Saturday, February 18, 2017

Baby H: Ten Months of Patrick

He...

[+] weighs ????

[+] is wearing a combo of 9mo and 12mo clothes which basically just means were trying to get one more wear out of his smaller sized items before moving to the bigger ones. I did a whole load of laundry of 12mo pieces of Mark's that can be pulled off for the winter (since it was July when Mark was 10mo) and it's so fun to see him in some of the same pieces big brother wore.

[+] is officially real crawling this month and is so much faster at it than his silly belly-scoot he was previously doing. He also figured out the stairs which means the baby gate is out at all times again. He loves pushing his walker toy and will literally do it for 30+ minutes once he gets started, walking till he gets stuck and then crying until you set him straight again. He also "knee walks" behind just about anything, a dump truck, a random box, a light up toy, etc. He moves with such purpose now, so curious about everything. I totally forgot how fun this stage is when their personalities start to come out.

[+] is out of his infant car seat and into the big boy ones! We got the same seats we have for Mark, different ones for each of our cars and he is so cute riding like a big boy now. We thought for a minute that he hated the one in J's car but I think it was just an off day.

[+] got his top right tooth on January 22nd and its pair on the left popped through on February 8th. It seems like it's been FOREVER since they've been making their way so its nice to have them through in hopes he starts being less fussy. His pedi thought all four on the top were making their way at his latest appointment so maybe it'll be soon that he has the lateral ones too.

[+] is getting four bottles during the day, 6oz in the morning and before bed and 5oz during the day. He's mostly drinking Enamel Reguline at the recommendation of the pediatrician to help with his constipation and then he's getting one bottle of breastmilk from the freezer. Just like with Mark, I worked to get him one bottle of breastmilk for as long as possible and we officially have enough until his first birthday which is amazing.

[+] has been battling a snot nose for what seems like forever and I think it's a combo of teething and actual colds. He's been refusing bottles lately too which is exactly when Mark started to also and again, not sure which is the cause. He's also had the saddest cough for the last few days and I'm hoping it starts getting better quickly otherwise we'll be headed to the pedi.

[+] takes two naps, at approximately 10am and 1:30pm. His morning one is usually 40-45min but very occasionally stretches to 90min. His afternoon nap correlates with Mark's nap which is awesome for some down time and typically he sleeps at least 90min if not 2hrs for this one. Except for lately thanks to teeth and a lovely cold, his naps have been crummy so we're waiting for that to get better for sure. He goes to bed at night between 7 & 7:30pm and has been frequently waking in the early mornings. We usually don't go in with him unless he's really upset and sometimes he'll put himself back to sleep. His "wake-up" time is anytime after 7am so we wait till then to get him up.

[+] has finally started "playing" with us within the last week. He raises both hands when we ask him "how big is Pat?". He ducks his head down on his arms and plays peek-a-boo. He mimics roaring and certain other sounds when we say them to him. He uses his fingers to babble with his lips and he's just started clapping.

[+] nicknames: Pat Pat, chunky monkey, littlest

[+] likes: breakfast meat, "walking", playing with Mark, babbling

[+] dislikes: drinking bottles, food that's too cold, diaper changes, being told "no"
I...

[+] have again started thinking about 1st birthday preparation which is crazy. My baby will be ONE in two short months. We're basically doing the same celebration as we did for big brother, a BBQ at home with our favorite people and a delicious smash cake for our boy. I've also purchased the crafts to make his birthday banner and will be ordering his special birthday hat sometime soon just to make sure we have it in time. His invites for the party have already gone out because our April was seriously filling up and I love how they turned out.

[+] am done pumping and making milk which is a big relief honestly. I was thankfully able to keep it up pretty well while I was out of town and once I was back it got harder which is what I predicted. I did however, get enough milk into the freezer for him to have one breastmilk bottle until his first birthday. Which is a huge feat I think especially given how much shorter the process was with Mark.

[+] have officially submitted my residency match list with all my potential programs and it's exciting and daunting at the same time. It's official that I have no more control over the process and just have to wait until match day in March to find out where I'll be doing the rest of my training. Fingers crossed for top programs for me and our family!

[+] only have 6 weeks left of actual rotation which is great, on a related note to the last point. I know what 3 weeks of it is and it starts in 1 week. I don't know what I'm doing for the rest of the time yet and the timing of it might depend on what's happening with selling/buying houses and moving for residency but either way, graduation is just over the horizon it seems. I've been working on some graduation checklist type things (ordering announcements, picking a hooder, etc etc) as well as potentially party planning and I'm just excited!

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Currently [v10]

Reading: Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult and Boys Should Be Boys by Meg Meeker. Although if I'm being honest, I haven't picked up either in far too long so it's as if I'm not actually reading them. But just writing this has me motivated to get into them again.

Watching: all our favorite seasons of shows. It's actually a little embarrassing how many shows J and I record on the DVR but it's just our thing so who cares. On our current line-up is.... Law & Order SVU, Chicago Fire, Chicago PD, Scandal, and This Is Us. Then on my own I'm guilty of watching Teen Mom 2 & OG, Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, Counting On and Dance Moms.

Listening: to tons and tons of Disney. On a regular basis, Mark asks to listen to music through our Bose speaker at home and he's most happy when it's songs he recognizes which is most likely Disney. Just recently he's seen the movies Frozen and Moana so the soundtracks from both are the biggest hits right now.

Loving: being home with my boys for four weeks. After a month of demanding and out of town rotations I scheduled myself some "non-clinical/online" time so that I could be home. I'm acutely aware of how much life is going to change come residency in the summer so I'm soaking up every moment with these two as best as I can.

Hating: how easily I lose my temper with the boys despite my best efforts to enjoy the day-to-day with them. Between Mark's terrible twos and Pat's teething, it seems like one, if not both of them, is off every day and it gets hard sometimes. It's hard not to understand the toddler logic (or lack there of) when I tell Mark specifically not to do something and he turns around and does it. It's hard to be patient with Pat and his needing to be held or he screams when I'm trying to make lunch or change diapers etc etc. It's definitely something I am working on changing on a daily basis.

Drinking: not enough water recently but probably more booze that I should admit. All this stems from no longer nursing or pumping for Pat and while I know I should be better for my own sake, it is nice not having to worry about it so much anymore. I have a good app on my phone for tracking water/fluid intake and I need to be better about using it.
Wearing: Target workout pants and last years Broncos Superbowl shirt with a messy bun and no make-up. But hey, I did manage to get a shower today even if it consisted of putting both babies in the bathroom with plenty of toys while I sped through the process.

Needing: buttermilk from the store for homemade chicken nuggets, time for a mani/pedi, to schedule a doctor's appointment for myself, some husband and wife time this weekend.

Feeling: a lot of things, honestly. Anxious about residency match and a move for our family. Not to mention the feelings about actually being a resident so soon. Excited for graduation, on the flip side, and the end of this "chapter" if you will. And also the Mexico trip J and I are slowly looking into for just us as a celebration. Tired because teething, sick babies just don't sleep so well. Fulfilled from being home with my littles for the last 3 weeks.

Monday, February 6, 2017

Holland Day in the Life

Tuesday & Wednesday 
January 31st & February 1st
8:00am   ||   Breakfast of mini pancakes & blueberries while Mark serenaded us with "This Old Man"
9:15am   ||   Post grocery store run iced skinny vanilla americano with milk, chocolate milk & cookie date
11:00am ||  A bit of Valentines Day themed arts & crafts with my biggest while the littlest naps
12:30pm  ||   Because not every day is it 62 degrees at lunch time and fresh air & burnt energy is exactly
                    what we all needed
1:00pm   ||   A peanut butter jelly sandwich monster who insists on doing it himself & I can't blame him
1:30pm   ||   When you forget the baby ate black beans for lunch yesterday until you change his messy diaper
5:30pm   ||   Some momma baby time inside because someone, aka him, keeps throwing up while Mark &
                    Daddy play outside
6:30pm   ||   There's nothing sweeter than a freshly cleaned rolly-polly baby
10:15am  ||   A perfectly healthy & thriving baby boy who's seriously so close to his first birthday I can't even 
                    believe it
12:00pm  ||   And the mobile trouble begins but it's also so much fun to be a part of their curiosity at this stage
3:00pm   ||   Stroller full, arms full, life full, heart full
3:30pm   ||   Despite his teething & snot nose, it's not too difficult to get a smile to show up behind that paci

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Thankful v23

Lately I've been thankful...
[+] for the way this one looks at me and only me

[+] for firsts and lasts, upcoming changes and steady constants
[+] for the moments of sweet, cuddly toddler amongst the many moments of sour

[+] for brother bonds that are just starting to blossom 
[+] for going through life and all it's stages with my girl-tribe

[+] for medicine, it's miracles and it's teachings
[+] for a toddler who's never short on personality and makes me laugh daily 

[+] for time away as "me" time even though it's truly been too long
[+] for pictures and updates from Nani of my two little boys

[+] for glasses of wine, dark beers and whiskey smashes
[+] for nighttime routines I've always dreamed of creating 

It's been far too long since I've taken the time to embrace the simple little things.
Here's to hoping I can be better moving forward. 

Monday, January 16, 2017

Baby H: Nine Months of Patrick

He...

[+] I'll update his official stats after his upcoming doctor's appointment but I'm pretty sure he's already within half a pound of what Mark weighed at a year old! 

[+] is finally mobile and it's so interesting to see how different his "style" is compared to Mark. He is by no means a hands & knees type crawler, instead doing this funny army-crawl/drag himself across the ground move. He also learned to go from laying to sitting which has been interesting for naps and nighttime. A few times he's pulled himself up to standing but doesn't show any interest in taking steps yet. We're working with him with the walker toy and also with holding his hands to encourage some steps. 

[+] celebrated his first Christmas this month and it was so fun to get this experience with our second boy. He by no means "got it" like Mark is finally starting to but I'll cherish all these "firsts" forever regardless. 

[+] is seriously a horse when it comes to eating. For a while it seemed like we weren't giving him new things/more adult type foods I think because of his constipation issues and not wanting to make it worse. But now that we've resorted to more of a regimen of Miralax and different formula and he's going a bit more regularly, we've opened the flood gates for him and his food. And boy does it love it all. Recently he's tried... turkey lunch meat, pieces of tomatoes, whole pieces of toast, sausage filled lasagna, mini pancakes, pineapple and breakfast sausage. 

[+] doesn't really care too much to play with toys the same way Mark used to. Of course his favorite things to play with are the toys of Mark's he shouldn't have (i.e. puzzle pieces, Lincoln-logs, etc). He also isn't nearly as mouthy with everything like it seemed big brother was at this point. Who knows what that means about teeth I guess. He's also no nearly as paci-addicted either which could be a good thing.

[+] chats all day long and it's the sweetest sound. He's conquered a number of consonant sounds including da, ba, ga but of course, not ma yet! He also has the silliest growl that is so throaty it's hilarious. We're also working on sign language with him and so far the only thing that's "clicking" is that he gets super excited and almost dances when you say and sign "more". Seriously, this kid and food! 

[+] is officially on bottles all the time now. He gets 3 formula bottles a day and 1 breastmilk bottle because we're trying to get him on one bottle of breastmilk for as long as possible just like we did with Mark. He takes either 5 or 6oz depending on the time of day and it'll be interesting to see if this helps his early morning waking. 

[+] nicknames: Pat Pat, chunky monkey, baby bird

[+] likes: eating, pounding his hands on any surface, "chasing" his big brother

[+] dislikes: stopping eating, getting his face wiped, watching you leave the room

 I...

[+] am officially done nursing Pat and I am so sad about it. But an entirely different kind of sad that it was with Mark. I've loved nursing Pat and I'm really honestly going to miss it. Every day it was our special time together, time for me to relax and snuggle time, time for us to connect together. I know it was time because my supply just wasn't giving him what he needed anymore (and the 4-6am waking was proving that) but I'm still bummed it's over between us.

[+] will be pumping as much as I can in the next weeks to continue to put milk into the freezer for his once-a-day bottle because I know my milk is great for him. I do think some of my sadness from above is the idea of being connected to my pump all the time which isn't too bad when I'm gone during the day but is definitely more complicated when I'm at home. Feeding him a bottle then going to pump all while trying to play and be with both my boys. I think there's enough milk in the freezer right now to get him another month so I'm not too worried about it but I'm still going to give it my best effort.

[+] will be spending the next two weeks out of town (with the weekend between at home thank goodness!) as I complete my final audition rotation for residency programs and I can't even imagine how much I'm going to miss these boys of mine! The longest I've been away from any of them since Mark's been born has been two nights and I'll be doubling that this time around. Thankfully I'll be following this up with an entire month at home doing online classes so I'll get all the snuggles and play time and adventures I want but man, I didn't actually need absence to make my heart fonder for my guys.

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