Thursday, June 28, 2012

Molly 2 Months

Apparently, Molly is pretty happy about being 2 months old...

I thought the 1 month and then 6 week marks flew by quickly, but - man- this is the last week of June, and we've had our precious Molly girl for 10 weeks!  (Yes, her 2-month-day was over a week ago... oh well).

(yes, I totally doubled up on her onesie and blanket combo-oops...)

Molly is still just as sweet as sugar!  She rolls from her tummy to her back these days, and is smiling and cooing more often.  At her appointment last week she was 22 3/4 inches long and weighed 10lbs, 9 oz (both 50th percentile).  She sleeps through the night most nights now, and while I miss having time for myself and look forward to the slowing of her feeding schedule, I really do cherish the moments I get to snuggle her or just play with her, since this baby stage is so much more busy than the first time around.

Reed continues to be a champ of a big brother.  It's beginning to seem like Molly has always been part of our family, and I wonder if Reed is starting to forget life before Molly as well.  Looks like he can't get enough of her...
Magnifying Glass...

Ha ha... Reed has slowly stopped asking us to put Molly down or leave her behind.  Instead, he will exclaim, "There's, Molly!" when she gets up from a nap, or he requests for her to come along when we head outside or to a different room to play.  This morning I was feeding molly as Matt got Reed out of bed, and I heard Reed say, "Let's go check on our girls!"  Made my heart smile to see him come happily bouncing in to the nursery to see Molly and mommy.  He is very sweet and protective with her, and is quickly learning "how" to take care of her... He tells me not to touch her face, because it's not very nice or to make sure the blanket doesn't cover her eyes (haha).  The cutest development is that Reed will get upset when we give Molly her pacifier because he likes to sing to her when she cries, and I guess he wants to make sure that it is his singing that does the trick and not the paci. :)

Happy 2 months, Molly Bette!  We love you!

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Countdown to Daddy

On Sunday, Matt arrived home from a week-long mission trip to The Atlanta Dream Center.  This team of students saw God work in life-changing ways, and I am thankful for each and every one of them.
What a crew!
In all honesty, I was kind of dreading the approach of the trip, knowing that it would mean flying solo for a week with our two kids, including an 8 week old baby with a round the clock schedule.  I was mostly thinking about what the week would mean for me, and it wasn't until a few days before Matt left that I started to think about how much Reed would miss Matt, and that it really hadn't been that long since we rocked his world with a new baby sister.

The morning before Matt left we made a countdown chain with Reed.  We did our best to explain that Matt was going on a special trip to tell people that Jesus loves them, and that he would be gone for a week.  We wrote ways to pray for the team on each link, along with names of the team members (this was fun for Reed because many of the students who went are Reed's special buddies!).  Each night we took a link off of the chain when we prayed for the team.  Reed wanted me to reattach them with tape, so that he could wear his "bracelets."  It turned out to be a special way for Reed to participate in the trip, and helped him to visually understand when Daddy's return was getting closer.

A link chain could be a fun way to countdown for any kind of trip, for one or both parents, or even an anticipated family trip!  My sister recently made one for her son to countdown to the arrival of his baby sister. :)

Reed missed Matt, of course, but all in all did great while Daddy was away!  I (barely) survived. ;)

Monday, June 18, 2012

Summer Fun

We're looking forward to some summer fun!  Here are a few of our "goals" for the summer months... Some are big, and some are small and kind of everyday-ish, but this is the list we came up with:

Just a few weeks in, I'm happy to report we've already checked off a few summer stunts!

Made our first (and second) visit to our neighborhood pool:

...Broken in our fancy back deck inflatable pool:
We went to cheer on the Braves, not a small feat but lots of fun!
(please excuse my hat situation)
...and had some summer watermelon (twice so far):

We hosted our first cookout of the summer (this one for the Team of students Daddy is taking to Atlanta next week), and we hope to have our neighbors out this summer too!

Matt & I even went on a real date!

We've made a couple of trips to the Avenue for pennies-in-fountain fun and squandered a Cold Stone giftcard on cotton candy and oreo cream ice cream.  Our Cold Stone treats weren't technically cones, but (never fear) we also made it to Sarah Jean's on the square for their special summer flavors.

Not pictured: We had a picnic on the back deck, a Reed and Mommy outing (to the park and penny fountains!), and of course we've dabbled in sidewalk chalk and bubbles.  At this rate, I'm thinking we might have a better end of season report card this time around, even though our summer list is longer than our Fall list! :)

Oh, and nothing official for the last item of summer "fun" (mommy's not ready!), but Reed wanted to 'put his pee pee in the potty' the other day, and this happened. ;)

What summer fun are you looking forward to?  Any good ideas we should add to our list?

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Happy Daddy Day

Happy Father's Day!

Happy Father's Day to Reed and Molly's amazing Daddy.  There is no one I would rather be partnered with on this parenting journey.

Also so thankful for and proud of my own Dad, who's always been full of love and fun!

And remembering a wonderful Father-in-love who helped shape Matt into the man that he is, and left behind a beautiful legacy.

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Happy 6 Years

Last Sunday was our 6 Year Wedding Anniversary.
June 10, 2012
At first, Matt and I had decided we were going to just stay home that evening and maybe order take out and smile at our life stage this 6th year our wedding date rolled around...  But my parents offered to come up (for the umpteenth time since Molly has been born- SO kind!), and Molly has taken to a bottle like it ain't no thang, so out to dinner we went...

We made reservations at Two Urban Licks, an Atlanta restaurant we have been wanting to try.  The atmosphere was pretty neat, and the food was good but not out of this world.  The company, however, beat all!

As a gift, I made Matt a version of this date jar.
My jar consisted of some date nights out, but a lot of at-home date ideas too.  I thought it would be a fun way to spend some intentional time together during these "little years," when date nights can be hard to come by.  I included some creative ideas as well as simple things, like just dusting the cobwebs off of our dart board, air hockey table, and wii!

So glad to journeying in the from this day forward with such an amazing man.  Thankful for him.
June 10, 2006

Saturday, June 2, 2012

Time Flies when You're Going Crazy

Molly Bette is 6 weeks old!
Since a whole month and a half has already zoomed by since Molly's birthday and a good day is when my teeth get brushed before lunchtime, I won't pretend that I am going to "catch up" on blog posts.  Just a big 'ol run-on update...

Molly is precious.  I am amazed all over again how time flies during the newborn stage, that Molly changes so much with each passing day.  She is definitely a different baby than Reed (can I get a duh?).  It has taken me awhile to really feel like I "know" her, and her likes and dislikes.  She's a great nurser (she has 2 chins already), and a great sleeper (she usually goes 6-8 hours at night—and started at 6 days old- Thank you Laura Hunter and Moms on Call!).  She likes to be cuddled, but can be a real squirmer.  She has huge beautiful blue eyes.  Her "mad cry" sounds like a (large) squawking bird, and she can go from 0 to 60 in no time flat!  Fortunately, she doesn't really cry too much, and mostly just to tell us what she wants/needs.  My favorite of all is Molly's smile; she has a big open-mouthed grin that always seems to start in her eyes and spread until it lights up her whole face.  We are smitten with her, and are just trying to soak up every minute.

Reed is a really sweet big brother.  The first night at home was crazy.  By the time we made it to bedtime, Reed was exhausted (physically and emotionally, I'm sure) and in absolute meltdown, bawling "hoooold me, hoooold me!"  I was heartbroken (and hormonal) and bawling too (which I'm sure was reassuring to my 2 year old), but I just scooped him up and held him tight.  For the first several days he wanted to look at and hold Molly a lot, but also did a lot of testing out of his new place by asking to be played with or held by whomever had Molly... and then running away as soon as the necessary rearranging was done to oblige his request. :)  He loves to be a helper and get burp cloths, bring the boppy, or even use his big muscles to relocate the bouncy seat.  My favorite by far is when Reed talks to or about Molly.  He is so sweet, and really comes up with some funny things, like "hey there little cupcake" or announcing, "I'm not going to hit her on the head. That's not very nice."  Reed also helps as Molly learns new things; so far he has "taught" her to open her eyes, stick out her tongue, burp, lift up her head, and smile-- we are still in training for rolling over and babbling. Ha ha ;)  (PS- I want to follow up our big brother prep post with a recap of what worked well and what I would do differently, so look for that post sometime this week this year...)

You have to see Reed's impromptu Jesus Loves Me serenade from our first week home.  The video is from my phone, so the quality is terrible but the content is priceless!

And also from my phone archives... When feeding a newborn 8 times a day, there are some things you have to just let happen :)

All in all, we're doing well.  We have felt so loved on by people who have been feeding us (holy gourmet meals, batman!), checking in on us, and praying for us.  Thank you!  Matt has donned his SuperDad cape, going nonstop helping with anything and everything.  I am so thankful to be parenting alongside him.  Personally, I feel like this initial transition going from 1 to 2 kiddos (especially aside from the first couple of weeks) hasn't been too bad.  For one, I had really low expectations; a couple of my friends just didn't hold back in relating that time in their mommy life as the hardest ever.  The worst part was week two when Matt went back to work and Reed got sick... misery... but the upside was that those few horrible days made my new normal (2 kids, but 2 healthy kids) seem much more doable. :)  The most challenging part for me has been the emotional struggle of having another child but the same amount of me; there is no way around the fact that Reed gets less of me than he used to and Molly gets less of me than Reed did as an infant... and sometimes it makes me want to cry.  Matt and I are trying to embrace our lovable chaos as a season.  As one friend said, "This too shall pass... and all too quickly!"

And quickly is right.  Somehow it is June already!  We've spent lots (LOTS) of days at home, of course, but we've also had lots of visitors and time with family.  We've spent hours playing in the back yard or on the deck.  Some of our first outings include a cookout at the Bowman's, a haircut for Reed followed by the Sugar Snack Shack, and a backyard cookout with our Bible Study group.  Reed has been watching a bit more Mickey Mouse and Neverland Pirates than usual, and pretty much thinks he is a full-blown pirate rock star.  I survived Matt being away on an overnight mission trip retreat (we'll see how we fare when he leaves this month for 7 days- eek!).  This past weekend we decided to jump feet first back into the outside world and braved our first visit to church, a birthday party at the park, 4 graduation parties, and a Memorial Day Braves game.  Here are some stills from our contact-with-the-real-world highlight reel:

Here's to a summer that's sure to be a beautiful mess! :)