Sunday, August 4, 2013

Child of God

Quillan was baptized last weekend (July 28th) and it was a beautiful day. He was well behaved and smiley. I was very happy that my aunt and uncle could come up for the ceremony and that they agreed to be his godparents.

We shared the day with another family with two little girls who were also being baptized. Quillan was first and they followed. Pastor Dean held Quillan and he just stared up at him the whole time, like he was fascinated with his mouth. It was cute. Then when Pastor Dean said, “Quillan, you are a child of God” Quillan smiled at him. SO ADORABLE!!!! My heart was very happy this day.

After Quillan and the two little girls were baptized, we all went into the center of the church and the whole congregation gathered around us, everybody touching, and prayed. It was a wonderful service.

Monday, July 15, 2013

Swim Lessons

This summer we decided to sign Jacob up for swimming lessons. He completed his lessons June 10-20. He did absolutely amazing.

At first I wasn’t sure how he would react to the lessons since he is a little more timid in the pool. But he proved me wrong and did great. He learned to jump into the pool and go under water (both of which he had already been doing) He learned the proper way to use his arms while swimming, kicking his legs, swimming with a pool noodle, back float, forward float, and jumping off the diving board. I am sure there is more as well but I cannot remember everything.

Since completing the lessons, he has become much more brave at the pool. He jumps off the diving board all on his own, even runs off sometimes. He also goes down the big slide which is huge for him. He used to want to go down it so badly and would even climb all the way to the top before chickening out and climbing back down. I am very proud of him!

We also signed Jordan up for the swimming lessons as well. We thought he would do great since he is so fearless in the pool. He had no desire to do the lessons and screamed the whole time. So I wasn’t going to force him into it. Maybe next year he will want to do them. If not, he probably doesn’t even need them. He has been doing a really great job at the pool this year as well. He even jumped off the diving board too! (Papa was holding his hand but still! He is only two years old!)

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Wordless Wednesday: Honoring Christopher (06.27.13)

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Quillan Isaiah: Two Months

Today Quillan turns two months old. It’s hard to believe another month has passed by already. He now weighs 10 lbs 9 oz and is 23 inches long. I did not measure his head circumference. His eyes remain blue. He is still mostly bald, with a little peach fuzz hair coming in. We all seem to think it’s a different color but most of what I hear is it’s red. (Some say blonde and some say brown, though). He still makes a lot of interesting facial expressions but most of the time he has this pissed off look on his face. He has outgrown most of his newborn clothes and is wearing mostly 0-3 and 3 month outfits now.

He continues to do better with nursing. He gags and chokes less often. He still does not really ever spit up. We are very fortunate for that! It is very hard to get burps out of him most of the time but when he does burp it’s usually a pretty impressive one. He eats about every 3 hours during the day and he goes about 5 hours at night without eating. He is doing better at taking a pacifier now too. But when he’s hungry, he’s hungry. And he’s not afraid to let you know it! He still makes a lot of bubbles when he cries — and sometimes even when he’s not crying — and he often chokes on the bubbles as well. I am going to talk to his pediatrician about this at his two month check up next week because I have never seen a baby do this before.

Since we started putting him to sleep on his stomach he has been sleeping much better. Most nights he sleeps for a 4-6 hour stretch (usually it’s about 5 hours though). He has slept for up to 7.5 hours at a time though! That only happened once but it sure was nice. He still fusses sometimes when he sleeps, mostly when he has gas that we can’t get out. He no longer moans and groans all the time though. He takes 2-3 naps a day and has more periods of alertness now.

He enjoys looking at things with stripes, such as the blinds and the zebra on his bouncer seat. He can track objects with his eyes but doesn’t for very long periods. He can hold his head up pretty much all on his own now. He rarely drops it anymore. He does a lot of scooting around when he’s on his belly. He can pretty much cover his entire crib and can scoot himself right off of his blankets on the floor. Once he gets more strength in his arms, I think he’s going to be a big mover.

I believe that Quillan has smiled for the first time this past month. Because he is always gassy, it’s hard to tell if his smiles are real smiles or gassy smiles. If they are real smiles (which, we are calling them real) they are still pretty hard to come by sometimes.

This month Quillan had a few firsts. He went in the backyard swing for the first time. He didn’t seem too impressed by it. I didn’t keep him in for long because this was before he had better head control and I was a little nervous about it. He also went on his first road trip — to Chicago for my cousin Tracy’s wedding. This was also his first time to a wedding and his first time sleeping overnight in a hotel. For being only seven weeks at the time, he did pretty well with the whole thing. He got fussy in the car because he was hungry and tired and just wanted to be held. I think it was hard for him to understand why Mommy was sitting right there but not picking him up. He slept nearly the whole drive home though. And he did awesome sleeping in the pack-n-play in the hotel. I wasn’t sure with the mattress being less than comfortable but he slept his normal five hour stretch. He’s really a pretty easy going baby. We are very blessed with him.

Here are some pictures of his second month of life, June 2 – July 2, 2013.

smile? maybe?

getting stronger!


Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Wordless Wednesday: Jordan

Love this kid!

Quillan Isaiah: One Month

On Sunday (June 2nd) Quillan turned one month old. He weighed 9 lbs 10 oz and was 21 1/2 inches long. His head circumference is 14 1/4 inches. He has blue eyes and is mostly bald. The hair he does have looks to be red. He has long fingers and toes and long legs. He makes lots of great facial expressions!

Quillan struggled with nursing in the beginning but he is getting the hang of it now. He eats what seems like constantly. He is actually eating about every 2-3 hours most of the time. He seems to prefer the right side, as he chokes frequently on the left side. Sometimes it is very easy to get a burp out of him and other times it is near impossible. That being said, he is constantly gassy. He groans and grunts all the time and usually can’t lay on his back. I’m probably going to jinx things by saying this but he really does not spit up ever.

Sleeping was another issue for him. Like all babies, he had his days and nights mixed up for quite some time. He is now staying awake a little bit more during the day and sleeping better at night. In the last few nights, he has consistently slept for at least one 3 hour period. He usually also does a 2-2.5 hour period as well. We have started, again in the last few days, putting him to sleep on his stomach. This way keeps him asleep whereas when he was on his back he would wake up frequently (every hour or less most nights) with gas. (Yes, I know, spare me the lecture please). When we started this, we also started putting him to sleep in his crib instead of his bassinet. So I have been sleeping on the couch now to make sure I hear him. Prior to this sleeping arrangement, he had preferred to sleep on my chest.

Quillan is able to track objects with his eyes for a short time. He is getting better at focusing on things. He likes looking at faces and the blinds mostly. He can hold his head up for brief periods of time.

Quillan is the gassiest/poopiest baby I have ever met! I can’t wait to see how embarrassed he gets when I write that in his baby book! The kid can seriously break world records in the pooping department! I’ll spare all the details though, that’s all I’m going to say about that. 🙂

This month Quillan has gotten to experience many firsts, in addition to the usual “firsts” that all babies experience. He has gone to church, the library (which was a disappointment and we didn’t end up staying – today will be his first REAL experience there), and the pool where he got to dip his feet in the ice cold water! He has also been babysat for the first time, by his Grandma and Grandpa (And Aunt Minnie and Uncle Brandon) while we went grocery shopping. He had his first bottle (of breastmilk) during this time and did well with it, taking an ounce at a time. Grandma will be upset I’m writing this but he also got his first “injury” which was a scrape on his forehead from Grandma’s nail. She was protecting him from being kicked in the head by Jordan so it was definitely the lesser of two injuries and she was the only one upset about it 😉  He’s also already had his first cold, thanks to coming home from the hospital to a sick brother!

Quillan has met several family members. He has met (of course) his brothers Jacob and Jordan, Grandma and Grandpa, Lolo and Papa, Aunt Minnie, Uncle Brandon, cousin Christopher, Uncle Buddy, and G.G. Several other family members saw him at his cousin Christopher’s memorial service as well.

Below are some pictures from Quillan’s first month of life.

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