First of all, I’m sorry I haven’t written anything in a couple of weeks. I try to keep the posts upbeat and interesting and I haven’t felt that way of late, but I’m moving past that and so its time to post again.
Logan had his second visit to the doctor for his 2 month checkup. Our little bruiser checked in at 12.4 pounds. His weight puts him in the 75th percentile for weight and his height in the 33rd percentile for height. He is short and fat. That is OK by me, because at the rate he is growing that will change again in a month. He has completely outgrown all of his 0-3 month clothes and fits nicely in 3-6 month stuff. We changed his formula for the second time a few weeks ago, and he is doing MUCH better. We started out using the “normal” Enfamil formula, and after lots of gas issues, we moved to the Enfamil Sensitive formula. Things were a bit better, but Michelle found that people with kids that had similar symptoms did well when they were switched to Similac’s Lactose free formula. Logan tolerates the Similac much better and has had no ill effects.
He is at that stage where he is starting to become interactive with us. I never thought illiciting a smile from an infant could be so rewarding. He smiles a lot, and I have to say that I find that encouraging. He is fascinated by lights and ceiling fans, and more than once I’ve stood beneath a lighted ceiling fan for an extended period holding him just because it was the only thing that seemed to get him to quiet down. It is still magical to have him fall asleep in my arms or on my chest. (he did that tonight) That little guy can SLEEP! Dogs barking, TV noises, cooking noises, phones ringing, nothing seems to phase him. Thank you Lord for that!
Since many of you have asked, my shoulder still hurts, and the exercises do not seem to be helping. My left arm is getting noticably stronger though because I use it much more often now.
Michelle and her sister are planning a trip up to Cincinnati in March to visit friends and family and introduce Logan to those same folks. I’m staying at home. The economic crunch is being felt in the Monroe household as it is in most other homes. We opted to save the $200+ dollars a house/pet sitter would have cost us by me staying here. The medical plan I have through work does not cover as much as I would have liked regarding my shoulder, and even though I paid out $800 when I had the MRI done, we received a bill for almost $800 more that insurance did not cover. Those kinds of unplanned expenses have us minding our pennies. With $1300 left to go on the medical deductible we can’t afford to be unprepared.
Michelle has been busy planting seeds so we can have a good veggie garden this year. I’ve been researching compost bins to find building plans online that I can use. Our present bin works, but it isn’t much to look at and it doesn’t produce much compost. I’m looking to build a three bin system that will a) keep the dogs out b) allow me to compost more stuff and c) not force me to scoop finished compost out of a tiny hole at the bottom. I have a plan, now I just have to come up with the materials. Anyone have any wooden pallets lying around they don’t want?
I just want to add one more thing here. Thank you to all of you who read my ramblings. When I get comments either on the blog, in email, or in person it really encourages me. I’m flattered by the positive comments, and stunned that you continue to come back and read more than once. Thanks for that.