Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Family Pictures.

On Sunday my cousins wife, Chelsey, came over and took family pictures for us. We had a blast. She is so fun and so talented! She sent us 3 preview pictures yesterday. All photos courtesy of Chelsey Froberg.

Just something I want to remember:

Last night when we got home from work with Ole he kept looking at the laundry basket and smiling and talking. He put his arm out like he wanted to touch the laundry so I moved him to it and he touched the clothes and got so excited he overwhelmed himself. It cracked Joe and I up. I can't wait to keep watching him grow.

Monday, November 25, 2013

A peek of Ole's life at 11 weeks old.

I'm hoping I can keep up on blogging now that I'm back at work. Ole is growing so fast and learning so much. I swear he does something new every day. Yesterday he grabbed a toy for the first time. It's funny how something that might seem so small to someone else seems HUGE to us as parents.
He cracks me up. He reminds me so much of Joe and I. He loves being the center of attention and literally gets pissed off if he's not. He will yell until all the attention is on him and then smile like nothing happened once you are looking at him. 
Saturday he slept through the night for the first time. It was incredible! I honestly felt tired from too much sleep. What a feeling. Haven't felt that since I was probably 3 months pregnant? So it's been a while. We also had some family pictures taken by my cousins wife Chelsey. She was so fun. The biggest spider I've ever seen (besides our tarantula) crawled across our floor and she immediately ran and grabbed a paper towel and caught it. I couldn't believe it. I was terrified! She said she isn't scared of spiders. I was in awe. And when I say it was the biggest spider I've ever seen I am not exaggerating. She even agreed. Joe was in the other room but I made him look in the paper towel and he too agreed it was a monster. I couldn't sleep parts of last night thinking about it. I've never been that way before! YUCK!
Speaking of last night, our little monster decided 3 am would be a fun time to wake up and stay awake. He hasn't done that since he was a newborn-newborn. I tried for an hour to get him back to sleep. Joe got up with us at 4 and I tried to go back to bed. Then I heard a little voice in the living room talking to every thing and knew I wouldn't be able to sleep. Ole was talking to everything. The laundry basket, the dog, the diaper bag. All with a huge smile on his face. We told him he's lucky he's cute because that was quite the hour to be awake. This is after Joe and I decided to stay up after he went to sleep to watch Destination Truth thinking that he would sleep through the night again and we'd get some good sleep. Monday isn't the funnest day to be this tired.
Anyway here are this weeks pictures.

Baby Joe. This is Ole's bratty face. He wasn't crying, he wasn't even really upset. Just yelling at me to get some attention. I swear to God Joe makes this same exact face. I wish I had a picture of it.

Joe had 9 months sober this past week. Proud of him. Seems like he deserves a little more then a keychain but whatevs!

My sweet boy. I love how cool kids can dress. This outfit doesn't match at all but it looks rad. I hope he always dresses as cool as I dress him... HA!

Olz lovin' the sling. He likes being able to be held, face out and watch what I'm doing. This picture is also really special to me because I think he looks like my Grandma's brother.

Won't take a pacifier but is really starting to love that thumb. Just like his parents. 

He has started batting at the toys on his mat this week. I was so proud. He also loves to talk to the animals that dangle down. Hilarious.

...Ole is either going to love or hate us when he gets older. Sometimes I wonder how Joe and I found each other. We're definitely soul mates. This is what we do when we have a little time to ourselves when the baby is sleeping... take stupid pictures of ourselves and laugh at how funny we think we are.

My new favorite picture of this stud. Trying to get that stinker to fall asleep because he was exhausted. He usually melts in Daddy's arms but he kept noticing me and a huge smile would bust out on his face. His eyelids would get heavy and then he'd see me and that big smile would spread across his sweet face. I almost cried it melted me so much.

He just noticed the bears on his feet. He couldn't stop staring at them, talking to them and smiling at them. I love this kid.

Monday, November 18, 2013

My baby is 10 weeks old

I am back at work now. It's my 2nd day back and so far so good. It's amazing how fast time flies once you have a kid! I feel like the first month of Ole's life didn't even happen. It was all survival! For the first month I didn't take any breaks from him really. It was all him and I and nursing. I thought I was getting PPD but then I took a nap and realized I was just exhausted. I also thought nursing wasn't going to be for me because of my D-Mer and in the beginning how much work it was for me. Now I love it and I am so thankful that I didn't stop. I nursed in public the other day and I felt completely feminine and empowered. Before having Ole I didn't realize just how beautiful breastfeeding is. It was never weird to me and I never felt uncomfortable by people breastfeeding but now I find it just completely beautiful. The bond that you feel with your baby is completely amazing. I started writing this post before I pumped at work and started leaking, so now that I've pumped I feel like I can finish this. ;) I am now on the normalize breastfeeding wagon. I love when I see women breastfeeding in public and want to hug all of them. 

Ole is growing like a weed. He is wearing 6 month size clothes already. Not because he is chunky, but because he's so long. He had his 2 month appointment on Friday and the doctor said he is the strongest 2 month old she's ever seen. Talk about a mom being proud.

Joe is becoming an even more amazing man/father then he was right after he was born. I heard a phrase the other day that makes me laugh. Mom-porn. I was sick this weekend and my head was so foggy I couldn't think. Ole got fussy and all my head could think was "nurse-diaper. Nurse-diaper." Thank goodness for his Daddy and how easily he comforts him. Mom-porn.

Some days I feel more comfortable in my mom abilities and some days I feel lost. But I think most days it just gets easier. It's crazy how much being a mom changes you. Not being pregnant, but actually having the baby. I changed with pregnancy too but now that he's here I feel more me then ever. Stronger. Joe and I realized we're attachment parenters. And we're ok with that and love it. We wear him, we share a bed, we breastfeed. And we love all of it. At first sleeping with him was just convenience. And then we realized we loved it. Hearing his little breath in the night, snuggling, waking up to his smiling face. It's amazing. I feel so lucky to have Joe as my partner and growing with him and having him be my babies father. I didn't think we'd be so on the same page with parenting but we have been and it's been incredible!

The only thing I'm looking forward to is getting a bit more of my identity back. I just started really finding myself when I was pregnant and I am looking forward to keeping on in my newly discovered hobbies. Such as cooking, holistic living/naturopathic medicine, exercise, minimalism, gardening/composting and now being an advocate for breastfeeding.

I have so many pictures I want to share. Here are a few.

Olz in the bath with a washrag on his head to lightly scrub his cradle cap. (For those of you who want to know how to get rid of this naturally: if breastfeeding take biotin and zinc, warm wash rag on head and lightly scrub, apply coconut oil)

One of my faves... Joe and Ole talking about Halloween and Gramma's house. I love how much Ole loves his Dad. The other morning they sat on the couch and seriously just talked for an hour. Gramma and Joe both say he's going to have a mouth like me. LOL

Ole got to meet his cousin Jesse and Aunt Shelby for the first time. Ole loved Jesse. He couldn't stop staring at him and trying to talk to him. I love the little stinker smile on Ole's face in this picture.

Jesse holding Ole's hand. Melt!

  Just Ole being adorable. He's funny cause he loves having his diaper changed and sitting on his changing table. If he's fussy we can just lay him on the table and he just looks around and smiles. Easy kid.

 Long and lean just like his Daddy. Joe doing a bratty face.

 Sweet snuggles. <3

 Ole in his new sling. Lookin' cute. I think I look buff in this picture. No big deal.

 Superman on his first Halloween.

 Ole and Uncle Towner. It surprises me how good Towner is with him and how much he loves him. He loves to hold him and rub his head and smell him. He always says "He smells so good!" He also asks me hilarious questions like "what's your breast milk taste like?" And if Ole was born with his eyes open or if they were closed like how kittens are. He cracks me up.

 This picture cracks me up. Our sweet little boy just trying to take a bath and our creepy cat just watching him.

I really hope to keep updating more, life just flies by these days.