Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Grandpa's visit brought smiles

Grandpa's visit did bring lots of smiles, and I was able to capture the best one yet this morning!
He left yesterday, and we had a go-go-go few days with perfect weather (very common for my family!). We did lots of things outside including a Razorback baseball game, a trip to the park to go kite flying, a few walks and a visit to Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art.

It's funny how you learn about your parents even at 30 years old. Dad is quite the kite flyer!! I love the face captured in the photo of Sydney. Can you say WOW?! The kite was a prize for Sydney, who has been doing awesome with her potty training. I think this prize was a 5-days-with-no-accidents gift :)

Saturday, February 18, 2012

One month

Our precious baby boy is one month old!
At one month, Collin:
  • eats about every two hours during the day (that's a lot!) and recently switched to a sensitive formula to help with gas.
  • sleeps well at night, but it's sporadic. Some nights he'll have 5-7 hour stretches and other nights he wakes up to eat every 2.5-3 hours or so.
  • is a fussy little guy in the evenings.
  • must love his sister, because she is on him constantly!
  • loves to be held and also does well with tummy time, something Laura helped us discover during her visit.
  • doesn't love to be in "gear" (i.e. bouncer, swing, etc.). If he wants to just chill out, we put him on his boppy pillow or flat on the floor so he can look around.
  • suffers from male pattern baldness, as my dad kindly pointed out :-)
  • is the sweetest little guy, and has become a professional on-the-go errand runner with his mommy during maternity leave!
I thought this true-to-life photo of the two kids was great, especially since it was accompanied by Sydney exclaiming "Collin pull hair, mommy!"  Ah, the sibling love begins, and I may not get a good photo of the two of them together for quite a long time. ;-)

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Valentine love

Our Valentine's Day weekend started with a visit from Laura from DC! It was a  perfect few days spending quality time together, and Laura was a huge help. We even got away for a movie and shopping one day, thanks to super-dad Randall. Visits like that always make me wish Tennessee would cease to exist between Virginia and Arkansas so we could all be closer together :-) Sydney took to her right away, and Collin of course didn't mind being spoiled either.

Yesterday, we celebrated our first Valentine's Day as a family of four. I had a Junior League meeting, but in true Randall style, he had a fabulous dinner waiting for me when I got home - filet, shrimp, baked potato, grilled asparagus --- YUM. My diet is starting soon, promise. And here is our little valentine on his first v-day - thanks to Grandma for the onesie!

And of course the side-by-side of our two little cupids on their respective first v-days!

This was also the first year I had a child who needed to bring valentines for friends at school. Here's my first attempt at a v-day box. After seeing the other kids' boxes, I decided Sydney's wasn't the worst, but it wasn't the best. I'll try harder next year. :) I have to say a few parents went way overboard, and some even had special valentines printed with their kid's photo. Like wedding invitation quality. My goodness...

I thought I'd add in this pic I took this morning before taking Sydney to school. Our friends are always finding the best gifts, and this shirt was a birthday gift from Aaron & Erin. Her teachers just loved it. It's so fun that more and more clothing lines (Under Armour in this case) are making pint-sized items. They are just that much cuter!
I hope you all felt the love this Valentine's Day!

Friday, February 10, 2012


It's impossible not to compare your children. Not in a he's better, she's better way, but in a "wow, look how different or similar they are!" way. I love pointing out the similarities because it amazes me that two people can create little ones who really follow in the same footsteps, at least initially.

Do you think they look alike as infants? I wasn't sure until I saw them side-by-side like this, and I think there is no question they are siblings. These are their "going home" photos from the hospital!

Here are a couple of major similarities we've noticed already:
- They both love to eat and are good sleepers as infants. Collin is generally waking up once per night to eat, and we are not complaining.
- They both react well to being swaddled. This wasn't true the first few days with Collin, but fortunately Randall suggested trying again and it took!
- Collin is most fussy in the evenings, and Sydney was the same way.

The list of differences is also taking shape:
- Sydney loved to be in her bouncy chair, and Collin is happiest just hanging out on the couch or lying flat on his back in the middle of the floor.
- Sydney was completely content not being held for long periods of time, and Collin loves to be held. I think I'm to blame for this, but I can't help it - he's my last,and I can't get enough of this newborn stage which will be over oh-so-soon.

Here's Collin completely content lying next to me on the floor as I type. :) It's amazing how much he has changed since the photo above just three weeks ago.

It's exciting to watch their little personalities take shape, and it will be fun to see if Collin is at all similar to Sydney as he grows.

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Spoiled by Grandma

I'm not sure who was more spoiled with my mom's visit --- the kids or the parents. She insisted on keeping Collin in the nursery with her, so we got some much-needed rest and stored up for when she left. We even had our first post-baby date night and went out for a fancy shmancy dinner! She was here 10 days, and the time flew by as it always does. Here are some picture highlights from her time here. Sydney reminds us every morning that Grandma left on an airplane to go see Pop. That may sound sweet, but it just makes me sad!

(Yes, there is a rubber snake on Sydney's highchair. After visiting the safari with Grandma and showing how much she LOVES snakes - the only animal she would pet - it was decided that she must have one, and a real one is clearly not an option!)  ;-)
We also gave Collin his first washcloth bath and he didn't totally hate it. I love the photo of him with Randall all wrapped up - his little face just melts my heart!
As sad as we are that our first visitor is already gone, we are looking forward to several more! Laura (my step-sister and good friend) arrives this weekend for a few days, and my dad will be here at the end of the month. Then in March, we have a visit from Randall's eldest niece and then Randall's mom arrives just before I return to work. When Sydney was small, Randall's mom was able to keep her the first few weeks I returned to work which helped with my transition and also kept her out of daycare until she was close to the 3-month mark. We're hoping to accomplish the same with Collin. I know all these visits and weeks will be over in the blink of an eye, and we are trying to cherish all this precious time!!