Wishing Flowers

Filed under: the day-to-day stuff — by Lauren on April 25th, 2011 @ 10:14 pm

As the weather gets nicer, the kids and I are able to go on more walks, especially in the afternoon post-nap, pre-dinner lull. Anya’s favorite activity during these walks is to yell “tweet” at the birds and then tell me she’s talking to them in bird language. Sierra’s is to pick as many yellow flowers – dandelions – as possible. I should charge the neighbors for the weeding services she provides.

Today we went in a different direction from our usual route, and we came upon a house at the corner of the block whose lawn was a veritable field of dandelions. Sierra could barely contain herself, and even Anya took a break from her bird communion to appreciate the flowers, especially when she noticed the many “wishing flowers” – what she calls the dandelion puffs. She picked one and told me she was going to make a wish (I love that she remembered this after so many months of winter!), and then blew the seeds off with all of her 4-year-old might. She told me she wished to be a princess with a mean witch who turns into a nice witch.

Sierra was intrigued by the wishing flowers and wanted to have one, too. The girls probably picked 12 between the two of them and happily blew the seeds throughout the neighborhood (There goes our weeding business). I just loved watching their pure kid joy as they watched the little puffs take to the air. I hope these are the moments they remember.

Oh, Sierra…

Filed under: the day-to-day stuff — by Lauren on April 22nd, 2011 @ 4:27 pm

Every kid is different, and I know that, but sometimes it still surprises me.   Sierra, who had been underfoot the entire time I was trying to make dinner (as she often wants to be), announced that she had to go potty again, even though I had taken her not 10 minutes before.  Already annoyed by how much she was hindering my ability to get dinner together, I told her that I was not going to take her since she had just went.  I insisted that she did not actually have to go and sent her to play.  I thought she went into the playroom.  Then a few minutes later I heard the sound of peeing and the words, “I really had to go potty.”  I went to the bathroom to find her sitting on the toiled (with no potty seat!), having pulled down her pants, gotten a stool, and climbed on by herself.  She was super proud of herself, especially because she was sitting right on the toilet like a big girl.

Anya never would have done that at this age (2 years and 4.5 months), so I was pretty shocked.  I’m not comparing them, but sometimes I forget to remember that they aren’t the same kid and that I can’t have the same expectations, both in terms of things Anya did that Sierra doesn’t do and vice versa.  I can’t wait to see what surprises Liam has in store for me!

Unicorns

Filed under: Anya,funny,the day-to-day stuff — by Lauren on April 12th, 2011 @ 2:44 pm

According to Anya, these signs mean “watch out for unicorns.”

Bugs

Filed under: funny,Sierra,the day-to-day stuff — by Lauren on April 9th, 2011 @ 8:22 pm

Sierra wanted to know where bugs sleep. I said in the dirt or on a tree. She considered this, then asked, “Do they put blankets on theirselves?”

Liam’s 1 Month Update

Filed under: baby's progress,doctor,Liam,photos — by Lauren on April 2nd, 2011 @ 9:18 pm

Liam turned 1 month old on March 26th (and he’s already 5 weeks old as I write this).  He had his check up on Monday – 11 lbs, 3 oz and 23 1/4 inches already.  The boy is huge, but that’s not surprising given how often he eats – we’re lucky if we get to two hours between feedings.

We had a few concerns we discussed at his appointment, the first being the diaper rash we can’t get to clear up, even with the prescription cream he was given for his butt burn.  The NP said the rash looks fungal and said to use Lotrimin AF, which we did, and though it cleared up most of the little red bumps, it has not helped the most severe part of the rash.  I may bring him back this week if it doesn’t get any better.  The next thing we asked about was Liam’s continued struggle with congestion, especially at night.  We had brought him in the week before as well because he’d had some small amount of blood coming from his nose and in his spit up.  His lungs are clear; it seems he just gets a ton of post-nasal congestion.  I figured out a way to prop up his mattress a little (not that it matters too much since he ends up sleeping in my arms for much of the night anyway), and we purchased a cool mist humidifier.  We’re hoping these things will help; as the night wears on, it becomes increasingly difficult for him to be comfortable on his back, and he can’t sleep on my shoulder forever.  The third thing we discussed was the frequency and quantity of Liam’s spitting up.  Since he’s gaining weight very well, it’s not a big health concern, but it’s kind of gross, and  if there’s anything we can do to reduce it, I’m in.  We go through our entire enormous stash of burp cloths here every week.  After doing my own research and talking to someone from La Leche League a few weeks ago, I think one of the main causes is my oversupply of milk and forceful letdown, so now for most feedings I only feed him on one side, and that has helped somewhat.  Another possibility is that he has a sensitivity to something I eat – which could actually explain the spit up, the diaper rash, the congestion, how gassy he is, and his tendency to be cranky – so I’m doing a dairy elimination trial to see if it has any impact.  In some ways, I hope that’s it, because it’s an easy thing to fix, but then again, I really love cheese…

I feel that Liam is a bit of a cranky, borderline colicky baby, at least compared to how I remember Anya and Sierra being at the same age (and certainly according to what I wrote about them in their 1 month updates).  His first two weeks he was pretty content, but then it seemed like he was crying more often than not when he was awake.  He really hates being put down anywhere, even in a swing, and screams when he’s being buckled into the car seat.  In the past few days he’s been able to handle a few minutes on the playmat here and there, which has been nice.  However, Liam spends a good portion of his day being worn in a carrier.  He naps in one pretty much exclusively.

I love babywearing – I’d wear him even if he was the most content baby in the world – and definitely wouldn’t be able to get anything done without it, but it would be nice if he could handle a little more down time, too.  There are some things that would just be faster (like changing the sheets on the girls’ beds) if I didn’t have 11 lbs of baby strapped to my chest.  It’s almost like I’m still pregnant!  One thing that has improved is his tolerance for having his diaper changed – like his sisters, he would cry as soon as the diaper came off at first, but now he’ll usually like there, content to admire the lights or the rail of his changing table.

Cranky or not, I love him to bits.  I can say with certainty that Liam is by far my favorite son. :)

Sierra nurses her baby

Filed under: funny,Sierra,video — by Lauren on @ 8:17 pm