Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Levi's Six-Month Check-Up and Birth Announcement

Age of Baby: 6 months

Size of Baby:
  • Weight: 17 lbs 14 oz (down to the 56th percentile), + 11 oz from last month
  • Length: 27 inches (up to the 64th percentile), + 1 inch from last month
  • Head circumference: 17 inches (down to the 50th percentile), +0.5 inches from his 4-month check-up
Levi is wearing a size 3 diaper. He was mostly wearing 3-6 month clothes this past month, but 6-9 month clothes fit a bit better! ;)

  • DTaP (diptheria, tetanus, pertussis)
  • Hib
  • Hepatitis B
  • PCV13
  • Polio
  • Rotavirus
Doctor's Visit Summary:

Levi's visit went very well today. He is still right on par, or even a bit ahead, developmentally. His fine motor and gross motor skills are great and he's starting to vocalize (quite loudly, in fact), too. His weight gain has started to slow a bit, but that is probably thanks to his newfound love of moving! His eczema is definitely starting to clear up now. I've pretty much eliminated all dairy except cheese and the occasional yogurt from my diet though. I've also been using the lotion religiously on him. Another round of vaccines, but now he's done for awhile. #vaccinessavebro We'll go back in three months for his 9-month check-up!

Picture of Baby:

Here is Levi's 6-month picture in the 12-month onesie. His eyes are still quite blue in better lighting (I think they will be sticking!) and his hair is getting longer on top of his head! :) He didn't want to straighten out for me this month as he loves playing with those piggies any chance he can get! He refuses to keep socks on, always removing the right one and often the left, too. Chewing on those is one of his favorite things to do. Eww.

And here is a comparison of all four of the boys at six months, just for fun. Levi continues to take the prize for heaviest of the four, and is now tied for 2nd for height. Ethan was 27.75 inches long and weighed 16 lbs 6 oz. Noah was 27 inches long and weighed 17 lbs 1 oz. And tiny little Amos was 26.75 inches long and weighed just 14 lbs 13 oz. Levi definitely continues to have his own look, but I still think he favors Noah (and Mommy) the most.

Accomplishments this Month:
  • Rolling over...and over...and over
  • Inching around as much as he can
  • Solid food!
  • First preschool story time at the library for big brother's field trip
  • Puts in paci himself
  • Starting to vocalize - maybe a "dada"??
Literally the day after he turned five months old, he finally rolled from his tummy to his back. That was quickly followed by rolling from his back to his tummy. Now I can't get him to stay on his back at all! He loves sleeping on his belly and when I put him in his crib, he instantly rolls to his belly to sleep.

He's also started to want to get to things that are out of his reach, so he's moving his body as much as he can on his belly (without actually crawling). If you put him in one spot, you are guaranteed he will be in a completely different one moments later. Yikes! Time to baby-proof this house that we've never had to baby-proof until now!

We decided to try some solid food when he turned 5 months, to see if that would help in the sleep department. We went ahead with rice cereal since it is easy to thin down with breastmilk. He did great with it for several days before deciding he wasn't a fan anymore. Sigh. So, I decided to give veggies a try. I steamed and pureed some sweet peas and he was gobbling those down as fast as we could spoon them to him (and even grabbing the spoon to shovel them in by himself!). Then after a few days, he decided he wasn't a fan. Ugh. So I moved on to green beans. Those were a no go from the start. Then I tried carrots. Not really a fan of those either. So, I thought maybe texture was an issue. I couldn't blame him if it was since it affects me, too! Pureeing the frozen, then steamed, veggies still gave it more texture than baby food from a jar, so I bought a few jars of pumpkin to give that a try. He's been eating that for several days now pretty well, so hopefully that's the trick! I am still going to continue to try pushing my homemade purees on him because they're so much cheaper (!!), but we'll have the jars for backup if needed. Next up, tonight, will be roasted butternut squash. We're having it for dinner, so he's going to try it, too! The solid food is coming only at dinner time for now, but once I introduce fruits, we'll probably do that in the mornings or at lunchtime.

We made it to our first preschool story time at the local library (#thirdandfourthchildproblems) thanks to a field trip with Amos's preschool. They both seemed to enjoy it so we may have to find our way there again soon! Levi does really love it when big brother Noah "reads" him books at home, but then he loves everything Noah does with him. ;) They are the sweetest together.

Another rough month in the sleep department. Halfway through he had some nice 8-hour stretch nights, but then he got in the habit of waking again around 12:30 and 4:30 at night for a couple weeks; sometimes more, sometimes less. He goes to bed between 8 and 9 pm and sleeps until 8 or 9 am, sometimes later on the days we don't need to be anywhere. I often run errands in the mornings, so he still normally gets a bit of a cat nap in his carseat while I'm out, but he's also taking an afternoon nap of about 2-3 hours in his crib. Yay!! Sometimes he'll take a little cat nap before dinner, too. I've continued to nurse him every 2-3 hours during the daytime for 15-25 minutes. He eats about 6-8 times in a 24-hr period.

Levi has finally figured out how to get his paci back in his mouth by himself, but he'd actually prefer to chew on his fingers or the leg of one of the WubbaNub animals instead. Sigh. I have a feeling his bottom two teeth will be making an appearance before next month's update. They're looking pretty close now! Given the amount of drool this boy has been producing, I sure hope so.

Instead of just crying and cooing, Levi has started to vocalize now! We swear we've heard him say "dada" several times now, both in response to our prompting and when he sees him, but perhaps it's just luck. We'll see if he keeps it up. Not that I'm jealous that he isn't saying "mama," too!

So I've found that taking care of 4 kids + a PTA position (producing the monthly newsletter and designing + keeping the PTA website updated) + my graphic design business has kept me all kinds of busy this past 6 months. Granted I designed Levi's birth announcement and had prints made before Christmas (a Christmas miracle, I'm sure), I still hadn't managed to actually mail them out...until the day he turned six months old. Ha! So, without further is his birth announcement. :) Better late than never, right?!? ;) Still working on those thank you notes to all the wonderful friends and family who sent gifts or brought us meals in the fall. Everything was greatly appreciated!!

 Until next month!! Look at me actually writing this in a timely manner this month! Ha!

Friday, March 16, 2018

Levi is Five Months Old + his Woodland Nursery

Age of Baby: 5 months

Size of Baby:
  • Weight: 17 lbs 3 oz (up to the 63rd percentile), + 1 lb 8 oz from last month
  • Length: 26 inches (down to the 53rd percentile), + 0.5 inches from last month
  • Head circumference: not measured
Levi is wearing a size 2 diaper, though it's starting to get a bit snug. He is wearing 3-6 month clothes, though some of the 6-9 month clothes fit a bit better! ;)

  • None this month
Doctor's Visit Summary:

No visit this month.

Picture of Baby:

Here is Levi's 5-month picture in the 12-month onesie. His eyes are still blue (though it's hard to see in this pic) and he has some spiky little hair growing in on top of his head - about 1 cm long right now! :) His hair is pretty light, but darker than all of his brothers' hair, I think. He is an adorable little fuzzy-headed chunkster.

And here is a comparison of all four of the boys at five months, just for fun. Levi continues to take the prize for heaviest of the four, and continues as 3rd for height. Ethan was 27 inches long and weighed 16 lbs. Noah was 26.5 inches long and weighed 16 lbs 6 oz. And tiny little Amos was just 25.5 inches long and weighed 14 lbs 3 oz. Maybe it's a good thing Levi is four years younger, or he could end up passing Amos in size in a few years! Ha! Levi definitely has his own look, but I still think he favors Noah more than Ethan or Amos (who both crack me up here with their faces).

Accomplishments this Month:
  • Sitting up in stroller for walks
  • Went to his first live performance
Levi seems to be extroverted like his Daddy. He loves to see everything going on around him and people watch when we're out. So we decided it was time to let him sit up in a stroller for our family walks, instead of lying back in his carseat, snapped into the jogging stroller. He loved it! I think it makes him look way too big, but such is life. :'( He really enjoys being outside for long walks with Daddy, Lego and his brothers. Mommy tries to go most of the time, but sometimes enjoys a silent house while she gets lots of things accomplished at home!! ;)

At the end of February, Ethan's 3rd grade class gave a musical performance at the monthly PTA meeting. Levi really enjoyed listening to them sing and watching them dance (much more than Ethan enjoyed it - sigh). He was the perfect audience. :) Singing to him is usually the best way to get him calmed down when he is upset. It doesn't matter if you even say words. Humming works, too. Same thing goes for playing music on our phones. He loves to listen and watch the videos.

Once again, I wish I could report that Levi was sleeping through the night, but he's still not consistently. He'll sleep anywhere from 1 (on a super rough night) to 11 hours straight though! He was doing pretty well near the beginning of the month, but has since regressed again in the last couple of weeks. Also in the past couple of weeks, I've been trying to get him on more of a schedule during the day, including naps in his crib! I often run errands in the mornings, so he'll normally get a bit of a nap in his carseat while I'm out, but he's started taking afternoon naps of about 1-2 hours in his crib now. It's a start. I've continued to nurse him every 2-3 hours during the daytime for 15-25 minutes. He eats about 8 times in a 24-hr period. My plan is to start solid foods at some point soon. I'm hoping that may help fill his tummy a bit more so he'll sleep a little better! Given the fact that he's doubled his birth weight and he's also done it plenty of times, he should be able to sleep through the night. Sometimes he seems hungry (I guess it's hard to keep those chunky thighs if you don't eat all night) when he wakes up and other times he just needs comforted. It would be great if he would learn to put his paci in himself at night so I didn't have to get up to do it! ;)

In other exciting news...I finally finished decorating the nursery! Given the fact that we still haven't repainted Amos's room, I guess Levi is lucking out that his was completed first! ;)

I purchased the adorable Peanut Shell Woodland Dreams crib set at Babies 'R Us. Sadly, they are closing all of their stores, but this set may is hopefully available elsewhere as well. I also bought the changing pad coverpillow and blanket there as well. All of the wall art was purchased at Hobby Lobby (the letter "L", the "be strong & brave sign", the metal geometric fox head, and the wooden arrow), except for the gray light box, which was from Target. I also purchased the starry globe nightlight and the navy room darkening curtains at Target.

The crib and dresser have now made it to all 4 boys (despite Amos's best efforts to destroy them)! They were also from Babies 'R Us, over nine years ago! The glider and ottoman (where I end up spending half my night too regularly) were purchased from Babies 'R Us before Noah was born. Adorable baby not included. ;)

It's hard to believe that the next time I post, half of his first year will already be behind us! The days may be long, but these years are flying by!

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Levi is Four Months Old

Age of Baby: 4 months (given he's actually 5 months old today, I figured I better post this now...)

Size of Baby:
  • Weight: 15 lbs 11 oz (down to the 56th percentile), +1 lb 2 oz from last month
  • Length: 25.5 inches (up to the 66th percentile), +2 inches from last month
  • Head circumference: 16.5 inches (up to the 59th percentile), +1 inch from his 2-month appt
Levi has been wearing a size 2 diaper most of the last month. He is wearing 3-6 month clothes and a size 2 shoe.

  • DTaP
  • Hib
  • PCV13
  • Polio
  • Rotavirus
Doctor's Visit Summary:

Levi's visit went very well. He is ahead developmentally, with the exception of rolling over. He's so close, but hasn't quite made it over yet. His weight has dropped just a bit in percentage, but he's still a hefty little guy. ;) Since his last visit, I had started taking pancreatic enzymes at the suggestion of the lactation consultant. Levi still has some cradle cap and a pretty significant amount of eczema all over his body, so she was thinking dairy in my diet was the culprit. We started by me eliminating all dairy for a week and starting the enzymes. I gradually added back in cheese and yogurt, but have continued to avoid milk and ice cream. It seems to be doing the trick fairly well, but he still occasionally has flare ups. We're going to try moisturizing multiple times a day to see if that helps. I'm sure the winter and the dry gas heat in the house haven't helped either though. Overall, the doctor was very happy with his progress, and we'll be back in 2 months for another check-up.

Picture of Baby:

Here is Levi's 4-month picture in the 12-month onesie. His eyes are still looking blue so far and it looks like he is trying to grow back some of the hair he's lost on the top of his head!

And here is a comparison of all four of the boys at four months, just for fun. Levi just squeezes past Noah to win the prize for heaviest of the four, but comes in 3rd for height. Ethan was 26.5 inches long and weighed 14 lbs 8.5 oz. Noah was 25.75 inches long and weighed 15 lbs 8 oz. And tiny little Amos was just 13 lbs 8 oz and 25.25 inches long. I still see a lot of Noah in Levi at this point. His head isn't quite as round/full, but he has his nose and fuller lips, I think.

Accomplishments this Month:
  • Grasping objects
  • His first antibiotic
  • Playing in activity center
  • Sitting up in the bumbo seat
Levi is really interacting well with us and his surroundings now. He can't keep his eyes off his brothers if they are in the room with him. Watching them is one of the easiest ways to keep him entertained! He loves "talking" to us, too. He has also started to play with the toys that are attached to his bouncer and his carseat. He'll bat at them and grasp them to hold them now, normally trying to pull them to his mouth. ;)

As you can see in the video, he really loves hanging out in his new activity center (thanks Grandpa and Grandma Seeley!) and being right up in the mix of things, sitting in his bumbo seat. He's quite the little supervisor while Mommy tries to get things accomplished. ;) We also got the high chair out for him. Though he hasn't started eating yet, he likes sitting at the table with the rest of us as we eat. He does sit there and drool and make eating motions as he watches us, so it may be time sooner than later to let him start! Haha!

Sadly, Levi has taken his first round of antibiotics already. All 3 of the other boys have been sick on and off with colds, ear infections and strep throat this winter, and it seems like Levi caught something. We didn't test him for strep, but he had been running a low-grade fever for awhile and was just super sleepy and out of it during the day, so we tried a round of antibiotics to see if that made a difference. It did seem to perk him up pretty quickly, despite the fact that he hated the super yummy pink medicine!

I wish I could report that Levi was sleeping through the night, but he's still not consistently. He'll sleep anywhere from 2.5 to 11.5 hours straight though! He did hit a new record of 11.5 hours near the end of January. I wish he could have kept that up, but it was short-lived! Sigh. I've continued to nurse him every 2-3 hours during the day for 15-20 minutes, and that almost always puts him to sleep, so that's when he naps!

Life is a bit slower now that we're through the holidays and Ethan's birthday, so maybe I'll actually get his 5-month update done at a reasonable time?!?

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Levi is Three Months Old!

Age of Baby: 3 months

Size of Baby:
  • Weight: 14 lbs 9 oz (down to the 62nd percentile), +14 oz from last month
  • Length: 23.5 inches (down to the 20th percentile), +1 inches from last month
  • Head circumference: not measured
Levi has still been wearing a size 1 diaper, though only to use them up, as they were getting a bit snug! He was wearing 0-3 month clothes, but those will soon be added to the donation box! He wears a size 2 shoe.

  • None
Doctor's Visit Summary:

No visit this month.

Picture of Baby:

Here is Levi's 3-month picture in the 12-month onesie. His eyes are still blue at this point. He's lost most of his hair up top, but not from the back.

And here is a comparison of all four at three months, just for fun. I would have to say he's looking more and more like Noah's little twin! He definitely has his size! Haha! He weighed in at just one ounce less than Noah at this point, but 1/2" shorter, too. Amos was a full 2 pounds smaller and Ethan was in the middle of the pack.

Accomplishments this month:
  • Laughing
  • Rolling from back to side
  • First movie in the theater
  • His first Christmas!
  • First road trip
  • Met more cousins and uncles
  • First day trip to Biltmore
Levi has continued to be a pretty great baby. He loves to laugh, especially if he hears me do it. And just as his brothers before him, he loves getting naked. He can't stop smiling once you start taking his clothes off to change his diaper, or put on his jammies! He also loves chewing on his hands. You would think he's starving the way he gnaws away at them all the time. Seriously, kid, I feed you. He can almost roll from his back to his belly now. He gets to his side, then stays there, instead of rolling all the way over. It won't be long.
Levi is still setting all kinds of records as the 4th child. Surprise, surprise! He went to see a movie in the theater for the very first time. We all enjoyed The Last Jedi, but I'm hoping that the fact that he nursed, then slept through the entire movie is no indication of his future feelings towards Star Wars. Ha! The reclining seats with foot rests were a must with a little one in tow.

After enjoying his first Christmas at home, Levi was able to meet four more of his cousins (on the Seeley side) when he took his first road trip! It was quite the trip, too. We made the approximate 6-hour trip to the East Coast to visit my sister and her crew first. From there, we headed back west to Josh's parent's house, an approximate 7-hour trip. Both of these trips were, of course, made longer due to a baby wanting to eat every 2-3 hours. In Ohio, Levi met his Uncle Jared, who flew in from Phoenix, and his Uncle Aaron, his wife, Dena, and their four kids! It was a pretty quick trip and we were back home to Tennessee in less than a week. Levi did a pretty great job traveling though! He only fussed when it was time to eat and slept most of the way otherwise!

Levi made his first trip to Biltmore with us on a very cold day in January! He rode in the Ergo for the house tour and managed to sleep through all of that, too. Ha! Someday he will be awake and appreciate it more. ;) All of the boys loved seeing all of the Christmas trees and lights. It was truly beautiful!

I know I said this last month, but hopefully I'll get back on track and post his 4-month update in a more timely manner! We are talking about the fourth child here though. He should just be happy I'm posting at all, right? ;) I realize this is wishful thinking with Ethan's 9th birthday (!!!) creeping up on me now and Valentine's Day just around the corner! Seriously, where it 2018 going already?!?

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Levi is Two Months Old!

Age of Baby: 2 months...Seeing as how he'll be 3 months old on Saturday, I figured it was time to post this! Oops! December was crazy between the holidays, traveling and sick kids. Sigh.

Size of Baby:
  • Weight: 13 lbs 11 oz (down to the 75th percentile), +2 lbs 11 oz from last month
  • Length: 22.5 inches (up to the 25th percentile), +1.5 inches from last month
  • Head circumference: 15.5 inches (down to the 57th percentile), +0.75 inches from last month
Levi is wearing a size 1 diaper and 0-3 month clothes. He wears a size 1 shoe.

  • DTap
  • Hib
  • Hepatitis B
  • PCV13
  • Polio
  • Rotavirus
Doctor's Visit Summary:

We went to his doctor's appointment for his well-check, but he hadn't been feeling great (super sleepy, running a low-grade fever), so we decided to wait on his immunizations for a week. With two of his big brothers sick, we were afraid maybe he had also come down with whatever they had. When we went back the following week, he still wasn't doing well, so still no shots, and we started him on a round of the yummy pink medicine (aka amoxicillin), just in case. That seemed to help, as he did perk up after starting that, so we finally did his immunizations a week and a half ago!

Picture of Baby:

Here is Levi's 2-month picture in the 12-month onesie. Though it's hard to tell here, his eyes are still blue and he still has most of his hair as well!

And here is a comparison of all four at two months, just for fun. I still think he's favoring Noah or Amos most. He definitely has Noah's size! Haha! I think it's funny that again he is the heaviest of the four at 2 months, and also tied with Amos for the shortest. ;) Those cheeks though. He's storing some extra there!! Haha!

Accomplishments this month:
  • Sleeping through the night
  • First babysitter
  • Cooing and smiling
  • Meeting some of his cousins
Levi has continued to be a pretty great baby. He is getting better at entertaining himself instead of needing constant attention, or being held 24/7. He even managed to sleep through the night for the first time! Woo hoo! First he hit almost 7.5 hours straight, then a couple days later he had an almost 9 hour stretch! His record stands at 9.5 hours, but he hasn't been able to keep up with it consistently. I'm hoping we'll get there sooner than later. ;)

Levi is setting all kinds of records as the 4th child. He had his first ever babysitter at just 8 weeks old. It just so happened to be the first babysitter (other than family) for all 4 boys. Ha! We had Amos's assistant preschool teacher watch them while we attended a neighborhood holiday hop. So yes, we were literally right next door all night, but resisted the urge to check in hourly! ;) They loved her and did great for her, so it's something we'll have to do more often! :)

I love when they're coming out of that newborn stage and start to actually interact with you a bit. Levi adores big brother Noah (probably since he's the only brother that pays much attention to him) and started smiling and cooing at him when Noah talks to him. Swoon.

Levi was able to meet five of his eight (at that time) cousins for Thanksgiving when the Corbett crew came to visit! It was madness as always (um, hello nine children age 10 and below under one roof), but they sure enjoyed loving on a new baby and trying to convince their mama to have another. ;)

Hopefully I'll get back on track and post his 3-month update in a more timely manner!


Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Levi is One Month Old!

Age of Baby: 1 month

Size of Baby:
  • Weight: 11 lbs 0 oz (up to the 80th percentile), +2 lbs 12 oz from birth
  • Length: 21 inches (down to the 24th percentile), +1 inch from birth
  • Head circumference: not measured
That means he has gained about 2 oz per day since his two week visit! Of the four boys, he is the heaviest and shortest at one month. He's definitely an adorable little ball of chub. Haha! Levi is wearing a size newborn diaper and newborn clothes, though they are getting snug. He wears a size 0 shoe.


None this month.

Doctor's Visit Summary:

No visit this month, so I collected his stats myself.

Picture of Baby:

Below is a pic of Levi at one month, wearing a 12-month onesie. I will be taking a pic each month in this onesie to show how much he grows each month, just as I did for all the others. We'll see if it still fits at a year! The others all have, but it does get pretty tight by then.

Levi has been a pretty great baby so far. He does love to be held at any hour of the day (and sometimes insists on it), but here at the end of the first month, he's getting pretty good at sleeping without being held, too. He actually gave me his longest stretch of sleep yet, the night before last, at just shy of 5 hours! Woo hoo! But, he followed that up last night with a pretty crappy night, so we're not quite there yet. :/ He has been averaging about 16 hours of sleep a day this first month. He nurses about every 2.5 hours for around 15-20 minutes. The first 2-3 weeks, Josh tried to help out when he could by giving him a bottle around midnight, so that I could get a longer stretch of sleep. Lately, I've been able to get him to sleep from at least 10 pm to 2 am, so he's been getting fewer bottles.

He is quite the noisy little guy. If he isn't squeaking out one end, then he's squeaking out the other! Haha! I know the others made little noises as newborns, but they were nothing like this guy! Some nights he can be quite loud, so he may be making his way to his own room soon. He'd already be there if our bedroom was on the same floor, but I don't feel like making multiple trips up the stairs at night yet. He's also pretty gassy. Not as much as Noah was, but a close second. It's hilarious to listen to him sit there and keep tooting for minutes at a time!

Here is a comparison of all four at one month, just for fun. It's hard to say who he'll favor more at this point, because they don't really look the same at a month as they do a couple months from now. But, judging by these pics, I'd say he favors Amos or Noah the most.

Accomplishments this month:
  • Holding his head up
  • First bottle
  • First bath
  • First blowout
  • First trips to grocery store, restaurants, shopping...
Our boys have all had freakishly strong necks. So strong that they have all been able to hold up their heads within a week after being born. It's pretty crazy. If you remember from his birth story, Levi actually held his up within an hour of being born! Insane.

While Ethan was pretty good about taking a bottle, we did not do a great job with Noah and Amos. If you miss that window of opportunity the first couple of months, it's really hard to get them to ever take one, which guarantees I am chained attached to them (literally) 24/7 for that first year. Ha! It took a bit for my milk to come in this time, though, so Levi actually got his first bottle at just a couple days old. For the first 2-3 weeks, we continued to give him at least one feeding with a bottle, while I pumped, or just got some extra sleep. This was fun for the boys, as they each had an opportunity to feed their new little brother! That was something none of them had ever done. 

Levi lucked out and had his first bath much sooner than Amos had his first! Oops! He wasn't a super huge fan, but he tolerated it. Of all four, this one has probably peed and poo'd on me at changing time more than the other 3 combined did. So, his baths have been a necessity! I'll spare you the pictures of his first blowout. I can happily say that it was on Daddy's lap though, and not mine! ;) I'd just say we lucked out that it wasn't in his carseat. Fun times.

Levi has made lots of trips already to restaurants, Target, the grocery store, mall, etc. He's not a big fan of shopping and usually ends up screaming his head off halfway through a shopping trip. I think Daddy has been coaching him when Mommy isn't listening. :( Fortunately, he normally stops if you just get him out of his carseat and hold him, but that makes it interesting. I guess he just wants to be a high-maintenance baby outside of the womb as well!

We'll hopefully be settling into somewhat of a routine with this little guy soon as he starts to be awake more during the day. Hopefully he'll be good about going with the flow as he accompanies me as "taxi driver mama." ;) I'm looking forward to what the next month brings and trying to soak up all of these last firsts!