks. So, we'll keep and eye on it.
Ethan is weighing in at a slim 9lbs. He should be back up to his birth weight at about 3 weeks old. Normally newborns take two weeks to get back up to birth weight, but with a 10lbr, they'll give him an extra week.
Many of yall knew that at discharge, Ethan had a slight infection on his pee pee from the circumcision. That has cleared up and he should have a good look'n pee pee when it heals. (those are the words of the Md). Thats good to know!
In other news, Nick and I are hanging in there. I have elephant kankles. The swelling hasn't gone down yet. And Nick is busy helping out with getting me up and moving around, waking up in the middle of the night to help me reposition and to get Ethan if he is crying, not to mention, dealing with the dogs and schoolwork as well. We have a follow up appointment with my MD tomorrow. I am anxiously awaiting my weight post baby. I feel as if I have dropped 40lbs instantly, but I know I haven't. My incision is healing without pain, but the back pain has got me. I'll keep you posted as to what the MD said...if anything.
My mom has been up here helping out. What a huge help she has been. Just getting the household chores done and cooking dinner and helping with nursing. She has been a huge help to Nick and myself. Its going to be hard when she leaves and Nick is back at work. We are trying to get a schedule down, but just when I think that we got something going, Ethan gets off his eating schedule. What can I expect with a newborn though!?
I am going to post a few pics if I can figure this thing out. Also, I'll try to keep all updated info on this blog, so check back frequently!