La Famiglia Itri

Monday, December 04, 2017

Four Months

I almost missed the day Jane turned four months old. It wasn't until I was putting her to bed that I realized it was the last day of November, and therefore her four-month birthday. Up until that point, I had been frustrated because I could get a small giggle out of her, or sometimes a real laugh. But once she did that, she would stop. I could get her to keep smiling at me and playing with me, but I couldn't get her to keep laughing. But on that night, I got her to laugh for five minutes straight. It interrupted our scripture reading, but no one was sad. It was the cutest thing ever. She is such a delight.

Here are some things about her:

Wears a six month clothes because her belly stretches the three month clothes to much. The pants are a little long for her. Loves her mommy. Likes to play with Lila. Still takes her Binky. But isn't dependent on it. Still likes to be swaddled for bedtime. Takes a bottle before bed. Wakes up one or two times per night to eat. Has figured out that she can move her head and arm to get her Binky back in her mouth when she drops it. Usually does OK in Her car seat. Loves being carried while I walk around. Usually does pretty good with babysitters, but not always. Has never had a bad diaper rash. Wears size 2 diapers. Doesn't hate tummy time as much. I think she is strong enough to roll over, but hasn't figured it out yet. Generally a happy, quiet kid. Occasionally does get really angry. But most of the time she has a very calm temperament. Likes to blow spit bubbles.

Here she is on the night of her four-month birthday. This is right before I put her to bed since that's when I remembered, so she was not very excited about it. I tricked a little smile out of her though.  She was ready to sleep.

And here are some other pictures from this month:

Monday, November 06, 2017

Three months

Jane turned three months old on Halloween! Here are some things about her:

Smiles big. Starting to giggle a bit. Wears size 1 diapers. Wears 3-6 month clothes. Took her first road trip to arizona and did pretty well. Loves mommy. Likes having her diaper changed. Can leave her on the changing table for up to 10 minutes after usually and she'll stay happy. Hates baths. Doesn't mind her car seat too much but doesn't like driving in the car. Holds her head up great. Hates tummy time. Loves being held when I walk around. Getting real chunky. Spent her first night without mom (back to work!) and it didn't go well. Luckily mom came home early, and found Jane and dad wide awake at 2:30 am. Takes a bottle every night before bed. Sometimes drains it in just a few minutes, and other times fights and cries. Sleeps pretty good most nights in her bassinet. Loves her swing. 

She went as a jack o lantern for Halloween. A hand me down from Lila, so it was a bit big on Jane since lila had been 6 months older when she wore it. Still so fun though. Love this little girl. 

And a few other photos from earlier in the month:

Sunday, October 01, 2017

Two Months

Jane turned two months old yesterday. I can't believe how much she has grown already. We love having her around, and she has been a happy baby. Here are some things about her:

0 to 3 month onesies are getting tight. Wears size 1 diapers. Doesn't poop quite as often. Hasn't had a diaper rash yet. Her smiles are infectious. Has a good bedtime routine. Has slept up to nine hours in the night. Still a quick eater. Has made her first visit to another state. Still looks a lot like Lila. Eats every two hours during the day. Still light enough that Mommy carries her when walking Lila to school. Usually handles her car seat well. Takes a Binky. Nick loves to kiss her. Lila loves to hold her.

I am just loving having her around. And I'm also sick of people telling me how good I look. Although I am also very grateful for my body and its ability to bounce back. 

One month

I know this post is a month late, but Jane did turn a month old on August 31! So here were some things about her:

Still fitting in newborn clothes. Wears newborn diapers. Starting to have longer sleeps at night. Is learning how to take a bottle occasionally. Usually calms down a little bit when her diaper is changed. Doesn't mind the car seat. Loves it when mommy carries her when we walk Lila to school. Is the fastest eater out of all her siblings.

Friday, August 25, 2017

Nick Turns Free!

Nick was excited for his birthday for more than a month before it happened. He even understood the concept that he was two, and on his birthday he would turn three. (If you couldn't tell, he didn't earn free entry into anything, but pronounces his new age "free").

Here are some things about him:

kind and sweet. is sad when others are sad. loves his sisters. hoards. steals. puts everything he can find into a bag. seems fixated on taking things and grouping them to make them his. eats a lot more than most three year olds. this includes sardines on crackers with cream cheese. good at riding his scooter. won't use pedals on a bike. favorite show is The Lion Guard. he loves screen time. sings along to most anything. has pretty good rhythm. is sleep deprived constantly because he refuses to go to bed at a normal time, then wakes up at 7:00 or earlier. recently kicked his binky habit (against his will). shares a room with Lila. likes to sleep in just his underwear. his pronunciation of that word sounds like "wonder wear." pronounces again "oh-gen". adds "just so you know" to the end of many of his proclamations. his best friend is Linley Yarn. knows all his colors, but no letters and counts 2-1-3.

For his birthday, we invited Linley's family to a bounce house with us. We had a lot of fun!

Then we ate Chick-fil-A for lunch!

Then we came home and made Nick's birthday cake. He picked chocolate!

Then we ate one of his favorites, red pasta for dinner. After that, we had grandma and grandpa and Nikenzie over for presents and cake and ice cream! Also, remember how I mentioned that Nick loves to steal things and stash them in strange places? Well, his candle in the shape of a large #3 went missing. I looked everywhere for it. So he ended up with NO candles on his cake! It was horrible!!! (Except Grandma was glad that there was no spit on her cake since he didn't blow all over it.) I found it a few days later in the freezer.

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Happy Birth Day Jane!

We are so excited to have our little Janey baby home with us. Obviously, I don't really blog anymore. But I still need to keep a record of my adorable children. So here is a readers digest version of how things went.

I was induced, although I really didn't want to be. I had to choose a new doctor for this baby since the one who delivered Lila and Nick retired last year. One of the main reasons I picked the doctor I picked was because I wanted the same doctor to see me at each of my visits and then deliver my baby. Here in the Valley of Utah the dominant OBGYN just has you see random people and a random person delivers you. I had to do some digging to get around that.

Anyway, I found out at 38 weeks pregnant that my doc was going out of town the day after my due date. So I could either be induced before he left, or have some stranger deliver my baby. Or I could wait until 8 days after my due date if I didn't go into labor on my own, which I didn't want to do for safety reasons for my baby.

So I was due on my 10 year anniversary. Which caused us to push up the induction date even one day sooner. Then I made a bad choice to get an epidural, which was definitely the wrong choice. It truly only affected one side, and baby girl came much quicker than we expected. Since I could feel half of what was going on, and the duration was so short, I regret that decision. I ended up spending money and enduring a big needle for basically no reason. (I made the choice because I didn't think I could last another 6-8 hours without it. But since it was only about another hour, it totally would have been doable. Plus the fact that I could feel half of it anyway. Might as well go all the way, right!?)

Jane struggled at first to breath. Since we have had 2 kids before and we are both nurses, Todd and I could both tell right away that something wasn't right. In the 25 minutes following her birth, we heard a lot of scary words like "intubation," "crash cart," and "transfer to Provo." Somehow, we lucked out and she only had to be moved to the small NICU on site for CPAP that lasted about an hour. After that she did much better and we are so grateful that we didn't have to do anything more drastic. It is a horrible feeling to have your baby taken away before you have even seen her face.

The next few days went well, and then we all came home. Lila was delighted to have baby around and was a big help and very good. Nick was delighted to have baby around, but was mad at mommy and started acting out. I am grateful that he didn't act out toward Jane, but it was still sad when he wouldn't even let me hold him when he was crying about something to comfort him. He is doing better now, but unfortunately did learn that he doesn't actually have to do everything we ask him to, so I don't think he will ever go back to being quite as sweet and obedient as before.

Jane Eliza Itri
11:29 am
6 lbs 11 oz
19.5 inches long

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Lila is 6

Our dear daughter has turned 6 years old. My oh my. She is sometimes the sweetest, most wonderful, loving, kind girl. Other times she screams and hits and won't listen to anything. Oh the joys of raising children! But we always love her and I have learned to try and feel sad instead of angry when she is acting out. And to treasure and soak in all the great moments. How lucky I am to be this girl's mom. Here are some things about her:

still loves pink. kayla is still her best friend. LOVES kindergarten. i think she loves it so much because of her amazing teacher, Ms. Monroe. reads like a boss. adds and subtracts better than anyone in her class. still needs training wheels. likes going to the park. loves holding babies. loves playing in the snow. can make her own snowman. loves chocolate donuts with sprinkles. loves to draw and color. makes lots of messes with paper and writing utensils. loves star wars, although she has never even seen an entire movie. is nervous about moving. but sometimes also gets excited. is very concerned with how she looks. she looks great no matter what. likes to boss around her little brother. he never listens. is over-the-moon excited that new baby will be a sister. writes cards and draws pictures for people all the time. likes to follow the rules. doesn't seem to notice that she breaks all the rules at home. but follows them everywhere else. frequently informs her parents when they are doing something inappropriate ("mom, you aren't wearing your seatbelt!"). learning about music and loves it. her ballet class got more serious and technical and she says it's not as fun :(. is becoming more responsible. as always, we love her to pieces and can't imagine life without her.