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.

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Titus at 3 months

Titus had his 3 month birthday yesterday. He has been doing fairly well. I've been trying to figure out his allergies through a process of elimination and testing. Basically, I don't eat a lot of food and then if he has a reaction to something I try to figure out what it was that I ate. Right now I am on a gluten-free, dairy-free, soy-free and egg-free diet. Since I became much more strict about what I was eating, Titus' eczema cleared up, and he seemed to be happier. Previously, he would struggle with a stuffy nose and also had difficulty pooping. He also had eczema covering almost his whole body and had terrible cradle cap. He would also get red circles around his eyes.

pictures of Titus' red, splotchy eyes and the eczema covering his arms/body

Weight: 15 pounds
Height: 24.5 inches
Diapers: size 2. Using cloth & disposable about half/half the time

Titus is still sleeping pretty well. He is very easy to put down to sleep. He will be awake 45 minutes to an hour and a half or so, then start to get whiny. I set him in his crib, give him his paci and leave the room. Most of the time I don't have to go back into the room after that. Sometimes he requires a bit more attention, but for the most part he is simple. He takes probably 5-6 naps throughout the day. At night, he feeds 2-3 times. I usually feed him before I go to bed, and then he does a 5 hour stretch followed by another 3 hour stretch. When he wakes up, he is starving and frantic for food, so someday I hope he sleeps longer, but it seems that he needs to eat when he wakes up.

He is still a very quick nurser. He can be done with a meal in 3-6 minutes. Occasionally, he will want to linger, but he still hardly ever eats for more than 10 minutes. During the day, he eats approximately every 2 hours. He wakes up from a nap, eats, then has some play time.

Titus is constantly chewing on things. He loves sticking his hands (or my hands) in his mouth, especially. He does seem to like soft blankets too, but his favorite is his hands. He is fairly close to rolling over. He is good at batting at things, grabbing things and kicking things. He is content playing by himself for a while. When he is awake he spends a lot of the day hanging out on the floor, watching his big sister run around.

Sunday, January 19, 2014

comparison, 2 months

When I got a picture of Titus chewing on his hands this last week, I was reminded of this picture of Georgia.

I thought it was time for some more comparison pictures. There are lots of people that say Titus looks just like Georgia. I see many more differences than similarities at this point.

Titus weighs probably 1 pound more than Georgia did at this point. He is also a bit longer. His skin is paler. His eyes seem like they will be brown someday. He has less hair than Georgia did. His hair seems to be fairly reddish colored.

Friday, December 27, 2013

2 months old...Titus

Today, Titus is two months old. He is growing like crazy, and this month was full of more wakeful periods and getting into a new rhythm of life.

Weight: 13.4 pounds today (weighed at home)
Height: probably around 24 inches
Diapers: size 2
Clothing: growing out of size 3months (or 0-3)

Titus is a pretty easy baby. We have fallen into a rhythm or schedule that we loosely follow every day. We go through a pattern of sleep, eat and awake. Titus is awake anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour or so, and then will nap for an hour to two hours. So on any given day, he will take anywhere from 4 to 7 naps. He wakes up for the day around 7 or 8am (sometimes even later), and will go down to bed in the evening around 9 or 10pm.

Nursing is amazingly easy. He can get a full feed in about 6 minutes, which makes life much easier. He is also very easy to put down for a nap. We worked the 4 or 6 weeks to have him napping in his crib, and our work has paid off. Now when I notice he is tired I can set him down in his crib and leave the room and he falls asleep on his own. I am sure there will come a day when that doesn't work quite as easily, but I am very thankful for how he has learned to sleep.

Titus is becoming more communicative and responsive. He follows people and moving objects with his eyes. He loves cooing and "talking" to people. He smiles and has almost started giggling. Just in the last couple days he has begun swinging his arms trying to reach out and touch or grab objects.

He has bad cradle cap which doesn't bother him, but we get a lot of questions about.  It is slowly getting better after lots of olive oil baths. I am also still following a gluten free/dairy free diet. Titus is a very happy baby now, and I am hesitant to re-introduce those items into my diet.

Friday, December 20, 2013

Comparing Titus & Georgia, 5&6 weeks

So when Titus was first born, I thought he looked identical to Georgia! (Ok, he was the slightly chubbier/boy version). But now, looking at pictures, I think they look vastly different. So, I thought it would be fun to compare the two of them. In this picture, Georgia is about 6 weeks old. Titus is 5 weeks old.
One thing I notice when looking back at pictures is that Georgia was much more smiley. She smiled in almost every picture I have of her!

Some similarities: both kids have the same scalp/hair. They both had/have cradle cap, and loose hair the same way. So far, Titus has lost his hair in the front, keeping long hair in the back. The same thing happened to Georgia, creating some funny hair styles in her early days.

That's about where the similarities end. Titus is much lighter skin tone. He is white and red, while Georgia has always had a nice tan look. Their faces are shaped differently, and Titus just looks like a boy. I will try to get some more pictures to compare in the near future.