Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Brooks at 3

My wild and crazy little boy turned 3 at the end of August.  I mean little when I say little.  He weighed in at 26.8 lbs (10%) and was 36.4 inches (25%) at his well visit.  I think he runs off all his calories because he can eat like a teenager.  As long as it isn't dairy.  No cheese on his burgers or sandwiches, rarely likes yogurt and milk is a no go too.  He loves macaroni and cheese though and lasagna might be his favorite food. He's a big breakfast fan too.
 
He moved out of his crib way back in January and was potty trained in February.  Both seem like forever ago.  He did awesome at both transitions.
 
I'll count my lucky stars that this boy still naps.  Only about 1-1.5 hours but I'll take any kind of quiet break that I can get.  At night, he snuggles his blanky and curious George monkey (sometimes a few other stuffed animals) and is out from about 8pm-7am.   



Like his daddy, sports are his love language.  He's always asking to play baseball and prefers to have you pitch him the ball then hit off his tee.  He adores Salvy from the Royals and get's so excited for the Salvy Splash. He even got his own orange Gatorade bucket and splash at his birthday party.  He took soccer and tball earlier this year and is  currently in gymnastics. He enjoys playing games, YouTube, riding his bike, bothering his sister and holding his brother.

One thing he for sure got from me is being a chicken.  He won't go into a dark or go upstairs or downstairs unless someone else is there.  He is the worst at hide and seek because he get's too scared to actually come find you. 

He started preschool this year! He loves it and gets sad on Monday's when Collins goes but he doesn't.  I can already tell he's benefiting so much from it.  We got him evaluated for speech and he qualified for services so he'll be getting some help with his speech starting pretty soon.  He talks a ton, it's just hard to understand him.  And recently, he's started to stutter, though they say that part is normal at this age. 



Brooks is one of the funniest kids I know.  His facial expressions, dance moves and the things he says, make us laugh daily.  He is so darn sweet too.  He'll randomly come give me a tight hug and say "I love you so much, mommy." He may not listen to me very well but his teachers say he's excellent at school.  Other than wanting to use the urinal multiple times a day (gross).  I'm so proud of how polite he is.  Holding doors open, saying please and thank you, etc.  He is just the best.
 


Brooks, you go 100 mph and but this family wouldn't be whole without you. You've taken on the big brother role so well and love your baby Kai so much. I can't wait to watch your guys' relationship grow.  Your my sweet boy and I love you so much.

He had a baseball birthday party and got to witness the solar eclipse on his actual birthday!

 
*Photos courtesy of The Studio.  Some of my favorite pics of all time. 



Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Kai at 3 months

 
 
Kai bug is now 3 months old! Not too much has changed since last month so I'll make this short and not too boring :)

Unfortunately, Kai had to visit the ER last week for croup.  He's following right in his brother's footsteps.  Although Brooks never got it before he was a year! The steroid helped quickly, thank goodness! It was so sad to hear and see him sick.  I believe he weighed in at 12lbs 6oz.
 
 
I jinxed myself after my last post and things went south in the nap department.  I never know if he's going to nap for 30 min or 2 hours.  Usually only cat naps throughout the day. Buuuut he goes to bed about 7pm and sleeps till at least 5am, sometimes even later.  So I have to remind myself during the day when I feel like I'm constantly rocking him to sleep, for it to only last 30 min, that he'll sleep when I want to sleep.  And speaking of sleep, he is brutal to get to fall asleep.  I've never had a baby that doesn't pass out after nursing.   I have to bounce and sway to get him to sleep.  I usually come out of his room sweating.  He didn't get the memo that my last baby needed to be super snuggly. 

On the bright side, he is getting much better in the car.  I forgot my wrap the other day and he actually made it through the store, in his car seat, without crying!
 
 

He's started to lift his feet into the air so I'm wondering if rolling is in his near future.  He's starting to roll over to his side so I better not leave him unattended on the couch anymore.  He grabs his toys and will sometimes pull his paci out of his mouth and hang on to it.  If his paci isn't in his mouth, usually his fist is. Which leads to lots of drool. I can't decide if he's teething or not, stay tuned. 

He attended his first college football game.  We were nervous for the 4 hour car ride there and back but he hardly made a peep the entire day.  Must have been because he loves his K-State Wildcats. 
 
 
We've gotten a few laughs from him and he continues to be the center of attention at our house. 

Well, my 30 minutes is up. He's awake.  Kai, please stop growing up and be my baby forever.  Love you so much.

Friday, September 29, 2017

5 on Friday

No joke, I started this last week and never got around to finishing it because....

ONE
3 kids is HARD! Whoever said going from 2-3 kids was a piece of cake, LIED!!! Even with the first two being only 21 months apart, it was much easier.  Now I have fighting kids, a fussy baby and a to do list that hasn't been touched in days. So.much.going.on. It may look like I've got it all together (if you follow me on IG), but it's a zoo around here.


TWO
 Collins and Brooks both go to preschool T/TH mornings and I find myself running any errand quick because 1) Baby hates the car seat 2) I want to get home to watch Kelly and Ryan.  I pretty much only watch it for the first 15 min but seriously, they crack me up! Anyone else?



THREE
 Uber eats. I may never have to leave my house again. Not many options for our area yet but I can tell I'm gonna love it. Cause baby hates the car seat.

FOUR
The hubby (ugh I can't believe I just used that word) has a birthday tomorrow so we are taking a day trip back home to go to a K-State game!! I haven't been to one since Collins' was a baby so I'm excited. We're only taking the baby. The baby that hates the car seat. 4 hours in the car outta be real fun.

FIVE
We leave for Disney in less than 60 days!!! I know this because we had to book our fast passes last week at the 60 day mark. I'm not a fan of character clothes but for this trip, bring on allll the mickey stuff.  Pajamas? Yep! Shoes? Yep!  It's a good thing I started buying stuff over a year ago.



SIX (cause I can)
I saved the best for last, I'm getting a nephew in March!!!! My sister Amber is expecting and we are over the moon excited.  There will be a 9 year gap between this baby and Aiden but he is beyond excited for a baby brother. Yay for more babies!!!




Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Kai at 2 months

Phew, this month was a little more tough than the first.  My mind was at ease after I read that 6-8 weeks are often fussy due to their digestive system still developing and them being awake more.  I'd say that's pretty accurate.  He's not near as fussy as Brooks was but not quite as laid back as newborn Kai.

 


 Stats: 11lbs 8oz (30%), 21 3/4in (5%). We started out with an absurd amount of size 1 diapers that I'm trying to use up.  Size 2 fits much better. Wearing 0-3 month clothes.

Health: The jaundice in his eye has went away and now he's left with a clogged tear duct. Not that they go hand in hand.  His right eye is really bad and occasionally his left one gets gross.  Collins' fought this her first year of life so we know what to do and we hope it clears up before hers did.  I can almost always guarantee that his fussiness is because he needs to poop. His pediatrician suggested we start a probiotic and I've been a big believer in it with him, like I was with Brooks.  It doesn't solve the problem right away but usually gets things moving.  
 
 
 Eating: Eats about every 3 hours during the day and does an 8 hour stretch at night.  Puts down 4-5oz when he has a bottle.

Sleeping: He is a rock star sleeper.  The past 2 weeks we've gotten into more of a schedule. I started having him nap in our room which I think has been key. It's just too loud downstairs. He takes about a 2 hour morning nap, 2-3 hour afternoon nap and about an hour nap around dinner.   The evenings are when he gets fussy and doesn't sleep till closer to 9 but then sleeps till at least 4am.  I'll take the fussy evenings for a good nights sleep.  Honestly, he doesn't even fully wake up for that middle of the night feeding either.  He just starts wanting his paci and doesn't go back into a deep sleep until he's changed and fed.  He no longer sleeps in the rock n play but sleeps on his tummy in the pack n play.  I know, I know, it still freaks me out but I have the video monitor on him and he wears an Owlet monitor on his foot.  So I feel a little more at ease. 



Play: The floor, swing and bouncer are all fun but for a short time.  He smiles and talks so much, especially to sis.  I think it's more out of luck than with purpose but he bats at his toys with his hands.  We fail at giving him much tummy time.  He can lift and hold his head up off our shoulder and bares weight on his feet. 

Despises the car seat.  I dread having to take him anywhere cause we have to listen to him scream.  Even if I pull over and try to give him his paci, he doesn't calm down.  He wants out!

Loves taking a bath (when I remember to give him one).

 
 
   He was supposed to have his first sleepover with auntie Amber while we went out for a birthday but he showed off his fussiness and I felt bad for Amber and for him so we came and got him. We got a few hours away so that was nice, I wasn't quite ready to leave him overnight anyway.

Kai, you've been the sweetest addition to our family.  Your siblings fight daily on who gets to hold you first, who can sit closer to you and even who you look at.  I've caught Brooks moving your head so that your facing him, not Collins'.  It's ridiculous how much they love you. Don't worry, I swoop in and rescue you.  I can't blame them though, I adore you just as much. I think the feelings mutual because you've been pretty attached to me the last couple weeks.  I love you so much baby.

 
 

 
 
 

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Kai at 1 month

I know it's cliché to say this, but holy cow, how has it already been a month?! Kai has been a dream baby and it's greatly appreciated after having a colicky baby (ahem Brooks).  
 
 

Stats: 10lbs 1oz (50%), 21 in (30%).  I'm still in shock that he came out weighing 8lbs 6oz so I shouldn't be all that surprised that he's already 10lbs! But seriously Kai, stop growing!! He's mostly outgrown his newborn clothes and the newborn diapers were gone long ago. 

Health: Our pediatrician was a little worried about the yellow she saw in his eyes so we ended up having to do another jaundice test.  We did one at 3 days old and they weren't concerned about his level so they didn't ask us to come back.  I've noticed it in his eyes too so we wanted to make sure it was just breast milk jaundice and not something with his liver. Results came back just a couple hours later so this mama didn't have to panic for too long.  It's still up a tiny bit but she wasn't worried, it's slowly getting out of his system.  I brought up him maybe having acid reflux but it doesn't seem to bother him too much so I think we'll wait it out a little before we jump to medicine. 
 
 

Eating: He nurses every 2-3 hours during the day and has taken a handful of bottles and drank 3oz.  Not too much to report in the eating department yet.

Sleeping: Still sleeping most of the day away.  He's awake for a little in the morning and then for quite a while during the evening. Unfortunately, that evening awake time is usually spent fussy and uncomfortable.  It get's real chaotic here at that time since we are trying to get dinner cooked and the other two in the bath and bed.  We just tag team him and the older two.  Derek's been gone 1 overnight this past month and my mom came to the rescue. The good thing about this fussy/awake time is that he in turn sleeps for quite awhile once we finally get him down.  I try to feed him around 9:30pm before I go to bed and he'll sleep till about 3am.  He starts stirring again about 6:30am, so I'm only having to wake once to feed him. No complaints here on that. He's our first baby to hate being swaddled.  I love looking over at him and seeing his arms up above his head when he's sleeping.  Due to the supposed acid reflux, he doesn't like to be laid down after he eats.  So even though I don't have to break a swaddle habit in the future, I have to break him of the rock n play.  Which could be worse.
 
 In true third child fashion, he went and saw his first movie this month (Despicable Me 3) and slept through the entire thing. Life doesn't stop when you have 2 other kids so he's been all over town but not out of town yet. 
 
 

Collins and Brooks adore him.  Collins' always wants to hold him and can often times get him to sleep when we can't! She's been a huge help with him and with Brooks.  "Where's Kai?" is said multiple times a day by Brooks. And he always needs to give him a kiss before he can take a nap or go to sleep. He asks to hold him occasionally but it's short lived and he pretty much just lets go of him when he's done holding him.
 
Kai Anders, we all simply adore you.  You are such a cuddle bug and we fight over who gets to hold you.  So far you have brown  hair like Collins and blue eyes like Brooks and I'm hoping they stay that way.  The perfect mixture of your siblings.  Either way, you are the cutest thing in the world and I love you so incredibly much. 
 
 
 
Thank you Tonya for making him this amazing blanket.  And can we talk about his smile in some of these? Obsessed.  He had smiled a couple times before but I think these were his first real social smiles. 


Sunday, June 18, 2017

Baby three at 37 weeks

 
How far along: 37 weeks

 Size of baby: 6 1/3 pounds and measures a bit over 19 inches
 
Feeling:  Ready! I feel like the last 5 weeks go by soooo slow.  Probably because I always think they could come at anytime, but they never do.  My heartburn has been out of control at night time.  I wake up at night about to puke from the acid.  Luckily Tums makes it go away almost immediately.  I'm sure the kids are ready for their mom to get her energy back. We're soaking in as much swimming as we can.

Gender: BOY!! We are so anxious to meet him and see what he looks like

Cravings:   Chocolate.  I drove by Krispy Kreme the other day and had to slam on my brakes and do a hard right turn into there. 


Best moment this week: Getting to see his sweet profile at 2 unexpected sonograms.  I went in for my regularly scheduled appointment on Tuesday and she didn't think he was head down so we went to take a peek.  Sure enough, he was laying diagonal.  She moved him a little then told me to keep nudging him in the right direction.  I went back in on Thursday to check his position and my fluid and he was head down! I have quite a bit of fluid that she wasn't concerned about but said it was making it easier for him to move around.  So let's hope he doesn't move around anymore in the next 2 weeks.  He was pretty crammed in there but he has big cheeks and a button nose. Can't wait to kiss them! Dilated to a 1 and induction date is set!
 
Movement: Lots of pushing his butt out and hiccups. 

Sleep: I think I'll get more sleep after he comes than I am right now.  Between heart burn, having to go to the bathroom, kids and just being wide awake, I am getting zero sleep.  Thankfully I've been getting a nap in the afternoon and fall asleep in about 3 seconds when my head hits the pillow.

Maternity clothes: Even those are getting too small 


 
 
 

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Baby three at 33 weeks

 
 
How far along: 33 weeks
 
Size of baby: A little over 4 pounds and 17 inches (about the size of a pineapple) 
 
Feeling: He's always seemed low but it's getting more uncomfortable as he gets bigger and when I walk a lot.  I need one of those support bands!   This is the part of pregnancy that moves ssoo slow.  We're anxious to meet him but soaking in the moments as a family of 4. 

Gender: BOY!! His personalized outfit for the hospital has been ordered and I can't wait to announce it after he's born.

Cravings: Yogurt with fruit and granola in it.   

Best moment this week: Getting the rock n play, car seat, swing and more clothes washed and ready.  The nursery is slowly coming together.  Started my bi-weekly OB appointments and he's head down, measuring right on track.


This is a rather embarrassing moment but one I feel needs to be documented- Monday evening/Tuesday morning, I had a couple incidents where I thought I was leaking amniotic fluid.  When it happened for the 3rd time early Tuesday morning, I called the on call doc (which happened to be my doctor).  She assured me it was probably nothing but to head to labor and delivery.  Since Collins was still sleeping, I left Derek home with the kids and went in.  They swabbed and ran a test to check for amniotic fluid and monitored baby and contractions.  Test came back negative for amniotic fluid and they're pretty sure it was just baby pushing on my bladder.  So embarrassing!!!
 
Movement: Still very active, almost like clock work at 8pm and then randomly throughout the day.  I'm going to miss the baby kicks and movement so much.

Sleep: I've been turning the AC way down at night because I was getting so hot and unable to sleep.  I have to go to the bathroom 1-2 times a night and sometimes it takes a good hour to fall back to sleep.  Ready to be able to sleep on my back and stomach again. 

Maternity clothes: Just bought new shorts since he seems lower than my other pregnancies and my non-maternity shorts I got away with when I was pregnant with Brooks, don't work this time around. 

Milestones: He's rapidly losing that wrinkled, alien look, and his skeleton is hardening. The bones in his skull aren't fused together, which allows them to move and slightly overlap, thus making it easier for him to fit through the birth canal. 

*according to baby center