March 23, 2017

Kian | Four Months Old

Wait, four months old already? HOW?! Also, this picture is an incredibly accurate representation of this child’s personality. He’s quite the dramatic ham.

Statistics

  • Weight – 15.4 lbs
  • Length – 25.75 inches
  • Clothing Size – 3-6 Months (Depends on Brand)

Nicknames

  • Squirt
  • Fussy Budgie/Bussy
  • Fuss Bucket

Sleeping

  • 12-16 hours per day (depending on if he naps)
  • Has no consistent nap schedule, despite the best efforts
  • Consistently goes down at 7:30 pm, wakes between 3-4 for a feed, and then sleeps until 7-8 am
  • Takes 15-60 minutes to fall asleep at night
  • Sleeps in his Dock-A-Tot in his crib in his nursery

Eating

  • Breastmilk via a bottle
  • 5 – 6.5 ounces per feeding (5-6 feedings per day)
  • 24-30 ounces per day
  • Consistently eats within an hour of 3 am, 7 am, 10 am, 1 pm, 4 pm, and a final meal at 7:30 pm

Health

  • Had his third round of vaccinations
  • Super healthy, no small or major illnesses
  • Had at least one “major” growth spurt

Loves

  • Being undressed and naked (he giggles when you take his clothes/diaper off)
  • Playing on his floor gym/toy by Fisher Price (seriously the best investment)
  • Bath time (3x per week, at least once with his Otteroo)
  • Grabbing things on you like your hair, your shirt, his burp cloth
  • Being “thrown” up in the air
  • Kicking his legs while laying down, or in the MamaRoo, or in the bath
  • Being held in a standing position, and then doing baby squats

Dislikes

  • Depending on his mood he hates laying down (will arch his back) and wants to be standing
  • His pacifier  (he is really not big on the binky and doesn’t like to keep it in his mouth, which is ok)
  • Tummy Time (always and forever)

Milestones

  • Consistently sleeps 7-8 hours straight each night
  • Sleeps in his crib in his nursery every night
  • Traveled out of the country for the first time (Cabo, Mexico)
  • Flew on a plane for the first time
  • Took his first boat ride
  • Has started reaching and grasping for things/toys
  • Outgrew his bassinet, and original baby bath tub

Dear Kian –

Well, here you are, already four months old. Woah. This last month was a pretty big one for you. So much happened it is hard to know where to begin. The day you turned three months old we hopped on a plane and headed to Cabo for the wedding of two close friends. It was your very first plane ride, and though we were a bit nervous, you did pretty well on the way there (returning home was another story)! Your  Gramma and Granpa Olmstead met us down there and you got to spend a few days visiting with them. I know they were excited to see you since they hadn’t seen you since you were born. While in Cabo you also got to go on your very first boat ride! You were a champ the entire time, and everyone thought you were so cute. Thanks to bringing your Dock-A-Tot with us you slept very well, which was fantastic. Packing for you was an adventure, but we didn’t forget anything and had more than what we needed, so I consider that a win.

A couple days after we returned home you had your next round of vaccinations. For the next few days you were EXTREMELY unhappy. You ran a fever for the first 24 hours, and then you were just straight up unpleasant. You vacillated between being mildly grumpy and screaming your head off for hours straight instead of going to sleep. I imagine your little body was being pummeled by the vaccines and you couldn’t get comfortable. This went on for almost a week and we were actually worried something more was wrong. Perhaps you were also having a growth spurt at the same time and it just all combined to be rough for you. It was so hard seeing you so unhappy and not being able to make you happy. Eventually that all passed and since then you have been a pretty pleasant little guy. You didn’t “talk” as much this last month, until the last few days when you opened back up and spend a lot of time babbling away. You clearly have lots of things to say.

After we returned from Cabo we finally moved you out of our room during the night and into your nursery and crib. Thanks to your Dock-A-Tot the transition was extremely smooth and you slept over eight hours that first night. Once you are finally asleep (which can take 15 minutes to an hour) you are such a champion sleeper. We really lucked out here. I am not sure what we would have done if you had been a poor sleeper. I suppose we would have adapted. We have established a little nighttime routine in hopes of keeping some consistency. You’re still a bit young for sleep training, but we figure there is no harm in starting early when it comes to establishing good habits.

While you still hate tummy time your legs are continuing to get strong and stronger. You definitely prefer being in a standing position over sitting or laying down. It’s awesome to see this, though I know once you finally start walking we are going to regret everything. You have also started to reach for and grab things a lot more. Sometimes it’s your toys on your floor gym, sometimes it’s our hair (ouch). I definitely have to watch what jewelry I wear around you because pretty soon you will be trying to pull my earrings out or choke me with my necklace. And now I know why so many mothers wear their hair short or pulled up in a bun. You are a very curious little guy, and your curiosity only seems to grow as you realize how much world there is out there. Your head is constantly on a swivel looking at and discovering new things. I can’t wait to start showing you more of the world and see how you interact and learn.

It is so fun to watch your personality develop. Based on what we have seen so far I suspect you will be very opinionated and have a flair for the dramatic, be very emotionally and facially expressive (I mean look at your picture for this month), have a deep curiosity for the world, and constantly be on the move discovering new things and places. I know we should live in the moment, but I have to admit and I am looking forward to when you start to talk, walk, and interact with us a bit more deeply. It’s going to be a lot of work, but it will be so much fun. In the meantime, we will cherish you as you are now. Even when you are wailing at the top of your lungs for the third hour straight, we love you very, very much and are lucky you are ours. You might grow up and change, but that will never change.

Love,
Mommy

February 23, 2017

Kian | Three Months Old

Today Kian is officially three months old! It’s been a big month filled with a few key milestones. Additionally his personality is starting to show through as well! Here’s a look at what happened over the last month:

Statistics

  • Weight – 13.8 lbs
  • Length – 25 inches

Nicknames

  • Squish
  • Cutie Patootie
  • Little Stinker
  • Little Dude
  • Poop Monster

Sleeping

  • ~15-17 hours per day
  • Naps are all over the place; sometimes 45 minutes 3x per day, sometimes one 2-3 hour nap
  • 10-12 hours at night, going down at 7:30ish, sometimes waking at approx. 10pm and 3am for feeds
  • Starts the night in his crib until we head to bed, then sleeps in his Dock-A-Tot in a Pack & Play in our bedroom

Eating

  • Breastmilk via a bottle
  • 4- 6.5 ounces per feeding (4-5 feedings per day)
  • 24-30 ounces per day
  • Doesn’t really have a consistent schedule yet for feeding
  • Can spit up quite a bit (still less than an ounce) after large feedings

Health

  • Had his second round of vaccinations
  • Had a bit of a cold/chest congestion for about a week

Loves

  • Eating/sucking his hands
  • His new floor gym/toy by Fisher Price
  • Bath time with his Otteroo
  • Laughing and talking (he can talk A LOT)
  • Watching TV (seriously, he’s obsessed when it is on)
  • Being mostly naked on his changing table(s)
  • Being held in a sitting/standing position so he can see everything and everyone

Dislikes

  • Being on his back too long and not being able to roll over
  • Tummy time continues to be the bane of his existence (and ours)
  • Being cuddled/held close for more than a minute or two

Milestones

  • Slept an 8 hour stretches a couple nights
  • Rolled over to his side a couple times
  • Wearing mostly 3-6 month clothes (3 month only clothes tend to be too small)
  • First night(s) away from Mom/Dad (stayed with Dadi and Dada last weekend)
  • Started using a bouncer/walker (he LOVES being upright)
  • Both parents back at work full time

Dear Kian –

Woah, how are you already three months old? I know I have said this every month so far, but man time is really flying by. You are growing so quickly, it’s hard to believe sometimes. In addition to some new milestones, this last month your personality has really started to develop and show. You continue to be a very happy baby and are constantly smiling, giggling, and talking (boy do you like to talk up a storm at times). You have also started developing a flair for the dramatic and “vocalizing” your opinions very strongly, particularly if you do not like something or are unhappy. You have developed the ability to stick your bottom lip out in a “pout” and use this weapon frequently in getting us (or anyone) to do your bidding. It’s really quite impressive. I think you are going to be quite a handful when you get a little older. We are bracing ourselves for many tantrums.

Over this last month you have gotten physically stronger and more adept. You are much better at Tummy Time though you still don’t enjoy being left on your stomach for too long. You also really like it when someone holds you standing up; you even do little baby squats. It’s adorable. Even though you are still a little too short/young we bought you a bouncer so that you could play sitting up a bit more. This makes me think that you are going to be walking quite early. When not standing you like to be held sitting up so that you can look around and observe the world. You are a very curious little guy, which is awesome! Your neck strength and control has gotten quite amazing. You still bob your head around a little bit, but you can now hold your head up for a good long while. You’ve also gotten better at grasping and holding things, though you still have little interest in toys. Mostly you just grab things when they are presented to your hands, otherwise your hands are constantly in your mouth.

You still sleep like a champ at night (though most nights you wake up at least once between 10pm and 6am). During the day is a whole other story. Some days you will take a 2-3 hour nap, while others you will take a 30-45 minute nap every couple of hours. Hopefully a routine can be established soon. Naps are the best and you are always so much happier when you are well rested. You are also eating pretty well, though it’s inconsistent. Sometimes you will eat a full 5-6 ounces, sometimes you only want 3. Sometimes you can go 4-5 hours in between eating, sometimes it is only 2-3 hours. I suspect it’s because you are a growing boy!

Now that we are both back working full time we don’t get to spend as much time with you, which makes us both sad, but you are in great hands with your Nanny Roxana, and your Dadi and Dada (who just dote on you so very much). It is a bit frustrating that by the time we get home from work we only get 30-60 minutes with you before it’s bed time, but that is the life of being working parents. We make up for it by snuggling you lots on the weekend.

The last month we spent our first two nights without you since we had a wedding we had to go to. You did very well with your grandparents and we missed you lots (though it was nice to sleep through the night uninterrupted). We are pretty sure you grew an inch in those two days away from us!

We are continually impressed with how strong you are and the milestones that you are starting to meet. It is so wonderful to see your personality start to develop, and boy is it quite the personality. You are going to keep everyone on their toes for months and years to come. But honestly, we wouldn’t have it any other way. We love you very much and can’t wait to see who you become. Until next month…

Love,
Mommy

January 23, 2017

Kian | Two Months Old

Today Kian is officially two months old! Here’s a quick look at what’s happened over the last month:

Statistics

  • Weight – 12 pounds, 6.4 ounces
  • Length – 23.5 inches

Nicknames

  • Little Dude
  • Squidgie
  • DJ Squidgemaster
  • Kootchie Koo (by Dadi)

Sleeping

  • 15-18 hours per day
  • 2-3 hour stretches during the day
  • 4.5-7 hour stretches at night
  • Sleeps in his Dock-A-Tot in a Pack & Play in our bedroom

Eating

  • Breastmilk via a bottle
  • 2-4 ounces per feeding (6-8 feedings per day)
  • 24-27 ounces per day
  • Spits up a little more frequently than last month, but still in small quantities

Health

  • Has mild to moderate Cradle Cap (we treat with Mustela shampoo and lotion)
  • Had his first round of vaccinations at 6 weeks old
  • Has periodically had a stuffy nose
  • Diaper rash has pretty much disappeared
  • No longer has newborn rash

Loves

  • Music of all kinds
  • Conversations with Mommy & Daddy
  • Watching hockey in his Boppy with Daddy
  • Having his diaper changed (he often smiles and starts talking)
  • Story time (loves to look at the pictures)
  • Being held so he can see and observe his surroundings

Dislikes

  • Tummy Time
  • Not being fed right away when hungry

Milestones

  • No longer sleeps in our bed
  • First real giggle(s)
  • Slept in his crib a couple of times
  • Slept a 7 hour stretch at night
  • Wears size 3 month clothes
  • Can hold his head up for at least a couple minutes when he is being held
  • First outing without Mommy or Daddy
  • Mommy going back to work
  • Started wearing cloth diapers

Dear Kian –

How are you already two months old? I can’t believe how quickly time is passing. This last month has been a big one for you. So much has happened and you are already starting to show your personality. At the end of the first month you finally gave us a social smile. Since then you haven’t stopped smiling. When you are happy (which is much of the time) you are so smiley and LOVE to have conversations with everyone, but especially your Mommy and Daddy. I have a feeling you are going to start talking pretty early, and once you do, you are going to be chattering non-stop. You also giggled and laughed a few times in the last month. At first we thought it was a fluke because it was so early (we were expecting it around three months), but we were able to make you do it multiple times. And then today you laughed even more for both your Dadi and for us. Your laugh is so hilarious and precious, though yes, we are a bit biased.

This month you celebrated your very first Christmas and New Years, and you got to spend lots more time with us, your Dadi and Dada, and your Aunt Zarin. You also got to meet your Aunt Shannon, Uncle Brad, and cousins Sawyer and Cooper. They came from Vermont and stayed with us for a few days and just doted on you, especially Aunt Shannon. Your cousin Cooper can’t wait until you are a little bigger and he can teach you how to go sliding and get into all kinds of trouble. They even took you on your first outing to Muir Woods, without Mommy and Daddy. You did so well and were a good little dude. Aunt Shannon sent us pictures and you looked so adorable with your cousins.

You continue to be a champ at eating and sleeping. Sometimes you don’t want to eat your full bottle for us (though you will for Dadi), but you are still eating 24-27 ounces per day. At night you still wake up at least once between 2-4 am for a middle of the night feeding, which is to be expected, but you just chug your bottle and then go right back to sleep. At night you are sleeping a good 4.5 to 6 hours at a time, which is awesome. There were even a couple nights that you slept seven hours in a row! You no longer sleep in our bed, though we aren’t quite ready to transition you to the nursery full time, so you sleep in your Dock-A-Tot in a Pack and Play crib in our bedroom. I hope you continue to be a good sleeper and eater. It’s made these first months much easier.

During this last month you had your six week appointment during which you got your first set of shots. You took them like a strong little guy. You cried for a minute or two and then you were fine. You had a little bit of a fever the rest of the day and were a little extra sleepy, but the next day you were back to normal. You are also suffering from a mild to moderate case of Cradle Cap, but since we started using special shampoo and lotion it has gotten a lot better. Luckily you have a lot of hair so it covers it up on your head. Speaking of that hair, it’s getting longer and longer. You have quite the head of hair, even if it is a little thin. It’s so soft everyone loves running their fingers through.

The day after you turned eight weeks old I returned back to work. You stayed with your Daddy for a couple days. It was so hard leaving you behind, but I know it’s for the best. This month you will start spending your days with your Dadi and your new Nanny, Roxana. It’s going to be a bit of an adjustment, but we know you are in great hands and will have tons of fun while we are at work.

We are so looking forward to all the new milestones you will reach in the coming month. Hopefully you start to enjoy tummy time a bit more so you can begin building your upper body strength. It’s important so that you can start rolling over, crawling, and eventually walking! We also can’t wait to see you start to laugh more, and play with toys. We have started reading to your more and you love looking at the pictures and hearing our voices, so we definitely plan to keep that up! You are such a sweet, content, and happy little boy. We love you so much and we know how lucky we are to call you ours. Until next month…

Love,
Mommy