Archive for July, 2010

my sister took some pictures of jace, lizzie, eric and i yesterday…

so in love with them!

i’ll add more to this post as we edit them…

jace has been growing like crazy and i will admit i’ve put on a few lbs too. guess i’m eating enough… 😉 i don’t mind a bit!! with the struggle i had with lizzie i’ll gain 50lbs to have enough milk. i’m so thrilled and encouraged and praying we can keep it up… our wallet is suffering from our grocery bill though. yikes! again, worth it!!!

jace’s stats 7.25.10 4 weeks old and 3 days

10.8lbs (41 oz gained since birth)

23 inches long

average weight gain for nb on HIGH end 7 oz a week = 28 lbs

jace has grown 2 inches since birth

average length grown = 1 inch a month

although what is “average” after all. 😉

he is changing so much everyday! he can see lucy!!!!! LOL and he found the ceiling fans at church this morning and he makes some serious eye contact with ya. *sigh* where is time going?!?!

eric had a great idea…

i mentioned it in this post.

today was day one implementing the play station instead of her living off of shows on the computer…

she’s a bit off… schedule change is what i’m thinking is the cause. when you’ve become accustomed to being babysat by the tv and being braindead, it is tough to “wake up” and think and interact throughout the entire day….

regardless, i think it was a success.

what a difference jace is as a newborn compared to lizzie as a newborn. some is personality. some is circumstances. i’m grateful none-the-less! i’m able to enjoy him – i rarely was able to get lizzie to be content to enjoy her. if she was content i was too exhausted to enjoy her. it was such a struggle. 😦 but we made it and all is well! it’s so refreshing for jace to be a touch different. he’s not soooo content that he never asks to eat or never fusses when he has a dirty diaper. he still responds and requests. 🙂 he’s just a touch more patient. maybe it’s a gender thing. 😉

lizzie is a superb big sister. i’m sure you’ve all gathered that from the pictures and videos. she is such a love. she’s doing great dealing with needing to be a touch more quiet while he’s sleeping (like no TAP shoes and no STOMPING and no screech – singing at the top of your lungs…). i’m still feeling like i’m not engaging her enough and i’m shoving her off on tv to entertain her. eric had some great ideas last night when i told him my feelings. hoping today i feel better about that whole situation. i so easily get into a slump and give up trying to do-it-all! but in this case, i need to press forward and focus on what she needs from me now too. even if i am a touch overwhelmed. i know i am capable of more.

we’re headed to a wedding this weekend – be looking for some photos of lizzie getting her groove on at the reception. she’s going to be in heaven. LOL oh goodness! what fun!

eric is so totally awesome!! he works all day (leaves around 5:30am) gets home around 6pm, helps me serve up supper, dashes outside to work on the house some (he’s currently working on the porch steps! they are turning out AWESOME! can’t wait to see the finished product!) while lizzie plays outside with him while he works. he has even been doing her snack and putting her to bed. jace tends to be SUPER fussy this time of night so this helps me cope!  i’m either bopping around like a looney or nursing or rocking or laying in bed… anything to get him to stop. 😦 he usually gives up around 9pm. poor guy. cluster nursing is fine, falling asleep while cluster nursing makes it last even longer! 😛 silly man! eric is just such a blessing to me. a solid rock for sure!

we’re still struggling with yeast. man alivin’! this is nuts!!! it’s so fun, i tell you! it’s mostly just affecting nursing (me) and tummy’s (both of us have tummy aches, but more him than me). the stuff i’m doing is helping so much! it’s just a matter of time and cleansing… i’m very encouraged but not looking forward to the continued yeast battle! it just never goes away!!!! it’s just different levels…

i’m still struggling with hives. i know, what??!!! i was healing GREAT! no new outbreaks. not much itching compared to before… then i started knitting this brown cocoon… and my stretchmarks started itching again, and then a new spot here, and a new spot there. i have SEVEN spots/areas now with hives AGAIN! i’m so discouraged. i stopped knitting this cocoon thinking maybe i’m allergic to the dye in this yarn or some chemical in it… it is part synthetic so this is likely… i knitted a brown blanket with this same yarn while pregnant and just a day or two after finishing it was when my hives were all over my body. i remember itching while knitting the blanket but i didn’t realize it was developing into anything. i’d never had hives before so i’d never seen the early stages of it… so i’m thinking it’s the yarn. i turned the balls into hanks last night and washed the yarn and the cocoon that’s already partially knitted (i’m 9 inches done, and if you remember the doosy of  a pattern that’s 2 weeks of working on it every chance i have during the day so not being able to finish it because of an allergy makes me want to BAWL!). it’s almost dry – i’m anxious to try it and see if my headache comes back and if i get any new spots.

jace had his first church experience last sunday. he did so good! 🙂 he did moan while sleeping during the sermon. he doesn’t like noise while he’s sleeping. he he! lizzie didn’t feel good so the 3 trips down to the basement to the bathroom were not fun… 😛 i think next week i’ll be able to listen to the sermon a bit more. with a newborn, the 3 trips to the bathroom and the discussing that went on prior to each trip down, i feel like i missed a lot! sometimes it’s just like that. no worries. just a stage. and we’re still a family with needs even when we are supposed to be sitting deadly still in church. 🙂

i better scoot off and get lizzie’s play station set up for today! i’m excited. i’m going to have activities laid out for her to choose from and her table set up right by my nursing station! i’m excited to play with my redheaded peanut today!

siblings

Posted: 07/12/2010 in jace legend, lizzie faith, pictures, videos

i felt compelled to remind jace the other day that i’m his mother and he’s supposed to love me first…

but no… if his tummy is full, he’s looking all over the room for his big sis.

*sigh*

i might pretend to be offended by this, but really this is such a joy to watch. 🙂 i love that they are smitten with each other.

diaper changes are way more fun too!!!

baby jace and i have been working on him signing “nurse” for a week and a half now – he’s got it down… lil smarty!

(the difference between signing and rooting. he taps his mouth/face with a fist = signing. he puts his hands in his mouth, licks his hand(s) = jace’s way of rooting.)

golfin’

Posted: 07/10/2010 in lizzie faith

lizzie went golfing with papa denny, uncle ribbit and daddy this morning! what fun they had!!!

my lil man is in love with his cocoons…

his mama LOVES this! 🙂

more cocoons being knitted as we speak… three is simply not enough.

he weighs in at 9lbs. what big boy! he isn’t rolly-polly with fat rolls so it’s crazy hard to believe he weighs that much… and then my arms and back remind me. i will stop and think, “man why does my back still hurt like i’m pregnant!?!?” OH! right! he’s HUGE! lol what a blessing having milk is… so many things are different this time around than with lizzie… learned from a lot of mistakes i made… and hoping to continue to reap the benefits of doing the hard things.