The only fun things about switching out Tanner's newborn wardrobe for his 0-3 month is all of the new outfits he has now, and that everything is big on him again.The bad things...He's getting biggerIt's hard to believe that once fit inside my bellyIt's starting to get a little hard to lift him in his car seat. (I know, I'm a weakling, and I don't know how you do it Libby!!)I took him to the Dr. earlier this week because of some yeast he has in his mouth and needed to get a prescription for it. They weighed him and he is now weighing 10lbs 3oz! That's almost 4lbs over his birth weight, and even more from when he was in the hospitals before and after his surgery since they wouldn't let him eat.I know that's not huge in any way, and is probably still small for almost being 3 months old. But still! Where's my teeny tiny baby going?I also know that this is way too early to be complaining about him growing. I can't even imagine how I'm going to be feeling in a few more months when he'll be getting even bigger!
Stop it. Stop it now!
It was pointed out by ABC News that of the 1.3 billion Japanese citizens, not one single incident of looting occurred. (quite the dramatic opposite during Katrina) In fact, actions of care and generosity have been demonstrated throughout the disaster by the stricken Japanese.
Those few who had running water put a sign outside their home offering water to those in need. Even those with little food shared what they had. Stores gave much away to the public. No one screamed and raged over being stuck in 7 and 8 hour lines for rationed gasoline.
They calmly waited.
That is something we surely would not see in this country.
10 things we can learn from the Japanese
1. THE CALM Not a single visual of chest-beating or wild grief. Sorrow itself has been elevated.
2. THE DIGNITY Disciplined queues for water and groceries. Not a rough word or a crude gesture.
3. THE ABILITY The incredible architects, for instance. Buildings swayed but didn't fall.
4. THE GRACE People bought only what they needed for the present, so everybody could get something.
5. THE ORDER No looting in shops. No honking and no overtaking on the roads. Just understanding.
6. THE SACRIFICE Fifty workers stayed back to pump sea water in the N-reactors. How will they ever be repaid?
7. THE TENDERNESS Restaurants cut prices. An unguarded ATM is left alone. The strong cared for the weak.
8. THE TRAINING The old and the children, everyone knew exactly what to do. And they did just that.
9. THE MEDIA They showed magnificent restraint in the bulletins. No silly reporters. Only calm reporting.
10. THE CONSCIENCE When the power went off in a store, people put things back on the shelves and left quietly!
We actually went to bed at the same time Kollin did for once. I was beat tired from my day at Primary's, and I'm sure Tanner was too.
We woke up around 2:30 or so cuz Tanner was hungry. I fed him and put him back in his bassinet to go back to sleep at about 3. He didn't give me any arguments either. He was still pretty tuckered out.
The only problem was that between 3 and 4:30 (which is when I finally moved to the couch), Kollin's snoring was keeping both of us up. I don't know how, but I have been able to fall asleep before amidst this soundtrack. That has all gone out the window with Tanner present.
The snoring either scares him or I don't know what. But he would whimper a little bit, start breathing fast and suck on his bink faster in perfect unison when Daddy would let out a really loud snore. And this, in turn, would keep me from being able to fall back asleep.
I tried rolling Kollin to his side... pinched his nose shut... put my hand on his face (my mom said she did that with my dad, and it always worked)... even elbowed him every now and then. Nothing worked!
Finally after an hour and a half of this, I gave up and decided we were going to sleep in another room. I think Tanner was half asleep, and I didn't want to pick him up and wake him completely. Once the little guy is asleep, he can sleep through any sound. But any movement and he's up.
With this being said, I figured I would roll his pack and play out into the living room so I could hopefully avoid waking him. It was a good plan in my head. I got the pack and play to the door, and it wouldn't fit through! I figured it was the changing station attachment that was too wide, so I took it off and propped it up on Kollin's side of the bed (serves him right). But alas, it still wouldn't fit through. Crap.
I was quite agitated and getting more frustrated at this point, so I just decided to pick Tanner up and have him sleep on one of the couches with me. I chose to sleep on Troy's (Kollin's brother) couch since it is wider and cushier. He didn't wake up during the transfer. Whew!
Then around 9 I believe, I heard Kollin come out of the bedroom. He stood next to us for a second not sure if I was still asleep or not. When I opened my eyes, he asked if everything was ok. I came back with, "You have GOT to do something about your snoring!"
He sure felt bad.
I told him the story from earlier in the morning, and how he was keeping both Tanner and me up. He now feels even worse.
I asked him what he thought when he first noticed we weren't in the bedroom. He said that when he saw the pack and play in a different spot of the room than where it usually is, he thought, "This must have been an adventure!" He also said when he first came out, he looked for us on the other couch in where the TV is. Since I was not on this couch, he got a little worried. But then when he made it to Troy's couch and saw both of us, he was relieved. awww. :)
He has, however, agreed to try those nose strip things that supposedly open up your nose, and will HOPEFULLY keep him from snoring so much.
They should help him more than that too. He usually complains about waking up with a headache and all stuffy. I keep telling him to go and see a nose, throat and ear specialist. But being the biggest procrastinator I have ever met, he has yet to do this.
So hopefully the nose strips will help for the time being and all 3 of us can all sleep in the same room! (at least until I get the guts up to leave Tanner in his own room overnight, then just the 2 of us)
Today Tanner had a follow up appointment to get another echo at Primary's to make sure everything is still looking ok inside and that he's healing properly.
My dad was able to come with me to help out and translate anything I may not have understood. It was supposed to be a sedated echo, but I asked them if we could try not to sedate him since he always has done so well during echos before. He wasn't allowed to eat for a while before and was throwing a fit cuz he was so hungry, so they ended up having to sedate him anyway.
Everything went very well through! I only cried once. It was when they were getting the IV in him and he was screaming. Other than that, I was ok.
Our Cardiologist said that he is looking great. His pulses are very strong, and everything that she saw from the echo looks wonderful.
We don't have to go see her for another 3 months, and unless something goes wrong, he won't have to have another echo until he's 3 years old. Yay!
So I am sitting on my couch holding Tanner while he sleeps, me, not sleeping and watching TV, when all the sudden I feel very warm.Great.
Yup. He peed through his diaper, right onto me.(still sound asleep by the way) At least it didn't get on the couch! I am just happy that after trying three different brands of diapers, this doesn't happen very often anymore.
I figured that since I now had to get up and change his clothes, his bum, and my clothes, he is going to wake up and be hungry so start a bottle while I'm at it. I got the bottle in the bottle warmer and ALMOST had him completely changed before he woke up. And he was mad. So I hurried and finished him up.
I noticed that he hasn't worn this little outfit yet, and it is really REALLY cute on him! I think it is the hood. So I had to snap a quick picture between cries.I then ran into my room. Placed the now screaming Tanner on the bed right on one of Kollin's legs... since he was sleeping diagonally and I couldn't tell where his limbs were. Told Kollin not to move. Grabbed some clothes. Apologized for waking Kollin up. Picked up the crying Tanner and got out of there so Kollin could hopefully fall asleep again quickly. (that guy is able to fall asleep in less than 5 seconds. I'm not even kidding, and very very jealous)
Everything is now well in the world again. Tanner has eaten and is back asleep. Since he has been starting to sleep for longer periods of time at night, we will see when he decides to wake up again.
I am so happy that I am his mom and that he is just the cutest thing in the world!
"There is only one beautiful baby in the world, and every mother has it." ~Confucius
Tanner is such a sweet baby. He is still extremely content and hardly fusses. Except when he's hungry or needs a new diaper. Other than that, he is pretty happy to just look around or sit and study your face.
He has actually started to sleep for about 6 or 7 hours a night recently. I'm hoping it will remain a habit! My dad told me I started sleeping through the night at 2 months, so I'm hoping he takes after his mama!
He is kind of figuring out where his hands are. I am watching him trying to suck on his fist right now, and sometimes tries to grab his bottle or bink.
He is also getting really good at holding his head up, smiling and I could have sworn I watched him try to give me a little giggle earlier today.
He is getting better at sleeping alone. Although his bassinett is right next to my side of the bed. But still! He is not demanding to only sleep if I am somehow touching him so he knows I am there.
He finally likes his swing too! Before he hated it and didn't want to ever be left in it. Now we can stick him in it, and he will be content for hours.