Saturday, July 12, 2008

Andersons First Bath!

Today Jason & I decided to give Anderson his first real bath- he's been getting sponge baths for a while now but today was the real deal. I was totally expecting him to HATE it as he usually isn't happy being naked or changed and the sponge baths have never been fun for him. Luckily, I think we must have gotten the bath water temperature correct because he was pretty content! He did cry in the beginning, but I kept pouring warm water over him and so he was happy. (Maybe happy isn't the right word, but he wasn't pissed off!)

Who knew it would take THIS much stuff in order to bathe a 2 week old! The towel, wash cloth, diapers, wipes, fresh clothes, soap, lotion, etc.. I was getting it all together thinking "How often can I actually do this??" It was funny.

On another note, I finally worked out today! I did the elliptical for 20 (LONG) minutes and did some squats, lunges, push ups and sit ups. It was really hard work, but I feel really good having done it. I felt like I had more energy after I did it- a great feeling!

Taking it easy the rest of the day- Jason's allergies are bothering him and we could all use a rest. Anderson slept well again last night- up every 3 hours or so.

Here are some bath pics:

Just before the fun begins

Not quite sure about this...

All done!

Clean boy

Hanging out; feeling clean

Friday, July 11, 2008

What a week!

Sadly, today we had to say goodbye to Grandma. She's been here a little over a week and just had a great time with her first grandchild. She fed him, changed him (MANY times), played with him, talked to him, bathed him and just had fun with him. She's a WONDERFUL Grandma. She also helped Jason and I out TREMENDOUSLY! She cleaned my house 2 times while she was here (and tidied things up every day), made dinners, watched Anderson a few times so I could go to doctors appointments, coffee with Holly, and allowed Jason and I to have a "date" to celebrate our 2 year anniversary. She also got me tea in the mornings, allowed me to sleep a little extra each day, did laundry and so much more. We truly appreciated it!

This week will be an interesting one. I was getting a little used to having 3 adults in the house and so I was able to get more help this week than I will next week. Jason will be working and of course will be helpful, but I will still be doing a lot of stuff on my own. I realize this might sound strange, but my plan this week is to start working out on the elliptical very slowly, but also take it very easy and try to nap while Anderson is napping (sometimes). I feel like the lack of sleep is going to catch up to me quickly, so I should try to beat that. We'll see if I actually do this as I have a long mental "to do" list.

We've got no plans this weekend which sounds wonderful to me. Might wash my car or may just sit around and do nothing. It's been in the high 90's all week and tomorrow should be in the high 70's they say so we're looking forward to that.

2 year anniversary pic:


Wednesday, July 9, 2008

First Professional Pics!

Today my mom and I decided to take Anderson to Kiddie Kandids to get some professional pictures taken. I realize it's very early to do this, but my mom is in town this week and I thought she'd enjoy it. Turns out we all enjoyed it and they turned out so cute!

Anderson did a really great job. He was tired, had a rough night last night (gassy, etc..) but he wasn't cranky or anything during his photo shoot.

Enjoy the photos!

Anderson, Grandma & Mom

Prof Pic

Anderson & Mommy

Kate & AJ

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Some things I've learned...

I decided that since it was a good time to think about the things I've learned over the past 11 days...

Lesson 1- As much as I thought I knew about newborn babies and how to raise them- I didn't know anything! It's just something that you actually have to DO to learn- no one can tell you.

Lesson 2- Someone once told me to make sure my words are sweet because I might just have to eat them! They were right. I really was adamant about Anderson sleeping anywhere else but our bed. I was fine with the bassinet, crib, pack-n-play, etc.., but not our bed. Well, wouldn't you know it; he was in our bed from day one! Now, thankfully he's in his boppy in the bassinet, but I do sneak him back into bed around 4am or so to snuggle with him.. (shh- don't tell Jason!)

Lesson 3- As noted below, shopping after having a baby is NEVER a good thing. I've only got 4 more pounds to lose to get to my pre-pregnancy weight, but my body has certainly changed so it needs some time to change back (I HOPE!)

Lesson 4 - This may not work for everyone, but breastfeeding is the BEST DIET out there! I'm eating a lot- not as much crap as I ate while pregnant, but I eat all the time! And I keep losing weight. I never knew I could lose weight and not have to sweat or count calories or work out. I love it! Not to mention bonding with Anderson is the most fantastic thing in the world. It's wonderful when he looks up at me or holds my finger. Oh and the squeaking! It's like music to my ears!

Lesson 5- You really do forget how horrible labor was! I can't believe it- 2 days after labor I was still thinking about how terrible it was. I thought to myself how AJ could certainly be an only child because of how bad it was. Now, I'm kinda like "Well, it wasn't THAT bad. I'd do it again"

Lesson 6- You know those moms who ONLY talk about their children? The ones who you look at and think "What in the world did you talk about before having kids???" Well, I'm one of them. I REALLY didn't want to be, but of course I've got my little photo album in my purse and every time I'm talking to someone new I'm talking about the baby! Just today I had to call the vet and we were talking and I said "Well, I just had a baby 11 days ago so this is why it's been hard to call you back." Like she cares!

Lesson 7- It really does take a LONG time to get ready in the morning and get out of the house! I could not understand how it could take 2 hours to get ready in the morning, but it does! By the time I shower, get the baby clean and changed, the bag is packed, I dry my hair, makeup, change his diaper, feed him again and then change him again, it's been 2 hours! I have to be out of the house tomorrow at 9:45am and I don't know if I'm going to be able to do it! (Sorry Heather!)

Lesson 8- You always hear that you'll never love anyone or anything more than your child. I wasn't sure I comprehended this before- now, I TOTALLY get it. It's an insane feeling. I'd do ANYTHING for this child. He's my entire world.

Monday, July 7, 2008

Pictures of the day..

Here are some updated Anderson pics- Enjoy!

I'm not REALLY cross-eyed; just sometimes :)


Bath Time

Sunday, July 6, 2008

Note to self...

It's NOT a good idea to go clothes shopping 9 days after giving birth. I knew I wouldn't be my regular size, but with only 7lbs left to lose to get back to my pre-pregnancy weight I thought I'd have a shot at maybe one size bigger or something! Not so much... I still have a bit of a pooch and things just don't fit. Oh well- I'll continue with Maternity pants for a while longer. Boohoo!