Tuesday, December 21, 2010
Wednesday, December 15, 2010
And if you're curious, follow their journey before and after
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It's all pretty special.
Tuesday, December 14, 2010
Getting ready for Christmas has been extra fun this year. Madeline is loving it and soaking up all the Christmasy things. She asks me about 50 times if she can open an advent door (after she's already opened that day's) usually with a grin because she knows what the answer will be but she'll try it out just in case.
She sings and hums Christmas songs to herself all day long. She wants to watch a nativity movie about the birth of Christ several times each day too. We asked her what she wants for Christmas and she said, "chocolate and chocolate milk." (A girl after my own heart!) She has adjusted to having a baby around and is mostly sweet again. Her latest phrases are "I can't resist!" Which she rarely uses in the right context, but picked it up from a Curious George book. She also says. "Something is not right!" (from the Madeline books) and "That's very frusterated." She adores her brother who has gotten pretty darn sweet himself.
I hope you are all enjoying the feelings, traditions and meaning of Christmas. It sure is a wonderful time of year. We have especially enjoyed this part of it this year
Saturday, December 4, 2010
When Jillian stops exercising to explain form or something else, Madeline says, "She's not doing it! Why is she standing there?!" I find it pretty funny. I actually wish I had Madeline's flexibility and ab strength!
**Update on last post -
Madeline is SO much better.It's night and day. I feel so bad I didn't address this a long time ago. I thought she was just stubborn, but really she had some physical issues there. All of our frustrations have disappeared (at least in that department) :)
Culturelle does seem to have worked too. Charlie is definitely less gassy and doesn't grunt and groan as much. He seems happier overall. I'm not sure if it's because he's getting a little older or if the probiotics are doing their thing. Either way, it's getting easier and I'm happy about that!
Monday, November 22, 2010
Charlie is 2 and a half months old. He had his check up today.
Friday, November 19, 2010
Matt's dad, or Pops as Madeline calls him, came up for the blessing. Family gathered and Matt served his famous pulled pork on the smoker.
Flying with two kids was a little hectic. The amount of luggage/carseats was just insane. The kids did amazingly well, though. Of course on the way Charlie pooped through everything and I had the joy of attempting to change and redress a screaming baby in that tiny bathroom during turbulence :) We had a great time with Matt's family and ate a ton of great food. Yum!
We woke up yesterday morning to snow! Madeline ran and got her hat and mittens on and then went to wake up her daddy. Obviously we weren't ready. I don't have any decent gear for Madeline yet. I think I'm still in San Diego mode :) We are really enjoying these seasons, though!
Thursday, November 4, 2010
I also had a wonderful birthday yesterday. I had so many birthday wishes from family and friends, I "slept" in until 7:00 (which honestly felt great), my mom took me to get a pedicure and manicure, and Matt arranged for her to babysit while we went on a date. It was a great day.
Saturday, October 30, 2010
Sunday, October 24, 2010
I do appreciate being able to stay at home, most days to contain the chaos and just play with my kids. Having two kids has definitely been harder than we thought. Charlie has tummy troubles and is fussy a lot. Madeline has been pretty emotional, dramatic and needy. So at every moment a child is crying and needs something! Most of the time we feel like we're in survival mode but we're making it. I've been spoiled because Matt has been home more with this rotation. He's been such a great help and support.
BUT we're all healthy and generally happy :) and grateful for all of our blessings.We're especially enjoying living in a place where we can enjoy autumn and the feelings of holidays coming!
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
Yes those are rubber bands from a rubber band ball.
Thursday, October 7, 2010
Tuesday, October 5, 2010
Life with two kids is good but also a bit of a juggling act, especially since this rotation for Matt has him coming home at 11pm. The last couple of days Charlie has been extra fussy, so I have been trying to experiment with nursing, gas drops, etc. I'm sure everything will even out in a few weeks. Madeline is still really great with him. She still begs for my attention and I'm trying hard to make sure she gets quality mommy time. Any time I'm feeling overwhelmed, though, I think about my friend who has a little girl Madeline's age and just had twins! Yeah, no complaining here...
One Madeline quote - When we read the Book of Mormon at night, she has to turn to the page of Christ being baptized. (it's the family edition with some pictures) It's her favorite and she's really into the idea of Baptism right now. Tonight I sang her the primary song "When I am Baptized" while tucking her in. She watched my face intently as I sang and then said when it was over, "Thank you, Momma. I really love that song." Sweet moments like this make the hard days so worth it. Oh and I love that she still calls me "Momma."
Regarding Charlie's shirt, Yes, his daddy is happy he's a boy. They've watched the Red Sox win (and lose) together and Charlie is currently being taught the finer points of football. :)
Monday, September 27, 2010
She talks to him, sings to him, and tells him about things. The way she looks at him, strokes his hair, calls him buddy, holds his hand and talks in a little sweet voice really melts my heart.
Things are going well. Two is definitely an adjustment. Madeline is so good with him and wants to help, which makes things easier. She does have little melt downs and begs for me to hold her, usually when Charlie's crying or I'm trying to feed him. My day seems to go by so quickly just trying to meet the needs of these two.
At three weeks, Charlie weighs 9 lbs 7 ounces (55%) and is 21 1/4 inches (50%) - Very different from petite little Madeline. I wonder how long it will be before he catches up to her.
I just love Charlie's hair, especially right after a bath:
Since I was on bed rest for so long, I'm feeling anxious to get out and enjoy things. But I'm holding out just a few more weeks to avoid the germs. Maybe I should enjoy my time at home because reality might set in when I'm out and about with TWO kids! Hopefully we can adjust quickly...
Monday, September 13, 2010
Friday, September 10, 2010
Well we've got a cute little one, too:
Charlie had a doctor's appointment today and his bilirubin levels were a little high. So as a precaution, he gets to do some light phototherapy. They have a great service where the nurse comes to your home, lends you the equipment and checks in daily to monitor him. He gets to wear this cool "bili belt" instead of having to lay under the lights. This seems much more convenient and hasn't really interrupted much of our routine (except that he's plugged in for 24 hours straight so we can't move very far away from an outlet!) Hopefully he won't have to wear it long. I'm always so grateful, though, for cautious doctors and modern medicine and technology. I mean, how cool is it that his belly gets to glow blue! :) Madeline is a little confused by it and keeps telling me Baby Charlie doesn't like it.
Wednesday, September 8, 2010
I went to my 38 week appointment on Tuesday. My doctor checked me and said "OK, you're dilated to a 6. If your water breaks, you're going to have a baby on the floor. Why don't you head over to Labor and Delivery and I'll break your water." That was exactly what I wanted to hear. I have been dilated and carrying that little guy so low for quite a few weeks!
How nice that Matt was working in an office the floor above my dr's office. We met in the lobby and walked over to the hospital. They checked me in at about 12:30 pm, gave me an epidural, and my doctor came over and broke my water. He came back in an hour and I was completely ready to go. They set everything up. And about 20 minutes later, our little baby boy weed was born! (My doctor was right. Once he broke my water, it didn't take long! Thank goodness it didn't happen on it's own..)
It was such a different experience than with Madeline. It all happened so fast and I really didn't feel any pain. He was turned the right way. When they laid him on me right after he was born, I couldn't believe I had just had a baby! I feel blessed that his delivery was so easy for me. Now on to the recovery... :)
Charles Matthew Weed (Charlie) was born on September 7, 2010 at 2:42 pm. He was 8 lbs, 4 oz and 21 inches long.
We love his sun-kissed, thick, wavy hair. He loves to be swaddled and held close. He got really upset when the nurses would unswaddle him and poke and prod him. He would cry really hard and turn beet red. He is a good nurser and is pretty content so far. Madeline only saw him for a little bit. She wanted to share her baby doll with him and kept saying she wanted to take "Baby Chawlie home." She'll be home tomorrow and then real life will begin :)
We're so grateful for our little Charlie. It's strange to have two car seats in the car and to say we're a family of four. We feel really blessed to have this little miracle in our lives.