Thursday, February 18, 2010

3 Months Old...and LOTS more!

WARNING:  This post will be even longer than my usual (long-ish) posts.

Let's start where my last post left off...Monday morning after the Saints won the Superbowl (!!!), David Scott and I both woke up with stuffy noses.  Mine went away after a few days; he still has his, but it's getting better every day.  The daycare apparently has an annual cookie sale fundraiser where all the kids sell cookie to help raise money for new toys, fun days, etc. for the daycare.  We love his teachers and the daycare itself, so of course we're doing our best to solicit sales.  If any of my faithful readers want info on the cookies, we only have about a week left to submit orders, so let me know if you want more details.  With a salesman like this, who could resist???

By Friday, the weather had turned bad down here in Baton Rouge, so schools got cancelled, which means daycare was closed, which means that Mama stayed home with David Scott for the day.  On Saturday, we went to have DS' 3-month pictures taken.  It was a disaster.  He was cranky, whining, crying.  I tried everything to get him to cooperate -- not that there's much that you can do with a 3-month old -- even fed him the emergency formula bottle that I keep in the diaper bag for instances such as that when I haven't prepped a bottle for him in advance.  For the record, I didn't think he'd need or want it since he still had two hours til he ate again.  Anyway, we got enough good pictures in the first outfit, got him changed to Outfit #2, when all of a sudden -- ERP! -- yep, he spit up all over it.  At this point, he's resumed the crying again and is in Major Meltdown Mode.  He was done.  Over it.  We made plans to come back on Fat Tuesday when I was off work so that we could try to get more pics in oufits 2 and 3.  This time I would bring in the  reinforcements:  Scotty.  If I had to go through the stress of pictures, so did he.  Mimi arrived later on in the afternoon on Saturday.  She was so happy to see her "little dumpling," and I know David Scott was happy to see her, although he still seemed to be a little cranky.  While we were visiting, we realized that the baby had not pooped since Wednesday.  Hmmm...  Mimi and Uncle Lee kept DS while his Daddy and I went out for a nice Valentine's Day dinner at Sullivan's.  Yummy. Mimi left on Sunday and DS and I lounged around the house while the other boys played golf.  It was great, but still no poop.  I was starting to get concerned about this lack of excrement.  Tuesday morning, I called the doctor's office b/c he still had not "gone."  They gave me a few "home remedies" to try to get his bowels moving.  Nothing.  We went for Round 2 of David Scott's 3-month photos.  He did great and having his daddy there was such a big help.  Still no poop.  On Wednesday, we went to the doctor.  His normal pediatrician wasn't in, so we saw another one in the practice.  Dr. Schwartzenberg checked him out and determined that there wasn't a problem, there just wasn't much there for him to poop out.  His body was absorbing everything that was going in which made sense b/c I thought DS was going through a growth spurt and Dr. S confirmed it.  Whew!  He also said that the baby still had a little cold (duh) and that he should be over it soon.  We're still doing the breathing treatments from his RSV diagnosis and will probably keep doing them for another couple of weeks.  So today, David Scott finally went #2.  As I type this sentence, Daddy is changing his third dirty diaper of the evening.  Today was a very big day -- He finally had a Code Brown after 8 days of nothing, he turned 3 months old, and his future girlfriend was born (!).  Before I get to his stats, I'd like to tell you about little Stella Grace Holloway.  She is the daughter of one of my very best friends, Betsey and her husband Everett.  Just before 1 p.m. all 8 lbs, 15 oz (!!!) of Stella Grace entered the world.  Mama and baby are doing well.

Now, David Scott -- today you are 3 months old!  You are doing so many new things.  It seems like you're mastering some new skill every day.  Here are your stats:
  • 12 lbs., 4 oz
  • 23 1/4 inches long
  • You are wearing Size 1 diapers, but will be wearing Size 2 as soon as we finish off the remaining 1s
  • In the last week or so you've started sucking on your  hand.  I showed you how to do your thumb (hitch-hiker-style) so you could suck on it rather than trying to fit your entire fist inside your mouth.  This morning, I saw you sucking on your thumb all by itself as we were on our morning commute to work/daycare.
  • You are rolling over more and more from your belly to your back.  You can roll to either side and love to kick your feet once you're on your back. 
  • You are holding your head up all the time.  Really.  100%.
  • When you're on your belly, you can prop up and hold yourself so steadily.  You're so strong.
  • You are becoming more verbal and continue to "talk" to those who speak to you.  You do the same with your beautiful smiles.  You just melt my heart every time I look at you.
  • Your big eyes are still BLUE!  And gorgeous doesn't even begin to describe them.
  • You're eating about every 3 1/2 to 4 hours each day and taking 2 7 oz bottles while you're at daycare.
  • You usually sleep about 3 hours or so during the day, usually comprised of a couple of cat naps and a longer nap during the afternoon. At night you've slept through til 5 a.m. a couple of times; however, most nights you wake up about 2:30 and then again when I get up at 5:45. However, for the last week or so, you've been getting up twice a night -- around 1 a.m. and then again around 4 a.m. I'm hoping this recent development is a result of your growth spurt and not a new sleep trend.

Daddy and I are loving every day with you. We pass you back and forth taking turns holding you and playing with you from the moment we get home from work until we go to bed. You're such a little sweetheart and seeing your smiling face can make the worst of days seem like nothing. "Family" is so important to both Daddy and me; we are so blessed to have you in ours. We are both better people as a result of your having been born.

Love, Mama

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Who Dat!?!

They did it!  The Saints are Superbowl Champions!  David  Scott experienced his very first Superbowl.  And what a game it was!  The days leading up to the game were quite surreal.  Everywhere we went, EVERYONE was wearing black and gold.  David Scott's daycare even had Black and Gold Day the Friday before the Superbowl:

Obviously, David Scott was not happy with having to take a picture so early in the morning.  He got over it quickly. 

We had a few friends (and family -- Lee) over for the big game.  A good time was had by all and at the end of the night, all the  boys toasted a stellar season and David Scott, the good luck charm.  :)

David Scott remained in the spirit of celebration by also sporting his Saints attire on Who Dat Monday:

(That's Ms. Katie, one of his teachers, in the background.)

We almost have enough Saints outfits to clothe him for a week!

Anyway, besides preparing for the big game, not much else has been going on around here.  We did go back to the doctor last Tuesday for a follow-up for the previously diagnosed RSV.  David Scott made much improvement and wasn't wheezing at all anymore.  Dr. K said we could cut back on the number of days we were doing the breathing machine, so we did 3 times a day for several more days, then cut it down to twice a day for a few days.  However, DS started getting a stuffy nose again during the night on Sunday (but so did his daddy and me), and then when I went to get him from daycare yesterday (Wednesday), they said he'd coughed some and they'd hear him wheeze a little.  Ugh!  Back to doing the breathing treatments 3 times a day.  But they didn't hear him wheezing today, and his coughing was less and his nose sounded better, so obviously the breathing treatments are working.  I figure we'll  be completely through with the machine in 2 or 3 more weeks.  Of course, that assumes that this weather doesn't keep on being warm one day and cold the next which I know is a huge assumption to make since this is Louisiana.

We got to see Papa D (David) on Friday night as he was in town for a class/test, so he stayed with us. And on Saturday, we're going to get David Scott's 3-month (!) pictures made.  I hope he cooperates with the photographer and she gets some great pictures.  Also, Mimi is coming down on Saturday to watch DS for the night.  She said it's so that Scotty and I can go out to eat for Valentine's Day; but I know better than that -- she wants some quality David Scott time!   We don't go back to the doctor (fingers crossed) until David Scott is 4 months old.  I'll do a recap of what he's doing these days next week on his actual 3-month birthday.