Friday, June 24, 2011

1 Month

Tyler is 1 month old already! It seems like the month has flown by, but it also feels like he's been part of our family forever. Tyler is such a good baby, only fussing a little bit when he's hungry or tired, but otherwise very content. He sleeps great overnight, waking once or twice to nurse, and he naps fairly well, considering the noise and activity level around him. We didn't have a 1 month doctor appointment since we were just there at 2 weeks, but we will attempt to measure and weigh him this weekend to see how much he's grown.

(UPDATE: I weighed Tyler by getting on the scale with and without him, and the difference was 11.5 pounds - it is a digital scale that goes in 1/2 pound increments. So, he weighs roughly 11 pounds at 1 month old. We also attempted to measure his length and came up with 22 inches. He's a growing boy! Both Steve and I feel that we missed out on the newborn stage with him because he's so much bigger than Lucas was his first month!)

Tyler is becoming much more active in the past week or so. He is holding his head up better and is starting to reach for our faces. He is especially a wiggle worm during diaper changes. He is also starting to smile when we talk to him and touch his face, though we can't always coax one out of him. I love that he recognizes us and is starting to interact.

So far Tyler has kept his head full of dark hair, even his sideburns, eyebrows, and some hair on the very tops of his ears. He has beautiful eyes and skin and a perfect little nose. Here are two adorable pictures I took today.


Tyler, we love you, and we thank God for you! We are looking forward to all the fun that your second month has in store!

Thursday, June 23, 2011

5 Minute Chocolate Mug Cake

My grandma forwarded this email to me. I get chocolate cravings about every day, so I'm sure I'll be testing it soon.

5 MINUTE CHOCOLATE MUG CAKE

4 tablespoons flour
4 tablespoons sugar
2 tablespoons cocoa
1 egg beaten
3 tablespoons milk
3 tablespoons oil
3 tablespoons chocolate chips (optional)
A small splash of vanilla extract
1 large coffee mug (MicroSafe)

Add dry ingredients to mug, and mix well. Add the egg and mix thoroughly.
Pour in the milk and oil and mix well..
Add the chocolate chips (if using) and vanilla extract, and mix again.
Put your mug in the microwave and cook for 3 minutes at 1000 watts.
The cake will rise over the top of the mug, but don't be alarmed!
Allow to cool a little, and tip out onto a plate if desired.
EAT ! (this can serve 2 if you want to feel slightly more virtuous)


And why is this the most dangerous cake recipe in the world? Because now we are all only 5 minutes away from chocolate cake at any time of the day or night!

Good and Bad

First, the good. Lucas slept through the night from the second night on and is no longer crying for us. He plays with his stuffed animals, looks at books, and drums on the bedrail until he gets tired enough to fall asleep. Woohoo! I'm glad he adapted quickly since the first day was so rough. It was a lot of change all at once for him - new bed, new bedroom, and no more pacifier - I'm so proud of him!

Now, the bad. I have mastitis. It started Monday night, and I felt like I'd been hit by a bus. I was shaking and chilled but running a fever and sweating like crazy, and I had constant achiness with shooting pains everywhere from my ears to my toes, not to mention the worst headache I've ever had in my life. From everything I've read, it is likely due to a combination of several things- stress, fatigue, Tyler sleeping very well overnight (waking only once or twice), sleeping on my stomach, and apparently some bacteria that found its way into my body. I started taking antibiotics Tuesday night and after a few doses (and some ibuprofen) I felt a lot better. Now I am just nauseaous from the antibiotics and have a sore neck. I keep reading that I need to be on bedrest, but that is pretty impossible with another kid to take care of. Moms just have to tough it out!

One thing that has helped is that my brother arrived on Wednesday night for a short visit, so he has been keeping Lucas busy! But I'm still the one in charge of input and output (code for feeding and changing diapers) for both boys, at least while Steve's at work. My brother leaves tomorrow morning, so only one day to get through before the weekend! (I'm hoping to post again tomorrow - Tyler is 1 month old already!!!)

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Bye-Bye Pacis

The pacifiers are all gone. Lucas has had the same two for over a year, and they finally both broke in the same week. They started to crack/tear due to a combination of old age and Lucas playing with them and chewing on them more than actually sucking on them. "White paci" was first to go on Wednesday night. It wasn't too hard for him to throw it in the garbage, and he has only asked for it a few times. We would remind him it was broken and in the garbage, and he would say "fix it" but then be fine.

Last night I noticed "blue paci" also had a small crack, but I let him keep it until this morning. He threw it away a little while ago and didn't seem too upset. He just kept talking about "white paci garbage," "blue paci garbage," "both broken," and "pacis all gone." I am 99% sure we will have tears at naptime and bedtime for the next couple days, but I am glad we are doing it cold turkey instead of trying to wean him off them or convince him he doesn't need them anymore. Now they are both gone, and he knows he doesn't have any more.

We let Lucas have a paci longer than I had hoped or intended, but it is still a little sad that this is one more way he is a big boy now and not my baby anymore. (He did turn 2 years and 2 months yesterday, so about a year longer than I wanted...) I guess it's finally time to say "Bye-bye white paci and blue paci!"


UPDATE: Naptime came and went, filled with tears, screaming, and trying to climb out of his crib (which he has never done before). So, we decided we might as well transition to the "big boy bed" at the same time. I put the finishing touches on his new bedroom while Steve took him to Lowe's for a bit, and then we made a big deal of it when he came home. He was very excited. We'll see how tonight goes...

DAY 2 UPDATE: The pacis are no longer an issue; he hasn't even asked for them. Hooray! Now the problem is that he does not want to sleep in his new bed alone. I think it took Steve and I a total of six tries to lay in bed with him until he fell asleep and then sneak out of the room without him waking up. He ended up sleeping from about 9pm-4:45am when a big thunder woke all of us up. So far today he has not taken a nap. I left him in there and shut the door, and he has been getting in and out of his bed, crying and playing off and on. It's actually quite entertaining to watch him on the video monitor. He is drumming and dancing and then clapping for himself. I am giving him until 2pm to fall asleep. He has been remarkably good today for having no nap yesterday and not nearly enough sleep last night.

Monday, June 13, 2011

Three Pictures

It's really hard to choose what pictures to post, so if you want to see more they are all up at meints08.shutterfly.com.

How It's Going

People keep asking me how things are going, and I keep saying the same thing - Great, because my mom is still here! She left Saturday morning, so today is actually my first day alone with the boys. My mom was a huge help with Lucas and Tyler, not to mention doing nearly all the cooking, cleaning, and laundry, while still finding time to sew curtains and two skirts for me, pulling all our weeds, and winning $1500 at the casino. The nearly three weeks she was here went way too fast, and now it is time to adjust to life with two kids and two parents (and just one during the day). Lucas is probably going to miss her the most - he loved all the extra attention and fun things she did with him!

Tyler is a very good baby, eating, sleeping, and growing like a champ. He weighed 7lb 15oz at birth, 8lb even at one week, and 8lb 11oz at two weeks. He got the name Steve wanted, and just like I can't imagine Lucas as a Tyler, I can't imagine Tyler as the name I had picked out. He was born with a head full of dark hair, and I hope he keeps it. He looked a lot like Lucas right after he was born, but within a few days he was already changing. We might have two boys that look totally different!

Lucas loves his baby brother and wants to hug, kiss, and hold him which is very sweet, but he also wants to pick him up and poke him a little harder than we would like. I wasn't sure how his behavior would change after the baby was born, and so far I would just describe it as having more ups and downs than usual. He has thrown a few fits when he doesn't get what he wants (usually our undivided attention), but he seems more mad at us than jealous of Tyler. He is also having a hard time with the idea of waiting, whether it's 15 seconds while we cut his food, 2 minutes for a commercial break, or 10 minutes while I nurse the baby - that's like eternity to him. Other than that he continues to make us laugh with his crazy antics and amaze us with his new skills and knowledge every day. (He got up to P in the alphabet yesterday!)

So far today is going well. We took a little walk this morning and then played outside while Tyler slept in the stroller. Right now Lucas is watching his favorite tv show while eating lunch, and soon it will be naptime. With any luck, Tyler will sleep a little longer and it will be naptime for me too! This might be a long week for me since Steve's mom is still out of town and he is gone overnight on Wednesday, but I think we'll settle into a nice routine pretty soon. I just have to figure out when showering fits into that routine...