Thursday, May 18, 2017

April Update - Cam Two Month

It is crazy to me how fast time is flying, and how quickly baby features change. I look at pictures of Cam around birth and he just looks so different. He has chubbed up so much and it's just the squishiest little bubba ever!

The month started out by taking Cam to his first movie! We went to see Beauty and the Beast with Izzy and Grandma and Brennan. It was SO GOOD. We really really enjoyed it, but I think Cam was a little bored with it since he slept through the whole thing. We hit up the Disney store afterwards, and Grandma bought Cam his first pair of sunglasses. I die from the cuteness.

Izzy started swim class early in April, and we all loved getting out in the mornings, sitting by the water, and cheering on Big Sister. Cam loves being outside. He just stares around and is so content at all times while we are out and about, that is if he isn't sleeping. If he falls asleep in his carseat, and we are out running errands or something, he will literally sleep the entire time. He's a champion, and makes it very easy to get things done and to get out of the house, which Izzy and I both need in order to keep our sanity.

Campbell basically put himself on a sleep-eat-play schedule, and it is wonderful. he started sleeping though the night! A full 12 hours most nights! It's incredible, and the first few times it happened,  it was terrifying and painful. I woke up in a panic that something must have gone wrong, and I was super engorged, haha. But, I was very much relieved to find Cam, in his bed, just as content as can be. I thought that his full night sleeping might have been a fluke due to a growth spurt or something, but so far, he has been sleeping from about 7:30-7 am for about 2 weeks now.

A contributing factor to his amazing sleeping habits is the fact that he is, in fact, a thumb sucker. It's by far the cutest thing I've ever seen and I adore it. Talk to me when he is 3, and I might say something else, but for now, it keeps him so happy, and it's just adorable.

We enjoyed Easter as a family of four! We had lots of egg hunts for Izzy and lots of family time and snuggles for Mr. Cam. Izzy is just too good at finding eggs, and loves cracking them open as soon as she gets them in her basket.

It warmed up for a bit and we were able to take Cam on his first trip to the lake! He looked so stinking cute in his little swimsuit, and he didn't even mind the squishy life jacket! We did something a little different this trip, and we found a little sandy shore, and pulled the boat up onto the sand and had a beach picnic. Izzy was able to play in the water, Cam could stretch out on a blanket, and the rest of us just enjoyed the wonderful shade and gentle breezes. It was a blast all being out on the water, and I look forward to many more trips to the lake with my family.

Cam loves play time. Right when he wakes up, I feed him and change his diaper. Then I'll lay him a blanket or his playmat, and he kicks and coos and laughs and smiles and looks around and it's such a highlight to my day. I love to just lay next to him and hold his little hands and talk to him and play with him. I can't get over how happy he is all the time. He is just so content and he brings me so much joy.

I love that he sleeps with his hands above his head. I love how he kinda shouts before he sneezes. I love how much he loves his swing. I love how he looks in a tank top onesie. I love having him "kiss" me when I know he is hungry and I put my lips in front of his. I love how tightly he grips my fingers while he eats. I love how much Izzy loves him. I love him so so so much.

Saturday, April 15, 2017

March Update - Cam One Month

Picking up where we left off from the birth blog, we wanted to leave the hospital asap, and luckily our nurses were super accommodating and did all they could to get us out the door, which was very nice. We headed home, and just quietly enjoyed some time alone with our tiny little family.

This last month has flown by. I feel like time goes fast with a newborn anyway since they are changing so rapidly, but when you have a toddler also, and your attention is split between two small people, the time seems to go twice as fast. Cam already seems so big, and I feel like I didn't capture enough pictures and videos of him as a tiny little newborn! But ever since I got my new Google Pixel, it's been so nice because I have unlimited photo and video storage so I can record and document as much as I want!

But luckily, we did get newborn pictures taken with the amazing Sally Whetten! She is amazing, and I love these sweet images she was able to capture!

Alex didn't get any real paternity leave, but his new position at work allows him a lot of flexibility and the ability to work from home, which was nice in the early days so I could have him get up and get Izzy dressed and fed, while I slept. Or he would hold Campbell while I showered, and got ready so I could feel more like myself. 

I know I talk about how much family support we have, and how nice it is to live so close to everyone, but man, it is even more true after having a new baby. We had so many visitors and helping hands. My mom, sister and grandma would come over and clean my house, and hold Cam, and play with Izzy and let me rest and recover. Friends brought dinner, cleaned my kitchen, folded my laundry and kept me company. My in laws had us over for meals, let us nap, entertained Isabel, and loved on Campbell. I attribute so much of my speedy recovery and happy postpartum attitude to being so close to my family and having such an amazing support system. I'm grateful for all the meals, all the service, and the good relationships I'm able to surround myself with. 

I never want to forget how much Izzy loves her little brother. From the second they met, she's been beyond smitten. She will sing him lullabies when he cries, and pat his back when it's time to burp him. She loves to touch noses with him, and say "You're so handsome buddy!", "Look at those big eyes!" "He's so awake mom!" "I love you CamBam!" "Hi Brudder! You're so cute bubba!". She will wrap her arms around his head and say "I'll protect you Brudder!" If she hears even the smallest peep from him, she jumps up and wants to go comfort him and hold him and give him his bink. She loves to lay next to him on his blankets, and hold and 'help' us carry him in is carseat. She will start the music on his swing, and sit and so lovingly just watch him swing. She gets him toys all day long and will say "When he is bigger, he will play with me, and I will give him my toys!" and she always is telling people "my brudder doesn't talk very well! I will have to teach him!" I'm so proud of Izzy and how amazingly she has adapted to the role of big sister. She is so sweet to baby Cam and I just love to watch the two of them together!

We got out of the house quite a bit, and while I have to be more prepared going out with 2 kids, it hasn't been nearly as hard or chaotic as I imagined. We went to the zoo a few times, once with my mom and grandma, and another time with my mom and Hope and Ander. We also had lots of picnics and park days. The weather is just incredible this time of year, and I could not pass up any opportunity to get out and enjoy it. 

Baby Cam is a great sleeper, he gives me a good 4.5-5 hr stretch at night, eats for 20 minutes, then sleeps for another 3-4 hours. It's miraculous. He hates his carseat, unless we are driving, and we have to be driving fast. He usually quiets down once we hit 40mph. I tease that he is going to grow up to be a Nascar racer or something cuz he loves being speedy. He loves to be held, and specifically loves the football hold, facing out to look around and see whats going on! He likes our solly wrap and I love it too! I didn't have any type of carrier with Iz, but I'm loving being able to be hands free with Cam. Nursing is going GREAT! We have had absolutely 0 issues - no pain, cracks, bleeding, nothing! His latch is wonderful, and he just guzzles everything down like a champ. He burps easily, and rarely spits up. I can pump, and he will take a bottle no problem, which allows me some freedom and flexibility. We've gotten a couple sleepy laughs and smiles and it's the best, and I can't wait for it to start happening more and more! 

We are all in love over here, having a family of 4 is just amazing. We adore our little boy!