Oliver had a little birthday bash last weekend. It is really quite amazing how much changes in one year. When I look back at Oliver getting rest or Oli at 2 months I can hardly believe what a difference one year can make.
Way to go Oliver and Happy Birthday.
It is amazing how cute kids look when you put in adult style clothes.
No posts for a while
If you have been following this blog, you will notice that I haven’t posted a blog post for a while (past 2 months). It is amazing how life gets in the way of sharing life and I have been very busy as of late. I have made a new years resolution to post more blog posts in 2013, so this is the sign of things to come.
I have found that it is necessary to catch a nap whenever I can. Tanya and I are sleeping in shifts at night to help maximize our sleep, but it is nice to get some extra sleep on the couch.
Here is a photo that Tanya snapped of Oliver and I having a little rest.
About 3 months ago we purchased a used stroller, it is a Baby Jogger Summit XT, which is a jogging stroller that has a number of slick features. Because of his size, we haven’t taken Oliver out for a walk in it, but that changed last week.
We had three days beautiful sunshine days and one day Tanya took him out for a 20 minute walk. He was in his car seat attached to the stroller. Tanya is happy with the stroller and I am looking forward to taking him for a run when he is large enough.
Oliver is now two months old and is doing well. He is now home from a 5 day visit at hospital (he was back home nearly a week ago). The doctors couldn’t find anything wrong with his lungs or his heart, so we were discharged.
Over 6 pounds
Oliver has reached the 6 pound threshold and is above the 0.1 percentile (corrected for his prematurity). This means that out of 1000 boys his age, he is lighter the 999 and heavier than 1. Which is good news because before that, he wasn’t even on the growth chart. Go Oliver!
He is developing
We are starting to notice more and more development changes in Oliver.
- He has been using his hands a lot more, swatting at things (like toys and faces).
- He is also more mobile, by arching is his back and using his head, he finds novel ways to move around while we are trying to hold him.
- Changes in his voice, he seems to have different tones and slightly different cries.
- He is starting to make smiles in his sleep (we are looking forward to seeing a real smile from him)
Sleeping in shifts
Tanya and I have found that if we sleep in shifts, life is better for both of us. This is how it works:
- 9pm I will go to bed and Tanya will stay up with Oliver for one more feed
- 12am Tanya will put Oliver in his crib and sleep in the same room as him.
- 3am Tanya will feed Oliver
- 5am Tanya will wake me up and I will take care of him, Tanya will sleep in our room and get undisturbed sleep
- 6am I will feed Oliver with the bottle
- 8am I will wake up Tanya and hand over Oliver over while I go to work (this is 9 or 10 on the weekend).
This seems to work for us, Tanya will try to get another nap during the day and when follow this schedule, we both get a decent amount of sleep. Definitely seeing the benefit to catching up with sleep on the weekend.
We are back in the hospital. On Friday, Tanya noticed that Oliver’s breathing wasn’t quite right. Armed with mother’s intuition and a nursing background, she quickly assessed the situation and took Oliver to the emergency.
The doctors aren’t sure right now what is wrong, it could be an infection, a virus or something wrong with his heart (like a hole in a chamber). It isn’t serious enough for him to be in the PICU (Pediatric Intensive Care Unit), but it is serious enough to have him closely monitored on the Pediatric unit.
We are playing a waiting game right now, waiting for test results. Tanya is spending the weekend at the hospital while I visit for 16 hours at a time (I am not allowed to spend the night, which means I get a baby free house to go home to get 8 hours of undisturbed sleep). Oliver is doing a great job at gaining weight and other then his odd breathing, he is doing very well.
From the photo, you can see his arm is wrapped up. There is a rigid board wrapped on his arm to prevent Oliver from messing with his IV (like bending his arm). He has however, turned it into a weapon, when he swings that around, watch out, you could walk away with a couple of bruises.
Also, look at those chubby cheeks, a sure sign that he is gaining right track.
Oliver was born at a special time for music, the current big hit at the moment is Gangnum Style, a Korean hit that has taken the world by storm. I find this particularly interesting, as Asia becomes more and more influencial in the west, their culture will penetrate ours. Gangnum Style is strangley catchy and very entertaining but not a song I am a huge fan of (musically speaking).
This got me thining, what were the hits when I was born?
I sent an email to my dad asking him which song were popular when I came around, 30 years ago. Here are some of them that he remembers
- Freeze Frame – The J. Geils Band
- Make A Move On Me – Olivia Newton-John
- Key Largo – Bertie Higgins
There is no denying that Freeze Frame is cheesy, probably just as cheesy as Gangnum style. I guess Oliver and I were born when cheesy music ruled the airways.
What song was a big hit when you were born? Let me know on Facebook.
And Oliver is pretty excited.
Which means he is growing out of his premie clothes
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I love taking photos, and I haven’t really had a chance to take any photos of Oliver. Today, I was able to snap off a couple of shots, so I took one of his foot right up to mom’s foot.
For those who know me (or my feet), you would know that I have funny toes. There is nothing wrong with the toes, but people who notice them all say the same thing: ‘What’s wrong with you feet?’
There is nothing wrong with my feet, but I am glad Oliver doesn’t have funny looking feet like I do.