Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Welcome Baby Shiloh!

Aunt Kirsten gave birth to Baby Shiloh Jean on 10/25!  We are so excited for our boys to meet their first, first cousin!   She is 5 lbs 2 ounces, 18 inches long & quite a cutie pie!

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Happy 20 Month Birthday, Emmy Vaughan!

You are a BIG boy! Every day you learn new things & surprise us with them. You weigh about 23 lbs & are getting taller every day. You are still a skinny boy, but healthy as can be. You:
- Love watching the Phillies play-offs.
- Are really into football. You run around the living room saying "football, helmet, tackle, Eagles!" You also will fall to the ground when you yell "Tackle!"
- Adore your baby brother & sometimes call him "Brother." You sometimes get upset when you hear him crying on the monitor.
- Take 1 nap a day for about 2 hours
- Eat pretty well. Grandma introduced you to M&M's & you love them! Your favorite is still donuts.
- Have fun at Gym Tots & Swimming lessons
- Enjoy walking up & down the steps by yourself
- Love to watch tv, especially in our bed. You lay back, put one hand behind your head & your thumb in your mouth. You say "Watch tb!"
- Like to pretend to cook! Mommy is getting you a kitchen set this week!
- Hold Baby Harlan at least once a day.
- Tell Mommy "Drive, keys, phone, shopping, Target!" LOL...you have really put it together, Boy!
- Adore Cami. You cry when he leaves you.
- Are obsessed with "Wadur boddu's" (aka water bottles). Mommy got you your very own at Target!
- Imitate everything we say. Some of my favorites are "Ok, Honey." "Yes, Punkin." "Here ya go, Baby." You will say it right back to me when I say it to you.
- Have adjusted very nicely to having Harlan in the house. You are learning to play independently when Mommy feeds Baby Harlan
- Love Yo Gabba Gabba still
- Had fun at 1-2-3 play with me at the library. You really liked the teeter totter, the noodle bin & Mr. Potato Heads
- Ask to be held & like to snuggle
- Have turned into the cutest, funniest, sweetest little toddler...Even though I still call you my Baby :)
We loooooooooooove you!

Big Boy!

Harlan Joseph had his 1 month check-up today. He is perfectly healthy & growing like a weed! He is 10 lbs 9 ozs (up 2 lbs 6 ozs) & 23 inches (up 1.5 inches). I am thrilled b/c he is thriving so well on Momma's milk :) He also got his first shot, which was no fun. We got the all clear to let him start trying out bottles, which should be fun for Daddy!

Monday, October 18, 2010

Our days

Once in awhile it is fun to look back & see what my days used to look like, so I figured I would give an updated look at our days. It may seem a little chaotic in writing, but it really doesn't feel like it while it is happening.
6-7 am: Harlan wakes up, gets changed, eats, snuggles with Mom in bed
7-8 am: Emory wakes up, gets changed, asks "Baby Harlan?!", snuggles in bed with Mom & Baby Harlan, while Baby Harlan falls back to sleep. We typically switch back & forth between Sprout & Disney
8-9 am: Breakfast for Emory & Mommy, and sometimes take Cam to school
9 am - noon: Play outside or in the basement, go to the library, playground, go shopping, do art, feed Harlan again...
Noon: Emory naps, Mommy eats lunch & plays with Harlan & feeds Harlan, Mommy cleans, does wash, straightens up, pays bills, preps dinner, messes around one the computer
2 pm: Emory wakes up, sometimes has lunch or a snack (he isn't a big lunch eater) Harlan eats, take the boys for a run in the jogger and sometimes pick up Cam
4 pm: Play, help Cam with homework, sometimes watch some tv, feed Harlan
5 pm: Daddy is home!!! We all get very excited, play, dinner, sometimes Daddy takes Emory & Cam to football practice, while Mommy stays home with Harlan
7:30-8:30 pm: Emory's bed time, feed Harlan, Cam has a snack & is off to bed
9 pm: Mommy & Daddy hang out with Harlan & he gets 1 more feeding
10-11 pm: Mommy & Daddy go to bed
Midnight/3 am: Sometimes feeding time for Harlan
Our days are really fun. It is nice that Emory is talking now b/c I actually don't have to talk to myself all day. He is also my cheerleader when I run him in the jogger, which is nice :) I am so blessed to be able to spend my days with our sweet boys. I don't ever take it for granted. I knew I was patient with Matt doing the music thing for all those years...I knew my time would come & alas it is here :)

Friday, October 15, 2010

National Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day


Today, October 15th, is recognized as National Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day. This day holds such a special place in my heart, as we lost a little angel exactly 1 year ago this week. Light a candle tonight in memory of not only our tiny angel & those of my close girlfriends, but all those that you may know personally.
...hugging my beautiful, healthy boys a little tighter today!!!

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Harlan loves his Daddy


Harlan's schedule looks a little something like this
6 am: Hears Daddy leave for work, wakes up, eats, realizes Daddy left
7 am: Back to sleep
Wakes for feedings every 2-4 hours during the day & snoozes most of the rest of the day except for a few wakeful periods here & there
4 pm: Wakes up b/c he knows Daddy is almost home & stays awake until around 9 pm, when Daddy goes to bed.
...Something tells me he rests almost all day long so that he can stay awake for 5+ hours straight once Daddy gets home from work.

Monday, October 11, 2010

Pumpkins, and Apples and Hay...OH MY!











We had a fun time at Varner's on Saturday. We checked out tons of pumpkins, played in the pumpkin patch, ran through the hay maze, got pulled by horseys & had so much fun! Cameron really wanted to get freshly picked apples, so we did & everyone enjoyed one on the way home. Emory now LOVES eating apples, as long as the skin is peeled off. Harlan snoozed the whole time, but woke up just in time to share in the apple-fun on the way home!

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Happy 1 Month, Harlan Boy!



Happy 1 month birthday, baby boy! It has been an amazing month & you have been a true blessing to our family. Everyone loves getting to know you better each day. You are such a sweet little baby who makes all of us smile & appreciate like a little more each moment that we spend with you. Here is what you are up to...You
- Weigh a little over 9 lbs (I think)
- BF life a champ! You eat every 3 hours or so during the day, every 2 hours in the evening & it ranges from every 3-7 hours at night
- Love your big brothers
- Like to stare at your brothers when they hold you
- Hardly ever cry, but when you do, it is LOOOOOOOOOUD
- Sleep anywhere & everywhere, but Mommy's favorite is when you fall asleep on me :)
- Like look out the front window
- Love your paci. It is pretty much the answer to any problem you might have
- Hate sitting still in your carseat
- Are starting to grab your toys on your playmat
- Sleep pretty much all morning/early afternoon & are awake all late afternoon/early evening
- Like your bouncy chair & swing
- Are pacified by the blow dryer & vacuum cleaner
- Smiled for Daddy & the neighbor
- We think you are going to be very tall
- Have a very relaxed personality & go with the flow
- Have been to so many places...Target, Wegmans, Giant, Colonial Gardens, Iron Hill, Oktoberfest
- Layla loves you
- Had your first cold this week, but handled it like a champ
Harlan Joseph, you are a perfect little baby boy & we love you more than you know.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Our Angel







Oh Harlan, how you will feel overlooked when you can read this blog years from now. You are NOT overlooked, you are just such a darn good baby that there is not much more to say other than you eat, sleep, sleep, sleep, sleep, poop, grunt & occasionally cry. We thought that Emory was a good newborn, well you are an angel so far. You are such a happy little guy & it doesn't take much to make you happy. You either want to sleep, eat, snuggle or have a poopy diap changed & you are as happy as a clam. You love to watch your big brothers & you are becoming very alert. You have smiled at Daddy already, but not Mommy. I won't let it hurt my feelings. Today you had a dance party with Emory. He held your hands & you danced around together. You love to stare at Emory & he stares right back at you. I would love to know what you are both thinking, but I am sure it is some special brother stuff that I just wouldn't understand anyway. You are so loved by everyone, especially your big brothers. They both always give you a kiss goodnight & tell you that they love you. Your eyes have become very big & bright. You spend alot of time sleeping, but when you are awake, you are the sweetest. I won't lie, I love when you sleep too b/c you let me snuggle with you. Emory likes to snuggle with you too. He usually comes up while I am feeding you & gently rests his head on you. Emory also calls for you & I when he wakes up in the morning. I think it is his way of knowing that you are always here in the morning with him & Mommy. He loves to come into your room with me when you wake up & take a peek at you in your bassinet. Harlan Joseph (or Joes-IF, as your Jersey-Daddy says) you are the best, brightest, sweetest little baby :) Em...you are the best, brightest, sweetest little boy & Cam...you are the best, brightest, sweetest big boy :)

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Hips - 1, Head - 0





Today we had Emory's 6 month hip check-up. Now mind you, it is ALWAYS an experience when dealing with Chop, but I couldn't put an amount of money to how much Dr. Dave has been for us & for Emory's hips. With that in mind, I mentally prepared myself for the day, but, in true Emory-style, it was not as I expected. We left the house at 9:25 for a 10:25 appointment in King of Prussia. I realized quickly that we had time to kill & knew we would be spending plenty of time in the Doctor's office, so we made a
quick stop at Target.

**Side note, I kid you not, this morning while I was making breakfast Emory was walking around the kitchen with a bag over his shoulder the following conversation transpired**
Emory: "Let's go!"
Me: "Where are we going?"
Emory "Driving!"
Me: "Where are we driving to?"
Emory: "Target!"
Me: Laughing, laughing, laughing
Emory: "Phone?" (while looking around for my cell phone)
Me: "The phone is on the table."
Emory: (Goes over & gets the phone & puts it in the bag) "Bye bye!"


We picked up our few items at Target & got to the Doctor's right on time. We checked in, filled out our paperwork, played for a few minutes & then got the go-ahead to go upstairs for our xray. As I was pushing the button for the elevator (while Harlan quietly slept, as he had been since we left the house), Emory runs over, trips & falls head first into a chair. Wailing ensues, I scoop him up & we hop on the elevator. I take a peek at his head as we get on the elevator & it is a little bump, slightly blue. By the time we reach the 1st floor, a quick 25 second ride, his bump was tripled in size & bright blue....flash back to Easter. I check in with the nurses upstairs & get an ice pack. The ladies were so sweet, tried to entertain Emory while I tried to hold the ice pack on. They even got him some cookies to try to bride him to sit still while he just kept saying "Toys!" b/c he wanted to play with the toys that he saw. We then went back for his xray which was a true joy. He wanted no parts of lying on a metal table, naked, being restrained. It took well over 20 minutes to get 2 xrays done. Thankfully, again, Baby Harlan cooperated & slept the whole time. Emory noticed at one point in the chaos of trying to get his xrays done that he didn't see Harlan anywhere & starting asking through tears "Baby Harlan?" It was adorable. We finally got the xrays done & went back downstairs to play some more before getting height & weight done. He also wanted no parts of that & cried & said "Done?" We went back to a room & Emory ran around the hallways, looked at the pictures, talked to the nurse & got some cool stickers. Finally around 12, Dr. Dave came in to see us & gave us the good news that Emory's hips are perfect (for a DDH kid) & that everything is progressing nicely. He also kindly checked Harlan's hips & said they feel great, but as a precaution, we will get an ultrasound done on them in the next few weeks. We were finally out of there at 12:15 & headed home. I can't complain, we went for a hip check-up & came home with a clean bill of hip-health & a goose egg :)