Wednesday, August 28, 2013

One Month Old

I can't believe I'm already writing this, but my little buddy is one month old today...

Weight: We go to the doctor Friday, so I will find out then.  A week and half ago he weighed 8 lbs 6  oz.  This is up from the 7 lbs 13 oz he was when we left the hospital.
Length: I'll find out Friday
Eating: He's eating 3-4 oz every 3 hours.
Sleeping: Right now he's waking up every 3-5 hours to eat, but he immediately goes right back to sleep.
Likes: Being held...I could sit here and hold him all day. He's rotten already :) He also likes laying on my chest and having his bottom patted :)
Dislikes:  Getting his diaper changed, being naked and getting a bath.

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Barbie the Miracle Worker

For the past year and a half Brad and I have shared our bed with this little munchkin...

While she is extremely cute, it was BEYOND time for her to start sleeping in her own bed.  It all began when we took her crib down and put up her big girl bed.  She refused to sleep in it and we just let her sleep with us.  Mostly because I was so tired that I just didn't want to argue with her and it was just easier to put her in our bed.  Big mistake.

We didn't want to kick her out right after Jack was born b/c he is sleeping in the pack and play in our room and we didn't want her thinking she was being moved out and he was being moved in.  So we haven't really worried about it and figured in a month or two we would start transitioning her to her room.

Well...I hope i'm not jinxing it or anything by saying this, but a miracle has happened!  Last night she was watching Toy Story 3 and Barbie was on there.  Addi asked who it was and when I told her it was a Barbie doll, she said "I want one".  Well, I told her that if she were to sleep in her big girl bed that I would buy her a Barbie of her own.  Bingo!!!!  Worked like a charm.  Granted, Brad had to lay down with her until she fell asleep, BUT she did sleep in her own bed last night!!!  Jack and I made a trip to Target today to buy sister her first Barbie.  Addi loved her and has carried her around all night.

I was hoping it wasn't just a one time thing and it turns out it's not!  She's sound asleep in her bed for the second night in a row as we speak :)  

Monday, August 26, 2013

Busy Bees

I thought I would link up with Sami over at Sami's Shenanigans for the first time today...

I feel like we have been going non-stop since last week.  Jack and I went to visit and eat lunch with daddy at work, run LOTS of errands and went to see all of my old friends where I use to work. 

Saturday was busy as well...out to eat for breakfast, consignment sale (where I told myself I was only going to buy for Jack, but instead I only bought him 2 outfits and 4 for Addi - I just can't resist all of the cute clothes for girls!), bbq lunch at Brad's parent's church and fun with friends that night...

Addi LOVES Jacob and Colyn.  She gets so excited when we tell her they are coming to play.  They are about to see a lot of each other b/c football season is starting this weekend!

Sunday was full of relaxing and a trip to the grocery store - really exciting :)  I did manage to catch the Justin Timberlake/NSync performance on the VMA's last night.  It brought back many memories.  I will never forget my parents dropping my friend Leah and I off to see NSync in concert.  Even though our seats were super high up, it was still so much fun!  I'm trying to talk Brad into buying me tickets to see JT in concert in either Nashville or Atlanta, but I'm guessing that's going to be a no-go.  Also, I saw Miley perform.  Don't you know her parents are proud of her?  It was both bizarre and really sad at the same time.  

This little fella and I have been extremely lazy today, but I have loved every second of it!

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

First Day Success

One of the things I love about Addi's new school is they have a private FB page where they post pictures throughout the day.  I'm always wondering what she is doing and if she's having fun and this is a great way to keep me updated!  Here is one of the pics her teachers posted yesterday.

I think her first day of 3-K was a success.  They said she didn't talk much, but this is pretty normal for her.  She's super shy and it takes her a little while to warm up to people and begin talking.  Other than that, I think she enjoyed herself!

This morning she didn't wake up in the best mood and wanted to stay home. {Then again, who wants to get up at 6AM to go anywhere??}  Hopefully her attitude has changed and she is having a great time! 

Just because I can't resist, here is a picture of our little man after his bath!  I fall more and more in love with him everyday!

Monday, August 19, 2013

3-K and First Cold

Friday evening Addi and Jack had orientation at their new school.  We left Jack at home with my mom since he won't be starting for a little while.  Addi wasn't so sure what to think.  There were so many kids there I think she was a little overwhelmed.  When we left orientation, we went to grab something to eat and a HUGE meltdown happened - we aren't sure why, but she threw the biggest fit I have ever seen.  I love my little girl with all my heart and I don't want to rush her growing up, but please tell me age 4 is better than 3???

One of the reasons she probably acted like that is b/c she has been sick since last Wednesday.  She developed a horrible cough and I took her to the Dr. to find out she had a croupy cold/cough.  Lovely.  It's almost impossible to keep her away from Jack b/c she loves him so much, but even though we have kept her away, he still has managed to catch her cold.   He just has some congestion and a little cough - of course I freaked out and called the nurse to make sure they didn't need to see him.  She said as long as he didn't have a fever or a whistle to his cough, that it should go away on its own.  I have become a master at using saline solution and a bulb syringe these past few days.

Sunday, I made a trip to Walmart with all of the other last minute back to school shoppers (it was CRAZY!).  We had already bought all of Addi's school supplies, but I still needed to buy food for her lunches.  Her old daycare would provide lunches, so I'm not used to packing one for her.  I think I bought enough food to send with her for a month b/c I had no clue what to buy, so I just bought everything.  I feel bad sending her with a lunchable everyday, so I tried to be creative.

This morning I sent my baby to her first day of 3 year old kindergarten.  This was kind of emotional for me and I can't imagine how I'm going to act when she goes to 4 then 5 year old kindergarten.  I'm pretty sure I will be a mess!

I ordered her this backpack and matching lunchbox - cute, huh??  I thought it turned out so adorable!  She loves it and has been wearing it around the house!

Praying for all of the teachers and kiddos starting school this week.  I know I can't wait to go pick my little one up this afternoon to see how her day was!

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Losing the Baby Weight - Part One

I have never been more ready to lose weight and get healthy than I am right now.  I'm hoping this  "get fit" attitude lasts longer than a month!  While pregnant with Jack I gained 30 lbs (the actual number is a secret between the scale and I).  In the last two weeks, I have already lost this weight.  However, I am wanting to get back where I was before I got pregnant with Addi - which means I have about 50 lbs to go.  Yikes!

Obviously, since I just had a baby, I can't work out just yet. I have been trying to watch what I eat and have limited the amount of carbohydrates I intake.  I haven't completely eliminated them, but i'm trying to eat "good carbs".  Also, i'm giving myself a cheat day so I won't go too crazy.

I'm hoping that documenting my weight loss will help keep me accountable!

Monday, August 12, 2013

Our Weekend Adventures

After being confined to the house for a week, I was beginning to go stir crazy and needed to get out of the house.  Friday night, Brad came home, picked me up and we all went to eat Mexican.  It was so nice to get out a little.  I know you probably shouldn't have a one week old out and about, but he stayed confined to his carseat :)

My Aunt Sissy and Uncle Cecil came to visit Saturday morning.  Addi LOVED playing with Cecil.  They didn't just come to visit, they brought us homemade dressing, chicken and creamed corn - YUMMMMM!  After they left, Brad and I dropped Addi off with his parents and we made a Sam's run with Jack.  He just slept the entire time.  I was going to take and use my Moby wrap, but I still don't have the hang of it yet and I feel like I look silly.  Maybe I can practice this week haha.

Brad and I have a deal that I will get up with Jack on weeknights since he has to work and Brad will take care of him on the weekends.  Even though I still woke up each time Jack did, it was nice not having to get out of bed.  He's such a great little sleeper.  He wakes up to eat every 3 hours on the dot and then right back to sleep he goes.  I felt more sleep deprived at the hospital than I do now. 

Addi LOVES holding Jack, but we have told her she can only touch his feet.  As you can see in the above pic I took Saturday, she has her hand on his foot and was not moving it - so sweet!  I love my two babies!

I hope everyone else had a great weekend! 

My Addi Girl

This little girl has my heart.  Although at times she can be a little stubborn, sneaky and pitch major fits, she has the biggest heart.  On our first night at home as a family of four I may have had a little breakdown because A) i'm hormonal B) I missed this little girl SO much while we were at the hospital.  I just started crying and hugging her and she immediately started crying and saying "what's wrong mommy?".  It broke her heart that she thought I was upset.  I wasn't upset, but my heart was just so happy to have us all under the same roof.

I feel like she changes so much every day and is always learning something new.  She starts 3K Monday at a new school.  My biggest prayer right now is her adjusting to the new environment.  She loves her friends at her current school and I know she might not understand why she is changing, but I know it will be better for her in the long run.

Here are a few things I want to remember about her at 3 1/2 years old:
1.  She loves to have her hand/back/stomach rubbed at bed time.  She will get in the bed, hold her hand out and say "Rub it mommy".  
2.  Her new fav thing is taking a shower vs a bath.  She gets so excited about bath-time now haha!
3.  She LOVES Sofia the First and always requests which episode she wants to watch.  I don't see how kids can watch the same thing over and over again and not get tired of it.
4.  She can work an iPad like nobody's business.  When I got a new tablet, I passed my iPad down to her and just filled it with apps she would like.  
5.  Brushing her hair is a daily battle.
6.  When I'm feeding Jack his bottle, she gets her baby doll and does the same.  She mimics everything I do and it's so precious.
7.  She LOVES her baby brother and "Where's Jack?" is the first thing that comes out of her mouth every morning.

I have realized how quickly they grow up and it makes me so sad.  I started crying again last night telling Brad that I couldn't believe she was starting 3K Monday and that she would be graduating from high school and going to college before we know it.  I'm trying to take things slowly and cherish each and every day.

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Jack Has Arrived!

We were blessed with this little bundle of joy Wednesday, July 31st at 12:30 pm.  He weighed in at 8lbs 4oz and 20 inches long.  He is absolutely perfect.  We are praising God for an easy delivery and no trips to the NICU.  The c-section began at 12:26 and he was born at 12:30 - they even had to wait on Brad to come in before pulling him out.

The whole c-section experience was really weird to me.  Going into the operating room, I felt like I was in a movie or TV show or something.  This was my first surgery, so I have never experienced anything like it.  I'm still in some pain when I try to get up and down, but other than that I have done pretty well with the recovery.

This big sister LOVES her baby brother.  Everyday she asks where baby Jack is and wants to "have it" aka hold him.  She has been a little more whine-y than normal and shown a little bit of jealousy, but it really hasn't been too bad. 

The first few nights were rough.  I started out breast-feeding and I really wanted to keep it up and like it, but if I'm being honest, it's just not for me.  After taking him to the pediatrician this past Monday and talking to him, I have decided to formula feed.  Since we have made the switch to formula night time has been SO much easier.

For the first month after Addi was born we had nurses to guide us through every day.  From feedings, baths and diaper changes, they walked us through everything step by step.  Having Jack and bringing him home after only three days is like the first time we are taking care of a newborn.  I feel like I don't know anything!  

I have quickly learned little boys are a lot different than little girls.  Like they pee all of the time and you have to be really careful or you will get peed on.  The PeePee TeePee has been a must-have during diaper changes - haha!

My mom has been such a big help to us this week.  Brad went back to work Monday, so mom took off this week to help me around the house and to drive us to the doctor, etc.  She even organized Addi's closet yesterday which needed to be done a year ago, but I never got around to it.  My sweet sweet cousin has also stocked our freezer with TONS of food!  Once defrosted everything is made to go in the crock-pot.  I'm about to go put our first meal in the crock-pot now!  This has been one of the best gifts ever!