Thursday, September 29, 2011

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Tough stuff

Being a mom is a hard job.  But it's all about perspective really.  If I was writing this post 24 hours ago it would be completely different.  Yesterday was one of those days.  The kind were you are weary and going on no sleep from a newborn who won't go longer than 3 hours without nursing and then doesn't want to go back to sleep.  The kind where you pick your toddler up from daycare to find out he has bitten 5 other kids.  The kind where you burn dinner, clean up mess after mess and go from one crying baby to the other. 

Finally about 7:00pm last night I loaded both babies in the stroller and went walking while listening to praise and worship music.  We all needed some fresh air.  And it helped instantly.  All I needed was a few minutes of quiet to remind myself that this is just a season.  And one I know that will pass too quickly because time is fleeting. 

These two precious, healthy babies are my whole life.  And sometimes it is easy to lose sight of that.  But I am determined to keep my perspective.  Because that makes all the difference.

Our little tiger...

 Touchdown Auburn

And this little nugget is the sweetest thing.  And I've been doing a lot of baby wearing because he's a pretty big fan of being held.  I need an extra set of hands.

This smile is a result of figuring out how to escape.

Waving at Cooper...his little chubby hand waving gets me every time!

So does him blowing kisses.

But actually getting kisses is my absolute favorite thing in the world.

So, like I said, being a mom is a hard job.  But it is also the most rewarding, the most fulfilling and what truly makes me happiest.  Times like this I'm especially thankful for all the pictures I take. Because these sweet moments are the ones I want to remember

Monday, September 26, 2011

"Push" present

I have to take a minute to brag on my awesome husband.  Keith is so thoughtful and does so much for me!  So, although I certainly didn't expect any type of gift when Graham was born, I wasn't completely shocked because that is just how Keith is.  So sweet!

But, this gift blew me away.  As did the ring he gave me when Sawyer was born.  And a huge thanks to my buddy, Ashley, who hooked him up.  Actually, she's given my whole family great deals on some awesome jewelry.

Aquamarine studs with a diamond jacket.

The best part is the jacket is removable so I can wear it with my diamond studs that he gave me when we got married.

These pictures don't really do them justice!

Both of the gifts he's given me when the boys have been born mean so much!  I love being reminded of my precious babies and their special days every time I wear them!
I'm in love with them and my husband!!

Friday, September 23, 2011

Summer List 2011

Summer is officially over.  And we had a great one and completed almost everything on our summer list.  We didn't make it to a Drillers game, although Keith did, and we didn't feed the ducks, although we tried several times.  But we had a blast doing everything on our list and pretty much all of it was documented along the way on this blog.  This will definitely be a yearly tradition!

Sawyer tried to destroy our list which is why you see all the tape!

Thursday, September 22, 2011

1 month old.

Dear Graham,

You are 1 month old.  I can hardly believe it.  But in some ways it feels like you have been a part of our family forever.  You are the perfect little addition. 

You are a great baby.  You are really quiet and rarely cry.  Usually only when you are hungry, cold or have a tummy ache.  You are constantly being loved on and you never seem to mind.  Even when you get hugs from your big brother which unfortunately right now is more of a head butt.  You are going to be tough, that's for sure!

You are a great eater.  You nurse every 3 hours -- sometimes you'll go 4, but it's rare.  Although two nights ago you went 5 hours which meant I got 4 hours of uninterrupted sleep, I felt like a new woman!  But most nights you are like a little alarm clock...every 3 hours.  And you are really growing.  You weigh around 9 pounds and are around 21 inches long.  You were so tiny when you were born but you didn't stay that way for long.  But I'm very thankful that you nurse so well and that you have such a great appetite.

You are still wearing newborn clothes and newborn diapers.  But they are both getting snug.  We will be moving up to size 1 diapers in the next day or so.

Whenever you are mad and crying you grab your hair and pull it and then cry even harder because it hurts.  I'm trying to teach you not to do that.  I also don't want you pulling all your pretty, dark hair out.

You are starting to stay awake a little more.  Usually for an hour or so after you eat and then you go back to sleep.  But at night you usually go back to sleep pretty quickly. 

You aren't crazy about the paci, yet.  I think you would be if you could figure out how to keep it in your mouth.  But you are learning.  You are strong and can hold your head up pretty good.  You also prefer sleeping on your tummy.

You have filled us with so much joy this past month.  I am so looking forward to watching you grow.  God surely blessed us when he gave us you.

I love you buddy!

Here are some pictures of you at 1 month:

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Monday, September 19, 2011

Goodbye's stink!

BeLLa headed back home this morning and we were all SO sad to say goodbye to her.  We knew this day would come and I remember how hard it was when she left after I had Sawyer.  You can read about it here if you missed it.  Well, it wasn't any easier this time.  And it felt like it came way too fast.  I can't believe it's been 4 weeks since Graham was born.

There is just something about your mom!  There is no one I trust more, no one more comforting to me and no one else who gets me quite like my mom.  But this time it wasn't just about me.  There are two little boys who loved every second they got to spend with their BeLLa, Sawyer especially.  I think this whole transition for Sawyer was easier because my mom was here to help.  And I am so grateful for this past month with her,  all of her help and all of the sweet memories we all made together during this special time.

Mom, I can never thank you enough for all you did.  Please come back very soon!
Okay, now for some pictures.  Bob came to visit this weekend and it was really good to see him. 
We had a great couple of days - minus our AU loss. 

Perfect breakfast to me -- doughnuts and a pumpkin spice latte.

These two sweet boy have my heart! 

And I'm pretty sure hers too.

Saw got to shoot some pool with Daddy.  He loved it!

Preparing some game day snacks.

Yesterday afternoon, we went to the park to enjoy the nice weather.  Saw loved it.  But he didn't want any help doing anything.  The boy is stubborn!

And adorable!

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Graham's 1st bath

Graham's cord fell off last Monday at exactly 2 weeks.  He got a real bath the following day.  He wasn't too sure what to think but it sure beat the sponge baths he was getting!  He is starting to enjoy them more and more.

I'm pretty sure my favorite smell ever is a clean baby!