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Growing so fast


Happy fourth of July, everyone! Hope you all have a fun and safe holiday. We’ll be grilling out and shooting off fireworks… Nathan’s gonna love it!

So Jonathan had his one-month well check the other day. He’s a growing boy! He now weighs 11 lbs, 4 oz and measures 23 inches long. That’s the 90th percentile for weight and the 98th for height! Looks like my big guy’s going to be tall like his brother and daddy!


Father’s Day love


I hope all the dads out there had a wonderful Father’s Day yesterday! Ours was pretty mellow since we have this itty bitty yet awfully demanding newborn to look after. We finally decided to go ahead and venture out into public for a nice Father’s Day dinner, and let me tell you, we enjoyed ourselves thoroughly. Well except towards the end when John started getting fussy. I scarfed the rest of my food in anticipation of having to take care of him… apparently, I didn’t chew enough and ended up with an upset stomach last night. But that’s ok. It was nice going out as a family and watching Paul and Nathan enjoy themselves. (Of course, I enjoyed myself as well but its kinda hard to watch myself!)


Christmas Pictures!


Well. Time has passed me by. First things first: CHRISTMAS PICTURES!

Nathan had a wonderful, wonderful Christmas. We counted down the days and when the Big Day finally arrived, he was super excited. Unlike the previous years, we didn’t have to split Christmas up into two days due to him becoming overstimulated. He handled it quite well! He got everything from Legos to cars to green army men… and even some fruit. Because yes, my kid loves fruit. So, even though these pictures are a bit late, here’s Nathan enjoying Christmas.



Yay for presents! Mommy and Daddy stayed up LATE the night before making sure everything was wrapped just so. (By the time this picture was taken, he had already unwrapped most of them that were under the tree.) What was really cute, and he did this on previous Christmases as well, was that when he opened one present, he wanted to go ahead and play with it rather than open more.



Oh yeah. Some planes. This kid is already causing me anxiety about his teenage years. At the tender age of nearly four, he already loves fast cars, loud music, and fighter jets. He has a nice range of likes and interests from jigsaw puzzles to dinosaurs to trains to cars… My little guy!



Legos! That’s another thing my son loves. Legos. In fact, when he opened this Lego box, he recited the entire Lego Duplo commercial. I can’t quote it because I can’t remember it verbatim like he can, but he has a steel trap memory. Once when I broke out the Lysol spray to freshen a room, he recited a Lysol commercial he heard. And let me tell you, I always hurry past the beer isle in the grocery store because he starts exclaiming how “refreshing” light beer is. Oy. (I also try to limit his commercial time and put his memory to other more constructive uses rather than memorizing useless information.)


My sweet, happy little man.


Enjoying a book after all the festivities.

And, a really sweet video of him opening one of the presents his Grandma and Grandpa got him… a tunnel for his train tracks! I love how Nathan was so excited that he immediately darted off to his room, where we have some train tracks set up, so he could immediately put his tunnel to use.

Gosh I love this kid. He’s my life, my heart, my everything. And it’s really hard to believe that this was his last Christmas as an only child… hard to believe he’s going to be a big brother in May! And, we found out just two or three weeks ago that IT’S A BOY!!!! Yes, we are having another little boy, and we couldn’t be more excited!!

I can’t believe I’m going to be a mommy to two boys!!!



Christmas is almost here!!


Last night, we wrapped more of Nathan’s Christmas presents and put some of them under the tree. Nathan’s reaction to these presents when he saw this morning was priceless. With wide eyes, he crouched down and started bouncing while exclaiming there were more presents under the tree.

Then he systematically went through the presents, picking them up individually and asking what’s inside.

“You’ll find out on Christmas!” we told him. Then he’d shake it, put his ear to it, and ask a litany of questions.

“Is it a racecar?” he asked.

“You can open it on Christmas and find out then,” we responded.

“Is it a train?” he asked as he tapped the box.

“You have to wait to see,” we said.

“It’s a toy, right?”

“What do you think?”

“Yes! I think it’s a present! I LOVE presents!”

And then he’d start spinning around in circles… round and round (how the heck does he do that, anyway? Three to four spins for myself is about all I can take of the dizziness.) Then he’d run into the kitchen and spin some more, then back to the living room for more spinning. (He loves to spin when he’s excited.) And then we’d go through pretty much this same conversation and resulting spinning with each present.

I love to see him excited.

In other news, I’m starting to feel really pregnant. Up until this point, I didn’t really feel too pregnant. But now I’m getting tired more easily, even though I still work out 3-4 times a week. I’m definitely in shape, yet I find myself getting short on breath just walking around the house. The way I huff and puff, you’d think I didn’t work out a day in my life. It’s completely normal though- with the baby growing, my lungs are getting squished and can’t get as much oxygen. Plus having 50% more blood volume doesn’t help with the fatigue and shortness of breath, either.

The back pain has started as well. It’s not nearly on the same scale as it was when I was this far along with Nathan, and that’s attributed to me working out and being in great shape. But still. It’s there. It’s not agony like it was last time, but it’s definitely unpleasant. I’m hoping it doesn’t get much worse.

Oh the things we go through for our little ones!! And it’s so worth every bit of discomfort, especially once I have him or her cuddled safely in my arms.

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