Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Aidan's New Room

One of the things I really tried to finish before baby Connor arrived was Aidan's big boy room. I wanted him to get adjusted to his new sleeping quarters before he became overwhelmed by the arrival of his baby brother.

We started off trying to convert him to his new "big boy bed", but he was not too thrilled about that idea. He knows it's his new bed and he loves to play on it, but sleeping in his bed at naptime or bedtime has not gone very well so far.

So, we decided that it'd be best if we just moved h is crib into the room so he could get used to sleeping in a new place. I was worried that it would seem pretty cramped, but all of the furniture fits wonderfully. And he still has lots of room to play!

His room came together nicely.  Aidan painted this canvas himself at one of the craft playdates we had with our Mom's group.

I made these cute pictures with vinyl decals I found on clearance at Michaels. I used my Silhouette for the wording and the background images that I put the animals on. I also found the frames at Michaels- only $5 apiece on sale! Woot!

These adorable pictures were made last Fall using Aidan's footprint (for the caterpillar) and handprint (for the lion). The company, called Piggies and Paws, does a fabulous job! In fact, over the weekend we had them use Aidan's handprint to make an elephant for his new room. I can't wait to see the final result!

You may remember his alphabet banner from the tutorial I gave here. I love the pop of color it gives to the room and the fact that it helps tie everything together.

Aidan really loves his big boy room. Hopefully we'll be able to get him switched over to his new bed soon.


Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Connor {Three Weeks}

Our little guy turned three weeks old yesterday! He is all ready starting to fill out in the face and looks different than he did when he was a little, pink newborn at the hospital.

Connor is really starting to show a personality. When he is awake he wants to be held. He'll screech to let you know that he is ready for your attention.

We attempted "tummy time" for the first time this week. Aidan wanted to sit with Connor underneath his play gym and "help" Connor on his tummy. Our little guy did NOT like being on his stomach at all!

Aidan is still loving his role as big brother and is showing signs of being protective of Connor when other kids are around.

Connor is still sleeping really well through the night and usually gives me one 5-hour interval. Now, if only I were smart enough to actually be asleep during that time!

 Daddy calls Connor "chow down clown" because he eats ALL of the time! He is definitely growing more and more each day. I'm excited to see what he weighs at his two month appointment!

Things are becoming easier as I learn to balance time between both of my boys. Although some days prove to be more challenging than others.

I'm so blessed to have such wonderful boys in my life. :)


Monday, September 26, 2011

Engaged {A Photo Shoot}

I love Pampers and Huggies. Why? Well, they fit my kiddos nicely, don't leak and offer sensitive varieties for their tender tushies... but, above all else, I love them because I rack up points every time I purchase their products! Woot! (Seriously, if you use either one of these brands, I highly recommend signing up for their rewards programs. It's worth it. They have everything from gift cards and magazine subscriptions to toys and Shutterfly offers.)

I have saved up quite a few points, waiting to spend them on something I really wanted and/or needed. I have cashed in on my Pampers twice, both times to make Shutterfly photo books for Aidan.  

For free!

A few weeks ago I was checking out what I could buy with my recent accumulation of points and noticed I could use them towards announcements from Shutterfly. I thought photo announcements would be great to send out as our Save the Date cards for our upcoming nuptials this June. (Eek! So much to do, so little time!) Plus, they were free with my points. Even better!

Unfortunately, Jason and I don't have too many pictures of just the two of us.Once you have a kid, you find that most of your pictures are of either you or your spouse with your child. Since I don't think it'd be a great idea to teach Aidan how to use our expensive camera, we don't have very many pictures of Jason and I together.
Also, I've been pregnant for the past 9 months and really didn't want to be preggo in our Save the Date pictures.

Luckily, we have a fabulous friend who offered to take some pictures for us over the weekend. He is also the one who took Aidan's picture for our Christmas card last year.

Remember this?
Seriously, how cute  is my child??

Anyway, here are some of my favorite pictures that he took!

We've never had any professional photos taken before, but I think these look wonderful! 
What do you think?

Happy Monday, friends. :)


Friday, September 23, 2011

Catching up

What a week it's been....

From learning how to juggle the needs, wants and tantrums of two kiddos, as well as running back and forth between doctors appointments, getting Aidan to and from school and trying to keep a handle on everything at the house, it's been challenging.

I feel like I have a lot of catching up to do.

On everything.

From wedding planning (which has ground to a complete halt), to my Mom's group duties (monthly newsletter needs to be written, November events planned and pending members need to be met), cleaning up the house (what's a broom?), grocery shopping (milk, eggs, sugar, bread, meat, etc.), making appointments that have been put off for far too long (dentist, vet, opthamologist) and DIY/sewing projects (still haven't finished Aidan's nap mat for school...). Not to mention I need to start getting ready for the holidays and all that they entail (parties, shopping, decorating, gifts, etc.) Whew!

Tonight after I tuck Aidan into bed I'll be heading off for a little bit on my own. For the first time since Connor was born. Huzzah!

My destination? Barnes and Noble.

I desperately need an Organizer so I can begin to keep track of all of the things that need to get done in my life. If I keep it all in my head or in my Droid, I still won't be able to really see what takes priority and how busy I will be during any given week.
I envision many different colored pens, each for its own category, a beautiful, clean fresh calendar (divided into weeks AND months) and possibly a pumpkin spice latte. Mmm... Sounds wonderful!

I'm determined to become more organized. I used to be. To the point where I had all of our dinners planned out a month ahead of time. Also, I made a daily list of tasks that needed to be completed and had two different planners, one at home and one I kept in my purse at all times. Now? Notsomuch.

I need this to happen. So that I can be a better wife, mother, friend and homemaker. Or else I'll just end up running around like a chicken with my head cut off.

No thanks.

And  now I ask you, dear readers, how do you stay organized? Any tips for this new Mama of two munchkins? Any advice will be well appreciated!

Happy weekend and first day of Fall, friends! :)


Wednesday, September 21, 2011


 I'm stuck in a basket....
And I can't get out!

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Baby Connor {is two weeks old!}

These past few weeks have flown by! I can't believe that my little guy is all ready two weeks old.

Connor is so mellow. The only time he cries is when he's hungry. And when this kid is hungry, he lets you KNOW it!

I've taken to calling him Squeaker because he makes the sweetest little squeaking noises. It's precious.

When he is awake, he is extremely alert and responds to our voices with a turn of his head and a sweet coo.

He loves to feel the sunshine and likes basking in front of the window.

He has all ready had a few visitors from out of town in his short little life. My Mom was here last week and over the weekend we were lucky enough to spend a few days with Jason's Aunt and Uncle who were visiting from Michigan.

Next month we're excited for Jason's parents to come down and meet their second grandson. :)

Connor is a champion eater, sleeper and pooper.

At his two week check-up today he had gained 13.5 ounces in 11 days. This is a HUGE change from his big brother who barely ate the first 3 weeks of his life and consistently gained a very small amount of weight his first 6 months of life due to severe acid reflux.

Connor is also all ready sleeping 5 hours straight at night! I am a spoiled Momma.

Except for the fact that this little guy has major blowouts and goes through a pack of 30 diapers in approximately 2 1/2 days!

Our little guy is also the King of funny faces... 

We really love our newest little man. He and big brother Aidan are getting along great, which is such a blessing. It's also amazing to see how much he looks like our big boy. I can't get over how similar their features are!

I'm excited for him to have his first set of shots so that we can get out of the house and start having some fun! We've visited a few friends, so at least Connor and I have gotten out a little bit. 

Oh, and I'm happy to say that I all ready fit into my regular clothes again. Not bad for having a baby two weeks ago!

Goodnight, friends. :)


Monday, September 19, 2011

Goodbye May

For the past few days, my Mom has been in town visiting and helping me out with my little men. Yesterday she left.

And I had myself a good little cry.

Not because today I am officially taking care of two little ones on my own, but because I miss her.

So much that it hurts.

Since moving to Texas three years ago my Mom has only come down twice to visit us. We go up to Ohio 2 to 3 times a year. So, that means I really only see her a few times a year.

And it's hard.

I love seeing her interact with my children. The way she rocks Connor and sings him to sleep. How she can captivate Aidan while reading him a  book. And the joy in Aidan's face when she gets down on the floor to play with his zoo, cars or boat with him.

All of the grandkids call her "Gram". Aidan can't say it yet, so instead it comes out as "May". Whenever she would walk away from him, to the bathroom, her room or just to check on Connor he would run after her repeating her name over and over again.

He was napping when she left yesterday and it broke my heart when he woke up and walked around the house calling out and looking for her.

I gave him a picture of her and pointed at her and then kissed her face. I know he misses her, too. 

It's times like these that I really  miss living close to family.

The next time Connor sees his Gram he will be almost four months old. So much will have changed in that time. Babies grow so quickly and it saddens me that our family doesn't get to watch our children grow up.

But, then I think about all of our wonderful friends down here and the opportunities our kids have here in Texas that they wouldn't have in Ohio and I know that we made the right decision in moving South.

I still miss my family though. I always will.

So, if you are lucky enough to have your parents close by, please let your children see them as often as they can. A grandparents love is so different from that of a parents and one that all children deserve to be enveloped in.

We love you, May. :)

Friday, September 16, 2011

Growing Up

Last week while I was in the hospital digesting the fact that I was the mother of two little boys, my sweet Aidan headed off for his first day of "Playschool". You may remember that this was an event that I wanted to be present for. I was praying that baby number two would be able to hold out so that I could be there for Aidan's big day.


Unfortunately, Connor had different plans. Aidan stayed with friends for a few days while we were at the hospital and my wonderful friend Jamie took him to school for the first time. Luckily, Jason was able to meet them there so that Aidan had one of his parents present.

He has attended four times so far and is doing wonderfully. He always cries when Jason drops him off, but stops as soon as he leaves. His first week he cried a little bit throughout the day, but was fine his second week. His teacher, Miss Norma, is very proud of him! 
She told us that he is the only child  in his class (there are 8 kids, 2 teachers) who always says "please" and "thank you". I have to tell ya that my head swelled a little bit when I heard this! It's so nice to know that he is polite to everybody, even when we are not around.

Now that Connor is home, it makes Aidan seem so much older. And not so babyish anymore. I know he is still young and there are many things that he still needs to learn how to control, such as his reactions when he is upset, frustrated or tired. But, my baby boy is turning into a big boy. 

It's fun to watch how he is actually starting to play with his toys and understand how to manipulate things. His vocabulary keeps on expanding and his ability to recognize/associate objects and people is amazing!

My baby boy is growing up before my very eyes! I miss the tiny baby he once was, but I'm so excited for the individual he is becoming. :)


Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Big Brother

When this little guy came home and found that there was a baby in residence, I don't think he was too thrilled. We tried to coax Aidan into touching the baby or even kissing him. But, Aidan was firm. In his eyes, the baby did not exist.

He continued to ignore Connor until he had been home for two days. Suddenly, he became interested in his little brother.

When  Aidan wakes up in the morning or from his nap, the first thing he says is "baby."
He calls Connor "Cah-co" and loves to help out with all things baby related.
He likes to hand me Connor's diaper, push him in his swing and give him lots of kisses. He also points out things that belong to Connor like his car seat, bouncer and bassinet.

We leave our bedroom door open while Connor is napping and Aidan likes to go in and touch his feet and wave at him while he's in his bassinet.

A few days ago, Aidan came and sat by me on the couch, held out his arms and asked to hold Connor. My heart melted. He really does love his little brother.

I know there will be plenty of moments to come where Aidan is less than thrilled that he has to share Mommy and Daddy with a sibling. But, right now, I'm so happy that he is so welcoming of his little brother and wants to be involved in his life.

 I'm so proud of my big boy!



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