Monday, July 28, 2014
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.
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.
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Friday, July 25, 2014
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
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.
Wednesday, July 23, 2014
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
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.
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
Thursday, July 17, 2014
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
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
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.
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.
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."
Monday, July 7, 2014
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 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
I finally have pictures of Baby smiling! He's been smiling lately, mostly at his sister. He thinks everything she does is funny.
Thursday, July 3, 2014
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.
Monday, June 30, 2014
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
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
- Hope Ignites by Jaci Burton (NOTE: This is part of her Hope series. The order of which can be found here.)
- 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.)
- 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.)
- 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.
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.
We are settling in finally. Two weekends ago, we had a fairly normal weekend. We are still getting family visiting and scattered friends, but things are eater thing down.
Friday, May 23, 2014
- Shadow Spell by Nora Roberts (NOTE: This is part of her Cousins O'Dwyer series. The order of which can be found here.)
- Taking Shots by Toni Aleo (NOTE: This is part of her Assassins series. The order of which can be found here in the Books tab.)
- Hope Flames by Jaci Burton (NOTE: This is part of the Hope series. The order of which can be found here.)