Monday, February 28, 2011

What a Difference a Month Makes!

This morning I was looking for a particular photo of Rob to send to someone and it struck me how much he's grown in a month.  Below are two pictures.  One was taken on February 1st and the other taken today.  The difference is amazing.  He's gained about 2 pounds and is just bigger and healthier.  I kind of want him to slow down a little.  Just so he can be my little baby just a little bit longer.  This week he started to grow out of his first batch of clothes.  I put an outfit on him this afternoon which was just a bit on the small side for him now.  It fit just fine last week.

My Little Guy on February 1st

My Big Guy on February 28th

Sunday, February 27, 2011

11 Weeks Old!

Today Robbie is 11 weeks old.  I can't believe how the time has flown by.  He's been growing by leaps and bounds.  As of Friday he was 4.0 Kg.  This is almost double the weight he was when he was born.  Mind you he does love to eat.  I think he would eat all day long if we let him.  I get this vague feeling he might be catching up for lost time or something.

Every day he spends a little more time being active.  He really likes the little playmat at dangly toys as well as the wrist rattles we've got for him.

The cats seem to have adjusted to this invader into their home.  Tabitha pretty much ignores him and wants all of his toys.  Cranberry mostly ignores him and looks at him with sad eyes from time to time when she wants to cuddle with me.  She has a couple of times cuddled with both of us on my lap.  That's been pretty cute.

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Plotting to take over the world

We took this photo a couple of days after our munchkin came home.  He looks like he's plotting to take over the world.  He's done very well so far at taking over our lives.  His next step I'm sure is the world.  


Tuesday, February 22, 2011

The 2nd last surgery milestone

Today is a happy day.  It's now been 6 weeks since wee Robbie has had his surgery and the last restriction is now lifted.

So now we can pick him up under his arms if we like.  So from now on he should be a normal baby except for the fact that he was a preemie.

I must say, I'm very very glad.  Not only for the fact that he's healed, but also because now I don't have to warn anyone who is holding him how to pick him up.  It tended to scare people a little.

The last milestone will be his first cardiac checkup in April.

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Long Time No Post

It's been a pretty busy week here in Robbie land.

He's been doing a lot of eating and growing.  He's just grown out of his first sleeper.  He's still a pretty skinny boy, but he's getting longer by the day.

Almost every day he seems to get a new little expression or seems change in some little way.

This week's adventures included going on a walk over to my office to meet my coworkers on Tuesday.  That was a fun outing and our longest yet (not including the Doctor's office).  On Thursday we were off to the bank to open up his first bank account.  Apparently need an appointment for that, so we will be doing that on Tuesday instead.

Friday afternoon my sister came over for a vist and we went for a walk along Queen Street.  It was such a fantastic day out that there was no way we couldn't go for a walk.

All of this is such an adventure.  The only thing I would change right now is the amount of sleep we get.  It would be lovely to get a straight 8 (or even 6 to 7) hours of sleep.  That and being able to eat a meal at the same time.

This photo was from a few days ago, but I really really like it.  

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Wow the formula samples just keep rolling in

It's interesting all the marketing we have been getting from many of the baby suppliers.  The formula companies in particular.  I keep getting rather large samples in the mail from the major formula makers.  We aren't actually using any, but we now have a stockpile in case we would ever need any.

I also find the literature funny.  It all says, "Breaksmilk is best" but if you choose..........  The foodbank or another infant centered organization is going to get a really good donation from us in the next couple of months or so.

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Celebrating 1 Month

Tonight we celebrated Rob's one month anniversary of his surgery with an outing to the local pub with his grandparents & "Grand Aunt"and Uncle.

Much fun was had by all, even though we wouldn't let Robbie have any beer.  It was also his real first outing if you don't count his doctor's appointment earlier this week.

I can't believe that it's been a whole month since the surgery.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

1 week at home!

Today marks one week that we have had our little Rob at home.  He's still a joy and a wonder to behold.  We aren't getting a whole lot of sleep as the wee guy doesn't like to sleep in his crib (he prefers to be held) and has been a wee bit on the gassy side which keeps him up a bit.  He does seem to be a night owl which means I need to learn to sleep more during the day.   But I wouldn't give up one minute of it.

He is starting to get even more of a personality and is spending a little more time each day awake and wanting to play.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Dinnertime Centerpiece

We haven't been really sure what to do with our little man at mealtimes.  We are still in that new parent stage where we don't want him too far from us at all times.  So we have had ourselves a centerpiece at mealtimes for the past little while.

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Settled In

We've settled in with our Robbie.  We're still figuring lots of things out, such as what his schedule is.  He seems to be Mr. Hungry these days.  He still hates a bottle, but that's ok, it just means I don't get that much sleep.  But he seems pretty happy here.  He is such a joy.  He seems to change and grow on a daily basis.

The cats are getting curious about him and have come to sniff this strange noisemaker that has invaded their home.  I do find it funny though, my old cranky cat who loves to cuddle with me isn't coming to see me a whole lot because of this little, cries when I leave the house.  She's been feeling pretty abandoned lately with all the time I've been spending in hospitals.

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Cranky Gassy Baby

We had a very cranky gassy baby here at the Parker household last night.  I barely got any sleep with the poor guy so unhappy.  Bruce and Grandma were very helpful in letting me get some sleep in the morning.

I did figure out why he was so unhappy.  I was not thinking the last day we were in the hospital and I got the hot spicy chickpeas for lunch from the cafeteria.  This translates to an unhappy baby.  So no more burn your mouth off food for me.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Snuggles with your Grandparents

Dear Rob,

Today you came home from the hospital and we were so excited to have you home.  Your grandparents got here to have some cuddles and the like.  Today your Grandpa snuggled you for the first time.  He thought it was pretty cool and nifty.   Of course we took the picture when you were cranky, but you spent a good 45 minutes snuggled in there peacefully.  Now we have to get your other Grandad to meet you and you will have met all of your grandparents.  But that has to wait until he can get here from BC.  He will be here before you know it.

Yay we are home!!!!

I didn't want to post about it in case it didn't happen today, but as of about 5 minutes ago, our sweet Robbie is home.  We are so glad to have him here.  Well, maybe not the cats, they look terrified.  But we are super happy!

He was making great progress over the past few days, especially went I went to stay with him at St. Joseph's so we could work on eating.  It was such a long road to get here, but we are finally here and so happy!

And he does the cheer for being home!