Sunday, April 20, 2014

Happy Easter!

Cute Easter picture OR cutest Easter picture EVER?

Yay for Easter!

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Nice to meet you...

So far Theo has met quite a few family members.  They've all made the trek to Dallas to meet him and see big brother Emmett, too.  Here are some favorite shots...

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Arboretum visits

In the weeks since Theo was born we have taken advantage of our Dallas Arboretum membership when the weather has been nice.  The boys and I went with my mom and dad and Karen and Kirt took Emmett a week later.  Yesterday Eric and I took both boys to the awesome Children's Garden there which has a lot of exhibits and interactive zones made especially for kids.  Emmett had a blast.  What's not to love at a place this beautiful?

You can see all of my photos in the March photo album and the April photo album.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Month by Month: One

Theo, my sweet, big boy.  Today you are one month old.  For all the haste you had in getting here, you've certainly been content to sleep the days away this month.  For the first week of your life I had to wake you up to eat every four hours to make sure you were gaining weight.  It seems funny to me now that we were ever worried about that since I look at you now and see those chubby cheeks and big ol' belly.  You have cute little arm and leg rolls and your chin count is now at two.  Around your two week checkup you started to wake up on your own every four hours and you've been doing that ever since.  You've even had a couple 6-hour stretches in the night.  In short, I'm a lucky mama and I know it.  

One of my favorite things about this past month has been cuddling with you.  I've held you for several naps and even worn you around in a sling a good deal.  I think I was too tired and emotionally drained to do that with your brother.  This time around, I'm taking advantage while I can.  Who knows if you'll always want to cuddle up, your brother stopped doing that early on.  But you seem to sleep better when you're being held.  When you're fussy you will usually calm down if we give you a binkie and hold you close to us while you're lying on your left side.

Speaking of being fussy...we think that it's primarily caused by gas.  I'm trying to figure out if there are certain foods that trigger it so that we can help clear that up for you.  However, until then we'll continue to be subjected to your magnificent tooting.  I swear, I think you've tooted more in your first month than I have in my whole life!  It's remarkable and hilarious.  You are the master of these perfect little trumpet toots and some of them go as long as five seconds!  We've had some great laughs at your bottom's expense.

Another little quirk of yours is that you love to dirty up a diaper as soon as you get one on.  I rarely change a diaper that hasn't been pooped in just a little bit.  Maybe this goes back to all the tooting?  Oh, and I've been peed on way too many times already.  Diaper changes are very treacherous with you.  I can't get mad at that face, though.

So far, I've seen several smiles and smirks while you nod off to dreamland.  It's my favorite thing.  Your favorite things this month include tummy time (you like to fall asleep on your belly), eating, sleeping, and tooting.  Least favorite things include taking a bath (you've pooped in 1 of 3 baths so far),  getting your diaper changed, taking a binkie (you've earned the nickname "binkie spaz"), and waiting for milk.  

You are a perfect little addition to our family, Theo.  You've been called an "easy baby" more than once by more than a few people.  You are such a sweet boy, we are so so lucky that you're ours.  


To see all of Theo's first month photos, go to the April photo album

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Monthly recap (46 months) BIG brother edition

This month Emmett became a big brother.  To say he was ready for the job is a big understatement.  He had been asking me when I was going to "pop the baby out" a lot more frequently as my belly got bigger and bigger.  He has always shown a lot of gentleness and compassion with babies, first with stuffed animals and then his with cousin, Baby Drew.  We knew he was going to be a good big brother but it has been beyond sweet to watch him interact with Theo.

He likes to give Theo hugs and kisses, I think he's probably kissed his head a hundred times by now.  He's very aware of when Theo cries and will often come over to where he is and say something like, "He doesn't like getting his diaper changed, does he?" or "He must want milk" and other helpful things.  Plus, there was that first day we brought Theo home and Emmett decided to give him a bunch of his own stuffed animals, making different trips upstairs for each toy.

I think my favorite thing Emmett does is say, "He's just so cuuuute!" in the sweetest way about his brother.  He truly loves "his baby" and enjoys watching him and I'm sure can't wait until he starts to interact with him a little more.  Theo is a lucky little brother, that's for sure!

When I first heard Eric say, "It's a boy!" I immediately thought of Emmett and how happy I was that I'd get to watch him show his little brother all his cars, dinosaurs, Rescue Bots and more.  I just can't wait to see their relationship unfold over the years.  

Friday, March 21, 2014

3 with Lil' T: 3•21•14 (First ever!)

Here's the first 3WLT video of sweet Theo.  He was sleeping in my arms and started making some adorable smiley faces.  I couldn't resist breaking out the video!

Lots to smile about for this guy!

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

2-week check-up

We took Theo in for a 2-week check-up on Monday and got some great news - he's packing on the pounds like a champ!  At his 4-day-old check-up he weighed 8 lbs. 3 oz., down from 9 lbs. 1 oz. at birth.  There seemed to be some concern about it, even though my milk didn't even come in until the day before the check-up.  Well, he's made up for lost time!  The doctor said that the almost 2 pounds he put on between those first check-ups may be the most she's ever seen.  Ha!  I love breaking records like that.  My boys are nothing if not BIG.  

Here are the stats:

Weight: 10 lbs. 1 oz. (90th percentile)
Height: 21 3/4" (75th percentile)
Head: 35.8 cm (25th percentile)

Other things to note about Theo: he is a great sleeper.  I typically feed him every 4 hours day and night.  So far, I haven't had to eliminate anything from my diet (I gave up dairy for Emmett).  He is a magnificent tooter.  He once tooted for 5 seconds.  He loves to toot and/or poop on you while getting changed, it keeps things interesting.  He also loves filling a clean, fresh diaper. He likes to be rocked to sleep.  Loves to keep his legs up like a frog.  Doing a great job nursing and even took a bottle for the first time yesterday with no problem.  He likes to smile in his sleep.  He is such a sweet baby.  I know that both Eric and I are WAY more relaxed this time around which probably adds to our general enjoyment of this phase.  But he's truly a wonderful, easy baby.*  

*Dear Universe: please don't punish me for writing this on the Internet for people to read!  


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