Monday, September 27, 2010

Life lately

Ted misplaced his camera cable so we haven't been able to load pictures on the computer lately. So this will be a pictureless post until he finds it.

I have 4 more days until I go back to work so we have been living it up over here! I'm excited to get back to normal life and see my kids and co-workers, but I'm going to miss Jonah:( On Friday he is staying home with Ted, and then next Monday he starts daycare! The place he is going seems really nice, and they have 2 teachers and about 6-7 kids in his class, so I think he'll still get a lot of attention, but hopefully also learn some independence too. I'm sad, because I want him to need me! But I know he needs to become more independent too and that it will be good for him.

Last week we went to the Manning Experience at the Superdome with some friends from church. Jonah thought we were outside with all the bright lights, he was just looking around at everyone. I mostly just took pictures of everyone else because I was holding the kiddo, but I did get a little break and got to kick a field goal! Which I totally missed by the way, but that's okay because if I could make it I would be really mad about how much money pro athletes make.

Then last weekend we took a trip to Pensacola. Beth and Pam were both there so we got to see both of them! It was so great! I miss those girls, so I'm glad we got to hang out some. I barely got to see Kenzie, but I got to spend some time with Yvie who is getting so cute. It made me excited for when Jonah starts talking. Except not because that would mean he would have to grow up! Noo! But he will be so cute though! Ack, I am so conflicted in my life!

Jonah went to the beach for the first time. He was so happy sitting on a towel in the sand! He was grinning and laughing the whole time. We stuck his feet in the water a little bit, and he wasn't too sure about that. He liked it more under the umbrella where it wasn't so bright.

Thankfully Jonah is finally starting to sleep well! He has slept through the night the past 2 nights, and I have to give Ted credit for this. He had the idea that we stop putting him to sleep swaddled because he sleeps fine, but when he comes unswaddled he wakes up. Ted thought maybe if he got used to sleeping unswaddled then he would sleep through the night better. I agreed to try it, but was preparing myself for a tough couple of nights at first. So wrong! Jonah rolled over to his side and didn't stir all night long! I think he just liked getting to sleep on his side instead of on his back. Oh my gosh, that first night that I didn't wake up once...I can't even explain the joy. I can't remember the last time I slept that long without interruption. Hopefully he will keep it up after I go back to work!

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Hormones

Let me begin by saying that this post may contain too much information on that illicit topic of (GASP) breastfeeding! It may be too much for the faint of heart or those with a y chromosome. Yeah, that means if you're a guy. Okay, you have been warned.

For all the future breastfeeding moms out there, let me be the first to warn you about how breastfeeding hormones are about to turn you all kinds of crazy. If you thought pregnancy hormones are bad, they are tame compared to this. Pregnancy hormones were like "oh, get that fried chicken away from me before I feel nauseated". Breastfeeding hormones are like "I need to take my child and crawl in a corner in the closet and cry." And knowing it's the hormones doesn't make it feel less real, it just helps you be practical about it, and not actually crawl in a corner and cry. Usually.

I have it down to a science, though. Which it is a science called physiology which is pretty cool but also weird. Anyway. Out of nowhere, I will feel this sadness, and like I need to go pick up Jonah and cuddle him and make sure he's okay. Then, not 10 seconds later, I will feel milk coming in. I guess physiology would say it is the oxytocin hormone, which is the milk hormone but is also the "cuddle hormone". Sometimes it's so bad that I HAVE to go pick up Jonah and hold him. Or if I can't then I have to find Ted and get him to give me a hug. I would probably accept hugs from random strangers if I had to. I think it's pretty cool how God designed my body to need him when he needs me. In theory, when it's not actually happening to ME. Although I'm not really sure how people can say the baby blues made them kill their children, because to me it's the exact opposite instinct. It's like I need to make sure he's okay, happy, and healthy. I NEED to hold and rock him and love him. Which I wish my body would realize that I want to do anyway so this crazy hormone is a little obsolete and annoying. And could stop making me cry at that commercial where all the moms are sending their kids off on the school bus.

Friday, September 10, 2010

I love your funny face

Just some pictures of my favorite face including some of our 2 month "photo shoot". I think we've created a MONSTER with this fancy camera!








Wednesday, September 8, 2010

2 month checkup

Today Jonah went for his 2 month checkup. I persuaded Ted to come with us because I was worried about the shot, but for no reason so far. Jonah couldn't care less about it, he whimpered a little bit and then got over it. I guess I forgot how tough he is! Taking a bath is way worse than a shot in his book. So far he doesn't have a fever or anything, so I hope that keeps up.

He weighs 11 lb 8 oz and was 21.5 inches long. His weight is fine, he is in the 50 percentile. However, he is such a shorty! He is only in the 5 percentile, and it is breaking my heart. This child breaks my heart every day, he owes me big time when he gets older. The doctor said don't worry about it because he is meeting all his milestones and gaining weight, but clearly this woman does not know me very well. She wanted to know if anyone in our families was small at first and then shot up, but we didn't really know. I know she wouldn't be worried if we were short, but since we're both fairly tall it's strange that he is so short. She said maybe we didn't get a good measurement, but I went home and measured him and got the same thing. I know it is only the difference of an inch, but it still makes me worry about his growth. He also has an umbilical hernia that I shouldn't write about because I try to pretend it isn't there. It makes me worry too, it looks so bad. But she looked at it and said it's fine and will go away on its own most likely. I'm trying to hold on to the good things, like that he hasn't been sick, and he is gaining weight and meeting his milestones. But it's hard not to worry about even the little things! Maybe he was such a skinny when he was born that he had to pork up, and now he can worry about growing tall.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Jonah's baptism! And related celebrations

We had such a fun Labor Day weekend! Both of our families came to town to attend Jonah's baptism, which was such a special occasion! We had a great time hanging out together.

On Friday night Heather, Jeff, and Benjamin got here. They got here late but we stayed up late to hang out since it was the only night that was just us kids:) I couldn't even sleep Friday night because I was so excited that they were already here and everyone else was on their way the next day. Thank goodness Jonah slept well so I did get a little rest.

On Saturday Ted's parents and my parents came over. We decided to take Ben to the amusement park in City Park to let him get some energy out. He had so much fun, and we had fun watching him. Ted took him on all the rides while Heather and I hung out with Jonah and carried the baggage.

The first ride he went on was the roller coaster. I was so afraid for him because he had never been on a roller coaster before! The first lap around he looked okay, but the second lap around he had a terrified look on his face. When he got off, we asked him in a really upbeat way didn't he love it? Wasn't it fun? He said, "Yeah, but I did cry a little bit" Oh my gosh, Heather and I were dying laughing at him because we are mean. He survived though, and then rode on some more little kid rides and loved it.







Ted and Jeff made us a gourmet dinner that night. They went to the seafood market and got fresh shrimp and made fried shrimp poboys and red beans and rice. Oh yum...

Sunday was a big big day because Jonah got baptized! It was so special. I was so excited to get up there and begin his Christian life. I was all smiles when the whole congregation committed to helping raise him in the church and teach him about Jesus. Those people are so great and we are so lucky to have them in Jonah's life. It was super special to have Ray baptize him because he is so special to us. It was so sweet to have both of our families there to see it and share such a special day with us. And I did cry a little bit ;) But not much because I was so nervous because I am silly.







Oh and this one is Michael and Veronica holding Jonah in church. They were so cute so Ted's mom snapped a quick picture!


After church we went to brunch to celebrate. We went to Palace Cafe-again oh yum! We always want to take our families to eat in New Orleans because we have so many places that we like to go eat in this city! But it seems we never make it, so it was great to be able to go with everyone and have a New Orleans brunch. I loved that everyone got something different and interesting. The menu was really unique but everything is always good! Here are pictures of the WHOLE family at lunch!





Sunday we played games at home and then my family left, except mom who just cannot be torn away from her grandson;) We also let Ben hold "baby Jonah"! He was so cute. Jonah would be sleeping in his crib and Ben would just randomly announce "I'm going to check on Baby Jonah." Haha. We finally let him hold Jonah and he was so sweet. He was calling everyone to come look at him. I asked him if he wanted to keep holding him or if he wanted me to take him, and he kept saying "I want to hold him." He sat there for about 10 minutes just holding Jonah, which was probably the longest he sat still the whole weekend when he wasn't sleeping.



Then Monday everyone had to go home and we were sad, but happy that we had such a great weekend!