Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Life with Two

Usually after I haven't blogged in awhile, I do a "life lately" post. Considering my life lately consists of being a new mama to TWO kiddos, I will do a little summary post of our life lately with two kids. I also wanted to share some of our new family pictures that my cousin Carrie took!
Adjusting with a single new baby is tough on it's own. After the first 3 weeks, I feel like we finally started getting back to regular life. We had so many visitors and overnight guests the first couple of weeks and then Little B came down with a really bad case of strep throat and I got horrible mastitis right after that. I told myself if I could survive that first week alone with both kids being very sick and taking care of a sick toddler, I could do ANYTHING! It's been 10 weeks since K was born (feels like yesterday) and I would say we have fully acclimated to being a family of four. There's still a few kinks that need to be worked out, but it really has been going smooth so far.
Me- I had zero issues with adjusting with baby #2 compared to when I had with my first. My hormones were a little wacky, as expected, but I didn't feel depressed or down like I did with B. This made having a tiny new baby so much more enjoyable. We bonded right away. She is a total mama's girl and I am just eating it up! We struggled with nursing in the beginning because she pretty much slept the first week of her life. She was such a lazy eater but it didn't take long for her to build an appetite. I have suffered from oversupply this time as well (hence the mastitis), but I'm starting to regulate and make just enough for her needs. I think that having a son who didn't sleep through the night until 14 months and still wakes up sometimes in the night has primed me for the sleep deprivation. I have been doing well functioning on a few hours of sleep and taking care of two kiddos during the day. I am pleasantly surprised at how well I have adjusted. Of course there are times that have been tough. When K doesn't want to stop crying or only wants to be held and I have to change B's diaper or fix him lunch... those times are tough. When I'm pulled both ways and can only take care of one at a time. Babywearing has been my friend! I can wear K around and still be involved with B and get things done without being bound to a rocking chair. It's been a lifesaver.
Little B- To say that B has been unphased by his sister's arrival is pretty accurate. He really doesn't have much to do with her and barely even pays her any attention. He's held her only a handful of times. He will pause every once and while and pet her head or give her her binky when she is crying. I appreciate those sweet moments that they have. I think that he will take more interest in her when she is able to play and interact more with him. He is busy busy busy as an almost-three year old should be. He is getting ornerier by the minute. He pushes every single boundary that he can and has been giving us a run for our money. I don't think that this has anything to do with a new baby but more to do with the phase he is in in life right now. Discovering his independence. He has shown a little bit of jealousy, but nothing severe. He just stops and gives me love more often. Which is totally fine with me...
Mr. A.- He is smitten with our sweet girl... they have a great bond even though it was a little tough in the beginning. She initially only wanted mommy and would cry and cry when Daddy held her. She has learned now that daddy takes good care of her too and she loves him so much. She gives him the biggest smiles and coos. He has given her a couple of bottles and she took them like a champ! He has been so good to play with the kids and keep B entertained when he comes home from work so I can get things done and cook dinner. He is seriously the BEST daddy and I couldn't ask for a better man.
Miss K- Where do I even start with our sweet baby girl. She is just the BEST baby ever. After dealing with Little B who had reflux, colic, never slept, and cried all the time... she is just soooo good! She had some issues with latching on to breastfeed in the beginning, but by the 5th day, she finally started to get the hang of it. She really only cries when she needs something and is already getting herself on a little schedule with naps and eating. She eats every 3-4 hours and has a longer 5-6 hour stretch at night. She has had a touch of reflux but we've been sleeping her inclined and keeping her upright after feedings and it has seemed to help a ton! She is already batting at toys and getting her hands in her mouth. She is so strong already and holds her head up and looks around like a pro! She smiles soooo big and coos and talks all the time. She has just been such a great addition to our family and it amazes me how I love her more every day.

Monday, December 15, 2014

Miss K: 2 months

At 2 months, K has grown a ton! At her 6 week appt, she weighed 9 lb 1 oz and was 21 1/4 in long. She gained over 2 lbs in 4 weeks. She eats so well and has been sleeping well too! She usually eats around 11p and sleeps until 5a. I've been appreciative of the longer stretch of sleep. She is also really good about going back to sleep in her little bed by herself. She will be sleepy, and if I lay her down, she will grunt and move and then eventually fall asleep on her own. She always responds with a smile and only cries if she needs something or is tired. She is getting stronger every day and holds her head steady when you hold her upright. She "talks" and responds when we talk to her. She has been batting at toys and practicing working her little hands. She can put them in her mouth and open and close her fist if she concentrates really hard. She is the smiliest baby. You can't say a word to her without her whole face lighting up.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

The Final Baby Bump Post

I got behind with my bumpdates towards the end so I thought I would do this post as a summary of the past 38 weeks. It's so neat to look at the rows across and up and down and compare the size difference.

Weeks 4-38

 4 weeks & 38 weeks

 37 weeks with B & 38 weeks with K

I loved documenting the growing bump and I'm so glad I'll have these to look back on forever!

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Happy 26th Birthday to Me!

I turned 26 on the 2nd of November and spent the day at home with my little family for a very low key celebration. My boys made me a sprinkle birthday cake and Mr. A made THE BEST homemade custard ice cream. It was seriously SO GOOD. The best I've ever had. Ok... enough about the ice cream.
I received a card with a picture of a "heart" that B drew me and sweet note from my husband. They got me a gift card to pick out some new clothes for my post-baby bod. Mr. A even let me sleep in and watched both kids and fed Miss K a bottle of milk that I pumped for her. I made one of my favorite, easy meals and we ate our cake and ice cream. It was a great birthday!
B helped me blow out my 2 candle. It was the only candle we had in the house and you can't have a birthday without blowing out a candle. It's about time I turned 2, huh?
This is the nicest picture I could get of my boys enjoying their cake and ice cream. B is all about the cheesy smile right now.
I also insisted that Mr. A take a picture of me and my babies to remember my birthday by. B finally gave us a nice smile and Miss K was passed out milk drunk. I have messy hair and some comfy clothes. It's pretty much the epitome of what life is like right now. I love my little family and am so blessed to have another year with them!

Friday, November 7, 2014

Halloween 2014

We started talking to B about Halloween costumes a few months in advance this year to see what he wanted to be. He didn't really seem to have a preference in the beginning. We were trying to decide between a minion and Woody from Toy Story. Then one morning, B came into my room and informed me that he wanted to be a Chiefs player for Halloween. I'm not sure where he got that idea, but I was totally on board. It was the first time he showed real interest and excitement about dressing up for Halloween. I ordered his costume that morning! We are big Chiefs fans in this house so I was so proud about B being so excited to represent his favorite team and even more excited that it was his idea. We are obviously rubbing off on him...
Miss K even took part in the fun. We dressed her in her jack-o-lantern outfit and put on a Chiefs hat to keep her warm. We bundled her in the carseat and put her in the stroller with both of the hoods up to protect her from the wind. She stayed nice and toasty and slept the whole time.
We dressed up and went door to door around 6:00 before it got too cold. It was the coldest day so far and the sun was setting fast. We bundled up and started on one of the bigger streets in town. He walked up to each door by himself and rang the doorbell if he could reach it. He used his manners and made me very proud.

After doing the first street, it was getting really cold and we hit up a couple more houses before heading home. It was a great night and B really enjoyed it and is still talking about it a week later. I am looking forward to next year to take both the kids together!

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Miss K: 1 Month Old

As I did with B, I will be taking monthly photos of Miss K throughout her first year. I loved watching B grow right before my eyes as I uploaded his pictures every month (see them here!) and I can't wait to see the changes with Miss K. I will also add a few snippets about her and her development physically and personality-wise. She has already changed so much in just 1 short month. I can't believe only 11 more pictures until we have a one year old (cue tears and sobbing). It's already going by too fast!

At 1 month, little miss weighs over 7 lbs. We won't get the final weight until next week at our 6 week checkup. She has grown a lot since we had our last 2 week check and she weighed 6 lb 12.5 oz. She is exclusively breastfed and eats on average every 3 hours with a little longer stretch at night (on a good night). She sleeps a lot! She wakes, eats, sits and looks around for awhile before going back to sleep. She was very content in the beginning, but has turned into a fussbucket the past week or so. We know that this is only temporary and is easily remedied with picking her up and giving lots of cuddles. She is definitely a mama's girl and has had a hard time adjusting to daddy. She loves to be worn in the wrap or carrier and falls asleep almost immediately. She is just now outgrowing her newborn size clothes and is mostly wearing 0-3 month size. She smiles occasionally for me and daddy when we talk and smile at her. She has also made a few throaty coos at us and it immediately turns me into a puddle of mush. Those baby coos are the BEST!

Monday, November 3, 2014

Baby Shower Festivities

The Sunday before I went into labor, a couple of local friends threw me a baby shower at the country club. It was a small event but a lot of fun! I wasn't expecting to have a shower for my second baby, but these kind women were gracious and hosted one for me. I think that every baby deserves to be celebrated! All of our family came down to attend. It was so nice to see everyone and enjoy some yummy cupcakes and open gifts. 

We also snapped some family photos.
My mother-in-law, my mom, and myself.
Me and big brother B
My sister and I
My grandma and I
It was a great day with perfect timing! At least K waited until after this event to make her appearance. I am so lucky to have such wonderful family and friends!