Wednesday, August 4, 2010

The Boys

At this rate it looks like I'll be lucky to post an update once a week!  Part of the issue is a lack of subject matter.  There are only so many pictures of my children I'll subject you to and when you're just trying to survive life with 2 little ones, there's not a whole lot left to blog about.  Oh sure, I could write about my near meltdown 2 days ago but again, some things are better left untold.

The good news is that we are getting out on a daily basis.  For all of our sanity, this is a necessity!  Colin gets bored easily (even though he doesn't know that term) and acts out accordingly - not pretty - if he's cooped up too long.  And I'm too much of a busybody to stay still for longer than a few minutes.  Don't get me wrong, I love the peace and quiet of naptime (assuming all parties cooperate) but that's generally because of lack of continuous sleep at night.

Wes reminded me one day when I was sighing from exhaustion that we signed up for this.  Thanks, honey, that makes it all better (:  I've said it before and I'll say it again, I don't know how you stay-at-home-moms do it!  I've already bumped Colin's starting of school up 3 weeks.  It's just as much for him as it is me though.  He needs the structure and he's eager to learn - neither of which do I feel I'm excelling at these days.

Sawyer is growing like a weed.  He had put on almost a full pound at his 2-week check-up and that's after dropping down to 7.4 when we left the hospital.  He had also allegedly grown an inch but I think that might be due to different measuring techniques.  So he was 8.8 pounds and 21 inches long.  Either way, I'll take it!  He also has developed a callous on his upper lip from sucking too hard, thus the stomach and gas issues.  I think all my children will be cursed with rotten bellies.  Sorry, kids, it's certainly not intentional.  I certainly wouldn't choose to be woken 15 times in the night while you try to work a toot out.  Thankfully the curse heals itself at some point - I just can't remember when.

He is still sleeping a lot and the nights are come and go.  He'll have a good night and then the next one we'll feel like we didn't sleep a wink.  It's all from the belly issues though.  He has started spacing his feedings out to 3 hour intervals (with my help) which is fantastic for mommy and daddy's sleeping!

Colin is acting out a bit and showing it by his defiance.  I hear way too many "no's", "I won't", and "I don't want to" during the course of the day.  He's also taken to hitting, kicking, and spitting at us.  I know part of it is the new baby but  I swear you'd never know as much as he kisses, talks, and helps with him.  Any experienced parents want to chime in and offer suggestions how to handle this situation?  Wes and I have tried to give him individual attention, special activities, but nothing seems to help.

If you've managed to hang around and keep reading, thank you.  I need some adult interaction.  Here are a few pictures for you.

Yetanother picture of my shirtless child.  I didn't realize how common this was until I saw these pictures.


  1. Awww!!!! SO CUTE!!!! I'm glad everything is going great with you guys!! :)

  2. Danielle, I feel your pain! My son is 4, daughter is 1. He is still going through jealousy issues. I know some kids don't experience it at all, but mine certainly did/does! I hope Colin adjusts sooner than later, for your sanity. I stay at home with my kids, and believe me, some days I wish I had a job again! Brody starts 4-year old preschool next week, yay!! Hang in there. Your boys are adorable!

  3. Danielle, I don't think Colin is jealous; he's being a "normal" three-year-old. This, too, will pass. Remember, I'm the mother of a 29-year-old who did the same things with no siblings. Keep the faith and keep doing what you're doing.

  4. They are too cute!! I was a nanny for several years and for whatever reason, three year old boys gave me the most problems. I thought two was easy compared to three. I am sure it will pass eventually. Just give him lots of praise when he is good with the baby. That should help. Good luck with all of your men!

  5. Don't be too hard on yourself - posting once a week with a three year old and a two week old is great in my book!

    Sorry things have been tough - I can't imagine how much energy and patience it takes to be you right now. But you're doing a fantastic job and your boys are just too cute! Thanks for sharing the pictures.

  6. It WILL get better! Colin's little world has been turned upside down. Preschool will help everyone. He will get out and get to do his big boy thing and you will get a break!

    Be as consistent as possible with him and just give him some time, he will adjust.

    You are an awesome mom and are doing a great job!

  7. Sawyer's dark long hair is SO cute!!!! Was Colin's red from birth?

  8. Precious pics! Thanks so much for sharing! :)

  9. You are doing a wonderful job, Danielle - never doubt that! Did you get my message? I hope you all are doing okay - I plan on being in Lexington in a couple of weeks for a baby shower, would love to stop by and meet Sawyer!

  10. hang in there. you're a great mom!

  11. I don't have any parental advice, just virtual hugs coming your way : )

    I do have an offer though, bring those little ones up to Cincy for a day and drop them off for however long you want. Or just leave that baby and his lucious locks of hair and take Mr. Colin out for a Mommy & Me date. Or, we can all play quietly in the basement while you take a nap in the guest room ... the possibilities are really endless : )

  12. You can go ahead and post this one on my blog, too--sounds exactly like life at my house (except the "I won't's" are replaced by tantrums on the floor!). Good luck as you guys continue to adjust, and let me know if you figure out the secret to sanity through all of this :)