Oliver – 7 Months

Weight:  15 lbs 6 oz as of 6/6 (6th percentile)

Height:  No update.  25.5″ at last appt.

Medical Issues:  None at this time.

Sleep:  Daytime – average 3 naps.  1-1.5 hours in the morning, 2-3 hours early afternoon and 30 minutes early evening.

Nighttime – bedtime is 7:30pm.  Will wake once or twice overnight to eat.  Up around 6-6:30am.

Clothing Size:  6 months.

Diaper Size:  Size 2

Diet:  Formula (Similac Total Comfort). He has leveled out around 4 ounce bottles 6-7 times a day.  Once in a while he will take 5-6oz but it’s rare.  I’m going to try to switch to the regular similac advance soon and if he does ok with that, move to a store brand.

I try to make sure we offer solids in the evenings and once in a while he eats them in the mornings too.

Baby Gear Love:  Carseat/Stroller (it puts him to sleep), bouncer, infantino carrier, mirror, foam puzzle mat for the floor, and small toys that he can grab, jumper.

Milestones/Firsts: He’s on hands and knees rocking!  Crawling will be soon to follow!

Likes:  Baths, activity gym, mirrors, sitting upright on our laps, mommy, daddy and sister, and lastly rolling around on the floor!

Dislikes:  Waiting more than a min or 2 for a bottle.  

Things I Don’t Want to Forget:  I swear I have the happiest baby on the planet!  He’s such a joy to have and we are so lucky!  

What’s Next? Crawling and sitting unassisted!


Random Thoughts & Questions

Started Thursday 5/11:

  • Anyone else hate the sound of your dog or cat cleaning themself?  
  • Why are my kids constantly sick with some sort of cold or virus?  I’m tired of all these germs!
  • I’ve enjoyed a couple days at home this week by myself way too much.  I love being with my husband and kids, but I sure did miss quiet time.
  • The weather is perfect today.  Why can’t every day be like this.  70 for a high and sunny.
  • I’m paranoid to spend too much time in my back yard right now.  The snakes are out.  I’m terrified of the damn things!
  • Will my daughter ever decide she wants to start potty training?  She refuses to sit on the potty.
  • Why does my daughter hate bath time now?  
  • My son is growing up too fast.  I miss newborn snuggles already.
  • How do people leave their young kids overnight?  I’d love to go on a mini trip with my husband but leaving the kids with family or friends really isn’t an option for me.
  • Do people really like radishes?  My dad and I were just discussing this.  I think they’re gross.
  • Why can’t I have more days off like today?  I’m currently sitting in the sun reading a book and it’s glorious.
  • I’m really, really out of shape and today’s workout proved that.  No more excuses.  I need to do this.
  • I’ve told myself I cannot buy any more lularoe this month.  
  • People on buy/sell/trade pages drive me nuts.  You want it, pay my price and meet on my terms.  
  • Why is my 4 days off already coming to an end? I feel like it just started.
  • I’m really looking forward to steak on the grill for dinner tonight!

Continued Tuesday 5/16:

  • Do I really have to go to SD this weekend? I’m so tired of traveling with the kids.  It’s exhausting.  Plus they sleep like crap anywhere that’s not home.  I like my sleep.
  • The embryo storage bill came the other day.  What do I do?  Pay it or discard our embryos.  Argh!  
  • It was 90 degrees here yesterday.  I hate the heat.  Bring back my 70’s.

    Yeah…forgot about this post until today.  Guess I’ll publish it anyways lol.

    Oliver – 6 Months

    Weight:  14 lbs 6 oz (4th percentile)

    Height:  25.5″

    Medical Issues:  None at this time.

    Sleep:  Daytime – naps anywhere from 30 mins to 3 hours now.  

    Nighttime – bedtime is 7-7:30pm.  He usually wakes 30-60 minutes in to finish a bottle or take a couple ounces extra.  Most nights he’s up between 12-2 for a bottle then up around 5-6 to eat again.

    Clothing Size:  6 months.

    Diaper Size:  Size 2

    Diet:  Formula (Similac Total Comfort). Another month of not really having any eating patterns.  He eats anywhere from 2-4 oz at a time (sometimes an occasional 5 or 6 oz bottle) and totals about 21-24 ounces an day.  Formula is still fortified to 24 calories an ounce.

    We have introduced solids and he likes most.  The only one he’s really refused so far is peaches.

    Baby Gear Love:  Carseat/Stroller (it puts him to sleep), bouncer, infantino carrier, mirror, foam puzzle mat for the floor, and small toys that he can grab.

    Milestones/Firsts: He’s been using the jumparoo and bouncer for the last week or so and enjoys them.  He’s just starting to try to hold bottles occasionally.

    Likes:  Baths, activity gym, mirrors, sitting upright on our laps, mommy, daddy and sister.

    Dislikes:  Waiting more than a min or 2 for a bottle.  

    Things I Don’t Want to Forget:  He’s such a happy baby still and my heart melts when he smiles and laughs at my husband, daughter or myself.  Every once in a while he just snuggles into my chest and I love it!  He was baptised this month.  He also experienced his first tulip fest!

    What’s Next? One more trip and then we are done with any overnight trips for a while.  Hopefully sitting up unassisted will be happening soon!

    Oliver – 5 Months

    Weight:  13 lbs 6 oz (4th percentile)

    Height:  23.75″ at 4 months, will be measured again at 6 months.

    Medical Issues:  None at this time.

    Sleep:  Daytime – naps anywhere from 30 mins to 3 hours now.  

    Nighttime – bedtime is 7-7:30pm.  He is usually up for one bottle somewhere been 3-4 am then up again around 6-7am.

    For the first 3 weeks of this month he started waking up 2-3 times a night and boy, was that rough!  He still has days he gets up as early as 1am.

    Clothing Size:  3 Months to start, 6 months to end.

    Diaper Size:  Size 2

    Diet:  Formula (Similac Total Comfort). Another month of not really having any eating patterns.  He eats anywhere from 2-4 oz at a time (sometimes an occasional 5 or 6 oz bottle) and totals about 21-24 ounces an day.  Formula is still fortified to 24 calories an ounce.

    Baby Gear Love:  Carseat/Stroller (it puts him to sleep), bouncer, infantino carrier, mirror, pack and play for activity mat.

    Milestones/Firsts: Rolling both directions.  Sleeping on his tummy.  Grabbing toys and sisters hair lol.

    Likes:  Baths, activity gym, mirrors, sitting upright on our laps, mommy, daddy and sister.o

    Dislikes:  Getting dressed after bath time.  Waiting more than a min or 2 for a bottle.  

    Things I Don’t Want to Forget:  He’s such a happy baby at this age. Such a joy to be around right now.

    What’s Next? Baptism.  Two trips.  First Easter.

    4 Months – Oliver

    Weight:  12 lbs 9 oz (3rd percentile)

    Height:  23.75″ (4th percentile)

    Medical Issues:  None at this time.

    Sleep:  Daytime – naps anywhere from 30 mins to 2 hours now.  

    Nighttime – bedtime is 7-7:30pm.  He is usually up for one bottle somewhere been 3-4 am then up again around 6-7am.

    Clothing Size:  3 Months

    Diaper Size:  Size 1

    Diet:  Formula (Similac Total Comfort). Another month of not really having any eating patterns.  For a few weeks it was 6 bottles a day between 3-4 oz then a few days before he turned 4 months he started eating a little more.  This ties into his 5 month update so I’ll go into more detail when I post that one.

    Baby Gear Love:  Carseat/Stroller (it puts him to sleep), bouncer, infantino carrier, mirror, pack and play for activity mat.

    Milestones/Firsts:  So close on rolling over and laughing but as of 4 months hasn’t officially done either.  Oh, he’s holding onto toys now!

    Likes:  Baths, activity gym, mirrors, sitting upright on our laps, mommy, daddy and sister.

    Dislikes:  Getting dressed after bath time.  Waiting more than a min or 2 for a bottle.  

    Things I Don’t Want to Forget:  I went back to work one day before he turned 4 months old.  He started daycare the day before that.  I hate it.  I hate that I only see a couple hours a day that he’s not sleeping.  I want all the weekend cuddles now.

    What’s Next? Lots of changes for the next 2 updates including mommy’s very emotional first week back at work!  Baptism on 4/15 out in South Dakota.  Two weeks after that we will be heading to IL for my dad’s 60th birthday.  

    Oliver – 16 Weeks

    Feeding:  Similac Total Comfort (fortified to 24 calories/ounce)
    3.0 -5.0 oz between 6 bottles/day.

    Daily total is about 19-24 ounces which equals 22.8-28.8 oz.  He’s consistently taking 3 or 4 oz now.  Once in a blue moon he takes closer to 5.  Yesterday the pediatrician said that’s where he needs to be to gain weight and he is gaining.

    Weight:  12 lbs 3 oz (up 6 oz from last week.

    Sleep:  Daytime naps are still crap and this worries me about him starting daycare soon.

    His longest naps are on me by far.  Just not a feasible situation for daycare.  Naps in the bouncer, swing or rock and play are 30-60 mins.

    Night is still pretty consistent.  Generally takes his last bottle between 7-7:30 and is asleep by 8pm.  He wakes up between 5-6am most mornings.  

    We started transitioning out of the swaddle this past weekend.  He’s done 3 nights with 1 arm out and only woke up at 2am on one of those nights.  Monday night we started with one arm out and he wouldn’t go to sleep so I bit the bullet and put both arms out.  Success!  He slept his typical 10 hours.  I think this will be easier than I originally anticipated!

    Weeks left of maternity leave:  1.  Last week.  I want to cry.  

    Mommy Update: I hate that this is my last week of leave.

    Looking forward to:  giggles and rolling over!  He’s so close going from back to belly!

    Mackenzie GI Specialist Appt

    After 2 months of waiting, Mackenzie had her GI specialist appointment yesterday.  

    They put her on the scale and she weighed in at 20 pounds 3 ounces.  That’s a 4 ounce gain since 12/20, ouch.  She’s now 31.5 inches tall.  

    The doctor was great.  Good with Mackenzie and very thorough even with my barrage of questions.  He asked us quite a few questions about her diet and poop.  

    He took a look at Oliver’s growth chart too when I expressed concern about weight gain and said depending on what he finds with Mackenzie if he needs to he will address it with Oliver too.

    He then did an exam on Mackenzie which she tolerated very well. 

    He decided some more lab work is needed.   Even though our pediatrician tested for celiac disease the GI doc said that what he tested isn’t necessarily conclusive in kids 2 and under and there are more sensitive blood tests to check for other markers. Because her stools are mostly loose and stinky he’s also doing a stool test in fat absorption since she’s not gaining what she should be. He will also be checking the function of her pancreas.  Now we are just waiting for her to poop so I can get that to the lab for testing.

    She was a trooper for the blood draw!  She wanted to sit in the chair all by herself.  One nurse held the arm that the other nurse was drawing blood from and I held the other.  She watched the needle the entire time but sat still.  She did cry and afterwards said many times “arm hurt” but I was so proud of her!

    Here’s the exact tests he’s doing:

    1. Blood:  Endomysial antibody, IgA titer.
    2. Blood:  Gliadin antibody, IgA
    3. Blood:  Sedimentation rate 
    4. Stool:  Fecal Fat, Qualitative
    5. Stool:  Occult Blood
    6. Stool:  Pancreative Elastase 1 (PE1)

    If the lab work comes back normal then he’s going to put her on cyproheptadine to stimulate her appetite.  It’s an allergies medication but he said it’s also used on kids with a lower dosage as an appetite stimulant.  At that point he will also schedule her for an upper GI endoscopy and take biopsies to rule out any GI causes for her poor weight gain and loose stools.

    After all of that if he is unable to find anything he will be referring us to an endocrinologist for a workup.

    We should have the results of all the lab work in the next week and go from there.