Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Family Vacation in Oak Island

It's only taken me 4 months, but I've finally set aside a little bit of time to post something other than Thompson's monthly update.   Other than those monthly updates, I haven't posted anything since late spring.   We had quite a whirlwind of a summer.  T and I spent those first months getting to know our newborn and adjusting to being first time parents.   Because Thompson was born in late May, the majority of our summer was spent indoors keeping him cool and out of the sun.   We had a few little outings here and there, but nothing major.  We were able to end the summer with a family trip to Oak Island, NC where he finally got to dip his toes into the ocean.

Being away from home for a week and not having easy access to all the baby gear and gadgets we were used to was tough, but it was so nice to get a little escape.  My sister Sarah hadn't gotten a chance to meet Thompson yet, and I was so glad that she got to come for the entire week with us. My oldest sister, April, her husband, and their two daughters were also there along with my parents.    It was so nice to have my entire family there to lend a helping hand if T and I needed a break.  Thompson has seriously been the easiest and best baby ever, but sometimes it's nice to hand him off to a grandparent or aunt and just check out for a few minutes.   Here's a few photos from our trip.

I'll be back in just a couple of days with Thompson's 4 month update.  Hope y'all are having a great week!

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Thompson is Three Months

Well, for the 3rd month in a row, Thompson's monthly update has been the only post I've managed to write. The little guy has been keeping me busy and business is picking up a lot, so my blog has taken last priority unfortunatley.

Thompson, you are now three months old!  You are quite a big boy, weighing in at 15 lbs, and your easy going and happy personality is really starting to shine.  Nothing makes me happier than seeing that toothless grin and hearing your giggle.  You also love to babble and blow saliva bubbles, and you cackle every time we fake sneeze in front of you.  Dad has also started to play airplane with you, which really gets you laughing.

You're now wearing size 2 diapers and wearing mostly 0-3 month clothes.  Some 6 month and even 6-12 month outfits fit you now, which blows my mind.  You've got really good head control now, and we can even sit you in the Bumbo for short periods of time with close supervision.

You're still drinking strictly breast milk. You never wanted to latch, so I have now been exclusively pumping for 3 months.  It's a little more work on my part, but thanks to a good quality portable pump I've been able to make it work.  You take 5 bottles a day, ranging from 5-7 ounces each, and you drink them like a champ. Drinking them has never been a problem for you, but keeping that milk down has been the issue.  You spit up like nobody's business.  Most days I don't even bother to dress you because you'll end up soaked in minutes.  We do a lot of hanging around the house in diapers.

(Sidenote: would any of y'all be interested in a post about exclusively pumping?  I know I struggled to find a lot of information on it when I was exploring this option.  If so, leave a comment or shoot me an email to let me know you would.  I would be happy to share everything I've learned so far!)

You've really adjusted well to the Moms On Call schedule we put you on.  Not only has it been good for you, but it's great for me and planning my workday.  I know what hours of the day you'll be down so that I can arrange to get all of my work done during that time.  At this point you're sleeping for 18-19 hours a day, which has been absolutely amazing.  You also are sleeping in a Merlin's Magic Sleep Suit, which has worked wonders on your sleeping habits.  I'm able to get all of my work done while you're asleep, so that we can have great quality time together in the few hours that you are awake.  I'm praying that these good sleeping habits will follow you through your first year.  

Your hair has started falling out in the most peculiar pattern.  Your Aunt April described it as "epic hair" and that truly is the only word I can think of to describe it.  You're almost bald on the sides, but still have a thick tuft of long brown hair on top.  It's quite a hipster look from the front.  From the back, not so much.  You have an insane cow lick which sends the back of your hair standing straight up like alfalfa, a little bald spot from where your head rubs in the crib, and then a line of hair at the top of your neck straight mullet style.  Epic, truly epic.  

Sweet boy we fall more and more in love with you each day.  We are so thankful that God chose us to be your parents. You are so incredibly loved. 

See previous month updates for Thompson below. 

One Month | Two Months

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