li’l G update!

so, I perused my postings list – I had a random post a couple of weeks ago about how we were all sick [and yes, we’re all, finally,  better! R had it for like two days [of course]; I had it for over two weeks [of course], and S had it first, got better, then got it again and is seemingly on the rebound – whew!] then, life happened, I didn’t slow down long enough to blog. then, I did slow down, but I had so much to write about it was overwhelming and emotional and I was somewhat nervous to just deluge my wonderful reading audience with an intense about of events/circumstances/emotional revelations in just one post.

so, lucky folks, you’re going to get a few over the next few days! I thought I’d break them up by person, start with the youngest and go from there – good? good.

li’l G is awesome! I think I’m going to upgrade the blog to handle video because you just have to hear him coo and giggle and babble and shriek. altogether in a nanosecond. even now as I’m typing, I’m playing peek-a-boo with him, and to see his smile burst out is pretty amazing. he’s an amazingly friendly, happy baby, much like S was. he’s in a 3-6/6-9 month clothes and a size 3 diaper – I don’t remember ever moving S up that fast! but, there it is. I think I had mentioned this before, but we went to the doctor recently. he’s square in the middle of his height and weight chart [50% and 50%, though I thought the weight was a little small – but what do I know? I’m no professional, you know, just the mom. whatevs.] anyway, here’s a pretty recent photo of this kiddo.

 

oh yeah – that fist tastes soooo delicious, while chillin’ at the park. good times.

 

I’ve put him on a pretty strict schedule. it’s one thing for him to wake up at night, want to eat, and go back to bed. it’s not ideal, but I can deal. he’s a baby, it’s not his fault, I’m a grown-up, and I won’t whine about it. [well, maybe a little.]

what’s not ideal is getting to the point where he was eating at 11 pm, waking up at 4 am, and just starting his day. he’d be fully awake when I went to his crib, he’d be fully awake while eating, and be fully awake for another hour afterwards. meanwhile, I’m barely trudging through to make the bottle, picking him, and kind of watching television, falling asleep on the couch with my arm around him, making sure he doesn’t roll off.

oh. my. word.

after three nights of this, I said “no more!” [and yes, it was just as loud and emphatic as you’re imaging – just ask R. I was so over it] so, he’s on a decent eating schedule [7, 10:30, 2:30, 6:30, and 10:30] – and guess what? the boy sleeps through the night! [cue angelic choruses!] everyone’s in love with this. I’m not sure how stuck to it he is [he did wake up for a minute last night – but it was to EAT. not to lounge with me while I got caught up on The Daily Show], so for now, I’ll take it the three nights I’ve gotten so far.

since he did start sleeping through the night, I backed off on the solids again. hungry really wasn’t the problem – the problem is/was that I wasn’t catering to his daytime sleep schedule like I did with S, and it translated into him not sleeping well at night. hopefully, this intentionality cures this problem.

he’s starting to roll over! I’m excited, as any parent is, for the next set of milestones to start kicking in. I won’t lie, though, part of me was a little sad – it just means I have to be that much more attentive as his sister has a relatively poor habit of picking up after herself. we’ve already had to remind her that G can’t play with the small stuff [which prompts huge and long conversations about ‘Why can’t he eat a Squinky? I love to play with Squinkys!’ or insert any other small, chokeable toy], and making sure we’re all careful as we walk because, lord knows, he’s halfway across the room between rolling and some half leg pushing-nonsense that isn’t exactly describable.

first official, true roll-over! I was in the kitchen, looked over, and there he was on the opposite side I had put him! S and I were proud – him, well, see the next photo …

yeah, we’re not REALLY digging it – he did a great job holding his head up for a few minutes, and then started scream/talking – there were a few smiles, but more screeches than anything. so you’ll flip him. and he’ll do it again. and be just as mad. it’s somewhat entertaining.

all in all, he is one happy, happy baby – he loves people, he loves running errends, he loves going to the pool, he loves going to the park, he loves going to the beach, he loves playing with toys, he loves staring out the porch and looking at the lizards [yea, not making that up], and just in general, being a-dor-a-ble. here’s a few parting shots…

I may have posted this one before, but it’s just killer! that smile is around 90% of the time [yes, even when he sleeps, he’s grinning]

post-pool trip. I’m pretty sure R threw my hat on him, which G thoroughly enjoyed. until it fell into his eyes and he could no longer see. then, it was one of the 10% moments that he was mad. but, before that happened, he looked pretty dang cute.

 

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and the Milners are down

this will be short & sweet. I had intentionally postponed getting an update done during the week because I had wanted to go through photos and write this really nic li’l piece.

and then we all got sick.

well, the baby didn’t get sick. so that’s nice.

it’s not anything incredibly awful or life-threatening – just annoying. S has had it the longest, just cough stuff. R & I have whatever it is, plus nasal congestion and sinus pressure. we laid low yesterday, thinking sleep and a slow day would aid in our recovery. and then we woke up this morning, with our heads filled back up with everything we thought we’d gotten rid of last night.

it’s no good.

we’re not making it to church, and are just going to curl up with the NFL this afternoon. hopefully by tomorrow, we’re square and ready to go. love you all, and I’ll post soon!

water, water, everywhere – and not a drop to drink!

hello family & friends! I feel like there’s so much to write on this week, so let’s get to it!

R’s department had a get-to-know-you picnic last weekend. it was nice to get out, enjoy the spectacular weather, and meet the folks he works with on a daily basis now. S had a blast, because they had a killer playground. she also reunited with some other kids she’d met in the last few weeks. she ran until she could run no more. and then, we walked to the edge of the pier.

the land you can [kind of] see is Daniels Island, which we haven’t personally checked out, but here is really nice. calm waters for a boat, eh?

then, it was prep time for school! oh my word, I still can’t really believe it. we grabbed the last of the needed school supplies on Sunday, and got ready the night before. S could hardly stand it. for three weeks, she’s lamented being a “fall kid”, wanting to instead be a “summer kid” at school so she could attend already. we had to prep her, too, that she wouldn’t be there all day. and yes, she’s still disappointed about that reality, and has requested that I go back to work full-time so she can go all day with her friends.

thanks, kids. thanks.

anyway, she was more than ready for Monday morning. she even let me take a picture, which is a rare occurrence these days.

complete with backpack & lunch box – we’re ready to go!

G and I enjoyed a quiet morning. it was a little jarring, to not have to run interference or answer a million questions or get down art supplies or pour milk or get down snacks. [rest assured, though, all of that picks back up around 1!] in the midst of our morning, I got a phone call from the center. that’s never a good sign.

dang, if that’s not a great lookin’ black eye. we didn’t even make it two hours into school before that happened!

S apparently rushed the blue slide with unabashed enthusiasm, and fell right into the ladder. in the above photo, it looks pretty puffy and sore. it only got worse as the week wore on, but has fortunately begun to fade away. she had an actual scrape in it, too, so it bled everywhere. she, apparently, was not fazed by this event at all. the staff told me her first question was: “does this mean I don’t get to play on the playground anymore?!?”

good lord.

once she was assured she could go back, post ice pack and band-aid, she calmed down. and one morning when I dropped her off, I saw her rush right back to the same slide that did the damage. yeah, she’s tough.

G is doing well. we’re officially done with nursing. I knew it’d come some time or another – he has an appetite! and one, apparently, that I cannot keep up with. once I officially moved him to formula, he actually hit a 4 hour schedule [which had never happened before – ever] and his naps are the best they’ve ever been. even when I was supplementing, they weren’t this good. I’m a little sad I won’t be nursing anymore, especially since he’s probably the last li’l Milner, but I couldn’t justify it anymore. he was a hungry, hungry baby. we did go ahead and try out some oatmeal this last week.

I’m not totally sure what this face says – all I know is he did not dig solid food. given his new formula schedule, I’d say that’s okay. we’ll shelve it for a few more months.

he’s just a super happy, grinny, adorable baby – once he starts to really sleep through the night, all of us will be that much happier. but now that I know the ONLY reason he’s ever unhappy is because he’s hungry, I feel confident that will fall in line soon enough.

and just in case you don’t believe me on how happy he is …

 

boom.

triple boom.

I also got a little work on their room done this week. both bedrooms are seriously lacking in decor. a few months ago, I had found some prints I really like – they weren’t too girly or boyish, they matched the bedding I wanted, and wouldn’t overpower what I want to do with S’s side of the room. I finally got all the products printed, purchased, & cut. [and thanks to the handmadehome.net for these – they were apart of her free printable giveaways, which you can find at her website – awesome!]

G’s side of the room – now, not quite so bare

a li’l up close & personal

we have plans for S’s side of the room, but that’ll have to wait for a moment. they are killed posters, which we’ve wanted for a while. I’m super eager to get them, though, and show them off!

in other news, R almost drowned coming home from work on Tuesday. I’d like to say that’s an exaggeration, but, well, it kind of wasn’t. Isaac, when it was still just a baby tropical storm before becoming the awful hurricane that it did, spiraled as far west as Mexico and as far east as us in the Carolina beaches. it rained an inch an hour for a few hours, and quickly overtook the city. downtown floods pretty consistently, but even the locals were taken aback by how drastic this storm was. we later heard it was the most rain they’d ever received from a storm that was not a hurricane.

okay. cool.

and by the way, these folks know water. we saw many umbrellas, galoshes, raincoats, and kayaks. yes. kayaks. folks throw helmets on, and jump in their kayaks to navigate and swim downtown. you know, for fun.

mt pleasant flooded; west ashley flooded; james island flooded. everywhere was flooded. I went to get S from school in the midst of it, and could not drive the main drag home because the intersection was impassable. oh, and did I mention my phone was dead, so I couldn’t route myself back. oh, and right before it died, I was talking with R, who was saying the water was up to his car door, he didn’t know how he’d get home, and then hung up on me, shouting profanity out of fear of the rising water.

needless to say, it was a bit stressful.

fortunately, S’s teacher gave me directions home that worked [meaning, none of THOSE roads were washed out]. I got home, and waited uneasily for my phone to charge and/or for R to get home. fortunately, my phone charged enough to call, and I found out he was okay. we were both a bit shaken. this might be part of the reason why …

that was a decent intersection. all of the others were washed out. oh boy.

in the end, it was fine. no one was hurt, there was only moderate flooding, and our town got some rain that made it even more beautiful and lush. it did confirm to me that when there is a true hurricane on our doorstep, we are not staying. not with two babies here, anyway. our car stinks, too, apparently. R had water leak in, through the door & due to the fact he had to have the window rolled down so he could see. I’m not quite sure what we do with that; he [jokingly] suggested we just put car air freshners in there and see what happens. something tells me that’s not going to do anything, except make his car carry a dual smell of “new car scent” and mold.

all in all, we’re good. missing everyone in KC, that’s for sure! I got excited today was 1 September, because it meant fall is right around the corner, and then Christmas is right around THAT corner, which means I then get to fly home! even if I didn’t want it to, time would fly. between school and chasing these two kiddos around all day, it flies right by. that being said, feel free to stop by anytime! we’d love seeing a familiar face!