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.

Love,

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!

Love,

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.



Love,

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!

Love,

Mama, Daddy, Forrest, and Frank


Monday, September 18, 2017

Fox is THREE Months Old

Dear Fox,


You are THREE Months old. We have officially left the fourth trimester. It simply means you are no longer a newborn, but an infant. Mama and Daddy always seem to forget how quickly a newborn stage goes by. It is quite difficult to have you grow up so fast, yet at the same time, it is truly a joy to watch you learn about the world around yourself as you get older.  

                  


You have recently begun to smile!! It is the most endearing thing, EVER. Your smile reaches to your eyes, and cause a sparkle to shine from your face. You are easily amused by your brothers playing, and talking to you. You love, love, love, I cannot begin to emphasis on this, being talked to. You enjoy a conversation whether it's gibberish from Frank, an imaginative story by Forrest, a baby talk by family members, and reporting by Mama about what happening in the day. You respond with your vocalizations such as ah, eh, and oo! Forrest and Frank often tries to get you to sign back, and they even go so far to help you to move your hands properly to create signs to reply! It is amazing to watch you three communicate in two languages. 

You are starting to be interested in your surroundings. Sometimes you try to focus so hard that your eyes end up crossing each other! It's kind of funny when that happens although it startles you when that happens. You are starting to flap your hand against hanging toys, not quite grasping them, but learning to grasp at them. Go Fox Go! You really enjoy toys that rattle. You try hard to get a toy rattle, yet you have not mastered a skill of grasping, and holding a toy. Often, one of us need to rattle a toy for you, and you get a kick out of it!


You weigh 11 pounds 8 ounces from your last check up. You are a TALL boy. You are 24 inches tall. Because of your height, you did not remain in 3 months clothes for too long, and entered the 6 months clothes. You do still fit in some 3 months, but not all. Crazy! Mama and Daddy does wonder if you will end up being the tallest of all three boys. Who knows? Only time will tell. 

Mama also got a news from Dr. Karbon about your health. You have been diagnosed with Torticillis. Here we go for the second time. Fortunately, it is milder than what Frank had. Right now, it looks like all you need is physical therapy with Dave at Bellin every 3 weeks or so. Most of the exercises are being done at home with Mama stretching your neck. You tolerate having stretches done when you're in a happy mood, and if you're being talked to. Otherwise, there has been some instances when you protest...loudly, and fight hard to have the stretches done. Nonetheless, it has to be done, because you do show remarkable improvement after being stretched.



Fortunately, you have not been diagnosed with plagiocephaly, which means a flat spot developing on your head, and when that does happen, it usually requires a corrective helmet to round out your head. Mama has been on top of this by turning you over like a hot potato during the night to prevent your head from getting flat. Tummy time helps greatly. You love to be baby-worn inside the wrap, and watch the world go by around you. Mama is nearly done with the tummy time quilt for you, and when it is done; you will be able to spend a lot more time on your belly! With all of this being done for you, Mama thinks you'll be able to avoid from needing a helmet.

You love hikes the most, because you get to breath in all the fresh air, watch your brothers run with the dog on the trail, and watch tree branches wave above you. It always soothe you, and put you in a wonderful mood, especially if you are really struggling with your crying fits.

You finally have met nearly the whole family. It will be fun watching you grow up alongside your cousin, Izzy, since she is about over a half year older than you are! You are definitely spoiled by everyone. They all love you so. You just need to meet Uncle Joey, and Aunt Lauren soon!



You continue to be a fidgety boy. You are craving to be on move, move, and move! Mama and Daddy imagine that you will take off running once you learn how to walk just to keep up with your older brothers! Forrest, and Frank continue to lavish their love, affection, and protection over you. You laugh, and coo back to them, which is the most awesome thing ever, and enjoy their presence. You get sad when they are no longer in your sight.

You are getting better at sleeping during the night; waking up 2-3 times to nurse, and go back to sleep. However, when you are going through your fussy periods, which coincides with your mental leaps and regressions, you do go back to waking up every 1-2 hours to be nursed, and consoled. It's just all part of the territory. Growing up is a hard work!

You like to wake up for the day between 5-6 am, which is pretty much when your older brothers wake up! There has been some mornings when either Mama or Daddy have to wake you up for the day! Your colic days are somewhat behind of you. Mama thinks that you are over that hump. However, spicy food can be a trigger for your crying fits, since it triggers your reflux. It just means Mama has to be more vigilant with what she eats until you are a bit older. When you also want to be held, you cry until you are picked up, and held. Who can blame you though!


Time is quickly approaching for you to be transitioned to your nursery. You are still fitting in your bassinet, but you are quickly running out of the space to be comfortable. It makes Mama a bit sad to think that you will be moved into your own room very soon. Of course, it is always harder on her than it is on you, and your brothers from when they were babies! After all, this is a big step for you, and Mama both. Nonetheless, your room is now completed, and ready. It just needs YOU in it. Mama thinks that by mid-October, you will be sleeping in your own room. My, you're becoming to be a big boy, aren't you?

With September drawing to its end to welcome October, Mama and Daddy are excited to start exposing you to a lot of fun traditions with fun holidays arriving around the corner! You're quite lucky to have two older brothers to show you all the fun to come soon yet.

Love,

Mama, Daddy, Forrest & Frank 





Monday, August 21, 2017

Forrest is FIVE Years Old

Dear Forrest,


You are now FIVE years old! For an unexplained reason, your turning five years old is quite hard on Mama. Perhaps it is because your lingering strands of babyhood is now faded away, and transformed into the next stage of your life: childhood. The folks are not kidding when they warned Mama and Daddy that the first five years of your life will flash by before their eyes. Mama desperately wants to hold on to those moments from when you are little. At the same time, it is a beautiful, amazing thing to witness you becoming into a person you have always strove to be.



Dinosaurs continue to be your source of obsession. You can expertly name each dinosaur without failing to miss a single pronunciation, and dazzle people with your intimate knowledge about them. You have piles of books about dinosaurs on your bed, and get upset if Mama tries to relocate your books! You love reading the books, sounding out dinosaur names, and sharing facts with anybody who is sitting nearby you. It amazes everybody how well-versed you are on the topic of dinosaurs. You recently attended a dinosaur camp, and loved your experience there! You love playing dinosaur pirates with Frank, and use your rich imagination to explore a humid jungle filled with razor-sharp clawed dinosaurs! At this rate, you will probably grow up to be a paleontologist.



You love to read. It warms Mama's heart so much to watch you grow to be a bookworm just like how she had been growing up! This love of reading began when you turned 4, and blew everybody away by being able to read! Of course, it is not so surprising that you are able to read this early with closed captioning constantly streaming on TV, and having Daddy read you books every night before you go to bed. This is where a lot of your imagination has grown from--from your love of reading. This is something we hope you will continue with your love of reading into the rest of your life.



School is one of your favorite places. You're always asking to go school, even on the weekends, and it makes Mama and Daddy laugh. It makes us so happy that you love learning, and are so full of enthusiasm when it comes to being in school.

You recently completed your second summer of school, and we love how you came home with art projects as well as facts that you had learned from that day! Your teacher had always been amazed by how much you knew about sharks, and ocean life, which was a topic of learning at your summer school.



You are enrolled into a charter program, LEADS, for this fall. Mama and Daddy have decided to put you in the second year of 4K, not because you had significant struggles with learning in 4K class last year, but because they want you to be the oldest among your peers to ensure that your maturity level is up to par among your peers. This program consists of inquiry-based learning method that encourages their students to be critical thinkers, and to learn collaboratively. Mama and Daddy are excited to see where you will go with this learning based program! Currently, you've mastered coloring inside the lines, cutting out pictures, and writing. You are able to ride your tricycle without any struggle. We are confident that you are at the point where you should be equal with your peers.



It has been nearly over half of a year that you've been rooming with Frank. You absolutely love sleeping on the top bunk! Since day one, you insist on sleeping on the top, and showed no fear of height. Your favorite thing about the bunk beds is that you are able to get Daddy to drape blankets around the lower half of the bunk to build a fort to create a ship that you are a captain of! You and Frank get along pretty well as roommates. It is not often that you two erupt into arguments when you are together in the same room.



However, outside of that room is entirely another story! Mama usually makes you apologize, and hug each other, much to your dismay, but it is good to strengthen your bond with Franklin, and to learn that pride is not the answer. After all, once we are gone, and your brothers will be all you have left. It is so important to establish a loving relationship with your brothers, since they look up so much to you. Sometimes, it can be a struggle for you to keep your temper in the check when Franklin hits you, because Franklin is still learning boundaries, and how to behave properly around others. When you respond properly to his misbehavior, it is a great source of pride for us to see that you are learning as well with how to treat others when they don't treat you well.



You love dressing up as a pirate captain, a dinosaur hunter, or a professional entertainment wrestler! Your imagination is so rich, so creative, and holds so much stories that you love to act out. More often than not, you bring Frank into your world, and it makes him so happy to be a part of your adventures. You enjoy building with duplo blocks, and legos. When it comes to art, you love creating dinosaurs, and monsters. It makes us laugh when you tell us that you remember this or that from when you were a baby, not because we know you really don't remember those situations, but because of your rich details to those memories. We love hearing what you have to share, and encourage you to feel comfortable to include us in your world.



As a big brother, you are wonderful, and loving. With Fox being our newest addition to the family, you took on the role as a big brother (again) with a such great stride! You love helping out by giving diapers, or a fresh onesie to Mama. You are full of questions when it comes to nursing, and loves to let Mama know when Fox is crying. You ask to hold Fox when you have a chance to, and you make sure that Fox is protected from Frank's well intended (but not so gentle) pats. It is not very surprising that you are not having any trouble adjusting to having a second little brother! We couldn't be any more proud of you than we already are with how gentle you are toward your littlest brother.



You are slowly being night trained. It is no easy feat, and even so, we are not in a big rush to have you to be out of pull-ups. We believe in allowing you boys to learn at your own pace for the most part. You're transitioning into big boy clothes! You are no longer in the toddler sizes, which is one of the few reasons why Mama is sad about you leaving the last stages of toddlerhood, and you are now entering a big boy clothes department! Soon before mama knows it, you will be sporting your own style, and expressing how you want to dress, which is pretty cool, because it means your personality is out there for the world to see. 


You are gradually getting better with eating. We suspect your pickiness with food is your hesitation toward trying new food due to your peanut allergy and some of it is also because you are, well, a kid! Your picky-eating nature is still evident with how you have your preferred food, which isn't necessarily healthy, and we are encouraging you constantly to try new food. 9 times out of ten, you are usually very willing to sample new food, and not turn your nose up to them. Dinner time is less of a battle with you these days. It is quite funny. When you are eating great at dinner, then Franklin usually is the one that refuses food! It seems that you both take turns with picky eating!


You are starting to be more assertive with your food allergy. You are able to announce to people that you have an allergy to peanuts, and ask every time if this or that is safe for you to eat. Sometimes you even ask Mama or Daddy if the food in our house is safe! Silly you, of course, it is always safe here at home for you. We couldn't be any more pleased with how you are able to stand up for yourself, and understand the severity of your allergy. It helps Mama to worry a lot less too! You are so strong-willed, and assertive, which comes as a great asset to you being proactive with your allergy. We believe it will take you to far places someday as long as you use your traits for good.

You had your doctor appointment today, and received two last booster vaccinations. You handled it like a champ. You were told that you won't need any shots until you turn eleven years old, what a relief, right?! You weighed at 39 pounds, measured at 35 inches and half, and checked out wonderfully. 



It is truly a joy to have you in our lives. You are so much fun, and bring that into our home. We don't go a day without laughing, because of what you have said about something. We look forward to what you bring to year 5!

Love,

Mama, Daddy, Franklin, and Fox