Sunday, January 15, 2017

Radnor is 4 Months Old!

Buddy Baby Raddy is 4 Months old and boy is it flying by.  He is a sweet baby and is his own little person, completely unlike the 2 that came before him. We don't have a good nickname for him yet. Aunt Juliel calls him " Squirt" and I call him "Little Louie" cause he reminds me of Erik's uncle. 

He is uninterested in being a " 3rd child" and wants to be in the mix at all times. He likes to be the center of attention and get lots of FaceTime.  His siblings are obsessed with him and invade his personal space at all times and he is pretty patient with it all. ( see video)

After taking these pictures I decided that bean bags make the best photo props for little babies !

Weight: 18lbs 4 oz. 
Size Clothes : 9 months
Size Diaper : 3

Our pediatrician thinks he has a milk allergy like sister had, but thank GOD above he doesn't fuss about it like she did. We still use the Gerber Soothe Probiotic drops and I think they help him a lot with that. 
He had his 1st illness right before turning 4 months which was an ear infection. He had been making real progress on sleep training and then BAM he started waking up every 30 minutes or screaming when you put him down and on night 2 around 3am it occurred to me maybe his ears hurts so off to the pedi and sure enough he had an infection. He is on 10 days of Amoxicillian and it really messes up his tummy. I am also not sure its working well because he is still trying to rip his ear off his head. 

He has had terrible excema since he was a week old and I have tried lots of things but you will never believe what fixed it! Vaseline! My aunt sent me an article about how good vaseline is for Eczema and so I bought some of the baby version ( so it smells good) and slather  it on him every night before bed.  It doesn't stain his clothes and it makes his skin so squishy perfect and smooth and he smells like a dream.

He is drooling tons these days so his clothes are getting soaked on the front. He is still somewhat taking a paci but he is pretty passive about it like his siblings were. He is very good about taking bottles and nursing and we are using both. I was getting pretty worn down from pumping all the time when I work so decided to buy some formula and it is such a relief mentally for me to not have that stress to factor in to everything. My supply is still good and I'm not getting engorged etc when I leave for a few hours so things are good there. He is pretty partial to his momma, so if I feed him he will eat 4 oz or so, but if I am not here he will eat and eat trying to get some snuggles. 6+ ounces.                   
He loves to be sitting upright when awake and hates the bouncy seat and most times won't tolerate the swing either so he hangs in the exersaucer or this cool little "Sit me up" chair from Fisher Price. He has better control of his arms and hands now and is grabbing toys and things. Also is scratching his poor little face to death. Its so hard to keep his nails trimmed b/c he keeps his fists clinched so when I try to trim his nails he starts flailing about. 
He has rolled over a few times but we don't spend much time on the floor due to our very helpful older sis who tries to use him as a pillow. 
He is making the cutest cooing and babbling sounds lately. 

Whew man! This kid doesn't want to sleep. Sister was so easy to get sleep trained and I thought that was bc I was an expert parent by round 2 but this one is giving me a run for my money. We have been on a pretty long stretch of bed at 7:30pm wake at 3:30 am and wake at 5:30 or 6:30 am then finally we had 3 random sleep all nights in one week, and then EAR INFECTION. So I have been either holding him upright while he sleeps all night, or waking up every 30 minutes etc. Once I get the all clear from the doctor on his ears we are gonna CIO. 

He is still sleeping in his Magic Merlin suit which is hilarious. We borrowed it from friends and the reviews are outstanding and it has helped. It is very similar to a swaddle in that it keeps them snug and tight and restricts reflexes. He was beating his way out of a swaddle from basically day one so this was nice. 

I use Moms on call for scheduling etc but honestly we don't have a good schedule which makes it hard to plan a day or leave instructions for him when I am gone :( It is on my immediate list of things to resolve!

Below is a perfect sample of what is happening over here anytime all the kids are home. Rad is the hottest ticket in town and they fight over him regularly! 

Christmas 2016

Christmas really flew by this year :( Life was just in full force and nothing like a newborn to really make life fly by.  Fenn and Sister both had a great time. Sister mostly just loved opening gifts regardless of what they were and Fenn said it was the best Christmas ever HA.

This was also the 1st year that Fenn would get into the elf. Previous years he ignored him and this year he came home from a friends house and wanted to know when our elf would arrive.. well wouldn't you know it Possum showed up the next morning! HA

 Fenn got a hatchimal!

and lots of cast signatures

And grand brother spent the night! We hardly ever get to see him anymore b/c he works constantly but he came to town for 24 hours! 

Cousins on the Graham Side

and since it was HOT on Christmas day we played outside ! 

2016 Home Projects Completed

2016 was  full of HUGE goals and lots of progress over here on the home front! I can't believe all we got done! I tried to set a goal for each month and get it done little by little and it was very effective.

New molding in Playroom, bathrooms. (Previous contractor had not done a good job with molding and patched it etc so that it was messy looking and drove me NUTS. so we changed it in the rooms that drove me the craziest. Would love to do the whole house but... 

Cut down Trees ( Lots of trees in the front and back for cosmetic as well as practical reasons)

Patio - This was a BIG one. The before was a completely unusable sloped yard and creepy old deck. We painted the deck and that didn't make us want to use it.  We wanted something that would give us more usable yard and patio space like we had at the old house and we have used the HECK out of this patio since we put it in. I had a gas fire pit for convenience but wish I had made a wood burning one because its much warmer and more fun.

 Porch Swing - Our screened porch is so small and we finally found a better use of it. Erik painted the ceiling a "Haint blue" and we hung a small swing bed in there. Love it. Kids get it filthy but is really nice to swing on while they play in the yard.

Sand Box - Erik built a new sandbox like our old one but bigger and with seats. Kids have loved this especially sister and I had forgotten how annoying and messy sand is! BUT its good for all their sensory stuff so we did it anyway.....

Fence - We fenced in the back yard so that we could let the dogs out again without a leash ( key before the new baby arrived) especially since Ralphie's diabetes means he pees a lot. Unfortunately they escape constantly no matter what we do. ( Erik lined the fence with chicken wire on both sides) and I get regular phone calls from people who find them out roaming. Oh well.. it  keeps the kids corralled and it looks pretty.

Landscaping - The entire outside of this house desperately needed a facelift to match the inside and this took ALOT of arm twisting to get Erik on board. Eventually a landscaping supply place close to our house had all the shrubs and bushes 50% off so we pulled out all the overgrown bushes and planted lots of new ones. They look manicured now but need to grown in. 

Exterior Painting - My all time FAVORITE project yet because I think it has had the biggest impact. We had have TONS of compliments on it from neighbors , even postman and the bus drivers. It just looks so much more modern now. 

Replaced Front Porch Lighting :

Stained the Old Garage Doors:

New Porch Planters which I LOVE. There is a neighborhood here in Nashville called Westhaven that has beautiful landscaping and porch planters everywhere and that inspired me to get some. My mom has a major green thumb so once a quarter she styles them for me with the appropriate plants. They really show up great now with the new exterior paint color.

Removed the Juliet Balcony rail and replaced it with a Board and Batton Shutter:

Lots of other little things like light fixtures and such too, and then some big changes in the playroom too but those are not ready for after pics yet so stagy tuned!

Add to that all our work from regular jobs, school activities and having a new baby and we are some TIRED peeps! ha My word for the year last year was " motivated" and the word for this year is SURVIVE ha just kidding, it's balance b/c we are gonna slow it down a bit and just learn how to gracefully manage 3 kids. 

2016 was a great year for some fun projects!! 

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