You can see last week the backyard was still a sheet of ice with snow sprinkled on top.
Last Saturday Poppy came to visit and pick up our tax information. He and Hayden chased each other outside for half an hour, which was great for him to get some energy out, and I got half an hour to watch tv with peace and quiet since Rylie happened to be sleeping.
Miss Rylie had her one month checkup Monday, and she weighs 9 pounds. We have switched her over to 3 month-size outfits because she's too long for the newborn size. Her weight and head size are slightly below average for her age, and her height is a bit above, but the doctor said she's proportional so she's fine. The doctor said she's looking great and was impressed with how strong she is (she rolled on her side at her one-week appointment and was trying to crawl off the table!) Yesterday I put up Hayden's old mobile on Rylie's crib, and she really enjoyed watching the animals move around. She also will look toward our voices, is starting to smile and coo, and is sleeping in larger chunks at night. Hayden never really watched mobiles or cooed much, so I'm hoping this is a good sign for Rylie's development. She is also bothered when her diaper is wet, and Hayden was never bothered by that. She wants to be held all the time, and loves looking around, especially at lights or our faces. She is still sleeping in her car seat instead of the crib. I don't know if it's because she likes the tight space, or that she's sitting up more and doesn't spit up. I keep trying the crib but she wakes up and wants to play.
Her hair now has a bit of a sideways mohawk, as it gets longer. It is slightly lighter in color, with a reddish tint.
I'm pondering going back to work in a couple of weeks, and am thinking about using formula instead of continuing with nursing. It is rather stressful in the evenings already when Jason's not here (three to six days a week) as I'm trying to put Hayden to bed and nurse Rylie at the same time. I know things will be even more stressful when I'm working and tired, and home less to do chores around the house. Taking care of Hayden, plus Rylie, plus working full time, plus breastfeeding might put me at the limits of my emotional strength. It's probably because she cluster feeds, so she just feeds off and on constantly for 2 hours, then doesn't eat for several hours. Those two hours when she wants to eat happen to be when Hayden needs dinner, a bath, and bed. I only have two arms but I feel like I need three or four, and an extra gallon of patience besides. So I looked into formulas, and Similac makes a formula for kids who are allergic to milk and soy, called Alimentum. The proteins in it are broken down to prevent allergic reactions. It is more expensive, of course, but I think I'm going to try that with Rylie to keep her on a good nutritional path. I've been giving her probiotics as well. Now that I'm getting more sleep I'd like to buy some cloth diapers and try them out, too.
Jason and I (and Rylie) are going out to Olive Garden tonight, since J has practice Mondays and Thursdays. He asked what I wanted for Valentine's Day, and I said I would like to just go out to a relaxing dinner with he and I. Since Hayden started his diet, we've gotten take out but haven't gone and actually sit down in a restaurant in over a year but maybe two times, because there's nothing Hayden can eat. We are leaving Hayden with a babysitter for the first time ever. There is a high school student of Jason's that Hayden simply adores named Christa, and I know he'll listen to her and have a good time. He had another 'first' last week, which was going inside the neighbor boy's house to play for half an hour, without Mommy having to come with him. I was so proud of him!
His latest not-so-great habit is to say "Shut Up Die!" when you ask him to do something he doesn't want to do. He learned this from his Mario video on You Tube. I'm trying to be glad that at least it's not a curse word that he's learned. I hope I can break the habit before he says it to another kid at daycare or something... I've tried telling him that "shut up" is not nice, and that "die" means to hurt people, but you know how reasoning with a four-year-old goes. So now I'm trying denying him what he wants until he chooses better words.
He's very into the Disney Channel show "Imagination Movers" lately. Interestingly, it's another show that is great for autistic (or any) kids because it deals with brainstorming different ideas to solve your problems. His anti-yeast medicine seems to still be helping. Sunday morning I asked him what he was doing, and he said, "well, I want Daddy to play, but he can't." (Daddy was in the shower.) Both parts of this sentence are new verbalizations for him, and putting them together as one idea is new (and amazing!) as well. Oh, and Monday he told his therapist at school that he needed to use the potty, rather than having to be asked!
Hayden said Daddy was "Darfer Maul." : )
Enjoy the warm weather!