wesley - 7 months

i have written the 7 month post twice now, and blogger has lost the content both times.  so this one might be short so i can get it published :)  i have a lot of photos though - since wesley turned 7 months on jan 21, this post also includes the christmas photos.
stats:  we took wesley in mid january for his 6 month appt (it got pushed back because of weather and office closings).  he weighed 15 lbs, 7 oz and was 27" long.  he seemed fine and healthy, but the dr was concerned that he had dropped on his weight percentage curve.  he was at 75% at birth, and had been in the upper range for the first few months, and then started to drop.  at his 6 month appt he was only on the 5% curve.  she asked that we do some blood tests, just to make sure that everything was ok.  wesley was a champ for the tests, he didn't even seen to notice the needle.  thankfully, everything came back ok.  we starting giving him more solid foods, and after a few weeks his weight was starting to pick back up again and he was 16 lbs 1 oz at 7 months.  i think he's just an active little guy!!  we started transitioning to 9 month clothes, although he was still able to wear some 6 month things.

eating/sleeping:  wesley continues to get 3, 5 oz bottles at daycare and nurses 3 times a day.  he loves all foods that we've given him.  we've offered him both pureed food and some soft solids (avocado, bananas, cooked sweet potato wedges).  he also started eating some puffs, and oatmeal in the mornings.

wesley had a few rough nights around 7 months when he was teething, but that only lasted about a week or so.  i was impressed with how well he slept when we were in ohio for christmas, he had no issues with the pack n play.  he started to have more of a nap "schedule" on the weekends, and seemed to prefer to go down for a longer nap around 10.  
milestones:  wesley continued to work on sitting unsupported and moving around on his tummy.  he gave us his first big laugh this month - laughing at his dad.  he also got his third tooth on the bottom.  this month wesley also started being able to sit in highchairs at restaurants and in the cart when we went shopping.  it was nice to not have to carry the big car seat everywhere!

misc.:  we spent 10 days in ohio at christmas and wesley loved it all.  i think his favorite part (besides all of the attention), was the wrapping paper and the boxes.  he was spoiled and recieved plenty of toys and new clothes. 

he continues to love all of the pets.  murphy still gives him unlimited kisses, so we have to keep an eye on murph when he's around wesley.  i'm pretty sure he would just keep licking wesley if we didn't make him stop :)

wesley's friend lana had a ball pit for her first birthday party, they were so cute playing in it together!!

i'm ending his 7 month post with a few photos from christmas.  i was going to do a separate christmas post, but since it's already march...  probably best to just insert them here :)






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wesley - 6 months

wesley will be 7 months tomorrow, so i'm almost caught up... :)

stats:  wesley ended up having a dr appointment a few days before he turned 6 months, and he weighed 14 lbs 11 oz - a skinny guy!  he was still wearing 3-6 month clothes at 6 months, although we started switching out a few things like pjs with feet, because he was getting to be too tall.  he's in 12-24 month socks, he has big feet!

eating/sleeping:  wesley's bottles are still the same - 3, 5 oz bottles at daycare.  we did start on some solids a week before he turned 6 months, he was so interested in what we were doing at meal time, we thought it was time for him to try it out.  we started with some wedges of sweet potato, and i was impressed with how well he ate them.  he also had some banana, and pureed apples. he likes everything we've given him so far.

we were finally able to get wesley to nap in his crib at home on the weekends, which has been really nice and i think he sleeps better when he's in his crib (instead of in our lap, or in his swing).  he still doesn't take as long of a nap for us on the weekends as he does at daycare, but he seems happy and sleeps well at night, so we're ok with that.

milestones:  wesley started sitting up for longer periods of time unsupported, and moves a ton!  he has figured out how to get around by rotating on his stomach - he spins and spins until he's where he wants to be.  he also figured out how to get up on his hands and knees and rocks, but hasn't moved yet.  the biggest milestone of month 6 was probably his first teeth - he got 2 bottom teeth over thanksgiving.  he seemed to be really uncomfortable and was very fussy, but went back to his normal self after the teeth finally came through.

misc.:  wesley flew for his second time at thanksgiving, and did great on the plane. he also did great on our return drive from columbus to st louis.  he's been so much fun lately, he's really interested in toys and loves to play. 

we went to ted drewes to get wesley's first christmas tree.  he really liked to look at the ornaments and the lights.   

this was our christmas card photo, such a happy little guy!


oh yeah, the house...

i thought it was probably time for a quick house update...  here's what has been happening:
a few months ago stl had a big storm, and we noticed that our neighborhood had some wind damage - tree branches, power outages, etc.  we also noticed some roof debris in our yard, briefly thought about our roof, but quickly moved on because we really didn't think that our flat roof had been damaged by the wind.  we had 2 companies out to look at the roof semi-recently, and felt that our roof was in good enough condition to hold up to some wind.
fast forward to christmas - we left stl to spend time in ohio with family, and the first few days in ohio it just rained.  and rained.  and rained some more.  we figured that it had also probably rained at our house, but had no reason to give that any additional thought.
until we drove back home a week later.  we arrived late on a saturday night, and i kept noticing an odd smell in our house.  i thought it was from the house being shut up for a week, and just went to bed without inspecting things.  the next morning, we walked by the guest room and saw this:
well, this without the buckets.  apparently the rain the week before had caused water to pour in to our guest room.  the ceiling had significant damage, as well as the wood floor, and the exterior wall.  the mattress was ruined.  the good news - the mattress actually acted like a giant sponge, and as far as we could see, the water did not make its way down to the kitchen below.  i couldn't even imagine trying to repair our basically new kitchen...
so guest room, lots of water, and at this point, just assuming we have a hole in the roofing material.  you'd think that this would be something that insurance could quickly assist with, and we'd be well on our way to being fully repaired by now.  you'd think that, except our initial insurance assessment, which was scheduled a few days after we first called, was then canceled because we had a few inches of snow.  while annoying, i understand that the adjuster cannot get on the roof in the snow.  so we reschedule, and carefully watched the guest room as the snow melted.  the bucket contained the new water, we rescheduled our appointment, no big deal.
and then...  stl gets the most amount of snow it has had since '82 (so the locals tell me!).  we had over 12" of snow.  and a hole in our roof.  and a sponge/mattress that we couldn't move until the adjuster came out.  but now there was more snow, so no adjuster...
(this photo was in the middle of the snow, we got probably another 6" on top of that.  it was crazy, the city shut down, and we were stuck at home for 3 days.)
we waited, hoping that it would warm up slowly, and that the snow would melt over time.  we thought we could deal with that. 
but guess what?  the temperatures went from -11* to 45 overnight.  45 with rain!  yay, more water, just what we needed!
that was last friday - upon seeing the forecast in the morning, i put my bucket under the hole in the ceiling, and just prayed that would catch the water.  it rained the entire day, i just watched it out my office window, the 12" of snow was melting quickly, and we were getting a lot more rain.  i knew it would be bad.  and sure enough, as soon as i opened the front door that evening, i could just hear the water pouring in.  such a horrible sound inside your home.
the bucket had overflowed, but the mattress saved us yet again, catching most of the water.  the already damaged areas were now worse, including the area around the window, but i don't think that friday's melt/rain caused any new damage.

the adjuster was finally able to come out yesterday and get up on the roof.  apparently the roof membrane above our back porch had been blown back, and was sitting in the middle of our roof, exposing the porch and the roof above the guest room.  everything should be covered by insurance (minus the deductible of course), we are just waiting to hear back with their estimate.  besides the repairs to the roof/ceiling/floor, we also will have to replace the bed and the mattress, the rug, and everything that was stored under the bed, which includes the leaf for our dining table, an extra box of hardwood flooring, and the crib rail for wesley's crib. 

while a pain to have to deal with all of this, we are very thankful that should all be covered by insurance, and that this happen to the guest room and not any of the other rooms in our house. 

so that's the current house adventure, i'll keep you posted...


wesley - 5 months

i am behind on my monthly wesley posts, but hopefully i can catch up...  funny how once you have a baby, you no longer seem to have time to blog about the baby (or anything else)!!  wesley was 5 months old on november 21.

stats:  we did not have a dr appointment this month, but we did end up taking him in early december for an ear infection, so based on that weight, i'm guessing he was around 14 lbs, 6 oz at 5 months.  he's still long and skinny.  he was still wearing his 3-6 month clothes.

eating/sleeping:  wesley continues to take 3, 5 oz bottles to daycare, and is nursing 3x a day.  he is still a good sleeper - although his love for rolling around in his crib means that we usually have to move him back to the center a few times a night.  he also still loves his pacifier at night, and will start to get fussy if he wakes up and doesn't have it.  overall he's doing great with sleeping, and always wakes up with a big smile in the mornings.
his daily schedule is very similar to what i wrote in his 4 month post, although he seems to have dropped his evening nap.  he's still napping really well at daycare, and we're working on trying to make sure that he naps on the weekends.

milestones:  wesley still loves to smile, and "talk" to you.  this month he started being able to sit up unsupported for a few seconds, or longer when being held, so we start putting him at the table with us when we eat dinner.  he really started reaching for toys, and playing with them.  since he also likes to be upright, we bought him an exersaucer.  that's been nice to have, because he can play in that in the kitchen when we make dinner, or try to get a few others things done.

misc:  wesley dressed up as a skeleton for his first halloween.  he wore his outfit to daycare, and then when we passed out candy that evening.  he's also showing more interest in our pets.  i think that our cat eze is his current favorite.  she likes to sit next to him, and will tolerate him "petting" (pulling on) her fur.

my cute boys!  mike decided wesley needed to wear his tie onesie so that they could match.

such a happy little guy!

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wesley - 4 months

stats:  at wesley's 4 month doctor appointment, he was 13 lbs 13 oz and 25.5" in length.  he's still at 75% for height and head size, but dropped down to 20% for weight.  the doctor didn't seemed concerned since he's eating well, i guess he's just a long skinny guy (obviously didn't get that from me!).  he's still in 3-6 and 6 month clothing, he has a ton of outfits in this size so i hope he's able to wear them for a little while longer. 

eating/sleeping:  wesley continues to eat and sleep well.  the daycare ladies thought that he seemed a little hungry after his 4 oz bottles, so we added an extra oz and have been sending 3, 5 oz bottles to daycare and he's been doing well with that.  he's still a good sleeper, although he discovered how to roll over this month, so we usually have to get up a few times a night to roll him back because he'll get himself stuck against the side of the crib and start to be fussy.  usually we can get him to fall back asleep by flipping him over, and giving him his pacifier.  in the grand scheme of sleeping issues, i know that this is minor, but i am hoping that it ends soon, so that we can all sleep through the night again!

he seems to have a somewhat predictable schedule during the work week - we are still waking him up at 6:30, he nurses, we all finish getting ready, and leave the house at 7:15.  typically he takes a short nap in the morning at daycare (about 45 mins), and then another longer nap in the afternoon (2.5 hours).  he's drinking his 3 daycare bottles about 3 hours apart.  i pick him up at 4:15, and we will play for a little while once we get home, and also wash diapers and bottles for the next day.  he usually nurses again around 6 or 6:30.  sometimes he takes another short nap in the evening, and sometimes he's awake and happy just hanging out with us.  we are doing a bath every other night.  he nurses again between 8 and 8:30, depending on when he seems like he's getting tired.  mike takes him upstairs after he's done eating, puts him in his crib in his sleep sack with a pacifier, and he'll be out in a few mins.

the weekends never seem to follow the same schedule which is fine with me.  he tends to sleep a little later (sometimes until 8, funny how i now think that is "late"), and doesn't seem to take as many or as long naps during the day.  if we are out and about, he'll sleep in the car, but he's generally awake most of the day.  our evening routine is similar, although sometimes he'll be up a little later depending on what we're doing.  i haven't worried about trying to keep him on the same "schedule" - as long as he's happy, i prefer the flexibility!

milestones:  he loves to smile!  he hasn't given us a really big laugh yet, but he's come close and will giggle or do this laugh/snort thing.  probably the biggest thing this month has been rolling over - he can roll back to front, and front to back.  he still likes to "stand", and wants to be held upright most of the time.  he also really likes to be vocal, and will become very chatty, esp when in the car.  he now recognizes our voices and smiles when he sees us.  that's probably my favorite development so far!  he's reaching for toys now and can hold on to most things.  the daycare ladies think he is teething, but i'm not so sure.  he does drool a lot and puts things in his month, but i haven't felt any teeth yet.  mike thinks that he felt some though, so we'll see.

misc.:  this month we did a few new things.  mike had to travel to chicago for work, so since he was gone for several nights and it was during the week, my mom came out to stay with me to help with wesley.  it was nice to not have to worry about getting him to daycare and still getting to work on time!  and of course we enjoyed having mom around.  we did manage to find time to check out the new outlet mall too!

mike won tickets through work to go to one of the cards playoff games, since it was on a saturday during the day, we decided to take wesley.  he did great!!  i was impressed.  he was awake the entire time, and made frieds with all of the people around us.  

later in the month we drove over to illinois and went to a pumpkin/apple farm.  we picked some apples, went through a corn field maze, and just enjoyed the fall day.

after we got back from the farm, mike was watching football and i noticed that wesley was watching the game with him, i thought that the photo was too cute not to share.

last weekend i had to go to chicago for a work event.  my first night away from wesley went better than i thought - i missed him, but he did great at home with mike.  mike sent me the picture below, such a happy little guy.  went i got back from chicago i actually got to go to the 3rd world series game, which was amazing!  the cards won, too bad they couldn't keep that up...


wesley continues to be a sweet and easy going baby and it's been fun to see more and more of his personality develop!

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