Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Bradley's One Month Update

My oh, my….how time surely flies! I seriously cannot believe on 2/17 you turned one month!  We spent the evening just the two of us shopping at the mall. Ok, well I shopped and you slept the whole time!  It was the perfect way to celebrate hehe.   It's been a crazy month and we enjoyed every bit of it. You had your first holiday {Valentine's Day} and lots of visitors all month long.

At your last visit to the Dr. you were:
11 lbs 13 oz
22 inches long

Newborn clothing fit for one week.
0-3 months fit until your 3rd week.
You fit most 3 month clothing, although the sleepers have begun to get tight.
You have a big ol' noggin son! Your 0-6 months hats only fit a few days…
I've started to pull out 3-6 month and 6 month clothes!  I feel bad because you have some super cute shorts and tees in that size, but with all this cold and snow, that's not happening!

You sure love your food!  Nursing started out wonderfully and as my supply regulates, we're trying to figure it out together.  At first I made so much milk, you could barely handle just one side, but lately I think it's gone down some as I stopped pumping extra, and sometimes you'll take both sides.  If you start fussing a lot, I usually just nurse you and it tends to do the trick.   You tend to wake up 2-3 times a night, sleeping at most in 4/5 hour stretches. {thank you!}

You do spit up a bit more than we remember Brooke, and I have a heck of a time to get you to burp.  I get conflicting reports on whether the food I eat directly affects you; the Dr said it's all inconclusive whereas other moms say it is true.  I try to avoid onion and broccoli, as when I ate chili or salsa you were really gassy and fussy.  But there are times when I don't have that and you're unhappy too.  It's all a learning curve and we will figure it out!  Since you're such a big boy, the Dr is not concerned, I'm just being an overprotective mama who doesn't want her baby boy in pain.

I feel bad that in our first month you've already had to deal with Thrush (and we are still dealing with it) and that your belly gets gassy and you don't like that one bit.  You are a growing and healthy boy, other than those issues and I just want you to smile and coo always! We hate seeing you in such discomfort and mommy has already slept in your room with you a few nights.  I pray daily you won't get Crohn's like Daddy, and that your little system is just working out its kinks and all is still developing.

Your sister loves to give you "Dukes" when you make a fist, which is pretty much always. #poundit

{My baby blanket}

Clothes going over your head.
Being alone, other than when you are sleeping. You really love to be held!
The carseat.  Once we get driving, you're cooing and totally fine, but until we hit the road, notta fan!
When things are dropped/fall on the floor and make really loud noises. That always wakes you up.
Cold Wipes.
Gas pain.  :(

Bath time
White noises--humidifier, hairdryer, vacuum, sleep machine.
Being swaddled.
Smiling and being talked to.
Warm wipes.
NUK and 49ers pacifiers

I love your silly little, up to no good already, look.

Your daddy and I agree, you make the best and funniest faces! You have fit right into our lives, like you've always been here, and yet make our life all brand new.   We cannot believe how fast one month flew by with you and know that each day is a true blessing that you are in our lives.  I do not wish time away, as I know it will go by fast enough, but I am SO looking forward to warm weather with you and your sister!! It's going to be so much fun to get outside. Daddy and I keep talking about how much fun our family vacation with you will be!  For now, we will stay bundled up and cozy inside, huddled up in blankets, keeping each other warm.

We love you so much little one! Thank you for being our son.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Newborn Photoshoot {just a preview!}

With Brooke we hired our photographer and were able to get some awesome shots of her.  Since then, we have purchased a really high quality camera and while I am NOT a professional, I think I was able to get some fun/cute shots of our Mr. B.


Of course, big sister had to be a part of the shoot as well!!

While there are more, I want to get out our birth announcements first….so I figured I would share just some of the shots I took for now. {I am certain there are a few grandparents who are anxiously awaiting these pics!!}

I know my lighting isn't perfect, my angles are off and some are just not great shots, but I am happy with them and a few more that I'll share at a later date.  Love our little bubs!!

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

V-Day 2015

Since we were snowed in and it was still freezing, Brooke and I kept busy around the kitchen.  We started out by making Daddy a Valentine.

Thank you Pinterest! I just found something that looked pretty simple and that she could recognize.  She loves animals and Owls are right up there! She was quite amazed that we created an owl and she kept laughing saying,"hoo, hoo" and "owl" and even, "Ta-daaaaaa" when we were all done.  It was really cute…almost as cute as when Daddy got home at 5:00 and we had made this card at 10:30.  The FIRST thing she did, after yelling her typical, "Daddy, Daddy!" was tell him, "Owl? Owl?"  I was shocked.  I couldn't believe she remembered that we made the Owl card and that she had to wait to give it to Daddy.  She continues to surprise me every day with how grown up she is!  I love it.

Speaking of surprises, I saw the Fed ex guy come up to my door with a Pro Flowers box…now the running joke is that a few years ago I received roses on Valentine's Day, but they were for my neighbor! Since she wasn't home, the flower guy put a note on her door and asked me to hold them for her.  I didn't get any roses that year ha!

In fact, Joe sent me flowers our first V-Day (2008) but since then he may or may not pick up a bouquet at the store if he has time…but this year?? He totally shocked me and sent two dozen gorgeous red roses!! And maybe a small box of chocolate.  So sweet.  The card really made me smile and I am still enjoying these beauties today!

I whipped up a batch of these delicious vanilla cupcakes. Recipe here.

Brooke helped me decorate hers.

Note the Elsa dress?

Can you find hers?!

For dinner we did Lobster tails and lemon risotto.  I believe I am going to have to start doubling our recipe as I swear Brooke eats like an adult! She is just like her Daddy and loves all things Italian.  Ok, I do too, but it's funny how much she likes it!  I also broiled a few venison steaks that came out yummy and Brooke killed those too.

I gifted hubby a new sweater from Banana Republic, {here} that he looks so handsome in (he's wearing it today!) Gotta love their 40% off sales ;)  I placed the box and his card on his chair, so when he slid the chair out, he saw it. #trickytricky

I totally just made him send me a selfie. #hottie

We gave the kids cards and Brooke received a small heart shaped box of chocolates with a mini bear, and an Elsa crown, wand and bracelet.  I saw it at the grocery store and couldn't resist, since she keeps trying to make a crown out of a necklace that won't stay on her head, when she wears her Elsa dress.   Little girls are so fun.

Mr Bubs looked so handsome, and is certainly my little heart breaker!

His cheeks!

I just cannot believe this crazy amount of snow.  That's our back deck.

After the kids went to sleep we tried to find a movie to watch.  There really aren't a ton out there that look great, so we had heard this was good--

It really was interesting, freaked me out a little and I may have had to cover my eyes during certain parts, but I liked it.  Joe fell asleep, but I would recommend this movie. It makes you think and once again stresses what is truly important in life, not just what we 'think' is important on a day to day basis.