Can’t believe it’s been 3 months since my last post. I’m not even sure how we made it through the last several months. And it wasn’t Sparky being difficult, it was moving. Sold our home, bought a new one and moved. We moved into our new house a month ago and the office and garage still have boxes unpacked. Love love our new place and it really is perfect for our little family and for Sparky. Our old place had a long commute to work, had a tiered back yard, had a sloping driveway, not an open floor plan and not much really close to us, except a liquor store. Our new place, although located in a warmer part of Cali has sooo much right near us and walking distance. I smile every time I drive around our neighborhood. And it has an open floor plan, no tiers.. no stairs.. no slopes.. all flat!!! Yipppi!!! I can see dear Oli and Sparky playing in the back yard as I study and it’s great!
I’m more than half way through my master’s degree. Graduate in May next year! And then we’re on to TTC #2.
Dear Oli went back to work in July, after 3 months. The day care is half a block from her work, so she could check up on him anytime and nurse him during lunch breaks. It made the adjustment easier, until work got busy and now she doesn’t stop in as much. Pumping at work has gotten more challenging as well, but Oli is trying to hold on. Not sure how long we’ll/she’ll last.
And now for the best update.. Sparky.
His four month check-up had him at 17 pounds and 26 inches tall. Still a big little guy.
At around 4 months:
-Rolling from his back to his front, although his arm still gets stuck under him
-Grasping and holding things
-Stopped needing to bounce him ALL the time.. weeeeeeeeey! I was nervous there for a while with all the rocking he needed. At 4 months we held him for a little bit and then he would go down fairly easy
-Started little giggles, although not often
-Started mixing some organic formula in with breastmilk. We were depleting our freezer of breast milk pretty quick.
At 5 months last week:
-He’s jumping and dancing like a big boy in his Rainforest jumper
-Holds his head up fine and sits in a highchair supported and watched like a hawk
-Rolls from his back to his tummy and back again, but his arms still get stuck under him..sometimes
-More giggles but still not often. Smiles a ton.
-Recognizes us both and often looks and turns looking for Oli when he’s hungry
-Oli is pumping less at work.. I think she’s being worn down. I’m hoping she can hang in until we introduce cereal at around 6 months.
-He went swimming for the second time and actually loved it. He kicked and splashed and giggled. Hoping he continues to be a water baby.
-He goes down for naps pretty easy and bed time with a pacifier; night time he occasionally sleeps through the night, mostly wakes up once and sometimes twice. Additionally, he’s obsessing over his pacifier. -> Pacifier and nighttime sleeping is our area of focus as of late. When to wean pacifiers and best way to help a baby sleep through the night?!
With that, I’m off to Du.bai for a week in October for one of my classes. AND I really can’t wait, although it will be the first time spending a night away from Sparky. I usually do bedtime routine, so Oli will have to hold down the fort with Sparky until I’m back.
One area that has become more difficult with me studying, both of us working full-time and caring for a baby is our dinners. They used to be nicely made and prepped and it was date night every time. Now, I kid you not…I may just scarf down a piece of bread and through some salami on it and call it a meal. We have an hour at home together before bed time, so food just isn’t the priority. Perhaps when he can sit in a highchair more comfortably without us propping swaddles around him, and once he is ready to enjoy food with us it may change… hopefully! And when can we have date night again?! We’ve talked about it and think we may be ready to leave him for a few hours, but then we don’t REALLY want to leave him yet. We clearly aren’t ready. Maybe soon though. My parents will visit us in December so definitely then.
5 months and I still can’t believe I have a son. A son?!
Xo – pops