Sunday, August 29, 2010
Imagine his disdain when Matthew came along and the Pack n Play returned (for Matt to sleep in of course, but Luke didn't really get that immediately).
On a recent morning, I was getting ready for work with Matthew sleeping in the Pack n Play in the bathroom with me. Luke walked in, and in a true show of emergent deductive reasoning skills, the following conversation occurred.
Me: Hey buddy.
Luke: Hi Mommy. Where's Matthew?
Me: Right here sleeping (pointing at Matthew in the Pack n Play)
Luke: Matthew's sleeping.
Luke: Matthew's sleeping in time-out.
Me: I guess you're right, buddy. (Luke looks visibly excited at this point.)
Luke: Matthew's in time-out. He did something bad. Three minutes!
(Note: when Luke goes to time-out, we tell him how long he'll be there. Since he's now 3 years old, he goes to time-out for 3 minutes).
And with that, he walked out of the bathroom, pretty content with the fact that someone else was in time-out! How's that for deductive reasoning and sibling rivalry?!?!
Wednesday, August 25, 2010
Matt's 4 month appointment was today... he's still doing well! He's 16 lb 5 oz and 25 inches long. That isn't 90th percentile anymore, he dropped to 70th percentile (doctor isn't concerned). In true Baldauf "fat-head" fashion, his head still remains at 90th percentile (again, no concern).
We think that the weight slow down is linked to Matt's perpetual state of activity! The boy is constantly kicking, rolling, holding up his head, squealing with delight, finding toes, eating hands, laughing, yelling, watching his brothers and dog, grabbing glasses and noses, and blowing raspberries. He'll probably be crawling in the next month or so... he's already trying to scoot backwards. Slow down, boy!
Monday, August 23, 2010
Sunday, August 22, 2010
We take the hint and give quick kisses before rushing down the steps. Luke and Will (with the aide's assistance) wave excitedly at us as they pull away. And off they go on their big boy day at school...
Tuesday, August 17, 2010
So I started shooting some video of him on belly, just so we could remember these moments later on. Otis must have felt that Matt wasn't the only one that could show off some moves. In his own caring, Lab doggie way, he challenged Matt to a roll off (in the same vein as a dance off). I think you'll see in the video below that Otis wins the first roll off competition. Matt looks interested yet unimpressed, but it could just be an act. You'll have to tune in sometime in the future to see if Matt ever accepts the challenge.
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Monday, August 16, 2010
We hit the beach early on Saturday to avoid the heat and the crowds. It was perfect out! And apparently in the past year, Will has gotten over his dislike for the ocean and retained his love for wind. Luke still loves the water, and managed to tolerate the sand (I won't go so far to say that he liked it...). And Matt? Well, Matt retained "perfect baby" status and slept in the shade the entire time.
After the beach, we had lunch and a nap. We were all exhausted, not just the kids! We attempted the Ripley's Aquarium in the afternoon. Luke and Matt did well... Will had a really tough time. I am not sure if it was the noise or the crowd or the dim light. But whatever it was, it made Will cry the whole time. Despite our best efforts, we couldn't console him, so our trip was shortened a bit.
Sunday, August 15, 2010
It really isn't a natural thing to eat while you're sleeping (not to point out the obvious or anything). Imagine how you feel when you eat a big meal too close to bedtime: you wake up with heartburn and still feeling full. For Will, the Axid prevents the stomach acid production that causes heartburn. The Reglan encourages the stomach to digest and move things along.
In the past two weeks, Will picked up a head cold and was having a tough time getting over it. As per his usual, the extra mucus made him gaggy, which leads to Will vomit all over the place! Will was waking up many times a night, sometimes with gagging and puke. We were waking up each morning to the sound of coughs and gags, running into Luke and Will's bed room, trying to get Will out of bed before he'd puke. It is a very stressful way to wake up every day. Especially with very little sleep the night before.
After a couple of days of this drama and many loads of stinky laundry, we realized that Will must be dealing with more than just a head cold. We called the pediatrician because Will wasn't getting any better. He suggested that we increase Will's dosage of Reglan by 0.8mL... not a lot of medicine, but within the recommended dosage level for a kid Will's size.
The increased dose of Reglan caused Will's stomach to empty a little quicker, which apparently his stomach needed! Because the day that we increased his dosage, the morning vomit run stopped. And it hasn't come back. Yay! It is very nice to sleep again.
It appears likely that Will either outgrew his original Reglan dose, or his body just decided that it needed more help pushing his night time feed through his stomach and gut. He was probably puking because his stomach was full to the tipping point. What ever it was, we're happy it is over... and we know now that for long term medications and a growing boy, sometimes you have to increase the dosage. Mental note.
Wednesday, August 11, 2010
Matt made it through like a champ. He didn't cry. He didn't whine. He didn't pee on anyone. In fact, he kept a look on his face the whole time like "what the heck is going on here?" Though I think he enjoyed being naked in front of a large crowd of people, we enjoyed dressing him in his special Oma baptismal garment. A super special thank you to Rena and Brian for serving as Matthew's godparents!! Matt is a very luck little boy to have you in his lives!
Thanks to everyone who made the trip from near and far to attend this special day for Matthew. We all had a wonderful time and feel so fortunate to have you in our lives! It would take longer than I have right now to post all the pictures of that fun, hot afternoon... just know that you all mean the world to us, and we had such a great time with all of you!
Sunday, August 1, 2010
Despite the intense workout that the chair got during its life with Will, we felt that it was still in good enough shape to be used by little bro Matt. Sure, it squeaks from time to time, but its still a pretty good baby chair. The funny thing is, the chair was given to us second hand by cousins Patch and Katie during a visit to their house in 2007. Their two children had used the chair too. So this thing was clearly the baby shower gift that kept on giving! The title of this blog might be incorrect... it is actually Bouncy Chair v4.0 (but that just didn't have the same ring to it).
The first couple of months, Matt usually just slept in the chair. He has recently decided to stay awake when he's lounging in the chair, and reminds us of a little baby pinball machine when he kicks his legs. It certainly appears as though big brother Will has been showing him the ropes when it comes to getting a workout and having some fun!
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