Monday, March 12, 2018

Baby J is 3 months

Well, we made it to month 3. Time goes by so fast. Jayden has been such a joy to our household and it feels like he has always been a part of our family.

Jayden, you continue to sleep A LOT. We aren't complaining but we just aren't used to this given our other 2 babies had much more waking time. When you are awake though, you are such a happy baby. You love to tell us stories. Our other talker in the family, Payton, loves to tell you, "Oh, Jo Jo, you have a lot to tell me today." Riley is convinced you are always smiling at him.

In the last few days, Jayden got sick for the first time and that has been really hard on us. We hope your cold remains mild and goes quickly.

Just for fun I thought I would find all three babies from their 3 month photos. Payton's is a little blurry as I couldn't find the original but you can definitely tell my babes are siblings.

As a mom of 3, I am learning to savor every moment. Every. Moment. They go too quickly.

Jayden, keep on smiling for us. We love you so much!

Friday, March 2, 2018

A Day in Our Life

I have said this before but day in the life posts are by far my favorite posts to read. They are not so easy to write. I wanted to get a day in our life put together because I love looking back at how much my life has changed from 1 to 2 to now 3 kids. Their stages of life have also changed as I now have a preschooler, toddler, and an infant. Here is a bit of my past:

Day in the life with 1 infant

Day in the life with 1 toddler

Day in the life with 1 toddler and 1 preschooler

Holy cow, how do I have 3 kids? Seriously, I feel like I just brought my daughter home a few days ago. Yet, here I am with 1 girl and 2 boys and a whole lotta craziness and love.

Before I start with the day in the life post, I wanted to clarify a few things. We are homeschooling for preschool and that has changed continuously to what best fits our family's needs. I currently incorporate school into our entire day with some days having a heavy course load and other days having less. I am fairly certain my daughter learns more through playing than any other way so that is still my primary goal. She has a lot of structured and unstructured play times in her schedule. Also, Jayden sleeps more than my other babies have. I'm really not used to that but am loving having such an easy baby. He is seriously so easy to put to sleep and wakes up the happiest.

This post is so hard to write as our schedule is so not routine from day to day. When we brought our 3rd child home (after a NICU stay) we didn't leave the house for anything. There has been so much sickness going around this year that we were advised to avoid exposing our baby to as much as possible.

Now, we are starting to venture out but are very particular about what we do. We are still hearing of friends and family with influenza. We have had more friends and family visit us and that has helped us to feel a bit more socially connected to everyone. Bring on Spring and better health!

Here is a day in my life with a 4 year old (Payton), 2 year old (Riley), and 2 month old (Jayden):

5:30-6AM: Wake-up for me. Riley used to wake at this time but has been pushing that time out a bit. Jayden now picked up this time and this is typically his last feeding for the night. I get him back to bed and try to lay down for a few more minutes before I hit the ground running.

6:15AM: Riley is up and requesting to do a quiet time box and reading in his bed. The quiet time boxes are full of activities that the kids can do (quietly) on their bed. It comes in handy in the mornings and during afternoon for Payton, who doesn't nap. I hang out with him while he does this as this has become a good time for me to spend 1:1 time with him.
At around 6:30 am, I will hear my husband get up and get ready for work. We say goodbye to him and he leaves for the day.

 7AM: The rest of the house is up. Jayden sleeps A LOT still and we aren't complaining but when he's awake he takes center stage.
7:30-8AM: I make and serve breakfast. This meal is as easy as it gets and I choose quick to make dishes like eggs, oatmeal, toast, freezer pancakes or waffles. Add in fresh fruit and/or veggies and we are good to go.

I typically eat much faster than the kids and will start reading to them while they finish eating. We have a daily bible book we read and the rest of what we read is based on library books and books around the house.

The kids will then work on counting and coloring while I clean up the dishes.

9AM-11AM: Jayden goes down for a nap and the kids play as they choose. Today, they are having a pretend birthday party for Riley. Payton takes pictures of the event and I am constantly amazed at how good her pictures can turn out:
For the dance part of the party, all guests had to wear hats. Thus, why Poppy has a hat on while she watches the dance.

11AM: lunch. We still eat fairly early and i'm thinking this time could bump out a bit soon. Although, I have thought that for a long time and yet it still stays the same.

Our lunches are always easy as well with leftovers, quesadilla, soup, salad, and/or sandwich typically being my choices for the family. We eat fruit and veggies well so I feel you can pile those on heavy in a pinch.

12PM: Nap time/quiet time. Riley lays down for a nap and Payton spends time in her room doing quiet time with a prepacked quiet time box and books. Before I leave Payton's room, I read one chapter to her from her chapter books. We are currently working on the Little House on the Prairie series and have quite enjoyed that.

Jayden wakes within minutes of me laying the kids down. He is a smart one and knows this is his chance to get mommy alone, even if he sleeps through most of it.
1PM: Riley continues to nap and Payton gets up from quiet time. We work on her school workbook. This is my time to spend 1:1 time with her.

2PM: Riley and Jayden are up again (although this time greatly varies). We head outside to play a good chunk of the day away.
3PM: My husband gets off work but isn't quite home yet. We make a special treat and Riley helped me make it while Payton continued playing on her own.
Fruit Pizza! It's a popular treat but rarely made here. When my husband gets home, we have a snack and spend time together as a family. If I am going to meet a friend on my own or workout, this is normally when that happens. A little before 5PM, one of us starts supper.

5:30PM: Eat supper. Meals are still simple here and take typically less than 30 minutes to make or we are having leftovers from meals we made during the weekend that require more preparation time.

6:30PM: We typically start moving towards our bedtime routine. The kids like to take long baths and this happens to be a night all three kids need bathed.

After pajamas, we brush teeth and read books (if time) before tucking the kids into their beds. Each parent takes a turn with each child and so this routine can take a bit of time.

7:30-8PM: Kids are in their beds and typically asleep by this time.

I spend some time with my husband before I head to bed. Jayden is still getting up every 3-4 hours so my nights still feel really short and very interrupted. It's just a season though and it passes too quickly.

So there you have it, how our days are spent. Nothing glamorous but I totally love my little life and family.

Happy Friday!

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Newborn pictures

These pictures may be a tad late getting on here but I promise they were worth the wait! We were able to get newborn pictures done right away after leaving the NICU. It took a bit of time before I was able to meet up again with our photographer to pick out our final selection but I am so, so happy with the pictures we got.

I warned our photographer before coming that we may have limited options as our kids may not be cooperative. She assured me that we would be fine and would definitely find a way to get some good ones. Our experience started off with a bang. Literally. While we were getting Jayden ready for our first picture, we heard a loud bang. We looked over to find our son had fallen and next to him was a knocked over tripod and camera. Our photographer handled it all well and the camera was not broken but that was definitely a hard moment for our family. Despite the rough start, we enjoyed the rest of our time there. The kids ended up loving having their pictures taken!

And Jayden was definitely the star of the show. He slept through the entire session, 2 diaper sessions, and several cloth wrap switches.
We are so thankful for these pictures and a screenshot of our children at this age.

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

2 Month Update on Baby Jayden

 This little guy just hit the 2 month mark yesterday. It's been a wild ride for sure but we are so in love with him. Jayden is proving to be one of the calmest, most patient babies ever. He has no problem waiting on me as I am constantly interrupted to care for his siblings. He makes life so fun and is so hard to not hold all day long. The chores can wait, right?
 We are so thankful for God giving us this little boy, who just may be forever treated like the baby. And I think he is already aware of how "babied" he will be.
 Sleeping continues to be one of his top daily priorities. He is a great sleeper and still spends most of his time snoozing away. He does make sure to still get up every 2-3 hours for eating. I'm hopeful this will be the baby that sleeps full nights early on (may be wishful thinking considering how long it took the other 2 to start sleeping all night).

During the day, while baby Jayden sleeps, we continue with our normal routine working on school activities, completing art projects, running around the house, and solving mysteries only a 2 year old and 4 year old could dream up.
 We are so anxious for spring to come and get back to spreading our wings outside again.

Until then, we will settle for fires in our fireplace, board games, and staring at this sweet 2 month old.
Thank you for picking us as your family Jayden. We are so grateful and blessed because of you. You are more loved than you could possibly imagine.

Sunday, February 4, 2018

Date Night with Our Children

Once a year, our town's YMCA puts on a special dinner and dance for fathers and daughters. This was the first year Payton was old enough to attend and she was so excited for her special date with her daddy. She meticulously planned her outfit and took most of the day getting ready and thinking about what all she would do that night. I helped her get dressed in her room and we had daddy knock on the door to "pick her up." 
Her daddy surprised her with a rose and she was so excited for this small gift. We waved at them as they left and it hit me hard that these years are going so quickly. It won't be long before we are preparing for school dances, dates, and outings with friends. I wish I could slow time down. Or keep my kids from growing. But, I can't. For now I just thank God for this time with our kids and the chance to be their #1 priority for a bit.

On the flip side, I am looking forward to seeing all the great things my children choose to do in life. It's one of life's great blessings being able to watch your own children grow.

With Payton and her daddy gone and my mother-in-law visiting for the weekend, I decided to take Riley on a date with me and my mother-in-law would watch Jayden.
We had a blast together. While Payton and daddy danced the night away, we chose to get drive-thru and eat at the park. To make this plan work, we had to eat in our vehicle as it was too cold to get out. Riley didn't mind. After eating, we walked down to see and feed the ducks. Then Riley decided we needed some dessert so we went on another quick trip for ice cream. He thought it was the greatest night. And he's right, it was a beautiful night.

Jayden slept the entire time grandma had him. She was okay with that. He chose to wake up when mom came home, which worked out really well.
We woke up this morning to snow on the ground and are spending the day lounging and baking for the week. Both Payton and Riley keep telling stories about their dates last night and plan to have more date nights soon. 

We couldn't agree more.

Have a great Sunday!

Friday, January 26, 2018

It's Quiet on Here

With the birth of a new child, it should almost be expected for things to be quiet on here. That isn't necessarily the case in reality for me. Our household is busier than ever and I am constantly demanded by my 3 children. It's beautiful and draining and crazy busy.

In the last few weeks, we continued to bond as a family and enjoyed having my husband home. We had a snow storm hit our area which gave us the opportunity to enjoy snow.  Our kids are obsessed with sledding, eating snow, digging snow caves, and building snow men. On repeat.

After 6 weeks at home we had to unfortunately send my husband back to work. We are so, so fortunate that he works for a company that gave him so much time off but we still weren't ready for him to make the return. Our house became a bit quieter in some ways but the workload piled up for me as I took on the days solo again. His presence has been greatly missed.

With so much sickness continuing to go around in our area, we continue to stay home as much as possible. I have found many inside activities to keep us busy and we try to sneak out for 10-15 minute intervals. I seem to spend more time bundling up the kids than we spend outside but it's totally worth it for a bit of fresh air.
We did sneak away to the park during one warmer afternoon to take a look at the ducks.
I stayed in the vehicle with Jayden as it was still too cold for him. In many ways, I think we are all looking forward to spring!

Jayden continues to grow and we love taking turns taking care of him. It's been amazing to watch my children bond with each other.
We've had family visit the last few weekends but this weekend will be a quiet one for us. I wouldn't have it any other way and can't wait to hang out for a few days with these 4:
They are demanding pizza and movies, as usual. I'm thinking we may tie this in with a game night as well.

Happy Friday!

Friday, January 12, 2018

One Month Update on Baby Jayden

Well, little baby Jayden, we made it 1 whole month. It's been fast and crazy and came with all the emotions that a person can possibly have. We are so glad you're here. We can't stop staring at you and watching you grow. 

The first half of your month was spent in the NICU and came with so many challenges and blessings for our little family. We spent the last half of the month at our home as a family, the way it should be. Baby boy, you bonded our family more closely than I could have ever imagined. We are so thankful to God that he chose you to be in our life.

You are so expressive. It's very clear to us that you love having your siblings around. Sissy loves to hold you constantly and picks out most of your outfits. Your big brother pats your head, kisses you, and likes to remind you of who he is. 

Since Jayden endured so much during the first few weeks of life, our doctors have recommended we try as hard as possible not to get sick as this could cause major issues for Jayden's health. It has been a challenge being home so much but it has also been so sweet to just be together as a family. When the weather is good, we all get outside for fresh air.
I carry Jayden in a baby carrier and have him so snug and warm that he typically sleeps the whole time. A snow storm came in yesterday and we are now stuck indoors. The big kids have been staying busy with coloring, school work, play-doh, and any other activity I can find for them.
We did sneak out last week to get family pictures done. I took this picture on my phone:
This picture makes me so, so excited to see what the photographer got. I think she is going to give us way too much good stuff to choose from.

If you need us, we will be found at our home snuggling our beautiful 1 month old baby boy!

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