Monday, July 30, 2012

One Month of Awesome

What? I've been with these people for four weeks?!

 Rory is one month old! It seems like he's been here for about two days, so wow, I can't believe four weeks has gone by so fast. He had his checkup today and is in the 77th percentile for height, 34th for weight and the measly 7th percentile for head size. He joins his brother and his mother in the ranks of people with heads the size of a grape. 

We've been out and about a little bit in the past few weeks taking Aiden to the park when we can and even venturing down to Cooperstown. The Cooperstown trip was kind of a failure due to car problems and the fact that Aiden had zero interest in the Baseball Hall of Fame i.e. the entire point of the trip. Neither Sean nor I had considered the fact that each exhibit requires a lot of reading, and after looking at the umpteenth old baseball bat Aiden was over the whole thing. Still, it was nice to get out.

Other than our occasional forays out into the real world, we've still been spending a lot of time hanging out at home. Aiden has a sweet set up in the back yard with a water and sand table, cars, toys and enough sidewalk chalk to last him until college. Many days are spent with me and Rory hanging out on the chaise lounge while Aiden has adventures all over the yard. He is as obsessed as ever with bugs. He has a little "bug catcher" he made at school that gets a lot of use and definitely keeps him occupied for hours.

I'm so used to getting out of the house with Aiden as often as possible that this summer and our pseudo summer camp at home situation has taken some getting used to. I felt really guilty at first about not being able to spend hours and hours at the park or the pool with him like we used to but now I'm seeing that Aiden is still having a blast. He can find a million things to do right here at home and watching him bound around the backyard chasing butterflies or digging in the sand table or drawing family portraits on the patio has me realizing that he isn't missing out on anything. 

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Partners in Crime

Alright, maybe not crime but definitely noise. Lots and lots of noise.

Thursday, July 12, 2012

I'm So Glad I'm Here

It has taken all of my brain power and energy to make this little slide show today, but I think it was well worth it.I had my best friend send me all of the pictures she took while I was in the hospital, and I added more of our own, to make a little montage of how our family has expanded. The song in the video is called "I'm So Glad I'm Here" by Elizabeth Mitchell and it's from a children's CD but it's become one of my favorite songs. On good days it's my anthem and on bad days it's a reminder of how lucky I am. It's been two weeks now and we're still getting into the swing of life with two little ones. The whole first week we basically hung around in pajamas and took naps when we could and enjoyed having our friends and family drop by with food or simply extra hands to help out. But now Sean is back to work, I'm back to cooking and cleaning and I'm finding it challenging to balance running a household with caring for two kids, especially an infant who is having a growth spurt and wants to eat every hour and a half. It's typically 11am before I've managed to get myself and Aiden dressed and we've gone from being at the park or the library or where ever each day to staying home and playing in the yard everyday. Each day is an adventure and I'm trying to embrace it as such, rather than feeling like everything has derailed just because we didn't get out of the house or we're having leftovers for the third night or, once again, we're still in pajamas at noon. I keep having to remind myself that this is okay, it's alright to sit back and just enjoy the ride and not care how messy things get because this time is short. nbsp;