Tuesday, December 29, 2009
Sunday, December 27, 2009
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
Dear Tucker Bug,
I cannot get over how big you are! No longer do I look at you and see a newborn baby.... Everyone that we meet thinks you are older than you really are. It's because of how long you are, just like your Daddy! And, you continue to look just like your Daddy too! Every feature you have is your Daddy's. We have even compared the lines on your palms, and guess what? They match your Daddy's! We had your 6 week pictures done and some Christmas pictures and when I saw them, I could not believe just how much you looked like Daddy! I admit, at first Mommy was slightly disappointed that you did not look like her, but there isn't a better looking guy for you to look like than your Daddy! :)
Not only are you getting bigger, but you are changing and developing too! We think that you are going to be right handed because that's the first hand in your mouth, to swing at your toys, and to try to push your paci back in your mouth.
You smile all the time! You are such a happy boy! Your smile absolutely melts my heart! I.Love.It!!!! And so does your Daddy! You don't stop at just smiling, you literally crack up. It is the cutest thing! Usually you're laughing at Mommy or Daddy, but sometimes you smile at the ceiling fan or your friends, such as the bears on your swing mobile or the mobile that hangs above your crib or your friends that Mommy sets up around your blanket when we do tummy time. I think you have little inside jokes with those friends....probably something about how silly your Mommy and Daddy are!
Speaking of your crib, you are not sleeping in it yet, only for the occasional nap. You are still in your bassinet beside our bed. And that's okay by us. We like you close. You are sleeping through the night, usually 7 - 8 hours at a time. You're like your Mommy, a night owl who likes to sleep in! That's because you usually aren't asleep for the night until about 11 pm, then you get up around 6 - 7 am for a quick snack and then sleep until about 10 am at which point you're ready for the day. That schedule works perfect for Mommy! :)
You are so observant! You like to just look around and watch the world around you, taking it all in. Of course it's because you are so smart and you are learning about everything around you! You love for Mommy to walk you around the house and tell you about things, like the pretty boy in the mirror that your Mommy is always holding. He must be a funny boy because you always laugh at him! Or the birds outside the window and the pictures around our home of all the people who love you.
Another thing you love is bath time. I love bath time too! We play and splash and talk about what we did that day. A very special time! You also love your swing and have recently really started to love your paci. Good or bad, Mommy's not sure. It happened when you weren't feeling good and Mommy gave it to you a lot for a couple days. Now, you're hooked!
Since last month you have started tolerating tummy time much better. Still not your most favorite activity, but you're doing better! You would much rather prefer to spend tummy time on Mommy's tummy! And you do spend a lot of time there because Mommy loves holding you and rocking you while you sleep...
You are OBSESSED with the TV in the basement! Okay, so the TV is huge and it hangs up on the wall, making it an easy target for an obsession, but when Mommy's trying to talk and laugh with you, you twist yourself around to see that TV, ignoring Mommy! Can you at least pretend to be interested in what Mommy is saying!
Your favorite cd is the one with the rainforest music. Your favorite books are "I Am a Bunny" and "Me and My Daddy." Your favorite songs are our wake up song and you still like "You Are My Sunshine" when Mommy's rocking you to sleep.
Tucker, you will never ever realize how very, very, VERY much your Daddy and I love you! You are truly our world and that world is wonderful!!! :) Thank you for showing me how complete and wonderful life can be! I thought I was happy before you, when it was just your Daddy and I, but I had no idea I could be THIS happy!
Mommy loves you, Bubby!
Monday, December 14, 2009
The one that always puts a smile on Wes's face is our "T-U-C-K-E-R" song. I'm going to prove to y'all just how corny of a Mommy I am and share it with you all.
(I would tell you it goes to the tune of some famous song, but it kinda has a tune all of it's own. Besides, I'm not talented enough to sing a song to the tune of another song!)
Tucker, Tucker, Tucker is your name
T is for Top of your class
U is for Undeniably cute
C is for Cuddles, hugs and kisses
K is for Ketchup for the fries that you'll eat
E is for Extra special to Mommy
R is for Ready to eat/sleep/play/etc.
Tucker, Tucker, Tucker is your name
Yeah, I know.... LOL! :)
Surely I cannot be the only corny mommy out there! Please affirm my Mommy-ness and tell me there's other corny mommies out there! :)
Saturday, December 12, 2009
Friday, December 11, 2009
Tucker has had some sort of congestion since he was about two weeks old. Our pediatrician (who I LOVE!) says it completely normal, some babies get that way and it's just from their small nasal passages and all the "new" stuff they have to breath in. That's pretty much what my google searches for "infant congestion" have yielded as well. Most of the testimonies that I've read indicate that somewhere around 4 months or so, the baby magically stops being congested. I've asked if this is an indication that allergies are in our future and our pediatrician says 'possibly, possibly not.' Apparently only time will tell...
Tucker's congestion does not stay in the nose, nor is that even it's primary residence. He never has a runny nose and I can rarely get anything suctioned out of his nose. His congestion is more in his throat, or by the sounds of it, somewhere in between his nose and throat (if that makes any sense). The most aggravating symptom is that he has a hard time swallowing the congestion when it drains. I've suctioned more "stuff" out of his mouth than his nose. It's very painful to watch him have so much trouble trying to swallow the thick mucus/saliva.... But, it's never been too much of an issue.
However, over the past few days, Tucker has been more congested than usual. And, he has just been acting like he doesn't feel good. He has also been sleeping more through the day than usual. Then, about midnight Tuesday night, I heard him in his bassinet making some noises as though he was struggling to breath. I jumped up and quickly picked him up. I held him close and patted his back telling him, "Get it down Baby," assuming he was having one of his moments where he has difficulty swallowing. (As a side note, the head of his bassinet is elevated and he sleeps on a sleep wedge/positioner to help with the congestion and the drainage, and we have a cool mist humidifier in our room.) He was having difficulty swallowing, but it was so much mucus/saliva that he was having a lot of difficulty breathing. I tried to remain calm and suction him out. Seeing how fast I bolted to the nursery to grab his suction bulb, Wes got up and followed me. I suctioned him several times and it didn't seem to be helping him to breath... Tucker's eyes were watering and he was looking at me and I could see the fear in his eyes. I felt myself start to shake, but tried to remain calm. After suctioning him a few more times I said to Wes, "I'm starting to get worried!" Thankfully, my husband is very grounded and told me to just keep doing what I was doing and stay calm. A couple more suctions and Tucker was able to breath easier. He was okay, but Mommy wasn't... Seeing that my baby was going to be okay, I broke down a little, completely relieved that he was breathing and realizing how scary the whole ordeal was. Wes held both me and Tucker until Mommy calmed down. (If Wes had not been there, I think I would have called 911, that's how scared I was!)
After that, Tucker seemed much better. I sat in the bathroom with the hot water running to help loosen up his congestion and held Tucker upright on my chest for the rest of the night. I finally did doze off at some point. The next morning, I called our pediatrician as soon as the office opened. She saw us right away. After testing Tucker for H1N1 (negative, thank God!), checking his ears (everything's good there), and running some blood work, it turns out he has a viral infection (basically, a cold). While that's not necessarily good news, it is in that it's not something worse (like the flu or a respiratory thing -- his lungs sound great). The bad news is that there's nothing you can do to treat it other then let it run it's course... So, Mommy has been sleeping sitting upright with my Tucker Bug on my chest and we've been doing a regimen of saline drops, sitting in the bathroom with the hot water going, keeping him near the humidifier, and using a Vapor Rub plug-in, along with keeping him elevated as much as possible.
If a few sleepless nights is all it takes to keep Tucker breathing, it's completely worth it! However, after going through the scare we went through last night, I'm not sure when I'll be able to sleep soundly again...and if Tucker will ever make the transition to his crib. I can't even imagine him in a completely different room!
This picture shows how my Bubby feels...
And here's a picture of his 'boo-boo' from where the blood was drawn.
Even after all that, and not feeling well, Tucker's still smiling! :)
Wednesday, December 9, 2009
I'm definitely hoping a second Thanksgiving meal cooked by Wes just for us becomes a family tradition!
Tuesday, December 8, 2009
Tucker Bug enjoyed his Thanksgiving meal :)
My boys after too much turkey! :)
Well, even though this post is delayed, I hope that I have given you a 2nd reminder of how blessed you are and how much you have to be thankful for, on Thanksgiving, today, and every day! I love y'all, and I'm thankful for you! :)
Thursday, December 3, 2009
Lacy sure thinks so! :)
What could a pumpkin be thinking so hard about?!
Tucker sure had fun with his big cousin Makenzie!