Wednesday, March 23, 2011

2 Months And Counting

2 Months!
Lincoln is 2 months old today! He is growing so much and starting to stay awake for longer periods of time. Last night he was up for a little while after his feeding, so I got out some rattles and he started shaking one and was smiling really big. It was the cutest thing ever!

Although it's an unofficial weight (we weighed him when we went to visit Vickie at work) he weighs almost 7lbs! I'm pretty sure he is over 20in long...he's starting to fill out his onesies and sleepers in the newborn size, but only in the length. His little arms, legs and belly are still so skinny! It's amazing what a difference a pound can make though. When we brought him home 3 weeks ago, his clothes were swallowing him whole, and that's when he weighed 5lbs, 7oz. I tried his Easter outfit on him tonight and even though its a newborn size, the pants literally fell off of him when I picked him up. Now I have to find another outfit for his Easter pictures next Saturday.

In other news, we are still not sleeping at we I mean Lincoln and me. I truly hope he starts to fall asleep at night now that he's awake more during the day. I only have a week and a half before I start back at work, and I don't think my boss wants me to come in at 5PM...because that's what time I typically wake up since I'm not going to sleep until 8 or 9AM! Andrew keeps asking me when his schedule is going to straighten out. Even though he's 2 months old, we're still a week away from his due date, so I'm not sure his schedule is going to get better anytime soon. I think I'll be investing in 5 Hour Energy!

Here are more pictures from tonight:

I may be growing, but my pants are still too big!
Mommy always makes sure my accessories match my outfit!
Working on my muscles!

Hello World!

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Kiss Me I'm Irish

My Little Leprechaun
Lincoln wanted to wish everyone a Happy St. Patrick's Day! Luckily Andrew didn't have to pinch him since he was wearing green, but green is not in my color scheme, so I wasn't as fortunate. Andrew has been in Texas all week for work and came back today. It was nice to have him home. I guess these few days without him was a preview of what's to come in the next couple of weeks. Hopefully this time won't be as long as the year we went apart last year!

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Time Is Flying By

Lincoln's been home for 2 weeks! It's crazy at how fast the time has gone by. He's still not sleeping well at night...last night he went to bed at 6:30AM and I ended up sleeping on and off until 5PM! I've used the late nights to work on Thank You notes and ordering my announcements. However, I need to get my sleep schedule back in order because I'm going back to work at the beginning of April. Unfortunately it will be sans Andrew. There hasn't been any interest in our house, and in order to continue to make the payments, I need to be working. So we're stepping out on a limb and praying that something happens soon.

In the meantime, Lincoln will officially have his own room, so I'm excited about being able to hang up all of his clothes (we're sharing a closet right now, and by sharing, I mean that his boxes of diapers have taken up all of the space!) and being able to decorate! I figure if I'm there, I might as well decorate! So now I'm obsessing over the details...I wanted the glider and ottoman from Pottery Barn, but I think it may be too much white. I found this glider at Walmart and fell in love with it!

Little Castle Enchanted Embassy Glider

I was originally worried that the black would look odd with the white furniture, but I think it will tie into the bedding and accessories nicely. Now if I can just convince Andrew that we need it! LOL! I found the glider thanks to the blog I stumbled upon: Black and White Delight. They blog about home decor and clothing in my favorite color scheme: black and white!

Come back tomorrow night to see Lincoln's St. Patty's Day outfit! Hopefully his bib will fit him better than the one for Valentine's!

Friday, March 11, 2011

I'm A Slacker

It's hard keeping up with a blog and keeping up with a newborn. Lincoln's proven to be even more difficult this week than last. Now he keeps me up all night, sometimes not letting me get any sleep until 9AM! Needless to say, I've been very cranky this week! I've resorted to sleeping on the couch some nights and putting Lincoln in his Mamaroo swing (I highly recommend this swing!) just to prevent Andrew from hearing him cry! But tonight starts the weekend, so I will sleep in bed and let Andrew take care of him! I say this to try to sound mean to Andrew, but he is great and gladly helps out on weekends since he knows that I've been taking care of our insatiable child all week.

Seriously, our kid eats ALL night long! Yet he will go for hours during the day without eating at all. My friend Michelle suggested that I wake him up every 2-3 hours to feed him during the day and then let him sleep at night without waking him to see if that will help him get back on schedule. But waking him up is easier said than done. I might have to resort to torturing him just to get him to open up an eye. I tried giving him a bath today to wake him, but the little stinker started dozing in the bathtub! I think he was sent to me to test my patience as well as my ability to function on as little sleep as possible!

I tried approaching last night with a different attitude than I'd had the nights previous. I read that if you went into each night knowing that it's normal for your baby to wake you up several times, then you wouldn't feel so frustrated because you would understand that they need to eat, as well as be cuddled and nurtured. I think that advice least it did last night. Instead of getting frustrated that Lincoln would cry every time I put him down, I just looked at it as an opportunity to cuddle with him more. For all of my friends who are pregnant or want to have a baby in the near future, don't be fooled by the doctors saying your baby will eat every 2-3 hours. Unfortunately, cluster feeding at night is very common. Instead of being mad at your children for keeping you awake, get mad at the doctors who made you think you were going to get some sleep! For more info about nursing, I found a great website: KellyMom

Here is what's been happening when I haven't been trying to get some sleep:

I think he loves his mommy too!
Duke and Duchess are so overprotective of Lincoln!
Al Bundy in the making!

Homemade closet organizers...not bad for my first craft project!
The Cricut machine has come in handy! I can personalize everything!

Pat A Cake and This Little Piggy for the hand and foot prints!
Ikea Frame and the "L" that Terry spray painted for me to go over the crib.
Initials and frame on top of Lincoln's dresser.

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Busy Busy Busy

Lincoln still doesn't sleep at night. Oh, he'll sleep the day away, but come 1AM, he decides to wake me up for a late night snack and then keeps me up usually until about 4 or 5AM. There are times when I want to pull my hair out, but then he does something really cute, and then I turn to goo and basically allow him to torture me with his crying all night long. I hear this passes...maybe I'll be able to sleep through the night by the time he turns 2!

Because I don't get any sleep at night, I have resorted to sleeping throughout the day. So between feeding Lincoln (and myself if I remember!) I pretty much don't have time for anything else. How do other moms go back to work?! But I have managed to fit in Lincoln's first pediatrician appointment, a newborn photo shoot, a kids consignment sale and his first bath! Now you can see why I haven't updated the blog until now!

Lincoln's first pediatrician appointment went really well. As of Friday, he weighed 5lbs, 9oz which means he gained 2oz in 2 days! He is also 18 3/4in long, so he grew 3/4 of an inch since Sunday night! The doctor said that his growth for a 6 week old baby born at 30 weeks was amazing. According to her, Lincoln doesn't act or look like a preemie his age should. That's great news! Of course, we already knew that our kid was amazing. He is already holding his head up for long periods of time, which seems very odd since he's only 6 weeks old...not to mention that the doctors told us that he would probably be behind in his milestones since he was 10 weeks early. For some reason, I don't think Lincoln will be as far behind as the doctors said he would be!

In the meantime, everyone warned us that boys will pee on you while they're being changed. Andrew got to experience this phenomenon 3 times on Saturday...all within an hour! Needless to say, Lincoln's first bath on Saturday night was well deserved.

Here are some pictures from the weekend:
Waiting for the pediatrician!

Lincoln's first bath!
"I'm a great catch!" Thanks for the outfit Aunt Tori!

Tummy time turned into cuddle time!

And finally some sneak peeks of our newborn photo shoot with Josh Craig Photography!

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Life As We Know It

Go Wolfpack!

Everything we've known to this point has changed. Our life now consists of dirty diapers, late night feedings and cuddle time with the cutest little boy ever! Lincoln was in the hospital for over a month, so we were almost spoiled by having someone else take care of him for us. But now we are glad to be experiencing all of this on our own! 

Last night was Lincoln's first night at home, and it was a rough one. I hope that a lot of his fussiness was due to being in a strange place, so maybe tonight will be a little better. It's definitely going to take some getting used to for all of us! Tomorrow he has a pediatrician appointment so we'll get an update on his weight and find out how he has been doing with his feedings at home. We'll also be working on getting him back on his 3-6-9-12 feeding schedule since he's managed to get off of it last night.