Wednesday, August 31, 2016

I'm an Aunt! Introducing Jackson Bernard!!

Arriving 5 weeks early, my little nephew, Jackson Bernard, was born on Tuesday, August 30, 2016!!!

It was a roller coaster of a pregnancy - finding out at 20 weeks that something was wrong with his heart, then my sister was put on steroids and the heart defect basically reversed itself! Then growth rate concerns, amniotic fluid concerns, lots and lots of concerns. The doctors decided to take the baby on Tuesday because the amniotic fluid was very low and concerning. So they put her in for a c-section and little Jackson was born weighing 3 lbs, 11 oz and measuring 15.25 inches. So teeny tiny! I can't wait for the day I can hold him, but for now, rest and grow grow grow little one!

Monday, August 29, 2016

Christopher Joseph: 4 Months

Name: Christopher Joseph

Weight: 15 lbs. 8 oz

Height: 25 1/2 inches

Health: Excellent Health!

Sleep: Excellent sleeper!! Not exactly on a set schedule or anything yet - but getting there. In bed by 7 or 8 every night. Some nights he wakes up at 2 or 3 am, other nights, he sleeps straight through till 5 or 6 am then goes back to sleep until 7 or 8 am. It's kind of all over the place and random what nights he wakes up early or not. Over the weekend, he went to bed at 5:30 pm and 6:30 pm two nights in a row!! Slept through until 7 or 8 the next morning! (woke up twice for feedings). That's what happens when you have an older sister constantly waking you up during the day! I will say this though - he goes RIGHT back to sleep as soon as I'm done nursing him, which is awesome. I never have to stand there for hours or rock him for hours to get him back to sleep, that has been awesome! AND if for some reason he does have trouble (like after a 6:00 am feeding, I just put him in the swing in our room and he either sleeps or is content in there while I catch more zzz's. GENIUS! 

Social: Very smiley with everyone! He's a little flirt already. I distinctly remember how hard Natalie made us work for smiles and laughs. She was a very serious baby, but Christopher is a little mush and a constant smiler!

Diet: Exclusively Breast Fed - we started rice cereal with Natalie somewhere in the 4th month - but I don't intend to start any food with him until 5 1/2 months or 6 months this time around. There's no reason to start any earlier than that and honestly, getting food prepped, dealing with the high chair, fitting food into the schedule is wayyyy more of a hassle than it's worth to me. It's so much easier to just quick sit down and nurse him when he's hungry!

Likes: Wubbanub, music, MOMMY! cooing, the swing,

Dislikes: Nothing! Except being hungry and being poopy (even that he doesn't even really mind lol)

Milestones: So crazy, I read through Natalie's 4 month update and I had her in the bumbo chair already!! So two days before Christopher turned 4 months I pulled down the bumbo chair and he's been liking it! It's INSANE to me to think in the next 4 months he will likely be crawling - I seriously cannot picture it, at all.

The moment every mom of a baby goes through and vows will never happen again. On Saturday, Christopher majorly pooped through his diaper and clothes. It was all up his backside. He's been doing this about once a day, late morning, lately. Of course, I didn't bring a backup outfit, even though one has been in my purse for weeks now. So he was naked at the hairdresser and out to lunch in Astoria! We had him covered with a blanket so nobody even knew but still, I was so annoyed with myself!

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Pennsylvania Vacation 2016

It took me forever and a day and I had some MAC issues, but I finally created a video of our Pennsylvania Vacation last month! Enjoy!

Monday, August 22, 2016

Nursery School Countdown


3 weeks. That's what I have left of Natalie being home with me full time, all the time.

3 weeks: That's when Natalie will start Nursery School: 5 days a week, for 2 1/2 hours a day.

Though a part of me is sad, and amazed that I'm finding myself with a "school-aged" child already, I am also counting down the days. Partly for me to have a little break, but mostly for her. These days of having Christopher, nursing, and work really piling up for me, I feel like I'm constantly treading water; just barely keeping my head above water, and if I stop or slack at all, I'll drown. I've been resorting to the tv and iPad a ton with her, and I know she'll be better off in school. I also know she's more than ready - she loves learning: Spelling and the alphabet are her favorite things in the world. She's going to love school. (and if the teachers can get her disciplined a bit more, then an extra bonus for me!)

I'm so excited. But I feel like an era is ending. This era of being completely on my own schedule - I will henceforth be a slave to school schedules, school calendars, school assignments, school responsibilities. I didn't think I'd be here so soon: Natalie, after all, made the cut-off for nursery school (Dec. 1st) by 8 days. She will literally be the youngest kid in her class. Some kids may be practically a whole year OLDER than her. She's ready, that I know. I'm excited for her. But I can't help but feel like I got jipped out of time with her. (Which is utterly ridiculous since I've been fortunate enough to be home with her full-time) But if you think about it - because of when Christopher was born, and the way the cut-offs work for school, he'll be home with me a whole 7 or 8 months longer than Natalie will be. That's a lot of time!!

It sounds silly when I say it - this is after all, Nursery School. I am talking about a 2 1/2 year old starting school but I really do feel like her first day of school is officially the first day of the rest of our lives. For the next 14+ years, this is the school our lives will revolve around. This is the school our children will attend from nursery school through 8th grade (Barring any problems or reasons to move them to a new school). This is where they make their life-long friends - this is where we will meet new potential friends. This is the school Natalie will attend the Father/Daughter dance with Chris every year, where I'll attend the Mother/Son bowling night every year with Christopher. This is the school that we'll attend graduation ceremonies, school plays, holiday celebrations, where I'll send birthday cupcakes, where we'll do fundraising activities, where they'll laugh, cry, and create the foundation and memories that they'll take with them for the rest of their lives.

I know, I know....I'm talking about nursery school. Maybe it would be different if this was a little school she was going to until she started PreK or Kindergarten somewhere different in a few years. But because this is the school she'll be at for the foreseeable future, it's kind of a big deal. Scratch that: It IS a big deal.

And so, the night before she starts school; the night before I take her "Natalie's First day of Nursery School" picture on the front porch, where we'll take these pictures every year after; The night before Chris and I walk her into the school building with her Mickey Mouse Clubhouse backpack; I too, will lay out my "first day of school" outfit; feel the excited jitters; and probably have trouble falling asleep, just as if I was back in elementary school myself. Who knew parents felt this way too?!

And so, the adventure begins...