(click on 'Images' on the left. The pictures in the Gallery haven't been touched up yet)
But, if you look at them, you have to tell me your favorite(s)!! :)
Michael was at work, so he didn't get to make it for the pictures. I was also in a whole lot more pictures than I expected because Bryon never fell asleep the whole time we were there, so I had to hold him most of the time.
**Thank you to Sandra for his amazing pictures and for not kicking us out of the studio when Bryson pooped and pottied all over her floors :)
**Thank you to my mom for being the official "wee wee" coverer. She was standing within inches of him at all times with a towel to catch any spraying that might (and DID) happen! Unfortunately, I happened to catch some of it, too.
We have had a lot of "firsts" this week!! (I left my camera at my parent's house, so these pictures are all courtesy of my iPhone)
We put B in the Baby Bjorn for the first time. He LOVES it! Michael and I both LOVE it! He can be close and snuggle with us and we can have both of our hands to do what we need to do around the house. :)
We have started to give Bryson a paci this week. He's not quite sure what to do with it most of the time, but after a while he starts sucking and he seems to like it.
He slept for 6.5 straight hours a couple of nights ago. It was amazing!! I, however, woke up several times to make sure he was still breathing. He was, so I went back to sleep and crossed my fingers that the same thing would happen again!
He's smiling intentionally now! He especially likes Papa's kisses :)
He rolled over onto his back today!!! It was SO exciting!! I put B down for tummy time and within a minute, he rolled onto his side. I jumped up and got the video camera and waited for him to do it again. The battery died and then 30 seconds later, he rolled completely on his back! It scared the patooty out of him and he started screaming while I was squeeling and cheering for him. I ran and got my phone to call Michael since he was at work. I was bummed he didn't get to see it. But Michael wanted to see him in action too, so he did some tummy time with him while I was taking a nap and he did it again!! Hooray! You can count on that video camera being glued to my hand during tummy time from now on until I catch him rolling over on video!!! :)
He also got to meet my Grandpa and Mary for the first time. He loved being held by them!
We were both really excited to get to spend some special time together without the bambino, but I was a little hesitant about it, to say the least. I tried to prepare myself all week for leaving him. Fortunately, he had seven on the best baby sitters around!
Meanwhile, Michael and I enjoyed a delicious sushi dinner. I hadn't had sushi since I got pregnant and was SO excited about it! Michael had the hibachi grill.
We were kinda on a time crunch because Bryson usually goes about 2ish hours between feedings, and since we haven't given him a bottle yet, we had to be home in time for me to feed him. I'm not gunna lie, there was some serious self-control going on on my part to not have my eyes glued to my watch checking the time and also to not have my phone in my hands texting them to make sure he was ok and wasn't starving to death.
But, we had a great time together and got home just in the nick of time :)
We had a lot of lovey-dovey time with him when we got home :)
Bryson was 1 month old on Thursday!! (That sentence started out "B is 1 month old TODAY!" Then changed to "Yesterday" and now "On Thursday") I'm a few days behind. I pretty much feel like I'm a few days behind in everything: blogging, running errands, laundry, etc. I guess that's what happens when your life is consumed with your little boy. :)
Bryson had "newborn" pictures taken this week. We totally dropped the ball on getting them taken when he was first born. oops. I can't wait to see the pictures!! She said that she was going to try to have them finished by this weekend, so I'm anxiously waiting for them! :)
Bryson was SO good during the session!! I was kinda worried about how he'd be, but it was great. He didn't fuss at all and did pretty much exactly what she wanted him to do. He was wide eyed and bushy tailed the entire 2 hours we were there, which means we didn't get any sleepy pictures of him, but oh well. :)
So, typical newborn pictures are all nakey nakey, right? And of course we wanted naked pictures of him. Well, naked = no diaper. And no diaper = a mess. A mess ALL over Mommy. In the 2 hours we were there, Bryson had 5 poopies and 7 potties. It was pretty amazing how much stuff kept coming out of him! He pooped all over my shirt about 15 minutes into the pictures. Fortunately, I could wipe it off enough so you couldn't see it, but boy could you smell it after a while!
In one short month, Bryson has changed SO much!
I'm not sure of his exact weight, but I'm pretty sure he weighs over 9 lbs now. He has also gotten longer, for sure. He was actually out of Newborn footed onesies by week 2 because he was so long. He's still in newborn and 0-3 month clothes for now. He's been in newborn diapers all month, but as soon as we use up the last 10 or so diapers, we moving on up to size 1.
He's eating every 2 - 2.5 hurs during the day and 3-4 hours at night. He's a very efficient eater and usually only eats for 15-20 minutes, which makes it really nice for mommy in the middle of the night. He poops and toots and burps constantly! He's such a boy :)
He still loves tummy time and is getting stronger by the day! He's also decided he likes bath time, he doesn't fuss at all anymore, just lays there very content.
He is SUCH a cuddle bug. He'll lay on your chest all balled up for hours...and I love it!!
He has also started to get a little baby acne on his face, poor thing. It should go away shortly though.
He tracks things with his eyes now. He was in his crib for a few minutes while I put laundry away and he found his mobile :)
He's "talking" and smiling more. He really likes to "talk" during diaper changes, tummy time, and laying in his crib in the morning before I get him up.
In one short month, Mommy has also changed SO much!
Mommy has left the house without Bryson twice now. The first time I ran to Target to get a few things while Daddy was watching him. Man, I felt like I was on "Supermarket Sweep" running up and down the aisles as fast as I could!
Mommy may or may not go several days at a time without a shower... and may or may not even brush her teeth until the late afternoon on some days.
Mommy is SUCH a cuddle bug too! :)
When she lays Bryson down at night, she often has to seriously think about whether she really needs to go to the bathroom bad enough, or if she needs that extra 2 minutes of sleep and just hopes she can hold it until the next time he wakes up :)
Mommy and Daddy both love to sing to Bryson, and he loves it too. It calms him down instantly if he's fussy. Night time favorites- You Are My Sunshine and Jesus Loves Me. Day time/Play time favorites- Father Abraham, Deep and Wide, Head and Shoulders and Old McDonald
Mommy has learned to cover Bryson's wee-wee at all costs!! It erupts without any notice and makes a big mess. Daddy learned this the hard way! :)
There were days at the beginning, that if Michael didn't literally put food in front of her, she would totally forget to eat.
Going out to run a few errands is a big production. She have to make sure she has his bag, extra clothes (for him and mommy), diapers, wipes, blankets, and burp cloths. Once we're out we have to have a time out for feeding. Then diaper change. Possibly outfit change if the geyser decides to go off. Then back to running erands.
Mommy has also realized that she needs to start working out. BADLY. Especially her arms, or her arm is just going to fall completely off from carrying his carseat around. That sucker is heavy!
I can't believe a month has already come and gone, but Michael and I are both so blessed and so thankful for that little boy's life. Our lives have completely and totally changed since we brought him home from the hospitlal. They changed in the best way possible. :) We've said several times that we can't even remember what life was like before him, and that's the way we like it. :)
Here are the recipes for the delicious things Michael cooked this weekend!
It's not as hard as it looks/sounds. They took about 35-40 minutes together. YUMM YUMM!!
Grilled Chicken with Basil and Mozzarella
8oz mozzarella cheese
4lg chicken breasts
8 basil leaves
2 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
1 Tbs olive oil
salt & pepper
Cut mozzarella into 8 thick slices, set aside.
Slice each chicken breast horizontally without cutting all the way though (butterfly the chicken). Open the chicken and season wih salt and pepper.
Put 2 basil leaves, a few garlic slices, and 2 slices of cheese in each breast, then fold back over, pressing firmly together. Secure with toothpicks.
Brush with olive oil and cook on grill or grill pan for about 8 minutes or until the chicken is cooked and the cheese is oozing.
Linguine with Pancetta & Sage
1 cup peas
4-5 Tbs olive oil
1/3 cup bread crumbs
16 oz linguine
3 oz thinly sliced panchetta
3 garlic cloves, crushed
5-6 sage leaves, finely chopped
1/3 cup white wine
1/4 cup parmesan cheese
Cook peas, drain and set aside.
Heat 2 tablespoons of oil in skillet. Add bread crumbs and cook until golden brown, about 3 minutes. Set aside.
Cook pasta and drain. Set aside.
Heat 1 Tbs oil in a saucepan large enough to hold all the pasta later. Add the pancetta and cook, stirring, until browned, about 2 minutes. Add garlic and cook, stirring for 1 minute, don't let the garlic burn. Stir in sage and wine. Cook, stirring, until liquid has evaporated, about 1 minute.
Add pasta to the pan with the pancetta. Add the peas and 1-2 tablespoons of oil over low heat. Toss well to mix. Stir in cheese and bread crumbs.
Every once in a while, Michael will cook dinner, but I'm usually the one one that does the cooking in the house. Lately, we haven't been cooking at all because we've been blessed with some amazing friends and family that have been brining us meals since we came home with baby boy.
Last night, we had Ray and Alicia over for dinner and we actually decided to cook! Michael and I started cooing the meal together, but I had to keep running between the food and the baby. Between feeding, changing, comforting, and changing more diapers, Michael ended up cooking dinner by himself. And it was delicious!!
He made Stuffed Chicken with Basil and Mozzarella, Linguine with Panchetta and Asparagus. YUMMY!!!!
It's such a fun time for Michael and I to spend with Bryson because he's so active and happy.
Bryson is getting stronger by the day and a lot more active. It's amazing to watch his development. I did a little tummy time with him morning since we skipped it last night and I caught this little cutie pie on video :)
This afternoon was Bryson's first trip to Target--my (and B's) favorite store! YAY! He did so good, he didn't make a peep the whole time we were there. This was my 3rd time to take him out of the house all by myself, and I'm starting to feel much more relaxed and confident about it :)
3 weeks have already flown by? I can't believe it. I feel like I'll be saying that for the rest of my life.
Bryson had his 2 week check up last Tuesday (I'm slacking on updating, I know) and it went really well! He's a big, happy, healthy growing boy!
He weighed in at 8lbs 9oz and in the 50th percentile!! He has already gained an entire pound since birth! They say that they want to baby to be back up to their birth weight at 2 weeks and he is above and beyond that! :)
He is 22 inches long now and in the 90th percentile for length. Maybe that means he's going to be super tall like the men from my mom's side of the family :)
His head is also in the 50th percentile, I forgot the exact measurement, but Michael was excited he doesn't have a huge head. Ha!
He did so good at the doctor, he didn't cry at all. Well, not until the mean nurse pricked his foot to take an enormous amount of blood to finish the newborn screening. Then he screamed for quite a while, poor baby.
He looked SO cute that several of the nurses asked Michael to bring him back over so everyone could see him! He's a ladies man already :)
Thank you for his precious little outfit, Stephanie!
Michael had to work on Tuesday and couldn't take Bryson to the doctor with me (he met us up there for the appointment though) and I was not ready to take him somewhere by myself yet, so my mom was really wonderful and went with us. I was tying to time everything out perfectly, feeding him, changing him, and getting everything together before we left. The timing thing never work out right, by the way. But anyway, we had about 5 minutes before we had to leave and I had to run to the bathroom really quickly. My mom was holding Bryson before we put him in the carseat. As I was walking out of the bathroom, my mom started yelling for me to come out there and bring towels.
He spit up.
Oh, uh oh.
He did NOT spit up.
He had an explosive poopie diaper all over Mimi!! NOO!!
My poor mom had Bryson poopie all over her pants right before we had to leave for the doctor. She washed it off with water real quick and was so calm about it. Once a mom, always a mom. For sure!!
As for Bryson, he's doing great! He is such a calm and happy baby! We loove just hanging out on the sofa watching Bryson's many faces and listening to his sweet noises. He is still a pooping machine. My goodness, this kid poops. A LOT! I have an application on my iPhone called BabyStats that lets you record the number of dirty diapers and feedings. A couple days ago, it said that Bryson had 16 feedings and 22 dirty diapers in a 24hr period. Goodness!!
For the most part, he's sleeping about 2 hrs during the day and about 3 1/2 -4 hours at night. It feels like only a few minutes pass between feedings at night time. I get up and think, "there is no possibe way you're hungry again." Then I realize it's been 4 hours. It's exhausting for sure, but I wouldn't trade it for anything in the world!! I really love the special time we have together when I'm feeding him. It's so wonderful!! :)
Bryson has also recently decided that baths aren't as terrible as he thought. He used to scream like it was the end of the world, but now, he's pretty calm and just lays there. We put a little space heater up on the counter to keep him really warm, cover him with a towel when we're not washing that area of his body and put him in a warm towel straight out of the dryer when bath time is over. Anything to keep him happy, right!?
We have loved every second with this sweet boy and can't wait to see what he has in store for us this week!!
On New Years Day (before it was freeeezing outside) Michael and I took Bryson on his first walk in his stroller. He loved it! It was so nice to just get out of the house for a little bit.
It was a little chilly outside, so we wanted to bundle him up. A friend from school gave him this outfit and I really wanted him to wear it. But it was just a tiny bit big. :) Michael said he looked like the little boy from 'A Christmas Story' when he couldn't put his arms down. Haha! When we couldn't buckle his carseat, I realized we should probably change him into some other clothes.
We've gotten to go out a couple of times and now I really can't wait until it gets warmers so we can go walking alot more! Sadly, it won't be any time soon since it's supposed to be in the teens for the next few days. Blah.
I can't believe 2009 is already gone. Michael and I were just talking about how wonderful 2009 was. We had some pretty HUGE things happen to us as a family.
**I found out I was pregnant, and was pregnant pretty much the entire year
**We celebrated 2 years of marriage and 7 years of being together!
**We went on our first big trip (to Boston) since our honeymoon
**We watched our best friends get married and 2 of our sisters get engaged
**Michael finished his Masters and graduated from SMU
**We celebrated the birth of our happy and healthy little boy!!
I don't know how it could get any better.
Yes I do!
We have an entire year of "firsts" to look forward to as a new family!! Last year was full of a few BIG things that happened and this year is going to be full of a TON of little things that are going to be so so special. :)
So, I've been trying to think of some resolutions this year. Michael and I have made some pretty huge resolutions/goals in the past. We went for an entire year without fast food, one year I gave up cookies (which was NOT an easy task for me), Michael gave up caffeine (I ended up doing this too since I was preggo), and we trained to run a half marathon and full marathon (for Michael).
I'm not doing anything huge this year, but I do have a few things I want to accomplish:
**Lose the rest of my baby weight AND get back in shape before Rebecca's wedding in April (Yes, I realize this might be unattainable, but I sure am going to try!)
**Commit to doing P90X every day with Michael (as soon as my Dr clears me to work out, of course)
**Keep the kitchen counters neat and organized. We have a masive counter that has turned into a "catch-all" counter and it is always full of junk. But not this year :)
**Spend as much time with the hubs and the son as
As for Michael, he has one HUGE resolution. A very selfless resolution. It's to only wath 1 hour of TV a day so he can spend the rest of the day spending time with his wife and son! How amazing is he!? I sure do love that man a whole lot!!
Let's see how well I kep up with my resolutions. Hopefully I'll be able to say I accomplished them all...or at least most of them! :)