Archive for October, 2010

October 20, 2010

A Month of Baby, a Month of Photos

Whether you’re counting by weeks or the day of the month, it’s safe to say that our dear Jacob is officially one month old.  I know, hard to believe for me, too!

The first three-ish weeks didn’t seem to go by too quickly, as there was so much to get used to (like typing with one hand–ha!) and he was still relatively little.  But I’m seeing him start to get bigger now, especially as I look through these photos from the last month.  Suddenly it’s all too clear that we have a crazy, wild, wonderful ride ahead of us.

Some of these photos are the same ones we posted two weeks or so ago, but now there aren’t eight of each pose, so I hope they’re easier to get through.  Amazing how you can try to scale down photos of your baby and still end up with a hundred and eighteen.  At any rate, enjoy!

October 19, 2010

An Incredible Year, and Many More to Come

Recently, John and I celebrated our first wedding anniversary.  Honestly, the date almost got lost in the midst of welcoming a tiny new person into our lives.  But with a week and a half between Jacob’s birth and our big day, we managed to arrange for a little celebration with a somewhat unexpected assortment of family and friends.  Some visits were planned in advance, others were a surprise the day of, and altogether it was a perfect combination.


Spending a day with a brand new baby is certainly not the typical way to celebrate a first anniversary—except maybe in John’s family.  His older brother was born on their parents’ first anniversary.  John’s dad was hoping we might continue the tradition.  Looking back on it now, can you imagine how big Jacob would have been?!  Eek.


We ended up with my parents, my maid of honor, a groomsman, and another close friend over, snacking on whatever was in the fridge and watching football.  As far as I was concerned, this was the perfect way to celebrate our second big day.  A year after we were wed, we had our happy home open to family and friends, and had started a family of our own.  One of the highlights was the twenty minutes five of us spent cheering Jacob on while he was on his tummy.  For a ten-day old baby, that kid was strong!


The “official” lists of anniversary gifts, year by year, say that first anniversary gifts should be something made of paper—show tickets, etc.  We decided Jacob was gift enough for us both, so we just exchanged cards over a quick dinner out, while my parents watched our little guy.  It was a little strange to be away from him; it was the first time in ten months I was without him either in my belly or outside of it.  What a bizarre feeling, knowing that I was still recovering from delivering him and this huge change had happened in our lives, but for the first time passersby on the street would have no idea.


Soon enough, we were back home again, marveling at the little man who had dominated so much of this first year of our marriage, and would certainly be a large part of many years to come.


When I was pregnant, we tried to take a series of “baby bump” photos, showing how Jacob and I were growing together throughout the pregnancy.  We weren’t really very diligent about it, plus I couldn’t figure out when I personally would go back and look at these photos again.  I realized it would be more meaningful to me to track the growth of our whole family over time, not just me and this baby.


So this year we started to take what will become our annual anniversary photo.  No matter what we’re doing on the big day each year, we’re going to sit down and take a family photo together.  We may be home late from work, busy with homework or sports practice, whatever, but we will find a quick moment to join together for this photo no matter what.  I hope over time, this will be a beautiful way to watch how our family has grown and it will be something of a keepsake for us.  After our wedding photo then, I leave you with our first anniversary photo, aka my new favorite picture in the whole wide world.

Here’s to many more to come!


October 8, 2010

Two-and-a-Half Week Check-In

Today Jacob is seventeen days old, and what a happy two and a half weeks it’s been!  I thought I was amazed at all the things he experienced while I was pregnant with him, but now I am even more in awe of how much he’s experienced since he was born.


For example, while in my belly, Jacob not only went to work every day, but he also went to Boston, South Dakota, Hilton Head, LBI, the rodeo in Houston, and four weddings.  A well-traveled and well-partied baby in utero, right?


Since his birth we haven’t ventured quite so far, but we’ve still done much more than I expected—all only when we were ready for it.  In a mere two-and-a-half weeks, Jacob has met a bunch of family and friends, and been hugged and snuggled by them all.  He’s been to Sunday Mass (he was only a little bit noisy) and helped us celebrate our first wedding anniversary.  He’s been to a bunch of local coffee shops (and even nursed and was changed at one—yay, us!), and went out for sushi the other night.  Tonight, Jacob takes Manhattan to share M&M’s World with the lovely Auntie Sarah and to meet John for dinner.


On the development front, Jacob has some awesome head control.  I don’t know a lot about baby milestones, when kids are supposed to do certain things, etc.  But I do know that he likes to be on his belly for about fifteen minutes at a time, which is great fun to watch.


What’s more exciting is that yesterday at parent/baby yoga at the Y, Jacob rolled over!  I don’t believe this means he’s going to start rolling all over the place every day, but it was definitely intentional and as much as he doesn’t seem to mind being on his tummy, he was certainly happier when on his back again.  Hooray for another overachiever in the family.


The other fun update in the life of our (not-so-) little Peanut is that his umbilical cord stump fell off at the two week mark.  He hasn’t had a real bath yet, but perhaps we’ll undertake that this weekend.

Now you see it . . .

. . . now you don't!


Every day he’s awake a little bit longer and a little bit more alert.  This is also translating to being a bit fussier in the evenings and some nights at about four am, but I’m getting as much sleep as one could hope for with a newborn.  And John’s been able to get enough sleep (I think) to keep a cold from turning into something worse, which is good news for all of us.


Whenever I’m not totally zonked, taking care of Jacob is really fun.  It’s wonderful to see all his facial expressions and to experience how peaceful and calm he almost always is.  We’ve added being over-stimulated/overtired to the very short list of reasons this little guy cries, but a bit of a snuggle and a couple minutes nursing undoubtedly calms him down.


Up ahead we have a weekend of more friends and family, and my favorite:  more time with John at home!  I love watching John interact with Jacob, because there is so much love between the two of them.  It’s still kind of unbelievable that we have a family, but gentle little boy that he is, Jacob has made the idea very easy to get used to.


When the idea of being a wife and a mother was vaguely somewhere out there in front of me, it seemed a near impossibility that it would really happen, that I could really handle it.  But now that it’s at my dinner table and in my arms, I can tell you quite certainly that there isn’t anything better in the whole wide world.

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