Friday, November 6, 2009

all about baby P...

baby P is an absolute joy to have in our home. he's a plump little fellow who already has everyone in our family eating out of the palm of his hand. he's generally super smiley, but also tends to look very pensive when he's sleepy. when i first picked the boys up, all he came with was a dirty bottle, the clothes on his back, a few diapers, a more than half empty can of formula and a box of rice cereal. i was told his first name, that he had really bad acid reflux and that he was used to sleeping in bed with mom...that was it. so, everyday since then has been an adventure in babies 101 for ryan and i. however, even though we really had no clue how to care for a 5 month old baby going into this, we knew immediately that this little guy was probably going to be the easier of the two boys to care for!

he absolutely loves this "galloping fun jumperoo" and is content to play in it for hours. it has really been a lifesaver over the first few weeks! i so wish i could post some of the countless adorable pictures and videos of him riding into town on his horsey :)

the first few nights we had him, he slept pretty restlessly but we only had to actually get up and feed him once in the night, around 5:30 a.m. after a few days of adjusting though, he's now on a pretty solid schedule in which he easily sleeps from around 8:00 or 8:15 at night until 7:30ish in the morning. ryan and i have thanked God for this little blessing many, many times! *especially last week after the time change and him cutting his first tooth rocked our world (and our schedule!). you can now officially see and feel his first tooth coming in! he's no longer a little blond hair, blue eyed, toothless wonder...he's still all those, except toothless :)

i took P to the pediatrician last week for my first official duty as a mommy with a baby. it felt pretty weird, but maybe because it was surprisingly normal. as requested by his SW, we kept P with the same pediatrician, which, while it is completely inconvenient and kinda annoying, it was nice to get an update on his progress compared to previous check-ups. he had to get 4 vaccinations, which neither he or i were really a fan of! now i know what my mom meant when i was a kid getting shots when she said that it hurt her more than me. P is in the 90th percentile for both height and weight. at 6 months and 1 day old, he weighed in at 19.5 lbs!! the pediatrician also said that he has grown 2 inches since his 4 month check-up. i think he's going to be tall like his brother R!

speaking of R, the boys are very close and P craves time and attention from R. P will start laughing at the drop of the hat if R is giving him some love. we will be driving in the car and P will be fussing a little, and as soon as R gives him some attention, P's whole disposition will change and he will be his laughing/smiley self again! it's the precious moments like these that make it so hard for me to imagine the possibility of the boys ever being split up. (their SW told me last week that this is a definite possibility if P's dad gets his act together before their mom. P will go to live with his dad and R will stay in foster care until/if their mom gets things together. i pray this does not happen!!!)

overall, we've been managing pretty well with baby P. he's a great baby and exactly what we would hope for someday when we can adopt or give birth to a child. both boys are definitely growing on us and we're glad to have them (for however long!).