Thursday, September 26, 2013

Jase’s 20th Week!!

September 19-25

Weight: Around 15.8 lbs…(we put him on the scale at the doctor’s office yesterday, but he had his onsie on so not sure how accurate that is)

Health: Whew!! WHAT a WEEK!

We had Jase’s follow-up appointment with his orthopedist on Thursday, 9/19 for them to take x-rays oh his hip. The ultrasound from Children’s Healthcare came back normal, but his x-ray showed he has a minor case of DDH.

Developmental Dysplasia of the Hip or DDH is generally the preferred term for babies and children with hip dysplasia since this condition can develop after birth. DDH is a medical term for general instability, or looseness, of the hip joint.  {source}

We can still hear some occasional clicking, and basically, it looks like this (only not quite to that extreme):


Dr. Martin said it is only slight and the other side was perfect, so she is not too worried and feels he will grow out of it. We are going to watch it and go back every few months to make sure everything is developing normally so hopefully we can correct it before there are any issues. Trusting God to HEAL it completely so it doesn’t cause him any issues in the future!!

Typical boy- peed everywhere during his diaperless x-ray! Ha! But as usual, he melted the hearts of the doctor, nurse, x-ray tech, and a few patients waiting in the waiting room. Nothing like a smiling baby to brighten someone’s day! I LOVE that he brings a smile to the face of everyone who meets him and pray that’s a quality he continues to have as he grows up.

We were also RIGHT about him cutting teeth! Lil man had NOT one, but TWO little teefies break through! Both of his front, lower teeth are breaking through. His left one came in first, and right one just popped through also. That explains all the drool, chewing on EVERYTHING, snotty nose, strong urine, & not napping quite as soundly. He hasn’t really been too fussy- that child is one of the toughest lil dudes I’ve ever seen. BUT, I did hold him to sleep during one of his naps because I could tell he was in pain and I wanted him to be able to sleep.

This is pretty much how this convo/pic fest went down:

“Yoooooo Mom! Come here quick, I got a few things to show you.”


“Guess who has a tooth?? ME! Yes, for real…ME! I know, I can’t believe it either.”


“Can you see them if I smile real pretty?


“How about now??”


“Awww YEAAAAAAAAAA, I’m a big boy now wif my two teef!”


We rescheduled his 4 month shots for Wednesday, 9/25. I debated about cancelling, but as Kelly pointed out, he’ll be teething for the next 2 years, so might as well knock it out. Plus, he didn’t have a temp or anything.  That meant yesterday our lil fella had 4 pokes and two new teeth….and he was STILL smiling and his normal happy self. He cried right as she was giving him the shots, but stopped immediately when she was done and I picked him up. (I wanted to leave & go to the restroom for these because I felt more emotional this time for some reason, but Jonathan wanted me to stay in there so I did. It wasn’t too terribly awful and I didn’t cry during his shots- although I did tear up all evening when I was holding him and talking to him about his shots.)


I always nurse him immediately after because I know that’s a comfort for them. I did give him a dose of Infant’s Tylenol and gave him a warm bath and massaged his little shot spots on his legs. He seemed extra sleepy but didn’t want to be put down, so I snuggled him again and let him sleep on me. I’m all about him being in his own bed and no doubt he sleeps BEST there, but this is one instance when I will give him all the snuggles he wants!

DEFINITELY going to get some new vitamins per your awesome suggestions!

We also talked about introducing solids at his last appointment and Dr. Carey suggested that we could introduce cereal, but after reading Baby Led Weaning (thank you for the suggestion, Emily), it makes PERFECT SENSE to me to go this route. That means I will continue exclusively breastfeeding till 6 months, and then begin introducing some solids- real foods- to lil man. If you’ve never read about this method, I HIGHLY recommend looking into it. I am all about common sense approach, and to me this is such common sense.

Like I said, this was a tough week for us, but we can’t complain. Thankful he is healthy, growing, and happy. God is good!

Sleep:  He woke up once during the night a couple nights this week since he’s been teething, and naps have been a little tougher this week too. Keeping him on a schedule seems REALLY tough, but I’m doing my best because I know it’s best for him. I’ve turned my phone off and just held him for a couple of his naps so he’ll sleep….he really wants his mama right now

Started using Nighttime size 3 diapers as he keeps peeing through his and soaking his sheet.

Nursing: Supply seems to have picked back up this week, so I’ve backed off on the tea and supplements. I’ve been giving him pumped bottles some though because his teeth seem to bother him when he’s nursing. He’s definitely eating slower with the bottle too than normal, but doesn’t pull off as much. He REALLY hates to nurse under the nursing cover! I think he just likes to see what’s going on. I tried nursing him at a Ladies’ dinner at church this week (using the cover), but he just wasn’t having it.

Still eating at 8, 11:30, 3, 6, & 9:30ish…

What Jase is up to:

Little booger is SO ready to roll over from back to front…

We went attempted yard saling with Melissa & Hollis on Friday, but that was pretty much a disaster. It was HOT, they were BOTH sweating, teething, and both missing their naps. Jase hasn’t missed many naps, so it wasn’t pretty. I tried to hurry over there, but with only an hour & 45 min awake time (& 45 min of that spent eating, another 10 to pack up, and 15+ min of driving & getting lost in her neighborhood, that put us right at his nap time). I can imagine we were probably quite the sight….totally twinning (grey t-shirts, same black workout pants, same ponytails, same strollers) with two crying babies as we walked around, boob sweat in all its glory. Good times! The babies did have a few minutes of fun before our walk though. Hollis was REALLY trying to get some lovin, but Jase was only interested in playing with her ball. Such a boy, and OH how that’ll change some day!!  Loved seeing beautiful Hollis- she is such a little doll. And Melissa is such a great example of a Mama who truly soaks up and appreciates every moment. Plus, she is just one of those people you LOVE to be around. We definitely missed Larissa and Sophia though…


Friday night, Jonathan’s parents and sister kept Jase for us for a little while. He thinks his Aunt Jade is HILARIOUS and I LOVED this sweet video of him laughing!!

Doing push-ups in his crib…


And completely obsessed with books!


Saturday was hands down THE SCARIEST moment of my life as a mom thus far. Jonathan was giving Jase a bath, and I wanted to give him his yucky vitamins while he was in the tub so we could hopefully scrub off the smell. I wasn’t thinking (this is 100% MY FAULT and I definitely learned a lesson)…and put the syringe in Jase’s mouth (1/4 of a dose) while Jonathan was holding him up washing his back. The way he was positioned made it difficult for him to swallow because he wasn’t on his back or sitting upright, and Jase began choking on the vitamins. Choking as in couldn’t breathe, couldn’t cough, was turning red. My heart STOPPED. I don’t know how long it actually was, but it felt like 5 minutes. (Crying as I’m typing this….) I immediately told Jon he was choking and picked him up, put him at an angle on his tummy with his head toward the ground and began patting his back. I told Jonathan to run and get the aspirator (thankfully remembered Laura telling me to use this when they get choked) while I was trying to get him to start coughing. We sat him back up and started trying to suck the junk out of his throat with the aspirator, and it took a few tries. Jonathan was WAY calmer than me- I was freaking the heck out, shaking, and told him to call 911. It took longer than I would have liked for him to catch his breath, but finally he started coughing, even though we could hear he still had some junk in there and it took a good 5 min or so for him to be totally back to normal.  That tough little booger didn’t even cry, but his mama sure did!! I felt AWFUL and it seriously scared me beyond words. We decided to take Infant CPR ASAP. I have been CPR certified before, but definitely need a refresher course. It’s way tougher not to freak out when it’s your own child, and choking is SCARY. I know I hugged him a lot tighter for the next few days, & am so thankful Jon was so calm and handled it so well. I was a hot mess for the next few hours. Definitely a learning

Sunday (9/22) I felt that tooth break through!! I try not to put my hands in his mouth, even if they’re clean because I know we can have dirt and bacteria under our nails.

Lookin FRESH in his church clothes. Is he not such a big boy??


Seriously, STOP it.


Sunday night at church, Jase was getting’ DOWN during the music! LOVED it and was bouncing around like crazy. But the clapping scared the poo out him! Ha!

Jase is such a Daddy’s Boy…I seriously cannot get OVER how much he LOOOOOOVES Jonathan! He follows him with his eyes everywhere Jonathan goes and his eyes light up anytime he sees him. It is PRECIOUS! He smiles EVERY time Jonathan talks to him, and I love watching Jon be his Daddy.  They are adorable together. I’ve never seen a man (except Lowell- he loves some babies too!) who is this in love with a baby. It MELTS MY HEART every time.

Baby Gear: jogging stroller,  Little Noses Saline Spray, Angel Care monitor, thermometer & petroleum jelly, overnight diapers,

Post-Partum: We had a Hope Crusade this week at church (like a revival) and it is EXACTLY what my heart needed! God is so good and it’s been a JOY to see so many give their life to Him this week. And a great reminder for me. More important than any schedule, when I start solids, or how many books I read to him is the example I AM SETTING for him in my own walk.

Haven’t worked out physically, but spiritually I feel renewed and refreshed…and that is absolutely most important. When that is in line, everything else tends to fall into place better too.

Thoughts: This has been quite an emotional week for me as a Mama and made me count my blessings even more. We are incredibly blessed and Jonathan and I look at one another at least once a day in awe of this perfect little being we created. Perfect as in THE perfect fit for our family. I am so overwhelmed that God chose me to be Jase’s mommy, and all I can do is praise HIM for that and let Jase know how proud I am to be his mom. He gets told that about 8,000 times a day with his 8,000 kisses…

Soaking up every minute with our precious little guy!



Kristen Kliethermes said...

Goodness! How scary! Just reading that made my heart race! So glad Mr. Jase is okay!
Jase cut his first two teeth! Yay! Everything you were explaining about Jase possibly teething sounded exactly like my goddaughter! So glad they finally came!

Emily said...

infant cpr course is awesome! you'll be glad you did it! also i ordered these little cards from redcross that can fit in your wallet and have cpr (infant and regular) instructions on them! I ALWAYS give them to anyone who watches our kids!!!

pumped that you are loving BLW :)

Unknown said...

The teeth conversation had me cracking up. And I love his little shoes! He is a handsome sweet boy and a true reflection of loving parents.

Melissa said...

His shoes are too stinkin' cute!

Kae said...

Jase is so dang adorable!

Pearls and Prosecco said...

We are expecting our first baby in February, and reading about your little man makes me to excited for when I get to meet mine!

P!nky said...

OH MY GOODNESS! he is so stinking cute! :)

Anonymous said...

I don't think I had DDH, but the doctors were worried about my hips when I was born. Then I was a dancer for 17 years! So there's hope!

Nicole@mamashiptips said...

He is so cute I remember when my son Julian was that small... The days go by so fast now he is two..