Thursday, October 2, 2014

Wyatt @ 5 months..

  You were 5 months on 9/30.  What a crazy month it's been. I look at you often & pray with all of my might that I could slow down time.  However, since we know all too well that that doesn't work, I have been trying to soak it all in & enjoy.

At 5 months, you:

  • Weight somewhere around 17#
  • Measured 28" (100%) at your 4 month visit.
  • We are currently doing a little better with reflux.  You are on a full tab daily.  When I remember which has been often, I do 1/2 tab twice daily and think that works best.  But on the occasion that I forget your morning dose, I give you the full tab at night & it is obviously better than just 1/2 tab.  I haven't heard you silently refluxing as much, so I hope that continues to get better!!  You are still exclusively breastfed (95% of the time with pumped milk) with the exception of 1 tsp of formula in most bottles to add extra calories since you can't tolerate the volume you really desire.
  • I have attempted rice cereal feedings a couple of times & even tried sweet potatoes once.  The result was not good.  You were not at all ready to eat off of a spoon & honestly looked at me like I was a crazy person.  I am just waiting until closer to 6 months now since your reflux seems to be better controlled.

  • You are trying really hard to sit independently.  You pull it off for a few seconds now & then but have to lean forward, kind of tripod style (feet/legs out at an angle & hands on the ground to prop outside of your feet).
    • You also do very well in the bumbo. And sister likes you in the bumbo because you are looking straight at her.  Y'all are going to be trouble one day (probably sooner rather than later).

        sister had a dinosaur nose from a birthday party. Wyatt wanted to eat it.

  • You LOVE the bouncer at school.  Your teacher said you will happily do that for a while each day.
  • You also LOVE any toy that allows you to be upright. 
please take note of those precious baby New Balances!
who said that dressing a boy wasn't fun?!!?
  • You are back to full swaddle at night since I found one that works really well. It's called the Woombie Wrap & Snap. LOVE it!  Really easy contraption to use & keeps you nice & snug.

  • Have discovered your tongue over the last week.  You have tried to blow a raspberry a few times, but not consistently. Such a fun thing to watch babies discover their body parts that most of us take for granted!
  • Are teething.  Who knows if you'll get your first tooth in 2 weeks or 2 months+, but you "chew" on everything!  The other night, while staying out of the house because of showings, Kinsley Anne and I ate pizza in the food court at the local outlet mall.  You kept eyeing my pizza & I finally handed you a piece of crust to gnaw on.  You went to town & Kinsley Anne thought it was one of the funniest things she had ever seen.

  • You had your first real sickness & did it up right.  You started with a clear runny nose on a Wednesday.  Then, Thursday morning, you woke up with a barky cough. I immediately knew that it was croup, but you were breathing OK and had no fever.  So, you went to school, but I explained to the teachers that you had started coughing.  They kept a close eye on you & told mommy that afternoon that the noise you were making while breathing was starting to concern them.  Mommy didn't think much of it, but as the evening went on, you were making loud noises with every breath...I later realized that you were retracthing (belly pulling in with every breath), so I decided to take you to urgent care at 1015pm.  By 1030pm, you were being treated with a racemic epinephrine treatment, a dose of steroids, and we were told to go to TX Children's ER for further observation/treatment.  Luckily, when those meds kicked in, you were able to go to sleep and your breathing got a little easier.  The ER doctor agreed to let you go home (at ~130am).  Friday night, you started up again, but I was able to keep you at home (with a steamy shower, cold air, etc) until the pediatrician opened Saturday morning.  You got another round of racemic epinephrine & were put on 3 days of steroids.  Luckily, that did the trick.  Poor buddy, mama does NOT like to see her babies sick.

    in the ER being monitored

    your pitiful cough & awful sounding breathing just broke my heart.

in the pediatrician on a Saturday morning.

  • You were such a little angel during sissy's big procedure last week.  Aunt Carol took good care of you & you even got to come to the hospital to greet sister in recovery.  For the first time ever, she did not light up and smile when she saw you since she was groggy from medicine.  BUT, it took her no less than 1 hour to mess with you.  We laid you on the foot of her bed so that you could stretch out & she pulled the covers off of her legs & put her foot on your head so she could mess up your hair.  Good luck keeping her in line, bud.

  • It is obvious to everyone how much you love "big sissy."  Your entire face lights up when you see her.  You pretty much think she hung the moon... and I am 100% positive that she feels the same way about you. Nobody was able to prepare me for the love that I feel when I watch the two of you together.

  • You usually fall asleep on mama or daddy's chest during the late afternoon or evening to catnap.  We all love it because you are so peaceful.  One day, Kinsley Anne asked if you could sleep on her instead of mama.  I obliged &

she rubbed your head & kissed your forehead until you fell asleep... proud of herself!

 My little doodlebug.  You are so precious. I just love you and your sister so much that my eyes often well up as I thank God for His blessings.  You are developing such a little personality and I can't wait to see how it continues to evolve.  I cannot wait for you to catch up with a lot of family over the next few months.  We are moving next week to South Carolina where you are sure to be spoiled.  Then, we will get to spend time with Mema, GPop, and Nanny at Thanksgiving and you will probably never get put down which I'm sure you're fine with.  Please always know that you are prayed for & loved.  We love you wider than the sky.

your mama

"Therefore, as God's chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience." Colossians 3: 12

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