Monday, November 29, 2010

2 Weeks Old

Matthew had his two week check-up last Friday. He is growing like a weed and has gained a pound since he was born and grown an entire inch (in only 2 weeks!) This explains his voracious appetite...he is eating anywhere from 2.5-4 ounces/feeding every 2-3 hours during the day and every 3-4 hours at night. Matthew is still a pretty tiny guy though. Here are his current stats:
Weight: 7 pounds, 12 ounces (25%)
Height: 20 inches (25%)
Head circumference: 14 1/4 inches (25%)
We have been learning so many things about our newest addition these past two weeks.
Here are some of Matthew's MOST favorite things at the moment:
*being held and cuddled
*the bouncy seat
*being swaddled up nice and tight
*his carseat
*being sung to...his current fave "Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star"
*his pacifier
* tummy time (shocker!)
*and of course, "playing" with his big sister
Here are some of Matthew's LEAST favorite things:
*diaper changes
*bright lights
*going back to sleep after waketime
*getting dressed
*having to wait to eat while I make a bottle
*the swing (this is SO different from his sister)
Matt and I have been learning a lot too:
*Matthew has the most adorable dimples on each side of his cheeks and we love seeing them when he smiles in his sleep...can't wait for those first "real" smiles!
*He loves to eat with his hands up on his face
*There is a very specific way to diaper a boy that we had no idea about and had tons of leaks until some sweet FB friends clued me in on the trick
*Matthew has the sweetest personality and is only really fussy when it's time to eat or he's being changed/given a bath...this is a big change for us since Caroline, bless her heart, was the fussiest baby because of colic/reflux. She cried all of the time so we have really enjoyed our content baby boy. I do realize this could change any day though ;-)
*Matthew gets terrible gas (such a boy, right?) and Mylicon has become our best friend
*We just LOVE having a little boy. I had friends with little boys tell me how wonderful it is, and I totally see what they were talking about now. There is just something so sweet about's hard to put into words
*We forgot how BRUTAL the sleep deprivation is, especially with a toddler
*It's really really hard to get out the door with two kiddos. I hope I get better at it soon!
*Matthew has the most wonderful big sister. Caroline has warmed up to him in a big way and constantly wants to be holding, patting, feeding, and "playing" with him. She is always saying "I love baby Matthew so much"...melts this momma's heart.
Caroline is never far away from baby brother
(I'm trying not to be sad that she looks like a teenager in this picture...she was not posed BTW)

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Thanksgiving 2010

We had a wonderful Thanksgiving this year! We started the morning off eating our traditional coffee cake (thanks to my mom!) and watching the Macy's Day Parade. Caroline was really into the parade this year which was fun. She kept saying "wow, that's so cool" when the big floats would come by. She also thought the Rockettes a.k.a. "pretty ballerinas" were really neat.
The morning wouldn't have been complete without some playtime on the floor with Matthew:
Then we all got ready to go over to Matt's parents house to eat our big Thanksgiving meal and spend the rest of the day with our families (BTW, it is no small feat getting a newborn and toddler ready and out the door in addition to getting myself showered and ready...if it wasn't for Matt, we wouldn't have made it...let's hope I adjust soon or I'm never going to make it anywhere with both kiddos :-) Caroline wanted to make the same turkey craft as last year to give to everyone. So the day before, we made some fun turkey handprints.
Showing off one of her masterpieces (Caroline picked all of the turkey's colors):
Playing music on Pandora for Matthew while we watched some football/were waiting to eat:

Giving Nannie her picture:
The whole gang: my Nannie & Aunt Jean, Mimi & PopPop (Matt's parents), Yaya & Uncle John (my mom and brother), me, Matt and Caroline...Matthew was sound asleep in another roomMy plate (this was about half of the food...I had to have another plate for the other half :-)
Caroline, tickling Jean's face
Matthew's Thanksgiving Feast (ha ;-)
Our family of four...thankful doesn't even come close to describing how I feel looking at these pictures:

Daddy & his kids
Matthew was showered with kisses for most of Thanksgiving Day
Big Sis & Little Bro (thanks for the tie onesie, Shae!!)

So happy together!!!
We watched the Cowboys game (another tradition), ate some more yummo food for dinner, then headed home. Once we got home, we had a Family Movie Night. We watched "A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving", put our two little turkeys to bed, then crashed ourselves. It was truly a fantastic Thanksgiving 2010!!

Thursday, November 25, 2010

So Thankful

Today, I am so thankful for my faith, all of my family, friends, and these loves:

I am especially thankful for this precious, healthy baby boy! He has made this day one of the most special Thanksgiving holidays we have ever had. Happy two week birthday on your FIRST Thanksgiving, Matthew! We love you so!

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Check 'em out:

I finally updated our blog! Be sure to check out all of the new posts below!!

One Week Old

Matthew is one week old today! He has experienced lots of "firsts" in his first week of life:
First nap in the pack n play:
First Giants football game with Daddy (Matt was in heaven :-)
First Casa Linda Cake:
First bath (he hated it as much as his big sister)

First trip to Target (I'm not messing around with cold and flu season!!)
This is what was under that blanket:
First tummy time:

Hospital Pics & Coming Home

Just some random pics from the hospital:
Lovin' all the cuddles!

All dressed and ready to go home (love how Matthew's paci is about as big as his face)
Heading home!!

Welcome Home Matthew!!!
Checking out his crib for the first time...somebody was sleepy ;-)

Matt loved taking Matthew around our house and showing him all the rooms. It was fun listening to his commentary.

Fan Club

Matthew already has many friends and family who love him so much...he's one lucky boy!!
Here are some pics of his fan club:
(Disclaimer: I've been terrible about taking pictures of everyone who has come to visit us, either at the hospital or here at sorry if you have come to see us and I didn't get your will just have to come over again :-)
Cori & Amanda

Laura & Jason
My Nannie, holding her first Great Grandson
Matthew, meeting his Yaya for the first time
Mimi & PopPop
Grandad & Uncle John
Katie (I had to crop myself out of this picture because it wasn't pretty...sorry sweet Ellie :-)