Monday, August 29, 2016

Josie's 3 Month Update

Well so much for getting this post done closer to her monthly "birthday" (the 11th)!  I think this is my latest post yet.  I'm sure you won't be surprised to hear it's because things are crazy around here and we are sick!  Just the norm around here this summer :)

What We've Been Up To:

We did have a few weeks of calm between sicknesses, so we tried to have as much summer fun as we could.  We kept it pretty simple and enjoyed some pool time, yummy food, and family.  We changed up the location so the kids wouldn't get bored.  At this age it's pretty simple to keep them entertained thankfully, because to be honest my mind was pretty drained this month from all the craziness!
First play day at Grandma's!  Tried to get a picture of all 3 cousins you can see how that turned out.  Torpedoes for lunch and late afternoon deliciousness from the Coop of course!
Play day #2 at Jeff & Jenny's, complete with their awesome pool, a cookout at night including our home grown corn on the cob, and popcorn and a movie for the kids at night (although Stella insisted on staying up until 11pm when we left, go figure!)
Third play date at Abby and Ryder's.  Fun day of feeding the fish, enjoying the pool and sprinkler, going for a Gator ride and eating apples from their tree, riding bikes, chalk, "pretend" napping in Ryder's bed, and treats with Grandma!
4th play day at our house.  Enjoyed donuts and Play Doh, time in the pool, and stickers and apple snacks in the afternoon.
Superhero birthday party we attempted to attend in Cedar Rapids.  Loaded up the car for an overnight trip only to come home after a few hours and unload it.  Josie SCREAMED the entire time, wouldn't even eat.  No idea what was up with her.  Stella fell down the stairs and was a little irritable, but not terrible.  Still glad we tried it but boy are events hard with little ones!
The Routine:

Josie set the pace for a routine this month.  As soon as we can go a while without sickness or extreme fussiness I will establish a better routine and post on it.  But for now we wing it :)  With that being said Josie has fallen into a decent routine on her own, which I think a baby-led routine is your best bet anyway.  No sense in going against the grain!  Eating has been a little weird for Josie.  Right at 3 months I pulled her AR medicine.  I thought it was just a milk allergy that made her colicky, and I didn't want her on meds for no reason.  We made it two weeks and I started seeing changes.  She would thrash in our arms while she ate like she was in pain, often leaving most of her formula behind.  She went from eating 5oz at at time (at 3 months in big Dr Browns bottles) to struggling to get 3 down.  She was also puking up formula a lot again.  And then she started to get fussy about 2 weeks after I pulled it, so last week Mark and I decided acid reflux has got to be at play in addition to the milk allergy.  We put her back on the medicine and within a few days she is back to taking 5oz at a time no problem.  She eats every 2-3 hours during the day.  Still lots of spit up, but that may not go away for a while. 

She is still in a size 1 diaper, and still in disposables.  Again when things calm down I will go to cloth.  Just gotta get my mind back first :-)  She was in a pretty good potty schedule, pooping once every morning, but a few days ago she became constipated.  It started when we started the medicine back up.  We have tried the gas drops every day but they don't seem to help.  Looks like I'll be putting a call back into her doctor on that. 

Josie maintained her sleep schedule until last week.  She was going to bed between 7:00 and 8:00 and waking up between 5:00 and 6:00 every morning to eat, then back to bed until around 9: 00.  Awesome!  But last week she started waking up every 3 hours or so in the night wanting to eat and crying.  A few times I fed her, a few times I just rocked her back to sleep.  Not sure what was going on there, but after a few days back on the AR medicine she's sleeping well at night again.  Naps are a different story.  She fights sleep HARD during the day.  I don't think she likes to go to a room by herself, but she's a light sleeper and won't sleep in the living room with Stella and I awake.  She used to take a quick morning nap, a 2-3 hour afternoon nap in her swing, and a quick evening nap.  Now she fights them all and will only fall asleep to the vacuum.  Not a vacuum app, just the actual vacuum.  Fine at home but can't take that thing in public!  So working on letting her "cry it out" when we can at home, but that's been hard lately with Stella and I being so sick (more on that in a minute).  Naps are a work in progress at this point, when everyone is better we are going to move Josie to her crib.  Hopefully that helps her sleeping.

She is still in 0-3 month clothes, although I did put the newborn stuff away at 2.5 months.  She is pretty tiny but getting taller.  We didn't have a check-up this month but go in a few weeks so I will know more on her size rankings then.  I will switch out clothes pretty soon to 3-6 month.
Isn't she beautiful?!!
A Few of Josie's Favorite Things:
  •  Attention!  She is much more social than Stella was.  Josie loves being talked to and sang to, she is always smiling at us and laughs a lot when you talk to her.  Although she doesn't "talk" as often as Stella used to.
  • Keeping her hands busy.  She loves holding her toes, blankies, and toys.
  • Sitting up.  Although she plays sometimes on her mat, she really doesn't like laying down.  Probably the acid reflux.  She had good neck strength though, so we already brought out her Bumbo and put her in it for short periods at a time (since she's still a bit of a bobble head!)
  • Bouncing in her chair.  Just like her big sister!  Josie is already sort of figuring out how to use her leg to bounce the chair herself (Stella did too, just when she was almost a year old).
Working on that neck strength!
Loves playing with her feet!
 Around the House:
  • I am currently sick with a nasty sinus infection.  Right when I was finally ready to start the 21 Day Fix again too.  Just accepting crazy is the new normal around here and powering though!
  • So far Mark hasn't gotten sick this round, but he did break his phone again.  See any recurring themes around our house?
  • Stella had about 2 weeks of feeling good before she got a bad cold and cough.  Thankfully no fever this time and she was only down a few days.  Still has the cold but really not feeling too bad, so still sent her to daycare today.  She was SO CRABBY last month that I really wonder if she ever felt good.  The virus she had last month never really came cough or anything...until she got the bloody noses and a bit of diarrhea a few weeks back.  Now that she's sneezing and coughing with more diarrhea she's actually a little happier, so I'm hoping all those nasty germs are finally leaving her!!  Kinda to be expected with starting daycare for the first time...
  • Speaking of daycare, we did increase her to 2 days a week this month.  She goes every Monday and Tuesday.  She LOVES it!  Every morning she asks me "I have school today?  I see kids?"  Makes my heart happy although I miss her dearly.  Her speech is really improving with exposure to the kids, and I know it is helping her social skills as well.  We also added OT back into the therapy mix this month, as recommended by her developmental specialist.  She will come to our house twice a month to help with some of Stella's quirks.  That's about as good a description as I can give right now.
  • Still house hunting.  Looked at a place last weekend but it was a big no.  We really had our hopes up for it too.  Just nothing out there and we've been looking for so long!  Maybe it's a blessing right now though, moving at this ridiculously crazy period in our lives would be really stressful.  Praying things calm down soon and we can find our forever home!
Pizza picnic in the living room.  Despite the hectic and stressful pace lately, we always make the most of it and despite all that's going on in our family we are doing well.  

Be back in a few weeks with Josie's 4 month update!  (or you know in a month after more sickness, fussiness and broken phones, whatever...)   Looking Forward to Fall!!