Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Will's Second Month!

2 MONTHS OLD!!! • my mom calls me an easy baby! •
I give mom and dad more sleep then they deserve •
I had my 2 month check up and I weigh 12# 9oz and am 24in long •
my head is in the 97th percentile, which obviously
means I have lots of brains and I am really smart •
my favorite song is Winnie the Pooh and all the
funny songs my dad makes up for me •
my favorite place in the house is my changing t
where I can look out my window • my favorite food is milk •
I love when soft things are rubbed against my skin •
I am a morning person, much to my moms dismay •
I nap best with the TV on • I love laying in my boppy
and being covered with a swaddle blanket just so I can kick it off •
I love being outside • I am starting to really enjoy
bath time and the way my legs make splashes
when I kick them • I love cuddling! •
my mom tells me all the time that her heart is gonna burst for love of me!

This kid spoiled us this month! He was so chill and easy going! Most of the day we just relaxed and chilled around the house and went for walks in the lovely fresh air. When you live in Phoenix in the spring, summer can destroy your lovely weather at a moments notice, so we try to take advantage for as long as we can. I can't say enough what an easy baby Will was/is! If he wasn't in his rock n play or sleeping propped up in the boppy on the couch, he was chilling on his activity mat, playing with his animal friends. He also fell in love with his changing table this month! He noticed that if he turned his head he was able to see out of his window into the front yard. It was mesmerizing for him and calmed him down instantly if he was fussy. We spent a lot of time in this spot in the house enjoying little baby coos and kicks and wiggles while watching the world outside the window.

A few days after he turned a year old, we were ready to transition him into his own room. As much as I loved having him close to me in the night, it started getting old being awake from 4-5am during his nightly gas fest! Seriously this kid's grunts and toots were so loud. Poor Aaron had a hard time getting back to sleep after his "witching hour", so we decided it was best for everyone if we slept in our own rooms. I suspected that Will might sleep better being a part from us as well. Sure enough, after his first night in his own
room, Will gave us a 6 hour stretch and then a 4 hour stretch! It felt like heaven. Then within a week he upped the stakes and slept a FULL 10 HOURS uninterrupted! The first morning I woke up before him, I of course freaked out and had to go check and make sure he was ok. Then on the second morning... I still had to go check on him. By the 3rd morning, Aaron and I had to start trying really hard to not get use to this blissful sleeping arrangement. We knew that at any moment, he would switch everything up on us and start sleeping terribly again, but we kept right on giving us incredible sleep. When people would ask how he was sleeping or if we were surviving sleep deprivation, Aaron and I felt super guilty! 

While Will improved in sleep, he also started liking his baths! We had stopped with the sink
baths and started bathing him in his baby tub on the kitchen counter. It helped that he had a warm washcloth on his tummy and kept him comfy and warm in the water. He still cried, but it was much less than before. By the time his second month was done, we were able to transition him to the baby tub part without the hammock, which he LOVED! He really enjoyed being propped up by one of us, while the other one soaped him up and poured water over his shoulders and arms. It was also Aaron and my favorite things because he just looked like the cutest little fat man sitting in a hot tub! And then who could resist a clean, fresh, sweet little baby all wrapped in a ducky towel!

Will's first big holiday was St Patrick's day! Of course when you have a tiny red headed Irish baby, it was imperative to make it a big deal! Laurie (Grandma) had gotten him a onesie that said "Kiss me I'm Irish" so a photo shoot was in order! People tell me all the time how expressive Will is and he showed it in full force for our mini session. Seriously by the time this kid is a year old, he's gonna be a photo shoot pro!

I wish I could say that major Holidays were the only occasion to have a photo shoot, but who am I kidding. When you have an adorable baby with boundless expressions, you have to take advantage of the cuteness and take a gazillion pictures!

Just a couple weeks after St Patricks Day it was Easter! Cue more photo shoots!

I can't begin to express how much I love having a sweet little baby to dress up for major holidays!

I thought long and hard about what I wanted him to wear for Easter. It was, after all, his first time to church, so he had to look sharp for everyone. Emolyn was getting baptised, so we couldn't miss it. I had planned on wearing him in his wrap so no one would ask to hold him, but his outfit needed to be seen, so instead Aaron and I just held him close the whole service. He did great and everyone was so distracted with the Easter festivities that no one really noticed us much, so we got to fly under the radar.

We split the day between our two families having lunch after church with my mom and dad and then the evening with Aaron's family. It was a whirlwind exhausting day, considering we weren't use to being out of the house for very long. Our stamina for full days of people just isn't what it use to be, but it was still so sweet to be with everyone! Will was a champ and slept like normal.

Over at my parents house, we brought the yellow blanket with us and finally got a photo with my dad and I and the yellow blanket. It isn't exactly my dad holding Will (he still wasn't interested in that), but all 3 of use were in the picture with it. We also got some sweet photos with my mom and my mom and dad with Will.

Then we also had to get some photos of Pat and Laurie with Will too that evening!

I had so many day dreams throughout the day of future Easter Egg hunts and egg decorating and tell Will about the true meaning behind Easter and how monumental it is the history of time and space. I just can't wait to watch Will take in each of his first holidays and then do it all again next year when he's even older and can participate more in all our little traditions!

Just a few days after Easter, we decided to do our first day trip! Will loved his car seat and stroller on our short trips around town, so we decided to test it for a longer duration. We headed north to Prescott. This was the place where Aaron and I did our first day trip while dating. We are big day trip people and were excited to introduce Will to long car rides and new towns. The weather was nice and cool up there too, which was very welcome for us since Phoenix was already starting to get hot. We ate lunch at the Raven and then walked around the town square for the afternoon. Will was a champ, except on our way home. We hadn't even made it out of Prescott town square when he lost it and I had to move to sit in the back the whole drive home because he was just very lonely. I would still consider it a successful trip and a great practice for trips to come!

We started trying to get out of the house a lot more this month. I wouldn't say I was suffering from cabin fever, because I loved being at home, but Aaron definitely was antsy to get out of the house more and I agreed that I didn't want to be so much of a home body that Will didn't know how to be out in public. He needed to get use to the flexibility out being out and
about. We went on a lot more mini dates as a family. I was particularly excited when we were able to get out in the right time frame where I was able to have an adult drink! We went to visit my friend Jeannette at SunUp Brewery in Phoenix. They have a Vanilla Porter on draft as well as a house made Root Beer and Jeannette mixes them together and it tastes like a delicious root beer float! Can you tell it is one of my favorite drinks? 

Will took to eating out like a boss and made everything so easy for Aaron and I. I of course was a nervous wreck know what possibly COULD go wrong, but never did. Looking back, I feel like maybe I was the one that needed to practice to learn the flexibility of being out and about. Either way, we both learned and adjusted to everything slowly but surely.

Will also got to meet more family this month! We had a visit from both Great Grandmas on Aaron's side of the family and even had a mini introduction party with more of my side of the family - my Aunt Etna (she had actually come to visit us at home right after Will was born) and a few of my cousins (Evan and his wife Myra and their son Timothy)!

Will also got to meet his Uncle Tyler, who came to visit all the way from Wisconsin! I loved having my brother meet his littlest nephew and be our first house guest after having a baby! I was definitely worried that Will's occasional wake ups (every so often he would wake up a couple times at night, but mostly he slept straight through) would keep Tyler from sleeping very well. Fortunately, Tyler is a heavy sleeper and it didn't bother him at all!

Will and I got to be the ones to pick Tyler up from the airport and welcome him back to the Phoenix heat! And then we brought him back to the house where he got to have proper Will snuggles! 

It was such a fun weekend with the siblings! Tyler didn't tell my mom he was coming into town, so he got to head over to her house before she got home from work and be sitting in the living room when she walked in the door. She of course freaked out and screamed with delight. Tyler caught it all on video, so we got to see it. The whole weekend was a blast! We even got a night out with the 5 of us siblings (and Will) going to different bars in Scottsdale. Now I have no problem taking Will into a bar. Especially since Phoenix doesn't allow smoking inside and even the patios are nice and open, so it is never a problem. However, taking a baby to a bar can be a bit of a buzz kill for the other patrons as it is probably an unwelcome reminder about responsibility. I didn't actually care though and we still had an excellent time!

The weekend was over too quickly and we were sad to see Tyler go! 

Will just loved him and they were so sweet together! It made me extra excited to someday bring Will up to Wisconsin for a visit to the farm and to see Tyler up there!

That almost brings up to the end of month #2! Some other fun pieces about this month were all the special moments Will got with his daddy. Aaron introduced him to Soccer on the computer and they continued to play lots of video game soccer together! 

We even got to head down to meet Aaron downtown during the week to have lunch all together as a family. As much as Aaron had been ready to return to work, after a week or so, he admitted that it got harder and harder every day to be away from Will and to not be able to see and cuddle him whenever he wanted. So we had to make sure to give daddy extra love when he got home and allow for lots of boy time.

Will's second month was full of lots of new adventures and experiences and a continuation of growing big and strong!

Saturday, March 19, 2016

Will's First Month!

ONE MONTH OLD!! • I love being cuddled all the time •
I love eating and I am growing big and strong •
I gained 9 oz in the last 3 days and am now 10 lbs 6 oz •
 I have almost outgrown all of my newborn clothes and diapers •
momma and dada are sad that I'm getting so big •
I love riding in the car and in my stroller •
I fall asleep instantly in my wrap •
I hang out in my crib every morning and talk to myself •
 I am mesmerized by ceiling fans •
I love my puppy June and when I cry she gives me
kisses on my head to calm me down • my sweet baby sounds
melt my dada's heart • I love my Mickey stuffed animal from Disneyland •
my red hair makes momma really happy!
One whole month of life has passed for this little dude and we are besotted! You can read some of the fun facts about him above in his first month! One of the most fun parts of this first month was introducing Will to our puppy June! When we were in the hospital with Will, June stayed at my in laws house while we got settled in as parents. I knew June was great with kids, since she had a ton of exposure to Emolyn, Elsie, Jonah, and Nathan and just LOVED them, but she had never been around tiny babies before. I wasn't super nervous, but I will admit I was very curious about how she would react.
Aaron went to pick up June and bring her home and when she walked into the house, I had Will in my lap with my hands blocking his face. She had the chance to sniff and lick and get use to him without the worry that she would lick his mouth or eyes right off the bat. After a few sniffs, she generally was disinterested and wandered off to explore the rest of the house. We then put Will in the Rock n Play and let June get use to him in there. She settled herself right down next to it and was content to just be near him. I think June was more weirded out by me than by Will. I was different than how she had left me. June had been obsessed with me for the last couple months of my pregnancy and mainly obsessed with my bump. Since that was mostly gone, she didn't know what to do with me. I smelled different to her and mainly cause I smelled like him.
She didn't really like being around me for a while and mostly stuck to Aaron when he was around. But June and Will became fast friends with June often licking him when he was sad or just was in need of a bath. We soon were joking that Will was June's puppy and she was a very attentive mother to him.

After that first week of a lot of firsts, the days generally blended together. Day was night and night was day for Will, so we started trying to adjust him to understanding general sleeping patterns and when to try to get most of his energy out. Soon we had a pretty good rhythm and while he was waking up regularly at night to eat, he was settling back in right away and didn't expect to play or hang out much. He started  giving us 4 hours stretched sometimes and since he was growing so well, the doctor told us we could let him sleep as long as he wanted and didn't need to try to wake him up to eat if he wasn't doing it on his own. This was glorious for us and allowed me to relax a bit with his nursing and sleeping patterns.

Will slept in the rock n play in our room right next to my side of the bed so I had easy access to him. It was lovely because I definitely had new mom jitters and would wake up regularly, even if he didn't, and would need to make sure he was ok. The Snuza Shawn and Nicole gave us for our shower was AMAZING! Not only does it promise to sound an alarm if it stops sensing Will's stomach rising and falling when breathing, but it also has a tiny blinking light that flashes with each of his breaths. So while I trusted an alarm would sound if something was wrong, it was nice to be able to see the blinking light whenever I wanted to.

Aaron still had his mornings with Will and eventually as the weather really got lovely in the morning, Aaron started taking Will out for walks while I slept in. He would bundle our little guy up in all his cute hats and warm blankets and take off around the neighborhood enjoying the fresh air. Will adores being outside and so loved taking in all the lights and feeling the breezes and hearing all the rustling leaves and sounds of the world around him.

We started also taking family walks in the evening. The walking helped me to recover from surgery and gain some strength back in my core and legs. Honestly though I would be pretty beat after just making it around the block.

We also started venturing out as a family for shopping and eating out! We did our first day out all together (that wasn't to the doctors) when Will was just 1 week and 1 day! We of course went to Target and then to Mellow Mushroom for lunch. I also did my first public nursing session as we waited for our food and crushed it!

Will also had his first bath at home after being out in all those public places.
The first bath experience was general traumatic for all of us (haha!). We decided to start with the bathroom sink for bathing since he just seemed so little for his baby bath tub. I put a towel at the bottom for padding and made sure the water was a good temperature. Will however HATES being naked and so while Aaron got him ready and was making his way from the nursery to the bathroom with a naked baby, Will pooped ALL OVER HIM! Runny baby poop too! We quickly wiped him up and put him in the sink bath and then he proceeded to poop all over the towel and muck up the water. It was ridiculous! Will would continue to poop every single time we gave him a bath, even if he had just filled up a diaper right before. It was his way of protesting his LEAST favorite activity of his little life. We eventually transitioned him to the baby bath, which was just as awful since he was so cold and miserable. It wasn't until well after his first month that he was big enough to just put in the bath without the hammock for newborns and he started LOVING bath time.

Other fun first month highlights included taking Newborn photos with Miss Sarah, celebrating Emolyn's birthday, and meeting Dr Schwartz!

There also were a lot of cuddles and moments of sleeping when we could find it. We took every advantage of the fact that Will was so tiny and could sleep right on us.

And eventually Will got use to bath time... and his favorite part of bath time, being the end when he was wrapped nice and tight in a towel and snuggled up with one of us.

Then sadly after 2.5 weeks of having daddy home with us to play and cuddle and relax as a family, Aaron finally went back to work on February 29th. Aaron was ready to go to work and regain the
normalcy of a schedule. We were ready to try our hand at what our every day would look like where we weren't essentially in "vacation mode", but I definitely will admit that I was nervous about having Will all to myself with no relief. Aaron had gone out for little spurts of time while he was off work, so I definitely had experience with just Will and I for several hours, but this was the beginning of our normal day in a day out. I planned a day where absolutely no one was planning on coming over and Will and I would do absolutely nothing but relax all day. We had had a pretty steady stream of visitors in and out of the house his first few weeks of life and I loved having everyone meet our little man, but the idea of a quiet house with just Will was a welcome idea. It hit me after Aaron had left for the day, that not only was Aaron going back to work, but I essentially was starting my new job too... and it was my DREAM JOB! It hadn't occurred to me until that moment that this was my first day of the job I had been dreaming of and longing for my entire life! I was finally a full-time stay-at-home mom!! I got giddy at the realization that this was the rest of my life! Then of course I documented it with a picture!

It was such a fun and sweet day... and pretty darn easy I must say. But even so, when Aaron came home, both Will and I were found fast asleep and ready for daddy cuddles!

Will and I eventually settled into a nice routine of walking daddy to the door, getting dressed and heading out to Dutch Bros Coffee for momma's iced coffee fix. Eventually our finances couldn't handle the almost daily gas and coffee purchase, even though I was able to work my punch card to a free coffee every other week. We ultimately invested in a cold brew Toddy in order to be more cost effective and I created a drink I liked a million times better than Dutch Bros.

Anyway, after coffee, we would sit outside on the patio and enjoy the fresh air. Will LOVED being outside! After we were outside for a bit, Will would be ready for a nap. Then after his first nap we would either run an errand or go for a walk around the neighborhood. Then momma and Will would both take a nap, then someone may stop by, but usually that would take us into the evening where we would relax and watch TV until daddy came home.

Will first month of life was so incredibly sweet and full of cuddles! I look back on everything and my memory seems to be soaked in a dreamy, fuzzy haze of baby smell and cuddles and sleep. It is so crazy that he is already so  big, but I also feel like the pace so far is to my liking. Just enough movement forward and growth where I know Will is growing big and strong, but also slow enough for me to soak him in and revel in his tininess. I never in a million years thought that I would adore this stage as much as I do. I thought I would want to push forward and skip to the toddle age when he was more responsive and communicative and slightly more capable of doing things himself, but instead I find myself begging God to make Will the first baby to never grow up!