Mateo at 2 months

JKB_0663mJKB_0662  Mateo has accomplished a lot in the past month! His breathing is still loud, but much less squeaky than it used to be. He still has uncomfortable reflux that awakens him, but with trial and error we are working on getting that addressed. Feeding is slightly better: In the mornings we have successful nursing sessions and hoping that will increase to include the rest of the day by the next month!  Bottle feeds are better too, as he’s only rarely having gagging and choking episodes. We do need to be on the ball with sleepy and hungry cues- if we misinterpret them he goes on a 30-60 minute crying jag that’s hard to recover him from. Luckily that has only happened a handful of times. Going outside sometimes helps flip his switch. I remember Lucas being the same way as a tiny infant. In fact, well through his 6th or 7th month we had to walk him up and down McCandless Street (when the weather was good) or show him the outdoors through his bedroom window to soothe him! And now Lucas loves being outside and loves nature. I hope that means Mateo will too! 🙂IMG_1123bsm

Mateo is also now smiling and reaching for our faces, which we love 🙂

IMG_1468smStats: Height: 22″ (10th percentile), 11lbs 7oz (35th percentile). He has maintained his spot on the WHO growth curve weight chart so that’s encouraging! IMG_1051sm


Lucas’ Annual Birthday Interview, age 8

12345678▪ Favorite colors: “blue, yellow, pink, orange, green, clear, silver, gold and navy.”
▪ Favorite activities: “go to “Jump” (a trampoline park), ride bikes with Daddy, play Minecraft, and build things”
▪ Favorite toys: “Legos”
▪ Favorite friends: “Luca and Mira”
▪ Favorite foods:  “soy glazed salmon, peaches, pineapples”
▪ Favorite book: “Harry Potter books”
▪ What makes you happiest? “being with Gigi and snuggling Mommy Daddy and Mateo”
▪ What do you want to be when you grow up? “a scientist and an inventor”
▪ What new thing would you like to try this year? “algebra”
▪ Where in the world would you like to go on vacation some day? “Kyoto, Japan”
▪ What do you love to learn about? “science, physics and nature”
▪ What are you really good at? “math and also going into the woods by myself.”
▪ Which three words describe you? “fun, playful, happy”
▪ What will you be doing in 10 years?  “Driving!”
▪ Please give me a recipe: “mix flour, water and dandelions and smash it up in a tea holder and put it in the fridge.”
▪ Give some advice/words of wisdom to Mommy: and to Daddy: “you should make a torch.”
▪ Describe a perfect day: “I would have all the custom Minecraft mods I ever wanted and all my friends would be available for playdates and I would eat my favorite foods and we would go to a hotel!”
▪ How would you spend a million dollars? “I would buy a giant mansion and a cool car”
▪ What’s your favorite family/holiday tradition? “When Daddy dresses up as a gorilla at Halloween and scares all the kids from the front porch!”
▪ STATS: Lucas is 49.5 inches tall (40th percentile), 54 lbs (40th percentile), and he wears size 7-8 tops, 6-7 pants and kids’ size 3.5 shoes.

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Mateo at 1 month

Mateo’s status update at one month can really only include how he’s eating and sleeping- as that’s all that babies do at this age! But in order to report on that, i have to include the fact that Mateo began his life with a laryngomalacia diagnosis- which affects both eating and sleeping. Laryngomalacia means softened or floppy larynx (voicebox). Each of his inhalations is accompanied by a high pitched squeak as he tries to draw air in through the cartilage in his windpipe that’s flopping closed on itself. And when it’s not squeaking it sounds scary and obstructed. But since he’s only turning blue around his mouth and nowhere else then he is reportedly getting enough oxygen that we dont need to intervene medically. Most kids grow out of this condition by age 2 at the latest, though a lot are better earlier than that. Some need surgery, feeding tubes, supplemental oxygen or apnea monitors. Teo’s ENT sent a scope camera down his throat and determined he was not a surgical candidate at this time though we will reassess that in a couple months. His feeding specialist doesn’t think he needs a feeding tube until he starts refusing feeds or stops gaining weight at the appropriate rate. Which usually doesn’t happen til 3-4 months old. So that’s all good news.

It’s been difficult to find positions that maximize Teo’s breathing capacity (left side and belly sleeping are the winners) and it’s been difficult to feed him as he cant coordinate breathing and swallowing very well. It takes 45-60 min to feed him (double to triple the time it should take since it’s such hard work for him) and then he’s right back asleep- either in arms or in a vibrating infant lounger. He sleeps about 1-2 hrs before he wakes for a diaper change and feed. We occasionally have about 5 min of alert time (if any) before he starts crying. We are looking forward to his 2nd month with hopes that he starts to find some relief from his discomfort, has some alert awake time and learns to smile! 🙂

Mateo’s one month stats:  Height: 21″ (25th percentile) Weight: 9lbs 7 oz (35th percentile)

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Lucas’ Birthday Interview

I ask him these same questions every year. Love this chance to talk with Lucas about his favorites and to show him how much we value his thoughts, his dreams and HIM!


The photo above is from Carter Mountain Orchard here in Charlottesville. We took the first photo just before his 4th birthday and once every year after!

▪ STATS: Lucas is 47.5 inches tall (40th percentile), 50 lbs (40th percentile), and he wears size 6-7 tops, 6-Slim pants and kids’ size 13 shoes.

▪ Favorite colors: “shiny orange, bright yellow, highlighter pink, blank white, light green”

▪ Favorite activities: “swimming, rock scrambling, singing, eating”

▪ Favorite toys: “Legos and iPad”
▪ Favorite friends: “Lily, Mira, Luca, Josh, Leo”
▪ Favorite foods:  “soy glazed salmon, peaches, pineapples”
▪ Favorite book: “Jack and Annie’s Magic Tree House series”
▪ What makes you happiest? “Mommy, Daddy, and snuggling while watching a video together”
▪ What do you want to be when you grow up? “a scientist, an inventor, and a city pool snack bar attendant”
▪ What new thing would you like to try this year? “singing lessons”
▪ Where in the world would you like to go on vacation some day? “China, Japan, and Vietnam”
▪ What do you love to learn about? “math, reading and writing”
▪ What are you really good at? “being a cat”
▪ Which three words describe you? “I’m kind, smart, active, and I’m a weirdo!”
▪ What will you be doing in 10 years?  “Driving!”
▪ Please give me a recipe: “Mix walnuts and oats and nutella and put it in an ice-cream cone. Put strawberries on top. It’s called a Super Dump.”
▪ Give some advice/words of wisdom to Mommy: and to Daddy: “You should go in the woods with me and watch Pokemon with me.”
▪ Describe a perfect day: “I would have lots of screen time and play Minecraft with Daddy, and I would paint our back woods with silver spray paint and we would all spend time together with Mosby and Gigi too and I wouldn’t fall out of a tree.”
▪ How would you spend a million dollars? “I would buy lots of shiny spray paint, and have an awesome house and fun backyard with lots of trails and give some to poor people and save some too.”
▪ What’s your favorite family/holiday tradition? “I like lots of things! Easter egg hunting and when the kitchen is decorated for my birthday and when I come downstairs Christmas morning and the presents are out!”

Sophie Sessions: ELEVEN months!

Closing in on ONE YEAR!!

Lots of developmental leaps and bounds again this month!
* She’s said her first words: “Dadadadadada” for Laith and I, and “ball” for her favorite toy of all eternity and back. This little girl is obsessed with any kind of ball!
* She’s cruising and pushing our coffee table around the family room as a do-it-yourself walker. 🙂
* She’s also started to become much more animated and clear about what she wants and doesn’t want and will protest when she’s unhappy about a choice we’ve made for her (though it’s only a one or two second long squawk, so she’s still quite easy-going!)
* She initiates games now- like chasing her, peekaboo, etc.
* She loves trying to put hats and shoes on herself- cutest thing ever to watch!

Sophie Sessions: 10 months

* Sophie has been working hard on her fine motor skills… she’s now a pro at the pincer grip, is starting to push buttons, and loves scribbling with a crayon or chalk (this is apparently not something usually seen until 12-13 months at the earliest). It’s the one milestone Sophie is ahead of the curve on. All her other skills are on target or a little behind- which gives me more time to enjoy her as a baby! 🙂

* 3 more new teeth! Top middle two and one right next to it all emerged simultaneously. Unlike her first 2 teeth, these new teeth did a serious number on her sleep.
* Bring out the baby-proofing supplies! The same weekend Sophie cut 3 new teeth, she also learned how to pull to stand and climb the stairs. Now that’s all she wants to do- practice her new skills day and night like she’s training for the Olympics! Needless to say, Laith and I are exhausted from the poor napping and night sleep this caused for about 2 weeks.
* She’s very interested in being just like Lucas; mimicking his raspberry motor sounds and playing with his cars and motorcycles- making them drive back and forth.
* Not much in the language department yet- she still prefers just making ahhhh sounds with a rare appearance of ba and wa and ga. We’ve begun working on sign language with her and she’s currently learning water, milk (when she wants a bottle), all done, and more. She understands all these phrases and will flap her arms in the air to indicate “yes!!”
Favorite foods: spinach pesto, bananas, avocado, soy-glazed salmon and anything Mommy’s eating.
Favorite pasttimes: plowing into Lucas head-first and climbing on him, laughing at Lucas’ voices and antics, finding miniscule bits of things to put in her mouth, coloring/drawing with chalk, playing with balls, climbing the stairs, splashing in water, touch-and-feel books, and playing bouncing games.
For those who requested it, Sophie is wearing size 12 months onesies and pants. Dresses she can fit as small as 6-9 months but we are tucking her dresses into bloomers/shorts now so as not to get her frustrated when she pins herself down with a knee on the fabric while crawling.