Sunday, December 30, 2012

Shower Baby

Is there anything more precious than a naked baby in a shower? This is how I manage to get ready for work most days. Cyrus is typically still sleeping, and Seamus and I take a shower. While I dry my hair and get ready, my sweet baby plays in the shower. I love how he entertains himself.

Friday, December 28, 2012

Christmas was especially fun this year! Cyrus was so excited about all things Christmas and he couldn't keep himself from telling us all about baby Jesus. I went out and purchased him the little people manger set because he kept trying to steal baby Jesus from my manger.


I think Cyrus's favorite thing that we did as a family was the polar express. I stole this from pinterest. Basically I printed out a golden ticket for each boy and placed on their beds during bath time. Cyrus watched the polar express so he knew all about golden tickets. After bath, once the boys were in their jammies, they went to their rooms. Cyrus found his ticket and was super excited. Bounding off the walls excited. We went downstairs, (daddy had the car running and packed snacks and hot chocolate), got in the car and went to look at Christmas lights.

Cyrus with his golden ticket

Seamus on Christmas morning, more interested in boogie wipes than his presents

Seamus not sure what to do with his present


Breakfast with brother

We spent Christmas morning opening presents and eating a special breakfast made by daddy. In the early evening we went over to Memaw Debbie's house for dinner.

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Steeeeeeve

Meet Steve, he is the elf that Santa assigned to our home. You say his name like the monkey's name in "Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs" the EV is long and drawn out and you say it in a Disco Stu sort of voice. My opinion on Christmas has changed a ton since having Cyrus. I was the mom who would "Eradicate" Santa from all things Christmas, and we would have no talk of presents, or mythical reindeer and elves. I didn't feel it necessary to judge other people's choice of sharing in such traditions, but I just didn't want to have part of it.
That, of course, was until Cyrus shared with me his knowledge of Santa. This happened last year. I realized that he learned about Santa and it was magical and fun for him. I also realized that we could have Santa and still emphasize the true meaning of Christmas.
With that being said, this year we went all in! I was never going to have a creepy elf on the shelf, but my dear sister Rachel bought my boys the book and elf. So Steve came to visit on Thanksgiving. Cyrus loved the story and was excited to go hunt for his elf. He loves playing elf on the shelf. He will take one of his stuffed animals and pretend it is an elf and place the elf in silly places or he will pretend to be my elf. The boy is seriously creative on the whole placing the elf. He will be a great dad someday, moving his own elf for his kids own magical Christmas experience. I on the other hand sort of suck at this simple task. Thank God I have Ryan to pick up the slack. He has been moving the elf because I forget a lot.
So far my favorite place the elf has shown up was dangling from the fan in the nursery. Thank you to auntie Rae for "adopting" Steve for us.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

9 Months

Our littlest man is 9 months! The past month has been difficult to say the least. Seamus was cutting 4 teeth all at once, he and Cyrus shared a virus, he had croup and he had his first ear infection. All of that meant a certain someone has not been sleeping well AT ALL. Ryan and I have been passing him off through out the night. So neither one of us is getting more than 4 hours of sleep at a time. It is reminiscent of the new born days.

We did go to see Dr. Craft for Seamus's 9 month well check. We didn't do any vaccinations because Seamus was sick, however he would have just been getting Flu and Polio. Polio we delay until he needs it for school, and we are hoping to get him the Flu vax as soon as he is 100%.

Here are Seamus's 9 month stats:
Weight: 17lbs 5 oz (3lbs and 5 oz less than Cyrus at this age)
Height: 27 inches (3 inches shorter than Cyrus at this age)
Head Circ: 17 1/2 (3/4 inch small than Cyrus at this age)

We are struggling with Seamus's sleeping. It started when he got sick. The first night I noticed him barking like a seal I brought him to our bed. I was so worried he would have a breathing emergency. We had to take him in for a steam bath several times. I prefer to keep my children near me when they are sick, so at some points I had both Seamus and Cyrus in my bed. Poor Ryan slept on the couch or sometimes in Cyrus's bed.

Once Seamus seemed to be on the mend we tried to get him to sleep in his own bed. However, our boy is strong willed. I put him down every night at 7. He will sleep a good 2.5 hours before waking up crying. I soothe him back to sleep with a binky and a light back run, and he'll sleep for another 2 hours (maybe). These days it seems like he is in our bed by 11pm. I know we have to stop this habit. I'm just not sure how to do it. He sleeps so well if in our bed, and only wakes to nurse briefly. I do think we will sleep train him this month. We actually started sleep training him at 8 months and he did really well, until he got sick. Now if he wakes up he will cry and scream for an hour with out getting tired, the boy has a strong will.

Seamus is talking a ton. That is if you call babbling baby syllables talking. His favorite is Da Da Da. I guess he will probably say Daddy before he says Mommy. That's okay because I know he is a mama's boy at heart. He becomes very upset when ever I leave a room, and he typically will crawl after me. It is adorable to watch and sometimes I have to catch myself from patting my leg and calling him to follow me as if he were a dog.

People say he looks like Ryan and that Cyrus looks like me. This is laughable because Cyrus looks so much like Ryan when Ryan was his age. And Seamus looks so much like my brother Kevin when he was a baby. Of course their are moments when they exude Mama...like when Cyrus laughs, he laughs just like me and his facial expressions are just like mine. Seamus has evil eyebrows, just like me. And he grimaces just like I do.

Since being sick, Seamus is not eating well. He hasn't been interested much in baby food, but nurses more frequently and loves his bottles. He does, however, show interest in eating real food. I have been sharing off my plate with him at most meals. He has had steak, green beans, bread, pizza crust, carrots and broccoli, and our latest addition Hummas...funny he's had most of these mashed up in baby food, but somehow it is so much more tasty if it is coming off my plate.

Seamus's favorite past time is playing the drop game. This is when he intentionally drops something and watches one of us fetch it for him. He also loves to play the binky game (this was one of Cyrus's favorite games as well). This is when he has the binky and you take it from him and put it in your mouth. He will then take it from you and laugh, while putting it in his mouth. He then decides he wants to share with you, so he practices putting the binky in your mouth and taking it out. He really likes it when you react to him taking the binky out of your mouth. Oh and he loves it when big brother plays peek-a-boo with him in the car.

At 9 months old Seamus has 6 teeth completely in, and one more upper that is about to pop through the surface for a total of 7 teeth...that seems crazy to me. With all those teeth, it is no surprise that we have a little biter on our hands. Nothing is safe around this kid. He will pretend to be nuzzling into you and then BAM he bites. I know he can't help it, it feels good to bite when teething, but I seriously need a break from all the biting.

Other than all that, he is such a joy to be around! He has the sweetest smile, and his eyes sparkle all the time. We love our little peanut!



Monday, December 10, 2012

Duck Pond

Over Thanksgiving weekend I decided to take the boys to the duck pond. It was really cold out, but Cyrus had so much fun. Me on the other hand, I was totally freaked out by the geese.  They were a little too "friendly" for my liking. I was afraid they were going to 1. bite one of my children or 2. push Cyrus into the freezing cold water to steal all his bread. Neither of which happened, Thank God.

Seamus bundled up, he liked the geese


Cyrus loved feeding the geese and ducks

He did not believe me that they can bite

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Trying New Things

Guess who knows how to use a straw? At the beginning of November, Seamus found Cyrus's thermos on the ground. He crawled over opened it and started drinking. It was very cute, as you can see from the above picture.

Monday, December 3, 2012

Tubby Times Two

We all have at least one of these pictures hidden away in a family photo album, so I thought I should take one (or five) of my boys so they have one as well.




The week after Seamus graduated to the big boy tub, Cyrus asked if he could take a tubby while I was bathing Seamus. I was a little nervous at first, because the boys aren't always the gentlest of God's creations, and I didn't want anyone hitting their head on the faucet or anything. However, then I realized that we do a lot of saying no, later, maybe next time to Cyrus lately, and that just isn't fair to him. So, I explained that he is a lot bigger than his brother and needed to be extra careful in the tubby. He promised me he would. He got in the tub and asked Seamus if he wanted help rinsing. It was adorable. Then my precious eldest boy asked me if I would take a picture of them. He is so sweet, and so caring of his brother it brings such joy to my heart.
I now have the pictures that I will break out when they bring home a girl for the first time.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Just one more thing that makes my baby, not so babyish anymore

There comes a time in each parents life, when you know your family is complete. For Ryan, it was the minute we knew that my pregnancy with Seamus was viable. For me it was when I finally held my precious second born son in my arms for the first time. Of course, I'd be lying if I said the thought of being done, doesn't make me sad at times, but I also know what Ryan and I can handle, and honestly a family of four is perfect. This does not mean that if God blessed us with a third, we would be upset...I would be more than thrilled, we just won't actively try ever again.
I think I'll spend a lot of time writing about sad moments related to babies over the next few months so bear with me. I had one of these moments last night. I was getting ready for the cleaning ladies (and yes I do have people clean my house twice a month, a new luxury because with both Ryan and I working it was impossible to keep things clean). The night before Tammy and Monica arrive we straighten up the house and move the clutter. As I was moving things around I came across the infant bath tub. Seamus hasn't used it in two weeks. It became dangerous to give him a bath in it because he was pulling him self up and trying to stand and climb out. So as of November 12th Seamus graduated to the big boy tub.
Here he is patiently waiting to get in the tub. He actually wasn't patient at all. The boy was lifting his leg trying to climb in all by himself. I was afraid he was going to hurt himself, not so afraid that I missed the photo opportunity.

 Seamus is happiest when playing in the tub. We are blessed that our boys love to take baths.
 And here you can see why we needed to move him out of the baby tub. He would get in and try and crawl and stand, it was rather comical. Nice bum huh? Last night I brought the old tub downstairs, with tears in my eye (no joke). I brought it over to Ryan and mentioned how we would never use the baby tub again, his reply was "planter"...that's my husband. He is so done having babies. I think that is how men and women differ. Men are done when they are done, women we say we are done, but deep in our hearts we know we will always want to hold a newborn in our arms...hence why I am done. If I have a baby for every time I want to hold a new born or feel baby kicks in my belly I will turn into my mom and have seven children. I love you Mom, but I'm not super woman (and I didn't start having babies at 21). The next thing I am tackling are all the baby clothes we have outgrown...now that will be a real tear jerker.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

It's over

All is well over here. Seamus is happy, and I'm happy, after one week Seamus ended his nursing strike. We are so thankful that it only lasted a week. I'm not sure if I could have survived exclusively pumping much longer.

To celebrate we got all dressed up and took family pictures! And had lunch at Red Robin.
And I couldn't help but include this picture.



Saturday, November 17, 2012

Strike

I wish I was about to write something like strike a pose, or 3 strikes and your out...but no that's not what this post is about. This post is about
My sweet Seamus, and how he has initiated a nursing strike. The last time I nursed him was at 4:30 am on Monday. I'm not sure if the strike is because I yelled "Ow" when he bit me or if it is because he is cutting two more teeth (an upper and a lower for a grand total of 6 teeth in his mouth).
 
Honestly I never realized how close nursing makes me feel to my children. I have felt so distant from Seamus this week. I have even felt some what rejected, and abandoned. I know that sounds crazy, but it is how I feel.
I always said that I thought Seamus would wean early (anything would be early considering Cyrus nursed until he was almost 17 months). Seamus is an eat and run kind of baby, he isn't a comfort nurser like his brother was. So that automatically made me think he would probably self wean at a year. However, I never thought he would go on strike.
A strike is not weaning. Usually, something occurs that makes the baby strike. A few of those things could be teething, mommy yelled and scared baby when baby bit, baby is sick, mommy is wearing a new scent, baby is getting ready to master a skill such as crawling, cruising or walking. A lot of moms think a strike is baby saying "I'm done with those, thank you", so they just stop and move on. But when a baby weans it is a gradual process, not an all of a sudden thing. From everything I read a strike is "I can't do that right now, my mouth hurts" so I am continuing to pump. I have pumped 98.5 oz since Wednesday (I didn't keep track of my out put on Monday or Tuesday but it was probably around 24 oz).
Below are too pictures of Seamus last week, he was coming over to ask to nurse...
C'mon Mommy take a break from work and nurse me

You can't say no to my sweet potato face
I miss this face! Oh how I miss nursing my littlest man. I hate the pump baby, it just sucks - no pun intended. I'm praying that this strike is short lived...okay well at six days we've gone past short lived. But I am praying that it ends soon. In the mean time if you need me, I'm probably strapped to the pump.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Hanging Around

The life of a crew coach wife can be challenging. When all of your friends are enjoying time as  family on the weekends, you are typically missing your husband who is at a regatta. We are so thankful for Ryan's job at Liberty, but I'd be lying if I said we didn't miss him a ton when he is gone for a weekend.
However, instead of focusing on the time that he is away we decided to make the most of the time he is at home! I have really enjoyed our lazy Sundays. Some Sundays we didn't even get out of PJ's.
Here are a few pictures of what a lazy Sunday looks like for us:
We hang around, LOL, or in this case do pull ups

We use Daddy's spin bike, AKA mommies present for making goal this year

Cyrus loves the bike

Daddy helps!

We watch TV

We eat

We smile for the camera

We take lots of pictures

I love the face he is making here
I'm thankful that crew is over for the fall season and that our weekends will be a lot more normal moving forward.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

"Kitten"nap

It is no secret that I love animals! If I had it my way I would probably have multiple pets roaming around our house. Ideally, I'd have a small farm. I'm pretty sure Cyrus takes after me in this area. He is always asking me if he can have a cat, or a bunny, or a new dog.

The other night when I was putting Cyrus to bed, Ryan called for me to come down stairs quickly. When I came down he told me to go look out the front door. I did, and this is what I found

Cyrus, of course, came running down to see too! And he came outside to see this adorable little kitty. It was freezing out, so we invited her in to play for a few minutes. I am notorious for trying to kidnap other peoples kittens.  Apparently, so is my son...

Cyrus is making kissy noises to call that kitty over
Cyrus LOVED the kitty. He has been asking for a kitty for a long time. Unfortunately, Isabelle is not a fan of cats, or any other animal in her house. So for now we will have to resort to "borrow" the neighbors cat.


Thursday, November 8, 2012

8 Wonderful Months


Our house has become the Fun Zone! With two little boys, it seems like we are forever stepping over random toys. I wouldn't have it any other way, accept at night (I would like all the toys to be put away before the boys go to bed).

Seamus turned 8 months on October 28th. He is like fine wine, he just gets better with time. I love watching him explore the world around him. He especially likes to explore what his big brother is doing.

Here are some facts about Seamus at 8 months

weight: about 18 lbs
height: smaller than Cyrus (we don't know how tall he isn't, but we are pretty sure he is much smaller than Cyrus was at this age).
 head: yep he still has a big head

  • Wakes up between 5:00 am and 6:00 am
  • Nurses or takes a bottle 5 times during normal business hours (5 am - 7pm).
  • Eats 3 solid meals, but varies how much he eats. Some days he will eat 3-4 food cubes (about 1 tbs each) and 2 tbs of cereal other days we are lucky to get one food cube with a little bit of cereal. This means we waste a lot of baby food 
  • Favorite food: either banana or pears
  • loves looking and talking with his reflection 
  • Takes 3 naps during the day (9 am, 1 pm, and a power nap at 5pm)
  • Loves Tubby Time! And since he wears most of his food, we give him a bath almost every night
  • Tubby time is at 6:30 
  • 7:00 he is usually asleep and in his crib
  • Some nights he wakes at 9 or 10 and needs to be nursed and snuggled.
  • Some nights he wakes at 12 or 1 am, and some nights we battle to get him to sleep in his crib after 2 am. 
  • Seamus snuggles in bed with us way more than Cyrus ever did!
  • Last night Seamus went to sleep at 7:30 and did not wake up until 3 am, then he went back to sleep until 5:30 am - yay a successful night of sleep, the first in many many many months.
  • I'm currently trying to ween his middle of the night feedings, but sometimes it is the easiest way to get him back to bed, and I'm tired so we go the easy route a lot.
  •  Seamus is very interested in what we are eating, so sometimes I give him tastes (he loves the rolls at Logan's)
  • He is full on crawling, but still likes to army crawl because he is super fast at army crawling
  • He started pulling up on furniture a few weeks back
  • Last week he started cruising, it is fun to watch him try to navigate around a room by cruising
  • He goes from tummy to sitting in seconds
  • He loves to watch TV. The kid will plop himself down right in front of the TV and just stare. He likes Baby Signing time, and what ever brother is watching.
  • He is a hair puller, face pincher,  chest patter, nipple bitter (too much info I know but he is, and Cyrus did once ever!). When Seamus bites and I say no he gives me a coy little smile. Its cute, but I know I am in trouble with this one.
  • When he sleeps on your chest, he needs to rub you or pat your face - he gets a good nights sleep but you do not
  • he laughs at everything, and smiles all the time 
  • He talks a lot he has met all his syllable milestones. I think da da raspberry is his favorite to say/do (he is doing the raspberry he can't say raspberry yet).
  • The hardest thing about Seamus at 8 months is the fact that when he wakes in the middle of the night, he crawl to the side of the crib nearest the door stands up and wails...he will do it for an hour if we let him.
  • He cries when Cyrus takes toys away, or won't let him play with the IPAD
  • Two nicknames: Tootie, and Sweet Potato
  • has more ear wax then the average baby

I'm sure I'm forgetting things. I think one of the hardest thing is to chronicle everything I say I want to capture. But I think I am doing an okay job at it. 




Sunday, November 4, 2012

First Letter to Santa

Last weekend the "big book" from Toys R Us arrived. As a kid I remember getting so excited when the Sears catalog came before Christmas.  Well though times have changed a lot since I was a kid, it is nice to know that children still get excited over the simplicity of the toy catalog arriving.

Ryan and I gave Cyrus a crayon and he was charged with marking all the things he wanted for Christmas. I of course pointed out that just because he was marking them, did not mean he was actually getting them.

He was really excited looking at all the toys. And as most people know I am a total sucker for my son and I really wanted to go out and buy him everything on his list. In all actuality he didn't ask for that much.

Last night, Cyrus and I sat down and wrote a letter to Santa. We cut out the pictures of the items he marked in the Big Book, and pasted them into the letter. He put them in order of wants the most to least.

His number one want is the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Secret Sewer Lair. I am shocked at the price tag on this toy. It is $130.00 and I've heard mixed reviews. I wish it was made my imgainex because their playscapes are really durable. The Turtle one is put out by Nickelodian and I'm just not sure how it will hold up to the play for a 3.5 year old. He also wants all the Turtles to play with in the lair. Oh and he would like to be able to dress up as a turtle so he is requesting knunchucks LOL (I think Santa is going to forget those).

He also wants some skylander figurines...not because he knows what Skylander is but because they are really cool dragons. Next on his list is a the penguin dreamlite. I can't believe I am going to have to buy him a dreamlite pet. Seriously not happy about this one, but he has been asking for one for almost a year.  He then cut out the Imaginex Castle and told me he really wanted the Ogre that goes with the castle. Well today he got the Ogre (he traded in all his Halloween candy for cash and bought the toy). He has been playing with it non-stop, but is now telling me he really needs the castle. We even saw the castle on our way out of Walmart and he tried to put it in the cart saying "Mom the Ogre needs a castle"

Of course he also needs an Iron Man Mask and some sort of wrist band thingy that Ironman shoots things out of. And last but not least he needs a Darth Maul mask and a light saber. I am pretty sure that Santa will not be bringing anything related to Darth Maul.

I can't believe I actually wrote a letter to Santa! Now I have to find the time to mail it to the North Pole.  So even though I try to limit the Santa talk in our home, I did have a lot of fun picking out toys with Cyrus and hearing all about each one. It was really fun and it was nice to just do something with Cyrus (Seamus was already in bed for the night).




Monday, October 29, 2012

Knit with Love


For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother's womb. I praise you for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well. My frame was not hidden from you, when I was being made in secret, intricately woven in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw my unformed substance; in your book were written, every one of them, the days that were formed for me, when as yet there was none of them. ~Psalm 139: 13-16

I often think about when Seamus was waiting patiently to be in our arms. Or was it me who was waiting not so patiently. I praise God often for the gift he has given to Ryan, Cyrus and I. I can not explain the joy we feel when we look at our precious little one. The sense of contentment I have when I hold him in my arms, or the overwhelming sense of love, devotion, peace and protection I have as we rock in the wee hours of the night. Thank you God for answering my prayers, and knitting him perfectly in my womb, and allowing us the privileged of knowing him on this side of heaven. I am in awe of how good your grace really is.

Seamus was knit together in love, as was the beautiful "woobie" in the above picture. Everyone, in our home has their very own woobie. Ryan's mom made Ryan one when he was a baby. She made me one when Ryan and I got engaged, she made Cyrus one before he was born, and now Seamus has been given his. Ryan brought this back from Boston when he was up there for the Head of the Charles. Then he forgot it at Liberty, so we just got it on Friday. We gave it a wash and dry and snuggled with it on the couch for the first time yesterday, which happened to be the day Seamus turned eight months old! Isn't it beautiful? I love the colors. It is a beautiful green and a deep chocolate brown. I can't wait to decorate Seamus's big boy room around these colors. 

Thank you Nona for taking the time to knit Seamus his blanket. I love it so much, and I know he will love it as much as we all love ours. I know that he will treasure it always.

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Pumpkin Patch

On October 24th the entire family accompanied Cyrus on his class field trip to Layman Farm a.k.a. The Pumpkin Patch. We left our house at 9:15 am and drove out to the farm. Cyrus fell asleep in the car, and I am pretty sure Seamus took his morning nap as well.
When we got there we gathered with his class and took a few pictures (or a lot of pictures, do you know how hard it is to get a bunch of 3 year old kids to pose for a picture?)
Playful Puppies 2012/2013

Seamus's First Hay Ride

He loved it!

My boys enjoying the scenery

Seamus with a pumpkin

Lilah and Matthew
The first fun festivity was the hayride to the preschool pumpkin patch. This is where all the wee little pumpkins are. Each child was allowed to pick out their very own pumpkin. Cyrus and I found our perfect pumpkin really early. However, then he decided to ditch it for an inferior specimen. At least I got pictures of Seamus with the perfect pumpkin. Sadly, my camera's battery died on the hayride back to all the other fun activities. Luckily, my friend Kristin (Lilah and Jax's mom) took plenty of pictures of my sweet boy.
Cyrus and Jax checking out the pumpkins

Jumping on the pillow

Running through the maze

I'm not working YAY!

And yes I rode the moo choo with the kids

Oh isn't he so cute!

Cyrus loves the spider web
We had a great time on the field trip. I loved spending the day with my family and friends enjoying the beautiful weather. After the pumpkin patch we drove to Sonic and enjoyed slushies and snacks.