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Thursday, August 31, 2006

August 2006

8/30/2006 6:09:15 AM
First week at Grandma's
I started student teaching so Cole now goes to Grandma Case's everyday. The first few days worked out well. Cole woke up at 5, I fed him, got him dressed, and put him back down for a nap. Then he'd sleep until we got to Grandma's. Today was different. He woke up at 3, then 4, then 4:20 so I finally fed him. He ate and then decided that he was up for the day at 4:40. My alarm was set for 5:30 so it was hard to be up that early. After 20 minutes of him laying around fussing, I put him in bed with me and now he's still sleeping. It'll be nights like this that will be hard during student teaching. I'm just glad that he sleeps through the night almost every night.
Cole pooped on Grandma yesterday.. she was changing his diaper and he decided to poop all over her hand. Better her than me! He's been doing good over there as always. Jayda is starting to get used to him being there and says "uh oh mama" if he starts crying. She knows his name and named her boy baby doll Cole. She kisses his feet and seems to like him. Jakob is yet to be thrilled with him. He starts Kindergarten next week!!! I might see if I can observe his class later in the semester. I have to do 2 observations for student teaching. Well, I gotta finish getting ready for school.
-Jessa
8/25/2006 7:02:57 AM
Last day at home :(
Today is my last week day at home with Cole. I'm very sad!!!! I start student teaching on Monday and I'm not quite ready to be away from Cole all day yet. I'll have to deal with it, but it will be hard. I'm trying to go into it with a positive attitude though. Hopefully time will pass quickly and I can go back to being with my baby most of the time!
-Jessa
8/23/2006 5:12:12 PM
More progress
Cole is continuing to make more progress. Two days ago, he started making his baby cooing noises. He's been getting in really good moods where if we talk to him, he'll start "talking" and smiling back to us. It's really cute! He also (finally) likes his play mat thingy that we bought him that hangs over his head. We lay him down on the mat now, and he'll stare and smile at the hanging toys over his head. Before, he'd act like they weren't even there. I figure that his vision just got better so he can see more clearly or more colors or something.

On Saturday, we took Cole to the zoo with Jessa's parents, Jayda, and Jakob. That was a lot of fun. Cole and Jayda actually slept through most of it, but it was still fun. The Minnesota Zoo finally got their Africa portion setup (it wasn't last year), and it looks awesome. Giraffes, Zebras, Tigers, etc. I didn't see any elephants or lions, but maybe some day... Anyway, I'll try to get some pictures of the zoo up sometime.

-Matt
8/16/2006 11:21:01 PM
Updates
My dad actually got out of the hospital today and is doing great! The surgery was quick and he doesn't seem to be in too much pain. He is MUCH better than yesterday. Cole had a low fever today but seemed to get over it quickly with no medicine. I'm really glad that it didn't get any higher. He was cranky at the time but that ended pretty fast. He was all smiles when Daddy came home (as always). :)
Cole's great grandpa got out of the hospital today too!! It turned out to be a pretty good day after all :)
-Jessa
8/16/2006 11:21:34 AM
Bad day continued...
Matt ended up getting sick too. He had some stomach pain and a fever last night and today both of us have upset stomachs.
My dad is getting his gall bladder taken out today because they found a stone. They say he should be out of the hospital tomorrow.
8/15/2006 3:50:49 PM
Bad Day :-(
Today, I had to stay home from work because Jessa woke up with over a 103 degree fever. On top of that, we found out that Cole has Thrush, which is a yeast inside of his mouth; this is actually fairly common in newborns. It looks like a thick white coating. It seems to have gotten irritating for Cole, but we called the Doc yesterday and we got some medicine for his mouth. Luckily it looks like it's getting better already. Dad found out that he can only make it for about 4 days in September and has to go back the day after the baptism. Since he has to fly, that means Alex, Greg, Nick, Maggie, and Kari can't come. Now we just found out that Jessa's dad is in the hospital with some stomach pains. We're waiting around waiting to see where that's going to go. My grandpa is still in the hospital with pneumonia. He's getting better and is off oxygen, but is still very weak after he has any physical activity. We're hoping to have him home sometime this week.

Anyway, that's today. Not fun.
-Matt
8/12/2006 10:45:54 AM
Sleep!
Cole slept through the night for the last three nights! It has been great getting a full night's sleep. He's sleeping about 7 hours at a time at night. Last night I didn't even give him his last feeding (which consists of cereal and a bottle) because he was so tired. I figured he'd wake up in the night to eat but he didn't. :)
My doctor's appointment went fine. I'm fully recovered! It is nice being back to my old self. Now I'm just working on getting rid of the rest of this baby weight. 15 more pounds to go!
8/10/2006 12:17:12 PM
Oink, Oink!
Our son has turned into quite the pig! There are periods where he wants to eat 5 oz every 90 minutes. Overall, he's pretty close to 40 oz of formula every day. Ummm...yeah, that's a lot. He's even onto a stage 2 nipple. Basically, he's eating as much as a 6 month old, so we've started giving him cereal a couple times per day to help curb his hunger; he does very well with it. To give you an idea, he should be eating 2-3 oz daily for every pound he weighs. So he should be eating between 22-33 oz, not 40!

Jessa weighed him recently and he's now about 11 pounds, so he is gaining weight quickly! All that food is going to good use! He's still sleeping a fair amount. In fact, last night he went about 7 hours until he needed more food! So he's getting lots of food, pooping and peeing a normal amount (about 8 diapers/day), and he's sleeping plenty.

Yesterday, Jessa's aunt, uncle, and cousins came from Wisconsin to visit their two newest family members--Jayda and Cole. Jayda has been doing very well. She doesn't seem to play much with the other kids, but she's not afraid of them either. Cole got to spend most of his day in his Grandma Case's arms, so he got all the attention he wanted. I was surprised that Cole was able to sleep through the night last night since he slept most of the day yesterday.

Jessa has her doctor's appointment today for a checkup to make sure she's healing alright. She's hoping to get a green light so she can go swimming tomorrow.

-Matt