Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Three weeks!

It's hard to believe that we've been a family of 6 (we have 2 dogs) for three weeks. It seems like a lifetime and just yesterday all at the same time.

I can't imagine our lives without Landon, it seems like he has always been here, and to be honest is the perfect fit to our family. He's truly a blessing and has made the transition from 1 to 2 kids so super easy.

This picture is from when he was two weeks old. 

At two weeks old I was all on my own with no help, thank goodness Landon and Lincoln are easy kids or I might have gone insane. 
Landon for the most part goes to bed around 10 and sleeps until 4/5, eats and then gets up 3/4 hrs later and does it all over again. I usually get up around 10 when Lincoln wakes up and we start our day. 
Landon and I getting Lincoln up for the day :)

Last week we didn't do a whole lot. We had Lincoln's two year pictures on Monday and then the kids and I just hung around the house the rest of the week. It was really cold here last week and gloomy and zero fun. I hate the cold and really didn't want to take a newborn outside so unfortunately for Lincoln we just stayed inside. 

Friday was my first time going shopping with the two boys, other than to the grocery store. I had to go get a few things for Lincoln's Halloween costume. A friend of mine met me and we went and got everything I needed. It's quite a bit more challenging doing easy errands with two kiddos 2 and under but I'm trying to take it in stride and enjoy it. 

At three weeks Landon is the perfect baby. He is SO much easier than Lincoln EVER was. Lincoln I swear came out a challenge and didn't get easy until he was almost 4 months old! Landon has been the opposite. He was a fussy baby the first day or three while we waited for my milk to come in but has been so much easier since then. 

He eats every 1-3 hrs during the day which makes it hard to do much else, and then sleeps 5-7 hrs at night. So to be honest I will take it!! It makes my days a little challenging constantly feeding him, but I feel so much more rested!! 

For the most part Landon is only fussy in the evenings, and fussy is a strong word for it. He is just more challenging than during the day. During the day he sleeps between feedings. He sometimes needs to be held to sleep but for the most part I can put him in his swing or his lamb seat and he will sleep for about an hr. Other times he and I lay on the couch with him on my chest and I catch up on some TV while Lincoln takes a nap. 

At night he can get a little fussier I think because his belly hurts him and he is super tired and fights sleep. The night is really just a challenge because I feel like I'm failing him. He cries, he won't latch, and he gets so mad, Adam and I have had to take turns walking with him until he falls asleep but I'm starting to get better at realizing he is just tired and I'm not failing him as a mom, but it's still hard :-/ I just hate when my kids mommy guilt. 

As for me, I'm feeling great! I'm only 1 lb as of this morning from my pre-Landon weight which is awesome!!! I'd love to get within 5-10 lbs of my pre-Lincoln weight in the next few months, I need to get healthier this time and make my health more of a priority than I did post-Lincoln. We plan to wait a few more years before trying for baby #3 and I'd like to be as close to my pre-nursing school weight as possible, or just feel better about how I look :) I want to be as healthy a mom for my kids as possible. 

All and all it's been a great 3 weeks and I've loved every second of being at home with my kids! Hopefully soon I will be able to do it more than just when I'm off on maternity leave. :)

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Landon is one week old

I can't believe my sweet little baby is one week old already. The mere thought of this makes me want to cry. Time is just flying by! Granted we had an extremely busy week, my sister was in town and we had a birthday party for Lincoln. But it's still amazing how fast the time is going.

Thursday we came home from the hospital, which in and of its self made me sad just because I loved getting to have my baby in my place of employment and getting to have all my co-workers see my baby. They all took such great care of us, I'm so blessed to work there. But it was nice to come home and get settled as a family of 4.  When we got home my sister was waiting for us with ritters in hand to meet her newest nephew :) she stayed that night to help with Landon because he really would only sleep if held. He only ate every 3 hrs but wanted held to sleep. I wanted Adam to sleep so he could play with Lincoln during the day. 

Friday was an easy fun day where I slept a good part of it and then we took Lincoln to the park and let him run around. Landon just slept in his ergo on the walk there...

And Lincoln really enjoyed the swing

Saturday Adam and I cleaned up the house to get ready for Lincoln's birthday party on Sunday. I did go to my first breastfeeding support group because Landon was having trouble latching suddenly on one side and I wanted some tips on what to do.  Then we headed to my moms for a cookout in honor of my grandma whose birthday was today actually.  My best friend also came over to meet our little one :)

Sunday was our big day where we had a "small" birthday party for our beautiful two year old. I had decided on this day because there was no colts game and I felt that I had a really good chance of no longer being pregnant when I was planning this a month ago. It wasn't anything major because I didn't know what I would feel up to. So we just had some dips and cupcakes. We opened presents and just enjoyed our families spoil our little ones. 

Yesterday Landon had his first doc appointment. He weighed 8lbs 1oz and was 21.25" long. The doctor we saw wasn't his normal doctor because he's out of town, but he said Landon looks perfect :) 

Today we has his newborn pictures with our awesome photographer that I just love and can't wait to see what she got!!! I think there are some really good ones of Lincoln and Landon :)

Over the last week I've really enjoyed getting to know and fall in love with this beauty. 

My heart is just exploding with love for my two boys.  And Landon thus far is so much easier than Lincoln. He sleeps 3-6 hrs at a time at night and sleeps most of the day. He really only cries for a dirty/wet diaper and not always does he do that then. He eats every 3-4 hrs in the morning but then every hour in the evening. 

Lincoln is adjusting really well too. He's protective of Landon. He doesn't like when he cries and I can't get him to stop be wants to see him first thing in the morning. And he does a good job of showing him love (for a two year old)

Adam and I couldn't have asked for a better and more precious blessing to our family. Our lives are so abundantly blessed!!!

We love you Lincoln and Landon so very much!

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Day One

Heres how Landon and I spent his first day of was great bonding time and I'm growing to love this little man more and more each second
Just Lounging


visit from mimi, gigi and big brother Lincoln

and papa
kiss goodnight from Big Brother Lincoln


IT'S A BOY!!!!!


Born October 8, 2013 at 3:25pm
8lbs 4 oz, 21 inches long

Yes he shares Big Brother Lincoln's Birthday :)
Mom and Baby are doing great, Birth story to come...

40 Weeks with Baby #2

Week of October 6, 2013

How Far Along? 40 weeks...COME ON BABY YOU'RE DUE TODAY!
Sunday October 6, 2013

Due Date: October 6, 2013 (TODAY)

Total weight gain/loss: 22 :)

Maternity clothes? Yes of course!

Stretch Marks? Well of course and I will try to wear them with pride! 

Sleep: a little better :)

Best moment this week: Reaching my due date, and now I will get to be off for CHRISTMAS!!! if this baby stays in a few more days I will possibly be able 

Movement: same as last week

Food cravings: I am just craving not to have restrictions 

Food aversions: none

Gender: I haven't the slightest idea. But all my friends are having girls so that's confusing me as well. Blahhhh

Labor Signs: Why would I have labor pains at 40 weeks????

Belly Button in or out? I must have a very deep belly button because it's still very much in.

What I miss: feeling rested. 

What I am looking forward to: meeting this baby!!!!! I have met most of my goals...the only one left is to have this baby AFTER Lincoln's Birthday on Tuesday... 

Size of the Baby:

Saturday, October 5, 2013

39 weeks with baby #2

Week of September 30, 2013

How Far Along? 39 weeks!!!
Wednesday October 2nd
39 weeks 3 days

Due Date: October 6, 2013

Total weight gain/loss: about 22-23. This is tmi but oh well. I've been really constipated and gained like 4 lbs this week! Time to start on the laxatives!!

Maternity clothes? Yes of course!

Stretch Marks? Well of course and I will try to wear them with pride! 

Sleep: I am so ready for this baby not to kick my bladder at night as I'm almost asleep and then me getting up feeling as though I'm going to pee my pants yet only peeing a very small amount!!!

Best moment this week: my little sprinkle with my friends from work. It was a small affair but it seriously meant so much to me that they even wanted to do anything for me. We got darn near everything we needed too! They spoiled us so much!!! After the issues I had with some other friends it was nice to feel loved! 

Movement: same as last week

Food cravings: I am just craving not to have restrictions 

I went into labor with Lincoln at this point
come on baby!!
Food aversions: none

Gender: I haven't the slightest idea. But all my friends are having girls so that's confusing me as well. Blahhhh

Labor Signs: I thought I was going into labor yesterday bc my contractions were slightly more painful than normal and lasting about 45 seconds and were every 8-10 min for about 2 hours. But it was a false alarm.  

Belly Button in or out? I must have a very deep belly button because it's still very much in.

What I miss: feeling rested. 

What I am looking forward to: meeting this baby!!!!! I just need to get to Thursday (so I can be off for Christmas!!!) 

Size of the Baby:

Baby's now the size of a watermelon!
Baby's brain is still developing rapidly, and his skin has taken on a paler shade thanks to a thicker layer of fat around the blood vessels. (Don't worry; he'll change color again soon after birth.) He's now able to flex his limbs, and his nails might extend past his fingertips..

38 weeks with baby #2

Week of September 22, 2013

Tuesday September 24, 2013
38 weeks 2 days
How Far Along? 38 weeks :) yay

Due Date: October 6, 2013

Total weight gain/loss: About 20

Maternity clothes? Yes of course!

Stretch Marks? I'm learning to embrace them. 

Sleep: I'm sleeping SO much better. I so wish I would have bought this pillow months ago! My pelvic pain is nearly gone. The only issue I have is that going to be I have to pee like 20 times every 10 minutes for a few hours. PAIN IN THE REAR!

Best moment this week: I got to see and spend a little bit of time with my friends from high school. We went out to dinner and just really had a good time spending time with these girls who love me for me and enjoy my time :)

Movement: this baby is moving a bit. More shifting of positions which cause contractions and stuff but I do have to say that being the only one most of the time to feel the babe move will be about the only thing I will miss...

Food cravings: just all the things I shouldn't have...
Getting more and more ready to
have this baby

Food aversions: none

Gender: I am more confused than ever

Labor Signs: I get quite a few contractions every day. and more when I'm working because I think I'm a little more dehydrated and on my feet a little more. 

Belly Button in or out? I must have a very deep belly button because it's still very much in.

What I miss: being able to fall asleep with no issues!

What I am looking forward to: some girls at work are throwing me a little sprinkle so I'm just so honored that they even want to do that for me.  And I'm just hoping to make it to one more week!!

Size of the Baby:

Baby's now the size of a watermelon!
The last bits of vernix caseosa (the white goo keeping baby's skin moist) and lanugo (downy hair) are slowly shedding into your amniotic fluid. Baby's head is about the same circumference as her abdomen, and her head could be covered in an inch or so of hair..