Category Archives: Bebe

Invaded

This past week has been the hardest in recent memory. Jack got sick over the weekend and a trip to the doctor on Monday morning confirmed he had RSV. Blah.

I had to go to 4 drugstores to purchase nebulizer, and poor J started breathing treatments that night.

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Boom is such a good dad – once I told him J has to wear a mask and do breathing treatments, he realized how to make it “fun” (or at least tolerable) to J – it is his “Darth Vadar” mask! (Why, you might ask, does a 2 year old know about Darth Vadar? He really only has seen a pic in an old book that used to be Booms.)

I was impresses with Boom’s thought to make the treatments kinda fun, instead of just muscling through, like I figured we’d have to.

The poor DD got the RSV – the doctor did tell me to keep he boys apart, on different rooms. That is just super easy to do, with 2 babies. Here he is on the way home from the doctors… So tired!

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Wednesday and yesterday were super hard – I was thrown up on more times than I can remember and I was in tears at least once. I do think the worst is past us, thank goodness. Boom was seriously concerned for my mental health. As he always says, it is a short ride to crazy town for me.

I just want everyone to feel better and be my normal good boys!

8

Dear DD –

So month 8 – you are still smiley as ever!  and getting quite big – you are wearing full on 12- month clothes.  Clothes that I remember your brother wearing when he was walking!  and your feet and hands are quite large – I think you are going to be a tall one, lucky boy!

Your sitting got to be very sturdy – I could plop you down and you could sit no problem.  But you started not liking to have me / Dada / PoPo / Auntie out of your sight.  So whereas I used to be able to sit you down to grab the dry laundry to bring out to fold, around this time you started to not like not being able to see me.  I know that is totally normal, but JJ never really was like that, so it is just taking some getting used to.

It was your first Halloween, and you were Pooh’s hunny pot!  One of the ladies in my old bootcamp told me how she had dressed up her 2 kids as Pooh and the hunny pot, and I knew I had to do that for you guys!  I think I always want you guys to be some sort of duo (as long as you are agreeable to it).  I can’t wait for Batman and Robin!

We took a trip up to the Northeast to see Dada’s family.  Loved getting you out on the windy beach for some photos!  We found out on this trip that you are a champ when it comes to car rides.  We drove for 3+ hours from Nana and Grampy’s house to Little E’s and you literally didn’t make one peep!  It was amazing.  At one point, I asked Nana to take a look at you to make sure you were OK, you had been so quite!

You loved meeting your new cousin Hank!  You were always trying to scoot to where he was on the floor.  He was only a month old – and teeny!

We also found out on this trip that you are not a huge fan of plane flights.  You did alright on the 3.5 hour flight up, but the 4.5 hour flight home you were not please. At all.  You basically screamed for 3.5 hours – and there were no other babies so we couldn’t blame it on anyone else.  I think after the 2 hour drive to the airport, you were basically done.  Then the flight was an eternity and a half – I really didn’t think I was going to make it.  It literally was one of the worst experiences of my life.  You are just at the worst age to fly  –  you just wanted to be down and scooting around, not being help for hours on end.  Once we got you in your car seat in our car, you were out like a light.  But we all survived and it was worth it for everyone to get to see you and your brother.

Basically you started crawling after we got back from our trip.  You want to crawl to where ever JJ is, and play with whatever he is playing with.  Ah, such a little brother!  I think JJ is still getting used to you being so mobile.

You really are a joy to be around.  Such a happy boy – I often times call you Mister Smiley, because you are!  Everything is good – you are eating well, napping / sleeping well, getting around well, very curious about everything!  You are a fearless explorer (much like his mama, I like to think 🙂  I think you are liking being read to a little more – you just don’t like to be still for anything!

I love you, my little butterball.  Your cheeks and thighs and fat little feet are just too adorable!  Your little belly sticks out and it is just the cutest.  You are just perfect, in my book!

Love,

Mama

7

Dearest DD –

Sorry, sorry for the delayed letter(s).  This fall, life has been just whirling by.  I am really excited to get caught up soon!

Month 7 was a lot of fun – you are a lot of fun!  You are so chill and good – if you are not too tired or hungry or being held , you usually won’t make a peep!

You like swinging – the weather was still hot in October, so we were able to get some park time in.  When you get in the swing at first, you are a little scared, but once you realize it is fun, you are just fine.  Sometimes I put you and JJ back to back, so riding tandem in the swing.  It is really cute!

You love your belly and loved the skydiver move – on belly, with hands and legs off ground – everyone commented on your strong core!  Here you are trying on a fire helmet, getting ready for JJ’s 2nd birthday!

You were so ready to crawl!  We call you our little bulldog when you are on all fours.  When you hit this point, we knew it was only a matter of weeks before you started crawling!

You have endured so many photo shoots in these 7 months.  Check out this one from your 6 month shoot.  I really love this photo of your maternal side of the family.  Everyone loves you and your brother so so much!  So amazing that we are in Texas so that you and your brother can see PoPo, GongGong, and Auntie a lot!  (Thanks, Boom)

You are loving playgroup – and so am I!  I love that you have your own set of friends, and not just JJ’s friends.  And I really like all the ladies we have in playgroup – everyone lives all over the city (generally inside the loop, or close to the loop), so it is kinda fun to explore – especially since we meet during the day so traffic isn’t bad.

You love your brother most of all.  It really is adorable how much you love watching him and being near him.  Pretty soon you guys will be able to actually play together!

Thank you for always having a smile for me.  I love being your mama so much – you made having 2 babies under the age of 2 as easy as possible (even though 2 kids is a game changer – not double as hard, try exponentially as difficult!).  Dada thinks we are twinks – I am honored to be put in a category with someone as cute as you!

Love,

Mama

Happy Half Birthday, DD!

Dearest DD –

I can’t believe you are six months already!  Time does seem to fly (sometimes, others, it just crawls by).  This month was really fun – you are doing a lot more and definitely more aware and your little personality is coming out!

You are a big baby – 100%tile for height (29 inches), 90%tile for weight (20 lbs) and head size (18 inches).  That is good – you are growing to your fullest genetic potential!  and you are just thriving – a healthy, happy baby is all I ever wanted, and you certainly are both.

It was a big month of firsts for you, as well…

First playgroup meeting.  You are all, I am going to rule the playgroup roost!  Hahaha!  You are not the oldest one, but you were the oldest one at this first meeting.  I think you will likely be the biggest baby 🙂 for a while.

You also started “school” this month.  So far you have gone 2 times and came home with 2 different pieces of “art” that you did.  I love it!  There are 3 babies on the day that you go, with 2 teachers – I am sure you all get so much loving.  Both times, on your daily report, they have put down for your “General Mood” as SUPER happy!  Yay!

We have been working on sitting up a little bit, and you can do it for a few seconds, but then you usually flop over.

You love love LOVE being on your belly!  And in the full Superman pose – head and knees / feet off the ground, arms back with hand in a very aerodynamic position.  Dad tried this pose with you, and after about 1 minute he was exhausted, but not you – can do this all day long.  Such a strong boy! (We tried to get JJ into this pic, but he was very suspect and stayed away)

JJ loves having you around.  When you are not, he is always asking about “baby”.  and you love having him around – one morning J was not feeling so well, so he came in with me to put you down for your nap, and I didn’t think it would really happen, but it did.  You did not mind at all having him there!

Auntie Yarbs also loves being around you.  She is so helpful – on Thursdays her schedule is such that I don’t have to bring you to drop off or pick up for JJ’s school.  It is quite fabulous!  She loves your kisses and to snug snug with you.

And you love your Dada so much!  You always have a huge smile whenever you see him.  You love to slime him, that is for sure.  and he doesn’t mind at all (now that is love for ya!).

DD, Dada and I love you and your brother so much!  We are so excited for you two to be the best of friends!  Thank you for being such a sweet, sweet baby.  Love you guys more than anything in the whole world!

Love,

Mama

Hello!

Wow, so I knew it had been a while since my last post, but I didn’t realize that a full month had gone by!  As I tell Boom (when he complains that the blog content is getting “stale”), I am too busy living life to have time to blog about it!  I do need to get better.  I will get DD’s sixth month photo and do a proper monthly letter, but until then….

Yesterday after our walk, the two boys had quite a moment.  DD was on his belly and JJ took it upon himself to entertain and make DD laugh! It was really too too adorable!

I like to think that this is just a flash into how great it will be once DD is a little more interactive – I know JJ is ready for DD to be able to play!  As you can see from DD’s huge smile, he loves his big brother a lot.

Days are still long and tough sometimes, but every week things get a little easier.  I think right now is a little bit of a tough time as JJ is really entering the trying twos and asserting his independence and DD really can’t do too much yet (working on sitting up), but wants to.  We are all surviving (and the boys are hopefully thriving) – sometimes I look around and can’t believe so much time has gone by.

Five!

Dearest Little DD* –

Wow – I can’t believe that you are 5 months old!  The big news this month is that you have cut your first tooth!  I can’t believe that either – your toothless grin will be no longer!  And you did so in your own, laid back fashion – no fussing, no fever, no rashes, no weird poops – unlike your bro who had all the textbook / old wives tale symptoms.  We had been noticing that you were drooling a lot and chewing on your hands – so I thought I should take a look in your little mouth… how surprised was I when I felt your little tooth in the middle of your gums!

You really are a remarkably good baby.  Sometimes I marvel at how good you are!  I guess I am really marveling at how lucky Dada and I are – the only time you cry is when you are hungry or tired.  and you are much more quick to smile at this age than your brother was.

We’ve been working on sitting up this month and you are doing a great job!  I am really going to enjoy the brief window when you can sit up on your own but not crawl yet.  I think your brother will really think it is so neat when you are able to sit up alone!

Your schedule is pretty good these days – you usually get up between 715 – 8am, eat (bottle and solids!) and then are up for around 1.5 hours.  Then it is your first nap – with the addition of solids, you have been taking  a great morning nap – usually around 2 hours.  and we just started giving you solids at your 4th meal before bedtime and that has been helpful in eliminating night wakings and keeping you from getting up super early in the morning.

We took you to the pool for the first time the other week.  You did not seem to mind the water at all – just chillaxed in your shaded float-y thing – never fussed or anything!  But wow, it was a lot of work for such a little guy!  J certainly thought it was really cool to have you there with him.

Here are 2 of your biggest fans (aside from JJ, Dada and me, of course) – you’ve gotten to see a lot of PoPo and Auntie Yarbs this month.  Which is very good – it has been so long since you had seen PoPo that you were a little unsure when she first held you.  But after a feeding or two, you guys were fast friends.  She and Auntie Yarbs love you so so much!

Just like your brother, you love to get Dada’s nose!  He thinks that we are twinks… looks wise and also you are much more vocal than J was at this age.  So maybe you will be a talker like me.  I love to hear your little voice!  You sound so much like your brother, it is almost uncanny.  Lately, after your 2 later meals, you’ve been talking up a storm!  We love all your stories!

Your brother really loves you a lot!  He is even willing to share Dog and his new red train with you – two of his most prized possessions!  And he knows which toys are yours and always brings something over to you so you can have a toy to play with.

Little D, I love you so much.  You are the perfect addition to our little family – every time I see you I have to smile.  You are just perfect!  and although having 2 babies is logistically a challenge, you make things as easy on Mama as possible.  Thank you for being such a good baby!

Love,

Mama

* DD is what the Mandarin word for “little brother” sounds like – we all call you DD!

Double Trouble

JJ is all, What trouble can I scheme up for us to get into?  and Little Sailor is all, I’m concerned, but I’ll go along…

My babies are too adorable!  I love them both so much – and how much fun will it be for both of them once Sailor starts walking?!

Sailor often times looks like he has a secret!  He’s sporting separates here for the first time!

And J now loves to “read” books all by himself!  Comes in handy when I need to put his brother down for a nap… he’s getting older, and thus more able to entertain himself.

Boom and I are so very lucky.  Our boys are healthy and very, very good, laid back dudes!