Tuesday, August 19, 2014

More Sibling Comparisons

This photo is more apples to apples or, rather, giraffe to giraffe.  Little Miss is about 4 months whereas Baby is 3 months, but they are close in age.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Week 16

Baby is 16 weeks old.  He had a little cold so his surgery was postponed until next month.  The cold doesn't seem to bother him.  He's only eating marginally less than usual.  He's still awake and alert a good portion of the day.

Baby is very vocal.  He loves "talking".  He's still very happy unless he's hungry.  He thinks the funniest thing is spitting up on you.  He's scooting around.  If you out him on the playmat or in the crib, he scoots around on his back like a minute hand around the clock.  

Baby loves to grab his toys and will occasionally pick some of the smaller, lighter ones up.  He doesn't prefer to chew on things but prefers his fingers, fist or thumb.  He loves playing with his feet.  He loves sitting up or watching tv if it's on.  

Baby loves movement of any kind though.  He loves being in a moving car or in the stroller.  I haven't put him in the Baby Bjorn lately, but perhaps this weekend.  I have a coupon to Macy's and have my eye on a few things.  

Weekend Update - Absolutely Nothing

Little Miss left last Thursday to be with my family for a week and a half.  She went with my parents and Sister and Nephew to Maine where they all will meet up with my grandparents, aunt, uncle and cousins.  It sounds like she's having a great time.  

In the meantime, on Saturday, Husband played golf.  Baby and I walked to the library.  I have three books that are due in rapid succession.  I read one with a small fine and had to return it.  I'm in the middle of the second and will have to work really hard to finish the third in time for its due date.  After the library, I took myself out to lunch while Baby napped.  I had some tacos and a margarita.  It was delightful.  Then, Baby and I sat in the park while I read for a little while.  Then, he decided he was a bit hungry as well so we walked home.  Then, we took a nap together until Husband came home and cooked dinner.  The evening was quiet.

On Sunday, Baby woke up very early and then it was just feeding and playing with him.  I did take a nap in the afternoon.  Then, Husband cooked a yummy dinner and then we watched a movie.  

Weekend Update - Fun Fun Fun

Two weekends ago, it was a very enjoyable weekend.  It had been stressful and busy at work so it was nice to have fun and unwind during the weekend.

On Saturday, I took the kids to hang out at my parents' house.  Sister, Nephew, Mom, the kids and I had lunch and then went to the pool.  We stayed for dinner.  It was fun, and Little Miss had a lot of fun with Nephew.  They had been asking to play together for awhile.  

On Sunday, the kids stayed home with Husband while I met a friend for lunch and a movie.  It was a really nice weekend, always fun to catch up with friends and family.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Week 15

Baby has a bit of a cold.  He's congested which is resulting in some stomach pyrotechnics.  He's been so smiley and giggly though.  His appetite isn't as strong, and he's been restless while he sleeps.  

He has started playing with my childhood toy, the Fisher Price apple.  I give it to him while I shower, and I can hear it chime from the other room.  He also loves hanging toys from his mobile to his playmat.  

Hopefully, his cold will break soon.  No fever, but his little cough is so sad.

Monday, August 11, 2014

I Have to Return My Mug

Baby has been doing his part all weekend - so super smiley and happy.  He's been better at hanging out by himself and being independent.  He's been talkative and playing with his mobile and reaching for all his toys.  Then, I go to click him into his little vibrating chair so I can shower, and I snap his little arm chub.  Then, because of the buckle, I had to further snag him in order to release the buckle.  I felt so bad.  He quieted down right away and I put him in the much safer crib.  I gave him the hard plastic apple from my childhood, and he loved it so I like to think he forgave me.  I put the apple nowhere near him and he managed to scoot to it and pull it closer to him.  He did this a couple of times this morning.  Maybe I'll try tummy time with it and see if it inspires him to work out his little baby guns or maybe it'll push him to that last bit of rolling over.  I have high standards for my kids.

Friday, August 8, 2014

Week 14

Week 14 was fast.  More of the same.  He's getting quite the sense of humor.  He likes to laugh and chatter with his mobile animals.  He likes his seat quite a bit though he doesn't love the vibrating function as much as his sister.  He's getting much better with the tummy time.

He is still a snuggle bug, but he gets swaddled with his arms out now.  He self-soothes by sucking his thumb.  I tried to discourage, but it's not working.  He likes to be snuggled, but he can hang out by himself on his playmat or in his chair if necessary.  

When the tv is on, he is mesmerized which is dangerous, but I admit it is helpful when I need to shower.  Also, this week, he slept through his first televised football game.

Monday, August 4, 2014

Weekend Update - Fun in the Sun

Last weekend, we did nothing on Friday despite my best efforts.  I was just beat.  Plus, I knew we had a busy weekend ahead of us.  On Saturday, Little Miss and I woke up early and went to Target for some birthday presents.  Then, we went to her friend's birthday for some fun facepainting and general 6-year-old chaos.  Super hot and super crazy.  Lots of sugar.  Afterwards, I promised her we could go to the toy story to use a gift card.  She carefully made her choices, and we walked out with Operation, a Mickey Mouse Clubhouse DVD, a Winx club doll and something else that I keep forgetting.  She is very good at making decisions when faced with "you can get all of this or one of this" or "you can get this but then we need to put some items back".  I just have to stop her from buying things she already has.

On Sunday, we went to the water park for another birthday party.  Little Miss had fun with her friends, but she mostly loved the water slide.  I was shocked.  She doesn't swim, but she loves the speed and water.  As soon as we got there, the big bucket dumped all over her and the water feature.  Once she got over the shock, she was all over.  I didn't bring her flotation device hoping the peer pressure would encourage her to swim more.  It mostly worked.  

So, the weekend was a lot of fun but exhausting.  I fell asleep watching our Sunday night show as a matter of fact, but it was worth it because Little Miss had a smile on her face the entire weekend.

Baby stayed home with Husband, and I believe they had a lovely time as well, just not as much fun as a water park.  

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Wait, what?

Husband asked Little Miss what she missed most about school.  We thought she missed her friends though she just saw a bunch of them during the last week.  Nope.  She told him she mostly missed math class.  Don't get us wrong, we completely encourage her (well, we don't discourage her anyway) to do well and encourage her to work hard and love schoolwork, but WHAT?  It's summer vacation.  I don't recall doing any work growing up during the summer.  I did the summer reading program at the library, but I didn't give one thought to school work and definitely not to math class.  I hope all this work is leading her to something great.

Friday, August 1, 2014

Caught Unprepared

I have some pictures on my camera that I need to load to post last week's Weekend Update.  In the meantime, here's a short story...

Little Miss and I were watching a mind-numbing show on The Disney Channel last night when she sat up and asked, "How did I get in your tummy when I was a baby?"

It suddenly became bedtime.

Monday, July 28, 2014

This Face

Week 13

Poor Baby.  This morning, Husband informed me that he had a slight fever.  This didn't stop him from giving me a lot of smiles on Saturday when I made him pose for the photos below.  It does explain why he loves sleeping while being held up, has been spitting up more than usual, and is extra cuddly.  He slept almost all day yesterday, and there's been general fussiness unless he's being cuddled.  He's still been smiley, just not as content when awake unless he's being snuggled.

He has a love/hate relationship with Tummy Time now.  He loves having his head up, but he gets frustrated. If the TV is on, he gets easily distracted which we'll have to watch.  Little Miss can ignore the TV or only really likes to watch it briefly.  She prefers talking or reading or playing board games.

Baby is just so smiley.  I love it especially because he has such a goofy, little smile.  He can't wear caps though rocks the little bucket hat.  I keep trying the vibrating chair, and he is not a fan.  Maybe later when he can play with the toys attached, but it does not relax him.  He'd rather be on the floor under the playmat.  One day, last week, I let him nap on the floor.  I've always held the opinion that I don't care where my kids nap as long as they are sleeping.  Little Miss once slept on the hardwood floor under my parents' kitchen table.

3 Months

Not to compare children (again... or still), but we keep seeing similarities between the two children.  Some see it.  Some do not.  So, every so often, I put the photos side-by-side.  I think you can the kids are siblings at the very least.  Baby is a little goofier.  Little Miss was very solemn as a child.  She smiled, but it was fleeting, and she was rarely SUPER HAPPY.  She was very content.  Baby is content as well, but he gives a lot of smiles when he's happy.  I tried to find photos of them at around the same age and in the same angle. 

Friday, July 25, 2014

I Should Have a Mug

Little Miss is Daddy's Little Girl, but everyday, I hang in there to see if I can get a shred of that affection.  Then, just when I'm about to give up and concentrate on the boy child, she tells me I'm the best and that I'm a good mom.  Seriously, this happened in two separate occasions just this morning.

I've been hoarding her Christmas gift cards.  She didn't need any toys, and we haven't really had time to go shopping.  So, I told her, if she's good, we would go to pick out a toy for her at the store when we went to buy her friends' birthday presents tomorrow.  She has two birthday parties this weekend.  She gave me such a strong and long hug and declared me the "best mom ever".  It was super nice.  I savored it at the risk of being late to work.  It was worth it.  Also, she doesn't know how much the gift card is for so I can pull this one a couple of times with the same gift card if I'm lucky.

Then, we were in the bathroom, and I let her wear some light make up today.  I told her she didn't need make up.  She responded that she knew, but she wanted to wear it just to be like me.  I had no response for that one, but I told her it wasn't for everyday wear, just a sometimes treat.  She said she knew and that I was a good mom for letting her wear a little make up.  There is probably some debate about that last part, but I'll take it.  It's only a little shadow, blush and lip gloss which is only marginally noticeable and only if you squint in the right light.  

I don't know how special the title of Best Mom is if I'm the only mom she has, but I'll take it nonetheless.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

The One with the Large Ego

Little Miss went to my parents' house Monday night and stayed until Wednesday evening.  Everyone had a great time.  She was very happy to be reunited with her brother and vice versa.  I can't say he missed her, but he was definitely happier when she was near him.  She, and my mom and dad to be fair, got big smiles.

Before bed, Little Miss asked Husband if Baby cried the entire time she was gone.  He said no.  She responds, "Well, I guess he had you guys, but I know he missed me a lot."

Okay, then.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Weekend Update - Why Does July Want to Leave Us So Quickly?

I mean, seriously.  July is 3/4 over already.  That is ridiculous.

Last Friday, I got my hair trimmed.  It's generous to say I got it cut.  It looks the same though.  I picked up the kids, and we just kind of had a good night.  We got a donut and just had a relaxing evening.  

On Saturday, we had our morning dance of responsibilities.  Then, I met friends for lunch and a movie.  Lunch was delicious, and it was good to catch up.  It had been months since the three of us got together though I'd seen both separately since then.  I took a quick power nap when I got home and stayed up late doing nothing.

On Sunday, I had grand plans and ended up just doing nothing.  I napped a lot.  That was it.  I got to nap with the baby which was very satisfying.  I had lunch and dinner with Little Miss while the baby slept.  She's turning into quite a young lady so it was nice to have some conversation time.  I love those moments where she just lets me in or we ask questions and discuss things.  I love that she has opinions or is shaping and forming her own opinions now.

Little Miss and I have been reading Matilda together.  I've never read it, but I'm a big fan of Roald Dahl.  The dialogue is a bit rough around the edges, but it's one of the first longer books in which she's shown interest so I don't want to discourage that.  We read it together, sometimes I read and sometimes we take turns.  We discuss what happened in the previous chapter, what happened in the chapter we are currently reading and what we think is going to happen.  Little Miss is actually interpreting the cover and wonders why the cover shows particular art.  I don't know.  We'll find out together.  It's been a lot of fun though the reading is slow-going.  

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

We'll Do Lunch

Little Miss was so helpful last weekend.  We had a lazy weekend where we barely got dressed, and she watched a lot of television/YouTube, but she ate well and did everything I asked when it was asked of her.  At lunch, I sat with her.  She just looked me straight in the eye and said, "So, what's new?"  

I can't say we talked about anything in depth, but it was just so nice to talk.  Like real people.  It didn't involve nagging or chastising or asking for something.  It was just chatter, just the two of us with no interruptions or distractions.  It was really nice, and I look forward to more moments - or at least appreciating the moments more often.

Monday, July 21, 2014


Sister-in-Law (and Brother-in-Law and Nephews) gave Little Miss and Baby little matching gifts.  Baby has the gingham overalls, and Little Miss has a gingham headband with her initials embroidered on it.  I wanted to take pictures before Baby outgrew the outfit so that's what we did yesterday.  Little Miss gets a little jealous of all the photo sessions, too.  So, she was waiting for pictures taken of her and of her by herself.  Baby preferred pictures by himself versus pictures with his big sister.  We're raising attention hogs.  

Week 12

We've been working on Tummy Time.  He's been good.  Sometimes, he can spend a lot of time down there, and sometimes, he gets impatient.

Baby has been so snuggly lately.  He can sleep without being held, but he enjoys being amused.  He loves his mobile in his crib.  I wish that thing could go longer than 45 seconds.  Most of all, he loves his sister.  Lately, he loves to be sitting up.  He likes seeing what is going on around him.  He's been really into the television, but he loves to just look a person in the face and chat.

He's gotten very drooly.  This is mostly due to the fact that he's going to be a thumb-sucker.  Right now, it's the whole fist, but he also prefers his thumb and index finger of his right hand.  I know this because Husband clipped his nails and, accidentally, clipped his finger along with it.  Baby carried on, and I put a bandage on it to stop the bleeding.  Once the bleeding stopped, Husband took the Band-Aid off because he was afraid the baby was going to eat it and choke.

He actually loves to have his picture taken.  He stares at the camera every time.  He prefers to smile at a person over the camera though.

Last weekend, we played Peekaboo.  He liked having his face covered with the blanket, but he startled every time the peekaboo part came up.  It was funny, to me at least, to see all the emotions cross his teeny face.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Alert Baby

Thursday, July 17, 2014

And Now This...

This has been a week.  Monday was just busy.  Tuesday, I locked my entire backpack (with book, umbrella during a storm, breastmilk - at least on ice, car keys, house keys) in the car.  Husband actually went to wait for the locksmith to free my belongings for which I'm forever grateful.  You know, if forever was the rest of this week.  Last night, Husband went golfing, and Little Miss was showing me her stubborn side which resulted in a tantrum by both of us.  So, it's been a long week.  

The one person who is not affected by any of this is Baby.  Yesterday, from the minute he woke up to the evening when he fell asleep, he was just a giant smile.  I got a few here and there.  He gave me some during tummy time, but Little Miss gets the biggest smiles and the beginning of full giggles. Any time there is a picture of him smiling and looking off to the side, it's usually because she's next to him.

Come on, though, look at that face!  

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Week 11

Baby is doing well.  In this case, not much has changed since last week (as is the trouble with weekly posts).  He's in the 75th percentile in height which, let's face it, is as good as a kid of mine is going to get.  He weighs 12 pounds.  He received a bunch of vaccinations and did not care for that at all.  The doctor did say that it was time for Tummy Time so we've been doing that at home.  He doesn't seem to like it, but he doesn't seem to hate it.  He tolerates the tummy time with a pained expression, but he doesn't fuss.

He's still an amazing little baby.  We've been so lucky to get babies with pretty even temperments.  He eats and sleeps well.  He's still eating 4 ounces a time between 5-6 times a day.  He still loves to be swaddled or held.  He has been smiling more and more and is much more alert.  He loves looking around and moving around.  He's been caught watching tv lately.  He holds his head up very well right before his neck gives out.
I think I bit off more than I can chew with the weekly photos, but I'll see how long I can keep going.  This week, I took the photos in practically the dark late on Sunday night.  Next week, I'll try to do them during the day (perhaps in his new "tuxedo").

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Weekend Update - Someone Turned 4!

On Friday, I worked from home because Baby had a doctor's appointment.  I'll put that in a separate post, but all went well.  He's growing well, and we're all just preparing for his surgery next month. 
On Saturday, we went to Nephew's 4th birthday party!  I can't believe he's 4 already.  Time flies.  It was a Toy Story birthday, and the kids had a lot of fun.  After the party, we stayed to go into the pool.  We then had dinner and overstayed our welcome.  The kids did well in part to the full moon and the sugar rush.  We all fell promptly when we got home.  Everyone in the house slept until 10:30 on Sunday. 
On Sunday, we took the day slowly (as it happens when you sleep the morning away).  Then, I took the kids to get portraits done with Nephew.  My parents wanted portraits of the kids.  Nephew wore a full suit.  Little Miss got a new dress, and the baby had a little "suit" onesie.  Totally adorable.  After the portraits were done, we went to Outback for dinner and came home. 

Weekend Update - The Fourth of July

We had a lazy Fourth of July.  We had a nice, little family lunch and then head to Brother-in-Law and Sister-in-Law's pool.  We stayed for dinner and ventured to the roof to watch fireworks.  We met up with a friend who lives in the same building, too. 

On Saturday, we all slept late.  Husband went to play golf and, despite best intentions, the kids and I did absolutely nothing.  We were so exhausted after doing nothing, I took a nap once Husband came home.

On Sunday, I met a friend for brunch and pedicures while Husband made pancakes with Little Miss.  I came home and had a quiet evening after that.  It was a glorious long weekend that went too quickly.

Out of the Mouths of Babes

Yesterday, things were just not going our way.  Husband got increasingly more and more aggravated.  Things were thrown, doors were slammed.  We got into the car while he finished packing the trunk.  I turned to Little Miss to see if she was ok with his display of temper.  She seemed unaffected and then said, "Don't worry, Mommy.  He's not mad at us.  He's only mad at you."

Well, great then.

Monday, July 7, 2014

Weekend Update - Goodbye, June

I went back to work the last full week of June.  It was bittersweet.  I missed the Baby, but Husband stayed home with him, and I know he likes his time with the kids by himself.  I liked getting back into the swing of things and interacting with adults.  This does not mean that I did not appreciate the weekend when it came though.

On Saturday, Husband stayed home with Baby while I brought Little Miss to a birthday party at the ice skating rink.  There was pizza, cake, and what seemed like hours of ice skating.  Little Miss missed skating, and she did a great job.  We all kind of crashed when we got home.  I took a lovely nap with Baby.  I think we both missed our maternity leave naps.

On Sunday, Husband went golfing while I took the kids to my parents' pool and met up with
Sister and Nephew.  My mom met us at the pool and then we went back to the house to see my dad.  Husband met us at the house as well as Sister's boyfriend.  We made some dinner and celebrated Father's Day and Dad's birthday.  It was simple meatball sandwiches and salads, but it was a pretty good day and a great weekend.

Sunday, July 6, 2014

My Favorite Picture Today

Week 10

I finally have pictures of Baby smiling!  He's been smiling lately, mostly at his sister.  He thinks everything she does is funny.

This week, he finally caught the ick that we all had.  Poor little guy is congested and that causes him to spit up a bit.  Plus, he's clinger than usual.  He's a trooper though.

He's becoming so strong.  He's been trying to roll over and settles for a lot for scooting and little baby crunches.  He loves to hang out in the Baby Bjorn even though he acts like we torture him when we strap him into it.

He has been eating a little more frequently, but I think the sucking helps soothe him while he's not feeling well.  Or he's growing.  Or both.  So far, he is still sleeping well overnight at least.  

So, no complaints.  He's really just a good little baby, and I'm not just saying that because he loves me so.  We are entering my favorite part of babies, too.  I love it when they start to have personalities and can start doing things or even just using their hands or following you with their eyes.  It's like, at some point, babies just start liking you instead of just needing you which makes things more worthwhile.

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Week 9

This week, Baby is very needy.  He's sleeping less and less during the day and really loves to be snuggled.  He does sleep well at night so I can't complain.  He "talks" quite a bit and has some infrequent smiles, not all related to gas.

The surgeon visit went well.  He's progressing.  His surgery is scheduled for August.  His recovery is unknown until he starts to make it, but we are hopeful.

He is absolutely taken with Little Miss.  He loves looking at her.  She loves having a captive audience talking to him and has been so helpful with him.  She can get his food and feed him.  She'll watch him briefly while I'm showering.  She makes sure we all wash our hands or that he always has a clean pacifier.  

He's become so strong.  If he's lying on his back, he can lift his upper body in little baby crunches.  Usually in anger.  He loves his playmat.  He can tire himself out just hanging out under that thing and kick and coo.

Monday, June 30, 2014

Yep, It's Monday Morning

Sometimes, Baby gets all sorts of worked up when he realizes he's hungry.  So, there's no way food settles in his stomach.  Usually, I give him an extra bonus ounce of food because I know some of it is coming back out.  This morning, the boy had perfect aim and missed the burp cloth so I got to clean the couch at dawn.   I thought I was safe an hour later when I placed him in his bed, but he saved it so I got to change the sheets on his bed, too.  At this point, it was time to get ready for work (or about ten minutes past time to get ready for work), and he just looks up at me and starts giggling.  Who can blame him?  I was in a state of undress, glasses askew, carrying a most unpleasant odor and running around like a crazy person.  I'd laugh at me, too.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Weekend Update - A Little Bit of This, A Little Bit of That

Last Friday, after the school party, we went to Target to pick up some birthday presents and Little Miss's reward.  Then, we had a quick lunch and head to Brother-in-Law and Sister-in-Law's house to hang out at the pool.  The babies are so much bigger than the last time we got together.  They amused each other on the play mat.  It was too adorable. The older kids also had fun together as well.  We stayed for dinner and then overstayed our welcome by about an hour.  We all went to bed when we got home.
On Saturday, we all got up early.  Little Miss had a morning birthday party.  Husband brought both kids.  I left around the same time to meet a friend for a birthday brunch.  It was delicious and always fun to catch up.  I came home and took a nap with Baby.  Husband went to hit a few golf balls.  Then, it was a pretty quiet evening after that.
On Sunday, it was fairly lazy.  None of us had plans.  I took Little Miss to the grocery store and then I took nap in lieu of the massive amount of cleaning I had to do.  In the evening, Little Miss went straight to bed after a busy weekend, and we just watched some television while I geared up for returning to work after 8 weeks.  Maternity leave went quickly!

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Real Life

I'm back at work. It had to happen eventually. With Baby needing surgery some time this year, I wanted to conserve my allotted time off. I'm better immersing myself with work versus splitting my time. I don't feel that's fair to either my home life or my work life. Husband is at home with the kids for the next couple of weeks. 

I'm sure it's a great time, but Little Miss does know how to feed the ego. Every day, she tells me that she wishes I was staying and that she misses me - which is what she did when Husband stepped out for an hour last night, but that's not the point. Today, Husband emailed me the above photo. Totally cute, and it does make me miss the little munchkins.

Also, excuse Pinkalicious and her inappropriate behavior.  You give that girl one too many Pink Lemonades, and she's lying down with her dress up over her head.

Weekend Update - A Little Bit of Crazy

Last weekend, it was insane.  On Saturday, Husband went out with his friends to play golf and then go watch something - golf or World Cup or both.  The kids were a little crazy, but they pulled it together for the last baseball game of the season.  After the baseball game, the coach and his wife had everyone over for a end-of-season cook out.  There was a moon bounce and tons of food.  The team was full of great kids and parents.  It was enjoyable.  Everyone was so supportive even in a season full of rain cancellations.  The kids were given little medals and baseballs.  We bought team pictures as well.  It was a fun day.  Baby slept through everything.

On Sunday, I met friends in the city for brunch.  It was a lot of fun.  Then, I had to run home to bring Little Miss to her last skating lesson.  After skating, I met a friend for a birthday dinner.  I was definitely ready for some relaxation after that day!  The weather was beautiful though - not too hot or too cold.  So, we ate outside and had a really pleasant evening.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014


We keep saying how much Baby looks like Little Miss.  It's hard not to compare the second child to the first.  Little Miss is closer to 3 months in the photo below where as he's not quite 2 months, but I was looking for pictures in similar poses.  They look more alike when sleeping, but you can still they're still siblings.  Either way, we create pretty darned cute kids if I do say so myself.

Monday, June 23, 2014

Week 8

Week 8 has been fun.  Baby has started kicking.  He makes some faces though they only really tell us what stages of gassy he is.  He makes sounds other than screaming.  Nothing is cuter than his little coos and chatter.  He is quite strong in his legs and with his neck.  He's started grabbing things though mostly accidentally.  He still eats and sleeps approximately the same amount as he has been.  

He still loves to be swaddled, but he is stretching out more and more and becoming more comfortable with his limbs being free.  He's still really good.  No complaints from us!  It's fantastic seeing more and more of his personality come through.  He's very easy-going, very affectionate.  I'd say he's impatient, but all babies are at this age.  All things considered, he's as patient as he can be.  To a point.  Next week will be another visit to the surgeon and the following week is his 2 month well baby visit.  Time is flying!

School's Out for the Summer!

On Friday, it was Little Miss's last day of school. I saw her off on the bus and then we all went to see her end-of-school-year show. Baby was really good. We brought some food, but he chose to sleep through most of the festivities. All of the children were fascinated with the baby and greeted him at the door.
The class all sat down, and the teachers presented individual awards to each student.  Little Miss received the "Daring Diver" award which meant she enthusiastically dove into new experiences and loved to try new things.  She also received a perfect progress report.  She had a few "P" (progressing) marks at the half-way point and received all "M" (mastered) marks at the end of the year. 
After awards were handed out, the class performed some songs and dances.  Then, there was lunch.  Everyone contributed for some sandwiches and snacks.  The kids got all hopped up on sugar.  It was a lot of fun.
As a reward, when we went to Target to pick up a few things, Little Miss was allowed to pick something for her good marks and hard work in school.  She chose a Play-Doh set.  That's proof we are proud of her.  Play-Doh was created by the Devil to ruin every fabric in the world.

Crib Time

Baby doesn't sleep much in the crib though we put him in there when he naps.  For the most part, he likes it.  He especially loves the mobile which Little Miss never noticed.  All these pictures were taken within about a minute.  

He still loves to be swaddled, but he can handle being unswaddled occasionally.  He will sleep more sound if he is swaddled at night and during naps though. 

Our Little Jets Fan

I, personally, like the crying picture.  I think that sums up being a Jets fan.  This was also taken during week 7.

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Father's Day

This picture was taken the night before Father's Day.

Week 7

Week 7 was kind of status quo.  Baby did grow out of newborn pajamas, but he can still squeeze into newborn separates.  The 0-3 month clothes are a little big, but at least they fit.  He ate a lot and more often this week, but he was good.

We took a couple of trips to the doctor and to my parents' house and into work to say hello.  He did very well on the Metro and loves walks even if he hates any wind or breeze.  He also hates to be less than 4 billion degrees.  Still, we've been lucky.  He's a good eater and a great sleeper for the most part.  

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus

While I was pregnant, women were the most likely to hold a door or give me a seat on the train.  Now that Baby is here, I find men are the ones who show the most interest.  They are holding doors, remarking how cute Baby is and asking how old he is.  It's kind of amusing.  Today, a man in the elevator chatted me up about Baby and told me his best friend and his wife had a boy, and he couldn't wait to spoil him.  At elementary school, the boys are the ones to come up and say how cute he is and how little his hands and feet are.  Even on the train, a little boy came up to peek in at the baby.  

Of course, this is far from a scientific poll, but it amuses me. 

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

The Stanley Cup

Well, if the New York Rangers don't win the Stanley Cup, it won't be for our house's lack of team spirit!

Weekend Update - Hello, June!

Last weekend, we had a busy one. On Friday, Little Miss was sick - again. She woke up throwing up. No fever though. So, Husband stayed home with her while I took Baby to the cardiologist. She recovered by the end of the day though.
On Saturday, Little Miss convinced me she was all better. I took the kids to get portraits taken. They came out ok. I liked a couple of the two of them together and fell in love with one of the pictures of Baby. I didn't buy too many however. After the portraits were taken, we hung out at the mall and then went to my parents' house. My parents watched Baby while Sister, Nephew, Little Miss and I went to the county fair. The kids had a great time riding the carnival rides. We stayed until we were about to melt and then went to my parents' pool. My parents stayed home with the baby while we ordered pizza. We got home quite late, but it was a good day. In the meantime, Husband had a friend and his wife over to watch the Belmont Stakes so I visited once we got home.
On Sunday, it was a lazy day. I think I took like four naps - with and without Baby. Husband ran some errands and hit some golf balls. Then, we took Little Miss to skating. It seemed like a busy day, but it wasn't - probably because we were all recovering from Saturday.

Week 6 - Chunky Monkey

Baby is now over 9 pounds (his original birth weight was 7 pounds 5 ounces).  He went from eating every two hours to every four hours and has started eating every two to three hours again.  The boy can't stop eating.  Seriously.  I am not keeping up with him so we supplement.  Even with supplementing, he has become fussy and wanting to eat constantly.  When I can, I'll feed him and nurse him non-stop, but ain't nobody have time for that.  I mean, seriously.  Maybe if I wasn't going back to work soon, I would cater to his every appetite, but I'm trying to get used to the scheduled pumping and living a life though with mixed results.  

With his appetite increasing again, he is waking up earlier though he will sleep longer if we cuddle, but I don't want him used to that either.  

This week, we visited the nephrologist who practically gave the all clear on his kidneys.  She just needs to see the scans from the ultrasound last week.  We may need to see her after his surgery or after he begins potty training, but we're still looking at a ways down the road.  

Baby has started to really enjoy constant movement.  He does best if he's being rocked or walked or pushed in the stroller or moving in a car.  He did enjoy the baby swing today as well though he catches on to that quickly so it had mixed results throughout the day.

Week 5 - The Week of the Doctors

Week Five was pretty routine.  He started sleeping through the night (if you count waking up at 5:30 sleeping through the night which I sort of do even if I am cranky at 5:30 in the morning).  He's still a good sleeper.  He sleeps best in the evening and morning, but he generally likes to stay awake in the afternoon.

He's really a good baby.  He really only cries when he's hungry (or being dilated or naked - all fairly good reasons except for the naked bit, but I'm sure that's related to the dilation).  

Week Five brought some good news.  We received information from the geneticist saying that all the tests showed that Baby tested negative for any genetic markers related to the skin tag and inperforate anus.  We had an ultrasound on his kidneys.  He was diagnosed with some hydronephrosis and kidney issues are sometimes associated with the skin tag so it was worth following up.  He did not care for the ultrasound at all, but it was quick.  On Friday, the results showed that the kidneys were all showing within normal range.  (Side note:  I locked my keys in the car at the radiologist office.  My dad came and kept me company while we waited for auto assistance.  Baby was really good and luckily slept through most of the wait.  His food was in the car unfortunately, but I used Dad's car to nurse him - good thing I'm walking food and that my parents live less than a mile from the doctor.)

On Friday, we also visited the cardiologist.  At birth, Baby had what appeared to be a hole in his heart.  This is something that could be found in most babies.  Because of the inperforate anus, he was tested from head to toe.  Most tests came back negative such as the brain scan and numerous blood tests.  The assumption was this little hole would close up on his own.  His EKG came back normal, but the echo still showed a small hole which could be a PDA which would possibly resolve itself or a little extra vein leading nowhere.  I forget what that was called.  Either way, the cardiologist wasn't worried.  He asked us to follow up in a year which also proves that this is not urgent.  There's no murmur and he clearly is a strong and healthy boy.

Week Four

As I mentioned after Week Three, Baby was slightly below his birth weight. Well, between Week Three and Week Four, the little guy ate as much as he could, as often as he could and any which way he could. He gained a pound and a half in two weeks. He hit all his milestones, and the doctor was pleased. 

He had quite a good  routine starting.  With a fuller belly, he was becoming quite a good little sleeper.  He still woke up one time in the middle of the night, but I got some solid sleep before and after he woke up.  He pretty much ate in his sleep, too, so the middle of the night feeding went smoothly.  He still likes to be cuddled, and we both enjoy our nap time together.

Weekend Update - Goodbye May!

The week after Memorial Day was a little insane. Little Miss was given the all clear to go back to school right before Memorial Day, but we came home from Maryland with a UTI so she had to go back to the doctor. Then, on Friday, Baby had to go in for his well child visit. So, it was a week full of doctor appointments with no end in sight to additional visits. 

On Saturday, we had baseball in the middle of the day. Little Miss had her best at bat so far. She hit a fantastic straight hit. She was called out at first, but it was only because the throw was faster than her run. 

My parents made it to the baseball game.  After, we were heading to Fairfax for portraits of the kids, but we hit so much traffic, we had to cancel our appointment.  My parents took us out to dinner for our birthdays.  After a long (very long) wait, we had a delicious meal and some conversation.  Little Miss enjoyed the grandparents' attention quite a bit.  

 On Sunday, I got up to get a much-needed manicure (and to use a voucher about to expire). On the way, I dropped off a gallon-size bag of lettuce that we grew. The elementary school has a program to grow lettuce for the school and to feed the local hungry. Our attempt failed miserably (or superbly, I suppose) in the fall, but we grew quite a bit of lettuce in the spring. We trimmed it down and continue to grow lettuce with great success. I got back from my manicure in time for Little Miss to go to her skating lesson where she graduated to the next level.

Movies Watched in May 2014

  1. 21 Jump Street
  2. Broadway Idiot
  3. Red 2
  4. White House Down
Still a pathetic time for movies. I recorded 21 Jump Street awhile ago on cable and finally watched it in an effort to clear out the DVR. I watched Broadway Idiot on Netflix. The other two were on cable. None of them required much brain power and all were fairly enjoyable for what they were.

Books Read in May 2014

  1. Hope Ignites by Jaci Burton  (NOTE: This is part of her Hope series.  The order of which can be found here.)
  2. Edge of the Enforcer by Cherise Sinclair  (NOTE: This is part of her Doms of Dark Haven and Mountain Masters series.  The order of which can be found here.)
  3. It Happened One Wedding by Julie James (NOTE: This is part of the FBI/U.S. Attorney series. The related books can be found here.)
  4. Catching Cameron by Julie Brannagh (NOTE: This is part of the Love and Football series. The order in which to read the books can be found here in the Novels tab.)

Decent month full of quick reads.  I'm enjoying my romance run.  All of the books were solid with great stories and characters.  June is not looking as promising so far though.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014


Lately, Little Miss has been doing something and then randomly saying, "viola".  It just seems random.  My mom finally put it together.  She was saying "voila!"  I haven't had the heart to correct her.  It's too cute.

Weekend Update - Memorial Day Weekend

During Memorial Day weekend, Little Miss had fifths disease.  The school made her see a physician even though she wasn't contagious anymore.  We used that forced home time to leave early for the parents' vacation house.  We got there on Friday evening after a leisurely drive out there with my dad.  Sister, Mom and nephew followed shortly after.
On Saturday, we went to Wal-Mart and just kind of hung out.  Then, on Sunday, we played miniature golf.  Little Miss, Nephew and my dad washed the car and then the kids went into the hot tub which was on a low temperature.  We had a little cook out and had a quiet evening.  

On Monday, we all got ready to head back and hit a ton of traffic, but we finally got home!  Husband didn't go with us because he got to see the New York Rangers in the playoffs.  They didn't win, but it's always fun seeing hockey live.