Two Month Check Up

Yesterday Jeff went for his two month check up at the doctor. He weighed a little over 10 pounds!!! He was 23 inches long! Holy cow!! Michael and I ended up going to the appointment together. Although, according to them, the appointment was on the 27th not the 28th they still saw us. I wrote it down and I am positive it was on the 28th. I think the girl who rescheduled the appointment was all messed up because of the holiday mix up, but no matter.

Jeff did really well considering that this was a shot appointment. Emily got him to roll over from his tummy to his back 5 times in a row!! Which means that we have to keep a closer eye on him now. He got an oral vaccine and 2 shot type vaccines. Supposedly the kids like the oral vaccine because it tastes like grape, but not Jeff he spit it out and was keeping it in his cheek so he could spit it out.

We did get him to swallow it or what was left of it. She also said that as long as it was on his gums for 15-20 seconds it would be absorbed that way too. He of course cried when he got his shots, but before that was a happy baby smiling and laughing. He had kind of a rough night last night but gave him some infant Tylenol and some more this morning when he woke up to eat.

Michael ended up going to the store that was closest to us last night and took Jeff in his stroller which he loved! When they got home he was upset because the ride was over! He was fussy last night but that was to be expected. Emily is not adding cereal to his formula just yet, mainly because of the constipation. She is worried if she adds solid foods this early it would also contribute to food allergies down the line. He is currently eating 4-6 ounces each feeding which is where he should be and judging by the weight gain, he is doing just fine!

We are also not switching to soy formula yet, mainly because we have the constipation under control with the measures we are currently taking. The apple juice is working well. Jeff seems to LOVE it! He is right on target with what he is supposed to be doing physically and behaviorally with his age, which is great news! He was up later than usual last night because of being uncomfortable from the shots. He goes back at 4 months old for another well baby check and you guessed it, more shots! Between now and then, he will have an ultrasound done on his hips because of the breach birth. That will be handled at UK hospital, they are setting an appointment up for him and will call me. His next appointment is July 26th, I think. I have the card in the diaper bag, I will have to look.

He is now falling asleep between 8-10pm and sleeping until 5-7am. Lately he has become Michael’s alarm clock because he is working at the Armory currently. LOL. I am sorry that I don’t have a photo, but he was out of sorts and I was focused on making him comfortable.

Well, I need to go, I need to make more bottles!

-Ciao!

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9 Weeks & Memorial Day

IMG_0237Yesterday Jeff turned 9 weeks old. I am not sure exactly where the time went! We took him out in his stroller that Grandma got him and he loved it as long as we were moving. When we had to come in he cried. It was bath time when we got home so that was not too bad. He took his bath and was fed. He was out like a light! We will take him out again tonight for a walk before his bath. I am trying to take him for a walk every other day because right now I am in so much pain.

The doctor had set the appointment for today, which is a holiday. So we had to reschedule for Wednesday. When I made the appointment I did not realize either that it was Memorial Day. Sigh.

Jeff is doing really well and is happy most of the time. On the days that Michael is working at the armory we have good days. He is taking naps again and being a happy baby! Happy Memorial Day to all of you!

Eight Weeks Old!

IMG_0234This weekend was Michael’s Drill weekend, so I was on my own all day Saturday and Sunday. It is okay because I used it as Mommy and Jeff time. He was happy most of the time on Saturday, which was good. We had a few fussy times because he did his ‘cat nap’ thing. He would fall asleep and stay asleep for like 10-15 minutes then wake himself up. No substantial nap at all. But he did fall asleep by 8pm last night because of it.

Today (Sunday) I got him back to sleep this morning about 9ish or so and he slept until a few minutes before noon! Which was great because I got to sleep until then too. I boiled his water when we woke up and now waiting for it to cool so I can make some bottles. I made some last night before I went to bed so I would have them today.

Jeff is doing fantastic and I have a couple of pictures for you today. He loves sticking his tongue out and kicking his legs and waving his arms about. He is getting really great at holding his head up and even likes to sit up in my lap for a while now so he can see the world. When he gets fussy we let him look in the mirror at himself and it just stops him in his tracks. We have even taken him out to see the ducks because you can hear them in the bedroom because the lake is just right outside our sliding glass door. When the weather decides what it wants to do, we will sit on our back patio with him either in his swing or in his car seat so he can enjoy outside.

IMG_0236This morning, Michael was having trouble with his sinuses and Jeff did not like the sound of him sneezing or blowing his nose. He would grab on to me like did now want to let go! He is getting so big! When he goes to the doctor on the 26th I will update you all with the weight and all the other good stats.

I gotta run, have to figure out dinner and keep my handsome boy happy! ‘’

-Ciao!

Thankful Thursday & Other Stuff

My favorite picture of Jeff so far!On Facebook there is a thing on Thursdays called Throw Back Thursdays or TBT. I keep threatening Michael that since his mom sent some really great old photos of him that I would scan them to my computer and post them. I have not done it yet, but I will eventually. There are some really great embarrassing photos and since all of mine are in Florida and out of reach of me and him, I feel pretty safe doing this. LOL.

I used to post a Thankful Thursday post before I had Jeff and I want to continue to do that here. So today’s Thankful Thursday is in no particular order:

  1. Jeff- This one is so obvious, I am thankful to be this amazing boy’s mother. He has been so wonderful and loving even when he is fussy. I just look at him and tear up.
  2. Michael- This one is obvious too, without Michael in my life I would not be this happy and content. He is a wonderful dad and husband (although we are not married yet!).
  3. Having a roof over our heads
  4. Having what little food we have in the house.
  5. Having wonderful friends who helped us out with stuff for Jeff
  6. God in my life- I know it is a little far down on the list, but this is not in any kind of order!

Lately we have been so frustrated by things that have been happening here. It is good for me to remind myself of all the good things I have going on in my life too. This weekend is Drill weekend for Michael, so if you need to call him do so after 5pm our time. He generally will not answer his phone at Drill. Besides the reception is spotty there and his phone is being a pain.

To update you all on what is going on, the transportation service that is supposed to help me decided that I could walk the 1/5 of a mile to the bus stop near the house and walk the 1/2 mile from the bus stop near the doctor’s office with Jeff in his car seat. Ugh. Right now, honestly that is impossible for me to do. Not to mention that Jeff weighing last time we were at the doctor’s office over 9 pounds in his car seat feels more like 15 pounds! I think Michael will take him to the doctor appointment on the 26th of this month for me. I want to be able to go, but can not walk that far. I have talked to the doctor’s office about this and I need to talk to my doctor. Hopefully when I see them on June 6th.

The Foodstamp people closed our case out because supposedly Michael did not send him his income statements from the National Guard. He did, we sent them to the local office and I guess they did not put them in the system. So when he called the other day, the lady he spoke to said that if we had no income it would be so very simple, but because he has a small amount of income, it is ‘complicated’. The application says that if you have less than $150 in income, assets, etc… you can get food stamps in 5 days or less. Well, Michael makes a little bit more than that with the Drill pay. However, he was also told that if I applied with just Jeff and I with no income that we would be approved within 5 days. So, I printed out a new application and filled it out for Jeff and I. I am waiting to see what will happen. I am not sure that we can get his income statements to them until after the end of the month, because Michael wants to go down there and watch them put it in the system. Problem is that we don’t have the money for that right now. Sigh.

It is frustrating when people don’t want to do their jobs. Especially when Michael is looking for a job and can not find anything that would support us. Sigh. I know we will eventually get it all together, but it is hard not being able to just go and do the things we need to get done at the time we need to do it.

I need to run and do some things while my boys are sleeping!

-Ciao!

Life Now

As a new mom, although not so new really. My other kids are 20 and 17, so Jeff is almost like having a first baby all over again. Everything has changed so much. For a long time, I was able to eat when I wanted to and do things on my schedule. That has all changed now. I am not complaining by any means, it is just… different now. Take this morning for , Jeff was up at almost 8am and finally fell asleep right before 11am. So, when he was asleep I decided I should eat something because honestly I have no idea when I will be able to eat again today. I know that I will have dinner later, but not sure about lunch.

Jeff usually falls asleep between 8-10 pm. He gets his bath at 7ish most nights. Of course if we have had a very rough day and he is sleeping at 7pm I am not waking him up to bathe him. I will let him sleep. Then I get a chance to make dinner earlier. As I am writing this, both of my boys are sleeping and I am thinking about laying back down to nap some too.

It is different now not having my time as my own and all of a sudden I am so busy! For example, I had my WoW account deactivated about 3 days after I got home from the hospital, I just had no time to play at all. It used to be I would sit down and play and get into the game and six hours later… Now, I don’t really have the time, so why keep the account active? Hopefully, when Jeff gets older, I will have some more time to play and resume my account.

Another thing that is different is that sleeping is different too. We are both sleeping a great deal less these days. I am adapting as best as I can. Speaking of no sleep, my pain levels are worse than they were before. My hips hurt so bad that on a good day I am lucky to get to the bathroom. Sleeping is difficult sometimes because of this.

I am going to run, I need a nap!

-Ciao!

Seven Weeks and Happy Mother’s Day!

IMG_0232Today Jeff is seven weeks old and I am wondering where the time went!! It seems like yesterday he was born. We have been doing really well with the constipation and he is happier now! When he is on his tummy he gets his legs going and rolls himself over! I really think he will be trying to crawl soon!

He has been smiling so much more and I was able to get this really adorable picture with my cell phone that I made my wall paper. As soon as I can figure out how to get it to post here, I will. He is also awake more and longer now, which sometimes leads to more fussy times because he gets so tired and he does not want to go to sleep. I think that sometimes he is afraid of missing something.

Since today is Mother’s day as well, happy mother’s day to all the mom’s out there! This does include those with furbabies and those dad’s who are both mom and dad. Hope you all have a wonderful day! I need to go find something to eat for me since Michael is taking care of Jeff at the moment!

-Ciao!

Six Weeks

IMG_0229Jeff is six weeks old today and is doing pretty well. We are still battling the constipation and we are winning now! Yesterday Michael got some suppositories and we gave Jeff one and this morning he is doing better and feeling so much better! I have also started to give him some apple juice and water in a bottle, he seems to really like that! His next appointment is on May 26th and I will be talking to Emily about his formula and the possibility of putting him on soy because Michael’s family has issues being lactose intolerant.

My appointment went well, I did get my asthma medications I needed and I am trying a new migraine medication called Relpax, it is a preventative medication, so hopefully it works well and my insurance will cover it. I have a couple of samples right now. If for any reason it does not work and or my insurance will not cover it, we have a plan B. That is Maxalt, I have used it before and I know it works well. I have to make another appointment to get blood work done because I am having issues and my doctor wants to rule out diabetes and thyroid issues. I also am making an appointment to get a total physical done. I do have good blood pressure apparently.

Jeff has been a happy boy most of today and slept well finally. He is in with Dad getting a bath at the moment. I can hear he is unhappy. LOL. Michael has a doctor appointment of his own on this coming Friday. Hopefully all goes well there and he is able to get an MRI on his knees done or at least scheduled. That is most important.

Well, I think that is about it and Jeff is playing my song (screaming at the top of his lungs!)

-Ciao!