Saturday, July 30, 2011

It's a boy! (Again!)

Yup, just like I predicted, Baby B is a boy!

Well, we're 90% sure.  We only got one shot of his genitals, and I could see how it could be slightly confusing.  It looks like a penis to me, at any rate!

I am sorry for those of you who were waiting on here to find out, although I am pretty sure most people learned via my Facebook and Tweets:)  It's been a rough couple weeks for me, there's been a lot of personal stuff going on with my friends and family and in between that and trying to take care of Bug and not let my house fall spectacularly to pieces, it's been hard to keep up with everything.

I have been debating writing about this for awhile, but because it's been bothering me so much I think I will do it.  I always try to be honest on here, so here goes nothing.

I am shocked at the amount of people, most of whom I'm not even particularly close to, who have been asking me if I am upset that I'm having another boy.

Upset that I'm having a healthy baby?  Absolutely not.

A little sad because I was hoping for a girl?  Well, okay.  I admit it, even though I have known pretty much from the beginning that I was having a boy, I did sort of want a girl.  It sounded nice to have one of each.

But...I love Bug.  I love him so much it hurts.  He is the sweetest child, and I have noticed that the bond that the two of us have is even closer than the bonds of some of my friends with their little girls.  The thought of having another little boy to love and cuddle and read stories to and sing songs about poop to fills my heart with deep joy.  It's so funny, because I always assumed that I would have a girl when I had a child.  But having my son has been the most wonderful experience of my life.

I can only surmise that having another son will be just as wonderful.

Monday, July 18, 2011

So Excited!

I've been having a hard time focusing lately because I'm so distracted!  Tomorrow is my big ultrasound so we can find out what Baby B is!

Bug's just thrilled, can you tell?  That's his tricycle, by the way, which I'm sorry to say we haven't gotten out on too much.

We've had a LOT of company lately.  Bug's Auntie Shay was here at the end of May, and then in June we had back to back visits from Bug's Uncle Eric and Uncle David.  Oh, and then his Nana, Granddad, and Uncle Michael were here last weekend.  So while it's been fun, sometimes it's really hard to keep up with everything that's been going on.  And somehow I am now nineteen weeks pregnant and getting ready for my ultrasound tomorrow!

What's Bug been up to?  Well, he's gotten really good at walking.  Really good.  To the point where I am starting to wonder why I was so keen on him doing it in the first place.  With this newfound ability, I have been doing my best to get us out of the house so he can burn off energy--but it isn't always easy with a boy who is going through a growth spurt and a mommy who is at the mercy of her pregnancy sometimes!  Still, we have managed to make it out to the park more than once, and Bug really loves going on the swings.  In fact, we had Daddy join us there on the Fourth of July! He also is talking more, aside from the constant stream of jibber jabber that is usually coming out of his mouth.  Whenever we call Daddy at work and he hears Jon's voice on the phone he immediately says, "Dada!"  I think my favorite thing he's said recently, however, was on Saturday morning when I handed him my hairbrush.  "Here you go, Bug," I said.  "Thank you!" he replied.  I had no idea I was raising such a polite young man.:)

Anyway, I've been having a rough time keeping my head above water, but I think now that all of our company is gone things should settle down a little bit for us.  I will let you know what Baby B turns out to be (although I'm still thinking boy), so here's to tomorrow!

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

"And They Won't Drink Milk!"

Lately, a lot of my fellow mommies have been lamenting to me that their children just don't seem interested in consuming the foods that are vital to their development.  I don't know what this is like.  I have a thirty pound sixteen month old who is about three feet tall and eats everything he can get his hands on.  (Literally.  I have to feed  him two scrambled eggs for breakfast every day.  I eat two eggs also, and I am a lot heavier than he is!)

But one of the biggest struggles I hear about is my friends having trouble getting their babies to drink milk.  And since we had a minor struggle with that, I thought I would share my tips and tricks for getting young ones to get the milk they need.

Supposedly, after 1 year, babies need 16 ounces of cow's milk per day.  I think if you are still nursing past the year they don't need quite that much, but if you're like me, your kid needs to be getting the fat to ensure proper brain development.  While you can get the fat from other sources, milk seems to be the method of choice and it's the one we use in our home.

But Bug was a little resistant to it, as he is with every new thing.  I mean, this is the kid who scraped blueberries off of his tongue.  But eventually, I got him to take in the 16 ounces, and this is how:

1.  First thing, he gets a sippy cup of milk.
Bug generally eats dinner somewhere around 5-6 pm, and then aside from his bedtime milk doesn't get anything after that.  So he generally wakes up ravenous and will generally take at least a few slurps of milk before he starts demanding something else.

2.  Then, I stick it in his food.
So, Bug used to have a bowl of oatmeal every morning for breakfast, which was a great way to get him about 3 or so of the ounces of milk.  However, about a week and a half ago, he decided he wasn't going to eat oatmeal anymore, and what I mean by that is instead of eating it like a good boy, he would shove the spoon away, or grab the bowl and throw it at my head.  Now the only thing he will eat for breakfast appears to be scrambled eggs, so what I do is I mix the eggs in with some milk and then give them to him.  Between bites of egg I offer him the sippy cup with the milk in it.

There are lots of foods you can mix the milk in, too.  If they won't eat oatmeal or another cereal, try making mashed potatoes and putting a healthy dose of whole milk in with their serving.

You can also buy whole-milk yogurt and cheese as a way to supplement stubborn babies who won't drink it.  Interestingly enough, my son doesn't really care for cheese, but he will down his milk:)

3.  Offer it, but don't go overboard.
I usually offer Bug a sippy of milk before his nap, to help him calm down and because that's been his routine for pretty much forever.  But I also make sure he drinks a little juice (to help his pooping) and plenty of water throughout the day.  Don't offer your baby just milk; he needs variety, and he definitely needs water!

So, those are my tips for getting your baby to drink milk.  But trust your instincts, and do what works for you.  When in doubt, talk to your pediatrician.  They usually have good advice:)