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PreK Graduation

July 6, 2012 9:35 am

My big boy is so grown up. He just graduated from Pre-K! They had a wonderful ceremony (designed to make the parents tear up!) that his teachers Miss Amanda and Miss Jackie worked so hard on with the kids. All the students memorized two songs which they sang then each child in the class was given an award. Quite appropriately Jace was named the class bookworm. He has loved his stories ever since he was a baby and sometimes the only time he will sit still is while somebody is reading to him. There was a slide show of the kids showing their activities from the past year and a mystery photo game where we had to guess who each child was from a baby picture. It is amazing how much they have all grown.

Jace has had a wonderful time at Teachable Moments this last year. We loved April’s daycare in Medford and were so sad to move on but I have to say this place has been a great experience and Jace has learned so much. It helped that he had his buddy William at school every day and such a wonderful teacher in Miss Amanda.

Jace will continue at Teachable Moments for the summer at their “camp” then it is off to Kindergarten in the fall!

Cranky Baby has an excuse

July 5, 2012 7:21 pm

Yesterday was July 4th and we had a very busy day going to the Melrose bike, trike, wagon and stroller parade in the morning followed by a bbq with friends and fireworks at night. Trevor was a cranky baby who refused to take an afternoon nap since wasn’t home in his snuggly bed. We tried putting him down in our friend’s pack and play, walking him around in the ergo but he was just unable to settle down. I was a little worried about going to the fireworks but Jace was so excited that I didn’t want to ruin his evening just because Trevor was having a bad day so we compromised on going to the Wakefield fireworks by our house rather than the Waltham ones with friends. The fireworks were wonderful and Trevor actually slept through most of them! The grand finale woke him up but he mostly just whimpered a little.

Today he was in an even worse mood and wanted to be held or played with whenever he wasn’t napping or eating. I couldn’t put him down long enough to go to the bathroom without him erupting in tears. It was like he was 6 weeks old again. Then around dinner time I was playing with him and let him chew on my finger (one of his favorite activities!). And what did I feel but one sharp little tooth poking through his bottom gum. Further inspection showed its neighbor is also coming in. Guess you can’t blame the kid for a little crankiness when he has sharp objects poking through his skin.

I want it!

June 17, 2012 8:25 pm

Trevor’s new trick of the week is grabbing onto things. He has been working on it for a little while, starting out by grabbing at his ever present bib and trying to get it off. He succeeded enough times that I bought more of the bibs that have snaps!

He can now grab a toy that is held out to him. It takes a minute for him to get his hands in the right place and wrapped around it but he is clearly making a conscious effort to get the toy. You can almost see his brain working as he opens and shuts his fingers and moves his arm into position. A little left, nope, the other left, now up, open fingers, close. GOT IT!

He also loves being pulled to sitting and standing. However, he seems to think that this is worthy of him getting a reward for that trick. A chance to chew of your fingers. He is constantly eating his own, but I guess he like variety as every time I grab his hands to pull him up, he sits or stands, then turns and munches. Good thing he doesn’t have teeth yet.

(Re)Learning how to Eat

May 16, 2012 10:37 am

Since I had a C Section, I didn’t get to nurse Trevor right away when he was born. After we were finally reunited in postpartum he was sleepy but we tried anyways. Despite the fact that I was in the hospital an extra couple of days this time, my milk didn’t come in until the last day. However, that didn’t stop Trevor from suckling really vigorously to get as much colostrum as he could. After a couple of days of this vacuum cleaner action (hmmm, seems I wrote a similar post about Jace’s suction power!) this was causing my nipples some serious distress so, having had latch problems with Jace, I made sure to seek the help of the lactation consultants on staff. I asked to speak to one on Sunday night and finally she showed up late in the afternoon on Monday. She check our positioning and said we looked fine and that I should just try nursing in different positions to give my nipples a break and gave me some soothie gel pads to help with the discomfort. Sounded a little odd to me but she is the expert right? Well, lets just say I am not impressed with the lactation staff at MGH.

After a week at home I was still in pain so I sought out the services of an independent lactation consultant. She came over to the house and after I explained what was going on, she immediately checked Trevor’s mouth for a tongue tie (which limits the ability for an infants tongue to move back and forth, thus making nursing hard). He was fine but it was immediately evident to her that instead of using his tongue to suck, he was pulling his lip and jaw in. This took her all of about 5 minutes in my house to figure out yet the consultant at the hospital never even bothered to check for either thing. She showed me a nursing position that forced Trevor to tip his head back and made it hard for him to nurse the wrong way. She also suggested we make Trevor “practice” by sucking on our fingers. You could easily tell when he was sucking the wrong way on your finger and could immediately pull it out and make him try again.

When Trevor was born he was 9lbs 11 oz. When he left the hospital he was around 8lb 14 oz which is a pretty big drop but less than the 10% which is when doctors get worried. After a couple of days at home we had a pediatrician’s appt and he was back up to 9lbs 6 oz which was great (keep in mind that while he was nursing incorrectly, Trevor was getting plenty of food). We made an appointment for a week later just to make sure he was back his birth weight. Well, during that week, that is when I was retraining Trevor how to eat and it didn’t go so well apparently. By the end of the week he had mostly figured it out but had actually lost weight and it was evident that my milk supply had dropped dramatically. So we spent the next week with me pumping, Trevor nursing every 2 to 2 1/2 hrs, syringe supplementing Trevor with pumped milk after feedings, and everyone getting frustrated and tired. It was hard work but at the end of the week we went back to the doctor for a weight check. He clocked in at 9 lb 9 1/2oz. Our pediatrician nicely gifted him the 1/2oz and declared him back to his birthweight. From that point we got to proceed with a more relaxed baby lead feeding schedule and Trevor thrived while my nipples healed.

Do you see any resemblance?

May 1, 2012 11:37 am

Some people think they look alike, others think they are totally different. Clearly the hair (or lack there of on Jace) is a striking difference but how about their other features? Do you think Jace and Trevor look like brothers?

Trevor’s 2 Month Appointment

11:21 am

Yesterday was Trevor’s two month doctor’s appointment. Otherwise knows as the first one with all the shots! Our pediatrician warned me we would likely have either a very fussy child or a very sleepy child after the shots. Based on Jace’s reaction, I bet on the fussy cranky option. I have never been so happy to lose a bet. Trevor just slept all afternoon, waking only to eat!

The stats: Height 24 1/2″ (92%) and Weight 13lb 4oz (80%).  For comparison’s sake, Jace was 25 1/2″ and 14lb 2oz so Trevor is a little smaller than his brother, despite being slightly larger at birth. Developmentally, Trevor is smiling, saying “agoo” and tracking his fishy rattle as I move it around from side to side and up and down. He isn’t quite ready to hold onto anything yet but he has great neck strength despite hating tummy time. Generally a healthy kid who is continually learning and growing. The only issue we are battle with is sleep. We have finally figured out how to get him to sleep for a nap (he was just passing out for 1/2 hour here and there, not getting any good long sleep periods during the day). Turns out you have to rock in the glider chair with the ocean white noise blasting full volume. He will then pass out and can be relocated to the swing where he will remain for 2 hours, happily in dream land. Alternatively, I can put him in the Moby wrap and he will fall asleep on my chest and actually let me get things done. However, night time is still a battle. He is a very gassy child and refuses to sleep flat on his back as he seems very uncomfortable. He likes to sleep on his side, in our arms. Comfy for him but not so restful for us, although we have gotten better at sleeping that way. We are trying to get him into the bassinet but it is a struggle. Last night I got him to sleep on his side there for 2 1/2 hrs but then he was too fussy to go back to sleep there. I am also experimenting with eliminating all dairy from my diet to see if that helps. It has been a week so far (they say it takes a good 2 weeks to get all the dairy out of your system) and the only effect I have noticed so far is a cranky mom since I crave cheese! We will see if it helps Trevor or not.

Do it on your own

April 10, 2012 3:52 pm

Yesterday, pulling Jace in the trailer bike, I yell out, “I need help getting up the hill! It’s super steep. Pedal, pedal, pedal, we’re not going to make it!”
I look back.
He’s just sitting there with his feet resting on the pedals, legs motionless.
And he says calmly, “Daddy. I think it’s time you learned how to do it on your own.”d

Wacky Thursday

March 1, 2012 8:57 am

In honor of Dr. Seuss’ birthday, Jace’s class is having a week with a Seussian theme. Today they will be writing their own stories in a Dr. Seuss style. Jace spent some time last night making the outline for his plot.

Inspired by “Wacky Wednesday” (written but not illustrated by Dr. Seuss), he intends to write “Wacky Thursday” which will include, in Jace’s words:

  1. A cow with two bums [of the rear-end variety, rather than the homeless].
  2. A pizza that has a tree on it.
  3. A toilet with a door handle for its flushing thing.
  4. A snake for a hose.
  5. A flower coming out of a sprinkler.
  6. A leaf for a helicopter’s propeller.
  7. Electric cord going to a house from the sun.
  8. The Cat in the Hat without his hat.

I’m  looking forward to seeing the resulting book. Maybe he’ll end up delegating to a team of illustrators.

 

 

Coming Home

February 29, 2012 12:17 pm
Coming Home

We decided bringing home a small baby was rather scary so we opted for a mini cow instead.

I wasn’t born yesterday, or was I?

February 26, 2012 5:18 pm

The kid manages to kick off his baby-lojack hospital bracelet. I attempt to perform some sleight of hand and distract him while fixing the situation. He just looks at me with a raised eyebrow as if to say, “come on man, I wasn’t born yesterday.” He is so wrong.

(C) Steve and Heather Leibman, 2007.