Monday, June 18, 2012

Father's Day and Furniture

Oskar takes after Joel in many ways.

Oskar has been sleeping in his crib during the night for the last week and has been doing so good. He sleeps really great and doesn't even wake up to eat in the middle of the night. So I usually go in there halfway through the night and wake him up to eat although usually he's not even fully awake. Then in the morning he wakes up but doesn't cry so I have no idea he's awake. I end up just going in his room when I wake up to check on him and find him wide awake, flipped over, and perpendicular to the crib. And as happy as can be. Silly baby.

Joel has been getting us great deals on used furniture since we moved into this apartment. Here is the bed frame that he found on Craigslist and below is the chaise lounge he also found on Craigslist. The hutch at the bottom he found on the side of the road. Now our apartment is almost completely furnished, we're just dealing with the fact that all our furniture and flooring is brown and blends somewhat into each other. I'm suffering from a lack of color that will hopefully be remedied soon.
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Wednesday, June 13, 2012

5 Months Old

I wrote out a whole long thing along with this post and it got lost somehow.  Frustrating.  So here it goes again.

Oskar is 5 months old today!  He's a very happy baby that smiles and babbles a lot.  I love it.  He's so much fun!  Today is his first night sleeping in his crib that is located in another room than mine.  It's a step for me and fairly anxious about it.  We'll see how it goes.

We've had trouble figuring out a good sleeping situation for him since we've moved to California.  What we've ended up doing is laying out our big jean blanket and putting his mattress on top of it with pillows on both sides.

However, the other night he somehow wiggled his way up the mattress and rolled off, hitting the back of his head on the floor.  He cried pretty hard but I picked him up immediately and he stopped.  I took him out to the living room to feed him and noticed that his pupils were dilated to different sizes.  I got VERY worried.  So I called the on-call pediatrician and she said to watch him throughout the day to make sure he's not throwing up or lethargic.  He wasn't.  He actually was very happy and smiley, probably because his parents were staring at him at 4:00 AM when he was supposed to be asleep. So Joel gave him a blessing and I kept a close eye on him throughout the day.  Later that day after I had fed him he threw up all his food.  This isn't too abnormal for him but under the circumstances I was again, VERY worried.  So I called Mom and Jared and ended up calling the pediatrician and talking to a different doctor, still not our regular guy.  She said the important thing is that his pupils are reacting to light, which they were, and that as long as he was happy and smiley he was probably fine.  She said I should stop checking his eyes throughout the day because it was just going to worry me and they were probably just naturally different sizes when they dilate.  Yeah right, lady, I thought.  I KNOW my baby.  I stare at him all day long.  I think I would notice if his pupils were different sizes.

Buut, if you look at the picture above which was taken a week before he hit his head, he pupils are in fact different sizes.  Oops.

Oskar loves to eat his hands.  It's especially funny when sometimes can't figure out the angle in which to shove them in his mouth and ends up just licking the backs of them.

Apparently it was too bright for him to be able to sleep comfortably.

This is my favorite way for him to fall asleep, on my chest.  So precious.
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Tuesday, June 12, 2012

We've Come A Long Way

1 Day Old

5 months old

We've come so far!!

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

The Post

I wrote out a bunch of stuff to go along with the pictures in my last post but for some reason they didn't get posted.  The reason why Oskar loves California so much is because he can breathe better!  The doctors in the NICU mentioned this might happen and they were right.  Apparently the change in elevation  helps him breathe better because it's not nearly as fast.  And maybe as a result from that, or something else entirely, Oskar is also eating WAAY better.  Before we came he was throwing up nearly every day.  But since we've been here he hasn't even thrown up once AND he's eating consistently more than he used to.  He doesn't hate eating anymore!  It's so great.  I feel like he's already got another roll on his legs already.  The day we left we went to the pediatrician one last time, just for good measure, and found out he had an ear infection.  He's been on antibiotics since and is doing much better.  The only lasting issue is that he is congested and wakes up a lot at night or during naps because he can't breathe through his nose.  All in all Oskar is doing very well in California.

It's great to be in my own apartment again.  We have two bedrooms, a bathroom, living room, and a kitchen all to ourselves.  I haven't actually been able to cook anything yet because the oven was leaking gas when we moved in and so they had to turn the gas off and we haven't had an oven since.  There have been little annoyances like that, like the cupboard doors falling off and the windows not opening, outlets not working, etc. but I'm just so thrilled to be in my own place again that I couldn't care less.  I'll take some pictures of the apartment as soon as we've moved in enough that it doesn't look like a complete mess.  The location is pretty good as well.  We're within walking distance to the church and there is a park pretty close to us, I think we could walk there.  We're actually just two blocks away from our old apartment.  So good job to Joel who came out here all by himself to find a place to satisfy me.  He did a great job.

Monday, June 4, 2012