Monday, August 11, 2014

Titus is 9 months

So we have a 9 month old in our house. This month proved a bit difficult for us since we had a vacation to Wisconsin, almost 2 weeks of an ear infection and some teething. Poor Titus was pretty miserable for a while.
After eating refried beans

Height: 28 inches
Weight: 18.5 pounds
Shoe size: 3
Diaper size: 3
Teeth: still at 6, still can see two additional teeth still under the skin


Sleeping: This has been our biggest challenge this month. Due to his ear infection (poor guy), he refused to sleep laying down. Well, he refused to fall asleep while laying down. Once he was out, I was able to set him in his crib and he would sleep relatively well. But, for two-three weeks, I had to put him into the ergo and carry him around while he fell asleep. As cute as it was, it was getting a bit tedious and painful, especially for his older sibling who may have felt a bit neglected. The last couple days we have had a more painful time trying to re-teach Titus to fall asleep on his own in his crib. Hopefully it is a short-lived period in our life and will bring in a new era of easy baby.
The scratch down his face is an accidental meeting with a chicken claw. It was gone after a couple days. 


Nursing: still going great! I love this time with my babies. He nurses about 4 times throughout the day and then 2 times at night.
He is practicing walking! Getting so very close

Activity: Well, because of his ear infection during the first half of the month, his balance was quite off. He was falling a lot, and kept hitting his head - even while crawling, poor thing. Anyways, he had two weeks of inactivity because of this. He is just about ready to walk. I thought for sure he would be walking by 9 months. (Georgia was taking her first steps a week before her ninth month). We'll see if he takes any steps in the next couple of days. He is starting to babble and started saying "da-da-da-da" our last day in Wisconsin. Now he makes a few consonant sounds.
Fun in the airport while traveling

Favorites: He loves eating paper. Toilet paper, newspaper, junk mail, napkins, whatever he can find to eat. He loves playing piano. He will play Georgia's little toy pianos multiple times each day. I am shocked at how long he will play it - often a couple minutes at a time - a great amount of concentration for such a young boy. He does love classical music. When he is trying to sleep (especially during his ear infection days), I would play classical music for him. He instantly calms down. He likes books, balls and cars. He will run cars along the floor, pushing them while he crawls. He likes our push toys that we have, and will walk along while pushing something (often with one hand!).
Meeting Great-Grandpa Brinsko

update 8/8 - while waiting for myself to finish editing pictures (I am so behind right now!) to add into the blog, Titus had a dr. appointment today. He was almost 19 pounds (with clothes on) and 29 inches. The doctor remarked about how advanced he was, and how he is very very active for his age. Titus was crawling, walking, talking and climbing all over the room. We love him so much and are so thankful for his addition to our family!

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Titus at 8 months

Well, we have reached the 8 month mark. I remember loving this age and stage, and I love it again. Titus is learning new things every day, he is much easier now and falls into his schedule and routine. He is interactive and has a personality but can't talk back or disobey (too much yet!).


Height: 28 inches
Weight: around 18.5 pounds
Diapers: size 3 (we use cloth diapers maybe 80% of the time)
Teeth: 5 currently in, working on #6 and 7
Shoes: don't wear them ;)

Brown-eyed boy


Titus has come to have a schedule of sorts now. He wakes up every morning at 6:20 pretty much on the dot. There are a few exceptions to that rule, and they come very infrequently. First nap is between 7:30 and 8, and he sleeps until 9 or 9:30. He is then awake until lunchtime, and he will sleep again from 11:30 or so until 2:30. Most of the time he doesn't take a third nap. He will go to bed then around 7. Some nights we have activities and we are out later, or some days his naps are shorter. When that happens, we will try to squeeze a third nap into our day.
fun in the mirror

Most nights he still wakes up twice to eat. When he is teething, he wakes up 8-10 times a night. Ugh! Georgia never had so many problems with teeth, but they really seem to bother Titus. We had one week where Titus was sleeping great - only waking up once each night. His best night of sleep, he slept 11 hours straight, woke up for a feed, then slept another two hours. Hopefully that is a sign of what's to come after all the teeth come in.
Now into everything

Physically, Titus is ahead of where Georgia was at this age. He is sitting, can pull up to standing, can stand by himself for a second or two (I think he could do more, but he hasn't tried). He is very steady and can "walk" around holding onto hands or objects in the room. The thing is - he barely holds on and needs any steadying! I think sometime in the next week or two we will see him try to take steps on his own. At Grandma's house, he was able to crawl up two stairs all by himself.
He does not enjoy the beach

He is already getting into trouble! He is quick with crawling and will disappear into rooms of the house that we're not in. I've found him sticking his hands in the toilet. He loves to pull on the power cord in his room that is attached to the fan - he loves it because it makes the fan tip over. He loves to eat paper. We've already found a little toy of Georgia's in his diaper (he ate it!). He loves clicking his tongue and closing doors. He hates bathes. With a passion. He is so snuggly! This is probably my favorite thing about him. He gives great hugs (and some kisses, although now that he has teeth its a little painful). His favorite place to sleep is in my arms. I will miss this.
My early-morning riser

His favorite person is still Georgia. Although he knows his whole family, and will gladly go to all of us. He follows Georgia around throughout the day, playing next to her and trying to take her toys. He will reach his arms out for Dave and Grandma and Aunt Ky (but not Grandpa, Matt or Kate - yet!). He is scared of new people and places. He cries in the nursery (when we leave him)

Looking for his sister

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Titus at 7 months

Well, once again I can say that this month has moved at break-necked pace. It snuck up on me, and now we no longer have a six month old. This month has increased in challenges and enjoyment. Titus is moving and interacting more than ever. He is also moody and can be difficult to get to sleep. He is waking up a lot at night, and I am tired. But, I wouldn't trade it for anything.
Almost crawling!

Weight: 17.5pounds (between 10-25th percentile)
Height: 28 inches (around 70th percentile)
Teeth: two bottom ones! They came in two weeks apart.



The first thing that you'll notice about Titus is how active he is. He is on the cusp of crawling. I know I've said that for a week or two, but he will get up on his hands and knees and rock back and forth. I oftentimes will give him a little help, and he now knows how to move his arms forward. He cannot do it quite by himself yet. He is sitting all by himself and as of Saturday, he is able to get from laying down into a sitting position all by himself. He rolls around the floor, but not as much as Georgia ever did. If he is being held, he does enjoy standing on your lap or on the floor. He will not pull himself up or hold onto anything yet, but I imagine that is right around the corner.When you leave him on the floor for a minute or two, he will be 10 feet away from where you set him down.



He is a boy through and through. He loves playing with boxes of toys. He will hit them so that they make the loudest noise possible. As soon as he can move, I imagine he will be a force of destruction around the house. He does tend to be shy and more reserved (especially compared to his sister!). New situations and places make him uncomfortable, although I am thankful he loves being held by both his mommy and his daddy! At church on Sunday, he reached out for Dave to hold him, and snuggled up against his chest. It was a very cute moment.


Titus is still not "saying" anything. He is mostly quiet, although when upset (or hungry) he makes lots of "aaahhs" and "uhs". He will hold his arms out to be held. I am starting some baby sign language so that he will be able to communicate with us. I am confident that he can hear, so I am not too worried about his speaking skills.
Starting to love bath time now

Sleeping has been quite difficult this month. He is a good napper, thankfully! He currently takes three good naps a day. One is about an hour (or two) after he wakes up in the morning, the second nap is from 11-1 or so, and the third nap is around 3 or 4 in the afternoon. Nightime is hit or miss, and he wakes up at least three times a night. The first is right around the time we go to bed - 10 or 11. Then, it really is unknown how he will sleep. Lately he has been waking up an hour or two after he eats - and he is not hungry. I'm hoping this is a quick phase, and I don't really enjoy waking up 4 times a night. He also has become more difficult to put to sleep. On a good day, he'll fall asleep on his own, but as most days are not like that, he needs some rocking and patting in order to fall alseep. It does seem that his sleep is somehow related to his food, so I am trying to keep a journal of sorts.
Mr. Grumpy face

Feeding is a whole new topic. It seems that he has more food allergies than just the milk/soy/eggs. He has now had three episodes of vomiting within a couple hours after eating solid foods. I realized that we were probably introducing foods too quickly to him, so we have slowed down and are writing everything down. It is unfortunate because he seems to really enjoy the act of eating. He vomited after avocados and after pork. We have since tried quinoa (so far no vomiting!) and zucchini. He loved the zucchini, but the three days that he was eating it, he slept really poorly. I'm hoping that it is a fluke, since he loved eating it. This is one of the reasons that I am not in a hurry to night-wean him. I know he is probably hungry since he isn't eating solid foods yet, so I understand he needs to eat at night in order to get his calories.

Friday, May 2, 2014

6 months

Well, our sweet little guy is half a year old. We've been on the road, traveling up to Oregon and back, so that is the reason this blog post is late. I will try to do a blog post on that another time.


Weight: 17lbs, 1oz
Height: 27 inches
Teeth: His two lower teeth haven't popped through, but have been bothering him on and off.
Clothing: mostly 9 month (or 6-9 month). A few 12 month things, although he's not quite long enough for them yet.


Titus is starting to move quite a bit. There's no slowing him down now! He rolls both ways, can rest himself on his knees (if you set him up like that). He sits very nicely (and for a long time, without falling), and then will go onto his back or belly and kinda scoot around. He does 180 spins in his crib.



Sleeping has been all over the place this month. Now being back from our trip, Titus is taking three naps a day. Most of the naps are longish - somewhere between 1-2 hours. He seems to be ready for bed around 7pm. He wakes up twice - once around 10 or 11, and then once again around 4 or 5am. He then sleeps until 7-7:30. He loves sleeping on his side or on his front. It is very cute to see, since Georgia was only ever a back sleeper. Titus will snuggle up with his lovey (again, Georgia wasn't attached to hers at all), and also loves to hold onto a toy. I've noticed that if I distract him with a toy, he'll often just hold onto it, falling asleep rather easily.



Titus is eating just a little bit. He is still very interested in food, especially what other people are eating. I try to find things that he can eat: bell pepper, zucchini, banana, sweet potato, french fries (while on our road trip), chicken, carne asada, applesauce and refried beans. He never seems very excited once he actually tries the food that I hand him. The only exception to that is meat. Most meats I give him, he sucks and chews on quite a bit. All other foods get a funny face and reluctance to eat much more. I don't think he is actually swallowing much of what he is eating. Most of it gets spit right back out after he chews it for a while.



Titus is still very snuggly (again, unlike his sister), and I am completely eating it up. He is the biggest mama's boy  - well, unless Georgia is around and then I am chopped liver ;)  He loves to be held and sit on my lap. He gives huge smiles which can light up a room. He is friendly but reserved. He often looks at me while in crowds of people, as if to ask if everything is ok. He loves watching other kids run around and play. He is still unsure when other people are holding him. He will be okay for 1-2 minutes and then start looking around for me.

This week was the first bath he's taken that he's enjoyed. It is the first time I've bathed him where he can sit up himself, and he enjoyed being able to splash in the tub, rather than just lay there and get cleaned. He is not babbling at all, which I think is okay. Georgia always had a huge vocabulary, but I don't expect that out of Titus. He seems a bit quieter, and he's also a boy.


Tuesday, April 1, 2014

5 months old


Well, yet another month has come and gone. We are in what I think of as the "golden age". Titus is still a baby - occasionally will fall asleep in my arms. He is not too mobile yet, and loves to laugh and smile. He is expressive and interactive, and enjoys learning about the world around him. I remember loving this age with Georgia, and I love it with Titus too.

Height: 26 inches
Weight: 16 pounds
Teeth - none yet























Titus loves playing with paper. He will take sheets of paper, junk mail, magazines, newspaper, whatever. I think he likes the sound of it, and he will crinkle it, hit it, and just play with it for a long time. He also loves rolling. Although he rolled once a long time ago, this month he has been practicing - and mostly rolling from his back onto his tummy. He is also very close to sitting up, although he doesn't seem to be as interested in doing that. Besides his heavy head, his core is pretty strong and he can hold himself up for a while. His other favorite thing is watching his sister. He is so interested in what she is doing, and will giggle and squirm when he sees her.


He has been much easier on the sleeping front. Now, he will fall asleep on his own, in his bed (most of the time!). He takes 3-4 naps/day. He prefers to go to bed for the evening at 6:30 or so, but many evenings we are not home at that time. So, occasionally he takes a late nap so that he will go to bed around 8 or 8:30. One cute thing is that he really likes to sleep on his side. Once you put him down, he will roll over and curl up. Just adorable! Currently he wakes up 2-3 times a night to eat. Once usually around 10 or 11, once around 12-1 and once around 5ish. He will sleep then until 7-8am.

We started eating a little bit of solids this month. We are doing technically "baby-led weaning". Basically, we just give him whole foods, and he eats them. Its basically pure laziness (or business) on my part that encourages this. He has eaten avocado and banana this way. He really seems to like the avocado, but did not seem to enjoy the banana. He is much more interested in food than his sister was. He loves watching us eat and will try to grab any food items that we are holding.
while in Colorado, I had the teeniest bit of dairy. Here is the rash that broke out on Titus' face.

Titus is still battling cradle cap, unfortunately. It is getting a little bit better, but that pesky, dry skin is still there. I am also hoping to see a light at the end of the tunnel for his allergies. I was able to eat bread successfully, and also had a mayonnaise sauce this weekend, without incident! We switched to using cloth diapers about 70% of the time, and the little patches of eczema he had in his diaper area have gotten much lighter.



Thursday, February 27, 2014

4 months


Well, time continues to move at a break-necked pace. It is unbelievable that my little one is a quarter a third of a year old (right? 4/12 = 1/3.... just checking). Anyways.... this month we've been falling into more of a pattern and still getting adjusted. Titus continues to be a happy baby, and is a joy to be around. His personality is beginning to show through, which is always fun.

Weight: almost 16 pounds
Height: around 26 inches
Diapers: size 2

Sleep: unpredictable. He is starting to become more scheduled and routine, which is nice. I had tried putting him in bed early (like 6:30ish), but then he was waking up around 8 or 9 plus a couple times throughout the night. So, I let him take a late afternoon nap sometime around 4 or 5, and it allows him to push his bedtime back to 7:30 or 8. This is great because that is when Georgia starts getting ready for bed. Ideally, it would be earlier than that, but we have things in the evenings 3 nights out of the week, so those three nights he can't go to bed any earlier, anyways.

He is napping 4-5 times a day still. Oftentimes, his afternoon nap is a long one - closer to 2 hours. The other ones are short. Sometimes he only wakes up once at night, other nights he is up 2 or 3 times. He is an early riser - when he wakes between 4 and 6am, he seems pretty awake (but is still really tired). So, I have been bringing him into our bed where it is dark and quiet and we both fall asleep together ;) I remember doing this with Georgia too - its fun to get some cuddles plus he sleeps really well after he falls asleep again.

His digestive issues seem to be getting better. I seem to have the most problems when I eat out or eat at other peoples houses. At home, I really watch what I eat, and am very strict about it. Oftentimes after eating out, the following day will be rough on Titus. Right now I am soy, dairy, gluten, oats, chocolate and egg free. I am not eating any soy lecthin or soybean oil (both of which are supposedly ok because they have been processed) because he seems to have reactions after I eat food with those. His poop is still not normal, but his eczema and tummy issues seem to be much better.


Titus is more reserved than his sister. He has moments where he seems very shy. He will bury his head into me when nervous - especially when meeting new people. He has cried occasionally when someone strange has held him. His favorite person in the world is Georgia. He giggles when he sees her, and will watch her run around and around. He is very content to sit and watch the action that is going on around him. He is generally very content. He has rolled over both ways, but only once each time (and doesn't seem bothered to do it again). He has started playing with his feet. He can hold things well and bring them to his mouth. He likes to practice sitting, but his head seems so heavy for him to hold up.

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Georgia's sayings


Georgia has just been full of good sayings lately. I haven't been writing all of
them down, unfortunately. There are a few though that I want to share (and remember!).

The other day at lunch with Dave. We were sitting outside, enjoying some warm air while eating. There was a larger oldish man and his wife were sitting next to us.  All of a sudden Georgia just asked, "Why does that big man have a big belly?" And of course she has a loud voice and the poor man overheard her. He took it very well and exclaimed, "I've been working on this belly for years!"


Tonight at Grandma and Grandpas house, we were getting ready to leave. Dave was out of town and it was just me and the kids. Grandma asked if Georgia, "Would you like to ride on my back?" (out to the car). Without missing a beat, Georgia said, "No. You're not a piggy!" We all laughed at that one!


We go to a moms group and they have a kids program. This last week I asked Georgia how it was. She was telling me about it, then said, "I tried to kiss the boy, but he didn't like that." I guess the poor boy turned her down and that made her upset! I'm not sure if any of the adults in the room witnessed this exchange. I had to explain to her that not everyone wants kisses ;)


In the car this morning, Georgia said (out of the blue and very excited about it all), "Someday I have a baby in my tummy! And I have milk for my baby! I am so excited!" Then she went on and explained. "I will marry Sawyer. Titus will marry Lucie. And Sawyer will be my daughter (obviously she doesn't understand what a daughter is) and he will live with me." She went on to say that they would dance and then be married. (I think she was confused about a wedding because she implied that the dancing part would equal them getting married). It was all very cute, and I couldn't help thinking how girlie she is. I doubt very many 3-year-old boys are contemplating marriage and weddings.