|I am about to tear into this present!|
Three days before Christmas, we got a ton of snow. It hadn't melted much by Christmas Eve, so we took the boys out for a spin around the block. We pulled Jamison in his little sled and pushed Cayden in the stroller. Jamison had a good time, but Cayden fell asleep. That evening, I made my first attempt at making homemade pizza. It turned out pretty good, and that's what we had for dinner. I'm trying to think of family traditions we can start that the boys will look forward to and enjoy for years and years to come. Food has always been a central theme in my family, and I have so many good memories of meals associated with holidays. With two under two, I don't think I'm ready to take on preparing the feast of the seven fishes on Christmas Eve or sarma (stuffed cabbage) and torte on Christmas Day, but for now, homemade pizza is something I can do! We had ham on Christmas Day, but eventually, I'd like to make fondue our Christmas Day tradition. We had it two years ago, the year Jamison was born, but it's a lot of work and it won't really be appropriate for the boys for a few more years.
Another tradition I hope to continue is going out to look at Christmas lights. We bundled the boys up and took them around the neighborhood on Christmas night. It was cold, but I think they enjoyed it.
|Ready to go see some Christmas lights in the neighborhood|
Along with all of the holiday merriment lately, we've had lots of happy developmental happenings. A couple weeks ago, Cayden achieved two big milestones in the same day: he started holding his own bottle during feedings and he began pushing himself up to a sitting position from laying down.
|Holding my own bottle!|
Physically, he is a chunk! He's got to be 20 pounds by now. His last weigh-in was December 8th and he was 19 lbs. 8 oz. then. His hair is getting sort of long and now I'm not sure if it's going to be light or dark. I used to think it was going to be dark, but now it almost looks light, like Jamison's. It is definitely curly when it's wet, but after he sleeps on it, it gets all whacked out and just sort of looks fluffy. He's been shaking his head "no" and loves to go back and forth with Jamison when Jami imitates him doing it. He's also more vocal, making his wants known with grunts, yells, and shrieks. He likes to laugh and does a lot of plain old babbling. Today, we think he said "da-da" when Jason walked in the room!
Within the past week, we completed the transition from formula to whole milk, so now we don't have to mess with mixing, measuring, and making up formula (not to mention all the money we'll save!) He no longer has any thickener added to his milk - one less thing to measure, add, and shake up. He no longer needs his reflux medicine - no more phone calls and trips to the pharmacy every 28 days; no more having to force medicine down his throat; no more having to torture him by making him wait 20 minutes after taking his medicine before giving him his first bottle of the day; no more having to pay for said medicine. Because he is sitting up and using his core muscles so much, his reflux is much more under control, so we no longer have to hold him upright for a half hour after each feeding. He still spits up a little here and there, but it's nothing like it was. Life gets easier every day and I am so relieved! There IS light at the end of this long preemie tunnel!