Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Sweet Sight

I have pictured this for so long. I wanted it so bad. There are days I can't believe this is my life, that things are finally going the way I had hoped. This is my life, I am beyond blessed.
My sweet boys! This was my Easter Morning. As I got ready for church, Cyrus was snuggling with his brother. I am amazed at how much Cyrus loves his little brother. He always wants to love on him. I am so blessed. I pray that these two little boys become best friends and have a relationship like the ones I have with my sistas.

Happy Birthday Cyrus

On Cyrus's birthday we spent the day as a family before his birthday party. Ryan and I were really excited to give Cyrus his birthday present. We bought it back in January.
I tried to capture a picture of him sleeping in my bed. This is the first pic of our 3 year old

Opening his gift from Mommy and Daddy

Is it Pig Foot (big foot)

Why of course it is

Cyrus was a little scared once we turned him on

Watching from a safe distance

I don't want pig foot let's give him to Naomi
No joke, Cyrus has been asking for "Big Foot" forever, and once he got him he realized that the toy was scary. All of the reviews say that kids are scared at first and then warm up to it. But Cyrus decided we should give his birthday present to his best friend Naomi because she would like him.

After opening his present we ate lunch and then went outside to play. We had a ton of fun playing in the backyard. We played our version of soccer and hockey. I have some really cute pictures but for some reason Blogger won't let me add pictures more than once a post grrrrr. I'll post the pictures in a different post.

We put Cyrus down for a nap so he would be well rested for his party at JUMP! I'll write about his part in another post as well.

Overall we had a really great time celebrating his special day. I still cannot believe he is three...three is a hard birthday emotionally for me. He is no longer a baby, I mean really, age two is still a little babyish but three is all about independence. I love my big boy so much!

Friday, April 6, 2012

To Cyrus the night before your third birthday

It is hard to believe that my baby will be three in just a few hours. Talk about bitter sweet.
You have become such an amazing little boy. When I look at you I feel as though I am going to burst with pride. I have never known such a sweet child. You are my precious first born, you have changed my world forever. I cannot imagine what my life would be like with out you. Because of you I have a great purpose in this life.
Though I am sad to see another year end, I am excited to see what three will bring for us.
This past year you have changed so much. You learned your ABC's, to count to twenty, you learned your colors and shapes. You learned to make friends at school and on the playground. I am amazed at how easily you make friends where ever you are. You've learned a lot about God and Jesus. You learned Philippians 4:13 I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me, you remind me of this scripture when ever you hear me say "I can't". You learned parts of Ephesians 6 "Children be obedient to your parents so it goes well for you". You love to remind me that we don't need to be scared because Jesus is with us, and that God is all knowing, and all seeing. You love to sing "Jesus" music...your favorite is Robin Mark's album Year of Grace, and you love to sing "Jesus Loves Me". You have grown up so much in the last year, I watched you transform from my little baby to my little boy. I just can't believe how fast the time has gone by.
Sweet boy, there are not enough words to describe how much I love you, and how precious you are to me. I never could have imagined a love like this. You fill all my days with love and joy. I hope that your third year is filled with as much fun and joy as this past year.
Happy Birthday Cyrus! Mama loves you.

The Adjustment Period

It has been one month, one week and two days since Seamus was born. Adjusting to a family of four plus one dog isn't what I expected. I honestly expected it to be much harder than it actually is. Don't get me wrong there have been moments when I cried, but that was when my mom was here and I could afford to be weak because she was here to take care of me. And really who doesn't cry when mommy is there to hold them?
This has been nothing like when we brought Cyrus home! I vividly remember crying often the first few weeks of Cyrus's life. I remember being utterly exhausted and unable to do simple tasks like take a daily shower, or leave the house. I spent a lot of time in my bed nursing my first born son. I vividly remember telling Memaw Debbie that I was never going to do this again. She assured me I would forget how hard it was, and I would have another. I told her I would write it all down, and revisit it often so that I would remember. But you know what? I never had to go back and read any of it, because I remember it like it was yesterday.
There are several reasons why I think this time around is different, and not as hard as everyone told me it would be. First I know what to expect, I've been through the newborn stage before. I was prepared to be up every 2-3 hours at night, I have learned to sleep when baby and toddler sleep (something I hadn't mastered when Cyrus was a newborn). Secondly I remember a piece advice given to me by a good friend...Go out each day. This idea seemed daunting before Seamus arrived. I honestly had no idea how I would go out with both boys and manage to keep everyone safe. But as soon as Nana headed back to Boston I made it my mission to get out of the house everyday. We have done easy stuff like go to the playground, a birthday party, and the chiropractors office. I have ventured to the mall, but brought Carissa as reinforcement to help me manage Cyrus at Chick-Fil-A. Thirdly, the other piece of advice given by a friend...Shower every day, the earlier in the day the better. This is so true. If you get up and shower before the craziness starts you some how manage it all better and you are more likely to get stuff down when you feel fresh and clean. Fourth Seamus is a much easier baby than Cyrus was. At first I thought it was just the honeymoon phase (you know the first two weeks of life with a newborn is fairly simple - they eat, poop and sleep). I was ready for week 3 to be total  chaos. I was anticipating a different baby to wake up one day. Luckily for our sakes Seamus has remained relatively the same as weeks one and two. He doesn't really cry, Cyrus cried a lot. We were constantly trying to figure out what would soothe him. Nothing really did. Seamus get's fussy but only when he is trying to poop and it is easily remedied by someone holding him. Fifth and last on the list is that I have some help this time around. Ryan and I are both home each day. Ryan may have to coach in the mornings and get a run in, but overall we are both home everyday, so I don't feel alone, and I have someone to help with Cyrus when I am nursing or changing a diaper. Oh and one other thing, where as most of the people I know had their children 2 years apart, mine are almost 3 years apart and I think that is a huge difference. Cyrus is not as dependent on me anymore. In fact he likes to do things on his own because he is constantly showing us that he is a big boy. This is very helpful in the grand scheme of things.
So I guess the short of it is that we are adjusting just fine. There are some days that are harder than others, like today will be because last night was a bad sleep night with both kids up at different times and Seamus had gas attacks so I had to hold him from 2:30 on...but overall we are doing great, and I can't imagine my life any other way.

Play dates with the Kidd girls are keeping us busy!

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Seamus's One Month Check Up

It is hard to believe that our little guy is already a month old. It is funny how the last four weeks of a pregnancy seem to drag on as you anticipate meeting your child face to face for the first time, but the first four weeks of their life goes by in a blur. This is how it is with children, precious moments go by faster than Mama's would like.
This past Tuesday we had Seamus's One-Month check up as well as a re-check from his hospital stay. Seamus was given a clean bill of health, even though he still has a cough.

Here are a few things to note about Seamus at One-Month

  • Weight: 9 lbs 12 ounces (it looks like he is gaining about an ounce a day, which is normal)
  • Height: 21 inches (a whole inch longer than when he was born)
  • Head: 14.5 inches
  • He is in the 50th percentile across the board
  • He nurses about every 2 and half - 3 hours
  • He get's a "relief" bottle from daddy at night. The relief is for me - it means I get to go to bed early 9pm and get a really good stretch of sleep. 
  • Drinks about 3-4 ounces of mama's milk per feed
  • Loves his swing
  • Loves the soft side of his ally zabba blanket
  • Poops about 5 times a day, sometimes more
  • Is gassy but not as bad as Cyrus was
  • Still has the hair he was born with, and I LOVE IT!
  • Does not have a wake/sleep schedule yet, but I'll start thinking about that soon.
  • Spent the first 4 weeks in a cradle next to mommy, but has been in his crib in the nursery for about a week
  • Loves when Cyrus sings to him, or tells him a story
  • Does not like getting changed
  • Is warming up to the idea of bath time
  • Loves to sit in his baby papasan chair in the bathroom while I shower
  • Likes his binky, but isn't dependent on it like Cyrus was. Seamus wants it sometimes, but not always
  • In general he has been deemed "a very good/easy baby"
  • Has the most beautiful blue eyes I have ever seen
  • Has the best facial expressions of any baby I have ever met
  • Is very cuddly 
  • Likes to be held but does not require it
  • Seems to be able to put himself to sleep if put down when drowsy - Cyrus didn't master this until well past 6 months, I chalk this up to Seamus being on oxygen the first week of his life and not being held all the time

His "I'm pooping" face

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Hey Jealousy

When bringing home a little one there are bound to be some jealousy issues at home. However, I am surprised at who is experiencing jealousy. I came downstairs yesterday morning to this...

My sweet Isabelle had torn a whole and eaten the foam cushion of my favorite chair. I seriously could kill her. Ryan and I bought this chair with matching sofa when we bought our house. We spent too much money, but I had to have it and we didn't have kids or any debt so why not splurge.
Isabelle didn't show signs of jealousy when we brought home Cyrus. Probably b/c her life didn't change very much. However, things have been very different with Seamus's arrival.  For the first few weeks Seamus slept in a cradle in our room at night. Issy was way too interested in Seamus so we banished her from our bedroom and she spent several weeks sleeping downstairs at night - A first for her.
She is also spending a lot more time outside during the day. The weather has been so nice that I don't feel bad about it. Isabelle is very vocal, and her barking drives all of us crazy. So outside is honestly the best place for her.
I never thought we would have to deal with a jealous dog...a jealous three year old I was prepared for, a jealous 10 year old dog...nope I wasn't ready for that.