Sunday, March 29, 2009

Things I love

In the short months that I have been a mom, I have found a few things that I LOVE and either couldn't do without or wouldn't want to do without.

1) Boppy pillow. This thing saves my arms from getting tired holding Jacob. Both Justin and I love it and we use it anytime we are holding him, not just when we are feeding him. We have one that we keep upstairs and one we keep downstairs.

2) Bibs with waterproof liners. These are actually not so easy to find (even online). Sometimes when Jacob eats, he doesn't lose a drop but other times there is an almost constant dribble as he eats. The plastic type bibs will be good when he moves on to solid food, but I have to have bibs that are absorbent for the times he is dribbling. We have lots of cute bibs that match some of his outfits but these soak through really fast and soak his clothes too. The bibs with waterproof liners are great - they are really absorbent, but his clothes don't get soaked just the bib. I have found some at Target and I was given some - I can't help but find it strange that I couldn't find any of these at Babies R Us.

3) Padded changing station. We had a changing pad that came with our diaper bag, but when we tried to use it to change Jacob's diaper he slid all over it which doesn't make for very easy diaper changing. We went back and forth about whether or not we would buy this, but it is fabulous. And I know that it is way more comfortable for Jacob when we have to lay him on a countertop or a changing station in a public restroom for a diaper change.

4) Formula dispenser. I love these! I know that these are mainly to carry in the diaper bag to prepare bottles when you are away from home. I use them for that too, but I also prepare Jacob's formula at night before going to bed so that I don't have to measure it out when he wakes up in the middle of the night. The less I have to do in the middle of the night, the better.

5) Pacifier clip. Jacob seems to only like the Soothie pacifiers (the ones the hospital gives). We had other pacifiers and pacifier clips that we had gotten before he was born, but he doesn't really care for them. The Target closest to us carries the pacifiers, but not the clips so we didn't even know they made clips for Soothies. When we were at Justin's brother's wedding, we lost one of Jacob's pacifiers and the next day we were at a Target there and saw the clips. Now I don't know what we would do without it. It is so nice to not have to wash the pacifier everytime it falls out of his mouth since it never hits the floor.

6) Cradle swing. We are really lucky that Jacob sleeps pretty well at night, but he does not nap well. If we try to lay him down for a nap, he screams and cries. I once tried to let him just cry it out but after 20 minutes I couldn't do that to him anymore and had to pick him back up. He doesn't nap great in his swing, but he does nap ok even though only for a very short time (long enough for me to write this blog entry!)

7) Sling and Baby Bjorn. It is hard to get anything done around the house wearing either the sling or the bjorn, but it is great for going shopping since Jacob is still too small to sit in the shopping cart and I don't like to take up room in the cart to put his carrier in the cart and I don't feel comfortable attaching it to the top of the cart. If he needs to nap or seems tired, we use the sling. If he seems wide awake, we use the Bjorn.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

If there was ever a doubt

If anyone ever doubted that Sherry and I have VERY similar tastes you should look at the picture of Jacob here and the picture of Grant here. We have unknowingly bought the same clothes for ourselves in the past, but now we are doing it to our kids.


Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Happy St. Patrick's Day!!!

Monday, March 16, 2009

Three Months Old!

Jacob is now officially not a newborn anymore! On Saturday, Jacob turned 3 months old - here he is next to his elephant.

We took a few different shots and this one was the best one, even though he has a really goofy look on his face. You can really see how he is plumping up! Although he didn't have an official check-up this month, I took him in 2 weeks ago to have his ears checked before we flew out and he weighed in at 10 pounds even! This is the last newborn-sized outfit that he still fits in. Here are some of the other attempts we made at taking his 3 month old picture:

Over the past month Jacob's biggest accomplishments are that he has really started smiling at us and he has even laughed a couple times. And he loves to lay down and play on his play mat a couple times a day - as long as he is wide awake, lay him down when he is sleepy and he doesn't like that at all! Here are a couple pictures of him playing on his play mat.

Jacob continues to sleep pretty well at night and wakes up usually twice a night to eat, although once he slept straight through until 5:30am when we woke him up to eat because we had to leave. That was a very good night!

Jacob is also pretty tolerant of Colby, although sometimes he gets tired of having his head licked. We hope that as Jacob continues to get bigger and be more aware of his surroundings, he and Colby will be best of friends. Here they are together:

Thursday, March 12, 2009


Last week, the day before we left for Orlando, Justin was able to schedule his 3rd and final surgery. The surgery will be on Tuesday, March 24th. Justin will be in the hospital for approximately one week and then recovering at home for either 2 weeks or 4 weeks. The surgeon won't know until he begins operating whether or not he will have to completely open Justin back up again the way he did the first two surgeries which is why we are unsure of the recovery time.

We are both excited to get this all over with and for Justin to be as normal as he can be with no large intestine.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

We survived!!!

I was so nervous last week as it kept getting closer and closer to Thursday. Would we forget something we would need on the plane or something we wouldn't be able to find in Orlando? Would Jacob not suck on his pacifier enough at take-off or at landing and cry the entire flight? Would he not sleep in a strange place? Would he make a lot of noise and completely disrupt the wedding?

We are so happy that Jacob was a very good baby the whole trip! In fact - he was less fussy than he is for me on a normal basis. After the flight over to Orlando, people on the plane commented on how good he was and that they didn't even know that a baby was right behind them!

Jacob handled everything in stride this weekend - the rehearsal, rehearsal dinner, the ceremony and all the festivities afterward (which he almost completely slept through) and the brunch Sunday morning.

Things being the way there were - we didn't get very many pictures taken at Eric (Justin's brother) and Joanna'a wedding, but here are a few.
A bit dark, but here is the bridal party after the rehearsal.

Justin's mom and step-dad with Jacob.

There was actually only a small portion of actual cake in the beautiful cake so the bride and groom could cut it and feed each other - we had cupcakes instead!

Sadly this is the only decent picture we got of the happy couple. At least it is a really good picture though!

Here's our little family all dressed up.

One of the few times Jacob was awake for all the festivities on Saturday.

After cutting the cake.

The groom with Jacob Sunday morning.

The bride with Jacob Sunday morning.

Sunday, March 1, 2009

Last Sunday

Last Sunday was Jacob's blessing day at church. Here are just some of the pictures that we took while we had family in town.

Seeing these pictures really helps me see that having my personal training sessions start back up later this month will be a very good thing.