Triton Jaune: 2 months

Hard as it is to believe, Triton Jaune turned 2 months old this week. I don't think he really counts as a newborn anymore! An infant, yes. But much of that squish able, red-faced newborn-ness is gone.  I look back to his first few days of life and they seem so long ago and yet, wasn't he just born?
Papillon said to me at breakfast the other say: "It's a lot of fun having a little brother!"

Ingrid routinely tells me "I very love him, momma!"

At 2 months Triton...

...weighs 11lbs 12oz! The doctor was unimpressed with his weight gain and truly, 2lbs in 2 months is not that impressive. However, at this age, papillon was 10lbs 3oz and Hibou was 10lbs4oz. So Big Dude is pioneering new territory for us in the world of Baby-growing.

...is 23 inches tall. In theory. I don't think the nurse did a careful job measuring him (his knee was majorly bent when she marked his height!) And I think he's taller than that. 

...wears 3 and 3-6 month clothes (these little sizes are so fickle.)

...goes to bed between 8 and 9. Gets up briefly for a snack between 1 and 3. Then gets up again between 5 and 7. And 9 times out of 10 will go back down after that for another hour or so.

...has just started wearing cloth diapers. We are easing into them and may end up being half-hearted cloth diaper-ers this time around (you do have to change them more frequently than disposables...) But I do love how they make him adorably pear-shaped.

...is a fan of his sisters (as they are of him) There is often something magical about papillon or Hibou's efforts to soothe him. And he smiles at them all the time.

...coos and "babbles" lots these days. And he smiles while doing it, Happy Man!

...is adorable during tummy time. (Which happens once in a blue moon and doesn't last very long, but I'm not worried. He'll figure out that head control thing just fine)
...nurses all the time. The doctor asks if he's nursing every 2-3 hours and I say yes, cause it's at least that. Do we ever make it 3 hours between feeds...probably not except at night. But he's already an efficient eater (sometimes even 4 or 5 minutes per side and he's good); so it's very manageable and I know feedings will space themselves out nicely in time. 

...is plagued by gas. You should hear this kid toot!! Long and steady or lots of tiny toots in rapid succession. Either way it sounds terribly uncomfortable and makes him heartbreakingly screamy. Praise The Lord for gas drops!

...when he's not gassy he is the smiliest, most laid back, social baby you'd ever like to meet.  

Kansas trip

We just returned from a little 5 day trip to Kansas (or as Hibou calls it "cam-dis" where we visited mon amour's grandad and a few other relatives. 

While we were there, I actually managed to use a real camera, not just my phone, to take pictures. But those pictures haven't come off the camera yet, so here are a few photos, a random smattering of those things I documented with my phone.

It was Trtion's first plane ride, and he did a great job. Smiled and played while waiting for the plane. Then nursed and fell asleep on the plane. And stayed asleep the whole 2.5 hours of the trip!


These two were also excellent travelers! Flying ok our pjs since we had to get up at 4am to get to the airport.

We rented a minivan and the girls rode in the back with one of the middle row seats folded down. There was sooooo much space! It was glorious!

In Kansas!

Doing some coloring, of course.

Helping great grandad pay some bills. And keeping him smiling by asking a million questions about the process.

Prettiest spot in all of Kansas! Also pretty much the only significant hill in the whole state.


Before we flew back, we stayed a night at a hotel in Kansas City. Triton thought the bed was comfy.

Remarkably the girls didn't ask to turn on the tv at all! (Usually it's te first thing they ask at a hotel) We did turn it on eventually and watched Chopped! Much to my surprise, they loved it! Papillon asked to watch it again the next day! It may officially be the first non-animated thing they've enjoyed!

Waiting for our flight home! Thanks to some bad weather in Chicago, our two part flight turned into a direct flight home. Huzzah!

First post-triton business trip

A couple weeks ago, Mon Amour left for his first post-triton business trip. I knew it would be hard but I had lots of help lined up and I wasn't overly worried.

Unfortunately, the day he left, a stomach virus came to call. Hibou was the first to get it. She had diarrhea all day long. That first evening, in a very 'special' moment, Ingrid was still having diarrhea, I was pluging the overflowing toilet and Triton was screaming because he wanted to be fed. Mon amour had been gone for an hour and a half an we were already drowning. Then papillon pipes up and says with a sigh "I really missed dad a lot today" as though he had been gone for a looooong time.  In the midst of that chaotic moment, I just started laughing and said "me too!"

That moment passed but the sickness continued. Hibou was sick for 4 days and I was sick for 6! Like horribly sick. We retreated to my parents house and lived there for the week, watching a ridiculous amount of tv with me laying on the sofa, prioritizing nothing but feeding Triton.  It was miserable!!

But we survived. Largely because of the help of my wonderful family. If they weren't nearby...I am not sure what the week would have looked like!

Despite all the miserableness,there were some highlights!

Like brunch with a wonderful friend!

The girls experimenting with photography. This is Hibou's picture of Papillon...makes me smile!

Some tummy time coaching!

Sweet morning snuggles.

Sharing secrets (and a muffin) at the farmers market.

Discovering the joys of the ceiling fan.

Snuggling with Nana.

Early morning book reading

And a birthday party for our favorite 1 year old dog!

And playing games on the iPad.

It certainly not the amazing safari fun time that mon amour was having, but we made it through.

Wading in the creek

Yesterday some friends came to visit and to meet Triton. Together we went to one of our favorite nearby parks for a picnic lunch.  Sadly our friends had to head home before we could take the brief walk down to the creek.  After we said goodbye to them, we ventured down to the water ourselves.

Stopping for a photo op alon the way (which was actually papillons idea)

Getting ready to wade in the creek with Mon Amour.

A nice lady offered to take a family photo. We've learned to say yes to such offers (unless it looks like the offerer is going to take off with your phone or something)

If the weather continues to be as beautiful as it has been all summer, we are definitely going to have to come back here more often.

Kisses

I love this tiny man.

He gets rather a lot of kisses from me.

For now he doesn't seem to mind.

Triton Jaune: 1 month

Triton Jaune turned one month old yesterday. Time is already going to fast.
At one month, triton...

...is very loved by his big sisters.


...weighs 10lbs 4oz which puts him around 50 percentile, quite a drop from the 90-something he started at. But he has surpassed his birth weight (did that right at about 4 weeks) so that is good.

...is 23 inches long. Round about 75 percentile
...is a great sleeper. Naps are still whenever, wherever with no real pattern (at least not one that I've bothered to track carefully). But at night, he falls asleep between 9 and 10. He pretty consistently sleeps until 2 or 230am. Eats, goes back to sleep. Wakes again between 5 and 6. Eats, then most of the time sleeps again until 730 or so. It's epic! If he wants to keep this up for months, I won't complain. I feel very spoiled - I am tired, but not the delirious blur that one expects with a newborn

...has started to smile all the time. Unless you put a hat on him! Ha!
...has been described both as "Hibou 2.0" and also the "boy version of papillon" so he must be a mix of both. But to us, he's so much like papillon in both looks and temperament. At least so far.



So far, life with 3 is wonderful. It's been a very smooth transition. So many things that can be hard with a new baby have been very easy for us. He's a great sleeper. We've had no jealousy issues from the sisters. We've had tons of friends and family helping out. It's been fantastic. God is very good.

Little Mothers

Despite my strong hatred of pumping, I find myself in a position where I need a little help keeping my supply up, so any chance I get, I pump. 

The plus side of this otherwise unpleasant necessity, is that the girls (and Mon Amour, if the girls will let him have a turn) get to help feed Triton. They love it, and it's very adorable to watch.

This Little Dude is getting a lot of mothering!