Monday, February 28, 2011

12 weeks old today!

It is absolutely unfathomable that our son is 12 weeks old.  In 6 more days, he'll be 3 months.  No longer will I tell strangers who ask, his age in weeks.  Of course, I've long since been completely healed and lost all of my weight.  I have no residual physical effects of being pregnant at all.  I guess I'm lucky?  But because there aren't physical reminders, it seems like so long ago that I was in the hospital preparing to meet our first born child.  12 weeks!  That's all!

Because we've been bad this week about getting pictures of Grant, I'll post a few of him in the first hours after he was born.  What a most wonderful day.  The best day of our life together so far!

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Almost 12 weeks!

Grant has had a rough week being sick, but it has not affected his level of cute.  He has been doing a lot of sleeping, and that is A-OK with us as I am sure this is helping him get well faster.  His tiny body needs rest.

Today, he discovered his feet!  I wish I had caught this on video.  It was tres cute!  He kept kicking them and watching them with really wide eyes.  I wonder if finding his feet was spawned from me grabbing his feet and putting them in his face, which always elicits big smiles.  We'll never know. 

I finally went to get the CD from Stephanie with Grant's latest photo shoot photos.  He cried nearly the entire time we were there, so there weren't a lot of photos to work with.  But Stephanie is brilliant with photography and photoshop.  We got several we were able to print and save.  I just love her work!

Friday, February 25, 2011

A trip to the after-hours clinic

Last night, poor Grant was coughing non-stop. Coughing so much that his tiny face would turn deep red and almost purple, and after he'd finish, he would sort of make a half-hearted "yeah" yell, telling us all about his disdain for his circumstances. We know that these colds and coughs and snotty noses are normal, and that each day of sickness in turn builds his immune system more and more, but there is nothing that can describe the pain we feel as parents in not being able to do anything to ease his discomfort. We give lots of snuggles and lots of milk and lots of attention to try and make his days of illness go by a little easier. As he was finishing his last bottle of the day last night, around 9:00pm, we thought he would settle in for the evening as usual. A little playing with his hands and feet, some peek-a-boo, a diaper change, a snug swaddle, and out like a light. Eh, not so much. As Dad worked on his laptop next to Grant in his bouncy seat, Grant, without any warning, projectile horked all over the place. On the bouncy seat, the bed where the bouncy seat was resting, Dad, maybe a little on the Mac (sorry, Dad!), and of course, himself.

It scared us. We were sure this justified a trip to the after-hours clinic. Boy are we typical first-time parents. We got there at 10:30, and after an RSV test (negative!), an oxygen saturation test (97%), and a breathing treatment, we were sent home with no more information than we had to begin with. His oxygen was good before the breathing treatment, so why they even did it is a mystery. Grant has a cold. It sounds really bad to us, but we were assured by the doctor on duty that it wasn't that bad at all.


So, no meds. It's just one of those things that we have to ride out.

In the meantime, I'll share with you some photos from my iPhone that we've taken over the past week or so.

Smiley boy!

I surrender!  I think he looks a lot like Rob in this picture.  What do you think?

A trip to Costco.  The lion in his car seat with him is a "lovie".  We got a lot of these in various shapes and sizes from friends and family before he was born.  They are precious!  I believe I have a stash big enough for him to carry one around until he's 18.  And if that's what he wants to do, I will keep his secret.  :)

Looking a little pensive.  Sometimes we have to substitute socks for mittens when the laundry needs to be done.  I recently brought home a lot more mittens, however.  Hopefully he won't need them too much longer.  I hate that he can't be trusted with his own hands.

My favorite pics of all are when he's sleeping. He is an absolute angel.

And out of every smiley pic, sweet sleeping pic, or awesome action shot, we get quite a few of these.  Just in case you were wondering if he was a real baby, here's the proof.  :)

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Going back a bit...

This week, Grant is sick AGAIN. I've been assured over and over that this is perfectly normal for a daycare baby. :( :( :(

With that said, we don't have a whole lot of new pics as Grant has been sleeping a lot. So, I want to go back for now and post two pics - one of Grant's one-month birthday and one of his two-month birthday, just for comparison. Although, he didn't change much between month one and two.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

10.5 weeks.

Our bouncing baby boy has grown very finicky the past couple of weeks. He's getting to be more grouchy when he's awake. I'm not sure what could be the culprit. We thought maybe the new vitamins the pediatrician recommended might be making him gassy. We took those away, but he's still the same. I guess this is just one of those phases of fussiness that he will eventually outgrow.

I do love it when he wakes up in the morning. While he's still swaddled, he'll give me the biggest smiles. He's such a morning person. Don't know who he got that from! And when we unswaddle him after a long night's sleep, he will stretch and stretch and stretch. It is so adorable. I could just eat him whole.

Here are some pics from the past few days. Don't blink - he changes so fast!

This was a pic from when we were on our way to Stephanie's house to have some 10-week pics made.

Here he is in his daycare bouncy seat. I was dropping him off and couldn't resist taking a picture of him in his Red Hot Chili Peppers onesie. The girls at his school all loved it.

He "made" this for me at daycare. It's a Hershey's bar with some stickers, pictures and his handprints on it. It was so sweet. The first thing I've ever received as a mom from our son! And yes, of course I ate the whole thing. ;)

This is a pic from this morning right after getting little dude dressed. I thought this outfit was so cute! It has a little bear on the hiney.

Me and Grant this morning.

This pic is from last Saturday. We were just messing around with the camera trying to get some good pics of mommy with Grant and daddy with Grant.

This was taken Sunday when Grant was especially smiley. We were about to run a quick errand. Grant loves his car seat and riding in the car.

And last but not least, these are the beautiful flowers I came home to on Monday. Rob is still a romantic! :)

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Grant has found his hands!

Well, sort of. We noticed the past couple of days that he's enjoyed sucking on his scratch-mittens a lot. If I take off his mittens, his hands will go directly into his mouth. He doesn't suck fingers, but instead balls up his fist and sucks on that. So today, we had his burp towel in his lap and noticed that if it gets on his hands in a way that he can get it up to his face, he will suck on the towel. We thought it was just coincidence, but he's starting to do it every time now.

On the way to daycare this morning, I put a lovie in his car seat with him. A lovie is a soft blanket about the size of a hankerchief, with a stuffed animal head and arms attached to one corner. This particular lovie is one that I got for him the day after I found out I was pregnant. It's a green frog with satin lining one side. I put it in his car seat and he immediately got it up to his face and began sucking on it. It was so sweet! Unfortunately, I didn't get any pictures of it!

Monday, February 14, 2011

10 weeks old today.

My my, how time flies. Grant is growing up so fast! He is so good at holding his head up and looking around when we are carrying him upright. He is very interested in the most mundane views - the ceiling fan, lights, high contrast images like the picture that hangs on the bedroom wall. He's becoming more alert and aware every day. He still hasn't found his hands, but he smiles a lot more now and coos, too. I just love the coos. They are so sweet and very soft. He's not a loud coo-er just yet.

Sunday, we spent a couple of hours at my friend Stephanie's house, while Stephanie took some more photos of our handsome guy. She is the one who took his birth announcement photos. Here is a preview of some snapshots from yesterday's shoot. Enjoy!

Saturday, February 12, 2011

9 weeks and counting

So, here we are in the 9th week (almost 10 weeks old!) and wondering where the time goes. Grant is doing great at his new daycare. He even did his very first ever art project! The girls at his school rolled up his sleeves, dipped his hands in red paint, and helped him swirl them around on a piece of paper, attempting to make it in the shape of a heart for Valentine's Day. They also helped him sponge paint with a heart-shaped sponge. They said they took pictures, but I haven't seen them yet. Hopefully Monday. But it's really cute that he's already doing art stuff, even though the boy hasn't yet found his own hands!

Grant is still congested from his cold. We discovered that his RSV turned into a sinus infection, and we got anti-biotics for that. He's feeling much better though. When we went to the doctor a second time, he got a breathing treatment.

But he's been all smiles since then.

Until his 2-month appointment when he had to have his 2-month vaccines! It was so sad, but he only cried for about 15 seconds. He's a tough boy! He's off the charts in weight! Here are his stats:

14 pounds (90-95%)
24" long (75-90%0
40 centimeter head circumference (25-50%0

So he's grown 2 inches in the past 2 months.

These are all iPhone pics, so I'll need to upload a few of our camera shots soon. I'll end on this pic - this is what was posted on the daycare infants' room the first day Grant started. How nice!

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

8 weeks and another visit to the doctor -

After a trying weekend of sickness, I decided to take a sick day Monday and made another appointment with Grant's pediatrician, and made an appointment for myself with my primary care doctor. Turns out that we both now have sinus infections! Grant got a breathing treatment and we both got antibiotics.

Then, on Tuesday, we were iced in! So I've been working from home yesterday and today (and possibly tomorrow), and Grant has had a few more days to try and recover before going back to day care.

Since Grant's congestion is helped by sitting up, he's been having to sleep in his carseat or swing for a few days - this was the recommendation of the pediatrician. Since he already sleeps pretty well in his carseat any time we go anywhere, this seemed to be the logical choice. To keep him elevated, we have the stroller set up. It's actually convenient, as he can be rolled to where ever we are in the house, even asleep.

Now for what you really want to see. Pics!

Grant has to wear mittens a lot because he is really bad about scratching his perfectly smooth little face. :(

But mostly this week, Grant is doing a lot of snoozing. His little body is trying very hard to heal itself. We're giving him all the time he needs.

In his stroller in the living room, while mommy works from home.