One Month

Crosby is one month old today!

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It is somewhat hard to believe it, but here we are.
Greg and I were just talking last night about how we think this month has gone better than anticipated.
That’s not to say there haven’t been some rough patches with all four of us,
but overall, we have survived and we’re all [mostly] happy campers.

Luckily, Crosby has been pretty go-with-the-flow, mostly because he is still in that sleepy newborn stage.
Once he’s in his car seat, he’s pretty much out for the duration of the trip.
We have gotten out a lot more than I did with Kenley. I think that is because I have felt so much better,
and because we aren’t AS scared of germs as we were the first time around.
Our pediatrician still reminds us to lay low and not be around too many people,
but we also have a wild two year old coming home from school each day after she has
played with who knows how many other two year olds, all sharing snotty germs.
This is probably why little man has already had a cold. Sorry buddy!
Recovery wise, for me, I have felt great. Everything was much better the second time around.
Crosby and I try to get out at least once a day or every two days.
On the days we stay in, our time is spent snuggling and watching Parks & Recreation.

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For the first three weeks or so, he was eating every three hours, day and night.
This past week we have seen a glimmer of hope that he’s going to stretch it out soon.
He went four hours for a whole day, but then goes back and forth between three and four.
He is sleeping whenever he is tired. Some days more than others, but his awake time is definitely getting longer.
Awake time is usually in the morning and once big sister gets home from school.
He would prefer to sleep in someone’s arms, but also sleeps in the rock & play and the newborn lounger pillow.
(I’ll do a complete rundown of the old and new gear we’re using this time around.)
We have also put him in the swing a few times, but I am much more aware of how annoyingly bulky that thing is.
He’s still sleeping in our room at night in the rock & play and boy, he’s a noisy sleeper!
He will sleep soundly for the first half of the night, half of which we are still awake for,
but the early morning hours consist of his version of tossing and turning and a lot of little grunts.
Once he starts to sleep longer stretches, we’ll definitely start transitioning to his crib.

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One month notes:
Weight – Last we checked it was 8 lbs 13 oz at two weeks, so I’m guessing well over 9 lbs now.
Hair – Starting to get lighter, but it’s still all in tact.
Eyes – Dark blue
Head – No clue… I’m not even sure I know what it was at birth. That’s horrible.
Diapers – Size 1 disposables and they’re just a tad big. Hopefully we’ll get on the ball and start cloth soon.
Buying diapers stinks!
Clothes – 0-3 months. He didn’t really ever wear newborn, but he’s definitely fitting in his 0-3 month now.
Likes – Being held, sleeping, the car seat, NUK pacifier, looking at the fan, looking at the Christmas tree lights, being swaddled
Dislikes – Having his diaper changed, gas, tummy time

my weekend in photos

It's about to get all Christmas crafty over here. Felt balls for days!  ❄️

i spent a tiny bit of time crafting this weekend after bedtime.
i’m trying to get my act together to join in on the pinterest christmas fun again.

I'm pretty sure we think that we should be coaching this team. At least we get it honest. #Hoosiers #iubb @mjlower @slower1974

the hoosiers were so close to beating uconn on friday. unfortunately, they did not.
michael and i might feel as if we could coach the team better. i’m not sure where we get that from…

Afterlight

greg and i hit up some early black friday specials at the mall on friday
and had ourselves a mini date (with a sleeping infant in tow).
all maternity leave is doing is fueling my starbucks addiction.

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i know, i know, it’s too early for this, but we decorated for christmas on saturday!
the whole nine yards. tree, christmas music, icicle lights, everything. we are ready.

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kenley was all about it. she loved the ornaments.
touching, throwing, putting them on the tree, taking them off, everything.
and we only broke one!
the tree lights can be either white or colored. i like the white, kenley likes the “green lights”.

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this is what a trip to target looks like with a family of four.
shoes are optional and bribes included a blueberry scone.
oh, and starbucks… again.
we’ll get better at this, i hope.

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we had a good weekend and we’re excited for a short week!
how was your weekend?

Home Sweet Home :: One Year

One year ago today we packed up a truck (three times) and moved just under two miles down the road.
To be honest, I really can’t believe we’ve only been in our house for just one year.
Especially considering that we now have two kids here, instead of just one!

I know I’ve mentioned this several times, but when we moved into our house,
every single wall was a cream color. The bank came in and freshened up, which was awesome,
but it was just very plain. Each time we added color to one room, we wanted to keep going
because it made such a big difference! Here is a rundown on what we’ve done over the past year.

We first started with Kenley’s room and added the DIY faux wainscoting. She transitioned into her new room
beautifully and now I’m realizing that I haven’t shared her room since we’ve moved her to a toddler bed.
I will post pictures of her true toddler room in the next couple of weeks.

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Very early on, Greg tackled the ceiling in our family room. He painted and added crown molding to our coffered ceilings.

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We updated several aspects of the kitchen, including the big hole/cutout in the wall, horrible pantry door, and the island.
Later on, we also added more modern hardware. You can read about the updates here and here.

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The office was turned into an office / craft room combo room.

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We updated the upstairs guest bathroom by painting the cabinets and framing the mirror.

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Greg did a complete overhaul on the downstairs bathroom by adding beadboard, crown molding,
a new light fixture, the framed mirror, and bright orange paint!

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The laundry room also got a complete overhaul from the paint color, light fixture,
drying racks, and storage, to painting the counter top.

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Since we were adding another member to our family, we got to do another nursery!
I will share more pictures of Crosby’s room once he’s officially moved into that room.

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We have also done a few other projects here and there that I haven’t shared yet.
Michael & Greg painted our master bedroom and master bath, and Greg painted the cabinets.
We also had the rest of the inside lower level of the house painted, as well as the exterior.
After much debate, we opted to hire help for that job since there was so much left to do,
and after it was all done, we were so happy with that decision.

In the immediate future, my goal for the holiday break is to complete the upstairs loft / playroom,
so I will hopefully be sharing that project after the first of the year.

In the not-so-immediate future, there are still several other projects that we’ll be working on,
so stay tuned!

Happy one year anniversary to our house that we’re making a home.

25 Months

Even though my Babycenter weekly emails are titled “My Preschooler” vs. “My Toddler” now that
Kenley is two years old, I still consider her my little toddler.
Really, preschooler? And why did no one warn me about that. I almost cried when I saw it.

Since our two year old update, Kenley has now been a big sister for three weeks.
Overall, she has done wonderfully. That doesn’t mean there haven’t been a few bumps along the way,
but she really does love her little brother. She is constantly wanting to touch, poke, and kiss him.
We are constantly reminding her to be gentle, but if that is the worst of it, then I’m ok with that.
She LOVES it when he is awake and will announce it to everyone.
“Crosby’s awake!!!” or “baby Crosby awake!” usually pointing at his eyes being open.
At first, she would say “stop crying baby Crosby” when he cried, but recently,
she has started crying/whining when he cries (or fake crying mostly).
I think it’s a combination of her not wanting him to be upset and her wanting attention too.
At other times, she is very sweet and will say “it’s ok baby Crosby”.
She is very observant on what is going on with him as well…”Crosby have stinky poopy” or “Crosby eating”.
I anticipate there to be more bumps in the road along the way, but she has adjusted better
than we would have thought up until this point.
She is still on her normal schedule, going to school during the week, which has helped immensely!

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Her birthday brought an array of new toys into the house which she has really gotten into.
She has two new babies, Chloe and Leila, both of which she loves. Their eyes open and shut,
which is very intriguing to a two year old. She loves dressing them and changing their diapers.
Her previous baby who was named “Kenley Dee Gilbertson” is now named “Crosby”, which is so sweet.
She also loves to play doctor with her new doctor kit. She takes “temperature” and says everything “looks good!”.
Currently, her favorite thing to do is have a tea party. She will pass it out to everyone
and we even set up some of her animals to join the party. We also “cheers” our cups before drinking. It’s so fun!

The girl talks nonstop and still enjoys singing, especially in the car.
If we are in the car that does not have her cd in it, she will recite the songs to us during the drive.
She is definitley in the “I want” and “I need” phase.
It’s great that she can tell us what she wants, but it turns into “I want (cheese, for example)” twenty times in a row.
This is not helpful when we are somewhere where there is no cheese.
Miss independent also doesn’t like having books read to her at bedtime, so she reads to us.
This usually consists of her flipping the pages very quickly and us reciting the book from memory.
She loves her picture books and I’m constantly amazed at the words she knows.
Xylophone, for example.
She is a sponge!

Kenley- You are growing into a little girl more and more each day.
We love watching you be the best big sister ever!

Three Weeks

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Little man and I fought a cold last week, which is tough when you’re just under three weeks old.
We are on the mend though.
He loves being held, snuggled, and his paci!
He also enjoys being carried around in the wrap, which is helpful for me.

We had a doctor’s appointment this past week and he weighed 8 lbs 13 oz.

my weekend in photos

since i’m having a hard time remembering what day it is
or when the weekend begins or ends, this is more of a “my week in photos” post.

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caught him while he was awake.

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greg worked a lot this week, including three evenings.
we successfully survived our first night just the three of us.

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snuggles.

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a belated birthday present. what’s better for parents of a newborn than coffee mugs?
we’re excited to try out these bad boys! thanks mjay!

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i wish i could say taking care of two kiddos alone was easy.
there were some dicey moments this weekend… but isn’t he sweet?

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she didn’t want to pick up her toys after being asked,
so she gave herself a time out. i had to hide my laughter.

We had so much fun playing at the park for Charlie's 4th birthday party!

we had so much fun celebrating charlie’s 4th birthday today at the park!

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it’s going to be hard to wait until the weekend to put our new tree up,
let alone wait until black friday! i’m so giddy!

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how was your weekend?