Thursday, October 1, 2015

Jamison at 5 months


My little monker (that’s what I usually call him – short for chunky monkey) is 5 months old already.  And he still has the sleep schedule of a month old.  Ugh!  It seems as though the sleep topic is always at the top of my list to write about.  I love to sleep and it seems that all of my babies don’t love to sleep, so I’m going to blame Mark for that.  Jamison is REALLY hit or miss with his sleep and about 98% of the time it’s a miss, which makes for a very tired me.  I cannot get the kid to nap in his crib at all.  I’ve tried almost every day for the past 2 weeks and he’ll be okay for a few minutes (5 tops) and then he’s screaming.  Not just fussing or whining – screaming.  So I try to pat him and give him his paci and it just pisses him off even more and gets him ALL worked out.  As soon as I pick him up, he’s fine… Grrrr.  There have been MANY days lately where I’ll spend more time trying to get him to sleep then he actually sleeps.  Today, for instance, I tried to put him down in his crib.  After 20 mins of trying, that was a no go.  So I tried to put him in his swing.  After another 15 mins of trying, that was a no go.  I held him a while and then decided to nurse him and of course he passes out in a matter of 2 minutes.  So I transfer him to his little bed in our room and timed his nap.  It was 11 mins before he was up screaming again.  <sighs>  I know he’s tired.  He rubs his eyes and yawns a bunch, but no matter how tired he is, he won’t go to sleep laying down flat.  I can get him to sleep in his swing sometimes for naps, if I’m lucky.  If I lay down with him, he’ll zonk out for 2 hours.  The past 2 nights he’s actually slept for a 4-5 hr stretch, which is really nice.  He was waking up about 6-8 times/night before I’d bring him to bed with me around 4-5am and then he’s usually good until at least 7am, sometimes 8am.  But the past 2 nights he’s slept in his own bed until 4am, which has been amazing to get a 5 hr stretch of consecutive sleep.  Hopefully we can make some improvements on his sleep this month and I can move him into his own room next month.  We’ll see!

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I just switched him to his 6-9 month clothes.  He’s getting really long!  I think he weighs close to 17lbs, or 16.5lbs anyway, but that’s just on our home scale.  He’s still in size 2 diapers, but I think I could move him to size 3.  Last night I didn’t change him in the middle of the night and he soaked through his jammies this morning, so I’m going to start using size 3 at night.

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He loves watching the dogs and really loves watching the kids.  He can be screaming his head off during the entire wait for Abbie when we get her from school and the second she gets in the car, he’s totally happy and smiling at her.  She’s really good with him.  Ben has been entertaining him lately too.  I’ll put J in his jumper and Ben will roll his cars around in front of him and Jamison loves it!  He laughs and gets all stiff from excitement.  It’s fun to see them all interact.


He’s discovered his feet recently.  He loves to grab on to them and he even sucks on his big toe sometimes when he can get it shoved in his mouth.  He’s rolled over front to back a few times but being on his belly still pisses him off, and he’s getting close to rolling back to front.  Both of my other kiddos were rolling over by this time, but I think they were also not held as much at this age as he is.  He likes to be held but I think I need to put him on the floor more than I have been so he can practice rolling. He’s getting good at reaching and grabbing for things and then putting them in his mouth.  He still doesn’t sit up on his own yet, but he’s getting close.  I don’t have him practice much because we have wood floors and I don’t want him hitting his head.  And I don’t like to leave him on our bed for very long since he can move around some.  Often times he’ll have done a 180 in his little bed and I’m not sure how since it’s pretty narrow.  He’s getting better in his car seat too.  Still cries occasionally but he’s better about being awake and happy in it.  Maybe because it’s cooling off some?

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The little oinker loves his food.  I usually feed him one jar of baby food for lunch and sometimes one for dinner if Mark wants to feed him and he’s awake.  He nurses about 6-8 times a day and gets 5-15oz of formula, depending on our day and schedule.  I *try* to get him a short nap in the morning and then a bigger one in the afternoon and sometimes another short one in the evening, but some days he barely sleeps an hour total for all naps.  We follow his cues for bedtime and he’s typically in bed around 8pm most days.  For as little as he sleeps, he’s generally a pretty happy baby.  We all love him to death!

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Thursday, September 10, 2015

Jamison at 4 months

Our little dude is changing so much these days!!  He’s getting really big to start with.  At his 4 month appointment he weighed 15lbs6oz and was 24.25” long and his head circ was 16.8”.  (For comparison, Abbie was 13lbs9oz, 25.75” and 16.1” and Ben was 14lb8oz, 25.75” and 17”.)  (Abbie at 4 months   Ben at 4 months)So he’s our heaviest baby at this age, but also the shortest?  I’m not sure I would write their lengths in stone because it seems as though it depends on how much you stretch them out and depends on the person doing it more than anything.  We’ll see what he is at his 6 month appointment.

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                   Abbie, Ben and Jamison at 4 months

Jamison smiles a lot now.  He’s usually a pretty happy baby, as long as he’s being held.  My babies just like to be held, which wouldn’t be too much of an issue if I had all the time in the day to hold them, but I don’t.  It is hard to renovate this house and try to keep it somewhat clean when I have a baby that wants to be held all the time.  I just keep reminding myself that these days are short lived.

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I was fully planning on waiting to introduce Jamison to solids until closer to 6 months, but he is VERY interested in food.  He watches us with rapt attention when we are eating and if we put him in his high chair while we are eating and don’t feed him anything, he gets pretty pissy.  We started out with a little bit of baby oatmeal.  The first time we fed him a real food (sweet potatoes), we put the bite in his mouth and he paused and then his eyes got really big and he wanted more.  I wish we had gotten it on video.  He grabs at the spoon and does baby crunches every time you give him a bite.  (Brings his knees up to his chest and then tries to grab your hand with him hands to keep the spoon in his mouth.)  We’ve never had a baby show this much interest in food so it’s been fun.  I try to only feed him some every other day and I try to only do a half of a jar of baby food at a time, but sometimes he’s not having it and then I make him an ounce or two of formula for oatmeal too.  He’s our little piglet.  I would like to start making his baby food myself (in all my spare time…) but we’ll see. I have a lot on my plate right now.

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Sleep is always an issue with my babies.  I’m just not blessed with babies that like to sleep a ton, which I am slowly coming to terms with.  At least I’m blessed with beautiful, healthy babies.  Jamison was sleeping HORRIBLY for a while – getting up every hour or so, but the past few nights he’s slept from about 9pm to 5am in his own bed.  Occasionally he’ll wake up and I give him his paci but he’s doing really well.  For a little while he was waking up between 6:30am and 7am and he’d be up for the day, which was a bit rough, but now I can bring him to bed with me and nurse him and he’ll sleep until 8am when we have to get up to get the big kids to school.  I just started giving him a few Hyland’s Teething Tablets before bed and I don’t know if it’s just a coincidence or what, but I’m about ready to by stock in that company.

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Jamison is still not a huge fan of his car seat, but he’s happier in it when he can see the big kids.  He likes the carriers more now and he loves to chew on anything he can get in his mouth.  He’s still a huge fan of his baths if the water is warm enough.  I need to do more tummy time with him, but he’s getting really close to rolling back to front.  He’s noticing the dogs more and more and seems to be taking in his surrounds more.  He loves it when the big kids talk to him and they are both so good with him.  He does little giggles sometimes, which are adorable, but we haven’t heard a big laugh out of him yet.  He’s really close though!


The scariest thing that happened this month was when I was looking at countertop samples.  I was standing by a rack with the tiles of quartz samples on it and had Jamison on the front of me in the mei tai.  One of the 4x8’ quartz samples fell off the top rack and somehow hit J in the head.  He SCREAMED bloody murder and I felt terrible and worried about him for the next day.  I kept checking to make sure his pupils were still reactive and that he didn’t show any signs of head injury.  He never did and he never even got a bump, but it scared the crap out of me.  Thank God nothing worse happened.


We love our little chunk!

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

In the valley

This move has been really tough for me.  Usually I’m excited to move and explore new places and meet new people, and I was this move too.  But this base operates very differently from any other base we’ve been to.  So far I haven’t seen any sort of squadron function except for one afternoon bbq we couldn’t attend.  I haven’t been contacted by any wives and I’m not sure there even is a wives group here, and it wouldn’t really matter anyway since we live 45 mins from base.

I feel really alone here.  Mark is busy with work and is usually gone from 6:45am or before until after 5pm.  Things haven’t changed much for him because he’s just doing a different job but still has adult interaction and the automatic system of friends with the guys he works with and sees every day.  Meanwhile, I’m at home with the kids and dogs in a house that’s an absolute disaster.  This house has pretty much no storage so I don’t know where to put things to get them out of sight.  I just shuffle boxes around and sweep the floor so it’s somewhat presentable.  The kids managed to scratch the new wood floors we put in less than 24 hrs after we took the cardboard off of them.

Mark gets home from work in the middle of the dinner hour chaos and then it’s trying to get the kids fed and bathed and to bed and then Mark wants to just veg for a while, which I don’t blame him since he gets up early and has been working all day.  I just give him his space to do whatever he wants and then we go to bed and start it all over again the next day.  My one job now is to be a mom and I feel like I fail miserably at that most days.  I have no patience with the kids who are constantly making bigger messes than we already have in the house or breaking/ruining things.  I want to be a fun mom who does fun projects with my kids and I find myself just shoeing them away most of the time or telling them to be quiet because the baby is sleeping and there’s no door on his room that’s right in the middle of the house.

I’ve asked my mom to come out and help with the kids and unpacking/organizing, but she said her garden will die if she leaves and doesn’t water it and “It’s not like they sit around doing nothing”.  Mark’s parents were just here because he wouldn’t tell them to wait to come out until after we were moved in like I asked him to do way more than once.  I remember when I was pregnant with Abbie, both my mom and Mark’s mom came out to help us get unpacked and organized.  And now that I have 3 kids and 3 dogs, neither one is available.  I feel like it’s pretty much on me to get the house organized except I don’t really even know how to do that since we’re lacking so much storage.  And the list of things we want to do to the house just keeps getting longer by the day so I see all of our weekends from now until about December being consumed with trying to get this house done.

Hopefully things will be better when Abbie starts school tomorrow.  She is so excited.  I asked Mark last week to get tomorrow morning off so he could be there for her first day, more so to support me than anything else, but they scheduled him to fly and he thinks flying is more important so I’ll fight holding back my tears while dropping her off myself.  I’ve been doing that a lot lately anyway so I guess tomorrow won’t be much different.

Monday, July 20, 2015

Day trip to Lake Isabella


A couple weekends ago, we decided to get out of the TLF and drive to a lake we saw on the map that didn’t seem too far away.  Well we were wrong… It was kind of a ways away, but the drive was pretty and it was nice to get off base for a while.

This part of CA is kind of odd.  Edwards is in the middle of a dry lake bed, but there are a bunch of dry lake beds around, in the middle of all the mountains.  It’s interesting terrain for sure.  I thought these red rocks we passed were really cool.  They showed up out of no where and we drove through them for 5 or so minutes and then they were gone.

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This is what most of our part of CA looks like.  Large flat spaces with mountains in the distance.

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We passed one area with LOTS of joshua trees.  I’ve never seen so many of them!  Usually there are a few of them sporadically around, but these were thick and they were everywhere.  Pretty cool.

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Most of the drive was just winding around through the mountains.  It was really pretty and made us want to get a camper even more.

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Turns out Lake Isabella is mostly dry…  The picture below on the left probably was mostly water at one point, but now there’s just a little bit off in the distance.  When I was using google maps when we were down by the waters edge, it showed us being in the middle of the lake, and we weren’t.  We just got a ton of rain so I wonder if it’s a little higher now.  Either way, it was fun.

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The kids enjoyed playing by the lake though.  Mark took them on a short walk while I nursed J in the car.  He wasn’t a super big fan of all the wind, hence the photo below.  PS:  I love our dumb car!  Big enough for us and all our junk!

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We took some crazy road through the mountains back to Tehachapi and ate dinner there and drove by our house and then back home.  Do you see the goats in the picture below on the bottom right?

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Very close to Tehachapi is a HUGE wind farm.  This isn’t even a fourth of the wind mills that Mark will pass every day on the way to work.  They’re on the back side of this mountain too and when we arrived to Edwards the first time at night, we had no clue why there were hundreds of red blinking lights on the mountain.  Well this is why.


Can’t wait to explore more of this state!