Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Oscar is Four Months!

Oscar is speeding through this first year. Slow down, mister! This past month, he started doing lots of new baby things. But, first, his stats:

Weight: 17lbs 5oz - 85th percentile
Height: 26.5 inches - 94th percentile
Head: 17.3 inches - 97th percentile

A few notes on Oscar's physical stats. Walt was always (and still is) at the very high end of the chart (90th+) but Oscar is pretty much blowing his numbers out of the water. O is a whole 2 lbs (exactly) bigger than Walt was at this age. They are close in height (O has the edge again). BIG boys!

Here are some fun things he's doing:

  • Rolling! - a couple weeks ago Stinks rolled from his back to his tummy. We thought for sure it was an accident. Now he rolls within 10 secs of placing him on his back... including to sleep.  Turns out, he sleeps a lot better on his tummy :) (I know, I know... "Back to Sleep" and "Back is Best" yada yada, but we got the green light from Dr. G b/c O is so strong).
  • Hands! - he absolutely adores his hands. They are often in his mouth or clasped in front of his chest.
  • Mouth - speaking of his mouth, Oscar has become a champion bubble blower. He really loves blowing raspberries. Also from his mouth comes a lot of drool.  Walt teethed super early (first tooth at 5 months), so I guess it's not out of the question, but I'm not putting all my eggs in that basket. For now, he's just a drooler.
  • Sleeping - O is getting better at sleeping.  Generally speaking, he sleeps from 7p-7a, but with that comes several wake ups that require reswaddling, paci insertions, patting, etc.  However, since he's been rolling on his tummy, these wake ups are waning. We have also done a few cry-it-out experiments. Nothing more than 5-10 minutes because I'm a huge wimp and can't stand it. CIO has about a 70% success rate in our house :)
  • Swaddle - As soon as O started rolling, we began experimenting with a one-arm swaddle. It's gone really well, except that when he's on his tummy, I think he'd like both hands available. We've just begun both arms out. Wish us luck :)
  • Eating - Now that O is taking bottles regularly at day care, it's easier to know how much he's eating. He drinks three 7-ounce bottles a day plus I am nursing in the a.m. and p.m.  This is not an area of concern in our house :)
  • Other loves - Oscar loves, loves, loves standing. We put him in a standing bouncer and he's in heaven. He also loves his big brother. He watches him if he's close by, and can recognize his voice. 
Some pics of the big boy:

hand in mouth. It's impressive it's just the one hand.

Sittin' big. With a little assist from mom.

looooves grabbing those feets!
oh, and Walt wanted in on the photo fun.  It was just me being mom and photographer at the same time. Yeah, it was a handful!

my big, handsome boy!

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Yamboree 2013

Cool air, football, the smell of fall all mean one thing: it's Yamboree time!  For those of you  who don't know, it's the annual celebration of yams that happens in Gilmer, TX every October. It's Walt's third Yam-fest, and Oscar's very first.  Admittedly, Oscar didn't get to partake in all the festivities, but boy did Walt!

We arrived on Friday, put Oscar down for a nap and headed with Walt to the square for some rides.
This was the first thing Walt wanted to ride.  A big ol' Ferris Wheel! Knowing that Walt doesn't sign up for something he's not ready for, I said ok!
He was so big! I was so proud. We rode it with Uncle Dave who made it even more fun.
Well, duh. We had to ride cars.

And motorcyles... (melt my heart with that smile, why dontcha?)

Then on Saturday morning we sat with the McClures (a favorite tradition of ours) and watched the parade floats. Lots of pretty "princesses" and colorful floats.

Janna and I with the kids. We really enjoyed ourselves because Janna was smart enough to finally bring some alcohol to the event :)

Walt waiting for the next marching band to come by!

Firetrucks are loud!

Getting a lift from Daddy...

....and, aren't we thankful? :)
I couldn't leave out the Oscar man, who had so much fun meeting his Uncle Frank and Aunt Bernadette.

having a great time with Aunt B

And then on Saturday night, this happened. My poor little Munkaman had more fun than he could handle. He went to a back bedroom to watch some cartoons, and by 6:15, I found him like this:

As always, it was a fun weekend for all. I can't wait until next year!

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

What's in a Nickname

I'm not really sure how they came about, but Chris and I managed to nickname both the boys within days of their existence. I don't even know how we came up with the names because it's not like we knew what the babies would be like. Turns out, the nicknames couldn't be more wrong for each of the boys.

We called Walt "Monkey Man" from the beginning. Quickly it got shortened to MunkaMan and finally to its most common form, Munks.  Chris and I call him Munks to each other "Did you feed Munks dinner", but it's rare we actually all Walt "Munks" to his face. The irony comes in because Walt is far from a daredevil kid. On the contrary, he's super cautious. He's not at all afraid to try new things, but he always wants to be certain that he can accomplish something before trying it. I think this is why it to him until 15 months to walk. He wanted to make sure he could execute perfectly. And I can also say he's not really a clumsy kid at all. He falls down like any kid, but his cautious nature prevents random trips. (Author's note: this clumsy trait is fiercely dominant on my side, so clearly he favors dad here).

Like Munks, we started calling Oscar "Stinks" from a young age. Again, I have no idea where this generated. It just happened. So, Stinks it is. Munks and Stinks. What's wrong with this nickname, you ask? Unlike his big brother who still poops daily if not multiple times a day, Stinks poops once every 3-4 days. Stinks is not that stinky!

I love these loving names and wonder how long they will last. I can't wait to see the back of one of their sports jerseys with Munks or Stinks on it :)

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

She Works Hard for the Money

On September 16, I returned back to work. While I know in my heart of hearts that I want to be working, the transition from maternity leave back to the working world is a really tough one. Not because maternity leave is this blissful 12 weeks where I sit on the couch and chillax. But, because the course of a day is vastly different in those two worlds.

During my nearly three months off, the company I worked for acquired a company about the same size as us (yay, double the work!) and moved locations to Frisco (yay! less of a commute).  Needless to say, I was handily out of the loop. Upon my return I was immediately thrown into last-minute details of our 350+ person user conference, which happened the second week I was back. Let me just say that leaving the house at 6:30 a.m. and returning after midnight was not exactly "easing back into things".

All complaining aside, it feels GREAT to be at work. I had such a great time at the event and turns out, it was a great way for me to meet people from the new company.  And while tooling around in my workout clothes all day has it's perks, getting up and getting dressed each morning has done wonders for my self esteem.

The two biggest things I'm loving about being back to work (besides all my awesome co-workers) is a) getting ready and feeling "pretty" and b) eating lunch.  Such a simple thing, huh? All you mamas out there hear me when I say that I could easily look up at 3:30 p.m. and realize I hadn't eaten all day. The day so easily gets away from you when you are constantly worried about someone else's eating and sleeping schedule.

I'm also hoping that as Oscar's sleeping habits continue to improve that all this will get a tiny bit easier (not sure some mornings there is enough coffee to sustain me)!