Friday, July 25, 2014

Mr. Boss Man: 7 weeks

Aunt Anna's asked again so this morning I took a few photos of our little Bossy boy. He's 7 weeks old now and has started being way more alert. He even... wait for it... gave his first real smile at 6 weeks! I can get him to smile about once a day and it's usually in the morning. This morning though, he saved his smiles for Brandt and gave him way more than he's ever given me. Not fair, Boss, not fair.

He's still waking twice a night which I hope he stops soon and we've been able to wean him mostly from his binky. Well, I guess I mean I have stopped giving it to him and after a REALLY rough day he was fine. I may break and give it to him again but hopefully I can hold out :) Lastly, he's grown out of his newborn and most of his 0-3 month clothes already! He's growing up so fast!

Obviously, we love this little guy to pieces. Here are some pictures of him:







These are not the best quality pictures but they depict his life so perfectly that I have to post them.
She HAD to take a picture with him this morning. Like Wendy, she can't stand to be more than 6 inches away from him. Good luck with that Boston...

See, she's ALWAYS at least holding his hand. She's a sweet big sister. The other day as she was holding him she told me, "I am going to hold him forever. You don't need to take him back." She was  serious. I didn't get to take him back for at least 30 minutes after that.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Wendy BEND-y

We had a BBQ at the beach this past weekend with some friends which is always fun. Every time I see Lake Michigan I feel blessed it worked out that we could live SO close (a block and a half) away from it and the surrounding beaches and parks because I had no idea it was even there before we moved here AND we signed our lease without seeing our apartment (where we've lived almost 8 years).

ANYWAY, my favorite thing about this BBQ (besides the ooey gooey rice krispy treats) was seeing Wendy eat chips with her super filthy feet. It's true what they say about 3rd time parents... you just stop caring about certain things. So, here's Wenders showing the Bishop of our church how she eats chips with her feet...

Hey! Check this out! I just played in the sand and am about to eat a chip off my nasty feet!

See! It fits right here! I won't use my hands to eat it because they are sticky from other chips and rice krispy treats. It's much more sanitary to do this. Good thing I'm cute, huh?

Nom nom nom.

I hope she never needs to use her feet because something happens to her hands but if she does, we know she'll be just fine.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Spontanious Trip to Utah

At about 2:30pm one boring Saturday afternoon, I was folding laundry on the couch when we got a text from my mother-in-law with a picture of her first raspberries of the season. At about 3pm I had talked Brandt into going to Utah and at 6:30pm we started our drive.

We pulled out as a flash flood started so it took over an extra hour just to leave the city and we didn't spend ANY time planning this trip so with that, having to feed a newborn every three hours, potty and food stops and construction, it took us 28 hours to get to Orem. We decided to just get there so we drove straight through the night, which we really hard but we made it.

We hadn't told anyone we were coming so when we got there, we walked into Brandt's parent's home through the garage and said, "Surprise!" They were completely shocked and super happy, we unpacked and ate a little something and promptly went to bed :)

So was it worth it? Definitely. We were pretty bored in Chicago during Brandt's 4 weeks of paternity leave, mainly because of the lame cold and rainy weather so it was perfect timing (Boston was 2 weeks old) to go on a vacation. Utah had clear skies and hot weather the whole time we were there AND there was plenty to do... Our entire trip summed up in one post:

We went swimming:



We got shaved ice about 6 times in the two weeks we were there:

And, Italian ice once. Brandt gave Jane the rest of his and she thought it was the bomb dot com to have 2:
We went to the jump place:

Cousins! Only missing Mr. Boston.

Jane checked the mail from their REAL mailboxes!
She checked it about twice a day and was probably her favorite thing to do in Utah. She'd even make mail and go deliver it to people! This was a particularly large mail day and she dropped it 3 times on her walk back to the house. I couldn't stop laughing watching her.

Jane rode her bike... a lot.
She spent 90% of the time there outside, running around with kids in the cul-de-sac, eating popsicles and riding her bike. Wendy learned how to use her balance bike (that we brought) while we were there too and could coast down the hill at the end of the street! Both girls got quite the tan.

They were crafty:
They spent a ton of time doing crafts like taping ribbon to rocks, filling bags with mud and drawing cute pictures with chalk... "This is Pinky who has a hundred umbrellas on his back for he doesn't get wet from the rain but the sun is coming out to dry everything off and there's a tree." - Jane

Grandma read them books:
I loved watching them snuggle together on the couch:


Jane was obsessed with mannequins. 
She'd stand next to all of them and pretend to be one too. The best was finding one her size:




We took the girls down to BYU to float some rubber ducks in the pond.
Cute Jane-bo:


Smile, Wendy!

Ha! That's better :)

Wendy's first carnival:

We took the girls to the Freedom Festival on opening night.

She LOVED this train ride which was a good thing because half the other rides weren't working yet.

Thrill seeker Jane was in heaven:

And while she was on this one I heard the mechanic of it yell to the mechanic of the ride running next to it, "Turn it off! The belts loose!" Eek. Maybe we should have waited till they got the kinks out.

The next day we went to the 4th of July parade:

This girl loved every minute of it:

This girl ate every minute of it :) Can't blame her. Kettle corn is yummy!

Me, being Wendy's lounge chair.

We shot off some fireworks before the girls had to go to bed on our last night in Utah.
This is Wendy when we started:

This is Wendy throughout the whole experience. Not a fan. She sat and cried in just about everyone's lap.

This sums up how Jane felt about them. Definitely a fan.


It was so worth the drive back too, which only took 24 hours due to more creativity, less flash floods and more planning. We are sad we don't live in a place where the kids can just go play outside when they want to, have spontaneous play dates with friends and me not have to go with, and of coarse that we aren't near family but we are super grateful we were able to make that drive so my kids could have those things.

All the cousins:

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Wendy's First Haircut

While we were in Utah last month we were able to visit our favorite hairdresser, Jill. This time I got to make appointments for myself, Jane AND Wendy! We'd been wanting to do something with her hair for a long time but we didn't cut Jane's hair till she was three years old so I couldn't bring myself to cut Wendy's until now (even though she's only two and a half).

I had talked to her all week about getting it cut. At first she was would say, "no" and throw a fit but as it got closer she seemed excited. It was finally the day and we walked downstairs to where Jill cuts hair in her home and Wendy would not budge from the last step. I even tried picking her up and she wouldn't let me. It took a good long while before I could get her to let me hold her. Finally I was able to calm her down and she clung to me with her life as Jill cut Jane's hair. By the time Jill was done with Jane, Wendy had discovered the toys and had completely changed her attitude. She hopped up into the chair and was super happy to get her hair done.

Here are some pictures of her before and after the haircut...

Her pretty, long dirty blonde hair.

Cheese!

Goofball.

 We loved how her hair naturally framed her face so we wanted to keep the front part the way it was.

Love this shot. Such a girlie girl!

This is the best shot I could get of the actual haircut. I always get their hair cut on windy days!

But no matter how much wind, she's still so cute!

And, my Jane after her haircut!

Happy first haircut Wendy Bendy Mae!

Wednesday, July 09, 2014

Boston: 1 Month

I think I'm gonna change my blog name to "Because Anna wants to know". My little sis got me out of a lazy funk by requesting a 1 month update of Boston so here it is.

We went in for his check-up and here are his stats:

Weight: 9lbs 8 oz (50th %)
Height: 22.5 inches (70th %)

Head: 14.75 inches (30th %)

I hesitated doing this post because I haven't been able to take pictures of him and I know that's all people care about so I tried taking some today. It was completely last minute and didn't turn out the way I wanted but I got a couple worth something. The problem is, Boston is a pretty fussy baby if he's not being held or asleep and Brandt was at work so he wasn't too happy to be laid down. He's just like Jane where that is concerned. He's only content to be held and you can't be sitting, you have to be walking around.

Semi content for .5 seconds... I love his cute long fingers and blue eyes. I wanted him to have brown like his dad but it looks like they might just be blue (3 for 3)!

Not happy about tummy time but look how strong he's getting! I love it when they stop being bobble heads, it's a lot less stressful :)

I tried laying him in the bouncer and he was REALLY unhappy. Luckily, he has 2 big sisters to hold hands with. They sure love him. They always want to see him and touch him saying, "Hey Bossy! Hey Bossy boy!"

This little miss was basically on top of me through all of the picture taking. She can't be away from him for a minute if he's awake.

Awwww... much better. Unlike both girls, he's a fan of pacifiers. Maybe it's because we've given it to him more than them or that he was bottle fed a lot more in the beginning (I have no idea actually) but I'm not sure how I feel about it. 

So, what's he like? He is still super sleepy. It's hard to get him to eat as much as I want him to and then when I close up shop and put him down he decides it's time to wake up and eat! He's up twice a night still, around 1:30am and 5am. Both girls were sleeping 8 hours straight by 8-10 weeks and I CAN'T WAIT for him to do the same. 5 weeks down! He spends most of his wake time stretching SUPER big or trying to poop :) I think he's stretching to wake up and then he's back to sleep, another BIG stretch and then back to sleep, rinse and repeat. Again, just like Jane.

The only concerns at his appointment were that his eyes aren't focusing like they should yet and he's not smiling yet (except for the tired smiles which kill me whenever I get a glimpse of them) but the Dr. said he'll give him some slack since he was early. Hopefully he'll make progress in the next few weeks.

I'm still figuring this mom of three thing out and I think the hardest part is we are still in a two bedroom apartment. It would be so nice to have at least one more room and a yard but we love our place (and our rent) so I think we can handle it one more year and then I'm gonna get my play room, central air, in-unit laundry... I'm gonna live the high life! For now, Boston naps in our room and sleeps in the living room at night (made it two weeks in our room at night). He'll move to the girl's room when he's sleeping through the night.

We sure do love little Boston and are excited to see him interact more!