Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Real Christmas Spirit

This is my sister. She is an incredible person. Christmas has felt even brighter in my heart this year as I follow her story.
Look here-
I Am What I Do

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Gotcha Day

Gotcha Day is a very special day. My sister and brother-in-law are over in China right now adopting their second "China Baby." Gotcha Day is the day they get to meet their little girl. Check out the amazing meeting HERE.

And if you're curious, follow their journey before and after

China Baby Blog

It's all pretty special.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

A New Baby Means...

...another stocking!




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

Random Videos

Madeline is like my personal trainer. She asks to exercise every morning and she does the whole workout with me. We are fans of Jillian Michaels videos. That's just about all I can do with two kids and a husband who works odd and long hours. But I love her videos and I get results.
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!

Here she is during the warm up. I couldn't get any more because she told me I needed to come do it with her!


And Charlie is almost three months. I forgot how it magically gets better around this age. Just this week he's been happily playing on the floor or in his bouncer. He tries to bat at toys and grins and coos at anyone who talks to him, especially his sister. He is a sweet little thing.




**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 Boy


Charlie is 2 and a half months old. He had his check up today.

Stats:

Weight - 13 lbs, 1 oz - 64%
Height - 23 3/4" - 61%

Proportionate little guy...This kid is growing so fast! I don't think there will be any issues of low weight for him like we've always had with Madeline. Nice.

Charlie is a cute little thing. He's already wearing 3-6 months, and I'm sure will be out of that size in no time. You can always get a smile and coo out of him just after he's eaten. Madeline is great at making him happy. She's been calling him Charles lately, especially when she's trying to get him to stop crying (which I find pretty funny.)

This doctor's appointment was great. I left feeling so happy. Here's why-

Charlie has had a lot of tummy/gas issues. He seems a little better in that he doesn't cry for long periods as much anymore, but it definitely wakes him up at night and he grunts and groans all day long. Our ped suggested Culturelle, a probiotic given once a day to help his digestive system. Matt just read a study on babies with colic and 95% showed reduced colic symptoms after a week. I'm anxious to try it out. I'll let you know how it goes. I was mostly excited because a lot of people just say to ride it out until they get older or cut out a lot of things from your diet. I was surprised he had a suggestion. Hopefully this helps the poor guy out. (and me :))

Madeline started potty training way back in like March. We've been dealing with some issues ever since. Overall, she's got it down, wearing underwear during the day, etc. But she still has accidents occasionally and the #2 thing has always been hard to deal with. Without going into much detail :) she has functional constipation which means she holds it in and is afraid to go.
He said to give her Miralax to clean her out and then consistently until the fear of going is gone and it's just part of the routine. I should have addressed this a long time ago. I just thought it was a diet issue, which I was trying to be strict about.

I'm just really excited I came home with TWO good options to help my kids. I was really expecting to just be told to deal with it and that kids will outgrow it. Hopefully this will help everyone be a little happier around here :)

Yay for good doctors and cute kids.

Friday, November 19, 2010

Playing Catchup

Blogging has been near the end of my priority list, but I decided I wanted to do more than "just make it through the day" with these two munchkins, even if it means putting Charlie in my Moby Wrap more often. I feel a little happier if I can get things crossed off my lists and do a few things I enjoy.

Here is what we've been up to:

Charlie's Blessing



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.


We made a visit to Utah.





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!

First Snow!



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!

Life is good. Even though some days are hard and there is often a lot of crying around here, I feel like I'm getting a better handle on things or at least trying to have a sense of humor about the chaos :)

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Family Pictures

My brother-in-law, Carson, was kind enough to take some pictures of us. I especially love the fall colors in them.

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

Happy Halloween!

Of course Madeline would want to be Snow White for Halloween. My mom helped me with her costume including entertaining my kids while I worked on it. Thanks, Mom. I couldn't have done it without you!

Charlie's costume is very fitting.

We went to our church's Halloween trunk-r-treat party. The suckers were Madeline's favorites.




Sunday, October 24, 2010

Happy Sunday

Charlie is 6 weeks old. He made his debut at church today. It is definitely different juggling two kids, keeping two kids happy and quiet and lugging around all their paraphernalia. But it was nice to finally go as a family.

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

Accessorizing.

I went to check on Madeline during her nap. I heard a little voice say, "Momma, look - Bracelets!"
This is what she had been working on for the last hour -



Yes those are rubber bands from a rubber band ball.
Yes there are a lot - 126 rubber bands to be exact.
Yes she's wearing pajamas for nap - she asked to and I guess it doesn't matter?

We thought this was pretty funny (except for the part about her not taking a nap. We suffered the consequences of that later that night.) And we were impressed she stayed on one task for so long. She sat there and took 126 rubber bands off of a ball and put them neatly on. I guess that was better than taking a nap. Never a dull moment.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

happy.

I'm not sure how I managed to capture this, but I'm so happy I did.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Summer in October

This last weekend, the weather was gorgeous and we made a quick trip up to my parents' lake property. We didn't get to enjoy summer that much since I was on bed rest. Matt needed to get in a last ski and I decided to try as well. (Matt failed to get a picture, but it's probably best since I'm sure there is a rule somewhere that one should not get in a swimming suit 3 weeks after having a baby.) The weather was great, but the water was freezing. Thank goodness for wet suits! I failed to remember what pregnancy does to my back. I was only up for a short time when my back felt like it would rip into two! Even though my body aches several days later, it was fun to be able to get out and do things again.






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

"I Want to Hold Him..."

...is what Madeline tells me about 100 times a day. This about sums up how she feels about her sweet little brother -





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

Week One

(No Charlie does not have a tail - it's his bili belt that he gets to take off tomorrow. Hooray!)

Honestly, I have been pleasantly surprised with this new event in our lives. The delivery was great and the recovery hasn't been that bad at all. Matt and I had to laugh that the first time around, having a newborn seemed hard and stressful, but this time, the newborn is easy. It's the toddler that's high maintenance!

As you can see, though, Madeline has initiated Charlie into her circle of friends. She has already told him her favorite stories including Cinderella, Snow White, and Sleeping Beauty. (Poor guy, he's going to be very knowledgable about princesses and all things girl.) She really loves him and is a really big help, especially since Charlie has been plugged in at all times with this bili light belt. Here are some funny things she's done lately:

-She begs to help Matt with the dishes. And she's actually really helpful at using the brush and scraping the food off and then handing them to Matt to put in the dishwasher.
-I never have to empty the lint tray in the dryer. At random times during the day, when she passes it, she cleans out the lint and throws it away.
-It might have been a problem that we didn't decide on a name until the very end. Madeline still calls him Baby Weed. Sometimes she catches herself and stops and thinks before getting it right.
-She's obsessed with poopy diapers. Many times a day she asks if Charlie's diapers are poopy (which they usually are) just so she can help me change them. She also thinks anything dirty - his umbilical cord, mud, specks on the floor, etc are poop. :)
-As she's playing, she'll stop a minute and admire charlie, stroke his hair and say, "you're so cute, sweetie"
-If she's nearby when Charlie blasts his pants, she'll say "Excuse you" without even looking up from what she's doing.
-Speaking of diapers, Charlie hates to have his diaper changed and he usually cries during it. Madeline will hold his hand and say, "we're almost done buddy. it's ok. almost done"
-Her new phrase of choice is "That's amazing!"

Once, while I was feeding Charlie, she asked for a snack. I told her when I was finished feeding Charlie I would go get her one. I guess she got tired of waiting because soon I heard her in our bedroom telling Matt, "Daddy, go hold Charlie so Mommy can get me a snack"

Charlie is a sweet little guy. It's funny how different a first and second child are. I think I held Madeline every second I could and we catered to her every need. Charlie sleeps through Madeline's tantrums, doesn't mind her poking him, and seems to go with the flow. Tonight I was trying to get dinner on while he was crying and he must have given up on me because he comforted himself and went to sleep.

So far so good. I just keep looking at that precious little face and am so grateful for my little family.


Friday, September 10, 2010

Little Glo-Worm

Remember these?












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

Happy Birth Day, Charlie.

He's here! He's really here!

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.