Category Archives: fussiness

Playing with Mommy today at home

Forest has not let me take him anywhere in the car today.  We were planning on meeting the Audubon group and Donald for lunch in OKC. That didn’t work out.  Later, I tried to take Forest to the big park, and he threw a second fit about getting in his car seat.  So we’ve been  playing at home.

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His legs are kind of too long for this toy.  He was running away from me here, and I was trying to put his pants back on after a diaper change.  He’s laughing at me making bird noises.
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Right now, Forest is nursing down for a nap.  Maybe he’ll want to go out somewhere after he has rested.

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rambling thoughts & labor day weekend recap

Today we discovered a fun game.  Forest makes various squawks, baby grunts and groans, and other cooing noises. When I imitated his noise, he would look at me, smile and laugh.  I think he is much louder (sometimes piercingly loud) when he’s overtired and/or teething, both of which happen pretty often.

I had to work at the library for several hours today because of a flood caused by a failed HVAC unit, so I didn’t get quite as much weekend baby time as usual.  But I’m really enjoying the time I do have with him.

Forest has quite a wild approach to nursing when he is overtired and more distractible than usual.  I told Donald that it’s like nursing a monkey-octopus.  He wiggles, kicks very hard, repeatedly, and repeatedly detaches and re-attaches, often pulling away with a very rough breaking of the suction.  I can’t help myself from laughing sometimes, because he is just so wound up it is kind of cute.  Sometimes he ends the nursing session by partially falling asleep and biting which can be quite painful.  But more often he’ll fall asleep nursing following about 30 minutes of what we call sleep-nursing which is very sweet–he seems so peaceful and content when he sleep-nurses.

Aunt Evelyn and Cousin Arianna playing with Forest at the YMCA over Labor Day Weekend

My father-in-law, my sister-in-law Evelyn, and my niece Arianna came to visit last weekend over the holiday weekend.  Evelyn and I took the kids to the YMCA water park.  It was SO MUCH FUN!  I intend to go back often.  I am a longtime YMCA member, but this is the first time I visited the Y since Forest was born.

Mommy, Forest, and Cousin Arianna at the YMCA pool over Labor Day weekend

I’m also hoping to do a mommy & baby water class if I take off on Friday and work Saturday instead sometimes.  Maybe eventually I can get back into yoga.  I really miss the yoga instructor at the Edmond YMCA–she is wonderful.

Charles and Evelyn watched Forest on Sunday while Donald and I went on a birding trip and lunch.  Even though this outing included recycling and grocery shopping, it was as close to a date as we’ve gotten in six+ months, and I thoroughly enjoyed myself.

When we came home, my father-in-law announced that all had gone well, except for one tantrum on the way home from a walk, and that Forest had been climbing the tree.  Although I was initially horrified, Charles did know what he was doing.  After all, he managed to raise five children quite successfully.  When I expressed my initial surprise that he put our six-month old in the tree, my father-in-law said, “Well, you know, if you have five or six children it doesn’t matter so much if you lose a couple here or there.”  Have I mentioned that my father-in-law is incorrigible and often hysterically funny?

Forest’s big day

Forest went with mommy to Midwest City / Oklahoma City to meet her girlfriends for ladies’ night out.  We ate at the Golden Palace restaurant, then went shopping at Penn Square Mall.

Bobbi holding Forest at the restaurant

Lisa holding Forest at the restaurant. She did a jitterbug dance with him later.

I walked around the mall with Forest in his sling part of the time, and everyone was commenting on how funny it was that he was folded kind of in half where his feet were up near his face, and one foot was sticking out of the sling since he is such a long baby.  I didn’t get pictures of me carrying him in the sling, as I have tended to be the person behind the camera lately, but I will ask Donald to take some sling pictures soon to document how large he looks in the sling at this age.  People were also surprised about how heavy his was already.  He already weighs something over 19 pounds, I think, at five months old.

Forest was pretty happy at the restaurant and had a nap on the way to the mall.  We met Malinda and her family at the mall, and shortly after all the Douglases held him, Forest realized it was time for a nap and started fussing loudly, which is how he often gets ready to fall asleep.

Malinda and David held Forest at the mall before his very impressively loud, pre-nap fussing performance.

  After I drove back to Shawnee and nursed Forest, I pumped some extra milk to mix with rice cereal.  Donald fed Forest his first ever solid food on his 5 month birthday!

Daddy is feeding Forest his first ever solid food, rice cereal, mixed with breast milk.

Sleep… or lack thereof for parents

We started putting the baby to bed at 8:00pm.  He’s alseep now at 10:30 after several tries.   He screams so loudly when he’s very tired but, I guess, he is fighting sleep.  Hopefully our neighbors won’t think we’re torturing him.  Quite amazing.  I do love how he stares at me with rapt attention while I’m singing lullabies while rocking him.  Makes me think I’m a decent singer or something.

Maybe he’ll sleep well tonight.  I think that last night’s very rough night was hopefully the last repercussion of the vaccinations Forest had on Friday.  He took a mega-4 hour nap on Sunday in the afternoon and, predictably, did not sleep well at night.  He was up every 1-2 hours.  He had a fever on Friday night and Saturday, following the vaccines.  Tylenol brought it down.

I managed to drive to Norman for a meeting today without falling asleep on the road, but then I had to try to stay perky for two meetings with no caffeine.

2-month pediatrician visit at 11 weeks old, today

baby update: Forest visited the pediatrician today. He now weighs 14lbs 12ozs and is 24.5 inches long. No wonder his daddy’s elbow is shot from lifting him!

He has a mild fever and is not feeling well / was fussy following vaccinations.  He was crying with a tone I’ve never heard before, and he was briefly inconsolable, but we finally got him to relax, and we gave him a dose of Tylenol which brought his fever down.

Forest went to bed, and I’m staying up to pump–trying to lay in a milk supply to get ready to return to work.  I don’t like staying up so late to pump since the baby is already in bed–it would be nice to go to sleep myself.  But it is hard to pump during the day because I never know how long he is going to nap, that is IF he naps.