Thursday, February 09, 2017

January Is Over???

Well here we are, already over one month in to 2017.  I guess my excuse for not blogging is that January was pretty busy.  I like it that way though- it helps the winter blahs be not so blah.

So, I don't know if I'm a lot busier and more absent minded with two kids, or if I'm just getting lazier, but my picture taking has gone downhill!  But I did get some to commemorate the beginning of this year.

First up, a ladies night out!  Us and two other siblings of the B family have been neighbors with Louise, who is one of the best neighbors ever.  She brings us food, she babysits, she waters our plants in the summer... she pretty much does it all!  So to say thanks and just for fun, we took her and a couple of her friends out to supper one night.  We left the men and kids at home, crammed into a van, and had a blast!


Summer girl has been growing up like crazy.  She's starting to play pretty good by herself, she talks like crazy, she sings all the time, and she has discovered that movies are fun.  She has pretty much mastered feeding herself foods that use a fork, however, spoon foods are a different story!  I let her do it by herself a lot because I know she needs to learn how, but sometimes it's just not worth the mess!


She also is starting to enjoy watching me.  "I watch!"  So for now she gets to observe.  Pretty soon though she'll probably get to help.  Hopefully it goes a long time before she realizes that the things mommy is doing aren't always necessarily fun and will love it!


Watching aaaallllll the time.


Danny went to South Carolina on a work team with church to help do repairs on houses that had flood damage, and while he was gone, I partied!  Well, kind of.  The word takes on a different meaning with a toddler and a baby:)  But I definitely didn't just sit around at home while he was gone. First I loaded up the kids and went to Michigan for a wedding.  My parents were up there too, and had ridden with other people.  Then they rode with me and we went to Illinois for the week.  It was a swell time!!

I had plans to meet up with some of my friends at Biaggi's and I was SO SO excited, because those meetings typically don't happen.  My friends are enough spread out that when we go out for the weekend, I rarely see them.  So I left my kids with my mom and headed merrily on my way.


Buuuuuttttt...  Things happen.  So I got to the restaurant an hour and a half late:(  It made me sad.  But I had a great time while I was there!  And I was really glad the kids weren't with me and I had a dear friend who offered her husband's services to come rescue me.  Thanks Katrina!!!


There was lots of time spent with my family and some time to kick back and relax.  And before I knew it the week was over.  On the way home I stopped and had lunch with two of my favorite people.  Sorry Leah- I didn't get your picture:(


Leah's daughter was born just one week before Summer, so we decided they would be best friends.  And they finally met and hit it off for the first time that day!


The kids did great travelling.  I hadn't ever traveled with both of them by myself before so I didn't know what to expect.  But each time I left right after lunch and they both slept great and stayed happy!

Then there's this guy.  Who is already three months!  Not sure how that happened so fast.  He's truly a delight though.  He has the best little giggle.  Which makes me giggle too!  He's pretty strong, he loves his piano playmat, he naps okay, he sleeps through the night about half the time, and he strongly opposes tummy time.  It's so fun to watch him grow!


And there you have it!  I was starting to think I should maybe quit blogging and just read other people's.  But I still kinda like doing it.  It's really fun to read back on old posts.  And I had a few people tell me that they still read it and like it.  So I guess I'll keep going.  Hopefully more than once a month!  We'll see...

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Christmas!!

Well the last week of our lives has been a little bit of a whirlwind.  Not unlike many of you I'm sure.  Tiring, but oh so worth it!  We started out in Illinois with my family for a few days last week.  We had plenty of great family time, some friend time, and we even got to go to the Christmas program that the church choir puts on each year!  It's always on a Wednesday night so we haven't gone and I've been talking to Danny about how much I miss it ever since we got married.  So I was super excited to go again!

Summer is not especially into presents yet.  She's just not quite old enough to understand.


 But she did like what was inside once it was opened and out of the box!


She loved being with her grandparents and cousins and I loved watching her be with them.


She's still a little shy when we first get out there but she is slowly getting to know them and building a relationship with them!


These happen to be some of my very favorite people in the world:)


Sawyer finally got to meet my grandma:)  She loves little babies and was in her own little world here!


And he took his first sink bath and LOVED it!


But all the action wore him out and when it was time for his last feeding before bed he just couldn't. wake. up.


We came back and had our little family Christmas on Christmas Eve.  It was really low key but we still enjoyed it!  Danny did a great job on my gift- getting me some cheesy Hallmark Christmas movies and snacks to go with them!  And we got to watch one that night:)


He really didn't have anything to open that night.  I did the 12 Days of Christmas for him so he had been opening little things all along.  The last one was a card with 12 things I love about him but it did seem a little weird to not have an actual present to open.  But I think he liked it anyway!


The next day it was onto Danny's family!


There was the kids Christmas play,


the men's rendition of Little Drummer Boy,


lots of play time,


and a few presents from grandpa and grandma.


AND... there was the most unique and crazy grab bag game for the adults!  My brother in law made up a Fear Factor game where basically, the harder the stunt, the more money/gift cards you got.  It was pretty intense!


Just ask the people who ate live critters.  And yes, that is a barf bucket- just in case!  But out of I think 16 different critters between six or seven different people, it was only used once.  What. A. Night!


Looking back, it's hard to believe all the festivities started just a week ago.  So much was squeezed into that time.  But we loved every minute of it and are so grateful to have had that time!

Sunday, December 18, 2016

Winter, How We Love You..... Kinda

It's cooooooold outside.  Winter has arrived in full force!  And with it has brought a new obsession.  Gloves!  Almost every day when Danny walks in the door from work, Summer asks for his gloves.  She thinks they're the greatest thing ever.


Last weekend she tried sledding for the first time.  Sounds like it was a little bit of a love hate relationship with it, but in the end I think she liked it.  I stayed home in the nice warm cozy house wearing my nice warm cozy pajamas watching cute little babies.  But it did look kind of fun to go out.  Maybe next time.


We have decked our halls!  I do love me some Christmas decorations.  Oh and what's that hanging from the door frame?


That would be our mistletoe.  We are a classy bunch:)


And this little guy has just been so fun and sweet!  He's been a good baby- not super fussy and sleeping pretty well at night.  Six hour stretches are fairly normal at this point, give or take a little.  We just love him to pieces!


Danny was excited to try the bumbo with him last week.  It may have been a little premature, but he sure looked cute propped up in it!


This week we are looking forward to lots of family time here and in Illinois.  But until then, we are sitting here enjoying a low key Sunday night watching a great movie.  Any guesses?

Here's your first clue:  Ice
Second clue: Quack

Oh yes.  The Mighty Ducks!

Anyway, good night and have a Merry Christmas!

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Thankful

We had a great Thanksgiving with our family!  We celebrated early with Danny's family last weekend and then headed out to Illinois to be with my family over the actual holiday.  There was a get together with my extended family, a movie night with a few cousins, having lunch at my favorite restaurant (twice), games with my parents.... for all of which my camera stayed safely tucked away in it's case.  Finally on Saturday night I remembered to bring it out during a small get together with some friends.  We had a wonderful evening having supper, playing games and just catching up on life.


My brother and his family had been gone all weekend until Saturday, so we had our family Thanksgiving on Sunday.  Summer had never gotten her own ice cream on a stick before and she thought it was pretty fun!


We also got to meet our niece who was born four weeks before Sawyer.  We were afraid they didn't really like each other, because they wouldn't look at each other!


So we traded places and were feeling better about the situation.


But then she bopped him on the chin so we just don't know what their feelings about each other are.  Only time will tell!


After all that, it was good to get back into our own space and routine.  Plus, we're going back in just a few weeks for Christmas so it's not quite so hard to say goodbye.  

As for right now, I just got really tired and would love to lay down for a nap.  But Summer just woke up.  Ain't that how it goes!!

Saturday, November 05, 2016

Singing Those Baby Blues

Well we have made it home and are in the middle of trying to figure out a new normal.  It was good to be home.  We had both reached the point in the hospital of just being ready to move on.


I want to start by saying that I absolutely do not think that post partum depression is anything to joke about.  I know it is very real and there is no shame AT ALL in getting the appropriate help.

However.  I've got me some baby blues that are just plain funny.  Kinda sorta.  There's been a few things that I've shed tears over that really do have merit.

I have cried for my friends that either struggle with infertility or have lost babies due to miscarriage.  It's not something that we have dealt with but I feel grief just thinking about it and can't imagine what the reality of it would actually feel like.

Or like when Summer came home.  She had been at my parents for the week and I cried because I missed her.  And then she came home and I cried and cried when I put her to bed for the first time because everything is different now.  And while just a week ago she seemed so small to me, now she seems so huge!  It was one of those moments when I was begging time to just stand still.  Oh, and she loves the bouncy seat.  It's like her new little recliner:)


And then there's other reasons I cry that deserve a little chuckle.  The thought of watching a movie in the basement where we usually do was just too much.  I insisted on watching it in the living room on my laptop because the basement was just too overwhelming!

I wanted a mom.  My mom hadn't come out yet and Danny's mom is on vacation.  And even though he was home with me during that time, I just wanted a mom.

The smell of my post partum bathroom supplies.... Weird, I know.  But the smell made me miss being in the hospital with all the nice, doting nurses.  Even though just two days earlier I was chomping at the bit to get out of there.  But you know- hormones!

I drove my car for the last time.  We just bought a van and my car is for sale now.  It's a great one if you're interested!  But anyway- I took it out for one final spin and just let the tears fall.  I don't know though- that reason might be an actual good one to cry.  I'm gonna miss that car!!

It's evening time.  And at this point that's as good of a reason as any to just have a good cry.

This all happened with Summer too and it lasted a couple weeks.  So I know things will get better.  But in the meantime it's been quite the roller coaster of emotion over here!

Other than that, we've been loving our baby snuggles,


getting to know some cousins, (check out that mouth!)


and seeing our name in lights, among other things.


I'm pretty spoiled as far as easing into a new routine.  Between Danny and my mom, I have almost two weeks of extra help before it's just me and the two kiddos.  It's pretty handy!  We'll get there... all in good time:)

Sunday, October 30, 2016

Welcome To The Great Big World!

Sawyer Jacob entered our world at 12:13 pm on October 28.  He weighed 8 lbs 5 oz and was 20.5 inches long.  We've got ourselves a robust little fella!


I had a scheduled induction but thought for sure I wouldn't actually make it that far because at my last doctors appointment nine days earlier she said my body was good and ready.  But I guess little man just was too cozy to come on out.  So we showed up, got started, and begged for an epidural.  That was all between the hours of 7:00-10:30ish.  By the time I got my epi, I was at 5cm and settled in for a little nap, thinking it would be mid to late afternoon before things really picked up.  My labor with Summer was 24 hours and I figured it wouldn't go that long again but didn't think it would go too incredibly quick.  Well.  About 11:30-11:45 I started thinking the nurse should check me because I could feel enough pressure to know that the contractions were coming long and hard and right on top of each other.  Right around noon my doctor stopped by to see how it was going and to do a quick check.  To which she said if nobody comes in here, this baby is going to deliver himself!  So we had a quick whirlwind setup, three or four pushes, and there he was!  It was a whole lot faster and easier than I expected, having pushed for two hours with Summer.  I was pretty happy about not having to do that again!

Those first moments are pretty surreal...


First family of four picture:)


This girl.  She cracks me up!  She loves the "de-de" for right now but we're not sure she'll love him once it's just me at home with her and Sawyer!  But for the next couple weeks she'll be well taken care of by grandma and daddy and will not have to face reality quite yet.


Cashed out after a tasty meal.  He's so red and blotchy and scratched up!  He came out with super long, razor sharp nails so I kinda wonder if he scratched himself up real good inside the womb.


Chillin' out in his first real outfit just waiting to go home!  Oh, and we got a little chastised about the paci:)  But boy it sure was nice to have a four hour stretch of sleep the night before!


The official celebration meal before heading home.  Twas tasty!


We have loved starting to get to know our little guy.  So far he has been pretty good.  He loves to be rocked and held but hasn't been a terrible crier thus far.  But he does have really stinky toots!  Looking forward to taking him home and getting settled and start introducing him to our friends!

Saturday, October 15, 2016

While We Wait...

Ho hum, the waiting game is in full swing now.  Last week at my doctor's appointment it seemed like things might be happening and I was getting all excited about going early.  But then this week there were almost no changes:(  So I'm surrendered to the idea of the possibility of going late again.  But at least there's been a few things to keep us distracted while we wait!

The sisters all went to Beef and Board's one night.  It was actually last year's Christmas present to Danny's mom but it just took us this long to get it accomplished.  We had a great night! 


The next day we got up and went with Danny's family to the zoo and to Chuck E Cheese.  Summer's favorite part was the farm area.  She loves farm animals.  (That's my girl!)


She mostly just wandered around the restaurant taking it all in, but she did get a horsey ride- which she was just a little unsure about!


A few sad sick days:(


Getting some practice!  Summer does really good with babies as far as being gentle, but she is a mama's girl so that will be an adjustment!


Reading books...


Getting her first daddy horsey ride


And we've also been doing grown up things too like looking at vans.  We're not in a huge hurry since this is just kid number two and we can still use the car pretty easily, but the search is on!

One week and one day until Due Day.  Here's to hoping we get to meet our little guy sooner!