Sunday, December 14, 2014

2014 Christmas Card



This is just the front of the card.  To see the whole this (which includes a baby announcement!), clinic here!
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Friday, December 05, 2014

Two Months Old

How is my baby already two months old?!  How am I already back at work (for a whole week)?!  Time is moving so quickly!  Caleb turned 2  months old on Thanksgiving day, which I thought was fun.  We were with our families then and got to share Caleb with them. 
There are so many things he's started to do.  Around five weeks old he started smiling, and he will now flash a huge grin when he sees mama, daddy or hears sister.  There are times I even think he's laughing! 
He loves his car mirror and piano mat at playtime.  He's a big fan of lights and will stare and talk to them for a good while. And he still loves walks.  He's not a fan of tummy time or burping.  So far he is indifferent to baths but no longer screams.

We started swaddling him at night and, apparently, I should swaddle him for naps, too.  I have had little success getting him to nap at home but he does so like a champ at daycare.  He usually sleeps from about 8-9 until 230-330, when he still wakes to feed.  This past week he has been waking u at 5am (about an hour and a half sooner than before).  I'm not quite sure I can handle that long term!

At his last doctor visit, he weighed 10 pounds 3ounces (15%) and was 22.5 inches long (45%).  His head is 75%.  He also got his shots.  That was hard on him and this mama!  Despite being a pediatrician, when it's your child, all is different.  When she stuck the first needle in his leg he just let out this awful scream.  My eyes filled with tears and throat got tight..."this hurts my baby" I thought!  BUT it is what he needs!  He was so tired the rest of the day, taking two long naps.  Then he woke up screaming and wouldn't soothe.  He would eat for a few seconds then suddenly scream.  I was so sad and cried myself because I couldn't hel him.  Finally he calmed down and was my happy baby later that night.

We are still breastfeeding.  I pump milk for him to have while I'm at work.  Let me tell you, pumping is hard!!!  We do so much better breastfeeding.  So far, I'm keeping up with him.  I'm hoping things will improve the more I pump.  I figure, he's growing well, no need to change anything.

For comparison:




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Definitely growing!  He's longer and has chunkier cheeks!  He's getting better at using his hands...he's actually started batting at the hanging toys on his playmat.  He's also started finding his hands and tries to put his thumb in his mouth.  oops!




Caleb, what a blessing you and your sister are to us.  She loves you, if you can't tell!  Thank you for your smiles, your cuddles, and your trust.  I will try to give you what you need.  I will try to be patient and wise but promise to love you always!!!  I ray that as you watch me, you learn what to look for in a wife and that as you watch your daddy you learn how to be a godly and loving husband.  We love you and are enjoying watching you grow!



Friday, November 21, 2014

Disney- Day 4

Our last day at Disney started out with the Mary Poppins breakfast. 
I LOVED the breakfast character meal and would recommend doing one for sure.  It's just different from all the other main meal dinners.  The characters here were such fun!  we saw Alice,
who was GREAT with Kate remembering exactly what she was doing in the parade the night before,  We saw Pooh
and Tigger, too. 
Then there was Mary Poppins and Bert. 
Bert got so excited that he got his own page in Kate's autograph book.
Apparently, he usually shares with Mary!

After breakfast we headed over to MGM.  Kate was our tour guide and negotiated the map for us. 
While we were waiting for the bus we had a quick hair session. 
Kate wanted her hair like mine.  :-)  Then she gave Caleb his first kiss.  :-) 
When we got to MGM, we went to Indiana Jones.  After that we headed over to Toy Story, which was lots of fun.  We also saw a Little Mermaid show.  Ellen, Jim, and Kate-o stayed for lunch and the muppets. 
We went over to Magic Kingdom to go to the parade and get ice cream.  My pregnant self wanted a cookie ice cream sandwich; unfortunately, the only had chocolate chip cookies there while our hotel had choices.  I was stubborn and waited.  So, Kate got a mickey ice cream sandwich. 
She told us that was her favorite part of the whole trip.  Seriously?!  We took a trip to disney and your favorite part was an ice cream sandwich?!  Sigh!

The parade was fun...but hot!  We got to see Ana and Elsa,
Rapunzel,
Merida,
Peter Pan,
Belle,
Snow White, Alice, Daisy and Donald.
We also saw the dragon from Sleeping Beauty. 
Just as it did at Disney on Ice, the dragon scared Kate a bit.  She snugged in for protection. So sweet.


Afterwards, we went and got Kate's silhouette done.  This was my souvenir and I love it!  Now we need one for Caleb! 
Then we met Kate-O and Ellen.  We rode the Jungle Cruise and then Haunted Mansion again.  Kate really enjoyed that.  Right before that ride, our realtor called to tell us that someone had placed an offer on the house we wanted to buy and what did we want to do.  So, while in Disneyworld, we made an offer on a house, all while we had NO ONE show at our open house.  Two days later we had purchased our house.  Crazy week!

Anyway, after that Kate and Grammy and Kate-O headed to Chef Mickey's.  David and I bowed out from this one for a dinner alone.  We ended up at the 50's diner in MGM.  It was some of the better food we had all week - I got veggie lasagna and David had meatloaf and milk shake. Later, we returned to Magic kingdom and rode Splash Mountain.  I had asked my OB if I could ride it.  She said yes.  I got a little nervous but David said I had to.  It was so fun!!  Then we head back to the hotel...I got there just in time to get my cookie.  Yum!

What a great weekend we had at Disneyworld.  I know Kate LOVED it and we had a great time with everyone.  We are so thankful for Grammy and Granddaddy's generosity in taking us on this trip.  A great family vacation that we will always remember!


Thursday, November 20, 2014

Disney Day 3

The next two days were warm and sunny, so the crowds were larger but still not bad.  We went to EPCOT on the morning of Day 3. 
Kate wore her Ariel outfit because we had plans to meet some princesses later that day at lunch.  The first character we met that day was Pluto.
Kate was SO excited to meet him.  Then we headed over to the Land and Sea exhibits.  Everyone else rode Soarin' while I waited.  Things like that make me feel sick.  First we had to be sure Kate could ride...she JUST was tall enough.  YAY!  She loved it.  At one point, she said it was her favorite; I think she thought they had really gone to those places.  So cute! 
Then we explored a little and rode a Nemo ride.  By that time it was actually almost time to go see the Princesses at Akershush in Norway. 
Kate had fun meeting more princesses featuring Belle and including Sleeping Beauty,
Snow White,
Cinderella  (who OF COURSE remembered Kate giving her the flower the night before!)
and Ariel (who of course, loved her outfit!)
  Granddaddy and Kate had fun playing while we waited on dessert...
and then Kate got to lead the line of princesses during the parade. 
We rode the Norway ride and tried to meet Mulan, but her visit was too far away; so, Kate went back to the hotel for nap while David and I returned to Magic Kingdom.  I got a Dole Whip (which was pretty good).  We did some shopping and climbed the Swiss Family Robinson treehouse.
 Then we went to meet Kate, Kate-O and Grammy.  While we were waiting, we got a call from our realtor that NO ONE had come to our open house.  I was just a little (read MUCH) disappointed!  Everyone rode the rollercoaster while I guarded the stroller (sigh...being pregnant at Disney is no fun as far as rides go) and Kate-O and Kate rode Dumbo.
  On the way to the other side of the park for the parade, we snapped this cute picture of Kate mirroring Ariel! 
Then we got to watch the parade.  Such fun! 
There were lots of characters including Tinkerbell,
Alice in Wonderland, Cinderella,
the Dwarves (Kate got to hold Doc's hand!),
Pete's dragon and an Eagle to end it all.  After the parade we rode Pirates of the Caribbean and then headed to the fireworks. 
It was a long day but fun!  One more day to go!