I have been MIA – and there’s one and only one reason for it. My laptop. The battery is crap so it needs to be plugged in at all times, and being near it when there is actually time to blog can be an issue when you have a baby who likes to be held (in fact, he’s waking up right now).
Things here are good. It’s been busy, but it’s good.
Matthew started pre pre-school last week and LOVES it! Taking him to school yesterday was fun because he knew right where we were when we pulled in, and he ran up the stairs and into his class, giving me little chance to get his hands washed. He jumps right in wherever he is, and school is no different. We’ve received glowing reports both days so far about his social skills, his attitude, and his being an “unbelievable sharer.” 🙂 His teachers say that he’s a very good boy and nice to all the children. I like hearing that! What I like even more is the reception I got yesterday when I picked him up. The kid who could care less that I was leaving him there just a couple of hours earlier was SO excited to see me! We locked eyes and he squealed, “Mom, mom, MOM!!!!” and ran to me. LOVE!
Bryson has really mellowed out and makes my days very easy. He smiles all morning long, lets me know when he needs naps, squeals at his brother, and travels well with us from here to there. He became a new baby at around 4-5 weeks and that’s very appreciated 😉 He was a tough nut at first. HA! He sleeps pretty well at night when he’s not sick (poor baby) and will give us a 4.5-6.5 hour first stretch, then up every 3-4. If we time it right, I get up only once a night! Matthew was the opposite and got worse as he got older. I am taking this as a good sign and am hoping we will not need to do sleep training this time around! (Fingers Crossed!!!)
B is so busy at work. It doesn’t interfere with our family life because he’s so good at keeping work at work, but you can see it in his eyes every now and again that he’s worn out. He continues to be an amazing father to the boys, especially to Matthew. When you have a nursing mom, you lose a lot of one-on-one time with her and B likes to stay home in the AM while I nurse and shower so that Matthew has someone to play with. The minute he comes home, they’re playing ball, or trucks, or trains together. He’s done an amazing job at making Matthew not feel like there’s a new baby in the house (or as much like that as possible).
Our trip was great! I remember it more fondly now that it’s over, but it really was fun. HA! It was hard, but it was worth the effort. As we drove the 6 hours home, I asked B if he’s glad we took the trip and he said yes. We both enjoyed the time away from home and watching Matthew love all the time in the pools and on the beach. Bryson did great and adjusted well, and Matthew LOVED having his dad to sleep with each night. We changed up the bed time routine for him and made it a bit more fun, and I would suggest doing that for your kids while on vacation. Because we did something “special” before bed, he got pretty excited about going to bed (we watched CG on the tablet PC in bed). It was great!
Weekends have been busy with birthday parties, fall events, and regular maintenance 😉 We are going to get down to KC at the end of September or in October (hear that, Steph?!?!?) and are looking forward to that. We have a few friends down there who we want to see and that’s great motivation to make it happen. There is also a space museum that is “second only to the Smithsonian” outside of KC that I’m dying to visit (truly!). I want to keep traveling here and there because we have a big family trip to Colorado Springs over Christmas that I’m hoping will go smoothly. Fun times ahead (I say that with some sarcasm – we’re flying to Colorado and that will be the first time with both boys)!
B comes home today from an overnight work trip. Matthew always gets sick right as B is leaving, and that happened this time too – with the added bonus of Bryson getting even sicker than Matthew! 😉 We all survived it, and I actually got a ton done while B was out-of-town. I’m sort of a machine when he’s not here – I like to keep busy! He leaves for 3 nights (I think) on Sunday and I am getting giddy just thinking of what I may get done while he’s gone! Someone asked last week how Matthew’s room is coming along – and if it’s done. It is not. But it’s close. The only thing I have left to do (I think) is his name banner which is on the agenda for the nights that B is out-of-town. That should keep me busy!
We just keep on keeping on, I guess. The only thing that I’m not thrilled with is the time that B and I get together – or rather – the time that we DON’T get together. It’s become a real problem with the two kids because one of them is always up while we’re up. Bryson is now starting to go to bed before Matthew, and I’m hoping that we can have some quality time together now that we have that all worked out. By the time Matthew is finally asleep (that kid can keep his eyes open for a very long time, even when exhausted!), I come back to a tired husband who just wants to sleep. And you know, that always sounds pretty good to me given my lack of sleep lately. So – there lies the problem!
Now I’m off to get some much-needed sleep!
September 10, 2013 at 3:03 pm
I love this update, it sounds like you are all adjusting really well to your whirlwind life as a family of 4, even though the sickness and initial fussiness of a newborn can sure make things harder. I’m impressed with your single parent abilities, and how motivated you are to get things done while your hubby is away. I am sometimes the opposite, I like to have someone around to boss/help me with my many project! That’s so awesome Bryson is doing well in the sleep department. I’m dreading the lack of sleep, but keep telling myself that it’s temporary and eventually I will sleep again! I’m thinking you and your hubby need to go on a date, any chance you guys can find someone to pop over and watch the boys? I have to laugh at myself for suggesting this, because I am by far the WORST at going out on dates with my hubby. It always sounds like a terrific idea, but then life happens, or babysitter cancels, etc. 🙂 SO glad Matthew is doing so well at school too!
September 11, 2013 at 4:23 pm
We do need to go on a date, but we’ll take Bryson with us. Which isn’t a date. Maybe we’ll have his parents come down so we can go on a real date.
September 10, 2013 at 4:17 pm
Awh, I wish I lived closer to CO Springs! No way can we jet over there at Christmas though since I’ll be 38w pregnant. EEK! We still need to make a Blues & Brews happen. Maybe next September?
Glad to hear things are going well in life! Finding time with the spouse is definitely the hardest thing to prioritize, but so important. Sleep is just so nice though…
September 11, 2013 at 4:22 pm
No – you cannot jet over during Christmas. I can’t believe you’ll be about to deliver! WOW! I’m excited to hear what name you pick for that little man of yours. I really like Oskar 😉
We found time to be together last night. YAY!
September 10, 2013 at 9:56 pm
L started preschool last week too, and it sounds like he’s exactly the same as Matthew is! He cannot jump into play fast enough when we get there, but is so excited when I come pick him up. I was wondering today if he was going to have some issues this week since he knows that I leave him know when we come to preschool – nope. Not a tear! There were kids crying all around when I dropped him this morning and he was completely unfazed! So glad it’s been an easy transition for you too.
Glad things are getting better. I hear you on the husband work front – I feel like I rarely see C lately he’s been working so much and I know it’s only going to get more rare as we divide and conquer w 2.
September 11, 2013 at 4:21 pm
We are so lucky that our kids adjust so well! You’re really going to enjoy the time with lady baby when L is in school. It’s been nice to have some one-on-one time – even if it is at the coffee shop! I’m not surprised that L loves it… not at all! There were lots of crying kids today and that broke my heart, but I was glad that Matthew wasn’t one of them. HA!
September 10, 2013 at 10:58 pm
I’m so glad things are going so well. You are rocking this two kid thing! I’m impressed.
September 11, 2013 at 4:11 pm
Don’t be impressed! You’ll be REALLY surprised how you just get into the swing of things once the baby is here. You’re going to do great, E!
September 11, 2013 at 10:28 am
This is wonderful news indeed! And gives me hope for when BB#2 arrives. I know it’ll be rough at first but I’m hoping to settle into some good patterns by 5-6 weeks. Raegan will be heading to preschool in January so I’m hoping she’ll settle in nicely like Matthew has! Good to hear from you and good to hear things are going well. Hope you and B get that time together, soon!
September 11, 2013 at 4:10 pm
We did get time together 😉
Raegan will do great in preschool. And if she doesn’t, she will eventually 😉 There were so many crying kids today at drop-off but not a single one was still crying an hour and a half later at pick-up. Next week, we move to the full 2.5 hour classes so we will see, but I bet all the kids are eased into it nicely by next week this time!
Raegan is going to LOVE it!!! And so will YOU!