Monday, June 29, 2009

Busy Weekend!

We were lucky enough to have my dear friend Rachel look after Jonah on Friday night so that Jason and I could go out. She could have been lying, but I think she was serious when she said he was really good - no fussing, ate and then went down for bed without incident! I find it hilarious that we now refer to these nights as "Date Nights" when, before Jonah came along, it was simply "Going Out"!

We saw Transformers 2 - almost as anticipated as X-Men Beginnings: Wolverine. It was AWESOME! Even if you think that it's not a movie for you, seriously consider renting the first one and if you like it, you'll LOVE the second one.

On Saturday we ventured into Pennsylvania to Peddler's Village to walk around and enjoy one of the first nice day's we've had here without rain (you'd think we were living in Seattle with all the precipitation here lately!) We went into a little wine shop for Chaddsford Winery and had a wine tasting (now that I can enjoy wine again.) Jason felt a little apprehensive considering we were toting a 6 week old baby with us. Jonah was fast asleep from the fresh air and stroller ride and feeding time was at least 45 minutes away so I thought we'd be safe! The funny part was that 15 minutes into our tasting a couple walked in with their stroller and 13 week old baby - they let us know we made them feel as though it were okay to bring their baby in. Within another 15 minutes another young couple arrived with their stroller and 6 month old baby.... are we trend-setters or what??? Jason and I enjoyed the wines and Jonah...well, he enjoyed his nap time. He did wake up and eat his lunch before we left there and behaved beautifully!

We even managed to have dinner out with him at Sweet Lorraine's (sweet potato fries were YUMMY, pecan chicken left something to be desired, the ambiance on the outdoor patio was nice.) Ironically, this is a chain resturant and their only other locations are in Michigan!

In other Jonah News - he is sleeping in his crib! Every night! For hours at a time! Bedtime is approximately 9:00 pm, and we are down to two nighttime feedings at 12:30ish (Jason's) and 3:30ish (mine) and then he is officially awake anytime between 6:00 am - 7:00 am. He is still tired, but has trouble going back down when the sunlight busts through his window....he'll usually nap again for me somewhere between 9:00 am and 11:00 am. We're slowly building a reliable schedule that is somewhat flexible!! Hooray!

Oh - and here are some new photos of him in his new sunglasses that I HAD to buy him and the sandals that my dad got for him! Also, the first OFFICIAL photos of him smiling! Enjoy!





Monday, June 22, 2009

NEW Photos!

Here is my sweet boy enjoying his various "times"!

SWING TIME

TUMMY TIME

PLAY GYM TIME

BATH TIME

Happy Father's Day


This was Jason's very first Father's Day and my dad's first Father's Day as a grandfather - two monumental events!

I wish I had been home to celebrate with my dad and Jason together - however instead I chatted with my dad over the phone and sent home his gift - a new Dean Koontz book and $$ to buy a new BBQ. Jason got a homemade dinner of Braciole and I took Jonah and left him home alone to sleep and relax for the day without any responsibilities. I also got him some new shoes, new books and some BBQ sauce - special Curley's sauce from Kansas City.

Jason may have only been a dad for 5 weeks, but he's certainly earned his stripes thus far. He has been an amazing dad and husband through these past few weeks - I really don't know what I would do without him. Jonah and I are so blessed to have him in our lives.

Visitors - What a blessing!

We've been blessed to have so many visitors here, to not only SEE Jonah but to help out with our adjustment period. I want to say a big THANK YOU to all of them for not only the time and energy spent but also the money that it took to get here!

My mom, dad, and sister all drove from Michigan on the day Jonah was born. My BF Dana unexpectedly flew in the day after Jonah was born and stayed a few days. My dad and sister drove back a few days later and my mom stayed for 2 weeks! We survived alone for two days until my MIL (Mother-in-Law) arrived to help for another 2+ weeks. The day after she left, my friend Marisol arrived from Chicago to visit for the weekend. Below are photos of all of Jonah's visitors. We are now officially ON OUR OWN and surviving just fine!

We have gone out to lunch with Jonah, to the grocery store, and to the airport - all without incident! These may seem like simple tasks to non-parents or those who can't remember those first few weeks after a baby comes home, but to me, these events combined are equivalent to climbing Mt. Everest!

This week is also loaded with outings - Bright Beginnings Class with Jonah, lunch with the other mommies in the class, and then my 6-week post-partum check-up - ALL on Wednesday. Thursday I am taking Jonah into work with me to begin the process of re-acclimating to my job. I don't return full-time until August, but I feel so out-of-the-loop that I feel the need to make a slow and smooth transition starting now.

And maybe, just maybe, I'll actually get his birth announcements in the mail this week too! Oh, and all those Thank You notes too.....

Bapa

Aunt Shell

Auntie Dana

Nana

Grammy

Tia Mari


SIDE NOTE: I started typing this post at 8:00 am. It is now 5:00 p.m. and I just finished.... ahhhh

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Smiles for everyone!





This week has brought a few new developments!

At Jonah's 4 week pediatrician appointment he weighed in at a whopping 10 lbs, 4 oz! I am finally seeing some rolls in his little thighs and he is filling out all over.

Also, he has officially accepted his swing as an acceptable place to hang out while awake and also a pretty good place to take a nap.

He has been smiling on a regular basis. This morning he let out a huge belch right in my face after eating and then provided a HUGE smile and almost laughed... I suppose he thought it was funny that mama asked for a burp and got one right in the face!

Last, and certainly not least, he has been spending daytime and nighttime hours sleeping in his pack-n-play (see photo)! Before we could only get about 20 minutes at time, now we can up to 2 hours! Yippee! Sadly, I do miss him sleeping in my arms as much.... I knew this would happen - just when I get him comfortable sleeping on his own, I miss him!

Hope you like the newest photos!

Monday, June 8, 2009

Nearly 4 weeks old



Now I know what every mom means when she says that time flies by! We are slowly getting ourselves adjusted to life as a family (with lots of help from Grammy and Nana).

For those of you who are curious about my labor, it was long, strenuous, and painful (like most women's) and Jonah's 15" head and 9 lb. 11 oz. body were mostly to blame. However, there were no complications and he is unbelievably healthy, which is more than we could ask for! I am healing quickly and will be back to my bizzy-body self before you know it!

Since many of you reading this live far away and will not be able to meet Jonah for a little while, I'd like to tell you all about him:

The nickname given to him by his father is Kickapotamus D. Fussabout. He kicks like crazy when being changed, he has 1 dimple (hence the D.) and he likes to fussabout whenever he is laid down.

He only sleeps in the arms of someone who loves him....not the crib, the bassinet, the car seat, or the swing. If you have an additional suggestion, I'll take it, but the special swaddle blanket, the special foam nest for inside the crib, the vibrating pack-n-play, the bouncer - none of them work, at least not yet. Right now our schedule is this: I sleep from 10pm -1am while Jason holds sleeping Jonah then wakes me up and I take over and hold sleeping Jonah from 1am - 3am, then I feed him, then sleep again (with him in my arms) from about 4-6am. The glider and the couch have been my second home.

He LOVES to breastfeed and no matter how fussy or mad he is, he will instantly calm when he's feeding and usually promptly fall asleep. Oh, and while feeding he crosses his skinny little legs at his ankles!

He is very long, so nearly all of his pants are huge at the waist and cropped at the ankles....making him look similar to a sumo wrestler.

His toots can rival that of a full-grown man....bringing on his other nickname Toot-Salad-Sandwich.

We will keep you updated with news of smiles, coos, and hopefully sleep-filled nights.