Monday, March 19, 2018

Fox is NINE Months Old

Dear Fox,

You are NINE months old. You're three months away from turning a year old. It boggles Mama's mind how quickly time is going by.

Mama decided to start sleep training you, and what an ordeal it had been! She took away your pacifier, because she decided it was a good time for you to be weaned off them, since you were able to fall asleep without needing one for your morning naps. So you went cold turkey! Boy, let me tell you, you were NOT happy about losing your pacifier, and made your feelings very clear about this. You fussed for a half hour before falling asleep for your afternoon nap. That come evening, boy, there was a hell to pay. You screamed, and cried for an hour, and half! It proved to be difficult for you, and Mama. Nonetheless with a lot of patience, you resigned to falling asleep, and stay asleep. To Mama's great surprise, you slept until 2:30 am, nursed, then went back to sleep! The following day, you barely fussed for your afternoon nap, and went to bed with minimal crying that lasted less than five minutes.

You love sleeping on your belly. It is funny. Each of you boy have your own sleeping preference. Forrest loves to curl up like cat, and sleep in a feral position on his side. Franklin is most content sleeping with his arms, and legs splayed everywhere while laying on his back! You are a belly sleeper.

At first when you discovered this, Mama was not a fan, and worried about your ability to breath while sleeping on your belly.  You were her first boy to sleep on the belly, and it was a new territory for her. She tried to flip you to your side, or back, and you were quite adamant to roll back onto your belly. After mama realized how MUCH better you sleep on your belly, she let you be, and sure enough, you started sleeping longer, and longer at the night. Mama learned that colicky babies often preferred sleeping on their bellies, because the pressure on their bellies reduce the gas pains in babies.

You still nap in the van in the mornings during the weekday, because it's the only time that Mama can consistently keep you on the schedule for nap in the mornings. You nap from 10-11 am. On the weekends, you sleep longer than an hour. For the afternoons, you sleep anywhere from 1 hour and half to two hours...sometimes two hours and half in your crib! What a turnaround from you napping under an hour! You start your bedtime routine after supper, and nurse 20-25 minutes prior going to sleep, enjoy a bedtime story with your brothers and Dad, get dressed, and have your music turned on, then you go to sleep. You fall asleep within 5 minutes! You're gradually sleeping longer, and longer at night. You wake up at anywhere between 11 pm-12 am to be fed, and go back to sleep until between 2-4 am for another feedings. Mama LOVES this new schedule. 

Currently, your sleeping schedule is a tad messed up due to you having a fever. It appears that you have caught Forrest's cold, and sleep has been evading from you. Poor dear. Hopefully within a few days, you will be back to your old self, and be on a regular sleeping schedule. It is also not fun to see you so miserable from feeling sick. You don't handle being sick very well, and most certainly no one blame you for that! 

Along with other dilemma on top of you having a cold, the Daylight saving business has thrown a screw into your brand new sleeping schedule. You, being a particular little gentleman, does NOT appreciate how the DST isn't lining up quite nicely with your internal clock. Nonetheless, Mama is quite determined to carry on as normal with your routine. In time, all should recover for you.

You're getting better at this eating shtick! You're determined to use your pincher grasp ability to pick up food, and shove it into your mouth. You're also able to drink from your sippy cup from observing how your brothers tip the water bottle as they help you drink. One day, you happen to pick it up on your own, and tipped the bottle back. Boom! The history is made on that day, and you're loving it ever since. You continue to eat whatever what the family is eating, and has not met a food you dislike. However, Mama has discovered your favorite food: spinach! It does make a lot of sense seeing that spinach is one of Mama's cravings while pregnant with you. Wilted spinach is a big hit with you! You love eating Cheerios, because it is something your brothers, and you can share together. You demand for Cheerios when you see them eating a bowlful! You also LOVE yogurt melt its, especially the berry flavored one.

You're now sitting up unassisted with no problem, even though you still prefer laying on your stomach while playing, and you are able to also sit upright on your knees for a few minutes before toppling over. You're working so hard at rocking back and forth as you are off your stomach for crawling. Mama can see that you are on the verge of taking off, and it is just a matter of time before you realize you are able to move in that position. You love pulling yourself up on your knees to reach to things above you. Sometimes you do get stuck, and get upset!

You LOVE taking baths! You enjoy splashing, and tasting bath water. You love it even more when one or both of your brothers join you (even though it makes the whole bathing ordeal even messier). You laugh, coo, and kick at the water. You're fascinated by the bubbles. You try to eat them! Water fills you with joy. It's rather endearing to witness.

You are beginning to recognize certain signs. You respond to MILK, SLEEP, and CHANGE (diapers). You get excited when you see the sign for MILK, and respond jovially. You know it meant getting fed! Mama is working on getting you to recognize FOOD for eating. So far, you have not made the association between the sign FOOD with eating solids. Fear not, you will pick up on it in no time!

You are now in 12 months clothing, not due to your weight, but to your height! The only fat on you is in your thighs! Besides that, you're a lean baby. Mama has switched out your 9 month to 12 month clothing for your dresser. It is nice to see a few summer outfits starting to appear among your winter stash. It means that spring is on its way soon...right? Who knows with Wisconsin weather?! 

Easter is coming up soon. It will be fun for you to celebrate your first Easter! Your 9 month wellness check is also coming up next month. Your wellness checks are always fun for Mama, because she enjoy getting stats about your overall well-being, and be updated with how you are doing health-wise. Aside from this fever and cold, you are a generally healthy little fellow, and there is no worry when it comes to your wellness appointments.

Hopefully in no time, you will be back to your regular content self, and warm weather will finally bestow upon us all for spring!


Mama, Daddy, Forrest, and Franklin 

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Fox is EIGHT Months Old

Dear Fox, 

You are EIGHT months old.

"The days are long, but the months [years] are short" saying has entered my mind when I think of you being 8 months old. You have certainly kept all of us on our toes these days with your lightning crawling. You are such a curious baby, and MUST investigate everything. As result, it requires us to be on constant look out for you. More often than not, you are usually hauled out of the way by your older brothers, or rescued from Mama from a perilous doom of a terrible consequence, or quickly secured to be safely kept in Dad's arms. With you being so busy, Mama doesn't have very much time to do anything these days, and that is okay! Things will eventually get done at the end of the day when you are down for bedtime. 

You had a recent scare, or rather Mama did. You had been so fascinated by the stairs. Just like moth drawn to the light, you had to go by the stairs to explore, and oh so many times, you teetered on the top stairs like a tightrope walker balancing on a thin rope miles above the ground. Mama grabbed you so many times before you fell down the stairs. Alas, one day, it was not the case. You did the same teetering act, Mama ran toward you, and before she could grab you, you tumbled down the stairs! Admittedly, Mama cried way more than you did when that happened! As it was customary for a third child, you brushed off your fright, and attempted the VERY SAME THING. Needless to say, a baby gate immediately went up, and blocked the fateful fall from happening again.

Food continued to unsuccessfully make its way down the hatch these days with you. Food pieces ended up being scattered all over on your lap, between your body and the high chair bucket armrest, and between your legs. Fear not, Beatrice was more than glad to help to clean up the mess! Her favorite spot was sitting beneath your high chair tray with her snout pointing up toward the falling gifts from the great above beyond. She waited until you were removed, then pounced at the chance of lapping up morsels left behind by your feast! 

You are eating three meals a day. Mama has yet to discover what is your favorite food. You eat pretty much whatever that is given to you. This usually  mean Mama has to make sure Frank doesn't give you wrong kind of food! He LOVES to share with you. Food is more of a plaything than nourishment for you since you are still being breastfed. You enjoy practicing your pincer grasp, and fine motor skills by picking up food pieces. About 90% of food usually don't up being consumed, but that is quite alright. After all, the beauty of BLW (Baby-Led Weaning) is that the development of eating grows with a baby as the baby acquires skills, and abilities with self-feeding. When a baby is ready to be able to eat more, then the baby will make it happen for himself. All will come in due time with eating, little Fox!

Sleep is still ever eluding for you. Out of all three boys, you are our least best sleeper, and we are still praying to the Sleep gods that you will one night sleep through the night! You still wake up between 2-3 hours to nurse to make up for not nursing very much during the day. It is something that comes with the deal, since you are constantly distracted, and amused by your older brothers! Being congested, and hit by colds almost constantly does impact your sleep. It has not been a healthy winter season for all of us! Hopefully this come spring with you eating more amount of food, and being less congested, you will be able to sleep through the night? Maybe?

You are currently napping like champ, and knows your routine when it comes to bed time. You are out like a light as soon as your head hits the mattress. To get to this point, it did require a lot of patience, and work on both of your and Mama's part. Within a few weeks, its has become a daily routine for you to go to sleep, and it has become one less battle to fight. Yay Mr. Fantastic Fox!

Dr. Karbon has given Mama a green light to get you started on night weaning. Understand, you aren't expected to drop ALL of your feeds. However, with you waking up between 1-2, sometimes 3, hours every night to nurse, and getting to the point where you are soaking through your nighttime diaper, it is a good indication that you are ready to have some of your feedings dropped. After all, Daddy and Mama suspect that some of those are more for comfort than nourishment. Mama is hoping to get you to drop all the feedings between the final nursing session at 10 pm, and 4-6 am for waking feeding. Mama is eager for more than 2-3 hours stretch of sleep! At the same time, she is a bit apprehensive about how you will respond to this. After all, you are one fussy little man! 

You are starting to attempt crawling off your belly, and loves to pull yourself up on anything you can find. It is still a work in progress to perfect your pulling up stance, and you've been hard at work to achieve this. Mama usually finds you trying to pull yourself up on boxes, laundry baskets, a chair rung, a step leading upstairs (since the stairs to downstairs is blocked off), on anybody's leg. and whatever you can reach. 

You are a determined baby to keep up with Forrest, and Franklin. When they run around the kitchen island...or face it, everywhere really, you try to crawl as fast as you can. It is not very often that one doesn't find you lingering behind your brothers' chaos. You like to crawl by where they are playing, and much to their grimace, you try to steal their toys or crayons to chew on. You want whatever they have. It can be a struggle for the older brothers to understand that you are not quite at the same level of understanding as they are when it comes to toys, and sharing. Nonetheless, it is wonderful to see how much love they have for you. You are ALWAYS doted on. Never have I seen one of your brothers hit you out of anger, or frustration. When their patience runs out, they often pick you up with your knees still on the floor, drag you over to your playmat, and walk away. Mama tries to tell them not to do that, but it still happens anyway! You are never frazzled, or frightened when they do that to you. Third child, I say. 

You are in 12 months clothes. You live mostly in warm footie pajamas these days with Wisconsin winter being in a full force. Mama is looking forward to warmer days so you don't have to be bundled up so much anymore!

You love to babble, and shout. You continue to alternate between happiness, and fits. You most certainly keep us on our toes, and living with you (and as well as your older brothers) is rarely boring! You LOVE the pets in our home. Cats fascinate you, and you desperately want to cuddle with them. Sadly, they don't reciprocate the same feeling for you, especially after Missy discovered that you have a very strong grip! Bea is more willing, and patient with you approaching her. She usually lay with you pulling at her collar, or holding her fur without much resistance. Nonetheless, Mama is very firm with her belief that boundaries should be established, and animals to be respected. Because of this, she doesn't allow you to mess around with Bea, and teach you gentle touch (even though you may not understand the concept yet--it is good to be exposed to it early on). Our family is thankful for such a patient loving dog, and prudent cats that know how to stay out of the way for the most part. 

You are such a joy in our lives. You continue to be an anchor of hope, and love for our family. Your older brothers are so proud of you, and love to show you off with every chance they can get. To further prove this, the other day, Forrest proudly showed you off to his classmates! Franklin loves to kiss, and hug you with every chance he gets. You are such a blessed little boy who is very loved.

We look forward to what month 8 brings to you, our little Fox.


Mama, Daddy, Forrest, and Franklin

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Fox is SEVEN Months Old

Dear Fox,

You are SEVEN months old.

You celebrated Christmas by participating in unwrapping gifts with a lot of help from your older brothers. Your favorite thing was watching Forrest, and Franklin open their gifts, and showing them off to you. You loved your presents from the Santa! You also enjoyed being lavished on by family members over the holidays. It was a wonderful Christmas despite all of you being sick with a stomach bug.

You've celebrated a lot of your firsts recently! You transitioned into your big boy car seat, and looked so much more comfortable. You also appreciated being able to see your brothers in the back seat, and not having to remain in the infant carrier when you were taken out of the van. The world just got a bit bigger for you, our dear Fox. Frank also ended up getting a new car seat with a 5 point harness, and Forrest switched over to high back booster seat! An exciting time for all of you boys for advancing to a big boy car seats.

You sat up for the first time, and actually stayed seated without toppling over! You loved being able to sit in the shopping cart, and be able to enjoy the sights around you. With sitting up, you also began crawling! One day, Mama placed you on the quilt mat to play on while she turned her back to you to put away dishes, then turned to check on you, you were nowhere on the playmat! With a prompt investigation, she had discovered that you were able to army crawl to your destination that you wanted to reach. Everybody were quite correct in stating that you were going to be able to get moving sooner instead of later! 

Mama and Daddy bought you a 3-in-1 high chair, and introduced you to eating solids for the first time! Frankly, you had no idea what to expect at first, and did not seem to appreciate your first meal, which was chopped half banana. Then you gradually started to learn what stuff on the tray was for, and began to show some interest in eating. Mama decided to just full on introduce you to normal food called Baby-Led Weaning method (just like what she did with Franklin after doing some combined puree-BLW). It basically meant no pureeing, or canned baby food for you. You just jumped right into the world of sampling food right away. You've had chicken, shredded pork, shredded cheese, scrambled eggs, pancakes, carrots, bananas, and avocados. It was discovered that you preferred meat over anything else.

You started sleeping so much better. Your awful 4-month sleep regression lasted what it seemed like to be forever, then one day, it ended. Mama did start sleep training you by nursing you, then placing you in your crib immediately after (of course with a lot of hugs and kisses first).You did not like it at first, and cried on and off for an hour and half. Mama went in to check on you frequently to assure you by stroking your head, and kissing you to let you know you were not alone. The following night was easy peasy. You knew the drill, and went to bed no problem.

Now, sleeping through the night? Not happening yet. Fear not, Mama isn't worried though. Sleeping through the night usually don't come until later, which usually coincides with eating more solids, and meals during the day to help keep a tummy nice, and full. While not sleeping through the night, you are able to sleep longer stretches with being more bundled up. You love sleeping with your minky winter sack, and you don't feel as quite cold as you were in your fleece sack.

Napping also has been going well! It took a few tries, and some adjustments to figure out your napping schedule. Once Mama figured out your rhythm, napping became easier, and you napped usually between 1 pm to 2 or 2:30 pm in the afternoon. The mornings still posed some struggle with not consistent routine with fitting nap time. So you usually slept in the van from 10 to 11 am while you and Mama waited for Frank and Forrest to be done with school. On the weekends, you usually nap during the same time period in your crib. Afternoon naps is usually when you sleep the longest.

You recently had your 6-month wellness check. You were measured to be at 27 inches tall, and weighed at 16 pounds! What a tall, and thin guy that you are! You received mostly third set of vaccinations, and a flu shot booster. It was great to see that you remained in a good health. You continue to be a drooling machine these days. Is teething on the horizon?? Possibly!

Your personality continued to show a great divide between two sides; super happy, or extremely angry. You are very alert, and on the point. You must keep up with your older brothers. You are always army crawling to them, and demanding to be in the sight of them. You get tired, and bored of things quickly. It is a good thing Forrest, and Franklin are always keeping you busy! You enjoy trying new things, and being exposed to new situations. You continue to make things known when you are angry. You make sounds to get attention--the sounds vary between a high pitch laugh, a scream, or coo. You love talking, and being talked to! You enjoy exploring, and getting into things. You are always gnawing, and chewing on anything you can put your hands on. It usually means Mama have to keep a close eye on you to make sure you don't put anything undesirable, like a dog food, into your mouth!

You're such a joy, and give us so much happiness in our daily lives. We look forward to what you bring to us during Month SEVEN!


Mama, Daddy, Forrest, and Franklin

Monday, December 18, 2017

Fox is SIX Months Old

Dear Fox,

You are SIX months old.

It is hard to believe that 6 months ago today I went into labor with you, and that you have been on the earthside for half of the year. It is amazing how quickly time has passed. Those past months have been such a wonderful journey with you in our lives. There has been some moments that were hard, sacrifices to be made, many sleepless nights, rocking you in my arm, and balancing a life with three of you boys. Never I have paused to think about a life before you. You fit in our family perfectly, and it feels like you have been with us forever.

You have been dealing with a major sleep regression these days. Every night brings inconsistency with sleep. On some nights, you sleep between five to six hours. On some others, you are up every hour, demanding to be held, and nursed frequently. Mama and Daddy thinks it is a combination of your growing separation anxiety, becoming more aware of the world around you, dealing with transition of sleeping in parents' room to your own crib, growth spurts, colds, and mastering new skills that interrupts with your desire to sleep! It can be quite difficult to run on such low fuel. Fortunately, Mama and Daddy have each other to rely, and a lot of coffee also helps! By the time you are able to eat solids, and sleep training; you should start to show a pattern of better sleep in between teething, and illnesses that comes with the winter season. 

Along with sleeping in your crib, you are adjusting to sleeping with scheduled naps, and it takes some getting used to! You usually take your morning nap in your infant car seat carrier after Forrest is dropped off at 4K for about an hour, then wake up to play with Franklin until it is time for Franklin to go to his speech class. Your morning naps is often squeezed in between school, and doing errands. After all, you being a third child requires you to be able to go on the fly sometimes! 

Then you take an afternoon nap around 12:30 pm. You usually don't sleep that long.  You sleep at most for a half hour. As for right now, you just DO NOT like to nap. Period. Nonetheless, despite you fighting your desire to fall asleep, you have a tell tale that gives it away that you are quite tired, and it is you rubbing your ears! 

You get ready for bed around 6:15 pm  by getting dressed, and having your music turned on for the night. Then you nurse, and get rocked to sleep. Once you are in light state of sleeping, you are put down in your crib for the night, and you are usually fast asleep (unless one of the boys startle you by being too loud) until Mama goes to bed around 10 pm. Then you get fed one more time, and go back to sleep. It depends on that night if you sleep well, or not.

With all of this in the place, Mama is considering about having you drop  a nap from going from three to just two a day.  Mama is planning on having you nap in your crib in the mornings from 9 am to 10:00 am, then again at 1 pm for your afternoon naps. Then you should be good and ready for bed by 6:15 pm. Hopefully, this will help you to get back on the track for sleeping better during the day. 

Tummy time is still so important for you. You love laying on the blankets, grasping at your feet, and rock yourself around. You don't like being on your back for too long, so you flip over onto your stomach, then pose yourself in a superman stance! It looks like you are doing push-ups. Forrest and Frank cracks up when you do this! Forrest and Mama jokingly says that you are trying to fly away just like a Superman. 

Your strength is remarkable. Sometimes you push yourself up so hard that you end up flipping over! You are able to roll from both sides. A complete roll-over is still on the horizon. That time is getting closer though. Before all of us know it, you will be rolling around! Sometimes, it looks like you are also attempting to crawl. You push yourself forward with your feet on your belly! We call it army crawling, and older brothers love army crawling with you on the floor despite you not getting too far. It's great to see you all play together.  

You love jumping in your jumproo. You prefer bouncing over sitting in your activity center. You must be able to rotate, and see what is everybody up to! If you are unable to, then you proceed to scream, holler, and yell until someone runs to entertain you. You love it the best when Forrest, or Franklin, or even both sit down, and play with you! You giggle, and talk along with Forrest when Forrest reads you recipes from a cookbook, or when he tells you what is going on in a book he is reading at that time. You try to bite and chew on whatever Franklin gives to you, which ends up warranting a close watch from Mama to make sure no food has entered your mouth from Frank's hand! You love watching everything, and everybody. You stare intensely whatever a pet is doing nearby. It fascinates you when Bea is eating, or when one of the cats is playing with one of the hanging toys from your jumperroo. Your favorite game is peek-a-boo! When someone yells boo, you jump a little, then you laugh. This game keeps you entertained for good 10 minutes, before you get tired, and want a break. 


You are always wiggling, kicking, bouncing, waving, and quivering. You are rarely still. The only time you are still is when you are on the verge of falling asleep. Even during nursing, you try to sit up, play with your feet, scratch or grasp at Mama's face, and you try to talk while eating! You usually don't nurse for long. You are easily distracted by your brothers, and want to know what's up. You are definitely a wild one. Mama does not think you are very patient when it comes to food. It will be interesting to see how you are like when you are eating solid food! 

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Currently, you are not quite ready to start solids, because you have not started sitting up by yourself, and you are still thrusting out your tongue. Once the tongue movement is lost, you will be able to start accepting food into your mouth, and start eating! Mama is thinking about giving you applesauce as your first food, since it's easy to swallow, and play with. Then next food will be an avaocado or a banana. It's soft and mushy--perfect for a little toothless mouth! 

You spent your first Thanksgiving with you being held by so many people! Mama didn't think she even held you that much at all! You sure got passed around like a hot potato! People just adored you. Franklin celebrated his third birthday close to Thanksgiving. You spent his birthday by sleeping through everything. Ah, such a life of a baby. 
With you turning 6 months so close to Christmas, it means you are able to enjoy the scenery of opening presents, and watching people around you to enjoy their gifts! Mama is quite excited to see how you react to the whole thing. Santa will definitely be delivering you some of things! You love the toys that rattle, or make sounds. You can easily spend a few minutes concentrating on how an item works. You enjoy the feel of a toy crinkling under your hands. You grasp things, then lift them in the air to see what happens. You are fascinated by how things work, and want to know how they tick. You are always so busy! However, you do get very frustrated if you can't get something to work the way you want it to, or if it's quite out of your reach while you are on your stomach. Sometimes you try so hard that you manage to scooch a few inches forward to your toy! Sometimes you get flustered when you are in your activity center, and can't move to see where a person is going. Then you sure make yourself known! 

Your six-month wellness check is coming up in January. By then, your stats should be known. Mama thinks you are nearly twenty pounds! Your next major transitions will be moving into a big boy car seat, and eating solids. You are becoming to be a big boy, and it makes Mama sad to think that you are getting closer to being 1 than being closer to being a newborn. At the same time, Mama is excited to see what kind of personality will be emerged, and discovering who you are. 

You are currently in 9-12 months clothes! Holy moly. It doesn't feel like a long ago when Mama pulled out 6 months clothes for you, and there you are...already entering 9 month clothes. You are not quite a chunkster, but rather tall! You're just like Frank from when he was a baby. It makes Mama and Daddy wonder if you will end up having similar body type as Frank. Who knows! After all, you are uniquely you! 

Your personality is full of force! You are alert, intense, and full of fire! You blow raspberries when you are frustrated to the point of soaking your shirt! You yell when you demand attention. You laugh when you are being entertained. Everything fascinates you. You adore being talked to. Your eyes are constantly moving. You are extremely alert, and on the point. You DISLIKE with passion when you are left out, or ignored. You can be quite demanding, and particular about how things feel against your skin. You hate having a soiled diaper, and will scream until you are changed. You must be kept busy. Sometimes this can be challenging for Mama to get things done. You lose interest very quickly, and get bored. Then there is hell to pay if nobody gets to you fast enough. You hate napping, or sleeping in general, because you want so badly to be involved with what is happening around you. If you hear a sound, then you must be brought to investigate. While one may think that you are a high need baby, Mama happens to think that you are a perfect fit for our family, because after all, you have to make sure that you hold a place among your older brothers! After all, this isn't Mama's first rodeo of dealing with a strong-willed, and spirited baby. After all, here's a secret; a strong willed child is a lot of fun, and they rarely make a life boring with them in it. 

We look forward to what month 6 brings to you, our dear little Fox.


Mama, Daddy, Forrest, and Franklin 

Sunday, November 19, 2017

FDR is THREE Years Old

Dear Franklin, 

You are now THREE years old. My middle child. The mischievous one. Full of love. The one who connects the oldest child to the baby. Fiercely stubborn. It has been a true joy to have you in our lives.

From the minute you entered the world to the minute you turned three years old, it has been a such a whirlwind ride to have you in our lives, and there has never been a dull moment with you! 

Why, you are such a mischievous little boy. You love getting into things that you should not be really getting yourself into! When you are being called for, told to quit doing something potentially damaging or dangerous to yourself, or to be reminded to behave in an appropriate manner; you are lost in your own wold of a selective hearing, and it can be quite difficult to snap you out of that world. Some other times, you just absolutely do not care. You want it. Therefore you have to have it.  Grandma Bobbie has said several times how you are your dad's mini me, given with how he had acted like you from when he was a little boy. There have been days when Daddy and Mama jokingly  want to sell you to the zoo (Just like how it is from the book, I Love you Forever)!

Oh my, oh my. You are STUBBORN as a mule. Daddy says that you got it from Mama, and guess what? He's right. Being stubborn is a very good thing. It enables you to stay on the course, be persistent, and not to give up so easily. It will become one of your biggest strengths...and also, it has a potential of becoming one of your weaknesses if you don't mollify it to become your strength. Just make sure you are not so stubborn that you are unwilling to see others' point of view, to work with others, and to be able to ask for help. Use it to your advantage to overcome obstacles in your life, and this trait will never fail you. 

Your sense of adventure is apparent, and you love exploring. That means you have a tendency to wander off! You have a seemingly restless soul. On the other side of the spectrum, you often show a lot of caution. You are usually very willing to try new things, and approach them cautiously until you learn that it is safe, then you go town! Your aim for independence is clearly shown by you wanting to put on your own clothes, and shoes! While you seemingly to be quiet to the strangers, for those who know you dearly are very aware of how much of a spitfire you are! Your crime in the partners are Forrest, and Beatrice. Ah, yes, especially so, you and Beatrice can be thick as thieves, seeing that you always share your food with her, and she conspires to help you get food for her.

Patience isn't your strongest virtue. It is partly due to your age, and partly because of your personality! However, you have been gradually improving your patience by learning that missed opportunities are not fun. Your impatience isn't necessarily a bad trait. It simply needs to be channeled into a right form, which can become a way for you to find solutions to your problems. To be impatient can enable you to strategically think of a next step. Nonetheless, your impatience is apparent during your speech sessions. Once you lose an interest, you no longer want to work with Kim, your speech teacher, or with Daddy to properly say a word. More often than not, Kim often has to come up with creative ways to keep your interest piqued!

You often switch between languages of speaking, and signing. There has been periods where you prefer signing over speaking, and speaking over signing. It is usually when your vocabulary has exponentially increased in the numbers. It is so fascinating to watch how your mind develops, and it shows through your language use. Mama and Daddy are encouraging your level of confidence by playing games with alphabets, letters, and numbers. However, when you are around people you do not know very well, you can go mum, and not say a word either verbally, or signed. This sudden shyness reminds Mama so much of her from when she was a little girl. It is funny how Mama see so much of Dad, and herself in you at times!

Because you are three now, you've been officially released from early intervention program, and has been transitioned into the school system for speech therapy. You are starting a speech class with Mrs. Smaurva right after Thanksgiving. Dad and Mama thinks that it will be really great for you, because after a month of being one-to-one with your speech teacher, other two boys will be joining the class, and you will have a bit of socialization with them. Hopefully, you will make friends, and be excited to talk. It is possible that you will be entering 3K for 2018-2019 school year! It is hard to believe that you are getting to be big enough to be attending school.

It is a bit hard for Mama to let you go into that next step in your life, but that is what life is about--for you to grow up, explore life, and live to your fullest. You will love school so.

You have such a big, big, big heart. We cannot even begin to describe how your heart can hold so much love for everything, and everybody. You give out the best hugs, and kisses. You are also the best cuddler! You love to cuddle, and relax next to especially Daddy while watching movies. You love hard by squeezing, holding on tightly, and long. You share food with Beatrice, even though it is probably not in Beatrice's best interest for her waistline, but you can't bear the thought of her going without something. You two are truly best friends, and love each other so. Along with Bea, you enjoy sharing food with family members, and friends. More often than not, you beg for a bite of our food, and helping Mama with cooking. If you are unable to help Mama to prep food, then you throw a biggest fit, because how dare she to stop you from doing something you love doing. Mama hope that you will grow up with a love of cooking, and baking.

You love going on adventures with Forrest. You look up so much to him. It is evident by how much you love him, and even if Forrest is bossy toward you at times, you tolerate it, because you want very much so to be in his presence. It is rather sweet. You and Forrest get into squabbles quite often, and one of you are often guilty of striking at one other. The culprit is usually over a toy. Despite your squabbles, you love Forrest quite fiercely, and remain loyal to him. You come to his defense when he is in trouble by blowing raspberries, or scream gibberish at Mama or Daddy. Ah, your loyalty will come in very handy, my little one, especially for those who are true to you. Just keep in the mind that it is okay to cut loyalty to those who are not conductive for you. You are very sympathetic, and must suffer the same fate as Forrest. If Forrest has a pain in his elbow, then you also have a pain your elbow. You two are so crazy together! More often than not, Mama often find you two in the cahoots! You love wrestling with Forrest, and causing chaos with him. More often than not, you and Forrest erupt in loudest laughter, and screams as Bea run by your heels around the house.

You love kissing, patting, and laying your head against Fox's cheek. You desperately want to hold him, even though you are a bit too young yet to do this alone. Never once have we both seen you strike at Fox out of anger. As Fox gets older, you enjoy helping Mama bathing him, and encouraging him to roll over while doing tummy time. You are such a wonderful big brother, and show so much love to Fox.

You have been pee trained for a few months now! It must be from watching Forrest using toilet, and you no longer want to be the baby anymore. One day, you decided that you are done with your diaper, threw it away, and used your potty. Ever since, you had not looked back. You prefer either going bare-butt naked, or underwear over your pull-ups. It did not take you too long before you wanted to pee standing up...just like Forrest. You do not want to sit to pee. You have to have STAND UP. Okay, so be it. It just means Mama have to clean the toilet more often than not.

Pooping is still a work in the progress. You are a bit afraid of using the big toilet to poop. Mama and Daddy aren't overly worried. They know you will get a hang of it before you know it! To be honest, Mama and Daddy are just really happy that you are able to get a hang of using potty to pee! Hopefully after Christmas, you will attempt to start going number two on the toilet with some ideas that Mama has up her sleeves to help you to feel less afraid.

According to our scale, you are 34 pounds! You're dubbed as Frank the Tank, and you love food. Matter of fact, Mama can detect when you are becoming sick, because you turn up your nose to food, and that is not normal for you. Then Mama knows you are on the verge of becoming sick, and arm herself with the arsenal to prepare for the Armageddon. With you being the biggest kid in our family, Dad jokingly says that you are our linebacker of the family. You recently went through a growth spurt, and completely bypassed 3T to 4T winter clothes!

You had your first dental appointment with Dr. Tom at First Impressions! You handled it like a champ, and allowed Dr. Tom to explore your teeth. Dr. Tom explained that you yet have had your 2-year old molars, but he wasn't worried upon learning that you were a late teether. He did say that for your next check up in 6 months, you may need x-ray to check the whereabouts of your molars if they had not erupted by then. He was impressed with how calm you were with being examined. He gave you and Forrest a clean bill of health! Absolutely no cavities for you two. You were quite glad to be able to pick out a toy after the exam though! 

Oh be still my heart, you are so funny. The way how you scrunch your face when you smile, little mannerisms that you have, and how you present your sense of humor all are so endearing. It is not often that Mama doesn't go without a laughter in the day. You make Forrest, and Fox laugh. Daddy loves joking around with you. Your smile beams from your face, and it is one of the best thing to see from you.

We are so blessed, and lucky to have you in our lives, our sweet Franklin. You are our sunshine. We look forward to what you bring to us in year three!


Mama, Daddy, Forrest, and Fox

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Fox is 5 Months Old

Dear Fox,

You are now FIVE MONTHS old. Your fifth month arrived with a lot of wonderful changes. You are on the cusp of discovering so many new things in your short life. Those are one of the best things to witness. 

You have recently accomplished an exciting milestone! You are able to roll from your back to belly. You grunt, moan, and kick furiously until you are on your belly. Then you erupt into a biggest baby laugh. It is quite evident that you are absolutely proud of achieving this task. It is nearing to that time when you will be able to do a complete roll. You have such a strong abs; you continue to do "crunches" when you are on your back, and it won't be in no time before you are able to sit up by yourself! You are always on the move! Your legs, your arms, and your trunk are always wiggling. It is extremely rare when you are sitting still. Mama and Daddy think you will be up and off before you know it, because you are so desperate to keep up with your older brothers.

You continue to visit Dr. Katie to manage your torticillis. She says that you feel great, and you are very strong. You also get cranial massages to make sure your head stays round. It is quite fascinating how chiropractic care is helping you. You get stretches on some days when Mama feels that you are more stiff than usual, which doesn't happen very often these days, and it is more apparent only when you are becoming sick. Aside from plenty of tummy time, and chiropractic visits, one barely can tell that you have this condition. It has not affected you physically, or will it cause any long-term struggles for you.  

You are a drooling, and pooping machine. It is amazing to see how much saliva is coming out of your mouth, and even more amazing to know how much you can poop in one day! Usually breastfed babies poop 1-2 time a week. Not you! You happily poop 3-4 times a days! At least we know you are being well-fed, and all the milk is going straight to your chunky stomach and thighs...which is the cutest thing ever. You are slowly fattening up, which happens to be one of Mama's favorite parts of babyhood--to have a chunky baby with a big smile! 

Oh how you love your brothers so. You laugh, and squeal when Forrest or Franklin sit next to you, and talk to you. You reach out to them to touch their faces, and welcome their kisses. Germs may be always exchanging between you three boys, but it is worth seeing the love among you. Mama hope that this will always continue throughout your lives. It is rather endearing with how much you love your brothers. When they are gone for a few hours to a day, you struggle with the silence, and have a hard time keeping yourself entertained, or have a hard time staying asleep. After all, chaos comfort you. 

The older two went out trick or treating for Halloween, you were very content sleeping by Aunt Wally, and resting until we returned. After all, it was a bit too chilly for you to go out that evening! You were content with watching the family carve up the pumpkins, and showed no interest in the pumpkin goo when one of your brothers gave it to you. Halloween came and went with an uneventful bang. 

You had a visit with Dr. Karbon for your 4-month wellness check. Oh my, you are right on the dot weight-wise. Just like your older brothers at this age, you clocked at little over 14 and half pounds! You are 26 inches tall, which makes you way above average for height. Having said all of this, it all means you are one tall and skinny dude! You are fitting in between 6 to 9 months clothes already. Whoa, what a big kid you are becoming! It is hard to keep up with your crazy growth spurts, and Mama keeps having to buy you clothes to make sure you are clothed! Dr. Karbon said that you are in a really good health, and she suspects that you will be able to do a lot of things sooner than later.

You are still being exclusively nursed. Mama is keeping up with the goal of making sure you get breastmilk until you turn 6 months old, and introduce you to solids! It is such an exciting moment to get you start tasting food, and join the family for meal times. Mama is looking forward to making baby food, and putting you on baby-led weaning diet. Mama is in a search for a 3-in-1 high chair for you. On top of looking for a high chair, you are on a verge of transitioning to a car seat instead of staying in an infant carseat. You will be getting Frank's Britax car seat, and Frank will get a brand new high back booster seat that he has been coveting for a while now. It's hard to believe that you are nearly done with your infant car seat. You are growing up way too quickly.

With so many transitions happening, it is not a big surprise that you are also facing a big change with from sleeping in the same room with Mama and Daddy to being in your own room! You have officially outgrown your bassinet by both weight, and height. So it is obvious that you need to be moved into the crib. It is also a perfect time to start scheduling a routine for your bedtime. You are consistently falling asleep every night between 7:30-8:30 pm. Mama is hoping to get you down for bedtime by 7:30 pm every evening. It is a bit more tricky to schedule nap times in the morning, because mornings are usually the busiest time of the day with older two boys in school, and errands. You usually sleep on the go. Nonetheless, you are doing well with napping in your crib for naps during the afternoons.

You have a big personality! You love to talk. You MUST be heard, and be spoken to. You hate being ignored, or put down for rest. You want to always be a part of chaos. You want to have your voice to be heard. You want to be a part of the shouts, and screams. Your eyes are always tracking Bea, and the boys around the house. You like to stand. Sitting isn't your favorite thing to do. You go as stiff as a board when Mama tries to put you down, because no way Jose, you have to be standing up, and watching. It is no big surprise that you love being in a jumpsaucer. You enjoy bouncing, and playing around you. You are very particular about certain things, especially when it is close to your bedtime, and you despite not being held before falling asleep. You love sleeping in every morning, and resent having to wake up for the day, yet you hate taking naps. You prefer stay awake for as long as possible until you fall asleep, or until Mama makes you go down for a nap. You hate being too cold, or too hot. You make yourself heard when you are hungry, or upset, because waiting is not your forte. You are not afraid to make things known.

You are about to experience your first Thanksgiving, and Christmas! Mama is quite excited for you to be exposed to the holidays, and be a part of the festivities. By Christmas, it is possible that you will be starting to sample holiday food! Will you be like Frank, and love food, or will you be like Forrest and be a grazer, or will you be in the between? Who knows!

It is hard to believe that you are on the verge of your half birthday. It has always felt like you've been a part of the family. While Forrest made Mama a mother for the first time, and Frank taught Mama that love can only grow bigger with each child that comes into the family; you are what keeps us rooted with hope, and be so thankful for what every of you bring to the family. Yes, we are extremely thankful for you, our little Rainbow, and for what you bring to us.


Mama, Daddy, Forrest, Franklin, and Bea

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Fox is FOUR Months Old

Dear Fox, 

You are FOUR months old. Holy batman! Where did the time go? We are closer to you being 6 months old than we are closer to you being a newborn baby. You are about to see what is all the fun about with the upcoming holidays, and the whole family is so excited to have you to celebrate with them. You are a happy, happy smiley baby boy with a sharp witted edge to your personality. As a Gemini, beware of Mr. Hyde and Mr. Jekyell dwelling inside you, because your happy nature can turn sour in a blink of eye! You definitely like to keep all of us on our toes. It is never boring with you three boys.  

You are beginning to fill out. You are sporting chubby cheeks that are constantly asking to be kissed on. Your thighs have rolls, and it's adorable. It's evident where all of the breast milk are going to! Mama and Daddy think you are in 12-14 pound range, and it will be interesting to see if they are right. Mama and Daddy see so much of Forrest, and Frank in you! 

You are quickly outgrowing your infant car seat. It doesn't surprise Mama that you are following the suit to your older brothers, because your older two brothers outgrew the same carseat by the time they were 5 1/2 months old! You're on the 3rd notch for shoulder harness, and there is only ONE more left this one! It is a good thing you are almost done with this car seat, because it will expire by December. Mama is feeling a bit sentimental about retiring your infant car seat, because it has carried all three of you boys. It will be a sad day to officially recycle the car seat. There are a lot of memories of you all three using the car seat such as first ride home from the hospital, and how small you looked in it to how you are barely fitting in it. It's bittersweet. Once you are done with the car seat, you will start using Frank's current Britax car seat, and Frank will upgrade to using a car seat high back booster. You three boys are growing up too quickly for Mama's liking.

Goodness, you are a drooling machine. It is as if one day your mouth decided to turn on its waterwork, and ever since, you have been drooling like a mastiff. Your onesies get quite soaked by the end of the day. Sometimes Mama have to change you several times because you drool so much! On top of your drooling, you are a quite pooping machine, and has managed to soil your outfits several times. Sometimes you have at least 3-4 outfit changes in just one day! It's a good thing that there is a lot of laundry in the home to be able toss your dirty clothes along with it! 

You have discovered your legs, and toes! You love to bring them to your face so you can examine them closely. Sometimes you fall over, especially if you are propped up against your boppy pillow, and Mama often have to keep a close eye on you. You never like to stay still. You work so hard to achieve rolling over. Currently, you are able to get on your side during your tummy time. You are able to pull yourself forward in a sitting position. We jokingly say that you are working out your abs! You are still not a fan of tummy time, but it is critical for you, especially with your Torticillis. Along with practicing tummy time, Mama is looking into pulling out a jumperoo saucer for you! She has an inkling that you will really love it, given with how much you love to move!!

Dr. Katie, who is your chiropractor, continues to adjust you on a weekly basis. She says that she can tell you're getting stronger, and better. You're able to hold up your neck longer when you are on your belly. Go Fox Go! After all, once your spine is in a correct position to hold all of your neck muscles, then you use tummy time to help strengthen the muscles. It is proving that it has been so beneficial for you. It's a win!

With this in the place, you are able to prove to Dave that you have a full capacity with how your neck function, and he decided, with his good graces, to release you from his care! You have a normal range of neck control, and can hold your head up without tilting. Dave did warn that you may tilt your head when you are ill (which is something Mama has already seen with Frank). Aside from that, you have recovered from Torticillis, and from this point on, it is all about managing your condition when it flares up.

We celebrated Forrest's and Franklin's birthdays by throwing a family party earlier this month, and you were quite lavished on by everybody there! Grandpa Dave and Nana Jess came to visit at the later time; like always, you boys were spoiled rotten! You joined your brothers to visit the roaring dinosaurs, and spent most of your time asleep despite the noises. You even slept through your first dining experience with the family. It was just not that of a big deal to you! 

You are very particular. You like to have your routine to be exactly the same every evening, and if somehow, your routine is thrown off even by slight bit, then you're going to make your feelings known to everybody! For instance, after your day trip visiting your grandparents, you screamed your head off the whole way home, because it got dark, and you didn't go down to bed in specific way that you preferred. You can go from being very happy to being very angry in a blink of eye. If a hat is on you, and you're not up to wearing it, then you will scream your head off until it's removed.  It is as if there is no happy medium to your personality! You are either happy and alert, or angry and screaming your head off. That's it. I suppose you have to make your stand between your older brothers, and make sure that your presence is always known!

You are gradually showing a consistent pattern by falling asleep between 7:30 to 8:30 pm. It is a good thing, because it shows Mama that you are ready for a consistent bed time routine. Staying asleep through the whole night is still out of the question for you! After all, you are still being exclusively breastfed, and your tummy is still small. Because of that, you don't stay full for long, and get hungry. You won't be sleeping through the night until you are past 6 months old, and that is okay with Mama. Right now, the biggest focus is to make sure you are used to sleeping in your crib. To start that process, Mama is going to start putting you down in crib for nap time. Once you've shown comfort with sleeping in the crib for nap time, you will be transitioned from bassinet to the crib for night sleeping. This is rather consistent with your older brothers' pattern from when they were babies too!

Mama is quite excited, because the books she made for you have been ordered, and the first of two books has just arrived! The book that has arrived is called "The Day I was Born", and the other one that is still in the process of being shipped is a pregnancy journal from when Mama was pregnant with you! Mama has made the same books for both Forrest, and Frank. So it's nice to be able to continue the tradition for you. She hope that one day you boys will appreciate those books.

Halloween is quickly approaching, and the whole family is excited to take you out for trick or treating! The boys want to buy you a Halloween pumpkin basket to gather EXTRA candies, and Mama told them to wait at least a year before that can happen. The boys want to go as Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and Mama is thinking about simply putting you into a skeleton pajamas that Forrest wore as a baby at your age! After all, Wisconsin weather is usually finicky around Halloween. It's either going to be really cold, or mild. Mama is betting on the former instead of later, so it might as well to put you in something warm during trick or treat!

You will have a visit with Dr. Karbon on Halloween for your 4 month old wellness check as well! It will be fun to see how much you have grown since, because you are quickly outgrowing your 3 month outfits, and transitioning into 6-9 months outfits. Here is the crazy thing; depending on what brand of outfit, some of 6 months outfits DO NOT fit you, not because of your width, but because of your height! You are a tall kid!

Mama and Daddy are excited to bring you with the older two to a pumpkin patch that they have gone every year. It has become something of a tradition for the family to attend that particular pumpkin patch ever since they had moved to the area. You'll be introduced to carving the pumpkins this come weekend. You may be too young to enjoy pumpkin seeds yet! Next Halloween, you will be able to enjoy digging out the goo, and making fun pumpkin faces with rest of your brothers.

You are such a joy, and bring so much happiness to all of us. We look forward to what you bring to Month 4!


Mama, Daddy, Forrest, and Frank