Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Six Months

AveryAnn, you are six months old today.  It literally feels like last month I was sitting in that hospital room holding a (not so tiny) newborn, yet here we are half a year later.  You're developing quite the personality and love to laugh and giggle. 
  • You weigh 14lbs 9 oz.   This means you haven't gained any weight since your 4 month check up and that isn't typical.  Dr. Farr wants us to see Lactation so they can weigh you before and after a feeding to make sure you're eating enough.  We go back to see him in a couple of weeks to make sure we're back on track.
  • You measured 25"in length.
  • You're still wearing mostly 6 month clothes (obviously since you haven't grown any).
  • Size 3 diapers, you go through 5-8 each day.
These pictures are hilarious to me.
  • You sleep 12 hours at night.  Most nights I rock you for a minute and then lay you in your crib and you go straight to sleep. 
  • You usually take two good naps and one cat nap each day.  You sleep around 2 hours in the morning and 1.5 in the afternoon and then a little cat nap before dinner.
  • You are the best sleeper.
  • You're sitting up for a few seconds at a time.  I think by 7 months you'll be sitting up all the time.
    • You spent you first night away this month.  You stayed with Grandmama and Grandaddy and did great!

  • You're still exclusively breastfed.  We might be changing this up depending on what happens at lactation.
  • You've tried cereal but weren't a huge fan.  We haven't pushed it.  Plus Dr. Farr said he would rather your calories come from breastmilk right now.
  • You nurse every 4 hours for 15-20 minutes.
  • You take 5-6 ounces when you take a bottle.
  • You're still a thumb sucker.
  • You like having your bunny too.
  • You're talking and laughing all the time.
  • Your hair is still wild and dark.
  • Eyes are still blue.
We love you so much!  You are the sweetest, snuggliest, happiest baby.  You love to be held and snuggle but you are also content to play on the floor.  You are a joy to be around.  We all take turns making you laugh.  Happy half birthday!  I hope time slows down a bit for these next six months.

Thursday, August 18, 2016

First Day of 3K

Tuesday, Barrett started 3K at a new school.  He was excited and a little nervous.  I knew he would be ok once he got there and saw his friends but all the way there he kept saying "don't drop me off Mommy."  It broke my heart.  Also this is the first time he's going all day. 
All smiles before we left the house. 

Love that sweet cheese face.

Luckily, We saw Cruz just as we walked in and then Jackson so he had his buddies.  He walked right in his classroom and I took off so that he would hopefully be ok. 
I should have finished this post Tuesday because it has been down hill from there...
When I picked him up they said he had a hard time falling asleep for naptime but he did eventually fall asleep and did good.  Well, Cruz told his mommy that Barrett cried and cried at naptime.  I had forgotten to tell them that his bear was in his backpack and he was upset because he didn't have it.  He seemed like he enjoyed his day.  Wednesday morning he tells me he doesn't want to go to school.  All the way there he tells be not to drop him off.  We see Jessica and Jackson in the parking lot and walk in together and he seems fine until we get to his classroom and they have to peel him off of me. 
I pick him up and they said he did better at naptime and had a good day.  He is so happy when I pick him up but he's already telling me he doesn't want to go back.  Last night he would not go to sleep because he was so worried about going to school.  He finally went to sleep around 11:00 and he got up and got dressed but cried the whole morning.  We run into Jessica and Jackson in the parking lot again and walk in together.  Jackson gets right in line with his class and Barrett loses it.  Since Jackson is fine and gets right in line, Jessica takes the baby back to my car while I drag Barrett to his classroom.  The teacher once again peels him off of me as he's screaming.  I quickly walked away.  Today, I too am bawling.  It was awful.  I could hear him screaming down the hall "don't leave me!"  Several of the sweet teachers and friends stopped to hug me and tell me he's just fine.  It's all normal and he does great once he calms down.  But it still kills me to leave him so upset.  They said it usually takes kids 2 or 3 weeks before its better.  That's 6 more drop offs.  I'm not looking forward to it but I'm trying to keep my anxieties in check so he doesn't feed off me.  I want to encourage him to go out and not be afraid.   I want him to love school and be okay when I leave him where I know he's safe and he's going to have fun.  It's preschool, not prison. 

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Last Day of Mother's Day Out

Yesterday was Barrett's last day of Mother's Day Out and I was more sad than I was the very first time I dropped him off.  We love all the sweet teachers there so much!  Barrett has made some sweet friends and I couldn't be more thankful for everything he learned.  He was 20 months old when he started and he didn't say anything.  He might have said "Hey" but that was it.  His vocabulary is amazing now.  He talks all the time.  I've been so encouraged by his teachers.  They have always been so kind and helpful.  When we started potty training (post coming) they were so ready and willing to help us succeed.  I just can't say enough great things about them. 
His first day just two short years ago.  I miss that sweet chubby face so much.
Imagine this sign says "Last Day MDO, 8/10/16"

That bed head is something else.  Also he gets suckers for pooping in the potty.  We don't usually do candy for breakfast.
Last years first day, he was sick and missed but we still had to take his picture.

His first day. I should probably note that this was actually the second week because he was sick the first week.
He's headed to a new school next week for 3K.  He'll be going 3 full days each week.  I'm excited and sad all at the same time.  It's so true, "the days are long but the years are short."  I feel like I blinked and two years passed.