30 November 2014

Baby Friends!

The last couple weeks have been filled with family, friends, and fun times.

Theo has been more awake and alert than ever and is practicing his smiling skills:
My little old man!!

He has been practicing holding his head up, kicking his legs, and making all sorts of noises. It has been so fun to watch him go and interact with him so much during the day.

Theo had his very first Thanksgiving with our family over at my aunt's house and he was such a good boy! He was the "big" baby over at the house since my cousin and his wife just had an adorable little girl, Abby.
Aunt Weezy and baby T

 Our first family photo!

Four generations: Great Grammy, Grammy, Momma, and Theo

Baby Theo and sweet baby Abby! 6 days old vs. 7 weeks old

Theo also went to his first tree lighting in downtown Salem!
He woke up right after they lit the tree!

 A couple days after Thanksgiving, we went to my friend, Shayla's house to hang out with two other babies we love. It has been so fun to see the developmental differences between Theo and all his little baby friends. Seeing baby Abby made us cherish the few weeks we have already had with him. It goes SO fast. We couldn't even remember that he was that small. Then, when we saw Charlie and Rhett we got to see a bit into the future. The noises, the crawling, the playing! So much more to look forward to.

Baby Theo and Baby Charlie (7 weeks and 7 months) 

Playing on the mat! You can really see Theo's male pattern baldness here ;) 

Rhett, Charlie and Theo chillin on the couch! (10 months, 7 months, 7 weeks)

I love these little play dates... especially when they come with wine in the middle of the day or beer at the end of a long night ;) I find a couple glasses of wine makes this mommy much more relaxed!
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08 November 2014

Where does the time go?! One month!

One dang month! I have had a child for one whole month. AH!

This has been one of the craziest, most sleep-deprived, emotional times of my life. It has also been the most rewarding by far. I get to see this face every day and know that he is mine:
Theo is growing and thriving every single day. He is now MUCH more aware of everything going on around him and can focus on our faces. We are still waiting for a smile, but I have gotten a few smirks here and there.

We have basically realized that parenting is all trial and error. We have spent the past month trying to figure out what Theo needs and wants with every grunt, cry, and coo. We had a particularly hard time when he was losing weight and we weren't sure why. It took two days of non-stop breastfeeding, crying (both me and baby), and little sleep to realize that he wasn't getting enough milk. This was confirmed when we went to the doctor the next day and found out that he had lost a bunch of weight. I cried and cried that night and took it really hard when we started supplementing with formula. I didn't think I would care as much as I did, but I really enjoyed breastfeeding and he was doing SO well with it. Then to find out that he wasn't getting enough hurt. All I wanted to do was feed my son and I felt like I couldn't. Two weeks later, I am feeling just fine about supplementing. It is hard to argue when Theo is gaining weight and is as healthy as can be! Plus... I certainly don't mind the fact that Parker can take the 2am feeding shift and let me sleep a solid 6 hours in a row. We did have an encouraging appointment with the lactation consultant and are working on upping my supply in the meantime.

We try our hardest and that's all we can do!

Onto some 1 month pictures:

As I type, we are waiting for Theo to meet Parker's dad for the first time! We are SO excited for him to meet his first family member on Parker's side and I will certainly be taking some pictures to share.

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