Teddy turns ONE!

Teddy is one!!

It seems like just yesterday we were at the hospital anxiously awaiting his arrival!! Everything was such a whirlwind for me because not only did we have our house on the market, but we were preparing to move when Teddy was just 1 month old! He took his first plane ride at just 1 week old, I remember running through the airport at 1 week pp and asking someone if I could get a wheelchair (talk about being light headed) but apparently you have to reserve those in advance, haha! oh the memories! Anyway, i digress, so we were at the hospital and the doctor walked in and said ‘oh there’s his head!!’ Teddy was ready to come out regardless of anyone else’s agenda! The first thing they said when he came out was, “wow, he’s a big baby!”. All 9lbs 4oz of him. Sweet as can be!! We were smitten from the start. ❤

It’s so hard to believe he is one already. This past year has flown by!! He is definitely the ‘babiest baby’ we’ve had. If that makes sense? Usually by now the other two have seemed so much older!! It could be because Teddy is NOT walking yet! Which is completely fine, as long as it happens before baby #4 arrives in a little over 2 months. 😛 The thing is, he has no interest in walking. He would rather be toted around on our hips!! He can stand by himself and he can take about 5 steps, but then decides he’d rather crawl. He does enjoy pushing around his wagon and Thomas train.

Teddy loves his Daddy!! He pretty much crawls around all day saying ‘Dada? Dada?’. The second Dada walks in the door Teddy is in his arms until bedtime. Sometimes I do feel bad for Chad because he has to do everything one handed, seriously, Teddy will NOT let him put him down. Teddy will be so good for me all day long, playing and talking, and then the second Chad walks in the door he likes to cry unless he’s being held by Daddy.

Teddy is a sweet, sweet boy though!! He is so smiley and loves to ‘talk’. He’s got his own little language and enjoys talking in his gibberish! He’s got the sweetest smile and loves his brothers so much. You can tell he cannot wait to be able to run around with them. When he sees them outside playing he is always talking at the window. He really enjoys being out there with them, so much so, that he has little calluses on his knees from crawling all over the cement (and i even keep pants on him outside to protect his little knees).

For the most part, Teddy is a pretty good eater. It’s really hit or miss. Somedays he will be a bottomless pit and some days he wont touch his food and throws it all down to Bobo. He enjoys eating cheese, crackers, frozen peas, frozen blueberries, and black olives. His first food was avocado and he was obsessed!!! He could eat an entire avocado in one sitting and it’s like he couldn’t shove it in fast enough!! However, within the last couple of weeks he hasn’t been as into them. Anyway, those are probably his favorite foods, however, he does eat whatever we serve for dinner!!

He is 30 inches long and 24 lbs 10 oz. I think he’s right in between where Jack and Preston were at this age, although, he definitely seems like our slightest baby. I’m not sure why, maybe it’s because Jack was SO HUGE, but Teddy has always seemed so small! (although people alway comment on how big he is! haha)

We think Teddy may be left handed!! (Like me!) He prefers his left hand for eating and playing–it’s probably too soon to tell, but it’s about time we have a lefty!! 😉 He is also pretty clumsy…i guess you could say he got it from his mama! 😉 He definitely resembles my family more so than Chad’s. It’s always so hard to tell though because Chad and I have similar dominant features (dark hair, same color eyes, and we were both chubby babies).

Teddy has been sleeping pretty well! He has been waking up at 4am to eat for as long as i can remember (probably his 4 month sleep regression! haha) but the good news is that he sleeps well otherwise. He usually goes to bed about 6:30pm and then will sleep anywhere from 6:45-7:30am. So I really can’t complain. It still feel like I get a good nights sleep!! Naptime has been a little bit of trial and error lately. He’s starting to transition to 1 nap a day. Some days he’s so tired by 9am and needs a morning nap, but then he will fight his second nap around 1ish. So i’ve started to phase out his morning nap and then i’ll just put him down about 11:30am. It sucks for me because I had a great thing going on, I’d have Teddy and Jack both nap from 1pm-3pm. It was the nicest break ever!!! But now with the boys on separate nap schedules, it seems like i never get any down time. But, such is life! 🙂

Anyway, that’s about it for Teddy!!! oh yeah, he can clap! yay!

It’s been so fun watching him grow up! We can’t wait to see what the future holds for this little dude!

Preston, Jack, and Teddy all at 12 months!

and a few more pictures, just for fun!!

Good night sweet one year old!

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…until next time! xoxo

Labor and Delivery!

Well, this story goes a little differently than what I had hoped. And by little I mean very little because in the end I had everything I’d ever wanted. Another healthy baby boy.

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The morning of December 30th was my induction day. Yep, you heard me, induction day. Being induced wasn’t what I wanted at all. I never thought I’d ever get to this point because my first was 4 days early! But alas, the day arrived and I was still with child.

When I woke up that morning, still pregnant as can be, I couldn’t believe I would be meeting my baby in the near future. The bad thing about being induced, for me, was the anticipation. I had no idea what to expect. I was worried that things wouldn’t progress, I was worried they’d force me into a c-section if my body wouldn’t do what it was supposed to. I had already felt like my body had let me down in a way. Why hadn’t I gone into labor on my own?? 

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At the clinic I go to they won’t let you go past 41 weeks. I wasn’t upset at them about it because I KNOW they know what’s best for my baby and me. I also have way too many medical professionals in my life that wouldn’t let me go past the 41 week mark. (My sister is a pediatrician, my SIL is a NICU nurse, my Mom was a nurse, my cousin is a nurse…the list goes on…)

The positive side of being induced, was that we were able to arrange for my parents to come up the night before to watch Preston and our pup, Bentley. We just recently moved (like last month) and didn’t have anyone to call to watch Preston if I would have gone into labor on my own. I was also able to shower and put on a bit of make-up before heading in. 🙂

Okay, back to induction day:

So we got to the hospital shortly before 8am. I filled out a bit of paperwork and they took us back to my room. I changed into my gown and they took my vitals and checked my cervix. I was still 3 cm. At 9:15am they gave me the lowest dose of pitocin to get things moving and contractions started immediately. They were still pretty infrequent, but they were getting stronger and I was getting more uncomfortable as the time went on. About an hour later they came in to check my cervix again, I had dilated more so they decided to break my water (ouch). They ordered me an epidural and I got it at 10:30 since they were pleased with how quickly I was progressing. My parents came into the room for a little bit with Preston, but they weren’t in there long because I was 10 cm by 11:20. When they told me that, I just started crying! I couldn’t believe I was going to meet my son SO SOON! #tearsofjoy

They were going to have me wait to start pushing so that baby could make his way down the birth canal on his own. Around noon the nurse came in and she had me do a trail push to see where things were at. She said we’d wait until the doctor came in and in the meantime she had me laying with the ‘peanut ball’ between my legs. The doctor came back into the room and I started pushing at 12:10pm. I pushed once and his head came out. I couldn’t hear him crying even though his head was out!! The first thing I said was, ‘why isn’t he crying?!’. My doctor reassured me he would. I pushed once more and she told me not to push so hard because baby was coming out fast. One last easy push and the rest of his body came out. I pushed a total of 3 times, through one contraction, it had only been 2 minutes since I had started pushing. He made his debut at 12:12 pm. Once he was out, it still took him a bit to cry.

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My doctor told me that she had to cut his umbilical cord before he could even get out because it was wrapped around his head and his arm–so it was really tight on him! Once she got that cut, she handed him to me, and that’s why I was worried because he hadn’t cried yet! He did cry just a bit later, it just seemed a lot longer to me-in the heat of things! My sweet boy had finally made it into my arms! All 7 lbs and 11 oz of him!! He was 20 inches long and got an 8 and then 9 out of 10 on his apgars.

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We had decided on a name a while ago, but needed to wait to see him before we committed. Once he was born, we were sure that he was going to be our little Jack Urban. That and the fact that Preston had already told his school that he was going to have a baby brother names Jack Urban. haha! The stinker!!

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The name Jack and the name Urban are both family names.

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So far he has just been the best baby! He’s pretty easy going so far. We rarely hear him cry, well except for when he needs an outfit change!

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The first night we brought him home, I didn’t set my alarm to wake up because I figured he’d be up every hour or so like Preston was. But he ended up sleeping a 5 hour stretch! I was so refreshing to get a good night sleep, but I haven’t let him sleep that long since. I make sure he eats at least every 4 hours to keep that blood sugar up! The good news is that he usually falls right back asleep, so I’m able to get back to bed as well.

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Preston has loved having Baby Jack home. He is the best big brother. He loves kissing and hold Jack. He is so gentle with him, too. Unfortunately, Preston picked up a nasty bug over the weekend and so we’ve had to keep him away from Jack as much as possible.

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So far, Chad and I are adjusting to life with two kids! I’m a little nervous to see how things go once Chad returns to work, but I’m hoping I can channel the inner supermom in me, and things won’t be so bad. :O

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His first bath:

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Mommy and her boys:

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The welcome committee:

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Heading home!!

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Our sweet little baby Jack:

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Perfect way to start the new year! I hope everyone had a happy new year as well!!

This is how we brought in the new year:

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Well, I better wrap this up, I’ve got a baby stirring next to me looking for his next meal! 😉

…until next time! xoxo ❤

Preston – 18 months

Today is a beautiful day! It is 58 degrees here. The windows are open, I’m sitting in my newly decorated family room, and Preston is snoozing.

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Every Wednesday after his nap we head to the Farmer’s Market at the Mall.  I buy fresh flowers for our dinner table (it’s a summer luxury :)) and then we head out to Prairie Moon Winery to pick up our weekly CSA share (Community Supported Agriculture). It’s our way of supporting local farmers and putting money back into our community. I cannot wait until Preston is old enough to help up pick out vegetables at the Farmers Market. I’ve already decided I’m going to give him $5 each week so he can budget and buy whatever he would like while we’re there!

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…any who, back to the reason for the post…

Today, my baby is 18 months old!

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He’s been up to so much lately & learning new things everyday.

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He loves dirt.

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{{and many other things: playing outside, swimming, picking tomatoes from the garden (that’s the only time he’ll eat them–freshly picked!), walking his dog, and bath time}}. But mainly, he loves dirt. Eating it, playing with it, throwing it, mixing it with water and smearing it. You name it! If it involves dirt, he loves it! haha! Oh yeah, he also loves sand. YUCK! I hate sand. But he loves it, so the sand will stay. 😉

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One thing he does NOT like is diaper changes! And, now I know why! He is ready to potty train! Even though I’m not ready to start the stresses of potty training, Preston is. He is always coming up to me telling me when he is going potty in his diaper. So I just went with it. I’d sit him on the potty but usually he had already gone in his diaper by then. I’m just glad he knows when he’s going. Well, today of all days, he comes up to me and tells me he has to potty and then takes me to the big potty and grabs toilet paper (lol –monkey see, monkey do). I sit him up on the potty and he poops! Seriously, like 5 seconds after I sat him down. Now I know he is ready. Today when I was at Target I bought some pull-ups! I’m not ready to go straight to undies! Especially with how young he is, and I’m definitely tired of taking a diaper on and off. So, wish me luck as I enter into this whole potty training thing!

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Everyday I am reminded of how big our boy is getting. He hasn’t used his highchair in a few months. He can feed himself with a spoon and a fork and can dip his veggies in hummus!! He is talking all the time. He can say a two word sentence: ‘all gone’. Everyday he is saying new words and copying what we say. He is a master at his puzzles!! I was reading that once they master the puzzle, have them do it upside down, he can do that now! He loves building with his legos and his hot wheels are a new favorite. He either has a car in each hand or his pig in one hand and his horse in another. I love watching his imaginative play; hearing him say ‘vroom’ with his cars as they drive across the coffee table and when he makes animal noises as he plays with his farm is so amazing!

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I feel like I’m rambling. I’m just trying to get as much out as I can while Preston is still napping!! He is down to one nap a day. Usually it’s anywhere between 2-3 hours. It’s really nice because that means we have more daylight to go out and do things! He sleeps about 11 hours a night (give or take a half an hour).

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We recently decorated Preston’s ‘big boy room’. I wanted to get the room all painted and decorated before I ever got pregnant again. I just remember moving when I was pregnant with Preston and I always felt so helpless. It was hard for me to decorate his nursery since I was SO pregnant. I figured I would get his big boy room all decorated and turn it into his toy room, until it was time to move in there. That way he would be familiar with it and love to go in there. It’s not completely finished, but I’ve got the hard parts done!

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Preston does this really cute stance when you say ‘take your mark, get set, GO’. It’s pretty adorable!!! A picture doesn’t even do it justice! Who knows, maybe I will have to upgrade by blog do I can upload videos. Some day. 😛

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Preston still puts his hand down my shirt, pretty much all the time. I’m not really sure why, but he loves it. I don’t even notice it anymore, but I can always feel people getting a little awkward that there is a hand down my shirt pretty much every time I hold him. Haha!!

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He loves his Dada more than anything! It was actually a little heartbreaking, because last time Chad was gone for work (about 4 days) every morning when Preston would wake up he would say “Dada” and when i would come in his room, he would start crying and try to run away from me. Seriously, that’s a really sad story when I write it out. Poor little Preston just wanted his Dada. They are the best of buds!! {{dada wearing Punky’s hat. haha!)

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Prestons second favorite Bestie is his Grandpa Bob. He squeals and runs to him every time he comes over! They have the best little bond.

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Sweet corn is a favorite around here. Especially now that we live in Iowa again. Preston can’t even wait for the corn to be cooked before he starts gobbling it down.

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But let’s be honest, not every moment is as perfect as it sounds!

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Well, I better leave it at that!!! Bring on football season!

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…until next time! xoxo ❤

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2 month update – preston

I can’t believe our little peanut is 2.5 months old already. It’s crazy! It seems like just yesterday we were bringing him home from the hospital.

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2 months!

Preston has been changing so much. Everyday he is more interactive than the last. Lately he has been smiling, giggling, and talking up a storm! (Takes after his Mama!) He always seems to be the most happy in the mornings! It’s so fun getting him out of his crib and changing his diaper because he can’t stop grinning the whole time. 🙂

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At his 2 month appointment on April 22nd, he was 12 lbs 13 oz (59% percentile) and 22 inches long (22% percentile). When the doctor went to take off his diaper, I warned her that he might pee on her and she said she was only going to have it open for a minute. As soon as she opened his diaper, he peed on her! It was pretty funny!! She said in the last 25 years she’s only been peed on twice! haha!!! That’s my boy!! 🙂 She told us that Preston had entered his ‘stranger phase’ because as soon as she stepped up to him and I stepped back, he started crying. She told me to come back over and as soon as I did, he was smiling like crazy!! He’s a Mama’s boy for sure!! 😛

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Our little pumpkin has been sleeping through the night since he was 7 weeks old. Ironically, that was also the first night we put him in his crib in the nursery. I think we all sleep better since his move into the nursery. After I feed him at 8:00pm he will fall asleep and we usually end up taking him into his nursery about 8:30 or 9:00pm. He sleeps until 7:00am and I usually just find him laying in his crib sucking his thumb–no crying necessary! 😛 I think our boy takes after me and loves his sleep. He is such a laid back baby.

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first night in the nursery – 7 weeks old

We rarely hear him cry. Well, until recently.

He’s started the teething process and I feel so helpless when he’s crying from the pain. A cold binky and some numbing gel seems to help. I think sucking his thumb is a good way for him to ease the pain himself. He did have a fever the other day–infant tylenol was a lifesaver (and so was my Mom for giving him the rectal thermometer). I swear 5 minutes after we gave it to him, he was his happy self again! The last two nights he has gotten up at 4am from the pain. I will get up with him, feed him, rock him, and put him back to bed. It’s so nice that he can put himself to sleep. I will lay him in his crib while he’s awake and he will sooth himself to sleep–no crying necessary! All it takes is a little thumb sucking. 🙂

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The last two weeks my hubby has been on a business trip. I have never been so happy to live close to home! Preston and I have been staying with my parents while chad is away. It’s been so great having them around to help out with Preston. (Shout out to all you single mother’s out there! I don’t know how you do it!!)

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Preston seems to enjoy looking at the ceiling fan, ‘talking’, dancing around the house, standing on his legs, taking baths, and when I sing ‘Wrecking Ball’ to him. (don’t judge me. I was singing it one day and he kept giggling so I couldn’t help but continue to sing it to him!! haha 😉 )

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standing! (with Dad’s help)

after bath time!

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Preston is such a little wiggle bean!! I think he gets his Dad’s RLS… 😉 …which makes things a little difficult when I’m changing his dipe!! haha! But it works out great when he’s sitting in his new infant seat–every time he moves the seat bounces and he loves it!

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It so crazy how quickly he’s changing and how fast he’s growing!!

Thank goodness for all the pictures I take 🙂 Time flies when you’re having fun, I guess!! 🙂