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30 December 2016

Levi Allen: Six Months


SIBLING LOVE

Levi LOVES watching Daphne play! Sometimes he'll fuss and fuss until I sit him up in my lap or his bumbo so he can watch her. And Daphne LOVES it when Levi plays with her hair. 






ROUTINE

Levi has finally settled into a natural "routine", which I'm pretty thankful for as it gives me a little more dependability throughout the day. 

He has been waking up for the day around 8 AM, nurses for about 10 minutes then plays for about an hour and goes back down for a nap. He typically naps from 45 min - 1 hour. He repeats this eat, play, sleep schedule after almost every feeding. He nurses about 8 times a day and takes about 3 or 4 good naps a day. He doesn't nap after he nurses around 5 PM, we just stick it out until bedtime. 

We've been trying to get better about a consistent bedtime routine. With holidays and traveling its been super hard to be consistent about anything. It's helped that Levi has been naturally inclined to be tired when he is "supposed" to and be awake and alert when he is "supposed" to play. 



LOVES

  • Super weird, but he loves it when you say the names of fruits. That's typically how we get him to smile for pictures haha "Apples! Peaches! Bananas!" 

  • Nestor the paci

  • Mama - he is 100% a Mama's boy 

  • Music - we've been listening to the Trolls soundtrack lately

  • Daphne - he could watch her all. day. long.

  • Sitting in his bumbo

  • Bouncing in his exercauser

  • Sleeping in his zipadee-zip - LOVE this product

  • Bathtime - he loves to kick and splash sister, and me!



GROWTH
  • Weight: 16.03 lbs. (22.5%)
  • Length:  26.25 in. (34.5%)
  • Clothing: He's been wearing 6-9 month clothing, all of his 3 month clothes are too small.
  • Diapers: He fits more comfortably in size 3 diapers, but I still have a pack of size 2's left, so I've been putting him in size 2 during the day and size 3 at night. 

FAV.

FIRSTS

  • Levi survived his first Gift of Christmas! He wasn't in it or anything, but Daddy plays for the show. 

  • Levi went on his first road trip to Tulsa, OK to visit the Wagner family!

  • Levi met Uncle Duke

  • Levi met Aunt Shelly

  • Levi met Aunt Reese

  • Levi met Howard

  • Levi met the rest of the Sorie family! He met Aunt Andrea a couple months ago, but he met Uncle Tyler, Eva and Madeleine this month. 

  • Levi started sleeping in the zipadee-zip, a sleep sack made for babies who can roll over but still have a strong startle reflex. He loves it!

  • We put away Levi's swing and put up his exerciser, he's a big fan!

  • LEVI SAID "DA-DA"! 

  • Levi visited Grandma and Grandpa Wagner's church 
  • Levi experienced his first Christmas




Christmas Eve at our church!

DISLIKES

  • Not being able to see Mom 

  • Sometimes he doesn't like when you're holding him and you try to sit down

  • Sometimes he doesn't like his car seat, but for the most part he's pretty neutral towards it now

  • He doesn't like it when his hands don't do what he wants them to do


RECENT GOOGLE SEARCHES

  • immunity support reship
  • zipadee zip
  • hand foot and mouth disease
  • 5 month old flu
  • 6 month old watery red eyes
  • symptoms of pink eye in babies

EATING

Levi nurses about 8-9 times a day, every 2-3 hours. He has been nursing on both sides this month, 5 minutes or so per side for a total of 10 minutes. We haven't done any more rice cereal, it was way harder to pump and be consistent with that while juggling a toddler. We plan to start introducing solids this month! 




SLEEPING

Levi sleeps in his zipadee-zip in his pack and play. He sometimes naps on me, especially if we are out of town or he isn't feeling well, but he is mostly sleeping in his pack and play for naps. He has been napping 3 or 4 times a day, usually an hour after he nurses and he sleeps for 45 min - 1 hour. We've been loosely following the "eat, play, sleep" routine. 

He goes to bed around 7:30 PM, after his last feeding of the day. He had a couple days this month (mostly when we were in Tulsa) where he was waking up pretty often and seemed to either be hungry or gassy, those were rough nights. But now he's in a more steady rhythm and he has been waking up to nurse only once, around 3 or 4 AM. He wakes up again around 6 or 7 AM to nurse and then he goes right back down to sleep. He wakes up for the day around 8:30 AM. 





DEVELOPMENT

  • Shows interest in details (zippers, stickers...)
  • Protests as Mom or Dad walks away
  • Imitates sounds
  • Sits up with help
  • Bounces, or "stands" with help


HEALTH

  • Levi received the first dose of the flu vaccine as well as 3 other routine shots at his 6 month check up.

  • Daphne gave Levi her cold earlier this month, it took him about 2 weeks to fully kick it!

  • Levi has had a clogged tear duct, which makes his eyes red and watery, several times. He had it twice this month. 

  • Levi has a little dip in his chest (he's had it since birth) and the pediatrician told us that as he gained weight it would decrease and ultimately go away entirely. He gained a good amount of weight this month and his pediatrician said it is looking better and better. 

PARENTING

  • Similac App to track feedings 

  • Planning to rock him to sleep less, and lay him down awake so he is able to fall asleep on his own. 


LOOKING FORWARD TO...

  • Introducing solids this month!

29 November 2016

Levi Allen: Five Months


SIBLING LOVE

I love watching Daphne and Levi's relationship grow, they both make each other so happy! Levi will be crying and Daphne will come up and say "It's okay, Levi" and kiss his head and he will start smiling! Daphne will be in the middle of meltdown and hear Levi cooing in the other room and instantly start laughing haha! Daphne's favorite thing is trying to hold Levi's hands or laying her head down near him and letting his hands tickle her face. 

She definitely cuddles him hard...we often have to protect his poor head! Sometimes her yelling will make him cry but she's quick to run over and tell him she's sorry. So sweet. 







Levi on the left at 4 months and Daphne on the right at 4 months! 


ROUTINE

Levi takes a few naps each day, maybe for 45 minutes - 1 hour, typically an hour after he nurses. We have been putting him to bed between 7:30 - 8:30 PM. He doesn't really have a determined wake up time, it has been changing a bit since we've been traveling and he's been experiencing a growth spurt.

Basically routine with Levi is anything but routine, haha! And routine for a growing, teething baby during the holidays is just super hard. 




LOVES

  • Green rattly ball

  • Toy rings

  • Cuddles

  • Being swaddled 

  • Hush Hat - we used this hat on our road trip and he was actually able to sleep through Daphne's screaming and watching Frozen 32929830134 times! 

  • Dancing around the room with Momma 

  • His blue teething toy

  • "Stay Awake" - the lullaby from Mary Poppins




Levi loves his Daddy!


GROWTH
  • Weight: at his 4 month app - 13 lbs. (6%) I'm very confident he weighs much more now!
  • Length: at his 4 month app - 25 in. (42.5%) 
  • Clothing: He can still fit into most 3 month onesies but he is mostly in 6 month clothing now.
  • Diapers: He's been wearing size 2 Pampers swaddlers, we still have a big box of size 2 left but I think after that we will start using size 3. He has grown so much this month!


FIRSTS

  • His first high fever - It was a rough one for me, I've realized that when Daphne gets sick I worry but when Levi gets sick I am tempted to panic. I just can't stand seeing my tiny baby with a fever.

  • Levi experienced his first Halloween! Daphne was sick so we ended up just staying home but we did dress him up as Nemo, he was TOO CUTE.

  • Levi survived the 2016 election!

  • Levi went on his first road trip to Ohio to see my family for Thanksgiving. He did great! 

  • Levi rolled over from back to belly this month while we were in Ohio

  • Levi met his Uncle AJ

  • Levi met Uncle John 

  • Levi visited my parent's church in Ohio for the first time 

  • Levi experienced his first Thanksgiving

  • We had our first photoshoot as a family of four

He made the CUTEST Nemo ever!!
This was taken right after Levi rolled over from back to belly!

Levi meeting Uncle AJ

Levi meeting Uncle John

Levi's first Thanksgiving



DISLIKES

  • Being hungry! He is the happiest little baby ever until he gets hungry, that boy has got a pair of lungs. 

  • Levi currently doesn't like sleep...ugh


RECENT GOOGLE SEARCHES

  • rsv in infants

  • hand foot and mouth in babies

  • >> Both kids were sick this month and I honestly texted my Mom, Mom-friends and Mother-in-law more than I googled.


EATING

Levi nurses about 8 or 9 times a day both sides per feeding for approximately 10 min. He's been going 2-3 hours between feedings. He has only slept through the night a handful of times since last month. He's been waking up several times during the night and I nurse him maybe 3-4 times every night. I can't tell if he's actually hungry (growth spurt still?) or if its just a comfort thing. I really don't want to create a problem with his sleeping patterns, with him relying on me to comfort nurse BUT it is the only thing that guarantees us a couple hours of sleep. Ugh. 


Thanksgiving with my boy!

SLEEPING

Levi sleeps swaddled in his pack and play, now that he's rolled over from back to belly I'm going to try to wean him off of the swaddle. He also LOVES to cuddle and sleeps in my arms, can't get enough of those snuggles. He takes a few 45 min - 1 hour naps a day and goes to bed between 7:30-8:30 PM. He has been waking up every 3 hours or so during the night and waking up for the day between 7 - 8 AM.


DEVELOPMENT

  • Grabbing and chewing on teething toys

  • Puts my fingers in his mouth

  • Uses consonants - he's only done this a few times

  • Grumbles/screams when he is impatient - haha

  • Rolls from back to belly

  • Plays by himself on his activity mat

  • Sits in bumbo



HEALTH

  • Levi got another round of shots this month and I think the combination of that plus teething made him spike a fever. I can't remember how high it was exactly (maybe 102?) but it made me so nervous. I was texting my Mom, my Mother-in-law and almost ended up taking him to the ER after tylenol and a bath didn't bring his fever down. It ended up coming down and he was feeling much better the next day. Really scary when my babies run high fevers. 

  • Levi is definitely teething, sometimes I think I can see a little white spot on his gums where a tooth is cutting through. Not sure though!

  • Holy growth spurt. Levi has been wanting to nurse every 2 hours or so and throughout the night as well for about two months now. He has been growing like a weed! 

  • Levi had his 4 month check up right around the time that he had a low grade fever and Daphne had a bad cold, so they tested him for RSV to make sure he was healthy enough for his shots. He tested negative and did much better with his shots this time around! 



At Levi's 4 month check up

PARENTING

  • Similac App to track feedings 

  • Planning to wean him from the swaddle in the next few weeks


LOOKING FORWARD TO...

  • Levi's first Christmas

  • Visiting family in Tulsa in December


One of my favorite shots that our photographer has sent us from our family shoot in Cincinnati! 

29 October 2016

Levi Allen: Four Months


SIBLING LOVE

Daphne is turning into such a sweet big sister! She loves to help with Levi; bringing him his paci, his "blanket" (burp cloth), throwing away his dirty diapers, bringing him all of his toys and making sure he has lots of kisses and hugs. She loves her baby brother, its been so cool to watch her accept him as part of our family. 




ROUTINE

I've been trying to make a better effort to make sure Levi is getting good naps each day. The "wake, eat, play" routine worked pretty well with Daphne - so we've been trying to apply that. It basically means 45 min - 1 hour after baby has nursed they go down for a nap and sleep anywhere from 45 min - 1.5 hours and then wake up and eat and play for another 45 min - 1 hour. 

He typically sleeps swaddled in his bassinet and takes about 4 good naps a day, sometimes only 3. He's been going through a bit of a growth spurt so he's been waking up between 3 am - 5 am to nurse and then going back down to sleep and waking up for the day around 8:00-8:30. He goes to bed around 8 pm. 

I've been focusing on head support so tummy time and a few minutes in his bumbo has been a big part of our routine now too. 


Tummy time with Momma!

LOVES

  • Sissy - she loves to talk to him and every time she does he is all smiles

  • Nestor (his paci)

  • Being worn in the Solly wrap

  • Being held...by anyone - he is so much more chill than Daphne was about other people holding him, he loves it!

  • Fluffy blankets

  • His swing - he sometimes takes naps in it

  • Music - I know, big shock. But he truly loves music! 

  • Silent Night - right now his favorite song! Especially when Daddy (not Mommy!) sings it as he rocks him to sleep. It's just precious. 
Levi loves his Solly wrap!



GROWTH
  • Weight: Levi has his 4 month appointment in a few days, so I'll update then. My bet is he's long and skinny. 
  • Length: Will update in a couple days. 
  • Clothing: He's still comfortably in size 3-6 months. I've had to go through and pull out a few items that are too small, and I need to do some shopping for winter clothes (especially for our trip to Ohio, winters in TX are very different then winters in the midwest). 
  • Diapers: He's been in size 1 - pampers swaddlers - until just recently. He is now wearing size 2 - same brand. 


FIRSTS

  • Being in the studio with Mommy and Daddy! We recorded a little song for a project and the kids were in the studio with us - he did great! I think we put him to sleep, hah!

  • We put Levi in the nursery this month! He's been doing so well, I'm sure it helps that he is a happy little cuddle bug. They love him. 

  • Weekend with Dad! I went to a Lifeway women's conference this month and Carson was all on his own! Besides Daphne being a little terror - Levi did awesome. 
  • Splashing and kicking in the tub!


DISLIKES

  • The Ergo carrier - I think he's still a bit small for the Ergo, I tried to wear him in it without the infant insert the other day and he was NOT having it. I took it off and put him in the Solly and he fell asleep instantly. Guess he needs to get a little bigger before we try the Ergo again!

  • His car seat. He's a pretty chill baby but whenever we go to lay him in his car seat, he screams. He doesn't really enjoy being in the car either. Should make for a fun 14+ hour road trip to Ohio...

A rare happy face in his car seat!


RECENT GOOGLE SEARCHES

  • is rubella contagious 

  • green poo 3 month old

  • pink chalky in baby diapers
  • urate crystals in 4 month diaper
  • 4 month old vomit every morning 
  • baby vomit after feeding
  • 4 month old happy vomiting 
  • baby tummy issues with mom getting period << HAH, this is real life. 
  • brick dust in diaper 


EATING

Levi nurses about 6 or 7 times a day sometimes both sides per feeding but typically just one side per feeding for approximately 6-10 min. He's been going 2-3 hours between feedings with one 7-10 hour stretch at night. About two weeks ago he started waking up between 3 and 5 am wanting to nurse, I'm chalking it up to a growth spurt. 


SLEEPING

We have been blessed with what seems to be another easy sleeper! After Levi's last feeding of the day we will swaddle him (our favorites are the halo sleepsack swaddle and the swaddleme) and lay him in his little lounger. He sleeps the best when he is swaddled and in his little lounger, but he also naps in his swing and whenever I wear him in the Solly wrap. 


DEVELOPMENT

  • Grabs objects without missing...typically
  • Goes from rest to suddenly active
  • Can pull a cloth away from his face...slowly but surely hah
  • Searches for Mom or Dad

  • Responds well to voices and his name

  • More cooing and "talking"


HEALTH

  • Levi had a couple mornings last week where he would throw up everything after his first feeding of the day. The first time it happened it was quite shocking! He didn't fuss before or after, in fact he seemed quite happy to be rid of it hah! It could have been his reflux returning or perhaps getting more than his tummy could handle from not nursing all night (overproduction on my part). I decided not to take him in to the pediatrician since my doc is pretty prescription happy and would probably suggest an acid reflux medication and I just wasn't convinced that should be the first solution. He typically nurses anywhere from 6 - 10 minutes, so I began "cutting him off" after about 3 - 4 minutes. This meant that he would feed for a shorter amount of time but more frequently throughout the day. After about a week of this I've been letting him nurse until he comes off on his own, he's been fine and hasn't had anymore issues so far. 

  • As a result of his throwing up so much in the morning, his first diaper of the day would typically have something called "brick dust" in them. That just means that his diaper had uric acid crystals in it, which resembles brick dust, its from dehydration. Its not super concerning, and I remember Daphne having that at some point. The rest of his diapers throughout the day had no "brick dust" in them and he had about the same number of wet diapers. It does look alarming at first because its a bit orangish-red but I watched him and wasn't too concerned since he didn't have any symptoms of severe dehydration. 

  • I've noted before that we have pretty much given up on giving Levi his vitamin D drops - I don't know why its so hard for me to remember! But I always remember to take my vitamins, so I've just upped my Vitamin D intake. I have always taken a D-3 supplement but my intake has only been about 1500 IUs, which may sound like a lot but you can never have too much Vitamin D (as my mother would say!). I now take about 3400 IUs a day and have added a B complex to my vitamin routine as well. I feel better about what Levi is getting through my breastmilk even with my giving up on his supplements. 

  • Levi has been teething this month, lots of chewing on his hands and drooling! He's had some green diapers as well. Teething is no joke! We put the amber teething necklace that Daphne wore on Levi and I believe that it has been helping him.

  • His clogged tear duct has been back in full force this week, I've been massaging the area around it, using a warm wet cloth and if that doesn't work I'll be using some breastmilk to help clear it up.
  • Levi caught a little cold from big sister this week and the first night his cough sounded more like dry heave! It was a bit concerning but he had no other symptoms other than the occasional cough. I was hoping it wasn't anything like pertussis. He ate and slept a bit more that first day and we put a humidifier in his room and diffused eucalyptus and put lavender on his feet. The second night he only coughed one time and it didn't sound to bad, so I think he's getting over it. 



PARENTING

  • Similac App to track feedings 

LOOKING FORWARD TO...

  • Getting to show him off when we go visit my parents for Thanksgiving! 
  • Family pictures
  • Our first road trip as a family of four
  • Levi's first Christmas season