Saturday, August 29, 2009

2 Months!

CT is growing so quickly. We are trying to soak up every second we have with him. As much as I love seeing him grow, I get a little sad every time I retire one of his cute little outfits. He's smiling and interacting more and more each day and he's becoming a very happy baby. The Zan.tac and rice cereal concoction seem to be helping. He has only vomited once in the past two weeks (which was my fault for not burping him better.) He's not hiccuping as much either.

His two month check up went very well. He weighed in at 11 lbs 11.5 oz and measured 22 inches long. His nurse practitioner raised a few minor concerns. His skin has been rough for a while and she said it is eczema and instructed us to lather him in lotion a couple times a day. I've already seen an improvement. CT seems to enjoy the little massage sessions too. Another issue she brought up is that he has a mild case of torticollis. We were concerned about this when he was a few weeks old, so neither of us were surprised by her diagnosis. She suggested more tummy time and showed us how to stretch his neck. We're going to work vigorously on this to avoid any serious treatment.

As new parents, Christos and I were very anxious about CT's first round of vaccinations. We are proud to report that he did very well. The nurse was quick and CT didn't flinch or cry. He wasn't ill or irritable that evening and he even slept 12 hours that night and almost the entire next day. We are very relieved it went so smoothly.

More pictures!

Cousins Zach and Drew with Grandpa Terry

Cousins Nico, Nate and Tito visit from Califorina

A bunch of Georgopoulos': Papou, Yia Yia, and Thea Maggie

Cousin Jenny visits from California

Chillin' with cousins Zach, Drew and Kellen

Great Auntie Sue and Yia Yia

Giggling with Papa

Hanging with Tucker and Sugar (2 months old)

"I can pull it myself, Mama." - I was making dinner and realized the music kept playing on his bouncing seat. This is what I saw when I looked over.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

8 Weeks - Time flies

Where has the time gone? Our little guy is growing so fast and we are falling madly in love with him more and more each day. He is such a great addition to our home.

As of Monday the 17th, CT weighs 11 lbs 2 oz. We go back to the peds office next week for his 2 month check up and vaccinations.

At 6 weeks of age CT rolled over from his stomach to his back for the first time. He hasn't done it since. He also started to smile and follow his toys. It's so much fun to watch him.

Sleeping has improved greatly. CT is getting up 1-2 times a night. Both Christos and I are still very tired, but I feel like we're slowly moving into a routine that will hopefully be in place by the time I return to work at the end of September. By the way, CT will be staying with my sister, Becky, when I go back to work. She stays home with her boys. Zach will be in 2nd grade this year and Drew is in preschool. They are all excited that CT will stay with them during the day. I'm relieved and it will hopefully make my transition back to work a smooth one.

For the past many weeks CT occasionally would vomit after eating. We finally narrowed the causes down to overeating and mild reflux. We visited the doctor on Monday and she prescribed Zan.tac and suggested we add rice cereal to his bottles to rule out reflux. So far he seems to be doing better. He still struggles with digesting it all, but he hasn't choked or vomited in 4 days. We're keeping our fingers crossed.

What's in name?
Many people have asked if CT is a junior. The simple answer is no. Christos isn't a junior either. In Greek tradition, the first born son is named after his paternal grandfather and his middle name is from his maternal grandfather. Christos' dad is also Christos (but we all call him Chris). Christos' parents decided to name him after his father and his middle name is his paternal grandfather's name, Fotis. His dad, Chris, doesn't have a middle name, so Christos is not considered a junior. Nor is CT, because he and Christos don't share a middle name. Terrence is my father's name.

To make it less confusing, their names are
Chris Georgopoulos (Papou/Grandpa)
Christos Fotis Georgopoulos (Dad)
Christos Terrence Georgopoulos (Baby)

Since both Chris and Christos are the only boys in their families, CT carries on the Georgopoulos name here in America. Chris has male cousin's that still live in Greece, so their family is carrying on the name there.

The winner of the online baby pool was my Aunt Susan. Although she had the gender wrong, she guessed the closest date, weight and length. Way to go!

I plan to change the name and look of this blog over time. But the URL will stay the same so you won't have any problems finding us.

If you haven't already noticed, I've started a new poll on the right side of this page. Check it out.

Finally, a couple more recent pictures.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Life at home (the Cliff notes version)

In the hospital and after we came home CT was jaundice and underweight. So we made frequent visits to the pediatric office for weight checks the first two weeks. Those bilirubin test sure do tug at a new mothers heart strings. Yikes! Poor guy. Feeding was a challenge, but CT eventually started to put on weight and no longer needed to go in to see the nurse.

Many people have asked how Tucker and Sugar are handling the change. I've said it before and I'll say it again, we hit the puppy lottery when they came to live with us. They have been wonderful dogs and very loving with CT. When we arrived home we flooded them with love and encouragement. Since they sneak in a kiss to CT whenever we allow them. They were definitely sleep deprived the first few weeks. Every time we got up, they got up. Now they spend most of their days resting, just like they always have. A picture is worth a thousand words.

Milestones: CT slept through the night for the first time at exactly 6 weeks. Thea Maggie was staying with us and CT only got up once for a diaper change. He slept well into the following day too. The day prior he'd been up nearly all day and ate a ton. I think he was at the tail end of a growth spurt. The 10 days prior had been chaotic.

Here are some more pictures since I still can't seem to find enough words to describe our life at the moment.

Newborn pictures taken by my friend Jessica. CT was 2 weeks old.

1 Week Old - Laying on the quilt his Great Tante Red made, next to his frog from his big cousins.

6 Weeks Old

To be continued ........