Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Mrs. D's 6 week checkup

I am thrilled to say that Dr. M gave me the green light for pretty much going back to anything I want... I nearly danced out of the doctors office! Of course, I will take it slow, but tonight I got my gym pass renewed and walked a WHOLE MILE on the treadmill with Baby D sleeping peacefully in the stroller beside me. Sure, it took me 22 minutes, but progress is progress, right? 
14 pounds of remaining Baby Weight, be prepared to be tackled!

i. love. my. job.

Seriously. High Schoolers never cease to amaze me... or crack me up.

Saturday, August 28, 2010

kardashian wannabe

I am not ashamed to admit that I love the Kardashian sisters.
Mostly because of their fabulous long hair. I love it.
Its no secret I have been trying to grow out my hair for quite awhile now.
Only a few more inches and maybe I can make my hair like this...

6 weeks postpartum

6 weeks pregnant
40 weeks pregnant
6 weeks post partum
As I sit here after feeding Baby D, finally able to get to my thrice-reheated frozen dinner at 10pm, it amazes me at how much has changed in just the last 6 weeks. Thankfully, I have a beautiful, healthy baby boy that I am so very in love with. Although sleep-deprived, I have a full week of work under my belt, Baby D is starting to evolve into a more predictable schedule, and Mr. D taking one of the two night feedings has been one of the greatest blessings I can even imagine on my sanity.

Six months ago today, Bananas was moving in with us... this weekend she is moving out :( We will miss her so much but Baby D seriously NEEDS his own room. Sleeping in the same room as a baby is HARD, especially when you have one so noisy who breathes super loud and snorts like a little piggie when he is in that waking up stage... or falling asleep... or ANYtime, actually. I will miss having my sister around, but I do think Mr. D and I will be sleeping better.

According to THIS post, six months ago today, I was 20 weeks pregnant and excited to find out the gender of our sweet baby (I am pretty sure it was all I could think about). At that point I had also gained 17 pounds, which is about the point I am at right now. So while I am SO grateful to have lost about 28 pounds so far (thanks to breastfeeding, since I have yet to work out), I know I still have quite a ways to go. And as much as I can't wait to get back my flat tummy, it is actually my arms that I am most excited to work out and get back to the way they were a year ago. Rec center gym, ready or not, here I come!

Friday, August 27, 2010

Oh, Concessa, you've done it again...

For our wedding, she quilted us the Columbus Ohio Temple. It was BEAUTIFUL.
And for our first boy she made THIS.
Everything on there is made from SCRATCH. No iron-ons or any of that stuff.
The woman is BRILLIANT beyond all artistic understanding.
Seriously, click on the picture and REALLY look at it.
So basically on the list of "What to grab if the house is on fire"
This goes right after Mr. D and Baby D and the Kevs. It is that incredible.
A million thank you's simply would not suffice.
I got an all-Sports Pass this year with Surah...which means that Baby D will of course be accompanying me to football, soccer, volleyball, baseball, and any other sporting event we can manage to get into. While I already have an Infantino Carrier that I love, it has been brought to my attention that I need to get some noise-cancelling headphones for our little man's sensitive ears. After hours (ok, one hour) of extensive research, I have found the premier of infant headphones: EM's 4 Bubs Ear Muffs. They are super stylish, and will (hopefully) keep the roar of LaVelle Edwards Stadium down to a nice purr. 
Now I just have to convince Mr. D to let me buy them :) Pleeease?

Thursday, August 26, 2010

happy (naked) baby

yikes.... has it really been almost a week since I last blogged? I blame it on the start of work/teaching (last Friday)... and the fact that Surah seems to always have my laptop in hand :) Needless to say, it has been quite the adjustment going back into work full-time. I miss baby D to pieces but when I am at work, I LOVE my job. That, coupled with knowing that he's being cared for by aunties and Mr. D has made the adjustment that much easier. I have an easier schedule this year (a really important thing, since I have to pump every few hours in my back storage room), and I can't get over how cool it is to have students I know from last year in every class... it is so flattering to have repeat students tell me what a great experience they had last year (even though I thought I did terrible). I have a lot to improve on from last year, but at least I am using my time a LOT more efficiently (mostly because I have someone who desperately needs me to run home to!) and I have a year's experience under my belt, so I feel much more comfortable (and better prepared!) in front of these students. I am feeling much better and Baby D just continues to grow and become more beautiful every day.... Mr. D and I are SO blessed. 6 weeks old on Monday!! I can't believe how much time is already flying.

Saturday, August 21, 2010

last night for the Krons

We're a classy family. So where do we dine for dinner? Ihop, of course.
Cousin Alec and Baby D...twinners.
Dad's only brother, Uncle Stu. Baby D loved staring at him.
4 generation photo op
"He better not poop on my bed!" --DK, moments before we found out that Baby D had, in fact,
leaked out of his diaper onto his hotel bed.
siblings (and DK with a real smile, no less!)
the happy grandparents...now back in Ohio to rest after a week of spoiling their only grandchild.

Its been a crazy couple of family-filled weeks.
I started work yesterday, so I guess while one craziness dies down, another one begins....

Friday, August 20, 2010

resemblance between baby d and wallace?

Does this mean he is going to have a british accent, a puppy sidekick, and love cheese?
i kind of hope so.

one month (young) yesterday!!

Yeah, this boy can smirk.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

baby d and the boys

Uncle DK
Grandpa Mike and Mr. D

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

play by play

8:30 pm-return home from exhausting day visiting with family, really feeling the 5 hours of sleep the night before
9pm-watch DVR'd show with mr. d and bananas while attempting to breastfeed. regret not taking a nap.
10:15pm-attempt to start bedtime routine. laundry.
11:45 pm-finally fall asleep.
1:45 am-wake up and pump. clean pump. more laundry.
2:30 pm-back to sleep.
5:45 am-wake up and pump. bottle feed baby. change diaper. rock to sleep.
6:45 am-shower. baby's awake. fold laundry. quickly throw on clothes. carry him downstairs. don't wake mr. d.
7:30 am-while holding wide awake baby, shovel down breakfast. more laundry. start dishwasher. wash bottles and pump.
9am-attempt to feed screaming baby. mr. d leaves for work. spit up everywhere. clean and change baby. rock baby to sleep. pump.
10 am-baby's awake again. pacifier this time?
11am-baby polishes off bottle from 9am. more laundry from all spit up stuff. change my clothes. wash bottles and pump. baby's finally asleep for real for the first time since 6am.
noon-pump with one hand while typing this post with the other. is it really only noon?

my theory is that babies' cuteness must be directly correlated with their survival... because i'll be honest, its so much work to take care of a baby, i'm shocked our earth is as populated as it is! whoever thinks being a parent is not a full time responsibility has NO IDEA WHAT THEY ARE TALKING ABOUT.

but at least my consolation prize is the cutest baby on the entire planet....who smiled at me all though our 6 am feeding, milk dribbling out the sides of his  cheeks and all... i love my little blue eyed lovebug!

Monday, August 16, 2010

You are my sunshine

(second) Cousin Ava singing to Baby D...eat your heart out.

Sunday, August 15, 2010

name and a blessing

it was actually 5 hours the last two nights and it has been awesome.

Friday, August 13, 2010

Thursday, August 12, 2010

three week checkup

Baby D's doctor was out of town last week for his traditional 2-week checkup, so he had a three-week checkup instead, this past Monday (I know, I am beyond late on the update).

His stats: weight in the 75th percentile (as is his head): 9 pounds 6 ounces (7 lbs 15 oz at birth)
height: 21 inches (20.5 at birth), 50th percentile

This boy never ceases to amaze me. Three and a half weeks old and he is already holding up his head for extended periods of time, smiling, and just being absolutely adorable. I think he looks more and more like his dad everyday.... hence why I love him to pieces.

Baby D and his mom (by popular demand)

These were taken at the hospital, so they are a few weeks outdated,
but they are my favorites nevertheless. Enjoy!

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

I've had a lot of requests lately asking why I am never in pictures with Baby D and here is why: he literally has so many people holding him nonstop, that the only time I am usually holding him is when he is breastfeeding or getting a diaper change...neither of which I really thought anyone would want photos of :) But we are enjoying the family visits while they last, most especially of late, grandma Darsi (who had her birthday yesterday!) and Uncle Cory, who met the little bug for the first time, officially, last night. Now he only has two more Uncles to meet... 
DK (saturday!) and Brady (still on a mission for just shy of a year)

Sunday, August 08, 2010

nearly 3 weeks post partum

half. way. there.
as if by telling myself that will somehow make the next three weeks go by any faster.
don't get me wrong, i love my little bug to pieces.
it will just be nice to not be sore (back, incision, even bellybutton for some reason?), to maybe start getting more than two hours of sleep at a time (did you know parents lose an average of six months of sleep over the course of the baby's first two years?!), to get into the swing of things balancing work (starting a week from friday! yikes!) and mommyhood, and to be able to work out again. i love having family around that are so willing to help out, but i seriously hate having to be so dependent.

yes... three weeks from tuesday will be my 6 week checkup. i am really trying hard to take it easy so the doctor can just give me the green light to do whatever i want to do again (like drive). but its hard when there are dishes/bottles/laundry/house/carpet (like the other day when kevs threw up on the carpet only hours after baby D had vomited all over me and the carpet...poor Mr. D had to work cleanup on both accounts) to be cleaned.

also, in case you were wondering: NOT a good idea to google "three weeks postpartum" just for kicks. some of the photos people post online are enough to make you want to cry... because seriously!? who has a flat tummy replete with 6-pack three weeks after having a baby?? not me, that's for sure...

but i digress. i am so so very blessed. after a hard labor, i have a healthy baby boy who only cries (at least for now) when he is dirty, gassy, tired, or hungry. i have a wonderful husband who shares the workload with me when there are so many single moms out there who don't have that kind of help. i have family, friends and neighbors all willing to drop everything at a moment's notice to help out with baby D should i require assistance. i have an amazing job that despite wanting to spend all my time with the little guy, i am really excited to get back to. i have insurance...something i have never really appreciated until the last couple of days when we have received literally tens of thousands of dollars worth of hospital bills. i may start referring to baby D as our "million dollar baby" since we've probably spent at least that much on him so far. i am lucky to sneak in a little nap here and there and overall just have the energy to get through the day. i don't have postpartum depression because i think i keep reminding myself of all those things, and how can i possibly be depressed?? i am healthy, happy (as long as i'm fed and have at least a little sleep) and have so many modern conveniences that its hard not to be content...especially when Mr. D gives me one of those silly looks or i see how intently he looks at our son, laughing every time he makes a new funny face in his sleep.

it didn't ever "come to stay," it always "came to pass"... and i am trying my best to treasure every waking (or half-awake) moment. :)

Saturday, August 07, 2010

Kevs...the babysitter?

Keeping an eye on the little guy from a distance.
And Baby D slept like this for about 30 minutes the other day...I blame it on the thunderstorms.
I love my little bug.

Thursday, August 05, 2010

total. snugglebug.

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