I wanted to make sure to update the blog with our Christmas photos as such, mostly just as documentation to keep and remember, I should really start scrapbooking! Anyways we had a nice quiet Christmas with no snow believe or not. This year was especially fun since Hannah is now old enough to really appreciate the magic of the holidays and was so excited to see what Santa had brought her. Christmas is far more fun now that we have kids! I think I was more excited than anyone to get up Christmas morning just to be able to watch her face as she saw that Santa really did come to her house. Maverick had a good time too, mostly just enjoying the paper flying around. Its crazy how fast it all happens and goes by, we spent weeks getting ready and then its all over. I am super happy to get on with normal again so bring it on 2012! I really think this will be a great year and I am super excited for this summer, Maverick will begin to catch up to Hannah in abilities and I cant wait to see them become little buddies.
Decorating the REAL tree...a 9ft tree for only $17!
milk and cookies for santa
Best christmas ever mom and dad!
He is a happy boy
Merry Christmas from the Grinch, Santa, and Maverick
All tired from the festivities
New Years Day, celebrating with Friends....They are having a blast!
My favorite time of year is here! I love fall because it is just cold enough for a light coat, a pair of cute boots and a nice little fire to roast marshmallows! On the flip side I do get homesick this time of year too, the holidays are around the corner (along with heaps and heaps and heaps of snow) and I look back and remember this time of year in AZ when the heat starts to subside and its so refreshing to be able to go outside again.
On to other things, Maverick is almost 9 weeks now and growing so fast! He is in the 91 percentile for height....I am wondering if he was switched at birth except for the fact that he is like Kyles identical twin. He is so smiley and just loves to babble, he very much likes to be a part of the family and cant stand it if he is left out. Hannah is the best big sister, she is so protective and makes sure to let everyone know as she says it "he is my baby Maverick". Hannah also got measured recently, she is in the 11th percentile for height....pretty soon Hannah and Maverick will be the same height lol.
Here are some pics of the goings on this fall....
At the pumpkin farm...those are corn kernels....only in Iowa
So Kyle has had a nice paternity leave from work, he has not sat still! We have accomplished some big projects one of them being the newest addition to Iowa Sheds, the Iowa Sheds Clubhouse, designed and built by Kyle. We are super excited about these cute little houses and hopefully they will be a hit. It was really fun working on the house too, we made it a family affair.
Oh my 4 weeks has already passed and I am more tired than ever. I think 4 weeks is the peak of exhaustion. Maverick has been so completly different than Hannah I feel like a brand new mom all over again learning things I never knew. Hannah was pretty easy, she would just eat and sleep, eat and sleep, not Maverick! Poor baby spits up non stop, cant sleep unless upright, and cries uncontrollably at night so we took him to the peditrician. Turns out he has acid reflex so now he has medicine which has mildly helped but I have read that the condition improves around eight weeks...only four more weeks to go! Other than his acid reflex he is a good baby, Kyle can already get him to smile and he is full of funny faces. It has not only been a month of new baby but also a month of family members from AZ. Hannah has absolutly loved all the extra attention and gifts and I enjoyed the help for sure, but now its time to get back to life. This week Kyle and I are starting our 90 day challenge.... goal is better than pre baby body, same for Kyle, he gained some sympathy weight :). We are doing the 90 day challenge from Body by Vi, we have only heard good things and day 1 went well so far. The exception, today kyle did make honey nut pancakes for my birthday breakfast!
Maverick at 4 weeks old
With Haley going to get Grammy and Megan
Hannah with just a few of her presents from Grandma
Two weeks and two days ago we drove to the hospital to be induced. I was so excited and so anxious and so done waiting to meet my little boy. It felt like that day had taken forever to get here but now time seems to go so fast! The induction, which I was totally nervous about (hearing all kinds of bad things) actually went extremely well. I can credit my midwife for a good portion of the labor experience and recommend a midwife to anyone who is pregnant with no complications. They started pitocin at 6:30 on the 22nd and Maverick arrived at 7:47 am on the 23rd. He came into the world crying like no other and continued that for the first hour or so.... a stark contrast to Hannah, she came into the world with a pouty lip and no tears. I am not sure if its boys are different than girls or just each baby is different but he is from minute one the grumpiest looking baby but so adorabley grumpy I love it. He came out the exact same size as Hannah, 7lbs 10oz and a quarter of an inch longer at 20 inches. I forget how tiny they are, it is hard to remember Hannah so small so I am really trying to soak up this newborn stage and accept the lack of sleep a part of the beautiful little tiny sweet stage. Hannah is doing great as the big sister and tries to help as much as possible, sometimes more than needed... but she just wants to do a good job :). She is so funny, she tells everyone we meet or see that she likes her brother but he cries too much. I am excited to see them become closer as he grows and they can play. Here are a few pics from the first couple weeks.
Only two weeks away from the due date of our little boy. It seems so long yet when it gets here it will feel it happened so fast. Aside from being excited to have my body back to myself, I think I am most excited to see Hannah become a big sister and how she will react. She has her moments where she annoyingly pushes on my belly and says "I dont want him to come out" but other times she is asking me "when will he be here?". I have had her help me every step of the way so she feels the importance of her duty as a sister, from painting the baby room to folding the onsies she has been awesome so far.
Aside from waiting for the baby I have been super busy with everything I am starting, as of September 1st Glitz Floral Designs will official open, however, I am already booking weddings for next year! Super exciting yet a little overwhelming how quickly its coming together. Kyle has been putting together my site and I just got my business cards. For some reason these business cards were more exciting to me than any business card I have ever had my name on, I think something to do with the fact that its all my own. In addition to Glitz Floral I also just became a Thirty One consultant which so far seems like it will be a lot of fun and rewarding, I will share more once I really get into all of it, first I must have this baby!