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Monday, January 3, 2011

Big Day for the Boys

Today was a big day in the Milburn house; it was Jeff's first day of student teaching and Charlie's two month old check up! Jeff will be teaching 8th grade English for the next twelve weeks to finish up his teaching certification and I'm so excited for him to get into the classroom and start stretching his teaching legs. He gave his first day positive reviews; his cooperating teacher is kind and helpful and the kids seem good. They started reading "A Raisin in the Sun" and will be working on it over the next few weeks.

After Jeff got home from school, we took Charlie to his doctors appointment. Our little man weighed in at 8 lbs. 6 oz. and 22 inches long. I was close with my last guess! He's right around the 50th percentile for length and head circumference, but still below the 5th percentile for weight. If you adjust his age based on his original due date (making him 3 weeks old), however, he's around the 50th percentile for weight as well. His doctor is happy with his weight gain, even though he's still little. As long as he's gaining, we're happy. At the appointment, we also talked to the doctor about Charlie's bouts of crying in the evenings and, as we expected, he said its just part of baby life and commended us for toughing it out.

The last part of Charlie's appointment was (dun dun dun....) 2 month old vaccinations. The nurses came in with two of the tiniest needles I've ever seen and asked Jeff and I if we would mind holding him down so they could do both at once. Talk about heart wrenching! My poor boy!! He basically has no fat on him, so even the little needles looked huge compared to his tiny thighs. As you'd imagine, he was not happy with the tandem sticks, but eventually settled down. We picked up some baby Tylenol on the way home in case we needed it and headed home. The doctor told us that the vaccinations would either make him irritable and cranky or knock him out and so far we've got the latter. Thank goodness! This poor boy needs some sleep after last night's up all night cry fest (and so does Mommy, for that matter).

Today's final event is trying to get Charlie to sleep in his crib. With Jeff leaving for school at 6:30am each morning, he needs as much sleep as he can get. Moving Charlie from our room to his room should help with that. Even though he's not a fan of being put down, he's doing pretty well so far. Thirty minutes down, seven and a half hours to go. Hey...a Mom can dream, right?

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