Thursday, August 2, 2018

Obadiah Ryker: 6 Months

Comparison is awful.  I'm going to be real here for a moment (judge away if you like).  I keep catching myself comparing Obi to where Aelah was at this point.  In fact, I read her 6 month blog and started to worry a bit.  Am I not being attentive as I was with her?  Is it because I'm not as intentional?  Is he doomed to be behind because he is child #2 and my hands are a bit more full than they were when I had Aelah?  Am I not giving him enough attention?

But I have to remind myself that they are different kids and just because they don't meet milestones at the same time, doesn't mean ANYthing!  So I refocus on what he IS doing, pray to rid myself of worry, and love my baby boy!

Yay for 6 months!!  I still cannot believe we are here!  I wish the baby stage would last longer (excluding the whole not sleeping part) - he is so mobile and so wiggly...he is hard to snuggle or hold much anymore.  My baby is almost mobile!  He is trying so hard to figure out how to move forward.  He does manage to go everywhere by simply rolling though.  haha.  Life is a whole lot more interesting now that he doesn't stay contained to one place.

How am I growing?
Like crazy!  In two months he almost gained 3 pounds and 3 inches.  Still not quite to 17 lbs, he is 16 lbs and 14 oz (38th percentile) and is tall - 27 3/4 inches long (90th percentile).  My tiny little man.  <3

How am I sleeping?
Meh.  Definite regression.  He hit a growth spurt where he was eating every couple hours.  Ever since then he has been off.  Every time we have 2 or 3 nights of solid sleep (at least 6 hours), I think we're getting somewhere...then the next night is worse.  And I don't have the patience or energy I did the first time around.  Why doesn't anyone tell you how hard sleep training is when you have more than one kid??  haha.  We'll get there eventually.  I'm holding out hope!  And, besides, it's better than two months ago.  Progress is progress, right??

What's new?
He is trying SO hard to crawl.  And officially sitting on his own for short amounts of time.  Plus we've started Baby Led Solids at meal times - kind of skipping purees.  He usually gets a stick or chunk of whatever we are eating.  Big enough to gnaw on.  It's more about the experience and less about eating.  Breastmilk will still be his number one form of nutrition for awhile.  We went this route with Aelah and I've never regretted it.  WAY easier than spoon feeding, a *little* less messy (at this point anyways), and it's supposed to help make kids less picky with other various benefits.  He LOVES it.  But it also means that I cannot eat ANY thing without him getting pretty angry.  haha.  Momma MUST share.  :)

His first ER visit.  Fever spiked to 103.  Though we didn't know it until a few days later, it was Hand, Foot, and Mouth.  By the end of the week, we all had it.  It. Was. Rough.  But Obi handled it with style - barely knew he was sick after this...

My rainbow baby.  <3

First time at Vacation Bible School - snuggling with Mimi!

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Obadiah Ryker: 5 Months

I can't say too much happened during the past month.  It flew by for Momma - been struggling with finding a work/life/kids balance.  And it is rough!  But little man just keeps on making me smile.

How am I growing?
I don't have any measurements this time around.  BUT, I am *fairly* positive we just had a recent growth spurt.  All of the sudden some of his outfits are pretty snug! 

What's new?
He is officially laughing!  And at the most random things.  I've *almost* gotten a laugh while playing with him on the changing table or during tummy time.  But two times he has had the most genuine belly laughs: First, at a friends house.  They have a golden retriever named Levi who Obi apparently thinks is hilarious.  We were eating outside and Levi started barking at something and Obi just started laughing and laughing.  That persisted throughout the night.  Levi got right in his face and barked a couple of times - Obi would startled and then laugh.

It. Was. Adorable.  But NOTHING could get him to laugh like that again....

And then, just yesterday, his sister got him to laugh while splashing him.  It didn't last long though.  After the first few splashes, he was pretty much over it.

AND he loves trying to sit up.  He is going to have a crazy six-pack.   ; )

How am I sleeping?
What can I say?  This whole sleep thing is like a roller-coaster.  One minute I think we've got it down and the next, we're up and down all over again.  The last two weeks he was up two or three times a night.  And it has been killing me.  BUT, fingers crossed, the past 3 or 4 nights have been much better.  Sometimes he is up only once.  Other times, it is twice, but he goes back to sleep very quickly one of those times. 

A lot of people have suggested starting solids or rice cereal.  But, with Aelah, I had read a ton on the subject.  Without a lot of the knowledge at this point, I do remember that starting either of those things doesn't necessarily help with sleep.  AND, we are firm advocates of waiting to introduce anything but breast milk until after 6 months due to the gut being immature.  But that point isn't too far away.  Once he is able to sit on his own, we plan to start introducing a few solids via baby led weaning (aka baby led solids).  Not a ton of purees and mostly a bit of what we eat.  After all, "food before one is just for fun."  However, I am definitely anxious to see if it does help his sleep or not.

Eye-balling my pizza during a picnic outside!

The only one looking at the camera....  <3

Monday, June 11, 2018

Obadiah Ryker: 4 Months

So much has happened in this past month!!  Little man is becoming his own little person.  He is talking more and more, entertaining himself for short bits of time, standing (with assistance) as much as he can, and changing every single day.

He also got to meet his family in Michigan!  6 more aunts and uncles and 7 cousins...he was surely loved.  And Aelah loved showing off her baby brother.  We did learn, however, that he doesn't like to travel.  Sleeping in the car is a no-go for this guy.  Maybe, and I mean, maybe we would get a 45 minute stretch (at home he'll sleep almost 3 hours)...and then he was pretty fussy while he was awake.  We turned an 8 hour trip into 12 - with about two hours of that being intentional "stop and stretch" time.  Definitely a couple of long days - but glad he got to meet the rest of his family.

How am I growing?
He's definitely a small little guy.  And we love that about him.  Some of his 3-6 month stuff is still too big!  His official measurements for this month are 14 lbs 2 oz (33rd percentile) and 25.5 inches (68th percentile).  Under weight and a little tall.  At this point, Aelah was in 6-9 month clothing and weighed over a pound more than he does now!  Here's a comparison photo.  For everyone who thinks he looks like Aelah...I think you might be right....

What's New?
He rolled for the first time (back to front) just days after turning 3 months and not shortly after that he rolled the other way (belly to back) but he forgets he can do that from time to time.  Belly time is still the worst - if we make it two minutes without a melt down we're doing great!  We also dedicated Obi to the Lord this month.  It was a great day - perfect weather for a patio lunch after church and time with all of our favorite people (missing just a few).

How am I sleeping?
We definitely hit the 3-4 month sleep regression shortly after turning 3 months.  It was rough.  I felt like everything we had accomplished had gone out the window.  He was no longer able to self-soothe and was waking more often than ever.  After a crash-course refresher, I was reminded that it's right about this time that sleep cycles actually start to occur.  It isn't all deep sleep all the time.  Plus there's a ton of development.  And, apparently, Aelah did the same thing about this time.  So, instead of what I thought I should do - make bedtime later, I actually did the opposite and made bedtime earlier.  It worked!  Bed between 6:30 and 7, up once to eat, and then wakes for the day between 6:30 and 7.  Plus two solid naps during the day.  It isn't always perfect.  But we're finding some sort of rhythm.  And I'm glad for that.

Now for some pics!

At his Great Aunt Linda's wedding...looking dapper!

Baby feet!!

Easily my favorite picture right now.

All set for a pool day with his cousins!

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Obadiah Ryker: 3 Months

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He is already a quarter of a year old!!  Unreal.  He definitely brings joy to his momma and lack of sleep.  haha.  But every moment is worth it.  When he gives me his crooked sideways grin I forget all about the four times we were up through the night or that he isn't napping well.  That grin makes me melt.  It is absolutely perfect!

And he LOVES his sister so very much!  As soon as she starts talking, his eyes and head are moving to find her.  And once he spots her, that grin breaks out as big as it can be.  <3

How am I growing?

No doctor's appointment this month, so, unofficially, he weighs about 13 pounds.  And I just don't have the patience to try to measure his length right now.  haha.  But he's right on target moving into his 3-6 month clothes.  

What's new?

He is talking and talking and talking.  It was a little bit before but now he'll have a full "conversation" with you and it's just so fun!  Aelah loves to tell us what he's saying and it cracks me up.  He also rolled over for the first time the day after he officially turned 3 months!  Only once so far, but it happened! And it won't take long from here....

How am I sleeping?

I wish I could say better.  Every once in awhile we'll get two nights in a row where he sleeps for long stretches and I think we've finally made it but we've never gotten to three nights.  I'm hoping it comes soon.  Nap time is also a fight of late.  He has been breaking out of his sleep sack lately and since he is close to rolling, I snagged a Zipadee Zip locally to try out.  Today was our first go round and it seems to be worse than normal...  We'll keep up with self-soothing and trying to lay him down awake.  Hoping we get into a better routine soon.

Hanging with Papa at Easter

All smiles!

First day spending time on the back porch!

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Obadiah Ryker: 2 Months

I don't think I will ever get used to how fast babies grow.  It just flies!!  When one day he fits in a sleeper and the next day he doesn't...quite literally...  Unreal.  I want to soak up every minute.  But I know from experience that I will forget more than I remember.  No matter how hard I try.  So I take pictures and try to live in the moment.

Aelah is loving being a sister.  She gets upset when they have to be apart (which is not all that often) and does her best to try and calm him every time he cries.  Though, more often than not, I think she makes it worse - she just loves him a little too much.  But I love watching the two of them.  I hope they always love each other.

Anyways - here's the update!

How am I growing?
He's growing like crazy!!  And I fear a growth spurt is happening right now.  He went from eating every 3 hours to eating every 2.  He is officially 12 lbs, 4 oz and 24 inches long.  That puts him in the 65th percentile for weight and 98th for height!  Definitely going to be tall!  And even though he was smaller at birth (by a whole pound) - he already weighs more than his sister did at this point.  Growing good!

What's new?
Lots and lots of smiles!  And coos.  This little guy is really finding his voice!  And he has the BEST little sideways grin.  My heart melts.

How am I sleeping?
Not too bad.  We usually go from 3-4 hours between feedings.  But the other night he had a 6.5 hour stretch!  Which would be great.  Except I woke up at the usual time and didn't sleep because I thought for sure he would wake up any minute.  Ha!  We have been trying to lay him down awake so he isn't dependent on nursing and/or rocking.  I turn on his white noise (which automatically turns off after 15 minutes) and warm up a corn/rice bag that I lay beside him for a little extra warmth.  IF I need to, I turn on the 3 minute vibration on the bassinet...but I'm currently trying to break that habit as well.  After all, the crib won't vibrate!  We may start a bit of sleep training in the near future if we need to...letting him cry it out for short intervals at a time.  It worked great for Aelah!  Especially because she would fuss and cry just as much if she was being held or rocked...  Anxious to see how the next month goes.  Interrupted sleep is starting to wear on this momma!

Daddy went to bed early this night.  Him and I were up all alone.  It was a sweet time.

He is so very loved by his big sister.  <3

He LOVES going to work with Momma!  So many snuggles and people to love on him.  However, I think these days will be few and far between now...  Time to get into a normal routine for all of us.  :(

Sunday, February 25, 2018

Obadiah Ryker: 1 Month

Nope.  Not happening.  My little man is not already 1 month.

But here we are.

It's been a fun month.  And a challenging one.

I have been peed on more times than I can count.  Which is amusing, because after years of being a teacher in the infant room in two different day cares, I was only ever peed on once.  I blame this on sleep deprivation.  Ha!

There are things I have done with Obi that I swore I would never do.  Sleep has been a bit difficult.  Little man is a bit gassy and he doesn't sleep well unless he is being held.  We end up doing half the night in the bassinet and half the night he ends up on my chest.  I've never been comfortable with co-sleeping, though I know many are.  I'm just too paranoid.  But, for now, it is helping us both to sleep - which is important.  Especially when there is a toddler depending on me the next day.  Little by little we will get into a routine I'm more comfortable with.

His big sister loves him to pieces.  Smothers him a bit.  But LOVES to help.  And she absolutely loves to show him off when he meets new people.

How am I growing?
Our little guy has gained almost 3 full pounds in 1 month!  He's now 9 lbs 10oz (38th percentile) and 22 inches long (90th percentile).  He is tall.  But that's expected.  And his little skinny legs are already chunking up!

What's New?
Lifting his head is a new favorite.  If he's awake, he wants to see what's going on.

How am I sleeping?
Already talked about this one.  He does sleep most of the day yet.  Awake first thing in the morning for awhile.  And again in the evening (7ish) consistently.  Through the day just depends on what takes place. 

She LOVES to "read" him stories.

His foot must have been stuck this way in utero.  Although it bends normally, when he is sleepy it often rests this way.  A little thing - but something I want to remember.  <3

While he loves showers, bath time is NOT a favorite!

One of my favorite little outfits.

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Behind the Name: Obadiah Ryker

Is there anything more difficult than picking a name for a child?  Not only is it difficult to find something you both agree on, but you are literally defining someone's life.  What if that child grows up to hate their name?  What if you didn't think of a horrible nickname that, inevitably, someone else discovers in Jr. High...

We went through a very extensive list this time around.  And it was tough.  Aelah's name has so much meaning and significance (check it out here).  So I wanted something with meaning for our son as well.  There were a few times that we thought about just giving him a name because we liked the way it sounded.  But then I would hear something about the definition of a name bearing so much importance...especially Biblically.  So we decided that his name should definitely mean something.

After nixing all but two names on our list, we had narrowed it down to two.  He was stuck on one and I was stuck on a different one.  And neither of us would budge.  I had decided that I would just wait until delivery day.  Then there was no way he could tell me no.  ;)

But I decided to take the high road and started making a new list.  I stumbled across "Obi" which is of African origin and means "heart" or "center of."  I suggested it.  Knowing Justin would have some objections to the association with Star Wars.  He did at first.  But then he asked me a couple of nights later what I thought of the name Obadiah.  So I started doing my research: "servant or follower of the Lord" - loved it!  And, in 1 Kings, Obadiah is known for fearing the Lord and saving others.  It was perfect.  We have been in a season lately where we are learning what it truly means to serve, follow, and fear the Lord.

And I have already been calling him my little "Obi-wan."  :)

The middle name?  Both Justin and my dad have the middle name "Richard."  It tends to be used as a negative connotation for both of them...yeah....  A few seasons ago on Dancing with the Stars, we were rooting for Ryker Lynch.  And we both LOVED the name.  In fact, it was in the running for a first name.  But, apparently, it is currently in the top 100 baby names.  But when I looked up the meaning and origin, I knew it HAD to be his middle name - it is the Dutch version of Richard!

As the nurse at the hospital said, "That's a big name for such a tiny guy to grow into!" And I'm certain he will live up to it!