Wednesday, March 31, 2010


Liam hasn't wanted to draw or color alot in the past few months until lately. He has been really into the Doodle Board. He has been getting better and better at doing faces and cars. Tonight he said he was gonna draw Daddy and this is what he did. No one helped him- he did this all on his own. I am just so impressed. The thing that got me was how he put everything where it was supposed to go on the face. It's the first time he has done it so well. Oh- and the circle on the top is Daddy's Saints hat.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

One Month Update

Yup- it's already been a month! We went to the doctor on Tuesday and she is a whopping 11 pounds and 5 ounces. I asked the doctor what percentile that puts her at and he said it's basically off the charts, but to be fair he also said those numbers don't really mean anything because obviously she had a head start being that she weighed so much when she was born. I looked back at Liam's blog to see how much he weighed. At 6 weeks he weighed 11 pounds and 14 ounces so she is actually growing faster than her brother did which is hard to believe. She will definitely be heavier than that in 2 weeks. She is 22 inches which means she only grew an inch and is in the 90th percentile for height.

She has become more alert and can follow you with her eyes. She is starting to smile as a reaction to you rather than to gas. She is strong as an ox and can lift her head up high when she is lying on her stomach. She has seriously pretty blue eyes. Her hair is a sandy brown color and forms a natural mohawk without any prompting from me (I swear). I especially love that because my hair did the same thing when I was a baby.

If you slip your finger into the palm of her hand she will grip tightly onto it which kinda makes my heart melt. She's also a grunter. Maybe this is a baby thing and I don't remember Liam doing it? Or maybe he was so busy screaming, he didn't have the opportunity? But she grunts all the time and it's hilarious. Sometimes she grunts as a warning that she is about to be fussy and sometimes when she is trying to push out gas and sometimes for no reason at all.

Friday, March 12, 2010

My Little Drummer Boy

In an attempt to entertain Liam, I set up a coloring station with crayons, coloring pencils, and stamps for Liam to get creative. Let's just say I had fun coloring while Liam had fun using the coloring pencils as drum sticks. 45 minutes of drumming and pretending "I Ringo". I keep trying to play up George since guitars are cheaper and don't take up as much space, but he has a special place in his heart for drums.

All in a Daze Work

Maternity leave with 2 kids is kinda tough. It's not that I can't handle them, it's the lack of sleep that makes it tough. I am an 8 hour kind of girl. If I don't get my 8 hours, I am cranky and sleepy and impatient. Livi doesn't stay awake or cry all night, but she does need to eat or burp or be changed just about every hour. So although I don't stay up for long periods of time- the interrupted sleep wreaks havoc on me.

And of course, during the day Liam needs to be constantly entertained or taken to the bathroom at the same time I am feeding Livi. Thankfully, he has generally been good. I have seen some behavior as a result of the new kid in town. No jealousy, but he does ask for hugs all day and tells me Livi "is done eating- put her down" when he wants my attention. But still includes her in all his stories and wants her around constantly. And seriously, what do stay-at-home moms DO with kids all day everyday?

Friday, March 5, 2010

Life with Liv

It's been an interesting couple of weeks. Now that Livi is 2 weeks old, I have a better understanding of what kind of baby she is. I am getting to know her cries and her feeding schedule. She is just awesome. It's such a different feeling the second time around, mostly because you have been through it all before so the excitement just isn't the same. I don't feel bad in saying that I worried that I didn't have the same connection to Livi as I did to Liam. Mostly because now I know that I do. It took a little longer to find it, but I think that has a lot to do with this being the second time. Livi didn't ask to be second and it sure doesn't make her any less special, but there is no denying that the newness of a first child resembles something like a first date.

Now when I look into those baby blues or stare at her as she peacefully sleeps, I feel that same intense love that I do with Liam. I have a daughter. It was a little hard to let reality set it, but now that is has I will never be the same. I didn't split the love I had for Liam with her, I started a whole new unit of love. I don't know if that even makes sense or sounds cheesy, but I don't care. The point is I never thought I could fit more love for anyone into me because there was so much there for my boys. But there it is- a whole new unit of love... all for Livi.