Monday, December 6, 2010

4 months

Can you believe it!? My baby Ty is 4 months old. He had his 4 month check up last week and he is doing well. Here are his stats...

Weight: 16.10lb
Height: 26in
Head: 17in

Lately Ty has gotten a kick out of talking to himself. He is now "sleeping" in his own room and Ruddley and I love to lay in bed in our room and listen to him babble himself to sleep. He has become quite the traveler as well. A few weekends ago we went to Philadelphia to visit my Aunt Sue and Papi Jack (a total of 9 hours in the car each way) and to watch the Philadelphia Marathon. Then 4 days later we went to New York to visit Ruddley's family for Thanksgiving (10 hours each way). I really can't complain about the car ride, he did so well. It's a good thing too because we love to travel, so he better get used to it. At 4 months he's already a pro at the whole road race thing. He has been to 4 races and 3 expos. 

I mentioned last month how he is such a happy baby and he continues to love life. He still hasn't mastered to art of rolling over yet, but he is so close. He loves his stuffed elmo and enjoys eating his feet. He laughs. He smiles. He loves his mom and dad. He has been spending time with our amazing neighbors and good friends Mark and Christine and their kids Mackinna and Kaden. They have been super helpful in watching Ty when we need it. Tyler loves to play with Mackinna and Kaden. 

We are slowly figuring out a good night time routine. I think it's just as helpful for me as it is for him. Even though I am still nursing him, I feed him a bottle at night to make sure he's getting what he needs before he goes to sleep. We do a bottle, I sing a few songs to him and rock for a little bit. Usually by 8:30 he's asleep. Not bad. 

Here are some pictures to recap November....

Saturday, November 6, 2010


I've been slacking in the blogging department. October has been a busy month for Tyler. Here is a recap in photos because we all know you'd rather look at pictures then read what I have to say! He's such a happy baby!


On Wednesday...I'm pretty sure it was Wednesday...anyway...I somehow managed to get to daycare early. I decided I would spend some time and feed Tyler before I left to go to work. I sat there feeding him and chatted with Shanni when I heard the world loudest farts. Not one, but two of them. We both laughed and continued chatting. After a minute or so the farts starting smelling really really bad! Shanni was sitting across the room and could smell them. Tyler was still eating away and I figured as soon as he was done eating I would change it. I was running his back when I felt something wet. I took a look at my hand and noticed it had baby poop on it. Awesome. I hadn't even left daycare yet and he already needed a clothing change. I laughed with him for a little bit before I realized that I was headed to work and didn't have a chnage of clothes for ME in my car. I prayed that his poop didn't get on me. I picked him up and sure enough a big thing of poop on my lap. Awesome. I changed Tyler and left for work. I whipped out the Tide stain stick from my purse and prayed it worked as good and as quick as the commercials say it does. The whole way to work I was scrubbing my leg with the stain stick. I finally got to my office to notice a neon green stain still on my lap. Seriously?? I do my best to look somewhat put together when I get to work. Not so much on this day. I went to the nurses station where everyone laughed at me...I admit, I would laugh at me too! I spent the next 30 minutes scrubbing my pants with soap and water and still praying that it went away! Every morning we have a treatment team with the doctors, social workers and nurses and on this day we had outside providers coming in for the meeting. I must have looked sooooo professional to them. I'm sure they were thinking "Who is this poop stained girl taking care of my client!??". Ok, they probably didn't notice, but I felt like a moran! However...with luck the baby poop came out and I was poop stain free!! This wasn't my first poop accident, but it was my first at work. I'm sure it won't be the last!

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

growing boy

yikes! it's been way too long without an update on baby ty!! this is my 3rd week back at work and it's really not as bad as i thought it might be. ty is growing fast!! he has been going to a home daycare just down the road from work. i think he's doing ok there. he is always smiling when i drop him off and usually sleeping when i pick him up...i suppose those are both good signs. i took him to the doctor for his 2 month check up and he is 13.4 pounds and 24 inches long. holy cow! he's been eating anywhere from 13-19 oz a day at daycare. im still holding on strong to the breastfeeding hoping i can keep up for as long as possible!!

lately ty has been blowing lots of bubbles and loves playing peek-a-boo. he does not love sleeping. mmm i take that back, he does not love sleeping in his bassinet. he will be sound asleep in my arms snoring away and the minute i set him down he wakes up. ugh. i tried bringing him into our bed and that's a little better but not much. ruddley and i both wake up a ton during the night to make sure he is ok. tonight we bought him one of those wrap things to put him in while he far it's working (knock on wood) and the reason i have time to sit down and write...

ty loves to smile and laugh and it makes us so happy when he does those things. i could sit and watch him laugh all day long. he's such a happy baby. im really excited that he gets to meet my aunt sue and uncle jack next month when we go to philly and then he will finally meet ruddley's family when we go to his grandfather's for thanksgiving in new york. he loves the car so im hoping the car ride won't be so bad.

i don't have much time to like to get in bed quick before he wakes up. but i want to leave you with some more recent pictures! enjoy...

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

where did the last 8 weeks go??

i can't believe this is my last week of maternity leave. i'm a mess. a complete mess. 8 weeks is not enough time off. i'm sure i would think the same thing after 12 weeks....blah! i'm trying hard to be grateful that I have 8 weeks off, i know some people who only take a week or two. i am toying with the idea of changing my work schedule around so i can be with him more. i have to figure out some logistics first. over the last 2 weeks tyler has grown so much...

he laughs. he smiles. he dances. he giggles. he's perfectly content just starting at ruddley and i. he loves to grab onto shirt, my hair, the rings on his carseat, you name it. i never knew how in love with my kid i could be. anyone that knows me knows i am not a "omg look at your baby, i love him, he is so cute, i just wanna be with him all day" kind of person. yeah, i have always wanted kids and a family but i've never been overly gaga about other people's babies. until now. until he's mine. it's really a feeling i can't describe but any mom out there know's exactly what i am talking about.
last week was greg's last visit. tyler was 12.05lb, up from 9.0 at birth. he said he could still hear a little bit of his heart murmur but he didn't feel like it was too bad. we have a doctor's appointment next friday for his 2 month checkup so i'll have more details then. i do know he's growing though, i had to adjust the straps on his car seat a few weeks ago and move them up a notch. while it's nice to know my kiddo is growing, it makes me sad. i want him to be small forever. i don't want him to grow up. i feel like it's going to go by so fast and next thing i know he's going to college. i know, i know, he's only 7 weeks, get a grip sarah!

we are still working on the feeding and sleeping schedule. i know going to daycare will help him get on a more regular schedule...i hope. i really wonder how he will do at daycare??? he's never been away from me for more than 3 hours (which he screamed the entire time).

now that it's fall and i am putting real clothes on him and not just onsies he really looks older to me and more like a person and not a baby. i can't wait to see how he turns out (i know i just said i didn't want him to grow up...). i wonder what his personality will be. stubborn like his mom? hardworking like his dad? athletic like his mom and dad or be completely into things that we have no clue about!?? so many great things to look forward to. sunday my baby will be 2 months old!!

a few more days and it's back to real life again. i'll keep you posted.

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Hermit Island

Today I was supposed to run 4 miles and watch college football. When Christine called and asked if we wanted to hiking around Hermit Island I quickly decided that was a much better idea. Today was such a beautiful fall day, I couldn't pass up a hike with some of my favorite people. Ty and I went while Ruddley stayed home and worked on the house. We sure did miss him.

Our hike was beautiful!! I'm really not sure how far we went but we were out for about 3 1/2 hours. I think that's pretty impressive when you are hiking with a 3 and 5 year old. We defiantly got off the trail at times and ended up doing some serious rock climbing to get back on...all while carrying Tyler in the baby bjorn (shhh don't tell Ruddley!). At one point Christine says "this is kind of a difficult hike to be doing with a newborn". Oh well, we are hardcore and we made it! We hiked along the coast as much as we could which made for some beautiful pictures. We stopped at a few different beaches so the kids could play, Tyler could eat, and we could re hydrate ourselves.

Mackinna and Kaden. Super troopers hiking!

The Campbell's having some fun!

I seriously love Maine!

On the way back to the Campbell's campsite we saw 4 deer. We didn't just see them in the distance, they were right in front of us and didn't seem to scared. Mackinna on the other hand was not a fan and said "can we be loud so we scare them away"...haha such a cutie. Although, by the 4th deer she was not so bad.

Right behind this guy and his kid is one of the deer we saw. It was just standing in this campsite.

As expected, Ty slept through most of it...but he was a champ:-) I can't wait to take him camping next summer.

Mackinna and Tyler after a long day!

Friday, September 3, 2010

a morning with the campbells

Christine offered to babysit Tyler while I went out and did some pampering of myself. Mackinna took over the babysitting and read him his first book and changed diapers. She was pretty disappointed that he was not hungry while I was gone so that she could feed him.

I seriously have the best neighbors!

Thursday, September 2, 2010

My thought's exactly

I found this in a book that I am currently reading. I thought it was perfect after my post yesterday on our rough nights.

Hush, little Sara, don’t you scream,

Aren’t we supposed to be on the same team?

It’s after midnight and Mama’s gotta sleep,

Would you like a new pretty Jeep?

Your cries give Mama a hunch

That she’ll get into the office sometime around lunch.

Please let’s not make this a fight,

You’re just going to have to sleep through the night.

Because Mama’s gotta go back to her job

And your screams are making her head throb.

Mama would really love it if you could learn

To only cry when it’s your dad’s turn

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

i should be sleeping!

Here's a quick update on life at the Emerson household! I should be sleeping since Ty just went down for a nap but I know Sarah checks this everyday and would love an update. Ohh Sarah, the things I do for you:-) Plus it's 95 degrees out and it's hard to sleep mid day.

Ty is 5 1/2 weeks today and a big bundle of joy. Greg (the home health nurse) measured him at 10.4lb last week. Last week? I think he came last week. Ha! Anyway, hes growing:-) He is spending a lot more time awake and looking around enjoying life. He smiles more and more each day and I love it. He has had some firsts this week. His first time being babysat by my awesome awesome friends/neighbors so that I could spend some time pampering myself!:-) Mackinna read him his first book (does it make me a bad mom that his first book was read to him 5 weeks into his life by a 5 year old?). She picked "small books" since he is a baby. Christine took some great pictures that I will post when I get them. He also had his first beach experience, he spent most of it sleeping in his car seat. ohhh the life. If only I could get him to sleep at night! Ahhhhh. I know he is not going to sleep through the night but he is getting up every 1-2 hours and spends about an hour awake each time he is up. I'm trying to start a bedtime routine, feed, bath, small bedtime snack and bed by 9-9:30pm. That is working. He sleeps until about 11:30-12:30 but after that he is up pretty frequently. So I welcome any and all suggestions.

He started taking a bottle which is exciting!! All this pumping/feeding was starting to hurt! I try and breastfeed when I can but use the bottle when I need a break. It also allows me to leave the house for a bit to go to the gym, run errands or go to the movies with Danielle. I think she would F.R.E.A.K if I fed him in the movie theater!:-) It also allows me to have a beer. MMMM just in time for pumpkinhead! Sooo goood!

On Friday we are going to visit his daycare. Oh boy I do not want to go back to work. I knew I would love being a mom, but seriously never thought I would want to stay home everyday. I've never been a huge baby person, but now that it's MY baby, I don't want to leave him. Daycare will be hard. It's about 3 miles from my work and its a home daycare. My friend Misty is also sending her baby Nadia there. It will be nice to have another mommy to talk to.

I don't have many recent pics because my camera battery died and I don't have a charger. I ordered one Monday from Amazon and so it should be here soon. Here are a few though:-)

milk drunk baby!:-)

lazy saturday morning

he loooves the bath!

torrey knows where to lay to get some attention. poor pup.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

blueberry eyes?

I've been meaning to write this post for a while now...but I have a cute little man that has prevented me from getting any length of time at the computer to write. Let see...Ty is really starting to be more active and awake during the day. He loves looking around at Ruddley and I and he's also been smiling a lot too. He's got a dimple on the right side and a smaller one on his left side. I could really sit and look at him smile all day, I love it!

He's eating well...sometimes I feel like too well. He eats MANY times during the day and I'm trying to pump in between feedings. My boobs hate me! For a while I thought he was eating every 2 it's not so predictable. Of course he always wants to eat when we are out and about like at a restaurant, or on a walk, at the neighbors or at the concert in the park! Ugh! I said to Ruddley the other night how I would love to be able to go out and not have to feed him. I even try and be proactive and feed him right before we go out. ugh...oh well. That's life! We have just started trying him on a bottle so Ruddley can do some of the feedings and give me a little break:-)

Last weekend we went up to my parents house in hopes of going sailing. We were given a "newborn" life jacket from one of Ruddley's customers at work. We were all packed up, the boat cleaned out, and ready to go when my mom suggested trying the life jacket on him before we left to make sure it fit. It did not. Haha. Here he is trying it on. Mom and I were dying laughing:-)

the life jacket that doesn't quite fit yet:-)
resting on our family picnic
my mom and her boy

This week we went on a walk with Christine and Mackinna. Mackinna has declared she is a "baby hog" and loves little Ty. We also took Ty to his first Concert in the Park at the local park. We discovered that he really loves music. We met our neighbors Christine and her kids Mackinna and Kaden as well as Dan and Katie and their son Nicholas. Nicholas decided that Tyler has "blueberry eyes" and then pretended to eat them. It was pretty cute. At this point they are still a slate color but we are hoping he gets Ruddley's blue eyes!

daddy and ty at the Concert in the Park

Ty also went to his first Sea Dogs game over the weekend!! We had such a blast.

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