EIGHT months! You are entering one of my favorite baby stages of all time. The age where you begin to really understand us and do things that you know are funny. You learned how to wave a few days ago, and my most favorite - you start dancing if there is upbeat music playing. I will be holding you and you bounce your arms up and down! Yu love trying to get a reaction out of as as seen below (notice that a bottle of bubble bath is missing in photo #2 ;))
You have two teeth now, and you still haven’t met a food that you don’t love. We have completely done away with purees (too much work!), and you are self-feeding like a champ! Your favorite foods right now are definitely any kind of pasta, corn, and peas. You don’t even mind foods that are a little spicy!
For some reason, you have decided that you don’t like sleeping all night anymore, which has been a bit difficult on me, especially the days that I work in the office. You have also gotten a bit of separation anxiety, especially on those days I am in the office. You get very excited to see me when I pick you up. You crawl to me as fast as you can, giggling and shrieking. Most times you also grab my face and give me a few very slobbery kisses. You pretty much will not allow anyone to hold you for the rest of the evening…you also won’t let me put you down. I don’t mind too much, since I was missing you all day too, though. You have a special language with your brother, and nobody makes you smile and laugh like he does, which is so special to watch.
You still smile a TON, but you have added a million HILARIOUS scrunchy faces as well. Oh, and you have a ton of blonde hair. We made it to eleven months before cutting Jackson’s hair, but I am not sure that we will make it that long with you. Who knows, we might just let it grow long and shaggy instead of cutting it though. You still stand and pull up on everything, and I am afraid that you might start walking sooner than later, which is going to be nuts because I am already chasing you everywhere!
You definitely bring more color to our life, and we are so happy that you are ours! Happy 8 months cutie man!
Wyatt, immediately following his lip tie release
Today Wyatt went to an ENT to have an upper lip tie release (frenectomy). We had been last week for a consult, as I suspected that he had a lip tie, and sure enough, he had a pretty severe one. I was so on the fence about whether or not to have the frenectomy done, but in the end, decided to go ahead with the procedure.
When both of my boys were first born, nursing was really painful. I just chalked it up to “building up a callous.” While I do think that was part of it, now I know better. With both boys, the pain was temporary, only lasting for the first 4 weeks or so, and I got by with truckloads of lanolin and nipple shields, and at the end of four weeks we eased into an easy nursing relationship. Jackson, who was supplemented with formula from the start (9 lb baby, blood sugar requirements at birth, etc), self-weaned at 8 months old, long before I was ready to end our nursing relationship. Wyatt has been exclusively breastfed from day one, without a drop of formula, and he is super committed to nursing, and is really protective and territorial about my boobs, so I don’t think that he will be choosing to wean at 8 months like his older brother.
Anyway - over the past seven months we dealt with a couple of issues that made me think that something was off - clogged ducts, nipple pain, etc. It was pretty clear that his latch wasn’t right from the start, but I had thought we were in the clear after that initial few weeks of pain. Then, the worst of it all happened. I had actual cuts on each nipple and one day at work, as I was gritting my teeth through a painful pumping session, I looked down and realized that I had pumped 2 ounces of BLOOD. I felt pretty defeated and grossed out, and consulted Dr. Google about why the heck I had cuts and was bleeding when my baby was already 6 months old. I started looking at photos of tongue ties and lip ties and instantly saw, based on the photos, that Wyatt was pretty severely lip tied.
I did a bunch of research on lip tie releases and made an appointment to have a consult with an ENT, who confirmed that not only did wyatt have a lip tie, but that he has a really minor tongue tie, that can stay as is. I was so on the fence about it at the consult that, instead of moving forward with the procedure, I decided to think about it some more. We went on vacation, I got more nipple pain and a clogged duct, and I made the appointment to have the release done.
So, for a week I was completely dreading this appointment. Feeling kind of like an asshole. Was I just being selfish? Am I hurting him so that I can feel better? Shouldn’t I be able to just deal with the pain so that he doesn’t have to? Every piece of information I could find on lip tie releases is that it doesn’t actually hurt that bad. Our ENT said that it feels as it does when you accidentally bite your cheek really hard. Based on this, I made sure to bite my cheek really hard and see how it felt over a few days - not so bad. I talked to our pediatric dentist at Jack’s cleaning on Wednesday as well. She, too, said it won’t hurt him badly, but that it would be very bloody. I never felt better about making him go have his lip sliced, so I can’t tell you whether or not I am actually a complete asshole or not. Here is what i CAN tell you:
- The procedure was very quick. They had us put him in his carseat, a nurse held his head, and I held his arms. Another nurse was there videotaping, because apparently a lot of parents are wanting to see the actual procedure, so I let them tape it. The doctor applied a local anesthetic with some q-tips, and then clamped the frenulum for 10-15 seconds. Doing this crushes blood vessels and makes it “bleed less.” After clamping he used scissors and cut it - this was the part that I couldn’t watch.
- It bled. A lot. I expected this because our dentist told me to. She also warned me that he will swallow blood and that its ok. If he spits up, to expect a brown tinge, and that we might find blood in his diaper as well. I am glad she told me these things, because I would have absolutely freaked out. It bled a lot when the procedure was done, and then on and off throughout the day. The procedure was at 11 am, and it last bled at 4-5 pm. I put him to bed at 7.
- He cried a fair amount during the procedure. I would say that he cried about the same amount as he does when getting shots. After the initial crying, there wasn’t anymore crying. In fact, he promptly fell asleep because it was nap time. This pleasantly surprised me.
- He was back to his normal self pretty quickly. Here is what he looked like around 5:00 this evening:
- He was able to nurse immediately after the procedure, and has maintained his regular eating habits (and appetite!) throughout the day. He did skip a nap though, so that was out of the ordinary.
- I didn’t take Jackson with us to the appointment, which was a good decision, because he would have freaked. He doesn’t love it when Wyatt gets shots, so I can only imagine how he would have reacted to this.
- Recovery is supposed to take 3-4 weeks in total, and we have stretching exercises that we need to do several times a day so that it doesn’t reattach, which is common with lip ties.
I was looking back at photos of Jackson a few weeks ago, and there is a photo of him leaning his head back laughing. I noticed that he, too had a pretty good lip tie. I wonder now if that contributed to his preference of a bottle over nursing and to his self-weaning at 8 months old.
Overall, the procedure wasn’t nearly as bad as I expected going in. It still weighs on me, because when my baby hurts, I hurt, and I just hope that all of the information out there saying that it is just a “mild irritant” are correct. So far, he seems to not be at all miserable, so that makes me feel a little better about it all. Also, the nurses today commented that his lip tie was one of the tightest that they’d seen, so that helped me to see that this was necessary. In the end, I am happy to have some relief from the cuts and clogged ducts and other ailments. I am also so happy to report that Wyatt’s latch looks completely different now, and I can feel that his suction is SO MUCH BETTER than it was before! It was an instant improvement, and I was astounded!
If you are having troubles similar to ours, and thinking about having the procedure done, know that it’s not as bad as it seems. Also, I feel like I should mention that some doctors and dentists use a laser to complete the procedure, and that it is then cauterized, and so much less bloody, if at all, so if blood makes you really queasy, maybe look into the laser separation instead :).
1. “That is the most DISGUSTING thing I have ever seen!!!”
2. That single tooth kills me! Heart. Eyes.
3. Cutie cute man.
365 Project | July 1st - July 10th
- July 1, 2014: Bed Head
- July 2, 2014: On the Move
- July 3, 2014: 7 Months
- July 4, 2014: Patriotism
- July 5, 2014: First Sparkler
- July 6, 2014: Overalls
- July 7, 2014: Auntie Angie
- July 8, 2014: Virginia is for Lovers
- July 9, 2014: Pappy!
- July 10, 2014: New.
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You are seven months old today, big guy! We are now on the opposite half of your first year, and I am having some sadness about you growing up so quickly, but also so happy that you are growing and thriving, even if it is too soon! At your six month well visit last month you were scooting around on the floor and rolling in all directions, and your pediatrician said to me that she felt that you would be pulling to stand within the next week or so. She was right - you pulled to stand for the first time the very next day. Since then, you have been standing at every opportunity. Your favorite activities are eating the coffee table, eating the recliner, eating the couch, climbing the step from the living room into the kitchen, and you LOVE to fall over and knock your head on things.
I have renamed you to bruiser, because you have a gigantic bruise on the left side of your forehead at all times. As soon as one bruise begins to fade, you somehow get another bruise on top of it (I tried to edit it out in the photo above, but you can still kind of see it). I sure hope you get some stability and balance soon!
You love food. Especially mum mum cookies and crackers. I think that your favorite part is holding them and feeding yourself. You also still love beets (ew), and you are a huge fan of peas. You do not like bananas (maybe the only baby ever to hate banana?), and aren’t a big fan of fruit. You still nurse like a champ also!
You have become really funny this month, always interacting with us. You like to scrunch up your face and breathe in and out really quickly, and think it is the best ever if we do it back. You also babble ALL DAY LONG, saying mamamamama dada dada bababababa and other fun things.
Because you are on the move SO MUCH, you have become very difficult to photograph. I tried for DAYS to get a decent photo of you for this post, and this is all I could come up with! Oh, and you still have one single tooth, and it is the cutest, funniest thing to have a cutie boy with a single tooth.
All in all, this month has been a dream, has flown by quickly, and has had you keeping us on our toes! We love you so much, but PLEASE don’t start walking next month ;)
I’ve officially renamed Wyatt to “Bruiser.” As you can see above, he loves to be daring and stand and do wild things like climb step(s). This love for danger has resulted in a new forehead bruise every day. I sure hope those brains are intact, although his incessant desire to keep standing and crawling tells me that they just might not be ;).
I thought Jackson was so daring and independent that time he crawled ALL THE WAY upstairs at 8 or 9 months, but he’s got nothing on old bruiser over here. This one is going nuts at only 6 months old. I’m one of those people that is convinced that children spend their first 2 to 4 years trying to kill themselves. I sure hope bruiser pulls through, because he sure is a cute one.
Father’s Day 2014
We spent father’s day doing one of daddy’s favorite activities in one of daddy’s favorite places. Zac & Jackson take trips to Lake Anna almost every weekend to satisfy their love of fishing, but this was the first time that baby bear was able to go along. Grandma & Grandpa came along too. Wyatt wasn’t a huge fan of the boat or the sun and heat, but he pulled through like a champ, and was able to get a few great naps in.
Jackson caught the most fish, I caught the big guy pictured above, and all of us caught at least one.
I don’t think there are enough words to say how much we love and appreciate Zac. These two little guys really got lucky with a daddy like him, and I spend most of my days counting my blessings.
Happy Father’s Day!
Most beautiful photo ever is by Ali Caudill Photography.
Things I am DYYYYING over today:
- Look up. At that photo. I’m officially dead. My INSANELY talented friend, Ali took this photo of Wyatt at his six month shoot last night. I am always so impressed and utterly speechless when I see the magic that she makes of my boys. Serious. Talent. If you are in Virginia, or DC, or Maryland, or ANYWHERE (she travels!) you need to book a session with her. Not only is she extremely talented, but she is also very kind and funny and pretty. Best all around, I tell ya! And don’t worry - when she blogs some photos from our session, I will be sure to share the link with you!
- Jackson can spell. I want to say thank you to whoever taught him how, but he can spell his last name. He can almost spell his first name (thank you CD that has songs personalized with his name), only he spells it J-K-C-K-S-O-M. Can’t win ‘em all, folks.
- Wyatt got a tooth (finally). It broke through last night and PRAISE GOD, he seems to be feeling better already. As you can see in the most beautiful photo ever above, he wears an amber teething necklace, and I will say that he had exactly 1.5 days of being VERY grumpy with this first tooth, and required Tylenol exactly one time. His brother did not wear a necklace and banged his head against the wall to deflect pain, had fevers, was grumpy, and required lots of help from medicine and orajel and teething tablets. I know they are two different people, but I am totally buying into the baltic amber.
Big things are obviously happening over here. Not really, but I needed an excuse to share the most beautiful photo ever with you and tell you about how amazing Ali of Ali Caudill Photography is.