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Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Mov'n On Up

I know this post is a little late since Toph is 10 weeks today but I wanted to update everyone regarding his growth. Below are Toph's statistics as of June 23rd, his two month check up.

Weight - 9 lbs 4 1/2 oz
Length - 23 1/4 inches
Head Circumference - 38 cm

He ....
Focuses on objects other than faces. Loves to lay on his froggy mat and watch the toys hanging above him. It is fun to see his reaction when he accidentally hits one.
Follows voices, turns his head towards light and noise.
Has recieved two immunization shots.
Holds and kind of shakes his rattle.
Talks constantly, tells stories as Grandpa says.
Has been to two movies, one being in the Imax. (Wolverine and Transformers)
Has been to the Pacific Science Center.
Has been on an airplane from Seattle to Montana and endured an 8 hour drive back.
Has been to his first Cub Scout day camp.
Has witnessed (or slept through) fireworks.
Has gone in our pool. Once with Dad, once with Mom and twice with Grandpa.
Takes a pacifier when he's tired, takes a bottle when we are out and about, and is a great eater.
Has dark blue eyes and his hair is starting to turn red.
Takes one or two good naps a day and has officially slept through the night.

Father's Day

I was extremely excited to be in Montana with my family on Father's day. I absolutely love all the father's in my family (My two brothers Daniel and Chris, my dad, and of course my husband). My father is the greatest father. He is very loving, patient, cheritable, and such a great peacemaker. He makes being a Daddy's girl extremely special and fun. I have really enjoyed watching him interact with Toph. He has been such a great example to me when it comes to interacting with children and expressing patience. Thank you Dad for showing me the traits of a loving Father. It was great to spend Father's day with my entire family, very special that Me, Chris, and Toph were togeather as a family to celebrate Chris' first Father's Day. I woke up early on Sunday to feed Toph and get him ready to wake his dad. I wrote out "Happy Fathers Day" (in sloppy hand writting like a child would, which was my brothers idea) and ironed it on a onesie. It was super cute if you ask me. Then I took him into Chris for a wake up call. I guess you could say .... Toph was Chris' Father's Day gift, Toph and a kiss. Probably the most valuable gift I have ever given someone, but completely worth it. Chris is an amazing Dad. I think it has come to surprise Chris just how much he could love Toph. It brings a tear to my eye remembering Chris' first reaction to Toph when he was born. Chris was the first one to see Toph and hold him. Chris was crying as he brought Toph to me. Chris just kept saying, "Babe he is perfect. He is so beautiful." He was a proud Father from the first moment he saw Toph. He has been exceeding my expectations every day. Chris loves his Toph time. He can get Toph to smile and calm down when no one else can and he always seems to know exactly what to do. His support and love make my job as Mom alot easier. Thanks Babe ... I appreciate all you do. Then we ate breakfast and headed to church. Shortly after we got home from church My brother and his wife and there little guy were at our house. Daniel, Katy, and Kyler were meeting Toph for the first time. At first Kyler (19 months) would start crying when his mom would hold Toph. He was fine once Uncle Chris distracted him with the Wii. A few hours later my other brother and his family showed up. It was great; we visited, ate, played games, and took family photos.

Call Me Crazy!!!!

The first couple weeks Toph slept a 4-5 hour stretch at night. Then we took him into the pediatrician and he wasn't gaining weight like our Doctor wanted so I was told to wake him every 2-3 hours, day or night. After doing this for a few weeks I thought I had ruined his chances for sleeping through the night since I had created a habit of him eating every 2-3 hours during the night.

Not sure when things changed ... it seemed like one day Toph was waking me up every 3 hours and then the next I was waking up before Toph. For the past week Toph has been going to bed around 10 or 11 pm and waking up around 5 or 6 am. Saturday night he actually slept 8 hours. WOW!!! It feels very strange not getting up several times during the night. I still wake up a couple times to go check on him, especially since the sun comes up so early and it makes me feel like he should be up also.

I was rocking Toph to sleep the other day and felt kind of sad that he might no longer need me in the middle of the night. No more routine middle of the night feedings (At least for right now, I'm sure there will be several times in his life that he will wake up in the night) that result in Toph coming back to bed with us.:( Don't get me wrong I love getting a full night sleep but it definitely is bitter sweet.