Tuesday, January 24, 2012

8 months

My sweet, sweet baby is 8 months old today! He's super busy now and crawls around on our bedroom floor (and leaves trails of spit up) seeing what he can get into. He's learned how to open drawers, so I have to make sure he doesn't pull the furniture on top of himself. He still doesn't like to sit up, but he can do it. When we try and make him sit up, he just wants to stand. He can brace himself and stand for a long time, and thankfully he doesn't cry when he falls even though I still jump every time. We've started to actively make him sleep through the night because he started waking up way too many times at night. NonSuperwoman suggested that we have some sort of white noise machine in his room while he sleeps. I've been playing music on his ipod ever since she suggested that and his sleep improved so much! Some nights I play classical music, some nights nature sounds, and tonight it'll be his Native American Flute Lullabies.  Last night, I was telling one of my friends at church that we were finally going to make him sleep through the night and she told me I HAD to do it cold turkey. I don't HAVE to do a dang thing. I told her that for the first week MrC would be going in to put him back to sleep when he wakes up instead of me going in to nurse. It's only been 2 nights and last night he didn't wake up at all. I don't think it's fair for me to go from nursing him or bringing him to our bed whenever he wakes up to all of a sudden he has to stay in his crib and cry when he doesn't even know why. That's just me, raise your kids how you see fit. Once he has a few days of realizing there will be no more midnight snacks, if he continues to wake, I'll consider letting him cry. 

I finally packed up every single 0-3 month size clothing because they no longer fit at all. He's been doing so great with eating. In the morning he has 2 ounces of fruit mixed with 2 tablespoons of yogurt, and 1 tablespoon of oatmeal. In the evening he gets 3 ounces of veggies (when I pureed his veggies I added in some butter) mixed with rice cereal and olive oil so that he doesn't get to taste the butter. He still won't eat avocado's and I won't be wasting anymore money on trying to make him like them. I'm starting on finger foods. I was trying to give him bread, but he kept gagging himself, so I think I might try cheerios instead. He still has no teeth, but I'm not complaining because it's much easier to nurse a toothless baby. He loves looking out of the window especially when the trash truck comes. When it snowed and he looked out and saw all the white, he looked up at me like "ma? do you see this?" He got super hype and almost jumped out of my arms. 

His favorite toys are his lion chair (he's trying to rip the lion bald), my water bottle, and his monkey with a chime inside of it. We keep that one in his crib, so in the morning instead of waking up to cries, I wake up to him shaking the monkey and playing. When he's ready to get out he crawls to the end of the crib closest to the door and gets loud. If we don't come, then he cries. This kid is awesome :)

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Teething? Greedy? Insomniac?

If you don't want to share it, don't eat it around Judah. This week he has jacked me for an apple and a peach. He seemed to enjoy gnawing the peach, so I made him some peaches/yogurt/oatmeal for this mornings breakfast. He also loves licking his reflection. There's a little mirror on that toy so Judah used that time for a little make out session. I'd much rather it be there than my bathroom mirror, because he has made that a dirty mess.

We've had some rough nights lately. Some nights this boy just refused to sleep, so I've been quite tired. Last night he did a great job though! He only woke up once to eat and MrC was the shuttle service, so I didn't even have to get out of bed . I feel brand new :)

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

My brave baby

Judah's upper GI study went well yesterday, thanks for the prayers! we had to hold his arms and feed him a bottle of some white stuff while he was under the xray. He did so well! The staff was playing and laughing with him so he never got scared. He didn't cry until I took the bottle away. The tech ran over with sugar water for me to dip his pacifier in while we finished watching the monitor. the doctor said there isn't anything wrong internally. We have an appointment with his pediatrician today to go over everything and hopefully the office has a nutritionist I can talk to. I'm excited to see what his weight will be, hopefully it's going up a little faster than it has been.

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Let's reach some goals!

I actually made some resolutions this year. I started working on them in December when I decided that I needed to make some changes, so I've been at it for 2 weeks now, and I notice such a difference. 

My first resolution is: just do something. Do a little something productive each day to keep the house clean and my life in order. It took me a few days to get myself into a rhythm of what this exactly means for me. I typically get very overwhelmed when I have a lot to do and I end up doing nothing and then our house ends up looking a mess. When I sit around in clutter, I get sad. I had an awful cycle going. Lately, I've started just looking at and handling little chunks. When I go down to refill my water bottle before bed, I'll give myself 10 minutes to straighten up down there. If I can't finish it in 10 minutes, it's ok, I can do some more the next day, but at least something was done. If I finish before my 10 minutes is up, I go straighten up the living room. Since I've been staying on top of all the housework in my 10 minute window I can normally put away any clean dishes, wash whatever is in the sink, wipe down, the counter, sweep the floor, and put away anything we've left out in the living room. Yesterday I wanted to take down the Christmas decorations. I started during Judah's nap. When he woke up I fed/played with him and didn't do anything else until I put him down for bed. Once he was sleeping I told myself I'd work for an our and then be done. I finished putting up my decorations in 30 minutes and used the rest of my time to sweep, dust, and clean the kitchen. I've always known I work better with time limits, so I'm going to get back to that this year. Another thing I started doing (I think I read it in Good Housekeeping Magazine) is immediately handling anything that will take me less than 30 seconds to do. The author of the article said she tackles anything that takes less than a minute, my lazy brain will talk me out of 60 seconds of work, but who can deny a 30 second task? Instead of throwing my coat or purse down on the couch, I take the extra 5 steps to hang it up. Instead of throwing my clothes on a chair and letting it pile up for 2 weeks (seriously, I've been doing that for the past 3 years, I've had enough) I put them where they need to go. It's something so simple, but it's really helped me not have any clutter hanging around. 

My second major resolution was to get our finances in order. We're going to do the 21 day financial fast again starting on Sunday, and use that as our starting point to getting our financial house in tip top shape. One of the goals I want to accomplish is going on vacation at the end of the year. In order to reach that goal, I need to be more diligent with our money. 

My blogging time for tonight is up, but I'll probably keep blogging about the finance aspect. I'm going to talk to my money savvy twitter pal Singlema tomorrow about some stuff.

Also, pray for Judah today y'all. We're going to get a gastrointestinal test done today at 1:30 at Children's Hospital. I pray they find absolutely nothing wrong with my sweet baby. Go on ahead and touch your computer screen and agree with me :)

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