Wednesday, January 7, 2015

John Paul - 3 months

Our little guys is growing like a weed.  He has been in 3-6 months clothes for a month now and it doesn't look like he will be in them much longer.  He has full cheeks and chubby legs - I just love to kiss him all over!

He developed a pretty nasty cold which makes him cough a lot. As a result, he is still in his carrier at night.  Once his cold subsides, I am going to transition him to sleeping flat in the crib - the cry it out method may be necessary at that point - yikes!

He smiles all the time now and makes all sorts of sounds like he is trying to talk to us.  He is definitely starting to recognize his family, and he knows my face and voice without a doubt. 

He is even starting to try to roll over.  He gets about half way over and then rolls back, but he is getting there slowly.

I went back to work before the holidays, and things are going well.  I guess after number 3 - it's no big deal.  Don't get me wrong, I do miss him terribly when I am at work.  Being part-time probably contributes to my lack of separation anxiety.  We have developed a good routine and everything has been smooth - thank goodness!

Monday, December 8, 2014

John Paul - 2 months

A little late, again...

I was starting to get anxious about his sleeping patterns.  For the better part of his second month, he was still waking up every 2-4 hours, leaving me very tired throughout the day.  He would treat me to a 4 or 5 hour stretch every once in a while, but not too often.

The night before Thanksgiving, we were at a friend's house for a party.  We were there late and all the kids fell asleep on the way home.  John Paul was in his carrier, and we just left him in there and placed it in the pack-n-play.  That night, he slept 9 hours! 

He has been in the carrier ever since and sleeps anywhere from 7-10 hours.

He has a little cold right now, so I am guessing that the carrier allows him to sleep more comfortably, but we will try to lay him flat once this cold subsides to see if he can sleep all night out of the carrier.

He is a very pleasant baby.  He smiles and coos all the time. 

He loves his mama's milk - he is a chucker!  We go to the doctor tomorrow for his 2 month check-up, so we will see how much he really weighs. 

He looks just like Luci at this age.  If we show people Luci's pictures at this age, they think that it's John Paul. 

We just love him so much and are enjoying him!

I go back to work in 2 weeks :(
But it will be fine!

Monday, November 10, 2014

John Paul - 1 month

a little late...

He is not nearly as high maintenance as the girls were.
When he cries, he's hungry, then he's satisfied.

Sleeping in 2-4 hour spurts at night.
I guess it could be worse.

The girls were the same way,
so if he follows their pattern, he should be sleeping through the night by the time I return to work.

He's nursing like a dream - no problems with latching or nipple confusion.
He takes the bottle without a problem - even from me.

The girls LOVE him - maybe a little TOO much!

I am much better this time around - as compared to after I had Alena.
(I was a hot mess back then!).

With the girls in school, I am forced to get up, get ready, and get them ready in the morning.
Which is actually really good for me, because I feel refreshed pretty early in the day.

I am sleep deprived, but I am functioning pretty well considering...
let's hope that he starts sleeping better over the next month!

John Paul - birth story

a little late...

Water broke at 11pm
Contractions started a little after midnight

Arrived at hospital  around 1am
Triaged at 1:30am
Contractions 3 minutes apart and VERY strong

Checked by doctor - 4-5 centimeters (almost 2am)
Bought ticket to go to labor & delivery room and for an epidural

Could barely lay still because contractions were constant
Ob gave me a narcotic to take the edge off and so I could be still for the epidural
I was as high as a kite - could barely keep my eyes open

Able to sit still for the stick
But NO relief
waited through 1, 2, 3 contractions

Ob asked for a bolus
No change

I was checked again at 3am
10 centimeters!!!!  WHAT?!?!?!?

I was too far along for the epidural to catch up
Delivered him without drugs!

But after 42 years, my dad finally got a boy!!!!

Totally worth it!

Sunday, January 5, 2014


Able to squeeze in playing in the snow before the BIG FREEZE!!!!

Saturday, January 4, 2014


32 years of friendship - enough said

Friday, January 3, 2014


first cake of the year