Our Boys

Thursday, June 23, 2011

A sleepless Thursday

Today is Thursday and Owen is 6 weeks and 1 day old. While normally a precious and peaceful baby, today he has decided that naps are overrated.

That is fine except that he is TIRED!
Here has been his day...
Mommy holds/ feeds/ dances with/ rocks Owen for said period of time until he falls asleep.
Owen lays down in his crib and almost immediately wakes up and begins wailing.
Mommy listens to Owen wail for as long as humanly possible.
Mommy picks Owen up and it begins all over again.

At about 4:00, I gave him a warm bath and we came into his room to play. He is now on his Boppy  under his Baby Einstein Ocean Adventure Gym as happy as could be, smiley and filling his pants.
I sit here staring at my little angel - still in my night gown. It's 4:42 pm. . . glad I'm dressed for bed already.

*Note - in the time it took me to take above picture and finish post, the little angel is fast asleep. I am not moving him.

What did people do before electricity???

We have a 6 week old baby. My parents are coming to visit this weekend and will be here for a little while and then my brother and his friend will crash our house for a week. Owen is being baptized on Sunday. So - we have a few things going on. What better way to spend my day yesterday than packing up our refrigerator and freezer into coolers of ice because our power went out?!?!?! For 22 hours! The storm Tuesday night was horrendous. The wind was 75 MPH, the thunder unbearable and the tornado sirens were going off. Then to top it all off - it all went dark.

Fortunately, my dear friend Natalie brought the ice over (because the stores near our house were either closed or out of ice) and soothed my crying baby while I took care of house needs. THANK YOU!!!!

Last night I got so desperate, I took owen toWhole Foods so I could get dinner and use their free WiFi. What did people do before they had electricity and the internet?!?!?!

I should get  the "Mother of the Year" Award for taking Owen out yesterday just so I could get a  Starbuck's fix (don't judge, we had no power). I dropped everything at about 10 and threw him in the Jeep with nothing but my wallet. By the time we got there, it was raining again. Hard. And the wind? Blowing. Sideways. Not going to stop me. We ran inside and I can't even describe the look on his face. He was soaking wet and in shock I think of the wind :-) Well, I splurged and got a venti (I should at least make the trip worth it, right?) and we braved it to the car again. Only this time, I was a better mother. I put napkins all over him so he wouldn't get as wet.

Monday, June 20, 2011

A Special 1st Father's Day

While this isn't the first year that Brett got to celebrate Father's Day (Lucy and Tucker have always been good to him in the past), this was his first "real" Father's day and we did everything we could to make it special. I remember last father's day hoping and praying that it would be the last without a baby to make it special. Here we are a year later, and so blessed with a little man to help Brett celebrate his special day. 

Daddy and almost all his presents. Not pictured is his new iPhone!

 The cutest little feet in the world after being dipped in blue ink to make 
daddy's present.
Brett has grown into the role of Daddy so easily. He has amazed me with how easy he makes it seem and how unconditionally he loves Owen. He is a blessed little boy to have a dad who is not the least bit shy about showing him as much affection as possible.
To end this special day, brett and I each had a slice of this heaven - Chocolate Velvet Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting. (recipe compliments of Southern Plate) The picture doesn't do it justice but it was delicious. The cake was perfectly moist without falling apart and the frosting, well, let's just say I almost didn't need the cake to eat it!

I also feel very lucky to have a wonderful Dad myself. He and I have a special relationship and it is even more special to see your Dad be so so overjoyed with your own child.

Chocolate Velvet Cake

1 Box any flavor of chocolate cake mix (I use Duncan Hines)
1 Cup sour cream
1/2 Cup milk
1/4 Cup oil
3 eggs
1-2 tsp butter flavoring (can substitute vanilla)
1 cup chocolate chips
2 heaping T cocoa powder, plus more for dusting pans
Preheat oven to 350.
Grease pans with shortening and dust with cocoa powder. Combine all ingredients into mixing bowl, except chocolate chips. Mix about two minutes, or until well blended. Mix in chocolate chips. Divide evenly among prepared pans and let cook until done, about 25 minutes. Let sit in pans for ten minutes before turning out to cool completely. 

Cream Cheese Icing

8 ounces cream cheese
1 stick margarine or butter
3 1/2 to 4 cups confectioner’s sugar 
1-2 tsp butter flavoring (can substitute Vanilla)

Soften cream cheese and margarine by leaving out on counter until it reaches room temperature. Combine the two in a mixing bowl and mix until well blended. Add sugar. Mix until smooth. Add flavoring and mix some more until well incorporated and icing is creamy. Ice cooled cake.

Friday, June 17, 2011

Babies bring with them a whole new life

It's Friday night.
Brett is on his computer working on a contract for a friend.
Dateline or 20/20 is on TV.
I am blogging.
Baby boy is in bed.
We had KFC for dinner.
The dogs are cuddled up next to us.
I am enjoying a cold Berryweiss.

This my friends is our new life - I couldn't be happier.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Owen is 1 month old

WOW! How time flies when you're having fun and we truly are having fun! Owen is a dear sweet baby with an old soul. He has these thoughtful looks about him that you can tell he is pondering the world from a baby's perspective.
When we got home from the hospital, Friday May 13 (it hadn't donned on me until just now that it was Friday the 13th!), we were lucky enough to have my mom with us for the next week. My Dad arrived Sunday which made things even better.
They were there to pick up the pieces and help us out with all the tings we couldn't or didn't want to do. My mom even cooked us dinner and made us eat at the table while Owen was sleeping and she ate in the next room. It was our "date night".

When Owen was discharged from the hospital, his bilirubin was high so we had to go to the pediatrician the very next day to retest. It was still quite high and he was ordered to be put on phototherapy which was delivered that night. I knew he was fine, but as a new mom, I was worried just the same.
He also needed to be supplemented with formula because my milk was not in (but came in only a few hours after talking to the doctor and me having my first of many new mom melt downs) and because he needed as much nourishment as possible to flush his system. So on Saturday night, Owen because our "Glow Worm", "Glowin' Owen", and "Mellow Yellow". We continued to have to take him to the pediatrician/ hospital for check ups and heel sticks. He was on lights until Tuesday at noon and had his last heel stick on Wednesday when we were finally in the clear. He actually had two heel sticks Wednesday because a tech at the hospital dropped his sample form the morning and we had to go in for what would be his 7th stick. Insert 2nd new mom minor melt down). After that things were all up hill and by his two week appt. he had gained a whole pound from his birth weight!

Life in our household has changed but not entirely. We have not let Owen rule the world but have continued on with our daily life only on a baby's schedule not ours. While we might like to be at Starbucks at 8:00 on Saturday morning we might not make it until 11 now. That's just fine by us. Our first trip out actually was to Starbucks and the French Market and Brett and I played the part. Parking on the street right in the middle of Wheaton, we COULD NOT open the stroller. All we did was laugh and it finally popped up! Another milestone was when his belly button fell off at 2 weeks and 3 days old. It was right after a bath and I cried that he might as well be heading off to college.
Owen is a great baby and has put himself on a bit of a schedule. He's not totally predictable yet and I don't always know if when I put him down he will stay down or will be up for a snack in 45 minutes, but he is so pleasant to be around. These last few days he has had some fussy spells, but I think he is just actually more like a "normal" baby that the perfect one we have had for these last few weeks. Lucy and Tucker love him no matter what. Tucker comes to find me any time he cries, even just a little and Lucy is always there to nudge his toes if he's in his swing or kiss his head if I'm holding him.

We started cloth diapers this week which has been interesting. There are pros and cons. I love that we are saving our family money by not spending over and over on boxes of diapers. They are a little gross and he has some diaper rash, but I think we can manage.
And here we are, one month into a family of 5 and loving every second of it!
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