Monday, February 25, 2013

2 months

Today Barrett, you are two months old.
(He wasn't "feeling" the photo shoot at the beginning!)

You've grown and changed so much this month.  It's been fun and challenging!  We had your two month checkup today and you did great.  You got 4 shots and only cried for a minute.  I didn't cry at all, I was proud of myself.
  • You weigh 11lbs 11oz.  50th percentile.
  • You're 22" long.  10th percentile.  You've only grown an inch since birth. 
  • Dr. Farr put you on Zantac because we think the reason you aren't sleeping well at night is due to reflux.  Hopefully it helps.
  • He also said I don't need to rock you back to sleep every time you wake up at night.  He said he usually doesn't recommend crying it out this early but since we (I) are already starting bad habits I need to let you cry and learn to soothe yourself.  I was rocked to sleep nearly the whole time I lived at home.  I guess you come by it honest.

  • You started smiling at us this month and you do it all the time.  It is the cutest thing I have ever seen.  I completely melt every time you do it.  You smile so big every time I get my big camera out.  It makes my heart happy! 
  • You went to church for the first time this month and have been 5 times so far.  You've done pretty well each time.  You start to get more vocal if it goes longer than an hour but it's usually because you're hungry.
  • You had your first play date and it was so cute watching you and Cruz lay on the  play mat together!
  • You did sleep through the night this past Friday (6 straight hours) I'm pretty sure it was just a fluke because the last two nights you've been up every hour.  I'm really hoping the zantac helps.
  • You started sleeping in your crib this month.  It's been an adjustment and I think it has been a factor in your terrible sleeping habits lately but you have to learn sometime.

  • You just started wearing size 2 diapers.
  • Newborn clothes are finally starting to get tight on you.  The pants are too tight but we're still squeezing you into the sleepers because the next size is way to long and you legs don't stay in the leg holes.  
  • You wear some 3 month things.
  • You are eating more like every 2.5 hours now instead of the every 3 hours like last month.  I think you've just been growing.  Sometimes you'll still go 3 hours or longer.  
  • You nurse anywhere from 15 to 30 minutes.  
  • You're taking 3.5-4oz in a bottle when you take one.  

"Why you taking so many pictures mom?"

This month has been so fun!  You've started interacting with us more and its so fun to make you smile.  It's also been challenging.  I never realized I could function on so little sleep.  I only thought I needed coffee before you came along.  We've started getting out and about with you more this month and you seem to enjoy it.  I think you get tired of me sometimes.  We go to work 2-3 days a week for a few hours to make signs.  I finally took down the Christmas tree.  It made me sad to think we'll be getting ready to celebrate your 1st birthday when we get it out again.  Time is flying and I'm trying to soak in every minute.

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Weekend Review

Friday was our monthly book club.  We decided to do something a little bit different this month.  We read Safe Haven by Nicholas Sparks and went to see the movie.  It was a nice change.  I loved the book.  It was one of my favorite Nicholas Sparks books.  Just enough of a love story mixed with suspense to hold you attention.  The movie was good too but it was a lot different from the book which usually makes me angry but I didn't mind this one.  
My parents kept Barrett because Patrick had to work.  They said he cried nearly the whole time I was gone.  Which makes me sad but I came home, fed him and put him to bed and he slept for 6 hours straight.  I was a proud Mama.  (It was short lived he got up nearly every hour Saturday night!)

Saturday I went to my parents again so they could watch Barrett while I ran to the store.  He was more pleasant than Friday night but he started to get fussy so we went home.  It was bath night, which he hates.  I bathed him and he screamed the entire time.  I'm scared the neighbors are going to hear him and call DHR, it's that bad.  After his bath I got him dressed and sat him down. I got my camera out and he just started smiling at me.  This is my favorite picture of him to date.

It's been a rough week for my family.  My little brother's dog had been battling a hip injury for months, she'd had surgery on it and it just wasn't healing.  They took her to another vet for a second opinion and he confirmed that she had bone cancer and it was bad.  They had to have her put down Monday and it was the saddest thing.  She was such a good dog.  We already miss her dearly.  My little brother brought her home when she was a puppy on his bicycle and didn't tell my parents he was getting her.  They were mad at first but John and Daisy were so cute together you couldn't stay mad at him.  She lived with John in Tuscaloosa until this year he moved into an apartment and couldn't keep her there.  She loved John so much.  She missed him while he was at school.  She would light up when he came home to visit.  We know she's better off now.  She was in so much pain, it was heart breaking.

John was 14 when he brought her home.  I love this picture of them!

Tomorrow Barrett is 2 months old and we're going to the doctor for his check up.  It will involve shots and I'm not excited about it.

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Wednesday Randoms, Let's catch up!

Our sweet Amy is embarking on quite the adventure!  She's moving to Alaska to be a nurse.  We're going to miss her so much!  She came to lunch to bid the Maxwell family farewell.  Of course I had to get her picture with Barrett.  I've always wanted to visit Alaska, I'm excited to have an excuse to go now!

Patrick went to walmart after work one day and came home with a play mat for Barrett.  Ally thinks it's for her.  When he's laying on it she usually takes one of her toys over to play on it.

Last week we started putting Barrett in his crib for naps and bedtime.  So far he's done pretty well.  He's not really sleeping any longer at night but it's been good getting into more of a night time routine.

This picture of Porter and Barrett melts my heart.  It is priceless, one of my favorite cousins pictures!

Porter and Barrett were napping and Grandaddy pretended to be asleep too!

I'm trying to get better about blogging.  We've been going through an adjustment phase where Barrett will only nap while being held or sometimes in his car seat after we've ridden somewhere.  I'm getting better about putting him down to cry but it's so hard.  I think it's a growth spurt because he's been eating every two hours during the day and one night.  He's usually been going 3 hours.  So hopefully we'll get this figured out soon!

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Barrett's Birth Announcement

 Barrett is 8 weeks old today.  I finally sent out his birth announcements this weekend.  I think most people have recieved them so I wanted to post it here.  I loved how it turned out.  I designed in photoshop and had it printed it at 
I feel like he's already changed so much.  I still can't believe he was born on Christmas day. 

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Happy Valentines Day

I've never been a huge fan of Valentines Day.  One thing I did love about the holiday...growing up my dad would come home from work with brown paper lunch sacks for each of us filled with our favorite treats.  It was never anything over the top, just some snacks and candy but it always made my day!  I want to make holidays special for our little family, I got Barrett this cute little onesie for the occasion and a new toy since he's not quite old enough for snacks yet.  

I thought he looked pretty adorable!

Patrick was rocking Barrett this morning and Ally had to get in his lap.  I love all three of them so much.  

I've loved sharing this special day of love with all my loves.   I think the holidays are going to mean even more now that we have Barrett.  Everything just seems so much more special.  I'm looking forward to sharing many, many, holidays with my precious family!

Monday, February 11, 2013

Random picture dump

We've been staying busy lately.  Barrett is growing and changing everyday, we're just trying to enjoy and take in every moment with our baby.  Here are a few pictures from the last week or two.

I think I love his wabanub paci more than he does.  He takes it sometimes and sometimes he doesn't.  I guess its a good thing he's not attached to it.

We had a play date with Cruz, he's about 4 weeks older than Barrett.  It was fun to catch up with his sweet mom and to see what Barrett will be doing in a few weeks.

I'm embarrassed to admit this but baths have been few and far between for this little guy.  He hates them so much I only bathe him a few times a week.  I'm getting better trying manage every other day. 
He's been having some issues going to sleep at a decent hour.  This was one morning when we'd been up every hour and he was still so happy. 
I love this sweet grin!

We went to dinner out for the first time.  He did so good, slept the whole time.
We also went to Target for the first time.  Once again he slept the whole time. 
Now if only we could get him to sleep good at night.