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7 Months Old Today

Mr. Zach is 7 months old today. Wow, so hard to believe that he was only 5 months old when I got him and now he’s closer to a toddler than a newborn. In the past month he has started eating more solids (can you call pureed foods “solids”?) and has increased to an 8 oz bottle. We switched the type of formula and now spit up is under control!!! He is sitting up all by himself and trying very hard to crawl. We still have no teeth and no words but those will all becoming very soon.

Happy 7 Month Birthday, Bubber-Boo

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Woken By The Alarm?

This morning I was actually woke up the alarm clock and not by Zach.  What is this, my 4th week back to work, and I’ve set my alarm every day but it’s never had the chance to go off, today it did.  Zach stayed up until 8:00 last night so he made it all the way until 6:00 before waking up.  Then all he wants is to be fed and put back down.  Since I’m getting ready for work I try to get him dressed and breakfast (cereal w/ fruit and a bottle) and then put him back down.  He only gets to sleep for about 1/2 an hour before we have to leave but that 1/2 an hour sure makes it easier for me to get ready.  I like this routine so I’m sure it will only last another day.

Last night my mind would not shut off.  I had dreams about what I should be feeding Zach.  This is insane, I’ve only had dreams about feeding ME and not feeding someone else.  This has to be a sign that I’m completely losing my mind.  He did try apples and chicken last night and he liked it.  It’s a stage 2 food and he scarfed it down.  Now I wonder if he should be eating the entire jar or half.  If I give him the whole jar does he get a whole bottle.  UGH!  See, it’s crap like that I couldn’t get out of my brain last night.  I’m really going to have to research this more.

Steve leaves us again today but he should only be gone 3 weeks this time.  He has to be back mid-August so they better let him.  He’s going to let them know today so they can get it on their calendar now.  Three weeks will feel like a breeze compared to what his last 2 trips were.  This morning was hard to say good bye and I cried.  Watching him say bye to Zach was hard and when I think of all the changes that will happen over the next 3 weeks makes it harder.  I know Zach is going to crawl and he’s going to miss it.  It’s going to kill him.  He really became attached to that little guy this week (but how could you not!)

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“The System” Update

I truly hate that I have to deal with the system and all the red tape but:

Friday went very well (besides the fact that I though Steve and I were going to kill each other because he thought I was going overboard on what I thought needed done before she got there). Steve insisted that we leave Rusty had the house but I warned him that he might have to get rid of the dog if they know we have him, it ended up not being a problem but I was worried. Actually everything went very smoothly. The caseworker was very nice and informative. She said that after the parental rights have been taken then they make the recommendation 14 days later for adoption and she has no problem doing that for us! She didn’t make any recommendations for things for us to do around the house and we both expected a list. The list might come still but as of right now we are in the clear.

Steve and Zach are bonding pretty well. Zach has gotten used to someone else being in the house, just in time for Steve to leave us again tomorrow.

So, I’ve been reading and trying to make sure I’m doing things right. I’m not worried about anything but feeding him everything else seems pretty natural. I think I need to step up his foods and he can have more than applesauce, sweet potatoes, green beans and peas. I guess at 7 months (Wednesday) I can start trying meats with him??? This is getting complicated and I’m thinking that maybe I’ll start letting Gerber do some of my cooking for me??? I don’t know, I feel completely overwhelmed with the feeding part right now.

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BSM ~ Move Over Schroeder

My neighbors gave Zach this piano, it’s a hand-me-down but it looks brand new, and he loves it.  See how well he’s sitting up!

but this is my best shot

how can you not love that face!

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More Peas Please

So this week with Steve home is going well.   Steve fell instantly in love with him but how could you not!  Of course he still hasn’t changed a diaper or fed him but we still have a few days to get him used to that idea.

The plan, for now, is that a caseworker will be at my house tomorrow to make sure that I have a “safe environment” for him to live in.  The big project we have to do is get me out of what will be his room.  We only have a 2 bedroom house and bedroom #2 has been a catch all room so it’s pretty cluttered.  I’m leaving work early today to work on this project before picking Zach up at 5:30.  I also have to go grocery shopping.  Have to, there is no way around that.  If they open my fridge tomorrow they will find a 1/2 gallon of milk, a cold slice of pizza and condiments.  It’s seriously that empty because I haven’t been able to figure out how to go shopping in the last 7 weeks.  It will all come together.

Most importantly, Zach has food and has liked everything I’ve given him.  However, yesterday he wasn’t overly interested in food, just his bottle.  He is also sleeping alot and this morning he had a touch of a diaper rash so I’m wondering if maybe some teeth are starting to come in?  Here he is eating peas and sporting his new high chair.

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When Zachary Met Steve

Finally, the two “men” in my life got to meet each other this Saturday.  It was a long time coming since Zach has been with me for 6 weeks now.  However, Steve had a delivery to make in Detroit today so he took the semi to his parent’s house Friday night and Zach and I went to get him on Saturday.  We were down there first thing in the morning, Zach normally naps about 1.5 hours after he wakes up so I took full advantage of that nap.  Zach smiled right away when he saw him (but he always smiles right after a nap) and I handed him right over.  Steve is doing well with him, he hasn’t fed or changed him but he is holding him and playing with him.  By the end of the week they should be fine and I’ll have Steve doing everything . . .  *cough*

Like I said, Steve had to make a delivery in Detroit today so we had to take him back to his parent’s house yesterday.  That meant 10 hours in the carseat for little Zach and when I had to put him back in there this morning I thought he was going to kill me.  Thank God he only had to be in there for 20 minutes.  Now it looks like Steve won’t be home tonight because they are dinking around where he needs to make his delivery and he’s not going to get it made on time for him to make stop #2 and get home.  He is hot.  He’s sitting on this job site for hours now, sitting there, not getting paid and isn’t going to be able to come home.  Yah, not a happy camper.

We finally have a caseworker who is supposed to come to our house on Friday to do a homestudy with us.  I’m not quite sure what all that will involve but I’m quite sure that Zach and I will have to be in separate rooms by then.  We have our work cut out for us!  I would love to be able to paint Zach’s room but there is no way I can take time off this week so that’s not going to happen.  Steve did promise to mop and clean the loft and that will make my life much-o easier.

Oh, we’ve had 3 nights in a row of no 3:00 a.m. bottle!  Ahhhhh, life is good!

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Finally “Caught Up”

It only took me two weeks to catch up from being gone for three weeks.  Thank God it’s summer or things could have been much worse.  However now I’m caught up and can maybe start to take advantage of this “world” that is literally at my fingertips and start learning “how to be a good mom”.  I have no doubt that I have some instinct that will guide me on how to raise this little boy

(boss just gave me a project, there goes being “caught up”)

Anyway, I just want to look at some “mom” sites and get some pointers because I do feel pretty clueless about . . . um . . . . everything.  He’s doing great, I’m doing great, I just want to make sure I’m not over/under feeding him, feeding him the right things and not making some huge FUBAR mistake like feeding him honey or something.  When can he have blanket in his crib?  All these things that I don’t know but I need to know.  I have a million questions and won’t even know what the questions are until the occur but when they occur I will need to know the answers.

Am I being anal? (don’t answer that mom, I know I am)

Steve is going to think that I am way over thinking this.  Back when we first starting trying to have a baby he made me promise that I wouldn’t bring books into the house on how to raise our children.  I do have a few books now but really none of them are on that subject there are more like what we should be expecting at “x” month.  Those have been very helpful.  So this afternoon I am not going to break that promise and bring books in the house, I’m going to read about it online.

I’m also going to pick up Zach’s high chair that I ordered.

I have a tiny house and I think this will be perfect.

On another note, Steve will be home on Monday and will finally get to meet Zach!

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