Saturday, December 31, 2011

Good-Bye 2011, Hello 2012

I am on a roll! Two posts in a row? Wow.  The New Year is just right in front of us, isn’t it?
This year has been a pretty great year for us.  We’ve made so many great memories with our boys-big moments as well as little moments. From our summer vacation to St. Thomas to watching Michael perform in his school play.  

This is also the year that we had some stability (as much as you can have when you are expecting a new human being to join your family).

We have lived in our house for over a year and we are loving it.  We are sure that we will be in this house long term.  We love the city that we are living in so there’s no reason to move anywhere else.  That’ really the foundation of stability, isn’t it – knowing where you will be living long-term?

And last, but not least, we welcomed our third boy to our family. We adore him. There are no words to describe what a treasure he is to us.

So, thank you, 2011.  We will look back fondly on you and look forward with much hope that 2012 will be just as great or even better! Happy New Year!

Friday, December 30, 2011

8 Weeks and 1 Day!

I have not been very timely in posting pictures of Mark.  My plan was to post something each week but that obviously has not worked out. I'm really trying.  We have his 2-month check-up on Tuesday so I'll have the most current stats then.  Hopefully, I'll be able to post them with some pictures.

8 weeks and 1day old

Christmas 2011

Christmas has come and gone in a blink of an eye.  This time of the year always goes by so quickly.  Way too quickly.

We spent this Christmas at home and later went to have Christmas dinner at Grandpa’s and Ms. Jennie’s. 

The kids had a great time opening their presents in the morning with Elfie watching from his perch on the coffee table and Mark observing from his new bouncer. 

My three little men

My best Christmas gift ever!

So cute


Putting together the Millennium Falcon

 Daddy having fun "helping"

Lots of Legos this year

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Catching Up!

Urgh, it's been awhile since I've posted.  There's so much to catch up on, but Little Man constantly needs attention.  He wants to the be held all. the. time.  Even when he is fast asleep, the minute we put him down, he opens his little eyes and starts crying.  I remember vaguely that Matthew was the same way.  I'm hoping he grows out of this soon.  It's frustrating.

It's Christmas Eve already! The kids got to open a present each this morning.  They each got a Star Wars lightsaber and were battling it out this morning.  Cute!

Last week, we drove to San Antonio "Hill Country" for a little mini-vacation. There's no way to pack light when you have  6-week old with you.  All in all, we did pretty good.  The boys had a good time - the got to swim, go on the watersides, played with some other kids they met the resort, and ice skate on a synthetic ice rink (plastic sheet covered in wax).  It was  nice little break from our routine or lack of routine back at home.  We stayed at the Westin La Cantera and the JW Marriott (love this resort). The lobbies were so beautifully decorated.

Beautiful fireplace and mantle in the Westin La Cantera

Gingerbread village at the JW Marriott
I wanted to go all out with the Christmas decorating this year.  I really had high aspiration since I knew that I would be maternity leave and thought that I would have so much time.  Boy was I ever wrong! Even as I'm typing, I know the meter running. With that in mind, this post is a catch all post.

Here's some stats on Mark:

Age: 7 weeks
Weight: 10 lbs. 12 oz. up from his 4-week weight of 7 lbs., 11 oz.
Length: Did not get because this was not a well baby visit.  He was at 21 inches on his 4-week visit.  He's probably grown another inch since then.
Feeding: Mostly formula now.  About 3-4 oz. at about every 3-4 hours
Sleep: Not through the night yet.  Wakes up about every 3 hours for feeding. Will rarely nap unless he's being held

Misc: Belly button fell off on 11/13/11. Circumcision ring fell off on 11/14.  First bath on 11/15/11 at 9am.  He loved it and did not cry. He is the most calm right after bath time.

First smile: 12/12/11-right in time for Christmas!