Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Lee and I lately

I do updates about the boys but I haven't given an update about Lee and I lately.

Lee is now a 3rd year resident! PGY3! we're in our last 9 months of residency! Whoa it's actually gone quickly, I can't believe it's almost over.  He is the chief resident and is staying pretty busy, but 3rd year over all has been much better than the first two and we have somewhat of a normal schedule.
It is likely that we'll be doing a global health fellowship next year, but there is a ton involved in that and it isn't official yet so I won't even bother going into it. haha.
After that we definitely plan on staying in Ft Myers.  We really love it here and are ready to buy a house and make it our permanent home!

This is Lee's 3rd season to be the doctor for a local high school football team. He's having a lot of fun with that and I can definitely see that being something we continue doing in the future.

We're both staying really busy with stuff at our church.  For the past year I have been the Sunday School teacher for the College and Career age group and after Houston was born Lee joined me to help teach because you know, I spend half the class nursing Houston typically. haha.  We try to get together with our college group a couple times a month outside of church too.
I help with the youth group on Wednesday nights and we are also apart of a parenting class on Sunday nights and attend Bible study every other Monday night! And Lee plays the drums a lot of Sundays and has lead worship several times to fill in for our worship pastor.
We are so thankful for our church and we love the people there.  It really has become like family! It makes me happy to know that Leo and Houston have so many people of all ages that care about them and that they feel comfortable with.  It takes a village they say.  Our church is a big part of our village for sure.

My MOPS group started back up about a month ago.  I'm a table leader again this year, which really doesn't mean a ton, haha.  I just have to be there and facilitate discussion and send out reminders and stuff.  Our first meetings have been really fun.  We also do moms night outs once a month and playdates.  I have made some really good friends at my MOPS group. I think we had 90 women sign up this year so there is never a shortage of someone to meet at the park or to answer a question I have about something in the area! I love that Leo gets to go hang out with friends for a few hours too.  He calls it going to school. haha

A few weeks ago Leo and I joined a gym by our house too! A gym with childcare! It's amazing! I've been going about 4x a week.  A friend and I go to a class MWF (pilates, abs, and Tai box) and I've been running and lifting weights ?! what! Yeah after baby #2 I definitely felt like I need some help in the muscle and strength department.  Lifting weights is actually pretty fun.  I have no idea what I'm doing... but I'm learning. And I can shower at the gym. That alone is worth the $30 a month, right?
Lee has been going before work in the mornings. He's the best.

And finally I reopened my Etsy store a few weeks ago too!
I had missed doing stuff with my hands.  I love crafting... but I don't love the messes I make all over the house. It's been steady these first few weeks. My garland that I make is by far my best seller, I really need to figure one out that I might be able to sell year round.  Everyone loves the pumpkins!
I am really excited though - I'm doing 2 craft shows in November!  I'm slowly working on extra projects in the evenings to build up some stock to have at the shows. I'm also working on using up all the supplies that I already have.  I.have.so.much.craft.stuff.  I'm starting on some Christmas stuff too.  Last year it got hectic for me and I ended up only making 1 Christmas item. Major fail.  I'm determined to do better this year!

So yeah, we're pretty busy, but I love it. I prefer being busy to staying home a lot... and thankfully thus far Leo and Houston either like it too or they at least put up with me!

Houston 4 Months

I found a few minutes to sit down with my actual computer and blog about Houston's 4th month.
Its amazing how little I used a computer these days. I use my phone for everything!
But I'm sure you do too.  You're probably reading this on your phone, huh?

As I start pretty much every single monthly update (and probably will forever) Houston is the SWEETEST baby! Ah that kid is just the kind of baby you can't stop kissing and squeezing.  He has chunked up a bit and his legs are just the absolute perfect size for squeezing and the rolls. And the cheeks.  Ooooooh those cheeks.  They are perfect.

I don't know how much Houston weighs yet.  I'll try to remember to update that when I find out because it is really nice to be able to read back and know little details like that.  Hence why I'm trying to keep up with these monthly posts.  It's fun to read back on Leo's and compare.
All that to say, I don't know how much he weighs, but I know he is a big boy.  He's getting so heavy that I can barely carry him in his carseat anymore! He's wearing size 3 diapers and 9 months clothes!

Even though he's big it hasn't slowed him down from moving!  He loves to scoot himself around and this week began rolling from his back to his belly! The first time he truly got completely flipped over was in the middle of the night so I missed it. And the next time I was in the kitchen and he was in the living room floor so I missed it again!  Still haven't caught it on video yet either.
He'd been sooooo close to rolling for seriously weeks now and I probably have 18 videos on my phone of times I thought was going to be it!

Houston is the smiliest baby I have ever seen.  Seriously he never stops smiling.  He wakes up smiling and smiles at me in the middle of the night.  All you have to do is make eye contact with him and his whole face bursts into a smile.  Ah it makes my heart melt. He smiles when I wink at him, like he knows that the wink is a secret little code between us.  Oh that baby.
He's been laughing out loud too.  He has a deep giggle that sounds like its coming from his toes.
He's so easy to make laugh.  He's ticklish under his chin, on his ribs, his legs, his feet. haha

Funny story, the other day Houston was laying in the floor and Leo was standing on the couch.  I told Leo to get down he was going to fall.  While he was climbing off the couch he sorta fell onto the floor and Houston laugh and laugh and laughed.  It was hilarious. I can only imagine how fun life is going to be as they get older because it is so incredibly fun right now.

Houston is nursing great. Eating about probably 6-7x a day (including middle of the night) He is a very quick nurser. 10 minutes tops. I'm really not looking forward to feeding him real food because I know it won't be as easy.

I won't say that Houston is sleeping great, but it's not what I'd call terrible.  There were a few nights a couple weeks ago that I would definitely call horrible.  I know they say that babies go through a 4 month sleep regression.  I was joking with a friend that my kids are advanced so he went through it at 3 months. ha. But I really do hope that was it and there isn't another one coming up!!
He is currently waking up about twice a night.  He was only waking up once for a long time... but then we had that rough patch once I stopped swaddling him and he still had the startle reflex going on... Now he sleeps in long sleeved footed pjs.

Here's a sample of our daily schedule -

7am Leo wakes (ugh Leo....)
I drag myself out of bed and get like an hour or 2 of one on one time with Leo because Houston likes to sleep in.  We do puzzles, play on the back patio with chalk, draw, build with blocks... 
8:30-9:00 Houston wakes up and I feed him
10:30-11 Feed Houston and he naps for about an hour - usually in his car seat because we are almost always going somewhere in the morning - library, gym, park, shopping, mops, etc.
12:00 - Leo and I eat lunch
1:00 - All 3 of us read books in Leo's bed for nap time.  We read one book to Houston specifically - I try to get Leo to "read" it and then I read 3 books to both of them. Leo naps for 2-3 hours.
1:00-2:00 - Houston and I have one on one time :)
2:00ish - Houston eats and takes an afternoon nap - on a good day it's about 2 hours.
2-3:30ish - usually both boys are sleeping and so I watch a show and craft or pack up something to ship and on rare occasions clean...
4:00 - I don't know we just play.
5:00 feed Houston and start making dinner
5:30-6:30 eat dinner depending on what time Lee can get home
7:15 bedtime! I usually handle Houston while Lee puts Leo to bed.
Then I watch my shows, work on projects, blog (ha yea like once month...) and go to bed around 11 or 12.
somewhere between 2-4 am Houston will wake up to eat and then again about 2-3 hours later.

And then we get up and do it all over again!  I really, truly, deep down inside love being a mom though. I think I'll do a post about stuff that's going on with me soon too, but for now I'll just say I'm doing exactly what I want to be doing and life is good.


caption copied from facebook :) 
Getting ready for bed tonight I said Leo do you know that Houston will be your very best friend someday? And my precious, wise beyond his years 2 year old said - Houston is my best friend now! 😭and my heart melted into a giant puddle.

Houston's first football game! 

Houston's eyes turned a definite brown this month! 

Baby rhyme time! 

This month he started playing in his exersaucer and his jumperoo.  He loves to be standing up! 

And I forgot to mention that Houston has his first trip to Disney this month too!! He was the perfect little baby the entire day and we had so much fun.  I am totally a disney weirdo now.

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Houston 3 Months!

Wow Houston's 3rd month totally flew by.  The fastest yet by far!
He turned 2 months in Ohio, then we came home to Florida on the 31st and left a couple hours later on a road trip to North Carolina!
He was amazing on the flight - slept or happily laid in my lap the whole way (Leo too!  They make my life easy - seriously).
We were quite brave taking on a 13 hour road trip with a 2.5 (newlyish potty trained) year old and a 2 month old baby... but that's how we are. hahaha  a little bit crazy. I think we go into things like that with low expectations, but wanting to "teach" them how to handle stuff like that.  They both did great!  We split the trip into 2 days, but due to weather and leaving home at 5pm haha, we didn't make it far the first night so day 2 of the trip was a looooong day of driving.  We split it up by stopping in Savannah at a park to let Leo run wild for a bit - definitely recommend that to anyone traveling with a toddler! (I'll talk more about Leo in his 2 and half year post!)
Houston did as you'd expect a tiny baby to do - slept, cried, ate. repeat.  We have a small car so it wasn't possible to for me to sit in the backseat with them, which definitely would have helped - especially when I was trying to get Houston to take a pacifier with my arm twisted behind me in the most uncomfortable position.  At the end of the 2nd day Houston was OVER the car and cried a lot. It was so sad and frustrating.  We had to stop a lot and calm him down, my poor baby.  He doesn't really like the pacifier so the only thing that'd work was nursing him and hoping he'd fall asleep.
Once we got  to Aunt Amber's though everything was fine and he was back to his happy, content little self and slept great!

We had a great week with Amber, Torrey, and our new 5 month old nephew Theo!
Houston had his first ride on a boat in the ocean, went to an awesome aquarium, and spent lots of time with me lounging on Amber's amazing back deck with the most beautiful back yard and trees. North Carolina is gorgeous!

The ride home was much, much better!  Houston took the pacifier a little bit better which helped tremendously.

The the rest of the month flew by! We were home just hanging out a lot.
We did a Batman and Robin photoshoot, went to the zoo, went swimming a lot (teaching Leo to swim!), and just enjoyed this happy little baby of ours!

Houston is playing with toys a lot more - batting on the things hanging above his play mat.  He listens intently when Leo talks to him and it's so precious.
He's laughing out loud and smiling all day long.

He loves his swing, the playmat, and sitting up on the couch with us and listening to books or watching Leo play.

His longest stretch of sleep is still about 7 hours, but most nights he only wakes up once or maybe twice!  I have no complaints about his sleep at all! He even sleeps in in the mornings (8:30-9) and gives Leo and I a little bit of time to hang out just the two us and have our breakfast.
This month we are transitioning from the swaddle.  He loved being swaddled and I think if I could still swaddle him well he'd be sleeping like 10 hours probably! but he breaks out of it and is right on the verge of rolling over and that is a big no no for swaddling!  So he's currently in like a sleep sack with his arms free.  It was a rough couple nights after we stopped the swaddle.... but I started putting him in a long sleeved, footie sleeper and he's sleeping much better like that vs just a onsie.  I think he likes a little weight and warmth to feel safe and soothed.

I'm trying to make sure he takes his long afternoon nap in his crib.  He and Leo nap in the afternoon at the same time - something I really hope continues because I have like 2 hours every afternoon to get stuff done - or do NOTHING!
Otherwise he naps in the morning around 10:30 or so and sometimes it's in the swing or in his carrier or stroller if we're out - which we are a lot of mornings.  And he takes a little cat nap, almost always in the swing while I'm cooking dinner around 5:30.  Then goes to bed for the night at about 8.

He went to the doctor at 2.5 months and weighed 15lbs 4 oz! and was 26.5 inches long!  He was 86th percentile for weight and 99th for height!  I have tall babies!

He's wearing all 6 month clothes with some 6-9 months!  He moved up to size 3 diapers!  and we made the switch to cloth finally!! I kept putting it off because we had been gifted so many disposable diapers (amazing! thank you!) and I just hadn't put him in cloth - even though they were folded and ready directly under the changing  table beside the disposable - lol.
When he switched to size 3 and that was our last case of disposables I said ok, I'm gonna make this case last and started cloth. It's really so so easy to do cloth, especially if you stay home a lot or just do quick trips out.  We put him in disposable for bedtime and when we go to church or MOPS - which reminds me - we had an open house for my MOPS group and I had to help out and so I put Houston in the nursery for the first time about a week ago! He's such a laid back baby - as long as he's fed he's totally fine to just hang out with someone in the rocker or in a bouncy seat.  I didn't put Leo in the nursery until he was probably 6 months old!

Picture roll of my sweet happy boy

Saturday, July 30, 2016

Houston 2 months

Houston's second month was a busy one!
He had his first 4th of July, a visit from his grandparents, we dedicated him at church, he flew on an airplane to Ohio, he met all 12 of his cousins and almost all of his aunts and uncles, and had lots and lots of fun adventures with is big brother in between.
He's still the happiest, sweetest little baby.  I am so so blessed and thankful to have this baby boy to call my own. I love being his mommy.

He's so strong!  He loves tummy time and picking his head up to look around.  He prefers to be sitting or standing up and can wiggle all over the place!  I'll leave him on the floor on a blanket and somehow he scoots himself in a completely different direction!
I posted on his 6 week update that he rolled over from belly to back, he's going to be a mover just like Leo.

He's still a fantastic nurser - seriously making breastfeeding such an enjoyable, bonding time for us - which was NOT the case with big brother! I love the time I get to cuddle this little guy.
He's sleeping really well - no complaints here!  His longest stretch so far is 7 hours!! Yes Houston!

He has the sweetest, turn your heart to a puddle of mush, smile.  His eye sparkle and I am rendered helpless and would give this baby any thing he could possibly want.
He smiles so much more than Leo did.  Leo smiled, but almost every single time I make eye contact with Houston I can get a smile out of him :)

He switched over to 3-6 and some 6 month sized clothes right when he turned 2 months!  His 2month Dr appointment had to be postponed due to our last minute trip to Ohio, so I'll update about that on his 3 month post! 

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Houston 6 Weeks

I've said this before, but Houston is THE sweetest, calmest, easiest baby ever ever ever.
Yes more so than Leo, if I'm being completely honest, and Leo was pretty darn sweet. 

I know he's only 6 weeks old, but I feel like Houston is going to have a much calmer demeanor than Leo.  I could be completely off, but just the way he looks into my eyes and his insanely adorable smiles that absolutely melts my heart makes me think (or make we want to believe) he's going to be a super sweet cuddly guy forever.
Leo was never that cuddly, although now at bedtime or when he's trying to get out of something, he's all about "tuddling" hahaha... and Leo has anything BUT a calm demeanor - as was obvious this morning at church when he got up on stage and showed off in front of a congregation of a couple hundred people. 

Houston is growing growing growing, although I'm not exactly sure how big he is.  He was 12lbs 5oz at 1 month old, so I'm sure he's got to be well over 13lbs by now.  He's feeling heavier and starting to get the adorable chubby rolls on his legs.  I love chubby baby legs.
He's in size 2 diapers and 0-3 month clothes. 

He rolled over from front to back at 5 weeks old!  I thought maybe it was a fluke but he did it about 5x in one evening and then a few days later he rolled the other direction!  My babies are very, very physical I guess is what this means. Leo didn't roll until 8 weeks, which we thought was early!
Houston is very strong.  He holds his own head up well and prefers to be sitting up on your lap rather than laying down like a baby! When I sit him in a chair to take a picture he doesn't even fall over, haha. I remember trying to get a picture of Leo at 1 month old sitting up in a chair and he just kept slumping over.  Houston's been working his core muscles. 

Houston had his first bottle this week.  I got a pump with my insurance this time and I've decided that I'm going to make more of an effort to pump and have bottles on hand so I can have a tiny bit more flexibility!  Leo took a bottle probably like 10x ever.  Houston has already had 3!  He doesn't like it too much... but he'll learn, right? 

Last night was Houston's best night of sleep yet.  He went down around 8pm and didn't wake up until 1:15am! Then after eating he went right back down until 4:30, woke up to eat, right back down, and didn't wake up until about 7:45!
I have felt surprisingly rested since he was born, but this morning I felt especially good!
I don't know if it has made a difference at this point, since Houston is still so little, but I have been very purposeful about putting him down in his bed around 8pm every single night since he was born. His first stretch of sleep is always the longest - so that means I've been in bed by 9pm almost every night too! whatever works. 

I guess there's not much else to say about a 6 week old baby.
They eat - Houston eats great! and fast! Which has been awesome, Leo was a much slower nurser.
They sleep - Houston sleeps pretty good I think!  And he's having much longer periods of being awake during the day now. 
They go through lots of diapers and they spit up - Houston hasn't yet had a "blowout" though.  Should I even say that?  Is he going to poop all over me tomorrow? Maybe I was just proactive with sizing up in diapers!  We haven't yet used cloth with him yet.  We received so many diapers at our shower that we haven't yet had to buy any! I'll start cloth as soon as we run out of these though!  And as for spit up, he spits up about every other day it seems... or just tiny little bits here and there.

I really can't say enough how precious this little guy is.  He's a newborn that I would actually keep as a newborn forever.  I'm not wishing this stage away at all.  I would sit and hold him all day long if I could. 

Houston's first time on a boat - at the zoo! 


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