Monday, November 28, 2011

6 month stats and Thanksgving

6 months, 2 weeks

Soooo, I failed and missed last week's post!! Sorry about that!! It was a crazy week for the Barbosas, but isn't that what the holidays are about?!

Anyway, as promised, here are some 6 month stats on Mr. Brock:
- Height: 27" - 65%
- Weight: 19.9 lbs - 80%
- Head - still rockin' the 90th percentile head!! LOL!
- He is now fully wearing 9 month clothes and even some 12 month outfits
- He sits up completely on his own and can usually catch himself if he starts to fall
- He is a TALKER! He loves to just gab and gab all the time
- He has started sleeping on his stomach - he rolls over no matter how many time we 'fix' him back onto his back, we just leave him now b/c he seems to prefer his tummy
- He has FINALLY started rolling from his tummy to his back, not often, but he'll do it
- Foods he's tried: Rice cereal (loved), oatmeal (loved), sweet potatoes (unsure at first, but loved), peas (HATES so far)
- He has started getting a sippy cup of water with his 'meal' and he loves it! He more likes to play with the cup, but he feels like a big boy!

Now, on to our busy last couple of weeks!! We'll start with our 'first' Thanksgiving meal in Wichita. Brock got his shots (and a flu shot) on Friday before we left town which worked in our favor as he slept the ENTIRE drive down there. However, he was just not himself for most of the trip. He was sleepy, fussy and just not his usually  happy little self. By Sunday morning, he was totally back to normal! He had a blast playing with his cousins and sitting on the floor with toys like a big boy!

Last week was actually Thanksgiving. It was a crazy week for us as I had to make tons of food for both Thanksgiving meals, and had to make goodies for Nick's grandma's 85th birthday party on Saturday. Wednesday I was lucky to get off work early and Brockie and I headed home. I had planned to start getting the baking done that I needed for the next day, but I ended up laying on the couch with my little angel and I'm so glad I did. It was one of the rare down moments I had all weekend and we both ended up falling asleep on the couch! I woke up and got straight to work, making cookies, made from scratch bread dough, dinner for us that night. Oh, and did I mention we had Nick's cousins coming to stay with us over the weekend with their 2 kids? Yeah, so cleaning had to get thrown in there too!! LOL!

Thursday (Thanskgiving day) was a complete whirlwind. I was convinced that I somehow messed up the bread dough for the much that my OCD self couldn't even sleep! Then it hit me at about 5 am that I didn't even have a rolling pin to roll out the dough! So after a couple of hours of trying to get back to sleep, I gave up at 7 and ran to Price Chopper. I was so thankful that they were not only open, but that I grabbed the LAST rolling pin they had! Whew, crisis averted. Until I realized my bread dough that I had put in the fridge (after rising the night before) wasn't rising. I totally pulled a rookie moved and panicked. I threw it out and just started over! LOL! While it was a ton of work, the rolls were actually really yummy!! Once everything was done, we headed over to my mom's for Thanksgiving lunch. It was wonderful and we had a great time. After dinner, we just relaxed before loading up and heading over to Nick's Aunt Carol's for dessert with his family. We finally got home around 8:30 and somehow, I was WIRED! I went crazy cleaning and trying to finish up some things.

Friday was probably my favorite day of the whole weekend. Thanks to our crazy cleaning Thursday night, the house was ready to be Christmas-ized! I wanted the house decorated before our guests came since I knew we wouldn't have any time to do it otherwise. It was wonderful. Nick tackled the outside lights and I handled all the inside stuff (tree, stockings, garlands, etc). It was that perfect overcast, cold looking, windy, wintry kind of day outside. The kind of day where it's perfect to stay inside and snuggle. Brock fell asleep on the couch right as I was starting the tree and woke up in sheer amazement at the final product. I heard him wake up and looked over and I'll never forget his sweet little face. He had his head lifted up off the couch, eyes and mouth wide open just staring at the tree and all the lights! As silly as it sounds, that's a moment I hope I don't ever forget. That's exactly why I was so eager to decorate! I knew my little man would love it and he did!! We went out for dinner that night with Drew and Erin and then made a quick run to Target (where we got some AWESOMELY random deals) and then drove around to look at Christmas lights. Brock, as usual, was a total champ the whole time!

Saturday was crazy! I think Brock sensed it so he slept in until 9 am!! A new record and Mommy was VERY appreciative! We had a couple quick errands to run and then headed home so I could get started on the snacks for the party that night. Nick's cousins were originally due in at 12 but luckily didn't get there until 3, giving me time to cook and shower. They have 2 little ones, Jayden (2.5 years) and Naomi (one week older than Brock). It was SO FUN to see them all together. Brock and Naomi are so close in size and they just laid on the floor together and it was adorable!! Everyone loved Brock at the party and of course, he let everyone love on him and snuggle him and show him off!

Yesterday was a wonderful 'down' day. We all just relaxed on the couch all day and it was a much needed break!

We have another crazy week coming up! Nick's cousin Freddie (same one from this past weekend) is coming to stay with us for a week while he works on the railroad in Bonner Springs. We have been asked to be in a commercial for our wedding venue (The Sawyer Room) and we are taping that tomorrow. We have my parents coming in town this weekend for our annual Plaza shopping trip (can't WAIT for Brock's first trip to the Plaza!!)

The holidays are always a crazy busy, but yet somehow fun time for us!! I hope everyone else had a wonderful Thanksgiving as well!!

Friday, November 18, 2011

Happy Half Birthday!!


I can't believe my sweet angel boy is 6 months old today! As I've probably said before, on one hand, it feels like he's been here forever and on the other, it seems like these past 6 months have gone so unbelievably fast!!

We are heading to the doctor this afternoon to get his stats so I'll be back next week to post them.

Today, I just wanted to take a minute and reflect on the best 6 months of my life. (Warning: cliches, gushiness and possible tears ahead).

Brockie boy, you have changed our whole world in a way I never knew possible. As cliche and over-used as it sounds, I don't think I fully knew true love until you came along. You are the light of my life and I thank God EVERY DAY that you are not only healthy, happy and beautiful, but that I get to be your Mommy. I am so incredibly humbled, honored and blessed to get the opportunity to not only be a Mommy, but to be yours. You are the most fun, sweetest, cutest, happiest, funniest and overall best baby out there! You have brought so much joy and love into our entire family. There is no amount of words in the entire world that could ever fully express how much I love you and how much you mean to me and your Daddy, but we hope to show you every day!

I can't wait to watch you grow and continue to learn. We have already seen so many 'firsts' and I hope we have a lifetime more with you! You make us proud of you every day and have already given us so much just by being you! I will forever cherish every moment and 'little thing' we get to do with you!

While you are growing up so fast, I promise to try and really slow down and take it all in. Your first holiday season kicks off in about a week and the holidays have taken on such a whole new meaning and focus now. It's all about you and I love it! I can't wait to see your reaction when you try sweet potatoes at Thanksgiving, or when you see the Christmas tree lit up for the first time. I'm so excited for you to learn about Christmas (the real reason and the fun parts). I'm anxious to see how you'll react when you see your first snowfall. You have made everything so much more special and exciting and are allowing your Daddy and I to re-live things we take for granted!! Thank you for that gift!!

I love you, I love you, I love you with all my heart!!

Thursday, November 10, 2011

First ear infection :(

5 months, 3 weeks

Well, my precious little man has his first ear infection. We actually caught it totally by accident. On Monday night he started to get this cough kind of out of nowhere. He woke up Tuesday  morning and sounded like a 90 year old smoker! I felt soooo bad for the little guy! It sounded terrible, but he didn't seem to mind other than the coughing. He didn't have a fever, or any trouble breathing or eating. I of course wanted to rush him to the doctor right away, but Nick talked me off the ledge for that day. He made the valid point that just like the other 'walk in' trips, there was probably nothing they could do and let's just watch it for a day.

As Tuesday went on, the cough continued and that night he sounded just AWFUL so I decided I was taking him to the doctor the next morning. I knew there probably wasn't much they could give him for it, but I wanted them to at least make sure it hadn't made it's way down into his lungs or chest.

So we get up Wednesday morning (early thanks to Brock still not quite being used to daylight savings time) and head to the doctor. It's days like that when I think my life could be on a reality TV show and people would just shake their heads and laugh. I went to the doctor on my own thinking we'd be in and out. We were the first ones there so I was hoping for a quick turn around. We get checked in and as soon as we sit down, I can smell Brock's dirty diaper. He was wearing this adorable long sleeve, long pant fleece one piece outfit and immediately I panic that maybe the contents didn't stay inside the diaper.

I head into the bathroom to change him and my fears are confirmed and then some. It's not only coming out the sides (which at first I thought was easily recoverable), but all the way up his back. So not only does he have it all over his outfit and back, but in order to get the outfit off of him, I'll have to pull the outfit over his head and just spread the love. This caused my normally chill, calm, never crying baby to go into a full blown meltdown - tears, screams and all. So, as I'm wrestling him, the diaper, the clothes, etc, I realize there is NOWHERE for me to throw the dirty stuff away! The trashcans all say 'Please no soiled diapers'. In a Pediatrician's office? REALLY?? Is it so much to ask to get one freakin' trashcan for poopy diapers people? After getting him stripped down and a new diaper on him, I freeze and think there is NO WAY I have an extra outfit for him in the diaper bag as I had just grabbed it on my way out the door. Somehow by the Grace of God, there was an outfit in the bag so the little munchkin wouldn't have to be naked until he got to daycare!!

Anyway, while he continues to scream and cry, a nurse gently knocks on the door to ask if it's Brock in here. When I manage to squeak out 'yes', she offers to come in and help me. She helps me carry his stuff and get him somewhat back together. Luckily, she needed to weigh him so I could put off the battle of getting him re-dressed for at least a few more minutes. We get him finally calmed down, and I'm carrying him, his blanket, his diaper bag, my purse and 2 bags of 'soiled' items (at this point I've decided to pitch the super cute outfit) around the whole office.

The doctor comes in and Brock is back to his sweet little self. Smiling while the doctor pokes and peeks at him. We go over his symptoms and he listens to his chest to tell me luckily, it's just a cold and it hasn't gone down in his chest or lungs. I think we're good to go until he looks in his ears. Left ear, looks great. He gets to the right ear and there is some wax build up preventing him from seeing in his ear all the way. He goes to the cabinet and pulls out this handy dandy ear wax tool (I totally want one) and starts going to town on Brock's ear. Well, this sends him into yet another meltdown. He's screaming as the Doctor goes in not once, not twice, not even three, but FOUR TIMES to try and remove the wax. After he finally gets it out, he says it looks like Brock has the start of an ear infection. I'm so grateful we found it before it gave him any trouble, but I just wasn't expecting it!

They give us a prescription that I was thankfully able to fill right in the lobby of their office (yet another challenge - imagine still holding the diaper bag, the purse, the blanket, the baby AND the 2 soiled items, while trying to press buttons on this big machine). After about 10 minutes of fumbling, we were finally in the car and on our way to daycare! I was so glad to get there and get him safely dropped off, but the whole 'working mom' thing hit me like a ton of bricks as the day went on. I felt so bad about leaving  him knowing he didn't feel well. I just wanted to be with him and snuggle him all day! That was the first time since being back at work that I really struggled to leave him (well, more than just normal missing him).

He seems to be on the mend today. He's been sleeping with his mattress propped up and the humidifier running in his room. His cough sounded a little better this morning and we'll be giving him the meds for a total of 10 days to hopefully kill the ear infection before it really bothers him.

The past week has been relatively uneventful. He started oatmeal on Saturday. At first he didn't seem to like it as much as the rice cereal. He eats it just fine, but he didn't seem as interested at first like he was with the cereal. The time change certainly threw him for a loop. He was waking up about an hour early (but what used to be his normal time) all week. I think he's finally in the groove.

He is sitting up pretty much on his own! He can't sit up yet, but if you put him in a sitting position, he can sit. He sits up in the bath, on his changing table, on the couch, etc. The main thing that makes him fall over is his new fascination with his feet! He loves them and he leans over to grab them all the time. This morning he woke up and was just playing with his feet in his crib, totally quiet. Seriously, how did we get so lucky???

His new favorite activity is to grab, EVERYTHING. He'll grab your hair, your face, your nose, your hand, whatever is close. He likes to reach out and grab too. He uses both of his hands to pick things up. He reaches a lot more for things. He also opens and closes his fingers when his hand is on a new surface like he's trying to figure out what it is by feeling it.

He absolutely LOVES his jumpy chair. He's gotten so active in it. He laughs, squeals and jumps as long as you'll let him. He especially likes when you stand by him and move up and down like you're jumping too. He thinks it's hilarious!

Over the weekend we went to Carters and bought him a bunch of new clothes! He's officially in 9 month clothes! He still has a few 6 month things he can wear, but they are a little snug. He's growing so fast I feel like we can't keep up!!

Next week we have his 6 month check up and then are headed to Wichita for an early Thanksgiving!

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Halloween and house hunting!

5 months, 2 weeks old

Halloween has come and gone! I can't believe it's already November!! I remember last year at Halloween, being SOOOOO excited for this year to actually have a little one to share my favorite holiday with. Little did I know at the time that my dreams would not only come true, but would be so much better than I ever imagined! While my overall excitement for Halloween was a little decreased this year (mostly focused on Brock), having my precious pumpkin this year made the whole season that much more fun! Every night at bedtime we read one of his Halloween story books. He got to wear Halloween pj's, bibs, socks, etc. We sat down this year and watched Charle Brown and the Great Pumpkin and it was amazing to be watching it with my son!!!

I was so excited when I woke up yesterday! I couldn't wait to wake Brock up and get him dressed in his Halloween outfit. I had his costume packed in the car and ready for him to come trick or treating at my office. I picked him up at a daycare and brought him up to work. He dressed as a bat and was sooooooo cute! He was all smiles and happy when we first got here, then the excitement wore off and he got really sleepy. I had a few things to finish up at work and he fell asleep on me as I was sitting at my desk. It was actually really cute!

We decided sort of last minute to have some friends over on Halloween. The Chiefs were playing for Monday Night Football so we figured the guys could watch the game, while us girls passed out candy. First, we stopped by Grandma Elsie's to see Gary before he went to the game. We also got to see Aunt Carol and Uncle Paul and our friend Cindy (who lives across the street). They were all so excited to see him in his costume!

That night, both grandmas (my mom and Judy) came over to see the little bat, along with Mia, Tracy/Matt/Carter/Marlee and Kristin/Brett/Madison. All the kiddos were soooo cute in their costumes! Carter was a dinosaur (a T-Rex), Marlee was a Stegosauras (pink and so cute), Madison was a duck and Brock was the bat. We got a few pics of them together, before they all decided the photo session was over!! The kids were so fun to watch and I know the gma's loved seeing all the babes! Carter was a blast to watch! He loves Brock so he kept trying to give him his toys and get him to sit in the swing. He was a scar T-Rex and was going around giving everyone his 'ROAR' and it was so cute!! I was so happy at the end of the night that we decided to have everyone over because it turned out to be so much fun!! I'll try and post more pics soon, but here's a sneak peak of Brock in his bat costume:

We barely had any trick or treaters which made me so sad! I was so excited and somehow delusionally convinced we'd have a lot!

This past weekend was pretty uneventful. Mostly spent working on the house, yard, etc. We got a new Dyson vacuum and I am now in love! It is amazing and puts my mind at ease that the floors will be much cleaner for the little bear as he starts moving around! Sunday we did some neighborhood scouting for our next house. We're hoping to move next spring/summer so we are trying to get a feel for neighborhoods. The lack of trick or treaters last night solidified our want to move to a more 'family oriented' neighborhood. Ours is wonderful, but there aren't many kids so we are wanting to find somewhere with more little ones for Brock to play with!

It's so funny looking for houses now, compared to last time we looked. It's definitely a different 'list' now. We have to think of the neighborhood, schools, lay out, etc. But it's an exciting new chapter and we're ready for it!

Brock has a new hobby, he likes to suck his top lip in his mouth. It's hilarious and started out of nowhere. He's still eating cereal once a day and has now completely stopped needing the bottle before bed. He usually eats his last bottle and his cereal anywhere from 7-8 at night. Then it's either relax time on the couch or bath time. We've started only giving him a bath every other day because his skin has been so dry and sensitive.

We are supposed to possibly get our first few snow flakes this week and I can't believe it, but I'm so exciting! I totally get now what people say when they talk about kids making everything more fun and new! I'm so excited for him to see snow and see his reaction! I am more excited about Thanksgiving and Christmas than ever this year. I just can't wait to put our tree up and see him look at all the lights and presents and stockings!