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.
My folks came for a visit and Oliver loved hanging out with his grand-folks. Here you can see Jack and Oliver having a blast hanging out.
Friends of ours gave us an exersaucer, and when they gave it to us they said it was a great way to get a few things done. As soon as we put Oliver in the exersaucer, his eye lit up with joy and curiosity. New toys and new sounds, it kept him thoroughly entertained for about 10 minutes (a hard 10 minutes to find).
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.
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.
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.
My parents came for a visit to see Oliver, and since he is doing so well, they had a chance to hold him.
Oliver continues to gain weight and he is doing well.
The first images we have of our soon to be child. Being pregnant for the first time is kind of weird. You know something earth shattering will happen, but at the same time everything seem the same.
A little more real
Last week we got an ultra sound when Tanya was almost 5 months in. It is pretty incredible to see the photos of this little human being moving inside Tanya’s body. Little hands, little feet, little everything. When we saw its feet move it was really amazing, this is the real deal.
Big changes coming
We both know that things will be changing, but until then, we will be blissfully unaware, eating when we want to, having spare time and living life like we are 22 years old. Come October, things will change for real, and we will understand what it is like to raise a child.