January 29, 2015

Fox, Katie & Nadine in 2015: Week 4

 Day 22
After every Show, the boss, aka Katie, takes the entire staff to lunch. It's Fox's last month in the office and although he didn't work at the Show, he was invited as well! ;)

Day 23
 
Julia came from Tuscon to meet Mr. Fox, we all had a lot of fun! 

Day 24
 
Happy 1st Birthday Braxdon!

Day 25
Eating bananas...his favorite! Nom Nom Nom

Day 26
 
Grandma sent us this picture while she was babysitting. This boy loves to feed himself!

Day 27
 
Uncle Robert and Fox took selfies at work, they love each other!

Day 28
 
 Another day at the office, at least once a day, Robert will snatch Fox to play with him. On this particular day, they practiced walking. This boy is on the move, he'd walk everywhere if we would let him!
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January 27, 2015

Fox | 8 Month Update

 
Weight:
19 lbs



Height:
Not sure, will find out at next month’s check up.


Health:
Fox got sick on New Year’s Eve and remained sick for the next two weeks. We went to the pediatrician twice, but he was “only” diagnosed with a cold. He had a fever, coughed really bad, runny nose and was just miserable. They said we just had to wait this one out, but man, it was rough. It didn’t help that Katie and I got sick as well, and if you’re a mom, you know that taking care of a sick baby while being sick yourself, is the worst! He is finally doing better and I hope that he’ll stay healthy for a while. I know there are much worse things than a baby with a cold and we count our blessings every day, but it’s still sad to see your baby like this.


Nicknames:
Big Honey, Big Hans, Baby Honey, Bubba, Schatzi, Bubbles, Mr. Fox, Foxy, Pumpkin, Stinky Butts, Poodle


Eating:
Still nursing every 3-3.5 hours during the day. Unfortunately my milk supply has taken a hit when I was sick and I’m desperately trying to build it up again. I’m not ready to call it quits and I hope I can make it to a year. I don’t have much frozen breast milk saved up and whenever he is with a babysitter (aka grandparents), he drinks more milk in a bottle than I’m able to pump, so I’m getting really worried. I started taking fenugreek, drinking Mother’s Milk Tea, eating Oatmeal and drinking tons of water, along with pumping every two hours when I’m away from him, but I usually only get around 3oz per session and he drinks at least 6oz in a bottle when he’s away from me.

He’s eating solids about twice a day now, but it’ still a battle. He loves banana and “Baby Mum Mum’s” (baby cracker) but is picky about everything else. It’s hit and miss, but we’ll keep trying and the pediatrician assured us that solids are just for fun at this point and that he’ll get all his nutrients from his milk.


Teething:
He has six teeth now, four on the top and two on the bottom! It’s been a rough month, he’s been miserable at night and we had to give him some baby Tylenol a few times. Hopefully he’ll get a little break now. 


Sleeping:
He usually wakes up around 6:30-7am and still goes to bed around 7pm. We had another bad month where I’ve been up every 1.5-2 hours with him. It’s just so hard to determine what’s wrong with him. Is he in teething pain, or is it because he’s sick, or is he simply a terrible sleeper? And when I thought it couldn’t get any worse, we had about a week where he would wake up at 1am every single night and just scream for an hour, nothing would calm him down. I am tired! 

Naps are still hit or miss, nothing consistent. He takes two naps a day, between 30 minutes and 2 hours (very rarely) each. 
Diapers:
We just transitioned into size 3.
 

Clothing:
9 month shirts and mostly 6 month pants.

Social:
He’s been doing better being away from me and Katie. He still hides his face in our shoulders and acts shy around people, but will let anyone hold him without issues. He’s talking up a storm, screeching, babbling and clicking his tongue. He knows who Zuma is (our dog) and will search the room for him until he finds him when we say: “Where’s Zuma?” He also responds to his name. It’s so fun to interact with him these days!



Likes:
Putting everything in his mouth, music and dancing, standing (he makes his body super stiff when you try to sit him down, just so he can stand), pulling himself up on his activity cube, his pacifier, being outside, riding in his stroller, other babies and children, when we make loud sounds that surprise him (like “boo”, sneezing, etc.), sleeping on his side, his jumperoo and walker, water bottles (he actually takes them out of my hand when I carry him and a bottle at the same time!), our dogs (especially Zuma), bath time, being carried around, having his mommies attention, bracelets, pulling hair, ripping my glasses of my face (he actually laughs when he does that!), watching videos of himself giggle (it’s hilarious, he will smile the biggest smile towards the video and is mesmerized…it’s an awesome tool during car rides when he gets mad!), sleeping in his mommies bed, the video grandma Sandie recorded for him (she is singing a special song for him and recorded it when he was sick to make him feel better ), blow dryers (he is mesmerized!), bananas and Baby Mum Mums, chewing on ice cubes in his mesh feeder, clicking his tongue and cell phones

Dislikes:
The Sun (he sneezes and it makes him mad when it shines in his face), Naps, being in his car seat for long periods of time, tummy time, laying down, being held like a baby, being away from his mommies, most food


Mama:
We’re getting a full time nanny in a few weeks and the thought about finally leaving my sweet boy for 40 hours a week, makes me nauseous. Like most working moms, I wish nothing more than staying home with my baby, but I know I’ve been fortunate to stay with him as long as I did. I miss him already!


Mommy:
While I wish time would slow down and my baby would stay little a little while longer, Katie is looking forward to the next stage and having a toddler and child, instead of a baby. She is his biggest cheerleader for every milestone he reaches and still the person who can make him laugh the most. 

Fun things we did:
We celebrated his first Christmas and New Year’s, had his friends over to play and went on his first plane ride to Alaska, where he got to meet all of Katie’s extended family!

I don’t think I mentioned it before, but last month we also received the wonderful news that our petition with the court went through and that Katie and I are now both the legal parents of Fox. We will get an amended birth certificate where we are both listed as mothers, which is such a relief and blessing for our family!

Milestones:
Getting more teeth and consistently pulling himself up



What we’re looking forward to:
We’re having lots of Birthday Parties and a Valentine’s Party coming up with Fox’s baby friends and the arrival of our au pair! 




January 26, 2015

January 25, 2015

Weekend Re-cap!

 After each Home Show, we get a 3-day weekend. Of course, it went by just as fast as any other weekend, but we had a lot of fun!

On Friday, my friend Julia came up from Tucson for the day. We met 13 years ago, when we were both au pairs in Rhode Island, taking care of other people's children. And here we are, once again living in the same state, with our own children playing together. Surreal! It's always great to see her and I'm so glad to still call her my friend after all these years! 
We went to lunch and then to the train park, where Fox had his very first train ride. 

 
Followed by the first time on a carrousel. 

 

 

The next day, we went to a first birthday party for Fox's friend Braxdon. 
 
Fox and London were cuddling for a split second. 

 
A few of the boys and their Mamas!

 


 Today, we dropped off Fox for a few hours at Aunt Ashlie's house and Katie and I ventured out to IKEA to buy a couch for the playroom.
 

After we picked up Mr. Fox, we went to the Zoo!
 
He was more interested in eating the straps of his stroller than looking at the animals! 

 
Nom Nom Nom

 
Making friends with a snake.

 We had a great weekend! Is it Friday yet? :)
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January 24, 2015

Fox, Katie & Nadine in 2015: Week 3

 Day 15
Fox spent the day with grandpa, while we were at work. Looks like they wore each other out!

Day 16
 
Sleeping in style at grandpa's house again! Nikki sent me this picture at work and apparently he slept almost two hours like this. 

Day 17
 
Another fun day with grandpa!

Day 18
 Rodney and Nikki took Fox to his first Auto Show.

 
Nikki and Fox, picking out his first car. 

 
I have no idea who this is, Rodney told me it was someone from the Show Orange County Choppers?

 

Day 19
 
Love my boy!

Day 20
 
Eating his breakfast while watching "The Price is right" with Mommy.

Day 21
My whole world!
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January 21, 2015