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I am a 29 year old teacher of fourth grade. My husband and I began TTC in March of 2008. We conceived our first month, but unfortunately it only ended in an early miscarriage. 8 months later we finally conceived again, and she was our take-home baby! Norah Jane was born on July 16, 2009. 7lbs 0oz 19" long and amazing. We recently had our sweet baby boy, Miles! He was born on June 12, 2013 at 3:37pm, weighing in at 8lbs 4oz, 20 inches long, and PERFECT! We are loving every minute of parenthood (even the frustrating minutes!). This blog is an attempt to chronicle the baby steps, foot steps, leaps, bounds, and milestones of this journey.

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

3 Months Old!

My sweet baby boy is 3 months old! I am shocked that it's been three months since he's been on this Earth, but then again, I feel like he's been here forever!

Here's a few facts about him at 3 months:

-he hates hates hates tummy time. I've been trying to help him strengthen his arms and chest, but he just hates it. 3-5 minutes and he is done.
- He has the most beautiful blue eyes. I just love them. :)
- He is a Master Drooler. Holy wow, the amount of drool coming out of this boy's mouth is unbelivable. I know he's not teething-- but he is so wet!
- He is in 3-6 and 6 month clothing. He's a big boy. I don't know how much he weighs exactly, but he is a chunk!
-He has lost some of his hair since birth, but not all of it.
- He laughs! His laughs are adorable! He, of course, thinks I am the funniest person in the whole world! I love it!!
- He thinks the hot air balloon mobile that I made for above his changing table is hilarious, too.
- He loves bathtime.
-He loves outside.
-He loves Norah so so so much. (And Norah loves him!)
-He is batting at things, grabbing things, and talking to things all of the time. :)
-We're still dairy/caesin free... sigh. I miss cheese so much. I miss ice cream. I miss butter! Oh well. Not too much longer-- just 9 more months!
-His sleeping habits are better. He goes to bed around 6:45 and typically wakes once before I get up for work, usually around 1:30am.

That's it for now. I'm so exhausted.

He's my perfect tiny.

Saturday, September 7, 2013

Nearly 2 weeks since my last post!

Goodness gracious, I need to update.

I've been busy. Like, crazy busy.

School of course has taken back over my life. Since returning after maternity leave, it has gone fairly well. I love love love my class this year. They still seem like and act like kids, which is different from most years. Most years they come in already knowing way too much about things they shouldn't know about, and then they act like awful teenagers. This group though, so far, so good.

School is terribly overwhelming though. I, of course, had to catch up on everything that I missed while I was out. Catching up on a bajillion things when you continuously have things added to your to-do list is impossible. Meetings, meetings, and more meetings. I can't remember the last time I had a planning period to myself. Oh, and because we are overcrowed as a school (after ONE year of being open we had to get portables!), the special-area teachers (except for PE) have to come into our classrooms to do specials. So, on the rare occasion that I do  get a planning period to myself, I can't even be in my classroom to work on the things I need to work on! Ugh.. I have been staying up there until 4:45 or so most days to try and get stuff done, but this past week, Miles was/is sick with this awful cold, so I could't stay. I had to get home and take care of him.

Because our planning periods have been completely taken over by meetings, I had to find another time to pump. I feel like it's beyond ridiculous that I have to work around that insane meeting schedule just so I can pump, but whatever. I came up with a good plan, though. I pump during recess. My kids go to recess every day, which they love, and one of the other 4th grade teachers brings them in. So far it is working, but I am quite worried about what will happen in the winter when it is too cold to go outside. We'll figure it.

Another thing that I've been busy with is making these bibs and hats for my Etsy shop. www.etsy.com/norahandollie . My red caterpillar bib has been insanely popular, so I've been making them like crazy. I even had a lady ask for an order of 6 of them so that she could give them as favors at her 1year old's birthday party. I thought that that was adorable. I was making the Monster hats that I made for Norah's 4th birthday party, but the amount of orders became crazy overwhelming, so I had to stop. Seriously, I was getting orders nearly every day, and I just could not keep up with them. I ended up taking the listing down, and filling my remaining orders, vowing to never sell them again. Too much spray paint. I will say that the amount of $ I got from those hats slightly supplemented my unpaid maternity leave.

After I made all of that, my dad asked me to make an adult male sized tutu for his boss. Apparently my dad's boss made a bet with him that he couldn't do $300,000 worth of sales in one month, and that if he did, he'd wear a tutu around the waiting room and serve everyone free hotdogs. Well, my dad made it, and his boss lived up to his bet.

The tutu came out fairly well, especially considering I'd never made one before. I was able to get a nice satin waistband around it, which made me happy. It looked professional and complete. 

So what about the kids??

Norah is every bit of amazing. She is learning to read at an incredible rate. Of course she is learning at school. I am not in love with her teacher this year (I feel that she is a little too strict with 4 year olds), but she seems to still be learning. We also practice a lot at home. We read to her nearly every night, and I also work with her reading sentences like this: 

It's hard to see, but I write a sentence on the window, and then she circles the words that she knows. We work on words she doesn't know. It's fantastic. She loves doing it. :) 

She has recently been having bad dreams at night. I'm curious if she really is, or if she just wants to get in our bed. The last few weeks she has come to our bed at night 1-2 times a week. I love snuggling with her, but our queen-sized bed just isn't big enough. 

Miles is great! He is a little sick. I think he had croup, which was awful. He seems to be getting a little bit better... but he's still not 100% himself yet. He is doing very well at daycare. I love his daycare teacher. She is so friendly to me, and makes me feel like she's taking great care of him. He is FINALLY taking the bottles better. That took forever to get him to take them. We had to leave a shirt of mine there so that he'd take it.

He is HUGE. Whenever I tell people how old he is (like today I said, "He'll be 3 months next week."), people always say, "Wow! He's big for his age!" He really is, too. He eats often, but he also is just solid. I think he gets that from his daddy. :)

He found his hands this week! He has started to bat things around like crazy, particularly this owl toy that he loves. He plays on his piano mat like it's going out of style. He loves it.

Oh! During tummy time (which he HATES), he rolled from belly to back twice. :) He's strong and big. I love him so so so much.

His sleeping is pretty awful-ish. He gets one amazingly long stretch, usually from 6:45ish-1 or 2, but then after that, it's over. He wakes up constantly needing his bink or something. I think I may need to try cutting out soy to see if that helps.