Friday, May 28, 2010

Doctor Well Checks

This morning I took both boys to the doctor for their 1 month and 18 month appointments.  Me, alone with my double wide awesome new stroller, which came in very handy.  When it was Evan's turn for weight check, I strapped Jack into the stroller with just a diaper on.  It was a cute site and my only option, since I wasn't about to have him crawl around on the floor or take a dive off the exam table.  He looked so cute there with only a diaper and not a care in the world.  Sorry I don't have a picture.  Then of course when it was Jack's turn, Evan whaled the whole time.  I kept having to lean in close to the doc, just so I could hear what he was saying.  It turns out though, I am not crazy and Evan DOES have colic.  It's nice to have an explanation, even though there is no cure besides time.  Evan should be much happier and less stressed/cranky in 12 -15 weeks they say.  God only hopes!  Five down, ten to go. 

Here are the stats for the day.  Both boys are growing like weeds!
Jack: 30 3/4" tall, 23lbs (he's on the typical growth charts - go Jack!)
Evan: 21 7/8" tall, 10lbs

I looked back at Jack's weight and he wasn't 10lbs until 3 months old (wowwa!), but they were the same height at 1 month old.

Have a great holiday weekend everyone!

Monday, May 24, 2010

Weekend Photos

This weekend it turned HOT and I had to go into the closet for the summer clothes, finally!  I found this adorable overall hand-me-down outfit.  Jack looked absolutely kiss-ably cute!  Enjoy our personal photo shoot.

Here is Jack showing us his new "squinty face" on command.  Love him!

This is Jack giving Evan a kiss.

Friday, May 21, 2010

U2 Fan - Starting Them Young

My husband is a crazy die-hard U2 fan. Evan has already been to a U2 concert, in utero of course! Check out this onesie we received from those that know us well. =)

And here's one just for grins. He is so peaceful when sleeping. Not so much when he's crying! I hope the "crying to fall asleep" phase ends soon.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

My Sister's Knit Blog

My sister has started to blog about her knits that will be for sale shortly on Etsy. Once her shop is open, you must check her out. Obviously we like her goods. As you will see in the photos.

Here are the mittens, booties and patch-work blanket she knit.
Please note, models aren't for sale.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Mother's Day - late I know

So things are a little busier these days with TWO boys to take care of. And I know it is almost two weeks past the day, but I wanted to show off my sweet Mother's Day cake from my boys, a few photos and my wonderful gift.

This is the tasty cake that only took two people two days to eat. You could say we have some chocoholics in the house and that might be an understatement.

My first born cutie.

My second born thinker.

And this is the gift I received from Lisa Leonard Designs.
I absolutely love love love love it!

Thank you, Husbo, for making my day perfect. And I even got a nap! Love you!

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Team Jack

It's that time of year again, when TEAM JACK raises money for GiGi's Playhouse to keep their programs free to families. We love the Crawlers Group and the Open Play every Thursday.

The GiGi's 5K Fun Run/1 Mile Walk will be taking place
Sunday, June 13, 2010.

Click HERE to donate or walk with us!

Click HERE to learn about GiGi's Playhouse.
Locations coming soon to New York and Atlanta!

Here are some photos from last year's walk.

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Happy Mother's Day to Moms of Special Children

Most women become mothers by accident, some by choice, a few by social pressures and a couple by habit. This year, nearly 100,000 women will become mothers of disabled children. Did you ever wonder how these women were chosen? Somehow I visualize God hovering over Earth, selecting his instruments for propagation, with great care and deliberation. As He observes, He instructs his angels to take notes in a giant ledger.

"Armstrong, Beth, son. Patron saint...Cecilia."

"Rutledge, Carrie, twins. Patron saint...give her Gerard. He's used to profanity."

Finally, He passes a name to an angel and smiles. "Give her a child with a disability."

The angel is curious. "Why this one God? She's so happy."

"Exactly. Could I give a child with a disability a mother who doesn't know laughter? That would be cruel."

"But does she have patience?" asks the angel.

"I don't want her to have too much patience or she'll drown in a sea of self pity and despair. Once the shock and resentment wear off, she'll handle it. I watched her today, she has that sense of self and independence so rare and so necessary in a mother. You see, the child I'm going to give her has his own world. She has to make him live in her world, and that's not going to be easy."

"But Lord, I don't think she believes in you."

God smiles. "No matter, I can fix that. This one is perfect. She has just enough selfishness."

The angel gasps. "Selfishness, is that a virtue?"

God nods. "If she can't separate herself from the child occasionally, she'll never survive. Yes she is a woman whom I will bless with a child less than perfect. She doesn't realize it yet but she is to be envied."

"She will never take for granted a spoken word. She will never consider a step ordinary. When her child says 'Mommy' for the first time, she will be witness to a miracle and know it. When she describes a tree or sunset to her child, she will see it as few people see my creations."

"I will permit her to see clearly the things I see...ignorance, cruelty, prejudice... and allow her to rise above them. She will never be alone. I will be at her side every minute of every day of her life because she is doing my work as surely as she is there by my side."

"And what about her patron saint?" asks the angel, his pen poised mid air.

God smiles. "A mirror will suffice."

~Author Erma Bombeck

Friday, May 7, 2010

Aqua Therapy

I had been meaning to get Aqua Therapy pictures for awhile now. Thanks Mom and John for taking the photos. Jack loves the water!

You can see out through a glass window to the busy corridor. Jack likes to say hello to everyone passing in the halls. This is his version of "hello." One arm up showing a fist and the head cocked to the side. So cute! His newest addition to the "hi" is first he points at the person and then he waves "hi." Kinda like he's saying "hey you...yes you...I am saying hi to you, now tell me hi back.

Jack just started the foam bar bell raises a few weeks back. He is now coordinated enough to use both arms simultaneously. Go Jack!

This is Jack working his shoulders and trunk while staying balanced on the mat with the bubbles flowing. He doesn't mind getting wet!

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Like Father Like Son

Dad's baby photo

Evan's baby photo

Don't you think they look alike?

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Not-so-Wordless Wednesday

I love this photo! Amongst the chaos of picture taking with two kids and bra straps showing, Evan (at 1 day old) has a smile on his face! Hilarious!

Saturday, May 1, 2010

First Week

Well, reinforcements finally went home (aka my Mom) and we are on our own. The day went smoothly and we are finally settling into a routine, of sorts. Both me and the two boys napped for over 2 hours today, while John did some yard work. It was heaven, I must say! I hope that nap trend continues, because Evan doesn't sleep much at night yet. He sleeps off and on, sometimes eating every 45 minutes and then I usually bring him in to bed next to me from 4am on. Then of course he sleeps until the morning. He likes the warmth and to snuggle, but I don't get sound sleep, always worrying about swashing him.

I have called in some help for this week, since I was told not to hold Jack for two weeks. I've already broken that rule today, but I need to try and take it easy. I feel so much better than after I had Jack. It's amazing the difference. Time to go relax as Jack is in bed and Evan is snoozing next to John's Mario Kart action.

Life is good!

Here are some photos from Evan's first week.