Wednesday, January 28, 2009

more than surviving

Tyson just took Landon to the children's museum (thank goodness for that family membership!) and I have some quiet time alone with Cole.  

Things are going pretty well.  I remember with Landon being so exhausted the first few days, and while I'm not exactly well-rested, I am doing more than barely functioning too.  Tyson and I wonder if it's because I am used to being sleep deprived (he's not functioning so great, but he's never really been on night duty like he is now) or if it's just really not so bad.  I won't lie, the first night with two kids was ROUGH, but last night was so much better.  Still not ideal - as in, Cole and I slept about half the night in the living room so we wouldn't wake everyone in the bedrooms when he cried - but it was doable.  

Landon is adjusting very well to having a little brother, and wants to hold him quite a bit.  When someone else is holding Cole and he starts to cry Landon comes running for me so I can help.  Landon tried to brush Cole's teeth this morning and also wanted him to eat French toast with us, but he's catching on to what babies can and can't do.    

Overall, I feel like things are going very well.  Now that I am saying that it all might fall apart, but for now I feel like we are doing more than merely surviving.

Monday, January 26, 2009

Announcing . . .

We are thrilled to announce that our son, Coleson Robert Magney, was born at home this morning at 7:45 a.m. after a mere 4 hours and 15 minutes of labor.

He weighed in at 7 pounds 14 ounces and he is 21 inches long. He is absolutely perfect, and nurses like a champ! He is alert and wonderful, and we are enjoying him so much already!


So, I might be in labor.  I have been having contractions for almost two hours this morning.  Of course, Landon was up for over an hour in the middle of the night right before the contractions started with a small fever and a cough.  Ugh.  I was kind of hoping to be able to take him to see the doctor today, but we might be having a baby instead. I'm so excited!

Saturday, January 24, 2009

sewing and crafting

I realized I hadn't posted any pictures of some of the stuff I made for the baby. I think I put up all the knitting stuff, but I sewed a bunch too. See?

I made five pairs of pants total (ok, six if you count the pair I made for Landon too). One of the pairs obviously didn't make it into the photo. This pattern is so easy! Then I stenciled onesies and T-shirts to match the pants. They turned out really cute too, but apparently I didn't get a picture of them. Oops.

I also realized that I participated in the Holiday Traditions Exchange before Christmas and never posted about it! I was paired with Sarah B. in Georgia, and here is what I sent her:

My swap package to her included two handknit poinsettia dishcloths (I loved how they turned out!), a bar of peppermint soap, three little elf ornaments, homemade shortbread and the recipe, and our Advent tutorial.

She sent me two great books, a handmade holiday recipe book, a very adorable holiday house, and her tutorial on Santa Mouse. The picture isn't so great, but I think my computer ate the other one that was better.

It was the first swap I've ever done and it was so much fun! Once the baby is here and I feel like I have a little bit of time again I would like to find another one to do.

So, still no baby. Tyson took Landon for the morning and left me home alone to chill. I know the baby isn't due until next weekend, but I am so impatient to meet him and settle into having him here. I am trying to just be patient, but it's hard! Landon was cute this morning when they were leaving. He asked if I was going to come too, and I told him no. He started to fuss, but then he ran over and gave me a hug and kiss. Then he headed for the door blowing me kisses and saying "buh-bye!" Out he went with Dad and that was the end of that. Usually he cries whenever we aren't going to be together, but today he seemed ok with the whole thing. My little boy sure is growing up. Well, back to relaxing for me. I am trying to just focus on enjoying some quiet time before I have to chase two little ones around all day long!

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Landon's activities

I just got done uploading some pictures, and I thought you might want to see what Landon has been into lately!

Landon the artist.

Driving in the snow, and playing "we're stuck!" Eek!

"Snow blowing" - doesn't that look suspiciously like his lawn mower from last summer? :)

Playing in the snow, and eating quite a bit of it too!

Shoveling with Dad. I swear I'm not a bad mom because he doesn't have a hat on his head - I had totally overdressed him and he was roasting!

Cooking is one of his favorite things to do, either with me or with his own cooking tools.

Riding his horse, named Bam, at Grammy and Papa's.

And now he is begging to be taken out to "play car." This means we sit in my car for at least 20 minutes while he pushes all the buttons and begs to turn it on. Yippee.


Still no baby to report, and I am trying not to focus on that today because it makes me feel super-impatient.  

In other news, though, we have a potty trained little boy on our hands!  I have been hesitant to say anything because I didn't want to jinx it, but it has been about a week now since Landon has worn a diaper during the day and it's been four nights since he wore one to bed.  I think we have had two accidents the whole time.  He had been tugging on his diaper a lot and using the potty somewhat regularly if I left him naked from the waist down, but he didn't seem quite ready to be completely diaper free.  But then one day he was tugging on his diaper and came over to me with a request of "diaper off."  I reminded him that he needed to use the potty if he didn't have a diaper on, and we haven't looked back since.  I keep reminding myself that he may go back to diapers for a while once the baby is here, but I'm not sure if he actually will.  He seems pretty content to be 100% in undies.  I kind of feel like we never actually had to work really hard with him on it, just made it available to him and talked a lot about using the potty.  He was just ready on his own and decided he was done with diapers.  It's nice.  

There is a lot more that has been going on, but mostly the good, mundane stuff.  We are in waiting mode for the baby, and I spend part of every day wondering if this could be "the day."  It has been driving me a little bit crazy, but I am doing my best to enjoy the last few days (please, not weeks!) of being a family of three.  I have a LLL meeting tonight that I was certain I wouldn't be able to go to because I would have a new baby, but I am glad for the chance to get out of the house and focus on something else for a evening.  Send happy baby vibes my way!

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

The Blahs

I know I have been horrible about updating.  I seem to get this idea in my head that I can't update without cute pictures and I need to move past that idea and just get in here and type.  Plus, I have just been feeling very blah lately.  Not sick or anything, but like I just want to keep things as simple and low-key as possible.  Maybe it's because I'm about to have a baby, or something along those lines.  Whatever it is, updating the blog has not been at the top of the list.  

We have been out looking at houses quite a bit, and have found some possibilities.  Nothing that is completely "it" for both of us, and now we are going to put looking on hold until after the baby is born.  The nesting part of me is desperate to have a home NOW, but logically I know it is dumb to buy a house two weeks before our baby is supposed to be born.  So, there are a couple we will probably go back to see but for now we are just going to give it a rest.  

I feel very much in waiting mode for the baby now.  Every night I go to bed and wonder if I will be woken in the middle of the night by a contraction or something, but every morning I wake up still very pregnant.  I am trying to be patient and let the baby come in his own time, but I am getting so impatient about meeting him and getting on with life as a new family of four.   I am trying to enjoy the last few days or weeks with Landon as my only child, but mostly I just find myself having no patience with him either which isn't exactly stellar for our relationship all the time.  Tomorrow I am hoping to take him to stay with the grandparents for a few hours while I go out.  Hopefully it will be refreshing for me and allow me to have a bit more patience about everything.  

Landon is in bed, and Tyson is working out, so I am going to go get some knitting done while I have a few minutes to myself.  Send happy baby vibes my way!

Thursday, January 1, 2009

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!  I hope everyone had a fun New Year's Eve.  We didn't do much, but it was nice to be snuggled at home with our little family.  

I said to Tyson last night that 2008 sure was a crazy year.  We found out we were expecting baby #2, we decided to move to Spokane, we moved, and we have adjusted to living in a new place.  Then we laughed because 2009 will probably be just as crazy - we will actually have a new baby, we are looking for a house, and we will be moving into a new house sometime in the next six months or so (we hope!).  Overall, it was a great year, though, and I hope 2009 brings just as many blessings!