Thursday, September 8, 2016

Thompson is Three Months

Well, for the 3rd month in a row, Thompson's monthly update has been the only post I've managed to write. The little guy has been keeping me busy and business is picking up a lot, so my blog has taken last priority unfortunatley.

Thompson, you are now three months old!  You are quite a big boy, weighing in at 15 lbs, and your easy going and happy personality is really starting to shine.  Nothing makes me happier than seeing that toothless grin and hearing your giggle.  You also love to babble and blow saliva bubbles, and you cackle every time we fake sneeze in front of you.  Dad has also started to play airplane with you, which really gets you laughing.

You're now wearing size 2 diapers and wearing mostly 0-3 month clothes.  Some 6 month and even 6-12 month outfits fit you now, which blows my mind.  You've got really good head control now, and we can even sit you in the Bumbo for short periods of time with close supervision.

You're still drinking strictly breast milk. You never wanted to latch, so I have now been exclusively pumping for 3 months.  It's a little more work on my part, but thanks to a good quality portable pump I've been able to make it work.  You take 5 bottles a day, ranging from 5-7 ounces each, and you drink them like a champ. Drinking them has never been a problem for you, but keeping that milk down has been the issue.  You spit up like nobody's business.  Most days I don't even bother to dress you because you'll end up soaked in minutes.  We do a lot of hanging around the house in diapers.

(Sidenote: would any of y'all be interested in a post about exclusively pumping?  I know I struggled to find a lot of information on it when I was exploring this option.  If so, leave a comment or shoot me an email to let me know you would.  I would be happy to share everything I've learned so far!)

You've really adjusted well to the Moms On Call schedule we put you on.  Not only has it been good for you, but it's great for me and planning my workday.  I know what hours of the day you'll be down so that I can arrange to get all of my work done during that time.  At this point you're sleeping for 18-19 hours a day, which has been absolutely amazing.  You also are sleeping in a Merlin's Magic Sleep Suit, which has worked wonders on your sleeping habits.  I'm able to get all of my work done while you're asleep, so that we can have great quality time together in the few hours that you are awake.  I'm praying that these good sleeping habits will follow you through your first year.  

Your hair has started falling out in the most peculiar pattern.  Your Aunt April described it as "epic hair" and that truly is the only word I can think of to describe it.  You're almost bald on the sides, but still have a thick tuft of long brown hair on top.  It's quite a hipster look from the front.  From the back, not so much.  You have an insane cow lick which sends the back of your hair standing straight up like alfalfa, a little bald spot from where your head rubs in the crib, and then a line of hair at the top of your neck straight mullet style.  Epic, truly epic.  

Sweet boy we fall more and more in love with you each day.  We are so thankful that God chose us to be your parents. You are so incredibly loved. 

Friday, August 12, 2016

Thompson is Two Months

This is a few weeks late, but better late than never!
Thompson, you are two months old!  You're such a happy baby, and quite a little chunk.  At your two week appointment you weighed 12 lbs 14 oz (70th percentile), your length was 23.25"(66th percentile), and your head circumference was in the 90th percentile.  You've outgrown all of your newborn clothes, and you're primarily in 0-3 month clothing. A few 3-6 month outfits even fit you now.  You're in size 1 diapers, but they're starting to get a little snug.  We'll probably move you to size 2's for night time soon.  

You're still taking breastmilk exclusively, and take a 5-7 ounce bottle every 3.5 hours.  This month, we decided to put you on the Moms On Call schedule, and you've adjusted so well to it.  Within 1 week of putting you on the schedule, you were already sleeping so much better through the nights.  At 8 weeks, we moved you to the next schedule, and you're now sleeping all the way through the night!  Hallelujah.  

Per Moms On Call recommendations, we swaddle you each night.  You're quite an escape artist, and the the Miracle Blanket is the only swaddle blanket you can't get out of.  You always want your left leg out of the swaddle, and if we don't leave it out, you somehow find a way to wiggle it out of there. 

We have tummy time at least once a day for 5 minutes.  It's not your favorite, but you put up with it and you're getting stronger and stronger each week.  At your 2 month appointment, the pediatrician told us you were very close to rolling over,  and the next day you rolled over from front to back just like it was nothing!  This is a few months ahead of when babies usually roll over, and your grandma thinks you're going to be our little athlete. 

At around 5 weeks, we noticed that you were really only looking to your right side, never to the left.  I switched your orientation in the crib and on your changing pad, and also switched the side that I give you your bottle on, and that has helped a lot.   A girlfriend who's a physical therapist also gave me a few exercises to do with you, and I think the combination of all of these things has got you turning your head to both the left and right now.  The pediatrician did notice a little more flatness on the right side of your head, but wasn't concerned about it.  

You've now started to smile when we smile at you, and even laugh a little bit.  It melts my heart every time I see you do it.  

We took a trip to my parents' lake house and stayed in their cabin for the weekend.  They're building a house and staying in a small rental for the time being, so we stayed in the cabin that they have on their property.  You took a little dip in the lake, and loved the boat ride. 

You have grown so much over these last two months.  I notice something new that you're doing almost every day, and it never ceases to amaze me.  

Friday, July 8, 2016

Thompson Is One Month

Holy moly, I can't believe it's already been one month.   Sweet boy, we are over the moon in love with you already.  You're such a good baby.  You love to be held by mom, and you only get fussy when you're hungry.  You eat every 2-3 hours, and take about 3-4 oz of breastmilk at each feeding.  We didn't have the easiest time with you latching, so I now exclusively pump and bottle feed you.  You take a bottle like a champ, and seem so much happier after we switched you to bottles.  You're not too picky about bottles either, you'll drink it warm or freezing cold right out of the fridge.

At around 2 weeks, we introduced a pacifier.  You don't need it all the time, but like it when you're about to take a nap, or to tide you over when you just start to get hungry.   You're sleeping really well in the Rock 'n Play beside our bed, and you also love to take naps in the mamaRoo.  You sleep best though when you're belly to belly laying on mom or dad, or in the Ergo 360 carrier.

During the first several weeks, you had several visitors come to meet and hold you.  You are one lucky little man, you've got many aunties who love you so much. 

At six days old, you had your first photoshoot.  You were wide awake during most of the shoot, so we captured your pretty blue eyes in a lot of the pictures.   Your eyes have already started to get a little bit lighter, and the pediatricians are saying that they think they'll stay blue.  

In this first month, you've grown quite a bit.  You're now 10.66 lbs, 22.5 inches tall, and have a head circumference of 15.35 inches.  You measure in the 59th percentile for weight, the 86th for height, and the 92nd for head size.  You've also moved up from newborn diapers to size 1.   Most newborn clothes still fit you, but you can also wear a lot of 0-3 month as well.

You've just started to make eye contact with mom and dad, and smile back when we smile at you.  It's only happened a handful of times so far, but it melts our hearts every time you do it.   You're a pretty good sleeper at night.  Usually going one 4 hour stent and one 3 hour stent.  We are counting down the days until you sleep through the night for the first time.

It took about 3 weeks for your umbilical cord to fall off, but as soon as that happened we gave you your first bath.  You LOVE a bath in your Puj Tub.   For a baby that doesn't like being naked, I was surprised that you like the water so much.

We took a trip to Columbia to the house that I grew up in to say goodbye.  Even though you'll never remember, I was so glad that you got to visit my childhood home one time before my parents moved. 

During your first month we took two big road trips and you were great during both of them.  You love your carseat, so car rides and stroller rides put you right to sleep. We spent a weekend in Mocksville, NC where you took your first dip in the pool. 

And traveled to Plains, GA for a family reunion where you stole the heart of a very special man.  Everyone told us what a well behaved baby you were, and you were definitely the littlest baby there.  Your great grandfather was cousins with Jimmy Carter, they grew up together in Georgia.  We were invited to a family reunion last weekend, and were so excited that you got to meet him.

Baby Thompson we love you so much, and can't wait to see all the great things that month two with you will bring!

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Thompson's Newborn Shoot

I'll just go ahead and warn you that this post is very picture-heavy. There are just so many photos from our newborn session that I like that I couldn't stand to take any out.  During this pregnancy, I went the extreme economical route with maternity photos, having my sister April take several for me, and having T snap a few bare belly shots, too.  But I knew once Thompson was here, I would want some professional quality photos to capture our new family of three.

I hadn't used a photographer for anything since our wedding photos, so once my third trimester came around I began scouring Instagram feeds of other local mamas that had used professional photographers. After seeing several local women that had used her, I immediately fell in love with Wonderlight Photography.  Emilie of Wonderlight is super talented.  I loved all of the bright the colors that she uses in her shots, every picture is clean, crisp and colorful.  Exactly what I was wanting.

After stalking her Instagram account for several weeks, I finally reached out to her to see if she had availability around my due date.  We devised a plan to stay in contact around the time I was due, and she'd come over to the house a few days after we got home from the hospital.  The first days after getting home from the hospital are prime baby photography days, but I soon realized they're also some of the hardest days for new parents.  We were exhausted, I was sore and a little loopy from pain meds, and Thompson was still getting the hang of life on the outside.  Emilie was awesome through the entire process.  She was so patient with all three of us, baby Thompson just didn't want to fall asleep.  We had to take several breaks during the shoot so that I could feed him, and T and I tried to pull out all the stops to get him to sleep.  She even brought us dinner whenever she came over.  I mean, c'mon, how great is that?

We were never successful in getting Thompson to fall asleep, so we shot the majority of his photos that day with him being awake, and then Emilie so graciously offered to come back a few days later to photograph him asleep.  Once I got the photos back I was so incredibly thankful that she let us do that.  I love the photos where he looks awake and alert, but the photos of him sleeping are just so sweet.  I couldn't imagine not having captured those moments.

A week later we received our photos for our first review.  Not only is Emilie an incredibly talented photographer, but her Photoshop skills are on point.  In my postpartum daze there were several details that I forgot to address before our shoot, like removing cell phone chargers from the bedside tables and taking a lint roller to my black dress that was covered in pet hair.  Emilie was able to fix all of those things in our photos, plus smooth out some baby acne on Thompson's face.

I was so impressed with all of the photos that we received, and with our entire experience with Emilie.  We definitely plan on using her again soon.  In addition to her traditional shoots, she also offers mini sessions that are really reasonably priced, and is hosting a few classes this summer instructing moms how to best use their cameras to photograph their kids.  (You can visit her site here) I think I'm going to have to take the class, because I'd love to learn her ways!

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