Baby Middle is 6 Weeks Old

Yesterday our little nugget turned 6 weeks old!

Last weekend we made our first ever road trip to Louisiana as a family of four.  Ever since I had Poppyseed I’ve made a big effort to go to Louisiana to visit family every 6-8 weeks.  It’s never been easy to travel 4.5-5 hours with a kiddo, and I often make the drive without Oatmeal so that I can spend more time there without having to ask him to miss work.  But it is important to me that Poppyseed (and now Baby Middle) see my family as often as possible as they grow up.

My mom lives in Alexandria, which is about 4.5 hours west of College Station.  Poppyseed watched Finding Nemo on the iPad while Middle slept.  That lasted for the first 2 hours or so, but then Middle woke up hungry, so I crawled into the back seat and hung myself over his carseat so that he could eat without having to stop.  We were in Oatmeal’s commuter car (he drives an old Camry to and from work) and let’s just say it was a tad cramped.  After I fed the baby I really hoped that he would return to sleep, but we were not fortunate enough for that dream to become a reality.  I’m just going to be totally honest and admit that I nearly lost my mind in the back seat of that car.  Nemo was blaring on my right, Middle was screaming on my left, and Oatmeal was casually whistling as he drove.

Yes, whistling.

Because apparently fathers do not hear infant screams.  Or if they do, it does not affect them in any way.  I actually snapped at him while we were on the shoulder of the road changing a diaper.  It was something like, “Honey, I’m not trying to be a jerk, but can you not whistle?  I’m about to lose my friggin’ mind.”

Don't be fooled, he is not always that chill!

Don’t be fooled, he is not always that chill!

Soooooo…. that was the low point.  But we made it to Alexandria, where my mom was so happy to see us and get her hands on her newest grandbaby!

Grammy and Johnny Kissing Johnny

We spent the evening with her and then went to a nearby hotel for the night.  Our room had two double beds, so rather than pull out the pack and play for one of the kids we simply split up.  I slept in one bed with Middle and Oatmeal slept in the other with Poppyseed.  Oatmeal commented the next morning that he slept with toddler feet on his head for a large portion of the night, but overall we were all relaxed and rested!

We spent Saturday morning with my mom and then drove north to Shreveport.  We left right at naptime, so both kids slept during the 2 hour drive.  We grabbed lunch at Jason’s Deli and then dropped in on my best friend Anna.  Finally we headed to see my brother, Jimmy, his wife Sabrina, and their 8 year old daughter Piper.   I’ve been so excited to see them because Sabrina is 31 weeks pregnant, and I am just really looking forward to seeing my brother with a baby!  (Piper is his stepdaughter, so he has never had an actual baby before.)  We had a really good time visiting that afternoon, and that night several of their friends came over to watch the LSU game.  Most of the families that joined us had small kids, and Poppyseed had an absolute blast running around and playing.

Playing "toss the bean bag in the cooler" in the back yard, which she thought was so fun.

Playing “toss the bean bag in the cooler” in the back yard, which she thought was so fun.

It was all fun and games until about 8:30pm when each of our children hit a wall.  Middle is always really difficult to get to sleep at night, and Poppyseed was pretty much delirious from being up so far past her bedtime.  Oatmeal and I realized that the only thing to do was all go to bed at the same time.  Piper had graciously offered her bedroom to us, and we had a pack and play for Poppyseed, but we ended up all crashing together.  It was our first attempt at the “family bed” and let me tell you, co-sleeping with two kids in a full size bed is not for the weak!  Ha!  In all honesty I got some decent rest, but Oatmeal is a very light sleeper and may not have fared quite as well.  It will make for a good memory, and I hope that next time we travel with Middle he will be able to go to sleep in the pack and play.

Cousins and bed head!

Cousins and bed head!

The obligatory "we came, we saw, we held the baby" picture, taken before anyone even had their coffee.

The obligatory “we came, we saw, we held the baby” picture, taken before anyone even had their coffee.

And wouldn’t you know, Christmas came early on Sunday morning.  Baby Middle slept the entire way home – all 4 hours.

Possibly one of the most triumphant moments in our marriage - a 4 hour road trip with sleeping children in the car.

Possibly one of the most triumphant moments in our marriage – a 4 hour road trip with sleeping children in the car.

Well, I just wanted to recap our first weekend in Louisiana, so there you have it!  Otherwise, here are a few 6 week updates about our baby.

  • Last week he weighed in at 10lbs, 6oz!  (His birth weight was 8lbs 5oz.)  He has gained 9-10oz per week for the past 2 weeks, which is great.
  • He nurses 8-10 times a day, which works out to be every 2-2.5 hours.  I don’t have a strict schedule by any means, but it just works out that way.
  • He has become even more chill and laid back this week than he was last week.  Today for example he woke up, nursed, and napped for 2 hours.  Then he woke up, nursed, wiggled, and napped again for an hour and a half.  He would probably have done the same thing in the late afternoon had Poppyseed not hugged him three times in a row right as he began to close his eyes.  Oh, the life of the younger sibling can be tough!
  • We are seeing faint smiles here and there, but there’s definitely room for more.  😉
  • I’m baffled by how long and thin he is!  Even though he is gaining a lot of weight he still looks like a string bean to me!
  • This kid LOVES bathtime.  Loves it.
  • My goal over the next few weeks is to establish an earlier bedtime and improve how long it takes to get him down at night.  I spent 45 minutes sitting in his nursery tonight while he laid swaddled in his crib.  Each time he would spit out his pacifier I would quietly give it back to him.  My hope was that he would learn to wiggle around in his crib and get comfortable enough to go to sleep.  Currently he takes all of his daytime naps in his swing downstairs, but I have been putting him to bed at night in his crib for a few weeks now.  I’ve been doing this by nursing him down, but I’m starting to get antsy and wish for him to go to sleep on his own!  I remember going through this phase with Poppyseed too, and I honestly don’t remember what we did or when we did it, but it did eventually work and she would go to sleep in her crib like a champ.  I so hope that it works with Middle, too!

Well, that’s all I can think of for now.  Wish us luck getting our nighttime routine down!

Look at those chicken legs!

Look at those chicken legs!

I went on my first walk with both kids this week!  I only made it about a half mile before Middle screamed and I turned back toward the house.

I went on my first walk with both kids this week! I only made it about a half mile before Middle screamed and I turned back toward the house.

I spend a lot of time in this predicament.  ;)

I spend a lot of time like this. 😉

I still burst with love for this little girl who looks less and less little each day!

I still burst with love for this little girl who looks less and less little each day!

 

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