Friday, November 19, 2010
Carrington is getting stronger every day and is lifting her head up completely by herself! She is a great sleeper and typically goes to bed between 8pm and 9pm, and wakes up around 2am, and then again at 6am (right as Doug is getting ready for work- so he takes care of her at this time). On Wed., at exactly 2 1/2 weeks old, she slept through the entire night and didn't wake up until 6am! We couldn't believe it! :) She is also spending more time awake during the day and it's fun to watch her be so alert!
My brother, Brian, got married last weekend to his long-time girlfriend Kristyn Raze! We were so excited! Doug was the best man, I was a bridesmaid, and Trey was the ring bearer. It was a weekend filled with lots and lots of fun- and it was a LOT of work with two kids!
Trey was a maniac all weekend- the Mimslyn Inn (where the wedding took place) was beautiful, with gorgeous wine displays all over the lobby, huge winding staircases, a big fountain with rocks out front, and lots of fall decorations- including pumpkins and haystacks all over the large front porches. I write all of this so that you can imagine how enticing ALL of these things were for a 19 month old little boy! Trey peeled wine labels off of bottles, climbed up and down the staircases and ran through the restaurants, he threw pumpkins and climbed on haystacks, he threw rocks from the fountain at innocent bystanders, and last but not least- he decided to take a little "dip" in the fountain in his brand new dress shoes and tuxedo. Oh what fun! By the time my brother in law and his wife (Brian and Melissa) arrived on Saturday, I was pretty close to a breaking point. Luckily, they stepped in and were an amazing help with the kids. I'm pretty sure I couldn't have done it without them!
This weekend was so special- my Grammy and Papa got to meet Carrington for the first time, plus my Grandma met Trey and Carrington for the first time ever! It was a lot of fun and I can't wait to see the professional pictures when they are done!
Like I mentioned before, Trey has become an excellent big brother. The first week, Trey stayed home with me, Carrington, and NaniJay. On week 2, NaniJay went home and Doug and I decided that Trey needed the routine of going back to school and being normal. That first week back at school was tough on all of us! The first day it took me 2 1/2 hours to get all 3 of us dressed and out the door, day 2 took less than 2 hours, and day 3 was exactly 2 hours. I guess this is my timeframe from now on! Yikes! Trey also had a hard time leaving us, and cried all 3 days when I dropped him off. It made me feel terrible, even though I knew he stopped as soon as I left. The good thing is that Trey's class is gearing up for Thanksgiving with all kinds of fun crafts like Fall Trees and Handprint Turkeys. His big feast is this coming Monday!
Trey's little vocabulary is expanding more and more each day as well. He talks to me all day long and I'm pretty sure this is tougher on me than on him. I have no clue what he is saying half the time, but he doesn't seem to mind, so I just pretend like I "get" it, even though I don't :). Yo Gabba Gabba has not only taken over my home, but has now migrated to the car with the addition of the DVD player and a new Gabba movie. If you had told me this was going to be my life 3 years ago, I never would have believed it! :)
Along with Trey being such a big boy, he has added some newfound independence that includes completely ignoring Doug or myself when we are talking to him. I find this very annoying and frustrating and I'm pretty sure this is the onset of the "Terrible 2's", although I refuse to believe that the "Terrible 2's" is an actual milestone, and is instead a new way of learning and disciplining, and it will be short-lived!
I'll keep this one short and sweet! Carrington is a wonderful baby! She is a fantastic sleeper, she is a great eater, and so far, she never cries! I find this all so hard to believe since Trey was not a great sleeper- he was ALWAYS awake, ALWAYS wanted to be held, and was much more of a "snacker" than he was an "eater". Carrington had her 2 week doctor's appt. and here are her first "stats" since coming out of the hospital:
Weight: 7 pounds, 15 ounces (she was 7 pounds, 8 ounces at her newborn appt.)- this is the 60th percentile
Height: 20 and 3/4"- 93rd percentile
Head Circumference: 35.25- 60th percentile
Trey is also a great big brother- he wants to pat her all the time, and the first thing he says every morning when I got to get him is "baby?". We even let him hold her this week, which he loved! I know this is extra cheesy, but I feel like I am the happiest I have EVER been!
Monday, November 8, 2010
Halloween was extra special this year because we brought our baby girl home from the hospital that day, and we had been talking to Trey for weeks about dressing up like a "woof-woof" and saying "trick or treat". When we got home that morning, Carrington and I took a nap, and then Uncle Adam, Aunt Shannon, and cousin Allie all came over to visit. We took some cutie pie pictures and let the kids play in the backyard for a little while. It was important to me not to miss any of the festivities with Trey, so that evening, we left Carrington at home with my mom, and Doug and I put Trey in his wagon and headed up to the amenity center for some Halloween fun!!!! When we got back to the house, Doug and Trey loaded up in the wagon and headed out for some trick or treating. The only downside??? Trey fell asleep almost immediately! Doug wasn't deterred, though, and continued trick or treating despite Trey snoozing in the wagon :). I would definitely say that this was the best Halloween we have had so far!!!!
Saturday, November 6, 2010
I was waiting until Carrington was born to share some of the special moments of my pregnancy. A few things that I loved were, of course, working on the nursery, doing Maternity pictures, and having a few 3D/4D pictures given to me from one of our doctor's appointments.
Another surprise was having one of the girls in my neighborhood, Ashley McCombs, throw me (and another neighbor) a joint baby shower. Although there was nothing I needed, I learned a lot about friendship and support from this small but extremely thoughtful gesture. It was beautiful, and I wish I could better thank her!
Doug and I found out I was pregnant on Valentine's Day, 2010. This was a huge surprise for us, especially sine Trey was not even 1 years old yet, but I've learned that my plan is not always God's plan (it rarely ever is!). Carrington has been such a blessing, and I didn't even know I could feel even more complete then I already was, but I do!