Draw Doggie

Both girls just love to draw. My brother and his wife(!) –they just got married in February–  bought them magnadoodles for Christmas and let me tell you, those things get used every single day. The other morning Russell sent Kylie into the kitchen to show me something. She had her “color pad” as we call it and was saying “draw doggie.” When I saw what was drawn I didn’t believe it. I thought Russell drew it. But no, our little Bear just may have the artist gene. Check out the picture we were able to snap.

I may be biased, but I think that is a pretty good doggie for a 2 year old to draw!

Published in: on March 31, 2012 at 8:40 am  Comments (4)  

Snuggle Bugs

I know, I know.

I have taken a serious break from my blog recently. Although I think most of you can forgive me and understand. I do kind of have my hands full and am adjusting to a new schedule and routine. BUT, I do have lots to share with you. Unfortunately, all the drafts I have in mind have only been written in my head, and there isn’t an easy way to post them from there 🙂

You can, however, start getting excited for Wyatt’s one month stats and his monthly photo shoot pictures, Adventures in Potty Training, a Kylie Artwork post, and more. For today I just want to share a couple pictures of the girls. Kylie has started climbing out of her bed to snuggle with her sister at night. Usually when they get out of their beds we put them back before we go to bed, but these nights we have left them where they are. It is just too cute to break up.

Alyssa left, Kylie right

Kylie left, Alyssa right

And yes, Kylie was wearing pajamas when she went to bed. You can actually see them behind her…

Kylie left, Alyssa right

Kind of reminds me of their old NICU picture. Some things never change.

Kylie left, Alyssa right

Born together, best friends forever.

Published in: on March 30, 2012 at 6:15 pm  Comments (2)  

The Freeze

O.k. so maybe I’ll be losing a few readers in the coming weeks.

I won’t be posting a lot, and when I do it will probably be mostly about diapers and milk since that is about the extent of my life at the moment. Today’s post is no exception.

I am a lucky mom who doesn’t have to worry about my breast milk supply. Well, not the traditional worry. Wyatt is still less than three weeks old, but we have encountered a problem with my milk. There is just too much of it! Not that too much milk is really a bad thing, but storing it is becoming an issue. The first bag I put in the freezer was marked 3-4-2012. Today is the 20th. With just over two weeks worth of milk in there I have already filled the bottom drawer of the freezer with over 250 ounces. And that is in addition to actually feeding him every two-three hours as well! At this rate our entire freezer will be taken over in about a month and a half. Since we actually use our freezer for important things like frozen fruits and veggies, meats (and of course ice cream!) we need another solution.

So deep freezer shopping it is! Does anyone have any recommendations, or cautions to share with us?

Published in: on March 20, 2012 at 12:56 pm  Comments (1)  
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Two Weeks +

Things I learned or remembered after having a newborn for two weeks:

  • Newborns go through lots of diapers. LOTS.
  • Breastfeeding is 1000 times easier than pumping.
  • If the lack of sleep wasn’t enough, the one-week-post-baby body is enough to make you not want to leave the house.
  • Kids (and especially babies) grow so fast. Take lots of pictures, and take them often!

  • Life still goes on. Life includes things like laundry, cooking, and taking care of older children.
  • Not everything needs to get done all the time.

Alyssa (left) Kylie (right)

 

  • Naps are your friend!
Published in: on March 17, 2012 at 2:35 pm  Comments (2)  
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The Magic Of Milk

I apologize in advance if this post grosses you out. I am sure someday my son will be embarrassed that I even shared this.

I am lucky to be a mom that is able to provide breast milk for my children. For the girls I was able to pump for over a year, and Wyatt is able to nurse beautifully (and that I am very thankful for!) I do still pump usually twice a day since I have a very large milk supply, and someday this extra milk will come in handy. I’ll be able to go out with friends or out on a date with my handsome husband, and won’t have to worry about making it back in time to feed the little man.

But breast milk can actually be so much more than just the best food I can give him. Last week we noticed Wyatt’s eye was a little goopy. By the end of the day it was so crusted he couldn’t even open it. It was so sad. After a little research we learned it was probably a clogged tear duct, very common to newborns. The thing is, with clogging can come infection (like stagnant water). So I massaged his little tear duct while he was eating, and after he was done I put a couple drops of breast milk in the corner of his eye. You see, breast milk has MILLIONS of LIVING white blood cells and other antiviral, antibacterial and antiparasitic factors. My milk went out on attack and cleared that clogged tear duct up within 24 hours. Now that is something formula just can’t do!

Published in: on March 13, 2012 at 3:21 pm  Leave a Comment  
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They Catch On Quick

Wyatt is less than a week old, and has only been home a few days, but that doesn’t stop the girls from learning (quickly!) about him and our whole family’s new routine. Just this morning they were in their high chairs eating breakfast and I was feeding Wyatt on the couch. Alyssa, completely by her own observation, said “Baby hungry. Momma help Wyatt.”

I am so proud of my big girls!

 

Published in: on March 7, 2012 at 4:26 pm  Comments (2)  

We Wasted No Time

Our family has an almost weekly tradition of going out to dinner at Cici’s Pizza. There is one right across the street from us, and kids under 3 eat free always. Plus it is super kid friendly, so we never have to worry about the girls making a mess or a lot of noise. Another thing I LOVE is that there is no waiting. We walk in and as soon as we get the girls into high chairs we can start serving up their food. And then when we are all done we don’t have to wait to pay or anything, we can just walk out the door. It is a really fun family outing for very little money. Plus it is all you can eat, which is very good during pregnancy/nursing 🙂

We went last weekend for the last time as a family of four, and this weekend for the first time as a family of five! Yep, four days post surgery and with our little newborn in tow, we all trekked out for family dinner.

First time all together in the car!

family picture

Kylie stuffing her face

Alyssa being silly (it wasn’t even loud at all)

Wyatt hanging out

 

Published in: on March 6, 2012 at 8:44 am  Leave a Comment  
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Introducing… Mr. Wyatt Jackson!

Most of our friends already know, but I am aware I have some readers who are not facebook friends, so I want to share the good news.

We have a son!

Wyatt Jackson. He was born March 1, at 1:36pm. He was 7 lbs 10 oz and 20 inches long. And boy is he cute! He actually received a lot of attention from the nurses and staff. He is cute and quiet and a good sleeper. Good job little man, let’s keep that up 🙂

And because I can’t post just ONE picture, here are a few of our newest addition.

Now I am going to go shower, relax, and spend some time staring at my baby boy. Catch you later!

Published in: on March 3, 2012 at 8:21 pm  Comments (2)  

39 Weeks!

Today I am officially 39 weeks. We made it, all the way to the scheduled c-section. Truth be told, I did not expect to get all the way here, but I am so excited we did. I know everyone in excited to see pictures and hear stats, but since Sprout isn’t going to be making an appearance until a little later today I have a new belly shot and some other numbers to share with you.

3:30, 39, 10, 2, 6, 2

At 3:30 this morning I finally crawled into my own bed. I was 39 weeks pregnant. I would be having surgery and a baby in 10 hours. I had already changed 2 diapers and been up with the girls 6 times. I had also slept on the floor of the girls’ room for 2 hours.

That’s right. To celebrate my last night before a newborn, the girls decided to remind me of what I was going back to… you know, for old times sake. Thanks a lot girls!

Also, you need the results of the gender poll! According to your votes 73% think Sprout is a BOY. 26% think Sprout is a GIRL. We’ll just have to wait and see!

And one last time, here is babycenter.com’s update:

Your baby’s waiting to greet the world! He continues to build a layer of fat to help control his body temperature after birth, but it’s likely he already measures about 20 inches and weighs a bit over 7 pounds, a mini watermelon. (Boys tend to be slightly heavier than girls.) The outer layers of his skin are sloughing off as new skin forms underneath.

Happy Birthday Sprout! We can’t wait to meet you 🙂

Published in: on March 1, 2012 at 8:57 am  Comments (2)