A Week of Firsts

Okay, I’m sorry for not posting for a while, but I have good excuses! Namely, visiting with family and being sick. Yes, one of those “firsts” is the first time I got sick with a stomach virus while trying to take care of an infant. This was not a pleasant first, but thanks to Andrew, Milo was not neglected. Which brings me to our next first:
Is that Milo in his doorway jumper for the first time, you ask? Why yes, it is! While I was hugging the porcelain god, Milo was enjoying a good jump! I could hear him giggling all the way upstairs… at least one of us was having fun.

The other “firsts” this week were our first family Christmas tree (Milo enjoys looking at all the pretty shiny things), Milo’s first snow (I have not taken him out in it yet, it’s only sticking to the cars so far), and Milo putting himself to bed at night!

Now for some more cousin pictures from last Saturday. Ryan and Kristin came down for the Army/Navy game while we watched Lizzy and Ava. Reina was missed. And yes, Ava was there, but managed to evade all pictures, but that is her hand there in the upper left corner!

Lizzy after a long day of playing…
We enjoyed family time and especially dinner after the game with Ryan & Kristin. Hope to see you around the holidays!

One Unhappy Bum

Last night and today have been rough for little Milo. He had a reaction to the vaccines he received yesterday, and had a fever of 100.6 last night. Poor little guy just couldn’t get comfortable. He’s been very fussy today, too, but at least his fever went down. I’ve never seen him so unhappy and it broke my heart! I am not looking forward to all of the days and nights I know we will spend cleaning up vomit and who knows what else… but I know they are coming. I have a new respect for parents everywhere!

Oh boy… BIG boy!

What’s so funny, you ask?

Milo’s girth, apparently.
This morning was his 3-month check-up, where the pediatrician proceeded to administer three shots, a rotovirus vaccine, and his professional opinion. After weighing & measuring length and head circumference, we learned the following: Milo now weighs 18 pounds (he is off the charts for 3-month-olds), has a head circumference of 14.25 (97th percentile), and is 24.5 inches long (80th percentile for his age). All-in-all, he is very big for his age, but proportionate due to his large head (so those of you who called him a “tick” over Thanksgiving can hold your comments). Needless to say, the pediatrician warned us that obesity is not genetic (after I assured him that I was a very big baby) and though he is not concerned about Milo’s size yet, he saw a 275-pound 9-year-old yesterday who he was quite concerned about. Scare tactics? Maybe. Yes, Milo is a big baby. He is also very active, and is holding his head steady when we pull him up to a sitting position. He stands for 5 minutes at a time with no support, and pushes himself up when on his stomach. Is he headed for obesity? I highly doubt it. The pediatrician recommended giving Milo water, which I do not feel comfortable doing because I am exclusively breastfeeding. Even if we wanted to follow this advice, I doubt Milo would allow it. It is a 30-minute battle to give him a bottle of 2 ounces of breastmilk once in the morning… and he likes milk!

Well, hopefully when Milo gets a little more active, he will thin out a bit. For now, I will enjoy my little (I mean big) muffin man.

Milo’s First Thanksgiving

I guess I need to post a picture of me with Milo since Andrew has made me seem somewhat freakish to those who haven’t seen me in a while. So, here we are. Our trip to Ohio went very well, considering we left at 9pm on Tuesday night when Milo fell asleep. Andrew and I both managed to stay awake while Milo slept for a longer stretch than he ever has before: 5 whole hours! I can’t imagine him sleeping a full night through, but that will be fantastic when it happens. We arrived in Cincinnati in a record 7 1/2 hours, unscathed. Although we were pretty tired on Wednesday, we both agreed that driving through the night was the best decision of 2007.

Andrew’s brother Bill and Sister-in-Law Annie put us up (or should I say put up with us) from Wednesday until Saturday morning, which gave Milo some much-needed playtime with his cousin Reina, who is 11 months old and adorable, as you can see! Milo enjoyed playing with Reina’s toys (yes, he is standing up by himself at 3 months- at least able to lean against things for about 5 minutes at a time).
Thanksgiving day, Andrew and I watched Reina (and realized how different the game is when you have two babies rather than just one) until 2pm when Bill came home from work and we headed over to Aunt Janine & Uncle Dan’s for the feast @ 3:00. It was wonderful seeing all the cousins together for the first time with Gina-mom and Michael-dad:
And check out three generations! Gina-mom, Michael-dad, and offspring: 4 brothers, 1 sister, 3 wives, and 4 grandchildren:

The cousins doing damage at Gina-mom’s and Michael-dad’s on Friday:
We had a fantastic time just hanging out on Friday and watching the kids play together. There was wrestling, pants-pooping & toilet clogging (poor Lizzy for the accident, poor Kristin for having to clean it all up), trampoline-jumping, four-wheeling, and of course, eating a delicious meal prepared by Gina-mom. There was also the announcement that this foursome will soon be a fivesome (congrats to Ryan and Kristin)!

Then on Saturday, I took Milo to meet college friends Katie and Kasey. When Milo finally woke up for them, he charmed them with his dimpled smile and fat cheeks. It was great seeing them. Afterwards, we headed to Grandma’s house :
Again, enjoyed a great get-together with my side of the family: Mom, Jeff, my sister Krista & her husband Eric, son Charlie, my brother Jon & his pregnant wife Kelly (who just found out they are having a boy- Congratulations! Yay, another boy cousin to play with!), and Jeff’s daughter Sarah. I think I ate enough for 3 people.

We had a wonderful time, and our only regrets are that we could not stay longer and do not live closer to all these wonderful people. Milo is so lucky to have two wonderful families in his life. We love you!