Good Karma

As I’m writing this, J and I are sitting on our back porch enjoying this gloomy day while the boy is napping. He always sleeps the best on overcast and rainy days. They call Florida the Sunshine State, but its the summer days like these that I really enjoy. The rumbles of the thunder and the lull of the rain are soothing and it feels like…home.

We’ve been living here for a month now and couldn’t be happier. We got moved in and unpacked pretty quickly, but we are just now getting around to the deep cleaning, scrubbing the floors and showers and really making our place shine. Every day J and I wake up and can’t believe this is our house, and when I come home from work I can’t believe we are so lucky to live here.

I’m a firm believer in karma, that you get back what you put into this world. J and I try to be good people and set a good example for our son on how to behave and live a good life. I hope that we are succeeding. Good people are hard to come by in this world, so if we can contribute one (or two!) more to the mix, we’ll be happy moms. I think we’re sowing good karma, and I think we’re gaining it as well. Our lives are wonderful and I don’t think that we could be happier.

Our boy is amazing and we are so grateful. There are so many people who can’t or struggle to have children, and now that he’s here, I can’t imagine not having him. Even on the “bad” days where we want to pull out our hair – when he’s spitting or hitting you on purpose, kicking you in the crotch, and shrieking bloody murder – the sweet moment that you get to kiss him goodnight and give him one last snuggle before laying him down make it all worth it. We are so lucky to have such a good boy.

Jax is going to be 7 months this weekend and he was trying to crawl last night! He was trying with all of his might to push himself forward toward his nu-nu (pacifier). He made one or two little scoots but that was it before he got distracted by Bubba playing with a toy. You can see him thinking now, like real thoughts, and his crab-grab (where you pinch your thumb and pointer finger together) is in full swing. He’s got Forbes 500 hair by day and enough to have a faux-hawk at night. His personality is emerging and while he can be a bit stubborn sometimes, he can be as sweet as pie the next, hugging your neck and “kissing” you (which is more like him gumming your face).

I can’t believe how quickly time has gone by, but yet so little of it. We see old pictures of when he was first born and are just in awe that we even have a baby. At the same time, it feels like he has always been a part of us, a missing puzzle piece. He is such a combination of us, and the rest of our families. Jaxson has a little bit of all of us in him, in looks and in personality . I think it is just shows that genetics don’t make a family, love does. And boy is he loved. 🙂

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6 Month Pictures

Today is my 27th birthday and in honor of that and to spread some Monday cheer to you all, here are Jax’s 6 month pictures! Moving caused a little bit of a delay in taking these so he’s actually closer to 6.5 months but that’s okay! 🙂 Enjoy!

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6 Month Check-Up

What a difference a year (or two!) can make in your life. Around this time in August two years ago, we were still trying to conceive at home, our second attempt. This time in August last year, we were pregnant with Jaxson and having our 14 week ultrasound and trying to find out if he was a boy or a girl. This August, I’m celebrating my birthday this weekend with our 6 month old little boy in my arms. It’s just amazing! I can’t believe it has only been 6 months that he has been with us, because it feels like he’s always been a part of us and our family. 🙂

I’m glad to report that his 6 month check-up today went very well! He must have gotten the hint that we were concerned he wasn’t sitting up on his own yet but this week he’s been working on sitting up and is getting better everyday, so Dr. Helft was glad to hear that. He wants us to start weaning Jax off the Prevacid by lowering the dosage little by little every day instead of skipping. He’s doing really well with the solids and Dr. Helft says he sees shadows of teeth in his lower gums, which are also swollen, so teeth are imminent! And Jax can start trying out sippy cups, too. Dr. Helft also noticed a heart murmur, but said that he sees it in about 50% of his patients and not to worry, it was most likely nothing to worry about and would resolve itself as Jax keeps growing. Jax was a champ for his shots and barely made a peep and promptly fell asleep in the car on the ride home. We got his height/weight too and he’s looking great!

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I’m also VERY glad to report that he’s been sleeping through the night again, which means these mamas are finally getting some rest, too. Thank goodness! He’s been much more personable and seems to be back to his usual happy self, although he still yells as loud as possible at everything he can. We’re going to look for some rugs this weekend in fact, in hopes of dampening the echo in our new house. And stay tuned for 6 month pictures soon!

666 Months

Why the title referencing the “devil’s number”? Well because I think we may have a devil child living with us lately.

I had every intention of keeping this blog more up to date and focusing on more day-to-day occurrences than just once-a-month updates, but alas, life is busy…but life is good (mostly).

We are officially homeowners! We closed on our house nearly two weeks ago so our days and nights have now been filled with unpacking, cleaning, moving things around, and collapsing exhausted into bed at the end of the night. Add to that the fact that we have both been very busy at work (mandatory 14 hours of overtime for me this week!) and we barely have time to breathe let alone to blog! However, now that we are all moved in and have some semblance of an office set up, I think I will be able to get back to blogging as much as I want to.

Jaxson’s room was the very first room of our new house that has been cleaned, painted, and all set up. It is really cute! He seems to like it and he even got to pick the paint color (you think I’m kidding – we held up a few color swatches we chose and let him decide and he picked the same color over and over so we went with it). Now every time we hold him near a wall in his room he pats the wall and gazes at it lovingly. No lie!

Although he has a super cute room, sleep has not come easily to our little guy. And therefore, not to us either. We’ve had to alternate getting up with him every night because he has forsaken his 10-12 hour a night sleep schedule for getting up two or three times in the night, screaming and starving. We think he is starting to get some teeth coming in – it looks like you can see them under his gum line but they haven’t cut through yet – and we know that he is hitting a major growth spurt right now since he is wanting to eat ALL. THE. TIME. and yelling for more. And the yelling, my lord, this kid doesn’t shut up! No one believes us when we say that he yells almost non-stop because when we go out he is a perfect, personable angel (except when we go to Target, he grunts and groans so loudly that we get stares, but that is just because shopping makes him poop every single time!). At home though, he yells at his toys, yells at us, yells at the TV, yells at the cat, yells yells yells until we can’t take it anymore. In our new house we have wood floors and no rugs (yet!) so the echo is insane and I think he just capitalizes on that by yelling as loud as he can because, well, its fun hearing yourself yell isn’t it? And he’s started throwing little temper tantrums which is oh-so-fun let me tell you. Deep breath…sigh.

We haven’t had a chance to take his 6 month pictures yet since he’s been in such a craptastic mood for the past two weeks, but he finally slept through the night again last night and it seems to have helped him out with his attitude. Hopefully he will settle back into his long-sleeping trend and we can put these sleepless nights behind us all for a while so we can return to being functioning members of society! I will put pictures up as soon as we have the chance to take them. He’s getting so big!

Other than those concerns, he is doing pretty well. He still has reflux issues, some days are worse than others, but overall he has really done well with the Prevacid. Dr. Helft wants us to start weaning him off once he starts eating real food but we don’t think he’s quite ready yet. He’s been eating 1st and 2nd foods now, fruits and veggies and oatmeal cereal, and he is finally not having potty trouble from it. So we tried skipping every other day on the Prevacid and that did not go smoothly, so I think he still needs it for now. Speaking of the pediatrician, Jax goes to visit Dr. Helft this Friday for his 6 month check-up and shots! I’m sure he will do just fine, but I guess you never know. Here’s hoping for the best. 🙂

Through it all though, I have to give a great big shout-out to my wonderful wife. She really is the glue that holds our family together. She cooks, she cleans, she runs errands, she takes care of the boy, AND she works full-time from home on top of all that. I really admire her, especially in the past couple of weeks when Jaxson has been so impossible to deal with. Just yesterday I came home from working late and took him so she could finish up her work for the day and I held him, trying everything I could to make him happy, and was nearly in tears after an HOUR of him crying and screaming his head off to the point where he was gasping and choking himself. I barely had time to get changed out of my work clothes! I can’t imagine putting up with him like that ALL day, which is exactly what she’s been doing every single day while I’m at work. I get it easy – I get to leave the house all day and only have him for a couple of hours at night before he goes to bed.

A lot of people discount the fact that she is a stay at home mom and think that it should be easy-peasy for her to work from home and take care of Jax, or that neither job is really a “job”. It makes me so angry, because if they really knew how much work it was, how difficult he can be when he’s like this, and how hard it is to just find time to go pee let alone work a full-time job too…well, I just think they should all shut their mouths because its hard work and it sucks sometimes and no one understands or appreciates all the things J does in order for our family to function. I honestly don’t think I could do what she does and remain sane!

J – you are simply amazing and I am so lucky to have you. I love you! Thank you for everything you do! 🙂