Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Shoutout to Grandma Bilodeau

Grandma Bilodeau crocheted this beautiful blanket for Anders when she came down to help when he was just a new little guy. It has become the perfect nap blanket for him and he loves it. The pictures below prove it. Thanks Grandma B! We love it!

The Phantom Websurfer

Love this!

So last night David was closing down the house before coming to the bedroom for bed. He goes out to turn off the living room lamp and grab my water bottle out of the fridge when out of the corner of his eye he sees that the computer screen is active. (This has been happening since we got the touchscreen HP about 5 months ago). David goes towards the computer and notices that someone's Facebook photo album has been selected on the screen and that a Facebook chat box has been opened. That is when he sees the Phantom websurfer...a little tiny fruit fly. hahahah. I guess the fly needs to stay socially connected in the wee hours of the night. So if you get any random things from me...most likely it is really the very social and computer savvy fruit fly.

Anders 4 Month Stats

Weight: 18.3 lbs (95th percentile)
Height: 26 inches (90th percentile)
Head: 45 cm (97th percentile)

This is oblivious little Anders at the doctor's. If only he knew what was coming...

I had to do a close up on this cute little boy.

We got some good play time before the doctor came in. He is just so cute, I can't even stand it!

Our little one after a couple of hours. Shots no good!

When we went in for his appointment, David and I had been estimating that Anders would be at least 16, maybe 17 pounds. We were unprepared to find out that our little chunk is over 18 pounds! No wonder my arms are so buff and I have a very sore back the end of each day. His head circumference also explains why he still struggles to tolerate "tummy time". His head is so big that it is extra hard for him to hold it up when he is on his stomach because the weight of it also pulls his legs up into the air.

The pediatrician was also surprised by how big he was, and this guy sees babies EVERYDAY!!! He was even more impressed when he found out that Anders is still only nursing. An 18 pound baby from nursing alone! This momma has some good milk! Our Doctor said that we are good to start supplementing his diet, but we don't have to. Pretty sure we are going to hold off until at least six months, because I don't want my six-month-old boy being like 25 pounds. Shoot, he might be that anyway, supplementing or not.

Our little guy LOVES bath time. Every night before bed he gets to play in the bath tub for thirty minutes or so, and once he hears the water he gets really quiet. Then when he is naked and is about to be put in on his back...a HUGE smile spreads across his face. That is before he even hits the water. He gets so excited instantly once in the water, splashing and kicking right away. It is my favorite to watch.

Being a mom is getting to be A LOT more fun too! Anders is finally responding and playing which helps the days pass much faster until Dad gets home to play with both of us. He is still a little cuddle-bug, always wanting to be close to momma. Luckily he is okay with Dad, but he definitely prefers momma.

He is sleeping through the night. This week we stopped letting him feed during his middle of the night changing and it did not even phase him. The first night it took him about 10 minutes to fall back asleep, but he did this without screaming or crying. Just the minimal grumbling. The second night he was back asleep in 5 minutes, and then last night he was back to sleep in less than 2. It has been wonderful. He sleeps 8 hours at least before eating now. Then he wakes up to eat and sleeps for another 2 to 4 hours. I am finally catching up on some much needed sleep.

We go on a lot of walks to give this guy some fresh air. That has been a great contributor to his sleeping through the night. He loves going on walks at night when he doesn't have to worry about the blaring sun. Our area does not have enough trees. Nope, not nearly enough. So at night he loves being able to look around at everything. The lights of the cars, and the buildings. So much for him to stare at.

So that is our little guy. His hobbies summed: Momma, Eating, Eating, Bathing, and Walks. And then some more eating and momma. It is so fun!

Friday, September 24, 2010

Poop Day...

Anders and I walked up to meet David today so we could walk home with him from school. The fresh air from long walks has done wonders with helping Anders sleep through the night. So I didn't want to take the diaper bag because the walk is just too exhausting and his stroller is too heavy to make it all the way to David without my lungs being on fire and sweat rolling down my neck. To be safe I put an extra diaper and outfit in my purse, along with the changing pad and wipes. We headed out and walked the 45 minute trek to where David was working on research. We arrived earlier than I anticipated, so David was not quite finished with his research for the day. I thought to myself, "No biggie, I brought an extra diaper". While sitting and waiting for David, Anders started to get a little fussy (usually indicating that his diaper is wet - the boy cannot stand a wet diaper)and so I checked his diaper. Lo and behold, our son was very wet. I made a make-shift change table out of his stroller (so proud of myself for that one) and proceeded to cheer our boy up by replacing his drenched diaper with a comfy, dry one. A few more minutes pass, and David runs into a few complications that delay him from wrapping up for the day. He offers for us to leave, but I think "what the heck, I am doing what I would be doing at home (watching Anders) and he is content with all these new things to look at." So I tell David that we are happy to wait while he finishes. I was barely done consenting to this plan, when Anders exploded out of his diaper - the newly changed diaper from a few minutes previously. Anders has turned into a once-a-day pooper, and so when it comes, IT COMES! We weren't sure what to do...there was poop oozing out the side of his diaper. All I knew, was that we had to come up with something fast, before he decided he had to be held. We wrapped up David's project and he returned equipment while I rushed to the BYU mini-convenient store, hoping that there are diapers. I went to where I thought there might be diapers and find that THEY HAVE THEM! They carry 2 sizes, the size above him and the size below him. We go for the bigger diapers. Get him changed and walk the long trek home. Weh! That was exhausting.

So remember how I said that he was a once a day pooper? Well, not today. This evening, I had Anders on my lap while I was working on studying for a midterm and he was letting out gas for a few minutes (not uncommon). Suddenly he lets one rip (a huge one) and I look down and poop is pooling into my lap that squirted out his diaper. I was thoroughly grossed out for the first time since he has been born. David laughed as he came running in due to my hollering and grabs Anders to change him. I couldn't move because my legs were crossed where the poop had pooled into my lap, so I had to wait until David was done with Anders so he could bring me wipes to clean up my lap a little, before I could move to change. This was also exhausting.

And how is little Anders doing after all this? He has taken so many naps today that I wonder if we will get any solid sleep tonight. It must be from all that traumatizing pooping (with parents being spastic trying to figure it out). Once we think we've got this parent thing down, something like today happens. We still love you though bud!