Monday, April 28, 2008

Sprinkle Day for Matthew

This Sunday (April 27) baby Matthew was baptized at Paul's family church, St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Columbia, SC. He was a very good boy (even if he was forced to wear a dress - I mean, gown)!

I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream...

... need I say more?

Saturday, April 19, 2008

Big Announcement

I mentioned earlier that Paul might have some new employment information to announce and it is finally official! Paul will no longer be teaching at the College of Charleston after this semester. He has accepted a tenure track sociology position at Charleston Southern University. He will be one of three full-time sociologists and will be responsible for teaching introduction to sociology, social problems, marriage and family, research methods, statistics, and popular culture. CONGRATULATIONS TO PAUL!

Friday, April 18, 2008

Second Time!

Another all-nighter last night! Hopefully we are developing another good sleeper! Of course, with week one of daycare over it only logical that he would have his first cold. I don't know why but the first cold is always the most upsetting. Hopefully I am wrong but when we dropped him off this morning I saw what looked like the start of congestion. Ugh!

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

More Milestones - Slept through the night!

YAHOO!! This is always a favorite milestone of mine as I just love a good night's sleep! Last night Matthew went to sleep at about 9:30 and didn't wake up until 5:30!! A blessed 8 hours! And since Mommy just started back to work on Monday, it couldn't be more perfectly timed. I think at 10 weeks old, Matthew should be pretty proud of himself!

Monday, April 14, 2008

Matthew's first wedding

This is us at the wedding of our friend, David, in Charlotte, NC. Katharine spent the weekend with Grandmomma and Poppa while Matthew tagged along with us. Katharine had a blast being spoiled by her grandparents and Matthew was a very good boy at the wedding.

First Smiles

This picture was taken this weekend when we were in Charlotte for a friend's wedding. He has just started to really smile and all the women "cooing" over him at this wedding really got him going!!

Monday, April 07, 2008

Fool me once, shame on you.....

At night our bedtime routine with KK is to get in bed and read two stories together then lights out for prayers and the final goodnight. While this sounds easy enough it can easily take up to half an hour to an hour from start to finish. Then we shut her door and hope she falls asleep. Lately, she tends to wait about a half an hour and then we hear the "creak, creak" of her door coming open and out she pops. Well, about a week ago instead of opening the door and coming out, she locked it and then couldn't get out. We were at our wits end trying to get her out of there as there was nothing we could do but talk her into turning that lock again. Last week we had success and you would think we would have reversed the door knob right there and then but no, we were confident she wouldn't do something so silly again.

So, this weekend we head up to Columbia to see George Strait in concert on Saturday night while Matthew and Katharine stay with Grandmomma. It was a full house at Grandmomma and Poppa's house with 4 grandchildren and 4 adults spending the night in a two bedroom house. With all that excitement Katharine was up and wild until about 11:30 PM on Saturday night (after having no nap that day). The reason for that tangent is to highlight how tired we all were when we got home on Sunday. So, I get Katharine down a little before 8 and she does not go down easy - she was fine until I was going to leave the room and she just lost it. I thought being so tired she would just cry herself to sleep. But no, she's up and locking the door around 8:45! And now she is tired and not as agreeable so after almost an hour of begging, pleading, instructing, and demanding that she unlock the door we finally get an inspiration. As we are heading up to the 10 PM hour, there is Mommy coming through Katharine's bedroom window as Daddy helps to give me a boost! You would think it would have freaked KK out but she just stood there and said, "Hi, Mommy. Hi, Daddy." Needless to say, we were pretty worn out and this time the doorknob was immediately removed to be reversed in the morning when we are a little less exhausted!

8 Week Doctors Check Up

Today was Matthew's 8 week check up and he got rave reviews. His weight is up to 12 lbs, 12 oz (75th percentile) and 23 inches long (50th percentile). I suspected he had seen some good weight gain as we are already starting to transition to some 3-6 month clothes and we recently switched to size 2 diapers! He is definitely bulking up much faster than Katharine did.

Funny story -- Matthew had to be stripped down to be weighed. So as I carry him over to the scale with only his diaper on he spits up on my shoulder. So we clean that up and then we take his diaper off to weigh him and he pees all over himself and the scale. As we are cleaning this up I discover I haven't packed any spare diapers. So, as the nurse tracks down an extra diaper he shoots up a stream again and gets me, the diaperbag, and a pile of supplies on the scale's lower shelf! Let's just say I did not look like saavy, organized Mommy at that moment! Fortunately, our nurse at the pediatrician's office is so nice that we just laughed it off with a few embarrassed apologies!!

Matthew got all kinds of shots today and he didn't care for it all. He screamed and cried and looked truly sad. But, he got over it pretty quickly and is sleeping it off as we speak. Medical technology changes so fast that he is already getting vaccinations that Katharine didn't get. Today he got 3 shots and the oral vaccination for rotovirus (that is the one Katharine didn't get).

The doctor said in the next two months Matthew should start to add laughing to the smiling as well as increased "talking" as tries to connect with us. We are also supposed to begin tummy time now for about 5 minutes a day -- we had already started this some but will need to get more disciplined about doing it every day.

We have been having some trouble with Matthew's sleeping patterns as it seems as soon as he get in his crib his arms and legs start flailing around and he gets himself not only fully awake but down right agitated. Anyway, it seems that this is just part of life as his arm and leg movements are not purposeful yet and that this will improve in the next two months as he gains greater control over his body movements. So, only two more months of trying everything under the sun to get Matthew sleeping during the night. The only real suggestion our pediatrician had was to get him settled in and then use a blanket to tuck him in really tight to help control his movements. I feel like I've already tried this but I guess we should try it again. She also said that it is OK to let him "cry it out" a bit if we are sure that it is not a regular feeding time. Of course, this is easier said than done when you also have a 2 year old in the house!

We go back to see the doctor again at 4 months!

Thursday, April 03, 2008

10 perfect toes

Eight weeks old

Matthew turned eight weeks old on Tuesday. All is well and Matthew continues to grow like a weed. He has his eight week check up on Monday so I am anxious to hear how much he has grown.

He has started smiling and he has just the prettiest smile. I have yet to capture it on camera but will be sure to share it when I do.

His sleeping habits, however, leave something to be desired. He sleeps great once you get him to sleep but sometimes that can take ages. If I put him in his basinett or crib on his back he just starts to flail his arms and legs and gets himself more and more upset. In the basinett I can rock him and if I put him down sleepy and rock him I can sometimes get him to fall asleep but many times he will sleep for about 10 minutes and then a leg will twitch and next thing you know he is wide awake again and we are starting all over. So, we have probably broken every rule of developing good sleeping patterns - sleeping in his car seat, sleeping in the bed, and I would probably put him in a cardboard box if I thought it would help! This is yet another item we will have to chat with the pediatrician about on Monday.

Matthew does however enjoy his baths now. We have also begun his infant "exercise regime" with some tummy time, a few pull ups, and the highly assisted standing up move.