Friday, February 28, 2014

Mommy Diary Take Two: 10 Weeks

February 28, 2014

Dear Asher,

Sweet boy my goodness, you have done a massive amount of learning this week! You have occasionally rolled from front to back and, if on an incline, front to back. You are adorable as you pump your arms and try to move. It scares me how fast you seem to want to do this! You want to sit up and only need to hold our hands; you give huge grins when you do get to be vertical and see everything. You feel so accomplished! You also found your hands and love to nom on your fists. You have been sleeping much better this week, but we still usually have a small fussy stretch each day where you want to be awake for a while but don't want to be put down, even to look at your toys. Your brother usually makes you smile and keeps you entertained under your play area for a while, but sometimes he also scares you when he tries to love on you too much. I often watch you sleep, still so peaceful and tiny. My love for you is overwhelming. 

Always, 
Momma

Mommy Diary Take Two: 9 Weeks

February 21, 2014
Dear Asher-

You hit another Wonder Week but this one went so much easier than the last. There were a couple bad afternoons/evenings (one where both you and your brother were losing your minds in the 5 minutes it took us all to get settled before bed) but overall, you just lived in the carrier and we made it through. Already I can see small differences, you are so much more aware. You love watching lights, people, and tracking everything that loves writhin your range. You have such a wonderful smile for us all day, you are hard to resist. And those cheeks--oh those cheeks. I just adore all your chub. 

Love, 
Momma

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Mommy Diary Take Two: 9 Weeks

February 21, 2014
Dear Asher-

You hit another Wonder Week but this one went so much easier than the last. There were a couple bad afternoons/evenings (one where both you and your brother were losing your minds in the 5 minutes it took us all to get settled before bed) but overall, you just lived in the carrier and we made it through. Already I can see small differences, you are so much more aware. You love watching lights, people, and tracking everything that loves writhin your range. You have such a wonderful smile for us all day, you are hard to resist. And those cheeks--oh those cheeks. I just adore all your chub. 

Love, 
Momma

Friday, February 21, 2014

Mommy Diary Take Two: 2 Months

February 20, 2014


Dear Asher,

This month you have changed so terribly much. You are awake for longer and longer stretches, and oh squidge you are so sweet. You spend all your time smiling at us and you're starting to make "conversation"; you love to talk to Daddy every evening while Mommy showers and he gets you in your PJs. When you smile your whole face lights up and even your little body gets in on the cuteness. I just want to keep you this tiny some days; then others make me so curious what kind of little boy you will grow into.

You love your brother already. Even when he gets too close and scares you. You watch him all day and often smile your best smiles at him when he is talking to you and (as he likes to do) holding your hand. 

You've blown through two big wonder weeks this month and though they were tough, you did wonderfully well after a few stressful days of crying, not wanting to be put down ever, and constant cuddles. We kind of forgot how rough these big developmental leaps are on all of us, but luckily you just swam through them without too much of a blip. It is interesting that during these two jumps you start hating your car seat, then go back to being fine again right after. Quirky little dude. 

Everyone just adores you. You're so chunky and squishy and wonderful. You came in at a hefty 15 pounds 3 ounces and 23 inches long at your checkup, 97th and 75th percentiles respectively. I love every inch and roll of you. My tank. Keep up the cuteness my dearest.

Love,
Mommy

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Mommy Diary Take Two: 8 Weeks

February 14, 2014
Dear Asher,

This week has been pretty quiet here until the end when you headed into our second Wonder Week. Already you're temporarily the little fusspot; constantly wanting to be held, hating the car seat, and just wanting to camp out on mommy. This too shall pass. We can already see you changing though.You are tracking voices and people not only with your eyes but your entire head, now that your vision is better and you have better head control. Your smiles are so infectious, you hand them out like the best valentines day presents ever. You smile and chat to us all the time now; even in the mornings when you "help" me get Lloyd dressed and ready for the day, you look around, talk, smile, and even get lots of hugs from Lloyd. He just loves you to pieces. He is always wanting to see you, kiss you, and show you things. In not too long you will be playing together--it will be fun to watch. 

Love you lots,
Mommy

Happy Valentines!


Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Valentines Craft

It has been almost two months of no creative outlet for me and I hadn't even touched the new sewing machine since it finally made it back from the shop the day before I delivered (the replacement part it needed was stuck in the snowmaggedon UPS catastrophe). So, instead of buying those junky mass-produced cardboard valentines for Lloyd's preschool class, I pulled out some left over flannel from Asher's crib sheet and got cutting.

They turned out so cute! I cut out hearts, zigzagged, filled with rice, and zigzagged closed. Then I got on pintrest to find some kind of cute poem or printable for tags.  

So here is the finished hot/cold hearts that are going to school:

The tags read:
You'll find my heart nice to have and hold. 
This little pillow will fit the mold.  
Instead of a compress made of heat or ice,  
Use this pillow of rice that feels so nice. 

Microwave and kiss those aches and pains goodbye,  
or  
Freeze it for a while and fix that boo-boo up in style. 

Not bad for the $1.50 I spent on a bag of cheap rice. :) And I got some much needed sewing machine time. It's funny what you need to spend time doing occasionally to feel "normal". 

Happy Valentines day! I hope you all get to spend it with loved ones. 

Monday, February 10, 2014

Mommy Diary Take Two: 7 Weeks

February 7, 2014
Dear Asher-

You are back to your happy little self this week. So many smiles, you just light up a room. You are unbelievably solid--so thick and chunky. Holding and nursing you all day often leaves my back sore. We weighed you at home and you are already over 14 pounds. I'm curious to see your length at your next doctors appointment in a few weeks, your 6 month onesies are slowly being grown out of already. You love having your diaper changed and often stop crying completely to stare at us as we get you nice and clean. You also have much better vision of your surroundings now because you constantly look around you, look at lights in the room, and smile at your reflection in the mirror above you in the swing. Your head control is so impressive; although you have taken a few nose dives (literally) into our collar bones, shoulder, or jaws causing quite the unhappy cry.  Don't worry, you'll get it soon little tank.

Love,
Momma

Monday, February 3, 2014

Mommy Diary Take Two: 6 Weeks

January 31, 2014

Dear Asher-

Boy this week was rough for us. You have been absolutely inconsolable most of the time and not happy unless you were held. You've outgrown so many of your clothes I feel like I can barely keep up; you are growing so fast. You give the best smiles now, when you are awake you just smile and smile at us. Your entire face lights up and it has made our rough week worth it. Even if I feel bad listening to you cry, you just love our cuddles and need special nurturing for a little bit. That is ok. So I have had to slow down this week and make quiet time for you; something I should do more of any way--you will outgrow these moments so soon. I need to hold them close to my heart.

Love,
Momma