Saturday, September 27, 2008

A HUGE Milestone!!

He did it! He did it!!! HIP HIP HOORAY!!! Anderson slept in his crib the ENTIRE night and only woke up ONE TIME!!! I am THRILLED and sooo proud!

Yesterday, I decided that since we weren't having company anymore that it was time to get Anderson on a better sleeping schedule. For the past 2 weeks he would start out in his crib (or Pack N Play when we were in California) and then around 2am, he would wake up and wouldn't go back in. I was too exhausted to keep trying or else we had company I didn't want him to wake them. So, we both would sleep on the couch. It worked out ok as most nights I was able to sleep; but I knew this couldn't last. So, for his nap yesterday I decided he was going to have to cry it out. It wasn't as hard for me as I thought to let him do this because it was day time and I knew he was fed and clean. Plus, it helped that I vacuumed so I didn't have to hear it!

12 minutes later- he was zonked! YAH!!!!

So, last night, I fed him at 11 (he'd already been sleeping but we were at friends) and put him in his crib. He didn't wake up until 4:45am!!! That's his longest stretch ever! At 5:30am he went back to his crib and did a LITTLE fussing, but he fell back to sleep! Here's the strangest's 7:45am right now and he is STILL ASLEEP!! The entire house is awake EXCEPT Anderson??? Jason and I have checked on him about 10 times in the past 10 minutes because we keep thinking something is wrong?? Of course he's fine.

Lastly- somehow he ended up sleeping on his stomach- I didn't put him that way, but at 7am when I checked on him, he was like that...Maybe that's what he likes???

Oh, what a day!! :)

Picture of the Day

Could this be ANY cuter??

Friday, September 26, 2008

Has it been 3 months already??

I cannot believe that Anderson will be 3 months old tomorrow! It all seems like a whirlwind! It's been amazing to think back to the past three months and all that has changed in our lives and just how much Anderson has grown and developed.

In the past 3 months, AJ has developed quite the personality, made some decisions on what he likes and dislikes and met SOOOO many people! He has also experienced a tremendous amount of things. Looking back, maybe too much?

Lately I've been thinking back to all the things that we've done in his short life and realized that yes...I think I did too much, too fast. I can't change it, but I can keep this in mind so that when we have Baby #2, I SLOW down a bit. No more mall shopping at 5 days old. I came to admit the other day that subconsciously I didn't want my life to change (but seriously how could it not?) so I just went along with my life as I knew it and took AJ along for the ride. I am/was proud that I did so much with him, but I think it probably wasn't that great to do with such a small baby. I think I was also feeling like since I was home, I should be doing something- not sitting on the couch or resting (I SOOO should have rested!). I wanted to prove that I wasn't some bum or slacker, which now I see wouldn't have been the case at all. I had just had a baby! I deserved a little couch time and shut eye! Luckily, I don't think any harm was done and AJ seems to have adjusted just fine.

So, whats next? Well, we don't have plans for any more company in the near future and we aren't going anywhere until November so the plan is to SLOW DOWN! I just QUIT MY JOB (YIPPEE!!) so now I am officially a STAY AT HOME MOMMY! I couldn't imagine leaving Anderson with someone else who didn't love him like I do and have them watch him smile and respond and learn new things while I was working. Thankfully, we are able to live on Jason's income (with a few lifestyle changes of course) and he is 100% supportive of this. This has been my dream for many years so I feel incredibly lucky!

Anderson and I are going back to the basics. I plan to work out- and now that he's old enough we can use the jogging stroller- and join a Moms Club, play during the day, scrap, and get on a routine. It's time to start teaching Anderson how to sleep longer and to get himself to sleep- rather than being rocked each time. It's tiring and it's going to be a challenge, but now that I don't have to worry about him waking someone in the guest room, we can do this. I also feel like in the past 3 months, I have really slacked at being a good friend. I haven't been able to focus on growing my friendships and I plan to spend more time and energy on that as well.

It really has been an amazing 3 months. We have been so fortunate to have so many visitors; My mom, my Dad & Cory, Jason's Dad Tom, Jason's Mom Donna. And we've been lucky enough to get out to California to meet the rest of our immediate family as well. We've gone on a little mini vacation to Breckenridge, been to friends BBQ's and had some BBQ's of our own. Throughout all of this, Anderson has been an incredible baby. Sure, he's been overstimulated many times and had many fussy times, but when I think about all that we've put him through and included him in, he's been just amazing! I couldn't ask for more!

Thursday, September 25, 2008

I miss being pregnant!

Am I nuts or what?? I can't believe I feel this way but I do miss being pregnant! It's the strangest feeling! I miss having Anderson kick inside me, and the wonder of what life will be like after he's born. It's making me want to be pregnant again- which I will NOT be doing any time soon.

When I get this feeling, I remind myself of how fat I felt, my sore hips, my constant feelings of exhaustion, and the feeling that it was the LONGEST 40 weeks in history! And yet...I would do it all over again... And I will- just not right now :)

Another reason that I don't logically want to be pregnant again is that I'm having so much fun with Anderson- he's becoming so much fun and responding so much! He's laughing, smiling and is much more predicable than he used to be. I don't want to share my time I have with him with another yet. I want to enjoy him 100%.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

3 Month Picture

Oma & I went to Kiddie Kandids today to get AJ's 3 Month Pictures. He was really good, but tired so he didn't really give us the best smiles- but darn it, he's cute!

We brought the blanket that Oma made AJ so that's what he's laying on.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

2 Pukes & a Pee....

Today was an interesting and messy day.... Poor little Anderson isn't a fan of bell peppers, I think. I had bell peppers on my pizza last night and today he was quite fussy all day...

First, this afternoon I fed him- but as he's been doing in the afternoons, he wanted to smile at me and laugh as he was eating- not much food getting in him...or so I thought! It was lunch time and I was starving so I decided if he wasn't going to eat, then I would eat first. So, I took him off of me and for a quick second I lifted him above up high in the air and made him smile and laugh...and puke! I was SO wrong.. He actually ate (and therefore puked) a lot! Yep..all down my shirt and pants. Time for a change of shirt for Mommy!

Then, a few hours later I left AJ with Oma and Jason for an hour or so (Sex and The City came out on DVD and I had to have it!) and I came back and he was really fussy. I guess he'd been crying for 30 minutes. I fed him a little to calm him down and when he was done, picked him up and he puked all over me AGAIN! New shirt...again! This time though, he got it all over himself too. He seemed like he had an upset tummy and was just not feeling well so I thought he'd enjoy a nice warm lavender bath. So, we did that and he seemed good and calm.

After the bath, while drying him off..yep, you guessed it...PEE! He got me! I think being a mom has mellowed me in some ways cause it wasn't a big deal at all... just got a new shirt :)

Needless to say, I do a lot of laundry! (and I will be holding off on the bell peppers)

Monday, September 22, 2008

Oma is here!

Jason's mom, Donna- AKA Oma- is in town this week to visit Anderson (and us of course). Donna was able to officially meet Anderson last week while we were in California, but now she's able to spend some quality time with him and really get to know his ever evolving personality.

Today Donna was kind enough to stay with AJ while I worked out (something I've really slacked off on) and then we headed out to the mall to get a few things. Tonight Jason is making his famous pizza- he makes it for all of our guests- and then we just going to hang out.

It's really cute to see Anderson with his Oma as he just loves her and smiles at her when she makes silly voices. She's really comfortable with him and fortunately doesn't let his crying get to her! (think car seat!)

Will post pictures of AJ & Oma soon :)

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Special Time with Pop

I couldn't NOT put this picture on here. Pop & Anderson watching their first football game together :) Fun times!

The Coughing Game

Anderson has this new game he likes to play with me. I pretend cough, then he pretend coughs..over and over...It's the cutest thing because he gets this big grin on his face and knows it's a game. It is amazing to see him grow up so fast and learn so many things!

I hope to capture this on video this week :)