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Sunday, April 27, 2014

Baby James: 19 Weeks...So Sweet and Silly

His surprise face cracks me up!

My boy is so stinkin' awesome. Here are some firsts from this week:

-First official mommy/Jamesy run! We've been on 4 this week! :) Running with James has been really awesome. I think he really likes it. I haven't done more than 3 miles so, hopefully, when my mileage increases, he'll still seem to enjoy it. He usually falls asleep by the end of the run. (P.S. I do plan on blogging about my training every so often so I'll report to you guys soon. I'm not actually training for anything specific right now. Just trying to up my mileage since I'm just now getting back into it.)

-Our first baby yoga session! (Darn me for not getting a picture...I'll definitely get one next week). Baby Yoga was a good time. I can't say that I got a good workout but it was great bonding time for James and me. It was also fun hanging out with some girlfriends and seeing their little ones :)

-First of many times that James will wear a bow tie...hopefully.

-First time to meet Jimmy's cousin, Yvonne, and her hubby, Steve.

-First successful practice session in the Bumbo chair.

-His first Easter.
James Robert Davis I, II, & III!

It's just so amazing to see how much this little boy is growing in such a short time period. The miracle of life never ceases to amaze me. I can't believe there was a time in my life that I considered not having kids! I'm so glad God changed my heart!
James and a picture of Jimmy when he was the same age (4 1/2 months)!

Friday, April 25, 2014

Bummed...But Trying To Stay Positive

I'm off work today. This is good and bad.

I've been really bummed the past week about my work schedule. A lot of people think I'm salaried but I'm actually paid per visit (each patient I see equals a visit...depending on the type of visit). Anyway, a full time employee (me) needs 24 visits to be considered full time. This week, I had only 18 visits...not horrible but not ideal.

I feel so much pressure, especially now that we have James, to make money for my family. So, in my mind, today = money that I'm not making. Mr. Boo tells me not to worry (and so does Philippians chapter 4!) but it's so hard not to when we have extra expenses with Baby J.

I need to take advantage of this day off (I SO wish it wasn't raining), but I have no idea what to do with it!
-Finally take the pack n play out of our bedroom

-Buy some new running shoes

-Pray that it stops raining so I can go yogging...I mean, jogging...with James

Thanks for listening...even if you weren't intending to listen :)

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Baby James: 18 Weeks...Rolling, Running, and Rendezvous

This has been a weird week for James. I'm not sure if I should blame it on the shots he got at the doctor on Tuesday or a growth spurt....but that's life with a baby. Things can change in the blink of an eye! I bragged last week that James had finally started sleeping well enough for me to get some shut eye. Since his appointment on Tuesday, he's been waking every 3-ish hours (until last night when he seemed to return back to the 5 hour phase). 

His eating has also been weird since his appointment. When he's not at the sitter, he's eating every hour! That's exhausting for a breastfeeding momma! James also decided to ban naps from his weekend agenda which has made him slightly fussier.

Speaking of appointment, James' visit went very well! He weighed in at 12 lbs. 8 oz. and is 25 inches long. He is in the 45th percentile for height and 4th for weight....skinny boy! Despite his size, he is a strong little  man. The doc was impressed by his skills. While at the appointment, I saw him roll from his tummy to his back for the first time! I think he was showing off for Dr. D. He received his second round of shots and we got some education about starting real food. Dr. D said he is growing well enough that I should be fine to breastfeed him until he's 6 months (Yay!). 

Here's where I want to hear from the breastfeeding/pumping moms out there:
I got concerned this week about my milk supply. It hasn't decreased but I have the fear that it will since James is sleeping longer at night. My boobs are used to being pumped/fed from at least every 3 hours. When he sleeps 5-6 hours at night, he doesn't always eat from both sides. I guess I'm just nervous that my supply will decrease and I'll have to start giving him formula. What are your experiences regarding this?

Let's end on a positive note with some of our adventures from this week:

-Jimmy and I both took off work for doctor appointment day so we were able to spend that day as a family!

-Jimmy and I celebrated our 4th Wedding Anniversary on Thursday and we brought home our favorite food from Carabba's and had a family dinner. Then our wonderful friends, The Hendersons, watched James while we went to have cheesecake and a cocktail at Cheesecake Factory. I missed James dearly but I know Jimmy and I need that time together. 

-We went on a family walk at Creekside...James in the carrier, our girls on their leashes.

-We watched daddy play volleyball then went on our first run with the jogging stroller (P.S. I am SO OUT OF RUNNING SHAPE!!!). Now that I have the stroller, I can go on some runs during the week!

Next up for James: 
-Perfection of rolling and working on his sitting skills.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

James Turns 4 Months

Dear Baby James,

You are the sweetest boy EVER! You only fuss when you deserve to be fussy (i.e. diaper needs to be changed, you're hungry, etc.). This has been your best month so far! You recognize your mommy and daddy and smile when you see us. You have been going to Ms. Jane's for over a month and you have lots of fun there while mommy and daddy are at work. Mommy still wishes she didn't have to work all day but working allows us to do things like baby yoga, swimming lessons, etc. (P.S. We get to start baby yoga in a few days!!!).

You've had A LOT of firsts this month. At the beginning of the month, you started rolling to your side; a couple weeks later, you were able to roll towards your right onto your stomach! It became your favorite thing to do...you even sleep in that position. Today, mommy got to see you roll from your stomach to back for the first time (I think daddy saw you do it a couple days ago). You are also a champ at tummy time. You can hold that big ole head up like it's nothing. Now we just need to get you strong enough to sit up in your Bumbo chair.

You also had your first giggles (which are so cute!) and started enjoying family walks in your carrier. You LOVE to check out your surroundings! You are learning and taking in all of the cool things of this world. In addition to your jungle gym, you have become quite fond of "Mr. Monkey" and "planet." I think you like them because you can put them in your mouth.

When mommy went back to work, you started sleeping horribly! The last week or so, we put a sound machine in your room and now you sleep 5-6 hours then 3 more hours! Now mommy has a little more energy :) You also became a big boy a couple of weeks ago when you started sleeping in your own room and your own crib. It was hard for mommy to let go!

Son, you are the best kiddo in the whole world. I know the next month will be even more awesome because you'll keep getting stronger and more active. The weather is also getting nicer so we can enjoy outdoor activities! I love all of your milestones and love being your mommy.


Saturday, April 12, 2014

Baby James: 17 Weeks...Quaintly Quiet

(I totally had to look up "Q" words to continue with my alphabet title theme. I didn't want you guys to think I was that cool and creative)

As the title hints, this week was fairly uneventful but not in a bad way. I can't say it was relaxing though! The weeks really seem to fly by because of the craziness but I really look forward to Friday afternoons. 

I told you guys last week that J started rolling to his belly and that I found him sleeping in that position. I've finally gotten used to it and don't worry as much about it at night. He seems to like to sleep in that position. His sleeping has been SO MUCH BETTER since putting the sound machine in his room. It stays on all night long and really helps him to go back to sleep when he wakes up. I think he has slept 5-6 hours each night followed by another 3 hours stretch. If I could just go to bed at the same time as him it would really help me out!

Speaking of sleep...I don't know if I mentioned what's been going on with me recently. I was getting several dizzy spells each day, felt extremely fatigued, and couldn't figure out why (and it was really freaking me out...I even took two pregnancy tests!). Without boring you with the details, I think I figured out that it was the lack of sleep. The past few days that James has slept better, I haven't had ANY dizzy spells! Hopefully that was the problem and I don't have to let that worry me.

James has been such a fun baby this week. He has been so giggly and playful! 

He only had one "first" this week and that was meeting the Easter Bunny. I was hoping he would cry because I think it's hilarious when kids cry about those things! BUT he really enjoyed sitting in his lap (even though the bunny was really creepy looking):

O.k., I told you this week was kinda boring. Next week, James goes to his 4 month appointment in which he'll get immunizations. I'm going to talk to the doctor about when he can start going on runs with me! I really want to get back into running and it's been impossible because of the business of work and home duties.

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Baby James: 16 Weeks...Practice Makes Perfect

What a cool week this has been! James has been the biggest rock star!!!

This week's firsts:

-My Baby Boo held up his head while on his elbows for several seconds (for the first time on
Saturday night)...he has become obsessed with doing it as the week goes on. I can't say he enjoys tummy time but it's a lot better for him now that he's getting stronger :)

-James rolled over from his back to his belly!!! He did his first quarter roll when my mom was here a couple weeks ago. By the beginning of this week, he progressed to a 3/8 roll...he couldn't quite figure out how to get completely over his arm. Tonight (yes, it's almost midnight and I'm up typing this), I had to go to the store so Mr. Boo watched James. He went to the kitchen to do something, came back, and J was on his belly! After that, Baby J couldn't stop doing it! He's such a wiggle worm!

-J ate all four of his bottles at the sitter's! He usually eats two or three 4 oz. bottles when I work a full day. Growth spurt maybe?!

-His first diaper rash. Since we cloth diaper, I used coconut oil. It seemed to really help.

I told you guys last week that I was going to start crib training. It was rough at first cuz he was still waking every couple hours. BUT, I have a genius patient that gave me the best idea EVER (and she doesn't even have kids): I was telling her that James falls asleep to his sound machine. She told me, instead of getting him up when he wakes after the two hours, turn on the sound machine to see if he'll go back to sleep. So simple! I can't believe I didn't think of that! 
I tried. It worked. Yay.  The problem? I got tired of getting up every 2 hours to turn it back on! LOL. So Jimmy decided to take our sound machine, that stays on all night long, and put it in James' room. It has been a miracle. Since doing that, his first stretch of sleep has been 5-6 hours long!
Crib training has been interesting, too. I've seen James in just about every position possible when I go to get him out of bed. Now that he can roll over, I even find him on his stomach (which really freaks me out...is that ok, by the way?). 

I was fortunate enough to have two short days at work this week that allowed me to pick James up early and enjoy some extra special time with him at home. 

Wow...what a week! Being a mom is awesome!!

The original James Robert Davis aka Grandpa :)