Thursday, September 23, 2010

Dear McCoy: (of 3 months)

You exhaust your mother. We're just putting that on the table right off the bat. I'm not complaining, just stating a fact. On with the news:
About a week and a half ago, you rolled over. And you did it a lot! Both at home and daycare. Mommy was so excited when it happenned that Prudence was worried and started barking. Of course, now you stopped showing off this new skill and Daddy hasn't gotten to see it. BUT.....
Last night Daddy made you laugh! And it was only for Daddy. You thought he was absolutely hilarious. He was just talking to you after changing your diaper and you cracked up. Best sound ever.
Both Mommy and Daddy like reading bedtime stories to you. One of our favorite books right now are these nursery rhyme board books that Frauntie Lisa bought you. They have pretty colors, lots of stories and are nice and sturdy for babies. Mommy usually sings the ones she knows the tunes to and reads the rest. But Daddy, well, he interprets them for you. Example: Ring Around the Rosie=Bubonic Plague. Both you and I listened that night. We learn a lot from Daddy. But a note of warning: sometimes Daddy makes up stuff. Like medical words. He adds "itis" to anything and tries to convince you that it's a real illness. He's smart, but not that smart. Just kidding!
You are supposed to be getting about 18 hours of sleep according to the baby books. I don't know what type of schedule you are on, because one day (while you were home with Mommy) you only took a few half hour naps during the day and then slept your normal 6 + 3 hours at night. But then the next day at daycare, you take about three 1 1/2-2 hour naps and sleep the same at night. And you aren't crabby. Man, when I don't get enough sleep.....I turn into a monster!
You still eat about every 2-2 1/2 hours. Word has it that pretty soon you start stretching those outs, but eat more at a time. We'll see.
You love to watch TV. Specifically football with Daddy. Or maybe you just like hanging out with Daddy?
Your neck is still really strong, but you don't quite lift your chest all the way up. Your next milestone should be trying to sit up, but you really don't have an interest in that.
Last night, you played in your activity center for I swear like 45 minutes. Daddy just sat by you and worked on the computer while I tried to get some house stuff done and you just kept talking, and playing. You bat at all the toys and were grabbing the puppy one. I thought at one point you were going to grab Prudy's tail, but luckily she moved. It will be interesting when that happens for the first time.
Speaking of Prudy.......she's needs to go out....more later.....

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Dear McCoy: (Of 11.5 weeks)

Dear McCoy: (Of about 11.5 weeks)

Well, I am officially obsessed with all things McCoy. Maybe I have been all along, and now I've just realized it, but it's happened. I think you are the most perfect baby boy out there and have converted the top of my office piano at work into a shrine of you. Anyway, here is what you have been up to:

You still sleep in the bassinet, but you are in your own room now. I thought it would be a tough transition, but it really wasn't too bad. Grandpa Ben is fixing your crib, and he said it's ready, so we just have to get it and then we'll move you into that.

You love daycare. I think you love watching all the other kids play so much that you exhaust yourself. After a full day there, you will come home and take two huge naps before bedtime. You are very lucky to have such a nice place to be. Even though I hate being away from you, I know you are in good hands.

You outgrew your swaddlers and you weren't happy about giving them up. We tried a blanket sleeper, fleece sleepers and heating pads. Finally we discovered you were happy with any type of sleeper as long as you had socks on underneath and you needed to be swaddled with a receiving blanket. Right now you have your last meal at 9:30pm and sleep from 10pm-3am. Then you wake up for good about 6am. I've tried to let you "cry it out" if you wake up at any other time, but I give in after about 10 minutes. I just can't do it. Call me a bad mommy, but it hurts to hear you cry at night. I'd rather just nurse you quick so we can both go back to sleep. Maybe I'll regret it later, but you're still little.

You've completed another 5k. This one was in LeCenter. Daddy ran it, (and got second by like 30 seconds), Grandma Helland ran/walked it and you and I walked it. Before we started, I wasn't sure if we were going to make it because you had a rough previous day/night sleeping, but we made it!

You've been to two of cousin Morgan's volleyball games. You actually do pretty well. The noise doesn't seem to bother you at all. We just had to leave early both times because Daddy needed to get to bed since he gets up so early.

It's been a rough patch with Daddy's rotation. He doesn't get many days off, and gets home pretty late even if it's not a late call day. Luckily there's only a few more weeks left and the rest should be a bit more reasonable. You're going to love this spring when Daddy has off before residency. You will be at a very active age and you two will just play and play and play all day long!

I love having conversations with you. You usually like to talk after getting your diaper changed. No giggles yet, but I swear we're close.

I think you are going to be tall. Your clothes don't get too tight around your waist, just too short.

You got baptized on August 22nd. You did really well during the service. I don;t know why, but I was nervous about it, which is silly because what would it really have mattered if you cried!

The day before your baptism, you got to meet some more of Mommy and Daddy's friends. Tom, Lisa, Paul and Al all got to hold you. You were pretty good for them too. Except for when you had a ginormous spit up on the Karlen's deck. Gross! You also met their puppy Peppy. What a sweetie!

Mommy starts school again this week. She's not ready to be away from you so much, but at least she's home with you Tuesdays, Thursdays and Friday mornings.

Speaking of school, Mommy better make sure she is ready!