Thursday, July 31, 2014

Rowan: 2 Month Updates

Last weekend, our little Rowan turned 2 months old! I have been so fortunate to spend these first two months with her (one of the many perks of being a teacher)! 
At her 6 week checkup, she weighed 11 pounds and measured 23 inches long. Unlike her sister, she is in the 90th percentile for height and the 75th percentile for weight. Blakely is still ranging in the 20th percentile for both. 
Kevin got Rowan's first smile at about 6 weeks. Never mind the fact that I'm the one who feeds her, bathes, her, carried her for 9 months, and gets up with her every night. Those apparently aren't important things to consider when giving someone your first smile. But I'm not bitter or anything! :) However, I did get a smile the next day so I guess I'll forgive her this time. She hasn't really started cooing yet, but every now and then we'll hear a little peep from her so I'm guessing it's coming soon. 
She is still a pretty easy going baby, but is definitely wanting to be held more. I'm not complaining or anything but it is becoming a little more difficult to get household chores done. Oh who am I kidding! Any excuse to not have to do laundry, vacuum, or clean pretty much anything is fine by me. 
She is sleeping very well at night and has started to average about 10-11 hours without waking. She usually goes down around 7:00 pm and sleeps until 5:30 or 6:00 am. This trend just started last weekend so we'll see how long it lasts. 

Blakely is definitely adjusting very well and is an awesome big sister! She always wants to hold Rowan and kiss her. It will be so much fun to see how they play together as Rowan gets older. Blakely is also a really huge help. It could be in part because she gets stickers on her chore chart for helping mommy. But she does a really good job of putting Rowan's bottles in the sink for me and putting Rowan's dirty clothes in the hamper. She also likes to help with laundry and she always reminds me that Rowan's clothes were her clothes first. Yes my dear, that is the beauty of hand-me-downs!

All in all, having two kids hasn't been as big of an adjustment as I thought it would be. But I also haven't gone back to work yet, so I'm sure I'll be singing a different tune in about 3 weeks! Life with 2 girls is so much fun and I thank God every day for my sweet blessings. 

Blakely's 3rd Birthday

Our sweet Blakely is 3 years old!! I cannot believe how fast time flies. Her birthday was June 4th but because of Rowan's birth, we waited until the end of June for her party. Therefore, she was able to celebrate all month. My family was able to be here for her actual birthday. A few days before her birthday, my family and Kevin's family celebrated with her at a local Italian restaurant. Then, on her birthday we took her to Chuck E. Cheese for lunch. She had a great time and still talks about meeting Chuck E!

At the end of June, we had a joint birthday party for Blakely and my nephew Eli who turned 2 in June. We had a pool party at my in-laws house. Everyone had a great time swimming and eating cake!

My sweet Blakely, mommy and daddy are so lucky to have you in our lives! These past 3 years with you have been amazing. I love watching you grow and learn every day. We love you so much!!

Tuesday, July 01, 2014

Rowan: 1 Month

Today marks 5 weeks since our precious Rowan Claire entered the world! We are all adjusting to life with two kids and big sister Blakely has been such a tremendous help. She absolutely loves her new baby sister and wants to help whenever we will let her. If Rowan cries, she rushes to put her pacifier back into her mouth and if I am feeding Rowan a bottle, Blakely wants to be the one to hold it. She will also throw dirty diapers away if asked (which Mommy loves).
So far, Rowan has been a very easy baby and usually cries only when she is hungry or dirty. She averages about 4 -5 hours of sleeping between feedings during the night. However, last night she slept for 6 1/2 hours so I'm definitely hoping that trend continues.
She has a huge appetite and always seems to want just a little bit more. I weighed her the other day and she weighs about 9.7 pounds which is almost a 2 pound weight gain from her birth weight. Unlike her sister, I don't think putting on weight will be an issue for her.
She loves being held and feeling her little face snuggle into my neck is the best ever! She is waking up just a little bit more every day and I love those moments when we just gaze into each other's eyes. I'm trying to get a little smile out of her but no luck yet. Hopefully within the next two weeks I'll get one.
Life with two kids has definitely been double the work but also double the fun! I'm so thankful to be the mommy of my two precious girls!