Monday, June 29, 2009
I think I am finally starting to get the hang of having 2...that is to say the feeling of balance and not being overwhelmed all the time. Even though having Joaquin has brought on some required adjustments (I've switched from frappuccinos to green tea, Elijah is walking instead of hitching rides on Mommy, our single stroller has been upgraded to a double, no more onions, garlic, or broccoli, I've hired a cleaning service, and our dog, Joni, went from being an indoor dog to an outdoor dog), we have loved getting to know our new little man!
Not everything has changed though. I am still in my beloved maternity clothes. :) I haven't been out of them for 2 years now. But, honestly, they make me feel skinny and my real clothes still make me feel fat, so I have no shame in wearing them until my old clothes can make me feel good about myself again! :) Also, Ian and I are still having our Tuesday "inside date night": our tradition of eating pizza in bed while we watch the Bachelor/Bachelorette (whichever one is in season). I am aware that the show comes on TV on Monday nights, but we don't own a television and so we watch it on the laptop from abc.com on Tuesday nights instead...so don't any of you go telling us what happens ahead of time! And, of course, we are still savoring every day with our boys; learning and laughing constantly!
Cheers to one month!
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
Recently, our neighborhood pool opened for the summer, which by the way is the only good reason to pay our HOA fees! Since the opening we've had a few days of 100 degree weather so we were excited to get into that water! Unfortunately for me though, I'm not allowed to soak my tummy for 6 weeks after Joaquin's delivery, so Ian and Elijah get to have all the fun. Therefore, I deemed myself the official videographer to catch the moments of daddy and Elijah in the pool. Here are a few of snippets of the little swimmers... (By the way, thanks Gama and Gampa, Elijah's new swim trunks came in perfect timing!)
Waving "Hi" to mommy sitting in the shade
Learning to "kick"
Monday, June 22, 2009
Thursday, June 18, 2009
I was devastated to hear Joaquin's pediatrician say the words "caffeine is your culprit" the other day at his 2 week check up! My one life-line since having the two boys has been a morning Starbucks Caramel Frappuccino. And I don't take them lightly. I fully realize that most people do not consume any type of caffeine when they are pregnant or breastfeeding, and I was one of those people with Elijah. But, as those of you with more than one kiddo know, some of those standards we had with the first child simply go out the window when the second comes along. I told myself it was better to have a mother that was awake, than have one comatose mom pure of any caffeine traces.
However, my morning perk was completely denounced when I happened to mention to the pediatrician that Joaquin had been having some greener looking poo instead of the normal breastfeeding mustard yellow stuff (my apologies to those of you that aren't parents or that are just grossed out by that sort of talk...as you may know I am pretty comfortable talking about any subject.) Anyhow, the diagnosis was that the caffeine had been upsetting his tummy and making more of the bile of his stomach show up in the poo. BOOOOOO HOOOOOO!
So, this is the 4th day I've gone without my sweet treat and the first day I've woken up without a pounding caffeine headache! Even though I have needed a mid-day nap these past 4 decaffeinated days, I feel good about the fact that I have been able to get the kids out of bed, diapers changed, clothed, fed, and even out to the park a few times. (We will just let go of all the housework, cooking, birth announcements that need to be made, and other to-do list items, right?)
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
Friday, June 12, 2009
But, I had no idea how much Elijah would LOVE having breast milk! I wasn't really sure how he would react, but he acts like it is the best thing he has ever tasted. He actually starting throwing a full out fit and aggressively baby signing for "MORE" the other day when the sippy cup was done! It was hilarious!
I have also noticed that his cold/allergies cleared right up as soon as he went back on the breast milk. I know they say how much better breast milk it for the baby, but this was some seriously clear evidence! It was like day and night; one moment a runny nose and cough...the next he was totally dried up and skipping around he was so happy!
I have to say I am a bit worried that we are going to have a little cherub on our hands now, though, because the milk has sooooooooooo much fat in it! Joaquin could use a little plumping up, but Elijah sure doesn't need it. And, I am not sure if it is just me imagining things, but I swear his double chin is starting to be more and more prominent. I guess when it comes down to it, I would rather him be a super healthy cherub than a skinny little sickly thing.
Tuesday, June 9, 2009
After we arrived home with Joaquin, but before my mother left and I was alone with the 2 kiddos, we had to figure out how to solve this dilemma. Little did we know, this would end up being Elijah's favorite part about getting a baby brother...all the new obstacle courses made for him around the house! :) He has little step stools everywhere and he is just big enough to try to step up on his own (with the help of mothers hand of course). The problem is, he may be totally sleepy and then get SUPER EXCITED to go up the obstacle course that it becomes a problem to get to bed afterwards. Nonetheless, I thought I would show you a pic of his crib course. (Note: we did try to get doggy stairs and/or more mainstream ways to get him up to the heights, but everything was either too low or too steep. So it was out to the garage to rummage around for random useful objects.)
Monday, June 8, 2009
Wednesday, June 3, 2009
10. He wakes up in the middle of the night to burp and change our babies.
9. He has told me I am beautiful (and meant it) nearly every day of our married life.
8. He is an amazing father to our children; he teaches them all that he knows, and is always present when they are around giving them his total attention.
7. He is hot! Looks the same as he did when we were freshman at Baylor. After I saw him for the first time I started to prank call because I had a crush.
6. He is creative! He is constantly inspired by all that God puts around him. I glean off that inspiration and in turn am motivated to create!
5. He is a genuine genius. Many of you know that, but I like to brag about his genius level IQ every chance I get. Hopefully our kids will get his Mensa IQ.
4. He wants to make me happy. No matter what it is, he is always willing to do whatever he needs to do to make me happy, safe, and secure. He is an amazing husband and is always trying to be a better one. (OK, I realize that was kinda 2 in one.)
3. He can play every musical instrument known to man. Just to name a few of the instruments he owns and plays...guitar, mandolin, trumpet, saxophone, violin, drums, bass, banjo, piano, lap harp, egg shaker, weird Thai instruments and the list goes on.
2. He is compassionate and genuine. His heart and soul are beautiful and they just shine! (Everyone he comes in contact with likes him...you just can't not like someone so sincerely caring.)
1. He listens to what he feels God is telling him and is confident (has faith) enough to lead our family with his spirit's intuition.
(+1. He serenades our babies.)