Honestly, the time has just flown by. It's that strange paradox of "I can't believe it's been three months already!" and "Can you believe it's been three months already?" It's hard to remember life without our little man around.
Little Buddy has grown and changed so much! He has gone from this tiny little guy who would simply nurse and sleep to a little man who kicks, splashes, laughs, and "talks." He loves to take walks outside with Daddy, looking at the trees and checking on the garden. His favorite time of day is bathtime. He talks the most in the mornings and just learned how to giggle when we tickle him.
He starts each night in the pack n' play and stays in it for three hours max, often less. He nurses at least three times during the night after that first wake up and has at least two diapers changes. He wakes up a little cranky but smiles as soon as he opens his eyes. He finally stopped crying at diaper changes but still doesn't like it when you change his clothes.
Little Buddy is, thankfully, pretty laid back. He will fuss when he is hungry, tired, or has a dirty diaper. His cries all sound the same but the lead-up to each is different, which helps. Unfortunately, I don't remember until after which cry is for which problem. The routine is the same: slip a finger in the diaper to see if it's wet, offer the breast, and, if neither work, try to get him back to sleep.
Routine is thrown about a lot with babies. I guess we have one for Little Buddy. I have two morning alarms set: 6:30 AM and 6:50 AM. The first is to nurse the baby, the second is for me to get up and gather Little K to start our day. Little Buddy tends to wake up between 7:30 AM and 8:00 AM. He's back down between 8:30 AM and 9:00 AM. Awake again by 10:00, down again around 11:30/12:00. Up at 1:00. Down one more time in the afternoon. We have an outing everyday at 5:45, whether for karate or church. Little Buddy gets his bath around 7:00 or 8:00, depending on our outing. He gets nursed after and then it's into the pack n' play within an hour. R and I get in bed at 9:00 and try to be falling asleep by 10:00. Little Buddy *ALWAYS* wakes up within 5 minutes of me plugging in my phone for sleep. ARGH!! We have to get better at that part.
Our little family has really settled in to this new life. I may not be cooking regularly again yet but we are fed, in clean clothes/diapers, and the house is staying straightened up. Little K adores her little brother and he always smiles when she is talking to him. We spend the weekends at the pool, Little K in the water and Little Buddy and I in the shade. She plays in the yard while we sit on the front porch egging her on.
There are things I want to do better. I miss tucking Little K into bed each night and reading her a story. I miss taking her to Target or the playground. But it's okay. She is becoming more self-sufficient and gaining some independence. Little K and I go to karate, just the two of us, three nights per week. We still do sleepovers in the master bedroom every Friday. I'm doing my best to be a good mother to both of my children and, while challenging, we are making it work.
Now for the real reason you're here: PHOTOS!!
|Big Sister Swimming|
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|Playing with Daddy|
|Just hanging out|
|Moby Cuddles, Leopard Gecko|