Monday, October 5, 2009

September - 3 months old

September was an eventful month. It started with a trip to the cabin for Labor Day weekend. CT had been there once before for a short trip when he was 6 weeks old. This trip was a little more extended and very tiring for all of us, but it was nice to get away from home where I'd been couped up all summer.

Zach, Drew, Great Uncle Jeff and Great Aunt Barbie at the cabin

Sugar got to ride shotgun

CT changes every day. He's become very responsive to our smiles and chatter. He giggles while playing with his toys and really enjoys the mobile above his changing table. I hope to capture some video of it soon. He giggles so much that he loses his breath. He has discovered his tongue and sticks it out at us. He also has found his hands and is learning how to use them. Specifically by keeping himself entertained by chewing and sucking on them. In the past few days he's become quite the drooler too. Time to pull out the bibs.

Chubby and Happy - Just how we like 'em.

"I eat my hands."

CT is sleeping okay. We are still trying to get into a nighttime and nap routine. It's not as simple as I expected. According to the books, since he's sleeping in 5-6 hour chunks at night, that is considered "sleeping through the night." That never seems to be enough for Christos and me though. I returned to work full time on September 30th and I've been trying to play catch up ever since.

Christos had to travel to Illinois again for work. Since I hadn't gone back to work full time, CT and I went with him. It was an adventure. We drove late at night, which worked out great for CT. He slept the entire 6+ hours both ways. Christos and I were exhausted, but it was nice that we could all be together. Especially since Monday, September 28th was our 7 year wedding anniversary. That night we took an impromtu tour of Illinois (long story) and met up with my dear friend Molly and her family for dinner at a little Italian restaurant. They live in Indiana and met us half way. The rest of the time we enjoyed Christos' favorite restaurants and did some shopping at the outlet mall.

Chillin' at the hotel.

CT had another round of vaccinations when he turned 3 months old. This time didn't go as smoothly as his 2 month shots. He was quite scared. It was so sad to see my little boy so frightened. That night he was irritable and had a fever, but he slept well and was back to his normal self the next day. At that appointment he weighed in at 13 lbs 4 oz. He was 13 weeks old, one day shy of 3 months. He's been eating so well that I'm certain he is over 14 lbs now. I had to recently dig through his closet and wash a bunch of 6 month clothes for him to wear. It's fun to finally see him wearing little boy clothes. For the first few months he wore mostly generic white, green and yellow clothes (we had a lot of neutral clothes because we didn't know if Nugget would be a boy or girl.)

We've been working diligently on stretching his neck to help his tortacollis. I've seen a tremendous improvement. I only hope his nurse practitioner says the same at his 4 month check-up. His eczema has also improved. I only bathe him a couple times a week. He must have my sensitive skin, since he dries out so quickly. He's starting to enjoy his baths. I've even gotten a few smiles and giggles out of him during bath time. Just like me, he hates to get out. He hates being cold. Who doesn't hate that?

Like I previously mentioned, I returned to work full time on the 30th. We are very fortunate that my sister stays home with her boys and very willingly agreed to care for CT as well. Zach is in 2nd grade and Drew goes to preschool 4 days a week, so Becky and CT hang out most days. But, the big boys help out and give CT lots of love before and after school. We are so relieved and happy that CT is cared for by someone who loves him so much. It's made my transition back to work a smooth one. When we drop CT off in the morning, Becky can't snatch him out of my arms quick enough and Drew is always there chipper and excited to visit with his cousin. We are so grateful. Thank you, Becky.

The end of the month brought the annual MMRF walk. We had a great group this year and the weather was awesome. CT and the pups joined us and we all had a really good time. We raised half of our goal.

Another annual event was apple picking with the Georgopoulos'. We went to Pine Tree Orchard in Dellwood yesterday. The weather wasn't great, but we made the most of it. CT was snuggled up to Christos in the Baby.Bjorn, so he missed most of the fun. We all decided next year will be an adventure with a 1 year old trotting around. We even joked about getting a leash. Hopefully with 6 adults we'll be able to keep him entertained. We weren't actually able to pick our own apples, but we had fun shopping for lots of delicious apple treats in the store.

We were bundled up in layers because it was a chilly and wet autumn day.

October is going to be a busy month. We have lots planned. I'll try to take pictures of our adventures and also so you can see how big CT is getting. I've been meaning to take a 3 month picture of CT on his quilt, maybe I'll get around to it by the time he's 4 months old.

I'll leave you with a cute video clip of Tucker & Sugar hanging out with CT while he played.