Friday, October 31
I decide to take the day off from work and just stay at home with Brendan. I ask Tawni if she wants me to go pick-up Sammy as well. What was I thinking? I just volunteered to have two babies 5 weeks apart all day?? Our Day care thanks me for picking up Sammy, it makes the day a lot easier on her husband!
The day wasn't so bad, they boys took naps at the same time, and played together. The downfall was they were also fussy at the same time as well! I brought our Pack-n-play (a wonderful invention) to the living room and I have two swings so they could both be content to swing at the same time. I even had a little extra time to pull out my laptop and do some work from home!
In the end, I realized, I could handle twins, but I would rather not!! By 5:00, I was ready to get out of the house!
Tuesday, October 28
Monday, October 27
Friday, October 24
I ordered their Baja Tacos, which were really good, however, I do enjoy the Yaki Tacos better. Scott had a very large burger (can't remember which one) but we both really enjoyed our meal, especially since Scott's was FREE!! The best part was of course the Kona Pie "Mocha almond fudge ice cream and cookie-crust topped with chocolate fudge, roasted almonds, whipped cream & a cherry" Mmm, Mmm Good! Plus, it was also FREE! After dinner we headed to Borders to look around, one of Scott's favorite places to go. I'm sure he bought a book, I just can't remember which one. We had a wonderful evening.
Happy Birthday Hunny!
Southwest Airlines will let you take the stroller all the way to the gate; they will put it under the plane and then give it back to you when you get off. However, security it not so baby friendly! I get to the metal detectors and I have in my possession as little as I could get away with; his diaper bag, my purse, a stroller, and a car seat. No problem! But I have to take out the Ziploc bag with his "liquids" my "liquids" out of my purse, and I have to show security his formula. I am not allowed to take water to mix formula with, but I am able to take pre-made formula through security as long as I show it to them.
After our carry-ons (and my shoes) were through the x-ray, they told me I also had to send the stroller through, so as I am trying to balance a three month old, take out the car seat, and fold up a stroller to go through the x-ray, Brendan starts to cry! Luckily, one of the security guards (?) helped me to fold up the stroller, and send it through the machine. As I start to walk through the medal detector with a baby in my arms, I am stopped "you need to remove his shoes." ARE YOU KIDDING ME?? A three month old's cloth shoes have to be removed and sent through the x-ray; what has this world come to?
Well, we made it through that fiasco, next time I guess I will be prepared for what is expected. I was a little worried about Brendan on the plane, I didn't want to have one of those crying children that everyone is annoyed with and wishes the parents would just shut them up! But as soon as the planes engine started, Brendan fell right to sleep.I was glad he was able to sleep through most of it, he woke up as we started to descend and I fed him a bottle then just cuddled him with his pacifier to keep him calm. Luckily for me, Brendan is not a loud crier, so the screaming three year old a few rows backs took center stage.
As I got off the plane in Sacramento, my stroller was there (already set up by the airline staff) for me to stick the car seat in and go. My parents and brothers came up to greet me just in front of security. Of course my mother doesn't say anything to me but immediately went to see her grandson; I guess that is the way it goes once you have babies. I think my (little) brother on the other hand, cared more about seeing me than seeing my baby.My luggage and car seat base came shortly after we went downstairs and so all-in-all it was a pretty easy trip. No complaints here; except that I had to take off his shoes - that is ridiculous!
Saturday, October 18
I got home and looked into plane tickets, because I had to work around my parents schedule, I either had to fly in before 3:30 that day, or wait until Saturday evening. I tried to make it to the airport for a flight that took off at 1:00 but after running around crazy for an hour trying to throw everything together in an hour, I realized, there was no way I could do this. It was better for us all though, with Brendan still getting better and me with my bad cold, we just stayed home sick together. We were both very miserable, but did get a little rest.
Friday, October 17
Now, Three months later, our baby is sick again. Wednesday afternoon, our friend Tawni picked Brendan up from day care, she called me at work to tell me she thought Brendan was sick. At this point it was 4:30 and I knew the doctor's office would close soon, so on my way home, I made a call to the doctor's office to see if there was anything that I could give him or if I needed to come in. The nurse called me back a few minutes after I got home, I explained his symptoms as I checked his temperature, 101.2 degrees. "How far away are you?" was the response I got. So Scott and I quickly grabbed Brendan, a blanket, the car seat and ran out the door. No diaper bag, no medical card, we left everything, even my cell phone! When we got to the Doctor's office, Dr. Mackey looked Brendan over, talked to me a little bit and then left the room saying "I need to make some calls." I was pretty calm at this point. Scott had been sick for at least 5 days, and I was starting to feel sick the previous day, we figured that Brendan just caught our cold, as careful as we had been, we couldn't keep him away from it.
I held it together as we drove to the hospital and got Brendan checked in, the nursing staff in the pediatrics ward were great, I had a much better experience than when he was born. It could have to do with our doctor too, Dr. Mackey wanted to be sure everything was okay with Brendan and not take any chances. So they ran a number of test on him, gave him an antibiotic and then we waited. All tests came back negative, his white blood cell count was normal. Looks like he just has a cold. Part of me was frustrated that we were in the Hospital for a cold, but the other part was thankful that we have a doctor willing to go the extra mile to insure his patients are healthy.
I stayed the night with Brendan in the Hospital. Scott went home and brought me back a change of clothes, the diaper bag and of ocurse my cell phone! Brendan and I came home yesterday evening at 5:00.
Now, this morning, I am sitting waiting for the doctor's office to call so I can make a follow-up appointment for today. I am hoping still to be able to go to Sacramento but we will have to wait and see what the doctor says.
Wednesday, October 15
Overall, it was a very nice, relaxing evening. The best part was that we experienced everything together. We bathed our baby, dressed him for bed and put him down to sleep together. It is nights like this that I really thank God for my family and how lucky we are.
Saturday, October 11
Friday, October 10
Wednesday, October 8
Tuesday, October 7
In our master bedroom, we have a cradle that is beside our bed for Brendan to sleep in instead of a bassinet. This cradle was the same one that I used as a baby as well as all of my siblings. The bedding was sewn by my aunt and used by my cousins. I loved having this family heirloom our apartment for my own baby to use. But now, less than three months old, he is too big to sleep in our room anymore.
Last night when we woke up in the middle of the night to feed him, Brendan had kicked himself around where he was completely vertical and was pushing with his feet against the edge which, in turn, pushed his head against the other side. With him getting bigger, rolling over, and moving a lot more, we decided that it was safest to move him to his own room, in his own crib. This was actually a hard move for me. I know that it sounds silly but it seems as though it is the first step to him growing up and needing me less. It was difficult for me to sleep as soundly knowing that he was in the other room and that I may not hear him cry as quickly as before. I know that this is just the next step and that Brendan will gain independence slowly, this is a good thing - just a little difficult. He actually did really well and I think he might actually sleep a little longer in the mornings without hearing us move around getting ready. For now, he is still my baby boy, one day, probably sooner than I expect, this will all be in the past and he will be grown son. Until that point, I am just enjoying every minute of his growth.
Monday, October 6
Brendan has now discovered his hands; he clasps his hands together when he sits on my lap as if he is waiting patiently for the next event. He is amazed with these little fingers that he can open and shut them, and just stares and the wonder of these little things attached to his body. He can also grasp on to items, Mommy's hair is a favorite. He holds his blanket when covered and now he can hold onto toys when they are handed to him. We love to watch him play with his toys.
Brendan has always been very strong, at only a few weeks old, he was working on holding up his head. Although at times he still looks like a bobble-head, he does pretty well. At his last "Well Baby Check-up" Dr. Mackey said he held his head up really well. On Thursday, we put Brendan on his tummy and realized how strong that head really was! He was able to hold his head high while laying on the floor. We were once again amazed at his development!
What happened yesterday morning just blew us away! We laid him on his tummy once again for "Tummy Time" and were playing with him when all of the sudden, (okay, not too quickly) he kicked himself over! What an amazing baby! He tried it a couple more times and he was able to roll from his tummy to his back. Of course, whenever I tried to record this feat, he would just whine and cry. And so I do not have a clip to show you, maybe tonight he will perform for the camera.
It was at this point that Scott and I realized, we really need a video camera. We do not want to be missing out on his milestones but want to capture everything on film. Hopefully soon we will be able to purchase a video camera to savor our family moments!