Baby Isaac is growing at an astronomical rate. At 10 weeks, he had his
most recent pediatrician visit. He weighed in at 13lbs. 14ozs. and was
24.5 inches long. He has been going through a size of clothing about every
three weeks and is now wearing large 3/6 month and small 6 month outfits.
His legs and torso are quite long, so the outfits tend to be a little long
of arm at first. He is tracking objects with his eyes and head very well,
smiles when you talk to him, and has begun babbling quite a bit
(considering his parents, are you surprised by this last item?).
On Monday, Jan. 9, Wendy went back to work full time. Isaac had his
first day at Toddler Town, a home-based day care center in family
housing. The care giver is named Lisa. We were a little nervous leading up
to the first day. Lisa was the first and only person we really interviewed
and we never were able to reach her references. Our gut instinct was that
we liked her and she was willing to hold an infant spot open for Isaac
(home day cares can only have 2 infants at a time) from June when we
interviewed until now. All our fears were unfounded. Lisa is fabulous!!
Isaac loves her and loves being around all the commotion of the other
kids. The first day, Wendy came at lunch time to nurse and found Isaac
sitting in a bouncy seat, contentedly watching the other little boys.
We've not been able to get him to sit in his bouncy seat without crying
for weeks! Last week, Isaac cried when Wendy loaded him in the infant
carrier. Mason, one of the other boys, came over and looked down at Isaac.
"Baby," he said. Isaac instantly quieted and sat watching Mason.
Isaac is much fussier in the evenings than previously. This, we
understand, is normal. It is, however, no less frustrating. Isaac simply
seems to be bored. For awhile his swing was enough stimulation to quiet
him while we cooked dinner. Then, we attached some black and white symbols
Wendy painted to the sides of the swing. These captured his attention for
awhile. Last week, Wendy bought him a play-mat ($70 new, $6 at the used
toy store) that has all sorts of toys hanging over it to play with,
squeaks and music in the mat to kick on, and a mirror to look into. Isaac
only enjoys playing with this if we are sitting next to him. This is great
for interaction, but not so great for getting dinner made in the evenings!
About 6 weeks
Isaac at 10 weeks
Isaac at 8 weeks old.
When Isaac was about 7 weeks old, we decided to move him into his own
room. We hoped that he would fuss less if he didn't know we were right
next to him. It sounds logical, right? This is his first night in his own
room. He looks so small in that huge bed! Well, it sort of worked. We are
both really sound sleepers, so Isaac has to really want something to wake
us up over the monitor. Consequently, night time feedings decreased.
Unfortunately, Isaac still wouldn't go to bed until 2a.m. Once asleep, he
only woke up about every 3 hours to eat. Staying up with him until 2,
however, became a grueling trial. He screamed unless he was nursing:
Rocking and stories helped sooth Isaac, but are not what he really wants.
Isaac is a boob man. He will not take a pacifier and only takes a bottle
when really hungry.
Happy. (Check our his shoes. They are Brazilian and say "Pimpolho" on the
bottom. This means little baby in Portugese, but we call them his "Pimpin
Going to the baby sitter has had several unexpected, but wonderful
consequences. First, Isaac has stopped spitting up so much. He will only
ask to eat when he is truly hungry when he knows he'll get a bottle. After
a few days of adjustment, he generally only eats in the morning at Lisa's
if Craig has taken him to the sitter's (Wendy feeds him on her days) and
in the afternoons when Craig picks him up. Otherwise, he is willing to
wait several hours if it means Mom instead of a bottle. His poops are also
down from two blow-outs (requiring clothing changes) per day, to zero
blow-outs and 2 to 3 normal sized poohs.
The second consequence is that Isaac is ready for bed in the evenings.
The kids keep him awake most of the day. By the end of the second week at
the sitter's, Isaac was going to bed at 11pm with no complaints and
sleeping 5 hours (a full night for an infant) before his next feeding. The
first two days back to work, Wendy was so exhausted that we had to switch
our soft mattress out for a firm one that would be safe for Isaac to sleep
on. We put him in bed with us so we could get some sleep. Wendy tried
putting him in his own crib first every night, though. Finally, after 3
nights with us, he started sleeping in his own crib. Yeah! We'll cross our
fingers that this isn't just a passing fancy.
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