Mom, Mama, Drew and Jack

Mom, Mama, Drew and Jack
the adventures of 2 boys and their moms

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Summer

We are a bit somber this Sunday evening.....you see, it is our final carefree Sunday evening - next Sunday evening we will be preparing for our return to work.  We are somber because we have had an amazing summer with the boys.  Being teachers we are so fortunate that we get 9 weeks off with the boys in the summer.

We have had the perfect mix of being busy and hanging at home.  We have filled our 9 weeks with wonderful time together and we have made some amazing memories.  We will be soaking in the last few days of vacation this week and also prepping for Jack's FIRST Birthday on Saturday.

Here is what we have done this summer...

Visited MJ's family in Minnesota.  We had lots of fun with aunts, uncles and cousins.  We took a trip to the zoo and took lots of walks to the park to play.

Went to a local water park, amusement park, the beach (twice), enjoyed Dis.ney's Pirat.es and Princ.esses, played in the backyard.

We spent three days at the brand new Gre.at W0lf L0dge here in New En.gland.

Got a new HUGE swingset/play structure for our backyard thanks to some friends.  Played with the neighbors.

Had a bunch of backyard fires and roasted marshmallows and made smores.

Made a pact to read through ALL of the books on Drew's bookshelf (we are making great headway and should make it by the end of September- the boy has a TON of books!)

Played mini golf, ate ice cream, learned how to play Chute.s and Ladd.ers.

Laughed, loved spending time together, made memories to last a lifetime.

We are so very blessed.





Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Tough Year

Yesterday I alluded to the fact that we have had a tough year....

Here is the story....

Soon after Jack was born he started a cycle of nursing CONSTANTLY from 5-11 at night.  We just figured it was cluster feeding.  He also spent most of that time crying, and we just said it was his "witching hour."

Then came the fact that he was up every 2 hours all night long often with a period between 2-4 AM where he spent most of the time crying/needing to be consoled.

It wasn't so bad the first 5 weeks as MJ took maternity leave as well so we could tag team.  We just figured we had a needy baby.  Drew had been so ridiculously easy  - we just figured that we lucked out the first time and now we had our tough one.

By the time MJ went back to work and I was home alone with the boys by myself things just went south.  Drew watched WAY too much TV and played outside way too little, but Jack took so much of my time there was nothing else to do.  I would dread having to change Drew's diaper because the minute I put Jack down he would scream.  To the point that he would sweat through his clothes.

Going anywhere in the car was a NIGHTMARE.  Trips that should have been 20-30 minutes would take an hour and a half because we would have to stop so many times.  Jack would scream inconsolably and sweat through his clothes.

Jack (and we) lived in a cycle of nurse, catnap, scream; nurse, catnap, scream.  Once he fell asleep nursing I often didn't dare to move him because he would scream.  He NEVER slept more than 2 hours at a time.  He spent 15-18 hours a day crying and screaming.  We spent a number of nights sleeping in the recliner in the living room because it was just easier.

When he nursed he would sweat profusely.  He would gulp for air when nursing or bottle feeding.  EVERYTHING was difficult.

At Jack's 2 month pedi appt we talked about all of these things.  She quickly diagnosed him with severe silent reflux and possible issue with dairy.  I cut out all dairy and we put him on reflux meds.  Not much change was seen.  Cut out all dairy, soy, nuts, and eggs plus a different reflux med.  Saw a tiny bit of change.
Then our pedi gave us a referral to a pediatric gastro doc.

Jack was diagnosed with Milk/Soy Protein Intolerance and allergic colitis plus the severe reflux.  I continued my dairy, soy, nut and egg free diet and things improved a bit but he was still a very needy child.  He has been a full time job all on his own. I ended up taking an extra week of maternity leave because there was no way we could send him to a babysitter in this state.  In December we switched to a third reflux med and it made a world of difference.

Even though we had my diet under control for his nursing and the reflux meds finally figured out, he was still so tough.  We never went out to eat as a family, often one of us would just stay home with Jack instead of running errands, etc together as it was just easier.  He had very little ability to entertain himself and almost no ability to self soothe.  He still was up to nurse 2-3 times a night until just a few weeks ago.  It has been exhausting.

However, having said all of this......Jack has the most amazing smile and he scrunches his nose in the cutest way when he does.  He really is quite silly and has a great personality when he is feeling well.  He loves his big brother to pieces and has a laugh that is ridiculously contagious!  Drew has been an absolutely amazing big brother and we are so proud of the big boy he is becoming.

I think we are finally seeing the light at the end of the tunnel.  This summer we have had so very many more good days than bad.  We have been to the beach, an amusement park, swimming, the zoo, and so much more.  We can go to a restaurant together.  We can do things as a family.  These things would not have been possible a few months ago.  Jack is finally able to play on his own for some time.  He still has great difficulty self soothing, but that will come with time I am sure.  He is sleeping through the night finally.  We are getting there.....

Our little family of 4 is perfect and we are so blessed with these boys.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

I Miss Blogging

It has been MONTHS since I updated here and I miss it.......

I miss having the record of what is going on........

I am sad that I don't have as much documented for Jack as we do for Drew.....

So.............here we go............I am going to start blogging again - my goal is once a week, hopefully more!

It has been a tough, tough year in our family - more on that in future posts.

But, we have made it through and our baby will be ONE in 2 short weeks and our big boy is on the verge of 4!

We are soaking up the last moments of summer vacation and loving life.  

I promise a more detailed update soon, but for now - here are our handsome dudes!




Thursday, December 5, 2013

One Year Ago

What a difference a year makes....one year ago today we were sitting in the Doctor's office wondering if the IUI we were about to have would be "the one".....9 days later we saw those lovely 2 pink lines and now we have an amazing 3 1/2 month old. Happy Conception Day, Little Man!

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Saturday, November 23, 2013

THREE MONTHS - JACK

Jack,

You are three months old.  One quarter of your first year has flown by already.  We had a MUCH better month this month than your first two!  You are finally feeling better and because of that you are a much happier baby.

This month was spent getting you feeling better.  After two trips and three phone calls to your pediatrician and a visit to a pediatric gastroenterologist we finally have you in a good place.  You have reflux as well as a milk/soy protein intolerance.  That means that you take medicine three times a day and Mama has to avoid eating anything with dairy, soy, nuts or eggs.  We think this has been the trick though as you are no longer screaming, sweating through your clothes, gulping when you eat and being just plain miserable.

This month you have been full of smiles and coos.  It has been so nice to interact with our happy baby.  You flash your smile to anyone who will make of you and it melts our hearts every time we see it.  You have really started "talking" a lot too and boy do you have lots of stories to tell.

You have really started to take an interest in toys and you are beginning to be able to hold on to them.  Of course, everything goes right for your mouth and you have mastered getting your fingers/fist right to your mouth when you want to.  You love to be over someone's shoulder so you can suck on your fist.

You have also started sleeping much better this month.  You generally are asleep for the night by 10 and sleep until 5:30.  This has been made so much better now that you have medicine for your reflux.  There are a number of nights that you fall asleep by 8 and we "dream feed" you at 10 and then you are out for the night!

You celebrated your first Halloween this month.  Your brother was a pirate and you dressed as his parrot.  The two of you were very cute together!  We enjoyed a storybook hayride and went trick or treating at Nana's office.  We can't wait until you can run around next year for Trick or Treat!

This month you also went to daycare as Mama's maternity leave was up.  You have made the transition as smoothly as we could have hoped for.  Lisa takes such good care of both of you and we are so happy that you are with her while we have to work.

You wore 3-6 month clothing and size 2 diapers for the entire month.  We know you grew at least an inch and you are still around 13 pounds. 

You are an amazing little boy and we can't wait to celebrate the holidays with you!

All our love,
Mom and Mama

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Three Years Old

Drew -

You are THREE years old.  Three years ago we welcomed you into the world and you have brought immeasurable joy into our lives ever since.  It is amazing how much you grow and change each year and this year was no exception.

This year you really understood holidays and so that made Christmas and Easter so much fun.  For Christmas, your Elf on the Shelf, Jingle, came to visit our family.  You really enjoyed seeing the funny things that Jingle did each night while you were sleeping.  When we went to visit Grandmas for Christmas, you were convinced that Santa and his reindeer were flying our plane.

We took a road trip to Grandma's in the summer and you were a champ about spending 4 days each way in the car.  Each night we stayed at a campground and you had tons of fun roasting marshmallows and playing outside.  It was the perfect way to end each day after being cooped up in the car.  When we were in Minnesota we visited the Zoo.  We had a great time visiting Mom's family and had some nice cookouts and also enjoyed spending a day on Uncle Jim's boat.

We had lots of other adventures this year including a short vacation to the Cape, a couple of trips to the "froggy waterslide" and a trip to Pittsburgh with Mama's family.  We had fun raspberry picking in the summer and apple picking in the fall.   We took a ride on Thomas the Train - you still love your trains.

The most exciting thing for you this year was becoming a big brother.   Your brother Jack was born in August and from the very beginning you have loved him.  You are an amazing big brother.  You make sure he is ok when he is crying and you can't wait to show him lots of fun things to do.  We can't wait to see how your relationship with him will grow and change.  We are sure it will be an amazing bond that the two of you will share.

This year you enjoyed two different toddler "classes."  On Saturday mornings we went to Tumble Time.  You absolutely LOVE doing this.  Mr. Bill is your teacher and he is great at finding activities that you all loce.  You always choose the end spot to sit on and you have done a great job learning to follow directions.  Each week you roll balls, make "shapes" with your legs, complete stations, play in an obstacle course and get a ride from bill.  Mom and Mama have fun participating with you.

We also enjoyed an Art class at Twice the Fun.  Miss Marcey was your art teacher and you loved doing all of the projects.  You colored with oil pastels, painted with water colors, made an egg carton caterpillar, and enjoyed gluing tissue paper and cotton balls to paper.  After Art class we enjoyed playing at Twice the Fun and we met some other Moms and kids to play with while we were there.

You continue to love anything with wheels just like you did when you were a baby.  You love trains, cars, cranes, your cement mixer, dump truck and any other construction vehicle.  You LOVE to play with chip clips, tongs, and anything else that you can use to "clip" things.  You enjoy playing with your tools to fix things and do a great job cooking meals and snacks in your kitchen.  You love to do puzzles and you are getting really good at putting the pieces together.

You absolutely LOVE books and love to be read to.  We have enjoyed the Old Lady books as well as Pete the Cat and Clifford.  You still enjoy Curious George and your Thomas stories.  WE love reading books before bed and naps.  Speaking of naps, you decided to give those up right around the same time that Jack was born.

You are such a curious and inquisitive little boy.  We often comment that you will not be someone with a desk job because you are too busy and into "tinkering" with things.  You love to be a helper.  You help when we bake and always make sure we let you lick the beaters.    You are so kind and compassionate and always make sure that everyone is OK.  You are very sensitive and we love that about you.

You give the best high fives and knucks and even better hugs and kisses.  You have learned to blow raspberries and you have the best laugh in the world.  Your smile melts us every time and you are one of the funniest little people we know.  Your vocabulary is amazing and we sometimes have no idea where you come up with some of the things that you say!

You are our firstborn, compassionate, kind, caring, and silly boy.  You are an amazing big brother.  Your love for life and excitement about the little things make us learn to enjoy each day to its fullest.  You bring a smile to our face each and every day and we are so blessed to call you our son.    We love you more than life itself and we can't wait to see what new advenutures are in store for the next year.

All our love,

Mom and Mama

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

TWO MONTHS - Jack

Jack -

You are two months old!  We can't believe that two whole months have passed and the amount that you have grown and changed is just amazing.  You are definitely no longer a newborn!

This month was filled with fun fall activities.  We went apple picking, had an apple cider pressing party with family, went to an Octoberfest at a local farm, went on a hayride, enjoyed a Storybook trick or treat and much more.  Fall is so wonderful and it has been so much fun for your brother to "introduce" you to these activities.

You had a tough month as well.  You spent the majority of your days crying and don't sleep very well.  At the end of the month, we finally realized that you have reflux as well as a milk protein intolerance.  Mama is eating very healthy now (no dairy, soy, nuts, eggs) in order to help make you better and Dr. Claire gave you some medicine for the reflux.  Hopefully month 3 will have you being happier!

We saw your first smiles this month and boy do they melt our hearts!  You have also begun the very beginnings of babbling and making noises.  You still LOVE your big brother.  When he is near, you will calm down and he really tries to take care of you.

You have changed so much this month and you are definitely not a newborn anymore.  You have chubby cheeks and thighs, and everything else.  It is so cute!  You have been more alert as well and it is so much fun to interact with you.

You wore 0 - 3 month clothes and Size 1 diapers for a little bit of the month and then for anything one piece we had to switch you to 3-6 month and you definitely needed the size 2 diapers!.  At your two month pediatricians appointment, you weighed 12 pounds 15 ounces and were 24 inches long. You are in the 85th percentile for height and the 79th percentile for weight.

We love you, Peanut, with all of our hearts!

Love,
Mom and Mama

Friday, October 18, 2013

Fall Foto Friday

The leaves here have been spectacular this fall.....these were just a few snaps while out playing in the yard...

We are just about at peak color where we live and there has been a lot of red and orange this year - driving around there are some breathtaking colors to be seen.

There really is nothing better than fall in New England!