Nathaniel rolls over!

Today Nathaniel rolled over from his tummy to his back for the first time. And he did it several times, it was so cute! He’s able to push himself up so he’s not face planting on the floor, which makes tummy time much more enjoyable for him.
Today we also gave him pablum for the first time too; in hopes this may help him sleep better at night. One can always hope!

Easy Peasy

For all of those who think having kids is easy (these people don’t have any children, or know of anyone who does!), or those who have a child and think 2 would be better:

Here is our life at 4 months post-partum:

Alice is 3 1/2, still wears pull ups at night. She rarely naps, but when she does her bedtime gets shifted accordingly. Given our nights with baby, we are not pushing potty training at night yet.
Alice has an eye infection and needs eye drops 3x/day. These take about 1/2 hour to do, and end up with a full on hold with her kicking and screaming. The up side is I do eventually get some medication in her eye, and the infection is clearing up quickly.
I’ve been sick almost steady for the last 2 months (2 nasty colds and 1 stomach bug). Don has had a cold for the last 2 weeks, and has a sinus infection.

Yesterday Alice slept for 2 hours in the afternoon (of course her nap did not coincide with Nathaniel, so I didn’t get to lay down- this by the way, has only happened twice since having baby. Yes, that’s right, there have been a whopping 2 days in the last 4 months where all 3 of us have had a nap). Last night she didn’t fall asleep until after 11pm…
Once I finally got her to bed, I went to bed. At 11:30pm, Nathaniel woke for his feeding. He was pretty tired, so it was a quick feed, I was back in bed shortly after midnight. Just as I fell asleep, he woke again at 1am, go downstairs to heat another bottle. Decide not to change baby since he was just changed less than 2 hrs ago, maybe he’ll stay sleepy enough and fall back asleep right away. After feeding him, burping him, I put baby back to bed. I don’t even get out of his room before he starts squealing (his latest fun activity to do in the middle of the night when we’re not sleepy). Luckily, this doesn’t last long and he falls quiet before 2am. I go back to bed.
2:30am: Alice wakes up and says she’s hungry. I go downstairs and get her a banana. She has 2 little bites and I tuck her back in.
3:00am: Nathaniel wakes for yet another feeding. I can’t believe he’s up AGAIN! Feed baby, try to keep my eyes open, change baby. Burp baby, more squealing. How can he be so happy at this godforsaken hour? By 4:30am, he finally falls quiet. But I hear Alice coughing, so I went into her room and she was laying in bed with her eyes open; she said she couldn’t sleep because she was coughing. So I gave her a soft cough drop to help her throat so she could sleep. Then I go downstairs to the playroom to turn Don’s monitor on (Don has started sleeping downstairs so that we can take actual shifts in the night- neither of us are getting any sleep!Also, his squealing is so loud it wakes up Alice; so lately I’ve been bringing baby into bed with me during this stage of the night until he’s sleepy enough to go back to his crib). I go to bed, put my ear plugs in and go to sleep.
7:30am: Alice wakes up and says “Good Morning, Mommy!”.
I need to start drinking coffee; dark, dark coffee.
And Don says I should have waited to go back to work until Nathaniel is sleeping through the night.
Who needs sleep???!!! Maybe we’ll get some in 17 years…

So, doesn’t that sound like fun?

Nathaniel at 3 1/2 months

So, our little man has changed quite a bit since his earlier days…
At this point, he started to laugh, and laugh out loud a lot!
He likes to be tickled around his neck, it’s so cute.
He can also blow raspberries, oh, and the drooling!
He has begun teething already, and when he’s on a finger chewing spree, your shoulder will be soaked within minutes!
He is a chewer, not a sucker- Alice loved (more than life itself, I think) her dooters- Nathaniel shows no interest unless he can chew on it. Most teething toys are too big for his little mouth, so they just frustrate him. But these toys are certainly helping him with his hand coordination and grasping skills- he wants to chew on something every waking moment- so he has no choice to get good at grabbing things.
He is also a kicker- he loves to kick!
He kicks when he gets excited- Alice is his most favorite person (even more than Mommy, I think!)-
he’ll kick and laugh, smile and giggle for her- he watches her every move!
He also kicks lots when in the bonus room and we turn the celing fan on- the big mobile in the sky!
(He loves his mobile in his crib- lots of kicking for that always)
We not only don’t swaddle him anymore, but also can’t put him in footed sleepers, zippered or snaps- he will kick his way out of the snapped ones, and with the zippered ones, he ends up with his legs out of the leg holes.
He also can roll onto his side (usually when he’s mad), and can move around his crib or the floor through his kicking.
He still wakes 1-2 times/night for feedings and usually wakes for the day between 5:30am-6:30am.
Still his father’s son…

This means that Mommy and Daddy have 16 hour days- Alice’s schedule is off 2 hours- her day is usually 8am-8pm; Nathaniel is 6am-6pm.
We’re in bed an hour or so after Alice, so we don’t get much child-free time. Not that we mind, of course. But it will be nice once baby starts sleeping through the night!

I just got over a nasty cold that lasted 12 days, 2 days after which I got the flu. I was still quite sick last week cooking for my clients on Wednesday, and had a hors d’oeuvre party for 9 on Thursday, plus delivery for 3 clients’ meals that day…
Don caught my cold when I got the flu- it wasn’t fun.
Alice and Nathaniel both remained healthy.
Not that being sleep deprived would have anything to do with us getting so sick…

Although Nathaniel just got over a case of eczema on his head; it started out as dry skin, which he’s had on his scalp since he was born; the dry skin changed to almost craddle cap- which Alice had as an infant; so I brushed his little head to get it off (daddy hates when I pick; mommy’s always picking!) But the brushing wasn’t quite enough, so I’d brush then put oil on his head. And it would still get dry; the dryness changed to a raised red patch of skin on his forhead, which must have been incredibly itchy, and Nathaniel would scratch incesantly, leaving little scabs. Finally I called Dr.Pow and we got a RX for
some cream which cleared it up in 2 days. Good, because that patch on his forehead spread to other areas on his head and face…. so dry!
Now he’s all good. and mommy feels much better.

We have Post Natal Helpers come when I work now; I work Monday’s and Thursday’s and we have Megan or Sydney as our helpers, both whom we like very much.
It’s nice because they come when I need them, and when they get here I leave to do my thing, and I don’t worry! I love not having to put Nathaniel in a day home while he’s still so young, and I’m glad that we can keep Alice home as well. She’s still in preschool, and will continue through the summer and then in the fall- this is her only structured activity, aside from soccer.
(She started soccer 2 weeks ago, every Saturday morning).