Thursday, May 28, 2009
Thursday, May 21, 2009
When you go to register for all your goodies, and you are trying to pick the car seat. Pick up the car seat, walk around with it. Try out other brands. Then, buy the lightest! Nick is pushing 11 pounds, but I swear when I put him in that car seat, suddenly, he is 20 pounds.
Speaking of registering... you really never know what your baby will take to. For instance, I registered for and received a beautiful bassinet as well as a bouncy vibrating seat. Both, before I had Nick, moms told me how invaluable those two items were. How needed they were, and how they would make my life SO much easier.
He refuses to be in either. I don't know why. The bassinet, I think maybe he got used to the hospital crib being so hard, then the bassinet was too soft, and he didn't feel comfortable. (Just a theory). He sleeps great in his crib, but refuses the bassinet.
The bouncy seat. You don't know how many times I heard over and over what a life saver this was. He does not like this one bit! Not sure why. Even when it is vibrating away, he really doesn't like it. He can sit in the swing for ever and be perfectly happy, but don't bring out the bouncy seat.
So, while you think all these things are going to help make your life easier, really, it is your child that will dictate what he/she/they will like! Maybe that should be the moral of the story or advice I am giving today... Really it doesn't matter what you think, want, plan, or try. Ultimately, your child will really be the boss.-
That concludes today's advice. I will share more tidbits of advice as I learn it... given that I have only had 2 posts of advice, I don't appear to have much more knowledge than any of you!
MOMS: Post your best advice to new moms to be!
Monday, May 18, 2009
Nick has been doing really well. The doctor was happy with his weight gain. As of Friday, he was 10lb 8 oz. He gained 1lb 4oz in a month. While he is small for his age, he is gaining well, and that is all that matters. When his age is adjusted for the prematurity, he is in the 25th percentile. While that is still small, considering he was in the 11th percentile when he was born, we are heading in the right direction.
Nick is really eating well. In the last few weeks, he has started taking 3-4 ounces every 3-4 hours. His appetite is really growing. He has also entered into a new sleep pattern, which I hesitate to talk about for fear of jinxing it. Lately, Nick has been awake more during the day, and sleeping more at night. Before, he woke every 3-4 hours to eat. Meaning he woke 2-3 times a night. Now, he generally goes to bed somewhere around 8:30-9:00 and sleeps until 2-3. Then goes back to sleep until about 6:30-7:00. That has been a really nice sleeping pattern.
He is talking and cooing so much now. He loves to be talked to. He loves to talk back to you. He just smiles and smiles, when he is talking too you. It is amazing the changes that he is going through. He is getting so big, and starting to change his habits. I can't believe how far he has come. I can't wait to see what comes next!
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
His crib. The saying above his crib says "Every child is a story yet to be told"
Changing table (did you really need to see that? probably not, but enjoy it anyway)
A closer look of the shelf above the changing table.
For those of you keeping score, he did finally find his thumb. He loves it! He seems to always be sucking his thumb now. Funny thing is his hands are always in this position. Right hand, thumb in mouth, fingers extended. Left hand behind the head. The hands behind the head is SOOO a Brennan trait! They all do it. Obviously some traits are encoded, not learned.
Sunday, May 10, 2009
So, to all of you mom's again, Happy Mother's Day. Your job is truly the most fantastic one of all.
Thursday, May 7, 2009
Good Luck! I know you will all make great mommies! I am always here if you need anything!
Friday, May 1, 2009
Finally, I get to hold you everyday. I get to witness all the wonderful things you do everyday. It has been an amazing gift to see you grow and change. You have changed so much in the month and a half you have been home. You seem to always wake up in a good mood. That is your most smiley time. You love to smile and coo at me when I talk to you. It seems like everyday brings more and more smiles. You can be such a happy baby!
and I am at a loss for why. I do know what will make you happy. Any time you cry, if I put you up on my shoulder and pat your back, it is instant calm. That is your favorite spot. You could and would stay there for hours if I let you. (Sometimes I let you stay there for hours and hours).
Right now, your swing is still your favorite spot to be, if not being held. Really, anything that moves it good for you. You hate being in your car seat, unless you are actually in the car and it is in motion. Unfortunately, red lights produce screaming fits sometimes, but once the car is moving again, you are usually content. I don't think I could get out of a ticket if I ran a red light, sorry buddy.
You aren't too sure you like your bath time yet. You don't cry, but you don't smile, or kick in the tub either. Once you get out of the tub, you are usually very happy. I love the way you smell when you get out of the bath.
Ms. Stacy watches you during the day while I am at work. She is a wonderful gift. She just loves you, as do her kids. They all dote on you all day long. It has been a blessing to find someone so loving to care for you during the day. Don't get me wrong, I hate leaving you with someone else. I remember the first day I dropped you off, I cried half way to work. I wasn't really expecting that reaction from myself. After all, I left you in the care of others for 3 1/2 months. The first day I dropped you off, you were asleep. I hated to think of you waking up and not knowing where you were, and with someone you really didn't know. You seem to do just fine though. You are happy with Ms. Stacy all day. Even better, Ms. Stacy is an Aggie! So between my brain washing ( you will know the fight song soon enough), Uncle Buddy, and Ms. Stacy, you are destined to be an Aggie. (If you decided to go to Harvard, Yale, or Rice, I would be okay with that, anything else may not be acceptable.)
Nick, I know that you are destined for great things. You were born to fly. I know you are going to be a strong willed and determined little boy. I could see that from day one. You put up such an amazing fight in your first few months of life. You can't do anything now but succeed. That strength and fight will carry you so far in life. I know that I will spend the rest of my life being proud of you.
The last month and a half has been the most tiring stressful time I think I have ever had. I know that more times like that will come. It has also been the most exciting, fulfilling, and blessed time I have ever experienced. What ever stress comes, I know that the blessings are 10 times more bountiful. Not having you home every day for the first few months has made me appreciate you every minute you are here... even at 2 in the morning. (Smiles at 2 am are always welcome!)
While I can't believe it has been 5 months already, I can't wait for the next chapters. I can't wait to see what you do next. I know that one day I will look back on this and wish to come back to this time. I know you will grow up far too quickly, but for now, I can't wait for you to witness life.
I pray every night that you have a blessed and happy life. Please know that I will do everything in my power to see that happen.
I love you little man.