I have not fallen off the face of the earth. Things are going great and I thought I should at least share that.
I keep delaying posting because I feel like I have to catch up ... well, with working full time, being a mom, a wife, keeping the house clean, keeping up on dishes, laundry, bills, trying to eat right, get sleep, exercise, still have time for friends, family, and my relationship with the Lord ... let's just say: it's a bit overwhelming ;-)
I can't believe Drudoc is nearly 6 months old.
The short of it:
We are still exclusively breastfeeding.
He's sleeping through the night 7P to 7A.
He's taking 3 naps a day.
We did Babywise and are very happy with it.
He's in the 90% for height (Berilac is 6'3")
He's in the 75% for weight
He's got a normal size noggin.
He can still squeeze into his 6 month attire but according to his size he should be wearing 9-12 month clothes.
He's in size 3 diapers.
He's nearly grown out of his infant carrier car seat ... we NEED NEED NEED to get those convertible car seats!
We haven't started solids with him yet and won't until he's showing signs that he's ready.
He eats about 40 oz. a day, over 5 feeds. (1 breastfeeding session, 4 bottles of expressed breast milk)
We are going to wean early to TTC#2, because we knew about this we pumped and stashed breast milk since day one. Right now we have over 1,000 oz. of breast milk in the deep freezer.
I returned back to work at the beginning of May when he was 4+ months old.
He's in a top notch daycare facility, but we have been looking for a nanny for months.
He started rolling over from front to back at 4 months, he started rolling over from back to front at 5 months.
He started sitting up assisted at 5 months, he started sitting up unassisted at 5 1/2 months.
He's been coo'ing and "talking" since 3 months. He started squealing like a pterodactyl since 4 months.
He smiles & laughs ALL.THE.TIME
He's starting to lift his arms up to signal that he wants to be held.
He's always trying to sit up out of his bouncy, exersaucer, swing, car seat, etc.
He cut his first gum (bottom right) two days ago!
DH and I have been going out on dates without him since 3 weeks - not regularly because we don't have family in the area, but we try to keep the marriage fresh ;-)
Some of Drudoc's favorites are: kicking his feet, assisted bouncing on his legs, and practicing standing; the songs "I know an old lady who swallowed a fly" & "five little monkeys jumping on the bed", the book "On the night you were born", his melissa and doug wooden key ring set, his lamaze butterfly, those darn plastic interlocking rings, an empty disposable tin casserole dish he can bang.
He is the light of my life.
I'll leave you with a picture of us having dinner the other night (hence the name of the post!). This was our first family dinner out. It was a few weeks ago, we walked downtown to a nice Thai restaurant and had dinner sitting outside. You can see that little one is nearly ready to take breast milk or water out of a regular cup! Sometimes he tries to drink the bathwater with the plastic cup I give as a toy ... you gotta keep your eye on this one.
I am on the journey. Like the rest of you, I have a lot of issues. My life is all about the adventures of dealing with those issues. I am just trying to live the life that God has given me and in the process try to understand more about Him and who He's created me to be.
Words to live by ... (my current top five list of scripture verses I'm clinging to)
(Joel 2:25) "Then I will make up to you for the years that the swarming locust has eaten; the creeping locust, the stripping locust and the gnawing locust. My great army which I sent among you.
(Psalm 139: 13-14) For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother's womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.
(Luke 1:37) For nothing is impossible with God
(Eph 3:20-21) Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.
(Habakkuk 3:17) "Though the fig tree does not bud and there are no grapes on the vines, though the olive crop fails and the fields produce no food, though there are no sheep in the pen and no cattle in the stalls, yet I will rejoice in the LORD, I will be joyful in God my Savior."
2007/12 - Second attempt at fertility meds. (lower dose of injectibles w/timed intercourse). Almost cancelled and due to nine follies developing originally - eventually we triggered w/only one follie after coasting for a week.
2007/11 - Had to wait for cysts to shrink
2007/10 - Tried fertility meds for the first time (injectibles w/timed intercourse). Had to cancel cycle due to too many follices (seven!)
2007/09 - Third Pregnancy. 5w Natural Miscarriage, EDD 5/18/08
2007/08 - Identified Compound Hetero MTHFR
2007/07 - Identified Elevated FSH (11.7) and potential early menopause
2007/06 - First Meeting w/RE
2007/05 - HSG: All Clear, RPL Panel Mostly All Clear
2007/04 - Identified Hashimoto's Hypothyroidism
2007/03 - 10.5 week suspicious illness (started the night after 2nd miscarriage/D&C)
2007/04 - Hashimoto's Hypothyroid. Treatment: 100 mcg Synthroid
2007/07 - Elevated FSH (11.7). Treatment: "Get aggressive about family building!"
2006/09 - Rh Negative. Treatment: Rhogam shot each time there's potential for a baby's blood to mix with my blood (with each miscarriage or threatened miscarriage, at 28w pregnant and after delivery if baby's blood type is positive)