Dear Otis- 5 months

Dear Otis,

Well buddy boy- today you reached the 5 month mark. Your dad and I are sitting here (while you nurse) reminiscing about the last month and all the new experiences and accomplishments that happened during it.

This month we discovered a bit more about which genes you got from your dad and which ones from me. From me you seem to have inherited a knack for being a ham. You love attention!!!! This weekend Grammie, Grampie, Uncle Greg, and Megan visited. You would flash a cheeky grin at one of them and then spin your head around to entertain another. You were basking in their attentiveness and put on quite a show.

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You took your first strums on the bazouki this month demonstrating that you share your dad’s love of music. You are also in awe of the ukulele.


But perhaps the thing you most obviously have in common with your dad is hair that has a mind of its own. It won’t be parted. It won’t stay flat.  And, no matter how often I wash it, there is still the occasional dreadlock.

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Back of head balding shot with Great Gramps
Back of head balding shot with Great Gramps

You also inherited your Dad’s eyelashes!

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We rang in the New Year like champs.  Dad played a gig with his band and was out until 2am.  You and I partied until you went to sleep at 7pm and then I watched Bridget Jone’s Diary in bed.  Oh yeah!

This month I went back to work full-time. 4 days a week you go to daycare at Tia’s and seem to really like it. You and I get to play in the morning and then I drop you off at 11. Dad picks you up around 5 and chills with you til bedtime. You also get to hang out with dad all day on Saturday. Pretty cool. You eat like a champ at daycare, keeping my pump busy and, as a result, you’ve put on a tiny bit of girth. You are still tall and svelte but are bulking up a bit for the ladies.

You’ve added a few solids to your diet.  We started with rice cereal and then moved on to sweet potatoes.  This resulted in the 11 day poop strike of 2015 so we decided maybe you weren’t ready for the good stuff yet.  We gave you a two week hiatus and now you are on to sweet peas.  You are not entirely sure about them.

Everything you could do at 4 months you do better and faster now.  Your eyes follow us around the room, your hands deftly find whatever it is they want, and you finally remembered that you know how to roll over.  Now if only we can get you to sleep for longer stretches.  You still prefer to get up every 3 hours or so.  Maybe by month 6 I’ll have better news on that front.

You have the most delightful temperament and personality. You laugh often and smile almost incessantly and it is absolutely contagious.  You really and truly light up our life and inspire us to share your wonder in this world.  We love you so much!



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Back to Work

This past week marked a huge change for Breckis (or BOB- you can choose your fave name for our trio). I went back to work after my 5 month maternity leave.

Our new schedule is as follows:

Monday- Brad leaves for work at 5:45am, returns at 6pm. Becky is off work and hangs out with Oats all day.

Tuesday-Friday- Brad leaves at 5:45am for work, goes straight from work to pick Otis up at daycare at 5pm, chills with Oats, gives him a bottle, and puts him to bed around 7pm. Becky- gets Otis time in the morning (he usually wakes up around 6:30), drops him off at daycare at 10:45am, goes to work, gets home at 8pm.

Saturday- Becky leaves for work at 8am and gets back at 5pm. Brad has a full day with Mr. Otis.

Sunday- Breckis/BOB is reunited as a trio and gets to spend the whole day together. Sundays = THE BEST!

Phew! Let’s just say that Otis is adjusting better than Brad and I. He has an awesome daycare where he appears to be thriving. He’s eating a ton (I am pumping around the clock), napping well, learning Spanish, and making friends. His daycare provider, Tia, sends me pictures of him while I’m at work (see below) and has him carry around one of my sweaters that smells like me. I have my teary moments but I know he is in great hands. Getting back to work is a huge change but I love being back in the ballet studio with my big kids (10-12 year olds).

Brad has become Dad Extrodinaire, not that he wasn’t already, but now he is a real American Hero! All in all I am very proud of our family. It is gonna take a while to find our stride, but we are making a valiant effort and staying positive!

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