Hello, y’all! I am fully back into my southern drawl in this crazy heat!! Rebekah let me know the other day that her carseat was hot and had me blow on it…stinkin’ hot weather! Anyway, we are safe in Texas at my parents’ house thru this week and then off to even hotter south Texas to visit Josh’s family for a month, then back to Big D (that’s Dallas for you Iowans) 8/10-9/8, when we head off to Scotland!
Our drive down was great- we took Luke and he was a stud!! He either slept or smiled most of the way and my mom was awesome enough to take R with her on her flight, which both enjoyed! Other than the fact that Rebekah, Mom, and now Luke have had vicious coughs (Mom’s the worst by far!!!! ), it has been great being here! I am LOVING the family time with my parents, Billy, Becky, Riley Jane (oh my gosh- adorable!), and my aunts/uncles, and friends! Luke is now solely on formula in bottles, so I have had lots of help even in the middle of the night! He is starting to regulate a little bit more, only getting up once to eat, which is wonderful. Sadly, tho, we have had some troubles with little Luke- I mentioned he is not nursing- crazy story there…I nursed R for a year and planned to do the same with Luke…however, he started getting really fussy while nursing most of the time and did better with bottles, so I was pumping like crazy. Then, I was pumping all the time and not as much as he was eating and getting pretty stressed about it (who me?)…b/c I was tired of spending so much time feeding him and pumping, I decided to give up nursing- (we had been transferring thrush back and forth, too_- to have the flexibility of the bottle. Sadly, he started getting really fussy while taking bottle, too. He also has had a persistent cough for a month (!) which could be related to reflux…even tho I didn’t want to pay out of network, I took him in to see a doc here and he agreed with me that L might have reflux…we started meds last week and he seems to be doing better at eating. The cough persists, but we think it’s sickness and we’ll have to wait it out.
We celebrated Rebekah’s 2nd birthday here with family this afternoon! She had a blast and kept saying Happy Birthday Party!!! It was really fun seeing people and for a no gifts party, she got quite a haul of presents- favorites were bubbles, books, Crayons, a backpack, and Tic Tacs!
Aunt Becky (who LOVES Baby Luke like her own) holding Luke in her sling…