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2012 November » The Adventures of Noah and Lia
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Nov 302012
 

4 months…gosh, I can’t believe she’s 4 months already. It feels like she’s been here forever. I was looking at pics of her birthday and that just seems so far away. Noah even looks so much younger…4 months can really make a difference.

She’s a growing happy little girl. We’ve struggled a little with sleep but only briefly and it was because she was sick. Seems she has a stuffy nose every few weeks. I blame daycare but it’s good because she’s building up immunity to lots of fun things. Noah’s hardly sick anymore because he got it all out of the way in that first year.

She’s still a super smiley girl and so content. She’s also still pretty quiet. It’s just in the last week or so that I’m hearing more coo’s and gah’s from her. Even her hungry cry isn’t anything to write home about (and now that I say that she’s going to jack the volume up..haha).

Anywho…

Weight: 13lb 2oz…
Length: 24.75 inches
Sleep:Still going down around 7/7:30 and will either wake at 1:30am or 3:30am depending on how much she ate the day before. In either case she’s down again until 6:30/7am. The other morning she was down till 8am!
Eating: Still on the boob juice. The doc gave us clearance to try cereal but I’ve not gotten my butt around to buying some. At this point it’s just to get used to taking in food with a spoon so I’m not rushing into it like I did with Noah. I realize now that bottles are sooooooo much easier than solids.
Sizes: I bumped her up the 3-6 month stuff mostly so I can get some use out of it but also because in certain brands she’s outgrown the smaller stuff. We still have Carters 3’s running around in the mix too. The onesie in her pic is a Gerber 3-6 mo.
Milestones:She’s getting really strong. As long as I’m there for balance she’ll sit on her own for a min or two. Her head control is great. Still working on rolling over with any consistency. She’s started to babble more too.
Adventures:Nothing big this month really. She got her shots with only a few seconds of crying. Otherwise we had a quiet month in preparation for a busy holiday.

Nov 272012
 

I’d done a day in the life way back when Noah was just a few months old. I thought it would be fun to do another now that we’ve got two in the mix. This is your typical week day give or take a few modifications since Lia’s still not super consistent in her sleep. This is a general sequence of events:)

3:00am – Lia’s up to eat. She’s noshes, I pump, and we’re all back to bed by 4:00 (this varies an hour either direction)

5:45am – my alarm goes off, I hit snooze.

6:00am – the time we generally get out of bed. On good days I’m alone at 6am and can get ready. On bad days both kids are up and I have to kick DH out of bed to help. On most days it’s me and Noah.

6:15am – Depending on when she last ate, Lia’s generally up and wants to eat. I take a break from getting ready and feed her.

6:45am – Lia’s done eating and sometimes is back asleep. This morning she’s not so she joins me in the bathroom in her swing while I finish getting ready. Hubs takes Noah downstairs to eat.

7:00am – I’m all ready, pack up the pump and head downstairs to eat and pack the rest of our bags. This includes bottles, diapers, pump, my purse, sometimes my laptop bag, and my lunch. On a good day we’re out the door by 7:30, today it’s more like 8.

8:00am – I drop off the kids and head into work.

8:30 – 5:00 is work time. I take a pump break at 9, 1, and 4.

5:30 – 7:00 – I arrive home, DH is quickly behind me with the kids (Daycare pick up is 5:30) I try like heck to get dinner ready. It helps alot to have planned ahead of time so I’m not trying to figure it all out with the chaos of kids. If I miss my Saturday planning/grocery day the week is significantly harder (or we eat out more). Somewhere in there (generally 6 or so) Lia needs to eat. If dinner is ready I just nurse her as we all eat. If it’s not, DH takes over and I go feed her.

7:00pm starts bed time generally. Lia’s first. I take her up, change her, feed her, and get her in bed. That usually takes 30 or so min so she’s asleep in bed by 7:45. In the mean time DH starts bed time with Noah. Big glass of milk and some wind down time. Shower/bath and then stories. On good days he’s out by 8:30, on bad days it can be 10:00 before he finally settles.

7:45is – 9ish – Once Lia is in bed and DH is wrangling Noah I head downstairs to get things set up/packed for tomorrow. I make up the bottles from that days pumped milk and pack my lunch for the next day so it’s ready in the fridge. I wash/sterilize pump parts and bottles and make sure they’re back in the pump bag. I pack the diaper bag and assemble diapers too. Every other night I start a load of diaper laundry and sometimes I have time for regular laundry too (otherwise that waits till the weekend)

9ish – whenever I pass out – After all that is ready for tomorrow I’ll sit down for some TV/photo editing/blogging time. I usually only make it an hour or so before I call it a day and head to bed. I want to get a good stretch of sleep before Lia wakes up to eat.

I’m looking forward to the days when Lia drops that middle of the night feeding (and I don’t have to wake up and pump) but at this point I know that’s a ways away. I surprised how well I’m functioning give all the ups and downs. I guess your body just adapts as you do it more and more. Now my mom’s 5:45am wake up time when I was a child makes total sense!

Nov 232012
 

Okay, this is a bit of picture vomit but we took bunches the weekend we were home in Pittsburgh and I’m still catching up. It’s one of the few times we had the entire family, both sides, together.


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Nov 212012
 

So, waaaaay back in October, right before I went back to work we had Lia baptized at the church that I grew up in. We had Noah baptized there as well so it only made sense to do Lia’s too. My mom did 99% of the planning and cooking which was totally unintentional but with going back to work and juggling two kids I just didn’t keep up. She did an amazing job planning and executing the reception in the church hall afterwards.

Lia did great thru the whole baptism and church service (so did Noah which is surprising). She slept thru most of everything only waking up when he put the water on her head. Even at that she was just looking around.

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It’s always wonderful to get the whole family together. Because our families are 4 some hours apart we don’t often get everyone from both sides together. Come to think of it, the next time we’ll have most everyone together will be my brothers eventual wedding (some day…:) ).

Nov 202012
 

Hubs was raking up the leaves from our huge tree out front and Noah ended up helping him. I couldn’t resist dressing them up a bit trying to take some pics. However, Lia was not having it (in her defense, it was chilly and she’s still suffering from a lovely cold/virus…)) and Noah’s “smile” is a cheesy face where you can’t see his eyes because he squeezes them shut tight. Oh well, it was worth a shot:)


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Nov 192012
 

So, most of this is probably boring to most of you but since this blog acts as a journal of sorts I’m going to write it out because our weekend adventure was actually rather funny to me…

A few weekends ago we headed up to Pittsburgh for Lia’s baptism (pics to come…). We’d planned a day out with DH’s family on Saturday and dinner out with everyone followed by the baptism and a reception on sunday. To say it was a full weekend was an understatement. My poor sleep deprived body was not going to get any extra zzz’s in this weekend (but then again, I never really get to sleep in so…)

I’m going to break it out by day because there was at least one adventure each day worth talking about.

Friday
We packed up and headed out just before 8. Perfect timing since Lia was down for the night and Noah was due to fall asleep within the hour. The 4+ hour ride home was rather uneventful other than both DH and I being bone tired and me buying what amounted to my body weight in sugary gummy things to keep us awake (and 2 cups of coffee).

We arrive at my parents house around 12:30pm. Sensing we were approaching the heaven that is MeeMaw and Papa’s house, Noah woke about 5 min before we arrived. That gave him just enough time to wake up and get revved up. Once in the house he went dancing/running right into MeeMaw’s arms and then bounced over to Papa to give his hellos. Then he started his tornado reign of terror by pulling out every last toy they had available.

After DH and I unpacked the car we went back inside and tried to get Noah into bed. haha..that was a joke. I’d forgotten (or rather, he’d unpacked it at home) his favorite “mahki”. So, we spent hours trying different things to comfort him so he could go to sleep. Finally around 3:00 in the morning I’d managed to trick him into using Lia’s blanket instead (he loves to rub the silky tags that are on the edges of the muslin aden and anais blankets. We have like 20 of this just for him but Lia has a set too.) only to find that the dog had taken my spot in bed. So, off to bed with Noah I went. Lia then started our day at 6:00am. Beautiful

Saturday
There was alot to do Saturday. Errands to pick up all the stuff for the reception on Sunday and just some general preparation. I’m totally no help because I’m chasing or feeding children and I kind of feel bad. We need to meet DH’s family downtown at 1:30pm and at 12:00 i was still attached to a hungry child. We do make it though with a little time to spare and just had to wait for the rest of the family to arrive. All the while we’re dodging rainstorms and praying that they hold off long enough for us to get the family picture at the top of Mt. Washington.

The incline ride up with 6 adults and 5 kids was actually alot of fun. Chaos but fun. The boys really enjoyed it. Once we were to the top it was a mad dash to try to get the pic taken before the next band of rain showed. We couldn’t find a happy medium…it was either raining or too sunny to get the shot. We tried a bunch of times until the kids got fed up. In the midst of this I can tell Lia’s getting hungry and I’m trying to devise a plan for which to feed her. I had her in the Ergo carrier so I figured, worse comes to worst I’ll just figure it out and feed her from there. Well, about 20 min later worse came to worst and she’s wailing and DH is still trying to get a picture of all of us and Noah’s still trying to slide thru the rails and throw himself off the mountain. Fed up, I just released the arm straps so that she sat really low and whipped it out. 10 seconds later…silence..sweet silence (and the occasional honk of her eating). I tossed a blanket over my shoulder and went on my merry way as she ate. MIL and SIL got a kick out of it.

Saturday night was dinner with the family. 15 people including 4 boys ages 2 – 7 and Lia was chaos but so much fun. I love my loud crazy family:) Saturday night bed time was muuuuuuch easier and both kiddos were down by 9:00.

Sunday
Sunday was the baptism which in itself was crazy. The reception was at the church immediately following so we all went over early to get tables set and food in the oven. All of that went quite smoothly. The adventure happened on our ride back home to VA. DH wanted to see the fall colors so we took the scenic route home. It was beautiful but a tad longer than the other route so we were getting tired. The kids were holding up thankfully but traffic wasn’t. After getting off the twisty turny scenic part, we hit the interstate only to find ourselves in stand still traffic. A quick check of Google maps and we see there’s an accident about 5 miles up the road. So, 5 miles of back up. We’d be there for HOURS! DH decided that he’d flip a U-turn thru the grassy median and catch the next exit and try to find a way home from there. However, to do that, he had to drive down the median a bit to get to a section of open guard rail on the other side. Thankfully we’re in the SUV and of course he thought it was hilarious:) Back on to the scenic roads we go to get around the accident. Once past things were smooth sailing.

All in all it took us about 6 hours to get home. It did involve stopping once for gas/food (and having to take an alternative route back to the interstate because of a different accident), once to let Noah pee, once to let daddy pee, once to let the dog pee (I combined my stop with the dog’s stop). I even had to pump while we were on the road because after 4 hours I was really starting to hurt (Lia was out cold thankfully). Fun times. But we made it home safely which is most important and have an adventure to speak of now (another great story for daddy to tell from his head some day).

Nov 182012
 

Our nephews think DH is pretty cool. His magic tricks are cool, he is always ready to play with them and be the jungle gym but best of all, he has the best stories to tell. He pulls them from his head, some are true and some are not. All are slightly embellished for effect.

Now that Noah’s older and after reading the same Llama Llama story for the 5000th time, DH introduced him to “stories from daddy’s head”. I think he just wanted a way to tell Noah a story with the lights out so that he’s more apt to fall asleep but regardless, Noah is just as enthralled as his cousins are with his daddys story telling skills.

So, I’m sitting feeding Lia tonight and I can hear Noah running down the hall asking for “stories from your head daddy”. He even asked me one day if I could tell stories from my head…sadly, I’m not gifted with that talent. That’s all his daddy and I love it.

Nov 152012
 

Where did the time go? I realize I have 5 posts started and nothing finished. Needless to say it’s been crazy around here. Nothing big, just day to day life. Our days are full and I’m exhausted by the time our night routine is finished. I have photo sessions to edit and house keeping to do so this poor blog suffers. I’ll try to make some headway this weekend in the posting arena and actually finish the bunch I have started:) I’d offer you a pretty picture but I’m behind on those too.

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