Thursday, December 17, 2015

Thomas Dean {Five Months}

Our favorite month yet with Tom Tom, Tommy, Bubs, Bubby, Baaaaayyyybeeeeee! Thomas is doing so incredibly great. He is the happiest, smiliest baby and definitely my favorite. Kidding! Kidding! Kidding! I love them both equally! But for real, this babe is unbelievably amazing. Through everything he's been through his first few months of life he is such a champ and keeps on shining and thriving. I am so inspired by this little 14 pounds of greatness.
Eye Health. We lost our first contact a few days ago which is frustrating because it takes us a few weeks to get a replacement made (from scratch) but we think we've found a good fit for now and have graduated from weekly eye doctor visits to every few months (unless we need to be seen sooner)!!!!!!!! No more three hour weekly Friday morning visits. We were also informed at our last appointment that since we've found a good contact fit and prescription for now we can soon begin ordering our contacts in larger sets which is much more affordable than the weekly sets we've been paying for. And since our insurance company has no interest in further discussing any sort of coverage for Thomas' condition we were super relieved to know discounted contacts are finally in discussion.

Our doctor also told us Thomas has pseudostrabismus which is a common eye misalignment and often gives a cross eye appearance. Basically his nasal bridge is broader and flatter than normal so there is less space (white area) between the iris and the inner corner of the eye lid. Doctor says he should outgrow it though and is not worried.
Baby Jesus. Thomas was asked to play baby Jesus in our church's live nativity on Christmas Eve. We were pretty excited and honored because our church is huge (5,000+ members) and there are lots of baby Jesus candidates, but we've had so much support from the pastors and elders there between all of our prayer requests that they've gotten to know us pretty well. Sadly we had to decline since we'll be out of town on Christmas Eve but we still thought it was awesome he was asked!

Then, a few weeks later we received a call from Thomas and Caroline's school. I suspected ear infection, fever, ya know, the usual weekly call. To our surprise it was the director calling to tell us that Thomas had been selected to play baby Jesus in the church play! He was hilarious on stage and smiled over and over. 
Five Month Highlights:
  • Twins? Without fail, anytime we leave the house with the kids we are asked at least once if Caroline and Thomas are twins.
  • Purees! We skipped rice cereal and oatmeal and went straight to purees this month and it has been a complete game changer. No more constipation issues and we were able to push bottles to every four hours (instead of 3) and increase from 6 to 8 ounces of Earths Best Formula. For the most part he is just eating whatever organic packet is on sale at the Teeter, but I did feel bad that I made most of Caroline's food so I steamed a bag of (pre-washed, skinned and cubed) sweet potatoes for him. He likes them. Also eating pureed prunes, peas, butternut squash, mangos and peaches.
  • At daycare Caroline's teachers bring her to Thomas's class every day to visit and they both love it. She immediately runs across the room to give him a huge hug and plays with him for a bit before returning to her class.
  • Size 2 diapers, 3-6 months clothes.
  • Transitioned to sleep sack!
  • First Thanksgiving and met Santa!
  • Ummmmm, still sleeping in our room (by choice). Every other day we have the conversation about moving him to his crib but then chicken out. He sleeps through the night sometimes but sometimes still gets up around 4 am for a bottle. We just started following the 12 Hours by 12 Weeks method for dropping the night feeding...fingers crossed...
  • We received our school pictures back. In perfect second child fashion we forgot to put him in a cuter outfit. In our defense we learned last minute that school pictures were the same week as my surgery so things were a little chaotic. He still rocked his photos though...
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21 comments:

  1. Our boys are very similar! N is still in our room at 5 months as well because he and sis will have to share. He typically sleeps 7p to 4a but if G gets woken up she's a bear. So...until we work that out, he'll be snoozing with us :)

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  2. Oh gosh Christina, Thomas is so adorable!! and I am so so so glad to hear his vision report is looking up! (haha, pun intended?) Your babes are just the sweetest, I love hearing about them and your little family. honestly a little envious :) in a good way of course! Happy almost weekend! xo

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  3. Your kids are so sweet!! Glad to hear things are going well with the contacts!! That is adorable that Caroline goes to visit him during the day and they both love it so much :)

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  4. He is so handsome, glad eye appointments are going well.

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  5. What a cutie pie!!! Oh just love these updates!! HOORAY for the eyes! So glad to hear he's doing much better. And the feedings are spot on! Keep doing what you're doing. :) Hugs from Tennessee!

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  6. oh the infamous twins comments... it only gets more prevalent when they get bigger!!! jeff has strated telling people yes so he doesn't have to answer any more questions--HAHA!!! way to go thomas, i bean jesus ;) OXOX

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  7. oh my gosh! he's so squishy and wonderful! i just love that sweet little man!

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  8. What a precious smiley babe! Happy 5 months Thomas!

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  9. Such an adorable baby Jesus! I'm amazed that insurance will not cover the poor little guy's contacts! But I'm glad to hear they are working for him.

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  10. He is adorable. Our girls had the same issue with one eye that would turn in, they did eventually outgrow it.

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  11. Oh my gosh they look so much alike!! So precious! Glad to hear his vision is getting better each day!

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  12. I love everything about this! Especially his baby Jesus debut! Bless his sweet self!!!!
    xx

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  13. Adorable! My little one is 14 weeks old. Oh those night feedings. Sigh.

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  14. Oh my goodness, I love the comparison picture! You can tell they're siblings for sure!

    I need to give Molly Anne mangos, that was one I hadn't thought of!

    And I'm so glad his eyes are progressing so well!

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  15. I just love these monthly updates! So glad you will be order his contacts in larger quantities soon! He just seems like the happiest little fellow! And I will be looking into that book for sure! We're doing fairly well with sleeping, but 12 hours of sleep at night would be amazing! Thanks for sharing. Let us know how it goes :)

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  16. So glad to hear that Thomas is doing well. Hurray for cheaper contacts and daily sister visits!!

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  17. Thomas is looking SO GOOD!!!! That's so exciting!!! He does look a lot like Caroline... but I'm not sure on the twins thing!! That seems a little much. ;)

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  18. He's just getting so handsome and you can see his personality shine through in his face and smile. So sweet. Glad to hear about the contacts, and he remains in my prayers. I love seeing the two of them together too. They will be great friends!

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