Sunday, September 6, 2015

Two months, three babies, and a lot of love

Happy two months to Mr. Jared! 

And what a wonderful two months it has been! :) :) :) 

   Jared is such a joy. He is what I would consider pretty "normal".  He is not colicky, although he does have his fussy moments in the evening. 
    He does not have acid reflux, either, thank the Lord!!! In fact, he does not spit up much at all. Praise Jesus!!! I worried about this a lot before he was born, since both Kaleb and Brookelynn had it. Kaleb had it so bad he had to be on medication his first few months of his little life. He stayed at 9 pounds for two months and every single time he ate he spit up everything. Needless to say, his first few months were rough. He was always crying, always hungry, and always sad! It was hard. At three months we took him to a specialist who ruled out pyloric stenosis and diagnosed him with severe acid reflux. Medication combined with bottles of formula filled with rice cereal was her answer.  
   And Brookelynn? Well, she did not have such a bad case of acid reflux, but she still had it. And one day when she was two weeks old she wouldn't stop crying, and I had a fear of not having enough milk supply, because Kaleb had had such a hard time gaining on just my milk, so I gave her formula. I supplemented from then on but still kept breastfeeding too. But she did spit up quite a bit. Some days were worse than others. But she definitely had her share of spit up. 
   That's why I consider this little guy to be "normal". ;) He has quiet moments during every day when he just looks around happily. He's content, which makes me really happy too! 
Wonderful third baby. 
    Right now he is almost 11 pounds, two pounds more than when he was born, and he's gained a total of three since he went down to eight after we left the hospital. He has plenty of wet and dirty diapers, so that is good too. 
     It's always hard as a breastfeeding mom to know whether your baby is getting enough to eat, regardless of whether you have a history of past problems. But I think that he and I are getting the breastfeeding thing down and it's going smoothly for the most part. I have even pumped some and kept some in the freezer for when I leave him with someone. I have never had such a good experience with breastfeeding, and for that, I am so thankful to Jesus! 
     In other news...he is smiling a lot. This just warms my mommy heart so much! He is really a smiley guy. I don't remember the other two smiling so early, but they probably did. Not this much, though, I don't think! He is always smiley, after almost every meal, and they are big, beautiful grins. He has also started laughing, and cooing. These are the days I don't want to forget, and sometimes I wish I could freeze in time. They whiz by so fast and then we look back and smile. 
    One of my favorite parts about him though? He sleeps through the night. Yes. I am serious. He wakes up once, maybe twice to nurse, then goes straight to sleep again. Told you he was a good baby! 
    So, enough talk. Here are some pictures from his wonderful second month of life! 

Daddy time

Daddy put them on the trampoline and took a picture randomly one day. It almost looks professional!

These two...

So, I confess. Sometimes Mommy just gets out something random and fun and lets a "controlled" mess happen. Yes, it's true. But...they love it.

He seriously loves his brother. It's adorable.

We had sunglasses on. It was too cute. Mommy just had to take a picture.

Daddy has been such a good daddy and taking both Kaleb and Brookelynn out on "dates". This one was to the waterpark in Lubbock. 

Afterward they went out for ice cream and games! 


Lazy river...

They didn't enjoy themselves...;)

Love this!! Lol.

Yes. This is in fact a typical day in the Englert household. Don't look too hard. 

Just some sweetness. 

So, this is how she comes into the house every time she's been on the trampoline. 

Jared. And Jared. Cuteness! My sweet friend Sarah and her sons have been coming over a bit and taking the other two bigger kids for a playdate. And I love her! She also has adorable kids!

Couldn't resist a photo op.

He and his sissy love each other too. It's priceless ya'll.

I will walk out of the room for a moment and come back and find them snuggling. 

Seriously glad I am getting these shots these days because when they are older, I will remind them how much they loved each other. ;)

Homeschool!! We are diving into My Father's World kindergarten curriculum this year. What fun!

This girl never has a bad hair day. This was after not washing it the day before, and then going swimming. No matter what I do with it, it's beautiful. Natural ringlets. :) Not sure where she gets them, but it's not from me!

Mr. Smiley. I'm tellin ya. With a toe sticking out of his head. ;)

Homeschool! :) 

More sweetness. Can't get enough of it. more smile from tonight. 

   Life is good, ya'll. Life is good. Three is not a crowd. Loving having three, actually. Two months of fun!...And a few poopy diapers here and there. ;) 

   Happy September...

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