Proud mommy moment

May 31, 2009

Jeff and I went to a friend’s graduation party yesterday (congrats Jessie!!!), and when we got back home, Jeff’s mom was holding Weston.  I knelt down and asked him if he missed his mommy and he SMILED AT ME!!!  Just to make sure it wasn’t a fluke, I kept talking to him in that high-pitched, annoying voice you use when you want a baby (or a dog for that matter) to do something cute.  And it worked!  Again!  And again and again!  It was the coolest thing, and yes, I did get a little teary-eyed.  He’s been smiling more ever since, which is so nice since he’s our fussy baby – and I think he might even have dimples like me (I know for sure that he has at least one dimple, don’t know for sure if he has two yet)!!

Anyway, I couldn’t post something like this without pictures, so here are a few I’ve taken of Wes smiling in the last 24 hours, along with some pictures of our other little cutie!

Awwwwwwwww!!!!

Awwwwwwwww!!!!

Smiling up at auntie Dayna Rae

Smiling up at auntie Dayna Rae

Looks like trouble

Looks like trouble

Max playing peek-a-boo with auntie Tiff

Max playing peek-a-boo with auntie Tiff

Max and Wes chillin' together

Max and Wes chillin' together

My lame attempt at a pic with all three boys

My lame attempt at a pic with all three boys

Awww, brothers!

Awww, brothers!

I hope everyone had a great weekend – I’ll write more later!

Kerry

Advertisements

BabyLegs!!!

May 27, 2009

Max modeling the blue and white striped BabyLegs

Max modeling the blue and white striped BabyLegs

Wes modeling the trucks & cars BabyLegs (thanks Sarah!)

Wes modeling the trucks & cars BabyLegs (thanks Sarah!)

And FINALLY - a picture of Wes (kind of) smiling!

And FINALLY - a picture of Wes (kind of) smiling!

Kerry

Tummy time

May 25, 2009

An arial view of the cutest butts in Colorado

An arial view of the cutest butts in Colorado

Wes didn't really enjoy the time on his tummy

Wes didn't really enjoy the time on his tummy

Max gave up after about 5 minutes

Max gave up after about 5 minutes

Chubby little arms

Chubby little arms

Sweet little guys

Sweet little guys

Pooped out

Pooped out

Cutie patootie booties

Cutie patootie booties

Kerry

Happy long weekend!

May 24, 2009

Jeff took Max and Wes to the pediatrician on Thursday (it was actually an appointment for Wes, but we wanted to get both boys weighed), and we finally got Wes on some medicine for his reflux (Axid).  We had been a little bit concerned because we noticed that he had some discoloration in his spit up, and it turns out that it was blood.  Dr. Brandon thinks that it was due to irritation in his esophagus from spitting up so much (because of the reflux).  Poor baby!  Anyway, Jeff came home with the medicine and some new formula for us to try (the third one we’ve tried so far).  The new formula is more thick and it’s predigested so that Wes’s little body won’t have to work so hard to break it down.  It’s only a temporary thing (being on this new formula), and thank God – it’s expensive!!!  Dr. B wants him to be on it for a couple of weeks until his esophagus heals and he stops spitting up blood (which he already has).  He hasn’t seemed to struggle as much with the reflux, so we’re very happy about that.

Oh, and both boys are growing like little weeds – Max was 9 pounds, and Wes is tipping the scales at 11 pounds!

So far we’ve had a pretty laid back (long) weekend.  I’ve gotten some cleaning done, we had some friends over last night for the Nuggets/Lakers game, and apparently I drank too many margaritas during the game, because I didn’t feel so hot this morning.  Oopsie!  We’ve spent the day today just laying around the house (damn rain!), Jeff and I catching up on some zzzz’s, while our boys and Rex laid with us.  I’m really savoring this time with Max and Wes, because I know it won’t last long – it’s just so sweet when they fall asleep laying on our chests.  I can’t get enough of it!

Here are some pictures I took today of all of our boys!  Oh, and just so you know, we do bathe our babies – their faces just look a little greasy because of the ointment we use on the rashes they both seem to have on their faces.  =)

Wes looking straight at the camera for a change

Wes looking straight at the camera for a change

Max smiling at his Daddy

Max smiling at his Daddy

Rex looking especially cute after getting home from the groomer.

Rex looking especially cute after getting home from the groomer.

We hope everyone is enjoying this holiday weekend!

Kerry

Happy birthday, Daddy!

May 21, 2009

Today is my Daddy’s 62nd birthday, so I wanted to give him a shout out –

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, DADDY!!!!!!!  I LOVE YOU!!!!!!

Kerry

I don’t have much time, but wanted to post some pictures that we’ve taken in the last few days…

Hey dude, do you know when dinner will be served?

"Hey dude, do you know when dinner will be served?"

Jeff's BFF, Josh, with Maxwell

Jeff's BFF, Josh, with Maxwell

Josh's girlfriend, Peyton, with Max

Josh's girlfriend, Peyton, with Max

I think "SuperMax" thought he was flying here...

I think "SuperMax" thought he was flying here...

Weston looking into his Daddy's eyes

Weston looking into his Daddy's eyes

Wes and I (sans makeup, but you aren't looking at me anyway)

Wes and I (sans makeup, but you aren't looking at me anyway)

"How you doin'?" (Max with my Aunt Jan)

"How you doin'?" (Max with my Aunt Jan)

Max cuddling with his Wubbanub (plushie attached to a pacifier)

Max cuddling with his Wubbanub (plushie attached to a pacifier)

Kerry

So, I have been doing the whole Stay-At-Home-Dad bit for a few weeks now and let me tell you, this is no joke.  As I have said before, I never thought this would be a walk in the park, but it is definitely harder than I ever could have imagined.  Yes, I get to watch TV all day and generally not do a thing, but when you may have only slept for 3 hours you try to get in as many naps as possible between the 2.5 hours you have left before the next feeding.  The day to day events aren’t so bad – it’s mainly the sleep, or lack thereof.  It’s amazing how little sleep ones body can actually run on.  Next up would have to be Wes’s reflux.  Some feedings he is perfectly fine, but the ones when his reflux kicks in are not fun by any means, especially for him.  When it gets really bad he can be fussy ALL DAY.  Trying to take care of Wes when he is in pain, while also trying to care for Max makes for a very long day.  I can say (without a doubt, at least for me) that this is easier than when the boys were in the NICU.  That time they spent in the hospital was so emotionally draining, which is a lot harder to deal with than the physical\sleep deprevation aspect.

Please understand that I am not complaining.  We have waited for this for so long, and at this point there is still no other place I would rather be than at home taking care of our boys.  I wish Kerry could be here with me, too.  Not so much for the help, but so that she could get to see and hear and feel everything I do.  

I should probably take some people up on their offers to go on walks and such, i just have not found my rhythm yet.  Once the boys and I do get into our rhythm I will be more up for getting out of the house with the them.  I would love to get out for lunch and\or to the zoo, or anything really.  Well, not anything – crowded, confined spaces are known to be germ havens so they are out of the question.

I have an appointment for Wes on Thursday to see if the doc will do anything for his reflux.  Once that is under control I think things will be a lot better.

To wrap it up, getting to be home with the boys is the best feeling ever because I get to watch them grow physically and mentally.  I can see them recognizing me more and more every day, and the facial expressions they make as their little personalities develop are priceless.

Jeff

3 months old!!!

May 16, 2009

(gestational age is 4 weeks)

DSC_0203

DSC_0205

J&K

How silly of me to think that I could still update our blog on a daily basis once the boys were home – there aren’t enough hours in the day these days!  Jeff and I are finally in the swing of things with all of our new responsibilities (me back at work and he primarily caring for Max and Wes while working a few small jobs on the side), and in the off-chance that we have some free time, we just don’t spend it on the computer anymore.  I know I don’t have to apologize to anyone here, I’m just letting y’all know that I haven’t forgotten about the blog (or the fact that our friends and family rely on us to keep them updated with pictures of Max and Wes)!

This week has flown by – I’m so glad it’s Friday!  Jeff and I use the weekends to catch up on sleep and get stuff done around the house that we don’t have time for during the week.  I’m hoping we can get some cleaning in this weekend, and then maybe I can get a pedicure since I ended up not getting one on Mother’s Day (I just didn’t want to leave my boys!).  On Sunday, Jeff and I are taking Max and Wes back to the Swedish NICU to drop off their preemie clothes (we are donating them to the hospital) and will be visiting our two favorite nurses, so we’re really looking forward to that.

In Max and Wes news, they are (of course) cute as ever, and their personalities are really starting to show up in their waking (and sleeping) hours.  Max is still our sweet little guy, hardly makes a peep, and (for the most part) sleeps soundly…when he sleeps.  We’ve noticed that he doesn’t really want to “miss out” on things – he stays awake until the last possible moment – like until his eyes are so heavy that he physically can’t keep them open anymore.  It’s the cutest thing.  Both boys have really started becoming more aware of their surroundings, and they are even following us (and our voices) with their little eyes.  I’ve been waiting patiently for a deliberate smile from one of them, but I think with their prematurity, they may be a little delayed in this aspect.  Wes is still a little stinker, fussing a lot more than Max, and still having a harder time actually staying asleep.  And he still does the best when he’s swaddled up tight and being held, so that’s what we’ve been doing.  I think the reflux still really bothers him (even after switching to a more “gentle” formula), but Jeff doesn’t think we should make a doctor’s appointment quite yet, so we’re still waiting it out.  Wes is still a lot chubbier than Max – if I had to guess, I would bet he weighs at least a pound and a half more than Max does – and his little rolls are soooo cute!

In breastfeeding/pumping news, I’m thisclose to the finish line and I’m proud to say I will have made my goal of making it to the boys’ 3 month birthday (which is tomorrow)!  Over the last few weeks, I’ve gradually cut my pumping sessions down, and right now I’m only pumping once a day, which I have to tell you all, is HEAVENLY.  Not being tied to that stupid thing 24/7 is SUCH a relief.  I seriously think that weaning from the pump has helped to alleviate some of the stress I had been feeling – it’s nice to actually be able to hold and feed our boys without being hooked up to the old milker!  I feel so good that I was able to give Max and Wes at least a little bit of breastmilk for their first three months, and have let go of the guilt of not being able to provide that for them any longer.  I know that being exclusively formula fed isn’t going to make them any less brilliant or cute or whatever than they would have been otherwise, so I’m okay with it.  Finally.

And speaking of depression, I also feel like I finally have this PPD thing somewhat under control.  The meds are working, and while I don’t think they’re working as well as I know they can, I feel significantly more “in control” of my feelings and guilt surrounding the boys’ early arrival and NICU stay.  I think I probably need to increase the dosage, but don’t worry – I will wait to speak with my doctor before doing so.  All I know is that I feel much more like myself than I have since even before the boys were born (while I was still on bed rest), so thank God for that!  I know that Jeff is relieved that I finally started the meds – he told me last night that I was back to my old, weird self, so that’s always a good thing!  LOL!

I think that’s about all for now – I promise to take some updated pictures this weekend, but in the meantime, here are some photos from when auntie LeAnn (and cousin Asher) watched the boys earlier this week…

My cutie nephew, Asher - don't worry, he's not sitting on a baby

My cutie nephew, Asher - don't worry, he's not sitting on a baby

Ash giving Wes a kiss

Ash giving Wes a kiss

Ash watching Max on the floor

Ash watching Max on the floor

Is it me, or does Wes's head look HUGE in this picture?

Is it me, or does Wes's head look HUGE in this picture?

Kerry

For my Mom…

May 11, 2009

My Mother's Day cards and flowers from Tara - thanks everyone!

My Mother's Day cards and flowers from Tara - thanks everyone!

My Mother's Day gift from Jeff - a "Max & Wes" necklace

My Mother's Day gift from Jeff - a "Max & Wes" necklace

Wes asleep at the end of a feeding
Wes asleep at the end of a feeding
A wide-eyed Max

A wide-eyed Max

The boys playing on the floor

The boys playing on the floor

Rex making sure the boys are playing nice

Rex making sure the boys are playing nice

Max just doesn't know about his auntie Mo

Max just doesn't know about his auntie Mo...

...clearly Wes doesn't either!

...clearly Wes doesn't either!

Max pooped after a hard day of being cute

Max pooped after a hard day of being cute

Wes showing his true colors

Wes showing his true colors

Is that enough pictures for you tonight, Mom?  I love you!!! 

Kerry