Month 12

Time for Samuel’s monthly pictures! Here’s a link to Month 1, and Month 2Month 3Month 4Month 5, Month 6 ,Month 7 , Month 8  Month 9 Month 10 and Month 11, in case you missed them! And  here is a link to a page that I’ll be updating every month with all of the pictures together, so you can see them side by side.

With Crocheted Pillow:

In Crib:

With Bear:

Alternate Bear:

An entire year (and two weeks) have passed since Sam joined us. What a great year it’s been! I’ll write up his 12 month stats and milestones on his birthday thread, whenever I get around to writing that. But since these pictures are already several weeks old I figured I should post them sooner rather than later. And I think this will be the last post tagged with the “Baby” tag. I’m going to need to make a toddler tag instead.

 

 

 

 

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Family Camp

We went camping this past weekend on Lake Couer d’Alene with our church. We had such a great time!

 

I even had a chance to get some knitting done! I am still working on it, it’s the Sunlight Shawl for Sad People, made with Plymouth Brand Happy Feet sock yarn. I really like how it’s turning out, and I adore the colors!

And I’ve got 3 sock monkey costumes to crank out before Halloween, so blogging might be a bit light!

 

Month 10

Time for Samuel’s monthly pictures! Here’s a link to Month 1, and Month 2Month 3Month 4Month 5, Month 6 ,Month 7 , Month 8 and Month 9 in case you missed them! And  here is a link to a page that I’ll be updating every month with all of the pictures together, so you can see them side by side.

With Crocheted pillow:

In Crib with bear:

In crib:

This has been a funny month. Sam has gotten four teeth! His bottom two middle ones, and his top two outer teeth. He looks like a little vampire! It’s pretty hilarious. We saw the endocrinologist and she confirmed that nothing was wrong with Sam, at least metabolically. However, his weight loss does seem to be due to his GERD. We are still trying to get approval from insurance to try a different medication, hopefully that will make a difference, however he has gained two pounds this month.(Up to just over 16lbs!) TWO POUNDS! That’s a huge, huge, huge improvement! He is now officially on the charts, in the 2nd percentile. He has also taken a few unassisted steps! He’s cruising around furniture constantly, he never likes to sit still and really loves to be “walking” holding onto my fingers. His personality is coming out more and more and he is hilarious! He likes to talk to us, he babbles a lot and I am so curious as to what he’s trying to tell us! He’s also doing really well with food, he loves just about everything we’ve given him (except peas and avacado!) He’s been eating more table foods and is really interested in what mom and dad are eating.

We are really looking forward to what Sam will be like with a little brother or sister, his personality is growing every day and he is such a joy to our family!

 

Happy 4th of July!

We had a thoroughly enjoyable Independence Day!

Sam and I broke out our matching outfits, including some red shoes!

We went out with some friends and ate a lot of dessert and watched some great fireworks. It was a lot of fun, even though Sam was not a huge fan of the fireworks. But once I got him in the MobyWrap and snuggled tight he was fine.

I forgot to get any pictures while we were hanging out with friends, but you know it’s a good time when you look at your phone and you realize nearly three hours have passed!

Thanks for the invite and party, Abra! We had a great time.

Month 8

Time for Samuel’s monthly pictures! Here’s a link to Month 1, and Month 2Month 3Month 4Month 5, Month 6 and Month 7 in case you missed them! And  here is a link to a page that I’ll be updating every month with all of the pictures together, so you can see them side by side.

With his bear

In his crib:

With crocheted pillow:

I am not thrilled with this months pictures, but he is so squirmy at this age I will take what I can get! He is the most active little guy, constantly on the move! And his mobility has just increased tenfold over the last few weeks. He’s pulling himself up on furniture, crawling all over the place and climbing stairs. He is babbling constantly (totally adorable) and says ‘babababa’ a lot, and if you say “dada” he will oftentimes repeat it. Twice he’s said “dada” when Paul walked in the room. Probably a coincidence, but hey it’s adorable!

So, as most of you probably know, Sam was incredibly ‘screamy’ as an infant. We took him to the doctor, but they just diagnosed him as being ‘colicky’ and ‘high needs’. We tried gas drops, gripe water, teething tablets, tummy massages, baths, anything that seemed like it might possibly help, but none of it made much of a difference other than momentary distraction. Around the six month mark things started to improve, but he was definitely still a grumpy and difficult baby. He seemed to cry and fuss more than he was happy. He was never content to play, and rarely would he let someone other than me hold him for more than a few minutes without a lot of tears. I chalked it all up to his “high needs baby” diagnosis, and just tried to go with the flow and keep him happy. Fast forward to last week- we were miserable. Sam was screaming most of the day, I was losing my mind. He wouldn’t nurse, was arching his back, flailing his arms, tugging on his ears and wailing. I could tell something was obviously wrong with him, so on Thursday evening Paul and I took him to Quick-Care, since his doctors office was already closed. I suspected an ear infection, but the doctor took a look at him and diagnosed him as (and I am not joking, these were his exact words) “fussy baby”. Um. What? A baby does not scream, arch his back and flail if he is not in pain and something is not wrong. He wouldn’t nurse, he wasn’t gaining weight and he was just plain miserable. I called his doctor and made an appointment for Monday morning, first thing.

We weighed him and it turns out he had lost 4 oz in 3 days. Not good. So, the doctor and I talked over all of Sam’s symptoms and he was diagnosed with “Severe GERD” (Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease) which is an incredibly painful thing for a poor baby to deal with, and makes perfect sense why he would struggle with nursing, why he would scream when laid on his back, spitting up more often, why he was arching his back and crying, why he has such poor sleeping habits, etc. So, now that we KNOW what the problem is that is 3/4ths of the battle. The other 1/4 of the battle is getting him to take his medication! It’s a minty smelling liquid that works as an H2blocker. Not sure exactly what that means, but it reduces the acid in his stomach.

Sam started the medication on Monday and by that evening it was like I was dealing with an entirely different kid. He was happy, smiley, cuddly and so incredibly sweet. I was in tears because I was so happy to finally have some sort of answer as to why he was so darn unhappy all of the time. Before I put him to bed that night after he finished nursing he let out this adorable little sigh, laid his head on my shoulder and just fell asleep. This kid does not just ‘fall asleep’ on you. This kid does not cuddle. EVER. This was the first time he has ever voluntarily snuggled up with me. It’s amazing! And yesterday we were out and about all day! (from 8am-8:15pm!) and he was amazing. We drove all around the Palouse (Looking at wedding stuff! Yay David and Emily!) and despite spending hours in a wedding dress shop in Spokane Sam was happy THE WHOLE TIME. He got a little sad on the way back, but hey, he had been in the car for like 4 hours that day, so I don’t really blame him. Turns out all it took was a snack and he was back to his happy little self.

All that to say, do your research. I feel so badly that it took us 8 months to figure out what was wrong with Sam. (Oh how I wish babies could tell us what is wrong with them!) Sam has been seen by several different doctors and none of them caught this. It took researching on an online forum (Hey BBC mamas!) when a friend said that Sam’s symptoms sounded familiar to her child’s symptoms and I should ask his doctor about GERD/Reflux. Little did I know that Sam’s was severe. His doctor said he doesn’t normally write prescriptions for reflux, but since Sam has had so much trouble gaining weight (and was now losing a bit of weight) he decided that medication was the best course of action. I am somewhat relieved that it was an ‘easy fix’, and we didn’t have to go through allergy testing, elimination diets, etc to figure out the cause of Sam’s discomfort, but that makes me even all the more frustrated, because it WAS such an easy fix that I feel bad we didn’t do this 6 months ago.

Wow, that was a bit more of a novel than I anticipated. If you made it through that whole post you get a gold star. I feel like I have a new lease on life with a happy baby. Oh life is so nice with a happy baby, don’t you all agree?

Kamiak Butte

We went on a hike around Kamiak Butte yesterday! It was our first really warm day (mid 80’s!) and it was the perfect weather for a nice hike!

Sam got really mad about being in the Ergo, so Paul carried him the rest of the way. It was a 3 mile hike, so that’s kind of a long ways to carry a baby on your shoulders! But Sam was laughing and smiling the whole time when he was out of the Ergo. It was kind of sweaty and hot in the carrier, so I don’t really blame him for not wanting to be in there! But my legs feel a little like jello this morning! I haven’t gone hiking in a long time and my body was no quite prepared for the steep incline, especially with a 15lb baby strapped on my back! Next time I am bringing a baby carrier that Paul can wear, too. But it was a really gorgeous out there! We will definitely have to go again- and if any of you come to visit us over here in Idaho we’ll have to take you because the view from the butte is absolutely GORGEOUS.

Happy Easter!

We had a great Easter weekend, and got to spend it with good friends. Nothing like fellowshipping around a huge Greek feast! I meant to take pictures, but of course I forgot.

Buy I did get some good pictures on Saturday!

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Sam is wearing a onesie that I bought for Ezra when I was in Paris back in 2009. I love it, it’s one of my favorite things I bought on that trip! I wish I had bought more baby clothes, but at the time I wasn’t exactly thinking of babies…

And just a heads up, I might be a bit quiet on the blog front this week- I am babysitting another little kiddo during the week, so I don’t have quite as much time to devote to the ol’ Knittybutton! I won’t forget about the Giveaway, though, so don’t forget to check back tomorrow to find out who won!

Boys in a tub.

Or in a sink, I guess. Sam has recently decided that he can sit on his own, and this has greatly improved his quality of life!

He is so much happier now that he can sit and play on his own.

And he’s figured out how to splash, too!

He’s making some huge strides these last few weeks, it’s been incredible to see him figure things out and then be able to actually DO them, like rolling both ways (nothing is safe in our house anymore!) and his finger dexterity and now, sitting like a pro!

Hanging out

Nothing too exciting to show you all, we’re just hanging out in Tacoma- keeping busy- seeing family, friends and getting lots of knitting done while there are plenty of willing hands to play with Sam.

Here’s just a few snapshots of our week: