Friday, August 10, 2012

Theron Drake is 4 Months(ish) and We're Still Standing

Hey Dude,

Dad, here.  You turned 4 months recently (August 8th to be exact) and believe it or not everybody has survived thus far. If you recall, you made the first few a nightmare from time to time (more often than not unfortunately).  But now, things have improved for you which in turn has made things better for your mom and therefore things are better for me as well.

At your 4 month check up you measured in at 26" long (so big)

And 16 pounds 11 1/2 ounces.  So... healthy (that's what they say for "'big babies")

In case you don't recall, which you don't since you lack the cognitive ability to do so, you have been dealing with some pretty intense (actually in throat) silent reflux.  We took you to a GI specialist who prescribed you the top dog of reflux medicine and thanks to the help of your Aunty Em we have found some medicine to work for you. YOU ARE BECOMING FUN TO HANG OUT WITH!  Yay!

I don't know if it's the medicine, mom's diet (she can eat... well nothing), or the fact that you are older, but you have so many good days and hours.  We used to fear the moments when you weren't feeding, but now things have gotten so much better!

We're not totally out of the woods, you still are moody (high-needs?) and you do have your moments.  But now the moments are when you are not so good, as opposed to when your moments were when you were good.

Life is so much better for you as well as your mom (tear-free) and we hope things getting better!

Some more things about you:

- You've started talking.  This video (it's black because it was filmed before you fell asleep), but it does have audio.

- We used to Swaddle You, but had to stop after an unfortunate accident when I was in charge.

- You like being in your Jumperoo!

- Bath time is a smash time! (The picture has you covered so this blog doesn't receive an "R" rating)

- You've discovered that that you have a puppy brother and puppy sister, and you really like looking at them, especially Niko.  You've also started to want to pet them.  They both have been great with that!

- Car rides = MUCH BETTER!  We switched you to a new car seat, Britax Marathon, you are digging it (and you don't even need a shovel)

- You love to stand!

- You are a BumPro (Bumbo Pro).  You are so close to sitting up by yourself!  That is a big accomplishment with that big noggin of yours!

- You and I have been known to coordinate our outfits

- Favorite toy - keys! (Or anything you can put in your mouth)

- Speaking of putting things in your mouth, how about a pacifier???

This is as close as you can get.  Still some things to work on, I guess.

And speaking of things to work on, how about 2 things which will be important for you for, oh I don't know, ever!

1. Take a bottle or something other than breastfeeding.  That's right, you scream like you are being tortured as the bottle approaches your mouth.  "Try different bottles, dad" you might say.  Five different bottles to be exact, son.  "Try you and mom leaving for a whole day and having me spend the day with my grandmas and MawMaw and the only food I will get will be from the bottle, dad."  Tried it and you won... the battle (not the bottle), but not the war (yet).

2.  It's this thing called "sleep".  First, could you fall asleep without having a nuclear meltdown in the minutes (50 last night) leading up to sleep.  Then, when you do fall asleep could you stay asleep for more than, oh I don't know, an episode of Dateline (the Friday night 2-hour episodes).  EVERYBODY would appreciate that.  Why don't think of somebody other than yourself once in a while.  "Dad, I'm 4 months old, I don't even understand who anybody else, let alone what their needs are and I have no idea how my actions affect those needs.  So explain to me how I am supposed to not be selfish.  I don't even know what I need."  Touche, son.

At the end of the day, Dude, your mom and I love you so much, and even though you have made things so tough around here, we are happy you are with us.  Mainly because you are so cute (thank goodness for you).


Anonymous said...

He is ADORABLE. I get tears reading this as my son is 2 months older and gave us such a tough time as well. Flashbacks! Glad things are improving. They usually do, it just takes time. Feels like an eternity that went by in a flash (for us anyway.)

Anonymous said...

So happy to see little Theron is getting better. And holy smokes, those chubby cheeks are cute! Thanks for the update :)

Caitlin @ Desert Domicile said...

Joi, you're back! I've missed you :)

Theron is getting so big! I'm glad he's feeling better and you and David are enjoying more and more good moments with him!

PS: That picture of David and Theron dressed alike is too cute!

I like it, I love it! said...

Hang in there guys! I promise there is a light at the end of the tunnel! It's just a season of life and you will feel like your normal selves again soon. Sounds like he is doing better which I know helps. Good luck and he is adorable!!!

Allison aka Half of VAMH said...

Bless your hearts! I'm glad things are getting easier. It doesn't hurt that is he impossibly adorable. It's so much nicer when they start to react, giggle, coo. Small things but they make a world of a difference! You're doing great!

Anonymous said...

He is a cutey! Enjoy him!

Sharstin said...

ah! he is such a doll! you guys are such cute parents:)

JB said...

He is such a cutie and glad to hear he is doing better and the medicine is working. loved the video's of him laughing.

Teren, Jaxson, and Teegan! said...

My son too had a severe case of Acid Reflux, reading your posts brings back SOOOOOO many memories. We tried every medicine, formula, bottle, name it! He was an extremely tough baby and there were more sleepless nights than not. HOWEVER, now he is 6 years old, and he is the BEST behaved boy and best sleeper (I always say he is making up for when he was younger). He still gets heartburn once in awhile, but nothing compared to his infancy. HANG IN THERE. I know it is tough, but it will get better, I PROMISE!

Sara @ Russet Street Reno said...

Oh boy, you guys have had it rough! Good thing he is so cute, it sort of makes up for it, right? I'm so glad he is doing better.

Melissa Beck said...

He is so cute. I mean, like, insanely cute! I'm happy things are starting to get a little better. There are many more milestones to cross, but I know you guys got this. Love yas!

tearinguphouses said...

this made me laugh so hard i cried... joi, i hope you're well. i'm so glad you two are able to keep your sense of humor through this (seriously, how lucky is theron?!).

hang in there!

Anonymous said...

Great post! Appreciate your honesty. Hang in there, this time will pass so quickly. Your baby is adorable


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