Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Firsts and Last...

First trip to church... thank you GiGi (aka GA) for my whole outfit :) My Mama was worried it wasn't going to fit but I liked it and it fit GREAT :)
 

First visit for Miss B with Mom's "almost forever" friend and her kiddies... Thanks for bringing the homemade water colors LC :)


Kept 'em entertained for at LEAST 12 minutes :)

 and thanks for snuggling the little one :)
 LAST...day of summer va-ca...they might LOOK happy but we are ALL crying a little bit inside...



Saturday, August 25, 2012

11 Years of LOVE, Baby

and two weeks post-partum I can't imagine spending it ANY...

 other...
 way....
I love you Husband... you make my dreams come true...

Friday, August 24, 2012

Two Weeks... ALREADY.

You all should be used to my posts about how the kids get too big too fast TOO soon whether they are my own or others but watching my last baby start to be awake more, stretch her froggy legs out a little more and EAT more makes me realize yet again how fast it is going. Ack.

Trying to get our minds around the fact that Daddy is headed back to work on Monday and that the REAL WORLD will be settling in. You all remember how well that went LAST year? Yikes.

BUT... I guess we can't stay hunkered down in this baby bliss bubble forEVER... so what's been going on? Miss B is doing really well... I'd like to get her down to the local hospital for a quick weight check since her ped doesn't want to see her until she's almost 6 weeks old (she was seen at 4 days to check her for jaundice and she was just fine) ~ but I'd say that she's surpassed her 10lb birth weight :)

My body is still healing and that seems like a MUCH slower process this time around... I had the same "damage" done but things def. feel different. Trips in the car longer than 10-15 min. are painful and the thought of going to the "big city" almost brings me to tears. Thankfully I don't have to go there for 4 more weeks :) I'm great if I am standing and able to move around  but then I notice I've done a bit too much...The good news is... I'm on the "just had a baby" diet where you get on the scale and in one week are immediately 22lbs lighter :) And I'm eating like a HORSE :) (drinking TONS ~ Literally gallons of water too :) so all in due time... I just sent my blood sugars to Loretta this afternoon and funny to see that on Aug 8th I was using 80 units of insulin and yesterday I think I used 23 :) Gotta love the burning calories from feeding the baby and the fact that the placenta is not causing a ruckus anymore :)

Miss B ~ you are wearing all 3 month clothes...for real. The pants are a little big but we HAVE to go that route with your onesies and jammies. You do a whole lotta pooping, eating and sleeping which is a fairly perfect infant in my book :) You LOVE to snuggle in the upright on someones chest position and have a nice rest. You are quickly becoming a big fan of your Red Sox binks... not so much on the pack of binks that Daddy and I got you that your big sister liked the best. Showing your differences ALREADY :)

Because I know it will change probably tomorrow... your TYPICAL day starts around 6:50-7:30ish AM, you fill your pants, eat (a challenge I'll talk about in a bit) hang out and have a nap... your big sister loves to snuggle with us in Mommy and Daddy's bed and watch her PBS shows while you eat. You wake up again around 10ish for a repeat of the 7ish schedule :) and again at 1ish and 4ish... we've been seeing more of you awake the past couple of days after that 4ish feeding and I think it is good for you because if you sleep after 4 and after your 7PMish feeding you are kinda a beasty to put to sleep after your 11PM feeding.

This week you gave Daddy a run for his money and tried to party from 11:30-1AM ~ that wasn't so fun :) you are waking up once a night to eat somewhere between 3-4AM and then you TYPICALLY go right back to sleep until you wake up and we do it all over again...

Because of the  "issues"  your sister and I had, I have been a feeding/pumping fool this time around... knowing you are bigger and just wanting to make sure you are well fed. Of course with all the nursing/pumping it doesn't make us very portable so we spent a lot of time at home or in the homes of our family members. Up until just YESTERDAY you pretty much screamed and cried every time I'd try to feed you and while it was heartbreaking I knew that we'd get it EVENTUALLY... and I think MAYBE we've rounded a corner...a few good feedings the past couple of days and Mom able to skip a couple of pumping sessions... I feel like that is progress :) Because of how uncomfortable you seemed while we were trying to eat I have taken you to the chiropractor twice and we will go one more time next week. I think it is helping some and at the least... you LOVE it. You looked like you were in a coma the first time and the 2nd time you slept through the ENTIRE visit :)

We "fondly" refer to you as "0-60" because if you have a dirty dipe or you are hungry... our entire neighborhood can hear you, I'm sure of it. There's no real "fussing" just content or REALLY ticked off :) We try to keep you content :)

You are an AMAZING addition to our family Miss B ~ your Big Sis loves to give you kisses and your bink, your Daddy adores snuggling with you and I am just so THRILLED you are OUTSIDE my body that I think I love you the most! :)

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

What We've Been Doing...

TRYING to lay low and yet still maintain some sense of fun and normalcy for the todd-lah...so we are doing fun friends at home and one special outing... the "big girls" came before they both have to head back to school...


T got a special baby snuggle in as she tried to wait patiently for her little one to come out ~ she FINALLY did the VERY NEXT DAY after this photo was taken... 41+ weeks... woman is a rock star! :) and her peanut was only 7lbs 2oz... good thing I sent her home with a bag full of newborn dipes that "Yiz" had passed along to me when Baby C couldn't fit into them and my big beasty only wore them for 3 dipe changes in the HOSPITAL... :)

on Saturday these two gals were going to come to us for a visit since they were "home" for the weekend to attend a wedding in the afternoon but because they have the WATER at their parent's house we went to them...Little Sister holding "Big" Sister (Minnie), Big Sister holding "Little" Sister... I could only hope my girls will be as smart, athletic and now... the best of friends like these two :)

Speaking of the WATER... HOW happy was my girl... lake AND dog?


Yeah... pretty happy :)

and just because it is super cute/funny...this was one of my FAV. outfits for Minnie... it is size newborn...my chunky monkey...I couldn't get the top snap done (Guido :) and then she busted out of the bottom... guess this is already going in the "too small" pile :) Oh I love her... :)

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Going home, special visits and soaking it up...


Please note the thumbs up in the background...she was PYSCHED to get her Mama OUT of the "big bwiulding" aka "big building"

We got home, I had a rest and dinner showed up... not a bad gig :)


First night at home wearing her big sister's jammies, hangin' in her "recliner" with Daddy on the couch

This gal flew ALL.THE.WAY.FROM.GA just to see her... well at least that's what I'll tell her when she's big :)

8 double chins and all... I'm soaking up the baby bliss....

Thursday, August 16, 2012

The first couple days... Hospital time...

To be honest the hospital stay was a little over-whelming for me this time around... maybe because of laboring all night, delievering at 5AM and then staying up all the next day... maybe because I was SO anxious about seeing Minnie and wanting to make sure that I was not looking "too scary" for her :) It was nice to have the distraction of visitors though and I know they were all SO excited to meet her :)



some of the "waiting room" :) there is a whole other view of people you can't even SEE :) We are LOVED.

Telling her to get ready to meet her "Big Sister" and trying to keep it together...I had HUGE expectations for this moment and looking at my pics thanks to BIL L it did NOT disappoint... I am THRILLED with the moments he captured and these are memories I will never forget...

TiTi and Uncle L had brought Minnie a few weeks ago to "Build a Bear" for Baby Sister so she had it with her to give to the new addition...

NO idea what is so funny but I LOVE this shot :)
The part I should have anticipated... my girl wanted NOTHING to do with me being in a BED. I should have moved to the couch before she came in but once we did she was JUST fine...


is there ANYTHING sweeter?


"Meeting" TiTi


and the competition starts early... they both try to get my girls to say THEIR name FIRST :)

COUSINS....

My chubby cheek girl :) Poor thing... I was going to nickname her "Buttercup" but I think with all her bruising she'll be "Black Eyed Susan" instead... :)