Sunday, March 22, 2009

the new house

I realized yesterday that despite all that goes in to getting a new house and how much time it takes, I haven't talked much about our search for a house here.  So, we got a house!  It's in the perfect location - within walking distance to THREE parks - and we will live very close to three of my good friends.  We close on it this coming Thursday, and we will move a week after that.  We decided to take a week to paint and do a few other things to the house before we have all our stuff in the way.  I have yet to pack up anything in our current place, which is leaving me feeling slightly panicked, but with two little ones I can't seem to find time or energy to toss things in boxes.  Luckily the new place is pretty close by and we can just take carloads of stuff over without having to pack it too well.  My mom is coming for the day tomorrow, though, to help me get some of that stuff done.  We are so excited to finally have our own place just in time for spring and summer.  I will even get to have a garden this year!  So, that's what is going on with the house search.  Hopefully I can get some pictures of the new place up soon.  

Tuesday, March 17, 2009


Look what my little guy can do!  Smiles are everywhere these days.  

Also, doesn't he look lovely and chubby?  You have to love that!  

Monday, March 16, 2009

Welcome Baby!

Welcome to baby Theo Gregory, my first nephew!   He was born today at 3:08 p.m.  He was almost exactly the same size as Coleson, weighing in at 7 pounds, 13 ounces and 20 3/4 inches.  I was thrilled to get to see him when he was about an hour and a half old.  My sister-in-law had a great labor and I was impressed that she was willing to have guests so quickly after the birth!  My brother didn't get to be there due to his Marines training stuff, but he will be home soon to see his first son.  I am so excited for them!  Congrats, Greg and Brittney!

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

peace at last

Both of the boys are sleeping.  How I managed that, I'm not entirely sure.  But it sure is peaceful to do something without holding a baby or dealing with a cranky and slightly sick (again!) toddler.  I do know they went to sleep with the help of many layers of clothes, a baby carrier, a stroller, and a long walk in the fresh air and sunshine.  It's a miracle I transferred them both inside without waking up, but there you have it.  Two sleeping boys.  

Landon starts soccer with his daddy tonight, and he is really looking forward to it.  I think he will have so much fun!  He has also been taking swimming lessons and is enjoying that as well.  We are also hoping to get him in some gymnastics sometime soon.  He loves to be active, so it's fun to see him doing activities like this.  He is growing up before my eyes.  Some days I look at him and can't believe he's the same little boy as he was the day before.  

Cole is also growing at an amazing rate.  He was six weeks old yesterday and I already feel like I didn't enjoy the newborn period enough.  I look at Landon and then I look at Cole and realize he will be as old as Landon is now before I know it.  He's such a mellow little guy and has fit right into our household without any problems.  

We move into our new house in about three weeks.  I am so ready to move in and get settled there.  Hopefully the move will coincide with spring making it's appearance since we will live within walking distance of three parks.  

Speaking of spring, what is up with all the snow and freezing temps?  It was fun to have winter until about a week ago and now I am officially done with this stuff.  Bring on warm temps, sunshine, and the playground.  

I'm going to knit a few rows while I have some peace and quiet around here.  I will try to hold off on the celebratory wine drinking, seeing as how it is only 3:45 pm.  Then again, it might make for a nice calm mommy when they do wake up from their naps.  Hmmm . . .

Sunday, March 1, 2009

great expectations

I was talking with some moms a couple weeks ago about the expectations we have to let go of when we become mothers.  We also have to let go of some of our expectations along the way as well.  I had this huge expectation, created early in motherhood, that I would nurse my kids until they were completely done and stopped of their own free will.  It was a great idea and I really believe in the value of that for many families.  But, in reality, for me at least, it wasn't working out so well.  So, I decided to wean Landon.  It took a lot of thinking, talking, and crying about it, but I decided (with the encouragement of my loving husband) to just do it.  The nursing relationship was not good any more between me and Landon, and weaning was something that would be healthier for both of us.  Today is the first day I have told him he can't nurse anymore, and so far it is going well.  I am not looking forward to bedtime when he usually really wants to nurse, but I think we will survive.  And I hope instead of really screwing up my kid, this will be a good thing for both of us.