My Loves

I just can't get enough of these two!  Kaitlyn gets in her mood and tells me, "Mommy, hold Jonafin".  That's my cue to grab the camera.  It just doesn't get old.

This little man is getting to be anything but little.  Jonathan had his 6 week checkup this past Monday and he already weighs 10lbs and he's just about outgrown all of his newborn clothes.  Where has the time gone??
And check out these smiles!  Look out, ladies...
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And this little firecracker?  I'm not sure the guys will be able to keep up with her.


A Day of Rest and Recuperation

Yesterday, Kaitlyn woke up with a fever and it lingered for most of the day.  She was very clingy and uncharacteristically quiet and it broke my heart to see her so miserable, but I can't say I didn't love the fact that she wanted to snuggle with Mommy all day.  After a full day of fighting to get her to take alternate doses of Motrin and Tylenol (generic versions, of course), she went to bed pretty easily.  At about 9:20pm, she woke up and I went in to take her temperature.  In one ear it was 103.8 and 104.6 in the other.  I immediately called our parents to let them know I was taking her to the ER.  My mom rushed over to help out since I would have to take Jonathan with us.  She suggested we go to an Urgent Care Center instead and I'm so glad she did. We were in and out in about 2 hours.  I'm sure the ER would have been at least an 8 hour visit.

I hated having to make the phone call to Ron telling him that I was taking Kaitlyn to the ER.  I wished he were here with us, but thankfully our first late night trip to urgent care wasn't too scary and Kaitlyn was such a trooper!  She was miserable and cried "all done" every time someone came into the room, but she was so cooperative. She did everything they asked and even took her medicine without a fight.  After negative results for an ear infection, the flu and strep we were sent home and told it was just a virus that needed to run its course.

This morning, the fever was gone!  We spent the day inside resting, recuperating and staying dry.  I decided to take out the camera to document the day...

After our nap, Kaitlyn tried on some clothes.  She's recently started going through random drawers of clothes and wearing everything she finds...all at the same time.  What you can't see in the pictures below is that she was wearing one of Jonathan's onesies on her right leg.

We did some coloring and drawing.  I showed her how to write her name and when I wrote the lowercase "t", she said "Jesus".  We've taught her that Jesus is on the cross at church. :)

 We watched some Sesame Street videos on You Tube. 
Mommy "checked ears" (as Kaitlyn calls it) many times throughout the day and luckily, this was as high it got.
 And since fevers require cooling off, we've had quite a few of these in the last two days.
 We worked with flash cards.
And we read lots of books.
Despite the yucky weather outside and fighting off the yucky virus, we had a fun day.   I'm pretty sure she'll be feeling even better tomorrow.


My Song for Jonathan

A couple of months before Kaitlyn was born, I heard the Darius Rucker song, "It Won't Be Like This For Long", for the first time.  I posted about it here.  It was written about his daughter and how fast her childhood was going to fly by so he was going to cherish every moment.  It immediately struck a chord with Ron and I as we would soon be embarking on the adventures of being first time parents.  Ron soon dubbed that as "his" song for Kaitlyn and it really couldn't be more perfect.

I just came across this song and I am officially declaring it as "my" song for Jonathan. :)  It's a simple and sweet lullaby by the Dixie Chicks entitled "Godspeed (Sweet Dreams)".

You can listen to it from this YouTube video and the lyrics are below. ♥

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Dragon tales and the "water is wide"
Pirate's sail and lost boys fly
Fish bite moonbeams every night
And I love you

Godspeed, little man
Sweet dreams, little man
Oh my love will fly to you each night on angels wings
Sweet dreams

The rocket racer's all tuckered out
Superman's in pajamas on the couch
Goodnight moon, will find the mouse
And I love you
Godspeed, little man
Sweet dreams, little man
Oh my love will fly to you each night on angels wings
Sweet dreams

God bless mommy and match box cars
God bless dad and thanks for the stars
God hears "Amen," wherever we are
And I love you

Godspeed, little man
Sweet dreams, little man
Oh my love will fly to you each night on angels wings
Sweet dreams
♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥


Mommy & The Kiddos

Since I'm the camera lover in the family, it's not often that I'm actually in the pictures.  My good friend Sofia took these shots for me.  Thanks, Sof!


Jonathan is 1 Month Old!

At one month old, Jonathan:
  • is growing, growing, growing!  He currently weighs approx. 9 lbs.
  • is wearing size 1 diapers.  Once out of the hospital we were using newborn diapers, but he quickly outgrew those.
  • is close to no longer fitting into his newborn clothes.  When we first brought him home, we had to buy some extra newborn clothes because we didn't have enough that fit him.
  • sleeps a whole lot!
  • is pretty strong.  He easily lifts his head when he's on his tummy and when I hold him over my shoulder, he often lifts his head to look around.
  • doesn't at all mind being in the car seat...unlike his sister when she was his age.

Reflections of Motherhood

I saw this on Bright Autumn Sun and had to share it, as well. 

The video starts with: "We asked moms if they could go back to right before they had their first child, what would they tell themselves?"  Some of the answers hit home for me.

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Right now, motherhood is really exhausting because I'm flying solo.  Not having Ron here is really tough, but I know this too shall pass.  I'm also very aware that one day I will reflect back to this little slice of time and think to myself, "THAT was nothing" compared to whatever current issue we'll be dealing with in the future.  Cheers to all the moms out there!


Three Years

Today, Ron and I celebrate 3 years of marriage.  Unfortunately, we are on opposite sides of the globe and will continue to be for at least a few more weeks.  Before he left to head back "home" to Tel Aviv, we had a kids-free dinner out to celebrate.  It was nice to get out (just the two of us) and reminisce about the last 3 years.
Our lives have changed in so many ways...so many amazing ways.  In just 3 years, our family has doubled in size.  We've lived in South America and will soon reunite in our new home in the Middle East.  We have so many more adventures and changes ahead of us and I look forward to them all with Ron by my side. 

Hopefully, this will be the only anniversary we spend apart.  This how we spent the previous two:
Year #1: After an extremely long day at work. Toasting with Sprite.

Year #2: Enjoying a vacation in the Galapagos Islands.

Happy Anniversary, babe!  Thank you for making the past 3 years so amazing...for the laughs, the smiles, the shoulders to cry on, for continuing to be the man of my dreams.  Here's to many more... :)

I love you! xoxo


Fun at Nana & Papa G's House

I took Kaitlyn over to Nana & Papa G's house tonight for a sleepover.  They offered to keep her for the night so I can get some extra sleep in the morning.  (I can't wait!)  I stayed for a bit and watched the kids play.  I'm going to miss times like these once we move.
Zachary was so eager to hold Jonathan.  He even went to wash is hands before he asked to hold him.
Silly cousins.
After dinner, Nana gave them ice cream cones!
Want some, Nana?
Kaitlyn was in heaven when Zachary decided he didn't want his anymore.
She can't get enough!  (Don't worry Daddy, she didn't eat both of them.)
I was standing a bit too close when I took this one, but I still love it!


Random Updates

  • Ron is officially back in Tel Aviv and we're counting down the days until the kids and I will join him.  Although, we don't really know what number to countdown from because at this point there's no telling how long the whole process will take. 

  • The kids are amazing.  Jonathan is already growing at record speeds.  He had a checkup with the pediatrician at 5 days old and had gained 2 ounces since birth and 9 days later at his 2wk appointment, had gained an additional 1lb. 4oz.  He is still sleeping a lot, which means he's pretty low maintenance and allows me to give Kaitlyn the attention she needs.  He's already 3 weeks old and is getting cuter every day!

  • Jonathan was baptized this past weekend.  We had a great celebration with family and I hope to post pictures soon.

  • Kaitlyn is still loving her little bro, but has started to act out a bit.  Yesterday, she bit his hand and today she swatted him on the face!  We're hoping to nip this behaviour in the bud and get her past it soon. 

  • Kaitlyn is 19 months old now and continues to amaze us more each day.  She is such a "big" girl!  She is using three-word sentences, has an incredible memory and great balance and fine motor skills.  It really is shocking how much she's grown this summer.  It seems like everyday she says/does something new and I ask myself "How did she know that??"

  • Ron and I thoroughly enjoyed the start of college football season.  Both of our teams had huge wins for their opening games.  (Not that the teams we played were known for being all that great.)  It's going to be hard catching all of the games when we're in Tel Aviv, but we hope to get some.  I just might get my first experience of setting the alarm clock for 2 a.m. to be up to watch a game live.
Proud Daddy and his son watching the UM v. FAMU game.

  • My wonderful husband bought me a new external flash for my camera and I love it!  It has already helped me get better quality photos when shooting indoors.  Lucky for me, Kaitlyn is finally starting to understand what posing for a picture is about.  So, a new flash and a cooperative model make for some adorable pictures. 

I can't get enough of pictures of Kaitlyn holding Jonathan.  She will randomly get the urge to hold her little brother and say, "Mommy, hold it" as she reaches out for him.  It's so cute!
She rubs her cheek on his head and says "Awww".

And this is my new FAVORITE picture of my babies--it just melts my heart.  Life is good... 


The Second Time Around

In the short time since Jonathan was born, we often get asked, "How is it the second time around?".  We have already noticed some major differences about being second-time parents and I thought I'd share them here:

First-timers: When Kaitlyn was born, we jumped at every little peep she made.  The first night in the hospital we got very little sleep.  Not because she was up crying, but because if her breathing pattern changed, if she made a "strange" noise, or if she exhaled loudly we both jumped up and hovered over her to make sure she was ok.  And of course, she always was.
Second-timers: We got very little sleep our first night in the hospital with Jonathan, as well.  But this time I think it was because of the nurses coming in every couple of hours to check both Jonathan and my vitals.  Jonathan also made similar noises as Kaitlyn did, but I guess we knew what to expect this time.  There were a few moments I jumped up when he would spit up, but I don't think Ron woke up once. 

First-timers: For the first 2 weeks of Kaitlyn's life, we lived indoors and only went from the hospital to the hotel.  Her first trip out was to the pediatrician's office for her 2-week checkup.  I refused to go anywhere with her until I got the "ok" from her doctor.
Second-timers: Before his 2-week checkup, Jonathan had been everywhere...restaurants, the mall, our family's houses, poolside, etc.  We realized this time around that we don't have to keep him in a bubble.  As long as we take precautions, keep him covered and don't let people breathe all over him, we can go about our daily lives.  And with an 18month old, that means getting out of the apartment!

First-timers: I couldn't imagine leaving Kaitlyn's side when she was so tiny.  Ron and I reluctantly went on a lunch date when Kaitlyn was 11 days old--only because it was Valentine's Day.  His sister stayed with Kaitlyn and our oh-so-romantic date consisted of inhaling subs from Subway and dessert at Cold Stone Creamery so we could get back to our little angel as quickly as possible.  We were gone for less than 45 minutes and I know we called home to check on her at least once. 
Second-timers: At just three days old and barely home from the hospital, Ron and I left Jonathan and Kaitlyn with his parents so we could go grocery shopping.  It was still a quick trip out and I would have never left to go grocery shopping when Kaitlyn was small, but again, we realize now that it's ok.  And getting a few moments away--even if it is just to the grocery store, is nice.

First-timers: I must have at least dozens of pictures of Kaitlyn for each day of her life---at least for the first month.  I couldn't take enough photos of her.
Second-timers: I have gone days without snapping any photos of Jonathan.  I even have the fancy camera now!  It is definitely harder to find the time when you're juggling your time between 2 kids.

First-timers: When Kaitlyn was born, I could sit for hours and just stare at her.  I'd wipe tears from my eyes as I sat watching her sleep thinking about how blessed we were to have such a gorgeous little girl.
Second-timers: A week after Jonathan was born, a friend asked me, "Do you just stare at him??"  And I had to honestly answer, "No, I can't.  If I did, Kaitlyn would be climbing onto the dining room table."  It's so true!  Kaitlyn is fast and adventurous, so if I take my eyes off of her for more than a minute, who knows what trouble she'd get into.  Of course, I still get in some staring once Kaitlyn is in bed for the night.  That's when I really get to chill out with my boy, look him over and tell him how blessed we are to have him.

Those are just a few and I'm sure we will encounter many more in the coming days/weeks/months/years. I do feel some guilt about splitting my time between the two kids and not giving Jonathan the same attention Kaitlyn got when she was born, but I know that this is just how it is.  It's just different when you have two and I know we're not the only ones who've gone through it this way.  We love them both equally and are more thankful for them each day.  They are our joys and there is nothing more rewarding than being a parent!

This is what it's all about:
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