Thursday, January 29, 2009

4 weeks old


Erik is four-weeks-old. He is still waking up a bit at night, but he is soo calm and sweet once he needs are met, that you can't blame him for being so tiny and needing our attention. Casey is doing great and we all just adore him.

Pink eye fun...



I got a real taste of what my maternity leave is going to be like this week. Casey couldn't go to preschool on Monday and Tuesday because he had pink eye. So, Pedar kissed us all goodbye (picture me gripping his leg begging, "Please don't go!) and my day with a 4-week-old and an incredibly busy four-year-old began. The worst part was trying to put Casey's eye drops in..but after the second time, Casey was much more accepting and I was so much faster at it!!

The hardest part is my lack of patience. I am running on just a few hours of sleep and Casey is just so loud and rough. It seems like he breaks something new or chips paint every single day. I need to get used to it though because we are shortening his preschool schedule for the rest of my maternity leave, so everyday at 12:30 I will be partying with both of my boys!! I am looking forward to spending more time with Casey, I just pray I find enough activities to keep him occupied enough so he doesn't wreck our house!

I have been a working Mom since Casey was 12-weeks-old. I have a HUGE respect for Mom's that choose to stay home full-time. I have been lucky to have a flexible work schedule, so I have experienced what it is like to be home all day and I truly believe that being home is much harder than working outside of the home.

I am going to remind myself to be grateful for this time with both my boys...soon enough I will be back to work and missing their sweet faces.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Erik is three-weeks-old




It has been three weeks since Erik arrived. Erik is one mellow little baby. Although, if I don't feed him fast enough, he definitely lets me know how he feels! I am nursing, which means most of Erik's needs can only be met by me. I am trying to store up some "liquid gold" so I can venture out in the world again by myself for a few hours. We did move Erik into his crib, which is helping us sleep much more soundly in between feedings. I look forward to warmer weather...it gets cold sitting in the rocking chair at 1 a.m., 3 a.m. and 6 a.m.

Pedar is incredibly helpful and has met all of Casey's needs these past three weeks. Pedar is one of the most gentle and patient men I have ever known and I am so grateful to have him as my partner.

Casey has realized that Erik is here to stay. There have been some moments of aggression. Casey likes to play, "Let's pinch the baby when Mom isn't watching and see him scream!" Casey also likes to play, "Let's move the car seat shade so the sun is in the babies eyes!" It is REALLY hard to remember to count to ten and not put Casey in time out all day long. He is definitely being more obnoxious and rambunctious in an effort to squeeze attention from us. It is getting the wrong kind of attention, but I don't think he cares. I try to distract him from his yucky behavior before I lose it!! Casey is at preschool today and I am breathing a sigh of relief.

We are still trying to return calls and see all of our wonderful friends and family! We love you all. Thank you for your love!

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Family Pictures




We took some pics today! Erik is almost three-weeks-old. He only woke up once last night!! We feel soo great today! It might be a fluke sleeping thing, but we are praying this sleeping pattern lasts. Casey is doing great and loves his brother!

I love them toes...


I love my sons toe-toes! I love the way the toes wrap around my mouth when I kiss them!! Casey's feet are getting very big...but they are still precious, especially the one with the freckle!! It is so nice to have little tiny toes back in my life!!

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Erik is 1 week old....






Since we got home from the hospital on New Years Eve, the days have kind of melted into each other. Last night while I was up with my little party animal, I tried to remember what we've done this past week: We went to the pediatrician for Erik's 2 day check-up, ;we've had a few friends and family stop by to meet the little dude; we went to the grocery store (big outing!) for more diapers and visited Pedar's Grandma and Great Aunt and we went for a short walk around the neighborhood.

On Monday Casey went back to preschool, our wonderful Doula visited and I made meatloaf with my neighbor Lori. Today, Casey was back at school again. Pedar and I went for a long walk, cleaned house a bit and Pedar went grocery shopping.

I am feeling a bit of cabin fever. Tomorrow I need to get out! Erik is still up a lot at night and sleeping peacefully all day long...which makes for one tired Mama and Daddy! We'll get this kid turned around soon!

Casey is doing well. He does ask me to put Erik down a lot, but he also wants to hold and kiss his brother several times a day as well.

I am so lucky that Pedar is home with me right now. Pedar rode the trailer bike to pick up Casey from school today, Casey was so excited.

We're all getting used to this new little family member. He just feels so right. We feel so blessed and so happy. I just want to whisper "thank you!" all the time.

Thursday, January 1, 2009

Erik is welcomed....





We had a few friends and family meet Erik today! We are overwhelmed with love. Thank you everyone!!

Happy Birthday Pop-Pop/Dad/Jim!





Happy Be-lated Birthday Pop-Pop Jim/Dad

We celebrated Pop-Pop's New Years Eve Birthday last night. Pop-Pop and Mor-Mor brought us a delicious dinner! I hope you like your gift Pop-Pop..(baby Erik)...it is the gift that keeps on giving!! Just kidding..enjoy the bike jersey.

We love you so much, Jim. Thank you for all your help on our many house projects recently. Your tender heart and handy ways are priceless to us and to all those that know and love you.

We hope this year is extra wonderful to you!!

Erik Kenneth Bruce!




Erik Kenneth Bruce was born on December 30th at 12:59 a.m. He weighed 7 pounds even and was 20 inches long! I started having contractions at 2 a.m. on Dec. 29th, but they didn't get regular till 5 p.m. Pedar and I walked all day, bounced on the birthing ball and just prayed for the baby to get here. We got to the hospital around 5:30 p.m. and things were really slow to progress. My doctor broke my water at 11:30 p.m. and less than an hour and half later...no induction..no pain meds...just a lot of hard work....Erik was born!

It was an amazing experience. My doula, Consie and my amazing husband helped me have the birth experience I really wanted. I am so grateful to my doctor who allowed me to try to have a vaginal birth after cesarean.

I feel so great today! We had a very quiet New Years Eve. Casey was asleep at 8 p.m. and we were close behind. We shared a room at the hospital and didn't get much sleep...we are so happy to be home. The recovery from this birth and the last one is night and day. I am thrilled!

Thank you family and friends for all your love and support. I feel like one of the luckiest women alive!

More pics coming each day...