Thursday, October 30, 2008

First School Picture

Caelan just brought home her first school picture. What a cute girl (and I'm not biased at all... HE HE HE).

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Growing Boy

I took Nathan to the doctor yesterday for his one month well check-up. He is doing great, and growing like crazy. He is currently 11 lbs, 2 oz and 23.5 inches long (he's gained 3.5 lbs and grown 3 inches since he was born). No wonder all his 0-3 month clothes are fitting so differently these days. He is a little eating machine (he eats often, but at least each meal is pretty snappy). I must make some crazy healthy milk. HE HE HE. This is exactly how Ben was - grew off the charts for the first 4 months of his life, then it tapered off a little. Nathan gave me his first smile last week, and I have managed to catch it a few other times since then (just nothing regular enough to catch on the camera yet). What a happy smile he has. As you can see from the picture below, he is also focusing much better with his eyes these days and loves to just look around and check things out.

This is a cute little hat that someone gave him for a gift - it says "BOO" - very cute!

Monday, October 27, 2008

Ohhh, Sweet Music

So my family came up a couple of weekends ago to see the new baby, and they brought along with them a very fantastic gift - our upright piano. Yes, this baby is old, but it works just dandy (all the keys are functional and it is tuned). I LOVE IT! I have always wanted a piano, but we have never even been serious about looking for one because we didn't have our own house. Now that we do, it was perfect timing for my family to be getting rid of our old one because we were happy to take it off of their hands for free. Sean got me a nice keyboard a couple of years ago for Christmas (which has been great), but when I sat down to the piano, I was reminded of the difference. LOVE IT! Plus, it reminds me of lots of wonderful memories with my Mom, so it's even more special.

Monday, October 13, 2008

7 Years and "Forever" to come

It was Sean and my 7th anniversary yesterday. My family was here in town so they watched the kids (even the baby) on Saturday night while we went to dinner. It's funny how it can feel like just yesterday that we were married at yet at the same time it's hard to think back on life without each other. It has been a wonderful 7 years, and I can't wait for all the years and years to come. I love you Sean!

Friday, October 10, 2008

Conquering the Jeans

Exactly two weeks after my little guy was born, and I have conquered my jeans. Yep, I am comfortably wearing real button up jeans. Granted they aren't my skinniest pair, but they did fit me fairly well before I was pregnant. I get a little anxious about trying on my "regular" clothes after I give birth. I start trying things on in the first few days, and it's pretty exciting to be able to get a new pair buttoned almost every day. Oh, the benefits of nursing..... Of course, there is still work to be done with this changing body, but it's always nice to know that there is definite progress being made...and for the fourth time around, I can't complain at all.

Monday, October 6, 2008

Just for Fun

Here are just some pictures of the kids in the past few weeks that I thought were pretty cute.

Look at Caelan way up there....

Looking a little cross-eyed.

New Spider Man PJs from Grandma.

Nathan Michael Dick

Our little guy has arrived. Actually he was born on September 25 at 3:20 AM. He was 7 lbs 13 oz and 20.7 inches long. He had a perfectly round head and was just beautiful (you know how some babies can look when they first come out - he wasn't squished or bruised or anything - just perfect). I started having contractions at home at about 6:30 PM the night before (actually it was during the presidents speech to the nation about the economic bailout - I guess that just put me over the edge...HE HE HE). They weren't too hard, but they were getting pretty consistent, so we went into the hospital at 11:30 PM. I was only dialated to a 3 (which was a little ridiculous), but I progressed to a 5 within an hour. They admitted me and gave me some IV pain medication, which took the edge off for a little while. After an hour or so, it seemed to wear off, but I was too close to delivering for them to give me anything else, so I just did the rest on my own. YIKES! At least it didn't take too terribly long, and when it was time to push, he was out in about 2 pushes. Then he ate for almost a full hour - I was shocked, but he just kept on eating. Overall, it went just fine, and I was/am so happy to not be pregnant anymore. And I thought it was very thoughtful of him to come a day early. So nice! The great thing about natural deliveries is that the recovery is so quick and easy. I felt great the next day (except that I was a little tired from being up all night). And my overall recovery has been the best so far. He is a good little baby. He really only cries when he needs something, and then he is pretty content. The kids just LOVE him to pieces. Caelan and Ben are always wanting to hold him and kiss him. It's very cute.