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The one(s) where Perry slept through the night

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Thursday, February 28, 2013
This is a bit of a long overdue blog post because it is not really new news. Perry has been "sleeping through the night" consistently for a while...really he was going between 6-8 hours at a time at night starting at about 6 weeks old. I say this quietly and humbly because I know not all babies are quick in learning this skill and I know it is not that I have some kind of mommy superpower that has caused it (well unless you call the miracle blanket a superpower).

Perry is a snuggler and loves (I mean loves) to be swaddled up tight. The other evening I was holding him and he proceeded to burrow his face between my arm and chest and took a little nap. We should have taken a picture (after we checked to make sure he could breath in that position)...I know it looked ridiculous.

He has been an awesome sleeper at night. I looked back at my nursing diary (aka note on my iphone) today and he dropped to just one night feeding at about 3 weeks and then dropped to no night feedings (that is if you consider 4:30-5 am morning) at about 6 weeks. Nowadays we feed him one last time about 9:30 at night and don't hear from him again until 5:30-6 in the morning. Still early...but I'll take it! That schedule should continue to work out good once I head back to work next week (topic for another day).

We finally moved Perry to his crib about a week ago and he has done great. We have been sleeping upstairs too...it is an awful long way from the master bedroom to his nursery in our house. One of these days we will move ourselves back down stairs, maybe once we breakdown and buy a video monitor. Baby steps.

Okay, enough words. Here is our sweet little boy in his crib.




It has been fun to start utilizing his nursery more.

Wordless Wednesday

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Wednesday, February 27, 2013

The one where our cat turned into a lion

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Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Yesterday was a traumatic day for Sadie cat. She had the pleasure of a visit to the groomer for a LONG overdue de-matting. We tried to get it done last thursday but the groomer was out sick so we had to bring her home still matted and just mad for having to tolerate a car ride.

We have a cat that has decided that self grooming is just not her thing. Granted he was given the longest hair I have ever seen on a cat...but seriously...she could at least try to keep the mattes under control. We have been saying for months that we needed to take her in for a grooming and finally got around to doing it. The mattes don't seem to bother Sadie too much...I think it bothers me more than it does her.

Well we figured the only way to get the mattes out would be to shave her and start over...and well that is exactly what happened. So we are left with a very small short-haired cat. You wouldn't have known how tiny she is under all that fluff. She isn't completely naked, she was left with her pretty hair around her head, feet, and tail (you know...the lion shave). We laugh and say it looks like she is wearing a set of UGG boots.

Here are the before and after pictures (brace yourself):

before

after

She was a little traumatized to say the least. When we went to pick her up their exact words were "she is ticked" and she proceeded to hiss at us all the way home if we tried to touch her through her carrier. Once we got home though she was fine and like her old self. I have to think she feels some better with all those mattes out of her fur. Bless her heart.

The one with the enchiladas and fondue

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Sunday, February 24, 2013
Friday night Andrew had to work and Matt had a guys night, so the rest of the family got together for an impromptu "progressive dinner" - left over mexican food at Ann and Gary's and then to Eckley's for a fancy fondue dessert. There is not much better than snacks dipped in melted chocolate and peanut butter. The kiddos thought so too.

After dessert while we were playing "pass the baby" with Perry, Kate came over and said she wanted to hold him. Kate is so nurturing and loves to take care of her baby dolls. I think she is going to like having baby Perry around her house more in the coming weeks. Had to post the picture even though Kate is minus her shirt (it got covered in chocolate along with the strawberries). 

Kate also crawled up in Granddaddy's lap and told Perry a story...I couldn't make out much of it but it had something to do with a crystal mickey and bad guys. Perry listened intently. He loves to watch his big cousins play...I can't wait for him to watch them all play together real soon!

The one where we didn't pay for breakfast

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Saturday, February 23, 2013
Thursday we ventured out way too early in the morning as a family of four (yes four...our four legged child Sadie was along for the ride). Sadie had (we thought) a very special grooming appointment to make. However when we got to the groomer to drop her off we were informed that they had to cancel the feline groomings for the day because the lady who does them was out with the flu. They thought they had called every one with appointments to cancel...but apparently not. They were very nice however and offered to keep Sadie cat for us for how ever long we wanted that day while we ran errands or did what we needed to do. We didn't want to make it a completely worthless outing so we took them up on it...left Sadie behind (sorry Sadie)...and went to get some breakfast at Cracker Barrel.

The meal itself was relatively uneventful except for our waitress who upon seeing our newborn child with us proceeded to ask me how many pounds I gained while pregnant. I was so stunned by the question that I paused and answered her honestly (my response will however not be documented here). Looking back I wish I had the presence of mind to tell her it was none of her business. I got some pretty silly comments and questions from strangers while pregnant but I think this one pretty mich tops the chart of social awkwardness...weight (especially weight gain) is pretty much a no-no in conversation. Whatever.

After we finished eating and were giving Perry his second breakfast of the day a complete stranger walked up to our table. I had noticed the man eating by himself a few tables over while we were waiting for our food. He told us that he knew we were new parents because we couldn't stop looking at Perry while we ate (true, but didn't know it was that obvious). He went on to say that his wife and him had been married 33 years and never had children of their own and that he had paid for our meal so we could use that money on diapers. I think both Andrew and I were so shocked by his random act of kindness that we got out a polite thank you but didn't know quite what else to say. It was very cool and we are incredible thankful for this sweet man...not just for our breakfast...but for the reminder of how we should pay attention to the people we meet every day and go out of our way to show God's love and kindness.

The one where we won the bottle battle

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Friday, February 22, 2013
What was probably six months ago now, Andrew and I met up with his sister, Emily, at Babies-R-Us to make our baby registry. We wandered up and down every aisle trying to figure out what we needed and wanted and what was a completely unnecessary (of which BRU has plenty...I mean really...who needs a baby bath spa). 

The bottle aisle(s) were completely overwhelming. How many do you need...of what sizes...and what brand? And then after you pick the bottles there are the multitude of nipple options (probably the only time I will use that word on the blog). At the time we opted for the ones that Emily used (Avent) and appeared to be the simplest and easiest to clean, registered for a couple, and kept our fingers crossed that Perry would like them.

Well the title of the blog post would be misleading if that is how it worked out. I nursed Perry pretty much exclusively for the first month of his little life (except for 2 times during that stomach bug incident). Knowing that I would be heading back to work at 8 weeks and the logistical nightmare it would be to pump at work, we started gradually trying to wean Perry off of nursing and onto formula. 

He did pretty well those couple times when I was so sick so we thought we had this one in the bag...but apparently he knew then that was his only option and now knew that he could have the better meal, we were just holding out on him...so he refused...and refused...to take the bottle. We tried putting breastmilk in the bottle and he took it a little better but still not great. We tried for a week or two getting him to take one feeding a day from the bottle and and there was much anxiety and crying (from everyone involved). One night he just flat out decided not to even try to take the bottle, fell asleep hungry and slept straight through till his next nursing.

Finally we decided maybe it was a bottle problem, or a formula problem, or both. So we went to the store and bought one of about every kind of bottle they make and got out our samples of the other kind of formula. It was like a switch flipped the first time we gave him Similac formula in a Dr. Brown's bottle. He scarfed almost the whole thing down with absolutely no fussing. 

Needlesstosay we have not messed with that magic combination since. Apparently there is a big difference between these bottles:
and these formulas:

atleast to Perry there is. If only babies came with an instruction manual that tells you their preferred bottle and formula type. I am sure other babies hate this combination and actually love Enfamil in an Avent bottle. If I could find the parents of this baby I would have some stuff to sell/give them. : )

So we are officially Dr. Brown's people. For those who don't know these bottles have about a million parts and take way too long to clean...but for Perry we will do just about anything. We have comandeered quite a few more bottles now from the PX and online yardsales and spent much of yesterday afternoon getting them all sanitized and cleaned. Did I mention all the parts?

This has been a very long post, but one day (soon) we will look back and laugh at the whole ordeal now that we have finally won the bottle battle. And this mommy can go back to work not worrying that her baby will starve to death.

The one where Perry is 7 weeks old

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Thursday, February 21, 2013
This week has been pretty uneventful. Andrew had to work most of it; and due to the extra cold weather and my case of the sniffles, Perry and I have been hanging at home.

But here are a couple pictures of our cutie this week (who turned 7 weeks old today!).

Wordless Wednesday

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Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Hockey

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Tuesday, February 19, 2013
Sunday night we took Perry to his first Hockey game. Our friend Jay plays city league hockey at the ice-plex. Perry had a good time looking around seeing all the new sights and sounds.

He was clearly not a fan of being stuck in his car seat, poor thing

So we got him out and he was much happier


Date Night

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Saturday, February 16, 2013
Monday night Andrew and I got to get out for a date night for the first time since Perry was born. It was awesome to be able to get out and spend time with each other. Perry was in great hands. Ann and Gary came over and kept him and gave him a bottle for us so we could stay out longer than one feeding which was awesome.

Since we had time, we went to the Melting Pot for dinner. So yummy!




Play Date

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Thursday, February 14, 2013
Perry had his first play-date Saturday. We went over to our friends the Parton's house to hang out with Kim, Coleman and baby Barrett (while both husbands worked). Barrett was born about 2 and a half months ahead of Perry. I know they are going to be good friends as they grow up together. A couple months looks like a huge difference now...but it won't be long where it doesn't make any difference at all.

Wordless Wednesday

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Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Meals with the grandparents

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Tuesday, February 12, 2013
This past weekend we had the pleasure to spend much of it with our parents (which will probably from now on be called grandparents).

Thursday night we met up with my Dad and Krista for dinner at Gibson's bbq. We had a yummy dinner while Perry fought against the concept of taking formula in a bottle. A battle we have all but conquered now...thank heavens.

Dad got to hold Perry (and a tiny baby in general) for the first time...it was special. I love how Perry is looking up at his grandpa.

Friday night Perry and I went to dinner at Cheeburger Cheeburger with Granna, Granddaddy, and cousins Ben and Kate. Saturday we had breakfast and dinner over at Granna and Granddaddy's. Our families feed us so well! Sunday it was really gross and rainy outside so we stayed inside and played and napped and watched the Grammys.

Newborn Pictures

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Friday, February 8, 2013
We love how Perry's newborn pictures turned out! We went Thursday out to the photographer's studio to make our print order...and man was it hard to pick which ones to get. I think it is extra hard with your first baby because your walls are empty and ready to be filled with pictures. : )

Here are a few of our favorite pictures:










Our photographer is Simplicity by Christy. She is great and awesome with newborns and babies. She literally spent 5 hours at our house for our newborn session and brought everything we needed to keep Perry happy and calm. Christy also has an amazing baby plan that includes 4 sessions spread across the first year and a coffee table book at the end.

Week Recap

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Thursday, February 7, 2013
It has been a relatively quiet and uneventful week. Andrew worked monday, wednesday and friday so Perry and I spent a lot of time just hanging around the house. I finally got some work (real work) done that I have been desperately needing to start on. For some crazy reason I agreed to help write a nursing textbook chapter while on maternity leave...it is a great opportunity...just terrible timing.

I am not going to lie...it has been a hard week for this mommy. Maybe it's a growth spurt because for the larger part of the week he was waking up from his daytime naps crying and hungry (i think) every 1.5-2 hours when he was previously doing awesome on a 3 hour schedule. This hinders my ability to get out much when he is eating like a barracuda all day.

The weather was nice several days this week so we got to get out a little and take walks in the neighborhood which was nice. Perry loves to ride around in his stroller.

Aunt T came to visit wednesday and we got out for lunch. She brought Perry an awesome auburn Raggedy Andy that she had made. Raggedy has a special place in my heart for the ones Aunt T gave me when I was little and for the fact that it is my sorority's mascot.

Hoping for a better and more restful week next week. No matter what though we are loving our little boy.

Cousin Ben's Basketball Game

Saturday afternoon we finally got to go watch cousin Ben play basketball. He has been playing for weeks but we have not gotten our schedule together to make it to a game until this weekend. It is so fun to watch little ones play sports. Ben's team won which was awesome.



 Ben and Perry
Perry slept through the whole game...but we know he was excited to be there : )

Wordless Wednesday

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Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Meeting GG

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Tuesday, February 5, 2013
This past weekend, GG (Andrew's grandmother) and Aunt Lisa came to visit from Lafayette and meet Perry. We had a great time hanging out with them and I think it is safe to say they loved our sweet little boy.



1 month old

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Monday, February 4, 2013
Yesterday our little man turned 1 month old. I can't believe a month has already gone by. 

Perry, you are growing by leaps and bounds (9 lb 12 oz last thursday) and are getting more awake and alert during the day. You are a good sleeper at night, going 4-6 hours at a time twice each night. Over the next month we are going to work on stretching that out even more. Our biggest struggle is getting you to take a bottle...you really do have a preference (and it is not a bottle) and make that known. We will get there eventually though. You started reflux medicine about a week ago and we think that is helping your tummy a lot after you eat. You like getting baths and actually enjoy getting your diaper changed. You rolled over once, from your tummy to your back, but have not figured out how to do it again. : ) We can't wait to see what month number 2 has in store.

We love you so much! Happy 1 month sweet boy!





Out for a stroll

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Friday, February 1, 2013
One downside to having a winter baby is that you are stuck indoors most days...can't get a little one out in the brisk weather. So with a couple of unseasonably warm days this week we took advantage and got P out for a stroll around the neighborhood. He loved it! He really likes riding around in his carseat...it is a sure fire way to get him to sleep. We are really hoping for some more nice weather so we can go for more walks in the outdoors.


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