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After Holi- Days

2012 January 5
by Becky

Now that we have no “holiday” excuses, our main goal lately has been to get some sort of schedule going again. Stu is back to work after having about two weeks off, I’m back to actually taking care of my body instead of slacking off and eating everything in sight, and the Peanut, well, the Peanut is growing. A lot.

I never like to blame anything on the Peanut, but there is some major anxiety and exhaustion stemming from the massive growth spurt he is experiencing. At least, that’s what we think is going on. Not his fault of course, but it’s really throwing us for a loop! Ethan is starvingall the time—he can eat a whole piece of whole wheat bread, noodles with red sauce, a piece of string cheese, pieces of turkey, and puffs in 15 minutes. If you don’t have it ready and waiting at 8am, noon, or 5pm, get ready for some major vocalization on his part. He wants food NOW! And we have to do a mix of finger foods and spoon foods (us with the spoon, not him) or he gets pretty agitated. He seriously acts like we never feed him—on-lookers probably think we are neglecting our child!

Graciously sharing a piece of bread with me…I’m sure it took will power.

We’re working on drinking. He’s getting pretty good with the Camelback and sippy cups. 

And he could not be sleepier—sometimes he takes a two+ hour nap twice a day, sometimes he takes three one hour snoozes, and sometimes he fights sleep altogether and is just Mr. Fussyface all day. But he always seems extra sleep no matter how many naps he gets.

So I’m logging activities, food, and sleep to see exactly what Ethan needs. I’m hoping to get a schedule figured out for both of us so we can do more than hang around the house! I’d like to get back to the gym without rushing through my workout and/or listening to a screaming tired/hungry child in the back seat on the way home.

I’m just not used to having a fussy baby! I guess I’ve been spoiled. It probably doesn’t help that Ethan is used to taking at least one walk a day, usually two or three. We walk everywhere in Old Town. However, since it has been 25 degrees with wind the last two days, the walks have been extra quick—not the hour the Peanut usually enjoys. I’m fussy about that too! We’ve been doing inside activities though, like the soft play room at the Rec Center and we recently discovered Doggy Daycare at PetSmart—quite entertaining for a one year old!

Gazing out the window at the soft play room. 

 Watching the dogs chase a ball back and forth. Giggles and squeals galore.

A fun change this week was having our neighbor, Lyla, join us for a few hours on Sunday and Tuesday. Her mom (my friend Cara), believe it or not, had a 32 week preemie on Dec 30th! We got the news when we landed in DC on Friday. We were waiting for our bags and I let out a yelp after reading the text on my phone. It was like deja vu for Stu and me—exactly one year and one day later (Ethan was born at 31/4 weeks on Dec. 29, 2010). Baby is beautiful and healthy and working on growing. But having a toddler makes the NICU ten times more difficult to deal with, so babysitting was top on their list of needs. Lyla is about the sweetest little girl I’ve ever met, so we are happy to entertain her any time! Plus, she and Ethan are pretty good pals. And while we have been around Lyla with her mom a lot, it’s been fun learning about toddlers from taking care of her on my own. They are fascinating little creatures!

Ethan “helping” Lyla stack blocks. She was so patient…he wasn’t very good at it.

Swinging!! I couldn’t get one of them both laughing. I swear Lyla was having fun.

Watching Elmo before nap time. Can’t get more cozy than this!

Fun things about almost-two-year-olds—namely Lyla:

  • She repeats everything I say. Gotta watch it! I inadvertently taut her the phrase: “Yuck! Poopy diaper!”
  • She also seems to understand everything I say! It’s fun to talk to her.
  • She cleaned herself up after lunch, then proceeded to dust my house with her napkin. Score!
  • She enjoyed gazing at the christmas ornaments so much, we made a game out of taking them off my tree. Again, Score!
  • Whenever I carried her and Ethan at the same time, she said “Two babies!”
  • She knows all the sounds the animals make, including the panting of a dog. Heart = melted.
  • We counted everything together…so much fun.

Talk about a taste of what’s to come! I can’t believe Ethan will be doing all this stuff pretty soon.

8 Responses
  1. January 5, 2012

    Oh my goodness, thank god for you babysitting!! I can imagine all too well the craziness of a 2yo along with a preemie in the NICU :) I bet it was fun for Ethan to be with a big kid!

    And as for the growth spurt, oh man, we are right there with you. Otis has taken to screaming as soon as he sees food, any food, or any drink. No matter how hard we try to teach him signs for more, milk, please, whatever, he does not do it. Just screams.

    I hope we can come visit again soon, I’d love to have Otis and Ethan play :)

    • admin permalink*
      January 5, 2012

      I can’t help but be glad to hear this about Otis! I thought maybe Ethan was a little nuts for doing so much screaming during meal times. I guess they are just hungry boys!

  2. Lara permalink
    January 5, 2012

    The great and terrible thing about babies/toddlers is that as soon as they get a habit, things change. There are about a 6 week period when Luke was 9-10 months during which he decided to wake up screaming about 5 times a night. I thought that I was going to going crazy. Then, it stopped…for no real reason. Ethan is definitely in a growth spurt. In the meantime, we’ll have soft play room, Barnes & Noble, or Buzz dates whenever Ethan isn’t napping or eating. :)

    • admin permalink*
      January 5, 2012

      You know it! So lucky to have you guys to hang out with :)

  3. Mary Francis permalink
    January 8, 2012

    Becky, this Cara’s mom and more importantly, Lyla’s grandmother. Thank you for you sweet description of Lyla. I can’t tell you how grateful we are that they have you so close and so willing to help. Your knowledge of preemie care will be invaluable to them. Ethan certainly shows what a miracle they are and how quickly they catch up. We look forward to seeing you in about a week.

    • admin permalink*
      January 8, 2012

      Thank you Mary!! We love having great neighbors like Cara, Todd, and Lyla. We are so lucky!
      Have safe travels to VA!

  4. Kristan Lauer permalink
    January 9, 2012

    Lyla’s Great Aunt here, absolutely loved your writings, and it feels so good to know our loved ones are wrapped in the friendship, love, and support of others. I am, however, ready for my own nap after just reading about your days!!! A sincere thank you for being you…

    • admin permalink*
      January 9, 2012

      So great to hear from you Kristan! We are just happy to have the Haughs in our lives.

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