Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Life with Two

It has been tough- wonderfully tough. There have been breakdown moments and moments of laughter and joy. To be honest, it has probably been one of the hardest yet most wonderful experiences of my life. I am the mommy of two boys and could not be more blessed.

 I have learned so much about myself this past month. I have learned survival mode and what it means to have an awesome husband. I have learned that I can function off of zero sleep and make meals while holding a baby and tending to Noah. I have learned that happy mom equals happy baby, and there are some battles that I'm not going to fight.

We take daily trips to the park just because I need to get out of the house. Little dood is very mischievous these days- he goes 100 miles per hour and doesn't stop. I love this about his little personality, but I find that the park is one place I can have a break. It sounds counter intuitive, but when I go to the park and find myself surrounded by moms and others kids- I feel sane. This neighborhood in Dallas has been a total God send. I have met so many wonderfully ladies with kids around Noah's age.. I have four new mom friends that I just adore- they are in the same life stage as me and can relate. It's awesome.

We have had so many sweet friends step in and just help us. Bethany Phillip came over one night and let Matt and I go on a date just because. My neighborhood set up a meal train for me, and I have had women bring me meals that I have never met and they are all wonderful. Alli and Justin brought us food both nights in the hospital because we could not bare to eat the hospital meals and then brought us another meal a couple weeks later (and food is my love language). Luke Baker went out last week and did my grocery shopping because someone had done it for them, so they decided to bless us that way as well (and he has a little one the same age as Deacon ). I mean- people just keep loving on us. It's truly blown us both away and probably the only reason I'm sane with two kids right now- well besides Jesus.

Anyways, here I am. Mother of two wonderful boys and I'm surviving. 

Monday, December 2, 2013

Deacon is One Month!

Weight/Length- We go on Friday for his 1 month appointment. I will do a separate post then.

Eating- Deacon eats every 2.5-3 hours during the day. At night, we do 3-4 hours. I'm very excited for the 5-7 hours that should be coming here in the next couple weeks. As of right now, he is just doing mommy's milk.

Bedtime/Awake- Matt and I are BIG BIG BIG fans of Babywise (seriously). We started Deacon on this around week 2. Right now, we start our day around 6:30-7:30. Deacon eats, plays, and sleeps every 3 hours.  We put him down for a nap around 1 hour or 1.5 hours of being awake if he hasn’t fallen asleep sooner. The book recommends he stays awake at least an hour, but sometimes as much as we try- he fights it and is down around forty five minutes. Other times we have to put him down at 1.5 hours and he is still wide awake. Once we put him down for the night, we try to keep him asleep from around 8:30 until the morning. It isn't always 100% successful, but we are are work in progress.

Diapers- Deacon is a little peanut and still in newborn.

Clothes- Deacon is in newborn clothes.

Dislikes- Deacon doesn't like to sit still. He wants to be bouncing, rocking, held and walked. We are working on doing the playmate and letting him just chill- but he would much rather be stimulated. He semi loves/hates tummy time. You have to catch him in the right mood.

Likes- Deacon loves to take baths. I try to give him one every other night because it wears him out and he will sit there for fifteen minutes so happy. If there is any type of light or fan, Deacon is instantly drawn to it. He loves to eat and loves to watch his big brother play.

Favorite memories for the month- I have loved getting to watch Noah step into the role as big brother and love on Deacon. People always ask about jealousy. We haven't really seen much it at all. If anything, we have seen the smothering of love. Noah wants to hold, feed, and help with Deacon. Here is a classic sibling picture. Deacon ain't so happy with the Noah love.