Monday, April 17, 2017

Patrick's Firsts: One Year Birthday

I cannot believe that here we are, celebrating our littlest boy turning ONE YEAR OLD already! And what a fantastic celebration it was. A celebration in Holland-style complete with pulled pork from the smoker, homemade mac n cheese, yummy drinks and the perfectly green cake for our sweetest boy. We blew up the bounce house to let all the kiddos run wild and it's such an amazing process to journey through parenthood with some of the greatest friends and family we could ever wish for. And goodness is this boy spoiled and loved in every single way. 

Going through the "first year" the second time around feels different and yet perfectly similar all at the same time. Time seems to go faster with each new year watching our babies grow before our eyes and each milestone feels impossible because shouldn't we still have a teeny-tiny newborn in our arms?! This time around we had a clue what we were doing with the baby but didn't know what we were getting into having a family of four. We both felt confident in our skills of keeping a newborn alive but Patrick's unique preferences and personality kept us on our toes. 

And what better way to commemorate the last year with our littlest boy than with a party! Our Pat has become the sweetest, silliest, gentlest, kind-soul and we can't wait to see what the next year brings. Happiest of first birthdays, Patrick Reece. You and your life deserve all the celebration of the world! 
 And always remember to eat your cake!

Baby H: Twelve Months of Patrick

He...

[+] weighs .... I'll update this after his appointment 

[+] is wearing 12-18mo sizes for the most part. Some of his pants are 18mo because I have to pillow-case shake him into some of the smaller ones which is never a good feeling. He wears size 4 diapers and size 4 shoes.

[+] had yet again another horrible sickness month and goodness gracious it seems like they just keep getting worse. He started out the month with another horrible GI bug, was absolutely inconsolable, and just wasn't his go-with-the-flow self for a handful of days. Then he decided to top a house record and get a 103* fever at 11:30pm which broke the next day into one of the worst cases of hand-foot-mouth disease our pedi has ever seen. His poor little body was absolutely wrecked with blisters, then open sores, then peeling yucky-ness for what seemed like weeks. He was so miserable (as were we all!) and I'm so glad it's past us. Here's hoping he doesn't lose all his finger and toe nails with this one!

[+] is seriously motoring with his walker and barely puts any pressure on your hand when you help him walk but won't just do it himself yet! In the last two-ish weeks we've really been trying to work with him on walking and we've definitely made progress with him standing on his own not holding anything. But then he just sits and crawls to us instead of attempting steps, silly lazy boy! Hopefully we've got a walker on our hands soon.

[+] still points all the time and I love it. He's also mastered clapping as his version of sign language "more" and he'll shake his head back and forth when we say "no, no, no". He dances if he likes a certain song, particularly anything Justin Timberlake, and still nothing makes him laugh harder than his big brother Mark.

[+] is starting the transition to whole milk and it's not going very well yet. He absolutely hates the cold temp and also isn't taking too well to the sippy cup yet so we're having to improvise some. As of right now, he's still only using a bottle and we're trying to make his formula cooler and heating his actual milk up ever so slightly. He "drinks" four times a day, 5-7oz each time and we're gradually introducing more and more milk as the days go by. He also eats three meals with us and while he's definitely not the bottomless pit he was in the past, for the most part he'll eat everything we do.

[+] is still taking two naps, around 10am and 1:30pm and I'm not sure how much longer that will last. We have a handful of events coming up (selling the house, weddings out of town, etc etc) that might interfere with his morning naps so maybe it'll force us into dropping to one. He goes to bed at night around 7:30pm and sleeps until at least 6am but we don't actually go get him till 7am.

[+] celebrated his first birthday! We threw him a very similar party to Mark's 1st and it was such a joy to celebrate our littlest with such a perfect day. While he literally only wanted to be in my arms the whole time, we had a blast with our family and friends and without fail, this boy killed his green cake! On his actual birthday (which fell on Easter Sunday) we opened presents, cleaned the house for selling, played at the park and went out to dinner before everyone passed out in bed. I can't believe we have another one year old on our hands already!

[+] nicknames: Pat Pat, stink-bug, chunky monkey

[+] likes: wagon rides, swinging, momma, eating wood chips off the floor

[+] dislikes: being sick, sippy cups of milk, getting above wood chips out of his mouth
I...

[+] find so much joy in having a momma's boy this time around! I went through so many emotions with Mark because I felt like I didn't connect with him. Either because he would reach for someone else when I held him or because I couldn't settle him when he was upset sometimes or because he still calls out to daddy more than mommy. But regardless, even if my arms are tired, I wouldn't put Pat down for anything when my arms are the only place he wants. Feeling his little face press against my neck as he turns away shy from someone else.... it's heaven I tell you!

[+] have officially matched into the family medicine residency program in Ft. Collins, Colorado. I am thrilled to have matched within the state although I'm fairly anxious to have everything taken care of for us to get there. We have to sell a house, buy a house, pack & move and arrange child care. I have to finish my online classes, re-certify for ACLS, graduate and take care of all the other loose ends life seems to be throwing us. It's a daunting process and a tough three years ahead of me but it feels so good to be moving on to the last and final stage of this whole deal.

[+] am trying to make myself a priority more and while I still haven't done a good job yet, I'm definitely making progress. I have an annual doctor's appointment set for myself and am planning on finally scheduling some dental work I need done. I have some spa gift cards I need to use before the big move and am hoping to get those set soon too. I have a number of momma-only events coming up in the next month and think that time away with girlfriends will be just what I need.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Baby H: Eleven Months of Patrick

He...

[+] weighs 22# 8oz according to our scale at home. He's basically the most delicious thing ever.

[+] got his top right lateral tooth this month and I'm thinking it's pair isn't too far behind. His two front teeth are moving in quite nicely and goodness is it nice to have those behind us because they're seriously the worst. It's so strange seeing his grin change as his teeth come in.

[+] was basically sick for an entire month and it was the worst thing ever. From snot nose to cough to horrible GI bug this boy went through the ringer. He fought bottles, was a horrible sleeper, vomited everywhere. He eventually got to the point where we had to syringe liquid in his mouth to force him to drink in order to avoid an ER visit for dehydration. We are thankfully on the mend here and praying that was the last of it for this season.

[+] dominates at meal times which doesn't surprise us but is a nice change after his sickness. The other night he had an entire turkey hotdog, a handful of grapes, a chicken tender and part of a cheese stick. It's so nice that he's basically onto "adult food" because the extra time commitment of prepping his food is basically nothing. I have a sneaking suspicion too that he's going to dominate his cake next month!

[+] babbles all the time and makes some extra silly noises too. He's just started pointing at everything and often points where he wants to go. His little outstretched finger is the cutest. If you ask him where Mark is he'll look all around until he spots him. We're working on sign language with him and hoping he starts picking it up soon. He hates sippy cups (which might have started with his horrible liquid refusal above) and basically just bangs anything we give him on his tray in terms of utensils.

[+] is definitely our sensitive boy and this momma loves it. He will rub his face into anything that's extra soft; pillows, blankets, stuffed animals and loves to snuggle anything similar. He also snuggles with us when he's tired and often climbs into your lap just to rub his face on you. Now that he's mobile he occasionally gets into things he shouldn't and a stern "no" or "Patrick Reece" sends him into a panic. His bottom lip sticks out and he cries the saddest, tear-filled cry until you tell him it's okay. His soft little heart is the sweetest.

[+] nicknames: Pat Pat, snuggle bug,

[+] likes: eating, pushing his walker, the toy stethoscope

[+] dislikes: trying to poop, being told "no", sitting in the bath
I...

[+] am working to plan this little boy's first birthday party and it's so much fun. Thankfully the process is relatively simple since we're basically just copying Mark's first birthday celebration with the same type of party, the same menu, the same decorations just in a different color scheme. On my list of things to finish includes putting letters on his birthday banner and ordering his birthday hat and I can't believe how close party day really is!

[+] have officially matched into a residency position and I am thrilled to death. At this point I know that yes, I've matched but don't know where to yet. It's definitely silly that they make you wait to know location but knowing that I have a "home" (and a paycheck) come July is amazing.

[+] am absolutely loving having two boys. Sure it's the only thing I know but it's basically the best. Now that Pat is getting more mobile and interactive, it's been so fun to see their brother relationship start to bloom. They sit next to each other playing with match-box cars. They make each other laugh like no one else can. Pat's eyes are always on Mark and Mark has recently started being concerned about Pat when he cries. I can't imagine life without the two of them and know they are making me a better person each and every day.

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Baby H: Ten Months of Patrick

He...

[+] weighs 20# 6oz according to our scale at home. He's a chunky guy for sure!

[+] 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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