I’m a little behind on your weekly updates, so here is what you’ve been up to the last few weeks. Whew, we have been busy, busy! You turned 12 weeks on 9/6, 13 weeks on 9/13, and 14 weeks on 9/20. We celebrated your 3 months on 9/14. It’s so crazy…feels like you’ve been with us forever!
Weight/Height: Kade weighed almost 13 lbs and was 24 1/2 inches long at his appointment on 9/9. He was right on the curve with the growth chart & Dr. Carey said he is “long and lean.”
Health: Dr. Carey felt that his posterior fontanelle is not all the way closed up quite yet. Not all babies have that soft spot in the back of their head, and she said she has only felt it with a few other babies. It should be closed up by 2 months, but since his is still open, she put in a referral for us to go to a neurologist at the children’s hospital for an ultrasound. We scheduled the appointment for the first week in October. She said everything feels fine and she doesn’t see any reason to be alarmed, but just wants to err on the side of caution. As crazy as it might sound, I feel a complete peace about it. As hard as it is to wrap my mind around sometimes, I know that God loves and cares for my babies even more than I do and I trust HIM with them completely. Plus, I truly feel like it’s going to be closed up and fine and we will give him ALL the glory! Amen!!
We went for the second half of his 2 month vaccines on 9/18. (I prefer to split them up so it’s not quite so much on them at once.) He did great with the shots, & was even smiling after, but woke up a few times during the night screaming (almost in pain). I nursed him each time and gave him extra snuggles. Poor baby. He felt warm but didn’t have a fever when I took his temperature.
Sleep: Sometimes he is sleeping pretty well, and sometimes we are dealing with that 45 minute intruder. He is still waking up once during the night to eat. Most naps are pretty decent. We always put him down in his crib, but he usually doesn’t stay there the whole time. We still keep him swaddled even though he breaks his hands out by his face. He loves to have something in his hand and I think he would really like a lovie! He also likes his paci to go to sleep. He prefers to sleep on his side and his neck is tilted up and away. It’s a funny little position.
Nursing: He was definitely showing favoritism to one side for a while, but now he’s evened back out. I’ve been pumping a good bit and feeding him from a bottle, so I think he prefers that since it’s quicker and more efficient. Sometimes I wonder if he’s getting full feedings from me the way I know he is from the bottle when I pump for him. I know you make more milk when they nurse directly off of you, but I can always pump some milk after a feeding too. Nursing and pumping are both so much easier this go round though!
He has been a little gassy this week and I’ve noticed that he is really uncomfortable if he doesn’t get out a good burp.
What Kade is up to: Kade is smiling ALL the time! He is starting to talk/coo. He has the sweetest dimples. He is pretty stiff and really likes to be held straight up like a big boy rather than like a baby. I’m glad his neck is so strong though.
We took Kade on his first beach trip, & he was a TROOPER for the 6 hour trip. He is seriously the most laid back and content little guy. He barely made a peep. Slept some, ate some. Only cried if he needed a diaper change. He took an awesome nap on the beach.
Post-Partum: I haven’t worked out much the last few weeks, and I can’t believe how much it affects my mood and confidence. Hoping to get back on the ball next week. I’ve also been pretty emotional and felt overwhelmed a few times, but I know God is trying to remind me to constantly renew my mind and not be anxious about anything. When I start to feel overwhelmed with all of life’s demands, I just try to remember this:
Big Brother Jase: Jase is the sweetest brother. He loves to help and has started calling him “Baby Kade” along with “brudder.” I LOVE this series of pictures- they came out hysterical!!
Thoughts: We love you, sweet Baby Kade. We can’t imagine our life without you. You make everyone smile & we can’t wait to see how the Lord uses that and YOU in the future! The Lord blessed us exceedingly and abundantly more than all we could ask or imagine when he gave us you.