wow! 3 months! officially a baby, not a newborn anymore :( In the last 3 months you have met tons of family and friends...been to lots of library programs and playdates (in Oklahoma & Texas!), been diagnosed with reflux (and now doing SO much better, mommy hardly ever has to give you your medicine anymore!)... received TONS of kisses from a certain big sister of yours...had your first little cold...spend longer then a baby should have to at an audiologist just to be told your can hear perfect!...you are now starting to fit in 3 month clothes! which i guess means your starting to pack on the pounds!...you finally started wearing cloth diapers...you moved to TEXAS(yeah thats a big one)....you have been swimming A LOT, that happens when you have a very busy sister and a super nice pool at your new house :)...you started giggling this week which is so beautiful to me....you rolled over from your back to your belly yesterday!...you still LOVE to be swaddled, and pretty much have to be swaddled to sleep in your co-sleeper...you only nurse when your hungry and want the paci when your tired... you start off great sleeping in your bed the first part of the night (which gives mommy a nice break) but pretty much ends up in our bed by your first waking...you have been on a small trip to our state Capital Austin...and already have had many hotel stays in your short life...you are much less *clear throat* high needs then your sissy...most of the time you are a pretty happy and content baby... your awake times are getting longer and longer....you LOVE watching your sissy play...
Saturday, July 30, 2011
Friday, July 29, 2011
Part 2: Piper's bathroom/closet/bedroom
Yes people you are seeing things correctly....that is a BIG GIRL BED in her room!! Since Violets still in our room in the co-sleeper....we thought, that when we moved we would not even set the crib up...there for the big girl bed would be the Cool new thing in our Cool new house:) She has done AMAZING with it! It still takes 2 or 3 times of going in and laying her back down at night before she officially falls asleep...but MUCH better then i was expecting!
Tuesday, July 26, 2011
Sunday, July 24, 2011
cloth diapers...ohhhh how I've missed thee! since within 10 weeks we were adding a 4 person to our family and moving to another state we decided that once Violet was born we would take a "cloth diaper vacation" until we got settled in Texas...then we would get Violet in cloth and Piper potty trained! well Friday we pulled out our diaper tub and put Violet in her first cloth:) they look so cute on her ;) I am so glad to be starting them! I was getting SUPER tired of buying diapers!!!!
next....the potty training adventure begins!!!! ANY ADVICE??!!
Saturday, July 23, 2011
I grew up with dyslexia so to say the least reading wasn't too enjoyable....as I have gotten older I am learning to love a good book every now and then and especially am loving reading to Piper...so Jake and I are determined to raise a book worm! And since we were moving to Texas 5 days after her birthday to a small apartment....we thought this would be the perfect birthday to stock her(and Violets) library!!...
my little sweet pea is pretty much obsessed with cookies! so there was no question to the sweet of choice for her party!!
She kept saying..."hello?...bye bye. hello?....bye bye."
Piper reading to my cousins 2 little guys Titus & Javen
Violet finally woke up at the very end of the party! just in time for my cousin Rebekah to meet her.
Nothing like a good read!
Pretty good loot if I do say so myself!
Monday, July 4, 2011
Because my 2 little ones have not decided to EVER sleep at the same time during the day...I have not had one moment to update the blog and SOOO much has happened! The first 4 weeks of Violets life seemed to be pretty simple...she was a very sleepy baby...I would have the hardest time keeping her awake! she was probably 2 weeks old before she had her first one hour of full awake time! Anyway when she turned 4 weeks old that's when all the drama began!!.....Because I had Violet at home, we didn't get the mandated hearing test done in the hospital like most baby's do...so within 2 weeks of her birth we had a letter from the state in our mail box saying that we needed to go get her hearing test done at the health department ASAP!!...well...she had been responding to noise just fine and because of that I honestly kept putting it off. But I knew it was something that was required in the state of Oklahoma....so when she was about a month old we finally got to the health department...only to have the speech pathologist tell us that she failed her hearing test on her right ear and that she was referring us to an audiologist...WHAT?!?! what does that even mean?...does that mean she is deaf in her right ear?...I was in total shock! Jake was blown away and we were practically silent all the way home. We trusted in Gods plan for Violets life...but it is so hard to hear that something might be wrong! Our audiologist appointment was set for 2 weeks later, and we spent the next 2 weeks praying for her ear and for her little life. Finally our appointment came...and after 3 hours of tests on my little violet...it turned out to be a complete fluke and she can hear perfect out of BOTH ears!!! Praise God!!!
Well right about that same time she also started to exhibit some concerning behaviors....she started practically refusing to latch on to eat...she would cry, scream and arch her back at about half of her feedings...really acting as though she was in pain....then at my 6 week midwife appointment they weighed her and she had not even gained a pound yet from her birth weight!! My midwives were a bit concerned...we all kinda thought it was a "producing" problem, so they gave me some crazy voodoo breastfeeding tea and prescribed an avocado a day to put fat on Violet. Well I was producing like crazy...but she was still struggling during feeding times! Then the breaking point came....one Thursday at playgroup, she was hungry, I was "full" so I went to latch her on and she screamed at the top of her lungs for 10 minutes while I tearfully just prayed for her to latch on to eat!...only for her to finally latch on for a whole 2 minutes!! Then that afternoon the same thing happened! it was 3pm and she had hardly eaten anything! no wonder she wasn't gaining much weight!! so out of desperation, I frantically pulled my pump out wash all the parts as quickly as I could (i had a crying hungry baby on my hands!!) and pumped for 5 minutes...I got 4oz and offered Violet her very first bottle...she latched on and ate not even one ounce, before coming off and crying again and out of complete exhaustion falls fast asleep. While she slept I got right on the phone with a lactation consultant...after talking though everything with her, she conclude that it wasn't a latching issue...Violet had reflux!!! Actually "Silent Reflux"...she is not one to spit up like a typical reflux baby would...so that's where the silent part comes from. I called my doctor right away...she agreed that it sounded just like reflux and called her in a script that night!!! Ever since being on this medicine she has had not one feeding issue, and just a couple of "reflux episodes" when I get a behind on her meds. We will know for sure next week at her 2 month appointment...but I think she has really started to pack on the pounds too!!! :) I hate hate hate that nursing, something that is should be a source of comfort had been such a source of pain for her first few weeks of life but ohhhh what a relief it was to figure that out!!
Violet is such a sweet baby and has been a much more "smiley" baby then I remember Piper being...she LOVES watching her sister play...and will smile so big after kisses from Piper:) She is already an amazing sleeper (although naps get interrupted by a certain loud big sister quite often)...she does very well laying in her own bed and only joins us in bed the last few hours in the early morning. She sleep propped up on her boppy in her bassinet. She has not taken a liking to her paci...although it is used and she will suck on to it if need be, she is not near as attached to it as Piper was...is;) She gets more and more beautiful everyday...and i am so madly in love with her!!!