Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Thomas Dean {7 Months}

Another incredible month with our little man! The joy that Thomas brings to our family every single day is unlike anything I can describe. Maybe it's because he is a total mama's boy but I am just so obsessed with him in a way I never thought possible. I miss him the second I am away from him and think about him all day long. I am definitely that mom who sticks around his classroom a little too long at drop-off and hug and kiss him goodbye like a hundred times before I actually leave. He has such a huge part of my heart.

The bond between Thomas and Caroline makes our hearts explode too. We are constantly in awe at how much they interact with each other. If Thomas coughs, sneezes or spits up, Caroline is the first to run over and pat his back or wipe his face. She is always so worried about him, constantly brings him toys, shares her cheerios, sings to him and refuses to go to class most mornings until she's helped drop him off at his class. Their favorite things to do together are dancing, holding hands in the car, laughing uncontrollably at the most nonsensical things, tickle fights, rolling around on the ground together and more. I worried that Caroline would become jealous of her brother or territorial of her toys but (knock on wood) it has been the complete opposite and she takes such pride and joy in being his big sister.

Eye Health Update: Last week at his eye doctor appointment Thomas was diagnosed with strabismus which means his eyes are misaligned and oftentimes point in (giving a cross-eyed appearance). After his eye exam our doctor prescribed him with a new contact strength so we're hoping when the new contacts arrive (this takes FOREVER and frustrates me more than anything in the world!!!!) the new fit straightens out his eyes. If not, we may have to begin discussing surgery.

Regardless of his eye misalignment, Thomas really is the happiest baby and is thriving. He's the most lovable little thing and is doing so great.
Seven Month Highlights:
  • 16 pounds? Will confirm this Friday during his flu shot appointment!
  • Takes four 8 ounce bottles during the daytime and three pureed meals (mixed with oatmeal) a day. Also loving yogurt, applesauce, eggs, pancakes, crackers, cheerios/puffs and whatever else his big sister gives him when we aren't looking.
  • Becoming more interested in food and less interested in his bottle. 
  • Size 2 diapers, 6-9 months clothes.
  • Celebrated his first snow day and first Valentine's Day.
  • Moved in to his own nursery this month!
  • Says "dadada" and "babababa" (but not on command)
  • Standing assisted for short periods of time. Rocking back and forth on his knees (SO close to crawling). Rolls at lightning speed across floors.
  • Loves Charlie and giggles and reaches for him whenever he's nearby.
  • Very interested in sissy's sippy cup.
  • Taking MAM pacis for naps and bedtime.
  • Has the driest skin and the cold weather makes his cheeks so chapped!
  • Lost 1 contact this month.

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17 comments:

  1. He's so sweet!! Growing boy. Sending you lots of prayers for those beautiful eyes and that the contacts help.

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  2. I love how they already totally look like siblings!! The is adorable, I can see why you are all smitten with him!

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  3. Im so glad to hear that he's doing so well, and is such a happy little guy! I hope those contacts come in soon so they can get to work! :)

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  4. He's too precious! They look so cute together on instagram! I hope his eyes straighten out. Both my husband and I struggled with strabismus, me more so than him and it has been a life long thing, three surgeries, but it hasn't impeded my life at all. I still love a wonderful life even with that. Just some hope for you in case you're worried that this will affect him later down the road.

    liz @ j for joiner

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  5. He is SO adorable! And I'll be praying that the new contacts help!

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  6. Adorable!! So glad he is doing so well. He has the biggest smile!!

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  7. He looks really happy! Is his weight average for his age? My little guy is 4 months and over 15 pounds. :)

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  8. He is such a cutie! I hope the new contacts get here soon and help. It's so stressful that they haven't made the process easier for your family. I love that he and Caroline have such a special bond! My sister and I are 13 months apart, and we are still really close. I think being so close in age really makes the difference!

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  9. Gosh, he is such a doll baby! Fingers crossed for NO surgery and that the contacts will do the job!

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  10. He is looking more and more like you! I love how he rolls everywhere. Our daughter liked to roll but N has no interest. He tends to almost army crawl where he wants to go. They grow so fast!

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  12. What a sweet little boy! My little girl is just a few weeks older than Thomas so seeing updates of other babies her age is so neat.
    Our Madeline was born with a cleft palate which we were unaware of and it wasn't caught until the day after her birth. At the time, we were so stressed and worried for her development, but as time has passed we've been delighted at how well she is thriving. She gives us so much joy we never knew we could experience. It seems like Thomas is a fighter baby, too! Praying all goes well with his eyes!

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  13. He is so adorable! Glad he is doing so well.

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  14. What a happy and precious little man! Sending prayers for good prognosis for eyes!

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  15. Thomas totally has your awesome smile in these pictures!!! Love, love, love!

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  16. He is ADORABLE! I have always loved your blog, but having a baby boy around the exact age at Thomas makes it so fun for me to read your posts! :) Brady is our first, so I have pretty much followed what the doctor has told me for solids...but he is A CHOW HOUND and I am pretty sure I am going to use your pancake recipe for a Saturday breakfast one day soon! :) What is Thomas wearing for Easter?! I always love how you dress the kiddos!

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